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 Beverly Hills City Council and the Fine Arts Commission joined Mark and Cathy Louchheim to dedicate Folded Square – Alphabet G, a sculpture by Fletcher Benton, to its public art collection. The Louchheim’s graciously donated the piece, which is located inside the Burton Way Median at Rexford Drive. “We are very, very fortunate to receive this donation and to add another Fletcher Benton piece to our collection,” said Mayor Julian Gold. The second Benton sculpture can be found in Maltz Park at Sunset Boulevard and Whittier Drive. Fine Art Commission Chair Zale Richard Rubins said,”Art enhances the everyday experiences... In building a world-class public art collection by adding pieces like Folded Square - Alphabet G, our hope is that people will be surprised, delighted, intrigued and inspired by what they see.” Pictured (from left): Councilmember Robert Wunderlich, Vice Mayor John Mirisch, Mayor Julian Gold, Mark and Cathy Louchheim, Councilmember Lili Bosse, Councilmember Lester Friedman, Fine Art Chair Zale Richard Rubins, Fine Art Vice Chair Stephanie Vahn, Fine Art Commissioner Michael Smooke, Fine Art Commissioner Alan Kaye.
Some residents are grumbling over plans for a makeover of the Burton Way Median into a water efficient landscape project that would include the removal of the lush, green turf to comply with the Federal Clean Water Act.
Efforts continue to gather signatures on a petition that will stop the City’s new Basement Ordinance from going into effect, overturning the will of the residents and the vote of the entire City Council for the benefit of real estate agent Branden Williams and his client billionaire developer Francesco Aquilini, who wish to build the project on Loma Linda Drive.
On Tuesday evening, the City of Beverly Hills will hold an installation ceremony to swear in a new mayor and vice mayor. Vice Mayor Julian Gold, MD is scheduled to be installed as mayor and Councilmember John Mirisch is scheduled to be installed as vice mayor.
The following is an updated press release from the City of Beverly Hills regarding a meeting to be held tonight at City Hall in conjunction with the regular City Council meeting at 7 p.m. with Police Chief Sandra Spagnoli to address School Security:
An item that will come before the City Council Tuesday would grant permit application extensions for 33 projects that either are already expired or will expire prior to Dec. 31, 2017, including One Beverly Hills, also known as the Wanda project, at 9900 Wilshire Boulevard. The reason? Community Development says its because "the expiration rules have not been strictly enforced."
Director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution and Associate Professor of Law at Pepperdine University Sukhsimranjit Singh will present recommendations formed from landlords and tenants in the seven facilitated dialogue sessions for the Rent Stabilization Ordinance at Tuesday evening’s Formal Meeting of the City Council at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers.
A request for an R-1 permit for a project at 1260 Lago Vista Drive was denied by the Planning Commission in a 5-0 vote is being appealed to the City Council Thursday by attorney Ben Reznik for Crest Reality on behalf of Sagebrook Investments, LLC.