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Period Average occupied/total spaces Study: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 51/56 (91%) Peak Hour: 2 p.m. 54/56 (96%) Source." Feb. 4 Traffic & Parking Commission staff report Average commuter 39/51 (76%) the NoHo to Pasadena 01 42/54 (785) briefs cont. from page 3 of the Hawthorne auditorium are in "fairly good shape." Traffic & Parking supports "The main problem is the plastered ceil- modifying El Camino Dr. ing," Aharoni said. parking regulation According to Aharoni, Beverly High's At their meeting last Thursday, the KL Peters auditorium suffers from struc- Traffic & Parking Commission heard tural deficiencies and requires "seismic from several residents who called for a reinforcement." change to the preferential parking permit No student has been injured in the regulation on the 200 block of E1 Camino 80-year history of the Peters auditorium. Drive. Aharoni indicated that construction will Established in 1979, the regulation break ground in February or March of reads, "No Parking Anytime, Monday next year. through Saturday, Permit 'D' Exempt." When asked by Board member Noah Last March, the city received a petition Margo whether students can use the facili- signed by 21 of the 28 homeowners on ties in the interim, Superintendent Steve the block requesting Sunday be added to Kessler mentioned the Board would be the rule. susceptible to liability unless "all the pro- "Sundays are horrendous," said resident fessionals" supported the move. Arnon Gurman. "On Sundays I become a "You're saying that even though it sanitation engineer! I clean up the garbage never existed that any official body except and the mess from the people that come for the Board majority decided to close off of Beverly Drive and throw their trash, those auditoriums, that it's now in the their food and their litter on the street." hands of licensed professionals to all sign E1 Camino is adjacent to South Beverly off on it being okay to reopen them in Drive. order to avoid liability?" Margo said. A parking occupancy survey conducted Margo mentioned that an engineer had by city staff members on January 10 never signed off on the closures. revealed that 91 percent of the residential Beverly High's KL Peters auditorium parking spaces were occupied across a once housed a bevy of performances, six-hour period. During the peak hour including theatrical productions, gradu- of occupancy, 2 p.m., 96 percent of the ation ceremonies, dance show recitals, spaces were taken, assemblies and concerts. Twenty-eight single-family homes and Construction is expected to finish in six multi-family buildings populate the May 2018. block. "There was absolutely no opposition [to --Briefs compiled by Mina Riazi this change], which seems to be signifi- cant, not only from residents who live in BHHS boys' basketball the area, but also from commercial inter- team defeats Hawthorne, ests," said Bruce Horowitz, who also lives Lawndale on the street. Matt Reskin scored 12 points on four Commissioner Lester Friedman said the 3-point baskets, Mason Daniels added "good news" is that business is thriving 11 points and his twin brother Maddox on Beverly Drive, but remarked that resi- Daniels nine on three 3-point baskets dents on E1 Camino are being negatively as Beverly Hills routed a short-handed impacted by the surge in visitors to the Hawthorne team, 76-43, in an Ocean area. League boys' basketball game Feb. 3 at The Commission unanimously approved the Swim-Gym. the change. The Normans led 13-6 at the end of the first quarter, 35-19 at halftime and 54-29 Beverly High, Hawthorne entering the fourth quarter. auditoriums expected to The Cougars didn't have a full team remain closed until 2018 because they "had some kids kicked out The Beverly High and Hawthorne of school for various reasons so we got the auditoriums have remained closed since opportunity for our guys who really don't last April, when the previous Board of get a lot of playing time to play a lot and Education voted 3-2 to shutter the build- that was fun to see," Beverly Hills coach ings. Jarvis Turner said. Citing the structures' alleged seismic Senior guard David Koshki, sophomore deficiencies, former Board members guard Daniel Zahabian and senior forward Brian Goldberg and Lewis Hall and Board Max Walder all "played extremely well" member Lisa Korbatov backed the clo- for the Normans, Turner said. sures. Zahabian added nine, Sam Cohen seven, Newly appointed Chief Facilities Koshki six, Ron Artest III and Grant Gaon Officer Eitan Aharoni, who inspected the five each, Denzel Holt and Eric Ross four auditoriums with a structural engineer each, Kevin Cho two, and Amir Hajirsooli earlier this year, reported on the status and Sean Mehrara one each for Beverly of the two buildings at Tuesday's Board Hills. meeting. Aharoni said the walls and roof system sports cont. on page 6 WESTSI DE/CENTRAL New Line 5ol from NoHo to Pasadena Starting March ], 2016, look for the all-new Metro bus Line 5o], offering Express service from North Hollywood to Pasadena. Save up to 2o minutes on your commute as you fly down the carpool lane on the 134 Freeway with limited stops and easy connections to partner transit services and Bob Hope Airport. For detailed timetables or to plan your trip, visit Metro Eases Traffic Everyone knows that congestion is bad, but we really can improve the way we get around. Right now, Metro is easing traffic by delivering 1.4 million rides each cay. And we're planning future relief all over LA County by adding more bus and rail service, fixing freeway bottlenecks, funding local road improvements and updating our strategic transportation vision. We've come a long way in a short amount of time, but we still have so much more to do. Let's get it done, together. Learn more about The Plan at Regional Connector Project Construction Update Construction of the Regional Connector Project is underway. When traveling to downtown LA, Little Tokyo or the Arts District, please plan ahead to avoid delays. Once completed, this Metro Rail extension will provide a one-seat ride for travel across Los Angeles County. For details, visit New State-of-the-Art Maintenance Facility On February 8, Metro unveiled the new Division ]3 Bus Maintenance and Operations facility. The facility earned a Leadership in Energy &. Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification for its sustainable design. The building will provide bus maintenance, operations, and service and is located next to Union Station in downtown Los Angeles. Learn more at ~ metro.nct @metrolosangeles ~1~ Iosangelesmetro February 11- February 17, 2016 Page 5