2016 - it's a wrap!

It's hard to believe that 2016 is coming to a close and I am now eight months into my mayoral term. It's been an exciting time!

In November, our very talented city staff and I worked together to host a fabulous 90th Anniversary Celebration of Route30953565126_94113e5a22_o.jpg 66. There was live music, classic cars, a chili tasting provided by Barney's Beanery, soda pop and lots of fun memorabilia! We also recognized long-time resident James Litz for his role in the designation of historic Route 66 on Santa Monica Boulevard in WeHo. James worked with late City Councilmember Sal Guarriello and community member Richard Settle (yes, you've seen him taking pictures at Council meetings for many, many years!) to have the street officially designated and signs set up throughout the city. By the way, check out the cool Pride version of the Route 66 sign that Richard Settle designed back in the day...

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Summer's Over!

Summer’s over… although with this heat wave you wouldn’t know it!

FYI - when temperatures climb above 90 degrees, the City of West Hollywood activates a Cooling Center at Plummer Park. Be sure to check the City’s website. To confirm Cooling Center hours, please call the Center at (323) 848-6530.

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In case you were out-of-town this summer, the City hosted a number of events, including an Eastside Neighborhood Festival (Engage A-lot), the WeHo Pedals Bike Share Launch, Women's Equality Day, National Night Out, Sexual Assault Awareness Kickoff, WeHo Sheriff's Station Open House and Public Safety Awards, to name a few!

While Council's meeting schedule was a bit lighter than usual, it didn't stop us from getting a lot done -- from approving our City's 2016/17 budget to reviewing our Social Services programming.

Several new initiatives I worked on were adopted by Council... 

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Time Flies

Time flies when you're the Mayor!  As you may know, on April 18th I was sworn in as Mayor by West Hollywood Cheerleader, Nick Fox. A tasty reception followed, with the theme, "A Taste of Our Neighborhoods." Thanks to all of the neighborhood restaurants and shops that participated and a big thanks to all of you who attended. 26476699521_39211eff07_z.jpg

Recently I attended the US Conference of Mayors in Indianapolis, where I got to meet hundreds of Mayors from around the country. I sat in on some interesting task force meetings and seminars, and even got to hear from His Holiness the Dalai Lama (oh, and Lady Gaga).

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Here's what I've been working on since my last blog post...  

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Happy Anniversary, WeHo!

It is hard to believe that one year ago I was sworn into office as a Councilmember and then as Mayor Pro Tempore.  It's been a busy year, soon to get busier! On Monday, April 18th, I will be sworn in as Mayor of the City of West Hollywood and Councilmember John Heilman will be sworn in as Mayor Pro Tempore. I look forward to serving the City in this role and working with my colleagues. Please save the date -- event invitation to be posted soon!

I'm pleased to report that a number of my initiatives were adopted by Council since my last blog post. 

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2015 - It's A Wrap!

It's become a tradition that the week between Christmas Day and New Year’s, I tidy up my work files and clean off my desk. However, before I take on this extremely challenging task, I’d like to share some final thoughts on what we’ve accomplished in 2015.

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Summer In the City (of WeHo)

A lot has happened since the June election! 

At the June 15th Council meeting, 30-year WeHo Council veteran, John Heilman, was sworn in after winning the Special Election to fill Jeffrey Prang’s seat for the next 2 years. A lot of time and energy is required to run a campaign  kudos to all of the Council candidates for their participation. 

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Get Out The Vote! June 2 Is Today!

It’s our special day, West Hollywood!  If you have not voted yet, please get out to the polls by 8 PM!

Last night completed the sixth and final City Council meeting with only four members and we almost made it through three months without a dissenting vote!

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Two Month Mark!

As I approach my two month mark on the City Council, I wanted to give you an update on what's going on and encourage you to stay involved in our City. 

First, two items I have gotten passed on the Council that may affect you this week:

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Five Short Weeks!

Last Monday, I was sworn in as Mayor Pro Tempore of the City of West Hollywood, just five short weeks after becoming a City Councilmember!

At the Council Reorganization meeting, Oscar-winning MILK screenwriter Dustin Lance Black talked about the special meaning the City of West Hollywood had for him as a young teenager who had just moved from Texas to the Los Angeles area. West Hollywood was a safe place, a place of love and a symbol of hope — and it will remain so if we choose to keep it that way. We also got a little bit of work done at Council as well!

 

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Update on April 6 Council Meeting

For those of you who were unable to attend Monday night’s City Council meeting — or couldn’t stay up until midnight! — I wanted to give you an update on what’s going on at the City.

One of my first priorities as a City Councilmember is to protect West Hollywood’s neighborhoods.  Last night, I worked to protect West Hollywood’s Neighborhoods from the Eastside to West Hollywood West.  

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