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John Mirisch is currently serving his second term as Mayor on the Beverly Hills City Council, where he has the distinction of being the first Swedish citizen to ever serve on the Council. John grew up in Beverly Hills as a 4th generation resident, having graduated from both Hawthorne and Beverly Hills High School. Working in international film distribution, John lived in Europe for over 20 years, where he regularly took the subway to work in such cities as Paris, Berlin, Vienna, Munich and his other home town, Stockholm. In his first term as Mayor, John created the Sunshine Task Force to increase transparency and public participation in local government. He is currently spearheading the Beverly Hills City Council's first-in-the-nation initiative to develop and deploy a municipal autonomous shuttle system for the City's local transportation needs.

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Adventures In Corporate Giveaways: The Curious Case Of Anaheim, CA

(0) Comments | Posted July 13, 2016 | 12:51 PM

Inspired by the Dalai Lama, Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait created the "City of Kindness" initiative. The goal is as simple as the initiative's title: people should be kind to each other, because, as Mayor Tait asks: "Who wouldn't want to live in a city of kindness?"

While for the past...

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The Hilton Chronicles: The Beverly Hilton's "Jack Story"

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2016 | 10:10 PM

It was an interesting night at the Beverly Hills City Council last Tuesday. We were all treated to the municipal version of the "jack story" on a monumental scale.

When we were little, my mother would sometimes tell us kids, "Let's not do the 'jack story.'" While the expression has...

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Hypocrisy, Thy Name is "Hilton"

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2016 | 10:09 PM

As described in an earlier article, the Beverly Hilton, in what they are calling a "reconfiguration" of a project which won a referendum by 129 votes in an election with 569 documented cases of voter fraud, is using a California initiative loophole to try to build a 375-foot...

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LA Metro's New Sales Tax: When 'Bold' Isn't 'Beautiful'

(3) Comments | Posted April 28, 2016 | 3:50 AM

The headline reads "Metro details bold plan." Of course, that's the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority tooting its own horn on its own website.

No doubt, the plans for Metro's sales tax increase are indeed bold, but perhaps the boldest thing about the plan is the extent to...

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Déjà Vu: Beverly Hills Journalist Defends Deceptive Hilton Scheme, Paper Ignores Facts Once Again

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2016 | 5:25 AM

In today's, Beverly Hills Courier, reporter Laura Coleman's article takes up my open letter to the Beverly Hills community and my Huffington Post piece about the Beverly Hilton's initiative to build a 375-foot skyscraper. If anyone had any illusions that Coleman's story was objective, all they...

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California's Initiative Loophole Scam -- Now in Beverly Hills...

(0) Comments | Posted April 12, 2016 | 3:16 AM

Developers in California have discovered California's time-worn ballot initiative process as a sound business idea. By avoiding planning commissions and city councils, these developers have made the cold business calculation that it's worth spending a few million dollars on political campaigns, including glitzy brochures and slick cable TV ads as...

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SCOTUS Showdown: "Sorry, Hon, You Did It to Yourself"

(1) Comments | Posted February 24, 2016 | 1:16 PM

After yesterday's news that Republican Senate leaders will not even consider any Supreme Court nominee until a new president is in office, current President Obama is taking it to the streets in an effort to get his yet unnamed pick approved. Or at least to make some much-needed political hay.

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Enough Hand-Wringing and Kneejerk Blowback: Let's Rethink Metro's Ridership Slump, New Tax

(0) Comments | Posted February 1, 2016 | 9:49 PM

The recent LA Times article which highlighted a ridership slump at Metro has occasioned much hand-wringing, kneejerk blowback and rationalization among self-styled transit hipsters. The article points out how, despite ongoing expenditures of billions of dollars, Metro continues to struggle to get people to use public transportation. While...

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And the Winner Is... Postmodern Diversity

(5) Comments | Posted January 29, 2016 | 2:04 AM

William James once wrote:

The first thing the intellect does with an object is to class it along with something else. But any object that is infinitely important to us and awakens our devotion feels to us also as if it must be sui generis and unique. Probably a crab...

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From Beverly Hills to Green Bay, Dodging the Rams

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2016 | 8:08 PM

The headlines read, "Football comes back to Los Angeles." They should actually read: "Professional sports comes back to Inglewood." While the return of the Rams to the LA area is good for Los Angeles, Los Angeles County and the Southland in general, congratulations are in order for Inglewood Mayor Jim...

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The Uncivil War Over the California Water Fix

(22) Comments | Posted December 28, 2015 | 5:08 AM

It must be something in the water.

Propagandistic special interest groups such as Restore the Delta are on a single-minded mission to stop the twin-tunnel plan that would ensure a steady supply of water to Southern California. Notwithstanding the guise of false environmentalism, it is self-interest, opportunism and something else...

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Deconstructing 'Arrogrance': The Truth About Beverly Hills and Metro

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2015 | 9:01 PM

The Jewish Journal's quote of the week of Nov. 26, in reference to Beverly Hills's conflict with Metro, was former county supervisor (and Metro macher) Zev Yaroslavsky's zinger: "Fighting Metro is not a construction project, it's a destruction project."

Oy gevalt.

There is so much arrogance and ignorance...

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Astroturf Environmentalists: Anatomy of a Bad Bill

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2015 | 1:20 PM

Since state government severely restricts the ability for non-Big 5 legislators to be able to think for themselves and effect actual change, it seems that a major goal of Sacramento politicians is to get their name on as many pieces of legislation as possible. The Sacramento version of Dodd-Frank and...

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The Mendoza Line on Transparency: Bringing Darkness into Labor Negotiations

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2015 | 6:31 PM

Earlier this month the LA Times published an editorial with the headline "Los Angeles could use more COIN." COIN stands for Civic Openness In Negotiations and it's a transparency ordinance that a number of cities, including Beverly Hills, have adopted. The ordinance aims at increasing transparency and public...

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The Big Refugee Picture: Seven Conclusions From a Swedish-American Perspective

(6) Comments | Posted September 7, 2015 | 9:40 PM

The heart-rending image of Alan Kurdi, the 3-year-old whose dead body washed up on shore, had to be one of the saddest pictures anyone has ever seen. There is absolutely no meaning in his death, but let's take this one terrible picture, as black and as difficult as it is,...

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The Sweden Democrats: How to Deal with a One-Issue Party

(27) Comments | Posted August 31, 2015 | 11:02 PM

They're now up to over 20 percent or maybe even 25 percent. The Sweden Democrats might be a "one-issue party" and there may be numerous people who agree that there are more important issues in Sweden, but evidently there are enough Swedes who think that the immigration debate should be...

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The Ojnare Forest: Sweden's Hetch Hetchy?

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2015 | 11:39 AM

(The original Swedish text follows the English translation).

In the ongoing debate about the future of the Ojnare Forest on the Swedish island of Gotland, Anders Ferbe, head of the metalworkers' union, suggested a compromise. In an article on Swedish public broadcaster SVT's website, he talks about a...

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The Swedish Government's Teddy Roosevelt Moment

(1) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 3:59 AM

(The original Swedish text appears at the end of the article).

Beverly Hills, Aug. 26, 2015. Earlier this year we were forced by the State of California to reduce our water usage by more than 30%. We have taken a number of different measures to reach this goal. It hasn't...

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In a Post-Deal Iran: What Now?

(3) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 6:54 PM

What now?

The Iran deal will stand, at least until the next presidential election. Despite disapproval by a non-partisan majority of both houses of Congress, not to mention the American people, because of the incredibly low threshold to sustain a veto, not to mention White House arm-twisting and purely partisan...

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Judge Judy for President

(45) Comments | Posted August 11, 2015 | 3:51 PM

Now that the draft Elizabeth Warren movement has petered out, I'd like to propose an alternative. A better alternative. Her name is Judy Sheindlin, and if you like Elizabeth Warren's intelligence, Donald Trump's straight talk and Bernie Sanders's sense of fairness, you're going to love Judy Sheindlin, aka Judge Judy.

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