November 1, 2001
Noise Free America
For immediate release
Madison: West Hollywood, California today won the monthly Noisy Dozen award from Noise Free America for creating a new and intensified “entertainment district” of late-night bars and clubs along previously quiet portions of Sunset Boulevard.
Every weekend, and even some weeknights, there is a mob scene, with hundreds of screaming drunks, honking horns, and blasting “boom car” stereos, lasting as late as 3:00 am. Gang violence has followed “the scene.”
“All this noise pollution deprives citizens of sleep and ruins their quality of life,” said Dr. Dan Silver, a West Hollywood resident. “This booming noise occurs right outside of bedroom windows. In creating this ‘entertainment district,’ and in irresponsibly permitting dozens of alcohol licenses, West Hollywood officials apparently ‘forgot’ that thousands of people live nearby.”
The noisiest area of Sunset Boulevard stretches from La Cineaga Boulevard to Crescent Heights Boulevard.
Noise Free America is proud to issue the Noisy Dozen award to West Hollywood mayor John Heilman on behalf of his city, for abominable land-use planning. West Hollywood also richly deserves the award for failing to have any ordinance regulating noise from public places, such as sidewalks.
Sharing this valuable honor are several West Hollywood businesses that contribute to post-midnight mayhem, including Dublins, Miyagi’s, Saddleback Ranch, and Trocadero.
West Hollywood is investigating steps to reduce the problem. However, it remains to be seen if the City will find the will to defend its peace-loving residents against the political power of the bars and clubs.
Noise Free America is a national citizens group dedicated to reducing noise pollution. Its web site is http://www.noisefree.org.