I recently obtained about 140 hand-written daily logs prepared by the Hollywood Media District BID’s security guards. These are also available via Archive.Org, which has the advantage that the whole set can be downloaded using BitTorrent. The set is not complete, and it mostly comprises swing shift logs, but I didn’t select these at all. I just scanned them in the order in which they were provided to me.
It’s been known for a while now that Universal Protection Service has carried out a years-long surveillance operation against the Media District’s perennial bête noire, the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition, looking for any evidence whatsoever to use in the NIMBY neighbors, the City government, and the BID’s crazed campaign against them, their byzantine conspiracies with the LAPD and others in City Government, their allies’ unavailing 2011 lawsuit against the Food Coalition, and so on. These logs are interesting because they expose some contextually surprising results of this surveillance, namely that the intersection of Sycamore and Romaine seems to be the safest area in the entire Media District BID. Despite the intense, hours-long nightly surveillance, nothing illegal ever seems to happen there. Some samples follow. Note that these are also unselected. They comprise all swing shift logs from February 2016 that mention the Coalition’s food truck at all. They’re representative, too, in the sense that the pattern holds across all the logs I looked at:
2016_02_01_media_district_swing_shift_log: 1830-2000 Food truck / detail 40-70 ppl stood by for uniform presence (code-4)
2016_02_04_media_district_swing_shift_log: 1820-2000 Food truck arrived at approx 1825 hrs 100+ people in line for free food stood by for uniform presence no sign of any illegal activity at the time of location / hot spot no chairs or tables on the sidewalk code four1
2016_02_11_media_district_swing_shift_log: 1810-1930 At approx 1820 hrs food truck arrived at this location 50+ people in line for free food stood by for uniform presence no sighn of any illegal activity at the time of location code 4.
2016_02_16_media_district_swing_shift_log: 1800-1930 No incidents were observed at this time.
2016_02_19_media_district_swing_shift_log: 1830-2030 No incidents were observed during the food detail.
2016_02_20_media_district_swing_shift_log: 1830-1930 No incidents were observed during the food detail.
2016_02_21_media_district_swing_shift_log: 1800-1930 No incidents occurred during the food detail.
2016_02_23_media_district_swing_shift_log: 1740-1900 Food truck / med truck 40-60 ppl no activity (code-4)
2016_02_24_media_district_swing_shift_log: 1800-2015 Food detail no incidents were observed during detail.
2016_02_25_media_district_swing_shift_log: 1800-2000 No negative activity or incidents were observed during detail
2016_02_26_media_district_swing_shift_log: 1800-1930 Observed no incidents during food truck detail
2016_02_27_media_district_swing_shift_log: 1800-1900 No negative activity or incidents were observed during food truck detail
And how does that compare to the rest of the BID? Well, look through the above-linked-to logs. There are trespassing incidents and other problems around the BID, but never at Sycamore and Romaine during the Food Coalition’s feeding. Even though anyone who lives in the area who’s not a lying delusional NIMBY knew this was true, it’s still surprising to see the proof expressed in the BID’s own records.
I mean, anyone who lives near Sycamore and Romaine and can write with a straight face, as one of the primary anti-Food-Coalition crusaders once did, of “scary psychotic homeless that terrorize us…the worst kind of people, people we worked hard to avoid by buying nice homes and paying taxes” isn’t likely to be convinced by actual evidence, but nevertheless I guess I’m still not completely cynical. I’d have thought there was some basis to the charges, however tenuous, but it appears now that the whole thing is just caused by scary psychotic non-homeless that terrorize us, the worst kind of people, just making stuff up in the service of their psychosis. There’s no escaping them, it seems.
- “Code four” is evidently cop lingo for “an officer is alright,” at least according to this interesting article on Irvine PD having sex in the back seat of their patrol cars.