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"Larceny on La Peer" I'll sum it up good for you. I personal- ly am an investigator for a major retailer in the Los Angeles area. The main rea- son you have white collared criminals frequenting the Beverly Hills area, is that the demand is here. Everything they could ever ask for is at the tip of their fingertips, literally. Another reason -that they increase their activity in the B.H. area is that most retailers in the area, fail to invest in a loss prevention depart- ment. Most retailers refuse to believe that they're being victimized. The rest know that the activity is them, they just lack awareness training. That's part of the role a good seasoned Loss Prevention Dept. can provide. In just over a year we've been successful in apprehending several organized theft rings. We've been successful in recover- ing hundreds of thousands of dollars in stolen merchandise as well. As a result, we've even recovered restitution from these groups. My main point here is sim- ple, invest in a good Loss prevention Dept. Not only will you cut down on your losses, you'll add to your bottom line in profits. Richard Alvarez Los Angeles Larceny on La Peer Responses to last week's issue WHAT'S ON YOUR MIND? You can write us at: 140 South Beverly Drive #201 Beverly Hills, CA 90212 You can fax us at: 310:887.0789 fax editor@bhweekly.com NI3 NAPS H OT Library Issues Your tax money- your library. There is a serious backlog at the Beverly Hills Public Library in cataloging books which have been ordered but have yet to make it to the shelf. For several years now, I have been told that certain books are "in process." Last Friday I checked the library" com- puter for a title which showed the book has been "in process since 1998." This means the library has had it for two years, but hasn't catalogued it yet! I approached the librarian of that depart- ment, who didn't understand why it was- n't on the shelf. He volunteered to go to the cataloging department and try to find it himself. I followed him to the door of that department, but waited outside pur- suing nearby shelves. The door had not completely shut, and after ten minutes of waiting I decided to find him. I entered a big hall where no one could see me, but I could hear a bunch of women talking and giggling. Over twenty minutes passed as I stood there fuming, and finally the young man came out. He had been unable to find my book. I'm sure he made a valiant effort, but I was upset that the book had not been cataloged in the first place, and so I demanded to see the manager of that department. I was directed to a Mr. Steinfeld, who was not available. Many others of my acquaitance have experienced similar problems finding books. It's always the same story: the book is "in process." Obviously, some + people in the library are not doing their jobs. Their supervisors and library direc- tors should know what is and what is not "being processed" at our library. I encourage every resident to write to the library and complain. Our tax money should go to purchase new books and to catalogue them, not for excessive chit- chat at taypayer expense. Sheila Stern Beverly Hills "Can't We All Get Along?" This is my first letter to a community newspaper, but the recent attack by Virginia Maas on two of her colleagues on the school board has prompted the following: REFORM THE SCHOOL BOARD BY RECALLING VIRGINIA MAAS. "Reform" stands for Revive Educational Faith and Opportunity by Recalling Maas. Let's do it for our chil- dren and the reputation of Beverly Hills letters con't on p19  i Wk mnc. Published Thursdays in Beverly Hills Pubibher & CEO Josh E, Gross Managing Edito Shidn Danielpour staff Repormm Ethan Bernard Justin Levine Michele Lu Contributors Ellen Stern Harris Steven Herbed Jennifer Rebbert Dianna Weiner Diane VanBeuren 140 $emth Be Drive #201 Beverly HH, CA 9O212 nO.07 phone 310.887.0789 fax News tips 310.688.6761 edito@bhweekly.com All staff can be reached at: first name ohweek.corn Unsolicited materials II not be returned 02000 Beverly Hills Weekly Inc. 1 year subscriptions are now available. Sent via us Mail $75 payable in advance 2- Beverly Hills Weekly