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Two Presidents in Beverly Hills on One Historic Day

Two Presidents in Beverly Hills on One Historic Day
President of Israel Reuven Rivlin (center) accepts a key to the City from Mayor John Mirisch on Feb. 18 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Beverly Hills. Also pictured (from left): Councilman Julian Gold, Vice Mayor Lester Friedman, Council members Lili Bosse and Robert Wunderlich, and Israeli Consul-General Hillel Newman.
BY Ana Figueroa February 21, 2020

Beverly Hills City Council candidates continue to accumulate important endorsements in the race for two open seats in the March 3 election. Incumbent City Councilman Julian Gold, M.D. joined incumbent Councilwoman Lili Bosse in receiving the backing of the Beverly Hills Police Officer’s Association. 

“The Beverly Hills Police Officers Association is proud to endorse Dr. Julian Gold for City Council. Dr. Gold has always placed a priority on public safety and we look forward to continuing to be partners in keeping Beverly Hills safe,” said a statement from the organization. 

Gold’s campaign manager Judie Fenton told the Courier, “I’m very proud that they have recognized the service that Dr. Gold has given to this community over these eight years. His concern for safety has been paramount and it is so gratifying to know that the Beverly Hills Police Officer’s Association has recognized it.” 

In other endorsement news, both Bosse and Commissioner Lori Greene Gordon have received a nod from the Beverly Hills Municipal League. In a statement to the Courier, the organization noted, “The Municipal League of Beverly Hills has as its mission statement to preserve the quality 

of life in our City. After reviewing the candidates… we are pleased to endorse the following individuals: Lili Bosse, who has served on the City Council for nine years and distinguished herself as a strong advocate for maintaining the quality of life for our City; and Lori Greene Gordon, who has served admirably as a Planning Commissioner and understands what is required to maintain Beverly Hills as a destination while acting to curb increased density and high-rise buildings.” 

Both Bosse and Gordon expressed to the Courier their gratitude and honor at receiving the endorsement. Municipal League Chairman Thomas A. White added, “Our community needs strong, ethical leadership to protect our residential quality of life, which is under constant threat from over-development and by highly paid lobbyists and foreign investors seeking disproportionate influence. We also need to further our progress on good government practices, transparency and responsiveness to residential needs. 

Lili and Lori have shown their long- standing commitment to these principles and have clear voting records to support our confidence and that of the electorate.” 

“I am especially proud that the Nazarian Center is a vital presence at UCLA helping us all understand the depth and complexity of Israel’s history, society and culture,” he said. 

The UCLA Israel Studies Award recognizes individuals of extraordinary character and merit in their chosen fields, whether in academia, public service, business or the arts, who have contributed to a greater understanding of Israel and have made outstanding contributions to Israeli society or culture. The award was conferred on President Rivlin in recognition of his courageous leadership celebrating the mosaic of Israeli society and promoting the values of coexistence, tolerance, equality and civility. The UCLA Israel Studies Award has only been presented two times before, to the former Chief Justice of Israel’s Supreme Court Aharon Barak (in 2007) and to Israeli author Amos Oz (in 2015). 

Rivlin was elected the 10th president of the State of Israel on June 10, 2014, after having served as speaker of the Knesset and as a cabinet minister. He was first elected to the Knesset in 1988 and served seven parliamentary terms. 

Mayor John Mirisch told the Courier that the presence of the world leaders in the City marked a “special week indeed.” He noted, “As perhaps the only Jewish majority City outside of Israel, it was particularly meaningful for our Council to present the Key to the City to President Rivlin. These historic events remind us why we are so fortunate to call Beverly Hills our home.” 

 

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