WeHo Residents Invited to Share Thoughts on Public Safety, Eastside Projects, Walkability on Sunset

West Hollywood residents are invited to share their thoughts about public safety issues, the Sunset Experience project and implementation of the Eastside Community Priority Plan at a variety of events this month.

On this coming Monday, residents are invited to join representatives from the city’s Public Safety Department and West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station to

discuss what is being done to meet public safety challenges in local neighborhoods.

Admission is free and pizza will be served. The town-hall style meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at Plummer Park’s Fiesta Hall, located at 7377 Santa Monica Blvd. For more information, contact Rob Winrader at RWinrader@weho.org.

The City of West Hollywood is inviting residents to an event on Thursday, March 14, to discuss the Sunset Experience pilot project and provide suggestions for other ways to improve walkability on the Strip

In November 2018, the city installed three temporary pilot projects to test ways to make walking the Sunset Strip a more pedestrian-friendly experience. The pilot projects are only up for six months; the city is in the process of evaluating how these experiments worked and is seeking feedback.

The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at The London Hotel’s Kensington Ballroom, located at 1020 N. San Vicente Blvd.

Those unable to attend the meeting can share their opinions by filling out a short online survey at www.weho.org/sunsetexperience. For more information, contact Garen Srapyan, associate planner, at (323) 848‐6827 or gsrapyan@weho.org.

West Hollywood residents are invited to stop by pop-up information booths later this month to get information about the city’s Eastside Community Priority Plan and policies and projects that have been completed since the adoption of the plan in October 2017.

The locations and dates and times of the pop-ups are as follows:

— Saturday, March 16 at 10 a.m. at Plummer Park Community Center, located at 7377 Santa Monica Blvd.

— Monday, March 18 at 9 a.m. at the Helen Albert Farmers’ Market at the Plummer Park North Parking lot, located at 7377 Santa Monica Blvd..

— Monday, March 18 at 2 p.m. near Mendocino Farms restaurant, located at the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Formosa Avenue.

— Tuesday, March 19 at 3 p.m. near Astro Burger restaurant, located at the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and North Vista Street.

  1. We need new leadership in Public Safety. Someone who is lives in West Hollywood and someone who meets with the Residents on a monthly basis and make the changes that are needed. West Hollywood is not very Resident friendly.

  2. I have to say that the “Sunset walkability” setup on Sunset & Palm & Larabee & San Vicente is a ridiculous mess. I can’t even imagine that those in charge of “Sunset walkability” could come up with something as hazardous – no, as dangerous – as this inexplicable mess. My dog Zipper & I walk up there nearly every day & we see those little white posts being hit & sometimes propelled right into the middle of the street. Imagine if someone was walking on that painted strip (which thankfully no one ever does, pedestrians aren’t that dumb) & a car hit them as well as the white pole! Also, these white posts make the street look messy & junky, whether they’re standing up or laying crushed on the street. This setup is a tragedy waiting to happen. Those painted bubble outs at the ends of the curb, like on the southeast corner of Sunset & San Vicente for example, make it needlessly difficult if not impossible for a car to easily drive into the parking spot, they have to pull forward & try to back into the space in the face of approaching traffic behind them, which I have seen nearly cause an accident & much driver irritation. To block easy entrances into much needed parking spaces & often cause drivers to give up & move on, is ludicrous on it’s face. Also, drivers aren’t expecting to have to make such a sharp turn, from Sunset onto Larabee and Palm for example, or vice versa, & when they see those confusing painted bubble outs, they suddenly swerve to go around them (I don’t think most drivers – or pedestrians – have any idea why they’re there), causing other needless moving traffic hazards. I simply can’t get my mind around such an ill thought out & hazardous set up in the middle of traffic lanes & call it “more walkable”. Why on earth would pedestrians choose to walk in a dangerous oncoming traffic lane instead of the safe sidewalk?? And flower boxes placed hazardously onto a traffic lane make Sunset more walkable? How about putting them on the sidewalk? The seating area near Book Soup is very nice looking & looks like very nice & good quality, but who sits there? No one that I’ve ever seen, & why would they? And that too extends out into the lane of traffic on Sunset, one of the busiest traffic streets in the city. People come on! This kind of conversation setup would be wonderful in WeHo Park for example, where people DO congregate & this would be an ideal way for people to sit & read, meet new people & chat & get to know more & more people in the neighborhood. The seating setup is a good idea in a bad place. Another thing is, they want to make Sunset Strip more walkable – to where? This is not the Sunset Strip of legend, when there were myriad things & places that tourists & our own visitors wanted to see. No more. I can’t see that this disastrous mess has any redeeming qualities whatsoever & I think it should be removed before it’s too late.

    1. A prime example of well paid city consultants run wild tasked to come up with a scheme that appears to be a justification of their fees. Deterioration of the boulevard ie. gaming the real estate monopoly game, has generally made Sunset an uninteresting location with the possible exception of Sunset Plaza. Unsuspecting tourists pick their way through construction sites sometimes on sloping pavement suitable for mountain goats. Illustration of city becoming more dependent on outside consultants rather than staff with better antennae and foresight.

  3. I live on Romaine Street between Stanley and Curson. In front of the house there were three car break ins, including my car and my friends car was stolen as well in January. The police came hour late did not want to take the license plate of stolen car, either over the phone or when they were writing the report. They did not care at all. The car was found 3-4 week later in the area when people walking dogs behind Highland noticed a car parked for an extended time. Police finally after more than 4 repeated calls looked up the owner and called my friend to let him know where his car was located. The transients lived in it during that time and totally ruined the car engine and interior. They told the owner the police do not need any fingerprints or anything from the car and if he wanted he could just tow it away. Complete disrespected to distressed owners of the property. Initially when this happened my car was broken into and the police also did not care to take samples of fingerprints. We had photos of the suspect that neighbors took of this black guy with the hood but they did not care to take it at all. I am wondering what is police there for?!

    1. None of this is surprising since the sheriffs in WeHo have consistently been useless in most instances in my 9 years here, including with an assault I tried to register years ago, unless it’s to protect themselves, as with the 3 who murdered an innocent citizen on Palm some years back.

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