"HOLLYWOOD's DEATH RATTLE" or "WHY I AM GIVING UP ON HOLLYWOOD"
Last night I witnessed Hollywood' death rattle. It's over. The people who are responsible for this part of Los Angeles have either lost the battle or given it over willingly. @onlyinhwd and @mayorofla can celebrate tonight. I won't bother you any more.
Long story short: Last night I watched a guy assault tourists, women, men, locals, push people, knock people over, hit people... and NOBODY CARED. I tried to intervene but the guy had two other friends who wouldn't allow it. Two Andrews International or Hollywood BID security officers stood by and watched. They said they had 'already solved the problem' while this guy is still assaulting people! Multiple people BEGGED them to do something and in response, they were amazingly rude, dismissive. They were about to leave when they finally decided to go over and PUSH THE GUY DOWN. Mission accomplished. They leave. Of COURSE this guy just continues his reign of terror in front of tons of little kids.
YES. I called the police. Later I called them AGAIN. I stayed in the area for over an hour. ONE #lapd car DROVE BY without stopping. (Probably on the way to the convenience store at Highland and Yucca where many of them congregate in a back room while they are on duty). I have supported various police organizations my entire life, setting up funds for families of fallen officers and supporting a memorial for fallen officers. I have awards and accolades from departments ranging from New York City, to Washington DC, Houston, Memphis... and YES LAPD is short on equipment and staff and pay... but that is NO excuse for someone to be able to assault people without any impedance for an hour in the most populous part of town.
Hollywood is the FACE of Los Angeles. People travel from all over the world and bring their families. Tourists are responsible for a GIANT portion of the income of this city and the people in it. It SEEMS like it would be a good idea to take care of it. I guess not. It seems like they are rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. Why have a Christmas parade when people may step on hypodermic needles? Why host the Oscars when ALL of Hollywood is overrun with homeless people, gangsters and scam artists? Why focus so much time and effort on one night, when the other 364 nights are like this?
The stars on Hollywood Blvd are cracked and broken and dirty and embarrasing. There are giant holes are in the sidewalk where an adult person could EASILY fit the entire lower part of their leg. I have no idea how the city isn't sued every single day.
In 1978, it only took ONE famous person to step in and fix the Hollywood sign. The sign was falling apart and covered in graffiti. Hugh Hefner asked famous people to contribute, and they did. The Hollywood sign was fixed and remains in fantastic condition to this day.
I had HOPES that just ONE celebrity would step in and help rejuvenate this town that is the symbol of the film industry, acting, television, music.. ENTERTAINMENT for almost everyone in the world. That has not happened.
There are some really good HUMANS who are in this business. People who actually communicate with their fans and seem to actually CARE about what happens. (You know.. like HUMANS do!)
GOOD PEOPLE like @hamillhimself who recently got a well-deserved star. @jeffgoldblum who seems to genuinely care about people. @aplusk who could pull together some big stars. Others like @chrissyteigen or @c.syresmith could bring attention to this issue.
I thought MAYBE a good reporter who is not FRIGHTENED by the politics of the city could do something. Someone like @CBSLAdavid
...and in truth- I thought people like @onlyinhwd and @mayorofla would take some huge decisive action. I VOTED for @mayorofla and had hope. I was wrong. Will @lapdchiefmoore do something? Will SOMEONE/ANYONE from @lapdhq #lapd #lapdhq read this and be as disgusted as I am? Maybe @hollywoodandhighland will read this and instigate an investigation into why #andrewsinternational or #hollywoodBID employees do NOTHING?
I have come up with SOLID ideas of how to solve some major issues with low-cost, simple solutions. I have tried to bring attention to this. I have volunteered. I've done small things that an individual citizen can do.
BUT- You have to know when to fold 'em... and at this point I am just shouting into the wind.
You win, Hollywood! You have earned your reputation as a place that crushes people!