‘We Know WeHo’ Interviews John Erickson and Explores Outdoor Dining Options

This week John Erickson, West Hollywood resident with a commitment to activism and advocacy from an early age, joins We Know Weho to discuss his (first-time) run for a seat on the West Hollywood City Council in the upcoming November election.

John Erickson

Erickson first planted roots in West Hollywood in 2010. While completing his Ph.D. at Claremont Graduate University in American Religious History, he was selected as an intern for the West Hollywood City Council and moved into the city. The internship set him on a path to connect decades of work for social and economic justice with his passion for public service. After the internship, Erickson went on to become Council deputy to former Councilmember Abbe Land and then the city’s Community Affairs Technician where he worked directly with West Hollywood residents, civic leaders, and organizations across Southern California.

At City Hall, Erickson worked on policies and programs to increase awareness around LGBTQ+ rights, women’s rights, the environment, and civic engagement. He also served as the president of West Hollywood Municipal Employees (WEHOME) union. As Councilmember Land’s deputy, his job was to bring residents and local businesses together so that City Hall works for everyone, to take forward-thinking policies from white paper to law, and to provide exceptional constituent services.  Currently, Erickson is the director of public affairs for Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, a Planning Commissioner for the City of West Hollywood, and president of the board for the ACLU of Southern California.

John is an Eastside Weho resident, but is very familiar with the 1.9 square miles of the city and all its dining options.  John shares his favorites including Harlowe, Jone’s, Astro Burger on the east side and La Peer, Bossa Nova and Tortilla Republic over on the west side of town.

This week’s Food & Fashion segment is all about FOOD with lots of highlights of outdoor patio dining options along Sunset and Santa Monica Boulevards. Lauren and Tracy have a soft spot for Cavatina at the classic Sunset Marquis Hotel, and Lauren shares a tip for an offer for wine pairing with a reservation through Open Table.

Pilates, pilates, and pilates is the main topic of conversation n this week’s Health & Wellness segment with a new outdoor extravaganza option from Carrie’s Pilates and a mega recording star who strengthens and lengthens at Harmony Pilates. The two emphasize supporting local small businesses by heading to Capitol Drugs or using their delivery services for your health/wellness/pharmacy needs.

Lauren is very passionate about some of the issues that were on the agenda at this past Monday’s City Council meeting – including cannabis. This leads to a bit of discussion with Tracy as the two have been very involved with the cannabis license process, applicants, license winners and all the aftermath that ensued from their involvement with these businesses while working at the Weho Chamber.

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John Daniel Harrington-Tyrell
John Daniel Harrington-Tyrell
1 month ago

Has anyone asked him why he self nominated himself as Vice Chair?

Danielle Harris
Danielle Harris
1 month ago

Misogynist and not the leader we need. His short record already speaks for itself. Look it up.

JF1
JF1
1 month ago

Not getting my vote! This is the guy that wants to be on our city council and eventually be our mayor and he participated in defacing public property because he thought he was in the right. Our public servants should lead by example and not break the law. You’re not suitable to sit on the council.

Deja Vu
Deja Vu
1 month ago

Let’s be perfectly clear about just who John Erickson is. He is the guy who nominated HIMSELF for Vice-Chair, over the more qualified, senior female Planning Commissioner! He is self-serving, egotistical and a hypocrite. He resigned from the Presidency of the Hollywood Chapter of NOW to focus more on his run for the City Council, but thinks it’s perfectly ok to NOMINATE himself for the Vice-Chair position on Planning, knowing full well that IF he wins the council seat he will no longer be on planning! Does this make any sense? Well actually for political, self-serving reasons I suppose it… Read more »

Bax
Bax
1 month ago

Let’s not forget, he’s the protege of John Heilman and Lindsey Horvath, funded by the real estate Lobby, to rubber stamp development projects when Heilman is eventually termed out of office.

Wondering Walt
Wondering Walt
1 month ago

Does he cut in line ahead of women to get a table?

Karen Eyres
Karen Eyres
1 month ago

This interview gives listeners an idea of what a great City Council Member John Erickson will be.

Erickson is built for civic leadership work, and the most dedicated and hard-working public service professional in our community.

No more Johns
No more Johns
1 month ago
Reply to  Karen Eyres

No more Johns. Erickson is indeed a hard worker but usually those energies are devoted to self promotion and enabling his powerful friends. What does it mean that he is “built for civic leadership?” This self-entitled white man sure knows how to peacock but I don’t know how anyone else can honestly echo his ridiculous self-accolades. Erickson likes money and influence and has no interest in uplifting anyone but himself and his powerful friends. When it comes to empowering the less fortunate or underrepresented communities, he doesn’t give a damn. That’s why he regularly supplants women leaders with his own… Read more »

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen
1 month ago
Reply to  Karen Eyres

@Karen Eyres, Sadly, he seems to have pulled the wool over your eyes along with many of his supporters. Watching his antics on the planning commission is truly appalling. He is not a leader. He bullies. When Commissioner Hoopingarner stated a fact, and while she is still speaking you hear Erickson audibly say “that’s not true”. Then in his verbal response he says “Fake News”. Does Weho want a Trumpian person on the council? It’s fine to disagree with someone’s opinion but to basically call them a liar (particularly when the other person was correct) is not leadership nor is… Read more »