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Paul and Vera Guerin were honored at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Gala Dinner. 4
By Laura Coleman There’s no doubt about it Beverly Hills Unified School District Superintendent Michael Bregy is both experienced and intelligent. Following Bregy’s annual “closed session” Board of Education performance evaluation, which began on Feb. 22 and is set to conclude this morning, whether or not he has effectively governed BHUSD in accordance with the expectations set forth for him a year ago
is no longer an unknown – at least for the five elected public
officials tasked with ensuring the education of Beverly Hills students. “I remain concerned about our budget, staffing needs, security, and leadership and accountability throughout the entire school district,” Board of Education President Lisa Korbatov said yesterday. “I’m committed to working on these issues with my fellow board members and the district adminstration, and I hope parents
The new Jayde’s Market is bringing grocery excitement to Bel Air. 5
CIF CHAMPIONS — The Beverly Hills High girls basketball team captured an unprecedented second-straight CIF Southern Section title last Saturday night in a 50-47 victory over Flintridge Prep to capture the CIF-SS Division 3A title. For more on the BHHS girls’ win, see page 18.
You’re Gonna Miss Lili... Douglas Elliman held its annual “The Ellies” awards to honor top agents. 16 •Health & Wellness 8 •Birthdays 22 •Letters to the Editor 30-31
George Christy, Page 6 The Scenic Design For The 90th Academy Awards At The Dolby Theatre Was One For The Ages. More Than 45 Million Swarovski Crystals Decorated The Oscar Statuettes On Stage. Let’s Make It A Tradition
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remain engaged in all problems facing the district. Problems are just another opportunity to find solutions.” In contrast to the board president’s statement, board member Mel Spitz, who initially served on the board in the 1970s when Kenneth Peters was superintendent, said he believed that Bregy was “the most competent, capable superintendent” that has (see ‘BREGY REVIEW’ page 14)
Loma Linda Permit Could Receive Special Ordinance
George is a 4-month-old Chihuahua/Beagle mix up for adoption today. 4
Realtor Michael Libow brings the Courier to Southeast Asia!
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BHUSD Superintendent Bregy Faces Annual Review
Bosse Presides Over Final City Council Meeting As Mayor By Victoria Talbot It has been quite a year for Beverly Hills Mayor Lili Bosse, who presided over the last City Council meeting of her year serving as mayor Tuesday, ending after 1:30 a.m. The meeting exemplified the kind of dedication to putting the community first that has made Bosse’s leadership so popular. In one afternoon, the council approved new rules governing lobbyists that give the community, not the applicant, the last word in council debate on items such as land use and development issues; held a Special Meeting to inform the community of an agreement to enhance school security by placing Student Resource Officers on all five campuses for at least 30 days while the school district enhances their security procedures, and spent nearly five hours on testimony related to the hotly contested projects at 1184 and 1193 Loma Linda Drive.
Every parent present was given an opportunity to express their concerns over school safety, every lobbyist and every Sunshine Task Force member who wished to, spoke, and every resident had the opportunity to build their case and rebut every one of the Loma Linda Trust attorneys. That is Bosse. Boldly, politely and fearlessly pushing the envelope, inviting the community from all points on the spectrum to have a voice in the democratic process. “I hear you,” she says passionately. Whatever it takes, says Bosse, every voice that wants to speak will be heard. Bosse has earned the respect and deep affection of her constituents. She loves them back. “I’m a hugger,” she says upon meeting, immediately putting people at ease and welcoming them into her personal space. “I give out my cell phone number.” No pretense, no distance. (see ‘BOSSE’ page 15)
By Victoria Talbot The Applicant for two proposed developments at 1184 and 1193 Loma Linda Drive faces an R-1 Permit Review at 1193 and has more work to do before 1184 could receive a by right permit. After a significant mobilization of residents opposed to the projects who conducted meticulous examination of the plans and grading exports, the City Council ordered a peer-review of the estimated grading exports for both projects conducted by GeoKinetics engineering. Tuesday, Assistant Director of Community Development Ryan Gohlich reported that 1193 would export 1,925 cubic yards of soil in excess of the 1,500-cubic yard threshold for an R-1 Permit Review. At 1184, the export was estimated to be 1,149 cubic yards, which is below the threshold, but issues raised by residents may further stall the permitting process. The proposed development at 1193 must undergo a review of the nine retaining walls that wind like bands around the hillside, a process that is nearly certain to result in changes to the project under
provisions made in the newlyminted Basement Ordinance on “Category 5” projects. (see ‘LOMA LINDA PERMIT’ page 16)
Ostroff Leads ‘Sea Shift’ For City Council
By Victoria Talbot Resident Anne Ostroff is a rocket scientist. Really. She is tall and elegant with an independent resonance to her slightly accented voice. And Tuesday evening, she gave the City Council an evening they will remember when Mayor Lili Bosse added her arguments as an item on the City Council agenda. In a remarkable presentation, Ostroff revealed that plans for the proposed residence at 1193 Loma Linda Drive include elements of the construction which were, she alleged, were deliberate misrepresentations and “contrived in collusion with the Developer’s team of lawyers” to provide a platform to extend the (see ‘OSTROFF’ page 17)
OSCAR JOY — Viola Davis congratulated Jordan Peele, winner of the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for Get Out, during the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre. Celebrity Photo Agency
Viola won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for Fences in 2017. For more photos, see George Christy’s column on page 6.
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B E V E R LY H I L L S M A I N N E W S
Beverly Hills Police Arrest 17-Year-Old BHHS Student For Threatening School
By Laura Coleman Precisely eight days before Beverly Hills High School students have pledged to join the 17-minute nationwide school walk-out at 10 a.m. on March 14 to protest gun violence while honoring the 17 people who died in last month’s Parkland school shooting, Beverly Hills police arrested a BHHS school student on campus this past Tuesday. The male student, 17, was arrested for making criminal threats under California Penal Code Section 422. “It is imperative that our students realize that in our current culture and climate of school tragedies that nothing will be taken lightly and swift consequences will be given when speaking or using social media irresponsibly,” Superintendent Michael Bregy told the Courier. A joint email from the Beverly Hills Unified School District and Beverly Hills police sent to families Wednesday evening stated: “The incident remains under investigation.”
CURIOUS GEORGE — This adorable 4month-old “Cheagle” (Chihuahua/Beagle mix) named George was abandoned and left to die in a grocery store parking lot. Today, he is a happy playful boy now looking for his forever home. For more information on how to adopt George, visit www.shelterhopepetshop.org.
According to police, BHPD responded at 3:20 p.m. Tuesday to a report that a student allegedly made a verbal threat directed at the high school. The student was subsequently arrested after a brief investigation, which was triggered because another BHHS student reported the threat. The arrest came just days after police arrested Michael Alphonso Barona, 25, outside BHHS with a loaded firearm last week. “The School Resource Officer, who was on campus at the time of the notification, and detectives immediately responded,” the statement recounts of BHPD’s response. “An investigation was initiated which resulted in the arrest.” BHPD Chief Sandra Spagnoli emphasized how crucial it is for community members and students to say something in order to allow police to respond swiftly and appropriately. “The response was all proof that the system we have in place is effective and works to protect the safety of our children,” she said. “We have a consistent practice of this.”
SHINING A LIGHT – For the fourth year in a row, Beverly Hills High School students in AP History teacher Joanie Garratt’s class volunteered at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Gala in Los Angeles. Stated Garratt: “This has become somewhat of a tradition. I always have lots of students willing to give up four hours on a school night to participate.” Pictured (from left): Leo Padillo, Britney Shirian, Adriel Ghadoushi, Sophia Cohen, Arjun Batra, Joanie Garratt, Estella Rosen, Esther Goldberg, Daniella Mashoudy, Rebecca Eshtiaghpour (back), Antonio Lebron (back), Thomas Gu and Jonathan Kim.
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Gala Dinner Honors Vera and Paul Guerin By Laura Coleman There were few moments at last Thursday’s U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s 2018 Los Angeles dinner “What You Do Matters” that proved more haunting than the moment when the survivors inside The Beverly Hilton ballroom were asked to stand. Out of the 1,000 people in attendance, just 35 of them were survivors. The moment highlighted just how few eye-witnesses to the atrocities of the Holocaust remain. The void of living survivors makes it all the more important for all generations to ensure that the museum’s legacy of education continues to endure. “Never stop asking why,” rests at the forefront of the museum’s mission to preserve Holocaust history in order to educate future and current generations about the systematic murder of six million Jews in an effort to ensure history “never again” repeats itself. As museum Founding Chairman Elie Wiesel said: “The museum is not an answer. It is a question.” Last week’s gala celebration, cochaired by Beny and Adele Alagem, Hella and Chuck Hershson, and Haim and Cheryl Saban, poignantly honored the legacy of those whose lives were lost in the Holocaust while offering hope for the future. Vera and Paul Guerin were awarded the museum’s National Leadership Award for their contributions to preserving Holocaust history. The museum also honored Vera Guerin’s late parents, Lilly and Nathan Shapell, who were founding members of the museum. “We are grateful to the museum for
Paul and Vera Guerin at the Gala
this incredible recognition,” said Vera Guerin. “To be able to carry forth a legacy at the museum that was started by my parents nearly 25 years ago is unimaginable. We share this honor with our kids and grandchildren so that they too will feel a sense of urgency in continuing the work of their grandparents and that of the museum in preserving the history and lessons of the Holocaust.” Since opening in Washington DC 25 years ago, the museum has educated and inspired more than 41 million visitors, including more than 10 million children and nearly 100 heads of state. A permanent reminder on the National Mall of what can occur when the world fails to take action, the museum is intended to inspire citizens and leaders alike to confront hate and indifference, end genocide and promote human dignity by inspiring people to reflect on Holocaust history and never stop asking why.
Trump’s California Visit Next Week Could Include Stop In Beverly Hills By Matt Lopez White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed Wednesday that President Donald Trump will visit California next week, a trip that could include a Beverly Hills fundraiser. Sanders did not divulge details of the California stop, confirming only that Trump “will be headed to California next week.” The Washington Post reported last week that Trump plans to visit the San Diego area to view the eight, 30-foottall border wall prototypes that have
been erected in Otay Mesa. But the trip will also include a Republican National Committee fundraiser in Los Angeles, the Post reported. On the heels of that report, the Los Angeles Times reported this week that Trump would be attending a Republican National Committee fundraiser at a private location in Beverly Hills next week. Donors can contribute up to $250,000 and the cheapest tickets available are $35,000 for an individual and $50,000 for a couple, the Times reported.
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Education Specialist Chris Hertz Tapped To Head Security At Beverly Hills Unified
The aisles at Jayde’s are beautifully stocked with a tantalizing selection.
New Jayde’s Market Brings Grocery Excitement To Bel-Air By Victoria Talbot Jayde’s Market has arrived, and no doubt, hilltop residents will be delighted to welcome the new marketplace and deli to the Glen Center, bringing an unrivaled selection of culinary imagination that is bound to lure the neighbors below Sunset and along Mulholland Drive to shop and dine. It is a total immersion experience. Every feature of cuisine is skillfully addressed and arranged in attractive, appealing displays that are simply tantalizing, abandoning the image of shelves stocked with the tedious accoutrement of day-to-day life. This is an adventure, an invitation to leisurely explore the delightful treasures throughout the store. At Jayde’s, said owner Thomas Plejer, “We consider ourselves a marketplace, not a market.” A local himself, Plejer moved to the canyons “at the tail end of Joe’s” when the market was on a downhill slope. The store closed in 2014. The commu-
Thomas Plejer and Joseph Ramos
nity was underserved, and being an entrepreneur, he realized, “I could really bring some life back into this.” Plejer’s vision was more than a store. He wanted to create a “community hub” where people can look forward to going shopping. (see ‘JAYDE’S MARKET’ page 15)
THE COURIER ON TOUR IN CAMBODIA – Rock star realtor and philanthropist Michael J. Libow, made certain to take the Beverly Hills Courier on his trip to Southeast Asia, where he stopped at many historic sites including the Ta Prohm temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia where he posed for this picture. Join the Carry the Courier club by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Man With Gun Arrested After Entering Beverly Hills High School Campus By Matt Lopez Beverly Hills police arrested a man last Wednesday who police believe entered the Beverly Hills High School campus and followed a student as she left school. Michael Alphonso Barona, 25 of Los Angeles, was arrested just after 5 p.m. last Wednesday after officers were called to investigate a suspicious person in the area of Moreno and Robbins drives, according to Lt. Elisabeth Albanese of the Beverly Hills Police Department. The caller, a Beverly Hills High student, told police that when she left campus and got in her car, she noticed Barona following behind in his car, a green Toyota Camry. "Officers located the vehicle occupying the suspicious person, conducted
a traffic stop and made contact with the sole occupant,” said Albanese. “During a lawful search of the subject's vehicle, officers discovered a loaded firearm inside the vehicle's glove box, a misdemeanor in the state of California. The firearm was otherwise legal to possess.” Police determined that the driver, Barona, had entered the Beverly Hills High campus through an open gate, parked his vehicle and was seen walking around campus. Barona was arrested on suspicion of violating the Gun-Free School Zone Act, a felony, and carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle while in a public place, a misdemeanor, Albanese said. Barona was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail and was due to appear at the Airport Courthouse last Friday for arraignment, Albanese said.
By Laura Coleman On the morning of Tuesday night’s public unveiling of the City’s commitment to fund an interim security program at Beverly Hills Unified School District that places Beverly Hills police officers at each school, Beverly Vista parents were alerted via email at 7:25 a.m. that the school’s interim Assistant Principal Chris Hertz was to be replaced by Physical Education teacher Todd Radonsky, effective immediately. Hertz, a BHUSD administrator for the past six years who most recently served as its Director of Student Services and Special Projects concurrent with his two-month stint at Beverly Vista, had been tapped to serve as the school district’s newly created “Director of School Safety.” Superintendent Michael Bregy said that by creating the new position, BHUSD has the opportunity to become a model for how school districts should function in the face of rising security threats. “This is an area that we should be leaders in, and not followers in, and I think that we’ve reached a tipping point in the country when it comes to keeping our staff and students safe; we can’t just sit down and react to each incident,” he said. “I think we need to be more progressive in the area of safety and security.” Hertz told the Courier that he was just in the initial stages of preparing to create and convene two security committees as an initial step to ensuring
that all stakeholders have a voice while simultaneously shoring up school safety. “Our very first task is to secure the perimeter on every school by April 26 (when students return from Spring Break),” he said, noting that he had yet to present his greater vision to Bregy for approval. “My intention is to infuse new life and vigor into the site-level safety committees. I also intend to reestablish the district’s safety team to improve decision-making and responsivenesss.” While Hertz’s nuanced strategy in order to best ensure school safety extends further than working toward streamlining all five schools to allow just one central point of entry during the school day and the convening of committees (one of which includes parents), BHPD Chief Sandra Spagnoli emphasized how important having a (see ‘BHUSD SECURITY’ page 19)
Would that more of us had her savoir faire.
emembering, as she did, starring opposite Marlon Brando in the historic On The Waterfront where she wore a blue coat. And the costumes chosen in North By Northwest, starring opposite Cary Grant in the Alfred Hitchcock thriller.
he expressed high praise for the film’s costume designer Edith Head, a decades-long trooper whose legend precedes her in the annals of Hollywood history as the costume designer of major films. An Oscar winner, of course. Sam Rockwell, winner of the Best Supporting Actor award for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Allison Janney, winner of the Best Supporting Actress award for I, Tonya
ike him or not, Jimmy Boy Kimmel, in his second year of hosting the Oscarcast, apparently is apoplectic about promoting his political agenda. He can’t resist kicking the ass of the Oval Office.
e hear ….we hear … that Jimmy Boy, who never fails to kick ass during his nightly talk show monologue, is coached by none other than Mistah Chuck Schumer, leader of the Dems.
he longest-ever Oscarcast, as it was, plunged to an all-time lowest rating ever, only 26.5 million viewers.
e also hear the Vanity Fair post-Oscar party, hosted by Radhika Jones, at The Wallis flourished with fashionistas. And that former editor Graydon Carter, sipping Pernod on-the-rocks in the South of France, was missed. Continued on page 7...
from 45 million Swarovski crystals!
est Actor Gary Oldman delivered a loving tribute to his “99-yearsyoung” mom. Endearingly moving – “Put the kettle on, Mom.”
Frances McDormand, winner of the Best Actress Oscar for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and actor Gary Oldman, winner of the Best Actor Oscar for Darkest Hour, pose with their new gold during the 90th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre
other Nature was kind to the 90th Academy Awards last Sunday. The rain stopped.
asn’t the Oscars scenic design at the Dolby Theatre one for the ages! With those Oscars created
hrilled we were to see Eva Marie Saint presenting the Best Costume Designer Award to Mark Bridges for Phantom Threads. Regally gowned and simply coiffed, Eva Marie is a class act. She recalled losing her beloved director husband Jeffrey Hayden last year, and realizing with a sweet offhand remark that she’s now older than the Oscars at age 91. Ellen Pompeo
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Angela Bassett during the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
Numerous insiders are
miffed for being knocked off the dinner list and invited only to the drinks party later and for In N’ Out Burgers. Afterdinner guests in France are known as the “toothpicks.” A put down? Go figure.
raydon claimed that hosting the event is nothing more than being a maitre d’ hotel in a dining room, greeting and farewelling guests.
he young and the beautiful paraded through town, popping in and out of parties. Hosted by Jay-Z, Madonna, and Jimmy Boy Kimmel too.
nd who knows? Maybe, in the here and there, some happy go lucky boozers were making out.
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Mary J. Blige
Halle Berry during the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
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HOW DO Y O U F E E L ?CHLA Launches Third Annual Make March Matter Drive H E A LT H & W E L L N E S S
Providence Saint John’s Sets ‘Living Well-Aging Well’ Seminars Providence Saint John’s Health Center (PHJSC) will present a free educational forum, “Living Well-Aging Well,” in two sessions at the Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. • Tuesday, March 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m.—Brian Madden, M.D., medical director of the palliative care program, Providence Saint John’s and associate clinical faculty at the John Wayne Cancer Institute, will moderate. Susan Howland, MSG, director of Education with Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles, will speak on maintaining cognitive health as people age and The Healthy Brain Initiative. Keynote speaker Ira Byock, M.D., FAAHPM, founder and chief medical officer of the Institute for Human Caring, Providence St. Joseph Health and professor emeritus of medicine and community and family medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth University, will speak on “Aging, Living and Dying Well.” • Thursday, March 22, 2-4 p.m.—Nathan Pierce, M.D., Providence Saint John’s otolaryngologist, head and neck surgeon, with Pacific Neuroscience Institute, an affiliate of Providence Health & Services, will discuss “Hearing” including hearing loss, balance, vertigo and Meniere’s disease. Thomas Hanscom, M.D., Providence Saint John’s ophthalmologist and retina specialist, will discuss “Seeing Well,” including common agerelated eye disease and macular degeneration. Jennifer Unterreiner, DPT, OCS, CLT orthopedic specialist, Performance Therapy at PSJHC, will explain “Kinesthetic Sense,” core strength, balance, muscle mass and exercise. To make the required reservations, call 310829-8453.
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) launched its third annual Make March Matter campaign last week. Victoria Arlen, ESPN personality and former Dancing With The Stars contestant, joined the hospital to kick off the campaign, which has attracted the commitment of businesses in L.A. and the Coachella Valley. The month-long community fundraising drive is helping local businesses rally community participation to raise $1 million to support children’s health in L.A. and surrounding communities. “Whether it’s buying a cup of coffee at a local coffee shop to dining with family and friends at a neighborhood eatery or shopping at a favorite local boutique, there are so many ways – big and small – that people can participate and make a difference,” says CHLA President/CEO Paul S. Viviano. The community can help Make March Matter by: • Supporting the businesses that help CHLA. Visit MakeMarchMatter.org for a complete list of participating partners and local events taking place throughout March. • Making a donation at the website. • Sharing how they’re participating in the campaign on social platforms using #MakeMarchMatter. Each business has selected a
CAMPAIGN KICKOFF—At last week’s kickoff of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ (CHLA) Make March Matters campaign, were from left: CHLA President/CEO Paul S. Viviano, ESPN personality Victoria Arlen, CHLA patient Pierce Kelly (in Arlen’s arms), patients Saylor Pierson and Grace Rose, Panda Express Panda Cares Manager Nina Orsorio and CHLA V.P. of Corporate Partnerships Dawn Wilcox.
unique way to contribute to the campaign’s collective impact—some sell specific items with proceeds supporting CHLA patients, others devote a portion of overall sales for the month and still others create their own fundraising campaigns. The more than 100 businesses taking part include Beverly Hills participants Alfred Coffee, California Pizza Kitchen, Neiman Marcus, Rite Aid, Theory and Trina Turk. “Panda Restaurant Group is honored to be part of the Make March
Matter campaign again this year,” says Peggy Cherng, co-founder/co-CEO. “Giving is one of Panda’s core values and it inspired our associates’ passion to raise more than $380,000 to help children in need last year. We are committed to be the campaign’s top fundraiser again in 2018.” Last year, more than 100 local business and corporate partners helped the campaign exceed its $1 million goal, raising a total of $1.95 million to aid in funding life-saving care for children.
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THE FASHION OF BEVERLY HILLS LIFE ISN’T PERFECT, YOUR OUTFIT CAN BE – A Neiman Marcus mannequin joined the Carry the Courier Club this week. Pictured left, the model enjoys reading about all the local happenings in Beverly Hills’ best-read newspaper, the Beverly Hills Courier, as part of the new window display at Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills on Wilshire. The window display will be up through Wednesday. Nothing says “accessorize” quite like a newspaper. To join this mannequin model in the Carry the Courier Club, snap a photo of yourself on your next trip while holding a copy of the Courier. Note, you don’t have to be quite as well-dressed as this mannequin to get your photo printed. Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills is located at 9700 Wilshire Blvd.
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B E V E R LY H I L L S R E A L E S TAT E
Loma Linda Project Engineer Named In Complaint for Falsifying Reports By Victoria Talbot Beverly Hills lawyer and resident Ronald Richards has filed a formal complaint with City Clerk Byron Pope against James David Faul of LC Engineering Group, alleging that Faul “submitted false information under penalty of perjury to the City of Beverly Hills.” As the engineer for Loma Linda Trust/ Loma Linda Holdings Ltd. on the projects at 1184 and 1193 Loma Linda Drive in Beverly Hills, Faul has responded to each of the correction letters issued by the City on behalf of the developments, including 10 for 1184 Loma Linda Dr. and 11 for 1193 Loma Linda Dr. Tuesday evening at the City Council Formal Meeting, staff reported on the results of a peer-review of the estimated cubic yards of export for the projects. A third-party review was provided as a result of the findings of an expert hired by resident Debbie Weiss, which showed that Faul’s export figures were incorrect. The developer was aiming for a by right project with less than the threshold of 1,500 cubic yards of export that would trigger an R-1 Permit Review. Richards alleges that Faul failed to follow an Irvine Geotechnical Report recommendation dated March 21, 2017 that “instructed the Applicant to remove 200 cubic yards of soil from the site.”
“It is our understanding that the trims will be shown on the revised civil engineering plans to be submitted to the Community Development and Building and Safety Departments. According to the project civil engineer, Jim Faul with LC Engineering Group, the slope trimming on 11939 Loma Linda property will create 200 cubic yards of earth. The 200 cubic yards generated from the slope trimming should be exported from the site and included in the export volume calculations,” said the report. Faul repeatedly sent calculations to the City with figures below the 1,500 cubic yard threshold, despite this direction, alleges Richards, from the sixth round through the most recent 11th round of corrections. He also alleges that the retaining walls were “falsely labeled” as “terraced planters,” a distinction that was explored at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. At the meeting, resident Anne Ostroff presented her findings on the “terraced planter” which City Staff labeled as a part of the structure. In a spectacular expose, Ostroff peeled back language that disguised a retaining wall as a planter, and a part of the building’s structure, that enabled a 20 foot extension off the level pad, thereby increasing the size and impact of the project significantly. (see ‘LOMA LINDA LAWSUIT’ page 16)
Prominent Beverly Hills Real Estate Investment Expert Wows Major Family Office Symposium in Santa Monica Alexander Radosevic shared the podium with Shark Tank star Daymond John, renowned pollster Frank Luntz and national security expert Kenneth Adelman eal estate investment expert Alexander Radosevic, president of Canon Business Proper ties in Beverly Hills, spoke at the prestigious 13th Annual Family Office Investment Symposium on Feb. 17 at the Lowes Beach Hotel in Santa Monica. The Family Office Symposium attracted families of wealth and their investment advisors who attend the high profile event to learn the latest and most up-to-date financial advice and investment opportunities from leading experts in the field, includAlexander Radosevic ing Radosevic. With a unique, and inspirational video introduction, Radosevic approached the stage to a roaring applause, as the crowd was already energized. He shared the stage with other luminaries such as ABC’s Daymond John from the hit series Shark Tank, who spoke after Radosevic shared his own intimate knowledge and expertise in what was a compelling and engaging speech. Radosevic shared some of the secrets of success that have contributed to the growth of his company and which have led to Canon’s representation of prestigious family offices and others of wealth and prominence that have sought Mr. Radosevic’s guidance and counsel. While he rarely speaks in public, attendees experienced an engaging, thoughtful and lively presentation by one of the nation’s premier family office superstars. The selection of Radosevic as a featured speaker was an obvious choice by event organizers and was lauded by many. Radosevic’s unique approach to managing and investing wealth for Family Offices has made him an extremely popular go to choice among families and others in the know. Those that are looking for safe, secure and prudent real estate investments in several of the most lucrative markets in the world - including in Radosevic’s backyard of Beverly Hills - have gravitated to Radosevic and Canon Business Properties because of their highly successful track record and diverse skill set, unique and unlike most methodologies practiced at any other firm. Radosevic’s personal style, adherence to core values and the twin hallmarks of quality and excellence coupled with his development of longterm personal relationships with his clients has led to what may well be the most loyal clientele in the industry. “Astute family offices - whether larger or those with fewer resources - have sought our firm because of the very clear differentiators that separate us from others.” Radosevic said. Founded in 2001, Canon Business Properties, Inc. (“Canon”) is a private full-service real estate management and brokerage firm with an impeccable track record and reputation throughout the commercial, office, industrial and retail markets.
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ARTS & E N T E RTA I N M E N T Local Students Named Semifinalists BH Actress/Singer Marian Frizelle Makes L.A. In Music Center’s Spotlight Program Theater Debut In ‘Immersive’ New Show Two local students are among the 113 named as semifinalists in The Music Center’s 30th annual Spotlight program, a free nationally known scholarship and arts training program for teens. Hannah Kanter of Beverly Hills, a senior at Winwood School, was named a semi-finalist in the Non-Classical Voice category; while Beverly Hills High School student Kate Froemmling was named in the Acting category. Spotlight has touched the lives of more than 45,000 students across Southern California since its launch in 1988. Part of The Music Center’s fundamental support for arts education, Spotlight helps high-school students acquire the skills they need to pursue their dreams in the performing arts, ranging from developing performance abilities in numerous genres, to roles in arts management, along with college preparedness and workforce readiness skills. The Music Center named semifinalists in seven categories—acting, ballet, non-classical dance, classical voice, non-classical voice, classical instrumental and jazz instrumental.
“ Th e program exemplifies our commitment to ensuring students of all levels have the opportunity to reach Hannah Kanter their fullest potential. Each year, we look forward to advancing the journey of these young people as they participate in the SpotKate Froemmling light program, where they explore their craft, refine their skills and discover their full potential,” said Rachel Moore, The Music Center’s president/CEO. “No matter a student’s artistic dream, we want to empower each one to thrive on and off the stage.” Approximately 1,450 participants auditioned this year, with students representing more than 300 schools, 200 cities and seven counties.
Beverly Hills resident and actress Marian Frizelle is making her L.A. theater debut with New York theater ensemble trip. and its new trip.la venture 4:Play:Sex In A Series, running through Saturday, March 17 at The Actors Company 916-A N. Formosa Ave., in Hollywood. “We’re so excited to bring this very special show to L.A.,” says Graham Brown, trip. founder-artistic director, who created the play with Nathan Faudree and Lisa Roth. A meta-theatrical, playwithin-a-play, 4Play explores the meaning of personal entanglement, focusing on three couples—one gay, one lesbian and one heterosexual—and references everything from quantum physics to the Infield Fly Rule, William Shakespeare and Cole Porter. Originally from South Africa, Frizelle moved to Australia to attend The Actors Center Australia. A role in HBO’s The Pacific brought her to L.A. Also a jazz vocalist, Frizelle was a resident singer at Beverly Hills restaurant Crustacean for a year before its renovation. “I just walked in and said, ‘I want to sing here,’” says Frizelle. After
winning the approval of founder Helene An, Frizelle became a regular; and with pianist Daniel Pappas formed the Something Majestic duet. An acting coach introduced Frizelle to a vocal coach “who gave me the confidence to go out and sing for people,” Frizelle says. Singing, especially jazz singing, helps her acting, Frizelle says. “It’s improvisational and in-the-moment.” Frizelle attended one of Graham Brown’s workshops “and we hit it off and stayed in contact,” says Frizelle. “And he heard me sing.” She opens the show singing Cole Porter’s Just One Of Those Things with an
introduction that mentions famous couples Columbus and Isabelle, Abelard and Heloise and Romeo and Juliet. Graham’s play, which reads like a screenplay, Frizelle says, “is about love and the nuances of relationships. In the end, I hope audiences are left realizing the potency of romance and love, and how quickly it can dissipate and be gone; and we tell ourselves ‘it was just one of those things.’” Frizelle plays Graham‘s character’s ex-wife. He has a new girlfriend, and in the play within a play he’s writing a new work. Frizelle appears in flashbacks of his memories, as the character is using his love life for inspiration. For the immersive experience, theater seats will be removed and replaced with cocktail tables. “With an intimate acting style and environment, we want to draw the audience into the action,” says director Graham. Performances will be at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday at The Actors Company. For reservations and information call 800838-3006 or visit www.tripnyc.org. —Steve Simmons
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Taking part in the Temple of the Arts special Passover Shabbat service will be front, center from let, Cantor Ilysia Pierce, Spirit of David Gospel Choir Director Patrick Bolton (in orange shirt) and Temple of the Arts Musical Director Sharon Farber.
Famed Gospel Choir To Join Temple Of The Arts For ‘Shared Heritage Of Freedom’ Celebration The 40-voice Spirit of David Gospel Choir will join the Temple of the Arts for a special Shabbat service, “Shared Heritage Of Freedom,” a night of celebration and prayer, at 8 p.m. Friday, March 16 at the congregation’s home, The Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills. Temple of the Arts, a leading arts and entertainment industry synagogue in the U.S., approaches religion through music,
drama, art, dance and film. The Temple’s spiritual leader, Rabbi David Baron said, “as Passover, the festival of freedom draws near, we must strengthen the bonds of brotherhood in every generation to preserve freedoms for all.” The service is open to all. Visit www.bhtota.com or call 323658-9100 for more information.
LAMOTH To Screen Mora’s Personal Family Doc The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust will screen director Philippe Mora’s Monsieur Mayonnaise, chronicling his father’s role in the French Resistance and his mother’s escape en route to Auschwitz, from 4-7 p.m., Sunday, March 11 at the museum in Pan Pacific Park, 100 S. The Grove Dr., L.A.
A Q&A with Mora, a French Australian artist and filmmaker, will follow the screening. Admission to both the film and the museum is free. For more information and to RSVP, visit http://www.lamoth.org/news-events/events/2/.
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worked for BHUSD in years. Since the time when Peters, whom Spitz called an “extraordinary” superintendent, ran the district some four decades ago, Spitz told the Courier that only former Superintendent Sol Levine (1990-98) had been a legitimately competent leader within a “revolving door” of superintendents who had remained on average just two years to lead the district. Spitz, who admitted that he hadn’t fully kept up with BHUSD governance in the intervening years until he was reelected to the board in November 2015, when Steve Kessler was superintendent, joined the district’s Finance Committee for several years under Kessler’s predecessor, former Superintendent Gary Woods. “When [Bregy] first came a year ago, the district administration was in disarray and he had to spend most of his first months here going from one fire to another putting them out; and he did so,” Spitz said. “I think that he has instilled a new culture throughout the organization that will foster accountability and improvements to our educational programs.” Concurrent with Bregy’s six-month “closed session” Board of Education review last July, the Courier ran a story asking the board to comment on Bregy’s performance – at the time, all were light on praise. A year out, only Spitz and board member Isabel Hacker had any positive words on Bregy to share. Said Hacker: "I continue to support Dr. Bregy. I think he is very much need-
ed in this district.” Board VP Noah Margo emailed the Courier the following statement when asked about Bregy’s performance this past year: “As the formal evaluation process is not yet completed, I will not be commenting at this time.” Board member Howard Goldstein likewise said he did not wish to comment. Now in his 13th month with Beverly Hills Unified, on Wednesday Bregy sat down with the Courier for an interview to reflect on his first year with the school district. Throughout Bregy’s tenure he has been confronted with a mounting circus of challenges. Such challenges include: the egregious security deficiencies the district is only now tackling; the ramifications of the bankruptcy of Venoco – the energy company that operated the Beverly Hills High School oil well through the end of last year; the continued headache of having to expend money to combat a $23 million verdict against the district involving one former facilities chief; the ongoing legal battle against Metro; ensuring the effective management of a massive school building program; and going out for a new $385 million construction bond later this year. These are only just a sample of many challenges now facing the district. Over the course of the next few months Bregy will be tasked with creating solid administrative teams at four out of the five Beverly Hills public schools. With the exception of El Rodeo, the leadership teams at each of the other four schools are currently in flux. In the face of all of this, Bregy is
also tasked with ensuring that the district maintains a productive relationship with the City of Beverly Hills while simultaneously strengthening a multitude of partnerships at the micro level to safely educate roughly 11 percent of the City’s population. “Our most important job is student achievement and student growth and student learning,” Bregy said. “The vision is to create as many opportunities for student growth and student learning and staff learning that’s ultimately possible. Our core mission is instruction and teaching and learning.” When asked by the Courier to list exceptional programs available to the district’s approximately 4,000 students, he listed three: the Medical Science Academy, K-Bev and Culinary Arts. Bregy said that the amount of district challenges currently confronting him meant that he was sacrificing much of his time to administrative battles that did not always center around education. “I’m not as visible daily in our schools as I want to be and should be,” he said. “By now, after a year, I should know every staff name.” However, Bregy said that getting to know the school district’s unique challenges was foundational to making him a successful superintendent his first year. Bregy emphasized that the budget has been particularly problematic after citing the following specific challenges: “Venoco Oil, ongoing budget issues, Metro, construction and facilties.” The budget appears to continue to be problematic; and the district has yet to reveal just how many pink slips will be issued this month telling current BHUSD employees that they will no longer have a job come July 1. When asked on Wednesday if there was currently a budget deficit or a budget surplus, Bregy responded: “LaTanya (Kirk-Carter Latham, the district’s Assistant Superintendent of Business Services) is running the numbers right now, because we’re at a different spot now, as far as not choosing reconfiguration,” he said by way of response. Bregy readily concedes that when the Board of Education brought him on last February, he was mandated with examining reconfiguration options while reducing the budget. Last month the Board of Education shot down Bregy’s recommendation to reconfigure the school district to include a dedicated middle school. His recommendation followed a similar recommendation for a dedicated middle school made by Bregy’s hand-selected Future Focused Schools Team, which was comprised of both Beverly Hills residents and BHUSD employees. Bregy told the Courier that he delayed moving forward on tackling the reconfiguration challenge until last fall because he first needed to hire his “cabinet,” the group of top district administrators that he said is instrumental in order for him to be successful as superintendent. Bregy’s cabinet now comprises the following individuals, all of whom he hired for their positions this past school year: Dustin Seemann (Assistant Superintendent, Education Services); Luke Pavone (Executive Director for Human Resources); Laura Chism (Assistant Superintendent, Student Services); and Laura Skirde (Director of
March 9, 2018 | Page 14 Communications). Already in their cabinet roles with the district when Bregy was hired last February were Bernadette Lucas (Director for Technology Services) and Latham, whom he gave a substantial salary increase to last year. When the Courier asked Bregy why after joining the district he immediately took steps to remove Seemann’s predecessor from his cabinet, a move which prompted scores of people to show up at the district’s administrative office to protest the board’s decision to throw its weight behind an untested superintendent who had 21 years less experience at BHUSD than the person he was taking steps to remove from his cabinet, he immediately said, “I think that’s a great question,” but hesitated to elaborate further. “You build a team, which we have, and it’s sustaining that and building leadership,” he said. Erstwhile, the district office administration continues to be in flux as evidenced by Chris Hertz assuming the newly created Director of School Safety role this week. Leadership at the schools also continues to shift. Following the revelation earlier this year that a host of BHUSD employees, including the top administrators at Beverly Vista, had shirked their mandated reporter guidelines in the face of alleged on-campus student-on-student sexual assault, the current Beverly Vista administration is now headed by an interim principal and assistant principal. Just east at Horace Mann, Assistant Principal David Foldvary emailed parents on Feb. 14 that he would be “returning to the classroom,” leaving Principal Juliet Fine to help select a new AP as she begins her second year with the district. At Hawthorne, Principal Michelle Dar, who is slated to return from maternity leave next month, has yet to confirm with Bregy that she will in fact be returning according to the superintendent. At the high school, Mark Mead is set to begin his second year at the helm while helping to select at least one new AP for the vacancy previous BHHS AP Chris Regan left when he went to serve as the interim principal at Beverly Vista in January. Ultimately, the district’s overall complexion will come down to many decisions made by its superintendent. So, what are the hallmarks of an exceptional superintendent? According to Bregy, the best superintendents are at their core instructional superintendents. Other hallmarks, he said, include: putting together an effective administrative team at the district level; balancing the day-to-day responsibilities with participation in community events; being able to always take a position and provide a recommendation, whether it’s approved or not, to the Board of Education; getting to know as many students and staff as possible to understand what its like to work in classrooms and offices and what it’s like to go to school; having an open mind when it comes to what you think is best as an educational leader and what the community values; and knowing when you’ve made mistakes and that you’ve learned from them. “If you look at the most successful school districts in the state or country, those are school districts that have sustained their district leadership,” he said. “You really press that re-set button when you have new leadership in an
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Her signature comportment is to acknowledge every person who speaks at City Council. “Thank you for coming,” she says, regardless of their message. During Walk with the Mayor, every Monday morning, Bosse meets hundreds of citizens in an informal environment where they can bring their concerns directly to the Mayor of Beverly Hills. On a recent walk, she was joined by former Los Angeles City Mayor and gubernatorial candidate Antonio Villaraigosa, who expressed his admiration for the program with awe. Bosse proved her mettle by taking problems on directly and fearlessly tackling even the thorniest issues, like parents fearful that their children are not safe in the City’s schools. She confidently moved the City forward with the new Basement Ordinance and a strong Legislative Advocacy ordinance that will bring a great deal more transparency.. Bosse kicked off the year with a new iteration of her Beverly Hills Healthy City initiative, adding two public meditations with author Deepak Chopra, walks with endurance swimmer Diana Nyad, events including Yoga with the Mayor, Bike with the Mayor, and Art Walk with the Mayor. Neon Nights kicked off BOLD
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He succeeded. Together with Store Director Joseph Ramos, whose background includes Bristol Farms and Whole Foods, they identified areas where the shopping experience could be enhanced, focusing on bringing the finest and freshest local and organic ingredients, as well as the mundane-but-necessary into one location. “You come in with your shopping list and we need to hit 100 percent of what you need. What will really set us apart is personal customer service,” said Ramos. The store features a café, with a glass ceiling promoting the outdoor-Glen feeling. Fresh fruit and vegetables are California grown, and the grocery shelves are stocked with everything from truffles and Coke, to paper towels and artisan olive oils, and anything else on your list.
(Beverly Hills Open Later Days) Summer, a massive effort that included the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce, Rodeo Drive Committee and the Convention and Visitors Bureau to keep the shops open extra hours throughout the month of August. The event proved to be so popular that it was extended for BOLD Holidays. Bosse brought elements of social media, photo settings, food trucks and table-seating to enhance the “linger” vibe, keeping shoppers on the streets and adding buzz and relevance to the City’s Golden Triangle at a time when brick and mortar shopping is in decline. The future is unclear as the mayor’s position will rotate March 20 during the annual City Council Reorganization, but for one brief moment her Healthy City plan united all the businesses under one BOLD initiative, and gave voice to everyone who wished to speak. It is a rare politician who takes the time to really notice each constituent, but Bosse makes it her mission to acknowledge everyone she meets personally. Perhaps it is a legacy of being the child of parents who survived and thrived, after enduring Auschwitz, where no one was human. Bosse says her mother, Rose Toren (Apr. 10, 1923 – Feb. 5, 2015), is her inspiration. Her mother would have been so proud. A deli counter produces the freshest salads and sandwiches to grab-and-go or customized, including such items as a “the best poke in town,” said Plejer, or a ratatouille sandwich. Specialty craft beers, a wine cellar, baguettes and a cheese store have everything for a special picnic or party. Valet parking is available at the Glen Center. Call ahead to order dinner and they will cook it for you, at no extra charge. Three mediumrare steaks, green beans, roasted potatoes? No problem. Pick up is around the back. Jayde’s has applied for a liquor license for their patio, a pleasant space under the trees where residents can savor their cappuccino and croissants. Jayde’s is serious about service, community, good food and making customers happy. After a long dry spell, the Glen has a special market the community will be able to embrace with enthusiasm.
POLICE BLOTTER The following assaults and burglaries were reported this week by BHPD. ASSAULTS 02/27 200 S. Wetherly Dr. 03/01 200 N. Canon Dr. 03/02 700 N. Palm Dr. 03/03 100 Reeves Dr. 03/04 500 Stonewood Dr. BURGLARIES 02/25 200 S. Gale Dr. 02/26 600 N. Rodeo Dr. 02/26 300 N. Canon Dr. 02/26 100 S. Canon Dr. 02/27 700 Foothill Rd.
02/28 600 N. Canon Dr. 02/28 500 N. Canon Dr. 03/01 S. Canon Dr./Gregory Way 03/01 300 N. Maple Dr. 03/01 400 S. Rexford Dr. 03/01 9500 Wilshire Blvd. 03/02 700 Arden Dr. 03/02 200 El Camino Dr. 03/02 300 N. Rodeo Dr. 03/02 300 S. Elm Dr. GRAND THEFTS 02/26 800 N. Rodeo Dr.
All-Day Diner The Henry To Open Soon, Offering Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Fare By Matt Lopez A new player in the fight for your breakfast, lunch and dinner dollar is coming soon to the area. The Henry, the self-proclaimed “Greatest Neighborhood Restaurant” will open soon in the revamped Robertson Plaza at 120 N. Robertson Blvd. The Henry, which already has a location in Phoenix, Arizona, will be opening at the former site of The Newsroom and will serve as an anchor for the 100,000 square-foot plaza. The Henry is the brainchild of Sam Fox of True Food
Kitchen, whose vision was to create a go-to spot for locals to satisfy their hunger at any time of day. The Henry includes a patio lounge, a vast indoor/outdoor bar and, for decor, a wall of library books
and newspapers. The Henry will be open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner when it opens toward the end of the month. For more information on The Henry, visit www.thehenryweho.com.
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For 1184, the Council directed that residents’ concerns over a lot line adjustment granted in 2013, but not recorded until 2016, must be resolved by a third-party review. The resolution for any lot line adjustment gives the Applicant 60 days to deliver the documents. “If the Applicant fails to deliver the executed covenant within the required 60 days, this resolution approving the Project shall be null and void and of no further effect,” states the document. There is no evidence that the Applicant requested any extensions. Stephanie Savage, an expert hired by resident Debbie Weiss, showed that over the next three years, the lot line adjustment was altered. The original lot line adjustment encroached on a portion of the basement deck, access stairs, foundation and piles needed for the last tier of the proposed retaining wall. As the plans changed, the lot line adjustment changed to accommodate the property line and setback area until the Applicant was satisfied with the project and the lot line adjustment was executed. City Attorney Larry Wiener argues that if the City attempts to reverse the adjustment, it is not clear what remedy could result. The lot line reversal would be subject to review of the parcels, not the proposed development, said Wiener. And, he argued, the City could be estopped from enforcing the extension requirement, which would bring to light that the City knew it was accepting the covenant well past the deadline,
signed by Gohlich. “At best,” continued Wiener, “the City could argue that Loma Linda Holdings was sufficiently late in delivering its covenant to the City such that Loma Linda should not be able to assert an estoppel defense because ‘justice and right’ do not compel it.” “There have likely been at least 100 such extensions,” adds Gohlich in his defense in the staff report, which is an example of the systemic issues that have undermined faith in City staff. The City Council agreed unanimously that a third-party review shall be brought back to the next council meeting April 10. At that time, the Applicant must bring a comprehensive construction management plan that has been vetted with the neighbors governing staging, parking and traffic and present a reasonable bond to cover the fire turnaround. Currently, the bond has been posted at about $600,000, which neighbors claim is far below the cost. Resident and lawyer for several of the neighbors Ronald Richard has formally challenged the estimate. The new Basement Ordinance goes into effect April 6, and the April 10 council date means that the project would be subject to the new Basement Ordinance. But in an extension of the special treatment this project has repeatedly received, the City Council opted to carve out an ordinance exclusively for 1184 Loma Linda Drive if it meets all the conditions for approval April 10. The ordinance will allow the project to receive a by-right permit after two readings and 30 days, when it would go into effect.
Douglas Elliman Honors Agents At Annual ‘The Ellies’ Awards By Matt Lopez Douglas Elliman Real Estate hosted its annual awards celebration, The Ellies, last week honoring the best of the best at the nation’s fourth-largest residential real estate firm. Locally, The Altman Brothers Team was named the firm’s Top Team, followed by the Tracy Tutor Maltas team. Other award winners included Juliette Hohnen (Best Individual Agent), Beverly Hills-based Sam Shakerchi as Top Commercial Agent and Beverly Hills-based Cory Charlupski as Rookie of the Year. The lifetime achievement award was presented to Jeeb O'Reilly. From Teles Legacy, The Ernie Carswell Team was named Top Team and Melissa Alt was named Top Individual Agent. Douglas Elliman expanded its foot-
Liz Gottainer and Jeeb O'Reilly, recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award
print in 2017 with the acquisition of Teles Properties and the opening of a new office in Malibu. Elliman enjoyed a sales volume of $26.1 billion in 2017, up from $24.6 the previous year.
Hotel Bel-Air Set To Host Farmers’ Market On March 18 By Matt Lopez The Hotel Bel-Air is prepping for a big Farmer’s Market that will be open to the public on Sunday, March 18. The front lawn of the Hotel Bel-Air will provide the setting for neighborhood vendors such as Coleman Farms, Weiser Farms, Sonoma Liberty Farms and Bohemian Creamery to showcase their produce and specialty food items. The Farmer’s Market will include a Mimosa Bar, breads and pastries from Wolfgang Puck and signature house
made pasta from Domenic Foods. Later that evening, a Farmer’s Dinner will be held in the private dinning room of Wolfgang Puck at the Hotel Bel-Air. Guests will be treated to an organic culinary event prepared by Executive Chef Hugo Bolanos. The Farmers’ Market is set to run from 9 a.m. to noon. The evening dinner reception, which begins at 6 p.m., is priced at $125 per person. For more information or reservations, call 310-909-1644.
LOMA LINDA LAWSUIT
ware programs that could be used to obtain the calculations. We don’t validate the input; we validate that the result of their calculations matches the design on the plan,” wrote Keene in an email. The complaint was submitted Wednesday evening and Richards has asked that the City Prosecutor review the charges and file a complaint.
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Susan Healy Keene, director of Community Development, says that the City does not have access to the “Auto Cad” files, which were used to determine the export values on the project. “Because we check plans based on calculations provided by a licensed professional engineer. There are multiple soft-
Beverly Gardens Park Restoration Continues By Victoria Talbot The Beverly Gardens Park restoration will continue on Santa Monica Boulevard from Crescent Drive to Doheny Drive beginning March 12. Construction will begin between Alpine and Foothill, and then the four blocks between Arden and Doheny. These blocks will experience intermittent closures for the construction of new irrigation systems, demolition and paving, landscaping and the replacement of lighting and decomposed granite walkways. Construction for the blocks between Foothill and Arden will take place later this year. The entire project is expected to be completed in the fall. In addition, the Lily Pond park, located between Beverly and Canon Drive, will also be closed for maintenance and to provide railings to safeguard the Beverly Hills sign. The City estimates that construction will take 2 ½ months to complete. The restoration project was initiated by the Friends of Beverly Gardens Park, an organization formed by resident Steve Gordon to restore the famed 1.9 miles of public space. The community raised $4 million.
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5,225 square feet to a proposed 16,365, extending the structure well beyond the setbacks. It marked what Vice Mayor Julian Gold referred to as a “sea shift” in the way the City shall regard development going forward, so that a retaining wall will be just a retaining wall, and a trellis, just a trellis. Ostroff showed that a structure the staff referred to as a “terraced planter” is in fact, a retaining wall. It appears that there is nothing in the municipal code that defines a terraced planter; but the description was used to provide an alternative to calling it what the council agreed it in fact, really is: a retaining wall and not part of a building or a building. The terraced planter does not appear to fit the definition of a building – which is “a structure for the support, shelter or enclosure of persons, animals or property.” It does, however, retain dirt. Staff also said that a trellis, that extends 20 feet over the slope, is interconnected to the building and cannot be separated, and thus is part of the building, and if it was to become extended by one inch, it would be another way to satisfy the requirement that the building extend 20 feet beyond the pad edge. The building site at 1193 Loma Linda consists of a thin strip of pad and an abrupt drop.
The purpose of the code is to discourage building over steep slopes, and the slope on Loma Linda is nearly vertical. Thus, it appears that there was an effort to find ways to massage the code to build a massive structure on a very, very steep slope. The terraced planterturned-retaining wall is built over a section of a 140-foot long retaining wall, that is one of nine retaining walls that loop around the hillside. The resulting configuration would dwarf 1201 Laurel Way comparisons, which “only” has four such retaining walls. The City staff appears to have gone to great lengths to provide the advantage to the developer, which is particularly egregious in a city where residents are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars and endless hours doing everything possible to prevent this type of development. It pits the City staff against the residents, which has resulted in some very heated exchanges that have rankled both sides. Ostroff’s presentation refuted every one of the staff’s seven arguments and exposed a culture that residents have long eluded to – that weighs in favor
of the applicant. It is insidious and invisible because until now, the community has not had the language, knowledge or resources to discuss building codes, to mount a comprehensive defense, or to counter a defense with the same level of sophistication that Assistant Planning Director Ryan Gohlich confidently asserted in his presentation Tuesday. “I am very grateful to Mayor Bosse for giving me a unique platform from which to speak on behalf of the Hillside residents who have been struggling with city planning staff for several years,” said Ostroff. “I’m pleased that our City Council stepped up and took immediate action to reach the correct result without delaying or punting this to the Planning Commission as recommended by the City Attorney and City Manager. I cannot presume to understand the motivations of these two important officials but I am convinced that they are not serving the best interests of our residents. This was a good day not just for the Hillside residents, but for all residents of Beverly Hills, and most importantly for our beloved City. There remains much to be done to protect our city’s quality of life from litigious, deep pocketed developers.” In his comments following the presentation, Gold remarked that a decade ago, “the impetus for building and development was really to make it user-friendly…the
March 9, 2018 | Page 17 notion of a by-right process was really designed to try and create some certainty… Whether… people have found ways around what the intent was… we’ve come to a different time… where even things we considered… by right are in fact, things we believe deserve different scrutiny.” Ostroff took a different tact, reflecting her position on the front lines of the fight. “Problems remain with the planning staff,” she said, “enabling the developers to evade our City rules, in letter and spirit, without consequence. This behavior is apparently endorsed and perhaps instigated by the entire chain of command all the way up to the City Manager. We will continue to do our best to protect our neighborhoods but must bear in mind that fighting City Hall can be a daunting challenge.” With the passage of the Basement Ordinance two weeks ago, and the Hillside Ordinance in 2016, the City has certainly entered a new phase that is resident-facing. “We all owe a great debt of gratitude to (Loma Linda resident) Debbie Weiss who has been leading the fight for over three years,” said Ostroff. “Her involvement started with the monstrous development proposed on Loma Linda Drive… She led the fight to obtain passage of the Hillside Ordinance (and the recently enacted new rules regarding basements and retaining walls).”
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Beverly Hills High Girls Basketball Team Wins CIF Title For Second Straight Season By Matt Lopez It wasn’t always easy and at times last Saturday, it looked like Beverly Hills High’s girls basketball team might fall short of capturing its second-straight CIF Southern Section title. In the end, however, sophomore center Chantal Moawad was simply too much for Flintridge Prep to handle, and Moawad helped lead the Lady Normans to the CIF-SS Division 3-A championship with a 50-46 win at Colony High in Ontario. Moawad, a 6-foot-2 center, dominated inside with 14 points and 25 rebounds, along with two big free throws in
crunch time to help hold off the Rebels. Flintridge Prep led for a brief period in the fourth quarter before falling behind by four points, but brought the deficit to one point with about 30 seconds left. Flintridge Prep fouled Moawad, who sank two free throws with 9.1 seconds left to essentially ice the victory for the Lady Normans. The CIF-SS title win led the Lady Normans to Wednesday's first round of the state playoffs, where their season came to an end. BHHS, seeded seventh, lost to No. 10 seed Oxford Academy 61-44 in the CIF-SS Division 3 Southern California
Regionals. The Lady Normans end their season with a 25-6 record and as back-to-back CIF champions. There's no reason to believe the team won't enjoy similar success next year. The Lady Normans return several key players, including sophomore stars Moawad and Arbri Gillis. Michelle Duchemin, a 5-foot-11 freshman who had 15 points and 12 rebounds, will also return for a Lady Normans squad that should be among the top teams in the area next season.
Billboards have gone up in Los Angeles recruiting LeBron James to the Lakers. Photo: Reddit NBA
L.A. Lawyer Buys Billboards To Recruit LeBron James To Lakers Because of NBA tampering rules, the Los Angeles Lakers cannot officially recruit NBA superstar LeBron James until his current deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers expires. That rule does not apply to fans, however, and with James coming to town this weekend, personal injury attorney Jacob Emrani is putting up four billboards going up around town Wednesday, all entreating the three-time NBA champion to choose Los Angeles as his next NBA home, Emrani's office
announced. A photo showing one such billboard on Westwood Boulevard, featuring the hashtag #LABron, was posted on Twitter on Wednesday morning. Two weeks ago, a Philadelphia company had three billboards installed in downtown Cleveland, just minutes from Quicken Loans Arena, indicating the city's desire to have James join the 76ers. –– City News Service
Kobe Wins Oscar For Basketball Inspired Documentary
CHARGING FORWARD – The Los Angeles Chargers this week released renderings of the "L.A. Stadium at Hollywood Park" where both the Chargers and Rams will play. The stadium will seat 70,240 which is expandable up to 100,000 for special events and will include 260 luxury suites. The team announced Premium Seats packages, which include one-time seat license prices from $10,000 to $75,000.
After winning an Oscar for best animated short film for his love letter to the sport "Dear Basketball," retired Lakers star Kobe Bryant said he is thrilled with his second career as a storyteller and wants to do more. Standing next to the film's director Glen Keane, Bryant said Sunday night backstage at the Dolby Theatre, "I feel better than winning a championship, to be honest, I swear I do." "The hardest thing for ath-
letes to do is ... you really have to quiet the ego" to begin all over again, he said. The golden statuette he held now gave him "a sense of validation," the ex-NBA star said. Bryant wants to do "more, more," he said, saying his eponymous studio was working on a series of five novels the team hopes to pitch as feature-length films. –– City News Service
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Metropoulos, Koretz Agree To Protection Covenent For Playboy Mansion By Matt Lopez The legendary Playboy Mansion will be permanently protected under a new pact reached by the property owner Daren Metropoulos and L.A. City Fifth District Councilmember Paul Koretz. The covenant, announced Wednesday, provides assurance to the previously-stated intentions of Metropoulos – heir to the Hostess snack empire – since he purchased the mansion from late Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner for $100 million in 2016. Metropoulos allowed Hefner to remain in the home until his death last September The mansion was constructed in 1927 in 14th Century Gothic-Tutor Style.
Playboy acquired the mansion in 1971. Metropoulos purchased the mansion’s sister home next door in 2009 and underwent a significant restoration of the property. Metropoulos has said he intends to combine the two properties, ultimately creating a vast 7.3 acre compound. “I’m extremely passionate about the [Playboy Mansion’s] architecture and look forward to this momentous opportunity to transform one of the finest estates in the country,” Metropoulos said in a statement. “As Mr. Hefner was aware, I plan to meticulously refurbish the property with the highest quality and standards in mind.”
strong partnership between the schools, parents and the police is in order to keep everyone safe. “We want to keep the open dialogue,” she emphasized. “We’ll work with the schools and PTAs, however it’s too soon to say what [the committee’s] going to look like.” Following Spagnoli’s presentation last week to the Board of Education on how BHPD planned to better protect the City’s five public schools in this era of rampant school shootings, board members faulted the newly minted “Adopt-a School Program” (slated to begin rolling out today) as the best option to protect students. Over the past several years the board has had multiple discussions on how to best enhance security throughout the school district, in addition to fencing in the porous high school, however, it was only after Spagnoli’s presentation that the school district actually gave the public a firm date as to when measures would be implemented. While the updated BHPD plan does station a patrol officer at each of the schools, in addition to assigning two School Resource Officers (SROs) and two detectives for all five schools to share, several board members expressed concern about the plan not having a full
time SRO stationed at each of the schools, and two at the high school. Tuesday night’s City Council decision to foot the bill for four additional SRO-type BHPD officers at each of the schools for 30 days (an amount of time which may increase) is now being considered a temporary solution while the school district pursues its own investigations into hiring additional armed guards to staff the schools. In the face of the school district’s hesitancy to accept the BHPD’s recommendation, both Spagnoli and Mayor Lili Bosse assured the board that the City would take care of paying for the addition of four more BHPD officers – or whatever is needed – if that ultimately is the recommendation of the chief. “The disconnect is understanding what our programming is going to look like,” Spagnoli clarified, underscoring that people often confuse SROs and security officers. “It’s 2018, you’ve got to think beyond the schools.” “Whatever they want in concept, we’ll work with them and try it,” she added. “There are many playbooks [and] I think we need to get to the point where the playbook is going to work for us.” Of critical importance, Spagnoli said, was understanding the mental health component and the need for parents to understand what is going on in the lives of their children.
“It’s really important for parents to be involved,” she said, noting that “it’s never too late to set boundaries,” even for teenagers. “I think that’s going to make our schools safer.” As far as the logistics related to strengthening the on-campus perimeters of each school, Hertz said that the high school will soon be enclosed with an eightfoot-high chain-link fence with approximately 15 gates; each of which will have unique hours of operation with the ultimate goal to have a single point of entry during school hours for visitors, including parents. “In six years, there will be a beautiful fence with wrought iron and Normandy-esque columns that will complement the high school,” he predicted of the time when the high school modernization process is complete. Hertz, who for the past four years has served as the district’s law enforcement and fire department liaison with the City where he oversees school safety plans, staff trainings, and school emergency drills, said he planned to further increase physical security at the four K-8 schools by ultimately creating a double-buzzer entry system. “This does not minimize parental involvement at schools,” he cautioned. “We as educators can make our schools good, but we can’t make them great without parental involvement.”
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OUTLOOK B E V E R LY H I L L S Native Voices at the Autry, the only Equity theatre company dedicated exclusively to developing and producing new work by Native American artists, will present the world premiere of Bingo Hall, a new play by Dillon Chitto (Mississippi Choctaw, Laguna, Isleta Pueblo) opening at 8 p.m., today at the Autry Museum of the American West’s Wells Fargo Theater in Grifﬁth Park, 4700 Western Heritage Way, L.A. Set in a pueblo community, Bingo Hall is a coming-of-age tale about teenager Edward Anaya. His comfortable life as the senior center’s bingo caller is challenged when college acceptance letters kick-start an identity crisis. Performances through March 25 will be Thursdays through Sundays with weekend matinees. Tickets are $25. To purchase and for more information, visit TheAutry.org/NativeVoices or call 323-495-4354. • • • • • The Music Guild will present the Pasadena String Quartet in two local 8 p.m. concerts— Monday, March 12 at the University Synagogue Brentwood, 11960 Sunset Blvd. at Saltair, and Wednesday, March 14 at Adat Ari El Temple, 12020 Burbank Blvd. at Laurel Canyon, North Hollywood. The program will include Wolf’s Italian Serenade, Brahms’ String Quartet in B Flat Major, Op. 67 and Beethoven’s String Quartet in B Flat Major, Op 130. Tickets are $58, $48 seniors. To purchase and for more information, call 310-558-3500 or visit TheMusicGuild.org. • • • • • Mamie Hansberry, sister of playwright Lorraine Hansberry, will present a lecture at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 15 before the 7:30 p.m. performance of
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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Ross To Discuss Book, Hitler In Los Angeles Steven J. Ross will discuss and sign copies of his Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award nominated work, Hitler In Los Angeles: How Jews Foiled Nazi Plots Against Hollywood And America, from 35 p.m., Sunday, March 18 at the Los Angeles Museum of The Holocaust in Pan Pacific Park, 100 The Grove Dr. Ross’ book tells the little-known story of a Jewish spy ring in L.A. that operated and fought the rise of Nazism from August 1933 to the end of World War II and details how no American city was more Steven J. Ross important to the Nazis than L..A., home to Hollywood, the greatest propaganda machine in the world. The Nazis plotted to kill the city’s Jews and to sabotage the nation’s military installations. Plans existed for hanging prominent Hollywood figures, driving through Boyle Heights and machine-gunning as many Jews as possible, and blowing up defense installations and seizing munitions from National Guard armories along the Pacific Coast. Featuring a large cast of Nazis, undercover agents and colorful supporting players, Hitler in Los Angeles tells the unknown story of American Jewish resistance in a time when hate groups moved from the margins to the mainstream of American society. Ross, the son of Holocaust survivors, is a professor of history at the USC and director of the Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life. For more information and to RSVP, visit https://lamoth.ticketleap.com/hitler-in-america/dates/Mar-18-2018_at_0300PM.
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Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin In The Sun at A Noise Within, 3352 E. Foothill Blvd.,Pasadena. In pre-civil rights America, an unexpected windfall offers a life-changing option for the Youngers, an African-American family living in a cramped
Chicago apartment. They struggle with competing dreams and racial intolerance in Hansberry’s seminal work. Running now through April 8, performances are ThursdaySunday, with weekend matinees. Tickets start at $25. To purchase and for more information, visit www.anoisewithin.org or call 626-356-3100. • • • • • Nobel Prize winner Lou Ignarro, a professor, pharmacologist and 20-year Beverly Hills resident, will speak about his decades of research and groundbreaking work in heart health at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 15 at the Beverly Hills Public Library, 444 N Rexford Dr. Ignarro, an Emeritus professor at UCLA School of Medicine, was the 1998 winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine and is the discoverer of nitric oxide and its life-saving properties. The event is free, with free parking adjacent to the library. • • • • • To celebrate its exhibition “Taking Shape: Degas as Sculptor,” the Norton Simon Museum, 411 W. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, will launch its “Behind the Scenes” ﬁlms series with In the Steps Of Trisha Brown at 6 p.m., Friday, March 16. Directed by Marie-Hélène Rebois, the ﬁlm follows Brown in the weeks leading up to a new production of her seminal 1979 work Glacial Decoy, performed in Paris by a new generation of dancers. Screenings are free with museum admission. For more information, call 449-6840 or visit www.nortonsimon.org. • • • • • The Beverly Hills Jewish
Community will present a lecture by Israeli diplomat, columnist and politician Danny Ayalon at 11:30 a.m., following the 9:30 a.m. service., on Saturday, March 17 at The Beverly Hills Hotel. Ayalon served as deputy foreign minister and a member of the Knesset for Yisrael Beiteinu. He served as Israeli ambassador to the U.S. from 2002-2006. He frequently writes for newspapers including The Jerusalem Post and The Wall Street Journal. Seating is limited. To RSVP, email email@example.com or call 310-276-4246. • • • • • The American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra will attend the 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17 screening of the documentary Itzhak at the Laemmle Royal Theatre, 11523 Santa Monica Blvd. West L.A. The documentary details violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman’s struggles as a polio survivor who fought to be taken seriously as a music student when schools saw only his disability; as a Jewish émigré whose parents emigrated from Itzhak Perlman Poland to Photo by Israel, and Greenwich his views on Entertainment “why art is so vital to life.” A Q&A with the ﬁlm’s director Alison Chernick will follow the screening. Attendees may RSVP to events@aﬁpo.org to be notiﬁed when tickets go on sale. They will be directed to purchase tickets directly from the theater when available. • • • • • The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) has announced that its annual Beastly Ball will begin at 6 p.m., Saturday, May 19 at the L.A. Zoo in Grifﬁth Park, 5333 Zoo Dr. Coming on the heels of national Endang e r e d Species Day, the party will showcase the zoo’s Jack Hanna will impact on receive the Tom a n i m a l Mankiewicz Leadconserva- ership Award at the tion both Beastly Ball. locally and internationally, honor animal expert Jack Hanna, feature animal feedings, keeper chats and interactions, and close with a concert. Beastly Ball tickets are $1,500 per person. To purchase and for more information, visit www.lazoo.org/beastlyball or call 323-644-9105.
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BALLET GALA–Enjoying the festivities are L.A. Ballet Artistic Directors Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary (top, left); former Gov. Gray and Sharon Davis (bottom left); Beverly Hills philanthropist Glorya Kaufman and Kirsten Sarkisian, co-chair of the gala. Photos by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging
Founded by Artistic Directors Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary, Los Angeles Ballet (LAB) commemorated its 12th year witha gala at The Beverly Wilshire. This year’s celebration inaugurated the Industry Excellence Award for significant contributions to the arts. The evening’s honorees were dancer/actress Jenna Dewan-Tatum, dancer/choreographer Derek Hough, and producer/choreographer Adam Shankman. The celebration was emceed by Mark L. Walberg, along with a featured excerpt of LAB’s anticipated production of Swan Lake. Co chaired by Leslie Kavanaugh and Kirsten Sarkisian, honorary gala co-chairs were Sharon and ex-Gov. Gray Davis, Marlyn and Robert Day, Christine and Dr. Gabriel Chlu, Linda La Kretz-Duttenhaver, Ghada and Ray Irani, Lori and Michael Milken, and Dr. Richard Merkin. Among the many guests... Sofia Carson, Brad Goreski, James and Kimberly Van Der Beek, Emmanuel Chirqui, Mark Ballas, Nigel Lythgoe, Lawrence Bender, Ryan Kavanaugh, Glorya Kaufman, Anita Ann Kohl... plus, plus plus. ****** A star-studded host committee, Oscar nominees and presenters, along with some of the most powerful industry influencers came together Saturday for the 16th annual “Night Before” party to benefit MPTF. Funds raised during the evening will be used to support MPTF in providing social services and financial assistance to the entertainment community, as well as its renowned retirement community and innovative programs for seniors and those who care for them. The organization impacts thousands of people each year who have committed their lives to a career in entertainment. The evening raised $5 million last night, totaling just over $80 million in the event’s history. The 2018 host committee included a lineup of the industry’s most elite talent, including Amy Adams and Darren Le Gallo, Tanya Haden Black and Jack Black, Mary J. Blige, Kate
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Frances Allen’s Desert Roundup The wind gathered up speed as it blew across the savanna, draping an orangecolored cloak around anything standing in its way. Soon it would be dusk, a sign for the creatures inhabiting this timeless land to forsake their shelters and meander down to their favorite water holes, seeking relief from the day’s heat. This snapshot of life on the Serengeti was enhanced recently when the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens celebrated “25 years of Zoobilee,” a milestone in the 40–year history of this educational resource in the heart of the Coachella Valley. The evening was produced as an African-themed event lady who wore a Zebra-fashioned, black-and-white, vertical-striped, sequenced dress … (Not a good look). Ten feet tall African stiltdancers welcomed guests into the dining tent which, in spite of it’s plebian designation, was greater than half a football ﬁeld and sported crystal chandeliers. This year the Living Desert has been celebrating the Year of the Giraffe, an effort aimed at raising awareness about the silent extinction of the giraffe population and inspiring conservation action. Giraffe are currently listed as ‘vulnerable’ and the population of giraffe is on a rapid decline, down 40 percent across Africa in the last few decades. It is estimated there are fewer than 98,000 giraffe left in the wild. The Zoobilee Gala paid tribute to these magniﬁcent animals throughout the evening. Also receiving at the gala was Karen Sausman ,who In 1970, was selected to be the president/CEO of the living desert for 40 years she has served the Living Desert as well as her important conservation efforts around the globe. The Living Desert is an AZA-accredited zoo and gardens, dedicated to desert conservation through preservation, education and appreciation. It is a family-friendly place to explore nature and create meaningful experiences for guests that are remembered for a lifetime. It is located at 47900 Portola Avenue, Palm Desert, CA 92260. 760-346-5693
RFQ 18-22 CITY OF BEVERLY HILLS PUBLIC WORKS – PROJECT ADMINISTRATION 345 FOOTHILL ROAD BEVERLY HILLS, CA 90210 NOTICE OF REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS LA CIENEGA PARK – PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT SERVICES The City of Beverly Hills is requesting qualifications from firms for the public engagement services for La Cienega Park. The city has determined that interested firms shall register their intent to respond to this RFQ. The full RFQ package has been postedon city website: http://www.beverlyhills.org/business/bidl istings for RFQ 18-22: La Cienega Park Public Engagement Services Project Description The City is seeking a firm which will work with a Steering Committee to create community engagement framework (ex. public meetings, focus groups, surveys, interviews, online tools) to help determine the needs of Beverly Hills residents and stakeholders regarding the La Cienega Community Center and Park. The firm selected will reach out to Beverly Hills residents via multiple means, such as public meetings, focus groups, surveys, use of online tools, etc. to gather public feedback on the type of uses and activities that should take place at the Center and Park. Additionally, the firm will engage the various stakeholders, such as staff, preschool parents, regular renters of the rooms, contract instructors and their class participants, youth sports organizations, etc. regarding the opportunities and challenges with the current Center and Park. This data will be compiled and used to make recommendations as to whether the current park and community center facilities and amenities meets the needs of users and the community, or whether renovations need to be made, or whether a new building needs to be constructed. Furthermore, the data will be used to determine whether any other design improvements or changes are required. The firm will also gather feedback on the replacement of the playground structure which is reaching the end of its useful life, as well as other desired park amenities. Tentative Project Schedule APRIL 10, 2018 - Award of Contract APRIL 16, 2018 - Notice to Proceed Registration All interested firms are encouraged to send an email to City Architect, Mandana Motahari at firstname.lastname@example.org registering their intent to respond to this RFQ.
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PUBLIC NOTICES • Three (3) bound copies of the qualifications • One (1) unbound copy suitable for reproduction • Format shall be 81/2X11. Fold outs (if any) cannot exceed 11X17 • RFQ shall be delivered in a single package and plainly labeled as follows: ATTN: City Architect, Mandana Motahari RFQ for Public Engagement Services La Cienega Park • The City of Beverly Hills will accept proposals on or before the date indicated above at the following location and address below: Deliver to: Reception Desk Department of Public Works 345 Foothill Road Beverly Hills, CA 90210 Firm Organization and Background • firm profile • proposed project team Project Approach • provide a concise summary of the firm’s approach to the project Experience • Recent public agency projects of comparable scope • Identify key staff members proposed for this project References • Provide a list of similar projects and project description undertaken by the firm with contact information (preferably the project personnel) Sample • Sample(s) reports/documents and public outreach tools related to similar public engagement projects Fee Schedule • Separate sealed envelope titled ‘Fee Schedule’ shall be submitted. • Fee schedule will be opened after short listing top ranked firms. Selection Progress A staff selected panel will be evaluating and rank submitted proposals in the order in which they provide the best value based on the selection criteria. On the basis of the submittals received, the City may then select up to three (3) of the top ranked respondents for an interview. Based on the qualification, references, interview and using the selection criteria listed here, the selection panel will make a recommendation to City Council identifying the most qualified firm(s). The City reserves the right to investigate and reply upon information from other available sources in addition to any documentation and information submitted by the firm responding to this RFQ.
All firms expressing interest will be added to an email distribution list and will be notified if additional information related to the RFQ becomes available.Firms failing to register in this manner may not receive all information relevant to the preparation of their proposals.
City staff will meet with the successful firm and negotiate a contract. If good faith negotiations with selected firm are unsuccessful, the City will terminate such negotiation and undertake new negotiation with another finalist, or finalists, if any.
Question Period All questions regarding this RFQ must be providedin writing (either by US mail or via e-mail) to:
The authorization for contract award to the design firm for this project will be subject to the approval by Beverly Hills City Council. The City reserves the right to reject any or all proposals, at its sole discretion.
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Selection Criteria Selection of most qualified Architect will be based on submitted proposals, references and if conducted, interviews. Proposals will be evaluated against the criteria listed below:
Questions must be submitted by: March 14, 2018
• Firm background and applicable project experience - 30% • Project team key personnel - 20% • Understanding of the objectives and proposed approach to this project - 30% • Work plan and list of deliverables - 20%
Submission of Qualifications The deadline for submission of this RFQ is March 19, 2018. Respondents shall submit:
General Acceptance of Evaluation Methodology By submitting this proposal in response to this RFQ, respondent accepts the City’s Quality Based Selection criteria and evaluation process and acknowledges and accepts that determinations made as part of this process will require subjective judgements by the City. No Reimbursements for Costs Respondent acknowledges and accepts that any cost incurred from respondent’s participation in this RFQ process shall be at the sole risk and responsibility of the respondent. Respondent agrees that all submissions shall become the property of the City. Waiver of Claims Each respondent, in submitting this proposal, is deemed to have waived any claims for damages by reason of the selection of another proposal and/or the rejection of its proposal. NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE UNDER A NOTICE OF DELINQUENT ASSESSMENT AND CLAIM OF LIEN Order No: 05933393 TS No: P17-04039 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A NOTICE OF DELINQUENT ASSESSMENT AND CLAIM OF LIEN, DATED 06/26/2017. 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 Witkin & Neal, Inc., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to that certain Notice of Delinquent Assessment and Claim of Lien (hereinafter referred to as "Lien"), recorded on 06/28/2017 as instrument number 20170715342, in the office of the County Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, California, and further pursuant to the Notice of Default and Election to Sell thereunder recorded on 8/3/2017 as instrument number 20170877682 in said county and further pursuant to California Civil Code Section 5675 et seq. and those certain Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions recorded on 2/13/1987 as instrument number 87-226616, WILL SELL on 03/15/2018, 10:00AM, Behind the fountain located in Civic Center Plaza, 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona CA 91766 at public auction to the highest bidder for lawful money of the United States payable at the time of sale, all right, title and interest in the property situated in said county as more fully described in the above-referenced Lien. The purported owner(s) of said property is (are): JONATHAN AHRON, A SINGLE MAN. The property address and other common designation, if any, of the real property is purported to be: 235 S. REEVES DRIVE, UNIT 401, BEVERLY HILLS, CA 90212, APN 4331-003059. The undersigned trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the property address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of this Notice of Sale is: $26,724.49. The opening bid at the foreclosure sale may be more or less than this estimate. In addition to cash, trustee will accept a cashier's check drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn on a state or federal credit union or a check drawn on a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the California Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. If tender other than cash is accepted, the trustee may withhold issuance of the Trustee's Deed Upon Sale until funds become available to the payee or endorsee as a matter of right. In its sole discretion, the seller (foreclosing party) reserves the right to withdraw the property from sale after the opening credit bid is announced but before the sale is completed. The opening bid is placed on behalf of
the seller. Said sale shall be made, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said Lien, advances thereunder, with interest as provided in the Declaration or by law plus the fees, charges and expenses of the trustee. THIS PROPERTY IS BEING SOLD IN AN "ASIS" CONDITION. This communication is from a debt collector. Witkin & Neal, Inc. is attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. If you have previously received a discharge in bankruptcy, you may have been released from personal liability for this debt in which case this notice is intended to exercise the secured party's rights against the real property only. 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 AND ALL OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES: 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 this sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 916-939-0772 or visit this Internet Web site: www.nationwideposting.com using the file number assigned to this case: P17-04039. 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. IMPORTANT NOTICE: Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the sale shall be subject to the following as provided in California Civil Code Section 5715: "A non judicial foreclosure sale by an association to collect upon a debt for delinquent assessments shall be subject to a right of redemption. The redemption period within which the separate interest may be redeemed from a foreclosure sale under this paragraph ends 90 days after the sale." Dated: 02/13/2018 Witkin & Neal, Inc. as said Trustee 5805 SEPULVEDA BLVD., SUITE 670 SHERMAN OAKS, CA 91411 (818) 845-8808 By: SUSAN PAQUETTE TRUSTEE SALES OFFICER THIS NOTICE IS SENT FOR THE PURPOSE OF COLLECTING A DEBT. THIS FIRM IS ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT ON BEHALF OF THE HOLDER AND OWNER OF THE NOTE. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED BY OR PROVIDED TO THIS FIRM OR THE CREDITOR WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. NPP0326477 To: BEVERLY HILLS COURIER 02/23/2018, 03/02/2018, 03/09/2018 NOTICE— Fictitious name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (See Section 14400, et seq., Business and Professions Code).
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PUBLIC NOTICES NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF ROCHELLE BLANK Case No. 18STPB01672 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of ROCHELLE BLANK A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by John David Wilson in the Superior Court of California, County of LOS ANGELES. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that John David Wilson be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedent's will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held on March 22, 2018 at 8:30 AM in Dept. No. 79 located at 111 N. Hill St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58(b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition
or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for petitioner: MARK WALDMAN ESQ SBN 67916 LAW OFFICES OF MARK WALDMAN 1900 AVE OF THE STARS STE 960 LOS ANGELES CA 90067 CN946927 BLANK Mar 2,9,16, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2018037592 The following is/are doing business as: HERBERT’S PHARMACY 9001 Wilshire Blvd. #101, Beverly Hills, CA 90211; Herbert Allen Glicksman 3117 Colby Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90066; The business is conducted by: AN INDIVIDUAL, registrant(s) has begun to transact business under the name(s) listed May 1987: Herbert Allen Glicksman, Owner: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: February 13, 2018; Published: February 16, 23, March 02, 09, 2018 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2018037594 The following is/are doing business as: L COX AND ASSOCIATES 9663 Santa Monica Blvd. #270, Beverly Hills, CA 90210; Lance Cox 9663 Santa Monica Blvd. #270, Beverly Hills, CA 90210; The business is conducted by: AN INDIVIDUAL, registrant(s) has NOT begun to transact business under the name(s) listed: Lance Cox, Owner: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: February 13, 2018; Published: February 16, 23, March 02, 09, 2018 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2018037593 The
following is/are doing business as: DOGGI DOG PET SITTING 3950 Laurel Canyon Blvd. #1921, Studio City, CA 91614; Monika Cox 3950 Laurel Canyon Blvd. #1921, Studio City, CA 91614; The business is conducted by: AN INDIVIDUAL, registrant(s) has begun to transact business under the name(s) listed March 2013: Monika Cox, Owner: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: February 13, 2018; Published: February 16, 23, March 02, 09, 2018 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2018037595 The following is/are doing business as: SAVE-ON INSURANCE SERVICES, INC. 10835 Santa Monica Blvd. #209, Los Angeles, CA 90025; Save-On Insurance Services, Inc. 10835 Santa Monica Blvd. #209, Los Angeles, CA 90025; The business is conducted by: A CORPORATION, registrant(s) has begun to transact business under the name(s) listed 1988: Kamran Tavakoli, President: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: February 13, 2018; Published: February 16, 23, March 02, 09, 2018 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2018027613 The following is/are doing business as: MASBIA LA 4929 Wilshire Blvd. #985, Los Angeles, CA 90010; Congregation Levy Yitzchak 4929 Wilshire Blvd. #985, Los Angeles, CA 90010; The business is conducted by: A CORPORATION, registrant(s) has NOT begun to transact business under the name(s) listed : Michael Weiss, President: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: February 13, 2018; Published: February 16, 23, March 02, 09, 2018 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME
STATEMENT 2018030191 The following is/are doing business as: DAILY ROOTINES 438 S. Rexford Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212; Rebecca Friedman 438 S. Rexford Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212; The business is conducted by: AN INDIVIDUAL, registrant(s) has begun to transact business under the name(s) listed January 2018: Rebecca Friedman, Owner: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: February 05, 2018; Published: February 23, March 02, 09, 16, 2018 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2018050531 The following is/are doing business as: DETTA VIGIL GALLERY 525 N. Flores St. #1, West Hollywood, CA 90048; Bernadeta Vigil 525 N. Flores St. #1, West Hollywood, CA 90048; The business is conducted by: AN INDIVIDUAL, registrant(s) has NOT begun to transact business under the name(s) listed: Bernadeta Vigil, Owner: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: March 01, 2018; Published: March 09, 16, 23, 30, 2018 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2018050532 The following is/are doing business as: JACK LENNY ASSOCIATES 9454 Wilshire Blvd. #600, Beverly Hills, CA 90212; James P. Lenny A/K/A Jim Lenny 9454 Wilshire Blvd. #600, Beverly Hills, CA 90212; Ethel Kong A/K/A/ Kim Lang 100 West 57th St. #31, New York, NY 10019; The business is conducted by: A GENERAL PARTNERSHIP, registrant(s) has begun to transact business under the name(s) listed May 1978: James P. Lenny A/K/A Jim Lenny, General Partner: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: March 01, 2018; Published: March 09, 16, 23, 30, 2018 LACC N/C
NOTICE INVITING PROPOSALS 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 the “District”, will receive prior to: 10:00 AM on the 20th day of April 2018 Sealed Proposals from vendors, hereinafter referred to as “Proposer” or “Vendor”, for the award of a Vendor Contract for the following: RFP NO. 171803 Learning Management System (Hereinafter referred to as the “Project”) All Proposals must be made and presented only on the forms provided by the District. Proposals must be received in the following office: Purchasing Office of the BEVERLY HILLS UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT at 255 South Lasky Drive, Beverly Hills, California 90212, Attention: Dianne Richard Any Proposals received after the time specified above or after any extensions due to material changes will be returned unopened. The District reserves the right to reject any or all Proposals or parts of any Proposal and to waive any irregularities or informalities in any Proposal. Pursuant to Public Contract Code Section 20118.2, the District is not required to award a contract to the lowest Proposer but rather will consider Proposals based on criteria established herein this RFP. An award will be made to the most responsive and responsible firm whose Proposal is viewed by the District as most advantageous to its program, taking into account all pricing and other pertinent factors considered. RFP Schedule of Events The schedule below indicates the critical dates that must be satisfied by the successful Proposer related to this RFP. The successful Proposer must staff its work crews appropriately to meet the required dates of completion. The District reserves the right to change these dates and will notify Proposers in that event. Milestone
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CENTURY PARK EAST • BEVERLY HILLS • * BEVERLY HILLS * —————–––– ————— BRENTWOOD 2 Bd.+1 Ba. • $3,150 School District BEVERLY HILLS 11730 SUNSET BLVD. 1 BEDROOM /1 BATH X-LARGE ELEGANT APT. $3,400/MONTH
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Large units, walk-in closet, •••••••• custom kitchen, built-in Newly Updated washer/dryer, all appliances, hardwood floors 1 Bdrm. + 1 Bath throughout, some units 2 Bdrm. + 2 Bath w/ skylights+high ceilings. •••••••• Health club, wifi, sauna, Balcony, dishwasher, heated pool, controlled a/c, heated pool, acess, parking. WiFi, elevator 424/272-6596 • controlled access, Close to Brentwood on-site laundry, prkg. Village, Restaurants, Close to UCLA, Mt. Saint Mary’s, Brentwood Village, & Transportation. Shops & Restaurants.
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Guest Editorial By Robert K. Tanenbaum Citywide Town Hall Meeting Tuesday Night On Tuesday evening commencing at 7 p.m. inside the City Council chambers, the Beverly Hills North Homeowners Association together with the Municipal League are sponsoring a Citywide Town Hall meeting. The scope and purpose is to establish guidelines, policy and plans to ensure safety for all our children, residents and merchant community, demand transparency, oversight and accountability from our City staff and ofﬁcials and safeguard the integrity of our residential neighborhoods. Three separate but uniﬁed anecdotal examples provide the urgency required to address these issues: 1. Public Safety: during my ﬁrst term as mayor, I became aware that our City had no comprehensive emergency management plan. I directed the city manager to obtain a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) for our public safety personnel to work with FEMA’s experts. The purpose was for us to get up to speed with a detailed action oriented emergency plan. To obtain that result, I led our team of approximately 75 ﬁrst responders comprised of our public safety experts back to Maryland at FEMA’s home base Emmitsburg. While there, we were confronted with how we would respond to disasters that might occur in Beverly Hills. Just a few years later, in 1992, during my second mayoral term, the L.A. Riots occurred. To be sure, we were ready. BHPD conﬁscated in excess of 160 weapons and contraband from those who sought to do us harm, no one was injured and no property damage occurred. Our courageous police and ﬁreﬁghters executed our game plan to perfection. An example of necessity to formulate and put into place a pro-active plan to combat the threat of extreme immediate violence. Today, we are confronted with two very real evils. a. The deranged mentally impaired homicidal school shooter; and b. Acts of terror. Most recently, many residents throughout our City–with and without children in our schools–rightfully are demanding to know from City Hall, our BHUSD, and our public safety personnel precisely what our new proactive safety policy and action plans are. What we have heard so far is weak, inadequate and cosmetic. What would an acceptable action plan entail, you ask? Certainly one that utilizes technology, provides for strategically placed cameras covering school grounds and hallways with an accompanying security video screening room in each school with police ofﬁcers assigned inside school buildings and patrolling campus grounds. It’s not a guarantee but a new beginning to deal effectively with this nightmare scenario of random homicidal violence. The measure and strength of a city is not measured by its brick and mortar but by its spiritual and moral character which recognize that evil exists, must be confronted and defeated. A “blue ribbon” committee of residents, merchants and ﬁrst responders with two members each from the City Council and BHUSD should be formed to devise a safety action plan that must be implemented immediately. This is a citywide issue of enormous proportions which requires City Hall and resident expertise and assets and should not be left to the school district to determine and/or implement. 2. Debbie Weiss - An inspiring proﬁle in courage has emerged from our resident community. The mom of four children, ranging in age from four to eight, has placed down the gauntlet in protest to City Hall, particularly its planning staff for permitting excessive over-development in her Loma Linda hillside neighborhood. She has made it abundantly clear she will not sit idly-by, witness and permit the destruction of Loma Linda by allowing City planners to sanction
mansionization. For too long, the City’s planning personnel have been extremely inept in safeguarding the integrity of our residential neighborhoods. They readily accept developers’ representations while the opposite approach applies to residents. For example, the Loma Linda developer brought forward an enormous project in excess of 20,000 square feet where neighboring homes ranged from between 4,000 to 5,000 square feet. The issues with hillside development require intense oversight because of geological safety, narrow streets and egress/ingress efﬁciency. The proposed mansionization entailed in excess of 6,000 cubic yards (cy) of soil exportation, basically twice the amount permitted by statute. Nevertheless, the city staff planners initially recommended to green light the project. Debbie Weiss protested and organized resident participation. As a result, City staff then withdrew its initial recommendation and presented the matter to the Planning Commission for discretionary review. The developer has presently divided the original mansion request into two separate homes on the same property: one at 1184 Loma Linda which consists of construction of a 11,659 square foot single family home and one at 1193 Loma Linda, a development consisting of construction of a 8,319 square foot single family dwelling and garage. In so doing, the developer argues that the two projects require the city to grant him a permit to proceed because he complies with the relevant ordinance. To comply with the Hillside Ordinance each home’s construction would have to be less than 1,500 cubic yards of exported soil. If in compliance, the applicant/developer earns the permit “by right” and need not go through discretionary review, principally, the Planning Commission and then perhaps the City Council. Debbie Weiss hired an expert, at substantial personal expense, to determine the amount of cubic yards of soil to be exported. Her expert reported that the developer would have to export more than permitted by the ordinance. The City staff again accepted the developer’s expert and rejected Debbie’s. No surprise. The matter is presently before the City Council, which directed its staff to hire an independent expert to peer review the export issue. This turned out to be Geokinetics, a ﬁrm which indicated that it had no conﬂict of interest with the City. Yet, after the staff made public its hiring and designation, it was revealed that Geokinetics was hired by the party opposing the City in its litigation regarding geological issues pertaining to the proposed Metro subway station on Constellation in Century City. Would it offend your common sense to suggest that by hiring the expert against the City in the metro litigation, the staff has given the imprimatur of credibility, expertise and trustworthiness to that expert! Simply, if you were being sued by a neighbor, for example, and your neighbor hired an expert to give testimony against you, would you in another, unrelated matter while the neighbor’s lawsuit was still pending, hire that expert in the unrelated one? Of course not! To its credit, Geokinetics now has determined that the applicant’s planned construction at 1193 Loma Linda will cause more than 1,900 cubic yards of soil export which exceeds the 1,500 cubic yard statutory limit. Undeterred, Planning Staff, with developer’s representatives, is maneuvering to reconﬁgure the actual count that will enable applicant/developer to be in compliance – and the beat goes on! This matter must be decided by the City Council not the biased blundering staff to determine whether or not the developer has to submit his project for dis-
BEVERLY HILLS cretionary review or go scott-free by allegedly qualifying as a “by right” code compliant applicant worthy of obtaining a permit to build. 3. Due Process: Just as the applicant/developer must be afforded due process, i.e., the right to present his project and be allowed to respond to the residents’ objections, it’s equally necessary for the residents to be afforded their due process rights as well. It has been standard operating procedure for too long that hearings on these matters provide for developers to give lengthy opening statements followed by residents who are usually restricted to 3 or 2 minutes each or 5 minutes if representing an organization. Thereafter, the developer is granted the opportunity to respond to the residents by giving a summation refutation. City Council then closes the public comment portion of the hearing and proceeds to ask staff for its opinions followed by councilmembers giving theirs. For the Loma Linda case, the staff waited for the council to close the public comment portion of the hearing and then sought to refute the Debbie Weiss expert who opined regarding the excessive overage of cubic yards to be exported by developer. The city attorney needs to correct this process. The residents should have the absolute right to reply to the developer and staff response to the residents’ concerns. If the residents in their reply in any way put forth “new evidence,” then the developer should be granted a response but that rarely, if ever, occurs. The City Council and interested residents should read the opinion in the case of Clark v. City of Hermosa Beach. The city attorney knows all about it and should inform the council of the court’s holding which permits the residents to reply to developer and staff responses to residents’ initial statements. Finally, we expect our City staff to be professional and respectful of residential rights. Unfortunately, City Manager Mahdi Aluzri doesn’t meet that standard. You may recall it was this individual who gave the green light to the developer to cut down scores of trees on lots 12 and 13 which extend out easterly from City Hall to Doheny Drive bordered by Civic Center Drive on the south end and Santa Monica Boulevard on the north side of the property. In so doing, this city manager, did the following: a. He was directly responsible for permitting the deforestation of the trees on those lots, the site where the Union Paciﬁc laid its tracks. It was strewn with high levels of arsenic laden soil; b. He was admonished orally and in writing by the California EPA Department of Toxic Substance Control not to permit any tree removal or other remediation on the property without approval from the state agency; c. He contrived a false deceptive narrative to cover-up his misconduct, and, d. He misled the City Council and deceived the public. He quite astutely plays with deceit and the smiley demeanor of the organ grinder while perﬁdiously performing in violation of his sworn duty to serve with honor and professionalism. He remains undisciplined. Any wonder those on the planning staff engage in similar reprehensible conduct. We need strategic visionary leadership that will generate detailed speciﬁc comprehensive action plans to protect our City and all our residents. Leadership that will not countenance deceit and manipulation engaged in by staff whatever their pay grade or responsibility. If such leadership is not to be found, then our residents will be visited again and again by the vagaries, biases and whims of unelected bureaucrats who do violence to our quality of life. It’s refreshing, uplifting and inspiring to note that all of the public safety individuals with whom I have worked, both in New York City and here at home in Beverly Hills, have without question, adhered to the spirit and sentiments of the Lays Of Ancient Rome by Thomas Babington Macaulay: “Then out spake brave Horatius, The captain of the gate: To everyman upon this earth Death cometh soon or late. And how can man die better Than facing fearful odds, For the ashes of his fathers, And the temples of his gods.” Mr. Tanenbaum, a best selling author and former mayor of Beverly Hills, was also a New York County/Manhattan prosecutor
Mel Spitz Comments On The John Mirisch Guest Editorial Councilmember John Mirisch’s guest editorial in last week’s Courier opposing a June school construction bond measure is loaded with misinformation and faulty conclusions. I am responding, as one member of the school board. JM: “This bond measure is nothing more than a blank check…the (school) board is selling us the same bill of goods (as Measure E)” Measure E in 2008 was indeed a $334 million blank check. It did not list construction projects, nor the amount of the measure which was the maximum allowable at the time. That is why, in hindsight, the expenditure of Measure E funds was uncontrolled. To the contrary, the $385 million measure on this June’s ballot is not a blank check. It will fund the following projects plus contingency reserves: Beverly Hills High School $301,723,000 Modernize buildings B3 and B4 Construct Building C (to replace Konheim) Construct an aquatics center New parking facility (to replace existing parking enabling future modernization of Building A) Relocate the maintenance and operations facility Remove the oil well facility, remediate the site, and expand the athletic ﬁeld Site improvements El Rodeo $45,804,000 Modernize building E Construct an elevated athletic ﬁeld and parking below Site improvements Hawthorne $12,370.000 Auditorium modernization and seismic upgrade Horace Mann $1,674,000 New roof for building A Chiller replacement Beverly Vista $1,823,000 Site improvements ADA drop-off improvement District-wide $17,421,000 Classroom technology Project support costs JM: “What makes this June bond absurd is that the district hasn’t decided on the future conﬁguration of our schools” None of the projects listed above conﬂict with future reconﬁguration of our schools. The projects at El Rodeo will complete the modernization of that campus, currently underway. The Beverly High projects involve seismic upgrading and modernization to complete the ﬁrst phase of the master plan currently underway, which will not conﬂict with future reconﬁguration. The seismic upgrading and modernization of the Hawthorne auditorium will not conﬂict with future modernization of that campus. JM: “Without a ﬁrm plan for the future reconﬁguration of our schools, the June bond is the very deﬁnition of “irresponsible” To the contrary, the deﬁnition of “irresponsible” would be to leave El Rodeo partially modernized with no athletic ﬁeld nor staff parking; to leave high school buildings partially upgraded and shuttered, to deprive Hawthorne of its auditorium for years to come, and to leave a leaky roof on Horace Mann’s modernized building A. JM: “Before asking this community to step up with more taxpayer money, the Board of Education needs to focus on its core mission of educating our kids in a safe learning environment” The Board of Education does need to focus on its core mission; but that does not lessen the urgency of the above-listed construction projects. To the contrary, those projects are part and parcel of providing a safe learning environment. JM: “Why not put a possible bond on the November ballot, when two school board seats are up for election” My support of the bond measure in June rather than November is driven by the urgency of the El Rodeo and Beverly High projects, the need to re-open the Hawthorne auditorium, and the urgency of a new roof at Horace Mann. The plans for BHHS and El Rodeo will be out of the California state regulatory agency before November. Even if the measure were scheduled in November, it would still have to be voted on by the school board months before the election of new board members. It would not be a campaign issue, nor should it be. JM: “(The board voted) in yet another night-andfog action under cover of darkness” We held several study sessions, leading to the Facilities Master Plan presented to the board in open session Feb. 22. That plan details the projects and budgeted costs to be funded by this bond measure. JM: “The district’s ﬁnances are a lesson in ﬁscal mismanagement” The district’s “structural” operating deﬁcit took root several years ago, and has increased year by year
to the current level of $4 to 5 million as salaries and beneﬁts outstrip revenue. The primary contributor to the deﬁcit is the excessive number of teachers required to staff four middle schools ($3 million). Another contributor is the contractual formula linking salaries to property tax revenue. The board is taking appropriate steps to discontinue the salary formula; however, it has done nothing to remediate the excessive cost of operating four middle schools. Consequently, the Second Interim Budget due this month will forecast depletion of the district’s reserves within the next two to three school years, and the L.A. County Ofﬁce of Education will require the board to reduce expenditures to avert insolvency. JM: “Even if the bond passes, the board may be back in November with a parcel tax.” I could not in good conscience support asking the voters to tax themselves to augment revenue. Our annual revenue is more than $15,000 per student, half again more tha the neighboring high performing school districts; but our expenditures are more than $16,000 per student, resulting in a $4 million operating deﬁcit. Reducing expenditures is the only way to ﬁx our unbalanced budget. In conclusion, I am hopeful that this recitation of facts will persuade Councilmember Mirisch to reconsider, and lend his support to this all-important construction bond measure. Mr. Spitz is a current member of the BHUSD Board of Education and its immediate past president
Another Letter On The Same Subject Circle back to the 1980s when I was a student at BHHS. Our safety concerns were related to policing kids smoking or doing drugs in the bathrooms, leaving campus without a parental note, and the occasional ﬁght between BHHS or rival school kids. Never did any of us fear each other, intruders, or terrorists. Beverly Hills schools were at the top nationwide and everybody wanted to attend school here. Students were safe at the schools, students were ambitious and everyone wanted to attend a university. That was then, this is now. 2018 is another reality, about which I don’t think I have to explain the reasons. I believe BHHS had approximately 2,500 students enrolled per year in the 1980s. I heard that current enrollment is about 1,700. The 800 student decrease is due to our residents enrolling their children at private schools, while alumni and previous B.H. residents choose to move outside the City either to enroll their children in possibly better public schools or because they would rather spend their money on private schools–without a Beverly Hills’ address. The basic indisputable reason for this is that the education in here is not up to par anymore. And to make matters worse, neither is safety. Poor or lack of security in this uncertain time will conclude in even lower enrollment, lower tax dollars coming in, and increased lack of faith in BHUSD. It doesn’t seem like a complex task to make the schools secure. If Horace Mann had permanent security ofﬁcers on the grounds, any physical ﬁght at the school would have either never started or it would have been curtailed immediately. Without question the 10 police ofﬁcers would have never been necessary. Security officers, cameras, fences and locked gates, intercoms, and personnel and visitor badges would have definitely prevented the man arrested outside of BHHS last week from entering the campus. What if the suspect had walked through Lot 2 (if that is what the parking lot is still called) and followed the female to her car, the back stairs, or pushed her to a dark corner and assaulted her or worse. Everyone, especially her, was lucky that she was protected by being inside her vehicle. What if, after being followed out of school, she did not notice him following her and that she happened to live in a house or apartment with alley parking. She parks, gets out, he is behind her, and then what? Councilmember Mirisch brought up security at AYSO games. I would actually welcome it. There have been incidents in park restrooms which would call for increased security. Everybody understands public safety is not possible everywhere. But at a soccer game, the children are with their parents or caregivers. Parents are not allowed to attend school with their children and have no choice but to entrust them to the school board, administrators, ofﬁce staff, and teachers. For the seven to eight hours that parents have to send their children to school, they should have peace of mind about their safety. Bullying and ﬁghts at school are scary. Security ofﬁcers will stop ﬁghts from becoming dangerous. I agree to go ahead and hire therapists, psychiatrists, behavioral analysts, and learning specialists (which are desperately needed). Then the BHUSD and the City can provide regular parenting workshops and classes, therapy groups... to complement the therapeutic work that will be provided at the schools. Educating and
March 9, 2018 | Page 31 providing emotional/mental support for the children would not sufﬁce since obviously parents have a tremendous role in their development. Please don’t be convinced this can prevent a shooting, mugging, or massacre at a school; only armed security has the chance to deter these threats immediately. Lastly, Councilmember Mirisch seems to blame the BHUSD for poor education and security. The blame game may be useful in a political arena, but isn’t the end result the most important issue on which to focus? The council and BHUSD need to become a team. BHPD needs to see safety as a growing concern and realize things can happen anywhere. Being the top police department doesn't make them miracle workers. Let’s just try to not let it happen to the kids at school! Work to make Beverly Hills schools great into a reality. Disagree, argue, then compromise, make decisions, and take actions that will protect and serve the best interest of the children in the B.H. community. And then maybe those residents and alumni who have chosen to send kids elsewhere will choose to enroll their kids into the B.H. school system. More students will allow the schools to have more funding! The schools will be full and thriving. The powers at be in Beverly Hills know what they need to do. Jody Ramirez
Astrology TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Mar. 9). This solar return will change what you do, not who you are. If anything, you'll become more of who you are as you commit to what's really giving you energy and cut away the extraneous activities that don't pay you back in any meaningful way. A celebration will award you in May. A case or deal gets wrapped up in August. Leo and Capricorn adore you. PISCES (Feb. 19-Mar. 20). Today's questions: Who gets to know you and who never will? Should you remain discreet or speak up? The thing about sharing how you feel is that it's going to change -- and then what about the update? ARIES (Mar. 21-Apr. 19). You'll be working on a mystery. You already know who did what, but you don't yet know why. You may never know why. Nonetheless, the exercise of trying to figure it out is what will bring you a degree of enlightenment. TAURUS (Apr. 20-May 20). Your frustration is a good sign. It's part of a learning process. You're on the verge of doing something different. You may need to tinker. You may need a different approach. Step back and listen to what life is trying to tell you here. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You won't like every single person, but if you limited yourself to dealing with only those you liked, you would be hurting yourself. Goldmines of opportunity will be hidden inside business with people you don't fully click with. CANCER (June 22-July 22). The socially acceptable thing earned its status by being widely used and understood. What's new, by definition, won't fit that category. So don't use public acceptance as your gauge. Let your heart be the judge instead. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). It's a repeat of something that happened last week, except it's like the negative print version: The darks are light; the reds are green. The shape is the same, but it doesn't look the same at all. Does it still have the same meaning? VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Today you've a deep humility and a care and love for others. It's coming through in your interactions, especially since you've decided that you don't have to take the lead. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). All the things you tried that didn't work have taught you much more than just ‘what doesn't work out.’ You will be able to apply these lessons. Relax. You're only getting better. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). It's a fine day to develop the sense of mystery that already surrounds you by adding layers of silence and secrecy. It's not always the right approach, but today it will grow your power. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Language changes. Fashion changes. Music changes. There is no right way, only what's in style now and what's not. Are love and relationships also matters of style? It's a theme to consider today. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). In a perfect world, those close to you would sense what you need and kick in help, validation and support. But it's not perfect. It's a world of people born selfish. Getting them to pay attention comes with the territory. Good luck. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). In the business world, one-on-one meetings are known for being hard to get right. Groups find their own equilibrium, but the oneon-one dynamic is trickier. Good thing you're a natural. You'll put someone at ease today.
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