The Beverly Hills City Council paid tribute to outgoing City Manager Mahdi Aluzri in a ceremony this week at City Hall. Pictured are members of the City Council and City Attorney Larry Wiener, along with George Chavez (holding the microphone) – who will replace Aluzri as the new city manager.
Beverly Hills is flying its City flag at half mast to pay tribute to the dozens of civilians murdered during a horrific attack on two mosques in Christ-church in New Zealand last week. “In the face of this assault on humanity, we must unite to eliminate Islamophobia in all of its despicable forms,” said Mayor John Mirisch
Leaving behind the City of San Diego where he earned a reputation for fighting corruption, Eduardo Luna will become the City’s first auditor.
Jayden Bulexa, Emma Newman, Charles Wen, Chloe Levine, Eli Okum, Eli Ramer, Lillian Esagoff, Sabrina Camua Samantha Maybaum, Ruby Laks, Julien Hadim, Sean Lee, Ryan Nikfarjam, Zoe Bloom, Ayla Su and Jennifer Li were honored Tuesday by the Beverly Hills City Council for their participation in Youth in Government Day, with Cherryne Lue-Sang, the Beverly Hills Unified School District’s Coordinator of Special Projects. Youth in Government gives each participant an opportunity to roleplay government positions at City Hall. The kids are pictured above with Beverly Hills Mayor Julian Gold, Councilmember Lili Bosse, Vice Mayor John Mirisch and Councilmembers Les Friedman and Robert Wunderlich.
The Beverly Hills City Council recognized the 2017-2018 Teen Advisory Committee (TAC) for their involvement in the teen community and teen activities. Members who serve on TAC help identify teen-specific problems in the community, suggest solutions, work with City officials and sponsor community service events. Pictured left to right are Councilmember Lester Friedman, Vice Mayor John Mirisch, Jenny Kim, Philip Sayah, Caleb Sayah, Lenna Mor, Leila Kashani, Hanna Levy, Aiden Hamid, Sarah Lepkowitz, Lian Marco Atienza, Justine Cohan, Julia Tabatabai, Ryan Tabatabai, Councilmember Lili Bosse and Councilmember Robert Wunderlich.
Members of the City of Hope Board of Governors enjoyed a Mad Hatter party hosted by Peter Garland at his Porta Via restaurant. Professional and philanthropic members of the board raise funds to help City of Hope efforts to fight cancer, diabetes and HIV/AIDS and provide seed month for scientists researching cures and pharmaceuticals. Pictured are long-time BH resident Robert Marx, chairman of the board, and Gilda Marx. Other attendees included Gary and Victoria Davis and Fran Fineman.
The City Council recognized El Rodeo sixth-grader James Kamara on Tuesday with a proclamation and check for $100 from the Human Relations Commission. James was the first-place winner of the Bullying Prevention Video contest after producing a video featuring a boy who makes fun of another boy who has fallen down. A girl helps the fallen boy off the ground and tells her peer that it is never okay to be a bully and that he should have helped his friend instead. Pictured, from left: Sharona Kermani, Abner Kermani, Vice Chair Sonia Berman, Riley Kermani, Jake Kermani, Steven Kamara, Julia Kamara, Councilmember Les Friedman, Commissioner Karen Popovich Levyn, Councilmember Julian Gold, James Kamara, Negar Kamara, Mayor Lili Bosse, Councilmember John Mirisch, Commission Ori Blumenfeld, Chair Jerald Friedman, Commissioner Annette Saleh, Councilmember Robert Wunderlich
KidUnity, a program that provides fun, age-appropriate after school programs where kids can explore and serve their community, acquire leadership skills, and develop an expanded sense of self and others, was recognized at City Council for their contributions to water conservation efforts. Pictured are Ruby Rose Carlson, Lili Koen, Michael Coleman and Guy Marks.
City and county leaders are expected to approve rewards totaling $35,000 in hopes of tracking down a suspect in a string of sexual assault attempts and home invasion crimes this month in the Echo Park, Westlake, Silver Lake, Hollywood and downtown Los Angeles areas.
The Beverly Hills City Council honored former three-time mayor Tom Levyn with a Key to the City Tuesday. Levyn was mayor in 1996, 1999 and 2003. Pictured left to right are Mayor John Mirisch, Vice Mayor Nancy Krasne, Councilmember Kathy Reims, Councilmember Julian Gold, former mayor Tom Levyn, Larkin Levyn [granddaughter], Allison Levyn (wife), Zach Okyle, KK Okyle, Ricky Rozen [on crutches], Stacy Rozen, Eli Okyle, Joanna Katz, Adam Levyn and Heidi Levyn.