Tag: Beverly Hills City Council

Labor Agreements Under Review During December 5 City Council Meeting

November 22, 2023 ·

BEVERLY HILLS—The Beverly Hills City Council will consider the memoranda of understanding (MOUs) with the city’s six (6) non-sworn employee associations: the Management & Professional Association, Supervisors Association, Confidential Employees Association, Safety Support Association, Municipal Employees Association and Municipal Employees Association Part-Time Unit during the Tuesday, December 5, City Council Formal Session. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in Council Chamber.

During that meeting, members of the City Council will consider proposed amendments to the Executive Compensation Plan.

According to a press release from the city of Beverly Hills website, under state law, the city participates in labor negotiations with its employee associations.

In accordance with state law, the City of Beverly Hills participates in labor negotiations with its employee associations. The results of the negotiations process are written agreements or contracts reached between Beverly Hills and the city employee associations. The agreements are commonly referred to as MOUs (Memorandum of Understanding).

A MOU is a cooperative agreement between two parties that can include general terms and goals and is not intended to be legally binding.

The MOUs have been ratified by each of the employee associations and are subject to adoption if approved by the Beverly Hills City Council. Negotiations with the groups were completed in mid-October with the proposed MOUs covering salaries and benefits for a three-year term for all six employee associations.

The first public meeting was held on February 21, 2023, and a community meeting was held on February 9 regarding the labor negotiations.

Per the City’s Civic Openness in Negotiations (COIN) Ordinance, an independent fiscal analysis was conducted for each MOU. The fiscal analyses and proposed MOUs are posted on the City’s website at www.beverlyhills.org/negotiations.

There are nine represented employee associations within Beverly Hills. The following association MOUs are currently not up for negotiations until 2025: The Beverly Hills Police Officers’ Association, Police Management Association and Firefighters’ Association.

While not required per the City’s labor relations ordinance (Beverly Hills Municipal Code, Article 5 Section 2-5-503-B), as is the case with the city’s represented employee groups, proposed amendments to the Executive Compensation Plan will be posted on city of Beverly Hills’ website at beverlyhills.org/executives on November 21, two weeks before the December 5 meeting.

By Trevor

No Silly String In Beverly Hills Over Halloween

September 22, 2023 ·

BEVERLY HILLS—On September 18, the Beverly Hills City Council announced its intention to uphold a law that became effective on October 6, 2004, restricting the sale or possession of Silly String during Halloween.

Beverly Hills Mayor, Julian Gold told NBC that, “This is not driven by our theoretic concerns. This is driven by our experience. There are several events, maybe more than just several, in front of Witches house related to the use of shaving cream and silly string and Nair [hair removal product] where members of the public and kids in particular, got injured.”

According to American Legal Publishing, Under Public Hazards Article 6 of Municipal Code Section 11.01 9a) “No Person shall possess, use, sell or distribute Silly String at, within or upon any public or private property that is either within public view or accessible to the public, including, but not limited to, public or private streets, sidewalks.”

In Section 56.02 Silly String Hollywood Division during Halloween describes Silly String as follows:

“Silly String shall mean any putty-like substance that is shot or expelled in the form of string from an aerosol can or other pressurized device, regardless of whether it is sold under the name ‘Silly String’ or any other name.”

The area this law pertains to is called the “Hollywood Division.” As stated, the law says,

“Hollywood Division shall mean the area defined by the Los Angeles Police Department as the Hollywood Division, the geographical boundaries of which include all of that portion of Los Angeles City bounded and described as follows: Beginning at the point of intersection of Beverly Boulevard and Normandie Avenue, and proceeding northerly along Normandie Avenue to Franklin Avenue, and proceeding westerly along Franklin Avenue to Western Avenue, and proceeding northerly along Western Avenue to Fern Dell Drive, and continuing northerly along Fern Dell Drive to its terminus, and proceeding due north through Griffith Park to Forest Lawn Drive at its intersection with Zoo Drive, and proceeding westerly and southwesterly along Forest Lawn Drive to Barham Boulevard, and proceeding southerly along Barham Boulevard to United States Highway 101, and proceeding southeasterly along U.S. Highway 101 to Mulholland Drive, and proceeding westerly along the various curves and courses of Mulholland Drive to the Crest of Ridge, and proceeding southerly following the Los Angeles City line along the eastern border of the Trousdale Estates area of the City of Beverly Hills to the northeast corner of the City of West Hollywood, and proceeding easterly following the Los Angeles City line bordering along its various curves and courses of the northern border of the City of West Hollywood to the eastern border of the City of West Hollywood that is to the east of La Brea Avenue, and proceeding southerly along the Los Angeles City line to Romaine Street, and proceeding westerly following the Los Angeles City line along its various curves and courses to the intersection of Romaine Street and La Cienega Boulevard, and proceeding southerly following the Los Angeles City line along its various curves and courses to Beverly Boulevard, and proceeding easterly along Beverly Boulevard to La Brea Avenue, and proceeding northerly along La Brea Avenue to Willoughby Avenue, and proceeding easterly along Willoughby Avenue to Hudson Avenue, and proceeding southerly along Hudson Avenue to Melrose Avenue, and proceeding easterly along Melrose Avenue to Gower Street, and proceeding southerly along Gower Street to Beverly Boulevard, and proceeding easterly along Beverly Boulevard to Normandie Avenue.”

The verbiage of the law states that, “Halloween, shall mean the 36-hour period from 12:00 a.m. on October 31st to November 1st of each year.”

By Sharon

Craig Corman Announces Run For Beverly Hills City Council

September 11, 2023 ·

BEVERLY HILLS—On August 17 at 4:58 p.m. Lawyer and Cultural Heritage Commissioner, Craig Corman filed his letter(s) of intent to run for Beverly Hills City Council in 2024. Corman, who was born to parents of Beverly Hills High School graduates, is a lifelong member of the city. He is a BHHS graduate from 1977. He and his wife, Karen raised their children in the city also. He made the following statement in a September 2, article in the Beverly Hills Courier announcing his run:

“Planning Commission, more than the other commissions, has to make a lot of substantive decisions that can be controversial. I think my record on the Planning Commission shows that I listened to all sides and I try to make informed decisions.”

Members of the current BH City Council include: Mayor Julian A. Gold, Vice Mayor Lester Friedman, Lili Bosse, John A. Mirisch and Sharona R Nazarian PsyD.

By Sharon

Good Shepherd Celebrates Centennial Mass

August 16, 2023 ·

BEVERLY HILLS—On Sunday, August 13th at 12 p.m., The Church of The Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills celebrated its 100th Anniversary. The church is located at 504 N. Roxbury Drive.

The Centennial Mass was officiated by the Most Reverend José H. Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles.

A reception was held in the parish hall adjacent to the Church in the courtyards.  Julian A. Gold M.D.  the Mayor of the City of Beverly Hills was in attendance.

Photo By Jacob Bentzinger Via Unsplash

Over the last 100 years, many notable stars have been known to attend Mass at Good Shepherd Parish including, but not limited to film stars Eva Gabor, Gary Cooper, Bing Crosby, and Rudolph Valentino, author Alfred Hitchcock, and former President John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

The Pastor, Rev. Edward Benioff, serves Good Shepherd Parish with the assistance of Rev. Colm O’ Ryan, Pastor Emeritus (Retired). Holy Mass is celebrated every day at Good Shepherd. Mass times are as follows:

Saturday Vigil Mass is at 5 p.m.

Sunday Masses are at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2 p.m.

Monday-Friday daily Mass is at 12:05 p.m.

Wednesday evening Mass is celebrated at 6:30 p.m. followed by adoration from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Confessions are heard outside in St. Mary’s Garden on Saturdays from 3-4 p.m.

Canyon News reached out to Mayor Gold and the BH City Council, and Good Shepherd Catholic Church. Christine Redlin responded with enclosed photos.

Photo Courtesy, Church of The Good Shepherd Julian A. Gold M.D. Mayor, City of Beverly Hills, speaks to full capacity (500) attendees and Clergy.

The following information came directly from the website of Good Shepherd Catholic Church.

“The parish was founded December 12, 1923, in a small nine-year-old suburban community that would, before long, be synonymous worldwide with the rich and famous.

In 1923 though, the Church of the Good Shepherd was merely one of 18 parishes founded that year in the newly established Diocese of Los Angeles San Diego: the busiest such year in diocesan history.”

Good Shepherd Parish now also has Good Shepherd Catholic School for K-8th grade.

By Sharon