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    The City of West Hollywood and its Public Safety Commission hosted a Public Safety Open House event on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, aimed at fostering community connections and promoting safety initiatives. The city partnered with the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station, Block By Block Security, Los Angeles County Fire Department, and City Code enforcement for a meet and greet gathering at Plummer Park.

    West Hollywood Public Safety Open House – WEHO TIMES
    West Hollywood Public Safety Open House – WEHO TIMES

    Chair Commissioner Tod Hallman welcomed everyone to the open house. He acknowledged those in attendance and he encouraged more participation at Public Safety Commission meetings. “We want to hear from you,” he said. “We have to work together as a city to make change.”

    West Hollywood Public Safety Open House – WEHO TIMES
    West Hollywood Public Safety Open House – WEHO TIMES

    Among the diverse turnout of community members, public officials, and representatives from various public safety agencies were West Hollywood Mayor John Erickson and council member Lauren Meister and Director of Community Safety Daniel Rivas.Mayor Erickson stepped to the podium with newly sworn in Pet Mayor, Winnie Erickson. He thanked everyone for being there on a Wednesday night. The mayor spoke of the importance of public safety and community involvement, recognizing Public Safety Commission and members of West Hollywood Neighborhood watch groups for their work in the city.

    West Hollywood Public Safety Open House – WEHO TIMES

    Council member Meister reminisced on her early civic duties as a Neighborhood Watch Captain, “I think it’s really important that you all get involved at the level of where you live,” she said. “That’s where it all begins…you start meeting everybody in your neighborhood, you start meeting everybody at City Hall, you start meeting your sheriff’s deputies and fire department, and that’s what makes us safer.”The event also featured brief introductions from public safety representatives, including Battalion Chief Kevin Price from the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Chief Price shared insights into emergency preparedness initiatives and encouraged residents to participate in upcoming CERT training programs.Lieutenant Fanny Lapkin said the WeHo sheriff’s station was there to answer any questions or help with any issues. She also informed the community that the station’s Community Academy would return next fall for those who missed this year’s program.

    West Hollywood Public Safety Open House – WEHO TIMES
    West Hollywood Public Safety Open House – WEHO TIMES

    Erica Leon, the General Manager of Block by Block, spoke about the security ambassador program and some of the services they offer, which include safety escorts for those who don’t feel safe walking their dogs in the neighborhood. She also said they were open to feedback on how they can improve their services.

    West Hollywood Public Safety Open House – WEHO TIMES

    Chair Tod Hallman said he was very pleased with the turnout of the city’s first Public Safety Open House. “I think this is an amazing turnout,” he said. “It’s the type of turnout we would love to see at public safety meetings. I know it’s difficult because people work, they have other activities, and things, but they need to do it. We want to hear their concerns because we have to work together as a team. It’s not just Block by Block, Sheriff’s, or Fire. It’s all of us collectively. We are part of this city’s 1.9 miles–not very big–but we need to be involved as a community.”

    West Hollywood Public Safety Open House – WEHO TIMES

    Along with public safety pamphlets, and some city gift items, the open house also offered free pizza, cookies and refreshments.The next Public Safety Commission meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 13, 2024 at the West Hollywood council chambers.

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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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    Andrea
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    2 months ago

    That’s the first time I’ve seen a police officer in West Hollywood in years!!

    They have absolutely no presence on the street, leaving residents and visitors at the mercy of the deranged and dangerous predators

    Shameful.

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    2 months ago

    The same old freeloaders were they eating up all the food and pizza with nothing else to offer the only thing they brought with their appetites!!!!

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