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August 12, 2010 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times restaurant critic
This is Beverly Hills?, I wondered, oh so many years ago when a friend took me to lunch in a sweet little house with a fireplace on South Beverly Drive. Chez Mimi later moved to Santa Monica, and Urth Caffé now dispenses soy lattes and iced green tea from that rose-covered cottage. Back then (and now), South Beverly Drive didn't seem fancy at all, more like a small-town Main Street where you'd find shops selling nightgowns and one-piece swimming suits, baseball cards and birthday gifts.
April 3, 2014 | Laura J. Nelson
Knocking down one of the last hurdles for Los Angeles' long-awaited Westside subway extension, a judge ruled late Wednesday that transit officials followed environmental laws when they chose a route that would require tunneling under Beverly Hills High School. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's five-year, $13.8-million environmental review process was thorough and fair, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge John A. Torribio wrote in a 15-page decision.
July 8, 1993
On June 17 you ran a first-person article by R. David Stephens headlined "The Reality Behind the Image of Beverly Hills High." Being a student at Beverly, I must say that his description was unfair. He claimed that the paint is peeling, concrete is cracked, and tiles are falling from the ceilings. Give me a break! Was he looking at the same school that I have been in for the past year? Beverly is a great school, and in my opinion, is in fabulous condition. Stephens failed to mention our beautifully kept tennis courts, our several theaters, the lavish artwork that is displayed all over campus, the greenery throughout the school, our planetarium, library or the many vending machines.
March 20, 2014 | By Stephen Ceasar
A report commissioned by the Beverly Hills Unified School District has found a number of financial and ethical improprieties related to a summer sports camp that was run by the high school principal - including his failure to report more than $40,000 in earnings. In addition, the review found that the principal, Carter Paysinger, used the camp's bank account as overdraft protection for a personal account and probably violated district conflict-of-interest and ethics rules. The inquiry also revealed that the camp brought in tens of thousands of dollars more in revenue than previously reported.
January 5, 1986 | SIBYL JEFFERSON, Times Staff Writer
It's official: Beverly Hills High School is the overall winner in the state Academic Decathlon for the third consecutive year. The announcement Saturday at the awards banquet in the Anaheim Marriott Hotel brought screams of excitement and relief. "I am just really excited," coach Jane Wortman said. "Yesterday, I was very calm. But today, as soon as they started announcing the winners, my heart started racing. I knew coming in today that it was neck-and-neck with a few other schools."
June 17, 1993 | R. DAVID STEPHENS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; R. David Stephens is an actor and free - lance writer in Toronto. As a member of the Beverly Hills High class of 1964, he was known as Ron Grossman. and
The paint is peeling, the concrete is cracked, the 60-year-old boiler needs replacement, and the ceiling tiles are falling down in the swim gym and the auditorium. Those were only some of the problems that confronted hundreds of alumni who returned to Beverly Hills High School last weekend for the 65th Anniversary Reunion of all its graduating classes.
October 4, 1997
John Marrow, 83, veteran coach at Beverly Hills High School and a former National Football League guard. Marrow, a native of Nebraska, played from 1937 to 1940 with the Chicago Bears in an era when players provided their own pads and helmets, working without contracts and earning only $90 to $120 a game. He supplemented his earnings on the pro wrestling circuit, appearing under the names White Mountain and Swede Nelson.
February 24, 1994
If there were a lifetime achievement Oscar for high schools, Beverly Hills High would have to be a leading contender. Its most famous movie role was as Bedford Falls High School in "It's a Wonderful Life," the late Frank Capra's classic 1946 tale of an angel and a savings and loan bailout. The school also appeared, as itself, in 1977's "The Chicken Chronicles."
May 29, 1986 | JOHN L. MITCHELL, Times Staff Writer
Eighty-five percent of the students questioned in a recent Beverly Hills High School survey admitted to widespread cheating that ranges from copying homework to stealing or purchasing copies of exams. Beverly Hills High School Principal Sol Levine released the results of the survey at Tuesday night's school board meeting as evidence that a new policy is needed to control cheating.
September 10, 2001 | Lauren Peterson
A little coaxing and compromise has kept Beverly Hills High from being knocked out by its own 1-2 punch. Riza Zalameda, the Normans' No. 2 tennis player as a freshman last year, considered sitting out this season, getting home-schooled and concentrating on playing in U.S. Tennis Assn. events--following the example of Iris Ichim, another sophomore who was Beverly Hills' No. 1 player last year.
September 24, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office has opened an investigation into Beverly Hills High School Principal Carter Paysinger and the for-profit summer sports camp he owns, according to several people with knowledge of the inquiry. The district attorney's office would not confirm the investigation, but acknowledged that the public integrity division had received a complaint about Paysinger and the sports program. The investigation comes six weeks after The Times reported that the Beverly Hills Sports Academy, held on campus, is owned by Paysinger and operated by two school employees.
August 19, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar
Carter Paysinger, the principal of Beverly Hills High School, said Monday that he welcomes an independent review called by the Beverly Hills Unified School District into the for-profit summer sports camp he owns. The review was in response to an article in The Times last week that reported that the Beverly Hills Sports Academy, held on campus, is owned by Paysinger and operated by two school employees. Parents say they were led to believe that the academy was a mandatory school-sanctioned camp for athletes and that fees would help fund sports teams.
August 15, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar
The Beverly Hills school district will conduct an independent review of its relationship with a for-profit summer sports camp for Beverly Hills High School athletes that is owned by the school's principal. The review was in response to an article in The Times that found the Beverly Hills Sports Academy, held on campus, is owned by Principal Carter Paysinger and operated by two other school employees. Parents say they were led to believe that the academy was a school-sanctioned mandatory camp for athletes and that fees would help fund sports teams.
August 12, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar
Raj Batra did not hesitate to pay hundreds of dollars for his son to attend what he thought was a summer sports training session put on by Beverly Hills High School. His son wanted to make the cross-country team, and here was his chance to meet potential teammates and learn from coaches. The money spent, he believed, would support the school's sports teams. What Batra didn't know was that the Beverly Hills Sports Academy is a for-profit business, owned by Principal Carter Paysinger and operated by two other school employees.
April 22, 2013 | By Paul Pringle, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti has amended two years of financial disclosure statements to belatedly report his ownership interest in a Beverly Hills property linked to an oil drilling operation. Garcetti, who has the Sierra Club's backing in his race against Wendy Greuel, signed a 20-year lease in the late 1990s that gave Venoco Inc. the right to drill under the retail property from the company's oil wells at nearby Beverly Hills High School. However, the city councilman from Silver Lake failed to report in his 2010 and 2011 disclosure filings that he co-owned the Wilshire Boulevard property, which houses a hair salon.
March 6, 2013 | By Paul Pringle, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti, who has the Sierra Club's backing in his race against City Controller Wendy Greuel, has cut his ties to an oil drilling operation at Beverly Hills High School. The Times reported last week that the city councilman had signed a lease in 1998 that granted Venoco Inc. drilling rights to a retail property he co-owns through a personal trust. In a document dated Tuesday, when Garcetti finished first in the mayoral primary, he assigned his interest in the lease to family friend John Stillman, a Newport Beach attorney.
January 3, 1985 | JOHN L. MITCHELL, Times Staff Writer
For the second consecutive year, Beverly Hills High School has placed first in the California Academic Decathlon. Beverly Hills' Westside rival, Palisades High School, came in fourth. The state academic championship, featuring 38 schools from throughout California, was conducted last Thursday at Chapman College in Orange. The results of the 10-event competition, patterned after the Olympic Games, were close.
Beverly Hills High will drop its boys' golf program and a lower division squad in five other sports--football, baseball, boys' basketball, boys' soccer and girls' softball--if it is unable to raise the necessary funds from a yet-to-be formed booster group, Athletic Director Jack Dyck said Monday. Assistant coaching positions in football, track and swimming are also targeted for elimination in a $30,000 athletic department budget cut. "Everybody is obviously disappointed," Dyck said.
February 19, 2013
Beverly Hills' embarrassing battle against the Westside subway extension, which emerged as a major political issue last year, is becoming one of the key issues in the March 5 city elections. With the lines hardening between those determined to take legal action to stop the construction of a tunnel under the local high school, which they fear will endanger students, and those who see that route as the safest alternative, we urge residents to consider the scientific and engineering reality rather than merely relying on emotion.
June 7, 2012 | Hector Tobar
It's a long way from the casino tables of Compton to the "slums" of Beverly Hills. Yet in the somewhat distant future, those areas will be linked by Los Angeles County's expanding and essential Metro rail system. In Compton, where the Blue Line has run for more than 20 years, residents have learned to live with accident-prone trains. They hate the smell of the passenger cars, but enjoy the freedom light rail gives them to travel without an automobile. In Beverly Hills, the slated arrival of the Purple Line a dozen or more years in the future inspires fear and loathing.
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