At its regular meeting tonight, the City Council of the City of West Hollywood voted upon selection of the City’s next Mayor and Mayor Pro Tempore: Sepi Shyne will become the next Mayor and John M. Erickson will become the next Mayor Pro Tempore.
Incoming Mayor Shyne and Incoming Mayor Pro Tempore Erickson will be sworn-in at the City of West Hollywood’s annual City Council Reorganization and Installation meeting and oath of office ceremony, which will take place on tonight at 6 p.m. at the City’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. A reception will immediately follow at the Pacific Design Center, located at 8687 Melrose Avenue.
The meeting, ceremony, and reception are free and open to the public. Limited validated parking will be available at the West Hollywood Park five-story structure; additional validated overflow parking will be available at the Pacific Design Center.
The meeting and ceremony will be live-broadcast and streamed as part of the regular City Council meeting and will be available by tuning into Channel 10 on Spectrum within West Hollywood, by visiting the City of West Hollywood’s website at www.weho.org/wehotv, or by visiting the City’s WeHoTV YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/wehotv. In addition, City Council meetings can also be viewed on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, and Roku streaming platforms by searching “WeHoTV” within the search functions of these services.
About Incoming Mayor Sepi Shyne
Sepi Shyne made history in November 2020 when she was elected to the West Hollywood City Council. She became the first out LGBTQ Iranian elected anywhere globally and locally became the first woman of color elected to the West Hollywood City Council. Her election also ushered in West Hollywood’s first female-majority City Council. Shyne’s priorities include advocating for affordable housing, protecting renters and social service programs, social justice, small business revival, and bringing the people’s voices to West Hollywood City Hall.
Shyne received her Bachelor of Science from San Jose State University with a double concentration in Accounting and Management Information Systems and a Minor in Drama with an emphasis in Directing. She received her Juris Doctorate with a specialization certificate in litigation from Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco.
As an LGBTQ+ and civil rights leader for more than 20 years, her leadership has helped secure equal rights for all. Before her election to the West Hollywood City Council, Shyne served on the City of West Hollywood’s Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board (now LGBTQ+ Advisory Board), on the City of West Hollywood’s Business License Commission, and on the Los Angeles County Assessor’s Advisory Council, on which she continues to serve. Additionally, she has led many boards and organizations, including the LGBT Bar Association of Los Angeles and as a Board of Governor and Steering Committee leader with the Human Rights Campaign Los Angeles.
Shyne is a Co-Organizer of WeHo Neighbors Helping Neighbors, a community group created during the pandemic to help get resources to seniors, people with disabilities, and people in immunosuppressed households via social media and volunteer check-in calls. In every board and organization she has led, she has recruited and elevated women and people of color to leadership positions to create more diversity, inclusion, and equity.
About Incoming Mayor Pro Tempore John M. Erickson
John M. Erickson was elected to the West Hollywood City Council on November 3, 2020 with the commitment to uphold the city’s founding vision for a forward-thinking, diverse, and tolerant community.
Erickson first planted roots in West Hollywood in 2010 when he was selected to intern for the West Hollywood City Council. The internship set him on a path that connected his work for social and economic justice with his passion for public service. He went on to become Council Deputy to former Mayor Abbe Land and then served as a staff member at West Hollywood City Hall working to advance policies, initiate programs, and increase awareness around LGBTQ+ rights, women’s rights, the environment, and civic engagement.
After leaving City Hall, Erickson served as a Legislative Representative at LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) and is currently the Interim Vice President of Public Affairs, Communications, and Marketing at Planned Parenthood Los Angeles.
The immediate past Vice Chair of the City’s Planning Commission, Erickson’s priorities on the City Council include overcoming COVID-19 through sensible health practices and economic recovery; creating more affordable housing and protecting renters’ rights; reducing traffic through alternative transportation strategies, fighting climate change and making our city more sustainable; and implementing policies that make the city truly free of prejudice and welcoming to all.
Erickson has earned a reputation as a fearless, tenacious, and effective voice for those who need one. His advocacy work includes serving as a National Board Member of the National Organization for Women and President of the ACLU Southern California. In 2017, he became Governor Brown’s appointee to the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls and served as an organizer for both the Resist March and the historic Women’s March Los Angeles. He serves on the Board of the Women’s March Los Angeles Foundation. Erickson was part of the End Statute of Limitation on Rape (ERSOL) Campaign, which overturned California’s statute of limitations on rape and sexual assault in 2016.
Erickson received his Ph.D. in American Religious History from Claremont Graduate University and a Dual-Master’s Degree from Claremont Graduate University. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh with a B.A. in English and Women’s Studies.
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About Artist Parisa Parnian
Parisa Parnian was selected by Incoming Mayor Sepi Shyne to provide an original artwork for the City of West Hollywood’s 2023 City Council Reorganization and Installation event invitation. Artist Statement: “The Phoenix bird represents Incoming Mayor Sepi Shyne both as a symbol of her ‘rising out of the ashes’ and taking flight, as well as a nod to her Iranian heritage: the Phoenix bird is part of Persian mythology. The background of sparkly palm trees silhouetted by the sun references the iconic West Hollywood skyline. And the collective of raised fists represents not only the City of West Hollywood’s history of inclusivity and progressiveness, but also Incoming Mayor Shyne’s commitment to equity and advocacy for the community she serves.”
I keep hearing about Shlepi’s admirers. Who are these people, and what is wrong with them? Hard to believe that any thinking person could support this mentally ill clown.
our taxes paid for this
The comedy show has began. All this Sepi praise at the start of council session is nauseating
Only thing missing from tonight was the Ringling Brothers. If this is a sign of weho’s future we should just give the whole damn city place to that Native American woman who we acknowledged owns the land and move on.
It’s always been a joke. It’s just that more are starting to realize it now.
Monster becomes Mayor
What’s great about WEHOville is that certain media just reading the comments can have a field day with Shyne’s “reputation” for becoming the most hated mayor in the USA!!!
If you stay away tonight she will only be surrounded by her fawning admirers!
Come to the meeting and speak in public comment. Let her know how you feel! Or are you only capable of saying it to each other? (which does no good!)
Run for City Council, true resident representation, putting people first!
No thank you! I would not want to be part of that snake pit! My only interest is in helping people with disabilities and not in local politics! However I wouldn’t mind seeing you run again!
Why won’t the city of West Hollywood come clean on who is getting the commission from block by block for the contracted services? City council members, City officials etc. I guess the only answer is a breach of public trust lawsuit to find out who’s getting the bucks. Under the table? Cover-ups? Shyne is so hot on BBB, headed by a convicted murderer, I bet she’s getting it
Sickening. After Lauren Meister was such a great leader for our community, this is a sad next step.
I’m offended by Sepi Shyne’s overt racist behavior and attitudes, even if it is a due to mental illness.
Septic Shyne should be RECALLED from the City Council, not appointed Mayor. She is completely incompetent as a leader, and it’s the height of arrogance that she thought herself at all qualified to seek elected office with no skills, talent, ideas, or abilities that would qualify her for that. Self-serving, vicious, egomaniacal monster, who should be thrown out of office and thrown out of town. This meeting, and all subsequent meetings, should be met by massive protest with the relentless goal of getting her out of office entirely.
Hopefully no one will show up …..to see Sepi genuflecting to herself and her sidekick Erickson performing his usual silliness. An empty Council Chamber would be a significant and silent protest.
How come city’s invitation only depicts brown and black arms raised in the air? What happened to representation of all? This combined with Shyne’s anti-white sentiment really speaks volumes. Is she really a leader for all the people or only her select few?
This has been abundantly clear to more than a few long-time residents.
Sepi Shyne’s Priorities:
ME, MYSELF & I
Appropriate rain on her inauguration.
West Hollywood should not be celebrating/tuning in/attending. Shyne cares more about her own political ambitions than she does the city and the people she is suppose to represent. No thanks. #notmymayor (Erickson is not any better)
Things will never truly change unless West Hollywood moves to a mayor directly elected by the voters. This ceremonial rotating mayor process leaves no one in charge or to actually hold responsible. The current system fosters the dysfunction we’ve seen for many years.
Yes, purely ceremonial aka grandstanding.
Garbage in, garbage out.
We receive what we tolerate.