Beverly Hills Voters Head To Polls Today For School Board Election
By Laura Coleman
Beverly Hills voters headed to the polls today to cast their votes for two open seats on the Board of Education. The election gives residents the opportunity to shape the City’s future by influencing the trajectory of a board that is instrumental to not only how Beverly Hills schools and education are structured, but also in the district’s fight against Metro.
Incumbent boardmember and life-long Beverly Hills resident Lisa Korbatov, who was voted onto the board in 2009, has been a tireless advocate for Beverly Hills in the fight against running a subway tunnel directly under the heart of the City’s only high school. Her accomplishments over the past four years also include: cutting $2 million in overhead while avoiding layoffs; avoiding $3 million in education cuts by transitioning the district to Basic Aid; and raising overall district academic scores to the highest rate in a decade.
Community leader and former Horace Mann PTA President Howard Goldstein, has, like Korbatov, repeatedly emphasized his commitment to stopping Metro’s current subway plan. Running on a platform he calls, “Dare to Lead,” Goldstein has served on the district’s Citizens’ Oversight Committee, the BHUSD Superintendent’s Advisory Committee and The Foundation.
Former Beverly Hills dentist James Fabe, told The Courier that he was running first and foremost as a concerned parent hoping to impact his son’s experience in middle school. His platform includes early active intervention, ergonomic education to avoid excess repetitive stress, and emphasizing “simultaneous success” in academics, art, athletics and character,with an emphasis on internet and library science.
Beverly Hills businessman John Dohm, who was part of the inaugural class of Team Beverly Hills, is the lone candidate on the ballot without a statement. He ended his campaign just weeks after he filed his papers, saying it was not the time to run.
Polling places in Beverly Hills, open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., include:
Residence Garage, 716 N Hillcrest Rd.
El Rodeo, 805 N Whittier Dr.
Sunrise Assisted Living, 201 N Crescent Dr.
Beverly Vista, 200 S Elm Dr.
Horace Mann, 8701 Charleville Bl.
Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 436 S Beverly Dr.
Beth Jacob, 9030 W Olympic Bl.