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briefs cont. from page 5 tions, said based on the results of a staff-con- ducted parking survey, she did not feel there was a significant parking occupancy issue on the street. The parking survey on Sept. 12 found on average, 33 percent of on-street parking was occupied between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Peak-hour occupancy was 42 percent at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Staff •found 12 of 56 vehicles that parked on the street during the survey period were registered to residents, and 13 displayed per- mits for the existing 2-hour permit zone. "In addition, if you look at • the municipal code for the criteria to grant a permit request, burglary [statistics are] not [included]," Steinberg said. .. According to the staff report, staff con- sulted with BHPD regarding the burglaries on the block. The staff report said BHPD rep- resentatives stated in their opinion, increased parking restrictions would not impact crimi nal .activity. A letter-to neighbors from lead petitioner Leigh Strauss and neighbors Lida Tehrani and Edna Itzhald said they had contacted BHPD about establishing a Neighborhood Watch program. The majority of seven letters submitted by residents in support of the permit zone focused exclusively on recent burglaries on the street. Only two letters, which also mere tioned burglaries, outlined specific concerns about parking occupancy impacts on the street, including blocked driveways. Lead petitioner Leigh Strauss did not return a phone call from the Weekly. Kirk'Carter appointed second-in-command at struggling Inglewood school district BHUSD business and facilities con- sultant LaTanya Kirk-Carter has been appoifited assistant state administrator-- business servic- es at Inglewood Unified School taTanya Kirk-Carter District, which recently fell under state con- trol. In an e-maii Tuesday announcing her new position, Kirk-Carter told colleagues she was contacted by State Superintendent Tom Torlakson to see if she would be interested in the second-in-command position in the Inglewood Unified School District• "Inglewood Unified fell into state receiv- ership a few weeks ago when the governor signed legislation to keep them from going bankrupt," Kirk-Carter wrote. "When this occurs, the school board is removed and a state administrator is appointed to run the district and function as the board on behalf of the state. I have been appointed by the state to head up the business division and help lead the recovery. I am honored to have been chosen and I recognize that this [is a] monumental task." Kirk-Carter, who currently lives in lnglewood, said she began her school-busi- ness career at Inglewood Unified School District. • "I cannot tell you how much this district [BHUSD], the board, the community and everyone has meant to me and my family over the years that I have been here," Kirk- Carter wrote• Kirk-Carter said she would be available to handle special projects as needed by the BHUSD Board of Education. Board member Lisa Korbatov called Kirk- Carter a"utility player, in the district and said she played an integral role in the Measure E litigation. "I want to say to LaTanya I will miss her," Korbatov said during Tuesday night's board meeting• "I cannot say enough how integral she was to the Measure E litigation. She worked hand in hand with our law firm and the district attorney. She was a huge support to everyone." Prior to her work as a consultant at BHUSD, Kirk-Carter was assistant superintendent of business services in the Centinela Valley Unified School District. In 2007, Kirk-Carter • was named interim superintendent after superintendent Cheryl White was fired• Loma Vista event brings Obama back to Beverly Hills President Barack Obama returned to Beverly Hills Sunday to attend a private event hosted at DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg's home on Loma Jeffrey Katzenberg Vista Drive. President Bill Clinton also attended the event, which was described as an informal, "thank-you event" for 12 donors that have either maxed out on contributions or previously made significant contributions to the campaign. Following Obama's afternoon visit to Loma Vista Drive, the president appeared at the "30 Days to Victory" concert at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. Obama concluded the evening with a fundraiser at Wolfgang Puck's restaurant WP24 at the Ritz-Carlton in Los Angeles, where George Clooney, Seth MacFarlane, and Harvey Weinstein were among the guests. Obama spent Sunday night at The Beverly Hilton. City Council upholds 30-day e-mail retention policy The City Council revisited the current 30- day retention policy' for City e-mails during a study session Oct. 2, recommending the policy be kept as is. Vice Mayor John Mirisch, who requested the discussion, said it was a matter of good policy to allow the public to access City e- mails and worried relevant emails would be swept away with the current policy. "I think in the interest of what we like to think of as transparency, since there is a man- ageable way of retaining these e-mails and sorting through them, that's what we should do," he said. "We're really not in a position to know right now what might or might not be relevant in 30 days." In 2005, the City adopted the 30-day policy for all e-mails in response to the lack of technological capacity to hold more than 2 gigabytes of storage in e-mail archives. According to Chief Information Officer David Schirmer, the City receives 900,000 pieces of e-mail each month, about 500,000 being spam and much of the rest correspon- dence such as "I'm running late."'The recipi- entdetermines whether or not the informa- tion should be retained and then it is moved to long-term storage. If the policy changed, the City would have to manage 10.8 million individual pieces of e-mail each year, said Schirmer. The techno- logical limitations relevant in 2005 no longer exist. Current software would allow an effi- cient long-term retention. Councilmember Lili Bosse supported a two-year retention saying it was impossible to foresee what may be needed in the future. In an e-mail addressing the City Council, former Board of Education member AJ Willmer said he found a possible change in the policy "chilling." "I'm likely to e-mail you rather than arrange to meet you in your council office. You would not record our office conversa- tion and insert it into the public record," Willmer wrote. "E-mailing the city to find out when the next neighborhood watch meet- ing was to occur might result in my name, e-mail address and perhaps unlisted phone aumber and postal address being inserted in the public record for two years." Schirmer Said there had been no issues surrounding the policy within the last year. Mayor Willie Brien and Councilmembers Barry Brucker and Julian Gold did not see a reason to change the policy at this time. Rolex/Geary's signs on as City Centennial's first corporate sponsor The Beverly Hills Centennial has secured Rolex/Geary's as its first spon- sor, obtaining an additional $300,000 for the event, said Dick Rosenzweig, chair of the cen- OickRosenzweig tennial commit- tee, at the City Council formal meeting Oct. 2. Rosenzweig said the accomplishment .sets the bar for the kind of sponsorships the com- mittee wishes to attract. The Argus Group, a New York-based marketing agency contracted by the City, has contacted 150 brands, both domestic and international, Rosenzweig said. The Centennial hosted a volunteer recep- tion at Greystone Mansion last week with over 100 attendees. Rosenzweig encouraged mem- bers of the community to contribute ideas for the celebration. Some proposed ideas include bringing Good Morning America to Beverly briefs cont.on page 10 Conference Calling • Local Numbers Throughout California • Reservation-based or Reservationless • Recording Capability 5 €/minute Local Access I0 ˘/minute Toll Free Access San ngeles / J   Atlanta San Diego New York Chicago The Telephone Connection 0000.310 -789 -7900 October 11- October 17, 2012 • Page 7