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Vice Mayor John Mirisch Launches Re-Election Campaign

Mirisch's campaign motto is "putting residents first," a point he emphasizes as he runs for a second term.

Beverly Hills Vice Mayor John Mirisch launched his re-election bid Sunday by highlighting his efforts to reform city pensions and to encourage City Hall to be more responsive to residents’ needs.

“…[C]hange is slow. That is why I would like to continue for another four years. I feel this is something I have to do, not just something I want to do,” Mirisch told supporters at his campaign kickoff.

In introducing Mirisch, former Beverly Hills Unified School District Board of Education member Gerald Lunn praised the vice mayor for trying to change the city’s tradition of giving employees lifetime pensions of at least 75 percent of their highest annual salary.

“John’s re-election is critical to making sure we residents do not suffer from severe budget cuts when the pension obligations peak in 10 to 20 years,” Lunn said.

The vice mayor said that he was running on five main points.

  • Fiscal responsibility: “I support pensions which are fair and sustainable, both to the employees and to the people public… I will continue to oppose egregious hikes in city water rates.”
  • Support for city schools: “As a result of a great education at Beverly, I was able to get into and go to Yale... Our schools are so important and I have proposed financial support for the schools.”
  • Transparency and ethics: “We cannot continue with business as usual. I have proposed a number of measures [aimed at transparency] unfortunately which did not pass, but I will continue to do so.”
  • Improving infrastructure: “I am looking to upgrade our infrastructure, particularly in the southeast...and promote more bikability and walkability.”
  • Honoring the past. “I am very proud that we now have a Cultural Heritage Commission. When I first proposed this two years ago it got rejected by the council...change is possible when it comes to attitudes.”

Mirisch’s speech resonated with supporters.

“John recognizes that as much as we appreciate the hard work of our staff, it’s truly the residents who are the heart and soul of this city,” said Isabel Hacker, a member of his campaign steering committee.

A parent of two Hawthorne students, Hacker also praised Mirisch for his consistent opposition to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s plan to dig a subway tunnel under Beverly Hills High School. As a fourth-generation resident, Mirisch himself attended Hawthorne and BHHS. His son is enrolled at Horace Mann.

Board of Education members Brian Goldberg and Lisa Korbatov both spoke in support of Mirisch at the kickoff. Board Vice President Noah Margo has also endorsed him.

There are six council candidates running for three seats on the March 5 ballot. 

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Tom Pease January 16, 2013 at 06:30 PM
John truly represents all of the residents of Beverly Hills. We need him for another term.
Ellen Lutwak January 17, 2013 at 05:20 AM
John is also supportive of walking and bike-riding in Beverly Hills.
George Vreeland Hill January 17, 2013 at 07:29 PM
John cares about the City and the citizens of Beverly Hills. He makes his objectives clear and hides nothing. You know what you are getting with John Mirisch.
Bledsoe January 26, 2013 at 05:24 AM
John believes in "land banking" which is a euphemism for eminent domain; the City taking of property. So say good-bye to apartment buildings in areas on the southeast side that need more parking. He has also proposed a minor league baseball stadium for the southeast side of town at La Cienega Park. That's a lot cars as well as a loss of park space for our children. And that's just two of the many reasons this is an unproductive idea. John also fought for deep cuts in the JPA. It is all in the record. Yes he's "still serving the residents" - he's serving the residents a load.
John Mirisch January 29, 2013 at 12:40 AM
Yet another no-name who gets the facts wrong. How surprising... "Land banking" means purchasing property for municipal uses, such as parks and/or parking. It has nothing to do with the way in which the land is acquired:in fact, normally the property would be acquired through negotiation with the owners, not eminent domain. Nobody is talking about a loss of apartments; in fact, I have opposed condo-ization so that we maintain a healthy apartment stock in BH. Using one of the existing fields for a minor league rookie team was an out-of-the-box idea which came from a resident, which our task force presented, with an open acknowledgement of the potential issues and challenges. But the idea was never to reduce "park space for our children." I have, though, proposed acquiring the unsightly corner of La Cienega and Olympic (in LA, where the Xmas tree lot is) to expand green space at La Cienega for our children and residents. It's also false that I fought for "deep cuts" in the JPA. At the time City staff told us all about how dire the economic situation was and when employees were being furloughed, I advocated for a minor reduction in the JPA so that the fiscal burden would be evenly shared across the board. Turns these staff calculations were incorrect, and so I proposed filling the School District budget hole (created by the State) with $4M of the City surplus and have also advocated for ongoing support of the schools by eliminating wasteful spending at City Hall.

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