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intheir The Beverly }liUs Weckly invlted each of t|le I 1 candidates for City Council In write a guest column idcnllf~ing the issues fadug the cd~ over the next four years, and how the) wnuld address Ulcm if elected, We ran tv, n In three columns per week, in alphabetical nrder. This week's issue features the final three candidates. By Mitch Waldow My mailbox has been stulled with lois ol tancy campaign II~er~aurc Ii>r the council race [t seems that n/o~t ol Ihe candidalcs cunsider tral- fic Io bc the big Issue t,,day "F,~ nle. tratfic is a serious symptom ,~[ a much bigger problem thal's ~cing u~: comnlercial overdeveloprncnt Sotnc people tnighl say that Beverly Hills c~m use al~ o[ the husines~ il can attract I'm nol against business. Bul our city w~s planned as a residential community while the residential populalkm here has remained lairly ~latic over the decades, conmlcrcial develnpnlcnt has b(,~,med And yel wc ~cc developer pressule I~ alh~w bigger, taller pl~ccts In our city There's an eltorl uuderway Io revise and "update" lhe Beverly Hills General Plan - the blueprint thai comrol~ how Ihc uit) is devch,pcd. We're ~t)ld that lhe currenl Plan is out dated, and d~e~11 t address today's t~:dide~. ,,r adcqualely prepare us lot the I~ltule I'm nul ~ur~ I L~gEcu 1 don't want a luture of Ilanic gridlock (~verdcvelopnlcnl brings t~dfic Higher densI. ;y concentrates lhat tra0~c I don'l want tall, high density projects in our cry c~pecia] ly ahmg the wilshire corridor which uuts Ihlough residenlial Ileighborhoods m the seuth and ea~t paris of the city. These lesidenfial streets already are choking with tlatlic. Much of it is unc~l~lr~,lled eonunmer traffic. Bul nlal~y t~l Ihe cars t~n our residential steers belong Io customers of the encroaching business dislricl~ This spilhwcr Iraffic harms the residential quality ol life [~,r many ol us. Beverly Htlls needs Io plesel ve its residential characlcr "lb do 1his. we nmsl have a plan to preserve t]istt+ri~ honles, neighborhoods and publiu buildings And before Ihc city develops any puhlic Ira,perry. the residenls and taxpayers n~ust have ample ~pp~,rlllnity to voice Illeil i~lc~ls on how thai property should b usud Publi~ pr~,pel"~ belongs tn the pub[~ Anodler issue it1 d~i~ uamp~ign is the large alt~,~Ln~ of n~,nc~ candidates spend to mn for tlli~ office It's ridiculous t~, spend I1~ole Ihan ',4l) O(~t I~ seek alob Ihat d,,esn't pay a real salary It Iaiscs a whole lot ol qucsfion~ ab,~t~l why thu pcrs~m wanls th~ iob My cam- paign budgel is under $1.000 I have ~u, camp~ugll manager h's an all volunteer, grass Finally, I'm a supp~,ltel ~1 Icrm li~ni~s ~L~ well a~ ~ u,ugh cunllkls I~l intclusl o/Ill nan~e I think residents' ~n~e, csts sh,~uhl c*,~nc hcl,,~c c~el~tl~tng ~lsc Suund~ llkc c~1~1 , nl~m sense, d~usll't it ! rhals a quality I w~,ukl like I~, scc n~,~rc ~,f in our Cib (Tl+t~cil Sure, I~aders ~11u~t have great dreams, bul somclime~ you ha~e t~, wake up and smell Ehe The working Protessional's Be=tl' FHendl We do pick-ups and deliveries in a prompt, efficient and arofessional manner We tailor our service to your needs. If there is a service, you need performed but not listed, please ask! Other Services Include: Post Office/Mailing Grocery Shopping/Pharmacy Returns & Exchanges Courier Services Dry Cleaning Personal Organizer Monthly Rates Call Us Todayl 323634-0672 310-854.4675 24 Hours Advance Notice Needed Herman Alterations MEN'S-LADIES' ALTERATIONS- RESTYLE, CUSTOM DESIGNS Plus Interior Home Decor Fashion-Custom Drapery, Bedspreads, Many Fabrics, 8825 W. Pico Blvd.- 1 Block West of Robertson Blvd. Mon to Thur, 9 am- 6 pm (010) 278-1894 Friday 9 arm 4 pm Lyuba Kaplan (Sunday Appointment Only) ~NTIQUE FURNITURE RESTORATION REFINISHING Specialized in veneer inlays, carving, and French polish Call for touch up at your residence or free estimate 20 years experience in Fine German Craftsmanship Michael Stengel Phone 310-396-1335 2655 33rd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405 February 22 27, 2001 11