West Hollywood City is like no other city on earth. In 1984 an unlikely coalition of LGBT activists, seniors, and renters put forward the idea for the City of West Hollywood. These groups assembled to advocate for cityhood.
The City of West Hollywood was formally incorporated as an independent City on the 29th of November, 1984 through tireless determination. West Hollywood was previously an unincorporated section of Los Angeles County. The first West Hollywood City Council in 1984 established West Hollywood as the nation’s first City to have an openly gay governing body with a majority.
West Hollywood is a robust economic and cultural center instilled with idealism and creativity, situated in the heart of metropolitan Los Angeles, at 1.9 square miles. West Hollywood shares its borders with Beverly Hills and Los Angeles. West Hollywood has a form of government from the Council-Manager, with five elected City Council members. Law enforcement is provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and the Los Angeles County Fire Department provides fire protection.
For many of its roughly 35,000 residents, a spirit of community activism and civic pride thrives in West Hollywood. West Hollywood has been one of the nation’s most prominent small cities for more than three decades; no other city of its size has had any greater impact on the progressive national public policy agenda.
Over 40 per cent of the residents of West Hollywood identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. West Hollywood is also home to a thriving community of nearly 4,000 people from former Soviet Union regions— this represents about 11 percent of the City’s population.
West Hollywood has set new standards for other municipalities, not only as a leader in many critical social movements — including advocacy for HIV and AIDS; affordable and inclusive housing; LGBT rights, civil rights and human rights; women’s rights; the protection of our environment; and animal rights — but also in fiscal responsibility; urban planning; infrastructure; social services programs.
The policy and service goals of the City are expressed in the core values of the City, which include: appreciation for and support for people; civic responsiveness; idealism, imagination, and innovation; residential quality of life; promotion of economic development; public safety; and environmental responsibility.
West Hollywood City is steeped in rich history. People from all over the world visit West Hollywood for its iconic attractions such as The Sunset Strip for its unparalleled historical connection to music, movies, architecture, fashion and culture; for the landmark LGBT resorts and entertainment facilities at Santa Monica Boulevard; and for shopping in the Design District
West Hollywood, California is jam-packed full of some amazing must-see locations like these::
- The Sunset Strip
- Andaz West Hollywood
- The Pacific Design Center
- The Roxy Theatre
- Viper Room
- Plummer Park
- Comedy Store
- Sierra Towers
- Saint Victor Catholic Church