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Jimmy Delshad to serve as Beverly Hills mayor for second time

March 16, 2010 |  5:42 pm

On Tuesday evening, Jimmy Delshad will officially become mayor of Beverly Hills. This will be his second turn as mayor, a job he held for a year beginning in March 2007. Delshad, 69, has served on the Beverly Hills City Council since 2003. The position of mayor rotates on the five-member council.

At an afternoon news conference, Delshad said he planned to focus on public safety and initiatives to make the city greener and more efficient, such as installing "smart" traffic lights and sprinklers.

Delshad, who was born in Shiraz, Iran, immigrated to the United States in 1959 as a teenager. After earning a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California, he started a career in computer technology. He went into business for himself in 1978 in the budding field of computer storage technology. From 1999 to 2001, Delshad served as president of Los Angeles' Sinai Temple.

He and his wife, Lonnie Gerstein Delshad, have two children: Debra, a graduate of USC and Loyola Law School, and Daniel, a computer businessman who also graduated from USC.

-- Martha Groves