Election 2017: West Hollywood City Council

Ten candidates are running for two open seats on the West Hollywood City Council in an election that will be held on March 7. On this page we will post news about their campaigns and the candidates’ responses to questions raised by WEHOville readers about significant local issues on the Citizens Agenda. Earlier stories about the March 7 City Council election are also here.


WEHOville Election Guide 2017


Citizens Agenda Week 2: The Size of City Events, Restoring the Council Deputy System and Entitlements for Developers

Citizens Agenda Week 2: The Size of City Events, Restoring the Council Deputy System and Entitlements for Developers

Mon, Jan 16, 2017 3 Comments

Candidates in the March 7 WeHo City Council election address three questions you raised in the WEHOville Citizens Agenda survey.

Citizens Agenda Week 1: WeHo City Council Candidates on Whether Experience Matters (and  Donald Trump)

Citizens Agenda Week 1: WeHo City Council Candidates on Whether Experience Matters (and Donald Trump)

Mon, Jan 09, 2017 6 Comments

Today the 10 candidates for two seats on the West Hollywood City Council address two of 11 questions raised by local residents.

WeHo Chamber and L.A. League of Women Voters to Co-Host City Council Election Forum

WeHo Chamber and L.A. League of Women Voters to Co-Host City Council Election Forum

Fri, Jan 06, 2017

The West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and the L.A. League of Women Voters are sponsoring a forum among candidates for the March 7 WeHo City Council election.

The forum will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 18 at the City Council Chambers at 625 N. San Vicente Place. It will be moderated by Robert Kovacik of NBC4 Southern California. All 10 candidates have been invited to participate.

The forum is open to the public. It can be viewed on the city’s WeHoTV cable and web channels. WeHoTV is available to Spectrum (formerly Time Warner Cable) customers within West Hollywood on channel 10. AT&T U-verse customers across Southern California can access WeHoTV on channel 99. The forum will also be available for live streaming and on-demand replay on the City’s website www.weho.org/wehotv and on WeHoTV’s YouTube Channel at…

The 2017 Citizens Agenda: Questions from WeHo Residents for City Council Candidates

The 2017 Citizens Agenda: Questions from WeHo Residents for City Council Candidates

Mon, Jan 02, 2017 7 Comments

Here is a list of questions residents of West Hollywood want candidates in the March City Council election to address.

Opinion: Should We Restore the WeHo City Council Deputy System?

Opinion: Should We Restore the WeHo City Council Deputy System?

Mon, Jan 02, 2017 19 Comments

t has been eighteen months since the West Hollywood City Council voted to eliminate the five council deputies. The decision to dismantle the council deputy program that had existed since the founding of the city was rushed, made during a period of what can most charitably described as a highly charged period of political stress. But over the last several months I have heard more people questioning the wisdom of that vote and asking if the residents of West Hollywood have been well served by that decision.

At the time, eliminating the deputies seemed like a solution to the ongoing dysfunction on the third floor of City Hall. People were shocked by the deputies’ salaries, which had escalated in recent years and seemed excessive. While I made a rather lonely public argument that the council should not make a decision in haste,…

Opinion: Previous Experience Is Not What It Takes to Serve on the City Council

Opinion: Previous Experience Is Not What It Takes to Serve on the City Council

Wed, Dec 28, 2016 36 Comments

WeHo City Council candidate Amanda Goodwin says overdevelopment is the issue, not whether candidates have previous experience on the council.

The Citizens’ Agenda 2017: The Issues WeHo Residents Want City Council Candidates to Address

The Citizens’ Agenda 2017: The Issues WeHo Residents Want City Council Candidates to Address

Mon, Dec 26, 2016 40 Comments

Ten candidates will be on the ballot for the March 7 West Hollywood City Council election. One incumbent has raised tens of thousands of dollars for the race and the other already has held at least fundraising event.

So now it’s time for West Hollywood residents (rather than campaign consultants and major donors) to begin setting the agenda for the 2017 race.

As in 2015, WEHOville wants to know what questions you think candidates for the two seats on the City Council should address in their campaigns. What matters to you? What matters to the future of our city?

Please email me at Henry@WEHOville.com with your ideas about what the candidates should be addressing if they want to get your vote. (Next Monday, Jan. 2, we’ll post on WEHOville a list of the most frequently mentioned issues and will begin soliciting responses from…

Opinion: In WeHo’s 2017 City Council Election, Experience Counts

Opinion: In WeHo’s 2017 City Council Election, Experience Counts

Thu, Dec 15, 2016 39 Comments

Larry Block argues that experience is needed to be a viable City Council candidate.

Final Tally:  10 Candidates for 2 Seats on the WeHo City Council in March

Final Tally: 10 Candidates for 2 Seats on the WeHo City Council in March

Wed, Dec 14, 2016 12 Comments

Ten candidates will be in the run in the March 7 election to fill two seats on the West Hollywood City Council. The final list was released today by the city clerk.

The candidates include incumbents John Duran and John Heilman, both long-time members of the Council, with Heilman having served since 1984 and Duran since 2001. Their best-known challengers are Steve Martin, an attorney and former council member who failed in his 2003 bid for re-election, and Cynthia Blatt, an employee of the federal Housing and Urban Development Department who has actively campaigned against new housing development in West Hollywood. Larry Block, owner of the Block Party apparel store and a civic activist, was widely expected to be a candidate in the March election. Block decided late last week not to run and said he is supporting Heilman and deciding…

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