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.
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.