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Silver Lake Rec Changes Possible By Kimberly Gomez Ledger Contributing Writer SILVER LAKE—Hundreds turned out for a rally at the Silver Lake Recreation Center in April in response to concerns that the city’s budget crisis might lead to cuts in staff and the possible elimination of popular sports programs. Officials during the hourlong rally stressed that while no closures have been announced, changes are on the way. “Until the Mayor and the city council deliberate on the new budget, we don’t know how our department will be organized,” said Regina Adams, Dept. of Recreation and Parks executive director. “Whatever the budget, services will be affected and operational hours will be affected.” The Dept. of Recreation and Parks is considering implementing what they call a “clustering concept” to save money on staffing and other resources. This proposal would have recsee SILVER LAKE page 5

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Frozen Homeless Man Spurs Congregation into Action By Jessica Pauline Ogilvie Ledger Contributing Writer LOS FELIZ—Colin Trent Johnson, a member of the Silver Lake Community Church, had only known the homeless man who used to hang around the church’s grounds for a short while.

“We were just starting to connect with him,” said Johnson of the man to who congregants would offer prayers and food. And so no one knows why, one day last year, the man—in an apparent suicide – stripped naked, and slept on the lawn of the church one freezing

cold night. Reverend Lovejoy, the church’s pastor, found his body the next morning. Johnson and other members of the Silver Lake Community Church were moved to take action after the tragic event. Along with several volunteers, Johnson began calculating how the church

Photo Credit: Michelle Kunz Magdalene Gorospe and son Aldwin try to decide which treats to take home at the Silver Lake Community Church’s weekly food pantry as volunteers look on. Starting on May 5, the pantry will be open from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday.

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“Sick Out” Delays Seating of New GGPNC Board

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EAST HOLLYWOOD—Due to a lack of funding, the staff at the Barnsdall Junior Art Center will be let go at the end of June, according to Paul Gamberg, Founding Director of the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation. The layoffs will effectively cancel all of the center’s summer art classes and will put the center’s future in long-term jeopardy. The center’s six-week spring classes had also been endangered, until the Los Angeles City Council—urged by Councilmembers Ed Reyes and Tom LaBonge—voted to use funds previously set aside for public art projects to temporarily keep Barnsdall and other art centers and programs throughout the city running

LOS FELIZ—Ten current Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council (GGPNC) board members called in sick for the board’s regular April 20th meeting and another two were absent due to being out of town, resulting in a delay of the seating of newly elected board members. The event comes on the heels of the GGPNC’s historic March 20th election, in which ten members of a group called “Los Feliz Forward” were elected to the board for all ten seats they sought. The election saw over 1,500 local stakeholders cast ballots—the highest in the GGPNC’s history, and the most of 10 citywide neighborhood council elections held that day. The April 20th meeting would have included not just

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the seating of new members, but the installment of new officers to the board, including president, vice president, treasurer and secretary. GGPNC vice president Rosemary DeMonte notified all board members via email that the meeting would be cancelled due to a lack of quorum, under the directive of GGPNC president Charley Mims. Despite the cancellation, DeMonte does not foresee any difficulties arising with the new members taking over their seats. “They’re going to be seated,” she said. “I don’t think there’s going to be a problem with that.” But some existing board members believe that the high absentee rate for the meeting was not a coincidence. “I find it highly quessee GGPNC page 19

could provide groceries to the homeless in the area. He contacted Douglas Ferraro, executive director of Hope-Net, a nonprofit that operates food pantries serving low income and homeless people, and was able to get in touch with food banks. Now called Silverlake AID, the group provides canned food and, when possible, fresh fruits and vegetables to local low-income or homeless individuals on Wednesday nights. “We don’t check income or ID’s,” said Johnson. “The service is completely anonymous.” Homelessness isn’t a new concern in Los Feliz. The neighborhood is part of the city’s Service Planning Area (SPA) 4, which encompasses the area from West Hollywood to Eagle Rock and has an estimated 11,093 homeless individuals – the highest population in the city, according to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA). And according to George see HOMELESS page 26

Swap Meet Helps Some Make Ends Meet By Ian Lovett Ledger Contributing Writer ECHO PARK—On a recent Sunday morning, blankets lined the grass at the edge of the sidewalk around Echo Park Lake, as dozens of people laid out everything from children’s socks to electronics to screws and

wrenches—all of it for sale. Potential customers strolled around the perimeter of the market, while children played games on the grass at the edge of the lake, and old men play cards at picnic tables. Alex Perez laid out children’s toys alongside paintings see SWAP MEET page 6

A 75th Anniversary Keepsake—Artist Jeff DiCicco, of Santa Monica, created this artwork to commemorate the Griffith Observatory’s upcoming 75-year anniversary. A series of limited edition, signed and numbered lithographic prints, like the one above, will be available for sale at the Observatory’s Stellar Emporium gift shop. The Observatory will hold an anniversary celebration, May 15th called “Cosmic Conjunction 2010.”

Los Feliz Ledger [letter from the publisher] As most readers know, we launched a new website in January which includes an option for readers to post comments on our stories. Great idea, right? I found out quickly last

month after our Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council election story that our comments page could—and quickly did—become a place for anonymous posts that were offensive or just plain factually incorrect. As publisher, I want to give every reader an opportunity to comment on our stories—but

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13% of LFVBID Assessments Are Delinquent [ POLICE BLOTTER MAY 2010 ] Robberies: Burglaries: Theft From Vehicle: Grand Theft Auto: Theft: Aggreviated Assaults: Homicides:

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Burglary: at 2600 Locksley Pl., 03/22/10, 11:55 a.m. Suspects pried open the victim’s side window using possible shovel. Suspects ransacked home and put property into bags. Victim came home and confronted the suspects who fled on foot and then into a car. Burglary: at Castle St., 03/22/10 8:00 a.m. Suspects entered the victim’s home by smashing the front window with a brick. Suspect then removed property. Theft: 2400 Claremont Ave., 04/16/10, 8:00 pm. Suspected entered open garage and took 3 bicycles.

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Theft: 4600 Los Feliz, 04/15/10. Suspects cut the lock of bicycles and took them. Burglary: 2600 Ivan Hill Terrace, 03/19/10, 11:00 a.m. Suspects entered through side window. Once inside suspects set off the alarm. Suspects fled with no property. Burglary: 3500 Landa St., 03/17/10, 2:00 p.m. Suspects smashed the rear window, entered home and removed property. Burglary: 3700 Evans St., 03/16/10, 12:30 a.m. Suspects entered the victims unlocked garage door and removed a property. Safety Tip: There has been an increase of thefts of bicycles in Los Feliz, Franklin Hills, Silver Lake areas. Keep yours in locked garages.

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MOMS Hold Rummage Sale To Help Other Moms SILVER LAKE—The MOMS Club of Silver Lake will hold its annual rummage and bake sale, Sat. May 15th, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. At 967 Sanborn Avenue. For sale will be: infant and children’s clothes and shoes; toys, strollers, high shairs, bouncers and swings; maternity clothes and nursing items; children’s furniture, accessories and cribs; baby and children’s linens; books, videos, DVDs and music; some household items and electronics and more. Proceeds will go directly to Los Angeles charities to benefit moms and families in need.

Kiwanis Club Repairs Senior’s Home LOS FELIZ—The Hollywood/ Los Feliz Kiwanis Club— assisted by Hollywood and John Marshall High students and Virgil Middle School students—in April prepared and painted the home of Edward Tursa, a disabled senior that lives on Clayton Avenue. Working from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., the volunteers worked, sang, and enjoyed hot dogs while they transformed Tursa’s home from a look of dilapidation to one of pristine shine and style. For more information about Kiwanis Club call (323) 522-6941 or visit www.hollywoodlosfelizkiwanis.org.

LOS FELIZ—The Los Feliz Village Business Improvement District (LFVBID) has collected $65,157 in assessments from the nearly 300 businesses for 2009, according to Nelia Cacic, LFVBID treasurer. Total assessments for 2009, according to Cacic, were $74,720. Currently, $9,562 in assessments are delinquent. Assessments are used to fund neighborhood projects, including beautification, the annual Street Fair and community organizing. Assessment invoices for 2010, according to Cacic, have not been sent, as yet. Businesses in the Los Feliz Village area are required to pay an assessment fee to the LFVBID each year based on each businesses number of employees. For the 2010 year, the LFVBID reduced its assessments from $200 yearly to $100 for businesses with only one employee. COMMUNITY NEWS

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Parkman Triangle: Silver Lake’s New “Urban Lounge” By Michael Locke, Silver Lake Correspondent Silver Laker Ara Babaian wants to make a difference in the neighborhood he calls home, namely the area just south of Sunset and west of Silver Lake Boulevard. The idea for a” pocket” park at the intersection of Parkman Avenue and Silver Lake Boulevard, a 2,000-square foot triangular patch of asphalt, has been swirling around the community for years. It had become a dumping ground for trash, the illegal parking of cars, and weekend garage sales—even for people who do not live in Silver Lake. “I think a number of residents thought at one point or another of turning it into a park,” said Babaian. “While many of us in the community only considered the idea of turning the project into a park,

vided $2,100 in funds. “Most of this  money has  gone to paying for materials and supplies, such as fill dirt, trees and plants, boulders, and irrigation materials, but the large amount of physical work has been through the efforts of Silver Lake residents and others from as far away as Culver City, Brentwood, and Berkeley, California,” said Babaian. 

Ara and his partner Leon Kaye galvanized community support for the project by bringing everyone together and for keeping things rolling,” said architect John Southern, whose firm, Urban Operations studio, came on board early and is primarily responsible for the design of the park.  The park, known as Parkman Triangle received a $10,000 matching Pictured are Ara Babaian (right) and John Southern (left) at grant from the Parkman Triangle. the City of For architect Southern, Los Angeles’ Community the concept was simple. Beautification program.  Los “Create an ‘urban lounge’— Angeles City Council Presia place where one lingers, but dent Eric Garcetti contributed does not stay,” he said. towards the  demolition and The project is in construchauling away of asphalt, and tion and is due to be finished most recently, the Silver Lake in late July. Neighborhood Council pro-

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on [the client’s] marketing campaign, our website and direct mail,” said George. The Morenos are proud their business has allowed them the flexibility to be very involved in their children’s lives and that many clients have become close friends and resources in the area. Their enthusiasm translates to a better experience for their clients. “We are selling the neighborhood, not just the house,”

said Eileen. “You’ve got to know the restaurants, the hair dresser and you’ve also got to know the history of the neighborhood— these are all things that are just second nature to us.”

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through June 30th. “No one is funded past then,” said LaBonge, who chairs the city’s Arts, Parks, Health & Aging Committee. “Right now there’s no money allotted to anything but I truly believe that art will have a base.” LaBonge says his hope is that the private and public sector can work together creating partnerships to save programs like Barnsdall’s. The Barnsdall Art Center was created when Aline Barnsdall donated the Frank Lloyd Wright designed structures to the city in 1946 who, in turn, subsequently offered arts classes. The center now has 2,800 class slots per semester, but is running at a deficit annually of about $500,000 to $600,000, according to the foundation’s Gamberg. “The city needs to have an arts program available in their community because art is that important,” said Juliet Bridges who arrived at 5:15 a.m. on a recent day to register her daughter for classes. “You’re supposed to be inspired here. If you just cut down city arts programs what do you have left?”

reation centers within close proximity—such as Silver Lake, Atwater and Glassell Park— sharing services and programs. Many locals are concerned that the community will lose one of its most valuable assets in the process. “The recreation center is working and clearly the staff is a huge part of that,” said rally organizer Janet Upjohn of the 15 full time and part-time staffers currently employed at Silver Lake Recreation Center. “Let’s try and protect it all first before we start chipping away at it.” According to Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge, who spoke at the rally, any programming changes would likely occur this fall. Meanwhile, Tomas O’Grady, member of the Silver Lake Park advisory board and boardmember of the Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council, is looking for support to form a non-profit organization to help raise funds and find volunteers to help the center. According to Recreation and Park officials, over 900 local youth and many from surrounding zip codes participate in programs and classes held at the Silver Lake Recreation center each year.

Corrections and Amplifications In our April 2010 edition, we indicated that three of five “Silver Lake Forward” candidates were elected in that area’s neighborhood council race. In fact, five of eight Silver Lake Forward candidates were elected. Also, 7 newcomers will join the board out of 21 members.   Also, we listed Pat Kane was an incumbent in the Atwater Village Neighborhood Coun-

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Neighborhood-centric Restaurateurs: Boudet & Ebbink By Rona Edwards, Ledger Columnist LOS FELIZ—Chef Brandon Boudet and Warner Ebbink—the innovative owners of the 101 Coffee Shop, Dominick’s, the Deli at Little Dom’s and Little Dom’s—met while working for Los Angeles entrepreneur Sean MacPherson (Bar Marmont and Swingers) and together are forging a restaurant empire of their own with their “Eat Heavy Restaurants.”

It started in 2001 with the 101 Coffee Shop, an ode to vintage diners found sprinkled throughout the West. Packed with rock ‘n rollers, writers and filmmakers, it’s been a mainstay for Beachwood Canyon residents, offering Americana diner-style food. A few years later, they purchased the historic Dominick’s, a throwback to the rat pack heyday of yesteryear.

A Los Angeles native and lover of architecture, Ebbink creates the environmental space of his restaurants while New Orleans-born Boudet is

siders” are more adventurous eaters so he’s able to introduce more inventive dishes though he’s also a traditionalist. “Spaghetti and meatballs doesn’t need to be reinvented or reinterpreted, just prepared with skill and integrity,” he said. Creating a frenzy with their Sunday night dinners at Dominick’s (Monday night at Little’s Dom’s), they love cre-

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ating new and exciting establishments. “As long as I keep creating spaces, and doing what I love,” Ebbink said, “there’s no reason to stop.” Together, this dynamic duo are a gastro force to be reckoned with. “It’s always about the next project and seeing it through,” said Boudet.

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Los Feliz Ledger [ MAY 2010 events calendar ] Edited by By Oliver Gettell ART ‘Imagine East Hollywood’ Reception The curators of this interactive art project collected a variety of interviews, essays, stories, poems, illustrations and online comments about the future of East Hollywood. The results, which have been displayed on graffiti walls at Barnsdall Park, are now located at the Courtyard for further appreciation and participation. In addition to this opening reception, the exhibit will be open on weekends (and by appointment during the week) through summer. Courtyard Studio and Arts, Fri., May 7th, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 1733 N. New Hampshire Ave., Los Feliz. Information: www. imagineeasthollywood.com; imagineeasthwood@gmail.com.

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‘Los Angeles Review’ Reading Contributors to the seventh issue of The Los Angeles Review, a journal dedicated to West Coast literature, will read selections of poetry and prose. Among those scheduled to attend are Ching-In Chen, Donna Emerson and Harry Thomas. Skylight Books, Wed., May 5th, 7:30 p.m. 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz. Information: (323) 660-1175. www. skylightbooks.com. Genre Book Club This month’s selected book is Storm Front , by Jim Butcher, set in an alternate version of Chicago and tells the story of professional wizard Harry Dresden. Silver Lake Branch Library, Tues., May 4th, 6 p.m. 2411 Glendale Blvd., Silver Lake. Information: (323) 913-7451; www. lapl.org.

HOLIDAYS Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet brunch held in Descanso’s Rose Pavilion featuring such classics as quiche Lorraine, French toast and hand-carved ham. Seatings: 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m. Brunch, $50 for adults, $17 for children 4-10, and free for children 3 and under. Reservations required.

Descanso Gardens, Sat., May 8th, and Sun., May 9th, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. Information: (818) 7903663; www.descansogardens.org.

Cinco de Mayo at the Autry. Viva el Cinco The Autry celebrates Cinco de May with its annual family festival. Live entertainment includes mariachis, ballet folklorico and charros. Visitors can also learn about Mexican culture, walk the galleries, eat at the Golden Spur Cafe and visit the Mercado, featuring art and jewelry. Free with museum admission (adults $9, students and seniors $5, children 3-12 $3, children under 3 free). Autry National Center of the American West, Sun., May 2nd, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park. Information: (323) 667-2000; www.theautry.org.

MUSIC James Taylor & Carole King Two legendary singer-songwriters and longtime friends will team up for a three-night stand at the Bowl. Both Taylor and King are multiple Grammy winners, having recorded such hit songs as “You’ve Got a Friend” and “It’s Too Late.” Tickets are $17.50 to $175. Hollywood Bowl, Thurs., May 13th, Fri., May 14th, Sat., May 15th, 7:30 p.m. 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood Hills. Information: (323) 850-2000; www.hollywoodbowl.com.

work by local artists and food from more than 40 neighborhood vendors. Featured acts include the Entrance Band, Radar Brothers and Foreign Born. The jubilee also includes four interactive villages focusing on children, arts, literature and the environment. General admission is $5; children 10 and under and seniors 60 and over are free; college students with ID are eligible for two-for-one admission. Sat., May 22nd, and Sun., May 23rd, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Myra Ave. between Santa Monica Blvd. and Fountain Ave., Silver Lake. Information: (323) 251-0199; www.silverlakejubilee.com. Sweethead Spaceland’s free Monday night residency for May will be a homecoming for Sweethead, the glam-rock outfit led by Troy Van Leeuwen, of Queens of the Stone Age, and slinky frontwoman Serrina Sims. The May 10th show also marks the release of their self-titled U.S. debut album. Must be 21 or older for admission. Spaceland, Mon., May 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th, 8:30 p.m. 1717 Silver Lake Blvd., Silver Lake. Information: (323) 661-4380; www.clubspaceland.com. Wavefest The 14th annual Wavefest, presented by the radio station 94.7FM, returns to the Greek Theatre with a star-studded lineup. On the bill are soul singer Michael McDonald, funk queen Chaka Khan, Latin jazz artist Poncho Sanchez and saxophonist Mindi Abair. Tickets are $37.50-$155. Greek Theatre, Fri., May 14th, 7 p.m. 2700 N. Vermont Ave., Griffith Park. Information: (323) 665-5857; www. greektheatrela.com.

THEATER ‘The Ballad of Emmett Till’ This play based on the true story of Emmett Till, whose murder helped spark the civil-rights

Sweethead perform live at Spaceland every Monday in May. movement, has been extended through May. The play, written by Ifa Bayeza, directed by Shirley Jo Finney and starring Lorenz Arnell, has earned rave reviews and received numerous awards. General admission tickets are $25-$28, with discounts available for students

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For a taste of several main dishes, try the Plato Amalia ($19). The good-sized sampler platter includes Carne Adobada—deliciously tangy pork marinated in Guatemalan spices; carne asada; local Longaniza sausage with pork, green onion and mint; and a chile relleno stuffed with ground meat and vegetables that’s lighter than the Mexican version. Alternate bites of the meats with flavorful refried black beans, fried plantains, guacamole and freshly-made corn tortillas. Other typical entrees are Hilachas, shredded meat in a spiced tomato sauce and Frijol Blanco, pork stew with white beans. Bring the kids too—the kid’s menu has tot-sized versions of tamales and tacos as well as a local favorite, spaghetti with slices of hard-boiled eggs. Don’t forget dessert: Latin American desserts can offer another dimension to the meal. Among the best are Rellenitos, plantains stuffed with sweet black bean paste, fried and topped with crema in an ode to tropical Latin climes. Bocadillo de Reina is a take on bread pudding, while torrejas, a French toast-like dessert pastry dipped in egg batter and drenched in honey syrup is likely too sweet unless you’re a fan of the Indian golub jamun. Amalia’s is a friendly place to start exploring the cuisines of Latin America, whether for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Reviews are based on 4 forks as excellent from start to finish. Amalia’s, 751 N. Virgil Ave., 323-644-1515

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Women in the Wild West: An Update By Kathy A. McDonald Ledger Contributing Writer GRIFFITH PARK—Forget the cowgirl, the demure Indian maiden, or the pioneer woman in a sunbonnet perched on a wagon buckboard. At the Autry National Center’s conceptual new exhibit “Home Lands How Women Made the West,� traditional stereotypes of women-out-west are replaced with a new narrative— one that puts women at the center as builders of home and community. “Seeing women in history makes history look different,� is the show’s opening statement and the Autry has done much to create an innovative and interactive exhibition that inserts real women into the American west’s saga. Divided into three Western places: Ro Arriba (Santa Fe), the Front Range of the Rockies (Denver), and Puget Sound (Seattle), the exhibition organizers used various textures (thousands of corn husks on the wall) and unusual displays (a 1960s Ford Fairlane cut in half) to illustrate themes. More than just historic objects—although there are many of those—there’s a mix of contemporary art and of-the-moment pieces like an REI jacket and an ultra-pink kayak. All come together to convey that women were integral to survival in the West, whether in the first century as keepers of seeds on ancestral pueblos in New Mexico, or today, debating environmental and sustainability issues in the Seattle area. The exhibition also chronicles the wild convergence of cultures in the West as new landscapes were opened first by Spanish exploration and later by the building of the transcontinental railroad. Throughout time it was women who transformed these landscapes into home spaces from pueblos to suburbs. A number of Western women authors and their books are highlighted too. Worth exploring and considering our shared history in a fresh way, “Home Lands How Women Made the West,� is on display now through August 29 at the Autry National Center. Information: www.theautry.org

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Picks for May 2010 Silver Lake Jubilee: Sat. and Sun., May 22nd and 23rd on Myra Ave. between Fountain Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard. An all-ages, twoday music, art, literature and eco-fest that celebrates Silver Lake, there will be much live local music and 40 food trucks. Bring your own cups, re-usable bags and t-shirt (for free silk-screen) as the fest is aiming for zero

waste! www.silverlakejubilee.com Silver Lake Art Collective: “EYE CANDY” More than 250 works of art from 40 local visual artists will be showcased and available for purchase. Photography, prints, sculpture, painting and ceramics are among the media presented. Opening

and closing receptions are open to the public: Saturday, May 1st 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; closing reception Sunday, May 23rd, from noon to 5 p.m. Citibank Art Space, 2450 Glendale Blvd., Silver Lake. Gallery hours: Thurs. through Sat. noon to 8 p.m. and Sun. noon to 5 p.m. through May 23rd. www.silverlakearts. com/events.htm

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Mid 20th Century Takes the Stage Locally in May By Marilyn Tower Oliver Ledger Theatre Critic “Langston and Nicholas,” at Hollywood’s Stella Adler Theatre explores the long friendship between African-American poet Langston Hughes and Nicholas Guillen, the poet laureate of Cuba.  Hughes died in 1967 and Guillen, in 1989, so their story is set against the tumultuous backdrop of mid-20th century angst.  Both men were of mixed race and were descendents of slaves; and both were intensely aware of the toll of racial prejudice.  They were also deeply

gets  caught up in ideological rants about communism. The first act set in 1930s Cuba, moves along smoothly with the added interest of music and dance, but the second act  tends to drag on a bit as the two men argue about their different takes on social justice.  A rather long segment extolling the beauty of life in Castro’s Cuba could be shortened or even cut.  Hughes’ probable homosexuality is hinted at but is left undecided. The primary theme remains the friendship

The action takes place over a 35 year time period and alternates between New York City and Havana as well as in Spain during the Spanish Civil War. passionate about the role their poetry could play in influencing the cultural destiny of their respective countries.   The play, written by Bernardo Solano and directed by Nancy Cheryll Davis is produced by Towne Street Theatre, which bills itself as the premiere African-American theater company in Los Angeles. Poetry by both Hughes and Guillen is given a prominent place in the action.  Music is also a recurring theme.  Hughes was the originator of jazz poetry and Guillen used the beat of a Cuban music idiom called “son” in much of his work.   The action takes place over a 35 year time period and alternates between New York City and Havana as well as in Spain during the Spanish Civil War.  This is a lot of ground to cover, and at times the play 

between two men and the toll this relationship had on Guillen’s volatile wife Rosa.  The play has a large and proficient cast with actors playing more than one role.  Both Justin Alston (who portrays the young Langston) and Brian Evaret Chandler (the older Langston) look amazingly like the real Hughes. Chris Rivas as the young Guillen is energetic, but Armando Ortega as the older Guillen is less believable, partly because he doesn’t look the part. “Langston and Nicholas,”  through May 2nd at the Stella Adler Theatre, 2773 Hollywood Blvd. $25.  Seniors and members of performing arts unions, $15. Students $10.  Validated parking $2 at the Hollywood /Highland Center. (324) 624-4796.

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Gary Gamponia’s Play It Forward Band By Colleen Paeff, Ledger Contributing Writer

Gary performing with the Pay it Forward Band at the Country Villa nursing home on Rowena Avenue.

SILVER LAKE—As a musician, and founder of the Silver Lake Musicians Co-op, Gary Gamponia knows a lot of people who spend a fair amount of time in the spot-

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light. Gamponia’s day job in the insurance industry, however, brings him into contact with many people who remain largely forgotten, the elderly and infirm residents of

our local nursing homes. But Gamponia, a native Eastsider, is also a community activist and a big believer in community service. So, every weekend he brings these two groups of people together for a rollicking good time with the “Pay it Forward Band.” The band consists of about 30 members. At any given performance there could be five band members or twelve. They don’t practice and many of them have never met until they show up in the nursing home parking lot to unload their gear. The one thing they have in common, besides their musical abilities, is their commitment

to serving the community. As members of the Silver Lake Musicians Co-op they’re entitled to receive discounts on equipment repair, printing and space rental and in return they “pay it forward” by helping others. “It’s a barter system of good will,” said Gamponia. But, why perform in nursing homes? “I can’t think of a single place where a musician can make a bigger impact,” he said. “It’s not overstating it to say [the residents] are literally starving for entertainment. You can only play Bingo so many times.” Gamponia is working on getting nonprofit status for the group and looks forward to a time when nursing home residents can expect to see his musicians more than once a year. “I’ve actually done the

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math,” Gamponia said. “If every single musician in L.A. did one–just one–performance, we could not only put a band out there every day of the year, but we could do it for the next 50 years.” Gamponia hopes the band’s music will bring a bit of joy into the otherwise mundane lives of local nursing home residents. But, there’s an added benefit. “Playing for these people is the most fun I’ve had as a musician,” Gamponia said, “and many of our musicians are willing to admit that’s true.” But, Gamponia is quick to add: “By performing for this audience,” he said, “we are honoring the generation that made possible the world we have today.”

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Home Inspections:   Getting to Know You By Richard Stanley, Ledger Columnist I’m working with a buyer client now who just spent a couple thousand dollars for inspections on a house she will never own. Sounds like a lot of money down the drain, yes? No—not if the knowledge gained keeps her from buying a house she’ll later regret owning. The purpose of inspections is to inform a buyer, not to confirm a sale.   When I started in real estate more than 20 years ago, there were no disclosures and few people did more than measure rooms during an inspection.   All that changed and evolved because of litigation and ever more sophisticated technology.   Today, the average buyer spends $1,000 or more to find out whether the condition of a property is what

he or she expects.   Except in unusual circumstances, every purchase agreement should have an inspection contingency period that begins upon acceptance of the offer by buyer and seller. An exception might be a probate sale, which is an “as is” sale—in which case, the buyer should perform any inspections before the court confirmation. Here are some common inspections to consider once the deal is signed on the dotted line: General Inspection: Many inspectors belong to professional organizations such as the California Real Estate Inspection Association (CREIA), but this credential is not required to perform a thorough and ac-

curate home inspection.   This kind of inspection is a visual inspection only, and is limited to the basic systems of the house, including, roof; foundation; electrical; plumbing; structural; built-in appliances; heating and air-conditioning; interior and exterior; sub areas; attics and safety.   This inspection does not include inspections of garden sprinklers, security systems and pool systems. An inspector should have a contractor’s license and be insured adequately.   The inspection should take two to three hours for the average house.   At the end of the inspection, you should receive a verbal summary of the findings as well a detailed written report, preferably with photo illustrations.   If asked, a general inspector may offer verbal estimates of the costs of repairs, but should not solicit business from the buyer.   To do so would be a conflict of interest.   I always ask the in-

spector what was the worst condition found.  The answer offers a relative context for the rest of the findings.  Costs of this kind of inspection range from $400 to $750. Geologic Inspection: If you’re buying in the hills, if the house shows signs of settling, if particularly recommended by the general inspector, or for your own peace of mind, it’s worth investing in a geologic inspection. The geologist will check for aberrant conditions of the house and the underlying land. A discussion of earthquake hazards and how the house has performed in the past is included.  Ask the geologist if he or she would live in the house. Geologic inspections can cost up to $1,200 for a written report. Verbal reports cost less. Sewer Line and Chimney Inspection: These inspections are now commonplace, thanks to the ubiquity of video cameras. Both types of inspections run cameras through spaces

too small to inspect any other way. Both reports include DVDs of the camera’s views. Most chimney and sewer line inspectors never see a chimney or sewer line they like.  Be prepared for some unwanted discover and some unexpected expense. These reports cost from $250 to $500 each. Termite Inspection: Unless a house is 100% concrete, it’s likely to have termites some times in its life. The so-called “termite inspection” also covers “dry rot,” or fungus damage and other insect damage from carpenter bees, powder post beetles and the like. Costs for inspections run from free to about $100. Mold Inspection: This sort of inspection is the frontier of inspections. There are no standards for mold inspections.   All sorts of molds are found in any household environment.   What may endansee REAL ESTATE page 16

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New Hollywood Historic Hotel By Diane Kanner, Ledger Columnist HOLLYWOOD—Twenty television security screens crowd a wall in Edmon Simonian’s wood-paneled office, a sign his holdings have grown as exponentially as his responsibilities. Well known as the Hollywood Armenian artisan who could make a fireplace mantle for every taste and budget, Si-

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5741 Briarcliff Rd, Los Feliz $1,136,000 Holly Purcell 323.671.1267 Four bedroom, three bath romatic English country house in the Oaks! Sunny home features remodeled kitchen, fireplace, incredible views, bonus permitted guest studio, terraced decks, fountain and large yard.

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2343 Bronson Hill Dr, Los Feliz $1,100,000 Holly Purcell 323.671.1267 Two bedroom, two bath, single-level pool home with views of the Hollywood Sign! Private drive and gated motor court. This Hollywood Oasis is perfect for summer pool parties and vacation-style living.

1716 Griffith Park Bl, Silver Lake $995,000 Michael Slater & Tracy Do 323.671.1239 Unique 1930s Silver Lake artist’s compound featuring a house plus detached duplex. The home is 1 bedroom, 1 bath. The duplex features 1 studio and 1 bath for each unit. Great Silver Lake location with lots of style and rustic charm.

2337 Ewing St, Silver Lake $759,000 Michael Slater & Tracy Do 323.671.1239 Built in 1957, this stylishly remodeled Mid-Century Silver Lake home offers 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and is located near the Silver Lake Reservoir and dog park. Private gated entrance, wood floors and upgraded systems.

2615 Silver Ridge Ave, Silver Lake $699,000 Michael Slater & Tracy Do 323.671.1239 Remodeled Silver Lake contemporary home on a cul-de-sac street with views. Open floor plan, large entertainment deck and grassy yard. Main level, 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, lower level with ¾ bathroom and second kitchen.

1706 Morton Ave, Echo Park $499,000 Phil Missig 323.671.1256 Charming 2 bedroom, 1 bath on secluded LAR2 lot. Updated kitchen, plumbing and electric, central heat/air, newer foundation. Bonus room, attic area, ideal for office/studio. Surrounded by trees yet close to Downtown and Hollywood!

3407 Huxley St #33, Los Feliz $349,000 Holly Purcell 323.671.1267 Stylish, bright and tranquil 2 bedroom, 2 bath rear top floor corner unit: updated baths, large closets, bamboo flooring, and views. HOA dues include AC, heat, electric, water and earthquake insurance. Close to Griffith Park.

800 W 1st St #2606, Metro Los Angeles $299,000 Henry Plascencia 323.671.1275 Luxury hi-rise condo located in the Bunker Hill Tower. Incredible 26th floor, 1 bedroom, 1 bath unit with gourmet kitchen, dark wood floors and stunning Downtown L.A. views. Full service-24 hour access @ LALuxuryCondoForSale.com

3856 Udell Ct, Los Feliz $4,100 Per Month Greg Bender 323.868.6040 Spanish Contemporary. Canyon view. Wood, granite, iron, and stainless steel appliances. Balcony off master suite. 2-story with direct access from garage. 3 bedrooms, 3 baths + den/office. Laundry room upstairs. Franklin Hills cul-de-sac.

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4125 Gateway Ave, Silver Lake $499,000 Henry Plascencia 323.671.1275 Beautiful 2 bedroom, 2 bath. Nicely updated. Great Silver Lake location. Bamboo floors. Gorgeous kitchen and very private outdoor area. Silver Lake’s hottest listing. More info @ www.SunsetJunctionBungalow.com

Conveniently located between the Los Feliz and Silver Lake communities on Hillhurst Avenue, the Los Feliz office is home to an elite group of some fifty agents with the skill and experience needed to sell your property successfully.

Administrator, a Marketing Coordinator & a Transaction Coordinator. They give you the peace of mind of knowing your property’s marketing plan and transaction paperwork are being handled effectively and efficiently.

Steeped in the ethical culture and with a median sales volume per established agent of $6 million, the professionals of Los Feliz have the skill and experience to make sure each inquiry is handled to your advantage. Newer agents are carefully trained and mentored. They greatly enjoy working with new buyers and are always available and eager to answer inquiries about your home and hold open houses on your behalf. Los Feliz professionals enjoy a high level of support from a professional office staff that includes an Office

Eugene Ridenour, a Southern California native, has lived in the Silver Lake/Los Feliz community all his life. Today’s buyers and sellers have an unprecedented amount of information, and Eugene’s fresh, focused management style is ideal for meeting that challenge. A seasoned entrepreneur with a degree in Communications from the University of Southern California and experience in entertainment and technology, he’s wellqualified to lead his team to the forefront of social media, cutting-edge tech tools, and virtual collaboration.

850 Lucile Ave #14, Silver Lake $399,000 Thomas Inatomi 323.671.1249 Designer perfect 2 bedroom, 2½ bath, 2-story townhome. 2 bedroom suites, large with wood floors and plantation shutters, gorgeous chef’s kitchen with stainless steel appliances and covered patio. A/C, inside laundry and 2 side-by-side parking. LucileTownhome.com

7135 Hollywood Bl #103, Hollywood Hills $375,000 Michael Slater & Tracy Do 323.671.1239 Low priced unit in the prestigious Hollywood Versailles Tower! This distinctive one bedroom, one bath, poolside unit features an extra-large, private entertainer’s patio, a wonderful floor plan and full service building.

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Los Feliz Ledger [ SELECT HOME SALES MAY 2010 ] 90026 Single Family Homes 1805 1672 1655 1401 1825 1523 1565 1617 654 1727 2848 1812 1607

Maltman Ave . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $975,000 Redesdale Ave . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 828,000 Silverwood Ter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 815,000 Edgecliffe Dr . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 770,000 Lucretia Ave . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 767,000 Westerly Ter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 759,000 Altivo Way . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 690,000 Edgecliffe Dr . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 607,000 N Vendome St . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 405,000 Redcliff St . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 395,000 Hyans St . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 390,000 Grafton St . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 275,000 Armitage St . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170,000

90026 Condominiums 1830 N Alvarado St 14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $335,000 1738 Silver Lake Blvd 104 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 310,000 1707 Micheltorena St 308 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 295,000

90027 Condominiums 4455 3320 1930 1755

Los Feliz Blvd 1002 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $439,000 Griffith Park Blvd 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 390,000 N Vermont Ave 303 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 305,000 N Berendo St 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200,000

90027 Single Family Homes 5130 3974 4226 2700 3606 2245 4026 4113 2018 2101 3927

Los Feliz Blvd . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,900,000 Farmouth Dr . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,900,000 Dundee Dr . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,725,000 Glendower Ave . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,495,000 Cadman Dr . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,250,000 Talmadge St . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,160,000 Holly Knoll Dr . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 889,000 Tracy St . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 795,000 N New Hampshire Ave . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 765,000 Hollyvista Ave . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 729,000 Prospect Ave . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 655,000

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ger the health of one person may leave another unaffected.  Some kinds of molds are known to be particularly troublesome, however.  Most mold problems can be remediated with the control of moisture and disinfection.   An inspector will gather samples by a variety of methods.  The samples must be analyzed in a lab.  No “on the spot� observations can be conclusive.  Radon and asbestos inspections are similar, too, in that a sample or device must be taken to a lab.  Costs are about $250 and up. The goal of any type of inspection is to find the truth.  How buyers and sellers negotiate the costs involved with correcting unpleasant truths is another matter. Remember, no house is perfect—especially in Cali-

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Cove Ave . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $596,000 Dover St . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 400,000 Dover Pl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 580,000 Valleybrink Rd . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 490,000 Madera Ave . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 469,000 Gracia St . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 478,000 Locksley Pl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 433,000 Ivan Hill Ter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 730,000 Lake View Ter E . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 971,500 Bancroft Ave . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 535,000 Knox Ave . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250,000 Denby Ave . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 390,000

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90068 Single Family Homes 5610 2641 6312 5683 2340 5945 7126 7318 6851 7107 3319 2380 3165 6854 3201 7205

Park Oak Pl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,525,000 Lake Hollywood Dr . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,700,000 Tahoe Dr . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,549,000 Holly Oak Dr . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,400,000 Park Oak Dr . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,330,000 Graciosa Dr . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,070,000 Macapa Dr . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,000,000 Pacific View Dr . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 995,000 Iris Cir . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 925,000 Pacific View Dr . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 769,000 Adina Dr . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 765,000 Hollyridge Dr . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 732,500 Cadet Ct . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 670,000 Pacific View Dr . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 670,000 Dos Palos Dr . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 560,000 Sycamore Trl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 420,000

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Los Feliz Ledger sources. These concerns were expressed at a recent “Save Silver Lake Rec Center� rally on April 11th. The participants By Stephanie Vendig, Ledger Columnist were mainly parents who have discovered the value of the acA local recrefrom zero growth to 20% cuts, tivities at their local park for ation and parks department according to a December 2009 their children. is sometimes regarded as letter from Jon Kirk Mukri, The facility director is the nonessential for community Dept. of Recreation and Parks key to this recreation function. functioning. It’s not like the General Manager to the Los The directors are the designers, police, or fire, water, sewers or Angeles City Council. The the managers, the coordinators garbage collection. However, results in any case will impact and the recruiters for how the if Los Angeles cannot sustain a maintenance, service hours activities operate in each setrobust, active system of parks and the quality of programs. ting. Their skills and experiand recreation programs, we Some think that parks ence make it possible for chilall lose. only need staff for opening and dren and adults to get the most Los Angeles has 15,710 closing, and to make sure that out of their experience with the acres of parkland, activities. These activities have become increasingly valuable for and its 390 public I have obthe recreational and health needs of youth and adults, parks include apserved first-hand proximately 372 especially for those who are unable to access these two such direcchildren’s play opportunities otherwise. The youth of our urban tors, Arlene Corareas, 287 tennis dova at Silver environment is particularly vulnerable to deteriorating courts, 176 genLake Recreation recreational resources. eral recreation Center and Moncenters, 30 senior centers, 59 the grounds are maintained. ty Sutherlin at Griffith Park swimming pools, 24 licensed But they are also something Adult Community Center and child care centers (now being else. They are settings for orI have come to appreciate the closed), 13 golf courses, 9 dog ganized group activities for value of their position. Both parks, 9 lakes, 7 skate parks, all ages. These activities have of these exceptional people are 7 museums and 2 beaches. become increasingly valuable examples of a sizable group of These venues contribute to the for the recreational and health skilled facility directors and well-being of Los Angeles citineeds of youth and adults, recreation coordinators who zens. especially for those who are may be losing their jobs. But today, these venues unable to access these opporFor me, I just hope that are being threatened by the tunities otherwise. The youth there are some well-thoughtcurrent budget crises. Cutting of our urban environment out plans for reducing expensdepartment expenses, to be is particularly vulnerable to es without tearing out the guts taken by July 1st, could range deteriorating recreational reof a vital public service. [senior moments]

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Los Feliz Ledger [a dog’s life]

Local Rescue Organization Needs Your Help By Jennifer Clark, Ledger Columnist Humans aren’t the only ones being affected by the recent economic downturn. According to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Los Angeles, their an-

nual pet food donations have dropped by 90% in the past year and they are not alone. Los Feliz animal rescue, Sante D’Or (“golden health” in French) has been finan-

Deadline for Raise Funds For Cahuenga Peak Extended to April 30th GRIFFITH PARK—The campaign to raise the final $1 million, championed by Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge along with the Trust for Public Land (TPL) has been extended to April 30th, according to officials with LaBonge’s office. LaBonge set aside $4.3 million in public park funding over the last eight years to purchased the hillside where the famed Hollywood sign is located. Last year he partnered with TPL to raise the remaining $12.5 million. Most recently, philanthropist Aileen Getty and Tiffany & Co. Foundation president

Fernando Kellogg announced they would each donate $250,000 more as a challenge grant. Each had previously donated $1 million. “We are looking for people who want to be big stars in Hollywood by helping save the peak,” LaBonge said in a released statement. “Thank you to everyone who is helping us preserve this natural hillside for the future of Los Angeles.” To date, local residents have additionally held bake sales, rallies and a fund-raising concert on the Sunset Strip to help raise funds. For information: www. savehollywoodland.org

cially struggling in order to continue its mission of providing shelter and holistically based medical care to animals while attempting to secure them permanent homes. Santé D’Or also provides community outreach adoption services and education about the serious animal over-population crisis. This no-kill, non-profit neighborhood rescue has been saving animals since 2003 and, with the exception of one paid employee, is completely run by volunteers.

It has successfully placed over 1,300 animals into caring homes. But even with a generous grant from both the Annenberg Foundation in 2007, as well as the American Humane Foreclosure Pets program, they need your help now more than ever. There are so many ways to give your time to this wonderful organization: volunteers can foster animals; help clean; offer their services as a handyperson, or just come in to provide some cuddles to the animals. And the teenage crowd

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A Good Time for “Walking Path” Improvements By Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge Thank you to everyone in the Silver Lake and Los Feliz area for your cooperation as the City re-routes traffic to accommodate the River Supply Conduit installation on West Silver Lake Drive in Silver Lake. This two-year project will require a series of changes in traffic patterns as it progresses. We’re making an on-going effort to address traffic problems as they arise, so please read signpostings and continue bearing with as you have so far. You may have noticed the boardwalk sample on Tesla Avenue. It’s my intention to have the Dept. of Water and Power fulfill its promise to construct a full-scale boardwalk on Tesla to complete the Silver Lake Reservoir Walking Path. Completing this project is particularly urgent now since traffic is detoured onto Angus Street for the River Supply Conduit installation. This has made Tesla Avenue busier than usual. It is an urgent public safety matter to complete this boardwalk as quickly as possible in order to get pedestrians off the street and onto a safe walking path. While we’re making these improvements, it only makes sense to improve the landscaping around the Silver Lake Walking Path itself. The walking path has done so much for the neighborhood— it’s a great place to get some exercise, chat with neighbors, walk your dog. It’s amazing

what a difference it has made in our neighborhood. The landscaping, though, needs help. There have been teams of people doing their part by weeding the path, and we thank the Silver Lake Reservoirs Conservancy Path Pals for their efforts. The irrigation and larger landscaping issues, however, need professional attention. To address this matter, Councilmember Eric Garcetti and I are contributing $10,000 each to a special fund earmarked for the maintenance of the Walking Path. We have enlisted LA Conservation Corp and Northeast Trees to provide maintenance for one year. We are also reaching out to local groups in the hope that they will also contribute to this fund. With your cooperation, these projects will bring tremendous assets to our wonderful neighborhood. Please bear with us as the work continues.

give residents the tools to empower themselves in the most convenient way. Whether it’s blogging, tweeting, or just good old fashioned door-todoor canvassing, I love promoting government at people’s doorstep or, even better, in the palm of their hand. In that vein, I launched a new, free iPhone application called “Garcetti 311” that allows users to snap and submit photos of potholes, graffiti, and other problems in my council district for the city to address. The new app empowers Angelenos to improve our neighborhoods by providing a quick, easy way of letting city government know where there are problems that need to be fixed. It’s a great way for all to become more engaged in their city and its government, and help the neighborhood at the same time. Through “Garcetti 311,” users can report a variety of problems for the city to address, including: • Abandoned bicycles and vehicles • Deceased animals • Bulky items • GraffitiBernies_Apr10.pdf 3/23/10

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The application automatically geo-tags the problem’s location, simplifying the reporting process for users. During the year-long pilot program, my staff members will submit the requests to the appropriate city departments for action—and users can follow the outcomes on their phone. The application will be made available free of charge via iTunes. It was developed by CitySourced, which is powered by the Los Angeles-based FreedomSpeaks. com. Within the next three months, CitySourced expects to expand availability of the technology to other mobile platforms such as Google Android, Blackberry, Palm, and Windows Mobile. I am proud that Garcetti 311 is part of the growing “Government 2.0” Movement— c on nec t ing people and their government through smart technologies that improve efficiency, communication and 11:00:00 PM engagement.

tionable that over ten board members all became unavailable on the same day, [some of whom] are going to lose their jobs,” said Mark Mauceri, an existing GGPNC board member who was re-elected on March 20. According to Mauceri, nearly 20 members of the public were present for the meeting, including a city official and an architect who were scheduled to give presentations and had not been notified of the cancellation. Quorum calls for ten members to be present and is required for neighborhood council business to be conducted. Mims determined that there would not be a quorum earlier in the day, although according to Mauceri, the instruction to DeMonte to send an email to that effect violated protocol. “Normal procedure is that you show up to the meeting, and rule there’s no quorum if there’s no quorum,” said Mauceri. Mims declined to comment.

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New Fine Arts Center Opens at Pilgrim School By Kimberly Gomez, Ledger Contributing Writer LOS ANGELES—Pilgrim School, located near downtown Los Angeles, opened the doors in April to the Brown Family Fine Arts Center, the first new building on the campus since 1964. The school presented the space to hundreds of guests with “A Selection of Contem-

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lenges of building a new top floor on an existing structure from conception through completion in just 1 ½ years. Designed by George Kelly, it was built by David Ikegami’s DTI Corp. Both men are Pilgrim parents, and Ikegami is an alumnus and a former board member. The two functional studios with high ceilings, plenty of natural light and kid-level sinks were tailor-made for the 350 pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students who take mandatory art classes at the school. There’s even a door that’s only four feet high to welcome the smaller Pilgrim students. “We are literally and figuratively elevating the arts to upper-level top priority,” said art teacher Katrina Alexy, who said she appreciated the inspirational views of the Hollywood Hills and Griffith

of Los Angeles and this is just another great door opener,” said Dr. R. Scott Colglazier, Sr. Minister of the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles. That church founded Pilgrim School in 1958. The building was made possible by donations from the Ahmanson Foundation, the Ron Burkle Foundation, Fifield Manors Corporation and other supporters. “When I first saw the designs I was kind of confused because it’s such a modernlooking building in front of our gothic church,” said graduating senior, Ryan Williams, who remembers eating lunch on the patio rooftop before the art center was built. “I think in certain ways it fits because Pilgrim, although it’s an old school, it’s getting new technologies and becoming more advanced every year.”

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Student Adventures By Luca Herman, 4th Grade On April 12, Ivanhoe hosted our first Tech Night. Students showed slideshows, brochures, podcasts and music on laptops. During the year, students are instructed to use applications such as keynote, pages and garage band. The students were really excited about the In-nOut truck selling burgers during the event. Our technology coordinator, Tiffany Yagi, was very pleased that over 500 parents and students attended. The 4th grade class took a field trip to Sacramento in March. The students visited Gold Bug Mine, went to a stamp mill and panned for gold. Some students said. “The water felt like bunches of needles because it was so cold.” They went to the State Capital and the Railroad Museum where they saw a golden spike. The 5th graders spent a week at Camp High Trails near Big Bear. At camp, they hiked in snow, learned archery, made and used compasses in orienteering, played lots of camp games, had outdoor science classes, performed skits around a campfire and went sledding. It was a very fun week. The 5th grade raised money to go to camp with an open-mike night/spaghetti supper and snack shack Tuesdays.

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Junior High Math Fair and Spring Activities

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People have been using math principles for thousands of years, across countries and continents, whether you are sailing a boat off the coast of Japan or building a house in Peru, you’re using math to get things done. When you buy a car, follow a recipe, or decorate your home, you’re using math principles. At OMGC, the Junior High Math Fair allows students to display their understanding and connection of various math concepts to the real world. Our middle school math teacher, Mrs. Riggins, runs our math fair. She encourages us to set the gold standard and to teach us to love math, not to hate it. OMGC still has tons of activities ahead of us such as our yearly Spring Sing (Beatles theme); our WalkA-Thon, Talent Show, “National Day,� our 7th grade having P.E with the united states Marines and many other things to come.

I can’t believe my 5th grade class and I really went to France for 12 days! On March 17th, three 5th grade classes from LILA’s Los Feliz and Pasadena campuses met at the airport to go to Paris. Everyone was very excited (even the idea of the flight was great). The morning after we arrived, we took our first tour‌ of Versailles! Our guide for the whole trip was GÊrard. He was very, very nice and made the tours so interesting: it felt like we were actually traveling in time! We visited monuments and museums everyday and at the end of the trip, we all signed a LILA tee shirt for him. During the trip we also went to school and met our class pen pals with whom we had been corresponding. On the last night, we went to a dance. It was an awesome experience for everyone!

with the students on their acts, and usually teaches them how to do whatever it might be that the they choose to do for the circus. The circus is rehearsed for about one month, during which the children decide upon and work on their act. The circus teaches students patience in learning, knowing that it will take time to learn how to perfect their act. It is also a fun thing to do, as we learn many new unique talents. The circus is not just a circus, but also a big piece of the heart of the Oaks School.

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Circus Time at The Oaks By Emmett Mathison One thing that makes The Oaks School distinct from others is its annual circus. Each year, The Oaks holds a large circus. Friends and family come to watch the children perform their acts. Three or four kids might, for example, juggle, while a large group of kids walk on stilts, ride the unicycle, or walk on a giant ball.

Other acts may include perching yourself on a balance board or doing a few cool tricks with juggle sticks. As the kids go up through the grades, they begin to learn more advanced skills. A few kids have even juggled flaming clubs. The Oaks circus is held in the school gym. The physical education teacher, Sherry Talsky, is not only the host for every circus, but she also works

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Also, students have recently applied for Honors and AP classes next year. For example, I took the Honors 2 English entrance exam which had 300 questions based on primarily grammar and literature. The exam was given in Xavier Center, our huge multi-purpose room. Spring sports continue to do well as we head toward the end of the school year.

Last Innings of School! By Ana Cano â&#x20AC;&#x2122;12 and Marisol Medina y Cadena â&#x20AC;&#x2122;12 May is here, filled with activities as school wraps up the year and we prepare to say goodbye to

the senior class of 2010. To start off the month, our school hosts its annual alumnae reunion. The reunion always features a special liturgy in our decorated auditorium, followed by a delicious luncheon and class photos. Also, during May, select students are recognized at Academic Awards night, attended by family and friends. The fine arts students will also present their work at upcoming events that showcase art, drama and chorus. Marine Biology students will travel to Catalina Island for a weekend of learning experiences, while several student clubs will join Heal the Bay and help cleanup Dockweiler Beach on a Saturday morning. However, our studies are not over because this month brings the Advanced Placement exams in a number of subjects. Students have been preparing all year for these exams, which offer college credit to those with top scores.

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Math Workshop Explains Mysteries of Math A math workshop will be presented by author and educator R.J. Toftness at the Glendale, California Main Library on Sat., May 15th at 1 p.m. Toftness has also wrote a book on the same subject has been widely regarded by educators. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say enough about this book. I have never seen a book that was so simple and

comprehensive in explaining basic mathematical principles,â&#x20AC;? said retiring 22-year Los Angeles Unified School District middle school teacher Samuel Kiwasz. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wish that this book had been available to me for my entire teaching career,â&#x20AC;? he said. For more information visit: www.math-unlock.com

LILA Hosts Delegation To Help US Ratification on Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rights FRANKLIN HILLSâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;On May 7th, the LycĂŠe International de Los Angelesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (LILA) Los Feliz campus will host an international delegation to commemorate the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of the Child and to urge U.S. ratification of this convention. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child protects children by defining their basic human rights. Only two nations worldwide have yet to ratify it: Somalia and the United States. LILA will welcome international student delegates; the French Consul-GĂŠnĂŠral in Los Angeles, David Martinon; and other distinguished guests to its Los Feliz campus. The dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s events will include an outdoor exhibitionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a collaborative project between French artist François Paire, the FLAX Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; which promotes French culture in the U.S.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;and the Pasadena Art Center College of Design. There will also be a presenta-

tion by journalist/UNICEF activist Claire Brisset. An appeal to President Obama to submit the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to the US Senate for immediate approval, will be available for supportersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; signatures. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child protects children by defining their basic civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights. The UN adopted the Convention and opened it for signature in 1989. It came into force in 1990, after it was ratified by 194 countries, including every member of the UN except Somalia and the United States. Somaliaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cabinet ministers have announced plans to ratify the treaty. The United States government played an active role in the drafting of the Convention and signed it in 1995, but has not ratified it. Opposition to the Convention is in part due to what are seen as potential conflicts with the Constitution. Information: www.lilaschool.com

Charter Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fundraiser Set for May 15th GLASSELL PARKâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;The Los Feliz Charter School for the Artsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; annual Spring fundraiser â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big Night Out: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Factoryâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; a Warhol Inspired Evening,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;?  is set for May 15th at the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new campus, 2709 Media Center Drive, Glassell Park. Preview party is 6 p.m. to

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Star Gazing For May

By Roberta Morris Ledger Religion and Spirituality Columnist

By Anthony Cook, Griffith Observatory

After an exhibition at Our Lady of Angeles C at he d r a l downtown that has lasted several months, Sr. Corita Kent’s work is coming back to Los Feliz. Her art and spirituality will be on display in several Los Feliz venues in the next several months, marking the 2nd edition release of her book Learning by Heart: Teachings to Free the Creative Spirit and the 40th Anniversary of the Immaculate Heart religious community that continues to support her work. Cortia’s immense colorful banner, based on the biblical Beatitudes, will hang at Hollywood Lutheran, during the Los Feliz Art Walk, from May through June. A concert inspired by her work is being planned, as well as events celebrating the new edition of Learning by Heart at Skylight Books. Sr. Corita entered the Immaculate Heart Order as a young woman and remained until she was about 50 years old. Her art flourished.

Her book is about pedagogy and life, according to Sasha Cerrera, director of the Corita Art Center. “It’s about opening yourself to become more creative,” said Cerrera. “She loved this Balinese quote: ‘We have no art; we do everything as well as we can.’ Many of her students will say that they didn’t become artists but they lived their life like a work of art.” Corita moved to Boston and became a full-time artist, increasingly involved with progressive political groups such as Amnesty International and the anti-war movement, while her art became a bold interplay of color and text. She continues to be identified with the Immaculate Heart community that runs the Corita Art Center here in Los Feliz. A collection of Corita Kent’s art is posted online and available for viewing, with some for purchase, throughout the year at the Corita Art Center.

The brightest planet, Venus, is eye catching in the westnorthwest during evening twilight. A telescope will show its gibbous phase this month. The orange planet Mars moves from Cancer the Crab

to Leo the Lion on the 20th, and ends up 3 degrees west of Leo’s bright star Regulus at the end of the month. At midmonth, Mars starts the evening half the way to overhead from the southwest horizon and sets in the west-northwest

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Lozano, Executive Director of Covenant House of California, which provides shelter and services to homeless youth, Los Angeles has the highest concentration of homeless individuals in the country. “By the federal government’s numbers, it’s higher than New York, higher than Chicago, and higher than other places in the country,” said Lozano. Los Angeles County has done what they can to combat the problem. According to Kim Thomspon, Director of Communications at LAHSA, the county receives $73 million in federal aid to dedicate towards homelessness. The funding goes to groups such as Covenant House and the Salvation Army. And while the numbers have gone down in recent years – SPA 4 reported 20,023 individuals with no place to call home in 2005, and 22,030 in 2007 – on Vermont Street and the surrounding areas, where businesses are dense and traffic is high, many residents don’t see a difference. Warner Ebbink, owner of Little Dom’s restaurant, has seen the same few homeless people outside his business since he opened in 2008. “There are about three regular[s],” he said, “and two kind of walk up and down the street and never really bother anyone.” But one, he said, was found not just near the building, but inside the kitchen, threatening staff and hanging out by the dumspter. Ebbink had to obtain a restraining order. “I wish there could be more funding and better allocation in order to help,” he said. But without necessary support from the city, he added, he can’t risk having customers harassed or disturbed while dining at his restaurant. In addition to Silver Lake AID, other organizations are trying to address the need. Hope-Net opened a pantry at the Silver Lake Community Church on March 3rd of this year, and another in Los Feliz—at Mt. Hollywood Congregational Church—a

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month later. According to Ferraro, Hope-Net’s executive director, the number of people that they’ve served at the two new locations, in no small part because of the necessity of the services. At the Silver Lake Community Church, 330 people were served in March, and Ferraro estimates that the number has gone up for April. “There is a significant need in this area,” he said, “and a significant lack of food pantries.” Most Los Feliz business owners are torn about the problem. Wanting their customers to be able to sit outside without being confronted by homeless individuals, they nevertheless want those without shelter to find assistance. “In a perfect world, I would like to see them get help,” said Little Dom’s Ebbink. “I wish that our local councilmen would get involved to be more proactive. [But] it primarily falls on the business owner or the resident.” Editor’s Note: Douglas Ferraro is married to Los Feliz Ledger publisher Allison Cohen Ferraro. STAR GAZING from page 25

Virgo’s bright star Spica. Jupiter appears as a bright yellow spot low in the eastsoutheast during the dawn, moving from Aquarius the Water-Bearer to Pisces the Fisches on the 2nd, and becoming higher and easier to see as the month progresses. By the end of the month, binoculars or a telescope can be used to spot planet Uranus about 1 degree to the east of Jupiter. The moon starts May in the morning sky, appearing in last-quarter phase on the 5th. This timing means that it will be bright enough to interfere with watching the eta Aquarid meteor shower on the following morning. The moon is new on the 13th, and reappears as a slender crescent on following evenings. The moon passes Jupiter on the 9th, Venus on the 15th and 16th, Mars on the 19th, and Saturn on the 22nd.

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old clothes on a blanket, while his son ran around next to the water. For the moment, using the park for illegal vending is OK. “At this point, everything is on hold. . . due to legal statutes that are being rewritten,” said Senior Lead Officer Lewis Ford, of the Los Angeles Police Dept.’s Rampart Division. “When those statutes are rewritten by the city, then we’ll have some teeth to enforce that. For the moment, we can’t enforce anything on illegal vending.” While vendors such as Perez remain safe for the time being, the city has made efforts to curb food vendors at the market. At the end of February, the Los Angeles Police Dept., in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, raided the swap meet, seizing hundreds of pounds of food, along with carts, propane burners and other equipment from 35 food vendors. Terrance Powell, director of the Dept. of Public Health, said that unlicensed food vendors pose a public health risk.

“We regulate food in the county here, and state code requires anyone retailing hot food to have a public health permit,” he said. “The reason for that is to ensure that the food people are selling is safe. So when we got a complaint about illegal [food] vending, we set up a task force to shut it down.” Despite city and county efforts to curb illegal food sales, however, this kind of vending goes on all over Echo Park. On Sunset Blvd.—just a few blocks from the lake— street vendors selling homemade soup out of huge water coolers and edible cactus out of shopping carts are every bit as ubiquitous as the Mexican bakeries and tortillerias. Jose Menudo, a Mexican immigrant who speaks little English, works construction, but on the weekends he also

sells tripe on Sunset Blvd. “Sometimes the police tell me to move,” Menudo said, in Spanish. “They’ve never seized my food, but I do worry about it. In Mexico, there are many vendors like this, but no one minds.” Some food vendors have returned to the swap meet, though not as many as before the February 28 task force. Gonzalo Morales said he sells tacos in the park almost every day. When he sees the police drive by, he just continues to cook carne asade on the grill. “I don’t have any other work,” he said. “I have to pay the rent, and this is the only work I can find. I’m not really afraid of the police. I’m not selling drugs or anything. I don’t think it’s right for them to seize the food. This is how we survive.”

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• Extremely important—The Hollywood Sign is an iconic symbol in Los Angeles. Any development near it, would threaten its impact. • Not Important—There are many other needs right now for funding and private donations.

April Poll Results: We asked: Do you think the Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council has too many appointed (non-elected) positions on their board? 56.7% Yes 21.6% No 21.6% Don’t Care

Ledger Poll for May: Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge and the Trust for Public Land are on the last leg of raising the funds needed to purchase Cahuenga Peak in an effort to keep the land adjacent to the Hollywood Sign undeveloped. How important is this to you?

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3321 Wood Terrace Los Feliz $539,000 Charming & bright 2+1 English Cottage in the heart of Los Feliz. Spacious living room with hardwood floors & high inset ceiling opens to cozy formal dining room. The lovely patio is the perfect spot for afternoon barbeques. Central air & heat. Ivanhoe school.

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2120 India Street Silver Lake $95,000 Your opportunity to build your dream home on level vacant lot on a cul-de-sac in nice residential Silver Lake location. Good location centrally located to downtown, Glendale, Pasadena areas.

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3933 Cumberland Ave Los Feliz $599,000 Classic 1924 2 bed + 1 bath California Bungalow above the street to enjoy spectacular city views. Nicely redone kitchen and bath. AC,copper plumbing. Potential for wonderful garden. A great opportunity to own this very charming home in the hills!

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3422 Amesbury Road Los Feliz Hills Call For Price Wonderful 1940’s Los Feliz Hills 4 + 3.5 Traditional home offering a formal entry which leads to a grand & spacious living rm w/fireplace, large formal DR, stunning paneled family rm. Pool, spa, patio & yard. Beautiful moldings & hrdwd flrs. 2800+ sq ft & large basement.

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3031 Castle Street Silver Lake $535,000 Gorgeous 1+1 English Cottage with wonderful curb appeal offers a wonderful living room w/gas fireplace, large picture window & beautiful dark hickory floors. Updated kitchen & charming dining area. A/C. Large basement. Walk to reservoir and restaurants..


May 2010