John Heilman’s 17 appointees to various West Hollywood boards and commissions will be out on Monday. Abbe Land’s will keep their posts until May 31 as will those of Jeffrey Prang.
In a memo to the City Council, the City Clerk’s office said that newly elected Councilmember Lauren Meister has decided to make her own appointments to the boards and commissions and newly elected Councilmember Lindsey Horvath will accept as her own those who previously were appointed by Abbe Land until their terms expire May 31.
Land left the Council last month after deciding not to stand for re-election. Prang stepped down in December after winning the election for L.A. County Assessor. Heilman was defeated in the March 3 election. That has left the appointees of the former Council members, whose terms officially expire on May 31, effectively in limbo. That’s because direct appointees serve at the will of the Council members who appoint them. So a newly elected Council member is able to keep the appointees of an incumbent he or she has defeated or dismiss them and name his or her own. Given that she is accepting Land’s appointees until May 31, Horvath may replace one or more of them after that. Those appointed after May 31 will serve at the pleasure of the individual Council members until May 31, 2017.
The Council also names at-large appointees, who are chosen according to a majority vote. On Monday the Council is expected to name one person to each of the Transportation Commission, the Eastside Working Group, the Senior Advisory Board and the Women’s Advisory Board. Mayor John D’Amico is expected to make an appointment to the Disabilities Advisory Board.
Several of the various commissions play important roles in areas such as development. Members of the Planning Commission, for example, review requests from developers for variances to ordinances for housing and commercial projects.
The decision to oust Heilman’s appointees on Monday while keeping those of Prang and Land until May 31 reflects the tenor of the March election, in which D’Amico, long an opponent of Heilman, worked for the election of Meister. Among former Councilmember Heilman’s appointees to the most influential boards and commissions are David Aghaei, appointed to the Planning Commission in 2011; Paul Rice, appointed to the Historic Preservation Commission in 2008, and David Eichman, appointed to the Transportation Commission in 1994.
Several of Heilman’s appointees have been had tenures of ten years or more. In addition to David Eichman, there is Esther Baum, who has served on the Senior Advisory Board since 1996. David Gregoire was appointed to the Rent Stabilization Commission in 2000. Gregory Woodell was named to the Public Facilities Commission in 2003 as was Andrey Pronin to the Russian Advisory Board.
Other Heilman appointees who will be out include Candice Illoulian-Beroukhim, a member of the Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission; Steven Kay, a member of the Business License Commission; Anne-Marie Williams, a member of the Human Services Commission; Gregory Woodell, a member of the Public Facilities Commission; Chris Clarkin, a member of the Public Safety Commission, and David Gregoire, a member of the Rent Stabilization Commission;
Heilman appointees to the city’s advisory boards who will replaced are: Louise Smith, Disabilities Advisory Board; Jeffrey Waack and Elisabeth Sandberg, Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board; Audrey Pronin, Russian Advisory Board; Esther Baum, Senior Advisory Board; Anne Toole, Women’s Advisory Board, and Coco Lachine, Transgender Advisory Board.
Several of Heilman’s appointees have been had long tenures of ten years or more. David Eichman was named to the Transportation Commission in 1994. Esther Baum has served on the Senior Advisory Board since 1996. David Gregoire was appointed to the Rent Stabilization Commission in 2000. Gregory Woodell was named to the Public Facilities Commission in 2003 as was Andrey Pronin to the Russian Advisory Board.