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April 19, 2004 | Azadeh Moaveni, Times Staff Writer
Jimmy Delshad was recently moderating a breakfast meeting to plan the annual fundraiser for a Beverly Hills Iranian American charity. The event draws mostly members of the city's Iranian community. But Delshad had other ideas. "Let's invite Larry King! ... Dennis Ross? Paul Anka?" he said, waving a Montblanc pen in the air, searching the skeptical faces around the table. "Let's reserve tables for Americans up front ... get a lively MC ... hire a band?"
December 16, 2003 | Bob Pool, Times Staff Writer
Beverly Hills homeowners have signed a peace treaty with city officials to end a dispute over conversion of Wilshire Boulevard office towers into apartment dwellings. But despite an agreement signed in Los Angeles Superior Court, the two sides remain at war over which has emerged as the winner of a 16-month squabble over turning commercial offices into dwelling units.
September 4, 2003 | Booth Moore, Times staff writer
Like many Hollywood events, the inaugural "Rodeo Drive Walk of Style" awards ceremony was canceled last March after the U.S. went to war against Iraq. But the show is back on. Tuesday, Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani will be in town to accept the award, a miniature bronze version of Robert Graham's "Torso" statue unveiled in June at Rodeo Drive and Dayton Way as the new symbol of the street.
May 22, 2003 | David Colker
The goods for sale along Beverly Hill's Rodeo Drive might be dazzling, but the buildings along the famed street are, for the most part, undistinguished bores. There's one true architectural gem, however -- a diminutive Frank Lloyd Wright creation known as Anderton Court. Ex-showgirl Nina Anderton was a wealthy widow in 1952 when she commissioned the small complex to house her favorite couturier's shop.
March 27, 2003 | Don Shirley, Times Staff Writer
Seventy-FIVE of us sit on the west side of the elegant, sun-dappled living room at Greystone, a 1928 mansion that's part of a Beverly Hills city park. A white-haired butler in black tie emerges from the hallway and begins intoning the sorrowful story of the famous family that once lived here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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