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.