Here Are Cancelled or Postponed City Events (and What They Cost)

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The annual Victory in Europe celebration at Plummer Park.

The Sample Saturday sidewalk sale. The Women in Leadership Awards ceremony. The dedication of the Rocky & Bullwinkle statue installed on Sunset at Holloway. Demin Day.

That’s a short list of March and April events in West Hollywood that have been cancelled or postponed because of “stay at home” orders issued by the state and county in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of 55 events scheduled from March 1 to June 30 that are at least partially funded by the city or which require city permits have been cancelled or postponed. The most recent were Friday’s annual Rainbow Key Awards, organized by the city’s Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board, and Pawsapalooza, a fundraiser for the PAWS/LA nonprofit, which helps low-income seniors and those with disabilities care for their pets.

On March 12, the City of West Hollywood cancelled all non-essential city events and gatherings, moved city meetings to a virtual platform where applicable, and revoked special event permits and film permits to comply with the social distancing orders. In addition to the Rainbow Key Awards, those cancellations include the Public Safety Awards, an annual event of the city’s Public Safety Commission. The city also has cancelled the “mayor reorganization,” which is an annual ceremony, scheduled this year for May 18, at which City Councilmember Lindsey Horvath will be installed as mayor and Councilmember John Heilman as mayor pro tem.

The City of West Hollywood spends roughly $6.2 million sponsoring or hosting or co-hosting events each year. The most expensive events that have been cancelled or postponed are the 2020 LA Pride parade and festival (postponed to a date uncertain), for which the city has budgeted $3.2 million.  That event, which attracts an estimated 125,000 people to West Hollywood, also is a major generator of revenue for local bars, restaurants and shops. However, while it is the city’s most costly event, the money the city spends per estimated attendee is $25.33. By contrast, the city spends an average of $300 per attendee at the annual Chamber of Commerce State of the City event and $186 for each of the estimated 350 people who attend the Women in Municipal Government’s leadership conference.

The city has a long list of events scheduled for next fiscal year (July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021) for which decisions whether to cancel or postpone haven’t yet been made.  The list includes the Halloween Carnaval, for which the city currently has budgeted $1.8 million and which attracts an estimated 250,000-500,000 people.

The list will be presented tonight to the City Council which is expected to take those events into consideration as it considers the budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year, a period in which there will be a sharp drop in revenue because of the pandemic.

Below is a chart that lists events cancelled or postponed through June 27 with their cost to the city and their estimated attendance.  It is followed on Page 2 by a list of events currently planned from July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021 whose status is unclear.

DATEEVENTSTATUSCOST TO CITYATTENDANCE
3/1/20 – 3/31/20Women’s History Month (4 events plus displays)Postponed$15,000Varies by event
3/14/20 – 3/20/20DEMO – MAK CenterPostponed$9,000100
3/14-3/15/20Transvagina Monologues – NOWPostponed$4,400100
3/14/2020Maslenitsa – Dance Studio Showtime KatushaPostponed$9,000100
3/21/2020Transforming Community – RoccoPostponed$4,40050
3/21/2020Sample Saturday – WeHo Chamber & Capitol DrugsCancelled$02000
3/21/2020Play BallCancelled$1,500100
3/25/2020Women in Leadership AwardsCancelled/ Postponed$10,000250
3/28/2020Dedication of Rocky & Bullwinkle StatueCancelled$2,000100
3/31/2020Transgender Visibility DayCancelled$1,00050
04/01 -04/30/20Sexual Assault Awareness MonthCancelledn/acampaign
4/1/20 – 4/30/20LA Get Down Festival – Greenway Arts AlliancePostponed$9,000150
4/11/2020The California Sound – GMCLAPostponed$9,000100
4/19/2020Urban Forestry SymposiumPostponed$7,500100
4/19/2020Explore Dance – Benita BikePostponed$2,00050
4/20/2020Denim DayCancelled$500150
4/20-5/2/20SEEFestPostponed$7,625150
4/21/2020Yom HashoahCancelled$4,000100
4/21/2020National Poetry Month (2 events plus street banner display)Cancelled$5,0005000
4/22/2020Homeless Educational Training Series – Everyone InCancelled$1,00050
4/24/2020Move Me – Heidi DucklerPostponed$7,625100
4/25/2020Night of Healing – Taking Back OurselvesCancelled150
4/25/2020Kid’s FairCancelled$10,800500
4/26/2020The Return of the Bachs – KontrapunctusPostponed$4,00050
4/29/2020Homeless Educational Training Series – Everyone InCancelled$1,00050
5/1/20 – TBDRainbow Key AwrardsCancelled$6,000100
5/1/2020Pawsapalooza – PAWS/LACancelled$1,200700
5/6/2020Homeless Educational Training Series – Everyone InCancelled$1,00050
5/6/2020LA County Lesbian, Bi, Queer Women’s Health eventCancelled$5,000100-200
5/9/2020Victory in Europe Day/MarchDigital format$14,0001000
5/11/2020Public Safety AwardsCancelled$5,000100
5/15/2020Rogue Lab – Rogue ArtistsPostponed$7,500200
5/16/2020World Dog Day – Vanderpump DogsCancelled$02550
5/17/2020Russian Cultural Festival (month-long festival)Cancelled$144,4004000
DATEEVENTSTATUSCOST TO CITYATTENDANCE
5/18/2020Mayoral ReorganizationCancelled$11,500100 – 250
5/20/2020Senior Health FairCancelled$10,000500
5/22/2020Harvey Milk Day (Dear Harvey Reading)Digital Format$5,000100-120
5/23/2020Triumph – LA Women’s Theatre FestivalPostponed$6,250200
5/25/2020Memorial Day DisplayStatic Display$500Static Display
5/30/2020Charlie Parker Centenary – LAXARTPostponed$8,000200
5/31/2020A Star is Born – VOX Femina LAPostponed$7,125100
5/31/2020She Angels Pitchfest – 360 KarmaCancelled$0150
5/31/2020Memorial Day DisplayStatic Display$500
05/22/20 – 06/30/20One City One Pride (20-25 events. 1-2 exhibits)Digital Format$52,00010,000
6/1-30/20Artist Corner GalleryPostponed$3,600100
6/6/2020AIDS/Lifecycle – AIDS/LifecycleCancelled$02300
6/8/2020Annual Historic Preservaton CelebrationPostponed$6,00075
6/12/2020Out There – LA Art AssociationPostponed$6,825200
6/12/2020Annual Dyke MarchCancelled$8,000300
6/12/20 – 6/14/20LA Pride 2020Postponed$3,166,151125,000
6/13/2020 – 6/14/2020#SIZZLE! at CSWPostponed$10,000N/A
6/13/2020Trans PrideCancelled$2,5001,500
6/20/2020Honoring our Transcestors – Nahshon Dion AndersonPostponed$4,60050
6/27/2020Snow White and Eve – Invertigo DancePostponed$4,400100
6/27/2020DoYou – YozmitPostponed$3,60050
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Ham Shipey
Ham Shipey
2 months ago

Such a waste of tax dollars. Basic services and infrastructure are the role of city government.

Joshua88
Joshua88
2 months ago
Reply to  Ham Shipey

I could not disagree with you more.
I think it is fantastic that they cover all (sort of) constituencies and it does not cost the city a lot of money.

Makes me proud.

Ham Shipey
Ham Shipey
2 months ago
Reply to  Joshua88

Most of these events are comical.

Alexander
Alexander
2 months ago
Reply to  Ham Shipey

Who wants to live in a home with no rugs, carpeting or paint?

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