Not a Good Night for Democracy

It looks like censorship is alive and well in West Hollywood. Monday night, my colleagues on the West Hollywood City Council voted to stand in the way of the democratic process.

What went down:

As has been done for the last 20+ years, the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce requested that the City of West Hollywood live broadcast its City Council Candidates Forum on WehoTV.

However, for the first time ever, Council voted 4 to 0 to NOT televise the Candidates Forum. (You can see the discussion here starting at the 4:50:00 mark. I recused myself from the discussion as to avoid the appearance of impropriety.)

The good news is, that although my colleagues voted to suppress your access to this debate, the Candidates Forum will go on!

The Candidates Forum will still take place via Zoom on Tuesday, August 23, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pmThe  Forum will be hosted by the League of Women Voters of Greater Los Angeles and the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Robert Kovacik, respected NBC 4 news anchor and reporter, will serve as moderator.

To register for the Zoom event, click here

The Forum is being planned in partnership with community leaders from 10 neighborhood groups, including:

  • Kings Road North
  • N. Harper and Sweetzer Avenue Neighborhood Watch
  • Norma Triangle Neighborhood Group
  • Ogden/Orange Owls
  • Weho Tri-West Neighbors
  • Weho Plummer Park Neighbors
  • West Hollywood Eastside Neighborhood Watch Group
  • West Hollywood West Residents Association
  • West Hollywood North Neighborhood Association
  • Weho Heights Neighborhood Association

On November 8, 2022, you will be voting to fill 3 Council seats.  The Forum is an opportunity to learn more about the candidates: their experience, their qualifications, and their priorities. 

Please watch the debate my Council colleagues don't want you to see. 

Register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Uqwk3OMXRY-Y6RdZXgtuvQ

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This is a Call to Action!

My re-election campaign is about discussing priorities, listening to different points of view, and working together on reasonable solutions. I'm not afraid to discuss issues in a public forum, which is why it is important to me that we have a Candidates Forum that is easily accessible to all West Hollywood residents. I hope to earn your vote on Election Day -- November 8. Thank you!


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