It's Halloween, that one magical day of the year when you can't have Silly String (or similar products) in Hollywood. LAObserved reminds us that back in 2004, the City Council passed an ordinance that made it illegal to "possess, use, sell or distribute Silly String" in public in Hollywood from 12:01 am on October 31 to noon on November 1. The fine is $1,000. According to a 2005 article in the New York Times, Councilmember Tom LaBonge sponsored the ordinance "after complaints from city workers about the mess left on the street and from people who did not appreciate pulling Silly String out of their hair" (Incidentally, the NYT could publish an article about LA back then without mentioning traffic or plastic surgery--weird!). In the first year of the ban, 500 cans were confiscated.
· Remember, LA is a silly-free city [LAObserved]