Can an Anti-Jewish candidate win a seat on the West Hollywood City Council?

Dillon Hosier, Chairman of the Israeli-American Civic Action Network, speaks out in confidential document leaked to WEHOville. Hosier’s comments are directed at the backers of Chelsea Byers for West Hollywood City Council.

We will be actively and vociferously opposing Chelsea Byers’ candidacy and anyone who supports it,” said Hosier at the end of his letter directed to Jeff Seymour/Seymour Consulting, DJ Moore/Latham and Watkins, Jim Arnone/Latham and Watkins, Pete Scantland/Orange Barrel Media, and Aaron Greene/Afriat Consulting.

Seymour/Moore/Arnone/Scantland and Greene are not residents of the City of West Hollywood but have business interests in West Hollywood.

Chelsea Byers is a candidate for the West Hollywood City Council. She moved into West Hollywood about two years ago. Byers is the girlfriend of former Horvath campaign manager Austin Cyr. Byers is also John Erickson’s direct appointee to the Human Services Commission. Byers has no history of voting in any West Hollywood elections. Byers has the support of both Horvath and Erickson in the upcoming West Hollywood City Council election.

Hosier addressed his concerns to the big money backers behind Byers.

A copy of Hosier’s mail was leaked to WEHOville. We have reached out to Hosier, Seymour, Greene and Moore for comments.


Dear Aaron, Jeff, DJ, Jim, and Pete,
On behalf of my organization and our leadership, I write to bring to your attention very disturbing information that has come to light about a candidate that you are supporting in West Hollywood named Chelsea Byers.


Chelsea has a long history of fringe and radical activism that, in our view, is anchored in antisemitic beliefs. See the attached PDF for a detailed review of some of her antisemitic activities. Most concerning is:

1. She attended several AIPAC events and led protests opposing US foreign aid to Israel – a policy that just last year 420 members of the U.S. House supported. She is on the wrong side of a majority of Americans on this.

2. She participated in an anti-Israel protest in front of the Israeli Consulate in Los Angeles where “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free” was chanted, effectively calling for an end to the Jewish of Israel.

3. On her nonprofit website, Beautiful Trouble, she promotes Hamas as a form of protest: “Hamas explains itself. It is a demonstration in both senses of the word: a protest and an exposition of the reasons for that protest.” see: https://beautifultrouble.org/toolbox/tool/hamoq-and-hamas/)-How do we know that Beautiful Trouble belongs to Chelsea Byers? The donate page lists her home address in West Hollywood. (https://beautifultrouble.org/donate)-We’d suggest you look further at her activist principles, especially: https://beautifultrouble.org/toolbox/tool/dont-dress-like-a-protester/ where she states “If you look like a stereotypical protester, it’s easy for people to write you off, but if you look like the girl next door, people just might sympathize with you instead” – consider who you are really supporting.

Last week, my organization held a two-hour meeting with her along with West Hollywood Israelis, Persian Jews, and children of Holocaust survivors. When asked to explain herself and whether she regretted her activism which endangers so many Jews today, she expressed little remorse and left the participants feeling more disturbed.
And, her history of opposing and protesting mainstream Democrats should give us all pause.

Of Hillary Clinton, Chelsea said: “She’s taken more money than any candidate has from arms dealers and weapons manufacturers,” said Chelsea Byers. “We know that when they are investing that much into the election that we can expect a future full of war. This candidate has taken that money willingly.” (see: https://beverlypress.com/2016/02/31065/)

In short, Chelsea’s fringe and radical anti-Israel antisemitic activism is what incites the kind of hate we saw just this past weekend in West Hollywood and Beverly Hills (https://ktla.com/news/local-news/investigation-underway-after-van-with-antisemitic-messages-seen-driving-around-west-hollywood-beverly-hills/). If a person with Chelsea’s past gets a seat on the West Hollywood City Council, it is our view that antisemites will only be emboldened to take more action, possibly resulting in violence.

West Hollywood is a city that not only tolerates differences but promotes mutual respect and diversity – Chelsea is not a candidate that reflects those core values. Her candidacy is an offense to Jewish residents in West Hollywood, many of whom are Holocaust survivors. In fact, the wife of the Israeli wrestling coach murdered by Palestinian terrorists at the ’72 Olympics calls West Hollywood home, she will be disgusted if a person like Chelsea is elected to serve on the City Council. (https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3205661,00.html)

We will be actively and vociferously opposing Chelsea Byer’s candidacy and anyone who supports it.
Thank you, and if you have any questions, please feel free to reach me on my personal cell at: 818-264-9916. I have copied my friend and colleague Rabbi Denise Eger from Congregation Kol Ami in West Hollywood, who also has serious concerns about Chelsea Byers.

Dillon L. Hosier
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

ICAN: Israeli-American Civic Action Network
Mobile: 202-888-4240
Email: Dillon@IsraelUSA.orgWeb: www.IsraelUSA.org
Social: Facebook | Twitter: @DillonHosier | LinkedIn

UPDATE : We reached out to Seymour, Greene and Moore with the question – were you aware of Chelsea Byers history before planning this fundraiser? Greene replied via email.

“Due to unforeseen scheduling issues the event previously scheduled for June 8th has been postponed. My co-hosts and I have known Chelsea through her good work advocating for affordable housing and improving West Hollywood. We were not aware of her work on international policy issues prior to about two days ago.”

Aaron Green
President
The Afriat Consulting Group, Inc. 

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WeHo Worker
WeHo Worker
2 months ago

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chloe roos
2 months ago

What engenders the hate? Who becomes one and how is an anti-semite created. Is it a personal interaction that left another feeling ill disposed to specific comments or actions? In all my life I have not yet figured it out and when I encounter a person running for a public office with that negativity in the agenda; I wonder what is the goal? As a Jew, I often find myself annoyed by other Jews. It is generally an impression left by an individual. But to be an acknowledged “anti-semite” baffles me? And I would really like to know why Chelsea… Read more »

Dawn Lacey
Dawn Lacey
2 months ago
Reply to  chloe roos

Insert eye roll. Honey….

Who Are We?
Who Are We?
2 months ago

“Israeli American Civic Action Network is a movement of Israel and American grassroots activists and leaders creating change for a better America, a more secure Israel and a stronger U.S. -Israel alliance. “ “ICAN was founded in 2018 to empower Israelis living in America and ‘bridge a growing divide’ between American policymakers and Israel. Our unique approach joins Israeli immigrants with American allies to lead advocacy initiatives that create real impact. Empowered by comprehensive civic education. and sharing an authentic connection to their homeland, Israelis living in America have proven to be a vital strategic asset securing the special alliances… Read more »

Bias
Bias
2 months ago

Dear Mr. Hosier, It is somewhat surprising that someone in your position would have the temerity to write such an inaccurate and inflammatory letter about Ms. Byers. While researching her credentials it would seem as though you have sloppily and wrongfully pursued this individual under false terms. 1. Beautiful Trouble is NOT her personal website. She is neither a founder, part of the Core Team, Editor or Rising Editor but one of several Study Guide Editors and Strategy Card Deck Editors in a program of strategic Community Organizers. 2. How this would be offensive to you is not presumed however… Read more »

Bias
Bias
2 months ago
Reply to  Bias

If it wasn’t clear, Mr. Dillon Hosier is Chairman & CEO of ICAN Israel American Civil Action Network author of these outrageous accusations about Chelsea Byers described in another comment.

WehoFan
WehoFan
2 months ago

“Due to unforeseen scheduling issues”

Aaron: Condemn anti-semitism.

WehoFan
WehoFan
2 months ago

This article is revealing all the anti-semites in west hollywood. Name and shame them.

Openness
Openness
2 months ago
Reply to  WehoFan

There you go pointing out presumed enemies. Try a bit of openness and magnanimous spirit. It works wonders.

WehoFan
WehoFan
2 months ago

Larry please keep this article on the main page. Important.

EWeho
EWeho
2 months ago

Would like to see Wehoville reach out directly to Horvath and Erickson for their comments on this information.

Michael on Havenhurst
Michael on Havenhurst
2 months ago

What is Chelsea Byer’s educational background? That is not included on her extensive campaign website. What is this anti-Semitic hiding? Does she have another useless gender studies degree like Lindsay Horvath? Or does she have a bible “thumper” PHD like “Doctor” Erickson?

Please look it up on Linkedin
Please look it up on Linkedin
2 months ago

Please look it up on Linkedin before making baseless accusations.

Michael on Havenhurst
Michael on Havenhurst
2 months ago

Why would I look it up on LinkedIn? I have absolutely no interest in hiring this woman. I understand Byer’s boyfriend is the ex Campaign manager for her fellow anti Semite Lindsey Horvath,. You would think he would advice Byers to put this information on her campaign website. Again, what is this white racist anti Semite women hiding?

Where is Chelsea Byers?
Where is Chelsea Byers?
2 months ago

Chelsea Byers should respond to this. She wants to be on West Hollywood City Council. Well listen to the voters of West Hollywood. You there, Chelsea Byers?

Shoshana Hamacabee
Shoshana Hamacabee
2 months ago

No statement from Chelsea Byers. No apology. Nothing. But she goes to world dog day with a big smile. So no need to answer to Jews in the community. Dogs matter more.

greeneyedguy
greeneyedguy
2 months ago

She doesn’t need to apologize for anything.

I am saying this as a Jewish resident of West Hollywood.

WehoFan
WehoFan
2 months ago
Reply to  greeneyedguy

Speak for yourself.

Friend
Friend
2 months ago

Every time you see Jeff Seymour you know it’s all about money. Shame on you Jeff.

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