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.
Paid petitioners are circulating throughout the residential areas of Beverly Hills to gain signatures for a referendum that would undo the Basement Ordinance passed last month.
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.
It has been quite a year for Beverly Hills Mayor Lili Bosse, who presided over the last City Council meeting of her year serving as mayor Tuesday, ending after 1:30 a.m.
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.
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.
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.
The Beverly Hills City Council, without Mayor Lili Bosse (recused for conflict) failed to pass the proposed Basement Ordinance yet again.
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.
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.