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Beverly Hills News – City Council to Study Options to Replace Councilmember Willie Brien

Posted: Sunday, May 1, 2016 – 11:48 AM

Though he has not yet submitted a letter of resignation, the Beverly Hills City Council will explore options for filling the seat of departing Councilmember Willie Brien at Tuesday’s City Council Study Session.

Brien stated that he will be submitting a letter of resignation “on or about May 2” at the April 14 City Council meeting. 

Brien is the new vice president of medical operations and chief clinical officer at Houston-based CHI St. Luke’s Health–Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center. He announced that he would be leaving the City Council on November 8 last year. 

Since then, Brien has often been present at City Council meetings from remote locations. He has not yet resigned.

The City Council has two options to fill the vacancy left by Dr. Brien. They can appoint a new Councilmember to fill the remainder of the term or they can call a special election within 60 days from the commencement of the vacancy, which occurs either upon the receipt of the letter or the date specified in the letter.

Assuming a date of May 2, the City Council must take action by July 1.

To appoint a resident to fill the vacancy, the City may accept applications. The Council will review a prototype of the application provided in the agenda packet.

Alternatively, the City Council may opt to hold a special election.

A special election Shall be held on the next regularly established election date not less than 114 days from the call of the special election. (Government Code Section 36512(b)(1)) This means that the election to fill the vacancy would be held on November 8, 2016. Staff estimates that the cost for the election would be $200,000 to the City.

Dr. Brien has dedicated the last 20 years to public service. He was twice elected to the City Council of Beverly Hills, is a current council member and former Mayor. He is a past President of the top ranked Beverly Hills Unified School District as well as a past State of California Health Policy Commissioner. He currently is a board member representing Beverly Hills on the Westside Cities Council of Governments. 

Here are seven things to know about Dr. Brien’s distinguished career in medicine:

1. He begins his new job Dec. 9.

2. As vice president of medical operations and chief clinical officer, Dr. Brien will oversee the areas of physician performance, quality and clinical integration at the hospital, officials said. He will also be executive sponsor of the CHI Texas Division orthopedic service line.

3. Previously, Dr. Brien was professor and executive vice chairman of the department of surgery and director of orthopedic surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He also was previously chief of staff at Cedars-Sinai, and has served on the board of directors and numerous Cedars-Sinai executive committees.

4. He also was on the board of councilors for the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and is currently president of the California Orthopedic Association.

5. He received his medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and is a graduate of Los Angeles-based University of Southern California.

6. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery and his fellowship in adult reconstructive surgery.

7. Dr. Brien was an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery and director of the Joint Replacement Program at USC. In addition, he was an associate clinical professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of California, Irvine.

The Study Session will also consider a Fred Hayman Memorial Event to be held on Rodeo Drive on Sunday, May 15, to commemorate the man most associated with the creation of the iconic Rodeo Drive as it is known today and the Rodeo Drive Committee.

The City Council Formal Meeting will consider a hearing date for a de novo review of a proposed 4-story condominium development at 250 North Crescent Drive, across from Whole Foods Market. The project was previously approved by the Planning Commission and called up to the City Council by Councilmember Lili Bosse for further review.

Other items include a proposal to waive fees for false alarms to encourage residents to call the police if there is suspicious behavior in light of the increasing incidents of residential burglaries and a resolution conditionally approving amendments to the permit to allow Jim Falk Lexus to operate at 9031 Olympic Boulevard, where Infiniti of Beverly Hills previously operated.


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