Mayor John D’Amico’s party schedule is filling up.
After being criticized for hosting a campaign launch and fundraising event for Joe Guardarrama at his home in December, D’Amico said he was willing to host campaign launch events for any of the other 11 candidates in the March 3 City Council race. Hosting such an event, D’Amico said, didn’t mean he was endorsing the candidate. D’Amico has now approached all of the other candidates with that offer.
The latest candidate to announce that D’Amico is hosting an event for him is Matt Ralston. Ralston, a comedian, was an unsuccessful contender in the 2013 Council race. D’Amico is hosting his kickoff event tomorrow afternoon at his home on Rugby Drive. On Sunday D’Amico is hosting a similar event for Larry Block, owner of the Block Party store on Santa Monica Boulevard. While D’Amico’s hosting doesn’t mean he’s endorsing Block, Block has assembled a list of co-hosts who are supporting him. They include Donna Saur, vice chair of the city’s Public Facilities Commission; Richard Maggio of the Rent Stabilization Commission; Pat Dixon, chair of the Senior Advisory Board; Steven Davis, a member of the Human Services Commission; Robert Gamboa, chair of the Gay and Lesbian Advisory Board; Alexander Bazley and Shawn Hoffman, Public Safety commissioners, and Marco Colantonio and Jim Chud, members of the city’s Disability Advisory Board.
That leaves West Hollywood residents waiting for party invitations on behalf of candidates John Allendorfer, Brian Funnagan, John Heilman, Christopher Landavazo and Tristan Schukraft, none of whom has asked D’Amico to host one.