City Revises Plans; Will Now Honor Outgoing Councilmembers Heilman and Duran at Next Two Council Meetings

The City of West Hollywood has revised its plans to honor outgoing longtime councilmembers John Heilman and John Duran. The city now plans to pay tribute to them at the next TWO City Council meetings.

There will be acknowledgements and tributes to them at Monday’s City Council meeting and also at the Dec. 7 City Council meeting, which will be their final meeting.

“[City staff] is still working on details. Some celebration this Monday and some on the 7th,” City Manager Paul Arevalo told WEHOville via text message.

Meanwhile, Duran reported he and Heilman will be giving their farewell speeches at the Dec. 7 meeting.

“We are planning on saying our goodbyes at our last meeting on 12/7,” Duran texted WEHOville.

Earlier plans had called for the pair to make their goodbye speeches at Monday’s meeting, but city staff revised that plan since WEHOville first reported on it.

Heilman and Duran were defeated in the Nov. 3 election. Newcomers Sepi Shyne and John Erickson were the top two vote getters and will be sworn into office during that Dec. 7 meeting.

Now Duran and Heilman’s farewells will coincide with Shyne and Erickson’s welcome ceremony. The city had originally planned to do separate goodbye and hello ceremonies, with the goodbyes on Monday and hellos on Dec. 7.

Due to pandemic social distancing, the ceremonies will all be taking place online rather than in person.

With two Council seats up for grabs in the Nov. 3 election, Heilman finished in third place, while Duran finished in fifth place.

Heilman has served on the City Council for 36 years, save for a three-month break in 2015. He was first elected in 1984, the same election in which residents voted on cityhood. Because of that longevity, Heilman has arguably had more influence than anyone else on the way the city has evolved from its infancy.

Duran has served on the City Council for 20 years, first elected in 2001. He was the first Latino to be elected to the Council as well as the first openly HIV-positive person on the Council.

Residents who want to pay tribute to Heilman and/or Duran during either of the two meetings – Monday or Dec. 7 – are invited to call into the meeting, which starts at 6 p.m. (a change from the previous 5:30 p.m. start).

Those who want to make a comment by telephone during the meeting are asked to email City Clerk Yvonne Quarker at yquarker@weho.org no later than 4 p.m. on Monday or on Dec. 7 to be added to the public speaker list for the meeting. Please include your name, the phone number from which you will be calling and what you wish to speak about.

Then, dial into the meeting ten minutes prior to the start. You will be placed on hold in the virtual meeting room until it is your turn to speak. The dial-in number is (669) 900-6833 and the meeting I.D. is 974 8186 3267, followed by the # symbol.

The meeting can be viewed on the WeHo TV portion of the city website (www.weho.org). Additionally, it will be broadcast on Spectrum Cable Television’s Channel 10 within West Hollywood’s borders. The meeting will also stream live on YouTube, Apple TV, Android TV, Fire TV and Roku by searching for “WeHo TV.”

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Joshua88
Joshua88
18 days ago

Since I moved here, I have been trying to vote out the incumbents, so this is a welcome change.

Of course they should be honored; twice, if necessary.

John Daniel Harrington-Tyrell
John Daniel Harrington-Tyrell
18 days ago

We can all step out of criticism and acknowledge the dedication to West Hollywood that Duran and Heilman brought to their Civic duties and thank them for their service

Alan Strasburg
Alan Strasburg
18 days ago

Both men are due accolades for their dedication to West Hollywood, and for the many other achievements that are attached to their names. Cancel culture will suggest otherwise, but as a longtime critic of both, I applaud their achievements and accomplishments. Those who follow will be subject to the same level of criticism, and I hope they rise to the challenge and not merely use their office as a stepping stone in their quest for the deification that is their pathology.

Woody McBreairty
Woody McBreairty
18 days ago

Actually, if you go to wiki/johnduran, you’ll see a whole list of his accomplishments & his dedication to serving the gay community, & there are many. Duran’s “extracurricular” activities both inside & outside his job on the Council were/are unfortunate. But he still deserves a whole lot of thanks & gratitude for his many years of service to the community. For their work on the City Council, both Duran & Heilman leave a very good legacy.

wayne
wayne
18 days ago

Woody: EXACTLY…and even with his obvious faults, he was the only one who tried to keep a bit of the “outlaw” feel/reputation of the wonderful old West Hollywood.

WEHOBOB
WEHOBOB
19 days ago

I hope they don’t get a city pension of any kind, especially the embarrassment known as John Duran

John Ryan
John Ryan
19 days ago

Alright already…..thank you and goodbye!

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