WeHo City Council Shakes Up Public Safety and Changes Planning Commission

The West Hollywood City Council made appointments to the city’s various commissions and boards last night, with major changes on the Planning Commission and Public Safety Commission, two of WeHo’s most influential advisory boards.

The council voted to name Adam Bass to one of the two at-large positions on the Planning Commission, replacing Donald DeLuccio, who has been on the commission for a number of years. Bass, communications director for L.A City Councilmember Nury Martinez, was nominated by Councilmember Lauren Meister. He won the votes of Meister and council members John D’Amico and Lindsey Horvath. Councilmember John Duran and Mayor John Heilman voted for DeLuccio. At-large member Sue Buckner was reappointed with votes from D’Amico, Duran, Heilman and Meister. The other members of the commission are Stacey Jones (re-appointed by Horvath), David Aghaei (reappointed by Heilman), John Altschul (reappointed by D’Amico) and Rogerio Carvalheiro and Lynn Hoopingarner, recently appointed for the first time by Duran and Meister, respectively.

A more dramatic change came on the Public Safety Commission, where there has been behind the scenes lobbying on behalf of incumbent Ben Coleman and local activist and retailer Larry Block and for Robert Oliver, who is field deputy for L.A. City Councilmember Paul Koretz. The City Council voted to rename long-time commissioner Ruth Williams and selected Oliver to replace Coleman.

D’Amico nominated Coleman for reappointment. Duran chose Williams and Block. Horvath nominated Oliver. In the