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And before that you were living in New York? Essentially. My wife and I were very happy living in the New York area [in Engelwood, New Jersey]. We loved being there. We were very close to the city. We were ready to build our lives on the east coast. The company that I worked for asked me to come out to California for two years to do a particular project and after that they promised us they would move us back to New York. Well we came to California with this project and after about a year, it became pretty obvious that this is a great place, so we decided to stay here and I opened up a local office for the company that I worked for and we were living in, as I said, Westwood, and then decided it would be in everybody's best interest to move to Beverly Hills. Tell us more about your family. My wife, Judi, and I met on a blind date in Chicago. We got married in 1972 and then moved to Engelwood, New Jersey where we lived until we moved to California. We have two sons: Brian who is a graduate of Beverly Vista and [Beverly High] and the University of Wisconsin. He currently lives in Raleigh, North Carolina. He markets mobile phone business applications technology and our son, Steve, he's also a graduate of Beverly Hills schools. He went to Columbia and stayed in New York for quite some time and moved back to Los Angeles with his wife [Anne Robin] and their small son [Charlie] and they currently live here in West Los Angeles. He's the cofounder of a website designing developing company. You're also involved with the Sinai Temple. Tell us about that. I was a long time board member of Sinai Temple and was on many committees. Over time, I passed that on to other people and the remaining thing that I'm active on is the Budget Committee. [My-involvement with Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuaries] is much more interesting. The two cem- eteries and a mortuary [in the San Fernando Valley and Simi Valley] are owned by Sinai Temple. It's a service to the community and I'm a management committee member of this entity. What do you enjoy the most about living • in Beverly Hills? I love the feeling of being in a community. When we first moved to Beverly Hills, which was 30 years ago or so, I was just blown away by the fact that there were neighbor- hood meetings. Before elections there would be these coffees at people's houses, and people actually got involved and [got] to know the candidate, and the candidate actu- ally solicited people's opinions. The same sort of thing happened with the school board. I was blown away by the involvement that people could have, if they wanted to, in what happens. There's a constructive communi- cation between the residents and the City. Obviously, people aren't satisfied all the time, but there is, I feel, a definite opportu- nity here to have every voice heard. people & profiles cont. from page 7 expansion. We'd like to expand. We think [there are] a lot of communities where we can truly make an impact. We're opening a few more locations this year. We have some great locations planned for next year as well as some new markets that we're going to go to. We don't put a number on stores, but we think there are a lot of cities that could really use a Sweetgreen. Really, our focus is on the lifestyle. It's more than just a restaurant; it's this idea of passion and purpose and living this life. We want to create a great place to work. Our vision is to truly make an impact, to create a sustainable organization that makes an impact on every community that it goes into. What do you look for in potential locations? I look for an educated population. I look at the density. I look at co-tenants, who else is there, who are the people. It's more 'who?' than 'how many?' Then [I look at] just the general energy [and character] of the space. [Is it on the] sunny side of the street? Are you looking only on the East Coast? I'm looking everywhere. You went to El Rodeo and graduated from Beverly High in 2003. Can you think of an experience there that influenced your direction in life? I did have an experience at Beverly that was one of my first experiences as an entre- preneur. I started a club called the Young Entrepreneurs Club. We created the first agenda book at Beverly High. Not only did we sell them, [but] we [also] sold a lot of advertising in them. When we first started the club, we were under the impression that.. it was a [typical] club with a tax to ASB. I guess they didn't think we were going to make so much money, so after we made tens of thousands of dollars, they decided to take it away. We got "nationalized" and they not only took the money, but they took the rights to the agenda book and made it a school business that now makes no money. We had a plan to create a foundation as well as pay the tax to ASB. It was a great learning experience. I loved Beverly. I had a fun time there. My brother goes there now. My whole fam- ily went there as well. I was in ASB [for three years] when I was at Beverly. Do you plan to stay in D.C. for the long term? I'm currently living between D.C. and New York. I spend a lot of my time in New York now. I will one day move back to L.A. to be with my family. It's always home. Any plans to bring Sweetgreen to California? Absolutely. Any idea when that might happen? As soon as possible if you ask my mother. I have a lot of house-morns that apparently are lining up to be the manager of the Beverly Hills location, but I don't know that they understand what it takes to manage a restaurant. I'll gladly take their application. briefs cont. from page 6 "Most of that is special education fund- ing, so although the federal funding would be. reduced, our obligation to provide the services currently supported by those funds would remain," said Leopard-Murakawa. The deal resulted in the end of a two-year payroll tax holiday passed in 2011, which will raise payroll taxes back to 6.2 percent from 4.2 percent. ASAP United for a Cause to hold charity fundraiser at Beverly High ASAP (Athletes, Students, Administrators and Parents) United for a Cause will hold its fourth annual fundraising event to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Concern Foundation for Cancer Research on Jan. 12 at Beverly High. The event will feature double header varsity soccer games between Beverly High, Milken Community High School and Marlborough School as well as a youth game between Beverly Hills AYSO U9 and AC Milan Academy in honor of Darren Davies, an assistant• coach for the Beverly • High varsity soccer team yho died of car- diac arrest in October, Da'ies also coached for AYSO and AC Milan. The event will also feature dance per- formances by Reflections in Dance of Woodland Hills and the Milken Community High School Spirit Squad. Local vendors and food trucks present at the event include the Burger Lounge, El Tapatio Tacos, Peet's Coffee, Factors Deli, and Pinkberry. The event will also feature a chili cook off. Auctioned items include spa packages, Lakers autograph pieces, pilates classes, salon services, and UCLA basketball tick- ets. ASAP United for a Cause was created by collaboration between Beverly High and Milken Community High School to raise donations for multiple sclerosis and has since been expanded to include Marlborough school and other local businesses and orga- nizations. For more information, contact Nick Holton at (818) 599-5936. Petition asking City to help schools reaches 876 signatures The Beverly Hills Unified School District has submitted a budget outlining a $3.85 million deficit. All members of the City Council have expressed support in helping the school district using the $10 million City surplus in some way, but the mechanism in which that can be done remains unclear. A city council and school district meeting is set to take place to discuss the budget shortfall. Hawthorne parent Stella Sarraf started a petition asking the City Council to help the schools which has received 876 signatures to date. "What differentiates [Beverly Hills] is the fact that we have such a fantastic school system that is public and has the elementary schools and the high school," said Sarraf. Sarraf said the deficit holds sentiment for her. "1 think people are starting to understand that what's happeiag is really imposed by Sacramento and not by the school board and all these different things you hear that they shouldn't have spent all that money on the MTA battle, but people don't realize that that's with different funds, that's Measure E funds, it has nothing to do with this," she said. City hosts excursion for middle school students on Jan. 25 The City of Beverly Hills' Community Services Department has planned a trip for sixth-through-eighth graders to the California Science Center on Friday, Jan. 25, a pupil-free day in the Beverly Hills Unified School District. Participants will watch an IMAX screening of Blue Planet and visit to the space shuttle Endeavor. The excursion runs from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The drop-off/pick-up location is at La Cienega Park. The trip includes admission, transportation and supervision. Participants must bring money or sack lunch. The excursion is limited to 20 partic- ipants. For more information or to register, call (310) 285-6820. C.E.R.T. training courses to begin in February Free City-sponsored Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training courses will resume in February. Training includes disaster preparedness, fire safety, disaster medical & first aid, search and rescue, and disaster psychology & team organization. Training dates will be on Feb. 6 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Feb. 9 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Feb. 23 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and March 2 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Classes will be held at the Beverly Hills Fire Department headquarters at 445 N. Rexford Dr. Only those who attend all train- ing classes may graduate from the CERT training. Register by going to www.bever- lyhills.org/certclass. For more information, visit www.bever- lyhills.org/CERT, e-mail CERT@beverly- hills.org, or call (310) 281-2754. Jewish National Fund hosts Tribute to Southern Israel on Jan. 6 at Saban Theatre Israeli Idol Hagit Yago will perform in a free concert accompanied by song writer and composer Charles Fox. Commentator Roy Firestone will be the Master of Ceremonies. The concert will be on Jan. 6 at 6:30 p.m at the Saban Theatre located at 8440 Wilshire Boulevard. Tickets are free through online registration at www.jnf.org/laconcert. --Briefs compiled by Andrea Aldana January 3 -January 9, 2013 • Page 9 And before that you were living in New York? Essentially. My wife and I were very happy living in the New York area [in Engelwood, New Jersey]. We loved being there. We were very close to the city. We were ready to build our lives on the east coast. The company that I worked for asked me to come out to California for two years to do a particular project and after that they promised us they would move us back to New York. Well we came to California with this project and after about a year, it became pretty obvious that this is a great place, so we decided to stay here and I opened up a local office for the company that I worked for and we were living in, as I said, Westwood, and then decided it would be in everybody's best interest to move to Beverly Hills. Tell us more about your family. My wife, Judi, and I met on a blind date in Chicago. We got married in 1972 and then moved to Engelwood, New Jersey where we lived until we moved to California. We have two sons: Brian who is a graduate of Beverly Vista and [Beverly High] and the University of Wisconsin. He currently lives in Raleigh, North Carolina. He markets mobile phone business applications technology and our son, Steve, he's also a graduate of Beverly Hills schools. He went to Columbia and stayed in New York for quite some time and moved back to Los Angeles with his wife [Anne Robin] and their small son [Charlie] and they currently live here in West Los Angeles. He's the cofounder of a website designing developing company. You're also involved with the Sinai Temple. Tell us about that. I was a long time board member of Sinai Temple and was on many committees. Over time, I passed that on to other people and the remaining thing that I'm active on is the Budget Committee. [My-involvement with Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuaries] is much more interesting. The two cem- eteries and a mortuary [in the San Fernando Valley and Simi Valley] are owned by Sinai Temple. It's a service to the community and I'm a management committee member of this entity. What do you enjoy the most about living • in Beverly Hills? I love the feeling of being in a community. When we first moved to Beverly Hills, which was 30 years ago or so, I was just blown away by the fact that there were neighbor- hood meetings. Before elections there would be these coffees at people's houses, and people actually got involved and [got] to know the candidate, and the candidate actu- ally solicited people's opinions. The same sort of thing happened with the school board. I was blown away by the involvement that people could have, if they wanted to, in what happens. There's a constructive communi- cation between the residents and the City. Obviously, people aren't satisfied all the time, but there is, I feel, a definite opportu- nity here to have every voice heard. people & profiles cont. from page 7 expansion. We'd like to expand. We think [there are] a lot of communities where we can truly make an impact. We're opening a few more locations this year. We have some great locations planned for next year as well as some new markets that we're going to go to. We don't put a number on stores, but we think there are a lot of cities that could really use a Sweetgreen. Really, our focus is on the lifestyle. It's more than just a restaurant; it's this idea of passion and purpose and living this life. We want to create a great place to work. Our vision is to truly make an impact, to create a sustainable organization that makes an impact on every community that it goes into. What do you look for in potential locations? I look for an educated population. I look at the density. I look at co-tenants, who else is there, who are the people. It's more 'who?' than 'how many?' Then [I look at] just the general energy [and character] of the space. [Is it on the] sunny side of the street? Are you looking only on the East Coast? I'm looking everywhere. You went to El Rodeo and graduated from Beverly High in 2003. Can you think of an experience there that influenced your direction in life? I did have an experience at Beverly that was one of my first experiences as an entre- preneur. I started a club called the Young Entrepreneurs Club. We created the first agenda book at Beverly High. Not only did we sell them, [but] we [also] sold a lot of advertising in them. When we first started the club, we were under the impression that.. it was a [typical] club with a tax to ASB. I guess they didn't think we were going to make so much money, so after we made tens of thousands of dollars, they decided to take it away. We got "nationalized" and they not only took the money, but they took the rights to the agenda book and made it a school business that now makes no money. We had a plan to create a foundation as well as pay the tax to ASB. It was a great learning experience. I loved Beverly. I had a fun time there. My brother goes there now. My whole fam- ily went there as well. I was in ASB [for three years] when I was at Beverly. Do you plan to stay in D.C. for the long term? I'm currently living between D.C. and New York. I spend a lot of my time in New York now. I will one day move back to L.A. to be with my family. It's always home. Any plans to bring Sweetgreen to California? Absolutely. Any idea when that might happen? As soon as possible if you ask my mother. I have a lot of house-morns that apparently are lining up to be the manager of the Beverly Hills location, but I don't know that they understand what it takes to manage a restaurant. I'll gladly take their application. briefs cont. from page 6 "Most of that is special education fund- ing, so although the federal funding would be. reduced, our obligation to provide the services currently supported by those funds would remain," said Leopard-Murakawa. The deal resulted in the end of a two-year payroll tax holiday passed in 2011, which will raise payroll taxes back to 6.2 percent from 4.2 percent. ASAP United for a Cause to hold charity fundraiser at Beverly High ASAP (Athletes, Students, Administrators and Parents) United for a Cause will hold its fourth annual fundraising event to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Concern Foundation for Cancer Research on Jan. 12 at Beverly High. The event will feature double header varsity soccer games between Beverly High, Milken Community High School and Marlborough School as well as a youth game between Beverly Hills AYSO U9 and AC Milan Academy in honor of Darren Davies, an assistant• coach for the Beverly • High varsity soccer team yho died of car- diac arrest in October, Da'ies also coached for AYSO and AC Milan. The event will also feature dance per- formances by Reflections in Dance of Woodland Hills and the Milken Community High School Spirit Squad. Local vendors and food trucks present at the event include the Burger Lounge, El Tapatio Tacos, Peet's Coffee, Factors Deli, and Pinkberry. The event will also feature a chili cook off. Auctioned items include spa packages, Lakers autograph pieces, pilates classes, salon services, and UCLA basketball tick- ets. ASAP United for a Cause was created by collaboration between Beverly High and Milken Community High School to raise donations for multiple sclerosis and has since been expanded to include Marlborough school and other local businesses and orga- nizations. For more information, contact Nick Holton at (818) 599-5936. Petition asking City to help schools reaches 876 signatures The Beverly Hills Unified School District has submitted a budget outlining a $3.85 million deficit. All members of the City Council have expressed support in helping the school district using the $10 million City surplus in some way, but the mechanism in which that can be done remains unclear. A city council and school district meeting is set to take place to discuss the budget shortfall. Hawthorne parent Stella Sarraf started a petition asking the City Council to help the schools which has received 876 signatures to date. "What differentiates [Beverly Hills] is the fact that we have such a fantastic school system that is public and has the elementary schools and the high school," said Sarraf. Sarraf said the deficit holds sentiment for her. "1 think people are starting to understand that what's happeiag is really imposed by Sacramento and not by the school board and all these different things you hear that they shouldn't have spent all that money on the MTA battle, but people don't realize that that's with different funds, that's Measure E funds, it has nothing to do with this," she said. City hosts excursion for middle school students on Jan. 25 The City of Beverly Hills' Community Services Department has planned a trip for sixth-through-eighth graders to the California Science Center on Friday, Jan. 25, a pupil-free day in the Beverly Hills Unified School District. Participants will watch an IMAX screening of Blue Planet and visit to the space shuttle Endeavor. The excursion runs from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The drop-off/pick-up location is at La Cienega Park. The trip includes admission, transportation and supervision. Participants must bring money or sack lunch. The excursion is limited to 20 partic- ipants. For more information or to register, call (310) 285-6820. C.E.R.T. training courses to begin in February Free City-sponsored Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training courses will resume in February. Training includes disaster preparedness, fire safety, disaster medical & first aid, search and rescue, and disaster psychology & team organization. Training dates will be on Feb. 6 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Feb. 9 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Feb. 23 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and March 2 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Classes will be held at the Beverly Hills Fire Department headquarters at 445 N. Rexford Dr. Only those who attend all train- ing classes may graduate from the CERT training. Register by going to www.bever- lyhills.org/certclass. For more information, visit www.bever- lyhills.org/CERT, e-mail CERT@beverly- hills.org, or call (310) 281-2754. Jewish National Fund hosts Tribute to Southern Israel on Jan. 6 at Saban Theatre Israeli Idol Hagit Yago will perform in a free concert accompanied by song writer and composer Charles Fox. Commentator Roy Firestone will be the Master of Ceremonies. The concert will be on Jan. 6 at 6:30 p.m at the Saban Theatre located at 8440 Wilshire Boulevard. Tickets are free through online registration at www.jnf.org/laconcert. --Briefs compiled by Andrea Aldana January 3 -January 9, 2013 • Page 9