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Change Proposed for Beverly Hills Trees in Face of Climate Change
The tower at Beverly Hills City Hall rises out of the tree canopy in the distance. Photo by Carl Robinette

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.

Mobile COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Coming to Roxbury Park

Mobile COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Coming to Roxbury Park

“We are excited to have partnered with L.A. County Public Health and Fulgent Genetics to provide 1,000 COVID-19 vaccines to members in our community who have not been able to get the vaccine yet, and to others who have been trying to obtain an appointment,” Patty Acuna, Interim Assistant Director of Community Services told the Courier.

Producer Chuck Fries Dies at 92

Producer Chuck Fries Dies at 92

Fries pioneered the television movie genre at Metromedia Productions in the ‘70s (with over 30 movies for TV and nine television series) and then mastered with his own independent production and distribution company, Fries Entertainment. 

Fight Over Eldercare Home Ends with Developer Win

Fight Over Eldercare Home Ends with Developer Win

“We all feel very similar that elder care is extremely important,” Nikki Vescovi told the Courier.

Planning Commission Delivers Mixed Win for One Beverly Hills

Planning Commission Delivers Mixed Win for One Beverly Hills

“So, let’s be clear, if you’re a bicyclist and you want to proceed through the tunnel, you have the ability to take your bike on the sidewalk and walk it through Merv Griffin way,” Nelson said, warning that bicyclists would be unsafe traveling through the tunnel. 

It’s Spring Art Show Time in Beverly Hills

It’s Spring Art Show Time in Beverly Hills

“We are excited to showcase a few amazing Art Show artists in Master Class workshops,” said Brooke Putich, Art Show Coordinator and Arts & Culture Recreation Supervisor for the City of Beverly Hills.

Bicyclist Hit by Vehicle on Sunset

Bicyclist Hit by Vehicle on Sunset

On April 29 at 8:40 a.m., the Beverly Hills Police Department (BHPD) reported a bicyclist was injured after being hit by a vehicle at Sunset Boulevard and Rodeo Drive.

City of Beverly Hills Launches #ReThinkBHTap Campaign

City of Beverly Hills Launches #ReThinkBHTap Campaign

“Our Public Works Department puts in an enormous amount of effort to ensure we continue to deliver clean tap water so that our community as well as the environment remains healthy for the future,” said Beverly Hills Mayor Bob Wunderlich.

Arrest Made in  Robbery of Beverly Hills HS Students

Arrest Made in Robbery of Beverly Hills HS Students

“Anytime anything like that happens, it’s a concern for us as a community and for our students and for their safety,” BHUSD Board of Education President, Rachelle Marcus, told the Courier. 

Beverly Hills Relaxes Mask Ordinance

Beverly Hills Relaxes Mask Ordinance

“People are getting mixed messages and I think the sooner we can give a message to our community, the better,” Vice Mayor Lili Bosse said.

Two Indicted for Beverly Hills Hate Crimes

Two Indicted for Beverly Hills Hate Crimes

Chalikyan and Stepanyan are charged with one count of conspiracy and five hate crimes.

City Council Discusses Big  Priorities for New Fiscal Year

City Council Discusses Big Priorities for New Fiscal Year

“We tried it. People love it. It is coming back to the City Council agenda very soon,” Mayor Robert Wunderlich promised. 

Residents Walk for Just in Case BH

Residents Walk for Just in Case BH

Markowitz said that the group knocked on every door and spoke to every business in Zone 9 and found everyone receptive to the program.

CHLA Opens New Center

CHLA Opens New Center

To provide the most effective care, specialists throughout the hospital can collaborate with the Neurological Institute’s experts in nearly 20 subspecialties. 

Beverly Hills Troop 110 Holding Food Drive

Beverly Hills Troop 110 Holding Food Drive

Upward Bound House provides families in crisis with short-term emergency shelter on the Westside and in South Los Angeles.

West Hollywood Mayor Lindsey Horvath Announces Candidacy for L.A. Board  of Supervisors

West Hollywood Mayor Lindsey Horvath Announces Candidacy for L.A. Board of Supervisors

“I’m already working on these issues for West Hollywood, we have experience getting the job done, and we can expand upon it,” Horvath told the Courier.

Outdoor Warning Siren Approved for Beverly Hills

Outdoor Warning Siren Approved for Beverly Hills

“Last night at our City Council meeting, we agreed to move forward with designs for a new outdoor siren-warning system for the City,” Mayor Robert Wunderlich, who also served on the project’s Ad-Hoc Committee, told the Courier.

Anti-Maskers Target Elementary School in Beverly Hills

Anti-Maskers Target Elementary School in Beverly Hills

“COVID is a lie, I know you hate that mask,” one protester, Asefeh Shirafkan, told a student. “You don’t need to wear a mask.”

Planning Commission Holds Second Special Meeting on One Beverly Hills Project

Planning Commission Holds Second Special Meeting on One Beverly Hills Project

“We delivered with the Waldorf Astoria everything we promised and more. The financial return exceeded the city’s estimates,” Alagem told the Commission.

Beverly Hills City Hall to Reopen May 3

Beverly Hills City Hall to Reopen May 3

Staff sought advice from the Council on the level of screening for visitors to City Hall and the enforcement of face covering requirements.

Bomb Threat Near BHPD Headquarters

Bomb Threat Near BHPD Headquarters

“We received a call into our dispatch center around 8 p.m.,” said BHPD spokesperson Acting Captain Max Subin. “We used our K9 units to sweep the area to locate any suspicious device(s).”

City Council Adopts Complete Streets Plan

City Council Adopts Complete Streets Plan

“Adoption of the plan would be a commitment to the vision for transportation and further study, but any project that would significantly change the street would still need to go through a robust outreach process and come back to the City Council for approval,” explained Holzer.

BHUSD Schools Return to Full Time

BHUSD Schools Return to Full Time

“I am thrilled that the District and the Union were able to reach an MOU to return to full five days of instruction,” Board of Education President Rachelle Marcus, told the Courier. 

The Maybourne Expands Dining into Beverly Canon Gardens

The Maybourne Expands Dining into Beverly Canon Gardens

The Maybourne will expand into Beverly Canon Gardens by temporarily removing some of the hedges and shrubs adjacent to the southern pedestrian walkway to allow for more outdoor dining.

In honor of Israel’s 73rd Independence Day

In honor of Israel’s 73rd Independence Day

In honor of Israel’s 73rd Independence Day, members of the City Council were joined by Consul General Dr. Hillel Newman as City Hall was illuminated in blue light.

JUST IN CASE BH Walk Set for April 17

JUST IN CASE BH Walk Set for April 17

The city recently launched JUST IN CASE BH, the neighborhood-based emergency preparedness and action program.

Holocaust Survivor Honored on 97th Birthday

Holocaust Survivor Honored on 97th Birthday

On April 14, the Beverly Hills Fire Department arranged a caravan of fire vehicles to drive by the home of Renee Firestone in honor of her 97th birthday

Beverly Hills Salon Owners Welcome  Orange Tier

Beverly Hills Salon Owners Welcome Orange Tier

“Things are pretty good right now,” Joyce Partise, owner of Joyce Marie of Beverly Hills facial spa, told the Courier.

City Settles Spagnoli Assault Allegations by Journalist

City Settles Spagnoli Assault Allegations by Journalist

“The city recognized that they had a case with Spagnoli again that they just needed to put to rest,” said attorney Michael Carrillo,

Visionary Women to Spotlight Vice Mayor Bosse on April 23

Visionary Women to Spotlight Vice Mayor Bosse on April 23

The only child of Holocaust survivors, Bosse grew up on South Maple Drive and attended Beverly Vista, Beverly Hills High School and the University of Southern California. 

Commission Selects Six New Golden Shield Honorees

Commission Selects Six New Golden Shield Honorees

“We need to honor that family that’s there,” said Commissioner Reiss.

Pianos to Sing for Hope in Beverly Hills this Summer

Pianos to Sing for Hope in Beverly Hills this Summer

“We definitely want the business district in this,” Vice Chair, Deborah Frank, said at the meeting. “We’re forming a committee and we’re going to specifically target underwriters for this entire event. That’s our goal. To support it with fundraising as we did for the Visions in Light: Windows on the Wallis.”

BHUSD Board Touts Successes, Reflects on Missteps

BHUSD Board Touts Successes, Reflects on Missteps

“The practice did not match the policy and we were just putting the house in order,” Margo told the Courier. 

First Public Hearing Held for  One Beverly Hills Specific Plan

First Public Hearing Held for One Beverly Hills Specific Plan

One Beverly Hills will offer two hours free public parking and promises to never close the park for private events at the hotel.  

How Beverly Hills Worshipped in a Pandemic

How Beverly Hills Worshipped in a Pandemic

“Welcome to everybody here,” Rabbi Aaron began the service, smiling. “And welcome to all of you who are on your couch, making breakfast, going on a hike.”

Much- Missed Community  Services Reopening in Beverly Hills

Much- Missed Community Services Reopening in Beverly Hills

We are eager to see you all in person, to connect you physically and socially with one another, and to support your well-being—mind, body and spirit,” said Rogers. 

Metro D Line Update

Metro D Line Update

The Metro D Line will have two stops in Beverly Hills: Wilshire/La Cienega, expected to be complete in 2024, and a Wilshire/Rodeo station in 2025. 

Beverly Hills Launches Slow Streets Program

Beverly Hills Launches Slow Streets Program

A designated Slow Street will be equipped with signage to discourage speeding and cut-through traffic, allowing residents the chance to use more of the street space for outdoor activities like walking and cycling.

Principal Kevin Allen Bids Farewell to BHUSD

Principal Kevin Allen Bids Farewell to BHUSD

Under his leadership, El Rodeo achieved California Distinguished Schools Status prior to the reconfiguration. 

Anti-Maskers Protest Sephora in Beverly Hills

Anti-Maskers Protest Sephora in Beverly Hills

Even as the economy continues to open up, a group of protesters stood outside Sephora on Beverly Dr. to voice opposition to public health safety measures such as masking requirements. 

Charges in Standoff on Wilshire and Doheny

Charges in Standoff on Wilshire and Doheny

Despite the efforts, Allen did not leave the car. He only gave onlookers and officers an occasional glimpse of his face from behind a deflated side airbag that doubled as a curtain. 

New Mayor Robert Wunderlich’s Vision for Beverly Hills

New Mayor Robert Wunderlich’s Vision for Beverly Hills

He spent the next 10 years as a scientist and chemical engineer before finding the work “increasingly specialized.”

Legal Fight Erupts After Search of Safe Deposit Box Company

Legal Fight Erupts After Search of Safe Deposit Box Company

“The government’s position is flatly wrong,” Gluck said. 

Installation Ceremony Light on Pomp, Heavy on Pragmatism

Installation Ceremony Light on Pomp, Heavy on Pragmatism

“In the slightly modified lyrics of philosopher and rock star David Byrne, ‘And you may find yourself in a beautiful house with a beautiful life, and you may find yourself as mayor of a beautiful city, and you may ask yourself, well, how did I get here?’ The answer is, it takes community,” Wunderlich said in his inaugural address. 

Charges Filed Against BH Minor in Fatal Lamborghini Crash

Charges Filed Against BH Minor in Fatal Lamborghini Crash

Advocates for Munoz alleged that the teen driver was not being charged because of the influence of his father, Beverly Hills resident and businessman James Khuri.

Deadline to Apply for  Architectural Commission  Extended to April 30

Deadline to Apply for Architectural Commission Extended to April 30

The initial term of office for the Architectural Commission is two years. At the discretion of the City Council, the Commissioners may be reappointed to a second term of four years. The appointees will be required to file an initial and an annual “Statement of Economic Interests” financial disclosure. 

Applications Open for  Beverly Hills National Auditions

Applications Open for Beverly Hills National Auditions

Auditions are open to professional musicians from age 16. Each candidate must be able to present a one-hour recital program without intermission.

Installation Underway for  Alexandra Nechita Bronze

Installation Underway for Alexandra Nechita Bronze

One of five towering figure sculptures produced by Nechita, “Love Anatomy” depicts a stylized female figure in the artist’s signature neo-modernist manner. 

Beverly Hills Goes Orange on Monday

Beverly Hills Goes Orange on Monday

Starting April 15, any resident of Los Angeles County who is 16 or older will be eligible to receive the vaccine. Of the five million residents who fall in this age group, Public Health estimates that one million have already been vaccinated with at least one dose. 

Beverly Hills to Welcome New Mayor

Beverly Hills to Welcome New Mayor

While nothing of that caliber is expected this year, Beverly Hills Spokesperson Keith Sterling still assured the Courier that the event would have “energy and personality.” 

Driver in Grossman Death will Change Plea to Guilty

Driver in Grossman Death will Change Plea to Guilty

While the official court docket has yet to reflect the change in disposition, Shapiro said that “the terms are still being ironed out.” He expects the change to be formalized around May or June.

Courier Exclusive: Beverly Hills Mayor Lester Friedman Looks Back on a Singular Year

Courier Exclusive: Beverly Hills Mayor Lester Friedman Looks Back on a Singular Year

Mayor Friedman came to the City Council in 2017, having previously served on the Traffic and Parking Commission from 2011 to 2017. A lawyer by trade, he will remain on the City Council for another year before coming up for reelection. He has not announced whether he intends to run for a second term.

New Business is Booming in  Beverly Hills

New Business is Booming in Beverly Hills

Each year, the Chamber, in partnership with the city, travels to New York City in the fall and San Francisco in the spring to scout new businesses to bring into Beverly Hills.

UCLA Win Sparks Risky Revelry

UCLA Win Sparks Risky Revelry

“After COVID for a year and a half, we all just want to celebrate,” a student who identified himself as John told the Courier.

Councilmember Bosse Taking Part in Vital Voices Fellowship

Councilmember Bosse Taking Part in Vital Voices Fellowship

“What excited me is to be surrounded with people from different cultures and countries and hear what they’re doing and how they’ve survived this past year. I can hopefully bring back some new ideas,” said Bosse.

Rotary Panel Looks at Future of Luxury Hotels

Rotary Panel Looks at Future of Luxury Hotels

According to Luxury Hotel Advisors Co-Founder Carlos Lopes, industry analysts are predicting a return to peak pre-COVID-19 occupancy by 2023. Beverly Hills, however, has a slightly rosier forecast owing to its reputation and high-end offerings, Lopes said, estimating recovery by mid-2022.

Court Strikes Down Beverly Hills Ordinance

Court Strikes Down Beverly Hills Ordinance

Following a June 12 protest on a residential street by the activist group Black Future Project, known at the time as Occupy BLM, the city passed Urgency Ordinance No. 20-0-2813.

Next Beverly Hills Committee Considers City Policies

Next Beverly Hills Committee Considers City Policies

“We have opportunities to find what’s new, and what’s different, and what’s exciting and what’s unique,” Gold said at the March 18 meeting.

Federal Investigation Takes Over Beverly Hills Strip Mall

Federal Investigation Takes Over Beverly Hills Strip Mall

The FBI is leading the investigation, executing a federal search warrant at the business on March 22. Beyond that, the feds aren’t talking.

Courier Exclusive: Gascón  Responds to Council’s No  Confidence Vote

Courier Exclusive: Gascón Responds to Council’s No Confidence Vote

But let’s continue in this imaginary world. Let’s say that in this imaginary world, you have the thief that walks in with his calculator, starts taking things and adding them up.

Board of  Education  Considers New Protocols

Board of Education Considers New Protocols

During the Superintendent’s report portion of the meeting, Dr. Michael Bregy shared that updated health protocols include maintaining three feet of physical distance between student desks, and six feet of distance between staff and student desks.

Beverly Hills Estates of Mind

Beverly Hills Estates of Mind

The inspiration even extends to the logo for The Beverly Hills Estates, which features a cheery script reminiscent of the Beverly Hills Hotel’s emerald-green signage.

Three BHHS Students Named National Merit Finalists

Three BHHS Students Named National Merit Finalists

The BHUSD statement added, “It is always exciting to recognize our students’ accomplishments over the years, but throughout a pandemic it is quite outstanding to honor their work especially throughout these times.

Beverly Hills Launches Pet-Friendly “As You Wish” Campaign

Beverly Hills Launches Pet-Friendly “As You Wish” Campaign

“Over the last year, we have all realized more than ever how important our pets are to us,” Julie Wagner, CEO of BHCVB, said in a March 17 release.

Connect Beverly Hills  Streetscape Plans Revealed

Connect Beverly Hills Streetscape Plans Revealed

“The community wanted design standard that made the streetscape feel a little more modern, a little more refreshed but still represent that classic and historic Beverly Hills vibe,” Holzer said at the meeting.

New Budget Forecast and New Commissioners Introduced

New Budget Forecast and New Commissioners Introduced

“Assuming many of the one-time measures we employed in this year’s budget to reduce expenditures are reversed going into next year, we’re forecasting an approximate deficit of $4.6 million for next year and just under a million dollars for the following year,” said Muir. 

Red-Tier Ready:  Indoor Dining Holds Promise in Beverly Hills

Red-Tier Ready: Indoor Dining Holds Promise in Beverly Hills

The Beverly Hilton recently completed a $35 million property-wide hotel renovation. The venerable main dining venue, Circa 55, is still under renovation. It will reopen in the next few months, said Murphy.

Council Votes No Confidence in DA

Council Votes No Confidence in DA

“The notion that a 17-year-old can hold up a mother and her 14-year-old daughter in one of our parking lots and be charged with pickpocketing, or the equivalent thereof, should offend every resident of this county. That’s effectively what the L.A. District Attorney has done,” Gold said. 

City Council Reviews 911 System

City Council Reviews 911 System

“The CCTV (closed-circuit televisions used for surveillance) captured part of the shooting,” Albanese said.

Councilmember Lili Bosse Recalls Her Holocaust Survivor Mother in March 23 Webinar

Councilmember Lili Bosse Recalls Her Holocaust Survivor Mother in March 23 Webinar

“One of the things we focus on is the positive impact survivors have had on their own children and families. We discussed this internally and want to focus more on this. Our goal is to share the intergenerational impact of survivors and highlight second generations success stories,” Kean said. 

Israeli Officials Voted in L.A. for Israeli Knesset

Israeli Officials Voted in L.A. for Israeli Knesset

“We are celebrating Israel’s strength of democracy by voting today. We hope for a stable government which will continue the positive trend of Israeli innovation and normalizing of relations with the Arab world,” said Dr. Hillel Newman, Consul General of Israel for the Pacific Southwest, as he cast his vote. 

BHPD Cautions Against  Overindulging on St. Paddy’s Day

BHPD Cautions Against Overindulging on St. Paddy’s Day

“If drinking is part of your plans, plan on designating a sober driver and find a safe way home,” Beverly Hills Police Chief Dominick Rivetti said. “Don’t make poor choices and allow yourself to mix alcohol or drugs with driving.”

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures To Debut Virtual  Programming

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures To Debut Virtual Programming

Movies will come home to the new museum. And they will do so in an immersive, dynamic format befitting a medium that has captured the world’s imagination since the latter part of the 19th century.

Beverly Hills Teen Booked in Fatal Car Crash

Beverly Hills Teen Booked in Fatal Car Crash

“Monique’s death is a giant loss for her family, our community and for all of us as Angelenos,” a representative for the D.A.’s office told the Courier.

Returning to Classrooms After One Year Away

Returning to Classrooms After One Year Away

As someone who spends her life training teachers, leading workshops for teens, and supporting parents, I know the pain and frustration that so many of you feel. And as we all sit here and reflect on the one-year anniversary of school closures, we’re all longing to find anything positive from the past year – what is that silver lining, if any.

BHUSD Board Looks Ahead to Middle and High School Opening

BHUSD Board Looks Ahead to Middle and High School Opening

“As I have indicated through some correspondence, we have allocations that are being provided to us for a vaccine for our employees through L.A. County,” Bregy said at the meeting.

Planning Commission Examines Housing Solutions

Planning Commission Examines Housing Solutions

“I think that if we can at least meet or exceed the state standards, we will be demonstrating good faith to HCD in our efforts to accommodate to the overriding purpose of the Rena allocation,” said Commissioner Thomas Hudnut.

Beverly Hills Mayor’s Last Cabinet Meeting

Beverly Hills Mayor’s Last Cabinet Meeting

“We haven’t produced any of our own city water since 2016,” Alpert said. “And so, these are major projects to get the city back in the water business so that we have water in case of an emergency.”

BHPD Seeks Help in Il Pastaio Shooting &  Robbery

BHPD Seeks Help in Il Pastaio Shooting & Robbery

“They will be on foot and drive around in cars, providing high visibility,” he told the Courier. “The private armed security will be present through this weekend in this fashion. The security companies will be reevaluated as to the numbers of private armed security to provide safety and visibility to the Beverly Hills community.”

Gina Bisignano Returns to  Beverly Hills—For Now

Gina Bisignano Returns to Beverly Hills—For Now

“Why does the government believe that there is no set of circumstances that would assure the safety of her community if we were to impose continued GPS monitoring?” he asked. 

Lawsuit Filed against BeverlyHills and BHPD Over Response to Protests

Lawsuit Filed against BeverlyHills and BHPD Over Response to Protests

 “The Beverly Hills Police Department officers were actively targeting the medics in this protest, and they wanted them stopped so that they couldn’t help or reach the injured protesters,” said lawyer Sara Azari.

Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors Annual Gala Raises $1.6 Million

Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors Annual Gala Raises $1.6 Million

The mission of the Board of Governors is to support Cedars‑Sinai’s foremost clinical programs, biomedical research, and community outreach by providing financial resources, educational experiences and volunteer opportunities.

Planning Commission Renews Permits for 9111 Wilshire

Planning Commission Renews Permits for 9111 Wilshire

The application also requested approval of a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for modified vehicle loading spaces and use of an off-site parking garage. Oakshire also sought approval of a Historic Incentive Permit (HIP) to allow use of a hotel that directly abuts a residential zone.

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum to Host Virtual Event

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum to Host Virtual Event

“One Survivor Remembers” relates  Klein’s harrowing story of survival, both before and after the war. Home Box Office and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum co-produced the documentary film, which was awarded both an Emmy and an Academy Award. 

Epic Visionary Women Summit For International Women’s Day

Epic Visionary Women Summit For International Women’s Day

Visionary Women Co-Founder and Beverly Hills Councilperson Lili Bosse told the Courier, “Today’s summit was the quickest two hours I have ever experienced.

Metro Announces Lane Reductions

Metro Announces Lane Reductions

“It would include two phases within this phase one, phase 1A and phase 1B, which would require a full closure of North Gale for approximately four months out of those 20 months,” Rob Welch, project manager for the city, said during the meeting.

Three Beverly Hills Locations Recognized with Golden Shield

Three Beverly Hills Locations Recognized with Golden Shield

The first three recipients of Golden Shield recognition plaques include the site of the Dona Maria Rita Valdez de Villa Homestead, located at Sunset Boulevard and Alpine Drive; the original location of Lawry’s Restaurant on North La Cienega Boulevard; and the original Giorgio Beverly Hills Boutique, the first luxury boutique on Rodeo Drive.

Beverly Hills  Elementary Schools Will Reopen Next Week

Beverly Hills Elementary Schools Will Reopen Next Week

“We are thrilled to be moving forward as a team together with our teachers, staff, students, and parents to reopen our schools,” Beverly Hills Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Michael Bregy told the Courier. 

Shooting at  Il Pastaio

Shooting at Il Pastaio

“I saw the guys wrestling. I thought it was just a drunken fight between friends or something. So I stood up, because I’m 6’ 4” and a giant, and I was walking over there to settle it down and then I hear one shot ring out,” he told the Courier.

City Council Considers Rent Subsidy

City Council Considers Rent Subsidy

“When I see that our denial rate was 77 percent and our approval rate was 23 percent, that really is devastating in terms of percentages,” said Councilmember Lili Bosse. 

Neighborhoods Frustrated as Metro Moves Closer to Sepulveda Transit

Neighborhoods Frustrated as Metro Moves Closer to Sepulveda Transit

Traditionally, Metro does not bring on private sector partners until later in the process.

THEBlvd Privé Launches at the Beverly Wilshire

THEBlvd Privé Launches at the Beverly Wilshire

“THEBlvd Privé is part of the City’s OpenBH program that allows businesses to temporarily expand their services to adjacent outdoor areas such as sidewalks and parklets,” he said.

Human Relations Commission Discusses 2021 Work Plan

Human Relations Commission Discusses 2021 Work Plan

Last year the HRC added the homeless initiative to its charge. Since then, the Commission has implemented the homeless initiative into its monthly agenda. While the official homeless count this year was not conducted due to COVID-19, last year’s count was 16. According to James Latta, the city’s Human Services Administrator, two homeless people died in Beverly Hills over the last six months. 

Parents and Teachers Speak Out  

Parents and Teachers Speak Out  

We can all agree our teacher’s safety is important, but as a physician myself, my life and the lives of all health workers are just as important. The lives of grocery store workers, police officers, firemen and all the other essential workers are as important. Yet we all have been working the past year for you and your families while our BHUSD teacher’s union is playing politics with our children’s education. The rest of the country and nation is getting back to school.

School District Mourns Three Deaths

School District Mourns Three Deaths

Rita Creagh, beloved El Rodeo School teacher, passed away on Jan. 16 from COVID-19. Creagh worked as a special education and 3rd grade teacher at the school for 32 years. 

Beverly Hills Sunshine Task Force Examines Lobbying Rules

Beverly Hills Sunshine Task Force Examines Lobbying Rules

“Sometimes members of the community are incredibly passionate about a particular subject matter, and they want to make sure that it’s covered both in the study and also the formal session, and then they’ll call in after they’ve already sent in the email,” Huma Ahmed said.

Lady Gaga’s Friend Shot, Dogs Stolen

Lady Gaga’s Friend Shot, Dogs Stolen

A high-profile dog theft took place Wednesday night when a man shot a dog walker and absconded with two French bulldogs belonging to musician Lady Gaga.

Tentative Agreement Reached in Union Legal  Action Against BHUSD

Tentative Agreement Reached in Union Legal Action Against BHUSD

UPDATE March 1: The Beverly Hills Unified School District (District) and the Beverly Hills Education Association (Association) have tentatively reached an agreement after mediation over the weekend. Pending the approval of District and Association leadership, elementary grades TK-2 will return on March 8 and grades 3-5 on March 9. Additional details will be posted as they are available. 

BH Health and Safety Commission Tackles Policing and Vaccines

BH Health and Safety Commission Tackles Policing and Vaccines

“I can’t remember the last time that we saw that in the county, so that is very encouraging,” Janmohammed said.

Beverly Hills Holds Tenant’s Forum

Beverly Hills Holds Tenant’s Forum

One listener posed a hypothetical question about what would happen if they lost their job, but then received more money in unemployment benefits than they made at their former job. Would they qualify for eviction protections?

Beloved Mailman Retires

Beloved Mailman Retires

After serving the community for 37 with the USPS, neighbors thanked him and wished Thoressdale best of luck for the next chapter of his life.

Schlessinger Elected Chairman of Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles Board

Schlessinger Elected Chairman of Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles Board

“With The Foundation’s rich history and track record of support for Jewish causes locally, in Israel and around the world, as well as across the general community, its mission has never been more important than during these challenging times where need is greater than ever.

BHEA Votes To Seek Injunction Over Beverly Hills Elementary School Return Dates

BHEA Votes To Seek Injunction Over Beverly Hills Elementary School Return Dates

On Saturday, Feb. 20, the Beverly Hills Education Association (BHEA) voted to seek injunctive relief in connection with return to in-person learning dates announced by the BHUSD.

Council Approves Open Air Dining Permit Waivers

Council Approves Open Air Dining Permit Waivers

“I’m supporting this 1000 percent,” Councilmember Lili Bosse said. “When we have thriving restaurants, it helps the retail, it helps the offices.

The Wallis Announces Two First Time Endowments

The Wallis Announces Two First Time Endowments

“Philanthropic investments of this magnitude speak to the dedication of our Wallis Family members and the priority they give The Wallis as a cornerstone institution of our community and a bright hope for our future,” said Wallis Executive Director and CEO Rachel Fine in a statement.

Ryan Gohlich Named New  Beverly Hills Director of  Community Development

Ryan Gohlich Named New Beverly Hills Director of Community Development

“I am so pleased to congratulate Ryan on his new role,” said City Manager George Chavez. 

Hawthorne School Welcomes Holocaust Survivor

Hawthorne School Welcomes Holocaust Survivor

When a student asked why he shares his painful story, he replied, “I try to keep the memory alive so the next generation knows what happened during the Holocaust and World War II.”

City Council Addresses  COVID-19 Fallout

City Council Addresses COVID-19 Fallout

“When HBO moved from Santa Monica, they didn’t move to Beverly Hills,” Bergman said. He added that he expects major shifts in how Americans work in the wake of the pandemic, saying, “We’re going to see dramatic long term employment destruction.”

Term limits spark hot debate in Beverly Hills

Term limits spark hot debate in Beverly Hills

“I would urge the city council not to invite litigation, not to invite unnecessary expenditures and to enact an ordinance that is facially valid as opposed to one which is not facially valid,” Janice Barquist said. 

BHUSD Working to Safely Reopen Elementary Schools

BHUSD Working to Safely Reopen Elementary Schools

The Beverly Hills Unified School District   (BHUSD) has thus far made great strides in preparing for a return to classrooms.

WeHo to Close Robertson on Weekends

WeHo to Close Robertson on Weekends

“We know that our businesses and our visitors and our residents are responsible, and they want to do the right thing,” D’Amico said at the Feb. 16 Regular Meeting.

Beverly Hills Road closures planned for Golden Globes

Beverly Hills Road closures planned for Golden Globes

All residential streets will remain open; however, various streets will be posted with no-parking signs. For more information on the complete list of closures, please visit beverlyhills.org/goldenglobes.

Maple Counseling Center Announces New Director

Maple Counseling Center Announces New Director

“It’s all interrelated in my mind. It might be confusing to people looking at my resume, but it comes back to the same place, which is giving people a voice and helping them stand in their power,” Bleil says.

The Golden Triangle Goes Pink

The Golden Triangle Goes Pink

The project is funded by a grant from the Southern California Association of Governments  and is part of a larger Pedestrian and Bicycle Awareness Campaign. 

AT&T Outage Hits Trousdale

AT&T Outage Hits Trousdale

Additionally, residents are asked to contact the Public Works Department at 310-285-2467 if they know of anyone that may need assistance who does not have access to a cell phone. 

Shortages and Local Frustrations Over Vaccine Distribution

Shortages and Local Frustrations Over Vaccine Distribution

“I’m explaining to people that it makes sense that they would have it at the Forum or Dodger’s Stadium and places like that, where they can get a lot of people lined up and do 3 or 4,000 a day,” he told the Courier. 

Valentine’s Day Launches  Kindness Week in Beverly Hills

Valentine’s Day Launches Kindness Week in Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills resident, Mojan Ghahramani began volunteering with the Task Force shortly after it was formed. Three times a week, Ghahramani helps a 92-year-old senior nearby with her grocery shopping, mail, takes out the trash, picking up medication, errands and anything else she might need.

Dining for Valentines and Presidents

Dining for Valentines and Presidents

Despite the current restrictions, there have been crowds on Canon Drive and customers waiting online at many of the popular standbys. It’s clear that people want to be out experiencing a change of scenery and mingling a little with the community. Here are some options, from casual outings to date night dressy. 

BHPD Officers’ Tactics Under Review

BHPD Officers’ Tactics Under Review

“I wanted to do a public request for the body cam of a particular officer, I have the dates and times,” he tells Fair in the video.

“Love Anatomy” on BH  Commission Agenda

“Love Anatomy” on BH Commission Agenda

“I’m also super proud to be part of the Burton Way Median project. I think it parallels so much of the messaging of this piece. We kind of assign this idea of love to people and to humans, but really, that’s exactly a fraction of it. And that’s what the sculpture represents. Love for your space, love for your city and love for your community. It’s greater and bigger than just love shared between two people.”

Scoping  Hearing Held for Beverly Hills Creative Offices Project

Scoping Hearing Held for Beverly Hills Creative Offices Project

“I don’t see anything in your list of evaluation criteria that talks about how this is going to destroy the farmers market, a farmers market that many of us use every single week,” said Janice Barquist, echoing the concern of others in the meeting. 

Governor Newsom Extends Eviction Moratorium

Governor Newsom Extends Eviction Moratorium

In addition to providing aid to income-qualified tenants financially impacted by the pandemic, the program incentives property owners to forgive back rent.

City Council Charts Legislative Course for 2021

City Council Charts Legislative Course for 2021

“Part of the problem is that, right now, there is a narrative created by Sacramento. [California Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco)] is always invoking Beverly Hills: We’re the bad guys, we’re why there’s no housing,” said Councilmember John Mirisch.

Public Health Warns Against  Super Bowl Parties 


Public Health Warns Against Super Bowl Parties 


“We share our deepest condolences to everyone who is mourning the loss of a family member, a loved one or a friend. Our prayers are with you always,” said Barbara Ferrer, Ph.D., M.P.H., ME.d., Director of Public Health.

Canon Drive Restaurants Try To Expand

Canon Drive Restaurants Try To Expand

“There is unanimity in terms of the request for the tents,” Mayor Lester Friedman said. “In terms of the waiver of the fees, I think there’s unanimity on that issue.

Visionary Women Hosts Suze Orman in Virtual Salon

Visionary Women Hosts Suze Orman in Virtual Salon

During the one-hour virtual webinar, Orman described the new year as “The Great Reset.” She provided a roadmap for ensuring a manageable financial cushion.

Louis Vuitton Men’s Temporary Residency Arrives in Beverly Hills

Louis Vuitton Men’s Temporary Residency Arrives in Beverly Hills

When it became clear last year that fashion weeks would not go on as usual, global brands vied to outdo each other virtually. None incorporated as imaginative a means as Louis Vuitton Artistic Director Virgil Abloh.

City Council Authorizes  Additional $1 Million for Private Security in Beverly Hills

City Council Authorizes Additional $1 Million for Private Security in Beverly Hills

“Information suggests that some ideologically-motivated violent extremists with objections to the exercise of governmental authority and the presidential transition, as well as other perceived grievances fueled by false narratives, could continue to mobilize to incite or commit violence,” the bulletin reads.

Salon Owner Indicted on Seven Counts for Capitol Riot

Salon Owner Indicted on Seven Counts for Capitol Riot

“The magistrate here in Los Angeles on Tuesday afternoon set bond for Bisignano, which we objected to on behalf of our colleagues in the District of Columbia,” United States Attorney’s Office Director of Media Relations Thom Mrozek previously told the Courier.

Beverly Hills High School Earns Computer Science Diversity Award

Beverly Hills High School Earns Computer Science Diversity Award

“During an unprecedented year, BHHS female students have demonstrated perseverance and dedication in their study of AP Computer Science,” said Dustin Seemann, Assistant Superintendent of Education Services.

Beverly Hills Chamber Hosts Blood Drive with Cedars-Sinai

Beverly Hills Chamber Hosts Blood Drive with Cedars-Sinai

All donors will receive complimentary testing for COVID-19 antibodies, plus a health screening that includes a blood pressure assessment, iron/hematocrit reading, temperature and pulse.

Cedars-Sinai Launches COVID-19 Recovery Program

Cedars-Sinai Launches COVID-19 Recovery Program

“Los Angeles is the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. right now and we expect to see many more recovered patients with persistent symptoms, which could have a huge impact on the local workforce,” said Cedars-Sinai Medical Group infectious disease specialist Rachel Zabner, MD, co-director of the COVID-19 Recovery Program.

Milestone Reached in COVID-19 Casualties

Milestone Reached in COVID-19 Casualties

“To continue to drive down transmission, we all must commit to taking the actions that work to slow COVID-19 spread. When more sectors re-open the risk of COVID-19 transmission increases, because people are interacting more with non-household members.

WeHo Council Considers Hazard Pay for Grocery Store Workers

WeHo Council Considers Hazard Pay for Grocery Store Workers

“Grocery store employees, I believe, are some of the unsung heroes of this epidemic and they must be compensated for their work,” said Councilmember John D’Amico.

City Council Rules on Two  Different Parcels

City Council Rules on Two Different Parcels

“I’m not going to argue the case and take your time on it, but I think, Council, you’re making a big mistake here,” said Attorney Benjamin Reznik, who represented the applicant. Reznik pushed back against the urgency ordinance, describing it as “illegal” because “there is no immediate threat to the public welfare.”

Beverly Hills Prepares for  Louis Vuitton Men’s Temporary  Residency

Beverly Hills Prepares for Louis Vuitton Men’s Temporary Residency

The Louis Vuitton Men’s Temporary Residency most recently took shape at Miami’s Design District. Described as nothing short of “magic” by the local press, the activation utilized customized shipping containers, oversized inflatables and interactive QR codes.

Outdoor Dining Resumes in  Beverly Hills

Outdoor Dining Resumes in Beverly Hills

“We are, of course, ecstatic,” Barbara Lazaroff, Co-Owner and Co-Founder of SPAGO Beverly Hills told the Courier.

Beverly Hills Parents  Encourage  District to  Reopen Schools

Beverly Hills Parents Encourage District to Reopen Schools

“I think if we continue to decrease, you might hit that number in like two to three weeks,” Ferrer said. “We dropped pretty significantly just in one week. I think we were at 75 cases per 100,000 like a week ago. And I think now we’re 45 — these are adjusted rates that the state uses.”

Council Agrees to Put Term Limits on Ballot This November

Council Agrees to Put Term Limits on Ballot This November

All five council members indicated support for placing the initiative on the ballot, though some had mixed feelings about the efficacy of term limits in the first place.

Just in Case BH Looking for Volunteers

Just in Case BH Looking for Volunteers

“Just in Case BH brings residents, businesses and all city services together by seamlessly assisting each other before, during, and after emergencies through disaster preparedness, organizational leadership, and communication,” said Fire Chief Greg Barton. “This is truly bringing everybody together in Beverly Hills as one unified voice to work through the problems, to be disaster prepared, and to have good communication amongst all those groups.”

Metro Announces Extended Work Hours at Ogden Yard

Metro Announces Extended Work Hours at Ogden Yard

As part of the Federal government’s Coronavirus Guidance for America, transportation infrastructure is considered an “Essential Critical Infrastructure.”

Blood Donations Urgently Needed

Blood Donations Urgently Needed

“What ends up happening is that we have to piece together blood deliveries from different sources,” Romero said.

Two Certified Wildlife Habitats Created in WeHo

Two Certified Wildlife Habitats Created in WeHo

“Supporting and welcoming back native plants and animals to our City is part of our larger sustainability efforts,” said City of West Hollywood Councilmember John D’Amico. “And we encourage everyone with a garden of any size to certify their garden as a Community Wildlife Habitat with NWF.”

Current Events Stoke  Anti-Semitism Fears on  Holocaust Remembrance Day

Current Events Stoke Anti-Semitism Fears on Holocaust Remembrance Day

“Just as Americans responded to the attack on 9/11 with a determination to defeat jihadist terrorism, we must now respond to the attack on 1/6 with a determination to defeat far-right extremism and domestic terrorism.”

Human Relations Commission Reviews Hate Crimes Report

Human Relations Commission Reviews Hate Crimes Report

“We documented 524 hate crimes in L.A. County in 2019, only one more than the previous year,” Wong said. “Hate crimes in L.A. County hit a low in 2013, and since they have been slowly rising and has increased 36 percent, which is cause for concern.”

Beverly Hills Salon Owner Ordered Back Into Federal Custody

Beverly Hills Salon Owner Ordered Back Into Federal Custody

“Later that evening, prosecutors in D.C. obtained a stay and a detention order from a judge in D.C.”

Amid Halting Rollout, Beverly Hills Provides Vaccine Info

Amid Halting Rollout, Beverly Hills Provides Vaccine Info

“The other thing we’re really hearing today [Jan. 20], in particular, is the frustration with the county’s website, being able to find an appointment, calling their information line, not talking to a live person.

Stinking Rose Project Runs Afoul of  Planning  Commission

Stinking Rose Project Runs Afoul of Planning Commission

“When we bought our home in 2016, we were aware we were buying in a busy and developing neighborhood, but we expected the city of Beverly Hills to uphold existing building and code regulations,” one resident who lives by the site wrote to the commission.

Local Businesses Join Effort to Recall Governor Newsom

Local Businesses Join Effort to Recall Governor Newsom

“It’s not about political consultants and political action committees,” Economy said. “It’s just about people organizing who are passionately against a candidate.”

Beverly Hills PD on Full Alert for Inauguration Next Week

Beverly Hills PD on Full Alert for Inauguration Next Week

“As Inauguration Day approaches and with the potential of increased protest activity across the country, the city is working to ensure your safety.

Beverly Hills Fire Chief Greg Barton Recognized by City Council

Beverly Hills Fire Chief Greg Barton Recognized by City Council

“I am truly honored and humbled to receive the Fred Cunningham Award,” said Barton. “If you do something you like to do, you’ll never work a day in your life. That is so true, I have a dream job as a firefighter and on top of that, I work for the dream community of Beverly Hills. Thank you all.”

Audit Recommends Changes to BHVCB Practices

Audit Recommends Changes to BHVCB Practices

“The way the auditors wrote the report was sometimes out of context,” Wagner told the Courier.

Courier Exclusive: Louis Vuitton Men’s Temporary Residency  Heading to Beverly Hills

Courier Exclusive: Louis Vuitton Men’s Temporary Residency Heading to Beverly Hills

“This exciting pop-up will add to the visual allure of the street and draw new visitors,” said RDC President Nicola Cagliata, in a letter of support.

Fire Destroys Beverly Hills Home

Fire Destroys Beverly Hills Home

“It took a little while,” Barton added. “It was a large home.

Beverly Hills Salon Owner Recounts Her Actions in D.C. Riot

Beverly Hills Salon Owner Recounts Her Actions in D.C. Riot

“I was caught up, I was scared, I was excited,” Bisignano told the Courier.

City Council Begins New Year in Unprecedented Times

City Council Begins New Year in Unprecedented Times

“We’re at a time and place where, as you can imagine, the news report is not great news, but I don’t think it is necessarily unexpected news,” Director of Finance Jeff Muir primed the Council at the Study Session.

Beverly Hills High Graduate  Featured in Art Exhibit

Beverly Hills High Graduate Featured in Art Exhibit

Abrahams’ painting chosen by the AP Art and Design Board is titled “Adam and Eve,” inspired by the creation narrative in the Book of Genesis.

Good Deeds Ring in New Year

Good Deeds Ring in New Year

Community goodwill also took center stage the first weekend of 2021.

Assemblymember Richard Bloom to Run for Supervisor

Assemblymember Richard Bloom to Run for Supervisor

“Supervisor Kuehl has been and will continue to be a champion of progress on the Board of Supervisors. Her impact has been profound and her legacy as a State Legislator and Supervisor will bring benefits long into the future,” Bloom said.

WeHo Council Seeks to Name Library After Justice Ginsberg

WeHo Council Seeks to Name Library After Justice Ginsberg

“Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was an icon for women, for the LGBT community, for workers, and every progressive value that West Hollywood holds,” said Councilmember Sepi Shyne. “Justice Ginsburg expanded access to the American promise of liberty and equality for all. Her legacy is felt by all of us and her decisions have positively affected every person living in West Hollywood.”

Windows of WeHo Project Seeks Artists

Windows of WeHo Project Seeks Artists

Officials hope that placing art in vacant storefronts will bring increased attention to vacant commercial properties, deter graffiti and vandalism and contribute to the preservation of the business community.

Viral Courier Story Shows  Importance of Local Reporting

Viral Courier Story Shows Importance of Local Reporting

“This thread is so embarrassing to the human race,” tweeted director Judd Appatow, sharing the thread of videos compiled by the Courier.

Delis in Beverly Hills Take a Hit

Delis in Beverly Hills Take a Hit

“We had hoped that we could continue our takeout and delivery service so that we could provide the community with the food that has been a part of our lives for years. However, our number one priority is to keep our customers and our staff safe and secure during this time of uncertainty.”

High-Profile Projects Before  Beverly Hills Planning  Commission This Year

High-Profile Projects Before Beverly Hills Planning Commission This Year

As Gohlich notes, “[Robinsons-May] was truly a world class department store and contributed in a significant way to the city and its development at that time.”

New Concepts Discussed for Spago and Louis Vuitton in  Beverly Hills

New Concepts Discussed for Spago and Louis Vuitton in Beverly Hills

“In order for this to move forward, we need to hear from the other blocks and also make sure with the traffic division that we can provide for this to work in way that we are not creating more impacts,” Bosse said.

Nate ‘n Al’s Temporarily Closes Due to COVID

Nate ‘n Al’s Temporarily Closes Due to COVID

“If a cluster is identified at a worksite, the Department of Public Health will initiate a cluster response which includes providing infection control guidance and recommendations, technical support and site-specific control measures,” Public Health guidelines state.

BHPD Suspects Rodeo Robberies are Connected

BHPD Suspects Rodeo Robberies are Connected

“Due to the on-scene investigation and immediate crime follow up, we believe the arrest [on Dec. 27] is connected to the Saint Laurent crime earlier in the week,” BHPD Spokesperson Lt. Max Subin told the Courier.

Justin Bieber NYE Concert Shoot in Beverly Hills

Justin Bieber NYE Concert Shoot in Beverly Hills

Singer Justin Bieber has been practicing for a New Year’s Eve performance in front of the Beverly Hilton Hotel. “T-Mobile Presents: NYE Live with Justin Bieber” will stream live this evening at 7:15 p.m. PST and re-air twice on New Year’s Day.

WeHo Approves Scooters and E-Bikes

WeHo Approves Scooters and E-Bikes

“Ever since our founding in 2018, we have called West Hollywood home. I can promise you that no one would be more excited than us to follow the guidelines and make sure we make this community of West Hollywood proud,” said Wheels Chief Development Officer Paul Vizcaino.

Metro to Reclose Constellation Boulevard Through April

Metro to Reclose Constellation Boulevard Through April

During the closures, no vehicle access will be permitted on Constellation Boulevard west of Avenue of the Stars up to Solar Way. Local access west of Solar Way will be maintained. Driveways into Westfield Mall and Constellation Place will remain accessible.

With No End In Sight, Restaurants Flout COVID Restrictions

With No End In Sight, Restaurants Flout COVID Restrictions

“We are considering taking reservations for New Year’s Eve Dinner. Inside,” the note read. “Please keep this discreet, but tell your friends.”

COVID-19  Surges at  Year’s End

COVID-19 Surges at Year’s End

The following sectors remain closed under the Order: indoor and outdoor dining, personal care services, cardrooms, wineries, breweries, distilleries, museums, zoos, aquariums, movie theaters, amusement parks, live audience sports and family entertainment centers. Retail remains limited to 20 percent capacity.

New Legislation Affecting  Beverly Hills in 2021

New Legislation Affecting Beverly Hills in 2021

“This week begins an important new chapter in our ongoing effort to promote and protect public health,” said Mayor Lester Friedman. “It was over 30 years ago that Beverly Hills became the first City in California to prohibit smoking inside restaurants.” “Since then, we have continued to implement policies that will ultimately save lives. Thank you to all who worked to bring us to this extraordinary day.”

Housing Takes Center Stage in  Beverly Hills in 2021

Housing Takes Center Stage in Beverly Hills in 2021

“I think it will be [a big year], especially because you have the culmination of big policy projects, in terms of the housing element and mixed use,” Assistant Director of Community Development Ryan Gohlich told the Courier. “Mixed use is done from a zoning standpoint, but we still have to see what projects result from it.”

Beverly Hills 2020 in Review

Beverly Hills 2020 in Review

In the early months of 2020, artists unveiled public murals, candidates sparred spiritedly, and busloads of tourists posed for photos beside the palm trees of Beverly Hills.

La Scala Responds

La Scala Responds

To begin with, we’d like to thank the many people who have been supportive of us for almost 65 years. You have believed in us and have continuously supported us through COVID-19 and now through this. Your messages of support have been received and appreciated more than you know.

Rotary Club of BH Gives to Those in Need

Rotary Club of BH Gives to Those in Need

“During these trying times, we were delighted to work in partnership with our community groups to bring a little bit of joy and excitement to the lives of innocent children who are less fortunate.

Jewish Community Foundation of L.A. Awards $3 Million

Jewish Community Foundation of L.A. Awards $3 Million

WeHo Enacts COVID-19 Grocery Store Ordinance

WeHo Enacts COVID-19 Grocery Store Ordinance

“The proposed ordinance is necessary in order to assist in protecting essential workers and customers from the potential risk of exposure to COVID-19,” reads a staff report compiled for the Dec. 21 Regular Meeting.

Council Won’t Challenge Enhanced Density Bonus for Beverly Hills

Council Won’t Challenge Enhanced Density Bonus for Beverly Hills

“It is possible that [the Department of Housing and Community Development] could view such an ordinance negatively, which could impact the City’s ability to achieve a certified housing element.

Virtual Concerts at Cedars-Sinai Heal the Spirit

Virtual Concerts at Cedars-Sinai Heal the Spirit

“It’s extremely soothing,” Lawson said. “It creates peace within, which I think is always going to be a good thing for somebody who is going through treatment.

Council Extends Beverly Hills Hotel Tax Deferral

Council Extends Beverly Hills Hotel Tax Deferral

“We’re a partner with these hotels,” Councilmember Lili Bosse said. “They’ve been a tremendous asset to us with TOT funding in the years past, and this year, things are really challenging. We need to be a partner with them, as well.”

Medical Task Force Supports COVID-19  Vaccination

Medical Task Force Supports COVID-19 Vaccination

“If someone doesn’t want to take the vaccine, I think they should understand that by having been vaccinated, they may be preventing the spread to many, many other people,” Hopp said.

BHUSD Holds Special Board Meeting

BHUSD Holds Special Board Meeting

Elementary students will transition back to physical school five days per week for instruction in English, Math, Science, and Social Studies.

Registration Open for Beverly Hills Winter Classes

Registration Open for Beverly Hills Winter Classes

The teddy bear workshop on Dec. 21 takes place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and is recommended for ages 16 and older. This workshop requires basic hand sewing skills, and a sewing machine is highly recommended. 

Cedars-Sinai President and CEO Receives Humanitarian Award From Yad Vashem

Cedars-Sinai President and CEO Receives Humanitarian Award From Yad Vashem

The award was presented to Priselac by Vera Guerin, former chair of the Cedars-Sinai Board of Directors.

The Beverly Hills Police Department is On the Neighbors by Ring App

The Beverly Hills Police Department is On the Neighbors by Ring App

The BHPD can view what local residents have posted publicly to Neighbors and can now chime in with relevant updates or safety alerts.

Limited Edition of New Ringo Starr Book Available

Limited Edition of New Ringo Starr Book Available

In time to celebrate the new year, Starr has also released a new song,  “Here’s to the Nights,” from his upcoming EP Zoom In, set to arrive March 19th, 2021.

John Mirisch Joins Action on Smoking and Health Board of Trustees

John Mirisch Joins Action on Smoking and Health Board of Trustees

“His extensive experience in public health policymaking will make him an ideal advocate for ASH and its partners as we work towards zero deaths from tobacco,” the statement read.

New Platform for Luxury Real Estate in Beverly Hills

New Platform for Luxury Real Estate in Beverly Hills

“Top real estate industry professionals now have an opportunity to capitalize on the immense global reach of Forbes in the creation of an impactful luxury marketplace, which is owned and led by brokerages,” Bonnie Stone Sellers, who serves as Chair, said in a statement.

Amid a Staggering Wave,  Vaccine Brings a Ray of Hope

Amid a Staggering Wave, Vaccine Brings a Ray of Hope

“I am incredibly excited to be among the first group of healthcare workers to be offered the vaccine,” Dr. Sam Torbati, co-chair and medical director of the Ruth and Harry Roman Emergency Department at Cedars-Sinai, said in a statement.

BHUSD Installs New Board of Education

BHUSD Installs New Board of Education

“We are delighted to hit the ground running with our newly installed Board of Education. I have every confidence that they will lead us through what is now the worst time of the pandemic for our community toward the best educational decisions for all of our students, staff, and families,” Bregy told the Courier.

Beverly Hills Settles Another  Spagnoli Suit

Beverly Hills Settles Another Spagnoli Suit

In the complaint, the officers allege that “racial animus was a motivation for Chief Spagnoli’s decision to ‘merge’ the Parking Enforcement Division within the Police Department.” The complaint also details a number of interactions with Spagnoli that the Black officers felt indicated a discomfort or “animus” toward Black people.

Restoring a Hollywood Legend in Beverly Hills

Restoring a Hollywood Legend in Beverly Hills

The Zaslavs’ purpose in restoring Woodland is to “ensure that the property is enjoyed in its original state for generations to come,” said Jason Somers, President of Crest Real Estate, who oversees the project.

Melrose Gunman Still at Large

Melrose Gunman Still at Large

Davonte W. Clepper, 28-years-old, sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene according to Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s records. A second victim, in his 20’s, was also struck by gun fire. According to police, he was taken to a hospital for treatment and is listed in serious condition, police said. His name was withheld.

Beverly Hills Residents Face Solid Waste Rate Hikes

Beverly Hills Residents Face Solid Waste Rate Hikes

“Reserves are important for a healthy fund and we really do look at the enterprise funds as though they were their own business,” said Councilmember Julian Gold.

Playgrounds Reopen in  Beverly Hills

Playgrounds Reopen in Beverly Hills

“We understand the need for adults and children to be outdoors and recreate, and we are happy to reopen our playgrounds, however, we ask that you recreate responsibly for the safety of you as well as your neighbors. To ensure the safety of its park and playground visitors, the City of Beverly Hills will have staff on hand to monitor compliance.”

Beverly Hills Students Take Virtual Tour of USC

Beverly Hills Students Take Virtual Tour of USC

“It’s never too early for students to think about college and their futures, even during a pandemic,” Jeffries, a USC graduate herself, told the Courier.

Gascón Brings Sweeping Changes On Day One

Gascón Brings Sweeping Changes On Day One

“I recognize that for many this is a new path,” Gascón said in his address.

Beverly Hills Council Considers Own Health Department

Beverly Hills Council Considers Own Health Department

“I think that we have certainly shown that health is a priority in terms of leadership and the choices that we’ve made as a City,” Bosse said. “So, for me, I believe this is the absolute next step in taking our City to that place.”

Legal Blow to Mixed Use Referendum in Beverly Hills

Legal Blow to Mixed Use Referendum in Beverly Hills

“It’s really not a safe thing to do. You can’t go door to door,” Darian Bojeaux told the Courier.

COVID-19 Update in Beverly Hills

COVID-19 Update in Beverly Hills

The Gifting Scene in Beverly Hills

The Gifting Scene in Beverly Hills

It’s been a challenging year and with stores open at only 20 percent capacity, shopping could also be tricky this holiday season as well.

Council Considers Expanding Affordable Housing Project

Council Considers Expanding Affordable Housing Project

“We recognize the need for affordable housing,” said Councilmember John Mirisch. “Here, we have an extremely unique opportunity.”

Council Addresses Mask Ordinance Enforcement

Council Addresses Mask Ordinance Enforcement

“Our ordinance is, if you don’t have a face covering, not if you’re not wearing it—you see the difference? If you have one in your pocket, you’re free to go,” the Ranger says.

Beverly Hills Public Library eLearning Classes Available

Beverly Hills Public Library eLearning Classes Available

“I never expected such mass participation during the pilot ranging from high schoolers all the way up to individuals in their 70s,” said Bradley Cook, chair of the Next Beverly Hills Coding Bootcamp.

Holiday Lights Shining Brightly in Beverly Hills and Beyond

Holiday Lights Shining Brightly in Beverly Hills and Beyond

Outside the City, numerous light displays can be enjoyed from the safety and comfort of your vehicle or in socially-distanced walking settings. Here are some highlights:

Beverly Hills Community Grants Available

Beverly Hills Community Grants Available

The last round of funding grants was awarded to 19 organizations that provide services to seniors, homeless, cover physical and mental health, culture and more.

New Work Hours Set for Metro

New Work Hours Set for Metro

“Effective November 20, there were COVID orders, as you’re very well aware of, that identified a curfew for restaurants and other non-essential retail establishments to be between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., with restaurants allowing for pickup and delivery after 10 p.m.,” said Engineering Manager Robert Welch, who presented the adjusted hours to the Council on Dec. 1.

Beverly Hills Demands Action Against County Dining Ban

Beverly Hills Demands Action Against County Dining Ban

Starting Dec. 3 at midnight, Los Angeles County will begin accepting applications for $30,000 grants to small restaurant owners struggling to make ends meet during a pandemic that has now shut down outdoor dining.

Newsom Issues New Regional Stay-At-Home Order

Newsom Issues New Regional Stay-At-Home Order

“If we don’t act now, our hospital system will be overwhelmed,” Newsom said.

Beverly Hills Challenging RHNA Number

Beverly Hills Challenging RHNA Number

“In analyzing information provided in September 2020 by Freddie Mac and the Embarcadero Institute, it is clear HCD’s determination of the overall housing shortage in California is flawed,” the letter, written by City Manager George Chavez, says.

Bregy Gives BHUSD Update

Bregy Gives BHUSD Update

“I wanted to share as of this morning, there are no oil derricks on the high school property,” Donald Blake, senior executive bond program manager said. “That is a milestone, and I cannot tell you how happy we are.”

Zoom Meeting for “Just in Case BH”

Zoom Meeting for “Just in Case BH”

“Just in Case BH” is a recently launched, neighborhood-based emergency preparedness and action program.

Nessah Vandal Sentenced

Nessah Vandal Sentenced

“The District Attorney’s Office has been aware of the extraordinary impact that this offense had on Nessah Synagogue and its congregation, and on the community at large, since its commission,” Head Deputy D.A. Steven Katz told the Courier.

Beverly Hills City Council to  Review Closure of In-Person  Restaurant Dining

Beverly Hills City Council to Review Closure of In-Person Restaurant Dining

The County modified its Health Order to allow only delivery, drive-thru services and takeout at restaurants, bars, breweries and wineries for a minimum of three weeks beginning at 10 p.m. Nov. 25.

Celebrate “Thanks-Goodness”

Celebrate “Thanks-Goodness”

We can become that nation you know.  We can each lead a generous life of giving to those who have less and to make real inspired visions to better our city, our people, our nation, and our planet.

Health and Safety Commission Honors COVID Response

Health and Safety Commission Honors COVID Response

“Early on in the COVID crisis we recognized, as did this commission, that we were going to have a number of people that were going to be what we call food insecure and we wanted to try as a city to address that need the best way that we know how,” said Director of Community Services Jenny Rogers, speaking on behalf of the honored staff.

BHHS Alum Nominated to Head DHS

BHHS Alum Nominated to Head DHS

“We have no time to lose when it comes to our national security and foreign policy,” Biden said in a statement.

Beverly Hills Hit Hard by New Dining Restrictions

Beverly Hills Hit Hard by New Dining Restrictions

“I have never experienced the kind of pushback I am hearing,” Hahn said of the in-person dining ban. “The public doesn’t think that that recommendation is right, and they don’t think it’s going to work, and they are really losing faith and trust in the decisions that we’re making.”

Council Bans Unpermitted  Assemblies at Beverly  Gardens Park

Council Bans Unpermitted Assemblies at Beverly Gardens Park

“These gatherings definitely restrict the ability of others in the community to enjoy Beverly Gardens Park for other public uses, including recreation,” said City Attorney Laurence Weiner.

Final Work Finishing on BHUSD Oil Well Project

Final Work Finishing on BHUSD Oil Well Project

“Work is now in progress to address minor leaks on the two wells previously identified to require additional plugging work. This additional plugging work is anticipated to be completed by December 2020,” Beverly Hills Director of Public Works Shana Epstein told the Courier.

Community Meeting Set for Draft Complete Streets Plan

Community Meeting Set for Draft Complete Streets Plan

The Draft Complete Streets Plan is a mobility policy plan that includes a comprehensive analysis of pedestrian, bicycle, street networks, and emerging transportation modes and technologies.

Council Expands Medical Use, Continues Scooter Ban

Council Expands Medical Use, Continues Scooter Ban

“We are deeply saddened that the city staff did not reach out to us before bringing this item back before council without updated data figures,” Tim Harder, senior manager for government partnerships for Bird, said in a written comment.

Limited Stay at Home Order Takes Effect

Limited Stay at Home Order Takes Effect

To date, the agency has identified 353,232 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County, and a total of 7,363 deaths. In Beverly Hills, there have been 870 cases of COVID-19 and 12 deaths.

Visions in Light: Windows on The Wallis Open Now

Visions in Light: Windows on The Wallis Open Now

The City of Beverly Hills and Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts have teamed up with TZ Projects to launch “Visions in Light: Windows on The Wallis.”

FEATURE INTERVIEW – RINGO STARR – A Rare Conversation

FEATURE INTERVIEW – RINGO STARR – A Rare Conversation

I send peace and love to everyone having a hard time or feeling lonely. It is a tough time, but we all have to get through this together.

City Council Approves  Settlement with Metro

City Council Approves Settlement with Metro

“I support the settlement agreement,” said Vice Mayor Robert Wunderlich. “I do think it provides benefits for both the City and Metro.”

Feedback Sought on Temporary Intersection Enhancements

Feedback Sought on Temporary Intersection Enhancements

The demonstration project aims to illustrate the potential for pedestrian amenities that could be expanded in other parts of the City. The project will remain in place for at least six months.

BHUSD Considers Waiver  Process

BHUSD Considers Waiver Process

“However, and it’s not a popular thing to say. But it certainly would not be my recommendation to bring back these students in December, right before winter break,” said Bregy at the Nov. 10 meeting.

City Approves Final EIR for  Metro North Portal

City Approves Final EIR for Metro North Portal

“I feel somewhat responsible for us being here, because it was three years ago that I stood on the corner of Reeves and Wilshire as the cars whizzed by and basically said, how are visitors going to get from this side of the street to that? There is no stoplight, there is no crosswalk, there is no parking, there is no off-street loading and no security or bathrooms,” Savenick said.

Beverly Hills Increases COVID Rent Aid

Beverly Hills Increases COVID Rent Aid

“These are desperate times, we’ve heard pleas from people, I think we can easily add another $550,000 to it,” said Mirisch, who was supported by Councilmember Lili Bosse.

Beverly Hills Adopts Mixed Use Ordinance

Beverly Hills Adopts Mixed Use Ordinance

“It’s a form of corporate welfare and it’s a developer giveaway—there’s just no other way to put it,” he said.

BHPD Makes Arrest in Alleged Hate Crime

BHPD Makes Arrest in Alleged Hate Crime

How Beverly Hills Voted

How Beverly Hills Voted

Two out of the 15 precincts in the City supported President Trump’s reelection.

Visions in Light: Windows on The Wallis Opens Nov. 19

Visions in Light: Windows on The Wallis Opens Nov. 19

The show is part of the Embrace & Celebrate Culture initiative, a new Citywide inter-Commission collaboration to celebrate diversity and create a greater culture of inclusion, equity and belonging in the City of Beverly Hills.

Finance Committee Considers Changes to Bid Process

Finance Committee Considers Changes to Bid Process

“In a City where demands are high for new projects and services, this would assist departments in being able to enter into these contracts more quickly, but with the same level of compliance required on an annual basis for obtaining quotes/formal bids, respectively based on the annual purchasing thresholds,” it reads.

Halloween Haunts in Beverly Hills

Halloween Haunts in Beverly Hills

“We’re building a house on Alta Drive, but while it is under construction, we wanted to keep the festivities going,” Flagg told the Courier.

State Proposition Results Mixed

State Proposition Results Mixed

“Proposition 15 will raise taxes on commercial properties, undoing the protections of Proposition 13 and leading to higher costs for all businesses, including small businesses,” the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce (BHCC) stated in its endorsement. Prop. 15 is currently narrowly losing, with nearly 52 percent of voters casting “no” ballots.

Janet Salter
 — December 10, 1922 – October 31, 2020

Janet Salter
 — December 10, 1922 – October 31, 2020

Early on, she became part of the Beverly Hills Theatre Guild, which honored comedians, actors and singers and raised funds for struggling playwrights.

Rent Stabilization Commission Examines Relocation Fees

Rent Stabilization Commission Examines Relocation Fees

At the outset of the discussion, Commission Chair Lou Milkowski described the subject as “a real meat-on-the-bone type of legislation for us to look at.”

Freedom Rally Tests City’s New Security

Freedom Rally Tests City’s New Security

“The hiring of Santa Paula PD, the hiring of the security guards, wasn’t on a whim,” he said. “It was months of planning.”

Restaurant in Beverly Hills Victimized by Alleged Hate Crime

Restaurant in Beverly Hills Victimized by Alleged Hate Crime

Still, he added, “Even after it all happened, we don’t hate anybody.”

Election Results for BHUSD School Board and Measure RP

Election Results for BHUSD School Board and Measure RP

Trailing slightly behind Stern, Tryfman came in at 16.82 percent of the vote, with 4,343 ballots cast in her favor.

Memorial Held for  BHHS Student

Memorial Held for BHHS Student

Given the ongoing pandemic, the Jewish Club implemented strict social distancing measures and mandatory face coverings at the memorial.

Metro K-Rail Closures Continue

Metro K-Rail Closures Continue

The Metro K-Rail work zone within the center lanes of the Wilshire Boulevard/San Vicente Boulevard intersection is expected to continue through the month of December

Sports Gatherings Blamed for Spike in COVID-19 Cases

Sports Gatherings Blamed for Spike in COVID-19 Cases

“At many of these gatherings, people were together without distancing or wearing face coverings, often inside, and unfortunately, at times they were transmitting COVID-19 to other people,” said a statement this week from Public Health.

Beverly Hills Considers  L.A. Marathon In COVID Era

Beverly Hills Considers L.A. Marathon In COVID Era

“With us no longer being in Santa Monica, [there is an] opportunity to do joint marketing with your Conference and Visitors Bureau and the hotels in Beverly Hills to fill those up for the marathon,” he said.

BHPD Awarded Grant

BHPD Awarded Grant

“These are trying times, and now more than ever, it is important that we are at the forefront of traffic safety.

Fire Damages JEM Community Center in Beverly Hills

Fire Damages JEM Community Center in Beverly Hills

According to Barton, the fire was extinguished in 20 minutes.

BHPD Chief Addresses Mask  Enforcement at Rallies

BHPD Chief Addresses Mask Enforcement at Rallies

“There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t get many calls regarding mask wearing,” said Councilmember Lili Bosse at the Oct. 27 Study Session.

Beverly Hills City Council  Passes Ordinance on Assemblies

Beverly Hills City Council Passes Ordinance on Assemblies

“My instinct is, and I’ve talked to an awful lot of people about this, and they’re nervous,” Councilmember Dr. Julian Gold said.

Mixed Use Sparks Debate

Mixed Use Sparks Debate

“It’s the same findings and same discretionary review process that any commercial building or multifamily building is subjected to,” Gohlich said.

Solid Waste Rate Hike in Store for Beverly Hills in 2021

Solid Waste Rate Hike in Store for Beverly Hills in 2021

“The state requires 50 percent diversion,” she explained. “We’ve had 60 percent diversion for a number of years, sometimes higher.”

County Public Health  Cautions Not to Let Guard Down

County Public Health Cautions Not to Let Guard Down

“We have been living the realities of this pandemic for eight months, and these times have been full of loss and difficulties.

Jackie Lacey Sued This Week by BLM-LA Co-founder

Jackie Lacey Sued This Week by BLM-LA Co-founder

“If there was merit in this lawsuit or if it was being offered sincerely, it would have been filed at some point prior to today.”

Beverly Hills Courier Endorses Donna Tryfman and Mary Wells for School Board

Beverly Hills Courier Endorses Donna Tryfman and Mary Wells for School Board

Beverly Hills Chamber Hosts Virtual “Back to Business”

Beverly Hills Chamber Hosts Virtual “Back to Business”

“We have the One Beverly Hills project, which is a combination of the old Wanda Robinson May project and the Beverly Hilton project, which is now one combined piece of property that is going to be developed,” said Friedman.

Beverly Hills Police Department Prepares for Election Day

Beverly Hills Police Department Prepares for Election Day

The City will start implementing the security measures on Oct. 31.

Visionary Women to Host “Women on the Frontier of Science:  Cloning, COVID & Cancer Reimagined”

Visionary Women to Host “Women on the Frontier of Science: Cloning, COVID & Cancer Reimagined”

“We are incredibly lucky to have Megan and Johenese speak to Visionary Women about their pivotal roles in helping to educate and heal the world through transformative scientific advancement,” said Shelley Reid, President of Visionary Women.

Beverly Hills Announces New  Inter-Commission Collaborative

Beverly Hills Announces New Inter-Commission Collaborative

Arts & Culture Commissioner Deborah Frank pointed out the groundbreaking nature of the new collaboration.

BHUSD Unveils “Ready  Together” Plan

BHUSD Unveils “Ready Together” Plan

While BHUSD is not able to bring back the student body in its entirety yet, the 77-page “Ready Together” reopening plan provides a thorough blueprint for all on how to safely return to—and stay in—the physical classroom.

BHUSD Candidates Make Their Case

BHUSD Candidates Make Their Case

The Courier asked the seven candidates vying for one of three open seats to describe how each would address some of the biggest challenges the District faces.

Packed Agenda for Beverly Hills City Council on Oct. 13

Packed Agenda for Beverly Hills City Council on Oct. 13

“Thomas embodies exactly what this award is about,” said Human Relations Commission Chair Ori Blumenfeld.

City Council Agrees to $4.8M for Additional Security and Police

City Council Agrees to $4.8M for Additional Security and Police

“As you know, the challenges facing the City and this department over the last year have greatly increased,” said Chief Rivetti, justifying the overhires

COVID-19 Makes Halloween Too Scary for  Beverly Hills

COVID-19 Makes Halloween Too Scary for Beverly Hills

“We want to keep heading down the path of recovery from COVID-19, we don’t want to take steps back,” Friedman told the Courier.

Beverly Hills Mixed Use  Ordinance Considered by  City Council

Beverly Hills Mixed Use Ordinance Considered by City Council

“The number of housing units would be based on the site area of the project, and the height is based on the neighboring properties maximum height,” she said.

Beverly Hills Considers Appeal to Housing Allotment

Beverly Hills Considers Appeal to Housing Allotment

“For example, an ‘unrealistically high’ RHNA allocation based on market trends and lack of vacant land is not considered to be legitimate grounds for appeal,” the Staff Report reads.

Halloween Events and Safety: Drive-Thru or Drive-In

Halloween Events and Safety: Drive-Thru or Drive-In

To add more intrigue, the trail was specifically selected by producer, director and actress Amber Benson, known for her portrayal of Tara Maclay on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Clean Power Alliance Doubles COVID-19 Customer  Relief Commitment

Clean Power Alliance Doubles COVID-19 Customer Relief Commitment

Under the CPA bill credit program, residential customers are entitled to a one-time $25 bill credit when they sign up for certain statewide programs.

Williams & Williams to Launch Their Own Firm

Williams & Williams to Launch Their Own Firm

They are also experienced designers and developers.

L.A. County Rolls Out New Health  Measures

L.A. County Rolls Out New Health Measures

“The County’s partnership with SafePass is a valuable tool to help slow the spread of COVID-19 throughout our region,” said Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

Spirit of Hope Lunch Will Take Place Virtually

Spirit of Hope Lunch Will Take Place Virtually

Funds raised at this year’s luncheon will support Tower Cancer Research Foundation’s work in the areas of both cancer research and patient support.

Courier on SpectrumNews1

Courier on SpectrumNews1

New Mural Brightens Up  Beverly Hills

New Mural Brightens Up Beverly Hills

Hoogveld created the mural this week in approximately five days.

Simon Wiesenthal Center  Applauds Newsom’s Veto on  Ethnic Studies Requirement

Simon Wiesenthal Center Applauds Newsom’s Veto on Ethnic Studies Requirement

On Oct. 1, the Simon Wiesenthal Center released a statement commending Newsom’s veto of the bill.

Voting Begins in Beverly Hills

Voting Begins in Beverly Hills

“Once a voter enters the Vote Center, the Los Angeles County Registrar/Recorder staff manages the voting experience which would include the enforcement of social distancing and face covering requirements inside the Vote Center,” City Clerk Huma Ahmed told the Courier.

#ExperienceBH: Beverly Hills Institution Wally’s with Erika and Christian

#ExperienceBH: Beverly Hills Institution Wally’s with Erika and Christian

The Beverly Hills Courier is excited to share the first in a series of videos meant to show all that Beverly Hills has to offer.

Beverly Hills Small Businesses Are Resilient

Beverly Hills Small Businesses Are Resilient

“We are trying to survive but we only have room for seven tables outside,” owner Saeyoung (aka Sara) told the Courier. 

UCLA’s Andrea Ghez Wins  Nobel Prize in Physics

UCLA’s Andrea Ghez Wins Nobel Prize in Physics

“Twenty-five years is a long time,” Ghez said of her career.

Beverly Hills to Host Virtual  Design Charrettes for Connect Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills to Host Virtual Design Charrettes for Connect Beverly Hills

During the upcoming Virtual Design Charrette, the project team will share ideas for the streetscape plan, design standards, and proposed Mobility Hub at Wilshire/North Gale.

Beverly Hills Bar Association Hosts D.A. Debate

Beverly Hills Bar Association Hosts D.A. Debate

Gascon said that qualified immunity was primarily a federal issue, “however, I believe that state law can definitely provide relief.”

Beverly Hills Art Show Goes  Virtual

Beverly Hills Art Show Goes Virtual

“The beloved Beverly Hills Art Show is a community favorite that has drawn crowds of 40,000 over the two-day weekend, pre-COVID-19.

Weekend Sees A Trio of Protests in Beverly Hills

Weekend Sees A Trio of Protests in Beverly Hills

Commission Recommends a Ban on Trick-or-Treating in Beverly Hills

Commission Recommends a Ban on Trick-or-Treating in Beverly Hills

Much of Beverly Hills has forgotten about the virus, but the virus hasn’t forgotten about us.”

Public Comment Invited on Lots 12 and 13

Public Comment Invited on Lots 12 and 13

The City has contracted with Lindmark Engineering to peer review the draft plan and submit comments to the DTSC on its behalf.

Petersen Automotive Museum Gala Raises Record Funds

Petersen Automotive Museum Gala Raises Record Funds

“Our 26th Annual Gala Celebration was our most successful gala to date,” said Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director Terry L. Karges.

Beverly Hills Chamber of  Commerce Announces Golden Palm Honorees

Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce Announces Golden Palm Honorees

This year’s winner is Courier Publisher John Bendheim. “John Bendheim is a staple in the community of Beverly Hills, both personally and professionally.

No Labor Day COVID-19 Spike

No Labor Day COVID-19 Spike

“To everyone who is mourning people who have passed away from COVID-19, we keep you in our thoughts and in our hearts,” said Director of Public Health Dr. Barbara Ferrer in a statement.

Beverly Hills Youth Earns  Congressional Award Gold Medal

Beverly Hills Youth Earns Congressional Award Gold Medal

“For voluntary service, I did a few things. I tutored through one of Beverly Hills’ After-School Programs.

Beverly Hills Bar Association Hosts D.A. Candidate Debate Oct. 6

Beverly Hills Bar Association Hosts D.A. Candidate Debate Oct. 6

“We are honored to host this debate in the most-watched district attorney election in the nation,” said Adam Siegler, who will begin his term as BHBA’s President on Oct. 1.

Beverly Hills Fire Department Promotes Fire Prevention Week

Beverly Hills Fire Department Promotes Fire Prevention Week

The purpose of the campaign is to educate community members about important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe when it comes to home fire prevention.

Fashion-Themed Holiday Décor Proposed for Rodeo Drive

Fashion-Themed Holiday Décor Proposed for Rodeo Drive

“If you are a fan of fashion and appreciate glamour, this allows you to dream and be anywhere you want to be,” she said.

Beverly Hills Chamber Supports North Beverly Metro Portal

Beverly Hills Chamber Supports North Beverly Metro Portal

“The three choices for the North portal, none of them solve any of those problems,” he said.

50 Years of Healthcare Helped by Beverly Hills

50 Years of Healthcare Helped by Beverly Hills

“It was poor,” Fern Seizer, a Beverly Hills resident and former Executive Director of the Clinic, told the Courier. “It was really medically underserved because there were very few doctors, and those who were there didn’t take Medi-Cal, which is Medicaid in California.”

Beverly Hills Mixed Use on  Agenda at Upcoming Hearings

Beverly Hills Mixed Use on Agenda at Upcoming Hearings

The density “bonus” and other concessions that a developer receives depend on certain factors. Those factors include the percentage of affordable housing units in a project and the level of affordability of those units.

Beverly Hills Courier Fall Fashion Style Magazine

Beverly Hills Courier Fall Fashion Style Magazine

The Courier’s Fall Fashion Style Magazine features exclusive interviews and fashion previews, trends from the (virtual) N.Y. runways, insights from L.A.’s hottest stylists and more.

EDD Fraud Arrests Continue in Beverly Hills

EDD Fraud Arrests Continue in Beverly Hills

The Beverly Hills Police Department (BHPD) continues to make arrests connected to California Employment Development Department (EDD) fraud.

Fashion Forward

Fashion Forward

Red Carpets, press junkets, award shows and production schedules have all changed. But, fashion abides. The Courier spoke to two of the town’s hottest stylists about trends, predictions and adapting to the new normal. 

L.A. County Remains at Tier 1 Risk Level

L.A. County Remains at Tier 1 Risk Level

As the United States passes the tragic milestone of 200,000 lives lost to COVID-19, Los Angeles County officials warn that the County may be on the brink of another spike unless residents continue observing health precautions.

Hundreds Gather for Rosh Hashanah Observance at Beverly Hills Park

Hundreds Gather for Rosh Hashanah Observance at Beverly Hills Park

The pandemic has curtailed indoor religious services, leaving so many wondering how to pray, hear the shofar and come together during the Jewish High Holy Days.

Park Rangers Adjust to New Role in Pandemic

Park Rangers Adjust to New Role in Pandemic

As COVID-19 has reshaped our relationship with public spaces, it has also added challenges for those tasked with maintaining those spaces.

Nate ‘n Al’s Continues Operations on North Beverly Drive

Nate ‘n Al’s Continues Operations on North Beverly Drive

A joint statement released on Sept. 23 by the City of Beverly Hills and “Nate ‘n Al’s Then and Now” announced that the iconic Beverly Hills delicatessen, Nate ‘n Al’s, will remain open at its current location at 414 North Beverly Drive.

Holocaust Education Crucial as Extremism Rises

Holocaust Education Crucial as Extremism Rises

Since sundown on Sept. 18, Jews around the world began observing their holiest days on the calendar in the strange, virtual format of the era of COVID-19.

A Fashion Phenom in Beverly Hills

A Fashion Phenom in Beverly Hills

From Compton to Couture. From learning in sweat shops to presenting on the biggest Fashion Week runways around the world, Johana Hernandez is a Latinx millennial sensation.

BHPD Confiscates Nearly $3 Million in EDD Fraud Arrests

BHPD Confiscates Nearly $3 Million in EDD Fraud Arrests

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the EDD has paid out more than $81.8 billion in unemployment benefits since March.

Exercise, Wellness and Pampering has Taken to the Rooftops

Exercise, Wellness and Pampering has Taken to the Rooftops

You can also arrange a class with Natural Pilates of Brentwood who has set up their outdoor studio in the parking lot with tents. “It’s a beautiful and welcoming atmosphere that their clients and our guests have really enjoyed,” Clark told the Courier. “They are also hosting a yoga retreat in October.”

Beverly Center Paints the City

Beverly Center Paints the City

“Beverly Center is proud to partner with PTCP and this group of talented local artists to provide a public space to showcase their meaningful work as a way to create positive change in our community,” said Jackie Plaza, Marketing and Sponsorship Director of Beverly Center.

Beverly Hills Residents Voice Support for Protestors

Beverly Hills Residents Voice Support for Protestors

For Liza Raffi, a Persian-Jewish graduate of Beverly Hills High School who addressed the Regular Meeting via video, the statements by police were “callous and disingenuous.”

Beverly Hills City Council  Supports Prop. 20

Beverly Hills City Council Supports Prop. 20

Citing unintended consequences and increasing crime statistics, Prop. 20 advocates say it is time to amend those laws.

Preparedness Takes Center Stage in Beverly Hills

Preparedness Takes Center Stage in Beverly Hills

The City already has a head start in the preparedness arena. In July, it launched “Just in Case, BH” to keep the community informed and well connected in the event of a  natural disaster or other local emergency.

Counseling During COVID-19 in Beverly Hills

Counseling During COVID-19 in Beverly Hills

“They’re very familiar with the remote platforms,” Callah said. “Their classes are being taught over Zoom, and they know that this is the reality, but I think it’s also a very, very far cry from what they had expected to be doing when they envisioned themselves starting out their clinical work, seeing their first clients.”

Rent Assistance Program Approved

Rent Assistance Program Approved

“It’s not so much the assets,” Councilmember Dr. Julian Gold clarified, “it’s the amount of income the assets generate on a monthly basis.”

Beverly Hills Police Seize $500,000 in Fraudulent Debit Cards

Beverly Hills Police Seize $500,000 in Fraudulent Debit Cards

Police Chief Dominick Rivetti described additional details to the Courier about the methods used by the scammers.

On the Roof in Beverly Hills and Beyond

On the Roof in Beverly Hills and Beyond

If smokey mezcal margaritas are on your mind, and you like the idea of cocktails that give back, Madre Oaxacan & Mezcaleria (with three locations in L.A., including West Hollywood), will be in residence at Terra every Thursday in September.  The rooftop lounge at Eataly Westfield Century City, is serving three of Madre’s most popular cocktails to go along with the restaurant’s Italian fare from 5-9 p.m. A portion of the proceeds from each drink sold will be donated to Restaurants Care, which provides financial relief to restaurant workers all across California. 

Beverly Hills Lags in Census  Response

Beverly Hills Lags in Census Response

While census data collection was originally scheduled to end on Aug. 15, Congress granted the Census Bureau an extension until Oct. 31 given the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. But the census found itself the subject of controversy yet again when the Bureau announced it would cease operations at the end of September, citing the Dec. 31 deadline to send the final count to Congress.

Rent Stabilization Commission Referees Landlords-Tenants

Rent Stabilization Commission Referees Landlords-Tenants

In the Sept. 9 hearing, the commission adjudicated its second tenant-landlord dispute, a contentious case involving a tenant in a luxury penthouse apartment on Roxbury Drive. In that case, the tenant, a producer, claimed that her income had been substantially impacted by the shutdown of the film and TV industry.

Cedars-Sinai Hosting Beverly Hills Blood Drive

Cedars-Sinai Hosting Beverly Hills Blood Drive

Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good general health. Individuals taking common daily medications (cholesterol, blood pressure, birth control, antidepressants, thyroid, even diabetics taking insulin) may donate blood.

COVID-19 May Curtail  Halloween in Beverly Hills

COVID-19 May Curtail Halloween in Beverly Hills

To date, Public Health has identified 249,859 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County, and a total of 6,090 deaths.

CORE Offers COVID-19 Testing

CORE Offers COVID-19 Testing

CORE is offering private testing to production units first due to the highly contained and close-knit nature of the communities. The organization has been commissioned by the AFI Film School to provide testing services for their student film productions.

WeHo to Reopen Helen Albert Farmers’ Market on Sept. 14

WeHo to Reopen Helen Albert Farmers’ Market on Sept. 14

West Hollywood is encouraging customers to limit interactions with other customers and vendors and to move through the Farmers’ Market as quickly as possible in order to allow for others waiting for entrance to have an opportunity to shop.

Visionary Women to Feature  “Tiger Mom” Author Amy Chua in Virtual Salon

Visionary Women to Feature “Tiger Mom” Author Amy Chua in Virtual Salon

Chua has lectured widely around the world, including at the World Bank, the Aspen Ideas Festival, the Brookings Institution, the World Knowledge Forum in Seoul, and the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Voting Procedures Announced for Beverly Hills

Voting Procedures Announced for Beverly Hills

“While we really can’t say for sure what our situation will be in November, we have no choice but to plan based on information we have today,” said City Clerk Huma Ahmed.

Labor Day – New in Beverly Hills and Beyond

Labor Day – New in Beverly Hills and Beyond

Michelin-star Chef Brendan Collins of Fia in Santa Monica has gone back to his British roots with Market Tavern at the Original Farmers Market.

Cafe@BHUSD Will Feed All Beverly Hills Children

Cafe@BHUSD Will Feed All Beverly Hills Children

“We are delighted to be able to offer at no charge an abundance of fresh, healthy produce for all Beverly Hills children!

Councilmember Mirisch Calls for Social Justice

Councilmember Mirisch Calls for Social Justice

“Clippers coach and basketball legend Doc Rivers said, ‘We’ve got to do better, but we’ve got to demand better,’” Mirisch said.

Beverly Hills City Auditor  Delivers Real Estate Report

Beverly Hills City Auditor Delivers Real Estate Report

“The report found that generally rent is escalated and assessed as required,” the audit stated.

Beverly Hills Eateries Participate in dineL.A. Restaurant Week

Beverly Hills Eateries Participate in dineL.A. Restaurant Week

“We have always had a very good turnout for dineL.A. We really like it. We have a special menu for dineL.A. and a special menu on top of that one,” said Vericella.

Beverly Hills PD Gives Advice for Pedestrian Safety Month

Beverly Hills PD Gives Advice for Pedestrian Safety Month

“Cell phone use by pedestrians does not appear to be disproportionately contributing to fatal pedestrian crashes,” the report stated.

New Name for L.A. Museum of the Holocaust

New Name for L.A. Museum of the Holocaust

“Holocaust Museum Los Angeles is a subtle, simple and powerful way of pivoting from being Los Angeles-centric to Holocaust education for the city to additionally expand to the rest of the the world,” said Beth Kean, CEO, Holocaust Museum LA.

Beverly Hills 9/11 Memorial  Ceremony Cancelled

Beverly Hills 9/11 Memorial Ceremony Cancelled

City officials told the Courier that since next year is the 20th anniversary of the attacks, the ceremony is expected to be larger in scale.

Beverly Hills Courier Launch Featured On Spectrum News 1

Beverly Hills Courier Launch Featured On Spectrum News 1

Another Deadly Shooting in 90210 Postal Code

Another Deadly Shooting in 90210 Postal Code

“We saw that our furniture outside our bedroom was broken and overturned,” the neighbor wrote in the police report.

Rally Turns Violent as Extremist Groups Take Part

Rally Turns Violent as Extremist Groups Take Part

Along with the “Trump 2020” flags, rally-goers also brought a Confederate flag and a “Three Percenter” flag. The Southern Poverty Law Center classifies Three Percenters as an “anti-government” group.

Beverly Hills Salons Want Full Reopening

Beverly Hills Salons Want Full Reopening

“This is the saftest place to be other than your own home,” Cristophe told the Courier. “Doing hair outside, I feel it’s really not appropriate because first of all, you’re in working 105 degrees temperature right now.

Beverly Hills Seeks Public  Comment on Metro EIR

Beverly Hills Seeks Public Comment on Metro EIR

The original plans included two stations in Beverly Hills on Wilshire/La Cienega and Wilshire/Rodeo.

County  Making  Inroads on COVID-19

County Making Inroads on COVID-19

“A very important part of our recovery is getting our children back to schools. Yesterday, the state released new guidance about newly permitted activities at all schools across the state to help students at high risk and high need. 

City Shines a Light on Overdose Awareness

City Shines a Light on Overdose Awareness

Financial resources won’t insulate a family, either. At one point, Shamash was spending $11,000 per month for her son’s treatment.

Metro Votes For WeHo and “Going Fareless”

Metro Votes For WeHo and “Going Fareless”

“L.A. Metro has a moral obligation to pursue a fareless system and help our region recover from both a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic and the devastating effects of the lack of affordability in the region,” Metro CEO Phillip Washington said.

Beverly Hills Pivots to Parklets and Hotel Offices

Beverly Hills Pivots to Parklets and Hotel Offices

The hotel sees this as a stepping-stone solution. “We certainly hope that we can all return to more ‘normal’ operations sooner rather than later, but if the need for this service remains, we are here to provide it,” added Velasquez.

Meet Beverly Hills HS Senior Who is Miss California Teen US

Meet Beverly Hills HS Senior Who is Miss California Teen US

I’m looking forward to creating more kindness walls across the United States because I saw how much of an impact it had on others and I saw how much it really changed our school overall.

Beverly Hills Investigates Local TikTok “Collab House”

Beverly Hills Investigates Local TikTok “Collab House”

“They blocked both sides of the streets with cars, they were blocking some of my neighbor’s driveways,” she told the Courier.

Historic Beverly Hills School Year Begins

Historic Beverly Hills School Year Begins

“I’m so excited for you to meet your teachers and see what they have planned for you,” Bregy said.

Beverly Hills Passes Resolution Against Anti-Semitism

Beverly Hills Passes Resolution Against Anti-Semitism

“I have been harassed and pressured for weeks by my fellow students because they opposed one of my identities,” Ritch wrote in a letter announcing her resignation.

Beverly Hills City Council Approves New CIP Budget

Beverly Hills City Council Approves New CIP Budget

“This is the context in which we developed the CIP, recognizing this shortage of funds for the next year,” said Harrison.

Fewer Businesses Cited for  COVID-19 Health Violations

Fewer Businesses Cited for COVID-19 Health Violations

To date, Public Health has conducted investigations at close to 30,000 workplaces. Recent statistics are encouraging, in terms of business compliance with the Health Officer Order.

Flour Shop Opens in Beverly Hills

Flour Shop Opens in Beverly Hills

“We’ve been working on opening this location for about a year,” Holly Ohanessian, director of retail told the Courier.

Public Encouraged to Take Part in “Connect Beverly Hills” Survey

Public Encouraged to Take Part in “Connect Beverly Hills” Survey

Amenities such as landscaping, lighting, public art, sidewalk furniture, bus shelters and more are all part of the mix.

Beverly Hills High  Student Wins  Beauty Pageant

Beverly Hills High Student Wins Beauty Pageant

Beverly Hills High School student Alana Morgan was crowned Miss California Teen USA on Aug. 9.

Seven Declare Candidacy for Beverly Hills School Board

Seven Declare Candidacy for Beverly Hills School Board

The Courier spoke to the seven candidates vying for one of three open seats on the BHUSD Board of Education. Here is what they had to say.

Beverly Hills Avoids Setback in Cannabis Delivery Case

Beverly Hills Avoids Setback in Cannabis Delivery Case

“The tentative decision doesn’t appear to affect the City of Beverly Hills since we do indeed have regulations in place,” he told the Courier.

Beverly Hills Robberies Result in Arrests

Beverly Hills Robberies Result in Arrests

“We then called in the Los Angeles Police Department to safely stop the vehicle and the chase ensued at that point,” Subin said.

Beverly Hills Personal Care  Professionals Protest

Beverly Hills Personal Care Professionals Protest

“How is it clean for a manicurist to sit on a piece of cardboard on pavement giving someone a pedicure or cut hair in an alleyway?” Joyce Marie, owner of facial spa Joyce Marie of Beverly Hills told the Courier.

#WalkAway Rally Draws  Hundreds to Beverly Hills

#WalkAway Rally Draws Hundreds to Beverly Hills

“I want the freedom to accept or reject vaccination for myself and my minor children,” said the handout. “The state or federal government cannot force me or my minor children to be vaccinated without my express permission.”

Councilmembers Koretz and Ryu Fight Party Houses

Councilmembers Koretz and Ryu Fight Party Houses

The motion takes aim at loopholes in the current regulations around short-term rentals that allow renters to turn the properties into ad hoc nightclubs. Short-term rental and home-sharing services through sites like Craigslist and Airbnb often find themselves linked to the parties.

George Christy 1927-2020

George Christy 1927-2020

Philanthropist Wendy Goldberg, told the Courier that Christy “had one of the brightest, clearest minds of anybody I’ve ever known.

Getaway for a Day, Close to Beverly Hills

Getaway for a Day, Close to Beverly Hills

If you’re craving a more urban atmosphere, missed during your annual culture trip to New York, downtown L.A. has new skyline offerings.

L’Ermitage Hotel Acquired for $100 Million

L’Ermitage Hotel Acquired for $100 Million

“We’ve had interest from every continent except Antarctica,” he said. “We’ve had private equity companies, real estate investment funds, real estate investment management companies, high net worth individuals and corporations [with] funds to invest.”

Beverly Hills and L.A. Confront Party Houses

Beverly Hills and L.A. Confront Party Houses

“All around, it sounds like a high-risk experience for those who were there, and, frankly, for the loved ones they go home to,” said California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly at a briefing Aug. 4.

Beverly Hills Teachers Reach Agreement with School District

Beverly Hills Teachers Reach Agreement with School District

In an Aug. 1 statement, BHUSD Superintendent Dr. Michael Bregy emphasized that the ultimate goal remains to return to the classroom safely.

New Outdoor Dining Concepts in Beverly Hills and Beyond

New Outdoor Dining Concepts in Beverly Hills and Beyond

In collaboration with Nocking Point Wines, Malin also launched Getaway Rosé on Aug. 1, an all-day wine for summer picnics, relaxing poolside, or simply dreaming of your next getaway.

Nearly 550  Cases of  COVID-19 in Beverly Hills

Nearly 550 Cases of COVID-19 in Beverly Hills

As of Aug. 6, Public Health has identified 197,912 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County, and a total of 4,825 deaths.

Beverly Hills City Council Amends Urgency Ordinance Regarding Evictions and Rent Payments for Small Commercial Tenants

Beverly Hills City Council Amends Urgency Ordinance Regarding Evictions and Rent Payments for Small Commercial Tenants

“This is not rent forgiveness, we encourage people to pay what they can,” clarified Councilman John Mirisch.

Beverly Hills Scouts Troop 110 Welcoming New Members

Beverly Hills Scouts Troop 110 Welcoming New Members

During this time, the troop will welcome new members for the 2020/21 school year.

Metro Purple Line Continues to Make Progress Through  Beverly Hills

Metro Purple Line Continues to Make Progress Through Beverly Hills

Construction continues at the future Wilshire/Rodeo station, but design plans are not yet finalized.

City Council Approves Additional Funds for Residential CCTV

City Council Approves Additional Funds for Residential CCTV

“Is there a number that would be considered to be an appropriate number of cameras for a community of our size?” Councilperson Dr. Julian Gold asked Hunt-Coffey. “What are we headed for?”

Two Beverly Hills Residents Tell Their Stories in New Books

Two Beverly Hills Residents Tell Their Stories in New Books

Actress Melody Thomas Scott’s “Always Young and Restless” describes her more than four decades starring in the popular daytime drama, “The Young and the Restless.”

Planning for a Safe Return to Beverly Hills Schools

Planning for a Safe Return to Beverly Hills Schools

“I do want to touch on the unique obstacles that are going to be the hardest for the middle school to think through,” Think Tank member Frank Chechel noted.

Beverly Hills Businesses  Respond to City Fines

Beverly Hills Businesses Respond to City Fines

“I think we were cited because we had our spacing correct with the tables, but one of our guests moved his chair a little bit to a certain side where instead of being six feet apart, it was five feet eight inches or whatnot,” he added.

Beverly Hills Health and Safety Commission Talks Facts

Beverly Hills Health and Safety Commission Talks Facts

“Some people don’t understand that when you do get close, a chin mask is not effective,” stated Health and Safety Commissioner Lee Hilborne at this week’s meeting.

Down and Out in Beverly Hills During the Pandemic

Down and Out in Beverly Hills During the Pandemic

As part of the interaction, individuals are informed what services are available when they’re ready for assistance, such as food, shelter, a shower, mental health services, physical health services and benefits.

Concerts on Canon and  Greystone Performances  Available on BHTV Channel 10

Concerts on Canon and Greystone Performances Available on BHTV Channel 10

In addition to “Concerts on Canon,” a new performance series is emanating from the recently restored 1928 historic Greystone Theatre at Greystone Mansion & Gardens.

Summer Fun While Social Distancing in Beverly Hills

Summer Fun While Social Distancing in Beverly Hills

At the Kids’ Yoga Retreat at Roxbury Park, Mary Montague led 15 students in small pod classes. Activities included yoga flows and poses, Pilates exercises, meditation and mindfulness tools, such as nature walks where they observed with their five senses.

The Courier Celebrates 55 Years

The Courier Celebrates 55 Years

Events and galas are virtual these days. Zoom calls have replaced the morning meeting. Home learning is the new norm. For these reasons — now more than ever — the Courier is proud to connect our readers to the community, to neighboring areas and to each other.

COVID-19 Cases Climbing

COVID-19 Cases Climbing

In another grim milestone, California surpassed New York this week as the state with the highest number of confirmed infections.

City of Beverly Hills Cites 16  Businesses for COVID-19 Infractions

City of Beverly Hills Cites 16 Businesses for COVID-19 Infractions

“All persons shall wear face coverings when they leave their homes or places of residence if that person has potential to come within six feet of another person not a member of their household,” wrote Beverly Hills Mayor Lester Friedman in a reminder email sent out on Friday. Face coverings must also be worn by all employees at businesses and restaurants in the City.

Beverly Hills City Council  Formal Session Round-up

Beverly Hills City Council Formal Session Round-up

“Due to greater than expected costs of prosecuting municipal code violations in Fiscal Year 2019/2020, primarily as a result of civil cases regarding party houses, AIRBNB-type rentals, unlicensed drug rehabilitation facilities, and lobbyist prosecutions, a change purchase order is required,” states the July 21 staff report, which was authored by City Attorney Larry Weiner.

Medical Advisory Task Force Answers Tough COVID-19 Questions

Medical Advisory Task Force Answers Tough COVID-19 Questions

Before Mayor Lester Friedman read the first of four questions prepared by the Council, he introduced Task Force member Dr. Jonathan Fielding, one of the leading public health experts in the world. Fielding served for 16 years as the Director of Public Health and Health Officer for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and distinguished professor of Health Policy and Management and of Pediatrics in the Schools of Public Health and Medicine at UCLA.

Protest on Behalf of Laid Off Workers at Chateau Marmont

Protest on Behalf of Laid Off Workers at Chateau Marmont

One such worker had been a bellman for 23 years before being terminated and losing his health insurance.

West Hollywood City Council Considers “Pride” Alternative

West Hollywood City Council Considers “Pride” Alternative

“The Board of Directors decided to take this approach for several reasons,” the letter reads. “These include construction in West Hollywood Park, the changing demographics of Greater Los Angeles, our commitment to being responsive to the LGBTQIA+ community’s needs, and our allyship and collaboration with other movements for social change.”

Beverly Hills City Council  Debates Subsidies and Closures

Beverly Hills City Council Debates Subsidies and Closures

“The program has received positive feedback from the business community and residents alike,” states the July 21 staff report, which was authored by Marketing and Economic Sustainability Manager Laura Biery and Special Events and Filming Coordinator Magdalena Davis.

Human Relations Commission Accepting Nominations for  Embrace Civility Award

Human Relations Commission Accepting Nominations for Embrace Civility Award

Nomination forms are available at www.beverlyhills.org/embracecivilityaward. Hard copies of the downloaded form may also be submitted by mail. All nominations must be received by September 4, 2020.

BHUSD Prepares for Distance Learning

BHUSD Prepares for Distance Learning

The virtual ILC option for the fall remains the same, offering online learning exclusively for the first full semester. The deadline to enroll in the ILC has been extended to July 27 at 8 a.m., and those who do not apply for the ILC will be automatically placed in Live@BHUSD. As of July 21, 441 students — 13 percent of the student population —have enrolled in the ILC.

Beverly Hills School Board Continues Fall 2020 Discussion

Beverly Hills School Board Continues Fall 2020 Discussion

“We are starting this week with our think tank,” Bregy told the Board. “We’re actually in our facilities looking to see what it’s like for our students to walk from a drop off area, into the main school area and into our classrooms.” He noted that even returning in a smaller environment under the hybrid model, many challenges lie ahead in monitoring how students physically move throughout the school.

Beverly Hills Creative Offices Project Holds Neighborhood Meeting

Beverly Hills Creative Offices Project Holds Neighborhood Meeting

“From a standpoint of meeting the requirements as they are spelled out in the Urgency Ordinance, they did comply,” said Alkire of the BHCO presentation.

City Council Round-Up

City Council Round-Up

“The City tightly regulates individual election contributions to eliminate the role of money in local politics. This proposal would serve that purpose,” Mark Elliot wrote in a letter to the City Council concerning the agenda item.

Beverly Hills Commissioners Give Updates at Mayor’s Cabinet Meeting

Beverly Hills Commissioners Give Updates at Mayor’s Cabinet Meeting

“We all know the really hard work gets done at the commissions,” Mayor Friedman told commission chairs at the July 13 meeting in anticipation of listening to the reports. 

Beverly Hills and BHUSD  Approve Joint Powers Agreement

Beverly Hills and BHUSD Approve Joint Powers Agreement

Friedman said the City was pleased to continue its strong partnership with BHUSD.

Beverly Hills Voters Could Find Sales Tax Measure on November Ballot

Beverly Hills Voters Could Find Sales Tax Measure on November Ballot

“It should be noted that the maximum sales tax rate increase in Beverly Hills could decline in future years below the 3/4 cents currently available due to other future county sales tax measures,” Owens warned the City Council.

Other Districts and Private Schools Rollout Fall Plans

Other Districts and Private Schools Rollout Fall Plans

“SMMUSD staff want to reopen in-person as soon as possible and had been preparing to recommend an in-person option (Model B, the hybrid model that includes both in-person and distance learning). However, the steady upsurge in coronavirus cases in our region over the past several weeks combined with the advice of public health experts has led us to the conclusion that distance learning is the most prudent model to start the 2020-2021 school year.”

The Health Scene: Nourishing Meal Delivery Services

The Health Scene: Nourishing Meal Delivery Services

“People like to cook at home but during this pandemic, people just want to keep it easy and have healthy food come to them,” said Arellanes. 

COVID-19 Deaths Rise Again

COVID-19 Deaths Rise Again

“Our cases are rising, the rate of infection is increasing and the number of hospitalizations are up,” Ferrer said. “These numbers are reminiscent of what we saw months ago at what we thought was going to be the height of the pandemic here in L.A. County.”

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Announces  Six New Trustees

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Announces Six New Trustees

“We are thrilled to welcome these six remarkable leaders to our board of trustees,” said Ron Meyer, board chair and vice chairman of NBCUniversal.

Residents Oppose Proposed Senior Housing Facility Near Roxbury Park

Residents Oppose Proposed Senior Housing Facility Near Roxbury Park

“People view it as one neighborhood,” described Los Angeles resident Cheri Lewis, who has lived two blocks from Roxbury Park since 2004.

Virtual Programming Draws Audiences to The Wallis During  COVID-19

Virtual Programming Draws Audiences to The Wallis During COVID-19

Directed by Joel Zwick, Felder’s dramatic journey into the great German composer’s life will include a bounty of music by Ludwig van Beethoven, including excerpts from “Moonlight Sonata.”

Beverly Hills Looks To Maximize  Operations Efficiency

Beverly Hills Looks To Maximize Operations Efficiency

Maximizing cost-savings opportunities is primary for the Council right now, particularly given that its new operating budget represents a decrease of $30.3 million from the previous fiscal year.

Exclusive First Look at Plans for  Beverly Hills Creative Offices

Exclusive First Look at Plans for Beverly Hills Creative Offices

Beverly Hills Land Company has assembled a highly accomplished team to transform this site, helmed by the world-renowned architectural firm Gensler.

Court Rules in City’s Favor in Goldberg Case

Court Rules in City’s Favor in Goldberg Case

Goldberg later moved his lawsuit to federal court, after adding claims for violations of his Constitutional rights.

Hearing Held for Alleged Nessah Synagogue Vandal

Hearing Held for Alleged Nessah Synagogue Vandal

When asked by the Courier if she thought her friend was motivated by hate, Nabila Bee responded, “Not at all! He is the most loving, accepting person.” Another friend, Pittsburg-based photographer Alyssa Maurer, echoed Bee, saying, “He is openly gay and would never commit a crime that devalues the beliefs of others.”

Beverly Hills Parents Protest School Options for Fall

Beverly Hills Parents Protest School Options for Fall

“The reason we’re here today is that we are asking for the District to take the majority of the parents seriously,” a parent of two children in the BHUSD told the Courier. “Over 54 percent of parents want the schools to open with clear CDC guidelines. Of course, safety first which was all decided, planned and discussed.” The working mother said she is struggling to homeschool her kids, and they are suffering emotionally and academically as a result. “I don’t want to hear it’s too hard,” she added. “If it’s too hard, you have no business being in the board. You don’t get to represent us and tell us it’s too hard. It’s too hard for all of us.”

Beverly Hills and L.A. Confront Party Houses

Beverly Hills and L.A. Confront Party Houses

“All around, it sounds like a high-risk experience for those who were there, and, frankly, for the loved ones they go home to,” said California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly at a briefing Aug. 4.

Josh Flagg to Replace Noah Furie on Cultural Heritage Commission

Josh Flagg to Replace Noah Furie on Cultural Heritage Commission

Indoor Dining Ceases in Beverly Hills, Again

Indoor Dining Ceases in Beverly Hills, Again

City Council Approves $418.8 Million Budget for Beverly Hills

City Council Approves $418.8 Million Budget for Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills Prepares to Issue Fines to Achieve Face Covering Compliance

Beverly Hills Prepares to Issue Fines to Achieve Face Covering Compliance

Beverly Hills Loses One of its Own: Carl Reiner Dies at 98

Beverly Hills Loses One of its Own: Carl Reiner Dies at 98

Actions by City Against Protestors Under Scrutiny

Actions by City Against Protestors Under Scrutiny

One Beverly Hills Launches Application Process

One Beverly Hills Launches Application Process

At the turn of the 20th century, the tract that is now the dynamic corner of Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevards was farmland. In the early 1920s, it housed a nursery that supplied the palm trees and other vegetation that eventually created the City landscape. 

Beverly Hills Poised To Add Two New Landmarks by Master Architects

Beverly Hills Poised To Add Two New Landmarks by Master Architects

Council Revises Commercial Landlord Tenant Provisions of Urgency Ordinance

Council Revises Commercial Landlord Tenant Provisions of Urgency Ordinance

Beverly Hills Fire Department Adjusts to COVID-19

Beverly Hills Fire Department Adjusts to COVID-19

Metro Purple Line On Track to Open in Beverly Hills in 2023

Metro Purple Line On Track to Open in Beverly Hills in 2023

City Council to Consider Mixed-Use Ordinance

City Council to Consider Mixed-Use Ordinance

New Two Rodeo Drive Artwork Pays Tribute to First Responders

New Two Rodeo Drive Artwork Pays Tribute to First Responders

Two Options Available This Fall For Beverly Hills Students

Two Options Available This Fall For Beverly Hills Students

City Council Votes on Measures to Ensure Safe Restaurant Reopenings

City Council Votes on Measures to Ensure Safe Restaurant Reopenings

Cedars-Sinai Leads in Treating COVID-19 Patients

Cedars-Sinai Leads in Treating COVID-19 Patients

Despite Misgivings, Beverly Hills City Council Ratifies Emergency Ordinance

Despite Misgivings, Beverly Hills City Council Ratifies Emergency Ordinance

Beverly Hills City Council Round-Up

Beverly Hills City Council Round-Up

Beverly Hills Farmers’ Market Reopens June 21

Beverly Hills Farmers’ Market Reopens June 21

Embedded with the Beverly Hills Protestors: One Reporter’s Story

Embedded with the Beverly Hills Protestors: One Reporter’s Story

Cedars-Sinai Heroes Get Floral Tribute from the Virginia Robinson Gardens

Cedars-Sinai Heroes Get Floral Tribute from the Virginia Robinson Gardens

Tennis Returns to Beverly Hills

Tennis Returns to Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills Cleans Up Remnants of Vandalism

Beverly Hills Cleans Up Remnants of Vandalism

Beverly Hills Continues To Safely Reopen

Beverly Hills Continues To Safely Reopen

Inside Beverly Hills’ Emergency Operations

Inside Beverly Hills’ Emergency Operations

Beverly Hills Makes BOLD Art Moves

Beverly Hills Makes BOLD Art Moves

Beverly Hills Summer Camps Go Virtual, For Now

Beverly Hills Summer Camps Go Virtual, For Now

Another Weekend of Protests in Beverly Hills

Another Weekend of Protests in Beverly Hills

Religious Institutions Prepare to Reopen in Beverly Hills

Religious Institutions Prepare to Reopen in Beverly Hills

Transients Move Through Beverly Hills Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

Transients Move Through Beverly Hills Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

Protests Trigger Fears of Uptick in COVID-19 Cases

Protests Trigger Fears of Uptick in COVID-19 Cases

City Curfews Lifted in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles

City Curfews Lifted in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles

Harry Harris Shoes Owner Andy Harris Passes Away at 64

Harry Harris Shoes Owner Andy Harris Passes Away at 64

Beverly Hills Businesses Share Fears, Desire to Rebuild

Beverly Hills Businesses Share Fears, Desire to Rebuild

Mayor Friedman Speaks Out About the Protests

Mayor Friedman Speaks Out About the Protests

Beverly Hills Hit by Protests

Beverly Hills Hit by Protests

BHHS Class of 2020 Graduates in Virtual Ceremony

BHHS Class of 2020 Graduates in Virtual Ceremony

Taking a Knee, Calming a Crowd

Taking a Knee, Calming a Crowd

A Breakthough in Beverly Hills

A Breakthough in Beverly Hills

Protestors Cause Damage in Beverly Hills

Protestors Cause Damage in Beverly Hills

Beverly Vista Middle School Marks a Shortened Athletic Season

Beverly Vista Middle School Marks a Shortened Athletic Season

Feeding the Soul in Beverly Hills

Feeding the Soul in Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills Readies To Adopt Mixed Use Ordinance

Beverly Hills Readies To Adopt Mixed Use Ordinance

Residents Urged to “Connect” with New Metro Streetscape Plan

Residents Urged to “Connect” with New Metro Streetscape Plan

Beverly Hills Retail Reopens, Dine-In Restaurants and Salons Still Closed

Beverly Hills Retail Reopens, Dine-In Restaurants and Salons Still Closed

Mental Health Issues Take Precedence at Beverly Hills Health and Safety Commission Meeting

Mental Health Issues Take Precedence at Beverly Hills Health and Safety Commission Meeting

Inaugural Beverly Hills Rent Stabilization Commission Meeting June 3

Inaugural Beverly Hills Rent Stabilization Commission Meeting June 3

Beverly Hills Board of Education Examines Reopening Options

Beverly Hills Board of Education Examines Reopening Options

Beverly Hills Business Recovery Begins Amidst COVID-19

Beverly Hills Business Recovery Begins Amidst COVID-19

Beverly Hills City Council Considers Cuts of $38.8 Million

Beverly Hills City Council Considers Cuts of $38.8 Million

Beverly Hills Looks to Amend Eviction Urgency Ordinance

Beverly Hills Looks to Amend Eviction Urgency Ordinance

Beverly Hills City Council Round-up

Beverly Hills City Council Round-up

Gagossian Delivers Stylish Masks for the BHPD

Gagossian Delivers Stylish Masks for the BHPD

Judge Rules Against BHUSD in Metro Lawsuit

Judge Rules Against BHUSD in Metro Lawsuit

High School Students Give Back to the Community

High School Students Give Back to the Community

Beverly Hills Readies for an Historic Memorial Day Weekend

Beverly Hills Readies for an Historic Memorial Day Weekend

Ambassadors Help Protect Beverly Hills from COVID-19

Ambassadors Help Protect Beverly Hills from COVID-19

Unauthorized COVID-19 Tests Penetrate Market

Unauthorized COVID-19 Tests Penetrate Market

COVID-19 Prompts Charities to Shift Fundraising Efforts

COVID-19 Prompts Charities to Shift Fundraising Efforts

Rodeo Drive Leads Beverly Hills Retail Reopening

Rodeo Drive Leads Beverly Hills Retail Reopening

BHUSD Reopening Date Still Uncertain

BHUSD Reopening Date Still Uncertain

Israel’s Consul General Assists During the Crisis

Israel’s Consul General Assists During the Crisis

Council to Consider Appointing Dominick Rivetti as Interim Beverly Hills Police Chief

Council to Consider Appointing Dominick Rivetti as Interim Beverly Hills Police Chief

Local Nursing Homes Face Challenges

Local Nursing Homes Face Challenges

BH Fire Department Plans Drive-By Day May 9

BH Fire Department Plans Drive-By Day May 9

Courier on the Cutting Edge

Courier on the Cutting Edge

Beverly Hills Retailers Prepare to Reopen for Business

Beverly Hills Retailers Prepare to Reopen for Business

Commercial Landlords and Tenants at Odds Over Urgency Ordinance

Commercial Landlords and Tenants at Odds Over Urgency Ordinance

Beverly Hills Leaders Discuss COVID-19 Testing

Beverly Hills Leaders Discuss COVID-19 Testing

Beverly Hills City Council Round-Up

Beverly Hills City Council Round-Up

Divorce During COVID-19 in Beverly Hills

Divorce During COVID-19 in Beverly Hills

Search Begins for Interim Police Chief

Search Begins for Interim Police Chief

BHUSD Home Learning 2.0 and Graduation

BHUSD Home Learning 2.0 and Graduation

COVID-19 and Our Community: Anthony Cardillo, M.D.

COVID-19 and Our Community: Anthony Cardillo, M.D.

Governor Newsom Outlines Reopening Plan

Governor Newsom Outlines Reopening Plan

New Business Task Force Meets with Recovery in Mind

New Business Task Force Meets with Recovery in Mind

Elective Surgeries Resume in Beverly Hills

Elective Surgeries Resume in Beverly Hills

93rd Oscars to Include Movies Not Shown in Theaters

93rd Oscars to Include Movies Not Shown in Theaters

Spagnoli Out as Beverly Hills Police Chief

Spagnoli Out as Beverly Hills Police Chief

Yom HaShoah 2020

Yom HaShoah 2020

Oil Well Capping “On Track” For Fall Completion

Oil Well Capping “On Track” For Fall Completion

Residents Impacted by Expedited Metro Purple Line Work

Residents Impacted by Expedited Metro Purple Line Work

City Seeks Applicants for Commission Vacancies

City Seeks Applicants for Commission Vacancies

Small Restaurants Still Suffering

Small Restaurants Still Suffering

Giving Back to Urgent Care Doctors During COVID-19

Giving Back to Urgent Care Doctors During COVID-19

Financial Impacts of COVID-19 Leave City Thirsty for Funds

Financial Impacts of COVID-19 Leave City Thirsty for Funds

City Council Takes Action at Small Restaurants Still Suffering Two Hearings

City Council Takes Action at Small Restaurants Still Suffering Two Hearings

Pet Preparedness Plan Vital In Wake of COVID-19

Pet Preparedness Plan Vital In Wake of COVID-19

Beverly Hills Tenants Receive Reprieve From Evictions

Beverly Hills Tenants Receive Reprieve From Evictions

Thousands of Shelter Pets Find Homes Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

Thousands of Shelter Pets Find Homes Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

City Recognizes Dispatchers During National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

City Recognizes Dispatchers During National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

Local Residents Launch “Masks for Mankind” Initiative in Response to COVID-19

Local Residents Launch “Masks for Mankind” Initiative in Response to COVID-19

House of Bijan Partners with AcuShield on Face Protectors

House of Bijan Partners with AcuShield on Face Protectors

The Big Business of Food Delivery

The Big Business of Food Delivery

City Council to Discuss Financial Welfare of Beverly Hills on April 21

City Council to Discuss Financial Welfare of Beverly Hills on April 21

Construction Continues in Beverly Hills Amidst COVID-19

Construction Continues in Beverly Hills Amidst COVID-19

Beverly Hills City Government Adapts to COVID-19

Beverly Hills City Government Adapts to COVID-19

UCLA Study Seeks to Enhance Understanding of COVID-19

UCLA Study Seeks to Enhance Understanding of COVID-19

City of Beverly Hills and Chief Spagnoli Named in New Lawsuit

City of Beverly Hills and Chief Spagnoli Named in New Lawsuit

New Standardized Testing Rules in Store for BHHS Students

New Standardized Testing Rules in Store for BHHS Students

Beverly Hills Signs Lease with WeHo for Log Cabin

Beverly Hills Signs Lease with WeHo for Log Cabin

Lester Friedman Becomes Beverly Hills Mayor, Bob Wunderlich is Vice Mayor

Lester Friedman Becomes Beverly Hills Mayor, Bob Wunderlich is Vice Mayor

Beverly Hills Launches Virtual Community Services Website

Beverly Hills Launches Virtual Community Services Website

Council Holds 10-Hour Video-Conference

Council Holds 10-Hour Video-Conference

Nate’n Al’s in the News

Nate’n Al’s in the News

Home Learning Underway at BHUSD

Home Learning Underway at BHUSD

Cedars-Sinai Joins Trial of COVID-19 Drug

Cedars-Sinai Joins Trial of COVID-19 Drug

Some Farmers Markets Set To Reopen in Los Angeles Area

Some Farmers Markets Set To Reopen in Los Angeles Area

Courier Exclusive: Cedars-Sinai’s Rekha Murthy, M.D. on the COVID-19 Crisis

Courier Exclusive: Cedars-Sinai’s Rekha Murthy, M.D. on the COVID-19 Crisis

Beverly Hills Adapts to New Reality of COVID-19 Pandemic

Beverly Hills Adapts to New Reality of COVID-19 Pandemic

Beverly Hills Ramps Up Efforts to Help Most Vulnerable

Beverly Hills Ramps Up Efforts to Help Most Vulnerable

Chamber of Commerce Taking Proactive Steps to Support Local Business

Chamber of Commerce Taking Proactive Steps to Support Local Business

Beverly Hills Suspends Services, Declares Emergency in Response to COVID-19

Beverly Hills Suspends Services, Declares Emergency in Response to COVID-19

BHPD Chief Reassures Community

BHPD Chief Reassures Community

Beverly Hills Has COVID-19 Kindness Task Force

Beverly Hills Has COVID-19 Kindness Task Force

Jewish Free Loan Association Offers Interest-Free Loans

Jewish Free Loan Association Offers Interest-Free Loans

Adopting a New Culture of Clean in the Restaurant Business

Adopting a New Culture of Clean in the Restaurant Business

Update on Beverly Hills Unified School District Operations

Update on Beverly Hills Unified School District Operations

Beverly Hills Prepares for COVID-19 Outbreak

Beverly Hills Prepares for COVID-19 Outbreak

Safety Concerns on Coldwater Canyon Drive in Beverly Hills Abound

Safety Concerns on Coldwater Canyon Drive in Beverly Hills Abound

Beverly Hills To Update City Sustainability Plan

Beverly Hills To Update City Sustainability Plan

Beverly Hills DUI / Driver License Checkpoint Yields One Arrest

Beverly Hills DUI / Driver License Checkpoint Yields One Arrest

LVMH Unveils Plans for Cheval Blanc Beverly Hills Courier Worldwide Exclusive

LVMH Unveils Plans for Cheval Blanc Beverly Hills Courier Worldwide Exclusive

Residents Urged to Prepare for Coronavirus in California

Residents Urged to Prepare for Coronavirus in California

Beverly Hills Director of Community Services Jenny Rogers Talks Future

Beverly Hills Director of Community Services Jenny Rogers Talks Future

Two Beverly Hills Students Named Music Center Spotlight Semifinalists

Two Beverly Hills Students Named Music Center Spotlight Semifinalists

Belinda Macauley Named Beverly Hills Bar Association’s New Executive Director

Belinda Macauley Named Beverly Hills Bar Association’s New Executive Director

Bosse and Gold Win Again for Beverly Hills City Council

Bosse and Gold Win Again for Beverly Hills City Council

BHPD Year End Crime Stats, Explained

BHPD Year End Crime Stats, Explained

Beverly Hills Fire Department Selected for Pilot Program

Beverly Hills Fire Department Selected for Pilot Program

March 3 City Council Election Countdown Continues

March 3 City Council Election Countdown Continues

Bosse Engages Millenial Voters

Bosse Engages Millenial Voters

Beverly Hills Faces $286M Unfunded Liability

Beverly Hills Faces $286M Unfunded Liability

Beverly Hills Public Library Eliminates Fines for Youth

Beverly Hills Public Library Eliminates Fines for Youth

Los Angeles Honors Kobe and Gianna Bryant at Staples Center

Los Angeles Honors Kobe and Gianna Bryant at Staples Center

Beverly Hills Takes Steps to Educate Community on Brink of Coronavirus Pandemic

Beverly Hills Takes Steps to Educate Community on Brink of Coronavirus Pandemic

ICAN Endorses Bosse and Gold for City Council

ICAN Endorses Bosse and Gold for City Council

Beverly Hills Farmers’ Market to Showcase Summer Camps

Beverly Hills Farmers’ Market to Showcase Summer Camps

An Interview with Alan Dershowitz

An Interview with Alan Dershowitz

Friar’s Club Project Advances, United Beverly Hilton/One Beverly Hills Project to Return

Friar’s Club Project Advances, United Beverly Hilton/One Beverly Hills Project to Return

Dershowitz, Shrum Talk Politics of Impeachment at Saban

Dershowitz, Shrum Talk Politics of Impeachment at Saban

Two Presidents in Beverly Hills on One Historic Day

Two Presidents in Beverly Hills on One Historic Day

Beverly Hills Residents Voice Concerns About Coldwater Canyon Drive

Beverly Hills Residents Voice Concerns About Coldwater Canyon Drive

Beverly Hills City Council Candidates Debate

Beverly Hills City Council Candidates Debate

Touchscreen Voting in the Coronavirus Era

Touchscreen Voting in the Coronavirus Era

Beverly Hills Expands Innovative Nurse Practitioner Program

Beverly Hills Expands Innovative Nurse Practitioner Program

Beverly Hills Hotel Polo Lounge Nods to Changing Times by Enforcing “No Hat” Policy

Beverly Hills Hotel Polo Lounge Nods to Changing Times by Enforcing “No Hat” Policy

City Council Candidates Earn Additional Endorsements

City Council Candidates Earn Additional Endorsements

Civil Trials Resume at Beverly Hills Courthouse

Civil Trials Resume at Beverly Hills Courthouse

Beverly Hills City Council Candidates Compete for Votes at Municipal League Debate

Beverly Hills City Council Candidates Compete for Votes at Municipal League Debate

Bosse Endorsed by Beverly Hills Police Officers Association

Bosse Endorsed by Beverly Hills Police Officers Association

Beverly Hills Shores Up Inclusionary Housing Ordinance

Beverly Hills Shores Up Inclusionary Housing Ordinance

George Gascón Responds to Jackie Lacey in Heated L.A. District Attorney Race

George Gascón Responds to Jackie Lacey in Heated L.A. District Attorney Race

Beverly Hills to Remove 1,200 Trees to Combat Fire Risk

Beverly Hills to Remove 1,200 Trees to Combat Fire Risk

Betty Boop Book Launch at Via Alloro

Betty Boop Book Launch at Via Alloro

G’Day USA Benefit at Beverly Wilshire

G’Day USA Benefit at Beverly Wilshire

Gold and Bosse Endorsed by Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce Leadership PAC

Gold and Bosse Endorsed by Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce Leadership PAC

Local Sobriety Community Rallies To Save Log Cabin

Local Sobriety Community Rallies To Save Log Cabin

Beverly Hills City Council Adopts Formal Definition of Anti-Semitism

Beverly Hills City Council Adopts Formal Definition of Anti-Semitism

Former Gibraltar Square Office Tower Will Soon Become A Hotel

Former Gibraltar Square Office Tower Will Soon Become A Hotel

L.A. County D. A. Jackie Lacey on Why She Deserves a Third Term

L.A. County D. A. Jackie Lacey on Why She Deserves a Third Term

Beverly Hills Chamber Hosts First City Council Candidates Forum

Beverly Hills Chamber Hosts First City Council Candidates Forum

“At-Risk” Trees in Trousdale Slated for Removal

“At-Risk” Trees in Trousdale Slated for Removal

Beverly Hills Files Lawsuit Regarding Ballot Devices

Beverly Hills Files Lawsuit Regarding Ballot Devices

Pickleball Comes to Beverly Hills

Pickleball Comes to Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills and WeHo To Decide Fate of “Log Cabin”

Beverly Hills and WeHo To Decide Fate of “Log Cabin”

Beverly Hills Arts and Culture Commission Continues Expansion

Beverly Hills Arts and Culture Commission Continues Expansion

City Council Shores Up 2020 Legislative Platform

City Council Shores Up 2020 Legislative Platform

2020 Flu Season Looking Painfully Bad

2020 Flu Season Looking Painfully Bad

Beverly Hills Ramps Up Recycling Efforts

Beverly Hills Ramps Up Recycling Efforts

Peninsula Hotel Patrons With Zero Emissions Vehicles Can Valet for Free

Peninsula Hotel Patrons With Zero Emissions Vehicles Can Valet for Free

Construction on LAX People Mover Train on Track for 2023 Opening

Construction on LAX People Mover Train on Track for 2023 Opening

U.S. Special Representative to Iran Visits Simon Wiesenthal Center and Local Synagogues

U.S. Special Representative to Iran Visits Simon Wiesenthal Center and Local Synagogues

Beverly Hills City Council Race Officially Kicks Off

Beverly Hills City Council Race Officially Kicks Off

Beverly Hills Police Increase Vigilance After Hate Crimes

Beverly Hills Police Increase Vigilance After Hate Crimes

Beverly Hills City Council to Decide Fate of $24 Million in Unallocated Funds

Beverly Hills City Council to Decide Fate of $24 Million in Unallocated Funds

Mural Unveiling Set for Jan. 12

Mural Unveiling Set for Jan. 12

Looking to 2020 in Beverly Hills

Looking to 2020 in Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills Council Votes For Permanent Mills Act Program

Beverly Hills Council Votes For Permanent Mills Act Program

Living the Luxe Life With Efrem Harkham

Living the Luxe Life With Efrem Harkham

Suspect in Beverly Hills Synagogue Vandalism Case Arraigned

Suspect in Beverly Hills Synagogue Vandalism Case Arraigned

Montage Beverly Hills Acquired by Maybourne Hotel Group

Montage Beverly Hills Acquired by Maybourne Hotel Group

Beverly Hills Adopts Interim Inclusionary Housing Ordinance

Beverly Hills Adopts Interim Inclusionary Housing Ordinance

Beverly Hills to Address Tree Fire Hazard North of Sunset

Beverly Hills to Address Tree Fire Hazard North of Sunset

City Eyes Enhancing Culture of Southeast Beverly Hills

City Eyes Enhancing Culture of Southeast Beverly Hills

City Plans to Serve Up Fun in the New Decade with Pickleball

City Plans to Serve Up Fun in the New Decade with Pickleball

Arrest Made in Nessah Synagogue Vandalism Case

Arrest Made in Nessah Synagogue Vandalism Case

Beverly Hills City Council Passes Parking Urgency Ordinance

Beverly Hills City Council Passes Parking Urgency Ordinance

Beverly Hills Could Fund La Cienega Park Renovation Through New Bond Measure

Beverly Hills Could Fund La Cienega Park Renovation Through New Bond Measure

City Council Votes To Convert Dayton Way to Two-Way Street

City Council Votes To Convert Dayton Way to Two-Way Street

“Entanglements” Now on View at Marc Selwyn Fine Art

“Entanglements” Now on View at Marc Selwyn Fine Art

Beverly Hills City Council Approves Amended Agreements with Waste Hauler Athens Services

Beverly Hills City Council Approves Amended Agreements with Waste Hauler Athens Services

Urban Forest Management Treescape Plan

Urban Forest Management Treescape Plan

Residents Voice Concern for a Complete Streets Plan that Prioritizes Bike Lanes

Residents Voice Concern for a Complete Streets Plan that Prioritizes Bike Lanes

City of Beverly Hills is New Owner of Clock Market Building on Wilshire for $16.5M

City of Beverly Hills is New Owner of Clock Market Building on Wilshire for $16.5M

Beverly Hills City Council Will Consider Urgency Ordinance to Lower Parking Requirements

Beverly Hills City Council Will Consider Urgency Ordinance to Lower Parking Requirements

Beverly Hills On Track to Limit Short-term Rentals in 2020

Beverly Hills On Track to Limit Short-term Rentals in 2020

UCLA Professor and Beverly Hills Resident Leonard Kleinrock Receives New Honor

UCLA Professor and Beverly Hills Resident Leonard Kleinrock Receives New Honor

Jenny Rogers Named Director of Community Services

Jenny Rogers Named Director of Community Services

Spectrum News 1’s Giselle Fernandez Named Journalist of the Year

Spectrum News 1’s Giselle Fernandez Named Journalist of the Year

Community Invited to Weigh in on Complete Streets Plan

Community Invited to Weigh in on Complete Streets Plan

Barneys New York Poised to Disappear From Beverly Hills Landscape as Sales Expand

Barneys New York Poised to Disappear From Beverly Hills Landscape as Sales Expand

Vahagn Setian Memorial Run Set for Sunday, Dec. 1

Vahagn Setian Memorial Run Set for Sunday, Dec. 1

Anti-Smoking Efforts Continue in Beverly Hills

Anti-Smoking Efforts Continue in Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills City Council to Consider Labor Agreements

Beverly Hills City Council to Consider Labor Agreements

Beverly Hills City Council Passes Resolution Condemning European Union’s ‘Discriminatory’ Ruling

Beverly Hills City Council Passes Resolution Condemning European Union’s ‘Discriminatory’ Ruling

Feminist Icon Gloria Steinem Leads Visionary Women Salon

Feminist Icon Gloria Steinem Leads Visionary Women Salon

Beverly Hills City Council Says No to Festivus

Beverly Hills City Council Says No to Festivus

BOLD Holidays 2019 In Full Swing

BOLD Holidays 2019 In Full Swing

Beverly Hills Police Department Stops Stolen Vehicle

Beverly Hills Police Department Stops Stolen Vehicle

Re-established Nate’n Al’s and Gucci Osteria Edge Closer to Opening in Beverly Hills

Re-established Nate’n Al’s and Gucci Osteria Edge Closer to Opening in Beverly Hills

Laemmle Music Hall in Beverly Hills To Soon Close

Laemmle Music Hall in Beverly Hills To Soon Close

Beverly Hills Courier Ushers in New Era with Launch Party

Beverly Hills Courier Ushers in New Era with Launch Party

Beverly Hills City Council Race Officially Begins

Beverly Hills City Council Race Officially Begins

BOLD Holiday Season Returns to Beverly Hills

BOLD Holiday Season Returns to Beverly Hills

Complete Streets Plan Edges Closer To Reality

Complete Streets Plan Edges Closer To Reality

Exhibitioning In Beverly Hills Persists Despite Efforts To Curb

Exhibitioning In Beverly Hills Persists Despite Efforts To Curb

Art from Beverly Hills Students Showcased at National PTA Reflections Contest

Art from Beverly Hills Students Showcased at National PTA Reflections Contest

Beverly Hills Students Present Innovative Discoveries at Science and Engineering Fair

Beverly Hills Students Present Innovative Discoveries at Science and Engineering Fair

Beverly Hills’ Iconic Rodeo Drive Businesses In Expansion Mode

Beverly Hills’ Iconic Rodeo Drive Businesses In Expansion Mode

The Courier Changes Its Colors

The Courier Changes Its Colors

Beverly Hills City Council Addresses Key Issues

Beverly Hills City Council Addresses Key Issues

Seal Lends His Voice in Support of Vista Del Mar at Rocktober Fundraiser

Seal Lends His Voice in Support of Vista Del Mar at Rocktober Fundraiser

Gagosian’s Latest Exhibition Highlights Tectonic Disruption From Artist Tatiana Trouvé

Gagosian’s Latest Exhibition Highlights Tectonic Disruption From Artist Tatiana Trouvé

Moustache Season Arrives in Beverly Hills with Movember Campaign

Moustache Season Arrives in Beverly Hills with Movember Campaign

City Council Honors Volunteerism, Eyes Inclusionary Housing Strategy

City Council Honors Volunteerism, Eyes Inclusionary Housing Strategy

Ringo Starr’s ‘Peace and Love’ Sculpture Dedication is Saturday in Beverly Hills

Ringo Starr’s ‘Peace and Love’ Sculpture Dedication is Saturday in Beverly Hills

Courier Furrier Costume Contest 2019 Winner

Courier Furrier Costume Contest 2019 Winner

Simms/Mann Institute “Think Tank” Talks Health and Wellness at the Wallis in Beverly Hills

Simms/Mann Institute “Think Tank” Talks Health and Wellness at the Wallis in Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills High School “By Your Side” Is a Bridge-Builder Set to Expand

Beverly Hills High School “By Your Side” Is a Bridge-Builder Set to Expand

Beverly Hills Board of Education Discuss Financial Literacy and Community Service

Beverly Hills Board of Education Discuss Financial Literacy and Community Service

BOLD Holidays 2019 Will Feature New Art and Activities

BOLD Holidays 2019 Will Feature New Art and Activities

Beverly Hills Community Weighs in on Wilshire/Rodeo Station North Portal

Beverly Hills Community Weighs in on Wilshire/Rodeo Station North Portal

City Civility Among Topics at Mayor’s Cabinet Meeting

City Civility Among Topics at Mayor’s Cabinet Meeting

Street Closures, Lane Reductions and 24-Hour Construction Ahead

Street Closures, Lane Reductions and 24-Hour Construction Ahead

Chamber of Commerce Completes Another Successful New York City Visit

Chamber of Commerce Completes Another Successful New York City Visit

2019 Best of Beverly Hills Golden Palm Award Honorees Announced

2019 Best of Beverly Hills Golden Palm Award Honorees Announced

Beverly Gardens Park Rehabilitation Wins Award

Beverly Gardens Park Rehabilitation Wins Award

Residents Urged to Get Involved in Urban Forest Management Plan

Residents Urged to Get Involved in Urban Forest Management Plan

2019 Best of Beverly Hills Golden Palm Award Honorees Announced

2019 Best of Beverly Hills Golden Palm Award Honorees Announced

Skills Honed as a Librarian Help Nancy Hunt-Coffey Thrive as Assistant City Manager

Skills Honed as a Librarian Help Nancy Hunt-Coffey Thrive as Assistant City Manager

Southeast Beverly Hills Strategic Planning Looks to Urban Design

Southeast Beverly Hills Strategic Planning Looks to Urban Design

2019 Massry Prize Ceremony is Oct. 26 in Beverly Hills

2019 Massry Prize Ceremony is Oct. 26 in Beverly Hills

Michelle Stuart Highlights Extinction at Marc Selwyn Fine Art

Michelle Stuart Highlights Extinction at Marc Selwyn Fine Art

Beverly Hills Planning Commission Considers Trousdale View Restoration Permit

Beverly Hills Planning Commission Considers Trousdale View Restoration Permit

Forum on Shared Mobility Devices at Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce

Forum on Shared Mobility Devices at Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce

Judgment Against City of Beverly Hills Set Aside

Judgment Against City of Beverly Hills Set Aside

Employees Honored for Innovation

Employees Honored for Innovation

Mayor Mirisch Touts Community in State of City

Mayor Mirisch Touts Community in State of City

Beverly Hills Residents Can Deeply Impact City Through Service on Commissions

Beverly Hills Residents Can Deeply Impact City Through Service on Commissions

Barneys Fundraiser for Heart of Los Angeles

Barneys Fundraiser for Heart of Los Angeles

Horace Mann Elementary School Celebrates 90th Anniversary

Horace Mann Elementary School Celebrates 90th Anniversary

New Los Angeles County Voting System to Change How Beverly Hills Votes

New Los Angeles County Voting System to Change How Beverly Hills Votes

Beverly Hills Loses Motion in Employment Discrimination Case

Beverly Hills Loses Motion in Employment Discrimination Case

Beit T’Shuvah Offers Life, Hope and Healing

Beit T’Shuvah Offers Life, Hope and Healing

Music Mends Minds Repairs Hearts, Families and More Tuesdays at Roxbury Park

Music Mends Minds Repairs Hearts, Families and More Tuesdays at Roxbury Park

London’s Novikov Restaurant to Come to Beverly Hills

London’s Novikov Restaurant to Come to Beverly Hills

Installation Dinner Highlights Achievements of the Beverly Hills Bar Association

Installation Dinner Highlights Achievements of the Beverly Hills Bar Association

Beverly Hills ArtSHOW Returns To Beverly Gardens Park This Month

Beverly Hills ArtSHOW Returns To Beverly Gardens Park This Month

Beverly Hills Plans to Increase Number of Affordable Housing Units in City

Beverly Hills Plans to Increase Number of Affordable Housing Units in City

Beverly Hills Plans to Derive 20 Percent of its Water Supply In-House in 2021

Beverly Hills Plans to Derive 20 Percent of its Water Supply In-House in 2021

Beverly Hills Merchants Ask City For Help in Wake of Three-Year Canon Closure

Beverly Hills Merchants Ask City For Help in Wake of Three-Year Canon Closure

Beverly Hills Teacher Honored as One of L.A. County’s Teachers of the Year

Beverly Hills Teacher Honored as One of L.A. County’s Teachers of the Year

Public Feedback Encouraged at City of Beverly Hills Scoping Meeting

Public Feedback Encouraged at City of Beverly Hills Scoping Meeting

City Council Denies Metro Request To Work During Holiday Season

City Council Denies Metro Request To Work During Holiday Season

City of Beverly Hills Looks to Improve With Trust and Innovation Portal

City of Beverly Hills Looks to Improve With Trust and Innovation Portal

City Council Votes to Waive Hotel Room Limit

City Council Votes to Waive Hotel Room Limit

At The Virginia Robinson Gardens

At The Virginia Robinson Gardens

Courier Exclusive: Bosse Announces Candidacy

Courier Exclusive: Bosse Announces Candidacy

City Makes Moves to Enliven Southeast Part of Beverly Hills

City Makes Moves to Enliven Southeast Part of Beverly Hills

Ringo Starr’s ‘Peace and Love’ Sculpture Finds Home In Beverly Gardens Park

Ringo Starr’s ‘Peace and Love’ Sculpture Finds Home In Beverly Gardens Park

Community Joins Together to Commemorate 9/11 Anniversary With Moving Ceremony At Fire Station

Community Joins Together to Commemorate 9/11 Anniversary With Moving Ceremony At Fire Station

Governor Poised to Sign Bill Making California Nation’s First To Ban Fur Sales

Governor Poised to Sign Bill Making California Nation’s First To Ban Fur Sales

Samantha Jung Named New Horace Mann AP

Samantha Jung Named New Horace Mann AP

Beverly Hills High Joins CHAMPS Charter High for Dance and Dialogue at The Wallis

Beverly Hills High Joins CHAMPS Charter High for Dance and Dialogue at The Wallis

Beverly Hills Fosters Kindness Through Transformative Initiatives

Beverly Hills Fosters Kindness Through Transformative Initiatives

Planning Commissioner Farshid Joe Shooshani Announces City Council Bid

Planning Commissioner Farshid Joe Shooshani Announces City Council Bid

Community Input Sought on Westside Purple Line Rodeo Station North Portal EIR

Community Input Sought on Westside Purple Line Rodeo Station North Portal EIR

Beverly Hills Police Capt. Lincoln Hoshino Retires After 33 Years

BODYTRAFFIC Returns to The Wallis This Month For Three-Night Run Of Cutting-Edge Dance Choreography

Community Invited to Attend La Cienega Park Town Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 25

Community Invited to Attend La Cienega Park Town Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 25

Beverly Hills To Mark 9/11

Beverly Hills To Mark 9/11

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