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L.A. Zoo Celebrates An Early Valentine’s Day

Celebration Feb. 8 With ‘Sex And The City Zoo’

By John L. Seitz

Thomas Henzi, the much-

honored pastry chef for The

Beverly Hilton, is inviting

Valentine’s Day guests to in-

dulge their sweet tooth with

a one-of-a-kind decadent

Beverly Hilton’s Circa 55 Plans

Valentine’s Day Dessert Buffet 

(see ‘CIRCA 55’ page 20)

By Victoria Talbot

Planning Commissioner

Howard Fisher has agreed to a

reappointment for a second 4-

year term, to be confirmed at

the Feb. 4 City Council meet-

ing. His term expired Dec. 19,

Several Commission Terms To

End During Calendar Year 2014

(see ‘COMMISSIONS’ page 20)

By Victoria Talbot

The Beverly Hills Public Library, in

honor of the City’s Centennial Celebra-

tion, is issuing a series of four Centennial

Library Cards. Each design has an historic

image and the Centennial shield on the

front. Current cardholders can choose to

replace their existing card with the new

Beverly Hills Library Boasts Centennial Cards

G O O D R E A D –

The Beverly Hills

Library is offering

four options for

special centennial

library cards, such

as this one with a

1964 image of the

fountain in front of

the library.

TASTE FOR A CURE–Steve Mosko (left), president of Sony Pictures Televi-

sion, will be honored at The Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation’s 19th annu-

al “Taste for a Cure” fundraiser April 25 in The Beverly Wilshire. The event

celebrates French cuisine with a food and wine tasting reception followed by

awards program, live auction and entertainment. Joe Cohen, Jon Holman,

Larry Maguire, Gary Newman, Jay Sures and Dana Walden will co-chair. In-

dividual tickets are $500 with packages beginning at $5,000. For information,

call 310-201-5033 or visit 


(see ‘LIBRARY’ page 20)







usical highlights mor-

phed into great crowd pleasers

during the heated madness at

the 56th annual Grammy

Awards at the Staples Center. 




McCartney debuting 


Eye from his new album, and

reuniting with Beatles band-

mate Ringo Starr …  


he elegance of John

Legend’s suave performance

at the concert grand piano as

he sang his deep-from-the-


All Of Me ... 


he high-flying acrobat-

ics of Pink as she carried on

with her hits … 


illie Nelson,  Kris

Kristofferson,  Merle Haggard

harmonizing on 

Don’t Let Your

Babies Grow Up To Be



nd then there’s Lorde!


he 17-year-old artist

from New Zealand who rocked

to the top of 

Billboard’s 100 List


Royals, winning her a

Grammy  for Best Pop Solo

Performance and a Grammy for

Best Song.   Born Ella Maria

Lani Yelich-

O ’ C o n n o r,

L o r d e ’ s

among the

y o u n g e s t

artist to reach

B i l l b o a r d ’s

Hot 100.

A d m i r e r s

range from

Katy Perry to  David Bowie,

both thrilled that she’ll tour the

U.S. in March when the “world

out there” spotlights her talent. 

Online at


Marjorie Bach with Joe Welsh and Barbara Bach with mate

Ringo Starr during the 26th Annual Grammy Awards at

Staples Center.

Page 6 | January 31, 2014



Celebrity Photo

Agency/Janet Gough

Katy Perry in


Faith Evans

Pink in Johanna


Daft Punk

Alicia Keyes in Armani

Prive with Swizz Beats

Anna Faris

Anna Kendrick

Taylor Swift in


Paula Patton


Stevie Nicks

Bonnie McKee

Blake Shelton with

Miranda Lambert in

Pamella Roland

Marc Anthony with Chloe


John Legend with Chrissy


Jamie Fox with Corinne Bishop

Willie Nelson

Kris Kristofferson

January 31, 2014 | Page 7






Page 8


At The DL, its goal is to sell

top designer fashions at 70 per-

cent off the retail price, “bring-

ing Rodeo Drive to a block

south of Wilshire.”

With women’s and men’s

stores at adjoining 132 and

134 Beverly Dr., The DL is of-

fering clothes from “the best

vendors and European design-

ers at deep discounts,” says

Manager Barbara Stephenson.

The stores are packed with

unique items “that are almost

impossible to find at these

deeply discounted prices,”

Stephenson adds, by Yves St.

Laurent, Ralph Lauren,  D&G,

Prada, Balenciaga, Gucci,

Gorgio Armani, Cavalli and


“We have a Valentino coat

and dresses that are stunning,”

Stephenson says. “The detail

and how they’re made are


The owner purchased the

inventory from the defunct

DSW Luxe810 stores and is

now offering the items at  these

rock-bottom prices.

Stephenson urges shop-

pers to visit now since there

are limited quantities of the

items that include women’s

dresses for all occasions, jack-

ets, sweaters, shoes and acces-

sories, and men’s suits, sport

coats, pants, shirts, outerwear,

denim and more. 

Prices range from  $350,

minus the 70 percent  dis-

count, and up.

The entire inventory is

30,000 pieces with 3,000 in

the stores. The selection

changes weekly with spring

and summer items arriving


Stephenson describes the

DL “Luxury

D e s i g n e r

B l o w o u t ”

as a “pop

up,” offer-

ing its deals

until the

stock runs


“This is

a limited

time for

great sav-

ings,” says

S t e p h e n -

son.  Her

example is

a $3,000

j a c k e t ,

available at

the store for


Open just a month, the

store is already proving popu-

lar. Leading Israeli singer Eyal

Golan is a fan of the jackets.

Besides Stephenson, the

helpful and knowledgeable

sales staff includes Chris and


The DL is open from 10

a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Visit the

Facebook page,  


book.com/DLBeverlyHills  to

learn more.

DL Offering Luxury Designer Brands At Great Savings

Designer  Nancy Gonzalez

Launches Purse Customization

Program With Neiman Marcus

For the first time, Designer

Nancy Gonzalez will launch a

handbag customization program


NeimanMarcus.com, today

through Thursday, Feb. 20.

Customers will be able to

choose from among three styles—

the Plissé Tote ($3,800, shown at

left), the Wallis ($3,150) and the

Back Pocket Clutch ($1,500, shown

below) and 12 colors.

Colors include: shiny croco-

dile, jet black, stone grey, optic

white, cobalt blue, fuchsia pink,

jewel purple, cherry red satin croc-

odile, blush, cognac, tangerine

orange, aqua blue and lemon yel-


January 31, 2014 | Page 9



Beauty Briefs

SANTALIA has a series or

products for blemish prone

skin that launched last year

including their DAILY

CLEANSER which is priced


which is priced at $28, a


priced at $38, and an


priced at $25. The regimen is

based on the incedible

Sandlewood tree and all four

formulas reduce blemishes

and clear skin without over

drying. A clinical trial con-

ducted by Dr Ronald Moy

showed 75% improvement

in one week and 89.4%

improvement in eight weeks

for adolescents and adults

with mild to moderate acne.




used two or three times a

week to combat break outs

and create the perfect canvas

for skin treatments and make

up application. This mask

feels more like a cream

smoothing onto your skin

and rinses off easily  without

any need for pulling on your

skin. It can also be left on as

an overnight treatment

before a big date. The price

is $60.

KARIN HERZOG has intro-

duced a special edition

chocolate collection for

nourishing your skin for

Valentine’s day. The products

deep clean, detoxify, and

hydrate and have the aroma

of pure chocolate to lift your



CLEANSING has nourishing

sesame oil and oils of garde-

nia, rose,and geranium in

addition to the organic

chocolate and is for the face

and eye area priced at $55.

CHOCO2 is a restorative

oxygen cream for problem

skin priced at $70.

Chocolate! Is a nourishing

comfort cream for added

moisture and priced at $55.


from Switzerland also has

Vita-A-Kombi 1 which is a

super cream that replenishes

oxygen and essential nutri-

ents and flushes out debis

and toxins as you allow it to

slowly soak into your skin.

The price is $75.

Skin does need a little extra

TLC to acclimate to the

changes in climate we have

had recently---one week in

the 80’s and now down to

the 60’s and colder at night .

Cold, dry winter air and

santa ana winds can deplete

skin of moisture but adding


H FACE CREAM to your

Herzog regimen will acceler-

ate  cell regeneration. This

Vitamin H Face Cream,

priced at $63,  should be

applied under the Vita-A-

Kombi cream for best results.

If your body has been

uncomfortably dry, try




BUTTER which should

restore and strengthen skin’s

natural protective barrier and

be a non greasy alternative

to keep it moisturized for 12

hours. Priced at $13 and

totally fragrance free.

Page 10 | January 31, 2014



plowing through communities, digging

up streets and disrupting traffic, spend-

ing billions of federal dollars to build

light rail and subways, to create bus ex-

pressways and to widen the I-405 Free-


As Beverly Hills gears up for the

encroachment of Metro into City

streets, the Courier will ask some of

those who have walked the road before

to talk about what their experiences.

The Courier asked outgoing Brent-

wood Community Council (BCC) Pres-

ident Nancy Freedman what it has

been like to deal with Metro for three


“The presented plan is inevitably

not the final,” said Freedman. Freed-

man explained, “As an example, a

Wilshire designated bus lane along the

VA had many alternative plans. The

original plan didn’t work for specific

reasons not realized by Metro. “The

community is against fragmented bus

lanes that don’t connect from the

ocean to downtown. However, with

Federal money burning a hole in

Metro’s pocket,” said Freedman, “they

found a way to squeeze in the lane.

(Beverly Hills has blocked construction

in the City.) Now, they have to correct

their error in planning.”

“For millions of taxpayer dollars,

Metro plans to move the planted medi-

an on the stretch of Wilshire between

the I-405 and Federal, 5-feet to the

north! The construction was planned

for January,” said Freedman, “but the

405 stalled, and it hasn’t started yet.”

Freedman invited Metro to make a

presentation to the BCC to explain the

median project. She was told they did

not have to explain, said Freedman. “It

was a done deal.” 

As BCC president, Freedman was

sure that the community required an

explanation of years of enduring the I-

405 Widening Project, and the Sub-

way-to-the-Sea. Wilshire Boulevard. is

the main east-west artery that connects

Brentwood and Santa Monica to the

rest of Los Angeles. Currently, travel

times from Brentwood to Westwood

beneath the 405 freeway are entirely

unpredictable and can take half an

hour on a good day.

Construction to move the median

will affect thousands of commuters for

a year. “It’s only fair,” she said. “I want

the community to know what I know.” 

Ultimately, they agreed to make a

power point presentation at the BCC.

“People are too tired to fight Metro,”

Freedman opined. “They can bully and

not have concerns because they are a

behemoth organization that does not

have citizens on their mind – only

roads. In the end, PR is done to say that

Metro has improved the lives of mil-

lions of Angelenos and we are sup-

posed to believe it.”

Currently, the project is stalled.

“Maybe they will wait until the 405 is

finished,” said Freedman hopefully.

“Metro is such a monster that nobody

can get it right. They make these plans,

but they don’t work. It looks good on

paper. The lesson is, ‘If there’s money

from the federal government, they’re

going to do it.”

Academic Officer Jennifer Tedford. 

In an effort to understand how to

better enable Beverly Hills students to

succeed, the board convened a special

study session earlier this month where

teachers and principals trumpeted a

clear message – reading is key. 

At the Jan. 21 Board meeting during

a discussion on the board policy related

to promotion, acceleration and reten-

tions, boardmembers directed staff to

explore employing additional reading

specialists for K-3, in addition to chang-

ing the acceptable letter grade to pass

from a D to a C.

“I think the C should become the D

[and] the D should be our F,” board

President Noah Margo said. “We’re do-

ing these kids a disservice by promoting


“We should never have to retain

somebody after 3rd grade, if we’re do-

ing it right,” he added.

Boardmember Lisa Korbatov told

The Courier that studies confirm that

reading specialists make a difference in

students’ success.

“All stories show kids who read and

read proficiently are more successful,”

she said. “We need reading specialists.

In theory, one at each campus.”

Margo said it was crucial for stu-

dents to achieve literacy by 3rd grade.

“I don’t think we’re doing our stu-

dents any favor by promoting them,”

Korbatov said. For you to get an F

means you were basically not in class.

Although, it does occur retention is

more of a rarity in grades 6 to 12. Ted-

ford said that last year’s retentions in-

cluded one 4th grader, one 1st grader,

and 11 kindergartners, four of whom

have since transferred.

Board VP Brian Goldberg suggested

that Moreno, which offers core subject

classes that are less rigorous than the

UC-approved classes at BHHS, could

be a path for students unable to succeed

beyond the bare minimum that is re-

quired to achieve a D grade.

“The best things we can do to help

the students be more successful is to get

those [K-3] reading specialists,” he said. 


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VIVA LA FRANCE—A new French-American Chamber of Commerce was just launched

in Los Angeles (“FACC-Los Angeles”) under the impetus of the Axel Cruau, consul gen-

eral of France in Los Angeles, with the exclusive patronage of François Delattre, ambas-

sador of France in the United States, and with the support of the French-American Cham-

ber of Commerce’s National Board. The FACC-Los Angeles debuted during an elegant re-

ception at the French Consul General’s residence, which gathered 300 selected guests,

including Beverly Hills, Santa Monica and Los Angeles city and county officials. Pictured

above is the FACC-Los Angeles board members and president with Consul General of

France Axel Cruau.


The following assaults, burglaries, robbery and grand thefts have been reported by

BHPD. Streets are usually indicated by block numbers. Losses in brackets.


01/06 9500 Wilshire Bl.

01/10 400 N. Canon Dr.

01/13 8800 Wilshire Bl.

01/19 500 N. Bedford Dr.

01/23 Brighton Wy./N. Bedford Dr.


01/02 200 S. Almont Dr. ($11,800)

01/03 9400 Wilshire Bl. ($3,000)

01/04 400 N. Beverly Dr. ($450)

01/06 9100 Wilshire Bl. ($4,010)

01/06 9400 Wilshire Bl. ($3,000)

01/06 1400 Park Wy.

01/08 1200 Lago Vista Dr. ($2,125)

01/09 300 S. Linden Dr.

01/10 9100 Olympic Bl.

01/10 300 N. Beverly Dr. ($400)

01/13 300 Alpine Dr. ($30,300)

01/14 400 N. Palm Dr. ($2,525)

01/14 100 S. Clark Dr.

01/15 200 S. Carson Rd.

01/16 200 S. Wetherly Dr. ($75,000)

01/17 100 N. Robertson Bl. ($500)

01/18 400 N. Beverly Dr. ($600)

01/18 8700 Wilshire Bl. ($301)

01/19 400 N. Rodeo Dr.

01/20 500 N. Palm Dr.

01/20 200 Spalding Dr. ($550)

01/21 400 S. Canon Dr.

01/21 400 S. Elm Dr.

01/21 400 S. Crescent Dr.

01/22 300 Peck Dr. ($35,420)

01/24 100 N. Le Doux Rd. ($7,599)

01/26 200 S. Arnaz Dr.

01/26 300 S. Camden Dr. ($25,000)


01/01 400 N. Beverly Dr. ($600)

01/01 200 S. Elm Dr. ($15,000)

01/05 9600 Wilshire Bl. ($5,305)

01/04 400 N. Rodeo Dr.

01/06 700 Arden Dr. ($1,450)

01/07 300 Foothill Dr. ($2,025)

01/07 200 S. Elm Dr. ($1,000)

01/08 9600 Wilshire Bl. ($1,819)

01/12 9600 Wilshire Bl. ($6,675)

01/16 200 S. Hamilton Dr. ($7,050)

01/19 400 N. Bedford Dr.

01/21 400 N. Rodeo Dr. ($120,000)

01/13 9100 Wilshire Bl. ($1,410)

01/22 1100 San Ysidro Dr. ($6,030)

01/22 1400 Loma Vista Dr. ($1,830)

01/22 600 N. Bedford Dr. ($3,175)

01/24 9600 Sunset Bl. ($47,050)


01/08 400 N. Rexford Dr.

01/23 9700 Santa Monica Bl. ($360)

January 31, 2014 | Page 11



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THE LADY SEES DEAD PEOPLE—Theatre 40’s latest production,

Lucille Fletcher’s murder mystery 

Night Watch is playing through

Monday, Feb. 24 at the company’s Reuben Cordova Theatre on the

BHHS campus. Main character Elaine Wheeler is beautiful, rich and

sleepless. When she starts seeing corpses those around her fear for

her sanity and audiences wonder if she’s safe and when the killer will

strike again. Fletcher (1912-2000), who wrote nine novels and 13 radio

plays, is best known for the the classic thriller 

Sorry, Wrong Number.

Performances are Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday at 8 p.m.,

and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $24 on weekdays and $26 on week-

ends. In a scene from the play are (from left): Martin Thompson,

Jennifer Laks and Christine Joelle. Directed by Bruce Gray, who’s

helmed a dozen plays for the company, the production also features

Jonathan Medina, Judy Naizmetz, Lary Ohlson, Leda Siskind and

David Hunt Stafford For reservations call 310-364-0535. For online

ticketing, visit 


Photo by Ed Krieger

JOINING THE  ARGONAUTS—Members of The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts board of

of directors recently welcomed local students to a performance of Jason and the Argonauts in the Lovelace

Studio Theatre. The production by Scotland's’ Visible Fiction’s troupe  kicks off the center’s family program-

ming educational outreach program with shows and concerts for all ages. Greeting students were (from left):

Ronald D. Rosen (secretary), Vicki Reynolds (vice chairman of development) and Jerry Magnin (board

chair).Jason continues with performances for students and the public through this Sunday. For more infor-


visit wallis.org.

KCETLink Wins

Three Golden

Mike Awards For

SoCal Connected

KCETLink, the national

independent public media

organization, has been honored

with three Golden Mike Awards

by the Radio & Television News

Association of Southern

California (RTNA).

SoCal Connected

, KCET’s

nightly news program, garnered

three awards including “Best

Hard News Reporting,” “Best

Government and Political

Reporting” and “Best Medical

and Science Reporting.”

Formally announced at the

awards ceremony at the

Universal Hilton Saturday, the

Golden Mike Awards recognize

excellence in broadcast jour-


Winning segments and

descriptions include:

• Best Hard News


Family Ties





f o r- l a - c o u n t y - s u p e r v i s o r s -


A look at L.A. County’s five

supervisors and the budget and

staff they control. Does the

board treat all Angelenos

equally? There are some who

say special treatment is doled

out when the face is familiar.

Karen Foshay, producer;

Vince Gonzales, reporter;

Benjamin Gottlieb, associate

Producer; Jack Moody, editor.

• Best Government and

Political Reporting—


Corruption, Incompetence or

Just Business as Usual?





t e n c e - o r- j u s t - b u s i n e s s - a s -


An investigation of

Compton found questionable

expenditures, big loans and

council members making up to

$1,500 an hour.

Karen Foshay, producer;

Laurel Erickson, reporter; Lata

Pandya, co-producer; Steve

Sung and Jack Moody, editors.

• Best Medical and

Science Reporting—







Professional football play-

ers know all about playing

through the pain. It comes with

the job. But what about college

athletes, or high school stu-

dents or 12-year-olds? Should a

game put a child in danger? As

ever younger players try to

emulate the big guys, one

injury is not only ending

careers, but endangering lives.

Angela Shelley, producer;

John Ridley, reporter; Alicia

Clark, associate producer;

Michael Bloecher, editor.

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