Posted: Thursday, April 2, 2015 – 1:23 PM
By Victoria Talbot
A meeting of the Southwest Beverly Hills Homeowners Association Wednesday evening at Roxbury Park proved a fertile forum to discuss issues related to accelerating Measure E bond money, school buildings, Metro plans and BHHS oil leases.
A panel including Beverly Hills Mayor Julian Gold, M.D., Interim City Manager Mahdi Aluzri, School Board Member Lisa Korbatov and School Board President Howard Goldstein addressed about 125 engaged residents.
This was Mayor Gold’s first opportunity to address a homeowners group as Mayor since his installment last week.
Helping themselves to coffee and cookies, the group listened as Korbatov and Goldstein explained the reasons for the accelerated bond measure to access funds for rebuilding old and unsafe schools. Most of the buildings are between 85 and 100 years old and are costing the District millions of dollars annually in repairs and maintenance.
Passion flared over the oil leases. Some claim the oil wells have harmed students on the campus, while others, who receive royalties from the leases, were angry the leases were not being renewed next year.
Agenda items included in lieu parking on South Beverly Drive and South Santa Monica Blvd., increasing pass-through traffic and parking problems on residential streets, the construction of three new gateway signs on San Vicente and Wilshire and at Olympic near Spalding (east and west), and mansionization.
Present to answer questions and clarify issues were Community Services Director Susan Healy Keene, Deputy Director of Transportation Aaron Kunz and Principal Planner Michele McGrath were also present to provide their expertise and clarification.
For a complete report please see The Courier Friday, April 3.