“For me, the best thing about West Hollywood is the people. Individually and collectively as a community, we have consistently invented extraordinary ways of thinking about and being in the world,” he said in his speech. “Beginning 30 years ago, with John Heilman’s leadership, our city was the first in the nation to offer domestic partner registrations and healthcare benefits. Abbe’s leadership helped our WeHo become the first pro-choice city in the US. John Duran helped us become the first city to support medical marijuana, ban the declawing of cats and the sale of fur apparel – making this the most humane city in America. Jeff Prang has always been the good government guy, leading the way – making sure that our city uses our resources wisely.”
Mayor D’Amoco spoke of West Hollywood’s history, from the AIDS epidemic, ACT UP, Queer Nation, Prop 8 to “I Billion Women Rising,” Transgender Day of Remembrance, to saving Tara and protecting Plummer Park. He also mentioned a list of famous WeHo residents who included Marilyn Monroe F. Scott Fitzgerald, Elton John, Chaz Bono and International Mr Leather Mikel Gerle to name a few.
every resident, business and visitor to engage and help invent the future of West Hollywood.
“Talk to your neighbors, talk to the staff, talk to us, call us, we’re on the web, email us, tweet us @wehocity, use my cell phone — 310.498.5783, attend a city meeting, be vocal, cause trouble, disagree, protest, heckle if you must. Take the time to engage and know that every time you speak up you are bringing more daylight and more fresh air to our city. It’s up to us, WeHo, and WeHo is up to the task.”
A special reception followed the Installation and City Council meeting featuring the works by Steven Reigns and Yelena Zhelezov. There was also a musical performance.
By Paulo Murillo