The changes in West Hollywood’s City Council are likely to also mean big changes in the 16 advisory boards and commissions that advise the Council on everything from development to transgender issues.
With a few exceptions, each board and commission has seven members. Five are direct appointments by individual Council members; two are “at-large” members appointed by the Council as a whole. The exceptions are the city’s Rent Stabilization Commission, with five members and various advisory boards. The appointments of all current members expire on May 31, at which time the Council reappoints them or replaces them.
Perhaps the most influential of these bodies is the Planning Commission, which reviews proposed developments to ensure they comply with the city’s general plan and other land use and zoning regulations. The West Hollywood Planning Commission also has a Design Review Subcommittee, which uses its leverage with developers seeking certain concessions to push for design improvements in projects.
Donald DeLuccio, an appointee of former Councilmember Jeffrey Prang, is the longest-serving Planning Commissioner, having held the position since 1997. Other appointees of those no longer on the Council are Marc Yeber, appointed by Abbe Land in 2007, and David Aghaei, appointed by John Heilman in 2011. At-large appointees are Sue Buckner, named to the Commission in 2008, and Heidi Shink, who is running in the special election for Council in June, who was appointed in 2013.
Another body that has significant influence on development is the Historic Preservation Commission. Edwin Levin, an Abbe Land appointee, has served since 2005. Paul Rice, an appointee of John Heilman, has been on the Commission since 2008. Brad Torgan, an appointee of Jeffrey Prang, has served since 2010. At-large appointees are Gail Ostergren, who was originally appointed to the Commission in 2009 by Lindsey Horvath and won an at-large appointment in 2011, and Maria Bonacci, appointed in January of this year.
On the Transportation Commission, members appointed by now-former Council members are Steve Wayland (Abbe Land in 2003), Steven Brian Greene (Prang in 2005) and David Eichman (Heilman in 1994). The Council will have to name someone to the at-large position held by Lindsey Horvath before her election. The other at-large position is held by Amy Walia-Fazio (2013).
Other commissions and the positions that will be open are:
Arts and Cultural Affairs: Beverly Denenberg (Land in 2003), Candice Illoulian-Beroukhim (Heilman in 2011), Todd Williamson (Prang in 2011), Peter Mays (Horvath in 2008 and at-large circa in 2011) and Madeleine Rackley (at large i 2007).
Business License: Stacey Jones (Land in 2014), Steven Kay (Heilman in 2012), James Kazakos (Prang in 2007), Chad Cromer (at-large in 2013) and Sibyl Zaden (at large in 2001).
Human Services: Robert Bergstein (Prang in 20130, Ruth Cislowski (Land in 2003), Anne-Marie Williams (Heilman in 2011), Barbara Meltzer (at-large in 2013), Andrew Oldershaw (at-large in 2013).
Public Facilities: Cole Ettman (Prang in 2012), Elena Goldenberg (Land in 2009), Gregory Woodell (Heilman in 2003), Adam Bass (at-large in 2013), Frank Rorie (at-large in 2013).
Public Safety: Alexander Bazley (Land in 2014), Robert Burke (Prang in 2012), Chris Clarkin (Heilman in 2008), Shawn Hoffman (at-large in 2013), Ruth Williams (Steve Martin in 1994 and at-large in 2011).
Rent Stabilization: David Gregoire (Heilman in 2000), Josh Kurpies (Prang in 2013), Agassi Topchian (Land in 2004),
Transportation: Steve Wayland (Abbe Land in 2003), Steven Brian Greene (Prang in 2005) and David Eichman (Heilman in 1994). Lindsey Horvath (at-large in 2011), Amy Walia-Fazio (at-large in 2013).
The city’s advisory boards include the Disabilities Advisory Board (nine members), Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board (ten), Russian Advisory Board (nine) Senior Advisory Board (eight), Women’s Advisory Board (eight) and Transgender Advisory Board (eight).