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City Council Returns MOA To Metro For More Mitigation

The Beverly Hills City Council was not satisfied with the draft Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that has been negotiated over several months with Metro for Section 2 of the Purple Line Subway Extension.  The MOA was peer-reviewed by DLA Piper. 6:02 pm Read More

BOLD Returns: City Council Ups The Ante

BOLD, an acronym for Beverly Hills Open Later Days, returns to the business triangle Aug. 2, featuring a plethora of activities that will entertain visitors while shops remain open an extra two hours on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. 6:12 pm Read More

City Council Tasked To Decide How Long To Close Wilshire Lanes As Subway Rolls Along

Something rather atypical happened at the end of Wednesday evening’s L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) community meeting in Beverly Hills: there were no questions.  “They usually have an hour or so of questions,” confirmed Beverly Hills Unified attorney Terry Tao, who said he had attended all of the previous nine such monthly Metro-led community meetings at Beverly Hills City Hall. 6:11 pm Read More

City, School District At Odds Over Continued Fight Against Subway Extension

Beverly Hills Mayor Julian Gold wasted no time in making his thoughts known once he found out that Superintendent Michael Bregy had emailed Beverly Hills Unified parents on Wednesday about his intention to involve the City in the school district’s fight against the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) having set up its subway construction staging area directly adjacent to 33 portable classrooms in which Beverly Hills High School students are now being taught. 5:53 pm Read More

Gold Rush: Julian Gold installed as mayor, Mirisch becomes vice mayor

Pictured above: Julian Gold is installed as mayor with his wife Michele and daughter Becca. Pictured bottom: John Mirisch is installed as vice mayor by his mother, Wendy Goldberg.  Photos by Victoria Talbot Beverly Hills residents turned out Tuesday evening for the annual reorganization and installation at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, a celebration of the transition of government as the gavel was passed from Lili Bosse to Julian Gold, who assumed the title of mayor, passing the vice mayor title to John Mirisch. 6:02 pm Read More

Julian Gold Expected To Be Sworn In As Mayor Tuesday

Vice Mayor Julian Gold will again be sworn in as Beverly Hills mayor Tuesday evening, when the City celebrates the reorganization of the City Council at a ceremony at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) at 7 p.m. 6:51 pm Read More

Ostroff Leads ‘Sea Shift’ For City Council On Loma Linda

Resident Anne Ostroff is a rocket scientist. Really. She is tall and elegant with an independent resonance to her slightly accented voice. And Tuesday evening, she gave the City Council an evening they will remember when Mayor Lili Bosse added her arguments as an item on the City Council agenda. 6:40 pm Read More

GeoKinetics Report Shows Errors, Mistakes In Handling Of Loma Linda Project

On Wednesday evening, Beverly Hills residents received the anxiously-anticipated GeoKinetics assessment of grading quantities proposed for the developments at 1184 and 1193 Loma Linda Drive. Once again, the developer’s engineer, LC Engineering Group, appears to have overestimated fill and underestimated cut, which is good news for the residents - because the project at 1193 Loma Linda Drive can’t go forward without a discretionary hearing on its nine retaining walls. 6:50 pm Read More

Beverly Hills City Council Finally Passes Basement Ordinance

v-loma-linda-close-up Beverly Hills residents expressed subdued jubilation in recognition of the late hour at the passage of the Basement Ordinance Tuesday evening, high-fiving and conveying gratitude to councilmembers and each other after months of tense negotiations that nearly saw the ordinance defeated. 6:33 pm Read More

Residents To Have Last Word, Says Sunshine Task Force

Residents will finally have the last word on development projects if a recommendation from the Sunshine Task Force is approved by the City Council.  The proposal is a major victory for residents who currently must remain silent after a rebuttal or staff report that might be misleading on City Council decisions. 6:48 pm Read More

Beverly Hills Basement Ordinance Faces Final Hurdle Tuesday At City Council

Residents and building applicants are anxiously preparing for the next City Council meeting Tuesday, when the Basement Ordinance is on the line.  After months of preparation and public hearings, both in the Planning Commission and at City Council, the entire ordinance is again coming forward, with the looming possibility of a 2-2 split. That would mean that the ordinance would not pass. 6:54 pm Read More

Amended Beverly Hills Legislative Advocacy Ordinance Enhances Transparency At City Hall

A newly amended ordinance that seeks to identify legislative advocates with a new level of transparency will go into effect on Feb. 8, said City Attorney Larry Wiener, but until then, the old rules are still in place.  In the process of researching this ordinance, the Courier earlier this week received an unsolicited phone call from Alan Hearty, one of the five newly-registered lobbyists for the Loma Linda Trust/Loma Linda Holdings Ltd. from the law firm Allen Matkins. 6:53 pm Read More

Mayor Lays Down Gauntlet In Loma Linda Development War

After a long afternoon of comments and clarifications from lawyers, staff and the public, Mayor Lili Bosse threw down a gauntlet in response to a threat of litigation from Alan Hearty of the law firm Allen Matkins, representing developer Francesco Aquilini on the 1184 and 1193 Loma Linda Drive projects Monday, at the City Council Study Session. 6:44 pm Read More

City Council To Vote Tuesday On $10.5 Million JPA

Following months of contentious negotiations, the City of Beverly Hills and Beverly Hills Unified School District are on the precipice of having a new $10.5 million Joint Powers Agreement (JPA). On Tuesday, Dec. 19, the City Council is expected to vote on the new JPA, the final hurdle to ensure the continuance of this vital contract. 6:59 pm Read More