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Good Luck Getting Home – Some Bel-Air residents had some serious problems getting to and from their destinations Thursday morning

Stradella Road Some Bel-Air residents had some serious problems getting to and from their destinations Thursday morning when they found a portion of Stradella Road completely blocked off by construction crews for a project at 1037 Stradella, which is being developed by Roman James. Residents report to the Courier that the owner refused to provide a permit for the street closure, so police and ACS Security were called. L.A. City Inspectors seemed in the dark as to what was going on. In an e-mail obtained by the Courier, L.A. City Principal Inspector Jack Conger wrote to residents and stakeholders that he had verified with L.A. Department of Transportation that “they do have a permit to block the road for today only.” Eventually, it took the Bel-Air Association to get to the bottom of the problem. BAA Executive Director Shawn Bayliss visited the site and learned there was, in fact, a permit, but three key conditions of it were not being met – 1.) One lane was to remain open; 2.) Flagmen were to be used for traffic coordination; and 3.) Pedestrian access was to remain open. Bayliss reports that LAPD had the workers stop, remove their trucks and pull in cranes to create an open lane. During the closure, a nurse was unable to get through to get access to an elderly patient. Said Bel-Air resident Maureen Levinson: “This has turned into a mantra now:    "What is the penalty?"  If there are no meaningful penalties, bad behavior will continue.” 5:47 pm Read More

Welcome To Beverly Hills – Sonny McCartney (nephew of Beatles legend Paul McCartney) and Rosie Richards visiting Beverly Hills for the holidays

Sonny McCartney and Rosie Richards Beverly Hills attorney Paul Supnik sent along the picture to the left of his holiday houseguests from Liverpool, Sonny McCartney and Rosie Richards.  Sonny is the nephew of Beatles legend Paul McCartney.  The Supnik’s and Sonny’s dad Mike are family friends, which gave Sonny and Rosie a place to stay while visiting Beverly Hills for the holidays. To join them in the Carry The Courier Club, send a photo of yourself holding the Courier on your next trip and e-mail it to mlopez@bhcourier.com. 5:45 pm Read More

Beverly Hills Resident To Celebrate 106th Birthday On New Year’s Eve

Julius & Hilda Rothschild This Dec. 31, longtime Beverly Hills resident Julius Rothschild will celebrate his 106th birthday, making him easily one of the oldest residents in the City, if not the country. In anticipation of this incredible milestone on the cusp of 2018, the Courier connected with Rothschild hoping to learn a secret or two about attaining a long life. 6:05 pm Read More

Remembering Pancho – The Beverly Hills Tennis Club hosted more than 200 coming to salute the late tennis legend Pancho Segura

Spencer Segura, Jonathan Canter, tennis champion Jimmy Connors, and Tom Kreiss The Beverly Hills Tennis Club hosted more than 200 coming to salute the late tennis legend Pancho Segura, who served as head pro at the BHTC from 1962 to 1970. Segura died Nov. 18 at age 96 after rising from poverty to win six U.S. pro singles and doubles championships in the 1950s. Pictured (from left): son Spencer Segura, Jonathan Canter, tennis champion Jimmy Connors, and Tom Kreiss. The Beverly Hills Tennis Club’s past ownership has included Hall of Famers Fred Perry and Ellsworth Vines, and its early members  were such as Groucho Marx, Charlie Chaplin, and playright Neil Simon. 5:10 pm Read More

I Do – Beverly Hills residents Jim and Kristen Garrett were married earlier this month in Boston and snapped a photo in front of the Boston Harbor

Jim and Kristen Garrett What’s a good honeymoon without a little reading material for some downtime? Beverly Hills residents Jim and Kristen Garrett were married earlier this month in Boston and snapped a photo in front of the Boston Harbor with their copy of the Courier. To join the Garrett’s in the Carry the Courier Club, snap a photo of yourself on your next trip with a copy of the Courier and email it to mlopez@bhcourier.com. Our heartfelt congratulations to the newlyweds! 4:01 pm Read More

Fighting The Thomas Fires – Beverly Hills held a “Welcome Home” celebration for Beverly Hills Fire Department Strike Team members sent to fight the Thomas Fire

Pictured, from left: Firefighter (FF) Adam Meinhardt, FF Bryan Miller, FF/Paramedic Bruno Palmieri, Captain Jon Borer, Engineer Kevin McHale, Captain Chris Slates, Strike Team member Battalion Chief Joe Matsch, Captain JR Berardinelli, FF Austin Prince, FF John Brown, Engineer Greg Cummings, Strike Team member Captain Glenn Pinson, Battalion Chief Tim Hayes, Strike Team member Engineer Amy Horst, Engineer Melissa Hillis, Strike Team member Engineer Richard Sandeman, FF/Paramedic Jake Morrow, Strike Team member FF Kevin Lawson, FF/Paramedic Taylor Malm and Deputy Chief Mike Hand joined Fire Chief Greg Barton, Mayor Lili Bosse, Vice Mayor Julian Gold, and Councilmembers Les Friedman, John Mirisch and Robert Wunderlich. FF/Paramedic Joel Dawson, who also served on the Strike Team, was unable to attend the meeting. Tuesday night at City Hall, Beverly Hills held a “Welcome Home” celebration for Beverly Hills Fire Department Strike Team members sent to fight the Thomas Fire that has burned thousands of acres in North Ventura County and South Santa Barbara County.  Pictured, from left: Firefighter (FF) Adam Meinhardt, FF Bryan Miller, FF/Paramedic Bruno Palmieri, Captain Jon Borer, Engineer Kevin McHale, Captain Chris Slates, Strike Team member Battalion Chief Joe Matsch, Captain JR Berardinelli, FF Austin Prince, FF John Brown, Engineer Greg Cummings, Strike Team member Captain Glenn Pinson, Battalion Chief Tim Hayes, Strike Team member Engineer Amy Horst, Engineer Melissa Hillis, Strike Team member Engineer Richard Sandeman, FF/Paramedic Jake Morrow, Strike Team member FF Kevin Lawson, FF/Paramedic Taylor Malm and Deputy Chief Mike Hand joined Fire Chief Greg Barton, Mayor Lili Bosse, Vice Mayor Julian Gold, and Councilmembers Les Friedman, John Mirisch and Robert Wunderlich. FF/Paramedic Joel Dawson, who also served on the Strike Team, was unable to attend the meeting. 5:04 pm Read More

Courier In Darby – Beverly Hills Planning Commissioner Alan Block and wife Jan visited the Triple Creek Ranch in Darby, Montana

Beverly Hills Planning Commissioner Alan Block and wife Jan Beverly Hills Planning Commissioner Alan Block and wife Jan visited the Triple Creek Ranch in Darby, Montana earlier this month with friends David Wellisch and Joan Sanders. They made sure to bring some reading material with their copy of the Beverly Hills Courier. To join the Block’s in the Carry The Courier Club, snap a photo of yourself with the Courier on your next trip and send it to mlopez@bhcourier.com. 5:02 pm Read More

Happy Hanukkah – Rabbi Yosef Cunin, wife Chamic Cunin, Beverly Hills Mayor Lili Bosse and Councilmembers John Mirisch and Robert Wunderlich celebrated the first night of Hanukkah

v-Menorah-Lighting Rabbi Yosef Cunin, his wife Chamic Cunin, Beverly Hills Mayor Lili Bosse and Councilmembers John Mirisch and Robert Wunderlich joined with friends and neighbors Tuesday evening to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah. The lighting event was held on North Santa Monica Boulevard, between the Beverly Hills Tower and Alfred’s Coffee. The event was hosted by Chabad of Beverly Hills, which meets at the historic Beverly Hills Hotel. 6:05 pm Read More

Staff Lunch – Mayor Lili Bosse was among those who served up a holiday meal at Fire Station No. 1 Wednesday

v-staff-lunch-2 Mayor Lili Bosse was among those who served up a holiday meal at Fire Station No. 1 Wednesday, including turkey with all the trimmings. The annual event brings the entire community of City employees together. Pictured are (from left): Assistant City Manager George Chavez, Beverly Hills firefighters David Laney and Mark Hein, Beverly Hills Police Officer Ryan Dolan, Mayor Lili Bosse, Ida Nalbandian and Public Works Executive Assistant Ilene Knebel. 5:21 pm Read More