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    Opinion: When Water Is Currency — and You Are Broke

    Opinion: When Water Is Currency — and You Are Broke

    Thu, Aug 17, 2017 2 Comments

    September each year is National Preparedness Month, and our city dedicates its activities to preparing for the emergencies we are likely to encounter during an earthquake. In West Hollywood the most imminent threat for which we must prepare is the long-awaited “big one,” the inevitable major earthquake, which will cause considerable damage, devastation and human casualties.

    Our public agencies have for years been promoting the importance of preparing our homes, schools and businesses to survive, not just the quake, but the aftermath when no organized aid will be available for some time. That could be as long as two weeks in the worst case. Even with such calls for citizens to prepare, my guess is that no more than 10% of West Hollywood’s households are ready. Businesses may be more prepared because, if the event occurs during…

    Opinion: Attacking Democrats and Liberals in WeHo is Thoughtless and Inane

    Opinion: Attacking Democrats and Liberals in WeHo is Thoughtless and Inane

    Fri, Aug 11, 2017 20 Comments

    Could it be that most people in West Hollywood are not supporters of Donald Trump because their values are higher, they are generous and compassionate. Could it be that we are not his supporters because the character of their president is more important than his or her party and we feel Trump is a dangerous sociopath who has lowered our station and status in the world? Could it be that we are not his supporters because he has alienated our traditional friends around the world but suspiciously embraced our adversary Russia and Putin as his best friend?

    There is increasing reason to believe there’s collusion by his administration with Russia to steal our presidential election so Trump that could build an administration with ties to Russia and continue the suspected “investments” with Russia for his own personal gain and…

    Opinion: Support for the WeHo Sports Festival Means WeHo’s Special Events Policy Is Toothless

    Opinion: Support for the WeHo Sports Festival Means WeHo’s Special Events Policy Is Toothless

    Tue, Jul 18, 2017 4 Comments

    Scott Schmidt argues that the city shouldn’t support such an event, which is outside the city, without questioning the event organizer’s veracity and the event’s viability.

    Opinion:  ‘Keep WeHo Safe’ Will Focus on Crime, Public Safety and the Politics Around That

    Opinion: ‘Keep WeHo Safe’ Will Focus on Crime, Public Safety and the Politics Around That

    Mon, Jul 17, 2017 4 Comments

    I was a Public Safety Commissioner for two years.

    During my term I worked extremely hard — serving on multiple subcommittees, attending hundreds of meetings with residents, business owners, staff, council members and public safety officials, and I did my very best to serve the needs of the public while also attempting to navigate the treacherous minefield of City Hall politics. I asked a lot of tough questions and spoke up about important crime and safety topics of which no one else was willing to speak. Ultimately I was able to help enact a few changes. We shall see if they stick.

    My term ended last Monday, July 10. I was not re-appointed by the Weho City Council as an at-large member of the commission, and was instead replaced by another person who I hope will be as tenacious as I was. Councilmember John D’Amico was my only…

    Let’s Celebrate Independence Day with a Commitment to Truth

    Let’s Celebrate Independence Day with a Commitment to Truth

    Tue, Jul 04, 2017 11 Comments

    Lies, distortion and “alternative facts” are both a local and national issue. Independence Day is an appropriate time to reiterate the mission and core principles of WEHOville.com and our commitment to the truth.

    Opinion: How can we better engage residents in creating West Hollywood?

    Opinion: How can we better engage residents in creating West Hollywood?

    Thu, Jun 22, 2017 28 Comments

    I find making appointments to our city’s commissions and advisory boards one of the most challenging responsibilities of serving on the City Council. I get excited about the prospect of bringing new ideas into the fold until I am reminded that in order for new people to serve, I have to replace current appointees or wait for them to step aside.

    Frankly, the whole process has become too politicized and not enough about public service, which is why I propose making all appointments at-large by the entire City Council. While it might be easy and safe to simply protect the status quo, I believe it is our council’s responsibility to ensure that a diversity of perspectives is included in our community dialogue and to try to give more people an opportunity to be involved. In addition to being passionate, our community members are wildly…

    Let’s Discuss: Should Red Light Cameras Be Used to Ticket  Rolling Right Turn Violations?

    Let’s Discuss: Should Red Light Cameras Be Used to Ticket Rolling Right Turn Violations?

    Wed, May 24, 2017 18 Comments

    Making a right turn at a red light without stopping is an undeniable violation of the law. But some protest the cost of the tickets and the usefulness of the program.

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    California Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Address New Lane Splitting Law

    California Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Address New Lane Splitting Law

    Fri, Nov 18, 2016 4 Comments

    While it’s been practiced and accepted by law enforcement agencies in California for decades, lane splitting has never officially been declared legal or illegal. The controversial and highly debated practice was officially legalized on August 19, 2016, when Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill No. 51 into law. Many motorcyclists insist lane splitting is safe, […]

    Opinion:  Make West Hollywood a City to Look Up To

    Opinion: Make West Hollywood a City to Look Up To

    Mon, May 22, 2017 4 Comments

    If someone were to grab you off the street, tie you to a post, and force you to watch every “Spongebob Squarepants” episode ever made unless you answered the question, “What is the most beautiful city in the world?” what would you tell them?

    If you’re like me, after you escaped your bonds, smashed the TV, and had a few choice words for your captor, you might later answer the question with “Paris,” or “Prague,” or perhaps “Rome.” [Yes, I have a Euro bias]

    You probably would not think of West Hollywood, or even Los Angeles during your ordeal, at least not as serious answers for a ludicrous situation. [Why would anyone force you to watch Spongebob? Except perhaps the nine-year-old you have to babysit some long weekend. Yes it happened to me, leaving out the bit about the pole]

    Even if Paris, Rome, or Prague…

    Opinion: WeHo Takes Gay Pride Hostage

    Opinion: WeHo Takes Gay Pride Hostage

    Thu, May 18, 2017 40 Comments

    A seismic shift is occurring in Los Angeles’ gay and lesbian communities. On June 11 the anachronistic Gay Pride Parade in West Hollywood will be replaced by a Gay Resist March, reconnecting the gay community to its Gay Liberation roots. Its target, however, is not systemic heterosexual supremacy but The Donald.

    But there is a large and pressing problem confronting the gay community in Los Angeles in this regard. West Hollywood, the site of the annual Gay Pride event, promotes itself as “The World’s Most Incredible & Magical Gay City,” by extension symbolizing the L.A. gay community. Nothing could be further from the truth. It’s time to rescue the Gay Pride celebration from West Hollywood where it has been taken hostage-for-profit by the city and its business interests.

    Incorporated as a city in 1984, Weho is 1.89 square miles in…

    Opinion: WeHo’s Bike/Ped Mobility Plan Should Be More Ambitious

    Opinion: WeHo’s Bike/Ped Mobility Plan Should Be More Ambitious

    Mon, May 01, 2017 32 Comments

    At tonight’s meeting, the City Council will consider a draft Pedestrian and Bicycle Mobility Plan. As someone whose primary modes of transit are my feet and my bike, I am grateful for the city’s commitment to making West Hollywood a safer, more comfortable place to get around in an environmentally friendly way. I appreciate city […]

    Opinion: What’s Up about the Surge in Assaults on WeHo Streets?

    Opinion: What’s Up about the Surge in Assaults on WeHo Streets?

    Thu, Apr 27, 2017 10 Comments

    My evil Uncle John was a “police reporter” early in his long journalism career and filled a column every day with the criminal antics of his city. John’s reporting was rather dull, pedestrian and dry, but some of the local lads still used its items as part of their resumes. Looking back, those days were […]

    Opinion: We Resist the #Resist March

    Opinion: We Resist the #Resist March

    Thu, Apr 27, 2017 6 Comments

    June 12th, 2017, will be the one year anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida. Forty-nine members of the LGBT community and straight allies lost their lives that night, and 68 others were wounded when a radical Islamic terrorist carried out a vicious attack on those simply wanting to have a fun night out with friends. It was the deadliest shooting in American history.

    We all remember where we were when we first heard of this horrific act of barbarism. In Los Angeles, people in our community woke up on Sunday morning, the second day of our usually joyous LGBT Pride Festival, to the news of what had happened to our brothers and sisters the night before- in a place that most LGBT people consider sacred and safe. Fear, sadness and uncertainty carried the day in West Hollywood, where city officials, law enforcement…

    Opinion: The Resist March Is What WeHo Is All About

    Opinion: The Resist March Is What WeHo Is All About

    Tue, Apr 25, 2017 22 Comments

    We can resist with love this coming Pride weekend, knowing we may have to resist with anger later as our forefathers (and mothers) did in 1979, pictured above.

    Let’s Discuss: WeHo: Shabby? Chic? A Mix of Both? What Do You Think?

    Let’s Discuss: WeHo: Shabby? Chic? A Mix of Both? What Do You Think?

    Mon, Apr 24, 2017 8 Comments

    “West Hollywood Is Los Angeles’s Shabby Chic Neighborhood”?

    Those of us who live here may beg to differ about “shabby”. But that’s the label from Mansion Global mansionglobal.com, which bills itself as a “premier digital destination connecting the world’s affluent real estate buyers with prestige properties across the globe…”

    Its story about WeHo as a shabby chic enclave is the latest in a list on its website that includes a look at a $12 million Manhattan duplex, the superyachts that it declares “are the epitome of luxury living” and the fact that Marlene Dietrich’s former Westwood home is on the market now for $6.5 million. The story is especially interesting during this time of debate about WeHo’s status as an “urban village.” It raises the question of whether the village, which

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