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City of Beverly HillsCandidate for City Council

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Robin Rowe

759 votes (5.44%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Restrict leaf blowers because residents object to the noise and pollution
  • Provide a mobile app for issuing overnight parking permits, because residents find phoning into city hall for data entry too slow and errorprone
  • Block the spread of infectious diseases by providing doctors who make house calls, because busing contagious residents to hospital waiting rooms makes more people sick



Robin Rowe joined the Beverly Hills Technology Committee in 2016, at the invitation of the mayor.

Robin Rowe is the software architect of the motion-capture VR technology that Hollywood uses to produce visual effects for major motion pictures, to animate a hit cartoon series and for AAA games.

Robin Rowe moved to the Los Angeles area in 2004 to work at DreamWorks Animation. By 2016, Robin Rowe was creating software for the nation’s traffic control system, implementing part of Vision Zero, a U.S. Department of Transportation Smart Cities initiative to reduce U.S. traffic fatalities to zero using AI.

Government experience as a Navy research scientist, defense company chief technologist and DARPA PI. Taught computer science at the Naval Postgraduate School and at the University of Washington. Active in the startup community, Robin Rowe founded his first venture at age 16, a car company.

Founder of the Free Laptops Initiative that’s given laptops to Los Angeles homeless and to the deaf to help them be able to find work. Robin Rowe's volunteer work... Chairman of ISO/ANSI 56007. CFO Alliance cyber-risks subcommittee chairman. Public speaker at Los Angeles middle schools in South Central, urging African-American and Latino children to pursue science. Career mentor to students at USC, UCLA and Pepperdine. Organizer of the 2018 USC Innovation Conference.

As a journalist, Robin Rowe has written for Popular Science and Popular Photography. Qualified as a UN volunteer worldwide television news editor. Former NBC technical director of television broadcast news. Helped build the advanced robotic studios at NBC-TV Chicago. Parents were newspaper journalists and activists in the early organic foods movement. Grew up on an organic farm in central Illinois, in the Land of Lincoln.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Why Robin Rowe?

  • No Facebook ads, no paid political ads, no hype, just good solutions
  • No paid political operatives, election team is entirely part-time volunteers
  • The candidate not seeking campaign contributions, not asking anyone for any money
  • The candidate who has pledged to cap his total campaign expenditures at $2,000
  • Able to serve all Beverly Hills residents without owing anyone special treatment

Candidates are generally coached to promise fiscal accountability, safe neighborhoods, educational excellence, better jobs and quality community services. Voters know such assurances mean nothing when candidates can't explain how they will do any of these things. Vote for the candidate who has solutions, not slogans.

Beverly Hills needs a technologist on the city council, someone to bring modern ideas and implement actionable solutions to meet the needs of all Beverly Hills residents. For useful information about the election, including for your convenience, useful links to all of the city council candidates’ websites in one place, see

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