Posted: Friday, June 3, 2016 – 10:27 PM
The Beverly Hills City Council will revisit the selection of an independent investigator to probe the events that led to the cutting down of 196 trees on Parcels 12 & 13 last November.
On May 10, 2016, Mayor John A. Mirisch and Councilmember Julian A. Gold, MD recommended Craig A. Moyer and Gina Gribow with Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP to provide the services and report for the Parcels 12 & 13 investigation after interviewing six firms. After eliminating two of the six firms because the price quotes were $500,000 or more, Vice Mayor Krasne and Councilmember Lili Bosse requested to meet with the remaining four firms: 1. Channel Law Group 2. Parrent Smith Investigations & Research Private Investigators 3. Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP 4. Castellön & Funderburk LLP.
On June 1, 2016, Vice Mayor Nancy Krasne and Councilmember Liii Bosse met with three of the firms interviewed by Council Liaisons Mayor John A. Mirisch and Councilmember Julian A. Gold, MD. The three firms, in the order they were interviewed, were (1) CastellOn & Funderburk, LLP; (2) Parrent Smith Investigations & Research Private Investigators; and (3) Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP. The Channel Law Group withdrew from consideration. CastellOn & Funderburk, LLP has decreased their fee from $100,000 to $50,000 – $70,000. Parrent Smith Investigations & Research Private Investigators’ fee was originally $50,000 but they are now willing to charge up to $50,000. Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP did not change their fee from $100,000.
Vice Mayor Krasne and Councilmember Bosse recommend Parrent Smith Investigations & Research Private Investigators to conduct the investigation.
The council would have been stalled with a 2-2 vote but last week, the council selected Kathy Reims to be appointed to fill the vacancy left by the departure of Dr. Willie Brien. A resolution confirming her appointment to the seat is the first item on the council’s study session agenda.
It appears that Reims’ vote will determine who is selected to conduct the investigation.