Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I am running for Beverly Hills City Council in the March 2017 election. Beverly Hills is where my wife, Andrea Spatz, and I chose to make our home. We have lived here for over 17 years and our two children, Matthew and Michele, graduated from Beverly Hills schools. It has been a wonderful place to raise our children. This city has been such an important part of my life. I want to ensure that Beverly Hills retains its unique character for today and for future generations of families.
I feel it is important to be involved in our community. Since 2007, I have served as our city’s Director on the Board of the Metropolitan Water District (MWD), the government body that is the water wholesaler for 19 million people in Southern California. As the representative of Beverly Hills, I work to ensure that our city and region have a reliable and sustainable source of water. I participated in Team Beverly Hills, was elected to the board of our neighborhood association, served as the Gala Chair for the Shalom Institute, judged school science fairs in Beverly Hills and other districts, served as judge for the UCLA business plan competition, have been a longtime supporter of Bet Tzedek, and I am a member of Temple Isaiah.
As a business and economic consultant, as a cofounder of my own company, as a government official, and as a scientist and engineer, I will bring a wide range of experiences and capabilities to our City Council. For more than 22 years, the last 17 years at my own company, I have provided economic and financial consulting for nationally prominent businesses and prestigious law firms concerning the entertainment, healthcare and technology industries among others. Together with my fellow Directors at MWD, I oversee a major government agency, with more than 1,800 employees, an annual budget of $1.7 billion, and multi-billion-dollar construction projects. Earlier in my career, I was a scientist and engineer for more than 10 years. My academic background reflects both sides of my career. I earned an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Previously, I earned a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics and an MA in Physics from Harvard University and a BA in Chemistry from Columbia University, and I am a Registered Professional Chemical Engineer.
As your City Councilmember, I will employ all parts of my background to ensure that our City is financially prudent, environmentally sustainable, and a leader in providing police, fire and other services. Keeping Beverly Hills the extraordinary community that it is will require hard work and dedication to the interests of our residents. We must mitigate the traffic impacts that affect our daily lives, and will intensify with the Santa Monica Boulevard and Metro construction projects. We must advance our efforts to conserve and develop additional sources of water in the face of a likely drier future climate. We must provide for a vibrant local economy, while guaranteeing that any development preserves the character of our city and protects the interests of residents. I will keep Beverly Hills the place we all know and love, a city with a strong sense of community, a beautiful city of appropriate scale and style, a walkable city, and a wonderful home for our residents.
I ask for your support to become your next City Councilmember. I would love to hear from you about your ideas and concerns for our city.
With best regards,