Despite Allegations of Sexual Impropriety and Solicitation of Money from Contractors and Developers, John Duran …

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John Duran being sworn in as mayor pro tem in 2017  (Photo by Jon Viscott, courtesy of the City of West Hollywood)

The City Council on Monday will decide who will assume the role of mayor of West Hollywood on May 21.

The Council is expected to name longtime Councilmember John Duran to the position, despite controversies Duran has been embroiled in involving allegations that he sexually harassed his former deputy, Ian Owens, and made sexually provocative comments to other City Hall employees. Duran, a gay man, also has been accused of making derogatory comments about women.

Duran is a criminal defense lawyer who has served on the West Hollywood City Council since 2001. He has a law degree from Western State University College of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from

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