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First grade students at the book fair (left to right): Adina Eastman, Hayden Hartman, Seneca Weiss, Ella Silveira, Daniella Rabbanian, Doreen Berukhim Students celebrate reading at book fair Beverly Hills students are browsing collections of books at their respective book fairs this week, a joint effort between each of the elementary schools and Scholastic. Beverly Vista, E1 Rodeo, Hawthorne, and Horace Mann are hosting their book fairs Monday through Friday during regular school hours on campus. Hawthorne school is clearing its library and filling the shelves with brand new selec- tions for children and parents to peruse throughout the week. The fairs are accompanied by visitations from different published authors speaking about their literary endeavors. The fairs cater to the elementary schools' ongoing enthusiasm in regards to books. "In school and in the elementary level especially, they're still reading books in class, they still have class libraries, they're still encouraging kids to read books," said Hawthorne PTA president Lorraine Eastman. "Little kids like to flip a page and see a picture. There's just something about that that may not totally go out of style just yet." briefs cont. from page 3 an amendment to Title 2, Chapter 2, Article 107(E) in the municipal code, allowing a commission member to serve for longer than one year as chair in their second term of ser- vice, should the first two year term of service not allow completing a full year as chair. The article currently bars members of a commission from serving in excess of one year during any single term on the commis- sion or committee. Such an amendment would allow Pressman to serve as chair until September 2014, com- pleting a second year as chair at the time of the Public Works Commission's annual rotation. Pressman joined the Public Works Commission in April 2011 and was appoint- ed as chair in September2012. His first term ended in April 2013. Under the current code, Pressman would only be allowed to serve as chair until April 2014. As a result, the likely candidates for chair are the commissioners appointed in November 2013, having gained five months experience learning the department, its pro- cesses, programs and projects. The council agreed to discuss the needs of all the commissions in terms of size and term length at a future meeting. "I think we have to do this in an orderly way or we're going to have every commis- sion coming and saying, 'I'm a valuable part of the commission and I'm sure future com- missioners are, and I want to stay longer,'" Councilmember Willie Brien said. "And I'm sure that they would. And we're going to be Page 4 Beverly Hills Weekly sitting here saying, 'Well we did it for that commission. We're not going to clo it for this commission. And we did it for a commission- er and not this commissioner,' and I just think it puts us in the middle of some challenges." Celebrating the centennial with 100 Chinese couples The Beverly Hills City Council discussed bringing 100 Chinese couples to be married in Beverly Hills as a part of the Beverly Hills centennial JimmyDelshad celebration at their study ses- sion on Tuesday. It would involve a ceremony at a Beverly Hills hotel, followed by a parade down Rodeo Drive - closing the street for a few hours in November 2014. The event was proposed by former Mayor Jimmy Delshad, who had married many international couples during his mayorship. He aims to bring 100 couples to signify a century. "As long as we're doing a centennial, why not do it a little bit bigger and a little more international?" Delshad said. "Since I became mayor, I started a lot of relation- ships with China, Israel, and others. I thought Office of Emergency Management stresses disaster preparedness training The Beverly Hills Office of Emergency Management hosted citizen's emergency response training from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel - for the first time teaching business owners how to properly care for their employees and customers in the event of a disaster. 50 people attended - from hotels, schools, the medical community, the entertainment industry, and other major businesses in the Beverly Hills area, according to Director of Emergency Management Pamela Mottice Muller. Classes were taught by Muller, members of the fire department, and community volunteers certified by FEMA as emergency response trainers. The classes teach students how to extinguish a fire, first aid, search and rescue, how to handle a terrorist attack or an active shooter, how to organize teams, how to under- stand the psychology of disaster victims, among many other things. In the event of a disaster, "Residents and businesses are reminded they need to be on their own for three to five days," Muller said. "The government cannot take care of how many millions of people. People need to take care of themselves. They need to store food. They need to store water. They need to have supplies. They need to have medication. People need to have their gas tanks above half a tank. Look at the people hit with a tornado in Illinois. Look at the people in the Philippines. The three likely disasters in the city of Beverly Hills are an earthquake, a terrorist attack, or an urban wild land fire." Muller says there are about 250,000 people in the city of Beverly Hills during the day - a lot of people who would have needs in the event of a disaster, Muller said. "We're trying to create a culture of preparedness," Muller said. "That earthquakes will hit, that tornados will come. And that when they do, we're a nation that's prepared. We're a state that's prepared. We're a county that's prepared. The city of Beverly Hills - we're prepared." The Beverly Hills Office of Emergency Management plans to hold additional train- ing for residents in the spring time, over a six week period - a two hour class each week. The dates are yet to be announced. Those interested can call (310) 281-2754. China is growing so well and it's also open- ing its borders for people to come out and visit other countries and the idea came why not make this something that would be interesting for Beverlyans and would put Beverlyans also more on the circuit of being very friendly to other countries?" Council members expressed their approval of the vision, though City Council member Nancy Krasne expressed concern with its potential resemblance to other mass wed- dings. "This,isn't going to look like a Moon wed- ding is it - Sun Myung Moon where he takes a thousand couples, puts them in a room, and marries them?" Krasne said. "I don't want it to look like we're doing a Moon wedding. So it really has to be super elegant, before I could go for this." In response to Delshad's request for a let- ter of endorsement from the city of Beverly Hills so as to bring sponsors from China on board in order to fund the event, Mayor John Mirisch expressed the importance of involv- ing the Beverly Hills Conference (CVB) and Visitors Bureau as well as the Rodeo Drive Committee for their official endorsement of the event. "If we're endorsing something on any level, I think it's important we know who the sponsors are, especially when it comes to a country we don't know so well," Mirisch said. "I think we need some control over that. But I'm comfortable if it goes through the CVB. I believe it should go to the CVB board and the Rodeo Drive Committee as well. We should get their official endorsement of it. They should be involved. China is such an important part of the CVB's work plan these days that we need to make sure that anything we do, whether it's official, semi-official, quasi-official - dovetails into what their plans are and their entire work plan." The City's projected expenses amount to $13,000, according to Beverly Hills Deputy City Manager Cheryl Friedling - including