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.