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Los Feliz Ledger Vol 5. No. 10 Handful of Newcomers Join AVNC Board Three Seats Remain Open By Ian Lovett Ledger Contributing Writer ATWATER VILLAGE—Official results have been released by the City Clerk’s office for the Atwater Village Neighborhood Council election held March 20th. Two newcomers to the neighborhood council, Francisco Sanchez and Alex Venutra, were elected to represent North Atwater residents. In Central Atwater, two current neighborhood council members we re-elected—Pat Kane and current board cochair Robert Smith. The other co-chair, Leonora Gershman Pitts, was also re-elected to represent South Serving the Greater Los Feliz, Silver Lake & Hollywood Hills Area | Distribution 34,500 “Los Feliz Forward” Sweeps GGPNC Election By Jessica Pauline Ogilvie, Ledger Contributing Writer LOS FELIZ—In an election with the highest voter turnout in Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council (GGPNC) history, voters elected 10 new members to the GGPNC on March 20th. Four were incumbent, and six have never served on the board before. New board members are: Christina Khanjian, Harpreet Malhi, Frank Masi, Jessica Kornberg, Leslie VanKeuren and Mio Vuckovic. Re-elected incumbents are Alex DeOcampo, Mark Mauceri, Tomàs O’Grady and Ron Ostrow. All 10 elected were part of “Los Feliz Forward,” an informal group of candidates who campaigned together with the stated goal of promoting change and reform of the GGPNC board. According to DeOcampo, a spokesman for Los Feliz Forward, the group consisted of “10 independent individu- see AVNC RESULTS page 4 Autry President to Retire By Jessica Pauline Ogilvie, Ledger Contributing Writer GRIFFITH PARK—After serving as president of the Autry Museum for 11 years, John L. Gray announced his retirement in March. He will continue to serve in his position until December, unless a replacement is found prior to that time. Founded in 1988 by film star Gene Autry, the museum—formerly called the Museum of Western Heritage— was conceived out of Autry’s love for the American West. After merging in 2004 with the Southwest Museum of the American Indian, the museum was renamed the Autry National Center of the American West April 2010 Photo by: Faith Resurreccion MARSHALL HIGH SCHOOL TRACK BLESSING: Quechua native Hector Perez-Pacheco performed a traditional Native American blessing during Marshall High School’s celebration to commemorate the school’s new track and field, March 8. “These ceremonies are moments of collectiveness within ourselves and the blessing is in order because you want young people to be healthy, safe, and in good spirits,” said Perez-Pacheco. “That’s why I asked the ancestors to help the locale be conducive to that purpose.” Here, Perez-Pacheco blesses the new track with sage while Marshall high school students look on. and became home to one of the most extensive collections of its kind in the country. In addition to its art collections, the museum offers programming including films, lectures and workshops, as well two research libraries. Gray served as president of the Museum of Western Heritage since 1999, and was later appointed president and CEO of the Autry National Center of the American West following the merger. “The Autry is making history intriguing [and] inspiring, and I’m very proud of that,” said Gray. During his tenure, Gray oversaw a $140 million capitol campaign, which created a substantial endowment and helped develop a new building. He also guided the museum in investing $7.5 million to preserve the Southwest Museum, housed at Mt. Washington. see GRAY RETIRES page 6 als coming together… with the feeling that we wanted to help the GGPNC grow and also provide thoughts and ideas that were new and different and be able to be inclusive.” Charley Mims, current GGPNC President, wasn’t surprised the group was elected. “They created a new political party and put on a sophisticated campaign that turned out more voters than the other candidates did,” he said in an e-mail. Mims ran for a seat in the March election in District E, where he garnered 548 votes to Kornberg’s 862 and Mauceri’s 798. He will remain on the board, however, as he was appointed to a two-year term last September. The Los Feliz Forward group also represented the formalization of a voting bloc on the GGPNC board, which often sees votes split down the middle with the same individuals voting the same way. The tensions that this divide causes became somewhat more defined during the campaign. see GGPNC RESULTS page 5 SLNC: Close Race Makes for Little Change By Ian Lovett, Ledger Contributing Writer SILVER LAKE—Much of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council (SLNC) board will remain the same—in an election that drew the second highest turnout of ten neighborhood council races March 20th with 600 voters. All but one incumbent won re-election in the March 20th election, according to official results released from the Los Angeles City Clerk’s office. And while the Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council election saw all 10 “Los Feliz Forward” candidates elected, only three of the five candidates calling themselves “Silver Lake Forward” will join the governing board. The GGPNC posted the highest voter turnout March 20th, with 1,516 voters. In a very close race for the seven At-Large Representative seats, current SLNC board members Janet Cunningham, Elizabeth Bougart-Sharkov, Vice-chair Claudia Vázquez and Co-chair Paul Neuman were all re-elected. Also, in the At Large category, Leonardo Chalupow- icz, Sarah Dale and Charles Herman-Wurmfeld will all join the governing board. John Stoneburner, with 125 votes, lost out by nine ballots, while write-in candidate Kiki Crawford lost with 69 votes. see SLNC RESULTS page 11 Marshall Takes 2nd in State Decathlon: From left: Joanna Erdos, chaperone; Alejandra Cardenas; Asst. Coach Terry Colberg; Anastasia Lloyd-Damnjanovic, Kittinan Ponkaew, Andrew Dang, Brandon Schwartz, Marcos Chinchilla, Cherry Park, Liliana Delaguila, Amber Esponda, Coach Larry Welch; Principal Dan Harrison. For full story, page 21. Photo credit: Kimberly Gomez

April 2010

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