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Southern California Close-up: Westside of Los Angeles
Southern California Close-up: Westside of Los Angeles

First published on Sept. 25, 2011. Revised and expanded in early 2012.You're an outsider heading to the Westside of Los Angeles -- not the beach cities, but Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Westwood and the nearby well-heeled neighborhoods south of the Santa Monica Mountains. This means you'll be well-fed, well-rested and perhaps more closely watched by the issuers of your credit cards. Only the sultan of Brunei, it seems, can afford to splurge in these precincts without looking at price tags. But you need not spend liberally to learn a little about wealth, fame, geography and Persian desserts.For instance, you'll realize that Beverly Hills, like the "Mona Lisa" and certain leading men, is...

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