Council on Monday night honored retiring Strategic Initiatives Manager Corri Planck for her 15 years of service and dedication to West Hollywood.
Planck “changed the lives of countless residents,” Mayor John M. Erickson said, and has been “a champion for many in our community, and a true embodiment of public service.”
‘Those who know me understand that this is one of the least comfortable places for me to be, talking about my work and the people I’ve had the privilege to do it with,” Planck said. “It’s been my great good fortune to work for the city, as it has been for many of us. West Hollywood is a dream I didn’t even know I had, and I’ve tried to never take for granted what a magical place it can be.”
Over her 15-year career in City Hall, Planck wore many hats: council deputy to former Councilmember Abbe Land, program administrator, social services supervisor, Strategic Initiatives manager, acting director of the Human Services and Rent Stabilization Department and Human Services manager.
Her fingerprints are visible on many of the city’s most notable and consequential programs — Aging in Place, Guaranteed Income for Older Adults and the West Hollywood Care Team — but the biggest mark she leaves on the city is her work spearheading how WeHo addresses homelessness, a seven-year effort which culminated in the multi-million dollar Holloway Interim Housing Program scheduled to open in the former Holloway Motel by the end of the year.
Planck thanked City Council for “supporting all of our sometimes crazy ideas and ensuring we have the funds and resources to implement them,” and she gave a shoutout to her colleagues and team members, whom she honored as “dear friends” and “dedicated public servants.”
Planck’s many achievements include the 2014 report on the status of women in West Hollywood. She played a pivotal role in launching the Los Angeles County Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Health Collaborative. She helped create a middle school option for West Hollywood parents and children, assembled a Family and Teen Summit, led the city’s Housing First work, and even officiated weddings when they were legalized in California. She developed numerous programs and initiatives addressing the needs of those experiencing homelessness, including ensuring LAHSA identified sexual orientation and HIV status in its annual survey.
Planck thanked her wife, Dianne Hardy-Garcia, and their two daughters for accommodating the demanding schedule of the job.
“My family has put up with a lot over the years—too much time on the phone and on the computer, for sure,” Planck said. “Particularly, to my wife Dianne, who understands that a text message from a council meeting or a commission or advisory board meeting saying, ‘They’re on the last item,’ is actually meaningless in determining when I would get home. I simply couldn’t have done what I’ve done without her encouragement and love.”
Planck, her wife and their two daughters as children.