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West Hollywood (abbreviated WeHo) is a city in Los Angeles County, California, bordered on the north by the Santa Monica Mountains, on the north and east by the Hollywood District of Los Angeles, on the west by the city of West Hollywood and on south by the Fairfax District of Los Angeles. West Hollywood is the first city in the USA to enact a law banning cat declawing.

For many years, the area that is now the City of West Hollywood was an unincorporated area in the midst of the City of Los Angeles that was under the jurisdiction of "the county." It was illegal to gamble in the city of Los Angeles, but legal in the county, and in the 1920s many nightclubs and casinos sprouted up along the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood for this reason, specifically to avoid the heavy-handed policing of the LAPD, that had no jurisdiction in WeHo. Since at the time the area was not part of the city of Los Angeles, therefore the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department was in charge of policing it. A task that they perform to this day.

Movie people were attracted to this less restricted "county" area and a number of architecturally fine apartment houses and apartment hotels were built. Movie fans throughout the world knew that Ciro's, the Mocambo, the Trocadero, the Garden of Allah, the Chateau Marmont, the Formosa Cafe were places that movie stars could be seen on the Sunset Strip.

Eventually, the area and its extravagant night spots lost favor with movie people. But the Strip and its restaurants, bars and clubs, continued to be an attraction for locals and out-of-town tourists. In the late 1960s, the Strip was transformed again during the hippie movement. Young people from all over the country flocked to West Hollywood clubs such as the Whisky a Go Go and the Troubadour.


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