Opening earlier this month in West Hollywood, the Pendry Hotel stands out as a top luxury hotel on Sunset Boulevard. The new hotel features a rooftop pool, an exclusive private social club, a spa, and multiple restaurants by Wolfgang Puck.
The Pendry is a few blocks away from the Los Angeles city limits and the former Hotel Chateau Marmont, which recently closed after labor disputes. This high-end area is bordering West Hollywood, where Los Angeles homeless have been encamping.
Sunset Boulevard is no stranger to crime.
Looking back into the last century, it was the center of operation for Los Angeles’s top gangster Mickey Cohen.
WEST HOLLYWOOD’S HISTORY OF CRIME AND CORRUPTION
Today, the Sunset Strip and West Hollywood is mainly a very desirable and expensive residential area with multi-million-dollar homes, condos, and expensive apartments.
The residents don’t create the city’s crime problems.
Close proximity to Los Angeles is the problem for policing West Hollywood.
WEEKEND ROBBERY HITS “OUT ON ROBERTSON”
An armed robbery last Saturday doesn’t help the image of the West Hollywood safety and crime issues.
The nearly deadly incident overshadowed the “OUT on Robertson” weekend-only pedestrian zone premiered in the center of West Hollywood’s nightlife district several blocks away from Sunset Boulevard.
CBS News Covered the Robbery in the 4th most dangerous in California.
The strong-armed robbery suspect was caught on camera near Larrabee Street and Santa Monica Boulevard behind the recently closed Flaming Saddle bar.
The suspect robbed a group of victims as they walked in the alley frequented by residents and visitors living in the area. The alley where the robbery occurred is known as the nightlife district.
The robbery victims escaped from being shot and sought shelter in the nearby BLOCK PARTY store, owned by LARRY BLOCK. He is the new publisher of the WEHOville online news website.
VICTIMS SOUGHT REFUGE IN BLOCK PARTY STORE
Larry Block’s Block Party Store was featured in the CBS coverage of the West Hollywood armed robbery incident.
WEST HOLLYWOOD IS THE VICTIM OF LOS ANGELES POLITICS
Being surrounded on three sides by Los Angeles doesn’t help West Hollywood with safety issues. Often, the Los Angeles Sherriff’s Department, WEHO’s police, must handle incidents that the Los Angeles Police Department should have addressed.
You can tell the Los Angeles portion of Havenhurst Drive by the falling apart concrete which Los Angeles had refused to repair for a decade.
Despite many calls to Los Angeles Police and Councilwoman Raman, the homeless are still entering streets bordering West Hollywood, climbing over fences, and sleeping in courtyards.
Violent crime is rampant in Los Angeles because of the homeless, scaled-back police services instituted by Mayor Eric Garcetti and supported by Los Angeles Councilwoman Nithya Raman, whose district borders WEHO. L.A. City officials won’t return resident’s calls as seen recently in Venice.