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What's your pet peeve of driving and parking in Beverly Hills? The abuse of disabled placards. That's probably the single biggest issue that drove me -pardon the pun--to the Traffic and Parking Commission. I'm really both- ered by the abuse of them. I've been on an ad-hoc committee for about two and a half years, researching the law, trying to understand the abuse, and trying to determine ways to mitigate the problem. We've made a little progress and the City Council is very much behind us. I hope in the future we'll continue to make strides toward alleviating the program. I don't know why, it just really bugs me. I get emails and calls from friends quite a bit about whether there's some- thing I can do. I walked to lunch with a friend a few weeks ago on Dayton, and I started pointing out to him how every car on Dayton had a disabled placard. Later he called me and said, "You've ruined my walks in Beverly Hills, because now all I see are the disabled placards." It's a lot of people abusing the system that was created for all the right reasons. Do you think this is especially a problem in Beverly Hills? I'm acutely aware of it in Beverly Hills. I do notice that there are certain areas that are worse than others. I'm sure there are a lot of theories why but it does seem like Beverly Hills has a cluster with an inordi- nate amount of disabled placards. People who didn't know better would that think that it's the 'city of the disabled.' What I see is certain parts of the triangle-- Dayton, Camden, Canon. I'm sure there are other parts of the city where it's seem- ingly abused and I'm sure there are other parts of the county where it's similar, but I just happen to know these areas very well. Can you tell us about the decision process behind dropping out of the 2011 Board of Education race? Well, one of the reasons I dropped out--and there were many--was because I was told I'd have to give up being on Traffic and Parking which I really didn't want to have to do, because I thought as many people as possible should be involved in the city. I also just decided at that moment that politics weren't for me. There was a lot of early discussion at that time about the subway going under Beverly High, and I wasn't really sure how I felt about it. I didn't know enough about it--I'm not Sure I still know enough about it--but there were very strong feel- ings about the fact that it shouldn't go under the high school. I felt like I prob- ably wasn't the right one to be on the school board because I wasn't going to say one way or another what I thought, and I didn't think that would make me a very good politician. So there are less politics involved as a commission chair? There's a lot less politics. You're+cer - tainly dealing with the public on a month- ly basis, but it's much more manageable in my mind. I feel much more comfortable as a commissioner speaking my mind, and I do. So far it's gone well. I'm certain there will be times where it doesn't go well, especially as Chair. But it just didn't seem like the right time for me to be on the School Board. Do you think you'd go back to the school board after your term as Traffic and Parking Chair? I don't know. A few years away, I don't know what the future holds. Can you tell us about your family? Lisa is my wife and we've been married 22 years. We have three children, Lucy who's 20 at the University of Michigan, Danny who's 17 and a senior at Beverly High, and Joey who's in eighth grade at Beverly Vista. Your son Danny is the co-editor of Beverly High's student newspaper Highlights. Will we be seeing any op-eds about your work as Commission Chair? That's a good question. You're going to have to ask him. sports scores BHHS Boys' Basketball Finishes Fourth in Tournament Norman boys' soccer team shuts out Warren By Steven Herbert A suffocating defense, torrid 3-point shooting and perfect flV, e throw shooting late in the third quarter and early in the fourth by Cantwell-Sacred Heart were too much for the Beverly High boys' basket- ball team to overcome Saturday night. The Cardinals made six of six free throws to take a one-point lead at the end of the third quarter then made three 3-point baskets as they scored the first 11 points of the fourth quarter in a 67-55 victory in the third-place game of the 73rd annual Beverly Hills Tournament in the Swim- Gym. The Normans (6-3) led 41-36 when Cantwell-Sacred Heart (7-1) began its decisive 17-0 run with 58.4 seconds left in the third quarter on Andrew Martinez's two free throws. Gligorije Rakopcevic made four of four free throws over the final 27.4 seconds of the quarter to give the Cardinals a 42-41 lead. Cantwell-Sacred Heart scored the first 11 points of the fourth quarter on two 3-point baskets by Adrian Martinez sandwiched around a layup by E.J. Mejia, followed by a 3-point basket by Joey Covarrubias that increased its lead to 53-41. Norman forward Jalen Sands ended the run with a layup off a rebound, but Mejia responded with back-to-back 3-point bas- kets to give the Cardinals a 59-43 lead with about 3 minutes to play and end any doubt over the winner. "Fatigue kind of caught up with us" in the fourth quarter, Beverly Hills coach Jarvis Turner said. "We just didn't have enough to compete in the fourth." The Normans trailed 15-13 at the end of the first quarter, then outscored the Cardinals, 16-12 in the second to take a 29-27 halftime lead. Beverly Hills guard Siavash Yektafar scored 16 of his team-high 18 points over the first three quarters. Ronan Massana added 10, all in the first half, Trevor Bergher six on two 3-point baskets, Sands six, Brandon Neman five, Kyle Young four, Ben Cohen three, Max Walder two and Navid Rafalian one. Yektafar made two 3-point baskets, and Massana and Neman one each. Mejia led all scorers with 22 points, including six of Cantwell-Sacred Heart's 11 3-polnt baskets. Serra 61, Beverly Hills 58 Bergher had potential go-ahead and tying 3-point shots go "in and out" in the final minute of a championship semifinal game Friday night, Turner said. The Normans led 29-27 at halftime, but were outscored, 20-14, in the third quar- ter and trailed 47-43 entering the fourth quarter. "Our kids played really well, despite the fact we don't have the Division I high- caliber guys these other schools have," Turner said. "We played t6ugh, we played well as a team." Beverly Hills played better against the Cavaliers than it did in a 66-53 loss in a first-round game of the Trevor Ariza Tip- Off Classic Dec. 3, Turner said. "At the end of the game it comes down to making shots and we weren't able to do that," Turner said. Yektafar scored 13 points, Massana 10, Bergher and Young eight each, Cohen seven and Ryan Manoocheri and Sands six each. Bergher and Manoocheri both made two 3-point baskets and Yektafar one. Beverly Hills 64, View Park 60 The Normans built a 13-point third- quarter lead, then withstood the Knights comeback attempt in a championship quarterfinal game Dec. 11 at the Swim- Gym. "I was extremely proud of our kids," Turner said. ,They stuck to the game plan, .they played tough and they beat one of the better teams in Los Angeles." The game plan 'was to "make them shoot outside jumpers," Turner said. "We knew that they weren't a great shooting team," Turner said. "They made some shots, but at the end, it kind of worked out in our favor" as "they missed a couple of jump shots which was kind of the difference in the game." Beverly Hills led 12-11 at the end of the first quarter and 31-25 at halftime. View Park cut the lead to 48-45 entering the fourth quarter. Yektafar led the Normans with 25 points, making three 3 point-baskets and 10 ot 14 free throws. Young added 14 points, Cohen eight, Massana seven, Bergher and Rafalian three, each making a 3-point basket, and Manoocheri and Sands two each. Boys' Soccer Loyola 5, Beverly Hills 0 The Normans "were outclassed" in a South Bay/Westside Tournament game at Nickoll Field last Thursday by the "best Loyola team I've seen in 10 years," Beverly Hills coach Steve Rappaport said. "They were absolutely terrific," Rappaport said. "Simple put, we didn't play particularly well, but we were play- ing a team that was far superior." The Cubs led 3-0 at halftime. The Normans were outshot 13-4. Beverly Hills goalkeeper Milton Joyner made eight saves. Norman defender Jacob Price "was absolutely outstanding," Rappaport said. "Jacob Price was basically our defense and our offense," Rappaport said. "He was playing at the level of Loyola." The Normans have defeated the Cubs once and tied them twice since Beverly Hills' boys' soccer program began in the 1973-74 season, according to Rappaport, the Normans coach since the 1988-89 season. Loyola was ranked second in the Southern Section Division 1 poll released Monday. Beverly Hills 0, Warren 0 The Normans began to realize benefits from playing Loyola one day after their loss to the Cubs, playing "exceptional" in a nonleague game Friday night at Nickoll Field, Rappaport said. "Learning how to play correctly the day before and trying to emulate it really helped our team," Rappaport said. The Beverly Hills players learned from Loyola that "we had to put more pressure on the individual players defensively and move the ball quicker, play more one- and two-touch soccer," Rappaport said. The Normans (2-3-1) led 7-6 in shots. "I think we were unlucky that we didn't sports cont. on page 10 December 19- December 25, 2013 Page 9