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Community Study Focus Groups Begin

West Hollywood's community study will conduct a youth focus group Friday and others throughout February.

The city of West Hollywood moves its 2013 Community Study into the focus-group phase starting Friday with a youth panel.

In early January, more than 5,000 surveys were mailed to every fourth household in West Hollywood. Over the next four weeks, the city will host focus groups and workshops that are dependent on public participation.

"The community study is the opportunity for residents to let the city know what are the greatest social service needs for our community so that we can create funding priorities that meet the needs of our residents," West Hollywood Human Services Commission Chairwoman Ruth Cislowski said in a statement. "These focus groups provide our community members with another opportunity to share their thoughts and ideas, and we are looking forward to gathering even more insight and feedback through these groups."

Below is the schedule for the community study focus groups:

Youth—Friday, Feb. 1, 6-7 p.m. at the West Hollywood Teen Center in Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd.

Families with Children—Saturday, Feb. 2, 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the Skyroom of West Hollywood Park,  647 N. San Vicente Blvd.

Gay/Bisexual Men—Tuesday, Feb. 5, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the EOC Conference Room at West Hollywood City Hall, 8300 Santa Monica Blvd.

Lesbians—Tuesday, Feb. 5, 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the RSD Hearing Room at West Hollywood City Hall

People living with HIV—Wednesday, Feb. 6, 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the RSD Hearing Room at West Hollywood City Hall

Transgender Individuals—Wednesday, Feb. 6, 7-8 p.m. in the EOC Conference Room at West Hollywood City Hall

Social Services Provider—Feb. 7, 10-11 a.m. in the EOC Conference Room at West Hollywood City Hall

People Living with Disabilities—Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the RSD Hearing Room at West Hollywood City Hall

Women—Tuesday, Feb. 12 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the RSD Hearing Room at West Hollywood City Hall

Communitywide Focus Group—Wednesday, Feb. 13, 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the RSD Hearing Room at West Hollywood City Hall

Russian community—Tuesday, Feb. 19, 7-8 p.m. in the EOC Conference Room at West Hollywood City Hall

Pop-up workshops are short meetings that provide an overview of the community study process. This is the workshop schedule:

Saturday, Feb. 2, 10 a.m.-noon at West Hollywood Park, 647 N. San Vicente Blvd. (event will be held on Robertson Boulevard side of the park)

Saturday, Feb. 2, 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the West Hollywood Library, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd.

Monday, Feb. 4, 10-11:30 a.m. at the Helen Alpert Farmer’s Market at Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd.

Monday, Feb. 4, noon-2 p.m. in the Community Center at Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd.

Feb. 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m. on the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard near San Vicente Boulevard

Feb. 9, 10 a.m.-noon in the lobby of West Hollywood City Hall, 8300 Santa Monica Blvd.

Feb. 9, 2-4 p.m. on the eastside of Movietown Plaza, 7304 Santa Monica Blvd.

For more information regarding the community study call 323-848-6510 or email communitystudy@weho.org or visit www.weho.org/communitystudy and www.facebook.com/WehoCares.

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Wesley McDowell January 31, 2013 at 05:16 PM
On the surface this sounds like a good idea. However, at the block captains meeting last night the draft report and recommendations was presented. How can you have a draft report with recommendations when you haven't had any community input yet? Oh, I forgot, this is West Hollywood where only one man's opinion counts. And, yes, he was given all the credit for building the library. Just how paternalistic are we?
Mark Zangrando January 31, 2013 at 06:30 PM
There were no recommendations nor was a draft report presented last night at the block captains meeting. They will not be done until the process is completed in a couple of months.

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