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aroundto000000000000 They're Looking for a Few Good Men or Women... The new method of filling vacancies on City commissions is no longer restricted, to the "elite" crowd. By Michele Lu Beverly Hills City Hal/ The Beverly Hills City Council recent- ly issued a notice of vacancies on the Fine Art Commission, Public Works Commission. Recreation & Parks Commission, and Solicitations Advisory Commission. The initial term of office for these posi- tions is two years. Commissioners may be re-appointed to a second term of four years at the discretion of the City Council. For" all Commissions, the Chair and Vice-Chair positions are rotated annually. "\\;Ve make it easy for anyone who wants to ,,et involved. We want to help people find the place where they will do the best job for the Cit3," MeraLee Goldman. City Councihncmber, said. Commissions pa:rform a variety of statutory and advisory functions. Statutory func.tions arc hc,-:c that involve mking decision by code. Much of the work done b) the Planning Commission and the Architectural Commission is statute[,, because tile colalnlissions arc \\;cstctt with the authority o make decisions. Most of the wor1, done by the other City commissions is advisory. According to a description in the application material, the commissions have been established to "provide advice to both the City Council and City staff. City commissioners provide an educated viewpoint from the perspective of a rest-" dent." "One of the values to having the con[- missions is that very few of us on the staff live in Beverly Hills. It is good to have people's peers on citizen commissions to make decisions about their neighbor- hoods. It works very well," City Manager Mark Scott explained. After the April 28 filing deadline+ the City will set up a 20-minute interview with each applicant by a subcommittee. The subcommittee is made up of the two and Vice-Chair change every year." Goldman said. Goldman also says the City Council conducts the interviews because it gives every candidate an opportunity to present themselves. Following the interviews, the subcommittee will recommend the names of one or more top candidates to the full City Council. "After conducting the interviews, the 45 i:, 2 The application is meant to be hard. It's meant to discourage people who think that serving on a commission is a social booster. -- MeraLee Goldman, City Councilmember Cliv Cotmctl liais, ms to the particular c{}mmission as well as the Chair and Vice Chair of that commission. These four poitions rotate annually, therefore no one person makes any choice. MeraLee Goldman claims that having people serve terms on a rotating basis is beneficial to bringing new leadership. "It is a process that's free of personal favoritism because the liaisons and Chair Coi/lllliltec lil3kCs t! leCtqllnlcndalio,,i It) the City Council as a whole that is not binding. It is an ,+pen nomination. The Council then votes," Stephen Wcbb. Planning Commissioner, said. The City Council uses a merit-based process for choosing the Commissioners. The current process has been in effect for story con't on lz19 Thousond Words Heodshot Photography Completely.7 Bare! Mention this od ond oet 10% off. 310-829-2329 i 4 * Beverly Hills Weekly Authentic Brazilian Waxing Specialist Womens' Wax Special* Full Leg & Bikini ........... . ........................... ..30 Full Leg & Brazilian Bikini ........................................................... 35 Underarm & Full Bikini ............................. 25 Mens' Wax Special* Back Shoulder Chest Stomach ........................................... 55 Back & Shoulder. ....................................... 35 Full Leg & Full Arm. .................................. 35 *First Time Clients/Incall Only [