Jane Fonda will administer the oath of office to Lindsey Horvath in a mayoral inauguration ceremony on Monday that will be replete with entertainers.
Fonda has been involved in the “One Billion Rising” movement, a global campaign to end violence against women and girls for which Horvath has served as a global coordinator. She is an Academy Award-winning actress who describes herself as both a feminist and environmental activist. The young Rumi Nazemian, who is seven-years-old, will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Gay country music singer/songwriter Chely Wright will perform the national anthem during the ceremony, and there will be video presentations from former presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg and V (formerly known as Eve Ensler), who is the writer of The Vagina Monologues. The regularly scheduled City Council meeting will follow the installation, and a live DJ set by DJ Asha will conclude the evening.
City Clerk Yvonne Quarker will swear in John Heilman as mayor pro tempore.
The ceremony will take place beginning at 5:30 p.m. Monday in a virtual teleconference format. The meeting will be live-streamed on the city website at www.weho.org/wehotv and at www.youtube.com/wehotv.
The installation of the mayor and mayor pro tem is an annual event, with the positions rotating among members of the City Council each Spring. Horvath is succeeding John D’Amico as mayor. Councilmember Lauren Meister was set to become mayor pro tem this time but, citing work pressure from the COVID-19 pandemic, deferred to Heilman. The position of mayor is largely an honorary one, although the mayor is the council member who moderates the City Council meetings and signs certain checks. The mayor also is often the public face of the city, with most official city press releases including a quote from the mayor and TV reporters singling out the mayor for a comment on a story involving the city.
With its entertainment talent, Monday’s ceremony is likely to rival the installation of John Duran as mayor in May 2018. It took place was at 1OAK, the nightclub on Sunset Boulevard, rather than the City Council Chambers, the traditional location of such installations.
Duran was sworn into office as mayor by Eddie Money, the legendary rock star, known for songs like “Baby Hold On” and “Two Tickets to Paradise” and the album Can’t Hold Back. He used the ceremony to proclaim his dedication to reviving the Sunset Strip, citing its “creative, colorful, outlandish, garish, outrageous, extreme, nonconforming, sexual, giddy, joyous feeling.”
Most Council members have had more modest swearing in ceremonies. John Heilman, for example, took the oath of office with City Clerk Quarker in 2017 and in 2016 Lauren Meister was sworn in by Nicklaus Fox, a West Hollywood veterinarian. John D’Amico’s D’Amico’s oath of office was administered by Quarker in 2019.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story identified Remi Nazemian as an actor who appeared in the “Eastsiders.” The seven-year-old Remi Nazemian who will be leading the Pledge of Allegiance is not the actor who performed in the “Eastsiders.”