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lettersl00mail m LOST AT SEA Responses to last week's issue WHAT'S ON YOUR MIND? You can write us at: 140 South Beverly Drive #201 Bevedy Hills, CA 90212 You can fax us at: 310.887.0789 fax ernail us al: editor@bhweekly.com I very much enjoyed your article enti- tled ("Should Smoking Be Permitted Otdoors?"-Jan. 20). I have a very strong opinion, particu- larly relating to smoking in eating areas. Clearly, cigarette and cigar smoke perme- ate eating areas, especially if one is downwind of the smoker. To think other- wise is foolish and naive. I have had many meals disrupted and ruined when smokers lit up next to me. This causes serious problems for me. Presently, with indoor smoking prohibited in restaurants, most smokers prefer outdoor seating, dis- rupting the meals of non-smokers wffo also prefer outdoor dining. My most dramatic, negative experience was while dining outdoors at McCormick and Schmick's. Suddenly, a huge cloud of repugnant cigar smoke floated over sev- eral tables, including mine. I turned around to find the source being seven individuals (interestingly six of whom were women). The argument that foreign travelers will go elsewhere if smoking is banned is feeble. Travelers come to Beverly Hills for its electricity, flair, celebrities, weath- er and general beauty. Restaurant bans on smoking, I feel, would have virtually no NAPSHOT THE FRE00C00 2. Bevedy Hills Weekly decision impact on their travel plans. Dennis Gewant Beverly Hills An invaluable addition to Beverly Hills, cultural heritage is moving forward as city community leaders review plans for the adaptive reuse of the historic Beverly Hills Post Office. A highly com- petitive a open public process, to screen proposals from various groups culminat- ed with the selection of the Beverly Hills Cultural Center Foundation to enter into an "exclusive right to negotiate" a long- term lease with the City. When the Foundation assembled lead- ing members of our community to devel- op its visionary proposal, the intent was to establish a self-sustaining institution whose lasting contributions to the cultur- al life in Beverly Hills would enhance the community sense of pride. In its wisdom, the City demanded that the winning pro- posal demonstrate the ability to pay its own way. By committing to fund the ren- ovation of the building, and to establish a significant multi-million dollar endow- ment fund, all with private funds, the Foundation will assure the stability and long term success of this project. This once in a lifetime opportunity was triggered by the United States Postal Service,s decision tp relocate to a new and larger facility within the city. That decision offered Beverly Hills a chance to purchase and retrofit the structure to cre- ate a lasting legacy for our children. This building is ideally situated within the Civic Center, and adjacent to the business triangle. The core elements of the proposed Cultural Center and Visitors Center are performing arts spaces, theater for chil- dren, exhibition facilities and educational programs for the entire community. This Center will give the city many additional resources and services, much like the library, parks and other recreational facil- ities. Beverly Hills Cultural Center Foundation, Executive Committee Caroline Ahmanson Bram Goldsmith Jerry Magnin Lynda Resnick Ron Rosen Dick Rosenzweig Paul Selwyn eevedy ms wee inc. Published Thursdays in Beverly Hills Publisher & CEO Josh E. Gross Managing Editor Shirin Danielpour Staff Repod=rs Ethan Bernard Tina Feng Michele Lu Contributors Ellen Stem Harris Steven Herbert Yaelle Shaphir Dianna Weiner eotograplw Clara Jalandoni AeverUsinO Representative Parvin Fahimian 140 South Bovedy Ddw #201 Beverly Hills, CA 90212 310.88"7.0788 phone 310.887.0"/89 lax News tips 310.688.6761 editorohweetdy.com All staff can be reached at: first name @bhweekly.com Unsolicited materials will not be returned 2000 Beverly Hills Weekly Inc. 1 year subscriptions are now available. $75 payable in advance mmb