October 28, 2021 The Newspaper Serving LGBT Los Angeles

WeHo’s New Mayor And Mayor Pro Tem Sworn In

The City of West Hollywood has sworn in its new Mayor and Mayor Pro Tempore. 

Lauren Meister was sworn in as Mayor and Sepi Shyne was sworn in as Mayor Pro Tempore at the City’s annual City Council Reorganization and Installation meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, September 20, 2021.

In order to safeguard health and safety, the ceremony took place by Virtual Teleconference followed by the regular meeting of the West Hollywood City Council. 

After nearly two decades as a neighborhood advocate, Lauren Meister was elected to the West Hollywood City Council on March 3, 2015 and re-elected for her second term on March 5, 2019.

Lauren Meister

Lauren Meister became involved with the City of West Hollywood as a neighborhood watch captain, took the LASD Community Emergency Response Team “CERT” training, and attended the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Community Academy. She went on to lead the largest neighborhood association in the city, representing residents on issues such as public safety, traffic circulation, parking and development.

Sepi Shyne

Sepi Shyne made history in November 2020 when she was elected to the West Hollywood City Council. She became the first out LGBTQ Iranian elected anywhere globally and locally became the first woman of color elected to West Hollywood’s City Council. Her election also ushered in West Hollywood’s first female-majority City Council. Her priorities include advocating for affordable housing, protecting renters and social service programs, social justice, small business revival, and bringing the people’s voices to City Hall.

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