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March 5, 2014
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May 1, 2012

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Commentary: Beverly Hills Needs a Relocation Ordinance to Protect Tenants

February 14, 2012

Beverly Hills Patch accepts and publishes emails to the editor regarding any relevant local issue. The views expressed in the following commentary do not reflect the opinion of the publication, its editor and/or its writers. Emails may be edited for length and clarity. Have an opinion? Write to the site editor at mariec@patch.com. C ommentary submitted by   Beverly Hills resident Jennifer Brugger. I am currently a Beverly Hills resident and have proudly been so for the past two years. I moved to the area from Thousand Oaks to be closer to my job and to give my son a great education in the Beverly Hills Unified School District, which I must say I am overjoyed at the progress he has made since moving to this community. However, being a single parent and the sole provider for my son, it has been an uphill battle to be able to afford the rent in such a pricey neighborhood. We did it though, on time and in full every month. But one and a half years into our residential bliss in Beverly Hills, I found out the sad reality of the lack of protection for renters in Beverly Hills. I was very happy to be living month to month in what I thought was a beautiful, two-bedroom apartment on South Elm Drive for only $1,800 a month. Then I came home from work one day and saw a notice on my door. The notice said we had 60 days to vacate the property and that they would be demolishing our building, plus four others in a row, to build a ginormous condo building. I had no extra money for this; we lived paycheck to paycheck as it was. My fear of shaking up my child’s life, moving schools and jobs right after what felt like a very recent move to the area was all too much to handle. I could barely sleep that night. The next day I spoke with a friend whose parents buy properties and rent them out in Glendale, and he had some very reassuring words for me: relocation fees. I asked what this meant. He said, “Relocation fees are monies paid to renters to assist them in moving within the allocated time frame. Los Angeles County requires landlords to pay these fees to tenants asked to vacate for condo conversions.” I got all excited. I thought, “OK, if they have to pay me even just a little to move, it will help with moving our things and paying a new deposit, and all of the expenses that go along with a move.” Not long after the good news hit my ears I heard the dreaded word “but.” He said, “But…you need to check with the city of Beverly Hills and make sure the same ordinances apply to BH residents as do to Los Angeles County residents because Beverly Hills sometimes has their own set of rules.” I figured Beverly Hills must have something in place similar to Los Angeles County to protect the little guys like me. So I placed a call to the city. I left a voicemail for Terence May, senior code enforcement officer of Beverly Hills. It was not an hour later when I received a return phone call from Mr. May with some very bad news. He said Beverly Hills does not have an ordinance in place requiring landlords to pay tenants’ relocation fees and that they were abiding the law in Beverly Hills by giving us 60 days to vacate.  Soon after I was hunting Craigslist and buying a membership to Westside Rentals in desperate search for a home within walking distance from my son’s school. Very little within our price range was available and what was available was too far away or just outside the city limits, which meant I would have to change my son’s school. I ended up moving to a place nearby for $400 more a month. I had to sell my car for a lesser one and liquidate some of the items we owned to be able to afford it. But getting rid of my things wasn’t the saddest part of the experience. There were four other single parents living in my two-building complex and an elderly couple who had lived there 25 years. And the saddest yet… I was awoken one night by screaming and crying from what sounded like the front of the building at 3:30 a.m. I got scared that someone was being hurt and called the police. I stood on my balcony and watched the police arrive. I pointed to where I thought the noise was coming from. They banged on the door of the apartment and it was one of my son’s friends that lived there. I heard the police ask a crying young women to come out and talk to them.  “My father left us and took our business. It’s just me and my mom, my younger sister and my younger brother living here, and I am in college with a part-time job taking care of my whole family,” the woman said through sobs. “They are kicking us out and we will have no place to live and it’s very stressful. I’m sorry we were fighting so loudly so late.” This is a one-bedroom apartment mind you. My heart sank. My position was awful but my neighbor’s position was much worse. I couldn’t believe such a wonderful city with such a sense of community and family would have no protection for us—the little renters—who also pay our taxes and spend our paychecks within city limits supporting small business, chains and overall being upstanding, hardworking citizens.  Please protect us with a relocation fee ordinance. It promotes slow growth and protects us from overseas tycoons who come in, buy a block and kick the tenants to the curb. Also, say goodbye to the nostalgic 300 block of South Elm Drive with its early 1950s charm-filled buildings early this year. I know I will as the wrecking ball wakes me up at 7 a.m. daily to tear our old home down. Jennifer Brugger Beverly Hills Resident  Be sure to follow Beverly Hills Patch on  Twitter  and “Like” us on  Facebook . Read the original post: Commentary: Beverly Hills Needs a Relocation Ordinance to Protect Tenants

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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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Patek Philippe Watches – Luxury Designer Spotlight

February 4, 2012

In the competitive world of luxury watchmaking, one name stands out among others: Patek Philippe . A family owned, Swiss watch company, Patek Philippe has been captivating the world with its innovation, invention and unparalleled luxury watches ever since Queen Victoria famously donned a Patek Philippe watch in 1851. Patek Philippe History When French watchmaker Adrien Philippe and Polish businessman Antoni Patek met in 1844, it was history in the making. Patek had already been involved in a watch business at the time, alongside watchmaker Franciszek Czapek, but was knocked off his feet by the intricate stem and wind system Philippe had created. When Czapek left the partnership in 1851, Patek and Philippe quickly joined forces to form one of foremost names in luxury watches today: Patek Philippe. Philippe’s stem and wind system was a mere glimpse of the innovation to come. With more than 70 patents to its credit, Patek Philippe is the only timepiece manufacturer that crafts every part found in its brilliant watches. The sole Geneva watchmaker to receive the coveted Geneva Seal, Patek Philippe’s impeccable standards ensure its watches are among the most luxurious, precise examples of Swiss watches in the world. The company is rumored to put each movable component of its watches through hundreds of hours of testing, and observes the function of each manufactured watch for an entire month before releasing it to the public for purchase. That care and exquisite attention to detail explains why Patek Philippe only produces about 30,000 watches each year. Given this inventiveness and penchant for perfection, it’s no surprise that Patek Philippe holds so many “firsts” in the watch world. It released one of the first crown wound pocket watches in 1839, an innovation that would eventually do away with the act of winding a watch with a key. Patek Philippe is credited with making the world’s first wristwatch, a feat it accomplished in 1868, and the first wristwatch with a perpetual calendar. And the price of a Patek Philippe watch reflects it unparalleled manufacturing and luxury: At an astounding purchase price of $5.7 million, a Ref. 1527 Patek Philippe chronograph wristwatch in 18K gold stole the show at a 2010 Christie’s auction and set the world record for the most expensive watch ever sold. And Patek Philippe watches have fetched $1.1 million bids on more than one occasion. Notable People Who Wear Patek Philippe If you aren’t convinced of a Patek Philippe watch’s elegance and appeal, this story should do the trick: When President Franklin Delano Roosevelt had to select a gift for the Dalai Lama in 1943, he chose a Patek Philippe watch. It is reportedly one of the Dalai Lama’s favorite possessions, and the renowned leader wears it regularly to this day. Among other notable figures and celebrities who have worn Patek Philippe watches are watch aficionado Brad Pitt, who has been spotted in the Patek Philippe Nautilus Watch; John Mayer, a vintage watch collector; Johnny Depp; John Lennon, who wore a Patek Philippe Moonphase watch on his 40 th birthday; and fellow Beatle Paul McCartney, who wore a Patek Philippe at his recent wedding.

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Mario Batali on Real Time With Bill Maher Tonight: Chef, banker-hater, and professional bed-breaker Mario…

January 28, 2012
Mario Batali on Real Time With Bill Maher Tonight: Chef, banker-hater, and professional bed-breaker Mario…

Chef, banker-hater , and professional bed-breaker Mario Batali will be a guest tonight on HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher . Will he again claim he was ” deliberately misquoted ” or will he just chew food for other people ? [RTWBM via -EN- ] See more here: Mario Batali on Real Time With Bill Maher Tonight: Chef, banker-hater, and professional bed-breaker Mario…

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Up For Grabs : Elements Kitchen in Pasadena On The Market

January 28, 2012
Up For Grabs : Elements Kitchen in Pasadena On The Market

Pasadena’s two-year-old , two starred Elements Kitchen is for sale . This “turn-key” restaurant, located at the Pasadena Playhouse, encompasses 4,500 square feet and comes with a 41 beer and wine license, an open kitchen, and full bar/lounge. The listing adds, “Completely rebuilt and renovated in 2009. Restaurant has been well reviewed and featured in various publications.” Price not listed. · Pasadena Restaurant for Sale [LoopNet] Continued here: Up For Grabs : Elements Kitchen in Pasadena On The Market

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DEALFEED: Villains Tavern

January 12, 2012

The Restaurant : Villains Tavern The Deal: Two pizzas for the price of one. When/Where : Through January 15, 5:30-8PM; 1356 Palmetto St., 213-613-0766 . Continued here: DEALFEED: Villains Tavern

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Developer Strikes Again, Plans Demolition Of More Silver Lake Buildings

January 4, 2012
Developer Strikes Again, Plans Demolition Of More Silver Lake Buildings

Silver Lake is under the wrecking ball again, facing development plans that could demolish structures like the former Sunset Pacific Motel and the 4100 Bar. The same developer who leveled a block of storefronts at the city’s Sunset Junction last September has its eyes set on more buildings in the area. more › See more here: Developer Strikes Again, Plans Demolition Of More Silver Lake Buildings

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Von Dutch Tycoon Tonny Sorensen Lists L.A. Crib

December 28, 2011

SELLER: Tonny Sorensen LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA PRICE: $6,900,000 SIZE: 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Once upon a time, in the not so distant fashion past, every celebrity-oriented blog and gossip glossy regularly featured photographs of Von Dutch trucker hat wearing celebs who included Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Gwen Stefani, … (more) See the original post: Von Dutch Tycoon Tonny Sorensen Lists L.A. Crib

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