I’m writing to inquire about support for this neighborhood, after reaching out to LA Police (Wilshire/213.473.0476) and the West Hollywood Police Department (in addition to homeless departments) there’s been nothing done to remedy the issue that the homeless represent to this neighborhood.
In addition, there’s been a significant rise in crime (e.g. EP/LP murder, hit and runs, graffiti, drug use/meth near the elementary schools in the area, sex from stranger parking in our streets and more).
There’s a strong lack of police support when reporting issues on Melrose, La Cienega, Beverly, 3rd street, Crescent Heights, Fairfax and all the streets in between.
Since some of these areas fall under LA City/County vs West Hollywood the responses we receive often are from operators “please call LA City”, “we can’t do anything”, and when there is a response (which is usually only from West Hollywood) it usually takes an hour to get support.
A call to LA County/City police department is useless.
As residents, we can call to have the homeless removed, but cleaning up urine, feces, and trash is up to the building – which in such cases leaves residents with the mess.
It’s a problem that is only getting worse in parts due to the terrible decision being made at a leadership level providing services (e.g. opening up bathroom at parts 24/7, creating a hotel to house homeless without being prepared as it and now there will be more homeless).
There are more issues also along all these streets (e.g. Melrose, La Cienega, Beverly, 3rd street, Crescent Heights, Fairfax…) where cars are racing and there’s ZERO police enforcement stopping and prosecuting these individuals that are endangering the lives of people all around them.
Individuals are racing all along these streets (e.g., Melrose, La Cienega, Beverly, 3rd street, Crescent Heights, Fairfax and small neighborhoods).
At the end of the day, we have a weak infrastructure in our city.
Due to the issues that LA County/City faces, we are not left wide open to all the issues that side of town has and we (as West Hollywood) do not have the resources to take care of a city that is not caring for nearby residents.
We keep providing services, and increasing wages (I’m uncertain who this benefits given that most West Hollywood residents have incomes above average).
So instead, we provide a higher wage for people to work in our city, park in our streets (take away the ability for residents to park), litter our streets, races/aggressively drive in our city, drink/drive and create other issues.
2 It’s upsetting to elect leadership that has failed it’ voters and continues to let a great city like West Hollywood slowly deteriorate and become another Portland/San Francisco/Oakland.
There are so many issues happening because the current leadership is weak in implementing strict laws to preserve West Hollywood and ensure it continues to grow and support other cities when possible.
As a voter, I have done my best to support the current leadership, hopefully there will be significant changes it the way the city is taken care of because right now it’s failing.
E-mailed to West Hollywood City Council to be included in the public record of their Jan. 16 meeting by [email protected].