BH Courier 12-21-2012 E-edition

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Page 24 | December 21, 2012 CHANUKAH CARNIVAL—The JEM Community Center at 9930 S. Santa Monica Blvd. held a Chanukah Carnival last Saturday. The event included prizes and booths for all ages, along with pony rides, a magic show, live music, fire juggling, menorah making and a grand raffle. Pictured right (from left): Bella Ferszt and Haya Illulian. Pictured below (from left): Estell Allouche and Chloe Bohbot volunteer at a booth.

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the upper levels of China that Beverly Hills is a destination.” Hong Yu Wang, who headed up the Dong Cheng delegation of 18 visitors, including 16 vice principals, said the visit offered insight into the cultures and characteristics of American education and school management.“We think we can learn from each other by comparing, analyzing and making the edu-


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Science Center Excursion Planned for BH Teens The Beverly Hills Community Services Department is taking advantage of a pupil-free day on Friday, Jan. 25 to offer an excursion for sixth-througheighth graders. The Community Services Department is offering young teens a day at the California Science Center, complete with

an Imax screening of Blue Planet and a visit to the space shuttle Endeavor. The excursion runs from 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and the drop-off/pick-up location is La Cienega Park (8400 Gregory Way). The trip includes admission, transportation and super-

vision. Participants must bring money or sack lunch. The excursion is limited to 20 participants, so register now. For more information or to register please call 310.285.6820.


event, band teacher Bill Bradbury said. The 63 musicians and five color guards from BHHS will perform “Strike Up The Band” as their main piece, in addition to The Beatles’ “I Saw Her Standing There.” “It’s upbeat and connects with the British culture,” Bradbury said of the iconic British group’s famous song. Schoolboard President

Jake Manaster, who will be accompanying the band to London, said he’s particularly excited to see his 10th-grade daughter play the flute with the marching band. “The band is really privileged to be invited because it’s the first time in the history of the school that we’ve been invited to attend,” he said. “It’s a big, cool deal.”

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schools, including universities, in the nation to be invited to perform. The annual British tradition will feature more than 6,000 performers from across the globe in a parade from Piccadilly to Parliament Square. The band spent months raising over $220,000 to participate in the “prestigious”

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formerly occupied by Anthropologie. “This is kind of a no-brainer,” Vice Chair Brian Rosenstein said at the meeting. "This is a phenomenal tenant in a space thats been empty for two years, maybe more.” Waiving the four code-required parking spaces stirred up quite a bit of discussion among the commission, with concerns about the precedent it might set for future applicants seeking the same sort of waiver. “It's not unrealistic to think that when we do this, there won't be other applicants saying, you did it for them, do it for us, we're a great business, we belong in Beverly Hills,” Chair Craig Corman said. “We'll get the whole sales pitch, so I am concerned about the precedent of doing this.”


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The implementation of increased Emergency Medical Response capabilities, as well as in-lieu parking expansion and the development of a build-to-suit opportunity for Entertainment Industry office tenants and hotels at 9268 W. 3rd St. were also high-priority items for the council. Sidewalk maintenance within the city and development of BHUSD oil replacement projects were also given attention from the council.

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BEVERLY HILLS cation better,” she said. Hui Wen High School Vice Principal Guo Jie said Chinese and American education differed greatly in terms of teachers. Whereas in China, he explained, all classes “are the same” irrespective of the teacher, American classrooms reflect the individuality of the teacher. “In China, we focus on knowledge, versus America’s focus on ability,” he said.

The parking issue came into play because code says indoor seating facilities for the cafe are permitted to occupy up to 999 square feet without needing additional parking. Nespresso proposed 998 square feet of indoor seating. Although outdoor seating on public property doesn't require additional parking, outdoor seating on private property is required to be parked at a rate of one space per each 45 square feet of floor area, according to the staff report. The applicant requested the waiver, saying the spots weren't needed and may present a financial hardship. Assistant Planner Ryan Golich assured the commission that granting the waiver wouldn't set any precedent and that staff viewed it as something the commission could review on a "case-bycase basis." Several other high priority items for 13-14 included Southeast Task Force Implementation, City facilities maintanence, the Small Business Task Force, enhancing the Gateways, Metro subway monitoring and implementing a citywide bicycle plan. The council also reviewed the list of 12-13 FY priorities it decided on last year, many of which, such as implementing historic preservation standards and creating a strategic parking plan, have already been completed. In Repertory:

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