Heave Ho to the HOB???

WeHo City Councilmember John Heilman has taken a bold step and is publicly calling to task the business practices of the historic House of Blues on Sunset.  From September 2007 through September 2008 there have been over 100 Sheriff’s radio dispatches (law enforcement calling for additional assistance) and 44 arrests at the location.  In early September the Sunset Strip had to be shut down for several hours due to a fight that included over 100 patrons both inside and outside of the venue.  Over the past 6 months fights and injuries have increased.  City staff has met with HOB managment on numerous occasions but no significant changes have been made.  Public Safety and Neighborhood Livability are among the top reasons why people choose to live, and why people choose to play, in West Hollywood.  Businesses with complete disregard for safety and community should be held accountable.  The move could result in the HOB eventually losing their business license.  Stay tuned, I will keep you posted on the outcome.

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One response to “Heave Ho to the HOB???

  1. I think that the House of Blues is important from a business and cultural standpoint for West Hollywood. That being said, the HOB management has a responsibility to WeHo to make sure they keep us safe – they MUST take responsibility for their patrons and promoters. If there is a particular event, promoter or crowd that represents the bulk of these arrests and problems, then they should not be welcome at HOB. If it’s a general management problem then HOB should change the guard and bring folks in that will take charge.

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