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.