by Bianca Hayward 12 May 2022
Beverly Hills residents, neighbors, commissioners and students came out to share their ideas for a town hall-style televised meeting as part of Mayor Lily Boss’ “Live with Lily” initiative. Squatting in a purple chair at the front of the Municipal Gallery on the second floor of City Hall, Bosse heard and responded to dozens of audience members who joined in either in person or virtually. The first batch of the monthly forum aired, with 50 people in attendance and ideas ranging from installing more chargers for electric vehicles to providing exercise equipment in parks. Bosse listened to complaints from many residents about speeding on Olympic Avenue and smoking on residential streets, and answered questions regarding the future of OpenBH, the long-term use of the Gale Yard site, and the purpose of Sharrow signs on city streets. An advocate of transparent and inclusive governance, Boss took the opportunity to engage in a problem-solving dialogue (without a three-minute limit) directly with the community in an intimate, informal setting.
“Last night on ‘Live with Lily’ felt so lively and inspiring,” Boss told the courier. “It was so exciting to be surrounded by so many new and familiar faces in a very intimate and warm environment. I really wanted everyone to feel that we were having an open, intimate conversation in the City Hall living room. I loved how people felt open and free to share their great suggestions and ideas. I will provide updates in each “Live with Lili” as to how we were able to implement suggestions and share schedules and updates to others. Today, one resident proudly shared on her social media that her proposal to put up sidewalk signs forbidding smoking on her street had already been installed within hours of sharing her idea. I really love being able to connect with our residents and make their ideas shape our city.”
After proposing to expand smoking signs to residential streets, particularly on Reeves Drive, Beverly Hills Resident and Cultural Heritage Commissioner Kimberly Reese posted photos to Facebook only the next day. “Last night I asked and today it’s done,” Reese wrote in a post on May 10. “This is how we do it in Bahrain! Thanks Live With Lily!!”
During the forum, Beverly Hills resident TJ Wilk agreed with Reese. “I live in Reeves and she’s right,” Wilk added. “There is a problem with smoking, and it would be amazing if there was a way that we could somehow eliminate that.”
“I think they’re kind of ugly and there’s a lot of them,” said 17-year-old Beverly Hills High School student Matin Yeshuva of the common lane signs on the streets. “There’s like eight off Santa Monica. There’s like five, six in such a small distance, I don’t think we need that many. Can you give me a reason to put us in so much?”
The Sharrows fish are part of the city’s Complete Streets program, Boss explained. Legally, bikes and cars can share the road, and the city has installed Charrows to provide additional safety for passengers and drivers. “Some of the issues though … that I know the city is working on, are education relative to your exact point of view,” Boss said. “Why did they appear? What does that mean?”
As a new resident of the Southeast, Noelle Freeman, vice chair of the Human Relations Committee, asked Boss her vision for this part of town, including the Gale Yard site, which the city will retain from a metro in 2024.
“I’m open to how this community feels,” Boss replied. “I know one of the things we talked about that I think definitely deserves to take a very serious look at is a sub-police station.”
To watch the first live broadcast with Lili, visit
The next event will be held on June 23 at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Gallery at City Hall.