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    Three friends were assaulted and robbed at the intersection of Cynthia Street and Larrabee Street in West Hollywood early Monday morning at around 12:30 a.m. The incident occurred while they were heading home after a full day of celebrating the LA Pride parade in Hollywood and partying in WeHo on Sunday. According to WeHo resident Daniel Berilla, one of the suspects was brandishing a gun.

    Daniel says he and his friends Snir and Matt attended the LA Pride parade and festival on Saturday afternoon. They ended up at the Andaz Hotel for a pool party and then spent their evening at WeHo’s Rainbow District, partying at the local bars. He says that on their walk home, three men exited a white four-door vehicle that could be a 2018 Honda.

    “We were walking up Larrabee and just having fun… right when we walked past a car, one guy, out of nowhere, pushes me to the ground. I hit my knee, and he puts his arm around my neck and says, ‘Give me your f*cking bag!’ He ripped the bag off me, and I have a laceration on my arm—I’m not sure what caused it, but I had my phone in my right hand. He tried to reach for my phone, but I was in adrenaline mode and pushed him away and escaped.”

    Daniel says he ran north to a friend’s place two buildings up and called the West Hollywood Sheriffs. The attackers turned to his friends Snir and Matt, who were walking further back. “My friend Snir was really wasted, so he wasn’t sure what was happening, but he thinks that the guy who got me went to him and asked for everything he had. Snir said he didn’t have much. The guy frisked him, took his cigarettes and his phone because he didn’t have a bag on him.”

    The attacker asked for Snir’s phone code, but Snir gave him a fake number. When the guy realized he didn’t have access to the phone, he tossed it on the ground as they were getting away.

    “The third friend, Matt, couldn’t run; he couldn’t do anything, so he just stood there,” said Daniel. “One guy looked him straight in the eye, put a gun to his stomach, and said to give him everything he had. He took everything from him, including his phone. He asked Matt for his code, and Matt didn’t want to get shot, so he gave him the code. Then they drove off.”

    Daniel says the sheriff’s deputies were prompt, showing up around the same time that Matt and Snir made it up the street. The three men filed reports with the sheriffs and are hoping to get footage from the Petit Ermitage hotel, where the incident happened. According to Daniel, they have already learned that the cameras facing the street on the corner do not work, which he says gives the community a false sense of security.

    Daniel says he didn’t get a look at his attackers, but there were four: one waited in the car, and the three who assaulted them were Black males. They took his wallet with credit cards, insurance information, and keys to his car and apartment. By Tuesday, he could see that there were several attempts to use his credit cards at various gas stations.

    “I’ve been having nightmares the past couple of days,” he said. “I’m scared that they’re going to be waiting outside for me and go after me again. And Matty, he’s really hurting from this because he just moved to his apartment two weeks ago in that neighborhood, and now he’s afraid to leave the house. He doesn’t feel safe, but Snir is dealing with the incident differently. He’s been more calm and collected about this.”

    Daniel added that people shouldn’t think it’s OK to rob others in West Hollywood. “The only reason they’re doing this is because they know they can get away with it. So many people are not getting caught, and they’re getting more and more brave. It’s just a matter of time before someone like me fights back and gets stabbed or shot and killed right on the street.”

    If you see something, say something. Anonymous tips can be called into Crimestoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or by texting 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. If you see something, say something. Anyone with information can also drop a tip at https://www.lacrimestoppers.org.

     

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    Paulo Murillo
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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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    TomSmart
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    1 month ago

    It’s time someone steps up and creates Ms. Vigil Auntie and forms a group to monitor the streets since the city seems so steadfast in not protecting its citizen and visitors. Time to call the Guardian Angels into action.

    angry gay pope
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    1 month ago

    That SAME NIGHT my friend left my house at 8:15 PM on Hancock and was almost mugged there by a white guy in a black hoodie with a knife. My friend ran down to SMB where the blue shirted do-nothing weho security guy said “What am I supposed to do about it?” Fortunately there were several deputies guarding SMB and they ran after the guy but didn’t catch him. My friend could not file a report because he really didn’t know what the assailant looked like.

    Weho artist
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    Reply to  angry gay pope
    1 month ago

    Um you can still file a police report.

    angry gay pope
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    Reply to  Weho artist
    1 month ago

    He spoke to the deputies.

    Kiss it
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    Reply to  angry gay pope
    1 month ago

    Honey, this is completely made up. There was no white guy in a hoodie with a knife OK, and then you stated that he couldn’t fill out a police report because they didn’t know what he looked like. You are a liar. And again I had sex with you around seven years ago. It was the worst experience I ever had. There’s no need to make up these stories Nobody’s white. Nobody had a knife. Nobody had anything your trick went. Fleeing your front door when you opened it and he saw how you looked.

    Joshua Goose
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    1 month ago

    The city leadership needs to change its views. Several issues continue to impact the city. Fire the security ambassadors and hire real police officers, or establish a genuine neighborhood watch program. Additionally, install surveillance cameras throughout the city. The city is wasting $8 million a year on part-time employees, with Block by Block not paying nearly as much as the city spends on each ambassador. The city pays $70,000 a year per ambassador, while Block by Block only pays them $19 an hour. The minimum wage requirements for restaurants, bars, and small businesses, along with paid time off, are causing… Read more »

    Cy Husain
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    Reply to  Joshua Goose
    1 month ago

    Not entirely true❗ On the COST OF DOING BUSINESS SURVEY by Kosmont-Rose Institute, West Hollywood doesn’t even rank in the top 20 most expensive western cities considering city’s sales tax rate, retail business license fee, and property tax rate. YES beverly hells has a lower “retail business license fee” but, they really get you in everything else.
      :wpds_idea: 

    Enough!
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    Reply to  Joshua Goose
    1 month ago

    so true.

    Natasha
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    Reply to  Joshua Goose
    1 month ago

    So true.

    Natasha
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    1 month ago

    This is what extreme left wing progressives have brought us. Even if they get caught they’ll probably get released and be back out on the street within 24 hours. Our city is a mess right now.

    Weho artist
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    1 month ago

    Please explain how this is a result of left wing progressives?

    No one is getting released with bail when they rob people at gunpoint.

    We have more LASD officers currently than in 2020…what are they doing? Are they patrolling or are they just sitting at Urth Caffe?

    Natasha
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    1 month ago

    I drive by Urth every day and I don’t see sheriff deputies sitting around. You make a million excuses for criminals. You sure love to bash the sheriff deputies while defending these thugs.

    Weho artist
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    1 month ago

    Can you point out where I defended criminals anywhere in my comment? or made excuses for them? I just asked what LASD is doing to stop these people when they are paid millions upon millions a year while living and paying taxes in Santa Clarita.

    PLEASE point out any excuse I made for a criminal, Natasha. There is something seriously wrong with your brain. You’re absolutely pathetic.

    Last edited 1 month ago by Weho artist
    Natasha
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    1 month ago

    The first thing you did was trash the sheriff deputies like they sit around at Urth having coffee all day long. Maybe they live in Santa Clarita because nobody in West Hollywood wants to be a sheriff’s deputy. Did you ever think of that? Law enforcement is not an easy job. They are subjected to crazy people with guns on a regular basis. Why don’t you try it for a week. You probably wouldn’t last 2 days. You seem very pampered.

    Weho artist
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    Reply to  Natasha
    1 month ago

    The first thing you did was trash the sheriff deputies like they sit around at Urth having coffee all day long.” Because thats what I observe.

    You still haven’t pointed to one example of me defending criminals? Why would you say something like that? Natasha, are you okay?

    Enough!
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    1 month ago

    LASD does their job and then these people are release and right back out on the street. The LASD is not the problem. The elected officials are. Measure to repeal Prop 47 will be on the ballot in November. If passed, that would be a small start to undo the harm that progressive policies have done to this state. If you don’t think things are worse now than just 10 years ago, you haven’t lived much.
    (I commented to your post without calling you names..that’s what grownups do..try it sometime).

    Last edited 1 month ago by Enough!
    Weho artist
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    1 month ago

    The LASD is extremely corrupt and rife with gangs. There is clear evidence of this and you just continue to want to throw more millions their way. Prop 47 has nothing to do with gun robberies. This was a VIOLENT crime.

    Natasha
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    Reply to  Weho artist
    1 month ago

    In the words of Baretta Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time“! I’m tired of criminals all over our city getting off easy. People are out committing crimes every single day because they know nothing will happen to them. My ring camera alert goes off all day long with people posting about criminal activity. Where do people come off thinking they can steal peoples packages and break into their homes with impunity?

    Weho artist
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    Reply to  Natasha
    1 month ago

    Again, you ignore my question.

    Why did you accuse me of defending criminals and making excuses for them?

    Do you have a personality disorder?

    Natasha
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    Reply to  Weho artist
    1 month ago

    You constantly make excuses for criminals. Just because a crime doesn’t involve a gun it’s still a crime and should be punished. Thanks to your attitude people follow around UPS and Amazon drivers looking for free packages all day long with no punishment. It’s disgraceful.

    Cy Husain
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    Reply to  Natasha
    1 month ago

    You are using the old right-wing strategy of the Straw Man Fallacy to misrepresent your opponents point of view into an outrageous easy-to-refute argument, then try to look good by attacking it.

    strawmanArg
    Natasha
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    1 month ago

    Your extreme views and those just like you are about to bring us a convicted felon as our next president. Thanks for nothing. People are tired of crime and people are tired of stupid laws that tell them what kind of pet they can buy and what kind of fence they need to have and what kind of plants they need to plant and what kind of car they need to drive and what kind of rainbow flag they should fly.

    Cy Husain
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    Reply to  Natasha
    1 month ago

    Stop it with the gas lighting❗ Biden and the democrats trying to be more like republicans when America demands a strong Left opposition, are to blame for their own failures. Crime is NOT a monster out to get anyone but, a symptom of Social Injustice that’s easily remedied and prevented. No one is pushing any “woke” policies on you, it’s hate group misinformation you fell for.

    Natasha
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    Reply to  Cy Husain
    1 month ago

    Nonsense. The country is not interested in a “strong left” candidate. The country is in the center. People want to feel safe. Instead, we’ll probably end up with even more horrific Supreme Court justices.

    Weho artist
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    Reply to  Natasha
    1 month ago

    People like you are the exact reason we got Trump in 2016. Shame on you Natasha. You lie about EVERYTHING.

    Natasha
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    Reply to  Weho artist
    1 month ago

    NO, it’s people like you that brought us Trump. You insist on drag queen story hours in cities that do not want them in their communities. You think the whole country should be like West Hollywood and that is not the real world. The majority of the people in the country are in the center. Maybe you should travel outside your small bubble and see what the rest of the world looks like.

    Weho artist
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    Reply to  Natasha
    1 month ago

    You think the whole country should be like West Hollywood and that is not the real world.”

    No I do not. Here you are making shit up once again. All you do is lie lie lie. Drag Queen story hours are for parents that want to come. No one is forcing anyone to go. Why should they not allowed to happen? Why do you want to censor people, Natasha?

    I wish you would leave West Hollywood and take your trashy tacky conservative views with you. You’re complete trash.

    Enough!
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    Reply to  Cy Husain
    1 month ago

    Lol. Crime is a result of children being failed by their parents. Crime is also a result of a society that does not enforce its laws. When the law is enforced crime goes down.. it’s very simple. Even bad people hesitate to do bad things when they know that the punishment is severe. Since progressive policies have been put in place in recent years crime has gotten out of control. Any lipstick you’re trying to put on this pig is just progressive propaganda. And you always seem to be the person with the most lipstick in their purse.

    Weho artist
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    Reply to  Enough!
    1 month ago

    https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2024-01-24/la-officials-violent-crime-fell-by-double-digits-in-2023

    The report, based on preliminary figures, said that if the trend continued, this would mark the largest single-year homicide reduction in modern history.”

    I would really like some stats/evidence/articles that detail how crime has “gotten out of control”. None of you can ever produce anything that proves your argument.

    Weho artist
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    Reply to  Natasha
    1 month ago

    “tired of stupid laws that tell them what kind of pet they can buy and what kind of fence they need to have and what kind of plants they need to plant and what kind of car they need to drive and what kind of rainbow flag they should fly” You have a talent for just making shit up that doesn’t even exist. There is a law that tells you what rainbow flag you should fly?! HUH?! Natasha, how much conservative media do you consume daily? It’s like every comment from you is a regurgitated Tucker Carlson/Alex Jones “DURR HURR… Read more »

    Natasha
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    Reply to  Weho artist
    1 month ago

    Apparently you have never built a home in West Hollywood because nothing can be done including the trees and hedges without the approval of the city. It’s no wonder why LA is listed in the top 10 most unaffordable cities to live in. The politicians make living and building incredibly expensive and those costs get passed along to renters like you and home owners like me. With regard to the gay flag didn’t the city spend almost $100,000 to repaint the flag on the street at San Vicente and Santa Monica blvd because certain groups wanted a new gay flag?… Read more »

    Weho artist
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    1 month ago

    “With regard to the gay flag didn’t the city spend almost $100,000 to repaint the flag on the street at San Vicente and Santa Monica blvd because certain groups wanted a new gay flag?” They have to repaint those sidewalks every year for pride anyway. The paint fades and gets tire marks from thousands of cars each day. But again, you said there was a “law” requiring which pride flag people flew? What law was that? Can you just admit you constantly use hyperbole and lies to try and sway people? Why do you do this, Natasha? Is it because… Read more »

    Natasha
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    Reply to  Weho artist
    1 month ago

    Once again you are very defensive. Once again you have no clue about what you are talking about. How is the raw sewage at JR Fitness?

    Weho artist
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    Reply to  Natasha
    1 month ago

    Very true to form- I respond back disproving every single lie you spouted off and all you can say is “you’re very defensive”

    Really Natasha? Where is the law that says what pride flag we have to fly? Why did you say that in the first place? Whats the law, Natasha. We are waiting! Come on, Natasha! Spit it out!

    Do you have no shame? Why do you continue to lie?

    Natasha
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    Reply to  Weho artist
    1 month ago

    You have disproved nothing. The only thing you have proven is you are defensive and rely on personal attacks for your retorts. You typify how the extreme left wing operates. When the facts are not on your side it becomes all about personal attacks.

    Weho artist
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    Reply to  Natasha
    1 month ago

    Girl, take your own ADVICE.

    You try to lob out insults at me all the time and then play victim?! Get a fucking grip. You’re fucking pathetic.

    Please cite the law that says what flag you have to fly. Cite the law, Natasha.

    Natasha
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    Reply to  Weho artist
    1 month ago

    Maybe you should focus on your doodles and go draw something. It will make you feel better. You must be a very unhappy person because you are constantly raging at people. If it’s not me you’re raging at someone else. Maybe a therapist can help you deal with it. It’s very unhealthy to be so negative and nasty all the time.

    Weho artist
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    Reply to  Natasha
    1 month ago

    It’s hilarious how you try and demean my profession with the constant “doodles” comments (I don’t even draw lol). But then act all innocent and say that i’m raging at you? Which one is it, Natasha?

    You just keep embarrassing yourself. Stop lying about your job btw. I’ve got your IP address ;)

    Natasha
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    Reply to  Weho artist
    1 month ago

    Why would I demean your profession? I don’t even know your profession. I happen to rely on artists for a living so I would not demean artists only rude ones. You rage all the time on here. If it’s not me you rage at other people. What I don’t get is if you don’t like my comments just ignore them. For whatever reason you feel the need to challenge me and get nasty. Just ignore me If you don’t like what I post or if you decide to respond just do it in a respectful way and I will respond… Read more »

    John
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    Reply to  Weho artist
    1 month ago

    It’s a Left wing progressive problem.. Just learn to take the “L”…

    Weho artist
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    Reply to  John
    1 month ago

    So just because you say something, makes it true? Where is the L? We had more homicides under the previous DA Jackie Lacey lol.

    Natasha
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    Reply to  John
    1 month ago

    Don’t bother trying to explain anything to artist. He is used to doodling little pictures all day long and doesn’t understand that there is a real world out there.

    Weho artist
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    Reply to  Natasha
    1 month ago

    I literally haven’t drawn/doodled/painted anything since middle school.

    But I think it’s hilarious you think artist can only mean someone that draws or paints 

    Your view on life is so myopic. It’s really embarrassing actually!

    Cy Husain
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    1 month ago

    More like it’s right-wing reactionaries targeting LGBTQ+ individuals for hate crimes & robbery. NO West Hollywood’s NOT the ONLY city with this problem, in Glendale the same type of anti-LGBTQ+ hate activists targeted School Board meetings. There were also numerous violent assaults targeting LGBTQ+ students and their supporters. The ONLY people law enforcement is failing to crack down on are violent right-wing January 6th MAGA insurrectionists or domestic terrorists. Note that Canada & New Zealand have previously designed the Proud Boys as a terrorist organization.

    Natasha
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    Reply to  Cy Husain
    1 month ago

    Sounds like we need to send Pickles over to the Glendale public library for some story time reading.

    Cy Husain
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    Reply to  Natasha
    1 month ago

    Oh YES, and I’m willing to back her up on that if she’s up to it❗

    Natasha
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    Reply to  Cy Husain
    1 month ago

    I’m sure she’ll feel much safer if you are there.

    Cy Husain
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    1 month ago
    Natasha
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    1 month ago

    You watch Fox News? That is unbelievable.

    Jerome Cleary
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    1 month ago

    But where are the deputies doing foot patrols during this weekend? Where are the ambassadors? This is a horrible story that any resident or visitor would have to endure a robbery at gunpoint.

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    1 month ago

    Foot patrol will never happen a 1/4 mile up from Santa Monica Blvd (where this happened). Hell, we don’t have enough sheriffs now to combat all this crime…would be nice though. Maybe some day..but the public has to wake up and stop voting the same way they have been.

    Weho artist
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    Reply to  Enough!
    1 month ago

    Wow you just want to continue to throw millions more at the LASD when already get so much. No thanks!

    Cy Husain
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    1 month ago

    Imagine if they were willing to apply fiscal conservativism to the military and law enforcement.

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    Matthew Flanagan
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    1 month ago

    Sounds like if these queens had their own CCW this wouldn’t happened

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    1 month ago

     “The only reason they’re doing this is because they know they can get away with it.” YUP. So simple to understand…except for our “leaders.” For some reason they can’t grab this simple, common sense truth. They have more sympathy for the people that commit crimes than they do for the victims of it. So sorry this happened to these guys. Hopefully they regain their sense of safety. It won’t be easy with what’s been going on…and will continue to go on so long as “leaders” are soft on criminals.

    Last edited 1 month ago by Enough!
    Gay Guy
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    1 month ago

    That most you’ll hear from some council person is another statement like this “there is an opportunity for better safety there, and I’m sure we can come up with a plan” 

    Yeah, they have no plan and they’re sticking to it.

    Enough!
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    Reply to  Gay Guy
    1 month ago

    or, “we have to have a conversation.” Another favorite of theirs..while they kick the can down the street.

    mike
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    1 month ago

    WHO VOTES these ” radical leaders” in power with their lies, propaganda, brainwashing, and Identity politics? The VOTERS do. Blame the voters for putting these “leaders” into power and keep on voting for the same old same old out here, and Nothing will EVER CHANGE.

    “To have a functioning democracy in a republic you need a educated citizenry.” Also you can blame the clueless, brainwashed stupid voters for passing PROP 47 to..which was more lies to.

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    1 month ago

    I do blame the voters. AND the people that are ultimately making these policies.

    Last edited 1 month ago by Enough!
    angry gay pope
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    1 month ago

    So few people vote that they can have their cronies vote for them and get re-elected like Heilman.

    Concerned Citizen
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    1 month ago

    Another sweet little West Hollywood story, revealing the incredible state of high crime & the increasingly credible narrative that WeHo is a destination city for criminals. It’s so easy for them to attack, rob & escape. .

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