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800-Pound Bahia Emerald May Finally Have an Owner

bahia emerald A fight for ownership of the 840-pound Bahia emerald may have come to an end after a judge issued a tentative ruling granting a claim to title to the gem to three businessmen who say one of their members paid $1.3 million for the precious stone and that they collectively kept possession of it until it was taken into the custody of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department in 2008. Read More

Beverly Hills News – Christiansen Award Grows To $16.1M With Attorneys Fees

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. Read More

Beverly Hills News – Beverly Hills High School Says Goodbye To Program Improvement, Title 1 Funds

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. Read More

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. MirischHalstrom Academy –

L-Halstrom 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. Read More

Crowe-ing For Pets – Beverly Hills’ Bill Crowe was honored with a commendation from L.A. Mayor Garcetti at the East Valley Animal Shelter for his work as director of The Pet Care Foundation/PETS 90210

m-cROWE Beverly Hills’ Bill Crowe was honored with a commendation from L.A. Mayor Garcetti at the East Valley Animal Shelter for his  work as director of The Pet Care Foundation/PETS 90210, which funds many animal projects, including grooming of animals available for adoption before the weekend. Pictured left: Crowe with Commander Jan Selder of L.A. Animal Services. Read More

Yah Mon! – The Beverly Hills Courier traveled to Jamaica last month to celebrate the birthday of Beverly Hills resident Allan Chasin

M-CarryCourier The Beverly Hills Courier traveled to Jamaica last month to celebrate the birthday of Beverly Hills resident Allan Chasin. Pictured left, Chasin and wife Carole, 40-year residents of Beverly Hills, vacationed in Negril, Jamaica to celebrate Allan’s birthday but didn’t leave Beverly Hills without a little reading material. To join the “Carry The Courier” club, simply snap a picture of yourself on your next exotic vacation, or night on the town, with a copy of The Courier and e-mail the photo to us at mlopez@bhcourier.com. Read More