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Los Feliz Ledger Vol 7. No. 2 Read by 100,000+ Residents and Business Owners in Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Atwater Village, Echo &Park & Hollywood Atwater Village Hollywood Hills Hills Recent College Tuition Hikes Hurt But Not a Deterrent GGPNC Executive Board Dismisses Grievances By Erik Derr Ledger Contributing Writer By Erik Derr Ledger Contributing Writer GRIFFITH PARK—The executive committee for the Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council (GGPNC) voted unanimously in July to dismiss three grievances lodged against the council for allegedly violating state open meetings laws, saying the complaints lacked “merit.” The committee’s decision came after GGPNC President Ron Ostrow had the grievances reviewed by the city attorney who determined none posed a legal liability for the GGPNC. Only one grievance, dealing with an outdated public notice posting, according to Ostrow, was found in violation of the Brown Act. In response to the dismissal, Tor Hyams, who authored two of the grievances and is the council’s former vice-president of administration, said he may appeal the decision to the city’s Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, which oversees all neighborhood councils. The executive committee’s findings, said Hyams, is “what I expected… That’s for me a real shame.” The one issue that was found in violation dealt with an accidental posting of a year-old meeting notice, for see GGPNC page 18 Community News: Marian Dodge honored at HPOZ Dedication Ceremony, page 4 THE PLEASURE OF A COOL FOUNTAIN ON A HOT DAY: An unidentified woman and a child enjoy cooling off at the Mulholland Fountain on Los Feliz Boulevard. Photo credit: Alex Pinon. Street Fair Judged A Success Sunset Junction Owes $260K to City for 2010 Festival By Erik Derr, Ledger Contributing Writer of professionals,” said John HOLLYWOOD BLVD—The Forrester, who along with 18th annual Los Feliz Village Street Fair was a success July see STREET FAIR page 13 24th after cancellation in 2009 and being nearly insignificant in 2010, due to lack of vendors and attendees. Some 20,000 attended this year’s festival, held for the first time on Hollywood Boulevard. Another 200 vendors were on hand, as well as schools, community organizations and about a dozen food vendors. “We were humbled to have Rob Crites of Hollywood entertains the thousands worked with such that attended the annual Los Feliz Village Street Fair, an incredible team Sunday, July 24th. Focus on the Advertiser: Belmont Village featured, page 7 People In My Neighborhood: Amy Craik (right) forms club to help homeless teens, page 10 Recent tuition hikes at the University of California and California State University campuses are not enough to discourage some of this year’s incoming freshmen, but have created more financial hardship, so say students and educators in the Los Feliz area. In July, the UC Board of Regents approved a 9.6% tuition hike effective this fall, on top of an 8% hike approved last November. The California State University Board of Trustees also in July, approved a 12% tuition increase, also on top of an already approved see TUITION page 22 2011 Festival in Jeopardy By Erik Derr, Ledger Contributing Writer Photo credit: Alex Pinon. The committee’s decision came after GGPNC President Ron Ostrow had the grievances reviewed by the city attorney who determined none posed a legal liability for the GGPNC. August 2011 SILVER LAKE—The Sunset Junction Street Fair still owes the city of Los Angeles $267,683 for their 2010 event, and this month’s event— scheduled for Aug. 27th and 28th—is in jeopardy of being cancelled if event organizers cannot pay their outstanding balance, according to Julie Wong, communications director for Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti. According to Wong, she expects Garcetti will try and block this year’s event until organizers have settled last year’s bill. Karen Sundell, a spokesperson for the street fair, said the front office declined to comment on the debt issue. She added, however that the event’s organizer, Micheal McKinley, has staged the fair “for the last Eastside Eye: Miranda July’s “The Future” is explained, page 17 31 years and has a lot of passion” for the fair, which has, in turn, developed extensive goodwill in the community. “It would be a real shame,” Sundell said, if the street fair were “kept from going forward.” The Silver Lake Neighborhood Council (SLNC) approved a motion at their July meeting to indeed ask city officials to withhold issuing any permits to Sunset Junction organizers for this year’s event until the bill was paid and it had proof it had enough money to fund this year’s projected costs. “I think it’s now officially disgusting if [Sunset Junction Street Fair’s owner] is allowed to do this,” without paying, said SLNC councilmember Paul Neuman. School News: OMGC’s New Principal, Allison Essman, page 19


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