April 1, 2019 at 3:03 pm PDT | by Staff reports
WeHo City Council to consider Duran censure resolution

Former Mayor John Duran says he will not resign his Council seat. (Photo by Karen Ocamb)

UPDATED: TUESDAY April 2 – The West Hollywood City Council Monday evening unanimously passed the resolution censuring City Councilmember John Duran. The resolution had been moved to its consent agenda, along with and 24 or so resolutions/actions allowing the council to vote the entire legislative package without discussing the issue

During the council meeting session, Duran apologised during the council comments portion of the agenda. He characterized having “anger issues,” as a source of some of his bad behaviours, then he apologized for making “derogatory and body shaming” comments which had been previously widely reported on. “I’m sorry for my behaviour, I’ve made mistakes and I ask for forgiveness,” he said and then added he was not opposed to the censure action by his fellow city council members.

Original item: The City Council of West Hollywood is scheduled to vote on a ‘Resolution of Censure’ against Councilmember and former Mayor John Duran April 1.  During the March 4 council meeting after considerable discussion, council-members who were present took action to direct the City’s attorney Michael Jenkins to prepare the resolution.

This action came after weeks of protest and growing calls for removal from his office after what had been labeled as unacceptable and inappropriate sexual/other behaviours by Duran.

In part the resolution states;

Councilmember John Duran has made statements in response to allegations of inappropriate behavior that are contrary to the City’s policies and values. Specifically, Councilmember Duran has made statements:

  1. that suggest that there is a different standard of appropriate workplace behavior for gay men;
  2. that attempt to publicly shame his accusers;
  3. that include derogatory remarks about the ethnicity and physical appearance of his accusers; and
  4. that trivialize alleged misconduct with a former employee

The resolution condemns Duran’s handling of the recent controversy adding that “this particular transgression has caused many in our community to question whether the City will appropriately address allegations of harassment and misconduct.”

The resolution also states that Duran has “engaged in conduct and made statements contrary to City policy and conducted himself in a manner that demeans the office of Councilmember.”

The Los Angeles Blade has reached out to Councilmember Duran for his comments or a statement but as of publication has yet to receive a response.

The City Council will meet in Council Chambers starting at 6:30 tonight at The West Hollywood Library, 625 N San Vicente Blvd.

This story will be updated.

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