The City of West Hollywood is embarking on the development of an ambitious initiative to holistically weave technology into the fabric of the city and turn bold, progressive ideas into lasting innovations. The West Hollywood Smart City Strategic Plan will provide the City a multi-phased roadmap to efficiently incorporate smart technologies into our urban infrastructure and leverage that technology to improve our citizens’ quality of life, health, safety, and economic prosperity, by focusing on projects that promote Sustainability, Mobility, Accessibility, Resiliency, and Transparency.
There are a number of new Smart City projects currently taking place in the City of West Hollywood, including the development of a municipal fiber backbone network, the acquisition and retrofit of light standards (street light poles) from Southern California Edison, and a cutting-edge Smart Bus Shelter project. The WeHo Smart City Strategic Plan will identify opportunities for enhancements to these projects as part of an overall guiding plan to integrate new technologies and streamline additional WeHo Smart City projects.
WeHo Smart City Fest
The City of West Hollywood hosted the WeHo Smart City Fest on November 9, 2017 from 6:00-8:30pm at the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room to introduce the community to the West Hollywood Smart City Strategic Plan. Staff members from the City’s Innovation Division and CityFi team were in attendance.
The WeHo Smart City Fest featured interactive programming that showcased ideas for pilot projects across the City as well as lessons learned from smart cities around the globe. The event explored West Hollywood's future, including a conversation on urban technology and design with special guests Frances Anderton, host of KCRW's DnA and Michael Mattmiller, Seattle's Chief Technology Officer.
The event was open to the public and was featured as part of InnovateLA 2017, a countywide celebration of regional innovation that consists of events, lectures, and talks throughout the Greater Los Angeles area.
WeHo Smart City Pop-Up Open House
To introduce the Smart City Initiative, the City hosted a WeHo Smart City Pop-Up Open House on Thursday, September 21, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at West Hollywood City Hall’s outdoor Community Plaza, located at 8300 Santa Monica Boulevard. Staff members from the City’s Innovation Division and CityFi team were in attendance and the open house featured interactive programming about the core values of smart city strategic planning.
The WeHo Smart City Pop-Up Open House included:
- Self-guided demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. — Smart city technologies were on-site for demonstration;
- Gallery walk from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. — Five zones were organized by strategic plan core values, allowing attendees to walk through the space with the consultant team for a general introduction to smart city case studies. Attendees provided feedback on strategies; and
- WeHo Smart City Talks from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. — Presentations by the project team were followed by a Q&A.
For more information about the City of West Hollywood’s Smart City Initiative, contact Kate Mayerson, the City of West Hollywood’s Innovation Analyst at (323) 848-6464 or at email@example.com.