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Temporary Shutter: Right this very second there is…

February 10, 2012

Right this very second there is a power outage near the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica. Eateries near Ocean/2nd/3rd and Santa Monica are currently shuttered including Starbucks, Famima!!, Trastevere, The Misfit, Ye Olde King’s Head … likely to reopen shortly. [EaterWire] Excerpt from: Temporary Shutter: Right this very second there is…

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Horace Mann Renovations Could Include Public Parking

February 9, 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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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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Local Heroes: Sophia Rossi of HelloGiggles Calls Beverly Hills Home

January 26, 2012

If you love Zooey Deschanel , nostalgia, television, and lady-friendly jokes, then chances are that you’re a fan of HelloGiggles . The rest is here: Local Heroes: Sophia Rossi of HelloGiggles Calls Beverly Hills Home

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Roxbury Park Community Center Meeting Is Tonight

January 26, 2012

The Beverly Hills City Council is encouraging residents to attend Thursday’s meeting about the future of the Roxbury Park Community Center . The meeting takes place at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall, 455 N. Rexford Drive. Two hours of free parking is available in the city lot across the street next to the Beverly Hills Public Library. At its Dec. 6 meeting, the council  unanimously rejected the bids that were submitted for the community center’s construction because they went over the $14.7 million that has been budgeted for the project. The purpose of the project is to modernize the facility and includes: a multipurpose room that can function as a gym community meeting rooms a small satellite library  a kitchen for the senior nutrition program an exercise room staff offices and other spaces for the community upgrades to the maintenance building and yard an expanded parking lot drainage improvements a fire lane for fire-truck access to the park landscaping Council members agreed to reconsider the project through public feedback meetings led by the Recreation and Parks Liaison Committee, which includes Vice Mayor  William Brien  and Councilman Julian Gold.  “We’ll get this right—something that is safe and clean, and of Beverly Hills quality,” Brien said when the council voted in December to reject the submitted contractor bids. “I can tell you right now, the existing facility is none of those three.” Be sure to follow  Beverly Hills  Patch on  Twitter  and “Like” us on  Facebook . Read this article: Roxbury Park Community Center Meeting Is Tonight

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22nd Street Park: San Pedro’s Newest Outdoor Space

January 15, 2012
22nd Street Park: San Pedro’s Newest Outdoor Space

Even in areas that are not often associated with nature and outdoor activity, such as the Port of Los Angeles, there are opportunities to get exercise. Case in point: 22nd St. Park, one of the South Bay’s newest outdoor facilities. more › View original post here: 22nd Street Park: San Pedro’s Newest Outdoor Space

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Get Out: Elvis Presley’s Birthday at the Echoplex, Dangerous Ideas at MOCA

January 8, 2012
Get Out: Elvis Presley’s Birthday at the Echoplex, Dangerous Ideas at MOCA

Get out so you can celebrate the King’s birthday or watch political films from the 1970s. more › See the article here: Get Out: Elvis Presley’s Birthday at the Echoplex, Dangerous Ideas at MOCA

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Beverly Hills Tears Down the Ron Paul Street Art Gracing Rodeo Drive

January 8, 2012
Beverly Hills Tears Down the Ron Paul Street Art Gracing Rodeo Drive

The city of Beverly Hills has torn down the street art gracing Rodeo Drive that features a pastel pop art portrait of perennial presidential candidate Ron Paul. It’s not clear explain exactly why the city tore it down—but we’re pretty sure the gauche Mr. Brainwash-esque portrait was not approved by the city’s Fine Art Commission, unlike the Robert Graham “Torso” sculpture it was affixed to. more › Follow this link: Beverly Hills Tears Down the Ron Paul Street Art Gracing Rodeo Drive

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10 Ways to Use Patch in 2012

January 3, 2012

It’s a new year, and we’re ready to serve the Beverly Hills community in a bigger and better way—but we need your help. Beverly Hills Patch is as much your site as it is ours. Here’s how you can use Patch to make an impact. Share the news.  When we know about community news, we’re on the case. From important city announcements to power outages and crime, Patch is covering news 24-7. See something you think others should read? All you have to do is click the Facebook “recommend” button above an article or blog to share it with your neighbors and friends. Comment.  If you have relevant information to add to an article, jump in and make a comment. We’ll follow up and possibly add it to related articles in the future. Most community stories continue to evolve after they are reported—you can be a real-time source by commenting. Connect with the local editor.  Email Beverly Hills site editor Marie Cunningham at mariec@patch.com, or call her at 310-809-4882 if you have any tips or information to share.  Follow us on Twitter.  When we write an article, we tweet the news out to our followers. Want the info the fastest way possible? Follow  @BevHillsPatch . Get the iPhone or Droid app.  Your smartphone is an awesome tool for getting the info on what’s going on in your community. Click here to get the Patch app for free on iTunes. Not only can you read news on it, but post photos and videos as well. For information about the Driod app, click here . Take photos.  Patch has launched a new  community gallery , where you can post any of your own photography. Have a cool photo of something you spotted around town? Share it with us. Shoot videos.  The community gallery is not just for photos—send clips of anything around town you think is newsworthy. If you also give us a heads up via email that you’re uploading a video, we can feature it prominently on the homepage. Add to the calendar.  Have an event you want to make the community aware of? Don’t be shy. Post it in our  events calendar  for all to see. It’s free! Volunteer.  The same goes for our announcements section on Patch. Are you looking for volunteers for a service project?  Share it . Blog.  Everybody in any community has a story to tell. Don’t keep them to yourself. Sign up to be a blogger on Patch . Be sure to follow Beverly Hills Patch on  Twitter  and “Like” us on  Facebook . Read more here: 10 Ways to Use Patch in 2012

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