John Erickson: “I don’t want a daddy”

Councilmember Erickson laments the return of John Heilman to the political arena.

Councilmember Erickson had previously served as Heilman’s direct appointee to the Planning Commission. Heilman supported Erickson’s run for City Council in 2020 and they ran alongside each other. The protege defeated his mentor. Erickson finished second with approximately 7,300 votes and Heilman finished third with approximately 6,200 votes. Heilman’s loss was thought to be the end of a storied career at the helm of West Hollywood City Government.

A former city hall staffer, Erickson served as deputy to former Councilmember Abbe Land. After serving as Land’s deputy Erickson became a full-time city hall employee and eventually served as head of the city employees’ labor union.

Both Erickson and former Council member Land attended Heilman’s kickoff at the Chapel last Sunday April 3rd. Heilman was introduced by Land but Erickson never publicly spoke at the event. Councilmember Lindsey Horvath told WEHOville that she was not invited.

Land introduced Heilman. Erickson sat in a booth off to the side. Erickson was the only current City Council member in attendance at the time, (Mayor Meister showed at the end).

Heilman spoke: “For all my time on the city council, people generally felt safe in West Hollywood, we had crime, and sometimes serious crime so we shouldn’t ignore that but people more and more are telling me they don’t feel safe. One of the basically responsibilities of local government is to make the community safe”.

Erickson has been pushing for defunding the police and has had rifts with law enforcement. Erickson voted against restoring the dollars to the EPT, Entertainment Police Team, to pre-Covid levels.

Heilman continued “We succeeded because we had a strong partnership between the city and the business community. And in the last couple of years that partnership has frayed, and we now see the city and business at odds with one another. We are always going to have disagreements; disagreements are healthy in any community. But we cant have disagreements that make people feel like that are not on the same team.”

Shortly thereafter someone next to me uttered the words, ‘Erickson is not really happy about this, he told me “I don’t want a daddy”. Later that day I spoke with Councilmember D’Amico and told him the story. He replied that he also heard the same expression. D’Amico allowed us to go on the record with the following statement. “John (Erickson) and I have a good working relationship. John has asked me to run again on many many occasions. He also said that if I don’t run he is going to start a write-in campaign on my behalf”! D’Amico does not intend to run. Erickson is not excited to have Heilman back on the scene.

An off-the record comment from another Erickson, Horvath, Heilman ally: “How can he be happy about this, Heilman is coming back to clean up the mess he created. Erickson thinks he is the big macher (yiddish word for ‘big shot’) and he doesn’t want John (Heilman’s) advice.

Shortly thereafter we posted a story about the event. A comment came in quite quick. Someone was gunning for Heilman. A quick IP address check showed a direct match to John Erickson’s xxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxx. xxxxxxxx is an appointed commissioner who represents the City of West Hollywood on behalf of John Erickson.

Holloway Janet  I heard no one showed up to his event. 34 years in office and he couldn’t get more than 20 people to show up to his event?? How sad for John Heilman.

Holloway Janet
Is this the one that was accused of SEXUAL ASSAULT?? And being on Grindr at meetings?!? Sorry weho but we can do BETTER

The attempt to discount Heilman’s kickoff and smear Heilman by connecting him to previous allegations against Duran is clear. Soloman has been pushing the candidacy of Robert Oliver.

This was not the first time Soloman acted as a surrogate for Erickson. When Erickson sounded off at the Chamber of Commerce and tried to pull funding Soloman stood up and towed Erickson’s line against the Chamber.

A week prior WEHOville began a new system to monitor the message boards. Ironically after input from many of you including Holloway Janet.

The hypocrisy of it all.

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Gorge
Gorge
5 months ago

Erikson is the dangerous type of indoctrinater that is going to be voted out massively in November by the overwhelming populace of America that hates everything it stands for.

Gorge
Gorge
5 months ago

I’m sorry I can’t hear the baby murderer over his failures, they are so loud.

LOL Weho
LOL Weho
5 months ago
Reply to  Gorge

John Erickson is the number one candidate for a new reality show called… They should have been aborted!

Harambe's Vengeful Ghost
Harambe's Vengeful Ghost
5 months ago

How about we fire them all and put in some people with radical philosophies like “not being a rabid Marxist” or “America is a good country” and the like…

No?

Roxann
Roxann
5 months ago

In all fairness the council member should be addressed as Dr. Erickson. This article is a bit gossipy and high school.

Harambe's Vengeful Ghost
Harambe's Vengeful Ghost
5 months ago
Reply to  Roxann

Doctor of what? I ain’t going to get a checkup from him.

Save WEHO
Save WEHO
5 months ago
Reply to  Roxann

Erickson works for Planned Parenthood and said any girl wanted an abortion could stay in his one bedroom apt on Fountain. Called himself Dr! With a major in gender studies. It’s amazing this arrogant fraud works for PD! Or anyone would hire him.

joel peel
joel peel
5 months ago

if these non-news pieces with deceptive titles continue, you will lose the subscriber

J W
J W
5 months ago

I’m confused why the “I don’t want a daddy” quote is the title of this article, implying a direct quote from John Erickson, when in the article it looks like him making that statement is only hearsay? That’s pretty misleading

Carolyn Campbell
Carolyn Campbell
5 months ago

Sigh, if we could only clone Lauren Meister. She’s displayed a consistent balance of opinion and integrity. I am deeply disappointed in the City’s overall direction. This thread expresses why.

Michael Lee
Michael Lee
5 months ago

I strongly concur. Lauren Meister is FANTASTIC as she thinks OF THE CITY. The other’s think by how much are donated to their campaign chests!

Harambe's Vengeful Ghost
Harambe's Vengeful Ghost
5 months ago
Reply to  Michael Lee

Responsible governance and not launching into social justice disasters is *checks notes* transrace-ophobic?

Dunno. But running a government that doesn’t interfere with the daily lives and ruin the lives of dissidents is bad, I was informed.

Eastside Straight Girl
Eastside Straight Girl
5 months ago

To resident: I would say that If John Erickson has a middle name, he should change it to: “John Cronyism Erickson” It fits him quite nicely! Also, backstabbing the Daddy is soooo unbecoming!

Harambe's Vengeful Ghost
Harambe's Vengeful Ghost
5 months ago

But that’s how the Sith apprentice becomes the Sith lord…

resident
resident
5 months ago

John Erickson, as President of West Hollywood National Organization of Women, took thousands of dollars in West Hollywood funds donated to produce the Vagina Monologues, and donated it to Planned Parenthood, where he is and was employed.

Convoluted Ideas
Convoluted Ideas
5 months ago
Reply to  resident

A most curious individual. So focused and entrenched in gender identities to have received degrees in the convoluted world of gender studies. Seems a manipulation technique disguised by a PhD and intellectual double speak. Aren’t these techniques simikar to those used by pedos of different stripes?

Ham Shipey
Ham Shipey
5 months ago

He’s one strange dude.

Harambe's Vengeful Ghost
Harambe's Vengeful Ghost
5 months ago
Reply to  Ham Shipey

That’s a good way to put it, homie.

Harambe's Vengeful Ghost
Harambe's Vengeful Ghost
5 months ago
Reply to  resident

How is a dude the head of NOW?

Ham Shipey
Ham Shipey
5 months ago

Have a look at Erickson’s Twitter page. What a clown. This weirdo could only get a job in government. Vote this idiot out.

Michael Lee
Michael Lee
5 months ago
Reply to  Ham Shipey

EXACTLY!!! He’s a Fools FOOL!!!

Harambe's Vengeful Ghost
Harambe's Vengeful Ghost
5 months ago
Reply to  Ham Shipey

What does that say about the electorate…

Simply SHE
Simply SHE
5 months ago

Is anyone going to ask Erikson why he bleached his hair like daddy? So creepy and narcissistic. Heilman should also have to answer for unleashing his large mini me on us.

Eye's Wide Open
Eye's Wide Open
5 months ago
Reply to  Simply SHE

Sorry, you are wrong to assume it was Heilman. He rises above this crap! If you must know, and you should want too, It is and always is the cronyism machine, Abbe Land.

Harambe's Vengeful Ghost
Harambe's Vengeful Ghost
5 months ago
Reply to  Simply SHE

He dyed his hair white in memoriam of Betty White. I can’t imagine how fast she’s rolling over in her grave, though.

David Reid
David Reid
5 months ago

Who is Soloman? In the last paragraphs? Freudian slip? Did you mean Holloway?

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