The Honorable Lili Bosse was elected to the Beverly Hills City Council in 2011. She is currently serving as mayor. Prior to her election to the council, she served on the Planning Commission, including a term as chairperson, and on the Traffic and Parking Commission.
Ms. Bosse’s community activities include serving as president of the Beverly Hills Education Foundation. She is also a former trustee of the Wilshire Boulevard Temple and has been deeply involved with Friends of the Beverly Hills Public Library and the Rotary Club of Beverly Hills, among other organizations.
Ms. Bosse grew up in Beverly Hills and attended the local public schools and USC.
Can you shine a light on some of the more notable tech businesses that have set up shop in Beverly Hills , and how they play into LA’s overall tech / entertainment ecosystem?
Beverly Hills has a distinctive Entertainment Business district east of the Business Triangle. The more notable companies in that area include AOL, Playboy, United Talent Agency, Gibson Guitars, Lakeshore Entertainment, Live Nation, Google/YouTube and Participant Media. They create a critical mass of entertainment-oriented businesses that complement the many firms in other parts of the City such as MGM, William Morris/Endeavor, the Gersh Agency, and dozens of other smaller film, television and video companies. Many of the restaurants and other businesses throughout the city have come to Beverly Hills in part to serve this sector of the work force.
What is Beverly Hills doing to attract & retain new businesses in the tech space?
We offer a beautiful, clean and safe environment for business owners and workers in a walkable commercial district. Many office buildings are new or have been upgraded with amenities for a contemporary workforce. The City is one of the largest commercial landowners in the area and our buildings are now nearly fully leased to a wide range of businesses.
What technological advances has the city adopted to make life easier for its residents?
We have integrated the following advancements in the past few years, to increase safety, convenience and access to local government
– Ask Bev (service requests, questions and comments)
– Two Mobile Apps
– eGov – Services including online payments, public portal to digitized records
– Provision of high speed internet with greater bandwidth and email to School District
– On demand City Council meetings and agenda packets & Commission meetings
– CCTV systems throughout the city for public safety
Tell us about a few of the things that make Beverly Hills a great place to live & work.
In addition to the glamour of Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills has a small town feel because it is walkable and friendly. There are many, many families with multi-generations living in Beverly Hills. There are lots of local restaurants, shops and service businesses of all kinds. The public schools are excellent.
And Beverly Hills is very safe. Our fire and police departments provide fast and professional response to any type of emergency and our high tech cameras and other equipment are an effective crime deterrent.
What do you see in store for the future of Beverly Hills, 2015 and beyond?
We will continue to develop and adopt technology to facilitate faster and more efficient customer service, including a public portal to City accounts. We will add audio and visual equipment in the Municipal Gallery to capture meetings and community events taking place there. We will build self-serve customer service kiosks in City Hall, and in downtown areas.