John Erickson’s Campaign Reports $61,000 in Donations

John Erickson

John Erickson’s campaign for West Hollywood City Council has attracted $60,856 in donations according to a report filed yesterday.

The report, which covers the period from Jan. 1 to June 30, shows donations of $100 or more from 168 people.  Twenty-five of them made the maximum donation of $1,000.  Donations of less than $100 totalled $3,588.  The report doesn’t disclose the names or number of those donors.

Thirty of the donors to Erickson’s campaign were West Hollywood residents.

The top donors to Erickson’s campaign include seven members of Jason Illoulian’s family, who each gave the maximum of $1,000. Illoulian’s Faring is a major real estate developer in West Hollywood. Cobby Pourtavosi, a partner with Jason Illoulian in the Calma cannabis business and president of Capital Insight, a WeHo-based developer, also donated $1,000.

Other major donors who work in real estate or lobby or advocate for real estate developers include Brian Rosenstein of Brookhill Corp., a commercial real estate development firm, who gave $1,000. Another $1,000 donor was Kate Hennigan Ohanesian, co-owner of ColLAborate, a marketing and lobbying organization with a number of real estate development clients. ColLAborate helped the California Apartment Association defeat Prop. 10, the 2018 ballot measure that would have given cities the power to adopt rent control on any type of rental housing, thus repealing the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act.

Erickson received a donation of $200 from West Hollywood City Councilmember John D’Amico and $250 from Mayor Lindsey Horvath. His campaign also was the recipient of a $100 contribution from L.A. County Assessor Jeffrey Prang and $500 from Abbe Land (both former West Hollywood City Council members).

Erickson served as deputy to Land when she was on the City Council. His campaign has drawn contributions from other City Hall employees, including staff attorneys Jonathan Holub ($100) and Alison Regan ($125). A member of the city’s Planning Commission, he has received donations from fellow Planning Commissioners Rogerio Carvalheiro ($100) and Stacey Jones ($350).

Erickson, who recently stepped down as president of the Hollywood Chapter of the National Organization for Women, has received donations from a number of its members and women’s rights activists. And 24 of his donors are politicians or work for them. They include L.A. City Councilmember David Ryu ($500), Drexel Heard, executive director of the L.A County Democratic Party ($400), and aides to L.A. City Council members, district directors for several state Assembly members and district representatives for state senators.

Erickson is director of public affairs for Planned Parenthood Los Angeles. In 2017, Gov. Jerry Brown appointed Erickson to the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, the first man so appointed. He currently is on the board of the ACLU of Southern California and is chair of the Legislative Committee for the Stonewall Democratic Club.

The deadline for filing the campaign finance report for Jan. 1 to June 30 is July 31. To date only one other candidate has filed a report. Noemi Torres reported receiving $12,988 in donation. The other candidates are incumbents John Duran and John Heilman and challengers Larry Block, Marco Colantonio, and Sepi Shyne.

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Deja Vu
Deja Vu
2 months ago

WoW! That’s quite a lot of money from developers!
He is a disgrace. I am sick to death of cronyism and his arrogance. He is self indulgent and as he runs for City Council, he thinks nothing of nominating himself for the Vice-Chair of the Planning Commission. Which is it Mr. Erickson, even you can’t have both!

Ty Geltmaker
Ty Geltmaker
2 months ago

Is anyone surprised that this faux feminist is in cahoots with destructive developers?

James Francis
James Francis
2 months ago

This is a blatant attempt to buy his way into office and the politics after just getting appointed. I am stunned how much nepotism and cronyism is in local politics, where other elected officials outside the city and mega developers who want to dictate the election outcomes of someone who feels as if he doesn’t need public or local resident input. Developers forced this city to overturn a ban on short-term rentals, and to change such ordinance that must now allow and include corporate multi million dollar short term rentals to exist in the ordinance, erasing any affordable housing protections… Read more »

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen
2 months ago

Sounds S if there are a lot more Republicans in Weho than I suspected.

WEHO Lives Matter
WEHO Lives Matter
3 months ago

Now that John Heilmsn has dumped John Duran, he needs a third vote to satisfy these sleazy developers and their creepy lobbyists, So more gastly looking structures can be built in West Hollywood. He’s already got Lindsey Horvath’s vote since he basically put her in office. So that third vote is now John Erickson. Heilmsn’s boy toy. Both of Heilman’s proteges are gender studies major. Ericsson is also a pronoun person. A he/him. Heilman who claims to be 60, is actually 63, his birthday was this month. He’s old enough to be their grandfather. And he certainly has been their… Read more »

Last edited 3 months ago by WEHO Lives Matter
Truth be Told
Truth be Told
3 months ago

Pay for Play again. Erickson following in Heilman footsteps. Illoulian stepping out as the most corrupt developer in town. It’s sad to watch our city sold to the highest bidder. Can’t wait to see who else they bought off.

JF1
JF1
3 months ago

After he stood by and helprd to vandalize city property and took photos to post, he’s not fit for public office.

Danielle Harris
Danielle Harris
3 months ago

More of the same. The money he takes reveals where his loyalties are and will be. Complete hypocrite.

We must all do our part to inform WeHo this fall that he is not worthy of our votes.

Paul Buckley
Paul Buckley
3 months ago

He should be forced to return $6,000 of the $7,000 back to Illoulian’s family. It’s clear how that game works. What a disgrace

Dipsao Zetetes
Dipsao Zetetes
3 months ago

Only 30 out of 168 donors are WeHo residents?! And thousands from developers and their family members? This person will not represent the interest of the residents of WeHo but Big Development.

TomSmart
TomSmart
3 months ago

No vote of confidence. Developers and billboard companies already own the Council. It should be illegal. Absolutely pathetic.

Todd
Todd
3 months ago

Yikes! This is a huge haul for a West Hollywood City Council newbie candidate. Unfortunately, as just about everyone has pointed out here, follow the money. The big money is from developers. While the Illoulian family and Faring have every right to donate money as they see fit, it should be very clear that Faring has some big projects in West Hollywood. Right now, it’s slow-walking the Robertson Lane development. The demolition was fast, now… well, slow going. Then there is the French Market project that hasn’t gone anywhere for many years, and is just a boarded-up blank on Santa… Read more »