Live entertainment and amplified music in the Robertson Outzone received a resounding “Shhh” at the West Hollywood City Council meeting Monday night.
A unanimous vote by council would have been required to ratify the city manager’s most recent executive order, which came on the heels of lifted COVID restrictions across the city and state. The order currently permits live music and entertainment in the Robertson Outzone but excludes other participants in the Outzone program.
Councilmembers were nowhere near unanimously supportive.
“When I voted for Out on Robertson, what really attracted me to this was the ability for us to be able to help some of our businesses that were suffering,” said Councilmember Sepi Shyne. “From what I’m seeing all it’s going to be is the Abbey having their speakers outside or bringing their drag show out. And personally it was very loud. I think we do need to think about our residents that do live in that area and they want to have some quiet during the weekend.”
“There used to be noise complaints all the time up until COVID,” Councilmember Lauren Meister said. “ I think it’ll be a mistake.”
Councilmember John Erickson hoped to table the item so Councilmember John D’Amico could be present.
“We did Out on Robertson together,” Erickson said. “I think it would be unfair for us to have a conversation without him on this one.”
The council decided to rescind the executive order issued by City Manager Paul Arevalo during his last meeting on the dais. Staff was then directed to bring it back for discussion when the full council meets on July 21.