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Thursday June 1, 2017

A conversation with John A. Mirisch, Former Mayor of Beverly Hills

In the age where people’s political involvement has become more widespread than ever due to the internet, being a high-profile civil servant like running a city requires a certain level of guts and confidence. That is clearly the case of John Mirisch, who not only ran any city, but the most glamorous city in whole America- Beverly Hills.

“It definitely isn’t an easy task,” said Mirisch. “We have a city with not only 35,000 residents who live here permanently, but during the day we have a couple of thousands of visitors. We have a full service city that we run.”

To be a councilman of Beverly Hills, one must be elected. Mirisch first ran for the office eight years ago for the first time. “There were eleven people running for three open seats. And the way it works is that there are no run-offs, and the top three voted get in.” Mirisch also told us that he came in third on the list. His rough start, however, seemed to be a nice setup for his smoother career. He was reelected four years ago, and again for the second time last month. Now, he’s serving his third term as a Beverly Hills councilman.

“When you walk around the city, it has the feeling of a small town, but it combines cosmopolitanism and glamor of a big city. A lot of qualities make it special,” said the former mayor. Mirisch was born and raised in Beverly Hills, and he clearly had a strong sense of affection towards his hometown. “That is the main reason why I ran in the first place. Beverly Hills is a very special and unique place, and I think we need to do whatever we can to make sure it stays that way.”

When asked about his main goal as a politician, Mirisch said that he wanted to change people’s often-negative perception on civil servants. “In America, there’s a saying that says you can’t fight city hall. I don’t think that way, and I don’t like the expression. We shouldn’t think about fighting city halls, they exist to serve us, the residents,” said Mirisch. “That’s why whenever I make a decision I put the people’s benefit over everything.”

Outside of city planning and attending to council meetings, Mirish said that his favorite thing to do was to go to spend time with his son. “He’s in fourth grade right now, and I love spending time with him. He is my priority, and he’s the most important person in my life right now.”

Mirisch ended his interview with a shout out to the Filipino community, whom were active in both his campaign and the Beverly Hills community. “I welcome visitors from the Philippines to Beverly Hills, we’d love to see you here.”

“My goal is to preserve Beverly Hills as the unique place as it is, to use technology for the well being of our residents, and to make sure that this isn’t only a well-run community, but a close community.” Behind such huge title like the Mayor of Beverly Hills, John Mirisch seemed like a genuine native of his hometown, driven by his genuine love for the city.

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