Party on Robertson Blvd. might get louder

West Hollywood City Council will decide Monday whether to permit bars and restaurants to hold more live outdoor entertainment on Robertson Blvd., testing the patience of some neighbors who’ve already grown tired of the Out on Robertson pilot program.

“PLEASE STOP THE ROBERTSON BOOZE STREET PARTY TAKEOVER OF OUR NEIGHBORHOOD,” resident Kurt Knutsson wrote to City Council ahead of their meeting.

An amendment to the Outzone Permit Program would allow establishments next to residential and commercial zones to have live outdoor entertainment between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. In the Robertson Outzone, the period is longer: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

(Late Saturday night during Memorial Day weekend, a line of partygoers waiting to enter The Abbey stretched half a block down Robertson Blvd. Photo by Brandon Garcia)

This comes as the city and county are preparing to lift many capacity limits and social distancing requirements on June 15.

There is no stipulation forbidding amplified music in the Robertson Outzone, an issue which is concerning residents of the area.

“I am all for encouraging (the) community by opening up Robertson to pedestrians to socialize, but I see no reason the Abbey needs to take its live entertainment out onto the street,” wrote Bob Shepard. “I would hope the Robertson closure would not simply become an extension for the Abbey.”

“The closure of Robertson does NOT serve our community in any meaningful way,” Knutsson wrote. “In fact, it encourages unsafe behavior, creates traffic problems, disrupts the community by creating a recurring carnival-like atmosphere serving the interests of the retail liquor establishments and not your constituents.”

Crowd size has fluctuated since the Out on Robertson program began. Late Saturday night during Memorial Day weekend, a line of partygoers waiting to enter The Abbey stretched half a block down Robertson Blvd. 


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Matthew Flanagan
Matthew Flanagan
11 months ago

I live in the neighborhood and it’s gotten so boring and a lack of joy. A couple nights or days of music and a feeling of unity is worth it 100% to me! These business owners deserve the opportunity to make some extra money. WeHo deserves to be filled with laughter, joy, and music!

WehoFan
WehoFan
11 months ago

It’s good for the city. Brings in needed revenue and tourists. Weho is becoming like Bourbon Street in New Orleans.

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Jose
Jose
11 months ago

Is there no end to turning the entire city of West Hollywood into one big BAR.

C.R.
C.R.
11 months ago
Reply to  Jose

Nightlife is the primary draw and appeal of West Hollywood, from Melrose to Santa Monica Blvd to Sunset. It sure isn’t brick and mortar retail in 2021. If not for the vibrancy of that, I wouldn’t understand the desire to live here, you can certainly find more affordable locations in the county that don’t have walkable nightlife.

Enlightenment
Enlightenment
11 months ago
Reply to  C.R.

Having nightlife, drinking, availability of drugs an aspiration in life? Adding more mentally unsound and addled people living on the street or raging inside their homes/apartments is a goal? What happened to the goals of a supposedly open and fair city characterized by healthy practices, the overused phrase “creative city”. Why do so many wander around in athletic gear/street underwear, acting out striving to be accepted? This seems to be a self perpetuating philosophy devaluing and degrading the folks participating in it. While certainly not in favor of a so called nanny state, what happened to personal responsibility for public… Read more »

Randy
Randy
11 months ago
Reply to  Enlightenment

“Enlightenment,” Ummm … I’ve lived here for 22 years. On Flores (mid-city), Larrabee (heart of boystown), and on Orange Grove (barely on the east side). Let’s be real. I knew, in 1999, what I was moving into. I lived in mid-city, where it was a little quieter, to the heart of boystown (for 5 years, on Larrabee, where I expected some noise, and mayhem), to barely the east side, where it was even quieter than mid-city. “Nightlife, drinking, availability of drugs,” have been a part of this city, since I moved here, and started visiting here, in 1997, and long… Read more »

Matthew Flanagan
Matthew Flanagan
11 months ago
Reply to  Jose

Let’s hope.

Weho Resident
Weho Resident
11 months ago

There are no leaders on the city council. Only followers who care about their own personal future then the residents who they represent. John D’Amico is stubborn and jaded pompous idiot. Horvath is only out for her career who undermines her friends. Erickson is a lap dog that barks and uses anyone he can for himself. Shyne is only for black people and Meister is outnumbered and outclassed abandoned the West Hollywood West residents if she goes along with this she loses my vote and I live half a block away. This is the worst city council and I am… Read more »

JJ1
JJ1
11 months ago
Reply to  Weho Resident

Even with the poor personal behavior of Duran, he was level headed, thought issues through and made good decisions regarding the city. Same with Heilman. We lost those two and in place we got inexperienced, holier than thou individuals that go with their agenda over the will of the people that put them there. VOTE. THEM. OUT.

John
John
11 months ago

I support the longer hours. The closest Residents are north of SMB in the Norma triangle. Also if you want complete silence move to the suburbs. I live in West Hollywood and noise coming from bars and restaurants goes with living in West Hollywood.

angry gay pope
11 months ago
Reply to  John

I agree. That is a commercial zone not residential.

JJ1
JJ1
11 months ago
Reply to  angry gay pope

The problem lies when the commercial zone encroaches into the residential zone. And that’s what’s happening here. Every city has a residential and commercial zone – they are ignoring that and THAT is a problem. Left unchecked it will destroy any city or town. We had experienced council members that understood that. Most of the public does not.

carleton cronin
11 months ago

The talk among residents is that after June 15th, we expect all hell to break loose as the town opens up fully. Also, traffic on my block (and others nearby) was heavy despite signs LOCAL ACSESS ONLY.

JJ1
JJ1
11 months ago

David Cooley mentioned this very thing months ago. This has been his endgame all along. We should not be tossing our code out the window sacrificing residents to make David Cooley richer.

Last edited 11 months ago by JJ1
John Daniel Harrington-Tyrell
John Daniel Harrington-Tyrell
11 months ago

Re-open City Hall, and Council Meetings

C.R.
C.R.
11 months ago

Okay, first the criticism was that this was not popular with enough people coming so it should be stopped and now it’s too popular with too many people so it should be stopped? Let it go on for the summer at least as the bar business comes back to life, the city needs its rejuvenation right now. Sorry NIMBYs.

JJ1
JJ1
11 months ago
Reply to  C.R.

so easy to say when it’s not your life savings and investment on the line.

C.R.
C.R.
11 months ago
Reply to  JJ1

Seriously? That was the reason why I moved here. If I wanted peace and quiet, I would have invested in well….most other cities in L.A. County as opposed to the heart of Boystown, West Hollywood. Unbelievable with this……

JJ1
JJ1
11 months ago
Reply to  C.R.

What’s unbelievable is your failure to understand why every city has a code that protects the residential from the commercial.

Randy
Randy
11 months ago
Reply to  C.R.

C.R., in full agreement. See my comment above. Xo.

Jonathan Simmons
Jonathan Simmons
11 months ago

Thinking … The closest Residents are north of SMB in the Norma triangle???

Or am I just slow thinking today?

:dpb
:dpb
11 months ago

So basically the Abbey will have its outdoor entertainment hours extended. Two blocks are shut down, eroding the appeal of every other establishment on Robertson – the street is EMPTY except for in the Abbey’s direct vicinity.
Shut this crap down.
And at the same time, OPEN UP CITY HALL AND THE COUNCIL MEETINGS.

Last edited 11 months ago by :dpb
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