Posted: Friday, December 5, 2014 – 3:24 PM
Two residents who pulled papers have not filed to run against incumbents Vice Mayor Julian Gold and Mayor Lili Bosse, meaning that there will likely be no City election this coming March 3, 2015.
Bosse and Gold received their papers and, subsequently, filed their papers the same day, November 10, the day the nomination period opened. It is unusual for candidates to file on the same day papers are pulled.
Jacob Goldstein, 34, met with City Clerk Byron Pope to obtain papers two days after Gold and Bosse. Goldstein did not file and declined to comment to the Courier.
Michael Talei pulled papers a week later. Talei emailed late last night to say that because, “the cost associated with the election process is substantially high, I decided to withdraw my candidacy to avoid imposing such an expense on the City.”
Both potential challengers have run for City Council in the past, though neither candidate won their respective elections.
The deadline, 5 p.m. on Dec. 5, passed without any papers filed, which means the two incumbents are the only candidates who have filed papers to run for their seats.
Mayor Lili Bosse and Vice Mayor Julian Gold have met the requirements to run for office. The City Council will now decide if they will cancel the election for March 3.
“I look forward to serving our residents, businesses and visitors to our City for four more years. We will continue to make Beverly Hills a City which exceeds everyone’s expectations,” said the Vice Mayor upon hearing the news.
Mayor Bosse received the news, “with tremendous gratitude and a full heart. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your confidence, support, friendship and offers to help in my campaign. I am wholeheartedly grateful to serve our community and our beloved City for another term, side by side with you.”
If one candidate had filed to challenge the incumbents the ensuing race would cost the city $250,000, according to an estimate from City Clerk Byron Pope. The expenses would include staff salaries, printing, consulting, city-sponsored candidate forums, poll workers and ballots.