Notable quotes from last night’s City Council

“How many black male LGBTQ CEOs, besides me, do you know in the city of West Hollywood? … I am tired. Tired of being the only one or one of a few. It’s clear that BIPOC prosperity in the city of West Hollywood is limited.”

JONATHAN WILSON,
former chair of the defunct Social Justice Taskforce

“You are upholding white supremacist normalities and traditions. All of you are white, including Sepi (Shyne), a mayor with family ties to oil and crushing democracies.”

ANNIE JUMP VICENTE,
addressing matters of race and ethnicity to City Council.
Mayor Shyne has explicitly described herself as a non-white person of color.

 “I was going to speak about the co-sponsorship of the Black women-led pop-up, but it kind of seems mindless to speak about this when there’s people such as Keenan Anderson who was murdered, and you guys could just skip over that and you could talk about what happened in Monterey (Park), but you can’t talk about what one of your own officers has done.”

JONATHAN HARLING,
on City Council honoring the victims of a mass shooting in Monterey Park but not Anderson, the victim of an officer-involved shooting. After Harling’s comment, Mayor Shyne adjourned in his memory and clarified that the responsible party was not the sheriff’s department but rather LAPD.

“I want to thank the sheriff’s department for their very prompt and powerful response to the shooting suspect on Alta Loma and Sunset. Maybe some people don’t value the sheriff living so close — I really do.”

MYRA MYKIE FREEDMAN,
on a crime scene in which deputies fired upon a fleeing vehicle

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Morticia
Morticia
6 days ago

Mayor Morticia

Things are getting mighty creepy. here…..

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morticia_Addams

Michael Havenhurst Drive
Michael Havenhurst Drive
6 days ago
Reply to  Morticia

Shyne is definitely Mayor Morticja Frump!

West
West
6 days ago

While the politicians play games, the people’s freedom of speech is quietly eroded. Did you know? Under recent changes to the Brown Act, public commenters can now be removed at the discretion of Councilmembers.

So say Sepi thinks you are being “hateful”? REMOVED. Why is it always the people who are punished for our leaders’ lack of transparency. This is thanks in part to the California Contract Cities Assoc that groomed Horvath/Erickson and now Byers.

Alan Strasburg
Alan Strasburg
6 days ago
Reply to  West

Those games are enabled by a silly system of clubs and endorsements within an incestuous cabal that keeps things tight. They create cute organizations like the CCCA that keeps the orgiastic fest even tighter.

When did the term “leader” become a self-appellation? One does not call oneself a leader. (Nor does one self-apply honorifics, but that’s another topic.)

Morticia
Morticia
5 days ago
Reply to  Alan Strasburg

Completely unsophisticated, clinging to 7th grade pursuits.

Michael On Havenhurst Drive
Michael On Havenhurst Drive
6 days ago

Is it true? Update on West Hollywood Channel Video of the Council Meetings. No more close-up cameras for the public comment podium. Too many close-ups of the recent freak shows and too many confrontations with the council. So as we saw on Monday, there are no more close-ups of participants at the podium facing the City Council. 

Jose
Jose
6 days ago

Era of the FAKE woman pretending NOT to be WHITE! Get a shrink dearie.

:dpb
:dpb
7 days ago

Wow. Imagine that the time spent on these errant displays of social commentary was sent doing the people’s business. In fact, forgive me for thinking that City Council meetings are about the City of West Hollywood and not about personal agendas.

Joe Bologna
Joe Bologna
6 days ago
Reply to  :dpb

Word! Right on!

Jose
Jose
5 days ago
Reply to  :dpb

I guess. If you wanna be knows as “that beeech is cra cra”, let’s cross the street.

Gimmeabreak
Gimmeabreak
7 days ago

I think Jonathan Wilson just took the opportunity to inform those who didn’t already know that he is indeed ….. a CEO!

Whupty-do!

No Self Serving Publicity
No Self Serving Publicity
7 days ago
Reply to  Gimmeabreak

The Speakers Podium has become the Personal PR Podium.

Alan Strasburg
Alan Strasburg
7 days ago
Reply to  Gimmeabreak

Of a two-employee organization.

Davedi
Davedi
7 days ago

Not enough LGBTQ CEOs of color? Besides that, Weho doesn’t even have a single snowplow!

Public Manners
Public Manners
7 days ago

The regression into savage, uncontrolled verbal thuggery is a direct result of the embolden “I can do whatever I want in public” era. We they can’t established civilized public decorum, they do not have the skills to run this tiny town.
And the insanity of “obituary reading” as a duty of running city business is beyond infantile.

This town has serious issues going on, homeless criminal druggies, violence, traffic, theft, and they are worried about the departed.

Joe Bologna
Joe Bologna
6 days ago
Reply to  Public Manners

Well said.

Valeri
Valeri
7 days ago

LETS CELEBRATE DIVERSITY!!!! LOL at the dumb idea. Diversity is to be appreciated, but def not celebrated. All it leads to is “Where’s mine?” and “I hate you because of what your grandparents did to my grandparents”

Be Respectful
Be Respectful
7 days ago
Reply to  Valeri

Right, appreciated and respected but one must first be respectful.

Valeri
Valeri
6 days ago
Reply to  Be Respectful

no, I won’t do that because its not reciprocal..

Michael on Havenhurst Drive
Michael on Havenhurst Drive
7 days ago

The city councils endless obituaries of people they probably didn’t even know is really too much. Whoever thought this up? Heilman very briefly talked about actress Carol Cook. Meister talked awesome briefly about a very famous singer. Then Shyne comes on with an endless obituary about some woman who came from Chicago in a Pullman sleeper. Plus every other detail right down to naming grandchildren. Can Shyne actually take some kind of course in public speaking and learn to edit her endless endless blabbering on? Then she sets a limit on closing the city council meeting at 11:30 p.m. You… Read more »

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08MELLIE
08MELLIE
7 days ago

Yes Michael, it really is over the top. Sorry people died, but why does this council feel obligated to speak about this? GET TO WORK!!!!

Be Respectful
Be Respectful
7 days ago
Reply to  08MELLIE

It’s all performance. Their opportunity to act out in the most bizarre ways and way out of proportion.

JF1
JF1
7 days ago

I just had a chance to watch last night’s city council meeting. I can NOT believe that the council allows the type of outrageous and disrespectful behavior coming from one Annie Jump Vicente. Abusive, derogatory, hateful language directed towards council. By allowing that type of behavior to go on, it only encourages more. This person has issues, that is obvious. Swearing, calling council members nazis is really disgusting and what is almost equally shameful is that our council allows it to go on. I thought this city was about being respectful to all. Clearly they let this Vicente person operate… Read more »

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FEAR
FEAR
7 days ago
Reply to  JF1

She scares me. I would not feel safe going to à public meeting where she is there. The Council should have some rules about people who engagé in hate speech. Give them their own cordendrd-off area with security. She us a #5150

Ham Shipey
Ham Shipey
7 days ago
Reply to  FEAR

HE

Steve Martin
Steve Martin
7 days ago

I applaud Jonathan Wilson for being a pioneer in being the first queer Black CEO in West Hollywood. If we lived in a more ethnically diverse community, perhaps Jonathan would not have been the first. But Jonathan choose to make West Hollywood his home, I assume because like many of us, he found it a comforting place to be openly gay men. The view that the glass is half empty vs. the glass is half full says a lot about the caliber of the new leadership in this community. Wilson can choose to be a bridge builder or a bridge… Read more »

Gimmeabreak
Gimmeabreak
7 days ago
Reply to  Steve Martin

Here we go again with the shaming that WeHo is not a more ethnically diverse community! Why is diversity something we need to actively pursue, and how, exactly, do we go about accomplishing that? Why does it matter? No one is going to be denied housing or opportunity in WeHo because of their race or any other feature of their being, so I can only imagine you’re suggesting some form of social engineering for us to reach that nebulous goal of greater diversity. How will we know when we’ve become adequately diverse? Not only do I not accept the guilt… Read more »

Steve Martin
Steve Martin
6 days ago
Reply to  Gimmeabreak

Obviously Wilson was looking for something other than ethnic diversity when he moved to West Hollywood. But if he lived in Compton, he might be the only out queer Black CEO there too.

JF1
JF1
6 days ago
Reply to  Steve Martin

Good point.

Joshua88
Joshua88
3 days ago
Reply to  Gimmeabreak

Did anybody in the CC mention that Zekiah Wright lost by only 13 votes?

That was a close race. Wish he had won.

Gimmeabreak
Gimmeabreak
2 days ago
Reply to  Joshua88

I felt the same hesitation with him that I did with Shyne and Erickson when they were running, and I was absolutely right about the two of them.

Joshua88
Joshua88
2 days ago
Reply to  Gimmeabreak

Diversity is achieved by electing and hiring more people of different races, colors, ethnicities, and other backgrounds.
If we were more diverse, you would know it.

How do you know nobody is denied housing or opportunity? I take it that you are not a Black man.

Gimmeabreak
Gimmeabreak
2 days ago
Reply to  Joshua88

If anyone has been denied housing or opportunity laws have been broken.

I believe in electing and hiring based on merit ONLY! To elect and hire based on anything else is condescending and patronizing ….. and is racist! The “powers that be” have succeeded in convincing most of us that diversity should be our highest priority. I disagree! There is an agenda you know nothing about and you are falling right into line.

I’m 2% black ….. if that means anything to you.

Gimmeabreak
Gimmeabreak
2 days ago
Reply to  Joshua88

Why does diversity have to be … achieved? That suggests social engineering. I certainly embrace equality of opportunity with the concept of merit being the deciding factor, but when diversity is the end goal you disincentivize effort which results in mediocrity, at best.

Joshua88
Joshua88
1 day ago
Reply to  Gimmeabreak

Insert the word *QUALIFIED* before the word -people- in *more people of…*

Gimmeabreak
Gimmeabreak
1 day ago
Reply to  Joshua88

That’s supposed to be the way it works, and it looks good on paper, but it isn’t what happens in the real world. Maybe the most qualified person from the confines of a certain group will be chosen, but that doesn’t mean they are the most qualified person available. I worked in the public sector and I saw this all the time.

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