An independent expenditure committee dominated by real estate interests that is supporting John Heilman’s campaign for West Hollywood City Council has raised another $17,500, bringing its total as of May 15 to $117,512.
Meanwhile, West Hollywood Properties LLC, the firm owned by billboard magnates Brian and Drake Kennedy, has produced a campaign mailer supporting Heidi Shink’s candidacy.
Neither WeHo United for John Heilman for City Council 2015 nor West Hollywood Properties can, by law, coordinate its campaign activities with Heilman or Shink, who have no control over their actions.
The West Hollywood Properties campaign mailer says Shink will control overdevelopment and “plac(e) the interests of local communities ahead of developers and their supporters.”
An aggressive recent mailer distributed by WeHo United focuses solely on Shink and Cole Ettman, another competitor in the four-person race for one Council seat, while not mentioning candidate Larry Block. “Warning: This mailer contains information that may disturb you,” it says. Inside it calls out the fact that Ettman has been sued 13 times by the New York State Board of Elections for failing to pay fines assessed for campaign finance violations. It attacks Shink’s claim that she supports affordable housing by claiming that, in her role as a Planning Commissioner, she has voted for projects that allow Ellis Act evictions and displacement of low-income tenants.
The latest contributions to the WeHo United committee include $2,500 from E.T. Legg, the billboard company; $10,000 from Townscape Management, the developer of the controversial 8899 Beverly Blvd. project, which already had donated $10,000, and $5,000 from West Hollywood Development, owned by David Michael Talla, founder of Sports Club LA.
Brian and Drake Kennedy are the owners of Regency Outdoor Advertising, owners of major billboards along Sunset Boulevard. They currently are engaged in a lawsuit with one another over control of the company.
The latest round of campaign finance reports for the June 2 election will be filed with the City Clerk on May 21.