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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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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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