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Board of Ed to Oppose Mike Feuer Transit Bill

January 29, 2012

The Board of Education will vote at its next meeting to oppose a bill that seeks to streamline the approval process of new public rail transit projects, such as the Westside Subway Extension , by granting them special legal protection from state environmental review challenges. Assemblyman Mike Feuer (D-Los Angeles) introduced  AB1444 in early January. If the bill is passed, the Beverly Hills Unified School District cannot file a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) challenge against the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to stop it from routing the Westside Subway Extension under  Beverly Hills High School .  “The timing of this legislation is suspicious,” board member Lisa Korbatov said at the Jan. 24 school board meeting. “This legislation speaks to us right now as we are the only ones who could soon make a CEQA challenge.” The panel voted 4-0 (board member Jake Manaster was not at the meeting) to request that Superintendent Gary Woods draft a resolution opposing AB1444. Woods was asked to bring the measure to the board’s next meeting for a vote.  The board will also consider hiring a lobbyist in Sacramento to help defeat the bill. Board President Brian Goldberg instructed BHUSD staff to “work with legal counsel to prepare proposals to hire a lobbying firm to oppose this legislation.” It is not clear if the proposals will be ready by the next board meeting, which is scheduled for Feb. 14. The board already spends $15,000 a month on Venable LLP, a Washington, D.C. lobbying firm hired last year to persuade lawmakers to withhold federal funding for the Westside Subway Extension should Metro choose a route that goes under BHHS. Board members voted unanimously last month to extend the Venable contract until March 31. In introducing AB1444, Feuer said the bill would encourage job growth and give people alternatives to commuting by car. “This bill would create thousands of desperately needed jobs, and give commuters and residents environmentally sound transit options as alternatives to sitting in stopped traffic,” Feuer said in a Jan. 4 statement. As part of the 42nd Assembly District, Beverly Hills is represented by Feuer. However, the city is  joining the new 50th Assembly District  for the November 2012 election. Be sure to follow  Beverly Hills  Patch on  Twitter  and “Like” us on  Facebook . See original here: Board of Ed to Oppose Mike Feuer Transit Bill

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Ron Paul Wins Arizona Straw Poll

January 29, 2012
Ron Paul Wins Arizona Straw Poll

Ron Paul has won the Arizona Republican Party straw poll in a dramatic landslide, suggesting that other GOP candidates may have trouble winning the state’s presidential primary on February 28th. In the Arizona straw poll, Ron Paul won 256 votes, Newt Gingrich got 20 votes, Mitt Romney received 17 votes, and Rick Santorum garnered 8 votes. Mr. Paul has won many straw polls during his campaign for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, including landslide victories in the California straw poll and the Los Angeles County straw poll. The fact that Ron Paul continues to win straw polls reflects a base of support is that is loyal, widespread and undaunted by media attacks on the popular constitutional conservative. Ron Paul Wins Arizona Straw Poll More here: Ron Paul Wins Arizona Straw Poll

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Herman Cain Endorses Newt Gingrich

January 29, 2012
Herman Cain Endorses Newt Gingrich

Herman Cain has endorsed Newt Gingrich for president, urging Republicans to vote for the former Speaker of the House as he fights for the 2012 GOP nomination. “I hereby officially and enthusiastically endorse Newt Gingrich,” Herman Cain announced in Florida. “There are several reasons as to why I have reached this public decision. One of the biggest reasons is the fact that I know Speaker Gingrich is a patriot,” Cain added. Of all endorsements by former 2012 presidential candidates, Herman Cain’s endorsement carries the most weight so far, say many Republicans. Cain’s support for Gingrich’s campaign was widely anticipated. “We are going to do something and we are going to elect Newt Gingrich as the next president of the United States!” Herman Cain declared to a cheering crowd in the following video. CAIN ENDORSES GINGRICH Continue reading here: Herman Cain Endorses Newt Gingrich

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McCarthy: No Wiig, No ‘Bridesmaids 2′

January 11, 2012

Actress Melissa McCarthy arrives at the TCA Party for CBS, The CW and Showtime held at The Pagoda on August 3, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. Visit link: McCarthy: No Wiig, No ‘Bridesmaids 2′

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Scorsese, Allen earn Directors Guild honors

January 11, 2012

In this Nov. 21, 2011 file photo, Michel Hazanavicius , writer/director of “The Artist,” poses at a screening of the film in Beverly Hills, Calif. Read more: Scorsese, Allen earn Directors Guild honors

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Jay-Z raps about birth of daughter with Beyonce

January 11, 2012

FILE – In this Jan. 11, 2009 file photo, Beyonce, left, is joined by husband Jay-Z , as she arrives at the 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. See the article here: Jay-Z raps about birth of daughter with Beyonce

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Kristen Bell Comes Clean About Getting Dirty in the "House of Lies"

January 7, 2012

AUGUST 03:Actress Kristen Bell arrives at the TCA Party for CBS, The CW and Showtime held at The Pagoda on August 3, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. Visit link: Kristen Bell Comes Clean About Getting Dirty in the “House of Lies”

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Year in Eater : Friends of Eater Recall Their Single Best Meals of 2011

December 29, 2011
Year in Eater : Friends of Eater Recall Their Single Best Meals of 2011

As is the tradition at Eater, our closeout of the year is a survey of friends, industry types, bloggers, and readers. We’ve already covered Top Newcomers , Top Standbys , Best Dining Neighborhood , 2011 described in one word , and Biggest Dining Surprises . Now, Best Meals. Readers, please add your thoughts to the comments. [Scarpetta, Beverly Hills. Elizabeth Daniels ] Q: What was your single best meal of 2011? Lonny Pugh, LA editor, Urban Daddy : Scarpetta . It involved the spaghetti—one of those simple dishes that can’t possibly be as good as everybody says it is. But then it is. And then later you think it can’t possibly be as good as you remember. So you go back and have it again. And it still is. Stephane Bombet, owner, Picca: Gary Menes pop up dinner at Le Comptoir at Tiara Cafe. My favorite dish was his home made foie gras au torchon with balsamic vinegar and callery pears. Jonathan Gold, LA Weekly : A lovely three-hour lunch at Providence – Michael Cimarusti has quietly become the best chef in Los Angeles. Hadley Tomicki, LA editor, Grub Street : I’m still surprised I didn’t wake up at some point when Cimarusti, Ludo, Urasawa, and Zarate came together at Providence, but I’d have to say the kaiseki dinner I had at N/Naka , as I’ve rarely had such an emotional reaction to food. One side of the table was laughing in wonder, the other crying in joy. Lesley Barger Suter , dine editor, LAmag : I keep giving it love, but I’m going to have to say my first meal at Sotto : Bread with lardo, perfect pork meatballs, and that pizza, plus cannolis…all washed down with some amaro. Wolfgang Puck: I would say that my single best meal was at the Fat Duck outside of London if I exclude the meal that Tetsu made for me at Spago. Zach Brooks, Midtown Lunch : Do I have to choose between ink. and Son of a Gun … because I really don’t want to. Jeff Miller, LA editor, Thrillist : I was lucky enough to spend some major time in Las Vegas and got to eat at Bartolotta . Not only was it the best meal I ate all year, but that’s one of my favorite meals I’ve ever had. Every single bite was perfect. Yassmin Sarmadi, restaurant owner, Church & State: Chef’s Tasting Menu at Patina – I have always enjoyed Patina, but had not been for some time. Hands down this was one of my best dining experiences in 2011! George Abou-Daoud, restaurateur, Bowery Street Enterprises : Chicharron en Verde followed by Espinoza de Cerdo en Guajillo in Mexico City—-amazing. Lindsay William-Ross, LAist : This is probably the hardest for me to answer, because I can’t just say one thing! I did get to sit down to an amazing meal in the private dining room of Osteria Mozza for a dinner honoring Ruth Reichl where the guests were some amazing local chefs and food writers, which was made only more surreal by the fact that I was high on cold medicine. But a lot of my greatest dining pleasures came while traveling, like the half-dozen fresh oysters I had at Seattle’s Pike Place Market, or the epic meals at Julian Serrano and Sage at the Aria in Vegas with some of my food writing girlfriends. The donuts from The Doughnut Plant in NYC my boyfriend and I ate while walking around the Lower East Side one very cold Sunday morning in March after we flew in on a red eye. A White Spot burger in Vancouver. Anytime I got to share a table with a loved one, or experience something while I traveled, well, that’s my best meal! Daniela Galarza, associate editor, Eater LA: In LA – Picca . Outside of LA – Pok Pok. Maggie Nemser, founder, Blackboard Eats : At Joe’s in Venice with Walter Manzke as the guest chef serving an unforgettable Millbrook Venison with Sauce Poivrade. Josh Lurie, Food GPS : That’s a tough call. My meaty meal at Snow’s BBQ, about an hour outside of Austin, was pretty spectacular. Sooke Harbour House, situated right on the water in a spectacular Vancouver Island setting, was stunning for multiple reasons, including the hyper-local food. Still, since this is Eater LA, let’s go with something that’s actually in Los Angeles. One of my most recent blowout meals in L.A. was at Sushi Gen , where we let a friend take the lead, and he proceeded to order an onslaught of pristine seafood, including toro, uni, mirugai (giant clam) and amaebi (sweet shrimp). Seriously, how could that not taste good? And of course the people were fun, so that always helps. Kat Odell, editor, Eater LA: I would probably have to go with the epic Krug dinner I had earlier this year at Urasawa . Can’t compete with Hiro’s sushi and 15 bottles of vintage Krug divided between 10 diners… also had a surprisingly fun/flavorful dinner at Miss Lily’s recently in NYC. · Year in Eater 2011 [~ELA~] Go here to read the rest: Year in Eater : Friends of Eater Recall Their Single Best Meals of 2011

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Office parties still a little ho-ho-hum

December 17, 2011
Office parties still a little ho-ho-hum

http://www.youtube.com/v/qYiWgzemSTI?version=3&f=user_uploads&app=youtube_gdata Business reporter Tiffany Hsu says office parties have a little more life in them this year. But cost-conscious companies are still cutting out catered lunches or off-campus bashes and holding potlucks instead — or nothing at all. Read more at lat.ms Read more here: Office parties still a little ho-ho-hum

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Metta World Peace wants Blake Griffin to posterize him

December 17, 2011
Metta World Peace wants Blake Griffin to posterize him

http://www.youtube.com/v/OMClZpaOhxw?version=3&f=user_uploads&app=youtube_gdata Metta World Peace wants Blake Griffin to posterize him See the original post: Metta World Peace wants Blake Griffin to posterize him

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