Administrative Remedies Hot Line (323-848-6341) will help you with questions regarding a ticket or citation from code enforcement, animal regulation or the Sheriff’s Department, and regarding how to handle a problem in an expedient manner.
California Youth Theater (517 Westmount Drive; 310-657-3270) is a nonprofit organization providing youth with the opportunity to learn new skills and celebrate diversity as they participate in the performing arts.
Coalition for Economic Survival (7377 Santa Monica Blvd.; 323-656-4410) is an activist group advocating fair and affordable housing. A tenants’-rights clinic is held every Wednesday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Senior Center in Plummer Park.
Congregation Kol Ami (9056 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 100; 310-248-6320) is a reform synagogue welcoming the gay and lesbian community. Free Shabbat service Friday nights with Rabbi Denise L. Eger in the West Hollywood Presbyterian Church, 7350 Sunset Blvd.
Dispute Resolution Services (213-896-6526 and 323-876-2747) provides a wide variety of civil and criminal mediation services as an alternative to the courts. Areas covered include disputes between landlords and tenants, consumers and merchants, employers and employees, and more.
Domestic Partnership Registration (323-848-6332) is covered under the Domestic Partnership Ordinance and enables any two individuals, regardless of sexual orientation, to have their relationship officially recognized by the city of West Hollywood. Take that, Prop. 22!
Fairfax Community Adult School (7850 Melrose Ave.; 323-653-4085) offers a variety of training courses for adults looking to improve their lot in life, including computer literacy, auto mechanics and ESL.
Gay and Lesbian Adolescent Social Services (650 N. Robertson Blvd.; 310-358-8727) has served the needs of gay, lesbian, transgendered and HIV-positive youth since 1984. It operates several state-licensed homes and foster-family services, as well as a mobile health unit, two living-skills centers and a thrift shop.
Homeless adults should call PATH (People Assisting the Homeless, 1033 N. La Brea Ave.; 323-850-4042), a transitional shelter that gives people a leg up, assisting with job searches and providing basic medical attention. For those with children, Home Safe (6926 Melrose Ave.; 323-934-7979) offers low-income and homeless families a comprehensive range of child-care services.
Information Hot Line (323-848-6361) is available 24 hours in Russian and English, providing information about rent stabilization, transportation, community development and other services offered by the city. Call the Social Services Division (323) 848-6510 when filing an HIV/AIDS, sexual-orientation or disability complaint. The division can also provide information regarding any of the city-funded services for gays and lesbians, seniors, and the homeless.
Jewish Family Services of Los Angeles (5700 Wilshire Blvd.; 323-761-8800; www.jfsla.org) is a venerable, multifaceted organization aimed at strengthening individual and family life. It offers an extensive adult health-care program, as well as mental-health, shelter and resettlement services. There’s also a Senior Nutrition Program (323-655-1232) that delivers home-cooked kosher meals to 10 locations, and hot meals to seniors and the disabled.
The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center (1625 Schrader Blvd.; 323-993-7400) offers a broad spectrum of services to the gay and lesbian community, such as HIV/AIDS counseling, domestic-violence counseling and substance-abuse recovery programs, as well as legal consultation. It also provides job training and placement, along with an outreach program for homeless youth.
Parking Enforcement (8235 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 320; 323-650-6757) will tell you the location to which your car has been towed; Parking Information Line (800-464-1333) is for basic info on how to pay, or contest, your ticket. And if you want to avoid the endless hassle of paying and looking for parking, ask about Residential and Commercial Preferential Parking Permits (323-848-6392).
Public Safety Office (323-848-6414) is the number to call for information regarding safety programs such as crime prevention and earthquake preparedness.
Recreation Services at City Hall (8300 Santa Monica Blvd.; 323-848-6308) will provide information on a plethora of planned activities such as volleyball, football, karate and roller hockey. City dwellers wishing to get closer to the earth can call Community Gardens (323-848-6502) and find out about planting fruits, vegetables or flowers on a small plot of land.
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) (5026 W. Jefferson Blvd.; 323-730-5300) is a nonprofit organization providing shelter, rehabilitation and medical attention to stray or abandoned critters. If you have questions about leash laws, or other animal-related issues, call Animal Services and Information at (323) 848-6396. The SPCA also handles wildlife rescues.
Street Repairs (323-848-6375) is where you call to report that pothole your car fell into, or to find out when Santa Monica Boulevard will be bearable again.
Television has been both a boon and a bane to humanity, and Public Access Television (323-848-6522) is no exception. Century Cable’s Channel 36 is available free to residents wishing to submit programs for community viewing. City Channel 10 (323-848-6388) is also operated by the city and provides live coverage of City Council meetings, as well as programs focusing on local issues and events. For questions, comments, or complaints, call Cable Customer Assistance (323-848-6536).
In Southern California, transportation can present a problem for many people, especially the elderly and disabled. City Line (1-800-447-2189) is a public-funded shuttle which makes stops throughout town every 45 minutes for only 50 cents a ride during the week (25 cents on Saturdays; Santa Monica Boulevard only). Reservations may be made anywhere from 45 minutes to two weeks in advance. Lift-Van Vouchers and Taxi Coupons (323-852-8778) are available to seniors, the physically challenged and people meeting certain medical requirements. Vouchers for the wheelchair-bound are $5 for 10 one-way trips, and booklets of $24 worth of taxi coupons cost only $8.
West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce (8278 1/2 Santa Monica Blvd.; 323-650-2688) is a voluntary organization that provides guides of the city for new residents; lists of restaurants, hotels, clubs and bus schedules; and offers referrals to the city’s nonprofit groups.
West Hollywood Employment Service and Training (WHEST) (8300 Santa Monica Blvd., 323-848-6465; and 5700 Wilshire Blvd., Second Floor, 323-761-8888) helps match employers in need of employees with qualified people in need of work. There’s a one-stop employment center on the second floor of City Hall, a job-listing service, employment announcements on City Channel 6 and referrals to training programs, all provided free. After hours, try the city’s 24-Hour Job Hot Line at (323) 848-6309.
West Hollywood Russian Community Center (7360 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 102; 323-969-0919) provides resettlement and various support services to Russian immigrants in West Hollywood. The Russian Public Safety Info Line (323-848-6826) is designed to help the Russian-immigrant population feel more secure in their neighborhoods. The city has a Russian-community worker who assists with related concerns, as well as acting as a liaison to the Sheriff’s Department.
West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station (720 N. San Vicente Blvd.; 310-855-8850) offers programs that address community law-enforcement needs, provides referral and crime-prevention services, as well as free security surveys. Other services include the “Vial of Life” program for people dependent upon medication.
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