Robin Rowe on Turning Around a City

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My point is that something can be done when someone with vision takes an active lead. Beverly Hills can make things better, rapidly.

During the Q&A at the recent Beverly Hills Chamber candidate forum, I heard business owners saying the city has never contacted them except to collect taxes.

One owner said his property on Robertson has been vacant for eight years, unable to be rented at any price due to Beverly Hills zoning restrictions and the area’s general lack of parking.

Many properties in Beverly Hills have been vacant for a decade, the length of time the incumbents have been in office. It’s appalling that the city council seems paralyzed, unable to help. Action should have been taken years ago.

I hear incumbents and journalists say it is up to the owners to fix their problems, or that owners should call the city if they need help. It’s unreasonable to expect landlords and business owners to call city hall now asking for help. They are convinced city hall doesn’t care about them.

Listening. Our city council tells everyone what great listeners they are. That’s true if we value having someone who passively listens to complaints.

Active listening is more useful. As an innovator, it’s part of my job to listen intently. Once I understand what a problem is, I’m expected to come up with a practical solution. And, to implement it rapidly.

Understanding someone else’s problem is my first step, not the last step. As a city council member I will reach out, show that Beverly Hills is ready to do more than listen. Show that we care about our business owners as people.

I’m Robin Rowe, a candidate running for Beverly City Council. I don’t accept contributions from developers or from anyone. I don’t do paid political advertising. I don’t plaster everybody’s yards with “free” yard signs paid for by special interests. I’m #1 on the ballot in the March 3rd, 2020, election. See you there.