Nancy Krasne for Beverly Hills City Council - Vote March 7, 2017
Nancy Krasne is a 45-year Beverly Hills resident, who was raised in Los Angeles, graduating from University High School and UCLA. She went on to teach elementary school for eighteen years in the L.A. Unified School District.
Nancy is a dynamic community leader who was elected to the Beverly Hills City Council in 2007 and 2013. She is currently serving as vice mayor. She served as mayor in 2010.
Nancy has devoted much of her public life to community service. She served as chair and vice chair on the Architectural Commission for seven years prior to being elected to Beverly Hills City Council. In 2003, she was appointed to the Beverly Hills Planning Commission.
In addition, she has served as a board member of the Friends of Greystone, the National Council of Jewish Women, and as Vice President and Treasurer of Friends of Greystone.
Nancy and her husband Jim, a lifelong Beverly Hills resident, have been married for 51 years. They have two sons, Kevin & David. When not serving her community, Nancy enjoys cooking, collecting Japanese art, traveling and spending time with her family.
Why I am Running for Beverly Hills City Council
As the Vice Mayor, I have worked hard to be a voice for the residents. I enacted the toughest Ethics law in our City's history, banning lobbying by former City officials for three years. I recruited a new City Manager and Police Chief and tried to change the way business is done at City Hall. I am always available to the residents at all hours.
We are not ready for the future. I am asking the residents of Beverly Hills to give me another term to finish the important initiatives they have empowered me to start, from infrastructure upgrades to under-grounding utility poles and keeping our 2 hours of free parking I have no other ambitions except enhancing the quality of life in our city.
But my work is not finished. I have a vision for our City that continues with high ethics in public office, honesty with public promises and includes full financial transparency and availability of public officials, upgrading our infrastructure and under grounding utilities, maintaining world class public safety, strengthening our schools, and cutting traffic congestion.
I ask for your vote on March 7th or before, to be your voice at City Hall over the next four years. Together, we can keep our city safe, prosperous and united. Thank you.
Nancy Krasne's Accomplishments
I'd like to take this opportunity to mention some accomplishments from the last several years that I am very proud of, and some of my priorities for the next year.
- I have always voted to uphold the General Plan and it passed after years of debate, I was the Mayor. When the city Manager tried to change the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts parking structure and charge us more money, I demanded we have 3 levels although he wanted 2, and it came in under budget due to the Wallis’s supervision.
- I am very proud of this tradition I started—which began in 2009 when I was installed as mayor. That was a deliberate decision to not waste a single taxpayer dollar on a tent or rentals and use the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Theater.
- I am grateful to the Board of Governors of the Academy for their graciousness and hospitality in hosting us here, which feels natural given that the histories of Beverly Hills and the Academy go hand in hand.
- Our council enacted the strictest Ethics ordinance in the State, but it is not enough. It is time to make it stronger and longer with penalties for those who try to slip around our laws.
- I have always been a big supporter of the smart use of new technology. We have made great strides in recent years, investing in equipment and tools that are making our city safer and more efficient—and giving “street smarts” a new meaning.
- We worked with the Police to install Smart Security Cameras and Smart License Plate Readers to discourage criminals. Our Smart Parking Meters are now solar powered—and we have started testing Smart Traffic Lights.
- When recreational drones started to “take off” a couple of years ago, I was concerned about their potential to invade our privacy and have unintended consequences for our safety. I raised these concerns to my colleagues and I'm pleased to say they supported regulating the use of drones in our city limits, thus protecting our residents' privacy and security.
- We passed the toughest new ethics law in the state to stop the revolving door of politicians that become lobbyists.
- During our state's historic drought, we have asked everyone to save water. I'm proud of the many residents’ and businesses’ efforts, from taking shorter showers, limiting outdoor watering, changing the outdoor planting to drought resistant plants and to upgrading our irrigation systems.
- Yes, we need to do more. The drought is here to stay and we still have not met our goals. But our City is finding innovative ways to help residents conserve, as well as plan ahead to ensure we are prepared for future droughts.
- I am also thrilled to announce we are finally tapping into our abundant shallow GROUNDWATER, a resource that was untouched in our City before now. After my years of nagging, we have drilled 2 new shallow water wells and we are sending the water for analysis it to the state for approval. We are sitting on 2 billion gallons of clean water that can be sent to our water treatment plant soon.
- We are also storing groundwater from a spring in Coldwater Canyon in two tanks that are being used for outdoor purposes such as street sweeping and power washing.
- In addition, we are in the process of acquiring land to support our central city water rights for future generations.
- We expect all of these projects to increase our City's water supply and water reliability for the next century.
- One of my proudest accomplishments during my first term on the City Council is that we brought back 2-hours of free parking in most of the City lots. This, too, is great for our residents, visitors and merchants, and a service that I promise to preserve, protect and enhance.
- While I am proud of these accomplishments and many others, you probably want to know what I’m thinking about for the future.
- To keep our residents and businesses connected, we are in the design phase of installing Fiber-Optic cable everywhere in the City – creating a high-speed fiber-to-the-premise broadband network in Beverly Hills. I will work with my fellow councilmembers to fund and complete this project in a timely manner. TV is changing, the paradigm has shifted, the past form of television is gone and streaming is the future. We will be able to supply 1GB p/s to every home in the city.
- I have not given up on getting rid of our telephone/utility poles. I would like to see us bury ALL electrical wires underground. I support this primarily because of safety and reliability, but also because it will improve immeasurably the beauty, safety and quality of life in Beverly Hills. I will work as hard for this as I did for the 2 hour free parking. I am hoping to do a pilot program in one part of the city very soon. These poles are a problem. During every storm, somewhere they snap and fall like dominoes. It’s time!
- This will be expensive, and it’s not up to the Council alone, we need your help to pressure Southern California Edison. But it’s the kind of investment that future generations will thank us for. Trust me.
To all residents of Beverly Hills, I am inspired by your consistent passion for our one-of-a-kind, world-class community. Most of all, I'm looking forward to maintaining an open dialogue with the residents—to ensure our vision for the future is a shared one.
Thank you for granting me this incredible opportunity and with your support and vote on March 7, 2017, I will continue to serve for you and with you, Bless you.