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February 22, 2019
City Council Approves Metro MOA For Wilshire/Rodeo Station
Nate ‘n Al deli is inching closer to a move to Canon Drive. 4
Seven local area hotels earned Forbes Five-Star ratings. 5
The City Council honored Crustacean as a legacy business Tuesday. 5 •Health & Wellness •Birthdays •Letters to the Editor
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George Christy, Page 6 The On The Rocks Band Performing Throughout Lynn von Kersting’s Album, Loverboy, Consists Of The Ivy’s Musically Talented, Hard Working Employees ... A Laudable Revelation. Bravo To All.
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Special La Cienega Park Town Hall Set For Wednesday By Victoria Talbot The Beverly Hills Recreation and Parks Commission will hold a special Town Hall Meeting at La Cienega Park Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. The City has engaged in a public process this past year with an independent consultant, the Consensus and Collaboration Program (CCP), led by Associate Director at the Sacramento State, David Ceppos, to determine what the public would like the future of the park to be. The outreach efforts included stakeholder meetings, presentations at all the City’s commissions, service clubs, sports groups and
park users; two town hall meetings and surveys by mail, through postcards and online. Ceppos also interviewed several stakeholders one-on-one for feedback. Architects Johnson & Favaro were selected last year. The team has been present at town hall meetings and other outreach events and performed their own outreach process with City staff, to user groups. The architectural team was also present when the results of the CCP public engagement process were offered to the City Council Nov. 20, 2018. (see ‘LA CIENEGA PARK’ page 12)
BHUSD Problems Exceed Communications Superintendent Michael Bregy makes recommendation for third communications leader in less than two years. By Laura Coleman In what will be Superintendent Michael Bregy’s third communications hire in his two years with Beverly Hills Unified School District, on Tuesday, the board unanimously approved a six-figure contract for Rebecca Starkins, 26, to fill its newly created “Communications Coordinator” position. Starkins, who lacks workplace experience in the world of education, has never before held a communications position, according to her resume. “I am a branding expert with great instincts, who thinks laterally when planning strategic direction,” she states on her website (www.rebeccastarkins.com.) “In Melbourne, Australia I ran a successful small business, Little Makes Big, selling monogrammed tote bags, pouches and bow boxes.” Bregy confirmed that the specific position was not advertised in
an attempt to attract a competitive candidate pool. The promise of a contract for Starkins with a salary of $8,970.33 a month was buried within Tuesday’s agenda, tucked away inside a Classified Personnel Report that was part of a subgrouping of one of 19 items on the Consent Calendar. Like the other positions treated similarly, Starkin’s hire came with an asterisk that referenced the caveat: ”Preliminary board approval contingent upon the satisfactory completion of hiring paperwork.” The other six positions that received an asterisk were two for part time playground aides (with an hourly salary of $14.81) and four for substitute classroom assistants, as needed, at the hourly rate of $16.91. Multiple sources have told the Courier that the process to hire (see ‘BHUSD COMMUNICATIONS’ page 14)
at the stations within the City. The agreement returned to City Council Tuesday, incorporating those provisions. Meetings over the past several months with City Council members and Metro representatives, including Metro’s new CEO Phillip Washington, resulted in the MOA approval on Tuesday. According to Metro Project Manager Robert Welch, the City Council and Metro’s Board of Directors will bargain ‘in good faith’ for the next six months regarding the terms of the environmental review, design and construction for the restrooms and the north portal. Welch stated that (see ‘WILSHIRE/RODEO’ page 19)
School Board Disbands Misguided Beverly Vista Naming Committee By Laura Coleman In the wake of Beverly Hills Unified School District’s plan to reconfigure the school district to include a dedicated middle school at Beverly Vista, Superintendent Michael Bregy appears to have misstepped by sanctioning the creation of a committee that was tasked with re-naming the 95-year-old Beverly Hills school. “Obviously Beverly Vista is going to be Beverly Vista,” Board VP Isabel Hacker stated just before the board unanimously agreed to disband the committee. The Brand Identity Transition Advisory Committee, which was one of 13 committees created thus far to help facilitate the reconfiguration process, had been slated to make a recommendation on
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Pictured: A rendering of the potential new La Cienega Park.
By Victoria Talbot The Beverly Hills City Council unanimously approved a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the City of Beverly Hills and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority for the Wilshire/Rodeo Station and activities in support of the Metro Purple Line Section 2 Extension Tuesday. At the Aug. 21, 2018 meeting, the city council had conditionally approved the MOA with directions to staff to incorporate a portal on the north side of Wilshire Blvd., public restrooms, noise standards, and law enforcement standards
“name, color and mascot” for the new middle school at Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting, according to BHUSD’s website. While failing to deliver on that promise, committee facilitator Kevin Allen, the current El Rodeo principal who is poised to become the new middle school principal, told the board that the committee had ultimately been split on whether to rename the school Beverly Vista Middle School or Beverly Hills Middle School. “The beauty of all the schools here, with the exception of the high school, is that they’re all just called schools; it doesn’t define elementary or middle, so we really don’t need to change anything,” explained (see ‘BEVERLY VISTA’ page 14)
MUSIC, THE ALMIGHTY — “Never underestimate the uplifting power of music,” says Lynn von Kersting (at left). Her latest album Loverboy was released on St. Valentines Day. The arranger and vocalist of the 18 selections that highlight the music of Steely Dan, Lynn’s style is a tad torchy not unlike the stylings of Dianne Warwick and Sarah Vaughan. With a seductive come-hither undertone that’s beguiling. For more photos, see George Christy’s column on page 6.
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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING DATE:
March 14, 2019
1:30 PM, or as soon thereafter as the matter may be heard
LOCATION: Commision Meeting Room 280A Beverly Hills City Hall 455 North Rexford Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90210 PROJECT ADDRESS:
440 N. Canon Drive (Near the intersection of S. Santa Monica Boulevard and N. Canon Drive)
The Planning Commission of the City of Beverly Hills, at its REGULAR meeting on Thursday, March 14, 2019, will hold a public hearing beginning at 1:30 PM, or as soon thereafter as the matter may be heard to consider: A request for a Zone Text Amendment (ZTA) and Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to allow an existing cosmetic spa to continue operating (the proposed “Project”) at 440 N. Canon Drive (the “Project Site”). The Applicant, Alchemy 43, proposes that Article 16 of Title 10, Chapter 3 of the Beverly Hills Municipal Code be amended to include a limited number (a maximum of 2) of cosmetic spas as “Conditionally Permitted Uses” in Commercial Zones (C-3) located within the Business Triangle, and no set limit in all other Commercial Zones (C-3) outside of the Business Triangle. Contingent upon the approval of the ZTA, the Applicant also requests a CUP to permit the existing cosmetic use located within the Business Triangle. This Project has been assessed in accordance with the authority and criteria contained in the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA, Public Resources Code Sections 21000 et seq.), the State CEQA Guidelines (California Code of Regulations, Title 14, Sections 15000 et seq.), and the environmental regulations of the City. Upon review, the Project appears to be exempt from CEQA pursuant to Section 15061(b)(3) of the State CEQA Guidelines, as the Project involves minor changes to land use regulations, and does not involve physical alterations to land at this time. As such, there is no possibility that adoption and implementation of the proposed Project may have a significant effect on the environment. In addition, the project appears to qualify for a Class 1 Categorical Exemption (Existing Facilities) pursuant to Section 15301 of the State CEQA Guidelines, for the “operation, repair, maintenance, permitting, leasing, licensing, or minor alteration of existing public or private structures, facilities, mechanical equipment, or topographical features, involving negligible or no expansion of existing or former use”. The Project involves the continued operation of an existing facility, and does not involve physical alterations to the facility at this time. Accordingly, the Planning Commission will consider a recommendation to find the Project exempt from the environmental review requirements of CEQA pursuant to Sections 15061(b)(3) and 15301. Any interested person may attend the meeting and be heard or present written comments to the Commission. Written comments also may be submitted prior to the public hearing to the Planning Division, via mail: attn. Chloe Chen, 455 N. Rexford Drive, 1st Floor, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Any written comments received by Tuesday, March 5, 2019 will be attached to the agenda report regarding this item. Any comments received after Tuesday, March 5, 2019, but prior the public hearing, will be distributed to the Commission under separate cover. According to Government Code Section 65009, if you challenge the City’s action in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City, either at or prior to the public hearing. Please note that any comments received prior to or during the public hearing will be considered as part of the public record. If there are any questions regarding this notice, please contact Chloe Chen, Assistant Planner in the Planning Division at (310) 285-1194, or by email at email@example.com. Copies of the project plans and associated application materials are on file in the Community Development Department, and may be reviewed by any interested person at 455 North Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Sincerely: Chloe Chen, Assistant Planner In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Commission Meeting Room 280A is wheelchair accessible and is equipped with audio equipment for the hearing impaired. If you need special assistance to attend this meeting, please call the Planning Division at (310) 285-1194 or TTY (310) 2856881. Please notify the Planning Division at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to the meeting if you require captioning service so that reasonable arrangements can be made.
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BHHS Alum Matt Curtis Dead At 28; Second Young Person To Allegedly OD In Reeves Home
DELIVERING CARE WHERE IT IS NEEDED –The Beverly Hills Fire Department and Mayor Julian Gold assembled for a photo opportunity as they welcomed a new era in EMS services with the Nurse Practitioner program and NP1. Pictured in the welcoming line, from left: Firefighter/Paramedic Scott Marquez, Engineer John Brown, Capt. Richard Sandeman, Firefighter/Paramedic Dustin Andrews, Firefighter Charles Miller, Capt. Kevin Kennedy, Fire Chief Greg Barton, Mayor Dr. Julian Gold, Nurse Practitioner Theresa Simmons, Medical Director, Dr. Marc Cohen, Deputy Fire Chief Joe Matsch, EMS Administrator Sean Stokes, Capt. Ryan Sinutko, Battalion Chief Mike Hand, Engineer Victor Gutierrez, Capt. Brad McHenry, Firefighter/Paramedic Mike Stanley, Firefighter Sean Guiney and Firefighter Kevin Lawson. For the full storry, see Health & Wellness on page 8.
Nate ‘n Al Gets City Approval On New Canon Drive Lease In Wolfgang’s Steakhouse Space By Matt Lopez A move to Canon Drive for legendary Nate ’n Al delicatessen is beginning to look like more of a reality. On Tuesday, the City Council approved a 10-year lease agreement to rent out the City-owned restaurant space at 443 N. Canon Dr. to Nate ’n Al. The building will be leased out to Circus Clowns LLC, a Deleware limited liability company formed by music mogul Irving Azoff and his wife Shelli, who the Courier reported in January were in talks to purchase the longtime Beverly Hills deli. At that time, Shelli told the Courier that both sides were in discussions, but nothing had been finalized. “All I can tell you is that Nate ’n Al has been an institution in our family for decades – my kids, their kids, our entire family,” Shelli said. “Just like it has been for so many families in Beverly Hills. We don’t want to lose that.”
deceased at the scene. “At this time there is no indication of foul play.” For Jo Anna Korngute Hall, whose daughter Natalie Hall died at the age of 24 following a fentanyl overdose almost two years to the day before Curtis passed away in the same Beverly Hills home, the event was a wake-up call. “If two people are found dead at the scene, something is going on in that house,” Korngute Hall said. “Fentanyl is killing many children.” BHPD Chief Sandra Spagnoli cannot provide details on what type of investigation will follow this recent death. Korngute Hall continues to be haunted by the fact that her daughter, who died on Feb. 17, 2017, lay dead for hours in (see ‘OVERDOSE’ page 9)
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The building is currently occupied by Wolfgang’s Steakhouse, which is set to close its doors at the end of March. From there, assuming the Azoff’s close on the purchase of Nate ’n Al, the deli would move one street over to Canon Drive shortly after Wolfgang’s lease expires on March 31. According to the City Council staff report, the lease would include an initial 10-
year term, with Nate ’n Al paying around $52,836 per month in rent, with options for a pair of five-year lease extensions. As the Azoff's head toward the finish line of the Nate ’n Al purchase, news broke last week that the couple had acquired West L.A.'s The Apple Pan, which first opened in 1947, adding two legendary Los Angeles dining staples to a budding restaurant empire.
Beverly Hills Police Announce Launch Of New Crime-Mapping Website By Victoria Talbot Just how many burglaries, motor vehicle thefts, shoplifting incidents and any other category of crimes that have occurred in Beverly Hills, and where, can now be discovered and mapped on an interactive website that provides the community with important public safety information on demand. The website, https://gis.beverlyhills.org/VB H/CrimeMap/, is a bold new tool that allows anyone seeking information to select exactly which crimes they wish to see and to select the particular area of the City they are interested in viewing.
By Laura Coleman The scourge of drug-related deaths took on a very human form this past Friday in Beverly Hills when a second person died in the same South Reeves home within two years. Matthew Curtis (Beverly Hills High School Class of 2008), died at his home on South Reeves, in what appears to have been an overdose. “At 9:58 p.m. on 02/15/19, Beverly Hills Police patrol officers were dispatched to a person not breathing call at 300 Reeves,” Beverly Hills Police Lt. Elisabeth Albanese wrote in a statement to the Courier. “Officers arrived immediately and determined that the incident was possibly drug related. Officers administered two doses of department issued naloxone, and also administered CPR. Unfortunately, the male subject was declared
The new Interactive Crime Map of Beverly Hills was announced Wednesday as the result of a partnership between the City’s Information Technology Department and the Beverly Hills Police Department. Select all or any of the 24 crime categories, including for example, assault, DUI, burglary, grand theft auto and many more; choose the whole map or only a radius around a specific address; select the radius; then select the date range. Zoom functions allow users to zoom in to specific areas. Click on the icon and the crime information pops up.
The statistics reflect where the crimes are reported and not necessarily where they occurred. The department will also be adding data on calls for service and arrest information in the coming months. “This new tool exemplifies our commitment to accountability and transparency,” said Police Chief Sandra Spagnoli. “We often hear from residents who want to know how crime is specifically impacting their neighborhood. This user-friendly site will provide the latest information available and encourage residents to take a more active role in the safety of their community.”
School Board Advocates Maintaining Theatre 40 On Beverly Hills High Campus By Laura Coleman Now in its 53rd season, Theatre 40 has carved out a unique space within the Beverly Hills landscape. However, its future is now in abeyance as plans for its current home at Beverly Hills High may not include space for the 45-year-old theatre. Located on the Beverly Hills High School campus at 241 Moreno Dr., accessible through a door inside the parking lot adjacent to the BHHS Science and Technology Center, the 99-seat professional theatre was front and center at Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting. “I’ve heard that there’s a plan that you plan to kick us out permanently,” said Myra
Lurie, a former member of Board of Education and a current Theatre 40 board member, while speaking to the Board of Education during public comment. In the wake of Beverly Hills Unified School District’s reconstruction program, which calls for a substantial renovation of the high school, Theatre 40 Managing Director David Hunt Stafford addressed the board seeking clarity as to the future of the theatre. “We have a tremendous base of loyal supporters here in this community,” Hunt Stafford told the board. “Tell me how eviction and destruction of one of L.A.’s premiere theatre companies is going to benefit the (see ‘THEATRE 40’ page 19)
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Seven Beverly Hills Area Hotels Honored With Forbes Five-Star Ratings For 2019 By Matt Lopez Seven Beverly Hills areahotels were given the prestigious Five-Star designation on Wednesday in the annual Star Award ratings released by Forbes magazine. The Peninsula Beverly Hills, the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills, Montage Beverly Hills, and The Beverly Hills Hotel in the City plus the nearby Hotel BelAir and the Four Seasons on South Doheny Drive were all named Forbes Five Star hotels. The Peninsula emerged as perhaps the biggest winner of all, as every single hotel under The Peninsula brand umbrella was named Forbes Five-Star. With The Peninsula Manila earning its inaugural Five-Star award, it gave the Hong Kongbased Peninsula a total of 10 top-rated hotels. The Five-Star designation for the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills means that after opening in 2017, the hotel has been
Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills
named a Forbes Five-Star in each of its first two years of operation. “We are honored to receive an award of such prestige in the luxury hospitality industry, and especially for the second year in a row. This is a testament of our dedication to greatness and the unforgettable Waldorf service. We are looking forward to this next year as we continue to grow and continue to surpass expectations,” said Vanessa Williams, general
manager at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills. In addition to the hotel honors, the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills’ La Prairie Spa earned a Five-Star designation, along with The Spa at Beverly Wilshire and Spa Montage Beverly Hills. In the restaurant rankings, Jean-Georges Beverly Hills (Waldorf Astoria) and The Belvedere (The Peninsula) were named Four-Star restaurants.
Healthier Options Coming To Beverly Hills Vending Machines By Victoria Talbot Hungry park goers looking for healthy options from the City’s vending machines may soon find they are in luck. Sort of. Last year, the City of Beverly Hills entered into a vending machine contract with Loyal Vending that has been underperforming. In a 150-day period there were 110 complaints. The City will be signing up
with First Class Vending and – at the insistence of Councilmember Lili Bosse – who launched the #BHHealthyCity campaign as mayor, the machines located in the Roxbury Park Community Center will be stocked with a few healthier choices. Vice Mayor John Mirisch heartily agreed. Problems with Loyal Vending include “the basic functionality of the machines,”
according to the staff report. Machines were not dispensing refunds properly, they were frequently out of stock for various beverage and snack items, and they were vending expired food items. In addition, according to the report, “the coffee vending machine, which is highly desired by Roxbury Community Center (see ‘VENDING MACHINES’ page 9)
AVIVA AND ART – This month, Aviva Platinum Associates member Linda Tyrer hosted a group of Platinum members and their guests for a private tour of Christie’s followed by lunch at Ocean Prime. At Christie’s, guests were treated to a special presentation on the art of auctions as well as a tour on selections from an upcoming auction of post-war and contemporary art, in addition to works from the upcoming George Michael Collection auction. Pictured (from left): Linda Tyrer, Marie Burk, Marlies Chalabi and Debby Berg.
Aviva Poised To Break Ground On Wallis Annenberg Residential Center By Laura Coleman For over a century, Aviva Family & Children’s Services has supported the Los Angeles community through compassionate, therapeutic services and guidance to at-risk children and families. This month, the local 501(c)(3) organization, founded in 1915, is set to break ground on the future home of Aviva’s new residential program, the Wallis Annenberg Residential Center. Named for philanthropist Wallis Annenberg, an Aviva honoree in 2003, the new 42bed program in Hollywood for young women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness is intended to be a safe haven for women ages 18 to 24. “[Aviva’s] goal is to stabilize the family and the home environment so the family stays intact,” said Aviva Platinum Associates Chair Greer Saunders, who has vol-
unteered for years with the organization. The success of the new center, which is scheduled to break ground this coming Thursday, is largely thanks to the work of a dedicated group of philanthropic volunteers. “As members, we see children and families transform and thrive,” Saunders described. In 2017, Aviva helped 2,061 individual clients and 9,048 family members. Programs center around strengthening families or helping children find new supportive families through foster care or adoption. Aviva also offers programs that help families move out of the social welfare system. “We definitely can make a difference in our community,” Saunders said. Visit www.avivacenter.org to volunteer or learn more about the organization.
Annual USC Libraries Scripter Awards Shines Light On The Art Of Writing
FOUR GENERATIONS LATER – The Beverly Hills City Council recognized legendary Master Chef Helene “Mama” An and the entire An family of the House of An for their legacy contribution to the City of Beverly Hills Tuesday, for Crustacean Restaurant. Pictured (from left): Claudia Chang (marketing assitant), Eden Dozier (chief of staff), Elaine Sense (PR), Gordon Clune (Elizabeth’s husband), Bosilika An (Elizabeth’s daughter), Danny An (Elizabeth’s father and Helene’s husband), Catherine An (owner, Tiato & An Catering and Elizabeth’s sister), and Elizabeth An; Mayor Julian Gold, Councilmember Lili Bosse, Vice Mayor John Mirisch, Councilmembers Les Friedman and Bob Wunderlich.
Crustacean Receives Legacy Business Award By Victoria Talbot Beverly Hills recognized Crustacean Beverly Hills Tuesday evening with a Legacy Business Award from the City Council. Crustacean has brought fresh, creative cuisine to the City for 20 years. Standing in for her mother, legendary Master Chef Helene "Mama" An of the House of An, who was unable attend, was
Elizabeth An. Four generations of An women have dedicated themselves to the family restaurant business, which has become a multi-million-dollar establishment with restaurants in Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Orange County and, where it all began, in San Francisco. Beverly Hills own Crustacean Restaurant underwent a total makeover last year,
opening to a renewed appreciation with a bold new design. Known as the “mother of fusion,” Mama An blended the flavors of Vietnamese cuisine with French and California cuisine to create a unique palette that has influenced nouvelle cuisine. It started as a quiet Momand-Pop oceanside deli restaurant when mother-in-law (see ‘CRUSTACEAN’ page 19)
By Laura Coleman As books age into the past as relics from an era before the digital age, preserving libraries is becoming increasingly important. In Hollywood, where brilliant novels often make for brilliant screenplays and films, USC Libraries continue to celebrate the art of writing through its annual Scripter Awards. “This is our 31st year celebrating the coming together of the literary and cinematic arts and of honoring the USC Libraries’ essential place in the intellectual, cultural and creative life of the Trojan Family,” USC Libraries Dean Catherine Quinlan said in her opening remarks at this month’s awards gala, held inside USC’s Doheny Memorial Library. The authors and screenwriters behind the film Leave
No Trace, and the television miniseries A Very English Scandal received this year’s annual USC Libraries Scripter Award. In the television category, the selection committee chose A Very English Scandal, which was written for the screen by Russell Davies for Amazon Prime. The show is based on John Preston’s 2016 nonfiction book of the same name, which details the 1970s scandal involving British Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe and his wayward attempts to silence a former lover. Due to a tie in the nominating round, six television shows were eligible this year. The other finalists were the writers behind episodes of The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime (see ‘SCRIPTER’ page 19)
whenever she’s in town from her TV cultural hosting duties in Londontown.
Online at www.bhcourier.com/category/george-christy
n addition to the Ivy restaurants, Lynn created Indigo Seas, the favored boutique which adjoins The Ivy on Robertson Boulevard, that attracts the beau monde from here and abroad.
ynn’s megatalents include producing the movie, Mont Reve, publishing three books (one includes the recipe for the Ivy’s famous chocolate chip cookies), and recorded several popular albums.
n St. Valentine’s Day, she released her latest album, Loverboy, in which she vocalizes many of the love songs from Steely Dan, whose lyrics by Donald Fagen and Walter Becker she adores, and other favorite selections. Including an unexpected instrumental of Gene Krupa’s 1938 hit Big Noise From Winnetka.
ynn’s singing style is a tad torchy not unlike Dionne Warwick and Sarah Vaughan.
er vocalizing’s is accompanied by her On the Rocks band, which we privately call the Ivy Big Boys. David Alay is a musical director and plays saxophone, Italian horn, piano, and marimba on the CD.
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aspare Como plays bass and upright bass; Salvador Nava is on drums; Josue Peralta plays bongos, congas, Cuban cencerro, tambourine.
Jennifer Connelly, Rosa Salazar, Lana Condor
er talents are immeasurable, and we’re thrilled to acknowledge them.
The mega-talented Lynn von Kersting has rewarded us with her exciting new album, Loverboy, in which she vocalizes to the 18 arrangments she’s created, and is backed by her On The Rocks Band that includes her gifted musicians who work at The Ivy restaurants. Lynn has published three books, produced a movie, and recorded several previous albums.
Genetic? Possibly? Who knows? The joy and feeling high
of creation … where does it come from?
Robertson Boulevard in West Hollywood. And the Ivy At The Shore in Santa Monica.
e’re proud to have named both of them.
ynn asked us in 1983, what do we name the restau-
rant? Where Richard proved to be the master chef that he is, and Lynn designed the dining room that are like no other anywhere.
Both dining rooms aided
he generously credits her parents, Robert and Patou von Kersting, for their appreciation and love of the arts.
am what I am, thanks to them.”
and abetted by their delightful daughter, India von Kersting,
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arents often foster it, as did her dad, attorney, Robert von Kersting, who played jazz and classical music on the family stereo at their Scottsdale hacienda.
er mother, Patou von Kersting, encouraged her beautiful daughter Lynn’s artistic talents that have graced our pages through the years.
ynn von Kersting is the co-owner with Richard Irving of their two fabled restaurants. The Ivy on North Page 6 | February 22, 2019
James Cameron and wife Suzy Amis Cameron attend the premiere of 20th Century Fox’s Alita: Battle Angel at Regency Village Theatre Keean Johnson
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BHFD Kicks Off Nurse Practitioner Program
By Victoria Talbot The Beverly Hills Fire Department officially welcomed Theresa Simmons, Nurse Practitioner (NP) Tuesday, launching the first program of its kind. According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), nurse practitioners, NPs are trained, licensed and independent healthcare clinicians concentrated on managing patient’s health conditions including treating injuries and illnesses, as well as supporting prevention. Simmons specialty is Adult and Geriatrics with a background in Emergency Medicine. Through a unique and innovative Emergency Medical Service (EMS) model, the BHFD program will deliver advanced healthcare efficiently, in a prehospital setting. The mobile unit dubbed NP1, for Nurse Practitioner “1,” will respond to 911 calls in the field. Liberally equipped with medications, select diagnostics and technical medical equipment, both the Nurse Practitioner and a Firefighter Paramedic can respond to calls with oversight by Board Certified Emergency Medicine physician Dr. Marc Cohen. In non-life-threatening conditions, paramedics can present the patient with the option of seeing Simmons in NP1. She can visit the patent and render care in a non-hospital environment. “ERs are inundated with non-emergent things, such as cuts, nausea and vomiting, colds and urinary tract infections,” said Simmons. Her services are especially helpful to vulnerable populations, such as the elderly, she said. In life-threatening situations, such as stroke or heart attack, patients will be routed directly to the ER. NP1 can also provide follow-up care for patients. With an aging population, Simmons can connect patients with case management and social services for their situation. She can connect patients with caregivers and family members, who may be unaware of their condition. This NP model is unique to Beverly Hills. NP programs are available through the LAFD and Anaheim FD, but without the proactive follow-up. With the high cost of medical care and the continuing change in the model of delivering healthcare, this is another innovation that makes BHFD emergency care exceptional.
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CHLA Research Brings Better Understanding Of Sickle Cell Disease Complication—The Silent Stroke
Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is rare but devastating. Due to a genetic mutation affecting hemoglobin, the component of the red blood cell that carries oxygen, a reduced amount of oxygen is supplied to vital tissues and organs. Blood cells also deform into a characteristic crescent shape and lodge into the smallest blood vessels, blocking blood flow and leading to excruciating pain. On top of this, patients face a high risk of stroke – the leading cause of death in SCD. Specializing in the unique challenges facing SCD patients, physician and investigator John Wood, M.D., Ph.D. of CHLA studies how blood flow and oxygen delivery are affected by the disease. The compromised hemoglobin that is characteristic of SCD presents a serious danger to the brain. Just minutes without oxygen can kill brain cells. “We have learned a lot about how to prevent the large vessel strokes,” says Dr. Wood, who is also a professor of pediatrics at USC’s Keck School of Medicine. He is referring to strokes that have immediate, overt effects such as blindness or paralysis. “But patients with SCD still suffer from silent strokes.” Silent strokes can have debilitating effects on executive function, the brain’s ability to execute complex tasks needed for things like maintaining a job or doing well in school. Dr.
Dr. John Wood
Wood is working to discover what causes these devastating silent strokes. On the surface, the cause for these strokes seems clear: blood cells are damaged in SCD, so the brain receives less oxygen. Less oxygen to the brain results in strokes. But Dr. Wood found that total oxygen to the brain is not actually reduced in SCD patients. His research shows that the body compensates for re-duced oxygen content of the blood by increasing blood flow to the brain. This led him to wonder why these patients were continuing to suffer strokes. “I began to think, ‘maybe there’s a distribution problem,’” Dr. Wood says. “Total blood flow is fine, but is it going where it needs to go?” Using an
Angelenos Set To Walk to End Genocide On March 31 The nation’s largest antigenocide demonstration will take place Sunday, March 31, with more than 1,000 Angelenos of all ages and faiths expected to rally at Jewish World Watch’s 13th annual Walk to End Genocide. The family friendly Walk and Advocacy Festival, held at Pan Pacific Park, 7600 Beverly Blvd, L.A., from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., calls attention to genocide and mass atrocities taking place worldwide and raises money to help survivors, including the 68.5 million displaced by global violence. Participants, including elected officials, clergy, students and educators, will learn about ongoing global conflicts and solutions through educational exhibits focused on projects that support survivors from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Myanmar (Burma), Sudan, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Highlights of the Advocacy Festival, open before and after the 5K Walk, will feature many activities:
● A free hate speech workshop with tools to combat the language and social media which can empower evil. ● The Red Hands Brigade —art-based advocacy aimed at stopping the global use of children as soldiers and laborers in dangerous mines that support warfare. ● Jump-A-Thon for Justice for kids of all ages. ● Opportunities to talk with genocide survivors, including some from the Holocaust. ● Learn about the struggle to deliver medical aid behind enemy lines in Syria using “guerrilla humanitarian aid.” ● Send emails urging elected officials to protect the Myanmar’s Rohingya minority, currently being subjected to ethnic cleansing. Performances by local musicians, children’s choirs, art exhibits, and JWW's “I CARE” video campaign will take place throughout the day. For more information, visit https://www.jww.org/takeaction/events/walk/.
advanced imaging technique called arterial spin labeling to measure blood flow, Dr. Wood’s team found a disparity among brain areas. While total oxygen delivery to the brain was unchanged, oxygen delivery to the white matter was reduced by more than a third – 35 percent – in patients with SCD. Critically, this part of the brain—the white matter—is where the majority of silent strokes occur in these patients. Grey matter is composed of neurons, the brain cells that store information. White matter is the network of highways in the brain that neurons use to transmit this information. Dr. Wood’s finding demonstrates that the body differentiates between grey and white matter, clearly prioritizing neurons. This makes sense because keeping neurons alive is critical for survival. Strokes in grey matter are immediately catastrophic, while strokes in white matter appear silent because they simply cause informational processing to slow. Though they may not cause paralysis or major motor deficits, effects of white matter silent strokes can greatly impede important aspects of a patient’s day-to-day life. The idea that blood flow can be adjusted to compensate for challenges like decreased oxygen is part of human design. When the physiological state changes, the body diverts blood
to pertinent areas. During exercise, for example, blood flow is increased to muscles to help meet metabolic needs, but decreased to the less immediately relevant digestive tract. Similarly, under the stress of low oxygen in SCD, blood flow is diverted to neurons in the grey matter to prevent their death. Dr. Wood found that the oxygen delivery to the white matter was critically sensitive to the hemoglobin level—the more severe the anemia, the lower the oxygen delivery to the white matter –—a powerful correlation that supports what he sees in the clinic. Dr. Wood’s study is the first to use arterial spin labeling to quantify oxygen delivery separately to the white and grey matter in the brain, correcting for patient’s anemia severity. His research paves the way for a better understanding of strokes in SCD but it also has broader applications. He says the findings likely shed light on anemia in general, which is a growing concern in the aging population. He also hopes this technique will help the medical community assess how current and future SCD treatments, like novel gene therapy approaches, affect the brain. Results of this study were published recently in the American Journal Of Hematology by lead author Yaqiong Chai, a senior PhD candidate.
Writers In Treatment To Honor Jodie Sweetin On Feb. 28 Writers In Treatment, supporting recovery and the arts, will honor actress Jodie Sweetin at its 10th Experience, Strength and Hope Awards, beginning at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28 at the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A. Best known as the middle daughter on ABC’s Full House, she can be seen reprising her role as Stephanie Tanner in the Netflix reboot Fuller House, now in its final season. The Experience, Strength and Hope Award recognizes an individual’s memoir, including their honest journey from addiction to recovery, and their dedication and enthusiasm for carrying the “message” to a society plagued by addiction. Sweetin chronicled her story in UnSweetined: A Memoir. “We mark (our 10th) anniversary honoring Jodie Sweetin, who went from adored child star, to struggling addict, then rising phoenix-like to become an author, mother and full time TV and film actress,” said Founder Leonard Buschel. Actor/environmentalist Ed
Begley Jr. will serve as host and comedian and star of Showtime and HBO comedy specials, Mark Schiff will headline. Tickets are $100 and are available at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3 909581. Proceeds will benefit Writers In Treatment, which produces the national REEL Recovery Film Festival & Symposium which presents the best and newest films on addiction and mental disorders at no charge.
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the same room with Curtis and another man before the police were called. That other man, Jesse Abell, who was arrested on charges of involuntary manslaughter related to Natalie Hall’s death, was ultimately remanded to a treatment facility for a period of time. In 2017, Korngute Hall filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Randi Marla Curtis, who is the aunt of Matt Curtis and the owner of the Beverly Hills residence in which Natalie Hall died. Albanese said that from 2014-2017, there were on average 37 calls made a year related to opioid overdoses in Beverly Hills. Fatalities, she said, are extremely rare.
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patrons, has continued to malfunction despite numerous attempts to address the concerns by Loyal Vending. Due to the continuous malfunctions throughout this time, City staff has frequently had to place ‘Out of Order’ signs on the machines. This comes at a significant inconvenience and has a negative impact on the City’s customer service.” First Class Vending offers a healthier selection of products it calls “Well Within Reach.” These options will be marked with a color-coded spiral to designate food products that “meet nutrition standards based on authoritative statements from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Academy of Sciences.” These are foods that derive no more than 35 percent of calories from fat (excluding nuts), 10 percent of calories from saturated fat and 35 percent of their total weight from sugar. While processed foods are less healthy than fresh foods, the selection could be an improvement over the current fare, which is salty, fatty and loaded with sugar. Some of the options could include Clif Bars, Kasha bars, beef jerky, baked chips, sugar free or reduced sugar or fat crackers and cookies, fruit cups and nut choices. Beverages that do not contain sugar will also be among the choices. While processed and packaged foods are not found in nature and typically, do not make up one of the five traditional food groups, these vending machines will at least provide a healthier alternative. The change in vendors may also provide relief to park patrons and staff frustrated with malfunctioning and poorly stocked vending machines.
Nike Air Shoe Inventor Robert C. Bogert Dies At Age 98 By John L. Seitz Robert Cornelius Bogert, an esteemed scientist, inventor and philanthropist, died Feb. 7 in his Bel-Air Road home at age 98. The son of Ethel and Howard Bogert was born April 21, 1920 in Washington D.C. He grew up in Ohio and attended the University of Michigan, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering. With the outbreak of World War II, he joined the
Army and rose to the rank of captain. Following his military service, he attended the California Institute of Technology, receiving a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering, and later an MBA from Stanford University. Bogert spent almost two decades at Rockwell International, one of the world’s largest space and defense contractors. In 1969, he joined up with Howard Head in developing the Head
Ski Boot. While at that company, he met a fellow inventor and aerospace engineer, Marion Franklin Rudy. The two developed and patented the Air Sole and a number of other footwear products for an emerging sports powerhouse which became known as Nike. Subsequently, more than 100 million of these shoes have been sold by Nike in the last 45 years. He is survived by his wife, Caldwell Sutherland; two sons: Ross A. (Charleen) and Peter
Bogert; grandsons Bren (Laya) and their children: Parker, Slater and Kylie; and Troy (Dawn) and their children: Luke and Brody; plus, stepsons Robert C., Bradford R. Lawson and (Ana). The two-time widower was predeceased by his first wife Caroline Wilson, who died in 1982, and his second wife Trudy Marachal, who died in 2012. Celebration of his life will be held in late March at a date and location to be announced.
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LACO Broadens Role Of General Manager Kate Kammeyer Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) has expanded the role of General Manager Kate Kammeyer to also include serving as artistic administrator, and has promoted several other LACO staff members as well, according to LACO Executive Director Scott Harrison. Assuming growing roles are LACO employees Taylor Lockwood, promoted to operations manager; Brandon Faber advanced to assistant director of events and sponsorships; Dina-Marie Weineck boosted to executive assistant and board liaison; and Alana Miles, elevated to advancement associate. “In her new expanded position, Kate Kammeyer, working in conjunction with LACO’s Music Director Designate Jaime Martín and our artistic and staff leadership, will help LACO continue to deliver exciting and meaningful artistic programming and educational projects across all of LACO’s offerings,” says Harrison. “Kate has had a substantive impact on the scope and efficiency of our artistic programming and operations since day one. We are fortunate to have someone with her background and connections already on staff and enthusiastic about jumping into the role of general manager and artistic administrator. She’ll play an invaluable part in helping LACO reach new heights of artistic and community
service. It is gratifying to acknowledge Kate, Tay l o r, Brandon, Dina-Marie and Alana with these promotions in recognition of their significant contributions during their tenures
with the orchestra.” Kammeyer joined LACO in 2016 as orchestra manager and director of community programs and was promoted to general manager in 2018. She will play an even more comprehensive role in LACO’s full scope of programming and operational activities, increasing and improving organizational communication and planning to allow LACO to successfully design and execute a growing number of missionrelated activities. She will continue to build a positive and engaging workplace environment for LACO’s musicians and further represent LACO in conversations and negotiations with a variety of partner organizations.
The cast of Witness Uganda with co-author Matt Gould at the piano, left. Photo by Kevin Parry
‘Documentary Musical’ Witness Uganda Extends Through March 3 At the Wallis The West Coast premiere of The Wallis’ production of Witness Uganda, a “documentary musical” by Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews starring 12-time Grammy nominee Ledisi, Jamar Williams (Wild Goose Dreams), Amber Iman (Hamilton) and Emma Hunton (Wicked), directed by Matthews with music direction by Gould, has extended through Sunday, March 3 (excluding Oscars night Feb. 24) in The Wallis’s Lovelace Studio Theater, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills. Based on a true story, Witness Uganda follows Griffin, a New York Citybased American volunteer, as he arrives in Uganda to help build a village school and escape his church’s condemnation of his sexuality. When he falls into a complicated relationship with a group of destitute, orphaned teenagers, he finds himself driven by a mission that will change his and their lives forever. From the rolling hills of the Ugandan countryside to a stifling apartment in New York, from a joyous celebration of African youth to a terrifying abduction 8,000 miles away, Witness Uganda explores the question: “Is changing the world even possible?”
Witness Uganda has been performed in concert by Gould and Matthews around the country and around the world since 2008. It had its world premiere at Harvard University’s American Repertory Theater in 2014 and premiered off-Broadway at New York City’s Second Stage Theater under the name Invisible Thread, both under the direction of Tony winner Diane Paulus. Witness Uganda has raised more than $275,000 for UgandaProject, an organization founded by Matthews and co-directed by Gould that sponsors the education of a group of students living in Kampala, Uganda. Both Matthews and Gould have each spent time living and working in Africa. Gould was a Peace Corps volunteer in The Islamic Republic of Mauritania from 2001 to 2003, and Griffin first went to Uganda in 2005 on an aid trip. “This production gets back to the roots of Witness Uganda,” says Gould, and Matthews adds, "We're excited to share this raw, real story about the complexity of helping others. It feels more relevant now than ever.” Tickets are $50 and available by calling 310-746-4000 or online at TheWallis.org/Witness.
VALENTINE’S DAY FESTIVITIES—The Beverly Hills Women’s Club celebrated Valentine’s Day with a luncheon, boutique, fashion show, and auction, organized by Mary Grace. Enjoying the afternoon were above (from left): Gail Dauer, Marianne Berman, Beverly Cohen, Sali Lewally, Mumsey Nemiroff, Nancy Krasne and Linda Schwartz. Anna Koral (right) chaired the event while Lauri Morrison and Denise Bennett (far right) served as co-chairs. Photos by Maxine Picard
TO SEE AND BE SEEN
Artists Spotlight Activism At Broad Stage By Laura Coleman For artists, their work is often about challenging the status quo through selfexpression. And while such a process might inherently seek to bring about social change, at least in the U.S., it is rarely done at the risk to one’s life. At this month’s one-night-only artists talk at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica, the power of communication was on full display during an engaging conversation centering on activism, agency and the punk rock movement. Moderated by Jonathan Neil, director of Sotheby's Institute of Art, Los Angeles, the talk featured artists Shepard Fairey, Catherine Opie, Tavares Strachan and Nadya Tolokonnikova in conversation. “I think that’s one of the things that we do, try to answer our own questions in relation to the artist,” opined mod-
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Beverly Hills Concierge Pharmacy On Brighton Way Offers IVs, Meds, Nutrition
Tavares Strachan, Catherine Opie, Shepard Fairey and Nadya Tolokonnikova
ernist photographer Opie. For Tolokonnikova, the front woman of Russian performance art collective Pussy Riot, the band was born to further the group’s artistic endeavors as activists, with punk rock music becoming the tool to highlight truth. “Language is a way to amplify the intent and sometimes to create a sense of dissonance that creates an important conversation,” Fairey said.
TEENAGE DREAMS—The Iranian American Women Foundation, dedicated to providing a platform for empowerment and connecting Iranian American women, is slated to present photographer and award-winning filmmaker Fery Malek-Madani’s groundbreaking exhibition “Unexposed Wishes of Teenage Girls in Iran” along with its companion documentary film The Girls at the Laemmle Monica Film Center on March 5. Malek-Madani’s two-pronged project explores the lives of young women in post-revolution Iran. The event begins with the film screening, followed by a Q+A with the filmmaker, and then an exploration of the exhibition. There will also be a panel discussion of Iranian women entrepreneurs with an awards ceremony and reception. To purchase tickets ($30), visit: https://www.laemmle.com/films/45390.
By Laura Coleman While the newly opened Beverly Hills Concierge Pharmacy at 9669 Brighton Way may stock all the traditional elements found in your typical full-service pharmacy, the business as a whole is anything but traditional. With the City’s first street-level IV Vitamin Therapy, Concierge Pharmacy founder David Hakimian is doing his best to bring homeopathic injectables into the mainstream. And he’s banking that it’s going to be a hot. “It’s a new concept,” Hakimian said of the intravenous vitamin therapies his pharmacy offers. “It’s really
preventative health.” Inside the pharmacy, a more human injection can be found in the wisdom of Beata Rydyger, the pharmacy’s onsite Registered Holistic Nutritionist. Through a variety of targeted $35 half-hour consultations, Rydyger provides semitailored recommendations on how everything from reducing stress and boosting your immunity to losing weight and increasing your beauty. There’s also a VIP whole lifestyle assessment for those really looking for change. “Health, wellness and nutrition is a lifestyle and it’s about knowing to make right choices,” she said.
GRAVITY—The Department of Cultural Affairs’ Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery current exhibition “Gravity”, a solo exhibition by David Alekhuogie, features a series of newly-commissioned works that use gravity as a metaphor for human struggle. His recent work examines the visual poetics underlying the way intersecting cultures consciously and unconsciously assign value to race, and gender in America. The exhibit runs through April 14. Pictured: David Alekhuogie’s “The Value of G.”
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Price Of Beverly Hills’ ‘The Mountain’ Drops From $1 Billion To $650 Million By Victoria Talbot Aaron Kirman of Compass may still have to scramble to sell the 157-acre property formerly known as “The Vineyard,” and repackaged as “The Mountain of Beverly Hills,” even if the price was dropped by $350 million. Kirman made headlines world-wide when the property listed early last summer for $1 billion. Billion. It is thought to be the highest-priced property in the world. Or, it was the highest priced property. A winding road leads to a 16-foot tall gated entry, there are six lots that sit on approximately 25 acres of usable land. Rumor is that Kirman wanted to create a sales pavil-
ion on the property, but the city of Los Angeles turned it down. With that price tag, the property received an offer of $400 million from developer Scott Gillen, for the six lots. Still, say several experienced real estate agents, at $650 million, it may be difficult to find to a buyer. Undeveloped, but with panoramic views all the way to Downtown LA on one side and the ocean on the other, Kirman took the listing and put a price tag on it that doubled any listing price real estate professionals would reasonably consider - without adding any amenities. The property has transferred ownership several times, including owners such as the Shah’s sister and Merv Griffin.
In 2018, Tower Park Properties Secured Capital Partners took ownership and consolidated the parcels into one valuable piece. Since Secured Capital Partners took over, they added valuable infrastructure, including utilities, electricity, road improvements, fiber optics, storm drains, water retention facilities, and more. The property is in the Beverly Hills Post Office and reached via Benedict Canyon. Said one very prominent realtor who wishes to remain anonymous, he would list it at $500 million, but he would never expect to get that. “It’s not worth it.” Kirman did not make himself available for this interview.
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A presentation to the Recreation and Parks Commission Wednesday morning provided additional feedback from members of the public and the Commissioners. The presentation did not assume a finished product, but included conceptual renderings for potential input and comments. “Based on eight months of public input about La Cienega Park & Recreation Complex, design concepts were presented to the Recreation & Parks Commission today at a Special Meeting.” says Alissa Rosten, Chair, Recreation and Parks Commission. “We’re grateful for all the time people have given to provide us with feedback and we look forward to more input and engagement from the community when the
concepts will be presented at the upcoming Town Hall Meeting... This has truly been a community effort and we continue to seek the voice of the community.” The concepts are described as “modular,” according to Community Services Director Nancy Hunt Coffey. A “modular plan” would allow the City to construct “a piece at a time,” rather than redoing the entire park at one time. Liaisons for the project have been Mayor Julian Gold and Commissioner Lester Friedman from City Council. The meeting next week will be an opportunity for the public to see the concept renderings and provide public comment and feedback. Feedback will then be incorporated into a presentation to the City Council in the near future, which is the next step to getting the project started.
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Mayor, Vice Mayor, In Israel For International Mayors Conference By Victoria Talbot Mayor Julian Gold and Vice Mayor John Mirisch are in Israel this week to attend the 33rd International Conference of Mayors in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. The American Jewish Congress and American Council for World Jewry, in collaboration with the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Union of Local Authorities in Israel, will bring together global leaders with groundbreaking Israeli high tech, energy and cyber companies and urban development experts. The conference will provide an opportunity for leaders throughout the world to discuss smart, sustainable and secure cities focusing on cutting-edge urban development in the 21st century. As part of the conference, Gold and Mirisch will also attend the 2019 Muni World Expo. Gold will participate in a panel on combatting antiSemitism, hatred and the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement, a global campaign to boycott Israel in support of Palestine.Vice Mayor Mirisch will participate in a panel on technology, innovation and cyber security. Participants from throughout the world include several U.S. mayors and leaders from a slew of countries including Slovenia, Dominican Republic,
Romania, Uganda, Serbia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Benin, Nepal, Malawi, Ukraine, Georgia, Belize, Argentina and Argentina. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Mayor of Jerusalem Moshe Lion, President of the American Jewish Congress and Chairman of the American Council for World Jewry Jack Rosen and Mayor of Tel Aviv Ron Huldai are among the scheduled speakers. Muni World will feature a 3-day special international program, focusing on areas pertaining to smart citiesinnovation, sustainability, strategies and approaches of urban planning, transportation, and a special exhibition and conference about the threats of urban terrorism on smart cities. On Nov. 18, 2016 then-Mayor of Beverly Hills John Mirisch presented Prime Minister Netanyahu with a City Council resolution 16-R-13114 that calls upon UNESCO to acknowledge the deep Jewish connection, both historical and spiritual, with Israel's capital Jerusalem. Gold and Mirisch are also scheduled to visit Beverly Hills Sister City of Herzliya, Israel and return home on Feb. 28.
lenged by effective communications. On Tuesday, he was criticized by several board members for his failure to understand that there was no reason to re-name Beverly Vista as the K-8 school is reconfigured to become the district’s new dedicated middle school. The 95year-old institution, which has educated generations of residents, was named for the tract of land on which it was built in 1924. Under the superintendent’s direction, BHUSD staff and volunteers populated a newly formed branding committee that had centered on renaming Beverly Vista, before it was disbanded by the board at Tuesday’s meeting. “In the absence of good communication, sometimes we have a bit of a hiccup,” Board VP Isabel Hacker admonished Bregy. “This shouldn’t be an issue that separates us.”
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the new Communications Coordinator was not done transparently. Consequently, the Courier has submitted a Public Records Act demand to obtain more information. Seasoned communications consultant Romi Azevedo, who has served as BHUSD’s “Interim” Director of Communications and Community Engagement since Oct. 1, is poised to help Starkins settle into the new role. Now in his second year leading Beverly Hills public schools, it is clear that communications has become a sticking point with Bregy. As the Courier detailed in its Feb. 1 article “Communication Is Superintendent Bregy’s ‘Largest Area Of Concern,’” Bregy is fully aware that he is chal-
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board member Tristen Walker-Shuman. “Our focus should be on ensuring that the students in our classrooms, everyday, right now...are receiving our attention,” Walker-Shuman added. “The names of all of the schools should remain as they are. It pains me to see that the focus has been lost.” The Board of Education, with the exception of board member Mel Spitz who left before the discussion commenced, was united in its direction to immediately disband the committee. The board originally learned of its existence during a study session on Feb. 6. During public comment, which lasted over an hour, multiple people advocated against renaming Beverly Vista, with the exception of one speaker, who recommended naming the new middle school Beverly Hills Middle School at Beverly Vista. ”The name modification won’t help anyone better identify and transition to change,” explained Beverly Hills High School freshman and Beverly Vista alum Arya Yektafar. “Name changes are made when there is a negative or derogatory association.”
Beverly Vista was named for the land company which originally owned the plot of land just south of Charleville on the 200 block of South Elm Drive that Beverly Hills residents sought to develop in 1924 as a school. A member of the advisory committee, Rusti Banagas, told the board during public comment that children should be given the power to name the school. “Our students have not been given a voice,” she said. “Let them choose the name for the middle school.” Student board member Sean Toobi shared that in anticipation of Tuesday’s meeting, BHHS Associated Student Body members had taken a poll and had a “lengthy discussion” on the topic. Overwhelmingly, the students polled wanted to keep the name Beverly Vista, with 35 percent wanting to keep it exactly the same and 45 percent wanting to elongate it to Beverly Vista Middle School. Just 20 percent of students favored renaming it Beverly Hills Middle School. “Kids should have a voice,” Toobi said at the start of his comments. “It’s really important we have more discussion and more outreach to community.”
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The principals of Edwards-Lowell - Jeffrey Lehman, the late Grace Lowell and Paul Matsumoto.
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Century Park Realty, Inc. — Why A Boutique Firm Might Be The Right Choice For You
entury Park Realty is a local real estate brokerage and advisor y firm specializing in sales and leasing in Beverly Hills and surrounding cities. Founded just over five years ago, the firm quietly conducted transactions exceeding approximately $70 million, including several notable off market deals. Century Park Realty’s core services include buyer and seller representation, luxury leasing and real estate investment advisor y. The team is comprised of highly motivated dealmakers who share a direct interest in ensuring customer satisfaction. This means prioritizing customer service, efficiency, and teamwork, throughout all stages of the real estate transaction lifecycle. The boutique and detail oriented nature of the brokerage allows their team to transact on a wide range of deals while motivating them to think outside the box and go the extra mile for every client. The culture of the firm encourages strict attention to detail which has proved valuable in structuring complex transactions and preparing clients for each stage of the real estate transaction. The focus is to ensure the highest and best value, and certainty of close, while avoiding some of the common hurdles and gamesmanship that buyers and sellers face. “We recognize the importance of our client’s business, that is, their individual needs and objectives, and then we work diligently to develop the right strategy for meeting those goals,” says Jan Alexander, Director of Sales and Leasing for Century Park Realty. “Whether you are looking to buy, sell, lease or invest in real estate
it is our job to advise clients on the impact of their real estate decisions as it relates to their business, lifestyle and future.” Alexander joined Century Park Realty in 2014 as a residential specialist focusing on sales, leasing, and design consultation. He has lived and worked in multiple leading luxury markets including Miami, New York and Washington, D.C. His passion for design and architecture attracted him to Los Angeles in 2013 and led him straight into the local real estate market where he has since successfully transacted a vast number of residential lease and sale transactions. “Managing people, deadlines, and expectations remains a priority from start to finish. Our unique approach is the cornerstone of our continued success,” says their founder. "With generations of experience conducting real estate transactions across multiple asset classes the Century Park approach is disciplined and deliberate." From this experience Century Park Realty offers insight, perspective, and guidance on local real estate market conditions and trends. At Century Park Realty they insist upon a consultative and collaborative approach to real estate ser vices, offering a level of service beyond traditional brokerage functions. Effective communication, highly attentive service, and refined negotiation give them a competitive edge in today’s market. The result is an efficient and streamlined real estate process with a hands-on approach to each stage of the transaction to ensure the best outcome.
Shoes, Handbags Get ‘Designer’ Treatment At Arturo’s Shoe Fix
ho do you turn to when you get a spill on your Gucci loafers or the strap on your Prada handbag breaks? It’s Arturo’s Shoe Fix. The longtime Beverly Hills go-to resource has developed a reputation for handling just about any shoe repair or change imaginable, by expert cobblers and artists. Now, after 30 years at its current site, the shop is moving to its new location, two blocks east, between Rodeo and Beverly drives at 9467 S. Santa Monica Blvd. Store founder Arturo Azinian, 93, who learned the art of shoemaking at 11 in Buenos Aires, came to L.A. in 1957 and found himself working exclusively for I. Magnin and Bullock’s Wilshire. He established his first L.A. store in 1964, expanding its operations to include repairs of major department stores in Beverly Hills, and his current shop in 1988. He plans to attend the grand opening celebration, Friday, March 1 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Ari Libaridian, who learned the craft from his grandfather, has managed the shop for the last 21 years. He’s helped build Arturo’s status as a place that can easily handle regular repairs like replacing soles and heels (or making them thicker or thinner) and changing the toe style from open close or pointed to whatever style a customer wants. He’s also helped Arturo’s build it’s
name as the place to go for unusual requests. A recent client had her YSL tennis shoes turned into sports mules. Popular requests for the store these days are customizing boots making them tighter or looser, often with zippers and gussets, and restoring them for winter. Christian Louboutin shoppers offen bring the stilettoes in before the first wearing for treatment to protect the signature red-lacquered soles. They’ve also heard “the dog ate my shoe” story at Arturo’s. “We enjoy the challenge of that,” says Libaridian. He cites many cases where a customer brings in one heavily chewed shoe and the other untouched. “When they come in to pick them up they can’t tell which was which.” Handbags are another of Arturo’s specialties. In addition to adjusting straps the store cleans and replaces vinyl, torn or pen-stained linings with leather. Dying is also an option. A woman whose favorite color is neon pink had a grey Givenchy purse and jewelry box tinted that bright color. Arturo’s also cleans and tailors suede and leather jackets and pants. They make fabric covered belts to match outfits, like they did for popular women’s clothing boutique Susanna, and have been known to find matching leather for vintage belts. For more information, call 310-278-9585.
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A family flamingo encounter at the Los Angeles Zoo.
The Los Angeles Zoo’s new up-close animal encounter, “Flamingo Mingle,” allows visitors to step into the birds’ habitat and become one of the flock during a 15-minute interactive experience. In groups of six, guests will be able to hand feed the flamingos with krill—a tiny, shrimplike crustacean which gives flamingos their brilliant pink hue—and learn about their care. Cost is $25 per person and the experience is offered daily at 11 a.m. and noon, except on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Participants must be 2 or older. The zoo is at 5333 Zoo Dr. in Griffith Park. For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.lazoo.org/flamingomingle • • • • • Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust will begin offering docent-led Spanish-language tours at noon, Saturday, Feb. 23, at the museum, 100 The Grove Dr. The 90-minute tour offers an overview of the history of the Holocaust through observation of museum artifacts and documents. Admission to the museum and the tour is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required. For more information, visit http://lamoth.org/news-events/events.
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio, Italian, c. 1488/90–1576) “Portrait of a Lady in White,” c. 1561 Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. Photo: Elke Estel/ HansPeter Klut
The Norton Simon Museum will present “A Night in Focus: Titian, Tapestries and the Italian Renaissance,” celebrating its exhibitions of Titian’s “Portrait of a Lady in White” and “Once Upon a Tapestry: Woven Tales of Helen and
Dido” from 5-7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 23 at the museum, 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Throughout the evening, visitors of all ages will enjoy live music in the galleries, a weaving demonstration by tapestry weaver Yadin Larochette, artmaking activities for all ages, personalized poems created by Jacqueline Suskin, and Italianthemed food and wine for sale in the café and more. The evening is free with museum admission, $15 for adults, $12, seniors. For more information, visit www.nortonsimon.org/events/a-night-infocus-titian-tapestries-and-theitalian-renaissance. • • • • • The Jewish Women’s Theatre (JWT) will present “The Giving Life: Jewish Women Philanthropists,” from 10 a.m.noon, Sunday, Feb. 24 at JWT’s Braid, 2912 Colorado Ave., #102, Santa Monica. The morning panel will feature: Jill Black Zalben, director of the Stanley and Joyce Black Foundation; Ilyse Teller, board chair of the Concern Foundation for Cancer Research; and Natella Royzman, director of charitable planning at the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles. In a dramatic presentation,
Hazardous, E-Waste Roundup Set For Saturday In Culver City The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works and the Sanitation Districts will hold a free “Household Hazardous and E-Waste Roundup” from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 23 in the Wende Museum front parking lot, 10808 Culver Blvd., Culver City. The event is the chance to safely dispose of household hazardous waste including antifreeze, unused pharmaceuticals, car batteries, used motor oil, paint and pesticides; homegenerated sharps waste such as hypodermic needles, pen needles, syringes, lancets and intravenous needles; universal waste including household batteries and fluorescent light bulbs and electronic waste (e-waste) such as TVs and monitors, computers, VCRs, stereos, and cell phones. Because hazardous waste can pollute the environment, it is illegal to discard these items in trashcans, sinks and storm drains. The roundups are part of a campaign to promote public awareness of proper disposal practices of household hazardous and e-waste and to provide a convenient, free disposal option. For more information, contact the department of public works, 888-CLEANLA or www.CleanLA.com or the Sanitation Districts, 800-238-0172 or www.lacsd.org.
actress Lisa Robins will portray a Sears Roebuck founder’s daughter who became the grande dame of philanthropy in New Orleans. Tickets, which include a light brunch, are $25. For more information, visit www.jewishwomenstheatre.org or call 310315-1400. • • • • •
Part of Sweet Street by Kathi Flood.
The National Council of Jewish Women will host its first art exhibition of the year, Sweet Street, with artist Kathi Flood from 1-3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 24 at the Council House, 543 N. Fairfax Ave, L.A. The artist chooses subjects—telemarketing, surveillance, relationships and communication, fashion, the evolution of media, politics, the complexity of modern life, materialism, psychotherapy, art marketing and consumerism—to trigger conversations. “I want to encourage everyone to tell their stories, to soften the frustration and isolation that we feel in these messy, complex times, and to infuse a poetic trance back into this impatient world,” Flood says. To RSVP for the show, visit https://ncjwla.org. • • • • • The Young Israel of North Beverly Hills Synagogue will continue its Cafe Concert series with The Shabbat Music Experience and Shabbat Zemirot Coming To Life, at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 24 at the temple, 9261 Alden Dr. Special guests will include: Chazzan Benzion Miller, Rinat Shlomo, Choir Chazzan, Nati Baram and Prof. Mark Kligman. The program will also feature Rabbi Pini Dunner and the Yavneh Boys Choir. Tickets are $15. Call 310276-7650 or visit www.beverlyhillssynagogue.com for reservations. • • • • • Lisa See will read, take part in a Q&A and sign copies of her latest book, The Island Of Sea Women, from 7-9 p.m., Wednesday, March 6 at Chevalier’s Books,126 N. Larchmont Blvd., L.A. The New York Times’ bestselling author of The Tea Girl Of Hummingbird Lane will discuss her latest book about female friendship and family secrets on a small Korean island. For more information, visit https://www.chevaliersbooks. com/lisa-see-0306
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WINNING IN VEGAS –– The Beverly Hills Tigers of the Cheer 4 You Athletics, the Cheerleading Team from the City of Beverly Hills, competed this past weekend at the Jamz 2019 National Competition at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas and won the Jamz National Champion title. Congratulations!
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Theatre 40, which has won 350 drama critics awards, according to Hunt Stafford. In addition, Theatre 40 has taught nearly 1,000 adult theatre appreciation classes over the years. “I’m hopeful there can be some type of accommodation to maintain Theatre 40 here,” Mel Spitz said. New board members Rachelle Marcus and Tristen Walker-Shuman likewise echoed Spitz’s sentiments, with Board VP Isabel Hacker inquir-
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Metro will contribute 50 percent of the total cost of design and construction for the north portal. Metro will “cause to be constructed and make available public restrooms to serve station customers that may be constructed in connection with future development that benefits from the station’s existence,” said Welch, which he termed, “a path forward.” Public comments reflected concerns that they were not comfortable with “a path forward” and fears that Metro could backtrack on their agreement for the north portal and restroom provisions, traffic concerns, security issues and pick up/drop off cutouts on Wilshire Blvd. Comments from Welch and virtually the entire City Council indicated that they were confident restrooms and the portal were a certainty and that other concerns were going to be mitigated. For the bathrooms and portal, “the location would have to be approved by CEQA, and then by the City Council,” said Welch. Ken Goldman of the Southwest Homeowners Association, reiterated his concerns about traffic diverting onto residential streets in the southwest area. He was also concerned that plans to date do not show a pick-up/drop-off cutout and more importantly, he said, “We should have a full portal on the north side… I am confused… Path forward to a north portal? What does that mean? What if
WINNERS–2019 USC Libraries Scripter Award winner Peter Rock, Dean Catherine Quinlan, Leave No Trace producer Anne Harrison, and Scripter Selection Committee Chair Howard Rodman. Photo by Sarah Golonka
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ing as to the urgency of imminently moving Theatre 40 in the absence of firm building plans. “My allegiance is to the students at the high school,” explained Board President Noah Margo. “If the Theatre 40 has to move or do something to accommodate the students, temporarily, that is the direction I would go. “We are not looking to evict Theatre 40. We are just trying to accommodate our students.” The board directed staff to come back with a cogent plan.
Story (distributed by FX), The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu), The Looming Tower (Hulu), Patrick Melrose (Showtime), and Sharp Objects (HBO). In the film category, the winners were writer Peter Rock, author of the novel My Abandonment, and Leave No Trace screenwriters Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini, who adapted Rock’s work for the screen. Rock’s novel was itself an adaptation of a 2004 local news report about a Vietnam veteran and his young daughter found living off the grid in the forest near Portland, Oregon. The other finalist films
there is no meeting of the minds… what happens to the MOA? We have already seen a bait and switch from Metro… the route down Santa Monica to Century City.” Barbara Lazaroff of Spago echoed concerns about the restrooms and the north portal. “How many people are coming out [of the Metro station] per hour?” she asked. “It’s just unbelievable there is no north portal… it would be unthinkable to imagine no bathrooms. It is an undue burden on our restaurants and hotels. We want to be good citizens… but the numbers would force us to turn people away.” City Councilmembers expressed their belief that the MOA was secure, and that the north portal and the restrooms were assured. “We are pleased to reach this important milestone in the rpocess with Metro,” said Mayor Julian Gold. “I believe the negotiations have evolved in a spirt of trust, cooperation and transparency. There is still some work to do on several issues, specifically the north portal, restroom locations and the still-pending lawsuit. We are hopeful for a fair and timely resolution to these outstanding items.” Councilmember Lili Bosse asked City Attorney Larry Wiener, “What happens if we don’t have a meeting of the minds? Share with us what happens if we don’t… It’s a deal breaker not to have the north portal, not to have the restrooms.” Bosse asked him to explain why “on the record.” “We have representations from [Metro CEO] Phil Washington that he doesn’t wish
to delay the project any more than it has been delayed already over these two issues – you are going to have litigation… We have a six-month time limit to resolve the litigation. If it is not resolved, it would litigate, and it is possible we could stop them from doing that construction.” Wiener is referring to a pending lawsuit related to the Westside Subway Extension: City of Beverly Hills v. Federal Transit Administration, et al., United States District Court Case No. CV-18-03891 GW (SSx). Vice Mayor John Mirisch referred to the litigation as “leverage” in the negotiations. The Purple Line Extension Wilshire/Rodeo Station construction is currently performing utility relocation. Demolition of the Canon Yard will begin this month, followed by the closure of North Canon Drive at Wilshire in April. The purpose of the MOA is to minimize construction impacts through mitigation; to ensure compliance with the City’s standards; to establish procedures and consequences for non-compliance; and to establish a process for reimbursement. The focus areas include work hours, traffic, noise/air quality/vibration, compliance monitoring, construction mitigation and the protection of Beverly Hills High School (BHHS). In August, BHUSD Superintendent Dr. Michael Bregy conditionally approved the agreement at the City Council meeting. The City had asked for certain additional conditions, including additional protections
were Black Panther (distributed by Disney), Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Fox Searchlight), The Death Of Stalin (IFC Films), and If Beale Street Could Talk (Annapurna Pictures). Earlier in the evening, Quinlan honored Dr. George Isaacs as the 2019 Ex Libris Award winner for his support of the USC Libraries, which resulted in the creation of the George E. Isaacs Dean’s Suite in Doheny Memorial Library. “Books deliver knowledge, joy and understanding. Very few products in the world today can make that claim,” said Isaac’s son Mark Isaacs, on accepting the award on behalf of his father’s support of the USC Libraries.
for the High School, though no school board members were present Tuesday. Those conditions include an updated noise standard, traffic mitigations for the southwest residential area, a security agreement for policing of the stations, real property acquisitions and policing standards for security at the stations. The MOA will have specific air quality monitoring standards for BHHS. They will include air quality monitoring at a minimum of three locations and monitors to meet EPA and SCAQMD requirements. Specific air quality thresholds are 100ppb for nitrous oxides over a 1-hour period; 50 μg/m3 for particulate matter smaller than or equal to 10 microns (PM10) and 2.5 microns (PM2.5) in size over a 5-hour period. Alert levels will be set at 80 percent of the threshold level and exceeding these thresholds will result in immediate work stoppage. For noise impacts, the ad hoc committee considered both constant and intermittent noise levels. Thresholds can be no more than 5 dBA above ambient at all times, evaluated over a 15minute average. There cannot be more than two instances above 85 dBA (Lmax) within any one-hour period from 9 a.m. – 11 p.m. Noise must not exceed a single instance above 85 dBA (Lmax) within a two-hour period from 11 p.m. – 9 a.m. There cannot be 10 instances above 85 dBA (Lmax) within a one-week period from 9 p.m. – 9 a.m. There cannot be two
Diana bought the 20-seat restaurant in 1971. Then, in 1975, the entire family came, fleeing the Communist takeover of South Vietnam, and the House of An was born with one of California’s first Vietnamese restaurants. Their second restaurant, the original Crustacean, opened in San Francisco in 1991. Beverly Hills welcomed Crustacean in 1997, with the unique blending of cultures and flavors that has become the signature of the House of An, beginning with the garlic noodles and the whole roasted Dungeness crab. “I don’t think that what we have today would be the same if we opened anywhere else,” said Elizabeth. “As we travel all over the world they ask me where I am from, and I say “Beverly Hills.’ I can see they are impressed on their face… Our brand is recognized all around the world. We have been here over 20 years. I am looking forward to another 20 years. The support from the City … made it incredible. Thank you so much for this heartfelt honor.” instances above 95 dBA (Lmax) within a one-week period from 9 p.m. – 9 a.m. Noise monitoring is to be measured at the property line of any residential and transient occupancy buildings, as well as above the line of sight to construction. Traffic mitigation measures in the southwest region will be included in the City-approved traffic control plans, developed within three months of the MOA. Metro must hold a public meeting with City residents to present it. Law enforcement and security measures must meet or exceed the policing standards set forth in the MOA in Exhibit U. Those standards include crime prevention technology, such as lighting standards; 360degree CCTV access; bombsniffing dogs; 24/7 coverage with two police officers and one sergeant; the Ambassadors for extended homeless outreach; and upgraded paddle-style gates at the entries. In addition, train stations and platforms are to be professionally cleaned at least daily. If Metro contracts with one or more law enforcement agencies within their jurisdictions, then Metro must also contract with the Beverly Hills Police Department to police the two stations with the jurisdiction. If Metro utilizes only a single law enforcement agency for the entire system, then they will provide services with Beverly Hills at a level that meets or exceeds the policing standards in Exhibit U. The entire MOA is available for review at www.beverlyhills.org.
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Beverly Hills Unified School District 255 S. Lasky Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90212 NOTICE FOR REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS FOR PRECONSTRUCTION AND LEASE-LEASEBACK SERVICES NOTICE IS HEREBY given that the Beverly Hills Unified School District (“District”) is seeking proposals from qualified lease-leaseback firms to provide preconstruction and lease-leaseback construction services for the El Rodeo School Campus Seismic Retrofit and Modernization Project. The construction budget for this full campus modernization is $65,000,000.00. Lease-leaseback firms must also be prequalified in order to submit a proposal. Prequalification packages must be submitted to the District no later than 2:00 p.m., February 27, 2019. The RFQ describes the scope of the preconstruction services, the scope of the project, the selection process, and the information that is required to be included in the proposal. The recommendation for award will be made to the firm that provides the best value to the District as set forth in the RFQ. The RFQ and prequalification package is available on the District’s website, www.bhusd.org, or by contacting Lance Blair at firstname.lastname@example.org. The proposal in the form specified in the RFQ must be received no later than 2:00 p.m., on March 15, 2019, to; Attention: Don Blake Sr. Executive Bond Manager Beverly Hills Unified School District 255 S. Lasky Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90212 Any failure to submit the proposals before the deadline will cause the proposal to be rejected and returned unopened. Each proposer is solely responsible for the timely delivery of their proposal. A mandatory job walk/conference is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. February 27, 2019. Please meet at 605 Whittier Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Failure to attend the job walk/conference may result in the rejection of your proposal. The District reserves the right to waive any minor or immaterial deviations in the RFQ, the proposals received, or reject all proposals if so determined by the District’s governing board. For further information on this RFQ, please contact Lance Blair at email@example.com. BHC- Published 02/15/19, 02/22/19
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PUBLIC NOTICES any Mechanical, Electrical, and/or Plumbing Subcontractors are submitted that have not been pre-qualified through the District's PreQualification Procedure.
NOTICE CALLING FOR BIDS BEVERLY HILLS UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the BEVERLY HILLS UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT of Los Angeles County, California, acting by and through its Governing Board, hereinafter referred to as "District," will receive sealed bids for BID #100-18/19 - HORACE MANN SCHOOL BUILDING A RE-ROOFING PROJECT at the District Purchasing Department Office, 255 Lasky Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212, no later than 2:00 PM on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. Those bids timely received shall be opened and publicly read aloud. Bids shall be valid for 60 Calendar days after the bid opening date. The Project consists of approximately 35,000sqft of demolition and haul off of existing clay tile and built up roofing, installation of new underlayment, clay tiles, built up roofing, gutters and downspout replacement and miscellaneous sheet metal work of Building A at Horace Mann School. The overall construction schedule is 61 calendar days long, running from June 1, 2019 to August 1, 2019. The Bid Documents, Plans, Specifications and Pre-Qualification package is available on the District’s website, www.bhusd.org, under Departments drop-down, then Facilities and then by clicking Bond Program Bidding Opportunities or by contacting Lance Blair at firstname.lastname@example.org. The District is Pre-Qualifying Bidders and certain subcontractors for this project. No bids will be received or opened from Bidders who have not been prequalified as Class B General Contractors through the District's PreQualification Procedure. All Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Subcontractors (including C-8, C-10, C-29, C-34, C-35, C-36, C-38, and C-51 licenses) listed by Bidders (Designated Subcontractor List) must be pre-qualified through the District's Pre-Qualification Procedure. A bid will be non-responsive if
Facilities and Planning Department.
retentions earned directly into escrow.
Contractors are encouraged to submit prequalification packages as soon as possible so that they may be notified of their prequalification status in advance. The prequalification packages should be sealed, marked "CONFIDENTIAL PREQUALIFICATION," and delivered to the following:
In accordance with the provisions of California Business and Professions Code Section 7028.15 and Public Contract Code Section 3300, the District requires that the bidder possess the following classification(s) of contractor's license(s) at the time the bid is submitted: CLASS B. Any bidder not so licensed at the time of the bid opening will be rejected as nonresponsive.
Beverly Hills Unified School Attn: Don Blake, Construction and Facilities Department 255 South Lasky Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.
The last day to submit questions shall be 12:00 PM on Monday, March 18, 2019. All questions must be submitted in accordance with the procedures set forth in the Information for Bidders.
Award of Contract: The District shall award the Contract for the Project to the lowest responsible prequalified bidder as determined from the base bid alone by the District. The District reserves the right to reject any or all bids or to waive any irregularities or informalities in any bid or in the bidding process. Bid protests, if any, must comply with the requirements set forth in the information for Bidders in order to be timely and considered by the District.
Prequalification packages must be submitted no later than 4:00 PM on Monday, March 11, 2019
Each bid shall be accompanied by a bid security in the form of cash, a certified or cashier's check or bid bond in an amount not less than ten percent (10%) of the total bid price, payable to the District.
The questionnaire answers and financial statements included in the prequalification packages submitted by contractors are not public records and are not open to public inspection. All such information provided will be kept confidential to the extent permitted by law, although the contents may be disclosed to third parties for the purpose of verification, investigation of substantial allegations, and in the process of any subsequent proceedings. State law requires that the names of contractors applying for prequalification status shall be public records subject to disclosure, and the first page of the questionnaire will be used for that purpose. One "MANDATORY" Pre-Bid Conference and walk will be held at 10:00 AM on Monday, March 11, 2019, at the Horace Mann School, 8701 Charleville Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211. Attendees must be on time. All attendees will be escorted through the school site by a District Representative. Note that this project will be constructed adjacent to an operating and occupied school. It is highly recommended that prospective bidders and prequalifying subcontractors attend the job walk. Prospective bidders may not visit the Project Site without making arrangements through the
The District reserves the right to reject any or all bids or to waive any irregularities or informalities in any bids or in the bidding process. The project shall require prevailing wage compliance. The District has obtained from the California Department of Industrial Relations the general prevailing rate of per diem wages in the locality in which this work is to be performed for each craft or type of worker needed for the Project. It shall be mandatory upon the successful bidder to whom the contract is awarded, and upon any subcontractor listed, to pay not less than the said specified rates to all workers employed by them for the Project. No bidder may withdraw any bid for a period of Sixty (60) calendar days after the date set for the opening of bids. Pursuant to Section 22300 of the Public Contract Code, the Agreement will contain provisions permitting the successful bidder to substitute securities for any monies withheld by the District to ensure performance under the Agreement or permitting payment of
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Chairman Emeritus Paula Kent Meehan President & Publisher Marcia Wilson Hobbs ****** Senior Editor John L. Seitz Special Sections Editor Stephen P. Simmons
An Op Ed From Ari Bussel
THE WITCH OF BEVERLY HILLS I often take guests on a tour of Beverly Hills and stop to take pictures of the Witches House. It is 2019, ending two decades into the 21st Century, and we have our own “witch of Beverly Hills,” completely unrelated to Michael Libow’s iconic Witches House. This witch has been portrayed as the incarnation of evil. To a community with a very large Jewish base, even declared antiSemitic. But does evil really lie instead in the fact so many in our City are so divided on this issue that anger, madness, nastiness and ugliness, once traits we would never associate or believe possible from friends, colleagues and neighbors, have become part of the landscape? Is what is going on with one issue the real question we are facing as a community, or does it rise much higher and go to the very core of who we have become as a community? Perhaps it has become too easy to point the ﬁnger and blame the “witch of Beverly Hills.” In medieval times, witches were often persecuted and burned at the stake. Only a century ago in this country, evil was directed against blacks, and for centuries in Europe against Jews with blood libels that precipitated pogroms. Have we succumbed to a lack of reason and behavior the likes of which were portrayed in William Golding’s Lord Of The Flies? Have we started our own chase after the “witch of Beverly Hills,” and is nothing more satisfying than to tie her to a high mound of dry tree branches and set the entire structure on ﬁre? Has the City cast out common sense and allowed our feelings to drive us further apart? We are a community divided, and there appears to be no common ground nor attempt at reconciliation or understanding. There is only digging one’s heels deeper and deeper into a muddy refusal to listen or consider another’s point of view. In Beverly Hills, the entire staff works for the city manager. Only three people work for the City Council: the city manager, city clerk and city attorney. The ﬁve elected members of the City Council are their boss, and the council’s boss is you and me, the voters. The City Council reviews the performance of all departments both regularly and ad hoc to ensure it meets or exceeds their expectations. The council also addresses complaints or concerns, such as accusations of anti-Semitism, racism, bigotry or sexual discrimination. Lastly, it is the council which is responsible for any settlements and judgments against the City. We seem to be ﬁghting proxies rather than addressing the issue where it belongs. If one believes the council erred in its hiring decision, raise it in the upcoming election or act to remove the council. Attacking individuals is the wrong course of action and will not yield any constructive results, only greater animosity, deeper division and further heel digging in well-fortiﬁed trenches. If you believe there are current issues with any department, write or call the department head or the city manager. If no one provides a satisfactory answer, approach the council. Our community is most unique and blessed in that our city manager and councilmembers actually answer their e-mails
and return phone calls. They are accessible and almost always will treat you with respect and attentiveness. As a former mayor pointed out, most telephone numbers are listed and the elected ofﬁcials are readily approachable. At the very top, we have leaders who believe they are there to serve us. They are not gods on Mount Olympus, far removed from the commoners. And when the top believes and acts in this manner, everyone else follows suit. For almost two years now, we have been bombarded with letters exposing dirty laundry to the outside world. We have heard of a dozen or two-dozen lawsuits. We have read full-page advertisements in the local papers, and we have been witness to the nastiest, personal attacks at council meetings and on the editorial pages of the local papers. Are these all true? All ﬁctional? Should they be in the public domain or handled internally inside Beverly Hills City Hall? Do people really care? So allow me to present an option. Possibly together we can ﬁnd a path out of the abyss. Perhaps what is needed at the moment is a respite, to allow a third party to enter and evaluate professionally the issues at hand. The City Council may have to be rebuked a bit, for it too has moved to personal attacks. The community is concerned, and possibly rightly so, because of the multiplicity of lawsuits. If we are chefs pondering which ingredient to use next, we likely found it. What is needed ﬁts the following deﬁnition: “an ofﬁcial appointed to investigate individuals’ complaints against maladministration, especially that of public authorities.” The emphasis is that it has to be a person who can get alone with both (or all) sides, listen, absorb, study, investigate and come up with recommendations or courses of action to beneﬁt the system as a whole and move us forward. What might be required is a powerful ombudsman. This is not unique to Beverly Hills. The late Barbara Yaroslavsky urged it in relations to UCLA long ago. Clearly, not everyone will be satisﬁed, unless the different sides are comfortable that their concerns were not ignored. The ombudsman should have institutional memory; can invite the parties to closed-door meetings; meet with City staff and residents; be the address for everyone and utilize the position to move the City forward, away from the pile of dry tree branches awaiting a witch to be burned at the stake and the eagerly awaiting crazed crowd around. We once had an ombudsman, but the title did not match the role and the position disappeared. It is time for the City Council to appoint or hire an ombudsman, so that we can begin a healing process, so very much necessary, and move forward, onward to better things to occupy our time, energy and being. Beverly Hills has always been a City that cherishes its staff and respects and values integrity and dignity. It is time we return to our roots and restore our pride in our values and our community.
The following burglaries and grand thefts have been reported by BHPD. Losses in brackets.
ASSAULTS 01/24 Beverly Boulevard./Charleville Boulevard 01/25 8900 Wilshire Boulevard 01/30 300 North Beverly Drive 02/02 200 South Beverly Drive 02/04 200 North Canon Drive 02/04 9700 Wilshire Boulevard 02/10 9000 Wilshire Boulevard BUGLARIES 01/21 9500 Wilshire Boulevard 01/21 400 North Oakhurst Drive 01/21 400 North Camden Drive 01/21 600 Doheny Road 01/22 1100 La Altura Road 01/22 300 North Oakhurst Drive 01/22 9300 Clifton Way 01/22 9500 Olympic Boulevard 01/22 200 South Elm Drive 01/23 700 Foothill Road 01/23 200 South Beverly Drive 01/24 400 North Bedford Drive 01/24 200 South Stanley Drive 01/25 400 South Roxbury Drive 01/26 9900 Robbins Drive 01/26 200 South Beverly Drive 01/27 200 South Hamilton Drive 01/28 400 Spalding Drive 01/28 9700 Wilshire Boulevard 01/28 400 North Maple Dr. 01/28 200 Reeves Drive 01/28 700 North Roxbury Drive 01/29 9700 Wilshire Boulevard 01/29 9500 Brighton Way 01/30 300 North Canon Drive 01/30 9700 Wilshire Boulevard 01/31 300 South Robertson Boulevard 01/31 300 South Elm Drive 01/31 200 South Oakhurst Drive 01/31 100 Spalding Drive 01/31 200 South Doheny Drive 02/06 300 South Elm Drive 02/06 South Santa Monica Boulevard/Charleville Boulevard 02/06 9900 South Santa Monica Boulevard 02/06 9100 Wilshire Boulevard 02/07 9400 Brighton Way 02/07 100 Reeves Drive 02/07 9600 South Santa Monica Boulevard 02/07 100 South Palm Drive 02/09 100 North Hamilton Drive 02/10 200 North Crescent Drive 02/10 9600 Wilshire Boulevard ROBBERIES 01/21 Charleville Boulevard/Lasky Drive 02/05 300 North Rodeo Drive GRAND THEFTS 11/28 200 North Rodeo Drive 01/09 North Doheny Drive/Wilshire Boulevard 01/21 9300 Olympic Boulevard 01/22 9600 Wilshire Boulevard 01/23 1700 Tropical Avenue 01/24 200 South Bedford Drive 01/25 9700 Wilshire Boulevard 01/27 700 Hillcrest Road. 01/28 200 South Arnaz Drive 01/29 200 North Swall Drive 01/29 9900 South Santa Monica Boulevard 01/30 200 North Robertson Boulevard 01/31 9800 Wilshire Boulevard 02/05 900 Foothill Road 02/06 400 North Rodeo Dr. 02/06 200 South Hamilton Drive 02/06 200 North Elm Drive 02/09 600 North Maple Drive
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Former Beverly Hills Mayor Robert K. Tanenbaum’s well-written, often verbose article last week in the Courier with the Grishamesque title “Defending Vera Markowitz” misses the mark on several points, but it is perhaps most notable for what he doesn’t say than what he does. Of course, part of the “defense” is a discussion about what a wonderful wife and mother, a member of charitable groups and a great dancer Ms. Markowitz is. What we don’t hear is that around 20 years ago, Mr. Tanenbaum sued the City of Beverly Hills, alleging that our police department was engaging in the racial proﬁling of suspects. And we also don’t hear a peep from him–the capo of the Beverly Hills North Homeowners Association–about the actual racial proﬁling Vera Markowitz, who is the vice president of the same organization, engaged in last year. Instead of dealing with a real, proven case of racism and bigotry, Mr. Tanenbaum chooses to focus on unsubstantiated and speculative claims of discrimination against our BHPD Chief Sandra Spagnoli by disgruntled employees seeking to extract money from the City. Yet in a televised forum last year – one which was co-sponsored by no less than Tanenbaum’s own Beverly Hills North Homeowners Association–Ms. Markowitz stood up and called out three individuals by their race whom she suspected had committed a crime. Their skin color was totally and completely irrelevant in the context. In other words, she engaged in exactly the kind of behavior Mr. Tanenbaum had sued the City over some 20 years ago. Ms. Markowitz’s racist comments are not in dispute. They were public, televised and blatant. And they are still available to view on line. Yet Mr. Tanenbaum has remained curiously silent about her own racist behavior, instead accuses me of an ad hominem attack for pointing out the hypocrisy of Ms. Markowitz’s unrelenting attacks on the chief in view of her own public racist comments. Sure, Mr. Tanenbaum can criticize me all he wants for calling out the Markowitz’ chutzpah, but perhaps he would do better to get his own house in order ﬁrst. As the individual who sued the BHPD for alleged racial proﬁling two decades ago, Tanenbaum needs to demand the immediate resignation of Vera Markowitz from the North Homeowners board and needs to demand from her a public apology for her racist comments, followed by sensitivity training. Unless, of course, his views on racial proﬁling have changed. Let’s all just hope that isn’t the case. John Mirisch Vice Mayor of the City of Beverly Hills
****** I am speaking on behalf of seven-homeowners who will be most affected by the proposed project at 100 N. Crescent Dr. We have reviewed and discussed the proposal and its subsequent revisions and remain opposed to it due to its signiﬁcant adverse effect on our quality of life. This will add noise to our neighborhood, the blocking of a residential alley due to small loading dock, privacy, shade and shadow for long hours and trafﬁc in our already overburdened area. Aside from destroying a historically signiﬁcant site, this will be the ﬁrst project that gets to double its height from 45 to 80 feet (see draft of ordinance E-OP-D-2), add 50 percent more square footage to approximately 200,000 without adding one single extra parking space. It is the ﬁrst project that the use of the building and the need of the tenant for how much space they need will let the developer get away from all our City zoning laws and state environmental requirements. The sloppy environmental review submitted, instead of scaling back the size of the project to mitigate its unavoidable problems,
offers some meaningless mitigation solutions that will be based upon the honor system, putting the onus on the general public to report trafﬁc, blocking residential alley for loading/unloading, noise and night light. The proposed use, with its restaurant and theater, will be used for many red-carpet entertainment events operating early morning for deliveries until midnight, causing a lot of nuisance for the neighborhood. What is especially bothersome is the bait and switch approach in this proposal. The developer has requested three different variations of the height for 87 feet (in submitted plan 72 plus 15 penthouses, 95 feet (in draft E-OP-D-2 80 plus 15 penthouses) and 107 feet (in zone change 92 change plus 15 penthouses). However, the shade and shadow study has been modeled with the least height option; even though their model inaccurately has reduced the building height from 87 in their plan to 85 feet in their shade and shadow study model to come up with less than signiﬁcant impact. Here are some more bait and switches in their clever approach: They asked for this entitlement under Entertainment Overlay Zone but the draft ordinance allows them to request for medical ofﬁce use and a medical lab. Another one is that the developer submitted a plan for a 4,500 square foot restaurant only to ﬁnd out, they can increase that to 10 percent of building’s gross size or 20,000 square feet of restaurant space. With the bogus reason of needing space for construction staging, the beautiful public park with grass and grown up trees next to this project will be destroyed and paved with mostly concrete resembling an entrance to a commercial building more than a public park. A park that has no sun most of the day, has diminished its value as a place of enjoyment. There is no question that the proposed project will have a signiﬁcant adverse effect on neighborhood on our peace, quiet, privacy, enjoyments and our home value; as well as our health and well-being. The planning commissioners have met with us to hear our concerns and have expressed their desire to lessen the impact this project will create. However, it will remain to be seen to what extend these changes and scaling back can ease residents’ concerns. We could not have said it better than a former planning commissioner saying: “Any environmental report that did not ﬁnd signiﬁcant adverse impact as a result of shade and shadow of this project would be misleading and is a disservice to the community and any failure to address the impacts on the residents on Rexford will effectively amount to wealth transference from residents to the developer; and I don’t think this City Council would countenance that.” Wiseman Dawoody ****** I am responding to Janet Polak’s letter in last week’s Courier. Banning the sale of tobacco products and smoking in Beverly Hills is not illegal. It is good public policy. So far, the City’s laws governing tobacco use have withstood legal challenges. Why should the City Council make Beverly Hills a smokefree city. Because smoking is a health hazard, and unwanted exposure to secondhand smoke is a health hazard. The Environmental Protection Agency has classiﬁed secondhand smoke as a Class A carcinogen, with no known safe level of exposure. Secondhand smoke may account for up to 30 percent of heart attacks and can trigger asthma attacks in children. That’s why. The Beverly Hills City Council, and especially Mayor Julian Gold, should be commended for their efforts, not condemned. Daniel Fink M.D. ******
Cartoon for the Courier by Janet Salter Well, here we go again... the Los Angeles City Council voted 13-1 to approve an ordinance prohibiting the sale or manufacture of fur in that city beginning Jan. 1, 2021... Another law telling us what we can or cannot buy or sell... Because there are people that feel we should not be able to buy or wear a fur coat or bag and that stores should not be able to manufacture or create these items, we lose our right to freedom of choice... You and I should have the right to buy and wear these items while these people against the buying and selling of furs don’t have to either buy and wear them. They should not have the ability to have a law passed dictating this. What is happening to our freedom of choice? Next, it’s going to be a ban on shoes, bags and other items made from leather etc. etc. My rights are being taken away because of a group who feel it has the obligation to oppose my own, personal rights. This is supposed to be a free country.. How is it free when legitimate companies are forced to close their business because some group feels furs should not be sold? A simple solution would be to just not buy them. What is next? What about meat and ﬁsh? Many people won’t eat them but they are still in restaurants and markets. If I can make the choice on whether or not to buy or eat them, how can this be different than furs? The government, whether it be local, state or federal, should not have the right to pass a law telling me what I can do or not do when it comes to buying or wearing furs. Rights work both wayssuch as the right to buy or not. Our own rights are being violated. I hope legislators will concentrate efforts their into laws which are far more important to the general public like gun regulation, where too many children and citizens are getting killed, even in schools because there are lack of needed laws. Joan Gold ****** Word on the street has it that our Public Works folk and the good people from the Fine Arts Commission have teamed up to solve the Burton Way cacti dilemma. Developed by the city of Petaluma in honor of “Take a Friend to Bathe Week,” large sculptures of bathtubs on top of tall stilts were placed in various locations around their City. Our Public Works and Fine Art folks saw this as the perfect solution to the Burton Way cacti dilemma. They have commissioned the same group of artists who gifted the Santa Monica Boulevard Parkway, with “The No Salt White Ceramic Pretzel, An Aluminum Dinosaur Dung, and Wiley Coyote Chasing The Tin Man” to design and construct the bathtubs. Once placed on stilts along Burton Way, the tubs will collect rainwater which will be used to water the cacti. Unplugging the bath tub stoppers and releasing the water will be under the supervision of a committee formed by our “Superintension of Schools,” whose mission statement is: ”Give me an issue, and I'll give you a committee.” Robert Block
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