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Holmby Hills Residents Want Annexation by Beverly Hills

The Holmby Hills Homeowners Association has asked Beverly Hills to open its borders to include 40 properties.

Members of Los Angeles' wealthy Holmby Hills neighborhood north of Sunset Boulevard are fed up with the poor maintenance of roads by the city of Los Angeles and believe Beverly Hills can do a better job, according to the Los Angeles Times.

That's why William Fleischman asked the Beverly Hills City Council earlier this month to consider annexing some 40 properties of the Holmby Hills Homeowners Association north of Sunset Boulevard and east of Beverly Glen Boulevard.

However, Beverly Hills Vice Mayor John Mirisch told the newspaper that he does not support the idea of annexation:

"I'm very opposed to it," John Mirisch said. "I understand people would like to have our services—the kinds of roads we have, the police and fire response. But extending the borders is not the solution."

The Times also reports that if part of Holmby Hills were to join Beverly Hills, L.A. would lose a hefty sum in property taxes. The area seeking annexation does not include the famous Playboy Mansion, which is located south of Sunset Boulevard in "Lower Holmby," according to the newspaper.

To read the full Los Angeles Times report, click here.

Would you support Beverly Hills annexing part of Holmby Hills? Tell us in the comments section below.

Ace T July 30, 2012 at 04:16 PM
That's the main reason smart people don't buy homes in Holmby Hills. It's still L.A. people. Same crappy fire, roads, schools, and police service. You pay Beverly Hills rates for less service. It's sad but if Holmby Hills properties are to keep there high values long term they probably need to be annexed or become there own city.
cutop July 30, 2012 at 05:28 PM
How much property tax does Beverly Hills stand to gain in the annexation? And does it make up for spreading our city services out to ~40 more properties as well as the public spaces which it encompasses. What are the downsides of annexation? What are the upsides?
Ace T July 30, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Cutop it could fix any budget issues BH will have for years to come. But they need to include more homes to be effective. Add all the homes next to golf course also like the Playboy Mansion and Spelling house. That's an extra few million in taxes alone. The road next to all those homes are falling apart and tourist buses pass all day must think they are on a third world road. I think only BH can make these area's safe and present a real images of the city. As far a John Mirisch he hates everything so his comment was not shocking. Someone on the council with real vision will step in if it worthwhile.
cutop July 30, 2012 at 09:51 PM
I would just like to see the numbers – the hard data. And an honest pro/con list so we can make informed decisions and voice those to our elected officials. I would hate for BH elitism (which Mirisch appears to be perpetrating) to automatically rule out annexation before the facts are in. If Mirisch knows some of these facts and is basing his opinion on those, I sure wish he would share those with his constituency. But yes, Ace T, on the surface, the added property tax revenue does seem as though it would be a huge boon. Then again, the cost of surfacing all of those streets (and who knows what else), could outweigh the benefit. Again, let's get the data first.
Xanthippe Brown July 31, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Perhaps Holmby could spearhead a movement toward city hood for all of west Los Angeles --country club to Santa Monica. We would all like out.
Marty July 31, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Not yet seeing how this would benefit BH. Property tax income from those big homes, but there aren't many of them and we'd have to share that with LA. And no commercial district with business tax income. Would that fairly fixed income stream from prop tax be enough to cover the ever-expanding costs of providing city services (police, fire, schools, roads, utilities, etc.) to these additional residents?
Marty July 31, 2012 at 04:55 PM
+1
cutop July 31, 2012 at 05:03 PM
@Marty - You seem to be pretty knowledgeable about this. Can you please explain to me why BH would be sharing the property tax revenue with LA? I understand that these houses property tax will not increase despite the value of their house invariably increasing by way of becoming "Beverly Hills" properties. I also understand that the tax revenue is fairly fixed. I would want to know what that estimated tax revenue B.H. can expect to collect is for these ~40 properties... and, in turn, what the estimated costs of providing city services to this area would set BH back. Basically, I want to see the data so we can see if it makes sense financially. And I would also like to know if there are any non-financial issues we should be considering.
James Fontaine July 31, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Ohhhh Can we add my apartment to the list? PuhhhleeeeeeaZe... I live 4 blocks from Santa Monica. Yeah, it would be nice to have their city services, but I would MOVE there if I wanted to live in Santa Monica.
Marty August 01, 2012 at 02:19 AM
I thought the LA Times article mentioned sharing of property taxes, but i don't see it today. This article makes a vague reference:: http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2012/07/31/potholes-push-holmby-hills-residents-to-back-90210-annexation My knowledge is limited to what I've read (and heard) in the local media. Hopefully John Mirisch will chime in.
cutop August 01, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Thanks for that, Marty!
Ace T August 02, 2012 at 06:27 AM
LA needs to be split into at least 5-10 different cities. Everyone would greatly benefit from better Police, better schools, better roads. Why is Bel Aire and Holmby Hills combined not one city? Brentwood? Hollywood? If Vernon with 100 residents can be it's own city so can the rest. I hope people wise up and split up LA. All the best schools and police are outside LA city control (Beverly Hills, Hermosa, Redondo, Culver City etc...). You people all pay for services you don't get. It's called robbery and should not be tolerated.

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