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around + BACK PAGE story con't from p.4 approximately three years. Stephen Webb says that the former process was more informal and less structured. "It's a better process today than it was four years ago. It's a more open process," Webb said. According to Mark Scott, in the past, people only had to submit interest cards. As a result, the City Council would have a long list of names but no real commit- ment or investment. "Before, the people who were accepted to positions on the commissions tended to be people who Councilmembers already knew. Now. everyone has a chance to be known. It's a better process. It's a good change," Scott said. The merit-based process for choosing commissioners was established during MeraLee Goldman's tcrm as mayor in 1997. In the past, there was only one application for all comnlissions. Now, each commission has its own compre- hensive application that is specifically- based in the work done by the commis- sion. "The application is meant to be hard. It's meant to discourage people who think that serving on a commission is a social booster. Commissions are hard work and you want people who will work hard and be dedicated," MeraLee Goldman said. Fine Art Commission There are nine positions on the Fine Art Commission. The Commission will have two vacancies before the end of the year. One position will be available in August, the other in November. It is responsible for enhancing the beauty of the City through the installation of public art. Some of its duties are: to initiate and promote the purchase, donation or loan of fine art to the City; to investigate methods and procedures by which the City may obtain fine art and to inform the City Council of such opportunities; and to formulate rules and regulations gov- erning the criteria for determining fine art. Public Works Commission There are five positions on the Public Works Commission. It will have one vacancy in August. It is responsible for recommending policies on matters which relate to public works facilities, infra- structure and programs. The Commission also advises and makes recommenda- tions on the planning, evaluation and delivery of public works systems and programs, such as water, wastewater, storm drain, street lighting, refuse man- agement and other infrastructure .pro- grams. The Recreation & Parks Commission The Recreation & Parks Commission is a five-member body which works closely with the Director of Recreation & Parks. It will have one vacancy in November. The Commission is responsi- ble for providing input on any subject that encompasses the City's open space or leisure-time activity. Some of the issues that the Commission reviews include: leisure service programs admin- istered by the Recreation & Parks Department; street tree maintenance pro- grams; capital upgrade projects affecting park and other open space facilities; park rules and regulations; and programs involving child care, youth/teen activi- ties, after-school enrichment, senior adults, cultural arts, sports activities, peo- ple with disabilities, community event.' Solicitations Advisory Commission There are five Solicitations Advisory Commission positions. There is already one vacancy Another slot on the Commission will be opening up in November. The Commission is responsi- ble for making a review of applications lor permits to solicit in the City, then advising and making recommendations to the Chief of Police regarding solicita- tion permits. It also reviews required financial statements showing the amount of funds raised by the solicitations. According to Webb, commissioners can be removed but it is rare. "There is a requirement of attendance. If a person misses X number of meetings, it is grounds for removal," Webb said. i All qualified residents are strongly encouraged to attend meetings of the Commission to familiarize them- selves with current issues. An appli- cation, description of the duties of a Commissioner, and filing details are available for pickup in the City Clerk's office. You can call 310.285.2400 for more information. The deadline for filing an application is April 28, 2000 at 5:00 p.m. 1935- BEVERLY HILLS WATERWORKS (courtesy of the Beverly Hills Historical Society) Eight historical postcards are available by mail order. Send $6 check to the Beverly Hills Historical Socie P.O. Box 1919, Beverly Hills, CA, 90213. lul i I Diamonds Modern & Estate Jewelry ,, Fine Watches Estates Appraised and Purchased st. L ngoma8 9454 Wilshire Boulevard, Suit3o 5 Beverly Hills, CA 9ozxx Show Room [V s6o-,m 14o South Beverly Drive Beverly Hills, CA 9ozv, iii ii ii April 13-19, 2000 19