Advocating for the Community

  • Co-sponsorship of the Combating Antisemitism Summit: The Combating Antisemitism Summit will be open to the public and will bring together key Jewish community stakeholders from West Hollywood and surrounding areas to discuss recent hate crime statistics, explore Jewish diversity while confronting stereotypes, and how to define, identify, and combat antisemitism. The event is being organized by the Israeli-American Civic Education Institute.
  • Arise, Sisters Rally:  Organized this rally in West Hollywood to stand up against the Texas law that was passed to limit a woman's right to choose.
  • Keep Families Together "Rally for Sane Policies": Organized this rally in West Hollywood, joining nationwide protests against the Trump family separation policy and sending a clear message to DC that discrimination and inhumane policies are not acceptable and must stop now. 
  • Preserving the Affordable Care Act: As Mayor of the City of West Hollywood (April 2016-May 2017), joined with mayors from across the nation to show support, advancing the principles of Mayors Against Illegal Guns and protecting LGBTQ+, immigrant, and refugee communities.
  • WeHo Stands With Orlando: On the Monday morning following the tragic mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, I called on a few friends to help organize a vigil for our community members. Thanks to Micky's WeHo and resident Scott Schmidt for stepping up to the plate to make it happen. It was an amazing event to be a part of -- sad but definitely healing. With over 700 people attending, it was obvious that our community wanted and needed to come together in WeHo.
  • Women's March on Los Angeles: Spoke at the first Women's March on Los Angeles (January, 2017) to advocate for women's rights. Watch it here.
  • Rainbow Version of the Route 66 Sign: An initiative to design a rainbow version of the Route 66 sign to be placed along Santa Monica Boulevard. The installation will continue the tradition of recognizing the road’s place in West Hollywood’s history but also, what it represents to the LGBTQ community. In this time when LGBTQ rights are threatened, rainbow Route 66 marker signs will make a powerful statement. 
  • LA Pride Follow-up Community Forums: Instructed staff to host two community forums to evaluate the 2016 LA Pride events and gather input from the community regarding future LA Pride activities in West Hollywood.
  • Safe Haven Pilot Program: Directed staff to develop a “Safe Haven” pilot program that would welcome, support and assist LGBT immigrants fleeing oppression from Russia or other countries.
  • Observing Harvey Milk Day: With this item, the City became the first in the nation to officially observe Harvey Milk Day (including free parking meters!).
  • Recognition of Cesar Chavez's Birthday: Added Cesar Chavez's birthday to the annual calendar, suspending enforcement of parking meter and time limited parking zones.