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    Public Safety Commission to Discuss 24/7 Restroom Access at Plummer Park

    At the next West Hollywood Public Safety Commission meeting on Monday, December 11, 2023, City Staff will provide a report on alternative and additional public restrooms and discuss safety matters as it relates to the proposed opening of a public restroom at Plummer Park, 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.

    On November 15, 2021, the City Council received a request from the Council Subcommittee on Homelessness to direct staff to explore increased access to public restrooms through additional and alternative facilities.

    According to the Staff report in the current agenda packet, on August 25, 2022, staff returned to the subcommittee to discuss and receive input. At that time, the subcommittee directed staff to investigate options and return to the Subcommittee before beginning outreach to the different Boards and Commissions. On June 22, 2023, staff met with the newly constituted Subcommittee (Councilmember Byers and Councilmember Heilman) with the intent to provide examples of what other jurisdictions have implemented and an update on the current situation (now that the COVID-19 restrictions are no longer in place), as it relates to access to public restrooms in the City and to provide additional information and receive input.

    On August 21, 2023, the City Council directed staff to develop a campaign to publicize the location and operational hours of the City’s existing public restrooms; proceed with the implementation of restrooms at West Hollywood Park and bring back further analysis on Plummer Park; and discuss safety matters with pertinent City Advisory Boards and Commissions.

    Staff is soliciting input from the Public Safety Commission on the Plummer Park restroom location.

    The Public Safety Commission was created on September 18, 1989 and is comprised of five members, appointed by individual Councilmembers, and two (2) members appointed by the Council as a whole (at-large). Each member of the Commission shall serve a two-year term commencing March 1st following a general municipal election. Members shall be residents of the City and shall not be officers or employees of the City. The Commission shall meet no more than once monthly, and if a member of the Commission is absent for any reason for more than three regular meetings in any twelve-month period, the office of such member shall be vacated.

    The Public Safety Commission shall evaluate and recommend mechanisms involving public safety issues, assist the City Manager’s office and City Council in strengthening community response to emergencies, evaluate and make recommendations to City Council regarding neighborhood livability and domestic violence prevention.

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    Enough!
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    4 months ago

    Open the park restrooms 24/7. What could go wrong. Geez.

    resident
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    4 months ago

    We need 24/7 police on the streets to protect residents from the unhoused predators.

    Enough!
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    4 months ago

    so true.

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