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County Democrats Endorse Weho Incumbents

The party chairman also reiterates opposition to term limits.

The Los Angeles County Democratic Party voted to endorse West Hollywood City Council incumbents on the 2013 ballot, the party announced Tuesday.

"Jeffrey Prang and John Duran are longtime fighters who have time and again stood up for West Hollywood," party Chairman Eric Bauman said in a statement. "That's why they have earned the endorsement and strong support of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party. We look forward to working with Prang and Duran in the fight for Democratic values and for our community."

Bauman added a re-affirmation of the party's opposition to Measure C, which seeks to establish term limits for West Hollywood council members.

The election is March 5 and features nine candidates after two council seats.

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scott ferguson February 20, 2013 at 02:49 AM
Perhaps more significantly, I received a flyer in the mail today from John D'Amico giving his whole-hearted (and he emphasizes exclusive) endorsement of Duran and Prang, whom he suggests are his allies (in a bloc against the other two? not totally sure). Anyway, that is certainly a solid plus for the two incumbents, who I suspect have been cruising fairly easily to reelection. Curious as always to hear why this might not be significant to those of us who are open to independent, different voices on the council (as I was to D'Amico). His support certainly suggests that he considers them also to be independents like him.
George Martin February 20, 2013 at 03:37 AM
Independent. Interesting word. Independent of what? Developer money? "Urban village" orthodoxy? Heilman-Land cabal?
me February 20, 2013 at 04:17 AM
its old news but rich none the less....lemme see, the "Good Old Boys Club" has decided they want to tell their followers how to vote because they don't think the electorate is bright enough to gather their OWN info and make up their OWN minds....like Fat Cat Pied Pipers, they will take you (and the city) right over the cliff and think nothing of it..........THE WRITING IS ON THE WALL MY FRIENDS, OPEN YOUR EYES IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY..... THIS DEMOCRAT WILL DECIDE MY OWN FATE, THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!
scott ferguson February 20, 2013 at 06:04 AM
Look at the flier. It implies that there is a D'Amico-Prang-Duran bloc that is separate from Heileman-Land. And ME - there is nothing wrong with endorsements. And the combination of D'Amico (the legitimate elected voice of anti-establishment WeHo citizens) + the party pretty much mean that the stars are aligned for the incumbents. I'd like one of you guys to explain why John D'Amico is wrong. Your side fought hard to get him on the council, right?
me February 20, 2013 at 06:29 AM
Personally, and I've said this numerous times before on this site, D'Amico hasn't done much since he's taken office as far as i'm concerned.....he's put nothing forward himself, and hasn't gotten anything done with the voting block he seems to think he has.....i've asked for a list of his accomplishments thus far and i can't seem to get one....he just changed his mind on term limits which tells me that he actually thinks prang/duran shouldn't still be in office since they've already been there much longer than the 12 years would allow.....but alas, i understand that he only backs them because if they win, and he didn't support them, he'd be the secluded one without a hope in the world....i say he's already there because prang is a fence-sitter and duran is so volatile that you never know how he's going to act out and vote
Rudolf Martin February 20, 2013 at 07:52 AM
"scott", since you value john d'amico's endorsements so much, i expect you will vote YES on term limits (Measure C) as well? nice to see you've evolved! "me", i thought he did put forward the fur ban and "go-go-dancer appreciation day"? i like at least one of those. and he did NOT champion the idiotic plummer parking scheme so he gets lots of points from me for that. i agree that his endorsement looks rather strategic. here's to people who think for themselves!
me February 20, 2013 at 08:43 AM
righto!....i haven't moved him into the evil corner just yet, like i have the rest....perhaps my expectations of him were too high....his arms fully planted around the shoulders of the incumbents in the latest campaign propaganda piece i received in the mail today didn't help much....sigh
scott ferguson February 20, 2013 at 05:50 PM
I wasn't aware of his change of mind, but in terms of core issues of democracy, such as the right for voters to elect their leaders without arbitrary and anti-democratic measures like term limits (with the proven negative consequences they almost always prove to have), I won't concede my position to someone else's decision. It seems like he hopes that he and the other two will be a fulcrum to form a sometime-majority, if indeed their is division between them and the other two.
Lyndia Lowy February 20, 2013 at 06:01 PM
D'Amico's still on a learning curve, and that is why term limits are a BAD idea. It takes time to learn everything that you need to know to be a GOOD City Council member, and, remember, this is a PART-TIME job. It's the staff assistants who really control things around here, and no one is attempting to limit their jobs!
me February 20, 2013 at 06:32 PM
here we go again with the "anti-democratic term limits" BS RANT.....whats MORE DEMOCRATIC than letting the VOTERS decide the issue.....scott somehow believes he can simply repeat it 10 zillion times and click his heals and get his wish....the voters will have the final say and we will live with the decision either way
me February 20, 2013 at 06:45 PM
CORRECTION: today he IS officially part of the axis of evil....he just didn't show minor support to the incumbents, he's raised the flag, brought in the guns and planned an all out assault against the challengers in support of the "frick & frack show".....i'm sorry i voted for d'amico now, as he has very clearly moved over to the side of what is wrong with this city....d'amico hasn't brought anything forward while in office in 2 years.... N-O-T-H-I-N-G
me February 20, 2013 at 10:59 PM
THIS LINE FROM DURAN’S MAILER HAD ME SERIOUSLY DOUBLED-OVER IN LAUGHTER: “When a serial arsonist attacked our City in 2011, then-Mayor John Duran led an aggressive response – directing on-the-ground efforts and marshaling every resource available to protect our neighborhoods…and bring the criminal to swift justice.” DOES HE REALLY THINK PEOPLE BELIEVE HE SET UP A COMMAND POST AND PERSONALLY DIRECTED THIS MANHUNT???….NEXT THING YOU KNOW, HE’LL TELL US HE ALONE SAVED THE FREE WORLD AND INVENTED WATER!!!!
scott ferguson February 21, 2013 at 12:28 AM
So if voters decided by a democratic referendum that only homeowners could vote in elections, you say we should respect the result? (Obviously it would be unconstitutional, but that's not the point). Just because voters decide something doesn't make it democratic. Legislators all across the country in Repub strongholds are approving anti-democratic voting laws, usually worse than anti-democratic term limits - but they were elected democratically. According to your definition, those also would be democratic. If voters in Mississippi voted that only whites could vote and it was approved democratically, that to you would also not be anti-democratic. You need to learn what the word means.
Stephanie February 21, 2013 at 12:56 AM
YES ON C Term Limits campaign is staffed/ supported by 99.9% registered Democrats. The endorsements of outsiders are meaningless. Do they assume that since they cannot vote in W. Hollywood, that all of the tens of thousands of voters in WeHo are unable to decide for themselves and need a non-voter to tell us how we should mark our ballots? And why the "official partisan clubs" endorsements? This is a non-partisan office. I would hazard a guess, that with the exception of maybe "Mr. Nick Conceal-Carry" Garzilli, that EVERY candidate is a registered Democrat. The truly scarey part of this election, as in past elections, is the almost $100,000.00 that WILL BE SPENT ON THE INCUMBENTS' CAMPAIGNS GIVEN BY OUTSIDE REAL ESTATE DEVEOPERS AND SPECIAL INTERESTS. The news articles are everywhere. Monies being donated by non-residents who never heard of Duran? Is that even legal? Here's the headline: "$500 John Duran Campaign Donor Says He’s Never Heard of WeHo Councilmember" Here's the link: http://www.wehoville.com/2013/02/12/500-john-duran-campaign-donor-says-hes-never-heard-of-weho-councilmember/ Also, someone sent me a facebook called facebook.com/WhoOwnsWeHo with a dozen articles from LA Times, the Patch, LA Weekly and Wehoville. I checked it out and was astounded to see them all in one place. After Term Limits, West Hollywood desperately needs campaign finance reform on the next ballot. So those of you who can think for themselves, go to the polls and VOTE.
michael February 21, 2013 at 01:36 AM
Where do I get some- NO ON C - lawn signs?
Riley February 21, 2013 at 01:38 AM
@Lyndia Lowy - "D'Amico's still on a learning curve" and yet he stated today in an article http://www.wehoville.com/2013/02/20/damico-challengers-unprepared-to-be-on-city-council/ that none of the challenging candidates are prepared to be on the council. Whether you like Steve Martin or Sam Borelli or you don't, they are MORE prepared than ANY of the current councilmembers were when they were first elected. You state that "it's the staff assistants who really control things around here and no one is attempting to limit their jobs." The "assistants" as you call them would go out with the councilmember after the three terms and there would ,hopefully, not be any lifetime, highly paid assistants like that woman who works for John Heilman and is allowed to act like an impudent child by screaming at people in City Hall and closing herself in her office refusing to speak to anyone. Besides our right to vote, without term limits we as a community are denied the right, that everyone in Los Angeles has, to make our own laws and be able to choose how long a council member remains in office. Because right now it is the big money developers who buy and sell our councilmembers. Follow the money right to lobbyist Steve Afriat's door he represents Prang and Duran and he represents the developers. You cannot tell me that they won't owe him favors if they are re-elected. Both sides are paying him...both sides expect something in return.
Riley February 21, 2013 at 01:40 AM
Good question, George. Did anyone answer you yet?
me February 21, 2013 at 03:40 AM
why michael haibach, yur already prangs deputy, i'm sure they have some laying around city hall, no?
me February 21, 2013 at 03:50 AM
oh educate me dear scott ferguson; you seem to be so much more intelligent than all of the rest of us.....hahahahah....what a joke....i stopped at yur first line, as you start with weird logic that doesn't make any sense (homeowners only voting)....there ARE laws in place that DO allow us to get signatures to put something on the ballot which is exactly what we did....you tire me, so i won't be responding to anymore of yur BS here on the patch.....i'm sure you will still take yur shots anyway, but TRY to state a point that makes sense....yes, i'm asking you to THINK before you write
Riley February 21, 2013 at 05:31 AM
Perhaps the guy at Latham and Watkins can buy you one, Michael. Or call your nearest developers office. They should have one handy...although you might have to leave West Hollywood for someone who opposes C.
me February 21, 2013 at 05:44 AM
HA....good one riley!!!
Chloe Ross February 21, 2013 at 09:47 PM
My feeling about Measure C is: it's up to the voters. Yes or no. And this: if it's good enough for the presidential elections and for congressional elections and state elections - why such fear and loathing at such a lower level. I can understand how some politicians like Hugo Chavez and Papa Doc might name themselves presidents for life or for as long as they can get away with it or Strom who clearly snoozed for the latter part of his life, but why even be so militant over a measure that won't kick in for 12 years???
scott ferguson February 21, 2013 at 09:53 PM
Just got a flier that like D'Amico's endorsement might be more important than County Dems - It's one from "AnimalPAC" calling Duran and Prang animal heroes for their support of humane legislation in the council. This sort of stuff does resonate with a lot of uncommitted voters. And if it shows the advantages of incumbancy, nothing wrong with that - elected officials who do a good job should have a chance to continue doing so, despite the attempts by losers who can't win elections any other way than with undemocratic term limits to impose arbitrary restrictions over a decade from now.
Riley February 24, 2013 at 09:51 PM
Jane Goodall is an animal hero. Prang and Duran are politicians. That mailer is an insult to our intelligence.

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