More voters support changes in West Hollywood City Council

With Election Day less than one week away WeHo for the People asked young voters for their thoughts on what they loved…and didn’t love about West Hollywood today.  These residents had a lot to share about the creativity, diversity and sense of community that makes West Hollywood such a special place to be.  But concerns about crime and public safety were universal as were worries about local independent businesses and their ability to survive in West Hollywood.

“Public safety and economic sustainability ring true no matter who you talk to here in West Hollywood,” said Keith Kaplan, Chair, WEHO for the People.  “Residents and business owners love the community, the culture, the restaurants and food, the arts, but it’s the crime, vacancies and little hope for businesses to recover from the pandemic or open a new business in our once vibrant community that has them most concerned.”

“You have to have law and order to have peace and community,” according to Bradley Belk, a five-year West Hollywood resident and business owner.  “West Hollywood’s idea of paying the highest minimum wage in the country is killing our business community.  Now, we are required to pay workers more money, but you have to cut something to pay the higher wage and to make a profit.  Business owners have a family and need to make a profit, too. You can cut employees, raise prices, but the Council will have decimated our businesses, many are closing and leaving.”

“There are a lot more vacancies now than before,” said Alex E., a resident who loves the convenience of West Hollywood.  “Everything use to be right here.  Wages are going up, and costs are going up.  Now businesses will have to charge customers more if they want to survive.  The City Council has to realize it is killing business.  There is no way they can survive with high labor costs.”

Mylena Christina, a resident, and realtor shared, “I don’t want to see businesses go away and close because they can’t afford to pay their employees the higher wage costs.  And the new restrictions they are imposing on hotels is crazy.  I don’t want to see businesses go away.”

“Crime has really gone up.” said Bradley.  “That’s what happens when you defund the police and those committing the crime face no repercussions. Leadership in our city doesn’t understand that there has to be accountability for those who commit crime.  Otherwise, criminals break into our cars, rob us on the street and physically attack people to steal their wallets and cell phones.”

“West Hollywood residents once said our City was a safe place where you could be who you are without being judged,’ said Cheyenne Webster, a resident who works as a make-up artist in the entertainment industry.  “But now, we are feeling like we are not safe in our City anymore.”   The West Hollywood City Council voted to defund two Sheriffs deputies without considering how it would impact its residents and business owners as reports showed crime had skyrocketed nearly 140%.  People today are afraid to leave their houses in broad daylight.

“Not being safe in West Hollywood is not something we want to be,” said Webster. ‘I could feel comfortable walking in our neighborhood. I felt safe.  But now that is no longer true. One neighbor was recently pistol-whipped in broad daylight while walking his dog.  He did not have anything on him but his cellphone, so they took it.”

November 8th, voters will have a choice.  Since the inception of cityhood in 1984 there has never been more at stake for voters.  West Hollywood needs leaders who understand governance and community engagement and are prepared to address the issues of crime, homelessness and support for the small and local businesses that are the lifeline of the community. 

WEHO for the People is a broad-based coalition made up of citizens, neighborhood groups, businesses and other interested parties who share a vison of West Hollywood as a dynamic, creative urban village with a strong sense of community and acceptance.  At the same time, they are concerned with the aggressive, anti-community policies that are devastating West Hollywood (WEHO), driven by the SHE alliance (Shyne, Horvath, Erickson) who continually ignore and fail their constituents while supporting special interest groups that promise to support their future political endeavors. 

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Thomas Cook
Thomas Cook
20 days ago

Keith Kaplan! Now THERE’s someone who should be on WeHo City Council! Not one of these namby-pamby, self-serving, pompous, egotistical louches that currently occupy a council seat. Just sayin’…

Joshua88
Joshua88
22 days ago

*Contributor?*
S O S, as evidenced by most of the nonsense below.

Way Too Critical
Way Too Critical
23 days ago

At long last…a Return to Sanity

Steve Martin
Steve Martin
23 days ago

A friend of mine is trying to re-open at the old site of Gym Bar. The City’s foot dragging coupled with outlandish rents have been a huge financial obstacle. While the Chamber had nothing but praise for former City Manager Paul Arevelo, he never managed to address the long standing problem of expediting the opening of a business. Maybe the Chamber of Commerce would champion commercial rent control or a tax on excessive rental profits if they are so concerned about the high costs of business. But it is always more convenient to short change workers to make a profit.

Joshua88
Joshua88
22 days ago
Reply to  Steve Martin

One of the sane comments.

Last edited 22 days ago by Joshua88
Brad Scott
23 days ago

This guy makes good sense, something not found in the current City Council policies.

Tom
Tom
23 days ago

Sorry, anyone who trots out that tired old “SHE” reference isn’t the “broad-based coalition” I’d want to ally with. And I am in no way supportive of Shyne, Erickson, and Horvath or their designees.

Benjamin Story
Benjamin Story
23 days ago

An order from El Pollo Loco in WeHo costs more than one placed in Los Angeles. It costs more to do business here, and business owners add it to the cost of good.

tomS
tomS
23 days ago
Reply to  Benjamin Story

ITS MY POINT. Ericson. Shyne. Horvath are destroying this city

Toms
Toms
23 days ago

FYI I noticed the prices at the new El Pollo Loco are aprox 18% higher that the one on Vine
I asked the manager he said cuz Were In West Hollywood cost more to be here

SeeMe
SeeMe
23 days ago
Reply to  Toms

$17 for the burrito I ordered this week. Won’t be going back again, as I’d rather support a mom-and-pop than a chain at these prices. We all lose, thanks to this ridiculous minimum wage hike, including the workers who will lose their jobs anyway when the businesses can’t stay open.

08MELLIE
08MELLIE
23 days ago
Reply to  SeeMe

Exactly. Dinner for 2 was nearly $38 for El Pollo Loco!!!!! I thought something was up with the pricing.

Observer
Observer
23 days ago

Keith Kaplan is considered a young voter?!?!

MG on Havenhurst Drive
MG on Havenhurst Drive
23 days ago

Woke vs WeHo. Thanks to the dreadful Lindsay Horvath who was the Mayor a boys Town which she doesn’t want anybody to know in LA County. During the downturn she made it worse. Encouraging demonstrations. Standing there with her dog. Looking at Marches facing the Sheriffs. She is an utterly ridiculous person. Don’t vote for her except on a ticket to get out of town.Plus Sepi Shyne and John Erickson. The three were more concerned about new toilets then making the city work. Which they can’t even do with or without these new toilets. Because this city is so poorly… Read more »

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