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Chocolate Walking

Tour Celebrates

100th Along With

City Centennial

The Beverly Hills

Chocolate Walking Tour will

celebrate its 100th tour on

Saturday, Feb. 8, which coin-

cides with the yearlong City

centennial celebration. The

event features a guide with 100

balloons who will stand out-

side each stop along the tour.

Entrepreneur/actress, resi-

dent Casey Martin, founded the

tours in 2010 after realizing

she passed more than a few

chocolate shops on her walks

around the City.

“I couldn’t believe no one

had thought of this before, “

says Martin. I went to all the

shops that sell chocolate, many

of which are family owned,

presented my idea and soon I

had a new business.”

At $50 per person, the

tours sample treats at Bouchon

Bakery, Edelweiss, Teuscher,

Voges Haut Chocolate, The

Beverly Hills Brownie

Company, The Cheese Shop of

Beverly Hills, Sprinkles, The

American Tea Room and

Coupa Cafe. 

“It’s a feel good experience

for anyone who wants a bit of a

rush while indulging in what

they love. Not to mention the

proven health benefits of some

chocolate,” says Martin. 

The 1.5 mile, 2.5 hour

tours take place on Thursday

and Saturday. Tours are wheel-

chair accessible and children

12 and older are welcome. 

For more information, visit



escorted by a duo of strap-

ping young football players

very much her junior) to  the

musical stylings of Pat

Boone, June Lockhart and

local opera singer and Bev-

erly Sophomore Golda Berk-

man, and even Richard Sim-

mons’ friendly digs (and yes,

every inch of his lady-like

stocking-clad legs was on

display), those in attendance

were in for non-stop treats -

including a duo of songs led

by Mayor John Mirisch on


“The fact that so many

people wanted to be a part

of  our City's 100th birthday

celebration and literally

joined their voices to make

music together is a wonder-

ful symbol of our Communi-

ty's spirit and shows just

how meaningful Beverly

Hills, our home, is to so

many of us,” Mirisch told

The Courier.

“It was a musical cele-

bration of our heritage fea-

turing beautiful, heartfelt

and sometimes even funny

moments,” said Lori Gor-

don, who worked together

with Annette Saleh and Phil

Savenick to bring the historic

celebration to life.

Savenick’s film of residents’

comments was a big hit.

Heading the event was

the Los Angeles Lawyers

Philharmonic, conducted by

Maestro Gary S. Greene,

along with his Big Band of

Barristers. The BHHS Madri-

gals, who sung a touching

homage to the late BHHS

teacher Joel Pressman with

Somewhere Over The Rain-

bow, and the BHHS March-

ing Band brought a youthful

addition to Tuesday’s nostal-

gic journey.

Indeed, the evening

brought residents and Bever-

ly Hills devotees from tod-

dlers to centenarians, along

with celebrities, millionaires

and billionaires, past mayors

galore, and a host of elected

officials and decision-mak-

ers to the 84-year-old the-


Saleh highlighted the

importance of community

involvement, highlighting

the generosity of event spon-

sors like Urth Caffé, the Sa-

ban Theatre, Executive Lim-

ousines, First Republic Bank,

and Hansen Cakes. 

Urth founder Shallom

Berkman told 

The Courier

that he created a special

Centennial Blend of coffee -

a bag of which was offered

to attendees upon departure.

“Wonderful things do

happen when everyone in a

community comes together,"

Saleh said. 


(Continued from page 1)

January 31, 2014 | Page 13




Clifton and Candace Smith

Jimmy and Lonnie Delshad

Bunni and Murray Fischer

Murray Pepper

Eunice David and Vicki Reynolds

Monty and Marilyn Hall

Guests enjoy a spread after the

concert, courtesy of Urth Caffe

Co-chairs Jon Gluck and 

Annette Saleh

Jon and Vice Mayor Lili Bosse

Carol Connors and 

Karla Gordy Bristol

Chief Dave and Ellyn 


Vincent and Mayor John Mirisch, CouncilmemberNancy Krasne,  Conductor

Gary Greene, Vice Mayor Lili Bosse, Councilmember Julian Gold and former

Mayor Jimmy Delshad with the Centennial Birthday Cake

BHHS football players Charles

Sager and Simon Placik kiss

Norman Class of ‘39 Betty White

Steve Ghysels and 

Bruce Schulman

Lewis Hall, Elizabeth and Lisa

Korbatov, and Selma Fisch 

14-Year-Old Opera


Golda Berkman

Paula Kent Meehan

Mayor John Mirisch entertains

with his Ukelele - a big hit!

Florence Henderson

Richard Sherman and 

Charles Fox

Angela and Sharam


Susan Strauss and 

Wendy Goldberg

Richard Simmons leads a round of exercise to

the tune of Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Beverly Hills celebrated 100 years at the Saban Theatre with a Concert Sing-Along. Photos below are courtesy of Orly Halevy, Richard Zale Rubins and the City of Beverly Hills.

Pat Boone

Councilmember Nancy Krasne, Geraldine Holoff and Susan Holoff

Lori Greene Gordon,


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Frances Allen

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B E V E R LY   H I L L S


REAL ESTATE SIGNS - These signs appeared on Sunday in front of

The Beverly Hills Hotel on Sunset and Crescent. Every weekend the

area of Sunset, Benedict Canyon and Crescent Drive have repeat of-

fenders, and we report it. The City fails to deter offenders.

A classic, 2-story Spanish estate at 607 N. Alta Dr. has come

on the market for the first time in 40 years. Built in 1931 by the

late Helen and Wylie Logan Jones, the home has been owned by

the Kreitenberg family for the past four decades. Priced at $5.585

million, the almost 5,400-square foot home  contains 6 bedrooms

and 5-1/2 bathrooms with a large grassy yard.  It is situated on one

of Beverly Hills’ quietest residential roads. For more information,

contact Michael J. Libow of Coldwell Banker at 310-285-7509 or


Classic Alta Drive Estate Comes On The

Market For The First Time In 40 Years

By Laura Coleman

House flipping has re-

turned in a big way, according

to the National Association of

Realtors, which reported yes-

terday that house flips are up

16 percent from 2012.

According to RealtyTrac's

fourth-quarter 2013 Home

Flipping Report, 21 percent of

all homes flipped in 2013 were

purchased out of foreclosure,

down from 27 percent in 2012

and 32 percent in 2011.

The largest increases in

flipping nationwide occurred

on homes with a price of

$400,000 or more.

House Flips Up 16 Percent From 2012 

By Laura Coleman

The National Association

of Home Builders this week re-

ported that new home sales

were down 7 percent in De-

cember, although they were up

16.4 percent for the year.

“December’s decline in

new-home sales follows elevat-

ed levels in the previous two

months and means the fourth

quarter was still much stronger

than the third,” said Rick Jud-

son, chairman of the National

Association of Home Builders. 

“While we expect sales to

gain strength in 2014, builders

still face considerable con-

straints, including tight credit

conditions for home buyers,

and a limited supply of labor

and buildable lots.”

New Home Sales Up 16.4 Percent For Year

By Laura Coleman

Thanks to escalating prop-

erty values, homeowners who

found themselves under water

in the wake of the crash are

now finding an increasing

amount of equity in their prop-


That’s good news for them,

said Beverly Hills broker Aram

S. Afshar, who specializes in

representing owners in short


"We're still at the begin-

ning of this cycle,” Afshar re-

cently told 

The Courier. “Val-

ues are going up.”

Since 2008, Afshar’s team

at Coldwell Banker Beverly

Hills has brokered some 350

short sales with an average

price point of $725,000, he

said. He said the bulk of sales

occurred in 2011-2012.

Afshar predicted that short

sales would continue to de-

crease. Currently, there are 47

properties in default in Bel Air,

Beverly Hills, and Beverly Hills

P.O., with an average listing

price of $1.75 million.

“There are fewer of them

happening as a result of prop-

erty values having increased

considerably,” he said. “People

were able to save their homes

because their economics had


Short Sales On Decline As Values Rise

January 31, 2014 | Page 15



Frances Allen

Desert Roundup

What happens when you combine America’s singer–Frank

Sinatra, with baseball–America’s pastime? In the Desert, at

least, you get an outpouring of support for the Barbara Sinatra

Center for Abused Children at Eisenhower Medical Center in

Rancho Mirage; and for good reason. Since the center opened

its doors in 1986, more than 18,000 children who have suffered

from physical, sexual and emotional abuse have been helped

by counseling, regardless of their families’ ability to pay.

This year’s fundraising season for the center

began with its annual Champions Honors Luncheon featuring

Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig (pictured, right)

as the keynote speaker.

Selig addressed the approximately 700 on hand, talking about

how he grew up and his long-time connection to baseball, and the

positive benefits of the sport on abused children.

Jackie Autry, a trustee of the center and widow of America’s

“Singing Cowboy,” who founded the Los Angeles Angels was also honored at the

luncheon and, as president of baseball’s American League, was instrumental in

rounding up several baseball-team owners and Hall of Famers. In fact, the buzz is

beginning for Autry, a baseball junkie, who is being considered as the possible next

commissioner of Major League Baseball upon Selig’s retirement.

There were two special attributes to the event. Helene Galen, chair of the cen-

ter’s Board of Trustees, arranged for the USC marching band to make an appear-

ance at the luncheon. This is something she is in a unique position to do as a

“Galen” whose name is featured prominently throughout the Trojan campus,

including the university’s sport-orientated Galen Center.

The second special touch was the menu. Guests were able to feast on bags of

Cracker Jacks, complete with toy peanuts in the shell and kosher hot dogs–you

can’t get more “baseball” than that.

But it is February that features the flagship event benefiting the Barbara Sinatra

Children’s Center. Began as “Frank’s little party in the desert” where “Ol’ Blue Eyes”

and a few if his friends would get together for an abundance of food, drink, golf

and, since Frank was involved–fun. Now known as the Frank Sinatra Starkey

Hearing Technologies Invitational Celebrity Invitational, the food, frolic and fun are

still abundance, but now participants support the work of the Children’s Center, as


This year, the tournament will be co-hosted by Barbara and supermodel

Beverly Johnson. It kicks off on Thursday, Feb. 20, with dinner and Pairings Party

featuring entertainment by country singer Steve Azar.

Golf begins the following Friday morning at Eagle Falls Golf Course where

admission to the gallery is free and photos are not only expected, but encouraged.

For the ladies who are not golfing, the traditional luncheon /fashion show will

be also be held on Friday, and will feature the designs of Troy.

Friday night features another dinner and entertainment provided by the

University of North Texas One O’Clock Lab Band with a special appearance by

Deana Martin.

Round two of the tourney begins Saturday morning, but golfers will be off the

course in time to get black-tie-ready for the evening’s gala. This has become leg-

endary over the years for the icons who have performed at this event, such as Frank

Sinatra, himself, and Tony Bennett.

This year, the gala’s headliner entertainment will be provided by the erstwhile

“Mr. Las Vegas,” Wayne Newton.

Multiple levels of event participation and individual event tickets are going

fast. More information is available at 760-674-8447.

Barbara Sinatra


“Good Fortune” envelopes filled

with special offers for local dining,

shopping and attractions will also be

available all month. For the Chinese

traveler hotel packages and amenities

with special services and special rates

at the AKA, The Beverly Hilton, Luxe

Rodeo Drive Hotel and Montage Bever-

ly Hills are available.

Chinese New Year is one way that

Beverly Hills welcomes our Chinese

travelers, part of the “China Ready”

strategy to promote cultural synergy

with our international visitors from the

Pacific Rim.

Storm Castle, a larger-than-life

sized horse sculpture by celebrated

American artist Deborah Butterfield will

be on display throughout the month-

long event.


(Continued from page 4)

Tuesday’s Board meeting.

Board VP Brian Goldberg and

Boardmember Lewis Hall both told 


Courier that they had asked for the item

to be placed on the coming agenda.

“I’m sick and tired of not being

able to maximize our contract contact

minutes,” Goldberg said, emphasizing

that the current bell schedule is set up

to prioritize athletics at the expense of


In addition, Hall said that the ath-

letics-biased bell schedule is costing

the district upwards of $1,600 a day in

upurchased school cuisine, in addition

to paying food services staff more as a


Currently, sixth period ends at 1

p.m., before lunch, on Wednesday,

Thursday and Friday.

“What happens is the food service

workers, they actually work longer on

Wednesday through Friday because the

lunch period is later,” Hall said. [Con-

versely]  the attendance of people eat-

ing at the high school drops consider-

ably Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.”

Goldberg said in addition to taking

a priority-based approach to address

the issue, the board would likely exam-

ine taking over the Bell Schedule Com-

mittee, which now sets the schedule.

“The bell schedule is hampering

our ability to move our academics for-

ward,” he said.


(Continued from page 4)


“In 1974, I announced my first

campaign for Congress,” he recalled.

“Today, I am announcing that I have

run my last campaign. I will not seek

reelection to the Congress and will

leave after 40 years in office at the end

of this year.”

Waxman, 74, who, since 1974,

has represented the 33rd Congression-

al District, covering Beverly Hills, Pa-

los Verdes, Santa Monica and Malibu

and reported to be the richest district

in the nation, has long been a liberal

leader in the House and was consid-

ered a key player in getting the presi-

dent’s Affordable Care Act passed.

The Los Angeles native, who en-

joys a reputation as a prolific legisla-

tor, also has been credited with helping

pass legislation aimed at improving

the environment, reduce smoking and

improving federal oversight of nursing


Before 1995, when Democrats lost

control of the House, Waxman, then

chairman of the Energy and Commerce

Subcommittee on Health and Environ-

ment, led probes into numerous envi-

ronmental and health issues. At one

point, he got top tobacco company ex-

ecutives to swear that nicotine was not


In 2004, Waxman called out the

Bush administration over what he

called 237 misleading statements

about the threat Iraq posed to the Unit-

ed States.

Competition for his congressional

seat is expected to be intense. Los An-

geles County Supervisor Zev

Yaroslavsky is being talked about as a

natural replacement, considering his

district overlaps Waxman’s.

Yaroslavsky, who is termed out of

his countywide seat, was “stunned and

saddened” to learn of Waxman’s re-

tirement, his Chief of Staff Joel Bell-

man, said in a telephone interview


City News Service Thursday morn-

ing,  that Yaroslavsky has not had time

to consider the political implications of

the announcement and decide

whether to compete for the seat.

The most likely candidate for Wax-

man’s seat will be State Senator Ted

Lieu whose senate district comprises

80% of the Congressional district.

City News Service contributed to

this article.


(Continued from page 1)

CELEBRATION OF SONG—The Beverly High Madrigals took to the stage at the City’s

Centennial Concert on Tuesday with a tribute to former teacher Joel Pressman, who died

last year. They sang:

Somewhere Over The Rainbow in his honor.


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M E D I C I N E ,   H E A LT H   &   W E L L N E S S


Y O U F E E L ?

USC Scientists Find Genetic Mechanism 

Linking Aging to Specific Diets

Your best friend swears by

the Paleo Diet. Your boss loves

Atkins. Your sister is gluten-free,

and your roommate is an

acolyte of Michael Pollan. So

who’s right? Maybe they all are.

In new research published

this month in 

Cell Metabolism,

USC scientists Sean Curran and

Shanshan Pang identify a collec-

tion of genes that allow an or-

ganism to adapt to different di-

ets and show that without them,

even minor tweaks to diet can

cause premature aging and


Finding a genetic basis for

an organism’s dietary needs sug-

gests that different individuals

may be genetically predisposed

to thrive on different diets – and

that now, in the age of commer-

cial gene sequencing, people

might be able to identify which

diet would work best for them

through a simple blood test.

“These studies have re-

vealed that single gene muta-

tions can alter the ability of an organism

to utilize a specific diet.  In humans,

small differences in a person’s genetic

makeup that change how well these

genes function, could explain why cer-

tain diets work for some but not others,”

said Curran, corresponding author of the

study and assistant professor with joint

appointments in USC’s Davis School of

Gerontology, Dornsife College of Letters,

Arts and Sciences, and the Keck School

of Medicine.

Curran and Pang studied Caenorhab-

ditis elegans, a one-milimeter-long worm

that scientists have used as a model or-

ganism since the ‘70s. Decades of tests

have shown that genes in C. elegans are

likely to be mirrored in humans while its

short lifespan allows scientists to do ag-

ing studies on it.

In this study, Curran and Pang identi-

fied a gene called alh-6, which delayed

the effects of aging depending on what

type of diet the worm was fed by protect-

ing it against diet-induced mitochondrial


“This gene is remarkably well-con-

served from single celled yeast all the

way up to mammals, which suggests that

what we have learned in the worm could

translate to a better understanding of the

factors that al-

ter diet success

in humans,”

Curran said.

F u t u r e

work will focus

on identifying

what con-

tributes to di-

etary success or

failure, and

whether these

factors explain

why specific di-

ets don’t work

for everyone.

This could be

the start of per-

sonalized diet-

ing based on an

individual’s ge-

netic makeup,

according to


“We hope

to uncover

ways to en-

hance the use

of any dietary

program and

perhaps even

figure out ways

of overriding

the system(s)

that prevent the

use of one diet

in certain indi-

viduals,” he


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