March 4, 2019 at 9:08 am PST | by Troy Masters
BREAKING: John D’Amico effectively becomes Mayor of West Hollywood as John Duran relinquishes gavel

Councilmember John Duran. (Photo by John Viscott)

West Hollywood Mayor John Duran took to Facebook at 7 AM today and effectively resigned as Mayor of West Hollywood. John D’Amico, as Mayor Pro Tem will take over the duties of Mayor of West Hollywood.

The post reads as follows:

“HEALTH Update – Thank you all for the flowers, cards, emails, texts, social media posts checking in on me. Blood clots are dangerous and something I have had to contend with for over 20 years. I take them very seriously because they cause strokes, heart attacks and have taken a couple of close friends of mine recently.

“I continue to work with my doctors to try and get my blood and body in the right balance. I am supposed to slow down to half speed and rest for the next30 days. I was in the hospital for one week and that did help me slow down since I couldn’t get very far with an IV in my arm.

“I am handing the Mayor’s gavel to my friend John D’Amico as the Mayor Pro Tem to fill the remaining two months of my Mayor’s term. I am not resigning from council and will complete this term which expires in November of 2020.

“My sobriety and God come first. My health comes next. And then my love of family and dear friends. I have my priorities in the right order.

“Being sick is always a great teaching moment about who loves me and how many dear friends I have. So grateful to be so blessed. SO – I am on the mend. And will be back as feisty as ever very soon.”

Duran told Los Angeles Blade he will not attend tonight’s council meeting and will have no further comment beyond his Facebook post.

John D’Amico, seen here being sworn in as Mayor Pro Tempore (May 2018), wants to maintain a “consistently high level of social services for residents in need.” (Photo by Jon Viscott)

Mayor Pro Tem John D’Amico is running for reelection to the West Hollywood City Council. The election will be held on Tuesday, March 5.

A planned protest against Mayor Duran will proceed, according to an organizer who requested anonymity. Protest organizers, including members of Varsity Gay League (VGL), wrote on a protest-action Facebook page: “John Duran, the current Mayor of West Hollywood, has been accused of Sexual Harassment by multiple members of Gay Men’s Chorus. In his responses to the harassment complaints, John used racial slander, victim shaming, and justification that his behavior is part of his generation. He was accused of a similar action by his former deputy, which ended in a settlement of $500K and both Duran and the City of West Hollywood admitted to no wrong doing. Everyone is innocent until proven guilty, but John’s continual embarrassment to this proud queer city, and obvious lack of understanding that his behavior is inappropriate, should warrant concern from all members of the community – queer or straight. John can not be removed from office, unless he steps down. All 4 City Council Representatives have asked for his removal.  You should too.”

A regular meeting of the West Hollywood City Council will be held tonight, Monday March 4 at 6:30 PM.

Here is an item on tonight’s agenda that outlined actions the council may yet take against Mayor Duran.

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