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PAGE 8 BEVERLY HILLS NEWS * APRIL 6, 1995 Speaking Out Bq Ilaroaret Harris Residents" Voices Heard ast week's public hearing on the verlay zone west of Neiman Mar- us along Wilshire Boulevard was an extraordinary example of residents' imput into their own govemment. Coun- cilmember MaraLea Goldman summed up the entire procedure by calling it a win-win situation for everyone. And indeed it was. The oveday zone, enacted beck in 1976, allowed the development of departmenf stores (Neiman Marcus) in the area of Roxbury, McCarty and spalding. The Planning Department, Planning Commission (with one dissent- ing vote), southwest homeowners, and the City Council all agreed that Beverly Hills is no longer served by the range of this zone, I was impressed by Southwest Homeowner President Ken Goidman's poise and command as he explained his views opposing development of any department store west of Neiman Mar- cus. A major point - made by many council members and the public - was the mayhem that would ensue with merging traffic at Spalding, Santa Moni- ca (Big and Little) Boulevards and Wilshire were a department store to be built in the area. The consensus: these are new times add we need to look at the city from a 1995 outlook and not the perspective of 1976. And so that decades-old zoning will be modified to remove the depart- ment store overlay zone which today is =not appropriate." It was fascinating to listen to a recur- ring tune that ran through that March 28 hearing: =We are not reacting to any pro- posed department store -- there are no such proposals on the table. We are planning ahead." And just as often as this theme was repeated during the evening, reference was made to a hotel. In fact, Alexander went on for several minutes explaining while he was voting to adjust the store overlay zone, but that when the (no-name) hotel comes up for review, he'll look at that from a fresh prospective. Mayor Vicki Reynolds made reference to the (no-name) hotel, as did Homeowner President Goldman. A citywise agent has contacted area residents about a hotel project; many signed a petition in support of it. The not- yet-proposed (no-name) hotel is making its way into the mainthought of public opinion. As for opp?sition, it's too soon for any. Unlike the Four Season's try at build- ing a hotel across from the then-Beverly Wiishire (now the Regent Beverly Wilshire) -- that's when the city went bonkers and lifelong friendships were tom apart over the ballot measure -- this time "round I believe the "hotel issue" will be handled much like the department store zone adjustment, oUutside the ring... Unless, that is, council says yes to a hotel venture. This New Code Will Have Certain Practical Repercuiorm. Councilmember Les Bronte last week suggested the city put into its municipal code a requirement that each restaurant, hotel have at least one certified in CPR Bronte's urging untimely heart death of a 1: lar local restaurant. N( ing that ister CPR, action the man's life. This small mandates will have tive repercussions. saved every year will service this Our CPR training programs in the agers, must see the this cy code find it objectionable: minimal and it won't .' pany budgets. (For training, call the 281-2752; or the Fire ness office, (310) Bronte believes should be and by so doing ly Hills a safer place do business and to LETTERS TO T EDITOR you should bug your next automobile from the Pau/son Automotive Group Convenience What couldp neighbo walking Price Pro Not only ar put it in wri after you buy. e convenient than a dca =.  of our custoIner + ay, we offer you the We even back up o The Paulson Promise yOur own n within i ... and we Protection There differences you can't even see, like our compli- menages* and c):ulxfshutfle service tomaticall your Sales Tax Contribution Consider the benefits to the City when you buy your vehi- cles here. Your tax dollars stay in Beverly Hills. aeverly Hills ce .-,.._ You're accstwm=ceiving the besillrvj[rine world. You can jetatt lel of service an[ n at or dealer- slAps.   k --Steve Lapin, ViIdent Excludes Rolls-Roy/BenUey, Aston Mart Lotus, Lamborghlni Lexu= of mn. 9230 Wllshire Blvd. 274-5200 Beverly Hms For 8500 Wilshlre Blvd. 289-9575 Rolls-RoyeelBentley Aston Martin/Lotus Lamborghln/of wer mUs 8833 Olympic Blvd. 659-4050 ]Bevexly Hlgl Cadillac 9231 Olympic Blvd. 276-4300 ImBn/ti of mu. 8850 Wflshlre Blvd. 659-6622 Finerman More Than Just a Neighbor Dear Editor: Academy Award-winning producer Wendy Finerman is more than just a neighbor, as Winston Paige Millet described her in his March 30 "Looking Forward" column. Finerman is an alumnus of the Bev- erly Hills public schools, having graduat- ed from Hawthorne Elementary (where she served as student council vice pres- ident) and Beverly Hills High School. Although the list of prominent Bever- ly Hills High School graduates is an extensive one, a community newspaper like yours should be reporting when alumni of the only public high school in the city receive unique accolades like Academy Awards. Such successful alumni are both an indication of the Beverly Hills Unified School District's glorious past and-serve as much-needed inspirations to today's students who have seen the quality of the Beverly Hills schools undermined by parents who reject schools in favor of sion-caused cutbackS, ture that elevates ment to a pedestal else (including quality dull by comparison. Editor's Note: ing in Hawaii at the in touch with her fo she returns. Hopeless Dear Editor: It has become traverse Beverly without encountering illegally, causing and inconvenience public. Where does Postal Service is pang Scores continued from page 16 a very high level of skills, Levine said. "in math, to get a six-- very few children will get that percentage-wise," he said. "Children who get a three are cer- tainly capable students," Levine added. For the eighth grade, 77 percent of students district-wide scored a four, five or six in reading; 89 percent scored at the same levels in writing and 53 per- cent scored at those levels in math. Fifty-four percent of fourth graders scored a four, five or six in reading; 71 percent scored at those high levels in writing and 65 percent scored high in math. Beverly Hills students appear to have the most trouble with math. "The math test in and o itself is more diffi- cult," Willmer said. math ar( shou be,- he saU. It is possible math are test, Willmer sak:l, investigation is ness. Beverly HiEs reported tothe Scores will be one sixi math, but not available, The district areas of improvement, the latter case, teachers, and" wh the students.