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Imimll Illlll!lIllIIJilNlllI.glngIIIl ~ .'. i _j~~[l~lllm IIIILIIIII!IIJI~III . , I ~ _ _ HINIJII~ briefs G&L to launch initiative to secure two- hour parking in city lots In an effort to permanently preserve two-hour free parking in city-owned park- ing lots, Beverly Hills' G&L Realty filed a notice of intent to circulate a petition last week. The council has 15 days to approve it, after which G&L will have 35 days to collect the approximately 2,000 signatures needed to qualify for the ballot in March. G&L owns medical office buildings throughout Southern California, including facilities on North Bedford Drive. Bedford Drive is home to a parking lot whose two- hour free parking is currently threatened due to suspected "abuse" by surrounding businesses. Beverly Hills resident and political con- sultant Harvey Englander said he thinks the community and retailers will benefit from the two-hour parking initiative pass- ing. The Century City Westfield mall and the Santa Monica Place both offer two to three hours of free parking. "The facts are that peo- ple who come to shop in Beverly Hills have enjoyed two hour free parking ." Englander said. "They get it in the Harvey Englander other large retail loca- tions they go to and Beverly Hills should continue to do the same:" Vice Mayor Barry Brucker supports two-hour parking but disagrees with the proposed initiative. He said he believes the city council should have to right to change a parking lot if need be and this initiative would not allow any flexibility. "We currently have two-hour free park- ing" Brucker said. "What I believe G&L and Harvey Englander are trying to do is take away the government's rights and the elected's rights to determine what happens to these parking lots:' Currently the process to change a park- ing lot is relatively simple, Brucker said. First the council has to discuss it, the com- munity will then have time to give opin- ions and if it passes all of tho~ it's a mat- ter of implementation. If the p~oposed ini- tiative passes, two-hour free l~arking will be a permanent fixture in Bev+rly Hills. The ability to change parking lots allows the city the opportunity to allo income if a natural disaster x~ and affect a parking lot. If ar were to crack the ground in a the city would use the fund,' owned parking lots before taxpayers for money. While th, ning a deficit in their parkin~ are not looking to change t~ parking lots but finding as m~ cies as possible, Brucker said. for disaster ~re to come earthquake parking lot, from city- ~ing to the city is run- fund, they a-hour free ay efficien- Although Brucker disagrees with the initiative, he has suggestions on how to keep parking prices to a minimum. One solution he has is to allow retailers and doctor's offices to offer validation so patrons and patients can benefit from little to no-cost p~king. While a common argument against two- hour free parking is so called employee abuse. Englander said the medical practi- tioners in the area find the argument ridiculous. "I was at my dentist's office, whose office is on Beverly Drive. last week" Englander said. "He goes. 'Harvey, who really believes that one of my nurses or me can afford to take a half an hour of time in our day every two hours to move our car or that a patient in the middle of a procedure is going to get up and move their car?' There are no facts to back [the free-park- ing abuse] up:' If passed, the initiative will not affect ,the meters or monthly parking in lots, Englander said. It will affect traditional two-hour parking lots only. "It creates stability of two hours free parking" Englander said BItUSD teachers get reassigned as enrollment settles Transfers and re~issignments are hap- pening throughout the BHUSD as enroll- ment solidifies and the district's educa- tional needs become more apparent. Transfers. when a teacher is moved from one school to another in the BHUSD, are more frequent than reassignments, when a teacher is moved from one grade level to another in the same school. "Transfers are happening more so than reassignments because the staffing ratio is off slightly in the district and as the stu- dent numbers come in, they decide where they have the opening" BHEA President Mark Frenn said. Guidelines on how the district will con- duct the transfers is written out in the teachers contracts, Frenn said. There are two types of transfers. One is called a vol- untary transfer, because the teacher has requested it. The other is called a district initiated transfer, because the district requests the teacher be moved. Transfers are voted on and approved by the school board. Reassignments are approved by the site administrator. BHEA does talk with the district about both because they want to ensure that the deci- sions being made are thought out and meet the educational needs of the district, Frenn said. The Board of Educafion won't make any definitive decisions until the August 23 meeting. Although, Board of Education president Steven Fenton said, these types of changes are not uncommon. "The district office is going to be pre- senting to us what enrollment looks likeg' Fenton said. "The district superintendent is going to be talking to us and we'll have a better understanding of where we're at [then]. " In the past. the district has followed a pattern resulting in being overstaffed. In the spring employees were either laid off, resigned or left the district of their own volition. The district would then hire employees back over the summer. The dif- ference this year is that 20 employees have left and rather than try to hire people to replace them. as in the past, they aren't backfilling. Five teachers have been transferred. The number of teachers reassigned is more dif- ficult to get, Frenn said, because unless there is a dispute he won't hear about them. "I think that we've gotten through the worst of the transfer/reassignment situa- tions?' Frenn said. "I don't expect any- thing to hit us from Out of the blue. In fact as we get closer to September, I think the district will look at the student numbers and might need to expand programming and hire a teacher or two :' Welcome back, Kloes After a 10 year retirement from Beverly High, Chuck Kloes has been confirmed as one of three Assistant Principals. Spend- ing the last 10 years working at the UCLA Graduate School of Education. Kloes has left UCLA to come back to Beverly to retake his old job for a year. "After 10 years of working [at UCLA] and doing what I did, I really felt I wanted to get back into the mix again and apply what I've learned" Kloes said. Working with Principal Carter Paysinger is one thing Kloes said he is looking forward to. "[Carter] and I have worked together as coaches for years and my prior experience as an assistant principal, ! worked very closely with Carter when he was athletic director" Kloes said. "We share a similar philosophy in terms of how to treat people. If you show people respect for what they do and who they are, you more often than not get it returned to you:' First hired as a Beverly High teacher in 1965. Kloes taught alongside interim superintendent Dick Douglas for over 20 years. "[Dick is] my best friend ," Kloes said. "He and I have been associated since the mid "60's. We live on the same block. When he was teach- Chuck KIoesing US hmis- tory and I was teaching European history, we had adjoin- ing classrooms. We rode to school every single day for many years." While Kloes was at UCLA, he was still involved coaching Beverly High football and track. He said he plans to continue coaching football. "I don't want to sound cocky or any- thing but I certainly am able to get along with people and I think that at the same time I've got at least somewhat of a track record that says whatever I set out to accomplish I can do" Kloes said. Douglas headed basic aid group prior to n~a-ning to Beverly Hills A state-wide coalition of 110 basic aid districts, from all over California, come together in the Schools for Sound Finance (SF2) to advocate on behalf of basic aid districts and support each other. briefs cont. on page 4 ARCHITECTURAL COMMISSION (Landscape Design Professional)* The Beverly Hills City Council is seeking qualified candidates to fill one upcoming vacancy on the Architectural Commission. Applicants must be a current or past practitioner in the discipline of landscape architecture/design. The initial term of office for the position is two years. At the discretion of the City Council, the Commissioner may be reappointed to a second term of four years. The appointee will be required to file an initial and an annual "Statement of Economic Interests" financial disclosure. In order that we may preserve the integrity of the application and interview process, please direct all inquiries to the City Clerk, City Manager or the Director of Community Development. Please DO NOT contact the City, Councilmembers or the members of the Architectural Commission regarding the vacancy. Application forms for the Architectural Commission, along with a description of the duties of a Commissioner, and filing details are available for pickup in the City Clerk's Office, Room 290, 455 North Rexford Drive, or call 310.285.2400 to receive an application and information by mail or by e-mail. The deadline for filing applications for this Commission vacancy is Friday, September 10, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. BYRON POPE, CMC City Clerk * Applicants for the landscape design professional position on the Architectural Commission are not required to be a resident of Beverly Hills August 12 - August 18, 2010 Page 3