Re-Opening should begin with smaller cities first.
UPDATE: April 24th. Beverly Hills announced their City Hall will open on May 3rd.
West Hollywood City Hall has been closed since March 12, 2020.
Over 13 months ago: City Manager Paul Arevalo issued an immediate order for all staff members to leave work. City facilities have been closed to the public, and staff who can work remotely are being transitioned to work-from-home schedules for continuity. All city facilities will undergo immediate sanitization procedures.
The City of West Hollywood is continuing to follow the lead of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health), the California Department of Public Health (CA Public Health), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to respond to coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
That was over one year ago.
Today, the West Hollywood Library re-opened.
City Council approved the “Out on Robertson” street closure project to encourage public gatherings. We also are planning our first WeHo Pride for June 26-27th. Things are happening!
Questions are directed to answering machines. It takes a month to get your parking permits by mail. In-person questions to planning are handled by email.
Paul Arevalo, the city manager, has also announced his retirement at the end of June. One might consider the ramifications of not opening city hall.
Restaurants are now serving at 50 percent capacity. Movie theaters have re-opened. Gyms have re-opened. Hair salons are open. The DMV has been open for months.
There is business to do! But our City Hall remains closed.
Our city council chambers have plenty of room to accommodate the city council and staff to have in-person live meetings.
West Hollywood “followed the lead” of the L.A. County Health Department in closing City Hall when the pandemic hit. Re-opening should begin with smaller cities first. Since this article was printed on April 21, the City of Beverly Hills announced it would be re-opening its City Hall on May 3.
Let’s begin with alternating work schedules for city hall employees and open the front doors to the residents again.