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Los Feliz Ledger Vol 3. No. 2 Once Free, Fair Is Now $15 Serving the Greater Los Feliz, Silver Lake & Hollywood Hills Area | Distribution 32,500 A Real American Pie By Judy Coleman Ledger Contributing Writer By Kristen Lee Kelly Special to the Ledger This year’s Sunset Junction Street Festival, set for August 18th and 19th, will feature the O’Jays—as well as 250 vendors, three beer gardens, carnival rides and street performers. But the fair already has the neighborhood humming: organizers have decided to charge a mandatory $15 entrance fee. In the past, sponsor Sunset Junction Neighborhood Alliance requested only a donation for entrance. The problem, according to organizer Michael McKinley, was that only about one-third of attendees would donate. The festival would not earn the money it needed to support the alliance’s programs, he said. “We feel that it’s more than fair,” said McKinley. “Most [festivals] cost more and are not offering what we’re offering.” Proceeds go to the alliance’s projects, which include youth outreach, job training and the Silver Lake Farmer’s Market. “We certainly don’t want to turn anybody away,” said McKinley. “We’re about bringing entertainment to people who can’t afford it.” The fee won’t apply to everyone. Children ages 12 and under and those 65 and over are free, as well as 200 low-income families living in the area. Tickets purchased online in advance are $12. Reaction from local businesses is mixed. One local storeowner—who asked to remain anonymous—said he would close both days because his numbers go “way, way down” during the festival. His regulars won’t pay the fee, and festival visitors just “look around and leave.” McKinley remains optimistic that this year’s festival—now in its 27th year—remains one of the city’s best events.   For all the grumbling about fees, McKinley said, “Nobody has said they don’t want the festival.” VERMONT AVE—It’s 10:30 a.m. I slide on my rubber soled, slip resistant shoes and pull my hair back into a single well coiffed ponytail—as per state regulations. I am prepared for my adventure. What will I encounter and whom shall I serve? Arriving, I stand before two large oak doors complete with their resplendent golden handles and detailed etched windows. It is the House of Windsor? The House of Wax? The House of Dereon? Oh no—I stand before the palace known as The House of Pies! Upon entering, I’m greeted by a rotating dream. Pies and cakes of every creed and color spin in glorious harmony. I catch my breath as before me is the master baking oven. I’m a fool. Who was I, in this moment standing before this pristine, stainless steel oven, to think I had the right to wait tables at The House of Pies? It’s too much to take in at once. A bit dizzy, I stumble and take a seat at the vast counter where I meet Sylvia Navarro— waitress extraordinaire. [ What’s Inside ] Roving Reporter: How Green Are You?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Volunteerism: Baby2Baby . . . . 5 Family Matters: Camping With Kids. . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . 9 Restaurant Review: Echo Park’s Elf Café. . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Local Real Estate Home Sales. . . . . . . . . . . Su Casa E New! [She Said What?]: A Night at the Dresden. . . . . 14 [open mike]: Letters on Span School & Fritize’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 The Waitress: Sylvia Navarro Sylvia has been working at House of Pies for 29 years. “I filled out an application and the next day they called me to work. I am from Chihuahua, Mexico. I came to America to find a better life and then I started working in a factory but I didn’t like it so then I started August 2007 Kids Tardy? Blame it On Construction By Paria Kooklan Ledger Contributing Writer SILVER LAKE—Several new construction projects are in the works near Ivanhoe Elementary School, located on Herkimer Street and Rowena Avenue in Silver Lake. The planned construction has sparked concern among local residents and community groups about traffic, safety, noise and dust pollution, as well as about the long-term effects of increased development in the neighborhood. The Customer: Adam Cobb As Sylvia is about to lead me into the kitchen, one of her regular customers speaks up to tell me if Sylvia were not married he’d be her boyfriend. Sylvia smiles and makes him promise not to tell her husband. I ask this young handsome man, by the name of Adam Cobb: “Is Sylvia the only reason he frequents the House of Pies?” The projects include: • 2748 N. Auburn Street: A seven town home project broke ground in early July, with construction planned to last approximately nine months. The site is 200 feet from Ivanhoe Elementary. • 2920-2930 Rowena Avenue: Set to break ground in September, this mixed-use development will build 55 condominium units in a 54,000 square foot area with retail space on the ground floor. The project will entail demolition on three adjacent lots situated less than 300 feet away from Ivanhoe Elementary; the City Planning Commission has also approved see House of Pies page 20 see Construction page 20 Los Feliz vistor, 5-year-old Sarah Hernandez, from Irvine, has her eye on House of Pies delicious chocolate cream pie. Photo by Jacob Hernandez looking in the restaurant industry and I found this one. I started as a cashier and then the manager asked me if I wanted to become a waitress so I told him: ‘I don’t know how to wait on tables but if you give me a chance I will.’ And… I’m… still here.” My first reaction is she stays for the free pies but I’m wrong. It’s about family: “You know—usually when you work at a place you have a manager or assistant manager or supervisor (and I don’t know how many others) on your back but here – they let us do our job. They leave us alone. As long as we take care of the customers and everything they don’t bother us. It’s a family here. We all take care of each other. I look forward to seeing my regular customers as well as working with my fellow workers. This is a good place.” THE “WOODIE WONKA” OF LOS FELIZ: Residents on Lowry Road in Los Feliz thank Woodie Wade for being such a great neighbor. See Colleen Paeff’s August installment of [people in my neighborhood] on page 12. “Mansionization” Ordinance for The Oaks To Be Heard by City Council By Paria Kooklan / Ledger Contributing Writer THE OAKS, LOS FELIZ—An Interim Control Ordinance (ICO) was passed in July by the Los Angeles City Planning for the hillside neighborhood known as The Oaks, located at the base of Griffith Park. If passed by the City Council, the ordinance will prohibit the construction of buildings in excess of a certain floor area and would remain in place for at least one year. “The ICO would be a temporary restriction on what you could build,” said Blake E. Kendrick, an assistant with the Dept. of City Planning. “It would give us time to do research and recommend permanent regulations for development in the area.” Like many hillside neighborhoods, The Oaks is comprised of small, steeply sloped lots that were subdivided in the 1920s and 30s. For years, the high cost of building on such lots kept new see Ordinance page 12 Advisory Group’s Recommendations  Expected By Year’s End By Kimberly Gomez  / Ledger Contributing Writer   GRIFFITH PARK—Angelenos watched with grave concern while the May 8th blaze in Griffith Park raged for over two days threatening nearby homes, the Los Angeles Zoo, the Greek Theater and perhaps the city’s most famous icon, The Griffith Observatory. After the smoke had cleared, a multi-agency task force led by the city’s Dept. of Recreation and Parks had already begun emergency assessments of the 800 acres of fire damage.  But long before the fire recovery effort, has been the Griffith Park Master Plan Working group—selected in 2005 by Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom Lasee Advisory page 20

August 2007

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