Historic Preservation Commissioner’s Abrupt Resignation Sparks Revelations About His Criminal Background

Historic Preservation Commission
Christopher Winters (aka Christopher Grzegorzewski)

The recent abrupt resignation of Christopher Winters from West Hollywood’s Historic Preservation Commission has prompted revelations from several community members about his criminal history. And in a comment on WEHOville, Winters has revealed that he is a sex worker as well as someone who works in construction.

Winters, 41, who was first appointed to the Commission on June 26, 2017, by Councilmember John Duran, did not appear at the Aug. 26 meeting and had skipped its July 22 meeting. Sharita Houston, the Commission’s secretary, confirmed that he recently had resigned. Winters had served as chair of the Commission until the July 22 meeting at which Jacob LaJoie was elected to that position. He had missed three of the Commission’s five meetings this year, two of the seven in 2018 and two of the five held after his appointment in 2017.

Winters was known as Christopher Grzegorzewski in Georgia, where an internet search identifies his as a former student at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Ga. Court records showed he was arrested and convicted in Bulloch County (where Statesboro is located) in 2005 on a charge of attempting to influence a witness, sentenced to five years and put on probation. He was arrested twice in 2012 and was convicted in 2012 on felony charges of disorderly conduct and various misdemeanor charges. The prosecutor dropped an assault charge. For those convictions, he was fined and put on probation (More details about the latter crimes could not be obtained because the Cobb County, Ga., courthouse was closed because of hurricane Dorian.) Posts online allege other more serious crimes, but WEHOville has been unable to document them. After moving to Los Angeles, Winters worked with Solid Design + Build and Solid Roofing and is said to have been a resident of Stanley Housing Sober Living. Winters lists himself online as chief executive officer of Capstone Research Trust Advisors, a company whose address is stated as 725 N Stanley Ave., the location of Stanley Housing Sober Living, which is a recovery center for addicts. No other contact information about Capstone can be found.

Solid Roofing Inc. in January of this year won a lawsuit against Winters in which Barak Snapir, the owner of the company, accused Winters of having lied about his skills as a roof contractor, having made serious and costly mistakes on a project with a client, having diverted other clients from Solid Roofing to work directly with him, and stealing more than $2,500 in supplies and other items from the Solid Roofing property. The case was settled in June of this year with Winters ordered to pay $16,949 to Snapir.

Winters revealed that he also was a sex worker in a recent comment on WEHOville to a story about the sex worker’s forum staged at the City Council Chambers at the behest of Duran, which was moderated by Duran’s boyfriend West Seegmiller, a former sex worker who also works with the Sex Workers Outreach Project. His comment was a response to another commenter who suggested that rather than legalizing prostitution, the community should work harder to help and educate those working as prostitutes

“Education is key? Well I have an Ivy League education, how about you? Half of my ‘clients’ turn out to be clients for my other businesses including the construction company I own. That on average is another 30k each, I’d say that makes me pretty business savvy 😉. I own two properties free and clear, travel half the year and I’m a city commissioner, thanks but I don’t need rescuing from your nimbyism. If I was in town I would have given the panel another needed voice. I’ll take advantage of the opportunity of this free advertising though. Liberals like yourself will never appreciate the concept of Capitalism 🤦‍♂️”

While the City of Los Angeles has a process for vetting those named to city commissions, the City of West Hollywood does not. WEHOville has reached out to Winters and to Councilmember Duran for comment on this situation but as of publication has not received a response from Duran. Winters has called to say he no longer lives in California and denies the allegations made against him but refused further comment.


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Ham
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Ham

classy guy.

Art Scotti
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Art Scotti

TMI Hank!

Peter
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Peter

As an observer from San Francisco (and a former WeHo resident), I have to say that this certainly makes our local politics look boring!

Can’t wait to see if, and how, more-than-occasional WeHo resident Aaron Schock jumps into the fray. Because hey, who cares if he’s a far-right Republican – he’s totally sex-positive, and really hot, and that is apparently all that matters in WeHo anymore.

jose
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jose

Dear Peter,
Least I aid in refreshing your memory, Republicans destroyed 348 years of SLAVERY…brought to you by illustrious Democrats.
Moving along, that wasn’t enough, Democrats followed up with the KLAN. Hell, why not throw a little JIM CROW in there too!. Ooops, I almost forgot the 50 years of Hollywood persecution by forcing them into SAMBO roles.
Shall I continue?
I will DIE a liberal Republican and PROUD of it!

Kevin
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Kevin

There were no such groups called “Republicans” or “Democrats” 348 years ago, but why let history get in the way of your racism. White Christian men from Europe sailed ships to Africa and bought Black human beings because they needed more people to provide labor to build their shining City on a Hill atop an indigenous person’s burial mound, and didn’t want to have to pay more whites from Europe to be indentured servant for a set period of time. Then those same white Christian men overturned centuries of English Common Law by making laws that a child’s status would… Read more »

JF1
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JF1

amen.

Art Scotti
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Art Scotti

I would hate for the info about this vile person mar the larger story–sex workers are human beings trying to make a living, we need to make their jobs and lives safe, and prostitution needs to be made legal for consenting adults.

Awesome Weho
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Awesome Weho

“We are shocked that John Duran appointed a lying, stealing, male prostitute with an arrest record to an important city job,” said no one ever.

WeHoMikey
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WeHoMikey

According to the story, “convicted felon” seems to be an accurate addition.

Jose
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Jose

This is how the interview for the position went:

“he is a sex worker as well as someone who works in construction.
Winters, 41, who was first appointed to the Commission on June 26, 2017, by Councilmember John Duran”

I am as shocked as seeing sunshine in LA on an August day!

Pavarotti
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Pavarotti

This is not the first time Duran has hired/appointed on the basis of his hyperactive libido and non-existant morals. See: https://www.wehoville.com/2015/05/21/deputy-ian-owens-sues-weho-and-councilmember-john-duran/

How many others?

Let’s not forget that the other esteemed members of our council were quite unable even to try to prevent Duran’s appointment as mayor back in 2018: https://www.wehoville.com/2018/04/17/john-duran-named-wehos-next-mayor-awkward-city-council-session/

Duran is an absolute disgrace, as is our continued acceptance of his presence in any public office.

jose
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jose

A pig in lipstick…but this will most likely be erased. It reeks of how politics are played out in Mexico.

tomdemille2017
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tomdemille2017

Yikes

Duran’s Crooked Commissioners
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Duran’s Crooked Commissioners

Duran has appointed a number of ex-felons to commission posts. I hope Wehoville can report on the others too.

Marco Colantonio
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Marco Colantonio

I’ve admired John Duran for his advocacy, service and contributions over many decades although we have disagreed upon occasion. The city of West Hollywood needs to have a vetting process for appointees to Boards and Commissions as these positions mandate that appointees are city officials. Did Winters really just state that he accepted bribes? “Yes the $100 a month I got from the city was nothing compared to the bribes I received from developers to vote yes on their projects 😉”. Are there no background checks in place prior to appointing people as City Officials? From his statement, clearly Winters… Read more »

WeHoMikey
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WeHoMikey

Don’t know why someone with a felony conviction can be appointed to a City Commission, and the same person couldn’t get a job working on the back of a garbage truck.

Constituent
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Constituent

Hey Wehoville readers: who do you think is more vile, Duran or Trump? Or equally vile? Be honest.

jose
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jose

No contest. Duran is viler than Hilary and Trump.

Ham
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Ham

Duran is worse.

Alan Strasburg
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Alan Strasburg

The numerators in these numerous scandals are varied and many, but the denominator always seems to have an integer in the character of John Duran. The city bureaucracy doesn’t seem to care, or is merely a tool of its masters, the city council continues to enable, the developers and their counselors-at-law are doing whatever they do to coverup and protect, and the residents get their entrails slapped with a sleazy environ in which to live, play and work. Hello, City of Bell, consider yourselves amateurs in the game of political scandal and corruption. Yay for the sex-based city!