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Local Attorney Seeks City Council Seat

Katherine Cohan, a newcomer to politics, wants more open government and more resources for city schools.

Beverly Hills resident Katherine Cohan is a mother, lawyer and entrepreneur, and she hopes to add councilwoman to that list.

“As a lawyer and a business owner in Beverly Hills, I have the skills and experience to understand the key issues, research the viable options and choose the best course to successfully resolve our challenges,” Cohan said at her campaign kickoff last month. She is one of six candidates running for three open seats in the March 5 election.

The mother of two said she is running for City Council in part out of concern for the city’s schools. She also wants to provide more services for senior citizens.

 “I look forward to enhancing our community’s prestige and character by bringing our residents and families closer together,” she said.

Cohan has no political experience, a fact that some supporters described as an advantage.

“Katherine is one of the only candidates in the council race who is not a politician, and that means she brings a fresh, neutral perspective,” said supporter Michael Libow, a realtor and Beverly Hills native who is active in local politics. Libow introduced Cohan at her Jan. 15 kickoff at the new jazz club, H.O.M.E.

Libow has known Cohan since he sold her family their home more than a decade ago. He described her as a smart businesswoman who cares about the community. (Libow has also endorsed Vice Mayor John Mirisch, who is running for re-election.)

Cohan’s platform has four main points:

  • Prioritizing education: “As a mother, I am worried about the district finances and the unreliable state funding.”
  • Community input: “Citizens have a right to expect that city finances are properly managed and are transparent.”
  • Caring for seniors: “We should all support funding for parks and libraries, as well as public safety.”
  • Green Beverly Hills: “Beverly Hills should be a model of environmental stewardship when it comes to recycling and green space.”

When asked about her views on Metro’s plans to tunnel under Beverly Hills High School, she noted that Metro has made its decision and the case is in litigation.

“If it goes through, we have to work to make sure it is done safely,” she said.

While most of her rivals are trumpeting their endorsements by prominent residents, Cohan said she has not requested any endorsements.

“I don’t want to feel obligated to anyone,” she told Patch. “I do, however, thank and appreciate those who have offered (endorsements)."

Cohan expects to soon have an active campaign website, she said this week.

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