West Hollywood, California is a city that issued an official decree declaring pets (dogs, cats, and occasionally goldfish) to be called “pet companions”. Their human owners must also be named “guardians”. It also prohibited the sale or purchase of animal hair within West Hollywood.
Pride Parade participants were allowed to wear faux fur and feathers because the city didn’t ban fur sales. Your fur throw can’t be sold.
Bottom line, West Hollywood was always been out there with its silly city council. But, the bizarreness mentioned above was not dangerous. It was just silly. But that changed on Monday, when the city council, by a vote of 3-2, defunded cops. It decided that the 137-percent increase in crime would be best addressed by cutting its police force.
Sepi Shyne was Mayor Pro Tem and one of three council members that voted to reduce the budget for police. She voted for the replacement of cops and stated that it was time to “reimagine police.” Concerned residents were assured that the city would send 30 “safety ambassadors” to replace the cops.
Last night, I was proud to fulfill the wishes of our residents and community for better and more equitable re-imagined public safety and social services by voting alongside my courageous colleagues @LindseyPHorvath and @ourWEHO on a 3 to 2 vote. See below:
— Mayor Pro Tem Sepi Shyne (@SepiShyne) June 28, 2022
Shyne proudly stated on Twitter that the city budget would allow the return of an Entertainment Policing Team. I wonder if Shyne will dial 911 to request a copy or ask the city to send a safety ambassador if one of her furbabies is removed from a leash.
After the Floyd rioters set fire to a Minneapolis police station and the country was burned, the Minneapolis city council cut funding for police. Shocker! It didn’t work out. Reality had finally set in by December 2021.
However, it’s not all bad news. The Russian Arts Festival budget was increased by the city. It tripled its budget. It tripled it, I don’t know what you think. Russian? West Hollywood… Who isn’t excited by the mere mention of a “Russian” Arts Festival? It’s clear that there is no Ukrainian flag on the Twitter account for the city. Are you right?
Safety officers will be sent to the festival booths to deal with criminals who are stealing Russian eggs, vodka, caviar, fake fur bows, and red leather chaps. It’s possible that it won’t even be cops, though who knows? “WeHoCity”, (yes, that’s the name they give their city), with fewer cops is a good idea. It has worked spectacularly in every other city that tried it.