A trial-readiness conference is scheduled in Los Angeles Superior Court on Jan. 9 in a lawsuit brought against Metro and the city of Beverly Hills by Temple of the Arts, the owners of the Saban Theatre and a nearby office building in Beverly Hills. The suit alleges that several years of construction of the Purple Line subway extension has caused damage to the two buildings, created noise and vibrations and made it difficult for patrons to reach the properties.
A preliminary hearing date is scheduled to be set on Jan. 10 for Eric Brian King, a Texas man charged with felony vandalism with a hate crime allegation for allegedly defacing a large menorah in Beverly Hills, including carving a Nazi symbol into the menorah’s base, on the first night of Hanukkah.
A pretrial hearing date has been continued to Jan. 20 in the case of Adam Friedman, son of Beverly Hills City Councilmember Lester Friedman. The younger Friedman faces two misdemeanor counts for allegedly creating a fake social media account impersonating then City Council candidate, Sharona Nazarian.