The OPEN Daily » Beverly Hills http://www.theopendaily.com Essential Guide to L.A. Wed, 19 Apr 2017 01:43:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.13 Katy Perry pays $19M for very private Beverly Hills home http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/katy-perry-pays-19m-for-very-private-beverly-hills-home http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/katy-perry-pays-19m-for-very-private-beverly-hills-home#comments Sun, 16 Apr 2017 20:18:48 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=156955

The pop star purchased the house in an off-market sale

Looks like Katy Perry is back in the Los Angeles real estate game with a major purchase in Beverly Hills. TMZ reports that the pop star has agreed to pay close to $19 million in an off-market deal for the five-bedroom home.

A little under 5,500 square feet in size, the home is located in a very well-guarded gated community in celebrity-filled Coldwater Canyon. Situated on over an acre of open space, it’s accessed by a quarter-mile long driveway and surrounded by lushly landscaped green space. Features include an infinity pool and multiple verandas and outdoor sitting spaces.

According to Variety, the seller is Cody Leibel, son of Canadian developer Lorne Leibel (and apparently among the youngest Ferrari Enzo owners). Leibel appears to be in line for a decent profit on the sale, having purchased the home for a little over $9 million back in 2007.

Meanwhile, Perry is fresh from a very well-publicized legal battle with a group of elderly nuns over the right to purchase a former convent in Los Feliz—a fight which she seems to have won for now.

The singer also owns a pair of properties in the Hollywood Hills which she purchased for a total of $11.2 million in 2013.

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Katy Perry Buys $19 Million Beverly Hills Mansion (PHOTO GALLERY) http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/katy-perry-buys-19-million-beverly-hills-mansion-photo-gallery http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/katy-perry-buys-19-million-beverly-hills-mansion-photo-gallery#comments Thu, 13 Apr 2017 20:01:56 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=156860

Katy Perry

Snags $19m Home

4/13/2017 11:42 AM PDT

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Katy Perry just made a massive move on the real estate market … she’s about to close on a $19 million dollar mega mansion in Beverly Hills, TMZ has learned.

The house has 5 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms and sits on 5,427 sq feet in a super secure gated community. 

The house was not on the market, and we’re told Katy paid the owner a skosh under $19 mil to seal the deal.

The house has all the bells and whistles any star could want — a long, winding driveway, infinity pool, a gorgeous terrace with a view … all surrounded by a forest of eucalyptus.

Get this, her neighbors are Adele, Nicole Kidman, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis, Cameron Diaz, Nicole Ritchie, Zoe Saldana, Ziggy Marley and Guy O’Seary.

Talk about living like a California girl.

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The Flats Finally Sidles Up to Beverly Hills With a Casual Menu and Late Night Hours http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/the-flats-finally-sidles-up-to-beverly-hills-with-a-casual-menu-and-late-night-hours http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/the-flats-finally-sidles-up-to-beverly-hills-with-a-casual-menu-and-late-night-hours#comments Wed, 12 Apr 2017 19:49:10 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=156812

The flatbread player is open now

Nearly three years after announcing itself as the next tenant to follow in the former Red Medicine space, The Flats has finally arrived. Chef/owner Kyle Schutte is working the kitchen now, following a short friends and family stint that took place last weekend.

Now the restaurant is running lunch through dinner service from the corner address just east of La Cienega on the southeastern reaches of Beverly Hills. You can find menus up online officially now too, from the $8 baguette with emulsified bone marrow to the salads, cured meats, and cocktails. The namesake dish, flatbreads, include a $12 margarita option and a heartier $15 pulled pork variety with potato puree and manchego cheese.


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Mushroom flatbread from The Flats

Hours for The Flats run to midnight Sunday through Tuesday, with a full extension to 2 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Lunch starts at 11 a.m. during the week, and on weekends it’s dinner only from 5 p.m. on.

The Flats
8400 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA

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Former ‘Poolside Prince’ At Beverly Hills Hotel Now Homeless, Seeking Donations http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/former-poolside-prince-at-beverly-hills-hotel-now-homeless-seeking-donations http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/former-poolside-prince-at-beverly-hills-hotel-now-homeless-seeking-donations#comments Tue, 11 Apr 2017 21:32:42 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=156719 BEVERLY HILLS (CBSLA.com) — A longtime pool manager at the Beverly Hills Hotel who once rubbed elbows with Hollywood celebrities is asking for help to get back on his feet.

Svend Peterson, once known as the Poolside Prince and the Cabana King, retired from his official title as the famed hotel’s pool manager more than 15 years ago and has since fallen on hard times.

“Hello, I’m Svend Peterson, I”m 86 years old and homeless,” Peterson says in a YouTube video posted April 9.

After working at the Beverly Hills Hotel for more than four decades and rubbing elbows with Hollywood royalty such as Marilyn Monroe, Cary Grant, and Faye Dunaway, Peterson says he was taken advantage of by realtors who conned him into selling his house quickly, landing him in trouble with the IRS, according to a GoFundMe page set up on his behalf.

Still recovering after being recently hospitalized for an infection, Peterson’s “life consists of going from motel to motel and when the money runs out, he sleeps in a car” and going without much more than a couple of bananas to eat, according to the page.

A Twitter account set up on Peterson’s behalf includes photos of him with various celebrities.

Supporters say the GoFundMe effort hopes to raise $5,900 for a down payment for an apartment for Peterson and first three months’ rent.

“I’m calling on you because I need help,” Peterson said. “Real bad.”

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Pedestrian Fatally Struck After 2 SUVs Collide In Beverly Hills http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/pedestrian-fatally-struck-after-2-suvs-collide-in-beverly-hills http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/pedestrian-fatally-struck-after-2-suvs-collide-in-beverly-hills#comments Mon, 10 Apr 2017 07:33:17 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=156655 BEVERLY HILLS (CBSLA.com)   —  A pedestrian was killed Sunday in Beverly Hills.

Desmond Shaw, reporting in Sky 2, said the accident occurred at Wilshire Boulevard and Bedford.

Two luxury SUVs collided and somehow a pedestrian was struck, he reported.

An investigation into the cause of the crash is on-going.

 

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One Beverly Hills Development Begins Work http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/one-beverly-hills-development-begins-work http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/one-beverly-hills-development-begins-work#comments Tue, 04 Apr 2017 19:30:02 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=156507

Work is now beginning for One Beverly Hills, the Richard Meier-designed hotel and condominium complex that will rise on the former site of a posh May Company department store.

The below image, snapped by real estate agent Blake Alexander, shows excavation in process for the project from the Dalian Wanda Group, which is budgeted in excess of $1 billion.

The mixed-use development will create 13- and 15-story buildings on a property spanning between Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevards.  A full buildout of the development will create 193 residential units, 134 hotel rooms and restaurant space.

Both the hotel and residential components of the project share common amenities, including underground parking for more than 1,100 vehicles and over 32,000 square feet of exterior green space designed by the landscape architecture firm OLIN.

The hotel will also include meeting rooms and event space.

Though plans to redevelop the eight-acre site at 9900 Wilshire Boulevard date back to 2004, when New Pacific Realty Corp. first generated plans for the Meier-designed complex.  The last substantial movement on the project came ten years later in 2014, when an earlier owner demolished the vacant Robinsons-May that occupied the property for decades.

Just down the street, the first phase of a rival development feature a Waldorf Astoria hotel is now nearing completion.

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Beverly Hills Police Seek Help In Locating Man, 87 http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/beverly-hills-police-seek-help-in-locating-man-87 http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/beverly-hills-police-seek-help-in-locating-man-87#comments Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:12:00 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=156181 BEVERLY HILLS (CBSLA.com) — Authorities asked for the public’s help Sunday in locating a missing 87-year-old man.

Stanley Heller was last seen near his home along Santa Monica Boulevard in Beverly Hills, police said in a news release.

According to police, Heller suffers from severe Alzheimer’s disease. It’s believed he walked away from his home and is possibly lost in the area.

Heller is a 6-foot-tall Caucasian male.

Anyone with more information about this case was asked to call the Beverly Hills Police Department at (310) 550-4951.

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Beauty and the Beast Inspired Menu at SLS Hotel Beverly Hills http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/beauty-and-the-beast-inspired-menu-at-sls-hotel-beverly-hills http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/beauty-and-the-beast-inspired-menu-at-sls-hotel-beverly-hills#comments Fri, 17 Mar 2017 16:47:43 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=155800
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Beverly Hills Beignet Flips Into Yet Another Poke Shop http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/beverly-hills-beignet-flips-into-yet-another-poke-shop http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/beverly-hills-beignet-flips-into-yet-another-poke-shop#comments Wed, 15 Mar 2017 00:38:44 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=155713

Le sigh

Beignet lovers didn’t have long to revel in the short-lived Beverly Hills Beignet in the heart of the Golden Triangle. The New Orleans-style doughnut shop hardly made half a year before closing back in December in an ugly dispute between partners Dion Antic and Maggie Finneran.

Of all things the storefront could have become, Antic, who held control of the space, has turned it into yet another poke shop. The restaurateur explained that the quick flip is thanks to the use of existing equipment. So how do you utilize the fryers that made the beignets? Fried poke, of course!

Well, kind of. Diners can get two wild caught fishes fried with furikake-panko crust served over French fries. If you prefer to actually get poke at B.H. Poke, you can get a bright red house-made taco shell to house the raw fish.

Beyond fryer-utilizing fish options, there’s also the standard build-your-own model with a selection of fishes and toppings. But the real question is how long is this poke craze sustainable in Los Angeles? With both one-offs and chains like Mainland and Sweetfin Poke sweeping the city, how many over $10 fast-casual lunch options do we really need?

B.H. Poke
9527 Santa Monica Blvd
Beverly Hills

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Vic Mensa Arrested in Beverly Hills for Gun Possession, Permit Problems http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/vic-mensa-arrested-in-beverly-hills-for-gun-possession-permit-problems http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/vic-mensa-arrested-in-beverly-hills-for-gun-possession-permit-problems#comments Tue, 07 Mar 2017 21:37:12 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=155450

Vic Mensa

Busted for Gun Possession …

CA Permit Problems

3/7/2017 1:21 PM PST

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0307-vic-mensa-TMZ-01Vic Mensa got pulled over for a traffic violation, but ended up spending the night in jail for having a gun in his car with a permit — the wrong one, allegedly.

The Roc Nation rapper was stopped in Beverly Hills last week for running a stop sign and having tinted windows … according to law enforcement sources. We’re told he informed cops he had a gun in his car and showed them his concealed carry permit. The problem is … cops say the permit is for another state. 

According to the police report … Vic was arrested and booked on a felony count of carrying a concealed weapon. After one night in jail, he was released on $35,000 bail.

Mensa had a run-in with Bev Hills PD last summer … and felt he was racially profiled while shopping. 

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Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills Heads Toward the Finish Line http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/waldorf-astoria-beverly-hills-heads-toward-the-finish-line http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/waldorf-astoria-beverly-hills-heads-toward-the-finish-line#comments Wed, 01 Mar 2017 06:57:57 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=155141

An image sent by photographer Michael Hayes shows that completion is nearing for the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, a $200-million luxury hotel next to the iconic Beverly Hilton.

Developer Benny Alagem is constructing the 12-story building at the corner of Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevard, creating 170 guest rooms with a collection of shops and restaurants.

Architecure firms Gensler and Pierre-Yves Rochon are designing the mid-rise development in the Streamline Moderne style, with a variety of high-quality finishes.

The official website of the project shows that the hotel will begin taking leases in June.

Alagem is also pursuing the development a pair of mid-rise condominium towers on the property, after an alternate proposal to build a 26-story tower was rejected by Beverly Hills voters in November.

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Hollywood talent agency hosting ‘anti-immigration sentiment ‘rally on Oscar weekend http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/hollywood-talent-agency-hosting-anti-immigration-sentiment-rally-on-oscar-weekend http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/hollywood-talent-agency-hosting-anti-immigration-sentiment-rally-on-oscar-weekend#comments Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:55:54 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=154832 The Dolby Theatre is transformed to host the Academy Awards. Photo by John Schreiber.
The Dolby Theatre is transformed to host the Academy Awards. Photo by John Schreiber.

The Dolby Theatre is transformed to host the Academy Awards. Photo by John Schreiber.

United Talent Agency, which traditionally holds an annual pre-Academy Awards party, will instead host a rally at its Beverly Hills headquarters Friday to express concern over the “anti-immigrant sentiment in the United States.”

UTA executives said such sentiment has a “potential chilling effect on the global exchange of ideas and freedom of expression.” The agency also donated $250,000 to the American Civil Liberties Union and the International Rescue Committee.

One of Hollywood’s top talent agencies, UTA represents figures in entertainment and media, across movies, television, digital, news, theater, video games, books, music and live entertainment.

Among UTA’s clients is Oscar-winning Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, who is nominated for an Academy Award this year for best foreign-language film for “The Salesman.” Farhadi announced previously he will not travel to the United States for the Oscar ceremony due to “the unjust circumstances” of President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily barring visitors from seven predominantly Muslim countries — even though that order has since been blocked by a federal appeals court.

Trump has defended the order as a needed step to prevent potential terrorists from entering the country.

“This is a moment that demands our generosity, awareness and restlessness,” UTA CEO Jeremy Zimmer wrote in a letter to agency employees announcing the decision to cancel the Oscar party. “Our world is a better place for the free exchange of artists, ideas and creative expression. If our nation ceases to be the place where artists the world over can come to express themselves freely, then we cease, in my opinion, to be America.”

The 89th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, will be held Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood,

—City News Service

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LA County moves forward on protecting Obamacare http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/la-county-moves-forward-on-protecting-obamacare http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/la-county-moves-forward-on-protecting-obamacare#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2017 03:31:23 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=154590 Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. Photo: MyNewsLA.com Photo
Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. Photo: MyNewsLA.com Photo

Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. Photo: MyNewsLA.com Photo

The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to push back against the threatened repeal of the Affordable Care Act, widely known as Obamacare.

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas recommended strong opposition, telling his colleagues, “The erosion has already begun … it’s not just the loud voices in Congress, it’s not just the loud voice on Pennsylvania Avenue.”

Ridley-Thomas cited an executive order issued by President Donald Trump that grants exemptions from the ACA and delays further implementation. The Internal Revenue Service has since said it won’t reject filings from taxpayers who fail to state whether they have paid for health insurance mandated by the law.

In addition to pressing legislators not to repeal Obamacare, the board directed the county’s CEO, Sachi Hamai, and the head of the county hospital system, Dr. Mitchell Katz, to explore other options.

Katz told the board that some changes are likely.

Nobody thought that the ACA was perfect … how do we improve on it?” Katz asked the board. He said premiums are too high and 85 percent of working people cannot afford insurance unless it’s subsidized.”

Katz mentioned some ways he believed healthcare costs could be reduced, including the possibility of controlling drug costs. Offering another example, Katz said some elderly patients might be happier in assisted living, but Medicare only covers more expensive nursing home care.

The state manages Medicaid and will be front and center in addressing changes to the healthcare system. However, Katz and others said Los Angeles County should have a big role given its outsize population and control of one of the state’s most active public hospital systems.

“We are the second-largest public health system in the country,” Hamai said. She said the county receives about $900 million in federal funding for its healthcare system.

A recent study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and UC Berkeley Labor Center warned a repeal could trigger a loss of $5.8 billion in gross domestic product and eliminate 63,000 jobs in healthcare and other industries in Los Angeles County alone.

Speaker Paul Ryan has said House Republicans “are working to repeal and replace Obamacare to help people who are struggling with these higher premiums, to help people who have lost their plan or their doctor or both, to help people left with just one insurer to choose from, as is the case with one out of every three counties in America.”

“This is not what the country was promised — far from it,” Ryan, R- Wisconsin, said at a Washington news conference earlier this month. “More and more, we see things getting worse. More and more, we see this law collapsing in front of us. So we could do one of two things. We could just sit back and watch the collapse happen and see people get hurt, or we could step in and conduct a rescue mission, which is to rescue the American health care system from the collapse that is coming because of Obamacare.”

Ryan and new Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price have proposed changing Medicaid — which was expanded in many states under the ACA — from a co-funded federal and state program to one paid for by a block grant of federal dollars.

Proponents say block grants would allow those closest to the patient population to control costs and treatment. Opponents say block grants would cut funding without cutting costs.

Ridley-Thomas called the proposal the most serious budget issue either the state or county had faced in years.

Supervisor Janice Hahn urged those who see the benefits of the ACA to attend town halls and be vocal in their support.

In addition to roughly 1.2 million county residents who gained health insurance under the ACA, many more benefited from provisions that allowed children to stay on their parents’ policies until age 26, prohibited insurers from denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions, eliminated caps on catastrophic illnesses and required more employers to offer insurance, Ridley- Thomas said.

— City News Service

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Million dollar fraud scheme scams foreign students on visas: Beverly Hills scammer’s guilty plea http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/million-dollar-fraud-scheme-scams-foreign-students-on-visas-beverly-hills-scammers-guilty-plea http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/million-dollar-fraud-scheme-scams-foreign-students-on-visas-beverly-hills-scammers-guilty-plea#comments Thu, 09 Feb 2017 22:16:31 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=153540 Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

Photo by John Schreiber.

A Beverly Hills man who owned and operated a network of four vocational schools pleaded guilty Thursday to running a fraud scheme to collect millions of dollars from foreigners who came to the United States on student visas but never studied.

Hee Sun “Leo” Shim, 53, entered his plea in Los Angeles federal court to felony counts of conspiracy and visa fraud, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. A June 5 sentencing hearing was set.

The enterprise — which may have generated as much as $6 million a year for Shim and two co-defendants — involved three schools in Koreatown: Prodee University/Neo-America Language School; Walter Jay M.D. Institute, an Educational Center; and the American College of Forensic Studies; and Likie Fashion and Technology College in Alhambra, authorities said.

Shim’s plea agreement requires him to forfeit property and proceeds derived from the scheme, prosecutors said.

The investigation began in 2011 after a compliance team from Homeland Security Investigation’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program paid an unannounced visit to Prodee’s main campus on Wilshire Boulevard. During the visit, the team observed only one English language class with three students in attendance, even though immigration records showed more than 900 foreign students were enrolled at the university’s two campuses.

That same day, investigators made an unannounced visit to the forensic studies school where they found only one religion class in session with a single student present. At the time, records indicated that the vocational school had more than 300 foreign students in active status.

During the ensuing investigation, HSI special agents identified several dozen foreign nationals, primarily from South Korea and China, who originally entered the country as non-immigrant students to attend other authorized schools, but subsequently transferred to schools in the Prodee network. These students lived across the nation, indicating that they were not actually attending classes at Prodee or the other schools.

Prosecutors said the conspiracy also involved the creation of bogus student records, including transcripts, for some of the students for the purpose of deceiving immigration authorities.

The indictment further alleges that Shim would transfer a purported student — who would pay as much as $1,800 to “enroll” for six months — from one school to another to avoid arousing the suspicion of immigration authorities about students who had been in the United States for lengthy periods of time.

Two Los Angeles men have pleaded guilty to federal charges in the case and are awaiting sentencing. Hyung Chan “Steve” Moon and Eun Young “Jamie” Choi assisted with the operation and management of the schools, prosecutors said.

–City News Service 

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The Last Vestiges Of Beverly Hills’ Trader Vic’s Fade Out http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/the-last-vestiges-of-beverly-hills-trader-vics-fade-out http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/the-last-vestiges-of-beverly-hills-trader-vics-fade-out#comments Tue, 07 Feb 2017 21:34:28 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=153296 The Last Vestiges Of Beverly Hills' Trader Vic's Fade Out
After the restaurant closed in 2007, the once iconic Trader Vic’s had lived on as a poolside lounge. Now the lounge has shut its doors too. [ more › ]

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Trader Vic’s in Beverly Hills Closes After 62 Years http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/trader-vics-in-beverly-hills-closes-after-62-years http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/trader-vics-in-beverly-hills-closes-after-62-years#comments Sun, 05 Feb 2017 07:11:56 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=153130 Even though it was a shell of its former self, the last outpost of Trader Vic’s at the Beverly Hilton closed yesterday. The poolside lounge version of the legendary tiki restaurant appeared after the original mid-century Polynesian landmark closed in 2007 and continued to serve the original Mai Tai and pu pu platters with vintage dishes like Crab Rangoon. The de-tikified space will operate until May with a different name and menu and then close for a remodel. “Trader” Vic Bergeron and Donn Beach invented the tiki style at their California restaurants of the 1930s, creating a genre that would entice generations. The original Beverly Hilton Trader Vic’s was a sprawling Polynesian pop masterpiece that opened with the Welton Becket-designed hotel in 1955 and was a celebrity hot spot for…View Original Post

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$25M in the can for Coca Cola bottling heir’s Beverly Hills megamansion http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/25m-in-the-can-for-coca-cola-bottling-heirs-beverly-hills-megamansion http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/25m-in-the-can-for-coca-cola-bottling-heirs-beverly-hills-megamansion#comments Thu, 02 Feb 2017 14:33:22 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=152906

The billionaire listed it for $35 million, saying nobody “should offer anything less”

In what promises to be one of the biggest sales of the new year, billionaire Alkiviades David has found a buyer for his massive Beverly Hills residence.

Heir to a Coca Cola bottling and shipping empire, David also runs several media-oriented startups (his company Battlecam once offered a $1 million prize to anyone who could successfully streak in front of President Obama).

His 16,000-square-foot residence sold to an unnamed buyer last week for $24.945 million. That’s significantly under the $35 million that David was originally asking. The heir told the Wall Street Journal in 2015 that nobody “should consider offering anything less.”

Large living area
Another large living area with fireplace
Outdoor seating
Large dining room

David purchased the home in 2010, when it was still under construction. Since then, the Journal reports that he’s added a bit of land to the lot and installed marble flooring in the six-car garage.

Palatial though it may be, the house has just six bedrooms and five baths. Now situated on one acre of land, it abuts the site of the former Pickfair Estate—which has been replaced by its own monstrous Italianate residence.

Features of the wildly extravagant home include an appropriately grand entryway, large kitchen and full bar, multiple living areas, a gym, game room, wine cellar, roomy master suite with balcony-access, and chandeliers galore. Outside is a large outdoor dining area, swimming pool, spa, and fire pit. Both the buyer and seller were represented by Marc Noah of Sotheby’s International Realty.

Bedroom with gilded light fixture
Garage with marble floor

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Protesters in Los Angeles, Across US Decry Trump’s Immigration Policies http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/protesters-in-los-angeles-across-us-decry-trumps-immigration-policies-3 http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/protesters-in-los-angeles-across-us-decry-trumps-immigration-policies-3#comments Sun, 29 Jan 2017 01:33:45 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=152505 Protesters gathered in cities across the United States, including Los Angeles, on Saturday to complain about President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. More protests are scheduled for Sunday.

Demonstrators gather outside the US Citizenship and Immigration Services field office in Los Angeles on Jan. 28, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

Demonstrators gather outside the US Citizenship and Immigration Services field office in Los Angeles on Jan. 28, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

Demonstrators gathered outside the US Citizenship and Immigration Services field office in Los Angeles Saturday, many carrying signs.

Erin Ashby told KTLA she was “terrified” by Trump’s new immigration polices.

“The only reason that I can see that we would be banning people from specific countries is we want to ban Muslims entirely,” she said.

“I think Trump is running an agenda based on hate and resentment.”

Beth traveled from Santa Barbara with her friend Christine Sontag after reading about the demonstration on Twitter. Beth called Trump’s new order “unjust and un-American.”

A large crowd was at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York to protest the detention of two Iraqis.

One of the men, Hameed Khalid Darweesh, was released early Saturday afternoon. He worked with the US government for 10 years after the United States invaded Iraq.

Protestors rally during a demonstration against the Muslim immigration ban at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Jan. 28, 2017 in New York City. (Credit Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

Protestors rally during a demonstration against the Muslim immigration ban at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Jan. 28, 2017 in New York City. (Credit Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

The other detained man, Haider Sameer Abdulkaleq Alshawi, had been granted a visa to join his wife, who worked for a US contractor in Iraq, and son, both of whom already live in the United States as refugees. Alshawi was expected to be released later Saturday.

The protesters carried signs reading, “We are all immigrants!” and “No ban! No wall!”

A group of community activists, attorneys and others gathered at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago.

Protests also took place at Dulles International Airport in Washington; Newark International Airport in New Jersey; San Francisco; Denver and Dallas.

Protests are scheduled Sunday in Orlando, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Seattle, Washington and Chicago.

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Protesters in Los Angeles, Across US Decry Trump’s Immigration Policies http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/protesters-in-los-angeles-across-us-decry-trumps-immigration-policies-2 http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/protesters-in-los-angeles-across-us-decry-trumps-immigration-policies-2#comments Sun, 29 Jan 2017 01:31:32 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=152493 Protesters gathered in cities across the United States, including Los Angeles, on Saturday to complain about President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. More protests are scheduled for Sunday.

Demonstrators gather outside the US Citizenship and Immigration Services field office in Los Angeles on Jan. 28, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

Demonstrators gather outside the US Citizenship and Immigration Services field office in Los Angeles on Jan. 28, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

Demonstrators gathered outside the US Citizenship and Immigration Services field office in Los Angeles Saturday, many carrying signs.

Erin Ashby told KTLA she was “terrified” by Trump’s new immigration polices.

“The only reason that I can see that we would be banning people from specific countries is we want to ban Muslims entirely,” she said.

“I think Trump is running an agenda based on hate and resentment.”

Beth traveled from Santa Barbara with her friend Christine Sontag after reading about the demonstration on Twitter. Beth called Trump’s new order “unjust and un-American.”

A large crowd was at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York to protest the detention of two Iraqis.

One of the men, Hameed Khalid Darweesh, was released early Saturday afternoon. He worked with the US government for 10 years after the United States invaded Iraq.

Protestors rally during a demonstration against the Muslim immigration ban at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Jan. 28, 2017 in New York City. (Credit Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

Protestors rally during a demonstration against the Muslim immigration ban at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Jan. 28, 2017 in New York City. (Credit Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

The other detained man, Haider Sameer Abdulkaleq Alshawi, had been granted a visa to join his wife, who worked for a US contractor in Iraq, and son, both of whom already live in the United States as refugees. Alshawi was expected to be released later Saturday.

The protesters carried signs reading, “We are all immigrants!” and “No ban! No wall!”

A group of community activists, attorneys and others gathered at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago.

Protests also took place at Dulles International Airport in Washington; Newark International Airport in New Jersey; San Francisco; Denver and Dallas.

Protests are scheduled Sunday in Orlando, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Seattle, Washington and Chicago.

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Protesters in Los Angeles, Across US Decry Trump’s Immigration Policies http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/protesters-in-los-angeles-across-us-decry-trumps-immigration-policies http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/protesters-in-los-angeles-across-us-decry-trumps-immigration-policies#comments Sun, 29 Jan 2017 01:29:15 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=152487 Protesters gathered in cities across the United States, including Los Angeles, on Saturday to complain about President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. More protests are scheduled for Sunday.

Demonstrators gather outside the US Citizenship and Immigration Services field office in Los Angeles on Jan. 28, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

Demonstrators gather outside the US Citizenship and Immigration Services field office in Los Angeles on Jan. 28, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

Demonstrators gathered outside the US Citizenship and Immigration Services field office in Los Angeles Saturday, many carrying signs.

Erin Ashby told KTLA she was “terrified” by Trump’s new immigration polices.

“The only reason that I can see that we would be banning people from specific countries is we want to ban Muslims entirely,” she said.

“I think Trump is running an agenda based on hate and resentment.”

Beth traveled from Santa Barbara with her friend Christine Sontag after reading about the demonstration on Twitter. Beth called Trump’s new order “unjust and un-American.”

A large crowd was at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York to protest the detention of two Iraqis.

One of the men, Hameed Khalid Darweesh, was released early Saturday afternoon. He worked with the US government for 10 years after the United States invaded Iraq.

Protestors rally during a demonstration against the Muslim immigration ban at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Jan. 28, 2017 in New York City. (Credit Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

Protestors rally during a demonstration against the Muslim immigration ban at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Jan. 28, 2017 in New York City. (Credit Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

The other detained man, Haider Sameer Abdulkaleq Alshawi, had been granted a visa to join his wife, who worked for a US contractor in Iraq, and son, both of whom already live in the United States as refugees. Alshawi was expected to be released later Saturday.

The protesters carried signs reading, “We are all immigrants!” and “No ban! No wall!”

A group of community activists, attorneys and others gathered at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago.

Protests also took place at Dulles International Airport in Washington; Newark International Airport in New Jersey; San Francisco; Denver and Dallas.

Protests are scheduled Sunday in Orlando, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Seattle, Washington and Chicago.

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Three Beverly Hills Hotels Earn AAA Five-Diamond Rating http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/three-beverly-hills-hotels-earn-aaa-five-diamond-rating http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/three-beverly-hills-hotels-earn-aaa-five-diamond-rating#comments Fri, 27 Jan 2017 19:48:27 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=152359 Posted: Friday, January 27, 2017 – 11:13 AM

Three Beverly Hills hotels, and one restaurant, earned the AAA’s coveted Five-Diamond rating, the Automobile Club of Southern California announced Friday.

For the 24th consecutive year, The Peninsula Beverly Hills earned the Five-Diamond designation. The Beverly Hills Hotel and Viceroy L’Ermitage joined The Peninsula on the list, which featured eight Southern California hotels.

The Belvedere at The Peninsula was the Southland’s only Five-Diamond restaurant.

“The AAA Five-Diamond Rating is achieved through very personalized and dedicated work to provide guests with a high-tough luxury experience,” said Patricia Marenco, the Auto Club’s approved accommodations supervisor. “Guest service  is a point of pride for these top hotels.”

 

 

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GREAT DEBATERS — The Beverly Hills High School Speech and Debate Team took home two bronze medals and a 1st Place trophy at the Jan. 21 http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/great-debaters-the-beverly-hills-high-school-speech-and-debate-team-took-home-two-bronze-medals-and-a-1st-place-trophy-at-the-jan-21 http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/great-debaters-the-beverly-hills-high-school-speech-and-debate-team-took-home-two-bronze-medals-and-a-1st-place-trophy-at-the-jan-21#comments Fri, 27 Jan 2017 02:18:03 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=152307 GREAT DEBATERS — The Beverly Hills High School Speech and Debate Team took home two bronze medals and a 1st Place trophy at the Jan. 21 Western Bay Forensics League’s Winter Individual Events Tournament at Narbonne High School in the South Bay. Pictured (from left): Ben Dahan holding his bronze medal for Extemporaneous Speaking, William Lee with his Impromptu Speaking 1st Place trophy and Dean Becker with his Bronze for Impromptu. (Lee’s trophy came from his perfect 1-1-1 score for all of his rounds.) At the Jan. 13-14 “I Have A Dream Invitational” at Monroe High School in North Hills, Lee and his debate partner Evan Pizzurro took 5th Place in Parliamentary Debate while Diane Jeong won 12th Place in Congressional Debate.

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California election officials push back after Trump’s latest claim of voter fraud http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/california-election-officials-push-back-after-trumps-latest-claim-of-voter-fraud-4 http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/california-election-officials-push-back-after-trumps-latest-claim-of-voter-fraud-4#comments Thu, 26 Jan 2017 03:41:45 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=152225 Donald Trump Is Sworn In As 45th President Of The United States

FILE PHOTO. President Donald Trump’s tweets calling for a probe of widespread voter fraud but providing no evidence that it actually took place have rankled California elections officials.; Credit: Pool/Getty Images

Mary Plummer

In the wake of President Donald Trump’s call Wednesday for an investigation into widespread voter fraud, a claim widely seen as without merit, California’s Secretary of State Alex Padilla pushed back sharply, calling the contention "a flat-out lie." 

Trump repeated his previous criticism of the voting process on Twitter saying he may move to strengthen voting procedures depending on the investigation’s results. 

I will be asking for a major investigation into VOTER FRAUD, including those registered to vote in two states, those who are illegal and….

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2017

even, those registered to vote who are dead (and many for a long time). Depending on results, we will strengthen up voting procedures!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2017

Padilla said officials have been hearing for several months about Trump’s allegations of rampant voter fraud across the country, especially in California, which voted overwhelmingly for Democrat Hillary Clinton in the presidential election.

"But despite our request for any information he may have, they have yet to provide any evidence, any proof to back up their claims," Padilla said. "It’s frankly dangerous to people’s faith in our democratic system."

Trump’s insistence that there was massive voter fraud has confounded political observers who say he may be undermining his own election and that of other Republicans on 2016 voter ballots.

Trump’s yet unsubstantiated claim was also dismissed by Democrats and some Republicans.

Here’s an excerpt of lawmaker comments from a piece in The Washington Post regarding Trump’s voter fraud claims:

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) said Tuesday that he has “seen no evidence to that effect.” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said at a news conference Wednesday that she cannot understand why the newly installed president is “so insecure.”

“To suggest and to undermine the integrity of our voter system is really strange,” Pelosi said. “… On top of it, he wants to investigate something that can clearly be proven to be false, but he resists investigations of a Russian disruption of our election and any connection to his campaign. All we want is the truth for the American people.”

On Tuesday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer fielded questions during a press briefing about President Trump’s views on voter fraud. Spicer did not provide specifics on what evidence the president based his statements on.

"I think he stated his concerns of voter fraud and people voting illegally during the campaign and he continues to maintain that belief based on studies and evidence that people have presented to him," Spicer said. 

Los Angeles County Registrar Dean Logan said he is concerned about the impression that Trump’s tweets are sending to voters.

"What I think is important is that we don’t send a message to our electorate that their vote is in question or that their vote doesn’t have value," he said. 

Logan acknowledged that in Los Angeles County duplicate registrations do occur, usually when voters move addresses. Logan also said sometimes people who have died are still on the voter rolls after their death. But he said there’s no evidence that those situations have led to incorrect votes. 

"The voter registration list is a fluid list," he said. "There is going to be a timing issue."

Logan said voters should be confident in the system.

"I believe that there are safeguards in place to ensure the integrity of the election," Logan said. 

This content is from Southern California Public Radio. View the original story at SCPR.org.

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California election officials push back after Trump’s latest claim of voter fraud http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/california-election-officials-push-back-after-trumps-latest-claim-of-voter-fraud http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/california-election-officials-push-back-after-trumps-latest-claim-of-voter-fraud#comments Thu, 26 Jan 2017 02:33:45 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=152213 Donald Trump Is Sworn In As 45th President Of The United States

FILE PHOTO. President Donald Trump’s tweets calling for a probe of widespread voter fraud but providing no evidence that it actually took place have rankled California elections officials.; Credit: Pool/Getty Images

Mary Plummer

In the wake of President Donald Trump’s call Wednesday for an investigation into widespread voter fraud, a claim widely seen as without merit, California’s Secretary of State Alex Padilla pushed back sharply, calling the contention "a flat-out lie." 

Trump repeated his previous criticism of the voting process on Twitter saying he may move to strengthen voting procedures depending on the investigation’s results. 

I will be asking for a major investigation into VOTER FRAUD, including those registered to vote in two states, those who are illegal and….

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2017

even, those registered to vote who are dead (and many for a long time). Depending on results, we will strengthen up voting procedures!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2017

Padilla said officials have been hearing for several months about Trump’s allegations of rampant voter fraud across the country, especially in California, which voted overwhelmingly for Democrat Hillary Clinton in the presidential election.

"But despite our request for any information he may have, they have yet to provide any evidence, any proof to back up their claims," Padilla said. "It’s frankly dangerous to people’s faith in our democratic system."

Trump’s insistence that there was massive voter fraud has confounded political observers who say he may be undermining his own election and that of other Republicans on 2016 voter ballots.

Trump’s yet unsubstantiated claim was also dismissed by Democrats and some Republicans.

Here’s an excerpt of lawmaker comments from a piece in The Washington Post regarding Trump’s voter fraud claims:

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) said Tuesday that he has “seen no evidence to that effect.” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said at a news conference Wednesday that she cannot understand why the newly installed president is “so insecure.”

“To suggest and to undermine the integrity of our voter system is really strange,” Pelosi said. “… On top of it, he wants to investigate something that can clearly be proven to be false, but he resists investigations of a Russian disruption of our election and any connection to his campaign. All we want is the truth for the American people.”

On Tuesday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer fielded questions during a press briefing about President Trump’s views on voter fraud. Spicer did not provide specifics on what evidence the president based his statements on.

"I think he stated his concerns of voter fraud and people voting illegally during the campaign and he continues to maintain that belief based on studies and evidence that people have presented to him," Spicer said. 

Los Angeles County Registrar Dean Logan said he is concerned about the impression that Trump’s tweets are sending to voters.

"What I think is important is that we don’t send a message to our electorate that their vote is in question or that their vote doesn’t have value," he said. 

Logan acknowledged that in Los Angeles County duplicate registrations do occur, usually when voters move addresses. Logan also said sometimes people who have died are still on the voter rolls after their death. But he said there’s no evidence that those situations have led to incorrect votes. 

"The voter registration list is a fluid list," he said. "There is going to be a timing issue."

Logan said voters should be confident in the system.

"I believe that there are safeguards in place to ensure the integrity of the election," Logan said. 

This content is from Southern California Public Radio. View the original story at SCPR.org.

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Beverly Hills News – Beverly Hills City Council Seeks Balance on Rentals http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/beverly-hills-news-beverly-hills-city-council-seeks-balance-on-rentals http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/beverly-hills-news-beverly-hills-city-council-seeks-balance-on-rentals#comments Wed, 25 Jan 2017 21:39:46 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=152126 Posted: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 – 11:23 AM

By Victoria Talbot

 In a 5-0 vote, the Beverly Hills City Council voted for an urgency ordinance that will protect renters from allowed annual 10 percent rent increases, add meaningful relocation fees to assist in no-cause evictions and create a database and a registry of the apartment inventory in the City of Beverly Hills to enable the City to monitor building conditions, rent increases, evictions and general rent conditions.

The new ordinance will go into effect immediately, holding rents to three percent and staying the evictions of tenants who have not exceeded their sixty-day notice of eviction. It will establish relocation fees commensurate with those in Santa Monica, which includes special compensation for families with disabled, elderly and minor tenants.

Landlords were well-represented at the meeting, which lasted until about 1:30 a.m. at City Hall. Some landlords shouted personal insults at Vice Mayor Nancy Krasne, who championed the cause, and Councilmember Lili Bosse, who has been a liaison to the Human Relations Commission on this topic.

One landlord suggested that the renters could “move to Hawaiian Gardens,” if they could not afford the 10 percent rent increases.

Oddly, time after time, the landlords said they rarely, if ever, use the ten-percent rate increase. Yet, when the council deliberated the reduced rates, they cat-called from the audience their objections. A good percentage of those renters who spoke talked about the ten percent rent increases they were receiving. Resident activist Mark Elliot came with a  notice that his rent was being increased 9.1 percent, effective March 1. The rent can only be increased now to three percent.

Renters explained that in a little over seven years, a landlord charging ten percent per year will double their income, i.e. from $5,000/month to $10,000/month, which makes apartment buildings in Beverly Hills  a great return on investment, guaranteed. Controls like those voted in last night exist in Los Angeles, West Hollywood and Santa Monica. Beverly Hills was the last stronghold in West Los Angeles. 

To add to their problems, many renters report being evicted and having their units converted for Air BnB or another short-term rental. Though it is illegal in Beverly Hills, the Internet is awash with rentals at apartment buildings in town. The City is missing out on significant taxes, and the apartment environment for those still residing in those buildings, is losing community, say renters. Code Compliance Manager Nestor Otazu said that the practice was illegal, but that there have been no convictions.

Vice Mayor Nancy Krasne led the charge. Four years ago, Krasne came to the aid of residents when their building’s central air conditioning unit failed and the landlord would not respond to complaints. Elderly residents were experiencing 100-degree-plus temperatures in their units. Other residents were complaining of leaks, electrical fires, plumbing problems and other conditions. The residents were systematically receiving 10-percent rent increases and/or being evicted by the new owners of the building.

One elderly resident on a fixed income, without funds or family to help with relocation, tried to jump off the roof, but couldn’t climb the parapet with her walker. Krasne found her an assisted living and helped her with funding. The Vice Mayor also paid for several residents to stay at the Hilton until the situation was remedied with the City’s intervention. She assisted them with their rent increases, as well.

About 18 months ago, Krasne helped to repurpose the Human Relations Commission, adding a landlord-tenant component, which included monthly landlord-tenant forums. During those sessions, it became very clear that residents were fearful of retaliation, such as eviction and rent increases, and thus declined to make formal complaints about poor conditions, needed repairs, and other grievances. Renters said they clearly would rather tolerate poor conditions than risk consequences.

The City will bring the ordinance back in 30 days to review the conditions, and will hold a series of meetings between tenants and landlords to look for middle ground that will help landlords manage the expenses of a robust housing stock while keeping vulnerable residents in their homes. 

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