They got WeHo to defund the sheriff … and they’re just getting started

This week’s decision by City Council to defund the Sheriff’s Department was the culmination of a highly coordinated strategy advanced by progressive policy makers, alternative policing advocates and a slew of insular activist groups.

A story published in the Davis Vanguard quotes leaders of the organizations — which include JusticeLA, Partners for Justice, Fund for Guaranteed Income, CURB, La Defensa, Dignity and Power Now, Gender Justice LA and Re-Imagine LA Coalition — as they affirm their roles in the defunding effort, as well as hinting at their future ambitions.

“West Hollywood City Council’s decision to significantly reduce the reallocation of funding from the corrupt and fiscally incompetent Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department is indefensible,” said Ivette Alé-Ferlito, Dignity and Power Now’s director of policy and advocacy.

“As a Queer migrant organizer, I and many others in the community would like to see a full transformation of WeHo’s public safety system. The Public Safety Committee’s proposal to shift $3.6 million from the Sheriff’s budget was not that; it was simply a pragmatic step towards a more holistic vision that prioritizes care, and the Council could not deliver. The $2.4 million dollars they chose not to reallocate means that community-based services like HIV prevention, alternative crisis response, and mental health care will remain underfunded.”

Ambrose Brooks speaks at a recent City Council meeting.

Ambrose Brooks, the coordinator for JusticeLA Coalition often seen at City Council meetings, was also unsatisfied with the extent of the sheriff’s budget reductions.

“West Hollywood City Council’s June 27 budget vote is a step in the right direction: away from funding Sheriff’s violence and towards investing in care,” Brooks said. “The LA County Sheriff’s Department is charging contract cities tens of millions of dollars each year to criminalize Black, Brown, Queer, and Trans communities. Other Los Angeles County contract cities must take the same path as West Hollywood, and also re-evaluate their costly contracts with LASD.”

“WeHo’s bold yet insufficient decision to reallocate funds from the largest and deadliest sheriff’s department in the world laid down the gauntlet for other contract cities. The Council’s decision indicates what is possible, and what is next, in LA county –– the reimagination of public safety as investments in community-based alternatives to law enforcement,” according to a statement issued by the social justice groups.”

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Susan P
Susan P
2 months ago

That’s why we need residents to vote for the WeHo City Council. We have a very low turnout and we need to get people out there. I am totally against defunding sheriffs. Our crime has increased so why are we decreasing law enforcement. I’m disgusted.

JRBirdsong
JRBirdsong
2 months ago

Defunding the Sheriff is about the dumbest thing Council has ever done. Come Election Day there will be hell to pay We need our law enforcement and fire dept as a matter of public safety. look at other parts of the City Budget and cut the fat! Like overpaid City Officials.

Come & Take It News
2 months ago
Reply to  JRBirdsong

Yea and what’s Weho’s surplus, isn’t it like a billion? This isn’t about cutting cost. They want to destroy the neighborhoods so they can get the property so they can build more hotels. Same thing that’s happening in LA, they are purposely trying to destroy LA County, and there’s literally one person in the county trying to keep things together and that’s Alex Villanueva anyone that says otherwise is either misinformed or they are paid opposition.

Ernesto Sportello
Ernesto Sportello
2 months ago

Weho is getting exactly what it deserves. Enjoy your surge in crime. Harassment, hate crimes, home invasion, robbery, pet snatching! What a world. You built this!!!

Harambe’s Vengeful Ghost
Harambe’s Vengeful Ghost
2 months ago

Have you heard of our lord and savior, the boogaloo?

False Information
False Information
2 months ago

Ambrose Brooks and her contemporaries should take responsibility for dispensing false and misleading information. Having a law degree she/he should understand the ethical responsibility of this act and not confuse it with “free speech”.

A person knowingly dispensing false and misleading information is at the heart of the January 6 Investigation. At the very least those inclined are free to file complaints with the California Bar Association.

Alan Strasburg
Alan Strasburg
2 months ago

And I note that you were equally performative in making it about the comments section and not reaching out.

Jamie Francis
Jamie Francis
2 months ago

I am defiant and we as citizens should counteract these instigators to use West Hollywood as the epicenter for no police force that has incurred high crimes and prevent any form of punishment against criminals. I am a multiple victim of crime here in West Hollywood. I’ve never seen brazen robberies, lawlessness, assaults without provocation intimidation! I got punched on the bus, chased on sunset, rocks thrown at me by schizophrenic individuals, cornered by people who thought I lived in a house in Weho all while running for bus! The assumption is steal from people who look like they have… Read more »

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Randy
Randy
2 months ago

For all of the complaining I’ve seen here for months, it would have been nice if someone had taken the reigns and formed our own movement, or organization that opposed de-funding the Sheriff. It could even be just a Facebook page. And our own form letters, or, even better, a signature petition, in combination with an online petition (signatures would have been better, and more legit). Maybe one of you created something. I was against defunding, but I am not as passionate as some of you, and wouldn’t have had the time. This is how Measure C passed. All I’m… Read more »

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Harambe’s Vengeful Ghost
Harambe’s Vengeful Ghost
2 months ago
Reply to  Randy

Their job is Marxist revolution. Most of us have real jobs like bakers and pharmacists and running businesses.

Andrew
Andrew
2 months ago

The democratic party of FDR and JFK is unfortunately long since dead and buried. Now it is the party of billionaire hedge fund oligarchs pouring cash into all of these interlocked sleazy astro turf “activist groups” whose sole purpose is to recruit low skill, low iq misfits into tearing down what little is left of our middle class and basic social stability.

Ian
Ian
2 months ago
Reply to  Andrew

Perfect analogy, and conclusion.

Ham Shipey
Ham Shipey
2 months ago

When did we start listening to geeks?

Harambe’s Vengeful Ghost
Harambe’s Vengeful Ghost
2 months ago
Reply to  Ham Shipey

It’s in the Bible: and the Marxist geeks shall inherit the earth. Or something like that.

Tom
Tom
2 months ago

Solution like I’ve been saying vote them OUT. Meister is the only member to keep.
Recall Gascon is a new beginning.

Randy
Randy
2 months ago
Reply to  Tom

D’Amico is retiring, Horvath might not be on the ballot (still unsure if she can run for Supervisor and Councilmember at the same time).

Shyne is your next mayor. And you have her for 2+ more years, before you can vote her out.

Gavin Elster
Gavin Elster
2 months ago
Reply to  Tom

We live in Los Feliz. We USE TO spend a lot of time in WEHO eating, shopping the unique boutiques and galkeries, visiting Gay bars, (how many are left now? two?) and generally “hanging-out.” The difficulty finding parking slowed us down; the totally unchecked violent crime, property damage and just plain bad energy are now keeping us at home. Defunding the LASD is a mindless, destructive idea that will probably result in MORE murder, mayhem and violent crime. Business leaders, property owners (almost none of whom serve on the WEHO Council) wise-up, rise-up and fight-back! And to think Mayor Horvath,… Read more »

DesertBob
DesertBob
2 months ago
Reply to  Gavin Elster

I lived there, before the corrupt rot of cityhood took over in the middle of the plague. My returns there in 2015 and ’19 were real eye openers. Now I understand it”s even worse. Worse than being pushed out of a fake bell tower at San Juan Bautista!

Alan Strasburg
Alan Strasburg
2 months ago

Spend twenty minutes and watch this starting at 1:33. Watch Sepi Shyne lie and deceive. Watch her malign intentions. Watch her suggest that we can’t have both foot patrols and fully funded LASD deputies. Watch her talking about fiscal responsibility. Sepi Shyne’s claims to fiscal responsibility are bellied by her pushes to fund completely wasteful projects, including a study that had already been conducted by SCAG, of which WEHO is a paying member. Sepi suggested that her additional $100,000 was specific to West Hollywood historical context. Asked if she thinks WeHo’s “historical context” is divorced from the vast metropolis surrounding… Read more »

Gimmeabreak
Gimmeabreak
2 months ago
Reply to  Alan Strasburg

The link won’t open, Alan.

Eastside Straight Girl
Eastside Straight Girl
2 months ago
Reply to  Alan Strasburg

https://dsa-la.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/DSA-LA-2020-General-Election-Voter-Guide-5.pdf

Page 76 right out of the Socialist Democratic Party about Sepi & her intentions to defund the Sheriff’s dept

resident
resident
2 months ago
Reply to  Alan Strasburg

Of course Sepi Shyne is a manipulative fraud. Let’s not stress too much over this disgusting woman. She’ll implode soon enough.

Ian
Ian
2 months ago

Pull back the many layers and you will discover a direct financial path to the Soros Foundation. They are funding thousands of these radicalized anarchist organizations. The Soros Foundation continues the push by elite globalists for dissolution of all borders across the world…zero sovereignty, thus allowing multi-nationals and the elite super rich to destroy any trace of a middle class. This is no globalism without the USA, the richest consumer market in that me world. The audacity for a Third World immigrant to come here with the intention of destroying our system of life is War words for me! Great… Read more »

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Eastside Striaght Girl
Eastside Striaght Girl
2 months ago
Reply to  Ian

Ian, you are one of the few on this paper that is well informed in this grand scheme of the New World Order run by the elites, especially China! Socialism is just a nice word for New World Order COMMUNISM! Come on people….wake up!

WeHo Mary!
WeHo Mary!
2 months ago
Reply to  Ian

Obsessions with things like the Soros Foundation and “globalism” is how these activists will take control. Especially when people aren’t feeling safe, they need a choice that isn’t radical and crazy. This will just lead to more division.

Ian
Ian
2 months ago
Reply to  WeHo Mary!

Have you even thought about as to WHERE the money comes from for “these activists”? There is no activism without MONEY. These people take control when people just throw out innuendos without so much as a google. It appears some people are too afraid to find out the truth. It is this very mentality that has fed this monster that West Hollywood, indeed the nation is facing such division.
Pretending there are no bad people in the world like Soros, is like the Germans pretending Hitler didn’t exist.

WeHo Mary!
WeHo Mary!
2 months ago
Reply to  Ian

Even if you truly believe this, it’s making you seem super crazy, and that’s not helping to situation in West Hollywood.

Ian
Ian
2 months ago
Reply to  WeHo Mary!

Super crazy because certain people run from the truth? That is the MO of the Far Left, when it gets too hot for them to challenge the truth, they move to ad hominen attacks. So, some people think pointing out the truth is “crazy”. Too F bad! Life is about the truth. Facts scare the weak, knowledge is power and nothing gets accomplished by the uninformed…they are responsible for helping to create exactly what we are dealing with in this city and country. I can promise you sweetheart, I have lots of crazy when it comes to knowing the nuts… Read more »

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Weho Mary!
Weho Mary!
2 months ago
Reply to  Ian

Let me put it another way, just because you’re hearing voices in your head doesn’t mean you should let others know. This isn’t about what the truth is, this is about how to persuade others.

Ian
Ian
2 months ago
Reply to  Weho Mary!

Dearie, when one’s mental capacity suffers from arrested development by age 15, they often think others are crazy. Adulthood escapes them.
“This isn’t about what the truth is”…nuff said.

Facts First
Facts First
2 months ago
Reply to  Ian

Having a sensible conversation with Weho Mary is not possible as he/she is dedicated to the art of contrarianism for the sake of it. Impervious to facts, unwilling to research he/she is happy defending ghosts on Wehoville.

Ernesto Sportello
Ernesto Sportello
2 months ago
Reply to  Ian

Your bs isn’t truth. Grow up.

Ernesto Sportello
Ernesto Sportello
2 months ago
Reply to  Ian

Blaming everything you don’t like on “Soros”” is weak and childish. What a sad fantasy world with a healthy dash of anti semitism. Pathetic.

DesertBob
DesertBob
2 months ago

Hear hear!

Ian
Ian
2 months ago
Reply to  WeHo Mary!

Sounds to me that we’ve struck a nerve as to where Mary’s (Blanche) paycheck may be coming from.

DesertBob
DesertBob
2 months ago
Reply to  Ian

Delusions aren’t facts. Just thought you should know, since you delve into so many of them on here.

Ernesto Sportello
Ernesto Sportello
2 months ago
Reply to  WeHo Mary!

Especially since it’s a ridiculous fantasy. Might as well be trump supporters. Oh wait.

DesertBob
DesertBob
2 months ago
Reply to  WeHo Mary!

True. Soros nuts and neo-fascists are hard at work in these comments.

Come & Take It News
2 months ago
Reply to  WeHo Mary!

When Soros donates hundreds of thousands to Gascon, Newsom and others across the country, it’s not my obsession. Stop simping for your own slavery.

Come & Take It News
2 months ago
Reply to  Ian

THIS!

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