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Beverly Hills installs new mayor and vice mayor

Nancy Krasne was sworn in today as the 84th mayor of Beverly Hills. Jimmy Delshad, who in 2007 became the city's first Iranian mayor, was named vice mayor. The other members of the City Council will be former Mayor Barry Brucker, William Warren "Willie" Brien and John Mirisch.

The five council members are elected to four-year terms, and the position of mayor rotates among them annually. Krasne, a former teacher, was elected to the council in May 2007. She previously served as chairwoman of the city's Architectural Commission and Planning Commission.

Krasne and Delshad were at odds last year on the Beverly Hilton expansion, a major development project narrowly approved by voters in December. Krasne said the development was too large and dense for the site; Delshad was a strong supporter of Hilton owner Beny Alagem. Mirisch, whose blog raised strong objections to the project, was elected this month.

-- Martha Groves

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