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(That was a joke, Larson.) Speaking of personal favorites, the unflappable in any crisis and symbol of the best in government service, Director of Community Services Steve Miller is retir- ing, and with him will go invaluable understanding and an institutional history of city government. You can join in paying tribute to Steve at a retirement party honoring 37 years of service Tuesday, June 28, 2010, six p.m. at Greystone Mansion by calling Genevieve Row at (310) 285-2536. (Thirty-Seven bucks will include appetizers, drinks and a gift for Steve,) Be there, he has earned our appreciation.) As for finding a replacement for Miller, a novel approach will be tried: Two of the top administrators in the division, Steve Zoet and Nancy Hunt-Coffey, will take turns as chiefs for three months in a kind of test run. I would not want to have to make the final choice between two such outstanding and talented leaders. Acting School Supt. Dr.Jcrry Gross will leave the district at the end of this month. The job will be held one of the district's chief administrators, probably until a final selection is made, although another inter- im could be brought in. Dr. Gross deserves considerable credit for keeping it all together during a difficult time for our schools. Rudy Cole served for eight years as a member and chair of the city's Recreation & Parks Commission. He was also Presi- dent of the Greystone Foundation and served on three other city committees. Rudy can be reached at: Rudy@bhweek- ly.com. briefs cont. from page 3 important these things are to the city and what people want to see happen to improve the facilities and the programs." Gold, who graduated from New York University School of Medicine, said he hopes to contribute to the expansion of programs. "I understand that we have a lot of fis- cal constraints today," he said. "But I'm" optimistic that it will get better and, per- haps from private contributions, we may be able to see the expansion of existing programs and the creation Of new ones. I think we need to build on the successes of the past and expand the portfolio of opportunities from citizens, as well as, when time gets better, take a look at improving our facilities, always being mindful of the economics behind it." Gold said he is also a "pretty good lis- tener." "As a commissioner, the public process really involves listening to what other people have to say," Gold said. "And coming to a consensus and common understanding, hearing what everybody has to say, and I think I do that very well." Gold -- whose wife is a pharmacology professor at USC's Keck School of Medicine and serves as director of the university's Nurse Anesthesia Program -- said he has no plans of leaving anytime soon. "With luck, I will serve the full six years that's allowed," Gold said. "I'm happy to be where I am now.." California Supreme Court to Review Hilton Case The California Supreme Court recently granted a review of Oasis West's appeal in their case with Southwest Homeowners President and attorney Ken Goldman. The review was unanimously granted by the state supreme court, which only grants between 2-5 percent of appeals to be heard. The California Court of Appeals had previously ruled in favor of Goldman, stating that a lawyer can express personal opposition to an issue, as long as it is not on behalf of another client. The appellate court dismissed the lawsuit filed by Oasis West Realty LLC, owner of the Beverly Hilton. Oasis West had ini- tially won the trial court's ruling that Goldman acted uneth- ically by first repre- senting his client, Oasis West, On a mat- ter he later attempted to defeat. "We are extremely pleased," said Robert Barta, attorney for Oasis West. "We fully expect them to reverse the appellate court's decision and rule that a lawyer cannot undermine his former (left to right) Brad Meyerowitz, Susan Rosen, Buddy Pepp, Alan Block, Chris Brown, Lori Gordon, Jill Tavelman Collins, Jeff Brynan, Cindy Brynan, Bill Hammerstein, Arline Pepp, Jim Hampton, Vice Mayor Barry Brucker and Councilmember Dr. Willie Brien City Council Honors GreystoRe Mansion Concours d'Elegance Steering Committee The Beverly Hills City Council presented Certificates of Appreciation to the members of the Greystone Mansion Concours d'Elegance Steering Committee for their invaluable contributions to the success of the event. client's interest on a matter still pending." Barta will have 30 days to file an open- ing brief. "Reed Smith and Ken Goldman look forward to. presenting this case to the California Supreme Court and are confi- dent that the Supreme Court will uphold the tmanimous Court of Appeal decision in their favor," said Dirk Vincent, attorney for Ken Goldman. MTA Subway Community Meeting to be Held at BHPL The Metropolitan Transit Authority will be holding a community meeting about the subway extension project at the Beverly Hills Public Library Tuesday, June 29 at 6 p.m. Alternatives of running the subway from Beverly Hills to Century City will be discussed. This will be the final round of community update meetings prior to the release of the draft of the Environmental Impact Report. Residents are encouraged to attend in order to learn more about the project and to receive updates before Metro receives comment from the community at the formal public hearings anticipated forlater this summer. For more information, contact Metro's Project Information line at (213) 922- 6934. BHHS Softball Coach Reflects on 'More Disappointing' Season Beverly High had a "more disappoint- ing" season in 2010 than 2009, despite having the same record, coach Len Mitchell said. "We didn't ht as well as I anticipated and our defense was not there," Mitchell briefs cont. on page 8 letters cont. from page 2 tors and managers. In the full context of the agreement, the dollar amounts may not be material, except for one, use of Measure E funds. I am confident that the City and BHUSD can work out some of the scheduling issues. I remain very concerned that the use of Measure E funds may be used to replace the itemized JPA playground maintenance allo- cation of $600,000. Fundamentally, this means the district is subverting the $600,000 JPA funds for purposes otherwise prohibited. It also means that Me/lsure E funds will necessarily be used for purposes not intended by the voters, notwithstanding the vague language in the measure itself. This is a breach of fiduciary responsibility ! As the council discusses the report, though no "specific recommendations" are included, I would suggest that BHUSD, accepting the JPA largesse, be required to create and show that certain and/or specific JPA funds be placed in verifiable accounts both for accounting purposes and to show good faith, and that those funds actually be disbursed from those accounts. Craig Davis Beverly Hills June 24 June30 2010 Page 5