WEST HOLLYWOOD—According to a press release from Joshua Schare, Public Information Officer for the City of West Hollywood, the city will be kicking off 2016 by giving back to community members by implementing a new visitor parking permit policy effective January 1. The new policy will help decrease parking permit fraud.

At the start of the new year, temporary parking permits for visitors will be limited to 25 per day, and not to exceed 100 in total per month. Residents may still request permits up to five days in advance, the permits will continue to expire at noon following the last effective date of the permit. Yearly residential and guest permits will now be prorated to 50 percent of the cost after six months into the permit renewal cycle. For additional information, please call (323) 848-6375.

The city will also be hosting its fourth annual clothing drive for the Los Angeles LGBT Center for thousands of youth who are without a home or proper support. All items will be accepted at the West Hollywood City Hall located at 8300 Santa Monica Boulevard. Items accepted include: clothing, personal hygiene material, shoes (sizes 7 to 13 for men, sizes 6 to 12 for women), dress wear, and $5 gift cards for Target are also recommended from Monday, January 4, 2016 until Friday, January 29, 2016. For further information contact Corri Planck, Social Services Supervisor, at (323) 848-6430 or email cplanck@weho.org.

The City of West Hollywood will be joining hundreds of communities across the country to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the federal holiday. The West Hollywood Elementary School located at 970 N. Hammond Street  will be receiving some TLC on Saturday, January 23, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Volunteers are needed for a six-hour shift to perform landscaping, clean-up, and painting tasks. Volunteers must be at least 12 years-old to participate and will receive a commemorative t-shirt and lunch.

The MLK Jr. Day of Service with local volunteers will be collecting non-perishable food items to benefit the SOVA Food and Community Resource Program. Which will also be accepting donations of clothing and shoes for the Los Angeles LGBT Center. To donate just stop by the curbside at the West Hollywood Elementary School to drop off items between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Space is limited and advanced registration is required to volunteer.  Sponsorship opportunities are available. To sign up, please send an email message to wehovcorps@gmail.com or call (323) 848-6885.

For more information about the nationwide MLK, Jr. Day of Service initiative and other volunteer opportunities please visit www.mlkday.gov