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y r! p ap Yea H w e N Los Feliz Ledger Vol 4. No. 7 Resident Files Grievance vs. the GGPNC By Rachel Heller Ledger Contributing Writer LOS FELIZ—Resident DanaJoy Cremin last month filed a letter of grievance against the Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council (GGPNC) alleging a laundry list of complaints against the council dating to 2005, including that the GGPNC violated its operating laws and showed “blatant disregard” for a segment of its stakeholders by opposing Cremin’s bid for a preferential parking district in her neighborhood. In a letter filed Dec. 9th with the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment Serving the Greater Los Feliz, Silver Lake & Hollywood Hills Area | Distribution 34,500 2008 Year In Review: An Update on the Year Past By Rachel Heller, Kimberly Gomez and Heather Downie, Ledger Contributing Writers Autry National Center Expansion Plans to expand the Autry National Center are now in the midst of a lengthy review process and still must be heard by several city panels for approval, according to Autry officials. The proposal will soon be heard by the Los Angeles City Council’s Board of Referred Powers, which will rule see GGPNC page 3 2008: A Very “Green” Year For Silver Lake By Dyan Collings Ralph Chair, Silver Lake Chamber SILVER LAKE—In July of 2007, the Silver Lake Chamber of Commerce introduced their Green Committee. The idea, developed by Chamber Treasurer Ann Le, was to address the growing interest in green and sustainable business practices. We could never have anticipated the exciting response we’ve seen! In 2008, businesses left and right in our community realized that they could help the environment, save money, and please their customers. see Chamber page 5 Real Estate in 2008: Prices & Sales Drop Except in Atwater By Richard Stanley Ledger Columnist Last year, I predicted that local real estate sales would be steady in the early part of 2008, with a gradual wind-down as the November election approached. That prediction was generally true. What I, and most others, see Real Estate page 12 Marshall High Student photos: (top) “Still Not Enough to Keep Me Here” by Mark Bercero (left) “Green Licks” By Chiaki Samonte (right) “Curtains” By Jennifer Mollinedo Marshall Students Capture The “Stillness Within” By Student Advisor Elizabeth Bush and Student Nicole Costales, Ledger Guest Writers SILVER LAKE—John Marshall High School’s journalism students exhibited their photographs this month at Hyperion Avenue’s Trader Joe’s as part of the grocery store’s monthly young artist series. Student photographer Kyle Crisostomo was astounded by the customers’ response to the display. “I’m all smiles over their reactions,” said Crisostomo. “Our class feels really appreciative that these photo enthusiasts asked about our shots and valued the professionalism in the work we do.” The students’ work aims to dispel the notion of the selfinvolved teenager by creating a new mythology through photography. The photos are a departure from the teenage vanity shots that saturate the pages of MySpace and Face- book. In lieu of mugging for the camera, the students discovered how to photograph the stillness within a person. Ignited by renowned street photographer and classroom guest speaker John Free, the Marshall journalists set out to create poignant and stirring images without the need for retouching or digital reworking. Using Free’s technique of see Students page 9 January 2009 on the issue in place of the city’s Board of Recreation and Park Commissioners due to a conflict of interest—one of the commissioners was an attorney in the same firm as the lawyer now representing the Autry. A hearing has not yet been scheduled. Once there, the proposal will undergo about three months of review, said John Gray, president and CEO of the Autry. The project would ultimately need the approval of the entire City Council. The Autry unveiled plans last February to build new galleries, classrooms, storage areas and spaces for theatre and music performances at its Griffith Park facility. The project would add 79,000 square feet in the first phase of construction and 50,000 square feet in its second phase, including a semi-subterranean parking structure. Board members of the Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council (GGPNC) voted Sept. 16th to support a “limited expansion” of the Autry National Center with eight conditions attached, including that the Autry limits the height of any new structures to 30 feet and abandons Phase 2 of its construction plans. Gray said the Autry so far has not made any changes to its expansion proposal based on the GGPNC’s recommendations, but he said some of their suggestions will “absolutely” be looked at as the plan is reviewed. Cahuenga Peak More than 10 months after Cahuenga Peak was first put on the market for $22 million, the see 2008 page 4 Murdered Mumbai Chabad Directors Mourned Locally By Rachel Heller Ledger Contributing Writer LOS FELIZ—Chabad of Greater Los Feliz, last month, joined other Chabad houses, synagogues and Jewish organizations nationwide in holding a public memorial service for Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg, the directors of the Chabad house in Mumbai, India who were slain in the terror attacks Nov. 26th and 27th. “Every candle we light brings light to this dark time,” Rabbi Leibel Korf told the men and women in attendance, Dec. 5th. A handful of community members gathered at the Chabad’s Hillhurst Avenue location early to watch a video memorializing the couple and their four guests who were also killed when gunmen stormed the building. At sundown, a group of women lit trays of tea lights and said the traditional blessing of the candles. Dozens of local residents filtered in for a free community dinner the Korfs hosted A boy looks on while a woman lights candles during the Dec. 5th service. after a Sabbath service. Rabbi Korf recalled growing up with Gavriel Holtzberg in Brooklyn. They sat next to each other in the Chabad center there for weekly study sessions when they were teenagers. “Every tragedy that happens, it is our responsibility to respond,” Korf said. “As terrible as an act might be, we must respond with that much goodness and kindness and help make the world a better place.”

January 2009

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