Here we go again. The pilot program “Out on Robertson’ was scheduled to have a completion date of July 19th.
But, at this past Wednesday, June 21st City Council meeting the item was set to end or extend. Despite the clear end date as planned Council member D’Amico proposed an extra two weeks to give notice to the Abbey. Erickson seconded the motion. But brushback came immediately from Council member Meister who pointed out the clear end date as proposed in the original ‘Out of Robertson’ pilot program.
The program which began without a staff report or budget cost the City of West Hollywood $171,000 to date, over a 16 week period. The cost for city staff and public safety is over $10,000 per weekend.
Council member Shyne and Horvath both agreed to end the program but the council as a whole decided to ‘leave it to city staff’ to ‘talk to David Cooley’. Council member D’Amico said at the time ‘David might just decide its not worth closing the next two weekends’.
WEHOville received questions this morning from multiple residents inquiring if ‘Out on Robertson’ would be open or closed. Open means the street is closed, and closed means the street is open for cars.
WEHOville reached out to the Asst. City Manager Oscar Delgado at 9am, this morning to inquire if ‘Out on Robertson’ would continue through this weekend and next or if the program was officially ended. “What did David Cooley decide?” Is Out on Robertson opened or closed?
A quick reply from the Asst. City Manager Delgado explained that he was unsure if city staff had met or contacted David Cooley yet. But the Abbey will be participating in the ‘Out on Robertson’ this weekend. Robertson will once again be closed today at 6pm through early monday morning.
At this time we do not know if ‘Out on Robertson’ will also be open or closed next weekend through August 2nd. The Council left the closing of Robertson Blvd. up to David Cooley. City staff will inform the public after Mr. Cooley makes a final decision.