West Hollywood Mayor Sepi Shyne was taken to Cedars Sinai Hospital after experiencing chest pains during a regular city council meeting on Monday, October 2, 2023, sources report. A call received at 6:55pm reported a medical emergency at N San Vicente Boulevard in West Hollywood. The Los Angeles County Fire Department Division 7 was on the scene, along with sheriff deputies. The mayor was taken to Cedars by ambulance. Sources report that the mayor was fine and she was in good spirits shortly after landing in the hospital.
Mayor Shyne was lively at the start of the council meeting. She posed for photos during the presentations portion of the meeting and she appeared to be fine while she led the meeting through the early part of public comments.
“I was sitting right in front and I noticed the mayor lean in to whisper something to [Mayor Pro-Tem] Erickson,” a witness told WEHO TIMES. “Then she got up and left the council chambers through the side door. That’s when Erickson called for a break which seemed odd to me because it took forever. No one knew what was happening.”
The council normally breaks for ten minutes. However, the timer struck 18 minutes at Monday night’s meeting when the council returned to the chambers. Mayor Shyne was noticeably absent as Mayor Pro-Tem Erickson took over the gavel, which he pounded several times to call the meeting to order. He led the council meeting in Mayor Shyne’s absence, which was noticeably shorter than most meetings at a little under two hours.
The meeting proceeded sans the mayor, which left some community members saying they were confused and sending messages to this publication regarding her absence which was not addressed during the meeting by the Mayor Pro-Tem, or any of three remaining council members
According to sources, Mayor Shyne said that she was fine. She was taken to Cedars Sinai where it is believed she received some medical tests, but that has not been confirmed at this time.
The City of West Hollywood released a brief statement/update on Mayor Shyne:
During the regular meeting of the West Hollywood City Council on Monday, October 2, 2023, Mayor Sepi Shyne stepped away from the meeting while not feeling well. The meeting continued, led by Mayor Pro Tem John M. Erickson until it was adjourned. In an abundance of caution, paramedics were called, and Mayor Shyne was transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She spent the night under observation, and she was discharged this afternoon. She feels well and is happy to be back home. She extends her appreciation to community members and colleagues who reached out.