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Shop Locally In Beverly Hills This Holiday Season!BEVERLY HILLS VOLUME: LIINUMBER 46www.bhcourier.comVenoco Settles With City, School District Over Oil Well By Laura Coleman Less than a year after energy company Venoco, LLC declared bankruptcy following its cessation of operations at the Beverly Hills High School Oil Well on Dec. 31, 2016, it appears that Venoco’s fiscal responsibility to the City andINSIDE — Enjoy the holiday 2017 issue of Beverly Hills Style, featuring expert tips on fashion, beauty, philanthropy, cuisine, arts and culture and a calendar of the holiday season’s hottest charity, arts and special events. 17 • Fashion • Birthdays • Letters to the Editor14 46 55CLASSIFIEDS(see ‘VENOCO’ page 43)$1 MILLION FOR CANCER RESEARCH—The St. Baldrick's Foundation awarded more than $1 million in grants to three Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles doctors to support cancer research. From left, at the check presentation, are: Dr. Robert Seeger, Dr. Michael Pulsipher, Kathleen Ruddy, CEO of the St. Baldrick's Foundation, and Dr. Muller Fabbri. For the full story, see page 11.Part 1 in a three part series: Beverly Hills students reflect on the impact of having a parent with cancerThe Sudden Departure Of Vanity Fair Editor Graydon Carter Has Gossipists Mulling Over The Behind-TheScenes Power Play That Included Vogue Editor Anna Wintour, Now The Artistic Director Of All Conde Nast Publications• Announcements • Real Estate • Rentals • Sales • and Morethe Beverly Hills Unified School District (BHUSD) has run dry. This week Venoco released a statement that it had reached a “Full and Final Settlement Agreement resolving all outstanding disputes between the parties.”Beverly Hills Students Lead Fundraiser For Tower Cancer ResearchGeorge Christy, Page 649November 17, 2017Rent Stabilization Ordinance Returns To City Council TuesdayLIGHT IT UP — Beverly Hills held the annual Rodeo Drive Holiday Lighting Celebration on Thursday evening. The event culminated in a musical performance by Billboard Award-winner Robin Thicke, who performed some of his top hits for the capacity crowd that filled a festively-decorated Rodeo Drive. The event was hosted by Vanessa Lachey. The evening was illuminated by GEARYS’ Baccarat chandeliers, which lined Rodeo Drive. Pictured: Thicke, Mayor Lili Bosse and Lachey.THIS ISSUESINCE 1965By Laura Coleman Perhaps the most immediately obvious trait that Beverly Hills High School Varsity soccer players Dani Elitzur, Camilla Wolff and Vivian Geilim share is that they are all vibrant, loving young women. What is less obvious is how dramatically each of them has been affected by cancer. On Dec. 1, these student athletes will participate in a very special charity game fundraiser for the Tower Cancer Research Foundation,Vivian Geilim, Dani Elitzur and Camilla Wolffwhich supports high impact research and clinical trials, and they will each play to honor a parent. (see ‘CANCER RESEARCH’ page 45)By Victoria Talbot The Beverly Hills City Council will discuss recommendations from an Ad Hoc committee for the Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO) Tuesday, regarding the selection and approval of a consultant to navigate the research and analysis for the RSO. The consultant will be tasked with analyzing and proposing policy options that will address several issues and questions identified during the facilitated discussions between tenants and landlords that took place over the summer. Updates on the Rental Registration process will also be heard. Landlords wererequired to submit forms to the City by Sept. 22, regarding their rental units, including the rental rates, to form a database that would help the City monitor rental rate increases. Tenants that disputed stated rental rates were invited to enter an appeals process, and the City Council will be updated on appeals and hearings as well. The City Council will also be updated on information that has been gathered regarding tenant/landlord mediation boards in other jurisdictions. Passed last January as an Urgency Ordinance, the Rent Stabilization Ordinance has (see ‘RENT STABILIZATION ’ page 43)100 Crescent Drive EIR Shows Significant, Unavoidable Shadow On Residential Homes By Victoria Talbot A proposal for a comprehensive renovation of the office building located at 100 Crescent Dr. will substantially affect residential properties on Rexford Drive with increased shade and shadow. The proposal includes increased density, less standard parking, an additional two stories in height, FAR that will increase from 1.81 to 2.75 and the addition of a 4,330square foot restaurant that would serve the existing screening room with a total of 161,155 square feet. Currently a three-story 106,085 square foot office building with an additionallevel of office space below grade and three levels of parking, the building abuts the Crescent Drive Mini Park. Designed by Master Architect Gin Dan Wong in 1989, who died Sept. 1 in his home in Beverly Hills, the building was initially the corporate headquarters for Metro-GoldwynMayer/United Artists Communications Company. It is currently used as a multitenant office space. Significant impacts include the shadows cast by the substantial increase in height from three stories, or 43 feet, to five stories, or 72 feet in (see ‘100 CRESCENT’ page 8)PLEASE MEET MS. JONES — A 44 year-old New Yorker Radhika Jones has been appointed as the new editor of Vanity Fair. She hails from a literary background with New York Times Books, Time and Grand Street magazines. Radhika is praised for her vision, energy, and very active mind. Her first issue will be in March 2018. For more photos, see George Christy’s column on page 6.Page 2 | November 17, 2017BEVERLY HILLSNOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING November 28, 2017 7:00 PM City Council Chamber - Beverly Hills City Hall 455 North Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210DATE: TIME: LOCATION:The Planning Commission of the City of Beverly Hills, at a SPECIAL meeting on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, will hold a public hearing beginning at 7:00 PM, or as soon thereafter as the matter may be heard, to consider a request for a General Plan Amendment, Zone Text Amendment, Planned Development Permit, and Vesting Tentative Tract Map for the property located at 9908 South Santa Monica Boulevard as follows: General Plan and Zone Text Amendment. The property at 9908 South Santa Monica Boulevard is currently zoned C3A. The Proposed Project seeks to amend the General Plan and General Plan Land Use Map to create a Residential Overlay Zone and apply it to the subject property to allow residential uses in the zone. A Zone Text Amendment is also requested to amend the Municipal Code to establish the Residential Overlay Zone and associated development standards and other provisions. Planned Development. The proposed Residential Overlay Zone includes language requiring a Planned Development to allow construction of the proposed mixed-use project, which consists of 27 residential condominium units and 3,541 square feet of ground floor commercial space in a 5-story building with a height of 66’-0” and two levels of subterranean parking. The proposed project would have a floor area ratio of 2.59:1. A prior iteration of the proposed project included 27 condominium units with no commercial space with the same building height and one less level of parking with FAR of 2.5:1. Vesting Tentative Tract Map. The proposed project includes a request for a Vesting Tentative Tract Map to allow the subdivision of 27 residential condominium units and 2 commercial condominium units for individual sale. A Development Agreement is also being proposed by the applicant in conjunction with the proposed project, and the Planning Commission may discuss and provide recommendations on the terms to be included in the proposed Development Agreement. This project has been assessed in accordance with the authority and criteria contained in the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the State CEQA Guidelines, and the environmental regulations of the City. The City of Beverly Hills has prepared a Final Environmental Impact Report (Final EIR) to analyze potential environmental impacts associated with development of the project. The Planning Commission previously held a public hearing to review the Draft EIR during the Draft EIR circulation period, which studied a prior iteration of the proposed project including the same number of residential condominiums and the same building height, however with no commercial space and one less level of parking with an FAR of 2.5:1. Specifically, the Final EIR analyzes the following potential environmental effects of both iterations of the project: • Aesthetics • Air Quality • Greenhouse Gas• Land Use and Planning • Noise • Traffic• Hazards and Hazardous Materials • Mandatory Findings of SignificanceThe Planning Commission will consider the Final EIR, and may adopt a resolution recommending its certification to the City Council. Any interested person may attend the meeting and be heard or present written comments to the Commission. According to Government Code Section 65009, if you challenge the Commission's action in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City, either at or prior to the public hearing. If there are any questions regarding this notice, please contact Andre Sahakian, AICP, Senior Planner in the Planning Division at (310) 285-1127, or by email at Copies of the project plans and associated application materials are on file in the Community Development Department, and can be reviewed by any interested person at 455 North Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Sincerely: Andre Sahakian, AICP, Senior PlannerIn accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Council Chamber is wheelchair accessible and is equipped with audio equipment for the hearing impaired. If you need special assistance to attend this meeting, please call the Planning Division at (310) 285-1135 or TTY (310) 285-6881. Please notify the Planning Division at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to the meeting if you require captioning service so that reasonable arrangements can be made.BEVERLY HILLSNovember 17, 2017 | Page 3BEVERLY HILLS COURIER | NOVEMBER 17, 2017 Page 4HERE!B E V E R LY H I L L S M A I N N E W SBeverly High Graduate, Cystic Fibrosis Advocate Mallory Smith Dies At 25HONEYMOONERS — Last month, Courier columnist Roger Lefkon and Phyllis Klein took their copy of the Courier to the front of the 13th century La Seu Cathedral in Mallorca, Spain. The Cathedral, which took more than 300 years to construct, was designed in part by the famous Spanish architect Antonio Gaudi. To join Roger and Phyllis in the Carry The Courier Club, snap a photo of yourself holding the Courier on your next trip and e-mail it to Matt Lopez & Victoria Talbot Mallory Smith, a 2010 Beverly Hills High graduate, died Wednesday after a long battle with Cystic Fibrosis. Smith passed away at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where she had been receiving treatment. “Despite everyone's heroic efforts, Mallory Smith, our brave, beautiful, loving daughter, passed peacefully today at 4:52 p.m.,” Mallory’s mother Diane Shader Smith wrote on Facebook. “We were unable to administer Phage Therapy in time to save Mal but she will provide a lung biopsy so thatGubernatorial Candidate Antonio Villaraigosa To Join Walk with the Mayor By Victoria Talbot Beverly Hills Mayor Lili Bosse will host former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a candidate for governor of the State of California, Monday for a Walk with the Mayor, visiting the Church of the Good Shepherd Catholic Church and the Dina Collection, owned by Yossi Dina, star of Beverly Hills Pawn. “As a former mayor, I understand the importance of knowing the community members and business owners of your city,” said Villaraigosa, “And I look forward to joining Mayor Bosse onMonday's walk.” Walk with the Mayor is Bosse’s signature weekly event, part of her Beverly Hills Healthy City initiative, to make the City the world’s healthiest in body, soul, spirit – and business. The weekly walk connects citizens with their government and local businesses with a healthy walk to start the day. “Monday is my favorite day of the week,” says Bosse every week, when she starts Walk with the Mayor at the Crescent steps of City Hall every (see ‘VILLARAIGOSA’ page 11)researchers can continue their important work and help others.” Diane said Mallory's life will be celebrated Saturday at 5 p.m. at Beverly Vista at the 21st annual Mallory's Garden Diane Shader event. Complications Smith & Mallory with Mallory’s Smith (see ‘MALLORY SMITH’ page 11)Third Annual Beverly Vista Run For Success Raises $53,000 By Laura Coleman Now in its third year, the Beverly Vista “Run for Success and Health Fair” this year raised $53,000, making it the school’s biggest fundraiser of the year that involves kids. The fundraising goal this year was $35,000, which was quickly surpassed, in part thanks to some clever incentives, which included Principal Christian Fuhrer and Assistant Principal Alyssa Parra dying their hair green (the school spirit color) if the students raised over $25,000. “We love to see them be involved in this. We love to empower them,” Fuhrer said. “All the money will go toward programs, material, supplies – all the great things that make Beverly Vista an amazing school for learning.” By the time the kids took off running around the school on Wednesday morning, the kids had raised over $50,000, which meant that coach Todd Radonsky got his head shaved. At the event, all grade levels took turns running laps around the schoolRUN FOR SUCCESS — Beverly Vista Principal Christian Fuhrer shaves the head of PE Coach Todd Radonsky at the school's Run for Success and Health Fair on Wednesday, after the coach told students he would shave his head if they were able to raise $50,000!while the school band entertained the crowd and parents and kids enjoyed a whole assortment of activities. All funds raised (money is still being collected by the students) go directly to the school. ADOPT KELSEY— Kelsey is a 1-year-old, 10-pound toy poodle mix. She is very lively and loves to play with other puppies. Kelsey was left at a high-kill shelter in San Bernardino County before being picked up by Shelter Hope Pet Shop. For more information on how to adopt Kelsey, visit Mann To Hold First Annual Holiday Boutique On Saturday, Dec. 2 By Laura Coleman Get a jump on your holiday shopping while helping raise money for students on Saturday, Dec. 2, when Horace Mann holds its first annual Holiday Boutique from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. “This event is the perfect opportunity for everyone in our community to spend quality time together, shop, and support the PTA funded programs,” said Farrah Zweig, VP of Fundraising for Horace Mann School. “The boutique will have fun for the whole family.” From massages and facials with Massage Envy Beverly Hills to kids entertainment from HB Mermaids, there is something for everyone. Enjoylunch from Belly Bombz, Trescompas, or LA Street Kitchen as well as snacks and treats from Kettle Corn King, Fluff Ice and The Dirty Cookie. Unique vendors include Nura Candles: Arabian Incense Scented, Such-a-Deal Toys, Kentwood 524 Designs, and Eve’s Stones. Beverly Hills parents joining as vendors include Jenni Jane Handbags and Mom on the Rund Toys. A special “Kids Made Crafts” area will be reserved for student entrepreneurs who will be selling their original hand made items, crafts, secondhand books and toys. Local realtor and philanthropist Michael Libow, who gave $2,600, is the event’s main supporter.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Where To Celebrate Thanksgiving In Beverly HillsLUNCHEON OF HOPE– More than 400 women attended the Westside Guild’s annual Luncheon of Hope at The Beverly Wilshire last week. The luncheon and shopping event raises funds and awareness for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The Westside Guild charitable organization volunteers have supported CHLA since 1947. Pictured, from left: 2017 President Annette Beckerman and event co-chairs Missy Clabert and Delana Hathaway.Friars Club Property Raises Questions About Lobbying Ordinance By Victoria Talbot While the City hotly debates the veracity of a lobbyist serving as a commissioner – as with Commissioner/Lobbyist Murray Fischer (Charitable Contributions Commission) and FTA Founder and President Judie Fenton, (who is set to take over for Recreation and Parks Vice Chair Simone Friedman in January) – current Cultural Heritage Commission Chair Noah Furie registered as a lobbyist Nov. 1 for the Friars Club property located at 9908 S. Santa Monica Blvd. In Beverly Hills, many lobbyists are the same, recycled bunch with the addition of some new family members. Fischer and Fenton were appointed to commissions and Furie registered as a lobbyist before a new ordinance takes effect, on Dec. 20. That ordinance, which came out of the Sunshine Task Force, was discussed for months. It calls for a two-year cooling off period before a commissioner can lobby or a lobbyist can become a commissioner. The second reading of the ordinance will be Nov. 21; it becomes law 30 days later. Furie and Fenton slipped in before it became law. Fenton has said she will not lobby while she is a commissioner. Fischer became a commissioner in 2012, long before the ordinance, and his term will end in 2018. Furie, who has served on the Cultural Heritage Commission since2012, will be able to continue as a lobbyist until he is no longer a commissioner. His term expires in 2020. Gabby Reims Alexander, daughter of former councilmember Kathy Reims, is also registered as a lobbyist for the project, as is former Beverly Hills Mayor Linda Briskman. Briskman is a veteran professional lobbyist, and Furie and Reims Alexander, have not previously been registered as lobbyists. It was when they were councilmembers that Briskman, Council Member Fred Fenton (Judie Fenton’s husband, who passed away last year), and former Mayor Jimmy Delshad voted 3-2 to approve Measure H, the 2008 Hilton Initiative. In 2016, Briskman was again, a key supporter for Alagem in the failed Measure HH, the ballot initiative to turn the two-tower Hilton condominium project into a single 26-story tower condominium building, surrounded by garden. That project was opposed by Councilmember John Mirisch and thenCouncilmember Kathy Reims. Reims was appointed by a council vote to fill the vacancy left by Councilmember Willie Brien upon his departure for Texas. After appointing Reims, Mirisch (see ‘FRIAR’S CLUB’ page 45)Pictured: BHHS Academic Decathlon team, from left: David Noah Pals (9), Emily Zhang (10), Nellie Soames (11), Claire German (11), Daniel Wiener (11), Katie Wu (11), Team Captain Tim Kim (12). Not pictured: Matthew Park.Beverly Hills High Academic Decathlon Team Captain Wins Gold In Mathametics By Laura Coleman If last weekend’s scholastic scrimmage is any indication, this year’s Beverly Hills Academic Decathlon team has a real shot at becoming national champions. On Saturday, team captain Tim Kim won first place in the “Scholastic” Division at the Scrimmage at West High School in Torrance, where more than 60 students from nine schools battled minds. Academic Decathlon is an intense intellectual competition where students from schools across the U.S. compete against each in other in multiple areas of academia, including English,BEVERLY HILLS COURIER | NOVEMBER 17, 2017 Page 5Science, Economics, Social Studies, Literature, Art and Music. “The scrimmage on Saturday gave our team a great foundation for the real competition in the spring. I'm proud of the
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