Rainbow Crosswalks to Span Boystown Intersection

The City Council approves painting the crosswalks at the intersection of San Vicente Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard rainbow colors for month of June in celebration of Gay Pride Month. Painting starts Thursday at midnight.

Boystown will be a bit more colorful for this year’s gay pride celebration.

The West Hollywood City Council approved painting the crosswalks at the intersection of San Vicente Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard in rainbow colors for the month of June.

The location is considered the heart of the Boystown district and also serves as the entrance to the LA Pride festival that will take place in West Hollywood Park this weekend.

Painting of the crosswalks will begin Thursday at midnight and continue until approximately 6 a.m. A second coat of paint will be applied on Friday between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.

Crews will touch-up the paint as needed throughout June. After that, the bricks will be restored to their current red color. The total cost of the job is estimated at $12,920.

Mayor Jeff Prang and Councilmember John Duran sponsored the item, which was passed on the Council’s consent calendar Monday night.

It’s unclear exactly who initiated the idea. Weho resident Lucas John, who runs the Weho Confidential website, says he tagged the Council members about it on his Facebook page on May 15. John says he got the idea from a publicity stunt done in Tel Aviv.

However, Venice artist Martin Duvander says on his website that he wrote the Council members about it on April 19. Duvander says he sees the crosswalk as an “empty canvas” and saw an opportunity to “make a statement.”

In related news, the downtown Los Angeles City Hall will be bathed in lavender lights in honor of LGBT Heritage month. The lavender lights are scheduled to be turned on Wednesday night at dark and run through June 22. The cost of adding a lavender-colored filter to each of the 180 spotlights on the Los Angels City Hall is being covered by Ciroc Vodka.

The pylons at LAX are also glowing purple in honor of gay pride. The purple coloring began June 1 and runs through June 8.

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A.Jay June 20, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Clearly, the city did not think about this for very long or corporate sponsorship would have been sought to cover the costs involved. That said, I find interesting that the city council now wants to increase parking fees/fines AGAIN in an attempt to add extra law enforcement/safety patrols. Parking fees/fines were raised in 2010 with a 2 yr phase in period. Now another fee/fine/levy/tax on an overburdened populace. How about reviewing that 70% of the budget currently spent on government operations? I'll bet there's money there that could be moved to public safety without yet another tax on residents & visitors. Of course, if the city would stop giving away the parking to private operators, they might realize more revenue in the long term. .....just my two cents.
Paul June 20, 2012 at 08:55 AM
A straight men I work with said to me how come they don't have straight pride? It would be different if gay pride was about what happened in NY all those years ago but the sad reality is gay pride is about getting totally wasted, a party weekend for gay men to strut around in G-strings showing the world the negative stereo typical side of a lifestyle that disgusts most straight America. One ONLY need to step back and ask themself if this is the right way to ask for acceptance when it comes to tolerance when the images displayed so often on news reports etc.... is of men dressed like women and half naked men parading around like fools.
Stephanie August 14, 2012 at 07:50 PM
The City is about to spend some MORE money on permanent rainbow sripes...I urge you to revisit my "morning after" pictures at the top of this blog...there will be no way to keep these clean...is this the image the City wants to project? Flithy, extravagant crosswalks? Just sayin' if you must make a statement...up the number of rainbow flags or paint some upright power poles around town instead of wasting money on paint that has to be cleaned constantly (daily?) after tire marks, motor oil, soft drinks and puke must be removed.
scott ferguson August 14, 2012 at 08:02 PM
I'm glad they're doing this. Thanks for the update Stephanie. As a temporary measure it was an OK idea, but as a permanent one, I like it even more.
me August 14, 2012 at 08:34 PM
i agree.....very, very stupid waste of public funds.....lets see, we'll add this to the list after library/weho park, robo garage, newspaper corrals on the streets, plummer park, paid studies from outside sources, ugly public sculptures, ugly/cheap holiday decorations that don't light 1/2 the time, useless legal fights (tara, el mirador etc)....lets see, what else???
joninla August 14, 2012 at 10:40 PM
@Stephanie - Not to disagree with you on the City's wasteful spending ... This is pennies compared to the real misspending you and I both agree needs to be made known of before it is too late. I would hate to see this issue overshadow the Cost to build AND operate the planned Robo-Garage which at last word was at $16 Million dollars. On the "morning after" point: Actually that's not fair - the pride celebration and that being the epicenter of the weekend, caused an abnormal (or annual) almost complete covering of the street surface with a mix of dirt, debris, alcohols, soda, foods, candy all mushed together to almost cover the stripes completely. I actually think on Fri and Sat night it does make the gay nightlife center somewhat more open and inclusionary and have changed my opinion that relative to the other multimillion dollar projects that will have enormous additional future costs just to maintain, this small spending is not out of line with a healthy city budget. How's the budget look these days? I hear we are healthy, but does that assessment take the cost of the robo-garage and other major planned city projects .... say $200,000+ for a study to see if the city should move city hall to the site of the Sheriff's Station (which has outgrown its current site and the city wants to ADD a new city hall in addition to the Sheriff's Station? That makes paining look cheap. :)
Stephanie August 14, 2012 at 11:12 PM
@joninla - I think it was J. Paul Getty who said, "Watch the nickels and dimes and the dollars will take care of themselves." Something like that. My point is it's $13,000 here (plus upkeep for eternity) and $7,000.00 there (per Ivy Bottini at Council) for Go-Go Dancer Appreciation Day security etc., pretty soon you have more than enough to put into the arts for everyone in the City. Another point is no one really sees these two crosswalks except walking through that intersection or driving over them, but everyone would see power poles or flags from one end of the City to the other, if they feel the necessity to do something. It is a waste of money, plain and simple. But we can agree to disagree, Jon, and you are sooooo right about the mega bucks being spent. Infact, here comes Phase two of WeHo Park...new swimming pools and a new Park Office Building I heard rumored at another 70 Million bucks...RDA money again, I believe...and yet Commissioner Greg Woodell of Public Facilities asked at the last meeting if everyone knows WeHo Park is open, cause there is no one there! Astounding. It is all astounding.
joninla August 15, 2012 at 12:15 AM
@Stephanie As a general rule, I usually thong 'agreeing to disagree' is a cop out to doing the harder job of discussing issues to get to an agreement. BUT this is the first time that I think Agreeing to Disagree on the street paint is the best soltion to the debate/discussion (if not already over discussed). That done, you mention WeHo Park. One thing I will ask EVERYONE ... Has anyonee noticed any 'missing trees' in weho? I didn't until I was just testing my phone camera. The New WeHo park appeared so barren and treeless when standing in front of the Sherrif's Station, something seemed wrong. TRY GOOGLE MAPS (or bing or any other). Look at the satellite images that have not been updated to show the new WeHoPark. There is a shocking number of big old mature trees that created an almost solid wall of green GONE - VANISHED - NOT THERE after the City that is based on preserving old groth trees finished the 'new park' and once gone, it's hard to realize what we have lost forever (and howbmuch was paid to get it done)
scott ferguson August 15, 2012 at 01:27 AM
I remember back in this thread initially and in the Pride one that many complained about the dead grass and predicted that some permanent damage was done. The grass came back quickly and has thrived ever since. It looks great.
Manny August 15, 2012 at 02:38 AM
.....and the rainbow crosswalks still look pretty good in August.
Manny August 15, 2012 at 03:02 AM
WeHo Park looks great. Finally you can see an inviting park when driving/walking by. I don't know when some commentators here have visited but I've always seen the park well populated by people of all ages. I use to never walk threw the old badly designed hodgepodge park. But I do now. West Hollywood now has a real park to be proud of.
me August 15, 2012 at 06:04 AM
now they just need to fence off a small section for a dog park and that'll be something that brings people together!
Stephanie August 15, 2012 at 07:54 AM
They will be fencing off more than a small area soon for a whole lot more construction for taking out the old pool, building a new park office, tearing down the current auditorium and the current park office...so a lot of the park will be fenced off again...another $70,000,000 million dollars. I've heard that the new library and renovation of the the park has now topped $88, 000, 000.00 and the seventy million will be on top of that. Is anyone minding the store??????????
joninla August 15, 2012 at 02:35 PM
@Stephanie That kind of spending would be "crazy talk" were it anywhere other than weho. I don't think people understand that this is "spending for spending sakes" and will have to be paid for over the years that will be probably the rest of the lives for most weho residents. I almost want to stick my head back in the hole in the ground with respect to weho politics but it's too late. So where are the details of this latest new project? In particular I am looking for the part where the city says they took the residents input before and throughot the design of this new mega project. Don't forget to download or print the final plans and first notice for the new Pool-Plus sine it will be likely be substituted with different design plans as if that was the original plan. We may have a vanishing new swimming pool, like the missing community room and office space at city hall.
Manny August 15, 2012 at 02:46 PM
I'm looking forward to the next phase of WeHo park's developement. When it is all done, in a short amount of time, we will have a world class park and open recreation space for the future enjoyment of all residents of West Hollywood. This is very exciting!
joninla August 15, 2012 at 03:02 PM
@manny Where did you get this "short amount of time". WeHo starts there construction in a blitzkreig manner, but speed in getting work done hasn't even been claimed by the City Council. I do recall a bunch of comments about how long it was taking the city to complete the first part of the park, then complaints about how long after being done would the city not open the park. it sounds like you are trying to talk yourself into believing your over the top enthuiasm for a park. Watch that overflow of 'excitement' ... It will be a long wait until the next portion of the park is done and open.
Manny August 15, 2012 at 03:44 PM
I'm an patient man, and I've been very happy so far with the timely progress of the new Weho Park. Sometimes things that are worthwhile require time to develop. That can be said about many things including construction. I think my excitment is not "over the top" but rather honest.
Stephanie August 15, 2012 at 05:37 PM
I'll have what Manny's having! The Kool-aid! And where do you buy rose-colored lenses these days?????
Riley August 15, 2012 at 07:08 PM
I'm with Stephanie. I'll have what Manny's having! World Class Park? Manny, my good fellow, Central Park in New York, Parque de Retiro in Madrid, Hampstead Heath in London, Villa Borghese in Rome and Kalemegdan in Belgrade are world-class parks. WeHo park is 2 square blocks of some grass wedged between an alley way to two huge parking structures. Really, Manny, you need to get out more.
Chloe Ross August 15, 2012 at 07:52 PM
I have noticed that the words "World class" are tossed around in WeHo liberally. Just as "awesome" is everywhere. World Class park is a term used to define Central Park, the Bois de Boulogne, Regent's Park, Hyde Park, Boston Public Gardens, Golden Gate Park, the Tivoli Gardens, and maybe even MacArthur Park - if only for the sweet green icing flowing down (and many others world wide that fall off people's lips because they are damn near household words.) Granted a Frank Gehry library may have elevated WeHo Park to some larger repute, but we don't have one. An Olmstead design might have created still more repute, but it's too late for that and we have very little bois and no Boulogne nearby. You cannot make silk purses out of sow's ears (it would probably set off a new ban) but you can make good leather purses and that's perfectly fine with me. But call it what it really is. A world class anything is world class. Known the world over for style, size, usability and appearance. WeHo Park is not any of those things. In 50 years - I can't say. But it still will be a little, municipal park in a small city and wake up folks, the municipality is not Monte Carlo.
scott ferguson August 15, 2012 at 08:28 PM
I did laugh a decade ago when, as still a newcomer, I heard the goal of the Santa Monica renovation was the make it the Champs Elysees of the West Coast. That seemed ridiciculous. WeHo Park is not world class. But for an incredibly dense area that, because of our not being a city until 1984, suffered from severe neglect in terms of parks and recreation, it is a welcome improvement and something to be grateful for. I have previously suggested a dog park be added, but I suspect as the years go by it will grow as a community asset, more so with our terrific new library next door.
Manny August 15, 2012 at 09:12 PM
My "rose colored" glasses wouldn't work with some people's prescription so don't bother trying to find some......and the "kool-aid" might be a better choice than what others are smokin. OK "world class" is an over statement, you're all correct. I never did like when a certain council member used that phrase. But the new WeHo park is a huge improvement to what we previously had. Cheers!
Chloe Ross August 15, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Just a quick question - as the Library is within the sphere of the Park. Has the stairway leading up to the main floor entrance been fixed yet? Are the handrails for the up and down patron easily grasped from top to bottom and is there a middle railing for added safety. Not a trick question - have not been there is a while and hope this is done before someone takes a header and before someone gets hurt as they land. Someone? Anyone know?
Chloe Ross August 15, 2012 at 09:41 PM
And while not a dog owner - I do think a dog park is in order.
Manny August 15, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Although I signed the petition, I'm now not sure the park is big enough for a decent dog park within it's borders. Good dog parks are big enough for dogs to run freely, not contained in a small space with other, maybe not so friendly, dogs. At least for big dogs, an example of what I wouldn't want or would use, is a park the size of the one on De Longpre. I think a park that size would be all that WeHo park could accomadate. But small dog owners might find something that size useful.
Chloe Ross August 15, 2012 at 10:23 PM
I think then it should have been figured into the plan. It is central and would be good for many folks in that area. Anyone forthcoming on Library stairs? If not - why? If fixed would be nice to hear about it. When I do go I use the lift and this is an energy wasting gesture. It is to avoid the treacherous stairs. So fixed they would keep energy use down too.
joninla August 16, 2012 at 11:03 AM
@Chloe Ross - I am not sure 'fix' is the adequate description for the need for the addition of hand rails for basic safety for a brand new public staircase at weho park/library. But there are now hand rails. Perhaps that is the 'fix' for a dangerously steep and tall staircase , I don't see the problem as fixed, but there is a chance I might have something to grab on to should I or my dog or the both of us, slip or loose our footing and being attached by leash, rail or not .... It's gonna hurt really bad. yes there are hand rails. I have not useed the park recently becase of the heat and the lack of shade for my dog who get overheated very quickly from hot sunshine. But the park is being heavily used. Many small children. It does not make the design a 'success' but does show the desire and need for the park and the pile up at the elevator from so many children playing in the elevator (I used to love elevators as a small child - pretty common) and the people who would like to take the elevator vs people was baby strollers who have to use the elevator.
joninla August 16, 2012 at 11:16 AM
The 'Grass Issue' has 3 spearate components that seem to have blurred into one. The grand opening of the north end of the park had all the laws looking georgeois due to the outrageously expensive choice to use sod (fully grown grass, that is planted by seed in farms, carfully cut and made into rolls which are then sold and unrolled for an instant perfect and expensive lawn. The issue was the decision to rush the opening before pride, using the expensive sod, that was obviously going to be destroyed by Pride while only be open to public use of the new law for 2 days, before the park was closed to prep it for Pride. Relative to the cost of the street painting, the Cost of so much sod for only 2 days open to the public, makes the street pait costs look like a bargain (likewise as to the cost to maintain and replace the sod on a regular basis)
Stephanie October 03, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Check this out...Now we're talkin' rainbow...and no one will EVER leave skid marks on it, or throw up on it or spill sticky drinks on it! http://la.curbed.com/archives/2012/10/heres_culver_citys_new_94_foot_tall_rainbow.php
Stephanie October 10, 2012 at 09:40 PM
CHECK OUT PHOTOS 13, 14, 15 AT THE TOP OF THIS STORY, TAKEN 2 DAYS AFTER "OPENING" Temporary Paint: $13,000.00 Permanent Paint: $67,000.00 Skid Marks Defacing the Symbol of Equality: No charge The chance to say "We told you so", PRICELESS.


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