West Hollywood Term Limits


by Scott Olin Schmidt

Four years ago, West Hollywood voters overwhelmingly approved term limits. At the time, opponents claimed, “we have term limits, they’re called elections.”  If we want change at city hall on Tuesday, we must think strategically. Should a challenger capture two-thirds of the votes cast for “term limits,” they will likely win. 

So, on Tuesday, don’t throw away the one thing you can do to take back control of our city. 

Real Estate Developers, lobbyists, and other special interests have invested more than $350,000 in the re-elections of John Heilman and John Duran over the past ten years–including more than $140,000 this year alone. 

They’re not spending that money out of the kindness of their hearts. They want something–whether it’s an amendment to the general plan or an exception to the city’s planning codes–that only City Council can grant. 

Regular residents of West Hollywood generally don’t have that kind of money to spend on local elections, but we have something more valuable: our vote. 

Among the candidates challenging the incumbents, the issues are clear: development and the traffic, construction and parking problems it causes are the most important issues in West Hollywood

Several candidates spoke articulately about these issues during the candidates’ forum and deserve credit for their thoughtfulness. Based on the campaigns so far, the two most likely candidates to unify the majority of voters seeking change are Steve Martin and Cynthia Blatt, who have rallied neighborhood activists from West Hollywood West to the Eastside. 

West Hollywood has an election on Tuesday and can remind our elected officials and those who support them, who is in charge: we the people are!

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Paulo Murillo
Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings close to 20 years of experience in LGBT media and more than two decades as a West Hollywood resident. 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. Murillo’s work has appeared in numerous print and online publications. He was a contributor to LGBT magazine IN Los Angeles. He is known for the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, in which he covered breaking news and local events in the City of West Hollywood. His recent work has been published in the Los Angeles Blade and his articles, essays and photographs can also be seen on the pages of THE FIGHT Magazine. He started “The Share” feature for THE FIGHT, which spotlights members of the Los Angeles recovery community who share about their sober journey. He can be reached at editor@wehotimes.com

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