Mayor D’Amico Endorses Joe Guardarrama for WeHo City Council

Now John D’Amico is endorsing Joe Guardarrama. West Hollywood’s mayor drew complaints from other candidates in the March 3 City Council race last month when he hosted a campaign kickoff event at his house for Joe Guardarrama.

In response to the complaints, D’Amico told WEHOville that he was happy to host such events for any of the 11 other candidates for City Council. To date he’s been taken up on that offer by several of them.

Today, however, Guardarrama has announced that he has garnered D’Amico’s endorsement.

“I am honored to receive the mayor’s endorsement and support,” Guardarrama said in a press release. “John D’Amico ushered in a new era of transparency in City Hall which has transformed West Hollywood for the better, and I look forward to working with him on the Council. I couldn’t ask for a better ally in this race.”

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Mayor John D’Amico, left, and City Council candidate Joe Guardarrama.

“Joe Guardarrama is exactly the kind of Council member that West Hollywood needs,” D’Amico was quoted as saying in the release, “and I’m proud to endorse Joe alongside so many others who understand that Joe will keep our city moving in the right direction. He’s got an unquestioned intellect and a warmth which draws people near him. I’ve known Joe for many years, we served on the Planning Commission together, and though we didn’t always agree we know we can work together. Joe is a man of integrity and ethics, and he will be ready to serve from Day One. That’s why I’ve knocked on doors with him, and that’s why I’m endorsing him. He will be a reliable partner.”

Guardarrama, a lawyer who has lived in West Hollywood since 2000, served on the city Planning Commission for more than seven years, presiding over Commission meetings as both chair and vice chair. In that role he dealt with complicated land use policy matters such as the creation of a new general plan, the Red Building expansion of the Pacific Design Center and multiple affordable housing developments. Guardarrama also served as a business license commissioner and on the city’s Campaign Finance Reform Committee.

Campaign finance issues, election law and government ethics are a part of his practice at the Kaufman Legal Group, which Guardarrama joined in 2011. He advises candidates, officeholders, political action committees, independent expenditure committees, major donors, lobbyists and corporations on legal aspects of their involvement with the political process at the state and local levels.

Guardarrama also has received the endorsement of the city employees union. The union, AFSCME Local 3339, also has endorsed Councilmember John Heilman, Mayor D’Amico and Lindsey Horvath.

Other candidates are seeking an endorsement to D’Amico, who is widely viewed by political insiders as a shoo-in in the Council race. D’Amico, who first won election to the Council in 2011, is one of only two incumbents running for re-election. The other is Heilman, who has been on the Council since the city’s incorporation 30 years ago. The two have had a fraught relationship that was illustrated on Saturday during a City Council candidate forum when D’Amico accused Heilman’s deputy, Fran Solomon, of complaining that too many gay people had voted in the 2011 election. In an interview with WEHOville, Solomon denied that accusation, noting that she works for a gay man and in a city whose population is 40 percent gay, evidence that she is supportive of the gay community.

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Tom Smart
Tom Smart
5 years ago

Oh Chaz, don’t we have a right to our opinion or do we all have to agree with the mannequins you put on top of your house?

Tom Smart
Tom Smart
5 years ago

D’Amicio just endorsed Lauren Meister too per his email blast just now so he has redeemed himself in my opinion.

Lynn
Lynn
5 years ago

I neglected to add Councilmember Heilman to this list of project votes which would be welcome.

Lynn
Lynn
5 years ago

To further expand upon Shiela’s comment, perhaps Mayor D’Amico and Joe Guardarrama could produce a list of each and every project they voted on specifying their vote and the eventual outcome, while sitting commissioners. It would also be helpful to access the same information regarding Ms. Meister’s term and Ms. Horvath’s while a council member. Promises and memories are one thing and facts are clearly another.

Tom Smart
Tom Smart
5 years ago

Ok, chad it is!

ChadMichael Morrisette
Reply to  Tom Smart

Did everybody hear that!? Scott, I mean Tom is happy now!! Whew, we can all sleep SO much better now that the Mayor has been redeemed. I didn’t know how I was gonna rest!

Randy Matthews
5 years ago

Oh, and people would be able to edit their comments as well, to fix typos and whatnot.

Randy Matthews
5 years ago

As he stated, his name is ChadMichael, not Chad. 🙂

I think they should change the comments system on this blog to use Facebook comments. That way, nobody can remain anonymous, people can “like” comments, and respond directly to people’s comments.

sheilalightfoot
5 years ago

I have some questions that I believe (and think D’Amico should, too) are fair and relevant for Joe. Context: When Joe resigned as Lindsay Horvath’s appointee on the Planning Commission at the PC meeting on March 4, 2011, he said, “I have resigned from the PC effective tomorrow because I’ve taken a job practicing law that is not compatible with this particular appointment.” I’m assuming that means the type of legal work he’d be doing for his new law firm would create a conflict of interest. Questions: (1) Why did you consider the law you practice incompatible with your past… Read more »

Chris Sanger
Chris Sanger
5 years ago

D’Amico clearly has had some problems w/ Lauren Meister – he appointed her to a commission, then dumped her. Meantime, as Joe said, the more viable candidates in the running, the more likely Heilman and D’Amico are the top 2. It’s an inherent problem with out system. I bet most candidates only vote for themselves, since they are competing with the others all the way. It’s one reason I think we should revamp the council so we have some combination of at large and then distinctive district seats, then have one winner for each seat. Chad – people use noms… Read more »

Tom Smart
Tom Smart
5 years ago

what does the even mean joetheplumper? such a weird comment

joetheplummber
joetheplummber
5 years ago

Brava D’Amico. Its clear that the Johns have an edge and that 3 candidates are vying for the 3rd seat. It seems that D’Amico is pointing to Joe Guardarrama as a viable councilmen that everyone could work with. Horvath is the competition for that 3rd seat. Both of them could get elected during the next two election cycles. I would be shocked if D’Amico endorses anyone else, eg. Horvath, or Meister. He is sending a signal who he wants to work with on a Council of “Johns.” and a Joe. The runner up may or may be the person who… Read more »

ChadMichael Morrisette

Maybe if “the public” on this forum were not hiding behind false avatars. I’ve never understood that. If you have something to say, say it. I mean what are you hiding from? People knowing you don’t support a candidate then to go so far as to create a false twitter account. #Ridiculous