OpEd: The dirty politics of Lindsey Horvath

This past weekend I received a text message with a photo of Lindsey Horvath’s campaign van plastered with #MeToo, and a “say no” to her opponent in the race for County Supervisor. The hashtag was meant to degrade her opponent’s reputation. Horvath’s campaign could have said “#clean up the homeless,” or “#vote horvath,” but instead Lindsey Horvath can bring down the integrity of campaign all by herself.

It’s dirty politics. We all know what #metoo means, but Google its definition: adjective: relating to the adoption of imitation of a person’s views or policies, often for political advantage.

Think back to 2015 when Lindsey was first elected to the West Hollywood City Council. She ran for the open seat being vacated by Abbe Land. The city council at the time was comprised 3 Johns, a Jeff, and Abbe. Horvath ran a ‘gender based campaign” — ‘we need a woman on the dais.’ That year, the voters selected two women to join the council dais, Lauren Meister and Lindsey Horvath.

Fast-forward seven years. Horvath is running for County Supervisor after only one full term as a part-time city council member. There are five females on the Board of Supervisors. Does Bob go around saying we need a man on the Board of Supervisors?

This time around Horvath is name-calling — “Big Oil Bob” or a host of other insinuations to demean and degrade. Horvath has no ideas to “brand.” But the fact is Lindsey Horvath supported ‘Big Oil – George W. Bush‘ in his 2000 campaign against green-energy hero Al Gore. Horvath supported ‘pro-life Bush’ against pro-choice Gore. Horvath cast many stones to deflect from her own record.

Our little town of West Hollywood is 1.9 square miles. A tiny city where most of us know all our council members. The Mayor of West Hollywood endorsed Bob Hertzberg. The West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce endorsed Bob Hertzberg. How did Lindsey Horvath lose her home court advantage? How did she burn so many bridges that neither could give her the benefit of the doubt? To understand Horvath’s politics just read this op-ed written by a resident.

Horvath had a friendship with outgoing County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl and knew her seat would open after this term. She positioned herself early. Together with her friend co-Council member John Erickson, they ganged up on Mayor Lauren Meister to vote against West Hollywood’s seat on the Southern California Association of Governments — a total sell out by them both. Horvath and Erickson voted for the Mayor of Culver City over the Mayor of West Hollywood.

After the primary campaign this past June, Horvath scrubbed all references to “LGBTQ” and “West Hollywood” from her bio, just like she erased her pro-life and pro-oil connections. In the last forum, Horvath never mentioned West Hollywood once; we were relegated to “my city,” “my community,” and not a word of the LGBTQ+ .

The corruption of Lindsey Horvath is widespread and happening right now in front of our eyes.

The players, Estavan Montemayor who is Horvath’s campaign spokesperson, direct appointee to Rent Stabilization, registered city lobbyist for the 8850 Sunset Blvd Viper Room project. Barbera Grover, heading up the independent expenditure committee “Neighbors for Lindsey Horvath’ and is/was part of the team lobbying for 8850 Sunset Viper Room project, and Council member John Erickson who was part of the “Neighbors for Lindsey Horvath” independent expenditure committee through the primary and their candidates Robert Oliver and Chelsea Byers.

Big Labor opened two independent expenditure committees, “Friends of Robert Oliver”, and “Friends of Chelsea Byers” for both first time candidates. Jim Arnone and DJ Moore of Latham and Watkins are the attorney’s for 8850 Sunset and have chipped in handsomely. One must ask themselves how first time candidates could get this backing?

It’s Dirty Politics. At the 8850 Sunset Viper Room project, Erickson and Horvath are quietly horse trading votes A colleague close to the relationship told me directly that the developers ‘felt pressure to win both Horvath and Erickson’s vote on the project’ This project has a pre-approval from UNITE HERE Local 11, who are supporting both Oliver and Byers. Their votes are guaranteed before they are even elected.

Neighbors for Lindsey Horvath is also milking the city’s trash provider Athens’s Services for donations to the Horvath campaign. The organic waste update that is mandated from the State of California has been held up at City Hall since the beginning of the year. It should be a slam dunk for Athens, – the state changed the law. But Horvath’s campaign received at least $20,000 from Athens made to an independent expeniture campaign “Neighbors for Lindsey Horvath”, – (not real neighbors).

Remember the 3-2 vote on the Faring / Roberson Lane Treehouse project? The vote split 3-2 with Horvath and Erickson voting for the project and a mural of Lindsey rises on the corner of Robertson and Santa Monica Blvd a few weeks later. It was listed as an in-lieu contribution and violated the laws of the City of West Hollywood. Horvath sat by and smiled until the City of West Hollywood was forced to cite the project and have it removed. It was an embarrassment for Faring and for the Horvath campaign.

Is Lindsey Horvath running on ideas? Have you heard any?

The appointment of Nika Soon-Shiong to the Public Safety Commission was a betrayal of the public trust. Soon-Shiong is the daughter of the Los Angeles Times owner and an activist with no previous involvement in West Hollywood. Horvath advanced her ideas to defund our Public Safety to curry favor and win an endorsement in her race for County Supervisor. Our commissions are liasons to the community, advisory boards, but Soon-Shiong voted to cut 10 deputies from the Sheriff, the motion was seconded by Robert Oliver. Then when the community had objections they called all of West Hollywood racist. Horvath doesn’t listen to the voters, she does what’s best for herself. Often she moved without public input pretending to represent us and then pushing her agenda. What was in her self-interest.

And then there is Planned Parenthood. Council member John Erickson is the director of advocacy for Planned Parenthood Los Angeles. Two $50,000 donations were made to the Horvath campaign. Planned Parenthood, a non-profit that is supposed to be raising money to support abortion rights and the needs of those who cannot afford an abortion but donated $100,000 to the Horvath campaign against a man Bob Hertzberg who has a 100% approval rating from Planned Parenthood. This mis-appropriation of funds should be investigated.

Don’t forget, the County is a partner to the State. Bob Hertzberg can bring us meaningful change with his broad experience. Lindsey Horvath is not much different from Sheila Kuehl who is under investigation for corruption and insider dealing.

In my opinion, the FPPC and District Attorney would do a public service if they investigate the Horvath campaign and the movement of money and/or trading of votes.

Authors Note: I began in the Lindsey camp and made a small donation of $100 to her primary campaign. As the campaign progressed it became clear that Horvath was placing her self interests over her oath of office or the residents she was elected to represent.

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Jay Jortal
Jay Jortal
2 months ago

I have known Bob Hertzberg since college. Even though he was a son of very wealthy parents, he was always looking for ways to provide equality in government. His historical legislation for Native American Casinos is a testimony to that fact. He was always one of the brightest stars in political science classes I shared with him. But since his days in Sacramento, he’s completely out of touch with what’s going on. Especially in Los Angeles. In his run for mayor – he wanted to split the school district. Also – he doesn’t seem to care about constituents. When people… Read more »

Last edited 2 months ago by Jay Jortal
Denise Butler
Denise Butler
2 months ago

Bad news. Hievath refused to help protect my home as anti elder and discrimination based on race in my opinion. Sue Lindsay!

Disengenuous
Disengenuous
3 months ago

The latest bulletin from Ms. Horvath is entirely disingenuous depicting her decision to seek the Supervisor’s position. She apparently believed or believes that residents of West Hollywood will have a short memory concerning how she has undermined the city and virtually erased it from her resume. as her eye is on the larger picture. This is an abhorrent act and she should not occupy any position of public service in the future.

Wehoan
Wehoan
3 months ago

It’s somewhat satisfying seeing numerous Hertzberg yard signs on the block of Harper, where Horvath lives. It’s the proverbial “F.U.” by her own neighbors. In another part of town, someone posted the flyer of her claiming that abortion is murder along with a Hertzberg sign! Let’s hope voters will send a strong message to her on Nov. 8 and remind her that we are not (racist) idiots, but that she is the morally corrupt politician who sold her soul to special interests.

CHLOE ROSS
CHLOE ROSS
3 months ago

If Lindsay was looking become a household word in WeHo and beyond, she has done it. She has made herself into a product – like Drano, Raid and Tidy Bowl.

Toms
Toms
3 months ago
Reply to  CHLOE ROSS

never expected anything like her.
After January she turned into Linda Blair in Exorcist. Happy Halloween Lyndsay
You didn’t expect Weho to come for you???

Toms
Toms
3 months ago

Your a perfect example of Horvaths inner mind set this is about Horvath nobody else truth really hurts

Songa Colventia
Songa Colventia
3 months ago

I voted no after seeing her posting her face on that wall. What an idiot.

MG on Havenhurst Drive
MG on Havenhurst Drive
3 months ago

Well her joined at the hip idiot buddy is John Erickson.

Who Am I?
Who Am I?
3 months ago

John Erickson, continually pontificating even though he doesn’t have any idea of who he is. A degree in gender studies? A position with Planned Parenthood, what could he possibly know about that subject? This guy needs a hobby and it is not one messing around with the policies of municipal government even though he was a deputy for Abbe Land and learned procedural issues.

MG on Havenhurst Drive
MG on Havenhurst Drive
3 months ago

NO vote on John Heilman. He gave WEJIO Lindsay Horvath. Land and Heilman gave WEHO John Erickson. The other three NO votes, who are all hooked up with this dreadful group are Oliver Wright and Buyers. They are all in with the SHE Cabal. PS a positive definite no vote for Horvath as county supervisor. Enough of this self-appointed ridiculous Queen Bee of West Hollywood. She has done enough damage to this community that will take a decade to cure.

Alex
Alex
3 months ago

Thanks for sharing the tale of Ms Horvath. I just threw out some Horvath fliers in my mailbox and they’re just as awful as the example you posted. She plays dirty and for no reason whatsoever – which I strongly believe is because she doesn’t have any ideas of substance that would make her worth voting for. It’s so easy to simply vilify your opponent; but having worthwhile progressive and nuanced ideas, takes real work. And honestly, she’s just not for me. As a long time resident and constituent, I tried to numerous times to meet with her about something… Read more »

Pavarotti
Pavarotti
3 months ago

Could someone please educate me: which council members were responsible for voting to appoint Lindsey to the council to take the recently vacated seat of Sal Guariello back in 2009 (without asking for any voter input)? I don’t remember who it was, but I surely do remember that she was kicked out at the first opportunity by the voters.

Toms
Toms
3 months ago
Reply to  Pavarotti

Spoke to Meister campaigning today it was John Heilmen

Last edited 3 months ago by Toms
Steve Martin
Steve Martin
3 months ago
Reply to  Pavarotti

John Heilman, Abbe Land and Jeff Prang; Duran voted against the appointment. John D’Amico defeated her in the next election.

Linda Cauthen
3 months ago
Reply to  Pavarotti

That’s what I was wondering. Shouldn’t that seat have gone to someone who represents the senior population of WeHo, not a twenty-something?

Pavarotti
Pavarotti
3 months ago
Reply to  Linda Cauthen

Thanks, Toms and Steve.
In so many ways Heilman and Duran (even though he’s apparently not responsible for Horvath) are standing now to try to repair the damage they previously caused.

Jimmy palmieri
Jimmy palmieri
3 months ago
Reply to  Pavarotti

It was heilman and land. They fought ferociously to have an appointment rather than an election. Lindsey was the one who suffered because of them. She won her seat after that. She worked hard, campaigned hard and earned it .

voting
voting
3 months ago
Reply to  Jimmy palmieri

The residents of West Hollywood suffered because Lindsey Horvath was appointed. She won the next election because she had name recognition from her appointment. Disgraceful woman.

Eastside Straight Girl
Eastside Straight Girl
3 months ago

I want to address Horatio’s comment below about this site. I have been reading WeHoville way before Larry Block took it over & in my opinion more than ever, it has been fair across the board as an equal opportunity reporting online paper. Horvath, all on her own has created this political landscape with all of the twists & turns with a record that speaks for itself. To not report everything is to censor & we already have enough of that in the “controlled” media. There is no hate here, just facts that people need to research on their own.… Read more »

Alan Strasburg
Alan Strasburg
3 months ago

WEHOVille is where real people can express themselves in the way the First Amendment intended. It’s disturbing to continue to hear the tired narrative of those who trample on the First Amendment rights of those they can’t control. This site is a treasure, despite the denunciations of current council members who trash it from the council dais, and folks like Jackie Steele who cry “who cares” and Robert Oliver who calls it a “local resident’s gossip blog.” Their arrogance in dismissing our voices renders them unfit for public service. It kills them that they can’t control our voices, so they… Read more »

Zero Integrity
Zero Integrity
3 months ago

Since Horvath has zero integrity, she will stoop to the lowest level to denigrate others. Tonight she is appearing on Zoom with Jane Fonda, hiding in whatever cover or notoriety Fonda’s name can offer.

Joe Bologna
Joe Bologna
3 months ago
Reply to  Zero Integrity

You mean Hanoi Jane? (*If you’re under 30, Google…)

Last edited 3 months ago by Joe Bologna
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