Beverly Hills City Council Elections Are March 5 – Don’t Forget to Vote!
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March 1, 2013
Beverly Hills City Council Election 2013
The Courier Endorses Mirisch, Krasne and Rosenstein For Beverly Hills City Council Vote Tuesday! Students from China visited Beverly Hills High School last week. 4
Nancy Krasne John Mirisch Beverly Hills cuts the ribbon on the new La Cienega Park fitness equipment. 4
“City Hall must stop treating residents like an ATM machine.”
“It is unfair to use City fees and (water rate) markups to get more money from residents and businesses. I would like to know how much of the hike goes to pensions for City employees.”
Brian Rosenstein “The water rate hike is part of our problem about transparency – we just are not transparent. It’s not about money. It’s about being honest with people.”
By Matt Lopez After months of debates, mailers, flyers and in-home visits, election day is finally almost here. On Tuesday, Beverly Hills residents will head to the polls in droves to decide who will lead their city into its 100th Birthday. The six candidates eligible for election are: Mayor Willie Brien, Vice Mayor John Mirisch, former Mayor Nancy Krasne, Planning Commission Vice Chair Brian Rosenstein, residents Katherine Cohan and Michael Talei. The Courier has endorsed Mirisch, Krasne and Rosenstein for City Council. There are well over 2,000 absentee ballots already cast with City Hall. Just how many more will cast their vote on Tuesday? Recent Beverly Hills voting history says it likely will be somewhere around 30 percent of the reg (see ‘ELECTION’ page 26)
Beverly Hills Water Rate Hikes
Vote NO – Do NOT Re-Elect Willie Brien
Joan Rivers reviews Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Kicking! 11
• Has not denounced campaign smear tactics. • Voted to raise Beverly Hills water rates. Mirisch Voted NO, Brien Voted YES • Voted to “fast track” Metro permits and refuses to fully oppose Metro tunneling under the Beverly Hills High School campus. 08/09 09/10 10/11 11/12 12/13 13/14 6 years • Pushed for oversized, overdeveloped Roxbury Park. +6% + 6% +15% +15% +7% +7% +70% • Voted to keep Union negotiations hidden from public. Note: According to City staff reports, each is an increase over the prior year’s rate, thus the increas• Voted against public transparency by declining to extend es are compounded. Using 2007/2008 as a “base year” (base year=100) the increases total over 70% City’s 30-day e-mail retention policy. in six years, meaning current water rates are 170% of what they were in 2007/08.
Beverly Hills City Pay Explained Dr. Fran’s tips on helping your baby sleep and managing your temper 13
By Marla Schevker Beverly Hills pays its employees with a smorgasbord of different dishes. The individual dishes are hard to understand, but the total is not. The City groups its employees into nine unions or collective bar-
gaining units. Each has its own contract or “Memorandum of Understanding.” Police, fire and the respective support staff each have their own; the remaining employees are grouped into five “bargain(see ‘CITY PAY’ page 16)
The Beverly Hills Hotel hosted the “Night of 100 Stars” last Sunday. 23 •Health & Wellness 12 •Special Sections 19-21 •Birthdays 28
NIGHT OF 100 STARS— Norby Walters produced the 23rd “Night of 100 Stars” Oscar-viewing party last Sunday at The Beverly Hills Hotel. Pictured (from left): Actor Bruce Boxleitner, Walters and actor Stephen Collins. For more photos see Page 23.
Courier Editorial Board Pt. III – City Hall Transparency This is the third part of our report on the editorial board interviews conducted by The Courier with city council candidates Mayor Willie Brien, attorney Katherine Cohan, former Mayor Nancy Krasne, Vice
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OLYMPIAD WINNERS—Beverly Hills Science Olympiad students from all four K8 schools pose together after winning the regional Science Olympiad competition over the weekend. Names of all students on page 14.
Beverly Hills Schools Dominate Regional Science Olympiad By Laura Coleman Beverly Hills Unified School District students dominated last weekend’s Science Olympiad competition held at Occidental
College on Saturday, Feb. 23, with El Rodeo and Beverly Vista Elementary teams bringing home (see ‘OLYMPIAD,’ page 14)
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Editorial from Rabbi Pressman AND MORE
(see ‘EDITORIAL BOARD’ page 26)
FROM BLONDE TO BLACK — Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence arrived at the Rosanno Ferretti Hair Spa at 345 N. Canon in Beverly Hills to darken those blonde tresses to black for her next film The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
George Christy, Page 6 Seth MacFarlane Swears He Will Not Host Another Oscar Cast Again; Tina Fey And Amy Poehler Are Being Tapped For 2014; A 30-Second Telecast Spot Costs Between $1.7-$1.8 Million
Mayor John Mirisch and Planning Commissioner Brian Rosenstein. They are competing for three seats on the council in the March 5 election.
Jennifer admits she wanted to shout a naughty word when she stumbled on the stairs leading to the stage to accept her Oscar for Best Actress in Silver Linings Playbook. She’s lately apologized for forgetting to thank David O. Russell, her director with the Silver Linings Playbook. For more photos, see George Christy’s column on page 6.
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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING DATE:
March 14, 2013
1:30 PM, or as soon thereafter as the matter may be heard
Commission Meeting Room 280A Beverly Hills City Hall 455 North Rexford Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90210
The Planning Commission of the City of Beverly Hills, at its REGULAR meeting on Thursday, March 14, 2013, 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 to amend the Beverly Hills Municipal Code regarding height restrictions for certain rooftop architectural features and shade structures, and rooftop lunchrooms on commercial buildings. If approved, the Zone Text Amendment would allow for certain architectural features to be constructed up to 15 feet above the adjacent roof deck without requiring a setback from the edge of the building, subject to discretionary approval. Current code requirements allow these architectural features to be constructed up to 15 feet above the adjacent roof deck, but require that they be set back from the edge of the building by an amount equal to the height of the architectural feature. Additionally, the Zone Text Amendment would clarify the types of rooftop structures/uses that can be permitted in conjunction with a rooftop lunchroom. Current code requirements allow rooftop lunchrooms, if approved by the Planning Commission, but do not specify the types of structures/uses (e.g. bathroom facilities and outdoor seating areas) that may be constructed in conjunction with a rooftop lunchroom; and A request for a Development Plan Review for the properties located at 9800 Wilshire Boulevard and 121 Spalding Drive, to allow the construction of rooftop employee lunch areas (including bathroom facilities totaling approximately 500 square feet) and unenclosed architectural features constructed approximately 12 feet above the adjacent roof deck that are not set back from the edge of the building. This request is being made pursuant to the proposed Zone Text Amendment described above, and would be contingent on the approval of the Zone Text Amendment by the City Council. This project has been assessed in accordance with the authority and criteria contained in the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the State CEQA Guidelines, and the environmental regulations of the City. The project qualifies for a Class 5 Categorical Exemption for minor alterations in land use limitations and a Class 1 Categorical Exemption for interior and exterior alterations to an existing commercial building, and the project has been determined not to have a significant environmental impact and is exempt from the provisions of CEQA. Any interested person may attend the meeting and be heard or present written comments to the Commission. According to Government Code Section 65009, if you challenge the Commission'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. If there are any questions regarding this notice, please contact Ryan Gohlich, Senior Planner in the Planning Division at 310.285.1194, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Copies of the applications, plans, and Categorical Exemption are on file in the Community Development Department, and can be reviewed by any interested person at 455 North Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Approved as to form: Jonathan Lait, AICP, City Planner
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B E V E R LY H I L L S M A I N N E W S H U M A N I TA R I A N S — The Young Musicians Foundation honored Albert and Trudy Kallis (pictured right) with the Humanitarian award at its 58th annual gala performance. Married 61 years, the former longtime Beverly Hills residents were among the founders of the Los Angeles Children’s Museum.
EL RODEO GOLD—El Rodeo's Science Olympiad 18-member team won Gold in the LA County Science Olympiad Competition last Saturday. Pictured above (Bottom row, from left): Matthew Kassorla, Kian Vahabzadeh, Joey Austin, Ryan Javidzad, Rebecca Rashti, Campbell Iezman, Hunter Cooke and Sam Wolf; (Top row, from left): James Blauvelt, Charlie Levy, Ryan Dubin, Luke Jankowski, Nolan Dzubak, Ben Rashti, Mason Ware, and El Rodeo 4th grade teacher liaison/coach Ellen Kwon; (Not pictured): Lexi Shaheri, Aaron Neman, and Ben Maizes.
Beverly Hills High Association of Marketing Students Head To State Competition By Laura Coleman Fresh from multiple wins at last month’s regional Career Development Conference/ Competition, 17 Beverly Hills High School marketing stu-
dents yesterday headed to the state competition in Santa Clara. “Once again, we are so proud of our students and their commitment to excel at the
highest level,” Superintendent Gary Woods told The Courier. The students will compete through Sunday against roughly 1,900 students throughout (see ‘DECA’ page 14)
Beverly Hills Youth Choir Members Prepare For National Conference In Connecticut By Matt Lopez Several of Beverly Unified School District’s talented young singers been chosen to travel to
Hills most have Hart-
ford, Ct. next month for a major national singing conference. The event is the 39th annual National Conference for the
Organization of American Kodaly Educations (OAKE) in Hartford on March 20-23. Golda Berkman (Beverly
Beverly Hills School Board Approves Interim Security Plan By Laura Coleman On Tuesday, the Board of Education unanimously approved an interim security plan for Beverly Hills High School that updates a plan from 2011 to restrict access to the cam-
pus. “I don’t have any concerns in moving forward,” BHHS Principal Carter Paysinger told The Courier. “I think we’re moving in the right direction.” (see ‘SECURITY’ page 14)
MURPHY’S LAW— Murphy is a two-yearold, 28-pound, terrier mix boy who was found wandering the streets near the USC campus. Rescued by Kim Sill of Shelter Hope Pet Shop, he is now neutered, house-trained and upto-date on all his shots. Those interested in adopting this sweet and grateful guy can call 818- 453-5798.
(see ‘CHOIR’ page 14)
Board Of Education Reaffirms Commitment To STEM Programs By Laura Coleman After fielding more than 30 minutes of public comment from students, educators, parents and community leaders in support of Beverly Hills High School’s robotics program, the Board of Education voted 1-3 to cut Regional Occupation Programs (ROPs) at Tuesday’s LA CIENEGA PARK—On Tuesday the City of Beverly Hills’ Community Services Department unveiled a new pavilion of outdoor fitness equipment at La Cienega Park. The ribbon-cutting also marked the grand opening of the Delicious Snack Company snack bar, serving hot and cold foods in the park seven days a week. The equipment’s manufacturer, Greenfields, had trainers and representatives on-hand to help park patrons get acclimated to the new amenity. The fitness equipment is free and available during regular park hours. Pictured (from left): Greenfields’ Representative Debra Olson, Community Services Director Steve Zoet, Councilmember Dr. Julian Gold, Recreation & Parks Commission Vice-Chair Howard L. Rosoff, Recreation & Parks Commission Chair Robert S. Anderson, Councilmember Lili Bosse, Recreation & Parks Commissioner Susan Gersh, Recreation & Parks Commissioner Simone Friedman, Planning Commissioner Alan Block and the students of Beverly Hills Community Service Department’s preschool program at La Cienega Park. GREAT DEBATERS—The Horace Mann Debate Team took home a medal in their first debate competition last Saturday at Har vard-Westlake. Pictured left: (Top row, from left): Jimin Son, Christopher Courion, Evan Pizzurro and Hans Ji; (Middle row, from left): Wesley Wu, Seth Pizzurro, Yeonju Deborah Yi and Gabe Goldstein; (Bottom row, from left): Lisa Ji, Amit Geffner, Samantha Boudaie, Josh Galst, Cathy Lee, Sophie Cohen and Sam Schwartz.
formal board meeting. Boardmember Lewis Hall voted “yes” to an amended proposal that would have exempted cuts to the robotics program. Board President Jake Manaster was not present at the time the vote was taken. (see ‘ROBOTICS’ page 9)
C H I N A V I S I T — Chinese high school students from the S h a n x i Universityaffiliated high school toured Beverly Hills High School last week, meeting with 10 BHHS students.
Chinese Youth Delegation Visits Beverly Hills High School By Laura Coleman Last Tuesday, top Chinese high school students from the Shanxi University-affiliated high school toured Beverly Hills High School with Superintendent Gary Woods as part of a 10-day visit to California.
“Continuing to foster relationships with students from around the globe is essential for us in the BHUSD,” Woods told The Courier. “We must embrace our international responsibilities and promote in(see ‘CHINA’ page 14)
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Whereas, Candace and Clif Smith publish the Beverly Hills Courier, which unites the community with regional news and coverage of events and people of Beverly Hills
Now, Therefore, we, the City Council of Beverly Hills, do hereby congratulate and commend Candace and Clif Smith for their extraordinary philanthropic spirit and further recognize their outstanding dedication to Beverly Hills students and the community.
• Barry Brucker, Mayor • William W. Brien, Vice Mayor • John. A Mirisch, Councilmember • Lili Bosse, Councilmember • Julian A. Gold, M.D., Councilmember
Words From A Few of Beverly Hills’ Most Respected Elected Officials Clif (Smith) has saved our community. If it wasn't for The Courier, the community wouldn't have known about Roxbury and so many other important issues. The Courier has been a part of our community for 47 years. When I walked the City during my campaign, people very much loved and respected having The Courier as our local newspaper. This community is very smart. Residents are going to vote based on who they feel represents them and has integrity. People are not necessarily going to agree with every vote I have, and even Clif has not agreed with every vote I have. Neither will residents. I try and do best job in my judgement of what I believe community has said they wanted. This community has become divisive in this election because a lot of the attacks going on have been personal. It should never be about personal attacks, never be about mudslinging. I think the community is too smart to make decisions based on mudslinging. The negativity in this community sets us back and is not who we are. Going into our Centennial, there is no room for that negativity in our community. No room for any negative mudslinging. We need to stick with the issues that matter to us. As soon as we start criticizing the integrity of people, that's when we have lost who we are as a people.
Councilmember Lili Bosse This is getting so despicably ugly. The fact that my name even comes up disgusts me. I don't want to be involved in this smear campaign. If you're not prepared to run an honest campaign, don't run. Don't run on a resume that doesn't exist. Don't run on nonsense. It’s getting uglier and dirtier. I felt so bad when I read the mailers that I got disgusted. Clif Smith and I do not always agree, but do I respect him? Yes. The Courier has never lied to the public. For six years, I tried to get salary information and until Clif published it, I never had that information. I tried. Rod Wood never gave it to me.
Former Mayor Nancy Krasne I have never in the five years I've been an elected official in Beverly Hills and participating in both City Council and School Board elections, seen anything like this. The West Hollywood/Beverly Hills Democratic Club have injected a level of partisanship that I've never seen in a local City Council race. This is unprecedented in terms of what we're seeing. I've had the pleasure of working with entire staff at The Courier and various reporters at The Courier and publishing team. I always found The Courier to do their due diligence and be very mindful about checking facts and double-checking facts. Ensuring they are getting the story correct. I'm very disappointed to see these kind of personal attacks against Clif Smith and The Courier. Having walked this City in every election the last six years, I can tell you The Courier is the most well-read and respected news source we have in the City. When I ran for election and re-election, people would actually quote what they read in The Courier to me. You can't really say that about any other news source in the City. The “Friends of Beverly Hills”? Not willing to identify themselves. (Editor’s note: “Friends of Beverly Hills” is an anonymous email address that has spammed the community in an effort to smear The Courier.) For The Courier we have a list of reporters and we know who the publisher is. We know who The Courier staff are, you can't say the same about the “Friends of Beverly Hills” or whoever they are.
Board of Education Member and former President Brian David Goldberg
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Jessica Chastain in Armani Prive
Arriving at the Oscars were Salma Hayek, in Gucci, with husband FrancoisHenri Pinault, the CEO of PPR, the Parisbased conglomerate that owns Gucci, Yves-Saint Laurent, and Bottega Veneta. His family’s worth is estimated at $11.5 billion.
Oscarcast is a crapshoot. Some winners, others losers. Whatever. Being of a certain age, we remember those charismatic hosts – Billy Crystal, Johnny Carson, Bob Hope and their glamorous gravitas. As the world knows, life is change, and today’s youthquake is where it’s at.
ongratulations to 2013 host Seth MacFarlane, easily likeable with a sense of humor bordering between naughty and raunchy ( Family Guy, Ted). Seth, 39, and his Oscar stalwarts upped the ratings by 2 percent from last year with 40.3 million viewers. In 2010, Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker, with the wonderful but then-unknown Jeremy Renner,
win attracted 41.3 million, and Clint Eastwood’s 2005 Million Dollar Baby starring Hilary Swank drew 42.1 million. Peter Jackson’s The Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King remains a champ, with 43.5 million.
number of All That Jazz (the Broadway blockbuster was executive-produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who also produced the Oscar telecast). Craig and Neil are now producing a cable remake of Bonnie And Clyde and live telecast of The Sound Of Music for NBC.
Jennifer Aniston in Valentino
roaches pedicure.” Women were offended. The hurrahs and nitpicking may go on, but the curtain’s down, and the world goes round.
Nicole Kidman in L’Wren Scott
ny truth to the talk that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler of Continued on the following page...
he New York Post’s Kyle Smith found the We Saw Your Boobs routine about naked actresses “lower than a cock-
s anticipated, occasional quibbles surfaced about Catherine ZetaJones’ lip-synched performance in the Chicago musical Warner Bros. Kevin Tsujihara
Tim Burton with Christoph Waltz
Wolfgang Puck with Ang Lee
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Anne Hathaway in Prada
Helena Bonham Carter in Vivienne Westwood
George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck and Time Warner’s Jeffrey Bewkes
Joseph Gordon-Levitt flanked by Amy Adams, in Oscar de la Renta, and Charlize Theron, in Dior during the Governors Ball after the Oscarcast.
Philip Seymour Hoffman
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Tommy Lee Jones and Steven Spielberg
Barbra Streisand in Donna Karan
Adele in Jenny Packham
n my mind, our Oscars are the biggest party, bigger than the Presidential i n a u g u r a t i o n ,” vowed Wolfgang Puck to the 1,500plus guests at the Governors Ball in the Hollywood & H i g h l a n d Ballroom on the fifth floor above the Dolby Theatre, home to the Oscarcast. Reese Witherspoon in Louis Vuitton
Renee Zellweger in Carolina Herrera
their Golden Globes hosting success are being tapped for 2014? Seth swears he will never host the Oscars again.
olfgang masterminds the sumptuous dinner, feeding the famished after the three-and-a-half hour program. Myriad tastes from his infamous
Sandra Bullock in Elie Saab
or those of us who’ve known Wolfgang before he opened his first Spago on Horn Avenue in West Hollywood in 1982, there’s no question that the guy’s a culinary and business genius, running a multimillion dollar empire. A genius with a heart who took time out to cook a favored weinerschnitzel meal for the Oscar-winning Amour producer-director Michael Haneke, a native of Austria, as is Wolfgang.
night, create thousands of week-long jobs for the city. Frankly, may more parties keep rolling big time throughout the year. What’s better than these welcomed paychecks for our locals in the midst of our downtrodden economy?
lease remember that these round-the-clock parties, not only on Oscar night, but during days preceding the big
Naomi Campbell in Armani Prive
Kathryn Smith (in Tadashi Shoji) walked the red carpet during Norby Walters’ Night of 100 Stars, now in its 23rd year. Kathryn is pursuing a career in fashion. She mingled with former Oscar winners Martin Landau and Bruce Davison, along with Don Murray, Lou Gossett Jr., Harry Hamlin, and Lisa Rinna, Buzz Aldrin.
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Naomi Watts in Natalie Portman with husband Benjamin Millepied Armani Prive
Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji
Zoe Saldana in Givenchy
Jennifer Hudson in Roberto Cavalli
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Kerry Washington in Miu Miu
smoked salmon pizza to the mini chicken pot pies dressed with truffles. Wolfgang’s food is forever memorable, with a menu of the freshest ingredients that the crowd long talks about. “If they remember the food,” he beams, “I’ve done my job.”
Did you know that a 30-second spot on the telecast cost between $1.7 million and $1.8 million?
Daniel Day-Lewis and wife Rebecca stopped by Graydon Carter’s Vanity Fair Oscar party at the Sunset Tower. Bradley Cooper with mom Gloria
John Travolta and Kelly Preston
Gerard Butler and Madalina Ghenea
Elizabeth Banks in Alexander McQueen
Halle Berry in Versace
Isla Fischer in Monique Lhuillier wore David Webb jewelry worth $750,000
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TO SEE AND BE SEEN
Fashion News & Notes
On Tuesday, Hathaway released a statement through her publicist Stephen Huvane: “It came to my attention late Saturday night that there would be a dress worn to the Oscars that is remarkably similar to the Valentino I had intended to wear, and so I decided it was best for all involved to change my plans. Though I love the dress I did wear, it was a difficult last-minute decision as I had so looked forward to wearing Valentino in honor of the deep and meaningful relationship I have enjoyed with the house and with Valentino himself. I deeply regret any disappointment caused.”
The only other Valentino worn by a major star on Sunday was the red ballgown on Jennifer Aniston, also a Huvane client. Huvane, who sent the statement to WWD and people.com, declined to elaborate, as did Prada and Rachel Zoe, Hathaway’s stylist. Zoe, Hathaway and Aniston are all longtime Valentino supporters — which is why the snafu, and the subsequent apology, carries more weight than is usually placed on such matters. WWD
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Anne Hathaway's Mea Culpa at Oscars Anne Hathaway looked lovely in a pale pink Prada column for her best supporting actress win at Sunday’s Oscars, but her gown choice apparently ruffled some feathers at the house of Valentino. The actress told reporters on the red carpet of her Prada dress, “I didn’t know what I was wearing until two hours ago. I tried on a lot of dresses, but at the end of the day, I loved the simplicity of it.” Apparently Valentino thought it had a lock on her Oscar look and sent out a press release prior to seeing Hathaway on television.
March 1, 2013 | Page 9 STUDENT ROBOT— Beverly Hills High School students just completed building a robot (pictured) as part of the school’s robots program.
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“This program has meant a lot to me,” said Student Boardmember Jason Friedman, who is among the high school’s 75 students in the robotics program. Boardmember Brian Goldberg said he was at a loss as to why the board was even discussing a proposal to shave $150,000 from ROPs and advocating investing in programs that emphasize science, technology, engineering and math instead of cutting from them. Chief Administrative Office Daw-
nalyn Murakawa-Leopard said the potential ROP cuts would only go into effect if the governor’s initial budget proposal, which includes a decrease in funding sources for ROP, goes forward. The district is mandated by the Los Angeles County Office of Education to submit a fiscal stabilization plan that protects the district’s mandated 3 percent reserve, in addition to addressing the structural deficit. “I not only think that robotics should continue, I think that somehow it should become part of the curriculum,” Board VP Noah Margo said.
Bouchon Chef Thomas Keller To Host Exclusive “Experience” on March 11 By Laura Coleman Ever wanted to craft your very own macarons like the luxurious delicacy that Bouchon Beverly Hills boasts? Thanks to legendary Chef Thomas Keller, on Monday, March 11, you can do just that when Keller and chefs from his restaurants across the nation offer exclusive access to opportunities with the “Experience” at Bouchon Bistro. Designed to inspire the senses, the interactive VIP event, to take place from 6 to 9 p.m., boasts champagne, wine, tequila, oysters, charcuterie, cheese, breads, and Bouchon Bistro favorites, in addition to showcases by Dior, Bentley and Rolls Royce, live music and “Cirque” style performers, and the chance to explore Keller’s world with
Thomas Keller some of the most interesting people around. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (818) 433-7455 or email email@example.com.
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FORBIDDEN BROADWAY COMES HOME M
y heart skipped a beat when I turned up at Off-Broadway’s 47th Street Theatre to see Forbidden Broadway: Alive And Kicking! It’s been three long years since Gerard Alessandrini, the feverishly funny writer and director of a breathtaking twenty deliciously wicked editions of this satirical revue, decided to call it quits, and frankly, I thought I’d never see a new version again. So to put it mildly, I was thrilled when he and his long-time collaborator, Phillip George, decided to return.
nd return they did in triumph! So let me say it loud and clear: Forbidden Broadway: Alive And Kicking! is a scream, and after three years of rest, the boys’ wicked sense of humor is sharper than ever – taking potshots at Rock Of Ages, the drearily anemic Once, the blockbuster success of The Book Of Mormon (retitled The Book Of Moron) and the show that almost killed its cast, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark.
very Forbidden Broadway is a four-person show starring four zanies, two men and two women, accompanied by one extremely hard working piano player. Here are the names of the current madcaps (and believe me they are quirkier and more talented
than ever): Scott Richard Foster, Marcus Stevens, Natalie Charlé Ellis and Jenny Lee Stern, with David Caldwell tickling the ivories.
incredibly embellished vocal gymnastics in Porgy And Bess;
iterally emerging from the mist of a loony tunes Brigadoon, Alive And Kicking! sets about wreaking comedy havoc on such current Broadway fare, including the new hits. Newsies and Once, and the long-running mega-sensations, Wicked and Jersey Boys.
• Bernadette Peters’s losing battle with pitch in Follies.
nd you should see the shambles they make of the acting styles of Al Pacino and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
t takes genius to pull off all of this – keeping it hysterically funny but never mean-spirited – and this cast has it. Like champion marathon runners they change costumes, dopey wigs and vocal styles and sounds with breathtaking rapidity, and their wit and versatility knocked me out.
ere are some of the highlights in this glittering parade of lampoons (and since most if not all of the stars who are parodied are friends of mine, keep in mind I’m only acting as the messenger): • Matthew Broderick’s klutzy dancing and nasal singing in Nice Work If You Can Get It; • Audra McDonald’s overly dramatic and
• Catherine Zeta-Jones’s moose call of a rendition of Send In The Clowns in A Little Night Music; • Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin’s mindboggling, unbelievable, loveydovey, kissy-kissy treatment of each other in their recent two-person show;
orbidden Broadway: Alive And Kicking! is scheduled to close on April 28. It’s a must for anyone who loves the theatre, and it’s my fervent hope that includes you. Carol Rosegg
By Joan Rivers
Scott Richard Foster (left), Marcus Stevens (right) and Natalie Charlé Ellis (kneeling) in a scene from Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Kicking! at the 47th Street Theatre in NYC.
We are proud and pleased that Joan Rivers accepted our invitation to join the Beverly Hills Courier as a columnist six years ago. Her BHC book and theater reviews are keepsakes with her insightful and witty comments.- GEORGE CHRISTY
HOW DO YOU FEEL? IAPA’s ‘One Life To Live Helps Teens Face Dangerous Challenges Attorney Michael Payman Kade will be one of the featured speakers at the next “One Life to Live” seminar for teens and their parents at 6 p.m., Monday, at the Four Seasons, 300 S. Doheny Dr. Sponsored by the Iranian American Parents Association (IAPA) to help teens face “dangerous challenges,” the program will address: “Addictions & Internet,” “Bullying & Family Dysfunction,” and “Sex, Anger and Violence.” Kade will join other speakers including BHPD Chief Dave Snowden, BHUSD Superintendent Dr. Gary Woods, BHPD Lt. Joseph Chirillo, L.A. County Sheriff Dept. Sgt. Mark Cripe and Dr. Nanaz Pirnia, psychotherapist, brain integration specialist. All will speak and then take part in a Q&A session. Kade, a former LAPD officer who became a lawyer with two degrees in criminal justice, will speak about the kind of crimes that involve teenagers and the consequences of having a criminal conviction “that may follow them for the rest of their lives.” Most of the teens who come to his Brentwood office—
50 percent of his practice— don’t think about the consequences of a bad decision, Kade says. “A convicted felon can’t own a weapon and may be prevented from voting or getting a job in a sensitive field.” Right choices—like in friends—will be part of Kade’s message. “Bad friends will ruin your life. That funny guy may make a mistake and do something big and take you with him.” He wants teens to “stop playing the blame game on parents and school and take charge of their lives.” The interactive event will also feature a film and a simulation of how probation facilities treat teens. Tickets, $30 for adults and $15 for teens 15-19, are available at www.Iranianhotline.com. Phone reservations may be made by calling 310-3583337 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, call Pirnia, 310-286-1480. Event sponsors include: the Four Seasons, Stanley Black, BHPD, 670AM KIRN Radio Iran, BHUSD and Asre Emrroz TV. Read the full story at www.bhcourier.com
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M E D I C I N E , H E A LT H & W E L L N E S S
CHLA Surgeons Perform Fifth Hybrid Norwood Heart Surgery In Marion And John E. Anderson Pavilion When 2-day-old Octavio Angel Hernandez Jr. arrived at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) last Christmas Eve, the 6.8-pound baby boy was fighting for his life. “He was in shock,” says Frank Ing, M.D., a pediatric interventional cardiologist at CHLA. “He was dying because not enough blood was getting to his body.” Earlier in the day, little Octavio Jr. had been the center of attention as the Hernandez family gathered at his parents’ home to celebrate Octavio Hernandez, Jr. underwent pioneering heart surgery at Children’s the holiday and their Hospital Los Angeles. Pictured are the family (from left): mom Liliana new family member’s Marquez; sisters Rebecca and Destiny Hernandez, and Octavio Hernandez, Sr., holding his infant son. arrival. But as the afteremergency department, Octavio Jr. was in low noon wore on, Octavio Jr.’s breathing became output syndrome—his liver and kidneys were labored and his voice disappeared. “He had shutting down. The diagnosis: hypoplastic left cold feet and hands, a bluish face, purplish heart syndrome, a congenital heart defect that lips,” recalls his father, Octavio Sr. “He was cry- shows up in about one in 2,500 births. The ing; but only his mouth was moving; there was defect prevents the heart’s undersized left no sound coming out. I turned to my wife and side—identified by underdeveloped mitral said, let’s put him in the car seat and go.” valve, left ventricle, aortic valve, and aorta— By the time they arrived at the CHLA’s (see ‘HEART,’ page 20)
Names In The News.... Dr. Kimchi Honored By HeartView Global Foundation Cardiologist, Asher Kimchi, M.D., a 28-year B.H. resident, founder and chairman of the International Academy of Cardiology and the World Congress on Heart Disease was honored at the second annual HeartView Global Foundation dinner and charity auction at the Four Seasons in Westlake Village. Kimchi, clinical professor of medicine, received the foundation’s Award for Excellence in Early Detection and Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease. A native of Tel Aviv, Kimchi is an internationally recognized clinical cardiologist and former
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Jimmy Clausen and NFL Running Back Brandon Jackson. ”Dr. Kimchi epitomizes what our mission is all about: Expert medical care coupled with compassionate and considerate support,” said Jonathan Schwartz, founder/president of HeartView Global Foundation. ”Dr. Kimchi’s knowledge of cardiac medicine, along with his genuine, caring personality explain why his patients are so dedicated Dr. Asher & Becky Kimchi Photo by Orly Halevy to him.” The foundation is a nonflight surgeon in the Israeli Air profit created for the purpose of Force. Author of numerous books identifying patients with asympand original manuscripts, Kim- tomatic coronary artery disease chi has been honored with the for whom preventive measures Passion of the Heart Award from can be taken to avoid heart the American Heart Assoc- attacks, strokes and sudden cariation’s Los Angeles chapter, diac death. Foundation funds are used and was recently elected as a fellow of the International to allow patients who need testAcademy of Cardiovascular ing to get a coronary CT Sciences, an honor given to angiogram, the most accurate only 250 physicians and scien- test for determining the risk of heart attack. tists worldwide. For many at-risk patients, Comedian Greg Fitzsimmons emceed the gala which the out-of-pocket payment for featured pop singer Matheo, this test may be out of reach. country-pop artist Joel Crouse and veteran singer-songwriter- Stein Judovits Named Technion musician Richard Marx. Attending the gala were Regional Director Walt Disney Studios’ Chairman Diana Stein Judovits has Alan Horn and his wife, Cindy Horn, an environmental and been named director of the public-health advocate; David Western Region of the AmeriMurdock of the Dole Food can Technion Society (ATS). Company, NFL Quarterback (see ‘TECHNION,’ page 13)
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Top Sleep Tips For Babies, And For Managing Your Temper
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Q: Dr. Fran, my 10-month-old daughter wakes up several times each night and can’t fall back to sleep. My husband and I are exhausted. What can we do to help her learn how to put herself back to sleep? Anne R. A: Dear Anne, it is not an unusual challenge for infants to learn how to put themselves back to sleep. In fact, it is common. Each parent is individually different and your baby’s crying evokes different feelings inside of you. The following are my general “Top Sleep Tips For Babies.” • From birth and up, always put your baby down to sleep when he is slightly awake or aroused. His task is to discover and develop self-soothing techniques (other than Mommy’s skin). He will find his thumb or you can interest him in a pacifier or soft, cuddly blankie. • Once your infant is 6 months old, experts believe her stomach is large enough to hold food through the night. She is old enough for you to begin a sleep routine and expect her to sleep throughout the night. • From 0-6 months old you cannot spoil your baby. Respond quickly and warmly every time he cries. It’s fine to pick up your infant, feed, rock, comfort and sensitively provide whatever he needs. After 6 months, do not feed or pick up your baby when he cries in the middle of the
Dr. Fran Walfish Answers Your Questions night (unless he is sick, teething, or physically hurt). Instead, sit on a chair in full view and position yourself as a supportive, disengaged (no chatting) companion to teach your child to selfsoothe and not depend on Mommy’s skin when he is anxious. To be a good parent you must balance two things at the same time—nurture and boundaries. You are there with him (nurture), but you will not pick him up out of the crib (boundary). This is an opportunity for your child to grow. • Do not go in and out of your child’s bedroom checking. This is confusing to young children. The hardest behaviors to extinguish are those that you intermittently reward. It is reinforcing to the very behavior you want to get rid of. This means that if you sometimes go in and sometimes go out of his bedroom your child may think that screaming louder and longer will bring you back. • Create a nighttime routine that prepares your child to unwind, settle, and let-go of the day. Repeat this sleep routine every night before bed. Perhaps your routine includes dinner,
bath, bottle, and books/songs. Make sure everything in your routine is quiet, calming, and cues your baby that sleep is coming. Q: My wife intervenes every time I discipline our children. She says I explode with too much anger. I have a stressful career and very little patience when I come home at night. My kids are starting to disrespect me because their mom undoes my every move. What can I do to remedy this situation? Alex W. A: Dear Alex, you’ve got to cool it with yelling at your kids. Don’t bypass this opportunity to develop a warm relationship with your children now while they are still young. If you need 20 minutes after the office to yourself before stepping behind the line of fire, try following my tips below. Good luck • Deal with your anger in the moment. The build-up and surprise factor is the scariest part for your child. • When angry, remove yourself, take a short cool-down time, then return and deal with
the situation directly and in a calm manner. • Refrain from verbal putdowns, berating, or spewing hostilities to your child (or spouse). Make this a solemn commitment. • As you recognize and accept anger as a natural, normal human emotion, accept it in your child. Invite your child to tell you about it openly. • Talk about feelings with your child. Embrace anger as just another acceptable feeling. • Set and hold boundaries matter of factly, rather than with a flurry of anger. • Work on extending your tolerance for delayed gratification. Be patient. Your child will comply only if you are supportive and on their team. • Teach your child to always tell you the truth. Assure him that you will work on not getting so angry because you love him and do not want to scare him. • Know that you are a model for your children. Your child will think, “If Daddy explodes, why shouldn’t I?” • Be kind to yourself. Know this is a process, not a quick fix. Be sure to hold on to your motivation to raise happy, healthy, disciplined, loving children. Dr. Fran Walfish–Beverly Hills psychotherapist and author of The Self-Aware Parent at www.DrFranWalfish.com. Send her a question at email@example.com.
TECHNION “We’re greatly impressed by Diana’s management and fundraising experience, and her longstanding service to the Jewish community,” said ATS Senior VP of Campaign Seth Moskowitz. “We look forward to her leadership of our Western Region, and her important contribution to the continuing growth and success of the American Technion Society.” Before joining the ATS, Stein Judovits was deputy director of the Southern Pacific Region of AIPAC, a position she held for more than 11 years. Her executive management experience also includes positions at Rogers & Associates Strategic Communications, and the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation. She began her career working as a production coordinator for the late legendary comedian Steve Allen. Stein Judovits been involved in a variety of Jewish and secular community causes. As a youth director and teacher, she created the USY Theater Arts Workshop. She helped establish the Sheldon Weisman Cancer Research Fund for Melanoma research at the Kenneth Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center at USC. And she was involved in mental health awareness as a producer of From Bonkers To Botox,” a one-woman play about suicide.
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California in marketing and management categories as representatives of the 70 Beverly Hills DECA members, the decade-old local branch of the International Association of Marketing Students. “We hope to get winners there,” Beverly Hills DECA Advisor Alberta Wilder told The Courier. “Winners will take us to the international competition in Anaheim.” Wilder said BHHS has consistently participated in the annual international competition, which is held every four years in California. Among the categories that DECA students will participate in over the four-day competition are team events
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novative ideas consistent in good schools.” As part of the tour, the 13 Chinese students spoke with 10 BHHS students, an experience that Woods said contrasted starkly with the students’ interactions with district leaders. “They were surprised at how much freedom American students have,” he said. The 4,000-student Chinese high school is known
in sports marketing, hospitality, finance and retail merchandising, in addition to individual competitions in management, hotel management and finance. Last month, the following BHHS DECA students attended the three-day regional competition in Anaheim: Charly Azoulay, Itay Gelfer, Yoav Gelfer, Kevin Delijani, Austin Mack, Hooman Zarrabi, Samuel Schnapp, Alex Hubschman, Evan Rennie, Abbigayle Levi, Oliva Koshy, Shyra Costas, Shayna Sharim, and Mayar Nourikalouri. Highlights from regionals included Mack’s first place win on the 100-question exam for Financial Services and the Retail Merchandising team’s first place win for Role Play. for its comprehensive program integrating the sciences and arts. The visit was part of a continuously growing relationship between the Beverly Hills Unified School District and China. Woods and the high school had previously hosted Chinese dignitaries in 2012, who toured the campus hoping to study the differences between how American students learn compared to Chinese students.
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Gold and Horace Mann and Hawthorne Elementary teams winning Silver. “My colleagues and I would like to congratulate and commend our students on their superior dedication and success,” Board of Education President Jake Manaster told The Courier. “[Superintendent Gary] Woods is embarking with his team on a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) program and its related fields are integral to the success of our students in their future careers.” Now in its 29th year, the Science Olympiad recognizes outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers throughout the nation. The Horace Mann Middle School team placed 4th in road scholar, 4th in forestry, 3rd for disease detectives and 8th overall, allowing them to advance to the state competition to be held April 6, 2013. The Hawthorne MS team
BEVERLY HILLS placed 5th in rocks and minerals and 17th overall. Beverly Hills High School placed 3rd in materials science and 28th overall. The Beverly Hills Science Olympiad students pictured on page 1 are: (Front): Calvin Koo; (1st row, L-R): Nathan Anauim, Golda Sharaf, Veronica Pahoomova, Evan Timmerman, Eli Aminpour, and David Parvizi; (2nd row, L-R): Christina Im, Daniel Weiner, Jared Kurtz, Kate BimMerle, James Blauvelt, Hunter Cooke, Ryan Dubin, Benjamin Maizes, Lexi Shaheri, Sarah Dorn, Sooren Geranpayah, Vance Liu and Issac Kim; (3rd row, L-R): Christian Hart and Nathan Sparks; (4th row, L-R): Natasha Darshati, Ayon Bhowmick, Hannah Chung, Jenny Kim and Esther Goldberg; (5th row, L-R): Ashley Holloway, Jamie Kim, Michelle Klein, Sophia Goldberg, Marshall Shullman, Fin VanHorn, Charlie Levy, Nolan Dzubak and Mason Ware; (Top row, L-R): Helen Hixon, Jennifer Tedford, Lucy Kim, Jonathan Artal, Jenny Park, Ruby Park, Yasmine Jebeli, Laurie Schwartz and Christina Cryer.
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One of the major changes to the revised plan is the abandonment of a single perimeter that was closed at all times in favor of establishing security via fencing and locked doors. In addition to creating a security kiosk, the revised plan does away with alarming roughly 80 doors, instead limiting alarms to nine doors that front the campus site perimeter, including two gates. “We feel very confident that by dusting off the 2011 project we can have DSA (Division of the State Architect) deal with us very quickly on the items that we’re hoping to get installed in a quick manner,” Superintendent Gary Woods said. The proposed revised security plan is estimated at $290,922, a decrease from 2011’s estimate of $ 328,219. Board President Jake Manaster emphasized that Tuesday’s discussion was not the security and safety plan for the high school, rather it was a physical implementation of a “tool” that allows that campus to be secure. “I’m hopeful that we will have a closed session discussion regarding the security plan and the implementation…because I do have some concerns and issues,” Boardmember Brian Goldberg said. Manaster said the actual safety plan would be Assisted Living further refined when the board meets in closed session. Alzheimer’s/Dementia Care DLR Group will now begin design work on Short-term Stay / Respite Care the comprehensive security plan in preparation of submitting the revised plan to DSA for approval.
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Vista), Ashlynn Chong (Beverly Vista), Angela Braun (El Rodeo), Gabrielle Balsz (El Rodeo), Olivia Billingsley (El Rodeo) and Celine Emein (Hawthorne) are among the BHUSD students chosen to participate in the OAKE National Youth Choir. There were also 10 BHUSD students chosen to participate in the National Children’s Choir. They are, from Beverly Vista: Bridgette Fussman, Eva Simon, Justin Wolfe, Liv Berg, Rachel Asher, Sean Natarajan, Katherine Bim-Merle and Sophia Schirmer. Also selected were Shayna Eastman (Hawthorne) and Willa Ziegenfuss (Horace Mann). Four BHUSD instructors were named sponsoring teachers of the event: Judith Chan from Beverly Vista, Fred Pinto from El Rodeo, Ethan Smith from Horace Mann and Christa Gutheinz from Hawthorne. This year’s conference includes 458 talented elementary, middle and high school students from across the United States to participate in four choirs: Children’s Choir, Youth Choir, Concert Women’s Choir and Chamber Ensemble.
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Beverly Hills High Former Teacher Leonard Stern Holds Gallery Show By Laura Coleman Beverly Hills High School former English and social studies teacher Leonard Stern, who retired from the district in 2002 after 37 years, will debut Pacific Coast-inspired paintings and photographs on Tuesday at Bel-Air Camera’s downstairs gallery in Westwood. “I’m in love with the sea and the shoreline and the coast and the curative powers that it has,” Stern told The Courier. “The essence of the show is bringing people the beauty of
the sea coast and the natural environment.” The show, based on his travels with his wife along the Pacific Coast to Cambria, Carmel-by-the-Sea and Cannon Beach, will showcase 30 11by-14-inch photographs and five paintings starting in March 5. An artist’s reception will be held at the gallery on Saturday Mar. 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. The gallery is located at 10925 Kinross Avenue in Westwood Village.
Board of Education Approves City Proposal To Help Balance Budget By Laura Coleman Following in the footsteps of last week’s City Council vote to support a $2.85 million to $4.05 million funding plan for the school district, the Board of Education voted 3-1 to approve a supplemental agreement between the City and the Beverly Hills Unified School District at Tuesday’s formal board meeting. Board President Jake Manaster was not present for the vote. “It was a very good agreement for the district,” said Boardmember Brian Goldberg, the lone “no” vote to the one-time agreement that funnels a portion of the City’s alleged $10 million surplus to Beverly Hills Schools. Goldberg said he was concerned that accepting the money sent the wrong message to the community because it does not fix the endemic structural problems facing district funds. He advocated instead that the community support a parcel tax as
the “only solution.” The agreement includes the following provisions: 1.) The City will front $1 million in developer fees associated with the 9900 Wilshire Boulevard project, which the BHUSD is slated to receive when ground breaks on construction. 2.) The City will receive access to BHUSD athletic fields currently not part of the City-BHUSD Joint Powers Authority agreement (JPA) in exchange for negotiating a $1.25 million agreement to go toward programs and avoid layoffs. 3.) The City will release $600,000 from escrow that it maintains as part of the JPA to go toward school programs and positions; and 4.) The City will maintain $600,000 in escrow that it will release on a matching basis with community donations in an effort to engender greater philanthropy.
Despite Business Objection, South Swall Gets Permit Parking By Matt Lopez The west 300 block of South Swall Drive will now be in line with the rest of the Beverly Hills community after receiving approval last Tuesday on new one-hour permit parking. While the east side of Swall has had permit parking, the west side was free for anyone to park, making it the only residential street with that type of split. The approval, voted on 5-0 by the City Council, calls for “one hour parking, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, Permit ‘K’ exempt.” along the west 300 block of South Swall Drive. The change passed despite heavy opposition from local business owners along Olympic Blvd., many of whom said the free parking on Swall was necessary for their customers. A handful of business owners spoke out at the meeting, including one physician who said his consultations often take around two hours and forcing his patient to leave after an hour to re-park their car could cause him to lose business.
A study done by staff found, however, that there was parking to be had nearby on Olympic. According to Deputy Transportation Director Aaron Kunz, there are 15 two hour parking meters along Olympic, on the east and west sides adjacent to Swall. According to those report, only five-to-eight of the metered spots were taken between the hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on a normal business day. Ultimately, the council decided to alleviate the parking strain on the nearby residents, but said that providing more parking for that Southeast portion of Beverly Hills remained a top priority. “The priority of this council is to revitalize that area and in order to have successful business you have to provide parking,” Councilmember Lili Bosse said. “[But] the residential streets were always meant to be protected and trying to find a way to mitigate commercial intrusion into residential areas is why we came up with preferential parking permits in the first place.”
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Beverly Hills City Pay and Pensions Position
Total Current Max Pension Available Cost to Taxpayers (up to 75%)
20 Years Worked Total, Per Year
Pension Total Male Total
30 Years Worked Total, Per Year
Pension Total Male Total
51,316.27 1,062,246.69 1,323,959.64
Executive Assistant III Fleet Manager
50,025.64 1,035,530.75 1,290,661.38
Park Services Worker
FOR EXAMPLE—The Courier chose 10 Beverly Hills City positions at random representing a variety of jobs and a range of incomes. It then calculated potential pension pay out for these positions multiplying 2.5 percent of the highest salary (assuming that this current salary is the highest) times the number of hypothetical years worked in the City. 2010 U.S. Census Data: Compare 90211 - Per Capita Income: Median Household Income
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ing units.” What we pay each employee is a combination of some or all of the following: salary, paid vacation, sick pay, employer pension contributions, employee pension contributions, health care, dependent health care coverage, alternative work schedules (including 9/80 and 6/72), overtime, administrative leave, merit bonuses, expenses, management bonuses, longevity pay, pay raises for such things as additional education, certificates, other languages. There may be more, but these are the ones we could identify. All full-time employees are paid based on a workweek of 40 hours. This limitation controls pay even for highly paid executives and senior supervisors. Lower-level, full-time employees (who may also be very highly paid) receive “overtime”
when they exceed 40 hours a week or 8 hours a day. Senior executives and supervisors receive overtime pay, but it is called “administrative leave.” The most confusing item is “administrative leave.” Administrative leave is given to each exempt employee (that is, supervisory or senior) at the beginning of the year, to be used as vacation in place of overtime pay. It is handed out with the assumption that the employee will work that many hours outside of the normal workday, yet no one keeps track of the hours worked. If left unused, a portion of the administrative leave can be cashed out. So, part of it is really just additional pay. For example, the City Manager receives 120 hours of administrative leave a year and can request to be paid for up to 80 unused hours at the end of the year. Each year an employee’s administrative leave refills,
Per Capita income: Median Household Income:
so they always start out with the maximum hours. (For actual compensation-by-employee, please visit www.bhcourier.com, go to “archives,” and download the editions for January 18 and 25, 2013.). In addition to receiving cash out bonuses on administrative leave, most employees can also receive a cash bonus on a portion of their vacation time and sick leave. When it comes to pensions, City employees pay no Social Security tax. All City workers are exempt from Social Security and Medicare payments by law. Instead, the City pays for their retirement. Today, non-public safety City employees pay nothing towards their own retirement – 100 percent is paid by the City (and by definition, the taxpayers). This is unlike Social Security where the employer pays half and the employee pays half. Another difference is the level of benefits. City retirees receive between 75 percent – 90 percent of their highest pay ever after between 20 and 30 years service, plus health care benefits. With median non-public safety City pay and benefits of approximately $96,000 per employee, that means a non-public safety employee compensated at that amount in his/her last year with Beverly Hills receives about $72,000 in the first year of retirement, plus healthcare.
City of Beverly Hills Non-Public Safety Median Employees’ Compensation: $95,665 (2012/13 FY)
That amount goes up by the cost of living index each year. For public safety employees, the amount can be as high as 90 percent and their median pay is much higher. For Beverly Hills residents, the 2010 U.S. Census reported 90211 per capita income at $44,302 and median household income at $74,212. For 90212, per capita income was $58,476 and median household income was $78,575. Thus, well over half the employees of the City of Beverly Hills are paid more than the median household income of large parts of Beverly Hills. To calculate pension payments, assume a female city employee earning the median retires after 30 years of service at age 55. Life expectancy is 80.8. The payments to her would total over $2,574,000 ($126,000 x 20.8 years plus CPI increases plus healthcare). The City pays into the California Public Employees Retirement System to fund its pensions. If CalPERS does not earn enough on its funds, the City must pay the shortfall. If every eligible City employee were to retire tomorrow, the City would have to pay $106 million to supplement the losses CalPERS faced and this number is growing by about 20 percent a year. CalPERS promised a 7.75 percent annual return on its funds; last year it earned a paltry 1.0 percent helping create the cur-
rent pension-funding shortfall for Beverly Hills alone of $106 million. Beverly Hills will eventually have 1000 and more retirees receiving between $80,000 and $200,000 a year in pensions for life. That’s over $2 billion in total pension payouts over the next 30 years – just for one city with 33,000 people. And this does not include health care. Employees have the opportunity to incur raises at every turn. Almost annually, employees are guaranteed a “step in salary.” This raise depends on the employee’s salary in comparison to other cities in the area – not to the private sector; if they make below the 75th percentile, they receive a raise. Employees also receive pay for performance raises, in which if they are doing a good job they receive an annual bump in salary. Technical employees can receive a 3 percent raise if they become certified bi-lingual and can receive a monthly stipend for earning certificates in specific areas. Management and supervisors receive “Management Incentive Pay,” the amount depending only on the position. Employees have the opportunity to incur raises at every turn. Almost annually, employees are guaranteed a “step in salary.” This raise depends on the employee’s salary in comparison to other cities in the area – not to the private sector; if they make below the 75th percentile, they receive a raise. Employees also receive pay for performance raises, in which if they are doing a good job they receive an annual bump in salary. Technical employees can receive a 3 percent raise if they become certified bi-lingual and can receive a monthly stipend for earning certificates in specific areas. Management and supervisors receive “Management Incentive Pay,” the amount depending only on the position.
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Rauch New Chair Of The Jewish Community Foundation Trustees Lawrence Rauch has been elected chair of The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles board of trustees succeeding Lorin M. Fife. Rauch’s history with JCF dates back to 1982. He has served as an advisory-board member, trustee, chair of its grants committee and, most recently, as its treasurer and finance committee chair. Marvin I Schotland, JCF’s president/CEO, touted Rauch’s knowledge as one of his best attributes. “Larry Rauch possesses strong institutional knowledge of the foundation, as well as admirable leadership, dedication and commitment to it. I also want to recognize outgoing chair Lorin Fife for his outstanding leadership of our board of trustees the past four years.” Rauch is past president of Jewish Family Service and has held multiple leadership positions in the Jewish Federation. In the private sector, he is president of Los Angeles Cold Storage, a 100+-year-old company providing public frozen-food warehousing and related services. He is the current chair of both the Central City East Association and the World Food Logistics Organization;
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Barbara Linder Receives State Award For Greystone Community Garden By Laura Coleman Next Friday the California Parks and Recreation Society will award Human Relations Commission Chair Barbara Linder the Champion of the Community Award for her work implementing the Greystone Demonstration Garden. The volunteer-run sustainable garden, which Linder launched last May with the support of volunteers and donors, produces vegetables that are donated to local food banks and meal programs. “I couldn't have done it without a lot of help,” Linder said.
In addition to giving back to the community, the demonstration garden teaches locals about sustainable gardening, including beneficial insects and composting. “Sustainable gardening is important for the heath and wellness of communities, and using beneficial insects rather than pesticides is a solution that’s as natural as it gets,” said Steve Hazzard, founder of Californiabased Organic Control, which donated earth worms and beneficial insects. Linder will receive the award on Friday, March 8 at the San Jose Fairmont Hotel.
United Airlines Lists Beverly Hills Among 25 Must-See Places In 2013 By Matt Lopez Beverly Hills is one of the 25 top places “to see and do” in 2013, according to United Airlines’ in-flight magazine Hemispheres. Hemispheres is United Airlines’ monthly in-flight magazine. In its first issue of 2013, the periodical lists trips to see fog lights in San Francisco as well as trips to Paris, London, Amsterdam, Stockholm and Rio De Janiero. Among them is Beverly Hills, listed as a must-see destination, thanks in large part to the currently under construction Wallis Annenberg Center.
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The magazine writes: “Ever since Fairbanks and Pickford ruled Hollywood, the City’s most famous faces have lived in Beverly Hills. Yes, oddly enough, the city has long lacked its own performing arts facility. That changes this fall with the Wallis Annenberg Center, which will include a 500-seat theater and a sculpture garden. The adjoining Beverly Hills post office, built in 1933, is also being made over into a cafe and a classroom space for the stars of tomorrow.”
Correction In the Feb. 8 edition of The Courier, it was incorrectly stated that Westfield Century City’s parking charge was $1 per hour total for the first three hours. The charge is actually $1 an hour for each of the first three hours.
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Debussy, Ravel In ‘Musiques’ Concert Works by Debussy and Ravel will be featured in the sixth concert of Le Salon de Musiques’ third season, at 4 p.m., Sunday, March 10 on the fifth floor of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand. Ave. • Debussy’s Cello Sonata In D Minor and Volin Sonata In G Minor are part of his last works, composed under the combined duress of the WWI and the cancer that was killing him. • Maurice Ravel’s Piano Trio In A minor was written in the French Basque commune of Saint Jean De Luz, inspired by sources ranging from Basque dances to Malaysian poetry. The concert will be introduced by musicologist Julius Reder Carlson and performed by Phillip Levy on violin, Andrew Shulman on cello, and Rina Dokshistky on piano. The performance will be followed by an informal conversation between the musicians and the audience. Tickets are $65, $45 for students and include a gourmet buffet, with French champagne, prepared by Patina. For more information visit www.leSalondeMusiques.com or call 310-498-0257.
Swank, Sisto in The Credeaux Canvas L.A. Theatre Works’ Radio Theatre Series will air Keith Bunin’s The Credeaux Canvas, directed by Peter Levin and featuring Hilary Swank, Shirley Knight, Chad Lowe and Jeremy Sisto, from 8-10 p.m., Sunday, March 3 on KPFK 90.7 FM and on demand at www.latw.org. In this story about three young people struggling to survive their own “quarter-life crisis,” Swank stars as Amanda, an under-employed singer whose boyfriend, Jaime, has been disinherited by his family. But Jaime has a plan to turn their lives around … and when he brings his long-time friend Winston into the picture, the three must weigh their friendship against their fortune. The broadcast includes an interview with playwright Bunin and a feature on art forgeries with historian Michael J. Lewis of Williams College. More Happenings at www.bhcourier.com
BH Actress Elizabeth Pan Featured In RarelySeen Luis Valdez Work— Stinking Badges Actress and 13-year Beverly Hills resident Elizabeth Pan is featured in Casa 0101’s latest production, Luis Valdez’ I Don’t Have To Show You No Stinking Badges; the first chance L.A. theatergoers have had to see the insightful work in 25 years. And it turns out she has a history with the play. In 2003 she auditioned for a production Valdez was mounting for his own famed El Teatro Campesino in San Juan Bautista. “There aren’t a lot of roles for Asian females in the theater,” says Pan. So she FedExed in a video audition. She didn’t get the part. “But I might have been too young then,” admits Pan. When she saw the notice about this latest production, she decided to go for the role she lost 10 years ago, and this time landed it. “I always choose to do a play if the material is good,” says Pan. Written in mid ‘80s, Badges is Lopez’ treatise on how Latino actors are portrayed in Hollywood, gleaned from his experience on the
1977 film Which Way Is Up. Valdez was able to watch the “extras” who made a game of trying to wedge themselves into every scene, whether they were supposed to be in them or not. “Minorities didn’t get cast in lead roles that much in those days, and these “extras” made a game of it. One of them had been in The Treasure Of Sierra Madre,” Valdez writes. Stereotyping and lack of roles continues today, says Pan, describing how one cast member was upset that Ben
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Affleck chose to play Latino Tony Mendez in Argo, rather than cast a more ethnic actor. “When I tell my fellow cast members this kind of thing happens in the Asian community all the time,” relates Pan, “they look at me like I’m crazy. Stereotyping and lack of roles happens to actors of all ethnic groups. “Asian actors are always fighting stereotypes.” Familiar with Casa 0101 and its founder Josefina Lopez (Real Women Have Curves), Pan was also anxious to work with the Boyle Heights theater company. “They’re professional with great artistic integrity,” she says. I Don’t Have To Show You No Stinking Badges plays through March 10 at 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, and 5 p.m., Sundays at Casa 0101 Theater, 2102 E. First St. (at Louis Street) in Boyle Heights. For tickets call the theater box office, 323-263-7684, email firstname.lastname@example.org or buy online at www.casa0101 .org.—Steve Simmons Read the full story at www.bhcourier.com
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from pumping enough blood through the body. “Had we arrived 10 minutes later, we would have lost him,” his father says. Though Octavio Jr.’s left ventricle was under developed, blood flow to the body could be still be pumped by the right ventricle through the ductus arteriosus. The problem is this blood vessel normally closes within a couple of days after birth as left heart takes over the function of pumping the oxygenated blood from the lungs to the body. In Octavio’s case, he didn’t have a normal left heart to do the work and as the ductus closed, his body did not get adequate blood flow. Doctors had to open the ductus just to keep him alive. “We caught him early enough in the process and put him on prostaglandins (PGE ), a medicine that relaxes the ductus and opened it back up,” explains Ing. “So now there’s better blood flow to the body—but the body has taken a tremendous insult…and it doesn’t recover easily.” Octavio Jr. hadn’t suffered brain damage, but his kidneys and liver were damaged and his body needed three weeks of recovery in the hospital’s cardiothoracic intensive care unit before CHLA Heart Institute surgeons could take the next step: open-heart surgery. His doctors—Ing and Cardiothoracic Surgeon Cynthia Herrington, M.D., decided to perform the Hybrid Norwood, a less invasive surgery sometimes used in place of the Norwood surgery, a four-hour procedure that requires the use of heart-lung bypass machine. “The insult to his body was severe,” explains Herrington. “His liver and kidneys came back, but they were not back to normal, so for Octavio, the Hybrid Norwood was a better alternative.” It would be the fifth Hybrid Norwood performed in Children’s Marion and John E. Anderson Pavilion, which opened in 2011, and fourth overall at the hospital. On Jan. 14, Octavio Jr. was brought to the hospital’s Catheterization Laboratory and the doctors went to work. Herrington opened up Octavio’s chest and began the delicate job of tying tiny bands, over Octavio Jr.’s left and right pulmonary artery branches to limit blood flow to over-circulated lungs. The second step—Ing’s specialty—
required the insertion of a stent—a tiny mesh tube—into the ductus that once in place, would keep the ductus open without medications and increase blood flow to Octavio Jr.’s body. Before Ing could implant the stent, Herrington inserted a sheath, a small hollow tube, in Octavio Jr.’s pulmonary artery. As Herrington steadied the sheath, Ing used a tiny guide wire with the aid of X-ray to maneuver the stent through Octavio’s artery to the ductus arteriosis blood vessel. Expanding the stent, Ing secured the vessel, allowing blood to continue circulating through Octavio’s body. The surgery took less than an hour. “It went smoothly,” says Herrington. “Octavio did very well.” Dr. Frank Ing Octavio will need another second, more complex surgery later on, but he will be bigger and stronger to endure the procedure, Ing says. “We have the expertise here to handle the next stages,” he says. Dr. Cynthia That second surHerrington gery, called the Glenn procedure, will take place in four to six months and will involve the complex reconstruction of the aorta arch. The third stage, the Fontan operation, takes place later. After the Jan. 14 surgery, Octavio, Jr. spent three more weeks in the hospital regaining his strength. His mom stayed by his side virtually the entire time, save for several days when she went home to see her daughters. Octavio, Sr. visited on nights and weekends while extended family took turns watching their two girls, ages 4 and 6, who didn’t get to visit their baby brother because of the hospital’s restrictions during flu season. But on Feb. 7, Octavio, Jr. went home. “He’s feeling good now,” says Octavio, Sr. “He’s nine-pounds, his voice is back, he’s feeding from his bottle and he’s breathing great. The sound of him crying is like music to our ears.”
STANDING FOR ISRAEL—StandWithUs hosted a recent benefit screening of the documentary Orchestra Of Exiles at the Writers Guild Theater. Director Josh Aronson discussed the film and took part in a Q&A about the suspenseful film that chronicles the story of how one man, Bronislaw Huberman, helped save Europe’s premier Jewish musicians from obliteration by the Nazis. With interviews with Itzhak Perlman, Zubin Mehta, Pinchas Zukerman and Joshua Bell, the film shows how Huberman’s work ultimately led to the founding of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Pictured (from left) are: Roz Rothstein, StandWithUs CEO; Barry Wolfe, Aronson and Mireille Wolfe. Photo by Orly Halevy
LEARNING ABOUT THE BLOOD BANK—Residents Shahin and Isaac Eshaghpour recently hosted Magen David Adom blood bank director Dr. Eilat Shirar. At the event are (from left): Barak Raviv, Dina Leed, American Friends of Magen David Adom board member; Heather Huttema, Farhad Eshaghpour, Shahin Eshaghpour, Dr. Shinar, Isaac Eshaghpour and Yossi Mentz. Photo by Orly Halevy
MDA Blood Bank Director Visits City B.H. residents Shahin and Isaac Eshaghpour, members of the American Friends of Magen David Adom, hosted Prof. Eilat Shinar, Magen David Adom (MDA) blood bank director and advisor to Israel’s Ministry of Health this week. MDA provides a rapid and skilled emergency medical response, including disaster, ambulance, and blood services to Israel’s 7.8 million people. It is responsible for 100 percent of the blood supply for the IDF and for 90 percent of the blood supply for the nation. Dr. Shinar’s message, to an audience that included, Barak Raviv, president; Yossi Mentz, Western USA regional director; and Hope Zeitz, development director, was that the last war with Gaza – Operation Pillar of Cloud, in November 2012, has proven that the blood bank center, built by donors from the U.S., Canada, Australia and South Africa must go underground to uninterruptedly serve the nation in time of war or other possi-
ble disaster, like an earthquake. The blood bank of Israel is run mostly by women. Shinar, a second generation Sabra (born in Israel), left a career with Hadassah Medical Center, hematology division, to join MDA, and has been working there for 25 years; since 1997 as director. The target of the blood bank is to collect 1,400 blood units per day that cover the needs of the country, to include emergency instances. Shinar said she worries rockets may one day hit the blood bank center. “The laboratories and equipment must be in a safe structure; one that is best to be underground, while the current business will remain as an alternative center,“ she said. The new center, for which grounds have been already secured in Ramleh, is planned to be green, state-of-the-art hitech, and cost more than $80 million.
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Sinatra’s ‘Little Party In The Desert’ Keeps Getting Better
wenty-five years is a long time to keep a party going, but when the hosts are Frank and Barbara Sinatra it’s only natural that what was once referred to as “A little party in the Desert” for friends of the celebrity couple turned a weekend of golf into a quarter-century of fundraising to help care for physically, sexually and emotionally abused children. As a result of Barbara’s dream and Frank’s vision, the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center opened in 1986 on the campus of Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, focusing on childabuse prevention, community education, and breaking the cycle of abuse before it can effect future generations. Through the years, the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center has developed a worldwide reputation for its achievements in protecting children from abuse, and for the fact that no child in need is ever turned away, regardless of their family’s ability to pay. This year’s “little party,” now known as the Frank Sinatra Starkey Hearing Technologies Celebrity Invitational, was held last month with Starkey Hearing serving as the title sponsor for the fifth consecutive year; and, like the fun, the format hadn’t changed. The long Sinatra weekend began on Thursday evening with a pairings party at the host venue, Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, where teams were announced as
Frances Allen’s Desert
Roundup guests enjoyed a lavish “Pasta Italiano” buffet and hilarious entertainment by comedic singer and entertainer, Gary Mule Deer. Friday saw the golfers, (mostly male, but with Elke Sommer and Ann MyersDrysdale being notable exceptions), attack the greens of Eagle Falls Golf Course, the host course. For the golfers’ non-playing wives and partners, as well as ticket-holders from the general public, there was the traditional Friday luncheon and fashion show, this year featuring the exquisitely detailed and powerful haute-couture collection of daytime, evening and formal fashions by Palm Desert designer Fe Zandi. The popularity of her creations was evidenced at the luncheon as many guests came dressed in their personal Fe Zandi’s, and even the designer herself, when asked to describe her artistry, referred to her designs as “delicious” and “yummy.” (We also have it on good authority that she will be re-establishing her presence in Beverly Hills soon, on Brighton Way, adjacent to David Webb jewelers—now how’s that for convenience?)
Nelda Linsk (left), 25-year chairwoman of the The Frank Sinatra Celebrity Invitational Fashion Show, with Barbara Sinatra and designer Fe Zandi (right) at the popular haute-couture show. Photo by Marc Glassman
Friday evening’s buffet Italian-style dinner, (remember, it’s Frank Sinatra’s name that’s on the event), had vocal entertainment by the event’s honorary celebrity marshall Frankie Randall, vocalist Deana Martin, a guitar-playing Vince Ferragamo and everyone’s favorite comedian Norm Crosby. For golfers, Saturday was another day of tournament play while spouses and significant others prepared themselves for the evening’s black-tie gala. Over the years, this has developed the reputation of being on a very short list of the top concert performance of the season, and for good reason. Some of the past performers at the gala include Sinatra himself, Tony Bennett, Andy Williams and Liza Minnelli. Heading this year’s gala entertainment was another musical legend: Frankie Valli, the lead singer of the Four Seasons or, for those of you too young to remember, think Jersey Boys. It was a throwback to the early ‘60s that Saturday night at the gala with guests, many of who were not born at the height of Valli’s career, dancing in the aisle or any other available open space at the Fantasy Springs Special Events Center. Among celebrities also worthy of note are comedian Tom Dreesen, tournament emcee, who has held that role for the past 25 years; Dick Van Dyke, actor, comedian, singer and dancer, as well as honorary spokesman for the tourney; and retired pro golfer Ken Venturi, the event’s co-host, along with Barbara. Child abuse is no laughing matter, but being a supporter of the Barbara Sinatra’s Children’s Center can be fun, and you’ll be helping to underwrite the great effort, dedication, time and financial aid required to help a child overcome abuse. More information is at 760-3400-2336. ****** For most of the guests in attendance, this year’s Virginia Waring International Piano Competition formal gala was extra exciting; 2013 is an oddnumbered year, meaning it is a competition year. It was even more exciting for me, as I had the distinct privilege of being seated at the same dinner table as Jan Lisiecki, 2007 Virginia Waring International Piano Competition Junior Solo
Winner, who had his debut with the New York Philharmonic last December. Lisiecki, who has just about reached the age of majority, was the gala’s gifted headliner, and it is almost impossible to choose which of his major attributes impressed me the most: his immense talent or his maturity and gentleness. Born of Polish parents in Canada in 1995, Lisiecki has a resume that includes signing a record contract with Deutsche Grammophon, which he did at age 15, the year he graduated high school; performed at Carnegie Hall; shared the stage with Emanuel Ax, YoYo Ma and Pinchas Zukerman; or performed before England’s Queen Elizabeth and an audience of 100,000 on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. (So, what have you done lately?) Peggy Cravens, the hardworking president of the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition, graciously Jan Lisiecki opened the evening’s program featuring Lisiecki as well as honoring Joyce and Joe Stein with the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of their outstanding philanthropy. The Steins’ daughter, Stephanie, and husband Michael Landes, served as gala chairs for the evening. The gifted international competitors begin this year’s the competition the last week in March at the Indian Wells Theater on the Cook Street, Palm Desert Campus of Cal State, San Bernardino; admission is free. The grand finale concerto and awards concert is slated for the McCallum Theatre on April 1. It is here that the winner of the first place solo division prize will also be rewarded with a concert at N.Y’s Carnegie Hall the second week in October, underwritten by the Wells Fargo Foundation. More information about how you can nurture the paths of gifted young pianists from around the world is available at 760-773-2575.
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23rd ‘Night Of 100 Stars’ Shines Bright
The 23rd “Night of 100 Stars” was more glamorous than ever last Sunday in the Crystal Ballroom of The Beverly Hills Hotel as a SRO crowd turned out for proPhotos by Glen Lipton ducer Norby Walters annual Oscars’ viewing party.
Norby Walters, Ruve & Neil McDonough, with CCH Pounder
Joanna Cassidy & Jason Ritter
Faith & Lee Majors
Charlene Tilton with daughter Cherish Lee
Lou & Carla Ferrigno with Lou, Jr.
Mia & Ed Lauter with Edward Lozzi
Greta & Martin Landau
Mark Steines & Sofia Milos
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More From ‘Night Of 100 Stars’ Party At The Beverly Hills Hotel Sunday
Steven Weber & Camille Anderson
Louis Gossett, Jr., Sheryl Lee Ralph & Ernie Hudson
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istered voters in the City. There were 21,635 registered voters in the 2011 election and 21,368 for the 2009 election.
26.49 percent of those registered voted in 2011 compared to 31 percent in 2009. No candidate has won a seat with less than 2,000 votes since 1950.
Where to Vote in Beverly Hills • Beverly Hills Hotel, Room 101, 9641 Sunset Boulevard • Coldwater Canyon Park, Preschool Classroom, 11 00 N. Beverly Drive • Hawthorne Elementary School, Auditorium, 624 N. Rexford Drive • El Rodeo Elementary School, Clubhouse, 605 N. Whither Drive • City of Beverly Hills — City Hall, Room 101, 455 N. Rexford Drive • Audi Beverly Hills, Main Showroom, 8833 Wilshire Boulevard • BHUSD — Board of Education, Board Room, 255 S. Lasky Drive • Beverly Vista Elementary School, Multi-Purpose Room, 200 South Elm Drive • La Cienega Community Center, Homeroom, 8400 Gregory Way • Roxbury Park Community Center, Clubhouse, 471 S. Roxbury Drive
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This week's report includes written responses from Ms. Cohan which were submitted at our request after her appearance before the editorial board. The Courier's editorial board included publisher Clif Smith, associate publisher Marcia Hobbs, senior editor John Seitz, special sections editor Steve Simmons and Beverly Hills High School representatives Anton Saleh and Jason Friedman. The Courier asked each candidate about school safety, school funding, transparency in government and pay and pensions (the Metro subway tunnels and water rate hikes were reported last week). TRANSPARENCY IN GOVERNMENT: Today typically, the city council members receive their agenda for the following Tuesday meeting and a "staff report" for matters on that agenda on Friday afternoons (sometimes Saturday mornings). That's often the first time they even know what's coming up. The council holds a "study session" Tuesday afternoons to debate issues, then those matters come up for a vote that same evening. Any councilmember not directly involved in the matter has no change to learn more facts or share thoughts with the people. The people have almost no chance at all to be heard. Vice Mayor John Mirisch proposed to put an extra week or two between introducing a matter and voting on it. The council majority voted against that. The City staff also deletes most of their emails after 30 days, which makes it impossible to retrieve many communications under the California Public Records Act. The Courier asked each candidate to discuss the current procedure and speak to "transparency" in our government. Willie Brien: Mayor Brien had little to say about transparency in terms of the 30-day e-mail deletion policy. He said the City needs to do a better job of communicating with citizens. In regard to the issues of communicating the water rate increases, discussions with homeowners associations, or merchants not being contacted about the ice rink and other community events, he said he could not comment specifically since he wasn't involved at the meetings. He believes it is
wrong if the City staff is not reaching out and getting community input. He said the council needs to improve there and he would continue to work on that. Katherine Cohan: One issue that the residents have now is that there isn't enough transparency. We must come up with a plan so that the residents work with the City Council. Most residents don't know what the issues are until the issues have been decided on. We must create a team force. All residents need to be heard and their voice must be considered. We live in the best community in the world and we just have to make it better and stronger. I also like the idea of more community festivities, where we can have residents join and express their thoughts and concerns. BH needs more community input. I know that we can't make our residents more involved, but if we inform our residents about the issues that are going to be before Council, then we might have more residents who would be affected be more involved. Nancy Krasne: I struggled constantly to get the truth from the City staff. The Courier's reports on our City pay and pensions finally got to the truth. I also stopped the City staff from raising parking rates that were never approved by the council. We absolutely must demand that our decisions be made in public and that the public must know what its government is doing. That is not what we have now. It must be changed. John Mirisch: I've tried in my four years to make government more transparent. So far, the council majority has rejected my proposals for responsible email retention, rejected my proposals to expose our major contracts to the public view before we approve them, and rejected my proposal to give the City council a say in senior department hires. My strong conviction is that the people need to know -- not just a few facts given out on short notice, but enough information far enough in advance so the people can be heard if they wish. We simply lack transparency. That breaks faith with the people, but insiders like it that way so they can do what they want. I believe that is not the proper way for a people's government to function. Ms. Cohan provided the following responses to questions covered for the other can-
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BEVERLY HILLS didates last week. METRO SUBWAY TUNNELS UNDERNEATH BEERLY HILLS HIGH SCHOOL: The Courier asked: If your choice is between a subway running underneath Beverly Hills High School, or not subway at all, which would you choose? Katherine Cohan: NO SUBWAY AT ALL. As I have mentioned with my first interview with Matt Lopez, I do not support the subway running underneath Beverly Hills High School at all. Our children must not be exposed to any dangers whatsoever while attending school. If the subway runs underneath Beverly High, many parents will relocate their children to other schools, which would also cause us to lose many residents who move to Beverly Hills only for our school systems. We have the best school systems in the world and we must maintain this. We must support our school board in this battle. I understand that the Metro hesitates to go underneath the Santa Monica alignment claiming that there is an earthquake fault there, however, to my understanding, the earthquake fault is faulty. Plus, if there was a fault on the Santa Monica Alignment, why are there such tall buildings being built there? I think the permits to the metro should come to the council for approval. In fact, all critical issues relating to the city should be in front of the City Council. The residents must make the decisions of what happens to BH. We live here. We need to take all the appropriate steps to enjoin the Metro from going underneath the BHHS. We must protect our children. WATER RATE HIKES: Please comment on the recent hikes and your view of the principles which should underlie subsequent votes on water rates. Katherine Cohan: I just want to know if the city now needs to collect 50% more funds to attribute to the raise in the water rate increase. Where is all the money going? The residents must know what the additional funds are being used for and [the City] must agree to use the additional funds for whatever it's being designated for. This cannot be one person's decision. The residents of Beverly Hills work just as hard as anyone else and their funds need to be used constructively. The residents must have a place to go to see what their taxes are being used for. There must be a data base that shows how and where each penny is going. That's only fair. The Courier has endorsed John Mirisch, Nancy Krasne and Brian Rosenstein for reelection.
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BIRTHDAY GREETINGS—Celebrating are Alan Thicke, Ron Howard, Justin Bieber, Robert Conrad, Roger Daltrey, Timothy Daly, Tawny Sanders, Dirk Benedict and Dr. David Boyer (Mar. 1); Jon Bon Jovi, John Cullum, Daniel Craig, Laraine Newman, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Barbara Luna (Mar. 2); Sue Brucker, Jessica Biel, and David Faustino (Mar 3); Paula Prentiss and Sanford Shapero (Mar. 4); Joan Alexander, Eva Mendes, James Sikking, Samantha Eggar, Dean Stockwell and Fred Williamson (Mar. 5); Annie Lehrer, Irwin Schaeffer, Shaquille O’Neal, Tom Arnold and Rob Reiner (Mar. 6); Michael Blumenfeld, Ila Waldman Krane, John Heard, Daniel J. Travanti, Rachel Weisz, Michael Eisner, Wanda Sykes, Jenna Fischer, Bryan Cranston, and Willard Scott (Mar. 7).
Joan Mangum It was a “wow” evening when we viewed an eight-piece collection of jewels that originally belonged to glamour icon Elizabeth Taylor. Recently acquired by Bulgari, the collection was unveiled during a Roman-themed evening, marking its debut in the U.S. It included pieces that La Liz obtained and wore during important milestones of her life, from her filming of Cleopatra and romance with Richard Burton, to her many film awards and humanitarian triumphs. The new Bulgari boutique at 401 N. Rodeo Dr. was the scene of the exhibit (running through Mar. 10) and swathed in magnificent portraits Liz donning her legendary emeralds. Hosted by Veronica Bulgari, the boutique recreated an opulent Roman terrace, with landscape vignettes featuring views of the Eternal City. Actress Julianne Moore (pictured, left) wore Liz Taylor’s emerald necklace and pendent. The stunning necklace, set with 16 Colombian octagonal step-cut emeralds for a total estimated weight of 60.5 carats, features a 23.44 carat central pendent element that may be detached and worn as a brooch. Also looking gorgeous wearing Bulgari jewelry were... Drew Barrymore, Kirsten Dunst, Naomi Watts, Kate Walsh and Marisa Tomei, plus Princess Patricia Ruspoli, who was wearing a haute couture gown by Angelo Vitti, the Sicilian “artisan tailor,” which took two months of work to produce. Some additional guests were Paul Haggis, Prince Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia, Princess Clotilde Courau, George Kotsiopoulos, Louise Roe, Marta Gastini, Cameron Silver, Caitlin Moe, DJ Mia Moretti, Jessica Lowndes, Analeigh Tipton, Gale Harold III, Moran Atias, Emanuela Postacchini and many more. Dinner was provided by Foodink Catering with music by DL Mia Moretti and musician Caitlin Moe. ****** An incredible fun-filled Oscar week of seeing old friends, meeting new ones and dishing about who won and who wore what. Besides all the parties, I had a chance to drop by a few gifting suites packed with nominees, and, by the time you read this, many Oscar winners, plus so many celebrities, it would make your head spin…Roger and Lynn Neal of Neal P.R. produced the ultimate “Beauty and Couture Suite” at L’Ermitage on Burton Way, where stars were pampered with eyelash extensions (LongMiLashes), bracelets (Roxo), hair blow outs (Olez), shaves (The Art of Shaving), spray tanning (Sun Lodge Studios), delicacies (Mary Cake Shops), and celebrity chef Kurt Ehrlich.
CELEBRITY SUITE–On hand at L’Ermitage for the pre-Oscars Neal “Beauty and Couture Suite” were (from left) Renee Taylor, William Shatner and Maria Conchita Alonso. Photos by Glen Lipton
We spotted that cute nominee Quvenzhane Wallis; Argo’s Titus Welliver, David Sullivan, and Tehmina Sunny; Django Unchained’s Sammi Rotibi; and special make-up artist winner Todd Tucker. Some others were Shawn Christensen, Robert Middleton, Paula Abdul, Penny Marshall, William Shatner, Margaret O’Brien, Shirley Jones, Eric Roberts, Ken Devitian, Sofia Milos, Francesca Gregorini, Joely Fisher, Meagan Good, NeNe Leakes, Michael McKean, Annette O’Toole, Jane Seymour, Jordan Sparks, Marilu Henner, Joanna Cassidy, Ernie Hudson, Sally Kirkland, Charlotte Ross, Dee Wallace, Diedra Hall, Kali Hawk, and Tony Dennison. ISO Beauty’s President Alon Peled, jeweler Raju Rasiah, and celebrity hair stylist Marcello Costas unveiled the most expensive
hair straighter worth $500,000. This year, the Neal suitesupported two charities... Gentle Giants Rescue, the largest big dog rescue in the world (founded by Burt Ward, (Batman TV series), and the Performing Arts Magnet at Hollywood High School. ****** Another terrific suite was GBK’s Gift Lounge, where Chris Butler, San Fell, Richard Kind, Chris Tucker, CCH Pounder, Chazz Palminteri, Joey Lawrence, Dennis Christopher, Joshua Malina, Gregg Henry, Bellamy Young, David Costabile, Jesse Williams, Jackie Weaver, Bruce McGill, Daniel Watts, Franco Nero, Titus Welliver, Cheech Marin, Blake Lindsley, Rob Morrow, Jackson Pace, Tim Daly, Ashley Williams, Brigid Brannagh, Penny Marshall joined with many Academy nominees and presenters to receive
GBK LOUNGE–The GBK Gift Lounge also drew a huge turnout during Oscars Week. Above (from left): former boxing champ Sugar Ray Leonard, whose foundation was one of the charity benefactors, gags it up with Bruce McGill (Lincoln); Emmy-winner Pamela Adlon and Steven Weber (Wings); (right) actor Terry Crews (The Newsroom) presented a $10,000 check to Tobacco Free Kids. Photos by Rebecca Sapp goodies ranging from exotic travel destinations (Puerto Vallarta Tourism, Caribbean Living) to gift certificates from Magellan Jets, Skinnygirl Cocktails, Viva Diva Wines, Zoe’s Chocolate, and Vita Organic Foods. On the beauty front, products were from RevitaLash, Matrix, EcoGenics Skincare, Jose Eber Hair, and Viavo & Nvey ECO. Egard Watches, Tiro Jewelry, The Artisan Group, Juniper Blu, Gemesis Diamond Co., and Chick Boss were also big hits with the celebs as was G the Body Art Professional with a line of couture temporary body art which offered a luxury spin on accessorizing. This year’s GBK Gift Lounge benefited a variety of charities including Global Green USA, Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation, YES! Beat Liver Tumors, City of Hope, The Creative Coalition, and Guard A Heart. Actor Terry Crews made a special appearance to co-present a check for $10,000 to Tobacco Free Kids. ****** It was another fun, fashionable evening for a great cause as Tom Ford hosted a cocktail party in support of Project Angel Food and to introduce his new eyewear eyewear collection at his flagship store on 346 N. Rodeo Dr. Some attendees seen trying on these new specs included... Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, Mario Testino, Elton John and David Furnish, Rita Wilson, Tommy Lee Jones, Bryan and Crystal Lourd, Brad and Cassandra Grey, Lisa and Eric Eisner, Wendy and Leonard Goldberg, Peter Guber, Katherine Ross, Nicole and Matthew Mellon, Michael and Eva Chow, and Brooke and Blake Davenport. ****** Planned Parenthood L.A.’s Food Fare returns this year to the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on Thursday, Mar. 7, with more than 150 of the area’s top restaurants, caterers, wineries, florists and entertainers. It all began began 34 years ago with a simple cooking demonstration from Julia Child. During the past three decades it has grown to become one of our oldest and most celebrated culinary events. Joe Miller, chef/owner of Joe’s Restaurant and Bar Pintxo, has been named the group’s “Chef of the Year” while Nicole and Allan Mutchnik as “Advocates of the Year.” Advanced tickets for Food Fare go for $150 for the daytime session (10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and $225 for the evening session (6:30 to 9:30 p.m.). Tickets are available online at www.pplafoodfare.com or by calling 213-284-3200, ext. 3700. ****** With great sadness, I have to report the loss of two longtime dear and very special friends, Shirley Branman lost her fight to cancer on Sunday and two days later her husband Mike (Meyer), also passed away. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to their family and friends. May they rest in peace as they will surely be missed by all.
Talks Books Jojo Moyes’ Me Before You (Viking $27.95) answers the question “can love save a life?”and also illustrates the class differences in England. In London, Will Traynor, a young successful man whose name and face is seen on the cover of financial papers as well as in society columns, has suffered in a motorcycle accident leaving him paralyzed from the neck down with just slight movement in one hand. After two years in this condition, he has made plans to go to Switzerland where in six months he will undergo euthanasia. In hope against hope, his mother hires Lou Clark, a local English girl who needs the job to help support her family. The only weapon Will has left is a mean mouth which he uses. But Lou begins to talk back to him when his former fiancée arrives with his former business partner to inform Will that they are engaged and planning to marry but wanted to tell him in person. Besides Lou, there is Nathan who takes care of Will’s bodily needs. Lou decides to bring Will out of his despair by planning adventures out of the house, which have decidedly no guarantee of success, but are wonderfully funny to read. She gets him to cut his hair and she shaves his beard. They attend the wedding to the surprise of all Will’s old friends, including sitting on his lap as they weave on the dance floor in his wheelchair. Only after learning about his plans for dying is when Lou realizes why she was hired for six months. Along with Nathan, Lou plans a trip to take Will to a beach resort in the hope of convincing him to choose her and life. Not to be a spoiler, but you must read the book to find out what happens. This is one you won’t want to put down. Jojo Moyes, an excellent author, told me she actually lives in the English village with the old castle she writes about. Connie Martinson Talks Books is aired and streamed on LACityviewchannel 35 at 3 and 11:30 p.m and is on Youtube/user/conniemartinson’s channel. Email: talksbooks@ lycos.com .
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UCLA ‘Evening Of Environmental Excellence’ March 5 UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability (IoES), an organization dedicated to generating knowledge and solving regional and global environmental problems, presents its 2nd “An Evening of Environmental Excellence,” March 5 in the Beverly Hills home of Jeanne and Anthony N. Pritzker. Being honored are Al Gore, former Vice President of the U.S. and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, and Lyn Lear, cofounder of the Environmental Media Association. Lawrence Bender, Sydney Holland, Alexandria Jackson, Anthony N. Pritzker and Tina Quinn chair. The event will feature entertainment by Grammy-winning Jason Mraz and comedian Sarah Silverman. Actress Amy Smart and Carter Oosterhouse host. For more information, visit www.Environment.UCLA.edu.
Bridal Event Set For Sunday AT BABC A Soolip Wedding - the highly anticipated modern bridal event by guru Wanda Wen will be held Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at the Bel-Air Bay Club, 16801 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades. This is for soon-to-be-wed couples, wedding planners, or anyone looking for inspired event resources. Tickets are $45 in advance ($55 at the door). Check outwww.asoolipwedding.com.
1 Summation symbol in math 6 Baseball team’s leading hitter 12 Gotham police procedural 18 “Your ___ …”
THE NEW YORK TIMES SUNDAY MAGAZINE CROSSWORD PUZZLE
19 Body of water on the Uzbek border
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Mar. 1). The warm, playful air about you attracts like-minded friends. The needs of your heart will be met in your professional life in April. You could even move for work and find that your new environs are just what were needed for personal success. June begins a deep renovation. Thankful loved ones celebrate you in August. Scorpio and Sagittarius people adore you. PISCES (Feb. 19-Mar. 20). It amazes you that people often don't know what will make them happy. Part of the reason is that there is so much misinformation in the world on the subject. You'll educate someone on the matter today. ARIES (Mar. 21-Apr. 19). You mastered the art of being an exciting person long before you knew it was art. You might say excitement just comes with the territory being an Aries. Others expect it from you now. TAURUS (Apr. 20-May 20). You've heard that times are tough, but you must be tougher than the times, because you go forward undaunted -- maybe even a little pushy. If anything, the times seem to be intimidated by you today. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You create loveliness in a personal environment. Not because you're an artistic elitist but it's life affirming to do so. Through the beautiful tone you set, you'll help others feel good. CANCER (June 22-July 22). Feelings come and go. If you have someone in your life whose love for you is more constant than the passing emotions of the moment, that is something to celebrate. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). As you stroll a rather ordinary setting, you'll feel out of place. True, you were meant for the extraordinary. But sometimes it's up to you to make the environmental transformation happen. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). The expression is true: The days are long, but the years are short. What can you do for 15 minutes a day that, by this time next year, will have added up to something remarkable? LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You can be sure your presence is a comfort to someone. You've suspected this, but it's wonderful to hear it outright and to feel the truth of it. You'll love knowing that you've helped. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Some people wish they knew what others were thinking. You're different with a good sense what others are thinking, not to mention feeling, nor always sure you want to know. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). When you participate in nature, do not do so as an outsider or curator of the wild. You are nature, too. Some of the time, you feel at peace with your place in the natural order. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Your mind is open–empty. It is more challenging to be open-minded when you know as much about the world as you do. But you succeed in this because you let your curiosity lead. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Just because you believe an idea to be true doesn't mean you shouldn't question it. You'll have to poke around a bit for the truth, but when you find it, the sunshiny light will pour in.
51 Show tune with the lyric “Here am I, your special island” 53 Cosine reciprocal 55 1960s-’70s drama set in San Francisco 58 Allow 60 Egg choice
21 Post-1968 tennis
61 Go up against
23 Magic, once
64 Bitmap image
24 Rear guard?
65 Thor ’s domain
25 CVS competitor
67 1968 movie directed by Paul Newman
27 What a faker may put on 28 Gotham-bound luggage letters 30 Estuary, e.g. 31 Like a walk in the park 32 Group with the monster 1994 album “Monster” 34 Like the dish kimchi 36 Followers of 1Acrosses
70 Forerun 74 Chaney of “Of Mice and Men” 75 Beast that killed Adonis 76 Way off 80 Actor Quinn 81 “Heavens to Betsy!” 84 What many op- art designs appear to do
41 Preserve, as fodder
86 Fictional Indiana town where “Parks and Recreation” is set
43 It’s good for what ails you
88 Upside-down container
45 Cool people
90 Space effect, for short
38 “Aida” figure
48 Sugar suffix 49 What a raised hand may signal 50 Nuts
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11 Certain joint
100 China and environs
12 Apple core, briefly
101 It might come out in the wash
103 Lacking scruples
15 One of the usual suspects?
105 B&O and others 106 Silent interval 110 1945 Pacific battle site, informally 111 Catch
29 Petroleum distillate
122 Island SW of Majorca
33 Source of the line “What’s done is done”
124 Old North State native
35 Ginger feature
125 Piece of the past
39 Angry cat’s sound
126 Co-founder of Death Row Records
40 1/24 of un giorno
127 Some ocean debris
44 Better suited
128 Pastime for Barack Obama at Camp David
9 There’s no escaping this 10 Request that one attend
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47 Rank below group captain
67 ___ Laënnec, inventor of the stethoscope
8 Big do
66 Round up
94 Tony-nominated play made into an Oscar-nominated movie
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2 Coastal Anatolian region
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46 Split part of a reindeer
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72 Early 20th century, in British history
87 Record producer Brian
89 Gray shade
76 Answer man?
93 Twisty-horned creatures
77 Old West casino game
69 Certain bid, informally 70 Kind of court or cross 71 Bridge dividing the San Marco and San Polo districts
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4 Miss at the movies?
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3 Barbecue annoyances
114 Relatively inexpensive wrap
91 Word from Hamlet while holding a skull
97 Paper size: Abbr.
16 Org. with an eagle in its logo
14 Prefix with red
20 “Blues in the Night” composer Harold
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113 Dundee denials
96 Opportunity creator
79 Pump option: Abbr.
115 Cocktails with crème de cassis
82 Itch cause
99 Sci-fi staple
116 Letters on briefs
83 It brightens up a performance
102 Partner of operated
117 Celtic water deity
118 Poet’s “before”
85 Yom Kippur War weaponry
107 Submit an online return
120 Post-1858 rule 121 “Give ___ break!”
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ments required therewith to assist the CITY CITY OF in determining bidder BEVERLY HILLS responsibility prior to bid and to aid the CITY in PROJECT selecting the lowest ADMINISTRATION responsible bidder, nei345 FOOTHILL ROAD ther the fact of prequaliBEVERLY HILLS, fication, nor any preCALIFORNIA 90210 qualification rating, will REQUEST FOR preclude the CITY from PREQUALIFICATION a post-bid consideration OF BIDDERS AND and determination of PREQUALIFICATION whether a bidder has INSTRUCTIONS FOR: the quality, fitness, capacity and experience MODERNIZATION to satisfactorily perform OF ELEVATOR the proposed work, and EQUIPMENT IN THREE has demonstrated the CITY FACILITIES FOR requisite trustworthiTHE CITY OF ness. BEVERLY HILLS The prequalification Notice is hereby given packages should be that the City of Beverly submitted under seal to Hills (“CITY”) has deter- the Office of the City mined that all bidders for Clerk, City of Beverly the Modernization of Hills, 455 North Elevator Equipment in Rexford Drive, Room Three City facilities for 290, Beverly Hills, CA the City of Beverly Hills 90210. The following Project (“Project”) must should be clearly be pre-qualified prior to marked on the outside submitting a bid on that of the package “CONFIProject. It is mandatory DENTIAL PREQUALIFIthat all Contractors who CATION STATEMENT intend to submit a bid, FOR THE MODERNfully complete the pre- IZATION OF ELEVATOR qualification question- EQUIPMENT IN THREE naire, provide all materi- CITY FACILITIES FOR als requested herein, THE CITY OF BEVERand be approved by the LY HILLS PROJECT” CITY to be on the final qualified Bidders list. The prequalification packages submitted by No bid will be accepted Contractors are not pubfrom a Contractor that lic records and are not has failed to comply with open to public inspecthese requirements. If tion. All information two or more business provided will be kept entities submit a bid as confidential to the extent part of a Joint Venture, or permitted by law. expect to submit a bid as However, the contents part of a Joint Venture, may be disclosed to each entity within the third parties for purpose Joint Venture must be of verification, or investiseparately qualified to gation of substantial bid. The last date to sub- allegations, or in an mit a fully completed appeal hearing. State questionnaire is 2:00 PM law requires that the Wednesday, March 20, names of contractors 2013. Contractors are applying for prequalificaencouraged to submit tion status shall be pubprequalification pack- lic records subject to ages as soon as possi- disclosure, and the first ble, so that they may be page of the questionnotified of omissions of naire will be used for information to be reme- that purpose. died or of their prequalification status in advance Each questionnaire of the prequalification must be signed under deadline for this Project. penalty of perjury in the manner designated at Answers to questions the end of the form, by contained in the attached an individual who has questionnaire are the legal authority to required. The CITY will bind the Contractor on use these documents as whose behalf that perthe basis of rating son is signing. If any Contractors with respect information provided by to whether each a Contractor becomes Contractor is qualified to inaccurate, the bid on the Project, and Contractor must immereserves the right to diately notify the CITY check other sources and provide updated available. The CITY’s accurate information in decision will be based on writing, under penalty of objective evaluation cri- perjury. teria. The CITY reserves the The CITY reserves the right to waive minor right to adjust, increase, irregularities and omislimit, suspend or rescind sions in the information the prequalification rat- contained in the preing based on subse- qualification application quently learned informa- submitted, and to make tion. Contractors whose all final determinations. rating changes sufficient- The CITY may also ly to disqualify them will determine at any time be notified, and given an that the prequalification opportunity for a hearing process will be susconsistent with the hear- pended for the Project ing procedures and the Project will be described below for bid without prequalifiappealing a prequalifica- cation. tion rating. Contractors may submit While it is the intent of prequalification packthe prequalification ages during regular questionnaire and docu- working hours on any
P U B L I C N OT I C E S day that the offices of the CITY are open. Contractors who submit a complete prequalification package will be notified of their qualification status no later than ten business days after submission of the information. The CITY may refuse to grant prequalification where the requested information and materials are not provided by the due date indicated above. There is no appeal from a refusal for an incomplete or late application, but re-application for a later project is permitted. Neither the closing time for submitting prequalification packages for this Project will be changed in order to accommodate supplementation of incomplete submissions, or late submissions, unless requested by the CITY in its sole discretion. In addition to a contractor’s failure to be prequalified pursuant to the scoring system set forth in the prequalification package, a contractor may be found not prequalified for either omission of or falsification of, any requested information. Where a timely and completed application results in a rating below that necessary to prequalify, an appeal can be made by the unsuccessful Contractor. An appeal is begun by the Contractor delivering notice to the CITY of its appeal of the decision with respect to its prequalification rating, no later than two business days following notification that it is not prequalified. The notice of appeal shall include an address where the Contractor wishes to receive notice of the appeal hearing. Without a timely appeal, the Contractor waives any and all rights to challenge the decision of the CITY, whether by administrative process, judicial process or any other legal process or proceeding. If the Contractor gives the required notice of appeal, a hearing shall be conducted no earlier than five business days after the CITY’s receipt of the notice of appeal and not later than five business days prior to the date of the Notice Inviting Bids for this Project. Prior to the hearing, the Contractor shall, in writing, be advised of the basis for the City’s prequalification determination. The hearing shall be conducted by a panel consisting of three members of the Department of Public Works & Transportation senior management staff (the “Appeals Panel”). The Appeals Panel shall consider any evidence presented by the Contractor, whether or not the evidence is
presented in compliance with formal rules of evidence. The Contractor will be given the opportunity to present evidence, information and arguments as to why the Contractor believes it should be pre-qualified. Within one day after the conclusion of the hearing, the Appeals Panel will render a written determination as to whether the Contractor is prequalified. It is the intention of the CITY that the date for the submission and opening of bids will not be delayed or postponed to allow for completion of an appeal process. ——————————
(Estimated). Accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder's office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call, (714)730-2727 for information regarding the trustee`s sale or visit this Internet Web site, https://www.lpsasap.com/, for information regarding the sale of this property, using the file number assigned to this case, T.S.# 9551-0261. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder`s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. The Declaration pursuant to California Civil Code, Section 2923.5(a) was fulfilled when the Notice of Default was recorded on 10/26/2011 NBS Default Services, LLC 301 E. Ocean Blvd. Suite 1720 Long Beach, CA 90802 Phone:800-7667751 Fax: 562-983-5379 For Trustee Sale Information Log On To: https://www.lpsasap.com/ or Call: (714)730-2727. NBS Default Services, LLC, Gaby Ospino "We are attempting to collect a debt, and any information we obtain will be used for that purpose." A-4362462 02/22/2013, 03/01/2013, 03/08/2013
NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE T.S. No.: 9551-0261 TSG Order No.: 110519277-CA-LMI A.P.N.: 4340-024-049 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 08/16/2005. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. NBS Default Services, LLC, as the duly appointed Trustee, under and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust Recorded 08/26/2005 as Document No.: 05-2058438, of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California, executed by: SHAMS D. JAVID, AN UNMARRIED MAN, as Trustor, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (payable in full at time of sale by cash, a cashier's check drawn by a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state). All right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and state, and as more fully described in the above referenced Deed of Trust. Sale Date and Time: 03/18/2013 at 11:00 AM Sale Location: By the fountain located at 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona, CA 91766 The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 906 N DOHENY DR APT #303, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA 90069 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made in an "AS IS" condition, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, NOTICE CALLING estimated fees, charges FOR BIDS and expenses of the BEVERLY HILLS UNITrustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of FIED SCHOOL DISTrust, to-wit: $342,511.65 TRICT
Bid Deadline: 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 Place of Bid Receipt: 255 Lasky Dr. Beverly Hills, CA 90212 – Purchasing Department Project: BEVERLY VISTA SCHOOL SHADE STRUCTURE PROJECT- BID #1213/003 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 up to, but not later than, the above?stated time, sealed bids for the award of a contract for the above Project from General Contractors. Those bids timely received shall be opened and publicly read aloud. A “MANDATORY” PreBid Conference and walk will be held at 9:00 a.m., March 11, 2013 at the Beverly Vista School (Main Office), located at 200 South Elm Drive, Beverly Hills CA 90212. Late arrivals will not be allowed entrance. All attendees will be escorted through the school site by a District Representative. Any bidder failing to sign-in, attend the entire job walk and conference will be deemed a nonresponsive bidder. Bids “WILL NOT” be accepted from any bidder who did not attend the PreBid Conference. Prospective bidders may not visit the Project Site without making arrangements through the Facilities and Planning Department. Bidders may obtain an electronic copy ONLY of the Contract Documents from the District’s Facilities and Planning Department 241 Moreno Drive, Beverly Hills, CA at (310) 5515100, Ext. 2390 at no cost to the contractor. To the extent required by Public Contract Code Section 20103.7, the District shall also make the Contract Documents available for review at one or more plan rooms. 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: General Contractor’s License “B”. Any bidder not so licensed at the time of the bid opening will be rejected as nonresponsive.
price, payable to the DISTRICT. Each Bidder is required to furnish and maintain proof of Commercial General Liability I n s u r a n c e , Comprehensive Automobile Liability Insurance, and Workers’ Compensation Insurance. 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 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. Such rates are as follows: Craft, Classification, or Type: Use Applicable Prevailing Wage Rate The general prevailing rate of per diem wages is based upon a working day of eight (8) hours. The rate for holiday and overtime work shall be at least time and one?half. 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 retentions earned directly into escrow. Award of Contract: The District shall award the Contract for the Project to the lowest responsible 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.
The last day to submit questions shall be March 18, 2013. All questions must be submitted in accordance Each bid shall be with the procedures set accompanied by a bid forth in the Information security in the form of for Bidders. cash, a certified or cashier's check or bid Publication Dates: bond in an amount not February 22, 2013 and less than ten percent March 1, 2013 (10%) of the total bid
BEVERLY HILLS NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE TS No. 10-0034389 Doc ID #0001093387342005N Title Order No. 10-8-136256 Investor/Insurer No. 109338734 APN No. 4340014-070 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 07/21/2005. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. Notice is hereby given that RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust executed by ANTHONY MAGNES, A SINGLE MAN, dated 07/21/2005 and recorded 7/28/2005, as Instrument No. 05 1789270, in Book , Page , of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of California, will sell on 03/25/2013 at 9:00AM, Doubletree Hotel Los Angeles-Norwalk, 13111 Sycamore Drive, Norwalk, CA 90650, Vineyard Ballroom at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash or check as described below, payable in full at time of sale, all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust, in the property situated in said County and State and as more fully described in the above referenced Deed of Trust. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 9041 KEITH AVENUE #1, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA, 90069. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold plus reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $911,222.15. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept cashier's checks drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Said sale will be made, in an ''AS IS'' condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the Note secured by said Deed of Trust with interest thereon as provided in said Note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. If required by the provisions of section 2923.5 of the California Civil Code, the declaration from the mortgagee, beneficiary or authorized agent is attached to the Notice of Trustee's Sale duly recorded with the appropriate
County Recorder's Office. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on a property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder's office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 1-800-281-8219 or visit this Internet Web site www.recontrustco.com, using the file number assigned to this case TS No. 10-0034389. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. 1800 Tapo Canyon Rd., CA6-914-01-94 SIMI VALLEY, CA 93063 Phone: (800) 281 8219, Sale Information (626) 927-4399 By: - Trustee's Sale Officer RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. A-4364555 03/01/2013, 03/08/2013, 03/15/2013 —————————— NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE Trustee Sale No. 458507CA Loan No. 1230196780 Title Order No. 120330609 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 03-10-2005. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 0322-2013 at 11:00 A.M., CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY as the duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded 0324-2005, Book N/A, Page
P U B L I C N OT I C E S N/A, Instrument 05 0676854, of official records in the Office of the Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, California, executed by: ANDREW ELISEEV, SINGLE, as Trustor, JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A., as Beneficiary, will sell at public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier's check drawn by a state or national bank, a cashier's check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a cashier's check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Sale will be held by the duly appointed trustee as shown below, of all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by the trustee in the hereinafter described property under and pursuant to the Deed of Trust. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. Place of Sale: BY THE FOUNTAIN LOCATED AT 400 CIVIC CENTER PLAZA, POMONA, CA 91766. Legal Description: A CONDOMINIUM COMPRISED OF: PARCEL 1: AN UNDIVIDED 1/40TH INTEREST IN AND TO LOT 1, OF TRACT NO. 35044, IN THE CITY OF WEST HOLLYWOOD, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, STATE OF CALIFORNIA, AS PER MAP RECORDED IN BOOK 937 PAGE(S) 76 AND 77 OF MAPS, IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY RECORDER OF SAID COUNTY. EXCEPT THEREFROM UNITS 1A THROUGH 40A INCLUSIVE, AS SHOWN AND DEFINED UPON THE CONDOMINIUM PLAN RECORDED MARCH 18, 1980 AS INSTRUMENT NO. 80-272389, OFFICIAL RECORDS OF SAID COUNTY. PARCEL 2: UNIT 17A SHOWN UPON THE CONDOMINIUM PLAN REFERRED TO IN PARCEL 1 ABOVE. PARCEL 3: EXCLUSIVE EASEMENT FOR PARKING SPACES OVER THOSE PORTIONS OF PARCEL 1, ABOVE BEARING THE LETTER DESIGNATION PS 38, AS SHOWN ON THE CONDOMINIUM PLAN REFERRED TO IN PARCEL 1 ABOVE. Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $646,687.59 (estimated) Street address and other common designation of the real property: 1424 N CRESCENT HEIGHTS BLVD APT 40 W HOLLYWOOD, CA 90046 APN Number: 5554-005-042 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". In compliance with California Civil Code 2923.5(c) the mortgagee, trustee, beneficiary, or
authorized agent declares: that it has contacted the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure; or that it has made efforts to contact the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure by one of the following methods: by telephone; by United States mail; either 1st class or certified; by overnight delivery; by personal delivery; by email; by face to face meeting. DATE: 03-01-2013 CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY, as Trustee ROSAURA ARMENTA, ASSISTANT SECRETARY California Reconveyance Company 9200 Oakdale Avenue Mail Stop: CA2-4379 Chatsworth, CA 91311 800-892-6902 For Sales Information: www.lpsasap.com or 1-714-730-2727 www.priorityposting.com or 1-714-573-1965 www.auction.com or 1-800-2802832 CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY IS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder's office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, this information can be obtained from one of the following three companies: LPS Agency Sales and Posting at (714) 7302727, or visit the Internet Web site www.lpsasap.com (Registration required to search for sale information) or Priority Posting and Publishing at (714) 5731965 or visit the Internet Web site www.priorityposting.com (Click on the link for "Advanced Search" to
search for sale information), or auction.com at 1-800280-2832 or visit the Internet Web site www.auction.com, using the Trustee Sale No. shown above. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. A-4364226 03/01/2013, 03/08/2013, 03/15/2013
–––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2013025663 The following is/are doing business as: BISCUIT BAKESHOP & CAFE 7998-C Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90046; Two X Gourmet LLC 7998-C Santa Monica Blvd., Wes Hollywood, CA 90046; The business is conducted by: A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY, registrant(s) has NOT begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein: Gavin Wise, Managing Member: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: February 06, 2013; Published: February 08, 15, 22, March 01, 2013 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2013025500 The following is/are doing business as: BEVERLY HILLS URGENT CARE 822 S. Robertson Blvd. #350, Los Angeles, CA 90035; Safvati Beverly Hills Medical Corp. 822 S. Robertson Blvd. #350, Los Angeles, CA 90035; The business is conducted by: A CORPORATION, registrant(s) has begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein February 2008: Shahriar Safvati, M.D., President: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: February 06, 2013; Published: February 15, 22, March 01, 08, 2013 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2013025407 The following is/are doing business as: MAGIC TOUCH WAXING SALON 321 S. Beverly Dr. #P, Beverly Hills, CA 90212; Genia Beker 321 S. Beverly Dr. #P, Beverly Hills, CA 90212; The business is conducted by: AN INDIVIDUAL, registrant(s) has begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein June 18, 1991: Genia Beker: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: February 06, 2013; Published: February 15, 22, March 01, 08, 2013 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2013025411 The following is/are doing business as: 1) CENTER FOR ADVANCED SINUS SURGERY 2) CENTER FOR ADVANCED PAROTID SURGERY 3) CENTER FOR ADVANCED PARATHYROID SURGERY 4) CENTER FOR ADVANCED THYROID SURGERY 9401 Wilshire Blvd. #650, Beverly Hills, CA 90212; Babak Larian M.D., Inc. 333 S. Crescent Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212; The business is conducted by: A CORPORATION, registrant(s) has NOT begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein: Babak Larian M.D., Inc., President: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: February 06, 2013; Published: February 15, 22, March 01, 08, 2013 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2013025432 The following is/are doing business as: BOVINO RAILSBACK LLP 9720 Wilshire Blvd. 6th Flr., Beverly Hills, CA 90211; Marcy Railsback 340 N. Beachwood Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90004; David A. Bovino 804 Hunter Creek Rd., Aspen, CO 81611; The business is conducted by: A LIMITED LIABILITY PARTNERSHIP, registrant(s) has begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein January 24, 2013: Marcy Railsback: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: February 06, 2013; Published: February 15, 22, March 01, 08, 2013 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2013025447 The following is/are doing business as: MATCH MADE 4 TWO 209 El Camino Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212; Ilene Woolf 209 El Camino Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212; Susan Scott 209 El Camino Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212; The business is conducted by: A GENERAL PARTNERSHIP, registrant(s) has NOT begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein: Ilene Woolf: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: February 06, 2013; Published: February 15, 22, March 01, 08, 2013 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2013025454 The following is/are doing business as: LA DIGITAL PRINT & COPY 437 S. Robertson Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211; Diversified Funding Solutions, Inc. 437 S. Robertson Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211; The business is conducted by: A CORPORATION, registrant(s) has begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein January 01, 2013: Morris Nass, President: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: February 06, 2013; Published: February 15, 22, March 01, 08, 2013 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2013025465 The following is/are doing business as: 1) FURNITURE MEDIC BY PRECISION WOOD WORKS 2) FURNITURE MEDIC 1420 S. Oakhurst Dr. #101, Los
March 1, 2013 | Page 31 Angeles, CA 90035; Alan Robert Gordon 1420 S. Oakhurst Dr. #101, Los Angeles, CA 90035; Elizabeth Ann Shatzkin 1420 S. Oakhurst Dr. #101, Los Angeles, CA 90035 The business is conducted by: A GENERAL PARTNERSHIP, registrant(s) has NOT begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein: Alan Robert Gordon: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: February 06, 2013; Published: February 15, 22, March 01, 08, 2013 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2013025479 The following is/are doing business as: 1) ALTERNATIVES ADDICTION TREATMENT 2) ALTERNATIVES 226 S. Beverly Dr. #225, Beverly Hills, CA 90212; Life Management Skills, Inc. 226 S. Beverly Dr. #225, Beverly Hills, CA 90212; The business is conducted by: A CORPORATION, registrant(s) has NOT begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein: Marc Kern, CEO: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: February 06, 2013; Published: February 15, 22, March 01, 08, 2013 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2013019912 The following is/are doing business as: OAK FITNESS CLUB 9346 Civic Center Dr. #145, Beverly Hills, CA 90210; Performance Strength and Wellness 6607 Orange St., Los Angeles, CA 90048; The business is conducted by: A CORPORATION, registrant(s) has begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein October 25, 2012: Aaron King, President: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: January 29, 2013; Published: February 22, March 01, 08, 15, 2013 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2013019921 The following is/are doing business as: CINEMA CONSULTING SERVICES, INC. 6380 Wilshire Blvd. #1115, Los Angeles, CA 90048; Celebrity Video Distribution, Inc. 6380 Wilshire Blvd. #1115, Los Angeles, CA 90048; The business is conducted by: A CORPORATION, registrant(s) has begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein October 05, 2012: R. Feinstein, President: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: January 29, 2013; Published: February 22, March 01, 08, 15, 2013 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2013019891 The following is/are doing business as: GET WIRELESS 118 S. Beverly Dr. #207, Beverly Hills, CA 90212; Quirino Lopez 118 S. Beverly Dr. #207, Beverly Hills, CA 90212; The business is conducted by: AN INDIVIDUAL, registrant(s) has NOT begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein: Quirino Lopez: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: January 29, 2013; Published: February 22, March 01, 08, 15, 2013 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2013024017 The following is/are doing business as: 1) KANOON 2) DRONA 250 N. Wetherly Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90211; Kanoon Software Systems, Inc. 250 N. Wetherly Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90211; The business is conducted by: A CORPORATION, registrant(s) has begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein January 01, 1998: Rony Sawdayi, President: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: February 05, 2013; Published: February 22, March 01, 08, 15, 2013 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2013033971 The following is/are doing business as: 607 ALTA PARTNERSHIP 607 N. Alta Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210; Sam Kreitenberg & Irene Kreitenberg Marital Trust 607 N. Alta Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210; Sam Kreitenberg & Irene Kreitenberg By-Pass Trust 607 N. Alta Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210; Harvey Kreitenberg 245 S. Hudson Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90004; Arthur Kreitenberg 12012 Silver Fox Rd., Los Alimitos, CA 90720; Manny Lee Kreitenberg 11957 Darlington Ave. #102, Los Angeles, CA 90049; The business is conducted by: A GENERAL PARTNERSHIP, registrant(s) has NOT begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein: Manny Kreitenberg, Managing Partner: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: February 20, 2013; Published: March 01, 08, 15, 22, 2013 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2013034019 The following is/are doing business as: 1) VIVIANA LEVI WYNNE M.D. 2) BEVERLY HILLS MEDICAL HYPNOSIS.COM 420 S. Beverly Dr. #100-11, Beverly Hills, CA 90212; Viviana Levi Wynne M.D. 420 S. Beverly Dr. #100-11, Beverly Hills, CA 90212; The business is conducted by: AN INDIVIDUAL, registrant(s) has NOT begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein: Viviana Levi Wynne M.D.: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: February 20, 2013; Published: March 01, 08, 15, 22, 2013 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2013034026 The following is/are doing business as: NICHOLAS/BUDD ARCHITECTS, LLP 7958 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90048; William R. Nicholas, Jr. 1119 Las Pulgas Place, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272; Susan C. Budd 1119 Las Pulgas Place, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272; The business is conducted by: A LIMITED PARTNERSHIP, registrant(s) has NOT begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein: William R. Nicholas, Jr., Partner: Statement is filed
with the County of Los Angeles: February 20, 2013; Published: March 01, 08, 15, 22, 2013 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2013034059 The following is/are doing business as: 1) RADIANCE LIGHT & POWER CO. 2) STRESS MASTERY SYSTEMS 918 N. Havenhurst Dr. #109, West Hollywood, CA 90046; Joyce Kenyon 918 N. Havenhurst Dr. #109, West Hollywood, CA 90046; The business is conducted by: AN INDIVIDUAL, registrant(s) has begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein 1994: Joyce Kenyon: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: February 20, 2013; Published: March 01, 08, 15, 22, 2013 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2013034067 The following is/are doing business as: BRISTOL KID 9543 Kirkside Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90035; Janet E. Kahen, A Married Woman, As Her Sole and Separate Property 9543 Kirkside Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90035; The business is conducted by: AN INDIVIDUAL, registrant(s) has begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein January 01, 2013: Janet E. Kahan: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: February 20, 2013; Published: March 01, 08, 15, 22, 2013 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2013034074 The following is/are doing business as: C.C. HIGGINS DESIGN GROUP 1151 S. Orlando Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90035; Beverly Pinnas 1151 S. Orlando Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90035; Natalie Boren 7661 Fountain Ave. #2, Los Angeles, CA 90046; The business is conducted by: A GENERAL PARTNERSHIP, registrant(s) has begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein February 13, 2013: Natalie Boren: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: February 20, 2013; Published: March 01, 08, 15, 22, 2013 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2013034084 The following is/are doing business as: JACQUE HEEBNER 4792 Park Encino Ln. #101, Encino, CA 91436; ALJMAPB, LLC 4792 Park Encino Ln. #101, Encino, CA 91436; The business is conducted by: A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY, registrant(s) has NOT begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein: Jacque Heebner, Sole Manager: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: February 20, 2013; Published: March 01, 08, 15, 22, 2013 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2013034094 The following is/are doing business as: ORACLE TAX SOLUTIONS 137 N. Larchmont Blvd. #655, Los Angeles, CA 90004; Louis A. Bush 137 N. Larchmont Blvd. #655, Los Angeles, CA 90004; The business is conducted by: AN INDIVIDUAL, registrant(s) has begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein January 10, 2013: Louis A. Bush: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: February 20, 2013; Published: March 01, 08, 15, 22, 2013 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2013026451 The following is/are doing business as: BEVERLY HILLS PEDIATRICS AFTER HOURS 8530 Wilshire Blvd. #520, Beverly Hills, CA 90211; Beverly Hills Pediatrics, Inc. 8530 Wilshire Blvd. #520, Beverly Hills, CA 90211; The business is conducted by: A CORPORATION, registrant(s) has NOT begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein: Scott Cohen, President: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: February 07, 2013; Published: March 01, 08, 15, 22, 2013 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2013034114 The following is/are doing business as: COMMON GROUND 137 S. Reeves Dr. #405, Beverly Hills, CA 90212; Rachelle Lewis 137 S. Reeves Dr. #405, Beverly Hills, CA 90212; The business is conducted by: AN INDIVIDUAL, registrant(s) has begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein February 01, 2013: Rachelle Lewis: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: February 20, 2013; Published: March 01, 08, 15, 22, 2013 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2013035171 The following is/are doing business as: LA PERFUME NET 433 S. Palm Dr. #2, Beverly Hills, CA 90212; Yuvraj Chavan 433 S. Palm Dr. #2, Beverly Hills, CA 90212; The business is conducted by: AN INDIVIDUAL, registrant(s) has begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein January 15, 2012: Yuvraj Chavan: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: February 21, 2013; Published: March 01, 08, 15, 22, 2013 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2013025369 The following is/are doing business as: SHETRUSTS 455 Genesse Ave. #102, Los Angeles, CA 90036; Laura Katherine Hanson 455 Genesse Ave. #102, Los Angeles, CA 90036; The business is conducted by: AN INDIVIDUAL, registrant(s) has begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein January 14, 2013: Laura Katherine Hanson: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: February 06, 2013; Published: March 01, 08, 15, 22, 2013 LACC N/C
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$4,300/MO. Contact Haim at 323/244-9470
Hardwood floors, balcony, pool, elevator, access, elevator, on-site laundry, laundry room, parking. pool, laundry facility, controlled access, prkg. intercom entry. 310/929-0610 Close to 320 N. La Peer Dr. 4 Blks. to Beach. Brentwood Village. • 310/246-0290 •
CLOSE TO SANTA MONICA SHOPS & DINING 808 4th St. * BEVERLY HILLS * ** NORTH OF WILSHIRE BEVERLY HILLS * * * 1 Bd. + Den + 1 Ba. * 2005-BUILT HOME 218 S. Tower Dr. * • • * Single 3 BED, 2.5 BATH with • • *Large, Unique &* • 1 Bd.+1 Ba. • formal living & dining area, Gorgeous. Fireplace, central HVAC & security system, plus 1 bed + 1 ba maid’s quarters. No Pets. Available March 1. $6,500/MO. Daytime: 310/466-6567. Eves. & Wknds: 562/943-6627.
435 GUESTHOUSE FOR RENT
• 310/440-5051 • VERY UNIQUE • MUST SEE
—————–––– • BRENTWOOD •
125 N. Barrington Av.
• 2 Bdrm. + 2 Bath • Old World Charm ! • 1 Bdrm. Bright, intercom entry, balcony, dishwasher, + 1 Bath • intercom entry, fridge, stove, laundry fac. • • • • • • • CLOSE TO RESTAURANTS elevator, prkg., pool. • Close to Beach • Newly Remodeled, & SHOPPING . 310/531-3992 Upscale, Bright, 310/394-7132
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8725 Clifton Way 11933 Darlington Ave. Newly Remodeled B a c h e l o r ====
• 2 Bdrm.+ ==== Den+2 Bath • Spacious, Hardwood
Lrg. unit. Balcony, Walk-in closet, G U E S T H O U S E intercom entry, laundry Unique Property facility, elevator, prkg. With Privacy • CHARMING & BRIGHT • Close to Cedars, 1 Bedroomrestaurants, shopping Completely & transportation. Furnished Turnkey,
floors, dishwasher, on-sight laundry and parking.
2 BDRM. + 2.5 BATH over 2200 sq. ft. Completely Remodeled $7,100/MO. *************
CENTURY WOOD 3 BDRM. + 3.5 BATH over 2800 sq. ft. Feels like a private home. $10,000/MO.
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With Pool, balcony, 12333 TeXaS Ave. central air, fireplace, ∞∞∞∞∞∞∞ stove, elevator, 1 Bdrm. + 1 Bath intercom entry, prkg. ∞ ∞ ∞
• 310/476-2181 • Granite counters, bal-
Close to shopping.
cony, stove, dishwasher, B R E N T W O O D intercom-entry, on-site 904-908 Granville Av. laundry, parking.
2 Bd.+2 Ba. BRENTWOOD • • • • • • The Carlton
• 310/246-3889 • 11666 Goshen Ave. Includes:
WESTWOOD Granite counters, (•)(•)(•)(•)() 10905 Ohio Ave. A Home Away Fireplace, balcony, Beverly Hills Single From Home, 1 • • Single • • 138 N. Hamilton Dr. 2 Ba. laundry facility, Single + Loft + 1 / ~ Lower ~ •• • Bachelor • subterranean prkg. •• (•)(•)(•)(•)(•) Benedict Canyon Kitchenette, Wifi, Bright, controlled microwave, Designer Done
WiFi, central air/heat, Near Whole Foods. Patio in woodsy setting. Controlled access, access, balcony, 310/207-1965 fireplace, patio, Hardwood flrs., built-ins, laundry facility pool, elevator, controlled access, 2 tv’s, cable, DSL, spa C LOSE TO C EDARS , pool, elevator, parking, B R E N T W O O D laundry facility, prkg. tub, washer/dryer. B EVERLY C ENTER , laundry facility. 11931 Goshen Ave. Close To U.C.L.A. $2,600 • Short-Term Avail. R ESTAURANT R OW .
Single Occupant Call: 310/271-5971 Owner • Realtor • • • • • • • • •
Beverly Hills Schools 5 Bedrooms 5 Bathrooms Custom Gourmet Kitchen Formal Dining Room 4125 Sq Feet Large Private yard Pool with Swim Jet & Retractable Cover Outdoor Cabana with Designer BBQ, Stove, Refrg & Bar
440 UNFURNISHED APT’S/CONDO’S
LOW MOVE -IN ! L.A.’S FINEST, MOST LUXURIOUS APT. RENTAL
“The Mission ” • Westwood • www.1100maybrookdrive.com WONDERFUL HOME IN BEAUTIFUL LOWER BENEDICT CANYON LOCATED ON A FLAT LOT NEXT TO CUL DE SAC. ELEGANT TWO STORY ENTRY, BEAUTIFUL HARDWOOD FLOORS THROUGHOUT. FIRST FLOOR HAS SUNNY FAMILY ROOM, INVITING LIVING ROOM WITH FIREPLACE, WET BAR AND FRENCH DOORS. POWDER ROOM AND FORMAL DINING ROOM. GORGEOUS LARGE GOURMET KITCHEN WITH CUSTOM CHERRY WOOD CABINETS, BUILT INS, SUB ZERO, PROFESSIONAL RANGE. & TEMP CONTROLED WINE CABINET. ONE BED & BATH DOWNSTAIRS, LAUNDRY ROOM AND 3 CAR ATTACHED FINISHED GARAGE. FABULOUS SUNROOM OPENS TO A PICTURESQUE YARD, POOL WITH RETRACTABLE COVER AND AN OUTDOOR COOKS DREAM; BUILT IN BBQ, COOKTOP, FRIDGE AND BAR. UPSTAIRS 4 BEDROOMS & 3 BATHROOMS INCLUDES LUXURIOUS DOUBLE DOOR MASTER SUITE WITH HUGE WALK IN CLOSET, DRESSING AREA, STEAM SHOWER AND SPA TUB.
Priced to sell at $3,750,000.00 For an exclusive showing call
Cheryl Gussman Kaupp Nelson Shelton & Associates Cell: 323-841-2437 firstname.lastname@example.org DRE License #: 00941824
* * * * * *
310/312-9871 • • • • • • Shopping & Dining in 2 Bd. + 2 Ba. • Brentwood Village • • • • • • •
In The HEART of BEV. HILLS TRIANGLE
* * * * * * * Large & Bright.
• Jr. Executive
1409 Midvale Ave. Granite counters, 170 N. Crescent Dr. B R E N T W O O D built-in appliances, •••• ••• •••• * * 11730 SUNSET BLVD. * dishwasher, on-sight * * * * 2 Bdrm. +11/2 Bath • • • • • • NEWLY REMODELED laundry, parking. • • 1 Bd.+1 Ba. • •
• • • • • •
WiFi, a/c, intercom Pool, a/c, balcony, • 1 Bdrm.+1 Bath ~ W E S T ~ entry, laundry facility, fridge, stove, laundry Rooftop pool, rm., prkg., intercom deck, gym, central air, L O S A N G E L E S elevator, parking, pool. entry, elevator. elevator, intercom entry, 12424 TeXaS Ave. C LOSE TO U.C.L.A. C L O S E T O S H O P S on-sight laundry, parking. • 1 Bd.+1 Ba. • 310/478-8616 & R ESTAURANTS . • Free WiFi Access • V E R Y N I C E U N I T. 310/858-8133 Dishwasher, ~ 310/476-3824 ~ • WESTWOOD • balcony, on-site BRENTWOOD & U.C.L.A. CLOSE Border of 550 Veteran Ave. laundry, covered prkg. BEVERLY HILLS
————–––– BEVERLY HILLS — BRENTWOOD 321 S. Sherbourne Dr.
• 2 Bd.+2 Ba. • • • • • •• 6-Month Lease Avail.
= Single = = = = = = = =
Spacious • • 11640 Kiowa Ave. WEST L.A. = = = = = = = = 1 B d . + 1 B a . • Newly Updated • * * * * * * 2 Bdrm. + 2 Bath 1342 Centinela Ave. Very spacious, Every Extra Luxury: • J r. E xe c u t i v e • - 1 Bdrm.+1 Bath • • • • • • •• •• granite counters, • • custom cabinets, granite - - - - -
Balcony, controlled Balcony, dishwasher, microwave, intercom • Bright Unit • access, a/c, stove, a/c, heated pool, WiFi, Granite counterstops, entry, on-sight laundry, elevator, laundry elevator controlled • Free WiFi Access • patio, on-site facility, parking. parking & WiFi. access, on-site laundry, • Close to UCLA • laundry, On-site • 310/247-8689 • 1350 S. MIDVALE AVE. parking. Close to Very close to UCLA parking. Close to Close to Cedars-Sinai, Brentwood Village, L.A., 90024 & Westwood Village . transportation. Contact Mgr.: Beverly Center & Shops & Restaurants. • 424/744-6342 • countertops, stone entry, pool, health club, spa.
• 310/864-0319 •
Trendy Robertson Bl.
• 310/826-4889 •
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1380 Midvale Ave.
• CENTURY CITY • • • • •
Single 1 Bd. +Den +1 Ba. ••••• • •
WiFi, pool, elevator, controlled access, on- CENTURY TOWERS 2+2 • $5,788 sight laundry, parking. Beautiful Remodel Close to U.C.L.A. Pretty Hardwood Flrs.
—————–––– ~ WESTWOOD ~
Custom European Kitch. Granite Counters Stainless Steel Appl.
10992 Ashton Ave.
• • 1 Bd.+1 Ba. • • Balcony, intercom
$1,075/MO. Remodeled 2 Bd+2 Ba place, breakfast room, Approx. 1400 Sq. ft. Stove, A/C, Fridge & Fridge, stove, parking. New kitchen w/ granite, dining room, kitchen Lower unit with fridge, S.S. appl., hrwd.+stone+ with stove, fridge and washer/dryer in unit Parking. Special: 1/2 Call 805/379-2000 tile flrs., french doors, dishwasher, laundry Securtiy deposit OAC. and 2 car parking. balcony, a/c, lrg. closets, room & hardwood floors. Call 310/880-7281 Call 310/278-8999 $3,150/MO.
dishwasher, controlled access, elevator, laundry room, parking. Heated pool/gym/sauna.
$3,695/Month 310/980-3384 4 Blks. to Beach.
entry, elevator, onsight laundry, prkg. Close to UCLA & • DIANA COOK • Westwood Village . COLDWELL BANKER • BH
S A N T A M O N I C A WEST HOLLYWOOD BEVERLY HILLS ADJ BEVERLY HILLS BEVERLY HILLS ADJ 1211 HOLT AVE #5 N o r t h o f W i l s h i r e Lower Spanish Duplex Bedford/Olympic • CONDO QUALITY • 3 Bedroom, 2 Baths 2 BD, 2 BA CONDO 1 BEDROOM, 1 BATH 1 BEDROOM, 1 BATH $2,150/MO. $1,595/MO. Living room with fire8 4 3 4 th S t .
Call 310/820-0122 or 818/398-7793
—————–––– BEVERLY HILLS
—————–––– —————–––– BRENTWOOD • HOLLYWOOD •
NORTH OF WILSHIRE RETRO 60’S APTS.
UPPER 1 BDRM, 1BA. 1 block from Century City New carpet, large deck, 2 BD + OFFICE + 2 BA. UPPER 2 BDRM, 2 BATH
—————–––– Large unit over 1600 s.f.
with courtyard pool, B E V E R L Y H I L L S with lost of closet space, All new kitchen appliances, laundry facility, gated laundry facility and Remodeled Apt. balcony, laundry facility, parking, non-smoking 3 Bd.+2Ba. • $3,650 underground parking. building. One cat ok. parking in non-smoking $3,000/MONTH 2 Bd.+2Ba. • $3,300 $1,495/MO. By Appointment Only Washer/dryer incld. and no pets building. Call 323/823-7870 Call 310/557-3516 Very good location. $2,150/MO.
Ask About Move-in special —————–––– —————–––– Call 310/826-8819 —————–––– 323/898-9241 CENTURY CITY ADJ. ————— BEVERLY HILLS PRIME BRENTWOOD —————–––– 3 BDRM./DEN + 2 BA. ∞ ∞ ∞ 1 BEDROOM, 1 BATH ∞ ∞ ∞ ∞ 1000 G A .
10530-10540 Wilshire Bl.
• 1 Bd.+1 Ba. •
IN THE HEART of
3 Bd.+Den+2 Ba. Luxury Living BEVERLY HILLS Mediterranean Condo 253 N. Swall Dr. with valet, O FFERING L ANDSCAPED lush garden surrounding pool, R O O F G A R D E N W I T H 2 Bd.+2 Ba. Tri-Plex • Fully Remodeled • VIEW OF AMAZING gym, elevator, etc. 1,650sf. Stove, fridge, Dishwasher, W AT E R F E AT U R E
central air, balcony. Marble entry, Viking S.S. Call: 310/470-4474 appl., hrwd. flrs., estate quality finish. Out cove **CENTURY CITY** office w/ fireplace, lrg. 2220 S. Beverly Glen 2-balconies & stone • Single • patio, laundry in unit. •• • $4,695/Month • L o t s o f •• • 310/980-3384 •Character & Charm ! Alcove fireplace, fridge, PRIME BRENTWOOD laundry facility, gated 1000 Granville Ave. parking, intercom Marble entry, Viking entry, WiFi and more. S.S. appl., hrwd. flrs., • 310/552-8064 • 2-balconies, dishwasher, Rooftop jacuzzi with elevator, controlled panoramic city views. access, laundry in unit.
2 Bd. +Den +2 Ba. Mediterranean Condo O FFERING L ANDSCAPED ROOF GARDEN WITH VIEW OF AMAZING W AT E R F E AT U R E dishwasher intercom
CULVER CITY 3830 Vinton Ave. • • Single • • • • • • • •• Pool, sauna, fridge,
washer/dryer in unit, 2-car garage. $3,500/Month
Newly remodeled with all new appliances. Elevator, pool, laundry facility, parking in non-smoking, no pets building.
422 S. Maple Dr. #4 Stove, A/C, Hi-ceilings, 2 Bd..+1 Ba. • $1,950 new carpets, bright unit. New kitchen w/ granite 1 Parking. Pets OK. counters. Mirrored wall Special: 1/2 Securtiy Call 310/475-8337 in DR, hardwood flrs. deposit OAC. Quiet Bldg. Pets ok. Call 310/278-8999 PRIME LOCATION
S A N T A M O N I C A • OPEN HOUSE • North of Wilshire Sat. & Sun. • 9-3pm BEVERLY HILLS ADJ. BEVERLY HILLS ADJ. 2 Bdrm. + 2 Bath Near 3rd / Robertson 310/556-1284 LARGE & BEAUTIFUL 323/304-1779
—————–––– 1017 S. SHERBOURNE Very Private & Spacious 2 BDRM. + 1.5 BATH upper unit with breakfast and formal dining room. Yard, laundry & parking.
$3,500/MO. Call 213/804-3761
TERRIFIC Upper front unit. HardONE BEDROOM wood floors, appliances, BEVERLY HILLS ADJ patio, front+back yard. 8443 Blackburn Ave. Ceiling fan, tub + stall 7-Blocks to Beach 2 BEDROOMS, 1.5 BATH shower, A/C, ELEVATOR $2,595/Month Lower with hardwood balcony, gated garage 310/666-8360
Sunny, Bright Upper WESTWOOD CONDO
NEAR WILSHIRE BLVD /WESTWOOD BLVD.
2 Bd.+21/2 Ba. • $3,450
10966 OHIO AVE.
1,875 sq. ft., Lrg. living rm., dining rm., den+wet $3,895/Month bar & fireplace, 2-car entry, elevator, on-site 310/980-3384 garage, 2-balconies, laundry, parking. 310/841-2367 w/d, secured bldg. BEVERLY HILLS UP TO 4-5 STUDENTS WELCOME.
ccontrolled access in quiet building. No pets smoking building. Parking. non-smoking facility. One lower $1,700 $1,450/MO. One in rear $1,500 320 S. Clark Dr. Call 310/429-5063 Call 323/252-5600 Clean, no-pets, non-
Teriffic Bright Upper X-large 2 Bdrm + Den BEVERLY HILLS adj. $2,550/MO. Bright Front Unit ELEVATOR, stall shower + 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath. H O L L Y W O O D * * * D U P L E X * * * 310/430-1626 tub, laundry on each floor, $1,700/MO. 1769-1775 Sycamore Av. On South Maple Dr. balcony, quiet, no pets. • Single LARGE 3 + 2 UPPER Lots of closets, fridge, • Bachelor Formal dining, breakfast SUPERB LOCATION IN Call 323/252-5600 A/C. Secured building Controlled access, area, skylight, A/C, BEVERLY HILLS or 310/470-2834 laundry facility. in beautiful location.
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BEVERLY HILLS $2,950/MO. 423 N. PALM DRIVE 2 BED / 1.5 BATHS Hardwood Floors Extra Large Rooms
CENTURY PARK EAST 2 BED / 2 BATHS $2,800/MO High Floor. Ocean View Large Balcony. 2 separated suites
1 BED / 1 BATH $2,800/MO High Floor. Brand New Renovation Partial Ocean View. New Kitchen Quartz Counter. New Appliances Hardwood Floor. New Luxurious Bath. Extra Quiet Location No Balcony
2 BED /2 BATHS $3,500/MO High Floor. Renovated 2 Large Balconies. 270 degree views. Hardwood & Granite
***BEVERLY HILLS*** BRIGHT & SPACIOUS UPPER 1 BEDROOM with balcony, carpeted throughout, stove, fridge, laundry, parking No pets. $1,425/MO. Call for appointment Call 310/652-7829 at 323/653-1892
High Floor. Fabulous Renovation. Unobstructed City Views. Hardwood Floors. Open Kitchen. Stone Counters 2 Jumbo Balconies
Call 310/785-0543 2 BEDROOM, 2 BATHS BEVERLY HILLS ILE L O S A N G E L E S BEVERLY HILLS New kitchen appliances, 336 S. Rexford Dr. WEST HOLLYWOOD MA IcRr oAsCsL LEAM C M A 401 S. HOOVER St. U p p e r 2 B d . + 1 B a . PRIME LOCATION TOWNHOME washer & dryer in unit, 1 Bdrm. + 1 Bath • • • • • • • • ~ N E W L Y U P D A T E D ~ 144 N. WETHERLY DR. BUILT IN 1989 • Single Hardwood flrs., tub/stall wood floors, secured 2 Large Bedrooms with New countertops, oak 1 BDRM. + 1 BATH
2,000 Sq. Ft. Ultra-Modern Décor 270 degree unobstructed views Large Living room. Open Kitchen Granite Counters. Huge Master Suite
double garage, No pets. NEWLY REMODELED $3,800/MO.
Close to Everything.
• 1 Bd.+1 Ba. • • • • • • • •
lots of closets, 2 Baths building, subterranean and Powder Room. Control access, Light & bright, fireplace, parking, etc. Must See! pool, dishwasher, elevator, dining area, kitchen with 132 S. Bedford Drive eat-in area, 3 car parking. on-site laundry $3,200/MO. and parking. $3,700/MO.
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shower, stove, fridge, cabinets & dishwasher. Central air, Dishwasher, laundry facility. Hardwood floors, a/c, Laundry on-site, Indoor Lower unit. Cats ok. laundry, covered prkg. parking spot included. Charming 6-Unit Bldg. $2,200/Month $1,250/Month $1,695/MO 310/247-8547
2 BED /2 BATHS $3,600/MO
CENTURY TOWERS 2 BDRMS / 3 BATHS $7,850/MO
CENTURY PARK EAST CENTURY TOWERS PARK PLACE CENTURY HILL LE PARC CENTURY WOODS For Sale See our A d Sec. 270
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR I’ve been receiving and reading campaign literature from candidates running for City Council and am perplexed about some that has arrived from two of them, who have chosen to focus on police and fire. What’s so contentious about police and fire in Beverly Hills? I do not believe there is any dispute about police and fire for any resident of candidate. Residents understand this election is not about photo ops with fancy police cars and fire trucks. It is a shame these candidates missed the opportunity to connect and really talk about the issues this community is interested in resolving. Carol Ward ****** I am outraged. I live in Beverly Hills and today I received a thick folded flyer from West Hollywood Democratic Club/Beverly Hills Democratic Club. The middle page is a full photograph of Clif Smith. The opposite page says, “This Man Hates You and Everything You Believe In.” The inside is filled with personal attacks against Smith in the veiled disguise to re-elect Willie Brien. These type of personal attacks are not in the scope of healthy appropriate competition. They are sadistic, jealous, rivalry, attempts to go for the jugular. Symptoms of desperation and victory at all costs. Willie Brien and his campaign make me ashamed to be a registered Democrat. I did not vote for him. Clif Smith is a man of integrity, quality character, ethics, and values. Dr. Fran Walfish ****** Last Friday, homes across the City received one of those little yellow “door knob hangers” with a screed full of false attacks against our Vice Mayor John Mirisch and praise for Willie Brien. At the bottom of the flyer, I read that it was distributed by the West Hollywood Democratic Club. Why would a West Hollywood group care about a city race in Beverly Hills? That's a question any smart voter would ask. There are reports the L.A. County Democrat establishment is endorsing Brien as it is no secret he has very deep ties to the most liberal wing of the party. The man doing the endorsing, Eric Bauman, is the most powerful politico you've never heard of, and, as chairman of the Los Angeles Democratic Party is the most powerful unelected official in the county. He plays politics “old-school style,” where the end justifies the means, and often throws his weight around to get one candidate elected over another in local contests. Bauman is quoted as saying that Brien (and Brian Rosenstein) would “work hard to ease traffic congestion, improve public safety, revitalize the local economy, and expand city services for residents.” Who could argue against non-controversial efforts like that? The problem is not with what he says, but what he doesn't, namely, that Brien is an ally of the public employee unions, the primary bloc of votes and funds for the party, and Willie Brien, not Mirisch, is the one who will do the most to preserve the unsustainable pay packages, benefits, and pensions of our local unions. In this county and state, the link between the party and the unions is incestuous, and a fight to the death for both to maintain the level of pensions and benefits that will ultimately break our budget. On the other hand, Vice Mayor Mirisch was literally a pioneer on the matter of pension reform. He recognized the dangers of our unsustainable public employee pension plans long before it was a sexy political topic. Bauman, and his surrogate West Hollywood group, are afraid Mirisch will set the model for responsible pension reform in Beverly Hills that could catch fire and spread across the rest of the county and state. Hence, the low-road tactics from Bauman and company. Brien has powerful political friends outside of Beverly Hills, and appears to care a lot about what they think. Vice Mayor Mirisch’s focus has been on what is best for Beverly Hills. He has been a model for civic involvement, an outstanding, honorable, ethical public servant, and a humble “mensch,” to boot. I hope that every Beverly Hills voter will join me in supporting him who has always considered our residents first and foremost. Mark A. Mendlovitz ****** If Willie Brien’s campaign is reacting so forcefully against The Courier, then quite frankly that makes me think the newspaper is probably right. At my last count, the West Hollywood Democratic Club/Beverly Hills Democratic Club (located in West Hollywood) has sent out four door hangers/glossy mailers attacking The Courier for its reporting of Brien's record. I received two of the glossy mailers today. What overkill! We all know Brien's record with the subway and how he basked in the photo op with Villaraigosa and Metro even to the Metro's own surprise, rather than joining forces with the school Board to protect one of our City's most important assets, namely our high school and its students. Too bad Brien feels the need to deflect from his own record by bringing a politically partisan organization into a local nonpartisan governance campaign. Local governance is nonpartisan and should be independent of any political party. If Brien does not see that distinction, then that alone is enough to make up my mind! Christine Skirmuntt Ford ****** Beverly Hills residents may enjoy a comfortable life, but in the March 5 election voters can make a difference in how our City is managed. Recent finger-pointing over The Courier’s remarks about the City hall status quo reminds me that it is entirely appropriate to question our City Council majority’s stance on limiting government transparency, supporting utility rate hikes, and shrugging off staff accountability for lackluster performance. Yet some City leaders defend the status quo. They sling barbs at those who question whether or not we’re getting the performance and innovation that we should expect and for which we pay. Why demand fiscal prudence when we can just raise water rates? Why make local government transparent when staff and the City Council benefit from less, not greater, public scrutiny? Our 30-day email deletion policy is one of the most draconian in the Southland and our council majority voted to leave it unchanged. As cities around us evolve into 21st century exemplars of progressive thinking and governing, the City Hall of Brien, Gold and Brucker has consistently preferred to cut ribbons rather than cut through business as usual. I support John Mirisch for re-election because he’s not satisfied by average performance and sub-par accountability. He’s not simply granting pay raises for the city manager and exporting accounting expertise to Southland cities like Bell. He wants our efforts focused on making City Hall run better. He’s opposed the recent water rate increase and voted to study making official email more accessible to stakeholders, for example. He’s spoken up for ‘complete’ streets that ensure safer cycling and walking and he recognizes that non-auto mobility is central to Southeast area revi-
talization. We voters can make a difference in how this city is managed if we push for change rather than merely impugn the motives of voices (for example The Courier) who would call for it. Mark Elliot ****** The tactics taken by “friends” and supporters of Willie Brien are nothing short of disgraceful. The ads paid for by the WEHO Democratic Club/Beverly Hills Democratic Club are not “authorized by a candidate,” but these flyers are so egregious and misleading that the very least Dr. Brien should do is to refute them. They insult the democratic process and they insult us. The latest ads are even more ridiculous. Is Dr. Brien running against Clif Smith? And now to claim that Mr. Smith is trying to get a council majority, who can they possibly be referring to? If there were ever people who are independent it’s Lili Bosse and John Mirisch. And what about Nancy Krasne, running an independent grassroots campaign? Truth be known, “Friends” you are the ones who are afraid to lose your council majority. Dr. Brien with “Friends” like that you don’t need enemies. Be a friend to our City and put a stop to this ridiculous smear campaign. Carolina Tomkinson ****** Each day this week our mailboxes have been overflowing with glossy color slick ads attacking not any candidate but Clif Smith and The Courier. Instead of addressing the grave issues of the election, these ads prey on prejudices and suggest, for some incomprehensible reasons, Smith’s place of residence, political party affiliation, and profession directly affect the welfare of us residents and should influence the Beverly Hills’ City Council election. These ads do not attack The Courier’s election endorsements, most of which are the same as its competitor’s, the Beverly Hills Weekly, so why the mudslinging? This election should be decided upon the issues and the candidates themselves, not the corrupt manipulations of behind the scene political manipulators who sell their services for profit. The West Hollywood Democrats have no stake in our City, but ask yourself why have they intruded into our election? What backroom deals have caused them to spend funds to influence our election? If any candidates paid for, aided or condoned these ads and tactics, ask yourself is that candidate worthy of the public trust. Then cast your vote accordingly. Louis A. Lipofsky, Past Vice President, B.H. North Homeowners Association Victor Bardack, Past President, B.H. North Homeowners Association ****** In my opinion, The Courier has been printing very straightforward news–open and direct throughout this election campaign. Okay, so someone might not agree with me on that. But look at the Los Angeles Times. It is so righteous and won’t print anything that is against the subway going under our high school. It will print that Beverly Hills doesn’t want a subway. This is such garbage! Beverly Hills wants the original plan with the subway going down Santa Monica Boulevard. John Mirisch and Nancy Krasne want the same. They are extremely bothered why anyone would want to put our students at risk with such extensive construction. And while I am venting. There is such lowdown scandal in this election. “Friends of Beverly Hills”–I’ve lived here more than 50 years and never heard of them! The Democrats of West Hollywood...they don’t vote in our City...and isn’t this a non-partisan election, anyway? One thing I know for sure is that Mirisch and Krasne have printed no literature nor have said anything negative about any of the other City Council candidates. None of this trash has come from their campaigns. I know and have worked very hard for and with both of them. And the steering committees are principled and moral...I know that, too, or I wouldn’t be working for them. Somebody is very threatened by these “public servants.” I hope everyone gets out and votes because we need Mirisch and Krasne to be out voices. Sherry Berk Tedeschi ****** The most frightening moment these days in our fair City is the one where we go to the mail box outside our home... you never know what you will find. Maybe a pizza-style door hanger, replete with misinformation about a candidate or accusations about the “real motives” of our leading newspaper, The Courier, or a personal attack on its publisher. Sadly, we are being inundated daily with email and “snail” mail that can only be described as hate mail. I am reminded of a quote by George Bernard Shaw, “Decency is indecency's conspiracy of silence.” So I am convinced that none of us can remain silent and condone this political campaign waged by and Independent Expenditure Committee behind the veil of the West Hollywood/ Beverly Hills Democratic Club. When did it become acceptable to lower ourselves to political hate speech unbefitting ourselves or the American values we all cherish? I have spoken to many members of this political club. They are ashamed and troubled by these activities. They tell me they value civility in public discourse. Where is the “civility” in what these mailers contain? I want to direct my comments to Mayor Brien and his supporters when I emphasize that I believe these smears and attacks on The Courier and its publisher diminish them and especially their candidate. There should be no place in any campaign for the politics of hate and division. The rhetoric in these hate mailers is beneath every resident of our City. I would ask and not rhetorically–if any of those in the Brien campaign would endorse a mailer that warned voters that someone does not share our values because they are gay or Moslem or an atheist? Why is it acceptable and even tolerable to condemn someone's party affiliation, especially in a non-partisan election? Why would a campaign want to create divisions and build walls instead of bridges? Why can’t the Brien campaign discuss issues that matter most to the residents of our City and not trade on fear and personal attacks? All of us in Beverly Hills care about our schools, our taxes, our government and our future. Our debates should be about the issues on the table and votes that have been taken–not about anyone's political registration. Why does it even matter that someone is Democrat or a Republican now? This is about Beverly Hills and we are all Americans. There is room enough for all of us to hold different views and worship different faiths and disagree openly about the biggest issues of our time. On Mayor Brien’s website and in his campaign literature, he reminds us all that he is the grandson of the late California Gov. and U.S. Chief Justice Earl Warren. I (see ‘LETTERS,’ page 39)
March 1, 2013 | Page 39 Publisher Clifton S. Smith, Jr ******* Associate Publisher Marcia W . Hobbs Senior Editor John L. Seitz Special Sections Editor Steve Simmons ****** Founding Publisher March Schwartz (Publisher 1965-2004) The Courier is proud to be a
From the Publisher CLIF SMITH
IT'S ABOUT THE ISSUES - NOT PERSONALITY Mayor Willie Brien in person is kind, polite, invariably courteous. Our issue has always been his official votes cast as a member of the Beverly Hills City Council. We have never said anything different. As written in The Courier, we have three guiding issues: the subway under Beverly Hills High School; out of control public pay and pensions; and transparency in government. Mayor Brien differs with us on all three as evidenced by his votes, not his words. From the beginning, Willie Brien refused to take stands against Metro to support the Beverly Hills Unified School District. That is the part that can be hard for many to see, because his opposition was behind closed doors and evidenced by the votes and positions he refused to take when it could have done some good. His website touts the subway. He believes in it. After L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa switched the route, Brien obstructed or actually blocked attempts to create a united front against Metro’s designs on our only high school. Only after the Metro political battle was over, did he authorize filing a lawsuit against Metro. Even his use of the term “historic core” on his website is an obfuscation - that only means “the tunnels still go under the high school, but they will move them few yards one way or the other.” It is not the same as opposition. Newspapers in general vigorously seek transparency in government. He has repeatedly voted to block more transparency in government in Beverly Hills. He voted for hike-after-hike in water rates and even supported reducing the people's 2-hour free parking in City lots. He has also supported City bureaucrats, higher pay, higher pensions—to the point where our City’s unfunded liabilities are more than $100 million. With a City budget of more than $400 million, he touts a $2 million plus-or-minus per year reduction in employee health costs (to quote his website: $90 million over four decades) as his prime financial achievement. (For these positions, go to www.electwilliebrien.com). Those are matters of policy. The Courier believes we hold public officials accountable for their public votes. That is what The Courier has done. Against that, he is extremely well-liked by many in the community. Our reporting of his votes makes his friends angry and makes us a target. So be it. In a City famous for its civility, The Courier and its publisher (me) have seen THREE “hate
mail” mailers, hit-pieces, and scurrilous emails in the past few days. That’s what happens to you when you report facts. So, what is our offense? The Courier has reported salaries, benefits, time-off, pensions, hidden plans to over-build Roxbury Park, behind-the-scenes sweetheart deals between Metro and developers, public appearances by Mayor Brien with Mayor Villaraigosa, reports from open City council hearings—in fact, the actual job a newspaper is supposed to do. For that, our reward is mud-slinging and attempted character assassination. In short, pure “Chicago-style” politics. The Beverly Hills Courier stands for Beverly Hills. The Courier has always stood up for Beverly Hills. The attacks prove we are doing our job for this City. That said, we repeat our endorsement of Vice Mayor John Mirisch, former Mayor Nancy Krasne and Planning Commissioner Brian Rosenstein for City council. Each has a voting record we can verify and each one has proven they “vote for Beverly Hills,” not “the region.” They share and support the same policies and decisions as The Courier, so they earn our endorsement. This election must be about policies, not personalities. Note to West Hollywood Democratic Club and Super Pac: We endorse (not “hate”) Democrats. The Courier and the San Marino Tribune both endorsed Sen. Dianne Feinstein for reelection. The Courier has endorsed Mike Feuer in the past and just endorsed Richard Bloom. The Courier has endorsed Democrats Brian Rosenstein and Nancy Krasne in this election—same as you have. Clif Smith does not live in San Marino, does not practice law in downtown Los Angeles, is not a member of the Tea Party and is not on the ballot. The City of Beverly Hills newspaper advertising account is less than $100,000 for the entire year—split between The Courier, AOL’s Patch and the Beverly Hills Weekly. Not even $2,000 a week all-in for everyone. Most of that is for legallyrequired public notices and is paid by developers seeking permits, not taxpayers. You write that there are “hundreds of thousands of dollars” of City advertising. Please tell us where we can find it and we will bid for it.
A BRIEF COMMENT ON LOS ANGELES - JAN PERRY FOR MAYOR The Courier is not only the #1 newspaper (by far) in Beverly Hills, our audited circulation surpasses that of the Los Angeles Times in much of our surrounding areas that are parts of the City of Los Angeles. Thus, we have a reason to comment on that city’s mayoral election. We have attended a major mayoral debate for Los Angeles and have paid attention to that race. The three leading candidates —Jan Perry, Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel—are products of government. Considering who would help our giant crumbling neighbor the most, we believe Jan Perry has the best record and the most workable plans. We endorse Jan Perry for mayor of Los Angeles next Tuesday.
Rabbi Jacob Pressman IT’S SNOW JOKE Living in Beverly Hills, if I wish to see snow I must travel elsewhere. On a clear day I can look eastward and catch a glimpse of some snowcapped mountains and am reminded of nature’s white-tipped palette, or see news broadcasts of snow elsewhere in our country. Once in a great while a bit of snow touches down in the northern sections of our town and melts quickly. Snow is just not part of the Beverly Hills scene. However, snow was a regular visitor to my childhood city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Our little Jewish family happened to live on Christian Street. I looked forward eagerly to the arrival of the winter season when I could sit on our awninged porch and enjoy the lengthy snow season. The comparatively few automobiles, which came down our street, gradually wore their path in the snow and confined themselves to it. My public school was just across the street, so to get to it in wintertime little Jackie would have to climb up and down crossing to the school. How challenging that crossing seemed to me, and how much fun traversing it. My mother was smart enough not to attempt it herself. She would stand on our awninged porch and wave me on. I cannot say I remembered very much of my early schoolroom experience, but the adventure of getting there in winter made an indelible impression. I am sure you, my faithful reader, have your own early memories. Savor them. Write them down for your own children and grandchildren to giggle over them as they are driven the few blocks to our five Beverly Hills schools. I just feel bad that none of them will ever have stories about climbing over the little snow mountains to get to Beverly High. The biggest problem they face is where to park the car, poor things!
LETTERS (Continued from page 38) might remind all that Earl Warren was a Republican his entire public life, and he was one of the greatest jurists this country has ever known. He was the governor of California three times and he was a powerful force in the Republican party. So it remains puzzling to me that on one hand Mayor Brien is rightfully proud of his grandfather and that family lineage, and on the other hand he is allowing others to run a campaign that vilifies his grandfather’s party. Another great Republican, President Abraham Lincoln, remarked that: “You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.” Lincoln also said: “I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.” Mayor Brien, I ask you respectfully, to repudiate the tactics of division and smear campaigns that others have employed on your behalf. We have always thought so much better of you than this. The residents deserve better and so does the political discourse. I suspect that Chief Justice Warren would tell his grandson that this is not your campaign’s finest hour. Lisa Korbatov, Member & Former President, BHUSD Board of Education ****** I endorse John Mirisch for City Council and I also hope Nancy Krasne will be elected to the council again. Ed Brown, Mayor of Beverly Hills,1981-82, 1985-86 ****** I unequivocally and with gusto support Nancy Krasne. And The Courier has it right on the subway and pensions. Robert Tanenbaum, Mayor of Beverly Hills, 1988-89, 199293
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