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e ak e2 L g r e r” a ilv alke e, P S “ W ac Pe n i lk a W Los Feliz Ledger Vol 6. No. 2 Serving the Greater Los Feliz, Silver Lake & Hollywood Hills Area | Distribution 34,500 Ennis House Languishes Price Reduced 50% From Original Asking Price by Hilary Scurlock Ledger Contributing Writer LOS FELIZ—For sale and recently reduced! 6,000 square foot Los Feliz mansion in a pre-Columbian style evoking the mystique of a Mayan temple. This fixer-upper was “renovated” in 1994 by the Northridge earthquake, and recent flooding has added an aquatic element to the site. But, with a bit of elbow grease, you can dig out some of the old Hollywood glamour under this pile of concrete bricks. It can all be yours for the bargain price of $7.495 million. Why would any buyer be crazy enough to go for this deal? Because this is the Ennis House, meaning Frank Lloyd Wright designed these concrete ruins, and this is the property’s second price chop, after it was reduced from $15 to $10.5 million in February. This latest reduction, announced in June, brings it to 50% off the original asking price. Everyone knows Frank Lloyd Wright and his iconic work, and one would expect properties like the Ennis House to be snapped up in an instant, by virtue of Wright’s name alone. However, Wright’s four concrete textile-block houses in Los Angeles (the Ennis, Millard, Storer, and Freeman houses) are well known for creating more headaches than headlines, due to expensive and ongoing conservation issues. Wright’s Millard House in Pasadena has also languished on the market, and both properties are considered to need significant updating and maintenance. The first Ennis House reduction, announced by Christie’s Great Estates in February, was intended to underscore “the foundation’s commitment to finding the right buyer and enabling that buyer to reinvest see ENNIS page 4 A Higher Calling Cell Phone Provider Finds Ingenious Way to Hide Tower in OMGC’s Bell Tower: But Is It Safe? August 2010 Atwater Village Struggling as Businesses Close By Caitlin M. Foyt Ledger Contributing Writer ATWATER VILLAGE—If Evita Corby didn’t have more than the local foot traffic generating income for her Glendale Boulevard business, she would definitely be worried. The owner of Velvet Threads, a vintage and designer clothing store at 3203 Glendale Blvd., also commissions clothing rentals for movie studios, which, she said, is what is keeping her in business. “I’ve seen three boutiques close in the last year,” she said. “Business has definitely changed. I was doing double what I’m doing now. People are being more savvy with money and as cheap as my prices are, I’ve had to drop them.” Earlier this year, local business owners began to notice that some of the staple women’s clothing and accessory boutiques on Glendale Boulevard were closing their doors. Movements, 3125 Glendale Blvd., left in early January, with Violet Willow, 3127 see ATWATER page 9 Photo Credit: Michelle Kunz SHUTTERED: A store sits empty at the edge of Atwater Village’s business district on Glendale Boulevard. The shuttered business, along with a few others, signify the neighborhood’s struggle to balance trendy boutiques and restaurants with an economy that may not be ready to support them.  Though the area still sees plenty of foot traffic, it wasn’t enough to keep some businesses afloat.  By Sydney Shatsky, Ledger Contributing Writer LOS FELIZ—Recently, Our Mother of Good Counsel (OMGC) church’s bell tower has been encased in scaffolding. The work being done is not for repairs, but rather to hide a cell phone tower along the church’s structure. Cell phone users locally and elsewhere, demand strong coverage. But homeowners groups complain heartily about the unsightly towers cell providers must erect to provide strong signals. The church’s new cell tower, according to Father Jim Mott, is to provide better cell reception for all in the area and more importantly, those at Our Mother of Counsel church, which previously had poor reception. “I feel wonderful about it,” he said. “I think it’s going to be a great help to our community. The reception around here is very bad and we keep getting dropped calls so this Photo: Andrew Lasky “Guerilla Gardening” Not Vandalism, They Say, but Beautification By Sharon Yi , Ledger Contributing Writer The new cell tower during construction. will facilitate people using their cell phones.” However, some are concerned that the cell tower could increase the risk of cancer or other health issues of OMGC students and neighbors. “I’d be concerned for the children at the school and for people within a block radius,” said Andrew Lasky who lives near OMGC. “It’s like sleepsee CELL TOWER page 5 Two unidentified persons snuck through the L.A. streets with their weapons of choice: a shovel and a pickaxe. Under the patchy lighting of the streetlights overhead, they led a pack of similarly covert individuals to the desired location. The party members referred to each other by their aliases. Their leaders were known to them simply as “Mr. Stamen” and “Roly Poly.” The mission was to plant a “guerrilla garden.” The “gardeners” pick their spot, whether it’s a plot of land next to a freeway bypass or on a city sidewalk, and without a permit or any rights to the land, they start digging and planting. LA Guerrilla Gardening (LAGG) is a nonprofit organization that began two summers ago in Hollywood. It all started when a group of friends were meeting for “Mr. Stamen’s” 27th birthday party. “Mr. Stamen” rejected the Library Cuts Hit Locally By Sydney Shatsky Ledger Guest Writer notion of a typical party bar venue for the occasion and chose to plant a garden instead. The party guests were suddenly reborn as “guerrilla gardeners.” “We had no intention of making it a big thing,” said “Roly Poly,” co-founder of LAGG with “Mr. Stamen.” On July 18th, both the Los Feliz and Silver Lake branches hours were reduced and staff was laid off as part of a system wide $22 million cut of the library’s budget. Overall, 328 positions were also eliminated. This will be the third time that the city’s library hours have changed since last December. Overall, some 100 library employees lost their jobs system wide in the recent rounds of cuts. This means that local library users will have access to fewer books, fewer CDs and DVDs and less Internet access and fewer activities for children and teens. “[The budget cut] cut ser- see GARDENING page 6 see LIBRARY page 8

August 2010

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