WHWRA’s Sunday City Council Candidate Forum Is the First of Several Coming Up

The West Hollywood West Residents Association will host a virtual event on Sunday that features the 11 candidates running in the Nov. 3 election for two seats on the City Council.

The forum will take place between 4 and 5:30 p.m. and will be hosted by Bob DeCastro, a KTTV News anchor and West Hollywood West resident.

The “Meet the Candidates” event can be watched live on YouTube by clicking here.

Candidates invited to participate are incumbents John Duran and John Heilman and challengers Larry Block, Jerome Cleary, Marco Colantonio, Tom DeMille, John Erickson, Christopher McDonald, Sepi Shyne, Noemi Torres, and Mark Farhad Yusupov.

WEHOville will host a forum for the City Council candidates at 7 p.m. on Sept. 16 that will be moderated by Chris Bowen, who has worked as a lobbyist, communications strategist, and public policy advisor. Bowen is a member of the city’s Transportation Commission and serves as  secretary for the West Hollywood North Neighborhood Association.

Questions put to the candidates will be derived from WEHOville’s Citizens Agenda series. More detailed information about how to access the Zoom forum will be posted as the time approaches.

Earlier on Sept. 16, Congregation Kol Ami and the Israeli-American Civic Action Network will host their own candidates forum.  Described as a “community dialogue on dignity, justice, and tolerance, it will feature Larry Block, John Duran, John Erickson, John Heilman, Sepi Shyne, and Noemi Torres.  It will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and those interested in attending are asked to RSVP online.   https://israelusa.org/events/

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Don Jones
Don Jones
2 years ago

Kol Ami and the Israeli-American Civic Action Network is hosting a candidates forum described as a ‚Äúcommunity dialogue on dignity, justice, and tolerance” but they aren’t tolerant enough to host all of the candidates?

Why are they discriminating against Jerome Cleary and Mark Farhad Yusupov?

Why is Kol Ami involved in a political debate? What happened to the separation of faith and state? And won’t this be an issue for their tax exempt status?

2 years ago
Reply to  Don Jones

Perhaps Cleary and Yusupov elected not to participate but it’s very interesting that John Erickson is included in a forum focused on “dignity, justice and tolerance”.

Erickson vehemently opposed the screening of 1948 Creation and Catastrophe for the community. John Erickson promises “to bring integrity to the City Hall”. What type of integrity would that be, one that has been airbrushed to exclude ethics or did he not study that?

Jerome Cleary
Jerome Cleary
2 years ago
Reply to  Vigilant

I never elected to not participate as I recently emailed Denise Eger with Kol Ami to ask why other candidates and myself were intentionally excluded. And I was basically blown off and given an email address to contact someone else and when I sent the email it bounced back and was not a valid email address!

2 years ago
Reply to  Jerome Cleary

Is this an illustration of Kol Ami showing respect for “dignity, justice and tolerance”? Seems as though they were also opposed to showing 1948 CREATION AND CATASTROPHE to the general public. What’s going on here?

2 years ago

Please make sure the sound is loud and crisp. Thank you.

Watching it now. Great reminder!

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