City Council Puts the Term Limits Question to Voters in 2022

This week Beverly Hills city council in a 3–2 split vote agreed to put the question of term limits to voters at the June 7, 2022 municipal election. Pending voter approval of the ballot initiative, the city will enact a three-term, lifetime limit for elected positions of city council and treasurer. And terms already served would count against the three-term limit. Moreover term limits would appy to current elected officials too.

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Term Limits for Beverly Hills: Why the Hurry?

Beverly Hills city councilmember John Mirisch has stood out as a champion of new ideas. He wants the city to provide land so that nonprofits can build senior housing. He wants developers to set aside one in every five new dwelling units as permanently affordable. He favors city hall transparency and disfavors city hall inefficiency. He will always hold Metro’s feet to the fire. So why do his fellow councilmembers want to kick him off the island?

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The Courier Got it Wrong!

When the Courier endorsed Nancy Krasne for City Council last month, we observed it was a curious move to make. There were seven candidates for three seats but the paper only endorsed Krasne. And some of the reasons were a stretch, we thought. But it was strategic: she was the paper’s candidate so why send voters to another candidate in the at-large election? Krasne didn’t place, though, so the Courier got it wrong. Again.

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Election Results Recap

We’ve been checking every day for the final Beverly Hills City Council election results to be posted and finally the election results are in! After a month of prolonged suspense from Los Angeles County we now know our new City Council. The big news is that Nancy Krasne is out and newcomers Les Friedman and Bob Wunderlich are in. What a nail-biter!

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The Krasne Endorsement? The Courier Gets It Wrong

Last week the Beverly Hills Courier endorsed Nancy Krasne for City Council. She was the newspaper’s only endorsed candidate in the local race even though seven candidates are in the running for three open seats. The Courier calls Krasne a “strong supporter” of the police. And she did vote to extend to officers a 10% raise in the latest contract. But with $330M in unfunded pension liabilities, the normally conservative paper’s endorsement was curious

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A Note to the Renters Alliance Community

Yesterday I sent out an email blast that summarized recent changes to the Beverly Hills rent stabilization law and came out against the re-election of Vice Mayor and City Council candidate Nancy Krasne. After sending my email to a small segment of the Alliance email list, I took a break for dinner and received a call from an angry Nancy Krasne. She demanded a “retraction.” I then scrubbed two paragraphs (and otherwise softened my message) for the remainder of my Renters Alliance email subscribers. I apologize: I never should have softened a message that put tenant protections before my own personal considerations.

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You Turned Out on Tuesday. What Did Council Do?

I want to thank everyone who responded to my Renters Alliance invitation and attended the City Council meeting this past Tuesday. Some were reluctant to speak up, but many of you offered heartfelt comments and observations. But our recommendations on the proposed ordinance — released Friday night on a holiday weekend — were lost in our allotted one-and-a-half minutes at the microphone. So much for democracy!

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