With another round of appointments, the West Hollywood City Council last night reconstituted the city’s most influential commissions.
The Council renamed Sue Buckner and Donald DeLuccio to the Planning Commission, with both of them filling at-large seats. Councilmember John Heilman named David Aghaei to the commission. Aghaei was forced off when Heilman lost in the March general election (he was re-elected in the June special election) and newly elected Councilmember Lauren Meister dismissed all of his appointees. Mayor Lindsey Horvath named Stacey Jones to the commission. Marc Yeber, who had served on the commission for more than 10 years, announced last week that he would step down. Heidi Shink, an at-large appointee in 2013, was not renamed to the commission.
The Public Safety Commission saw the biggest shakeup, with three incumbents who had requested reappointment replaced last night and another dismissed earlier by Meister. Those replaced were Alexander Bazley, appointed by former Councilmember Abbe Land; Robert Burke, the commission chairman, appointed by former Councilmember Jeffrey Prang, and Shawn Hoffman, an at-large appointee. Chris Clarkin, who had been appointed by Heilman, was dismissed by Meister. Ruth Williams was re-named to an at-large seat and Ben Coleman also was named to an at-large seat.
On the Historic Preservation Commission, Bradley Torgan, who had expressed interest in reappointment, was not renamed to the commission. The Council named Gail Ostergren and Yawar Charlie to at-large seats. Heilman named Maria Bonacci, who had held an at-large seat previously, to the commission. And Horvath named Ed Levin, previously appointed by Abbe Land.
The Transportation Commission also saw major changes. Commission members Steven Greene and Amy Walia-Fazio both of whom had expressed interest in reappointment, were not renamed to the commission, nor was Steve Wayland. The Council named Evan Richter and Richard Bernard to at-large positions. Heilman named David Eichman to the commission, Horvath named Dan Wentzel.and Councilmember John D’Amico renamed David Warren to the Commission.
The Council still has seats to fill on the Business License Commission and on various advisory boards.
A list of current members of city commissions is on the pages that follow:
Page 2: Arts and Cultural Affairs
Page 3: Business License
Page 4: Historic Preservation
Page 5: Human Services
Page 6: Planning
Page 7: Public Facilities
Page 8: Public Safety
Page 9: Rent Stabilization
Page 10: Transportation