The West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval is back on the budget and is on the road to making a comeback this year once West Hollywood City council votes to approve the budget at a city council meeting next month.
At a Finance & Budgeting Subcommittee meeting last night, West Hollywood Mayor Sepi Shine and Mayor Pro Tem John Erickson have both confirmed that they are supporting the return of the West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval, which is known to be one of West Hollywood’s biggest attractions, second to the city’s WeHo Pride celebration.
For two years now, the city’s Halloween Carnaval has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year it was cancelled when people were still testing positive for COVID-19 and there was an alarming rise in monkeypox infections throughout Los Angeles County.
Its return is not final yet. The full council needs to vote on the budget at a Regular West Hollywood City Council meeting which will potentially take place on the second week of May. Mayor Shyne has stated that the event is a priority for the city. It is unlikely that the majority of the council will vote to pull it out of the budget and veto it.
“While Halloween is a good part of this, it is really important to mention that the city has
completely recovered its reserves that were spent during COVID and our budget and
revenue have grown exponentially and we’re back and better than pre-COVID numbers,” said Mayor Pro Tem Erickson this morning.
The Finance & Budget Subcommittee comprises of the Mayor and Mayor Pro Tempore. They review the City budget before its adoption by the full Council. Additionally, this subcommittee may provide direction on matters relating to capital improvements, homelessness, public safety, and other budget topics that span multiple years. This is a standing subcommittee that is subject to the agenda and open meeting requirements of the Brown Act. The public is invited to attend and provide feedback and input on topics related to the budget.