OpEd: The Community Cat

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It was twelve years ago when Henry Cat purred into our little village. Shortly thereafter, he had a kitten and named it WEHOville.

Henry Cat was street smart with an eagle eye for a storyline. He clawed at the status quo and created a platform for all the other dogs and cats, the birds and bees, the bears, and rats too. Through the WEHOville Cat, the community would gather. The dogs barked about a park, the bears would stand up for a fur ban, the birds would chirp about over development, and the rats would snitch on their peers.

The WEHOville Cat spoke truth to the Tigers perched on the dais. The Tigers often did things that favored the tigers but the WEHOville Cat held them accountable. For years, the WEHOville Cat purred until one day Henry Cat broke the news. He sold the WEHOville Cat to a Lion in Las Vegas.

The Lion didn’t know that much about WeHo or the problems in our zoo. The Lion didn’t know the dogs or cats, or the birds and bees, or bears or even the alleycats who made the zoo special. One day, the Lion turned off the comment section on the WEHOville Cat, and many felt silenced. Papabear called the Lion, “Let the dogs bark, let the birds chirp, let the kittens purr, that’s what the WEHOville Cat is all about!”

Well most of you know me as Larry. I’m partially sighted and my disability often gets lost behind my New York accent and a bunch of stereotypes. My employees call me PapaBear. We been waving the Pride and welcoming the guests to our crazy zoo for many years. Everybody knows that PapaBear loves West Hollywood so he brought the stray WEHOville Cat home for all of us.

It’s been two years since PapaBear shook paws with the Lion to bring the WEHOville Community Cat back home. Nursing the WEHOville Cat every day is Brandon, aka KikiCat. Times have not been easy for KikiCat or PapaBear, but every day, we wake up to broadcast and celebrate our crazy zoo.

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The WEHOville Cat is your voice, your bark, and every chirp, it’s your purr and growl. Thanks to those who share their stories, subscribe to our service, and support this very unique platform.. WEHOville, the Community Cat.

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Cy Husain
10 months ago

I miss Henry 😺, how is he doing❓

Alan Strasburg
Alan Strasburg
10 months ago

WEHOville is West Hollywood’s public square, where residents show up and share thoughts, ideas, and opinions. Sometimes a public square is a thorn to officialdom and in a health democracy that’s how it should be. The city is well-served by people who are engaged and asking questions. As Henry the Cat often said: if your mother says she loves you, ask questions. It often seems that many in the city bureaucracy are still not quite comfortable being subjected to the eagle eye and tuned-in ears of a robust Fourth Estate. They should get used to and stop the trumpian dismissiveness… Read more »

CHLOE ROSS
CHLOE ROSS
10 months ago

Cities all over have mascots. Usually a community choice. Politicians have personal pets and to my own knowledge infrequently install them with titles.(Exceptions do exist). Sadly I think that using ones’ pet to be ventriloquist’s dummy; by a person in office, is not dignifying to City Council of any municipality . Neither do I find The Ayatollah Come Lately’s decision to make the Honorary Mayor’s Factotum her dog very impressive or adult. Having said this it brings to mind my 989 move to this city. When I moved to WeHo in 1989, I characterized the CC as “The Little Rascals… Read more »

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