Ryan Gierach, founder of a website that for years was the only source for news about West Hollywood, has told friends that he is moving to Long Beach with his husband, Marcus Fant.
Gierach founded WeHoNews.com in September 2005. During its 10-year run WeHo News became the “go to” place for information about politics and civic events in West Hollywood. It also was known for its controversial and often opinionated coverage of local politics.
It is not clear whether Gierach will attempt to keep WeHo News alive from his new home in Long Beach. However he has not updated content on the site for many months.
Gierach has struggled over the years with addiction to methamphetamine and alcohol, issues he has discussed publicly. At one point after leaving a rehab shelter he was homeless for 14 months, living in a shelter operated by People Assisting the Homeless (PATH), where he continued to publish WeHoNews.com.
Gierach has had a fractious relationship with West Hollywood Media Company, publisher of WEHOville.com and, along with West Hollywood Patch, a competitor of WeHo News. Patch, however, has dramatically reduced its local coverage and rarely writes about West Hollywood and no longer competes in West Hollywood. Gierach has been highly critical of WEHOville as a competitor, asserting that its founder knows little about West Hollywood.
In addition to launching the first and to date the longest-lasting news organization focused on West Hollywood, Gierach also wrote a book about the history of West Hollywood, published under the Images of America imprint.
Gierach did not respond to requests from WEHOville for information about his move, which he has told numerous friends and contacts about. Apparently he plans to be permanently settled in Long Beach by the end of the month.