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John Mirisch
John Mirisch currently serves 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.

Entries by John Mirisch

High Time to Hold Metro to "One Person, One Vote"

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 5:13 PM

Last week the Southwest Corridor, representing the South Bay and Westside cities, selected the sub-region's Metro Board representative for the next four years. Mayor James Butts of Inglewood overwhelmingly defeated incumbent, Santa Monica council member Pam O'Connor, who had served on the Metro Board for 13 years without ever having...

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NIMBYs vs. Devstos and Denzos in Malibu

(4) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 1:22 PM

It was the NIMBYs vs. the Devstos and Denzos on Sunday night in Malibu. A battle for the ages, defining the soul of California's most famous beachfront town. (For the acronymically challenged, NIMBY stands for "not in my backyard," while Devsto is short for "developer stooge" and Denzo for "density...

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UK's Pro-Union 'Better Together' Unveils Future Plans

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 1:00 AM

For all of us Californians fascinated by the recent Scottish independence referendum and the developments in the UK, the following article from the "Westminster Daily News," which, unfortunately, is not widely available in the Golden State, gives us an inside view of history-in-the-making. "Divide or unite" remains the question, and...

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The 'J' in LA County's Measure J Stands for 'Joke' -- And It's on Us

(22) Comments | Posted October 31, 2012 | 5:59 PM

Oscar Wilde once described a cynic as somebody who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. So what do you call someone who knows the purported "value" of something without discussing the price?

How about "an L.A.-area politician"? The L.A.-area politicians and political hacks who are...

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The Fullerton Police Saga: From Reality TV to Reality?

(0) Comments | Posted September 27, 2012 | 5:20 AM

I don't generally make it a habit of watching other cities' council meetings. It's not a question of lack of interest; I just don't have the time. Initially, I found it a bit surprising that there seem to be a devoted number of people who watch our own council meetings....

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3 Characters in Search of Pension Reform

(2) Comments | Posted September 9, 2012 | 12:45 PM

We've all had a little bit of time now to digest Governor Brown's pension reform proposal, along with the various reactions. As an elected official who has recognized the need for systemic change when it comes to municipal salaries and benefits and has pushed for it since being elected in...

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Thanks to Kelly Thomas, Fullerton's Future Is Now

(6) Comments | Posted July 25, 2012 | 10:11 AM

Kelly Thomas changed everything.

As someone who believes that local government is the best form of democracy -- after all, it's the closest to the people -- I recognize that it can be among the most frustrating forms of government when it fails us. We almost have come to expect...

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Fault-y Towers: Don't Mention the Core!

(6) Comments | Posted November 21, 2011 | 3:03 PM

The initial Metro Century City seismological studies were released in October. To nobody's surprise, they showed that it would be "impossible" for Metro to build a station along Santa Monica Boulevard, but "perfectly safe" to build the station on Constellation, a few hundred feet to the South.


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Shades of Brown: Cities and the Governor's Pension Reforms (Part 2)

(1) Comments | Posted November 9, 2011 | 6:48 PM

(Read Part 1 here.)

There is not a little bit of irony in the fact that unions are trying to place the blame for the current pension systems' unsustainability on Wall Street. It is, they say, the losses on Wall Street which depleted the PERS endowment and has...

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Shades of Brown: Cities and the Governor's Pension Reforms (Part 1)

(8) Comments | Posted November 8, 2011 | 2:47 PM

You've gotta hand it to our governor: there's nothing black and white about him. Less than three weeks after signing into law the anti-city, pro-union bill AB 646 which would make collective bargaining more cumbersome and force cities to spend large sums of money on "fact-finding," Governor Brown made his...

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"My Metro, Right or Wrong": Metro's Greatest Hetz

(2) Comments | Posted October 25, 2011 | 3:18 PM

Oh, the indignity of it all. On the day of UCLA's embarrassing 48-12 drubbing at the hands of Arizona, transit advocate Matthew Hetz in a Citywatch article tries to smack down the university's hopes of a "UCLA/Westwood" subway station which actually would be deserving of the name. He...

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Fight on for UCLA: Rejecting a Westwood-Adjacent Subway Station

(18) Comments | Posted October 6, 2011 | 8:05 PM

This article is not about the Century City subway station. Let's for a moment assume that birds are chirping, children are playing, the sun is shining and everyone is pleased as punch at the Century City alignment. Let's assume the tunnel is smack dab between Santa Monica Blvd. and Constellation...

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The Farmers Field Saga: Hide and CEQA

(3) Comments | Posted September 11, 2011 | 11:58 PM

Last month I went to a special meeting of the Independent Cities Association, a group of LA County cities working together on any number of issues, including promoting the important policy of local control. The special meeting was held at a Downtown LA restaurant and a presentation was made by...

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The Journey to Fullerton: Standing by Ron Thomas

(14) Comments | Posted August 16, 2011 | 11:22 AM

August 12 - I don't live in Fullerton. I don't have friends in Fullerton. In fact, as far as I know, I've never knowingly been to Fullerton, unless Interstate 5 bisects Fullerton on the way to Disneyland.

Fullerton may only be 35 miles from my home, but if you had...

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Middle America and the Westside Subway

(1) Comments | Posted July 19, 2011 | 3:20 AM

Leave it to Joel Epstein to connect his experience of running down an innocent deer in rural Nebraska with the proposed Constellation station of the Westside Subway extension. Seems Epstein could be running the bulls in Pamplona, climbing Kilimanjaro or surfing the waves of Bondi Beach, and he'd...

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Bait-Switch-Fix: The Westside Subway's Three Act Play

(17) Comments | Posted June 15, 2011 | 2:14 PM

Bait-Switch-Fix. That was the subtext of last week's press conference in Century City which neatly did the bidding of Century City developers hoping to increase their property values with the benefit of a subway station adjacent to their properties. Well-orchestrated, well-rehearsed and misleading, the message of the press conference participants...

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Ramirez Canyon Blues: Yet Another Fight to Preserve Public Access in Malibu

(2) Comments | Posted June 2, 2011 | 2:01 PM

Politicians in California are seldom accused of suffering from long-term vision, so when Gov. Jerry Brown killed Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's ill-advised plan to sell off a number of state-owned buildings it was a most pleasant surprise. Schwarzenegger's plan would have sold off valuable state-owned assets for a short-term...

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Saving Franklin Canyon: Zoning In on a Solution

(3) Comments | Posted May 6, 2011 | 8:19 PM

In a recent editorial, the LA Times opposes potential legal proceedings to confirm a public easement against a property owner who wants to build a mega-development on the border of Franklin Canyon Park. Says the editorial:

A Beverly Hills councilman who opposes the development plans characterized the...
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Initiative Abuse 101: How to Buy an Election in Beverly Hills

(2) Comments | Posted March 3, 2011 | 11:21 AM

While other cities faced with financial crises are looking at massive budget cuts, reductions in service levels, lay-offs and furloughs are all real possibilities. There are discussions and ballot measures in various cities to roll back government employee pensions and benefits.

With all the talk about belt-tightening, Measure 2P in...

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The Westside Subway: Welcome Back, Epstein

(60) Comments | Posted November 22, 2010 | 7:34 PM

Welcome, back. And I smile when I think how it must have been. Well, I know what a scene you were learning in. Was there something that made you come back again?
--John Sebastian

Joel Epstein. You've done it again. I'm not quite sure how I should react to...

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