PHOTOS: Prang Sworn in as New Mayor

Jeff Prang takes the oath of office to become the city's new mayor, while Abbe Land becomes the new mayor pro tem. California 29th district Congressman Adam Schiff administers the oath.

West Hollywood got a new mayor as Jeff Prang took the oath of office on Monday night.

With his husband Ray Vizcarra, sister Mary Prang and young niece McKenna by his side, Prang swore to uphold the constitution of the United States and the state of California. Prang will serve a one-year term as mayor.

Congressman Adam Schiff, (D-Pasadena) who represents California’s 29th district of which West Hollywood is now a part due to Congressional redistricting, administered the oath. Following Prang’s swearing in, Schiff also swore in Abbe Land as the city’s new Mayor Pro Tem.

A crowd of about 200 people was on hand to witness the swearing in, marking the first time a mayor has taken the oath in the new Council Chamber on the ground level of the West Hollywood Library. It was standing room only in the chamber, with dozens more standing outside in the lobby and in the auto-court area.

During his comments, Prang, who was first elected to City Council in 1997, said that the city is in good health, but he wants to increase the sheriff’s budget and see more bike patrols in the Boystown area. He also said he wants to see the creation of a Santa Monica Boulevard Business Improvement District (BID) to help make and market Boystown an LGBT destination.

Acknowledging the ongoing controversy about the planned $41 million renovations to Plummer Park, Prang said he was sure they would find a solution.

Following a brief City Council meeting, a celebration was held in the auto court area adjacent to the council chamber. The catered event had mini-cupcakes, candy, fruit and vegetables.

Rock band Warner Drive performed several numbers followed by a performance by the Fairfax High School Orchestra, an 18-person band led by Prang’s husband, Ray Vizcarra.

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Manny April 17, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Last night was a lovely night for the City. I'm looking forward to Jeff Prang's stay as Mayor. He has always been an advocate for quality of life issues and I'm sure that will continue. As per the above article, I only hope that the formerly proposed "Boystown" official City designation doesn't get resurrected during Mr. Prang's tenure.
West Hollywood Central April 17, 2012 at 04:52 PM
I think I may have officially become bitter and jaded, because my reaction is - Really? They have a ceremony for that? I'm not sure if the annual switching of mayor is mini-cupcake celebration worthy. Hasn't he been mayor like 87 times? And Heilman...what shall we do for his 200th term as mayor? Let's kill this annual self congratulatory ceremony and replace it with an open community meeting/town hall...
Sheila Lightfoot April 17, 2012 at 05:53 PM
That's one of the best ideas I've heard in a long time... replacing the party with an open community meeting/town hall. What better way for the new mayor, even though the position is little more than ceremonial, to start his/her tenure than having a conversation with the community about their priorities for the new mayor's term. That would actually be something we could all celebrate.
Jose Garcia April 17, 2012 at 06:15 PM
To: West Hollywood Central First of all this is his 4th time as Mayor, and as for Heiliman; if people didn't keep voting for him then why do we still see him serving the city along with Jeff and the rest of the council who dedicate countless hours for such little pay and with such little gratitude from bitter people like you. In regards to the "celebration;" it is my understanding that Prang did not want a big celebration being that we are in such drastically disconcerting economic times. This demonstrates what a fiscally responsible and concerned politician he is. That is just the type of politician he is and I'm sure that he does not even have or use a city credit card for the same reason. In fact I'm not sure if he's ever used one since the beginning of his first term in "97." Many of us LOVE Mayor Jeff Prang in the City of West Hollywood and that's the reason that most or all of the "production/celebration" was donated by local businesses and the community. I did not see the same rather larger "celebrations" that take place with any of the other council members' mayoral reorganizations. Personally I think the "celebration" should have been one of the biggest ever for Jeff; he certainly deserves it! Congratulations Mayor Jeff Prang
Shawn Thompson April 17, 2012 at 08:15 PM
@Manny The Mayor title doesn't mean a thing. No more voting power. We don't get to elect a mayor in WeHo. Its all a tap dance with word play and photo ops that mislead many individuals who don't understand that dynamics of our city council structure. Whats the point of it?
Shawn Thompson April 17, 2012 at 08:21 PM
. What does the mayor title get you when it's your turn? You get to decide the order residents get their 2 mins to speak at a city council meeting. So you might get shuffled to the end of the meeting 3 hours after the start of it. It's a classic moment in the meetings where the mayor calls the names out with the repetitive words of "Not Present". Could this be away to shun residents away when thier opinions aren't wanted? What do you think?
GoodGriefCharlieBrown April 17, 2012 at 08:33 PM
I wonder if any of these people will ever have the class, good taste & presence of mind to quietly take their turn (or not) at switching the seat of chairmanship from one to another without marching bands, singing choirs, orchestras, silly speechs, tacky cakes and finger foods ,and the other accompanying accoutrements of embarassing ego tributes to themselves. Maybe they want to give people outside the city who don't know better that they have actually been elected mayor. In any case, these exaggerated and pretentious little public parades of pomposity are pitifully plastic
Chloe Ross April 17, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Sorry I missed this gala event. First hand reports said it was lively. I hope Mr. Prang brings wit and wisdom to our little city.
Todd Bianco April 18, 2012 at 01:47 PM
@Shawn, I always thought the purpose of the "mayor" title was so that the incumbent city council person could use it when he/she runs for re-election. The title looks good on campaign material and on the long list of achievements on the candidates website. Of course, there are the press and photo ops too. But running the actual Council meetings seems more like a penalty than a perk. I wish Jeff Prang good luck for the upcoming year. He has shown more concern for the residents and quality of life more than H/L. His regular newsletters are an excellent summary of what goes on. I don't see much from the other council members. And when he's up for re-election next March, he will be the mayor asking for your vote!
joninla April 19, 2012 at 08:02 AM
Thank god 'the voice' of the City will no longer be flowing from the rants of John Duran. What an embarrassment to our city by his public comments and behavior as major.
Jerome Cleary April 19, 2012 at 04:54 PM
I miss the days of the celebration like they had at the PDC where there were endless glasses of Margaritas, great food and huge cakes from Sweet Lady Jane the year Duran became Mayor. That was a really fun party!


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