CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 1988
Former West Hollywood Mayor Valerie Terrigno lost an appeal Tuesday of her embezzlement conviction and a five-year court ban on selling her story. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco voted 3 to 0 to uphold Terrigno's conviction and sentence for embezzling federal funds in 1983 and 1984 as executive director of Crossroads Foundation, which gave counseling and emergency aid to people looking for work.
June 1, 1986 |
It was the best night of her life. A city was being born, and poised skittishly at center stage on the night of Nov. 29, 1984, was Valerie Susan Terrigno, new mayor of West Hollywood and the first acknowledged lesbian leader of an American community. A thousand people were on hand to witness the ceremony that would bring the city of West Hollywood into formal existence. The drafty auditorium where they gathered had filled so quickly that fire marshals and sheriff's deputies had to bar the doors.
April 10, 1986 |
Strong showings by the three incumbents in West Hollywood's election Tuesday maintained the City Council's homosexual majority and indicated broadened support for the Coalition for Economic Survival tenant activist group. With all 23 precincts reporting, unofficial tallies placed Mayor John Heilman and Councilwoman Helen Albert significantly ahead of their rivals in the at-large elections, winning 5,057 (23%) and 4,947 (22.5%) votes respectively.
November 6, 1986 |
Rent control activists scored their most decisive victory yet in West Hollywood as Planning Commissioner Abbe Land won a City Council seat by a landslide Tuesday over millionaire discotheque owner Gene La Pietra. Land's impressive vote margin of more than 2 to 1 over La Pietra ended a gay majority on the five-member council and confirmed the enduring political clout of the Coalition for Economic Survival, the tenant activist group that has now elected three of its members to the council.
February 21, 1985
The City Council will conduct a public hearing on legislation that would allow the domestic partners of city employees to have the same rights and coverage as married partners of employees. The legislation, sponsored by Mayor Valerie Terrigno and tentatively approved by the council, would also provide for the registration of domestic relations between people who live together. The registration of domestic partners would not provide the same legal rights accorded to married couples.
December 17, 1985
The Los Angeles federal court trial for former West Hollywood Mayor Valerie Terrigno, accused of embezzling nearly $11,000 while she directed a now-defunct counseling program, has been continued for two months. Defense attorney Howard Weitzman asked U.S. District Judge Laughlin E. Waters for the delay from Jan. 7 until March 11, 1986, citing other cases he is involved in. Assistant U.S. Atty. Richard M. Callahan did not oppose the delay, saying he, too, had other pending cases.