All five West Hollywood City Council seats could be up for election in March 2015.
That’s a distinct possibility as West Hollywood City Councilmember John Duran confirmed to WEHOville Monday night that he is considering running for the Third District seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
“I’m mulling over the idea,” Duran said.
If he opts to run, Duran said he will make an announcement within a week.
The seat is currently held by termed-out Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who was first elected in 1994.
The primary will be held in June 2014 and the general election in November 2014.
The Third District covers the San Fernando Valley, Santa Monica Mountains and parts of L.A.’s Westside, including Beverly Hills and West Hollywood. Each of the five districts includes about 2 million people.
In addition to Duran, West Hollywood Councilmember Jeffrey Prang has already announced that he is running for Los Angeles County Assessor.
Prang and Duran were both reelected to the West Hollywood City Council in March 2013. Their four-year terms expire in March 2017. However, if both win, they would have to vacate their City Council seats before taking their new offices.
The remaining City Council members would then have to decide how to fill their vacancies – either by appointing someone to fill out their terms or holding a special election.
Given the controversy that erupted in 2009 when the council appointed Lindsey Horvath to fill the vacant seat left by the death of Councilmember Sal Guarriello, the council will likely call for a special election.
That special election would likely be held at the same time as the general election in March 2015. The council seats currently occupied by John D’Amico, John Heilman and Abbe Land are all up in that general election, making for the possibility that all five council seats will be up for election at the same time.
Duran was first elected to the City Council in 2001, Prang in 1997.
If Duran does run for supervisor, he will be one of many candidates. Former assembly member and state senator Shelia Kuehl has already announced her candidacy. She is considered the frontrunner in the race because she has more name recognition.
Former Malibu Mayor Pamela Conley Ulich has also announced her candidacy.
Meanwhile, former Los Angeles City Controller and former Los Angeles mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel is said to be considering a run for the seat as is former Santa Monica City Councilmember Bobby Shriver (Maria Shriver’s brother).
Can you feel the love tonight — the love for panoramic views, Hollywood star neighbors and furniture left behind by rock ‘n’ roll hall of famer and AIDS activist Elton John?
We don’t mean to go breaking your heart, but the one-bedroom West Hollywood condo previously owned by John will cost you a cool $3.995 million. Located in the Sierra Towers high-rise, the condo still includes furniture and “knickknacks” that were once John’s, according to the L.A. Times.
The property is being sold by developer Brendan Deschamps, who last year purchased two Sierra Tower condos that had been owned by the famous singer. Unlike Deschamps, though, you can’t collect them all—the smaller condo was already sold in September.
The developer, who paid $4.65 million for both properties and sold the smaller condo for $1.7 million, stands to make a total profit of about $1 million if the larger unit goes for its asking price.
The West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is currently holding its annual election for its board of directors and among the 12 candidates vying for nine spots are the usual suspects.
But among the bunch, which includes nine incumbents, is a more unusual campaigner: Larry Block, the “Boystown” advocate and City Council rabble-rouser who serves on the Disabilities Advisory Board and owns the gay clothing store Block Party.
While the list does include two other newcomers, Carol Massie of the McDonalds at La Brea Avenue and Mark Olson of Souther California Edison, Block is unique in the way that he made the list.
Told by the chamber’s “Nominating Committee” that he had not been nominated to compete in the election, Block, never known to back down from a fight, instead collected 15 signatures from chamber members and made the ballot by petition.
While he readily admits he’s a longshot, in his corner is John Altschul, a WeHo attorney, planning commissioner and member of the chamber’s board of governors, which provides assistance to the board of directors.
In an email Block sent to board members, Altschul says “I have known (Larry) since 1987 and he will bring an energetic presence to the board. He has lots of ideas and lots of energy. He is willing to devote his time and skills to the chamber and will be an asset to Gen and her marvelous stewardship of the organization.”
Block, who is also running for City Council in 2015, noted in his email that at City Council meetings he can be spotted sitting “pretty close to Genevieve (Morrill) checking our notes and speaking our hearts.”
Apparently that line prompted Morrill, who is the chamber’s president and CEO, to note in the chamber’s election notification email announcing the candidates that “the WHCC CEO and its staff are non-voting participants and remain neutral on their position with any candidates. Any emails or solicitations where names were used were not authorized by this office.”
Of the 12 candidates, the top six vote-getters will serve three-years terms, and the next three highest vote-getters will serve two-year terms.
Voting runs until Nov. 8.
Running for re-election are Azi Kiani of Wells Fargo, Lin Schatz of the Andaz hotel, Maxine Tatlonghari of Vanity Girl Hollywood, Deborah Kallick of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Pat Rogers of Here Lounge, Layne Lawson of Clear Channel Outdoor, Owen Ward of Off World Entertainment, Ruth Tittle of Capitol Drugs and Hany Haddad, executive at US Bank and current board chair.
The board, currently composed of 25 members and elected by the membership, sets the course and helps the chamber staff, which includes Morrill, realize its goals.
The board of directors are volunteers for the chamber, which is a non-profit, and are “installed” annually at a reception in February.
At WeHo’s newest restaurant, you don’t have to sip from cocktail glasses. Instead, you can slurp from “cocktail popsicles.”
At The Church Key, which opened at 8730 Sunset Blvd. near Holloway on Thursday, the imbibing options are deliciously offbeat, and so are some of the “American dim sum” food options.
Cocktail conventionalist James Bond be damned, the cocktails here can be experienced as popsicles (think Otter Pops) or in cans (yes, you open them with an actual church key) or in mason jars (they let you shake them yourself).
Dim-sum carts piloted by waiters in Pan-Am uniforms whiz by, some carrying the “funked up” drinks, and others carrying food (pig ear Cheetos, anyone?)
The Church Key, next to Eveleigh, is brought to WeHo’ans by chef Steve Fretz (XIV, Top Round) and mixologist Devon Espinosa (Pour Vous).
If the Delta Airlines carts turn you off, Fretz does provide a regular menu, with cocktails. But the dim-sum carts are where you’ll find the more unique presentations, including liquid nitrogen cocktail popsicles, canned Negronis and pre-constructed cocktails in the jars.
Despite the loud drink options, the decor is tasteful and muted with industrial elements mixed with a country farmhouse feel, including sofas and club chairs.
Hours run daily from 5:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.