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Jeff Prang named West Hollywood mayor for fourth time

March 6, 2012 | 12:13 pm

Jeff Prang

Jeff Prang, the mayor pro tempore of West Hollywood, will be sworn in as mayor of the city in April, the City Council decided Monday.

The West Hollywood City Council, comprised of five members, reorganizes yearly, and council members select a member to serve as mayor for one year.

"The general rule is everybody gets a turn before you get another turn," said Prang, who will serve as mayor for the fourth time.

Prang, 49, was elected to the council in March 1997. On April 16 he will replace John Duran as mayor, and Duran will remain on the council.

"I love this city, and it's just been the opportunity and honor of a lifetime to have been selected by the people of West Hollywood to serve for this long a period of time," Prang said. "I'm still energized by the work and still challenged by the position."

Councilwoman Abbe Land will become mayor pro tem in April. Land, 56, was first elected to the council in 1986 and has served as mayor four times.

The refurbishing of city parks is among Prang's top priorities for his upcoming year as mayor, he said. There's little open space in the densely populated, 1.9-square-mile city and the existing parks are immensely popular.

Work on West Hollywood Park, which currently is being expanded to have more open space, will be completed by June, Prang said. The city also is working with residents to adjust a controversial plan to renovate Plummer Park, he said.

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Photo: Jeff Prang, shown outside a West Hollywood school in 2005, will serve as the city's mayor, again, starting April 16. Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

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