In her short tenure as West Hollywood’s Public Safety Commissioner, Nika Soon-Shiong did not exactly cover herself with glory. In Thursday’s Daily News, John Phillips took a cold, hard (but hilarious) look at her “accomplishments” such as voting to defund the police, resulting in cutting the city’s number of LA County Sheriff’s Department deputies from 60 to 56.
What have been the results of this change so far? As Phillips points out, “In such a short period of time, Soon-Shiong has put some pretty serious numbers on the board as a–you should pardon the expression–Public Safety Commissioner. On her watch last year, West Hollywood saw a 32 percent increase in violent crime, a 126 percent increase in property crime, and an increase of 137 percent in overall crime including murder, assault, rape, arson, human trafficking, and burglary.”
Add to these gloomy stats 137 incidents of pickpocketing in the city’s bars during just the first two months of this year and it’s easy to see that critics of Los Angeles Times owner Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong’s little girl have plenty of reasons to be, well, critical.
Phillips continues, “And here’s the cherry on top of the sundae. After throwing West Hollywood to the wolves, Soon-Shiong promptly resigned her position as Public Safety Commissioner and announced that she’s moving to London, England to finish up her doctorate…and presumably launching an initiative called ‘De-Fund The Bobbies.’ (Soon-Shiong is still serving and has not formerly resigned but has stated she is preparing to leave.)
“Of course, she can’t be bothered to stick around and live with the consequences of her reckless actions, that’s for the non-billionaires in West Hollywood to worry about.”
For more of Phillips’s amusing but all-too-accurate musings on the reign of Soon-Shiong, check the Daily News story below.