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Issue 683 • November 1 - November 8, 2012
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“Rudy Cole -- Election thoughts” [Issue #683] Your Nov. 1 “Election thoughts” column is not only timely, it is informative - especially for those who consider ourselves locals after 10 years or so in town. Your political history of city government in the Weekly is enlightening indeed. What really resonated was your observation about low voter turnout. Looking at the election figures from past years, I’m disappointed that more of us don’t make it to the polls. But I’m even more distressed that our residents don’t participate as much as they could in dayto-day governance. Every two weeks I review the Council’s synopsis of city commission
And they’re off…
The race for City Council has begun... but who will file?
USPS to sell Maple Drive facility
But will Beverly Hills mail be affected?
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meetings, and most of those meetings pass with no public comment at all. As you may recall, I’m supporting safer streets, intersections, and outreach programs to encourage more people who live, visit or shop Beverly Hills to make trips by bicycle. It comports with our environmental sustainability objectives (i.e., as a ‘green city’). But a dispiriting aspect of my advocacy effort is that City Hall simply doesn’t encourage public participation in governance. Elected officials generally don’t make an effort to communicate key policy issues to stakeholders; and our website aged not so gracefully for too long and collected broken links that impeded stakeholder civic discovery. And isn’t that what we want more of? I was recently reminded to drop you a note after watching Inside Beverly Hills - the half-hour with Mr. Kolin, Ms. Briskman and Dr. Gold. You see, I’m not only a motivated stakeholder; I’m truly interested in local governance. Especially local government that is transparent, that invites involvement and is accountable - the three points that Mr. Kolin made.
Yet my experience with City Hall has been different. For years I’ve complained to staff about the city not noticing meetings online in a timely fashion. I’ve reminded our communications officials (and IT people) about how few posted public documents (like department work plans, agendas, synopses and/or commission minutes) make my work more diffiletters cont. on page 5 DISCLAIMER: Due to publication error the Veolia Energy Los Angeles notice did not publish for the last quarter’s publication ending July 31, 2012. It should have read:
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The California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act requires California businesses to advise employees and neighbors of any potential exposure to chemicals considered by the state to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm. Veolia Energy Los Angeles, Inc. wants you to know that detectable amounts of some of these substances may be found in and around its facility located at 2052 Century Park East, Los Angeles, CA. Potential sources of these substances can include common products such as gasoline, oil, natural gas, paint.
Corrections for Issue #683 The cover story, “And they’re off…” incorrectly stated the filing period for City Council candidates ended Dec. 6. The official filing period for nomination papers is from Nov. 13 through Dec. 7. The filing period will be extended through Dec. 12 for non-incumbents if an incumbent City Councilmember does not to file by the Dec. 7 deadline. Inside Beverly Hills—BHTV10 Inside Beverly Hills, moderated by columnist Rudy Cole, will next air on Nov. 8 at 4 p.m. about BHEF; Nov. 9 about active adults; Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. and Nov. 14 at 3:30 p.m. about design review; Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m. about the Maple Center and Nov. 14 at 9:30 p.m. about BHFD paramedics.
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