Who is Sarah Adolphson?

The WeHo for the People candidate forum introduced residents to Sarah Adolphson-Reimer. Adolphson is a resident of Kings Road and a business owner with offices on Norwich Drive. WEHOville went to meet the rising star on the afternoon after her performance that had everyone in the city talking.

Adolphson is a straight married woman, small business owner and long-term West Hollywood resident. While we had not seen or heard Sarah speak on the issues before her debut last night, she was well informed and had telegenic charisma. She is beautiful and smart.

WEHOville received a number of texts such as “WHOOOOO is Sarah!”

Another text: ” I looooved Sarah.

And yet another comment from an involved resident: “She should stay involved and run in two years, I’d even vote for her against Joe Biden.”

Adolphson’s pitch-perfect tone, warm demeanor and practical, to-the-point perspective lifted the spirit of the debate that anything is possible in the magical city of West Hollywood.

My dream, when founding the term limits initiative, that the voices of the people could rise was awakened. There are new leaders prepared to serve. Some of them have full-time jobs and cannot play politics every day but are “compelled to serve.”

So I set off to meet Sarah. She welcomed me into her office on Norwich Drive. Her team was all busy working.

Sarah, congratulations on an incredible performance last night. Who are you?

I can go all the way back … I was born and grew up in Saratoga, California. My father was always active in the community, he ran for school board. (She shows me an old campaign button of his she found recently and smiles). He ran for school board while I was in elementary school and stayed all the way to my high school graduation. We were very active in the community. I was on the youth commission and worked with the City Council to make sure there were services for the young people in our community, which is also about 35,000 people.

When did you move to West Hollywood ?

My West Hollywood story….. I came down to L.A., went to USC for my undergrad in journalism. I got assigned my junior year, everybody got assigned a city, and I was assigned West Hollywood. I’ll be honest … was a little disappointed, I wanted something a little grittier, something that could really tell a story about. And then I found out West Hollywood had a special story. It has a really special story. I would sit at the city council meetings. Everybody was full of love, full of light. There was interesting stories, there was interesting people, there was no crime. For my crime blog there was a purse snatching. And I thought; ‘This is where I’m going to move as soon as I’m done with college.’ This was the kind of community that I grew up in.

Where do you live now?

North Kings Road. I ended up joining the Peace Corps right after college. I was in the Republic of Georgia for two years, then came back and went straight to West Hollywood. Here is where I’ve been ever since. We moved upstairs from a 1 bedroom to a 2 bedroom but I didn’t want to leave North Kings Road.

You have a partner, or a husband?

I found a husband. I met him 2006, shortly after I moved here. Then he moved down from Sacramento. We did long distance. I met him through his Peace Corps friends.

What does he do for work?

He works for real estate finance, he works with developers.

Is that a good thing?

It is a good thing. He gives me a perspective that I don’t have any information or experience in. I’ve learned a lot about developments through him. He is more residential than he is commercial.

So from left field all of a sudden you decided to pull papers and run. What was that motivating, I’m going to do this?

Well I told you about why I fell in love with West Hollywood back when I was in college and studying it. And I lived here and I loved it and then it just took a turn. For the lack of a better term, I don’t know if it was the pandemic, I’m sure it was a mixture of the pandemic and leadership. But we are just focusing on the wrong problems. West Hollywood to me feels like a small town in a big city. I know all my neighbors. I know everyone with a dog within many blocks where I live. Now I don’t feel safe walking my dogs at night. The homeless problem is really bad. It’s not a housing issue. These people are severely mentally ill and we are not taking care of them. They are also making us feel very threatened. We need to do something about that. And then when I heard we are cutting the sheriff department when crime is at an all time high. It’s when I went for it.

Excellent… Your campaign came late to the game. Do you have the funds to compete?

I have zero dollars right now. But I have a lot of friends and family that have pledged support. I should be getting my ID number any day now and open a bank account and be able to fundraise. I’m not going to compete with the folks who have $200,000 raised. I’m a grass roots kind of person. My entire career has been focused on social impact and leveraging limited resources to make a difference in the world. I’m going to take that experience and apply that to my campaign.

Do you have a website set up?

SarahAdolphson.com

So what is your three biggest issues? Where you been?

I’ve been building a business which is a lot of work but my team is excellent and we are in a really great place to where I can make space to fight for the City of West Hollywood, the same way I fight for my clients.

What kind of business are you in?

Philanthropy. We are a social impact agency. We started off as an agency for celebrities to be able to leverage their celebrity and their influence and their finances for good. I used to run the foundation at William Morris Endeavor, Talent agency. I was working at the time with Lady Gaga and was able to launch Artemis with her as a client and help the Born this Way Foundation. We’ve expanded since, my business partner has worked a long time with Al Gore on his client work, and she brought him into the fold and some others. There are some articles I can share with you.

Any thoughts of the debate last night?

I thought it was interesting. There are so many of us that it’s very hard to get to the heart of any these issues. Trying to solve homelessness in 60 seconds is not easy. I’ve been been working in philanthropy for over 20 years. I have worked with a number of homeless organizations. I can talk about that and my thoughts and my experiences but 60 seconds was not enough to get out all of my ideas and perspectives on that.

Do you have any events planned?

We are working on them. One of them is definitely going to be a service day. I want one of my things to be focused on cleaning the city and picking up trash. Doing good things for West Hollywood. That’s who i am.

I want to run as green as a campaign as I can. I realize it cant be perfect. But that is important to me as well. But I will be sharing on my instagram. And if people subscribe on my website I’ll be sending out mailers of when we are going to get together.

Thank you, Thank you, such a sweet pleasure, good luck in your campaign.

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About Larry Block
Larry Block is a contributor and shareholder in Boystown Media. He is a local business owner, community advocate and has lived or worked in West Hollywood since 1985. Larry has served as Chairman of the Public Facilities Commission and Chairman of the Disability Advisory Board.

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Sizzle but No Steak
Sizzle but No Steak
1 month ago

Likely disengenuous. Sizzle without the steak. Looking to increase her laurels within the “celebrity philanthropy” camouflage crowd. Hi It’s everywhere.

Where are the folks quietly dedicated to public service not looking for a crown on their head? 🙄🏆👏🙄👑👑🙄

If it looks too good to be true, it generally is!😇

Bill
Bill
1 month ago

This is truly hilarious, and the second time “Sizzle” has posted something along the same lines. People aren’t biting and you have zero clue who Sarah is obviously. The good news is that she’s appealing to many, which I suspect makes you nervous. Do you really think this helps her business? If you do, then you are painfully naive.

Sizzle But No Steak
Sizzle But No Steak
26 days ago
Reply to  Bill

Connections to power are generally sought to improve their business position. Ms. Adolphson, under the obvious formulaic veneer is simply not credible for a city council position. Have known many Sarahs in multiple business venues so keen experience informs me. Larry was apparently snowed in during the interview. Happens to many trusting folks.

Warren Cohn
Warren Cohn
1 month ago

Love having read this and was thrilled to read Sarah has put her hat in the ring. I have had the pleasure of meeting her and her husband at purely social occasions and always found her to be warm, kind, smart and genuine. I had no knowledge of her community political aspirations and am beyond thrilled to know this to be true. WeHo is/has been in a serious downward spiral and like many, it’s been home to be for almost 20’years now and it’s heartbreaking to witness these challenges on the streets of WeHo on a daily basis. Sarah’s compassion,… Read more »

Heythereall11
Heythereall11
1 month ago

I wasn’t familiar with Sarah at all until watching the forum on Youtube over the weekend and now she is very much on my short-list of who to vote for in November. Looking forward to hearing more from her.

Todd Bianco
1 month ago

Interesting. I’ll have to watch the video of the forum. However, if her husband is in real estate finance, perhaps he can help our developers who can’t seem to finance their approved projects. I’m looking at you, Melrose Triangle, Robertson Lane, French Market and The Arts Club….

A.L.
A.L.
1 month ago

I too was very impressed with Sarah Adolphson. She definitely has a natural vibe when speaking, and she didn’t seem fake at all. She also seems to be prioritizing many of the right things (combating crime and homelessness). I’m looking forward to seeing how her campaign unfolds!

Questions
Questions
1 month ago

Dear Ms. Adolphson, please tell us about how the direct connections that working for the Peace Corps in Georgia resulted in like minded successful efforts beyond. It seems a sizable jump from the Peace Corps and its objectives to the entertainment business. Don’t you think the Peace Corps could have benefitted from your education going forward?

Additionally, it seems a stretch from 2006 to 2022 to not show any community involvement as a private resident.

Jordan Cockeram
1 month ago

When Melissa Crowder (the city clerk) sent us the order in which our names would appear on the ballot, I saw the name Sarah Adolphson and thought “Who is this candidate? They must be someone who just got the required signatures and threw their name in to see what would happen”. Then I heard her speak at the forum…needless to say, I was blown away. She came off as so intelligent, sincere, and versed on the issues of the city. I immediately went to her website, got her email, and introduced myself. We got to meet in person today at… Read more »

Jay
Jay
1 month ago

Jordan / Sarah, what are you going to do with the minimum wage ordinance? Businesses need help.

Stuart Foxx
Stuart Foxx
1 month ago
Reply to  Jay

You would have to file a petition with the federal court to overturn the ordinance.

Not sure what you are looking for from a CC member.

I looked online and that was the only reference I found.

Peter
Peter
1 month ago

Lost me at “my husband’s a real estate developer”. Boring!

greeneyedguy
greeneyedguy
1 month ago

Good luck to her.

Last edited 1 month ago by greeneyedguy
Gay Maga
Gay Maga
1 month ago

Hopefully she’ll run, replacing the dreadful Shyne and Erickson! Fortunately, I believe Horvath will be history, unelected to the county seat, and nothing but a very bad memory for West Hollywood.

Stuart Foxx
Stuart Foxx
1 month ago
Reply to  Gay Maga

We recently voted in Shyne and Erickson. You will have to wait another two years.

Alan Strasburg
Alan Strasburg
1 month ago

Sarah has an impressive background and clearly has done her homework and is ready to roll up her sleeves and work on the nuts and bolts of sound municipal governance. Sarah is absolutely right when she comments that we are focusing on the wrong things. In addition to her natural intelligence and command of words and thoughts, she’s also charming and full of grace in a way that shows that she will be a consensus builder and not a divider. She is a formidable candidate and very much an asset to West Hollywood’s future. There will be many charges that… Read more »

greeneyedguy
greeneyedguy
1 month ago
Reply to  Alan Strasburg

Think outside the box, think outside the incestuous cabal that will get us only more of the same.”

Ahhh I remember a certain political candidate making statements like these back in 2015 and 2016…

:dpb
:dpb
1 month ago
Reply to  Alan Strasburg

Not having served on a Weho City board or commission is a plus with the likes of Robert Oliver and Zachery and Margarite and Byers or previously on the council like Duran and Heilman running. Shyne will call her elitist, Erickson won’t understand her as she speaks grammatically correct and substantiates her claims. Horvath will wish she were her. (You wish, gurl.) Let’s see more. I’m interested in her events. Somehow I think they all won’t be in bars.

Nope
Nope
1 month ago
Reply to  :dpb

Interesting how you intentionally spelled the POC names wrong. It’s fine for you to not agree and still have the common decency to refer to people by the names their parents gave them.

Ben McCormick
Ben McCormick
1 month ago
Reply to  :dpb

LOL, so true! “Erickson won’t understand her as she speaks grammatically correct and substantiates her claims.”

JF1
JF1
1 month ago

She was great. An unknown. Hopefully when Meister, Duran and Heilman get elected, they can put her front and center and then next go around she can bump Shyne and Erickson off.

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