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Tenants, Landlords To Seek Consensus Sunday In Marathon Session

BUT FIRST, COFFEE — Alfred Coffee, the brainchild of longtime Beverly Hills resident Josh Zad, officially opened its doors this week on North Beverly Drive. Pictured left: Zad with Mayor Lili Bosse at the coffee shop’s grand opening. For more information on Alfred Coffee, see page 4.


Pop star Justin Bieber was involved in an incident with paparazzi Wednesday. 4

Beverly Hills goes B.O.L.D. – and colorful – this summer. 5

LACMA is staging its first Marc Chagall exhibit in 40 years. 8 •Real Estate •Sports •Letters to the Editor

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School Board Reviews Superintendent Bregy 20 Days Before School Begins By Laura Coleman With little more than two weeks of summer vacation remaining for some 4,000 Beverly Hills youngsters before Beverly Hills Unified School District classes resume Aug. 14, on Tuesday the Board of Education met in closed session to evaluate Superintendent Michael Bregy’s performance. Board members were light on praise when it came to Bregy’s sixmonth mark. Both Board VP Lisa Korbatov and member Howard Goldstein deferred to their colleagues when asked for a comment on how he’s doing. Board member Isabel Hacker more expressively offered a succinct: “I concur with Mel's statement;” after Board President Mel Spitz shared with his colleagues and the Courier the following: “Dr. Bregy took up his responsibilities at BHUSD at a time of severe organizational challenges, and lacking an effective manage-

BHUSD Superintendent Michael Bregy

ment team. During his first six months on the job he dealt with those challenges single-handedly. He has now completed the appointments to his management team, and is well prepared to lead our schools to a new era of prominence and academic excellence.” Following Tuesday’s closed session meeting, agendized as a “performance evaluation” for the superintendent, second term board member Noah Margo emailed the Courier: “Dr. Bregy is remarkably goal driven and results (see ‘BREGY REVIEW’ page 19)

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Hershey Felder Presents

Traveling On The Italian Island Of Sicily, The Wallis’ Public Relations Consultant Gary Murphy Was Joined By Companions Ellen Porter, Rosalie Woodside and Jason La Padura. They Discovered A Pastericcia With The Best Marzipan 25

MR. GENIUS — Hershey Felder’s performance of Russian composer Tchaikovsky at The Wallis continues through August 13. Not to be missed. For more photos, see George Christy’s column on page 6.

By Victoria Talbot After months of wrangling, frayed nerves, tempers, and distrust, the landlord-tenant debate is moving into a new phase of cooperation. Following four grueling, threehour, facilitated meetings, in which each side hammered out their issues and their proposals for solutions, the two sides will be working together on Sunday to reach either full or partial consensus with the facilitator. Pepperdine Assistant Professor of Law and Associate Director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution Sukhsimranjit Singh has created a process where the disparate groups have been cooperative, respectful and tolerant, despite their widely varying interests. Though there appears to be a deep chasm between them, there is the willingness to come together, under the auspices of Singh’s neutrality, to forge a plan to move forward.

Tuesday, each group selected seven representatives who volunteered to meet Sunday at Roxbury Park for a marathon five-hour session to try to reach consensus on proposals for rent stabilization issues they have mutually identified both sides can live with. The meetings will be open to the public, but conversation between the volunteers and observers will be limited to break times. The sessions will be between the 14 selected volunteers with Singh facilitating. The process has been arduous and complicated, and many participants have expressed their frustrations passionately. Tempers have flared, and on each side, stories abound. It has been difficult for each side to stay on point, to focus on the issues, without straying to conversations about individual stories, questions about how this (see ‘BEVERLY HILLS RENT’ page 19)

As Financial Woes Mount, Wanda Group Pulls Back On Hollywood Investments By Matt Lopez Weeks after announcing it would sell off 13 theme parks and 77 hotels to a Chinese property developer, China’s Dalian Wanda Group announced this week that it is halting any further plans to invest in Hollywood. Wanda Chairman Wang Jianlin told Chinese financial publication Caixin this week that Wanda would focus more on its domestic market going forward, saying his organization has “decided to keep its main investment within China.” Last week, it was reported that Chinese financial regulators had ordered the country’s largest banks to cease extension of loans toward Wanda’s effort to finance foreign entertainment investments. That came to light after a document from regulators that issued a warning circulated on Chinese social media last week. Later that week, credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s

put Wanda on a negative credit watch over concerns that selling off assets to pay down debt could negatively impact the company’s revenue. The decision was not the only setback this week for Wanda, which has tried to aggressively expand into Hollywood over the last few years with acquisitions of Legacy Entertainment and AMC Entertainment. One Beverly Hills, the $1.2 billion development that was approved last year, was believed to have been a major part of that Hollywood expansion. A report Wednesday from South China Morning Post claimed that Wanda had dropped out of running to purchase Bandar Malaysia, a 486acre development site that Free Malaysia Today described as the “property portion of the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore highspeed rail project.” (see ‘WANDA GROUP’ page 11)

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Justin Bieber Strikes Paparazzo With Vehicle In Beverly Hills By Matt Lopez Music star Justin Bieber accidently struck a male photographer with his vehicle Wednesday night in Beverly Hills. As first reported by TMZ, Bieber was leaving the Saban Theater. As he entered his pickup truck and sped away, Bieber was swarmed by paparazzi and appeared to accidently hit one of the men taking pictures with his right side tire. In the video posted by TMZ, Bieber stops immediately and gets out of his vehicle and actually stayed with the man who was hit until paramedics and police arrived. According to a Beverly Hills Police media release, the man was transferred to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Bieber “cooperated with the investigation and was subsequently released.”

The incident comes days after Bieber made headlines for abruptly canceling his world tour with several dates still remaining. TMZ has reported that Bieber’s decision was heavily influenced by a “spiritual awakening” with a new church he had been attending. Bieber was reportedly attending a City Church service Wednesday at the Saban Theater.

STAR DOG–Several weeks back, The Beverly Hills Courier featured Star (pictured) as the Shelter Hope Pet Shop Dog of The Week. The tiny Yorkie/Chi mix pup caught the eye of another star – entertainer and longtime Thalians Chairwoman of the Board Ruta Lee. After bringing the new little one into her home to meet the rest of her growing animal kingdom, Lee fell in love with her new sweet canine girl, but decided there was room for only one star in the house. So, she and her husband Webb Lowe renamed the little pooch Mousie, and they are all living happily ever after! Those interested in adopting a rescue dog of their own can contact at 805-379-3538.

CHANGING OF THE GUARD–Julian Javor was sworn in as the newest member of the Recreation and Parks Commission. Pictured (from left): Commissioner Alissa Roston, Vice Chair Simone Friedman, Chair Howard Rosoff and Commissioners Frances Bilak and Julian Javor.

Alfred Coffee Officially Opens Doors In Beverly Hills On North Beverly Drive By Matt Lopez Josh Zad couldn’t hide his smile Sunday as his Alfred Coffee officially opened its first Beverly Hills location. Zad, whose trendy coffee shop already has locations in Los Angeles, Brentwood, West Hollywood, Studio City and soon in Tokyo, was born and raised in Beverly Hills. “This has always been my dream,” Zad said as he opened the doors to Alfred Coffee at 490 N. Beverly Dr., the site of the former Jacopo’s Pizzeria that served Beverly Hills for so many years. “That was always the place to go when I was growing up here, everyone went to Jacopo’s,” Zad said. “To be in this same location is amazing.” Pioneers of the “But First, Coffee”

slogan, Alfred Coffee is perhaps best known for its vanilla latte and cold brew floats, but a vast menu includes many delicious coffee drinks using Stumptown beans. There are also several pastry options and Alfred’s very popular breakfast burritos. Beverly Hills Mayor Lili Bosse stopped into the new shop Sunday to welcome Zad and Alfred Coffee to Beverly Hills. Her weekly Walk With The Mayor will trek to the coffee shop on Monday. “Josh is a true visionary and we are so, so excited to have this here in Beverly Hills,” Bosse said. Alfred Coffee is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day.

BHEF  Wraps Up Another Successful Year Of Summer School By Kaitlin Musante School is finally out for the nearly 400 students who attended this year’s Summer Academy, which is put on by the Beverly Hills Education Foundation (BHEF). The program is designed so that each day of summer school covers the same amount of material as a normal class would cover in a week. “The kids were a very motivated group,” said former BHEF President Monique Gibbons, who served as this year’s summer school coordinator. “It’s a very rigorous course.” The program ran for 24 days, with material split up into two 12-day semesters. Each semester culminated with a final exam. According to Gibbons, students

who participate in the program primarily do so to fulfill a class requirement, get ahead or recover credit. Class began at 8 a.m. each morning and finished by 1:20 p.m. Both before and after class, the Beverly Hills High School sports’ coaches held conditioning programs. This year, for the first time, the academy introduced a new K-5 intervention program at El Rodeo. The program was designed to help elementary school students strengthen their skills in subjects such as reading and math. Gibbons said that although the turnout was small, the feedback was very positive and they plan on running the program again next year.

Wags & Walks To Hold Annual Benefit Gala At SLS Beverly Hills By Matt Lopez Wags & Walks, a popular Los Angeles-based dog rescue organization, will host its 7th annual benefit gala on Sept. 16 at the SLS Beverly Hills 465 S. Cienega Blvd. This year’s gala, which begins at 7 p.m. and honors Arnold Stiefel and the Poms Family, will celebrate the opening of Wags & Walks’ first adoption center in West L.A.

Actress Judy Greer (Arrested Development, It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia) will emcee the event. Since its inception in 2011, Wags & Walks has rescued more than 2,500 shelter dogs who were in danger of being killed in L.A.’s overcrowded shelter system. The gala aims to raise enough funds to save 1,000 dogs.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> COURIER IN COSTA RICA – Beverly Hills residents JR and Grace Dzubak took a family vacation to Costa Rica last month and made sure to take their copy of the Courier. The Dzubak’s are longtime Beverly Hills residents with children in El Rodeo. To join the Dzubak family in the Carry the Courier Club, simply send a photo of yourself on your next trip with some caption information to

BHUSD Superintendent Bregy Goes To D.C. In Latest District Effort To Shift Metro’s Planned Subway Tunnel Under BHHS

Beverly Hills School District Hires Audit Firm In Effort To Justify JPA Increase By Laura Coleman With just over a month left to hammer out the details of the Joint Powers Agreement, on Tuesday the Board of Education unanimously voted to move forward with a not-toexceed $59,830 contract with performance auditing firm Moss Adams to provide the Beverly Hills Unified School District with a financial assesment of the JPA. In anticipation of moving forward with the school district’s ask to enhance the JPA by 39 percent, Moss Adams is

tasked with ensuring that the district is able to provide the City with accurate computations that can help justify increasing the annual agreement from $9.7 million to over $13.5 million. As part of Moss Adams work, the firm will provide the district with a financial assessment of the JPA for fiscal years 2008 and 2016. “The district has hired its performance auditing firm to verify the information compiled by the district and to confirm that the methodology for the calculations for the

increase in costs and expenditures to operate our facilities that are attributed to the JPA are accurate and quantifiable,” stated board member Howard Goldstein. Goldstein told the Courier he expected the audit to be completed by mid-August. By contrast, Beverly Hills Director of Community Services Nancy Hunt-Coffey said she was hopeful that the report would be ready for the City to view next week. “Obviously we’re sweating (see ‘BHUSD AUDIT’ page 19)

ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS–The Beverly Hills Community Services Department offers several summer camps, including Animal Encounters at Hawthorne Elementary School, from June through August. This hands-on camp gives kids the opportunity to handle animals, including reptiles, furry critters like the tarantula, farms animals, parrots and even a camel. Children learn about animals through stories, games or related arts and crafts projects. For more information about camps, programs, classes and activities offered by Community Services, visit Pictured: Ella Portugli observes a tarantula.

Bosse Kicks Off ‘B.O.L.D.’ Initiative Wednesday To Boost Business In Beverly Hills By Victoria Talbot Mayor Lili Bosse will kick off the latest of her #BHHealthyCity initiatives Thursday, launching B.O.L.D. – an acronym for Beverly Hills Open Later Days – with a host of festivities designed to bring shopping and dining after hours to Beverly Hills. In a competitive environment that includes The Grove and the newly remodeled Beverly Center and Westfield Century City malls, the City of Beverly Hills is going to transform itself into a shopping “event.” Rodeo Drive will be pedestrian-only on Thursday, with a stage featuring live music and a DJ. The legendary retailers throughout the business district will stay open later, offering shoppers the opportunity to dine and shop during the cooler evening hours. A local luxury auto dealer will offer test drives in their


vehiclesand kiosks will offer light bites and coffee throughout the retail area. The popular #OnlyOnRodeo interactive Photo Box will return, and there will be more than 120 sidewalk art stamps displayed in front of stores for social media buffs to make “footies for their posts. The evening will culminate with a free fireworks display on Rodeo Drive. “With B.O.L.D. Summer Nights, Beverly Hills is taking an exciting, fabulous step forward in bringing new vibrant energy into our City, not only in the evenings but anytime, anywhere,” said Bosse. “We are dramatically transforming the image and culture of Beverly Hills to be an energized community that is the place to be, not only in the day - but at night too, with a new upbeat pulse. Stores open later, music in the streets and (see ‘B.O.L.D.’ page 18)

Neon Nights To Illuminate Lily Pond For B.O.L.D. Art Installation By Victoria Talbot Beverly Hills will be glowing with multi-colored spheres this summer as part of an innovative effort to ‘shine a spotlight’ on business. Beverly Hills Open Later Days, Mayor Lili Bosse’s “B.O.L.D.” initiative starts Wednesday evening with a colorful celebration of illumination in the darkness, when artist Ed Massey brings his Portraits of Hope neon-painted discs to the Lili Pond for installation. Last weekend, an enthusiastic public flocked (see ‘NEON NIGHTS’ page 18)

By Laura Coleman Less than two weeks after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals began considering Beverly Hills Unified School District’s latest bid to have the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) shift its planned subway tunnel so as not to run directly under classrooms, yesterday Superintendent Michael Bregy met with U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao's Chief of Staff, Geoff Burr, in Washington D.C. in an effort to assert pressure. Bregy was joined at the meeting by Board of Education VP Lisa Korbatov and district counsel. Stated Bregy before his

meeting: “It’s about action. It’s putting a real face to what’s been lost in a very operational process of seismic and environmental reports - there are real kids and real circumstances here. I’m not just speaking for the Beverly Hills Unified School District, I’m speaking on behalf of school districts across the country.” It was unclear whether Bregy met with other potentially influential people while he was in D.C. Neither Bregy nor BHUSD Communications Director Laura Skirde elaborated on why it was important to travel to D.C. for an in-person meeting. (see ‘BREGY TRIP’ page 18)


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Gary Murphy Collection

once in a lifetime,” recollected Gary of his Easter week visit to the Italian island of Sicily, centered in the Mediterranean Sea.

The Wallis’ Gary Murhphy (at right) with Jason La Padura met Maria Grammatico whose pastericcia in the Sicilian town of Erice is world famous, having been acclaimed in Mary Simetti’s memoir Bitter Almonds. Only a few of Gary’s photos from his album are displayed here.


he Wallis thrums these nights with the pulsating chords of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s powerful romantic harmonies.


Hershey Felder is on stage, metamorphosed as the Russian composer, narrating his historic life, with a Russian accent that easily rivals the dialect diva Meryl Streep’s talent for perfecting the accents of the characters she portrays.

Avant, Dottie and Marvin Chanin, Sukey Garacetti, Carol Goldsmith, Marc Selwyn.


lso Judy Henning and Dick Rosenzweig, Judy and Bernard Briskin, Vicki Reynolds and Murray Pepper,

Marcy Gross, Elaine and Ronald Stein, May and Richard Ziman, Julie Lorraine and Clive Segil, Julie and Bruce Goldsmith, Regina and Gregory Weingarten.


hether one is religious or not, the spectacles of pageants and processions are unforgettable.


were The Wallis’ marketing manager Joel Hile, and public relations consultant Gary Murphy, who informs the performances are extended until August 13.

icily is a very special place, having been inhabited for centuries by the Greeks who built magnificent temples and amphitheaters. Today the myriad influences of its cuisine are inspired by the Greeks, the Moors, the Arabs and others.

“A trip worthy at least

“My traveling compan-

Overseeing the evening

ions included Ellen Porter, Rosalie Woodside and Jason La Padura. We happily discovered Maria Grammatico’s Pastericcia’s that had us yearning for more of her Scilian specialties.


he marzipan is exceptional, having been made famous by Mary Simetti’s travel memoir, Bitter Almonds.


e discovered Maria in the mountain top town of Erice, founded by Aphrodites, which has played a prominent place in the stories of Hercules.


icily is an island we found unique and exotic and we’d love to visit again.” Online at


full house greeted Hershey on opening night, whose performance is directed by Trevor Hay, with Joel Zwick (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) as consulting producer.

Maya Rudolph

Tori Spelling with husband Dean McDermott and their children Finn, Liam, Stella, and Hattie

Rachel Roy with daughter Tallulah Ruth Dash

Kim Raver with son Leo Kipling Boyer

Max Greenfield, Tess Sanchez, Lilly Greenfield

Celebrity Photo/Scott Downie


oyal admirers recall Hershey’s concerts as George Gershwin, Mozart, Irving Berlin, Franz Liszt, and others.


ershey’s a genius talent, acclaimed by the international culturati.


50-year-old Montrealer wed to the former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell.


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Kathleen Robertson with William Robert Cowles

Garcelle Beauvais with son

James Corden

Constance Zimmer with daughter Colette Zoe Lamoureux

Christina Aguilera

A.J. Buckley with daughter Willow Phoenix Buckley

Co-stars T.J. Miller and Anna Faris attended the world premiere of Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation’s The Emoji Movie at the Regency Village Theatre



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TO SEE AND B E   S E E N Los Angeles County Museum Of Art’s First Marc Chagall Exhibition In 40 Years, THE FASHION OF BEVERLY HILLS

‘Fantasies for the Stage,’ Is Whimsical Journey Into Costume Design and Music

FANTASIES FOR THE STAGE—LACMA’s new exhibition featuring works by artist Marc Chagall, which opens on Monday, is a lyrical exploration of the artist’s collaborative approach to stage productions as demonstrated in his colorful renderings and hand-painted costumes for three ballets and one opera. Pictured (from left): costumes for Shepherdesses in Daphnis And Chloe; costumes from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute for the Queen of the Night and the couple Papagena and Papageno; an iconic costume from the 1945 production of Igor Stravinsky’s The Firebird at the Metropolitan Opera House; and from The Magic Flute, a gouache on paper design of Sarastro and the resulting costume.

By Laura Coleman Officially set to open on Monday at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, “Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage”–the first exhibition of work by artist Marc Chagall put on by the museum since 1977–is akin to strolling through a lyrical and magical world linked only peripherally to reality. “It’s viscerally spectacular,” distilled LACMA Director Michael Govan during a preview this week. Concentrating on four the-

atrical productions for the stage created by Chagall (Aleko, 1942, The Firebird, 1945, Daphnis And Chloe, 1958, and The Magic Flute, 1967), the exhibition comprises 145 objects, including 41 elaborate costumes and nearly 100 beautiful color sketches, with each performance section set to the backdrop of music. “These costumes and sets are meant for the theatre and are to be engaged as a dynamic experience,” explained exhibition curator Stephanie Barron, LACMA department head of

Modern Art. The exhibition spotlights the principal role that music and dance played in the imagination and work of Chagall (1887–1985), who was at the forefront of 20th century artists in creating inventive visual environments for the stage. Throughout Chagall’s prolific decades-long career, the performing arts were a significant source of inspiration for the Russian-born artist, with depictions of musicians prominent in his paintings. In addition to Chagall’s foray into

adapting his work to performance, he was committed to figurative and narrative art, portraying imagery rooted in personal history, Eastern European folklore, and Jewish and Russian musical traditions. This particular exhibition (the third focusing on Chagall in LACMA’s history) is adapted from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts entitled ‘Chagall: Colour and Music,’ which followed two similar exhibitions in France and closed in June. In addition to Chagall’s stage designs, the exhibition

includes a small selection of iconic paintings, many on loan from other museums, all of which are captivating. At Wednesday’s preview viewing, Chagall’s granddaughters Bella and Meret Meyer underscored how their grandfather’s work overwhelming conveyed, as Bella described, “a heartfelt message of love of beauty, of inner energy that was burning at every moment.” “Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage” is on at LACMA from July 31 through Jan. 7, 2018.


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Monster Energy Drink Founder Russ Weiner Lists Beverly Hills Estate For $49M By Matt Lopez Billionaire Russ Weiner, the founder of the Rockstar energy drink empire, has re-listed his massive Beverly Hills estate for $49 million. The 12,100 square foot home is steeped in celebrity lore. Variety first reported the sale. Madonna purchased the Sunset Boulevard estate in 2003 from Sela Ward for $12 million. According to Variety, Madonna sold it to an investor for $19.5 million a decade later. Variety reports that Weiner – whose net worth Forbes has tabbed at around $4.3 billion – purchased the home in 2015 and although he never moved in, gave it an extensive remodel.

At the end of an impressive tree-lined private driveway, the 1.14-acre French country estate features custom interior spaces. Inside, the nine bedrooms and 10 full bathrooms are joined by a 60-foot-long resort style pool and spa, a tennis court, a 15-seat home theater and surround sound systems in four additional television viewing areas. There is also a highend fitness center, seven fireplaces, a full bar and staff quarters. The home is listed by Mauricio Umansky of The Agency. For more information, visit sting/sl1705178-9425-sunsetblvd-beverly-hills/.

The home’s kitchen is completely remodeled

9425 Sunset Boulevard

One of the estate’s main television viewing areas.

Photo: The Agency

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California Home Sales Slip For Sixth Straight Month Despite robust closed escrow sales in June, California pending home sales slipped for the sixth consecutive month, suggesting an impending slowdown in the state's housing market as the peak homebuying season winds down, the California Association of Realtors said Monday. Based on signed contracts, year-over-year statewide pending home sales fell for the sixth straight month in June on a seasonally adjusted basis, with the Pending Home Sales Index declining 0.9 percent from 119.0 in June 2016 to 117.9 in June 2017, according to a CAR statement. California pending home sales also slipped on a

monthly basis, decreasing 0.6 percent from the May index of 118.7. Pending home sales have declined every month so far this year, but the pace of decline has slowed in recent months. Pending sales in the Southern California Region continued their upward trend in June and posted a 2.5 percent improvement from the previous year, as San Bernardino County and Orange County saw healthy bumps of 10.3 percent and 8.3 percent, respectively, the statement said. Pending sales in San Diego (-3.6 percent), Riverside (-6.9 percent), and Los Angeles (-1.7 percent) counties declined from last June.

RESEARCH WEEK–Robert Sher (top, left) of Beverly Hills High School joined 18 other Westside students in a lab at the Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute to perform medical experiments during the 6th annual Research Week designed to inspire the next generation of young scientists. Research associate Jordan Nunnelee (far right) instructs the students (front, from left): Laura Elizarraras and Wyssanie Chomsin; and (top, right) Andre Rabizadeh.

Fifteen Nights Of 405 Closures Coming To LAX Area Fifteen full nights of partial and full directional closures of the San Diego (405) Freeway near Los Angeles International Airport are coming as a result of construction of a bridge for the Crenshaw/LAX Line light rail project, Metro announced Monday. The closures are set to begin on July 31 and will feature overnight full or partial directional closures from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday to Friday, although the freeway will be fully open during the

weekends. The scheduled closures include: – The northbound lanes will be completely closed between Century and La Tijera boulevards from July 31 to Aug. 4. –Partial closure of the northboard and southbound high occupancy vehicle lanes and the 1 and 2 lanes from Aug. 7 to Aug. 11. – The southbound lanes will be fully closed between the La Cienega off-ramp and La Tijera on-ramp Aug. 14 to Aug. 18.


companies – seven from China and two from Japan – that pitched proposals for developing the site, but Wanda was not among those named. According to the South China Morning Post, Wanda is – in addition to its recent sales of theme parks and hotels – also selling off its plazas, which consist of around 200 shopping malls.

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Wanda was long considered the frontrunner to purchase the property. In May, Wang told Beijing media that Wanda’s potential investment in the property would be “really huge”, estimating it could be more than $10 billion. On Tuesday, Singapore’s The Straits Times listed nine

DOING THE HOKEY POKEY–After a visit to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Library across the street, Beverly Hills Walk with the Mayor participants enjoyed a special treat Monday, joining the children from the La Cienega Park Preschool in a game of Hokey Pokey. Walk with the Mayor is part of Mayor Lili Bosse’s nationally-recognized #BHHealthyCity initiative. To participate, meet up at the Crescent steps of City Hall Mondays at 8:30 a.m.



H E A LT H & W E L L N E S S

Providence L.A.-Area $3 Million Investment Establishes CHLA’s Teresa And Medical Centers Award For Byron Pollitt Family Chair In Fetal, Neonatal Medicine Inspired by a family mantra and Women’s Health Services a longstanding relationship with

A total of 13,445 babies were delivered last year at the six medical Providence centers in the Los Angelesarea, hospitals that each earned five-star national recognition for high quality labor and delivery care. Healthgrades, a leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals, announced on Tuesday 41 awards for obstetrics, gynecology and labor and delivery for the six hospitals: Providence Holy Cross, Providence Saint Joseph and Providence Tarzana medical centers in the San Fernando Valley; Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica; and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Centers in San Pedro and Torrance. “Thousands of new parents put their trust in us each year because we deliver the quality they count on,” said Michael Bernstein, M.D., chief medical officer, Providence Saint Joseph Health’s L.A. Region. “Each birth involves a team of experts—and credit goes to those obstetricians, laborists who care for our mothers-to-be 24/7, nurses, lactation experts, respiratory therapists and other specialists who are available when necessary.” The five-star rating indicates hospitals’ clinical outcomes are significantly better than expected statistically when treating a condition or performing the procedure being evaluated. “Consumers place high-quality outcomes at the top of their wish lists when selecting a hospital, so health systems that have achieved this particular distinction stand out among their peers,” said Brad Bowman, M.D., chief medical officer, Healthgrades. “Especially in an environment where consumers have more choices than ever before about where to receive care, a hospital’s commitment to achieving high-quality outcomes for their patients is more important than ever.” (see ‘WOMEN’S HEALTH,’ page 13)

both Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and USC, philanthropists Teresa and Byron Pollitt have pledged $3 million to help create an endowed chair position for the director of the CHLA Fetal and Neonatal Institute (FNI). The Pollitts’ charitable investment completes a $5 million endowment, to be named the Teresa and Byron Pollitt Family Chair in Fetal and Neonatal Medicine in their honor. The inaugural holder of the chair will be FNI Co-director Philippe Friedlich, MD, MSEpi, MBA, chief of CHLA’s Division of Neonatology and professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Surgery at USC’s Keck School of Medicine. “We are honored by the generosity of the Pollitt family, which will permit clinicians at CHLA to save the lives and improve the health of more premature infants and neonates,” says CHLA president/CEO Paul S. Viviano. "With this new support, the Institute will hire an epidemiologist, provide greater support for families and engage government agencies to improve the care provided for patients treated through the Fetal and Neonatal Institute,” says Dr.

From left, Dr. Philippe Friedlich, CHLA chief of Neonatology; Paul Viviano, CHLA President/CEO; Byron Pollitt and Teresa Pollitt.

Friedlich. With a medical degree from the Keck School, a master’s in Applied Biostatistics and Epidemiology from USC, and a master’s in business administration from the University of Massachusetts, Friedlich is renowned for his research on the care needs of infants with multiple congenital malformations, and for his efforts to improve their transition from hospital to home. The family’s affiliation with CHLA spans more than 30 years, with Teresa serving as a past president of Children’s Chain, one of CHLA’s oldest associate support

organizations. Byron Pollitt retired as executive VP/CFO of Visa Inc. in 2015 “It was hard to keep a dry eye during our personal visits with Paul, Philippe and the research clinicians, all of whom revealed an extraordinary passion and determination to find better treatments for those who start life under the most challenging of circumstances,” said Byron Pollitt. “It is an indescribable feeling to know that every single day from this day forward, our gift has the potential to make a lifechanging difference for these tiny infants and their caring families.”

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Cedars-Sinai’s Dr. Stephan Targan Honored For Research, More Women Than Men Are Advances In Treating Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis Extremely Stressed, Maple Stephan R. Targan, MD, director of the Inflammatory Bowel and Immunobiology Research Institute at CedarsSinai is one of two recipients of The Bruce and Cynthia Sherman Charitable Foundation Sherman Prize. The announcement was made Tuesday in Naples, Florida. Recipients of the $100,000 prize were honored for their achievements in advancing research and innovative care models that have improved the health and wellness of millions of Americans living with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, also known as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). the founding “Since Sherman Prize last year, I have had the wonderful opportunity to get to know many talented individuals at the forefront of advancing IBD care,” said Bruce Sherman. “This year’s Sherman Prize recipients are leaders in

the field of IBD and I stand humby bled their achievements. Each works tirelessly, in their own way, to push the boundaries of sciand ence ne i c i d e m Dr. Stephan change and Targan is what ‘accepted practice’ to improve quality of life for people living with IBD.” The other major recipient was Lee A. Denson, MD, director of the Schubert-Martin IBD Center at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Heidi Drescher, MMS, PAC, of the Community Physician Group, Community Medical Center in Missoula, Montana,

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To help consumers evaluate and compare hospital performance, Healthgrades analyzed all-payer state data for 17 states from 2013 through 2015. Healthgrades found a significant variation in hospital quality between those that received five stars and those that did not In addition to the five-star recognition for labor and delivery, the hospital received dozens of awards for gynecology and gynecologic procedures including surgery: Providence Saint John’s Health Center’s Labor and Delivery was a five-star recipient for both Vaginal Delivery and C-Section Delivery in 2017.

received the $25,000 Sherman Emerging Leader Prize. Throughout his career, Targan has driven multiple treatment advances, one of the most significant being the advent of biologic therapies which changed the course of the disease and made remission possible for many patients. Working with colleagues in his lab, Dr. Targan discovered that IBD patients had elevated levels of tumor necrosis factor (TNF), which mediates inflammation in IBD. This research led him to initiate the first clinical trial for a TNFinhibitor(infliximab), which ultimately became the first biologic treatment approved for IBD. “It’s been incredibly rewarding to see this research benefit the IBD community on both a macro level and for individual patients as they put their disease into remission and get back to enjoying life,” Targan said. Today, Dr. Targan leads a 360° IBD program at Cedars-Sinai, bringing together physicians, researchers and patients in a reciprocal partnership to identify new treatment approaches. With the nation’s first academic-based IBD target discovery and development program for IBD, Dr. Targan and his team have identified a potential treatment target – TL1A, a protein that is a member of the TNF family – and are planning clinical trials of a novel antibody to block this protein. Early research has shown that inhibiting production of TL1A may reverse the fibrosis associated with Crohn’s disease.

Counseling Survey Says Nearly 40 percent of female respondents are extremely stressed compared to 26 percent of their male counterparts, according to a recent client survey conducted by The Maple Counseling Center, a nonprofit mental health care center in Beverly Hills. Steady employment was the number one concern among men and women, 84 percent and 78 percent, respectively. The survey also found that four out of ten (40 percent) respondents are very concerned when it comes to steady employment, followed by access to shelter (14 percent) and food (10 percent). “We’re finding that many people not seriously mentally ill are experiencing elevated levels of distress and anxiety,” said Marcy Kaplan, CEO of The Maple Counseling Center. “The problem is that a significant number of those who need help don’t necessarily have access to affordable mental health services, making organizations like ours so incredibly vital to the communities we serve.” Forty-two percent of female respondents are concerned about access to food, compared to 32 percent of males. Likewise, the survey found that more women than men are anxious about steady shelter, 47 percent versus 40 percent, respectively. Stress levels also vary among age groups. While 59 percent of respondents between the ages of 35 and 54 (Generation Xers) say they are extremely stressed, only 37 percent of those ages 18-34 (millennials) feel the same way, followed by 33 percent of those ages 55 and over (baby boomers). Concerns over steady employment seem to affect age groups differently. Generation Xers are impacted the most, with 59 percent of respondents saying they are very concerned about jobs, followed by 41 percent of baby boomers and 37 percent of millennials. The Maple Counseling Center created the survey to gauge stress levels among its clients and identify some of the underlying factors that may be contributing to anxieties. Nearly 250 adults ages 18 and over participated in the survey questionnaire from June 24 through June 30, 2017. Results were tabulated by age and gender, and not weighted to be representative of the population at large.

ARTS & E N T E RTA I N M E N T Annenberg Foundation Awards The Music Center $3 Million To Advance Its Arts Education Programs The Music Center announced on Tuesday that it had received a $3 million grant from the Annenberg Foundation to advance the performing arts center’s work in arts education, which has been an important focus of the organization since its founding in 1964. The three-year grant will be used to create a new initiative called The Annenberg Next Generation Arts Education Program, “that motivates students to think creatively and express themselves, encouraging them to be innovative thinkers who are prepared to work strategically in today's global economy,” said Rachel Moore, The Music Center’s president/CEO. “The Music Center is an immense creative force, especially when it comes to bringing important education programs to the community,” said Wallis Annenberg, Annenberg Foundation chairman/president/CEO. “I’m thrilled to share the power of the arts with children, enabling the next generation to express themselves creatively, take risks freely and advance their critical thinking skills in ways they may have never imagined.” “What an incredible vote of confidence for The Music Center to receive this important and prestigious grant, which recognizes our long-standing commitment to arts education and its impact,” said Moore. “We know the arts can help build communities and trans-

form lives and are vital to fostering creativity and innovation, skills that are critical to the future leaders of tomorrow. This funding makes it possible for us to create a system of change by providing increased professional development for teachers and offering educators the creative tools to integrate the arts into the classroom; this work will help ensure the next generation has access to quality arts learning experiences that are integrated into core curriculum.” the Annenberg from Funds Foundation will help The Music Center expand or develop three specific programs, including its work in arts integration partnerships, in which the organization provides intensive professional development with a focus on classroom support; The Music Center’s Institute for Educators, during which master teaching artists work with classroom teachers, immersing educators in multiple arts disciplines during a dedicated week-long intensive course; and Teaching Artist Training, where The Music Center provides extensive training for teaching artists on how to integrate lessons for their art form into curriculum and align with Common Core and the California Department of Education Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards. Monies will also be dedicated to support and expand many of The Music Center’s (see ‘ANNENBERG,’ page 15)


Terry Jastrow’s Debut Novel Imagines War Crimes Trial Of George W. Bush Emmy-winning director/producer Terry Jastrow hates war and is fascinated with the International Criminal Court (ICC), established by the United Nations in 2002. Combining both his passions, Jastrow has written his debut novel, The Trial Of Prisoner 043, in which he imagines President George W. Bush being tried for war crimes leading up the Iraq War. The political thiller has an Aug. 1 publication date and Jastrow will take part in a talk, Q&A and signing at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 2 at Diesel, A Bookstore in the Brentwood Country Mart, 225 26th St., Suite #33, Santa Monica. Jastrow, a long-time Brentwood resident, will be accompanied by his wife, actress Anne Archer. (The pair met in acting classes at the Beverly Hills Playhouse.) Archer will discuss political and social activism by Hollywood celebrities and people in the arts. She founded Artists for Human Rights, bringing artists together to raise awareness of human rights around the world. The pair will appear at another author event and discussion, Wednesday, Aug. 23 at Barnes & Noble at The Grove. In Jastrow’s scenario, the former president is abducted off Saint Andrews Links golf course and flown to The Hague to meet his accusers. Bush is the first head of a major superpower, let alone the reigning superpower, to be subjected

to international law before the ICC. For a full year, the ICC has been amassing evidence to indict Bush as the ultimate decision maker responsible for an unjustifiable and perhaps illegal war. Jastrow says he worked hard not to take sides and lets the attorneys take the different points of view as to Terry Jastrow whether Bush manipulated or lied about intelligence reports that led to the Iraq War. “In this book, that is often a courtroom drama,” says Jastrow, “I wanted to provide all the information so readers can decide, like a jury would. “I think too many wars are fought unnecessarily; and I want people to become more aware of the truth about wars and more interested in international criminal law,” says Jastrow. He spent three-and-a-half years researching the book reading biographies of people involved in the narrative including George H.W. and George W. Bush, Condoleezza Rice, Dick Chaney, Colin Powell and Richard A. Clarke. In the “tons of material about the Iraq War,” Jastrow studied blogs by both (see ‘JASTROW,’ page 15)

The Last Face–An Action-Paced Yawn; Menashe–An Ethnic Tale Set In Brooklyn Directed by enigmatic Sean Penn, The Last Face is an action-packed feature starring Charlize Theron and Javier Bardem as relief aid doctors. It was roundly criticized at the Cannes Film Festival and I don’t anticipate it getting a favorable reception here in the states. The film is a bloody bore that suffers from a poor script, cutsie and erratic direction, and far too much savage killing and gut spilling. And, the love-affair between Theron and Bardem doesn’t spark much interest. The chaotic story of the Liberian Civil War is impeded by hard to follow flashbacks, further complicating the uneven script. One of my favorite actors, Jean Reno, is totally wasted with what amounts to be an elongated walk on. However, if you haven’t had your fill of “action” flicks, The Last Face might quench your yearning – until you get home. 1 Bagel out of 4 • • • • • Menashe is a film entirely in Yiddish (with English subtitles) about the Chassidic Jews of Borough Park, Brooklyn starring a true Pious Jew and members of the community? “You gotta be kidding?” you say. “Well, I’m not.” Put together by director Joshua Z. Weinstein, producer Alex Lipschultz who co/wrote the script with Weinstein and Musa Syeed and starring Menashe Lustig as – guess who. This is a simple story of a hardworking store clerk whose wife has passed away. The stern and no nonsense rabbi decrees that his young son, Rieven, be adopted by his married, strict brother-inlaw as children must grow up in a home

where a mother is present. As the memorial for Menashe’s wife is coming up, the rabbi relents and tells him that Rieven can stay until the unveiling of the stone and then brought to his brother-in-law’s home. Using hidden cameras for fear of someone detecting one and shutting down production, all concerned are dedicated to their appointed roles with a mission in mind - bringing in an audience of people who have no idea of their culture and life-style. Perhaps, just perhaps they, Jew and non-Jew, will then better understand the mystiques and observances of the Chassidic Jew.

Jerry Cutler On Film Menashe Lustig and Ruben Niborski as his son, are wonderful together. The other ‘actors’ are very believable which is a credit to the director who has placed his faith and considerable talent in this off-beat production. Menashe is by no means great but audiences will get a very true depiction of these people who do not possess televisions and never go to the movies. They are a very proud people who live for the glory of God by living a humble life through the study of Torah and the joy of prayer. 2-1/2 Bagels lots of schmear and lox out of 4 Jerry Cutler, the Courier’s film critic, is rabbi at Creative Arts Temple

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HEROES OF HOLLYWOOD–The Hollywood Museum was the site of the Heroes of Hollywood Awards. Among industry veterans on hand were (from left): actress Dee Wallace (E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial); honoree Donelle Dadigan of Beverly Hills, founder/owner of the museum; actress “Tippi” Hedren (The Birds); honoree Nancy O’Dell (Entertainment Tonight); actress Kate Linder (The Young And The Restless); and Oscarwinner George Chakiris (West Side Story). Photo by William A. Kidston

Paley Center Concludes 2017 PaleyLive LA Summer Season Celebrating Farewell Season Of Episodes A premiere screening and panel celebrating the Showtime comedy series Episodes will conclude the Paley Center for Media’s PaleyLive Summer Season at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 16 at the center, 465 N. Beverly Dr. The program will feature a screening of the season five premiere, a panel conversation and audience Q&A with the cast and creative team. “For five seasons Episodes has entertained audiences with its smart, witty humor,” said Maureen J. Reidy, the Paley Center’s president/CEO. After four critically acclaimed seasons, Episodes begins its fifth season and farewell run at 10 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 20. At the start of the final season, several months have passed and the game show hosted by Matt is now a runaway hit.

Unfortunately for Matt, this means his years as an actor are completely forgotten. Sean (Stephen Mangan) and Beverly (Tamsin Greig) are equally miserable. Sean’s loathsome ex-partner is now in charge of their new series, The Opposite of Us, and Sean and Beverly must now endure his utter lack of humor or talent as they watch him slowly destroy their show. The Paley Center will welcome the cast and creative team including: Matt LeBlanc as himself, Kathleen Rose Perkins as Carol Rance, Mircea Monroe and Morning Randolph, plus David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik, creators and executive producers. Buzzfeed’s Jarett Wieselman will moderate. Visit for more information, panel updates, and to purchase tickets.


book.” Jastrow believes “the only way humanity can defend itself against waging unnecessary wars is the outcry of the people and the voice of an informed and engaged citizenry, keeping in check those who create wars.” —Steve Simmons

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Iraqis and soldiers in the war. In addition to interviewing international criminal law attorneys in both the U.S. and Europe, Jastrow made three trips to the court in the Netherlands conducting research. “So the book has been vetted on both sides of the Atlantic,” Jastrow says. There had to be enough reporting to “make the book legitimate,” says Jastrow. “But I didn’t want too much legalese to keep it from being a compelling read. It’s a novel, not a text-


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current arts education programs including “The Music Center On Tour,” which are professional performances for school assemblies and community groups; student performances; and professional development programs for educators. In addition, The Music Center will collaborate with the Annenberg Space for Photography since both organizations will present work focused on Cuba as part of the upcoming “Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative.” The Photography Space will present a photo exhibition Cuba Is, while The Music Center will present a four-day celebration of Cuban performing artists with Cuba Antes/Ahora; Cuba Then/Now. This collaboration will involve opportunities for high school students to participate in an intensive residency involving visual art and dance.

The Music Center anticipates launching new initiatives in year two and three of the grant with the goal of expanding outreach to both teachers and students, including the exploration of local college and university partnerships and afterschool programs. This grant from the Annenberg Foundation follows the award of three additional grants to The Music Center, including monies from Bank of America to support the performing arts organization’s acclaimed Spotlight scholarship and arts training program; support from the California Arts Council for “The Music Center On Tour,” along with professional development and arts integration partnerships; and funding from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for a newly launched initiative, “The Music Center On Location,” which takes programming to venues outside The Music Center campus.



Matt Barnes, Snoop Dogg To Co-Host Athletes vs. Cancer Football Game

APRICOT JAM–Beverly Hills FC Boys U14 won the 2017 Apricot Jam in Moorpark with a 4-0 victory over Woodland Hills FC. The team went undefeated throughout the tournament. Pictured, back row (from left): Walt Schoen, Coach Ben Rabizadeh, Isaac Margolis, Gavin Grossman, Jackson Gold, Jackson Herscu, Nathan N, Dylan Jaman, Quinn Dyner, Josh Naydavood and head coach Kim Frenkel. Middle row, from left: Dylan Davis, Jake Aminia, Michael Rabizadeh and Luca Sousmman. Not pictured: Not pictured: Ennosh Frenkel and Cable Magnuss

Former BHHS Hoops Star Comanche Shines In Drew League By Matt Lopez Former Beverly Hills High star Chance Comanche is spending his summer playing basketball in the Los Angeles pro-am Drew League. Last week, the Courier reported Comanche had not caught on yet with an pro team for the NBA’s Summer League. Comanche, a 6-foot-11 center, spent two seasons at Arizona before declaring for the NBA draft this spring, but he went underrated and failed to make a Summer League roster. “My time will come,” Comanche tweeted after a Drew League game that

saw him score 21 points and grab 12 rebounds. The Drew League is a pro-am that “matches up 28 invitation-only teams to battle it out” according to the league’s website. In addition to several semi-pro basketball players, rosters are composed of NBA stars like Rockets guard James Harden, Lakers forward Julius Randle, Pistons center Andre Drummond and Raptors and former USC guard DeMar DeRozan. Comanche, 21, led Beverly Hills High to a CIF title in 2015.

By Matt Lopez Former Laker Matt Barnes and rap star Snoop Dogg will co-host the 4th annual Athletes vs. Cancer Celebrity Flag Football game next month in Burbank. Proceeds from the event will be donated to various cancer organizations throughout Los Angeles county. For Barnes, a UCLA alum, the cause hits close to home. His mother Ann died in 2011 from lung cancer. “I'd like to start a scholarship program for kids and young adults who beat cancer and would like to go to college or further their education,” said Barnes. "Often these survivors must interrupt their studies and cannot work to save money for college or participate in extracurricular activities.” Some of the confirmed celebrity participants include: Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Aaron Gordon, DeMar DeRozan, Nick Young, Jordan Clarkson, Zack Randolph, Chris Paul, Willie Cauley Stein, Deandre Jordan, JaVale McGee, rapper The Game, musician Chris Brown and Karen Civil.

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Barnes played for the NBA champion Golden State Warriors last season and the game will feature many celebrities, as well as members of last season’s Warriors team. The game will be held August 6 at John Burroughs High School Memorial Field, beginning at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for kids ages 712. Kids under 6 get in free. For additional information on how to support, donate or become a sponsor for the Athletes vs. Cancer 4th Annual Celebrity Flag Football Game, contact or visit

Kershaw Aiming For September Return From Back Injury By Matt Lopez Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is aiming for a September comeback from the back injury that has landed the AllStar left-handed pitcher on the disabled list. Kershaw told the Los Angeles Times this week that he “might not pitch as many starts as I’d like in the regular season, but I definitely would like at least a few before October.” Kershaw was on his way to another stellar season, posting a 15-2 record with a 2.04 ERA, before being abruptly pulled from a start last weekend with pain in his lower back. It was similar to an issue he dealt with last year, when he missed several weeks with a disk problem in his back. Kershaw rejoined the Dodgers in

September and made five starts before pitching for the team in the postseason. Earlier reports immediately after an MRI this week said Kershaw would miss 4-6 weeks, but he bristled at that report in a quote to the Times. “There’s no timetable,” Kershaw said, adding that any reports claiming such a thing are “very much mistaken."

L. A. Galaxy Fires Head Coach Onalfo; Hires Sigi Schmid As His Replacement The struggling Los Angeles Galaxy announced Thursday that head coach Curt Onalfo was fired and replaced by Sigi Schmid, who will be making his second appearance at the Galaxy helm. The Galaxy -- mired in ninth place in the 11-team Major League Soccer Western Conference standings with a record of six wins, 10 losses and four ties -- will introduce Schmid at a 2 p.m. news conference at the StubHub Center. Schmid -- who led the Galaxy to the MLS championship in 2002 and compiled a 79-53-32 record with the team between 1999 and 2004 -- is the winningest coach in MLS history with 254 victories, including titles with the Galaxy in 2002 and in 2008 with the Columbus Crew. Schmid also won big as head coach

of the UCLA men's soccer program in 1980-1999, leading his alma mater to a 322-63-33 record. He was National Collegiate Athletic Association coach of the year in 1997. “After a great deal of evaluation and careful consideration, we believe that Sigi Schmid is the best person to coach our team for the remainder of the season and into the future,” Galaxy President Chris Klein said. “Sigi is one of the most experienced coaches in the history of soccer in the United States and he is an extremely successful manager. We have full confidence in him to lead our team moving forward.” Most recently, Schmid piloted the MLS' Seattle Sounders from 2009 until last season. –– City News Service

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Another Phobia From Roger Lefkon


Now that it looks like Los Angeles will be getting the 2028 Summer Olympic Games, if not the 2024 version, it’s never too early to get prepared. For that reason, I attempted to forego one of my scariest phobias–namely, the fear of competing in the recent L.A. Marathon which had always ranked near the top of my anxiety list together with being kidnapped and whisked away in an unmarked van. History tells us the marathon was instituted in commemoration of the fabled run of the Greek messenger Pheidippides in 490 B.C. who was sent from the battlefield of Marathon to Athens to announce that the Greeks had triumphed. The good news is that he ran the entire 25 miles without stopping, aided by the fact that he was moving against the traffic. The bad news is that after proclaiming: “We have won,” he collapsed and died. Alas, since it was Sunday, he missed out in participating in the celebratory Chinese smorgasbord complete with fortune cookies that read: “you will be hungry again in one hour.”. After much deliberation I decided to enter this year’s marathon against the advice of my crack medical team consisting of cardiologist P.K. Shah who proclaimed: “your heart’s not in it;” ophthalmologist Joseph Caprioli who said: “you will never be able to read the digital clocks and mile markers along the route and probably wind up in downtown Rancho Cucamonga;” pulmonologist Robert Wolfe who commented: “your COPD may require assistance from the LAPD;” urologist Stuart Holden who offered this sage advice: “running the marathon in your condition will mean making a pit stop at a Porta Potty every 100 yards;” and internist Lou Fishman, who added: “I’ll be on the golf course chasing a ‘birdie’ and unavailable to confer with you.” Had I heeded their advice, I would have just spent the day at Costco buying things I don’t need so I decided to give it a go determined that an aging New York Jew could keep up with the big boys from Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia stride for stride. After all, running 26.2 miles is the equivalent of walking my dog Piper from my home to Veterinarian John Winter’s office and back twice a day. A piece of cake. Not wanting to risk a pre-race injury, I opted to forgo training. After all, what could go wrong with 22 aid stations along the course dispensing water, Gatorade and Dr. Brown’s cream soda and numerous medical tents staffed by doctors and nurses from Grey’s Anatomy, General Hospital, Code Black and Nurse Jackie available to consult on FaceTime? So after a light runner’s breakfast at Nate’n Al’s of lox, eggs, onions, a toasted poppy seed bagel and a prune Danish, I made my way to Dodger Stadium to take my place among the throng of 25,000 runners all hoping to realize a personal dream and cross the finish line at the Santa Monica pier within the allotted 6-1/2 hours required to receive an official time. As the start time of 6:55 a.m. approached, I slipped on my bib emblazoned with my runner’s name “crazy legs,” waved to the crowd and promptly threw up my breakfast. I should have set-

tled for an energy bar. As I made my way past the iconic landmarks on the “stadium to the sea” course, all of the things that could go wrong began to cross my mind. The risk of losing your way is a common occurrence among marathon newbies, especially if you’re a back-of-the packer like me. Pain tolerance was another factor that grabbed my attention, and the lyrics to Dem Bones seemed to say it all. You know how it goes, the leg bones connected to the knee bones, the knee bones connected to the thigh bones, and all the way up to the hip, back, neck and head bones. One misstep and I would be a mass of broken bones and if an injury occurred in front of the TCL (Grauman’s) Chinese Theatre, I might find myself face to face with Denzel Washington’s hand print, he was, after all, the star of The Bone Collector. Then there are the weather conditions to cope with. Do I dress for hot, cold, wind or rain or, depending where I am on the course, all of the above? An 8.5 earthquake would of course render the weather conditions irrelevant. Here is another piece of advice. If you lose a toenail, don’t stop to look for it but rather wait until you finish the race and head to the lost and found pavilion where missing articles are displayed in alphabetical order. If your toenail has been found it will be showcased between sneakers and underwear. As I approached the finish line a mere 24 hours after the start of the race my fear of finishing last or worse dropping out, placed in a down-runners van and being the source of embarrassment and ridicule proved to be unfounded. The cheering that greeted me was deafening led by my wife Phyllis looking radiant in a designer nurse’s uniform with a lapel button that read “Not Tonight.” Yes it was true, the people who finish last get the loudest applause and as I embraced the pain that seemed to affect every muscle and joint in my body I realized that with my store of carbohydrates depleted I was completely fatigued and running on empty. Where was Giacomino Drago with a bowl of fettuccine when I needed him! After arriving home, I took great pleasure in deleting running the L.A. marathon from my fitness bucket list. After all, now being fully set for the Olympics, that only leaves fighting for the heavyweight championship and swimming the English Channel as unfulfilled aspirations before I actually do kick the bucket. Roger Lefkon is a veteran television writer/producer, former senior executive with Merv Griffin Entertainment, and author of The World Is A Really Scary Place

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Noted Westside Real Estate Developer Arthur Burdorf Dies At Age 81

Beverly Hills Police Arrest Suspected Sexual Attacker

Beverly Hills resident and noted real estate developer Arthur Burdorf died July 6 at age 81. Born in Brooklyn in 1936, he moved to California as a youth and graduated from Los Angeles High School and USC where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration before serving in the U. S. Coast Guard. Burdorf became a partner in Standard Investment Company in the 1970’s and

By Matt Lopez Beverly Hills police arrested a Culver City man last Friday on suspicion of committing three separate assaults on women within City limits. Joshua Daniel Stevens, 26, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to three counts each of assault, with intent to commit a sex crime and false imprisonment by violence. Stevens was arrested after three crimes were reported between 6 and 10 p.m. last Thursday in the following areas: the 200 block of North Rodeo Drive, the 400 block of North Canon Drive and the 9600

went on to establish Wood River Properties located in Santa Monica. A champion of the state of Israel, he was also a patron of the arts and civic affairs including a stint as police and fire department commissioner for the City of Los Angeles and president of the local Boy Scout council. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Jacqueline; daughters Suzanne and Debra; son Barry; his son and daughter-in-

law, Gary and Sherry; and four grandchildren, Rachel, Mitchell, Carly, and Henry.

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to the Beverly Hills Farmers’ Market to paint the discs. Adults and children of all ages immersed themselves in neon paints, creating splendid minimasterpieces, which will become part of Massey’s installation. So many people showed up to participate Sunday that the supply of blank discs ran out three times. “I am bursting with excitement that visionary artist, Ed Massey, has partnered with us to bring one of his spectacular art installations to our City,” said Bosse. “Neon Nights lights up one of our most beloved historic monuments with 3-D neon flowers painted by our community. Beverly Hills is once again showing the world that we are an innovative, welcoming and fun City.” Together, Massey and his brother Bernie have created Portraits of Hope, a non-profit

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Pictured: The painted discs that will be part of the installation.

organization that uses art and visual imagery to create social impact, fostering community through collaborations that create art installations using the flower symbol as “a universal symbol of joy, life, beauty, hope, inspiration and renewal,” according to the Portraits of Hope website. And with this installation, the Massey brothers are bringing it back home. The Masseys

attended El Rodeo and Beverly Hills High School. Neon Nights is a free public event that will take place Wednesday at 8 p.m. at the Beverly Gardens Lily Pond between Beverly Drive and Canon Drive on Santa Monica. Parking is available at the City Parking structures. For more information visit www.beverlyhills/BOLD or call 310-285-2454.


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excitement… that is contagious.” More than 100 businesses and restaurants, including Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry and Louis Vuitton will remain open until 8 p.m., affording shoppers an extra two hours to shop. Throughout the month of August, B.O.L.D. will offer visitors the chance to enjoy the best of everything Beverly Hills every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening. There will be appearances by social media fashion influencers, style sessions, and live models, bringing to life the luxury offerings of Rodeo Drive’s legendary couture houses. Every weekend, visionary installation artist Ed Massey will bring his volunteers to light up the Lily Pond with neon discs, art created by communi-

block of South Santa Monica Boulevard. Stevens is alleged to have approached and accosted two female victims in parking garages, and one walking along the sidewalk. After the Beverly Hills Police sent out an alert Thursday evening, BHPD Lt. Scott Dowling said Stevens was eventually arrested Friday at about 9 p.m. near Dayton Way and Canon Drive. According to prosecutors, Stevens – who faces more than 33 years in prison – was convicted last year of “terroristic threatening” in Arkansas.

ty volunteers, offering viewers 3-D glasses and black-lights to make the colors pop off the water. Shoppers can also find special deals in many restaurants and stores by visiting penlate. On Aug. 10, Walk with the

Mayor will meet as usual, at the Crescent steps of City Hall, but on a different day and at a different time. Mayor Lili Bosse will host Walk with the Mayor at 6 p.m., strolling the City’s business district throughout the evening to discover new adventures in retail. On Aug. 20, join Mayor Bosse for a bike tour around Beverly Hills. The trip starts at the weekly Farmers’ Market on the west end of Civic Center Drive at 9 a.m.

By Kaitlin Musante At this month’s Health and Safety Commission meeting, Water Quality Specialist David Hillyer informed commissioners that 100 percent of all state and federal drinking water standards had once again been met. This is the fourth year running that the standards have been perfectly upheld. In 2013, five violations were discovered, including failures to collect required fluoride samples and a failure to maintain a log of treatment of viruses. The annual water report aims to summarize water quality testing from the previous calendar year. Of the 22,265 samples of water tested, no

violations were detected. In addition, none of the samples were bacteriologically positive, an improvement from the one positive sample in 2016’s report. In order to keep the water clean and prevent waterborne pathogens, the water is disinfected with chloramines, Hillyer explained. The chloramines are filtered out by restaurants for taste and for the use of dialysis equipment or aquariums. “We look forward to keeping our water standards high,” Vice Chair Myra Demeter said. “They seem to be really good.” The full water report can be found online at the City’s website.

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation To Hold Annual Humanitarian Symposium At Beverly Hilton By Matt Lopez The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation announced last week that its annual humanitarian symposium and prize ceremony – where $2 million will be awarded to a nonprofit organization that has made contributions toward human suffering – is set for Oct. 11 at The Beverly Hilton. For 21 years, the Agoura Hills-based Hilton Foundation has awarded the Hilton Humanitarian Prize to an “organization, anywhere in the world, judged to have made extraordinary contributions toward alleviating human suffering, often operating at great risk, hardship and personal sacrifice.” The theme of the 2017

symposium is “The Future of Humanitarian Action: Bridging Our Divides.” The Hilton Foundation was created in 1944 by Conrad Hilton – founder of the Hilton Hotels Corporation – to focus on providing safe water, ending chronic homelessness, preventing substance use, helping young children affected by HIV and AIDS, supporting transition-age youth in foster care and supporting the work of Catholic sisters. Since its inception, the Hilton Foundation has awarded more than $1.5 billion in grants. For more information on the foundation and the October ceremony, visit


faces to what has turned out to be a very long and litigious matter.” For years, BHUSD has battled Metro in an effort to have the Westside Subway Extension not run beneath the City’s only public high school.

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Stated Skirde: “Dr. Bregy believes this is a critical case that will be looked at for years to come, again emphasizing the importance of putting real


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happened, and efforts to strategize how to get around the other party or the City Council. Tuesday’s meeting, the fourth in a series of facilitated meetings, culminated with about an equal number of landlords and tenants, about 120 people, who participated in the process in the hopes that there can be a reasonable resolution. It has been a struggle to engage tenants, fearful of reprisals, in the conversation, and their participation is a major victory in the process, a sign that the process is working. These 14 people, who will remain anonymous to protect confidentiality, were selected by their own peers from among those who volunteered for the task that lies ahead, to move the Rent Stabilization Ordinance talks forward. Singh has repeatedly emphasized that he takes no sides and that it is his job to be a conduit of information, bringing the collective proposals to the City Council. “If you reach consensus on three out of five issues, I will convey your policy recommendations to the City Council,” he told the group Tuesday, noting that will indicate progress. “We will see what we can do,” he said, stressing that consensus on all the issues is the best outcome. “I have faith in the representatives. It is in everyone’s interest if they can come to a consensus. If not, my job is done and I will move forward with my recommendations.” Even this late in the process, both tenants and landlords continued to express deep-seated frustrations. One tenant, who had not attended the three previous meetings, said that like many other tenants, she was angry that rent increases of three percent annually was being discussed, fearing for the resulting potential unpredictability after the hard-fought win with January’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance. “What will happen now? Is this still on the table?” she asked. Her question has been the focal point of the tenant-centered meetings, and expresses sentiments that many tenants have echoed. Tenants are concerned about habitability standards, improvement pass-throughs, no-cause evictions, realistic relocation fees and code enforcement. On the other side, landlords have expressed outrage that they have received the questionnaires for the Rental Registry, associated with establishing a “baseline” to begin assessing rental stock in the City. One landlord drew applause when he said that it was the City’s problem, not theirs. “They made it our problem,” he said. Landlords have expressed concern that their

privacy is being violated and that their personal information may become available. Cities across the country have had comparable registries, however, including West Hollywood, next door, without incident. Landlords were sent the forms July 23, and have until August 24 to return them. However, many are refusing to fill them out. It is unclear how the City will respond, though the City’s website states, “Failure to register a unit can lead to substantial penalties including but not limited to a fine of $500.00 per unit.” Landlords worry about protecting their investments, bad tenants, evictions, and building maintenance costs. Many have said they purchased their building to sustain them in retirement, and with the 3-percent rent increases, they will be unable to recoup their losses. The results of the facilitated meetings will be in a report that Singh will deliver to the Beverly Hills City Council, possibly at the August 8 meeting. The meeting is at 7 p.m. at City Hall in the council chambers. At that meeting, the council is also expected to consider a proposal from consultants Management Partners that would create an infrastructure to manage the Rent Stabilization Ordinance. The infrastructure would be within the Community Development or Community Services Department and would have start-up costs of about $3 million through 2019. Costs are expected to be recovered in user fees. “Although such a program may not have a direct impact on the general public, there is a benefit to landlords and tenants who derive stability and certainty from the program and therefore, a user fee with a nexus to the actual costs is appropriate,” said the report, citing other cities that have such fees. By some estimates, tenants comprise as much as 61 percent of the City’s residents. Many are families with children in the public schools, which are experiencing a declining enrollment. The Management Partners report recommends hiring a deputy director of Rent Stabilization, two senior management analysts, two customer service representatives, a code enforcement operator and two rental registries and rent appeals management analysts. They also recommend a parttime secretary and systems integrator. For questions or assistance with the Rental Unit Registration process, landlords and property managers can call the Rent Stabilization Program hotline at 310-285-1031. For additional information on the Rent Stabilization Program visit

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oriented. He owns his decisions and takes responsibility. Putting an entire new cabinet in place before the beginning of a new school year was quite impressive. As it is too early to properly evaluate Dr. Bregy, I will simply say, that for myself, it certainly feels like the superintendent is running the district.” According to two-time former Board of Education President Brian Goldberg, known for his punctilious knowledge of board bylaws, the purpose of the evaluation, which typically takes place annually at the beginning of the school year, is to ensure that the superintendent has met the goals the board established at the beginning of the previous year. “It is a tool for evaluating the effectiveness of his/her work to provide feedback on areas of improvement and how they can do their job better,” he stated. While Bregy has managed to aggregate a potentially effective, albeit untested leadership team in anticipation of the 2017-18 academic year, he has still yet to develop a road-map to effectively educate and protect students in the 21st century. In addition to starting off the school year with a new district-level leadership team, the school year begins with a new principal at Horace Mann and a new principal and two new assistant principals at Beverly Hills High School. In a few months, the district will also have to decide on a replacement for beloved Hawthorne Principal Michelle Dar when she goes on maternity leave. Laura Skirde, BHUSD’s communications director, told the Courier that Bregy had yet to begin crafting a strategic plan for the district. Recently, she added, she had discovered a strategic plan (author unknown)

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bullets because time’s ticking away and if we have to make alternative accommodations, that’s not an easy thing to do,” she said. Twice this week, HuntCoffey participated in small meetings together with City Manager Mahdi Aluzri, Recreation Services Manager Teri Angel, BHUSD Superintendent Michael Bregy, BHUSD Chief Administrative Officer La Tanya Kirk-Carter Latham and BHUSD Facilities chief David Jackson to fine-tune some of the sticking points of the contract in anticipation of the City receiving the supporting financials from the school district. “The devil’s going to be in the money,” she opined. While the City Council barely batted an eyelash when it upped the Rodeo Drive Committee’s budget allocation upwards of 50 percent earlier this year, enhancing its JPA with

that dated from 2005. When viewed, the six-page document proved to be little more than a superficial documentation of why it would be beneficial to have a strategic plan. The only real meat was in the final page, which offered a list of nine strategies but failed to expand on the pathway to achieve any goals. For example, the document’s final 11 words are the only relevant expansion on the plan’s very succinct ninth and final strategy, Facilities: “We will continuously plan for facilities that optimize the learning environment.” In anticipation of Bregy going into his evaluation, last Friday the Courier asked Bregy if it would be possible to send a list of his accomplishments as BHUSD’s superintendent thus far. On Tuesday, Skirde informed the Courier that he had not compiled such a list before going into his performance evaluation because he was so busy learning the nuances of the district and “accomplishing.” Indeed, there are a plethora of pots that Bregy must urgently address, including renegotiating the Joint Powers Agreement with the City; ensuring that the BHHS Oil Well is properly remediated in the wake of Venoco breaking its contract; reconfiguring BHUSD’s four K-8 schools’ model to address the district’s mounting budget issue; preparing a new school-building bond in order to complete the district’s construction program; and of course, ensuring that Beverly Hills students receive a top-notch education. That list goes on, of course. On Wednesday afternoon, Bregy emailed the Courier a list which he characterized as an “authentic reflection” of his work as BHUSD’s superintendent thus far: “[I have] assembled, with great purpose, an energetic, the school district has proved fraught with challenges. For more than a year before the JPA was set to expire on June 30, the City CouncilBHUSD liaison, in partnership with various City and school district officials, attempted to reach consensus about the amount of funds the City was willing to expend in exchange for BHUSD making its facilities and fields available to the nonstudent population. At the end of last month, on the very day the JPA was set to expire, a divided Board Of Education voted 3-2 to extend the current agreement by two months. Before taking the vote, board members described the move as a “good will” effort in achieving a new JPA. In anticipation of school district liaison representatives Board VP Lisa Korbatov and Goldstein continuing the conversation with the City liaison of Mayor Julian Gold and Councilman John Mirisch, at the most recent liaison meeting in June, the four elected officials directed Aluzri

July 28, 2017 | Page 19 dynamic and collaborative District Cabinet Leadership Team to work with and involve teachers and staff in the design and implementation of being a future ready school district and to increase overall organizational effectiveness; “I have immersed myself in extensive public outreach to understand the culture of the school district and have established positive relationships with internal (students, staff, parents, PTA Council, PTSA, BHEF) and external (community members, City staff) [stakeholders], and have become a Rotarian in [Beverly Hills]. I have had over 100 meetings with key influencers that span the entire City limits of Beverly Hills in order to listen, learn and understand what is important and critical to improving our school district. Without a doubt, the job requires the attention of the superintendent 24/7, 365 days a year; “I have spent time in our schools and classrooms and have an understanding of where we are right now in terms of instructional practices and where we need to go in the future; “I have established deep and historical knowledge of long-standing complex and comprehensive challenges for the school district including construction (and) modernization, the [Federal Transportation Authority] (and) Metro, Venoco Oil Leasing, JPA, (and the) Christiansen case.” To summarize, in addition to building his “District Cabinet,” Bregy has managed to educate himself on the bulk of critical issues facing the district. Absent from Bregy’s list is the fact that the superintendent continues to have the support of the board, which is indeed an accomplishment in Beverly Hills Unified.

and Bregy to take the lead on moving negotiations foward. Before the district voted to extend the JPA by two months, the City Council agreed to give the district the option of extending the agreement anywhere from two to six months. Following the extension, the JPA is now set to expire at the end of August. Mayor Lili Bosse underscored that BHUSD continues to have the ability to extend the current agreement for up to an additional four months if the district can’t provide the City with the information it needs in a timely manner. “My goal is to have the JPA done as soon as possible,” she said. “The school district does understand that in order for us to justify any sort of ask, we have to understand what the ask represents.” “I would rather do this and do this right so that when the numbers are given to us we really have time to do it right and discuss as a council,” Bosse added.

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The lecture will follow the Beverly Hills Jewish Community service at 9:30 a.m. at the hotel. Founded in 2007, ELNET promotes positive relations between Israel and Europe, which has seen a rise in antiIsrael activity in recent years. For more information and to RSVP, call 310-276-4246 or email • • • • • As part of its Earth Focus Presents, KCETLink Media Group will air Tapped at 10 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 2 on KCET and on Link TV nationwide (DirecTV 375 and DISH network 9410). The documentary looks into the bottled-water industry and its long-term effects socially, economically and ecologically. The filmmakers focused on industry giants such as PepsiCo and Nestlé Waters, visiting a town containing a Nestlé factory as well as running tests on the bottles the company uses for its products. For more information, visit • • • • • The civil rights documentary Whose Streets? will get an advance showing as part of “Hammer Screenings” at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 3 at the museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd. Told by the activists and leaders, the film is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising. When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents of St. Louis, Mo. Grief, long-standing racial tensions and renewed anger bring residents together to hold vigil and protest this latest tragedy. A Q&A with the film's directors, Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis, follows, moderated by UCLA professor Sarah Haley. Required free tickets are

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off at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 5 at the Hollywood Property Owners Office, 6562 Hollywood Blvd. In partnership with Hollywood Heritage, Bison Archive/Marc Wanamaker and the L.A. Historic Theatre Foundation, the tours show how Hollywood transformed from a sleepy little town of orange groves into the center of the world's entertainment industry in less than 50 years. Tickets for the 90-minute tours are $20. For more information, visit • • • • • •


French-Caribbean roots trio Delgres continues the 21st season of Sunset Concerts at the Skirball at 8 p.m., Thursday, August 10, at the center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A. Consisting of Paris-born, Caribbean-descended frontman Pascal Danaë on dobro and vocals, Baptiste Brondy on drums, and Rafgee on sousaphone, Delgres specializes in a blend of Creole, West African, rock, and Delta blues. The evening begins with DJ Rani de Leon of dublab, who will spin a set at 6:30 p.m. Check-in and free admission to the museum and Skirball campus begin at 5:30 p.m. RSVP is requested, but does not guarantee admission or seating, which is available on a firstcome, first-served basis. For more information, call 310-4404500 or visit

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BIG FIGHTERS, BIG CAUSE – The charity boxing night at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel benefited the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation. Here Sugar Ray Leonard welcomes Cindy Crawford and her husband Rande Gerber. Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer / Getty Images

Hollywood came out in full force to catch a night filled with action-packed boxing matches, live performances and more at the B. Riley & Co. 8th annual “Big Fighters, Big Cause” Charity Boxing Night at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. Presented by Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions, this benefits the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation in its mission to fund life-changing research, care and awareness for pediatric type 1 & 2 diabetes and to help children live healthier lives through diet and exercise. Hosted by actor/comedian Bill Bellamy, the evening honored 9-year-old Jackson Blair with the “Golden Glove Award” for his extraordinary dedication and hard work to raise awareness for type 1 (T1D) diabetes. The main event to the exclusive charity boxing soiree featured Kevin “K-Smoove” Rivers, Jr. who took on Mexico City’s rugged Roberto “Escorpion” Pucheta in a six round lightweight match. Other bouts included rising star Luis “King Louie” Coria and Antonio “Chore” Martinez; L.A.’s Marvin Cabrera and Shreveport, Louisiana’s Quantavious “King Tulu” Green; and Indio’s Alfredo Escarcega and L.A.’s Rolando Padilla. VIP guests and Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation supporters in attendance included Usher, Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, Luke Wilson, Oscar De La Hoya, Cookie and Magic Johnson, Tina Knowles and Richard Lawson, Bo Jackson, Chris Spencer, Johnny Gill, Laila Ali Conway, Mia St. John, Rodney Peete, Sergio Mora, Terry Norris, Tommy Davidson, Jeffrey Osborne and more. The Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation was established in 2009 by the six-time world champion and his wife, Bernadette. ****** The Associates of the Los Angeles Jewish Home holds its 87th Tree of Life Luncheon Aug. 10 at the Four Seasons on Doheny Drive. Marion Goldenfeld will be honored with the Zelda White Woman of the Year Achievement Award. Her passion for philanthropy has led her to serving on the boards of The Associates, the ADL and Friends of Sheba. She is also a dedicated supporter of a wide variety of charitable organizations serving children, medical advancements, and the arts, including the Zachary Society of Opera Singers. Sandy Stackler is president of The Associates with Florence Gorlin serving as luncheon chair, and Lynn Ziman as honorary luncheon chair. Shirley Ashkenas will introduce guest performer, 17-year-old pianist Maya Paredes, who currently studies piano with Jeffrey Lavner at the Colburn School of Performing Arts. Tickets are $175. Call 818-7743375 or email: Marion Goldenfeld

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Astrology By Holiday Mathis TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (July 28). Your full attention is the magic ingredient for success. You'll apply your heart, mind and soul to the small acts, and great things will come of that this year. Next month, what's right won't be easy, and what's easy won't be right, but you'll do right and win. There's a windfall in December. June features exotic locations. Cancer and Virgo adore you. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). On this very social day, have a few conversational topics in your pocket before you go out. Or at least get clear on the subjects to avoid at all costs, including past relationships, politics, finance and religion. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You want one thing and you need another. You know a lot about the former and very little about the latter. When a need is filled that you didn't even know you had ... that's magic. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Don't waste time wondering whether you are the right person for the job. You are. How do you know? Because you're in the position. Do your best and it will be more than good enough. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You're like the lightning in the storm: a powerful force at the center of the action. Be careful about where you strike because your energy will change things. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Sometimes reciprocity comes around too slowly for your taste. That's why you appreciate the unfolding of this day so much. The fast boomerang of karma will delight you. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Arguing isn't impressive. It doesn't take any special understanding to argue a point. Listening between the lines and understanding what's really going on is wisdom rare and true. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). There are times to think carefully about every choice, but today you're better off using the bowling method. Aim forward; let go; and see what kind of points you can score. PISCES (Feb. 19-Mar. 20). Abstract goals lead to abstract results. That can be beautiful -- like abstract art -- though many people won't understand the appeal. ARIES (Mar. 21-Apr. 19). Suffering, the impermanence of life, the absence of self ... what a buzzkill! But these concepts are unavoidable in the process of spiritual evolution. To mature as a spiritual being is to accept existential pain. TAURUS (Apr. 20-May 20). There is little to be done to enhance or detract from good chemistry. It's a matter of natural fit, and it's largely out of your control. If it's good, count your blessings. If it's not, don't worry about it or take it personally. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). The good old days weren't all that good, and the ideal future won't be either. But living a little while back there or up ahead can be mighty helpful in the construction of a present you can really appreciate. CANCER (June 22-July 22). People who are always busy are either bad at time management or afraid of what will come up if they relax. Dare to surrender to idleness. Let it squeeze you. Ultimately, the best ideas come of this embrace.

Whether it’s in Los Angeles or the Coachella Valley, the pain of going hungry is the same, the only difference is in its location. Recognizing the scope of homelessness throughout the country, Protravel International, the nearly $1 billion travel agency that has offices in Beverly Hills and Palm Desert, pitched in to organize a company-wide “day of giving” throughout its offices, agents and employees. The Beverly Hills effort benefited the L.A. Regional Food Bank, while the Protravel office in Palm Desert provided support for the Martha’s Village and Kitchen. The event collected 17,000 food items and $78,400 in donations. Martha’s Village and Kitchen is one of the largest providers of homeless services in the Coachella Valley and Riverside County. Begun in 1990 when the founders served meals to their homeless neighbors, today Martha’s has grown to a nationally recognized “continuum of care model” that seeks on breaking the cycle of homelessness. Through providing this gateway of hope, people regain their lives becoming responsible, self-sufficient and productive citizens, while passing on their newfound independence and life skills to their children and families. Now, with the summer heat reaching the “triple teens,” and beyond, Martha’s has opened its Indio cooling center daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 83-791 Date Ave. It is open to the general public and provides a cool environment, water and snacks, plus free lunch weekdays from 11 a.m. to noon. ****** You would have thought that a 3-star Michelin restaurant was about to open in Rancho Mirage.…...not so. What the gastronomic excitement is all about is the confirmed news that Krispy Kreme doughnuts will be coming to town. However, no need to begin your diet just yet. Krispy Kreme will be part of a new commercial development in Rancho Mirage that is yet to be built. So, it’s not ready for business, but owners expect to be open in the late summer or early fall, in 2018. With the pace of construction in the Valley we can only be patient and wait for the arrival of these iced pastry delicacies.

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PUBLIC NOTICES T.S. No. 17-45807 APN: 4331-013-064 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 10/17/2007. 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 a 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 Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state will be held by the duly appointed trustee as shown below, of all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by the trustee in the hereinafter described property under and pursuant to a Deed of Trust described below. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the Deed of Trust, with interest and late charges thereon, as provided in the note(s), advances, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. Trustor: MARK NAROVLANSKY AND MARIANNA NAROVLANSKY HUSBAND AND WIFE AS JOINT TENANTS Duly Appointed Trustee: Zieve, Brodnax & Steele, LLP Deed of Trust recorded 10/26/2007 as Instrument No. 20072425821 in book , page of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California, Date of Sale:7/28/2017 at 11:00 AM Place of Sale: By the fountain located at 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona, CA 91766 Estimated amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $978,825.84 Note: Because the Beneficiary reserves the right to bid less than the total debt owed, it is possible that at the time of the sale the opening bid may be less than the total debt owed. Street Address or other common designation of real property: 125 S REXFORD DR APT 201 BEVERLY HILLS, CA 90212-3371 Described as follows: A Condominium Comprised of: Parcel One: An undivided

one/tenth (1/10) interest as a tenant in common in Lot 1 of Tract No. 47409, as per Map recorded in Book 1223, Page(s) 37 and 38 of Maps in the Office of the County Recorder of said County, State of California. Excepting therefrom Units 101, 102, 103, 201, 202, 203, 301, 302, 303, and 401, as defined and delineated in the Condominium Plan ("Condominium Plan") recorded August 5, 1997 as Instrument No. 971191138 of Official Records of said County, California. Reserving therefrom, all Exclusive Use Common Areas for parking space purposes designated as "101-P1", "101-P2", "101-P3", "102P1", "102-P2", "102-P3", "103-P1", "103-P2", "103P3", "201-P1", "201-P2", "201- P3", "202-P1" , " 202-P2" "202-P3", "203P1", "203-P2", "203-P3", "301-P1", "301-P2", "301P3", "302-P1", "302-P2", "302-P3", "303-P1", "303P2", "303-P3", and "401P1", "401-P2", "401-P3", in the Condominium Plan. Also excepting and reserving therefrom, nonexclusive easements for enjoyment, ingress, egress, encroachment, pedestrian walkway, general recreation purposes, maintenance, repair, drainage, support, and for other purposes, all as described in the Declaration referred to below. Reserving therefrom, nonexclusive easements over the Common Areas and Units to the Association to discharge its obligations as described in the Declaration referred to below. Parcel Two: Unit No. 201, consisting of certain air space and elements as described in the Condominium Plan mentioned above. Parcel Three: An Exclusive Use Common Area, appurtenant to Parcels One and Two above, for all uses and purposes of a parking space over and across that portion of Lot 1 of Tract No. 47409 designated as "201-P1", " 201-P2", and "201-P3" on the above-referenced Condominium Plan. A.P.N #.: 4331-013-064 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address or other common designation, if any, shown above. If no street address or other common designation is shown, directions to the location of the property may be obtained by sending a written request to the beneficiary within 10 days of the date of first publication of this Notice of Sale. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens

senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder's office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call (714) 848-9272 or visit this Internet Web site m, using the file number assigned to this case 1745807. 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. –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2017188499 The following is/are doing business as: BARNES INTERNATIONAL REALTY 222 N. Canon Dr. #206, Beverly Hills, CA 90210; DB Luxury International Properties CA 222 N. Canon Dr. #206, Beverly Hills, CA 90210; The business is conducted by: A CORPORATION, registrant(s) has begun to transact business under the name(s) listed June 2016: Daniel Azouri, President: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: July 19, 2017; Published: July 28, August 04, 11, 18, 2017 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2017188498 The following is/are doing business as: JOSEPH COHEN DIAMOND CO. 606 S. Hill St. #912, Los Angeles, CA 90014; Joseph Cohen 606 S. Hill St. #912, Los Angeles, CA 90014; The business is conducted by: AN INDIVIDUAL, registrant(s) has begun to transact business under the name(s) listed 1989: Joseph Cohen, Owner: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: July 19, 2017; Published: July 28, August 04, 11, 18, 2017 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2017195192 The following is/are doing business as: LARRABEE MUSIC PUBLISHING c/o- Valensi Rose PLC , 1888 Century Park East #1100, Los Angeles, CA 90067; Diana R. Spencer Trust c/o- Valensi Rose, PLC, 1888 Century Park East #1100, Los Angeles, CA 90067; The business is conducted by: A TRUST, registrant(s) has NOT begun to transact business under the name(s) listed: Carmela Spencer, Trustee: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: July 24, 2017;

Published: July 28, August 04, 11, 18, 2017 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2017178505 The following is/are doing business as: M & M BERMAN ENTERPRISES 10580 Wilshire Blvd. #13-SW Box #46, Los Angeles, CA 90024; Marianne Berman 10580 Wilshire Blvd. #13-SW Box #46, Los Angeles, CA 90024; The business is conducted by: AN INDIVIDUAL, registrant(s) has begun to transact business under the name(s) listed January 01, 2017: Marianne Berman, Owner: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: July 11, 2017; Published: July 14, 21, 28, August 04, 2017 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2017178504 The following is/are doing business as: KIFE COLLECTION 11420 Santa Monica Blvd. #251772, Los Angeles, CA 90025; Shirley Ephraim 11420 Santa Monica Blvd. #251772, Los Angeles, CA 90025; The business is conducted by: AN INDIVIDUAL, registrant(s) has begun to transact business under the name(s) listed July 2009: Shirley Ephraim, Owner & Designer: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: July 11, 2017; Published: July 14, 21, 28, August 04, 2017 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2017173650 The following is/are doing business as: 1) CHANGE FOR GOOD PSYCHOTHERAPY 2) CHANGE FOR GOOD THERAPY 9171 Wilshire Blvd. #600, Beverly Hills, CA 90210: P.O. Box 352236, Los Angeles, CA 90210; Bruce Sidney Weinberg 1023-1/4 N. Serrano Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90029; The business is conducted by: AN INDIVIDUAL, registrant(s) has NOT begun to transact business under the name(s) listed: Bruce Sidney Weinberg, Owner: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: July 06, 2017; Published: July 14, 21, 28, August 04, 2017 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2017156115 The following is/are doing business as: 1) LIT HATS 2) LIT HATS CO. 3) LIT HATS LA 4) LIT HATS LOS ANGELES 117 N. Palm Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210; Noah Etessami 117 N. Palm Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210; The business is conducted by: AN INDIVIDUAL, registrant(s) has begun to transact business under the name(s) listed June 2017: Noah Etessami, Owner: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: July 16, 2017; Published: July 14, 21, 28, August 04, 2017 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2017188500 The following is/are doing business as: 1) OKEANA 2) OKEANA BRACELETS 5350 Wilshire Blvd. #360452, Los Angeles, CA 90036; Okeana Pearls LLC 608 S. Hill St. #1207, Los Angles, CA 90036; The business is conducted by: A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY, registrant(s) has NOT begun to transact business under the name(s) listed: Hereiti J. Wilkes, Co-Owner: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: July 19, 2017; Published: July 28, August 04, 11, 18, 2017 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2017188501 The following is/are doing business as: 1) NEW ACT TRAVEL 2) NEW ACT TRAVEL INC. 1925 Century Park East #1150, Los Angeles, CA 90067; The New Act 1925 Century Park East #1150, Los Angeles, CA 90067; The business is conducted by: A CORPORATION, registrant(s) has begun to transact business under the name(s) listed September 1992: Lili Aboodi-Dallal, President: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: July 19, 2017; Published: July 28, August 04, 11, 18, 2017 LACC N/C

BEVERLY HILLS UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT NOTICE INVITING PROPOSALS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Beverly Hills Unified School District of Los Angeles County, California, acting by and through its Governing Board, hereinafter referred to as the “Owner” or “District”, will receive prior to 10:00 AM on the 10th day of August 2017 sealed Proposals from vendors (hereinafter “Proposer”, “Vendor”, “Contractor” or “Company”) for the award of a Vendor Contract for the following: RFP NO. 17-18/003 HORACE MANN AUDIO VISUAL AND CAMPUS COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS PROJECT (the “Project”) All Proposals shall be made and presented only on the forms presented by the Owner. Proposals shall be received in the Purchasing Office of the BEVERLY HILLS UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT at 255 South Lasky Drive, Beverly Hills, California 90212, Attention: Dianne Richard. Any Proposals received after the time specified above or after any extensions due to material changes shall be returned unopened. The District reserves the right to reject any or all Proposals or parts of any Proposal and to waive any irregularities or informalities in any Proposal. A mandatory job walk is scheduled for 12:00 PM JULY 31, 2017, at Horace Mann School; 8701 Charleville Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA 90211. Separate payment and performance bonds, each in an amount equal to 100% of the total contract amount issued by a California admitted surety as defined in California Code of Civil Procedure Section 995.120, are required, and shall be provided to the Owner prior to execution of the Vendor Contract and shall be in the form set forth the in the Contract Documents. Each proposer is required to furnish Commercial General Liability Insurance, Comprehensive Automobile Insurance, and Worker’s Compensation Insurance. Each Proposer shall possess at the time this Vendor Contract is awarded a C-7 contractor’s license. The successful Proposer must maintain the license throughout the duration of this Vendor Contract. Pursuant to California Labor Code §1773, the Director of the Department of Industrial Relations of the State of California has determined the generally prevailing rates of wages in the locality in which the Work is to be performed. The Vendor and all Subcontractors performing any portion of the Work shall pay not less than the applicable prevailing wage rate for the classification of labor provide by their respective workers in prosecution and execution of the Work. A Vendor or subcontractor shall not be qualified to submit a Proposal, be listed in a Proposal, subject to the requirements of Section 4104 of the Public Contract Code, or engage in the performance of any contract for public work, as defined in the Labor Code, unless currently registered and qualified to perform public work pursuant to Labor Code section 1725.5. It is not a violation of this section for an unregistered contractor to submit a Proposal that is authorized by Section 7029.0 of the Business and Professions Code or by Section 10164 or 20103.5 of the Public Contract Code, provided the contractor is registered to perform public work pursuant to Section 1725.5 at the time the contract is awarded. The Vendor and all subcontractors shall furnish certified payroll records as required pursuant to Labor Code section 1776 directly to the Department of Industrial Relations (“DIR”) in accordance with Labor Code section 1771.4 on at least a monthly basis (or more frequently if required by the District or the DIR) and in a format prescribed by the DIR. Monitoring and enforcement of the prevailing wage laws and related requirements will be performed by the DIR/Labor Commissioner/Department of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE). Refer to SB854 and PWC100 (form) for further clarification. It is not necessarily BHUSD’s intent to obtain the lowest possible cost, but rather the best possible value. BHUSD will make its selection after assessing the quality of the proposed products, services, performance reliability, standardization, lifecycle costs, delivery timetables, support logistics, manufacturer’s warranties, as well as the cost of the products and services. The results of BHUSD’s evaluation and ranking of the Vendor Proposals will be final. BHUSD may, after a finding is made by the governing board that a particular procurement qualifies under all requirements, authorize the procurement of the product through competitive negotiation. (Reference: Public Contract Code 20118.2). Pursuant to Public Contract Code Section 20118.2, the District is not required to award a contract to the lowest Proposer but rather will consider Proposals based on criteria established herein this RFP. An Award will be made to the responsive and responsible firm whose Proposal is viewed by the District as most advantageous to its program, taking into account all pricing and other pertinent factors considered. Last Day For Questions: Inquiries and Requests For Clarifications (RFC’s) should be submitted to Anthony Talbert at in writing via e-mail by 10:00 AM Friday August 4, 2017. Publication Dates: 7/21/2017 & 7/28/2017

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PUBLIC NOTICES BEVERLY HILLS UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT NOTICE INVITING PROPOSALS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Beverly Hills Unified School District of Los Angeles County, California, acting by and through its Governing Board, hereinafter referred to as the “Owner” or “District”, will receive prior to 10:00 AM on the 17th day of July 2017 sealed Proposals from vendors (hereinafter “Proposer”, “Vendor”, “Contractor” or “Company”) for the award of a Vendor Contract for the following: RFP NO. 17-18/001 STRUCTURED CABLING INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT (the “Project”) All Proposals shall be made and presented only on the forms presented by the Owner. Proposals shall be received in the Purchasing Office of the BEVERLY HILLS UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT at 255 South Lasky Drive, Beverly Hills, California 90212, Attention: Dianne Richard. Any Proposals received after the time specified above or after any extensions due to material changes shall be returned unopened. The District reserves the right to reject any or all Proposals or parts of any Proposal and to waive any irregularities or informalities in any Proposal. A non-mandatory job walk is scheduled for 8:00 AM JULY 10, 2017, at Horace Mann School; 8701 Charleville Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA 90211. Separate payment and performance bonds, each in an amount equal to 100% of the total contract amount issued by a California admitted surety as defined in California Code of Civil Procedure Section 995.120, are required, and shall be provided to the Owner prior to execution of the Vendor Contract and shall be in the form set forth the in the Contract Documents. Each proposer is required to furnish Commercial General Liability Insurance, Comprehensive Automobile Insurance, and Worker’s Compensation Insurance. Each Proposer shall possess at the time this Vendor Contract is awarded a C-7 contractor’s license. The successful Proposer must maintain the license throughout the duration of this Vendor Contract. Pursuant to California Labor Code §1773, the Director of the Department of Industrial Relations of the State of California has determined the generally prevailing rates of wages in the locality in which the Work is to be performed. The Vendor and all Subcontractors performing any portion of the Work shall pay not less than the applicable prevailing wage rate for the classification of labor provide by their respective workers in prosecution and execution of the Work. A Vendor or subcontractor shall not be qualified to submit a Proposal, be listed in a Proposal, subject to the requirements of Section 4104 of the Public Contract Code, or engage in the performance of any contract for public work, as defined in the Labor Code, unless currently registered and qualified to perform public work pursuant to Labor Code section 1725.5. It is not a violation of this section for an unregistered contractor to submit a Proposal that is authorized by Section 7029.0 of the Business and Professions Code or by Section 10164 or 20103.5 of the Public Contract Code, provided the contractor is registered to perform public work pursuant to Section 1725.5 at the time the contract is awarded. The Vendor and all subcontractors shall furnish certified payroll records as required pursuant to Labor Code section 1776 directly to the Department of Industrial Relations (“DIR”) in accordance with Labor Code section 1771.4 on at least a monthly basis (or more frequently if required by the District or the DIR) and in a format prescribed by the DIR. Monitoring and enforcement of the prevailing wage laws and related requirements will be performed by the DIR/Labor Commissioner/Department of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE). Refer to SB854 and PWC100 (form) for further clarification. It is not necessarily BHUSD’s intent to obtain the lowest possible cost, but rather the best possible value. BHUSD will make its selection after assessing the quality of the proposed products, services, performance reliability, standardization, lifecycle costs, delivery timetables, support logistics, manufacturer’s warranties, as well as the cost of the products and services. The results of BHUSD’s evaluation and ranking of the Vendor Proposals will be final. BHUSD may, after a finding is made by the governing board that a particular procurement qualifies under all requirements, authorize the procurement of the product through competitive negotiation. (Reference: Public Contract Code 20118.2). Pursuant to Public Contract Code Section 20118.2, the District is not required to award a contract to the lowest Proposer but rather will consider Proposals based on criteria established herein this RFP. An Award will be made to the responsive and responsible firm whose Proposal is viewed by the District as most advantageous to its program, taking into account all pricing and other pertinent factors considered.

Last Day For Questions: Inquiries and Requests For Clarifications (RFC’s) should be submitted to Anthony Talbert at in writing via e-mail by 12:00 PM Wednesday July 12, 2017. BEVERLY HILLS UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT NOTICE INVITING PROPOSALS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Beverly Hills Unified School District of Los Angeles County, California, acting by and through its Governing Board, hereinafter referred to as the “Owner” or “District”, will receive prior to 12:00 PM on the 17th day of July 2017 sealed Proposals from vendors (hereinafter “Proposer”, “Vendor”, “Contractor” or “Company”) for the award of a Vendor Contract for the following:

through competitive negotiation. (Reference: Public Contract Code 20118.2). Pursuant to Public Contract Code Section 20118.2, the District is not required to award a contract to the lowest Proposer but rather will consider Proposals based on criteria established herein this RFP. An Award will be made to the responsive and responsible firm whose Proposal is viewed by the District as most advantageous to its program, taking into account all pricing and other pertinent factors considered Last Day For Questions: Inquiries and Requests For Clarifications (RFC’s) should be submitted to Anthony Talbert at in writing via e-mail by 12:00 PM Wednesday July 12, 2017.

RFP NO. 17-18/002 COPPER CABLING INFRASTRUCTURE ENHANCEMENT PROJECT All proposals shall be made and presented only on the forms presented by the Owner. Proposals shall be received in the Purchasing Office of the BEVERLY HILLS UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT at 255 South Lasky Drive, Beverly Hills, California 90212, Attention: Dianne Richard. Any Proposals received after the time specified above or after any extensions due to material changes shall be returned unopened. The District reserves the right to reject any or all Proposals or parts of any Proposal and to waive any irregularities or informalities in any proposal. A non-mandatory job walk is scheduled for 1:00 PM JULY 10, 2017, and will begin at El Rodeo School, 605 Whittier Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210; followed by Hawthorne School, 624 North Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210; followed by Beverly Vista School, 200 South Elm Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90212; and will conclude at Horace Mann School, 8701 Charleville Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211. Separate payment and performance bonds, each in an amount equal to 100% of the total contract amount issued by a California admitted surety as defined in California Code of Civil Procedure Section 995.120, are required, and shall be provided to the Owner prior to execution of the Vendor Contract and shall be in the form set forth the in the Contract Documents. Each proposer is required to furnish Commercial General Liability Insurance, Comprehensive Automobile Insurance, and Worker’s Compensation Insurance.


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Each Proposer shall possess at the time this Vendor Contract is awarded a C-7 contractor’s license. The successful Proposer must maintain the license throughout the duration of this Vendor Contract. Pursuant to California Labor Code §1773, the Director of the Department of Industrial Relations of the State of California has determined the generally prevailing rates of wages in the locality in which the Work is to be performed. The Vendor and all Subcontractors performing any portion of the Work shall pay not less than the applicable prevailing wage rate for the classification of labor provide by their respective workers in prosecution and execution of the Work. A Vendor or subcontractor shall not be qualified to submit a Proposal, be listed in a Proposal, subject to the requirements of Section 4104 of the Public Contract Code, or engage in the performance of any contract for public work, as defined in the Labor Code, unless currently registered and qualified to perform public work pursuant to Labor Code section 1725.5. It is not a violation of this section for an unregistered contractor to submit a Proposal that is authorized by Section 7029.0 of the Business and Professions Code or by Section 10164 or 20103.5 of the Public Contract Code, provided the contractor is registered to perform public work pursuant to Section 1725.5 at the time the contract is awarded. The Vendor and all subcontractors shall furnish certified payroll records as required pursuant to Labor Code section 1776 directly to the Department of Industrial Relations (“DIR”) in accordance with Labor Code section 1771.4 on at least a monthly basis (or more frequently if required by the District or the DIR) and in a format prescribed by the DIR. Monitoring and enforcement of the prevailing wage laws and related requirements will be performed by the DIR/Labor Commissioner/Department of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE). Refer to SB854 and PWC100 (form) for further clarification. It is not necessarily BHUSD’s intent to obtain the lowest possible cost, but rather the best possible value. BHUSD will make its selection after assessing the quality of the proposed products, services, performance reliability, standardization, lifecycle costs, delivery timetables, support logistics, manufacturer’s warranties, as well as the cost of the products and services. The results of BHUSD’s evaluation and ranking of the Vendor Proposals will be final. BHUSD may, after a finding is made by the governing board that a particular procurement qualifies under all requirements, authorize the procurement of the product

NOTICE— Fictitious name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (See Section 14400, et seq., Business and Professions Code).


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————— Seeking Female Caregiver For Patient with Brain Injuries. 7:00pm to 7:00am Fridays Only. English speaking. Must be timely, dependable & caring. Must be able to use Hoya lift and administer G-tube. Call Dave At:

• 818/986-7200 • Experience & references required.


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2220 Ave. of Stars #1805 2 COMBINED UNITS $7,850 • 2+4 • 3,000sf. 270º Jetliner View-Ocean to Downtown. 24-hr. Security, Valet, Concierge, Tennis, Pool, Gym, 4-Prkg., Hi-Ceiling. Rent Includes $3,000 Homeowner Assoc. Dues.





LUXURIOUS 2 BEDROOM, 3 BATH PENTHOUSE Includes Spacious Loft Bonus Room, and Large Rooftop Deck.

Large closets, balconies, all amenities in kitchen CENTURY PARK EAST with granite counter tops 2170 Century Park East and all stainless steel 1 BEDROOM /1 BATH $3,750 • 1+1 +2 Patios $5,300/MONTH appliances. Berber carpet/ Remodeled Corner w/ 500sf. Furnished Penthouse Patios. Furnished or Not. harwood foors and verticle Luxurious Renovation Century Park East blinds. Fireplace, wet bar, Newer Kitchen/Bathroom $3,000 • 1 Bd.+1 Ba. Unobstructed City Views washer/ dryer included in Pretty Tree Top Setting. Real Hardwood Floors Views. Mountain/City laundry area. Secured Jumbo Balcony Bright, Open Floor Plan. building with garden Quiet Location • DIANA COOK • courtyard. Choice location 468 N. Camden Dr., B.H., 90210 2 BEDROOM /2 BATHS 310-203-8 333 Near Beverly Center, Cedars$4,150/MONTH Corner High Floor Sinai, Restaurants, Trader City & Ocean Views Joes, Etc. No Pets. •PLAZA TOWERS• 838 N. DOHENY DRIVE

MODERN & STUNNING FULLY FURNISHED 2 BDRM + LRG DEN or 3RD BDRM + 2.5 BATH With Panoramic Views Hardwood flooring. New kitchen cabinets with high-end appliances including washer and dryer. Large walk-in closet and piano. Sun bathing roof top pool and ground pool. 1554 SQ. FT. $7,650/MO.

2 Jumbo Balconies Newer Renovation Real Hardwood Floors Quiet Location


————— Beverly Hills Adjacent

2 BDRM + 2.5 BATH Penthouse w/separate dining rm. With city views and large balconies, new appliances, living room, fireplace. $6,500/Mo 1 year lease Call 949/233-1855


435 S. Maple Dr. 3 Bd.+Den +3 Ba. Living+dining rm., bright, freshly painted, new carpet, great hardwoodlike flrs., central air, gated intercom entry, 2-car garage, water included. No pets. $4,250/Mo. COMPASS GOLD PROP. Marty: 310/293-2205


ONE CENTURY $16,500 to $27,000/month




BEVERLY HILLS 218 S. Tower Dr.

• • •• 1 Bd.+1 Ba. •• •• •• • •• • Old World Charm! Bright, intercom entry, fridge, stove, laundry fac.




SANDRA LEWIS AGT. 310-770-4111 BRE #00456048

309 S. Sherbourne Dr. ( • • • ----- • • • )

1 Bd.+Den+1.5 Ba. Good closet space, a/c, elevator, dishwasher, controlled access. Close to Cedars/shops/trans.


—————–––– Border of BEVERLY HILLS

321 S. Sherbourne Dr.

• • Spacious • • • Jr. Executive • • • Single •• • • Balcony, controlled

Spectacular Location BEVERLY HILLS ADJ. Beverly Hills access, a/c, stove, 138 N. Hamilton Dr. in Beverly Hills 2 BEDROOM APTS. • 1 Bd.+1 Ba. •

• BEVERLY HILLS • Newly Remodeled

elevator, laundry facility, parking.

Washer and dryer in unit, Dishwasher, • 310/247-8689 • Hardwood floors redone, controlled access, Close to Cedars-Sinai, laundry facility. Fresh paint throughout. Beverly Center & Starting @ $2,600/MO. C LOSE TO C EDARS, Trendy Robertson Bl. B EVERLY C ENTER , Call David at R ESTAURANT R OW. 323/653-3350 BEVERLY HILLS ADJ. 310/531-3992 120 S. Swall Dr. BEVERLY HILLS • • • • • • • • • Shared backyard. No pets. BEVERLY HILLS Newly Updated • 310/271-6811 Great Location! • 1 Bd.+1 Bath • • CENTURY CITY ADJ. Upper 2 Bd. + 1 Ba. Cell: 310/994-4122 •••••••• ••••••• • 10380 ALMAYO AVE. Plantation Shutters, • Must see! 439 S. Rexford

2 Bdrm.+2 Bath 2 Bd.+1 Ba. • $3,150 Very large upper unit X-LARGE ELEGANT APT. w/ views! Central a/c, CENTURY TOWERS Newly Updated. 2-car garage, hrwd. flrs., laundry. 1/2 blk By Appointment only W/ granite kitchen & bath, to Bev. Vista School. $6,500 to $7,000/month Call 310/612-1125 porcelain tile & hrwd. flrs., 324 S. Rexford Dr. CENTURY HILL washer/dryer hook-ups, $2,995/Month By Appointment Only: Completely Remodeled $4,950 to $8,900/month walk-in closet, hi-ceilings. 310/271-4207 $4,200 to $4,950/month



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8544 BURTON WAY CENTURY PARK EAST Call 310/273-6770 or 213/444-8865 $4,000 to $5,300/month



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new carpet a/c unit, stove,

BEVERLY HILLS ADJ HARDWOOD FLOORS fridge, dishwasher, 9583 ALCOTT ST. Balcony & patio, central AC/ 3-ceiling fans, recessed


heat, 2 car gated parking. lighting, parking. No pets. No pets. $2,795/MO. $2,450/Month

Some Complexes include With balcony, lots of Call 310/980-3833 Heated Pools, Sundeck, closet space, central A/C, ————— Tennis, Doorman, laundry on each floor, BEVERLY HILLS Houseman, Staff Elevator, 2 parking. SPECTACULAR Engineers, Switchboard, No pets allowed 2 BEDROOM, 1 BATH Security Staff, $3,000/M0NTH Art Deco Apartment Switchboard, Saunas, Call Savley Business Center, Pet Ground floor with new 323/241-7758 PlayLand, Restaurant, ————— kitchen, hardwood floors Acres of Flower Gardens and lots of closets. www. and Grassy Lawns. $2,700/MO. bhcourier 462 S. OAKHURST DR. .com Call 310/980-5974

310/704-4656 Close to Cedars, dining

• 2 Bd.+2 Ba. •• • 1 Bd.+1 Ba. • • • French doors in bdrm. • open to large balcony • overlooking pool • GORGEOUS UNITS ••

Very Spacious, A/C, balcony, intercom entry, on-sight laundry, prkg.

Close to Cedars-Sinai, Beverly Center, shops, cafes & transportation. 310/270-0724


shopping, transportaion.

Beverly Hills Adj. 310 S. Sherbourne Dr. 1 Bdrm.+1 Bath


Hardwood flrs., central 824 S. WOOSTER ST. air, pool, elevator, Newly Remodeled. UPPER 1 BEDROOM on-site laundry, Balcony, hardwood flrs., elevator, controlled Overlooking the courtyard intercom entry. access pool, on-site New paint, new carpets. 320 N. La Peer Dr. laundry, parking. Laudry facility, parking. • 310/246-0290 • $1,500/MO.

Call 310/266-5178


310/247-8689 Close to Cedars Sinai, Shops, Transportation


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LARGE 2 BDRM, 2 BA. with Bamboo, Stainless Steel Appliances, Washer and Dryer in unit, Pool, 2 Parking, A/C units.

By appointment only

Call 310/425-9070

872 S. Westgate Ave. 125 N. Barrington Av.

= = = = = = Very Bright

N E W LY U P D AT E D • • • • • 1 • 2 Bdrm. 2 2 Bdrm.+1 / Bath = = = = = = + 2 Bath •

With Pool, hardwood floors, balcony, central air, fireplace, stainless 310/592-4511 steel appliances, elevator, intercom • BRENTWOOD • 922 S. Barrington Av. entry, parking. gym.










808 4th St.

Fireplace, balcony,

12424 TeXaS Ave. • 1 Bd. + 1 Ba. • S PA C I O U S U N I T.


On-site laundry, covered parking, controlled access.


dishwasher, intercom


entry, elevator, gated


parking, gym, pool.

1370 Veteran Ave.

1 0 9 0 5 O h i o A v e . 1134 N. SYCAMORE AV.

•• •• * * * * * • •2 Bd.+2 Ba.• • 1 B d .+1 Ba. •• • •• Single • • * * * * * • • 1 Bd.+1 Ba. • • Newly Remodeled •• •• •• • Great Views • Wifi, Bright, controlled Great views, controlled access, balcony, access, balcony, pool, e levator, elevator, lrg. pool, laundry facility, prkg. prkg, on-sight laundry.

1 Bdrm. + 1 Bath Close To U.C.L.A. H IKING IN R UNYON • Close to Beach • 310/477-6856 Single + 1 Bath • 310/476-2181 • C ANYON , H OLLYWOOD 310/394-7132 •••• ••••

• 1 Bdrm.+1 Bath •


• •• • Fireplace, balcony, Close to shopping, • WESTWOOD • Balcony, air conditioning dining & schools. wet bar, dishwasher, 550 Veteran Ave. BRENTWOOD dishwasher, controlled laundry facility, • •••• 11640 Kiowa Ave. **CENTURY CITY** access bldg., WiFi, elevator, parking. **C • • • • • • • • • Close to shops+dining. 2220 S. Beverly Glen 1628 S. Westgate Ave. pool, on-sight laundry, • 2 Bd. + 2 Ba. •• Newly Updated gym, parking. •• 310/826-0541 X-St. Santa Monica Bl. • 1 Bd. + 1 Ba.


2 Bdrm. + 2 Bath





•• •• 11618 Kiowa Ave. Balcony, dishwasher, • • • • • • • • a/c, heated pool, Newly Updated WiFi, elevator • Single controlled access, • Bachelor on-site laundry, prkg. • • • • • • • • Close to A/C, internet access, Brentwood Village, pool, controlled access, Shops & Restaurants. on-sight laundry. No pets. • 310/826-4889 • Close to Whole Foods, Transportation BRENTWOOD and Restaurants. 11730 SUNSET BLVD.



* * 2 Ba. 3 Bd. + * * * * 1 Bd.+1 Ba. * * Upscale, Bright, Totally Redone. * * Gorgeous & Spacious. Harwood+carpet L ARGE , U NIQUE • • • • • floors, fireplace, AND G ORGEOUS . patio, parking, laundry facility.






•• • • Lots


• ~ 1 Bd. + 1 Ba. ~ B r i g h t & A i r y. ••

•• • •

of Character & Charm! Glass Fireplace Newly Remodeled. New hardwood flrs., granite counters, stainless steel appl., alcove fireplace, fridge, laundry facility, gated parking, intercom entry, WiFi and more.

Intercom entry, on-sight


—————–––– • WESTWOOD •

parking, on-sight laundry 10933 Rochester Ave. facility, courtyard patio. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Close to transportation. 2 Bdrm.+2 Bath


Jr. Executive


pool, controlled access, laundry fac., prkg.

—————–––– Spacious a/c, fireplace, 12333 TeXaS Ave.

• Single

Close to U.C.L.A. • • • • •



—————–––– LOS ANGELES

401 S. HOOVER St.

• • • • • • • • • 1 Bd. + • 1 Ba.

Very spacious, granite counters, • • • • • • • • microwave, intercom Control access, pool, entry, on-sight laun- dishwasher, elevator, dry, parking & WiFi. on-site laundry Very close to UCLA and parking. & Westwood Village. 213/385-4751 310/208-5166

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• Free WiFi Access • W E S T W O O D MID-WILSHIRE 1380 Midvale Ave. 340 S. St. Andrews Pl. 1 Bdrm. + 1 Bath 310/473-5061 • • • • • • • • • • • Close To U.C.L.A. 310/826-4889 ∞ ∞ ∞ 1 Bd. + 1 Ba. Spacious • 310/552-8064 • ∞ NEWLY REMODELED ∞ ∞ ∞ + Den + 1 Ba. 1 Bd. •••••• 2 Bdrm + 2 Bath Rooftop jacuzzi Granite counters, dish- • WESTWOOD • • Jr. Executive Grand Opening with panoramic washer, balcony, stove, 1422-1428 Kelton Av. Single • • • • • • • • • • • • BRENTWOOD ’s city views. • Balcony, controlled Spacious intercom-entry, on-site Most Spectacular • • • • • Rooftop pool, access, parking, Apartments deck, central air, 1 Bd. + 1 Ba. • WiFi, pool, elevator, CULVER CITY laundry, parking. controlled access, on- elevator, on-site laundry. 120 Granville Ave. 310/826-4600 elevator, intercom 2 Bd. + 2 Ba. •





entry, on-sight laundry, * * * * * * * * • 2 B d . + 2 1/ 2 B a . gym, parking.

3830 Vinton Ave.

1 • Single • • Free WiFi Access • • 3 B d . + 2 / 2 B a . •• • ~ 310/476-3824 ~ * * * * * * * * • • •• Large units, walk-in closet, BRENTWOOD & Pool, sauna, custom kitchen, built-in U.C.L.A. CLOSE intercom entry,


washer/dryer, all appliBRENTWOOD ances, hardwood floors 519 S. Barrington Ave. throughout, some units w/ skylights+high ceilings. ˚Δ˚Δ˚Δ˚Δ˚Δ˚Δ˚ Health club, wifi, sauna, 1 Bdrm. + 1 Bath heated pool, controlled acess, parking. Bright unit. Dishwasher, On-site • 424/272-6596 • Close to Brentwood laundry, parking. Village, Restaurants, Close to UCLA, Mt. Saint Mary’s, Brentwood Village. & Transportation. 310/472-8915

elevator, on-site laundry, parking. All Utilities Paid.


————— ————— TO ADVERTISE


CALL 310-278-1322


“The Mission” • Westwood • • • • • •

sight laundry, parking. Close to shopping, Hardwood floors, C l o s e t o U . C . L . A . great restaurants dishwasher, controlled 310/473-1509 and Metro. access, WiFi, on-site 213/364-8423 laundry & parking. W I L S H I R E C LOSE TO U.C.L.A. CORRIDOR





10530-10540 Wilshire Bl.

WESTWOOD ∞ ∞ ∞ ∞ ∞ ∞ ∞ 1409 Midvale Ave.

• 1 Bd.+1 Ba. • • • • • • • •1 • • • • • S i n g l e • • 1 Bd.+1 Ba. • 2 Bd.+1 /2 Ba. • SANTA MONICA • 2 Bd.+2 Ba. • • Spacious • • • • • • 1 Bd.+1 Ba. • ∞ ∞ ∞ ∞ ∞ ∞ ∞ • Luxury Living 3 Bdrm. + 2 Bath 6-Month Lease Avail. •• * * * * * * • Single •• Dishwasher, on-site Every Extra Luxury with valet, lush garden • • • laundry, parking. • • • custom cabinets, granite surrounding pool,





2600 Virginia Ave.


countertops, stone entry, pool, health club, spa. • Free WiFi Access • • Close to UCLA • 1350 S. MIDVALE AVE. L.A., 90024 Contact Mgr.:

• 310/864-0319 •



• 1 Bdrm.+1 Bath

•••••• Granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, air conditioned, new hrwd. flrs., designer finishes, balcony, ceiling

fan, elevator, controlled WiFi, a/c, intercom gym, elevator, etc. access. Fitness ctr, yoga entry, laundry facility, Hardwood flrs., granite elevator, parking, pool. counters, dishwasher, room, wi-fi, skyview CLOSE TO U.C.L.A., central air, balcony, lounge w/ outdoor fireplace, laundry facilities. SHOPPING & 1 BLK. laundry facility. TO WESTWOOD PARK. Easy freeway access • Free WiFi •


Call: 310/470-4474

213/382-102 1






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We pay top dollar for your scrap gold, jewelry, diamonds, gemstones, watches and coins. We also consider purchasing rare or antique items.


CCash ash on on the the spot. s N ppointment nnecessary. eeces Noo aappointment




201 South Beverly Drive, Beverly Hillls 310-550-5755

store license # 19101172

~ CHANEL ~ CLASSIC HANDBAG FOR SALE • Brand New • • Never Used • Paid: $5,700 Sell: $3,700 Cash or Money Order Only. By Appointment:




(partial pieces pictured)

Originally Paid $35,000 Selling Set $13,900 For Info./Appt.


Sam: 424/290-9985


ESTATE SALE TROUSEDALE ESTATE SALE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY Mid-Century Furniture. Dining-Room, Living-Room, Den & Bedroom Sets. Please Call For Pictures & Appointment: 310/276-1612 Ask For Andy.




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3 Sony flat screen tv’s, good book collection, collectible bicycles, records, dolls, lamps, furniture, daybed, handbag’s, chachkies & much more.

Call For Appointment: 323/822-6273

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Chairman 2014 Paula Kent Meehan President & Publisher Marcia Wilson Hobbs ****** Senior Editor John L. Seitz Special Sections Editor Stephen P. Simmons

Guest Editorial By Ari Bussel

GROWING OLD IN  BEVERLY HILLS...CIRCA 2017 I remember visiting a family relative in Israel, arriving at old aged home run by the national labor union for its retirees and was horrified at what I saw. It turned out that she was at a private facility, immediately adjacent to this one. I discovered a former head of the labor union at the latter unit, not the former. This spoke volumes. In Beverly Hills, we too have an example of sideby-side facilities, one for the everyday person, another for the uber-rich. Let us take a look. Above Whole Foods are the “forgotten,” seniors who managed to get an apartment in this mixed-use facility. Whole Foods may be a wonderful shopping destination, albeit with insufficient parking, however one would not want to live right above it, with its refrigerators rattling, deliveries and employees causing constant noise and disturbance and an overall a look in the back that is the exact opposite of the shine in the front. A good and caring neighbor? Not Whole Foods, a profit-driven conglomerate and the forgotten elderly, the weak whose voices are not heard. Years ago, when the building just opened and the waiting list numbered a few hundred, people waited for someone to die in order to get in. A prevailing story was of those who “stripped” their relatives from any property, at least on paper, so they could be considered for the housing. Much like the abuse of placards, there are those who would stop at nothing to circumvent the system, and they see nothing wrong in what they do. Candidates used to come here, bring cookies and red, white and blue plastic plates and napkins, and ask the residents for their votes. I think that over the years, this place has pretty much been forgotten, taken off the effort path to the City Council. Just around the corner is another example of senior housing. This one though is private and requires more than $10,000 a month to stay. There is a waiting list here as well, and the demand is so high, that if you do not look the part, when you come in to inquire, you likely will not even receive a call back. The City gave the owners of Sunrise of Beverly Hills (who have similar facilities around Southern California) extra height. Old timers might remember a surface parking lot, where we all used to park for the Sunday Farmer’s Market. In return, there exists a dedicated floor for Alzheimer’s patients. The building also opens its doors as a polling place during elections. The City elders should look and evaluate each instance of providing a developer with clear economic benefit: What have we gained? Could we have received more, in the realm of the tangible? Here, for instance, should part of the “rental” be assessed as a “bed tax,” for essentially it is a hotel-of-sorts? Should the extra floors, beyond what was permissible-by-code at the time, have not translated to some “profit sharing” with the operator/developer, in perpetuity? It is interesting to see the (semi-)public and private options side by side. The difference between those who have and those who do not; much like the difference between the north and south parts of our City. Alas, neither option is really available, so we venture to look for more. Less than eight blocks to the east, on Clark Drive, is another senior housing/assisted living. Formerly BridgePoint at Beverly Hills, it is now The Watermark at Beverly Hills. The original developer wanted the building to expand and was ready to tear down the adjacent two story, multi-residential apartment building. I was one of those who objected. The application was denied. I am not sure if it was the right decision after all. Assisted living is a world-unto-its-own, with almost no traffic, hardly any visitors and plenty of parking. It is quiet, with one exception of frequent Beverly Hills Fire Department ambulance services responding to calls. Indeed, this was dealt with by our BHFD after multiple complaints of sirens at all times of the day and night, weekday or weekend. Two blocks from there are two “retirement hotels,” Carmel North and South. They are on either side of Burton Way, just east of Robertson. The owner also owns the rehabilitation center on San Vicente (same street as Burton Way) and 6th Street, just northwest of Wilshire. Both buildings of this “retirement hotel” were built decades ago, just outside the boundaries of Beverly Hills. Undoubtedly, a city needs, as part of its general plan, to look at senior living, both independent and assist. We have not. We let outside businesses come in and grab a foothold. There is no planning, no oversight and no attention to a critical need.

“DOWNSIZING” - THE CASE OF TWO BUILDINGS We live in a City where many can afford the best. I remember the grandmother of a former girlfriend. She had several full time employees, including a maid, gardener and an all-purpose guy, who also chauffeured her in her Rolls Royce every day to eat an early dinner either at Brentwood Country Club or The Beverly Hilton. She stayed at her home to her last day. For many, however, the large mansions at the north part of town become too large and too empty after the kids grow up and leave, and they look for a place that is more manageable. Money is usually no object, and a lifestyle needs to be maintained. In the past, we did not have too many luxury condominium complexes in the City, with amenities that include 24 hour front desk, valet, onsite cleaning and maintenance, and a handy man. The two exceptions were complexes stretching the entire two blocks of 200 and 300 N. Swall Dr., occupying both the Swall and the Clark sides. The 200 North, called the “Somerset,” was built after the 300 North, called the “Four Seasons” (no connection to the hotel chain), both built by the late Jonah Goldrich and Kest. The Four Seasons has 60 two-bedroom, twobathroom units, all between 2,000 to 3,000 square feet. Units there used to sell for more than a million dollars (when that was a lot of money), and the association fee is in the neighborhood of $2,000 per month. The Somerset was completed with 102 two-bedroom, two-bathroom units of various sizes, mostly a 1,000 square feet smaller than their “richer cousin to the north,” also not as luxurious as the Four Seasons. (Notwithstanding is a unit that was set aside for the developer’s trust that is both huge and has balconies extending over entire units underneath.) Adding 42 units meant shrinking everything down. The overall plan remained, two joined buildings, with a common hotel-like entrance, a pool in the midst, a gym and all the amenities. Alas, only one thing is missing, as was discovered most recently at Somerset and as was installed several months ago at the Four Seasons: an emergency generator (City permit is required). Even though there are rules on the book and an entire department in the City that is supposed to oversee construction, there were many shortcuts taken, saving millions during construction. Also, things like asbestos, illegal during construction, were used. Where was the oversight? This open question remains and speculations are aplenty. Litigation against the developers ensued, a settlement was reached and after legal fees in the millions, the remaining pot-of-gold hardly sufficed to bring the building to (then) current life-and-safety code. Then a similar building was built on Beverly Boulevard and Oakhurst, but who really wanted to live in that triangle? Since then, multi-million dollar condos were built throughout this area, that became like an oasis characterized by greenery and semi-privacy. It was disrupted by a young, internationally known singer who moved in and liked to party at nighttime and by a more recent uproar about two privately-owned vacant lots whose trees and vegetation cover were destroyed. Why the focus on these two buildings? Until the real estate market went crazy and it became impossible to get a one bedroom condo in the City for under a million dollars, these were the two options for those who wanted to downsize. Couples would sell their mansions and move either into the Four Seasons or into its poor relative, the Somerset. Today, the Four Seasons in many ways looks like a retirement home, with residents very old or dying. The Somerset has seen an influx of young couples with very young kids. These are two other examples of a dying and a self regenerating organism. Both reflect our City, and neither can–or should–exist without the other. PROTECTING OUR FUTURE Often times, Beverly Hills leaders ask themselves how to safeguard what makes us unique, so we can continue to be one of the most exceptional cities in the world. We must be able to withstand a major economic downturn and/or to compete with other cities. We admit to ourselves that the lure of Rodeo Drive, with its concentration of the most known brands in the world, side by side, shoulder to shoulder, is not guaranteed in perpetuity. We have already seen Robertson Boulevard luring some top brand names willing to shell $100,000 a month in rent, as well as Melrose Place and other locations nearby that are attracting business, shoppers and tourists away

Cartoon for the Courier by Janet Salter from us. At the moment everything looks solid, rosy, stable and unchangeable. The economy is robust. Tourists flock to Los Angeles. The City coffers are full and the flow of money is not abated nor does it seem to slow. But the winds of change have proven time and again that things can turn upside down in a blink. I am not proposing the City of Beverly Hills turns itself into a seniorhousing destination. However, we do see houses north of Santa Monica Boulevard hovering around the $10 million mark, houses to the north of Sunset fetching whatever number a person feels like conjuring (the fancier, the crazier, the more possible it seems), and fewer and fewer families living here. We do depend on the next generation to fill our schools. We also depend on a living-breathing-kicking city, not just a showcase of green-wall-surrounded-mansions with security and separation from the world outside, where wide-vans and double-decker buses roam around constantly, telling stories that may have something - or nothing at all - to do with reality. Young couples, people who grew up in the City and wish to remain here, are unable to afford housing in the City. So they move away. The City is changing its character, and is likely unable to provide “affordable housing” for young couples and families. In the past, families were attracted to Beverly Hills, despite the high rents, so they can sent their children to some of the best public schools in the country. While the school system remains one of the pillars of the community, the schools are no longer among the best in the country and not even ranked so high within the state of California. [Shall we blame it on lack of money or on the JPA? How easy to point the finger, yet impossible to explain the continued deterioration.] And rentals have become a horror show. Normally, we are not privy to conditions just blocks away from where we live, at times a few houses up or down the street, or staring at us from across. Units that unkept, rents that constantly go up by the maximum allowed by the City, terror by landlords and the inability to complain, lest there be immediate repercussions. Many of these places are plain disgusting but the tenants are afraid to speak and act. The landlords could not be happier, for they have their cash cows, and the flow of milk is steady, strong and most fertile. [This is in the process of changing, in great part to the immediate past Council and the months leading to the election. May the City Council have the strength to see it through and not give up. May the five members continue to protect those who normally do not (because they cannot) have a voice of their own. This will benefit everyone, for we cannot afford to be a glossy city rotting from the inside.] So we find ourselves at a junction where needs are not met, wishes are not fulfilled, and we are not ready for the future, as we seem to focus too much on–and enjoy–the present. And the present, my friends, is so good that it seems eternal. However, every good thing in life normally comes to an end, and this period of a continued summer-party will, too, reach its end. We may find ourselves wondering why did we not plan ahead for a future or why did we ignore the needs we knew we will have to face. We must take care of the needs of our population that is growing older, as this population is us. We must ensure continuity, for we do call this most amazing place “home,” and want to see it succeed and prosper in years and decades to come. Let us be proactive now. Such road will pay dividends in the future.

POLICE BLOTTER The following assaults, burglaries, robberies and grand thefts have been reported this week by BHPD. Losses in brackets.

ASSAULTS 07/18 S. Santa Monica Bl./ N. Rexford Dr. 07/18 N. Canon Dr./ Wilshire Bl. 07/18 100 N. Le Doux Rd. 07/19 400 S. Roxbury Dr. 07/20 9400 Dayton Way 07/21 400 N. Canon Dr. 07/21 100 Reeves Dr. BURGLARIES 07/16 300 Reeves Dr. 07/18 300 N. Canon Dr. ($246) 07/18 600 Hillcrest Rd. ($41,400)` 07/19 9600 Wilshire Bl. ($120) 07/19 300 N. Swall Dr. ($28,000) 07/19 500 N. Canon Dr. 07/19 400 S. Clark Dr. 07/20 400 S. Almont Dr.

07/20 9700 Wilshire Bl. ($2,900) 07/21 9300 Wilshire Bl. ($60) 07/21 300 N. Rodeo Dr. 07/21 200 S. Robertson Bl. ($1,800) 07/21 9700 Wilshire ($100) 07/23 N. Canon Dr./Park Way ($312) GRAND THEFTS 06/12 9600 Wilshire Bl. ($4,270) 06/27 100 S. Linden Dr. 06/28 300 S. Doheny Dr. ($3,000) 07/05 100 S. Beverly Dr. ($41,000) 07/18 300 S. Elm Dr. ($1,456) 07/21 400 N. Rodeo Dr. ($1,875) 07/23 200 S. Gale Dr. ROBBERIES 07/21 100 Reeves Dr. ($355) 07/22 300 N. Canon Dr. 07/23 9500 Brighton Way

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