From local business owners, to major lobbyists, to entertainment industry execs, the race is on to raise money to support candidates in the March 5, 2019, West Hollywood City Council election.
James Duke Mason is the third declared candidate to be the focus of a fundraising event this year. That event will be at the Sierra Towers home of Paul Alan Smith, a literary agent. To date, the host committee includes Mason’s parents, Belinda Carlisle and Morgan Mason; Mark Itkin, former partner at WME and the “architect” of reality TV, and Cooper Hefner, son of Hugh Hefner and Playboy’s CCO.
The event takes place on June 21 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $200, with a maximum contribution of $500.
Incumbent Councilmember John D’Amico had a fundraising event on May 31 that was hosted by lobbyists Steve Afriat, Jim Arnone and Jeffrey Seymour. Councilmember Lauren Meister’s fundraising event was held on May 16 at Micky’s, the bar on Santa Monica Boulevard. The host committee include Micky’s owner Michael Niemeyer, Tom Doherty and Rick Bicanovsky of Cafe D’Etoile, Marta Knittel and Shoshana Joseph of Yogurt Stop, Nicklaus Fox, who performs as Helen Back with Weho Cheer, and Bobby Trendy.