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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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mayor Friedman Speaks Out About the Protests

Mayor Friedman Speaks Out About the Protests

Taking a Knee, Calming a Crowd

Taking a Knee, Calming a Crowd

Residents Urged to “Connect” with New Metro Streetscape Plan

Residents Urged to “Connect” with New Metro Streetscape Plan

Beverly Hills Readies for an Historic Memorial Day Weekend

Beverly Hills Readies for an Historic Memorial Day Weekend

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

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

BH Fire Department Plans Drive-By Day May 9

BH Fire Department Plans Drive-By Day May 9

Search Begins for Interim Police Chief

Search Begins for Interim Police Chief

Spagnoli Out as Beverly Hills Police Chief

Spagnoli Out as Beverly Hills Police Chief

City Seeks Applicants for Commission Vacancies

City Seeks Applicants for Commission Vacancies

House of Bijan Partners with AcuShield on Face Protectors

House of Bijan Partners with AcuShield on Face Protectors

City of Beverly Hills and Chief Spagnoli Named in New Lawsuit

City of Beverly Hills and Chief Spagnoli Named in New Lawsuit

Chamber of Commerce Taking Proactive Steps to Support Local Business

Chamber of Commerce Taking Proactive Steps to Support Local Business

LVMH Unveils Plans for Cheval Blanc Beverly Hills Courier Worldwide Exclusive

LVMH Unveils Plans for Cheval Blanc Beverly Hills Courier Worldwide Exclusive

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

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

Bosse Endorsed by Beverly Hills Police Officers Association

Bosse Endorsed by Beverly Hills Police Officers Association

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

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

Beverly Hills Files Lawsuit Regarding Ballot Devices

Beverly Hills Files Lawsuit Regarding Ballot Devices

Pickleball Comes to Beverly Hills

Pickleball Comes to Beverly Hills

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

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 City Council Approves Amended Agreements with Waste Hauler Athens Services

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

Beverly Hills City Council to Consider Labor Agreements

Beverly Hills City Council to Consider Labor Agreements

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

Beverly Hills Courier Ushers in New Era with Launch Party

Beverly Hills Courier Ushers in New Era with Launch Party

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

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

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

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

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 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

Samantha Jung Named New Horace Mann AP

Samantha Jung Named New Horace Mann AP

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