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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2003 | Bob Pool, Times Staff Writer
Beverly Hills residents who accuse city officials of a cover-up in approving the conversion of a Wilshire Boulevard office tower into an apartment building have filed a lawsuit to block the project. At the same time, foes of the conversion plan contend that city leaders censored their objections by editing them out of a videotape made at a public meeting and later broadcast over a city television channel. "Censorship is alive and well in Beverly Hills," said lawyer Robert P.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2003 | Bob Pool, Times Staff Writer
A controversial plan to convert a Wilshire Boulevard office tower into an apartment building has been approved by Beverly Hills officials amid charges of a city coverup over the legality of the project. In a unanimous vote, City Council members agreed Tuesday night to turn an 11-story office building at Wilshire and Stanley Drive into 37 rental units. Officials said the project will help relieve a shortage of apartments in the wealthy community known for its upscale shops and opulent mansions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 2002 | Bob Pool, Times Staff Writer
It was a moment to savor. No, not ogling the $30,000 diamond pendant or the $70,000 lynx throw rug or the $285,475 Lamborghini. The most memorable moment Friday came when the public relations man unveiling holiday gifts touted as seen only in Beverly Hills was hooked up to a lie detector. The $4,900 VSA-15 Portable Truth Machine was halfway down the "Top 10" holiday gift list issued by the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce and Civic Assn. amid trumpet fanfare at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
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January 29, 2002 | IRENE LACHER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Novelist Bruce Wagner could be the Josephine Baker of the L.A. literary life if the late chanteuse had walked around fully clothed in black. Or perhaps the Jerry Lewis if the comedian were possessed of X-ray vision that penetrated the city's darkest corners. All three have found their best audience thousands of miles from home. For Baker and Lewis, their most fervent fans hailed from Paris; for Wagner, the hub of appreciation is in New York.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2001 | JEAN MERL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Wanted: used musical instruments, of any age, and in just about any condition. That long-unused flute you once played in the high school orchestra? The viola packed away, broken strings and all, in a neighbor's attic? A dented French horn? The Young Musicians Foundation would welcome them all. The Beverly Hills-based nonprofit organization, which aims to help musically gifted young people in Greater Los Angeles, is holding an "instrument drive" through the end of the year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Firefighters battled a blaze Saturday at the top of a five-story building that caused $400,000 in damage, authorities said. Most of the damage from the fire, reported at 5:55 p.m., was to three accounting firm suites on the fifth floor, said Beverly Hills Fire Chief Bob Cavaglieri. The building, which also houses a bank and a mortgage firm, is on Beverly Drive near Wilshire Boulevard. The fire took 30 minutes to put out, Cavaglieri said, adding that the cause was being investigated.
NEWS
October 3, 2001 | MARY McNAMARA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
I always get lost in Beverly Hills. And I'm not even talking about the confusing part, the odd peninsula of Trousdale Estates or the weird and windy roads north of Sunset where the really, really big houses are. I'm talking the flats--those blocks between Sunset and Olympic, La Cienega and the Los Angeles Country Club that are, in the Thomas Guide of my mind, an empty space, a geographic wasteland relieved only by the glinting dome of City Hall and a vague image of the Regent Beverly Wilshire.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 2001 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On Rodeo Drive, they certainly don't tie strings of old tin cans behind the newlyweds' car. Everything else, though, seems authentically American at the tiny Beverly Hills wedding chapel where Japanese couples come to take the plunge without falling into debt. The glass-lined chapel in the middle of the Rodeo Collection shopping center is a magnet for couples anxious to avoid the high cost of getting married in Japan.
NEWS
July 5, 2001 | LISA RICHARDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The white van stalking the streets of Beverly Hills slows before a four-story concrete mansion whose architecture might best be termed Neo-Fortress. The passengers let out a long, breathy rush of "Wows!" The fort, their driver tells them, belongs to Nicolas Cage. "Cool!" says Nick Wright, craning to look. Next door is the terribly pretty Max Factor home, where cheerful pink and white begonias line the frontyard with Oz-like symmetry and perfection.
TRAVEL
June 10, 2001 | DEBORA VRANA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
I never thought I would stay in a hotel 4.1 miles from my house--and consider it a vacation. But then, I didn't know what arranging a getaway entails when you have a child under 2. It would take all the emotional preparation and strategic planning of a Normandy-style invasion. First there was the decision to go.
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