‘Police and Community Together.’ At the Coffee Shop!

BHPD logoPerhaps nowhere is it better to be a cop than here in Beverly Hills. With compensation packages for officers reaching $200k annually (plus a generous pension), easy shifts and a comfortable retirement, can it get any better than rolling the beat then finding yourself in a cozy booth at a local South Beverly Drive restaurant for a break? ‘Police and Community Together.’ That’s their motto!

This is all good. Our officers’ enthusiasm for java means that there’s often an officer nearby when you need one. Nearby as in within arm’s reach. As we found this morning (December 14, 2015) on South Beverly Drive. Heck, it seemed like we could hardly avoid an officer!

Police enjoying Urth coffee

By 7:30 am a pair of traffic cops had already found their table at Urth Cafe.

Police enjoying a coffee at Brooklyn Bagels

And just across the street at Brooklyn bagels, another clutch of three officers were enjoying the coffee there too.

And then just a few minutes later, we saw yet another Beverly Hills finest stop in at Peets for a coffee to go. By 8:30 those first Urth regulars were departing; but they paused for a moment to chat with two incoming officers also looking for quality coffee and delicious baked goods. And they too found it at Urth! Nice work if you can get it.

Sunday December 13, 2015 4pm

Police enjoying an afternoon break at Urth Cafe

Urth cafe is not just for breakfast. As the clouds rolled in, Beverly Hills’s finest stopped in for a bite to eat between afternoon radio calls, presumably.

Friday December 11, 2015 8:30am

Police enjoying a coffee at Peets

Who can argue with the appeal of Peets? More precisely, who can argue with a couple of bike cops who take a fancy to the place? Yes, not infrequently do we come across a table (even two) of Beverly Hills’s finest taking a break from the hard streets at Peets (even the detectives). Need to report a crime? Don’t dial 911! Just drop into Peets!

What could feel more secure than having a few BHPD officers sitting right at the next table? Imagine it: a one second police response time! At least that’s the situation often on South Beverly Drive where the finest of Beverly Hills make a frequent appearance. We’ll be checking in on these thirsty officers from time to time to let you know which establishments they’re favoring at the moment. That’s a review more reliable than Yelp! Have you seen a BHPD coffee break in your Beverly Hills neighborhood? Got an image to share? Let us know!

Qataris Behaving Badly? Let’s Focus on the Homegrown ‘Sheikhs’

Qatari scofflaw and his Ferrari

The infamous Qatari scofflaw and his Ferrari as ‘captured’ by Adam Bornstein.

What’s more ridiculous than wasting ink on the now-departed Qatari sheikh who hot-rodded around Beverly Hills this August? The fact that no ink is spilled about everyday reckless driving tolerated by city policymakers and police officials. Forget Mideast sheikhs behaving badly in their Ferraris and such; we’re got a homegrown haute bourgeoisie who feel entitled to spin around at high speeds on quiet residential streets in off-the-shelf sports cars. And they garner nary a glance from the cops. For come sunset, there is no traffic enforcement in Beverly Hills. Continue reading

How NOT to Make a Street Safety Video

dangerstoppers video titleWe watched the new City of Beverly Hills video ‘Watch Your Walk,’ part of the Dangerstoppers series co-produced by the Beverly Hills Police Department and the city’s Health and Safety Commission, because we were curious what kind of safety advice City Hall dispenses. And true to this trouble-titled video, pedestrians are admonished to take extra care because drivers are off-the-hook for their bad road behavior. Continue reading

BH Traffic Report for 2013: Little Progress on Road Safety

Traffic report thumbnailWhen we learned that Office of Traffic Safety ranked Beverly Hills worst among small cities for bike and pedestrian safety, we wanted to deep-dive the data* to understand how our city could do more to make streets safe. After digging into collision and enforcement data we come to the conclusion that city officials aren’t even trying to improve our low standing. The 36 bike-involved collision injuries reported to police last year even exceeds our 5-year annual average.  Shouldn’t we be making progress in reducing the harm? Continue reading

Red-Light Running is Epidemic in Beverly Hills


Beverly Hills fun fact: red-light cameras have issued 5,841 tickets for a signal violation in only the first four months of this year. While drivers here love to run the red light, our traffic division doesn’t like citing them. In that same period only 108 signed citations were issued (merely 1.8% of the automated total). Can’t miss these law-breakers: at Wilshire & Canon alone about 2-3 drivers run the light at every light change. Why not cite them?