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Principal of respected high school in Shanghai, China visits BHHS. 4
Bel Air residents Oppose sale of Hannah Carter Japanese Garden. 4
Hawthorne School holds Literacy Night for students and parents. 5
Vice Mayor John Mirisch and fellow reform Councilmember Lili Bosse intend to introduce a resolution at the April 17 City Council meeting to withdraw all support for the Westside Subway Extension. Mirisch told The Courier exclusively that the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s failure to address even one single concern of Beverly Hills about the subway compels the action. “We’re on record right now as being in support of the sub-
Lara Spencer Calls Herself The “AntiMartha” Seeking Perfection In The Imperfect; A Welcome To Cecelia Jean; Trouble At CedarsSinai Medical Center Editorial from Rabbi Pressman AND MORE
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to a tunnel [under Beverly Hills High School]. I think we no longer can be on record in support. Our support should be contingent upon the issue of the tunnel. It wasn’t and now we need to make it very clear that, because the [MTA seems] dead set on tunneling under the high school we need to withdraw our support for the project.” The full council Tuesday spent over two hours question(see ‘RESOLUTION,’ page 20)
FUTURE BHHS STUDENTS—Horace Mann students Avrami and Eli Hacker sit outside of Temple Emanuel with their protest signs last Thursday during the Metro Community Open House.
Municipal League Demands ‘No Subway In Beverly Hills’ Second Set Of Experts Discredit MTA Seismic Study By Marla Schevker The influential Municipal League of Beverly Hills Tuesday demanded the City Council withdraw all support for the Westside Subway Extension of the Metropolitan Transit Authori-
ty's plan to build a subway through Beverly Hills. Municipal League Chairman Thomas White told the council at its public study session that the group's Board of Directors (see ‘MUNI LEAGUE,’ page 12)
SAVE A CAT—The Stray Cat Alliance is committed to the humane care of cats, either at home or in the streets. Each month, The Stray Cat Alliance helps more than 1,000 cats in many ways, including spaying and neutering. The SCA is currently looking for donations to help meet its 2012 goal of spaying and neutering 2,500 cats. Call 310-2816973 or visit wwww.straycatalliance.org to find out how you can help. Pictured is Frannie.
Loew Vision Rehabilitation Institute set for grand opening on April 15. 14
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Mirisch, Bosse Will Call For City To Withdraw Subway Support By Marla Schevker way even though we’re opposed
Beverly Hills High School Robotics team gears up for World Championships. 5
•Arts & Entertainment 11 • Health & Wellness 14-15 •Birthdays 20
Will The City Council Act To Prevent The Tunnel Under BHHS? The Beverly Hills City Council will now retain lawyers expert in matters under the California Environmental Quality Act in preparation for litigation against the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) over its pro-
posed Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Westside Subway Extension. CEQA lawyers typically bring lawsuits to challenge the adequacy of environmental impact reports as a (see ‘CEQA LAWYER,’ page 7)
School Board Will Bring Bond Dilemma To The People By Matt Lopez Measure E bonds were approved by the voters based on a promise by the 2008-school board not to raise property tax rates above what was then in effect. Now, new evidence calls that promise into question. The Board of Education will bring that question before the people for advice and maybe even a
vote. At this past Tuesday’s Board of Education study session, the board ordered its staff to assess raising the tax rate for Measure E bonds to $114 from the current level of $49.71 per $100,000 dollars of assessed valuation. The board will take no action until plans for Beverly Hills High (see ‘BOND MEASURE,’ page 12)
“Not in accordance with the state of practice” of engineering and geology. That was the main conclusion of the most recent of the City's independent experts to
review the now-discredited Metropolitan Transit Authority’s seismic study of the proposed tunnel route to Century City. Previous(see ‘SHANNON & WILSON,’ page 20)
BHCourier.com Tops 16 Million Page Views In March The daily news website of the Beverly Hills Courier, www.bhcourier.com, continues its astonishing world-wide reach. Google reported over 16 million page views on bhcourier.com in March alone. More than 200,000 viewers arrived on The Courier site by direct name entry rather than through a search engine.
For the entire first quarter of 2012, a total of 825,905 unique visitors came to The Courier’s website which features breaking local stories and news feeds from Agence-France Presse and City News Service. Total page views for the same period were 42,342,479. The Courier’s weekly print readership is approximately 160,000 separate (see ‘The COURIER,’ page 7)
NEW GIRL IN TOWN–Now that Marc Anthony and J-Lo have split, with J-Lo romping with her 24-year-old, Marc introduced Shannon de Lima to the crowd at the 47th annual Country Music Awards in Las Vegas. More photos in George Christy’s column on page 6. Check George’s Pick of the Week on page 16 about the Goorin Bros Bold Hatmakers celebrating their first anniversary this month at the Larchemont Boulevard shop in Los Angeles.
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BH Community Leader Lionel Furst Dead At Age 83
MUNI LEAGUE FORUM—California State Assembly candidates for the 50th District gathered Wednesday evening at Beverly Hills City Hall. From left: candidates Richard Bloom, Torie Osborn, Betsy Butler and Brad Torgan. Courier Photo by Laura Coleman
Lionel Furst, a Beverly Hills resident and travel executive for the past 41 years, died March 24 at age 83. Furst served on numerous boards and was active in such organizations as the Rotary Club of Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce, The Maple Counseling Center, Theatre 40, Beverly Hills CPR, Friends of the Los Angeles Free Clinic, and the Men’s Council (see ‘FURST,’ page 19)
Education Agreed As Key To State Reform By Laura Coleman On Wednesday night, the four candidates for the new 50th Assembly District–incumbent Betsy Butler, Richard Bloom, Torie Osborn and Brad Torgan–gathered at City Hall to respond to a variety of questions on education, taxes, the
environment, government transparency and healthcare, in addition to all voicing their opposition to Metro’s proposal to tunnel beneath Beverly Hills High School. Indeed, Bloom decried Metro’s proposal as a “bad idea” during his opening statements and Torgan placed
an anti-tunnel pin on his lapel at one point during the forum. Hosted by the Municipal League of Beverly Hills, the two-hour forum was conceived by League Vice President Marilyn Gallup as a way for the (see ‘FORUM,’ page 7)
GREAT DEBATERS—Horace Mann students take a break during their recent internal debate club competition. Third row (from left): Ricky Chavez, Ji Yu (Judy) Kim, Meg Hwang, Rachel Moon; Second row (from left): Brandon Brener, Alejandro Chavez, Hojung Kwon, Jasmin Cao, Vivian Kim; Front row (from left): Joshua Galst, Sam Schwartz, Michael Huang, Romir Kapur, Joshua Coone, Emma Gerowitz and Sara Levin.
BHHS Planetarium To Get Needed Repairs By Matt Lopez Beverly Hills High School’s planetarium will get some much-needed repairs after the Board of Education unanimously appproved a repair plan at its special board meeting on Tuesday.
The repair plan specifically calls for repairs to the planetarium’s media equipment, which has gone mostly untouched since it was built in 1969. The planetarium has gone largely unused in recent years, a fact that didn’t make sense to
boardmember Noah Margo. “When I was in high school, I was a lab tech for my astronomy teacher and I see they had a planetarium basically used as a storage room, so I am sympathetic to their cause,” (see ‘PLANETARIUM,’ page 19)
SHANGHAI VISIT – Bottom row (from right) BHUSD Superintendent Dr. Gary Woods, Shanghai High School Principal Dr. Tang Shengchang and UCLA Assistant Provost Dr. Gary Unruh. Dr. Shengchang visited BHHS and UCLA on Tuesday with a group of teachers from Shanghai. For the full story, see page 19. DISSENT–Front yard signs expressing neighborhood dissatisfaction with the sale of the Hannah Carter Japanese Garden offered the only visible dissent last Sunday afternoon after UCLA canceled a scheduled open house in response to possible demonstrations. Courier Photo by Laura Coleman
Coalition Vows To Keep Fighting UCLA Sale Of Hannah Carter Gardens
SOFTBALL STARS – Pictured (from left): Erin Weiler, UCLA National Champion Pitcher, Lauren Witmer, BHLL Minors All-Star, and Shyra Costas, BHHS varsity pitcher. Weiler and Costas ran a pitching clinic for 25 girls from nine different Beverly Hills Little League softball teams last Sunday.
BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS – The Beverly Hills Basketball League Winter Super Senior Boys Division Champions “Texas” pose with their trophies. Top row (from left): Kirill Yusim, David Luca Parvizyar & Matt Parvizyar; Middle row (from left): Allen Manshoory, Daniel Panahi & Aaron Kohanzadeh; Bottom row (from left): Ramzi Nizam, Justin Yadegari, Sean Navi, Ryan Adjnasian, Alex Akhtarzad and Kareem Nizam. Photo by Charlie Kaufman
Veterans Sought For Library Display Honor Local realtor Marty Geimer woke up at 3 a.m. one morning with an idea. He wanted to honor the City’s veterans, educate young people about the sacrifices
made by those in the military, and bring back memories for those who lived through war times. So the idea for the “Beverly Hills Honors Its Veterans”
display case in the public library was born. Geimer approached Community Services Department staff members, Nancy Hunt(see ‘VETERANS,’ page 19)
By Laura Coleman April 1 was one of those perfect Sunday afternoons – warm and bright, with not a cloud in the sky. Surely, it would have been a glorious backdrop for the open house
Coldwell Banker had scheduled for UCLA’s 1.5-acre landscaped Japanese garden for sale at 10619 Bellagio Rd. – that is, if it had happened. (see ‘GARDEN,’ page 19)
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Awards Ceremony To Celebrate Mental Health Advocacy The Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services will be hosting the 16th annual Erasing the Stigma Leadership Awards on April 27. The event will take place beginning at 11 a.m. at The Beverly Hilton. Honorees at the event include documentary filmmaker and investigative journalist
Bonnie Strauss Gould; writer, director and producer Christopher Monger; and singer and youth advocate Shelby Tweten. For sponsorship or information or to purchase tickets online, visit www.erasingthestigma.org; email email@example.com or call 310-659-5517. Christopher Monger
LITERACY NIGHT — Hawthorne School elementary teachers hosted two Family Literacy Nights last week. Students in kindergarten through third grade led parents through language arts lessons. Fourth and fifth grade parents attended a presentation by teachers Ellen Poltorak and Jaime LeBlanc about how to ensure that students become even better readers.
BHHS ROBOTICS–Priya Sumeran of the BHHS robotics team is hard at work on MettaBot World Peace, the robot the team will take to the FIRST World Championships in St. Louis on April 25.
BHHS Robotics Team Qualifies For FIRST World Championships By Matt Lopez After a successful showing at the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Los Angeles regional championships, the
RockSugar To Celebrate Thai New Year April 13 Known for its tradition of water-throwing and merrymaking, Thai New Year (Songkran), aims at a new beginning and the time for reunions of families and friends. On Friday, April 13,
RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen in Century City will pay homage to its Thai influences and celebrate Songkran by offering complimentary dessert samplers to all tables during lunch and dinner. To add to the festivities, guests entering the
restaurant will be greeted by a Thai musician playing traditional music and women wearing traditional Thai costumes. For more information or to reserve a table, visit www.rocksugarpanasiankitchen or call 310-552-9988.
‘The British Are Coming’ to Rodeo Drive in June By Matt Lopez Look out Beverly Hills, because the British are about to invade. The Rodeo Drive Committee along with the City announced this week “THE BRITISH ARE COMING!” as the theme for its Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, the annual Father’s Day tradition featuring a variety of motorcycles, vintage cars and race cars. The yearly event takes place Sunday, June 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., lining Rodeo Drive north from Wilshire
Boulevard to Santa Monica Boulevard. Aston Martin will be the centerpiece at the 200 block of Rodeo Drive, showing off both classic and new cars which combine Aston Martin’s iconic
styling and top-notch performance. Look to the 300 block of Rodeo Drive for your British car fix, where classic brands like Austin Healy, Bentley, (see ‘ASTON MARTIN,’ page 9)
SHAPE IT UP— Gloss Army designer Andrea Prado poses with her husband Danny Kitz at a cocktail party to celebrate the launch of her flagship store located on South Santa Monica Boulevard, between Rodeo and Beverly Drives. Prado claims her unique line of activewear sculpts the body to “look glamorous at the gym and the beach.” Courier Photo By Laura Coleman
Iberia Offering New Low Cost LAX To Madrid Flights By Laura Coleman Last month, Iberia Airlines completed its first year of having direct flights from LAX to Madrid, becoming the first Spanish airline to offer such a route. To celebrate its first birth-
day, Iberia launched a special offer to fly roundtrip from Los Angeles to Madrid starting from $791 for tickets purchased until this Tuesday for trips on certain dates. Frequent traveler Sergio de Noguera Garcia of Madrid–one
of the 70,000 passengers who used the route in its first year in existence–said his experience on the airline was positive and the price was just right. For more information on flight availability, visit www.iberia.com.
Beverly Hills High School Robotics team and its basketball-shooting robot have their eyes on even bigger prizes. The team is taking its (see ‘ROBOTICS,’ page 9)
o get high style at low prices, I suggest the three R’s. Rescue. Recycle. Reinvent. The ’50s and ’60s were great years for living room seating. Clean lines. Sleek. Very Mad Men. A pair of ’50s chartreuse club chairs in my kitchen came from the Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena that’s my favorite cruising ground in Los Angeles. Huge selections, fair prices, and famous faces on any given Sunday. You can literally decorate your entire house with the vintage finds you come across. It’s every Hollywood set decorator’s best resource.
Good Morning America’s co-anchor Lara Spencer fell in love with garage sales as a young girl when her mom taught her to find and bargain for unexpected treasures.
hey’re generally the same thing. Yard Sale. Tag Sale. Garage Sale. Estate Sale. An estate sale is a garage sale held in a fancy house. Something about that word – estate – gets me. A grand manor filled with a lifetime of collections covered in dust waiting for me to save them?” Admits Good Morning America’s co-anchor Lara Spencer in her everything you wanted to know about finding and bargaining in her colorful and easily readable tell-all, I Brake For Garage Sales, and Flea Markets, Thrift Shops, Auctions, And The Occasional Dumpster.
market virgin, Kathy claims she found “rummaging” fun. “The first time we dropped into an estate sale I was convinced I was going to get an itch or find chairs smelly with doggie pee. The next thing I knew Lara chose pieces that were perfect for my house, and recovered them. Or, as we call it, ‘repurposed,’ which is my new favorite word.” Next week, Kathy, Entourage’s Kevin Connolly and Marnie Owens are hosting a drinks party for pals to meet and get to know Lara.
mom had an amazing eye, and since we didn’t have much money we went ‘sale-ing’ to yard sales,” recalls Lara. “She taught me everything. I fell in love with antiques and interior design, ere’s the deal, folks, which led to a shop and hostabout Lara,” says Kathy Griffin, ing PBS’s Antiques Roadshow. who can’t believe the downand-dirty provenance of om would plan our garage-found treasures. “Lara strategy the night before, markdecorated my entire freaking ing the sales that appeared house, all the while busy being promising in the classified ads. a hot, blond TV host. She It takes time to become knowltaught me how to mix and edgeable, since there are many match old, new, high-end, fields to know, so you never medium-end, bottom-end and stop honing your eye. I call weird stuff only she finds at myself a ‘closet dumpsteryard sales. Guess what? I love diver,’ and the ‘anti-Martha’ it all!” seeking perfection in the imperfect. swap meet and flea
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bout my chartreuse club chairs? Only $80 for the pair. The original fabric was tired and tacky. Now that I reinvented them, they’d retail in my shop for more than $1,000. Another find was kitchen chairs from the ’50s. I found four, paid only $10, bought four laminated shower curtains for $8 each from the Pottery Barn to cover them. The chairs are gorgeous, stain proof and virtually indestructible.”
the back pages of I Brake For Yard Sales, Lara lists her favored haunts in California, including Rick Sanchez’s Moving and Restoration Service in Los Angeles for excellent repair, pick up and delivery. She includes locations for ten other states.
ongratulations to Wendy and Leonard Goldberg on the arrival of week-old granddaughter Cecelia Jean Raksin, whose mom is novelist/fashionista Amanda Goldberg and dad’s the WME agent Philip Raksin. We learned that Barbara Walters is Cecelia Jean’s godmother (Jean being the name of Leonard’s mother). The producer of globally successful television series, Leonard’s current hit is Blue Bloods starring Tom Selleck.
Women’s Guild has donated $15 million of their $30 million pledge over these past seven years.
n the popular musical, The Music Man, Meredith Willson composed a song, Trouble In River City, which, for whatever ridiculous reason, comes to mind as we’re told about Trouble at Cedars-Sinai. The medical center’s newfangled computer system has doctors, nurses and staffers up the wall. Not “user-friendly” remains the maddening problem and universal complaint. Doctors and nurses waste valuable time trying to figure out the confusing bells and whistles when they should be attending to their patients. Even technocrats ain’t havin’ an easy go. Help! Online at www.bhcourier.com/georgechristy.cfm
member of the Women’s Guild of CedarsSinai Medical Center for more than 35 years, Wendy informs that the annual Women’s Guild luncheon is on April 12th at The Beverly Hills Hotel. She added that the
ara advises becoming a regular “to acquaint yourself with where your favorite dealers set up. Wait until the last minute to negotiate a deal on something – the last thing a dealer wants is to pack things back up. Ask for free delivery if a dealer’s unwilling to come down on price. Many dealers are happy to make the drive it if means getting a big object – or a big-ticket item – off their hands.”
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he cautions about taking your décor too seriously. “I agree that scale, symmetry, and the mix of pieces are all important, but the most important lesson my tart by checking out mom taught me design magazines and books. is to have fun. A
true hunter knows it’s as much about the pursuit as actually bagging the prize. Buy things that make you smile. Your home is your refuge.”
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Clip and/or make notes on the looks that excite you. When you see an item you like that’s featured in a publication, go online to eBay or lstdibs.com, and put the name of the maker in the search engine. This gives you an idea of the market price when you spot something like it at an estate sale.
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means of stopping or changing proposed projects like the subway extension. The decision was made unanimously in a closed session on Tuesday. “City of Beverly Hills representatives will be meeting soon with school district representatives to discuss a coordinated, confidential strategy for stopping Metro from tunneling under the High School,” Mayor Willie Brien said in a written statement Wednesday. The City has rejected past overtures of the Beverly Hills Unified School District Board of Education to join forces against the Beverly High tunnel. Previously, the City under Mayor Barry Brucker, refused to agree to protect confidential attorney client information and attorney work product advice of School District lawyers and experts. How the matter will be handled under new Mayor Brien remains to be seen. Retaining a lawyer is no guarantee the City will actually take action against
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readers. The Courier’s print edition now leads the Los Angeles Times in Beverly Hills, Century City, Bel Air and Westwood while gaining in Brentwood. These print edition numbers are based on Audit Bureau of Circulation results from the Times and Circulation Verifica-
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citizens of Beverly Hills to have an opportunity to get to know the candidates running for the seat in the upcoming election on June 5. The 50th District includes Agoura Hills, Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Hancock Park, Malibu, Miracle Mile, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Topanga, West Hollywood, Carthay Square, and parts of Hollywood and the Santa Monica mountains. EDUCATION: As the eighth largest economy in the world with 38 million people and currently vying with Mississippi as 49th in the nation in terms of education, educating current and future generation of Californians is of critical importance to all the candidates. Bloom, Santa Monica’s current mayor who has spent the past 13 years on the Santa Monica City Council, stressed how important it was to put more money into the education system and characterized the 25 percent decrease in funding since 2008 as “outrageous.” “We know that strong schools equal a strong state,” Bloom said. Assemblywoman Butler, whose legislative track record demonstrates her commitment to civic-minded and social issues, called education her No. 1 priority. Osborn, who has served as the chief executive officer of four nonprofits, called the state of education in California, notably the 60 percent dropout rate of students from lowerincome areas and the correlate achievement gap, “the civil rights issue of our time.” “Today, the California dream that
the MTA, although recent announced changes in the subway proposal will have a massive impact on Beverly Hills beyond those arising from the Beverly High tunnel. MTA recently abandoned plans to build its main access station at Wilshire and Fairfax, now choosing Wilshire and La Cienega. This means all excavation and construction will be staged from La Cienega for at least five years. Nothing in the MTA Final EIR covers this change. The final MTA EIR, released March 19, recommends that the MTA Board of Directors approve a subway station on Constellation Avenue and Avenue of the Stars with a tunnel under Beverly Hills High School. Metro will be holding a Planning Committee meeting on Wed. April 18 at 1 p.m. and the Metro Board of Directors will meet on Thursday, April 26 at 9 a.m for a vote on the EIR. The Westside Subway Extension plans for two stops in Beverly Hills, a terminus station at Wilshire Boulevard and La Cienega Boulevard and a traditional station at Wilshire Boulevard and Rodeo Drive.
tion Council audit reports for The Courier. Canada and Israel topped the list of other country viewers with an average of approximately 315,000 page views each during the quarter, followed by the U.K., France, Australia, Germany, China, Singapore and Mexico. Even Switzerland, Barbados and “Libyan Arab Jamahiriya” appeared on the report with a minimum of 4,500 to 6,330 each.
has benefited three generations of my family is careening off a cliff,” she said. TAXATION: Candidates were split on Gov. Jerry Brown’s move to raise taxes on sales and upper income families, with both Osborn and Bloom calling the sales tax raise “regressive.” The lone Republican running in the race, environmental attorney Torgan said that raising taxes was “the last thing to do.” He said that fostering a climate that was “business friendly” was critical – a sentiment mirrored by Butler. “We have to make sure we keep what we have,” she said, referring to the less-than-competitive tax breaks the state offers the crucial filming industry. Osborn said that closing the tax loophole from Prop. 13 that allows for corporate fraud would rebuild trust in California and save billions of dollars every year. “Our entire tax system is out of whack,” she said. “We’re in crisis and we need to respond as if we’re in crisis.” GOVERNANCE: As citizens continue to become more disenfranchised with government, empowering local municipalities to govern themselves and utilize the legislature as a helpful tool is gaining more favor among constituents. “More local control is what’s necessary,” Butler said. Bloom characterized Santa Monica as one model of how things should function for the rest of the state. Further, he said that non-transparent governance, such as last-minute deals and unavailable information on how taxpayer money is spent continues to whittle away people’s faith in government. “The public has no confidence in its legislature,” Bloom said.
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TO SEE AND BE SEEN
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Fashion News & Notes Versace Swings to Profit, Sets Expansion Now that it’s back in the black, Gianni Versace SpA wants to step things up. Growth in established markets like the U.S., as well as in new regions from Brazil to Asia, helped Versace return to profit in 2011, posting earnings of 8.5 million euros, or $11.8 million, compared with a loss of 21.7 million euros, or $28.6 million, in 2010. In the 12 months ended Dec. 31, revenues rose 16.4 percent to 340.2 million euros, or $472.6 million, compared with 292.3 million euros, or $385.8 million, the previous year. WWD Patrizio Bertelli Sounds Off as Prada Net Soars Patrizio Bertelli was in typically outspoken form Thursday. As Prada SpA reported a 72.2 percent jump in net profits in the year ended
Jan. 31, its chief appeared at a two-hour live-streamed conference with analysts in which he outlined aggressive expansion plans — and talked about everything from Dubai to the underappreciation of the fashion industry in Italy. It was the first time Bertelli took questions from analysts since Prada did its initial public offering in Hong Kong last summer. One of the key focuses was Miu Miu, which Bertelli said he sees eventually doubling in size to sales of almost $1 billion annually. WWD Gucci America's President Exits Laura Lendrum, who served as president of Gucci America for nearly two years, has left the firm.
Lendrum resigned to pursue other opportunities. WWD Bravo Picks Up New Retail Reality Show Bravo has picked up a reality show centered upon Los Angeles vintage purveyor Decades co-owners Christos Garkinos and Cameron Silver. The name and premiere date of the show are still being finalized, but it is tentatively called “Decades” and is likely to start airing during the fourth quarter of this year. “The show will focus on shining the light on the rarefied and very specific part of fashion that we live in. We are curators and fashion arbiters,” said Garkinos. The show will also provide a glimpse at the business relationship between Silver and Garkinos, who have merged their previously separate operations into a single entity. WWD
Beauty Briefs DermaQuest Anti Aging KQ 10 Moisturizer Launched in March, this rich cream (the secret ingredient is pea extract) really does appear to reduce lines and increase hydration--obvious from the second day even in the full light of a newspaper production room. Manufactured here in California the company also does not use animals for testing. The price per tube is $73.00 and is available at dermaquestinc.com. DNAEGF Renewal This growth factor serum is a reformulation of one from the labs of Ronald L Moy, Beverly Hills based doctor and President of the American Academy of Dermatology--- and has twice the potency of the original. Meant to be used at night,this serum will program the skin to act young
again and seems to be particularly effective with mitigating age spots and uneven coloration. The price for the large vial is $145 and is available through Dr Moy or at dnaegfrenewal.com SOTHYS Nourishing Body Elixirs SOTHYS has provided three lightweight dry oil sprays for summer use and they absorb fairly quickly but still leave the skin replenished. Your choice will depend on your preferred fragrance as all leave a lasting scent: Orange Blossom and Cedar Wood is on the musky side, Lemon and Petitgrain is the fresh citrus alternative, and Cherry Blossom and Lotus is very floral. The price for each is $45 and they are available at Anastasia Skin Care at 438 North Bedford Drive
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HONOR CHOIR—Choral students from the BHUSD Honor Choir and Concert Choirs of Beverly Vista and Hawthorne performed at the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE) National Conference in Phoenix. Back row (from left): Emily Rishwain, Scott Senior, Megan Saghian, Leah Suh and Christa Gutheinz. Front row (from left): Judith Chan, Alexia Atapour, Lisa Park, Ashlynn Chong, Taylor Rutigliano and Katie Wu.
program, said there are a variety of different awards that can be won at the (Continued from page 5) event. robot, MettaBot World Peace, to the The BHHS team was honored with FIRST World Championships in St. a prestigious award at FIRST Los Louis from April 25-29. MettaBot Angeles with the Gracious World Peace (named after L.A. Lakers Professionalism Award, which recogstar Metta World Peace) is 5-feet tall, nizes the team’s work outside of just weighs 120 pounds and has a two- building robots. stage conveyor system that loads up to “It’s more than just robotics, we go three basketballs that the robot can out and do community outreach, arts accurately shoot into a hoop. and crafts,” Kahn said. “We participate The team, which calls itself in the AIDS walk and we just went and MorTorq, is able to did a presentacontrol MettaBot tion to children at using a joystick with the library.” a touchscreen interKahn said face. the team likes to Each year help whenever it before its competican and recently tions, FIRST releasworked closely es a video detailing with a school in a game with specifChile, which it ic rules that robotics communicates teams around the with over the country have to Internet. build a robot to Kahn said compete in. the Chilean team This year's needed a certain game is “Rebound cord to lift its Rumble,” which robot, which they calls for the robots couldn’t find in to shoot baskets at its country. MettaBot World Peace three different levels, The BHHS as well as being able to ride over a four- team found it in less than a day and inch bump on the basketball court. At sent it out to help their counterparts the end of the game the robot has to be complete their robot. able to balance on a teeter-totter set in “The kids end up making friends the middle of the court. from everywhere which is really neat," Team president Alex Kern said that Kahn said. “They’ve made some lifeonce the video is released, the team’s long friends in this program." work begins immediately. There are jobs for students on the “We usually spend a couple of team aside from just building robots. days just re-watching the video, we’ll There’s also a business side of the watch it over and over again to make team that helps with fundraising and sure we get all the rules down and start marketing. Everything the team does, forming ideas,” Kern said. including all travel, is funded by the More than 400 schools participate team itself. in the World Championships, which “We’ve learned so much about Mathew Simon, co-leader of entrepreneurship, marketing, business Mechanics said fills up the entire and leadership with robotics,” Kern Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. Eileen said. Kahn, who runs the BHHS robotics
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Jaguar, Land Rover, Lotus, MG, McLaren and Rolls Royce will be featured. There will also be a special area honoring British motorycle brands Triumph, BSA, Vincent and Norton. On the 400 block will be a “Best of the Best”, featuring classic cars chosen by the show’s curators. The 400 block will feature a special tribute to Cobra’s 50th anniversary. “We are thrilled to honor the British
automotive industry and Aston Martin as the featured marque at this year’s Concours,” said Bruce Meyer, chairman of the Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance in a written statement. “Great Britain has a long and storied history in creating some of the most legendary cars and motorcycles highlighted by elegant design and spectacular performance.” Last year’s Concours d’Elegance highlighted “The Art of Italian Motoring”, featuring more than 100 vintage Italian cars and motorcycles.
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PA G E T E N
I M P O R TA N T
Happenings Around Town
• David Yurman To Open New BH Flagship Boutique May 10 Luxury jewelry designer David Yurman will open his new 2,700-square foot boutique on May 10 at 271 N. Rodeo Dr. The location will serve as the brand’s West Coast flagship locale with dedicated spaces for the men’s, women’s and timepiece collections plus a bridal and high jewelry salon. • BH-Based Royal-Pedic To Make First Overseas Expansion For 65 years Royal-Pedic has hand-crafted luxury bedding sold through its company-owned retail store at 341 N. Robertson Blvd. in Beverly Hills. For the first time, it is creating RoyalPedic branded stores elsewhere. A deal was just signed with Zamhat Trading Ltd. of Cape Town, South Africa, to open three stores in that country, where the luxury market is seeing considerable growth, according to President/CEO Tony Kelemen. This agreement also calls for potential expansion into other African countries (Kenya, Libya, Egypt, Ghana) as well as the Middle East. •Paley Center Sets Spring Lineup Of Public Showings The Paley Center for Media announced its spring lineup of public programs.
A screening and conversation with Ashley Judd and members of the cast and creative team of Missing will kick off an extensive roster of programs on Tuesday. These include In Plain Sight (April 18); Person Of Interest (May 1): PBS’ American Masters presentation of Johnny Carson: King Of Late Night (May 3); Days Of Our Lives (May 9); an evening with Craig Ferguson (May 10); an evening with Lily Tomlin (June 4); and Suits (June 11). Additional information and tickets are available at www.paleycenter.org. • BH Wealth Management CEO Attends Barron’s Winners Circle Mag Black-Scott, president /CEO of Beverly Hills Wealth Management, a registered investment advisory firm serving high net worth individuals, families, and businesses, just returned from participating in the f o u r t h B a r r o n ’s W i n n e r ’s Circle Top Mag Black-Scott Independent Advisors Summit, hosted by the magazine to promote best practices in the industry and the value
of advice to the investing public. She spoke on such subjects as: the Eurozone crisis, emerging markets in China, India, Africa, and Myanmar (Burma); US issues including job creation, the need to retrain the workforce, inflation in gas and food prices and increasing retirement age; higher productivity in natural gas production wells and price stability, and increased oil production with falling US demand. • Marty Singer Named BHBA’s ‘Entertainment Lawyer Of Year’ Attorney Marty Singer, cofounder of Lavely & Singer PC, has been named “2012 Entertainment Lawyer of the Year by Beverly Hills Bar Association. He will be honored at an April 18 awards dinner in The Beverly Hills Hotel. Tom A r n o l d serves as e m c e e while Bruce Willis, exMarty Singer Gov. Arnold Schwarz-enegger, and Sylvester Stallone are honorary dinner chairs. According to BHBA Entertainment Law Section CoChairs Joe Schleimer and Adam Siegler, the award hon-
SPIRITED HONOREES–The Caucus for Producers, Writers and Writers eighth annual American Spirit Awards drew a large turnout at The Beverly Hills Hotel. Pictured are the honorees (from left): legendary game show legend Bob Barker, Rep. Darrell Issa, Larry Auerbach, associate dean of USC School of Cinematic Arts; and Rep. Howard Berman. Photo by Steve Cohn
ors leaders of the entertainment law field for contributions to the profession and has been presented annually since 1989 by the BHBA, which has the largest entertainment law section of any bar association in the world. Proceeds from the event support the bar association’s education and community outreach programs. Tickets to the dinner are $215 ($245 after Monday). For information, call 310-601-2422 or visit www.bhba.org. • Famous Spanish Sculptor To Give Lladró Demonstration On April 18 from 6 to 8 p.m., Lladro Boutique, 408 N. Rodeo Dr., will host a live demonstration of the process of creating a Lladró sculpture with José Santaeulalia
from “The City of Porcelain” in Va l e n c i a , Spain. T h e sculptor will recreate the work environment there, and Jose answer any Santaeulalia questions regarding the process of sculpting, the technical challenges, the creativity, the inspiration. Santaeulalia is touring the country and this will be his only appearance in Beverly Hills. The public is invited to attend and may RSVP to Lladro at 310-385-0690.
GALA BEL CANTO–The Los Angeles Children’s Choir raised $187,000 in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Music Center at the Gala Bel Canto. Pictured (from left): LACC Chair David Scheidemantle, honorees James Conlon, Anna Christy and Brad Alford, president/CEO Nestle USA. Photo by Lee Salem DERBY DAY– Santa Anita Park will stage the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby tomorrow. Getting in the racing mood were (from left): Beverly Hills surgeon Dr. McCoy Moretz, Melinda Manos, actor John Ortiz (from the former HBO series Luck, and Kathleen Hopp.
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Happenings... Westwood Voices Offer Subterranean Choral Concert The Westwood Voices, a 20-voice a capella chorus of gifted young singers from UCLA, USC and CalState Long Beach, will present a concert of Renaissance and modern choral music at 8 p.m, Friday, April 13. The concert will literally be underground, held in the subterranean parking garage of the Westwood Hills Christian Church, at 10808 Le Conte Ave., across the street from UCLA. “The magic of this unique acoustic environment should make for a truly memorable evening of music,” says Music Director Nathanael Pangrazio. The 1-hour concert, with no intermission, will feature works by Josquin, Purcell, Lauridsen and Pangrazio. The parking and concert are free with a suggested donation of $10. Refreshments and a chance to meet the singers follow the program. For more information, call 310-208-8576 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children’s Author Introduces New Book At Signing To celebrate the April 10 publication of his new children’s book, You Can’t Have My Planet But Take My Brother, Please, local author James Mihaley’s publisher Macmillan is hosting a book-signing party from 2-4 p.m., Saturday, April 14 at Children’s Book World, 10580-1/2 W. Pico Blvd. For children 8-14, the book is Mihaley’s literary debut. He describes the book as a “funny novel for reluctant readers—with a 13-year-old narrator who’s a poet with a spaceship that runs on rhyming— that also has a strong environmental theme. ”
All Stars, Margulis Memorial At UCLA The UCLA music department has set two upcoming concerts. • Neal Stulberg conducts the seventh annual UCLA Philharmonia’s “all-Star” concert, featuring the organization’s finest student soloists, at 8 p.m., Thursday, April 12. Tickets are $12; $5 for UCLA faculty, staff and students (with ID). Contact the UCLA Central Ticket Office, 310-8252101 or www.tickets.ucla.edu. • The free Margulis Memorial Concert will be at 7 p.m., Monday, April 16. The concert commemorates
Prof. Vitaly Margulis (19282011), a world-renowned pianist and pedagogue. He was a beloved teacher and colleague for 17 years in the UCLA Department of Music. The evening will celebrate his life with performances by his family and colleagues. Both concerts are in the Schoenberg Music Building in Schoenberg Hall. Parking is in Lot 2 (enter the campus at Hilgard and Westholme avenues).
Pacific Serenades Presents World Premiere Pacific Serenades, one of the nation’s foremost chamber music ensembles, will present a concert featuring the world premiere of Duane Tatro’s Scatterings at 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 17 at The UCLA Faculty Center, 480 Charles E Young Dr. East. Tatro’s Scatterings, for clarinet, violin, cello, and piano will be played in three movements along with Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No. 1 In D minor, Op. 49; and Poulenc’s Sonata For Clarinet And Piano, providing for a juxtaposition of chamber works, past and present. Tatro, a Van Nuys native and resident to this day, is well known for his television compositions, including scores for Dynasty, M*A*S*H, Mission Impossible and The Love Boat, among others, as well as his compositions for many “movies of the week.” His one album is Jazz for Moderns. Turning 85 this year, Tatro has been retired from Hollywood for about 20 years—yet (see ‘HAPPENINGS,’ page 17)
CELEBRATING HOLLYWOOD—The Hollywood Arts Council’s 26th Annual Charlie Awards in the Blossom Room of the Hollywood Roosevelt are presented annually to honor individuals and companies for significant contributions to the arts and Hollywood. Pictured (from left): Nyla Arslanian, president of the Hollywood Arts Council; James Burrows, recipient of the inaugural Television Arts Charlie Award; Oscar Arslanian, producer of the Charlie Awards, and presenter Ted Danson. This year”s event broke records raising $85,000. Photo by Michael Schwartz
Rosenstein Fine Art Gallery Sets Grand Opening Diane Rosenstein Fine Art gallery will host it’s grand opening in Beverly Hills, April 12 with the inaugural exhibition, “Cleve Gray: The Connecticut Paintings.” The exhibition is the first major showcase of Gray’s work in Los Angeles and includes 15 paintings dating from 1963. Also on view are a series of watercolors dating from 1967. Gray achieved his greatest critical recognition in the late 1960s and ’70s when he began to produce large paintings using a variety of application methods—pouring, staining, sponging and other nontraditional techniques—to create compositions combining expanses of pure color and spontaneous calligraphic gestures. Gray was born in New York in 1918 and died in 2004 at his home in Warren, Connecticut. The gallery, 9399 Wilshire
Blvd., on the northeast corner of Wilshire and Cañon Drive, and is the first new art gallery in the City in a decade, joining the ranks of Gagosian and Ace Gallery. Exhibition plans for Diane Rosenstein Fine Art (DRFA) include alternating 20th century post-war historical exhibitions with presentations of mid-ca-
reer and emerging artists from Los Angeles. “Cleve Gray: The Connecticut Paintings” will be on view April 12-June 10 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, contact Rosenstein at 323-3979255 or email email@example.com.
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School have been designed and priced, and until after the public has been consulted. The board will hold a number of open public comment sessions to give residents a voice in the decision. The immediate question is whether or not to issue the bonds now or wait until as late as the year 2030. If now, the higher tax rate goes into effect. If later, then there may not be enough money to handle the construction to replace the existing 1928 buildings. Like so many other issues this board has faced, decisions of past school boards have come back to haunt the current board. This particular problem comes from what the board calls “faulty assumptions” made by the bond funding agent, George K. Baum & Company, and former BHUSD Facilities Director Karen Christensen. Board President Brian Goldberg told The Courier that the depressed economy and overinflated projections by Baum and Christensen (who was sentenced to a four-year prison term on conflict of interest charges) are largely to blame. “We were sold a bill of goods that [was] predicated on overambitious projections that were not sustainable,” he said. Goldberg is the only current boardmember who was on the board in 2008 and the only member at that time to abstain from the Measure E vote. Although he abstained from the vote, Goldberg did campaign with the rest of his colleagues in
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unanimously concluded Metro has been acting in bad faith and
2008 to sell the Beverly Hills community on the bonds. “I was part of the team that went out and sold the community on the bond package and I have to own up to that,” Goldberg said. “This is the first time I’ve had to go against what I promised the community, but I believe this (accelerated bond sale) is the right thing to do.” The board intends to present the facts to the citizens of the BHUSD and get their input before making any final decision. The board has several options. Over the long term, the most cost-effective solution calls for accelerating bond sales through 2016 at an initial tax rate of $114 per $100,000 of assessed property value, which is nearly 128 percent higher than the original $49.71 tax rate. Under the accelerated bond option, a home valued at $1 million would pay about $1,140 annually in Measure E taxes. According to L.A. County Assessor’s Office, the median value of a single-family home in the Beverly Hills Unified School District in the 2011-12 fiscal year is $1,251 million. Why $114? According to Tony Hsieh of Keygent Advisors, the bond consultant working with BHUSD, the $114 figure comes from the estimated tax rate of Beverly Hills’ two prior bond measures combined with Measure E. The highest tax rate for Measures S and K is $54. Measure E was passed under Prop 39, which lists $60 as the maximum tax rate. So, until Measure S and K dissolve, taxpayers will be pay-
ing for all three bond measures together at a maximum legal rate of $114. The rate would drop over time as bonds are repaid. Hsieh told The Courier under the accelerated plan, the average tax rate in the 40-year life of the bond would be about $75, slightly below the L.A. County district average of $78.51 for the 2011-12 fiscal year. Numbers from the L.A. County Auditor-Controller put Beverly Hills’ current tax rate of $51.92 for the 2011-12 fiscal year, in the bottom third of 47 unified school districts in L.A. County. Hsieh said a $114 tax rate would vault Beverly Hills to the top third. Hsieh noted, however, it would decline over time as the tax rate on Measures K and S drop. Keygent’s estimates call for the average decline between the 2015-16 and 2029-30 fiscal years to be 7.9 percent per year. By 2030-31, the old tax rates will drop to zero and residents will be left paying $60 per hundred thousand AV on Measure E. Even with the decline, the numbers are higher than residents were promised. The Board, however, stressed the importance of getting construction going at BHHS as soon as possible, citing seismic issues with buildings on campus. The board will have a better idea of the severity of any seismic issues when destructive testing is done as part of a new seismic risk assessment, which Chief Facilities Official Nelson Cayabyab told the board should be completed within the next 10 weeks.
not being fair to Beverly Hills. “They’ve ignored our studies, they’ve ignored our pleas, they’ve ignored our self-determination and they’ve ignored
our public safety,” White said. “We feel that’s gone on long enough.” White called for every member of the City Council, City Manager Jeff Kolin and City Attorney Larry Wiener to sign a letter withdrawing Beverly Hills’ consent for the subway. He made clear the league's position is not based on any one feature or MTA decision, but is in opposition to the entire project without qualification. “[We are not saying] withdraw [consent] if they don’t correct the route, but withdraw it, period,” White said. “We’ve given [Metro] long enough to show good faith. They’ve failed repeatedly and we have no confidence that objectivity and independence and fair-mindedness will be restored. [The City's support] was predicated on [objectivity], that the public approved the subway coming through Beverly Hills in the first place. These circumstances have changed.” White accused MTA of “bait and switch” tactics many residents believe Metro pulled on the City. When Metro first sought City support for subway through Beverly Hills in 2007, the agency only designated the station at Santa Monica Boulevard and Avenue of the Stars. Years later, Metro switched that to Constellation Boulevard and Avenue of the Stars with the tunnel under Beverly Hills High
BEVERLY HILLS “I understand the disappointment, I feel misled as well,” Board VP Jake Manaster told residents at Tuesday’s meeting. “But this is terrifically important. There are exceptional individuals who have lived in this community and they paid it forward to contribute to the buildings we currently have. Now, I guess it’s our turn.” Boardmember Lisa Korbatov added it was crucial to get construction going before Metro can move any further ahead on its Westside Subway Extension plans. “If we build, they will have significant hurdles to climb to build under a newly-built high school,” Korbatov told the board. The district is far behind 2008’s schedule, which called for the final bond sale to be initiated in 2018. Under that proposal, the second bond sale was to take place this year with the third coming in 2015. At the current pace, the final bond sale wouldn’t take place until 2030, when Manaster said construction costs could be double what they are at the moment. “If inflationary pressure kicks in,” Manaster told the Board. “The cost of construction will go up and it will cost nearly twice as much to do the same thing.” Goldberg told The Courier that community input will be crucial and he wants to give residents plenty of time to take in all the information before any final decision. He said the matter will be brought up again at the next board meeting on April 24. School, claiming the Constellation location and Beverly High tunnel were planned all along. The Courier debunked that claim when it found “smoking gun” documents in the city of Los Angeles Planning Department. The Courier reported in March 2011 that MTA never mentioned a Constellation Station in its documents until 2010. The Courier also reported that in 28-page Early Scoping Report, Constellation was mentioned on pages 5 and 23 under the “Summary of all comments” chart as receiving seven comments. What “Constellation” means is not clear, so someone reading the report could not easily understand where the exact location of the station would be. “This is now a bait and switch situation and should not be tolerated by our City,” White said. “I don’t know what extent our withdrawal of consent will be effective. But I believe it should be exhausted in terms of possibility to protect the residential community and as we know now from the EIR, the business community as well, from enormous disruption and from revenue losses and eminent domain takings. “Whether it goes through the high school or not we should say simply no, no, no. You’ve had your chance and you’ve blown it and now we’re withdrawing.”
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Nine Years In The Making—Low-Vision Rehabilitation Center Opens By Marla Schevker Sarah Loew had perfect vision all her life. Nine years ago, she underwent surgery to remove a benign pituitary tumor and woke up with no vision in her left eye. She was 24 years old. “It was a major shock to [my] system,” she said. “How do you physically and emotionally wrap your head around this idea that everything’s changed?” Loew and her family scoured Los Angeles to find places for her to go for vision rehabilitation. She now had to learn how to do basic things, like drive and cook, with her newly limited vision. They couldn’t find any. So Loew, her parents and her eye surgeon decided to create their own. Thus, the Loew Vision Rehabilitation Institute was conceived and now, nine years later, the institute is holding its grand opening on April 15. LOEW VISION—Board member and Beverly Hills resident Arnold Rosenstein stands with Loew Vision for short, the institute Sarah Loew outside of the Loew Vision Rehabilitation Institute. The institute will hold its provides opportunities for those with grand opening on April 15. For more information, visit www.loewvision.org. Courier Photo by Marla Schevker low vision to rehabilitate their lives. The institute charges patients on a “We do everything,” Loew said. “improve the quality of life for the par“The goal of our facility was to… make tially sighted and their families through sliding scale, never charging more than your life better in any way we can. If vision rehabilitation, vision support serv- a patient can afford. “The point of it wasn’t for us to get your goal is to read the newspaper in the ices, youth outreach vision screening rich,” Loew said. “We really wanted it morning, we’ll help you find a way to and funding optic-nerve research.” “A lot of times, eye doctors or retina to be a place where both people who read the newspaper.” Loew Vision offers an optometrist, specialists get to a point where they can’t could afford the services as well as closed circuit televisions, counseling op- help you anymore, you have macular those who couldn’t, could go equally.” The institute is run by a board of diportunities and a shop that sells things degeneration or glaucoma and it’s on like eyeglasses, magnifying glasses and such a scale you literally cannot be rectors including Dr. Paul Super, Beverbig button calculators. According to its helped anymore,” Loew said. “[Then you website, the goal of the institute is to can] come in to us.”
ly Hills resident and immediate past chairman of optometry at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Super said he believes in everything Lowe’s stands for. “After medical care no longer provides service… here is the place that actually offers you the resources,” Super said. “I’m looking to refer patients from my own practice and the community, but my hope is that people in all fields of health care recognize that when someone [has low vision, there is a place for them to get help.]” Loew said the institute unofficially opened March 1 and since then she, and a few others, have had appointments. “I went in for an appointment in our first two weeks and was very happy,” she said. “I really wish that we were open [nine years ago] because I had to teach myself to do a lot of these things. As horrible of a thing I had go through, we got a pretty amazing place to come out of it. I feel pretty lucky I was able to turn this horrible thing into this amazing place. It was worth it in the end.” Loew Vision Rehabilitation Institute is at 239 S. La Cienega Blvd. Suite 100. To schedule an appointment, call 310553-0100 or 888-563-9888. For more information on the institute or how to donate, visit www.loewvision.org.
AUXILIARY HEADS —Past presidents of the JWCI Auxiliary, sponsors of the annual fund-raising Odyssey Ball include: (top from left): Shirley Lipstone, Diane Feldman, Roberta Novick, Lois Rosen, Ilene Eisenberg, and Hollace Brown. (bottom from left): Ina Lewis, Ruth Weil and Jackie Banchik.
JWCI Auxiliary To Host 27th Event
Odyssey Ball To Honor Dr. Lawrence Piro The John Wayne Cancer Institute Auxiliary (JWCIA) will host the 27th annual Odyssey Ball on Saturday, April 21 at The Beverly Hilton. The gala, benefitting JWCI’s cancer research, is open to the public and will include a reception, dinner, silent and live auctions and dancing. Grammy-winning record producer, singer, songwriter and composer David Foster will perform and Tony Dovolani of Dancing With The Stars will emcee. The evening’s program will include a presentation of the Special Service Award, known as “The Duke.” This year’s recipient is Lawrence Piro, M.D. Piro is president/CEO of the Angeles Clinic and adjunct faculty member of the JWCI at St. John’s Health Center. He has achieved worldwide recognition for developing new cancer
drugs and making major advances in oncology. The JWCI Auxiliary was established in 1982 by two breast cancer survivors, Noreen Nelson and Sandy Cohen. This year’s Odyssey Ball Chairs are Teddi Gilderman (daughter of auxiliary cofounder Sandy Cohen), Katie Lewis and Marisol Zarco. Since its inception, JWCIA, currently helmed by President Hollace Brown, has raised more than $17 million to support JWCI’s life-saving cancer research and the institute’s renowned Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program. Individual tickets are $400. Tables and sponsorships are available starting at $4,000. For more information, call 310315-6111 or visit www.jwci.org.
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Public Invited to Free Performances Of Plays Inspired By Heart Patients A pair of plays inspired by the stories of heart-transplant patients and their relationships with their physician will be performed May 3-6 at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. The plays are produced by the Relational Medicine Foundation, whose mission is to empower patients to make decisions on their own behalf in a trustful partnership with their healthcare providers. The two original plays are based on the experiences of patients and their long-term relationships with their physician, Mario Deng, M.D., medical director of the Advanced Heart Failure/Mechanical Support/Heart Transplantation Program at UCLA. The plays premiered in New York City last year. Dr. Deng hopes the production will encourage audience members to ask basic questions about their own experience with doctors, including: “Was I treated like a real human being? Did the doctor present himself as a person? Were we connected? Was I taken seriously as a person over time? Can I make sense of my condition? Was I encouraged to make the decision that’s right for me? “The important thing is we see our relationship between
New York and across the country. Following each performance, the audience can engage in an open dialogue with Drs. Deng and Raia, the Relational Medicine Foundation team and the patients who inspired these works. Free performances will be
Dr. Mario Deng healthcare providers and patient at a time,” says David T. patients as partners and Feinberg, M.D., M.B.A., presiempower patients to be in dent of UCLA Health System. charge of their own lives, bod• Playwright Craig Lucas, ies and health,” Dr. Deng says. twice nominated for a Tony The Relational Medicine Award, wrote The Catherine Foundation was created by Dr. Wheel,” about two women Deng and UCLA professor who barely know one another, Federica Raia, Ph.D., who when one is blind-sided by a holds appointments in the catastrophic illness. • The second play, Waiting David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA as well as Room was written by Vanda the UCLA Graduate School of Monaco and John Henry Davis Education and Information about a patient in a hospital who dreams he wanders Sciences. The relational medicine through a train station as he approach to the doctor/patient and his wife struggle against all encounter endorses and odds to make their own deciadvances the UCLA patient- sions about his care. Davis, who will direct both centered vision to “heal humankind by improving plays, is known for directing health, alleviating suffering and Oz for HBO as well as theater, delivering acts of kindness, one film, opera and television in
St. John’s To Present Healthcare Decisions Research and advances in medical technology have resulted in living longer and fuller lives. Today’s advance healthcare directives require great forethought. Without a written directive, the journey to decision and action for families can be slow and wrought with conflict. As a result, end-of-life medical issues have become a focus of attention for patients, their families and physicians alike. End-of-life healthcare, advance directives and family caregiver’s concerns will be the focus of a free community education forum sponsored by St. John’s Health Center as part of the National Healthcare Decisions Day Initiative. “Your Health and Life—Decisions, Wishes, and Conversation,” will be presented from 2-4 p.m., Tuesday, April 17, and repeated from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18 at the Santa Monica Public Library auditorium. On both days, featured speakers and topics will include: Babak Roozrokh, M.D.., medical director of St. John’s Palliative Care, “What Is Palliative Care? Inpatient Services and Outpatient Clinic;” Daniel Wohlgelernter, M.D., medical director of St. John’s Post Coronary Care Unit, “A Physician's Perspective on End of Life Medical Issues;” Poonam Bhatla, Greater Los
Angeles POLST Liaison, “Understanding and Writing Advance Directives;” and Judith Delaney, MA, MFT, marriage and family therapist, “Family Caregiver Stress & Communication.” Speakers and members of St. John’s Palliative Care Team will participate in a Q&A panel. Segments of the award winning short documentary film, Consider the Conversation... will be shown. Palliative
care, a newer branch of medicine, has evolved to meet the needs of patients and families experiencing serious and lifethreatening illness. Offering comprehensive, compassionate and holistic healthcare, the inpatient palliative care team of professionals can provide assistance with the patient's physical, social, spiritual and advance-care planning. Reservations are required; call 310-829-8453.
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The annual Sports Spectacular Women’s Luncheon was held Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at The Beverly Hills Hotel. The luncheon brings together women who support the Cedars-Sinai Medical Genetics Institute. The afternoon featured a fashion show by Alberta Ferretti. Pictured (L to R); Sports Spectacular Women’s Luncheon Executive Director Julie Harelson with Sports Spectacular Women’s Luncheon Co-Chairs: Tonya Winfield, Linda Rambis and Sharon Hernandez.
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George Christy’s Pick Of The Week: Hat Haven
ritten by America’s celebrated songsmiths George and Ira Gershwin, They Can’t Take That Away from Me was sung by Fred Astaire to an enraptured Ginger Rogers in the 1937 musical Shall We Dance. It was Oscar-nominated for Best Original Song. Twelve years later, Fred and Ginger polished the parquet to the music in The Barkleys of Broadway.
n overnight hit, and considered a classic over time, the romantic reverie was recorded by Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Diana Krall, Rod Stewart and others.
Angeles. The company dates back to 1895, when hat maker Cassel Goorin was designing and peddling fedoras and top hats from a vendor’s cart in Pittsburgh, PA.
oday, Goorin Bros. remains a strong family business, with thirtysomething Ben Goorin, a great grandson of Cassel, overseeing the empire with its 23 stores from the company headquarters in San Francisco, where Cassel’s sons relocated from Pittsburgh.
his week we marked the first anniversary of our shop on Larchmont Boulevard, which opened last year on April lst,” reveals Goorin Bros. manager Liz Montecastro, whose knowledge about hat making, fabrics, styles seems encyclopedic. “Hats are hot news. Major stores advertise hats all the time. Young people are hooked, inspired by hip hop musicians who don hats around the clock. As does Lady Gaga with her flamboyant choices.
ackground music, please, as The Way You Wear Your Hat lyrics plays while we segue into Charlie Sheen and dad Martin Sheen, Darren he fedora’s among our Criss and his Glee cast members, Jamie Lee Curtis, Adam most popular styles, as is the flat Sandler, Donna Summer, and cap that’s like a newsboy’s. Every month our newly Dodgers teammates. designed hats that are manufacll are hat people who tured in Pennsylvania and New buy hats from Goorin Bros. Jersey arrive in our stores. We Bold Hatmakers, in Los have three stores in Los Angeles.
On Melrose Avenue and in Pasadena and our latest on Larchmont Boulevard where I work. With summer not far off we’ll have plenty of straw and cotton hats in bright colors. Come wintertime, felt and tweed are favored in beige, brown, grey, black. Our Americanmade hats range in price from $98 to $140. Regular hats, as we refer to those made elsewhere, are priced between $28 to $65.
Everything old is new again.
oorin Bros. is at 1411⁄2 Larchmont Blvd. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Street parking. Telephone: 323-4632006.
ovies and TV series include players who wear hats. Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire, The Castle, etc. When Angelina Jolie wore a cloche in The Changeling, we had a run on cloches. Berenice Bejo wears a cloche in The Artist which also sparked sales. Costume designers find hats enhance the characters, and spur an actor’s creativity.”
istorians believe the first hat to be depicted was found on a tomb painting in the ancient Greek city of Thebes. A coolie-style straw hat. Possibly a protection from the sun? Just as hats today protect us in our tropical California climate.
The way you wear your hat, The way you drink your tea, The memory of all that, No, no, they can’t take that away from me.
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he is still enthusiastic about writing new music. “I am so pleased, so blessed that I get up every morning and want to write.” Tickets are $34, $5 for full time students and may be ordered by phone at 213-5343434 or online at www.pacser.org.
Celebration Of Iranian Cinema Set For Next Week Now in its 22nd year, The UCLA Celebration of Iranian Cinema, a collaboration of The Farhang Foundation and the UCLA Film & Television Archive, kicks off at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 13 with Mourning (Iran, 2011), directed by Morteza Farshbaf, at the Billy Wilder Theater, 10899 Wilshire Blvd. The program continues through April 29, featuring contemporary Iranian films and special guest appearances by Iranian filmmaker, Parviz Sayyad, on April 13, 14, 22, 27 and 28. Screenings dates and films, all shown at the theater, include: • April 14-7:30 p.m., The Mission (Ferestadeh) (USA/West Germany, 1984) • April 15-7 p.m., Here Without Me (Inja Bedoone Man) (Iran, 2011) • April 21-7:30 p.m. Three and a Half (Iran, 2011) • April 22-7 p.m.,Dead End (Bon Bast) (Iran, 1977) • April 27-7:30 p.m., Samad Becomes an Artist (Samad Artist Mishavad) (Iran, 1974) • April 28- 7:30 p.m. Checkpoint (USA, 1987) • April 29- 7 p.m., Good Bye (Be Omid E Didar) (Iran, 2011); This is Not a Film (Iran, 2010) A private reception will immediately follow the opening-night program, April 13 at Napa Valley Grille, across the street from the theater, at 1100 Glendon Ave. Advanced tickets to the opening-night film screening and private reception are available as a package at $150 (per person) via farhang.org. Individual tickets are also available from the UCLA Film & Television Archive or directly from the Billy Wilder Theater Box Office.
Colburn School To Honor Marriner Sir Neville Marriner will be honored with the Richard D. Colburn Award at The Colburn School’s gala concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Sunday, April 22. Marriner will receive this special award at the “Celebrate Colburn 100” gala as he conducts the Colburn Orchestra, the flagship ensemble of the downtown Los Angeles school. This year’s annual event marks Richard D. Colburn’s centenary. The award recognizes an individual who enhances the teaching and performance of classical music or dance in Southern California. The 6:30 p.m program will include: Rossini’s William Tell Overture and Elgar’s Enigma Variations. Also on the bill is Barber’s Violin Concerto, which will feature young Colburn Academy violinist Mayumi Kanagawa, the 2011 winner of the Irving M. Klein International String Competition. The Colburn School’s Music Director/Conductor Yehuda Gilad, will also take the podium. Tickets start at $15. Visit www.colburnschool.edu/tickets or call 213-621-1050 for box office information.
Live She Stoops To Conquer To Screen At UCLA To celebrate Brit Week 2012, L.A. Theatre Works and the James Bridges Theater will present a National Theatre live broadcast of She Stoops To Conquer in HD at 5:30 p.m., Sunday, April 29 at UCLA’s James Bridges Theater, School of Theater, Film and Television, 235 Charles E. Young Dr. One of the great comedies of the English language, She Stoops To Conquer, a celebration of chaos, courtship and the dysfunctional family, will be filmed live at the National’s Olivier Theatre and broadcast to hundreds of cinemas and performing arts venues around the world by National Theatre Live. Tickets are $20; $10 for students. For information, call 310-827-0889 or visit www.latw.org.
Stillman’s New Damsels In Distress
Believe It Or Not, A Literate Comedy Writer/Director Whit Stillman has given us a film so out of the loop it doesn’t even have Jerry Cutler one visual “joke” about someone writhing in pain after being hit in the groin. on Film And no, get this, there is no gratuitous violence, nudity or sex! Stillman might start a trend of decency and scripts which are literate, insightful and humorous. The acting is wonderful. Greta Gerwig is right on as Violet Wister, a leader of three students at Seven Oaks College whose main thrust on campus is to help manic students with programs stressing hygiene and hectic musical dancing. So imbued is she with her dancing being the therapeutic answer to depression, she yearns to achieve an international dance craze that will eventually help everyone caught in the web of a social downfall. However, the primary function for their outreach program is the day-to-day operation of the school’s “Suicide Center.” As an inducement to visit the center, they give away donuts. The only requirement being that the
student display suicidal tendencies. They spot innocent and puzzled looking Lily (Analeigh Tipton) at student orientation and decide she is in dire need of their help and protection. They take her under their wing even though Lily is problematic and asserts her independence by asking many questions. Their agenda never waivers even when their intricate calculations misfire. The girls get involved with a series of guys ranging from dimwits to slightly flawed intelligent guys. Stillman has given us a totally creative script and, thanks to his other talents, carries the film with satisfying results. Damsels In Distress might not be for everyone, but certainly was for me.
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Bully—Why What Happens On The Schoolyard, Doesn’t Stay On The Schoolyard By Adam Sherman As Lee Hirsch’s documentary,’ proves, too many people consider bullying a lighter problem than it actually is. Bully focuses on three students who have dealt with bullying on a day-to-day basis, and two families who lost their children to bullies. The children are Alex, a 12-year-old boy, who tries to brush off bullying as something minor despite the fact that it escalated as he continued to go through school; Kelby, a 16year-old girl, who was outed as a lesbian and is now considered a freak by nearly her entire community; and Ja'Meya, a 14-year-old girl, who was so overwhelmed by her bullying that she ended up bringing a loaded handgun into the school bus where she was abused and took the occupants hostage, resulting in her ending up in a juvenile detention facility. The two families who lost
their children, the Longs and the Smalleys, have been fighting for answers as to why their children reached the point of suicide, and why the driving forces weren’t taken care of. Throughout the documentary, viewers get to see exactly how often the children are brutalized in the classrooms, hallways, and buses. They get slammed into lockers, strangled, stabbed with pencils, beaten, and forcefully satupon. The abuse can also be emotional, as seen in Kelby’s case, wherein her entire school, including the teachers, call her a “fag” and talk about how homosexuals should be burned or hung. She is even reviled by nearly her entire community. What makes the situation
worse is how that the documentary shows that while the schools promise to take care of these bullying situations or at least look into them, they often either ignore the issue altogether, or only do some light investigating without rechecking. In some cases, they even ignore bullying going on right behind them or worse still, even promote the bullies. Bully reminds audience through interviews with the students and families that what goes down in the schoolyard is not an issue to be taken lightly: the schools have become apathetic rather than proactive. Ultimately, this is a movie that must be seen by children and adults alike, regardless of whether this film gets an “R” rating.
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Joan Mangum Beautiful sheer fabric was draped all over the room, and around the window with a sitting room accented with two ceiling high French Antique mirrors. The finishing touches were a black baby grand piano played by Wendy Ryan, and a large flat screen projecting Chanel couture spring fashion shows. The lunch was served in a “French style” under the direction of Catering Director Jamie Friedman. Several speeches were delivered by Susan’s friends and then her husband Marvin, and his best friend Christophe Choo arrived o see her to blow out her candles on her Chanel cake, designed by Cake Divas. It was a special and fashionable COCO_STYLE–Susan Rothenberg (center) birthday celebration, celebrated her birthday with a lavish “Coco Chanel-style luncheon at The Peninsula. She and everyone knew is flanked by Robin Blake (left) and Leslie Coco was there in every way… Kavanaugh.Photo by Howard Pasamanick ****** The Guild of Big Brothers and pearls. When the doors opened to Big Sisters of Greater Los Angethe dining area, the room had les presented its “Accessories for been transformed by Roberto Success” spring luncheon /fashLuna (owner of Luna Gardens), ion show at The Beverly Hills who created spectacular over- Hotel featuring fashions from sized floral arrangements that sat Neiman Marcus. Honorees were Anne atop the tables draped in white taffeta all the way to the floor, Globe, CMO of DreamWorks with black velvet embossing, Animation SKG, and Sharon covered with pearls, silver and Harroun Peirce, board director of BritWeek and LA’s BEST. crystal. It was a fantastic luncheon… Susan Rothenberg celebrated her birthday “In the Style of Coco Chanel” at a luncheon she hosted for 50 gals at The Peninsula. The reception area and Verandah Room were transformed into Coco’s apartment that still exists today on Rue Cambon in Paris. In keeping with the theme, the ladies wore Channel attire-little black dresses, hats, gloves,
WINE, WOMEN & SHOES–Luxury footwear designer Dana Davis (left photo) shows actress Lea Thompson a new creation at “Wine, Women & Shoes” fundraiser for Children’s Action Network and Westside Children’s Center in the home of Heather Thomas and Skip Brittenham. Co-chairing the event (right photo) were Patricia Penske (left), Stacey Lynn Kohl, Carla Du Manoir (right). Photos by Vince Bucci
Model/actress Amber Vattetta emceed. Guild members Sandy Bilson, Laura Lizer and Vicki Martin co-chaired with Joni Berry, Jackie Collins, NancyJane Goldston and Joanna Poitier serving as honorary co-chairs. Prior to the luncheon, an Accessories Boutique featured a fashionable array of select vendors donating a portion of proceeds from their sales to BBBSLA. Lots of us left with full shopping bags. Tiffany Siart, preident/CEO of BBBSLA, said: “Both our honorees have demonstrated a longstanding commitment as role models for civic involvement and at-risk youth.” DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg presented the “Excellence in Mentoring” award” to Anne Globe. She is currently a mentor with The Hollywood Reporter/Big Brothers Big Sisters Women in Entertainment Mentoring Program. Actress Jeri Ryan presented the “Innovator” award to Sharon Harroun Peirce. Among those on hand were Ara Arzumanian, Nancy Taylor, Mary Willard, Jeremy Weinglass–who also entertained the crowd with his wonderful piano playing, Pam Dawber, Sarah Purcell, Jamie Lee Curtis, JoAnne Worley, Jackie Joseph, Rachelle Begley, Lu Parker, Jolene Schlatter, Carrie Brillstein, and Ariela Shani, Neiman Marcus B.H. store manager. The BBBSLA Guild, founded in 1986, is dedicated to promoting awareness and raising support for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater L.A. It has raised nearly $10 million to support to one-to-one mentoring programs. ****** The weather didn’t dampen our spirits as we recently celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with our pals Barbara and Bill Malone at their Bel-Air home. They love St. Paddy’s like I love Christmas… Their home is decorated to the 10s with anything attributed to that day… They have been celebrating it with family and friends for nearly 20 years, and I always enjoy catching up with some of their many guests. I must say we all looked great in green… I never realized how many shades of green there are… Their Irish buffet dinner is to die for, especially the corn beef and cabbage… and, in addition, guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres of caviar and blinis from California
Caviar… Now, if that wasn’t enough, you had to see the selection of BreadBasdesserts from ketsCake.com… The cake, especially, was delicious. With the band, we all enjoyed the sign-along of famous Irish ditties. ****** Children’s Action Network and Westside Children’s Center presented the inaugural “Wine Women & Shoes” at the beautiful home of Heather Thomas and her uber-attorney Skip Brittenham. L.A.’s most wine-savvy, shoe-loving women kicked up their heels and sipped wines from Breggo Cellars, Charles Krug, Cliff Lede Vineyards, Collier Falls, Landy Family Vineyards, Old Bridge Cellars, Patz & Hall, PEJU and St. Supery. In
wine, tasting delicious dishes and having a ball trying on and buying buying buying some shoes… Cathriene Bach, Lu Parker, Lea Thompson, Jena and Michael King, and executive directors of CAN and WCC respectively Jennifer Perry and Heather Carrigan. ****** The 28th Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill Event – S.T.A.G.E. – will present “Original Cast 3,” a musical showcase of artists from stage, TV and cabaret performing songs they originated in musical productions. This one-night-only event will be Saturday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m. at the Saban Theatre on Wilshire and benefits AIDS Project L.A. Heading the initial list of participants donating time and talent to this event include Anna
‘BIG’ LUNCHEON–The Guild of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater L.A. held its annual “Accessories for Success” luncheon/fashion show in The Beverly Hills Hotel with Neiman Marcus supplying the fashions. Pictured (from left): co-honoree Sharon Harroun Peirce, emcee Amber Valletta, co-honoree Anne Globe, who was presented her award by Dreamworks Animation SKG CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg. Photos by Vince Bucci
addition, guests shopped the latest shoes and accessories from various fashion partners. Co-chairs Carla Du Manoir, Patricia Penske, and Stacey Lynn Kohl exclaimed: “Anyone who has a passion for fashion and an appreciation for fine wine and food, all while giving back to our at-risk neighborhood youth, loved this event!” Children’s Action Network uses the entertainment community to increase awareness of children’s issues and to make them a top priority in every day life. CAN is currently dedicated to finding homes for the more than 107,000 children in foster care in the U.S. who are waiting for an adoptive family and improving outcomes for the more than 400,000 children in foster care. The non-profit Westside Children’s Center, supports underserved, vulnerable children and their families in West L. A. by providing a full range of crucial, multidisciplinary services. Some of the guests sipping
Maria Alberghetti, Adrienne Barbeau, Len Cariou, Patrick Cassidy and Shirley Jones, Mary Jo Catlett, Carole Cook, Nancy Dussault, Beth Fowler, Bonnie Franklin, Brian Lane Green, Bill Hutton, Carol Lawrence, Andrea McArdle, Donna McKechnie, Pat Morison, Sally Struthers, and Constance Towers. Still more are David Burnham, Loretta Devine, Pat Marshall, Lillias White, Susan Watson, John Lloyd Young, Cody Green, and The Tonics. David Galligan will once again direct the show with John McDaniel as musical director and choreography by Lee Martino and Dan Mojica. For tickets, visit www.apla. or org/stage www.sabantheatre.org . For sponsorship information, call 866-679-0958 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. S.T.A.G.E., the world’s longest continuously running AIDS event, is the second fundraising event ever created to fight AIDS.
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Shanghai High School Representatives Visit BHUSD By Matt Lopez Representatives from Shanghai High School (Shanghai, China) were on campus at Beverly Hills High School Tuesday for a visit that BHUSD Superintendent Dr. Gary Woods hopes sparks a positive working relationship with one of the top-performing schools in the world. Dr. Tang Shengchang visited UCLA and BHHS along with three teachers from Shanghai High School. Shengchang is the VP of the China Education Society and current principal of Shanghai High. Shanghai High School earned its reputation as a topperforming school when it stunned “experts” in 2010 by outscoring counterparts from about 65 other countries in math, science and reading in the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) test, an international standardized test. In the same test, the United
States ranked 17th in reading, 23rd in science and 32nd in math. At the time, Chester E. Finn Jr., who served in President Ronald Reagan’s Department of Education, told the New York Times he compared the importance of Shanghai’s test results to Sputnik, the groundbreaking Soviet Union satellite that launched in 1957. Woods said the visit was the result of a growing relationship between UCLA and BHHS. Woods took Shengchang and UCLA Assistant Provost David Unruh around campus for about 30 minutes and said Shengchang was so impressed he asked Unruh of his interest in developing a partnership between Shanghai and UCLA/BHHS. “We are looking at the potential for some high-level Shanghai students to come participate in UCLA’s summer programs and that would give us an opportunity for them to
interface with some of our students,” Woods said. “The second component was on the teacher level, to let our teachers have a chance to be a part of some conversations with teachers from Shanghai.” One key reason for Shengchang’s visit, according to Woods, was a curiosity about the mind of the American high school student. “One criticism some people have of Shanghai is the kids are very lockstep in their study and approach,” Woods said. “It appeared to me that he was trying to figure out how Americans think and why Americans are generally considered very innovative so he can increase those abilities at Shanghai.” Woods is scheduled to meet with UCLA administrators in the next couple of weeks to flesh out plans for developing further relations with Shanghai High School.
bequeathed the estate and adjacent residence at 626 Siena Way to the University in 1964. The residence is also being sold by the University and is currently listed for sale at $9,000,000. Hampton stressed that the sale did not undermine the intention of the donor, which he said was to benefit academic programs. “It’s no longer practical to own and operate the property,” he explained, citing the lack of parking, maintenance costs and the University’s belief that since 1993, “the garden serves no teaching or research function.” According to Hannah Carter’s son, Jim Caldwell, solutions exist to preserve the garden and ensure that it remains both a cultural
resource and a serene haven for the public. One possible solution would be to use a portion of the interest from the sale of the residence to pay both for maintenance costs, currently estimated around $120,000 annually, and the use of a shuttle to compensate for the lack of parking. “That seems like the obvious solution,” he said. “It’s clear to me they’re not looking for solutions...they’re only looking for ways to get rid of the garden.” On Monday, the Save the Hannah Carter Japanese Garden Coalition will hold a meeting at the Skirball Cultural Center to strategize on increasing support for the preservation of the garden and getting the topic on the agenda for the May regents meeting.
The main repair needed is fixing the existing damaged star ball. Additionally, a lamp replacement and elevator repair are needed. Margo said Jen Tedford, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development at BHUSD, is currently researching accreditation of an astronomy course. The board, however, has not yet approved adding any such course to the curriculum.
Margo added that he hoped the planetarium could be back in use, possibly by the summer. “We need to get it fixed and get people trained on it, preferably students,” Margo said. “We don’t need a dedicated teacher in there 24/7; we need people who can supervise and that can be students. We’re just looking for an inexpensive way to get the planetarium running.”
former Greta Lenetska in 1967 after a 10-day engagement. The couple moved to Beverly Hills four years later where they lived together until her death in 2005. Upon arrival here, Furst entered the travel industry, becoming a travel agent. He was co-owner of APA Travel for 15 years and later worked with Revel Travel and Altour. He is survived by his son
Larry and his wife Nu Usaha; his daughter Valeri and her husband Ron Wauschek; and grandchildren Emma, Kate, and Harry. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be sent to the Lionel Furst Fund at The Rotary Club of Beverly Hills, P.O. Box 215, Beverly Hills, CA 90213. A memorial service will be held May 5 at 11 a.m. at 211 S. Spalding Dr.
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In response to a planned demonstration by a coalition of nearly 20 community groups and organizations opposed to the sale of the Kyoto-style garden designed by Nagao Sakurai in 1959, UCLA opted to cancel the open house rather than expose potential bidders to the controversy surrounding the property. “UCLA decided it was appropriate,” UCLA Media Relations & Public Outreach Associate Director Phil Hampton said. Until last summer, the Bel Air property known as the Hannah Carter Japanese Garden, currently listed for sale at $5.7 million, had been open to the public since former UC regent Edward Carter
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Margo said. According to www.goastronomy.com, BHHS is the only high school in the Los Angeles area with a planetarium on campus. Spitz, the company that installed the planetarium equipment, will perform the repairs at a cost of $7,500, which will come out of the general maintenance budget.
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of KCET. Born in Paris, France, on Dec. 20, 1928, he grew up in New York City where he attended Collegiate School. After graduating from Union College in 1950, he spent several years in advertising working with various agencies and RKO General. Furst met and married the
REMEMBERING VETS—The “Beverly Hills Honors Its Veterans” display window in the public library, a Community Service Project of BH Rotary, is seeking local service people to honor. The first window, above, recognized actor and resident Glenn Ford, whose distinguished miliary career included serving in WWII as a sergeant and Vietnam as a reserve military officer. —Photo by Clark Fogg
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Coffey, assistant director, and Steve Zoet, director, with the concept—create a rotating display that highlights local veterans from different wars and conflicts. After winning their encouragement, he then found an enthusiastic supporter in BHPD Chief Dave Snowden, now his partner on the project. Clark Fogg, the department’s senior forensic specialist has designed and installed the first two displays along with Geimer. Brooks Brothers Manager Jim Jahant has donated mannequins to properly display uniforms. The current display honors Mark Miner and Tom West, both members of the BHPD and lieutenant colonels in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, who saw active duty in Iraq. Miner supervises a high technology task force for the department, while West is assigned to the patrol bureau. “We have tremendous history in this City,” says Geimer. “And people don’t realize what these people did.” The first “military showcase” honored actor Glenn Ford who served in WWII as a sergeant and Vietnam as a re-
serve military officer. In the future he’s hoping to feature former BH mayors Lt. Gen. Harold L. George and Maj. Gen. Leroy W. Watson in the case, just outside the administrative offices. Geimer is working with James Stewart’s daughter Kelly to showcase the actors military career. He was a WWII bomber pilot (who flew 20 missions) and Vietnam War veteran who rose to the rank of brigadier general in the Air Force Reserve. Geimer is quick to point out, however, that the honor is for any vet “who lived or worked in Beverly Hills.” He would love to have a WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service, a division of the Navy) or WAC (Womens Army Corps) member represented. For the window, the veteran or family members need to supply items for a compelling display including uniforms, medals and commendations, letters, stories, flags and banners and pictures. For more information on what is now a BH Rotary Club Community Service Project, contact Geimer at 310-2932205 or martin.geimer@ camoves.com. —Steve Simmons
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ANOTHER B I RT H D AY ! ?
Jane Wooster Scott
BIRTHDAY GREETINGS—Celebrating birthdays are Merle Haggard, Marilu Henner, Ari Meyers, Tamara Henry and Billy Dee Williams (April 6); Jerry Brown, Francis Coppola, Lisa Detanna, David Frost, James Garner, Janis Ian, Joan Oates, Wayne Rogers and Ravi Shankar (April 7); Jane Wooster Scott, Franco Corelli, Shecky Greene, Skye Pingul, and John Schneider (April 8); The Courier’s founder March Schwartz--HAPPY 95TH, Sy Sussman, Jean Paul Belmondo, Kay Goldman, Hugh Hefner, Michael Learned, Fiorenza Lucas, Keshia Knight-Pullam and Dennis Stevens (April 9); John Madden, Steven Seagal, and Omar Sharif (April 10); Eileen Goodman, Joel Grey, Louise Lasser, and Peter Riegert (April 11); Helene An, Montserrat Caballé, David Cassidy, Andy Garcia, Herbie Hancock and David Letterman (April 12); and belatedly to Joan Leopold (March 30).
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ly, the firm of Exponent - Failure Analysis Associates reached the same conclusion. MTA’s conclusion that an “active fault” exists under Beverly Hills High School is simply wrong, according to the internationally recognized geotechnical and environmental engineering firm of Shannon & Wilson. MTA essentially "punched a few holes" and concluded faults exist along the West Beverly Hills Lineament (WBHL) which underlies Beverly Hills High School. The Beverly Hills Unified School District, instead, dug long trenches on the campus to determine conclusively whether or not such faults exist. Shannon & Wilson told the Beverly Hills City Council Tuesday that MTA's investigation failed to meet industry standards, but that the school district's efforts were the “gold standard” for geotechnical investigations. Former Mayor Barry Brucker attempted to have Shannon & Wilson discredit the district's findings that contradicted those of the MTA. Instead Shannon & Wilson's experts, including Dr. Roy Schlemon who actually observed the trenching, confirmed that the WBHL has not been active “in the last 200,000 years.”
Shannon & Wilson concurred with BHUSD. “[Metro] used that reasoning to come to their conclusions about Santa Monica Boulevard and if we can’t believe what they said about the high school, how can we believe what they said about Santa Monica Boulevard,” Councilman Julian Gold said. “Aren’t we dealing with the same flawed science?" MTA used the same methodology to conclude that “active faults” exist along Santa Monica Boulevard, which in turn is MTA's main justification for digging the tunnel under Beverly High. During an intense question-and-answer session with the Shannon & Wilson engineers and geotechnical experts, Gold questioned not just the methods used, but also the thoroughness of MTA’s studies. According to its own documentation, MTA staff was directed to “fully investigate the nature and locations of faults in the Century City area and their potential impact on the proposed station locations” for the Century City Area Fault Investigation Report to be complete. Lead Engineering Geologist Dean Francuch, in response to Gold's questioning, said MTA failed to complete the work. Shannon & Wilson confirmed that MTA
conducted virtually no investigation of its favored Constellation Boulevard site. “Point of fact, they actually haven’t even completed the assignment,” Gold said. Shannon & Wilson conducted a peer review of the Century City Area Tunneling Safety Report and Century City Area Fault Investigation Report, both from Oct. 19, 2011. Shannon & Wilson's engineering and geotechnical experts analyzed own Metro’s data and expressed their own conclusions to the City Council Tuesday. Shannon & Wilson experts said the BHUSD would still be able to construct over the tunnel up to 30-feet underground, leaving 20-feet between the top of the tunnel and the bottom of the construction. Any deeper than that would be doable but costly, Director of Underground Services Robert Robinson said. He also noted the high school also would not be
significantly impacted by noise, vibration or ground settlement. However, all of that presupposed the construction of a massive underground “bridge” straddling the tunnels to support any buildings. They admitted to Vice Mayor John Mirisch that any such bridge would be “massively expensive.” They also noted that many people actually can hear or detect low vibrations and noise caused by trains operating inside the tunnels. When asked his opinion about MTA conclusions, Francuch said he would not have come to the same conclusions as MTA’s geologists and engineers. He cited MTA's use of boring samples, which while “state of the practice for areas of congestion” are not as accurate as fault trenching. Because the MTA samples were cored in mainly open space, trenches could have been dug but MTA failed to do that. Instead, the
school district has done that with much different results. “They took the data that they had and they made interpretations that I would say I probably would not have made,” Francuch said. “Were they incorrect interpretations? I don’t know that they were incorrect but I think by studying the faults using fault-trenching techniques, as opposed to geophysical techniques and just borings, you get a better picture. Mayor Brien's last questions summed it up, "With their flawed data around the high school in terms of activity of faults and the questions at constellation, they don’t have enough data to decide that the Constellation stop is even safe and right,” Brien said. “What we are really owed from Metro is more information, more data and some real science to assess the fault line on Santa Monica Boulevard.”
what has gone on. Not because we oppose mass transit, I think we’re in favor, but I also think we feel that process matters and good government matters.” He also cited the recent assault by an MTA employee on Bosse at the recent community open house held by MTA at Temple Emanuel. At that event, Bosse was silenced by MTA representatives while asking questions and had her microphone physically taken from her hand. Mirisch continued, “The latest [insult] is having them [MTA] rip the microphone out of her [Councilmember Bosse’s] hands as she’s trying to ask questions. That is indicative and symbolic of the entire process and I can’t support it.” “I’ve been asking for a long time for us to make our support contingent upon Metro’s not going under the high school and this is just the next phase of that. I don’t know if it will or won’t have an impact but my
guess would be it won’t. Nothing seems to have an impact on Metro but I think we owe it to our community to let them know where we stand and to show them we’re doing everything we can to protect the community including the schools. Metro is an example of government gone bad. It is an agency run amok. It's the antithesis of good local government which comes from the people, from the ground up rather than the top down.” The big question remaining is whether or not new Mayor Willie Brien will place the matter on the council’s agenda. One of the few powers of a mayor in Beverly Hills is to set the agenda. Unless the mayor places an item on the agenda, it takes the vote of three councilmembers to put something before the council. Bosse has told The Courier that she favors the kind of resolution proposed by Mirisch.
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ing the City’s second set of independent experts, Shannon & Wilson, rejecting the MTA’s findings about seismic issues, faults and methane issues. That firm joins Exponent – Failure Analysis Associates, also hired by the City, in concluding that MTA’s work fails to meet the “state of the practice” of the profession and fails to provide an adequate basis for selecting the Constellation station location instead of the Santa Monica Boulevard station. Both sets of independent experts discredited MTA’s conclusions and science. Experts retained by the Beverly Hills Unified School District reached the same conclusions. Mirisch made clear that his resolution is in response to MTA’s refusals to consider Beverly Hills’ views. “[I am] going to be proposing the resolution because of
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Frances Allen Desert Roundup
“Can you feel the love tonight?” was the question posed recently at the annual ACT for MS Spring Gala–the answer a resounding “Yes!” The question was asked as part of the theme music from the movie The Lion King and guests, who were requested to come dressed in safari gear or as their favorite animal certainly had the loving ACT for MS patrons Rhonda and spirit, although they were Ray Smith get in the African topped by a troupe of seven theme for the Indian Wells gala. fully-costumed and made-up and co-founder Gloria Greer, tigers who, under the growl of along with event co-chair Suz head tigress and event patron Hunt, supported a 14-year-old Rhonda Smith, prowled the ball- Coachella Valley non-profit which room of the Renaissance provides support to those sufferEsmeralda Hotel & Spa in Indian ing with multiple sclerosis, a disease for which there is, as yet, no Wells. The event, flawlessly pro- cure. Clients are offered a variety duced by the group’s president of programs and services, free of
Talks Books Jolyn Rudelson has penned It’s Not About You: A Grandparent’s Guide To Surviving Divorce In The Family (Park East $17.95). After the shock and anger, but at whom? Jolyn has written the book in “10 rules” chapters with both practical advice such as the negative aspects of the “collaborative divorce” and the
emotional aspect of this person who was “like a daughter” and her parents who now will be taking your grandchildren across the country from you. In that position you can be grateful for Skype allows you to still be part of their lives. Each page has something of value, including don’t knock the other parents but don’t answer with a lie to your grandchildren’s questions. The interview is on YouTube/Connie Martinson’s Channel
charge, to help them live with MS, its symptoms and debilities by providing the tools and resources necessary–from transportation to assistance in payment of utility bills–to successfully improve the quality of life while living with an incurable medical condition. The gala paid tribute to two honorees: pianist/composer John Bayless, and Jackie Lee Houston. Bayless, whose records of accomplishments took up two pages in the event’s tribute book, suffered a stroke almost 4-years ago, but while in therapy to regain use of his right hand, he plays piano more beautifully with his left hand than most fully functional people do with two. There is hardly a Coachella Valley charity that would not be justified in paying tribute to Jackie Lee Houston and her legacy of giving. However, along with being a committed supporter of ACT for MS, Jackie Lee, who passed away less than a year ago, was one of the organization’s five co-founders. In addition to a performance of the music of Elton John by Bayless, he was also joined on stage by ACT for MS director Jack Jones, who presented Bayless his award and joined him in a duet. The evening’s other entertainment was provided by singers Cassie Miller and Loren Smith and two doctors: the Doc Poster Band (Doc was lead trumpet player for Harry James and Ray Anthony) and Dr. Vanessa Sheldon (an internationallyrenown concert harpist who received her Ph.D. in music performance and history at age 19). To learn more about ACT for MS, call 760-773-9806.
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58 Break in logic 59 Fire starter? 60 Magic, for instance 63 Refresher 64 European of the Iron Age 65 In days gone by 66 Hemispherical computer addon? 68 “Ride ’em, cowboy!,” e.g.? 70 In its current state 71 “As if that weren’t enough …” 72 Perpetually, to Pope 73 What only one Best Picture winner has had 74 In the distance 75 Dieter ’s target 76 “The cat’s meow” or “a dog’s life” 78 “___ Eyes” (1969 hit for the Guess Who) 79 Big house that’s not as big? 82 Site of one of the Seven Wonders 83 Rower ’s need 84 “I hate the Moor” speaker 85 Young builder ’s supply 87 Point of rotation 90 Plus 91 Floors 92 Casino souvenir 96 “Entourage” agent Gold 97 Back stroke? 99 Goddess of gas? 102 Get part of one’s shirt under control?
106 Poppies, e.g. 107 Undamaged 108 What the Gorgon Stheno does in Greek myth? 113 Render unproductive? 114 Dressage gait 115 Noisy water heater 116 Old Soviet naval base site 117 Vodka brand 118 “Borrow” 119 Rubber-stamps Down 1 Early enough 2 At the back 3 Ones going on a long walk? 4 Old machinery coating 5 Actress Vardalos 6 ___ Mail 7 “You know better!” 8 Belarus, once: Abbr. 9 Venae ___ (large blood vessels) 10 It can make you dizzy 11 Yom Kippur War politician 12 Revolutionary device? 13 Longtime Redskins coach Joe 14 The Andrea Doria, for one 15 Chemistry Nobelist Otto 16 King of Naples in “The Tempest” 17 Cheese off
18 Baseball team once owned by Ray Kroc 20 Like kiwi fruit 24 With proficiency 28 Pinch 30 Exam administered four times a yr. 31 “Lou Grant” production co. 32 Caribbean resort island 33 Army heads 38 Pledge of Allegiance finisher 39 Like most canned tomatoes 41 Defensive return 42 Reacted to shocking news 43 “Watch your ___!” 44 Took a few seconds? 45 Podium personage 46 They’re not popular in offices 47 ___ oneself (share private thoughts) 48 Workhorse’s quality 49 Phoebe of “Drop Dead Fred” 51 Sunni sermonizer 52 Communication system of old 53 Exchanged, as words 54 Reckless driver ’s loss, possibly 55 Becomes clear 61 More copious 62 Wisdom tooth, e.g. 64 Caesar ’s first wife
David M. Simmons
In loving memory of David Maney Simmons who passed away September 02, 2006. He left behind his beloved wife of more than 60 years, Barbara Butler Ince Simmons. David attended Hawthorne, El Rodeo, Beverly Hills High School, USC and Harvard University. After serving in the Navy during WWII, he became a giant in the aviation industry, serving as president of Lockheed Air Terminal (now Bob Hope Airport) for many years. His myriad of friends and close associates in Beverly Hills and around the world will always cherish his unmatched energy and good humor.
Across 1 Border-crossing necessities 4 Black cloud formers 9 Unresponsive state 13 A flat equivalent 19 Hitchcock thriller set in Brazil 21 It’s all downhill from here 22 Nation bordering Svizzera 23 Ordeal that’s no big deal? 25 Gaze upon 26 It’s much followed in North Africa 27 Large cloth sign with nothing on it? 29 Toy hammer? 34 Ending with sex or symbol 35 Seek redress from 36 “Anything ___?” 37 Potential pet 38 Smartphone buy 40 Swine’s diet 42 Full range 43 For ___ 45 “So that’s your game!” 46 Gulf of Oman port 50 Soft yet easily breakable “Star Trek” creature? 56 Available 57 “Save Me” singer Mann
78 82 86
80 Can of Newcastle 81 Young chap 82 ___ Bud, schoolgirl in “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” 86 M.A. seeker ’s test 87 Director and star of “Looking for Richard” 88 Free of creases 89 Shaw defined it as “insufficient temptation”
65 Maker of Bug-BGon 67 Adds, as to a recording 68 Print shop unit 69 Salty language 72 Interrupter of Dagwood’s naps 75 Kentucky Derby and Epsom Oaks, for two 76 Old sofa’s problem 77 Concerned about the environment
90 Disney subsidiary 91 Drive-___ 92 Holder of plunder 93 Regarding this matter 94 How Sam’s Club buys goods 95 Free tickets 98 Extremist 99 George Jetson’s boy 100 Scrumptious
101 Outside shot? 103 Cry often made while snapping the fingers 104 Elects 105 Read but never post 109 “Too many to list” abbr. 110 Poseidon’s domain 111 Launch platform 112 Record with many beats: Abbr.
Page 22 | April 6 , 2012 Trustee Sale No.: 20100169806893 Title Order No.: 100353639 FHA/VA/PMI No.: NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 2/25/2008. 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. NDEX WEST, LLC, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 02/29/2008 as Instrument No. 20080354480 of official records in the office of the County Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, State of CALIFORNIA. EXECUTED BY: DAVID L. M C FA R L A N D , W I L L SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, C A S H I E R ' S CHECK/CASH EQUIVALENT or other form of payment authorized by 2924h(b), (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States). DATE OF SALE: 4/26/2012 TIME OF SALE: 09:00 AM PLACE OF SALE: DOUBLETREE HOTEL LOS ANGELES - NORWALK, 13111 SYCAMORE DRIVE, NORWALK, CA 9 0 6 5 0 S T R E E T ADDRESS and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 8787 SHOREHAM DRIVE #207 , WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA 90069 APN#: 5559006-034 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any , shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, under the terms of said Deed of Trust, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. 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 the Notice of Sale is $481,736.22. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the county where the real property is located. 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
PUBLIC NOTICES of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder's office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 800-280-2832 for information regarding the trustee's sale or visit this Internet Web site www.auction.com for information regarding the sale of this property, using the file number assigned to this case 20100169806893. 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. FOR TRUSTEE SALE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL: AUCTION.COM, LLC 2 ONE MAUCHLY IRVINE, CA 92618 800-280-2832 www.auction.com NDEx West, L.L.C. MAY BE ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. NDEx West, L.L.C. as Trustee Dated: 3/27/2012 P935541 4/6, 4/13, 04/20/2012
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).
–––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2012036809 The following is/are doing business as: PACIFIC MORTGAGE INVESTMENT 8685 Wilshire Blvd. #10, Beverly Hills, CA 90211; Mario L. Salcedo 8621 Airdrome St., Los Angeles, CA 90035; The business is conducted by: AN INDIVIDUAL, registrant(s) has NOT begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein: Mario L. Salcedo: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: March 05, 2012; Published: March 16, 23, 30, April 06, 2012 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2012041185 The following is/are doing business as: SMART GREEN COURIERS 17412 Ventura Blvd. #8, Encino, CA 91316; Tean Wolf 17412 Ventura Blvd. #8, Encino, CA 91316; The business is conducted by: AN INDIVIDUAL, registrant(s) has NOT begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein: Tean Wolf: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: March 12, 2012; Published: March 16, 23, 30, April 06, 2012 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2012041990 The following is/are doing business as: SIXTY SIX ELEVEN ORANGE STREET 6512 Moore Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90048; Jeffrey Breitman 512 N. Fuller Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036; Hortense Breitman 6512 Moore Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90048;; Marla Breitman 19311 West Ridge Dr., Penn Valley, CA 95946; The business is conducted by: COPARTNERS, registrant(s) has NOT begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein: Jeffrey Breitman, CoPartner: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: March 13, 2012; Published: March 16, 23, 30, April 06, 2012 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2012041991 The following is/are doing business as: 1) EIGHT SEVENTY FIVE BURRELL STREET 2) ONE THOUSAND NORTH DOHENY 3) TWENTY ONE THORNTON AVENUE 4) FORTY FIVE WESTMINSTER AVENUE 6512 Moore Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90048; FH Investment Partnership 6512 Moore Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90048; The business is conducted by: A LIMITED PARTNERSHIP, registrant(s) has NOT begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein: Hortense Breitman, General Partner: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: March 13, 2012; Published: March 16, 23, 30, April 06, 2012 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2012038815 The following is/are doing business as: EXPAK GROUND 8221 Arjons Dr. #3-D, San Diego, CA 92126; Sacramento Overnight So. Cal, LLC 10152 Black Mountain Rd. #61, San Diego, CA 92126; The business is conducted by: A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY, registrant(s) has begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein February 21, 2012: Jeff Lathrop, President: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: March 07, 2012; Published: March 16, 23, 30, April 06, 2012 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2012038445 The following is/are doing business as: BF EZ PAWN HOUSTON, A TENANCY IN COMMON 433 N. Camden Dr. #1070, Beverly Hills, CA 90210; SJ Foxont, LLC 433 N. Camden Dr. #1070, Beverly Hills, CA 90210; JK JL Jan, G.P. 433 N. Camden Dr. #1070, Beverly Hills, CA 90210; SJB-Gens, LLC 433 N.
Camden Dr. #1070, Beverly Hills, CA 90210; The business is conducted by: AN UNINCORPORATED ASSOCIATION OTHER THAN A PARTNERSHIP, registrant(s) has begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein February 23, 2012: Zachary Zalben, Manager: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: March 07, 2012; Published: March 23, 30, April 06, 13, 2012 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2012038452 The following is/are doing business as: SKIN CARE BY DANNA 463 S. Robertson Blvd. #3, Beverly Hills, CA 90211; Kristen Magowan 3203 Overland Ave. #8150, Los Angeles, CA 90034; Danna Magowan 3203 Overland Ave. #8150, Los Angeles, CA 90034; The business is conducted by: HUSBAND AND WIFE, registrant(s) has NOT begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein: Danna Magowan, Co-Owner: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: March 07, 2012; Published: March 23, 30, April 06, 13, 2012 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2012038455 The following is/are doing business as: ATITLAN GROUP 8306 Wilshire Blvd. #1032, Beverly Hills, CA 90211; Kara A. Aptor 1337 Thayer Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024; Dan Aptor 1337 Thayer Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024; Caden Aptor 1337 Thayer Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024; The business is conducted by: A GENERAL PARTNERSHIP, registrant(s) has NOT begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein: Kara Aptor, General Partnership: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: March 07, 2012; Published: March 23, 30, April 06, 13, 2012 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2012039003 The following is/are doing business as: 1) TYLARAE 2) FRENCH STYLE 1535 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035; Tylarae Designs LLC 1635 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035; The business is conducted by: A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY, registrant(s) has begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein January 15, 2012: Georges Bohbot, CEO: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: March 08, 2012; Published: March 23, 30, April 06, 13, 2012 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2012039038 The following is/are doing business as: BLOSSOM ALLIANCE 807 S. Curson Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036; Losri Eschler Frystak 807 S. Curson Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036; The business is conducted by: AN INDIVIDUAL, registrant(s) has NOT begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein: Lori Eschler Frystak: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: March 08, 2012; Published: March 23, 30, April 06, 13, 2012 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2012039048 The following is/are doing business as: 1) M LEG FASHIONS 2) MARUEEN’S LEG FASHIONS 18740 Oxnard St. #310, Tarzana, CA 91356; Maur Sales, Inc. 18740 Oxnard St. #310, Tarzana, CA 91356; The business is conducted by: A CORPORATION, registrant(s) has begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein January 18, 2012: Maureen Shapiro, President: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: March 08, 2012; Published: March 23, 30, April 06, 13,
2012 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2012039042 The following is/are doing business as: ELENA NOURHIANELLIES TRAVEL 12333 Ridge Cir., Los Angeles, CA 90049; Elena Nourhian 12333 Ridge Cir., Los Angeles, CA 90049; The business is conducted by: AN INDIVIDUAL, registrant(s) has NOT begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein: Elena Nourhian: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: March 08, 2012; Published: March 23, 30, April 06, 13, 2012 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2012034213 The following is/are doing business as: 1) LILIAN THOMAS LICENSE PARTNERS 2) KURTVICTER STARCHITECT HOLDINGS 1615 Wilcox Ave. PH-73, Hollywood, CA 90028; KurtVicter LLC 1583 E. Silver Star Rd. #197, Orlando, FL 34761; The business is conducted by: A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY, registrant(s) has begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein February 29, 2012: Curtis Atkins, Performer/CFO: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: February 29, 2012; Published: March 23, 30, April 06, 13, 2012 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2012043210 The following is/are doing business as: LA PHONE REPAIR AND UNLOCK CENTER 1645 Livonia Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90035; Yehouda Cohen 1645 Livonia Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90035; The business is conducted by: AN INDIVIDUAL, registrant(s) has NOT begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein: Yehouda Cohen: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: March 14, 2012; Published: March 23, 30, April 06, 13, 2012 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2012038170 The following is/are doing business as: ORGANIZE YOUR HOUSE 26940 Calamine Dr., Calabasas, CA 91301; Jeanette Acevedo 26940 Calamine Dr., Calabasas, CA 91301; The business is conducted by: AN INDIVIDUAL, registrant(s) has NOT begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein: Jeanette Acevedo: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: March 07, 2012; Published: March 23, 30, April 06, 13, 2012 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2012048869 The following is/are doing business as: CHAMBERS ON SLAUSON 3923 W. Slauson Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90043; Gwendolyn C. Randolph 6013 Bedford St., Los Angeles, CA
90056; The business is conducted by: AN INDIVIDUAL, registrant(s) has NOT begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein: Gwendolyn C. Randolph: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: March 22, 2012; Published: March 30, April 06, 13, 20, 2012 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2012047302 The following is/are doing business as: 1) TEE PEE AND COMPANY 2) LE GRANDE VIE 3) IMAGE HOUSE OF PATRICE 8306 Wilshire Blvd. #1530, Beverly Hills, CA 90211; Tamara Williams 3017 W. 2nd St. #11, Los Angeles, CA 90057; The business is conducted by: AN INDIVIDUAL, registrant(s) has begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein February 01, 2012: Tamara Williams: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: March 21, 2012; Published: March 30, April 06, 13, 20, 2012 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2012047317 The following is/are doing business as: 1) FLEINER AUTOMOTIVE COMPANY 2) FLEINER AUTOMOTIVE 1115 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035; KNM Auto Sales Inc. 1115 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035; The business is conducted by: A CORPORATION, registrant(s) has NOT begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein: Adam Fleiner, Owner: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: March 21, 2012; Published: March 30, April 06, 13, 20, 2012 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2012047320 The following is/are doing business as: LOLA STUDIO 9849 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212; Laurence Deleurme 435 N. Oakhurst Dr. #905, Beverly Hills, CA 90210; The business is conducted by: AN INDIVIDUAL, registrant(s) has NOT begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein: Laurence Deleurme: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: March 21, 2012; Published: March 30, April 06, 13, 20, 2012 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2012047334 The following is/are doing business as: HILL NADELL LITERARY AGENCY 8899 Beverly Blvd. #805, Los Angeles, CA 90048; Bonnie Nadell 582 S. La Jolla Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90048; The business is conducted by: AN INDIVIDUAL, registrant(s) has begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein January 03, 2012: Bonnie Nadell: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: March 21, 2012;
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BEVERLY HILLS NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE File No. 7037.71816 Title Order No. 4664497 MIN No. 100085200627030952 APN 5555-006-153 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 02/13/08. 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. A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in §5102 to the Financial code and authorized to do business in this state, will be held by duly appointed trustee. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to satisfy the obligation secured by said Deed of Trust. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the property address or other common designation, if any, shown herein. Trustor(s): Jonathan Bennett, a single man Recorded: 02/21/08, as Instrument No. 20080303197, of Official Records of LOS ANGELES County, California. Date of Sale: 04/12/12 at 1:00 PM Place of Sale: At the Pomona Valley Masonic Temple Building, located at 395 South Thomas Street, Pomona, CA The purported property address is: 1155 N LA CIENEGA BLVD NO 1007, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA 90069 Assessors Parcel No. 5555-006-153 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 the Notice of Sale is $492,565.05. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid, plus interest. The purchaser shall have no further recourse against the beneficiary, the Trustor or the trustee. 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
PUBLIC NOTICES off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 877-484-9942 or visit this Internet Web site www.USAForeclosure.com or www.Auction.com using the file number assigned to this case 7037.71816. 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. Date: March 21, 2012 NORTHWEST TRUSTEE SERVICES, INC., as Trustee Monica Woodward, Authorized Signatory 1241 E. Dyer Road, Suite 250, Santa Ana, CA 92705 Reinstatement and Pay-Off Requests: (866) 387-NWTS THIS OFFICE IS ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE ORDER # 7 0 3 7 . 7 1 8 1 6 : 03/23/2012,03/30/2012,0 4/06/2012 —————————— NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE Trustee Sale No.: 20100187437952 Title Order No.: 100730977 FHA/VA/PMI No.: YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 08/13/03. 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. NDEx West, LLC, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 08/19/03, as Instrument No. 03 2396286 of official records in the office of the County Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, State of California. EXECUTED
BY: JOHN J. BURNS, III, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, C A S H I E R ' S CHECK/CASH EQUIVALENT or other form of payment authorized by 2924h(b), (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States) DATE OF SALE: April 12, 2012 TIME OF SALE: 11:00 AM PLACE OF SALE: Inside the lobby of the building located at 628 North Diamond Bar Blvd., Suite B, Diamond Bar, CA STREET ADDRESS and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 9014 RANGLEY AVENUE, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA 90048. APN# 4336?023?008 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, under the terms of said Deed of Trust, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. 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 the Notice of Sale is $484,842.93. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the county where the real property is located. FOR TRUSTEE SALE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL: NATIONWIDE POSTING & PUBLICATION 2 5005 WINDPLAY DRIVE, SUITE 1, EL DORADO HILLS, CA 95762-9334 916-9390772, www.nationwideposting.com NDEx West L.L.C. MAY BE ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY I N F O R M AT I O N OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. NDEx West, L.L.C. as Trustee, BY: Ric Juarez Dated: 03/15/12 NPP0198620 03/23/12, 03/30/12, 04/06/12 —————————— NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE TS No. 11-0028238 Title Order No. 110021647 Investor/Insurer No. 128864297 APN No. 4331-027-018 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 06/19/2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT
MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER." Notice is hereby given that RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust executed by BAHRAM NAVABIAN AND MARJAN MESHGINZAD, HUSBAND AND WIFE AS JOINT TENANTS, dated 06/19/2006 and recorded 6/29/2006, as Instrument No. 06 1436184, in Book , Page ), of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of California, will sell on 04/16/2012 at 11:00AM, By the fountain located at 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona, CA 91766 at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash or check as described below, payable in full at time of sale, all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust, in the property situated in said County and State and as more fully described in the above referenced Deed of Trust. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 269 SOUTH ALMONT DRIVE, BEVERLY HILLS, CA, 90211. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold plus reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $1,818,480.28. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept cashier's checks drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Said sale will be made, in an ''AS IS'' condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the Note secured by said Deed of Trust with interest thereon as provided in said Note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. DATED: 07/05/2011 RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. 1800 Tapo Canyon Rd.,
CA6-914-01-94 SIMI VALLEY, CA 93063 Phone: (800) 281 8219, Sale Information (626) 9274399 By:-- Trustee's Sale Officer RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. A4218266 03/23/2012, 03/30/2012, 04/06/2012 —————————— NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE File No. 7042.23350 Title Order No. 6305814 MIN No. 10013370002424042-9 APN 4337005-092 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 08/17/07. 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. A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in §5102 to the Financial code and authorized to do business in this state, will be held by duly appointed trustee. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to satisfy the obligation secured by said Deed of Trust. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the property address or other common designation, if any, shown herein. Trustor(s): MICHELLE J JOHNSON, A SINGLE WOMAN Recorded: 08/22/07, as Instrument No. 20071964978,of Official Records of LOS ANGELES County, California. Date of Sale: 04/19/12 at 9:00 AM Place of Sale: Doubletree Hotel Los Angeles-Norwalk, 13111 Sycamore Drive, Norwalk, CA The purported property address is: 837 W KNOLL DR APT 104, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA 90069-4724 Assessors Parcel No. 4337-005-092 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 the Notice of Sale is $349,429.00. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid, plus interest. The purchaser shall have no further recourse against the beneficiary, the Trustor or the trustee. 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
April 6, 2012 | Page 23 a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 877-484-9942 or visit this Internet Web site w w w . U S A Foreclosure.com or www.Auction.com using the file number assigned to this case 7042.23350. 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. Date: March 28, 2012 NORTHWEST TRUSTEE SERVICES, INC., as Trustee Morgan Armstrong, Authorized Signatory 1241 E. Dyer Road, Suite 250, Santa Ana, CA 92705 Reinstatement and Pay-Off Requests: (866) 387-NWTS THIS OFFICE IS ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE ORDER # 7 0 4 2 . 2 3 3 5 0 : 03/30/2012,04/06/2012,0 4/13/2012 ——————————
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2012054485 The following is/are doing business as: RAMJACK SALES 1455 W. Redondo Beach Blvd. #2309. Gardena, CA 90247-0309; RAMJACK INC. 545 Finney Ct.. Gardena, CA 90248; The business is conducted by: A CORPORATION registrant(s) has NOT begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein: Signed: Robert Weinberg, Manager. Ramjack Inc.; Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: March 30, 2012; Published: April 6, 13, 20, 27, 2012 LACC N/C —————————— FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2012038027
The following is/are doing business as: 1) E&M INTERPRETING 2) SOUTHLAND MEDICAL INTERPRETERS 1155 N. La Cienega Blvd. PH#4, West Hollywood, CA 90069; Michelle F. Vishnevskiy 7919 Vulcan Dr. Los Angeles, CA 90046; Edemar, Inc 1130 Summit Dr. Beverly HIlls, CA 90210; The business is conducted by: A GENERAL PARTNERSHIP, registrant(s) has NOT begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein: Signed: Michelle F. Vishnevskiy, PARTNER; Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: March 7, 2012; Published: March 16, 23, 30, April 6, 2012 LACC N/C ––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2012038028 The following is/are doing business as: GLOBAL INTERPRETING 8455 Fountain Ave. #514, West Hollywood, CA 90069; Michelle F. Vishnevskiy 7919 Vulcan Dr. Los Angeles, CA 90046; Boris Brezinger 1130 Summit Dr. Beverly HIlls, CA 90210; The business is conducted by: A GENERAL PARTNERSHIP, registrant(s) has NOT begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein: Signed: Michelle F. Vishnevskiy, PARTNER; Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: March 7, 2012; Published: March 16, 23, 30, April 6, 2012 LACC N/C ——————————
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OFFICE / STORESFOR LEASE
OFFICE / STORESFOR LEASE
OFFICE / STORESFOR LEASE
CONDOMINIUMS & TOWNHOMES
BEVERLY HILLS Lefaubourg St. Honore UP TO 3 BEAUTIFUL,
9233 Burton Way Beverly Hills, 90210
clean, professional, large, 2 Bd. + 2 1/ 2 Ba. remodeled offices available Conierge service, gym within a full-service suite, spa, security camera’s. w/ excellent views, $895,000 located on Wilshire G LOBAL VANTAGE : Blvd. Secretarial bays, 310/279-5133 interior offices, & Luxury Living storage also available. $1-2K per office
Call Joe at 310/489-7793
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“You worked hard taking care of others. Now, let us WILSHIRE BLVD take care of you in your home. You deserve the best !” RETAIL FRONTAGE • Caregivers • Medication • CNA • HHA Reminders • Companions • Grocery Shopping • Sitters • Meal Preparation • Doctors Appts • Wake-Up Calls • Light Housekeeping •
Screened, Bonded and Committed to TLC Health Care at its Best!
Call 323-298-7887 90 EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
BUSY AND WELL ESTABLISHED SALON IN BEVERLY HILLS
HAS 3 STATIONS FOR RENT
2 - HAIRSTYLIST 1- MANICURIST Great Location Great Parking. Call 310/246-1365
Email resume to:
1 & 2 - PERSON RESIDENT MANAGEMENT TEAM
GREAT OPPORTUNITY! Fax Resume:
310/829-2630 Or Email: THEROBERTSCO @ THEROBERTSCO . COM
*** FOR LEASE *** & SMALL OFFICE *** SUITES *** & SMALL OFFICE *BEVERLY HILLS* NO NNN 489 S. Robertson Bl. All Utilities Included. *** SUITES *** 500sf. - 1,000sf. Must Lease Now! NO NNN Single Studio Offices. Call 310/237-2977 All Utilities Included. Unique space, all or 713/266-1444 amenities, skylights, Must Lease Now! Call 310/237-2977 or 713/266-1444
high ceilings. Above standard improvements.
————— 6210 WILSHIRE BL. @ FAIRFAX AVE. MOVE-IN SPECIAL OFFICES FOR LEASE
BELOW MARKET RATE!
Small complex, B.H.+Westside Area Management/ Maintenance Experience a Plus.
F R E E R E N T RETAIL FRONTAGE
Fairfax/Wilshire Call Ray: UNIQUE & QUIET 310/274-7988 90 PSYCHOTHERAPY EMPLOYMENT ~ OFFICE ~ Private Office Suite OPPORTUNITY Shared waiting room, at 9595 Wilshire Bl. call light system 508 RSF • $2,300/Mo. separate exits, full 1 Large Executive PERMANENT P/T kitchen, free parking. Window Office & Assistant Needed $900/MO. 1 Support/ Utilities Included. For Busy Reception Area. Email: Contact: Stan Gerlach Psychiatric Practice email@example.com Or: Bryan Dunne Preferred w/experience Call: 323/938-4012 310/550-2500 in scheduling, patient, pharmaceutical and insurance co. interface. Computer skills a must.
PRIME ————— ————— One Month BEVERLY HILLS WILSHIRE BLVD
************ Great location w/ views and parking available.
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
499 North Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 The Kenquest Building offers an amazing opportunity to lease class A office space in Beverly Hills’ prestigious Golden Triangle. This prime location on the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and North Cañon Drive is two blocks east of the world-renowned Rodeo Drive and across from the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Offices feature spectacular views with plenty of natural light and on-site valet parking. This is an ideal location for a corporate office, with a full floor available for qualified tenant.
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For inquiries contact
310 . 8 87. 7 0 5 0
BEVERLY HILLS Beverly Drive
Appx. 3,300 sq ft. 270º Unobstructed Jet-Liner Views! Dramatic living rm. w/ 11ft.+ ceilings, oversized terrace.
510sf. maid’s unit avail, additional $300,000.
• DIANA COOK • COLDWELL BANKER • BH
KELEMEN REAL ESTATE (310) 966-0900 all listings are on centurycityliving.com
This Weeks Listings
5 6 0 S . F . • $899/MO.
Great paying positions available throughout Los Angeles, Hancock Park, Beverly Hills, Bel Aire, Pacific Palisades and San Fernando Valley.
OFFICE SPACE N e a r Wilshire on Santa Monica Blvd. Up to 3,800 Available immediately Building signage available Contact Kosha 310/691-5520
PSYCHOTHERAPY AND MEDICAL OFFICE SPACE with many amenities 310/276-7600 x.203 270 CONDOMINIUMS & TOWNHOMES
BEVERLY HILLS FOR SALE
CENTURY PARK EAST SHORT SALES FROM $229,000 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
1 BED, 1 BATH $399,500
High Floor, Renovated, Large Balcony Manhattan Views
1 BED/1 BATH $460,000 5 Star Renovation, Limestone Counters, Hardwood Floors, Large Balcony, Custom Cabinetry Partial City Views, Quiet Location
2 BED/2 BATHS $499,000 High Floor, City & Ocean Views Renovated, Wood Floors, Large Balcony, 2 Separated Suites Quiet Location
1 BED/2 BATHS $1,100,000 Penthouse, One of a Kind Sky Lounge Den, 2 Jumbo Balconies, Walk-In Closet Hardwood Floors, 270 Degree Unobstructed City & Ocean Views
321 N. OAKHURST DR. 1 BD + DEN + 1.5 BA 2nd Floor Front Unit. Heated Pools, Sundeck, Tennis, Doorman, Large and Spacious Houseman, Gardens & Approx. 1,600 sq. ft. Lawns, Security Staff, Full service building, Switchboard, Saunas, front view, security Business Center guard (day & night), CENTURY PARK EAST CENTURY TOWERS pool, suana, gym & PARK PLACE rec. room, Hardwood flrs CENTURY HILL throughout, 2 parking.
$450,000 Call Charles Dizengoff
LE PARC CENTURY WOODS For Lease See our Ad Sec. 440
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CONDOMINIUMS & TOWNHOMES
HOUSES FOR RENT
Park Westwood Tower
HOME FOR LEASE
(across W Hotel+UCLA)
$7,250/MO 3,600 Sq. Ft.
1 Bd.+1 Ba. • 810sf. Gorgeous city views, 24-hr. doorman, outdoor pool/spa.
4 BEDROOM 2-Story Home
CLOSE TO EVERYTHING! Mercedes Coronel: Bkr: 310/980-5677
NORTH OF BRENTWOOD OOD • S A N T A M O N I C A 11730 SUNSET BLVD. BURTON WAY •5 5W0 EVSe tTeW ran Ave. • CONDO • • • • • • • • 1 Blk. East of Doheny = = = = = = = = 1222 Princeton St. 1 BEDROOM • 2 Bedroom • 1 Bath
Clean, bright, nice size Rooftop pool, apartments. Swimming DISHWASHER, POOL, deck, gym, central air, pool, laundry facilty elevator, intercom entry, and gated garage. CONTROLLED ACCESS , on-sight laundry, parking. Call 310/276-9871 ON - SIGHT LAUNDRY BRENTWOOD & U.C.L.A. CLOSE AND PARKING .
$1,300,000 PENTHOUSE FOR SALE
ADJ. BEVERLY HILLS 420 S. HAMIL RD. 3BD. + DEN + 2.5BA Approx 2,400 Sq. Ft. built in 2008. Elevator inside the unit with drammatic living room and kitchen, over 12 ft ceilings. huge 2-story closets + 4 more closets, large mater bath.
Call Marina at 310/246-9928
404 RENTALS TO SHARE
Beverly Hills Adj.
SEEKING FEMALE ROOMMATE Long-term. Working person. Your Own Bedroom in Huge Spacious 2 Bdrm. Apt. Gated garage, laundry fac. $650 + Security
425 HOUSES FOR RENT
Spacious,, microwave, intercom entry, on-sight laundry & parking. Very close to UCLA & Westwood Village .
~ WEST ~ LOS ANGELES
2 Bdrm. + 2 Bath BRENTWOOD
Spacious & Bright. 11933 Darlington Ave. B a c h e l o r ==== A/C, balcony, • 1 Bdrm.+1 Bath • dishwasher, stove, ==== V E R Y N I C E U N I T. wet bar, intercom entry, 2 B d r m . ==== Dishwasher, on-sight laundry, prkg. ==== + 2 Bath balcony, on-site 310/477-0072 Spacious, dishwasher, laundry, covered prkg. on-sight laundry SANTA MONICA 310/654-1507 and parking. 12424 TeXaS Ave.
QUALITY • ————––––––– • C8ONDO 43 4 St.
1343 Carmelina Ave.
- 2 Bdrm.+2 Bath
————–––– • 2 Bd. + 2 Ba. — • 1 Bd. + 1 Ba.
Heated pool, balcony, a/c, 1380 Midvale Ave. Bright, patio, on-site • • • • • dishwasher, controlled laundry, On-site • • • • 2• Bd.+2 Ba. access, elevator, parking. Close to laundry room, parking. • • • Single • • • • transportation. 310/929-0610 HOLLYWOOD 1 Bd.+1 Ba.• • • • • 310/654-1507 • 4 Blks. to Beach. 1769-1775 Sycamore Av. Pool, elevator, • Bachelor controlled access, onTotally Remodeled Bright. Home at Pico/ • S i n g l e • BRENTWOOD • B E V E R L Y H I L L S sight laundry, parking. RobertsonArea Between Whitworth & Pico. Controlled access, 125 N. Barrington Av. 443 S. Oakhurst Dr. Close to U.C.L.A. + Den + 1 Ba. Great Fenced Pool & Grassy Yard. laundry facility. •• •• •• •• •• 1 Bd. 310/473-1509 ======= Hardwood Floors, Central Air. $4,500/MO. Utilities Included. N EWLY R EMODELED BRIGHT & S PACIOUS • 2 B drm. 323/851-3790 BEVERLY HILLS WESTWOOD + 2 B ath • Close to Everything. LIVING. 1 0905 Ohio Ave. Upscale, Bright, AGT • 310 770-4111 Balcony, dishwasher, BEVERLY HILLS Gorgeous & Spacious. elevator, intercom ••••• ••••• • •• With Pool, balcony, • entry, on-site • • • • • • • 440 • central air, fireplace, laundry, parking. ••• 1 Bd.+1 Ba. ••• • 1 Bd. + 1 Ba. FURNISHED UNFURNISHED • 2 Bd. + 2 Ba. Bright, controlled access, • stove, elevator, P LEASE C ALL : balcony, pool, elevator, APARTMENTS APARTMENTS • GORGEOUS UNITS intercom entry, prkg. 310/435-3693 laundry fac., prkg. Central air, large • 310/476-2181 • Close To U.C.L.A. balcony, pool, elevator, L O S A N G E L E S Westwood Condo Close to shopping. on-site laundry, 310/477-6856 401 S. HOOVER St. L U X U R Y H I -R I S E L E A S E • B R E N T W O O D • TOWNHOUSE intercom entry. 2 Bd.+2 Ba. $2,650/Mo. WESTWOOD * * * * * * * * 9th fl., N.W. corner unit. 872 S. Westgate Ave. 320 N. La Peer Dr. 1409 Midvale Ave. • 1 B d r m • WESTWOOD • BEAUTIFUL VIEW! New 2 Bd.+11/2 Ba. • 310/246-0290 • 672 Kelton Ave. 1 B a t h + •••• ••• •••• CLOSE TO carpet, patio, lrg. master, Hardwood floors, X-St. Strathmore * * * * * * * * w/d, central a/c, 24-hr. wet bar, fireplace, S H O P S & D I N I N G • 2 Bd.+1 Ba. • Control access, • • • 2 Bdrm. +1 Bath • sec, 3-tennis crts, rec rm, • • • dishwasher, P O O L , • • 1 Bdrm. +1 Bath • pool/spa/sauna/gym/bbq • • BEVERLY HILLS parking, dishwasher, elevator, Controlled access, A/C, pool, intercom Agt: 310/714-2151 PENTHOUSE laundry facility, parking, laundry facility. on-site laundry entry, laundry facility, 140 S. Crescent Dr. 310/207-1965 and parking. Close to U.C.L.A. elevator, parking. 440 * * * * * * * 213/385-4751 310/208-3085 EXTRA LRG. & SPACIOUS Close to U.C.L.A.
CULVER CITY APARTMENTS • 3830 Vinton Ave. • • • Single • • •• •• • L O W M O V E - I N ! Pool, sauna, fridge, UNFURNISHED
“The Mission ” • Westwood •
2 Bd.+Den+3 Ba.
Master bath w/ jacuzzi. hrwd. flrs., fireplace, stainless steel kitchen, dishwasher intercom fridge, stove, washer/ entry, elevator, on-site dryer in unit, private entry laundry, parking. +elevator, 2-patios, 2-sub 310/841-2367 prkg. Will consider pet.
BRENTWOOD L.A.’S FINEST, MOST L UXURIOUS A PT . R ENTAL 11988 Kiowa Ave. Exquisite 2 bdrm. + den. * * * * * * ••••••• 2.5 bath. Hardwood flrs, • 2 Bd.+2 Ba. 1 Bd. + 1 Ba. • • • • • ••••••• granite kitchen, patio. 6-Month Lease Avail. Large & Bright Unit. $3,200/MO. * * * * * * Every Extra Luxury: Elevator, controlled ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ access, on-site custom cabinets, granite NEW BEAUTIFUL HOME countertops, stone entry, laundry facility, Near Beverly Park pool, health club, spa. balcony, parking. Huge yard, pool, view!!! • C l o s e t o U C L A • Close to 1350 S. Midvale Ave. Brentwood Village, $11,000/MO. L.A., 90024 Shops & Restaurants. Also available for sale. C o n t a c t M g r. : • 310/864-0319 • • 310/826-4889 • (Agt) 310/505-5333 LUXURY TOWNHOME
~ 310/476-3824 ~ ~ WEST L.A. ~
= 1 Bdrm. + 1 Bath =
Colby Ave. — ———–––– 1 1675 —————–––– —— ———––––––– Bdrm. + 1 Bath ~ WEST ~
FOR SALE / LEASE Magnificent Meditteranean Contemporary W I L S H I R E A STEAL ON CORRIDOR Home with Brazilian Hardwood Floors, 12 ft Prestigious High Rise Ceilings, Granite Kitchen, Fab Large Master 10530-10540 Wilshire Bl. WILHIRE CORRIDOR SANDRA LEWIS • 1 Bdrm.+1 Bath • WITH VIEW 2 BDRM + 2.5 BATH AGT • 310 770-4111 ∞ ∞ ∞ ∞ ∞ ∞ ∞ • Single • Approx. 1,700 Sq. Ft. ∞∞∞∞∞∞ Building with full ∞Luxury Living amenities including 1138 S. CREST DRIVE with valet, washer/dryer in unit. 4 BEDROOM WITH POOL lush garden Principals Only surrounding pool, For more information gym, elevator, etc. Contact Pari (Agt) Dishwasher, 310/273-8393 central air, balcony. Call: 310/470-4474
• 1 Bdrm. +1 Bath
BRENTWOOD ————––––––– 11666 Goshen Ave. BEVERLY HILLS ADJ. 309 S. Sherbourne Dr. ( ••• ----- ••• )
1 Bd.+Den+11/2 Ba.
• • • • • Single (•)(•)(•)(•)(•)
SANTA MONICA 427 Montana Ave.
•• • ••• •••• • • • S i•n g•l e • • • •••• ••••
Central air/heat, Newly Remodeled. fireplace, patio, Controlled access, controlled access, garage, laundry facility. Large closets, a/c, L u x u r y 4 - U n i t B l d g . elevator, dishwasher, pool, elevator, parking, Close to Beach. laundry facility. • 310/273-6124 • controlled access. Close 310/394-7132
—————–––– BEVERLY HILLS 218 S. Tower Dr.
———––––––– ————— — WEST L.A.
L.A. ————––––––– WEST 1628 Westgate Ave. 12333 TeXaS Ave. 310/247-8689
• • • • • • • WESTWOOD ~ ∞∞∞∞∞∞ • • S i n g l e • • ~10992 Ashton Ave. ~ 1 Bd.+1 Ba. ~ ∞ 2 Bdrm. + 2 Bath • • • 1 Bd.+1 Ba. • • • • 1 Bd.+1 Ba. • • • B r i g h t & A i r y . ∞ Dishwasher, Old World Charm! Balcony, intercom ∞ ∞∞∞∞∞
Balcony, stove, Bright, intercom entry, entry, elevator, on- Intercom entry, on-sight dishwasher, parking, on-sight fridge, stove, laundry fac. sight laundry, prkg. intercom-entry, on-site laundry facility. Close to restaurants Close to UCLA & LOSE TO TRANSPORTATION . C Westwood Village . laundry, parking. & shopping.
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BEVERLY HILLS Adj. 2+2 Top Flr • $2,495
9633 W. Olympic Bl. Adj. Roxbury Park
2 Entrances, lrg living Roof Garden Panoramic B.H. Views Hi-ceilings, tile+carpet. Pool, sauna, elevator, central air, prkg., marble lobby. 1259 S. Camden Dr.
Lovely Remodeled 2 Bd.+1 Ba. • $1,995
= BRENTWOOD = • WESTWOOD • BEVERLY HILLS 417 S. Barrington Av.
10933 Rochester Ave.
233 S. G ALE D R .
2 BD. + DEN + 2 BA
2 B d r m . + 2 B a t h 3 Bd. + 2 Ba. + Den Rear 3rd Floor Unit • 1 Bdrm. Entire 2nd flr., dining Jr . Executive +1 Bath • • 2 Bdrm. & breakfast rooms, new Hardwood floors, granite +1 Bath • Spacious, balcony, stove, dishwashser, counter tops, central air Balcony, pool, a/c, fireplace, pool, blinds, utility rm. w/ laundry facility, & heat, ample closets, controlled access, controlled access, prkg. laundry fac., parking. washer/dryer. Pets OK. 2 car parking/strorage. Close to Brentwood Village.
• 310/440-5051 •
Close To U.C.L.A. $3,750/Month 310/473-5061
VERY UNIQUE • MUST SEE
Prime Beverly Hills 865 Comstock Ave. SANTA MONICA HUGE 1,700+ Sq Ft Remodeled & Spacious 808 4th St. *** 2 BD+2 BA • $3,700 *** * 1 Bd.+Den+1 Ba. * New Wood Floors. Hrwd flrs, stainless * 1 Bd. + 1 Ba. * New Granite Kitchen w/
steel appliances, quiet Stainless Steel Appl. hillside views, large balcony, dishwasher, 7 Closets. Patio. balcony, washer/dryer. intercom entry, Non-Smoking Bldg. Great for entertaining. elevator, prkg., pool. Full service bldg. • Close to Beach • Rooftop Pool+Deck. 310/435-3558 310/394-7132 Near Peninsula
* Large fireplace, * * *
—————–––– • BRENTWOOD •
922 S. Barrington Av.
• 1 Bdrm.+1 Bath • Fireplace, balcony, wet bar, dishwasher, laundry facility, elevator, parking.
CLOSE TO SHOPS+DINING. 818/669-1990
In The HEART of BEV. HILLS TRIANGLE 170 N. Crescent Dr.
2 Bdrm.+11/2 Bath 1 Bdrm.+1 Bath
Large & Bright. Pool, a/c, balcony, fridge, stove, laundry rm., prkg., intercom entry, elevator.
CLOSE TO SHOPS & R ESTAURANTS . 310/385-9169
—————–––– BEVERLY HILLS
443 S. Oakhurst Dr.
1 Bd. + Den + 1 Ba.
======= BRIGHT & S PACIOUS BEVERLY HILLS LIVING.
Hotel & BHHS. $4,400/Month
WEST HOLLYWOOD LUXURY PENTHOUSE
PENTHOUSE ROOFTOP BEAUTIFUL
2 BD + DEN + 2.5 BA
—————–––– 2220 S. Beverly Glen
•• S I N G L E •• • 1 Bd.+1 Ba. • •• • • • • •• • • Lots of • • Character & Charm ! Alcove fireplace, fridge, laundry facility, gated parking, intercom entry and more.
• 310/552-8064 • Rooftop jacuzzi with panoramic city views.
BEVERLY HILLS 145 S. MAPLE
$2,800/MO. Call 310/385-7188 *KELEMEN* REAL ESTATE (310) 966-0900
• WESTWOOD •
all listings are on centurycityliving.com Valet and Guest Parking. Huge Heated Pool, Security Staff, Doorman & Houseman, Switchboard Tennis, Fitness Center Business Center
Century City Adj.
NEW LISTINGS EVERYDAY
+ DEN. OVER 1900 S.F. Beautiful open floor plan, high ceilings, hardwood floors throughout, French windows, all appliances including washer/dryer, pool, side-by-side parking, Pets ok. $3,250/MO.
With locked elevator, private rooftop patio, huge deck. large kitchen BEVERLY HILLS Adj. Spacious Condo with new appliances 2 +Den +2 • $2,850 and granite countertops, washer & dryer in unit, Hardwood Flrs., laundry & Jacuzzi in unit, new central air and heat, dishwasher, walk in Subterranean parking. Plenty of storage space. closets, fireplace, central air, rooftop pool, gym. $3,750/MO. Call: 310/435-5010 CALL 310/385-7188
High Floor, Renovated, Kitchen & Bath, Carpet Floors, Manhattan Views, Big Balcony.
1 BED/1 BATH $2,600/MO High Floor Partial City & Ocean Views, Real Hardwood Floors Walk-In closet, Quiet Location
2 BED/2 BATHS $2,950/MO Lower Floor, Totally Renovated 2 Separated Suites, Big Balcony Hardwood Floors, Quiet Location
2 BED/2 BATHS $3,150/MO High Floor Corner, Renovated Unobstructed, City Views, Hardwood Floors, 2 Large Balconies
CENTURY PARK EAST CENTURY TOWERS PARK PLACE CENTURY HILL LE PARC CENTURY WOODS For Sale See our Ad Sec. 270
YOUR AD HERE CALL 310.278.1322
PRIME LOCATION BEVERLY HILLS & BRENTWOOD
Hardwood floors, new kitchen w/ granite, d/w, new appliances, a/c, newly tiled bathroom, restricted entry. Showing By Appt. Only:
• 323/828-7170 • 818/783-4969
LUXURY UNITS • SINGLES • 1 BEDROOMS • 2 BEDROOMS
• BEVERLY HILLS • B E V E R LY H I L L S Shown by appointment 310/966-1014
2 Bdrm. • $2,790/Mo. X-LARGE LUXURY APT.
Professionally decorated. All new interior. Hrwd., drapes, granite kitch/bath, s.s. appl., w/d hook-ups, hi-ceilings.
ALSO 2 BDRM. • $2,490 310/271-6811 Cell: 310/994-4122 Must see! 439 S. Rexford
2 bd + 2ba $1,895/MO 1 bd + 1ba SUNSET/DOHENY $1,375/MO 969 Larrabee St. Hardwood floors, laundry facility, gated 1 Bd.+1 Ba.•$1,495 & Up parking, conveniently View, balcony, pool, located by restaurants, laundry, gated prkg. SANTA MONICA shopping and trans1524 7th St. portation. No Pets. 1 Bd. +1 Ba. • $1,550 310/927-3264
Newer Construction Call for latest properties BEVERLY HILLS 2 Bd.+2 Ba. • $3,500 CENTURY PARK EAST 336 S. Rexford Dr. BEVERLY HILLS ADJ Gourmet granite kitch. w/ Upper Duplex • 2 Bdrm.+1 Bath • 1 BED, 1 BATH Viking appl. Lrg. master Spacious 2 Bd.+1 Ba. ~ N EWLY UPDATED ~ $2,500/MONTH w/ double sinks, spa-tub, High Floor, Renovated, Large Upper, hardwood Balcony Manhattan Views walk-in closet. Hrwd. Large living, dining and floors, a/c, laundry, ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ flrs., high-ceilings, w/d breakfast rooms., Italian covered parking. 1 BED/1 BATH in unit, central air, balcony. tiled bath, hrwd. floors., $2,600/MO $2,200/Month ELEVATOR OPENS
3 BDRMS + 2.5 BATH Remodeled kitchen with granite counter tops. New hardwood floors. Large living room with floor to ceiling windows DIRECTLY INTO UNIT. and breathtaking views. Lisa Sherman • Broker 310/786-1851 Master suit with gran— ————–––– ite counters, private BEVERLY HILLS ADJ. elevator entry to unit, 1017 S. SHERBOURNE central air, w/d hook-up Very Private & Spacious Large patio off living/ 2 BDRM. + 1.5 BATH dining rooms, pool, upper unit with breakfast parking in gated suband formal dining room. terranean garage. Yard, laundry & parking. $3,500/MO. Limited access bldg. Call 213/804-3761 $3,795/MO. ————— Call 323/944-0270 * WESTWOOD * Cell 310/351-0729 LARGE 2 BDRM + 2 BA.
Balcony, dishwasher, elevator, intercom entry, on-site laundry, parking. P LEASE C ALL : 310/435-3693
137 S. MAPLE DR.
—————–––– *BEVERLY HILLS* $2,100/MO. 2 BD. + 2 BA Front unit
SPECTACULAR BEVERLY HILLS 324 S. Rexford Dr.
VERY LRG. & BRIGHT 2 Bd+2 Ba • $1,995 Upper, dining+breakfast area, hrwd. throughout, lots of closets, a/c, laundry fac., 2-car prkg. Total privacy. Appt: 310/271-4207
BEVERLY HILLS ADJ 911 Wooster Apt.#6 Spacious & Beautiful 1 BEDROOM, 1 BATH stove, fridge & laundry high celings, decorative facility. Lovely quiet neighborhood. fireplace, 2-lrg balconies, $1,150/MO. remodeled granite Call 805/379-2000
countertop kitchen, new fridge & oven, 5-lrg. closets, newly painted.
Excellent Area. Large & bright in 10 unit $1,850/MO. building w/brick courtyard Call 310/908-1919 Near Century City and Roxbury Park on quiet pretty street. Hardwood FREE RENT! floors, separate kitchen & Pico/Robertson dining, stove, d/w. Cat ok 2 Bd.+2 Ba. $1,750 405 SHIRLEY PL. LIGHT & A IRY CORNER . Open by calling New custom built-ins in
2nd fl., prkg, laundry. Close to shops/market/beach.
kitchen, skylight, huge closets, central heat, a/c, 2-parking, laundry facility.Cat OK.
Exceptional Condition! 323/937-3737
464 CRYPT/PLOT FOR SALE
Hillside Memorial Park Companion Graves in the Canaan Section. Includes Endowment Care. Current Price: $16,000 Asking: $14,000 Contact:
THE BEVERLY HILLS COURIER CLASSIFIED SECTION (310)278-1322
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471 PIANOS FOR SALE
488 SCOOTER FOR SALE
ANTIQUES / JEWELRY BUY & SELL
STEINWAY GRAND PIANO For Sale
E F O R E
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O M P A R E
Bernard Comsky “Artist Pianos” chose and then reconditioned this fine instrument for a local professional pianist. Black satin finish 5’ 11” Manufactured in New York 1922. Model “O: Serial #212734 Incredibly beautiful sound. Includes artist bench with custom quilted cover. Sacrifice at $25,000 OBO
2009 BMS Heritage Scooter 150cc, 1,366 miles. Comes w/ a full head helmet, cover with lock.
Excellent Condition. Registered. Asking $1,000 o.b.o. Call Ana:
For more information email@example.com call 310/990-2405
472 HANDBAGS WANTED
Take Over Lease Payments
ALLIGATOR, CROCODILE, EXOTIC SKINS & DESIGNER BAGS HANDBAGS AND ACCESSORIES VINTAGE & NEW TOP DOLLAR PAID Call 310/289-9561
473 MARBLE STATUES FOR SALE
PAIR LION STATUES FOR SALE
2011 Toyota Prius Hybrid
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Bring us your watches, diamonds, estate jewelry, gold/silver, coins, art, & antiques. We have over 100 combined years of expertise in buying, selling, and appraisals. WE PAY PREMIUM PRICES!
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Page 30 | April 6, 2012 After last Thursday’s meeting where community members including Councilwoman Lili Bosse were denied the opportunity to ask questions of MTA staff, it should be clear to everyone the entire process MTA has created for public comment is nothing more than a dog and pony show meant to appease Beverly Hills citizens. We have allowed paid PR professionals to convince us we are being given the opportunity to be heard by creating and attending these MTA-sponsored events. Concerned citizens vent to paid staff which have no authority or decision making power. It is a great PR strategy but certainly does not afford citizens the right to redress our elected officials. MTA’s PR pros have created a fiction and insulated their bosses from hearing from us. This is part of a concerted strategy to wear the opposition down. On the one hand the PR professionals control the spin back to their bosses and on the other if there is poor attendance, they simple relay that the community is not interested. This is a win-win for Metro while we are left feeling frustrated and used. As a trustee for the district there is absolutely NO benefit for our students, staff, or community for tunneling under our district office and high school, NONE! In fact the “alternate” route limits the district in our plans for modernization at the high school and district office property and creates real safety issues for our schools. For me that is as far as the analysis needs to go. The MTA has the “original” route down Santa Monica Boulevard supported by the majority of the community and it was the route used to “sell” Beverly Hills on the subway a route that completely avoids tunneling under our district office and high school. So why is MTA advocating tunneling through BHHS? Follow the money: Century City developers based in Chicago want a subway stop in front of their properties to increase the value of their projects through trip credits to mitigate the impact created by increased traffic for future developments. They are working hand in hand with MTA and locally elected officials they have supported with campaign contributions to convince us there is a public benefit for moving the route 1,000-feet. In reality this change is all about personal profit and greed at the expense of scientific data and public benefit. The MTA staff has now recommended tunneling under BHHS and it is likely in April that the MTA Board will approve its staff’s recommendation. Their EIR completely ignores the safety concerns as outlined in the review conducted by the City of Beverly Hills. In addition the MTA refused to wait for BHUSD’s seismic report and instead is rushing to judgment before our report is complete. Why? Simply put the seismic data the MTA relied on is flawed. The MTA experts were in such a rush to reach the conclusions their client paid for they made serious leaps of faith that cannot be supported by the science or data. The next phase will begin shortly after MTA’s vote, we will need to mount several legal challenges to prevent Century City developers based in Chicago from destroying our local school district. This truly is a “David vs. Goliath” situation, but I am optimistic David will once again prove victorious. Brian David Goldberg, PhD President, BH Board of Education ****** In a brochure mailed last year to residents of Beverly Hills, Century City and Westwood, the MTA summarized reports by its geotechnical contractors. Based on field tests, noise up to 33 decibels and vibration up to 64 decibels will be created at ground level by subway trains under this general area. That prediction is questionable at best considering that geological conditions differ from site to site, and trains speed up, slow down, turn, ascend or descend, depending on the location. In fact, the map in MTA’s brochure shows trains will travel in an arced path under BHHS and the easterly residential area, and it can be assumed they will be speeding up and slowing down in this area, as they approach and depart the nearby stations. Expert consultants would have a “field day” debunking the validity of it prediction as regards BHHS. MTA states in the brochure the decibel levels predicted by their contractors are (barely) within standards established by the Federal Transit Administ-
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR ration “for residential and institutional uses.” Considering the unreliability of their prediction, the noise and vibration could severely impact BHHS. Moreover, MTA made no mention in its brochure of the noise and vibration generated during construction. This issue alone should energize all the leaders in our community to join in uncompromising opposition, and be a solid basis for blocking the route under BHHS, if and when the matter is carried to legal redress. Mel Spitz ****** My wife and I have lived in Beverly Hills for half a century. During this time we have cultivated many friends and residents of the City. I would put the number at 300 to 400 people, after surveying most of them, find not one willing to even contemplate tunneling under the high school. We, the citizens of this City, are unanimously against digging under and running a subway under our BHHS and find the thought of such a project an abomination. Whose idea is this and why are we even discussing it? Does it do, improve or help anything in Beverly Hills. NO. The only thing I can think is it might be helpful to a developer in Century City who does not live in our City, but in Chicago. If he were to think of developing an abomination in Chicago, my guess is Mayor Rahm Emmanuel would have his head in a noose. We citizens find ourselves in a dilemma. We have told Metro, our elected officials and anyone who will listen that we do not want the subway going under our high school. We seem to be talking to the deaf, dumb and blind. If all the powers choose to ignore us then the legal process and the ballot box is our relief. We will pursue both with great vigor and success. Keep in mind—you eminent domain people—all politics is local. Victor Moss ****** My tip of the Beverly Hills hat to you...Having spent eight years on the MWD board, I saw first hand what it takes to supply the equipment to bore underground. You have been right on target, and I hope the community can get the picture. It simply will destroy our City! Betty Harris ****** Nothing about the MTA is “new news.” What continues to be of interest and what the residents of our City find inexplicable–is that our City Council majority of Brien, Brucker and Gold all have done virtually nothing since 2010 in active opposition to the proposed subway tunneling under our high school which is also our City’s evacuation center. For the record, our other councilmembers, Mirisch
BEVERLY HILLS and Bosse, have openly opposed this misguided and re-routed plan which is sure to be an urban debacle. What residents don’t get is why this plan was never opposed by the council majority the last 2 years. This re-routed subway stop–one block closer to some Century City buildings–appears to be the result of substantial contributions from Century City real estate developers into the campaign coffers of L.A.’s mayor–chairman of the MTA–and other elected officials who have moved and driven this plan. We are upset about the appearance of impropriety of the council majority–not with contributions but with inertia and the inability to explain their “do-nothing” plan. This City Council hasn’t stood shoulder-to-shoulder with our Board of Education members as they have worked tirelessly to stop this Goliath at our City’s doors. What residents believe is that somehow our City Council majority, by their years of inaction, are in some way tethered to these developers. Step right up to Beverly Hills City Hall where some of our elected officials throw out platitudes on being opposed to the subway under our high school when running for office, but once in become silent. The lesson for voters is to remember that words are meaningless without supporting action. It’s good residents in our City are smart...they vote and they remember! Susan Mishler centurycitysubway.org ******
As a concerned resident, I am increasingly disturbed by the homeless assault on my person and privacy on the streets and at restaurants in Beverly Hills. Last evening at Il Pastaio, a homeless man bothered all the diners with his hand extended and his verbal requests for money. He made two rounds of begging. The waiters and management who call the police are told they cannot do anything and don’t even show up at the restaurant when called about the homeless, who just come back as nothing is done. I would like to be able to dine without interference from beggars. Then I walk further down on Cañon and am accosted by another homeless person asking for money. I live, work and walk in Beverly Hills and pay my taxes to the City which gets its taxes from businesses. We should be protected from these people who stand by the parking lots, restaurants and stores accosting all the passersby. I think the situation has gotten out of control and BHPD and the City should take some action to diminish this escalating problem. Mary Brill ******
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FOLLOW THE MONEY The tunnel. It’s all about the BHHS tunnel. In 2006, MTA told us its Century City station would be on Santa Monica Boulevard. Now they say “Constellation Boulevard.” How far is it from the Constellation location to the Santa Monica Boulevard location? About 800-feet. Maybe less if you count station entrances. That’s about the same as walking from The Beverly Wilshire to Saks Fifth Avenue, or from Spago to Café Roma. That’s the difference. Not much. Trivial distance. Huge consequences. L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky demand a subway station in the “center” of Century City. That means a tunnel under Beverly Hills High School. Beverly Hills citizens have backed a subway since 2006, but “that” subway never ran under BHHS. The “bait and switch” by Villaraigosa, Yaroslavsky and MTA was snuck into the program in August 2009. The Courier found the “smoking gun” documents and published them. We also traced campaign contributions to Villaraigosa that just miraculously happened around the time of the bait and switch. The Los Angeles Times reported that one but we connected the dots. So, what was the money for? As we understand the law, if the subway stop is placed at their doorsteps then Chicago-based JMB Realty and the Century Plaza owners get to add anywhere from 1525 extra stories onto their planned high rises. Put the subway station 800-feet north, and this does not happen. The increase in value of the buildings is in the tens of millions of dollars. Good investment. They contribute a few hundred thousand dollars to the right guys, the taxpayers spend billions, and their properties go up by maybe as much as $100 million. If you obey the adage in politics “follow the money,” this is where you come out. This is why the entire Metropolitan Transit Authority gang is trying to beat up the Beverly Hills Unified School District for 800-feet. What about the physical attributes of the route under Beverly High? The original route goes straight down Wilshire with a slight bend at Santa Monica. Fast, efficient, easy. After the Los Angeles developers paid their money, the “final” MTA route is now a cartoon squiggle that twists and curves like the Pasadena Freeway. There is no “straightaway.” Look at the map MTA uses. It’s a squiggle. That means slower trains, more noise, passenger discomfort (unless rocking from side-to-side can be considered fun), higher costs and the impact on Beverly High. Supposedly this change is needed because MTA found earthquake faults along Santa Monica Boulevard and on the Beverly High campus. What about those faults? The City Council majority refused to rely on extensive studies by the school board. Instead, they hired engineering firm Shannon & Wilson to “peer review” the MTA’s reports. This was in addition to the review the City Council obtained from a second firm, Exponent-Failure Analysis Associates. Both spotted massive problems with the MTA research and plans, which came as a shock to pro-tunnel Barry Brucker. The newest report, by Shannon & Wilson, has been completely mischaracterized in other published reports. Those published reports try to tell us that a “tunnel under Beverly High is safe.” That is NOT what the engineers said. They answered this question, paraphrased as follows: As engineers, Shannon & Wilson said it is not their job to approve or reject risks. They deal in mitigating risks. Shannon & Wilson stated in open council session that current tunnel boring technologies could mitigate the risks from subsidence and methane to the point where, if operated properly, the risks would be minimized. So, do the smart engineers think they can do this safely? Yep. Of course they do. They are engineers. Did they guarantee safety? No. The risks remain. Other publications omitted a huge issue brought out by two councilmembers and the Shannon & Wilson engineer. Even though a tunnel “could” be safely built, any construction above it would need massive foundations and supports to straddle the tunnels and avoid placing pressure on top of the tunnels. Vice Mayor John Mirisch in particular highlighted this problem. Question: It would be massively expensive? Answer: “ yes.” That effectively kills a replacement building on the high school campus, which is the point the school board has made all along. We do not ask you to take our word for it. Go to the source. The Courier today places actual video of the Shannon & Wilson live presentation from Tuesday on www.bhcourier.com. Look for yourselves. If you watch the actual video, you will see former Mayor Barry Brucker try to discredit the school board and its experts. He invited Shannon & Wilson to disagree with the school board’s experts’ conclusion that “there is no active fault on the Beverly High campus.” Instead, he got his head handed to him. Watch it and see the disappointment and confusion on his face. The City’s own consultant replied that, “our Dr. Roy Shlemon [a widely respected expert in the field] observed those trenches [on the campus].” Shannon & Wilson concur in the school experts’ conclusions that there is no active fault on the high school campus. They believe that any fault evidence is at least 200,000 years old, not 11,000, and is thus not an “active fault.” Shannon & Wilson, like Exponent, also focused on MTA’s failure to study its proposed Constellation location. They confirmed to Julian Gold that MTA failed to complete its own assignment in studying the locations. MTA deviated from the best practices in drawing conclusions about Santa Monica and Constellation. No one else is telling you what Mayor Willie Brien elicited. He asked whether MTA had sufficient data to choose between the two proposed locations – Santa Monica and Constellation. Answer: “No.” Gold was even more direct. He asked, “If Metro was wrong about the faults on the [high school] campus, should we not then conclude they are wrong [about faults] on Santa Monica Boulevard?” The engineers responded that the MTA experts did not comply with the “best practice method” to reach its conclusions. In other words, “yes.” Elaborately explained, but regardless, MTA made it up. If there is no fault problem on Santa Monica, there is no excuse for a tunnel under Beverly High. The Beverly Hills Unified School District Board of Education strongly opposes this route for serious and compelling reasons.The City Council of Beverly Hills has no control or power over school district property or decisions. However, the City Council retains huge power to affect construction of a subway through Beverly Hills. If new Mayor Brien and councilmember Gold follow the logical results of the answers to their very good questions by their own consultants, the City must join with the school board to stop this travesty. They say they are going to hire some lawyers, but that still does not get the job done. The only real answer is: “If you put a tunnel under our only high school, we will do all within our power to block the entire subway through Beverly Hills.” Reform Vice Mayor John Mirisch and reform Councilmember Lili Bosse will put an actual resolution before the council on April 17 to fight this. We will then learn if Brien and Gold follow the evidence and vote to defend our high school against this bought-and-paid-for bait and switch. They asked the right questions and got the answers. Brien and Gold know the truth. Will they act on it? In the end, the entire debate is over 800 feet and developer payoffs. Everything else is detail.
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