Lili Bosse

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Lili Bosse
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Official portrait of Lili Bosse
73rd Mayor of Beverly Hills
In office
2014–2015
Preceded by John A. Mirisch
Succeeded by Julian Gold
Personal details
Nationality American
Spouse(s) Jon Bosse
Children 2
Parents Jack Toren
Rosalia (Orenstein) Toren
Alma mater University of Southern California
Profession Politician, philanthropist
Religion Reform Judaism

Lili Bosse is an American politician and philanthropist. The daughter of Holocaust survivors, she has supported many Jewish causes in the United States and Israel. She served as the Mayor of Beverly Hills, California in its centennial year, from March 2014 to March 2015. During her tenure, she spearheaded the weekly "Walk With the Mayor" for residents, supported the boycott of the Beverly Hills Hotel owned by the Sultan of Brunei, and promoted trade with China for the luxury industry. She serves on the Beverly Hills City Council.

Early life[edit]

Lili Bosse (née Toren) grew up on South Maple Drive in Beverly Hills, California.[1][2] She is the only child of Holocaust survivors.[2][3][4] Her father, Jack Toren, died in 1993.[5] Her mother, Rosalia (Orenstein) Toren, born in Poland, escaped from the Auschwitz concentration camp and wrote two books about her experiences: Destiny in 1991 and A New Beginning in 1997; she died in February 2015.[5][6][7] Her parents met in Israel shortly after the Second World War and decided to immigrate to the United States.[6]

She was educated at the Beverly Vista School and the Beverly Hills High School.[1][2][8] She went on to graduate from the University of Southern California.[1][2][9]

Political career[edit]

She served on the Beverly Hills Traffic and Parking Commission from 1997 to 2002, and on the Beverly Hills Planning Commission from 2007 to 2011.[1][2][9] She was elected to a four-year term on the five-member Beverly Hills City Council in 2011.[1][9][10] She was appointed by the City Council to serve a one-year term as Vice Mayor in 2013, and then for a succeeding one-year term as Mayor in 2014.[10][11][12]

She was sworn in as Mayor on March 25, 2014, by actor Sidney Poitier in a ceremony at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.[12] Poitier had also sworn her in as Vice Mayor in 2013.[11] One of her first actions as Mayor was to announce a "Healthy City Initiative", which aimed to make Beverly Hills "the healthiest city in the world".[12]

She has initiated a "Walk With the Mayor" program: every Monday at 8:30AM, Beverly Hills residents are invited to meet on Crescent Drive and walk with her for ninety minutes to hear more about the history of local businesses and talk to her directly about issues regarding the city.[12][13][14] Walkers are encouraged to wear an orange T-shirt with the "Healthy City" slogan on it.[15] In August 2014, Bosse celebrated her birthday during the walk, stopping at Beverly Cañon Gardens, alongside 400 walkers.[15] The last walk was on March 23, 2015.[16]

Bosse has also announced her plan to create a dog park in Beverly Hills, on the corner of Foothill Road and Alden Drive.[12][17]

In early May 2014, she welcomed a resolution passed by the Beverly Hills City Council to urge the Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, to sell the Beverly Hills Hotel after he had passed legislation in Brunei to impose Islamic Sharia law there, including the death penalty for adultery and gay sex.[18][19][20] She added that she had made a "personal decision" not to return to the hotel until the situation had been solved.[18][21] The decision was lauded by Rabbi Laura Geller of the Temple Emanuel, where Bosse is a congregant.[22]

From May 25 to June 3, 2014, she visited China as part of a mayoral delegation trip.[23] She met officials in Beijing, Wuhan, Hongan, Guangzhou, and Jieyang to promote trade between China and Beverly Hills, especially its luxury industry.[23]

Philanthropy[edit]

She served as President of the Beverly Hills Education Foundation, from which she received the Spirit of Philanthropy Award.[1][2][9] During her tenure, she organized the first Apple Ball and Walk for Schools.[1][2] Together with her husband, she endowed the Bosse Leadership Academy for public school employees and provided funding to upgrade the facilities of KBEV, the student television station in Beverly Hills.[1][2] They also made the largest donation to the Beverly Hills school system in 2011 in an effort to prevent staff layoffs.[8] Additionally, they have donated to the Maple Counseling Center in Beverly Hills.[24]

Additionally, she has been a member of the Friends of the Beverly Hills Public Library and the Rotary Club of Beverly Hills.[1][2][9] Together with her husband, she is one of the largest donors to the Beverly Hills 9/11 Memorial Garden.[25] She is also a founding member of the Police And Community Together organisation.[2] With her husband, she donated US$100,000 for the construction of the Beverly Hills Dog Park in February 2016.[26]

She formerly served on the Board of Trustees of the Wilshire Boulevard Temple.[1][9] Additionally, she has served on the Leadership Program of the Wexner Foundation, a charitable organization designed to enhance Jewish leadership.[2] She has also served as Chair of the Women's Venture Fund and the Lion of Judah Division of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles.[2][3] Moreover, she has served on the Board of Directors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.[2] She has received the Edgar F. Magnin Community Service Award from the Hillcrest Country Club, a Jewish country club in Los Angeles.[2] Additionally, she has received the Women of Achievement Award from the Sheba Medical Center, a hospital in Ramat Gan, East of Tel Aviv in Israel.[2][3]

Together with her husband Jon, she donated US$100,000 to the Moriah Films division of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in honor of her mother's 90th birthday in 2013—the name "Rose Orenstein Toren" will appear in the film credits of all documentaries subsequently produced by the center.[6] In 2013, the two also served on the Southern California Regional Council of Birthright Israel.[27]

She serves on the Executive Board of Visionary Women, a non-profit organization which promotes women in leadership positions.[28]

Personal life[edit]

She is married to Jon Bosse, the co-President and Chief Investment Officer of NWQ, an affiliate of Nuveen Investments.[2][29] They have two sons, Andrew and Adam.[1][2] They reside in Beverly Hills, California.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k City of Beverly Hills: Mayor Lili Bosse
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r Elect Lili Bosse: Biography
  3. ^ a b c Michael Aushenker, L.A. Women’s Circuit, The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, October 4, 2001
  4. ^ 1939 Club, Holocaust commemorative: in memory of the six million, The Club, 1978, pp. 15; 112 [1]
  5. ^ a b Al Martinez, Her Name Is Rose, The Los Angeles Times, February 4, 1995
  6. ^ a b c Lopez, Matt (April 12, 2013). "Beverly Hills Resident, Holocaust Survivor Rose Toren Turns 90" (pdf). Beverly Hills Courier. pp. 4, 7. Retrieved June 22, 2014. 
  7. ^ Auschwitz Survivor Rose Toren Passed Away Today, The Beverly Hills Courier
  8. ^ a b Howard Blume, Raise $1 million in a week to save school jobs? Not even in Beverly Hills, The Los Angeles Times, May 12, 2011
  9. ^ a b c d e f Meet the Mayors: Lili Bosse of Beverly Hills, LA Tech Digest
  10. ^ a b "About the City Council". City of Beverly Hills. Retrieved June 22, 2014. 
  11. ^ a b Lopez, Matt (March 29, 2013). "Antonovich, Poitier, Pregerson, Yaroslavsky Swear In Beverly Hills City Councilmembers" (pdf). pp. 1, 3. Retrieved June 22, 2014. 
  12. ^ a b c d e New Mayor Lili Bosse Wants Beverly Hills to be the Healthiest City in the World, Beverly Hills Courier, March 26, 2014
  13. ^ "Walk With the Mayor to Visit Newly Remodeled Rite Aid". Beverly Hills Courier. June 21, 2014. Retrieved June 22, 2014. 
  14. ^ Corina Mun, Beverly Hills Mayor Lili Bosse encourages unity, healthy lifestyles with weekly walks, Westside Today, July 25, 2014
  15. ^ a b Victoria Talbot, 'Walking the Walk', The Beverly Hills Courier, Volume XXXXIX, Number 51, pp. 1; 18 [2]
  16. ^ Victoria Talbot, Final Walk with the Mayor Event is a Party for Bosse, The Beverly Hills Courier, March 21, 2015
  17. ^ Jacqueline Maddison, Beverly Hills Dog Park, Beverly Hills Magazine, May 8, 2014
  18. ^ a b Ted Johnson, City Council Passes Resolution Urging Brunei to Sell Beverly Hills Hotel, Variety, May 6, 2014
  19. ^ Michael Cieply, Hotel Boycott Grows Over Brunei Penal Code, The New York Times, May 5, 2014
  20. ^ Reuters, Beverly Hills Confronts Brunei Over Sharia Law, Voice of America, May 07, 2014
  21. ^ Ben Child, Hollywood councillors ask sultan of Brunei to sell hotel over anti-gay stance, The Guardian, May 7, 2014
  22. ^ Laura Geller, A moral path out of the wilderness, The Times of Israel, May 20, 2014
  23. ^ a b Victoria Talbot, Beverly Hills News – Mayor Traveling to China on Trade Mission, Beverly Hills Courier, May 21, 2014
  24. ^ The Maple Counseling Center: Donors
  25. ^ Beverly Hills 9/11 Memorial Garden website: Donors
  26. ^ Talbot, Victoria (March 3, 2016). "Lead Dogs: Lili, Jon Bosse Kickstart Beverly Hills Dog Park Fundraising With $100,000 Gift". The Beverly Hills Courier. Retrieved March 4, 2016. 
  27. ^ Birthright Israel: Annual Report, 2013
  28. ^ Visionary Women: Leadership: Lili Bosse
  29. ^ NWQ: Jon D. Bosse