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BHUSD Aims To Be Nation’s Most Secure School District

TEAM BEVERLY HILLS GRADUATES – Last week, members of the 23rd TEAM Beverly Hills celebrated their graduation from the City’s unique civic education program. Pictured: Mark Babst, Cynthia Baseman, Neal Baseman, Magali Bergher, Celina Bojorquez, Issac Boudaie, Susan Choueke, Judith Douglas, Ariana Escalante, Martin Frank, Jena Frankel, Jordan Friedberg, Douglas Galen, Jodi Galen, Denise Geller, Sabrina Gordon-Gilardian, David Hakimfar, Sheri Hirschfeld, Louis Ignarro, Fori Kay, Barbara Linder, David Maltzman, Alex Melamed, Nick Melamed, Jennifer Okhovat, Jonah Okum, Mahin Rastegar, Jesus Rodriguez, Kelli Schatz, Amie Sherry, Dean Sherry, Sheryl Spigel, Oreet Smith, Jonathan Swerdlow, Deborah Termeie, Archna Tuli, Sid Turkish, Stephanie Vahn, Cameron Weisfeld, Debbie Weiss and Allyson Wittner. This year had 41 graduates, the largest class ever. The six-month leadership and educational program provides a hands-on look at how local government works through nine class sessions and interactive experiences with all the City Departments. To learn more about Team Beverly Hills please visit or call 310-285-1023. The next application period will be summer 2019.


A ribbon cutting ceremony was held for Teuscher Chocolates at its new Camden Drive home. 4

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George Christy, Page 6 After A Stopover In London To Dine With Michael And Shakira Caine, Wendy Goldberg And Son John Mirisch Flew To Israel To Join The 30 Mayors From Five Continents At The 33rd International Mayors Conference.

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Four Years Later, City Plants Trees On Lot 13 By Victoria Talbot This week, residents were treated to a rare sight as 51 trees, most of them between 25-50 feet tall, were transported from the flatbeds they arrived on by a massive crane, suspended momentarily above the ground awaiting placement. The City of Beverly Hills is finally planting trees on the south side of Parcel 13. It was spring 2017 when former Assistant Director of Public Works Trish Rhay presented a tree-

management plan to care for the 83 trees on the City’s 20-foot easement. The plan began with the care and maintenance of the trees, neglected over a 50-year span. Since then, the City embarked on an aggressive campaign to bring the trees back to health and to fill in gaps in the canopies where trees had failed. The property, owned by the Beverly Hills Land Company, constitutes approximately five acres, encompassing Lot 12 and Lot 13 (see ‘LOT 13’ page 10)

School Board Looks To Tackle ‘Bullying Epidemic’ By Laura Coleman As everyone knows, kids are no slouches when it comes to building themselves up at the expense of others. To that end, Beverly Hills Unified is looking to get a handle on the issue of bullying that continues to plague its schools. In addition to launching two behavior programs designed to curb bullying, on Tuesday the Board of Education discussed creating a Behavior Modification Leadership Committee in order to more fully get a handle on the situation. “I thought it might be worthwhile to discuss convening a committee that could leverage the resources of the community with the intention of supporting and assisting BHUSD in an ongoing

effort to address the bullying epidemic in our community,” said board member Tristen WalkerShuman. Shuman, who previously served as a member of the district’s Future Focused Schools Committee, which ultimately provided a recommendation to the board to create a dedicated middle school, likened the creation of this new committee to the one she previously sat on. The two new initiatives, spearheaded by Assistant Superintendent for Student Services Laura Chism, with the support of the Beverly Hills Education Foundation, are Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and the Olweus Anti-Bullying Program. (see ‘BULLYING’ page 20)

By Laura Coleman Come fall 2019, Beverly Hills Unified School District may well be the most advanced public school district in the nation when it comes to safety. Following the hire of iXero last summer to create a comprehensive school safety and security plan to harden the campuses to intruders while protecting students within, the school district is slated to start the next school year with a state-of-the-art fusion center. The intelligence hub, which has yet to be named, will be modeled off the one at Disneyland. While high-level threats are far and few between

throughout the City, according to Beverly Hills Police Chief Sandra Spagnoli, increasing the level of safety is unequivocally positive. “We’re very proactive. We want to make sure that when we receive threats we’re still in front of them,” she said. BHUSD will be the first district in the nation to have a fusion center of this type, which will be staffed 24 hours a day, ensuring that intelligence information is shared in real time. In addition to hiring private armed security through Calabasas-based Nastec International, Inc. last year, bringing the total number of (see ‘SAFETY’ page 20)

Beverly Hills Resident Among 50 Named In College Admissions Scam By Victoria Talbot Los Angeles awakened Tuesday morning to the shocking news of a nationwide college admissions conspiracy with dozens of individuals across the country involved in alleged cheating on college entrance exams, bribing athletic coaches, tax fraud and money laundering. The scandal hit home when a prominent Beverly Hills resident was arrested. Jane Buckingham, founder and President of a boutique marketing firm, was charged in a criminal complaint with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. Buckingham is the author of The Modern Girl’s Guide series, including ironically, The

Modern Girls’ Guide to Sticky Situations. Amazon’s bio says, “Jane Buckingham is the president of Trendera, an innovative marketing and media consulting firm with numerous Fortune 500 companies as clients. She is a contributing editor to Cosmopolitan, a regular guest on Good Morning America and The View and was recently named by Elle as one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Hollywood. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, bestselling business author Marcus Buckingham, and their two children, Jack and Lilia.” She is one of dozens of individuals named in a scheme to guarantee their high school (see ‘ADMISSIONS SCAM’ page 27)

THE GANG’S ALL HERE — They crowded the Dolby Theater to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In. The laugh-a-lot series had a run from 1968 to 1973 and won two Emmy awards for director/producer George Schlatter who attended with a passel of stars that included Ruth Buzzi, Snoop Dogg, Lily Tomlin who performed her Edith Ann and Ernestine characters. Also in the crowd were Billy Crystal, Michael Douglas, Jay Leno, Neil Patrick Harris, Rita Moreno, and others celebrating the tribute. For more photos, see George Christy’s column on page 6.

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DUI Collision In Beverly Hills Leaves Philanthropist Russell Grossman Dead By Victoria Talbot A collision involving a motorcyclist and an SUV left one person dead Sunday. The accident occurred at approximately 2 p.m. when westbound motorcyclist Russell Grossman, 49, was struck by an eastbound SUV on North Santa Monica Boulevard at Hillcrest Road, said Capt. Mark Miner of the Beverly Hills Police Department. The victim died at the scene. Grossman was a graduate of Brentwood School, Tulane University and he earned an MBA from Pepperdine University. Grossman was involved in several philanthropic organizations. He served on the Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors, the investment committee for American Jewish University, the Jewish Federation, the Washington

SLY FOX – Fox was purchased as a puppy eight years ago from a breeder. He is a 35-pound American Eskimo. His owners are moving, however, and are unable to take him with them. Fox is wellbehaved and loves kids and other dogs and is available for adoption now, in search of his forever home. To learn more about Fox and how to adopt, visit or call 805379-3538.

Institute for Near East Policy, the Eisner Pediatric and Family Center, the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute and the President’s Council at Tulane University. He is survived by wife Davina and three children, Mikayla, Asher and Samara. The suspect, Michael Kelman, 19, was charged with California VC 23153F, driving under the influence of a drug and Penal Code 191.5A, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. Kelman is alleged to have made a left turn into the path of the motorcyclist and collided with the victim. Police are waiting for toxicology results. Kelman was released on $100,000 bail.

BEVERLY HILLS TEUSCHER–A ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Julian Gold welcomed Beverly Hills Teuscher – Chocolates of Switzerland to its new home at 371 N. Camden Dr. Pictured, from left: Blair Schlecter and Todd Johnson, Chamber of Commerce VP of Economic Development and president/CEO respectively; Mayor Gold; Marlee Blakeman; co-owner Tara Margolin and daughter Arielle, co-owner Tom Gallop; and Charles L. Black III, Chamber board chair. New owners Gallop and Margolin promise to continue the 86-year tradition of Switzerland’s Teuscher family.

Wolfgang’s Steakhouse Closes Its Doors, Making Way For Nate’n Al Move By Matt Lopez Wolfgang’s Steakhouse, which served its trademarks steak, chops and seafood for more than a decade in Beverly Hills, quietly closed its doors on Canon Drive this week. Wolfgang’s final night of service was Sunday. Wolfgang’s is expected to be replaced at the 443 N. Canon Dr. location by Nate’n Al Delicatessen, which is moving its operations from its longtime Beverly Drive spot one block over to Canon. When reached for comment this week by the Eater LA website, repre-

sentatives from Wolfgang’s said the restaurant was actively seeking out new locations in Beverly Hills and beyond, and said they “wish the new tenants the best.” Wolfgang’s is expected to make an announcement about a new location sometime in the next few months. The brainchild of owner Wolfgang Zwiener, Wolfgang’s Steakhouse first opened in midtown Manhattan, before Zwiener decided to open his Beverly Hills location in 2008, at the spot formerly occupied by tofu hotspot Umenohana. MULTICULTURAL DAY – El Rodeo school celebrated its annual Multicultural Day on Wednesday. Nineteen countries were represented in the event, which offered decorated booths serving international foods for kids to taste, group dancing, a live accordion player, Chinese sugar painting, passports, stamps and more. Most of the students and staff were dressed in festive country wear. The event was chaired by Sowjanya Suvarna and Christina Romani. Pictured (from left): Principal Kevin Allen, Negar Kamara, Sowjanya Suvarna, sponsor Michael Libow and Assistant Principal Kevin Painter.

Upcoming BHHS Book Salon To Feature Susan Orlean’s Latest: The Library Book

By Laura Coleman There’s nothing quite like a good book and the power it holds to transport the reader to another realm. Continuing a strong tradition of brilliant literary experiences, the upcoming Beverly Hills High School PTSA book salon on April 11 at 7 p.m. is set to explore the art of writing at its core with an intimate discussion by author Susan Orlean on her latest work, The Library Book. Weaving her lifelong love of books and reading into an investigation of a disasterous fire at the L.A. Public Library in 1986, award-winning New Yorker reporter and The New York Times bestselling author Orlean delivers a mesmerizing and uniquely compelling book that manages to tell the broader story of libraries and librarians in a way that has

never been done before. “There’s never been anything like The Library Book,” described esteemed BHHS English teacher Julie Goler, who will moderate the conversation. “The Library Book reads like a thriller. Who set the fire? Why? In this nonfiction book, librarians are superheroes and libraries are ports of solace and salvation.” Goler highlighted how at the time of the fire, which burned for more than seven hours and consumed 400,000 books and damaged almost twice that number, libraries were one of the only bastions of information. Back then, having the Internet at our fingertips was still decades in the future. To purchase tickets for this riveting fundraiser, visit:



Big Brothers Big Sisters To Honor Mike Daly At Annual ‘Accessories For Success’ Scholarship Luncheon

GRATITUDE FOR THE WOMEN OF WIZO LA – Next to the Israeli government, the Women’s International Zionist Organization (WIZO) is the largest provider of social welfare services that improves the lives of women, children and the elderly living in Israel. It is a worldwide non-profit that operates over 800 social welfare projects in Israel. Last week, the WIZO Board met at the Four Seasons Hotel. From left are: Annie Gross, Hanna Rubinstein, Kathy Mannheim, Hendel Schwartz, Abigail Goldberg, Ellie Nankin, Dani Gross, Rose Wolfe, Marisa Weingarten, Frances Bilak, Gina Raphael, Emma Almond, Halya Engel, Gila Leibovitch, Eva Neuman, Ruth Keibel, Sabrina Zamel, Ilene Stallman, Miriam Wizman, Sharon Gomperts and Rinat Newman.

South African Woman Is Newest Senior Forensic Specialist With Beverly Hills Police By Victoria Talbot Segalit Oz loves her work with the Beverly Hills Police Department. “This is my American Dream. It’s afforded me such a life. It’s been nothing but good to me,” said Oz. She has just received a promotion to senior forensic specialist, a position she has worked towards for years. Forensic specialists process evidence at crime scenes for latent prints and DNA, they collect and book evidence, perform complex chemical, physical, microscopic, and instrumental analyses of physical evidence and controlled substances. As a senior forensic specialist, she performs crime scene processing and provides expert testimony in court cases. A South African native, Oz emigrated to the United States

as a teenager on a student visa, joining her father and sister after high school. At UCLA, she studied geography and urban planning with a minor in cartography, or map-making, and took a job with Thomas Bros. after graduating. Then, in 1999, Oz decided she didn’t want to be in an office anymore. She took a position in records with the Beverly Hills Police Department.

“I loved the structure, the rules, law…” she said. “I got to see how the system works, municipal codes and report writing… I started in records. It just got me in, working my way up.” Three years later, Oz transferred to property and evidence, working closely with the Identification Bureau, or forensics. The work gripped her. She enrolled at Rio Hondo College and, 12 years ago, received her Forensics Certification. “I love it,” she said. She waited five years for an opening, but she says, “I’m patient.” Beverly Hills is a small agency, and for Oz, that translates (see ‘BHPD’ page 20)

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum To Present ‘What Did American Faith Communities Stand For?’ By Laura Coleman In a nod to the power of the individual, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum will explore the various responses of American faith communities during the Holocaust and how their leaders’ actions inspired others. The upcoming lecture on Wednesday, March 20, “What Did American Faith Communities Stand For?” is part of the 10th annual Linda and Tony Rubin Lecture series program. “This important program will help us understand the varied paths that some religious leaders and faith-based organizations took during the rise of Nazism amidst the prevailing dangers at that time,” said Marla Eglash Abraham, the museum’s western regional director. “Theological and ethical discussions that evening will help identify avenues of action in our era to ensure similar outcomes never happen again.” In the 25 years since it opened, the museum has educated and inspired more than 43 million visitors, including more than 10 million children and nearly 100 heads of state. A permanent

reminder on the National Mall in Washington of what can occur when the world fails to take action, the museum inspires citizens and leaders alike to confront hate and indifference, end genocide and promote human dignity. Panelists include: Suzanne Brown Fleming, the museum’s director of International Academic Programs; Stephen R. Haynes, professor of Religious Studies at Rhodes College; and Jody Myers, professor of Religious Studies and director of the Jewish Studies Interdisciplinary Program at California State University, Northridge. The discussion will be moderated by Dan Schnur, Jewish Journal columnist and professor of Political Communications and Leadership at USC. The program, which will take place at Westwood United Methodist Church in Los Angeles at 7:30 p.m. is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required at For more information, contact the museum at 310-556-3222 or email

By Laura Coleman Sometimes all it takes in this world to find success is a little help. To that end, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles (BBBSLA) will host its annual “Accessories for Success” Scholarship Luncheon on Sunday, May 5 at The Beverly Wilshire. This year’s upcoming luncheon will honor producer/songwriter Mike Daly, executive director at Disney Music Group, with the Excellence in Mentoring Award. As a BBBSLA boardmember, Daly continues to create opportunities for the 1,700-plus children the organization serves throughout Los Angeles. He also serves as a mentor for the Techstars Music Accelerator Program. “For the past nine years, my

life has been enriched by my dear friend and little brother, Jonathan,” said Daly, who has worked with artists such as Jason Mraz, Lana Del Rey and Imagine Dragons. “Receiving this award for our work together is truly humbling.” Founded by Walt Disney and The Music Man composer Meredith Willson in 1955, BBBSLA is a leading non-profit in the Los Angeles community. Prior to the luncheon, luxury boutique vendors will feature unique accessories and gifts for purchase with a portion of the proceeds donated to BBBSLA. Individual tickets for the upcoming gala luncheon start at $300. For information, visit or contact Nicole Ring at 213-2132476 or

Correcting The Record In last week’s article Behind The Business Of Bragging About BOLD, the Courier incorrectly stated that Robbie Anderson spoke on behalf of Bernard Arnault of LVMH and other landowners. Robbie spoke on his own behalf at the City Council Study Session on BOLD Summer 2019. The Courier apologizes for misstating his stance in the Courier. He does not represent LVMH.

GEORGE CHRISTY Wendy and John visited the Masada during their 9-day sojourn to Israel a week ago. An ancient stone fortress, the Masada protected the citizenry.

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sexes join the military. They are raised to serve and protect, their focus in keeping Israel safe is their strength. The Israeli Air Force ranks among the best in the world.



ater they were pleased to find that every afternoon once a week the senior citizens gather for food, dancing and convivial conversations at the City Hall.


endy hails the Israeli youth for their loyalty. Both

propos of today’s AntiSemitic headlines, Wendy reflects, “How did we get here? Enough is enough. Stop the hate. Who could imagine doing these things? A lot is still going on, have we learned nothing? We must educate our children about the Holocaust, so that it will never happen again.”

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"Among the highlights of our visit to Israel was visiting the Wailing Wall," says Wendy Goldberg who accompanied her son John Mirisch to the 33rd International Mayor's Conference in Israel.


e flew to London on British Airways with a 10hour layover. John and I planned on visiting Michael and Shakira Caine,” informs Wendy Goldberg who, with son John Mirisch, was heading to Jerusalem for the 33rd annual International Mayors Conference.


ohn will be installed to a third term as the mayor of Beverly Hills on March 20. His 12 year-old son Vincent, who speaks Polish, Swedish and is studying Mandarin, will perform the installation with mom Wendy holding the Bible.


n Israel, their first stop, Herzliya is the coastal resort proudly claiming to be the sister city of Beverly Hills. Herzliya remains the wealthiest community in the state. Lauded as the second to Tel Aviv for its business startups.

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rriving at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Jerusalem, they immediately visited the Western Wall. Among the world’s holiest sites where Jews are permitted to pray. A highly emotional moment for Wendy.


hey toured the traditional route in the Old City of Jerusalem, believed to be the path that Jesus walked on the way to his crucifixion.


hey later attended the opening ceremony dinner in the Jerusalem City Hall. Where Mayor Moshe Lion and long-time Israeli advocate Jack Rosen, (President of American Jewish Congress and Chairman on the American Council for World Jewry) along with wife Phyllis addressed the 30 visiting mayors from the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia.


hey discussed the behind-the-scenes of Israel’s next-generation technologies. And the way cities manage their water systems (let us remember that Israel is founded on a desert territory). To the

way cities manage a crisis, thus fortifying cities like Tel Aviv and Jerusalem to be smarter and safer.


n Tel Aviv, Wendy and John were deeply affected during their walk through of Yad Vashem, The World Holocaust Remembrance Center. Both were impressed with the technological advancements of the virtual reality tours. For instance, the horror of the concentration and death camps are precisely and realistically constructed, providing a terrifying authentic experience.


poignant moment for Wendy was the museum’s latest edition of a three-dimensional holographic projection of an actual Holocaust survivor. “You experience stories first hand, and many asked the survivor questions that are chillingly informative and strike a universal chord today.”


hey met with American Ambassador David Friedman and stopped at the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.

Laugh-In's beloved producer George Schlatter and wife Jolene joined the celebrities during the 50thanniversary celebrations of George's iconic series at the Dolby Theater.



Jerry Jolton— Luxury Real Estate Specialist Jerry Jolton has been successively commended for his outstanding sales performance. Also, Jerry has been selected to the coveted Los Angeles Real Estate Super Agents which acknowledges the best agents in the city. Honored by the Beverly Hills Courier, Reader’s Choice Award, as Best Top 5 Real Estate Agents in Beverly Hills” two years in a row. Born, raised and living in Beverly Hills, Jerry Jolton graduated from Beverly Hills High School in the proud class of 1964. He has more than 35 years of real estate experience specializing in multimillion-dollar estates from Beverly Hills to Malibu. He is recognized for having closed escrow on six of the highest priced residential properties in Southern California. These spectacular sales, combined with his other major estate sales have given him numerous honors from Coldwell Banker and membership among the elite top 1/2 of 1 percent of Coldwell Banker’s sales associates internationally. His personality and style blend well with the perseverance and stamina which have earned him a reputation as one of the most trusted, respected, and admired real estate professionals in his area. Coldwell Banker of Beverly Hills is proud to have him as an industry leader. Jerry Jolton may be reached at 310-285-7503 or by visiting his website at

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ARTS & E N T E RTA I NChildren’s M E NAuthor T Patricia Rust Urges Kids To Put Down

Jason Mraz To Headline Shane’s Inspiration Gala Their Phones And Explore, Learn And Grow By Laura Coleman Shane’s Inspiration, the global leader in creating inclusive playgrounds and educational programs for children with disabilities, is set to celebrate its 18th annual gala on Friday, March 29, at The Beverly Hills Hotel. Grammy-winner Jason Mraz will perform at the event. “We are honored to have the incredible Jason Mraz perform at our gala this year. His Jason Mraz commitment to inclusion through his foundation is in direct alignment with our own, which creates social inclusion and inclusive play for children of all abilities,” said Shane's Inspiration Co-founder/CEO Tiffany Harris. Styled as “The Greatest Playground Reimagined” gala, this year’s event will feature Carrie Ann Inaba as emcee. Honorees include Kim Culmone, Evan Ruggiero and Nora Yacoubian. Culmone, Visionary Leadership Award recipient, helped create new Barbie dolls as the SVP Global Head of Design at Mattel, including one who utilizes a wheelchair and another with a prosthetic limb. Ruggiero, Courageous Spirit Award recipient, is a one-legged tap dancer who danced his way to Broadway after losing his right leg to bone cancer. He will also perform. Yacoubian, Community Leadership Award recipient, helped launch Shane’s first playground in Glendale. She’s also working to help launch the first inclusive playground in her Armenian Homeland. For tickets, sponsorship opportunities, and additional information, visit

Patricia Rust has taped into a social phenomenon. She wants children to put down their Smart phones— and other electronic devices—and be kids. The author of other children’s books like Jackie the Angel (2018 and named after her mother) and the wildly popular The King of Skittledeedoo (1999), has now written Step Away from the Phone to help children disconnect, tap into their Patricia Rust imaginations and seek out friendships with other children. She will take part in a reading and book signing at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 23 at Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. Rust got the idea for her latest book when she was at a doctor’s waiting room and noticed children texting and talking on their parents’ phone. “There were no books, just children glued to their phones,” Rust says. A long-time advocate for children’s literacy through her nonprofit Power for Kids, Rust has been working and planning the book for several years and even gave early drafts to psychiatrists for review. Some told her they had treated children as young as 5 for cell-phone addiction. “The response so far has been terrific and I think I’ve really taped into something,” says Rust who has a Ph.D. in child psychology. Rust’s goal of the book “is to transport children to other places and impart magic into their imaginations.” The book begins with a boy riding his bike and encouraging friends to “stop texting and come over and play.”

What follow is a series of adventures where readers chase rainbows, swim with turtles, and create with friends. Each page also includes a vocabulary word brought to life through the whimsical illustrations by local artist Aiden Khuiphum. “I tried to think of wacky and fun things kids would do to tap into their creativity, other than looking at a screen,” says Rust. So for “listen,” children dance to an animal band and for “big” they enjoy giant cupcakes. Rust has even thrown in some earth-friendly messages, so for “care” children plant a tree and for “grow” they plant a seed. Rust, who has written for several Emmy-winning TV shows, and Disney TV and features, is currently finishing Head Over Heels, a screenplay about her Beverly Hills’ born-and-bred Mother Jackie Knox Rust, and her life before WWII broke out. Jackie was a classmate of Betty White at BHHS and went on to serve as president and program chair of the Beverly Hills Women Club, where Rust is now an active member. Rust’s books are available on Amazon. —Steve Simmons




SAVING INNOCENCE—Saving Innocence held its 7th annual gala at the Lowes Hollywood Hotel on behalf of the nonprofit organization, which works to combat child sex-trafficking. The evening included the 2019 National Hero Awards which were presented to U.S Ambassador John Cotton Richmond, Guillermo Santiso and Jocelyn White. The evening also included the sharing of powerful stories by survivors of child sex-trafficking. Pictured above (from left): Shaun Robinson, John Cotton Richmond, Jocelyn White and Guillermo Santiso. Photos by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Saving Innocence Gala

WELLNESS RETREAT—The Iranian American Women Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to the empowerment and networking among Iranian American Women locally and globally, held its first wellness event this year. The “Winter Wellness Retreat” was a daylong experience designed to facilitate mindfulness and bring balance to everyday life. The retreat included workshops with thought leaders in yoga, meditation, sound healing, conscious nutrition, mindfulness, vision work, and wellness. “IAWF conferences always cover issues related to women,” says IAWF founder Mariam Khosravani. “Health, wellness, and often a spiritual practice is a major part of anyone's life.”

4th Annual Masters Of Taste Featuring L.A.’s Top Tastemakers Set For April 7th

Chef Michael Hung

By Laura Coleman Enjoy the culinary side of life at the upcoming 4th annual “Masters of Taste,” L.A.’s premier outdoor, luxury food and beverage festival. Set for Sunday, April 7, from 3-7 p.m. on the field of the iconic Pasadena Rose Bowl, the event promises to be a celebration of food, fun and new experiences. More than 2,500 food and beverage enthusiasts are expected to attendthe afternoon festival,

which will feature fare from over 95 culinary masters and restaurants, in addition to an array of delectable sweets, handcrafted cocktail tastings, select wineries, local craft breweries, cold-pressed juices, cold brew coffee, live entertainment and more. Chef Michael Hung will serve as this year’s host chef. Hung’s career includes stints at San Francisco’s Jardinière and overseeing the kitchen at Roland Passot’s

Michelin-starred La Folie, before he moved down to L.A. to open Faith & Flower. He later opened Viviane in the Avalon Hotel. “Cooking and serving people on the field of the Rose Bowl could be a once-in-a-lifetime dream, but I have been lucky enough to get to do it for the past two years, and this year, the honor to be able to formally host the event,” Hung said. “And, while the festivities are amazing, what is

most impressive is that Masters of Taste donates 100 percent of proceeds from this event to Union Station Homeless Services each year.” In the last three years Masters of Taste has raised over $1.5 Million in support of Union Station’s life-saving programs. Tickets are only available for guests 21 and over. For more information, visit



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between Civic Center Way and N. Santa Monica Boulevard. The site was a railroad right-of-way from 1926-1998, though it had ceased to operate decades earlier. Now heavily contaminated with arsenic in the soil, the City’s residents are still smarting from the City’s unannounced, unpermitted and stealthy removal of 196 trees on the north side of the property and the subsequent potential release of fugitive toxic dust in the residential and commercial zones surrounding the lots Nov. 21-22, 2015. This time, under Public Works Director Shana Epstein, the planting was performed with proper environmental safeguards and the crew included a OSHA 40-hour Certified HAZWOPER contractor. Contaminated soil was removed for proper disposal and the proper safeguards were in place to

ensure the community’s safety. Several varieties of trees are included in the mix, some as tall as 96 inches. Pinus eldarica, podocarpus gracilier, pinus pinea, pinus canariensis, ficus nitida, and other varieties hardy enough to withstand changes in the soil from the eucalyptus trees and large enough to satisfy the requirements of the community and are welcomed by the residents. The reforestation of the south side is some compensation for the removal of the buffer trees to the north. Residents continue to express their interest in seeing additional trees replanted. To date, the City has never taken responsibility for allowing the illegal removal of the trees, which were on the public right-of-way and on private property. The trees on the north side have been replaced by a new curb-andgutter on Santa Monica Boulevard, a low row of bushes and a new fence.

Pictured: 901 Strada Vecchia

Judge Orders Hadid To Tear Down Parts Of 901 Strada Vecchia Megamansion By Matt Lopez A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has ordered demolition of developer Mohamed Hadid’s monstrous megamansion at 901 Strada Vecchia in Bel Air, dubbed the Starship Enterprise by neighbors. Judge Craig Karlan demanded that the illegal third floor of the more than 30,000-square-foot megamansion must come down within the next two months. Additionally, the megamansion’s massive pool deck – which was constructed without permit – must be removed by September 15, 2019. Karlan was taking no chances with any issues that might arise to delay the teardowns. He ordered that L.A. city inspectors will make two unannounced visits to the site each weekday, and once on Saturday’s, in an effort to make sure the demolition is being carried out in a safe and timely manner. Hadid will foot the bill for those inspections. Additionally, a “Certified Safety Monitor” is required to be on site for any demolition work, which is to be carried out by a licensed contractor. The order to tear down the unper-

mitted work came after six court hearings that were held in an effort to reach a resolution for concerned neighbors who feared that given that large portions of the home were constructed illegally, it posed a threat to the hillside. No explosives or bulldozers will be allowed in the demolition, and a fivefoot high chain-link fence lined with plywood will be erected before the pool deck is removed. The illegally-built third story must be torn down by May 15, said Karlan, and demolition of the pool deck is to start no later than April 15, with a September 15 finish date. After the hearing, Hadid told British tabloid Daily Mail that he would adhere to Judge Karlan’s orders, but attempted to leave some wiggle room open on timing, telling the paper that with “the heavy rain we’ve been having in LA, that could delay the demolition work and we may have to go back to the judge to ask for an extension.” Hadid claims that once demolition is complete, he plans to replace the illegal pool deck with a smaller deck and swimming pool.

Report: United States New Home Sales Slow In January Sales of new US homes in January unexpectedly fell to their slowest pace in three months while prices edged downward, the government reported Thursday. But the slowdown followed a major upward revision to December in the erratic data, suggesting consumer demand remained healthy, according to the Commerce Department. Sales of new single-family homes fell a steep 6.9 percent to an annual rate of 607,000 units, the slowest pace since October, below what economists had been expecting. The result in the data, which had been delayed due to the five-week December-January government shutdown, put the first month of the year 4.1 percent below January of 2018. Officials also warn housing numbers, which fell well within broad margins of error, are subject to major revi-

sions and clear trends may not emerge for six months. With interest rates falling and supplies rising, a pickup beginning in late 2018 could reverse last year's decline, which had caused analysts to worry growth in the U.S. economy had peaked. But gains in construction and a recent decline in mortgage rates have helped ease some pressures on the market. Inventories fell marginally to 336,000 homes on the market in January, representing a supply of 6.6 months at the current sales pace, up 4.8 percent. Median prices fell 0.6 percent to $317,200, while the average price was essentially unchanged at $373,100. Ian Shepherdson of Pantheon Macroeconomics said the January dip could be ignored. –––– AFP


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he L.A. School of Gymnastics (LAGS)will open its doors, from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, May 7 for the school’s annual Summer Camp Open House. The free event will allow visitors to tour the facility, meet the safety-certified instructors, sample camp activities, win freebies and even meet and greet members of the USA National Team who will perform onsite. The 2019 Spring Camp program will run March 18-April 19. The 2019 12-week summer camp program, which will run from June 5Aug. 25, is the perfect answer for children’s need for structured activities during those long summer months. Participants can sign up for day sessions, 9 a.m.-noon for half day and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. for full day, full weeks, extended hours for working families, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., or even take advantage of customized scheduling. The camps, organized in Kiddie Camp for children starting at 18 months, Day Camp and Teen Camp, with an 8-to-1 student-teacher ratio, are open for children of all skill levels and include daily gymnastics, martial arts, crafts and a hot lunch available for purchase. At the summer camps, attendees have an optional swim day with a splash pool available for non-swimmers. A rhythmic gymnastics camp, for girls of all ages, led by guest trainers from the Rissian national team, will be available for girls of all ages. “This is a unique opportunity to receive a high-quality summer camp experience,” said Tanya Berenson, the school General Manager. “At LASG we recognize we have a responsibility to continue to promote health and wellness to the community, especially the children,” explains Alla Svirsky, the School Director.

Instructors follow rigorous safely guidelines for training and are OSHA and infant CPR certified after thorough background checks. As the largest gymnastics facility in California, campers can use three 3,000-foot spring tumbling floors, fullsize trampolines, multiple beam bar stations, spotting belts and the foam filled pit to guarantee their endless energy can be directed somewhere else other than the computer screen. Besides gymnastics, some of the camp activities include hip-hop with world-renowned dance instructors from UCLA, yoga, swimming and rock-climbing. “Nowadays children find enjoyment through tablets, cell phones and video games. Here at LASG we will redirect their enjoyment towards foam-filled pits and trampolines,” continues Berenson. “Whether your child is interested in gymnastics for fun, recreation or has high ambitions in the sport, we provide an educational, healthy, safe and professional environment for the kids,” Berenson says. About Los Angeles School of Gymnastics Named by Los Angeles Magazine as the “best gymnastics center in LA,” the LASG is a nonprofit Olympic-quality gymnastics training center. It is considered among the top facilities in the country, which has been training L.A. youth since 1975. Led by Alla Svirsky, LASG has provided thousands of young athletes with quality gymnastics instruction and has produced several Olympians and internationally-ranked athletes. For camp information visit To reach the corporate offices for the school, call 310-204-1980 or email

SOCCER STARS –The Beverly Hills High School Girls Varsity Soccer Team had much to celebrate at its team banquet earlier this week. The team capped off its 2019 season as the Ocean League Champions. The team made it to the quarterfinals in CIF Playoffs for the first time in school history, and received the following Ocean League Girls Soccer Honors – Ocean League Coach of the Year: Ryan Franks; Junior Emme Hayes - All League 2nd Team; Junior Captain Angela Bradbury - Ocean League Best Defensive Player of the Year; Senior Estella Rosen - All League 2nd Team; Senior Jenna Kramer - All League 1st Team; Senior Captain Lauren Stein - All League 1st Team; Senior Captain Dani Elitzur - Ocean League Co-Most Valuable Player of the Year; Senior Ashley Heravi - All League 1st Team; and Senior Captain Kayla Shadgoo - All League 2nd Team.

Beverly Hills Community Services Spring Class Registration is Open By Victoria Talbot With spring comes another season with hundreds of classes offered from babies to senior-level through the Beverly Hills Community Services Department. Pictured: Beverly Hills youth participating in the Classes will ballet class. begin soon; registration is open. For teens, the action is leaderFind the one that fits among the ship and volunteering, activities that many classes, activities and pro- will look good on those college grams offered through the City. applications. For youths (5-14 years Spring is the perfect time to get old) there is everything from tutoring in shape for the summer. The City to gardening, Etiquette & Social offers everything from Baby Boot Skills or Advanced Cheerleading. Camp to Tai Chi, Pilates to Zumba. The Community Services The City also offers extensive Department is dedicated to helping Aquatics classes for every age. residents to be healthy and fit and After school classes include key- offering classes that offer something boarding, ceramics, languages, the- for everyone. atre, culinary arts, computers, Chess, Visit Legos, dance and so much more. to see the online catalogue and regSeniors can improve their health ister. Classes are filling up fast, so with special fitness classes, or learn enroll soon. about computers.


Dr. Sarah Shulkind Chosen To Lead Milken Community Schools


fter an extensive search, the Board of Trustees of Milken Community Schools has announced the appointment of Dr. Sarah Shulkind as the incoming Head of School effective July 1. Dr. Shulkind will join Milken Community Schools after a highly successful, seven-year tenure as the Head of School at Sinai Akiba Academy. Under Dr. Shulkind’s leadership, Sinai Akiba grew its endowment fund substantially, and Dr. Shulkind was successful in attracting gifts for both programs and capital projects. She also promoted several important educational initiatives. She greatly expanded their J-STEAM and early childhood programs and introduced design thinking as well as differentiation particularly focused on advanced learners. Dr. Shulkind earned her undergraduate degree in English and Histor y at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. She went on to earn an M.Ed. in Teaching and Curriculum from Har vard University, and the Ed.D. degree in the Educational Leadership Program from UCLA. Lise Applebaum, chair of the Milken Board of Trustees noted that, “All those involved in the search process were extremely impressed by Dr. Shulkind’s broad experience in educational leadership, including having previously served right here at Milken Community Schools as our Middle School principal. The Board of Trustees was also very impressed by her profound understanding of current trends in private school education.” Dr. Shulkind will succeed Dr. Robert Wexler who is currently serving as the Interim Head of School for

Dr. Sarah Shulkind the 2018-2019 academic year. For more information, visit About Milken Community Schools As a grade 7-12 independent college-preparatory institution, Milken Community Schools is recognized for its rigorous academic preparation and intellectual inquiry. It is a place of profound and transformative experiences, with learning, spiritual practice, and ethical behavior at its foundation. Milken's core programs drive a demanding and fulfilling academic curriculum. The schools’ specialized institutes and centers, ranging from architecture and design to science and technology and advanced Jewish studies, in concert with advanced placement courses and a full array of performing arts, visual arts, and language electives, provide students with the finest of private, independent school programming infused with the best of Jewish education.


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The Method Fest 2019 Lineup Draws Attention to Homelessness And Immigration And LGBT Issues, To Honor Edward And Michael Olmos The 2019 Method Fest Independent Film Festival has announced its full feature film lineup for this year’s festival at Laemmle’s Ahyra Fine Arts Theatre, 8556 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, Friday through Thursday, March 22-28. The program will showcase story-driven U.S. and International feature films that tackle current topics including homelessness, immigration and LGBT issues. The festival will feature seven world premieres, seven L.A. premieres, and two U.S premieres. • Stockholm, a psychological thriller starring Ethan Hawke and Noomi Rapace, will be the opening night film of the festival. • In the film lineup, Max Carlson’s Princess of the Row shines a light on homeless youth in Los Angeles, with an all-star cast including Martin Sheen, Edi Gathegi, Tayler Buck and Ana Ortiz. • Another film tackling social issues is Darko Stante’s Consequences, which presents a look into the life of a boy struggling with his sexuality. • Additionally, the festival will host the L.A. premieres of Michael and Thomas Mathews’ Slamdance hit Lost Holiday and Meryem Benm'Barek-Aloïsi’s award winning Sophia. • The festival’s closing night feature will be Windows on the

URBAN L.A. DRAMA—The Princess of the Row, starring Tayler Buck and Edi Gathegi, about homeless youth, will screen at The Method Fest.

World, a family-driven film, tackling issues of immigration in which a Mexican son travels to NYC post 9/11 to find his father, a worker at the Windows on the World restaurant atop the World Trade Center. Directed by Michael D. Olmos, the film features a performance by Michael’s father, actor Edward James Olmos. Before the screening, Edward and Michael Olmos will receive the festival’s Generations of Cinematic Excellence

Award. • Other highlights include Matthew A. Brown’s Bronx crime drama Albanian Gangster, Brad T. Gottfred’s college thriller Confessional, William Wayne’s Lost Angelas starring Korrina Rico, Duncan Coe and Elena Weinberg’s A Room Full of Nothing, Josh Lobo’s I Trapped the Devil, Renji Philip’s drama The Wake of Light and Liz Manashil’s time-travel film Speed of Life. “The Method Fest takes

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FAMILY AFFAIR—Actor Edward James Olmos, (left) working with his son, director Michael D. Olmos, on Windows on the World, which will have its L.A. premiere at The Method Fest. The pair will receive the festivals Generations of Cinematic Excellence Award. The film tackles issues of immigration in the story about a Mexican son who travels to NYC post 9/11 to find his father, a worker at the Windows on the World restaurant atop the World Trade Center.

great pride in being a discovery festival, looking to help launch the works of fresh filmmakers and to discover breakthrough performances by bold new actors,” said Don Franken, executive director of The Method Fest in an official statement. “At The Method Fest, we have helped launch 140 films that have gone on to get distribution.” The festival will open with the world premiere of A Room Full of Nothing, and on March

22 there will be three films on opening night, followed by a gala event. On March 23, there will be a premiere screening and party; and on the 24th and 26th there will be centerpiece screenings and galas. The closing night film and awards ceremony will be March 28. Visit the website, for a complete schedule of screenings, and to purchase tickets for screenings and galas.


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Thriller Stockholm, Crime-Drama Albanian Gangster Star At The Method Fest

TOUGH GUY—The Bronx crime thriller Albanian Gangster will get its world premiere at 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 25 at The Method Fest at Laemmle’s Ahrya Fine Arts, 8556 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills.The film introduces John Rezaj (above) in the title role of Leon, a real-life tough guy who after making a couple of movies, now wants to pursue a career as an actor. The film’s director Matthew A. Brown did months of research, diving deep and spending many long nights in the Albanian neighborhoods of Throgg’s Neck and Morris Park in the Bronx and Astoria, Queens. “I knew if I was going to tell a truly authentic story about this virtually impenetrable community — at least mostly impenetrable to even the FBI – I decided our mission was to grant viewers a unique and fresh take on the gangster genre. I therefore had to get to know the actual guys, the way they live, breathe, move.” After immersing himself in the pockets of NYC where Albanians have put down roots over the years, Brown met a man who at first introduced himself as a real estate agent, but then later revealed that the real estate business was just a front and he was actually a bookie working for a known criminal organization. Trusting the filmmaker more and more, he told Brown of another guy, a major guy in the Albanian mafia world, and offered to set a meeting, saying that if this guy wanted, he could help, but after that it was all on Brown to follow through. The meeting went better than Brown could’ve imagined. “This guy told me he has the right guy for me and what I was looking to do. So, after layer upon layer, I was introduced to John Rezaj.” Brown just drove across the country from New York, followed closely by his wife Ashley Williams (who plays Leon’s love interest in the film) and their two children. Having chosen The Method Fest a months ago for the launch of the film, the family is now putting down permanent roots in L.A.

STOCKHOLM SYNDROME—Ethan Hawke stars as Kaj Hansson in Stockholm, based on the true story of the 1973 bank heist and hostage crisis in Stockholm. The film will be the opening night film of The Method Fest Independent Film Festival, at 7 p.m. at Laemmle's Ahyra Fine Arts Theatre in Beverly Hills. Lunched in 1999 at the Laemmle Playhouse in Pasadena, The Method Fest has showcased and honored the work of such iconic actors, directors and casting directors as Bruce Dern, Naomi Watts, Bill Paxton, Frances Fisher, Dennis Hopper, Christopher Plummer, Lily Holleman, Melissa Leo, Richard Jenkins, Jeff Bridges, Beau Bridges, Michael Madsen, Julie Harris, Ruby Dee, Kevin Pollak, David Carradine, Martin Landau, Crispin Glover; Martha Coolidge, Chazz Palminteri, Ronnie Yeskell, Peter Falk, Lainie Kazan, Diane Ladd, Henry Jaglom, Mark Rydell, Agnieszka Holland, Rod Steiger, Mali Finn, James Earl Jones, Karen Black and Maximilian Schell. After 12 years, festival co-founder Don Franken took a leave of absence to produce such films as The Kid:Chamaco starring Martin Sheen.


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Transplant At Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Forums On Heart Health, Stroke Turns A Baby’s Heart Around—Literally Providence Saint John’s Health Center will hold free educational forums on heart health and stroke from 2-4 p.m., Tuesday, March 26 and from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 27 at the Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. The leading causes of disability in the U.S., cardiovascular disease and stroke, affect more than 3 million people and remain the No. 1 cause of death in the U.S. The good news is that with increased knowledge and commitment to positive change, it may be possible to modify people’s risk for cardiovascular disease, enhance their health and extend their life. Providence Saint John’s is an EMS certified Comprehensive Stroke Center and certified by The Joint Commission as a Thrombectomy Center. Dr. John Robertson, executive medical director of Surgical Services at Providence Saint John’s Health Center, will moderate the forums, which will feature: • On Tuesday, Dr. Michael Broukhim, consultative and interventional cardiologist with The Pacific Heart Institute, A Saint John’s Physician Partners Medical Group, will explain cardiometabolic risk. Dr. Jason

Tarpley, interventional neurologist and medical director of the Stroke Center at PSJHC, speaking about clot-causing strokes and who is at risk. Dr. Raymond C. Lee, medical director of cardiac surgery, PSJHC and assistant professor of clinical surgery, division of cardiothoracic surgery, USC’s Keck School of Medicine, discussing how technology is making a difference in heart valve disease and heart failure treatment. • On Wednesday, Dr. Richard F. Wright, cardiologist with The Pacific Heart Institute, a Saint John’s Physician Partners Medical Group, explaining how the healthy heart works, heart failure and how it is managed. Dr. Serena A. van der Zee, cardiac electrophysiologist with The Pacific Heart Institute, discussing skipped beats, slow and racing hearts, abnormal rhythms including atrial fibrillation. Dr. Lee will “repeat” the Tuesday technology and heart disease lecture and Dr. Tarpley will speak about cerebral aneurysms and hemorrhagic stroke. Each panel will conclude with a Q&A session. To make the required reservations, call 310-829-8453.

Venice Family Clinic To Honor Ivy Kagan Bierman, Russel Tyner Venice Family Clinic will host its 37th annual Silver Circle gala on Monday, March 25 at The Beverly Wilshire where Ivy Kagan Bierman will receive the organization’s Humanitarian Award for her commitment to empowering women and minorities and advocating for greater equity for women and minorities in the workplace. Kagan Bierman serves as a partner at Loeb & Loeb LLP, the vice chair of civil rights for the Anti-Defamation League, and is a member of the Legal, Legislative and Policy Committee on Sexual Harassment and Gender Parity, and the Safety Committee, for Time’s Up.  “We admire Ivy for her relentless work to advance civil rights and promote equity for women and minorities – all values that we share at Venice Family Clinic,” said Elizabeth Benson Forer, Venice Family Clinic CEO/executive director. “We are proud to salute her and celebrate the achievements of women advancing social justice in pursuit of women’s health and safety.” Russel Tyner, AIA, NCARB, president, principal architect and co-founder, Houston/Tyner Architects, will be honored with with the clinic’s Irma

Colen Leadership Award for his volunteer work with Venice Family Clinic over the past 34 years. Tyner began volunteering with Venice Family Clinic in 1985 as a project architect for Widom Wein Cohen where he led the design of the two-story expansion of the clinic’s original Rose Avenue site in Venice. After founding his current practice, Houston/Tyner, in 1988 with his partner, Gary Houston, Tyner continued volunteering with Venice Family Clinic and joined the board of directors in 1990. The gala, sponsored by UCLA Health and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, begins with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m., and will feature live performances from Grammy-nominated Carmen Bradford and Shelly Berg. The gala will raise more than $1.5 million this year to help Venice Family Clinic provide health care to thousands of low-income and uninsured families and individuals. For more information,  contact Naveena Ponnusamy at 310-664-7932 or email

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) recently performed its first dextrocardia heart transplant. The child, known as Baby Ruben, was born with dextrocardia and complex heterotaxy syndrome—including a single ventricle and discontinuous pulmonary arteries, along with other defects. The child received a heart transplant at CHLA at 2 years of age. Before the surgery, Ruben Corona’s preoperative heart, was sitting backwards in his chest, pointing toward the right side of the chest instead of the left. CHLA cardiothoracic surgeons performed a Glenn procedure (the second of three Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome palliative surgeries). In the new, transplanted heart—the misplaced blood vessels have been rearranged to accommodate the normal donor’s heart. An animated graphic illustrating the “before and after” of the surgery may be viewed at zE#action=share. “I tell my trainees all the time, ‘You don’t get to complain about complex anatomy,’” says Dr. Cynthia Herrington, surgical director of the Heart Transplant Program at CHLA. “Because that’s what we do. This is what we thrive on here.” “It was all doable,” says Dr. Herrington, who had performed one other dextrocardia transplant earlier in her career. “We just took the steps and walked through.”   Dr. Sarah Badran, one of Ruben’s CHLA cardiologists, watched much of the surgery and describes it differently. “It was a massive reconstruction to fit a normal-shaped heart in a backwards space,” she says. “The way she brought the liver and inferior vena cava veins over, the amount of extensions she had to use to make things connect and not be twisted—it was amazing. I don’t know of a lot of surgeons who could have done that, Badran added.”

Above, baby Ruben Corona with his father, Carlos Corona before his dextrocadia heart transplant performed by Dr. Cynthia Herrington, Surgical Director of the the Heart Transplant Program at CHLA. At right, Ruben today.

Providence St. Joseph Health, Cedars-Sinai Expand Healthcare In The San Fernando Valley Two of Southern California’s leading nonprofit healthcare organizations have agreed to create a joint venture that will own and operate Providence Tarzana Medical Center. Providence St. Joseph Health and Cedars-Sinai are coming together to enhance access to highly skilled medical care, specialized services and advanced health programs for the Tarzana community. The medical center’s new name will be Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center. Providence will retain controlling interest in the medical center, which will retain its Catholic identity while respecting the diversity of all faiths. Providence and CedarsSinai will jointly continue the build-out and redevelopment of the Tarzana campus, including a new patient-care tower with all private rooms, an expanded Emergency Department, new diagnostic and treatment services, and enhanced outpatient and ambulatory services already under development. The hospital is

set for completion in 2022. “This unique partnership brings together two missionfocused organizations that will work together to build the hospital of the future on the Providence Tarzana campus and provide high-quality care close to home,” said Erik G. Wexler, chief executive, Providence St. Joseph Health Southern California. The joint venture will expand primary and specialty care services on the Providence Tarzana campus as well as enhance other programs, including heart, cancer and women’s services. For particular services, such as those serving transplant patients, the partnership will provide a continuum of care that ensures access to highquality care during every phase of the healing process. Thomas M. Priselac, Cedars-Sinai president and CEO, said the combined resources and talent of the two organizations will enhance the continuum of care offered throughout the area. “Our joint vision is driven by a dedication

to provide residents of the San Fernando Valley with convenient access to an expert community of physicians who deliver the highest quality clinical care,” Priselac said. “We’re delighted that this partnership will have such a meaningful impact on the health of our region.” During the coming year, patients will begin to see the expanded benefits of the new Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center as both organizations begin to consult on offering a broader range of services to residents of the San Fernando Valley. “By 2022, the greater San Fernando Valley community will see the completion of a best-in-class medical center campus,” said Dale Surowitz, chief executive of Providence Tarzana Medical Center. “This is an exciting time as we usher in a new era in healthcare for the communities we serve.” Through the joint venture, Providence and Cedars-Sinai will both continue to operate as separate, independent healthcare organizations.

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W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu

Two leading stand-up comedians—W. Kamau Bell, host of the Emmy Award-winning CNN docu-series United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell and Brooklynbased comedian and podcaster Hari Kondabolu, who is best known for The Problem with Apu and has performed on The Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, and Jimmy Kimmel Live—will present a one-night only event at 8 p.m., Saturday, March 16 at The Soraya at CSUN, 181111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. Tickets range from $42$68. To purchase and for more information, visit https://www. details/bell-kondabolu. • • • • • Beverly Hills Synagogue, a member of the Young Israel family of synagogues, will host a Hawaiian Luau Purim Carnival, beginning at 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 20 at the temple, 9261 Alden Dr. Beverly Hills. The event will feature games, mechanical surf boards, a moonbounce, photo booth, prizes and a kid-friendly Megilla reading. Refreshments include popcorn and smoothies. At 7:45 p.m., there will be a Maariv/Megilla reading followed by refreshments and more Purim fun. The event is free with reservations or $15 at the door. RSVP at or all 310276-7650. • • • • • Composer, conductor, pianist and writer Mathew Aucoin will join comedy writer and performer Megan Amran in conversation at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 21 at The Hammer Museum, 10899 Wil-

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Temple Of The Arts Sets ‘Rally To Condemn Anti-Semitism And Racism In response to recent antiSemitic acts and racism, Rabbi David Baron, founder of the Beverly Hills Temple of the Arts at the Saban Theatre, will lead a “Rally to Condemn anti-Semitism and Racism,” as part of a Shared Heritage of Freedom Shabbat Service at 8 p.m., today at the temple, 8440 Wilshire Blvd. Service participants also include Cantor Ilysia J. Pierce, Music Director Sharon Farber, the 40-voice Spirit of David Gospel Choir from the City of Refuge Church led by Director Patrick Bolton,. Before the rally at 7:45 p.m., Mensch Awards will be presented to Holocaust Survivor Bill Harvey, and posthumously to African American WW II veteran, Leon Bass, who liberated the Buchenwald Concentration Camp, which will be accepted by his son, Leon Bass Jr. Said Baron: “The recent resurgence of deplorable acts of anti-Semitism, include teen students from Newport Harbor High School with a Nazi salute, hailed Swastika shaped beer cups during a drinking game at a private home party;

shire Blvd., Westwood. Best known for his operas, Aucoin is the L.A. Opera’s first artist-in-residence and has been commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and NPR’s This American Life. A m r a m Mathew Aucoin currently works on The Good Place and has written for the series Transparent, Silicon Valley, Parks and Recreation, and The Simpsons, as well as for publications such as the New Yorker and McSweeney’s. Free tickets are required and available at the box office an hour before the program. For information, visit https://hamm e r. u c l a . e d u / p r o g r a m s e ve n t s / 2 0 1 9 / 0 3 / m a t t h e w aucoin-megan-amram/. • • • • • Hollywood Heritage and The Hollywood Foreign Press Association will continue its Afternoon @ the Barn series with Adrian, American Designer at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 24 at the Hollywood Heritage Museum, 2100 N. Highland Ave. Adrian Adolph Greenburg, widely known as Adrian, was a designer whose most famous costumes were for The Wizard of Oz (including the ruby slippers) as well as hundreds of

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the video went viral. And in Belgium at the recent Aalst Carnaval, a float depicted two huge puppet caricatures of Orthodox Jews standing on bags of money, with a synagogue façade in the background; Pascal Soleme, who wrote the float’s theme song about ‘bulging coffers’ and who works for the Aalst Police Department, thought the float was funny. These outright antiSemitic acts of racism have no rightful place in a world where tolerance and understanding of all human- kind should prevail.” The rally is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

other MetroGoldwynMayer films between 1928 and 1941. He was usually credited onscreen with “Gowns by Adrian.” On dis- Adrian play will be memorabilia from Adrian’s career, including childhood sketches, perfume, menswear and couturier fashions. Tickets are $15. To purchase and for more information, visit • • • • • The local nonprofit CRE Outreach, will present Rex & Friends Unplugged! at 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, March 29 and 30 and 3 p.m. Sunday March 31 at The Blue Door, 9617 Venice Blvd., Culver City. CRE Outreach offers support and training in music and performance opportunities for blind or autistic individuals. Led by Rex Lewis-Clack, the 23-year-old blind and autistic pianist hailed as a musical savant by 60 Minutes and international media, the 1.5-hour show will also feature an original song, Point of Extinction, the title tune from an upcoming Theatre by the Blind show. In addition to Lewis-Clack, performers Jennifer Bevans, Alan Davis, August McAddo, Patrick Storey, Jonetta Ward and Igor Zaninovich, will be

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UCLA’s Institute of the Environment & Sustainability (IoES) held the “Hollywood for Science Gala,” presented by Chopard, at the beautiful Bel-Air estate of Jeanne and Tony Pritzker. This year’s annual event honored the legendary Barbra Streisand and renowned super model Gisele Bundchen for their environmental activism. Performing there were six-time Grammy-winning Lauryn Hill and another Grammy awardee CeeLo Green. Proceeds benefit IoES and all of its initiatives. Hosting was IoES Global Fundraising Chairman Milutin Gatsby as well as Lawrence Bender and Alexandria Jackson. Streisand, who was introduced by Norman Lear, expressed her gratitude to IoES for its work to support a healthy planet. “I’ve always been struck by the Iroquois’ Seven Generations principle. Before they made any decision, they considered the impact it would have seven generations to come.”

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BHHS VOLUNTEERS – For the fourth year, students from Beverly Hills High volunteered for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. They helped set up, escort and interact with the 50 Survivors who were honored at this event. Students also took public pledge to continue Holocaust education and awareness. Pictured, from left: Maya Goldkorn, Avrami Hacker, Keanu Javaherian, Brandon Shabani, Tohar Zamir, Joanie Garratt, Hila Gelfer, Ethan Etebar, Thomas Recupero, Britney Shirian, Sara Dzigurski.


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armed guards to eight and unarmed guards to 12, over the past year BHUSD has implemented a visitor registration system called Raptor. “It’s very good to know who’s on your campus,” said Chris Hertz, director of School Safety. “You can look at any time and see photos; when they arrived; where they said they are going.” In addition to helping locate people in the event of a major catastrophe such as an earthquake, the system allows the school district to comply with the law when it comes to registered sex offenders gaining access to schools. The school district also is now in the midst of a robust installation of CCTV’s. There are currently roughly 100 functional cameras inside Horace Mann, providing visual intel into virtually every crevice of the campus, excluding inside classrooms and bathrooms. In addition to BHPD, top administrators and principals have access to the cameras, including from smart phones. Hertz said that each of the other schools in the district


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into being able to follow a crime through every phase, right up to the courtroom. There are now two Senior Forensics Specialists, and two Forensics Specialists. When a crime is committed, her team is called out to collect evidence. They swab for DNA or fingerprints, depending on the crime scene. The information returns to the lab for processing. Fingerprints are entered into the MBIS database to look for a match that will identify the suspect or suspects. At a crime scene where the perpetrators have not left prints, the Forensic Specialists look for DNA by swabbing surfaces. DNA samples are processed at a private crime lab, which gives Beverly Hills a 2-month turnaround for information, unlike LAPD, where it can take many months. For a homicide or other significant event, results can even be rushed.

will eventually be on par with Horace Mann next year, with the goal of having a few dozen operational CCTV’s inside each school by the beginning of fall 2019. In addition to providing direct feeds for various individuals, the fusion center will be able to actively monitor the cameras. “They’re not there for discipline,” Hertz emphasized. “They’re built for law-enforcement.” Through the Joint Powers Agreement, the City helps the district maintain and operate the cameras. Additionally, the school district just rolled out Share911, an internal communications system that allows people within a building to stay in touch with each other during a crisis. “This tool allows any person in that building or on that channel to check in and give updates during the crisis,” Hertz described, underscoring how useful it could be in a lockdown situation. “Everybody would know instantly in that situation that there’s a dangerous situation and to take shelter.” “Combined with cameras, it’s a real game changer,” he Last year, she estimates the Identification Bureau produced 50 identifications with DNA. “We’re doing all aspects, we get to testify in court to complete all the stages of an investigation,” she said. “We are an independent department and we work closely with detectives.” Detectives handle the cases. They arrest suspects. Subpoenas are sent out. “We represent Beverly Hills in court.” Sometimes, however, subpoenas do not go out. “A lot of times, a D.A. (District Attorney) won’t file,” she said. “We’re working so hard, day in and day out. But so are the burglars.” Forensics specialists are not sworn police officers. They represent one of the many Departments that are staffed by dedicated civilian employees, vital to the BHPD. Non-sworn staff include Property and Evidence, Dispatch, Jailers, Traffic Control,Traffic Specialists and

HAPPY BIRTHDAY GLORIA!—Longtime Beverly Hills resident Gloria Boraz celebrated her 90th birthday alongside family and friends this past weekend at the Griffin Club. She is pictured with her three daughters (from left) Barby, Leslie and Nancy, who like their mother have all been Beverly Hills teachers.

Partners Bank Opens First Beverly Hills Branch By Matt Lopez Partners Bank of California this week opened a Beverly Hills branch at 8484 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 520. The new Beverly Hills branch offers full-service business and private banking, as well as the bank’s full array of commercial lending solutions to clients in the Los Angeles area. “We’re thrilled about what this expansion means to our bank and most importantly to our clients in Los

Angeles,” said Executive Chairman, Mike Ahmar. “We believe in the safe and sound growth of our financial institution, while always providing the best possible service and value to our clients and shareholders.” Partners Bank’s Beverly Hills location is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Headquartered in Mission Viejo, Partners Bank had $257 million in total assets as of December 31, 2018.


“Our implementation of PBIS begins as a shift in how students are disciplined by identifying behaviors as discreet skills that must be taught, retaught and sometimes, taught again,” Chism described. “PBIS is the continual cycle of teaching, modeling, recognizing and reinforcing positive behaviors. This research-based framework takes time to develop and years to fully implement.” Board President Noah Margo, however, expressed skepticism on the program. “PBIS is not going to solve

the bullying program,” he said. “Parents are going to solve the bullying problem.” Multiple parents told the Courier that they had left the school district to enroll their children in private schools as a direct result of bullying. Chism said that the Olweus anti-bullying program will improve peer relations and make schools safer. “This will help solve a problem that we are working with on a daily basis,” Chism told the board during their discussion on creating a new committee. “It’s not that the behaviors are being ignored. It’s that our behaviors are ineffective.”

Records, all fundamental to the functioning of the Department. “There is nothing better than serving as a non-sworn civilian. We are just as important; the goal is teamwork. All of us share that goal – to solve crime and to keep Beverly Hills safe. We’re definitely there for the community.” The job has an emotional component, Oz admits. “I’m a nice Jewish girl. I’m working with death,” she said. “You can never forget traffic accidents. We align ourselves with the victims. With suicide and all tragedies, we have to process the scene around them. You feel their pain… We work for the victim. It definitely affects us.” In 2016, under the new Chief Sandra Spagnoli, the Department underwent a reorganization. For Oz, it was great. “It made everyone accountable for our jobs… For a residential burglary, at least two of us are going out [to crime scenes] now… This Chief has brought structure.”

Chief Spagnoli, she said, provides the Identification Bureau with whatever equipment they need so they can do their jobs. Oz is sure that soon, technology will be so good that Forensics could be able to profile DNA at the scene. “Databases are getting bigger, cross-referencing each other. Beverly Hills is staying on top of that, staying current. The Chief provides all the equipment and tools we need and she’s putting the right people in the right places.” When the Courier spoke to her, Oz was getting additional training, something she says the Chief promotes. “We go to all the trainings and conferences. She really pushes for the training.” Oz has reached the top of her profession, and she loves working at the Department. “Is it emotional? Yes, that is one of the challenges. Human emotions… It’s not CSI. Its more complicated. There are real feelings, real life. But there is nothing better.”

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71 Dawn goddess 72 Blank section at the start of a cassette 74 Drop acid 75 Tennis’s Nadal 77 “Bus Stop” playwright 78 Short cuts 79 “Hey ____” 80 Director Caro 83 Free all-ad publication 86 $$$/X 90 Spanish-speaking Muppet on “Sesame Street” 93 A short while? 94 Brewery named for a New York river 95 3.BB 100 Mullah’s decree 101 Like unbaked bread 102 Box score bit 103 Noted dog trainer 106 Founder of Egypt’s 19th dynasty 108 W.S.J. announcements 110 Drop to zero battery 111 Curse word 115 Some giggling dolls

116 XEsq 120 Prognosticators 121 Hobbyist 122 Turned yellow, say 123 Goes off course 124 Actress Portia 125 One way to turn DOWN

1 Two-stripe NCOs: Abbr. 2 “Sure, I guess” 3 “No sweat” 4 Airport security apparatus 5 Follower of Christ? 6 Like cornflakes, after sitting for a while 7 1,000 large calories 8 K’ung Fu-____ (Chinese name for Confucius) 9 “Now I get it!” 10 Russian blue or Egyptian Mau 11 OxyContin, e.g. 12 Archenemy 13 Martinique, par exemple 14 Dermatologist’s concern 15 Fashionable set 16 Angular measurement 17 Relating to radioactive element No. 92 18 Wrist ornament 21 Booking for a wedding 23 Grassy stretches

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29 First female singer to have three simultaneous solo top 10 singles 31 Elvis’s middle name 32 Guitar inlay material 34 Seller of Famous Bowls 36 Gas brand with an oval logo 37 Pitched low 38 Attempted something 40 Opening to an apology 41 Tapering haircut 43 Nonmoving part of a motor 44 Blobbish “Li’l Abner” creature 48 Painter whose masterwork is said to be the Scrovegni Chapel frescoes 49 Earth Science subj. 51 The ____ Road in America (Nevada’s Highway 50) 52 Wynken, Blynken and Nod, e.g. 53 Things that people are warned not to cross 57 Letters sometimes followed by :D 58 Handle online 61 Soldier food, for short 62 Throw in the microwave, slangily 63 R&B group with the 1991 No. 1 hit “I Like the Way”






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68 Mystical ball, e.g. 69 Kind of year: Abbr. 70 Former national airline of Brazil 73 Sticks on the tongue? 76 Made an attempt



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66 Phnom ____




65 Father-and-daughter boxing champs


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64 She, in Portuguese


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Adam Fromm lives in Providence, R.I. He works for a pharmaceutical company and moonlights as a singersongwriter. This puzzle is a throwback to his college days when he briefly majored in math . . . before switching to literature. He prefers subjects that ‘‘don’t require the right answer, only a reasonable one.’’ This is his fifth puzzle for The Times — W.S.

56 Single hair on a carpet, maybe 59 Theresa May, for one 60 “Likewise” 62 Only places to find anteaters in the U.S. 63 Caboose 65 On point 67 √666

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1 Get along 8 New York’s longest parkway, with “the” 15 Eats 19 Exodus figure 20 Well turned 21 “The Nutcracker” protagonist 22 L x A 24 Actor Gillen of “Game of Thrones” 25 Vodka in a blue bottle 26 Test for college srs. 27 Instrument that represents the duck in “Peter and the Wolf” 28 Lacework technique 30 The Caribbean’s ____ Islands 33 Put at stake 35 Police group with an assignment 36 Mystery Writers of America trophy 39 x – y = x – y 42 Certain red algae 45 Middling mark 46 Fishmonger, at times 47 (A- or B+)/7 50 Postwar German sobriquet 54 Abbr. on a phone dial 55 Brest friend

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79 1993 Salt-N-Pepa hit whose title is a nonsense word 81 Didn’t doubt 82 Notion 84 Sappho, e.g. 85 Annual athletic awards show 87 For sale in malls 88 Theater reproof 89 Dope 91 Contraction in a Christmas song







92 Like Quakers 95 Actor Gibson of “2 Fast 2 Furious” 96 Doctor 97 Demolition tool

107 Device that comes with 79-Across 109 ____-chef 112 Years in the Roman Empire

98 Stick on, as a poster

113 Abound

99 Exclamation that might accompany a curtsy

114 Fictional Mr. 117 Old-fashioned cry of despair

104 Lab-assisted, after “in”

118 Part of T.G.I.F.: Abbr.

105 Admit

119 W.W. II rationing agcy.

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Chairman Emeritus Paula Kent Meehan President & Publisher Marcia Wilson Hobbs Senior Editor John L. Seitz Special Sections Editor Stephen P. Simmons

ADMISSIONS SCAM (Continued from page 1)

students’ admission to prestigious universities. Buckingham is accused of paying $50,000 for an ACT proctor to take the test for her son Jack. Others paid to have fake athletic profiles created to ensure that their children would gain admission as athletes in sports they never played. In a statement, Jack Buckingham told The Hollywood Reporter, “I have been advised not to speak on the matter at hand but what I will say is this, I know there are millions of kids out there both wealthy and less fortunate who grind their ass off just to have a shot at the college of their dreams. I am upset that I was unknowingly involved in a large scheme that helps give kids who may not work as hard as others an advantage over those who truly deserve those spots. For that I am sorry though I know my word does not mean much to many people at the moment. While the situation I am going through is not a pleasant one, I take comfort in the fact that this might help finally cut down on money and wealth being such a heavy factor in college admissions. Instead, I hope colleges may prioritize an applicants' character, intellect, and other qualities over everything else. It was probably not a smart idea to say anything but I needed to get that off my chest.” Jane Buckingham is alleged to have had plans to do the same for her daughter, Lila Buckingham. Lila is a student at Harvard Westlake and a social media influencer with 1.4 million followers on Instagram. An actress, she has also appeared on film and will appear in the upcoming film Spring Breakaway. Having recently turned her settings to “private,” she did tweet, “hello beautiful people. thank u for your support. i love u all.” The Buckingham arrest is the result of an FBI investigation labeled, “Operation Varsity Blues.” William “Rick” Singer, 58, a Newport Beach resident, was charged with racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy and obstruction of justice. The owner of Edge College & Career Network LLC, known as “The Key,” a for-profit college counseling and preparation business. He also served as CEO of Key Worldwide Foundation (KWF), a non-profit corporation established as a charity to launder payments given for bribes. Actress Felicity Huffman “and her spouse made a pur-

ported charitable contribution of $15,000 to KWF to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her oldest daughter. Huffman later made arrangements to pursue the scheme a second time, for her younger daughter, before deciding not to do so,” according to the FBI affidavit. Fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli and his wife, actress Lori Loughlin are charged with paying bribes totaling $500,000 “in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team – despite the fact that they did not participate in crew,” said the affidavit. They are among the 33 parents named in the affidavit. From about 2011 through February 2019, Singer is alleged to have conspired with parents, athletic coaches, a university athletic administrator and others “to use bribery and other forms of fraud to secure the admission of students to colleges and universities including Yale University, Georgetown, University, Stanford University, the University of Southern California and Wake Forest University, among others. Also charged for their involvement in the scheme are… 13 coaches and associates of Singer’s businesses, including two SAT and ACT test administrators,” according to the Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Massachusetts. “The conspiracy involved 1) bribing SAT and ACT exam administrators to allow a test taker… to secretly take college entrance exams in place of students or to correct the students’ answers after they had taken the exam; 20 bringing university athletic coaches and administrators – including coaches at Yale, Stanford, Georgetown, the university of Southern California and the University of Texas – to facilitate the admission of students to elite universities under the guise of being recruited as athletes; and 3) using the façade of Singer’s charitable organization to conceal the nature and source of the bribes.” Rick Singer was charged in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts to racketeering conspiracy, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1962(d); money laundering conspiracy, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1956(h); conspiracy to defraud the United States, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371; and obstruction of justice, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1512(c). He pleaded guilty on March 12. Mark Riddell, a counselor

at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, which bills itself, “the world’s largest and most advanced multi-sport training and educational institution,” on its website, was charged in an Information with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud as well as conspiracy to commit money laundering. For the ACT – SAT scam, Singer would send his students to two specific test centers where he had “relationships” with the test administrators, Niki Williams, an assistant teacher at a Houston high school and test administrator for the College Board and ACT in Houston, Texas and Igor Dvorskiy in Los Angeles. For the past seven years, Dvorskiy has been the director of the West Hollywood College Preparatory School. Typically, Riddell would either take the test himself or correct the answers. The head sailing coach of Stanford University, John Vandemoer, was charged in an information with racketeering conspiracy and is expected to plead guilty. The former head women’s soccer coach at Yale University Rudolph Meredith was charged in an Information with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and honest services wire fraud as well as honest services wire fraud. David Sidoo of Vancouver, Canada, was charged in an indictment with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. Sidoo was arrested on March 8 in San Jose, CA, and appeared in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California Tuesday. A date for his initial appearance in federal court in Boston has not yet been scheduled. Donna Heinel, Senior Associate Athletic Director at USC, former USC women's soccer coaches Ali Khosroshahin and Laura Janke, Jorge Salcedo, former head coach of men’s soccer at UCLA and Jovan Vavic, former water polo coach at USC - were also arrested. Singer was one of three Cooperating Witnesses (CW-1), who had “been cooperating with the government’s investigation since in or about October 2018, in the hope of obtaining leniency when he is sentenced. In or about October 2018, after he began cooperating with the government, CW-1 alerted several subjects of the investigation to its existence…” CW-2, Mark Riddell, began cooperating in Feb. 2019. Ex-Women’s Soccer Coach Rudy Meredith was CW3. Meredith began cooperating with the government’s investigation in April 2018.

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By Holiday Mathis TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Mar. 15). You're loved deeply and understood better than you think, so don't hesitate to reach out. There will be celebrations, laughter, community, and education through the next six months. Invest in yourself. You're worth it, but that probably isn't your main concern. Will you make your money back? A resounding “yes.” Cancer and Virgo adore you. PISCES (Feb. 19-Mar. 20). Consider your next move for three days. Maybe “consider” is too strong a word for what you should do really. No active thinking, discussing or writing will be necessary. Give it a rest. You'll know better on Monday. ARIES (Mar. 21-Apr. 19). This scene you're a part of today is pretty challenging. Try this. Imagine you are the filmmaker who created this whole situation to set up your main character to shine in a later scene. That perspective can lessen your stress. TAURUS (Apr. 20-May 20). No matter what headspace you're in today, you have the ability to slip into a zone where everything is beautiful. Probably this involves that hobby or activity that's become your happy place. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Opportunities to stretch yourself usually happen organically, but when they don't, why wait? Make deliberate efforts to challenge yourself. This will be the difference between adequacy and greatness. CANCER (June 22-July 22). The changing of an old guard is coming. Your respect and deference to power is genuine and you'll be well-considered when the time comes to move up. That said, there are certain injustices with which you'll never go along. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You're enthralled by certain kinds of entertainment. It's like some performances can spiral to deep layers of your consciousness, giving you deeply needed soulnourishment. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Saying “no” isn't as hard for you as it is for some others. That's why you don't like to put people in a position of having to agree or disagree with you. Instead, you'll present ideas (no pressure, no “ask”) and just see what happens. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Volunteer. You'll love who you meet through this. It won't be all easy or fun–in fact, this promises to be a completely mixed bag–but one special contact will make it all more than worthwhile. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Recovery, renewal and regeneration -- three different stages. To expect them to happen all at once is to sign up to a world of frustration. Instead, relax and recognize the stage you're in for it's vital place in the chain. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You hate to reject anyone, but saying “no” leaves an opening for a better fit to step in. So don't agonize over your choices, or your tone will bring others down. Look at the positive that you do by moving quickly on. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). No one's job is always easy. Even pampered kings, wealthy socialites and celebrities have problems. So waste not a second wishing for a different set of problems. There's greatness waiting inside of the set you're on. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Probably no one is going to tap you as the leader, so tap yourself. With your talent, drive and a few well-chosen words you can stir up the people and strengthen their spirit.

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