[latest news update]

If you expected to stream online the Beverly Hills Rent Stabilization Commission meeting today at 6 pm you might have been surprised to see a different meeting was broadcast. Once that meeting ended, the streaming feed picked up an old city meeting. If you called the listen-only phone line (888-468-1195) to listen in — as indicated on the agenda — you also heard the audio from those meetings. After 7pm we called the comment line to find out when the meeting would begin. Turns out it HAD started at 6 pm. “You have to scroll down to see it,” we were told, but we’ve never had to scroll down to see a meeting streamed live. As for the listen-only phone line, staff seemed surprised the RSO meeting audio was not provided. “I’ll let them know.” OK then! More time wasted on this commission….

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Making the Means and Methods Plan Better: Our Recommendations

The city requires a means & method plan when construction will affect other tenants in a multifamily property. The plan discloses the nature of the work, identifies likely impacts, and proposes measures to mitigate impacts. But we hear from tenants that the means & method process is not protecting them. The process needs improvement and here is what we recommend to make it work better for tenants.

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How Beverly Hills Tenants Lost Local COVID-19 Eviction Protections

The ‘Tenant, Homeowner, and Small Landlord Relief and Stabilization Act of 2020’ (AB 3088) was enacted on August 31st to protect COVID–19 affected tenants from eviction. And just in the nick of time: just hours later the California courts would resume processing evictions for non-payment of rent! But lawmakers had another motive: to make COVID–19 evictions policies consist statewide by preempting local measures (like the Beverly Hills eviction moratorium) under certain circumstances. Now it looks like Beverly Hills unwittingly played into the hands of the state and ceded authority over our own COVID–19 protections.

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Bosse-Gold PAC: Connecting the Dots

Election 2020 for Beverly Hills is shaping up to be a four-way contest between the three leading candidates — Lili Bosse, Julian Gold and Lori Greene Gordon — and the new independent political action committee ‘Beverly Hills United to Support Bosse and Gold.’ The PAC is better-resourced than any candidate and in the closing days of this election it is burning through its $110,000 with a singular purpose: To associate candidates Bosse & Gold in the minds of voters.

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