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    Community Members Raise Concerns of a Topless Woman on WeHo’s Rainbow District

    Community members raised concerns about a topless woman spotted wandering the streets of West Hollywood’s Rainbow District on Santa Monica Boulevard around noon on Sunday. Witnesses reported that a Block by Block security ambassador attempted to assist the woman, who was purportedly undergoing some form of drug-induced psychosis.

    “Hey @weho! WTF!” Wrote @my2cents on Instagram.

    “Instead of honking at her to scare her off, no one tried assist this poor woman who was obviously in distress.” wrote @rando.1998.

    While some witnesses criticized the security ambassador for perceived inaction, others placed blame on the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station for a delayed response.

    Jennifer T expressed her dissatisfaction on the NextDoor platform, stating, “Shame on the Weho, Ambassadors, and sheriffs for not handling this situation. Not only is she breaking the law with public nudity, she was so extremely high that she was flailing around the city, spitting, hugging trees, and screaming. The sheriffs were notified twice, never took hold of the situation, and there was one ambassador chasing her around basically, of course, as we know, couldn’t do anything about it.”

    It remains unclear whether the woman received assistance, was arrested, or was merely passing through. This article will be updated as more information becomes available.

    The City of West Hollywood has a Homeless Concern Line. The number is 323-848-6590.

    The City also has a WeHo Care Team which serves the community as a mobile behavioral health crisis responder. The Care Team provides crisis stabilization, safety planning, connection to community resources and follow-up support. Services are delivered through a harm-reduction, trauma-informed and culturally competent approach. The Care Team rides in an unmarked passenger vehicle with no lights and sirens to prevent stigma and to provide respectful care to people in their time of crisis.

    Crisis Support Available 24/7
    The City is getting the word out that crisis support starts with calling the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. 988 is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and staffed by trained crisis counselors who can help people experiencing mental health-related distress.

    988 serves as a universal entry point so that no matter where you live in the United States, you can reach a trained crisis counselor who can help. The Los Angeles region’s 988 crisis center is operated by Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services. Get support and learn more – 988lifeline.org

    When a local 988 caller needs in-person help, the call is connected to the LA County Department of Mental Health (DMH) to dispatch mobile crisis response staff. During Care Team hours of operation, the call is co-referred to the Care Team if DMH arrival is longer than 30 minutes.

    In addition to serving 988 callers, the Care Team can support community members first-served by West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station, LA County Fire Stations 7 & 8, Block by Block Security Ambassadors and other City-approved entities.

    Care Team Hours of Operation
    Monday thru Friday, 2:00 PM – 6:00 AM.
    The last shift each week ends Saturday mornings at 6:00 AM.
    The goal is to operate around the clock, seven days a week, by year two.

    Care Team Services Provided by Sycamores
    The City selected Sycamores to operate the Care Team based on the non-profit agency’s expertise in behavioral health services, mobile crisis response and its existing work serving the community as a contractor for Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. Learn more about Sycamores at www.sycamores.org.

    The West Hollywood Homeless Initiative seeks to address homelessness with a multi-disciplinary, multi-agency, collaborative response. To that end, the City of West Hollywood partners closely with nonprofit service providers, the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station, and Los Angeles County agencies to provide a wide variety of services intended to reduce homelessness and support community members who are experiencing homelessness.

    If you are experiencing homeless in West Hollywood – see this list of resources.

    Weekday drop-in hours at West Hollywood Library is a place to connect with providers for help and support, see schedule. 

    Call the City’s Human Services Division at (323) 848-6510 for more information about services.

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    Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at [email protected]

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    hifi5000
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    2 months ago

    Just sad the city allows such misery to continue on its sidewalks.That woman obviously needed help.Sorry to hear the established authorities couldn’t or wouldn’t assist in this matter. The hired security ambassadors are not enough to handle such situations.The city needs to up its game and give some ambassadors extra authority to deal with out-of-the-ordinary happenings.Maybe some limited arrest powers are in order as the ambassadors seem to be the first ones on any scene. Things are getting out of hand on West Hollywood streets.Safety is not what it was ten or twenty years ago.After reading about all the crime… Read more »

    John Cleese
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    2 months ago

    With current city policies, can’t assume gender. if that person identifies as a man, he is a man. Men aren’t required by law to cover their torsos in public.

    Kiss it
    Kiss it
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    2 months ago

    Let her be…..Naked!

    Enough!
    Enough!
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    2 months ago

    With all the services…with all the extra personnel to handle situations like this… just another day in the neighborhood. Time for a change in policy. What we are doing and have been doing for years is not working…clearly.

    Sad day in weho
    Sad day in weho
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    2 months ago

    Drove past the same person yesterday when they were further down by Hugos. She Wes topless then too! It’s really going to stink once the homeless housing I mean encampment the city will be making a fortune off of opens by CVS.

    Wonder how long until that whole piece of land is just one big $$ maker for the city once CVS, Weho Bistro are gone too.

    Miri
    Miri
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    2 months ago

    To be clear state law says for public nudity to be illegal it has to have an intent of sexual gratification. So no, from what I read She didn’t actually break any laws which is why nothing was done. Why are we freaking out again? Maybe this woman was in need of help being out in public while quite high on something, but she isn’t breaking nudity laws.

    C'mon Sense
    C'mon Sense
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    2 months ago

    Is there anything you’ll deem unacceptable? Let me guess your political affiliation. smh

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    2 months ago

    This is the same woman that sits on the sidewalk in the Pavilions parking lot and screams obscenities and screech’s at the top of her lungs. The psychosis is ongoing. She’s dangerous and a nuisance at the same time. She does need help, but your safety will be at risk.

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