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Let’s Discuss: Are Pooches a Problem in Public Places?

Let’s Discuss: Are Pooches a Problem in Public Places?

Wed, Mar 22, 2017 35 Comments

Is the perceived proliferation of dogs in the city’s bars, shops and restaurants really a problem? If it is, what, given the restrictions noted above, should be done about it?

OPINION

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Opinion: Gay Pride Parade or Protest?

Opinion: Gay Pride Parade or Protest?

Mon, Mar 13, 2017 35 Comments

The annual LA Pride Parade is the loudest celebration showcasing LGBT pride. On a parade route you can feel the living soul of Pride. An unabashed celebration. A full display of our community. Unity among groups. The breadth of our community in full view for all to join. The good times are the most glorious of days.

Way back in 1969, when I was a ten-year-old tot, there was this riot in New York City at a gay club called Stonewall. It was the first time the gays stuck together and fought back against the police. They weren’t giving up. And the spark to the flame of the modern gay rights movement began.

Think back on last year and the community revolt against Christopher Street West (CSW)’s decision to coin LA Pride as a music festival. CSW President Chris Classen proclaimed “our demographic is…

Opinion: I Recall When It Seemed to be A Lot More Fun

Opinion: I Recall When It Seemed to be A Lot More Fun

Sat, Mar 11, 2017 2 Comments

Election day, that is. The exact years are lost in the fog of my memory, but much else of the occasion remains.

The day before election day, we were treated to vans and trucks slowly touring the streets, their loudspeakers blaring out partisan messages to the electorate. They were evident all day and evening. Traditional buntings were hung everywhere, and flags were common at the fancier houses. Jimmy Condon, our ward boss, was rushing around passing out beer chits and asking those who warranted them if the food basket had arrived. Jimmy was a busy lad and took his job seriously. He also played a snare drum in a band which would be part of the parade the next day. Naturally, Jimmy worked for the incumbent Democrat mayor, James Michael Curley, who was both celebrated and reviled, depending upon one’s view of life.

Curley delivered…

Opinion: This City Council Is Giving the City Away

Opinion: This City Council Is Giving the City Away

Mon, Mar 06, 2017 26 Comments

The sitting City Council is granting favors to real estate developers rather than doing its job, which is to protect and advocate for the residents of the city. Time after time, it approves outsized real estate projects that are not in conformity with the law of West Hollywood, as set forth in the city’s General Plan and zoning code. What’s worse, it ignores required procedures designed to give the public a voice in city government.

The 8899 Beverly Blvd. project is a recent, glaring example of government for the developers, by the developers’ lawyers, and of a sellout City Council. The city approved a project to produce luxury condos in the million-dollar range, a project to double the size of a building that was already too large to comply with the General Plan for the city, nonconforming with its zoning, and not within the…

Opinion: Politics — Doing the People’s Work in the Best Game in Town

Opinion: Politics — Doing the People’s Work in the Best Game in Town

Mon, Mar 06, 2017 4 Comments

East Coast politics have been the target of much dismay by those who believe that we can have a government – at any level – without the tinge of corruption or chicanery. Those observers fail to reckon with that great fall guy, “human nature.” As a student, and continuing over the years, I have been […]

Opinion: WeHoMAP Follows the Rules…and the Money

Opinion: WeHoMAP Follows the Rules…and the Money

Fri, Mar 03, 2017 13 Comments

The West Hollywood Money and Politics Committee (WeHoMAP) is a “General Purpose Committee” created to educate West Hollywood and its surrounding cities voters on issues that most impact our daily lives – traffic and parking, affordable housing and homelessness.

A General Purpose Committee, like WeHoMAP or the WeHo Chamber of Commerce’s WeHoPAC, is defined as being involved in either multiple elections or multiple jurisdictions.

WeHoMAP has been active not only in educating voters in West Hollywood but also in support of smart-growth candidates like John Mirisch in Beverly Hills, and support of Los Angeles County Measure H, to help house the homeless.

Unfortunately, the law firm behind Standing Up for West Hollywood—a $140,000 SuperPAC supporting John Heilman and John Duran re-election funded mostly by real estate…

Opinion: A ‘Yes’ Vote on Measure H Will Help Homeless LGBT Youth

Opinion: A ‘Yes’ Vote on Measure H Will Help Homeless LGBT Youth

Thu, Mar 02, 2017

My day at the office typically begins and ends with the sounds of laughter and tears. That’s generally what I hear when I walk through the front doors of the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Youth Center, in the heart of Hollywood. What I always see is a line of LGBT young people who are hungry not just for food, but for a place to sleep and for the resources to build a better life. That line isn’t getting any shorter.

LGBT people are no strangers to poverty and unstable housing. According to a 2012 study by the Williams Institute, up to 40% of the youth experiencing homelessness identify as LGBT. In another study by the Williams Institute (2013), it was found that lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people, particularly LGB people of color, were more likely to be vulnerable to poverty.

But homelessness is more than a statistic….

Opinion: Anger and ‘Alternative Facts’ Have No Place in Our City Council Election

Opinion: Anger and ‘Alternative Facts’ Have No Place in Our City Council Election

Mon, Feb 27, 2017 29 Comments

Let’s take the nastiness and lies out of the campaign for WeHo City Council and focus on real issues and facts.

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Opinion: Politics, Ice Cream and the Milkman’s Horse

Opinion: Politics, Ice Cream and the Milkman’s Horse

Sat, Feb 25, 2017 8 Comments

It’s easy to get endorsements from other politicians. That gesture is motivated by a desire to acknowledge others in the club, show the secret handshake and keep from making waves in the pool. Pols are always warily watching each other. Gaining the endorsements from constituents is another story. West Hollywood West Residents Association has a decided interest in letting residents in its venue make up their own minds with a diverse group of candidates, most new to the process, and held a ”meet and greet – ice cream social” for that purpose on a recent sunny Sunday afternoon.

Status quo was certainly under review as nine candidates for the two City Council seats up for contention on March 7 made their pitch. We were reminded by several of them that “development” is not always change for the better. A decidedly younger crop of…

Opinion: WeHo City Council Needs to Listen to Residents on Overdevelopment

Opinion: WeHo City Council Needs to Listen to Residents on Overdevelopment

Thu, Feb 23, 2017 9 Comments

I have been a resident of West Hollywood for 25 years and I am currently a candidate for West Hollywood City Council. But I am writing this article not as a candidate, but as a resident of our city for a quarter of a century.
If there is only one good thing that comes from this city election on March 7, other than my joining our City Council, I wish for it to be that our council LISTEN to our residents. There is, right now, a great disconnect between the council and the residents of the city they serve. And so I ask the council to pause and LISTEN to our neighbors.

Most commonly, over the last decade or so we see this great disconnect with regard to the discussion centered around overdevelopment.

I will give you the most recent example of just such disconnect. Last week I had the opportunity to meet with the architects,…

Opinion:  Why the L.A. Pride Parade Should Become a March for Human Rights

Opinion: Why the L.A. Pride Parade Should Become a March for Human Rights

Tue, Feb 21, 2017 23 Comments

When any American loses their rights, we all do.

We are LGBTQ+. We are people of color. We are people of different faiths. We are people of all genders and no gender. We are immigrants. We are dreamers. We people with disabilities. We are parents. We are allies. And we are beautiful intersections of these. But most of all, we are American. Yet our rights are in jeopardy. Forces are gathering in government that intend to take away our hard-won basic human rights.

On Jan. 26, I discovered that Washington, D.C., was going to host an LGBTQ+ march. I quickly checked my schedule to see if I’d be available only to discover that LA Pride was on the same day. Impulsively, I posted on my Facebook page that the LA Pride Parade should become a march in 2017. Parades with floats and bands and dancers are to celebrate progress…

Opinion: Why I Resigned from Christopher Street West’s Board

Opinion: Why I Resigned from Christopher Street West’s Board

Sun, Feb 19, 2017 8 Comments

I am a resident of West Hollywood for more than 38 years, a senior citizen about to turn 73, and someone who frequented the Stonewall bar and participated in the first Pride March in 1970 in New York City. While director of volunteers at AIDS Project Los Angeles (1983-1989), I was responsible for APLA’s participation in Christopher Street West’s (CSW) festival and parade for five years. Because of the serious problems connected with CSW last year, I wanted to make a positive difference with the direction of this organization.

To do that, I submitted my application last September to be a CSW board member. I was elected to the board and attended my first meeting in that capacity in October. I resigned on January 17.

One major reason I parted ways with CSW was the requirement that board members sign a non disclosure agreement…

Opinion: Money and the 2017 City Council Election

Opinion: Money and the 2017 City Council Election

Fri, Feb 17, 2017 6 Comments

“Money is the mother’s milk of politics…” said Tip O’Neill. Carleton Cronin says what we can do about that in WeHo.

Opinion: Access to Affordable Healthcare is a Right, Not a Privilege

Opinion: Access to Affordable Healthcare is a Right, Not a Privilege

Thu, Feb 16, 2017 12 Comments

Like many people in the City of West Hollywood, I read the morning news each day, stunned by the headlines out of Washington D.C. I shake my head in disbelief when I hear the President talk about healthcare.

Here are my questions to the President and his party:

— Why wouldn’t you want all Americans to have access to healthcare?
— Don’t you want the best for the people you’re representing?
— Don’t you want children to be born healthy and seniors to be well enough to age in place?
— Don’t you want to do not only “the right thing,” but also what’s most cost-efficient?

We’ve recently seen Congress take steps to roll back healthcare through its budget reconciliation process and one of the first executive actions taken by the President during his first days in office served to codify his intent to dismantle…

Opinion: ‘Alternative Facts’ Surface in the Debate Over the 8150 Sunset Project

Opinion: ‘Alternative Facts’ Surface in the Debate Over the 8150 Sunset Project

Mon, Feb 13, 2017 15 Comments

Is Donald Trump the investor behind the controversial project at 8150 Sunset Blvd.? Do “alternative facts” matter?

Some opponents of project have launched a vicious campaign against its developers, Townscape Partners, and three West Hollywood City Council members that they have labeled the “Townscape Three” and who they say are backing the 8150 Sunset project.

The assertion that Trump is backing the enormous multi-use project was raised again by a speaker during the public comment period at last week’s West Hollywood City Council meeting. The attacks on WeHo City Council members John Duran, John Heilman and Lindsey Horvath — the so-called “Townscape Three” — have been made in a flurry of emails over the past few months from someone who identifies himself as Michael Grace. Grace has not responded to emails from WEHOville to…

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