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BEVERLY HILLS Now In Our 47th Year 8840 West Olympic Boulevard Beverly Hills, CA 90211 310-278-1322 Fax: 310-271-5118 Publisher

Clifton S. Smith, Jr. 

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Associate Publisher & Editor

Marcia W. Hobbs 

Fashion Director

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George Christy Joan Rivers Rabbi Jacob Pressman Joan Mangum Frances Allen Connie Martinson 

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tax,” Korbatov said. “I think the community is burdened enough right now.” The vote comes on the heels of the Nov. 13 board directive for Superintendent Gary Woods to prepare a ballot measure for the upcoming March election that would not exceed $499, would last for no more than 5 years and exempt seniors over the age of 65. Woods subsequently determined there was insufficient time to ready the measure for the upcoming election and this week recommended the board


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Bloom 888 votes ahead of Betsy Butler with more than 170,000 of the 216,000 votes counted, Bloom took to Facebook to thank his supporters. “The results... are such that we believe I am assured to be sworn in as the next representative of the 50th Assembly District,” Bloom wrote. District 50 includes Santa Monica, Malibu, Brentwood, West Hollywood and Beverly Hills. Speaking to The Courier Thursday morning, Bloom said he appreciates the residents of Beverly Hills for their support and most importantly, of course, their votes. “We focused quite a bit of our efforts in Beverly Hills–a place that’s near and dear to me,” Bloom said. “I’m very grateful to the voters of the City.”


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“Capturing the Thanksgiving tournament was their way of saying thanks and expressing

instead consider placing a parcel tax on a mail-in ballot in May. The May 6 election is the latest possible date that would allow the district to collect money by July for the 2013/14 year. Goldberg emphasized that a parcel tax was one of the few options the district had in order to get off the state’s dime and solve the systemic fiscal problems addressing Beverly Hills schools. “If we do not find a way to generate $3.5 million in revenue, there will be cuts to the classroom,” he said. Bloom acknowledged his victory is not yet official, but said he was preparing to take office Monday as his lead widens. “There is a dwindling number of ballots left to count,” Bloom said. “We think the lead is impossible to overcome.” Bloom said his mother, a member of Temple Beth Jacob at Olympic and Doheny, is already planning his victory celebration there for next week. “She’s over the top thrilled,” he said. Bloom said he’s looking forward to beginning his work in the state assembly. “I’m going to work really hard to represent the interests of all residents, cities and districts,” Bloom said. “There are a lot of challenges in Sacramento and I’m looking forward to digging into them and working as hard as I can.” The Courier endorsed Bloom in the election. their gratitude to Darren and his memory since he was close to each and every one of the boys,” assistant coach Jacob Khakshouri said.


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City-owned structure at 315 N. Crescent Dr., has been a fixture in the City for more than 80 years. Recently, however, Pioneer ran into rent trouble. Originally, Pioneer was paying $9,858 per month until construction started on the Annenberg Center and Crescent Parking Garage. With that construction came a closure to Crescent Drive that hurt Pioneer and other small businesses in that area south of the closure. Pioneer owner Jeff Tilem said his business took a 30 percent hit that it has yet to recover from. With the closures, the City began granting rent reductions and in June 2010, Pioneer’s rent was reduced to its current rate of $7,299.72. Starting in January, that number is slated to jump back to the previous rate, plus inflation; good for a 24 percent increase. Tilem said if that happens, Pioneer goes out of business. Tilem has previously asked to be allowed to sublease a portion of Pioneer’s 4,155square-foot space, which would allow them to find another tenant to help the City find the market rate it’s looking for. Pioneer has yet to hear back on that request. The newest verbal offer came after a meeting last week with the recently-formed ad hoc committee of Mayor Willie Brien and councilwoman Lili Bosse. It extends Pioneer’s current rate for a year, but Tilem must decide in six months if he wants to opt into a five-year agreement to return to his original rate of rent. With Crescent once again


Classified Account Executive

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over $10 million for Israel’s soldiers in recent years. FIDF was established in 1981 by a group of Holocaust survivors with the mission of providing and supporting educational, social, cultural, and recreational programs and facilities for the men and women of the IDF. Funds raised at this year’s


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closed, this time for the Holiday Ice Skating rink, Tilem said he’s concerned about the impact on his business, but says he’s happy there appears to be progress made to help keep Pioneer in business. “I was happy to meet with the ad hoc committee and I’m encouraged that the City wants Pioneer Hardware to remain,” Tilem told The Courier. “We’re still working out all the details.” One detail that will take effect immediately and could help turn around Pioneer’s business is the ability to sell high-priced items. That restriction was in the original lease because when the structure at 315 N. Crescent Dr. was built, it was done so using federal funds under the promise that it would provide affordable services to accommodate the lowrent elderly housing built in that neighborhood on Crescent and Dayton Drives. A handful of shops, including a hardware store, were deemed necessary for those elderly residents. Thus Pioneer and others in the structure were opened as “convenience commercial” stores. Now that the restriction is lifted, Tilem said one item he hopes to sell is an extensive collection of high-priced Beatles’ memorabilia. Tilem said he has the last document ever signed by John Lennon and an original copy of the letter that officially broke up the band, signed by all four of The Beatles. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. “I’ve been a serious, hardcore Beatles collector since the 80s,” Tilem said. “I have one of the largest private collections in the country.” Gala will go toward FIDF’s wellbeing and educational programs for the IDF soldiers and the Negev Wellbeing and Educational Centers. The evening will begin with a cocktail reception at 6pm, followed by dinner and a program emceed by Jason Alexander, and a performance by David Foster and Friends. For more information visit

BH Courier 11-30-12 E-edition  

Beverly Hills Courier November 30, 2012 E-edition