Commission Accomplishments

Accomplishments 2017

Daniel Nazarian and Myra Demeter have served as the Chair and Vice Chair from January 2017 to December 2017.


The areas of interest for 2017 included:

  • Educate and Encourage Neighborhood Watch Awareness
  • Cybersecurity information and community education
  • Strengthening and Expanding Current City Smoking Regulations
  • Smoking regulations for multi-unit residences


During this time the Health and Safety Commission accomplished the following:

Continued the Health and Safety Recognition Program, honoring individuals, businesses, and groups who have demonstrated leadership in the field of health and safety issues or made a contribution to the mission of the Health and Safety Commission.



Hatzolah of Los Angeles for providing life-saving work to those affected by a disaster or emergency.


Gary S. Greene, Esq. honoring his work as the founder of Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic providing benefits of musical expression for relaxation and revitalization.


Tower Cancer Research Foundation to honor their work in cancer research and cancer patient support classes.


Leon Haytayan of Leon’s Beverly Hills for his annual donations to the Vahagn Setian Memorial 5K Run/Walk.


Valerie Lehrer for educating families on how structured therapy, activities, and trained caregivers can help Alzheimer’s patients create new lives and memories.


USC Hillel in recognition of their program to engage and support all Jewish students at USC providing services including mental health and various social activities.


Dr. Louis Ignarro for his discovery that nitrous oxide is an important signaling compound that helps the body regulate key functions that could cause strokes. Dr. Ignarro was awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine in 1998 for this contribution.


Music Mends Minds in recognition of their program whose mission is to improve the lives of patients with dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, traumatic brain injury and stroke through the healing power of music.


The Crossing Guard Company for the diligence and dedication of their crossing guards to providing safe crosswalks for our students.


The Health and Safety Commission crafted a policy that prohibits smoking in multi-unit residences which was adopted by the City Council.


Heard a presentation and held discussions about community outreach strategy and efforts for strengthening and expanding smoking regulations.


Heard information and held discussions about opportunities for developing a City-sponsored smoking cessation program.   

Added monthly presentations and announced each month the monthly observances for Health and Safety related subjects.


Heard an update by Human Services Administrator Jim Latta and BH Ambassador Program Operations Manager Kris Zagyva on the team’s program.


Heard status updates from BHUSD regarding student body immunizations and vaccinations, student safety and security during construction at the El Rodeo school, and received monthly updates from Noah Margo, BHUSD Board Member and Health and Safety Commission Liaison and/or Mr. Chris Hertz, BHUSD Director of Student Services/Special Projects.


Heard Police Department updates on a various number of issues including but not limited to the Neighborhood Watch Program, traffic issues, crime prevention topics, distracted driving, residential burglaries, and National Night Out.


Received introduction to new Public Works Director Shana Epstein.


Discussed outreach options and opportunities for this year’s safe City messages on: Neighborhood Watch, signing up for the City’s message notification system, and distracted driving and texting.


Received information on proposed City water rate increases.


Supported participation in the Great ShakeOut drill event held on October 19, 2017 joining with the State of California, the County and City of Los Angeles and many other stakeholders.


Heard informational presentation and held a discussion on an overview on the City’s current and proposed ordinance prohibiting marijuana businesses.


Heard a presentation on the City’s successful water conservation results in 2016 and the programs and services Public Works continues to offer to residents and businesses.


Received presentation and held discussion regarding cell phone use while crossing the street, distracted texting and walking.


Heard a presentation on the Santa Monica Boulevard reconstruction project, including the detour schedule and how it will affect traffic, residents and businesses.


Discussed Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) for businesses offered by the City.


Heard presentations including updates on lane closures affecting businesses and residents related to the Metro Purple Line Extension project.


Heard an informational presentation from Public Works of the 2017 Annual Water Quality Report.


Received information on the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH) on the outbreak of Hepatitis A (HAV) in Los Angeles County.


Participated in the National Night Out providing information to the community on Health and Safety related issues.


Viewed Dangerstoppers episodes “Protect Your Identity”, “Fight the Bite” and “Fight the Flu”


Welcomed the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce to the Disaster Ready Program and Certification Program for Businesses Program.


Received information on how to prepare for an evacuation in a wildfire and recommendations to donate to affected communities.    


Heard information from the Fire Department related to fire safety in the City, especially in the Urban Wildland Interface.


Received information on disaster preparedness for September National Preparedness Month.


Heard informational presentation by Code Enforcement educating the public on a variety of municipal codes pertaining to health and safety issues in front yards.


Heard presentation on disaster preparedness and tips for surviving a nuclear attack and explosion.


Reviewed 2017 Conflict of Interest Code.

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