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July 21, 1994

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BEVERLY HILLS NEWS 4 I Beverly Hills a "poverty'pocketed but affluent Third 1 Recently-released housing report reveals startling findings that belie city's image. everly Hills has become a poverty-pock- eted but affluent Third Wodd city in the midst of a dranatJc baby "boomleC in which English is the second language for almost half the students in the city's schools. Those are among the startligg findings of a new report that also reveals that in a city syn- onymous around the world with wealth and status, more than a fourth of the city's house- holds are considered "low income." Additionally, according to a draft of the document, 6.7% of ell the households in Bev- erly Hills have incomes below the federal poverty level. On paper at least, the revised housing ele- ment of the city's general plan now in the hands of local planning commissioners under- scores parts of Beverly Hills that belie its image: -- A city in which more than haft of its housing units are inhabited by renters. -- A city in which more than a third of the residents are foreign-born and of which more than a fifth are not citizens. -- A city in which 41 first languages other than English are represented in the district's schools. -- A city whose biggest growing demo- graphic groups are children four years of age and younger, men between the ages of 25 and 34 and senior ciSzens over 75. The housing plan, released by the city this week, is just one of seven state-mandated ele- ments of the community's general plan -- but it is the only part of the plan that must be updat- ed every five years. The Beverly Hills Planning Commission will hold formal hearings on the plan in August before issuing its draft to the Ci 1 in September. The plan cites studies produced by the Southern California AssodatJon of Govem- rnonts, the regional planning body, which an0c- ipate "little or no growth" for Beverly Hills over the next six years. "The City (of 8eveW s) ls nevarttess hopeful that conditions will improve such that the market may call forth some modest  of redevelopment which would result in a net increase of dwelling units," the housing plan states. Measured in population, the city also recorded a slight popuon decline during the 1980s with several demographic group excep- tions- the most notable among small children. The number of children four years and younger increased by two-thirds in the past decade and now represent 3.6% of the popula- tion in Beverly Hills. At the same time, the city has shown a dra- matic increase in the population of men between the ages of 25 and 34-- and a cumu- growth of almost 73% since 1970. While the city's median income is higher than the county average, the document points out "significant differences" in household income levels within the community and its impact on housing. In addition, data provided by the Beverly Hills schools for 1992 showed that 45.3% of the students in the district had English as a second language, up from only 19.4% in 1982. Rents, for instance, are so high in Beverly Hills that almost 2t% of the city's total house- holds -- 86% of them renters -- pay more than 30% of their income for shetter. According to the document, the majority of residents who are in househokb of "low" and lower" incomes or in househok below the federal poverty line are renters. "Lower" or "lov/' those in which the does not exceed 80% incom( in Beverly Hilts, between Santa Monica Vards, households live south and west become a 56% of the Most of the on 1 of land in the city tial use. But perhaps the the plan are the that a slightly Hills residents were county as a whole. In addi0on, data Hills schools for 1992 the students in the Schoo4 data also the ximu larua d New 'IN SIDEKICK JX 4X4 ,And MOLE! J KIRJUmllts uzuKa CALL 310-829-4320 1811 SANTA MONICA BLVD., SANTA MONICA Subject to Prior Sale. All Prices + tax, lic., doc. & smog. Sale Prices Exclude Leases on advertised price. Sale ends 6/19194 I dy 21-27, 1994 Roo-l-in "the ians cores of Italian soccer fans packed Care Roma on Drive Sunday to view the World Cup finals between Italy and Brazil. For two hours, Italian fans had plenty to cheer about as the scrappy Italian team held ffe favored Brazilians scoreless through 90 minutes of regda0on play and 30 minutes of overtime before finally losing on penalty kicks. Pictured at right in the colors or is ChdsUan Cmt