In an exclusive interview with the Courier, the Honorable Lili Bosse has announced her candidacy for the March 2020 City Council Election and her intention to run a grassroots campaign.
Joe Shooshani is the latest political contender to enter the race for City Council as of last week. He joins seasoned two-term Councilman Julian Gold, who is fighting to hold on to his seat for a third term, as well as his fellow Planning Commissioner, Lori Greene Gordon, in vying for two open seats on the five-member City Council.
Two-time Beverly Hills Mayor Lili Bosse has been selected to receive the inaugural Fred Hayman Visionary Award at this year’s Best of Beverly Hills Golden Palm Awards Gala.
Beginning with the BOLD lighting Wednesday evening at the Lily Pond, Beverly Hills is illuminated this August with events every weekend through Aug. 25.
BOLD, an acronym for Beverly Hills Open Later Days, returns to the business triangle Aug. 2, featuring a plethora of activities that will entertain visitors while shops remain open an extra two hours on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.
“I never thought I would be happy to see a parking meter,” quipped Councilmember Lili Bosse. James Anderton, owner of the boutique WEST (pictured above with Bosse), agreed. Every meter was full Thursday morning, and shops on the south side of South Santa Monica Boulevard were as well. Anderton, the unofficial spokesperson for the merchants on the south side of the street, closed his shop on several occasions to attend Traffic and Parking Commission meetings to repeatedly ask for the meters to be replaced. When the City covered them at the onset of the North Santa Monica Boulevard reconstruction nearly two years ago, the merchants held onto the promise that they would be returned. But City staff said that there was no concrete evidence that the parking affected retail sales, and promoted a plan that would have smoothed traffic without parking on the south side. Bosse, however, visited every merchant on the south side and reported back to her colleagues regarding their plight, resulting in a reassessment of the street not as a thoroughfare - but as a local shopping and pedestrian-friendly area. The City will soon be installing “scramble” crosswalks at Rodeo, Bedford and Camden Drives to encourage safer pedestrian use and add diagonal crossing options.
The Beverly Hills City Council has given the go-ahead to restore the parking meters on South Santa Monica Boulevard, on both sides of the street, after they were removed in 2016 so traffic could be rerouted to accommodate construction on North Santa Monica Boulevard.
While Lili Bosse’s tenure as Mayor may have come to an end, the weekly walks she hosted as part of her #BHHEALTHYCITY initiative live on as the #BHHEALTHYCITY Walk.
Lili Bosse hosted her final “Walk With The Mayor” on Monday, with about 500 of her friends in attendance. Walkers were treated to a fête featuring food and beverages from all the restaurants that Bosse had visited in the previous year, a DJ and an array of garb emblazoned with the names of every business the Walk visited since she became Mayor. Many won prizes worth up to $500 in merchandise by collecting “Beverly Hills bingo” stickers at local businesses. The Walk will continue to meet every Monday at City Hall, led by a group of residents.
Beverly Hills Mayor Lili Bosse will take her last Walk with the Mayor Monday, beginning at 8:30 a.m. on the Crescent steps of City Hall, and ending what has been a ground-breaking year in Beverly Hills.