With over 2,000 state legislative bills introduced annually, it’s quasi-impossible for one person to keep track of all of them, according to Beverly Hills Policy and Management Analyst Cynthia Owens.
Joe Shooshani is the latest political contender to enter the race for City Council as of last week. He joins seasoned two-term Councilman Julian Gold, who is fighting to hold on to his seat for a third term, as well as his fellow Planning Commissioner, Lori Greene Gordon, in vying for two open seats on the five-member City Council.
Following approval last week by the City Council, the City of Beverly Hills Public Financing Authority has offered the sale of approximately $43.8 million in three separate series of bonds.
In a new collaboration that embraces the City Council’s renewed commitment to embrace all forms of art and culture, Cultural Heritage Commission (CHC) Vice Chair Rebecca Pynoos and former CHC Commissioner Maralee Beck has invited the #CamerasandDancers group to Beverly Hills.
Amid a federal corruption and bribery investigation that appears related to real estate developments, a Los Angeles City Council committee will consider a proposal Wednesday to ban developers from contributing to local elections if they have pending projects in need of city approval.
In a unanimous vote, the City Council reaffirmed its condemnation of the government of Brunei Tuesday for implementing Shariah law that imposes harsh penalties, including death by stoning, for homosexuality, adultery and other behaviors. The new penal code also includes the punishment of amputation for theft.
The City Council on Tuesday recognized residents Myra Lurie and David Goldman, recipients of Temple Emanuel’s Humanitarian Award. Temple Emanuel Vice President Myra Lurie, also a Health and Safety Commissioner and immediate past president of the Beverly Hills Rotary Club, serves on the boards of the Maple Counseling Center and Theatre 40, and is a past president of the Beverly Hills Board of Education. Goldman is president of Executive Car Leasing Company and devotes his time and resources to a number of civic, political and philanthropic endeavors, particularly in the area of Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Andy and Lisa Licht received the Community Spirt Award from Temple Emanuel. Lisa is an award-winning marketing executive with over 30 years experience and Andy is a film producer and real estate investor. The couple have been involved in the Beverly Hills community in many ways. Andy currently serves as chair of the Planning Commission and has served on the Traffic and Parking Commission; as a Little League coach, a Beverly Hills Basketball League coach and as a member of the Beverly Hills Superintendent’s Advisory Council. Pictured, from left: Commission Chair Andy Licht; Lisa Licht; Mayor Julian Gold; Vice Mayor John Mirisch; Councilmembers Lili Bosse, Les Friedman, and Bob Wunderlich; Commissioner Myra Lurie and David Goldman.
The Beverly Hills City Council on Tuesday honored Antoine’s Tailoring, which was founded in 1974 by Antoine Osmanian and has been providing quality service to the City for nearly 45 years. For many years, Antoine worked alongside his son Gary in the shop, before Antoine’s third cousin, Rose Pananyan, came aboard in the 1990s as head seamstress. Gary and Rose continued the business after Antoine passed away and, a few years ago, prior to Gary’s retirement, Rose’s daughter Violet joined the team – transforming Antoine’s from a father-son operation to a mother-daughter shop. Antoine’s Tailoring is located at 415 N. Beverly Dr. Pictured above (from left): Rose and Violet Pananyan, Mayor Julian Gold, councilmember Lili Bosse, Vice Mayor John Mirisch and councilmembers Les Friedman and Robert Wunderlich.
Beverly Hills City Councilmember Robert Wunderlich and his wife Andrea Spatz visited the Mayan ruins at Tikal in Guatemala last month as part of their Holiday vacation. They made sure to bring along their copy of the Courier to read in their downtime. To join Robert and Andrea in the Carry The Courier Club, snap a photo of yourself holding the Courier on your next trip and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Beverly Hills City Council honored legacy business Arturo’s Shoe Fixx, now in its 31st year in Beverly Hills, being run by the third generation of the family. Arturo Azinian’s career in shoemaking began in Buenos Aires in 1939 at the age of 11. Arturo came to Los Angeles in 1957 on vacation, staying for four years working at Aletea Shoe Remodeling and doing repairs for I. Magnin and Bullocks. Upon his return, Arturo decided to move his family to Los Angeles, continuing his work at Eletea until he purchased the store. Eventually, he expanded to open Arturo’s Shoe Fixx in Beverly Hills in 1988. Arturo worked side by side with his wife Calliopi until her death in 1996. His legacy continues with his grandson, Ari. Pictured (from left): Ciara Libaridian, Carlo Libaridian, Carmen Libaridian, Ari Libaridian and seated, Arturo Azinian, Mayor Julian Gold, Vice Mayor John Mirisch, Councilmembers Lili Bosse, Lester Freedman and Robert Wunderlich