Beverly Hills residents have cast their votes in the Nov. 3 General Election, which included the City’s Ballot Measure RP, three members of the Beverly Hills Unified School District (BHUSD) Board of Education as well as the President of the United States.
While the Election Day count is complete, provisional and late-arriving ballots remain to be counted.
As of press time, 73.49 percent of Beverly Hills residents voted to approve Measure RP, which would prevent the loss of local sales tax revenue to regional control and instead retain for local use under local control.
According to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, as of Nov. 4, incumbent Noah Margo, construction manager Mary Wells and school psychologist Dr. Amanda Stern are the three victorious candidates in the Beverly Hills Unified School District School Board election. Margo, who is seeking his third term, garnered 19.59 percent of the vote, with 5,057 ballots cast in his favor. Wells earned 19.40 percent of the vote, with 2,414 votes, and Stern with 17.58 percent, or 4,537 votes cast in her favor.
The other four of seven candidates who vied for a vacant seat this year included Frank Chechel, actuary; Benjamin Liker, tutor/safety advocate; Robin Rowe, retired educator; and Donna Tryfman, attorney.
Trailing slightly behind Stern, Tryfman came in at 16.82 percent of the vote, with 4,343 ballots cast in her favor. Liker garnered 9.77 percent with 2,523 votes; Chechel’s share was 9.46 percent, with 2,442 votes and Rowe’s total was 7.37 percent with 1,903 votes.
The Board of Education consists of five members whose terms are staggered so that half of the members are elected in each odd-numbered year. Candidates are elected to serve four-year terms.
Current Board President, Isabel Hacker, board member Mel Spitz and Margo’s terms expire in December of this year. Hacker and Spitz announced earlier this year that they would not be seeking re-election.