Danny Hang joins City Council race

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Business License Commissioner Danny Hang has entered the race for West Hollywood City Council. 

Born in the San Gabriel Valley to Chinese-Vietnamese refugees, Hang is the son of a union machinist who was a member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 725. Hang’s mother, an immigrant entrepreneur, owned a nail salon that contributed to their family’s pathway to the American middle class. 

Hang graduated from Loyola Marymount University and pursued a double master’s in Social Work and Gerontology at the University of Southern California. Hang began his career at the Social Security administration, handling supplemental security income benefits for people with disabilities and older adults. He currently works in disability retirement for Los Angeles County.

Hang has served on the West Hollywood Disabilities Advisory Board the Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation by the State Bar Board of Trustees and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Asian American & Pacific Islander Advisory Board. Additionally, he is a member of the Executive Board for Asian Democrats of Los Angeles County.

As a Business License commissioner, Hang voted to deny Heart WeHo later hours of operation but voted in favor of allowing them for Doughbrik’s Pizza. He was appointed to the commission by Councilmember Sepi Shyne and donated her to congressional campaign. He recently defended Mayor John M. Erickson’s taxpayer-funded trip to Paris. 

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Hang lives in West Hollywood with his cat, Piper. Other contenders for the two open seats on Council this November are the incumbent mayor, Public Safety Commissioner George Nickle and activist West Seegmiller. Shyne is not running for re-election. 

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hifi5000
hifi5000
17 days ago

There are a few commenters on here who don’t want Danny Hang to run for city council because he was appointed by ex-mayor Sepi Shyne.I am thinking I would give him a chance if he can prove he is his own man,not under the control of Shyne.

West
18 days ago

Although his associates are ultra-orthodox Party gatekeepers; I’ll look forward to hearing his platform on the issues, and withhold judgement until then.

BloodshotEyedGuy
BloodshotEyedGuy
20 days ago

Here’s how I vote as a gay man in WeHo: 1. Has he ever done drag or plan to show up at the office dressed as Lady Gaga? No? Got my vote. 2. Will he constantly lament about how difficult it was growing up gay and endlessly talk about his personal issues. No? Got my vote. 3. Will he make “Express Yourself” the new city anthem? No? Got my vote. 4. Is his only concern to help improve the lives of all residents gay, straight, black, white, male, female, etc.? Yes? Got my vote.

Last edited 20 days ago by BloodshotEyedGuy
Alan Strasburg
Alan Strasburg
20 days ago

The Sepi Shyne connection is a non-starter for me, as is the reliance on identity politics. Also, this dude smacks of the incestuous cabal of party club politics and that is completely toxic. No thanks. Independent minds, please.

greeneyedguy
greeneyedguy
18 days ago
Reply to  Alan Strasburg

Would love if you stopped using anti-semitic tropes. I’ve pointed it out to you several times and you continue to double down. Especially in these times where that word is a hot topic. Enough is enough.

Alan Strasburg
Alan Strasburg
15 days ago
Reply to  greeneyedguy

You’re the only anonymous troll making it a hot topic, as with many other issues in toxic, intellectually lazy anonymity. I’m sticking to the definition provided by Britannica, and other solid, scholarly sources. Good luck with your noble efforts at changing the meaning of a solid word.

Hmmmm
Hmmmm
20 days ago

What is interesting is that WEHOonline reported correctly about his connection to both Sepi Shyne and John Erickson. However, other news sources reporting on his candidacy, have left that completely out!

JF1
JF1
18 days ago
Reply to  Hmmmm

yup. Good reporting 🙄

voter
voter
20 days ago

The Sepi Shyne connection is disappointing. Surely we can do better.

Gimmeabreak
Gimmeabreak
20 days ago

I wonder if there is a strategy here to get more people to run so that that the anti-Erickson vote can be split among so many candidates that Erickson walks away with a win, even though most people voted against him?

GayWaspInWeho
GayWaspInWeho
20 days ago

The worst thing he could do in his pitch to become a council member is mentioning the two most dreadful people ever elected to office in West hollywood. John Erickson and Sepi Shyne.

WehoQueen
WehoQueen
20 days ago
Reply to  GayWaspInWeho

Compared to Sepi, John Erickson is like Alexander Hamilton.

GayWaspInWeho
GayWaspInWeho
19 days ago
Reply to  WehoQueen

No way is he like Alexander Hamilton. Mr Hamilton was Butch.

hmmmm
hmmmm
19 days ago
Reply to  WehoQueen

…more like Aaron Burr.

John Ryan
John Ryan
21 days ago

The Business License commissioner that allowed and is allowing WeHo businesses to operate without a Business License.
Allrighty then.

John Arnold
John Arnold
21 days ago

Shyne 2.0

Sam
Sam
21 days ago

Anyone that is associated with Sepi Shyne should be a hard NO to vote for

Morty
Morty
21 days ago

He lost my vote. Supported Sepi Shyne and thinks that tax payers should pay for John Erickson and friends to fly to Paris on our dime. No thanks. That trip to Paris during the Olympics is going to cost 5 X what the mayor told us it will cost. It is totally unnecessary.

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