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Los Feliz Ledger Vol 5. No. 11 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 Serving the Greater Los Feliz, Silver Lake & Hollywood Hills Area | Distribution 34,500 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. Barnsdall Art Program In Jeopardy “Sick Out” Delays Seating of New GGPNC Board By Kimberly Gomez Ledger Contributing Writer By Jessica Pauline Ogilvie, Ledger Contributing Writer 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 see BARNSDALL page 5 May 2010 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.”

May 2010

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