John Heilman Retakes His Seat on the WeHo City Council Tonight

John Heilman will be installed as a member of the West Hollywood City Council tonight, resuming a 30-year tenure that was interrupted briefly by his failure to win re-election in the March general election. Heilman took first place in the June 2 special election to fill the Council seat vacated by Jeffrey Prang, winning by a major margin.

John Heilman
John Heilman
Heilman’s victory heartened two disparate groups of supporters — local business leaders and real estate developers, who funding an independent campaign committee to support his candidacy, and advocates for affordable rent such as the Coalition for Economic Survival, the group that helped organize the campaign for West Hollywood to become an independent city and preserve rent control more than 30 years ago.

His primary opponents were local historic preservationists, who have been angered by his willingness to demolish the historic Great Hall / Long Hall in Plummer Park to create more open space and by some homeowners who object to more development in West Hollywood. A major opponent has been Councilmember John D’Amico, who won election for the first time in 2011 with a campaign that focused on Heilman as an opponent.

The 30-year tenure of Heilman and the long tenures of some of the other Council members sparked a successful campaign in 2013 to limit future Council members to three terms. Heilman’s victory means he fills the remaining two years of Prang’s term and is eligible to run for two more four-year terms.

The installation will occur at 6:30 p.m. at the City Council Chambers at 625 N. San Vicente Blvd. south of Santa Monica. Parking in the five story structure behind the chambers is free with a validated ticket.

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Matilda Azzara
6 years ago

John is a compassionate caring person…and cares for everyone. I love our new Library…He’s always helping our community. West Hollywood is great because of John.

Rudolf Martin
Rudolf Martin
7 years ago

As “Manny” likes to say: We are getting the representation that we deserve.

Insight
7 years ago

This is tremendous good news for the developers and lobbying interests in West Hollywood.

Mike Dolan
Mike Dolan
7 years ago

With the installation of John Heilman, West Hollywood’s future looks brighter and filled with the type of vision that we saw when West Hollywood was founded. The halcyon days are back! The business of addressing the work and challenges we face today-starts today. West Hollywood; back-on-track moving forward as a thriving and successful city. The kismet during our pride month is just that. Well, it’s back to the dais for John Heilman where West Hollywood needs him. Congratulations’ John. Just one more reason to be filled with Pride.

Not a Fan
Not a Fan
7 years ago

Heaven help us ! ! !

JJ
JJ
7 years ago

Very happy and excited to see John Heilman return to the city council tonight!

jhenehan
7 years ago

This is tremendous good news for the citizens and business owners in West Hollywood. Let the success continue!

Don Azars
Don Azars
7 years ago

Glad to see him return to the Council and glad to see him in Sunday’s parade. I hope he listens to the residents and moderates development and it’s effects on those of us living in WeHo.
The next subject is managing rental levels, condo conversions, traffic guidance and as always PARKING.

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