It was a bad day in court last Friday for the Beverly Hills Unified School District when L.A. Superior Court Judge Stephen Czuleger ruled against a new trial in the case involving former BHUSD facilities manager Karen Christiansen and further tacked on another $2.4 million in attorney’s fees owed to Christiansen’s defense team. Together with the $13.7 million in damages a jury determined Christiansen was due in March, the BHUSD is now looking at a possible $16.1 million payout, which doesn’t include the millions of dollars already expended on its own legal defense.
With Memorial Day behind us, the summer season is officially in full swing – especially with Beverly Hills’ own Concerts on Canon. The beloved mid-week musical magic begins Thursday, June 4, with the mellow sounds of Motown.
The Beverly Hills City Council approved a request for $165,000 for the purchase of 50 smart bicycles, 50 docking stations and two solar information kiosks with related equipment, based on “contract terms established by the city of Santa Monica bikeshare program” Monday.
Beverly Hills High School is poised to liberate itself from the stigma of being labeled a “Program Improvement” school following a decision by the Board of Education to shift its Title 1 funds from the high school to Horace Mann and Hawthorne. The school acquired the maligned title after the state changed its evaluation criteria for schools accessing the funds to require 100 percent proficiency on the California High School Exit Examination - an ostensibly unrealistic marker that affected scores of districts throughout the state.
A group of residents calling themselves “Concerned Citizens of Beverly Hills/Beverly Grove” filed a Writ of Mandate challenging approvals by the city of Los Angeles for the project located at 332-336 N. Oakhurst Dr.
After 39 years as an employee with the Beverly Hills Unified School District–which makes him the most senior–Steve Kessler said he still wakes up with a bounce in his step, excited to make a difference and impact lives.
As a young man growing up in Montevideo, Uruguay, Angel Castelo yearned for two things: to sculpt art with his hands and poetry through his body. Those dreams led him to Buenos Aires, where he became a professional tango dancer, earning more awards and competitions than he can recall; and, all the while, he worked as a jeweler.
Patrick’s Roadhouse became a draw, thanks to Arnold Schwarzenegger. A joint with a jukebox gifted by Ricky Nelson for owner Bill Fischler, who named it after actor son Patrick. One of the late Bill’s three children, the family included son Anthony, now in charge of the Roadhouse, and daughter Tracey.
Halstrom Academy inaugurated the newest of its 15 campuses (now in Beverly Hills!) with an open house and ribbon cutting by Beverly Hills Vice Mayor John A. Mirisch. Pictured (from left): Halstrom Director of Community Outreach Tori Montgomery, Mirisch, Halstrom Academy Beverly Hills Director Chanel Crawford, Halstrom Academy LA Regional Director Lisa Bournoutian, and Halstrom student Annelise Gudenkauf.
Charming is a pure bred, 4 year old, 8 pound, male Pomeranian. His owner died recently and relatives brought him to be re-homed through the non-profit, rescue only pet store ShelterHopePetShop.org. Those interested in adopting this playful Little Prince may call Shelter Hope at 805-379-3538.