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Happy Birthday West Hollywood

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West Hollywood turns 20 today, but doesn't look a day over 15. of The LA Weekly commemorates the milestone in its November 26-December 2nd issue with several features.In the "Model City" article, Robert Greene outlines West Hollywood's role as a proponent of rent control. He writes:

[Last] Friday [was] the deadline to sign onto the waiting list for the city’s "moderate income" inclusionary housing program. It’s the last chance for quite some time, in other words, to move into West Hollywood if you’re not filthy rich. Like similar programs in other small cities around California, the West Hollywood inclusionary housing program allows tenants to grab an apartment at less than market rate. The units are available because the city requires builders who want to cash in on the housing boom to offer a percentage of their developments to renters who can’t afford to pay whatever the market will bear.

It’s a continuation of the tenants-rights movement that formed the foundation of the cityhood movement two decades ago.

While the West Hollywood City Hall opens its doors today for a "Community Open House," a free, day-long celebration of the City's 20th Annivesary "Cityhood Party" is scheduled for Sunday, December 5th. The event will feature special guests, a main stage with entertainment, a retrospective photo exhibit of the past twenty years, food from some of the City's most popular restaurants and, of course, birthday cake.
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Sunday, December 5, 2004
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Santa Monica Boulevard in front of City Hall

8300 Santa Monica Boulevard