Tech Oligarchs and the California Housing Crisis

John Mirisch
Mayor of Beverly Hills

Let them pay. Silicon Valley tech oligarchs are concerned about housing in California. Let them pay. Housing prices in the areas of their shiny new tech campuses are skyrocketing to unaffordability for many of the longer term residents and are raising the price of housing for their employees.  As the pro-developer LA Times had to admit, “The housing […]

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The Protecting Communities and Local Rights Amendment – A Not-So-Modest Proposal

John Mirisch
Mayor of Beverly Hills

Communities throughout California are under siege from Sacramento. On a continual and ongoing basis, cities and counties are constantly playing defense, trying to battle a barrage of bad bills that Sacramento politicians would impose upon us, as if they know best how all of us throughout the state should live our lives.  In this world […]

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A DACA solution demands a true bipartisan compromise which includes E-Verify

John Mirisch
Mayor of Beverly Hills

Now is the time for policy, not politics. Now is the time to get beyond the immigration word games like calling those “anti-immigrant” who in reality are simply opposed to illegal immigration, or calling those a “restrictionist” who don’t necessarily want to restrict immigration beyond the current level, but who really just want to control […]

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Piercing the Veil of Opposition to the California WaterFix

John Mirisch
Mayor of Beverly Hills

While I was walking back to my seat in the Metropolitan Water District Board Room after having made comments in support of the California Water Fix, a stubbly dude in a porkpie hat looked up and sneered loudly at me, “A**hole!” One might think that I had just completed a tirade against Pabst Blue Ribbon […]

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Janus: the Beginning of the End of California’s Pension Crisis?

John Mirisch
Mayor of Beverly Hills

Cities in California are already starting to crash and burn because of an unsustainable pension system for public employees. With CalPERS expected to significantly raise rates cities are paying each year just to keep up with the liabilities, Oroville is just the latest example of a Californian city on the brink. Thanks to the US […]

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The Art of the Municipal Deal

John Mirisch
Mayor of Beverly Hills

Attending the US Conference of Mayors in January, I was struck by one particularly distressing and costly observation. Local governments are great at doing any number of things, from providing public safety to creating and maintaining infrastructure and – in some cases – engaging in urban planning. But there is one pursuit in which cities […]

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Voter Fraud: If It Can Happen In Beverly Hills …

John Mirisch
Mayor of Beverly Hills

In a city in which an election was won four years ago by seven votes, every vote should count. But only the votes that should count should count. And that’s a problem in Beverly Hills. Voter fraud is real. It’s alive. It’s happening. And we have to stop it. Whether or not it happens at […]

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

John Mirisch
Mayor of Beverly Hills

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 5 ½ years Mayor Tait […]

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SCOTUS Showdown: “Sorry, hon, you did it to yourself”

John Mirisch
Mayor of Beverly Hills

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. In a guest column on […]

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