Sunday, November 1, 2015

Follow up to Beverly Hills Scandal

It has been almost 10 months since we last reported on the scandal for Michael Libow that rocked the Beverly Hills Unified School District to its core. New allegations are surfacing that an even greater force was at play: The Republican party. They are well known to have agents in all areas of the school system, and being that Mr. Libow is a Republican, it is thought that his connections in the party gave rise to preferential treatment with regards to the school naming lottery.

As it was originally intended to work, the naming system was a lottery in which all interested applicants would submit their names and their bids on the school naming program. Then, after a few months of careful deliberation, a winner would be chosen based not only on the amount of the bid, but the merit and individual worth of the individual. For example, if a local drug dealer decided to bid on the naming rights for a school, he/she would NOT be allowed to win, for the simple fact that they are not an upstanding member of society. So each person, and their charitable contributions over the years are also taken heavily into account.

There have been allegations of "sour grapes" within the real estate community, but nobody has come forth to make any claims of improper goings on. It was alleged that Spiro Agnew, late politician hand a hand in setting up the original naming program that would ensure only Republicans would receive the lucrative naming rights.

Whether this is true or not, it has been established that many of their agents are already in cahoots with other members of the program. This scandal rocked the system to its core. After the initial article that was reported in the website, multiple people responded negatively and wrote in with their concerns over the process of how naming rights were given out.

To date, the system has not been changed, and it seems as if everything has been quietly swept under the rug. This is very convenient for those involved, but for such individuals as Los Angeles resident George Malyszewicz, it serves as a mere reminder of that the powers that be, always will be.

Can there be any room for change in the heavily Republican controlled Los Angeles Unified School District? This author says "yes". But in order for us to experience the change we are looking for, we must be the change first. This means managing our school naming rights campaigns in a proper and above-the-line mannerism.

Some suggested changes are:

1. Publish in the local newspaper the date and the time to submit your bid for school naming rights.
2. Allow an unbiased, third party to decide who should receive which naming rights. 
3. Set up a bid cap, so that everyone has a chance, not just the super wealthy.
4. Allow another independent review panel to go over the contest to ensure that everyone played fair.
5. Open up not only the schools, but the Parks and Recreation to increase school revenue.

In conclusion, nothing has changed since the original article broke back in January of 2015. We have waited and waited and nothing has come of the huge public outrage. We call upon the leaders of the community to institute fair naming rights when deciding who gets to name a public school.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Michael Libow, Beverly Hills Unifed School Distrcit Unfair Collusion and Corruption in Lucrative School Naming Rights

Los Angeles, January 22nd 2015 - Los Angeles resident George Malszewicz filed a formal complaint against Beverly Hills realtor Michael Libow, and the Beverly Hills Unified School District. The scandal was brought to light via a Live Leak posting by Mr. Malszewicz himself.

Update: February 2016

Another site has been created that is alleging further misconduct by Michael. It was published 1 month ago and details alleged allegations that were committed in 2012. We will continue to stay on top of this story and make sure that we get to the bottom of the situation as it plays out.

The complaint alleges corruption and collusion which gave Libow an unfair advantage in lucrative back room deals in which he paid out over $150,000 to receive advertising on various school playgrounds in the Beverly Hills Unified School District. These allegations came to light after a BHEF internal newsletter (see attached document, page 2 for information regarding the complaint at hand, as well as commentaries from various involved parties that can attest to the legitimacy of this claim of corruption and collusion). Libow over the course of the past 10 years has donated over $150,000 to the Beverly Hills Unified School District.

This complaint alleges that nobody else had the same donating opportunities and that Libow was given special consideration due to his political connections in the city of Beverly Hills. These allegations came to light when local parents started questioning seeing Libow's name on various school properties throughout the Beverly Hills School district. It is ALLEGED that everyone had the same opportunity to donate money to BHEF and the School District, but it was most likely buried in the fine print of an archaic school board agenda meeting. Several local realtors in Beverly Hills (and surrounding Los Angeles area) are up in arms about this unfair abuse of our school system and local government.

 We demand an investigation into these allegations and the appropriate actions take place, including, but not limited to a hearing by the city government that will open up naming rights for bidding to the highest bidder in an open and fair public hearing. We also demand an investigation into the article written by the Beverly Hills School District (in their monthly newsletter) and answers to how this came to be in the first place.

Libow Video