The Courier Wishes You A Happy, Healthy New Year!
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Part 17 in a series on Beverly Hills residents who have grown with the Centennial City.
WALK WITH THE MAYOR – Beverly Hills walkers had a howling good time on Monday, walking with Mayor Lili Bosse to Pussy & Pooch. Courier Photo by Victoria Talbot
Walking The Walk
Temple Emanuel crowned its Best Latke of 2014 winners. 4
Mayor Lili Bosse talks about how she got Beverly Hills up and moving in 2014 By Victoria Talbot Walk with the Mayor is a triumph. Mayor Lili Bosse’s Healthy City initiative has been a lesson in civics. Following the last walk of 2014, participants bade each other holiday wishes, new friends who have bonded over the course of an extraordinary experiment in good government.
Beverly Hills youth star in ‘A Taste Of Broadway’ at the Salter Theatre. 5
George Christy, Page 6 Our Crystal Ball Foresees A Rewarding Career In The Industry For Vince Balzano, A HotTo-Trot Filmgoer, The Personal Assistant For MPCA’s CEO Brad Krevoy
Not Yet Home For Christmas: Anderson Asserts Innocence Part one in a three-part series on Gene Therapy Pioneer W. French Anderson. By Laura Coleman On New Year’s Eve, W. French Anderson, the “Father of Gene Therapy,” will turn 78 at the California Institution for Men, a state prison in Chino. His wife of 53 years, Kathy, visits him each Saturday and Sunday, the only days she is allowed, so she won’t be there to see him for his birthday this year on Wednesday. For the past four years, he has slept in a dormitory with 100
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By Laura Coleman When Monty and Marilyn Hall bought their Beverly Hills home in 1962, just a stone’s throw from Santa Monica Boulevard, they received a friendly warning that perhaps it wasn’t the best place to buy, after all, there were plans for a subway to run that route. Fiftytwo years later, the Halls have raised three successful children, count five grandchildren, and boast full lives that include an Emmy-win for each and having raised over $1 billion for worthy causes; meanwhile, not one subway track has been laid along the Beverly Hills thoroughfare. “Our move to Los Angeles was the greatest thing that could ever happen,” Monty remarked. “We moved to Beverly Hills, which is like an oasis.”
Marilyn & Monty Hall
All three Hall children (Richard, Joanna and Sharon) attended Hawthorne and Beverly Hills High School and have carved impressive careers in their own right. (see ‘HALL FAMILY,’ page 15)
(see ‘WALK WITH THE MAYOR,’ page 18)
For more photos, see George Christy’s column on page 6.
Editorial from Rabbi Pressman AND MORE
No one could have predicted Mayor Bosse’s efforts to promote a healthy lifestyle that includes exercise could have become such a success with such far-reaching benefits – except Bosse herself. Despite all her fame and success, Mayor Bosse remains focused on hearing individuals, on being responsive to their needs, and on being humble, grateful and
PARTY PEOPLE – Rihanna was joined by Salma Hayek at The Vineyard in Beverly Hills during the first annual Diamond Ball to benefit The Clara Lionel Foundation. Founded by Robyn Rihanna Fenty in 2012 to honor her grandparents, grants are funded to promote health education, arts and culture globally.
Celebrity Photo/Scott Downie
The Friars Charitable Foundation held its annual Holiday luncheon. 9 •Arts & Entertainment 11 •Health & Wellness 12 •Birthdays 16
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Beverly Hills Elders: Marilyn & Monty Hall – Emmy Winners, Patrons
Help chihuahua Hope find a new home this Holiday season. 4
Matt Goss rocked a starstudded Spaghettini crowd last Thursday. 5
(see ‘FRENCH ANDERSON,’ page 17)
NEW YEAR’S EVE IN BEVERLY HILLS The Peninsula Beverly Hills
Four-course dinner with piano music by Antonio Castillo de la Gala at 6 p.m., $150 per person. Second eating with sixcourse menu for $275 at 9 p.m., again with music from Castillo de la Gala, and live latin jazz orchestra with Louie Cruz Beltran in the living room. Call 310-551-2888.
Spaghettini & The Dave Koz Lounge Nine-time GRAMMY winner Dave Koz and surprise special guests will perform beginning at 10 p.m with a special menu created by Chef Scott Howard. Tickets for the performance, not including dinner, are $450 per seat and $1,800 for a table of four. Visit www.spaghettinibh.tix.com or call 310-424-4600.
The Beverly Hills Hotel The Lamont Dozier, Jr. band performs at 6 p.m. in Bar Nineteen12 with party favors and champagne toast at midnight. $50 cover charge, $25 for hotel guests. Dinner, party favors at champagne at The Polo Lounge beginning at 8 p.m. for $295 per person. 310-276-2251.
The Beverly Hilton Five-course dinner served from 6 to 11 p.m. After dinner, watch the ball drop by Aqua Star Pool with a glass of champagne. Dinner is $98, call 310-887-6055 to make reservations.
Montage Beverly Hills The Montage will have live music, dancing and party favors beginning at 9 p.m. at Parq Bar. Scarpetta has a five-course prix fixe dinner. There’s also the exclusive “Black, White and Red” gala in the Marquesa Ballroom kicking off at 7:30 p.m. For more information or reservations, call 888 860-0788.
The Beverly Wilshire Four-course menu at CUT by Wolfgang Puck. Seatings at 6 p.m. for $140 per person and 9 p.m. for $250 per person. THE Blvd. has four-course meal at 6 p.m. for $145 per person and fivecourse meal at 9 p.m. for $250 per person. Call 310-275-5200.
SEE PAGE 11 FOR MORE FUN NEW YEAR’S EVE SPECIALS
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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING DATE: TIME:
January 8, 2015 1:30 PM, or as soon thereafter as the matter may be heard LOCATION: Commission Meeting Room 280A Beverly Hills City Hall 455 North Rexford Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90210 The Planning Commission of the City of Beverly Hills, at its REGULAR meeting on Thursday, January 8, 2015, will hold a public hearing beginning at 1:30 PM, or as soon thereafter as the matter may be heard to consider: A request for a Conditional Use Permit to allow the establishment of an educational institution (Futures in Education) within the commercial building located at 8484 Wilshire Boulevard, at the southeast corner of the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and La Cienega Boulevard. The proposed educational institution would occupy approximately 3,000 square feet of floor area on the second floor of the existing commercial building. The request would allow the educational institution to offer tutoring to students on a one-to-one basis. Pursuant to Beverly Hills Municipal Code §10-3-1604, educational institutions may be located in the C-3 zone of the City with the approval of a Conditional Use Permit. This project has been assessed in accordance with the authority and criteria contained in the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the State CEQA Guidelines, and the environmental regulations of the City. The project qualifies for a Class 1 Categorical Exemption for operational changes within an existing commercial facility, and the project has been determined not to have a significant environmental impact and is exempt from the provisions of CEQA. Any interested person may attend the meeting and be heard or present written comments to the Commission. According to Government Code Section 65009, if you challenge the Commission's action in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City, either at or prior to the public hearing. If there are any questions regarding this notice, please contact Alek Miller, Assistant Planner in the Planning Division at (310) 285-1196, or by email at email@example.com. Copies of the project plans and associated application materials are on file in the Community Development Department, and can be reviewed by any interested person at 455 North Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Sincerely: Ryan Gohlich, Senior Planner
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING DATE: January 8, 2015 TIME: 1:30 PM, or as soon thereafter as the matter may be heard LOCATION: Commission Meeting Room 280A Beverly Hills City Hall 455 North Rexford Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90210 The Planning Commission of the City of Beverly Hills, at its REGULAR meeting on Thursday, January 8, 2015, will hold a public hearing beginning at 1:30 PM, or as soon thereafter as the matter may be heard to consider a request to allow the construction of a new 20-unit multi-family residential building located at 425-429 North Palm Drive. Construction of the proposed project requires the following entitlements: Development Plan Review. A Development Plan Review is required for all new multi-family residential projects. The subject project is located at 425429 North Palm Drive, at the intersection of North Palm Drive and Beverly Boulevard. The proposed 5-story multi-family residential building would have a maximum height of 55’ measured to the roof deck, with a 10’ tall canopy covering the central area of the roof deck. The building would have a footprint of approximately 10,350 square feet with a total floor area of approximately 55,090 square feet. The building would have a setback of 25’ from North Palm Drive, 13’ from Beverly Boulevard, and 10’ setbacks from the adjacent building to the north and from the alley to the rear. Zone Text Amendment. The project includes a request to amend portions of the Beverly Hills Municipal Code. The proposed Zone Text Amendment would amend BHMC §10-3-2806E.3.b. and §10-3-2850 to allow deviations, through an R-4 Permit application, from code provisions that require a specific percentage of the front façade of the first two stories of large-scale multi-family residential projects to be built to the front setback line. R-4 Permit. The proposed project includes a request for an R-4 permit to allow for the construction of two rooftop bathrooms associated with a rooftop swimming pool/spa. The R-4 Permit would allow the bathrooms to have a maximum height of 10’ when measured from the adjacent roof deck. Additionally, the R-4 Permit would allow for additional paving within the front setback equivalent to one, five-foot walkway in per fifty feet of frontage along the front lot line. Finally, an R-4 Permit is being requested pursuant to the abovementioned Zone Text Amendment to allow less than 60% of the front façade of the first two stories to be built to the front setback line. This provision is contingent upon the approval and implementation of the proposed Zone Text Amendment. This project has been assessed in accordance with the authority and criteria contained in the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the State CEQA Guidelines, and the environmental regulations of the City. The project qualifies for Class 32 and Class 5 Categorical Exemptions. The exemptions are applicable to projects characterized as in-fill development, as well as minor changes in land use limitations such as the amendment to the zoning code to allow an R-4 Permit to alter the front façade requirements, and the project has been determined not to have a significant environmental impact and is exempt from the provisions of CEQA. Any interested person may attend the meeting and be heard or present written comments to the Commission. According to Government Code Section 65009, if you challenge the Commission's action in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City, either at or prior to the public hearing. If there are any questions regarding this notice, please contact Andre Sahakian, Associate Planner in the Planning Division at (310) 285-1127, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Copies of the project plans and associated application materials are on file in the Community Development Department, and can be reviewed by any interested person at 455 North Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.
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Municipal League Of Beverly Hills’ Annual Report Card Is A Mixed Bag for City Government
HOLIDAY CHEER —Beverly Vista Middle School Choir students brought a little holiday joy to seniors living at the Beverly Hills Carmel Retirement Home when they performed a series of holiday songs. The cheerful 45minute program emerged last year after a Beverly Vista parent, who usually volunteers at the Vintage Westwood Senior Home, arranged to have the Beverly Vista school choir do a program of holiday music for the seniors there and a picture in The Courier prompted the activities coordinator of the Carmel Retirement Home to contact the choir to sing there this year. “It was a great opportunity for the students to serve the community,” said BV Choir teacher Judith Chan. “Maybe another senior home will read the paper and call us again!”
Bardes’ Pansy, Based On The Peninsula Beverly Hills, Set To Become A Musical Next September By Laura Coleman Two years after Cynthia Bardes parlayed a horrible accident in Beverly Hills where she was hit by a car while walking across Wilshire Boulevard into the now beloved book Pansy At The Palace: A Beverly Hills Mystery, Bardes is set to release the third book in the Pansy series in 2015, in addition to premiere the musical Poodleful in September. “I think Poodleful will put Pansy on the map,” Bardes said of her heart-warming story that centers on a toy poodle. “It emphasizes that nobody is ever too small to do big things.” The production, which will debut at the Riverside Theatre in Florida, will feature a sevenmember cast that will sing a mix of styles, including pop and musical theatre.
Bardes, who spends three months at the Peninsula Beverly Hills every year (from September through November), originally began writing the first book while she recovered from her surgery at the luxurious hotel, her chocolate-colored toy poodle Pansy a constant companion. The 32-page illustrated children’s mystery about a jewelry theft inspired from that period of her life ended up selling 2,000 copies in the first month after it was released, she said. Last April, Bardes released Pansy in Paris: A Mystery at the Museum, and plans to release Pansy in Venice: The Story of a Missing Parrot next year. “It’s a very gentle teaching tool on how it pays to be curious,” Bardes said. “Friendship is so important. At the end of
By Victoria Talbot The annual newsletter to all members of the Municipal League of Beverly Hills, an organization founded in 1962 for the purpose of promoting, “good government, residential quality of life and high education standards in public schools,” produced a mixed bag that adds up to about “C-” for the current City government. Highlighting but a few issues, the newsletter reviews the City Council’s votes on the final plans for the Waldorf Astoria, water rate increases, unfunded liabilities for employee pensions, medical use for 8767 Wilshire Blvd., destruction of email and the MTA. The newsletter also details two lawsuits that the Beverly Hills Unified School District is currently involved in, including the Karen Christiansen/ Strategic Concepts, LLC and the Carter Paysinger discrimination suit.
each book, they realize how lucky they are to have each other.” The Pansy books are available at Neiman Marcus, The Peninsula Beverly Hills gift store, the Brentwood Mart, and online at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.
SPIRIT OF HOPE —Hope is a little angel Chihuahua that was found by a “Good Samaritan” teenage boy in an alley near Huntington Beach Thanksgiving weekend. She was severely beaten with a baseball bat witnesses say, and left to die. However, even after losing an eye in the the horrific abuse, she kept wagging her tail as she wobbled to stand up straight. ShelterHopePetShop.org, a non-profit rescue-only pet store took her in and has been nursing her back to health. Those interested in adopting her or donating toward Hope’s care may contact Shelter Hope at 805-379-3538.
Beverly Hills High School Sports Roundup By Matt Lopez
Temple Emanuel Announces The Winners for the 2014 Best Latke Contest
WINNING LATKES–(Left to Right) Cantor Yonah Kliger (judge), Phyllis Schlecter (representing Creative Latke Winner Chef Peter Brown), Stephen Schwartzberg (Traditional Latke Winner), Brian Kite (judge).
Grate onion and drain. Beat eggs, flour, salt & pepper and onion. Drain potatoes. Combine potatoes with egg mixture. Squeeze excess liquid and fry till golden brown. Ingredients for Brown’s winning latkes include 2
(see ‘MUNICIPAL LEAGUE’ page 9)
Cynthia Bardes with Pansy
FROZEN IN RAPTURE– Pictured left: Kennedy Mccallum and Taina Berger enjoyed time with snacks and their teddy bears as they took in a free showing of Walt Disney Pictures’ Frozen in the Beverly Hills Public Library Auditorium. More than 100 parents and kids holding dolls and plush toys came out to see Frozen and sing along with many of its iconic songs.
By Victoria Talbot Judges of Temple Emanuel’s annual Latke contest this year crowned two new winners: Stephen Schwartzberg for the Best Traditional Latke and Chef Peter Brown for the Best Creative Latke. Schwartzberg is the parent of a child at the Temple’s Early Childhood Center. His simple recipe combines all the traditional elements in a light and tasty classic. It includes 3 large potatoes,1 large onion, 1/4 cup flour, 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon white pepper, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, oil for frying. Grate potatoes; soak in water as to not turn brown.
Finally, the Municipal League takes on the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, claiming that the “most recent public financial statements” show that as of 2013, when the center opened, “The Wallis owed nearly $21 million in construction-related costs and had cash revenues of $2.3 million.” About MTA, the Municipal League restates the historic narrative regarding the rerouting of the MTA and the unfortunate result of arbitration in which all parties came to agreement, only to have the compromise deal rejected by the powerful Metro board. The newsletter provides a scathing indictment of the City Council for negotiating last fall’s compensation packages. “Some Beverly Hills Councilmembers incredibly felt that their duty was not to protect the taxpayers they purportedly represent, but instead to
pounds russet potatoes with skin, 1/4 pound basil, 1 lemon zest, 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, 1 tablespoon egg white, 1/4 teaspoon white pepper. Shred potatoes and rinse with water to get rid of starch. Combine all ingredients and fry.
Sean McAlister helped the Beverly Hills High boys soccer team wrap up play in the South Torrance Holiday Classic on Monday with a 1-0 win over Marquez. McAlister scored the game-winning goal on a bicycle kick with five minutes left in regulation on an assist from P.J. Goolsby to lift the Normans (2-3-3) to victory. Eduardo Ochoa had five saves in the shutout. On Dec. 20, Cole Offer scored the lone goal for Beverly Hills in a 1-1 tie with Mira Costa in a South Holiday Classic consolation match. Ochoa had five saves. Ochoa added five more saves a day earlier in a Dec. 19 1-0 loss to Millikan in the South Holiday Classic. The Normans’ offense exploded on Dec. 18 in a 12-0
throttling of visiting St. Monica in the South Bay-Westside Tournament. Cole Offer, Amir Tavangar and Sam Sarfati led the way with two goals each. The Normans also got a goal apiece from Miguel Ramirez, Naka O’Connor, Sean McAlister, Lucas Thau, Asaf Bar-Tal and Mohammed Abi-Kenari. Girls soccer Amanda Manaster had five saves in a 3-0 loss to visiting North Torrance in a nonleague match on Dec. 19. The BHHS girls soccer team dropped to 32-1 with the loss. Girls basketball Jessica Melamed’s 30 points weren’t enough for host Beverly Hills High in a 53-44 nonleague loss to St. Mary’s. Up next BHHS boys basketball will participate in the Max Preps Holiday Classic at Palm Springs High from Dec. 26-30.
FUTURE STARS OF BEVERLY HILLS–-The grand finale of a semester’s work culminated in “A Taste of Broadway” at the Salter Theatre. (In alphabetical order) Gabriela Aghachi, Mikey Austing, Shaya Banafsheha, Rebecca Berlin, Gabriella Bina, Arden Brown, Georgia Carlson, Julien Collet, Juliette Collet, Mia De Castro Basto, Mia Elkins, Taylor Fuchs, Leia Gluckman, Emily Gorin, Becca Heller, Bronte Henfling, Skyler Hodes, Ryan Hodor, Ava Holtzman, Camille Kaiserman, Lilly Karzen, Yarden Keinan, Claire Kim, Rachel Kohley, Addison Kreshek, Nolan Krutonog, Giulian Laudisa, Finley Lawton, Sara Lepkowitz, Antonio Logan, Charlotte Lyon, Lauren Mandel, Alessandra Maresca, Reese Margo, Kali Matlock, Emma Maurer, Jason Maybaum, Samantha Maybaum, Naomi Mayzels, Tandis Mehr, Antonio Michaels, Isabella Michaels, Tara Moazemi, Tina Moazemi, Alexia Moshfiratemi, Kayla Naemi, Alexa Newman, Eli Okum, Stephanie Ortiz, Isabela Painter, Jesse Painter, Jayden Park, Diana Pogorila, Bradyn Prisand, Hayden Radonsky, Jazmin Rahimi, Leo Ramos-Vergara, Natalie Ramos-Vergara, Lily Read, Ella Revivo, Melina Rosen, Mia Saltzman, Rachel Shabanian, Taylor Shabanian, Andrew Smiler, Jessica Smiler, Manuela Torres, evie Vangelatos, Jenna Weiss, Hailey Wright, Alexis Wynne, Sarah Yadidian, Arya Yektafar and Delara Yektafar
Beverly Hills Kids Star in ‘A Taste of Broadway’ By Victoria Talbot Beverly Hills High School set the stage for some young thespians last week for “Here We Grow Again,” at the Salter Theatre. Under the direction of Jenny Gordon, more than 75 students performed the old songand-dance. Students performed numbers from favorite Broadway hits including Aladdin, Fiddler On The Roof, Shrek, Jersey
Boys, Suessical, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown and Rock Of Ages at the “Taste of Broadway.” The show was the culmination of their fall afterschool theater program. “I feel so lucky to be able to continue this program and work with these outstanding children,” said Gordon, director/choreographer for the kids. “Musical theater is an American institution and it’s a thrill to
see the energy and excitement these students exude as they bring to life musical theater gems.” The program is designed to instill appreciation for the genre of musical theater and appreciation for the performing arts and the joy of performance. It helps children find selfconfidence and a sense of belonging, said Heather Sumagaysay of the Community Services Department.
Beverly Hills Conference & Visitors Bureau Announces Date For Chinese New Year Bash By Victoria Talbot The Beverly Hills Conference & Visitors Bureau has announced that it will be celebrating Chinese New Year Feb. 1, celebrating the Year of the Sheep. The CVB, in partnership with China International Culture Association (CICA) and with the support of the Chinese
Consulate of Los Angeles, will be hosting their 4th annual Celebration of Chinese New Year at the Saban Theatre with a private VIP reception, an art exhibition of Beijing Foreign Cultural Exchanges Center (BCEC) and a full production of special performances from the Beijing Performance & Arts Group.
The celebration kicks off the Beijing Culture Month in Beverly Hills and will include special outreach and amenities for the City’s guests in participating hotels and businesses. Last year’s event, which was held on Rodeo Drive, drew a huge crowd despite the cool temperatures.
Through the Gates at Virginia Robinson Gardens: Persimmons For All Seasons By Tim Lindsay, Superintendent, Virginia Robinson Gardens and Joan Selwyn, Founder, Friends of Robinson Gardens: Special To The Courier When leaves the color of gold and saffron swirl gracefully to the ground at the Robinson Gardens in Beverly Hills, we know the festival of autumn has begun. The brilliant orange of the persimmon trees attracts the squirrels and it is a race to see who can get to them first. There is no more beautiful sight than to see this fruit ripening to sweet perfection in your garden, but beauty is not this fruit’s only distinction. Persimmons are also prized for their flavor. As the year comes to an end, It is time to think about adding plants to your garden. Perhaps you will consider planting a graceful persimmon
tree, beautiful all four seasons of the year. There are many varieties of persimmons. In the U.S., the most two popular types that can be found in supermarkets across the country are Fuyu and Hachiya. These varieties differ in shape, texture and flavor. Fuyu persimmons have flat bottoms and a squat shape. They are best eaten while still hard and crisp. Fuyus are commonly eaten raw, often sliced and peeled and added to salads. When their seeds are roasted they have a pumpkin like flavor. The Hachiya variety has pucker power. It is longer and heart shaped when compared to the Fuyu. If you eat it before it is ripe (soft almost, mushy), it has a very astringent taste. Ripened, the Hachiya persimmon is very sweet. Hachiyas
A Hachiya persimmons from the Robinson Gardens.
are often thought of as "baking" persimmons and are commonly peeled and pureed to add to baked goods. They have a mild, pumpkin-like flavor and are excellent in cakes, puddings, and other treats. Native Americans introduced this unusual fruit to the colonists and taught them to make persimmon bread. It was a popular dish in early America and still is today. (see ‘ROBINSON GARDENS’ page 7)
BEVERLY HILLS COURIER | DECEMBER 26, 2014 Page 5 MATT GOSS ROCKS SPAGHETTINI–In front of a star-studded crowd that included John Stamos, music super manager Larry Rudolph and jazz legend Eric Benet, English singer-songwriter Matt Goss jazzed up Spaghettini & The Dave Koz Lounge on Canon Drive last Thursday night. Goss, who will be performing at Spaghettini the third Thursday of each month, called it a “landmark in the making... it’s a credit to [co-owner Cary Hardwick] and his team.”
How To Be Part of Beverly Hills Legacy Gifting Opportunities By Victoria Talbot The City of Beverly Hills provides wonderful opportunities for legacy gifting this holiday season that will make a real difference in the community now and for generations to come. Time is running out for your 2014 charitable deductions. Your tax-deductible contributions can be toward a park,
program or historical effort in a variety of ways. The City of Beverly Hills Charitable Foundation (CBHCF) was established to allow residents, friends and businesses to participate in the community in a meaningful way that can help with your bottom line. Your donations can help (see ‘GIFTING OPPORTUNITY’ page 12)
George Christy Meeting Vince Balzano,
as we did, in the MPCA offices of award-winning producer Brad Krevoy (Dumb & Dumber, Taking Chance), we discovered Vince is a hot-totrot filmgoer. As Brad's loyal personal assistant, Vince manages to catch up with many movies on the big screen or video.
ince mentioned lately that he wrote reviews for his Georgetown University campus newspaper, The Hoya, and that he graduated from USC with a master's degree in cinematic arts.
e is 26, and our crystal ball foresees a rewarding future for Vince in the industry. Having enjoyed our conversations about the current crop of celluloid, we invited him to jot down his yeas and nays.
Belle – Thanks to Amma Asante’s keen direction and lovely performances by a talented ensemble, including Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Tom Wilkinson, what could have been a constipated, stagey costume drama becomes a character piece with a beating heart. A pivotal stepping stone towards the British abolition of the African slave trade, the film plays against the backdrop of the 1780s’ Zong massacre. Focusing squarely on Belle (Mbatha-Raw), a young woman of color raised and educated by a noble English family. As she comes of age, she’s desperate to find her place in a rigid, class-based society that considers her an anomaly. Mbatha-Raw’s wit, charm, and intelligence leave you hoping that she’ll find it. Big Hero 6 – The latest from Walt Disney Animation is a triumph of production design. The setting, San Page 6 | December 26, 2014
Fransokyo, a Japanese-influenced San Francisco, is a lush, vibrant metropolis, distinctively familiar and other-worldly all at once. The story, however, is alltoo-familiar, though by no means bad. When a lab explosion sees his brother killed and his latest invention stolen, teenage tech genius Hiro Hamada (voiced by Ryan Potter) assembles his friends into a team of superheroes to solve the mysteries, accompanied by Baymax, a caring medical robot and Hiro’s brother’s final invention. Every twist and turn is telegraphed well in advance, but the children in the audience will not know that.
Birdman – This caustic, self-aware show business satire is being touted, deservingly so, as a t o u r- d e force for Michael Keaton. Michael Keaton As Riggan Thompson, a former movie star best known for playing the titular superhero, Keaton wages a battle few superheros have faced: the battle for self-respect. Director Alejandro González Iñárritu captures Thompson’s downward spiral in one (seemingly) uninterrupted take as the former star writes, directs, and stars in a Broadway play in a bid for artistic legitimacy. And also tries to repair his relationships with his daughter and exwife. All the while, the specter of Birdman haunts Thompson’s thoughts, a stinging reminder that the best in Thompson’s life may have already passed him by. Calvary – Brendan Gleeson, cinema’s b e s t worldweary I r i s h actor, plays a worldweary I r i s h priest in Chris O’Dowd an Irish village, populated by characters played by Irish actors Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids) and Aiden Gillen (Game Of Thrones). A parishioner confesses to Father James (Gleeson) that he will murder the priest in seven days as retribution for his childhood molestation by a clergyman. Not because James was com-
plicit, but because the death of James, an unquestionably good priest, would be more shocking. Father James uses the ensuing week to tend to his flock (including his estranged daughter), rather than avoid his fate. Grounded by Gleason’s understated, Oscar-worthy performance, writer/director John Michael McDonagh’s darkly comic film is an uncomfortable, but poignant look at good, evil, and one’s ability to cope with the horrors of life. Have I mentioned that it is set in Ireland?
Foxcatcher – Bennett M i l l e r directs this terse, truec r i m e thriller a b o u t eccentric millionaire John du Pont (Steve Carrell) Channing Tatum and his relationship with Mark and David Schultz (Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo), brothers a n d Olympic wrestlers. The physical transformations of Carrell, Ta t u m , a n d Ruffalo are revelatory. Mark Ruffalo Carrell sheds all likeability to play an off-putting psychopath, and Tatum and Ruffalo move like two men who have spent years on the mat. The understated performances from all three principals eclipse everything else in a film that feels like a Cliff Notes version of a real life event. Even with a runtime of over two hours, everything feels perfunctory, as though we are watching the highlights of a story we should already know. Get On Up – Chadwick Boseman electrifies as James Brown in this musical biopic. The audience never doubts for a moment that they are watch- Chadwick Boseman ing the Godfather of Soul on the screen. Unfortunately, the narrative of Brown’s life is wildly unfocused, jumping between events with little rhyme or reason. This discombobulated approach gives the proceedings a tired “Great Man Destined for Greatness” vibe without a more pointed conclusion about Brown’s life or work.
Gone Girl – David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s hit novel is a t e n s e , engrossing thriller carried by sharp writing and a talented ensemble, but it is Rosamund Rosamund Pike Pike who stands out above the rest, captivating and beguiling as Amy ElliottDunne, the titular girl. Not to be discounted, however, is Ben Affleck, long underrated for his acting, as Nick Dunne, Amy’s husband and the primary murder suspect when his wife disappears. To say any more would ruin any twists and turns that audiences (who have not read the book) will not see coming. The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies – Director Peter Jackson returns to Middle Earth one last time to finish his three film adaptation of J . R . R . To l k i e n ’s 300 page b o o k . Although the titular Peter Jackson battle lasts a scant 10 pages in the novel, the movie runs two and a half hours, yet every scene still feels rushed. When you realize that the protagonists are fighting not for the survival of the world as they know it, but over someone else’s pile of gold, the gravitas Battle strives for feels unearned. The references to the previous Lord of the Rings trilogy merely remind audiences of better movies. Interstellar – Christopher Nolan’s latest is a dazzling feast for the senses. The comparisons t o Ku b r i ck ’s 2001: A S p a c e Odyssey are apt, although N o l a n ’s Matthew screenplay McConaughey ensures that Interstellar’s plot is considerably less obtuse than its spiritual predecessor’s. Unfortunately, that same screenplay also over explains the human story, giving it less weight than the movie wants it to have, not for lack of trying from an immensely talented ensemble led by Matthew McConaughey.
John Wick – This A-level production of a B-level action movie will earn zero Oscar nominations. However, John Wick, in which Keanu Reeves annihilates the entire New York Russian mob for killing his dog, is the best movie of its kind since 2009’s Taken. Directed by Chad Stahelski, the action scenes are clear and creative, and everyone’s unwavering commitment to the absurd premise elevates the movie into a wildly entertaining genre exercise. Nightcrawler – This Taxi Driver-esqe odyssey through nocturnal Los Angeles crime scenes stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Lou Bloom, a psychopathic, bottom-feeding photojournalist most eager to rise to the top. Nightcrawler and Gyllenhaal’s performa n c e could easily have been a portrait of a serial killer, if B l o o m thought he c o u l d make any Jake Gyllenhaal m o n e y doing that. Instead, writer/director Dan Gilroy seems to take aim at the “If it bleeds, it leads” modus operandi of modern news media, and the unsavory characters such a system might enable. Nightcrawler is an uncomfortable, but exhilarating experience, thanks in large part to Gyllenhaal’s ice cold turn as Bloom. Theory Of Everything – Based on J a n e Hawking’s autobiogr a p h y about her marriage to cosmolo g i s t Stephen Hawking, Theory is Felicity Jones at its moving best when it focuses on the love story between Stephen and Jane. Deserving all the praise they have received, Eddie Redmayne as Stephen and Felicity Jones as Jane fight for every inch in the face of Stephen’s deteriorating physical condition. However, when the movie tears itself away from its heart, it runs into the frequent biopic issue of a famous person doing the famous thing for which he’s famous. This injects some hollow moments in what is otherwise a touching true story. Online at www.bhcourier.com/category/george-christy
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OUTLOOK B E V E R LY H I L L S OUTLOOK Artist JoAnn DamronRodriguez’s debut show, “Dreams” ends Sunday, Dec. 28 at the Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica, 1260 18th St (corner of 18th and Arizona.) The show is open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Sunday, and today and Saturday by appointment. Damron-Rodriguez combines pen, painting and textured acrylic mixtures with photographs, appropriated art, words, and objects. The mixture allows her to use vivid color and layers to represent the depths, disjunctures, and fragments that shape dreams. Damron-Rodriguez is a retired UCLA adjunct professor of Social Welfare at UCLA. Email email@example.com, or call 310-829-5436, ext. 102 for information and appointments. • • • • • KCET will present a New Year’s Day marathon of its original, award-winning arts and culture program, Artbound, from 1-9 p.m. The three-hour presentation explores the diversity of arts and culture in Southern California including: the “grocery gap” in food deserts, pop surrealism, art installations at LAX, sound installations at the Watts Towers, the photography archives at the Downtown L.A. Library, theater performed by day laborers, a musical performance by L.A.-based singer/songwriter Moses Sumney, and more. For more information, visit www.kcet.org/artbound. • • • • • The exhibition, “Route 66: the Road and the Romance,” covering the road’s facts and fiction,“closes Sunday, Jan. 4 at The Autry in Griffith Park, 4700 Western Heritage Way. The exhibition travels the 2,400-mile-long highway connecting Chicago to L.A., from its inception in 1926 through the Great Depression to its
heyday as a travel destination; and the route’s eventual displacement by the Interstate Highway System. The exhibition concludes with a contemporary look at the road and the movement for its preservation. “Route 66” presents more than 250 artifacts from institutions and private collections across the U.S,. many never displayed together, including: The handwritten page from The Grapes of Wrath manuscript that introduces the “Mother Road,” Dust Bowl–era photographs, Woody Guthrie’s guitar, the original typewritten scroll of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, a 1960 Corvette, and more. Museum hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Friday; and 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for students and seniors 60+ and $4 for children ages 3–12. For more information, visit www.TheAutry.org. • • • • • The Fowler Museum at UCLA, in the north part of the campus, will present “Past Forward: Contemporary Art from the Emirates,” the first major touring exhibition of Emirati art, opening Sunday, Jan. 25. The exhibition features more than 50 paintings, sculptures, photographs and works in other media by a group of 25 notable male and female artists who together represent all seven Emirates. The exhibition showcases the history and culture of the UAE, emphasizing the importance of kinship and home, nature and landscape, and the nation’s rapid development. The museum is open noon5 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays, and noon-8 p.m., Thursdays. Admission is free. Parking is available for a maximum of $12 in Lot 4. The weekly update of events for the Southland area.
nursery, such as Armstrong Nurseries -Use a 15 gallon size container -Plant in the sun -Best time to plant is just before the winter rains -Not finicky about the soil and is pest resistant -Grows deep taproots and can grow up to 25 feet tall and almost as wide To see these glorious trees in their full splendor, schedule a guided tour of the Robinson Gardens. The legendary Beverly Hills estate, built in 1911, is nestled on 6.5 landscaped acres and is open for public enjoyment. Call 310-550-2087 to schedule a guided tour of the house and gardens.
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The Robinson’s planted both varieties of persimmons on their Beverly Hills estate. It is speculated the “Hachiya” persimmon was brought back as a seed from one of their many trips to Japan. The trees still flourish at the bottom of the Italian Terrace Garden where they have been admired for nearly 70 years. Once established, persimmon trees are drought resistant and bloom twice a year, in the Spring and Fall, with particularly showy flowers. TIPS TO PLANT PERSIMMON TREES: -Purchase online as a bare root tree or in a container at
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T H E FA S H I O N O F B E V E R LY H I L L S HOLIDAY SHOPPING—Just in time for the holidays, Diptyque store officially opened last week in Beverly Hills at 321 N. Beverly Dr. The new space combines the creative elegance of the 50-year-old French brand with the Golden Triangle’s bespoke opulence with elements that include 80 oak pillars sliced at different heights, an Art Deco glass chandelier and an intimate VIP room behind a printed malachite curtain where guests can relax and find the perfect fragrance. “Diptyque belongs in Beverly Hills,” said Donna DiDonato, Diptyque U.S. managing director. “It is a market we have been looking to enter for some time and we are excited to finally be here.” Diptyque, which began in Paris, today offers home and personal fragrances, along with a body care line. Pictured left is Donna DiDonato, Fabienne Mauny and Tara Swennen.
CELEBRATING CREATIVITY—(Above, from left): Beverly Hills resident Cathy Louchheim and Shelley Reid, MGM Studios’ SVP of Television Business & Legal Affairs, hosted the first meeting of the organizing committee for the 2015 Otis Scholarship Benefit & Fashion Show at the Vhernier Boutique on Brighton Way in Beverly Hills. The co-chairs announced that the 33rd annual fundraising gala will be held on Saturday, May 2, at The Beverly Hilton. This event, founded over three decades ago by Elaine Goldsmith of Beverly Hills, features L.A.’s largest annual fashion show with 70 professional runway models in 200 fashion looks designed by students in the fashion design program of Otis College of Art and Design. Approximately 900 guests attend the black-tie gala each year, raising $1 million annually for art and design scholarships. For information on L.A.’s first professional art institute, founded in 1918, or the upcoming gala, call 310-665-6858 or visit http://www.otis.edu/sbs. Proceeds benefit the Otis Scholarship Fund. Photo by Kristy Campbell Photography
MUSIC AND FASHION— Grammy-winning musician and entrepreneur will.i.am (pictured left with Justin Bieber) celebrated the official Los Angeles debut of the i.amPULS wearable smart band at the Future on La Brea. will.i.am call’s the new product, which fuses fashion and technology to make and receive calls/texts independent of any smartphone, “fashionology.” The pop-up storefront will remain open to the public through Jan. 15.
STYLISH SHOPPING—Ralph Lauren’s newest handbag, the “Ricky Drawstring,” officially launches in April, but Beverly Hills shoppers are in luck - the $2,500 bag is currently available in four colors at the Rodeo Drive store (black, white, navy and RL Gold.) Crafted in Italy from ultra-soft nappa leather and featuring a cross-body strap and drawstring closure, the sophisticated lightweight Ricky might just be the “it” bag for 2015.
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Friars Charitable Foundation Holds Annual Holiday Luncheon, Program
he Friars Charitable Foundation hosted its Annual Holiday Luncheon and Program for hundreds of children in need, last week at Beverly Hills’ Temple Emanuel. Attendees included children, toddler to 14, from: LA’s Best, Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters, California Karate Club/Eucalyptus Elementary School, Eastmont Community Center, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Youth Activity League Foundation and Variety Boys and Girls Club. Beverly Hills Police Ofﬁcer Tony Adams with his K-9 partner, Aeden, where on
hand to visit with the children. Lunch was catered by Joann Roth-Oseary of Someone’s In The Kitchen. Popcorn and cotton candy carts provided additional treats. Entertainment included Hart to Hart DJ, plus there was Robbie Britt (as Santa Claus) and Silly Sallys’ clowns. Each child received a special holiday gift plus $5 cash. The Foundation has hosted its Holiday Program for more than 45 years. “This is a gift for the children of Los Angeles,” said Foundation President Marilyn Stambler. Photos by Maxine Picard
Children with Santa Claus (Robbie Britt).
BHPD Officer Tony Adams, with his K-9 partner Aeden; Marilyn Stambler, president of the Friars Charitable Foundation, and Sid Gittler, CEO.
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liberally share the City’s revenue windfalls with its staff ‘partners.’ Doing what would be unthinkable were they spending their own private funds, the Council majority nevertheless ‘gave away the store’ gratuitously in recognition of their symbiotic protective relationship with staff, granting another grand gesture of magnanimity with the assets of others.” Not sparing any words, the City Council is accused of going into “private closed-door meetings from which the public was excluded,” to agree, “to negotiation parameters which acquiesced to,” employee groups, “giving them essentially everything they wanted,” and that the public hearings were a “mere facade of the democratic process and substantively meaningless.” The Council was informed that a MOU made prior to public hearings was a binding arbitration with the labor unions, giving the staff an11 percent increase retroactively, including the employee’s share of the pension costs in the new agreement, meeting PEPRA requirements that employees pay their own share by giving a raise to cover that share. The League “argued that the Council’s first obligation is to protect Beverly Hills residents, voters and taxpayers,
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and to fulfill the promises . . . to be fiscally responsible.” The City also received poor grades for their stand on water conservation over the two percent rate increase in August. “We agree that the cost to water customers must include adequate reserves to meet ongoing infrastructure, facilities and potential emergency needs. The question is what level of reserves is sufficient, and what is excessive?” Despite the state of drought, the League is taking the City to task for conservative measures to protect the City against future infrastructure failures or inadequacies, which could have farreaching negative consequences. The City has issues, but arguably, the League’s mission statement would seem to point to more poignant issues such as the school board’s spending policies, vacancies in the police department for patrol officers and the debate over preservation of historic resources and development, to name a few. It is clear that the Municipal League ends the year on a very sour note, though the City is experiencing surging economic health, an unprecedented real estate market, increasing international renown and desirability as a destination or place to live, and a very competitive and thriving retail environment.
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ARTS & E N T E RTA I N M E N T YMF Gala to Honor Violinist Glenn
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Dicterow, Trumpeter Malcolm McNab The Young Musicians Foundation with Williams. (YMF) will celebrate the success of its Musician Alpha young musicians and programs at its Hockett Walker will 60th Anniversary Gala, Monday, Feb. 2, present the Living at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the the Legacy award to Performing Arts close friend, DictThe evening will honor YMF alumni erow. Glenn Dicterow, violinist and former At 11, he made concertmaster of the New York his solo debut with Philharmonic, and trumpet player the LA Phil, and at Malcolm McNab with the Living the 14, he won YMF’s Legacy and Magic Baton awards, respec$1000 Debut Audittively. Emcee will be Jonathan Glenn Dicterow ions Award and perWeedman, Wells Fargo Foundation senformed as a soloist ior VP. Hannah Kim, an 11-year-old viowith their Debut lin prodigy, will perform Sarasate’s Orchestra. Zigeuner-veisen. He is a graduate Under the direction of Conductorof The Juilliard in-Residence Roger Kalia, the YMF School, joined LA Debut Orchestra will present selections Phil as associate and songs from Randy Newman’s The concertmaster and Natural and Toy Story, John Williams’ then concertmaster. Summon The Heroes and Michael In 1980 he joined Giacchino’s Star Trek Into Darkness. The the New York Philevening will also feature the winner of Malcolm McNab harmonic. the 2014 Debut Concerto Competition, Dicterow is on Sam Kinsey, who will perform Ravel’s the faculty of The Juilliard School and Piano Concerto for the Left Hand. Manhattan School of Music, and in the Over 43 years McNab has recorded fall of 2013, he became the first to hold more than 2,000 scores including with the Robert Mann Chair at USC’s ThornNewman (three Toy Story films, ton School of Music. Monsters, Inc. and A Bug’s Life); Bill The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. Conti (five Rocky movies); Hans Zimmer with a 6 p.m. dinner followed by the (four Pirates Of The Caribbean movies); concert in the Wallis’ Bram Goldsmith Michael Kamen (four Lethal Weapon Theater. For ticket information, visit and two Die Hard films); and 46 scores http://www.ymf.org/2015-gala.html.
CELEBRATING SELMA—At the pre-Oscar screening and lunch at Maestro’s for the new film Selma, were (left) Beverly Hills composer/lyricist Carol Connors, and (right) Emmynominated The Bay’s Kira Reed Lorsch. They flank actor/musician Common, who play non-violent civil rights leader James Bevel in the movie. The film, a co-production of Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment and Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films, is helmed by Ava DuVernay and is already garnering awards buzz in advance of its Christmas Day release.
KCET To Rebroadcast Huell Howser Tribute KCET will present a re-broadcast of A Golden State Of Mind: The Storytelling Genius Of Huell Howser at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. The documentary, produced by Chapman University, the Automobile Club of Southern California and Jeff Swimmer, takes viewers behind the scenes of Howser’s shows—California’s Gold, Visiting and Road Trip. For more than 30 years, Howser Huell Howser produced hundreds of episodes, In the film, viewers learn how the made stars of everyday people and series were shot and edited, and meet explored California – from its natural Howser’s friends, colleagues and the beauty to its historical landmarks—and production team that discusses his work there were the irresistible visits to home- and his offbeat adventures. spun family businesses and weird and To watch the film’s trailer, visit: arcane roadside attractions. www.kcet.org/huell.
Jerry Cutler On Theatre Wicked, Blithe Spirit Both Wonderful Theatre Experiences The book is brilliantly written by Winnie Holzman along with Stephen Schwarz’s bouncy music and clever lyrics, making Wicked at the Pontages Theatre live up to its advance notices. The cast is wonderful as Ms. Holzman’s references to The Wizard Of Oz are brilliantly delivered. They constantly evoked bursts of laughter from the packed openingnight audience. Starring as Elphaba a last-minute replacement, Emmy Raver-Lampman, proved herself a most creditable substitute. Chandra Lee Schwartz (no relation to Stephen) is the heart of the play as her hilarious antics and comedic demeanor coupled with a powerful voice takes Wicked to another dimension. 3 Bagels and a schmear out of 4 Somewhere, Noel Coward must have been smiling when his iconic farce, Blithe Spirit opened at the Ahmanson. Starring Charles Edwards (Charles Condomine), Charlotte Perry (Ruth Condomine), Jemima Rooper (Elvira), Susan Louise O’Connor and 89 yearold Tony-winner Angela Lansbury. Blithe Spirit lacked none of the force or attitude of Coward’s cheerful and carefree play. In fact, it was Lansbury’s portrayal of the marvelously wacky, Madame Arcati, that brought the laughter to a deafening roar as she, with complete abandon, zanily danced from one end of the stage to the other displaying her outlandish antics as the medium hired to bring back Condomine’s dead wife. Simon Jones and Sandra Shipley complete the outstanding cast. The play runs until Jan.18. Go see it and may the farce be with you. 3-1/2 Bagels out of 4 Jerry Cutler is rabbi at The Creative Arts Temple.
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New Year’s Eve In Beverly Hills By Matt Lopez
If the great deals and specials detailed on page one didn’t whet your appetite, here are a few more options to help you ring in the new year. Avalon Hotel Celebrate a “New York” style New Year’s Eve from 6-10 p.m. with gourmet food stations, open bar, DJ and party favors. Tickets are $175 per person, visit avalonnye.eventbrite.com for more info. Il Cielo Three-course meal beginning at 6 p.m. for $90 per person and second seating three-course meal beginning at 9 p.m. for $170. Call 310-276-9990. Caulfield’s Bar & Dining Room Caulfield’s will celebrate a “Casino Royale” NYE event with a pre fixe or a la carte menu, open bar package with a DJ and prizes, and roulette, craps and blackjack casino tables. For reservations or more info, call 310-388-6860 or visit www.caulfieldsbh.com Crustacean Beverly Hills Crustacean will host a foodie-focused NYE event with dishes from all five House of An restaurants. There will also be live music and a Nicolas Feuillate champagne countdown in the Crustacean Lounge. For more info, visit http://houseofan.com/wp/crustaceannew-years-eve or call 310-205-8990. L’Ermitage LIVELLO will present a five-course prix fixe menu, followed by a live jazz quartet in the lounge from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dinner is $125 per person, call 310-278-3344 for more info. SLS Hotel Beverly Hills The Bazaar by José Andrés will host a New Year’s Eve Spanish Masquerade party. Incognito guests can enjoy multiple dining areas, tray-passed tapas, wine and much more. Call 310-2465555 for more info.
H.O.M.E. Beverly Hills Enjoy a two-course menu, dancing, a live show, party favors and champagne for $95 per person. Visit www.home90210.com for more info. Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar Enjoy a New Year’s Eve “well done” with a Prix Fixe dinner menu for just $69.95. Call 310-278-8710 for more. Fogo de Chao Enjoy 16 cuts of fire-roasted meats and award-winning wine. Lunch is 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. for $36.50 and dinner is 5-11 p.m. for $61.50 per person. Call 310-289-7755 Mr. C Beverly Hills Ring in the new year with a fivecourse dinner and a live performance by Shawn Amos. Afterward, enjoy a midnight champagne toast and dancing at the lobby bar. Tickets are $199 per person, call 310-277-2800 for more info. Mr. Chow Enjoy a prix fixe dinner menu – first seating starts at 6 p.m. for $95 per person, second seating starts at 9 p.m. for $250 per guest. Includes live band, decorations and novelties. Call 310-2789911 for more info. La Dolce Vita Ring in the new year like the Rat Pack used to with a special prix fixe menu and toast at midnight. Call 310278-1845 Bouchon Enjoy selections from Bouchon’s a la carte dinner menu and holiday inspired black board specials. Hakkasan Beverly Hills Hakkasan will present a pair of prix-fixe dinner menu’s, one for $78 per person and another for $138 per person. For more info, call 310-888-8661.
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Beverly Gardens Park in their efforts to restore the Electric Fountain an renovate the parks on Santa Monica Boulevard. Donors can participate in naming opportunities such as the park bench plaque project or the Greystone Mansion and Park restoration efforts. Interested donors can arrange to give any amount in more than one area or City department, and opportunities are also forthcoming through the Friends of the Beverly Hills Public Library, Friends of Greystone and Friends of Beverly Gardens Park. For some patrons, donations must go through a 501(c)(3). The CBHCF pro-
BEVERLY HILLS vides that opportunity. “Beverly Hills is fortunate to have many generous people who want to support their community,” said Eliot Finkel, city treasurer and chairperson of the foundation’s Board of Directors. “The foundation has made it easy for interested residents, businesses and others to make charitable contributions to areas of the City where they feel it will have the greatest impact for future generations.” For more information visit www.beverlyhills.org/charitablegifting To make a donation to the Beverly Hills Charitable Foundation contact Community Services Adminstrator Gisele Grable at 310)-285-1023 or email@example.com.
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Minecraft Creator Purchases Beverly Hills Home For $70 Million; Highest Price In Beverly Hills By Victoria Talbot Beverly Hills recorded the highest-priced sale in its history Thursday at $70 million for an 8-bedroom, 15-bath home in Trousdale Estates. Congratulations go to Branden Williams and his wife-and-partner Rayni at Hilton & Hyland. Sally Forster Jones, president of Aaroe International Luxury Properties and Katia De Los Reyes of John Aaroe Group, represented the buyer. Ben Bacal of Rodeo Realty listed the $70 million sale. Purchased by Markus “Notch” Persson, creator of the Minecraft game, interested parties included Beyoncé and Jay-Z, but the Swedish billionaire won the bidding war. Escrow closed in six days. The just-completed wrap-around steel-and-glass home has every modern amenity, including the exceptional hi-tech appointments that make a house a home these days. For Persson, who programmed his father's home computer at the age of seven, he must feel right at home. John Aaroe said: “I have been in this market for over 30 years and have never seen the level of growth that the luxury market has experienced in the past year, with no end in sight.” “This was a great product and it’s in the best City in the world, Beverly Hills,” said Branden Williams. “Cool architecture with a 360-degree view of all of downtown and the ocean . . . “ Williams said that the product was so good it practically sold itself. “People come to Beverly Hills and they would like to see something magnificent,” he said. This house is magnificent. Williams says the indoor-outdoor feel, the stainless steel-framed and glass and hi-tech appointments are what his overseas clients imagine in Beverly Hills. They are looking for the high-end topof-the food chain architecture personified by this Trousdale home. This house was unique. In addition to all the architectural features, the 90210-zip code and the Trousdale location, this house also has the 360-degree view, which cannot be beat. “This house is 23,000-square feet with beautiful views, bedrooms and amenities. There is not a lot of inventory like that,” said Williams. Just completed, the residence's architect was Bruce Makowsky, he of the famed handbag line sold
ROOM WITH A VIEW–- Dining with a view of all of Los Angeles could become addicting, infiniti pool in blue. H I L T O N & HYLAND HELPS–Agents at Hilton & Hyland gave a helping hand, taking part in a toy drive for the Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club. Gifts were collected for 40 children this Christmas.Volunteers passed out gifts at the annual holiday celebration. Six hundred families also received food gift baskets, making their holidays a little bit brighter.
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on QVC. Located at 1181 Hillcrest Dr., the house is certainly in a good neighborhood. Area residents include Jennifer Anniston, Ringo Star and when he was alive, Elvis, said Williams. Among the features are: toilets (15) at $5,600 each; an 18-seat screening room with lizard-skin walls, a wall of onyx and a 54-foot curved-glass wall that slides open to an infinity pool that drops off into the L.A. Basin. Williams calls the mirrored subterranean garage a “garage-majal.” One room features a wall made of candy dispensers floor-to-ceiling. “Its the perfect bachelor pad,” said Sally Forster Jones. Peerson has a twit-pic making the Internet rounds of feet, presumably his, resting on the divan in what appears to be the house. “He's a really sweet guy,” said Forster. She confirmed that all the furniture is one-of-a-kind, custom built for the house, including the “Bentley chairs” for the living room. The Minecraft creator also purchased all of the furniture for $6 million. “The house just has a lot of ‘wow’ factors.” Makowsky too a risk, and it paid off. The property was bought just prior to the real estate spike, at $12.8 million and developed on spec. It is now worth between $3-4,000 per square foot. What a gamble. “That's the highest price per square foot, not only in California, but in the entire country,” said Williams. Bacal sold the property to Bruce Makowsky during the market downturn for $12.8 million, but was convinced, he said, that the property was worth more. He represented both the buyer and the seller at that time. “Now the lot alone would be worth $37 million,” said Bacal. “I pre-
dicted that it was going to be worth a lot more. Makowsky has a vision to create the ultimate turn-key mega mansions for the 4,000 or so billionaires in the world who want the best contemporary view properties in Los Angeles.” Bacal says that these properties are undervalued compared to comparable properties elsewhere in the world, a view shared by many. “This is the last promontory view property to buy in Trousdale,” he pointed out. “That is what made it so valuable. There aren't that many. There's not a lot of great land left anywhere in the Golden Triangle. It is significantly undervalued to live in the most incredible place in the world.” He sees values rising to $4-5-6,000 per square foot among those lots. Makowsky has big plans, said Bacal. Currently he is developing three more properties, including two in Beverly Hills at 80,000 and 70,000-square feet each. The third is in Bel Air and is 40,000-square feet. “These will top $150 million,” he said. “He personally finances all of his developments.” Bacal also expects to list those properties.
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WORKING FOR CHILD SAFETY —From left: Capt. Maureen E. Ryan, LAPD Valley Traffic Division; State Assemblymember Matt Dababneh; Jason Yager, district manager of Kohl’s Department Stores; Helen Arbogast, manager of Kohl’s Safety and Injury Prevention Program, CHLA; Peter Riley, VP/regional manager of Kohl’s Department Stores; Dr. Juan Carlos Pelayo, pediatric surgeon, CHLA; Austen Calams, manager of Kohl’s Department Stores; Denny Jenner, regional loss prevention manager of Kohl’s Department Stores; and Ron Rubine, field deputy for L.A. City Councilmember Mitchell Englander.
CHLA Receives Grant From Kohl’s For Safety And Injury Prevention Programs Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) nationally recognized safety and injury prevention programs for kids have earned a $429,078 grant from Kohl’s Department Stores. Officials from Kohl’s Cares cause merchandise program announced the grant at the annual safety and injury prevention fair put on by the hospital and the department store chain last week. “The fair was a wonderful opportunity to bring vital injury prevention messages to local families and their children,” says Jeffrey Upperman, MD, the hospital’s Trauma Program director who accepted the grant on behalf of CHLA. The fair, at Kohl’s store in West Hills, taught children and families a variety of
safety tips to protect families during sports activities, in cars, as pedestrians and in the home. Kohl’s offered families inspections of their car seats by certified car-seat technicians and some even received a free replacement car seat. “The fair was an opportunity to enhance our goal of reducing child injuries in car accidents, which is currently a leading cause of death in young people,” says Helen Arbogast, MPH, CHES, CPST, CHLA manager of the Injury Prevention and Trauma Program. Through the Kohl’s Cares cause initiative, Kohl’s sells $5 books and plush toys where 100 percent of profits benefit children’s health and education programs and partnerships like this one.
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Earns National Award for Heart Attack Care Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center has received the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR ACTION Registry-GWTG Platinum Achievement Award for 2014. The award recognizes the center’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heartattack patients, and signifies that the center has reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association’s clinical guidelines and recommendations. To receive the award, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center consistently followed treatment guidelines outlined by the ACTION RegistryGWTG Premier program for eight consecutive quarters and met a performance standard of 90-percent for specific performance measures. Following these
treatment guidelines improves adherence to clinical guideline recommendations, as well as monitors drug safety and the overall quality of care provided to heart-attack patients. “The time is right for hospitals to be focused on improving the quality of cardiovascular care. The number of acute myocardial infarction patients eligible for treatment is expected to grow over the next decade because of the increasing incidence of heart disease and a large aging population,” said Dr. Gregg C. Fonarow, Eliot Corday professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Science at UCLA and director of the AhmansonUCLA Cardiomyopathy Center. “The American College of Cardiology Foundation and the American Heart Association commend Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center for its success in implementing these standards of care and protocols. The full implementation of acute and secondary prevention guideline-recommended therapy is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients,” said ACTION Registry-GWTG Co-chairs Dr. James Jollis and Dr. Deepak L. B h a t t . ACTION Registry-GWTG is a partnership between the American College of Cardiology Foundation and the American Heart Association with partnering support from the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.
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“We are a showbiz family,” opined Monty, whose iconic TV show Let’s Make A Deal has been broadcasting for 51 years now. “I call them the three P’s: The president, the performer and the producer.” Sharon Hall is the president of Alcon Entertainment’s television division; Tony-winning Joanna Gleason is known for her on-screen and stage performances; and Richard Hall is a TV and film producer. Both Halls were originally born in Winnipeg Canada, he in 1921 and she six years later. At the time, Monty said the southern Canadian city counted 22,000 Jewish residents out of a population of 250,000. While he was schooled in Winnipeg, she moved in early childhood to Vancouver and then to Toronto at 12 where she became a child actress, performing on Toronto stages and eventually become the main ingenue in Canadian radio. At 24, Monty Hall moved to Toronto to further his career in radio broadcasting. He’d acted in plays throughout college, performing for the army camps on weekends and after graduating college, he’d started working fulltime at a radio station. He had a cousin in Toronto who was bent on introducing him to his soon-to-be wife given that he was a radio announcer and the young lady, a high school senior, was a teenage star on the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., known at the time for the child-like radio voice of Alice in Alice In Wonderland. “I said: ‘I don’t want to meet any 18-year-old actresses. I don’t like those young actresses,” he recalled. They went out to dinner anyway. “As the old expression goes, Bingo!” Today, they’ve been married for 67 years. Their secret, they say, is love, a sense of humor and her ability to “take the thorn out of
his paw.” Throughout the early part of their marriage, Monty kept waiting for his big break in show business to come along, constantly working on new radio shows or taking offers as they came. When television came along in 1952, he embraced the new medium and immediately got a couple variety shows on the air, which were subsequently all cancelled in 1954. For the next year, he went returned to radio and then decided it was time to leave Canada and move to New York to look for work. He left his wife, together with their two young children for several months (Sharon was born in California) until NBC finally green lit one of his shows in 1956. He bought a home in just outside Manhattan in Mount Vernon and told the family it was time to move to the U.S.A. Before the move, Marilyn, a radio, television and documentary writer, had taught radio writing at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, in addition to writing radio dramas for the CBC. Monty remembers the day the family arrived clearly. As soon as they all entered the house the phone was ringing, so he answered; it was NBC. “The day I brought my family down, my show was cancelled,” he said. “It was a strong blow.” Recognizing that he’d still be successfully unemployed in a week, he took the family down to Miami for a short vacation. Upon his return, he picked up work where he could, an NBC radio show, hosting a cowboy show on saturday morning show kids, a Channel 5 daily talk show, broadcasting for the New York Rangers, hockey, boxing, wrestling and international soccer; “I was running from studio to studio,” he recalled. “I was one of those guys waiting for my break - I was doing umpteen little shows”
MAKING SNOW HATS —Jackie Condol and her son Wyatt Balbier join the fun at the Beverly Hills Public Library as it celebrated the season with crafts, songs, stories for kids. For more information and to find out the latest fun activities for kids and parents, visit www.bhpl. org. H O L I D AY LUNCH–Some 100 of the City’s more elegant ladies attended a posh holiday luncheon hosted by Gail and Roger Dauer in their Beverly Hills area home. Photo by Shana Forman
In New York, Marilyn Hall became a BMI lyric writer and served as vice president of the Women's Committee of Brandeis University in Westchester County. Monty landed a national show, Keep Talking, but got fired after a month, because, as one studio executive quipped, his Canadian accent was a problem. He then got tapped to replace Jack Barry on Twenty One, a stint that lasted a few weeks, until the game show scandal broke and he was sacked, “the innocent patsy,” he said. The show business stars began to smile on him in a little brighter in 1960 when he was tapped to replace the Video Village host - one night before the next day’s show. “They taught me the show at night,” he said. And for the next two-and-a-half years he hosted the game show before moving to Los Angeles. Immediately, Monty sold Your First Impression, but his big, life-making break came with Let’s Make A Deal, which he hosted for 29 years before passing along the reigns with the following words of wisdom: ”If you treat these people warmly, even if they lose, they will still hug you.” Monty recalled that it was a particularly difficult sell. There were three networks at the time and not one wanted such an unstructured, unscripted show that relied on random people. Fortunately, a junior executive at NBC “tormented” his bosses and got them to make a pilot in April 1963. At the end of October, the network called; the show was getting a shot. “It’s been 50 years of crazy, amazing things,” Hall said. Show contestants have left with prizes including a baby lion cub or other pets, cars, trips, kitchens, and cash prizes that stretch into the thousands, to name a few. “For me, it was the interaction with the people.” “It was interesting, offering people money in exchange for
December 26, 2014 | Page 15 their choice,” he observed. “I found that men were quite willing to make that choice.Women were tougher bargainers. And I wondered why. You offered a man, and quite likely, he would accept that. But the woman wanted to go farther.” In 2013, Monty received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2013 Daytime Emmy Awards, roughly two decades after his wife won hers for Do You Remember Love?, a TV production about Alzheimer’s patients. Since forming Hallet Street Productions in 1981, Monty produced A Woman Named Golda with Ingrid Bergman and the feature film The Little Traitor with Alfred Molina, among other productions. But despite their bevy of accolades (Monty Hall counts “Walk of Fame” stars in Hollywood, Palm Springs, Canada and New Rochelle, NY, in addition to the Order of Canada) Marilyn insists that it is their involvement in philanthropy that has brought the most meaning to their lives. Indeed, most of their enduring friendships are connected to their philanthropic endeavors. Monty has emceed 56 telethons for the Variety Club, helping improve the lives of children throughout the world. Both have been involved with the charity throughout the majority of their lives, a connection they made following the advice of Marilyn’s father, who’d been a charter member in Toronto. In addition to several other charities, they are very involved in the Jewish Home for the Aging, where a new West L.A. campus will feature the Marilyn and Monty Hall Theatre. “We spent our life raising money for causes, that is a legacy I’d like to leave behind,” Monty said. “Family first. Charity comes after, then career.”
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BIRTHDAY GREETINGS—Jerry Jolton (Dec. 26); Jon Voight, Kristina Djadenko. Mary Tyler Moore and Ted Danson (Dec. 29); Joni (Berry) Maitland-Lewis, Bebe Neuwirth and Tiger Woods (Dec. 30); Julius Rothchild, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Ben Kingsley, Helene Irvin, Val Kilmer, Stephanie J. Hibler, Donna Summer, Barbara Carrera, and Tim Matheson (Dec. 31); Suzanne Marx, Frank Langella, Marty Barab and Sol Levine (Jan 1)
Joan Mangum Once again it was a fabulous success... The 12th annual Hollywood Bag Ladies Luncheon, in The Beverly Hilton honored two very special women... Kathy Gallagher and Bruna Papandrea with “Women of Achievement” awards... Kathy became involved with Lupus, LA eight years ago when her ex-husband was diagnosed with the disease. Bruna, co-founder with Reese Witherspoon (who presented the award) of Pacific Standard, launched their production company with the vision of developing interesting and intriguing roles for women in film. They acquired and already produced the two hit films Wild and Gone Girl. Four years ago, she was diagnosed with Lupus, and now uses her voice to bring awareness about the disease. The afternoon started out with a silent auction featuring an incredible selection of bags donated by many of the top boutiques including ETRO, Burberry, Dior, Fendi, Donna Karan, Oscar de La Renta, Roberta Cavalli, Saks Fifth Avenue, Michael Kors, Salvatore Ferragamo, and BCBG MAX AZRIA, plus celebrities including Gwen Stefani, Kelly Stone, Sharon Stone, Sarah Michelle Geller, Nicole Kidman, and Reese Witherspoon... plus, plus. A show by Roberto Cavalli featuring his spring collection was a beautiful, definite crowd pleaser. Paula Abdul did a terrific job of hosting. Congrats go to luncheon chairs Kelly Stone Singer and Janice Wallace, and their committee: Noah Alexander, Lisa Arasheben, Carrie Brillstein, Sheila Milstein, Julie Tesser, Denise Winner, Marla Paxson, Dorothy Ellis, Janice Arouh, Vanessa Pellegrini, Cathy Winterstern, Peri Ellen Berne, Michele Kaye, Adam Selkowitz, Laurie Selkowitz, Deena Blum, and LaDoris McClaney.
LUPUS L.A. LUNCH– The 12th Hollywood Bag Ladies Luncheon to benefit Lupus L.A. drew a starstudded throng to The Beverly Hilton. These included (above, from left): emcee Paula Abdul and Reese Witherspoon; (right photo) honorees Kathy Gallagher and Bruna Papandrea. Photos by Tiffany Rose
CORONET BALL–The 65th anniversary Coronet Debutante Ball of the National Charity League was held in The Beverly Hilton. Among the many debutantes presented, all of whom have proven themselves as “outstanding community volunteers,” was Alyx Tauber (center) of Beverly Hills, pictured with her father Jacob Tauber (left) and brother Jonathan. Janet Walther was ball director while Mary Montalbo. Photo by Lee Salem
**** Renowned baritone Vladimir Chernov was honored at a “Viennese” luncheon held in the Four Seasons on Doheny Drive, hosted by Loren L. Zachary Society for the Performing Arts. Chaired by Nedra Zachary, entertainment featured opera stars Jamie Chamberlin, Zeffin Quinn Hollis, and Michele Patzakis, who also wrote and produced the show, accompanied by Daniel Faltus, pianist and musical director. Highlighting the show was The Sound Of Music medley joined by the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus Chamber Singers conducted by Anne Tomlinson. In addition, trumpeter Peter Hubner played the Radetsky March as the guests enthusiastically participated. Honoree Chernov sang three selections accompanied by Mona Lands. Pianist Laszlo Cser also played. This annual fundraising event benefits the Loren L. Zachary National Vocal Competition for Young Opera Singers, now in its 43rd year. It 310.275.0579 • 434 N. CANON DRIVE is held under the auspices of MON. - THURS. 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM Ulrike Ritzinger, consul general FRI. & SAT. 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM of Austria in L.A. Guests attending included I TA L I A N R E S TA U R A N T Bernd Fischer; consul general of the Federal Republic of Germany and his wife, Jutta; Tsutomu Kojima and Mitsue Kojima from Japan, in their full regal kimonos; Mary Levin-Cutler; Carolyn Fried; Marion Goldenfeld; Joe and Jennifer Sliskovich; Patricia Mock; Naomi Nedelman; Christine Marie Ofiesh; Michael and Susan Patzakis; Yordan and Natasha Trenev; Joe and Joyce Stein; Austrian Trade Commissioner Rudolf Thaler; Dr. Phoenix Delgad of assistant dean for advancement at USC’s Thornton School of Music; Daniel Neuman of UCLA’s Herb Alpert School of Music; Don Barr; Judith Jenkins and Michael Lombard. The Loren L. Zachary’s next event is its National Vocal Competition Grand Finals Concert (May 17) at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre. Call 310-2762731.
FRENCH ANDERSON (Continued from page 1)
other men over 65, in what is likely his final incarceration residence following his July 2006 conviction for allegedly molesting the young daughter of a former colleague - a charge he still vigorously denies. Indeed, if Anderson were to plead guilty to the crime he has been convicted of, legal expert Dan Fisk said that Anderson would already be free. “It speaks to his character,” Fisk said. In fact, Anderson has amassed hundreds of prominent supporters, including Pulitzer Prize winners, Nobel laureates, scientists, professors, attorneys and longtime friends, who steadfastly believe that he is innocent of the crime he is accused of committing. A 2003 biography W. French Anderson: Father of Gene Therapy by Bob Burke and Barry Epperson, is full of stories attesting to Anderson’s fastidious nature where truth and a commitment to ethical behavior are paramount - a character trait that was cited by several people with whom The Courier conducted interviews. Anderson contends that his habeas corpus attorney Doug Otto has uncovered evidence that documents the falseness of every piece of damaging evidence used against him during the jury trial. However, since
submitting his first habeas appeal in May 2011, he has been unsuccessful in his attempts to be heard and has now exhausted every possibility at the state level. Earlier this month, Anderson filed a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus in U.S. District Court - marking the first time Anderson’s effort to receive a hearing to be exonerated will reach the federal level. Anderson’s criminal saga began on July 30, 2004, when he was arrested by the L.A. Sheriff’s Department while driving to work. At the time the famed geneticist was a professor at the University of Southern California School of Medicine and Director of the school’s Gene Therapy Laboratories. He’d acquired international prominence for becoming the first doctor to perform a gene-therapy procedure and in 1990, cured a genetic disease in the immune system in 4year-old Ashanti DeSilva, marking the first successful instance of human gene therapy. Today DeSilva is alive, well and happily married. Following his conviction, Anderson concluded that his second-in-command at his USC lab, Yi Zhao, the mother of the then under-aged girl, Yusi He, that he was convicted of molesting, engineered the allegations in order to take control of the lab. As The Courier will show in a subsequent article, Zhao did come to profit from
Anderson’s arrest. With the full support of Zhao, Anderson had originally started mentoring He in Karate and English shortly after meeting her, and the two spent time together on a weekly basis, often training in Anderson’s San Marino backyard. (Since the trial, the Andersons sold their San Marino home to pay legal bills in excess of $6 million. Mrs. Anderson, who retired at 65 from head of Pediatric Surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles just one week before her husband was arrested, now lives in Chino, close to her husband.) The arrest came 30 days after Anderson had met with He outside the South Pasadena Library. At the time, He was wearing a wire-tap and the recording from their meeting was among the most damning evidence presented against Anderson during the trial. Following the meeting, Anderson said he went to the San Marino Police Department and provided a statement, concerned because He had accused him of molesting her. Anderson said he was unaware that the conversation had been recorded but when he first heard it, he realized immediately that it had been altered to make him appear guilty. Neither his protestations nor documentation of his having gone to the police after the sting meeting were allowed to
be presented as evidence in the trial. In 2008, Pablo Valencia, a signal processing expert who first met Anderson in 1994, confirmed that the recordings had in fact been altered using forensic software to analyze the digital audio recordings. “My feeling is that on this situation....French has been the victim of unethical behavior by the police,” Valencia said. “It appears that the recording went from a digital to an analog back to a digital. In an analog, you can edit it very easily, or at least edit it with the tools the police had at the time.” The recording that was presented to jurors in court has Anderson admitting to molesting He and apologizing to her for doing that. Anderson maintains that their dialogue was rearranged to make him appear guilty - an assertion that Valencia said his analysis corroborates. In addition to the recording, He’s testimony details a five-year period where Anderson molested her from the time she was 10 years old. Another, particularly troubling submission in the trial involves email correspondence between the two, which portrays Anderson as a man willing to do anything for He. Emails from Anderson to He contain veiled threats that he is contemplating suicide, desperate pleas to get her to come over to
December 26, 2014 | Page 17 his home while his wife is away and emails that while they don’t affirm the molestation, correspond to draft emails alleging molestation that He said she sent to Anderson. Left out of the evidence are emails where Anderson writes that he never did anything. Anderson asserts that his habeas team has compiled evidence to disprove the prosecution’s line of evidence by documenting that not only was the sting recording doctored, but also that He lied repeatedly under oath and was impeached 39 times during cross examination, including where she says that she doesn’t remember if the draft emails were actually sent, and that in fact, there is proof that the draft emails allegedly sent by He claiming sexual abuse were never sent. "[Anderson] knows he's innocent and he's a strong man," said Mrs. Anderson, who speaks three times daily by telephone with her husband and continues to work to prove his innocence. In part two of the series, coming in January, The Courier will analyze the case against Anderson and investigate possible exculpatory evidence.
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WALK WITH THE MAYOR (Continued from page 1)
courteous. Assuming the mantle of Mayor in March, at her installation Bosse announced a plan to promote a healthy city, healthy
The walking party swelled. to more than 200 walkers. Then in October, Mayor Bosse’s birthday celebration at Beverly Canon Garden brought over 400 walkers to wish their friend a happy birthday. Walk with the Mayor has
Walk to the Mayor’s Alma Mater, Beverly Hills High
government and healthy economy. She invited residents to join her for a walk that Monday. Monday arrived. By 8:45, 45-50 walkers had gathered. Enthusiasm mingled with curiosity. The next week it was a larger crowd. Soon the crowd had swelled to over 100 people. One walker brought orange tee-shirts proclaiming “Healthy City,” creating a sea of orange when they walk through the City. Walks visited historic sites, parks and important buildings, and soon, local businesses.
turned heads as far away as China because of the simple genius of this unprecedented access to one-on-one time with the Mayor of an internationally recognized City. It is a mingling of government and governed, where grievances and kudos can be heard and addressed. The Courier sat down with Mayor Bosse to explore some of the thoughts behind this genius. The Courier: How did you first envision the Walk? The walk came as part of my Healthy City initiative: Healthy People, Healthy Economy and Healthy Government.
I thought the community would see that city hall is not a closed door experience but rather very open and accessible. I wanted people to talk to their mayor face-to-face, out in the open. I felt that we had to do this every Monday morning as a way to begin each week together. The Courier: How did it change to you over time? It has grown into more than just a way to connect with the mayor; now it is an opportunity for our residents and our business community to connect with each other! The Courier: What do you see as the positive benefits of the Walk? Anyone can speak to the mayor every Monday morning, visit local businesses and learn about what they have to offer. Friendships have formed dogs, children, people - from all across L.A. people come to walk our beautiful streets while we get healthy together. Healthy People, Healthy Economy and Healthy Government.
More than 400 showed for the Mayor’s birthday in August
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Participants of the mayor’s first walk in March 2014.
The Courier: What do you plan for the time when you are no longer Mayor, to stay connected to your constituents? I will continue to be very accessible. I will always give everyone my cell phone number, be accessible via email, all social media options (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram). I always want everyone to know that they can reach me and I will always listen with an open heart and an open mind. The Courier: How do you feel about all the changes in the Walk since March? The walk has exceeded my wildest dreams and expectations. Monday is my favorite day of the week. There is nothing better than starting each week with the community that I love. There is an invigorating energy that we all feel as we walk together each Monday. I love
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that each week is a new route, new business’s to visit, new people are still joining us on our walk - from all over the world, too, as we have had walkers from Australia, Germany, Japan and Canada, too! The Courier: How do you feel about having people who come each week consistently? Are you surprised? I love that we have many of the same walkers who have been part of our Beverly Hills Healthy City family since we first began even! We have visited over 65 businesses, visited all our Beverly Hills schools and our parks since this walk has begun. I am so excited for Monday Jan. 5, to bring in the New Year ahead with our #bhealthycity walking and business community, together!!
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PUBLIC NOTICES T.S. No. 14-30927 APN: 4333-030-069 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 2/1/2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. 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: MICHAEL CHO, A SINGLE MAN Duly Appointed Trustee: LAW OFFICES OF LES ZIEVE Deed of Trust recorded 2/8/2006 as Instrument No. 20060292127 in book , page of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California, Date of Sale:12/29/2014 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: $1,009,308.21 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: 234 S. TOWER DR. #8 BEVERLY HILLS, CA 90211 Described as follows: As more fully described on said Deed of Trust. A.P.N #.: 4333-030-069 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 send-
ing 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 www.elitepostandpub.co m, using the file number assigned to this case 1430927. 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. Dated: 12/3/2014 Law Offices of Les Zieve, as Trustee 30 Corporate Park, Suite 450 Irvine, CA 92606 For Non-Automated Sale Information, call: (714) 848-7920 For Sale Information: (714) 848-9272 www.elitepostandpub.com Natalie Franklin, Trustee Sale Officer THIS FIRM IS ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION WE OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. EPP 10781 –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2014334459 The following is/are doing business as: 9 PRESTIGE 9461 Charleville Blvd. #279, Beverly Hills, CA 90212; SL2R Enterprises, LLC 9461 Charleville Blvd. #279, Beverly Hills, CA 90212; The
business is conducted by: A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY, registrant(s) has NOT begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein: Arieh Haddad, CEO: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: November 24, 2014; Published: December 05, 12, 19, 26, 2014 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2014323825 The following is/are doing business as: A WYNN WYNN PRODUCTION 9663 Santa Monica Blvd. #520, Beverly Hills, CA 90210; Aisha Wynn 9663 Santa Monica Blvd. #520, Beverly Hills, CA 90210; Daniel Wynn 9663 Santa Monica Blvd. #520, Beverly Hills, CA 90210; The business is conducted by: A MARRIED COUPLE, registrant(s) has NOT begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein: Aisha Wynn, Founder: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: November 13, 2014; Published: December 05, 12, 19, 26, 2014 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2014341014 The following is/are doing business as: PROWINE BROKERS 468 N. Camden Dr. #200, Beverly Hills, CA 90210; Martin Loyche 468 N. Camden Dr. #200, Beverly Hills, CA 90210; The business is conducted by: AN INDIVIDUAL, registrant(s) has begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein January 11, 2014: Martin Loyche, President/Owner: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: December 03 2014; Published: December 12, 19, 26, 2014, January 02, 2015 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2014340355 The following is/are doing business as: AAA BILLIARDS OF BEVERLY HILLS 301 S. Robertson Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211; Harry 27915 Bruce Savolainen Lucero, Mission Viejo, CA 92692; The business is conducted by: AN INDIVIDUAL, registrant(s) has begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein April 01, 1994: H. Bruce Savolainen, Owner: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: December 03 2014; Published: December 12, 19, 26, 2014, January 02, 2015 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2014340366 The following is/are doing business as: SORELLA 8950 W. Olympic Blvd. #372, Beverly Hills, CA 90211; Chloe Farhadi 8950 W. Olympic Blvd. #372, Beverly Hills, CA 90211; The business is conducted by: AN INDIVIDUAL, registrant(s) has NOT begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein: Chloe Farhadi, Owner: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: December 03 2014; Published: December 12, 19, 26, 2014, January 02, 2015 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2014340369 The following is/are doing business as: 1) LA BOUTIQUE AGENCY 2) LA BOUTIQUE ADVERTISING 427 N. Alfred St., Los Angeles, CA 90048; So Colorado - So Advertising LLC 425 N. Alfred St., Los Angeles, CA 90048; The business is conducted by: A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY, registrant(s) has NOT begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein: Stephan Oliel, President: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: December 03 2014; Published: December 12, 19, 26, 2014, January 02, 2015 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2014342929 The following is/are doing business as: 1) QUINTESS NURSING 2)
QUINTESS CONCIERGE NURSING 3) 310 CONCIERGE CARE 324 S. Beverly Dr. #310, Beverly Hills, CA 90212; Michael Asta 324 S. Beverly Dr. #310, Beverly Hills, CA 90212; The business is conducted by: AN INDIVIDUAL, registrant(s) has begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein December 01, 2014: Michael Asta, Owner: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: December 04 2014; Published: December 12, 19, 26, 2014, January 02, 2015 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2014338837 The following is/are doing business as: ROXSPA BEVERLY HILLS 465 N. Roxbury Dr. #1001, Beverly Hills, CA 90210; Roxbury Surgical Associates, A Medical 465 N. Roxbury Dr. #1001, Beverly Hills, CA 90210; The business is conducted by: A CORPORATION, registrant(s) has begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein September 01, 2014: Jay W. Calvert, President: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: December 01 2014; Published: December 12, 19, 26, 2014, January 02, 2015 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2014347741 The following is/are doing business as: 1) HAIR FIT 2) HAIR FIT SALON 3) HAIR FIT SPA 4) HAIR FITNESS 5) HAIR FITNESS SALON 6) HAIR FITNESS SPA 2926 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403; Hair Moves, LLC 2926 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403; The business is conducted by: A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY, registrant(s) has begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein June 16, 2009: Lindsay Zakheim, Manager: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: December 10 2014; Published: December 19, 26, 2014, January 02, 09, 2015 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2014347748 The following is/are doing business as: NATURAL GLOW 8721 Santa Monica Blvd. #757, Los Angeles, CA 90069; Grauelle Baumgartner, 7261 Franklin Ave. #7, Los Angeles, CA 90046; The business is conducted by: AN INDIVIDUAL, registrant(s) has NOT begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein: Grauelle Baumgartner, Owner: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: December 10 2014; Published: December 19, 26, 2014, January 02, 09, 2015 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2014347751 The following is/are doing business as: THE CREATIVE GROUP PR 324 S. Beverly #216, Beverly Hills, CA 90212; Teri Weigel 324 S. Beverly Dr. #216, Beverly Hills, CA 90212; The business is conducted by: AN INDIVIDUAL, registrant(s) has NOT begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein: Teri Weigel, President/Owner: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: December 10 2014; Published: December 19, 26, 2014, January 02, 09, 2015 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2014347758 The following is/are doing business as: SERENDEPPITY COSMETICS 12208 Emelita St., Valley Village, CA 91607; Lori A. Depp 12208 Emelita St., Valley Village, CA 91607; The business is conducted by: AN INDIVIDUAL, registrant(s) has NOT begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein: Lori A. Depp, Owner: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: December 10 2014; Published: December 19, 26, 2014, January 02, 09, 2015 LACC N/C
–––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2014347760 The following is/are doing business as: ROBERTSON COURT 655 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069; Nathan Goller 1601 Schuyler Rd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210; Jamie L. Adler 9338 Beverly Crest Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210; The business is conducted by: A GENERAL PARTNERSHIP, registrant(s) has NOT begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein: Nathan Goller, Partner: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: December 10 2014; Published: December 19, 26, 2014,January 02, 09, 2015 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2014344461 The following is/are doing business as: LOCK BOX 5925 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035; Gorilla Rock LLC 5925 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035; The business is conducted by: A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY, registrant(s) has NOT begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein: Susan Leiva, Managing Member: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: December 05 2014; Published: December 19, 26, 2014, January 02, 09, 2015 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2014343155 The following is/are doing business as: MANGIA MANGIA CAFFE 505 S. Flower St. #820-A, Los Angeles, CA 90071; Genesis Restaurant Group, Inc. 5850 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232; The business is conducted by: A CORPORATION, registrant(s) has begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein July 20, 1997: Hercel Haghani, Vice President: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: December 04 2014; Published: December 19, 26, 2014, January 02, 09, 2015
LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2014354101 The following is/are doing business as: SIP IT LIVE 320 S. Sherbourne Dr. #4, Los Angeles, CA 90048; 320 S. Patricia Hollander Sherbourne Dr. #4, Los Angeles, CA 90048; The business is conducted by: AN INDIVIDUAL, registrant(s) has begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein July 12, 2014: Patricia Terry Hollander, Owner/Operator: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: December 17, 2014; Published: December 26, 2014, January 02, 09, 16, 2015 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2014354094 The following is/are doing business as: 1) LADORE SWIMWEAR 2) LADORE COUTURE 20929 Ventura Blvd. #47-270, Woodland Hills, CA 91367; Anne Correa 20929 Ventura Blvd. #47-270, Woodland Hills, CA 91367; The business is conducted by: AN INDIVIDUAL, registrant(s) has NOT begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein: Anne Correa, Owner: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: December 17, 2014; Published: December 26, 2014, January 02, 09, 16, 2015 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2014354099 The following is/are doing business as: LEGAL VIDEO ZOOM 8549 Wilshire Blvd. #427, Beverly Hills, CA 90211; Bernelli Media Group, Inc. 8549 Wilshire Blvd. #427, Beverly Hills, CA 90211; The business is conducted by: A CORPORATION, registrant(s) has NOT begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein: Nicole Khoshnoud, Secretary: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: December 17, 2014; Published: December 26, 2014, January
02, 09, 16, 2015 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2014355016 The following is/are doing business as: STREET LEVEL CAFE 1166 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026; Julio C. Douglas 620 Laveta Ter., Los Angeles, CA 90026; Ernesto Douglas 620 Laveta Ter., Los Angeles, CA 90026; The business is conducted by: A GENERAL PARTNERSHIP, registrant(s) has NOT begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein: Julio C. Douglas: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: December 17, 2014; Published: December 26, 2014, January 02, 09, 16, 2015 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2014347001 The following is/are doing business as: CAPA MUSIC 48 Van Gogh Way, Coto de Caza, CA 92679; Young Joon Park 48 Van Gogh Way, Coto De Caza, CA 92679; The business is conducted by: AN INDIVIDUAL, registrant(s) has NOT begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein: Young Joon Park, Manager: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: December 09 2014; Published: December 26, 2014, January 02, 09, 16, 2015 LACC N/C –––––– FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2014357145 The following is/are doing business as: THE UPS STORE #3939 8033 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90046; Garycher Enterprises Inc. 9 Via Monarca, Dana Point, CA 92629; The business is conducted by: A CORPORATION, registrant(s) has NOT begun to transact business under the name(s) listed herein: Cheryl Lynn Williams, Secretary: Statement is filed with the County of Los Angeles: December 19, 2014; Published: December 26, 2014, January 02, 09, 16, 2015 LACC N/C
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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Close to Beach. Rooftop pool, 310/394-7132 deck, central air, Lrg. unit. Balcony, elevator, intercom Balcony, dishwasher, ≈ WEST ≈ Walk-in closet, entry, on-sight laundry, elevator, intercom L O S ANGELES gym, parking. intercom entry, laundry entry, on-site 11305 Graham Pl. facility, elevator, prkg. laundry, parking. • Free WiFi Access • 1 B d r m . + 1 B a t h ~ 310/476-3824 ~ P LEASE C ALL : • CHARMING & BRIGHT • Intercom entry, a/c, BRENTWOOD & U.C.L.A. CLOSE dishwasher, on-sight 310/435-3693 Close to Cedars, laundry & parking. restaurants, shopping BRENTWOOD C L O S E T O S C H O O L BEVERLY HILLS The Carlton & transportation. & F R E E W AY S 218 S. Tower Dr. 11666 Goshen Ave. • • 310/276-1528 • • • 310/477-8171 1 Bd.+1 Ba. • ( • ) ( • ) ( • ) ( • ) ( • )
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————— •• Single •• Bd.+2 Ba. Single W E S T L . A . • • • • • • • • • • C O R R I D O R • • BEVERLY HILLS ( • ) ( • ) ( • ) ( • ) ( • ) 1433 Armacost Ave. Control access, pool, 10530-10540 • • • • • • • • Old World Charm ! WiFi, central air/heat, 1 B d r m . dishwasher, elevator, Wilshire Bl. • 1 Bd.+1 Ba. • Bright, intercom entry, fireplace, patio, + 1 Bath on-site laundry ∞∞∞∞∞∞ • 2 Bd.+Den+2 Ba. • fridge, stove, laundry fac. controlled access, BRIGHT & SPACIOUS. ∞ and parking. • 1 Bd. + 1 Ba. • C LOSE TO RESTAURANTS Balcony, Dishwasher, 213/385-4751 French doors in bdrm. to • pool, elevator, parking, ∞ Luxury ∞ ∞ ∞Living ∞∞∞ & SHOPPING . controlled access —————–––– laundry facility. patio overlooking pool • with valet, 310/531-3992 on-sight laundry, prkg. LAFAYETTE PARK 310/312-9871 lush garden • GORGEOUS UNITS • ————— Shopping 310/479-0700 274 LAFAYETTE PARK PL. & Dining in surrounding pool, C LOSE TO A LL Border of Central air, 1 Bdrm.+1 Bath gym, elevator, etc. Brentwood Village S H O P P I N G A R E A S B E V E R L Y H I L L S —————–––– pool, elevator, Hrwd. flrs., granite Granite counter tops, stain————–––– counters, dishwasher, less steel appliances, on-site laundry, 321 S. Sherbourne Dr. BRENTWOOD — W E S T W O O D central air, balcony. air conditioned, new intercom entry. • • Spacious • • 519 S. Barrington Ave. 1 0 9 0 5 O h i o A v e . Call: 310/470-4474 320 N. La Peer Dr. • Jr. Executive • • • ˚Δ˚Δ˚Δ˚Δ˚Δ˚Δ˚
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WESTWOOD —————–––– BRENTWOOD 11640 Kiowa Ave. 1409 Midvale Ave.
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hrwd. flrs., designer finishes, balcony, ceiling **CENTURY CITY** fan, elevator, controlled 2220 S. Beverly Glen access. Fitness ctr, yoga • • room, wi-fi, skyview • 1 B d . + D e n + 1 B a . • lounge w/ outdoor fire•• • • place, laundry facilities. L o t s o f • • • • Character & Charm ! Easy freeway access 213/382-1021 Glass Fireplace Newly Remodeled. New hrwd. flrs., •MID-WILSHIRE granite counters, 340 S. St. Andrews Pl. • • • • • stainless steel appl., alcove fireplace, Spacious fridge, laundry facility, 2 Bdrm + 2 Bath gated parking, intercom • • • • • entry, WiFi and more. Balcony, controlled • 310/552-8064 • access, parking, Rooftop jacuzzi with panoramic elevator, on-site laundry. city views. Close to shopping, great restaurants CULVER CITY and Metro. 3830 Vinton Ave. 213/364-8423
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Chairman Emeritus Paula Kent Meehan President & Publisher Marcia Wilson Hobbs ******
Senior Editor John L. Seitz Special Sections Editor Stephen P. Simmons ****** Founding Publisher March Schwartz (Publisher 1965-2004) Clifton S. Smith, Jr. (Publisher 2004-2014)
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From The Publisher
MARCIA WILSON HOBBS
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Rabbi Jacob Pressman HAPPY NEW YEAR, PLEASE Next Wednesday night is New Years Eve. At the stroke of midnight 2014 creeps decrepit and unmourned into history and a spritely tot–2015–begins a new life. Because the earth revolves, it does not begin everywhere the same moment, but arbitrarily begins at Greenwich, in England and slowly moves westward until it meets us. Rather confusing, isn’t it? In New York, while it is 9 p.m. here, crowds will throng Times Square to watch the great white ball descend. We in the west will wait patiently for midnight to arrive here. Then we shall spontaneously kiss our beloved others and blow little horns and, voila, it will be 2015. Why is it such a peak moment? It is because we share a desperate hope the new year will be better than the past one, which was wretched for humanity. Many of us will earnestly make some new resolutions, and perhaps some of us may actually keep them. The important word here is “hope.” For what do we hope? We don’t ask for much. We just hope for peace and prosperity, that’s all. Imagine that! A year in which no nation will war against any other nation; no tribes will try to wipe out their neighbors; no males will degrade, abuse, and kill females at will; and in our cities there will be no need for police because nobody is robbing or assaulting anybody. We hope for universal prosperity: every soul on earth will have gainful and meaningful employment, sufficient funds to feed, clothe, house and enjoy leisure time for themselves. Am I asking for Utopia? Yes! If we give up our dreams they will never have a chance to come true. So what do I wish for you in the new year? I wish you not to mothball your own dreams, and share mine. Together we can make them come true: if not in 2015, then in the lifetime of our children, or our children’s children. Don’t give up on Utopia! Happy New Year!
The following is a special holiday letter from Linda Schwartz, widow of The Courier’s founder March Schwartz, wishing everyone the happiest of holidays. The year 2014 started well. March celebrated his 97th birthday on April 9 at The Grill on the Alley Beverly Hills; and we shared mine on June 20. Everything was going well until August, when March became ill and paramedics took him to Cedars-Sinai. He recovered and was very happy to be able to come home to me and his beloved dog Shanghai. Five days later, he passed away on Sunday, Sept. 7, with me, friends and family at his bedside. His funeral was held Sunday, Sept. 14 at Hillside Memorial Park. That same day he was buried on the hillside next to Al Jolson’s Memorial and waterfall, where he always wanted to be. I want to thank all who attended the funeral and reception at The Peninsula. I can’t express my heartfelt love for all who participated in March’s funeral: Rabbi Jerry Ram Cutler, Rabbi Jack and Margie Pressman, Lili Bosse, Clif Smith, Sheriff Lee Baca, Barbara Lazaroff, Carol Connors, Rabbi Sandy Shapero, Dr. Susan Stafford, Maxine Picard, Ruta Lee and March’s sons Bill Schwartz, who spoke for the family, and Jon Michael, who wrote a special song for his dad.I also want to thank all of you for all your love. prayers and support, your donations to your favorite charities in March’s name, your cards and letters of condolence, and flowers. March will never be forgotten in Beverly Hills as the founder and publisher of The Beverly Hills Courier. He’s with God now; and his spirit will always be with us. We’ll sorely miss his engaging smile, twinkle in his amazing blue eyes and his ever-present “thumbs-up.” Wishing you a Happy New Year and may God bless you with peace, love, joy and health. TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Dec. 26). In the classroom of life, sometimes Linda Schwartz (and Shanghai) you are called on when your hand is raised, and sometimes you are called on when it’s not. Your understanding of yourself is comprehenBah Humbug! What’s up with the holiday decorations this season. Most shops and boutiques did a very creative sive. Supportive team members come into your life in February. May job. On Wilshire Boulevard, however, the main street in Beverly Hills (and arguably of Greater L.A.), brings money. Capricorn and Scorpio people adore you. the three department stores revealed nothing about this being the holiday season, but instead featured CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Emotions flow from you in a most pleasant way. You are one of a kind, and your talents will never be gowns and formal attire for sale for New Year’s parties. Back in the day (and really not that long ago), Saks, Barney’s and Neimans went all out and con- duplicated. The way to happiness is to be a fountain, not a drain. tributed in a big way to the winter festivities and holiday atmosphere. Who needs to go to 5th Avenue? AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Thinking about what goes into your Hopefully, that threesome will get in the holiday spirit next year. Chuck Levin mouth? It’s significant. Eating is not just eating. Every meal is a testament to the fathers and mothers before. ****** As readers of your letters in The Courier know, I usually write to complain about one thing or PISCES (Feb. 19-Mar. 20). If they expect you to candy coat information and deliver it in a politically correct way, they don’t know you another. Today, I am thanking and praising the Beverly Hills Police Department. At approximately 6:45 a.m. I was taking my daily exercise walk and saw a white miniature well enough. You're in love with the truth. That’s what makes you so Schnauzer running in the street at the intersection of Carmelita and Hillcrest. The small dog had a col- funny! ARIES (Mar. 21-Apr. 19). You will change your mind. More than that, lar, but no license tag. It was clearly frightened, cold, and perhaps hungry or thirsty. I called the BHPD dispatch desk and described the situation. I also told the dispatcher that I am you’ll know your mind because you’ll have a sounding board. Having someone to bounce your ideas off of is a huge gift. not a “dog person” and wasn't sure what to do, but knew this was someone's pet on the loose. A few minutes later a BHPD canine unit arrived. The officer clearly was a “dog person,” knew TAURUS (Apr. 20-May 20). You’re hot on the social scene, and you don’t even have to try. Being around family is like hanging out with a exactly what to do, and quickly and smoothly took the lost puppy into custody. mirror. Use what you're finding out to decide which habits to keep I continued on my walk, hoping they found where the dog lives. Thanks again to the BHPD and its wonderful officers. Daniel Fink and which to lose. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Your mood affects everyone around you. ****** Centuries of anti-Semitism either by pogroms or wars have caused the destruction of most of the Taking good care of yourself is the most selfless and loving act you Jewry in the world. It is a (Hanukkah- like) miracle that there are as many of us left. We are survivors! can do for the world. When you feel good, you radiate good. Now, in the XXI century, there is a resurgence of anti-Semitism and acts of terrorism continue to CANCER (June 22-July 22). The check really is in the mail, but it’s increase. Frightened European countries are once again targeting Jews/Israel. Instead of their ridiculous going to take an extra couple of days to reach you. Knowing that you motions and demands against the Jewish State, they should be looking out for the welfare of their can walk away at any time gives you leverage. Listen to what your Jewish citizens. Five European countries have decided that a “new area” will be formed and is to be higher sense is telling you. called the Palestinian States of which there will be two. Does anyone really believe that the 2 terror- LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Forge ahead with projects and plans. Business ist groups, PLO and Hamas will get together and have to share the billions in donations from the budg- associates may drag their feet, but these are temporary delays. You ets of these nations? deserve to have what you want—not approximately, but exactly. Some are even asking for Israel to go back to the 1967 borders. They choose to forget that it is VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). No relationship is fun and sunshine all of never going to happen. It seems to me that they are clearly kissing the terrorists’ rear-ends in the hopes the time, but you get so many perfect moments this month, it will feel that they will not be a target of a terroristic revenge. like you’re existing in a little slice of heaven. You may even dare to Also, the EU and the UN forget that the PLO enthusiastically pays off terrorist families to kill work and/or travel with loved ones. Jews/Israelis as well as their continued sermons demanding the destruction of the State of Israel. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). What good is getting what you want if you Hamas and the PLO have fervently declared both verbally as well as through their actions that they are don’t want what you have? Examine your plate very carefully. There determined to remove Israel from the map. They have boldly mis-used the billions of dollars given to are things on it that weren’t meant for you. Be discerning. them by the E.U. for the development of their infrastructure and instead have spent these funds to pay SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You are doing it for them. Therefore, off the families of their suicide bombers, to purchase rockets and weapons, build tunnels (ventures that they need to be aware of your efforts. They need to know what your have already begun), and to invest in real estate in France and other European countries. intentions are. They need to know your purpose. Of course all this comes with the help of the UN and many EU countries. Apart from all this, the SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You’ll understand something EU has just removed Hamas from a terrorist list. This means (as you will see very soon) that Hamas will you’ve known in a new way. What you learn this week will change have access to all the monies that are presently being detained. your life forever. You’ll operate differently because of this knowledge. Perhaps the diaspora Jews, as well as, those in Israel will be willing to take action and show that Israel does not stand alone. Perhaps we Jews will take a stance and demonstrate that groups like boycott and divestment or “Jewish groups” such as the Voice for Peace, Peace Now, or J Street do not truly The Courier welcomes and appreciates “Letters to the Editor” represent us who support Judaism and democratic Israel. We must move forward and vocalize our dis- Email: email@example.com; Fax to: 310-271-5118; dain and disgust with the governments of such countries as England (who did not recognize Israel until Mail to: The Beverly Hills Courier, 1950 and was certainly guilty for not executing the Balfour declaration), Spain, France, Sweden, and 499 N. Canon Dr. Beverly Hills CA 90210 Ireland. Sadly, I am sure more are to follow. Pablo Nankin, MD
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