$850 pledged of $35,000 goal
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About

We love WEHOville. And we're guessing you do too. We have 2,300 plus Facebook likes and way more readers than any website covering West Hollywood. So it's clear that we're the go-to site for information about West Hollywood politics, personalities, nightlife, dining, arts and culture, style, shopping and just plain fun.

But some of you tell us you love WEHOville so much you want to, uh, touch it. You want to hold it in your hands, caress it when you're reading something you like, tear it to shreds when it pisses you off. Maybe even use it to pick up the poop (after reading of course) when you're walking the pooch.  Many others of you tell us you want to read your news in print over the breakfast table rather than squint at a laptop screen.

So we want to create a print version of WEHOville. A free weekly newspaper for WEHOville, which we define as West Hollywood and adjacent areas that feel an affinity for our community's creativity, diversity and all around charm.

Why print, you ask? Because we know there are many people who still prefer to get their news that way. So we will reach a bigger audience with both print and online editions. In West Hollywood, with our embarrassingly  small voter turnout and so many civic issues, we need to engage as many residents as possible in the discussion.

And because print advertising is still the way that local news organizations make money (ask Warren Buffett, who is buying up local newspapers by the dozens). So a print version of WEHOville will let us generate additional revenue to expand our coverage of local government, commercial and residential development, local business, real estate, tourism and many of the other issues that matter to, and define, West Hollywood.

We will distribute WEHOville in print each Thursday throughout West Hollywood and in adjacent areas to reach those folks who, while they might not live within the boundaries of West Hollywood, consider our community home.

We welcome your contribution, of any size, to help us cover the cost of launching this weekly print newspaper. Our mission is to help foster an informed and engaged community in a place we all love, and to promote its wonders to the world at large. If those goals appeal to you, we hope you'll help us realize them.

Risks and challenges

The biggest risk this project faces is our inability to generate sufficient advertising revenue to enable it to sustain itself. It likely will take three to four months after launch to get there. Our target goal was selected to cover costs for that period.

That risk is ameliorated by the fact that our publisher, Henry E. (Hank) Scott, has lots of experience at this. He successfully launched a free daily newspaper in New York City (Metro New York, circulation 330,000), turned around a troubled weekly newspaper in Atlanta (Creative Loafing Atlanta, a 120,000 circulation free weekly), launched a Russian-language newspaper in Moscow (The News in Review, published by the New York Times), and rescued Out magazine from impending financial collapse.

With 40 years in the business, and half of that spent as a consultant to newspaper publishers, Hank has the experience to reduce any possible risks. And he never gives up.

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    WEHOVILLE FAN: Thank you for supporting WEHOville! As one of our fans, get exclusive updates about WEHOville’s print issue and our deepest gratitude for supporting our effort. We hope you’ll spread the word!

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    WEHOVILLE READER: A PDF copy of our first issue for you to read! Sent directly by email. Plus updates about our upcoming issue.

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    WEHOVILLE LOVER: We’ll show you our love by giving you a WEHOville T-shirt! Show everyone you’re a WEHOville lover by donning our T. Includes shipping.
    ALSO INCLUDES PDF COPY.

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    Citizen of WEHOville. With all the controversy over immigration reform, we thought we'd at least help our most avid supporters by awarding you an official WEHOville citizen ID card. It won't get you in and out of Mexico or Canada, but it might help if you're trying to escape Beverly Hills or Culver City or Silver Lake to spend a day or night in our more charming burg.

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    WEHOVILLE CITIZEN: You’re part of WEHOville now! We’ll reward you with an official Citizen ID card. It won't get you in and out of Mexico or Canada, but it might help if you're trying to escape Beverly Hills or Culver City or Silver Lake to spend a day or night in our more charming burg. We’ll also add in a sticker so you can show everyone where you belong! Stick it on tabletops, refrigerator-tops, your top and other tops! Includes shipping.

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    WEHOVILLE PATRON: You’re one of our most avid supporters. We’ll reward you with an honorable mention of your name in our first print issue and send you a print copy of our first edition so you can handle it personally! Includes shipping.
    ALSO INCLUDES PDF COPY, WEHOVILLE T-SHIRT, CITIZEN ID AND STICKER .

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    Diva of Design. With design districts along Beverly, Robertson, Melrose and La Cienega, it's time for WEHOville to crown 2 Divas of Design. We'll provide a crown, a scepter, and a place of honor on WEHOville.com with a picture and profile. We’ll also send you a print copy of our first edition (so you can feel the design with your fingers) and send you a personal thank you note signed by all of us here at WEHOville! You’re one of us now!
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    Shah of the Strip. The first donor of $600 will be anointed Shah of the Strip, the nation's most famous rock music destination. We'll provide a glam ID card that we hope will help get you into the Roxy or House of Blues as well as a place of honor on WEHOville.com, complete with a picture and profile. We’ll also send you a personal thank you note signed by all of us here at WEHOville! You’re one of us now!
    ALSO INCLUDES PRINT COPY, PDF COPY, WEHOVILLE T-SHIRT, STICKER, CITIZEN ID AND CREDIT IN OUR FIRST PRINT ISSUE.

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    Sultan of Santa Monica. More than 2 miles that courses through the heart of WeHo, Santa Monica Boulevard needs its own head of state. A donation of $750 will get you that title and crown, and recognition as such on WEHOville.com with a picture and profile. We’ll also send you a personal thank you note signed by everyone here at WEHOville! You’re one of us now!
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    Baron of Boystown. WeHo's little gay enclave, with its rainbow flag-colored crosswalks, deserves its own leader. The first contributor of $800 will be dubbed Baron of Boystown (imagine the honors the go-go boys will bestow on you!) and recognized as such with a picture and profile on WEHOville.com. We’ll send you a personal thank you note signed by everyone here at WEHOville as well! You’re one of us now!
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    WEHOville City Council Member (with a four year term limit). Be among the first five donors of $1,000 or more to win your place on the council of Southern California's most creative and diverse community (it's bigger than West Hollywood, and you won't have to deal with lobbyists). Become an automatic member of WEHOville's community advisory board with your donation and be updated on our upcoming issues. You’ll be featured on our site and receive a personal thank you card signed by all of us here at WEHOville! You’re one of us now!
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    Mayor of WEHOville! Who cares about being Mayor of West Hollywood? (It's just a rotating position anyway). You can become Mayor of Southern California's most creative, diverse and fun community, with boundaries that encompass Melrose Avenue, parts of Beverly and a chunk of Hollywood. After all, WEHOville is more than a city, it's a state of mind. We'll host the inauguration ceremony and recognize you as our mayor on WEHOville.com. Plus you'll be a lifetime member of our community advisory board, which includes updates on issues. We’ll send you a personal thank you card signed by all of us here at WEHOville, a group picture of the team, and host an office visit for you to see where WEHOville is made!
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