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Transparency Needed at City Hall, Challengers Say

City Council candidates Mito Aviles and Lucas John call for more access and accountability among Weho officials as they meet voters at the boutique PAR LA.

With two weeks before the March 8 elections, candidates for West Hollywood City Council spent the long Presidents Day weekend talking to voters about the issues.

Many candidates were busy walking neighborhoods. John D’Amico was going door to door talking with residents. Steve Martin was also busy knocking on doors, chatting with those who would listen about the issues. Scott Schmidt had a passel of volunteers helping him canvas neighborhoods putting up door hangers while he discussed the issues with residents. Incumbents , Lindsey Horvath and also made the rounds through the various precincts.

Candidates Mito Aviles and Lucas John held a joint meet and greet on Sunday afternoon at PAR LA, a month-old clothing boutique at 8250 Santa Monica Blvd. next door to . They chatted with people in the store and passing on the sidewalk about the importance of this election.

“I want to bring transparency and accountability back to ,” said Aviles. “So much of what happens in City Hall seems to be veiled in secrecy. That’s not how it should be.”

Aviles added that public officials should be readily available to their constituents. “City Hall officials should have an open door policy. When I’m elected, I’ll be happy to meet with anyone.”

John agreed, saying he’d also have an open door policy. He’s delighted to be chatting with residents, he said, listening to what’s on their minds. “Hearing what the voters have to say is so important,” he said. “Public officials can’t know what the residents want if they don’t make themselves available to them.”

John said his campaign is going well. “Mito and I are both doing a grass-roots campaign. We’re working on the campaign from the ground up, not the checkbook down,” John said. “We’re here to promote democracy.”

The meet and greet also saw two store window displays, one for Aviles, one for John, unveiled. Both draped with patriotic red, white and blue fringe and featuring mannequins with smiley faces, the two windows were created by Chad Michael Morrisette, a professional window-display designer and the boyfriend of Aviles.

PAR LA owner Patrick DiLascia said the displays will stay in his store windows until the election. “People need to get out and vote,” DiLascia said. “Anything I can do to help remind them of that, I’m happy to do.”

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Duff80 February 24, 2011 at 05:10 AM
I finally read the LA Weekly article. I found it interesting that Mito's sensitivity to his neighbors' reaction to his "public art" only came about when he was looking for their vote. I would prefer someone who was a bit more sensitive at the get-go.
Bob February 24, 2011 at 05:17 AM
Where is this link?
ChadMichael Morrisette February 24, 2011 at 07:10 AM
@Duff80 My name is ChadMichael Morrisette and those mannequin legs have never been a part of a public display at the house Mito and I live in. And if your going to attack any of the public displays there, you can address me. chadmichael@cmsquareddesigns.com. They are stored in our workspace that out neighboring building has views of. The truth is, our neighbor had never asked us to move them until now, and they have been moved. If you would like to arrange a meeting with Mito so you can see what a sensitive person he is we can arrange that. Good night!
me February 27, 2011 at 09:21 PM
d'amico, martin and schmidt get my 3 votes.....d'amico is the one who started the "we're not going to take it anymore" campaign.....give the power back to the people.....power has gone to heilman and land's heads.....
David Bonfiglio February 28, 2011 at 10:09 AM
I'm, respectfully, just asking you to take another look at Mito, I went back and fourth between him and Shmidt. In the end I figured that a log cabin republican, with his devotion to the failed principles of Reganomics, would not be a positive voice for the people of West Hollywood. We need affordable housing, support for small business and a recognition that West Hollywood was founded as as an alternative to homogenization of LA, a force against bigotry, and a place were a middle class person could rent an affordable home. Not something that republicans have much of a record of supporting.
Bob February 28, 2011 at 07:55 PM
DB what do Democrats do for each other? Do they ever create business that pays good wages? Do they ever build apartments for low rent? They stick a gun to your head and rob you in the name of Robinhood and take a percentage of the loot. They create non profit angenices that are all about profiteering by admistirating and then they tell you that they care. I remember when I found out years ago that 90 cents of every dollar I gave to the united way went to admin.
me February 28, 2011 at 10:21 PM
i dunno, the palin thing on the rooftop, activism or shameless international self-promotion?....the voters will have to decide that one i guess....staying with schmidt, sorry
David Bonfiglio February 28, 2011 at 10:26 PM
And republicans give it to the rich. I'll stick with the Dems, thanks.
Bob February 28, 2011 at 10:27 PM
It's funny how all of a Sudden those for incumbs take objection to Sarah being handged during Halloween. Where were you when she was hanging? You were all for it were you not?
Bob February 28, 2011 at 10:33 PM
DB, The Dems give nothing to the Dems when they are in charge. They just shake down repubs. The Dems are lousy donors. They only want to donate other people's money. If the Repubs had no money to steal the dems would be flat broke. Being a true dem is no more than a state of existence of being a tick on a dog's back. The Republican is a Pig and the Democrat is a bloodsucking tick.
MarkD February 28, 2011 at 10:43 PM
Bob: You are sadly uneducated. Where does one even begin to pick apart your sweeping and obviously wrong generalizations? Here is one that is actually verifiable. United Way never had an administration/donation split of 90/10. It wasn't a good split, but it was more like 60/40. Since then nonprofits have reported much better splits, and there is a formula for figuring out which are good and which are bad. Please do yourself a favor and get some basic education before you spout off next time. And maybe some spelling lessons.
Bob February 28, 2011 at 10:49 PM
Mark Davis, I remember 30 years ago the united way getting bad press because they were taking 90 percent of each dollar. I do not make stuff up. Why would I donate to anyone who does a 60-40 take on each dollar? You are calling me uneducated??? That's a good one. Remember if you are a tick in life you should not offend the host. It is no different than biting the hand that feeds you.
me February 28, 2011 at 10:57 PM
....and if yur the host, i'm definetly sending my regrets!!
MarkD February 28, 2011 at 10:58 PM
I'm not saying a 60-40 split is good, I'm just saying that until you produce evidence to back up your point, I'm going to assume your memory is faulty. I remember the story about United Way -- it's an industry to which I pay close attention. Now as for the rest. Interesting. Are you suggesting that you are somehow my host and I am a parasite? That your hand is feeding me? If so, we really need to renegotiate the terms of that deal. See, even your cliched metaphors don't make much sense.
Bob February 28, 2011 at 11:42 PM
The United Way got caught in a big scandal 30 years ago. They were taking 90 pecent donation of the money for administration. It did not even stop here. The top executives were taking out interest free loans on the money they held. Don't hate me for being around 30 years ago. My point is that most non profits are scams. The money gets eat up by those who run the non profit. Now for the Parasite analogy. My opinion of a Republican is a Fat Pig. My opinion of a Democrat is a Tick that feeds on the blood of the fat pig. One is no better than the other. I am just saying that Democrats should realize that they need fat pigs otherwise they would die of starvation. I hope I have cleared things up. I also pointed out on here that West Hollywood has been repairing the exteriors of churches and temples using tax pay dollars which is fact. A few days ago I saw where one of these houses of worship who got my dollars has also been donating to the big 3 incumbants. For this I have been called a Jew hater. I only hate my tax dollars being used to spruce up houses of worship. This is what our constitution is supposed to prevent. I also noticed on the West Hollywood WeHo website that the Anti billboard campaign that donated to west hollywood is on workman avenue. This same address is no more than CBS outdoor. What we have here is 1 billboard outdoor company trying to shut out another billboard company.
Bob February 28, 2011 at 11:45 PM
If I am the host you will die. I take a flea bath everyweek.
MarkD March 01, 2011 at 06:34 AM
You know nothing about nonprofits. "Most non profits [sic] are scams." That is not fact or objectively verifiable. It is your opinion. And, Bob, I've read quite enough of your unsubstantiated opinions to determine how much value I attach to them. I suggest you take something calming and try your best not to continue posting your increasingly wild speculations. This is the last response you'll get from me.
Bob March 01, 2011 at 07:10 PM
How do I know your non profit is not a scam? I remember when everyone donated towards 911 vitims and that non profit wanted to lock up the money. Remember the Red Cross fiasco? MADD was a scam. The founding Mom was living high on the hog off Madd Dollars.
Donna Warren March 05, 2011 at 05:06 PM
Mark Gonzaga will get my support because he's the most honest candidate in the race. The others are on the take from the developers. Only Gonzaga will help the renters and the homeowners. He has first hand experience with an abusive landlord who he's dealing with now. Plus Mark is very versatile. I just checked out his website and his FACEBOOK page. Did you know Mark was a Vulcan in the Star Trek movies?
Donna Warren March 05, 2011 at 05:07 PM
Vulcan vows to protect renters and homeowners. www.markgonzaga.com
Bob March 05, 2011 at 06:02 PM
Whenever I hear a candidate say that they are going to fight for renters from abusive landlords I think this has to be the most lame person for my vote. It's old and tired. This is not 35 years ago. How many do people do you know in todays time that are actually having their rents jerked up? This was outlawed over 25 years ago. In fact West Hollywood is responsible for losing Vacancy Decontrol laws in the State High Court. West Hollywood along with Abbe Land took a landlord to court because he refused to rent an apartment for $200 per month. West Hollywood would not make an adjustment as he showed he would just go broke. Abbe and her crew fought this tooth and nail and they lost vacancy decontrol all together lol. That is the number one reason rents are so high in this city. The second reason is supply and demand. The reason demand is so high because half of Los Angeles has rentals occupied by illegal aliens. Liberals cannot live in an illegal alien neighborhood because of crime. In the end everyone fights for an apartment in WeHo. I just like to bring up the things that nobody is allowed to talk about that is why your rent is so high.
me March 05, 2011 at 10:49 PM
oh dear bob, a "straight" jacket is callin yur name....yur uneducated tirades are something else
Bob March 05, 2011 at 11:18 PM
Has it ever occured to you that I might be able to buy and sell you
jimmy palmieri March 05, 2011 at 11:21 PM
BOB WILL YOU BE USING THE CITY CARD FOR THAT TRANSACTION?
me March 05, 2011 at 11:35 PM
yawn, you bore me bob....that just doesnt even make sense.... good one, jimmy!
Bob March 05, 2011 at 11:38 PM
With a person like "Me" you just flush the toilet 3 times. I would like a City Card however. I would like to buy a bunch of bun boys like one of the councilman does and have a party at the blue whale. Then when Sheriff's Vice bust me I can tell them that I am a councilman.
Bob March 05, 2011 at 11:42 PM
Your Just all mad at me because I told on the city of west hollywood because they have been using their tax payer dollars to fix up the exteriors of the temple on crescent heights and a nearby Church.. I also pointed out that "Friends" of anti tall billboards was really CBS outdoor. Since I pointed this out WeHo has changed their website infor from Friends to CBS outdoor like it should be. Anytime you hear the word "Friends" watch out.
me March 05, 2011 at 11:56 PM
well now how did i know that you'd have more to say????.....again, yur no makin sense.....if true, why would we be mad at you for exposing corruption at city hall when we want all 3 voted out??? plus, i thought you run a business in west hollywood?????....when DO you find the time to work AND post??? as for the last line of yur post, thats why u aint got any!
Bob March 06, 2011 at 02:27 AM
I am in the business of selling dildos to people like yourself.
Bob March 06, 2011 at 06:30 PM
So are you a Grammar Nazi? How Wussie is that? It's good that you know what a Bum Boy is and how to spell it correctly lol. I do not want to end up dead hanging upside down naked at the hands of a drugged out pyschotic loser with a cucumber sticking out of different parts of my body. That is the life of somebody who can spell Bum Boy correctly. One of the WeHo 3 got busted and then let having a big Gay City Party at the Blue Whale where he ordered up Bum Boys. The Sheriff Vice caught them and then relased them all because they keep the money flowing to west hollywood station. Instead of trashing my spelling you should wonder how could I know some of this stuff that goes on in weho. That is what a smarter Spelling Nazi would wonder. I have forgot to spell more words that you have ever learned. I just don't care.

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