UPDATED: No security detail for Shyne, city says

Mayor Pro Tem did request more Block by Block presence at city events and meetings

The City of West Hollywood is updating a report that Mayor Pro Tem Sepi Shyne was issued a security detail of Sheriff’s deputies after receiving threats on social media for voting to defund the departments’ budget for 2022 and 2023.

The report was the topic of Wednesday’s episode of John and Ken on KFI-AM 640, which featured Capt. Bill Moulder of the WeHo Sheriff’s Station as guest on the show. Moulder declined to offer comment on this article, citing the ongoing investigation.

According to Public Information Officer Sherri A. Lunn: “City Manager David Wilson initiated individual conversations with some City Councilmembers, including Mayor Pro Tempore Sepi Shyne, to assess whether there was a need for additional security following a rise in threats received by Councilmembers and by City staff. Mayor Pro Tem Shyne, in her conversation with City Manager Wilson, requested Block by Block security ambassadors. This was not a request for a private security detail nor for overtime for Sheriff’s Deputies. It was a request for additional security at City events and meetings.”

She referred WEHOville to Wilson’s comments on community safety in relation to threats:

“It is the City of West Hollywood’s standard protocol for the City Manager, Community Safety Director, and West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station Captain to discuss, assess, and respond to a rise in threats as they may relate to the safety of members of the City Council, to City Officials such as Advisory Board Members and Commissioners, to staff, and to the public at large. While there was consideration of additional security to be provided by LASD Deputies, this consideration was never enacted. Instead, under my direction, the City’s Community Safety Department moved forward in addressing additional security needs by assigning Block by Block security ambassadors for City public meetings and events, wherein Councilmembers, City Officials, staff, and members of the public may be in attendance.”

The city also disputes whether Council’s vote on June 27 constituted “a re-allocation of millions of dollars from the Sheriff’s budget.”

“The motion from the June 27 City Council meeting reflects a reduction in the number of LASD Deputies and the contract reflects an approved cost of living adjustment. There is no defunding in the City budget in this fiscal year; there is a net decrease of one Deputy in approximately late September 2022. Then, in approximately March/April 2023, the City Council will deliberate a potential decrease by three Deputies. The motion also increases Block by Block (BBB) security ambassadors by 30 positions to perform foot patrols in residential neighborhoods and staff will return to the City Council with an item on August 1 for an updated agreement for services, which overall, represents an expansion of community safety personnel,” Lunn wrote.

Listen to the John & Ken Show and decide for yourself.

Originally published as follows

After leading the charge to defund the sheriff last month, Mayor Pro Tem Sepi Shyne then asked the department for a private security detail to protect her from the public backlash — and the City of West Hollywood is paying overtime to provide it.

Capt. Bill Moulder of the WeHo Sheriff’s Station confirmed the report Wednesday to KFI-AM 640’s John and Ken, who wondered why Shyne made the request from the Sheriff’s Department instead of the Block by Block program. 

Shyne, a vocal critic of the department and an advocate for alternative policing, made the motion that re-allocated millions of dollars from the sheriff’s budget to hire 30 additional unarmed security ambassadors. Many in the community were outraged by the decision, and Shyne reported that she had received threats over social media.

John and Ken were incredulous throughout the program.

“Absolutely no shame,” the hosts said. They compared it to L.A. City Councilmembers who wanted to keep their own security details after cutting LAPD’s budget, and to the Board of Supervisors, who voted for a hiring freeze in the Sheriff’s Department but wanted to retain their own security guards.

“We pay for their security, and we’re supposed to just take the bullet,” they said.

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ShynePleaseResign
ShynePleaseResign
17 days ago

Shyne is a an Equity promoter. Not the Stage Actor’s Guild but Equity in the sense of selection someone not based on their talents and ability but on their skin color and gender selection. In other words Shyne is the mother of major B.S.

Lack of Self Respect
Lack of Self Respect
21 days ago

Hopefully Ms. Shyne will realize that one never gets a second chance to make a favorable or first impression. Her lack of respect for her position and the public indicates she has very little self respect. Ms. Shyne made a brief appearance at Planning Commission recently looking like a skater in jeans and a tee shirt apparently her favorite attire.

Harambe's Vengeful Ghost
Harambe's Vengeful Ghost
21 days ago

I want to see proof of these so-called threats. Saying “you’re destroying our city” is not a threat, it’s a statement of fact. So if they’re akin to that…kids these days, everything is an “attack.”

concerned
concerned
21 days ago

Does anyone think Shyne will take accountability for her actions and the strong surge of negative public opinion against her? She no doubt calls us all racist women haters. I’m very glad that this arrogant fool’s political ambitions seems to be come to a crashing halt in West Hollywood. Sickening to think of her as mayor.

Rose
Rose
20 days ago
Reply to  concerned

Rhetorical?

Or do you think one single person in City Hall has EVER been accountable since WeHo became a city in 1984

Ian
Ian
22 days ago

Meanwhile, this Carpetbagging ton of lard has placed the entire community under threat. Residents have two less deputies to deal with 237% massive crime increase. She is the poster flunky of George Soros and his sick belief in anarchy. He provided the seed money for her rooted connection to the NIAC.

Last edited 22 days ago by Ian
Harambe's Vengeful Ghost
Harambe's Vengeful Ghost
21 days ago
Reply to  Ian

Even a carpetbagger would be preferable, she’s a political tumor.

IAN
IAN
21 days ago

Truth!

Ian
Ian
22 days ago

Notice the City Council members and City Manager’s priorities….Me me me me me me me. It is all about them. These people have really turned this city into another cesspool of political elitism where they believe voters are beneath them.

Last edited 22 days ago by Ian
Gorge
Gorge
22 days ago

She gets the vote for most disgusting person on the planet.

Michael
Michael
22 days ago
Reply to  Gorge

TRULY!!!

Rose
Rose
20 days ago
Reply to  Gorge

However bad – I think the award goes to Trump

Randy
Randy
18 days ago
Reply to  Gorge

Wow, yeah, she’s *just* so deplorable. Worse than Trump, Bannon, McConnell, etc..

As if.

Michael on Havenhurst Drive
Michael on Havenhurst Drive
22 days ago

Shyne pushing the incompetent Block By Block safety patrol is not a joke. Because she probably got a commission or someone certainly did for placing this third rate security service out of Kentucky in West Hollywood. $70,000 a year for each one of these guys. Give me a break. It’s amazing the rents are so high in West Hollywood, since it is the most dangerous city in California. Under the leadership of Woke Equity Left Wing political hacks like Shyne, Horvath, Erickson, and D’Amico. Take a look;
https://vimeo.com/731583867

Last edited 22 days ago by Michael on Havenhurst Drive
ShynePleaseResign
ShynePleaseResign
24 days ago

Here’s the spin: Sepi Shyne resign. Get out of our lives. Take your Woke Equity Democrat slop and join the woman who swore you into office. Sepi’s best friend. Melahat Rafiei. She WAS one of the highest-profile political Democrat consultants and a high-ranking California Democratic Party official. Earlier this year, Rafiei was arrested on attempted bribery after federal agents alleged she told a cannabis company that hired her she planned on bribing two Irvine City Councilmembers in exchange for favorable legislation in the city.  Hey, Sepi. She advised you on your campaign. Rumor has it you were coercing certain vulnerable… Read more »

Eastside Straight Girl
Eastside Straight Girl
24 days ago

As I said before, you can’t even think up or write a script with this much detail in the drama department! All of these details coming out just reaffirms to me that many people got Hoodwinked & Bamboozled by these woke people that are now in office & Sepi soon to be mayor…..God help us!

Harambe's Vengeful Ghost
Harambe's Vengeful Ghost
21 days ago

But God forbid you call them out on the WeHo facebook page or Nextdoor, you’ll get banned.

IAN
IAN
21 days ago

Controlled censorship, good ol’Nazism.

Manny
Manny
24 days ago

Any way the spin goes, the motion and vote by three out of five council members was to reduce deputies. That was, and is, their simple objective. The time frame is irrelevant other than the expectation a new council majority elected in November will repeal all the hopes and aspirations of the current trio.

JF1
JF1
24 days ago
Reply to  Manny

Yeah, she’s really good at spin..and being a victim. Let’s hope a new majority is voted in come November and they can undo what has been done. Vote Martin and Meister..and perhaps Heilman or Duran.

Michael on Havenhurst Drive
Michael on Havenhurst Drive
24 days ago

Sepi Shyne will be mayor in November. The newly elected council people, hopefully, will have the majority vote to negate the former decision of the corrupt west Hollywood city council that made her mayor. Otherwise, we will have this Woke flack blabbering on about her man hating agenda. Also, why didn’t the liberal West Hollywood city council protest against Biden’s wife calling all Latinos Tuesday Tacos?

Observer
Observer
24 days ago

The Mayor position rotates usually on an annual basis. And Jill Biden did not call Latinos tacos. Please view her actual remarks.

Gorge
Gorge
22 days ago
Reply to  Observer

No she just used other elite liberal racist language.

greeneyedguy
greeneyedguy
24 days ago

protest against Biden’s wife calling all Latinos Tuesday Tacos?”

Ummm because thats not what happened?!

Steve Martin
Steve Martin
24 days ago
Reply to  greeneyedguy

Hey, Thanks to us Mexicans, Tuesday is the most popular dia de la semana.

Alan Strasburg
Alan Strasburg
24 days ago
Reply to  Steve Martin

Can us gringos enjoy Taco Tuesdays, or is that cultural appropriation?

Steve Martin
Steve Martin
23 days ago
Reply to  Alan Strasburg

It is cultural appropriation but we love this country so we felt we had to give something back.

Harambe's Vengeful Ghost
Harambe's Vengeful Ghost
21 days ago
Reply to  greeneyedguy

No, they’re just as diverse as breakfast tacos, totally better.

Rudi Logan
Rudi Logan
22 days ago

You blew any credibility your statement might have had with your last, irrelevant remark. It’s impossible to take you seriously when you go off the rails with a pointless statement that relates to nothing before it.

Crank all you like, but that’s all it is.

WeHo Resident
WeHo Resident
24 days ago

Captain Moulder didn’t say anything about her taking out security detail in that clip from the show, he just said he couldn’t comment on anything. Not sure why the hosts of the show thought he confirmed anything?

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