Crime is up 137% in West Hollywood. Defunding Law Enforcement

“Mayor Pro Tem Sepi Shyne amended the budgets to re-allocate funds for sheriff’s deputies to the Block by Block program, which staffs unarmed security ambassadors who provide the city with supplemental law enforcement services. 

“We have all talked for two years about re-imagining policing and reimagining policing means reallocating funding and that’s exactly what that means – you can’t just say it without actually doing it. Period,”  Mayor Pro Tempore Sepi Shyne said.

But th4ey will give $50,000 to a Russian Arts Festival—doubt if the attendees will be safe.

The “good” news is they will put a few unarmed Sheriff Deputies on the street to observe crime.  Do not thin the County Sheriff would endanger his deputies by putting them on the streets without weapons—would you?  Notice:  Avoid West Hollywood, it is a war zone thanks to the city council.

West Hollywood votes to cut Los Angeles County sheriff funding amid crime wave

The move to reduce police funding comes amid a crime wave in Los Angeles County and public opposition

By Louis Casiano | Fox News

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A trendy Los Angeles County community has voted to reduce law enforcement funding despite escalating crime that was up 137% earlier in the year and public backlash. 

The budget for the next two fiscal years will leave West Hollywood with up to five fewer Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies on patrol. At the same time the council approved increasing funding for a cultural arts festival.

The budget was approved by a narrow 3-2 vote with Mayor Lauren Meister dissenting as well as Councilman John Erickson.

“Most of the residents and businesses I have heard from are opposed to cutting the Sheriff’s budget,” Meister told Fox News in a statement. “They are outraged that people and organizations from outside our city are dictating to Council how to run our city. The narrative that we can have ‘either Sheriff’s or social services,’ or ‘either Sheriff’s or unarmed security teams’ is false.”

Over the past few months, residents and business owners have voiced opposition to cutting the police budget amid a crime wave across the county. 

“Prioritizing peoples safety doesn’t just mean people with badges and guns on the street,” Councilmember Lindsey P. Horvath said during the meeting. “We have to find another way to keep our residents safe in a way that is affordable.”

Mayor Pro Tem Sepi Shyne amended the budgets to re-allocate funds for sheriff’s deputies to the Block by Block program, which staffs unarmed security ambassadors who provide the city with supplemental law enforcement services. 

“We have all talked for two years about re-imagining policing and reimagining policing means reallocating funding and that’s exactly what that means – you can’t just say it without actually doing it. Period,”  Mayor Pro Tempore Sepi Shyne said.

Erickson said he worries about the trajectory of the plan that was approved and the timeline with which it can be implemented. 

“Community safety is our number one concern,” he told Fox News. “When I’ve heard from countless residents about how they want to feel safer, that involves comprehensive planning and something that is not just drawn out over a decision.”

Two deputies will be withdrawn in the fall and the program will be evaluated over six months. By then, the city’s law enforcement presence could be reduced by three more. An entertainment policing team will be restored. 

“In my mind, this is an increase of safety services with 60 additional eyes on the street working directly with the residents and the sheriff and code compliance and our social services providers and two fewer deputies this fall,” Councilman John D’Amico told Fox News in a statement.  

Despite the reduction in law enforcement funds, the council also voted to give $14,000 more to the Russian Arts festival for an increase to $50,000. 

Fox News has reached out to the sheriff’s department. Surging crime in West Hollywood has been an ongoing concern for many. That surge includes murder, rape, burglary, aggravated assault, arson, and human trafficking.

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Comments

  1. Jim Coles says

    Two square miles of concentrated stupidity. Fortunately, most residents there live in gated communities with private security so they’re in a tad less danger at home than on the streets of their tony shopping areas …
    Most of the Lib kooks living out there will be fine with security ambassadors until one of their esteemed neighbors gets killed by a thug or thugette, then watch the wailing begin!
    This will be perversely fun to watch.

  2. Dr. Trent Saxton says

    Most of us living outside of California listen to you complain and say “So” It’s California, you get what you vote for. .Nothing will ever change your state to RED again; face the facts and move on.

  3. Richard Wahl says

    Can’t fix crazy.

  4. Otis Needleman says

    What fools. Glad I stay away from SoCal.

  5. Mr_ Pickle says

    Stupid is as stupid does…….. Jim, Trent, Richard and Otis are right. As far as the VOTING, yes – delete those Dems and retake our country and state back. They say Defund Law Enforcement, I say Refund the Law Enforcement nationally and specifically our state…………. Then elect DA’s that actually follow the law…..

  6. Really??? says

    It is be careful what wish for.

    Understand that this hole will be come the center of crime, and it will then slop over to surrounding communities.

    I know. Build a wall around the area, If you live there you don’t get any police or protection. If they want it they can pay personally…………….

    No taxes from other people. Cannot afford civil society? Move.

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