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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.

Nixon’s “Western White House” Up for Sale

The oceanfront estate in San Clemente once owned by Richard M. Nixon and known as the Western White House during his presidency is up for sale at $63.5 million, down from its $75 million asking price three years ago, it was reported Tuesday.

Branden Williams Authorizes Inspection of Petition Signatures in Basement Ordinance Referendum

Hilton & Hyland real estate agent Brandon Williams has authorized a request to review the all memoranda from the City Clerk and the County Registrar/Recorder County Clerk regarding disqualified signatures on the petition for a referendum to repeal the Basement Ordinance.

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.

At Least 49 Killed in Powerful 7.1 Mexico Quake

At least 49 people were killed when a powerful, 7.1-magnitude quake hit Mexico on Tuesday, authorities said.

The Rise Of The Citizen Activist – Part 5: Crest Real Estate

Crest Real Estate burst on the scene as the housing boom escalated. The very young company president and founder Jason Somers seemed a poor fit for the type of sophisticated, wealthy clients he typically represents.  

The Rise Of The Citizen Activist, Part 4: The Bird Streets

The “Bird Streets” have become a developer’s paradise. Realtors look for adjacent lots where developers can cut away the land to make massive mega-mansions on streets sometimes only 14 feet wide.

The Rise of the Citizen Activist, Part 3: Sharing and Daring

The Rise of Citizen Activism: Part 2, Bel-Air Residents Fight Back, Form New Bel-Air Association

It was mayhem in Bel-Air in the fall of 2014. And it was dangerous. Tractor trailers were careening through the steep winding streets, ignoring stop signs and sideswiping cars. Queues of dump trucks lined the streets, 40-deep on Stone Canyon, blocking residential traffic. Neighbors were going toe-to-toe with developers on their doorsteps, being ignored, insulted and sometimes, threatened. 

The Rise of The Citizen Activist In Mega-Mansion Development: Part 1

The Los Angeles landscape has undergone many shifts from its early beginnings, from oil wells to luxury hotels, railroads to automobiles. In the early Twentieth Century, hunting cabins dotted the canyons, and the orange groves spread through the valley.

Beverly Hills News – Walk With The Mayor To Visit Motion Picture Library, La Cienega Park

This week, Walk with the Mayor participants will enjoy a truly rare treat, spanning the scope of Beverly Hills' illustrious history with the film community and touring one of the great jewels in the City's park system. This week, Beverly Hills Mayor Lili Bosse will lead the group to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Margaret Herrick Library and nearby, La Cienega Park!

Hadid Pleads No Contest In 901 Strada Vecchia Megamansion Case

The more than three-year saga over illegal development at developer Mohamed Hadid's 901 Strada Vecchia megamansion in Bel Air appears to be coming to a conclusion.

New Plans For 901 Strada Vecchia Could Further Delay Trial

Days ahead of another court hearing on his controversial 901 Strada Vecchia, developer Mohamed Hadid has submitted revised construction plans that call into question exactly how serious he is about bringing the megamansion into compliance with Los Angeles city code.


Wattles Mansion 2017 Designer Showcase is “Hollywood History”

The Wattles Mansion is a legendary piece of history that holds its value as an historic icon of the turn of the century. As a Design Showcase, it is a superb venue that offers a titillating glimpse into a by-gone era.
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