WeHo Loses Two Prominent Planners to LA County Regional Planning Department

Two prominent members of the City of West Hollywood’s Planning Department are leaving to take jobs with the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning.

Bianca Siegl

The hiring of Bianca Siegl, planning manager in the Long Range Planning Division of the Department of Planning & Development Services and David DeGrazia, planning manager in the Department’s Current & Historic Preservation Planning Division, was announced at a meeting of the county’s Regional Planning Commission on Wednesday.

Siegl has 20 years of experience in city planning, with almost 12 years working as a planner for the City of West Hollywood.  Before that she was associate director at cityLAB, an architecture and urban research think tank situated within UCLA’s Department of Architecture, a project manager at Dake Wilson Architects and a project designer at JFAK Architects.

David DeGrazia

DeGrazia has worked worked in planning for the City of West Hollywood for nearly 17 years. Before joining the city’s planning department he worked as associate preservation planner for the Historic Resources Group.

At its meeting, the Regional Planning Commission was told that Siegl and DeGrazia outranked a total of 93 applicants. It is not yet clear when they will start their new jobs.  WEHOville has been unable to reach Planning & Development Services Director John Keho, who is away until Monday.


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Yola Dore'
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Yola Dore'

You’ve been a tremendous asset to our city in every phase imaginable .. a joy! Wishing both of you continued success in your new digs.

mark scharaga
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I hope no one from the parking department leaves for the County because WeHo lacks consumer friendly parking.

Elyse Eisenberg
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Much congratulations to Bianca and David! I’m going to really miss Bianca who I’ve been working closely with since she started here in WeHo. She’s been an absolute pleasure and always a pure professional – even when putting up with my grumpiness and complaints when advocating for my neighborhood. Wishing them both much success in their new roles!

Manny
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Manny

Weho is loosing two terrific staff members. Congrats to Bianca and David. The County is lucky to have them.

Josh Kurpies
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Josh Kurpies

Congratulations to them both! This is a big loss for the residents of West Hollywood. The County will not only gain their planning expertise, but both will also bring with them their exemplary talents and skills working effectively with residents, business owners and all stakeholders. Thank you both for your services, it’s been a pleasure working with you.

Eric Jon Schmidt
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This is really interesting. Two people from the same department? Makes me wonder why they want to leave West Hollywood. Especially considering the notorious high pay for City employees. It could just be they want a change and new challenges. I’m not sure what their West Hollywood positions pay, but I do know that if any of the City Directors left, they would have to take a pay cut. Most of the Directors, The City Manager and the City Clerk is paid more than the Mayor of Los Angeles, The Governor of California and certain positions, more than the President… Read more »

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Their compensation can be found on weho.com