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    OPINION: Henry (Hank) Scott – ‘A Eulogy to My WEHOville’

    Imagine being the father or mother of a beautiful child who you’ve worked hard over the years to raise into adulthood. And then you find that, as an adult, your baby has engaged in repulsive and disgusting behavior that leaves you embarrassed to be known as its parent.

    That is me. And that child is WEHOville.com, the hyperlocal news site that I launched in 2012.

    As I have told many friends, I never in my life worked harder and made less money than I did in publishing WEHOville. But while much of my savings was lost, what I gained was a deep sense of satisfaction as a journalist who told the truth, the whole truth, without fear or favor, on a platform where the residents of the City of West Hollywood could learn what was going on in their city and discuss it. A real platform for democracy and civic engagement. I have always told myself that on my deathbed I would rather know that I’ve done something for the good of others than that I had $1 million sitting in my savings account.

    Now, when it comes to WEHOville.com, I will have neither.

    That is because I sold WEHOville.com in November 2020 to two men who were convinced they could keep it alive and thriving. I made the sale because more than eight years of endless reporting and editing (and managing the business affairs) had left me exhausted. What they paid me was a fraction of what I had invested in WEHOville.  But I was proud to know that my byline would remain on the thousands of stories I had written and published, leaving me with somewhat of a legacy.

    Then, six months later, the buyers flipped WEHOville.com and sold it to Larry Block, a gay man in his senior years who bragged about operating what he called “The Gayest Store on Earth” (Block Party) and who was a regular complainer at City Council meetings.

    Under Block’s management, WEHOville has become a platform for hate speech — both on the site itself and its Facebook page. The anger voiced by Block, the site’s anonymous commenters, and authors of opinion pieces has focused heavily on younger people — particularly women and those who aren’t white. Major subjects of attack are Lindsey Horvath, a former Council member who now is a member of the LA County Board of Supervisors, and Sepi Shyne, a recently elected Council member who proudly identifies as a lesbian of Persian descent (Block came in 4,606 votes behind Shyne in the 2020 City Council election).

    Another Council member who is a subject of attacks is Chelsea Byers, a woman who has been attacked on WEHOville as an anti-Semite for her opposition to what Amnesty International calls “Israel’s continuing oppressive and discriminatory system of governing Palestinians in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) …”. Byers’s position is one shared by many progressive Jews, including those living in Israel.

    Also a target is Nika Soon-Shiong, the daughter of Patrick Soon-Shiong, a billionaire of Asian descent who is owner of the Los Angeles Times. Nika Soon-Shiong’s push to re-examine the city’s $20 million plus spending on public safety led to false claims that she wanted to “defund” the Sheriff’s Department, which provides services to West Hollywood on a contract basis (with some WEHOville commenters questioning whether Soon-Shiong actually lived in West Hollywood, which brought to mind Donald Trump’s doubts that Barack Obama was born in the United States).

    Actually, Soon-Shiong, a (now former) member of the city’s Public Safety Commission, wanted to “re-fund” public safety. That meant taking some of the money spent on Sheriff’s deputies who just ride around in cars in tiny West Hollywood and using it to hire more trained men and women who ride bicycles through the city to really watch what’s going on and quickly report possible crimes, and whose presence would likely intimidate those thinking of breaking into a car or bashing a store window. They call it “feet on the street” in more progressive cities. In West Hollywood, the focus has been “feet on the gas pedal.”  Research published in WEHOville in 2018 under my watch actually documented the positive impact on crime of such bike patrols. The attacks on Soon-Shiong, for which WEHOville was a major platform, were condemned by Lindsey Horvath as racist, which Block and others denied.

    WEHOville also became a platform for vicious attacks on Shea Gibson, a Black man who was a manager of the city’s Block by Block bicycle watch program, who it reported had been convicted in 1997 and served eight years in a Georgia prison for voluntary manslaughter in association with a robbery. A friend of his described Gibson’s transition from prison to a career helping to prevent crime as a wonderful example that prison could actually be about correction and redemption, not just punishment. Almost all of the 136 commenters on the story condemned the city for letting Gibson run the bicycle watch program. “No idea why people are so surprised,” wrote one commenter. “Leftists and Progressives etc. (which is what 21st century Democrats are today)–have ALWAYS sided with criminals or criminal sympathizers.” When Tod Hallman, a Black man who chairs the city’s Public Safety Commission, described the attacks on Gibson as racist, a story about that sparked more than 100 comments, with some commenters accusing others of racism and personally attacking Hallman.

    The comments on Shea Gibson aren’t the only racist ones on WEHOville. A commenter on a recent story about ending the cash bail program, said “why should a young Black man who stole a sweater have his freedom constricted because he cannot afford to make bail?” That drew a racist response from another commenter who wrote: “Young black men don’t steal one sweater, they take the whole rack!”

    Under my management, three prominent Black community members wrote op-eds that identified some degree of racism they had experienced in West Hollywood. That claim was (privately) denounced by Block and other older gay residents. There were nasty comments submitted to WEHOville, but they weren’t published because I actually moderated comments to block any racist, sexist, ageist, or ad hominem attacks. The most fascinating denial of racism came from Larry Block: “The woman I loved most in my life was Black,” he has said. “She was my nanny. We let her sleep in the basement!”

    The rapid decline of WEHOville.com has been chronicled by other journalists. “Under Block’s aegis, the blog has been transformed into the Pravda of WeHo’s old guard, full of bile and gossip about the interlopers,” wrote Jake Flanagin in “There Goes the Gayborhood,” a story for Los Angeles Magazine. https://lamag.com/news/there-goes-the-gayborhood.

    Recently, Mark Misoshink, in an article for the investigative news site Left Coast / Right Watch, https://leftcoastrightwatch.org/articles/this-west-hollywood-news-site-platformed-a-right-wing-provocateur/, called out WEHOville for publishing “Unmasking Antifa: The real person behind the attacks,” an opinion piece by West Seegmiller, a Covid vaccine denier, that falsely identified a right-wing protester of a “drag story hour” event at the West Hollywood Public Library as Jairo Marquez. The man who got into a fight with supporters of the drag story hour event actually was Jairo Rodriguez, who was attempting to film the children’s reading event from outside the library, without their permission. Misoshink revealed Rodriguez as the operator of the Rightnowviews.com, a website that has published stories critical of the LA Unified School District’s decision to educate elementary school students on LGBTQ rights issues, a story criticizing the FBI for arresting last December a Sherman Oaks resident for his association with the Jan. 6 riot. and multiple stories promoting the lie that the Covid 19 vaccination might kill you. Rodriguez “is well-known in activist circles for filming and sometimes participating alongside other violent bigots in street brawls,” Misoshink writes.

    “Seegmiller, however, completely fails to mention Rodriguez’s promotion of right wing events, misgendering and misidentifying trans people, targeting leftist activists, anti-vaccine stances, spreading anti-homeless rhetoric.”

    Misoshink said Larry Block told him: “There is nothing to retract, he’s entitled to his thoughts,” and then admitted he “didn’t really read his whole thing.”

    “Block also confirmed WeHoVille does not fact check opinion pieces, despite their ethics policy saying their ‘reporting will be truthful and transparent, with the facts accurate, complete and fairly presented’, Misoshink wrote. “When LCRW told Block that community members expressed concern over Rodriguez being able to lie about his activity, our reporter was threatened with legal action and accused of ‘looking for drama and attention’.”

    The ethics policy cited in the LCRW story was developed by me, and clearly not executed under the current ownership. Its failure to moderate comments under those standards on WEHOville and its Facebook page was never more obvious to me than when I saw a Facebook post on the WEHOville page about then-Councilmember Lindsey Horvath written by Ken Howard, an older gay man who is a psychotherapist living in West Hollywood.  He referred to Horvath as “Lindsey ‘Whore Who Needs a Bath’.” Howard also is one of the gay Boomers who occasionally post angry comments about the “breeders” (aka heterosexual people) that they see overtaking the city.

    As sad as I am about the death of the legitimate and honest news site that I created, I also am saddened by the willingness of so many West Hollywood residents to still embrace it.  Steve Martin, a lawyer and former City Council member, still writes opinion pieces for the site, as does Carleton Cronin, a resident in his 80s who is still active in civic life. Alan Strasburg, a long-time resident, is a fierce critic of Sepi Shyne and other progressive young Council members. David Wood, a local insurance agent active on the Chamber of Commerce, and Nick Remidio, a hotel manager who has served as chair of the Chamber of Commerce, eventually announced they would step away from their public roles as members of the board of Boystown Media, the entity Block created to own the company (although it’s not clear whether they still have an ownership stakes). But they haven’t spoken out about the issues I have called out here. And neither they nor many other community leaders have publicly reacted to an email to me from Block, which I shared, in which he described me as “a sad old man” dying of AIDS.

    My baby is dying. But then so is West Hollywood’s reputation as a progressive city. More to mourn.

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    Henry Scott
    Henry E. (Hank) Scott, the founder of WEHOville, has worked as a journalist for newspapers as small as the weekly Butner-Creedmoor (N.C.) News (circulation), where he was the sole editorial staffer, and the Hartford Courant, where as Metro Editor he supervised a staff of 135 reporters and editors. Scott also worked for The New York Times, which he took online for the first time in 1993 and for which he launched its first foreign-language edition, published in Russian in Moscow.

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    Joan Marans Dim
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    6 months ago

    Great job demonstrating, tragically, the downfall of what was once a respected and worthy publication. This is not a stain on Henry Scott. This is a stain on the community who would support such an evil operation.

    TomSmart
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    7 months ago

    Start a new site, I mean how hard could it be??? Sorry Paulo, I know you work hard pumpkin

    Rick M
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    7 months ago

    Could the vitriol against Sepi be any more transparent? She trounced him in an election and denied him a seat on the WeHo City Council and he’s out for revenge. His precious white male ego can’t hack it. I’m not saying Block and his misogynist, racist, regressive, cohort of aging gays are dinosaurs on the verge of distinction, necessarily, but if I were them I’d be on the lookout any for meteors headed this way.

    West
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    7 months ago

    Sepi has illegally retaliated against numerous residents with no skin in the game (and not just “old white men”, what a prejudiced remark). If not for Brandon and Larry, numerous serious ethical and legal violations committed by Sepi and her clique would go unnoticed or obfuscated by the alternatives like this site. It’s very telling that Lauren Meister went to Wehoville to blow the whistle on the questionable hiring process of the Development Director last month. As is the active regular participation by residents in the comments section. Wehoville isn’t perfect, but it is absolutely the people’s voice. Wehotimes could… Read more »

    Last edited 7 months ago by West
    Rick M
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    7 months ago

    It’s sort of remarkable that you’re even able to read a comment and reply with your lips planted so firmly on Larry’s ample buttocks. “If not for Brandon and Larry …” is so ridiculously laughable. No, sorry. Quit trying to make fetch happen, Gretchen. The reality is that Wehoville is the only place that will publish petty gossip and Larry’s personal vendettas — without any standards of truth or decency — for clicks and attention. It’s not gonna work though – Larry is NEVER gonna be elected to a position of public trust (nor should he be) no matter how… Read more »

    West
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    7 months ago

    You haven’t responded to the issue of multiple residents experiencing illegal retaliation, and the numerous documented legal and ethical violations by Sepi & Erickson which Wehoville single-handedly exposed. Insult me all you want, insult Larry and Brandon all you want. It doesn’t change reality. Ad hominem is the last resort of a man with no argument.

    Last edited 7 months ago by West
    Rick M
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    7 months ago

    “numerous documented legal and ethical violations…” you think that if you repeat it a number of times, that it magically becomes true, but those who come with receipts, lead with receipts. You know better than most that Larry makes allegations–however, when it comes to actual hard evidence, the result is cheap toilet paper thin. But by all means, please continue to take me to church on lessons of reality.

    West
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    7 months ago

    Over the last theee years we’ve seen Horvath, Sepi & Erickson -commit multiple Brown Act violations such as texting from the dais -appointing nonresidents such as LA Times heiress as public officials in exchange for endorsements -First Amendment violations such as blocking constituents and deleting comments from their official platforms -Code of Conduct violations such as insulting constituents during Council comments -financial crimes such as soliciting donations to organizations they work for from City contracted Corporations -legal liabilities such as ignoring or minimizing violent assaults on City property -illegal retaliation against numerous respected residents for criticizing their performance as public… Read more »

    Last edited 7 months ago by West
    Jerome Cleary
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    7 months ago

    Hank, thanks for your Swan Song, it’s 4 years later and 2 buyers later! LOL!

    Earl Eason
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    7 months ago

    Hey WeHoQueen (that’s a hilarious pseudonym you are using on Wehoville!). Yeah, i guess it has been four years since Hank left Wehoville (I’ve lost count). They’ve been a crazy four years. I remember you were the one who recommended as editor a man who had been convicted and imprisoned for writing fake stories for scandal tabloids. I don’t know if you have a criminal history. But even if you don’t, maybe you should step up to replace Brandon, although I think at your age and weight you probably can’t offer Larry all the services he requires

    Jerome Cleary
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    Reply to  Earl Eason
    7 months ago

    Hey Hank aka Earl Eason, I’m not Wehoqueen, nice try though. You ended up revealing Hank that you are also Earl Eason.

    Earl Eason
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    6 months ago

    I guess I’m flattered Jerome! I’m not Hank, but I do admire his ethics. If you aren’t WeHoQueen you should track him/her/they down and introduce yourself because many, many people I know think you are. Maybe you are twins?

    OhButNo
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    7 months ago

    If anyone has any doubts that Larry Block is a bigot and a racist, they need not look further than the name he chose for his publication, which is Boystown Media. He came up with this name two years ago, not 20. That man refuses to acknowledge the LGBT Rainbow District in the many opinion pieces he pens. He clings to his beloved Boystown in the same manner that the KKK clings to their beloved confederate statues. Thank you Henry for voicing what we all think, but are afraid to put in print.

    Kiss it
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    7 months ago

    Henry scott let go baby let go
    you sold Wehoville to Larry for $3000. Dollers so you could move to NYC to live at the sober living place with 7 other men…let go of Wehoville it was nothing special then and it’s nothing special now….let go baby ….

    hifi5000
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    7 months ago

    It has been three years since Henry Scott sold Wehoville.It changed hands again and now it is owned by Larry Block. I think it is time Hank Scott accept what happened to his old news site and move on.How was he to know the two gentlemen he dealt with would sell the news site to another party six months later.

    I understand Scott does not live in West Hollywood anymore,so any sadness he has regarding his old site is misspent.He should forget about Wehoville and think about his current life and location and make the most of it there.

    Kevin
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    7 months ago

    Hank, if you want to control the editorial position or direction of a media property, you don’t sell it to anyone.You need to move on or better yet start a competitor that follows your point of views. That being said, the pop ups, road blocks and genetic ads running on Wehoville make the site almost impossible to navigate, so page views must be way down.

    Enough!
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    7 months ago

    Wow. This guy is unreal. His anti-police feelings are well-known. How dare he marginalize residents that are concerned about public safety and speak out against the likes of Horvath, Shyne, Byers and Erickson who have proactively taken funds from the police to channel it into nice guys on bikes with very little experience, no authority to arrest and very little training and who are more concerned about looking at their phone than keeping people safe. And when residents speak out against the head of the guys on bikes, who was formally convicted of manslaughter, it had nothing to do with… Read more »

    John
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    7 months ago

    You mention “Covid deniers.” That is what the mainstream media says about anyone who questioned closing beaches or school for a year and a half. In Germany no healthy person under 21 died of Covid. Or wearing masks in airplanes while sitting next to someone and then taking the mask off to eat. There needs to be conversation whether you agree with it or not to let people hear both sides of a discussion. Progressives want to shut down any opposing view.

    Enough!
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    7 months ago

    That’s the problem these days…there is no discussion. There is no difference of opinion. If you don’t like what someone says..they are using hate speech and they must be silenced. Right out of a fascist’s playbook.

    West
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    7 months ago

    If the last three years have taught us anything, it’s THIS

    Weho artist
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    7 months ago

    Hank/Henry, “…he described me as “a sad old man” dying of AIDS.” This is absolutely repugnant and not acceptable. Initially, I was happy a long time resident was at the helm of Wehoville- boy, was I wrong. Larry Block is not someone you want running a news website. He has no morals or ethics and continues to attack any progressive voice. He has encouraged the abhorrent behavior in the comment section for several years now. His weekly op-ed pieces consistently contain errors and lies about easily searchable facts. I often have to point this out to him and he will… Read more »

    Sour Grapes
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    7 months ago

    get a life, Henry! That bile is going to consume you!

    Nick O
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    7 months ago

    popcorn emoji 

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    7 months ago

    Hank Scott is just a sad bored old man. Hank, you said it yourself: YOU SOLD WEHOVILLE.
    You have no hold or responsibility for the site, yet you have continually depreciated and condemned and attacked WEHOVILLE.
    Hank Scott doesn’t even live here. Go away Hank Scott.

    Factsetc
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    7 months ago

    Hank Scott is just looking at his creation toling that it reflects the opinions of Larry Block who owns a store selling poppers and t-shirts! It’s like the Chandler family looking at the dreadful LA Times. The LA Times cost 99 cents for 6 month subscription. It’s now a hobby of some South African billionaire. A collection of opinion pieces. The great thing that WehoVille has done is expose three corrupt politicians. Shyne, Erickson and Byers! The West Hollywood Times has a much better website platform then Wehoville which is difficult to use. It’s also now filled with pop up… Read more »

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    7 months ago

    hmm… then don’t read it. Simple as that. And I for one stand with Brandon Garcia and Larry Block of Wehoville. The site holds people accountable. The site believes in West Hollywood, just as this one does.
    So much whining. And by the way, comparing Hank Scott to the Chandlers is quite the reach, laughing my ass off. Maybe the owner of the National Enquirer.
    Stop all the BS, if you don’t like it, don’t read it.

    Enough!
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    7 months ago

    Yes, I stand with WeHoville…they hold our representatives accountable. For 30+ years this city thrived and most everyone got a long. It’s only been since Horvath’s power grew and Shyne, Erickson and Byers came on the council that Weho has become divided. It’s easy to see why. Their policies are destroying our city, they dismiss residents and follow the commands of the union. People have had enough.

    Weho artist
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    7 months ago

    Maybe you should stop commenting under 2 different names on Wehoville. JF1/Enough!

    SMH in WeHo
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    7 months ago

    SMH. People in here commenting on items they know nothing about. Where do you think Larry learned that from? Who do think held representatives accountable back when Larry was a commenting troll? People forget that before wehonews, before la blade, before wehotimes, and before Larry, Hank held everyone accountable at City Hall. Ask John Duran.

    Factsetc
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    7 months ago

    Are you the green-eyed guy John Erickson?

    Weho artist
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    7 months ago

    Wow, i’m being accused of being John Erickson and Paulo today 

    I’m neither but thanks for your interest!

    Are you Michael Grace aka “MAGA Gay Weho”?

    Some Rando
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    7 months ago

    Didn’t see this coming. It sounds to me like Henry made Sophie’s choice and chose money over his baby. If you sell your baby you have no say over how your baby is raised and you can’t complain about how that baby turns out. It is unfortunate Henry’s baby landed at the hands of Larry Block for all the valid reasons listed in this article.

    West
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    7 months ago

    The editor of this site owes the public an apology for failing to report the attack on Jairo in his initial coverage of the Drag Queen Story Hour protest. He should also apologize for his obscene rhetoric dehumanizing unvaccinated people over the last two and half years.

    Hank, it’s nice to hear from you. But it’s time to admit you were on the wrong side of history on this issue.

    Weho artist
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    Reply to  West
    7 months ago

    Will Jairo apologize for kicking journalists? Your anti-vaccine buddy harassed minimum wage workers throughout the pandemic and is on video assaulting people.

    West
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    7 months ago

    I gave Jairo the opportunity to describe his own experience being violently assaulted, and respond to the allegations made against him, in his own words. That’s more than this site ever did.

    Medical freedom activists stood up for low wage workers being fired and coerced by vaccine mandates. I can imagine the shame felt now by those who went along with it, but your bizarre inversion of reality is a sad and pathetic cope.

    Weho artist
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    7 months ago

    respond to the allegations made against him” It’s on video, West. He goes to rallies/protests and looks to get in altercations. He is a very troubled young person.

    You didn’t stand up for anything. You are your horde of anti-science nutjobs repeatedly went into grocery stores and harassed workers there. You aren’t a hero, you’re a villain.

    West
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    7 months ago

    My cadre of medical freedom activists Free Weho Coaltion held community picnics, regualr support groups and public community forums in a spirit of peace. All of which you desperately attempted to convey as some terrorist threat. Jairo remaining peaceful at the protest and being punched in the face is on video.

    Weho Artist AKA Paulo regularly uses intellectually dishonest tactics of accusing your opponent of what you are doing, and guilt by false association. Shame on you, man.

    Weho artist
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    7 months ago

    https://twitter.com/SkySpider_/status/1665525184189833216

    The videos don’t lie. This little troll plays victim after he incites violence.

    I’m not Paulo btw. But nice try

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    West
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    7 months ago

    Did you even read my article? The activists who assaulted Jairo were the ones who played victim, raising thousands of dollars after being arrested, with Erickson-led ACLU SoCal, national Corporate media and this site alike running cover for them.

    More inversion from “Pilpul Artist”.

    Chris Baldwin
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    7 months ago

    Many of us are mourning alongside you, Henry. Larry Block and his beer belly bigot brigade has killed your baby. I’m so grateful for WeHo Times publishing this piece. But don’t forget to mention the so-called feminist women that have joined WeHoville as business partners, Renee Sotile, LGBTQ Board Commissioner and her wife, MJ Godges. They call themselves allies to the BIPOC community then align themselves with racist White men like Block. When Wehoville published attacks against members of our community – they remained silent. They remain complicit. And now Wehoville is dead to me.

    West
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    Reply to  Chris Baldwin
    7 months ago

    How many public tax dollars did you receive from Sepi Shyne for your pet projects, again? I wonder why you would be threatened by transparency.

    SMH in WeHo
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    7 months ago

    Chris Baldwin comes on here talking about racism and holding those complicit accountable and this twerp West wants to divert the convo to the city funding a lesbian event at WeHo pride. You can’t have it both ways. You can’t say that the Mayor title means nothing and then blame everything that goes wrong in the city on the mayor. What does that have to do with crazy Larry being a bigot? Why are you so threatened by that convo? This is what they do. Nice try tho. We see you.

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    7 months ago

    This person makes the claim that Larry is a racist, presumably for publishing criticisms of public officials. What a lazy deflection of accountability, and an insult to real racial justice efforts. Their preferential treatment by Sepi and our $$ are obvious explanations. Why else would they turn a blind eye to the numerous residents who have faced bullying and illegal retaliation from Sepi? These are valid criticisms with a paper trail, unlike those made against Block.

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    Reply to  West
    6 months ago

    IF the goal is accountability: how about John Duran? why is that former mayor exempt ?

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    Reply to  Chris Baldwin
    7 months ago

    Wehoville has a vendetta against Sepi Shyne and will trash anyone associated with her. This collateral damage is what earns this pariah reputation for WV and anyone supporting this vile website

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    7 months ago

    The criticism of Renee and MJ is entirely unwarranted, undeservered and unfair. Both contribute to the world energies and hearts that find rare matches in our increasingly toxic world like that which this comment exhibits.

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    Reply to  Alan Strasburg
    7 months ago

    Renee and MJ are grown adult women who made a conscious decision to align themselves with Larry Block and his publication which has a reputation of bashing women. They know how to read. The male chauvinism is blatant. Larry is not shy about it. For example, when tasked with coming up with a name for his LLC, he chose Boystown media, because that’s what matters to him. West Hollywood circa 1980 when it was all boys and it was all white. So I disagree. The criticism is completely warranted.

    West
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    Reply to  OhButNo
    7 months ago

    Get real. If you are making the bold claim that Larry is a racist woman-hating bigot, are going to have to do better than his mere usage of the common colloquialism “Boystown”.

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    7 months ago

    West, I applaud your tenacity and level-headedness in a world of yellers and screamers who take earth-shattering outrage at an historically quaint moniker for a two-block stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard in a tiny 1.9 square mile village of 36,000 people. I wonder if those same people find similar umbrage in using $75,000 of money from the public purse on a poorly attended event and slapping the non-inclusive title of “Women’s Freedom Festival” on it. I wonder if the city councils in small burgs in San Diego County and the Santa Clarity Valley are as quick to write checks; rhetorical… Read more »

    Weho artist
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    Reply to  Alan Strasburg
    7 months ago

    Your generation’s grip on this city is coming to an end, Alan. Thank GOD.

    SMH in WeHo
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    Reply to  Chris Baldwin
    7 months ago

    I noticed Alan Strasburg has left the building. He deleted his comments defending Rene and MJ. What a coward. I guess he’s not used to being confronted and challenged. That never happens when he comments in Wehoville for some very odd reason. LMFAO!

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    Reply to  SMH in WeHo
    7 months ago

    You must be reading another site because my feed still includes my comments and the responses which in their anonymity I find superficially confrontational but hardly intellectually challenging.

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    7 months ago

    Sorry, Hank. I prefer the new Wehoville.

    SMH in WeHo
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    7 months ago

    Sorry bud, but the new Wehoville.com doesn’t report on anything. It’s all opinion pieces. Is that really what you prefer?

    Jonathan
    Jonathan
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    7 months ago

    Sad for you Hank

    FOrmer Journalist
    FOrmer Journalist
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    7 months ago

    Rest assured Hank Scott- the majority of people in this city know that WV is not credible

    Weho artist
    Weho artist
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    7 months ago

    This is correct. It’s more like a blog

    sick of laBoheme
    sick of laBoheme
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    7 months ago

    Calling out the vileness of Wehoville and its sycophants 

    Tom
    Tom
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    7 months ago

    Oh Henry, forgotten but not gone.

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