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When the Weekly asked Atkins if he had sent answers to Horvath, he refused to discuss the race.
The texting brouhaha became a hot topic, as did videotaped imagery of Horvath weaving through a crowd to get away from Ryan Gierach, editor of the website WeHo News, as he confronted her with questions at a public event.
Most of the outsiders have tried to capitalize on these controversies by Facebook sharing and re-tweeting reports originally published on West Hollywood Patch, the WeHo Daily website and WeHo News, and in L.A. Weekly.
But do West Hollywood voters care? On the city's east side, a large number of Russian-speaking immigrants have helped re-elect incumbents for decades.
Some of the challengers have reached out to them, but nobody knows if the Russian-speaking community is ready to change its voting habits. And the city's thousands of gay voters have been far more interested in national politics.
Website editor Gierach says average page views for his WeHo News have increased by more than 2,000 hits weekly as readers seek information — but whether those readers represent people who intend to vote or just those following the high jinks and gossip, nobody knows.
"There seems to be a lot of frustration with the status quo," Martin says. "It's palpable. But I just don't know how it's going to translate on Election Day. I'm not getting my hopes up."
Martin expects Team Heilman to send out political mailers attacking the most organized of the outsiders.
They are likely to slam D'Amico, a former city planning commissioner who broke with City Hall leaders over their planned redevelopment of a historic mansion and its land. D'Amico is believed to have attracted a slice of reliable voters.
His political consultant Renee Nahum, a veteran of West Hollywood City Council races, says the monied incumbents view D'Amico as a threat. "We've been hearing rumblings," she says warily, "but we haven't seen anything yet."
Contact Patrick Range McDonald at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I appreciate and respect anyone who runs for public office and who care enough about the city where they live, to put it all out there.That said, the idea of electing Mito Aviles to the city council is a joke. This man who hung a Sarah Palin effigy is not someone I could consider, a serious candidate. Better, a immature fool.If he wishes to be taken seriously, perhaps he and his partner should have considered how people would have reacted, if his neighbors had hung an effigy of then senator, Barak Obama. It would have been an outrage, with the likes of Mr. Aviles whining and crying "bigotry and hate".His debate appearances alone have shown him to be unprepared for dealing with important city business, best handled by the adults.
The other challengers are serious players and should be given a look. D'Amico, Martin and John, all present themselves as intelligent and thoughtful. They'll have my vote.Thank you, Micheal Ewing, West Hollywood, CA
GET OUT & VOTE, PEOPLE! Abbe Land, John Heilman and Lindsey Horvath MUST GO. Candidates, Steve Martin, Scott Schmidt, Mito Aviles, and Lucas John were actually anxious to answer not only the questions from this reporter, but all the questions asked by us… the residents. READ their answers at Meet-the-Candidates-Right-Here-and-Now on scribd, then VOTE next Tuesday, March 8 for 3 non incumbent candidates who will restore integrity and vision to the West Hollywood we love.Sheila Lightfoot, West Hollywood
Sheila, speaking about the candidates' claims that democracy is at stake in this election, did anyone ask Steve Martin why he voted to extend his own term by 11 months the last time he was on Council? Martin voted in 1994 to move the April 1996 regular city election to March 1997, and stay in office in the meantime. With the stroke of a pen, he extended his term from 4 years to almost 5 years, and so did the others.
John D'Amico and Scott Schmidt have walked my block, going door to door. Heilman, Land, and Horvath live in a hermetically sealed bubble. They don't respond to email and letters from residents, don't talk to reporters, don't answer questions, and don't mix with the rabble who have no campaign contributions to offer. This is not a tough choice.
That's not even remotely true. The councilmembers have attended hundreds of community meetings and spent countless hours listening to and talking with residents. If an email or letter is not answered, I'd say it's because they get so many. If you really want to reach them, call the office and ask to speak to their deputy -- they will pass your comment along directly.
@ Guest - LMAO, that's a good one. Fran Solomon (John Heilman's deputy) hasn't answered a phone call from a resident in years.
You're telling me that it's "not remotely true" that Schmidt and D'Amico KNOCKED ON MY DOOR, but Heilman, Land, and Horvath didn't? That takes balls. Clearly, I can't tell who has come to my own house and who has not. Good thing I have you to set me straight.
I have also sent letters and email to the city council -- only Jeff Prang has ever responded. And I can see Lindsey Horvath running away from Ryan Gierach and his single question with my own eyes. And I can read the stories in the LA Weekly and the Weho News that say Heilman wouldn't answer questions, and Land and Horvath would only answer written questions by email. And on and on and on.
I know what I see and experience personally. This story you're trying to tell is going to keep running into an empiricism problem.
No, Chris, I'm saying it's not true that Heilman, Land and Horvath "live in a hermetically sealed bubble," "don't respond to email and letters from residents, don't talk to reporters, don't answer questions," etc. They are not in a bubble. They do respond to contacts. They do answer questions. They do talk to reporters. That is the part of your note that is demonstrably untrue.
They should see John D'Amico as a threat--because he is the most intelligent and down-to-earth of all candidates in this race. Voters would be foolish to not to elect him...and those attack mailings that are going out from Heilman, Land, & Horvath are pure bullshit. They are just the same as Bush, Cheney, & Rumsfeld...narcissistic assholes.
GET OUT & VOTE, PEOPLE! Heilman, Land and Horvath MUST GO. Steve Martin, Mito Aviles, Scott Schmidt and Lucas John were actually anxious to answer ALL residents' questions. READ THEIR ANSWERS HERE, then VOTE next Tuesday, March 8 for 3 candidates who will restore integrity and vision to the West Hollywood we love:http://www.scribd.com/doc/4965...Sheila Lightfoot, West Hollywood
There's been talk for years of election day dirty trick used by certain incumbents - down low walking around money and free food for the east side Russian-speaking voters.
You know, if you have evidence of any such thing, you should give it to the District Attorney, because spreading rumors of fraud, without producing any proof, is just another smear tactic in a dirty election. It's destructive because it degrades public confidence in their own government, on the basis of rumor and innuendo.
Think globally, act locally. If you want to support the drive for democracy in North Africa, go out and vote on March 8th right here in West Hollywood. And vote like your democracy depends on it, because it does. Vote for John D'Amico.
Ed Buck, West Hollywood.
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