Ruth Williams: Commissioner Soon-Shiong ‘needs to wake up and smell the roses’

City founder Ruth Williams spoke during the Public Safety Commission’s Monday night meeting:

What Commissioner Soon-Shiong failed to mention or understand is that our city is comprised of 38 to 39,000 residents.

Population triples in the daytime. Due to the day workforce after 6 o’clock, they leave the city.

And then again the population triples with the workforce that comes here for the night.

People are yelling for more deputies, not less. Since your last meeting I don’t think my phone has stopped ringing. I’ve been a resident of West Hollywood since 1948 and served on the Commission for almost 30 years. and I’m a co-founder of the city, so I think I understand the city.

In a sense we’ve become our own worst enemy because we’re known as the Celebrity City.

So outsiders think we’re all rich. Why else did gangs come down a few years ago from Oakland to rob us?

When you look at the TV and TMZ, the celebrities are always eating at our restaurants, partying at our clubs.

Justin Bieber had his little soiree at the PVC.

And four people were shot. What the heck, let’s defund the sheriff, and let’s get rid of an additional 10 or 12 deputies?

I think Miss Soon Chung needs to wake up and smell the roses.

We need our deputies on the street, and we need more of them.

We need them on foot patrol. We need them on bikes.

We need to bring back whoever was defunded, and even add more. Crime is up. People are yelling for more public safety, not not less.

Day or night doesn’t go by when the choppers are up.Or maybe Commissioner Soon-Shiong would prefer that we just dump LASD and get LAPD.

It was tried and failed in the mid-90s. 

We won the initiative. Steve Martin and Abby land were our spokespersons, and that was a fight.

We need to keep LASD, and I do want to take a minute to thank Commissioners Burger and Balbone for being able to say how they truly felt in voting against that proposal. 

I really wish people would understand the city.

Get to know the city and understand what the residents want.

Not less sheriffs, but more sheriffs. We want to keep the sheriff’s department. Cities that got rid of the sheriffs, they got rid of their own police departments because of corruption, they contracted with the sheriff’s department.

So I want to thank you very much, and it was really nice to see some of you familiar faces, friends, and be well.

Stay safe. and please, please, please don’t defund any more deputies, which put more patrols on the street.

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Chloe Ross
2 months ago

If you want the unvarnished truth. Ask Ruth!!!!!

chloe ross
chloe ross
2 months ago

I have been a friend and neighbor to Ruth who knows of what she speaks!!! And what is a really smart idea is beat cops. Beat cops know the territory and the residents and they quickly see who is new and nice and who is new and a problem. Cities, globally, forever have had cops on the beat. They knew the residents, the creeps and the everyday folks who made up the neighborhoods. They are the police who tell folks “to ‘get offa ‘da corners” and they schmooze and know their areas and their residents. And the bad folks. They… Read more »

Rick Watts
Rick Watts
2 months ago

Well-said, Ruth & Steve Martin!

Miguel V.
Miguel V.
2 months ago

Thanks Ruth

James Litz
James Litz
2 months ago

Thank you, Ruth! I remember the campaign well. It was quite a battle with the clueless proponents of establishing a West Hollywood Police Department. Not sure what qualifications this WeHo newbie has to serve on Public Safety Commission. Is she a resident? Does she have a business here? Does she work in WeHo? Is she a Public Safety expert?

BTW, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, RUTH!

Michael G Labarbera
Michael G Labarbera
2 months ago

You go Ruth! YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT! Our present City Council is COMPLETELY OUT OF TOUCH WITH THE CITIZENS OF WEST HOLLYWOOD!

carleton cronin
2 months ago

Few have kept a finger on the pulse of our city as Ruth Williams has done since the inception of West Hollywood. For those residents born after 1984 I recommend Ruth as a source to describe why we sought a city charter..

Steve Martin
Steve Martin
2 months ago

Carl: Just a bit of history, before we were a City, Ruth was a single mom and neighborhood leader who organized to make Plummer Park save for her three boys. She later joined CES to fight for rent control and was a leader in the fight to create the new City of West Hollywood. She worked tirelessly to make the Eastside safer at a time when the area was over run by street prostitution and crime. She has always been willing to put herself out there of her neighborhood.

JF1
JF1
2 months ago

Bravo, Ruth!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Ham Shipey
Ham Shipey
2 months ago

Thanks Ruth

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:dpb
2 months ago

How do I vote for Ruth Williams for City Council 2022?

Danielle Harris
Danielle Harris
2 months ago

Thank you, Ruth! She knows not what she is talking about and is out of touch with West Hollywood. We can thank Lindsey Horvath for her appointment.

Gimmeabreak
Gimmeabreak
2 months ago

Lindsey Horvath clearly has exploited Soon-Shiong to get access to her father. She should be ashamed of herself.

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