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Horace Mann Renovations Could Include Public Parking

February 8, 2012

As the city searches for ways to revitalize southeast Beverly Hills, a proposal to add public parking under Horace Mann School  for local shoppers has elicited concerns from parents. The Board of Education voted Nov. 22 to formally approve plans to spend $55 million of Measure E funds to rebuild and modernize the Horace Mann campus. The proposal includes a two-story building on the corner of Robertson and Charleville boulevards that will house the middle school, a new multipurpose room and a new library. There would be 100 underground parking spaces for school staff and visitors. “Parking is key to upgrading the neighborhood, which will benefit everyone who lives here or attends school here,” Councilman John Mirisch told the Horace Mann Parent Teacher Association on Thursday. Mirisch and Deputy City Manager David Lightner raised the idea of adding a second level of underground parking at Horace Mann at a Nov. 9 Board of Education study session.   The city already leases space at Horace Mann through the Joint Powers Agreement , so offering public parking there could be seen as an extension of the JPA, said Mirisch. The councilman is looking at ways to bring parking to the area as part of his role leading the city’s task force to develop the southeast part of town. “With more parking, our section of Robertson Boulevard could become like Robertson Boulevard in West Hollywood,” he told parents. Mirisch noted that the Beverly Hills section of the street hosts small businesses like nail salons and massage parlors while the West Hollywood section hosts The Ivy and other high-end restaurants and retailers. If more upscale businesses opened near Horace Mann, the city would collect additional property taxes, the councilman said. This could directly benefit the Beverly Hills Unified School District, which became a  basic aid district in 2010. (Under basic aid, the schools are funded through local property taxes rather than a per-pupil allotment from the state.)   Many Horace Mann parents, however, expressed concerns about the idea. Some noted increased traffic flow, safety worries and the general philosophy that commercial and education interests should not be mixed. Mirisch himself said that environmental concerns may preclude the city from moving forward with his plan. There are subterranean toxins on the Horace Mann grounds from a gas station that used to be located across the street. The process of digging up the soil to clean it might be too costly to add any underground parking to the school. “The contamination is probably the biggest stumbling block to the [parking] idea, so I don’t know if it will make financial sense to move forward,” Mirisch told Patch in an email. “We need to…get additional information before there’s anything more to talk about.” Mirisch is continuing to look at other ways to provide more parking on or near Robertson, Olympic and Wilshire boulevards. Additional parking and bike lanes in the area could help create the “right mix of stores, boutique restaurants and most importantly, a sense of community,” he told Patch. Be sure to follow Beverly Hills Patch on  Twitter  and “Like” us on  Facebook . Read the original: Horace Mann Renovations Could Include Public Parking

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How School Garden Mania Swept Los Angeles a Century Ago

February 4, 2012
How School Garden Mania Swept Los Angeles a Century Ago

It’s hard to imagine now, but over a century ago at the corner of 7th Street and Wilson downtown was one of city’s first public schools and ground zero for Los Angeles’ school garden movement. more › More: How School Garden Mania Swept Los Angeles a Century Ago

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Andrew Lockington at the premiere of "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island"

February 4, 2012
Andrew Lockington at the premiere of "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island"

http://www.youtube.com/v/B_WiNRzWu3o?version=3&f=user_uploads&app=youtube_gdata Composer Andrew Lockington talks to Los Angeles Times reporter Emily Rome at the LA premiere of “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” on Feb. 2, 2012. See the rest here: Andrew Lockington at the premiere of “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island”

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Luis Guzmán at the premiere of "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island"

February 3, 2012

http://www.youtube.com/v/Iy7K3tVp4XA?version=3&f=user_uploads&app=youtube_gdata Luis Guzmán talks to reporters at the LA premiere of “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.” Read more from the original source: Luis Guzmán at the premiere of “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island”

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‘Getting Up: The TEMPT ONE Story’ Tracks the Comeback of An Ailing Graffiti Artist Who Learned to Paint Again With His Eyes

January 30, 2012
‘Getting Up: The TEMPT ONE Story’ Tracks the Comeback of An Ailing Graffiti Artist Who Learned to Paint Again With His Eyes

In 2003, the Los Angeles graffiti artist Tony “TEMPT ONE” Quan was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease that paralyzed him and put him out of commission as an artist—until the EyeWriter was invented. The story of how TEMPT ONE was able to create art again using only the movements of his eyes is documented in the film “Getting Up: The TEMPT ONE Story,” which recently won an audience award at the Slamdance Festival . more › See original here: ‘Getting Up: The TEMPT ONE Story’ Tracks the Comeback of An Ailing Graffiti Artist Who Learned to Paint Again With His Eyes

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Sasha Bronner: Why I Don’t Care to Watch the Oscars This Year

January 25, 2012

Waking up yesterday morning to the sunny, glowing light of my iPhone was a little bit like waking up on Christmas morning — you sort of know what you’re gonna get, but there’s always room for surprise. Sure, there’s plenty of buzz and speculation about who might be nominated for the Academy Awards. Sure, the Golden Globes are a strange, half-broken crystal ball indicator of some of what’s to come, but you still don’t really know until you read the nomination list. I fell asleep half way through the list. It is a jumbled, confused, half-assed attempt at honoring the highest achievements in film for the year and frankly, I am bored. It’s hard to know where to even start. It’s kind of like turning in a rough draft in a freshman year creative writing class and having your bearded, vest-wearing liberal arts professor tell you to start from scratch, and with a different protagonist. I have high standards. I always have a bone or two to pick with the Academy when nominations come out. Why are we nominating good movies? Why aren’t we nominating the greatest of the great movies? We should expect good movies throughout the year. We should applaud, on the largest stage, the best ones. There are some fantastic films from 2011 that got barely a flirtatious wink from the Academy. I can barely bring myself to type the word “shame.” The irony. Shame, shame, shame. Michael Fassbender gives the performance of three lifetimes. It is a haunting, horrifyingly honest masterpiece, and one that I could not shake for months . There is no Best Actor nomination, no Best Director, Screenplay or even Supporting Actress nod for Carey Mulligan who quietly brought power and fear to her performance as Fassbender’s damaged sister. And in a completely different way, Beginners is, without a doubt, the movie that stole my heart last year. I have seen it three times, listened to the soundtrack endlessly and adored every conversation I’ve had about it. Thankfully, Christopher Plummer secured a Best Supporting Actor nomination, but Mike Mils delivered the most visceral film about love I can remember and it sticks to your skin in the best of ways, it coats your eyes when you leave the theater and everything feels different, if even for a moment, after experiencing it. It was the year of Ryan Gosling and that beautiful man got no love letter, no postcard. Drive was stylized, it was dark, it was heavy, it threw you around, it made you feel like you were and are a living, breathing human being in this world. Director Nicolas Winding Refn is a force to be reckoned with and the Academy doesn’t seem to care. I would have even taken a Carey Mulligan nomination here , just to get the film’s name on the ballot. I am happy for many films. The Artist is one I resisted and resisted seeing, hearing it was “cute” and “charming.” It is much, much more than that. I am thrilled for Bridesmaids and Moneyball and most especially for Best Actor nominee Demian Bichir for his film A Better Life . What I am not thrilled about it the insistence on nominating names instead of achievements. I love George Clooney and Alexander Payne as much as the next Westside-raised Angeleno. But I didn’t feel any sorrow, sadness or even spirit from The Descendants . I didn’t feel any magic from My Week With Marilyn . I’ve read the list over a few times. And sure, I will be happy to see some nominees win — but there’s no excitement this year, there’s no held breath or glorious moment of surprise when that-perfect-someone’s name is called and their whole world changes on screen for the rest of us to witness. Christmas morning has come and gone. I no longer believe in Santa. See the original post here: Sasha Bronner: Why I Don’t Care to Watch the Oscars This Year

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Cosmo Funnel – Create Share Explore

January 25, 2012
Cosmo Funnel – Create Share Explore

The Cosmo Funnel is the online synergy of all positive energy. Here you can make wishes, set goals, share your dreams, showcase your art, and see how beautiful this existence really is. Read inspiring stories, and view innovative videos in the funnel. Let the world of good karma give you hope for tomorrow and become […]

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Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel Go On A Far Flung Journey

January 6, 2012

We knew he was in a bind, but we had no idea Brian Grazer needed a reputable Oscar host this badly. This first trailer for the 2012 Academy Awards spoofs on the scandal-driven switch that saw Grazer swoop in to save the Oscars after original producer Brett Ratner left the show after it was reported that he made a gay slur at a screening of his film “Tower Heist.” A day after Ratner left his hand-chosen host, “Heist” star Eddie Murphy, bowed out as well , leading Ratner to tap beloved veteran host Billy Crystal for another go-round at the Kodak Theater. Megan Fox and Josh Duhamel feature in this quick clip, which sees them venture around the world in search of The Host. Look for a few surprise cameos while adventuring with the ridiculously good looking duo. WATCH : Read more from the original source: Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel Go On A Far Flung Journey

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Kings Get the Gift of Offense

December 27, 2011
Kings Get the Gift of Offense

It’s appropriate that the Kings have worn all black as their home jerseys this season. Their offense has really fallen into a black hole this season with them dead last in goals scored in the NHL. more › The rest is here: Kings Get the Gift of Offense

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Highest Grossing Movies of 2011

December 27, 2011
Highest Grossing Movies of 2011

Hollywood’s top-grossing movies of 2011 earned billions of dollars in the United States, but what were the biggest films of the year? The entertainment industry released some fantastic productions over the last year, with several successful movie sequels in the mix. Here are the top-ten blockbuster movies of 2011, including the film stars, directors and dollar amount grossed at the box office: Highest Grossing Movies of 2011 #1

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