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    Mayor Pro Tem John Erickson Apologizes/Corrects Statement that La Boheme’s Parent Company is Worth 30B

    During a regular West Hollywood city council meeting on Monday, August 21, 2023, Mayor Pro Tempore John Erickson assessed that La Boheme’s parent company, Global Dining, Inc is worth $3o billion dollars, to point out that the restaurant located at 8400 Santa Monica was not a small business after La Boheme’s CEO Lucian Tudor stated that he had to let his busboys go due to the $19.08 minimum wage, but the real value is actually $31 million.

    “Ultimately, La Boheme is owned by Global Dining Group, which is worth 4.4 billion yen based in Japan, which is $30 billion in United States currency,” said Mayor Pro Tem Erickson. “It’s owned by a global dining corporation, and they let 20 buspeople go.”

    In an open letter to the press on Friday, Lucian asked that the Mayor Pro Tem correct the Public Record of the August 21st meeting that La Boheme’s Parent Company was worth 30 billion. “The sound bites came from Japanese Stock Exchange,” he said. “Unfortunately, they were not accurate. When converted from Yen, the real value was not 30B but 31M dollars. Again, we ask the Public Record to be corrected.”

    Mayor Pro Tem Erickson apologized via an email today, which he shared on his social media platforms. He said he would correct the record that Global Dining, Inc is worth $31 million dollars. “At our August 21 Council Meeting, after 11pm, during our comments, I incorrectly stated that the worth of Global Dining Inc (which owns @labohemeweho) is worth $30 billion vs it’s actual worth of $30 million…I was busy converting Japanese Yen to USD at a late hour when my eyes were very tired,” he said. “I apologize for this oversight and again will correct the record that the correct # is $31 million. All the best, John.”

    Lucian Tudor responded: “Hi John, Thank you for your response. I understand and I hope we’ll have a chance in a near future to discuss our challenges with you and come up with creative solutions. Regards, Lucian.”

    Mayor Pro Tem Erickson added in his tweet that accountability is important. “While the local blogosphere’s sensationalism of this makes me question people’s actual priorities, it’s nice to see we can work together for our business & workers.”

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    Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at [email protected]

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    Justin Brooks
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    23 days ago

    who cares about la boheme?? let capitalism work

    #savsweho
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    23 days ago

    Anyone unlucky enough to have spent time with a psychopathic personality will recognize the dismissive, grandiose, delusional rage that John Erickson fully embodies. He just can’t help himself. Shame on his sycophantic cronies and enablers.

    #wokeupweho
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    23 days ago

    “Dr* Erickson, mixes up billions for millions… As usual, he then finds any excuse to get out of anything … except, unfortunately, resigning from office! Ericksons performance regarding La Boheme at the city council meeting was hysterical and confusing at times with the distraction of his nail polish. The real women on the city council must be embarrassed and jealous at times having to compete with Erickson’s modest attempt at drag …. especially when he’s wearing his pearls matched by his current dyed hair color. Next week he turns 39. What an extraordinary middle-aged man to be the next mayor… Read more »

    OhButNo
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    Reply to  #wokeupweho
    23 days ago

    then there is the part where he admitted he was wrong and apologized and said he would correct the record

    and how sad for you that you are so triggered by some nail polish. its 2023 queen. deal with it.

    you didn’t complain when Heilman went platinum so why is Erickson different?

    Louis G
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    24 days ago

    Erickson didn’t make a mistake. He uses the past 11pm I’m so tired excuse all the time. That’s his MO. It’s already up on video. Here’s the billions performance along with being in racist drag at the LA pride parade.
    https://vimeo.com/859933766

    Weho artist
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    Reply to  Louis G
    24 days ago

    Michael Grace, you seriously need psychological help. I’m being 100% honest here.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if you’re the one who sends death threats to the council members.

    Get a hobby.

    CryMeARiver
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    Reply to  Louis G
    23 days ago

    The time wasted creating this stupid video and all it does is make us have some sympathy for councilman John Erickson for all the bullcrap he has to put up with by these dumb ass clowns. This is why we don’t take his critics seriously. It’s sad watching all these fools from Wehoville slowly trickle to this website. WeHo times does their readers a diservice by approving this nonsense. You don’t owe them a voice.

    OhButNo
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    Reply to  CryMeARiver
    23 days ago

    the difference between here and the other site is that here they at least publish positive comments about Sepi and John. Those comments get deleted in the other site so I’m not complaining.

    Weho artist
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    Reply to  OhButNo
    22 days ago

    Yup, and then Larry Block gets offended when Sepi Shyne doesn’t want to shake his hand…

    Natasha
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    Reply to  Weho artist
    22 days ago

    Good luck to Sepi in her run for Congress. She has done a lousy job for Weho. Now she think we’re going to vote for her to replace Adam Schiff. I can’t wait to financially support her opponent.

    CryMeARiver
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    Reply to  Louis G
    23 days ago

    Also what kind of homophobic BS is this confusing a white gay man to a black one? We don’t all look alike you horseshit for brains. You must think you’re being funny, and you must think we’re all in the 5th grade.

    #wokeupweho
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    Reply to  CryMeARiver
    23 days ago

    Homophobic? In the video, Erickson is in blackface and covered in black makeup! He’s on the float, as the next mayor representing WEHO. No one is questioning why was this neurotic political hack acting like an up-front racist. As for La Boheme, I support it, and I’m sure they could care less if you ever show up there/

    Weho artist
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    Reply to  #wokeupweho
    22 days ago

    You are absolutely disgusting. Do you have a family member that can help you get into assisted living?

    skeptical
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    26 days ago

    I don’t believe his excuse that his eyes were tired.
    Does he think that we are so stupid that we really believe that he was sitting there trying to convert yen into dollars? Come on!
    I believe he walked into that meeting with those statistics purposely trying to put the manager of La Bohème on the defensive. And if he was trying to convert currencies, which, I doubt, shouldn’t he have instead been paying attention to what was going on in the meeting?

    Math Teacher
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    26 days ago

    So he’s off by $31,970,000,000. That makes all aspects of his nasty argument null and void

    Press should be fair!
    Press should be fair!
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    26 days ago

    I don’t see the necessity of this new article, taking the letter away from La Boheme making Erickson look better???

    Kevin
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    27 days ago

    Stand up apology John. In my opinion, Global Dining is a large business worth 30million, so has no credibility in laying off the neediest of its staff. I just can’t wait to not see this narcissist “CEO” on the front page of multiple news sites. I know I will never see it in his restaurant as that ship sailed for me a while ago. Restore the parking lot as well.

    voting
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    27 days ago

    Frightening that Erickson will be our next mayor. He is unethical, dishonest, and incompetent.

    Tom
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    28 days ago

    I hope Erickson isn’t being paid WeHo’s new minimum wage considering his poor math skills..

    OhButNo
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    28 days ago

    The story where a CEO fires his busboys to save money should have been buried by said CEO days ago. but instead here we are reading about it yet again because the CEO keeps bringing it up. Good for John Erickson for owning his mistake and offering to correct it. Also good for him for standing his ground and still calling him out for firing his busboys. It’s wrong. The more we keep talking about this the more convicted we are that firing your employees so that you can keep yours will never be right in our eyes. Shame on… Read more »

    Natasha
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    Reply to  OhButNo
    28 days ago

    You live in a fantasy world. La Boheme is a for profit business. They are not in business just to employ people. Do you work for nothing? I doubt it. Restaurants work on small margins. You have no clue about how much money they make or if they even make money at all. John Erickson shouldn’t be shaming businesses with bogus information. He should have apologized. It’s embarrassing that a future mayor puts out fake information and can’t even do basic math.

    CryMeARiver
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    Reply to  Natasha
    28 days ago

    It’s true. La Boheme is not a charity, but they are not against getting charity. One need not look further than that beautiful patio they got out of the big COVID scam by the Democrats. Does anyone here know how much they got in PPP loans? I’m betting a lot.

    Natasha
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    Reply to  CryMeARiver
    27 days ago

    You seem very hostile towards businesses trying to be profitable. If they received PPP funds they were entitled to them just like any other business. Nobody is forcing their employees to work there. It’s a free country and they can quit and go somewhere else where they can make more money. Also, nobody is forcing their customers to dine there. If you don’t like La Boheme then don’t support their business. It’s really that simple. You spend a lot of time complaining about everything. I’m more concerned about much smaller businesses who are barely surviving and now they are being… Read more »

    CryMeARiver
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    Reply to  Natasha
    23 days ago

    I’m hostile towards businesses who pull publicity stunts like the one LaBoheme pulled. I’m hostile towards any boss who make his employees march an alongside of him in protest of a better pay. Whatever drama you want to create is all on you. And I will not be returning to that restaurant again. Not for mixer, a birthday party or for a free meal. They lost me for good, so good job Lucian.

    sick of laBoheme
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    Reply to  CryMeARiver
    23 days ago

    same

    Natasha
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    Reply to  CryMeARiver
    22 days ago

    It’s a free country. I’m sure they won’t miss you. Nobody is forcing their employees to work for La Boheme. They can quit anytime and go work somewhere else. They probably make good money at La Boheme that is why they are supporting the restaurant. Like I said previously, you complain about everything. You seem like a very bitter person.

    sick of laBoheme
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    Reply to  CryMeARiver
    23 days ago

    yup

    Natasha
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    Reply to  sick of laBoheme
    22 days ago

    Are you and CryMeARiver lovers? Misery loves company.

    Enough!
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    Reply to  Natasha
    27 days ago

    Tipping should be eliminated in the City Of West Hollywood. Tipping was created to offset the below minimum wage of servers. Now that servers make well above the national minimum wage there is no reason to tip on top of that. Especially since most restaurants are adding 3 to 5% for a “kitchen gratuity.”

    Natasha
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    Reply to  Enough!
    27 days ago

    Why should tipping be eliminated? If I want to tip for good service that is my business. If you don’t want to tip that is your business. Tipping is different than the minimum wage. The higher minimum wage affects the bottom line of a business where tipping encourages employees to provide excellent service. I’m all for these employees making great money but I’m not in favor of putting the majority of the burden on small business owners who are already struggling to survive. If this unrealistic minimum wage and required benefits remain you will see a ton of businesses close… Read more »

    OhButNo
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    Reply to  Natasha
    23 days ago

    La Boheme is not a small business. Did you not get the memo?

    Natasha
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    Reply to  OhButNo
    22 days ago

    Do you have access to their financials? I didn’t think so. You have no clue whether they are profitable or not. I’m not really concerned about La Boheme, I am concerned about the hundreds+ more small businesses who are subject to the same new regulations and who are barely holding on. You people keep focusing on one restaurant but these higher wages and benefits apply to all businesses in Weho. Many are not restaurants they are retail stores. You are trying to deflect by making La Boheme the villain. People like you are the real villains.

    Kiss it
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    Reply to  Enough!
    27 days ago

    That is a very very important point you brought up! Why should we tip the restaurants charge a surcharge, the minimum wage covers what you would tip anyways so no more tipping in west Hollywood we need to spread the news no more tipping

    MrEman
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    Reply to  Natasha
    27 days ago

    Quit trolling, Natasha. If Global Dining can’t afford to pay La Boheme’s Bussers (they’re not boys) a few dollars extra an hour, then they have no business being in the restaurant business. Take it out of your pocket, Lucien. You’ve got more than enough to handle it.

    Natasha
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    Reply to  MrEman
    26 days ago

    I see, because you disagree with my posts I am trolling. That’s not how it works princess. It’s not just a few extra dollars an hour. It’s a few extra dollars an hour per employee per every hour they work each day. Go take a business course and report back to us. Thanks.

    Natasha
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    Reply to  MrEman
    26 days ago

    I see, because you disagree with my post I am trolling. You might want to take some business courses. It’s not just a few dollars extra an hour it’s $3.50 extra per hour PER employee PER the total amount of hours each employee works per day plus the additional employers share of taxes on those wages + the added benefits now required under the Weho ordinance. In the restaurant business that is significant and it’s even more significant for small businesses and retail stores that are barely holding on. Rent and taxes are extraordinarily high in Weho and in Los… Read more »

    Kevin
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    28 days ago

    Stand up move John, but in my book 31million is still a high value for a business firing people over $3.

    Natasha
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    Reply to  Kevin
    28 days ago

    $30 million is Global dining not La Boheme by itself. It doesn’t matter how much a company generates in sales it’s how much money they make in profits. This is a FOR PROFIT business not a charity.

    CryMeARiver
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    Reply to  Natasha
    28 days ago

    Oh brother. You’re crying crocidile for the rich CEO? Repeat after me Natasha. La Become is not a small business. It is not a mom and pop shop. It is an expensive high end restaurant like many in West Hollywood. John got the math wrong, but he got that part right. The only difference between La Beheme and the other restaurants is the other highly expensive restaurants aren’t firing their wait staff to save a dollar. I’m guessing you know this, because it is obvious you work them them.

    Natasha
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    Reply to  CryMeARiver
    27 days ago

    You seem very hostile towards businesses of all sizes trying to make a profit. Even Pump is closing because the rents are so high and it’s not worth it. You don’t know if he’s rich or not. Where did you get your information? John Erickson doesn’t seem like a very credible source for information. He pushes out a lot of fake news. Maybe if you educated yourself you might be rich one day. I won’t hold my breath. Stop complaining about everything.

    Kiss it
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    Reply to  Natasha
    27 days ago

    You make very good pints Natasha!
    please keep commenting and tell it like it is!

    Natasha
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    Reply to  Kiss it
    27 days ago

    I definitely will. Please do us a favor and spell check and stop using Grindr at Norms. Thanks.

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