Bottini is hardly the only critic. Despite the city’s early ban on the ugly practice of bars’ requiring people of color to show two IDs, a countywide disgrace that went on into the 1980s, as recalled by Ryan Gierach in his 2003 book West Hollywood, the city is still perceived by many to be the white gay place, and an increasingly commercial and prohibitively expensive one at that. But like many others who wish the city did a better job of living up to its expectations, Bottini has set aside her concerns and put her lot with West Hollywood.
"For all its faults, and for all the angers I have on certain things, I would live nowhere else," she said. "It is open to progress. It is inquisitive, creative. If you have an idea, somebody is going to listen to it, and you have a shot of getting it done."