Los Feliz Ledger Vol 5. No. 6 Serving the Greater Los Feliz, Silver Lake & Hollywood Hills Area | Distribution 34,500 No Bah Humbug for Tree Lighting Event SLNC Gives Up Pricey Digs By Ian Lovett Ledger Contributing Writer SILVER LAKE—In response to a citywide 10 percent cut to neighborhood council budgets, the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council governing board last month vacated the Rowena Avenue office space it has paid $16,000 annually to rent since 2004. As a result, most of the neighborhood council’s business will now be conducted in Most of the neighborhood council’s business will now be conducted in the Citibank community room on Glendale Blvd., which is available free of charge. the Citibank community room on Glendale Boulevard, which is available free of charge. “I work in the real estate business, and I know there are a lot of spaces available basically for free,” said board member Clint Lukens who introduced the motion to move. “As a resident, when I looked at the amount of money we were paying for this lease, I wondered why 40 percent of our budget should go towards something that’s not going into the community. It didn’t make sense to keep paying rent.” The city’s Department of see SLNC page 10 Patience Produces Two New SLNC Boardmembers By Ian Lovett Ledger Contributing Writer SILVER LAKE—The Silver Lake Neighborhood Council gained two new governing board members at last month’s meeting. Adam Marvel will represent Region 2, while Michael Masterson will represent Region 7. Both Masterson and Marvel ran unopposed in their respective bids to fill the two vacancies. Masterson, a consultant, has lived in Silver Lake for 21 years, and for the last three years has worked on the Silver Lake see SLNC BOARD page 8 December 2009 By Lory Tatoulian Ledger Contributing Writer friendliness and fear,” said Kenneth Owen, Chair of the PZHP committee, adding that they “don’t do anything useful.” The GGPNC was not in agreement about the decision to recommend a denial, however, with some members expressing concerns that the final verdict was overly harsh. “The GGPNC’s decision essentially recommends she either rebuilds or relocates,” said Mark Mauceri, GGPNC board member, in an e-mail. ATWATER VILLAGE—After a near cancellation due to a lack of funds and volunteer support, the Atwater Village annual tree lighting ceremony and the holiday decoration of Glendale Boulevard will proceed this year as planned. Both the Atwater Village Neighborhood Council (AVNC) and the Atwater Village Chamber of Commerce were able to secure enough volunteers to decorate Atwater’s main commercial thoroughfare and continue the tree lighting event, which began 18 years ago by Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge’s wife, Brigid. In previous years, former Chairman for the (AVNC) Mark Newman-Kuzel was able to secure up to $8,000 dollars in donations from friends and local merchants for the tree lighting festivities. Due to his resignation 3 months ago, funds for the ceremony were considerably less this year. Dana Schwartz, OpenAir Productions, will donate her time to plan the event. “I wanted to create an open see ACTRESS page 9 see TREE page 9 Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge presented the new Silver Lake Public Library with copies of several of his favorite books as Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, City Council President Eric Garcetti and Senior Librarian Melissa Potter, look on. The new library, at Glendale and Silver Lake boulevards was finished on time and under budget and is the first LAPL branch to use an automated book check-in system. City Cuts Squeeze NC Elections By Ian Lovett Ledger Contributing Writer SILVER LAKE—Silver Lake Neighborhood Council board elections will be Sat., March 20, 2010 at the Silver Lake Recreation Center, according to the Los Angeles City Clerk’s office. Polls will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Next year’s neighborhood council elections—scattered from March until June next year—will, for the first time, see ELECTIONS page 18 Actress Seeks Exemption From Property Wall Limitations By Jessica Ogilvie, Ledger Contributing Writer LOS FELIZ—Actress Kate Walsh (Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice), a recent transplant to Los Feliz, has requested permission to maintain walls and hedges in front of her property that are not in compliance with height restrictions for homes in the neighborhood. The Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council’s (GGPNC) Planning, Zoning and Historic Preservation (PZHP) committee has recommended the city deny her request. “Walls give a feeling of un- BID Responds To Election Criticism By Jessica Ogilvie, Ledger Contributing Writer LOS FELIZ—In the midst of ongoing discussions regarding how to best deliver ballots to fee-paying members, the Los Feliz Village BID (LFVBID) board finalized a list of candidates for its upcoming board member election, and ballots were mailed Nov. 16th. The election will determine who takes empty seats on the LFVBID board. On the ballot to date are Tony Fanara, Laura Springer, Chris Serrano, Ermanno Neiviller, Teddy Chambers, Dana Premer and Nina Fayad. According to Dora Herrera, owner of Yuca’s and member of the LFVBID election committee, the LFVBID has a flexible number of members that it must maintain. Depending on how many candidates are on the final ballot, the board may seat between five and seven new people. Recently, the LFVBID has been accused of a lack of transparency and inadequate effort to keep the 250-plus fee-paying members—all local businesses—abreast of their activities, including elections. To ensure that all members were aware of the upcoming election and had the opportunity to run should they choose to do so, the LFVBID board made several public announcements about the election. With a candidate deadline of Nov. 13th, it was first ansee BID ELECTION page 4 OUR HISTORY IN PHOTOS: The Los Feliz Improvement Association’s annual Photo Day—to collect old community photos—will be held Dec. 5th at the Los Feliz Library, 1874 Hillhurst Ave., from 2-5 p.m. Pictured here: Ambrose Terrace kids pose for a neighborhood photo circa 1950. Donated to the LFIA by Andrew Quarress.