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Prang Discusses Some of the City's Bans

West Hollywood's Mayor is quoted in a New York Times article discussing various bans in the state of California.

West Hollywood Mayor Jeff Prang was quoted in a Sunday New York Times article about various bans in the state of California.

Prang responded to questions regarding the city’s first-in-the-nation ban of cat declawing in 2003 as well as the upcoming first-in-the-nation ban on clothing apparel with animal fur set to go into effect in September 2013.

“Somebody has to take a stand,” said Prang told the New York Times. “We don’t ban things on a whim. It’s about impacting public policy more broadly; other cities follow us, partly because it gives them cover.”

Prang went on to say that progressive groups looking to start grass-roots movements come to the state’s more liberal towns like West Hollywood, Santa Monica and Berkeley because they are more receptive to activist ordinances.

Prang also said he wished he could ban news media helicopters that hover overhead, but that requires a federal ban.

Read the full New York Times article by CLICKING HERE.

Manny September 03, 2012 at 04:09 PM
What's not banned, but should be, are hedges encroaching into the sidewalk. Srollers must walk single file or head for the street. Property owners seem disinterested in their fellow residents ability, and right, to freely use the public trails. These hedges are also a public safety danger by creating ZERO visibility of cars pulling out of driveways. Maybe we don't need a ban on hedge encroachment and visibility, we just need less selfishness and enforcement of current regulations.....It's for the public good.
joninla September 03, 2012 at 10:05 PM
It's one thing to take a stand in one's private life, it is a whole different matter when a local city council decides to exceed all power of the local municipality to legislate people's freedoms., including the sale of fur. Personally, I am against the sale of fur, but that does not give the City nor do I want my tiny City legislating what is perfectly legal everywhere else outside our tiny one square mile. Sure banning fur sounds good. But what happens then next time the City Council anoints itself with powers it does not have and legislates on an issue you or most residents oppose? You should be ashamed, Mr. Prang, for continuing to flaunt your overuse of power of elected office by passing such 'legislation' that will never stand up in court, and will cost the city quite a sum to litigate and lose, and face damages from businesses affected (of course the watered down law you are so proud of basically only precludes people from purchasing fur in WeHo if they either are personally morally opposed to fur and/or can't afford to buy such an expensive item. Everyone else has been given a big loop hole or exemption form the law. What a waste and shame for a 'liberal city' to go so far backwards and to the far far uneducated right.
me September 03, 2012 at 10:21 PM
nothing to do with this post but i'm just curious why the city didn't give us any heads-up that they were closing the traffic lane in front of city hall for TWO SATURDAYS in a row to paint the building.....(a) when would city hall EVER allow this for anyone else (b) really, it took 2 weekends?? (c) traffic was backed up waaaay down SMB.....planning at it's worst
scott ferguson September 03, 2012 at 10:33 PM
I remember after I moved here 12 years ago that the city was about to enforce the bad on hedges being more than (I think) 6 ft high, but backed down because too many people had them already. Hedges that encroach of a sidewalk are illegal. If they really intrude (and I know what you're referring to), call city hall and they eventually will get someone out to inspect and notify the owner.
Manny September 03, 2012 at 11:59 PM
The city should have forced the issue back then but didn't. It doesn't really matter if you have an 8 foot hedge....cut it. Politics won out over safety. I'd be curious to know how many of the house break-ins are tall hedged homes. The city is well aware of the hedge encroachment and driveway safety issue. Not all code enforcement should be complaint based. All code needs to do, as they do in other circumstances is make observations that are obvious. But first there needs to be the will.
scott ferguson September 04, 2012 at 12:17 AM
There is no question that high hedges are a burglar's best friend. Tell that to someone who has one and you'll be looked at like you're nuts. The selfish part of me is happy they don't enforce it - it means burglars will avoid my house (unhedged) and head for someone else's. As a dog walker, though I understand the issue, although many other totally legal sight barriers also can be a problem.
Manny September 04, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Advice to a fellow dog walker: Don't let your dog go ahead of you as you come across a driveway obstructed by a hedge.
scott ferguson September 04, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Speaking of dog issues, in my part of town there has been an explosion of non-leashed dogs - it's one of those things where when a handful of people get away with it, then many more think it's ok. Apart from the threat it poses to my dogs, it also means that those owners' ones are walking in front or even behind their caregivers, where a backing up car can injure without the dog having a chance. Again, tell this to someone who is doing it, and they look at you like you're nuts. I have a driveway that has a blocked view in two directions (structural, not foliage), and I take care that I avoid people (particularly children, since I'm near a school), but I live in fear that no matter how careful I am I could run over an unattached dog.
Manny September 04, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Hmmm....dogs off leash....yep, not good.
scott ferguson September 04, 2012 at 12:59 AM
The city assigned enforcement of this to the Sheriff's department (since Animal Control doesn't remotely have the ability to deal with anything less that an immediate threat), but I don't think they take it remotely seriously.
me September 04, 2012 at 02:03 AM
(SEE ATTACHED VIDEOS).....i'm proposing a ban on the city allowing businesses to do whatever they want to detriment of their neighbors who are RESIDENTS of west hollywood!!!!....videos taken on delongpre below the standard hotel and the amplified sound shot down delongpre and sweeter and bounced off of apartment buildings on all sides.....this is INSANE and we need to fight back!!!!.....where was code compliance today???
Manny September 04, 2012 at 03:21 AM
@scott....I KNOW they don't take it remotely serious. But hopefully that will change soon.
PussyRiot September 04, 2012 at 03:55 AM
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Harvey W September 04, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Ahhh yes. Ideas so good, they have to be mandatory. Apparently, the city council doesn't believe that the residents of West Hollywood are smart enough to make decisions for themselves. Just like the upcoming plastic bag ban. Even though it's been proven that bag bans don't reduce litter AND they cost jobs, the city is plugging ahead with it anyway. The irony of such a "liberal" city... you're actually less "free".
Rudolf Martin September 04, 2012 at 05:59 PM
here is an idea for actually improving our quality of life as well as create revenue: enforce the ban on diesel powered leaf blowers! most of the dust particles that are blown into the air end up in our lungs, get into our houses or settle on our cars. not to mention the diesel exhaust and the noise pollution created by them. and i will vote for any council member or candidate who is willing to take on this issue.
Manny September 04, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Hedge encroachment Off leash dogs Night club noise Gas leaf blowers Those are bans we really need to enforce and or implement. These are the things we face every day. They aren't some abstract political statement or feel good far away ideology.
Kip OConnor September 07, 2012 at 04:18 PM
the city deceided not to push forward on the height limit because it would cause too much outrage with property owners. In my neighborhood, one home owner is cited by code compliance for a tree branch 6.5 ft tall growing 6 inches over the sidewalk thereby creating a "hazard and encroachment" Totally ridiculous. While the house next door has 40 feet of hedges that take up 30% of the sidewalk.
Kip OConnor September 07, 2012 at 04:19 PM
the city council has found the 900 to 1000 sq feet dog par, Hart Park, to be sufficient for the city dog owners.
Kip OConnor September 07, 2012 at 04:21 PM
I am looking forward to the cool weather which will afford me the opportunity to wear my fur lined jacket to the City Council meeting.

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