Publishers Note: WEHOville is an Advocate Sponsor of this years State of the City Event sponsored by the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.
Mayor Lindsey Horvath and other city leaders will address WeHo’s residents and business community at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the annual State of the City address.
The city and the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce (WHCC) partner on the event each year to engage business leaders and the community at-large in a conversation about new initiatives, economic trends, and innovations in West Hollywood. Tickets are $40; for more information or to purchase tickets/register visit www.wehochamber.com/stateofthecity.
This year’s State of The City will take place over Zoom, as did the 2020 State of the City broadcast in November. More than 300 local business leaders will gather online for the occasion.
West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Chair Nick Rimedio will join Mayor Horvath in providing welcoming remarks. Outgoing West Hollywood City Manager Paul Arevalo will present the State of The City keynote address and introduce incoming City Manager, David Wilson.
The theme of this year’s event is “Open for Creativity.” The speakers and panelists will highlight the city’s creative solutions to challenges during the pandemic and how such innovation will lead to new opportunities for growth in the years ahead.
“Our history shows us that we will not only survive these challenges,” Mayor Horvath said at the 2020 State of the City, “we will thrive and prosper beyond their reach moving forward.”
A panel discussion — featuring Mott Smith, Co-Founder of Amped Kitchens and Principal at Civic Enterprises, along with the directors of Planning and Development Services and the Public Works Department — will focus on West Hollywood’s initiatives to transition its temporary business relief measures into permanent post-pandemic recovery initiatives.
The presentation is likely to note the city’s eviction moratorium, its commitment to masking, its outreach efforts for seniors and the disabled, its toolkit for local businesses, its relaxed parking enforcement and fee collections, and the push to move city meetings and events online.
West Hollywood has fully re-opened after the pandemic with one notable exception: City Hall, which, controversially, remains closed.