West Hollywood votes to cut Los Angeles County sheriff funding amid crime wave

A trendy Los Angeles County community has voted to reduce law enforcement funding

despite escalating crime that was up 137% earlier in the year and public backlash.

The budget for the next two fiscal years will leave West Hollywood with up to five fewer

Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies on patrol.

At the same time the council approved increasing funding for a cultural arts festival.

The budget was approved by a narrow 3-2 vote with Mayor

Lauren Meister dissenting as well as Councilman John Erickson.

Most of the residents and businesses I have heard from are opposed to cutting the

Sheriff’s budget," Meister told Fox News in a statement.