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    OPINION: Is Tolerance a One-Way Street in WeHo?

    OPINION: Is Tolerance a One-Way Street in WeHo?

    Sun, Oct 15, 2017 36 Comments

    I’m a 47-year-old straight man born and raised in West Hollywood. I own a home in WeHo, have a wife and a 9-year-old daughter. Back in August, my wife and I were driving with our daughter on Santa Monica Boulevard during the middle of the day when traffic forced our vehicle to stop in front of the Pleasure Chest, the local sex shop on the east side.

    As we casually glanced over at the store front window facing the street, we noticed an advertisement that filled the giant 8-foot-high by 8-foot-wide window with NINE GIGANTIC photos of FULLY NAKED ASSES! Some were male, some were female, some were bent over, others had Lollypops next to them, some had whipped cream on them and some had colored sprinkles that one would normally garnish on a scoop of ice cream.

    Written in the center of the banner In GIANT letters was the announcement…

    OPINION:  Keep ‘Em Moving? How About Diverge and Re-Direct?

    OPINION: Keep ‘Em Moving? How About Diverge and Re-Direct?

    Fri, Oct 13, 2017 4 Comments

    Sic transit Gloria

    For much of recent history the mantra of traffic management has been “keep ’em moving!” One envisions an endless line of cars and trucks coming from someplace and going to someplace while onlookers stand in bewilderment. “Modern Times,” as social satirist Charlie Chaplin has depicted it, has enveloped us and we seem unable to both understand and cope with the developments.

    Thursday evening at Stuart Denenberg’s Fine Art Galley, the West Hollywood West Residents Association gathered with city officials and staff to discuss and consider possible solutions to traffic conditions on San Vicente Boulevard. This strip of “highway” through West Hollywood has been a constant topic of concern for the past 35 years – or as long as we have been a city. The possibilities of a fix for the most noticeable problem,…

    OPINION: Cast a Giant Shadow?

    OPINION: Cast a Giant Shadow?

    Fri, Oct 13, 2017 7 Comments

    The “Sunset Tower” at 9034 Sunset Blvd. Not Jeff Klein’s Sunset Tower Hotel, a truly historic landmark, but the latest proposal for a hotel on the Sunset Strip.

    No one is mentioning this is 19 stories – almost 2,000 feet tall. Per the city’s Sunset Specific Plan, the maximum height allowed for this site is 60 feet, or roughly six stories. The 9000 Sunset Blvd. building is 16 stories. The Sunset Doheny hotel is 13 stories. This will tower over both, no pun intended.

    The hotel on the empty lot at Hilldale and Hammond will be six stories. The Hustler/Arts Club project will be seven or eight stories. The London is 10 stories. The Aahs! gift store site next to it has recently been sold and anything built there can go to 10 stories but the developer will undoubtedly ask for more.

    Soon Sunset will be a solid wall of towers….

    Opinion: We Respond to Harvey Weinstein’s Violation of White Women, Why Not to Ed Buck’s of Black Boys?

    Opinion: We Respond to Harvey Weinstein’s Violation of White Women, Why Not to Ed Buck’s of Black Boys?

    Tue, Oct 10, 2017 8 Comments

    Cannick, a writer and commentator on political, race and social issues, asks why Democratic politicians, including those on the WeHo City Council, haven’t rejected the money they have received from Ed Buck.

    Opinion: Why Do We Hate West Hollywood’s Homeless?

    Opinion: Why Do We Hate West Hollywood’s Homeless?

    Mon, Oct 02, 2017 37 Comments

    Late one morning I was sitting in Joey’s, my favorite WeHo diner, waiting for Pedro to deliver the huevos rancheros to my table. The door opened and in walked a disheveled man, his face dirty, the scruff on his face not as neatly groomed as that of WeHo’s stylish gay men. He was carrying a blanket over his shoulder.

    “I’m sorry sir, but you’ll have to leave,” said one of the staff members.

    “But I want to buy a cup of coffee,” the man said, putting an emphasis on the word “buy.”

    “I’m sorry sir, but you’ll have to leave,” the staffer repeated, stepping forward to escort the man out the door.

    It happened quickly, and at first I felt ashamed for not having stepped forward and offered to buy the man a cup of coffee myself. But then I realized that being able to pay for the coffee wasn’t the issue. The…

    Opinion: Why West Hollywood Should Be More Creative in Helping the Homeless

    Opinion: Why West Hollywood Should Be More Creative in Helping the Homeless

    Mon, Oct 02, 2017 3 Comments

    A city that has constructed a narrative around welcoming streets for the LGBTQ community, West Hollywood has quietly turned a blind eye on its homeless, many of whom are LGBTQ people.

    Opinion: It’s Time for GLAAD to Close and EQCA to Come Home

    Opinion: It’s Time for GLAAD to Close and EQCA to Come Home

    Thu, Sep 21, 2017 6 Comments

    It’s long past time for GLAAD to close its doors. And it’s not too late for Equality California to come back home.

    Nonprofit organizations such as GLAAD (the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) and EQCA were created for good reasons. GLAAD, founded in 1985, was created to combat bias against LGBT people in the media and to educate journalists about cultures and communities that many of them didn’t understand. EQCA was founded in 1998 to fight for civil rights for LGBT people in California.

    But over the past couple of decades, GLAAD has devolved into an organization known best for its celebrity award events, which it uses to suck up money that should go to more important LGBT causes. EQCA continues to do good work in California, a beacon for LGBT rights in the United States. But EQCA has decided to extend its reach…

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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 5 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, […]

    It’s Going to Happen!  Now What Are You Going to Do About It?

    It’s Going to Happen! Now What Are You Going to Do About It?

    Tue, Sep 19, 2017

    Only 3.6? Few people in West Hollywood felt the 3.6 tremor at 11:30 p.m. Monday night. It was a small one on the dreaded San Andreas fault, where the “big one” is supposed to originate. Was it a fore-shock or just another small temblor, the sort we experience nearly every day? If anything, small or large, it should be a stark reminder of the inevitability, the certainty, that a major earthquake is in our future.

    Earthquakes are not yet very predictable except to know that certain faults are the most likely to move. However, the Northridge quake of 1994 occurred on a previously unmapped (unknown) fault and caused considerable damage and loss of life.

    There was no possible way to predict such an event. We do not know much about the earth despite all of our scientific probing. We do know where the oil and many other minerals are…

    Homelessness:  West Hollywood Can Take the Lead in Eliminating the Problem

    Homelessness: West Hollywood Can Take the Lead in Eliminating the Problem

    Mon, Sep 18, 2017 23 Comments

    I was shocked and horrified to read about the attack that recently took place on Santa Monica Boulevard and Hayworth Avenue. For me it was particularly disturbing considering that I patronize that 7-Eleven almost every day. The office of Mercy For Animals, the non-profit organization I work for, is just down the street.

    I was heartened to hear that our courageous Sheriff’s deputies finally apprehended the vagrant who was responsible for the brutal assault. All of our residents — our adults, children, seniors — deserve a safe community and a municipal government that is responsible and accountable. The more I look, however, at the circumstances behind this particular crime and individual, the more it looks as if this tragedy is part of a bigger, broader crisis we are dealing with as a city, state and country — the crisis of…

    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 29 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.

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