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Mother’s Day Reflections

From The Publisher Marcia Wilson Hobbs Every Mother's Day, I reflect on my mother and her mother and the virtues and values they both lived and tried very hard to instill in me as I was growing up. My grandmother, who was born in Los Angeles into an immigrant family that subsequently prospered, was quite insistent that “much is expected of those to whom much is given” and she inducted me into charitable projects from the age of 4 onward.

A Note From The Courier’s New Owner

I love where I live. The City of Beverly Hills holds a very special place in my heart.  Simply put, I love it here. I feel very blessed to live here, and that is the primary reason I wanted to become the new owner of The Beverly Hills Courier. After all, it is the City’s one and only newspaper so it's an integral part of it, and I want that to go on and on. Paula Kent Meehan This has been a significant week for The Beverly Hills Courier team as we change ownership after a decade of strong leadership under Publisher Clif Smith. From The Publisher Marcia Wilson Hobbs

Why Are Russia And China Flexing Their Muscles While We Retreat?

From the Publisher Clif Smith Power is an actual thing.  “Power” of a nation includes its financial strength, the size and capability of its armed forces, its technological prowess, and the dedication of its citizens.

Metro Case Judge Writes Bad Opinion –Facts Wrong, Backwards

From the Publisher Clif Smith Los Angeles Superior Court Judge John Torribio finally released his Metro opinion dated March 28, 2014, ruling against the City of Beverly Hills and the Beverly Hills Unified School District.

A California Drought History Lesson

From the Publisher Clif Smith Someone said ages ago, “Everyone complains about the weather.”  Well, we don’t really complain much here in Beverly Hills because we would sound foolish complaining about our usually-perfect weather.

Metro Sessions – Talk, And Zero Answers

From the Publisher Clif Smith When the Beverly Hills City Council rejected the applications of the Metropolitan Transit Authority for permits to dig up Beverly Hills and block Wilshire Boulevard, the council–led by Vice Mayor Lili Bosse with strong questioning by Mayor John Mirisch and Councilmember Nancy Krasne–asked some pretty straight-forward questions.  All the questions can be summarized as “What’s going to happen to our people, their homes, their businesses and our streets?”

Challenges Face Reorganized City Council

From the Publisher Clif Smith Tuesday night we welcomed our newest mayor, Lili Bosse, during an outstanding exercise in local government.  Her speech laid out an ambitious program.  Some of her goals are easy to accomplish and just plain nice, as is she.  Others will be more difficult.

Mr. President, You Cannot Hide From Bullies

From the Publisher Clif Smith As predicted by so many conservatives, especially former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the logical consequences of the bowing, scraping and purposeful weakness of Barack Obama as president of the United States is now clear for all the world to see. (Yes, we know you lefties and establishment Republicans HATE this woman...demeaned her, satirized her, and called her stupid – but she called it 100 percent right in 2008 about Putin and the Ukraine.  Maybe she really could not “see” Russia from her front porch in Wasilla, Alaska, but she knew what she was looking at – a lot better than all of you.)

An Open Letter To Our City Council To Move The Metro Subway Ahead

From the Publisher Clif Smith This is a suggestion to the Beverly Hills City Council to deal with the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s work on the Purple Line subway extension through Beverly Hills.

A California Drought History Lesson

From the Publisher Clif Smith Someone said ages ago, “Everyone complains about the weather.”  Well, we don’t really complain much here in Beverly Hills because we would sound foolish complaining about our usually-perfect weather.

Metro Sessions – Talk, And Zero Answers

From the Publisher Clif Smith When the Beverly Hills City Council rejected the applications of the Metropolitan Transit Authority for permits to dig up Beverly Hills and block Wilshire Boulevard, the council–led by Vice Mayor Lili Bosse with strong questioning by Mayor John Mirisch and Councilmember Nancy Krasne–asked some pretty straight-forward questions.  All the questions can be summarized as “What’s going to happen to our people, their homes, their businesses and our streets?”

The Pied Piper Insists It’s Getting Warmer, But Where?

From the Publisher Clif Smith As children, most of us were told the tale of the Pied Piper. Middle Ages Hamelin in Germany hired the man with “magic flute” to lead all the rats out of town.  When the town didn’t pay, he blew his flute and led all the children out of town never to be seen again.

Lunar New Year – The Right Way

From the Publisher Clif Smith Promoting local business is the assigned task of the Beverly Hills Conference & Visitors Bureau.  The CVB and the City of Beverly Hills host a fine Chinese New Year celebration tomorrow from 4:30 to 5:30 pm in the 200 block of Rodeo Drive.  All are invited to attend.  All CVB activities are funded by the City’s “Transient Occupancy Tax,” or “TOT.”

The Most Wonderful City Shines Again

From the Publisher Clif Smith Many cities are turning 100 years old around the state.  Most are having “centennial” celebrations.  When they have them, they play songs.

A Slap By City Staff At The Council … And A Big “Slap Back”

From the Publisher Clif Smith Apparently, the City staff cannot get messages clear from the council about Metro.

Our Wonderful Weather

From the Publisher Clif Smith Obviously, while the rest of the United States is freezing with new records set every day for low temperatures, we here in Beverly Hills are basking in mid-summer dry heat.
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