WEST HOLLYWOOD — The city has received several prestigious awards during 2015 as the city celebrated 30 years of cityhood.
Officially incorporated as an independent city on Nov. 29, 1984, the city has earned a reputation for progressive policies, supporting tenants’ rights and providing community services.
The honors received in 2015 confirm that the city remains fully committed to its founding principles and that it continues to excel in its efforts to keep the interests of the community in mind in its planning and implementation of policies, a city spokesperson said.
“I’m thrilled that the hard work, dedication, and creativity of our city employees has been recognized on local and national levels this year,” Mayor Lindsey P. Horvath said. “It is an honor to be of service to my community as mayor of West Hollywood, and I want to congratulate everyone whose efforts contributed to these awards.”
The city’s Community Development Department won several awards in 2015. The California Chapter of the American Planning Association, which encourages quality in planning and increases the public’s awareness of the planning profession by recognizing outstanding achievement in the planning field, presented the City of West Hollywood with two awards at its annual conference in October: the 2015 Award of Excellence for a planning agency and the 2015 Opportunity and Empowerment Award of Excellence for the Courtyard at La Brea project.
Independently, the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Planning Association presented the city with the four honors.
They were the Award of Excellence for Distinguished Leadership by a Planning Agency; an award of Merit for Planning Best Practices for the West Hollywood West Neighborhood Overlay and Design Guidelines; an Award of Excellence for Opportunity and Empowerment for the Courtyard at La Brea; and an Award of Excellence for Urban Design for the Design District Streetscape Master Plan.
Although it was completed in 2004, the West Hollywood Gateway project was recognized once more by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which, in celebrating 40 years of Community Development Block Grant partnerships and successes, presented a recognition of excellence award to the city for having transformed a blighted and contaminated five-acre site at the city’s boundary into a pedestrian-friendly, environmentally sensitive destination, which brought retail, dining and other businesses to the community.
The design for the city’s not-yet-constructed Aquatic and Recreation Center at West Hollywood Park was recognized by the Long Beach/South Bay Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, which presented a Citation Award to the project’s architect, LPA, Inc.
The city’s efforts at providing accessible public transportation were rewarded by the California Association for Coordinated Transportation, which recognized the city for its vision and leadership in public transit with the CalACT 2015 Leadership Award.
CalACT is the largest state transit association in the United States.
Further acknowledgement and support of the city’s transportation initiatives was received when the Metropolitan Transportation Authority awarded funding for two projects to the city: the Melrose Avenue Complete Street Project, which will enhance the pedestrian experience on Melrose Avenue between La Cienega and San Vicente boulevards; and for Cityline vehicle replacement, which will allow the city to replace its five existing gasoline-powered vehicles with propane-fueled vehicles.
The Westside Urban Forum presented a Citation Design Award to the city for its parking credits program, an innovative solution to dealing with businesses’ requirements to have a certain allotment of parking spaces available for customers.
For its participation in the annual National Night Out crime, drug, and violence prevention program, the city was selected a national award winner by the National Association of Town Watch.
The city’s website, www.weho.org, was honored by the National Association of Government Web Professionals with its Members’ Choice Award for outstanding website design and development.
The city’s Communications Division was recognized for video campaign, “Alice in WeHoLand,” which has received more than 1.3 million views on YouTube to raise awareness about pedestrian safety, by the Public Relations Society of America, Los Angeles Chapter.
Additionally, the National Endowment for the Arts granted a $10,000 award to the city to support its One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival in 2016.