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BHUSD Moves To Overturn $23M Karen Christiansen Verdict

Beverly Hills Unified School District’s prospects for finally triumphing in its legal battle against former BHUSD facilities chief Karen Christiansen could not have been better following Wednesday’s Court of Appeals’ hearing in the case of Strategic Concepts LLC v. Beverly Hills Unified School, according to BHUSD attorney Fred A. Fenster of Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP. Read More

Spagnoli Insists BHUSD Schools Safe In Wake Of Florida School Shooting

In the wake of another school shooting this week, which left 17 dead at a Florida high school, the importance of school safety is being felt acutely across the nation.  In Beverly Hills, a previously scheduled Town Hall led by Beverly Hills Police Chief Sandra Spagnoli (slated to begin Thursday evening, just after the Courier’s deadline), was set to discuss crime trends, crime prevention and community/neighborhood safety. Read More

Residents To Have Last Word, Says Sunshine Task Force

Residents will finally have the last word on development projects if a recommendation from the Sunshine Task Force is approved by the City Council.  The proposal is a major victory for residents who currently must remain silent after a rebuttal or staff report that might be misleading on City Council decisions. Read More

Beverly Hills High Fields Four National Merit Finalists

Pictured, from left: National Merit Scholarship finalists Jamie Kim, Jason Harward, Jonathan Artal and Brian Harward. Beverly Hills High School seniors Jonathan Artal, Jamie Kim and twin brothers Jason and Brian Harward, who were named 2018 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists in September, have all advanced to finalist standing in the competition. They were among roughly 16,000 semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Read More

45 Years Together

Homeland’s popular Mandy Patinkin with wife Kathryn Grody, wed more than four decades, was honored with the 2,629th Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Television. Homeland’s popular Mandy Patinkin with wife Kathryn Grody, wed more than four decades, was honored with the 2,629th Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Television. Read More

Serious Skills – The Beverly Hills High Career Education Department sent culinary and KBEV broadcast students to compete in the annual SkillsUSA regional competition

The medal winners and students advancing to the SkillsUSA State competition this coming April in Ontario are:  Gold Medal Broadcast team (Ethan Bootesaz, Eva Danesh, Noah Danesh, Arian Tabibian); Gold  Medal Job Skill Demonstration Student (Donya Noubaharestan); Gold Medal Radio team (Ryan Dubin, Tohar Samir); Silver Medal Broadcast team (Ben Cohan, Sophia Martin, Jacob Suomi, Gabrielle Urman); Silver Medal Culinary (Eric Cherdak);  Silver Medal Radio (Jacob Kurtz, Gabriel Tabariei); Bronze Medal Broadcast team (Bridgette Fussman, Leo Padilla, Hunter Trost, Noelle Trost; Bronze Medal Culinary (Ethan Eils); Broadcast All Freshmen team 7th Place (Fiory Carey, Riley Mehdizadeh, Alana Perkins, Ryan Tabatabai). On Feb. 3, the Beverly Hills High Career Education Department sent culinary and KBEV broadcast students to compete in the annual SkillsUSA regional competition held at LA Trade Tech. The medal winners and students advancing to the SkillsUSA State competition this coming April in Ontario are:  Gold Medal Broadcast team (Ethan Bootesaz, Eva Danesh, Noah Danesh, Arian Tabibian); Gold  Medal Job Skill Demonstration Student (Donya Noubaharestan); Gold Medal Radio team (Ryan Dubin, Tohar Samir); Silver Medal Broadcast team (Ben Cohan, Sophia Martin, Jacob Suomi, Gabrielle Urman); Silver Medal Culinary (Eric Cherdak);  Silver Medal Radio (Jacob Kurtz, Gabriel Tabariei); Bronze Medal Broadcast team (Bridgette Fussman, Leo Padilla, Hunter Trost, Noelle Trost; Bronze Medal Culinary (Ethan Eils); Broadcast All Freshmen team 7th Place (Fiory Carey, Riley Mehdizadeh, Alana Perkins, Ryan Tabatabai). Read More

Celebrating With Seniors – Beverly Hills Community Services hosted a Valentine’s Day dance celebration at Roxbury Park Tuesday

ictured, from left: Officer Tom West, Officer Joshua Cudworth, Captain Mark Miner, Lieutenant Elisabeth Albanese, Sergeant David Dimond, Officer Michael Yamada, Chief Sandra Spagnoli, Assistant Chief Marc Coopwood, Sergeant Billy Fair, Dispatcher Anabel Margosian, Officer Dominique Sandifer, Officer Nicholas DiMento and K9 Officer Dave Rudy. Beverly Hills Community Services hosted a Valentine’s Day dance celebration at Roxbury Park Tuesday and were joined by Beverly Hills police. Pictured, from left: Officer Tom West, Officer Joshua Cudworth, Captain Mark Miner, Lieutenant Elisabeth Albanese, Sergeant David Dimond, Officer Michael Yamada, Chief Sandra Spagnoli, Assistant Chief Marc Coopwood, Sergeant Billy Fair, Dispatcher Anabel Margosian, Officer Dominique Sandifer, Officer Nicholas DiMento and K9 Officer Dave Rudy. Read More

Sweet Treats – The Beverly Hills High School PTSA showed the high school staff and administration a bit of Valentine’s Day love on Wednesday

Pictured with the students, (from left): Laura Margo, Patti Stein, Stephanie Rund, Eliza Eshagian, Jodi Galen (PTSA co-president), Chef Rick Leece, Laurie Okum (PTSA co-president), Dori Kenneally, Dagny Dubelko, Dorit Abramov, Carolynne Dyner and Monique Gibbons. The Beverly Hills High School PTSA showed the high school staff and administration a bit of Valentine’s Day love on Wednesday with a lunch prepared by BHHS Culinary Arts students, under the direction of Chef Rick Leece. The menu included heart-shaped pizza, watermelon feta salad, chicken piccata and more. Pictured with the students, (from left): Laura Margo, Patti Stein, Stephanie Rund, Eliza Eshagian, Jodi Galen (PTSA co-president), Chef Rick Leece, Laurie Okum (PTSA co-president), Dori Kenneally, Dagny Dubelko, Dorit Abramov, Carolynne Dyner and Monique Gibbons. Read More

Visiting Canadian PM Walks With Mayor Garcetti

1024x1024 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wrapped up his trip to the United States Saturday with a stop in Los Angeles, where he and Mayor Eric Garcetti spoke with reporters at Griffith Observatory and went for a morning hike at Griffith Park. Read More