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    Water Fountain at Pavilions Marketplace Demolished Due to Unhoused Issues

    The water fountain at Pavilions Marketplace in front of Starbucks, on the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Robertson Boulevard, was removed this week due to unsanitary issues, according to a source. There were several complaints that unhoused individuals were bathing in the fountain.

    A source tells WEHO TIMES that the fountain will be replaced with a large planter to maintain some form of decorative feature, adhering to a development agreement.

    According to witnesses, the demolition began on Wednesday, with fresh cement poured Friday morning. A security guard was hired to patrol the area until the concrete dried later Friday night. Many people are asking about the loss of the fountain, he said.

    Community members also chimed in on Instagram:

    “Mannnnnn, many deep drunk convos have happened there 😢 in my early twenties! Dang RIP,” posted @feel.ma.vibez88 on Instagram.

    “The memory is gone; that was my area on the weekends. I would roll up and smoke my blunt sitting on it. Awww 😢,” wrote Emmanuel Baker @mannykilla_only1.

    “The city should have required the fountain as part of the approval when the owner added Chase, Starbucks, and that makeup store. Oh well, another loss of aesthetics for the city,” said Marissa Marco @melissas_long_lost_sister.

    “Weho placates those who do wrong, and the city suffers. Quality of life suffers. Safety suffers. Even the aesthetics of the city suffer. Just sad,” posted @Missusafans.

    “Maybe we should have prioritized more spaces for the unhoused? Rather than taking away a public fixture? Odd approach,” added Gouda @goudalagrand.

    Some employees at Starbucks were relieved to have the fountain gone, although they did complain that the removal of the fountain was extremely loud for most of the morning.

    One barista said she hoped the planters were painted in bright colors, preferably colors of the rainbow, in recognition and celebration of Pride Month in June.

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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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    Cy Husain
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    1 month ago

    Hostile Architecture is NOT a solution to problems that might result from our unhoused internally displaced refugee neighbors. The Great Architect & Designer Zaha Hadid referred to it as a “mistake one natural disaster away from coming back to haunt us.” Using Socially Responsible Architecture for less than it cost to remove artistic structures we could have Public Restrooms with Showers open 24hrs a day so that everyone including the unhoused could maintain a high level of cleanliness with great Public Health benefits in return. Seen it work in Dubai❗

    DubaiRR
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    1 month ago

    lol. um I don’t want my tax money paying for this!

    Cy Husain
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    1 month ago

    Well I don’t want my tax money paying for domestic militarized law enforcement brutality or starting World War III but, guess what❓

    Twar
    Jimmy palmieri
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    1 month ago

    Very sad. It’s happening at the waterfall in kings road park also. I don’t think removing the water features is the answer though. We can’t continue removing things that provide beautification to the residents because people, unhoused or not, are breaking the law.

    Jerome Cleary
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    1 month ago

    wow

    JohnD
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    1 month ago

    Didn’t they have security ambassadors posted outside of Starbucks? This just proves the point that the Ambassadors do nothing. It’s a waste of the city’s money

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    1 month ago

    LOL. They are basically like hallway monitors in a school.

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    1 month ago

    lol this morning I saw them posing and taking selfies. what fun to get paid for

    Cy Husain
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    1 month ago

    Watch my friend’s videos of Film The Police LA and you will see LAPD Officers and LASD Deputies routinely doing far WORSE, while getting paid $Six Figure salaries that exceed those of the nation’s Top Scientists❗

    sam
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    1 month ago

    I’m confused why they had to tear the fountain out. It could have easily been turned into a planter

    John Cleese
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    1 month ago

    Yes, a giant open air toilet would be wonderful.

    yupyup
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    1 month ago

    This is sad! Just wait till we lose the fountain by CVS.

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    1 month ago

    The fountain is gone, but the unsanitary maniacs remain.

    yupyup
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    1 month ago

    the answer isn’t removing items that beautify the city. just like we USED to have a nice outdoor area with patio tables outside pavilions to sit and have a sandwich. those have been long gone to as they turned into a homeless campout

    Murdock Thomas
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    1 month ago

    Downgrade everything. Thanks for the great new future.

    TomSmart
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    1 month ago

    I’m still mourning the loss of the huge parking lot that was once there where you could park all night whilst being at the Sunday Mother Load Beer Bust that was $3.50 for all you could drink and .50 cent shots lol

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