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intheir The Beverly Hills Weekly invited each of the 11 candidates for City Council to write a guest column identifying the issues facing the city over the nextfouryears, and how they would address them if elected. We will run three columns per week, in alphabetical order, until the election on March 6, By Tom Levyn 1here are critical and fa] rcaching issues our communi ty will tackle over lhe ncM four years Having a smooth running City Council wdb an experienced and rcspeclcd team of Council members will insure a balanced and eflec- live approach ProBer funding t~,r our preeminenl and number one rated fire, paramediu, and police departmenls, as well as our Blue Ribbon schools, bill be the primary public safety and cducafion goal Thc re-evaluation and implemenlafion of a new G0neral Plan, the b[ueprinl for the look and feel of Beverly Hilis m the coming decades, will call tot comnlundy wide inpul, adage and guidance so thai the needs of all may be considered. Our qualily of life will continue to be Ct)lllplOlllb, cd unless we meaningfully deal with die massive, overbuilt homes that z~re forever changing the landscape of Beverly Hills Oxerdevelopmem in surrounding eflies, ~hich ndvcis['~ al[ect~ our iraffic patterns and parking opportundies, will condnue it+ he our nunlber one Iransportation cllallcngc. (_'onlinuing the inslallation of our own water wells and ,aater Ireatmenl planL so necessary to the pmteclion of our residenls, will proceed The replace- merit of our eleclrica[ wh'ing syslem throughout lhe City. which m seine areas is iwcl decades old, will be our infra!,lructure pli/lrity Experience will bc ~h~deciding fiLctor us wc develop efb+cfivc strategies to n/12el I,Ul challenges. I was part of Ihc negotiating team dlat recently rescdved om contracts wilh life, paramedics, and police, ill record time and with OVCl whehning conscnstlx lionl our public safi?ty units rhese contracts (5 years 3 monlhs lor Bie and 4 years Inl police) are the longest ternl agrcclnenls ill our Citys histl/ry, and will allow us to properly plan lot our future fiscal needs. I continue to be an advocalu fi~r sirens public education, and have pronloted continued increases in funding g/r our distinguished schools. ['lie new General Plan will be an effective 111ol for us because we will work togelher Io include tile wlmle community in the process. I will continue to bc :in aggressive actlvist and seek to ]illlil developnlenl in our surrounding chics. 1 recently proposed the allocation el lunds lot an engineer Io study the flow oi traffic in our neighborhoods, and to suggest innovative methods to conslrain the use of our residential streets as thoroughfares lor lhose who are traveling Ihrough Beverly Hills The overbuilding in our residential areas can ~,nly be controlled by an immediate review of alchitectura] and cnnstluclmn mil[clials slandard~, something that has been a halhnark ~f my philosophy These are the issues that we know Ioday. An en~zctive leader anticipates tilat Ihcrc will be others, equally important, which wdl arise Our job is m elect represenlabves who we can trust to handle the tough problems which are unknown al prescnb but which will surcly be part of our cuhure in the coming years. I believe that lily record cffeffecbvcty and efficiently fi)cusing or+ workable solutions, in the best interesls o] alb is a very posl twe reason for your vote Hew Look for me HewYar (626)795-7266 Tined pdasOc ktuei Jsalmo~e ffalltelDo M.D. Are You Looking for a Bright Tomorrow? ~,Vc al'e +| Iltlrlllt+ill}~ ellvir011111en[ [or l lealth, Wellness and l lappiness i,, dail) life We offer counseling for: Oumesfic Violc.ce . Anger Management Gloups , Child Abuse Sexual Abuse Mental tlealth Dual Diagnosis Drug/Alcohol I~ucalion parenting Cktvscs * Monitored Visitation , Monitored Exch~gc Family Crisis Intervention , Women Support Group Defened Entry of Judgement/PC IO00 We Can't Promise Miracles, Just Results! ~m anowu COLJNSELIN3 CENTEP~ INC 8512 WHITWOHTH DR # 102. LOS ANGELES CA g0035 m-: 310.360.8512 FAX: 310.360.8510 Web Site ~thenesscenter corn A NON-P ROFIT ORGANtEAIION February 15 - 21,2001 11