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guestc00:00! U Election Perspective Was name recognition the key to Stone's victory? By Rudy Cole What begin as an election that would very likely expose all the juicy battles taking place at our local court house, turned into a contest for a different job with an entirely different cast of charac- ters. When MiLch Dawson decided to chal- lenge incumbent Judge Judy Stein, it was for one of three offices on the Beverly Hills (and West Hollywood) Municipal Court. Dawson quickly lined up most mem- bers of the City Councils of both cities, top community leaders, and some major political groups. But before filing for the office clqsed, Judge Stein decided not to seek re-elec- tion and Dawson, instead of running against a beleaguered incumbent, faced two new contestants: Court Commissioner Hugh Bobys and Deputy District Attorney Rich Stone, son of the former mayor, councilmember and School Board member Richard Stone. Then, ill the middle of the campaign, the judges of the Lo s Angeles Superior Court finally approved a new state rule that permitted, with their approval, the consolidation of Municipal and Superior Courts. Gone was our local court and gone too was an election to pick judges of a community court. The judge we elected would be assigned to any court in Los Angeles County Cand would, in the next election, be on a county-wide ballot. The Beverly Hills Court had two big problems. First, Judge Judy Stein was under investigation by the state agency that supervisors the judiciary; that probe made public in a scathing Los Angeles Daily (Law) Journal story. Also, lor at least a decade, Judge Stein and Judge Eidon Fox had passed the presiding judge job between them, effectively excluding local favorite, Judge Charles 'Skip" Rubin. The internal feuding impacted the i i i i i J i Millicent G. Callahan White Discount Securities A division of Thomas F. White & Co., Inc. Are you changing jobs or about to retire? We Can Help. You are invited to a FREE educational seminar on How to... "Choosing the Best Route for Your retirement Plan Distribution" Guest Speaker: Kimberly Taber, Regional Vice President Pioneer Funds Date: March 28, 2000, Tuesday Time: 6:00pm Place:*122 S. Beverly Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90212 Parking is validated Seating is limited-please call to reserve your seat Ask for Stephen or Millicent White Discount Securities 144 S. Beverly Dr. #503 Beverly Hills, CA 90212 800-286-8001 310-246-9642 *Hamburger Hamlet Restaurant,refreshments are served White Discount Securities A division of Thomas F. White & Co., Inc. Member SIP(7 NASD MSRB PCX i 4 Beverly Hills Weekly court attaches and even relations with the local bar association. If Dawson's candidacy contributed to Judge Stein's decision not to seek re-elec- tion, he now lound himself in an entirely' the race became a personality contest by thrcc contenders all with the highest approval rating from the Count)' Bar Association. Stone's stunning victory, a clear prima- $Stone's stunning victory, a clear primary win that avoided a November runoff, surprised even his most uvvul t,:, "-"""'"'".   ardent different contest with far different issues. Stone had reportedly told friends that he was reluctant to challenge both Stein and Dawson since a loss might hinder a later appointment by the governor. Bobys, a highly respected Commissioner, said he would not run had Stein not dropped out. With Stein a non-candidate, ry win that avoided a November runoff, surprised even his most ardent support- ers. Although a product of local schools, Stone had not been involved in the com- munity for many years. Did being the son column con ? on l19 For an in-depth look at local election results see page 16. Y&DEGAR Lt:I YADEGAR BEVERLY H#LLS 340 N. BtVERL" DRIVE BzvtRtv HILLS, CA 9o21o PHO,F. 3io.858.22 . F^x 31o.858.2226 '..#a/e. Cu.,.i[am