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Silver Lake nightclub tries to win over neighbors with a new security guard

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By MATT SANDERSON

SILVER LAKE — Despite past efforts to make nice with the neighbors, Los Globos nightclub and its patrons have continued to be a source of complaints ranging from noise and tagging to drinking and drug use in public. Last week, club officials said that a change was in the works. Some neighbors, however, remained skeptical.

Nightclub representatives introduced Rudy Hernandez, a specialized security guard who will be working night shifts at Los Globos, to residents who attended a Silver Lake Neighborhood council committee meeting.

“We brought in Hernandez to patrol the club, go out in the alleyway and up to Sunset,” said nightclub official Ben Fried. “Over time we plan to make contacts with people in the neighborhood and they can call him.”

“I’ll be in a bright neon vest,” said Hernandez, a former law enforcement officer who said  he’s familiar with the area. “I’ll be sure to stop by the corner and take everything in. It’s been quiet lately. Last night, there was some graffiti [being done], but not on our property. I called it in, and the police responded surprisingly quickly.”

Hernandez added that he will have a cell phone number to give out to abutting neighbors in the coming weeks, and that they should start seeing changes taking place soon.

“This is something we’re trying to do to help,” he said. “Anything I see is brought to our attention. We’ll try to help as best we can.”

Several of the nightclub’s neighbors attended the meeting to reiterate the several quality of life issues that have been going on for years: loud music past curfew, parking and loud patrons flooding into the residential streets.

One neighbor said he sees constant loitering, drinking, drug use, eating and smoking outside his house. He supplied the joint committees with recent photos that showed drug baggies and condoms found outside his property.

“We understand it’s a neighborhood and residential area and we understand the frustration,” Hernandez said. “It’s been going on a while.”

Neighbor Carolyn Park said she is skeptical since the issues are longstanding and told Hernandez that he does not understand their frustration. “I called LAPD at 11, 12 and 1 [a.m.],” she said. “The music goes till 2 or 3. It’s always been a problem since you opened.”

Molly Bell, who lives behind Los Globos, told the nightclub representatives that, as proactive neighbors, it would be good to clean up the trash around the perimeter of the property.

A meeting between Los Globos, the neighbors and the neighborhood council was said to take place at a future date.

Matt Sanderson has been a journalist, photographer and digital media producer for nearly eight years. A native of Rhode Island, he received his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of New Hampshire and moved to Los Angeles in 2012 through a job transfer with Patch.com/AOL.



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21 comments

  1. prissy ass neighbors

  2. That building is ugly as shit.

  3. I feel for them… but chances are in most of the neighbors cases, the club was there before they were.

    • “The club was there before they were” places the blame on those who are affected by the actions of rude, self centered neighbors, whether in a house next door or in a nightclub, instead of on the perpetrators. Loud music, particularly bass elements, can be excruciating when you are forced to listen to it for hours. Can’t understand the need to blast the neighborhood with noise…just keep it inside the building!

  4. I live next to a public stairway. Daily, groups of younger people (from 10 year olds to early 20’s) congregate on the stariway to: make out, smoke weed or drink alcohol. Occasionally, the “kids” get rowdy and are very loud, they throw bottles down the stairs to break them and they urinate on my gate (because it’s sheltered). Whenever there is a problem it is because ALCOHOL is involved. When they are just smoking weed, it’s always very quiet and mellow. ALCOHOL – the king of drugs – is scourge on our society needs to be BANNED!

  5. That moment when silverlake becomes too exclusive for the very thing that put it on the map….Night life.

  6. Music going until 3am on the weekend is part of the charm of living there. Leaving condoms and having rowdy patrons damage or vandalize private property should be taken seriously by the club though.

    Late music = fine
    Nastiness on private property = clean up after your customers

  7. PLEASE DON’T GET ME WRONG BUT WHAT I SEE HERE IS THAT YOU JUST FOR THE PAST 2 OR 3 YEARS ARE COMPLAINING ON THIS LATINO OWN BUSINESS, BUT YOU DON’T HAVE NOTHING TO SAY FROM THIS OTHER CLUBS (7 OR 8 ) OF THEM STARTING FROM LAVETA AND SUNSET ALL THE WAY DOWN WEST SUNSET, ESPECIALLY THE ONE RIGHT IN FRONT OF “HAPPY TOMS” BURGERS. IT LOOKS LOKE YOU’RE IN A VENDETTA OF WHO WILL LAST LONGER IN THAT AREA, AND HOW MANY PEOPLE YOU CAN POISSON WITH YOUR NEEDS OF REMOVING SOMETHING OR SOMEONE TO FULFILL YOUR HAPPINESS, BUT HEY YOU HAVE RIGHTS WE KNOW THAT AS A FACT, ANY WAY — HAVE A HAPPY THANKSGIVING AND A MERRY CHRISTMAS WITH LOVE ONE’S.. HAVE YOUR MIND ON THIS HOLIDAYS WITH PEACE WITH YOU AND YOUR NEIGHBORS YOU HAVE ALL NEXT YEAR TO FIGHT WITH YOU AND YOUR NEIGHBORS PLEASE OK,

    • SORRY FOR MY SPELLING WAS ON A HURRY LOL

    • The one across from happy toms? The Echoplex? That club backs onto a huge parking garage. Probably not a good comparison. Thanks for trying to make this racial.

    • I don’t think Los Globos is Latino-owned anymore.

    • Los Globos is owned by Steve Edelson, a white dude from Ventura county…..

    • Echo Park resident

      First of all. Los Globos is NOT Latino owned. It was sold a few years ago to an outsider owner.

      Secondly, which clubs are you saying we should complain about? Between Los Globos and downtown, the only other music venues are Silverlake Lounge, the Echo and the Echoplex. The Echo and Echoplex are some of the leading venues in the area and are really on it in terms of keeping vandalism and noise down. Los Globos hosts similar shows (“hipster music”) to these venues in addition to their regular Latino dance nights. It’s not a race issue. It’s a poor management issue.

  8. As a neighborhood grows up and goes upscale shouldn’t the businesses and those coming into the neighborhood only to recreate also grow up and start to act with more class and sophistication? In other words what is wrong with expecting ghetto behavior to end when the neighborhood is no longer the ghetto? There is an Aesop opening up down the street for pete’s sake!

  9. I’d like to know what number Hernandez used to call LAPD and to get a surprisingly quick response, please? Also, how long he was on hold befre speakimg to a dispatcher.

  10. How about making it a nudie bar ?

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