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    Micky’s WeHo Fined for Go-Go Dancer Performances on Patio During WeHo Pride

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    While local bars and restaurants in the Rainbow District hustled to make the most out of WeHo Pride weekend, one of their busiest times of the year, Micky’s WeHo at 8857 Santa Monica Boulevard was fined $1,075.00 when West Hollywood Code Enforcement issued an administrative citation. This included a $1,000 fine and a $75 administrative fee for lacking a special license permit to have go-go dancers in their patio dining area.

    The fine outraged Micky’s owner, Michael Niemeyer, who said he didn’t care about the money but found the policing of his LGBT bar inappropriate during a time meant to elevate and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community he serves.

    “I’ve owned a bar since 1978,” he said. “I’ve had my face pushed up against the wall by police officers. I’ve had police batons under my chin while I was being made to produce our liquor license. I’ve seen people get thrown over the bar by police and ABC agents because they were ‘overserved.’ I think of all that when something like this happens. I remember police using their batons to lift women’s dresses to check if they were wearing female underwear. I’ve seen all of that.”

    Niemeyer is furious that Code Enforcement entered the establishment during pride weekend, an event he says has been watered down in the past ten years and lost its meaning due to political correctness.

    “It’s a big day of the year for us, but there’s a reason for the season,” he said. “People stood up and fought back. Over thirty years ago when I first opened Micky’s, there was sensitivity from the sheriffs and the city. They understood where we were coming from. They can do their fire inspections and safety checks, but don’t do it in the middle of everything. Stay the f*ck out during the pride celebration.”

    According to an employee, Micky’s WeHo has always been allowed to have go-go dancers in their patio area for two main West Hollywood events: the WeHo Halloween Carnaval and WeHo Pride weekend. He said they have never needed a special permit nor have they ever been fined in the past 30-plus years, so he doesn’t understand why this year was different.

    “They have never fined us before,” he said, asking to remain anonymous. “Meanwhile, look at the hot dog vendors all over the street. Why aren’t they being fined? I saw go-go dancers in the outdoor patios at Beaches WeHo, Heart WeHo, and Stache. Why aren’t they getting fined?”

    Director of Community Safety Danny Rivas stated that information-sharing on code enforcement matters is limited. “What I can share is that City staff received a reported concern last Friday evening, May 31, that businesses in the Rainbow District may have been performing entertainment in areas where they had not received approval,” he stated. “The City’s code enforcement team works with businesses when concerns emerge, and the team always makes attempts to gain voluntary compliance.”

    According to Rivas, a warning was provided on Friday evening, May 31, regarding entertainment occurring in an area without approval. “The following day, on Saturday, June 1, Micky’s continued with entertainment in the area for which they had been warned the day prior. As a result, City staff issued a citation on Saturday, June 1.”

    He added that Beaches WeHo had acquired a special event permit allowing entertainers to perform, and City staff was not made aware of any concerns regarding Stache.

    “Regarding street vendors selling hot dogs, City code enforcement officers were deployed,” he added. “They addressed unpermitted street vending, among other issues, on Friday, May 31; Saturday, June 1; and Sunday, June 2, each day between the hours of 6 p.m. and 3 a.m. The City did receive reports of unpermitted street vending prior to the 6 p.m. deployment on Saturday, June 1, and we immediately responded to those reports upon conclusion of a late afternoon public safety briefing that day.”

    Rivas also stated that it is important to remind the community that it is extremely challenging to address unpermitted street vending, as the State of California passed Senate Bill 946 in 2018 and Senate Bill 972 in 2022. These bills have placed limitations on the ability of municipalities to address unpermitted street vending.

    Niemeyer says he disagrees with the citation. He thinks it is incorrect and inconsistent with past years, and he has every intention of contesting the fine with West Hollywood City Hall.

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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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    Tom
    Tom
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    1 day ago

    Thank goodness Code Enforcement was right there to punish this blight on the escutcheon that is the good-taste fest known as Pride! Good lord! Go-go dancers waving tanned, toned, barely clad bottoms from the patio of a bar during Pride? That’s a job for attendees!

    Natasha
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    3 days ago

    The street was closed so what is the big deal about these dancers on the patio? I get it on days when Santa Monica Blvd is open but it was gay pride and the street was closed. Seems like a complete waste of time and city resources.

    Tom
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    4 days ago

    This is really upsetting. The city should be looking for ways to provide support for local businesses during Pride given how challenging it is to stay open right now so that they can make the most of it as cushion for the less busy seasons, not cut into their profits during a big event. It was such a fun weekend and good atmosphere – what a shame to target a business this way.

    Bill
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    5 days ago

    This is disgraceful slimy money-grabbing behavior on the part of the city. There is no practical or safety concern with go go dancers on Mickey’s patio and such overbearing capricious officialdom leaves an extremely bad taste (kind of like feces) in just about everyone’s mouth

    Last edited 5 days ago by Bill
    angry gay pope
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    5 days ago

    Ridiculous! One year at PRIDE even yogurt stop had a go go boy and bottomless mimosas!

    TJC
    TJC
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    5 days ago

    Mickey’s should be fined even more money for illegally trimming the trees on the sidewalk in front of their establishment prior to WeHo Pride. It looks horrible – they have no right to trim public trees so people can see their sign/front door.

    Weho East
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    5 days ago

    Micky’s didn’t trim the trees. Micky’s is the one who spoke with code compliance and brought it to the city’s attention. The trees were trimmed weeks before Pride. The tree in front of Block Party had also been trimmed as well as other trees on the block. Code compliance is investigating.

    TJC
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    Reply to  Weho East
    4 days ago

    Thank you for the clarification and my apologies to Micky’s. After walking my dog on the other side of Santa Monica Blvd, I realized that it might have been cut by the owners of the billboards on the roof tops so cars driving on the road could still see the billboards.

    John Ryan
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    5 days ago

    Danny Rivas and “Code Compliance” in West Hollywood is a joke.

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