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Management Report: April 2020

By Violette Deschamps, Malibu East Manager

Office HoursCORONAVIRUS: Many of you have noticed, or were informed, that the regular tasks of the building and garage staff have been substantially modified in the last month or so compared to the regular day-to-day operations. A long list of sanitation tasks has been added to the regular tasks and two new relief employees have been hired to maximize your protection and the protection of the staff. I feel compelled to reiterate the following preventive measures as they are very easy to forget or overlook: [more...]

A day in the life of the Receiving Room

By Tracy Poyser

Jessica It’s a weekday in December when Amazon’s in overdrive, residents are expecting furniture deliveries, and there’s a move and several construction projects underway in the building. Just imagine all of this happening without one of the essential nerve centers of our Malibu East village – our Receiving Room and its hardworking attendants. Veteran Norma Bolante, who started here almost 30 years ago, in January 1991, has the weekday shift from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Jessica Walendzinski handles the 1-7 p.m. shift, and often the Saturday hours from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Jess has been working with us for two years now.) And, you’ll often see Yanis, Joel or another maintenance staffer as backup for great continuity of service. [more...]

Board undertakes many functions on owners’ behalf

By Neil Warner

Malibu East Condominium is overseen by a 12-person Board of Directors, as specified in its declaration, which defines the scope of its authority. The responsibilities of the Board are also governed by the Illinois Condominium Property Act, the laws of Illinois and the ordinances of Chicago.

The Board is elected to make decisions about the operation of the Association on behalf of the owners, including decisions about management personnel, choosing vendors, the Rules and Regulations, the operation of common areas and amenities, among many other things. [more...]

Two employees honored for 40, 15 years of service

By Tracy Poyser

It’s a time-honored tradition at Malibu East: the annual staff holiday luncheon, hosted by our Board of Directors and management, for all those dedicated employees who rarely come together in one place. That means maintenance and janitorial workers, door staff, Receiving Room clerks and garage staff – currently a total of 38 full-time and part-time people, including our property manager, Violette Deschamps, and her assistant. And, with the garage and façade construction just winding up for the season, several Reliable Building Systems workers were also able to join in the Dec. 20 festivities in the Windjammer Room. [more...]

Meet Zohreh - a true citizen of the world

By Tracy Poyser

ZohrehMalibu East is a global village, with immigrants from across the globe living in harmony with U.S.-born residents. That’s why you should meet Zohreh Ghavamshahidi, a relative newcomer in our midst. She embodies what it means to be a citizen of the world while realizing her own American dream. Zohreh moved here from Madison, Wisconsin, in January 2018 after a 28-year tenure as professor of political science and international studies at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. [more...]

A new version of the neighborhood corner store

By Ron Cohn

Malibu MarketMalibu Market, at the newly renamed Malibu East Plaza’s main intersection, held its long-awaited grand opening on Aug. 21. Crystal chandeliers, shelves lined with good wines and a fully stocked deli counter with food service announced that a big step beyond mere convenience was being taken.

In the months since then, husband-and-wife team Benjamin and Jasmine Pourkhalili, along with their third partner, Kamal Chhabria, have incrementally refined their offerings and surroundings. Their complement of grocery and household necessities is gradually expanding, along with the amount and variety of prepared foods made in-house. Benjamin says their goal is to be a “neighborhood market, open when you need us to be, with grocery staples, fruit and vegetables, bakery goods and more.” They are emphasizing quality and service, he says, with their big plus being boutique wines, high-end spirits, craft beers as well as fresh, excellent homemade food – “things you don’t find,” he said, “in the ordinary grocery store.” [more...]

State of the Association

By Marcel Molins, President

Marcel Molins Another year. They keep running away so fast. Management and the Board have continued to be quite busy during the past year. Maybe this is the reason why the years run so fast.

My job is to provide you with an overview of the projects and the work that the Board and management have done or have been engaged in during the year. The chairpersons of the committees will provide you with a more detailed review of these matters. [more...]

A taste of Bezz Training - fitness with a flavor of its own

By Ron Cohn

Jorge BezzBezz Training opened in the Malibu East Plaza in September 2017 and has already more than doubled in space after taking over, this past June, the corner vacated by Byline Bank. Not your typical storefront exercise emporium, the facility offers a panoramic look into state-of-the-art fitness training through wide-open glass walls.

A lifelong “gym rat,” this reporter couldn’t help being attracted by the profusion of ultra-slick professional equipment on display, including every style and size of serious free weights as well as contraptions whose purpose is not readily apparent. Equally intriguing was what could be observed of the impressively buff complement of athletic trainers and their trainees. They were working hard, as one would expect, but they were noticeably enjoying themselves, smiling through the sweat and strain. Evidently there was something going on here worth investigating. [more...]

Rob Larson - innovator with a practical touch

By Tracy Poyser

Rob LarsonAs you know, we entrust the oversight, governance and future of our joint Malibu East condo home to the voluntary care of 12 fellow residents whose names many don’t remember after the annual election and meeting. And, although our Board meetings are open to all residents, attendance is comparable to that of a foreign art movie on a fine summer day – around 20 on a good day, counting the Board members. That’s why we hope this profile of one of our youngest and newest Board members, Robert (Rob) Larson, will introduce you to a dynamic, down-to-earth neighbor with a bunch of talent, a big heart and a smile to match. [more...]

Meet Violette Deschamps - our property manager

By Lori Ziesmer

Violette DeschampsMalibu East is one of the largest high-rise buildings on Sheridan Road, containing more than 867,000 square feet of space in the residential tower. Including the parking garage and the Captain’s Walk mall, the building encompasses close to one million square feet of space needing to be maintained and managed. We have been fortunate to have dedicated boards of directors over the years to oversee and plan for the long-term upkeep of our building. [more...]

Very different life paths led to historic marriage

By Beth Robinson

Ron Dorfman and Ken Ilio
Ron Dorfman and Ken Ilio (from the Chicago Gay History Project)
With cake and about 100 guests, Ken Ilio and Ron Dorfman, longtime residents of Malibu East, celebrated their marriage in a reception at Phil Stefani’s 437 Rush, formerly Riccardo’s, in January. The location had special significance for Ron, who had spent many hours there with fellow journalists after hours.

Ken and Ron had made history as the first gay men to legally marry in Illinois when a Catholic woman priest conducted their wedding ceremony in the Northwestern Memorial Hospital chapel in December. Coincidentally, the first gay women to marry in Illinois (Nov. 27), Vernita Gray and Patricia Ewert, also were Malibu East residents. (Vernita died at home March 18 at age 65 after a long battle with breast cancer.) A judge had granted both couples the right to marry before the Illinois gay marriage law takes effect, due to health considerations. Ron Dorfman had a serious heart condition and passed away at home Feb. 10 at age 73. [more...]

A special Thanksgiving for special neighbors

By Tracy Poyser

Vernita Gray and Pat EwertUnless you turned off your radio and TV and didn’t read any local or national papers in the days surrounding this year’s Thanksgiving, you won’t have missed the exciting news about two very special Malibu East neighbors. By court order, longtime Chicago activist Vernita Gray married Pat Ewert, her partner of five years, on Nov. 27, making them the first same-sex couple in the state’s history to be legally married within Illinois. Their touching and joyous ceremony was performed in their Malibu East apartment by Judge Patricia Logue, former head of Lambda Legal Midwest and a longtime lesbian activist, in front of about 25 family members and friends. [more...]