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Amended Beverly Hills Legislative Advocacy Ordinance Enhances Transparency At City Hall

A newly amended ordinance that seeks to identify legislative advocates with a new level of transparency will go into effect on Feb. 8, said City Attorney Larry Wiener, but until then, the old rules are still in place.  In the process of researching this ordinance, the Courier earlier this week received an unsolicited phone call from Alan Hearty, one of the five newly-registered lobbyists for the Loma Linda Trust/Loma Linda Holdings Ltd. from the law firm Allen Matkins. Read More

Beverly Hills School Board Abandons Plan For Dedicated Middle School, For Now

M-Schools Despite overwhelming support by Superintendent Michael Bregy and the 21-member Future Focused Schools Team (FFST) that Beverly Hills Unified School District should create a dedicated middle school for its students, board members at Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting made it clear that creating a dedicated middle school in the district was not on the table, at least not in the short term. Read More

BHPD Chief Spagnoli Says BHUSD Schools Safe In Wake Of L.A. School Shooting

M-BHPD2 Yesterday morning’s school shooting just nine miles east of Beverly Hills at Salvador Castro Middle School in the Westlake district was a stark reminder of how vulnerable students are to gun violence in this ever-changing world. Still, Beverly Hills Police Chief Sandra Spagnoli said she remained confident that local students were safe, particularly given the BHPD’s sub 2.6-minute response time to incoming calls. Read More

Talent To Spare

GStringMurders Not only did strip-tease “artiste” Gypsy Rose Lee write a best-selling memoir, Gypsy, that became a Broadway blockbuster, she appeared in films and authored other books. The G-String Murders should have been a movie at the time.  Filled with colorful characters about the burlesque circuit, and would have been a hot ticket. Read More

Reflections – Eight Beverly Hills Unified students received awards as part of the National PTA Reflections Art Contest for the 33rd District California PTA

Pictured bottom row, from left: Hunter Trost (BHHS, Special ArPhotography), Angelica De Togni (Beverly Vista, Photography), Hannah Davis (Beverly Vista, Literature), and Michelle Balson (BHHS, Music Composition);  Second row: Cora Azevedo (Horace Mann, Dance Choreography); Back row: Noelle Trost (BHHS, Literature), Kate Leib (BHHS, Film Production), and Florence Basile (Beverly Vista, Film Production.) Eight Beverly Hills Unified students received awards as part of the National PTA Reflections Art Contest for the 33rd District California PTA. The nationally acclaimed annual student recognition program is intended to showcase and celebrate student talent while increasing community awareness of the importance of arts in education. Read More

Lending A Hand – Beverly Hills police officers were photographed Wednesday on their final day assisting authorities in Montecito

Pictured, from left:  Officer Josh Cudworth, Officer Jim Keenaghan, Sergeant Don Chase, Officer Chris Bond and Officer Scott Dibble. Beverly Hills police officers were photographed Wednesday on their final day assisting authorities in Montecito. The BHPD had been in the area helping with recovery efforts from the fires that ravaged the Santa Barbara area last month. Pictured, from left:  Officer Josh Cudworth, Officer Jim Keenaghan, Sergeant Don Chase, Officer Chris Bond and Officer Scott Dibble. Read More

Beverly Hills Unified Facing At Least One Lawsuit In Wake Of Sexual Harassment Allegations

On the very same day that the Courier received a voice mail from a woman calling herself Karen Alexander, who threatened litigation if we tied her husband’s name to an allegation of sexual harassment in an article, the Courier received a phone call from Beverly Hills-based attorney Alexander Larian asking the paper to connect him with the Beverly Hills High School custodian who shared her story of being harassed in last week’s Courier article entitled #MeToo In Beverly Hills: BHHS Custodian Speaks Up About Alleged Sexual Harassment. Read More

School Board Prepares To Vote On Closing One Beverly Hills School

Hours before Beverly Hills Unified School District Board of Education President Lisa Korbatov brought the nearly seven-hour “Special Board Meeting” to a close Tuesday night, it became apparent that at the board’s next meeting, on Jan. 30 at 5 p.m., there was likely to be a serious discussion on closing one of the district’s four K-8 schools before the start of the 2018-19 academic year. Read More

BHUSD Returns To Court Feb. 14 To Appeal $23M Karen Christiansen Verdict

In anticipation of the upcoming hearing in the case of Strategic Concepts LLC v. Beverly Hills Unified School District on Feb. 14, BHUSD attorney Fred A. Fenster of Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP reaffirmed his belief that Strategic Concepts founder Karen Christiansen would never see a penny of the 2015 verdict that now has her owed in excess of $23 million. Read More

Mayor Lays Down Gauntlet In Loma Linda Development War

After a long afternoon of comments and clarifications from lawyers, staff and the public, Mayor Lili Bosse threw down a gauntlet in response to a threat of litigation from Alan Hearty of the law firm Allen Matkins, representing developer Francesco Aquilini on the 1184 and 1193 Loma Linda Drive projects Monday, at the City Council Study Session. Read More

Where To Dine In Beverly Hills On Valentine’s Day

Valentines The Beverly Hilton: Three-course prix fixe menu will be offered at $70/person. Call 310-887-6055. Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills: Jean-Georges Beverly Hills offers a special prix-fixe dinner menu, featuring golden ossetra caviar, fresh mozzerella ravioli and much more, for $175/person. Call 310-860-6566. For full story see the print edition of The Beverly Hills Courier, or download the e-edition. Read More

Buying and Selling

Angelina Jolie Angelina Jolie dropped $24.5 million for the Cecil B DeMille mansionette in Los Feliz ... Suzanne Somers and Alan Hamel are selling their 73 acre Palm Springs estate, where they have lived for 41 years, at auction without any reserve this month. Read More

Voices of Hope – Beverly Hills residents were on their feet Sunday, singing in unison along with Faithful Central Bible Church Choir of Inglewood at The Wallis

Pictured left to right are Beverly Hills City Clerk Byron Pope, a congregant and choir member, LL Cool J, former Mayor Robert Tanenbaum, Patti Tanenbaum and Bishop Kenneth Ulmer. Beverly Hills residents were on their feet Sunday, singing in unison along with Faithful Central Bible Church Choir of Inglewood at The Wallis for a concert commemorating 25 years since the City hosted the group following the Rodney King riots, when then-Mayor Robert Tanenbaum (third from right) reached out to then-Pastor, now Bishop Kenneth Ulmer (second from right)  for the concert entitled Voices of Hope. Ulmer’s work has expanded to include the Ulmer Institute, treating trauma for all people, in all walks of life (www.theulmerinstitute.org). Pictured left to right are Beverly Hills City Clerk Byron Pope, a congregant and choir member, LL Cool J, former Mayor Robert Tanenbaum, Patti Tanenbaum and Bishop Kenneth Ulmer. Read More

Welcome Back Home, Choo Choo! – Branden Williams reunited with his beloved bear-faced Pomeranian Chucky, a.k.a Choo Choo

Branden reunited with Choo Choo on Wednesday Beverly Hills residents Branden and Rayni Williams were stunned this week when their beloved bear-faced Pomeranian Chucky, a.k.a Choo Choo went missing. Upon viewing their security camera, the Williams’ realized that after Choo Choo had gotten loose from the home through an open door, she wandered to the end of the driveway and was snatched up and taken by a brunette woman who was walking through the neighborhood. On camera, the woman picks up Choo Choo, pets her, looks around for a moment and then walks off with the puppy. The Williams family took to the media, offering a $10,000 reward. On Wednesday morning, the family announced that Choo Choo had been returned home. According to their post on social media, the Williams’ wrote: “She was dropped off today and, although she was very shaken up, she appears to be fine. The reward was not given; the person simply dropped off the dog and said she did not want any problems.” Pictured: Branden reunited with Choo Choo on Wednesday. Read More