Earlier this week a push poll about issues central to West Hollywood voters was conducted by the Wallin research firm.
WEHOville was notified about a research poll after Council member John Erickson took to Twitter to sound a dramatic alarm.
The push-poll was:
This alt-right rightwing poll is disgusting! This kind of politics doesn’t belong in #WeHo!
Shame on you! https://t.co/NeJQVR1Y27
— Dr. John M. “GET VACCINATED” Erickson (@JErickson85) August 30, 2021
The poll was conducted to gauge West Hollywood voter perceptions. But Council member Erickson jumped the gun writing the push poll was anti-trans, anti-worker, anti-renter, anti-weho. Right Wing attacks. – but, none of those accusations are true. A copy of the results shows the poll to be informative and lacks any mention of any council person’s name.
WEHOville will publish the poll in its entirety over the Labor Day Weekend.
Over the past few months there has been lots of chatter to recall John Erickson. WEHOville has received at least half a dozen calls on this subject and has confirmed that at least two candidate’s has been asked to be on the ballot should a recall develop. The talk of a recall began after John Erickson and Mayor Horvath voted against Mayor-elect Meister for a position on SCAG, the Southern California Association of Governments. Erickson and Horvath appeared to work together to undermine West Hollywood’s seat on the board and later for endorsements for Horvath’s race for LA County Supervisor.
In addition to the vote against West Hollywood’s interests, a violation of each council member’s oath of office, there are allegations that Erickson and Horvath conspired to bring the Hotel Ordinance forward without a study session and without respect to the impact on West Hollywood’s budget along with gross mismanagement of the city finance’s.
Horvath got wind of the poll as Erickson made irate calls and took to twitter. Both Erickson and Horvath assumed the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce was behind the poll. Calls circulated between current and former city council members, the UNITE HERE representatives, the current and former city manager, as well as members of the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.
But the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is an independent entity and had no influence over the poll. The Poll was financed by an independent entity the Pandemic Recovery Coalition.
The poll was administered by a highly respected firm Wallin Opinion Research and led by Keith Kaplan, a West Hollywood resident and realtor and former Chair of the Chamber acting on his own. Kaplan reached out to Horvath to clarify her and Erickson’s misperception of the polling.
Kaplan shared his message to Horvath to clear up any confusion.
He wrote: Hi Lindsey. Keith Kaplan here. I understand that there is some confusion about the Wallin polling and the Pandemic Recovery Coalition. To be fully clear I am fully responsible as head of the Pandemic Recovery Coalition for this project and for this movement…. not wearing my Chamber hat but as a concerned citizen with 30 years of professional Public Policy work under my belt. Witnessing our council drag this city down dangerous paths. I worked with Wallin on this poll, a very normal project when policy issues are in question and a key element of the democratic process. If you have issues or concerns direct them to me, not the Chamber. — And to clarify even further, I am not acting as a Consultant to the Chamber and I am receiving no payment for this. I am simple acting as a concerned citizen.
Horvath had not replied to Kaplan. WEHOville reached out to both Council member Horvath and Council member Erickson for comment but did not receive a reply..
WEHOville will present the EXCLUSIVE -The West Hollywood Voter Survey- in a 3-part series beginning this weekend, Saturday-the Issues, Sunday-City Job Performance and Monday City Council Approval.