‘What are they supposed to be doing?’ | Resident questions Block by Block kiosk

Block by Block security ambassadors

A new security kiosk has appeared at West Hollywood Park. The kiosk is staffed by the Block by Block security ambassadors and is part of the city’s new push to redistribute the money it spends on public safety. City Council is investing heavily in the unarmed security ambassadors and is hoping they will provide the public with a sense of safety in the absence of armed Sheriff’s Department deputies. A photo e-mailed to WEHOville and city officials today shows a man sleeping directly behind the security ambassador who is manning the new kiosk. The resident asks “What are they supposed to be doing?” Tell us in a comment: what do you think of the new kiosk?

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Resident
Resident
2 months ago

To be honest it’s a difference between cops and safety ambassador for all you people commenting and just talking .each job have there own special duties and are both here to help out in the community y’all should be grateful see city don’t even got that so instead of gossiping about it. Some people have no live but to talk about others

kab1200
kab1200
2 months ago
Reply to  Resident

If you don’t live here, it does not affect you. So yeah, those of us who pay taxes here would like our city to actually be much more safe. Safely ambassadors are not the answer.

Gorge
Gorge
2 months ago

Got a junkie homeless guy been sleeping outside our building on Lexington and LaBrea for a week. He plays with himself in the open and pees all over the cars. I’ve mentioned it to the “Ambassadors” and I found out their job is to ride their bikes right by him and ignore him. Keep up the excellent work WEHO City Council.

Enough!
Enough!
2 months ago

Why has the original photo at the top of this article been changed?

Larry Block
Admin
2 months ago
Reply to  Enough!

the photo was changed due to a request by a person who claimed it was their personal photo, we received it as a cc to the city council.

Michael on Havenhurst Drive
Michael on Havenhurst Drive
2 months ago
Reply to  Larry Block

The guy can sell the photo to the candidate opposing Horvath. It was one of the most damaging photos I’ve seen. But I took a screenshot.

Steve Martin
Steve Martin
2 months ago

If you see one of our Block by Block team, talk to them. Ask them about their job and issues they see in your neighborhood. While I agree they are not a replacement for armed Sheriff’s deputies, but on the Eastside the Block by Block patrols have had a definite improvement in the quality of life. They discourage car theft; they discourage the people that are scoping out our homes to steal mail or break in. I have witnessed them de-escalate homeless people who are having meltdowns. If you talk with them, share your concerns and notify them about issues… Read more »

Manny
Manny
2 months ago
Reply to  Steve Martin

I agree. We could have had both, more Block by Block and still have kept our Sheriff staff in tact and potentially ADDED more deputies. But politics and a lot of naïveté, or worse, got in the way of good governing.

Randy
Randy
2 months ago
Reply to  Steve Martin

Well put, Steve. Feel exactly the same.

Peter Buckley
Peter Buckley
2 months ago
Reply to  Steve Martin

Steve, they are potentially a fine addition to our sheriff’s team in a time of escalating violence but you should not side with Lindsey Horvath and the defund team if you want majority votes in November. Now is the time for you to state exactly your position on deputy first responders and your support for the council member. And please, no ambiguity, probably fair to say that most residents do not want a repeat of the current council’s attitude toward public safety concerns.

Elementary Public Safety
Elementary Public Safety
2 months ago
Reply to  Steve Martin

This was a very obvious miscalculation by Kristin Cook who was not acting responsibly according to her title and compensation. It is elementary public safety not requiring a PhD.

Elementary Public Safety
Elementary Public Safety
2 months ago
Reply to  Steve Martin

So Mr. Martin, where was your voice in this prior to the public disaster. Those aspiring to public service have an inherent responsibility to have antennae for just such eventualities. Parroting these ideas now on the election trail is not only lazy it shows lack of integrity.

Steve Martin
Steve Martin
2 months ago

Obviously you don’t read this fine publication or you would be aware of my record on this issue. I was one of the first, and indeed at times the only person, at Council meetings speaking against this issue.

Elementary Public Safety
Elementary Public Safety
2 months ago
Reply to  Steve Martin

The snide comments perpetually made in front of City Council, which carry the same tone as this response, it’s evident that many have permanently tuned out. Walking in step with Lindsey Horvath’s appears to be a conflict regardless of words at public gatherings. Credibility should be a constant. So wanted to believe you but there was always something that didn’t jibe and a lack of humility.

BlueEyedGayWasp
BlueEyedGayWasp
2 months ago
Reply to  Steve Martin

Your backing Horvath only confirms one thing – vote no on Martin for city council.

Peter Buckley
Peter Buckley
2 months ago

Problem is he is a typical political hack that wants to be on both sides. Steve, do you support Horvarth and defund the police or not? You really can’t have it both ways. We vote NO!

BlueEyedGayWasp
BlueEyedGayWasp
2 months ago
Reply to  Peter Buckley

You are so right. He is another political hack and city council grandstander whose message is falling on deaf ears. Then there’s Heilman, who gave us the dreadful Horvath and Erickson. They’ve given Heilman the finger!

Art
Art
2 months ago
Reply to  Steve Martin

Yes, I’ve been impressed over the years with your wise counsel on so many issues, but I’ve been dumbfounded with your support for Horvath. I’ve long wanted you to run again for council, but won’t support that bid until you takes back support for her.

False Sense of Security
False Sense of Security
2 months ago
Reply to  Steve Martin

So here is something definitive you may take responsibility for: Advocating a false sense of security for utilizing Block By Block. Mr. Martin, you appear to be woefully out of touch with reality and responsibility.

Joe Bologna
Joe Bologna
2 months ago
Reply to  Steve Martin

Maybe we should host a reading hour with them. And serve cocoa. Nope, we need to the police back in place. This is a farce.

L. Helmsley
L. Helmsley
2 months ago

I saw the photograph. The man sleeping appeared to be passed out on a cement ledge and completely unaware that a Block by Block kiosk had been set up right next to him. I believe the ambassador’s first responsibility would’ve been to see if this person required aid. This was a bad look.

Steve
Steve
2 months ago

Jokes aside, these guys provide a service. I regularly TEXT them about problems in my neighborhood. I almost immediately get a response saying they are sending a team out. At a minimum, they have more direct access to the sheriffs department. Additionally, they can stay and monitor a situation till a deputy arrives unlike most citizens who can’t/won’t hang around.

There is a place for these people in addition to a fully staffed sheriff department

Enough!
Enough!
2 months ago
Reply to  Steve

I live in the Norma Triangle and have not seen these guys on bikes in YEARS.

angry gay pope
2 months ago

The sleazy Church of Scientology guards in LA (illegally) are armed with tasers, handcuffs, pepper spray and more! These folks above are pictured armed with NOTHING. What are these people going to do except call 911 for us? I can do that myself!

Dawn Lacey
Dawn Lacey
2 months ago

LOL. The unicorn security patrol. I hope they have walkie talkies to save me.

I hope and pray Sepi experiences a break in, a robbery, or better yet an assault, first hand, so she knows what she did to women. Call a SECURITY AMBASSADOR!!!!

You shouldn’t mess with safety of others for your own social experiment.

Citizen
Citizen
2 months ago
Reply to  Dawn Lacey

Amen. That selfish moron needs to be taught a lesson.

greeneyedguy
greeneyedguy
2 months ago
Reply to  Dawn Lacey

You shouldn’t mess with safety of others”

Tell that to all the corrupt politicians beholden to the NRA.

Dawn Lacey
Dawn Lacey
2 months ago
Reply to  greeneyedguy

What? That doesn’t even make sense.

Art
Art
2 months ago
Reply to  greeneyedguy

Irrelevant. Don’t change the subject HERE!

Ian
Ian
2 months ago

Beyond idiocy.

Susie Q
Susie Q
2 months ago

you asked me to make a comment… I can’t… I’m speechless!! SMH!

Joe Bologna
Joe Bologna
2 months ago

I looked at the photo ..and ..haha ..I…um…hahaha…could…hahahaha…not stop ..hahaha ..laughing ..at ..the…hahahahaha…shameless reality…of ..hahaha ..this ..

Alan Strasburg
Alan Strasburg
2 months ago

Neat kiosk! It’s like walk-up service for public safety. I have a few questions to pose to the “security ambassadors”. Hi, is this the desk where I report that someone just broke into my apartment? Do you have the number for 911? Are you trained to respond to the active shooter situation down the street? Are you responding to domestic violence calls now, or does that go to a social worker, or to a deputy? Is there a matrix that I can use to help me determine where I call for my specific need? Does your company have liability insurance… Read more »

:dpb
:dpb
2 months ago
Reply to  Alan Strasburg

Yep.

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