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.
September 1, 1987
An attorney for former West Hollywood Mayor Valerie Terrigno gave the city a check for $1,213.58, ending a controversy over her use of a car rental company's credit card after leaving office, City Atty. Michael Jenkins said. He said documents showed that Terrigno tried to have the bills sent to her once she left office. Instead, the bills were sent to City Hall. "Terrigno has cooperated fully to reach this amicable resolution," Jenkins said.
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.
November 18, 1985 |
West Hollywood City Councilwoman Valerie Terrigno pleaded innocent today to charges that she embezzled more than $10,000 in federal funds while running a gay counseling agency. Terrigno, 32, who was arraigned earlier in the day, entered the plea before U.S. District Judge Laughlin Waters. He scheduled trial for Jan. 7, but attorneys said it was unlikely they would be ready by that date.