A day in the life of Mayor John M. Erickson

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It was a beautiful Saturday morning and newly minted Mayor John M. Erickson was eagerly anticipating a busy day of events to conclude his first full week as the chief spokesperson for the City of West Hollywood.

Erickson hit the ground running upon taking the gavel. The first City Council meeting under his leadership ran flawlessly, concluding in just over three hours. All public commenters were given their full allotment of time without any breaks, his enthusiasm marking a refreshing change from the previous mayor’s slower pace and neophyte tone.

We caught up with Mayor Erickson at the end of the day.

“I got up around 7:30, had some coffee, answered calls that came during the night, checked the city emails, and got ready to go to Sybil Zaden‘s memorial at 10 am,” Erickson said.

The late Sybil Zaden’s memorial, organized by Councilmember John Heilman, took place at King Roads Park.

“I always admired Sybil and had the chance to say a few words of respect for her,” Erickson said.

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Erickson’s first “Coffee with Mayor” event began at 11 am at the Dialog Cafe. The Sheriff and several City Staff members joined the Mayor to meet with residents.

“It was really nice to talk to the people,” Erickson said. “It’s nice for people to see their Mayor and city staff, and I went out to the tables to meet the guests and introduce myself. When one asked about Karen Bass, I got a chance to explain that West Hollywood is its own city.”

John’s next stop was outside WeHo in Culver City.

“I was invited to the first school board ‘Pride in the Park’ for their LGBTQ students,” he said. “We discussed anything they may need in their school system. All of our issues are regional; when kids are being bullied in schools, it’s not much different from when we were kids. People look to West Hollywood to be a leader on this stuff.”

As one meeting ended, the next began. Now off to the One Institute for their youth ambassador at the Werle Building. The event honored the youth ambassadors for queer history and their projects.

“We presented six certificates/proclamations for all the kids’ projects from the city,” Erickson said. “It was great for the kids to connect with their government. Remember, this is what my Ph.D. is in (Erickson holds a Ph.D. in American Religious History with a specialty in LGBTQ History), so it was fascinating to watch this all come to life through these amazing projects.”

Erickson’s schedule was packed. His next stop was Beaches and the Stonewall Young Democrats Hero Awards.

“I welcomed the community, celebrating LGBTQ champions from across the state. Then it was about 4:00 pm, and I ran home to take Winnie out.”

Winnie is his 9-year-old pitbull-lab mix.

“I’m still a dog dad,” he chuckled. “Then I went to Pavilions and got a snack (chicken tenders) in between events and then on to the Council Chambers.”

Today was National Holocaust Day, and the Council Chambers featured the film ‘Shepard.’

“We presented a proclamation to the director, Lynn Roth, and welcomed the crowd,” Erickson said. “I couldn’t stay for the film but got a chance to meet the director and honor her, the film, and their amazing work.”

“I then went with my boyfriend (former WeHo Poet Laureate Brian Sonia-Wallace) to the Robert Burns poetry night. Burns, a Scottish poet, has an annual event, and we stayed till about 9 pm. We then went back to WeHo for the Blade awards. We (West Hollywood) won ‘the most LGBTQ-friendly city,’ ‘LGBTQ-friendly workplace,’ and accepted the award for regional WeHo pride, and presented an award to Vice Mayor Byers for most committed activist.”

“And then it was the end of the day, so I had to get home to see Winnie — who is soon to be the First Dog of WeHo in April when she gets her duties assigned. Winnie will also be the cat ally.”

“I fell asleep on the couch with all my clothes on and moved to bed a few hours later.”

“It fills me with great energy when people come up to me when they have an issue that we can work together on, or just say hi, or to meet their elected officials,” Erickson said. “I think the best part of the job is directly talking to people, meeting new people, giving them your card, and saying, ‘Call me. And I’ll call them back.'”

John Erickson was first elected to the West Hollywood City Council in 2020.

John M. Erickson was elected to West Hollywood City Council on November 3, 2020. He first joined the West Hollywood community in 2010 as an intern for the West Hollywood City Council. This experience led to his role as Council Deputy to former Mayor Abbe Land, followed by a position at West Hollywood City Hall, where he focused on LGBTQ+ rights, women’s rights, environmental issues, and civic engagement.

After his tenure at City Hall, Erickson worked as a Legislative Representative at LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) and currently holds the position of Vice President of Public Affairs, Communications, and Marketing at Planned Parenthood Los Angeles. He is a former Vice Chair of the city’s Planning Commission.

 

 

 

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West
West
26 days ago

Ah, another glorious morning in my beloved town, a perfect canvas for the masterpiece that is my tenure as Mayor. I start my day with a tweet, a beacon of hope and love, knowing full well the power of a well-placed emoji to mask the distaste I harbor for the tedious masses. It’s almost too easy, really, the way these awards and commendations fall from my lips, binding the local elite to my side with chains of flattery so sweet, they fail to notice the poison. As I wade through the day, I’m a veritable saint among my people, doling… Read more »

just a thought
just a thought
26 days ago
Reply to  West

your prose is fantastic. if you don’t already, consider writing stories or other literature, might be more effective use of your time than wehoonline comments. your word choice and syntax is better than like 80% of the books that get published

West
West
25 days ago
Reply to  just a thought

Thank you kindly, these caricatures are merely a brief moment of catharsis for me. Wishing John all the best in his public service, and a speedy replacement in 2024..

Yawning
Yawning
25 days ago
Reply to  West

Poppycock

Eric
Eric
26 days ago

John has what it takes to be a great Major, he loves, lives and breathes Weho. I only hope he’s not swayed too much by his crazy far left cronies and anti semite VM. Let’s see, I’m holding high hopes for much success.

Mikie Friedman
Mikie Friedman
26 days ago

While, I doubt his judgment and his believability, I do not doubt the gusto and industriousness with which he attacks his job.

WeHo Mary!
WeHo Mary!
27 days ago

No mention of when he took his very very important life saving PrEP pill. Or is this not a thing anymore?

More Questions Than Answers
More Questions Than Answers
27 days ago

A Ph.D in American Religious History with a specialty in LGBTQ History? This as he explained to children? In order to connect with their government? Could John or someone please explain this alignment?

greeneyedguy
greeneyedguy
27 days ago

It’s obvious Erickson really does care about this city. It really seems like he wants to make a positive difference.

(Glad to get here before the barrage of insults flood this comment section)

voter
voter
27 days ago

I think Erickson is a decent person, but he has been on the wrong side of EVERY vote that has mattered to me as a resident and taxpayer of West Hollywood. West Hollywood would be a much better place to live without him.

JF1
JF1
27 days ago
Reply to  voter

I think he’s a good guy too but yes, on the wrong side of most every issue that affects the quality of life of residents of this city b

Steve Martin
Steve Martin
26 days ago
Reply to  JF1

At least he likes people and projects a good deal of optimism.
At this point West Hollywood needs all the positivity we can get.

Alan Strasburg
Alan Strasburg
26 days ago
Reply to  Steve Martin

He likes people who like him.

JF1
JF1
26 days ago
Reply to  Alan Strasburg

ha. also true.

Mikie Friedman
Mikie Friedman
25 days ago
Reply to  Alan Strasburg

bingo!

JF1
JF1
26 days ago
Reply to  Steve Martin

true.

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