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ing, management and day-to-day operations, the financial performance of the investment, hiring and training the staff that work here, and of course delivering those services to our customers who are our tenants, as well as our guests that come here every day who are the customers of our tenants. Who are the realtors you regularly work with at Two Rodeo? Our broker for this property is Jay Ldchs. We cooperate with other brokers, [includ- ing] Dembo Realty, CB Richard Ellis and BRC Advisors. How does your experience as Two Rodeo's general manager help you as Chair of the CVB? I've been involved in property manage- ment for nearly 25 years. I think some of it's certainly organizational management. [ think that being the manager of Two Rodeo I have a good understanding of what the needs are of the retailers that are here. It gives me an opportunity to really talk to them about their businesses, what their busi- ness needs are and how we can better serve them and their customers. What do you like most about working on Rodeo Drive? It's afforded me the opportunity to meet so many people. I don't feel like I've been here that long, but Beverly Hills is so much like a small town, a close-knit community. It's given me the opportunity to meet so many terrific people. It's beautiful, it's friendly, the nicest place you could possibly want to live or work. Tell us about your family. I've been married [to Pamela Wiley] for 15 years. Pamela works in the legal depart- ment at the Writers Guild of America. Since 1986, [I've lived in the Los Angeles area]. We love to travel, that's one of the things we love to do in our spare time together. I like to play golf and I think that we just enjoy spending time together, which is nice after all these years. What are your priorities for Two Rodeo in the near future? We've recently signed up some fantastic new tenants here. Stefano Ricci is now under construction. In the last couple of years, we've really repositioned Two Rodeo to be the centerpiece of fashion, jewelry and other luxury items. Some of the ten- ants that have [recently] moved here that we're very happy to have are Lanvin and Agent Provocateur. Galerie Michael moved here; it's been on Rodeo Drive for 30 years now. David Orgell recently moved here, the oldest retailer on Rodeo Drive. Recently Stephen Webster opened up a jewelry bou- tique here. Another new retailer we have here is Richard Mille. And of course we've got our great tenants that have been here for quite awhile. We're happy to say all of our retail locations are leased. I see it really as an honor and a privilege to serve in this capacity as the chair of CVB, and to work closely with the city, with the business community and the residents, to really try to make the city everything that it can be. It's a great opportunity and a real privilege. briefs cont. from page 7 amount of costs borne by either party can shift," Yukelson said. "If it comes to a deci- sion where the foliage owner was at fault and refused to participate, costs shift toward that person. If the foliage owner participates, costs are going tO shift toward people that own the view." Earlier in the meeting, historic preserva- tion expert and consultant Janet Ostashay will make a presentation about the Mills Act preservation tax incentive. The City Council has directed planning staff to develop an ordinance that would enact the Mills Act iii Beverly Hills. According to thePlanning Commission's staff report, the Mills Act was enacted by the state of California in 1972 to grant "par- ticipating local governments the authority to enter into contracts with owners of quali- fied historic properties to receive property tax relief by actively participating in the restoration and maintenance of their historic properties." "Once we have this presentation, staff is going to set up a Planning Commission meeting," Yukelson said. "We can hopefully come up with a recommendation to the city council to adopt the Mills Act into our city code." New hybrid Beverly High bell schedule combines block and daily schedules Since August, a committee spem'headed by Beverly High Principal Carter Paysinger and Assistant Principal Jen Tedford has worked on crafting a new school bell sched- ule to meet the state's minimum requirement of annual instructional minutes. "The number one goal was to make sure that we come up with a bell schedule that will be satisfactory and effective for sev- eral years," Paysinger told the Board of Education, which unanimously approved the proposed bell schedule on May 31. Vice President Brian Goldberg asked for assurance that the proposed bell schedule met the minimum requirement of providing at least 64,800 annual instructional minutes. Beverly High bell schedules, including the current schedule, have failed to meet state requirements in the past. Paysinger and Tedford assured the Board that the new schedule meets state require- fnents. The Beverly High administrators provided a document mapping out daily and weekly minutes for the entire 2011-12 school year, totaling 64,953 minutes. The committee engaged staff, parents and students to come up with a schedule that would meet stakeholders' needs, in addition to meeting the state's requirement of instruc- tional minutes. "Our goal with this bell schedule was to meet as many of our stakeholders' needs as possible," Tedford said. "We're a high school that has an incredible number of pro- grams. This schedule is designed to meet the needs of every different kind of student." The committee came up with a hybrid bell schedule, a cross between a daily sched- ue and a block schedule. On most school days, students will attend all of their classes each day, with 50-55 minute periods. There are two daily schedules, one for Monday/ Tuesday, which includes a homeroom peri- od, and one for Wednesday-Friday, which has sixth period scheduled before lunch. Paysinger said scheduling sixth period before lunch will help minimize the amount of class time students miss when they are dismissed early for athletic contests or other extracurricular activities. On one Wednesday and one Thursday each month, students will have a block schedule of 90 minute periods, plus a new 55-minute enrichment period. "For the first time we're going to let stu- dents self-schedule what they want to do with that [enrichment] time," Tedford said. "Teachers will provide options that kids will sign up for." Options might include Literary Magazine, AP Review sessions and special assemblies. Tedford said the monthly block schedule will also allow for teachers to collaborate and hold department meetings on Thursday afternoons after students are dismissed. Another change from the current bell schedule is the elimination of the tutorial period. "The reason why we dropped it is we have a successful before- and after-school tutor- ing program we piloted this year," Tedford said. "We felt we didn't need to offer tutor- ing during school if we could offer it before and after school successfully." briefs cont. on page 10 BHEF President Annette Saleh, Grandparents Council Chair Sandra Pressman, event organizer Nancy Heim Reskin, guest speaker Marlyn Diaz, and host Suzi Wehba at BHEF' s first Grandparents Council event on June I at Wehba' s Beverly Hills home. BHEF encourages grandparents near and far to participate in school experience Grandparents who want to be involved in their grandchildren's campuses now have an opportunity--BHEF's new Grandparents Council. BHEF Vice President of Development Nathalie Kunin co-founded the council with her mother, Sandy Pressman, who is chair of the council and a longtime Beverly Hills resident. "Grandparents offer so much to a school community," Kunin said. "They love to hang out with their grandkids, they are terrific volunteers and they can provide so many resources. You might have a grandparent who was a Shakespearean scholar come in and speak to a group of kids, or come cook in the classroom." Although BHEF is the fundraising arm of BHUSD, the primary objective of the Grafidparents Council is not to raise money. "The primary focus is just to have grandparents involved in kids' lives and their cam- puses," Kunin said. The idea for the Grandparents Council came from a program that Kulain and Pressman founded 10 years ago at the Center for Early Development in-West Hollywood, where Kunin was a teacher and where one of her children was a student. Pressman is still the chair of the organization, which has 400 members and meets monthly. Kunin said about 25 grandparents showed up at Pressman's house for a brainstorming meeting for the Beverly Hills organization. They decided .there would be no dues and the goal would be to promote activities that are both educational and interesting. Kunin said the council is tentatively planning four to six meetings and four events annually. "This is not in any way limited to grandparents who live in Beverly Hills," Kunin said. "This is for grandparents who live in Arizona, who live in England, and they'll ge t invita- tions to everything and they can be part of the group from afar." Kunin hopes grandparents will be motivated to participate in the Grandparents Council when they do come to town. The Grandparents Council celebrated its inauguration with an event on June 1 at Fred and Susan Wehba's home. Certified nutrition and lifestyle consultant Marlyn Diaz pro- vided about 70 attendees with nutrition tips and a recipe for a lean, green smoothie. For more information about the Grandparents Council, call BHEF at (310) 557-0651. June 9- June 15,- 2011 Page 9