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New Director of Smithsonian Archives of American Art Honored
Journalist and art collector Joan Agajanian Quinn with twin daughters Jennifer Quinn Gowey (left) and event host Amanda Quinn Olivar, Smithsonian Archives of American art trustee (right) Photo by Alan Shaffer

New Director of Smithsonian Archives of American Art Honored

Amanda Quinn Olivar, trustee of the Smithsonian Archives of American Art, hosted an event in Beverly Hills on May 21 to celebrate the appointment of the Archives’ new director Anne Helmreich.

Cedars-Sinai Opens New LGBTQ+ Center

Cedars-Sinai Opens New LGBTQ+ Center

Cedars-Sinai has opened a new LGBTQ+Center that brings together specialists in primary care, pediatrics, transgender surgery, reconstructive surgery and anal cancer screening to meet the needs of patients in an inclusive and culturally sensitive setting.

Robert van Leer Takes the Helm as New Era Begins at The Wallis

Robert van Leer Takes the Helm as New Era Begins at The Wallis

In a big win for Beverly Hills and for the arts, Robert van Leer has been appointed the new Executive Director and CEO of the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.

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The U.S. Open is a Must-See Event

The U.S. Open is a Must-See Event

The U.S. Open is the closest thing to a minefield that a golfer will ever experience. The United States Golf Association makes it that way on purpose. The USGA calls it the ultimate test of golf. The players call it torture.

31st Annual Backdraft Ball To Take Place June 8

31st Annual Backdraft Ball To Take Place June 8

The Beverly Hills Firefighters’ Association (BHFA) will host its 31st Annual Backdraft Ball on June 8 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel at 6 p.m.

Rabbinical School Announces Plans to Relocate to Beverly Hills

Rabbinical School Announces Plans to Relocate to Beverly Hills

American Jewish University’s (AJU) Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies is relocating to the Beverly Hills area, according to a recent announcement by the organization.

Security Guards Save Choking Child

Security Guards Save Choking Child

Two Covered 6 security officers took lifesaving action after coming to the aid of a frantic mother whose infant child was choking on May 26. The incident took place around 11:30 a.m. at the historic 76-gas station at the corner of North Crescent Drive and South Santa Monica Boulevard, when officers Niko Nesbeth and Joey Madrigal noticed the young mother in distress.

‘Critical Conversations’ Event Sparks Antisemitism Debate

‘Critical Conversations’ Event Sparks Antisemitism Debate

Whereas Jewish people in America were once outsiders, they’ve become insiders, and whereas antisemitism in the U.S. continues to be a problem, it is nowhere near the level it was in the 1930s when antisemitic figures like Father Charles Coughlin had large followings.

Graduations and Celebrations Mark End of School Year in Beverly Hills

Graduations and Celebrations Mark End of School Year in Beverly Hills

The last week of the Beverly Hills Unified School District (BHUSD) 2022-2023 school year brought no shortage of heartwarming moments.

City Processes Likely Defeat of Cheval Blanc Beverly Hills Project

City Processes Likely Defeat of Cheval Blanc Beverly Hills Project

The likely defeat of the proposed Cheval Blanc Beverly Hills hotel project in last week’s special election was a moment of great celebration for some residents and of profound disappointment for others.

Public Works Day Celebrated in Beverly Hills

Public Works Day Celebrated in Beverly Hills

The Beverly Hills Public Works Department celebrated National Public Works Week at the Farmers’ Market on May 21.

BH Fire Chief Makes Presentation in Washington, D.C.

BH Fire Chief Makes Presentation in Washington, D.C.

Last week, Beverly Hills Fire Chief Greg Barton along with EMS Administer Sean Stokes gave a presentation on the Nurse Practitioner Program at the Congressional Fire Services Institute’s 32nd Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Symposium and Dinner in Washington, D.C.

Summer Reading Program Begins May 30

Summer Reading Program Begins May 30

The Beverly Hills Public Library will launch its “Find Your Voice!” Summer Reading Program on May 30. During the 10-week program, the library will host a range of free activities for children, teens and adults to encourage and support a love of reading.

Beverly Hills Ballerinas to Perform this Weekend

Beverly Hills Ballerinas to Perform this Weekend

Beverly Hills ballerinas Billie Dane (13) and sisters Elle (14) and Jenne (16) Shim will perform at the Eli and Edythe Broad Stage in Santa Monica in Westside Ballet of Santa Monica’s “Masters of Movement: Ballet through the Centuries”—a program of classical, neoclassical, and contemporary works, showcasing the range and talent of the nonprofit company’s pre-professional dancers, alumni, and guest artists, Memorial Day weekend.

City’s Director of Community Development Accepts Position in California’s Central Coast Region

City’s Director of Community Development Accepts Position in California’s Central Coast Region

Director of Community Development Timothea Tway is leaving her position with the city of Beverly Hills effective June 19. Tway has accepted the same position in the city of San Luis Obispo.

Longtime Resident, Educator Gloria Mae Boraz Passes Away

Longtime Resident, Educator Gloria Mae Boraz Passes Away

Longtime Beverly Hills resident and educator Gloria Mae Boraz died on May 21 at the age of 94.

Exclusive: Official Statement from the Yes on B & C Campaign After Second Ballot Update

Exclusive: Official Statement from the Yes on B & C Campaign After Second Ballot Update

With a total of 7,028 votes counted (representing 31.71% of registered voters), “No” votes have increased their lead on both Measures B and C.

Rec and Parks Commission Provides Pickleball Pilot Update

Rec and Parks Commission Provides Pickleball Pilot Update

The latest Recreation and Parks Commission meeting included an update on the Beverly Hills pickleball pilot program, with city staff saying the dedication of several local tennis courts into pickleball courts has led to high usage and consistent revenue.

Gold Sworn in as New President of California Contract Cities Association

Gold Sworn in as New President of California Contract Cities Association

Beverly Hills Mayor Dr. Julian Gold was sworn in as the 2023-2024 president of the California Contract Cities Association (CCCA). He was installed during the annual gathering of the CCCA in Indian Wells on May 20.

Dance and Dialogue Marks Anniversary with Gala

Dance and Dialogue Marks Anniversary with Gala

The nonprofit arts organization Dance and Dialogue (D&D) marked its 10th anniversary with a gala at Greystone Mansion on May 17, during which guests were invited to support and celebrate cultures from around the globe.

Israeli Paramedic Shares Relief Work Stories

Israeli Paramedic Shares Relief Work Stories

When Felix Lotan, head of Magen David Adom’s disaster preparedness department and a senior paramedic, was leading an Israeli search-and-rescue effort following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that occurred in Turkey in February—the catastrophic event left more than 50,000 people dead and millions homeless—the mission was clear: save as many people as possible.

Beverly Hills 50th Anniversary Art Show Draws Thousands

Beverly Hills 50th Anniversary Art Show Draws Thousands

Second Gentleman Introduces U.S. National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism

Second Gentleman Introduces U.S. National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism

President Biden has repeatedly stated that he decided to run for President after the events of Charlottesville in 2017, when Neo- Nazis spewing antisemitic slogans marched in the streets. Now, his administration has announced the first-ever U.S. National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism.

Votes Still Being Counted in Cheval Blanc Special Election

Votes Still Being Counted in Cheval Blanc Special Election

BREAKING NEWS Update as of May 26, 2023. Latest results show the “No” on Measures B and C vote increasing its margins.

Concerts on Canon Kick Off with Pride Night June 1

Concerts on Canon Kick Off with Pride Night June 1

The city of Beverly Hills’ Concerts on Canon summer season kicks off with a Pride Night concert on June 1 at 6 p.m. at Beverly Canon Gardens.

Rugelach Contest Celebrates Jewish American Heritage Month

Rugelach Contest Celebrates Jewish American Heritage Month

The first-ever Rugelach Contest took place at the Beverly Hills Farmers’ Market on May 14 in celebration of Jewish American Heritage Month.

Otazu Named Director of Rent Stabilization

Otazu Named Director of Rent Stabilization

Nestor Otazu, a 25-year employee of Beverly Hills, has been selected as the city’s next Deputy Director of Rent Stabilization, effective May 22.

Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Returns to Rodeo Drive

Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Returns to Rodeo Drive

The Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance returns to Rodeo Drive on Father’s Day June 18 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The free car show presents an opportunity for fathers, families and car enthusiasts of all ages to enjoy an up-close look at some of the world’s most admired vehicles.

Council Debates Purchase of $550,000 Sculpture

Council Debates Purchase of $550,000 Sculpture

A proposal to spend more than half a million dollars to acquire and install an abstract sculpture by renowned artist Judy Chicago spurred an interesting debate amongst the Beverly Hills City Council over the value of art. 

Council Considers Fractional Ownership Prohibition Ordinance

Council Considers Fractional Ownership Prohibition Ordinance

At its May 16 regular meeting, the Beverly Hills City Council approved additional consulting services funds for the police department’s technology-based public safety initiative and addressed concern over fractional ownership of residential and commercial properties, among other topics.

Courier Earns L.A. Press Club Nods

Courier Earns L.A. Press Club Nods

The Beverly Hills Courier is a finalist for four Southern California Journalism Awards. The awards, given annually by the Los Angeles Press Club, honor journalistic excellence in print, radio, podcast, TV and online formats. Entries for this year’s awards were published during the calendar year 2022. 

BHPD Holds Free Catalytic Converter “Etching” Event

BHPD Holds Free Catalytic Converter “Etching” Event

In response to the ongoing thefts of catalytic converters, the Beverly Hills Police Department (BHPD) held an “Etch and Catch” community event, during which Beverly Hills residents marked their catalytic converters with their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).

Celebrity Chef Evan Funke Opens Tri-Level Pasta Mansion in Beverly Hills

Celebrity Chef Evan Funke Opens Tri-Level Pasta Mansion in Beverly Hills

As a celebrity chef, putting your name on a restaurant is not a decision to be made lightly, but when it comes to his new three-floor, 180-seat Italian trattoria with a live pasta lab, Evan Funke knew the timing was right. 

Activities Added to Beverly Hills Art Show Lineup

Activities Added to Beverly Hills Art Show Lineup

The Beverly Hills Art Show returns to Beverly Gardens Park this weekend, May 20 and 21 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

How to Vote in the May 23 Special Municipal Election

How to Vote in the May 23 Special Municipal Election

The election will decide two ballot measures, “B” and “C” pertaining to the Cheval Blanc Beverly Hills hotel (“the project”). “Measure B” seeks to adopt the City Council ordinance enacting zone changes and corresponding map amendments to permit the project.

Motion to Block Benedict Canyon Hotel Fails in L.A. City Council

Motion to Block Benedict Canyon Hotel Fails in L.A. City Council

A bid to block the development of a Bulgari Resort in Benedict Canyon failed in a 7-7 vote during a recent Los Angeles City Council meeting, allowing the project to continue working its way through city approvals. 

Mariska Hargitay Honored at Colleagues Spring Luncheon

Mariska Hargitay Honored at Colleagues Spring Luncheon

The Colleagues Spring Luncheon and Oscar de la Renta fashion show was held April 25 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The Women’s Guild Cedars-Sinai Holds Spring Luncheon

The Women’s Guild Cedars-Sinai Holds Spring Luncheon

The Women’s Guild Cedars-Sinai held their Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show presented by Neiman Marcus and Catherine Bloom at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Ann Philbin, director of the Hammer Museum at UCLA presented Wallis Annenberg with the Humanitarian Award for her decades long philanthropic work with the Annenberg Foundation.

Critical Conversations Speaker Program at City Hall May 31

Critical Conversations Speaker Program at City Hall May 31

The City of Beverly Hills Community Services Department in partnership with the Human Relations Commission is hosting a new Critical Conversations speaker program celebrating Jewish American Heritage Month. “Critical Conversations: The Jewish Contribution to the American Fabric of Life” will be held on May 31 at 6:30 p.m. at the Beverly Hills City Hall Municipal Gallery, 455 N. Rexford Drive.

Mayor Dr. Julian Gold Addresses Inaugural ‘Office Hours’

Mayor Dr. Julian Gold Addresses Inaugural ‘Office Hours’

The inaugural “Office Hours with Doctor Gold,” a monthly virtual event providing Beverly Hills residents with the opportunity to engage Mayor Dr. Julian Gold on city issues, drew approximately 30 participants.

School Board Approves Hiring of Drew Stewart as New BHHS Principal

School Board Approves Hiring of Drew Stewart as New BHHS Principal

The Beverly Hills Unified School District (BHUSD) Board of Education unanimously approved the appointment of Drew Stewart as the next principal of Beverly Hills High School.

Simms/Mann Family Foundation Rewards Nurses

Simms/Mann Family Foundation Rewards Nurses

Recently, Christopher Lee, a clinical nurse in the medical-surgical unit at UCLA Health, was called into the office of the hospital’s chief nursing executive, Karen Grimley. Once there, Grimley presented Lee with a letter and asked him to open it. Its contents left the healthcare professional utterly amazed.

Horvath Addresses Rotary Club of Beverly Hills

Horvath Addresses Rotary Club of Beverly Hills

Horvath, a member of the Beverly Hills club, began the May 8 luncheon address by thanking those in the audience who supported her journey from West Hollywood City Councilmember to the powerful Board of Supervisors. Last November, Horvath narrowly defeated former state Sen. Bob Hertzberg in a race that attracted statewide attention. 

The Cheval Blanc Development Agreement Delivers Countless Benefits for Beverly Hills | Guest Editorial

The Cheval Blanc Development Agreement Delivers Countless Benefits for Beverly Hills | Guest Editorial

As a matter of longstanding policy, our City Council considers new development proposals on their own merits, without any consideration as to the terms of a related Development Agreement. This is because no project should be approved solely on the basis of the financial benefits it may bring.

Courier Wins Five More Awards

Courier Wins Five More Awards

The California News Publishers Association (CNPA) has recognized the Beverly Hills Courier with one first-place, two second-place and two third-place 2022 California Journalism Awards (CJA).

Inaugural MADE in Beverly Hills Festival a Smashing Success

Inaugural MADE in Beverly Hills Festival a Smashing Success

From May 4 to 7 the first-ever MADE in Beverly Hills festival took over the city and brought its stunning estates and historic buildings to life like never before.

Beverly Hills Marks Arbor Day

Beverly Hills Marks Arbor Day

The city of Beverly Hills has been named Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for the 39th consecutive year.

Study Session Discusses Concours d’Elegance, Next Night and Murals

Study Session Discusses Concours d’Elegance, Next Night and Murals

In this week’s study session, members of the Beverly Hills City Council discussed plans for the upcoming Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Father’s Day event and the return of Next Night street festival.

Jacqueline Avant Children and Family Center Opens

Jacqueline Avant Children and Family Center Opens

On April 28, Nicole Avant, daughter of the late Beverly Hills philanthropist Jacqueline Avant, joined Los Angeles Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell, the MLK Health and Wellness Community Development Corporation and over 100 special guests gathered for the name unveiling for the Jacqueline Avant Children and Family Center (The Center) located in the Watts-Willowbrook community.

Council Approves Fiscal Year Budgets for Marketing, Chamber and Tourism Activities

Council Approves Fiscal Year Budgets for Marketing, Chamber and Tourism Activities

The Beverly Hills City Council approved the 2023-2024 fiscal year budgets for the Rodeo Drive Committee, the Conference and Visitors Bureau and the Chamber of Commerce during its May 2 meeting, allocating nearly $5.5 million to their programs and initiatives.

BHUSD Art Show at City Hall

BHUSD Art Show at City Hall

The BHUSD Elementary Art Show at the City Hall Municipal Gallery features over 250 student art pieces from both Hawthorne and Horace Mann Elementary Schools.

Marino Reimagines Tiffany & Co. Flagship in New York

Marino Reimagines Tiffany & Co. Flagship in New York

Rotarians Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Rotarians Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Members of the Beverly Hills Rotary Club got together at the Beverly Bar on Camden Drive, for an early, fun filled Cinco de Mayo celebration.

Beverly Hills is a World Class City; Let’s Vote Like One

Beverly Hills is a World Class City; Let’s Vote Like One

As a longtime Beverly Hills resident who believes in all that makes our city so vibrant and unique for residents and visitors alike, I urge you to vote Yes on both Measures B and C. 

Debate Continues Over Spring Place Rooftop

Debate Continues Over Spring Place Rooftop

A recent Beverly Hills Planning Commission meeting highlighted the ongoing controversy surrounding exclusive private club and coworking space Spring Place.

BHPD Makes Arrests Following Armed Robbery

BHPD Makes Arrests Following Armed Robbery

On April 26 at approximately 5:23 p.m., Beverly Hills Police officers responded to the area of Wilshire Boulevard and Bedford Drive due to a report of an armed robbery.

Rep. Adam Schiff on the 2024 California Senate Race

Rep. Adam Schiff on the 2024 California Senate Race

The election to replace California Senator Dianne Feinstein is a year and a half away yet, but the race is already in full swing. Feinstein, 89, announced earlier this year that she will not stand for reelection to a seventh term in office.

MADE in Beverly Hills Festival Showcases City’s Architectural Delights

MADE in Beverly Hills Festival Showcases City’s Architectural Delights

People travel from all over the world to attend Palm Springs Modernism Week and now, for the first time ever, a satellite version of the premiere architecture festival is being held in Beverly Hills.

Beverly Hills Celebrates Earth Day at the Farmers’ Market

Beverly Hills Celebrates Earth Day at the Farmers’ Market

The city of Beverly Hills held its 20th annual Earth Day celebration at the Beverly Hills Farmer’s Market on April 23. This year’s theme was “Investing in Our Planet.”

Fred C. Cunningham Passes Away at Age 97

Fred C. Cunningham Passes Away at Age 97

Fred C. Cunningham, whose service for the city of Beverly Hills spanned more than half a century, passed away on April 18 at the age of 97.

City Hall Illuminated for Israel Independence Day

City Hall Illuminated for Israel Independence Day

The Beverly Hills City Hall was illuminated this week in honor of Israel’s 75th Independence Day.

SCE Phone Scam Targets Beverly Hills Residents

SCE Phone Scam Targets Beverly Hills Residents

The Courier has learned of a phone scam with individuals pretending to be from Southern California Edison (SCE) targeting residents of Beverly Hills.

Events Planned in Beverly Hills for Jewish American Heritage Month

Events Planned in Beverly Hills for Jewish American Heritage Month

The city of Beverly Hills and its Community Services Department will recognize Jewish American Heritage Month this May with celebratory events throughout the city all month long.

Beverly Hills Is On Its Way to Lifelong Water Efficiency

Beverly Hills Is On Its Way to Lifelong Water Efficiency

I want to congratulate our community, all of YOU for your water conservation efforts! Beverly Hills has averaged saving 30% of our water when comparing month to month from April 2022 through March 2023 to those same months in 2013. 

Why You Should Vote ‘YES’ on Measures ‘B’ and ‘C’ | Guest Editorial

Why You Should Vote ‘YES’ on Measures ‘B’ and ‘C’ | Guest Editorial

I am writing to explain why I think that you should vote “YES” to allow the Cheval Blanc hotel project to be built.

County Begins Mailing Vote-by-Mail Ballots for the May 23 Referendum

County Begins Mailing Vote-by-Mail Ballots for the May 23 Referendum

The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk (RR/CC) began mailing Vote by Mail ballots to all registered voters in the City of Beverly Hills for the May 23 Special Municipal Election. 

Beverly Hills School Board Addresses Student Behavior Crisis

Beverly Hills School Board Addresses Student Behavior Crisis

Beverly Hills United School District (BHUSD) Board of Education members are concerned about bullying and considering discipline strategies for students demonstrating behavioral problems.

Chamber Presents Work Plan and Funding Requests for Next Fiscal Year

Chamber Presents Work Plan and Funding Requests for Next Fiscal Year

The Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce is requesting more than $450,000 in funding for programs associated with its work plan for the upcoming fiscal year, 2023-2024, along with the waiving of fees for a variety of permit-requiring activities.

Louis Vuitton Crafting Dreams

Louis Vuitton Crafting Dreams

A stunning home perched above the Bel-Air Country Club is the perfect backdrop for “Crafting Dreams Los Angeles,” a showcase of Louis Vuitton collections, collaborations, and of course, craftsmanship.

Plans in the Works for ‘Rodeo Drive Celebrates’

Plans in the Works for ‘Rodeo Drive Celebrates’

Rodeo Drive is considered by many to be the jewel of Beverly Hills and plans are currently in the works for two special promotional weeks that will allow it to shine even brighter.

Documentary Celebrates 100 Years of Beverly Hills Independence

Documentary Celebrates 100 Years of Beverly Hills Independence

When given the choice between being annexed into Los Angeles and remaining their own city, the people picked independence.

The Courier in Mexico

The Courier in Mexico

Beverly Hills Unified School District Board of Education Vice President Amanda Stern recently vacationed with a group of Beverly Hills residents in Puerta Vallarta for spring break.

Beverly Hills Art Show Celebrates Golden Anniversary

Beverly Hills Art Show Celebrates Golden Anniversary

The city of Beverly Hills and its Community Services Department will celebrate 50 years of bringing extraordinary art to Beverly Gardens Park through the Beverly Hills Art Show on May 20 and 21 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  

Mayor and Fire Chief Promote Nurse Practitioner Program

Mayor and Fire Chief Promote Nurse Practitioner Program

Last week, Mayor Dr. Gold traveled to Sacramento to attend the League of California Cities annual City Leaders Summit to speak about the Beverly Hills Nurse Practitioner Program (NPP) and the plans to expand its services.

Coldwater Canyon Road Project Causing Traffic Delays for Commuters

Coldwater Canyon Road Project Causing Traffic Delays for Commuters

Yom HaShoah Marked with Poignant Ceremony

Yom HaShoah Marked with Poignant Ceremony

At a candle-lighting ceremony for Yom HaShoah, six candles were lit for the six million murdered Jews during the Holocaust; one candle was lit for the non-Jews who perished; and one was ignited for those whom Roz Rothstein, CEO of StandWithUs, described as “victims of Palestinian terrorism.”

Anish Melwani on the Vision for Cheval Blanc Beverly Hills

Anish Melwani on the Vision for Cheval Blanc Beverly Hills

As Chairman and CEO of LVMH for North America, Anish Melwani oversees the businesses of the world’s foremost luxury conglomerate, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (“LVMH”). The Paris-based group’s more than 75 Maisons dominate luxury sectors ranging from fashion to wines and spirits to jewelry. 

Appellate Ruling Expected Soon in Robertson Trees Case

Appellate Ruling Expected Soon in Robertson Trees Case

The legal battle over the future of approximately 40 Ficus trees on Robertson Boulevard remains stayed, while the Court of Appeals rules on the city of Beverly Hills’ request to replace the Superior Court judge presiding in the case. 

Beverly Hills City Council Ends COVID-19 Emergency Declaration

Beverly Hills City Council Ends COVID-19 Emergency Declaration

At its April 18 regular meeting, the Beverly Hills City Council adopted a resolution to terminate a proclamation of a local emergency in response to COVID-19, effective April 19.

Preventing Severe Illness from COVID-19 Remains a County Priority

Preventing Severe Illness from COVID-19 Remains a County Priority

Even though fewer people are getting severely sick from COVID-19, adults over 65 years old continue to be hospitalized at significantly higher rates than younger people and, of everyone hospitalized for COVID-19 in Los Angeles County, more than 1 in 10 people required highly specialized medical attention in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Group That Includes Magic Johnson  Possibly Set to Buy NFL Team

Group That Includes Magic Johnson Possibly Set to Buy NFL Team

According to published reports, an investment group that includes Lakers legend Magic Johnson has reached “an agreement in principle” to buy the Washington Commanders.

Spago Seder Delights Nearly 300 Guests in Beverly Hills

Spago Seder Delights Nearly 300 Guests in Beverly Hills

So delighted by the unusual taste of the matzah, an attendee at Spago’s recent Passover seder remarked it was “matzah made cool again.”

Nazarian Receives Key to the City of Herzliya, Israel

Nazarian Receives Key to the City of Herzliya, Israel

Councilmember Sharona R. Nazarian met recently with the Hon. Moshe Fadlon, the mayor of Herzliya, Israel. Herzelyia is a sister city to Beverly Hills.

Plans Underway for Arts and Culture Programs

Plans Underway for Arts and Culture Programs

During the Beverly Hills Arts and Culture Commission’s regularly scheduled April 11 meeting, the city demonstrated its ongoing commitment to art, highlighting a plethora of programming and providing updates on various arts and culture events around the city.

Rotary Club of Beverly Hills Hosts Easter Luncheon

Rotary Club of Beverly Hills Hosts Easter Luncheon

The Rotary Club of Beverly Hills, under the leadership of President J.R. Dzubak, hosted a very special luncheon for 20 children from the Salvation Army Transition House in Westwood on April 6.

Commission Approves Wording for Latest Golden Shield Plaques

Commission Approves Wording for Latest Golden Shield Plaques

The Beverly Hills Cultural Heritage Commission on April 12 approved the final wording for plaques associated with the latest Golden Shield nominees.

New BHPD PIO Discusses Job Challenges, Rewards and  Off-Duty Life

New BHPD PIO Discusses Job Challenges, Rewards and Off-Duty Life

Beverly Hills Police Department (BHPD) Lieutenant Reginald Evans describes himself as a private person. Yet since February, he’s served as the primary communication source between the police department and the public.

County Begins Process to Give City Control Over Robinson Gardens

County Begins Process to Give City Control Over Robinson Gardens

The exotic and lush Virginia Robinson Gardens are a huge part of Beverly Hills’ historic and cultural heritage, but for decades their operations have been controlled by the County of Los Angeles. Now, change is in the works.

The Beverly Hills Courier Endorses a “Yes” Vote on Measures B and C

The Beverly Hills Courier Endorses a “Yes” Vote on Measures B and C

After thorough consideration, the Beverly Hills Courier Advisory Board has unanimously decided to endorse both measures. We urge residents to vote “yes” on Measures “B” and “C” on their referendum ballots.

Fine Arts Theatre Celebrates Anniversary

Fine Arts Theatre Celebrates Anniversary

On April 2, the Fine Arts Theatre Beverly Hills kicked off its 86th Anniversary month-long celebration with a screening of the classic film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

Women in Leadership Panel Marks Women’s History Month

Women in Leadership Panel Marks Women’s History Month

On March 31, Mayor Bosse took part in a Women in Leadership Panel as part of Women’s History Month and spoke to high school students during two sessions throughout the day. 

BHFD Holds Badge Pinning Ceremony

BHFD Holds Badge Pinning Ceremony

The Beverly Hills Fire Department Badge Pinning Ceremony took place on March 30, during which the department welcomed new recruits Jacob Payne and Matthew Pietrantoni. 

New Graduates of Team Beverly Hills

New Graduates of Team Beverly Hills

The newest graduates of Team Beverly Hills recently posed for a photo in City Hall.

Positive Reception to Mayor Gold’s Installation

Positive Reception to Mayor Gold’s Installation

The reception for the installation of new Beverly Hills Mayor Julian Gold, M.D. began before the evening’s City Council agenda was completed—and that turned out to be a good thing as the wind picked up as the night went on.

Just in Case BH Kickoff Draws Residents, Volunteers, First Responders

Just in Case BH Kickoff Draws Residents, Volunteers, First Responders

An estimated 100 people gathered at La Cienega Park on March 26 for the installation of Just In Case BH’s first emergency supply box.

A Viewpoint on Measures B and C | Guest Editorial

I served as City Manager during the years the Cheval Blanc Beverly Hills hotel project moved through the city review and approval process. This included a 5-0 approval of the project by the Planning Commission, and a 4-1 approval by the City Council.

Scoping Meeting Held for 9600 Wilshire

Scoping Meeting Held for 9600 Wilshire

As Beverly Hills preps a draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed 9600 Wilshire Boulevard Specific Plan—a major development project with the potential to dramatically transform a significant section of Wilshire Boulevard—members of the public participated in a preliminary meeting in which they commented on environmental issues.

Bosse Praised for Her Service

Bosse Praised for Her Service

Councilmember Lili Bosse walked out of the April 4 City Council Reorganization/ Installation ceremony with too many plaques, awards and framed letters of commendation for one former mayor to carry.

Julian Gold Sworn In For Third Term As Mayor of Beverly Hills

Julian Gold Sworn In For Third Term As Mayor of Beverly Hills

Julian Gold, M.D. was sworn into his third term as mayor, riding a wave of great excitement as he marveled at the prosperous state of the city and outlined plans to prepare it for the challenges that lay ahead.

Committee Takes Up Parklet Design Standards

Committee Takes Up Parklet Design Standards

Dining areas in parking spots, also known as parklets, have become a fixture in Beverly Hills since the pandemic, but in order to make them a permanent program the city must finalize design and fee standards.

BHUSD Board Considers Varied Agenda

BHUSD Board Considers Varied Agenda

Agenda items at the March 28 Beverly Hills Unified School District (BHUSD) ranged from shade structures to computer science programs to teacher salaries and classroom instructional time.

Foundation Provides Financial Support for BHPD Family

Foundation Provides Financial Support for BHPD Family

In its most recent cycle, the BHPF awarded more than $56,000 in scholarships to BHPD employees and their children. In one family alone, three young people received scholarships.

GLAUDI in the Gardens

GLAUDI in the Gardens

Beverly Canon Gardens transformed into a high-fashion hot spot on March 25, as the backdrop for the GLAUDI by Johana Hernandez fashion show.

More Than 300 Attend Final Business with Bosse

More Than 300 Attend Final Business with Bosse

The high energy in the penthouse at Mastro’s Steakhouse was palpable on March 29, as both sunlight and more than 300 guests streamed in the multi-room suite, marking a bright farewell to Business with Bosse.

Bosse Looks Back on Third Term as Mayor: ‘The Best is Yet to Come for Beverly Hills’

Bosse Looks Back on Third Term as Mayor: ‘The Best is Yet to Come for Beverly Hills’

As her third term as mayor of Beverly Hills comes to an end, Lili Bosse has no regrets about the long days, late nights and early mornings she put into the job.

The Mansion Tax: One Expert’s Perspective

The Mansion Tax: One Expert’s Perspective

Los Angeles area realtors are scrambling to accommodate anxious sellers and eager buyers as the April 1 deadline to Measure ULA fast approaches.

Spago Seder to Serve Memorable Passover Experience

Spago Seder to Serve Memorable Passover Experience

This year, the 39th annual Passover seder at Spago Beverly Hills, an interfaith evening benefiting Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger, is expected to draw more than 300 attendees.

Rotary Club of Beverly Hills Celebrates Nowruz

Rotary Club of Beverly Hills Celebrates Nowruz

The Rotary Club of Beverly Hills hosted a very special luncheon on March 27 commemorating Nowruz, the Persian New Year.

AYSO Teams Win the Western State Championships

AYSO Teams Win the Western State Championships

For the first time in the history of the organization’s Boys Teams, they won the Western States Championship.

Stephanie Harris Named Director of Community Services for the City of Beverly Hills

Stephanie Harris Named Director of Community Services for the City of Beverly Hills

City Manager Nancy Hunt-Coffey has announced the appointment of Stephanie Harris to the position of Director of Community Services for the City of Beverly Hills, effective immediately.

Music in the Mansion Festival Set for April 20-23

Music in the Mansion Festival Set for April 20-23

The City of Beverly Hills Community Services has announced the return of Music in the Mansion to historic Greystone Mansion and Gardens as a four-day classical music festival from April 20-23.

Motion to Prevent Bulgari Hotel Moves to L.A. City Council

Motion to Prevent Bulgari Hotel Moves to L.A. City Council

A Los Angeles City Council committee remained deadlocked this week regarding a motion to reconsider land use designation for the Bulgari Hotel project in Benedict Canyon.

Environmental Groups March Against Climate Change

Environmental Groups March Against Climate Change

The climate-activist group Third Act led a rally of seniors and other environmental organizations on March 21 in Beverly Hills “to pressure the major banks to stop financing the expansion of the fossil fuel industry.” Nearly 100 participants took part in the national day of action.

Mayor Lili Bosse Stars in ‘Mean Girls’ Stage Production

Mayor Lili Bosse Stars in ‘Mean Girls’ Stage Production

Beverly Hills Mayor Lili Bosse and BHUSD Superintendent Dr. Michael Bregy and the cast of the BHHS production of “Mean Girls,” which debuted on March 23

Public Invited to Mobility Study Demo on March 25

Public Invited to Mobility Study Demo on March 25

As part of community engagement for the Clifton-Le Doux Corridor Mobility Study, the city of Beverly Hills Public Works Department is inviting the public to attend a demonstration of temporary traffic calming devices.

Ficus Trees, Soccer Teams and Housing Element on City Council Agenda

Ficus Trees, Soccer Teams and Housing Element on City Council Agenda

The Beverly Hills City Council held its sixth meeting of the year on March 21, with highlights ranging from heartwarming to heated.

Jewish Federation Leadership Concerned About Israel

Jewish Federation Leadership Concerned About Israel

Social turmoil roiling Israel because of controversial judicial reform is causing angst among Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles leadership.

Bosse Honored by Beth Jacob Congregation

Bosse Honored by Beth Jacob Congregation

Mayor Lili Bosse felt the spirit of her parents beside her last Sunday when she received the Distinguished Leadership Award from her childhood synagogue of Beth Jacob.

GLAUDI Fashion Show Set for March 25

GLAUDI Fashion Show Set for March 25

In honor of Women’s History Month and Los Angeles Fashion Week, City National Bank is presenting “Dreams Do Come True,” a fashion show featuring GLAUDI by Johana Hernandez collection of evening and bridal gowns, men’s tuxedos as well as women’s power suits. The event takes place March 25 from 3-7 p.m. at Beverly Canon Gardens, located at 241 N. Canon Drive in Beverly Hills.

Council Liaisons Recommend Revised Budget for Chamber

Council Liaisons Recommend Revised Budget for Chamber

A City Council Liaison/Chamber of Commerce meeting recommended amending an agreement between the city and the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce that will reduce funding for the Chamber by $213,505 for the current fiscal year. The revised new total is not to exceed the amount of $327,025 for fiscal year 2022-2023.

Residents and Officers Partake in ‘Pizza with Patrol’

Residents and Officers Partake in ‘Pizza with Patrol’

Beverly Hills Police Department officers and other local emergency responders met with residents of the community during a casual get-together at Upper Crust Pizzeria, where the pizza went quickly and warm connections were made.

Four New Golden Shield Nominees Selected

Four New Golden Shield Nominees Selected

The nominees are the Beverly Hills Nurseries, the Beverly Hills Speedway, the Warner-Beverly Theater and the Rachmaninoff Residence.

Just In Case BH to Hold Kickoff Event March 26

Just In Case BH to Hold Kickoff Event March 26

On an upcoming Sunday afternoon, families, concerned residents of all ages and emergency service providers will gather together outdoors for a fun-filled, informational event designed to prepare everyone in the community for how best to respond to an urgent situation.

Planning Commission Votes Against Fractional Ownership

Planning Commission Votes Against Fractional Ownership

The Beverly Hills Planning Commission unanimously passed a motion supporting a draft ordinance that would establish permanent prohibitions on fractional ownership of residential and commercial properties in the city.

Festival Beverly Hills a ‘Smashing Success,’ More Arts Events in Pipeline

Festival Beverly Hills a ‘Smashing Success,’ More Arts Events in Pipeline

Arts and Culture Commissioners took a moment to bask in the success of Festival Beverly Hills in their meeting this week, but then quickly turned their attention to the many other exciting arts events on the horizon.

(Dance) Festival Beverly Hills

(Dance) Festival Beverly Hills

Various dance troupes entertained visitors to Festival Beverly Hills March 12.

BHPD Apprehends Prowler on Elm Drive

BHPD Apprehends Prowler on Elm Drive

The Beverly Hills Police Department (BHPD) took a woman into custody in the late evening hours of March 15, following a search in the residential area around North Elm Drive and Elevado Avenue.

Standing Room Only for Final Live with Lili

Standing Room Only for Final Live with Lili

Persistent drizzle from this season’s 11th atmospheric river did not stop a crowd from gathering for the mayor’s 10th and final Live with Lili. It was a packed house in the Beverly Hills City Hall Municipal Gallery March 14.

Brush Clearance Inspections Set to Begin April 1

Brush Clearance Inspections Set to Begin April 1

Beginning April 1, the Beverly Hills Fire Department will begin its annual field inspections on residential properties located in the Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone of the City, north of Sunset Boulevard.

60-Second Shout Out for The Grill

60-Second Shout Out for The Grill

Mayor Lili Bosse and the Beverly Hills City Council recognized The Grill on the Alley with a 60-Second Shout Out at the March 7 City Council Meeting.

Business with Bosse Visits Pascal

Business with Bosse Visits Pascal

Mayor Lili Bosse and members of the community enjoyed a delicious start of the day at the March 9 Business with Bosse, hosted at Pascal on Beverly. 

Bosse and Hunt-Coffey Address Hillel Students

Bosse and Hunt-Coffey Address Hillel Students

Mayor Lili Bosse and City Manager Nancy Hunt-Coffey took part in a panel discussion to 7th and 8th graders at Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy on March 9.

Cedars-Sinai Marks Anniversary of Smidt Heart Institute

Cedars-Sinai Marks Anniversary of Smidt Heart Institute

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center marked the five-year anniversary of a $50 million gift from Eric and Susan Smidt, which named the Smidt Heart Institute, by sharing research breakthroughs and clinical advances in cardiology made possible by the donation.

Bosse and Hunt-Coffey Honored by WIZO

Bosse and Hunt-Coffey Honored by WIZO

The Gold Award is the organization’s highest honor.

Visionary Women Honors Shriver and Daughters

Visionary Women Honors Shriver and Daughters

Journalist and author Maria Shriver and her daughters, Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt and Christina Schwarzenegger, received the Visionary Women 2023 Changemaker of the Year award for their philanthropy and leadership.

Beverly Hills Tests Transit Pilot Program

Beverly Hills Tests Transit Pilot Program

The wind carried a surprisingly frosty chill on the morning of March 2, as a small, white bus parked across from the Beverly Hills Public Library. On the back of the bus, a blue “Transit Circulator” sticker was visible, as was a small makeshift sign that read “Hop on the City’s Transit Circulator Test Run.”

Robert Van Leer Named to Leadership Post at The Wallis

Robert Van Leer Named to Leadership Post at The Wallis

Robert van Leer has been named Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. He will assume the post on April 1.

City Council Addresses Parking Program, Trees and Israel Celebration

City Council Addresses Parking Program, Trees and Israel Celebration

The Beverly Hills City Council’s March 7 formal meeting addressed a variety of topics, including the city’s Preferential Parking Program, the ongoing tree removal on Robertson Boulevard and a request for the use of the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts for Israel’s 75th Independence Day celebration.

Wide-Ranging UCLA-Haaretz Conference Examines Israel’s Role on Global Stage

Wide-Ranging UCLA-Haaretz Conference Examines Israel’s Role on Global Stage

Is the two-state solution dead, Amir Tibon asked Tony Blair, referring to the uncertain prospects of peace between Israel and the Palestinians?

Mayor Lili Bosse Honored as Woman of the Year

Mayor Lili Bosse Honored as Woman of the Year

Mayor Lili Bosse was honored with the Woman of the Year “Shamsi Hekmat Award” by the Iranian Jewish Woman’s Organization (IJWO).

LA Marathon Returns to Beverly Hills March 19

LA Marathon Returns to Beverly Hills March 19

The 38th Annual Los Angeles Marathon “Stadium to the Stars,” presented by ASICS, will once again be returning to Beverly Hills on March 19. Athletes from all 50 states and more than 67 countries will race through the streets of Beverly Hills for miles 16 through 18 before ending at the Avenue of the Stars in Century City.

Beverly Vista Middle School Wins Second Place in Science Olympiad

Beverly Vista Middle School Wins Second Place in Science Olympiad

Students from Beverly Vista Middle School in Beverly Hills earned a second place overall ranking at the regional Science Olympiad competition on Feb. 18. Science Olympiad is a national competition in which students take part in 23 events involving various fields of science, including earth science, biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering.

Beverly Hills Resident and Conductor Relaunches Musical Groups

Beverly Hills Resident and Conductor Relaunches Musical Groups

Long-time Beverly Hills resident and founder-conductor Gary S. Greene and his LA Lawyers Philharmonic, Legal Voices and Big Band of Barristers are looking for advanced musicians and singers who are lawyers, judges, legal staff and law students to join their ranks.

Walk to School Wednesday

Walk to School Wednesday

Beverly Hills City Councilmember Sharona Nazarian and BHUSD Board Member Rachelle Marcus joined BHPD officers Arda Guvlekjian, Erica Maitland and Support K9 NAMI, as well as parents and students for a recent Walk to School Wednesday.

Local Decathletes to Compete at State Level

Local Decathletes to Compete at State Level

The Beverly Hills High School Academic Decathlon team will compete at the state competition for the third year in a row.

BHUSD Board Considers Hebrew Lessons for Middle Schoolers

BHUSD Board Considers Hebrew Lessons for Middle Schoolers

Over the past few weeks, school staff have surveyed middle and elementary school students and families to gage interest in Hebrew classes. At the Feb. 28 Beverly Hills Unified School District (BHUSD) Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Dr. Michael Bregy presented the findings.

City Conducts Transit Circulator Test Run

City Conducts Transit Circulator Test Run

Metro Updates D Line Progress

Metro Updates D Line Progress

At its quarterly in-person community meeting for the Purple (D Line) Extension Transit Project on March 1, Metro representatives shared the latest construction updates for sections one and two in Beverly Hills, including the Wilshire/La Cienega station, opening

Business with Bosse Meets at The Hideaway

Business with Bosse Meets at The Hideaway

Nearly 200 residents joined Mayor Lili Bosse on Feb. 27 for a Business with Bosse event at The Hideaway.

City Settles Former Employee’s Age Discrimination

City Settles Former Employee’s Age Discrimination

A 70-year-old former Beverly Hills senior recreation supervisor who once assisted with management of the city-owned Greystone Mansion & Gardens has settled her lawsuit alleging the city denied her promotions because of her age and that she was ultimately forced to resign in 2019 due to the incessant hostility from a supervisor.

Community Services Showcase Planned for March 5

Community Services Showcase Planned for March 5

The Department will showcase its classes, programs and 2023 Summer Camps.

New Complex at West LA VA to House Senior Military Veterans

New Complex at West LA VA to House Senior Military Veterans

Elected officials, nonprofit leaders, military veterans and advocates as well as members of the media gathered at the VA on Feb. 28 for the grand opening of the building.

Mirisch Elected to County Affordable Housing Solutions Agency Board

Mirisch Elected to County Affordable Housing Solutions Agency Board

The mission of LACAHSA (pronounced, somewhat fittingly, as “La Casa”) is to provide for enhanced funding for new affordable housing production and for affordable housing preservation, as well as for safeguarding tenant rights in Los Angeles County.

Planning Commission Discusses ADU Draft Ordinance

Planning Commission Discusses ADU Draft Ordinance

A future ADU-focused draft ordinance could, among other things, allow for an increase in the allowable height for ADUs—which are commonly known as “second units,” “granny flats,” or “mother-in-law units”—in Beverly Hills.

Organic Recycling Mandate in Effect in Beverly Hills

Organic Recycling Mandate in Effect in Beverly Hills

It’s time for Beverly Hills residents to pay attention to their pizza boxes, leftover lunches and perishing produce. These items no longer belong in the trash can but must be placed in green bins under the city’s organic recycling rules.

Cheesecake Factory Recognized With a 60-Second Shout Out

Cheesecake Factory Recognized With a 60-Second Shout Out

Mayor Lili Bosse and the Beverly Hills City Council recognized The Cheesecake Factory with a 60-Second Shout Out at the Feb. 21 City Council meeting.

Council Recognizes Bulgaria Liberation Day

Council Recognizes Bulgaria Liberation Day

At its Feb. 21 regular meeting, the Beverly Hills City Council recognized Bulgaria’s National Liberation Day which falls on March 3 as well as the 80th anniversary of the rescue of Bulgarian Jews from Nazi Death Camps during World War II. 

Elfman Honored at LACO Gala

Elfman Honored at LACO Gala

Four-time Oscar nominated, Grammy and Emmy Award-winning Danny Elfman, whose vast musical contributions as a composer and musician have thrilled audiences around the globe for more than 30 years, was honored by Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) at its “2023 Gala Celebration” on Feb. 4 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, raising over $500,000 to benefit LACO’s artistic and education initiatives.

City Honors Roxbury Knitting Group

City Honors Roxbury Knitting Group

Kraushaar Wins Valentine Luncheon from the Courier

Kraushaar Wins Valentine Luncheon from the Courier

Kraushaar, who is an employee of the Beverly Hills Unified School District, will enjoy a delicious lunch with a guest at Via Alloro on Canon Drive.

Council Considers Housing Element

Council Considers Housing Element

Efforts to Halt Tree Removal Fail

Efforts to Halt Tree Removal Fail

For weeks, Beverly Hills residents and business owners have campaigned to save the Ficus trees along Robertson Boulevard, which are being cut down as part of the city’s Robertson Sidewalk and Tree Replacement Project.

Police Arrest Three for Whole Foods Theft

Police Arrest Three for Whole Foods Theft

The Beverly Hills Police Department (BHPD) arrested three suspects earlier this week in connection with a theft at the Whole Foods in Beverly Hills. The suspects were booked for, among other charges, resistance or delaying of an investigation.

Shooting Suspect Charged with Federal Hate Crimes

Shooting Suspect Charged with Federal Hate Crimes

Federal hate crimes charges have been filed against Jaime Tran, a former Riverside resident who allegedly targeted and shot two Jewish men in Pico-Robertson, a predominately Jewish neighborhood in West Los Angeles, on Feb. 15 and 16.

Hundreds Attend Town Hall Denouncing Antisemitism

Hundreds Attend Town Hall Denouncing Antisemitism

Alarmed by recent anti-Jewish attacks in Pico-Robertson, approximately 400 people attended a town hall focused on denouncing antisemitism and violence.

May 23 Special Election Set for Cheval Blanc

May 23 Special Election Set for Cheval Blanc

The City Council voted 4-1 to schedule the election, during which residents will decide if they want to repeal the ordinances approving the project and its development agreement.

Valentine’s Day Proposal

Valentine’s Day Proposal

Kindness Week Kickoff

Kindness Week Kickoff

Kindness Week kicked off at the Beverly Hills Farmers Market with a Toy Donation Drive for local cancer organizations on Feb. 12.

City Leaders Meet with Glendale Officials

City Leaders Meet with Glendale Officials

Beverly Hills Mayor Lili Bosse, City Manager Nancy Hunt-Coffey, and Police Chief Mark Stainbrook traveled to Glendale on Feb. 10 to meet with Glendale city representatives and leaders from the local and national Armenian community to discuss the recent anti-Armenian flyers that were distributed in the city of Beverly Hills.

Local Officials Attend Massive Rally Downtown

Local Officials Attend Massive Rally Downtown

On Feb. 11, thousands of people attended a rally in front of Los Angeles City Hall in support of the Iranian people and the ongoing fight for civil rights and freedom under Iran’s Islamic Republic.

School Board Considers Hebrew Language Classes for Middle School

School Board Considers Hebrew Language Classes for Middle School

Currently, foreign language classes are offered as an elective at the middle school level, with French and Spanish to choose from. With dozens of electives to pick from, staff must gauge interest from students, and determine how many of those would sign up.

Planning Commission Debates Fractional Ownership Ban

Planning Commission Debates Fractional Ownership Ban

With the city’s ban on fractional property ownership set to expire this summer, the Planning Commission has been tasked with preparing a permanent ordinance for the City Council’s approval.

BREAKING NEWS UPDATE:

BREAKING NEWS UPDATE:

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) took into custody on the evening of Feb. 16 a suspect believed responsible for the two shootings of two Jewish men in Pico-Robertson over the last two days, according to an update from the LAPD. The arrests came after the Courier’s Feb. 17 issue, which describes the shootings, had gone to press.

Critical Conversations Series Focuses on Women’s Rights

Critical Conversations Series Focuses on Women’s Rights

The second installment of Critical Conversations—the speaker series presented by the Beverly Hills Human Relations Commission and Community Services—featured a dynamic panel of thought leaders and activists addressing “The State of Women’s Rights in Modern Times.”

Community Members Protest Ficus Tree Removal

Community Members Protest Ficus Tree Removal

A group of residents and business owners are pleading with the city of Beverly Hills to stop the ongoing removal of 87 Ficus trees on Robertson Boulevard, but time to save the trees is running out.

Two Jewish Community Members Shot After Prayer Services

Two Jewish Community Members Shot After Prayer Services

In apparently unrelated incidents, two Jewish community members were shot after leaving prayer services on Wednesday and Thursday mornings, Feb. 15 and 16, respectively.

Varied Topics Discussed at Vibrant Live with Lili This Week

Varied Topics Discussed at Vibrant Live with Lili This Week

Bosse said thousands of residents tuned in via Zoom at this month’s Live with Lili, while about 15 people showed up to the event in person. Community spirit and love for the city were palpable at the Valentine’s Day-themed town hall.

Mayor Bosse to be Honored by Beth Jacob Congregation on March 19

Mayor Bosse to be Honored by Beth Jacob Congregation on March 19

When Beth Jacob Congregation’s Senior Rabbi Kalman Topp reached out and told Lili Bosse of his intention to honor her at an upcoming event, the Beverly Hills mayor was caught off-guard; unlike members of Beth Jacob, Bosse does not identify with the Orthodox strain of Judaism.

Business with Bosse Visits L’Hermitage Beverly Hills

Business with Bosse Visits L’Hermitage Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills Mayor Lili Bosse hosted another successful Business with Bosse gathering on Feb. 8.

New Gardening Classes Available at Greystone Mansion and Gardens

New Gardening Classes Available at Greystone Mansion and Gardens

The city’s Community Services Department is offering new adult gardening workshops in February and March at Greystone Mansion and Gardens.

Multigenerational Brunch Brings Together Holocaust Survivors, Middle Schoolers at Sinai Temple

Multigenerational Brunch Brings Together Holocaust Survivors, Middle Schoolers at Sinai Temple

“Amazing.” “Moving.” “Vital.” These were just a few of the words used to describe a recent brunch that brought together Holocaust survivors, eager to share their incredible stories, and middle school students—eager to listen.

Mayor Bosse Welcomes Mayor Ohana

Mayor Bosse Welcomes Mayor Ohana

Ohana is the first woman to hold that position in the history of Yeroham.

Burt Bacharach Dies at Age 94

Burt Bacharach Dies at Age 94

Burt Bacharach, the prolific Oscar-winning composer whose long string of hits including “I Say A Little Prayer,” “Walk On By” and “What The World Needs Now Is Love” made him one of the most enduring songwriters in pop history, has died at age 94, his publicist announced.

El Rodeo Elementary School to Reopen in 2024

El Rodeo Elementary School to Reopen in 2024

After a multi-year construction period, El Rodeo Elementary School is scheduled to reopen on June 30, 2024, for the 2024-2025 school year.

Beverly Hills Fire Department Investigating House Fires

Beverly Hills Fire Department Investigating House Fires

The Beverly Hills Fire Department is investigating the causes of two heavy fires that engulfed a pair of Beverly Hills residences on the morning of Feb. 3.

Two New Beverly Hills Cultural Events Set for This Spring

Two New Beverly Hills Cultural Events Set for This Spring

This spring, two new arts and culture events will debut in Beverly Hills: the inaugural Festival Beverly Hills on March 12, and “MADE in Beverly Hills,” a four-day festival beginning May 4 that celebrates the city’s architecture and culture.

Council Mulls Changes to Rent Control Protections

Council Mulls Changes to Rent Control Protections

At its Feb. 7 regular meeting, the Council considered changing a provision in its Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO) regarding evictions for building demolition or condo conversions in an effort to protect tenants. Ultimately, it decided not to do so due to confusion over the impacts of such a change.

County Logs 1,625 New COVID-19 Cases

County Logs 1,625 New COVID-19 Cases

Los Angeles County health officials reported 1,625 new COVID-19 infections, while the number of people hospitalized with the virus ticked up slightly in its latest data.

Speaker Series on State of Women’s Rights Takes Place Feb. 9

Speaker Series on State of Women’s Rights Takes Place Feb. 9

Sponsored by the city’s Human Relations Commission in partnership with the Community Services Department, this speaker series invites leaders to discuss their roles in cultivating a community of greater kindness, equity, inclusion and belonging.

Dazzling Display of Musical Skills at Rotary Club Luncheon

Dazzling Display of Musical Skills at Rotary Club Luncheon

Beverly Hills High School students, guided by their new Music Director, Justin Klotzle, displayed brilliant skills during a performance at the Rotary Club of Beverly Hills luncheon on Jan. 30.

Fire Damages House in Beverly Hills

Fire Damages House in Beverly Hills

A fire damaged a house in Beverly Hills on the morning of Feb. 3, but no one was hurt, authorities said.

Beverly Hills Takes Action to Improve Homeless Response

Beverly Hills Takes Action to Improve Homeless Response

Mayor Bosse Selected as Woman of the Year

Mayor Bosse Selected as Woman of the Year

Mayor Lili Bosse is not afraid to speak up, be it at a rally on the streets or from her seat presiding over the Beverly Hills City Council. She will soon be recognized by the Iranian Jewish Women’s Organization as an outspoken voice against antisemitism and misogyny.

Anti-Armenian Flyers Discovered in Beverly Hills

Anti-Armenian Flyers Discovered in Beverly Hills

Flyers addressing the ongoing conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan were recently discovered in Beverly Hills, causing outrage among the local Armenian community.

Stricter Smoking Ban Debated for Beverly Hills

Stricter Smoking Ban Debated for Beverly Hills

While smoking in Beverly Hills is illegal in most public settings, stricter modifications to the current smoking regulations are being reviewed.

Mayor Bosse Hosts Youth Mental Wellness Event

Mayor Bosse Hosts Youth Mental Wellness Event

Hosted alongside Beverly Hills’s Teen Advisory Committee in partnership with Bosse’s Mental Wellness Series, the event celebrated mental health awareness and invited patrons to partake in several kinds of activities and programs — all of which were geared toward allowing people a comfortable, safe space to express themselves and their emotions.

Beverly Vista Middle School Visits JPL

Beverly Vista Middle School Visits JPL

Beverly Vista Middle School’s advanced STEM students and Science Olympiad team recently took a behind-the-scenes VIP tour of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory ( JPL) in Pasadena.

Rotary Club of Beverly Hills Honors Lunar New Year

Rotary Club of Beverly Hills Honors Lunar New Year

JR Dzubak, President of the Rotary Club of Beverly Hills, invited members of the Asian Community, including the Rotary Club of Beverly Hills, to celebrate the beginning of the Lunar New Year, the Year of the Rabbit, at its Jan. 23 luncheon.

Public Encouraged to Attend Feb. 9 Meeting

Public Encouraged to Attend Feb. 9 Meeting

The public is encouraged to attend a community meeting regarding the negotiation process between the city of Beverly Hills and its six non-sworn employee bargaining groups.

Adam Friedman Granted Diversion in Criminal Case

Adam Friedman Granted Diversion in Criminal Case

Adam Friedman, the son of Beverly Hills City Councilmember Lester Friedman, was granted a six-month diversion program that could result in the dismissal of a case in which he is charged with creating a fake social media account impersonating City Councilmember Sharona Nazarian, while she was a candidate.

Visionary Women Hosts Female Founders Salon

Visionary Women Hosts Female Founders Salon

The excitement in the club’s spacious ballroom was palpable before the panel started, as more than 240 women gathered together, many reconnecting in person for the first time since the pandemic began.

Proclamation for Beny Alagem and Hilton and Waldorf Astoria Hotels

Proclamation for Beny Alagem and Hilton and Waldorf Astoria Hotels

During its Jan. 24 meeting, the Beverly Hills City Council honored Beny Alagem and the management of the Beverly Hilton and Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills for extending special hotel rates to residents who had been impacted by recent power outages.

Three Killed, Four Wounded at ‘Short-Term Rental’ Near Beverly Hills

Three Killed, Four Wounded at ‘Short-Term Rental’ Near Beverly Hills

Three people were killed and four others were wounded on Jan. 28 during a shooting at a gathering in the Beverly Crest area of Los Angeles, authorities said.

After-School Recreation and Parks Program Relaunched

After-School Recreation and Parks Program Relaunched

After a long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a host of new after-school enrichment opportunities and early education programs are picking up again in Beverly Hills.

Mayor Teams Up with Mr. Brainwash for Business with Bosse Event

Mayor Teams Up with Mr. Brainwash for Business with Bosse Event

Hundreds lined up outside the former Museum of Television and Radio on Jan. 26 for a complimentary tour of the Mr. Brainwash Art Museum and pop-up exhibit, “Enter Through The Museum” with the artist himself as part of the latest installment of Business with Bosse.

Mayor’s ‘Youth’ Mental Wellness Event Takes Place This Sunday

Mayor’s ‘Youth’ Mental Wellness Event Takes Place This Sunday

Presented by the Teen Advisory Committee in partnership with Mayor Lili Bosse’s Mental Wellness Series, the co-founders of the new and popular Madhappy Podcast will hold a special conversation about mental health on Jan. 29 from 12-3 p.m.

Beverly Hills City Council Addresses Cheval Blanc Petitions, Parking Permits and Power Outages

Beverly Hills City Council Addresses Cheval Blanc Petitions, Parking Permits and Power Outages

The agenda included concerns about the new permit by plate system introduced by the Beverly Hills Police Department (BHPD); petitions to reconsider the Cheval Blanc Beverly Hills hotel project and persistent power outages.

BHPD Makes Several Arrests This Week

BHPD Makes Several Arrests This Week

Officers took suspects into custody for two separate robberies that occurred on Jan. 21 as well as an auto theft on Jan. 23. BHPD also arrested two suspects on a stolen vehicle charge on Jan. 24.

Stephanie Harris Named Interim Community Services Director

Stephanie Harris Named Interim Community Services Director

City Manager Nancy Hunt-Coffey has announced that Stephanie Harris has been named Interim Community Services Director for the City of Beverly Hills, effective immediately. 

British Actor Julian Sands Missing in San Gabriel Mountains

British Actor Julian Sands Missing in San Gabriel Mountains

Search-and-rescue teams are searching for British actor Julian Sands, one of two hikers who went missing in the San Gabriel Mountains last weekend. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has been searching for Sands in the Mt. Baldy area since he was reported missing on Jan. 13.

City National Bank to Pay $31 Million to Settle Lending Discrimination Case

City National Bank to Pay $31 Million to Settle Lending Discrimination Case

The Justice Department announced an agreement on Jan. 12 to resolve allegations that City National Bank (City National) engaged in a pattern or practice of lending discrimination by “redlining” in Los Angeles County.

Annual Dance Concert Set for February

Annual Dance Concert Set for February

The Beverly Hills High School Dance Company will perform at its annual dance concert on Feb. 1, 2 and 3 at the Saban Theatre.

Hilton & Hyland Appoints David Kramer as President

Hilton & Hyland Appoints David Kramer as President

City Won’t Extend Height Limits for Walls, Fences and Hedges

City Won’t Extend Height Limits for Walls, Fences and Hedges

The Beverly Hills Planning Commission shot down a potential extension of allowable wall, fence and hedge heights for private residences after determining there were more public safety risks than benefits to such a change.

Deadline Nears for Community Assistance Grant Funding

Deadline Nears for Community Assistance Grant Funding

Community Assistance Grant Funding allows Beverly Hills to extend its social safety net to vulnerable individuals whose needs aren’t met by the city’s existing services and the Jan. 24 deadline to apply for this year’s fund is approaching. 

BHUSD Board Holds First Meeting of 2023

BHUSD Board Holds First Meeting of 2023

The board’s diverse agenda included updates from Superintendent Dr. Michael Bregy regarding new kosher meal options available for students in the district, an increasing demand for electric vehicle chargers on campus, and the nationwide search for a new Beverly Hills High School (BHHS) principal. 

Luxury Hotels in Beverly Hills Provide a Refuge for Residents in Power Outage

Luxury Hotels in Beverly Hills Provide a Refuge for Residents in Power Outage

“Before it got dark, we were going to make sure that anyone that needed a hotel had a hotel,” Bosse told the Courier. 

All Ages Invited to Mayor’s Youth Mental Wellness Event

All Ages Invited to Mayor’s Youth Mental Wellness Event

The next installment of Mayor Lili Bosse’s Mental Wellness Series is billed as a “youth” event. But actually, it is designed for every age and the age we live in now. 

BHPD Arrest Trespassing Suspect

BHPD Arrest Trespassing Suspect

The Beverly Hills Police Department (BHPD) has arrested a suspect wanted in connection to a recent string of trespassing incidents on the 1000 block of Laurel Way and Crescent Drive. According to the BHPD, a suspect identified as Christopher Turner was taken into custody on Jan. 18 after detectives located him outside a home on Laurel Way.

Rotary Club to Host Blood Drive

Rotary Club to Host Blood Drive

In honor of National Blood Donor Month, the Rotary Club of Beverly Hills is hosting a community blood drive on Jan. 30 at The Peninsula Hotel from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Golden Globe 80th Anniversary Proclamation

Golden Globe 80th Anniversary Proclamation

Mayor Lili Bosse presented a special proclamation to the President of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Helen Hoehne, at the Beverly Hilton this week in recognition of the Golden Globe Award’s 80th Anniversary year in Beverly Hills.

Storm Causes Damage in Beverly Hills and Southland

Storm Causes Damage in Beverly Hills and Southland

BHUSD Board Recall Abandoned

BHUSD Board Recall Abandoned

After three members of the Beverly Hills Unified School District (BHUSD) Board of Education were served with a notice of intention to circulate a recall petition on Dec. 13, the effort is now deemed abandoned for failure to pursue. Board President Noah Margo, Vice President Amanda Stern, and Mary Wells each received a notice from proponents of the recall, who are reportedly advocates for former high school wrestling coach, Ryan Faintich.

City Weighs Transit Pilot Program

City Weighs Transit Pilot Program

Despite objections raised by several city leaders, members of the Beverly Hills Traffic and Parking Commission have decided to move forward with its plans to launch a transit pilot program this summer, which will include a new circular bus route near the bustling business district and an on-demand microtransit system for people traveling between more widely spaced and sparsely populated areas of the city.

Modernism Festival Set for May in Beverly Hills

Modernism Festival Set for May in Beverly Hills

Every year around 100,000 visitors flock to the desert to attend Modernism Week in Palm Springs and now plans are in the works to bring a satellite version of the beloved art festival to Beverly Hills.

Mayor Bosse Hosts First ‘Live with Lili’ of 2023

Mayor Bosse Hosts First ‘Live with Lili’ of 2023

On Jan. 9, Mayor Lili Bosse held the first Live with Lili of the new year, taking questions and hearing comments from community members, as well as sharing updates from the previous meeting.

Lisa Marie Presley Dies at Age 54 After Cardiac Arrest

Lisa Marie Presley Dies at Age 54 After Cardiac Arrest

Lisa Marie Presley, the 54-year-old daughter of Elvis Presley, died on Jan. 12 at a hospital after suffering an apparent cardiac arrest at her home in the Calabassas/Agoura Hills area. Her mother, Priscilla Presley, confirmed the death in a statement, saying, “It is with a heavy heart that I must share the devastating news that my beautiful daughter Lisa Marie has left us.

Anita Pointer, Founding Member of the Pointer Sisters, Dies at 74

Anita Pointer, Founding Member of the Pointer Sisters, Dies at 74

Court Docket

Court Docket

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.

Purple Line Plans Move Forward in 2023

Purple Line Plans Move Forward in 2023

Plans for and progress on the Metro Purple (D Line) Extension in Beverly Hills were on the agenda at a construction updates community webinar held by Metro on Wed., Jan. 4, and open to the public via Zoom. After a holiday hiatus, Metro has resumed Purple Line work in the city.

City Manager Hunt-Coffey Announces Key Promotions

City Manager Hunt-Coffey Announces Key Promotions

Several key city employees are beginning the new year in new positions. Beverly Hills City Manager Nancy Hunt-Coffey announced a number of promotions this week, beginning with the appointment of Keith Sterling as Deputy City Manager.

Council Takes Action on Street Racing

Council Takes Action on Street Racing

At its Jan. 3 Study Session, the Beverly Hills City Council agreed to explore the creation of an ordinance that establishes a legal procedure for forfeiting “nuisance” vehicles and allows for the prosecution of street race audiences.

French Bulldog Stolen at Gunpoint in Beverly Hills

French Bulldog Stolen at Gunpoint in Beverly Hills

Storm Pummels Beverly Hills and Southland

Storm Pummels Beverly Hills and Southland

A strong Pacific storm doused Southern California this week, flooding roadways across the Southland and some freeways.The main front of the “bomb cyclone” moved into the area on the night of Jan. 4.

BHPD Launches New ‘Hawkeye’ Drone

BHPD Launches New ‘Hawkeye’ Drone

The Beverly Hills Police Department (BHPD) has a brand-new team member with super speed and insanely good vision — its high-flying drone named “Hawkeye.”

Beverly Hills City Council Holds First Meeting of 2023

Beverly Hills City Council Holds First Meeting of 2023

The Beverly Hills City Council reconvened for its first meeting of the year on Jan. 3, hearing updates from various department heads, and details from Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) representatives on a project to replace two aging water valves on Sunset Boulevard this January and February.

Road Closures Planned for Golden Globe Awards

Road Closures Planned for Golden Globe Awards

The 80th annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony will take place at the Beverly Hilton on Jan. 10, 2023. The Golden Globe Awards are viewed in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. It is one of the few awards ceremonies to recognize both motion picture and television achievements.

Johana Hernandez Engaged

Johana Hernandez Engaged

Designer Johana Hernandez, owner of GLAUDI Beverly Hills, and John Daniel “JD” Hutton are celebrating their engagement.

Beverly Wilshire Spreads Holiday Cheer

Beverly Wilshire Spreads Holiday Cheer

Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons Hotel, and its Executive Chef Samir Roonwal, pictured, provided hot holiday meals to members of the Beverly Hills Police Department personnel working on Christmas Day and the last day of Hanukkah.

County Urges Caution To Avoid COVID Transmission

County Urges Caution To Avoid COVID Transmission

According to state figures, there were 1,195 COVID-positive patients in county hospitals, down from 1,220 on Saturday. Public Health officials estimated that roughly 40% of patients with the virus were admitted for COVID-related conditions, with many only learning they were infected when testing upon admission.

Start the New Year with “Jewish Family Recipes” Cookbook

Start the New Year with “Jewish Family Recipes” Cookbook

The idea for the cookbook, which has been selling like hotcakes since it became available online in December, originated when the pandemic took away in-person fundraising events for the social services agency.

Billboard Campaign Targets Antisemitism with Kindness

Billboard Campaign Targets Antisemitism with Kindness

Ten billboards positioned throughout Los Angeles are designed to spread love, hope and kindness. They are visible to drivers and pedestrians at destinations ranging from the San Fernando Valley to Culver City, Venice and the intersection of Olympic and Robertson Boulevards in West Los Angeles. 

Noteworthy New Laws Taking Effect in 2023

Noteworthy New Laws Taking Effect in 2023

At midnight on Jan. 1, Champagne corks will pop, friends will embrace and hundreds of new California laws will take effect. Many will provide minor tweaks to existing legislation. However, a dozen or so address big ticket topics like housing development, reproductive rights and gun control as well as smaller, yet still relevant concerns, like jaywalking and the sale of furs. 

Beverly Hills 2022 in Review

Beverly Hills 2022 in Review

This year was marked by mayoral initiatives like “Business with Bosse,” and “Live with Lili;” the creation of the Real Time Watch Center with a new police chief at the helm; arts and culture events, and new members of the City Council and school board. 

Nowruz Banners will Celebrate Persian New Year in Beverly Hills

Nowruz Banners will Celebrate Persian New Year in Beverly Hills

For the past four years the non-profit Farhang Foundation has partnered with the city to mount Nowruz banners in recognition of Beverly Hills’ significant Iranian population. This year, those banners will also express a message of solidarity with women fighting for their rights in Iran.

Former Employee’s Case Against City Allowed to Proceed

Former Employee’s Case Against City Allowed to Proceed

A judge has finalized his ruling allowing a 70-year-old former Beverly Hills senior recreation supervisor who once assisted with management of the city-owned Greystone Mansion & Gardens to proceed with all the claims in her lawsuit alleging she was denied promotions because of her age.

Clark Dikeman Receives Recreation and Parks Commission Award

Clark Dikeman Receives Recreation and Parks Commission Award

The City of Beverly Hills Recreation and Parks Commission recognized aquatics instructor and adult educator, Clark Dikeman with the Recreation and Parks Commission Award at its Dec. 20 meeting.

Health and Safety Commission Looks to Year Ahead

Health and Safety Commission Looks to Year Ahead

The agenda included reports from Beverly Hills Unified School District (BHUSD) and Beverly Hills Police Department (BHPD) representatives. Topics in the BHUSD presentation ranged from mental health programs to the Safety and Security Committee’s review of local schools’ preparedness plans.

Beverly Hills Women’s Club Sets New Course

Beverly Hills Women’s Club Sets New Course

The iconic Beverly Hills Women’s Club is charting a new path, while staying true to its legendary origins. Founded in 1916, BHWC’s stated mission has been to sponsor educational, cultural, philanthropic, and social activities that enrich the community at large and bring women together in camaraderie.

Union Meets Signature Deadline on Cheval Blanc Petition

Union Meets Signature Deadline on Cheval Blanc Petition

UNITE HERE Local 11 has presented the city with petitions bearing the requisite number of signatures needed to bring a referendum on the project. As set forth in the Courier’s Dec. 9 issue, the union actually circulated two petitions. One seeks to reverse the City Council’s approval of Cheval Blanc. The other seeks to set aside the development agreement signed by the city. 

City Hall ‘Unwraps the Magic’ Through New Year’s Day

City Hall ‘Unwraps the Magic’ Through New Year’s Day

The city partnered with Utopia Worldwide, Inc., an event production and design company based in Burbank, to create the festive holiday projection show.

A Message of Gratitude | Guest Editorial

A Message of Gratitude | Guest Editorial

For a few more days, I am your City Manager, George Chavez. Almost four decades ago, when I first entered public service as a building inspector, I could never imagine that I would be retiring as City Manager. It is not a position I aimed for, but it turned out to be one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life.

Beverly Hills Comes Together for Hanukkah Celebrations

Beverly Hills Comes Together for Hanukkah Celebrations

On the second night of Hanukkah, the community joined members of the Beverly Hills City Council for the annual menorah lighting celebration at Beverly Gardens Park. About 100 guests of all ages gathered around a giant menorah near the Lily Pond to celebrate the festival of lights with song and heard from city leaders about the significance of the holiday and remembering the past while looking towards the future.

Holiday Cookie Baking Contest Winners

Holiday Cookie Baking Contest Winners

Mayor Lili Bosse poses with the proud winners of the Cookie Baking Contest held at the Beverly Hills Farmers’ Market Dec. 11.

Rotary Club of Beverly Hills Hosts Holiday Party

Rotary Club of Beverly Hills Hosts Holiday Party

The Courier’s Executive Editor Ana Figueroa (left), Publisher Lisa Friedman Bloch, City Manager George Chavez, Beverly Hills Mayor Lili Bosse and BHUSD Board Member Mary Wells enjoyed the festivities at the annual Rotary of Beverly Hills Holiday Party held at the Beverly Hills Hotel Dec. 12.

Councilmembers Talk Fiscal Reports and Renters’ Protections

Councilmembers Talk Fiscal Reports and Renters’ Protections

The first agenda item was the briefest, involving the reappointment of four Commissioners. Kathy Melamed (Charitable Solicitations Commissioner), Terri Smooke (Design Review Commissioner), Helena Rosenthal (Health and Safety Commissioner) and Noelle Freeman (Human Relations Commissioner) each submitted letters of interest to be reappointed.

BHPD Promotes New Leaders

BHPD Promotes New Leaders

“These are very exciting times for BHPD as we continue to look to the future,” said Beverly Hills Police Chief Mark Stainbrook. “I am thankful for the unparalleled support from our City Council and the Beverly Hills community. I have no doubt, these employees will move the Department forward toward our mission, while fostering healthy internal and community relationships.” 

BHUSD Board Members Served with Recall Notice

BHUSD Board Members Served with Recall Notice

Three members of the Beverly Hills Unified School District (BHUSD) Board of Education were served with a notice of intention to circulate a recall petition at the Dec. 13 meeting.

City Council Honors, Discusses and Approves in Last Meeting of Year

City Council Honors, Discusses and Approves in Last Meeting of Year

Members of the Beverly Hills City Council dove deep into approving a slew of wide-ranging measures during their regular meeting on Dec. 13. Agenda items ranged from police department signing bonuses to licensing agreements and commission appointments, among others. 

Lori Hyland Becomes Sole Owner of Hilton & Hyland

Lori Hyland Becomes Sole Owner of Hilton & Hyland

Hilton & Hyland has announced that Lori Hyland is now the 100% shareholder and owner of Hilton & Hyland. The Hilton & Hyland company name will remain unchanged.

City Manager George Chavez Honored at Farewell Party

City Manager George Chavez Honored at Farewell Party

The elegantly decorated event, which was hosted by the city and free to the public, was attended by Mayor Lili Bosse, who also served as MC, as well as former Beverly Hills mayors; city councilmembers, officials, and staff; members of the Beverly Hills Police Department; residents; and Chavez’s friends and family, who filled the Municipal Gallery to capacity. 

‘Don’t Let Outsiders Decide What’s Best for Our Beloved Home’ | Guest Editorial

‘Don’t Let Outsiders Decide What’s Best for Our Beloved Home’ | Guest Editorial

As many of you know, a signature-gathering operation is underway in Beverly Hills that is meant to overturn one of the most important City Council votes in recent history that I believe ensures the heart and soul of our future: the approval of the world-class Cheval Blanc hotel at the northern end of Rodeo Drive. 

BHUSD Board of Education Installs New Officers

BHUSD Board of Education Installs New Officers

The Beverly Hills Unified School District (BHUSD) Board of Education held an Organizational Meeting on Dec. 13 in which the 2023-24 cabinet was installed, including its newest member, Judy Manouchehri, and Rachelle Marcus, who begins her second term. The board also elected Noah Margo and Amanda Stern to the positions of new president and vice president, respectively, and thanked outgoing member Gabriel Halimi. 

Gina Raphael Honored for Work with WIZO

Gina Raphael Honored for Work with WIZO

With over 800 social service projects, WIZO is the largest social services provider outside of Israeli government with a focus on helping women and children in Israel with day care centers, youth villages, senior centers shelters for battered women, girls and women’s leadership programs, programs for Ethiopian Youth and much more.

David Yelton Receives Fred C. Cunningham Award

David Yelton Receives Fred C. Cunningham Award

Named after the city’s longtime former Executive Director of Public Affairs, Fred C. Cunningham, the honor recognizes an employee who has a true vocation for serving the community and who has demonstrated expertise and commitment tempered with grace and humility. Mr. Yelton is the fourth honoree to receive the award, following Fred C. Cunningham, City Manager George Chavez and Beverly Hills Fire Chief Greg Barton. 

Ambulance Dedication at Chabad of Beverly Hills

Ambulance Dedication at Chabad of Beverly Hills

A dedication ceremony took place on Dec. 4 for a Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU) ambulance destined for Israel’s national emergency medical service, Magen David Adom (MDA). Local realtor Rosalie Klein funded the ambulance to honor her late parents, Dvora and Mordechai, and her beloved husband, Morrie.

Holiday Magic at Greystone

Holiday Magic at Greystone

The spectacularly bedecked and festive space at Greystone featured fun experiences, multicultural themes and decorations, strolling carolers, live music and dance party with acclaimed Mostly Kosher klezmer gypsy-rock band, craft-making and storytelling, and a fantastic puppet show in Greystone Theatre by the beloved Bob Baker Marionette Theater.

Study Session Handles a Quartet of Agenda Items

Study Session Handles a Quartet of Agenda Items

The Dec. 6 City Council Study Session invited discussion on four topics, from administrative details to a key pandemic-related program. City Clerk Huma Ahmed provided an update on three upcoming vacancies within the Design Review Commission (DRC).

Fired Coach Still a Topic at BHUSD Board of Ed. Meeting

Fired Coach Still a Topic at BHUSD Board of Ed. Meeting

On Dec. 6, the Beverly Hills Unified School District (BHUSD) Board of Education meeting was packed for the second time with dozens of students, parents, and community members, all of whom had come to ask the board to bring back the high school wrestling coach, Ryan Faintich.

From Beverly Hills to Ukraine: One Doctor’s Story

From Beverly Hills to Ukraine: One Doctor’s Story

“He told me he was applying to colleges and concerned about how he looked. I also had another woman pointing to spots on her face. She felt they were making her ugly. Feeling good about yourself makes you feel better. People don’t want to look unsightly, no matter what circumstances they are in. It is something in the psyche,” said Luftman.

Horvath Sworn In as Supervisor for Third District

Horvath Sworn In as Supervisor for Third District

Former West Hollywood City Councilmember and Mayor Lindsey P. Horvath formally assumed office as the Los Angeles County Supervisor for the Third District on Dec. 5 succeeding Supervisor Sheila J. Kuehl. She is the youngest woman ever to serve on that body and the first millennial. 

Public Invited to Reception for George Chavez

Public Invited to Reception for George Chavez

On Dec. 13, the city of Beverly Hills is hosting a reception in honor of retiring City Manager George Chavez, who leaves after 34 years of dedicated service to the community.

Human Rights, Antisemitism at the Forefront of City Council Meeting  

Human Rights, Antisemitism at the Forefront of City Council Meeting  

The Beverly Hills City Council addressed topics ranging from licensing to commission appointments at its Dec. 6 formal meeting. But two items not on the agenda provided the evening’s most stirring moments.

Union Seeks to Put Cheval Blanc Approval on the Ballot

Union Seeks to Put Cheval Blanc Approval on the Ballot

The union that represents hotel workers is canvassing Beverly Hills, hoping to place on the ballot a referendum that would shoot down the City Council’s approval in November of a luxury hotel to be developed by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton. The signature drive has already resulted in a dispute with the Beverly Hills Police Department (BHPD). 

Women’s Guild Cedars-Sinai Gala Raises Over $1 Million

Women’s Guild Cedars-Sinai Gala Raises Over $1 Million

Hollywood Icon Award Winner Jamie Lee Curtis speaks at the 2022 Women’s Guild Cedars-Sinai Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Nov. 30.

BHPD Honored for Il Pastaio Robbery Investigation

BHPD Honored for Il Pastaio Robbery Investigation

The Awards were announced on Nov. 16 and honored BHPD Detective Chris Coulter, Sgt. Eric Hyon, former Sgt. Kevin Burger, and FBI Special Agents Michael Fukuda and Chris McElroy.

Protests at Balenciaga

Protests at Balenciaga

A group of protestors gathered in front of the Balenciaga store on Rodeo Drive on Dec. 1, criticizing the luxury brand’s Instagram advertising campaign that featured objectionable images of children.

Anastasia Soare’s Holiday STYLE

Anastasia Soare’s Holiday STYLE

Businesswoman Anastasia Soare, owner of Anastasia Beverly Hills and the cover subject of the Beverly Hills Courier’s Holiday STYLE Magazine, poses with her cover profile at the National Day of Romania concert and reception at The Peninsula Beverly Hills on Nov. 29.

Rachmaninoff Events Set for Next Year

Rachmaninoff Events Set for Next Year

At its Nov. 28 City Council Liaison/Rodeo Drive/Special Events/Holiday Program Committee meeting, Mayor Lili Bosse and Councilmember Lester Friedman reviewed plans for a series of upcoming events celebrating the world-renowned Russian pianist, conductor and composer Sergei Rachmaninoff in Beverly Hills.

Albert ‘AL’ Lightfoot Remembered as Stand-Up Detective and Police Officer

Albert ‘AL’ Lightfoot Remembered as Stand-Up Detective and Police Officer

The retired detective and reserve police officer, who dedicated more than 49 years to public service in Beverly Hills, passed away on Sun., Nov. 27.

Masks Recommended Indoors Once Again

Masks Recommended Indoors Once Again

The rate of daily cases has been steadily rising in recent weeks, but Wednesday’s number was by far the largest single-day total in some time.

Bosse Signs Historic Declaration at Antisemitism Summit

Bosse Signs Historic Declaration at Antisemitism Summit

The event is co-hosted by the Combat Antisemitism Movement and the Center for Jewish Impact in partnership with the Jewish Federations of North America.

Overwhelming Response to Holidays at Greystone Event

Overwhelming Response to Holidays at Greystone Event

The annual fest, which opened up to reservations in early November, received an overwhelming response, selling out in less than a week, according to organizers.

State Rejects Beverly Hills’ Housing Plan

State Rejects Beverly Hills’ Housing Plan

Beverly Hills lacks an adequate plan to do its part in addressing California’s affordable housing crisis. 

Celebrating Landmark Anniversaries in Beverly Hills

Celebrating Landmark Anniversaries in Beverly Hills

Max and Florence Schwartz recently celebrated their 70th anniversary. Max, 95, and Florence, 91, have lived in Beverly Hills for 47 years.

Mickey Fine Pharmacy Celebrates 60th Anniversary

Mickey Fine Pharmacy Celebrates 60th Anniversary

Mickey Fine Pharmacy, a Beverly Hills institution, recently celebrated its 60th anniversary with a ribbon cutting.

Beverly Hills High School Hosts Junior Cooking Reality Show

Beverly Hills High School Hosts Junior Cooking Reality Show

At the conclusion of separate six-week after-school courses in culinary arts and video production, cooking and broadcast students at Beverly Vista Middle School joined forces to produce the Junior Chef Cooking Competition, judged by two chefs from local hotels. As the teams of competitors opened mystery boxes with sweet and savory items, camera operators captured every pinch, roll, and chop for the KBEV 6 stream.

Girls’ Volleyball Team Makes Buckley School History

Girls’ Volleyball Team Makes Buckley School History

First time in Buckley’s 89-year history, the girls’ volleyball team, coached by Otis Glasgow and assistant coached by Rae Basmagian, went to the state finals.

Bosse Hosts Final LIVE WITH LILI of 2022

Bosse Hosts Final LIVE WITH LILI of 2022

Dozens of community members came out to the City Hall Municipal Gallery on Nov. 22 for the final installment of LIVE WITH LILI with Mayor Lili Bosse of 2022.

Holocaust Museum LA Honors Survivor on 100th Birthday

Holocaust Museum LA Honors Survivor on 100th Birthday

Holocaust Museum LA marked the 100th birthday of survivor and longtime museum volunteer Joe Alexander on Nov. 20 with a special celebration featuring tributes from government officials and family members, live music and a talk by Alexander sharing his inspiring story of survival.

Firestorm Over Fired Coach at BHHS

Beverly Hills High School (BHHS) fired wrestling coach Ryan Faintich last week because of an incident on Nov. 2 between Faintich and a BHHS student.

Bosse Speaks at Freedom Rally for Iran in Hollywood

Bosse Speaks at Freedom Rally for Iran in Hollywood

On Nov. 18, Beverly Hills Mayor Lili Bosse attended a Freedom Rally for Iran in Hollywood and was one of the keynote speakers.

Builder’s Remedy May Shake Up Beverly Hills 

Builder’s Remedy May Shake Up Beverly Hills 

On Oct. 20 real estate developer Leo Pustilnikov filed with the city of Beverly Hills plans to build a 16-story, 200-unit apartment tower on the 100 block of Linden Drive.

Mayor Bosse Invited to Antisemitism Summit in Athens

Mayor Bosse Invited to Antisemitism Summit in Athens

Beverly Hills Mayor Lili Bosse will attend the Mayors Summit Against Antisemitism in Athens, Greece from Nov. 30 to Dec. 1. Chaired by Athens Mayor Kostas Bakoyannis, in partnership with the Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM), the event is co-hosted by the Center for Jewish Impact and the Jewish Federations of North America. 

Beverly Hills Officially Lights Up the Holidays

Beverly Hills Officially Lights Up the Holidays

The city of Beverly Hills officially ushered in the start of the 2022 holiday season on Nov. 17 with the annual Rodeo Drive Holiday Lighting Celebration, a highly anticipated event that drew in a crowd of 6,000 people, according to city officials.

Third Suspect Charged in Camden Drive Robbery

Third Suspect Charged in Camden Drive Robbery

Los Angeles County prosecutors charged Haberlack with two counts of felony robbery and one count of conspiracy on Nov. 16, according to Los Angeles County Superior Court records. Haberlack pleaded not guilty to all charges. 

Thanksgiving Luncheon for Seniors

Thanksgiving Luncheon for Seniors

On Nov. 14 the Beverly Hills City Council and members of the Beverly Hills Fire Department attended and lent a hand at the annual Holiday Thanksgiving Luncheon for Seniors at Roxbury Park.

Jay Leno Expected to Make Full Recovery from Burn Injuries

Jay Leno Expected to Make Full Recovery from Burn Injuries

Comedian Jay Leno should make a full recovery from the burn injuries he suffered to his hands, face and chest in a fire that erupted while he worked on a vintage car in a Burbank garage, his doctor said on Nov. 16, although his recovery may not happen as quickly as the former “TonightShow” host originally thought.

Fire in Beverly Hills Destroys Carport, Three Vehicles and Motorcycle

Fire in Beverly Hills Destroys Carport, Three Vehicles and Motorcycle

A fire in Beverly Hills destroyed a detached carport, three vehicles and a motorcycle, with some minor extension into the attic space of an apartment building on the evening of Nov. 12.

City Honors Rally Organizers

City Honors Rally Organizers

At the request of Beverly Hills Mayor Lili Bosse, the City Council presented a proclamation at its Nov. 15 meeting commending Nooshin and Camyar Meshkaty for organizing the Nov. 5 “Solidarity with the Heroic People of Iran” rally in Beverly Hills.

Beverly Hills Book Launch Party

Beverly Hills Book Launch Party

On Nov. 8, bestselling author Dora Levy Mossanen was feted at a book party to celebrate the publication of her new novel, “Love and War in the Jewish Quarter.”

Bosse Hosts Tour of Veuve Clicquot Solaire Culture Pop-Up

Bosse Hosts Tour of Veuve Clicquot Solaire Culture Pop-Up

As part of her Business with Bosse initiative, Mayor Lili Bosse was joined by dozens for a special private tour of the Veuve Clicquot Solaire Culture pop-up exhibit before its doors opened to the public on Nov. 14.

City Council Approves Homeless Pilot Program

City Council Approves Homeless Pilot Program

The Beverly Hills City Council approved at its Nov. 15 meeting a $665,000 six-month pilot program to help homeless people. Approximately $421,000 of the money will go toward a no-bid contract to Nastec International, the Calabasas-based private security firm that has contracted with Beverly Hills since 2020. 

Study Session Considers Golden Globes, Preferential Parking Program

Study Session Considers Golden Globes, Preferential Parking Program

The Nov. 15 City Council Study Session was a look into the near future, discussing an event and a program launch both scheduled to occur in 2023. Mayor Lili Bosse and the rest of approved street closures related to the upcoming Golden Globe Awards and the Preferential Parking Program.

Bass Wins LA Mayor’s Race

Bass Wins LA Mayor’s Race

As the Courier went to press on Nov. 16, the Associated Press declared U.S. Rep. Karen Bass the winner of the Los Angeles mayor’s race.

Parking Town Hall Previews License Plate Recognition Tech

Parking Town Hall Previews License Plate Recognition Tech

The city’s Preferential Parking Permit (PPP) program was reintroduced to the public at City Hall on Nov. 3. About 30 people were physically or virtually present at the Town Hall meeting to hear from police sergeants and provide feedback about changes relating to the program, which establishes permits to park in residential areas during non-overnight hours.

Women’s Guild to Host Cedars-Sinai Disco Ball!

Women’s Guild to Host Cedars-Sinai Disco Ball!

Women’s Guild Cedars-Sinai will host a Disco Ball! on Nov. 30 in The Garden at the Beverly Hilton. Actress, author and philanthropist Jamie Lee Curtis will receive The Hollywood Icon Award, Nadine Schiff-Rosen and Fred Rosen will receive The Humanitarian Award and Jason Alexander will host. 

Business with Bosse Visits Jon & Vinny’s

Business with Bosse Visits Jon & Vinny’s

This week’s event took place on Nov. 8 at the newly-launched Jon & Vinny’s on N. Bedford Drive.

Thousands Take Part in Doggy Daze 90210

Thousands Take Part in Doggy Daze 90210

Local businesses, adoption agencies, and several thousand Beverly Hills dog fans flocked to the park to participate in the day’s festivities, which included a pet talent show and pet parade open to everyone.

Luna Leads in LA County  Sheriff Election Race

Luna Leads in LA County Sheriff Election Race

Former Long Beach police Chief Robert Luna holds a significant lead in his bid to unseat Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva. As of an update posted by the LA County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk on Nov. 10, Luna had 57.75% of the vote, while Villanueva trailed at 42.25%. The next updated vote tally is expected on Nov. 11. 

Author Brianna Wiest Appears at Mayor’s Mental Wellness Series

Author Brianna Wiest Appears at Mayor’s Mental Wellness Series

Known for her writing on mindfulness, spirituality, and emotional intelligence, Wiest is the author of the international bestselling book “101 Essays That Will Change The Way You Think,” as well as “The Mountain Is You,” “Ceremony,” and more.

New Allegations in BHHS  Construction Imbroglio

New Allegations in BHHS Construction Imbroglio

A lawsuit filed last month in Los Angeles County Superior Court levies specific charges of mismanagement and fraud in a Beverly Hills High renovation plan facing increasing scrutiny. 

Shots Fired During High-Risk Traffic Stop in Beverly Hills

Shots Fired During High-Risk Traffic Stop in Beverly Hills

The Beverly Hills Police Department (BHPD) sent an alert to residents at approximately 5 p.m. on Nov. 9.

Rally Protesting Iranian Regime Draws More Than 1,000

Rally Protesting Iranian Regime Draws More Than 1,000

Over 200 people have died and hundreds more have been injured in protests in Iran which have drawn tens of thousands of people and lasted for several weeks, according to the Human Rights Activists News Agency.

Marcus and Manouchehri Lead in BHUSD Board of Education Election

Marcus and Manouchehri Lead in BHUSD Board of Education Election

At press time, Marcus leads with 32.52% of the vote, and Manouchehri, about 338 votes behind Marcus, with 29.35%.

Key Local Races Still Undecided

Key Local Races Still Undecided

The Supervisorial race specifically impacts Beverly Hills, which is part of the expansive 3rd District. The Board of Supervisors oversees the county’s massive budget and touches nearly everything the county operates, from jails to homeless services to parks. 

Sixty Second Shoutout for The Amanda Foundation

Sixty Second Shoutout for The Amanda Foundation

Beverly Hills-based animal rescue organization The Amanda Foundation was recognized with the Sixty Second Shoutout at the Nov. 1 Beverly Hills City Council Meeting. 

Business with Bosse Visits Sant’olina

Business with Bosse Visits Sant’olina

Sant’olina at The Beverly Hilton was the stunnning setting for the most recent Business with Bosse hosted by Beverly Hills Mayor Lili Bosse on Nov. 2.

Filming Shuts Down Traffic in Beverly Hills

Filming Shuts Down Traffic in Beverly Hills

The Beverly Hills Police Department (BHPD) monitored the closure, which stretched along Wilshire from North Maple Drive from 7 A.M. to 10 P.M. Saturday and Sunday. 

Jewish Federation Hosts Mayoral Forum

Jewish Federation Hosts Mayoral Forum

On Oct. 26, the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles hosted a Los Angeles Mayoral Forum moderated by Spectrum News Anchor Alex Cohen (left) featuring Representative Karen Bass and Rick Caruso.

Funtastic Time Had By All at Farmers’ Market

Funtastic Time Had By All at Farmers’ Market

The Beverly Hills Farmers’ Market was looking a little spookier on Oct. 30 as families flocked to the event to participate in the Fall Funtastic Harvest Festival. The event, put on by the Arts and Culture Department, has been a part of the Farmers’ Market since 2016.

Doggy Daze Returns to Roxbury Park on Nov. 6

Doggy Daze Returns to Roxbury Park on Nov. 6

Doggy Daze 90210 is returning to Beverly Hills on Nov. 6 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  All dog lovers are invited to bring their pets or adopt one at the event, with the help of participating pet rescues.

New Motor Garage for BHPD

New Motor Garage for BHPD

A ribbon cutting took place on Nov. 2 for the new Beverly Hills Police Department (BHPD) Motor Garage, designed and funded by Bruce Meyer.

Visionary Women Spotlights Crisis in Iran

Visionary Women Spotlights Crisis in Iran

Visionary Women, the non-profit community focused on engaging conversations and funding high impact initiatives for women and girls, hosted a special report on Nov. 2 covering the crisis in Iran and the women at the forefront.

SCE Plans Additional Outages in Beverly Hills

SCE Plans Additional Outages in Beverly Hills

Southern California Edison (SCE) announced upcoming planned maintenance outages at the Nov. 1 City Council Study Session and offered an explanation for the outage on Oct. 24 that left more than 1,000 homes without power for several hours.

Planning Commission Approves 29-Unit Apartment Building on Maple Drive

Planning Commission Approves 29-Unit Apartment Building on Maple Drive

The Beverly Hills Planning Commission has greenlit a six-story, 29-unit apartment building at 149-159 South Maple Drive with six units set aside for affordable housing.

Stainbrook Gives Positive Report on Real Time Watch Center

Stainbrook Gives Positive Report on Real Time Watch Center

At the Nov. 1 City Council Study Session, Beverly Hills Police Department (BHPD) Chief Mark Stainbrook reported a 34% decrease in crime since the launch of the Real Time Watch Center (RTWC) in June.

Path Cleared for $1 Billion Cheval Blanc Ultra-Luxury Hotel

Path Cleared for $1 Billion Cheval Blanc Ultra-Luxury Hotel

The city of Beverly Hills has signed off on Cheval Blanc, the ultra-luxury hotel plus retail and private club to be developed by LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton.

Veuve Clicquot Solaire Culture Exhibit Launch

Veuve Clicquot Solaire Culture Exhibit Launch

The exhibition unites world-renowned art and history with multi-sensory experiences that provide an immersive glimpse into the past 250 years of the iconic champagne house.

Recreation and Parks Welcomes New Team Members

Recreation and Parks Welcomes New Team Members

A couple of fresh faces were in attendance as the Recreation and Parks Commission met to hear about a range of programs, events and agreements on Oct. 25. 

USC Shoah Foundation Announces New Leadership

USC Shoah Foundation Announces New Leadership

USC Shoah Foundation — the Institute for Visual History and Education has appointed Dr. Robert J. Williams as the new Andrew J. and Erna Finci Viterbi Executive Director. The institute also announced that Joel Citron has been named Chair of the Board of Councilors.

Author Brianna Wiest to Speak at Mayor’s Mental Wellness Series

Author Brianna Wiest to Speak at Mayor’s Mental Wellness Series

On Nov. 4, bestselling author Brianna Wiest will join Mayor Lili Bosse for the fourth installment of her Mental Wellness Series.

Local Students Help Raise Funds for Foster Youth

Local Students Help Raise Funds for Foster Youth

“We both wanted to bring awareness to a cause that we felt is not spoken about enough,” Leila said. “Our club at school serves as a way to give back to the Los Angeles community and help children and young adults in need.”

Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce Leadership PAC Endorses Marcus and Manouchehri for the BHUSD Board

Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce Leadership PAC Endorses Marcus and Manouchehri for the BHUSD Board

The Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a BHUSD Candidate Forum on Oct. 17. All five candidates participated in the Forum. 

Maple Counseling Center Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Maple Counseling Center Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Named in 1972 after its original Maple Drive location, the nonprofit Maple Counseling Center celebrated its 50th anniversary with a “Tea and Tequila” afternoon high tea on the Garden Terrace at The Maybourne Beverly Hills on Oct. 23.

Halloween Haunts in Beverly Hills

Halloween Haunts in Beverly Hills

All Hallows Eve is but a few days away, and once again, the City of Beverly Hills is second to none when it comes to holiday decor in the spooky spirit.

BHUSD Board Approves Resolution Against Iran

BHUSD Board Approves Resolution Against Iran

In Los Angeles, a city home to the biggest Iranian community outside of Iran, Beverly Hills is known as its own hub.

Fentanyl, Vaccines and Fires on Health and Safety Agenda

Fentanyl, Vaccines and Fires on Health and Safety Agenda

There have been 49 total COVID-19 deaths in Beverly Hills, according to a report presented by Meena Janmohamed, emergency manager for the city, with deaths and cases in sharp decline throughout 2022. 

Fatal Accident in  Beverly Hills

Fatal Accident in Beverly Hills

A motorcyclist was killed in a fatal traffic accident at the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard on the morning of Oct. 26, shutting traffic down for several hours while authorities completed an investigation.

Beverly Hills Welcomes NEXT NIGHT Back With High Turnout

Beverly Hills Welcomes NEXT NIGHT Back With High Turnout

On Oct. 22, over 5,000 community members gathered to celebrate at the fifth annual NEXT NIGHT. Families, City Council members, school board members and more met at a closed South Beverly Drive to enjoy a night filled with good food, great music and wholesome family fun. 

BHPD Arrest Suspect in Connection with August Shooting

BHPD Arrest Suspect in Connection with August Shooting

The Beverly Hills Police Department (BHPD) has arrested a suspect in connection with a shooting on Aug. 15 on North Canon Drive. The announcement came as the Courier was going to press on Oct. 27.

Community  Rattled by Another Antisemitic Flyer Incident

Community Rattled by Another Antisemitic Flyer Incident

The Beverly Hills Jewish community is reeling after dozens of antisemitic flyers were distributed in Westside neighborhoods last weekend. Beverly Hills, Westwood, and Beverly Grove residents woke up on Oct. 23 to see pieces of paper, weighed down by plastic bags with dry rice, touting COVID-19 conspiracy theories and hateful antisemitic rhetoric.

Bob Hertzberg Makes His Case in the L.A. County Supervisor Race

Bob Hertzberg Makes His Case in the L.A. County Supervisor Race

On Nov. 8, voters will choose a new Los Angeles County Supervisor for the powerful 3rd District seat currently held by Sheila Kuehl, who is retiring. Contending for the seat are two high-profile runoff candidates, West Hollywood City Councilmember Lindsey Horvath and State Sen. Bob Hertzberg. Both have granted interviews to the Courier about the most pressing issues in this high-stakes race. Part One of this series featured Horvath and ran in our Oct. 21 issue. This week Part Two spotlights State Sen. Bob Hertzberg, the former California State Assembly Speaker and Senate Majority Leader.  

Planning Commission Debates Lexington Road Project

Planning Commission Debates Lexington Road Project

A mansion that prolific real estate investor David Taban has planned for Lexington Road continues to vex the Beverly Hills Planning Commission.

Reunion Weekend for Beverly Hills Schools

Reunion Weekend for Beverly Hills Schools

All four Beverly Hills elementary schools held their 50th year reunion for the class of 1972 the weekend of Oct. 15.

Community Considers Uses  for Gale Yard

Community Considers Uses for Gale Yard

The Beverly Hills Community Development Department held a public forum and community discussion on Oct. 17 to further weigh options for the long-term use of the Gale Yard site, which is currently being used as a staging area for the construction of the Wilshire/La Cienega Purple Line Metro station.

Key to the City Presentation by Council

Key to the City Presentation by Council

At its Oct. 18 regular meeting, the Beverly Hills City Council presented former Mayor Charles “Chuck” Aronberg, MD the Key to the City as well as a proclamation.

City Announces Day of Giving Donation Drive

City Announces Day of Giving Donation Drive

On Oct. 23, the City of Beverly Hills and its Human Relations Commission will host a new donation drive called “Day of Giving.”

Beverly Hills Fall Art Show Makes a Triumphant Return

Beverly Hills Fall Art Show Makes a Triumphant Return

Four blocks of Santa Monica Boulevard were once again enveloped with paintings, sculptures and other creations during the fall iteration of the 49th biannual Beverly Hills Art Show. Tens of thousands of visitors flocked to Beverly Gardens Park Oct.15-16, wandering through the formation of tents and making conversation with the artists.

Electric Vehicles, Fentanyl Danger on Council Agenda

Electric Vehicles, Fentanyl Danger on Council Agenda

At a regular City Council meeting Oct. 18, city planners proposed that for each new residential unit built in Beverly Hills with an assigned parking space, the spot must be ready to have an electric vehicle charger installed.

BHUSD Board Candidates Share Views at Debates

BHUSD Board Candidates Share Views at Debates

At the Chamber’s Oct. 17 forum, Farrah Dodes, Janessa LaVoice, Judy Manouchehri, Rachelle Marcus, and Michal Amir Salkan answered questions about their platform, strengthening the relationship between students and the local business community, drug abuse and budgeting district funds.

David Foster and Katharine McPhee Will Headline Rodeo Drive Holiday Lighting Celebration

David Foster and Katharine McPhee Will Headline Rodeo Drive Holiday Lighting Celebration

The city is preparing for thousands to attend and help kick off the holiday season. 

Lindsey Horvath on Her Race for L.A. County Supervisor

Lindsey Horvath on Her Race for L.A. County Supervisor

Contending for the seat are two high-profile runoff candidates, West Hollywood City Councilmember and two-time Mayor Lindsey Horvath and State Sen. Bob Hertzberg.

Rotary Club of Beverly Hills at Operation Gratitude

Rotary Club of Beverly Hills at Operation Gratitude

On Oct. 8, members of the Rotary Club of Beverly Hills joined the Operation Gratitude project, helping put together 8,000 gift boxes which will be delivered to active military members, veterans and first responders.

Bixel and Company Hosts “Taste of Camp”

Bixel and Company Hosts “Taste of Camp”

Hosted by Bixel and Company, the event raised over $300,000 to support Happy Trails for Kids.

Rotary Club of Beverly Hills Hosts Annual Toy and Blanket Drive

Rotary Club of Beverly Hills Hosts Annual Toy and Blanket Drive

The Rotary Club of Beverly Hills is organizing its Annual Toy, Sweatshirts, Sweaters and Blankets drive on Oct. 22.

Business with Bosse at Beverly Hills Shake Shack

Business with Bosse at Beverly Hills Shake Shack

BHEA Endorses Dodes and Marcus for School Board

BHEA Endorses Dodes and Marcus for School Board

After interviewing candidates, both received a minimum of 60% approval from the representative council.

Latest Live with Lili Covers Broad Range of Topics

Latest Live with Lili Covers Broad Range of Topics

The meeting began with updates from Beverly Hills Mayor Lili Bosse on issues brought forward at the previous Sep. 13 meeting, such as recognizing community healers, usage of bike lane next to Roxbury Park, and homeless outreach resources for the public.

Christie’s Showcases Paul Allen Collection

Christie’s Showcases Paul Allen Collection

This week, the Beverly Hills outpost of Christie’s Los Angeles is showcasing high- lights from the art collection once owned by the late Microsoft co-founder, Paul Allen.

Wells Fargo Building Tenants Fighting Eviction

Wells Fargo Building Tenants Fighting Eviction

On Aug. 15, Ryan Fox held a ribbon-cutting for her 4th floor office at 433 North Camden Drive, a milestone for her real estate business, The Fox Group Enterprises, that featured attendees like Mayor Lili Bosse. 

Council Considers Equalize Her Now! Street Fair

Council Considers Equalize Her Now! Street Fair

Carousel of Hope Ball Honors Diane Keaton

Carousel of Hope Ball Honors Diane Keaton

The event honored Diane Keaton with the “Brass Ring Award,” and included entertainment by by music icons John Legend, Andy Grammer and Deborah Cox.

Council Grills Southern  California Edison Over Outages

Council Grills Southern California Edison Over Outages

Beverly Hills City Council members spent 90 minutes at their Oct. 11 Regular City Council Meeting excoriating Southern California Edison, the utility that provides electricity for most of the city’s homes and businesses.

Biden Tours D Line Site and Samples Tacos with Rep. Bass

Biden Tours D Line Site and Samples Tacos with Rep. Bass

President Joe Biden visited a Metro subway construction site in West Los Angeles on Oct. 13, and then made a surprise stop at a popular taco restaurant in Westwood.

Beverly Hills Unified School District Acts On Fentanyl Crisis

Beverly Hills Unified School District Acts On Fentanyl Crisis

As part of the BHUSD Community Spotlight, the board invited Juli Shamash to speak for national Substance Abuse Prevention Month.

City Council Denounces Iranian Government and Issues Resolution

City Council Denounces Iranian Government and Issues Resolution

On Oct. 11, the Beverly Hills City Council unanimously approved a resolution that condemns the government of Iran for the wrongful death of Mahsa Amini. The resolution also calls upon the United States government and the United Nations to increase sanctions against Iran. 

Wells Named to County Trustees Association Executive Board

Wells Named to County Trustees Association Executive Board

Beverly Hills Unified School District (BHUSD) Board of Education President Mary Wells has been appointed to the Executive Board of the Los Angeles County School Trustees Association (LACSTA), where she will serve a one-year term as Secretary-Treasurer.

NEXT NIGHT Street Festival  Returns to Beverly Hills

NEXT NIGHT Street Festival Returns to Beverly Hills

After a two-year COVID-related hiatus, the NEXT NIGHT Street Festival is returning to South Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills on Oct. 22, from 4 to 9 p.m. The free evening will feature live music, food, art, games, and attractions, as well as a beer and wine garden.

Michelle Stradford Receives ‘Teacher of the Year’ Award

Michelle Stradford Receives ‘Teacher of the Year’ Award

Beverly Hills teacher Michelle Stradford was honored as a 2022-23 recipient of a Los Angeles County Board of Education “Teacher of the Year” award at a ceremony on Sept. 23. The awards are intended to honor educators for exemplary dedication and positive accomplishments.

Commission Takes Up Matters of School and Public Safety

Commission Takes Up Matters of School and Public Safety

The Beverly Hills Health and Safety Commission held its regular meeting on Sept. 25, during which commissioners discussed school safety, a new way to measure health and safety, and a presentation from the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

BH Fire Department Launches Girls’ Empowerment Camp

BH Fire Department Launches Girls’ Empowerment Camp

The Beverly Hills Fire Department (BHFD) has announced that its first-ever Girls’ Empowerment Camp will take place on Nov. 5 and 6.

Shake Shack Opens in Beverly Hills

Shake Shack Opens in Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills burger lovers, you’re in for a treat. A new Shake Shack location opens on South Santa Monica Boulevard Oct. 7, complete with all the cheese fries and milkshakes you could ever ask for. 

NAMI Earns New Certification

NAMI Earns New Certification

The most significant difference between NAMI and the other officers is that she is a 1-year-old Labrador-mix, but her job is just as important.

Beverly Hills on a PATH to Support the Unhoused

Beverly Hills on a PATH to Support the Unhoused

On Sept. 30, Beverly Hills City Councilmember Sharona Nazarian and Assistant City Manager, Nancy Hunt-Coffey attended the grand opening and ribbon-cutting for the Path Metro Villas II campus in the Wilshire Center neighborhood of Los Angeles.

Motown Comes to Beverly Hills

On Oct. 1, “Motown: Celebrating the Music, the Magic and the Love” graced the Bram Goldsmith Theater in the Wallis. Through concert performance and critical conversation, the show honored and acknowledged Motown’s influence on popular music throughout history.

Council to Consider Official Resolution Condemning Iran

Council to Consider Official Resolution Condemning Iran

The words “Justice for Mahsa Amini” have illuminated the Beverly Hills City Hall since Sept. 29, in honor of the 22-year-old Iranian-Kurdish woman who died in police custody in Tehran on Sep. 16 after being detained by the “morality police” for violating the government’s hijab rules.

Courier Exclusive: Karen Bass Makes Her Case in Los Angeles Mayoral Race

Courier Exclusive: Karen Bass Makes Her Case in Los Angeles Mayoral Race

Part One, in the Sept. 30 issue, featured Caruso. In this week’s installment, the Courier speaks with Rep. Karen Bass, the former Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, who has represented California’s 37th Congressional District since 2011. Bass previously served in the California State Assembly for six years, including a two-year term as speaker. 

Federal Charges Filed in Jewelry Store Robbery

Federal Charges Filed in Jewelry Store Robbery

The incident took place on March 23 in broad daylight on South Beverly Drive. 

Business with Bosse Goes to Caffe Roma

Business with Bosse Goes to Caffe Roma

The Sept. 29 espresso-fueled gathering took place at Caffe Roma on Canon Drive. 

Commissioners Approve Galpin Lotus Dealership on Wilshire

Commissioners Approve Galpin Lotus Dealership on Wilshire

The dealer will feature cars by Lotus, the British sports car maker that last year announced it was pouring the equivalent of $2.8 billion into producing electric vehicles. 

Beverly Hills Police Officers Benevolent Fund Holds Reimagined Gala

Beverly Hills Police Officers Benevolent Fund Holds Reimagined Gala

The sold-out gala featured a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception, live auction and awards presentation. Beverly Hills Police Department (BHPD) Chief Mark Stainbrook presented nine awards recognizing BHPD personnel, as well as community members.

25th Class of Team Beverly Hills Announced

25th Class of Team Beverly Hills Announced

The new Team BH members will have the opportunity to explore several aspects of local government through presentations, field trips and interactive demonstrations. 

‘Beverly Hills Cop 4’ Filming  Closes N. Crescent Drive

‘Beverly Hills Cop 4’ Filming Closes N. Crescent Drive

A helicopter dramatically soared over City Hall as part of the production, circling the building, threading between the rustling palm trees and surrounding structures.

City Hall Illuminated for Mahsa Amini

City Hall Illuminated for Mahsa Amini

On Sept. 29, City Hall was illuminated with the message “Justice for Mahsa Amini,” in honor of the life and legacy of a 22-year-old Iranian woman who died in police custody in Iran. 

Not Today Cancer Hosts the Second Annual Run of the Stars

Not Today Cancer Hosts the Second Annual Run of the Stars

On Sept. 25, runners and walkers of all ages gathered at Roxbury Park to participate in the second annual Beverly Hills Run of the Stars Marathon. The 5k was sponsored by Not Today Cancer, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to raising funds for cancer research. 

Dr. Deepak Chopra Shares ‘Happiness Formula’ at Bosse Event

Dr. Deepak Chopra Shares ‘Happiness Formula’ at Bosse Event

The bestselling author, pioneer in alternative medicine, and leading figure in the mindfulness movement discussed creating a pandemic of joy, overall wellness, and what he calls the “happiness formula.”

Bosse Delivers State of City Address to Record Crowd

Bosse Delivers State of City Address to Record Crowd

Beverly Hills Mayor Lili Bosse took to the podium in front of a sold-out audience ton Sept. 28 to deliver this year’s State of the City Address at “An Evening with the Mayor” sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. 

Rick Caruso on Why He Should Lead Los Angeles

Rick Caruso on Why He Should Lead Los Angeles

The race for Mayor of Los Angeles is in its final stages, with ballots for the Nov. 8 election expected in the mail in early October. Developer Rick Caruso and Rep. Karen Bass are maintaining a packed schedule of campaign events as each vies to become the first new mayor of the City of Angeles in nearly a decade. In two exclusive interviews, the Courier spoke with both Caruso and Bass about key issues resonating for all Southland residents. Part One of this series will spotlight Caruso. Part Two will appear in the Oct. 7 issue of the Courier and feature Karen Bass. 

The Wallis Appoints Two New Board Members

The Wallis Appoints Two New Board Members

The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts has announced the appointment of writer/producer Pamela Beck and business leader/philanthropist Sandra Barros Lowy to its Board of Directors. 

Beverly Hills Art Show Returns Oct. 15 and 16

Beverly Hills Art Show Returns Oct. 15 and 16

The City of Beverly Hills and its Community Services Department will hold the 49th bi-annual, fall Beverly Hills Art Show on Saturday and Sunday, October 15 and 16, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the historic Beverly Gardens Park. This year’s event will run along four blocks of Santa Monica Boulevard, from Rodeo Drive to Rexford Drive.  

New Construction Team in Place at BHUSD

New Construction Team in Place at BHUSD

“I am thrilled to have this new leadership team in place as part of our newly restructured construction program,” Board President Mary Wells told the Courier.

The Beverly Hills Library Launches Reel Conversations

The Beverly Hills Library Launches Reel Conversations

The Beverly Hills Public Library is kicking off a documentary film series called Reel Conversations on Oct. 2 in the library auditorium at 1 p.m.  The three documentary films in the series provide an opportunity to meet with filmmakers and ask questions.  

Proclamation on Anniversary of Munich Massacre

Proclamation on Anniversary of Munich Massacre

The Beverly Hills City Council issued a proclamation recognizing the 50th Anniversary of the Munich Olympic games massacre which targeted Israeli athletes.

Beverly High Students Named National Merit Semifinalists

Beverly High Students Named National Merit Semifinalists

Beverly Hills High School seniors Ariel Goldberg, Suhh Yeon Kim, Alexandra Bakshian, and Miles Kottler received National Merit Semifinalist standing among the class of 2023. They are still in the running for scholarship consideration and National Merit Finalist standing.

Commission Selects Embrace Civility Award Recipient

Commission Selects Embrace Civility Award Recipient

At its Sept. 15 meeting, the Human Relations Commission selected the recipient of its Embrace Civility Award. The commission also heard updates on a variety of programs throughout the city, including Mental Health Awareness, Homelessness, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives.

Public Input Sought on Traffic Calming Guidelines

Public Input Sought on Traffic Calming Guidelines

The City of Beverly Hills has released a Draft Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program (NTCP) “How to” guide for public review. The proposed program is aimed at reducing speeding and cut-through vehicle traffic on residential streets.

Beverly Hills’ Finest Attend Gala

Beverly Hills’ Finest Attend Gala

Beverly Hills Police Chief Mark Stainbrook (left) and Fire Chief Greg Barton attended the United Hatzalah Gala at the Beverly Hilton on Sept. 19. The organization’s 6,200 EMS volunteers in Israel are dedicated to saving lives, regardless of race, religion or national origin.

Arts and Culture Commission Discusses Fate of Mural

Arts and Culture Commission Discusses Fate of Mural

The Arts and Culture Commission met at its regular meeting on Sept. 13 to discuss future events, review the extension of the closure on North Canon Drive and meet new members of the team. The first presentation to the commission was from Public Works Department Project Manager Christine Chung, who gave an update on the North Canon Drive closure.

Azoff Gala Raises $2.6 Million for The Wallis

Azoff Gala Raises $2.6 Million for The Wallis

The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts hosted hundreds of people on Sep. 21 to honor entertainment industry and civic icons with The Wallis Delivers: An Evening with Shelli and Irving Azoff.

Record Audience Expected for An Evening with the Mayor Sept. 28

Record Audience Expected for An Evening with the Mayor Sept. 28

Beverly Hills Mayor Lili Bosse will deliver the annual State of the City Address at “An Evening with the Mayor” Sept. 28 at the historic Greystone Mansion. Presented by the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce, the sold-out event is expected to attract a record-setting number of attendees.

Three Suspects Arrested in Connection to South Beverly Smash and Grab

Three Suspects Arrested in Connection to South Beverly Smash and Grab

Three suspects were arrested on Sept. 21 in connection with a commercial burglary that took place on March 22. The robbery targeted Luxury Jewels of Beverly Hills on South Beverly Drive.

Beverly Hills City Council Conditionally Approves Cheval Blanc Project

Beverly Hills City Council Conditionally Approves Cheval Blanc Project

The Beverly Hills City Council voted 4-1 at its Sept. 20 regular meeting to conditionally approve the Cheval Blanc Beverly Hills hotel project. Councilmember John Mirisch cast the dissenting vote. 

60 Second Shoutout

60 Second Shoutout

The Beverly Hills City Council recognized Pompadour during the 60 Second Shout Out at its Sept. 12 meeting.

Courier in Africa

Courier in Africa

Beverly Hills Courier reader Eugenia Choi enjoyed her favorite local paper at the beautiful Sasakwa Lodge overlooking the Serengeti in Tanzania this summer.

Business with Bosse at Tatel

Business with Bosse at Tatel

Approximately 150 residents gathered at Tatel on North Canon Drive on Sept. 14 for the Mayor’s Business with Bosse event.

Live with Lili

Live with Lili

Members of the public requested that homeless outreach resources, including park rangers and ambassadors, be easily accessible for the community to contact.

Murals and Water Discussed at Study Session

Murals and Water Discussed at Study Session

Beverly Hills owns and operates its own water supply, servicing the entire city and a portion of West Hollywood.

Omar Sharif Jr. Takes On New Role at Holocaust Museum LA

Omar Sharif Jr. Takes On New Role at Holocaust Museum LA

As the grandson of Holocaust survivors and Hollywood actors, Omar Sharif, Jr. believes his new role as the Chief Advancement Officer at the Holocaust Museum LA is a way to uphold his family legacy and pay tribute to his heritage.

Beverly Hills Mulls Metaverse Expansion

Beverly Hills Mulls Metaverse Expansion

At its Sep. 12 adjourned Study Session, the Beverly Hills City Council unanimously agreed to explore the possibility of expanding into the metaverse.

City Council Clears Path for More Medical Facilities

City Council Clears Path for More Medical Facilities

Bosse’s advocacy for a health division came at the end of a four-hour Beverly Hills City Council meeting Sept. 12.

Planning  Approves Dior French Restaurant on Rodeo Dr.

Planning Approves Dior French Restaurant on Rodeo Dr.

The City of Beverly Hills greenlighted a three-story Christian Dior building on North Rodeo Drive with a new wrinkle for the famous fashion brand — a rooftop restaurant intent on courting celebrities. 

Power Outages Plague Beverly Hills

Power Outages Plague Beverly Hills

City officials and residents are increasingly frustrated with continued power outages in Beverly Hills. On Sept. 9 at 11:26 p.m., the Trousdale Estates area experienced an outage, leaving 213 residents in the area without power for nearly 29 hours during a heatwave.

Great Outdoors Event to Take Place at Greystone Mansion

Great Outdoors Event to Take Place at Greystone Mansion

On Sept.17, the city is encouraging community members to spend a day at Greystone Mansion to celebrate its anniversary as a dedicated public park and the month the Doheny family moved in. The city has planned an entire day filled with activities that highlight the park’s natural beauty and relaxing landscape, called “The Great Outdoors at Greystone: A celebration of nature in the heart of Beverly Hills.” 

Beverly Hills Police to Host  Reimagined Gala This Year

Beverly Hills Police to Host Reimagined Gala This Year

This year, instead of gathering at the Black & White Gala for a traditional sit-down dinner, the Beverly Hills Police Officers Benevolent Fund will hold a Reimagined Gala.

Local Democratic Club Endorses Two BHUSD Board Candidates

Local Democratic Club Endorses Two BHUSD Board Candidates

The West Hollywood Beverly Hills Democratic Club has announced that it is endorsing Rachelle Marcus and Farrah Dodes for the Beverly Hills Unified School District (BHUSD) Board of Education. The endorsement comes with exactly two months to go before the Nov. 8 election.

Public Works Commission  Proposes New Water Rates

Public Works Commission Proposes New Water Rates

At its Sept. 8 meeting, the Beverly Hills Public Works Commission supported the proposed change in the commercial wastewater customer classes to include a third class; a $32 million water Capital Improvement Project (CIP) at the Cabrillo Reservoir; the fixed charge revenue ratio for water, pass-through charges, and to begin the Proposition 218 public notice process.

Beverly Hills to Commemorate 9/11 with Ceremony

Beverly Hills to Commemorate 9/11 with Ceremony

In honor of those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, the City of Beverly Hills will hold its annual ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial Garden. The event will feature a wreath laying, ringing of the bell, playing of taps, and a performance by the Beverly Hills High School Madrigal Singers.

BHUSD Board Takes Up Diverse Issues at Meeting

BHUSD Board Takes Up Diverse Issues at Meeting

With recent weeks marked by scorching temperatures and heat waves, concerns about children playing on hot asphalt in unshaded school playgrounds was one of many issues taken up at the Sept. 6 Beverly Hills Unified School District (BHUSD) Board of Education meeting.

Beverly Hills Fire Chief Greg Barton Discusses Emergency Preparedness

Beverly Hills Fire Chief Greg Barton Discusses Emergency Preparedness

In conjunction with National Preparedness Month, the City of Beverly Hills is holding an informational meeting for the “JUST IN CASE BH” program.

Residents Invited to Sign Tribute Book for Queen Elizabeth II

Residents Invited to Sign Tribute Book for Queen Elizabeth II

In a tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch who died Sept. 8 at the age of 96, the local British Consulate will provide a memorial book for mourners to sign.

Golden Shield Nominees Announced

Golden Shield Nominees Announced

The Landmark Nominations Advisory Subcommittee of the Cultural Heritage Commission met at a special meeting Aug. 7 to decide upon eight nominees for Golden Shield Cultural Recognition.

GRoW @ The Wallis Creative Aging Summer Arts Retreat

GRoW @ The Wallis Creative Aging Summer Arts Retreat

GRoW @ The Wallis hosted a Creative Aging Summer Arts Retreat from Aug. 29-31. The sold-out event for ages 55 and up was billed as “three days of sessions to jumpstart your creative toolbox!” Topics included writing memoirs, poetry, fiction, theater improv and scene writing, artmaking, songwriting, dance, and meditation and wellness. 

Gascón Protesters Meet at  Beverly Gardens Park

Gascón Protesters Meet at Beverly Gardens Park

Protesters gathered at Beverly Gardens Park on Aug. 28 to voice their frustration that efforts to recall Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón failed. The demonstration was organized by the Recall District Attorney George Gascón Committee, the official organization spearheading the recall campaign.

Beverly Hills Selected as Finalist for “Most Business-Friendly City” in Los Angeles County

Beverly Hills Selected as Finalist for “Most Business-Friendly City” in Los Angeles County

Beverly Hills has qualified as a finalist for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) “Most Business-Friendly City Award.” The winner will be announced at LAEDC’s 27th Annual Eddy Awards on Nov. 9.

New Electric Vehicle Company Set to Open in Beverly Hills

New Electric Vehicle Company Set to Open in Beverly Hills

The Planning Commission voted 5-0 on Aug. 25 to let Faraday Future occupy the ground floor of 464 North Beverly Drive to show and sell luxury electric vehicles. Faraday, a Delaware incorporated company that is physically headquartered in Gardena, already has signed a ground floor lease with building landlord Danny Soroudi. 

BHUSD School Board  Candidates Host Kickoffs

BHUSD School Board Candidates Host Kickoffs

Three candidates for the Beverly Hills Unified School District (BHUSD) Board of Education, Rachelle Marcus, Judy Manouchehri and Michal Amir-Salkin, held campaign kickoffs on Aug. 28. Also running for the two open seats are Farrah Dodes, who held her kickoff on Aug. 21, and Janessa LaVoice. 

LA Animal Services Offers Tips for Pet Owners in High Heat

LA Animal Services Offers Tips for Pet Owners in High Heat

As temperatures soar in Southern California, LA Animal Services is reminding pet owners that too much heat can be extremely dangerous or even fatal for pets. 

Cooling Centers Open Through Labor Day in Beverly Hills

Cooling Centers Open Through Labor Day in Beverly Hills

As high temperatures blanket Southern California for the next several days, Beverly Hills Cooling Centers will be open through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5, to provide relief from the extreme heat.  The following locations will provide a cool, air-conditioned environment:

Mayor Bosse Cites Progress on Several Projects at Live with Lili

Mayor Bosse Cites Progress on Several Projects at Live with Lili

By The Aug. 25 Live with Lili event featured a special debut appearance by the Beverly Hills Police Department’s (BHPD) newest member, support K9 NAMI. Escorted in by BHPD Chief Mark Stainbrook, NAMI is the city’s designated mental health dog. His name is an acronym for National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI resides at the police department and is available for drop in visits from the community. 

Suspects in April Beverly Hills Robbery Sentenced

Suspects in April Beverly Hills Robbery Sentenced

Four suspects arrested in connection with an armed robbery this spring have been sentenced for their crimes. 

Phase One of City Hall Retrofit Nearly Complete

Phase One of City Hall Retrofit Nearly Complete

Nearly a year has passed since the launch of the City Hall retrofit project and phase one is now on the brink of completion. The Courier met with City Hall staff to get an update on the ongoing improvements to the building’s construction and security. 

Police Tech, Outages and Holiday Plans on Study Session Agenda

Police Tech, Outages and Holiday Plans on Study Session Agenda

At the Aug. 23 City Council Study Session, Beverly Hills Police Chief Mark Stainbrook gave an overview of the Beverly Hills Police Department (BHPD) technology and privacy policies. The Council then heard from Southern California Edison about recurring power outages and finished the meeting with an update on holiday programming. 

Poirier Named Deputy Fire Chief

Poirier Named Deputy Fire Chief

At the Los Angeles Fire Department, Poirier oversaw a service area of more than 100 fire stations served by 1000 firefighters and paramedics on duty each day.

City Council Reviews Draft Response to County’s Robinson Gardens Project

City Council Reviews Draft Response to County’s Robinson Gardens Project

At its Aug. 23 regular meeting, the Beverly Hills City Council reviewed a draft letter that it intends to send to the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation in response to the proposed changes of operation to the Virginia Robinson Gardens.

BHUSD Launches First Community Pledge and Civility Bylaw

BHUSD Launches First Community Pledge and Civility Bylaw

On Aug. 23, The Beverly Hills Unified School District (BHUSD) met with over 100 community members to sign the District’s first-ever Community Pledge and Civility Bylaw. The meeting started outside on the Beverly Hills High School campus, where BHUSD Board of Education President Mary Wells celebrated the induction of the new mission, vision and core values for the district. The Board then moved inside for its regular meeting, to discuss the revised Governance Handbook and Superintendent Michael Bregy’s report.

Gohlich and Tway Promoted

Gohlich and Tway Promoted

Two familiar — and highly respected — names at City Hall will have new titles affixed to them in the new year. Ryan Gohlich, currently the Beverly Hills Director of Community Development, has been selected as the next Assistant City Manager (ACM) for the City of Beverly Hills.

New Beverly Hills Erewhon Opens Aug. 31

New Beverly Hills Erewhon Opens Aug. 31

Named after Samuel Butler’s novel of a utopian society, Erewhon was launched in 1966 as a stall in Boston dedicated to serving natural foods.

Beverly Hills Council Meeting Focuses on Safety

Beverly Hills Council Meeting Focuses on Safety

When Dan Cooley approached the podium at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, asking the Beverly Hills City Council to greenlight shooting a “Beverly Hills Cop 4” helicopter landing, he knew his audience.

Residents Asked to Suspend Water Use Outdoors for Two Weeks

Residents Asked to Suspend Water Use Outdoors for Two Weeks

Residents and businesses in areas of greater Los Angeles County, including Beverly Hills, are being asked to suspend outdoor water use for two weeks as repairs to a major pipeline will stretch already thin resources.

Back to School at BHUSD

Back to School at BHUSD

Aug. 15 marked back to school week in the Beverly Hills Unified School District (BHUSD).

Former Employee Sues Glazer Foundation

Former Employee Sues Glazer Foundation

A former executive assistant for the Diane & Guilford Glazer Foundation is suing her ex-employer, alleging she was wrongfully fired in 2021 for taking medical leave to deal with depression associated with a month-long bout with the coronavirus. Veronica Mendez’s Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit also names Guilford Glazer Properties Inc. as a defendant.

DJ Keybo is Making Beverly Hills Dance

DJ Keybo is Making Beverly Hills Dance

DJ Keybo has performed at a variety of parties, weddings and other events, but he always makes time to add a little bounce to the City of Beverly Hills.

JNF-USA Holds Beverly Hills Event

JNF-USA Holds Beverly Hills Event

Beverly Hills residents attend event at Ladan’s Wellness Sanctuary in Beverly Hills to learn how their charitable giving empowers young Israelis with disabilities.

Business with Bosse at Euro Caffé

Business with Bosse at Euro Caffé

Owners Vartan and Mayda Kemanjian are excited to share that Euro Gastonomia, newly open one month, will be offering specialized custom gift baskets.

New Brand Experience Center Debuts in Beverly Hills

New Brand Experience Center Debuts in Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills community members including mayor Lili Bosse, local influencers, and members of the City Council came out on Aug. 17 to celebrate the opening of the flagship Brand Experience Center for INDI EV, an electric vehicle company that was founded in 2017.

Community Meets at City Hill to Dance the Stress Away

Community Meets at City Hill to Dance the Stress Away

On Aug. 18, city employees, council members and residents gathered in front of Beverly Hills City Hall to let loose at Mayor Lili Bosse’s Music and Dance! event, the second installation in her Mental Wellness Series.

BHPD Conducts Safety Drill at Hawthorne Elementary School

BHPD Conducts Safety Drill at Hawthorne Elementary School

“I can’t thank you enough for this because it’s a good test of God forbid, if it happens, a test of our capabilities, fire department, and also civilians,” BHPD’s Lieutenant Robert Maycott told participants. 

Planning Commission Approves Cartier Delay, Spars with Mansion Developer

Planning Commission Approves Cartier Delay, Spars with Mansion Developer

If a tree falls in Beverly Hills, it not only makes a sound. It potentially dooms a hillside mansion six years in the making.

BHUSD to Adopt Community Pledge

BHUSD to Adopt Community Pledge

For the first time, the Beverly Hills Unified School District (BHUSD) will adopt a Community Pledge that acknowledges a commitment to inclusivity, civility, honoring the learning environment and tolerance.

Burglars Crash Into Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills

Burglars Crash Into Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills

An unknown number of suspects in the vehicle proceeded to steal merchandise from the luxury store.

Chief Stainbrook Reassures Beverly Hills at Rotary Address

Chief Stainbrook Reassures Beverly Hills at Rotary Address

Stainbrook hit hard on his main message. “The Beverly Hills Police Department will never stop investigating or going after these criminals until we get an arrest…It doesn’t matter where they are in the world, the BHPD will travel to make arrests for the crimes committed in Beverly Hills.”

Multiple Shots Fired on North Canon Drive

Multiple Shots Fired on North Canon Drive

Beverly Hills Police Department responded to a shooting on the 100 block of North Canon Drive near Wilshire Boulevard, at approximately 10:50 p.m. on Tuesday. 

Scott Donates Two Beverly Hills Homes to Foundation

Scott Donates Two Beverly Hills Homes to Foundation

The California Community Foundation has received a gift in the form of two single-family homes in Beverly Hills, jointly valued at about $55 million, from author and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott, the ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

Top Picks from Picklefest

Top Picks from Picklefest

Over 20 pickle fanatics and pickling amateurs competed in the annual Picklefest pickling contest on Aug. 7 at the Beverly Hills Farmers’ Market.

Community Development Department Asks Residents for Feedback on ADUs

Community Development Department Asks Residents for Feedback on ADUs

At a community meeting on Aug. 10, the Beverly Hills Community Development Department’s Planning Division asked residents for input on the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Ordinance update. Planners are still deciding whether the city should only allow what is required by the state or give residents the opportunity to go above and beyond those building limitations.

Next Night Returns Oct. 22

Next Night Returns Oct. 22

The Next Beverly Hills Committee held a Special Meeting on Aug. 9 with City Council liaisons Vice Mayor Julian Gold and Lester Friedman to select a proposal for the fifth Next Night, scheduled to take place on Oct. 22.

NAMI Joins BHPD

NAMI Joins BHPD

The Beverly Hills Police Department (BHPD) has announced its newest member, Support K9 NAMI, who joined the team in July 2022. Thanks to a generous donation from Beverly Hills Police Foundation Board Member and mental illness advocate, Janis Black Warner, BHPD was able to adopt and train NAMI.

Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors Holds 50th Anniversary Gala

Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors Holds 50th Anniversary Gala

The Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors held its 50th anniversary gala at SoFi Stadium Aug. 7.

Arts and Culture Commission Discusses Artist Guidelines and Ad Hoc Committees

Arts and Culture Commission Discusses Artist Guidelines and Ad Hoc Committees

On July 9, the Arts and Culture Commission held its regular meeting to review the potential artist selection guidelines for future events. The Commission also finalized the ad hoc committees and roles for the upcoming year. 

Let’s Dance: Mayor’s Mental Wellness Event is Aug. 18

Let’s Dance: Mayor’s Mental Wellness Event is Aug. 18

Mayor Lili Bosse is hosting a dance party on Aug. 18, and the entire city is invited. The exuberantly titled “Music & Dance!” event is the second installation of the Mayor’s signature Mental Wellness Series.

Luxury Hotelier to Run Friars Club Site

Luxury Hotelier to Run Friars Club Site

An international hotelier will manage a planned luxury residence on the intersection of Santa Monica and Charleville boulevards, the onetime site of the famous Friar’s Club. Hong Kong-based Rosewood Hotels is set to operate a 17-unit condo building at 9908 S. Santa Monica Blvd.

Business with Bosse Visits Nua

Business with Bosse Visits Nua

Business with Bosse Visits Nua

BHUSD Considers Safety Practices for New School Year

BHUSD Considers Safety Practices for New School Year

With less than one week before the start of the new school year, the Beverly Hills Unified School District (BHUSD) Board of Education heard about safety and security practices, discussed a new district community pledge, and appointed Gabriel Halimi as board liaison to the Beverly Hills Education Foundation at its Aug. 9 meeting.

Council Discusses RHNA Reform and Parking Upgrades in Beverly Hills

Council Discusses RHNA Reform and Parking Upgrades in Beverly Hills

The Beverly Hills City Council discussed its initial contributions to the Regional Housing Needs Assessment reform process at the Aug. 2 Study Session.

Co-Principals Take the Helm at BHHS

Co-Principals Take the Helm at BHHS

For the first time in its nearly 100-year history, Beverly Hills High School (BHHS) will have two interim co-principals this upcoming school year: Assistant Principal of Instruction Kim Decatrel and Assistant Principal of Student Services Drew Stewart. With former BHHS Principal Mark Mead being promoted to Director of School Safety in June, the district began searching for candidates to replace him, but ultimately did not move forward with any applicants.

City Makes Plans for Holiday Celebration

City Makes Plans for Holiday Celebration

At a City Council Liaison Joint Special Meeting of the Rodeo Drive Committee/Special Events/ Holiday Program Committee on Aug. 1, plans were discussed for the city’s winter holiday decorations.

Planning Commission Mulls Over Walls, Basements and Medical Facilities

Planning Commission Mulls Over Walls, Basements and Medical Facilities

The Beverly Hills Planning Commission voted unanimously on July 28 to advance an ordinance to the City Council raising the maximum allowable heights for walls, fences and hedges in much of the city. It was one of a quartet of items passed without opposition by the five-person panel – but not without ample discussion.

National Night Out in Beverly Hills

National Night Out in Beverly Hills

Hundreds of community members came out August 2 to show their support in honor of the Beverly Hills Police Department (BHPD) and first responders.

“Golden Girls” Pop-Up Is a Bridge to the Past

“Golden Girls” Pop-Up Is a Bridge to the Past

Step inside the Miami home of Blanche Devereaux and grab a seat at the kitchen table at the new “Golden Girls” themed pop-up restaurant in Beverly Hills. The restaurant replicates the iconic kitchen, Blanche’s palm print covered bedroom, and a Shady Pines bar. The pop-up opened at 369 N. Bedford Drive on July 30, which was “National Golden Girls Day.”

BHUSD Awarded $1,046,610 from MTA

BHUSD Awarded $1,046,610 from MTA

A jury awarded the Beverly Hills Unified School District (BHUSD) the sum of $1,046,610 on July 29 in an eminent domain case with the Los Angeles Country Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).

Beverly Hills Lowers Flag to Half-Staff to Honor Vin Scully

Beverly Hills Lowers Flag to Half-Staff to Honor Vin Scully

“Southern California has lost a family member,” said Mayor Lili Bosse. “The memories he created for fans and families will endure forever.  He is and always will be the Dodgers.”

“200 Trunks, 200 Visionaries: The Exhibit” Opens on Rodeo Drive

“200 Trunks, 200 Visionaries: The Exhibit” Opens on Rodeo Drive

There are treasures in every corner of the new Louis Vuitton exhibit on Rodeo Drive. Some vie for attention. Others lie discreetly out of sightlines, confident of being sought out. Though grand in title, the show is intimate in its appeal. Indeed, “200 Trunks, 200 Visionaries: The Exhibit,” calls to each visitor differently.

Charge Against Friedman’s Son Reduced to Misdemeanor

Charge Against Friedman’s Son Reduced to Misdemeanor

The younger Friedman now faces two misdemeanor counts stemming from his alleged creation of a fake Instagram account in the name of Councilmember Sharona Nazarian in April. 

Homelessness the Major Topic at City Council Meeting

Homelessness the Major Topic at City Council Meeting

Homelessness in Beverly Hills “seems to be increasing,” but it is “difficult to know with certainty.” So read a report that Nancy Hunt-Coffey, assistant city manager, delivered to the Beverly Hills City Council, a five-page study that triggered two hours of heated discussion and community outcry.

City Expands Park Rangers Hours to Address Homelessness

City Expands Park Rangers Hours to Address Homelessness

For more than two weeks now, Beverly Hills Park Rangers have engaged in a pilot outreach program geared at patrolling the city’s parks and making contact with unhoused individu- als at night. The expanded duties complement the existing city apparatus of outreach and support those experiencing homelessness or at risk of falling into homelessness.

LaVoice Announces School Board Candidacy

LaVoice Announces School Board Candidacy

Beverly Hills resident Janessa LaVoice has announced her candidacy for the Beverly Hills Unified School District (BHUSD) Board of Education in the upcoming November 2022 election, looking to fill one of two open seats.

Dodes Announces School Board Candidacy

Dodes Announces School Board Candidacy

Beverly Hills resident Farrah Dodes, who is the President of the Beverly Hills Education Foundation, has announced her candidacy for the Beverly Hills Unified School District (BHUSD) Board of Education in the upcoming November 2022 election. She will be vying for one of two open seats.

Beverly Hills Seeks Default Judgment Against YouTube Creator, Promoter

Beverly Hills Seeks Default Judgment Against YouTube Creator, Promoter

The City of Beverly Hills is seeking nearly $25,000 in a default judgment against a YouTube video creator, a promoter and a company to compensate the munici- pality for police and administrative costs associated with a spring 2021 parade that caused the temporary closing of Rodeo Drive. According to a lawsuit filed in Santa Monica Superior Court, Austin McBroom used social media to lure his followers to Beverly Hills for a May 29, 2021, parade prior to his match the next month with fellow YouTuber and TikTok video crea- tor Bryce Hall in Miami, an event billed as “The Battle of the Platforms—YouTubers vs. TikTokers.”

Metro D Line Construction Continues as Section One Gets Closer to Completion

Metro D Line Construction Continues as Section One Gets Closer to Completion

Business with Bosse Visits Nerano

Business with Bosse Visits Nerano

Attendees included many city officials, all of whom were treated to samples of Nerano’s famous pizzas.

Health and Safety Commission Hears Updates From Local Agencies

Health and Safety Commission Hears Updates From Local Agencies

The Beverly Hills Health and Safety Commission held its monthly regular meeting on July 25, during which it heard reports from local agencies and updates on current programs. 

BOLD Summer Begets Excitement on Rodeo Drive

BOLD Summer Begets Excitement on Rodeo Drive

The initiative, which is designed to showcase the vibrant shopping, dining and excitement of summer in Beverly Hills, is a collaboration among the city, the Beverly Hills Conference & Visitors Bureau, Rodeo Drive Committee and the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce.

New Co-Principals Announced at BHUSD Board Meeting

New Co-Principals Announced at BHUSD Board Meeting

District Superintendent Dr. Michael Bregy also welcomed the new Assistant Principal at Hawthorne Elementary School Dr. Christine Kim and shared the appointment of Drew Stewart and Kim Decatrel to serve as Beverly Hills High School (BHHS) interim Co-Principals for next year.

City Council Votes Against Mask Enforcement

City Council Votes Against Mask Enforcement

However, Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer announced on July 28 that an indoor universal mask mandate would not be imposed, citing a continued downward trend in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

Courier in Australia

Courier in Australia

Beverly Hills Board of Education Member Dr. Amanda Stern (right) and her partner, Lisa Rubel took the Courier along with them on vacation in Daintree, Australia.

Amir-Salkin Announces BHUSD Board Candidacy

Amir-Salkin Announces BHUSD Board Candidacy

Born and raised in Beverly Hills, Amir-Salkin is a graduate of Hawthorne Elementary School and a parent to twins. Amir-Salkin retired her practice in obstetrics and gynecology and now teaches at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.

Human Relations Commissioner Rhoda J. Sharp Has Passed Away

Human Relations Commissioner Rhoda J. Sharp Has Passed Away

Sharp was a 30-year resident who worked tirelessly for Beverly Hills High School, where she created the Regional Occupation Program.

BHUSD Transitions to New Bond Manager and Inspector

BHUSD Transitions to New Bond Manager and Inspector

“It’s a total success,” School Board President Mary Wells told the Courier about the transition.

Climate Action Advisory Committee Hosts Movie Night and Discussion

Climate Action Advisory Committee Hosts Movie Night and Discussion

Panelists were asked about best energy and sustainability practices, how city is taking steps to meet its climate goals, and simple everyday actions for Beverly Hills residents to lower their carbon footprint. 

City Council Opposes LA County Charter Amendment

City Council Opposes LA County Charter Amendment

Specifically, on July 26, the Supervisors will consider calling a special election on Nov. 8 to vote on an amendment to the county charter that would allow an elected sheriff to be removed by a four-fifths vote.

Beverly Hills Farmers’ Market PickleFest Set for Aug. 7

Beverly Hills Farmers’ Market PickleFest Set for Aug. 7

The City of Beverly Hills Community Services has partnered with the legendary Beverly Hills deli, Nate ‘n Al’s to bring the annual Picklefest to the Beverly Hills Farmers’ Market on Aug. 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  

Beverly Hills City Council Tackles Diverse Agenda

Beverly Hills City Council Tackles Diverse Agenda

Much of the first meeting concerned itself with administrative duties, such as approving future meeting dates for the rest of the year.

Mayor’s Mental Wellness Series Begins Powerfully

Mayor’s Mental Wellness Series Begins Powerfully

The large and enthusiastic crowd, many of whom had traveled hundreds of miles to experience the wisdom of Dr. Eger, gathered on the front steps of Beverly Hills City Hall. 

City Kicks Off BOLD Summer

City Kicks Off BOLD Summer

The initiative is a collaboration between the city and the Beverly Hills Conference & Visitors Bureau, Rodeo Drive Committee, and Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce.

Courier Exclusive: DA Denies Political Motivation Behind Prosecution of Friedman’s Son

Courier Exclusive: DA Denies Political Motivation Behind Prosecution of Friedman’s Son

The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Public Integrity Division filed the charges, one felony count of identity theft and one misdemeanor count of internet/electronic impersonation, on July 13. 

Gascon Recall Petition Will Proceed with Full Verification

Gascon Recall Petition Will Proceed with Full Verification

Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk (RR/CC) Dean C. Logan announced on July 14 that his office has completed the random sampling for verification of District Attorney recall petitions and that his office is proceeding with a full check of all signatures submitted.

Nominations Open for Embrace Civility Award

Nominations Open for Embrace Civility Award

Nominations are open for the 12th annual Embrace Civility Award, which recognizes community members who contribute to civility and exemplify positive human relations in all aspects of community life. 

Business with Bosse at Alfred Coffee

Business with Bosse at Alfred Coffee

Mayor Lili Bosse met with Beverly Hills community members at the July 11 Business with Bosse gathering, which took place at Alfred Coffee.

Live with Lili

Live with Lili

Mayor Lili Bosse was joined by the community for the third time on July 13 for LIVE WITH LILI, where participants showed up to ask questions, make comments, and share ideas.

Manouchehri Announces School Board Candidacy

Manouchehri Announces School Board Candidacy

Beverly Hills resident Judy Manouchehri announced her candidacy for the Beverly Hills Unified School District (BHUSD) Board of Education in the upcoming November 2022 election, vying for one of two open seats.

Watch Stolen at Gunpoint on Almont Drive

Watch Stolen at Gunpoint on Almont Drive

Beverly Hills and the surrounding areas have seen a spate of high-end watch robberies over the last year.

BHUSD Board Gets First Update on Grandparent Permits

BHUSD Board Gets First Update on Grandparent Permits

The district has received a total of 116 applications for elementary, middle and high school, the majority of which were for elementary school enrollment.

Louis Vuitton Men’s Store Opens

Louis Vuitton Men’s Store Opens

Louis Vuitton has opened its newest freestanding Men’s Store on Rodeo Drive, its eighth thus far in the U.S.

Terri Kaplan to Join Planning Commission

Terri Kaplan to Join Planning Commission

Beginning on July 28, the Beverly Hills Planning Commission will have a new face among its five members when Terri Kaplan, a longtime resident and retired real estate asset manager for the federal government, fills the vacancy left by the expiration of former Commissioner Andy Licht’s term.

Councilmember Friedman’s Son Charged in Criminal Case

Councilmember Friedman’s Son Charged in Criminal Case

Adam Friedman, 37, was charged July 13 with one felony count of identity theft and one misdemeanor count of internet/electronic impersonation, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Mayor’s Mental Wellness Series Launches with Dr. Edith Eger

Mayor’s Mental Wellness Series Launches with Dr. Edith Eger

The free event is open to the public and will be held in the courtyard on the Crescent Drive Side of Beverly Hills City Hall from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. 

New Beverly Hills City Council Installed

New Beverly Hills City Council Installed

An excited audience of a few hundred gathered on the steps of City Hall for an outdoor ceremony bedecked with flowers.

Joyce Rey Honored By L.A. County

Joyce Rey Honored By L.A. County

The tribute took place at the 50-year-plus reunion for the Class of 1970 of Dorsey High School. 

Beverly Hills Community Members Train for Disaster

Beverly Hills Community Members Train for Disaster

This training was provided by BHFD personnel in conjunction with Certified CERT instructors who are community members as well, creating a solid bond of neighbors helping neighbors.

Concerts on Canon Huge Success in Beverly Hills This Summer

Concerts on Canon Huge Success in Beverly Hills This Summer

The City of Beverly Hills’ Concerts on Canon kicked off the summer season on June 9 and has enjoyed a successful run thus far.

Rent Stabilization Commission Recommends 8% Rent Increase Cap 

Rent Stabilization Commission Recommends 8% Rent Increase Cap 

The meeting represented the city’s ongoing efforts to equitably address the rising cost of living while allowing property owners to realize a profit on their investments.

Garcetti and Buttigieg Announce New LAX Funding

Garcetti and Buttigieg Announce New LAX Funding

The terminal roadways will be reconfigured and repaved, including a reconfiguration and modernization of the entrance to the Central Terminal Area.

County on Track to Reimpose Indoor Masking

County on Track to Reimpose Indoor Masking

Hospitalization rates reached a nadir of 209 in April but have been ticking up in the subsequent months to the current number of 989. 

Marcus Announces BHUSD Board Reelection Bid

Marcus Announces BHUSD Board Reelection Bid

The longtime resident of Beverly Hills served as an educator for over 50 years in all five BHUSD schools. 

City Council Wins for Friedman, Nazarian, Mirisch Certified

City Council Wins for Friedman, Nazarian, Mirisch Certified

The city will hold a public installation ceremony for the new council members and reelected City Treasurer Howard Fischer on Tuesday, July 12 at 7 p.m. at Beverly Hills City Hall.

Pickleball Picks Up Steam in Beverly Hills

Pickleball Picks Up Steam in Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills residents and visitors can sign up for pickleball private lessons and group classes with a pro or rent out a court.

Ringo Starr’s Peace & Love Birthday in Beverly Hills

Ringo Starr’s Peace & Love Birthday in Beverly Hills

Joined by family, friends and well-wishers, Starr issued a global invitation for everyone to think, say or post #PeaceandLove at noon local time to fulfill his birthday wish of a wave of Peace and Love encircling the planet. 

Over 700,000 Signatures Turned In For Gascón Recall

Over 700,000 Signatures Turned In For Gascón Recall

To initiate a recall in Los Angeles, proponents must submit valid signatures equal to 10% of registered voters at the time of Gascón’s election, which comes out to 566,857 signatures. 

Jewish Federation of Greater LA Holds Network Dinner

Jewish Federation of Greater LA Holds Network Dinner

The dinner honored Howard Schwimmer, Co-CEO of Rexford Industrial Realty. 

Chapman Inducted as BH Chamber Board Chair

Chapman Inducted as BH Chamber Board Chair

The event at Beverly Canon Gardens was attended by more than 500 members and guests and featured bites from prominent local restaurants, such as Tommy’s Beverly Hills and Spago Beverly Hills.

Former Mayor Honored at Champions for Children Luncheon

Former Mayor Honored at Champions for Children Luncheon

In addition to Ellman Garber and her daughter, the Champion for Children award also honored the architectural firm Perkins & Will, who designed Hope Street’s newest early childhood center, The Nest. 

Bosse Hosts Second LIVE WITH LILI at City Hall

Bosse Hosts Second LIVE WITH LILI at City Hall

Bosse provided updates on topics related to installing solar panels, EV chargers, bike lanes, and smoking signage on residential streets. 

Planning Commission Tables Hillel and Reviews 24-Hour Gas Station

Planning Commission Tables Hillel and Reviews 24-Hour Gas Station

Rotary Club of Beverly Hills Salutes Tenure of Charles L. Black III

Rotary Club of Beverly Hills Salutes Tenure of Charles L. Black III

The Rotary Club of Beverly Hills saluted outgoing President Charles L. Black III at its end of the year luncheon on June 27.

BHPD Officer Involved in Collision

BHPD Officer Involved in Collision

The accident involved a Beverly Hills Police Department (BHPD) motorcycle officer.

Health Officials Urge Caution Before Holiday Weekend

Health Officials Urge Caution Before Holiday Weekend

Courier’s Lisa Bloch Wins L.A. Press Club Award

Courier’s Lisa Bloch Wins L.A. Press Club Award

The award-winning piece, entitled “The Beverly Hills Idol, Lionel Richie,” appeared in the Beverly Hills Courier’s Summer STYLE magazine and in the June 11, 2021 issue of the Courier. 

School Board Approves New Bond Manager

School Board Approves New Bond Manager

School Board President Mary Wells said that going through the process will save the district millions.

How the City Council Will Shape ‘Beverly Hills Cop 4’

How the City Council Will Shape ‘Beverly Hills Cop 4’

To receive certain permits, the producers of the film have agreed to give the city the right to read and approve portions of the script in advance of filming.

Business with Bosse Goes  to MÍRAME

Business with Bosse Goes to MÍRAME

Mayor Lili Bosse met with members of the community on June 15 at the most recent Business with Bosse event, which took place at MÍRAME on Canon Drive.

Views from the Concours’ d’Elegance in Beverly Hills

Views from the Concours’ d’Elegance in Beverly Hills

Rolls-Royce was the official car of this year’s Concours d’Elegance.

Inaugural Stanley Black Award Bestowed by Rotary Club

Inaugural Stanley Black Award Bestowed by Rotary Club

The award recognizes a Beverly Hills Rotarian for outstanding service over the past Rotary year (July 1-June 30).

Council Gives 60 Second Shout Out to Dr. John Winters

Council Gives 60 Second Shout Out to Dr. John Winters

The Beverly Hills City Council recognized Dr. John Winters from the Beverly Hills Small Animal Hospital during its 60 Second Shout Out on June 21. 

Property Owners Task Force Reviews Business Trends

Property Owners Task Force Reviews Business Trends

With the Wilshire/Rodeo station slated to open in 2025, the committee debated whether the station would benefit from a public restroom and what impact that would have.

Make Music Day in Beverly Hills

Make Music Day in Beverly Hills

Make Music Day Beverly Hills took place on June 21 and was a wonderful celebration of music that brought the entire community together.

Beverly Hills Illuminated to Honor the Fallen

Beverly Hills Illuminated to Honor the Fallen

The Beverly Hills City Hall was illuminated in blue from June 16-20 in honor of El Monte Police Corporal Michael Paredes and Officer Joseph Santana, who were fatally shot last week.

Saks Expansion Project for Beverly Hills Unveiled

Saks Expansion Project for Beverly Hills Unveiled

The plans, which include six parcels across two blocks totaling 3.4 acres, would add commercial spaces, luxury apartments, and retail and dining destinations in addition to Saks Beverly Hills.

Nancy Hunt-Coffey Appointed Beverly Hills City Manager as of Jan. 1, 2023

Nancy Hunt-Coffey Appointed Beverly Hills City Manager as of Jan. 1, 2023

Hunt-Coffey was appointed by a 4-1 vote of the City Council on June 21 and will take the reigns over from George Chavez, who is retiring. 

City Council Affirms Non-Historic Status for 1001 N. Roxbury Drive

City Council Affirms Non-Historic Status for 1001 N. Roxbury Drive

The meeting stretched long past midnight — the second time, for this particular issue—and forced the Council to grapple with potential shortcomings of the city’s tools to protect historic buildings.

Concours d’Elegance Draws Nearly 50,000 to Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills

Concours d’Elegance Draws Nearly 50,000 to Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills

The annual event showcases exotic and vintage cars in pristine condition and kicks off the summer season for Beverly Hills.

Make Music Day Beverly Hills Set for June 21

Make Music Day Beverly Hills Set for June 21

Events in Beverly Hills range from Musical Family Story Time to a drum circle, guitar and piano performances and more. 

Racist and Antisemitic Flyers Found in Westwood

Racist and Antisemitic Flyers Found in Westwood

The flyers contain a link to the Goyim Defense League, a “loose network of individuals connected by their virulent antisemitism,” according to the Anti-Defamation League.

Two Local Businesses Receive “60 Second Shout Outs”

Two Local Businesses Receive “60 Second Shout Outs”

Aharon Coffee and Pioneer Hardware were recognized for the 60 Second Shout Out at the June 14 City Council Formal Session. 

OpenBH Community Stakeholders Meet to Discuss Parklets

OpenBH Community Stakeholders Meet to Discuss Parklets

The meeting is part of the first in a four-phase plan outlined in the OpenBH Design and Operating Standards Subcommittee’s work plan and focuses on facilitating conversation between business owners, residents, and representatives from Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects (LOHA), the firm contracted by the city to help design guidelines.

Cheval Blanc Approved by Planning Commission

Cheval Blanc Approved by Planning Commission

The luxury hotel from the French conglomerate LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) is proposed for the corner of Rodeo Drive and South Santa Monica Boulevard.

The Smidt Foundation Grants $5 Million for Holocaust Museum LA Expansion

The Smidt Foundation Grants $5 Million for Holocaust Museum LA Expansion

The expansion will double Holocaust Museum LA’s existing footprint in Pan Pacific Park, increase visitor capacity and educational programs to greater numbers of students and schools, and incorporate cutting-edge technology to preserve and present Holocaust survivor testimonies.  

Visionary Women Welcomes Louann Brizendine, M.D.

Visionary Women Welcomes Louann Brizendine, M.D.

Visionary Women held its first in-person salon since the pandemic on June 13 at an oversubscribed event at Watt Plaza in Century City.

Beverly Hills City Manager George Chavez to Retire

Beverly Hills City Manager George Chavez to Retire

City Manager George Chavez has announced that he will retire this December after a 35-year career serving the City of Beverly Hills. 

Annual Pie Bake a’la Beverly Hills and Piesta Winners Announced

Annual Pie Bake a’la Beverly Hills and Piesta Winners Announced

Eighteen contestants entered pies named after their tasty ingredients, such as Cabernet Grape Pie, Strawberry Rhubarb Pie and Lazy Apricot Pie.

Beverly Hills Courier’s Lisa Bloch on Summer STYLE 2022 | Spectrum News 1 w/ Giselle Fernández

Beverly Hills Courier’s Lisa Bloch on Summer STYLE 2022 | Spectrum News 1 w/ Giselle Fernández

Life, Love and Legacy: Steve Leder’s ‘For You When I Am Gone’

Life, Love and Legacy: Steve Leder’s ‘For You When I Am Gone’

As Senior Rabbi of the oldest, largest and most prestigious synagogue in Southern California, Leder is a beloved local spiritual figure with a national profile.

Friedman, Nazarian, Mirisch Retain City Council Lead

Friedman, Nazarian, Mirisch Retain City Council Lead

“Feeling optimistic, but it ain’t over,” Mirisch told the Courier about the continued lead.

Grandparent Permits Set to Launch in BHUSD

Grandparent Permits Set to Launch in BHUSD

At its June 14 meeting, the BHUSD Board of Education approved the first reading of its revised interdistrict attendance policy with a 4-0 vote, with Board member Rachelle Marcus abstaining.

Beverly Hills Enacts New Water Conservation Measures

Beverly Hills Enacts New Water Conservation Measures

The city will now limit outdoor watering to two days a week and prohibit the use of drinkable water for outdoor irrigation between 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Business with Bosse at The Flour Shop

Business with Bosse at The Flour Shop

Hertzberg, Horvath Top Field for Open County Supervisor Seat

Hertzberg, Horvath Top Field for Open County Supervisor Seat

Horvath was in second place as of press time, putting her on track to reach the November runoff with Hertzberg.

Councilmember Friedman’s Home Searched In Fake Instagram Account Investigation

Councilmember Friedman’s Home Searched In Fake Instagram Account Investigation

Fisher Reelected as Beverly Hills City Treasurer

Fisher Reelected as Beverly Hills City Treasurer

Challengers Jake Manaster and Gabrielle Pantera-Rowe trail behind with 27% and 9% of the vote, respectively.

Moments from Election Night in Beverly Hills

Moments from Election Night in Beverly Hills

Planning Commission Chair Andy Licht shrugs at his Election Day party when asked for a prediction of the results.

Beverly Hills Hosts Pride Night

Beverly Hills Hosts Pride Night

Pride Night was presented by the City of Beverly Hills and Community Services Department with The Wallis as part of the city and Human Relations Commission Embrace and Celebrate Culture initiative.

School Board Takes Steps to Enhance Transparency in Bylaws

School Board Takes Steps to Enhance Transparency in Bylaws

The changes reflect an effort to improve transparency and accessibility to the district’s governing process.

Term Limits Set For Landslide Victory in Beverly Hills

Term Limits Set For Landslide Victory in Beverly Hills

The ballot measure, known as Measure TL, will limit elected officials to three terms or 12 years in office.

Friedman and Nazarian On Track to Win Beverly Hills City Council Seats With Tight Race for Third

Friedman and Nazarian On Track to Win Beverly Hills City Council Seats With Tight Race for Third

AYSO Beverly Hills B11Xtra Team Wins World Cup

AYSO Beverly Hills B11Xtra Team Wins World Cup

Each team is assigned a FIFA Country, and the Beverly Hills team represented Spain.

Gascón Recall Effort Reaches 500,000 Signatures

Gascón Recall Effort Reaches 500,000 Signatures

he campaign must collect 566,857 verified signatures by July 6 in order to qualify for the November General Election ballot — a number equal to 10% of all current registered voters.

A Closer Look at City Council Campaign Finances

A Closer Look at City Council Campaign Finances

Council Will Review 1001 N. Roxbury Despite Challenge

Council Will Review 1001 N. Roxbury Despite Challenge

The 10,000-square-foot property was built in 1942 for Mildred Naylor by Beverly Hills master architect Carleton Burgess in the Regency Revival style.

Beverly Hills Celebrates Its First (and only) Female Motorcycle Cop

Beverly Hills Celebrates Its First (and only) Female Motorcycle Cop

With 25 pounds of tactical gear effortlessly strapped to her body, you’d think she was born to do the job. But she hadn’t always thought about pursuing a career in law enforcement.

Cheval Blanc Nears Approval by Planning Commission

Cheval Blanc Nears Approval by Planning Commission

Prominent Rodeo Drive real estate developer and business owner Dar Mahboubi spoke approvingly of the proposed luxury development.

Beverly Hills Pride Night Set for June 2

BHUSD Board Considers End of Year Agenda

Conservative influencer Brandon Straka held a rally in front of City Hall on May 21 as part of his #WalkAway campaign that calls on Democrats and unaffiliated liberals to defect to the Republican Party.

Courier Earns Additional Honors

Courier Earns Additional Honors

The awards will be handed out at the SoCal Journalism Awards gala on June 25. 

Council Approves Agency Funding Requests

Council Approves Agency Funding Requests

The Council approved the work plans and corresponding funding requests from three partner agencies tasked with ensuring the economic success of the city: the Beverly Hills Conference and Visitors Bureau (CVB), the Rodeo Drive Committee (RDC), and the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce (Chamber).

Jeff Wolfe Appointed to Planning Commission

Jeff Wolfe Appointed to Planning Commission

Wolfe will take over for outgoing Planning Commission Vice Chair Tom Hudnut, who leaves the commission on June 30 after serving a two-year term.

The Courier Will Not Endorse In City Council Race

The Courier Will Not Endorse In City Council Race

After careful examination and an in-depth discussion, the Beverly Hills Courier’s Advisory Board voted unanimously to “not endorse” any candidates for City Council this election year.

Council Approves 14% Salary Raise for Police

Council Approves 14% Salary Raise for Police

“Recruitment is going to be very competitive in LA County, clearly, and we have to provide every incentive possible to have the best of the best,” Bosse said.

Community Voices

Community Voices

If Beverly Hills wishes to mark Pride Month with more robust celebrations, then it would be better served to plan for 2023.

Making Friends

Making Friends

On May 12, BVMS Principal, Dr. Skon, in collaboration with the BVMS PTA, hosted an inaugural FriendRaiser to better connect and strengthen local neighborhood relationships.

St. John and Wolford Host Panel in Beverly Hills

St. John and Wolford Host Panel in Beverly Hills

Led by Monica Corcoran, founder of Pretty Ripe, the panel included celebrity stylist Jeanne Yang and beauty entrepreneur Nyako Grieco for a conversation on breaking down false pressures of achieving early success in life, and how career pivots can happen at any age.

Jewish National Fund-USA Holds Annual Luncheon in Beverly Hills

Jewish National Fund-USA Holds Annual Luncheon in Beverly Hills

The event was chaired by Dr. Marcia Selz, Laura Stein, and JNF-USA Los Angeles Co-President, Susie Toczek.

Business with Bosse

Business with Bosse

Chaumont Bakery on South Beverly Drive was the setting for the latest Business with Bosse event on May 19.

BHPD Greets Community

BHPD Greets Community

Beverly Hills Police Chief Mark Stainbrook greeted local residents at the Police Service Day and Community Breakfast on May 15.

Council Liaisons Consider Summer Installations

Council Liaisons Consider Summer Installations

At the meeting, liaisons also reviewed a proposal to co-host the CicLAvia open streets event in August with the cities of West Hollywood and Los Angeles, temporarily closing streets to vehicle traffic for a 7.5-mile route.

City Issues Cease and Desist to Markowitz Over Logo

City Issues Cease and Desist to Markowitz Over Logo

Markowitz, the Just In Case BH Preparedness Community Coordinator, said that her campaign would discontinue the use of the logo.

Music in the Mansion Entertains Sold-Out Crowd

Music in the Mansion Entertains Sold-Out Crowd

Social Media Post Triggers BHHS Shelter in Place

Social Media Post Triggers BHHS Shelter in Place

Police later arrested an individual for pointing an airsoft gun at the school and posting a photo on social media.

Planning  Commission Rebukes Spring Place

Planning Commission Rebukes Spring Place

In a contentious hearing on May 12, the Planning Commission issued a stern rebuke of the private club and co-working space Spring Place and crafted stringent limits on its 6,000 sq.-ft. rooftop space.

Courier Wins Two First Place California Journalism Awards

Courier Wins Two First Place California Journalism Awards

Total of Four Awards as of Press Time

Candidate Donations and Expenditures Examined

Candidate Donations and Expenditures Examined

California election law requires the candidates to disclose contributions and expenditures exceeding the sum of $100. The Courier has reviewed the most recent campaign financial disclosures for each candidate as of press time. 

Suspect Arrested in Attack on South Beverly Drive

Suspect Arrested in Attack on South Beverly Drive

For reasons still under investigation, a male suspect stabbed the woman with what appeared to be a screwdriver before fleeing on foot.

Beverly Hills High School Alum Graduates from the US Naval Academy

Beverly Hills High School Alum Graduates from the US Naval Academy

Upon graduation, midshipmen earn a Bachelor of Science degree in a choice of 25 different subject majors and go on to serve at least five years as commissioned officers in the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps.

Rotary Club of Beverly Hills Honors City Employees

Rotary Club of Beverly Hills Honors City Employees

City employees, including members of the Beverly Hills Police Department (BHPD) and Beverly Hills Fire Department (BHFD) were honored with Vocational Service Awards on May 9 by the Rotary Club of Beverly Hills. Funds for the awards have been provided over the past decade from the Philanthropic Fund of Dorothy and Sidney Factor.

Candidate Corner

Candidate Corner

About 45 people attended a campaign event for City Council Candidate Vera Markowitz at the home of Jacques and Natalie Wizman on May 10.

Pride Month Events Proposed for Beverly Hills

Pride Month Events Proposed for Beverly Hills

Pending City Council approval, the Arts and Culture and Human Relations Commissions would bring festive pride activities in early June to help kick off Pride Month in Beverly Hills.

City Council Approves Resolution to Support a Woman’s Right to Choose

City Council Approves Resolution to Support a Woman’s Right to Choose

The Council’s action comes after a draft opinion of the U.S. Supreme Court was leaked and indicated the Court may overturn the 1973 decision of Roe v. Wade thereby ending the constitutional right to an abortion.

Thousands Strike at Cedars-Sinai Over Wages and Protections

Thousands Strike at Cedars-Sinai Over Wages and Protections

Workers with the Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West, which represents about 2,000 employees at Cedars-Sinai, voted overwhelmingly to authorize the strike on April 9.

Term Limits Measure May Not Hold Up to Scrutiny

Term Limits Measure May Not Hold Up to Scrutiny

If the measure passes, it would bar Councilmember John Mirisch, Mayor Lili Bosse, and Vice Mayor Julian Gold from seeking reelection (though Mirisch would be allowed to serve out his fourth term if reelected to the Council this June).

Candidates Meet for Student and Neighborhood Forums

Candidates Meet for Student and Neighborhood Forums

On May 11, Rotary Interact and Teen Beverly Hills Education Foundation (BHEF) held a student run City Council candidate forum at the Cherney Hall Auditorium at Beverly Hills High School (BHHS).

City Council Voices Support for Police Raise

City Council Voices Support for Police Raise

Stainbrook said that raising the base salary by 14% over three years would achieve parity with the fire department and “make the city and the department more competitive in the recruitment marketplace.”

Bosse Hosts Inaugural “Live with Lili”

Bosse Hosts Inaugural “Live with Lili”

During the forum, Beverly Hills resident TJ Wilk agreed with Reiss. “I live on Reeves and she’s right,” Wilk added. “There’s a smoking issue, and it would be amazing if there was a way we could eliminate that somehow.”

Recruitment Period Opens for Team Beverly Hills

Recruitment Period Opens for Team Beverly Hills

Formed in 1996, Team Beverly Hills provides residents with a hands-on look at the operations of local government.

Next Beverly Hills Committee Sets Budget

Next Beverly Hills Committee Sets Budget

The committee, which was established in 2015 and open to all ages, engages younger residents through programs that address the lifestyle needs of those in their 20s, 30s and 40s.

Future of Gale Yard Discussed at Public Forum

Future of Gale Yard Discussed at Public Forum

City staff presented findings from a survey in which the majority of 148 respondents indicated interest in seeing the space occupied by a new café, market, health food store, or a police substation.

Human Relations Commission Condemns Inappropriate Behavior at Forum

Human Relations Commission Condemns Inappropriate Behavior at Forum

The letter was provided exclusively to the Courier in the hopes of “spreading the message for civility and positive human relations.”

Two Arrested For Residential Robbery on Camden

Two Arrested For Residential Robbery on Camden

Multiple suspects armed with weapons entered the victim’s home and forced the residents to hand over their property.

Candidate Corner

Candidate Corner

On May 4, realtor Michael Libow hosted a gathering at his residence, the famous “Witch’s House,” for Councilmember Robert Wunderlich.

A Mother and Daughter’s Journey From Ukraine to Beverly Hills

A Mother and Daughter’s Journey From Ukraine to Beverly Hills

While governments like the United States and Germany have poured billions of dollars’ worth of weapons into the conflict, an ad hoc network of individual households outside the fold of state departments and NGOs have opened their doors to those in need.

Candidates Meet for Southwest Neighborhood Association Forum

Candidates Meet for Southwest Neighborhood Association Forum

While the forum saw crime and public safety again take top billing among issues, the candidates touched on new topics and responded to the recent leaked draft of the Supreme Court decision that would end the constitutional right to abortion.

Three Candidate Forums Set for May

Three Candidate Forums Set for May

Eleven candidates are vying for three open City Council seats and three candidates for the position of City Treasurer.

Chamber of Commerce PAC and WeHo-BH Dems Make Endorsements

Chamber of Commerce PAC and WeHo-BH Dems Make Endorsements

The West Hollywood-Beverly Hills Democratic Club has endorsed Councilmembers Lester Friedman and Robert Wunderlich and Planning Commission Chair Andy Licht.

City Council Tackles Housing Assistance, City Prosecutor, and Metro Security

City Council Tackles Housing Assistance, City Prosecutor, and Metro Security

The Beverly Hills City Council discussed the establishment of a housing assistance program at its April 26 meeting, but opted to continue the matter to a later meeting to iron out key details.

City Council Sets Fiscal  Priorities for Next Year

City Council Sets Fiscal Priorities for Next Year

Priorities for 2022-2023 were then presented by leaders of each city department—community development, community services, finance, information technology, policy and management, public safety, public works and city clerk—and discussed at length by the councilmembers.

Candidates Complain of Missing Signs

Candidates Complain of Missing Signs

Ahmed speculated that the crowded field and tense political atmosphere may be contributing to the high number of signs disappearing.

Beverly Hills Candidate  Forum Stirs Controversy

Beverly Hills Candidate Forum Stirs Controversy

Tanenbaum also followed up with Friedman on a question asked by the Courier that touched on the conduct of former Police Chief Sandra Spagnoli.

Part Two: City Council Candidates Answer the Courier’s Questions

Part Two: City Council Candidates Answer the Courier’s Questions

Challengers were asked to justify their candidacies—the life experiences that makes them fit for office and the specific policies or decisions of the previous City Council that they disagreed with.

Bicyclist Hit on Rodeo Drive

Bicyclist Hit on Rodeo Drive

The collision was reported shortly after midnight on April 21 and resulted in major injuries sustained by the bicyclist who was transported to a local hospital by ambulance.

Bosse and Stainbrook Sign 30×30 Pledge

Bosse and Stainbrook Sign 30×30 Pledge

The mission of the nationwide 30×30 campaign is to achieve at least 30% female representation in law enforcement by the year 2030.

Mickey Fine Pharmacy Donates to Ukraine

Mickey Fine Pharmacy Donates to Ukraine

Mickey Fine Pharmacy, in partnership with the Beverly Hills Fire Department and Chief Greg Barton, donated 250,000 face masks to vulnerable communities in the city and to outposts in Ukraine.

Public Works Commission Studies Cabrillo Reservoir

Public Works Commission Studies Cabrillo Reservoir

Located on city-owned property at Coldwater Canyon Drive and Cabrillo Drive, the Cabrillo Reservoir has been a contentious plot of land for the Public Works Commission since it was abandoned in 1986 due to groundwater infiltration.

Antisemitic Flyers Found on First Night of Passover

Antisemitic Flyers Found on First Night of Passover

The flyers appeared similar to those from the previous two incidents, declaring that “Every Single Aspect of the Ukraine-Russia War is Jewish.”

LAPD Investigating Coldwater Canyon Follow-Home Robbery

LAPD Investigating Coldwater Canyon Follow-Home Robbery

In a continuation of an alarming trend in Los Angeles, four men visiting from Northern California were followed to an Airbnb on Coldwater Canyon Drive and robbed at gunpoint.

Candidates To Take Part in Several Public Forums

Candidates To Take Part in Several Public Forums

Eleven candidates are vying for three open City Council seats and three candidates for the position of City Treasurer. 

City Council Candidates Answer the Courier’s Questions

City Council Candidates Answer the Courier’s Questions

All candidates were given the chance to opine on the issues they feel most pressing to the city, as well as provide concrete solutions to addressing them.

Jaqueline Avant’s Murderer  Sentenced to 190 Years

Jaqueline Avant’s Murderer Sentenced to 190 Years

Aariel Maynor, the 30-year-old who pleaded guilty to killing Beverly Hills philanthropist Jaqueline Avant, has been sentenced to 190 years to life for Avant’s murder and the attempted murder of her security guard on Dec. 1.

Police and Firefighter Unions Make City Council Endorsements

Police and Firefighter Unions Make City Council Endorsements

“Dr. Nazarian and her family have been active members in many areas of our community and we would be honored to work along side her in serving the community of Beverly Hills,” the BHFA said in a statement announcing the endorsement.

Nazarian Center Holds 10th Anniversary Gala

Nazarian Center Holds 10th Anniversary Gala

The event celebrated the Center’s work to promote the study of modern Israel by sponsoring UCLA courses, public programs, academic research, and hosting visiting Israeli scholars, writers, and artists.

Shlomi Shabat Honored by Beverly Hills City Council

Shlomi Shabat Honored by Beverly Hills City Council

Shlomi Shabat, the legendary Israeli singer known as the “godfather of Israeli music,” met with Mayor Lili Bosse and the Beverly Hills City Council on April 11 to accept a proclamation honoring his contributions to the Israeli American and Jewish community.

Sinai Temple Senior Rabbi David Wolpe to Retire

Sinai Temple Senior Rabbi David Wolpe to Retire

After 25 years serving the largest conservative Jewish congregation in Los Angeles, Sinai Temple’s Senior Rabbi David Wolpe announced that he will step down on June 30, 2023.

Beverly Hills Courier Names Six to New Advisory Board

Beverly Hills Courier Names Six to New Advisory Board

The Beverly Hills Courier has installed an Advisory Board comprised of six prominent members of our local community.

City Council Takes Up Broad Range of Topics at Study Session

City Council Takes Up Broad Range of Topics at Study Session

The discussion turned to the final two topics: Mayor Lili Bosse’s request for an update on the creation of a public health department for the City of Beverly Hills and the recording and providing of hybrid broadcast-online capabilities for Council liaison and ad hoc meetings, as in-person meetings have resumed.

Marathon Council Meeting Tackles Renter Protections and 1001 Roxbury

Marathon Council Meeting Tackles Renter Protections and 1001 Roxbury

In a marathon seven-hour meeting on April 12, the Beverly Hills City Council took up multiple hot-button topics, including the city’s eviction and rent increase moratoria and the historic status of a mansion on North Roxbury Drive.

Nazarian and Wunderlich  Receive Key Endorsement

Nazarian and Wunderlich Receive Key Endorsement

Beverly Hills City Council candidates Commissioner Sharona Nazarian and Councilmember Robert Wunderlich have received the endorsement of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party (LACDP).

Plans Revealed for 2022 Concours d’Elegance in Beverly Hills

Plans Revealed for 2022 Concours d’Elegance in Beverly Hills

The Concours d’Elegance returns this year on June 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in a new format that includes elements from the Tour and Concours, with select cars positioned on Rodeo Drive for the public to view in addition to a VIP/sponsor driving tour. 

Beverly Hills City Council Approves Real Time Watch Center

Beverly Hills City Council Approves Real Time Watch Center

The Beverly Hills City Council approved nearly half a million dollars to establish the Real Time Watch Center, a new hub to coordinate the city’s many surveillance tools.

Beverly Hills Joins 11th Annual Wyland National Mayor’s  Challenge for Water  Conservation

Beverly Hills Joins 11th Annual Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation

On April 6, Mayor Lili Bosse joined other leaders across the country in the 11th Annual Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, asking residents to reduce their water consumption.

A City Celebrates

A City Celebrates

It was standing room only for the April 5 ceremony installing Lili Bosse as the new mayor of Beverly Hills and Julian Gold, M.D. as vice mayor.

Plans to Make OpenBH  Permanent Underway

Plans to Make OpenBH Permanent Underway

The OpenBH Conversion Code and Fee Structure Subcommittee reviewed a preliminary draft of potential changes to permanent open-air dining code regulations at its April 6 meeting.

Bosse Launches New Initiatives for City

Bosse Launches New Initiatives for City

“Every other week, I hope you’ll meet me at one of our local businesses to celebrate all they bring to our city,” she said. “It will be an opportunity to see the city’s newest restaurants, talk with old friends, meet new ones, all the while tasting incredible food,” she said.

Lili Bosse Installed as  Beverly Hills Mayor

Lili Bosse Installed as Beverly Hills Mayor

“We are the lucky ones,” Gold said. “There are many, far too many, who have not been so lucky. Let’s never forget them and keep those lost to COVID, and recently the despicable evil that’s happening in Ukraine, in our thoughts and in our prayers.”

JustinCase BH Holds Fire  Extinguisher Drill

JustinCase BH Holds Fire Extinguisher Drill

The training took place at Arnaz mini-park and gave neighbors the chance to put out a small fire, and learn how to properly use a fire extinguisher. 

City Council Sunday Campaign Kickoffs

City Council Sunday Campaign Kickoffs

Campaign kickoff events are a long-time Beverly Hills tradition, and this year, they were back in full force.

Beverly Hills City Treasurer Forum

Beverly Hills City Treasurer Forum

“We have great pension benefits for both of them and non-compensation benefits,” Fisher noted. He would make suggestions for how to extend the force and expand active volunteer groups that expand the departments reach. 

Police Make Major Arrests

Police Make Major Arrests

“At this time, we do not believe these suspects are responsible for any other similar incidents in Beverly Hills,” Trejo said.

Chamber of Commerce Hosts First Candidate Forum

Chamber of Commerce Hosts First Candidate Forum

While challengers spoke about the need to improve public safety, incumbents tried to contextualize crime trends and offer strident defenses of the city’s response.

Pickleball Picks Up Steam at Beverly Hills Parks

Pickleball Picks Up Steam at Beverly Hills Parks

Ever since pickleball was introduced as a pilot program in early 2020, data collected by the Beverly Hills Parks and Recreation Commission points to a continued surge of interest in the sport.

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Event Taking Place March 30

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Event Taking Place March 30

Members of the 10-state Western Region community who support the efforts of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum will come together in a limited capacity in-person event, featuring Northwestern University professor Peter Hayes, or attend via live stream on March 30 at 6 p.m.

LA Marathon Comes Through Beverly Hills

LA Marathon Comes Through Beverly Hills

The LA Marathon returned to Beverly Hills this past Sunday, March 20, with athletes running through the city for miles 16 and 17 before ending in Century City.

BHUSD Middle School Students Spread Kindness

BHUSD Middle School Students Spread Kindness

Last week, Beverly Vista Middle School (BVMS) participated in “Dude. Be Nice” week, a national initiative to promote kindness and practice empathy on school campuses.

West Hollywood Agrees to Buy Log Cabin for $5.75 Million

West Hollywood Agrees to Buy Log Cabin for $5.75 Million

In January of 2020, the property made headlines after a Beverly Hills audit revealed that there was no lease in place with the WHRC and Log Cabin, and a contractor had “found portions of the building in poor condition.”

BHUSD Takes Up Wellness Initiatives

BHUSD Takes Up Wellness Initiatives

“I’m so glad that we are in a different place today because this is not only a rite of passage, but an area that we can celebrate the success of our students, our staff, and also our school district,” Bregy said. “This is an amazing event.”

BHPD’s  Recruitment Campaign Shows Early Results

BHPD’s Recruitment Campaign Shows Early Results

“These are folks who started the process many many months ago. It takes a lot of time. And it really depends on each individual, their background, on the information that needs to be vetted,” he said. “We’re also very very picky as to who we hire for the City of Beverly Hills.”

BHUSD Board Takes Step to “Course Correct” Bond Program

BHUSD Board Takes Step to “Course Correct” Bond Program

Frustration among trustees has also grown since TCDS came on board in 2017, with members complaining about a lack of transparency on the part of Blake and TCDS.

Police Investigating Brazen Robbery at South Beverly Jewelry Store

Police Investigating Brazen Robbery at South Beverly Jewelry Store

Police immediately added a camera trailer, extra security patrols, and an “extra special watch from officers” to South Beverly hours after the incident.

Chamber for Charity Spring Concert at Roxbury Park

Chamber for Charity Spring Concert at Roxbury Park

On March 13, the Beverly Hills Active Adult Club, in collaboration with the Generations Club, hosted the Chamber for Charity Ensemble from Beverly Hills High School.

Breaking News: Smash and Grab Robbery on South Beverly

Breaking News: Smash and Grab Robbery on South Beverly

‪Five suspects descended on a South Beverly Drive jewelry store with sledge hammers, breaking the front window and making off with merchandise, according to police.

Pandemic Renter Protections to End Soon

Pandemic Renter Protections to End Soon

The Beverly Hills City Council is aiming for May 31 as the date to lift a ban on housing evictions and rent increases enacted in the city during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nusr-Et Tent Permit Issues Move Toward Resolution

Nusr-Et Tent Permit Issues Move Toward Resolution

After hearing updates regarding mitigation efforts between Nusr-Et restaurant at 184-88 N. Canon Drive and the owners of the neighboring Fred Hayman building at its March 15 Study Session, the Beverly Hills City Council conditionally approved the extension of their OpenBH permit that allows for use of its temporary outdoor dining tent through Dec. 31, 2022.

City Council Considers Affordable Housing and Street Mobility

City Council Considers Affordable Housing and Street Mobility

In its second in-person study session since going virtual at the beginning of the pandemic, Beverly Hills City Council considered reports on a proposed affordable housing program in the city, a new bicycle lane on Doheny Drive and a proposed city shuttle service.

Wilshire Boulevard Temple to Host Fundraiser for Ukraine

Wilshire Boulevard Temple to Host Fundraiser for Ukraine

On May 20, Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s University Campus will host “Standing Up to a Modern-Day Haman: A Classical Concert Purim Fundraiser for Ukraine.”

Just In Case BH Unveils Disaster Manual

Just In Case BH Unveils Disaster Manual

Just In Case BH, the city’s neighborhood-based emergency preparedness program that connects residents, businesses and city agencies in the event of city-wide disasters, has released a manual for how to deal with a wide range of emergency situations.

Planning  Commission Considers  Overhaul to ADU Rules

Planning Commission Considers Overhaul to ADU Rules

The Beverly Hills Planning Commission reviewed the city’s standards for accessory dwelling units, or ADUs, at its March 10 meeting.

Bedford Rite Aid Closing Monday

Bedford Rite Aid Closing Monday

According to Sterling, the city was ready to begin preliminary talks to renew the lease with Rite Aid on Bedford. 

City Council  Resumes In-Person Meetings

City Council Resumes In-Person Meetings

“We have a public hearing, so the public has the ability to see transparently what the city has accomplished and how they’re meeting their goals that are outlined in the general plan and housing element,” said City Planner Timothea Tway.

Women of the Year in Beverly Hills

Women of the Year in Beverly Hills

Time’s Women of the Year were honored at a gala in Beverly Hills on March 8, coinciding with International Women’s Day.

Cafe Istanbul Assailants Sentenced for Hate Crimes

Cafe Istanbul Assailants Sentenced for Hate Crimes

Two Los Angeles men were sentenced to federal prison terms Monday for attacking diners at Cafe Istanbul while shouting anti-Turkish slurs, hurling chairs at the victims and threatening to kill them.

Coffee With a Cop Scheduled for March 12

Coffee With a Cop Scheduled for March 12

“No meeting agenda, speeches, or specific topics. Just a chance to get to know your local police department over a good cup of coffee,” the department said in a social media post.

Deadline for City Candidates Arrives

Deadline for City Candidates Arrives

The time for electoral speculation comes to a close on March 11 at 5 p.m., when the deadline to file to appear on the 2022 ballot for Beverly Hills City Council or City Treasurer ends.

With Looming Bond Shortfall, Board Hears from CCAC for First Time

With Looming Bond Shortfall, Board Hears from CCAC for First Time

“Just by the fact that we’re having this conversation tonight, and all of a sudden, all this information is being thrown at us, it’s just further showing us that we have a problem on our hands,” he said.

Courier  Exclusive:  LACounty Sheriff Candidate Cecil Rhambo

Courier Exclusive: LACounty Sheriff Candidate Cecil Rhambo

Sheriff’s deputies patrol unincorporated areas of Los Angeles and a handful of cities that contract with the department, including West Hollywood and Malibu. With 10,000 sworn officers and 8,000 sworn staff, the department is the largest sheriff’s department in the country. 

From the Pandemic to Ukraine:  It’s OK Not to Feel OK

From the Pandemic to Ukraine: It’s OK Not to Feel OK

Tragically, our sympathetic nervous systems, responsible for our “fight or flight” responses, are once again in overdrive.

Beverly Hills Private Vaults Company to Plead Guilty to Conspiracy Charge

Beverly Hills Private Vaults Company to Plead Guilty to Conspiracy Charge

U.S. Private Vaults, a Nevada-based company that operated on West Olympic Boulevard, was raided by the FBI and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in March 2021.

Beverly Hills to Host Summer Camp Showcase March 13

Beverly Hills to Host Summer Camp Showcase March 13

The City of Beverly Hills Community Services Department will host the 2022 Summer Camp Showcase at the Farmers’ Market, 9300 Civic Center Drive, on Sunday, March 13, 2022 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“Vehicle Takeover” Renews  Scrutiny of Infamous Intersection

“Vehicle Takeover” Renews Scrutiny of Infamous Intersection

On any given day, especially around rush hour, as many as 10 cars saddle up to the limit lines at the six-way intersection at Lomitas Avenue and Canon Drive.

City Council to Resume In-Person Meetings

City Council to Resume In-Person Meetings

For the second time since the start of the pandemic nearly two years ago, the Beverly Hills City Council will return to in-person meetings in City Hall beginning on March 15.

Il Pastaio Getaway Driver Gets 5 Years

Il Pastaio Getaway Driver Gets 5 Years

A third defendant was sentenced to five years in federal prison on Feb. 28 in connection with a 2021 robbery and shooting incident at Il Pastaio restaurant on Canon Drive.

Beverly Hills Courier Exclusive: Hudnut Will Step Down from  Planning Commission in June from Planning  Commission

Beverly Hills Courier Exclusive: Hudnut Will Step Down from Planning Commission in June from Planning Commission

The Courier has learned that Beverly Hills Planning Commission Vice Chairman Thomas C. Hudnut will step down at the end of his term on June 30 and will not seek reappointment.

Cheval Blanc Asks for Time Extension After Planning Commission Feedback

Cheval Blanc Asks for Time Extension After Planning Commission Feedback

The Beverly Hills Planning Commission scrutinized the potential traffic impacts of the proposed Cheval Blanc hotel project at a Feb. 24 special meeting.

Beverly Hills City  Council Passes  Resolution in Support of Ukraine

Beverly Hills City Council Passes Resolution in Support of Ukraine

The resolution also makes Zelensky an honorary citizen of Beverly Hills. 

Maynor Pleads Guilty to Avant Murder

Maynor Pleads Guilty to Avant Murder

Maynor made occasional social media posts from prison. In January 2017, he wrote on Facebook, “This my last year. I can’t wait to do big things.” A year later, in March, he marked his release with another post. “Just got out of prison Saturday,” he wrote.

Paul Selwyn, Pillar of City’s Cultural Scene, Passes Away

Paul Selwyn, Pillar of City’s Cultural Scene, Passes Away

Longtime Beverly Hills resident and Founding President of the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Paul Selwyn, passed away on Feb. 16 at age 88.

Campaign Corner

Campaign Corner

Attention all candidates. The Courier would like to keep readers informed about campaign events in our ongoing “Campaign Corner” feature.

Protesters Rally for Ukraine in Westwood

Protesters Rally for Ukraine in Westwood

Remembering Selma Katz Bosse

Remembering Selma Katz Bosse

Jon Bosse describes his mother Selma Katz Bosse as a “very selfless person who never wanted attention.”

BHPD Employee Becomes President of Women’s  Leadership Group

BHPD Employee Becomes President of Women’s Leadership Group

The new 911 communications manager at Beverly Hills Police Department (BHPD) has been elected President of Los Angeles County Women Leaders in Law Enforcement (WLLE).

Beverly Hills Philanthropist Judy Briskin Makes $1.5 Million Donation to Maple  Counseling Center

Beverly Hills Philanthropist Judy Briskin Makes $1.5 Million Donation to Maple Counseling Center

Local philanthropist Judy Briskin has made a $1.5 million donation to the Maple Counseling Center to fund the Briskin|Wilder Welcome Center, a program at the center’s new location on La Cienega Boulevard.

New Wildfire Home Standards Try to Fix Insurance Troubles

New Wildfire Home Standards Try to Fix Insurance Troubles

“Due to all the big fires that have happened in California over the last couple of years, insurance companies are starting to pull out of California,” Barton told the Courier. “They’re not getting insurance because they can’t get it. The other part is it’s so expensive that they can’t afford it.”

BHPD Makes Arrests in Largest “Vehicle Takeover” Ever

BHPD Makes Arrests in Largest “Vehicle Takeover” Ever

“After forming a safe tactical plan, BHPD officers convoyed into the center of the incident causing all vehicles and spectators to flee immediately. Officers stopped several vehicles which led to the arrest of multiple suspects,” the department said in the Nixle release. 

Frieze Draws 35,000 to Beverly Hills

Frieze Draws 35,000 to Beverly Hills

“We thought, let’s don’t bring our wares — let’s make a big statement,” said McLeod. “This is one of the last great monumental sculptures in the Chris Burden estate.” 

City Council Race Attracts 13 Potential  Candidates

City Council Race Attracts 13 Potential Candidates

“In comparison to 2020, it’s a lot of people who pulled [nomination] papers,” Ahmed told the Courier.

Courier Launches “Campaign Corner” Feature

Courier Launches “Campaign Corner” Feature

Attention all candidates. Now that election season is in full swing, the Courier would like to keep readers informed about campaign events in a new feature entitled “Campaign Corner.”

Beverly Hills Fire Department Earns Prestigious Accreditation

Beverly Hills Fire Department Earns Prestigious Accreditation

The Beverly Hills Fire Department (BHFD) has received Accredited Agency status with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) for meeting the criteria established through the CFAI’s voluntary self-assessment and accreditation program.

Council Supports Water Conservation Challenge

Council Supports Water Conservation Challenge

After declaring a local drought earlier in February, the Beverly Hills City Council approved a move to support the Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation at its Feb. 15 Regular Meeting.

City Council Reviews Renter Protections and Rosy Economic Outlook

City Council Reviews Renter Protections and Rosy Economic Outlook

The Beverly Hills City Council returned to the question of what to do about COVID-19 renter protections, including an eviction moratorium and rent increase freeze, at a Feb. 15 Study Session.

BHPD Arrests Suspects in Triangle Robberies

BHPD Arrests Suspects in Triangle Robberies

The Beverly Hills Police Department (BHPD) announced three arrests in connection with 2021 robberies in the Business Triangle and other cities in Southern California.

Villanueva Addresses Rotary Club

Villanueva Addresses Rotary Club

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva joined the Rotary Club of Beverly Hills on Feb. 14 by invitation to address law enforcement and crime in the county.

Beverly Hills Planning Commission Considers Impacts of Cheval Blanc Hotel Project

Beverly Hills Planning Commission Considers Impacts of Cheval Blanc Hotel Project

The Beverly Hills Planning Commission publicly reviewed the proposed Cheval Blanc luxury hotel project during a Feb. 10 Special Meeting.

Il Pastaio Robbers Sentenced to 12 Years in Federal Prison

Il Pastaio Robbers Sentenced to 12 Years in Federal Prison

“There is no justification for such a serious crime, especially when someone could have lost their life,” said Walter during McGhee’s sentencing hearing. “It requires a sentence that will promote respect for the law.” 

Jeff Hyland Passes Away At 75

Jeff Hyland Passes Away At 75

“Thirty years ago, Jeff and I started on this journey. Throughout, a great partnership and a deep friendship were forged, and Hilton & Hyland emerged as a force in the industry.

City Council Funds Tourism TV Campaign

City Council Funds Tourism TV Campaign

The Beverly Hills City Council approved a contract amendment with the Beverly Hills Conference and Visitors Bureau (BHCVB) on Feb. 8 to enable the organization to create a $350,000 television campaign promoting Beverly Hills as a travel destination.

Beverly Hills State Sen. Proposes Journalism Fund

Beverly Hills State Sen. Proposes Journalism Fund

California State Senator Ben Allen (D-Beverly Hills) and two of his colleagues have proposed a bill designed to support the state’s flagging local journalism industry.

Shiva Bagheri Launches City Council Bid

Shiva Bagheri Launches City Council Bid

Shiva Bagheri, founder of the Beverly Hills Freedom Rally, has confirmed to the Courier that she plans to run for City Council in the June 2022 race.

Drought, Trees, and Public Banks Discussed at Study Session

Drought, Trees, and Public Banks Discussed at Study Session

The Beverly Hills City Council declared a local drought during its Regular Meeting on Feb. 8, following a discussion of the water shortage at an afternoon Study Session.

Private Security Contracts in Beverly Hills Extended to Summer 2023

Private Security Contracts in Beverly Hills Extended to Summer 2023

At its Feb. 8 Regular Meeting, the Beverly Hills City Council voted for the largest extension of private armed security since the city began contracting with security firms in 2020.

City Council Considers CCTV Expansion

City Council Considers CCTV Expansion

The Beverly Hills City Council took up the topic of the city’s extensive CCTV (closed-circuit television) camera system during its Feb. 8 Regular Session.

Beverly Hills to Counter Crime Stigma with TV Campaign

Beverly Hills to Counter Crime Stigma with TV Campaign

Milestones and Memories

Milestones and Memories

The Courier is introducing a new feature called “Milestones and Memories,” and it is inspired by you!

Sing for Hope Pianos

Sing for Hope Pianos

The 16 artist-designed Sing for Hope Pianos are being transported across the Los Angeles area to their permanent homes.

Love is in the Air in Beverly Hills

Love is in the Air in Beverly Hills

With Valentine’s Day (Monday, Feb. 14) being a chocolatier’s “SuperBowl,” Beverly Hills teuscher is preparing for a ChocolatePalooza, with floor-to-ceiling flowers, roses, hearts and chocolate.

BHHS Girls Soccer Varsity Team Wins Title

BHHS Girls Soccer Varsity Team Wins Title

Beverly Hills High School girls’ soccer varsity team has won its third Ocean League Championship in four years.

Metro Nears Next Step for  Sepulveda Transit Corridor  Project

Metro Nears Next Step for Sepulveda Transit Corridor Project

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) will soon complete the first step of one of its most ambitious projects to date.

Richard Bloom Drops Out of Supervisor Race

Richard Bloom Drops Out of Supervisor Race

Bloom began his political career in the Santa Monica City Council, spending more than a decade on the governing body.

Courier Exclusive: Markowitz Will Seek Beverly Hills  City Council Seat

Courier Exclusive: Markowitz Will Seek Beverly Hills City Council Seat

The newlywed couple moved to California and settled in Beverly Hills. They originally lived in Trousdale and became parents to their first two children.

Petition to Recall Gascón Approved

Petition to Recall Gascón Approved

“The voters of LA County agreed and voted overwhelmingly to embrace reform,” she said, characterizing the recall as an effort to “undermine the will of the voters.” 

Human Relations Commission Hears Homelessness Report

Human Relations Commission Hears Homelessness Report

Panhandling and camping on public property in the heart of Beverly Hills decreased in 2021, according to a report presented to the Human Relations Commission on Jan. 20.

Recreation and Parks Hears from BHPD Chief Stainbrook

Recreation and Parks Hears from BHPD Chief Stainbrook

The Recreation and Parks Commission held its first meeting of the year on Jan. 25, in which commissioners heard updates from new Beverly Hills Police Department (BHPD) Police Chief Mark Stainbrook on a recent armed robbery that took place just outside of Roxbury Park.

Bojeaux and Blum Announce Council Bids

Bojeaux and Blum Announce Council Bids

Two more residents have tossed their hats into the 2022 City Council race, Darian Bojeaux and Deborah Blum.

Sunshine Task Force Tables Revocation Ordinance

Sunshine Task Force Tables Revocation Ordinance

“I’m really perplexed as to why there’s even a need for this,” said former Mayor Stephen Webb, who also previously served on the Planning Commission. “I’m also perplexed at the ambiguity of some of the language that’s here and it’s troubling to me.”

Inside the Beverly Hills Police Department’s Pilot Drone Program

Inside the Beverly Hills Police Department’s Pilot Drone Program

Privacy groups have warned for over a decade that drones could further erode privacy in an age of near-constant surveillance.

Pink’s Honors Betty White

Pink’s Honors Betty White

At a Jan. 17 event at the Los Angeles Zoo honoring the late actress Betty White, the owners of Pink’s Hot Dogs made a $3,000 donation to the zoo in her memory.

Tobacco Ban Impacts Local Convenience Store

Tobacco Ban Impacts Local Convenience Store

“Besides trying to get my investment back, I’m also facing the fact that I cannot change the model of my businessto overcome the loss of revenue from not selling tobacco products,” said Pouldar.

Beverly Hills Housing Element Not Certified

Beverly Hills Housing Element Not Certified

Sacramento dealt a blow to Beverly Hills on Jan. 14 when it declined to certify the city’s housing element, according to a letter from the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD).

BHPD Investigating Armed  Robbery Near Roxbury Park

BHPD Investigating Armed Robbery Near Roxbury Park

The Beverly Hills Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that took place near Roxbury Park on the afternoon of Jan. 18. Police are actively searching for suspects.

Web Exclusive: BHUSD Plans Town Hall to Discuss COVID-19 Surge

Web Exclusive: BHUSD Plans Town Hall to Discuss COVID-19 Surge

City Council Grapples with End Dates for COVID Renter Protections

City Council Grapples with End Dates for COVID Renter Protections

With the recent COVID-19 surge brought on by the omicron variant, the Beverly Hills City Council considered possible next steps to end a citywide halt on rent increases and evictions at its Jan. 18 Study Session.

BREAKING: Police and Religious Groups Unite Against Hate Crime

BREAKING: Police and Religious Groups Unite Against Hate Crime

City Council Bolsters Election Transparency

City Council Bolsters Election Transparency

A letter submitted by a group of more than 30 prominent residents in favor of the $1,000 top donor threshold argued that PACs “undermine the policies that the City’s contribution and expenditure limits are designed to promote.”

Council Examines Overlap Between Just In Case BH and Neighborhood Watch

Council Examines Overlap Between Just In Case BH and Neighborhood Watch

Just In Case BH is a neighborhood-based emergency preparedness program proposed by Vice Mayor Lili Bosse in 2020.

Virtual Commemoration at  Holocaust Museum LA

Virtual Commemoration at Holocaust Museum LA

International Holocaust Remembrance Day, recognized by the United Nations, commemorates the tragedy of the Holocaust and signifies the day that Auschwitz was liberated. 

BREAKING: Watch Stolen at Gunpoint Near Roxbury Park in Beverly Hills

BREAKING: Watch Stolen at Gunpoint Near Roxbury Park in Beverly Hills

Cafe Sheera Hosts Coffee with a Cop

Cafe Sheera Hosts Coffee with a Cop

With a sweets case full of custom date-based confections and a wall covered in silk flowers, Cafe Sheera is decidedly not a donut shop.

One Year In, No New Mixed-Use Projects

One Year In, No New Mixed-Use Projects

The Beverly Hills City Council received a one-year update on the mixed-use ordinance in its Jan. 4 Regular Meeting.

Changes Ahead for Lobbyists in Beverly Hills

Changes Ahead for Lobbyists in Beverly Hills

“Transparency is an important part of the update, but we want to make sure that any updates are not overly onerous on the legislative advocate community,” Beverly Hills Public Information Coordinator Lauren Santillana told the Courier in an email statement.

Starting the New Year with  Historical Awards

Starting the New Year with Historical Awards

The Beverly Hills Cultural Heritage Commission kicked off 2022 by finalizing its three newest selections for the Golden Shield Award during its first regular meeting of the year on Jan. 12.

Full Docket for Planning Commission in 2022

Perhaps no city commission has a larger impact on the material shape and feel of Beverly Hills than the Planning Commission, which in 2021 tackled some of the most consequential developments in the city including the Housing Element and the One Beverly Hills project.

City Council to Posthumously Honor Sidney Poitier on Jan. 18

City Council to Posthumously Honor Sidney Poitier on Jan. 18

It was a trio of roles in 1967 that firmly established him as a legend: Mark Thackeray in “To Sir With Love,” Detective Virgil Tibbs in “In the Heat of the Night” and as John Prentice, a man engaged to a white woman, in “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.”

Sharing Warmth and Smiles

Sharing Warmth and Smiles

This holiday season, Rabbi Levi Illulian of One Lev Org wanted to do something meaningful to help those in need in the streets of Beverly Hills and the surrounding neighborhoods.

Same Photo, Decades Apart

Same Photo, Decades Apart

Beverly Hills City Clerk Bert Firminger looked out of his window one day and snapped a photo of his then nine-year-old daughter Jane perched on the City Hall courtyard fountain.

Flyers Highlight Growing Antisemitism in Modern Conspiracies

Flyers Highlight Growing Antisemitism in Modern Conspiracies

Peter Bogdanovich Dies at 82

Peter Bogdanovich Dies at 82

Peter Bogdanovich, considered one of the most influential filmmakers of the 1970s and the man behind classics such as “The Last Picture Show’’ and “Paper Moon,’’ died on Jan. 6 in Los Angeles at age 82.

City Creates Design Standards for Subway Corridor

City Creates Design Standards for Subway Corridor

A set of new streetscape design standards for Wilshire and La Cienega Boulevards received consensus support from the Beverly Hills City Council during its Jan. 4 Study Session.

City Code Changed as Frieze Reveals Sculpture Line-Up

City Code Changed as Frieze Reveals Sculpture Line-Up

A temporary change in city regulations allow- ing some private structures to be displayed in Beverly Gardens Park was unanimously approved by the Beverly Hills City Council during its Jan. 4 Regular Meeting.

Beverly Hills and the World Mourn Sidney Poitier

Beverly Hills and the World Mourn Sidney Poitier

The world knew him as an icon, but Beverly Hills knew him as a beloved friend and neighbor. Sidney Poitier died on Thursday at the age of 94, leaving behind a legacy that transcended his achievements.

City Council Responds to Antisemitic Flyers

City Council Responds to Antisemitic Flyers

After multiple incidents last month where flyers containing antisemitic tropes and COVID-19 conspiracies were distributed throughout the city, the Beverly Hills City Council explored possible legal and civil remedies at its Jan. 4 Regular Meeting.

Officials Say SoFi Super Bowl is Not in Jeopardy

Officials Say SoFi Super Bowl is Not in Jeopardy

Plans are moving forward for the Super Bowl at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, the NFL and a top state health official said today, despite rising COVID-19 infections that have forced the delay or adjustment of various public events and Hollywood awards shows.

Suspects Burgle $128,000 from Crustacean

Suspects Burgle $128,000 from Crustacean

Crustacean, the high-end seafood restaurant on North Bedford Drive, experienced a burglary in the early morning of Jan. 2, according to the Beverly Hills Police Department.

Farewell to Hometown Hero Betty White

Farewell to Hometown Hero Betty White

Betty White holds the world’s record for her television career that spanned eight decades.

Beverly Hills City Council Unanimously Supports Gascón Recall

Beverly Hills City Council Unanimously Supports Gascón Recall

The Beverly Hills City Council unanimously passed a resolution backing the latest attempt to recall Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón.

BHUSD Announces Mandatory COVID-19 Testing Prior to Jan. 10 Return to School

BHUSD Announces Mandatory COVID-19 Testing Prior to Jan. 10 Return to School

On Jan. 5, Beverly Hills Unified School District (BHUSD) Superintendent Dr. Michael Bregy announced mandatory testing requirements for the return to in-classroom instruction on Jan. 10.

City to Run Pop-Up Vaccine Clinic For Employees

City to Run Pop-Up Vaccine Clinic For Employees

“As we approach the new year, with the staggering reality that over 27,000 LA County residents have lost their lives to COVID-19, we extend our thoughts and prayers to those who have lost their loved ones,” Director of Public Health Dr. Barbara Ferrer said in a statement.

New State Laws: What They Mean for Beverly Hills

New State Laws: What They Mean for Beverly Hills

Councilmember Lester Friedman called the bill “misguided” and a “one-size-fits-all” approach during the December council meeting. 

Terms of Bisignano Plea Deal Unsealed

Terms of Bisignano Plea Deal Unsealed

“I was caught up, I was scared, I was excited,” Bisignano told the Courier. “A guy said to say that over the megaphone. I don’t even remember saying it.”

BHPD To Relax Enforcement Over New Year’s Holiday

BHPD To Relax Enforcement Over New Year’s Holiday

The Beverly Hills Police Department (BHPD) has announced that starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, there will be a city-wide exemption for parking violations relating to time limits, street sweeping, permit parking, overnight parking, no stopping peak hour zones, and meter restrictions for the New Year’s Holiday. Routine enforcement will resume on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022 at 8 a.m.

Beverly Hills Looks Forward  to 2022

Beverly Hills Looks Forward to 2022

Christine Messineo, Director of Frieze Los Angeles and Frieze New York, said in a statement that she looks forward to showcasing “the creative community” of the city.

Holiday Glamour in Beverly Hills

Holiday Glamour in Beverly Hills

Realtor and star of BRAVO TV’s “Million Dollar Listing-LA” Josh Flagg and his husband Bobby Boyd hosted a magical winter wonderland evening at their house last week.

Deputy Fire Chief Joe Matsch Hangs Up His Helmet

Deputy Fire Chief Joe Matsch Hangs Up His Helmet

He acknowledged that the department was “going through a challenging time.” But he insists that “there isn’t division in the fire department.” 

Prowler Makes Himself at Home in Bel Air Mansion

Prowler Makes Himself at Home in Bel Air Mansion

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) arrested a 28-year-old man in connection with a home break-in reported just before 10 p.m. on Dec. 20 in Bel Air.

Beverly Hills to Receive $1 Million in Opioid Settlement

Beverly Hills to Receive $1 Million in Opioid Settlement

As a part of a settlement with a major opioid manufacturer and three distributors, Beverly Hills will receive more than $1 million to fund education and programs to combat the opioid epidemic, the city estimates.

Guerin Gives $100 Million to Cedars-Sinai

Guerin Gives $100 Million to Cedars-Sinai

Beverly Hills philanthropist and theatre producer Vera Guerin has made the single largest donation in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s 100-year history, according to the nonprofit hospital.

Antisemitic Flyers Found Again

Antisemitic Flyers Found Again

“As a City that is made up of a diverse population and being one of the only Jewish-majority cities outside of Israel, the City condemns this unwarranted hate speech that has been unsuccessfully used to disparage a community that has, and always will, stand strong together and fight hatred of any kind.”

Boy Scout Cultivates Next Generation of Green Thumbs

Boy Scout Cultivates Next Generation of Green Thumbs

Task Force Discusses Future of OpenBH

Task Force Discusses Future of OpenBH

The Beverly Hills City Council liaisons heard a number of updates from members of the Small Business Assistance Task Force Committee at its Dec. 13 meeting.

Mary Wells Installed as BHUSD Board President

Mary Wells Installed as BHUSD Board President

On Dec. 14, the Beverly Hills Unified School District (BHUSD) Board of Education held an Organizational Meeting during which Mary Wells was installed as the president of the board and Noah Margo as vice president for 2022-2023.

BHPD Chief Mark Stainbrook Speaks to the Community

BHPD Chief Mark Stainbrook Speaks to the Community

Beverly Hills Police Department (BHPD) Chief Mark Stainbrook has made multiple recent community appearances in an effort to introduce himself to the city and address anxiety about an uptick in crime.

Maynor Pleads Not Guilty to Avant Murder

Maynor Pleads Not Guilty to Avant Murder

Aariel Maynor, 29, of Los Angeles pleaded not guilty on Dec. 16 to murder and other counts arising from the shooting death of beloved Beverly Hills resident and philanthropist Jacqueline Avant.

BHPD Provides Holiday Safety Tips

BHPD Provides Holiday Safety Tips

The winter “season of giving” is the season of taking for many lawbreakers.

Rent Stabilization Commission Recommends Updating  Relocation Fees

Rent Stabilization Commission Recommends Updating Relocation Fees

“I’m sorry to disagree with you,” said Bronte to Gohlich, “but I know that living expenses for a two or three bedroom or even a four bedroom apartment [are] not even close to $1,000.”

Council Passes Urgency  Ordinance in Response to SB9

Council Passes Urgency Ordinance in Response to SB9

“This is effectively the removal of single-family zoning in the state,” said Director of Community Development Ryan Gohlich.

Beverly Hills City Council Acknowledges Two Tragedies

Beverly Hills City Council Acknowledges Two Tragedies

“I don’t really feel like a big hero. I just did what I had to do. That’s all,” said Wolff, who recently celebrated his 100th birthday.

Virginia Robinson Gardens Proposal Stirs Controversy

Virginia Robinson Gardens Proposal Stirs Controversy

“I understand that there is a desire to give more people access to the beauty and the history of Virginia Robinson Gardens and a house which is a treasure,” said Councilmember John Mirisch. “But parties, events, commercial uses  — that’s really going overboard.”

City Council Hears Concerns from Residents about Safety in Beverly Hills

City Council Hears Concerns from Residents about Safety in Beverly Hills

While the city already has a thorough network of CCTV cameras, Stainbrook told the Council that the department was working with the Public Works Department “to increase and ensure proper camera coverage for the city.”

Courier on Spectrum News 1

Courier on Spectrum News 1

Applications Open for Community Assistance Grants

Applications Open for Community Assistance Grants

For 2021-22, 22 organizations received grant funding for services helping seniors, homelessness, physical and mental health, culture and more.

Beverly Hills to Test Outdoor Warning Siren

Beverly Hills to Test Outdoor Warning Siren

To demonstrate the siren for residents who are interested in hearing the new OWS firsthand, the city has planned in-person meetings on Dec. 13 at Roxbury Park at 4 p.m. and Dec. 15 at Greystone Mansion at 10 a.m.

LA City Council Map On Hold for BH Neighbors

LA City Council Map On Hold for BH Neighbors

“We recognized that there could be a need for our neighborhood council to be represented by two councilmembers,” Bel Air-Beverly Crest Council President Travis Longcore told the Courier.

Hanukkah Menorah Lighting

Hanukkah Menorah Lighting

Beverly Hills marked the third night of Hanukkah with a ceremonial menorah lighting on the front steps of City Hall. The event marked the second time the city held a menorah lighting—an annual tradition established only in 2019 and interrupted last year by the pandemic.

Smash-and-Grabs, Stickups and Hate Flyers: BHPD Responds

Smash-and-Grabs, Stickups and Hate Flyers: BHPD Responds

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office told the Courier it has filed charges of second degree robbery and brandishing an imitation firearm against an LA resident in connection with the Nov. 22 robbery. 

Suspect in Avant Murder Arrested

Suspect in Avant Murder Arrested

“Jacquie was the kindest, most beautiful, humble and generous soul, who loved and appreciated The Wallis. Both she and her remarkable husband, Clarence, have been passionately involved with The Wallis since its earliest days, well before our campus opened to the public,” said Fine.

Mark Stainbrook Sworn in as Beverly Hills Chief of Police

Mark Stainbrook Sworn in as Beverly Hills Chief of Police

“We had such an outstanding cooperative task force going after people selling drugs and using that money to fund terrorism,” Bodner told the Courier. “He’s very worldly, understands different cultures, understands diversity, and he was able to really open a lot of doors for us and help us see things that we would not have seen.”

Jacqueline Avant, Philanthropist and Long-Time Resident, Shot and Killed

Jacqueline Avant, Philanthropist and Long-Time Resident, Shot and Killed

Jac Mani Signs National Letter of Intent with UC Davis

Jac Mani Signs National Letter of Intent with UC Davis

Beverly Hills High School (BHHS) senior Jac Mani was surrounded by his friends, family, teammates, and coaches on Nov. 18 as he accepted a basketball scholarship offer to the University of California, Davis.

Next BH Proposes Citywide Valet

Next BH Proposes Citywide Valet

“It’s going to be a transition the next month, so it’ll be exciting to see someone step up,” said Freeman. 

Sunshine Task Force Discusses Two Potential Ordinances

Sunshine Task Force Discusses Two Potential Ordinances

Mirisch suggested that the ordinance incorporate enhanced reporting requirements for contributions to PACs. Even if entities that do business with the city were banned from contributing to campaigns, they could still donate to PACs. Mirisch hoped that requiring PACs to label donations from city contractors would disincentivize entities from simply funneling contributions into a PAC.

Holiday Lights Dazzle Large Crowd on Rodeo Drive

Holiday Lights Dazzle Large Crowd on Rodeo Drive

“Are you ready to add even more glow to our evening?” Mayor Robert Wunderlich called out to the throngs of people before he and the City Council ceremonially “turned on” the lights along the street.

Attempted Burglaries in Triangle Part of Recent Trend

Attempted Burglaries in Triangle Part of Recent Trend

Trejo said that BHPD detectives are investigating the incidents. They have not yet identified suspects and have not made connections to other incidents, he said.

BHPD Makes Arrests After Three Robberies

BHPD Makes Arrests After Three Robberies

The BHPD has made arrests in connection with three armed robberies this week.

Local Teen Turns Cubes into Art

Local Teen Turns Cubes into Art

When Beverly Hills teen artist, The Cubist, told her mom she needed 100 Rubik’s Cubes for an art project, her mom was skeptical.

Council Grapples with State Water Crisis

Council Grapples with State Water Crisis

The Beverly Hills City Council confronted the dire water situation facing California and the city at a Nov. 16 meeting.

Council Denies Petition for South Crescent Drive Parking Restrictions

Council Denies Petition for South Crescent Drive Parking Restrictions

City Transportation Planner Martha Eros said that available data showed no change since the switch to a middle school.

Hollander Twins Breaking Records

Hollander Twins Breaking Records

Beverly Hills High School (BHHS) twins Josh and Danielle Hollander have been setting new cross-country records in track since they were freshmen.

Council Approves Request to Honor Setian

Council Approves Request to Honor Setian

The Beverly Hills City Council has unanimously approved a request to honor Vahagn Setian, the 17-year-old Beverly Hills High School student killed in a drunk driving accident in 2006.

Lighting Celebration Kicks off Holiday Season in Beverly Hills

Lighting Celebration Kicks off Holiday Season in Beverly Hills

For the first time in the event’s history, the city joined forces with the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills to present the cast of the “Love Actually LIVE.”

Beverly Hills City Council Nixes Rodeo Drive Closure

Beverly Hills City Council Nixes Rodeo Drive Closure

At its Nov. 16 regular meeting, the Beverly Hills City Council considered instituting weekend nighttime closures of Rodeo Drive in response to public safety concerns involving “car clubs.”

FEATURE INTERVIEW: JEANIE BUSS

FEATURE INTERVIEW: JEANIE BUSS

The Courier’s Lisa Bloch sat down with Jeanie Buss to talk about her life, her leadership, and her Lakers legacy.

Beverly Hills Residents Split Over City Bike Lane Goals

Beverly Hills Residents Split Over City Bike Lane Goals

“I walk my dog in the neighborhood every day, sometimes twice, and I have become very aware that oncoming, often speeding, cars may or may not stop at the intersections with stop signs,” said Beverly Hills resident Audrey Hutchings in a letter that was read during the Nov. 4 commission meeting.

90210 is the Sixth Most  Expensive Zip Code in US

90210 is the Sixth Most Expensive Zip Code in US

In a year that saw soaring real estate prices across the nation, Beverly Hills’ iconic 90210 is the most expensive zip code in Los Angeles County and the sixth most expensive in the country, according to new data released by real estate data firm Property Shark.

LA Marathon Comes to Beverly Hills

LA Marathon Comes to Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills joined hands with other cities on Nov. 7 to create the 26.2-mile track for the Los Angeles Marathon.

Open Letter Calls for Limit to PACs

Open Letter Calls for Limit to PACs

“What’s your commitment to a spending limit worth if you can expressly or impliedly encourage or somehow acquiesce to these contributions?” he told the Courier.

After a Dark Year, Beverly Hills Welcomes Back Holiday Lights

After a Dark Year, Beverly Hills Welcomes Back Holiday Lights

“We are thrilled to welcome visitors and residents back to our holiday celebration that we missed last year due to the pandemic,” said Beverly Hills Mayor Robert Wunderlich in a statement.

Halloween in Beverly Hills

Halloween in Beverly Hills

Thousands of trick-or-treaters took to the streets on Halloween, making up for time lost in the pandemic.

Community Rallies Around Children With Rare Disease

Community Rallies Around Children With Rare Disease

Mayor Attends Celebration

Mayor Attends Celebration

Mayor Robert Wunderlich spoke at a local Cyrus the Great Day celebration in West L.A.

BHUSD Interviews Candidates for Board Vacancy

BHUSD Interviews Candidates for Board Vacancy

At its Nov. 2 Special Meeting, the Beverly Hills Unified School District (BHUSD) Board of Education interviewed seven applicants who are in the running to fill the board vacancy left by the resignation of Tristen Walker- Shuman.

Beverly Hills Chamber Touts Success of NY Trip

Beverly Hills Chamber Touts Success of NY Trip

“We met with two other restaurants that are really close to signing deals,” Johnson told the Courier.

Frieze Agrees to Compromise on Name For 2022 Fair

Frieze Agrees to Compromise on Name For 2022 Fair

The City Council previously expressed displeasure with waiving the fees for a for-profit event that uses “Los Angeles” in its branding.

City Council Wrestles with SB9

City Council Wrestles with SB9

“The City Council could also consider adopting objective standards that do not physically preclude development of two 800 square foot units on lots in the city,” Gohlich said.

Beverly Hills Readies for  L.A. Marathon

Beverly Hills Readies for L.A. Marathon

“There’s a unique opportunity now for hotels in Beverly Hills to be benefited largely as a result of that decision,” Sunkin told the Rodeo Drive Committee/Special Events City Council Liaison at an October 2020 meeting. “Runners historically like to stay at the finish line.”

A Step Forward for Cheval Blanc Beverly Hills

A Step Forward for Cheval Blanc Beverly Hills

“I think we are going to have dueling reports as to whether and to what extent traffic can pass through the newly configured alley,” said Commissioner Gary Ross at the meeting. “It’s early in the process and we can all study that.”

Beverly Hills Suing YouTube Video Creator

Beverly Hills Suing YouTube Video Creator

The City of Beverly Hills is suing a YouTube video creator and a promoter for at least $200,000 to compensate the city for police and administrative costs associated with a spring parade that caused the temporary closing of Rodeo Drive.

Shooshani Project Honored with Architectural Award

Shooshani Project Honored with Architectural Award

Beverly Hills resident and former Planning Commissioner Joe Shooshani and architect Michele Saee of Saee Studio received the Innovation and Technology in the Built Environment Award at the Los Angeles Business Council (LABC) Architectural Awards on Oct. 26.

BHPD Provides Safety Tips for Halloween

BHPD Provides Safety Tips for Halloween

With traditional in-person Halloween activities resuming this year, the Beverly Hills Police Department encourages everyone on the road to be extra careful as more chil- dren are out walking the neighborhood and collecting candy.

Beverly Hills City Council Adopts Disposable Foodware Ordinance

Beverly Hills City Council Adopts Disposable Foodware Ordinance

In May, the PWC unanimously agreed to recommend the ordinance to the Council, and the Council unanimously agreed to move forward on the proposed ordinance at its Sept. 21 meeting. The ordinance goes into effect on Nov. 27. 

City Council Weighs Ending  Eviction Moratorium

City Council Weighs Ending Eviction Moratorium

Vice Mayor Lili Bosse said that the number “horrified” her. “Even though I do feel that things are better [and] we’re moving in the right direction, I think it would be a tremendous hardship to expect for any tenant to pay two times the CPI at one time,” she said.

WeHo Halloween Carnaval 2021 is Canceled

WeHo Halloween Carnaval 2021 is Canceled

The City of West Hollywood is reminding the community and the region that the City’s annual Halloween Carnaval will not take place for Halloween 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

BHPD Racial Profiling Suit Adds Plaintiffs

BHPD Racial Profiling Suit Adds Plaintiffs

“This is about making America live up to its creed that we don’t allow you to treat Black and brown people differently than you treat white people,” said civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump at an Oct. 27 press conference announcing the new claims.

Chief Rivetti  Updates Council on Security Measures

Chief Rivetti Updates Council on Security Measures

Beverly Hills has an expansive network of CCTV cameras spread throughout the city. Rivetti said the department frequently relies on the cameras in solving crimes in the city. The department plans to put grant funding towards the purchase of another CCTV trailer.

BHHS Athletes End Season on a High Note

BHHS Athletes End Season on a High Note

According to Goldkorn, things are starting to feel “more normal” since the team can go compete at other schools and take the bus there wearing masks. 

Spooky Decorations Appear in Beverly Hills

Spooky Decorations Appear in Beverly Hills

From life-sized horse skeletons to homicidal ghouls behind the wheel of a car, it is the spookiest time of year as Halloween decorations descend on Beverly Hills neighborhoods.

BHPD Releases Rodeo Drive Task Force Arrest Data

BHPD Releases Rodeo Drive Task Force Arrest Data

The records also contain the number of total arrests for unemployment insurance fraud or Employment Development Department (EDD) fraud.

Beverly Hills Passes  Inclusionary Housing Ordinance

Beverly Hills Passes Inclusionary Housing Ordinance

Mayor Robert Wunderlich, Vice Mayor Lili Bosse and Councilmember Julian Gold, M.D., echoed Friedman’s sentiments.

Beverly Hills Honors Life of Detective Zoeller

Beverly Hills Honors Life of Detective Zoeller

Zoeller suffered a major stroke on July 9, sustaining a brain bleed. He was placed into a coma and never regained consciousness. He died on Aug. 4. He is survived by his wife, Lisa, and his children, Ashley and Kyle. 

Finalists Selected for BHUSD Trustee Seat

Finalists Selected for BHUSD Trustee Seat

With a Nov. 21 deadline to fill the board vacancy looming, the Beverly Hills Unified School District (BHUSD) Board of Education held a Special Meeting on Oct. 19 to begin reviewing board member candidate applications.

Attempted Robbery on Canon Drive Leaves One Injured

Attempted Robbery on Canon Drive Leaves One Injured

“Preliminary information appears at this point that the male victim was the target of a robbery.”

New Members Chosen for Citizen Bond Oversight Committee

New Members Chosen for Citizen Bond Oversight Committee

“We appreciate when members of our community step up to really sign up for this kind of backroom tireless work that has to get done and keep everything in compliance,” Board Member Noah Margo said. “And for anybody that even put their name in for that, I appreciate it.”

Great Shakeout Earthquake Drill Coming Oct. 21

Great Shakeout Earthquake Drill Coming Oct. 21

Beverly Hills will participate in the annual “Great Shakeout” earthquake drill, taking place nationally on Oct. 21 at 10:21 a.m.

Council Gives Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down to Matters at Study Session

Council Gives Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down to Matters at Study Session

At its Oct. 12 Study Session, the Beverly Hills City Council approved new holiday season street pole banner designs and voted 4-1 against calling up the Architectural Commission’s decision to approve a request for a front yard fence and gates at 332-336 North Oakhurst Drive.

Beverly Hills City Council Approves Housing  Element

Beverly Hills City Council Approves Housing Element

The Beverly Hills City Council approved the adoption of a new Housing Element, reaching a milestone in a grueling exercise that determines the city’s housing and development policies for the next eight years.

Wunderlich Delivers State of the City Address

Wunderlich Delivers State of the City Address

Beverly Hills Mayor Bob Wunderlich laid out his mostly optimistic vision for the future of Beverly Hills during his State of the City Address on Oct. 7.

Council Passes Ordinance  Restricting School Protests

Council Passes Ordinance Restricting School Protests

“The behavior of the protesters who harassed kids and their parents on Walk to School Day was simply horrific and it can’t be allowed to happen again,” said Mayor Robert Wunderlich, who joined Walk to School Day and was confronted by the same group of protesters.

Courier Exclusive: Q&A with Mark Stainbrook, New BHPD Chief

Courier Exclusive: Q&A with Mark Stainbrook, New BHPD Chief

“I am thrilled to welcome Mark to Beverly Hills,” City Manager George Chavez said in a statement. “His international credentials, experience in high-profile agencies and collaborative approach will bring new energy and valuable insight to our community and the department.”

BHPD Awarded Traffic Safety Grant from State

BHPD Awarded Traffic Safety Grant from State

According to data compiled by OTS, traffic fatalities in California decreased 5% from 2018 to 2019, from 3,798 to 3,606. Over the same time period, the state saw alcohol-impaired driving fatalities go down by 4.5%.

Protesters Oppose Vaccine  Mandates at Walk to School Day

Protesters Oppose Vaccine Mandates at Walk to School Day

“They think it’s going to be a fun and safe photo opportunity with parents and kids. Let’s show up here and show them it’s not,” he said. “Let’s make them afraid, because it’s no longer that we need to be on the defense—we need to be on the offense.”

What Redistricting Could Mean for Beverly Hills’ Neighbors

What Redistricting Could Mean for Beverly Hills’ Neighbors

L.A. Councilmember Nithya Raman who currently represents District 4 and Councilmember Paul Krekorian who represents District 2 have both spoken out against the map, as they would be representing residents who did not vote for them if the plans are approved.

Beverly Hills Fire Department Addresses Vaccine Mandate

Beverly Hills Fire Department Addresses Vaccine Mandate

“The Beverly Hills Fire Department will make operational adjustments as needed to ensure the greatest level of protection for the community with vaccinated paramedics assigned to engine companies wearing full personal protective equipment when responding on medical calls,” Barton said.

Hundreds Attend Women’s March in Beverly Hills

Hundreds Attend Women’s March in Beverly Hills

“I hosted the BH rally because now is a crucial time to speak up for reproductive freedom,” Rabin told the Courier. “We shouldn’t have to fight for Women’s Rights 50 years after Roe v. Wade! I don’t want young women to experience what it is like to live during an era when women don’t have the option of a safe and legal abortion but are forced to give birth.”

Mayor Delivers Beverly Hills State of the City Speech

Mayor Delivers Beverly Hills State of the City Speech

Beverly Hills Mayor Robert Wunderlich addressed an audience of about 350 people during the Mayor’s State of the City Address on Oct. 7. The speech was part of “An Evening with the Mayor,” hosted by the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce at Greystone Mansion.

Planning Commission Recommends Approval of Housing Element

Planning Commission Recommends Approval of Housing Element

While the city has been in the thick of the Housing Element process for nearly a year now, the Planning Commission’s hearing marked only the second time the commission had reviewed the draft. Including the staff report, supplemental material and appendices, the total paperwork before the Planning Commission totaled more than 700 pages.

A Fourth of BHFD Firefighters Seek Vaccine Exemptions

A Fourth of BHFD Firefighters Seek Vaccine Exemptions

As of press time, the city’s Director of Human Relations and a member of the City Attorney’s Office were in the process of interviewing those seeking exemptions. 

Holiday Banners Unveiled for Beverly Hills

Holiday Banners Unveiled for Beverly Hills

The street pole banners that are currently in place throughout the Business Triangle display the “Welcome to” banner campaign with images of the lily pond or a couple in a convertible driving down Rodeo Drive, among others.

Il Pastaio Watch Thieves Plead Guilty

Il Pastaio Watch Thieves Plead Guilty

The watch still has yet to be recovered, according to Beverly Hills Police Department (BHPD) Acting Captain Max Subin. Belhassen has offered a $50,000 reward for its return.

“First Thursdays” Launches in Beverly Hills Oct. 7

“First Thursdays” Launches in Beverly Hills Oct. 7

“I’m thrilled to see ‘First Thursdays’ come to life next week on Thursday, October 7th,” said Chair of the Next Beverly Hills Committee, Noelle Freeman.

Former MCA Headquarters Granted Historic Status

Former MCA Headquarters Granted Historic Status

The building came into existence in 1938 when Jules Stein, ophthalmologist and renowned talent agent, commissioned Beverly Hills Master Architect Paul Revere Williams to construct a space for his growing firm, Music Corporation of America (MCA).

Memorial Held for Mason Duncan-Book

Memorial Held for Mason Duncan-Book

“Mason just wanted to participate in a normal ritual for all kids: school,” said Heather Woodring, Mason’s last teacher at Horace Mann. His former classmates stood alongside her.

Sushi Fumi Suspects Charged With Anti-Jewish Hate Crimes

Sushi Fumi Suspects Charged With Anti-Jewish Hate Crimes

The incident took place amid a 15-day episode of armed conflict between Israel and Hamas, the militant Islamist group that controls the Gaza Strip. Los Angeles saw multiple rallies both in opposition and support of Israel’s actions, both of which were overwhelmingly peaceful. 

Former President George W. Bush Speaks in Beverly Hills

Former President George W. Bush Speaks in Beverly Hills

 The hour-long symposium carried four core themes of the night — freedom, opportunity, responsibility and compassion — with Bush delving into each principle as a pillar for his decisions as a leader, through both moments of crisis and the halcyon days.

Council  Considers Future  of OpenBH

Council Considers Future of OpenBH

“Certainly, we need to continue this program in its current form until three months after permanent design standards are in place,” Johnson said. “And something that certainly everyone knows, that sitting outside and enjoying the weather that we have is wonderful, there are some loud cars that go up and down the street.”

Walker-Shuman Resigns From BHUSD School Board

Walker-Shuman Resigns From BHUSD School Board

Walker-Shuman told the Courier that she plans to “continue taking care of my parents and family, finishing graduate school and advocating for education.”

Change Proposed for Beverly Hills Trees in Face of Climate Change

Change Proposed for Beverly Hills Trees in Face of Climate Change

“That’s what the goal is here,” Pfalzgraf said. “Let’s improve the canopy. Let’s improve the temperature in the city and the wildlife habitat. That’s the bottom line.”

Council Discusses Programs to Reenergize Beverly Hills

Council Discusses Programs to Reenergize Beverly Hills

“I think if we are going to pick a place to have a pilot project that is as safe as can be, I think this is the correct one,” said Councilmember Lester Friedman.

Council Changes Planning Commission Role In Project Review

Council Changes Planning Commission Role In Project Review

At the City Council meeting, Councilmember Julian Gold, M.D. argued that, given the Council’s role in negotiating the development agreement, it made sense to assign the Council to review it. 

BHUSD Board Opens Investigation into Walker-Shuman

BHUSD Board Opens Investigation into Walker-Shuman

The fact that the D.A. found that no actual “crime” has been committed does not signal an end to the investigation of this matter, however. During the lengthy public commenting period at the Sept. 14 meeting, parents called on Walker-Shuman to resign or respond to the allegations. 

City Council Considers Holiday Festivities in Beverly Hills

City Council Considers Holiday Festivities in Beverly Hills

The Council directed staff to explore contingency plans, including options for live streaming the event with enhanced virtual components, masking, and options to ensure the show goes on. 

BHUSD Adopts Universal Testing But No Vaccine Mandate

BHUSD Adopts Universal Testing But No Vaccine Mandate

“I really respect people’s rights to decide not to vaccinate or not to vaccinate their children. The caveat, of course, to all of those arguments is the fact that you’re sending your kid to a public school,” Board Member Noah Margo said. “It’s not about you anymore. That’s the problem. It’s about everybody.”

New Report Spotlights Anti-Semitism in 9/11  Conspiracies

New Report Spotlights Anti-Semitism in 9/11 Conspiracies

“Many of these conspiracies are promoted within far-right extremist circles, but wider belief about Jewish complicity in the 9/11 attacks can be found in more mainstream spaces,” the report says.

Slow Streets Program Continues to Roll Out in Beverly Hills

Slow Streets Program Continues to Roll Out in Beverly Hills

Since that March meeting, residents of six street blocks in Beverly Hills have opted to have signs installed cautioning drivers to slow down to 15 mph as the streets have been opened for local residents to walk, cycle or even play a game of locals-only stickball. The latest Slow Street sign was installed on South Maple Drive the last week of August.

New Bike Lane Proposed for San Vicente

New Bike Lane Proposed for San Vicente

“To install bike lanes on San Vicente wouldn’t require any significant trade-offs with vehicle lanes or parking,” said Beverly Hills Transportation Planner Jessie Holzer at a Traffic and Parking Commission’s September meeting. “So, bike lanes can be installed as part of ongoing street maintenance.”

Council to Consider Future of Open BH Program

Council to Consider Future of Open BH Program

Under the program, street closure fees and meter revenue are also waived, with costs related to traffic circle equipment and staff time being absorbed by the city.

Beverly Hills Commemorates 20th Anniversary of 9/11

Beverly Hills Commemorates 20th Anniversary of 9/11

The Beverly Hills 9/11 Memorial Garden is open daily to the public, honoring the 2,977 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, at the World Trade Center site, near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and at the Pentagon.

School Board President Calls For Investigation Into Vice President

School Board President Calls For Investigation Into Vice President

Walker-Shuman characterized Marcus’s call for an investigation as an overstep of her authority, saying that “she violated board policy by issuing a statement in her official capacity that was not agreed upon by the whole board.”  

Piling Work Continues at UCLA

Piling Work Continues at UCLA

The piling at Lot 36 will take about three weeks, and will be followed by piling on Wilshire Boulevard, between Westwood Boulevard and Veteran Avenue. Each week, construction notices will be updated online, as the work will be done in stages. Works hours will be from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. for drilling activities, and 9 -11 p.m. for maintenance. 

Organizations Helping Afghani Refugees

Organizations Helping Afghani Refugees

Several organizations in southern California and beyond are working to ease the burdens for thousands of Afghan refugees coming into the U.S. The Courier has compiled a list of organizations providing aid as a resource for those wishing to do the same. 

Beverly Hills Kicks Off Climate Plan With New Committee

Beverly Hills Kicks Off Climate Plan With New Committee

Planning Commission Chair Andy Licht and Commissioner Tom Hudnut agreed with Demeter on the importance of the climate plan. Hudnut said the 2045 deadline for carbon neutrality sounded “fairly relaxed” to him and asked if there was flexibility to possibly accelerate the time frame.

El Nido Celebrates Garden Gala Sept. 11

El Nido Celebrates Garden Gala Sept. 11

“It’s important to celebrate El Nido’s work throughout the pandemic and strengthen the road ahead for our families,” Chair of the Garden Gala and El Nido Board Member, Meredith Messer Fried, said. “El Nido has continued and expanded their vital services during this critical time. I believe this event will provide much needed funding for L.A.’s critical safety net and provide a healing and celebratory experience for guests and supporters who are finally able to come together.”

Shop Local Program Rebranded

Shop Local Program Rebranded

“For Beverly Hills, that shield shape is very powerful,” Josh Morgerman, co-founder of Symblaze, said. “People all over the LA Metro area and beyond, they know that shield as a Beverly Hills thing.”

Fate of Swim Gym Mural  Discussed at Meeting

Fate of Swim Gym Mural Discussed at Meeting

With renovations underway at the swim gym and decades of exposure to chlorine, talk of potentially covering, restoring, or moving the celebrated mural has raised concerns in the community. With that, the Cultural Heritage Commission has come on to help find a viable solution for the piece.

Beverly Hills Art Show Returns Oct. 16-17

Beverly Hills Art Show Returns Oct. 16-17

Now in its 48th year, the Beverly Hills Art Show was reinvented in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The show took on a hybrid format in an effort to stay connected to the community and continue to offer the much-anticipated annual event that community members have come to expect and enjoy.  

Team Beverly Hills Inspires Generations of Civic Leaders

Team Beverly Hills Inspires Generations of Civic Leaders

“I’m a hands-on learner, so this program completely called to me – it wasn’t just like, sit in on our meetings every Tuesday at 9 a.m.,” said Fred Dapp, a realtor and former member of the Next Beverly Hills Committee who attended in 2019.

BHFD Fighting Dixie Fire

BHFD Fighting Dixie Fire

“Given the known risks of modern wildfires and climate change, embracing the role of fire and a return to intentional transgenerational management is of critical importance,” the paper concludes.

Rodeo Drive Holiday  Lighting Set for Nov. 18

Rodeo Drive Holiday Lighting Set for Nov. 18

“I think our goal is we want a wonderful holiday lighting evening,” Bosse said. “But the goal is to have a vibrant holiday experience from that day through the holidays.”

BHPD Task Force Accused of Widespread Racial Profiling

BHPD Task Force Accused of Widespread Racial Profiling

“I was contacted by the Department of Justice after they saw the allegations that were being made. And so, we’re going to encourage the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division to look into this matter,” Crump said. 

Anti-Hate Mural Unveiled

Anti-Hate Mural Unveiled

“This partnership with the Korean American Federation of Los Angeles and Artists 4 Israel symbolizes inter-community unity and that we all stand together to combat any form of hate and discrimination,” said Consul General of Israel to the Pacific Southwest Dr. Hillel Newman.

Commissions Recommend Jean-Michel Basquiat Outdoor Gym

Commissions Recommend Jean-Michel Basquiat Outdoor Gym

Basquiat sold his first painting to Debbie Harry for $200 in 1981, but his paintings have sold for as much as $110 million in recent years. 

WeHo Elects New Mayor and Mayor Pro Tempore

WeHo Elects New Mayor and Mayor Pro Tempore

Horvath, who is seeking to replace outgoing County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl on the Board of Supervisors, nominated Meister and Shyne for their new positions, marking the first time a woman has nominated two women for the mayoral succession in the city’s history.

Mulholland Station Fire Captain  Under Investigation

Mulholland Station Fire Captain Under Investigation

In the video, Granucci claims that there are “hundreds” of other LAFD employees who have retained an attorney—“and he is a shark.”

Electronic Billboard Proposal Worries Residents Near Sunset Strip

Electronic Billboard Proposal Worries Residents Near Sunset Strip

“The project EIR closely examined our digital canvas and the analysis from credentialed experts confirms neighbors in the hills of Los Angeles will not experience any light trespass or glare,” Jake Stevens, the project’s spokesperson, told the Courier. Stevens additionally stressed that the signage would have sensors monitoring it 24/7 to ensure that it stayed within the proscribed limits. 

Beverly Hills Commissioners Serve as City’s ‘Eyes and Ears’

Beverly Hills Commissioners Serve as City’s ‘Eyes and Ears’

With so much shuffling around, city residents may wonder who these commissioners are, what they do, and how to join their ranks. 

WeHo Elects New Mayor and Mayor Pro Tempore

WeHo Elects New Mayor and Mayor Pro Tempore

Like Beverly Hills, the City of West Hollywood appoints its mayor and mayor pro tempore (vice mayor, essentially) on a rotating basis. The position serves more of a bureaucratic than an executive function, unlike the City of Los Angeles.

City Council Weighs in on Future of Hastain Trail

City Council Weighs in on Future of Hastain Trail

“The City of Beverly Hills supports keeping the Hastain Trail as open space for the benefit of the public and environment,” the resolution reads.

Community Services Director Tries to Bring Beverly Hills Back Together

Community Services Director Tries to Bring Beverly Hills Back Together

“There’s a strong desire to do things socially together, and I think arts and culture are going to play a huge role in the economic recovery of Beverly Hills,” Rogers said.

Council Welcomes Commissioner Gary Ross; Departing  Commissioners Voice Concerns

Council Welcomes Commissioner Gary Ross; Departing Commissioners Voice Concerns

Rubins also recommended requiring the appointment of at least one collector, gallerist, or graphics professional to the Commission.

City Council Defers to County for Vaccine Policy

City Council Defers to County for Vaccine Policy

“I actually think this will help our restaurants, it will help our businesses, because people will feel secure there, because people will know that it’s safer for them to be there than elsewhere, and it will also be safer for their employees as well,” he said.

Council Hears Updates On the California Gubernatorial Recall Election

Council Hears Updates On the California Gubernatorial Recall Election

“This is an important election,” Mayor Robert Wunderlich said. “Multiple ways that we can vote. So, everybody, please vote.”

Council Greenlights Restaurant Rooftop Dining in Business Triangle

Council Greenlights Restaurant Rooftop Dining in Business Triangle

“Permitting rooftop dining more widely creates flexibility for properties to create experiences that will attract businesses and visitors to Beverly Hills, and create an interesting environment to shop, eat, visit and work,” Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Todd Johnson wrote in a June 21 letter read on Aug. 17. 

Courier Exclusive: Nazarian Announces City Council Run

Courier Exclusive: Nazarian Announces City Council Run

“I plan to revitalize our small business community by addressing the challenges it now faces as a result of COVID, which permeate through pockets within our city and are reflected in the numerous empty storefronts throughout Beverly Hills.

BHUSD  Addresses  COVID  Concerns

BHUSD Addresses COVID Concerns

“Larger school districts like LAUSD will claim that that is occurring, that they’re requiring and mandating COVID-19 testing,” Bregy said at the meeting.

LA Artist Brings “Succulent Garden” Piano to City Hall

LA Artist Brings “Succulent Garden” Piano to City Hall

Mui Ito said she had a “full-circle moment” after adorning her piano with a garden of succulent plants, which to her represent color, vitality, and resilience in a difficult time. She named the piano “Lola,” after the rosebud-shaped succulent variety that is her favorite. 

Beverly Hills Seeks Public Input on Upcoming Labor Negotiations

Beverly Hills Seeks Public Input on Upcoming Labor Negotiations

The Municipal Employees Association of Beverly Hills Part-Time Unit has an MOU which expires on Oct. 8, 2021. The Aug. 17 meeting is the formal opportunity for the public to voice questions, concerns, and feedback to the City Council early in the negotiation process and prior to officially beginning the meet-and-confer process for a successor Memorandum of Understanding with the employee association.

Enrollment Update from BHUSD

Enrollment Update from BHUSD

Bregy underscored that the numbers are changing each day. “Just today alone, four or five new families came in to register,” he said. Last week, 41 new students registered. 

School Board Approves New Beverly Vista Assistant Principal

School Board Approves New Beverly Vista Assistant Principal

Little comes to Beverly Vista with a decade of experience. He previously worked at Animo Westside Middle School, a charter school in the Green Dot Public Schools network, where he taught as a history teacher and spent five years as an Assistant Principal. 

Concerts on Canon Continue on Aug. 19

Concerts on Canon Continue on Aug. 19

This popular, free outdoor entertainment series takes place every Thursday from now through Sept. 9, with two 45-minute musical sets at 6 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.

Rent Stabilization Commission Returns as Vacancy Rate at 11%

Rent Stabilization Commission Returns as Vacancy Rate at 11%

The report took stock of the impact of its Rent Stabilization Ordinance, which passed in 2017. Morales said the data showed that “the rent stabilization has helped keep rents down for those households who have longer tenure.”

White Knight at Spago

White Knight at Spago

Wearing a knight’s helmet and a tuxedo, David Samuels rode horseback down Canon Drive to surprise his wife, Patti, by recreating his proposal to her 32 years ago at Griffith Park.

Jake Manaster Announces Run for City Treasurer

Jake Manaster Announces Run for City Treasurer

Manaster said he is considering reinstating the Budget Review Committee, a defunct commission of Council-appointed residents with business background who review the city’s budget.

Tourists Taking Risky Canon Drive Photos in Beverly Hills

Tourists Taking Risky Canon Drive Photos in Beverly Hills

These actions constitute two possible violations of the California Vehicle Code, according to Beverly Hills Police Department Acting Captain Max Subin.

Continuing Surge Prompts Vaccination Requirements

Continuing Surge Prompts Vaccination Requirements

“We are eager to see the written plan from the state,” BHUSD Superintendent Dr. Michael Bregy said in a statement to the Courier.

Amanda Foundation Spreads Love in Beverly Hills

Amanda Foundation Spreads Love in Beverly Hills

“One of the nicest things about being part of this community is I’ll have some woman come in the door – she’s like 30 and she’ll have a 6-year-old with her, and she’ll say, ‘I got my puppy from you when I was eight,’” Austin said. “And that happens a lot.” 

New Restorations Complete as Greystone Slowly Reopens

New Restorations Complete as Greystone Slowly Reopens

Solidarity Dinner to Combat Hate

Solidarity Dinner to Combat Hate

Leaders from the Jewish, Muslim, Christian, African American, and Asian American community came together to find common threads and speak about how to rise above hate together.

Council Reviews Outdated Policy and Operations Manual

Council Reviews Outdated Policy and Operations Manual

“I don’t think we need to start from scratch, but we do need to separate the process,” said Councilmember Julian Gold.

Remembering Luanne Wells

Remembering Luanne Wells

“Luanne Wells was among the longest-serving and most-dedicated members of The Wallis Board of Directors,” Rachel Fine, The Wallis’ Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, said.

Council Honors Commissioners, Beverly Hilton

Council Honors Commissioners, Beverly Hilton

“We are a small but mighty commission…our charge is to help protect the citizens from fraudulent charities,” Kraushaar said.

Council Members Support CicLAvia Open Streets Event

Council Members Support CicLAvia Open Streets Event

“This is an opportunity for us as a community to show how getting on a bicycle and using other modes of transportation is encouraged,” Councilmember Lester Friedman said, while suggesting sponsorships at the western Beverly Boulevard terminus.

Concerts on Canon Return

Concerts on Canon Return

“We have been so eager to perform for a live audience for two years now,” he told the Courier. “Without an audience, there’s no feedback, there’s no energy.”

Gun Safety in Beverly Hills

Gun Safety in Beverly Hills

The state also places a series of strict limits on which type of firearms can be purchased, and who is licensed to sell them. 

DUI Checkpoint Aug. 6

DUI Checkpoint Aug. 6

The Beverly Hills Police Department supports the new effort from the Office of Traffic Safety that aims to educate all drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.

Proposed Ridgeline  Ordinance Worries Local Residents

Proposed Ridgeline Ordinance Worries Local Residents

“To facilitate the protection of these natural ecological, topographic, and aesthetic resources, the City has developed a method to identify ridgelines that may merit additional protection by evaluating their height, slope, topographic features, and potential for wildlife connectivity,” the proposed ordinance reads.

Beverly Hills Reacts to  Vaccine  Requirements

Beverly Hills Reacts to Vaccine Requirements

“We require the workers, but not the customers,” Vartan Kemanjian, the manager of Euro Caffe on Canon Drive, told the Courier.

LA Philanthropists Open Tel Aviv Day Care Center

LA Philanthropists Open Tel Aviv Day Care Center

“The Nazarian family’s commitment to the advancement of Israeli society is expressed in three main ways – education, art, and medicine,” said Esther Barak Landes, CEO of the Ima Foundation, the Israeli arm of the Nazarian Foundation.

Beverly Hills City Hall Tower Retrofit Underway

Beverly Hills City Hall Tower Retrofit Underway

“No two historic building projects are the same,” said Clark’s Senior Vice President Marc Kersey in an email statement.

Just in Case BH Community Walk Set for July 31

Just in Case BH Community Walk Set for July 31

Zone 7 encompasses north of Wilshire, south of Santa Monica Boulevard and West of Doheny Drive. Anyone who lives or works in Zone 7 is invited to the Community Walk.

Council Votes to Approve  Courier’s Legal Advertising Bid

Council Votes to Approve Courier’s Legal Advertising Bid

The Council selected the Courier over the two competitors due to the Courier’s superior circulation both in and around Beverly Hills, as well as estimated rates of readership and return (the number of customers who actually read the paper or return it). 

Wunderlich Launches Wellness Wednesdays in Beverly Hills

Wunderlich Launches Wellness Wednesdays in Beverly Hills

The second “Wellness Wednesday” is planned for August 18, 2021 at 8 a.m. with a Pickleball Clinic at La Cienega Tennis Center located at 325 La Cienega Boulevard.

Community Tries Out Protected Roxbury Drive Bike Lane

Community Tries Out Protected Roxbury Drive Bike Lane

“I don’t always feel safe, and that’s part of the problem: that’s one of the reasons we need these protected bike lanes wherever we can,” Councilmember John Mirisch told the Courier after coming off a two-mile bike loop led by Mayor Robert Wunderlich. “Motor vehicular traffic is sometimes very fast.”

Freedom Rally Founder Gets Community Service for  Unpermitted Gatherings

Freedom Rally Founder Gets Community Service for Unpermitted Gatherings

Bagheri faced three misdemeanor charges for holding assemblies without a valid permit on Nov. 28, 2020, Jan. 6 and Jan. 9, 2021. Each charge carried fines up to $3,500 or six months in jail. 

Council Reviews Wildfire  Assessment, Demands Action

Council Reviews Wildfire Assessment, Demands Action

“The report has many elements of an action plan, but I don’t think it really is a fully-fledged action plan,” Mayor Robert Wunderlich said at the end of the meeting.

Just in Case BH

Just in Case BH

Just in Case BH is a neighborhood-based emergency preparedness program proposed by Vice Mayor Lili Bosse.

Cuba Solidarity Protests in  Beverly Hills

Cuba Solidarity Protests in Beverly Hills

“People are being killed, people are being prosecuted and ending up in jail for just speaking up,” Yisel Pupo, who is from Cuba but now lives in Los Angeles, told the Courier.

LGBTQ Pioneer and Live Nation Executive Killed in  Surfside Collapse

LGBTQ Pioneer and Live Nation Executive Killed in Surfside Collapse

“She was also so proud of the multiple sponsorship deals she secured for Live Nation, which were massive, unique and extremely complex in structure,” Rosslyn said. 

Trousdale Estate Nominated for Landmark Status

Trousdale Estate Nominated for Landmark Status

To qualify for the Registry, a building must meet several criteria listed in the 2012 Beverly Hills Historic Preservation Ordinance.

City Council Delays Urgency Ordinance Repeal and Enacts Fractional Ownership  Moratorium

City Council Delays Urgency Ordinance Repeal and Enacts Fractional Ownership Moratorium

Unless the Council agrees to every part of the fractional ownership plan, it will not go forward. The developer has not yet submitted a fractional ownership plan, Wunderlich told the Courier. 

Council Weighs Options for  Beverly Hills Holiday Décor

Council Weighs Options for Beverly Hills Holiday Décor

“The Elf Tree looks very holiday decor and traditional, with a twist, which is what I think we’re trying to achieve this year with our holidays,” Bosse said.

Andy Licht Declares City Council Candidacy

Andy Licht Declares City Council Candidacy

“I think we need to plan very carefully for the coming of the subway, that’s going to be very important to the city,” Licht added.

Courier Exclusive: Mayor  Wunderlich Will Run  for Reelection

Courier Exclusive: Mayor Wunderlich Will Run for Reelection

Wunderlich laid out for the Courier some of his future plans on the important topic of government transparency.

Beverly Hills Awards CAGF Grants To Social Service  Nonprofits

Beverly Hills Awards CAGF Grants To Social Service Nonprofits

“These grants are very important in providing vital services to our community’s most vulnerable members, including, but not limited to, our seniors, low-income residents, those experiencing food insecurity, and unhoused individuals,” Evans told the Courier.

Newsom Recall Effort in  Beverly Hills

Newsom Recall Effort in Beverly Hills

“The rallies were a celebration of America, freedom and Donald Trump, who, as president, embodied classical American values and worked to root out the corruption that has plagued our government for far too long,” a Beverly Hills resident told the Courier.

Visions of the Future in Beverly Hills

Visions of the Future in Beverly Hills

On July 14, a dedication ceremony celebrated a new art pop-up featuring artist James Goldcrown at 455 N. Canon Drive.

Amid Surge, County Updates Indoor Mask Rules

Amid Surge, County Updates Indoor Mask Rules

Of all the patients coming into the Cedars-Sinai emergency department, Dr. Torbati says “well over 95%” are unvaccinated. Most of them are also younger than in previous upticks. 

Fate of Trousdale Trees  Outlined in New Report

Fate of Trousdale Trees Outlined in New Report

“A lot of the community members who live north of Sunset are getting notices that their insurance isn’t going to get renewed,” Beverly Hills Fire Department (BHFD) Chief Gregory Barton said at the July 13 public meeting.

Feds Accused of Misplacing  Valuables in US Private Vaults Case 

Feds Accused of Misplacing Valuables in US Private Vaults Case 

“Notably, the receipt—and apparently the ‘inventory’ from which it was allegedly precisely copied—describes neither the type nor the amount of coins seized,” the complaint says.

Planning Commission  Recommends Rooftop Dining In Business Triangle

Planning Commission Recommends Rooftop Dining In Business Triangle

“The Planning Commission may wish to consider whether or not the regulations could help the restaurant sector recover from the negative impacts of the pandemic, while also providing additional spaces for guests to dine in a COVID-safe environment,” Senior Planner Cindy Gordon said during a June 23 presentation.

Exclusive: Councilmember Lester Friedman Announces Reelection Bid

Exclusive: Councilmember Lester Friedman Announces Reelection Bid

“During my first term, and certainly, as Mayor, the health and safety as well as the financial viability, of our community were of primary importance. While they remain so, I hope that with continued recovery, we can also devote our time and energy to other goals which are important to the future of the city.

Beverly Hills Releases Sweeping Wildfire Assessment

Beverly Hills Releases Sweeping Wildfire Assessment

“Due to continuing climate change impacts, these fuels are typically drier and more susceptible to ignition for a longer period of time throughout the year than in the past,” the report says.

Community Invited To Try Out Roxbury Drive  Protected Bike Lane

Community Invited To Try Out Roxbury Drive Protected Bike Lane

On Sunday, July 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the city of Beverly Hills is inviting cyclists to ride over to Roxbury Drive to test out a protected bike lane proposed to run southbound on Roxbury Drive, next to Roxbury Park. 

Metro Construction Updates for Beverly Hills

Metro Construction Updates for Beverly Hills

“We also are having material delivered to us, as well as equipment,” Ximenez added. “We’re having ongoing concrete pours and those will be mostly daily from Wilshire Boulevard for the foreseeable future.”

Beverly Hills CVB Unveils New Campaign Artwork

Beverly Hills CVB Unveils New Campaign Artwork

“We’re featuring summer colors and a collage-based background that highlights the various icons that make Beverly Hills what it is,” Julie Wagner, President and CEO of the CVB, said of the summer campaign.

Sing for Hope Preview

Sing for Hope Preview

The Courier obtained an early preview, sitting down with artist Chaz Guest as he began painting a piano with his comic book character Buffalo Warrior, the first superhero “born in the cotton fields.

Trousdale  Construction Could End This Month

Trousdale Construction Could End This Month

Buried under Loma Vista Drive, where all Toro’s construction has taken place so far, is a maze of electric, cable, and phone lines around which crews need to tiptoe.

Ringo Starr’s Birthday Wish for “Peace & Love” Around  the World

Ringo Starr’s Birthday Wish for “Peace & Love” Around the World

Happy Birthday Ringo and all the best and brightest wishes! Thanks to you, our world is a better place!

Chief Barton Wants to Talk About Fire Risks

Chief Barton Wants to Talk About Fire Risks

As far back as 2005, with San Diego’s devastating 2003 Cedar Fire still fresh in the state’s memory, the city took extra precautions against wildfires.

Connect  Beverly Hills Streetscape Plan Moves Forward

Connect Beverly Hills Streetscape Plan Moves Forward

Indeed, the Commission’s July 1 vote will not result in any immediate or concrete changes, and the full cost of the project, and who exactly will foot the bill (Metro will cover at least some of it), is far from determined. 

With Gratitude

With Gratitude

Sharon R. Nazarian presided over the last Rotary Club of Beverly Hills meeting of her tenure as president on June 28. More than 140 people attended the in-person event, including (from left): Event organizers Jim Jahant, President-Elect Charles L Black III, Judie Fenton, Nazarian, JR Dzubak and immediate Past President Michael Lushing.

Community Members Play Key Role in Public Safety

Community Members Play Key Role in Public Safety

The Disaster Communications System (DCS) operates as an auxiliary communications system for the city “in situations where normal telephone, cellular, two-way radio, satellite or other communication links fail,” DCS volunteer Pamela Meadow said.

Council Votes to Outsource City Auditor

Council Votes to Outsource City Auditor

“They’re also more likely to have staff with specialized knowledge for conducting audits that require a high level of subject matter expertise, and in some cases, the cost per audit may be lower for external firms because the auditors are more experienced with the audit that has been outsourced to them,” she said.

First Glance at Rodeo Drive  Holiday Décor

First Glance at Rodeo Drive Holiday Décor

“I think the way that these elves are going to be, in that they’re going to be glitter and the size, to me, makes it a little bit more out of the box,” Bosse said. “I’m always somebody that likes tradition. But I like tradition with a twist.”

Summer Activities Off to a New Start in Beverly Hills

Summer Activities Off to a New Start in Beverly Hills

Greystone Theatre is one of a number of initiatives the city is taking to enhance culture and community in an uncertain time.

City Revises  Urgency  Ordinance as Variant Cases Rise

City Revises Urgency Ordinance as Variant Cases Rise

“I think that food service will be more careful in the future,” said Councilmember Lester Friedman. “I already see that there are more barriers that are placed so that there is no contact with food items that are being purchased.”

Service Spotlight: The Beverly Hills Firefighters’ Association

Service Spotlight: The Beverly Hills Firefighters’ Association

That is a 1928 Ahrens-Fox fire engine. That was built for the city of Beverly Hills back in 1928, so we’ve had that fire engine since it was brand new and in service for the city.

Alleged Anti-Asian Incidents at BHUSD Elicit Response

Alleged Anti-Asian Incidents at BHUSD Elicit Response

“For too many, 2020 wasn’t just about a deadly virus, it was about an epidemic of hate,” said Bonta, himself the state’s first Filipino-American attorney general.

UTLA Chapter Resolution Draws Rebuke

UTLA Chapter Resolution Draws Rebuke

“Motions brought by UTLA members at regional Area meetings are not the official expressed opinions of UTLA or its elected leaders,” UTLA said.

WeHo Council Gets a Homeless Update

WeHo Council Gets a Homeless Update

The city also dedicated resources toward preventing at-risk residents from falling into homelessness—a concern that grew during the pandemic.

SIXTY Hotel Gets Permits for Late-Night Rooftop Lounge

SIXTY Hotel Gets Permits for Late-Night Rooftop Lounge

Jason Pomeranc, founder and owner of SIXTY Hotels, attributed the problems in the past to an “operational control issue.”

Torray Johnson Appointed New Assistant Principal

Torray Johnson Appointed New Assistant Principal

“In looking at the accomplishments of the current team, I feel fortunate to work with individuals who not only value education but place student outcomes at the center of their decisions,” Johnson said in a statement released by the District.

Next Beverly Hills Considers Thursday Nightlife Program

Next Beverly Hills Considers Thursday Nightlife Program

“I really love these ideas and I love the closing of the street,” celebrated clothing designer, Johana Hernandez, said.

Beverly Hills Tour d’Elegance Brings Smiles Along the Route

Beverly Hills Tour d’Elegance Brings Smiles Along the Route

Beverly Hills Celebrates  Father’s Day with  Tour d’Elegance Car Show

Beverly Hills Celebrates Father’s Day with Tour d’Elegance Car Show

“This is a special treat to see the cars, hear the cars, and see the cars in motion,” Tour d’Elegance organizer Bruce Meyer told the Courier.

Beverly Hills Police Arrest Two  Suspects for EDD Fraud

Beverly Hills Police Arrest Two Suspects for EDD Fraud

“EDD was clearly under-prepared for the type and magnitude of criminal attacks and the sheer quantity of claims,” said EDD Director Rita Saenz in a statement.

LVMH Reopens a Parisian Landmark

LVMH Reopens a Parisian Landmark

“No other department store has such compelling links to the two faces of Paris, one engaged with the historic economic vitality of the recently renovated Les Halles and the other overlooking the Seine, offering the most beautiful view of the world’s most beautiful city.

BHUSD is Ready to Rebound

BHUSD is Ready to Rebound

Bregy added,“By offering Live@BHUSD as well as the ILC, we were able to meet the needs and cover just about everybody,” Bregy added.

Jeanie Buss Honored at Rotary Club of Beverly Hills

Jeanie Buss Honored at Rotary Club of Beverly Hills

At the first “in person” Rotary Club of Beverly Hills meeting of 2021 this past Monday, June 23, at The Beverly Hills Hotel, Jeanie Buss, controlling owner and president of the Los Angeles Lakers

Kathy Gohari Elected President of the Rodeo Drive Committee

Kathy Gohari Elected President of the Rodeo Drive Committee

Gohari previously served as president of the RDC in 2017-2018 and most recently served as vice president.

Masks Still Required for Youth Programs in Beverly Hills

Masks Still Required for Youth Programs in Beverly Hills

Tour d’Elegance is Coming to Beverly Hills on Father’s Day

Tour d’Elegance is Coming to Beverly Hills on Father’s Day

This historic drive begins at 10 a.m on June 20. The parade route travels up San Vicente Boulevard and turns left (west) on Burton Way.

Beverly Hills Hit With Two  Violent Crimes June 15

Beverly Hills Hit With Two Violent Crimes June 15

Despite the similarities to other recent robberies of luxury watches, Subin said there was no connection.

Il Pastaio Suspect Pleads Not Guilty


Il Pastaio Suspect Pleads Not Guilty


Khai McGhee, 18, appeared in federal court on June 11 and pleaded not guilty to three felonies related to the March armed robbery at Il Pastaio.

Keith Sterling Promoted to Chief Communications Officer

Keith Sterling Promoted to Chief Communications Officer

“I am very grateful to the Beverly Hills City Council and the City Manager for my promotion,” said Sterling.

June 21 is “Make Music Day” in Beverly Hills

June 21 is “Make Music Day” in Beverly Hills

The City of Beverly Hills will make its debut as a new member of “Make Music Day,” by hosting a number of activities:

Public Health Prepares to Open L.A. County

Public Health Prepares to Open L.A. County

“We know there are people across our community who have suffered tremendous loss. For those of you mourning the passing of a loved one, we wish you healing and peace,” said Ferrer. 

Small Businesses in Beverly Hills Express Security Concerns

Small Businesses in Beverly Hills Express Security Concerns

“I don’t think we need to rely on the BHPD or Ambassadors to help us with a rogue vagrant when we can prevent the issue by simply keeping our doors locked for the safety of our staff and clients,” Riceberg told the Courier.

Courier Fact-Checks Caitlyn Jenner About Homelessness in Beverly Hills

Courier Fact-Checks Caitlyn Jenner About Homelessness in Beverly Hills

“When you drive in Beverly Hills and you look at the park, and there’s tents in the park, we have to look at that issue very seriously,” the former Olympian said in an interview with Fox LA.

Just In Case BH Makes Its Case

Just In Case BH Makes Its Case

“We’re trying to get everyone together so we can all work together in case there’s something that may need help,” she said.

One Beverly Hills is Approved by City Council

One Beverly Hills is Approved by City Council

 “This has been a very long journey and the outcome is very exciting,” Alagem told the Courier.

In-Person Graduation Ceremonies Return to Beverly Hills

In-Person Graduation Ceremonies Return to Beverly Hills

“I really want to commend the people that worked on those and organized them,” Board President Rachelle Marcus said of the ceremonies.

Extinguisher Training

Extinguisher Training

The Beverly Hills Fire Department performed extinguisher training for the employees and residents at the Sunrise Senior Living Facility on May 20.

Visionary Women

Visionary Women

Hertz is a renowned thought leader, academic, and broadcaster.

Class of ’21 Has Cause to  Celebrate in Beverly Hills

Class of ’21 Has Cause to Celebrate in Beverly Hills

Each graduate has been given four allocated seats.

Ribbon Cutting

Ribbon Cutting

City Council and School Board Resist New Math Framework

City Council and School Board Resist New Math Framework

The BHUSD letter seeks clarification from the Department of Education that “all facets of this Framework ultimately remain in local control to allow students to accelerate in their learning when multiple measures of data are used to ensure they are conceptually and developmentally ready.”

City Council Gives Go-Ahead  To One Beverly Hills

City Council Gives Go-Ahead To One Beverly Hills

The Council then tackled whether the project was consistent with the city’s General Plan, which “provides guidance as to the elements which should be considered in the approval process in the city,” Councilmember Lester Friedman said. In order to proceed, the Council must find that the project adheres to the “goals and policies of the General Plan.” 

City Council Extends Private  Security Contracts to June 2022

City Council Extends Private Security Contracts to June 2022

The Council voted unanimously to allow destruction of a mural by well-known late muralist Terry Schoonhoven at 9242 Beverly Blvd.

Mixed Win for Gardenhouse  Project

Mixed Win for Gardenhouse Project

“It would be odd and simply unfair to permit these uses across the street and not at Gardenhouse,” wrote Johnson.

Beverly Hills Teens Create a Drink to Give You Confidence

Beverly Hills Teens Create a Drink to Give You Confidence

“We’re a brand with purpose,” Gores told the Courier. “The purpose is to really give people confidence, make people feel good, and to live a more full life.”

Beverly Hills Community Members to Walk for JUST IN CASE BH June 5-6

Beverly Hills Community Members to Walk for JUST IN CASE BH June 5-6

One of the major aspects of the program is the division of the city into geographic zones, with each zone designed to be able to support itself during times of emergency or disaster.

Flowers for a Good Cause in Beverly Hills

Flowers for a Good Cause in Beverly Hills

“And we all owe a debt of gratitude to BHPD, who has worked tirelessly this year to keep us all safe and protected.”

Complete Streets Plan for  Beverly Hills Gets Green Light

Complete Streets Plan for Beverly Hills Gets Green Light

After several years of development and community outreach, the Beverly Hills City Council has adopted the Complete Streets Plan which balances the needs of all the city’s road users such as bicyclists, pedestrians, transit riders and motorists.

School Board Reconsiders Hiring Outside Consulting Firm

School Board Reconsiders Hiring Outside Consulting Firm

“So, we will be looking to select a new consulting firm and we’ll have a committee of various stakeholders,” Chism said. “We’ll have board members, community members, staff, parents, students all involved in that in that decision so we can continue to move forward.”

Open Call for Artists to Design “Sing for Hope” Pianos

Open Call for Artists to Design “Sing for Hope” Pianos

The Sing for Hope Pianos will be displayed throughout parks and public spaces in Beverly Hills.

Beverly Hills HS Girl’s Tennis Team Wins CIF-SS Division 4 Title

Beverly Hills HS Girl’s Tennis Team Wins CIF-SS Division 4 Title

“What we didn’t know at the time was that our match was going to make or break the whole thing,” Maya Goldkorn, a junior at BHHS, told the Courier.

Rally in Beverly  Gardens Park Sends Clear Message of Support for Israel

Rally in Beverly Gardens Park Sends Clear Message of Support for Israel

“There is a special bond that binds Israel and Los Angeles,” Newman told the crowd. “Hate-filled Hamas attack Jews indiscriminately in Israel, and hate-filled rioters attack Jews indiscriminately in Los Angeles. Two sides of the same coin. Anti-Zionism is antisemitism.”

One Beverly Hills Project Moves Forward in City Council

One Beverly Hills Project Moves Forward in City Council

A luxury hotel and condominium development that would reshape the City’s western Wilshire Boulevard and Santa Monica gateways.

Suspects in May 18 Anti- semitic Attack  Released On Bail

Suspects in May 18 Anti- semitic Attack Released On Bail

Police made their first arrest in the evening of May 21 “at a residence outside the City of Los Angeles,” according to a statement, taking Pabon into custody with help from Los Angeles and Inland Empire teams from the United States Marshal Service taskforce.

Legion of  Honor Awarded to WWII Vets in Beverly Hills Ceremony

Legion of Honor Awarded to WWII Vets in Beverly Hills Ceremony

“These young men were remarkably brave as the rough waves of the sea hit, and so did the waves of anxiety and uncertainty as to what awaited them on the shore,” said Duhaut-Bedos.

Beverly Hills Man Charged With Murder-For-Hire

Beverly Hills Man Charged With Murder-For-Hire

In April, Berkett allegedly messaged the group that he would like the killing “to look like an accident, but robbery gone wrong may work better.

Rally in Beverly Gardens Park sends clear message of support for Israel

Rally in Beverly Gardens Park sends clear message of support for Israel

“There has been a lot of Jewish hate in the past few weeks,” rally-goer Jose Danon, 40, told the Courier. “I’m Israeli, so I think it’s important that I’m here to support my country.”

Council Looks Ahead to Future of Tourism in Beverly Hills

Council Looks Ahead to Future of Tourism in Beverly Hills

“This past year, regardless of the challenges that businesses had, we had one of our largest engagements. Not just local, but also worldwide,” she said, highlighting large growth on Instagram and Pinterest. 

Rotary Club in Action

Rotary Club in Action

New Details Announced for  Beverly Hills Tour d’Elegance

New Details Announced for Beverly Hills Tour d’Elegance

City officials are clearly pleased that legendary events are returning, albeit in a slightly different format. 

West Hollywood Announces Lineup for LBGTQ Arts Festival

West Hollywood Announces Lineup for LBGTQ Arts Festival

An Oasis Theater Company, NewStages, is holding four online events in a series called “Secret Lives: stories, music and original writings by LGBTQ+ seniors.”

Human Relations Commission Discusses Grant Funding

Human Relations Commission Discusses Grant Funding

The three new recommended CAGF recipients include the Collins and Katz Family YMCA, OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center and Safe Parking LA. 

Suspect Arrested After Assault

Suspect Arrested After Assault

The suspect is identified as Lawrence Lawson, 29 years old of Los Angeles, California. Lawson’s bail has been set at $1,000,000.

Beverly Hills City Council Responds to Alleged  Anti-Semitic Attacks

Beverly Hills City Council Responds to Alleged Anti-Semitic Attacks

“The ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas is painful to witness,” said the Beverly Hills City Council. “After a peaceful period in recent years, lives are once again being lost in senseless violence emerging from a place of hate.”

Council Hears Mixed Use Update,  Approves  Economic  Sustainability Plan

Council Hears Mixed Use Update, Approves Economic Sustainability Plan

“The approach to this Economic Sustainability Plan Update is not to overcorrect from the COVID-19 pandemic, but rather focus on economic strategies and actions that increase the City’s resiliency to market downturns and geopolitical risks and uncertainties,” the plan states. 

Courier Wins Three Prestigious Journalism Awards

Courier Wins Three Prestigious Journalism Awards

Beverly Hills Students Named National Merit Scholars

Beverly Hills Students Named National Merit Scholars

This year’s National Merit Scholarship Program began in October 2019 when over 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools took the PSAT/NMSQT, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. 

BHUSD Board of Education Meeting Hears Varied Agenda

BHUSD Board of Education Meeting Hears Varied Agenda

Objection to the hiring of CWI was the topic of an impassioned plea during the meeting.

“Prolific” Masked Burglar Pleads Not Guilty

“Prolific” Masked Burglar Pleads Not Guilty

According to county records, Prowell is currently out on bond and will appear next in court on May 25 for a preliminary setting/resetting hearing. He was arraigned in court on May 4, where he pleaded not guilty to all counts.

Il Pastaio Robbery Suspects Appear in Court

Il Pastaio Robbery Suspects Appear in Court

Soon, McGhee, Powell, and a third suspect descended on Belhassen, who described the experience to the Courier in the immediate aftermath of the incident. “I just saw them walking down, then running towards me with a gun,” he said.

City Council Gives Green Light on Proposed Operating Budget

City Council Gives Green Light on Proposed Operating Budget

The reorganization has led to one “upgrade,” as Chavez put it, with Public Information Manager Keith Sterling becoming the Chief Communications Officer. The promotion comes with a $25,000 a year pay raise.

Beverly Hills Native Wants to be State’s Next Top Cop

Beverly Hills Native Wants to be State’s Next Top Cop

Voters will not cast ballots for attorney general until November 8, 2022. The Courier spoke with Hochman about his childhood in Beverly Hills, his career, and his hopes for California. 

Beverly Hills Community Farm Establishes Roots

Beverly Hills Community Farm Establishes Roots

“As an educational farm, our goal is to really teach people about the benefits of eating food locally, growing food locally, growing in an environmentally sustainable way,” Levy told the Courier.

Three Arrested in “Brazen” Il Pastaio Robbery

Three Arrested in “Brazen” Il Pastaio Robbery

According to FBI Special Agent Matthew Moon, who leads the Bureau’s L.A. field office and participated in the press conference, the suspects are members of the Rollin’ 30s street gang.

Beverly Hills Police Arrest “Prolific” Masked Burglar

Beverly Hills Police Arrest “Prolific” Masked Burglar

On May 2, BHPD officers performed a traffic stop of a car driven by Prowell. In the course of the stop, police say they found the face mask in question and “other items located in the car connected him to residential burglaries” in Beverly Hills, according to a department statement. Officers also allege that the license plates of the vehicle were stolen.

Planning Commission Punts on One Beverly Hills

Planning Commission Punts on One Beverly Hills

“The Planning Commission is unable to recommend whether or not the development agreement is consistent with the general plan, because the commissioners hold the differing views regarding consistency with the general plan and were unable to reach a consensus.”

Public Art and Publishers on Study Session Agenda

Public Art and Publishers on Study Session Agenda

Klinko is a prolific fashion and celebrity photographer who has shot a panoply of modern luminaries and stars, including David Bowie, Billie Eilish, Kanye West, Britney Spears, and Beyoncé.

Beverly Hills Loses Anne Douglas at 102

Beverly Hills Loses Anne Douglas at 102

Over the years, Anne Douglas received countless recognitions of appreciation. One of the most meaningful was the Jefferson Award for Greatest Public Service of a Private Citizen, which she received at the Kennedy Center in Washington in 2003.

Beverly Hills Tour D’Elegance Set for June 20

Beverly Hills Tour D’Elegance Set for June 20

The procession is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. and last one hour. Following the rally, the Tour d’Elegance will conclude with a brief presentation in front of City Hall honoring the top cars and drivers. 

Beverly Hills Approves Rosy Capital  Improvement Budget

Beverly Hills Approves Rosy Capital Improvement Budget

“I just want to make sure…that in funding these capital projects, we’re not going to short our general services and that we’re going to be able to provide services at the level that the community has come to expect,” Councilmember Julian Gold said.

OpenBH  Extended to End of 2021

OpenBH Extended to End of 2021

“It has facilitated outdoor operations for many businesses throughout town,” Laura Biery, Marketing and Economic Sustainability Manager for the city, said of the OpenBH program. “It’s included expansions onto sidewalks, parking lots, and some of the favorites, on-street parklets.”

Nazarian Shares Highlights of Year as Rotary Club President

Nazarian Shares Highlights of Year as Rotary Club President

One of my goals was to have as many members engaged and involved in our club as possible so we launched several new groups and committees.