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Mayor Abbe Land
A resident of West Hollywood since 1979, Mayor Abbe Land has had the privilege to play an instrumental role in West Hollywood since its inception, where she was part of the successful campaign to make West Hollywood an independent city in 1984.
Mayor Land was appointed to the City's first Planning Commission in 1985. In 1986, when a council seat was vacated mid-term, she was elected to the City Council for her first term. She served with distinction as a Councilmember and Mayor until 1997, when she did not seek another term. In 2003, Mayor Land returned to public service when she was once again elected to the City Council, and was re-elected in 2007. She has served three previous terms as Mayor of West Hollywood (1989-90, 1994-95, 2005-2006) and is the City's current Mayor.
In addition to her service as an elected official, Mayor Land serves as the co-chief executive officer of The Saban Free Clinic -- formerly known as the Los Angeles Free Clinic. A recognized leader in healthcare management, Mayor Land is one of the state's leading advocates for single-payer, universal health coverage, and initiated the City's "Well West Hollywood" program to encourage increased physical activity.
Long a champion of affordable housing, Mayor Land is a dedicated guardian of the City's historic tenants' rights protections. She helped create the West Hollywood Community Housing Corporation and our Affordable Housing Trust Fund to build and rehabilitate affordable housing for seniors, families and people living with disabilities.
She has taken the lead in guiding the City of West Hollywood's policies on the environment and sustainability. She has initiated several of the City's landmark environmental policies to cut our carbon emissions and plays a leadership role in creating local solutions to global warming. Mayor Land initiated the City's Green Building Ordinance, the country's first mandatory program for commercial and residential buildings. She also led the effort to ensure that the new West Hollywood Library will be a certified LEED Silver building.
Her concern for the environment led to the development of the drought tolerant demonstration gardens on two central City corners (Crescent Heights and Santa Monica Boulevards). Additionally, Mayor Land co-sponsored a Heritage Tree Preservation Program to protect some old growth trees and increase the City's urban canopy. She also co-sponsored a Mixed-Use Task Force to examine mixed-use development for a more pedestrian-friendly, sustainable urban environment, and spearheaded the creation of the City's Environmental Task Force.
Widely known for her leadership on women's issues, LGBT rights and civil liberties, Mayor Land was instrumental in creating the City's Women's and Disability Advisory Boards. Thanks in part to Mayor Land's efforts, the City Council voted to become the first official pro-choice city in the nation in 1993.
Mayor Land serves as one of the City of West Hollywood's representatives on the Westside Council of Governments (COG), and is co-chair of the Westside COG's Sustainability Committee. She is the Westside COG representative for the Southern California Association of Governments' Energy and Environment Committee.