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BHHS Girls Soccer Wins First Ocean League Title

February 9, 2012

The Beverly Hills High School girls varsity soccer team wrapped up its first Ocean League championship Tuesday with a 5-0 shutout of Inglewood at Nickoll Field. The Normans will now try to put the finishing touches on an undefeated league season Thursday when they travel to archrival Culver City for Beverly Hills’ last game before playoffs begin. BHHS coach Ryan Franks made it clear he has no intention of resting his starters. “We are absolutely trying to keep our undefeated league record against Culver City,” said Franks, who took over the girls program in 2003-04. “We also want to keep our momentum going into playoffs. We are really in a groove right now, particularly with our defense. We have talked about the motto, ‘defense wins championships.’ ” Steady defense has been the key to the Normans’ success. They have outscored their league opponents 37-2. Only defending champion Santa Monica has been able to find the back of the net this season against BHHS, doing so with a 2-1 overtime loss at Samohi and a 1-1 draw last Friday at Nickoll Field.  Needing merely a tie to clinch the title outright, the Normans (13-5-3 overall, 8-0-1 in league) dominated Inglewood from the start during Tuesday’s game. Fittingly, it was leading scorer Ashley Aviram who put Beverly Hills on the board in the 29th minute with her 23rd goal of the season. That was the only goal of the first half, but the Normans tallied four more in the second to pull away. Kaela Reisfelt scored twice in six minutes (the second off an assist from Aviram), then Aviram notched her league-best 24th goal of the year in the 66th minute, assisted by Tiffany Moore. Only a junior, Aviram needs two goals to tie Beverly Hills’ single season record held by Emily Litvak and six to tie Litvak’s career-record 55 goals. Tylor Fields scored the last goal in the 68th minute off an assist from Reisfelt. With 16 assists, Aviram also leads the league in that department. Goalie Ida Trevino needed to make only one save in 60 minutes and backup Kylie Colvin played the last 20 minutes, making one save to complete the shutout. Culver City lost to the Normans 1-0 at Nickoll Field in the teams’ first game this season, so Franks expects the Centaurs to be motivated Thursday. “Culver City has a very good attack and will put our defense to the test,” said Franks, who played center midfield for BHHS boys coach Steve Rappaport from 1992-96 and set the school single-season assists record with 18. “Our back line of Arielle Harris, Monica Salandra, Elena Rust and Ida [Trevino] have been rock solid for us.” Regardless of Thursday’s outcome, BHHS will host its first playoff game on Feb. 17, most likely against a third-place team from another league. Ranked seventh in this week’s CIF Southern Section Division 4 poll, the Normans’ next goal is to advance deep into the postseason tournament. Franks expects Santa Monica and Culver City to make the playoffs as well. “We typically get three teams in,” he said. “Last year, all three Ocean League teams [Beverly Hills, Santa Monica and Culver City] got to the second round of CIF. It really depends on how strongly they value our league to determine our placement. I think we have a pretty competitive league.” Beverly Hills won its last league title in 2002-03 as a member of the Pioneer League, the year before Franks took over the program. Over the past decade, the Normans have qualified for the playoffs every year but have never made it out of the second round. It is a trend they hope to change this winter. B e  sure to follow  Beverly Hills  Patch on  Twitter  and “Like” us on  Facebook . See the original post here: BHHS Girls Soccer Wins First Ocean League Title

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Health Care Law Help for Businesses

February 9, 2012
Health Care Law Help for Businesses

The Health Care Law ( the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ) is 2,409 pages long, making it difficult for many businesses with employees to understand all the details within the law. The Health Care Law has just been made easier to understand, thanks to some major California business organizations that joined together to create the Health Law Guide for Business website. To make it simple for employers to know the facts on the law’s business-specific provisions, the website provides accurate and easily understood information about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act . A nonprofit information hub for California businesses, the media and employees, the Health Law Guide for Business was created by California businesses for California businesses. “Small businesses will discover that the most value from using the website will be a greater understanding of the changes in our health care system that have already gone into effect and allow them to plan for those that lie ahead,” said Scott Hauge , president of Small Business California. The project is generously funded by The California Endowment . The website was created by a partnership between the Bay Area Council, CA Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, CA Small Business Development Centers,

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Council Hears Plight of Rent Control Tenants Facing Eviction

February 8, 2012

A senior citizen couple is facing eviction from their apartment based on a technicality in Beverly Hills’ rent stabilization ordinance, the City Council learned Tuesday. Speaking on behalf of Parker and Jean West, attorney and former Beverly Hills Mayor Mark Egerman detailed the couple’s struggle to keep their apartment at 420 S. Doheny Drive after nearly 24 years of residency. Egerman, who was accompanied by the couple at the podium in Council Chambers, urged council members to “study the issue to ensure that ordinances enacted to protect senior citizens on limited income are not circumvented in any way.” The Wests have fought a legal battle with two property owners since 2009, Egerman said. In the latest round of legal wrangling, the property owners have issued an eviction notice centered around the issue of “comparability.” After recent renovations added a bathroom to the couple’s unit and additional kitchen space to a neighboring apartment, there is a lack of comparability, the owners claimed. This negates the couple’s rent-control standing under the city’s rent stabilization ordinance, paving the way for the current owners to move into the disputed unit. City Attorney Larry Wiener said his office and other city staff personnel are studying the issue and will make a determination on the matter in “several days” or “several weeks.” Council members agreed to put the issue on their next meeting agenda for further public discussion. The next council meeting is scheduled for Feb. 21. “Mr. and Mrs. West, we are so sorry for your predicament, and as a city we take this responsibility very seriously so you will have our full, undivided attention,” Mayor Barry Brucker said.  B e sure to follow Beverly Hills Patch on Twitter and “Like” us on Facebook . The rest is here: Council Hears Plight of Rent Control Tenants Facing Eviction

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Council Approves $400K Plan To Fix City Hall Grounds Post-Occupy L.A.

February 8, 2012
Council Approves $400K Plan To Fix City Hall Grounds Post-Occupy L.A.

After months of restoration contemplation and astronomic cost estimates , L.A. City Council approved a plan today to revive the park surrounding City Hall. The 1.7-acre area, which once exhibited lush green grass, met its match when Occupy L.A. descended upon the land on October 1, 2011 and remained stationed on the grounds for nearly two months. more › Visit link: Council Approves $400K Plan To Fix City Hall Grounds Post-Occupy L.A.

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Strange New Territory: L.A.’s Council District Lines Redrawn

January 26, 2012
Strange New Territory: L.A.’s Council District Lines Redrawn

Redistricting is going on in the City of Los Angeles, and today, quite literally, the political landscape of local government has been rocked by the proposed boundary lines for our 15 Council Districts. more › Go here to see the original: Strange New Territory: L.A.’s Council District Lines Redrawn

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Extra, Extra: Fullerton City Council Recall Effort, Best and Worst TV Sports Anchors & Julie the Chimp’s Checkered Past

January 22, 2012
Extra, Extra: Fullerton City Council Recall Effort, Best and Worst TV Sports Anchors & Julie the Chimp’s Checkered Past

In tonight’s Extra, Extra, we look at Julie the chimp’s checkered past, the best and worst anchors covering sports and an effort to recall Fullerton City Council members. Plus: Keep up with us on Facebook , and follow us on Twitter: @LAist @LAistFood @LAistSports . more › Original post: Extra, Extra: Fullerton City Council Recall Effort, Best and Worst TV Sports Anchors & Julie the Chimp’s Checkered Past

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Possible Porn Exodus? Production Companies Consider Leaving L.A. Post-Condom Law Approval

January 19, 2012
Possible Porn Exodus? Production Companies Consider Leaving L.A. Post-Condom Law Approval

L.A. City Council’s nearly unanimous vote granting final approval to the condoms in porn ordinance is supported by some members of the multibillion dollar porn industry. Those in opposition, however, may pack up set and head elsewhere. more › Read this article: Possible Porn Exodus? Production Companies Consider Leaving L.A. Post-Condom Law Approval

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Los Angeles Porn Condom Law

January 19, 2012
Los Angeles Porn Condom Law

Porn movie actors must wear condoms to film in Los Angeles, according to the L.A. City Council which voted 9-1 to outlaw bareback porn production in the Porn Capitol of the World . Porn industry companies argue that nobody wants to pay for adult films to look at condoms, so bareback film producers are threatening to leave the San Fernando Valley and turn family-friendly Ventura County into the new porn capitol. What angers the adult film industry most of all are the random government inspections for condom usage now mandated by the Los Angeles City Council’s decision. “This is government overreach,” declared Diane Duke of the Free Speech Coalition . “It’s not about performer health and safety; it’s about government regulating what happens between consenting adults.” Porn filmmakers insist that condoms are not necessary because the erotic film industry requires that bareback porn actors test for sexually transmitted diseases each month when they are working. Others feel differently, however. “It’s a great day for the performers and safer sex in our society,” said AIDS Healthcare Foundation President Michael Weinstein. “This is the first legislative body to take up the issue and the near-unanimous support is very gratifying.” There is also a push to get similar legislation passed for all of Los Angeles County, as well as San Francisco County, for all productions of gay porn, straight porn, lesbian porn and group porn. The new L.A. ordinance would deny film permits to porn producers who do not comply with the new condom law.

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Osborn Snags Another Dem Club Endorsement

January 19, 2012

Torie Osborn ‘s campaign for the new 50th Assembly District , which includes Beverly Hills, continued to gain steam Tuesday night as she picked up the endorsement of the  Santa Monica Democratic Club . The political veteran has already garnered support from the  Malibu Democratic Club  and the  Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley . Osborn won the Santa Monica club’s endorsement overwhelmingly with 77 percent of the vote, beating out her Democratic opponents—53rd District Assemblywoman Betsy Butler and Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom . The three fielded questions about an array of issues plaguing the financially troubled state. Butler ended up with 13 percent of the club’s votes and Bloom received 9 percent.  The primary election is June 5. The top two vote-getters, regardless of party affiliation, will face off in the November general election. West Hollywood resident Brad Torgan is the only Republican in the race.  “Because of you I’m going to win,” Osborn told her supporters. ”My life’s work has been making opportunities out of emergencies.” Known in local circles for championing feminism and gay rights, and working with the homeless, Osborn said her backers were “kickass” for their enthusiasm in supporting her campaign. “She is honestly the most inspirational of the three,” Santa Monica Democratic Club President Jay Johnson said of Osborn. Osborn dubbed herself a “community organizer with an MBA.” Her responses often evoked hollers and applause from her supporters, who wore blue and yellow campaign stickers on their chests. They were the most boisterous in the 100-odd crowd at the main branch of the Santa Monica Library, where the candidate forum was held. “I want a fighter. Their voice has to be fresh and authentic,” said Santa Monica resident Sally Breiter, who met Osborn for the first time Tuesday and said she now supports her. But Osborn’s political ideologies are generally shared by her Democratic opponents, who are equally educated and whose resumes are just as formidable. When asked about their plans to raise taxes, Osborn and Butler said they support Gov. Jerry Brown’s initiative to hike taxes on sales and the wealthy, while Bloom replied “we have a menu of options to choose from. The most important question isn’t which one we chose, but how do we get people to vote for it?” Osborn and Butler also said they support taxing oil. Osborn added that she’s working on a money-saving ballot initiative to reform the property tax legislation of  Proposition 13 . The two women are also aligned in their opposition to the death penalty. Bloom said he supports it only for mass murderers and terrorists. All three want to see health care reformed into a single-payer system, such as the one proposed under  Senate Bill 810 .  In an effort to appeal to voters, Bloom reminded the audience that he has served on the Santa Monica City Council for 13 years. Butler told those in attendance that she already has experience in the state Assembly. “I’m finishing the first year of my first term, and I’m quite happy with what I got to work on this year,” said Butler, who went on to name six bills she penned that were ultimately signed into law by Gov. Brown. Yet Butler and Bloom will have another chance to face off against Osborn. The  West Hollywood/Beverly Hills Democratic Club  is holding its endorsement meeting for the State Assembly at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25. The meeting will take place at the West Hollywood Park Auditorium, 647 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood, CA, 90069. Current members’ dues must be paid by Jan. 25 to vote. It is too late for new members to join and vote at this meeting. For more information, call 310-278-7596 or email WHBHDEMS@gmail.com. Be sure to follow Beverly Hills Patch on  Twitter  and “Like” us on  Facebook . View post: Osborn Snags Another Dem Club Endorsement

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Osborn Snags Another Dem Club Endorsement

January 19, 2012

Torie Osborn ‘s campaign for the new 50th Assembly District , which includes Beverly Hills, continued to gain steam Tuesday night as she picked up the endorsement of the  Santa Monica Democratic Club . The political veteran has already garnered support from the  Malibu Democratic Club  and the  Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley . Osborn won the Santa Monica club’s endorsement overwhelmingly with 77 percent of the vote, beating out her Democratic opponents—53rd District Assemblywoman Betsy Butler and Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom . The three fielded questions about an array of issues plaguing the financially troubled state. Butler ended up with 13 percent of the club’s votes and Bloom received 9 percent.  The primary election is June 5. The top two vote-getters, regardless of party affiliation, will face off in the November general election. West Hollywood resident Brad Torgan is the only Republican in the race.  “Because of you I’m going to win,” Osborn told her supporters. ”My life’s work has been making opportunities out of emergencies.” Known in local circles for championing feminism and gay rights, and working with the homeless, Osborn said her backers were “kickass” for their enthusiasm in supporting her campaign. “She is honestly the most inspirational of the three,” Santa Monica Democratic Club President Jay Johnson said of Osborn. Osborn dubbed herself a “community organizer with an MBA.” Her responses often evoked hollers and applause from her supporters, who wore blue and yellow campaign stickers on their chests. They were the most boisterous in the 100-odd crowd at the main branch of the Santa Monica Library, where the candidate forum was held. “I want a fighter. Their voice has to be fresh and authentic,” said Santa Monica resident Sally Breiter, who met Osborn for the first time Tuesday and said she now supports her. But Osborn’s political ideologies are generally shared by her Democratic opponents, who are equally educated and whose resumes are just as formidable. When asked about their plans to raise taxes, Osborn and Butler said they support Gov. Jerry Brown’s initiative to hike taxes on sales and the wealthy, while Bloom replied “we have a menu of options to choose from. The most important question isn’t which one we chose, but how do we get people to vote for it?” Osborn and Butler also said they support taxing oil. Osborn added that she’s working on a money-saving ballot initiative to reform the property tax legislation of  Proposition 13 . The two women are also aligned in their opposition to the death penalty. Bloom said he supports it only for mass murderers and terrorists. All three want to see health care reformed into a single-payer system, such as the one proposed under  Senate Bill 810 .  In an effort to appeal to voters, Bloom reminded the audience that he has served on the Santa Monica City Council for 13 years. Butler told those in attendance that she already has experience in the state Assembly. “I’m finishing the first year of my first term, and I’m quite happy with what I got to work on this year,” said Butler, who went on to name six bills she penned that were ultimately signed into law by Gov. Brown. Yet Butler and Bloom will have another chance to face off against Osborn. The  West Hollywood/Beverly Hills Democratic Club  is holding its endorsement meeting for the State Assembly at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25. The meeting will take place at the West Hollywood Park Auditorium, 647 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood, CA, 90069. Current members’ dues must be paid by Jan. 25 to vote. It is too late for new members to join and vote at this meeting. For more information, call 310-278-7596 or email WHBHDEMS@gmail.com. Be sure to follow Beverly Hills Patch on  Twitter  and “Like” us on  Facebook . View post: Osborn Snags Another Dem Club Endorsement

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