It began auspiciously enough, a double-digit year of “perfect vision.” In the early months of 2020, artists unveiled public murals, candidates sparred spiritedly, and busloads of tourists posed for photos beside the palm trees of Beverly Hills. It would change, almost overnight, before spring. Health care workers became heroes, masks became mandatory and homes became schoolrooms. Summer brought Black Lives Matter protests, the National Guard, Freedom Rallies, civil unrest and EDD fraud. In 2020, the City excelled at conducting business virtually. Restaurants, salons, retailers and more struggled to conduct any business at all as health orders stretched into fall and winter. But Rodeo Drive still glimmered for the holidays. In this most unusual, difficult year, Beverly Hills never lost its luster and the belief in brighter days ahead.
Below are some images that defined 2020: