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.
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.
The Beverly Hills City Council on Tuesday moved to strongly oppose a senate bill that would eliminate residential zoning around transit.
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.