John Heilman Resumes His WeHo City Council Seat

West Hollywood City Councilmembers (left to right) Lauren Meister, Lindsey Horvath, John Heilman, John D'Amico and John Duran (Photo by Jon Viscott)
West Hollywood City Councilmembers (left to right) Lauren Meister, Lindsey Horvath, John Heilman, John D’Amico and John Duran (Photo by Jon Viscott)

John Heilman, West Hollywood’s longest-serving City Council member, was greeted with a standing ovation as he entered the Council Chambers last night to be sworn into another term. After taking his seat on the far right of the Council dais, Heilman thanked those who supported him and recounted a list of his priorities, which include finding a way to connect West Hollywood with the Metro system’s Hollywood and Highland station, the redevelopment of West Hollywood Park and inclusion of a dog park there, raising the minimum wage paid by city contractors, reviewing real estate development standards and reforming the City Council deputy system.

Heilman was congratulated by various West Hollywood residents and also by City Councilmember John D’Amico, who has long had a fraught relationship with Heilman and campaigned against him in the March 3 general election, which Heilman lost, and the June 2 special election, in which he won. D’Amico said he hoped he and Heilman could work together going forward.

With tonight’s installation, Heilman resumes a 30-year tenure that was interrupted briefly by his failure to win re-election in March. 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.

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Rudolf Martin
Rudolf Martin
7 years ago

Lists of priorities should always include a noble goal that nobody expects much progress on, list some things that will get done no matter what and sneak in a payback method to campaign contributors cloaked in a vague talking point that sounds entirely reasonable. If he succeeds in “finding a way to connect West Hollywood with the Metro system’s Hollywood and Highland station”, which I thought was an empty campaign promise, I would be shocked and impressed. I would love to hear regular updates on how he will go about pursuing this priority. Extending the Pick Up Line doesn’t count!… Read more »

Brian Holt
Brian Holt
7 years ago

I’ve been so against this dinosaur returning AFTER he promised to follow the law – term limits. But, Monday night he reminded me why they love him. And why he has been good for us. I’m warming back up. I hate to admit it. No, I loathe to admit it. But it’s true.

Guy Privaton (@guyprivaton)

good photo

Rob Bergstein
Rob Bergstein
7 years ago

Not one standing ovation, but three times the crowd (and there wasn’t a vacant seat inside council chambers last night) roared to its feet & cheered, welcoming back our beloved John Heilman. I am so grateful he agreed to run and am not surprised at the overwhelming victory he had at the polls.

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