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Rainbow Crosswalks Finished by Friday

Rainbow crosswalks at the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and San Vicente Boulevard are near completion.

The City of West Hollywood on Monday night began painting the LGBT flag on two crosswalks along Santa Monica and San Vicente Boulevards, and according to city officials, the first phase of the project should be completed by 6 a.m. Wednesday morning. 

Steve Campbell, manager of facilities and field services for West Hollywood, said crews will touch up some of the white lines in the crosswalk on Thursday and all work should be completed by Friday morning, according to Campbell.

“The landmark Rainbow Crosswalks emphasize the core branding of West Hollywood, and will be a permanent symbol to all that this is a city of tolerance and acceptance,” stated Mayor Jeffrey Prang. “Since the temporary installation, the crosswalks have not only gained tremendous positive attention from around the world, but not a day goes by that we don’t see hoards of tour buses slowing down to snap photos of the new landmark."

"This alone will have a tremendous impact on tourism and further establish West Hollywood as a LGBT vacation destination."

The color application uses thermo-plastic technology that will permanently install the vivid colors on the street surface.

on the permanent installations, which replace previous temporary paint jobs meant to celebrate gay pride month in July.

--Brantley Watson contributed to this report.

Cino October 03, 2012 at 01:24 PM
This is what happens when people stay in one place too long. How much more provincial and GHETTOish can West Hollywood become? Can they possibly turn West Hollywood into a more GAY GHETTO? Do we have to wear our sexuality on our sleeves to the point it means more than our character? We have people starving in the world and we are spending tens of thousands for a rainbow sidewalk. If this is not an example of the need for TERM LIMITS I don't know what is!
Allen October 03, 2012 at 03:06 PM
$67,000.00 could go a long way for the homeless & helping those in need in the city. Sooner than later the crosswalk will get boring to look at..
Wesley McDowell October 03, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Come on people! The crosswalks look fabulous! If you've taken the time to go look at how they are being done you'll see it is more complicated than just going to Koontz and buying paint. They have to meet standards. To equate this with helping the homeless is an unrealistic comparison. We are not a GAY GHETTO, Cino, but for many years West Hollywood has been seen as a place of refuge and hope by thousands of gays and lesbians across the US. When I arrived in Weho from the South I felt like I was "home" and in a safe place. Not only is there nothing wrong with proclaiming this as part of our identity it is long-overdue. The only problem I see with them is that they only are on San Vicente instead of Santa Monica, too. This is a wonderful addition to the aesthetics of West Hollywood. Now, can we just move on? Please!
scott ferguson October 03, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Allen - The $67,000 is an investment and marketing that is, I think reasonably, calculated to repaid many times over by identifying one aspect of West Hollywood and encouraging tourism and other gay-related businesses. You need to spend money to make money. I have little doubt this will bring more money into the city, thus allowing for more money to be spent on the things you correctly identify as important.
me October 03, 2012 at 05:36 PM
EXACTLY!!!....little by little the gayborhood is disappearing anyway due to developers bulldozing units of longtime residents (gay and straight) and building overpriced (and ugly, i might add) condos/apartments.....in a very short time, only upper income gays will be able to live here.....my prediction is that within the next 15 years, the bars will be gone
scott ferguson October 03, 2012 at 06:29 PM
As for the absurd notion the crosswalk is a reason we need term limits in 2025, I know that facts are ananthema to many of their supporters, but my understanding is that this was a pet project of John D'Amico's, the newest member, supported heavily by anti-council voters, who defeated an incumbent, and ran on a platform that included restoring West Hollywood's gay image. He sent flyers which accused the three incumbents of damaging that legacy.
me October 03, 2012 at 07:16 PM
i'm not impressed with D'Amico....i'd like to see a list of his accomplishments or anything that he has even tried to put forward....just not aware of anything he's done....i was also promised that i'd be added to his email list a few months back and haven't received anything to date....at least Prang is good at sending out informative emails
scott ferguson October 03, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Bingo - thanks for providing proof for why term limits are a bad idea. He's new at the job. There is a learning curve. It takes time to gain experience and expertise. And yet if you have your way, in 2025 we could have five John D'Amicos with two years or less experience on the council. You have scored a bullseye explaining the potential harm of term limits. I greatly apprieciate it.
me October 03, 2012 at 07:33 PM
BINGO!!....haha....there's no "learning curve" needed for IDEAS and PROPOSALS.....just a curve for how to manuveur through city hall depts, and if he wasn't able to pick that up fast, he deserves to go....term limits will play out as it will ....either the voters will support it or they won't
Mike Dunn October 04, 2012 at 11:37 AM
I voted for D'Amicos however have found him to be a bit unqualified. If one watch's the City Council meetings he is never a leader on issues but a rubber stamp for John Doran. Whenever they turn to him for comments about the issue they are discussing he seems surprised and only then it seems he starts thinking about the issue at hand. Then we are treated to a less than coherent dialogue starting with "Um and ending with UM with many Um's interjected repeatedly.
John D'Amico October 04, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Scott, Me and Mike and anyone else who wishes to talk about this or any issue can contact me on my cell 310.498.5783. It's best if you call after 2PM and before 9PM. Thanks, John D'Amico
scott ferguson October 04, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Will do John - I actually did call last week and left a message, but didn't hear back. My comment was not meant as a criticism, just stating the reality that any new council member, even one with more experience in the city, has to find his grounding and work into the job. If term limits advocates get their way, we end up with all newcomers. That in turn just puts more power into the hands of the City Manager and department heads, all unelected, thus depriving the citizens of more power. And then a lot of the same people who want term limits want to upend these people (replace the City Manager and others) at the same time. I don't want a bunch of amateurs running the city, particularly when from my perspective, though nothing is ever perfect, this is a very well managed city at the moment. BTW - the redone crossroads so far look very good.
me October 04, 2012 at 07:33 PM
although it's nice of you to give out your cell #, i don't think it's too much to ask of our council members for a written list of their accomplishments while in office....in fact, i'm surprised that this is so hard to get.....others have touted the good works of heilman, land, prang and duran on the patch and i've asked for the same of them to no avail....this request is what it is; not a challenge, not mean-spirited, just a simple straight-forward request of your accomplishments since march of 2011
me October 04, 2012 at 07:54 PM
hate to burst yur bubble, but very few people at city hall (staff and council) have a background in the work they're doing, so most ARE "amateurs" as you put it.....that's not to say that most of them are not good at their jobs.....unless it's a technical job like building and safety staff or HR, most people learned "on the job"
scott ferguson October 04, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Me - once again we agree - we need a mixture of longtime experience as well as fresh blood. That's why I oppose term limits, which could our city council into the same disastrous situation as our state legislature became when they were instituted. As far as positions in city hall - many people I assume have been on the job for years. I doubt that turnover is that high. And I suspect most people hired for positions of real responsibility do have some prior experience. For my part, I have been impressed with the various levels of city workers and administrators with whom I've been in touch over the years. It's another reason I have a big amount of respect for the city, and prefer not to have the rules changed that might lead to people with personal grudges against government taking over and doing real damage to the city.
RTL October 05, 2012 at 03:01 AM
I never liked the former walk, but this is an improvement. I saw at least 4 tourists today taking pictures of themselves next to the pride walk. It can be a big boost to Weho tourism. My only issue is that I still think even with the nicer coating, it will fade and get marked up. I'm assuming they will maintain it, but it will be pricey.
me October 05, 2012 at 05:22 AM
perhaps NBC's peacock can sponsor the crosswalks!!....just a thought....
John D'Amico October 05, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Call me this afternoon. I don't have any unlistened to messages so i'm not sure what the message mix-up might have been - but no matter let's talk today. 310.498.5783
scott ferguson October 05, 2012 at 09:13 PM
To follow up - just had a terrific conversation with John D'Amico. He even remembered stopping by my house last year while campaigning. In our short time talking, he answered more of the questions I have been asking the anti-council people for several months that I have ever been able to get cogent responses here. We don't agree on everything, but I start from the point of not having close to all the knowledge I'd like, which I came here with an open mind some months ago. My main hope is to learn where all this anger and vitriol comes from - he explained some of this, as well as his long term concerns for the city. I won't go into details (not that any of it was off the record), but perhaps the most important part of the dialogue - contra what is said by many here - that the city is and unquestionably will remain in great financial shape. So to the extent some of the posts here have made me a bit concerned about this, he totally convinced me that the idea that we have any significant financial crisis near, mid or long term is total nonsense. I greatly appreciated his time, as I have Abbe Land's in our two earlier conversations. As a sidenote, he 100% agreed that it is common sense to, if one choose, never post under one's real name on forums like this.
me October 07, 2012 at 04:29 AM
i'm just waiting for tourists to start laying down on the rainbow crosswalks and planking for pics and vids (and get run over), even tho planking is soooo yesterday and soooo racist
Stephanie October 09, 2012 at 10:17 PM
CHECK OUT THE SECOND PHOTO 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.
Stephanie October 10, 2012 at 09:47 PM
New pictures posted. Sad.
Stephanie October 10, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Really, Wesley? Click on the pictures above. Aesthetics? Which part of cars driving across pavement and expecting it to look good is based in any sense of reality? You say, "If you've taken the time to go look..." Perhaps you should follow your own advice. And then tell us if defiled paint looks, as you say, "fabulous." The new rainbow arch across Sony studios makes a true statement and would have looked fabulous across SMBlvd. Pity the City is so short-sighted. Really, who thought this through?

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