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briefs cont. from page 3 L'Ermitage General Manager bemoans Avec Nous closure Five days after City Attorney Larry Wiener determined that L'Ermitage must close its res- taurant Avec Nous to the public due to an expired Conditional Use Permit, L'Ermitage General Manager Sal Abaunza fought back tears as he Sal Abaunza a d d r e s s e d the City Council. "This is heartbreaking," Abaunza said before returning to his seat. Under a recent $40+ million renova- tion, the luxury hotel spent roughly $4 million on Avec Nous, a contemporary French bistro helmed by Executive Chef Olivier Quignon, who moved from New York to fill the position. "The CUP was granted to allow the restaurant to be open to the public and for outdoor dining, and if the CUP is no longer valid, then the restaurant cannot be open to the public and the outdoor dining area cannot be utilized," said City Manager Mahdi Aluzri Tuesday night. As revealed at last week's Planning Commission meeting, the establishment had been operating under an expired CUP since 2012. A renewal application was filed last March. "I don't know if it was intentional or by accident that it wasn't renewed, but maybe it wasn't renewed because of all the violations going on," Vice Mayor Nancy Krasne said. Chamber of Commerce President Kelly Scott later took to the podium to oppose the closure, which limits access to the restaurant to hotel guests and their par- ties. "On behalf of the Chamber, I ask that we find a way to make this work for a period of time," Scott said. The matter will be taken on by the Planning Commission at a special meet- ing in the next few weeks. Attorney Mitchell Dawson, who repre- sents L'Ermitage, could not be reached. NO" 'ICE OF PUBLIC HEARING DATE: April 28, 2016 TIME: 1:30 PM, or as soon thereafter as LOCATION: Room 280-A Beverly Hills City Halt 455 North Rexford Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90210 the matter may be heard The Planning Commission of the City of Beverly Hills, at its REGULAR meeting on Thursday, April 28, 2016, will hold a public hearing beginning at 1:30 PM, or as soon thereafter as the matter may be heard to consider a request for a Conditional Use Permit and Minor Accommodation to allow construction of a new 45' tall, three-story commercial building with three levels of subterranean parking located at 9212 and 9206 Olympic Boulevard. The proposed project is located in theC-3T- 2 zone on two existing parcels that will be tied to create a site area of 12,000 square feet. The proposed project would have a floor area of 20,292 square feet resulting in a floor area ratio of 1.69 to 1. Construction of the proposed project requires the following entitlements: A Conditional Use Permit is required to allow the height of a building in the C-3T-2 zone to exceed two stories and 35' and the density to exceed a floor area ratio of 1.33 to 1 pursuant to Beverly Hills Municipal Code 10-3-1632. The applicant is requesting a Conditional Use Permit to allow a 45' tall three-story structure with a floor area ratio of 1.69 to 1. A Minor Accommodation is required to allow an increase in the amount of opening allowed in the required three-foot tall wall located on the property line that abuts the alley to the rear of the proposed project pursuant to Bevedy Hills Municipal Code 10-3-1953. The proposed project would have a total of 52' of opening in the required wall at the rear of the property. The openings would provide access to the parking and loading areas of the project. This project has been assessed in accordance with the authority and criteria contained in the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the State CEQA Guidelines (California Code of Regulations, Title 14, Sections 15000 et seq.), and the City's Local CEQA guidelines. The project qualifies for a Class 32 Categorical Exemption for in-fill development pursuant to Section 15332 of the Guidelines, and the project has been determined not to have a significant environmental impact. Any interested person may attend the meeting and be heard or present written comments to the Commission. According to Government Code Section 65009, if you challenge the Commission's action in court,. you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City, either at or prior to the public hearing. If there are any questions regarding this notice, please contact Timothea Tway, Associate Planner in the Planning Division at (310) 285-1122, or by email at ttway@beverlyhills.org. Copies of the project plans and associated application materials are on file in the Community Development Department, and can be reviewed by any interested person at 455 North Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Sincerely, Timothea Tway, AICP Associate Planner Page 4 Beverly Hills Weekly Planning Commission tacks on three trees to view restoration proceeding For the first time since the Trousdale View Restoration Ordinance was estab- lished five years ago, a view restoration proceeding came before" the Planning Commission at their January 28th meet- ing. Adopted by the City Council in December 2011, the Ordinance was cre- ated to encourage Trousdale residents to quickly resolve issues relating to the restoration of views disrupted by foliage grown on neighboring properties. The Commission visited view own- ers Branden and Rayni Williams' prop- erty, located at 1023 Hillcrest Road, and foliage owners Kashayar and Shayesteh Saketkhoo's property, located at 1017 Hillcrest Road, earlier this year. Homes in the hillside area are subject to a 14-foot height limit, while trees and vegetation can grow up to 15 feet. Later, the Commission discovered three additional trees subject to restor- ative action under the View Restoration Ordinance. And at a meeting last week the Commission wrapped up a months-long process by approving revisions to the res- olution in order to reflect the additional three trees, bringing the total to nine. As a result of the revisions, the foliage owners are required to cover all the costs. L.A. County Assessor Jeffrey Prang to receive "Public Official of the Year" award The Stonewall Democratic Club will name Los Angeles County Assessor Jeffrey Prang "Public Official of the Year" at their Annual Stoney Awards on April 30. "I am thrilled to have been select- ed," Prang said in a statement. "I am proud to join the other honorees: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Rabbi Denise L. Eger, Jane Wishon and the late Los Angeles Councilmember Bill Rosendahl." As a West Hollywood City Councilmember and Mayor, Prang helped enact progressive policies, maintaining a strong budget surplus while investing in infrastructure, public safety and the wel- fare of animals. He currently serves as Los Angeles County's 2 7 t h Assessor. T h e Office of the Assessor is the larg- est local public assessment agency in the nation, JeffreyPrang with over 1,400 employees and an annual budget exceeding $160 million. The Stonewall Democratic Club's Annual Stoney Awards will be held at 2 p.m. at Traxx Restaurant and Courtyard, located at 800 N. Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. For tickets and sponsorship opportuni- ties visit http://www.stonewalldems.org/ stoneys. Beverly Hills recognizes 193 volunteers At the 31st Annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner on April 14, 198 of the city's 287 volunteers were honored for contributing anywhere from 40 to 716 hours in 2015. Volunteers recognized for dedicating 10 years of service and 40 volunteer hours or more include Barbara Bansmer, Earlee Brown, Ray Flade, Camille Jones, Linda Riback, Eileen Silver, Ellyn Snowden and Ray Zakari. briefs cont. on page 5 Get trained as FAA certified Aviation Technician. Financial aid for qualified students. Job placement assistance. Call Aviation Institute of Maintenance I I I II I