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Week in Review: Block Party Anger, Bus Driver Shooting and City Council Business

The Hudson Block Party drew the ire of its neighbors. An MTA bus driver was fatally shot while driving his route. The City Council indemnifies John Duran, postpones Plummer Park and approves a controversial Melrose showroom building.

It was a busy week in West Hollywood. Here’s a look back on the headlines in case you missed some.

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Residents in the Laurel-Norton neighborhood were the 12-hour party with a dozen bands performing, sponsored by the Hudson restaurant. Attracting an estimated 6,500 people, residents were upset about the disruption to their lives caused by the noise, traffic, parking problems and attendees urinating in their yards. during a neighborhood meeting held on Thursday, saying they didn’t realize the impact the party would have on the neighborhood.

An while driving the #105 bus on Sunday morning. Alan Thomas, 51, was shot by the only passenger on the bus as he drove along Santa Monica Boulevard at West Knoll Drive (near the Koo Koo Roo). Anthony Craig Chambers, 41, of Los Angeles was arrested at the scene, booked on suspicion of murder and is being held in lieu of $1 million bail. A at the site on Monday.

West Hollywood City Council voted in closed session to should the Los Angeles County District Attorney chose to file criminal charges against him for reimbursement of meals during which Duran discussed city business.

The City Council also The Council was originally scheduled to discuss the proposed redesign on Monday night, but postponed it due in part to an overpacked agenda. The Council will likely hold a special session where Plummer Park is the only item on the agenda later in the summer.

A controversial 30,000 square-foot from the City Council on Monday night. The Council voted 3-2 to approve the project if the developer agrees to several modifications to the design. Restoration Hardware is lined up to be the building’s main tenant.

The City Council also received a to fix design flaws. Since the Council began meeting there in October 2011, the room has been plagued by problems, mainly connected to lighting and acoustical issues. The retrofitting will be done gradually over the summer with completion estimated for September.

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Blogger Steve Martin discussed the due to the design flaws and the small size compared to the West Hollywood Auditorium, where the Council previously met. Martin also criticized the fact that the actual business of the meeting often doesn’t begin until two hours after the meeting’s start due to councilmembers handing out proclamations, public comment and councilmember comments.

New blogger Chris Bray offered like the Plummer Park redesign, the automated parking garage behind City Hall and the renovations to West Hollywood Park. Bray wonders if the city will actually be able to pay off the bonds taken out to fund these projects.

Blogger Scott Schmidt discussed a while blogger Phillip Mershon talked about the . Finally blogger E. M. Fredric shared .

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Paul May 28, 2012 at 03:23 AM
Why are these straight businesses over powering the once gay district?

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