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Beverly Hills Unified School District 2017-18 Budget Projects 400K Deficit

Following an additional $3 million in unanticipated revenue, including a $1.9 million property tax revenue increase received at the end of last month, Beverly Hills Unified School District’s latest 2017-18 budget is projecting the district will finish out the year with an operating deficit of just $400,000. That current fund balance is markedly better than April’s previous estimated budget, which had the district projecting an operating deficit of $2.8 million for this year. Read More

Court Denies Rehearing To Reinstate $23M Verdict Against BHUSD

Just hours after Beverly Hills approved moving forward with a $385 million school building bond, on Wednesday morning  the Beverly Hills Unified School District received more good news when the Second Appellate District Court of Appeal denied Strategic Concepts LLC’s Petition for Rehearing in its case against BHUSD. Read More

Beauty Billie

Rebecca Gayheart brought  daughter Billie to the 17th Annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball Rebecca Gayheart brought  daughter Billie to the 17th Annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball, which she founded.  The event helps individuals out of poverty and homelessness by providing the tools necessary to find and retain employment. Read More

Book Club – A group of women in a Beverly Hills book club took their copy of the Beverly Hills Courier on a vacation last month to Arrowhead in Pittsfield, Mass.

From left: Kathy Carmel, Marian Gerlich, Eleanor Padnick, Elizabeth Evans and Simonne Yaroslow. A group of women in a Beverly Hills book club took their copy of the Beverly Hills Courier on a vacation last month to Arrowhead in Pittsfield, Mass., – home of Herman Melville, who wrote Moby Dick and Billy Budd. Notably in the background is Mount Greylock, which is believed to be the inspiration for Moby Dick. The group spent a week exploring the stomping grounds and homes of New England authors they read – Melville, Wharton, Thoreau, Emerson, Twain, Alcott, Dickinson, Stowe, Hawthorne and Longfellow.  The group reads only literary classics and have been meeting for over 14 years. From left: Kathy Carmel, Marian Gerlich, Eleanor Padnick, Elizabeth Evans and Simonne Yaroslow. Read More

Go Get This Tiger – Tiger is a 4-month-old Beagle Bassett mix. He weighs 20 pounds and will probably end up full grown at about 35 pounds

Tiger Tiger is a 4-month-old Beagle Bassett mix. He weighs 20 pounds and will probably end up full grown at about 35 pounds. This very sweet pup was rescued from a beach in Puerto Rico. He is available for adoption now and is in search of his forever home. To learn more about Tiger and how to adopt him, visit www.shelterhope- petshop.org or call 805-379-3538. Read More

Four of Five Statewide Ballot Measures Pass

Four of five statewide ballot propositions were approved by voters, including a $4 billion bond measure to fund parks, water- quality and flood-protection projects, but voters rejected a measure to control spending of funds raised by selling greenhouse-gas-emission permits.   Read More

Billionaire Political Donor David Koch Retires

Powerful political donor David Koch, who with his brother Charles built an industrial empire and became kingmakers of conservative American politics, will retire from his company and political activities for health reasons, according to a letter obtained Tuesday by AFP. Read More

BHHS Alum Helps L.A. Trained Rabbis Celebrate Delta-Themed Wedding

Love was in the air last fall when Beverly Hills High School alum Jason Friedman (Class of 2013) received a message at his new job after graduating college from Emory. He recalled reading through email at his Delta Air Lines office in Atlanta, Georgia as an analyst in Customer Engagement and Loyalty, when he received something that was a bit out of the ordinary. Read More

Beverly Hills Voters To Decide Fate Of Local Schools

With over half of its student body learning from within portable classrooms, the Beverly Hills Unified School District is clearly in need of an upgrade. On Tuesday, Beverly Hills voters will decide if the solution is Measure BH, a $385 million construction bond which will return students to permanent classroom buildings in addition to making other upgrades, including repairing Hawthorne’s century-old auditorium. Read More

Meters Are Back – James Anderton, owner of the boutique WEST and Councilmember Lili Bosse are “Happy to see the parking meters”

Councilmember Lili Bosse and James Anderton, owner of the boutique WEST “I never thought I would be happy to see a parking meter,” quipped Councilmember Lili Bosse. James Anderton, owner of the boutique WEST (pictured above with Bosse), agreed. Every meter was full Thursday morning, and shops on the south side of South Santa Monica Boulevard were as well. Anderton, the unofficial spokesperson for the merchants on the south side of the street, closed his shop on several occasions to attend Traffic and Parking Commission meetings to repeatedly ask for the meters to be replaced. When the City covered them at the onset of the North Santa Monica Boulevard reconstruction nearly two years ago, the merchants held onto the promise that they would be returned. But City staff said that there was no concrete evidence that the parking affected retail sales, and promoted a plan that would have smoothed traffic without parking on the south side. Bosse, however, visited every merchant on the south side and reported back to her colleagues regarding their plight, resulting in a reassessment of the street not as a thoroughfare - but as a local shopping and pedestrian-friendly area. The City will soon be installing “scramble” crosswalks at Rodeo, Bedford and Camden Drives to encourage safer pedestrian use and add diagonal crossing options. Read More

Sarah Kaber Named New Principal At Hawthorne School

Hawthorne Interim Assistant Principal Sarah Kaber Hawthorne Interim Assistant Principal Sarah Kaber, who had been filling the role for the majority of the past academic year, has been tapped to take over the role of principal for the 2018/19 academic year. She replaces Interim Principal Rich Waters who will return to his former role as assistant principal. Sources say Waters did not apply to the position after Hawthorne’s former principal, Michelle Dar, left on maternity leave and later decided to return to the classroom as a teacher instead of continuing to lead Hawthorne. Read More