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The Sunset Strip Arts Club and a Proposed Tax on Cannabis

During every West Hollywood City Council election campaign, WEHOville invites the residents of West Hollywood to write us and note the issues that matter to them, the issues they want their candidates for City Council to focus on.

Today we are publishing the fourth in a series of questions from the Citizens Agenda and answers to them from incumbent candidates and challengers.  New questions and responses will be published each Monday. Noted below are those candidates who have not responded questions from the citizens of West Hollywood.  Previously published questions, and answers, can be found here and here.

4) The March 5 ballot includes two measures:

a) A recension of the City Council’s approval of the construction of the Arts Club on Sunset Boulevard.

b) A proposal to levy a 7.5% tax on the retail sale of adult (recreational) cannabis in West Hollywood.

What is your position on each of these issues?

JOHN D’AMICO

John D’Amico

a) I voted for the Arts Club Project when it was before the City Council because it is part of the necessary revitalization of the Sunset Strip, provides an important set of public benefits, including a public performance space, and dollars for the production of performance events for the next 25 years through our Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission. It will be a sensational development, adding to the dynamic opportunity along the Sunset Strip and when completed one of the most sustainable, energy-efficient buildings ever built in West Hollywood.  I think it a better use of that property than the existing Hustler store and surface parking lot. I support the project and hope everyone will vote Yes on Measure B.

b) I support the cannabis tax as part of the regular set of taxes that help support the general fund expenses including social services, public safety, public facilities including parks and buildings and community arts programs.  I support the tax and will vote Yes on Measure Y.

JACK CLINE

No response

TOM DEMILLE

a) That I’ve attended meetings it seems to me that the currant city council would rather go gavel to gavel and out of the meetings by 8 p.m.  We should stay for as long as it takes,to insure everyone gets heard .

Tom DeMille
Tom Demille

It’s that simple, the 100 million the city has in reserve, BELONGS TO YOU.

ITS TIME TO GIVE THE CITY BACK TO ITS RESIDENTS

GET A LITTLE DEMOCRACY GOING HERE IN WEHO

LETS SAY HELLO TO EACH OTHER AGAIN AT THE MARKET

AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, LOVE LOVE LOVE

b) About 20 years ago the Rev. Scott Imler had the city’s first compassion headquarters at Vista Street. Many hundreds of men with AIDS would climb the 16 stairs to get our compassion. It was always what we could pay. Sometimes, many times, it was for free as it was only weed. Since then there is not one club in this city that ensures no one goes without the medicine that they need for cancer and AIDS.

They have in my opinion become a danger to our community. For example, one owner of a club fire bombed his competitor and went to jail for 50 years. I’m in favor of a 10% tax on criminals.

Let it be known if I’m elected I will ensure our cancer and AIDS residents get the compassion they so sadly deserve. What kind of people will come to our smoking stations?

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Published: January 28, 2019

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