May 7, 2020 at 6:49 pm PDT | by Staff reports
Lindsey Horvath to be sworn in as West Hollywood Mayor during virtual meeting

Lindsey Horvath

The City of West Hollywood is set to swear-in Lindsey P. Horvath as its new Mayor and John Heilman as its new Mayor Pro Tempore during a virtual live-stream swearing in on May 18, a first in the City’s history.

Horvath was elected to the West Hollywood City Council on March 3, 2015. She previously served as a Councilmember for two years from 2009 to 2011.

Horvath has a long history of civic and social justice advocacy.

She has spearheaded policies to make West Hollywood an “Age-Friendly Community” to better serve residents of all ages. She also led the City to become the first in the nation to impose financial sanctions on Arizona for its discriminatory, anti-immigration SB-1070 law. Mayor Horvath created the first-ever West Hollywood Community Response Team to Domestic Violence.

Horvath is widely known for her leadership on women’s issues and has served as a Global Coordinator for One Billion Rising, a global campaign of the V-Day movement to end violence against women and girls. She is also a champion of LGBTQ rights. She has also served as a Board member of the Victory Fund and a founding Board member of the NOH8 Campaign. In 2009, she represented the City of West Hollywood in the National Equality March in Washington DC.

Read more about Mayor Horvath here: https://www.weho.org/city-government/city-council/councilmembers/mayor-pro-tempore-lindsey-p-horvath

John Heilman (Photo courtesy City of West Hollywood)

John Heilman was active in the incorporation of the City of West Hollywood. He was elected to the City’s first City Council in November 1984.

Heilman was chosen as the City’s second Mayor in 1985. He also served as Mayor in 1990, 1995, 1999, 2001, 2006, and 2010. He was most recently reelected to the City Council in March 2017 and chosen as Mayor in May 2017.

Since his earliest days on the City Council, one of Heilman’s strongest concerns has been affordable housing.

Heilman was instrumental in the establishment of the West Hollywood Community Housing Corporation, a City-funded organization which develops affordable housing in West Hollywood. He also helped develop the City’s landmark Rent Stabilization Ordinance and inclusionary housing policy.

Read more about Mayor Pro Tempore Heilman here: https://www.weho.org/city-government/city-council/councilmembers/councilmember-john-heilman.

The Oath of Office ceremony will be administered during the City of West Hollywood’s annual City Council Reorganization and Installation meeting beginning at 5:30 p.m and streamed on the City website at www.weho.org/wehotv and at www.youtube.com/wehotv and at losangelesblade.com.

Horvath’s Oath of Office will be administered by a special guest; Mayor Pro Tempore Heilman’s Oath of Office will be administered by West Hollywood City Clerk Yvonne Quarker.

Openly gay country music singer/songwriter Chely Wright will perform the national anthem, and there will be video presentations from former presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg and V. (formerly known as Eve Ensler, the writer of The Vagina Monologues).

The regularly scheduled City Council meeting will follow the installation.

A live DJ set by DJ Asha will conclude the evening.

Community members may view the agenda and may live-stream the meeting by visiting the City’s website at www.weho.org/wehotv. The meeting will also available on the City’s YouTube channel; and on streaming services such as AndroidTV, AppleTV, FireTV, and Roku; as well as through broadcasts on Spectrum channel 10 in West Hollywood and AT&T U-verse channel 99 throughout Southern California. Digital streaming platform viewers can easily find programming by searching for “WeHoTV” within the search functions of these services.

As is practice for West Hollywood, members of the public wishing to provide public comment on agenda items are welcome to do at www.weho.org/councilagendas by no later than 4 p.m. on Monday, May 18, 2020. E-Comments received by 4 p.m. will be forwarded to the City Council and posted on the City’s website as part of the official meeting record.

You may also participate by phone by emailing City of West Hollywood City Clerk Yvonne Quarker at yquarker@weho.org in advance of the City Council meeting and include your name, the phone number from which you will be calling, and which item you would like to speak on. You will be provided a dial-in 10 minutes prior to the start of the meeting (the meeting begins at 5:30 p.m.).

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