My name is Lauren Meister and I’m running for West Hollywood City Council because I love West Hollywood, but, as a city, I believe we can do better.
On my Listening Tour, I've been talking to residents and business owners in our city, and many people share the same concerns -- about traffic, our local economy and our city's priorities.
My hope is that we find a balance for transportation management by addressing parking needs of residents and visitors, adopting innovative traffic management solutions and protecting pedestrians first to keep our urban village walkable. My hope is that we protect our neighborhood serving businesses from rising rents and the trend towards big boxes and chain stores/restaurants. My hope is that we focus our planning and budget priorities on taking care of our own.
I have confidence that together, we can achieve these goals, because I have experience getting things done in West Hollywood.
As former President of West Hollywood West Residents Association, a neighborhood group and 501(c)(3) non-profit organization representing over 1,000 households, I worked with residents, City staff, developers and local businesses on important neighborhood issues such as public safety, traffic, parking, planning, noise. I published a quarterly newsletter, reviewed and responded to City staff reports and environmental studies, and, made presentations and recommendations to City Council, City commissions and community stakeholders.
I have also been honored to serve the city in official roles in appointed positions: Planning Commissioner (Councilmember D'Amico appointee), Public Safety Commissioner (Councilmember Heilman appointee), Campaign Finance Reform Committee, Permit Parking Advisory Group and the District 1 Parking Committee. As a Public Safety Commissioner, I pushed for increased police presence and code enforcement, and lobbied for better street lighting in our neighborhoods. As a Planning Commissioner, I looked out for our neighborhoods when considering land use policies and new projects.
In 2013, I was Chair of the successful "Yes on Measure C" term limits committee, bringing real reform to City Hall.
A 25-year resident of West Hollywood, I've lived here both as a renter and a homeowner. I became involved with the city as a neighborhood watch captain, took CERT-training as well as attended the West Hollywood Sheriff's Community Academy.
I am a market research professional based in West Hollywood. I have brought my parents to live in West Hollywood and my sister also lives in West Hollywood. I am involved in every aspect of living in this city. My life is here. West Hollywood is home.
I respectfully ask for your support.