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Residents Against Overdevelopment opposed the proposed monolithic Cheval Blanc Hotel and with the help and donations of many residents, our side prevailed.

 

At this juncture, additional information on Beverly Hills City Council candidates is being provided to residents to assist them in choosing two candidates to vote for in the upcoming election.  Click on a link to a candidate below, or click on More above, or scroll down to the various candidates.

 

Craig Corman and Sharon Persovski are recommended, Sharon Persovski being one of the only two candidates who voted against Cheval Blanc.

 

The views set forth are those of Darian Bojeaux, and if anyone believes that any corrections should be made, please communicate them and corrections will be made if warranted.

Why I'm Not for Mary Wells

Why I'm Not for Alissa Roston

Why I'm not for Myra Demeter

Why I'm not for Nooshin Meshkaty

 

Why I'm for Sharon Persovski

Why I'm for Craig Corman

                                                       Quotes

"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."  

Thomas Alva Edison

"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any."  

Alice Walker

"Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly."  

Robert F. Kennedy

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                   Why I’m Not for Mary Wells

I do not know Mary Wells personally, so I interviewed people who are

familiar with her work on the school board.  As a result, I will not be voting for Mary Wells.

                           Mary's Incomplete Service on the School Board

 

The consensus is that Mary had no interest in our city schools but ran for the school board simply as a stepping stone to a run for city council.  In fact she used state level campaign consultants who are generally hired to plan for a city council run.  

 

If she is elected, she will quit the school board well before the remainder of her term at the end of the year.  In fact, she has been working on her council campaign since January of last year, as opposed to working to improve our school system.  

 

If our schools were improved, many parents would not be sending their children to private schools like Mary did, and we would not have to close schools.  

 

Under Mary’s board tenure, the district saw the largest increase in bullying and behavioral problems in our schools while Mary’s focus was on construction.

 

Mary is falsely claiming that she solved our school construction problems.  It is true that she spearheaded the substitution of a construction bond manager, accomplished by the board, but it is debatable that there was a problem with the previous bond manager, and there has been no evidence of any savings whatsoever.  

 

In fact, just as before, the school will have a big shortfall for the construction work that needs to be done.  A billion dollars has been spent and there is not much to show for it.  Nevertheless, Mary is falsely claiming that she has saved taxpayers “tens of millions of dollars by revamping the bond program”.  

If any savings can be claimed, it would be due to the re-allocation of contingency money which was set aside for cost increases and does not reflect real savings.  Other claimed “savings” are due to the cancelling of construction projects.  Meanwhile the cost of inspectors has increased over $30K per year since Mary initiated the ouster of the previous bond manager.     

Mary had joined the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC) in about 2016 and did not question or even suggest that there was a problem with the construction bond manager.  She later created the appearance of a problem with unfounded allegations about the construction bond manager so that she could “solve the problem” by substituting that bond manager.  Mary has therefore been referred to as an “arsonist firefighter”. 

 

Although it has been pointed out to Mary that savings have not resulted from the change of bond managers, Mary continues to falsely claim that “tens of millions of dollars” in savings have been realized, to bolster her political campaign.

 

When the CBOC came to the board with a presentation and evaluation of the overall bond funds and construction project, Mary, then the board president, allowed them only 5 minutes for their presentation rather than a 30 minute presentation which had been allowed in the past.  Mary did not want any information to be provided that would debunk her claims about the construction program.

 

Similarly, a Facilities and Construction committee was begun but after about a year, Mary moved to get rid of the committee.  Mary did not like the information which was being provided to the public which contradicted her positions on the construction program.

 

Mary, as board president, also stifled resident input by moving short public comments about matters not on the agenda, to the end of the meeting forcing resident to have to wait hours to be heard.  Mary’s thoughtless violation of long established procedure was reversed after Mary’s tenure as president. 

 

Mary has also claimed responsibility for a school security program, but that program was started by the previous board and was underway 2 to 3 years before Mary was on the board. 

 

Some say that Mary changed the legal strategy in our litigation against metro at the last minute, which caused our school district to lose its bid for the reimbursement of substantial funds.

 

Mary had promised that a substitute teacher who made anti-semitic statements had been fired, but that substitute was back teaching later.

                                   About Mary and her Supporters   

Some state that Mary’s veneer of kindness and agreeability is only skin deep and that behind closed doors she is demeaning and insulting to district staff.

 

Mary played up the city and majority pro-development council members at board meetings and was perceived to be in the camp of big developers in the city.  

 

People have also stated that Mary is not a person who is known for original ideas, and some believe that she is intended replacement for Julian Gold on the council, and will be a “puppet” of our present council majority and Judie Fenton.  

 

Judie Fenton is a longtime developer lobbyist who ran the campaigns of Julian Gold and Lester Friedman.  Fenton's methods included using unethical photos of candidates with uniformed police and fire personnel, in violation of the intent of the Government Code, fake voter guides, and even a mailer directed to Republicans which made it seem like Lester Friedman was a Republican.  In addition, many unauthorized campaign signs were placed, especially around Judie Fenton’s home, which had to be removed by businesses and others.  

 

Following their election to the council, Gold and Friedman approved One Beverly Hills, the dual skyscraper development project advanced by the Hilton developer and Fenton’s long time client.  Neither Gold nor Friedman requested any changes to the project or required the developer to comply with the 10% affordable housing requirement with which all new housing projects in Beverly Hills must comply.   

 

Mary’s stated position on Cheval Blanc which was favored by the council majority and Judie Fenton was that Mary voted in favor of it based upon the opinions of the planning commissioners (selected by our council majority) and the council majority.  Their judgment was good enough for her, as opposed to investigating the issues and making her own decision.  

 

Now that more information has come out about Mary and Judie Fenton, Mary has deleted Fenton as an endorser in recent fliers.

 

In addition to not wanting to finish her stint on the school board, Mary also recently started and then quit the Beverly Hills Citizen Police Academy program.  That is an 8 to 10 week program, with a weekly 3 hour class, for which as many as 250 applied, but only about 18 were selected.  After being selected and taking a valuable sought after space in the program, Mary attended one class and then was the only one to drop out of the program.  

 

Let’s look at some of Mary’s other supporters.  

 

There is Barry Brucker who traded on his past mayorship to charge at least $100K to $125K to lobby for Cheval Blanc.  He also served as a lobbyist for One Beverly Hills.  (Search Brucker at https://www.beverlyhills.org/application/lobbyist/search.jsp?keyword=Brucker&action=search.)

 

There is past mayor Les Bronte who has always favored large projects which violated our excellent building codes, and he had misrepresented that he graduated from UCLA when he had graduated from Cal State.

 

There is Andy Licht and Peter Ostroff who as planning commissioners favored a robust city density bonus program, to give developers much more generous density bonuses than the state density bonus program, such as greater height and reduced parking, 

 

Terri Kaplan, one of Mary’s supporters, is a planning commissioner who was selected by pro-developer council majority members.  Mary’s husband works at the same law firm as Terri’s husband.

 

Some think that Rachelle Marcus felt obligated to endorse Mary because she helped get Marcus re-elected.

 

Howard Fisher, our treasurer, has endorsed Mary, but in the last election he endorsed all of the candidates.  This time he is endorsing four candidates—probably a combination of being nice and hedging his bets.

                Mary's Unethical Acceptance of Firefighter's Endorsement

 

Mary also accepted an endorsement from the Beverly Hills Firefighter’s Association, which is believed to have been arranged by Judie Fenton.  The acceptance of endorsements from public safety unions creates a conflict of interest since if the candidate is elected, she will be negotiating with the firefighters.  Yet Mary allowed firefighters to get a jump on negotiations with council by Mary’s promising in advance to invest more in firefighters and their equipment and tools, resulting in her receiving their endorsement.  More ethical people, such as Council Member John Mirisch, and council candidate Craig Corman, do not accept endorsements from public safety unions due to the stated conflict of interest.  Although many of us appreciate our excellent firefighters, they do not live here and do not share all of our interests.  So we feel that they should butt out of our council elections and should not attempt to improperly skew negotiations with our council.

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                 Why I'm Not for Alissa Roston

When we see professional fliers from a candidate who speaks well at a forum, we tend to think we should vote for that candidate.  But the problem is that we still do not have enough information about that candidate who may have been schooled by professionals as to what to say, how to manipulate voters, or who may be dishonest.  So what we have to do is ask around and investigate that candidate’s history and find out who is behind the candidate.

 

                                    About Honesty and Cheval Blanc

 

Months ago before the vote on Cheval Blanc, a few of us met with Alissa Roston.  She was in favor of Cheval Blanc and two of us definitely weren’t, so the idea was for both sides to get together and see if we could make each other understand our respective positions.

 

I wasn’t anxious to meet Alissa because I had seen her name a number of times as an endorser of over-sized non code-compliant building projects.  But I agreed to meet.  

 

At our meeting Alissa was clueless as to why we thought the proposed Cheval Blanc Hotel was massive.  To her it was fine—no big deal.  We explained how nice and pleasant and walkable the mainly low-rise village was and that we wanted to keep it that way.  She explained that her background was in finance, and so was focused on the money.  

 

But now that Alissa is seeking votes from both sides of the Cheval Blanc issue, she is claiming that she agonized over how to vote on Cheval Blanc up until the last day, because it was massive, the traffic and parking impacts, and the alley closure.  If she agonized over anything, it was more likely about what she would say to try to get people from both sides of the issue to vote for her.     

                                  The Judie Fenton Connection

 

As I have explained before, Judie Fenton is a longtime developer lobbyist who ran the campaigns of Julian Gold and Lester Friedman.  Fenton's methods included using unethical photos of candidates with uniformed police and fire personnel, in violation of the intent of the Government Code, fake voter guides, and even a mailer directed to Republicans which made it seem like Lester Friedman was a Republican.  In addition, many unauthorized campaign signs were placed, especially around Judie Fenton’s home, which had to be removed by businesses and others.  

 

Following their election to the council, Gold and Friedman approved One Beverly Hills, the dual skyscraper development project advanced by the Hilton developer and Fenton’s long time client.  Neither Gold nor Friedman requested any changes to the project or required the developer to comply with the 10% affordable housing requirement with which all new housing projects in Beverly Hills must comply.   

 

Judie Fenton has two council campaign signs in front of her home, one for Roston and one for Wells.  But curiously, Fenton is not shown as an endorser at the website of Roston who at this point is just showing about 4 endorsers.  In this manner it is harder to trace whose footsteps Roston intends to follow.

                     Roston's Other Endorsers and Unethical Acceptance

                                         of Firefighters' Endorsement

Alissa Roston has been endorsed by the West Hollywood Beverly Hills Democratic Club which seems to be populated by board members who, like her, always favor large non-code compliant building projects in Beverly Hills.  And being a Democrat alone, in and of itself, does not imbue anyone with superior knowledge or the qualifications to determine who should be elected to a non-partisan Beverly Hills city council position.

 

Both Alissa Roston and Mary Wells accepted endorsements from the Beverly Hills Firefighter’s Association believed to have been arranged by Judie Fenton.   The acceptance of endorsements from public safety unions creates a conflict of interest since if the candidate is elected, she will be negotiating with the firefighters.  Yet Alissa and Mary secured the endorsements and allowed firefighters to get a jump on negotiations with council by no doubt promising in advance to invest more in firefighters.   

 

More ethical people, such as Council Member John Mirisch, and council candidate Craig Corman, do not accept endorsements from public safety unions due to the stated conflict of interest.  Although we appreciate our excellent firefighters, they do not live here and do not share all of our same interests.  So they should butt out of our council elections and should not attempt to improperly skew negotiations with our council.

 

                              Alissa’s Service on the Board of Education

 

Alissa served on the Board of Education about 20 years ago from 1999 to 2007.  In fact three of the present council candidates served on the Board of Education around that time, Myra Demeter having served from 2001 to 2009, and Nooshin Meshkaty having served from 2005 to 2009.  

 

Roston, Demeter, and Meshkaty were all on the Board in 2006 when they were wined, dined, and duped by Karen Christiansen whom they carelessly approved to be a school construction consultant without investigating her.

 

They failed to determine that Christiansen was self-dealing and allowed her to persuade the Board to approve a school bond, Measure E, for $334M.  But due to their poor judgment and a failure to oversee, our school system lost millions of dollars, litigation ensued, and ultimately a criminal prosecution was brought against Christiansen.  Christiansen ended up being sentenced to 4 years in prison.    

 

During the terms of Roston, Demeter, and Meshkaty on the School Board, test scores went down, debt went up, teacher pay went down, resident involvement went down, less people moved into the city for our schools, and more residents began to enroll their children in private schools.  Myra and Nooshin attempted to cover up the problem by pushing through opportunity permits and accepting children from outside of Beverly Hills, but the permits were not distributed randomly or fairly.  

 

Roston has been described by others who were familiar with her service on the School Board in very unflattering terms as not being honest, not making much effort, and not making intelligent decisions.  Ultimately she lost re-election to Brian Goldberg.    

 

Despite their poor performances on the Board of Education, and the Christiansen scandal which ensued and impaired our district’s reputation, Roston, Demeter, and Meshkaty now think they should be elected to city council.

 

                                     About Alissa’s Financial Judgment

 

Although Roston likes to portray herself as a finance guru, another time she did not investigate and did not make the best business decision was when it came to investing with Bruce Cole, who turned out to be a conman pushing an artificial sweetener.  According to internet reports, Roston acted as treasurer for his company, and despite her failure to properly investigate Cole, she pitched his brand, and invested and ended up losing $4M.

https://www.susanberfield.com/_files/ugd/fa0024_157b2bb7fcf2419083827ee3535b51a1.pdf?index=true 

 

                         Alissa’s Position and Knowledge on Development 

 

Alissa Roston has been campaigning now for months.  However she has not bothered to learn much about the mixed use ordinance or the state density bonus program.  Nevertheless she makes statements about them which are incorrect.  She explained to one group of residents that the mixed use overlay zone extends eastward on Wilshire from Rexford to where the city ends,  In fact the mixed use overlay zone also runs west of Rexford, along Robertson, and along parts of Santa Monica Boulevard, Doheny, Olympic, LaCienega, and San Vicente.

 

Roston has stated that she is in favor of the mixed use overlay zone, but what she wants to fight is having 23 tall buildings on Wilshire.  However, she is unable to explain how she would fight that.  If she had taken time to learn about the state density bonus program, which applies to all properties zoned for multi-family housing or mixed use, she would understand that the only way to fight tall buildings would be to rezone property back to commercial zoning with a 3 story height limit.

 

Alissa has explained that due to the housing mandate, she is in favor of 7 story buildings in the central parts of the city, and 18 story buildings along our city’s borders if not next to residents.  She does not appear to understand that we do not have to build such buildings—we only have to show the state that we would allow sufficient housing to be built in places where such housing is likely to be built.  In any event, 7 stories is too high near residential housing, and 18 stories is too high for anywhere in our city.

 

I provided Roston with ample documents on a case against the city regarding city owned land on Foothill Road between 3rd Street and Alden, including the dog park.  The city had falsely claimed that this land was surplus land and not needed for city use.  In fact, the land was not surplus by legal definition because it was and is being used by the city, and is planned to be used by the city in the future.  Despite these facts which were repeated in numerous legal papers provided to Roston, she refers to the Foothill property which houses the dog park, a city tow yard and public works storage, as “surplus land where affordable housing can be built”.

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               Why I’m Not for Myra Demeter

                   Myra Demeter’s Understanding of Projects

 

It is my opinion that Myra Demeter does not have the mental capacity or drive required to really dig in, study and gain a thorough understanding of projects and complicated issues, and therefore she tends to rely on others.  For instance, she makes statements like, “I looked at the materials as best I could.”  At the recent planning commission meeting on January 25 concerning ADU's, Myra Demeter explained that prior to the meeting she had to call the planner 4 times to get her questions answered about the agenda.  After I reviewed that same agenda, I had questions and called the planner once.  It should not have taken 4 calls to the planner to understand the agenda.  At the end of the ADU meeting portion, another vote was taken.  At that time Demeter announced that she could not vote because she did not understand what was being proposed.  Several people explained to her what was being proposed and then she was able to vote.  Myra was honest about her difficulties, but that does not cure the problem. 

 

     Myra Demeter’s Substandard Work on the Failed Housing Element Plan

      

At the February 1 candidates forum, Myra, a planning commissioner, indicated that she is on the ad hoc committee which oversees the submission of the housing element plan.  The state has rejected our housing element plan numerous times.  Each time the state (the HCD or California Department of Housing and Community Development) sends a lengthy letter explaining the reasons for the rejection.  Nevertheless subsequent housing element plans have still not complied with requirements and continue to be rejected. 

 

Because of the incompetence of our planning department as overseen by Myra Demeter, and our housing element plan being rejected repeatedly, numerous Builder’s Remedy projects are being proposed.  That is, if a city’s housing element plan is not accepted by the state, builders can ignore our zoning laws and build very tall housing projects.  Currently many Builder’s Remedy projects in or near residential areas have been applied for, to build tall housing projects.  They include a 9 story building, 11 story building, three 12 story buildings, two 14 story buildings, a 17 story building, and a 20 story building.  (See pages 24 to 26 of our planning department’s current project list for their locations at https://www.beverlyhills.org/cbhfiles/storage/files/19694922541727612494/Tab5-CurrentDevelopmentCaseLog.pdf.

 

Since Demeter has been unable to get the housing element plan approved a number of times, there is no reason to believe she can succeed in the future, and more Builder’s Remedy projects will be proposed.  We need a new council member who can assure that our housing element plan will be accepted, and it has proven repeatedly not to be Myra Demeter.

 

              Myra Was in Favor of a Robust City Density Bonus Program

 

A couple of years ago, as a planning commissioner, Myra was in agreement with planning commissioner Peter Ostroff that our city should develop a very robust city density bonus program, to allow builders much greater height and lesser parking requirements, such density bonuses to far exceed those provided by the state density bonus program.  Further, Ostroff and Demeter did not intend to include much of a requirement, if any, for affordable housing, even though affordable housing is the rationale for any density bonus program.  They just wanted to encourage building in Beverly Hills.  Myra also did not seem to understand that our city is not actually required to build the approximately 3,100 units recommended by the state—our city is only required to provide a housing element plan demonstrating that our city has made adequate provisions to accommodate the building of such additional housing.   

When I recently asked Myra about her previous position in favor of a robust city density bonus plan, she claimed she did not remember it, even though she was on the ad hoc committee and the matter was considered over three meetings on August 26, September 9, and September 23, 2021.  Those meetings can be viewed at the city’s website.  The agenda item relates to affordable housing and if anyone is interested, I will be happy to summarize Myra’s comments during those meetings.

 

                                    Myra’s Position on Cheval Blanc

 

Myra, having voted in favor of Cheval Blanc as a planning commissioner, came up to me at the Farmers’ Market when I was passing out fliers against Cheval Blanc, and we got into a heated argument.  Her position was that Cheval Blanc should be approved simply because it had gone through the required city processes, and she was not in favor of residents being able to decide upon or vote against Cheval Blanc.  

 

                           Myra’s Son is a Lobbyist for the Saks Project

 

Myra's son, Ron Demeter, as of July 8, 2022, registered as a well paid lobbyist (legislative advocate), earnings $75K+ to change zoning for a taller Saks 5th Avenue project.  I believe that people can’t really help being affected by the interests and occupations of their loved ones.  Ron’s lobbyist registration is at https://www.beverlyhills.org/application/lobbyist/print.jsp?ID=3126

 

                       Myra’s Misleading Statements about Her Position

 

Myra effectively misrepresented her position on One Beverly Hills (the latest Hilton project).  In communicating with residents she thought did not favor it, she stated she voted that One Beverly Hills was inconsistent with the City’s general plan.  It is true that Myra and Peter Ostroff voted that that the development agreement for One Beverly Hills was inconsistent with the City’s general plan, however both Demeter and Ostroff were very much in favor of and voted to approve the One Beverly Hills project.  When I asked Myra whether she had actually been in favor of the One Beverly Hills project, instead of admitting that she was, she responded, “One Beverly Hills is all public record.”   It is not her position on One Beverly Hills that is so troubling—it is her effort to make it seem like she was not in favor of it when she was.

 

              Myra Demeter’s Poor Performance on the Board of Education 

 

Myra Demeter, Alissa Roston, and Nooshin Meshkaty were all on the Board of Education in 2006 when they were wined, dined, and duped by Karen Christiansen whom they carelessly approved to be a school construction consultant without investigating her.

 

They failed to determine that Christiansen was self-dealing and allowed her to persuade the Board to approve a school bond, Measure E, for $334M.  But due to their poor judgment and a failure to oversee, our school system lost millions of dollars, litigation ensued, and ultimately a criminal prosecution was brought against Christiansen.  Christiansen ended up being sentenced to 4 years in prison.    

 

During the terms of Demeter, Roston, and Meshkaty on the School Board, test scores went down, debt went up, teacher pay went down, resident involvement went down, less people moved into the city for our schools, and more residents began to enroll their children in private schools.  Myra and Nooshin attempted to cover up the problem by pushing through opportunity permits and accepting children from outside of Beverly Hills, but the permits were not distributed randomly or fairly.  

 

Despite their poor performances on the Board of Education, and the Christiansen scandal which ensued and impaired our district’s reputation, Demeter, Roston, and Meshkaty now think they should be elected to city council.

 

                                      Valueless Endorsement

 

Myra was endorsed by the Los Angeles County Democrats.  But why should Beverly Hills listen to Los Angeles County residents?  And being a democrat alone does not imbue one with greater knowledge to endorse in a non partisan race.  

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         Why I am Not for Nooshin Meshkaty

Nooshin Meshkaty continues to bemoan the fact that the enormous Cheval Blanc project was not passed.

 

The following has actually been set forth under write-ups on other candidates but it will be repeated here:

Nooshin Meshkaty, Myra Demeter, and Alissa Roston were all on teh Board of Education in 2006 when they were wined, dined, and duped by Karen Christiansen whom they carelessly approved to be a school construction consultant without investigating her.  

 

They failed to determine that Christiansen was self-dealing and allowed her to persuade the Board to approve a school bond, Measure E, for $334M.  But due to their poor judgment and a failure to oversee, our school system lost millions of dollars, litigation ensued, and ultimately a criminal prosecution was brought against Christiansen.  Christiansen ended up being sentenced to 4 years in prison. 

 

During the terms of Meshkaty, Demeter, and Roston on the School Board, test scores went down, debt went up, teacher pay went down, resident involvement went down, less people moved into the city for our schools, and more residents began to enroll their children in private schools.  Myra and Nooshin attempted to cover up the problem by pushing through opportunity permits and accepting children from outside of Beverly Hills, but the permits were not distributed randomly or fairly.  

 

Despite their poor performances on the Board of Education, and the Christiansen scandal which ensued and impaired our district’s reputation, Meshkaty, Demeter, and Roston now think they should be elected to city council.

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                 Why I’m for Sharon Persovski, 

           Former Architectural Commissioner

 

Not everyone is a politician.  In fact, the better character a person has, the worse she may be at acting like a politician.  Sharon Persovski is not a phony talk-show-host-like candidate because she is genuine.    

 

I spoke to many people, trying to find out more about Sharon.  Unlike the other candidates I investigated, everyone I spoke to who knew Sharon had something good to say about her. 

 

People have talked to me to try to figure out who to vote for and they ask, “Who is the lesser evil?”  But we should not elect people who are lesser evils and we know are not good enough.  This is especially true when we can all vote for someone who is known to others as a good, hard-working and kind person.  Good people can always figure out the right and best course of action to take.  

 

We need a council member like Sharon who carefully scrutinized the Cheval Blanc project and had the insight to vote against it.  She also understood that the project should have been reviewed by the Architectural Commission.   

 

One of Sharon’s plans is to hire the appropriate experts to help us get our housing element plan accepted, so our neighborhoods will not be ruined by tall Builder’s Remedy projects, because it is obvious that our present team can’t cut it.

 

I also like that Sharon is a renter.  With about 60% of our residents being renters, we should have at least one renter on the council so the interests of all of our residents will be represented.

 

More about Sharon’s qualifications can be found at this link:  https://www.sharonpersovski.com/about-sharon 

 

                          What People Say about Sharon Persovski

                 and her Excellence as an Architectural Commissioner

   

"I wanted to take a moment to express my support for Sharon Persovski for the Beverly Hills City Council.  I have had the pleasure of working with Sharon during her term on the Beverly Hills Architectural Review Board and can attest to her strong leadership skills, dedication to the community, and continually holding project applicants to a high level of design for incoming projects to Beverly Hills.  As the former chair of the Architectural Review Commission, Sharon led by example and set a high standard for incoming commissioners to follow.  Sharon has a deep understanding of the issues facing Beverly Hills and values what makes Beverly Hills such a special and unique city.  In the Beverly Hills community, Sharon has demonstrated a commitment to public service and has worked to improve the lives of those around her, and has shown a willingness to listen to all voices in the community.  I believe that Sharon has the experience, and dedication to benefit the City of Beverly Hills. For the reasons listed above, I endorse Sharon for the Beverly Hills City Council and encourage others to do the same.” 

 

Sincerely, Tim Devlin, Beverly Hills Architectural Commission Chair

“I know Ms. Persovski for many years through her services at the Architectural Commission.  Ms. Persovski is very knowledgeable, fair and devoted.  She will be a great asset to the City Council of Beverly Hills.”

Hamid Gabbay, Former Planning Commission Chair

            

“I have found Sharon to be an independent but thoughtful candidate.  She knows the issues that face the city and has given careful consideration to solutions.  She has done her homework.  She is not afraid to think outside of the box and to be a sole vote if, after listening to all sides of an issue and evaluating the information, that represents her position and benefits the residents.”

 

Sonia Berman, Former Human Relations Commissioner

 

“The City of Beverly Hills can benefit by having someone like Sharon on the Council.  She has a strong interest in the aesthetics of the city.  This is important as Beverly Hills is one of the most aesthetically pleasing cities in the world, and it's why so many people are attracted to it.  More important to her than being right, is to be respectful and to listen. Not only will the residents benefit having a smart, creative, and caring person such as Sharon representing them, but those on the City Council will benefit as well having a colleague who keeps her ego in her pocket.”

 

Lewis Hall, Former Governing Member of the BHUSD

 

"I endorse Sharon Persovski as my candidate for Beverly Hills City Council as I support and agree with her steadfast determination to deter and reduce crime in Beverly HIlls.  Her mission is to increase police presence, in addition to cameras and drones, in order to help the residents of this city regain their sense of safety that they once held onto so securely.  I also admire her dedication to helping heal those with illnesses and disabilities through art, especially in the underserved communities.  Sharon is concerned with the development of our city, but she considers the integrity of the architecture and the impact on residential safety, daily life, and traffic above all else."

 

Pablo Nankin, M.D., Beverly Hills Resident

 

"I’m proud to support Sharon Persovski for the Beverly Hills City Council.  I’ve had the privilege of working with her during her six years as an Architectural Commissioner and have seen her kindness, and knowledge, and assertiveness up close.  Sharon’s deep passion for the city and her strong support for residents make her the ideal candidate.  Beyond her public service, Sharon also leads a non-profit dedicated to helping children with illnesses through impactful art, community, and environmental projects in underserved areas.  Her dedication to making long-term improvements is just what Beverly Hills needs.  I believe that Sharon Persovski’s leadership will bring positive change to our community."

 

Shawn Far, Beverly Hills Resident

 

“With a proven track record of dedication to our community through her extensive experience working for Beverly Hills, Sharon embodies the qualities we need. Her commitment to service, coupled with her exceptional character as a loving mother, makes her the ideal candidate to lead us forward.”

 

Raquel Cohen, Beverly Hills Resident

 

“A vote for Sharon, Creative Smart and Down to Earth.”

 

Ellen Lutwak, Beverly Hills Resident

 

"I am supporting Sharon Persovski because not only is she smart, and a good listener, but she can also think outside the box.

 

I have known Sharon for 15 years, we met thru her involvement in the Reflections Program.   Then over the years we volunteered at many school and city events together.  Her devotion, organization and leadership skills made me know she was someone who would get things done! 

 

Sharon is an honest and passionate candidate who will put the residents of Beverly Hills first.  

 

Some of her concerns and priorities that I am in alignment with:

•public safety and technology

•mental health programs

•helping thru art 

•cultural inclusion and celebrating diversity 

•the canon metro stop and all the issues surrounding it

•the architectural integrity of our community and the importance of following the city’s permit process 

 

A vote for Sharon Persovski is a vote for transparency and authenticity." 

 

Julie Dobkin Gilbert, Beverly Hills Resident

"With a creative vision, strong leadership, and a warm heart, Sharon is the perfect choice for the Beverly Hills City Council.”

Jon Paul Puno, Beverly Hills Resident

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                  Why I am for Craig Corman

  

The very bright and intelligent Craig Corman is indisputably the best qualified council candidate, with 8 years of service on the planning commission, 4 years of service on the cultural heritage commission, and on top of that and so very important, he is an attorney.

 

Being an attorney alone, though, is not what makes a big difference.  If a council member is an attorney who won’t review the materials very thoroughly and won’t crack open a law book if necessary, and just takes the lazy way out and asks the city attorney or city staff any questions, his law degree is only an advantage.  

 

Also, there are different levels of lawyers.  Craig is an attorney who is experienced in handling civil litigation which is a very challenging high level of legal practice that requires a great deal of knowledge, skill, and a great deal of work.

 

Craig is an accomplished attorney who has the interest, energy, and responsibility to dig into the materials and learn all major aspects of an issue or project.  And that makes all of the difference in the world. 

 

A conscientious, intelligent attorney like Craig cannot very easily be hoodwinked.  If anyone tries to con him, he will figure it out.  And that is very important in our city because I am sorry to report that there are times when incorrect information has been provided by staff and even the city attorney’s office to commissioners and council members.  

 

I do not always agree with Craig Corman’s positions, but he has always been willing to discuss issues with me and exchange information, and has always been honest about when he disagreed with me.  

 

In sum, we really need someone like Craig Corman on the council, so I hope you will vote for him.

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