Civil War Averted in Bev Hills -- For Now

1/16/2009 5:45 AM PST

Civil War Averted in Bev Hills -- For Now

The battle over hired help in Bev Hills has been resolved -- score one for Southern maids.

A judge ruled yesterday that nannies, gardeners, et al. who work in a really exclusive area called Beverly Park can enter and exit through the gates that lead to homes owned by Denzel Washington, Sly Stallone and other bigshots.

Beverly Park has a North and South side. Denzel and other stars live on the North side and those homeowners had prohibited staff and others who work on the South side from using their gates. By the way, it's not that the South side is riddled with poverty -- Magic Johnson, Samuel L. Jackson and other bigwigs live there.

Now an L.A. County Superior Court judge has ordered a more perfect union. But like that other Civil War, the battle continues -- the Northerners will appeal.