City Installs Lauren Meister as New Mayor of WeHo

The West Hollywood City Council (left to right) Councilmembers John D'Amico and Lindsey Horvath, Mayor Lauren Meister and Councilmembers John Heilman and John Duran (Photo by Jon Viscott, courtesy of the City of West Hollwyood).
The West Hollywood City Council (left to right) Councilmembers John D’Amico and Lindsey Horvath, Mayor Lauren Meister and Councilmembers John Heilman and John Duran (Photo by Jon Viscott, courtesy of the City of West Hollwyood).

Lauren Meister was installed as mayor of West Hollywood and John Heilman as mayor pro tem in a standing-room-only session of the City Council last night.

Meister was sworn in by Nicklaus Fox, a West Hollywood veterinarian. Fox also is known as “Helen” of the West Hollywood Cheerleaders, a colorful non-profit focused on promoting self-acceptance among LGBTQ people and ending the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS.

Meister has been active in civic affairs in West Hollywood for almost 20 years. She got her start as a neighborhood watch captain. She went on to lead the West Hollywood West Residents Association, the largest neighborhood association in WeHo, representing residents on issues such as public safety, traffic circulation, parking and development, and advocating for protecting green space, preserving the city’s history and character and providing off-leash parks for pets.

In a speech after her swearing in, Meister called out a number of issues that she sees as important for the city. They include implementing strategies for helping the city’s residents “age in place” rather than be moved to retirement homes and offering social and recreational opportunities for aging residents. “Since the year 2000, our 55-to-64 year old age group has experienced the largest increase in West Hollywood demographics, growing over 36%, while 21 to 34 experienced the greatest decline (by 12%),” Meister said. “The last of the Baby Boomers are getting their AARP cards. But, being 50+ today is not like being 50+, 30 years ago.

“So, who are these new WeHo seniors? In fact, some of these folks are the same LGBT activists, straight allies, neighborhood advocates, artists, rockers and visionaries that founded and shaped the City of West Hollywood over the last 31 years. And this new generation of senior is more vital than ever.”

Meister also noted the Council’s support for her proposal for the city to research ways to support the city’s small businesses. They also need to be able to “age in place,” she said.

“Another challenge is how we move forward to help our homeless,” Meister said, calling out the city’s recently approved homeless needs assessment study, which will help identify homeless veterans and mentally ill or addicted homeless people. And she noted that she has begun conversations with the Veterans Administration and non-profit groups about possible interest in opening an animal shelter at the Westside VA facility.

Meister also called out another issue that she has been focused on: ensuring that West Hollywood residents are charged fairly for water provided by the City of Beverly Hills on the Westside and the L.A. Department of Water and Power elsewhere in the city.

Meister replaces Lindsey Horvath as mayor. The position is largely an honorary roll, rotating year to year among Council members. However it does offer its holder the potential for significant impact on civic issues.

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Brian Holt
Brian Holt
5 years ago

Congrats to Mayor Meister, and resounding applause for Ms. Horvath. How cool is it to be part of a community that has women leading the charge. #girlpower

Manny
Manny
5 years ago

Right on David…..that’s what we should be talking about.

David Reid
5 years ago

The extended ovation when Lauren walked in the room and sat in her chair spoke volumes. A standing heartfelt ovation by the overflow room. Her positive energy filled the room. She is looked on as a fifth wheel for not going along on projects and proposal the others seem to support for political reasons. This will be another good year for the City. Lauren is in her rookie term as Mayor. No one has been more prepared. She has been an activist in every neighborhood in the city. She loves West Hollywood. Most of the council does. These two terms… Read more »

Dan Morin
Dan Morin
5 years ago

Manny, moving forward, are you voting for Trump? LMAO !

Manny
Manny
5 years ago

Rudolf, I’m not sure where you’re going with that last statement…..other than boredom.

I mean, I think most of us appreciate moving past those old, tired comments and innuendos about last year’s election.

Think forward.

Jeffery Ward
5 years ago

Congratulations to our new Mayor and her worthy goals, Lets Move West Hollywood Forward!!

Rudolf Martin
Rudolf Martin
5 years ago

I couldn’t agree more, Manny. You of all people should know, since you were kind enough to serve as Treasury Officer (help me out if I got your title wrong) for his re-election campaign. He must have appreciated that…

Chris Sanger
Chris Sanger
5 years ago

Heilman said that when? It was ever reported here. He has never been more vital and needed for the city. Everyone assumes he will be running for a full four year term in 2017.

Manny
Manny
5 years ago

Brad and Rudolf…..Let it go. That stuff is old and boring.

It was a wonderful evening.

Alison
Alison
5 years ago

Where have you guys been? After he lost the election, he said he would not run in the next election. He did not keep his word. He “claims” people were clamoring for him to run again. So he ran again and won. So, here he is again, “Mayor pro tem”.

Rudolf Martin
Rudolf Martin
5 years ago

LOL Brad, I thought so too.

Both female council members have brought a much needed breath of fresh air and new energy to the council, we need more of that, congrats to both.

Brad
Brad
5 years ago

Why Mayor pro tem Heilman- didn’t he say he was going to retire if he could go out on his own terms after losing the election last March?

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