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John D'Amico Wins Weho City Council Seat

Former planning commissioner D'Amico wins enough votes to unseat Councilwoman Lindsey Horvath as Abbe Land and John Heilman are re-elected.

Supporters of John D'Amico gathered at West Hollywood Park auditorium Tuesday night after results showed he came in second place in the City Council election.  

There were a total of nine candidates vying for three seats on the City Council. 

The final, but , results showed Councilwoman  came in first with 2,548 ballots, followed by D'Amico with 2,471 and Mayor with 2,359. 

D'Amico won enough votes to unseat Councilwoman who was appointed in 2009 after the death of longtime Councilman Sal Guariello. 

The West Hollywood city clerk said there were a total of 5,346 votes that were cast in the election, and 930 provisional and absentee ballots still need to be counted.

The votes are scheduled to be certified at the March 21 City Council meeting. The new council will be sworn in at the same time.

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Concerned Citizen March 09, 2011 at 06:36 PM
Regardless of all of the talk about change, change, change, as well as counsel members being in power for too long (25 years +), this election was really about replacing Lindsay with John....The other candidates were window dressing. Abbe and Heilman won before the election took place (Chicago style). Isn't it strange that they desperately want this $900/month job, unless there are other unknown benefits? The sacrificial lamb was Lindsay. She didnt fit into the "good old boys club" so she was replaced by Duran's pick. Now that the election is over, none of them will speak to any of us again until the next election/fundraising season.
me March 09, 2011 at 07:40 PM
sorry, you are sadly mistaken....lindsey fit VERY nicely into "the good old boys club" of heilman and land, because with her they were a voting block, so they didnt need the other 2 (prang/duran) on their side....hence, they pushed everything they wanted through without a fight....as you may remember, lindsey was appointed and not elected by the will of the people... you are very right about the $900 a month tho heilman/land only got votes from people who aren't engaged in politics and know what's happening at city hall.....any campaign will tell you that a significant # of people who vote, pick those whose names they simply "recognize" on the ballot....the russian community didn't seem to be at all engaged in this election.....probably, because they don't seem to be well-represented after sal died.... another interesting observation with this election is that duran didn't support the incumbents; rather, he gave it to d'amico.....however, prang supported the incumbents from the get-go but when he sent his "recommendations" email list the other day, he didn't include them....i'd like to believe he saw the writing on the wall leading up to the election.... if this new council fails to take heed of the anti-development will of the people, they are in for a huge fight though, and we will make their lives miserable
Nancy C. Rodriguez March 09, 2011 at 08:52 PM
To the person posing as Fran Solomon, please stop. Your account will be disabled shortly.
Nancy C. Rodriguez March 09, 2011 at 09:05 PM
Mark, I've unsubscribed you from our newsletter. You will still have access to comment on our site as you wish. Thanks, Nancy
Bob March 09, 2011 at 09:56 PM
Is that an imposter poster?
WeHoOne March 09, 2011 at 09:59 PM
Prang must be the next to go - his seat is wasted and needs to be filled by someone who is not a lap dog for Heilman and Land. Prang is so light weight and ineffective, I don't even know why he wants to be there. I find him boring, nerdy and useless. BTW, I wonder what the results were of Prang's alleged abuse of city credit cards in Pico Rivera, or wherever he works. I heard him describe the situation at a city council meeting but I never heard him provide any follow up info. Maybe now he feels in better company than ever.
me March 09, 2011 at 10:32 PM
aw, bob, you do have a funny side!!!....i mean humorous
Nancy C. Rodriguez March 09, 2011 at 10:33 PM
Hi Bob, yes, someone is posing as Fran Solomon on our site.
me March 09, 2011 at 10:52 PM
you are right woody....prang has played it safe in the middle....but his hands were also tied by "the group of 3" ......lets hope he becomes more passionate now and grows a pair.....take a stand mr. prang, take a stand!!
A different Paul March 09, 2011 at 11:22 PM
I agree, It is time that Prang stood up a bit with Heilman and Land. I've always found him to be a good guy- but I think he is capable of being more effective than he has been. I was disappointed he supported the incumbents- it seemed like a very politically safe choice and not up to his potential. I'm going to hope for the best as we have him for a couple more years. The Pico Rivera thing seems to have less to do with him and more to do with their politics- http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2010/08/jeffrey_prang_pico_rivera.php
me March 10, 2011 at 02:34 AM
Another issue at hand: as I was checking out nancy’s excellent coverage at election headquarters last night, through her tweets, I caught a previous tweet from john duran that said he was “busy rescuing rentboy clients from the LAPD“…..I’m not sure if he meant the website rentboy, or all such sites…..I’m not sure if he meant hustlers AND their clients were being arrested….and I’m not sure if this issue is already being covered in frontiers…..but as a community, and despite which side of this issue you are on, we should know the details of these arrests…..are they equal to the # of hetro arrests?….how are they operating, how are people being treated and much more?…..does anyone have details???
me March 10, 2011 at 02:43 AM
DURAN'S EXACT TWEET: ugh. Getting calls from clients who are being arrested by LAPD off "rent boy" for prostitution. Really? Is there nothing else to do? 11:23 AM Feb 25th via web
Nancy C. Rodriguez March 10, 2011 at 03:45 AM
test - please ignore.
George March 10, 2011 at 03:45 AM
It was a hollow victory last night but one of the good guys is sitting at the table now and that's a good thing.
George March 10, 2011 at 03:49 AM
Maybe now that Heilman now knows what the gay community thinks of him he will choose to resign rather then run for his almost 30 years on city council? He has the votes of the Russians & the Jewish community sealed and he isn't going anywhere unless God forbid something happens to him. He has done a lot of good things over the years.
Bob March 10, 2011 at 03:55 AM
Is Heilman Jewish? Why would the Russian-Jewish community vote for him everytime?
Bob March 10, 2011 at 04:20 AM
Is there anyway someone can look up if WeHo tax payers paid for these windows? I would like to know if taxpayers paid for the windows. http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/iajfweho/
Ali March 10, 2011 at 10:38 PM
I live on the Eastside. I did not vote for the incumbents, but I can say that only Land and Horvath came door to door in my neighborhood. That may explain why my russian neighbors voted for them. That and the fact that many of the elders still don't have a good grasp of the English language. My guess is their first instinct is to vote for the status quo. The religion of candidates had nothing to do with anything. It only matters to Bob.
A different Paul March 10, 2011 at 11:23 PM
I was called by D'Amico, Martin, Land (twice), and Horvath (twice). They were all working hard for the vote. That is something I do like about living in a small city - if you are interested, you really can meet the candidates and hear their views in person.
Ali March 10, 2011 at 11:39 PM
I received no phone calls from any of the candidates. Sometimes living on the Eastside, it feels like we are forgotten by City Hall. Until lately....now we are just ground to put all these giant developments nobody wants.
Ali March 10, 2011 at 11:40 PM
Maybe it's because we aren't "boystown".
A different Paul March 11, 2011 at 12:55 AM
I am east of Fairfax slightly... I have been inspired by this last election to go more out of my way to talk to the folks at city hall. They are there to represent us and it is a small town. I think it would be a good thing if more folks just became more visible to their representatives and spoke up more- it is too easy to ignore politicians and assume that they will know what I want. Perhaps some of what we have been complaining about the incumbents is our own fault for being too complacent as a community.
Bob March 11, 2011 at 02:19 AM
First of all it is a no brainer that you live on the east side. Second, I saw this race for what it was when Abby Land was wearing her Religion piece in her Campaign photo. In the end Abby got the most votes so it was a smart move on her part. The elders may not understand Enlgish but they do understand voting for someone with the same Religion. Don't trash me for Abby Land bringing Religion into this race. Basically the Gay vote was Devided up between Gays. The Relgion vote was monolithic. Abby played this smart. Again you did not have to mention that you lived on the East Side. That is where the free lunches start. It must be great to be able to walk to target. Parking is so hard below.
Bob March 11, 2011 at 02:23 AM
You speak as if the East Side has some beauty. It is just a bunch of 8-10 unit apartment buildings built in the 50's with all cement driveways. The best thing that could happen to the east side is redevlopment. How do you like former Boys Market shopping center. Is that a dump or what.
Bob March 11, 2011 at 02:23 AM
FreeLunchTown
Bob March 11, 2011 at 02:25 AM
You need to be like the Iranian Temple on Crescent Heights where you send them a threatening letter that you will pull a block of voters. That is how the game is played. They only respond out of fear.
Elyse Eisenberg March 11, 2011 at 04:28 AM
The WeHo City website is now saying only 800 provisional and vote-by-mail ballots are outstanding. Isn't that odd? They are saying the election night announcement of 930 was an estimate. Wouldn't an estimate be 800-900, or over 900, and not 930? That's a pretty specific number and was easily calculable as all the precincts had to provide the number of these ballots. What happened to the other 130 ballots? Asst City Clerk Corey Schaffer stated election night that they received a higher than usual number of these ballots.
Bob March 11, 2011 at 04:47 AM
It's all about ballot Trashing. Somebody that gets their ballot by mail is definitely going to vote. They are hardcore. This city is corrupt. You cannot do anything about it because the cops won't help you. They just want their contract with the city. The incumbents got to count the ballots and handle them.
WeHoan March 11, 2011 at 08:52 AM
And the results showed the city is not nearly as divided as some people imagine. Land, D'Amico and Heilman placed in the top 4 (out of 10) in all precincts of the city -- westside, central and eastside alike.
Bob March 11, 2011 at 03:48 PM
I think a person has to look kind of weird to win in WeHo. If you have strange facial features and keep thin that is half what it takes to win.

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