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briefs cont. from page 3 currently uses the children's area because he has a young child. "It is an excellent facility and the need is much greater elsewhere," Mirisch said. About $4.7 million was allocated to library renovations in the 2010-11 CIP budget. BHUSD says it doesn't know the cost of Beverly Vista Building D Despite the Weekly's repeated requests for information about the construction costs of Beverly Vista Building D, the district has been unable to produce the information. According to Business & Facilities Consultant La Tanya Kirk, the Building D project was likely funded by Measure S. However, Kirk was unable to locate any records of the Beverly Vista Building D construction, which was completed in 2002. "The Measure S files may be in deep stor- age somewhere, but not readily available, nor do I know if it exists," Kirk wrote in an e-mil on May 23. Beverly Vista Building D opened in 2002, replacing two older brick buildings that were demolished in 1999. Despite alleg- edly being "state-of-the-art," the building has been beset by construction problems, including drainage design issues, lack of automatic controls on the HVAC/boiler system that has leaking valves, and fire-life- safety items that need to be addressed. The Weekly followed up with Kirk on May 31. "I was not able to locate anything on Building D," Kirk wrote in an e-mail. "I checked the two storage containers from Strategic Concepts and [there was] nothing there for that or any of the Measure S [the 1993 bond] projects. My only thought is they must have discarded them or placed them in offsite storage somewhere that we are unaware of." Strategic Concepts is the company founded hy former facilities director Karen Christiansen that BHUSD hired to oversee the Measure K and Measure E bonds. Christiansen is now facing four charges of conflict of interest related to her work for the district. The Weekly requested the information following the May 5 Board of Education meeting, during which Chief Facilities Official Nelson Cayabyab told the Board that Beverly Vista had a number of facilities problems affecting the entire site, incltiding Building B, which reopened in 2007 after a renovation. The Weekly contacted Kirk after Cayabyab said he was unable to supply information about the cost of Building D. "Previous work on past construction as I mentioned at the board meeting, I have not thoroughly look[ed] at and will not com- ment because I was not here to monitor the work," Cayabyab wrote in an e-mail on May 9. Twenty conmunity members receive subpoenasrelated to Kobor case Former nayor Linda Briskman, former Board of klucation member AJ Willmer, Planning Commissioner Brian Rosenstein, former Planning Commissioners Shahram Melamed, Kathy Reims, and Stacy Marks, Weekly columnist Rudy Cole and Marilyn Gallup were reportedly among 20 people who were subpoenaed retat- ing to the lawsuit filed by the Kobor Family Trust in response to the City Council's 2010 decision to not allow medical offices at 8767 Wilshire Boulevard. City Attorney Larry Wiener confirmed that 20 members of the Beverly Hills commu- nity received subpoenas, but he would not release the names of individuals out of respect for their privacy. "I will say the subpoe- nas appear to target those who spoke in opposition to the project," Wiener said. Ilene Knebel (left) and Marjan Zohoury (right) El Rodeo and Hawthorne shop for a cause Ilene Knebel from E1 Rodeo and Marjan Zohoury from Hawthorne were awarded $500 and $350 respectively for their schools at the awards ceremony for the School Cents program sponsored by the Westside Pavilion, which awards prizes to schools based on purchases at the shopping center's stores and restaurants logged by members of school com- munities. Gallup said she spoke against the project at one city council meeting. "I didn't understand why I was served. I had no connection with the project," Gallup said. The City filed a motion for a protective order to prohibit enforcement of the sub- poenas. The motion will be heard on June 24. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Amy Hogue has issued a stay of discovery, which temporarily prohibits enforcement of the subpoenas before the hearing. "We objected to the subpoenas on the basis that they are a misuse of the discov- ery process and an attempt to punish and intimidate citizens for exercising their First PARrICIPATli'qG HOT DEALS HOTELS & RESORTS Conference Calling Local Numbers Throughout California Reservation-based or Reservationless Recording Capability 5 /minute Local Access I0 C/minute Toll Free Access San geles f   / / I " Atlanta San Diego New Yor Chicago The Telephone Connection 310 -789 -7900 LOS ANGELES DEPARTURES Tahiti , ,,..+ 1709 Page 4 Beverly Hills Weekly