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Aquilini’s Realtor Revealed To Be Behind Petitions To End Basement Ordinance

Posted Thursday, March 29, 2018 – 6:40 PM

By Victoria Talbot

After weeks of mystery the truth is finally known. The filing of Form 410 on March 26 with the Secretary of State revealed that the petition to rescind the Basement Ordinance, started on March 14, is being spearheaded by realtor Branden Williams, along with his attorney Bradley Hertz, who registered as a lobbyist in the City of Beverly Hills for the Los Angeles Lobbyists Association on March 6. 

Sources say the realtor claims to be “best friends” with billionaire Canadian developer Francesco Aquilini, and that he has negotiated 10 home sales for him. 

Sources familiar with the sale of the property say that Crest Real Estate founder and president Jason Somers has said Williams, who represented the Loma Linda property when it was sold to Aquilini in 2012, is Aquilini’s “estate manager.”

Who is Branden Williams?

In October 2007 Branden Williams stipulated to discipline and was awarded a restricted license by the Department of Real Estate in the State of California. 

The reason? For full story see the print edition of The Beverly Hills Courier, or download the e-edition.

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