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IIIIIIIagJltImIIII|ImIIIjUlIUIHI~IIIHRIIItWIIII,IIIIPj~PI.IIPIIHIIUIIII!|IIII I|I~L.!| IYIIWIII~ILL'~IIYlU.!F|_mJt[IIIPJlIWIILQI. . ~ --~! ........... briefs cont. from page 5 The popular legacy permit program, issued to children of alumni who also have resident grandparents, is being continued, ~aowever no new spots are being granted. Approximately 45 students were on legacy permit last year. Now that the BHUSD gets basic aid funding, there is no monetary incentive for the district to continue allowing permit students to attend. Now that the BHUSD gets basic aid funding, there is no monetary incentive for the district to keep allowing permit stu- dents to attend. "It now costs us money for these stu- dents to come to our school" Board of Education member Brian Goldberg said. "We no longer receive money per pupil but we get it on a block "grant. The less stu- dents we have, we'll have smaller class sizes and more money to spend per student in the district?' Although the district is trying to keep BHUSD enrollment low, they will not pro- hibit any regident student from attending a BHUSD school. "If we have resident enrollment we're obviously going to increase class sizes" Goldberg said. "But we don't need as many permits as we've had because there is no incentive for our district to take valu- able resources and spend them on students that don't live in Beverly Hills?' Los Angeles "County Office of Educa- tion (LACOE) will be holding hearings for opportunity permit students who have not been renewed until October 1. Gold- berg said while a student's changes of get- ting the renewal decision overturned are not high, it has happened. "LACOE's approved probably about 35 percent of the appeals, we've won about 65 percent" Goldberg said. "So they do have a chance?' BHPD and DEA join forces to stop ecsta- sy ring A joint effort from the Drug Enforce- ment Administration (DEA) and Beverly Hills Police Department (BHPD) resulted in a bust of over 1.1 million ecstasy tablets and a San Gabriel Valley, Orange County and the greater Los Angeles area. based drug trafficking organization. "Ecstasy in an-extremely dangerous drug and unfortunately there has been less of an awareness, particularly among our youth, that ecstasy is dangerous" Special Agent and PIO for the DEA Sarah Pullen said. "Just like every other illegal drug, it can be deadly. Our job at the DEA is to get this drug of the streets?' The DEA chose to work with the BHPD because they were a good fit for the inves- tigation. "'It was a great working relationship" Pullen said. "We were able to combine resources and using both federal and local law enforcement resources we Were able to target the whole scope of this investiga- tion. During the first seven months of 2010, authorities allegedly found over 1.1 mil- lion Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) tablets, 33 kilograms of cocaine, over $500,000 in cash and 21 firearms, which include assault rifles and stolen weapons with hollow-point ammu- nition. With a street price of $15 per pill, authorities have seized at least $17 million worth of ecstasy. They were also able to shut down a clandestine ecstasy and methamphetamine lab that was extremely dangerous and putting volatile chemicals out into the community. Now that the bust has taken place, there is still more to be done. "You don't just take them down" Pullen said. "[There is] follow up and paper work and things to be done to prepare for the prosecution phase of the investigation?' Australian fi'efighters run through Beverly Hills At 8:46 aa-n. today, 32 firefighters began a run across America from Santa Monica Pier to New York City's World Trade Cen- ter site in 31 days. The 2010 Tour of Duty is a group of 16 Australian firefighters and 16 American firefighters who are commit- ted to remembering the police officers, military, emergency service workers and firefighters who lost their lives during 9/11. The route will pass through Las Vegas, where Tour of Duty's Ambassador Jerry Lewis" will welcome them, Arizona, where the desert temperatures are expected to be in the high 40's and on to the site of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombings. They will also run through New Orleans, Chicago and Washington before being welcomed, with a parade, to New York City. Every day at 8:46 a.m.. the runners will hold a brief dedication ceremony to honor the individuals who they are running for. City of Beverly Hills bonds sell out The City of Beverly Hills recently sold $62.2 million worth of lease revenue bonds in under one hour. The bonds received the highest possible lease ratings for a California city and were one of the first lease bonds sold in California without a reserve fund. The City of Beverly Hills will occasion- ally sell bonds to finance major construc- tion projects and other long-term financial Obligations. In this most recent sale, pro- ceeds from the bonds are being used to construct the underground parking struc- ture at 455 N. Crescent Drive, fund the City's Alternative Retirement Meklical Program (ARMP) & Other Post Employ- ment Benefit (OPEB) Liabilities, and acquire an office building at 239 S. Bever- ly Drive. "Our Smart City initiatives and sound financial practices have helped us to 'keep our underlying AAA rating," said Mayor Jimmy Delshad. "Investors want low risk now more than ever and this record sale of bonds underscores the financial strength of Beverly Hills and the confidence the market has in our prudent fiscal poliGies"' Despite the challenging economic con- ditions facing other California cities, Bev- erly Hills was able to secure a ver~ low blended interest rate of 4.15%, whicl~ will save City taxpayers millions of doll,s in interest costs over time. _ Maecabiah games alums host event at Roxbury Park World Maccahiah Games alumni will host the 30th annual Maccabee Pairs lawn bowling tournament at Roxbury Park's Beverly Hills Lawn Bowling Club, Sun- day, August 22. Twenty-eight of Southern California's top men and women bowlers are scheduled to compete in the all-day event. All hosting alums are veteran lawn bowls competitors who participated in quadrennial World Maccabiahs in Israel dating back to 1977. They include: Bill Wolff, Joe Siegman, Mert Isaaaman, Howard Harris, Adrian Cole, Ray Spiro, Jordan Melton and Sam Benjamin. Matches begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 5 p.m. The U.S. Lawn Bowls Asso- ciation event welcomes spectators. For information: 310-457-4370, or jew- ishsportslegends @earthlink.net crime summary cont. from page 7 pect(s) defeated front gate locking mecha- nism, entered property, took victim's prop- erty and fled in an unknown direction. Loss: $33.450. pect information available. Unknown sus- pect(s) forced open window in bedroom and entered residence. Suspect(s) removed property and fled out the front door in an unknown direction. Loss: $2,100. Burglary occurred between 3:30 a.m. on 7/04/2010 and 3:45 a.m. on 7/04/2010 in the 300 Block of N Robertson Boulevard. No suspect information available. Suspect shat- tered the front window of location and removed property within arm's reach of the brol~en window. Loss Unknown. Burglary occurred between 2:30 p.m. on 6/11/2010 and 10:15 p.m. on 6/29/2010 in the 100 block of S-Spalding Drive. No sus- Burglary occurred between 8:00 p.m. on 6/29/2010 and 8 a.m. on 6/30/2010 in the 400 block of N Maple Drive. No suspect information available. Unknown suspect(s) entered sub-garage, shattered drive side window of the vehicle, entered and removed the GPS device. Loss: $100. Burglary occurred between 3:30 a.m. on 6/30/2010 and 8 a.m. on 6/30/2010 in the 400 block of N Maple Drive. No suspect i WHOLESALE PRI on Quality Winter Pool Supplies, Pool Kits & Accessories . IlL OEEP DISCOUNTS ~on Inground Safety Covers SAVE MONEY on all Aboveground & Ingrouml Mesh and Winter Covers lqlmgmmlw Gall r od.Y' 800-250 5502 Page 8 Beverly Hills Weekly information available. Unknown suspect(s) smashed passengers window of the victim's vehicle, entered and removed GPS device. Loss: $500. Burglary occurred between 7:30 p.m. on 6/29/2010 and 12:10 p.m. on 6/30/2010 in the 200 block of N La Peer Drive. No sus- pect information available. Unknown sus- pect(s) entered a secured attached sub- garage of an apartment building, broke into the driver's side window of the victim's vehicle, entered and removed property. Loss: $300. Assault occurred between 3:.30 p.m. on 6/08/2010 and 3:30 p.m. on 6/08/2010 in the 200 block of Moreno Drive. Suspect is a Hispanic, 16-year-old Male, 5'10", 200 lbs, black hair and brown eyes. Suspect struck the victim on his right temple with a closed fist. Assault occurred between 3:20 a.m. on 7/01/2010 and 3:25 a.m. on 7/01/2010 in the 400 block of N Palm Drive. Suspect is a white, 40-year-old male, 6'04", 200 lbs, black hair and green eyes. Victim arrived home late from work and found that the sus- pect had locked her out. When the victim gained entry, she instructed the suspect to move out. The suspect then punched the victim in the face. Older Man Defeats Younger Man BEXAR COUNTY After using Thera-Gesic" pain creme on a sore back muscle, Tom W. accepted an arm wrestling challenge from a young muscleman at a local tavern. Within seconds, the young whipper snapper's arm was flat, according to seven patrons. When asked to explain the strength, he painlessly replied "none of your dang business!" Go painlessly! Ill Compare, Win and Save with Thera-Gesic