BEVERLY HILLS—On Thursday, March 9, the preliminary municipal election results were announced in the city of Beverly Hills. The results included elections for members of City Council, parking measures 2P and 3P, as well as Measure O.
Measure 2P, which was initiated by G&L Realty Corp, intends to make two-hour free parking mandatory at non-metered parking lots that are owned by the city of Beverly Hills. G&L sponsored the Free Parking Initiative (FPI), a city ordinance initiative which also brought about Measure 3P. This measure pushes measure 2P a bit further in requiring that three hours of free parking at city-owned parking lots are available in Beverly Hills. The only stipulation is that the facilities must have been effective before June 30, 2008. Although the city of Beverly Hills filed a lawsuit against the FPI on November 24, 2010, determined to have measure 2P removed from the ballot, the measure still passed in the municipal election, obtaining a large 61.7 percent of voters selecting Yes for the ballot. On the other hand, Measure 3P was defeated, while a total 71.1 percent voted No.
In the City Council elections, only two City Council seats are available for two years. Hometown candidate Lili Bosse, held the reins of voters with a total of 3,531 number of votes. Second place candidate Julian A. Gold earned 2,445 votes, while Nancy H. Krasne was close in the race with Gold, receiving 2,369 total votes. Bosse made a statement on her Facebook page, saying, “I am humbled and honored by the overwhelming support that I received last night! Our community has left a handprint on my heart that I will cherish forever. With Love and gratitude, Lili.”
The last measure on the ballot, Measure O, a proposal intended to convert the oil removal tax from a flat rate to a gross receipts tax, failed to sway voters in the election. Although receiving almost 45 percent of the yes vote, approximately 55.4 percent voted no, resulting in the measure not passing the preliminary election. Because many provisional ballots, as well as vote-by-mail ballots, are still required to be counted, these election results are not definite. According to the press release made on March 9, “These preliminary results are not the final, official count because several hundred provisional ballots will require further verification before they can be counted. The City Clerk has 28 days to certify the election results. 484 potential ballots remain to be counted, following verification.”
The new members of City Council will be in effect. On March 22, one member will be announced as mayor and another as vice mayor.