1.  Why are you running for City Council at this time?

 Beverly Hills and our region face many challenges – growth, congestion, transportation, infrastructure, sustainable water supply, and others.  Beverly Hills is a beautiful, walkable city with a sense of community and high quality of life.  I want to be part of the solutions for Beverly Hills for now and for future generations.  I want to ensure the City is environmentally sustainable, financially prudent, and a leader in providing police fire, and other vital services.  I believe it will take a reasoned balanced approach to achieve that into the future.  That is why I am running for City Council.

 More personally I decided to run for City Council to continue my contributions to public service. I have served as the Beverly Hills Director on the Board of Metropolitan Water District, the government agency that is the water wholesaler for most of Southern California, for almost 10 years. It has been a wonderful, rewarding experience. I receive enormous personal satisfaction from my role as a public servant, addressing the many issues facing Southern California and intensifying my connection to the community.  For me, the next step is City Council.

 2.  What are your priorities to address the issues facing the City?

Beverly Hills must strike the right balance for now and into the future – maintaining a vibrant economy that provides the support we need for our city services, while ensuring that our commercial sector is always in the interests of our residents and is consistent with the character and sense of community of our city.  Beverly Hills must ensure that the city is governed in an open, accountable, inclusive manner.

My priorities and specific means of addressing my priorities include:


  • Residential quality of life – Evaluate development based on what benefits residents.  Our City is attractive for residents and for businesses because of its distinctive character.  We need to preserve what has made Beverly Hills distinctive.  We should invest in our City to ensure that the character of our city is maintained and enhanced into the future. 

  • Financial responsibility – Manage taxpayer dollars prudently.  Accelerate payment of unfunded pension and OPEB liabilities.  Our City will save significant money by paying off these liabilities now, rather than transferring them to future generations to pay.  We should dedicate a portion of one-time funds to accelerate payment of unfunded liabilities.

  • Accountable government – Govern openly and inclusively.  Implement an independent internal auditor, reporting directly to City Council, to ensure our City has proper checks and balances in place and to provide an independent public voice.

  • Support Police, Fire and Paramedics – Ensure resources are available to serve the aging population.  Increase neighborhood policing.  Enforce traffic restrictions.

  • Enhance infrastructure and walkability – Increase water conservation and develop additional sustainable water resources.  The City should dedicate a portion of one-time funds to provide funds for the Water Enterprise Plan, reducing the need for future water rate hikes.  Promote Beverly Hills as a walkable and bicycle friendly city.    Mitigate traffic impacts by ensuring that all conditions and timing of the Santa Monica Boulevard reconstruction and subway construction are enforced.


3.  What background and experience do you bring to the City Council?

My background as an economist/business consultant, business owner, government official, and scientist/engineer each contribute to the capabilities and judgment I would bring to City Council.  I separately discussed my priorities for City Council.  However in addition to those priorities, there will inevitably be issues that will emerge that no one knows about now.  I think the City’s stakeholders are best served by someone who will take a reasoned, principled, independent approach to making those decisions.  I think I am that person. 

In part it comes from my background. I was a scientist. I earned a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from Harvard University and later became a registered chemical engineer. I do not know if being a scientist makes you a reasoned thinker or you become a scientist because you are a reasoned thinker, but that is who I am. After working as a scientist, I earned my M.B.A. from UCLA with emphasis in finance. For the last 25 years I have been an economic and business consultant, across many of the industries vital for our area, including entertainment, technology, real estate, health care and fashion. I know budgets and I know financing.

I also know governance from my almost 10 years on the Board of Metropolitan Water District.  Metropolitan is a larger entity than the city – a budget of $1.7 billion, 1,800 employees, and multi‐billion dollar construction projects. I have been Chair of the Audit Committee, Chair of the Personnel and Technology Committee, Chair of the Legal Committee, and Vice Chair of the Finance Committee. I have learned to work with my fellow board members by persuasion and cooperation. I always remember that it is other people’s money that I am spending when I act on behalf of the public. I seek to understand what principle is at the core of the decisions I am making on behalf of the public and whether I will be comfortable applying that principle in similar situations in the future.

Campaign Kick-Off
Sunday, January 8, 2017
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
246 S. Peck Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Hosted by:
Pam and Steve Hendry
Alissa and Dr. Warren Roston
Dr. Lisa and Jeff Wolfe

Election Night Gathering
Tuesday, March 7

8:30 PM 
442 S. Camden Drive
Hosts
Bob and Andrea  

Tuesday, February 28
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

RSVP for Details
Hosts
Lisa and Josh Greer

  • Director of Metropolitan Water District representing

Hosted by:
Lorraine Eastman
Susan Mishler
Lisa Wolfe


Sunday, March 5
10 AM - 12 Noon
Panera Bread
239 S. Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Host
Jeff Black
Mark Elliot

Hosted by:
Gina Raphael

holding wonderful events!

Thanks to our past hosts for

Community Involvement


          Beverly Hills, Oversee $1.7 billion budget – 10 years
          Chair of Audit Committee
          Chair of Personnel & Technology Committee
          Chair of Legal Committee

  • Team Beverly Hills
  • Board of Neighborhood Association
  • Shalom Institute Gala Chair
  • Bet Tzedek Dinner Committee

Thursday, March 2
7 PM - 9 PM
World Famous Witch's House
516 Walden Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Host
Michael J. Libow

Sunday, January 29, 2017
1:00 pm - 4:00PM
341 S. Linden Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Hosted by:
Lori and Dr. Michael Levi
Ursula Levi
Michelle and Scott Redston



Thursday, February 2
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
463 Spalding Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Wednesday, February 8
Mickey Fine Pharmacy
9:30 am - 10:30 am
433 N. Roxbury Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
7:00 pm
435 S. Camden Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Hosted by:
Oreet and Steve Smith
Cindy Trangsrud and Steve Munzer


Hosted by:
Susan and Scott Edelman
Debby and James Fogelman

Sunday, February 12
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
607 N. Sierra Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Paid for by Robert Wunderlich for City Council 2017 ID# 1390583

Monday, February 6
9:30 am
Panera Bread
239 S. Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90212


 I will bring all these parts of my background to my service on City Council.

Occupation

  • Economist/Business Consultant for prominent businesses – 25 years
  • Trustee on behalf of community, businesses, and EPA – 15 years
  • Scientist/Engineer – 10 years

Education

  • M.B.A., Finance Emphasis, UCLA
  • Ph.D., Chemical Physics, Harvard University
  • M.A., Physics, Harvard University
  • B.A., Chemistry, Columbia University
  • Professional Chemical Engineer 

Hosted by:
Sandy and Barry Pressman
Judy and Jerry Felsenthal

Hosted by:
Marcy Kelly and James Brubaker

Monday, February 13
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
806 N. Camden Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Events