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briefs cont. from page 3 Polyzos indicated that special conserva- tion efforts would not likely be necessary. "We're in good shape with storage, but we're also looking at purchasing water transfer supplies. So there are other things we can do to augment our allocation, and spread the pain downward," Polyzos said. "It does put us in a position to meet our demand locally." Planning Commission approves two-story guest house The Planning Commission unanimous- ly agreed to grant a permit request for the building of a two-story accessory struc- ture containing independent living facili- ties on the 700 block of North Linden drive. Resident Mona Horadian urged the Commission to deny the permit on the grounds of the height of the guest house. The permit allows the construction of a 22 foot high accessory. Residents can build 14 feet as a matter of right. "Who wants to be living in a house that somebody's overlooking?" said Horadian. The plans for the accessory include windows that are either translucent or stationary. "But after they get the permit, nobody will be coming to stop them from chang- ing the plans," said Horadian. "This will be sacrificing our privacy." Horadian also worries that the height of the accessory will set a precedent for the neighborhood. "Let them build it, but not 22 feet high. Most of the homes them- selves are not even 24 feet," Horadian said. "This is going to be humongous." The Commission explained the benefit of renting second units. "Not only is it legal to rent these sec- ond units, but it's encouraged by the state, because it counts toward our affordable housing requirements [by the state of California]," said Planning Commissioner Dan Yukelson. "What is affordable housing? If you're going to tell me that a two bedroom guest house on the 700 Linden block is going to be affordable housing, I doubt it," said former Planning Commission Chair Rose Norton during the Study Session later in the meeting. Norton spoke about accessory buildings that have resulted in crowding in her own neighborhood. "We are ending up with parking lots instead of houses," said Norton. "Please do not allow livable spaces to go over the garages." California State Superintendent Invites Public Comment on First English Framework Based on Common Core California is taking another step for- ward in implementing the Common Core for English language arts by gathering public comment on a new framework, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced Tuesday. Director Jenny Gordon with Taste of Broadway performers, in order of last name: Gabriela Aghachi, Nima Aryanpanah, Lauren Aviram, Shaya Banafsheha, Rebecca Berlin, Shalmalee Bhanushali, James Blauvelt, Arden Brown, Marina Buendia, Camilla Carcoba, Georgia Carlson, Sophia Cohen, Julien Collet, Adora Dayani, Mia DeCastroBasto, Paulina DePaulo, Mia Elkins, Taylor Fuchs, Leia Gluckman, Becca Heller, Bronte Henfling, Skyler Hodes, Madeline Hodor, Ryan Hodor, Ava Holtzman, Benjamin Holtzman, Daniel Kohanbash, Kayla Kohanhedivd, Rachel Kohley, Addison Kreshek, Alexa Kreshek, Karol Kwiatkowski, Giulian Laudisa, Taylor LaVan-Asla, Sarah Lepkowitz, Chloe Levine, Antonio Logan, Chloe Malik-MacDonald, Lauren Mandel, Reese Margo, Emma Maurer, Naomi Mayzels, Tandis Mehr, Mackenzie Mendelsohn-Bass, Isaac Morris, Alexia Moshirfatemi, Kayla Naufal, Alexa Newman, Eli Okum, Alexander Olynick, Angelina Olynick, Jennifer Ortiz, Stephanie Ortiz, Isabela Painter, Rachel Philips, Diana Pogorila, Hayden Radonsky, Leo Ramos Vergara, Natalie Ramos-Vergara, Chloe Rebibo, Estella Rosen, Melina Rosen, Taylor Rutigliano, Jessica Sater, Taylor Shabanian, Casey Impson, Jessica Smiler, Issac Solouk, Valentina Steele, Manuela Torres, Jasmine Vahabzadeh, Evie Vangelatos, Sarah Yadidian, Arya Yektafar, Matthew Zebrowski, Nicoletta Zucaro. Young 'Taste of Broadway' performers take stage at Salter Theater Jenny Gordon's unique musical theater program "Taste of Broadway" had its culminating performance this Monday and Tuesday at the Salter Theater. The class concentrates on diction, projection, memorization, coordination and energy. It is designed to instill in the students an appreciation of the performing arts, and to help them find the joy in performing while instilling a sense of self- con- fidence and belonging. Centennial concert and sing-along Beverly Hills will be marking its 100th Birthday with a Centennial Concert and Sing Along at Saban Theatre, featuring the Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic conducted by Maestro Gary S. Greene, Esq. along with his Big Band of Barristers. The music of such composers as Rogers and Hammerstein, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin and dozens more will be performed with guest artists as well as audience sing-along participation. The concert will be held on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 7 p.m. at the Saban Theatre, located at 8440 Wilshire Blvd. Admission is complimentary. Tickets are required on a first-served assigned seating basis and can be obtained at the Saban Theatre Box Office December 17th through 21 st from 11 am to 4pm. OR email bh 100concert@grnail.com for a Ticketmaster discrete link. The English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework for California Public Schools: Kindergarten through Grade 12 (ELA/ELD Framework) will provide guidance for implementing the new Common Core State Standards and California's new English Language letters cont. on page 9 Page 4 =Beverly Hills Weekly