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    New West Hollywood Block by Block Kiosk is Stationed at Pavilions Marketplace

    The city of West Hollywood added a new Block by Block Kiosk at the Pavilions Marketplace corner of Santa Monica and Robertson Boulevards, in front of Starbucks. The security kiosk went up on Saturday. According to the ambassador working the evening post, the new kiosk will be stationed from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    There’s a new Block by Block kiosk at the Ramada Plaza at the beginning of this month. The City is adding kiosks at Sunset Boulevard and Sunset Plaza Drive; Melrose Avenue and Westmount Drive and an ambassador says there will also be a kiosk at Doheny Drive and Santa Monica Boulevard by the Beverly Hills Gateway.

    Kiosks are also stationed at West Hollywood Park by the dog parks overlooking the Great Lawn and the Parallel Perpendicular art installation, there is one at Plummer Park, and one at the West Hollywood Gateway at at Santa Monica Boulevard and La Brea Avenue.

    Block by Block Kiosk at West Hollywood Pavilions Market Place – WEHO TIMES
    Block by Block Kiosk at West Hollywood Pavilions Market Place – WEHO TIMES

    The city council recently unanimously approved a Block by Block Security Ambassadors program update expanding its Block by Block program with 30 additional Security Ambassadors. The Block by Block program has hired and trained 20 new Security Ambassadors, one Team Lead, and one Operations Supervisor. It is on-track to be fully staffed by October 1, 2022, with a total of approximately 85 Security Ambassadors.

    The approved motion follows City Council approval on Monday, June 27, 2022, of the City’s FY 2022-23 & 2023-24 two-year operating budget and capital work plan, which directed an increase to the number of Block by Block Security Ambassadors by 30 positions. Additional direction regarding the expansion was provided by the City Council on Monday, August 1, 2022 when it approved the related amendment to the Block by Block agreement for services.

    Block by Block Security Ambassadors work in collaboration with the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station to provide supplemental safety services and they get to know West Hollywood’s neighborhoods to assist in providing an extra level of hospitality to businesses, residents, and visitors. Expansion of the program aims to provide an additional public presence to proactively reduce crime.

    Block by Block Security Ambassadors are highly focused on safety and hospitality in West Hollywood with specific emphasis on:

    • Maintaining uniformed foot and bicycle patrols throughout the City’s business districts and residential neighborhoods;
    • Providing in-person responses 24/7 to non-violent calls for service;
    • Conducting safety escorts for residents, businesses, and visitors; and
    • Offering helpful guidance to community members and visitors about City information, directions, parking, and more.

    First established as a City program in 2013, West Hollywood Block by Block Security Ambassadors provide a highly visible uniformed presence at the street level and leverage the effectiveness of local law enforcement by working in collaboration with personnel from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station.

    In addition to supplemental safety services, Block by Block Security Ambassadors get to know West Hollywood’s neighborhoods and assist in providing an extra level of hospitality to businesses, residents, and visitors and help to address and respond to quality of life concerns in the community.

    Security Ambassadors receive trainings on topics such as active shooters, cultural diversity and sensitivity, administration of Narcan to treat narcotic overdose, mental health first aid, sexual harassment, emergency/disaster preparedness, and more.

    The Block by Block Security Ambassador Hotline provides access to free, 24/7 support by phone or text at (323) 821-8604; a new toll-free number will be introduced in the coming weeks. For additional information, please visit www.weho.org/bbb.

    About | Sheriff’s, Fire, Code, and Emergencies – The City of West Hollywood contracts with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for law enforcement and the Los Angeles County Fire Department for fire protection. The City’s Neighborhood & Business Safety Division oversees code enforcement.

    For additional information, visit www.weho.org/publicsafety. For anyone with public safety concerns, please reach out to the Sheriff’s Station 24/7 at (310) 855-8850. In an emergency, always call 911.

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    Curtis
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    1 month ago

    Why not one near the CVS on Santa Monica Boulevard @ La Cienega? Or in front of the car wash @ Palm? Dark areas at night with people walking by & lots of hidden areas….

    WeHoMikey
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    Reply to  Curtis
    1 month ago

    while we’re at it, how about a kiosk on every corner!

    Brad
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    1 month ago

    Street crime surely is more prevalent at night than during daytime.

    City Council should order that the shifts start at 6 p.m., not end at 6 p.m.

    Curtis
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    Reply to  Brad
    1 month ago

    My thoughts exactly

    Jim Nasium
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    1 month ago

    So Cheesy.

    :dpb
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    1 month ago

    This Ambassador program is the fault of Lindsey Horvath and her progressive curmudgeons, Sepi Shyne and John Erickson. We’re unsafe – pick pockets, follow-home robberies, gun violence, grand theft – crime up 137% to 200% – are the result of the public safety programs voted into law by these three council members that ignore public out cry because they “know best”. These three have put all of us in harms way. We must take back our city.

    Enough!
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    1 month ago

    I feel so much better knowing that a guy in a nice golf shirt is standing by. Give me a break. He’s going to do exactly the same thing that the manager of Pavilions would do if something should happen he’s gonna pick up the phone and call the police because he can’t do diddly.

    Daniel L
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    1 month ago

    They will have one of these in every corner. I wish would stop using the word security. There is nothing about these valet stands that makes me feel secured, but they have the money to do it, so we will see if this makes a difference.

    Enough!
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    Reply to  Daniel L
    1 month ago

    It won’t. They have zero authority. They have what everybody else has the ability to call the police if there’s a problem. They serve no purpose.

    :dpb
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    1 month ago

    Ramage Street behind the Pavilions Marketplace has become home to three homeless men who have taken up residence here since end-September. The ambassadors walk right past them sometimes have to step over them. What is the point of this folly? The ambassador at the Ramada is severely overweight and can not stand for lengths of time how is she to intervene in any situation? The ambassador at Pavilions is constantly reading a book. And I guess we’re just on our own after 6pm? That’s when they close up they’re podium on casters and umbrella? Truly, what is the point of… Read more »

    Enough!
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    Reply to  :dpb
    1 month ago

    That made me chuckle. So true.

    voter
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    1 month ago

    The kiosk in front of Starbucks was staffed with a small young woman who was reading a book when I walked by. Not someone who is able to protect or serve anyone.

    Enough!
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    Reply to  voter
    1 month ago

    But she’s dressed in a nice golf shirt has a shiny walkie-talkie. lol.

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