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100 Crescent Media Center Discussion Tabled

A controversial request for a Mixed Use Overlay for the Beverly Hills Media Center at 100 N. Crescent Drive has been continued until the Planning Commission’s May 9 meeting.

Los Angeles To Regulate Airbnb-Type Short-Term Housing Rentals

Woolsey Fire Burns Celebrities’ Homes, Popular Hiking and Event Areas

The Woolsey Fire that has burned more than 83,000 acres in Los Angeles and Ventura counties has claimed the homes of several celebrities, along with the historic Paramount Ranch, where countless movies and television shows have been filmed since 1927.

Beverly Hilton Specific Plan Amendment Draft SEIR Public Hearing is Thursday Evening

The Beverly Hilton Specific Plan Amendment Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) will be the subject of a public hearing to receive comments tomorrow before the Planning Commission at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers.

Hilton Public Scoping Meeting for 23-Story Project Tuesday at City Hall

A public presentation of the Beverly Hilton Specific Plan Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and Public Scoping meeting will be held at the Municipal Gallery at City Hall Tuesday evening at 6 p.m.

Residents Galvanize To Oppose Benedict Canyon Hotel Project

With lightning speed, residents have galvanized to oppose a proposed 99-room hotel and residential development in the heart of Benedict Canyon. In only 48 hours, say residents, they have generated over 400 emails to the office of Los Angeles City Council member Paul Koretz to ask for his help and support to oppose the project.

Beverly Hills News -Branden Williams Still Enmeshed in Effort to Kill Basement Ordinance Despite Statements, Letters, Promises

Realtor Branden Williams is still the man behind the signature-gathering effort for a referendum to repeal the Basement Ordinance, despite a purported apology and resignation letter sent to the Courier by Hilton & Hyland only minutes before this paper went to press last week.

Branden Williams Still Enmeshed In Effort To Kill Basement Ordinance Despite Statements, Letters, Promises

Beverly Hills News – Rent Stabilization Workshop Tonight at Roxbury Park

Tonight 6:30-8 p.m. the City will host the first of two scheduled Rent Stabilization Workshops to be held at Roxbury Park this week. The second workshop is scheduled for  9 a.m. -12 p.m. on Saturday morning.

Basement Ordinance Referendum Race Heats Up

Efforts continue to gather signatures on a petition that will stop the City’s new Basement Ordinance from going into effect, overturning the will of the residents and the vote of the entire City Council for the benefit of real estate agent Branden Williams and his client billionaire developer Francesco Aquilini, who wish to build the project on Loma Linda Drive.

Beverly Hills News – Don’t Sign it ‘Till You Read It! Update on the Fight for Local Control at Loma Linda Drive

Following the original post of this article last week regarding the efforts of an anonymous person to gather signatures on a petition for a referendum on the November ballot to rescind the new Basement Ordinance, the Courier received a letter from an attorney representing Francesco Aquilini threatening a defamation lawsuit and demanding a retraction. The Courier will not retract.

Protesters Rally Outside Stradella ‘Party House’ After Another Noisy Saturday Night

Another weekend brought about what was apparently another wild party at what is quickly becoming one of Bel-Air’s most notorious party houses.

Beverly Hills News – Loma Linda: Don’t Sign It Until You Read It!

Don't sign any petition until you’ve read it very carefully -  because it may be used to force the City of Beverly Hills into letting Loma Linda Ltd. build their projects on Loma Linda Drive.

Residents Appeal Over Grading At Hadid’s 901 Strada Vecchia

A group of Bel-Air residents are taking celebrity megamansion developer Mohamed Hadid back to court over the illegal construction at his 901 Strada Vecchia project.  

Beverly Hills News – Planning Commission to Discuss Basement Ordinance Pipeline Thursday Evening

An ordinance to amend the definition of basements citywide that is expected to be implemented in the next months will go before the Beverly Hills Planning Commission Thursday evening seeking a recommendation on cut-off criterion for projects in the pipeline.

Beverly Hills News – Friar’s Club Developers Return for Request Overlay Zone for Luxury Housing at Planning Commission

The applicants for a project located at 9908 South Santa Monica Boulevard will come before the Planning Commission Thursday to request a Residential Overlay Zone have submitted  a modified project for consideration, with 27 luxury condominiums, an increase from 3,541 to 10,500 square feet of ground floor retail in a commercial zone, an FAR increase from 2.59 to 2.87:1, and other changes, many of which are not reflected in the schematic submitted to planning staff. 
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