City Council, the 'Mock Election'
Over the last few months the City of Beverly Hills has been
bombarded by advertising and campaigning. In a matter of days
Beverly Hills voters will be electing three new people to the
Among the candidates: Allison Margolin, whose primary position is to legalize the growing of marijuana within city limits. Margolin, who attended both Harvard and Columbia Universities, is a very well-educated candidate, but she clearly fails to comprehend the city we live in. Just take a stroll around the City, talk to its residents, and you will see that when it comes to such issues as illegal drugs, Beverly Hills is extremely conservative. What candidate in her right mind would run a campaign based on legalizing the growth of marijuana (for medicinal purposes, of course) as its main theme - especially in this city?
When citizens go to the ballots on Tuesday, I assure you they will not be voting to allow their neighbors to grow overflowing gardens of cannabis.
Another candidate is Mike Hakim, who has gained much support, to some people’s surprise. A nice character, but his only qualification to run for City Council is that he is Iranian. Apparently that goes a long way in this city, a community with a prominent Iranian presence. He did indeed run a good campaign, but a stint as senior class president at BHHS is the extent of his political experience, and thus his experience within city politics is limited... at best.
Barry Brucker has been an adept, capable member of the school board. I would personally vote for him to city council, but with a bittersweet feeling - we would lose a great school board member. Having said that, I find it saddening that half of the links on
do not function. Not so professional. Barry, nice going with the lawn signs and those omnipresent coffee get-togethers, but your web presence just is not
exactly working out.
My favorite contender is the self-proclaimed "youngest candidate running." He obviously fails to understand that experience just might be useful when it comes to politics. True, outsiders often bring an "un-entangled perspective" into politics, but a lack of political experience should be made up by other experiences. Jacob Goldstein has neither. I always love to see candidates running that have the same chances of winning as I do in the lottery. I am all for the "new and fresh outlook," but it greatly disturbs me when a candidate brings a bobbing head figurine of President Bush to a City Council candidate debate.
Perhaps he should have gone out and smoked a joint with Margolin after the debate - with the George W. figurine (it surely would not be the president’s first). No, that was crude. But the real question: what was he on when he thought a Jewish Kibbutz would solve the City's homeless "problem?" I thank Goldstein for taking a jab at politics, and having the courage to compete with older and more experienced candidates, but this year he simply does not have it cut out for him. Goldstein needs to learn some more about city politics and develop a coherent platform.
The Measure A Montage Hotel project is by far the most controversial issue in the upcoming election. It has become all too prevalent for politicians to "flip-flop" on positions, and the Beverly Hills City Council nominees are no singularities. Many have switched position mid-campaign. Even though I am a supporter of Measure A, my respect goes to Marty Geimer, who has, unlike various other candidates, maintained a strong stance against the measure this entire time.
Perhaps my standards are just too high. Perhaps I expect candidates running for a prestigious body such as the Beverly Hills City Council to be running overly professional campaigns. Perhaps I am just out of my mind. But on March 8, the citizens of Beverly Hills will see if this election was indeed a mockery, and which three candidates will win the office.