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Don't Forget Beverly Hills' Big 2013 Moments

From improving the library, to opening The Wallis, to paving 12 miles of city streets, Beverly Hills tips its hat to 2013.

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Board of Directors members, city officials, dignitaries and more help cut the ribbon on Oct. 15, 2013. Credit: Matthew Sanderson
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Board of Directors members, city officials, dignitaries and more help cut the ribbon on Oct. 15, 2013. Credit: Matthew Sanderson
Before moving onward in 2014, Beverly Hills resident, take a moment to reflect on the significant accomplishments in the city during 2013.

New Projects and Places
  • The city completed a $3.5 million improvement to the Library that includes updating the Library’s lobby, the Children’s Library and building a larger area for teenagers.
  • Staff coordinated efforts with the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts for a grand opening in October.
  • Construction is near completion for a restoration of the historic lily pond in Beverly Gardens Park.
  • The state-of-the-art Central Stores Warehouse facility opened on Third Street.
  • Renovation of Hamel Mini Park was competed.
New Technology 
  • The city established a reporting system that identifies the top 25 water leaks on a daily basis, including printed reports and a mapping feature.
  • Streamlined the process for submitting electronic construction field document, such as soils reports, inspections and surveys.
  • The library implemented self check-out and check-in of library materials.
  • Live video-streaming and video-archiving of all commission meetings was implemented.
Branding and Communications
  • Planning for a year-long celebration of the City’s Centennial is underway with the first initiative, the Rose Parade Float, debuting on Jan. 1, 2014. 
  • The Beverly Hills Farmers’ Market’s held the first annual “Picklefest.” 
  • The city hosted the “Titans of Business & The Best of Design” Show House at Greystone Mansion in partnership with Design House International and the Friends of Greystone.
Infrastructure
  • Crews repaved 12 miles of streets and three miles of alleyway.
  • Five above-grade water reservoirs were replaced. 
  • The city replaced three miles of the potable water distribution system and relined and repaired 25 miles of the sanitary sewer system. 
  • The city implemented the first two bicycle routes, on Burton Way and Crescent Drive.
Economic and Fiscal Strength
  • The city refunded city and district bonds, saving taxpayers more than $4 million.
  • The city, in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce and the CVB, traveled to New York on a trade mission to strengthen relationships with retailers and recruit new businesses to Beverly Hills. 
  • More than 99 percent of city-owned properties are leased.
Historic Preservation
  • The city approved Mills Act contracts for the Saban Theatre and the old Post Office, which is now part of the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. 
  • Fifteen properties were designated as Beverly Hills historic landmarks, including City Hall, Greystone Mansion, the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Witch’s House.
Public Safety
  • Police and fire departments maintained a 2.7-minute average response time for emergency calls 
  • The city was awarded grand funding of more than $320,000 for a variety of public safety and emergency management programs. 
  • Dispatchers answered 97 percent of all 911 calls in 10 seconds or less.
What was your favorite moment for the city in 2013?

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