Roll off dumpster bins are in position all over the city of West Hollywood in preparation of possible civil unrest in response to the results of the Election. The dumpsters have been been strategically placed at various major intersections and entry points throughout the city. They can be spotted on Santa Monica Boulevard, San Vicente Boulevard, Melrose Avenue, Fountain Avenue, Fairfax Avenue and throughout Sunset Boulevard.
“The roll off bins (dumpsters) have been placed around the City and are currently not blocking any intersections,” Lieutenant Bill Moulder told WEHO TIMES via an email. “They are in preparation for possible civil unrest resulting from the Election.”
Business owners in West Hollywood and the greater Los Angeles area have also boarded up their businesses as precautionary measures, should chaos erupt following the election. They fear a similar scenario my hit the city where a past protest calling for justice in the murder of George Floyd resulted in looting and vandalism on May 30, 2020. Pharmacies and cannabis dispensaries like Med Men, were among the WeHo businesses that had the most property damage and looting during that first George Floyd protest. The front windows at Med Men were smashed and vandals were able to penetrate through the gated shutters, but only a few things were stolen from the front of the store.
A lot of West Hollywood businesses stayed boarded up for months, as protests condemning police brutality continued marching through West Hollywood.
“It really boils down to uncertainty,” Frank, the supervisor of the Capitol Drugs pharmacy, told WEHO TIMES. “If you look up and down the boulevard, other businesses are boarding up as well. We don’t know what’s going to happen this election. During the Black Lives riots they broke into the pharmacy down the street. They were hit pretty hard a block away from us.”
The rolling bins on major cross streets are just a precaution to control the flow of traffic if deemed necessary.
“We currently have no credible threats to the City of West Hollywood,” Lieutenant Moulder added. “Our singular and most important objective is to protect our Community.”