WeHo Labor Protest Could Shut Down Sunset Boulevard During Evening Rush Hour [Updated]
A planned protest tonight outside the Andaz hotel could bring impacts to tonight's rush hour commute. City of West Hollywood officials are warning residents and commuters that traffic along Sunset Boulevard may be diverted temporarily between the hours of 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. If closures are needed, traffic will be diverted from Sunset to Fountain and Santa Monica at La Cienega and Sweetzer. [Update: Metro's local 2 bus will be rerouted between 4:30 and 9 p.m., or when the street is reopened, to Santa Monica Boulevard between La Cienega and Crescent Heights.]
Unofficial word is that a couple hundred protesters are planning to show up for the protest, which does not have a permit (a city official called it planned civil disobedience).
Hyatt hotel union workers are protesting the current labor contract negotiations. The company wants a longer term "recession contract," but workers who already had hours cut during the recession say the industry is seeing a recovery, according to the LA Weekly.