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PAGE 101 BEVERLY HILLS NEWS Bq Hinst0n Paioe Hillet Giving thanks to four special community leaders Beve Hi News is our neme -- our pux. pose is to provide informaon and oommen- tary for our more than 210,000 friends who live and work in our city. Our Ndghtxxhood Watch page reports crimes to alert our readers to potential areas of trouble. You increase the size of our police force by your calling in unusual or suspidous actions -- it is not often that a policeman sees a crime in progress. This past two months car break-ins have become a crime wave  100 in May, 58 in June. Wjlh more of us on the lookout, we'll catch the thieves soon. The World Cup was exciting -- extremely so at the and. It w",. the "Shootout at the Wodd Cup." The good wi, it generated for Southern California is absolutely incalculable -- the brochure the V'sitors' Bureau put out was terrific -- it was well done, well distributed and a real bargain to get that much information about Beverly Hills into the wodd-wide com- munity. The three tenors at Dodger Stadium Publisher -- incredb -- the poignant pictures of Bev- edy I-Bs' own Ger Ke41y as the three Feat voices sang S/rig/rig/n the Ra/n to him andto lhewoddl Wowl!! BevedyHillsandhewodd thank our own Alan Rang -- he and his sta d  superUy. The World Cup was exciting -- extremely so at the end. It was the "Shootout at the World Cup." The good will it generated for Southern California is absolutely incalculable m Morron, PaYor of Bevedy Hills Pres- byterian ch, is written up in our newspa- per this week to commemorate his twenty years in otx town. What the artJde doesn't say is thai Jim is one of the nicest and most dejhtU peop lhave ever . We hope youll be h us for another twenty. His on- gog frmndly rivalry with The Rev. Greg Richards that began when Greg was next door at All Saints Eldscopal church is even contin- ued in our pages as we review Greg's new book When Someone You Know is HuttJng -- what you can do to help. Both of ese men have spent thr lh/es ng, canng, comfort- Jng. I arn proud to have them both as my dear friends. B Boyd has k-ft the Chamber of Com- merce. Execulive DcI ut peer -- his were crisp, , accurate and all dcx'm "m house." We would olten invite him to our house f" cinner as he would be work- ing all night long, sleep in the ofrce, to.com- plete Ue budget for the city, the reports for be directocs. I, we wish you all the best in your new work. Thank you Nan, Jim, Greg and Bill. \\; iq Har(jaret Harris Editor4n-Chief Are we going to let Santa Monica sinE into a commuter canyon ? s been a source of irritaon and fruslral for years, and cemmuter traff on Little Santa Monica isn easing . le si.Bn festers but never gm beUer aonO ltt mh bmwe Marina and . aygo dry com have l up bir hatch at what appears to be a' catch 22 hang-up. But is . Trac and Paddng Commissioner Webb has suggested one remedy. At least pad of the probm seems to be he v' of he street -- traff lanes are na'row than on WCdre or Big Smta  Webb Ixoposes having 'xee lanes instead of four  Litge Santa Monica: westbound, eastbound axl a middle, left-turn only lane with street parking still aowed. The dry  ok to the kea. The red 'ugh Webb says, is in two dashing abLSM. One om' s that Ue  dlould be a , a bypass to over-stressed Big Smta Monlca and an dd to Westside frame demands; eet parking should be banned; lanes  be widened to permit a freer  of   am hose who beaeve e entre stretch of Utile Saa Modca slxx/d be m(xe e, a walking seet with e ambiance of a  Why, my ask, should Bewdy Hih open its doors to commuter trc at the expense of its om merchants and reskm=? "r number o vacandes ak)ng the s'e is arm.g. Loc rha and br ors see commuters vg by too last to no r store dows (and at course y don1 Juu 21-27, 1994 stop to shop).  crge at the speed and sheer votume of cars tha make walldng ong tt span of dngur st0res and restau- rants uncomfodale. A 1991 "affic oount taken over a two-week pedod showed lhe average 24- hour t w= 2s, s0o vehica=  per day. Past Traffic and Paldng , attepr,g to r=  "=' cn=s, have restdpped several blocks of the boulevard, banned some st'eet patdng, studed md re- stud 1he dilemma -- and sill the  IxNls, merchants seethe and  avoid the area. Bevedy Hilb can hide ils head in lhe sand md refuse to de th lhe ldc momt hreat- eraxj to sack it, nor can we dmy 'e demands of living in the center of an urbm spm. But let us, rt and  asks ou'selves whal is best for Beve Hills. Whafs cdlical for our mer- chmts? What's  for our pedestm? Whan were answemd lhese quesons, then lets see how we can otf pnc sdutions f emoonowing Westside We don1 believe for a minu lhat,h all the brain power in this city a supe sdun to e oubtesome Litlle Santa Monica impasse can1 be laurel Webb's idea is a good one, and the city 11 kx to . Of 6da may rind 's not doab. N dght, he city I e cemmission wil mine up wflh anolher ka tha vl work LSM  want a walking sset, slower traffic, benches on ' slewalks. Reslauneur Mon Wss, who owns The Pj- ers on LJtl Santa Monica, 10elieves "e llage kx"  an  ptse, is just what e  neeck Weiss, oer area merchants and mmem are fonng a group to "revitabe" Little Santa Modc Weiss told us at eveqne ought to be concerned about gts eet "There are a growing number of vacandes," he  out, "whle e dty seems  by Rodeo Ddve. Every/ling is done wi1 Rodeo Ddve in mind. We would like to incur some interest in beaut/ing ts seet" LJ Santa Mor: accor, o Were, has been r-=gom by the cy and the chamber, "...ahough he new president, Chuck Avis, seems to have tou" Beverly Hii can't hide its head in the rand and refuse to deoi wlth d-,e trafk monster Ikreei to sack it... We agree  Weiss at  b needed here. Weiss sees Litlle Santa Mor, ica as an aique row, but to bring at off # would take someone on an eooncxnic commitlee. In oe vds, semeone has to develop he idea and go out andsel  Shoukl we let Ligle Santa Monica become a :emmute gul? Ceaainly no To mdaim is sped bodevad our  of commerce and the city coundl must take an assa hand . makg  happe BEVERLY W Winston Paige Nrgarel MANAGING Bruce STAFF Tony Ja0e CONTRIBUTING Mr. Paul Sharon Thomas M. Toni Holl Janet tel e' phyllis Fry jill Dianna Ed REAL ESTATE Gary CLASSIFIED Bob i ART + DESIGN Kudu Jeff JoAnn FAX: