Op-ed by Carleton Cronin, West Hollywood, California
These occasions usually light-hearted and knee deep in fraternal praise and thanks as the gavel is passed to the new mayor.
Monday’s special civic event at our wonderful Plummer Park was one of the airiest and happiest such since the whole business of cityhood began thirty years ago.
Our new mayor, John D’Amico was greeted with cheers and applause from anon the lush surface of assembly of about 500 under and surrounding two large tents on the lush surface of the Great Lawn.
The important and venerable city legacy, the Great Hall, a backdrop to the dais and the stage.
The other Council members were warm and solicitous of the man newly appointed to the the middle seat and an air of happening and promise as well as change arose from the crowd, furthered by the chosen’s optimistic and charming acceptance speech.
The first new mayor in eight years and an indication that something fresh was certainly in the air.
Our new Mayor John D’Amico is especially well grounded in the local political scene as well as the functioning of the city after many years as a member of several city commissions. There can be no doubt about his commitment to both established values of our community and the exercise of citizen engagement.
His education and background as an urban planner and an architect are perfect enhancements to the job as our city faces many challenges in accommodating growth and density.
The future is here and our new mayor is ready.
The choice of Plummer Park for the Council reorganization was a statement, and a wise one. Our East side has seemed to have forever been in the shadows of the more visible West side.
That is actually an accident, not a design. Plummer Park is an attractive oasis and much used by nearby residents, far more than people from west of La Cienega.
It is a far friendlier venue than West Hollywood Park with its very busy atmosphere. Let’s have more occasion to be there – as we once did, using the Great hall as well as the exterior spaces.
Never had I expected to stay in one place for very long.
Much of my existence has been peripatetic, even during my wonderful, long marriage. I have wandered far and wide propelled by curiosity more than anything else, but understanding the virtues of nurturing an existence in a “home”.
West Hollywood is my home. I found immediate acceptance her despite my often brash, intemperate ways. How could that not be in a city which rose from the desires of men and women to found a city, a community of acceptance in the midst of a world of denial and scorn.
The audience at the event on Monday exhibited the exuberant faith in the future of our town which I shall always associate with the residents of West Hollywood.
Good wishes from this quarter, Mayor D’Amico – and, yes, I have your cell phone number.