Governance, Transparency, and Community Engagement

  • Notice and Signage Regarding COVID-19 Health Orders and Protocols - directed staff to send a notice to property owners, home sharing license holders, hotels, homeowners associations, local realtors, management companies, and other similar stakeholders informing them of the current County public health orders that ban gatherings and require masks and social distancing while in public. This item also included requiring signage with this information to be posted in highly visible areas in apartments, condominiums, hotels, and home sharing sites (including the online posting). 
  • Limitations on City Co-sponsorships: directed staff to draft a sponsorship policy that prohibits the City from co-sponsoring events – including providing monetary funding and/or in-kind support – with organizations if the organization has formally or publicly endorsed or opposed a City Council candidate. 
  • Code of Ethics - directed staff to incorporate the Institute of Management Consultants USA Code of Ethics into all contracts. This was an item I originally brought forward in 2018, which was to create a code of ethics for City consultants and contractors. The Council direction was to send to the Ethics Task Force for review.
  • Emoluments Clause: prohibits City Hall from doing business with entities that provide financial or other benefits to the President of the United States. This measure simply states that the City of West Hollywood will not be an accessory to any potential violations of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution, regardless of who is President. In addition, staff has been directed to review Wells Fargo and other financial institutions doing business with the city to ensure their core values are aligned with those of West Hollywood.
  • Ethics Issue: directed the City Attorney to draft an ordinance prohibiting campaign consultants, including individuals or entities who participate in campaign management or in the development of campaign strategy, from serving as lobbyists.
  • City Special Events Policy: an initiative directing staff to develop policies and procedures for special events held in the City to include requirements for agreements, financial disclosures, and data collection to evaluate events.
  • Cell Phone Etiquette 101: the goal of this item was to prohibit the use of electronic communication devices by elected and appointed officials during official public meetings. While the item was not adopted as proposed, the Council did direct the City Attorney to come back with language for the Code of Conduct for Elected and Appointed Officials regarding use of communications devices while in session.
  • Crisis Communications Management Planning: directed the City Manager’s Department to draft a plan regarding crisis communications and management. Although the City has this Crisis Communications Plan in place, the community has called for more timely communication from the City in times of crisis, especially with regard to public safety incidents. Because some incidents are out of the City’s control – if they fall under the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department or other county, state, or federal department for example – the City has not taken the lead on communicating on these topics to the public. In these situations, the community still expects the City to have a response and provide information, even if the City is not the lead agency handling an incident. This item directs the City Manager’s Department to develop a plan regarding crisis communications and management that enhances the City’s strategy of providing accurate, prompt, and ongoing communication.
  • Noticing: directed staff to amend the City’s policies related to noticing for developments in order to increase community awareness of proposed new developments and public hearings in West Hollywood. 
  • Eastside Community Update Meeting - directed staff to organize an Eastside town hall to give members of the public an opportunity to 1) receive updates from staff on projects and initiatives impacting the Eastside of West Hollywood and to 2) provide comments on issues or concerns facing residents of the Eastside. 
  • Reinstate DEIR hearings: directed staff to amend the current project review process in order to allow review and comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Report ("DEIR") at a Planning Commission meeting during the DEIR comment period, prior to the public hearing to consider the project entitlements. The goal of this change is to increase transparency of the EIR process and to give the public and the Planning Commission reasonable opportunities to provide input and public comment on proposed new projects in the City. 
  • Enhance Vote By Mail: supported providing pre-paid postage on all Vote By Mail ballots for the General Municipal Election on March 5, 2019 -- in order to promote greater participation in our local elections.
  • Enhance NNO and Neighborhood Watch: increased funding for National Night Out events and redesign of Neighborhood Watch signs. 
  • Civic Engagement: Introduced an item to purchase and install American flags on Santa Monica Boulevard to commemorate the Fourth of the July holiday and host pop-up voter registration drives at the site of the flags. Passed unanimously!
  • Community Engagement initiative to explore new technologies and tools to increase engagement and participation in the City's decision-making process.