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Chamber of Commerce

2015 BUSINESS DIRECTORY & COMMUNITY GUIDE

Bahar Soomekh

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A West LA mom's journey from starring in Oscar®-winning movies to a career in real estate.

The Voice of West LA! REPRESENTING 12 Neighborhoods Beverlywood / Brentwood–Brentwood village / Cheviot Hills / Mar Vista–westdale / Palms / Rancho Park Sawtelle / veterans administration / West LA (Proper) / WestSIDE VILLAGE / Westwood / westwood village–ucla


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FEATURE ARTICLE P. 38 WEST LOS ANGELES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 2370 Westwood Boulevard, Suite L1 Los Angeles, CA 90064 310.441.2900 | Fax: 310.441.2904 WestLAChamber.org President & CEO Ronald Adams | president@westlachamber.org Membership Director John Slowick | saleswlacc@aol.com Administrator & Office Manager Patti Schaub | info@westlachamber.org Special Projects Coordinator Molly Smulian | info@westlachamber.org

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Bahar Soomekh's Second Act As more film and TV production moves out of state, many industry pros have opted out of the Gypsy life, choosing to stay in West LA. Bahar Soomekh is one West LA mom who has gone from starring in Oscar®-winning movies to a career in real estate.

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Contributors Dr. Jack Fujimoto, Local historian, educator, author of “Sawtelle West Los Angeles's Japantown” Jonathan Weiss, Local historian, writer ExpoGreenway.org Dana Cataldi, Local historian, real estate agent, WestwoodCharter.losangelesreal estatevoice.com | ThePartnersTrust.com/ associate/dana-cataldi Leimert Investment Company Maty Guiza-Leimert, President/CEO Author of “Leimert Park”, Leimert.com Salon Tru, Santa Monica Hair: Jean Mitsuko, Kristine Miyasato Makeup: Leticia Mendiola

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Westside Neighborhood Council WestsideNC.org Heyler Realty, Sean McMillan, Jae Wu Heyler.com Mar Vista Historical Society MarVistaHistoricalSociety.net • Glen Howell Co-Founder, local historian and writer • D.J. “Duke” Dukesherer Local historian, writer, producer Dario Nardi, Teacher and entrepreneur Author of “The Neuroscience of Personality” RadianceHouse.com Gabrielino/Tongva Springs Foundation Angie Behrns, President

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cover image & ALL photography* Brandon Wise | BrandonWisePhotography.com (*Other editorial images are individually credited.)

This West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce (WLACC) guide is published by Gibbons Media. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information presented is accurate at the time of publication. Gibbons Media and WLACC assume no responsibility for errors, changes or omissions. WLACC does not endorse and is not responsible for the views, claims and offers made by the advertisers or the views of any person or company interviewed or represented in this publication. Gibbons Media is not responsible for the views, claims and offers expressed by the advertisers in this guide. Reproduction of any material from this publication is strictly forbidden without written permission from the publisher. © Gibbons Media, 2015, all rights reserved.


CoNTeNTS

WELCOME TO WEST LA 06 A Message from

WLACC's President Raise Your Voice!

08 What and Where is

“West Los Angeles”? Finally, the definitive answer!

10 Map of West LA The 12 Neighborhoods and surrounding communities. 12 Member Benefits Do more for your business. Join today!

{ CommuNItY CLoSe-uP } 14 keeping

Active in Cheviot hills

18 Cooking

Up Business in Palms

WITH LAURA CAMPFIELD AT CHEVIOT HILLS REC. CENTER

WITH KALISSA KREJCIK AT C&M CAFÉ

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Community United—rancho Park

WITH ORLI BELMAN AT PICO PLAYHOUSE

26 Celebrating

Culture in Sawtelle

30 Westwood's

(higher) Power Couple

WITH DR. JACK FUJIMOTO AT WEST LA'S OBON FESTIVAL

P. 33 West LA is home to uCLA and dozens of distinguished schools.

WITH JD & RACHEL PAYNE AT THE LOS ANGELES TEMPLE OF LDS

34 All

Dogs Go to Brentwood

WITH “HENRY” (AND HIS MOMMY, AMY PEER) IN KENTER CANYON

RESOURCES 11 CRM Hotspots Schmooze your clients in West LA style!

38 Bahar

13 Calendar of Events Meet new customers and vendors at the same time!

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29 Neighborhood

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Councils

Be the change you want to see in West LA.

Autumn Health & Business Expo: Steven John Koeppe / dadada.com

46 West • LA • Poly Pass Go! for neighborhood demographics, farmers' markets and landmarks. Dice not included.

Soomekh's Second Act

FEATURE ARTICLE

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Vista/Westdale LA (Proper) & Westside Village

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P. 34 Part of West LA is the vast wilds of the Santa Monica Mountains.

Administration

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Village

WITH SHEILA KOUHKAN & MEGAN FUREY

37 Beverlywood

WITH MATY GUIZA-LEIMERT

48 Member Directory The best products and services in West LA. P. 13 Annual Autumn health & Business expo and events Calendar.

P. 46 Explore the 12 WLA Neighborhoods!

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Helping west la Raise Its Voice! t

his year we proudly celebrate 70 years of service to the businesses and communities of West Los angeles. Founded in 1945 as the “Businessman's association of rancho Park,” its focus was to organize local business owners and to identify opportunities to provide products and services to each other and to other business communities within the fast growing Los angeles megalopolis. By 1989 the association had grown, serving other communities in West Los angeles, and changing its name to the Westside Chamber of Commerce, to reflect a larger geographic area. In 1993 the Chamber again reorganized as the West Los angeles Chamber of Commerce to serve the specific interests of West Los angeles. and, in 1996 and 2000 the Chamber merged with other groups to further increase its size, its strength, and to better promote local business growth and development.

our mission is to be recognized as the preeminent advocate and partner for business in Southern California, and we are truly excited about the future of our organization and West Los angeles. as we grow to meet the needs of our ever-changing business and social environment, our focus will be on building, leveraging, and strengthening new and existing partnerships with the community, Neighborhood Councils, Los angeles City Council, and many facets of local and state government. These strategic partnerships create a wealth of opportunity and we look forward to making West Los angeles a premier place to visit, work and live.

our mission statement is to enhance opportunities for the members of the West Los angeles business community through referral, advocacy, and education. For a complete list of member benefits, see the today, the West Los angeles Chamber of Commerce article on page 12, or visit westlachamber.org. has members ranging from local “mom 'n' pop” businesses to some of the nation's largest corporate The West Los angeles Chamber is “The Voice of entities. We provide services to a diverse population West Los angeles.” In a city the size of Los angeles, of approximately 250,000 individuals, and support recognition is challenging and we constantly strugbusiness and residential traffic that swells to over gle to identify who and what is West Los angeles. a half-million people daily. as we work to create an By working together, with the community and other environment promoting business and strengthen- Westside organizations, we can help you raise Your ing the community, we are committed to member Voice and do more with your business. focus, excellence, integrity, education, teamwork, leadership, and diversity. We work hard in community service and support our members who provide jobs ron adams, President/Ceo and resources to thousands of Los angeles residents. Board of Directors

Steven John Koeppe / dadada.com.

Thank you for doing business with our members! L–R: norM Bernier, CLU ChFC, director, independent insurance Agent; greg Martanyan, director, Franco on Melrose; BoB goold, director, rE/Max Westside Properties; ron adaMs, President, rLA Enterprises; rooZBeh FarahaniPour, director, delphi Greek restaurant; steve little, Vice President of Finance/CFo, State Farm insurance; Matthew skarin, director, Matthew Skarin Attorney at Law. Not Pictured: david BortMan, Attorney at Law, Law offices of david Bortman; sally Chan, Attorney at Law, West Themis Law PC; Burt hekMatnia, Time Warner Cable Business Class.

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President and Ceo West LA Chamber of Commerce & President RLA Enterprises wla: what does your confession mean? Ron: In LA, it's hard for an individual business to be heard. By joining the Chamber, you become part of a network of hundreds of West LA businesses. When we speak, we're heard in City Hall, Sacramento, Washington D.C. and around the world.

[raise your voiCe—But not in here!] RON ADAMS JOINED US AT SidESHoW rArE & rEMArKABLE BooKS, ArT & CUrioSiTiES IN THE SAWTELLE NEIGHBORHOOD TO TALK ABOUT THE FUTURE OF BUSINESS IN WEST LA.

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So...WHAT and WHERE is

“West Los Angeles”

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West Los Angeles is built upon

West Los angeles' twelve neighborhoods were developed tract-by-parcel over distinct eras by Spanish monarchs, mexican Dons, vaqueros, union and Confederate armies, farmers, robber Barons, homesteaders, missionaries, Bonanza kings, squatters, civil engineers, displaced peoples, studio moguls, tract home developers, the uS Government, movie stars, and college students.

a rich history of bold, innovative people, institutions and companies that created the twelve neighborhoods we love today.

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or the record: “The Westside” is a region of the City of Los angeles comprised of twenty-five neighborhoods and independent cities including the beaches, Culver City and Beverly hills. “West Los angeles” is the twelve neighborhoods represented by the West Los angeles Chamber of Commerce. They are: Beverlywood, Brentwood/Brentwood Village, Cheviot hills, mar Vista/Westdale, Palms, rancho Park, Sawtelle, Veterans administration, Westside Village, West La (Proper), Westwood, and Westwood Village.

In these twelve neighborhoods there are 20,000 businesses, 245,000 residents, and as many jobs. millions of people come here each year to study, shop, play, dine, worship, sightsee, receive services, visit and invest. Billions of dollars are generated each year, in every conceivable industry. Seventeen foreign governments have Consulate Generals or embassies here, and West La is home to the Wilshire Federal Building, uCLa and myriad public schools, private schools and educational facilities.

In the pages that follow are articles about West Los angeles' twelve neighborhoods, told by people who live here, work here and own businesses here. historical vignettes have been added for perspective, as well as the most current vital statistics. Since 1945, the West Los angeles Chamber of Commerce has been “The Voice of West Los angeles.” We are proud to celebrate a 70 year legacy of referral, advocacy and education. We invite you to join us, and RAISE YOUR VOICE! to do more with your business. 

A Timeline of West LA History

1700s–1800s

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Mexican Era

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West LA Railroad Era

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Tongva Nation

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1st West LA American Era

Civil War

2nd West LA American Era

1st West LA Pacific Electric Expansion Era Trolley Era

1862-1864

Great Drought & End of Ranching

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1880

Pacific Branch of National Home for Disabled Soldiers (Veterans Administration) See P. 25

Commodore Robert F. Stockton (along with John C. Fremont) captured California during the Mexican-American War and established a central government in Los Angeles.


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est Los Angeles is the ancestral and current spiritual home of the Tongva Nation.* Dating back to their arrival in 1,500 B.C.E., they were West LA's first businesspeople, trading with neighboring tribes, like the Chumash in “Malibu” (the Chumash word for “loud surf”). Several Tongva language words remain a part of everyday life in Southern California. Places like: Pacoima (“the entrance”), Topanga (“the point of the mountain range that ends there at the sea”), Tujunga (“rock shaped like an old woman”), Cucamonga (“I shuffle my feet on the ground”) and Cahuenga (“mountain”) are all Tongva. Santa Monica just opened Tongva Park last year at Ocean Avenue and Moomat Ahiko (“breath of the ocean”).

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The center of all Tongva life was the Kuruvungna, sweet water springs which continuously flow, even during the most severe droughts. Located on the campus of University High School, the Kuruvungna Sacred Springs has been known only to the members of the Tongva Nation, students and a few neighbors. A vast cache of artifacts was discovered during a recent renovation of the school. They are on display at the Kuruvungna Springs Cultural Center and Museum; open the first Saturday of the month from 10AM–3PM. Tours can be arranged for other weekends, and school field trips on weekdays. Visit GabrielinoSprings.com. *Also known as the Gabrielino/Tongva, Fernandino/Tongva, and Nicoleno.

1913–1945

1919–1929

1924

1945–today

1st LA Aqueduct, West LA, Westwood, Cheviot Hills, 2nd West LA Westwood Hills Mar Vista Agricultural Era See P. 21 & P. 30 See P. 14 & P. 17

1911–2000

~1916

1920–1945

1929

Westwood Village See P. 33

1925–today 1927

Stockton: Probert Encyclopedia; UCLA: LA Public Library.

Motion Brentwood West LA UCLA Picture Era See P. 34 Japanese Issei Era

Rancho Park See P. 22

1939

1970–today

West Los Angeles 1955–1970 West LA Information Chamber of Freeway Technology Commerce System Infrastructure Era 1900s–Today

1940–1945

~1947

Westside WWII Beverlywood Village 1945–1965 See P. 37 See P. 21 2nd West LA Expansion Era

1970

1979–2000s

2nd LA Aqueduct

West LA Iranian Diaspora

University of California, Los Angeles under construction. WESTLACHAMBER.ORG

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CRM Hotspots

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OLD SKOOL CLIENTS STILL RELISH A GREAT STEAK AND AN HONEST POUR, BUT YOUNGER B2B CONTACTS CAN BE QUIRKY AND ALWAYS ON THE GO.

PoWer BreAkFAST

Café 50's [1] in Sawtelle is a blast from the past with Classic American diner food set in a “wax museum with a pulse” decorated with authentic 1950s pop culture memorabilia. Waitresses hon' you in pleated uniforms and updos, tabletop jukeboxes rock oldies, and the milkshake menu puts Jack Rabbit Slim's to shame. your Client: military, law enforcement, defense.

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Chin Chin [2] in Brentwood honors the legacy of Madame Sylvia Wu's signature dish—the Chinese Chicken Salad. Today, everyone makes a version of it, but Chin Chin has kept it true to the original. Across the street, the Coral Tree Café's [2] lunch menu has a dozen salads but their signature dish is a todie-for baked macaroni and cheese with a crispy panko crust. your Client: real estate, entertainment.

THESE CRM HOTSPOTS ARE LISTED ON THE WEST LA MAP! JUST MATCH THE NUMBER LISTED AFTER EACH CRM HOTSPOT TO THE NUMBERS ON THE MAP AND BEGIN CULTIVATING YOUR BUSINESS PARTNERSHIPS.

IN THE LATE 90S, CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT GURU PAUL SWEENEY DESCRIBED CRM AS “all the tools, technologies and procedures to manage, improve, or facilitate Sales and Support (and related interactions) with customers, prospects, and business partners throughout the enterprise.” His company helped the CRM and metrics industries migrate to web-based platforms, paving the way for social media and modern analytics. But we ask you, Paul—Where are the drinks, man?! In today's world, it's cheap to be webby. Businesses are rediscovering the lost arts of schmoozing and check-grabbing. In West Los Angeles, there are myriad third place options for doing business, away from the fishbowl and outside the box.

JUICe IS For CLoSerS

Nekter Juice Bar [3] in Westwood Village is not just another chain juice bar, it's a lifestyle store that truly supports health. M Café de Chaya [4] in Brentwood is a macrobiotic café and juice bar that is part of the Chaya Restaurant Group, founded by Hikage Chaya over 400 years ago in Japan. Both specialize in cold-pressed juices and fresh-daily liquid detox regimens which have contributed to a recent cultural shift: what dark roast coffee is to Seattle, vegan green juice is to West LA. your Client: nutritionist, yoga/spin instructor, and everyone who uses them.

hAPPY hoUr WINe & DINe CAPTIVe COSMO Grill&Bar [5] in Emporium Thai Cuisine AUDIeNCe Westwood is an upscale, sophisticated mashup of innovative Mexican and modern Mediterranean. Commonly found in small West LA “kabob al carbon” joints, the fusion of Middle Eastern and Mexican dates back to the 1800s when over 100,000 Lebanese migrated to Veracruz and Tampico. The “Bar Fresh” menu features fresh fruit, hand-muddling, scratch syrups, housemade mixers, and top shelf beer, wine, and liquor. It's everything you'd expect at a craft mixology bar, without the attitude and long wait. your Client: sales, service, single.

[6] in Westwood specializes in authentic regional Southern Thai cuisine which offers something very rare—a new, exciting taste sensation. Classic knife and sauce techniques are apparent, especially in the way that vegetables are treated as skillfully as the premium meat and seafood. Maria's Italian Kitchen [7] has two locations, Brentwood and WLA (Proper). Known for their pizza, a deeper plunge into the menu reveals four amazing risottos. But the seasonal Chef's Creations menu offers the freshest fruit, vegetables and salumi. your Client: travel agents, writers.

Does everything have to be about food? No. Some of the best meetings take place in non-traditional settings. You can cover a lot of ground during a pedicure meeting, and Two Brown Eyed Girls [8] in Westside Village is one of the best high-fashion nail art studios in town. She'll remember your pitch every time she's complimented on her blinged-out toes! Feeling competitive? The Westside Family YMCA [9] in Sawtelle has indoor basketball, handball and racquetball courts. Just don't let them know you're letting them win! your Client: government, NGO.

hIT The LINkS The Rancho Park Golf Course [10] in Rancho Park/Cheviot Hills is home to several LA Opens and Tour Events. The 18-hole, 71-par course is challenging, even for highly skilled golfers. The Armand Hammer Holmby Park (Pitch and Putt) Pony Course [11] is an 18-hole short-game delight and presents a kind of golf that even the most avid players have probably never experienced. The Heroes Golf Course [12] in Veterans Administration is a 9-hole, 3-par course open to the public, but with special consideration for VA residents and veterans. your Client: Anyone whose club's code of conduct prohibits talking business on their grounds. WESTLACHAMBER.ORG

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John J. Slowick (right) Director of Membership

Become a referral

member Advocacy

We are one of the largest and most active Chambers in the county, dedicated to the success of our membership. our Website features an online membership Directory which is updated weekly, available to everyone and linked directly to your email and Website. exclusive to our members, our site offers a member-to-member Special Discount Program, with discounts and savings not offered anywhere else.

Chamber Luncheon In recent years, this annual Luncheon has featured Senator Diane Feinstein, mayor antonio Villaragosa and Congressman henry Waxman as guest speakers. These important events show the leaders in Washington and City hall the importance of the West Los angeles business community.

education Business Consulting S.C.o.r.e., sponsored by S.B.a., is a free business consulting service provided through the Chamber to anyone who owns, operates or wants to start a business. Get expert advice on how to deal with business issues.

+ riBBon Cuttings! As pictured (top left), ribbon cuttings are the perfect photo opportunity for your business publicity. We bring the ribbon, the camera and the BIG SCISSORS!

Networking events

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aFter hours Mixers Held monthly, normally on the third Thursday of each month, our 5:30PM– 7:30PM business mixers provide great networking opportunities for our members. Meet new people, make business contacts and build relationships in the community.

westside woMen's network The Westside Women's Network (WWN) is comprised of women who are committed to expanding and improving their businesses through shared educational opportunities, networking and involvement in the community.

annual sPeCial events The Spring Health and Business Expo, Fall Health and Business Expo, Holiday Mixer, Womenspeak, Special Luncheons and more, help to increase your business.

Join Us Today! Visit WestLAChamber.org, or contact John J. Slowick, Director of Membership at saleswlacc@aol.com or call 310.441.2900.

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BreakFasts Attend our monthly breakfast normally held on the first Wednesday of each month. Networking begins at 7AM followed by the program at 7:15AM and concludes at 9AM. Meet one-onone with each attendee and deliver your best “elevator pitch”!


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mArCh Cherry Blossom Festival Stoner Recreation Center Check LaParks.org for Date Free to the public! Sponsored by the West Los Angeles Japanese American Community Center, the nearly 1,300-year-old tradition of hanami (flower viewing) especially of sakura (cherry blossoms) is celebrated at this festival (Sakura Matsuri), which features food, Japanese and Polynesian dance, cultural exhibitions, and of course, cherry blossoms.

APrIL 7th Annual Mar Vista green garden showcase Various Appointed Map Locations april 25 Free to the public! A beloved Earth Day experience and a fun and entertaining way to learn about “environmentally conscious living solutions.” Walk or bike to clusters of beautiful homes to meet landscapers and DIY gardeners and talk to them about California native/drought tolerant plantings, edibles and water catchment systems.

West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce 18th Annual Spring Health & Business Expo San Vicente Blvd. (Brentwood) between Barrington and Gorham april 26 Free to the public! 60+ exhibitors feature free drawings, prizes, demonstrations, give-aways, health screenings, massages, palm readings and much more! Visit, WestLAChamber.org.

28th Annual Brentwood Spring Art Festival

mAY Walk for Warriors 5k Run/Walk Veterans Affairs Campus may 25th, memorial Day New Directions and the West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce present a wonderful opportunity for all members of the LA community to support programs for struggling veterans and their families.

JUNe 18th Annual SoRo Community Festival South Robertson Blvd. between Cattaraugus and Beverlywood June 7 Free to the public! This is as community as it gets. 60+ local vendors, LA's top food trucks and a “Camp SoRo” Kids Zone with a climbing wall and free crafts. Entertainment includes performances from area dance troupes, garage bands, choruses, deejays, demonstrations and informational exhibitions from the Red Cross, LAFD, LAPD, and CHP.

3rd Annual Pick Pico Street Fair Near Pico and Overland June 7, 11am–3Pm Free to the public! This event features live entertainment, art, food from local restaurants, and a fun Kids Zone. Great raffle giveaways from local businesses every 30 minutes! Produced by the Westside Neighborhood Council. Visit, WNCLA.org or email wncbusiness@verizon.net.

JULY West Los Angeles Bandshell summer events series West LA Civic Center

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From July to august Free to the public! Nine weeks of events including the Summer Concert Series (Wednesdays starting around 7:30PM) which are family-friendly with free parking and food. Sponsored by the West LA Neighborhood Council. Visit, WLANC.org.

West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce 18th Annual Autumn Health & Business Expo San Vicente Blvd. (Brentwood) between Barrington and Gorham Free to the public! 60+ exhibitors feature free drawings, prizes, demonstrations, give-aways, health screenings, massages, palm readings and much more! Visit, WestLAChamber.org.

Movies on the lawn Stoner Park July to august, Fridays, 8Pm–10Pm Free to the public! Bring your lawn chairs and a picnic to this family-friendly event. Sponsored by the West LA Neighborhood Council. Visit: WLANC.org.

28th Annual Brentwood Fall Art Festival

the 68th Annual Obon Festival

San Vicente Blvd. (Brentwood) between Barrington and Gorham Featuring over 100 local artists. Mediums include paint, sculpture, photography, glass, jewelry, textile and mixed media. Enjoy live music (and a live remote broadcast over KCRW), LA's quirkiest food trucks, a milkshake and dessert bar from Café 50's, and a Kids Zone with bouncers, an obstacle course, and free crafts. Visit, BrentwoodArtFestival.com

West Los Angeles Buddhist Temple Check WestLosangeles Buddhisttemple.org for Dates Free to the public! The two-day Japanese “Festival of Souls” features taiko drumming, bon odori dancing, games, exhibits, a great raffle and delicious Japanese carnival food (cold beer and the best udon noodles in LA). Visit, WestLosAngeles BuddhistTemple.org or see the article on P.26-28.

Mar vista Community Fall Festival and Silent Auction Mar Vista Park Check marVista.org for Dates Free to the public! Fun for the whole family, this event features food, vendors and a community resources fair. Visit, MarVista.org.

SePTemBer UCLA Homecoming Westwood Village/UCLA october 25th-31st Bruin spirit will overflow from the UCLA campus onto the streets of Westwood Village. Students, parents and alumni from around the world join WLA in all their Blue and Gold glory. Be prepared for flash mobs, impromptu pep rallies and the 8 Clap heard from every open door and window.

DeCemBer LAPD Pacific Area's Annual Winter Wonderland Holiday toy giveaway

Autumn Health & Business Expo Steven John Koeppe / dadada.com

San Vicente Blvd. (Brentwood) between Barrington and Gorham april 26 Featuring over 100 local artists working in painting, sculpture, photography, glass, jewelry, textile and

mixed media. Enjoy live music (and a live remote broadcast over KCRW), LA's quirkiest food trucks, a milkshake and dessert bar from Café 50's, and a Kids Zone with bouncers, an obstacle course, and free crafts. Visit, BrentwoodArtFestival.com

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Pacific Community Police Station December 20, 10am–3Pm This event provides toys to over 3,000 needy families. Each child receives a free toy, a picture with Santa Claus, free BBQ, goody bags, and entertainment from Disney VoluntEARS, major motion picture costumed characters, and L.A. Galaxy and L.A. Kings street promotion teams. To donate toys, food and goodies call 310.482.6334. WESTLACHAMBER.ORG

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Keeping Active in cheviot hills Population: 7,303 / 1.54 square miles Median HHI: $111,813 Median Age: 42 Education: 60% of Cheviot Hills residents 25 years or older have a four-year college degree. home to: Cheviot Hills Recreation Center, Beverly Hills Country Club (Private), Vista del Mar Child and Family Services, and Overland Elementary School for Advanced Studies.

[FOR AULD LANG SYNE] IN KEEPING WITH CHEVIOT HILLS' SCOTTISH THEME, WEEKLY SCOTTISH DANCing IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC on TUESDAYS at the cheviot hills recreation center in the small gym. 7:30-9PM, BYOK (BRING YOUR OWN KILT).

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n land that was once part of the Rancho Rincon de los Bueyes, Frans Nelson & Sons purchased the tracts that would become Cheviot Hills in 1924 from husband and wife socialites and ranchers, A.L. and Frankie L. King. The Nelsons advertised the area as being similar to “the natural rolling Cheviot Hills” between England and Scotland.

WLA: Are there going to be any special events for the 125th anniversary in 2015?

Laura: Yes! Saturday, September 6 at Lincoln Park from 10AM–2PM there will be live entertainment, a health fair, arts and crafts, games, a cake cutting ceremony, and much more. Then two more events: Saturday, September 27 at Banning Museum from 10AM– Adjacent to the land that would eventually become 3PM (with a cake cutting at 12:30PM); and Saturday, Century City and Fox Studios, The Nelsons built one October 4 at the Algin Sutton Recreation Center (with of their first tracts of homes along the Exposition a cake cutting ceremony at 12:30PM). Boulevard (later Northvale Road) tracks of the Santa Monica Airline, a Pacific Electric trolley that ran a WLA: How can people get in shape and live straight line from Downtown LA to Santa Monica.* a healthy lifestyle without a fancy gym After WWII, Cheviot Hills began a mini housing membership or paying a personal trainer? boom, building up to its present size of 1,400 homes. Laura: At Cheviot Hills Recreation Center (aka Rancho Cheviot Hills is home to one of the crown jewels Park) there are several active recreation opportuof the City of Los Angeles Recreation and Parks nities for adults and children. There is a marked Department, the Cheviot Hills Recreation Center. jogging/walking path around the perimeter of the There are over sixty classes a week for kids and facility so you can keep track of your distance and adults, team sports, camp, public services, parenting progress. At all hours of the day and evening you classes, basketball, baseball, outdoor movies, sports will see community members walking the 2.17 mile leagues and more. radius that takes you from Pico Boulevard to Patricia Avenue to Lorenzo to Monte Mar then back to Laura Campfield practically grew up at the Cheviot Motor Avenue. Hills Recreation Center, and is now the Facility Director of the Palms Recreation Center. Her mother, Dian *Before it was the PE Trolley, it was the old train tracks of the Los owns the Crown Car Wash on Pico Blvd. where she Angeles & Independence Railroad mentioned in later articles. and her siblings (and now her children and their cous- This route is now part of the Metro Expo Line. ins) worked during the summers when not at camp. She is part of the team preparing the Rec Centers †“Recreation and Parks” is the department of the City, “Parks and for the 125th anniversary of the City of Los Angeles Recreation” is the TV show. Department of Recreation and Parks in 2015.†

Fact: Oscar®- and Golden Globe®-winner, Geena Davis, practiced at the Cheviot Hills Archery Range. She placed 24th out of 300 in the semifinals for the 2000 US Olympic Women's Archery Team.


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facility Director Palms Rec. Center wla: what does your confession mean? Laura: As a recreation professional, I wear many different hats; administrator, teacher, counselor and coach. When the T-Ball coach called out sick, rather than disappoint the kids, I stepped in and coached in high heels and a skirt. Now I always keep a change of clothes and shoes in my car!

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The city offers adult sports leagues through the City's municipal Sports office. adults may permit out the fields and baseball diamonds for private leagues and teams. The tennis facilities are open for both public use and private lessons, and during the summer, the pool offers various classes and opportunities for lap swim and lessons. In addition to two full-size, outdoor basketball courts, open Gym is available on the indoor basketball court several times throughout the week. Jazzercise is offered for adults of various abilities and activity levels. additionally, there is an archery range and Petanque courts located at the northwest corner of the facility.‡ Finally, the golf course adjacent to the park offers a challenge for players of all ages. WLA: What is your family's connection to WLA's Recreation Centers and Parks? Laura: my mother and her 5 siblings moved to the area in the 1940s. They spent their free time playing in the park and watching the 4th of July fireworks. my mom volunteered at registration and special events. She registered me and my sisters for everything from preschool to ballet to softball. When I was a junior in high school, I started working at the recreational center part-time and continued to do so until I earned my degree from CSuN. my sisters and some cousins took similar paths working in the camps and teaching classes for children during the school year.

WLA: What is your favorite part of the Cheviot Hills Rec. Center? Laura: The hill Picnic area and outdoor Stage. I have fond memories of camp BBQs and participating in small drama productions when I was growing up. The stage is a unique feature and there aren’t too many still around.

Laura: registration for all four Cheviot hills camps begins in early april and ends when camp is full. Whether your child is into sports, musical theater or is looking for a general camp experience; there is something for children ages 5-15. anyone can register for camp at Cheviot hills regardless of where they reside. The camp attracts campers from all over the city and welcomes campers from other countries. WLA: When President Obama and Cheviot Hills resident George Clooney played basketball against Tobey Maguire and others on your court, who trash-talked the most?

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n September 15, 1936, American Legion post commander C. D. “Ace” Aseltine launched a drive to establish a huge recreation park on the site of the bankrupt Rancho Country Club. After years of effort, the private Rancho Country Club became the public Rancho Park Golf Course and the balance of the land was converted into the Cheviot Hills Recreation Center.* Being so close to the studios, Cheviot Hills has been (and is today) the home of many celebrities. The streets and homes have been used countless times as locations for movies and TV, going all the way back to Laurel & Hardy. Today, the house at 10336 Dunleer Drive has one of the most famous façades in the world, as the home of the Dunphys on TV’s Modern Family. *Editor's Note: For more information, see the Then & Now sidebar about Bill Heyler on P. 24.

Cheviot Hills Rec. Center (aka Rancho Park) 2551 Motor Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90064

§Pictured right: (Back) don Cheadle, President Obama, tobey Maguire, george Clooney and Stacy Keibler. (Front) two of Clooney's longtime amigos.

Fact:

Cheviot Knolls (South of Pico Blvd. between Manning and Motor Ave.) was developed by Walter H. Leimert. For more information, see the Beverlywood article on P. 37.

Bottom: The White House / U.S. Government Works.

‡Pentaque is a kind of bocce ball or lawn bowling that is played like horseshoes.

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WLA: When is camp registration and which neighborhoods can go to camp at the Cheviot Hills Recreation Center?

Laura: While I was not there, the current director did have the opportunity to meet the President and the other celebrities after the game. he said they were all very friendly and happy to have been able to shoot hoops with the PotuS. But what happens on the court stays on the court! The celebrities stayed around after the Now as a mom, I have had the pleasure game for pictures with the President and of sharing my love for the park with my recreation staff (pictured below). It is a day own children. They have both participated staff will always remember.§  in basketball leagues, baseball/softball and my son played many seasons of Cheviot hills Pony Baseball (ChPBa).

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History, with a Lot of Characters:

mar vista & westdale

Population: 37,447 Area: 2.9 square miles Median HHI: $62,611 Median Age: 35 Education: 42.3% of Mar Vista/Westdale residents 25 years or older have a four-year college degree. home to: Mar Vista Farmers' Market, Mar Vista Recreation Center, and Mar Vista Pool.

[venice high school] Established in 1910, the school contains a Foreign Language, an International Studies, and a STEM Magnet. Venice High student Myrna Loy was the model for the 1922 statue, “Inspiration.” Shortly thereafter, she became a “Golden Era” movie star. [street scene] a Westdale Boundary at Barrington Ave. and National Blvd.

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nce a part of the Rancho La Ballona, Mar Vista (“Sea View” in Spanish) is named after Mar Vista Hill; a lookout point that was used during the Civil War by Union soldiers from Camp Latham (where Culver City is today), who expected a Confederate invasion from Catalina Island. Six years earlier (1857), the former mayor of Los Angeles, Benjamin D. Wilson foreclosed on a $1,500 debt owed to him by Tomas Talamantes (one of the Mexican land grantees) and took 3,450 acres of his land. Two years later, Wilson “flipped it” in a sale to George A. Sanford for $5,000 (a tidy 333% ROI).

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well connected, big crowd preachers) purchased parts of Ocean Park Heights and renamed it Mar Vista and New Mar Vista. The next year the Mar Vista Chamber of Commerce was formed, and the following year when a US Post Office opened, “Mar Vista” became the official name for both developments. Two years later, in 1927, Mar Vista was annexed by the City of Los Angeles.

And what became of Mar Vista Hill? In 1928, George McCune donated land on Mar Vista Hill to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who established their Mar Vista Ward.* That same year, Following the railroad and real estate boom of McCune served as President of the Mar Vista the 1880s, millionaires from all over the US came Chamber of Commerce. to Los Angeles to invest in development. Abbot Kinney and his partners bought the beachfront land In 1947, Stevens Ranch, a Mar Vista citrus orchard just west of Sanford's property, and founded the city and bean farm, was developed by Paul Trousdale of “Ocean Park” (now Venice). After years of mogul who built 450 single-story tract homes for soldiers vs. mogul, the Los Angeles Pacific Railway extended returning from WWII. A few years later, other tracts a Short Line (and Short Line Development) to were developed, and today there are 900 homes in Kinney's Ocean Park and Playa del Rey. The railroad the Westdale neighborhood (many of which have gave Sanford's land the designation of “Ocean Park Stevens Ranch citrus trees). The Westdale HomeHeights” and established a stop there. owners Association is strong and extremely well organized, perhaps one of the reasons why the averIn 1923, George Sunday, son of the wildly popular age home price today is $1,200,000, a third higher evangelist Billy Sunday (the man who invented the than the homes just North of National Blvd.  iconic American showman style of well dressed, *To meet a direct descendent of the first Bishop of the Mar Vista Ward, see the Westwood article on P. 30.

Fact: Hundreds of tons of backyard fruit is grown every year in LA County, much of which is wasted. To donate your backyard fruit to the needy, visit WSFB.org.

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Cooking Up Business in Palms PoPulation: 42,545 / 1.95 square miles Median hhi: $50,684 Median age: 31 eduCation: 45.9% of Palms residents 25 years or older have a four-year college degree. hoMe to: Motor Avenue Farmers' Market, Museum of Jurassic Technology, Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles, and The Mary Pickford Institute.

[out oF the Frying Pan and into the Fire] AFTER 26 YEARS OF “BACK OF THE HOUSE” AND BACK OFFICE OPERATIONS FOR CORPORATE BEHEMOTHS KING’S SEAFOOD CO. AND CORAL TREE CAFé, CHEF KALISSA KREJCIK BET THE FARM ON HER OWN BUSINESS…AND IT’S PAID OFF!

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ne of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in La, Palms is a foodie's mecca, with some of the highest concentrations of ethnic regional cuisine found anywhere in La. For any would-be restaurant owner, to make it in Palms the food has to stand out, always be better than good, and priced for the working class family's pocket.

WLA: You could've opened your restaurant anywhere and it would have blown up. Why Palms?

In just the last few years, Chef kalissa krejcik has made a huge impact in Palms, adding her enthusiasm, love of food and 26 years of industry experience to the neighborhood. She is a mother of two boys, nicknamed “the Chicken” and “the monkey,” who lend their nick-monikers to her bakery-restaurant, C & m Café. to describe it, is to describe your darkest, most sensuous food fantasies. a lava lamp twist on classic american diner food that is sure to stomp any and all food cravings into sweet/salty/fatty/savory submission.

WLA: What are the people of Palms like?

In addition to the 24/7 grind of entrepreneurship and parenting, Chef kalissa is a staple at the motor avenue Farmers' market, working directly with farmers to bring the best of the seasonal harvest to the plate. She has just launched alegria Gourmet Food truck, a fresh, healthy alternative to greasy taco-and-burger coach fare. She has given a lot of love to Palms, and Palms loves her back.

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Chef: I listen to the universe. When I came here for the first time I just coveted it. When the opportunity came to take this space, I just knew it was right. It's an exciting and evolving neighborhood. I just love it.

Chef: Very diverse—all walks of life. There are a lot of families, groups of hipsters, and businesspeople. You have to be a little different to be here. The one common thread is that the people of Palms are happy. everyone is very open; people in my dining room just seem to get into each others' conversations. It's not like that everywhere. WLA: It's apparent when you walk into C & M Café that it's more than a restaurant, it's a brand. Will you develop any products? Chef: Yes! I'm making my own milks, juices and yogurts. I make coconut milk, almond milk, fresh juices and fresh Greek yogurt—all from scratch. my new green juice, that I call “The Green miracle” is something that everyone should taste. The neighborhood markets and convenience stores can't get it any fresher than from right here. The difference in taste is night-and-day compared to what they're selling now, so that's where I want to be.

Fact: There are over 32,000 places serving food in LA. At 3,125 people per store (fewer than 300 diners per “top”), LA is one of the most competative dining markets in the US.


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Chef and owner C & M CafĂŠ

wla: what does your confession mean? Chef: It's my cholesterol level. Bacon, butter, mayo and frosting are occupational hazards.

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WLA: Your food is crazy-good! Where do you come up with your menu ideas? Chef: I am a slave to my cravings. every day, all day, all I eat is what I crave. If I can't find it, then I will either create it or I just won't eat. This menu is all about what I gotta' have NoW. When I'm eating, I'm thinking about what I'm going to eat next, and how I'm going to balance it out. I'm obsessed with the mix of breakfast and lunch, I'm obsessed with handhelds —a complete, great tasting meal that you can hold in one hand while working with the other, and I'm obsessed with being able to pick something up on the run. WLA: How important is the Motor Ave. Farmers' Market? Chef: Very important. The founder, Lee Wallach, has done an amazing job. I get most of my produce from the Farmers' market; I have standing orders with the farmers themselves. I get all of my organic herbs, berries, eggs—even my flowers

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from the Farmers' market. I don't have an account with a wholesale produce company anymore. I can't get the same quality, consistency, prices or service from them. The farmers care about their business like I care about mine. my customers pick menu items that they know come from the Farmers' market. It is truly a community gathering place; you feel the energy, and it's amazing. I hope that more chefs catch on. WLA: Are you catering a lot of events in Palms? Chef: I do a lot of office lunch catering for banks, travel agencies, production companies, and lots of doctors' offices. We've done a lot of teachers' luncheons at the end of the year, and as a mother, I do anything I can to help the people who shape the lives of our children. WLA: What would you improve about Palms? Chef: traffic. The timing with lights needs to be improved and National Boulevard is not very well signed. The off ramps are

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confusing too. I'm sure I'm not the only business that gets phone calls every day from people on the road trying to find us. WLA: How does the WLA Chamber help you RAISE YOUR VOICE? Chef: running the business as the owner, running the kitchen as the chef, running the house as the mom, it's so much work that there is hardly any time to go out there and promote. Little did I know, the West La Chamber of Commerce's Director of membership, John Slowick, has been coming here every Sunday for his meatloaf sandwich! turns out, there are other folks from the neighborhood councils, hoas and BIDs who come here on Sundays too, dressed casually, just hanging out. When you see how they get along, share information and do things for each other, joining is a no-brainer.  Chef Kalissa Krejcik was photographed wearing My Baby jo located in Palms. these fun and colorful clothes are anything but boring and work well for Chef when things heat up in the kitchen. MyBabyjo.com

West LA's Oldest Neighborhood “The Palms,” West LA's oldest city, was founded in 1886 around the tracks of the Los Angeles & Independence Railroad.* The developers planted trees, especially palms around the railroad station to entice newcomers looking to buy land. After years of fighting against annexation during LA's decades-long battle over water rights, The Palms merged with Los Angeles in 1915, and became commonly known as just “Palms.” Packed between Rancho Park, Cheviot Hills, Culver City, Mar Vista and Sawtelle, little wedge-shaped Palms has one of the highest population densities in LA. Unexpected in a place that has a whopping 22,000 people per square mile (1,276 square feet per person), Palms locals are relaxed, friendly and sociable, often chilling out in parks and third-place businesses. Reflected in the food and cultural scene, Palms is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in LA. Whites, largely of Irish decent, are the majority-minority at 38% of the population, followed by Latinos of Mexican descent at 24%, Asians at 20% and African-Americans at 12%. *The same route is now in use by the Metro Expo Light Rail Line.

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Fact: The original Palms Depot (pictured above) is perfectly intact and serves as the Heritage Square Museum west LA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

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Population: 13,582 / 1.05 square miles Median HHI: $86,403 Median Age: 38 Education: 60.4% of West LA (Proper) residents 25 years or older have a four-year college degree. home to: The West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, (Part of) Little Persia/Persian Square, and the Westwood Charter School.

[THE IRANIAN DIASPORA] KETAB CORPORATION RUNS THE IRANIAN INFORMATION CENTER which has HELPED THOUSANDS OF IRANIANAMERICANS KEEP IN TOUCH WITH THEIR FAMILIES “UNDER THE IRON CARPET.”

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kay, let's get it straight: “The Westside” is a region of the City of Los Angeles of 25 neighborhoods and independent cities including the beaches, Culver City and Beverly Hills. “West Los Angeles” is the twelve neighborhoods in this guide (we consider Westdale part of Mar Vista, Brentwood Village part of Brentwood, and UCLA part of Westwood Village).

The actual neighborhood called “West Los Angeles (Proper)” lies between Santa Monica and Pico Blvds.; Beverly Glen and Sepulveda Blvds. (We add “Proper” when referring to this neighborhood specifically.) One way to know when you're in West Los Angeles (Proper) is that commercial thoroughfares Olympic Blvd. and Overland Ave. are totally residential. Sepulveda and Beverly Glen Blvds. are the “scenic” routes to Sherman Oaks, and may get you there faster than the 405 or a glacier. 

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Population: 9,984 / .64 square miles Median HHI: $55,535 Median Age: 33 home to: Charnock Road Elementary School, Palms Middle School, Clover Avenue Elementary School, and the main campus of Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles.

[Parlez-vous franÇais?] le lycée français de los angeles is a well-known institution in westside village.

[you've seen the article —now read the book!] “FRITZ B. BURNS AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF LOS ANGELES” BY JAMES THOMAS KEANE IS AVAILABLE IN HARDCOVER ON AMAZON.COM.

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eveloped in 1939 on the old Charnock Ranch by Fritz B. Burns, the tract of 1,200 single-family homes have the exact same floor plan, but reversed every other house, like a zipper. The 900-square-foot homes were sold unpainted, unplanted and without sidewalks for $4,000. Back then, the average HHI was $1,850 and the average home price was $6,500. Today, a (barely) renovated cozy charmer sells for $900,000–$1,200,000.

Fritz B. Burns is one of the most prominent names in 20th Century LA history as the developer of Playa del Rey and Westchester (home of Loyola Marymount University). He was one of LMU's major benefactors, and their annual Distinguished Teacher Award is named after him. The Fritz B. Burns Foundation grants millions of dollars each year to educational institutions, hospitals, human services, medical research and Catholic charities. In recent years, the Foundation has awarded over $2MM a year in loans to LMU students. 

Fact: Raymond Kabbaz, founder of Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles, lobbied Sacramento to end the state law that prohibited teaching in a language other than English. Nous vous remercions, Monsieur Kabbaz.

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A Community United—Rancho Park Population: 5,464 / .6 square miles Median HHI: $78,116 Median Age: 36 Education: 49.3% of Rancho Park residents 25 years or older have a four-year college degree. home to: Westside Pavilion, Henry Medina West Los Angeles Parking Enforcement Facility (architecturally designed to resemble a parking meter), and LA County Dept. of Public Social Services.

[TO BLOG OR NOT TO BLOG] Orli Belman is the site administrator of RanchoParkOnline.com, a neighborhood message board and forum for the people of Rancho Park and its fans. Nobody knows the mood, news, and scuttlebutt of the neighborhood better than Orli.

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ne of the smallest neighborhoods in LA, Rancho Park was part of Westwood until the 1930s when the City of Los Angeles' project to extend 10th Street reached the newly developed area, bisecting it North and South. Slowed by more than a decade of lawsuits between the City and landowners, 10th Street was renamed “Olympic Boulevard” in honor of the 1932 Los Angeles Olympic Summer Games (and perhaps to distance it from controversy).

The Westwood Neighborhood Greenway, now under construction between Overland Ave. and Westwood Blvd., is a great example of community support and multi-group collaboration. An area resident conceived of and garnered support for daylighting a long forgotten stream (Beverly Glen's Brown Canyon Creek) for a greenway, providing benefits for the region, the neighborhood, and the environment. It is great to see that green idea grow into a space that could have been a parking lot. Instead it will be a site for recreation, education and water conservation. I, for one, can't wait to spend time there and on the train.

It had been about eighty years since any major transportation infrastructure development roiled the residents of Rancho Park, but today the community is once again being divided by the Metro Expo Light Rail Line. Like the 1920s, when locals gathered in churches to talk about the construction, today's homeowners gather at RanchoParkOnline. com. Orli Belman is the site's administrator, neighborhood booster, homeowner and big-time lover of everything Rancho Park. We caught up with her at the Pico Playhouse, just minutes before curtain of WLA: Are people interested in restoring Left Brain Productions' performance of Neil Simon's or preserving the Spanish Colonial Revival The Good Doctor to get the skinny on Rancho Park.* Style architecture? WLA: Let's get right into it—how does Rancho Park feel about the Metro Expo Light Rail Line? Orli: I'd say that Rancho Park residents are in support of the rail line. Where you do find disagreements are in its design and execution. Some

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neighborhood groups have argued—all the way up to the California Supreme Court—that safety was sacrificed by certain aspects of how the line was conceived. Other neighborhood groups like Light Rail for Cheviot have largely supported the Expo Construction Authority’s plan and process.

Orli: Yes. There are many beautiful Spanish homes, particularly in the areas north of Olympic Blvd. *Aside from their fantastic shows, Pico Playhouse offers acting and dance workshops for all ages. Left Brain Productions puts up several great shows per year, many at Pico Playhouse. Find more information at PicoPlayhouse.com or LBProductions.net.

Fact: Pico Boulevard is named after Pio de Jesus Pico, WEST LA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

the last Governor of Alta California under Mexican rule.


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orLI BeLmAN

Site administrator RanchoPark Online.com wla: what does your confession mean? Orli: Long before I was a Rancho Park resident, I worked here—waiting tables at the original Islands restaurant on Pico Blvd.

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and around the golf course. There are also WLA: Some businesses have been in post-war, traditional-style homes. home- the neighborhood for 50 years or owners certainly add on to these homes, more. Which do you recommend? often keeping with the original look. Orli: I love that we have businesses WLA: Which new shops and that have been around for so long. I knew restaurants do you take friends about F&S Fabrics long before I lived and family to? in rancho Park. They have fabric selections that rival anything in La. George's Orli: For beers and bar food, I love Vacuum and Sewing machine opened Steingarten, which Jonathan Gold† in 1952 and just expanded. The rancho called “the kind of neighborhood bar Park Pharmacy is even older (1929) and that every neighborhood needs.” other it too just got bigger. and family-owned places mixing great drinks and food anawalt Lumber has been at Pico and are The Westside tavern, The Six, and Sepulveda since before they were paved. Gulp, all on Pico Blvd. Non-food, new businesses include merci Blowdry bar, WLA: What are the neighbors like, where I've gotten my hair done before and what do you do for a living? special events. also, I've found some unique birthday gifts at Jaxx Boutique Orli: my neighbors represent a crossin the Westside Pavilion. Sew modern, section of who you'd find across West Los rolling robots and art Zone all offer angeles. They work in the entertainment creative outlets for kids and adults alike. industry, at area museums, and in fields like accounting, health care, education or †Curious about LA's diverse ethnic cultures, “j-gold” law. There are retirees who have lived here spent a year in his 20s eating at every restaurant a long time and families who came for the on Pico Blvd.—from dtLA to Santa Monica. today, schools and community services. one of he is the Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic of the my neighbors runs a dog-walking service and the other has a mobile pet-washing LA times.

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van. Perhaps we have a high concentration of pet lovers, but that's anecdotal of course. as for me, I lead public relations for the uSC Institute for Creative technologies. The smart people I work with are building virtual reality-based technologies that help therapists provide treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, holographic projections of historical figures that students can ask questions of, and virtual human role-players for practicing interviews. Long before that, I was a food server at Islands restaurant on Pico. my rancho Park roots run deep, as does my love of their French fries and mud Pie. WLA: How does the West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce help the business community of Rancho Park RAISE THEIR VOICE? Orli: The West Los angeles Chamber of Commerce is helping the neighborhood in much the same way I try to with rancho Park online. We both are working to strengthen the community and want to educate people about the great resources here in the rancho Park area. 

Heyler Realty: A Historic Institution

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eveloped in the 1920s, Rancho Park was a creation of West Los Angeles real estate legend Bill Heyler. Part of the overall marketing theme of the Spanish Colonial Revival-Style, single-family homes, the name Rancho Park harkened back to the romantic Rancho La Ballona days. Despite LA's tendency to build “McMansions,” Rancho Park has held on to a number of single-story, Spanish Moorish gems. Heyler campaigned to transition the Ambassador Hotel's once-private Rancho Country Club into the publicly owned and world famous Rancho Park Golf Course, which reopened to the public under the management of the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks in 1948.

Founder, Bill Heyler (left), Owners Jae Wu and Sean McMillan (above).

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Heyler Realty, the company that bears the name of the man called “The Boss,” has been operating on Pico Blvd. since 1927. Today, superstar brokers Sean McMillan and Jae Wu are as active in transforming Rancho Park as Heyler was. As part of their effort to create bicycle-friendly zones, they raise awareness by raffling their trademark orange-and-blue Community Cruisers at local events.


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Our Nation's Heroes:

veterans administration

Population: 622 Area: 1.05 square miles Median HHI: $60,561 Median Age: 48 Education: 11.4% of Veterans Administration residents 25 years or older have a four-year college degree.* home to: The VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare Center, Wadsworth Theatre, Heroes Golf Course, Los Angeles National Cemetery, Wilshire Federal Building (LA FBI Headquarters), Los Angeles Veterans Park, Barrington Recreation Center, Barrington Dog Park, The Brentwood Theatre, and the US Army Reserve Center. *Based on 2000 Census data. The 2010 Census tracts were redrawn. Now, Veterans Administration is included as part of the more affluent and educated surrounding neighborhoods. Since 9/11, we can assume that the population has increased.

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art of the San Vicente y Santa Monica Mexican sold parcels of San Vicente y Santa Monica and the land grant, the heirs of Francisco Sepulveda Wolfskill Ranch (formerly the Rancho San Jose sold the 30,260-acre area that encompasses Brent- de Buenos Ayres) to various developers over the wood, Santa Monica, Mandeville Canyon and parts years, until he retired in 1903 to Miramar, his of Sawtelle to Robert S. Baker home in Santa Monica where in 1872, who then “flipped it” “TO CARE FOR HIM WHO SHALL the luxurious Fairmont two years later, selling 75% HAVE BORNE THE BATTLE AND FOR Miramar Hotel & Bungalows of his interest to Comstock HIS WIDOW, AND HIS ORPHAN.” stands today. Lode “Bonanza King” Senator John P. Jones. The next year, —A. LINCOLN† In 1880, the federal governBaker and Jones laid out a ment began development town on a piece of vaquero pasture land (ideal for on the Pacific Branch of the National Home for herding cattle due to its natural 70-foot palisades), Disabled Soldiers and Sailors. A community and Santa Monica was born. formed around the west gate of the home, and by 1916, “Westgate” and the 49-square-mile parcel, Jones took a massive loss after building the Los which included Pacific Palisades and part of Bel Air Angeles & Independence Railroad, the first railroad was annexed by the City of Los Angeles. Today, the to connect Los Angeles to Santa Monica. Forced VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System is the to sell to Southern Pacific in 1877, he focused largest, most complex healthcare system within his attention on developing Santa Monica. Jones the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. 

†This Abraham Lincoln quote is the official motto of the Veterans Health Administration, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

[above] The James W. Wadsworth Building is the main hospital on the VA campus. [The wadsworth theatre (left)] Both hospital and theatre are named after US Congressman James Wolcott Wadsworth. He and his father both served in the Union Army during the Civil War and His son was a US Senator.

Fact: Two spectacular venues, The Wadsworth Theatre and its larger neighbor, The Brentwood Theatre, are operated by Richmark Entertainment. For ticket and rental information, visit RichmarkEnt.com.

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Celebrating Culture in Sawtelle Population: 35,844 / 2.69 square miles Median HHI: $57,710 Median Age: 32 Education: 49.8% of Sawtelle residents 25 years or older have a four-year college degree. home to: Little Osaka, Westside Family YMCA, Stoner Recreation Center, Tongva Sacred Springs (at University High School), Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, and the Consulate General offices of: Austria, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

[a dance tradition] Married to Dr. Jack for 58 years, Grace Fujimoto is West LA’s most avid Bon-Odori dancer. After their release from a US concentration camp in 1945, her family opened the Sawtelle Fish Market where Satsuma oriental imports is today.

[the business mix] FEDERAL GOVERNMENT STATE GOVERNMENT INT'L GOVERNMENT HEALTHCARE BANKING/FINANCE EDUCATION LEGAL REAL ESTATE RETAIL DINING ADVERTISING/CREATIVE ARCHITECTURE VETeRINARY/PET CARE

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ittle Osaka in the Sawtelle neighborhood is West Los Angeles' Japantown. Ironically more suburban and cosmopolitan than DTLA's Little Tokyo, chefs, artists and designers create global-Japanese mashups of food, art and fashion that attract tens of thousands of LA-area visitors a week.

Dr. Masakazu “Jack” Fujimoto and his wife Grace have lived most of their lives in this historic West Los Angeles neighborhood. Dr. Jack was part of a community effort that got the name "Little Osaka" put on the regional planning map of Los Angeles years ago. For his numerous lifelong achievements in Japanese language and cultural education he was awarded Japan's Order of the Rising Sun in 2011. He is the author of Sawtelle: West Los Angeles's Japantown, and reigns as the neighborhood's unofficialofficial historian. Let it be known: If you don't know Dr. Fujimoto, you don't know Jack (about West LA). WLA: Most cities don't have a Japantown, much less two. Which came first: Little Tokyo or Little Osaka? Dr. Jack: Little Tokyo came first, but then the Westside began a development boom in the 1920s. Since so many Japanese were in the gardening business, they moved to Sawtelle (or as they called it, “Soh te ru”), which gave them easy access to the farms in Venice and the big nurseries in the periphery.

WLA: What is the Little Osaka experience? Dr. Jack: I characterize Little Osaka as a ghetto. We couldn't live in Westwood, Bel Air or Brentwood because realtors would not sell to Japanese; insurance companies, banks and other necessary institutions would not do business with us. So the community formed a tanomoshi, like a “Japanese credit union.” Several established nursery owners and gardeners would put in a small amount of money each month then lend it to a member to make an equipment purchase or fund a new business. They would counsel them, and that made a big difference.* WLA: In Japan, Tokyo is sophisticated and Osaka is blue-collar. But in LA, Little Osaka seems to be much more upscale than Little Tokyo. How did that happen? Dr. Jack: There's a certain level of sophistication in bonsai and Japanese landscaping. The Bay Cities Gardeners Association and the Marina Gardeners Association would meet regularly and counsel each other on how to improve service and keep *Formally called a ROSCA—Rotating Savings and Credit Association; informally called a “lending circle.” Every culture has a version of a ROSCA. Kye are responsible for the huge success of first-generation Korean Americans; cundinas in the Mexican community.

Fact: Originally named “Barrett” in 1896, the name was changed to “Sawtelle” in 1899 by US postal authorities WEST LA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

to avoid confusion with the “Bassett” community in the San Gabriel Valley. Zip codes were not invented until 1963.


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Dr. JACk FUJImoTo

Teacher and author of Sawtelle: West Los Angeles's Japantown wla: what does your confession mean? Dr. Jack: I've been teaching Japanese most of my life. But my wife says I speak Japanese “like a Yankee”!

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the craze for Japanese landscaping going. There are still gardeners in their 70s and 80s who, once or twice a week, will go to a big estate because they feel it’s important to see the homeowners in person.

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WLA: You live here, you wrote the book; you know everybody. How's business? Dr. Jack: Booming! You can go up and down the boulevard every night and see crowds of people. Several of us, including the City Councilmember for the 11th District, mike Bonin, are working to identify the area with city-approved signs near the new light rail stations and along major arteries of West La that read “historic Sawtelle Japantown.” If we can move some businesses to the east side of the freeway, that would be great. and, we need multi-level parking structures to mitigate the parking problems. WLA: Many Sawtelle homeowners are in their 70s and 80s. When they sell their single-family house, it's turned into an apartment building. Where do you see Sawtelle 5-10 years from now?

Four Generations of Japanese Tradition in West LA Developed for homebuyers and tourists attracted to the Pacific Branch of the National Home for Disabled Veteran Soldiers and Sailors, Sawtelle was incorporated as an independent city in 1896 and later merged with Los Angeles in 1922. Since then, the northern part of the neighborhood between Olympic and Santa Monica Boulevards has been a Nihonmachi, a community of Nikkei, Japanese immigrants and their descendants. The early Issei (first generation Japanese settlers) founded nurseries on the deep loam, and soon built the Japanese Institute of Sawtelle and the West Los Angeles United Methodist Church, both in 1925.

Dr. Jack: People will sell, people will build, but what is that building going to look like? If it fits in with the community décor, that would be great. Personally, I want to see more green, more landscaping around buildings, and more open space. I don't want developers to build high-rises sidewalk-to-sidewalk. We want it to be safe, we want it to be friendly, we want people to be able to walk and bike without any problems from congestion.

After the WWII internment, the resettlement years, or Nisei experience, began in 1945 and lasted until 1965. Nisei, the children of the Issei, opened businesses outside of the nursery and gardening industries, and soon Sawtelle's Japantown of restaurants, shops and other services became a destination. Today, Sansei (Generation x) and college-age Yonsei (Millennials) are highly educated, but not as interested in the risks of running a small business as their parents were. Yonsei kids, tweens and teens, are very attracted to their cultural heritage and traditions, especially the fun ones, like Obon.

WLA: How does the West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce help Sawtelle RAISE ITS VOICE?

Sawtelle's Japanese community gathers each summer for the Obon Festival, a two-day cultural and religious observance to honor ancestral spirits and dance the Bon-Odori to the beat of the taiko drum. Young girls love to be decked out in full kimonos, but most adults wear light summer happi coats or yukata robes. It has the intimate feel of church fair, where everybody knows each other, and everyone's favorite Japanese carnival food can be had for a few bucks.

Dr. Jack: Start with the fact that the diversity of community is crucial. It's only through the diversity of a people that you get change. and that change, if it can be incorporated into a community plan, can make the area greener and more people-friendly. 

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For 2015 Obon Festival dates, visit WestLosAngelesBuddhistTemple.org.

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Dr. Jack Fujimoto's book, Sawtelle: West Los Angeles's Japantown is available at ArcadiaPublishing.com.


Neighborhood Councils

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IF YOU LIVE, WORK, STUDY, WORSHIP OR OWN IN LOS ANGELES THEN THERE ARE OVER 90 CITY-CERTIFIED YOU ARE A STAKEHOLDER! The City of Los Angeles Department of Neighbor- NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCILS, SIX OF hood Empowerment was established in 1999, creating a way for stakeholders WHICH ARE IN WEST LA. to organize by area and directly participate in government. Regular meetings are open to all stakeholders. They are the place where you can voice your concerns and work directly with the City to solve problems. Each Neighborhood Council receives $37,000 per year in public funds which can be used for events, economic development, or advocacy on behalf of local issues.

mAr VISTA Mar Vista / Westdale / Westside Village

Events: Farmers' Market (Sundays), Green Garden Showcase (Apr.), Relay for Life (Aug.), Outdoor Movie Nights (Summer), Fall Festival (Oct.), Winter Wonderland (Dec.). Main Meeting: 2nd Tuesday of the month, 7PM Mar Vista Recreation Center 11430 Woodbine St., Mar Vista, CA 90066 Contact: info@marvista.org; MarVista.org

PALmS Palms

Events: Farmers' Market (9AM-2PM, Sundays) Main Meeting: 1st Wednesday of the month, 7PM Iman Cultural Center, 3376 Motor Ave. Palms, CA 90034 Contact: president@palmsla.org; PalmsLA.org

The Brentwood Community Council (BCC) and the Westwood Community Council (WCC) are independent and do not receive funds from the City of Los Angeles.

WeSTSIDe Cheviot Hills / rancho Park West LA (Proper) / Little Persia / Century City

WeSTWooD Westwood Village

Events: Pick Pico Street Fair (June) Main Meeting: 2nd Thursday of the month, 7 PM Westside Pavilion, 3rd Fl., Community Room A Contact: CorrespondingSecretary@wncla.org WNCLA.org

Events: Farmers' Market (Thursdays), Walk for Warriors (May). Main Meeting: 2nd Wednesday of the month, 7PM Westwood Presbyterian Church, 10822 Wilshire Blvd. Hoffman Hall, Los Angeles, CA 90024 Contact: WWNC.org

WeST LoS ANGeLeS

SoUTh roBerTSoN

Sawtelle / Little osaka

Beverlywood & Communities to the north and East

Events: Farmers' Market (Sundays at Civic Center), Movies on the Lawn at Stoner Park (July-August), Summer Concert Series (July-August). Main Meeting: 3rd Monday of the month, 7PM West Los Angeles Civic Center 1645 Corinth Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90025 Contact: info@wlanc.com; WLANC.com

Events: SoRo Community Festival (June), Movies in the Park (Dates and times vary). Main Meeting: 3rd Thursday of the month Simon Wiesenthal Center, 1399 Roxbury Dr. (at Pico) Los Angeles, CA 90035 Contact: info@soronc.org; SoRoNC.org

BCC Brentwood Events: Farmers' Market (Sundays) Main Meeting: 1st Tuesday of the month, Brentwood Library 11820 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049 Contact: info@brentwoodcommunitycouncil.org BrentwoodCommunityCouncil.org

WCC Westwood Main Meeting: 3rd Tuesday, every other month, Belmont Village Westwood, Town Hall Community Room 10475 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024 Contact: westwoodcc3@gmail.com WestwoodCommunityCouncil.org

Westwood (Above Santa Monica Blvd.)

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westwood's (Higher) Power Couple PoPulation: 52,041 / 3.68 square miles (with Westwood Village) Median hhi: $68,716 (Westwood only) Median age: 27 (Westwood only) eduCation: 66.5% of Westwood residents 25 years or older have a four-year college degree. hoMe to: Westwood Village, Persian Square/“Little Persia,” UCLA, Crest Westwood Theatre, and the Consulate General Offices of Pakistan and Slovakia.

[a west los angeles landMark] THE LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA TEMPLE OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS HELD ITS FIRST OPEN HOUSE IN 1955. TODAY, THE AREA IS HOME TO ABOUT 9,000 MORMONS, MANY OF WHOM ARE DESCENDENTS OF THE FIRST WEST LA SETTLERS.

[the Business Mix] STATE GOVERNMENT HEALTH CARE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT EDUCATION ENERGY BANKING TECHNOLOGY LEGAL FINANCIAL SERVICES REAL ESTATE ENTERTAINMENT NON-PROFIT SMALL BUSINESS

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n 1923, silent film star harold Lloyd built studios on the hill above Santa monica Boulevard near overland avenue. In 1951, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints broke ground on its Los angeles temple on 13 acres it bought from Lloyd in 1937, culminating a long search for the perfect location and recovery from the Depression and World War II.

WLA: What are your favorite art, entertainment and cultural attractions?

RYP: I always love going up to the Getty. The building itself has much to offer, the exhibits are always well planned, and the flow makes sense visually and thematically. The annenberg Space for Photography often has interesting exhibits as well. one I remember in particular featured the work of Going back to the early railroad days, mormons social documentarian and photographer, Lauren were among the first to build homes and businesses Greenfield. her work is truly amazing; somewhat in West La. The great-granddaughter of the first depressing, but really poignant and uber important.* Bishop of the mar Vista ward, 5th generation West angelino, rachel Youngberg Payne, lives in West La JDP: I regularly go to LaCma for art exhibitions; with her husband JD. Deeply rooted in the commu- I see shows at the Disney Concert hall, the Doronity, her step-great-great-grandparents were one of thy Chandler Pavilion, the Colburn School. I also the first families to build a home in mar Vista. She love the Skirball Center, which often has interesthas an accomplished career as a noted opera soprano ing exhibits. rachel and I spent several years doing and producer. JD is a screenwriter, currently work- outreach to build bridges of friendship between the ing on Star Trek III, his third project with producer LDS and Jewish communities in WLa; we had fun J.J. abrams' Bad robot. he presently has a tV de- taking a group of LDS kids through the Noah's ark velopment deal at Fox, and has been tapped to pen a exhibit up there. another WLa arts institution I major studio action-feature reboot of Flash Gordon. appreciate is Cinefile (at Sawtelle and Santa monica). It goes beyond being simply a movie store, and could Westwood has long been a “company town.” today, legitimately be considered a “movie gallery,” so to 75% of film and tV production takes place outside of speak. I always know that whatever I'm looking for, Los angeles. With fewer people connected with “the they'll have it. industry” living, working and raising children here, many wonder what kind of impact runaway produc- *editor's note: Agreed, 100%. visit, Laurengreenfield.com tions will have on West La's art and culture scene. None are better to ask than a young couple, with rocketing careers in “the biz,” who are connected to the spirit of Westwood.

Fact: UCLA employs 31,000 people.


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JD PAYNe & rACheL YoUNGBerG PAYNe

rYP: opera Singer JDP: Screenwriter wla: what does your confession mean? RYP: I didn't care where we ate; I just wanted to be with him. (See JD’s answer on the following page.)

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WLA: What is it about West LA that supports you as a writer? JDP: West LA is an area full of opportunities, simply because it's so full of people who are doing things. When I first moved to LA in 2006, I knew next to nobody; I had nothing but my Toyota Prius and a laptop. My first job and apartments were in West LA; both proved crucial to helping launch my career as a writer. To support myself, I was working as a private tutor out of a Brentwood-based boutique tutoring center called Franklin Educational Services. Several of the clients I worked for were connected to the entertainment industry. These relationships helped me to make the connections that ultimately lead to getting an agent. Also, one of my first roommates would later become my manager. So for me, the fabric of the city—where I lived, where I worked—was a crucial component of what helped get me rolling.

makes the best pizza capricciosa I've had outside of Italy), Lemonade around the corner and Jamba Juice down the street. And, I confess—I'll even take the occasional meeting at the Westwood Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf or the Brentwood Starbucks. (My drink is steamed milk with caramel!)

WLA: As a writer on Star Trek III, you have “melded-minds” with Kirk and Spock. What is the most WLA: What is not on the radio likely place in West LA that you’d that you think people should be find them? listening to?

JDP: Technically, I could only mind-meld with Spock. But probably at Bad Robot! Alternatively—since we learned in Star Trek into Darkness that by the 23rd century, the Getty will have been appropriated by Starfleet to serve as Starfleet HQ—I think that would be a great place to find them. But in all honesty, if Kirk and Spock were in 21st century West LA, they'd obviously be time traveling. And if whatever WLA: Cities are eager to fund they were doing were important enough sports teams, but opera relies on to time-travel for, they'd probably be so private patronage. Can you find busy trying to save the galaxy that they support in West LA these days? wouldn't have time for sightseeing. RYP: One of my favorite things about WLA, and LA in general, is the entrepreneurial spirit that permeates everything around us. If you have an idea—especially a good idea—you are excited about it. You have a plan and you can find people to help make it happen. It's something I am experiencing firsthand with an opera project I've been developing for a few years now. It's really rather remarkable. WLA: Anthony Bourdain refers to coffeehouses as “The People's Republic of Laptopistan.” Since Mormons do not drink coffee, what are your top non-coffee “third places” where you write? JDP: Sometimes, I'll take my work to the Getty, find a shady spot out on the lawn and just work all afternoon. There's also a smattering of great libraries to work in across WLA. I enjoy taking work meetings at Divino in Brentwood (Goran

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collections of books, ledgers and other hard-copy records of people of the Jewish faith anywhere in North America. They offer a new, Three-day Intensive Family History/Genealogy Training Course for $20. (However, the fee is waived if a person cannot pay.) People who do not know how to use a computer should take the Library's free introductory computer course prior to the Three-day Intensive.

WLA: For sixty years, tens of millions of people have driven past the Temple, but hardly anyone knows that parts of it are open to the public. What is accessible to us “gentiles”? RYP: The temple grounds are open to the public and there are beautiful flowers year-round with little benches to sit on and just think. There's a building behind the main structure called a Visitors' Center that gives people some great information about what it all means. JDP: Formerly called the Los Angeles Family History Library, the Los Angeles FamilySearch Library is open Mon, Fri, Sat from 9AM–5PM; Tue, Wed, Thu from 9AM–9PM. Most services are free, including the use of computers, ancestry websites, films, fiche, books and maps. (There are minor fees for film loans.) It also has one of the most extensive

RYP: In an age of autotune, the power of the human voice in its raw state can be appreciated even more intensely while listening to live broadcasts from The Metropolitan Opera House, and locally from LA Opera. It's humbling to hear all of the beauty and even sometimes the ugliness. It reminds us of the power, and the responsibility we have as artists to uphold a tradition of the vocal Olympics, which is how I describe singing opera well. WLA: What does your confession mean? RYP: I didn't care where we ate; I just wanted to be with him. JDP: We met just after I’d moved to LA, and I had next to no income. On our first date, we were walking along a row of restaurants, and I was somewhat dejectedly looking at all the menus, knowing I couldn’t afford any of it. I turned to her and said: “Rachel, one day, I will sell a screenplay. And when I do, I will come back here and take you to a nice restaurant.” Rachel said she didn’t care where we ate—she’d be happy even just to grab Subway—so we did! A little under a year later, we were married; four years after that, I sold my first screenplay, Goliath, and we went back to the same street and went to the restaurant next door to Subway. I guess you could say that for Rachel and me, it was love at first bite. 

+ Since JD and Rachel were interviewed, they have learned that they are expecting their first child! For Rachel's family, this will be the 6th generation to live in West LA.


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The Bruins Den:

westwood village

WESTWOOD VILLAGE [#2, See P. 46]

PoPulation: 52,041 / 3.68 square miles (with Westwood) Median hhi: $113,379 Median age: 24 eduCation: 75% of Westwood Village residents 25 years or older have a four-year college degree. hoMe to: UCLA, Regency Fox and Bruin Theaters, Stan’s Donuts, Diddy Riese, The Geffen Playhouse, and Hammer Museum.

[sweet treats] ALWAYS ON THE GO, MEGAN FUREY AND SHEILA KOUHKAN OF THE WESTWOOD VILLAGE IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION TAKE A BREAK TO GET THEIR DIDDY ON.

[uCla's hoMe] WHEN “WESTWOOD HILLS” WAS SELECTED AS THE NEW SITE FOR UCLA IN 1919, THE JANSS INVESTMENT CO. SOLD THE LAND FOR 1/10 THE MARKET VALUE. THEY DEVELOPED A VILLAGE OF SPANISH REVIVAL MODERNE PASEOS, PATIOS AND COURTYARDS ADJACENT TO THE CAMPUS. IN 1929,“WESTWOOD VILLAGE” OPENED FOR BUSINESS.

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f you haven't been to Westwood Village in a while, it's time to go back. known for star-studded red carpet movie premiers and Bruins game day celebrations, the area is cleaner and safer than it has been in 40 years, and the mix of retailers, restaurants and nightlife is better than ever. Since 2011, Westwood Village has been managed by the Westwood Village Improvement association (WVIa). The WVIa's hospitality ambassadors help visitors find their way and even help carry their shopping bags. maintenance ambassadors pick up trash, pressure-wash sidewalks, care for landscap-

ing and maintain infrastructure. The WVIa has also implemented programs to reduce the homeless population and is tackling the toughest issue of all, parking. It is an exciting time to be in Westwood Village. major construction projects are underway, new businesses have opened and mayor Garcetti has named Westwood Boulevard a “Great Street.” Bright students, a booming tech corridor, a major medical center, some of the world's largest financial institutions, law firms and energy companies make for a unique confluence: young money in an old money town. For more information, visit TheWestwoodVillage.com.  What's Your Diddy?

diddy riese—the World's tastiest

Waiting in line for one of these famous ice cream treats is part of the experience. Game day boosters often lead the crowd in the UCLA “8 Clap.” Take off that RED SHIRT!

Personality test

We asked Dario Nardi, one of UCLA's foremost experts in Personality Theory and Neuroscience to match the perfect Diddy Riese combination to each of the Four Temperaments of Classical Greek philosophy.

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[Candy Cookie, Strawberry Cheesecake Chunk Ice Cream, Peanut Butter Cookie] you are: Playful, lively, sociable, carefree, talkative, and pleasure-seeking.

[Double Choc. Cookie, Espresso Chip Ice [Sugar Cinnamon Cookie, Cookie Dough [Oatmeal Raisin Walnut Cookie, Mint Cream, White Choc. Macadamia Nut Ice Cream, Double Choc. Chip Cookie] Chip Ice Cream, Choc. Chip Nut Cookie] Cookie] you are: Egocentric, extroverted, you are: Serious, introverted, emotional, you are: Private, thoughtful, reasonexcitable, confident, driven, and ambi- cautious, sympathetic, and conscientious. able, calm, patient, and focused. tious. Black and white; with caffeine. Keeps you warm in winter when sad. Nutritious, crunchy and practical.

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All Dogs Go to BRENTWOOD Population: 33,312 / 15.22 square miles Median HHI: $112,927 Median Age: 39 Education: 70.4% of Brentwood residents 25 years or older have a four-year college degree. home to: Brentwood Village, The Getty, Brentwood Country Club, Mt. St. Mary's College, Archer School for Girls, Brentwood School, Brentwood Science Magnet School, Kenter Canyon Elementary School, Paul Revere Charter Middle School, Crestwood Hills Park, Rustic Canyon Park, Mandeville Canyon Park, Sullivan Canyon Park, and the Brentwood Fisher House.

[a walk in the park] pups “HENRY,” “Bender” and “owen” (AND their MOMMY, AMY PEER) enjoying a hike IN KENTER CANYON.

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riginally part of the San Vicente y Santa Monica Mexican land grant, the parcels that would eventually become Brentwood were once part of a community called “Westgate” (for more see P. 25). One of the most famous landmarks is the 1931 Eastern Star Home for Women, designed by famed architect William Mosier. Once a retirement home for members of the Freemasonry-related Order of the Eastern Star, the buildings and grounds are now the Archer School for Girls.

jars are on the countertops, and many restaurants have learned the value of serving “secret menu” canine selections.* “Henry,” a four-year-old Chiwinnee, was adopted from the Brentwood Farmers' Market orchid man by celebrity dog trainer Amy Peer and her husband John. He happily lives in Brentwood with his two chocolate Labrador brothers, “Bender” and “Owen.” Together, they enjoy the ultimate WLA life, living amongst nature, hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains, going to parks, swimming in their pool and playing in the ocean. We caught up with “Henry” (along with his brothers and Amy) hiking the trails above their Kenter Canyon home.

Brentwood's several distinct upscale neighborhoods possess the primary reason for “why we live here,” urbs in natura—a city in nature. The north borders the vast Santa Monica Mountain National Recreation Area with its 500 miles of hiking trails. To the south and east lies The City of the Angels, and to the west WLA: West LA has a long tradition of are the quarter-mile-wide sands of Santa Monica volunteerism. Tell us about your service State Beach Park and the beautiful blue Pacific Ocean. at UCLA Hospital. Visitors to West Los Angeles are sometimes surprised by the high level of companion-animal shops and services, especially for dogs. Animal hospitals, groomers, feed-and-supply stores, agility studios, daycares, boarding kennels, walkers, and trainers are practically on top of each other. Despite the capacity, they have waiting times (and prices) that reflect a demand that far outpaces the supply. Beyond a “dog-friendly” neighborhood, Brentwood's companion-animals are as welcome as people in most businesses. Water bowls line the streets, treat

“Henry:” For over 17 years my mom and her dogs, including me, have worked in the Neuro Rehab department in conjunction with the Physical (PT) and Occupational (OT) therapists. Our job as part of the PT and OT teams is to help the patients enjoy therapy and take their minds off their pain and struggles. We make people smile, get lots of love, are able to motivate patients, and often see miracles! *“Companion-animal” is the preferred term. The illiberal word “pet” is eschewed.

Fact: Comprising 153,075 acres, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is the world's largest urban, WEST LA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

national park. It has more area codes (5) and zip codes (26) than any other park in the National Park System.


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“heNrY”

Volunteer Therapy Dog

AmY Peer

owner and Trainer SIT, Inc. wla: what does your confession mean? “Henry:” I love to run and play in the canyons, but it sure makes me hungry! I'm ready for dinner anytime!

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WLA: What kind of training does WLA: Which vets and supply it take to become a Therapy Dog? stores do you recommend to dogs that are new to the area? “Henry:” most hospitals now use Pet Partners/Delta Society testing as the gold “Henry:” our two favorite WLa vet standard. The dog must be comfortable practices are Brent-air animal hospital around strangers, enjoy being touched, and Brentwood animal hospital. Both and emote a sense of love to people they are staffed by highly qualified and loving have never met before, despite their people, from the doctors to the recepunusual physical state (hooked up to tionists! as far as shopping, I really love machines, attached to many tubes, IVs, town & Country (very sophisticated walkers, wheelchairs, odd smells, etc). selection of merchandise), Petco and They must not react to unusual environ- Centinella Feed. ments and sounds (you never know when there will be a Code Blue). and they must WLA: Which WLA boarding and be quite obedient and calm in nature. daycare facilities would you recommend to dogs that have WLA: Where are your favorite companion-persons that work places to hike and play in WLA? outside the home and travel? Are there rules at these places? “Henry:” I prefer outdoor daycare, hiking “Henry:” We love to hike at the top of in the Santa monica mountains with a kenter Canyon on weekdays (too many FaBuLouS company called 4 Pawswalkbikers on the weekend), play at our ing (mary anne). For indoor daycare and neighborhood park (Crestwood hills), overnight boarding, I have a lot of friends and go to the Barrington Dog Park to mix who go to The Wags Club and love it. For and mingle. as far as rules are concerned, dogs who aren’t well socialized, Best you must play well with others, listen Friends is the best choice for boarding. to your guardian and sometimes wear a leash (yuck). WLA: West Los Angeles has a long tradition of charitable giving. WLA: Which Brentwood restauWhat charities does your family rants and shops would you contribute to? recommend to other dogs and their companion-persons? “Henry:” We celebrate our heroes through our support for the La Police Canine “Henry:” as long as we are well man- Division. For the less fortunate canine nered, there are very few stores in Brent- friends, we support the La humane wood that do not welcome our visits. Society, the WLa animal Shelter and Best Laws require me to dine outdoors, so Friends animal Society. We also support I often join my mom and her friends our exotic animal friends at The Wildlife for lunch at restaurants that have a pa- Way Station, where we underwrite the tio. Some of my personal favorites are a annual care for two leopards, mia and Votre Sante (great chicken, tuna and the messiah. my family strongly believes in hummus is to die for); Guacho Grill has helping others, and aside from the weekly the best ledge for people-watching (and volunteer hours and financial support, great chicken and argentinean beef); and we give to the PaC program at uCLa the newest spot, Cafe Brentwood (love hospital, they are on the board of The their caprese omlette), is located a block La Library Foundation, have helped from the Brentwood dog park! create and support the Fernando Pullum Community arts Center (performing arts) in South Los angeles, and support dozens of other causes and charities.

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he heart of Brentwood is San Vicente Blvd. and its nearly fivemile-long median of coral trees, the official tree of the City of Los Angeles. Planted over the old Pacific Electric Red Car tracks, the approximately 120 coral trees are seen by millions on television every year as 50,000 LA Marathon runners glide past them on the final stretch to the finish line in Santa Monica.* Fragile, and in need of yearly trimming, the City of Los Angeles cut off funding to prune the trees years ago. In order to save the trees, the Brentwood Community Council is in dire need of donations. For more information, visit Brent woodCommunityCouncil.org. *Updated replicas of Henry Huntington's Red Cars run from 8AM–11PM daily at Disneyland. For a fanciful version of the demise of the Red Cars, see the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

WLA: What does your mom, Amy Peer do for a living? “Henry:” my mom is a dog trainer! She has been working on the Westside for almost 18 years, helping train dogs for companionship, obedience and behavior. her business, SIt, Inc. offers one-on-one training programs designed to help mold us into the best companions possible. WLA: Is there such a thing as the “perfect” West LA dog? “Henry:” me! 

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A Nature-inspired Planned Community:

beverlywood

Maty Guiza-Leimert, President/CEO Leimert Investment Co.

Population: 6,418 Area: .7 square miles Median HHI: $105,253 Median Age: 39 Education: 55.3% of Beverlywood residents 25 years or older have a four-year college degree. home to: Museum of Tolerance, Pico-Robertson Neighborhood, Canfield Ave. Elementary School, Castle Heights Elementary School, and Hamilton High School. Built on land that was once part of the Rincon de los Bueyes, Beverlywood belonged to the owners of Malibu, Maria Camarillo y Arnaz and Rhoda Rindge.

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[a site to see] Circle Park is maintained by the Beverlywood HOmes association. An unusual futuristic fountain sits on the south end of the park, perfect for contemplation. Open sunrise to sunset.

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djacent to Beverly Hills and Cheviot Hills, Beverlywood is the creation of developer Walter H. Leimert and his son, Walter “Tim” Leimert. After developing the Lakeshore Highlands community in Northern California, Leimert Sr. moved to Southern California where he developed planned communities in Glendale, East Los Angeles, Baldwin Hills and his namesake, Leimert Park. After WWII, father and son developed Beverlywood and other communities in the greater Los Angeles area. Forever influenced by his first Lakeshore Highlands development with Wickham Havens and the Olmstead Brothers (sons of Fredric Law Olmstead, the designer of New York City's Central Park), Leimert's communities follow the designs of nature. Hills, curves, rises and flats are used as a canvas and are painted with parks of green grass, flowers, and streets with forests of tall, mature, beautiful trees.

[museum of tolerance] Anne–A Premier Experiential Exhibit is a permanent exhibit on the life of Anne Frank. Narrated by Academy Award®-Nominee, Hailee Steinfeld.

First timers can get “lost in transition” as they cross from the grid system of LA's avenues and boulevards into Beverlywood's horseshoes, circles and dog-leg streets, (especially Duxbury, Guthrie and Oakhurst). In the heart of Beverlywood is the teardrop-shaped Circle Park, which splits Beverly Drive for four blocks with a median of massive eucalyptus.

Today, the Leimert Investment Co. is run by the family's third generation. Walter H. Leimert III bears his grandfather's name and passion for nature and homebuilding. Maty Guiza-Leimert (pictured above) is the co-author of Leimert Park, available at ArcadiaPublishing.com. 

Fact: Beverlywood is at the Southernmost point of the LA Community Eruv, a 130 sq. mile wire encircling much of the City and Valley. Within an Eruv, religious Jews may carry certain items outside of the home on the Sabbath and on Holy Days. Visit, LAEruv.com.

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Bahar Soomekh's Second Act Interview by West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce WestLAChamber.org

Bahar Soomekh, one of People® Magazine's “100 Most Beautiful People in the World,” is known for her breakout role in the multiple-Oscar®-winning film Crash, her leading role in SAW III, performances in Syriana, Mission Impossible III, and her many appearances in several hit TV shows.

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Bahar Soomekh

Real Estate Agent and Actor

As more film and TV production moves out of state, many industry pros have opted out of the Gypsy life, choosing to stay in West Los Angeles. Bahar Soomekh is one West LA mom who has gone from starring in Oscar速-winning movies to a career in real estate.


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or 90 years, many West LA residents worked in showbiz, and everyone knew someone who did. Over the last two decades, more and more film and TV production has moved away from LA. Today, 75% of movies and TV shows are shot out of state. Last year, the city and state passed legislation to lower taxes in an attempt to lure runaway productions back to LA. But even with that and television's second “golden age,” the prevalence of reality shows and loss of viewers to new media have taken a big toll on West LA. Rather than chasing productions all over the country, many parents who work in showbiz have chosen to stay in West LA and develop careers in other industries. Happily married to hubby Clayton Frech and mother of three children under 10, Bahar is one of the West LA parents who is developing another career parallel to her entertainment projects. Rather than starring in a television show (which would require her to sign a seven-year contract and relocate out of state for several months at a time), she has been focusing her energy on real estate, a business she grew up in. Many West LA parents like her have learned that their schools are focusing on STEM education, and only offering “art modules” a few times a year. The result has created worry among some West LA parents who feel that West LA's “culture of culture” is dying. They see how many millennials (people who were born from 1980-2000) have jobs that didn't exist twenty years ago, and most of those jobs have

Rather than chasing productions all over the country, many parents who work in showbiz have chosen to stay in West LA and develop careers in other industries.

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creativity at their core. These concerns have given rise to the STEAM movement (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math). They envision their children as tomorrow's creators and innovators, and believe that in the near future, MFAs will be as valuable as MBAs. Watching the entertainment industry struggle through the last ten years of change, Bahar is one West LA mom who strongly believes that turning STEM into STEAM will empower her children's futures, and fuel their unique passions and interests. We caught up with Bahar, Clayton, the kids and members of her family at their canyon-view home (the house she and her sister grew up in), along with a host of other West LA parents and their children at a little Sunday get-together. WLA: What do you love about living in West LA? Bahar: What I really love about West Los Angeles is the uniqueness of the neighborhoods and the fact that you can be in yoga pants at the Farmers' Market Sunday morning, and then be dressed to the nines, hitting a charity event at Luxe Hotel that evening. We literally have everything within a twenty-minute drive, including the beautiful beaches, hiking trails in the Santa Monica Mountains, amazing shopping in Brentwood, and some of the regions best cultural and arts institutions like the Getty, Skirball, UCLA and the Museum of Tolerance. As big as we are—it still feels like a community.


Bahar entertains guests with refreshments on the deck of her West LA home. Fresh fruit is always in season at West LA farmers' markets—perfect for fruit punch! Bahar and her guests soak up the last golden rays of sun before dinner is ready.

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[tiMe For oPa!] BAHAR, SISTER SABA AND MOTHER MANIJEH SERVE A BANQUET FROM DELPHI GREEK RESTAURANT AND A CAKE FROM JAMAICA’S CAKES.

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ahar's husband, Clayton (right), is a Regional Vice-President of Safelite AutoGlass, and a recognized business and community leader. Together, Bahar and Clayton are the driving force behind The Angel City Games, a Paralympic qualifying event for all ages and disabilities, to be hosted at UCLA June 19–20, 2015. They are also community organizers for Team Ezra, inspired by their amputee son, 9-year old athlete Ezra Frech. Clayton also serves on the board of Wheelchair and Ambulatory Sports, USA, and on the Los Angeles Advisory Board of the Challenged Athletes Foundation. In his past, Clayton has served as the President of the LA Alumni Chapter of the UCLA Anderson School of Management and has served on the boards of many other non-profits. [sideBar] BAHAR AND CLAYTON WITH THEIR YOUNGEST SON.

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WLA: As it “takes a village” to raise a child, how has growing up in West LA shaped the personalities of your three boys?

the parents we know are scrambling from one lesson, practice, or social event to another. I wonder if we are pushing ourselves and our children too hard. The loss of unstructured play time has been Bahar: our boys are loved and supported well documented and discussed, and this by a huge network of friends, rela- concerns me tremendously. how can we tives, teachers and many more West La get that back? “Villagers.” They each have different personalities and interests, and one of technology is the second area where we our challenges as parents is to help them have seen massive changes over the last find ways to engage in their community thirty years. Clearly, our children must and with the broader world. our eldest be well-versed in technology and how son connects with others through sports. it will help or improve our future world our middle son is an amazing creative and our future lives. however, too much force and artist. our youngest son is only time using mobile devices, iPads, web two-and-a-half, so we’re not sure what tV, and even watching the supposedly “kid-friendly” tV shows all seem to have a he's all about yet! negative impact on our children's moods, If I were to take a step back and evaluate energy levels and overall state of haptheir upbringing relative to my own up- piness. Nothing bothers me more than bringing in West La, a few things strike seeing kids playing individually on their me as being very different. First of all, I devices, instead of engaging and playing think the pace of life has accelerated sig- with each other. Thus, as parents, I think nificantly in the last thirty years. When we should keep a close eye on technology I was growing up, we had a lot of music and do our best to minimize the negative and dance classes and homework. But impact it can have on our children and on life didn't seem nearly as busy or hectic family time. as it is today. It honestly feels like all of


WLA: What is on the minds of West LA parents? Bahar: In my mind, West LA parents are no different than parents anywhere. We all want the best for our children. We want our children to have the best possible options and opportunities in life. The real question is; how do we do this? There are a lot of factors changing in real time—TV and film production has left the region, support for the arts is declining, and at the same time, the smart phone and app world is exploding. We're faced with the reality that by the time our kids graduate college, one out of three jobs that exist today will be obsolete. As renowned economic forecaster Dr. Ed Leamer, from UCLA Anderson, has noted, we need to create problem solvers, not test takers. Our public schools are resource challenged and are grappling with the Common Core. As parents, we are constantly asking ourselves whether we are helping foster the fully-skilled problem solvers and creators of the future. This leaves a big burden on the parents to figure out a path forward.

Most of today's well-paying jobs weren't even imaginable when we were growing up. “Social Media Director,” “Search Engine Optimization Specialist”—these are six-figure jobs that didn't exist five years ago! We saw how software, robots and outsourcing affected our parent's careers and ours, so naturally, we want the schools to focus on STEM curriculum. But if you really think about it, creativity is at the core of innovation. And without art, there is no innovation, just imitation. West LA parents want STEAM! We want art to be given the same importance as science, technology, engineering and math. STEM teaches you how to learn, bring work in on deadline, compete, meet goals and much more. Art takes the natural creativity and wild imagination of children's unstructured play and focuses it into communication. It gives them a language for emotional expression and helps them navigate the exploration of their free curiosity. As I mentioned before, the jobs that many of our kids will have in the future do not exist today. They will have to imagine them into existence.

[kids first!] Bahar, Saba and the moms make plates for the little ones as Clayton sets the chairs around the kids table.

WLA: Parents ask a lot from the schools. If art is not available, where should they turn? Bahar: Luckily, many of the public schools have STAR programs which are an extraordinary supplement to the art education that is lacking in most public schools. If that is unavailable, there are excellent programs in West LA. The Cheviot Hills Recreation Center has great art classes, music, instrument instruction, and acting, stage makeup, and stagecraft classes. Rolling Robots, also on Pico, is an awesome “makers lab” where kids can build robots and battle them. And there are kids art classes at Art Zone on Pico. Our friends love their Parents' Nite Out class—they just drop the kids off for art class from 6PM–9PM on Friday and get three whole hours to do what they want!

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feature article Bahar Soomekh's Second Act [appetizers with the kiddies] Bahar and clayton mingle with the younger guests before sitting down at the grown-up table.

WLA: What are some of your favorite restaurants in West LA? For date night, Clay and I love Fundamental Los Angeles on Westwood Blvd. The menu changes to reflect the best of the season, the wines are extraordinary, and each plate is a work of art—like magazine photos. It's a small neighborhood place—no snobbery or attitude. It's like finding fine art masterpieces in a funky neighborhood gallery. For Persian food, Darya Restaurant on Santa Monica Blvd. has a menu of fine Persian cuisine's “greatest hits.” My favorite thing to recommend is the “Albolo Polo,” the Cherry Rice, with any of the delicious meat dishes. Always go for the “Tadig” crispy rice with all three stews on top. It's unbelievable! On Cotner, above The Wine House (L.A.’s largest wine shop), there is a great little restaurant called Upstairs II where they pair a chef ’s tasting menu with some of their most interesting wines. WLA: Only in West Los Angeles can a homeowner list their property with a legit movie star! How did you get into real estate— who was your mentor? Bahar: I grew up in the real estate industry, and love the intimacy of getting to know people, their history, and feeling the essence of who they are when spending time in their homes. It's very special to me. When acting, I spend a lot of time getting into the psyche of my characters; who they are, what they love, and what their physical environment looks like. When I develop my characters, envisioning their home is a big part of the process.

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r. Saba Soomekh (left), Bahar's sister, is a Professor of World Religions at UCLA and CSUN, and is the author of “From the Shahs to Los Angeles: Three Generations of Iranian Jewish Women between Religion and Culture.” Currently, she teaches private and group seminars on World Religions and Middle East History. Visit, SabaSoomekh.com.

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As production left Los Angeles and my family grew, I found myself filming shows out of state and really missing my family. I was unwilling to leave my West LA home and relocate my family. I truly believe that children need stability, and that living the nomadic lifestyle


of moving from show to show is not healthy. So I came back to what I always loved and knew—real estate. I studied environmental science and health at UCSB, so I bring this background, my passion for family, and love of architecture and design to my clients.

and bottoming out to 3.3% in 2012. We are looking at rates of 4.0%, which contributes to the extremely high demand and low inventory. Currently we have a 3-month inventory, but 5-6 months is normal. Everyone predicted 2014 rates to be higher, ranging from 4.5%–5.1%. It’s amazing to see rates My mentor is Myra Nourmand. I've stay so low, and most people believe that known her since I was a child. I value and 2015 will be the same. admire her honesty, integrity, and her ability to find solutions—no matter what According to the California Association it takes—for her clients. She's a very of Realtors, developers are buying 15% of inspirational woman and I'm lucky to be the inventory. West LA is the best place to working with her. invest in residential real estate. Just drive around and see all the construction going WLA: What is the 2015 Forecast on. It’s exhilarating! West Los Angeles is of the West Los Angeles truly an extraordinary place to live, and I Residential Real Estate Market? believe the demand will remain high. Bahar: Interest rates are a significant indicator of inventory and prices. Based upon the research conducted by my firm, rates are low right now, but it’s important to understand what rates have looked like historically and why it’s such an amazing time to buy, especially in West LA. In the past 44 years, 30-year fixed rates have averaged 8.4%, peaking to 18.5% in 1981,

WLA: On a final note, what is your favorite hidden gem in West LA? Bahar: The Kuruvungna Springs Cultural Center and Museum at Uni High. We live in a place that has provided a home and a way of life for people from around the world for 3,500 years. West LA is a

[kisses before cake] A sweet moment with all three boys before dessert.

very old, spiritual, and deeply meaningful place. As West Angelinos, we are connected to that legacy. It's important for us to cherish it, and be good stewards of our city. WLA: How does the West LA Chamber of Commerce help you RAISE YOUR VOICE? Bahar: What attracted me to join the West LA Chamber are the high number of West LA realtors who are members. Sometimes, when agents have a “pocket listing” (a home that is not listed on the MLS) they reach out to other agents in their network for qualified buyers. What better place to network and develop leads than at the West LA Chamber of Commerce’s mixers and events? Also, there are a lot of members who work in finance, insurance, construction, and other trades that are important to supporting a sales close. Every realtor in West LA should become a member and attend West LA Chamber of Commerce events! 

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Advertising Specialties Chezgal Merchandising Creations, Gary Loeb ..(310) 841-5874 8936 W. 25th St., Los Angeles, CA 90034 chezgal@pacbell.net • CMC-Promotional-Merchandising.com

Magidov CPA Firm, ruslan Magidov ....................(323) 447-0814 7270 Hillside Ave., Ste. 101, Los Angeles, CA 90046 ruslanm@magidovcpafirm.com • MagidovCPAFirm.com

Yorkie Specialties, Gene Fisher ............................(310) 313-3979 10736 Jefferson Blvd., #161, Culver City CA, 90230 gene@yorkiespecialties.com • YorkieSpecialties.com

Mann Gelon & Glodney CPA’s dahlia Bristol ..........................................................(310) 277-3633 1880 Century Park East, #950, Los Angeles, CA 90067 dahlia@mggcpa.com

Advertising/Marketing Pulsar Advertising, Alberto Gonzalez ..................(323) 302-5101 10940 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 1050, Los Angeles, CA 90024 agonzalez@pulsaradvertising.com • PulsarAdvertising.com

Richman Financial Corp Joshua richman, E.A. ..............................................(310) 858-4996 9025 Wilshire Blvd., #400, Beverly Hills, CA 90211 joshua@richmantaxcuts.com • RichmanTaxCuts.com

Animal Hospital PreFurred Pet Care California Animal Hospital Ken Cook .................................................................(310) 478-5915 1736 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Ste. D, Los Angeles, CA 90025 CAH-Pets.com

Tax & Accounting Consulting International Co. Violet Laverty, CrTP.................................................(310) 500-9673 PO Box 64801, Los Angeles, CA 90064 vlaverty@roadrunner.com William W. Hurtt CPA, William Hurtt...................(310) 440-9200 315 South Beverly Dr., Ste. 510, Beverly Hills, CA 90212 william@whurttcpa.com • WHurttCPA.com Willing & Moser, An Accountancy Corporation Barry Moser............................................................(310) 287-2640 2476 Overland Ave., #205, Los Angeles, CA 90064 barry@willingmosercpas.com Acupuncture Costa acupuncture, Michael Costa, L.Ac ..............(310) 914-9700 11819 Wilshire Blvd., #212, Los Angeles, CA 90025 michaelcosta@theacucenter.com • TheAcuCenter.com LiYing Acupuncture Center dr. Lynn Zou, Md, Surgeon in China..........................(310) 402-9617 1353 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024 GoodLuckLynnZou@gmail.com • LiYingAcupunctureCenter.com Ting’s Healing Center, Esther Ting ......................(310) 315-0455 2448 Cloverfield Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405 EstherTing.com Advertising Time Warner Cable Business Class Bahram (Burt) Hekmatnia ......................................(310) 864-9147 11766 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 1050, Los Angeles 90025 burt.hekmatnia@twcable.com

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Apartment Rentals 888 Hilgard, Josh Bateman ..................................(310) 208-4818 888 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024 manager@888hilgard.com • 888Hilgard.com

Attorney law offices of david Bortman david Bortman .......................................................(310) 288-1980 433 N. Camden Dr., #600, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 davesq@earthlink.net Attorney • Business Litigation Bly Law PC, William Bly ........................................(310) 477-8604 11400 W. Olympic Blvd., Ste. 700, Los Angeles, CA 90064 bill@blyfirm.com • BlyFirm.com Attorney • Civil Law Broslavsky & Weinman LLP Jonathan Weinman ................................................(310) 575-2550 11755 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 1250, Los Angeles, CA 90025 jweinman@bwcounsel.com • BWCounsel.com Attorney • Criminal Defense/Business Litigation Law Offices of Steven Goldsobel, APC Michael Sugarman..................................................(310) 552-4848 1900 Avenue of the Stars, Ste. 1800, Los Angeles, CA 90067 michael@sgoldsobel.com • SGoldsobel.com

Apartments C on Pico, Sarah Scherder ......................................(310) 979-8600 12301 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064 sscherder@allresco.com • CPicoLiving.com

Attorney • Family Law Feinberg, Mindel, Brandt & Klein, LLP Matthew K. Skarin, Attorney at Law ............... (310) 447-8675 x209 12424 Wilshire Blvd., 9th Fl., Los Angeles, CA 90025 mskarin@fmbklaw.com • FMBKlaw.com

Apartments/Townhouses Village Bel Air, Alanna Sullivan ............................(424) 832-7525 130 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049 villagebelair@allresco.com • VillageBelAir.com

Attorney • Litigation west themis law PC, Sally Chan .........................(213) 908-1103 1000 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 2150, Los Angeles, CA 90017 sally@wthemislaw.com • WThemisLaw.com

Westpark Village Apartments, Edwin orozzo ....(310) 477-6371 11400 Rochester Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90025 wpv@esring.com • WestparkVillageApts.com

Attorney • Litigation/Business/Real Estate Law Century City law group aPC, robin Mashal.......(310) 286-2000 1875 Century Park East, Ste. 600, Los Angeles, CA 90067 CenturyLawyer.com

Assistance Dogs for the Disabled Canine Companions for independence rebecca Hein...........................................................(760) 901-4300 Southwest Regional Center, PO Box 4568, Oceanside, CA 92052 rhein@cci.org • CCI.org Assisted Living Meridian of Culver Village, Eric Hostetter...........(310) 838-7800 10955 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232 culv.mkt@meridiansenior.com • MeridianSenior.com Silverado Beverly Place, Monica Westphaln .......(323) 852-9200 330 N. Haywood Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90048 mwestphaln@silveradocare.com • SilveradoCare.com

Attorney • Startups Perkins Coie LLP, Frank Grant...............................(310) 788-9900 1888 Century Park East, Ste. 1700, Los Angeles, CA 90067 fgrant@perkinscoie.com • PerkinsCoie.com/fgrant Attorney • Workers Compensation Defense Law Offices of Hinden & Breslavsky Steven K. nahed ......................................................(310) 963-4144 4661 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90019 skn@hinden.net • Hinden.net Automobile Broker The Greg Gill Company, Keith A. Berlin ...............(310) 922-1408 18757 Burbank Blvd., Ste. 108, Tarzana, CA 91356 keith@thegreggillcompany.com • TheGregGillCompany.com


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Jamaica Rose

We make artistic cakes completely from scratch with quality ingredients to please the eye and feed the soul. Whether you're looking for a full-sized, glamorous wedding cake or a dozen of our delicious oversized cookies, we are also happy to take order requests for anything in between. If you have an idea, we can make it! Stop in for freshly-baked pastries or a cinnamon roll and enjoy our full espresso bar while you chat with our friendly staff about a custom order for your upcoming occasion. “A beautiful cake makes a great first impression. It is the quality which leaves a lasting one.” —Jamaica Rose

11511 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064 / 310.478.1971 / jamaicascakes.com

Automobile Dealership Trade-In Solutions, Abe Bijari..............................(310) 312-4559 11500 W. Olympic Blvd., #400, Los Angeles, CA 90064 abe@tradeinsolutions.com • TradeinSolutions.com Automotive Culver Automotive, Dimitry Kamar......................(310) 559-9990 8651 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232 dimitrykamar@yahoo.com • CulverAutomotive.com Bakery Jamaica’s Cakes, James Crist.................................(310) 478-1971 11511 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064 james@jamaicascakes.com • JamaicasCakes.com

Wells Fargo Bank, Shahena Uppel........................(310) 280-6960 11116 Palms Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90034 shahena.uppel@wellsfargo.com • WellsFargo.com Wells Fargo Bank–Pico Swall Office Freddy Marquez.......................................................(310) 550-2913 8901 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035 fredal.marquez@wellsfargo.com • WellsFargo.com Barber Shop Sport Clips, Adam Ralphs......................................(310) 889-0707 2180 Westwood Blvd., Ste. 2P, Los Angeles, CA 90025 asralphs@gmail.com • HaircutMenHayesCenterLosAngelesCA.com

European Wax Center–Westwood Susan Stieber...........................................................(310) 473-6262 1126 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024 center0375@waxcenter.com • WaxCenter.com Salon Tru Santa Monica Michael Schoenfeld..................................................(310) 394-0878 614 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401 info@salontrusantamonica.com • SalonTruSantaMonica.com SUPERCUTS (Westwood), Victoria Pluma.............(310) 470-1558 1650 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024 Supercuts.com

Batteries Advanced Battery Systems, Richard Kline..........(310) 482-3799 5649 Mesmer Ave., Culver City, CA 90230 richard@absbattery.com • ABSBattery.com

Beauty Salons • Hair Color/Style/Extensions Rosa Hair Design, Rosa Shahabi...........................(310) 849-0163 1900 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025 butterflyrosa@aol.com

Pacific Western Bank, Annette Abernethy............(310) 996-9105 11150 W. Olympic Blvd., Ste. 100, Los Angeles, CA 90064 AAbernethy@PacificWesternBank.com • PacificWesternBank.com

Beauty Salons Alexander’s For Hair, Jeanne Phares....................(310) 473-0462 11515 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064 jeanne@alexandersforhair.com • AlexandersForHair.com

Blinds/Shutters/Window Covering Budget Blinds Westside, Earl Trusty....................(310) 391-4410 3959 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City, CA 90230 earl@ferrufino.com • BudgetBlinds.com

US Bank, Teresa Snyder..........................................(310) 405-7140 11777 San Vicente Blvd., Ste. 134, Los Angeles, CA 90049 teresa.snyder@usbank.com • USBank.com

Edge Salon, Tia Legoski.........................................(310) 481-2007 1900 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025 EdgeSalonLA.com

Wells Fargo Bank, Steve Menendez......................(310) 550-2161 10789 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064 steve.menendez@wellsfargo.com • WellsFargo.com

European Wax Center, Marissa Portela................(310) 575-9299 2216 Sawtelle Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064 Marissa.portela@waxcenter.com • WaxCenter.com

Book Publising/Marketing Black Card Books, Jean-Guy Francoeur.................(877) 280-8536 5-18 Ringwood Dr., Ste. 214, Stouffville, ON L4AON2 jgf@blackcardbooks.com • BlackCardBooks.com

Banking OneWest Bank, John Barron.................................(310) 597-4787 11611 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049 john.barron@owb.com • OWB.com

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Ladies, first-time guests can indulge in a free bikini line, underarm or eyebrow wax. Or, if you really want to go smooth, upgrade to a bikini Brazilian for half off. Gents can treat themselves to an eyebrow, ear or nose wax. 2216 SAWteLLe BLvd., LOS AngeLeS, CA 90064 / 310.575.9299 / WAXCenter.COM

Bookkeeping & Accounting Genuine Bookkeeping & More Inc. Jennifer oki.............................................................(310) 301-0066 8055 W. Manchester Ave., Ste. 310, Playa del Rey, CA 90293 jen.oki@genuinebookkeepingandmore.com GenuineBookkeepingAndMore.com Bookstore/Spiritual Resource Christian Science Reading Room daphne Lunge ........................................................(310) 820-2014 1133 S. Bundy Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90049 tenthrr@gmail.com • TenthChurch.com Business & Management Consulting/Training rla enterprises, ronald Adams ...........................(626) 392-6665 2370 Westwood Blvd., Ste. L1, Los Angeles, CA 90064 ronadamsagent@gmail.com Business Coaching & Consulting The Essential Entrepreneur, Lorenda Phillips ....(310) 910-0766 10866 Washington Blvd., #455, Culver City, CA 90232 lorenda@theessentialentrepreneur.com TheEssentialEntrepreneur.com Business Consulting SCORE / Greater Los Angeles Barbara Schwartz ...................................................(310) 441-2900 2370 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064 barbaraschwartz@scorela.org • ScoreLA.org

dr. Ciara Cappo dC, Ciara Cappo ..........................(310) 689-8135 1454 Cloverfield Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404 ciara.cappo@gmail.com • DrCiaraCappo.com Gabriel Altman DC, Gabriel Altman .....................(310) 383-0599 3701 Via Dolce, Marina del Rey, CA 90292 gabriel@gabrielaltman.com • GabrielAltman.com in8love Chiropractic, Tanya reynolds, dC ...........(310) 477-3335 11340 W. Olympic Blvd., Ste. 204, Los Angeles, CA 90064 info@in8lovechiropractic.com • In8LoveChiropractic.com O2 Chiropractic and Wellness dana Laridaen, dC ..................................................(310) 392-3929 2817 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica, CA90405 info@O2chiropracticandwellness.com O2ChiropracticandWellness.com Wellness Champions, Ben Shamoiel, dC..............(310) 478-7775 11745 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064 drshamoiel@wellnesschampions.org • WellnessChampions.org Cigar Lounge Lone Wolf Cigar Company, david Weiss .............(310) 849-0136 11950 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025 david@lonewolfcigars.com • LoneWolfCigars.com

Candy Displays & Favors/Gift Baskets Sugared LA, imbar Sagi-Lebowitz.........................(310) 779-7445 8950 W. Olympic Blvd., Ste. 353, Beverly Hills, CA 90211 sugaredla@gmail.com

Clothing Boutique Gallery Eshgh, Bahman dardashti .......................(213) 388-2244 1355 Westwood Blvd., #9, Los Angeles, CA 90024 bahman1948@yahoo.com • GalleryEshgh.com

Candy/Chocolate Chocolatier Eve, Eve Stephens..............................(415) 419-1287 201 Ocean Ave., #1208B, Santa Monica, CA 90402 eve@chocolatiereve.com • ChocolatierEve.com

Coaching • Life & Personal Dreams Transform Reality, Sarah Khambatta....(310) 804-2335 11737 Kiowa Ave., #6, Los Angeles, CA 90049 sarah.khambatta@gmail.com

Car Wash Crown Car wash, dian Merrell..............................(310) 284-9067 10399 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064 • fmerrell@me.com

Coaching/Public Speaking Speak Your Mind with Marion Claire Marion Claire ..........................................................(310) 659-8956 Los Angeles, CA • marion@marionclaire.com MarionClaire.com • SpeakingIsSexy.com

Catering & Event Planning Nelis Event Planners Inc., Amy Canales .............(310) 477-0031 2214 Stoner Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90064 neliscatering@verizon.net • NelisCatering.com Chiropractic BAC To Health, John Sherman DC ........................(310) 888-8762 11819 Wilshire Blvd., #211, Los Angeles, CA 90025 akdoc@msn.com • BacToHealth.com

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Coaching/Teaching/Author Quest for Meaning, darnise Martin, Phd .............(424) 227-8599 875 Glenway Dr., Ste. 40, Inglewood, CA 90302 drdarnise@drdarnise.com • DrDarnise.com

Communications netwood Communications Bonnie Fornander ...................................................(310) 442-1530 10736 Jefferson Blvd., #670, Culver City, CA 90230 info@netwood.net • Netwood.net Computer/Cloud Hosting Services systems By . . ., david Salson ...............................(310) 839-6280 418 South Palm Dr., # 4., Beverly Hills, CA 90212 wlainfo@systemsby.com • SystemsBy.com Computer Sales/Service/Consulting Maestro Computing Services Elliott Stern .............................................................(310) 880-9891 PO Box 2201, Culver City, CA 90231 maestro@pcmaestro.com • PCMaestro.com systems By . . ., david Salson ...............................(310) 839-6280 418 South Palm Dr., # 4., Beverly Hills, CA 90212 wlainfo@systemsby.com • SystemsBy.com Computer Services Computer City repairs, Kevin Adhami ................(310) 940-7222 1433 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024 info@computercityrepairs.com • ComputerCityRepairs.com Construction Caltron Construction Inc. ruben Gamerberg ...................................................(323) 266-3456 3045 E. 12th St, Los Angeles, CA 90023 ruben@caltronconstruction.com • CaltronConstruction.com Consultant • Hotels/Restaurants Jean Shigematsu, Jean Shigematsu ....................(310) 207-3688 2313 Amherst Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90064 jshige@earthlink.net Contractor • Commercial/Residential/ Remodeling Universal Construction Specialists Inc. Cecille Maristela ......................................................(310) 465-8840 5321 Ocean, #101, Hawthorne, CA 90250 ucsi.ac@gmail.com • UniversalConstructionSpecialists.com Corporate Housing/Short Term 888 Hilgard, Josh Bateman ..................................(310) 208-4818 888 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024 manager@888hilgard.com • 888Hilgard.com Country Club Beverly Hills Country Club .................................(310) 558-6400 3084 Motor Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90064 • BeverlyHillsCC.com


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Genuine Bookkeeping + More is a relationship driven firm with strong roots in accounting and bookkeeping. We also offer a wide variety of scalable, professional back-office management services to help your business thrive. 8055 Manchester Ave., Ste. 310, Playa del rey, CA 90293 / 310.301.0066 / genuinebookkeepingandmore.com

The originator of the executive suite concept, Barrister was founded in 1966 as a cost-effective alternative to traditional office space by providing turnkey office space, virtual offices, and meeting room facilities. 11500 Olympic Blvd., Ste. 400, Los Angeles, CA 90064 / 310.258.8000 / barrister-suites.com

Brentwood Country Club, Daniel Enzler..............(310) 451-8011 590 S. Burlingame Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90049 generalmanager@brentwoodcc.net • BrentwoodCC.net Credit Card Processing Services TransFirst Corporate Sales Johnny Be'ano.........................................................(657) 238-5168 5665 Plaza Dr., Ste. 500, Cypress, CA 90630 jbeano@transfirst.com • TransFirst.com Custom Printed Shirts Paint My Teez, Soleiman Bolour............................(424) 652-4826 11749 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064 info@paintmyteez.com • PaintMyTeez.com Data Recovery & Computer Repair Macwest Data Recovery & Mac Repair Kaya Arseven...........................................................(310) 866-0828 12041 Wilshire Blvd., #26, Los Angeles, CA 90025 info@macwestlosangeles.com • MacwestLosAngeles.com Dentist • General Brentwood Dentistry, Sandra Ramirez................(310) 820-8228 11611 San Vicente Blvd., L1, Los Angeles, CA 90049 originaldentistry@yahoo.com • BrentwoodDentistryLA.com Dentist • General/Cosmetic/Implant Cosmetic Dental of Westwood Sandra Shakibkhoo, DDS..........................................(310) 474-3765 1762 Westwood Blvd., #460, Los Angeles, CA 90024 info@sweettoothdr.com • SweetToothDr.com

Michael J. Payne II DDS Inc. Michael J. Payne, DDS..............................................(310) 828-4451 2901 Wilshire Blvd., #336, Santa Monica, CA 90403 info@michaeljpaynedds.com • MichaelJPayneDDS.com Village Dental, Melanie Schlang, DDS...................(310) 824-2225 951 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024 mschlangdds@gmail.com • VillageDentists.com Vision Dental, William Cheng, DDS, MS.................(310) 470-6121 10700 Santa Monica Blvd., Ste. 140, Los Angeles, CA 90025 info@visiondental.com • VisionDental.com Dentist • General/Cosmetic/Ortho/Pediatrics Westside Dental Associates - Les Latner DDS Les Latner, DDS........................................................(310) 477-1081 2990 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Ste. 204, Los Angeles, CA 90064 drles@ucla.edu • SmileLosAngeles.com Dentist • General/Cosmetic/Orthodontics Santa Monica Dental Care Maurice Ahdoot, DMD..............................................(310) 820-5600 12209 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025 smile@smdentalcare.com • SMDentalCare.com Dentist • Orthodontist 360 Orthodontics, Kelly Sanchez..........................(310) 998-7600 1609 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024 info@360orthodontics.com • 360orthodontics.com Santa Monica Orthodontics Alexsis Wilkinson.....................................................(310) 393-3344 1458 14th St., Ste. 100, Santa Monica, CA 90404 info@samoortho.com • SaMoOrtho.com

Dentist • Prothodontist/Cosmetic/Implants Dentalogics Oral Health Care Group Tzur S. Gabi, DMD....................................................(310) 826-8260 11611 San Vicente Blvd., L1, Los Angeles, CA 90049 drgabi@dentalogicsusa.com • DentalogicsUSA.com Dermatology • Cosmetic Surgery Wallace Dermatology of Beverly Hills Paul W. Wallace, MD................................................(310) 652-8460 8920 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 327, Beverly Hills, CA 90211 questions@wallaceofbeverlyhills.com • LooksCount.com Draperies and Upholstery Ferrufino Upholstery & Draperies Earl Trusty................................................................(310) 827-4446 3959 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City, CA 90230 earl@ferrufino.com • Ferrufino.com Drug & Alcohol Treatment Steps Into Action, Bradley T. Anderson M.B.A.......(424) 214-8772 PO Box 10921, Beverly Hills, CA 90213 Bradley@stepsintoaction.com • SobrietyCompanions.com Drug Abuse & Addiction Treatment for Teens Visions Adolescent Treatment Centers Angela Carrillo.........................................................(818) 889-3665 33335 Mulholland Hwy., Malibu, CA 90265 acarrillo@visionsteen.com • VisionsTeen.com Dry Cleaning/Laundry/Tailoring Fazio Cleaners, Joanna.........................................(310) 820-0469 11702 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049 bw@faziocleaners.com • FazioCleaners.com

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The Orangetheory Fitness workout consists of heart-rate monitored, full-body cardio and strength training. “Best one-hour workout in the country.”—New York Times. See website for new locations. First class is FREE, book today! 11661 SAn viCente BLvd., Ste. 103, BrentWOOd, CA 90049 / 310.694.5656 / OrAngetheOryLA.COM

Education C2 education, Sophia Chang.................................(310) 207-8222 11740 San Vicente Blvd., #106, Los Angeles, CA 90049 brentwood@c2educate.com • c2educate.com

Barrister Executive Suites, Inc. Sondra Hollis...........................................................(310) 388-8799 11620 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 900, Los Angeles, CA 90025 shollis@barrister-suites.com • Barrister-Suites.com/brentwood.php

Franklin Educational Services Inc. rachel Fisher...........................................................(310) 571-1176 11777 San Vicente Blvd., Ste. 129, Los Angeles, CA 90049 rfisher@franklined.com • FranklinEd.com

Family Building Services KinFormation Families, rachel Hoffman ............(949) 510-7229 rachel@kinformationfamilies.com • KinFormationFamilies.com

Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes dan Yoczik ..............................................................(310) 481-2293 1554 S. Sepulveda Blvd., #214, Los Angeles, CA 90025 dan.yoczik@lindamoodbell.com • LindamoodBell.com Entertainment & Speaker Service/ Creative Service Frank Entertainment & Speakers Jeannine Frank .......................................................(310) 666-9066 PO Box 49283, Los Angeles, CA 90049 jeannine@frankentertainment.com • FrankEntertainment.com Entertainment/Singing Disc Jockey downtown sounds west, Zed Smyth..................(310) 916-7205 10825 Rose Ave., #308, Los Angeles, CA 90034 esmyth3@aol.com • ZedsVoiceoverAndDJ.com Event Planner L.A.’s Largest Mixer, dave Linden ........................(323) 230-5656 578 Washington Blvd., #680, Marina del Rey, CA 90292 info@largestmixer.com • LargestMixer.com the Joy of live events, Joy Schechter..................(310) 954-1597 10866 Washington Blvd., #707, Culver City, CA 90232 joy@JoySchechter.com • JoySchechter.com Event Production/Planning eZ event Production, Emiliana Guereca ..............(877) 239-3836 11599 Gateway Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064 emiliana@ezeventproduction.com • EZEventProduction.com Events Olympic Collection Banquet/Conf. Ctr. darien Morea ..........................................................(310) 575-4585 11301 W. Olympic Blvd., #204, Los Angeles, CA 90064 info@ocbanquet.com • OCBanquet.com Executive Suites/Office Space Barrister Executive Suites, Inc. Bonnie ogilvie.........................................................(310) 258-8000 11500 Olympic Blvd., #400, Los Angeles, CA 90064 bogilvie@barrister-suites.com • Barrister-Suites.com

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Farmers Market Information Raw Inspiration Inc. / Non-Profit Kelly Cowdrey..........................................................(818) 591-8161 23501 Park Sorrento Dr., Ste. 105, Calabasas, CA 91302 info@rawinspiration.org • RawInspiration.org Financial Education West Los Angeles SUCCESS Club Scott Kaiserman ......................................................(310) 428-3680 12021 Wilshire Blvd., #143, Los Angeles, CA 90025 scott@cflowking.com • WLASuccessClub.org Financial Services david harmon, david Harmon .............................(424) 832-6216 1534 Greenfield Ave., #301, Los Angeles, CA 90025 dbh54@outlook.com edward Jones, Matthew Williams CFP ..................(310) 394-4001 1250 6th St., Ste. 203, Santa Monica, CA 90401 matthew.m.williams@edwardjones.com • EdwardJones.com New York Life Insurance Company Michael navarre......................................................(310) 293-7873 6300 Wilshire Blvd., 22nd Fl., Los Angeles, CA 90048 mnavarre@ft.nyl.com • NYL.com Primerica, Margit raney .......................................(310) 720-1402 706 W. Broadway #202, Glendale, CA 91204 margitraney@gmail.com • Primerica.com/margitraney Woloz & Associates, Melanie Woloz.....................(310) 312-1710 11500 Tennessee Ave., #104, Los Angeles, CA 90064 melanie@wolozassoc.com Floor Covering • Carpet Contempo Floor Coverings Mark Haloossim ......................................................(310) 826-8063 902 S. Barrington Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90049 markh@contempofloorcoverings.com • ContempoFloorCoverings.com Floor Covering • Carpet/Hardwood/ Vinyl/Ceramic Tiles Barry Carpet, Jill Pierce ........................................(310) 479-3761 11061 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064 jill@barrycarpet.com • BarryCarpet.com

Funeral Services Hillside Memorial Park & Mortuary Saul Goldfarb..........................................................(310) 641-0707 6001 W. Centinela Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90045 HillsideMemorial.org General Contractor krB Construction, Karl rex Brook ........................(310) 766-5555 2774 Sawtelle Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064 krbconstruction@earthlink.net • KRBConstruction.net Gift Baskets Gift Basket Dude, LLC, Alex Mireles.....................(310) 473-8400 11727 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064 info@giftbasketdude.com • GiftBasketDude.com Golf Course LA Golf Academy, Pamela Kratochvil....................(310) 230-2052 Heroes Golf Course LAGolfAcademy@gmail.com • LAGolfAcademy.com Government/Environmental Agency South Coast Air Quality Management District Leeor Alpern ...........................................................(909) 396-3663 21865 Copley Dr., Diamond Bar, CA 91765 lalpern@aqmd.gov • AQMD.gov Graphic Design Dada Advanced Design Associates Steven John Koeppe ................................................(310) 428-6899 1231 Harvard St., Ste. O, Santa Monica, CA 90404 steven@dadada.com • DaDaDa.com Go Graphics & Printing Company Gary Avrech ............................................................(310) 207-4500 814 S. Westgate Ave., #117, Los Angeles, CA 90049 gographics.us@verizon.net • GoGraphics.us Ivy & Ink Design Studio, ivy Brown ....................(608) 658-4321 Los Angeles, CA 90021 ivy@ivyandinkdesign.com • IvyandInkDesign.com Grocer/Market 7-Eleven, Moiz Ali .................................................(310) 820-0417 12225 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025 Bristol Farms, danny danziger .............................(310) 481-0100 1515 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024 wwcatering@bristolfarms.com • BristolFarms.com Smart & Final–Corporate, randall oliver CA • SmartAndFinal.com


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Smart & Final–Store #330, Teo Gomez ..............(310) 559-1722 10113 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90034 cc330@smartandfinal.com • SmartAndFinal.com Smart & Final–Store #395, Julio Lopez ..............(310) 473-0344 11221 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064 cc395@smartandfinal.com • SmartAndFinal.com Smart & Final–Store #478 Helena Wittenberg ..................................................(310) 558-0576 1835 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035 cc478@smartandfinal.com • SmartAndFinal.com Smart & Final–Store #315, Juan ortiz ...............(310) 207-8688 12210 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025 cc315@smartandfinal.com • SmartAndFinal.com vicente Foods, Bob inadomi.................................(310) 472-5215 12027 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049 binadomi@vicentefoods.com • VicenteFoods.com Whole Foods Market–Store #10074 SP BRT Ashley Johnson .......................................................(310) 826-4433 11737 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049 ashleyejohnson@wholefoods.com • WholeFoodsMarket.com Hardware/Paint Store Emil’s Hardware, Mark Mondelo ..........................(310) 839-8571 2525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90034 info@hardwarestore-la.com • Hardware-LosAngeles.com

Health & Fitness Cardio Barre Brentwood....................................(310) 472-4011 137 S. Barrington Pl., Los Angeles, CA 90049 brentwood@cardiobarre.com CardioBarre.com/studios/brentwood-ca Orangetheory Fitness, Paul n. Marcus ...............(310) 429-6461 11661 San Vicente Blvd., #103, Los Angeles, CA 90049 pmarcus@orangetheoryfitness.com • OrangetheoryLA.com PKG Training Center, Tahi Burns..........................(310) 575-4500 1401 Westwood Blvd., #100, Los Angeles, CA 90024 chad@pkgla.com • PKGLA.com Health & Wellness 90210 love & Care inc. Melissa orwasher ...................................................(310) 278-8682 9301 Wilshire Blvd., #307, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 info@90210lovecare.com • 90210LoveCare.com Arbonne International, Carlyn P. Peterson ..........(310) 699-1200 4189 Le Bourqet Ave., Culver City, CA 90232 carlynppeterson@gmail.com • CarlynPeterson.Arbonne.com

J & d labs llC, Jack Yang......................................(323) 839-9016 641 ½ S. Ridgeley Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90036 jackntbox@yahoo.com • Motichi.com Jackie Lovell Holistic Health Coach Jackie Lovell ............................................................(818) 322-9168 1703 Pine St., Santa Monica, CA 90405 jackie.lovell@yahoo.com • JackieLo4HealthyGlow.com Natural Healing & Acupuncture Carla Vidor, L.Ac, dAoM, FABorM ............................(310) 473-7474 2001 S. Barrington Ave., #220, Los Angeles, CA 90025 cvvidor@gmail.com • CarlaVidor.com nutrition 4 good, Annie Mcrae ...........................(310) 310-4889 2080 Century Park East, #1804, Los Angeles, CA 90067 annie@nutrition4good.com • Nutrition4Good.com The Caregiving Cornerstone Patricia Pugliese .....................................................(855) 562-0050 10866 Wilshire Blvd., 4th Fl., PMB #454, Los Angeles, CA 90024 Patricia@caregivingcornerstone.com • CaregivingCornerstone.com

Ashli Healthcare, Chandra Clemmey....................(661) 399-2199 2201 Zeus Ct., Bakersfield, CA 93308 chandraclemmey@yahoo.com • AshliHealthcare.com

Health Care Provider UCLA Health, robert Hernandez ...........................(310) 319-4471 1821 Wilshire Blvd., #600, Santa Monica, CA 90404 rhernandez@mednet.ucla.edu • UCLAhealth.org

Caligenix Genetic Based Lifestyle Eliad Josephson ......................................................(310) 273-3888 11755 Wilshire Blvd., #1250, Los Angeles, CA 90025 ejosephson@caligenix.com • Caligenix.com

Health Spa Aqua Thai Spa, John Sungkamee..........................(310) 478-6680 1279 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024 aquathaispa@gmail.com • AquaThaiSpa.com

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Top rated on Yelp and voted best Thai massage on the Westside! Reserve your session at AquaThaiSpa.com. • Email: aquathaispa@gmail.com • Like us on Faceboook.com/aquathaispa • Twitter: @AquaThaiSpa • Pinterest.com/aquathaispa 1279 WeStWOOd BLvd., LOS AngeLeS, CA 90024 / 310.478.6680 / AQuAthAiSPA.COM

Hearing Aids Westwood Hearing Center, della Wolfson .........(310) 475-5023 2353 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064 della@westwoodhearing.com • WestwoodHearing.com Home Health Care Services 90210 love & Care inc., Melissa orwasher ..........(310) 278-8682 9301 Wilshire Blvd., #307, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 info@90210lovecare.com • 90210LoveCare.com AAA T.L.C. Health Care Inc. Connie richardson ..................................................(310) 271-1887 16133 Ventura Blvd., Ste. 900, Encino, CA 91436 info@aaatlc.com • AAATLC.com Always Better Care Home Health Providers Inc. nora Aquino ...........................................................(213) 251-2315 3600 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 1920, Los Angeles, CA 90010 abchhpi@yahoo.com Carenetla, Jeff Taylor ...........................................(310) 393-1282 9100 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Ste. 128, Los Angeles, CA 90045 carenetla@aol.com • CarenetLA.com Continuity Care home nurses Maryanne Sawoski .................................................(818) 753-5106 12722 Riverside Dr., #108, North Hollywood, CA 91607 maryanne@cchomenurses.com • CCHomeNurses.com First Light Home Care, robert Mahoney .............(310) 445-6170 2110 S. Bentley Ave., #303, Los Angeles, CA 90025 rmahoney@firstlighthomecare.com • WestLA.FirstLightHomeCare.com

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Home Helpers of Beverly Hills, Leslee deanes ...(310) 691-8161 8549 Wilshire Blvd., #151, Beverly Hills, CA 90211 leslee@homehelpershomecare.com • BeverlyHillsCAHomeCare.com Home Health Care/Non-Medical All About Loving Care, Sherie Wright ..................(310) 730-5523 10880 Wilshire Blvd., #1101, Los Angeles, CA 90024 sherie@allaboutlovingcare.us • AllAboutLovingCare.us JFs Care, Merrie Beth Boatright .............................(213) 383-2273 3580 Wilshire Blvd., #700, Los Angeles, CA 90010 mboatright@jfscare.com • JFSCare.org Home Improvement & Remodeling homeadvisor, Andrea davis .................................(303) 963-8557 14023 Denver W. Pkwy., Golden, CO 80401 learnmore@homeadvisor.com homeadvisor.com/c.Los_Angeles.ca.html Hospice Skirball Hospice/Los Angeles Jewish Home Kathy Gutstein ........................................................(855) 227-3745 7150 Tampa Ave., Reseda, CA 91335 kathy.gutstein@jha.org • JHA.org Hospital kaiser Permanente-wla, Jamila Veasley...........(323) 857-4028 6041 Cadillac Ave., 5th Fl., Los Angeles, CA 90034 Jamila.Veasley@kp.org • KaiserPermanente.org Host Families g P homestay, Jenna rioux ..................................(781) 996-0429 770 The City Drive So., Ste. 7500, Orange, CA 92868 jrioux@gphomestay.com • GPhomestay.com

Hotel Crowne Plaza Beverly Hills, Brian Keyes ............(310) 553-6561 1150 S. Beverly Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90035 briankeys@remingtonhotels.com • MyBeverlyHillsHotel.com Luxe Hotel Sunset Boulevard Amy Commans........................................................(310) 476-6571 11461 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049 amy.commans@luxehotels.com • LuxeHotels.com Hypnotherapy success Center, Terry Lee Brussel, Phd ..................(818) 989-2923 8515 Penfield Ave., Winnetka, CA 91306 info@acesuccess.com • AceSuccess.com The Gateway: A Portal for Growth & Wellness Tony Camacho C.Ht. ................................................(310) 479-0430 2511 S. Barrington Ave., Ste. 100, Los Angeles, CA 90064 heart-to-heart@thegatewayportal.com • TheGatewayPortal.com Import/Export P & l imports, Leonard rubinstein........................(310) 914-1762 1849 Sawtelle Blvd., Ste. 620, Los Angeles, CA 90025 Information Technology Services J.D. Fox Micro, Jeffrey Fox .....................................(310) 479-5545 1539 Sawtelle Blvd., #16, Los Angeles, CA 90025 contact@jdfoxmicro.com • JDFoxMicro.com Insurance Services Blender Insurance Agency Tracy Blender ..........................................................(310) 410-4110 6060 W. Manchester Ave., #302, Los Angeles, CA 90045 blenderinsurance@gmail.com • BlenderInsurance.com


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Steve Little Insurance Agency, Inc. As a West LA Business owner, I understand the importance of tailoring not only your small business coverage but also your individual coverage to meet your unique needs. I can help you choose the insurance that is right for you. 11654 W. PiCO BLvd., LOS AngeLeS, CA 90064 / 310-954-9754 / SteveLittLeinSurAnCe.COM

ALL ABOUT KEYS Any door, any safe, mechanical or digital—if it has a lock, we have the key! As good as we are at getting you in, we're even better at keeping unwanted people out. Your security is our business. Family owned since 2009. 950 gAyLey Ave., LOS AngeLeS, CA 90024 / 310.709.1792 / FACeBOOK.COM/PAgeS/ALL-ABOut-KeyS/334430696689383

Silver Lining Insurance Services Kay redding............................................................(310) 441-8363 2140 Westwood Blvd., Ste. 214, West Los Angeles, CA 90025 info@slinsurance.net • SLInsurance.net

Insurance • Group Health/Employee Benefits rla enterprises, ronald Adams ...........................(626) 392-6665 2370 Westwood Blvd., Ste. L1, Los Angeles, CA 90064 ronadamsagent@gmail.com

state Farm insurance Hillary Heyl, CLU, ChFC, CASL ...................................(310) 234-9600 2025 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025 hillary.heyl.c8oj@statefarm.com • HillaryHeyl.com

Insurance • Health/Life/Disability norman w. Bernier Clu ChFC norman W. Bernier .................................................(310) 722-2433 11041 Santa Monica Blvd., #342, Los Angeles, CA 90025 normanbernier@hotmail.com

state Farm insurance, Steve Little ......................(310) 954-9754 11654 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064 steve@stevelittleinsurance.com • SteveLittleInsurance.com Insurance Training Center Farmers Agency Development Center david Atkins ...........................................................(310) 929-4290 2050 S. Bundy Dr., #210, Los Angeles, CA 90025 datkins1@farmersagent.com • FarmersAgent.com/datkins1 Insurance • Auto/Home/Life Liberty Mutual Insurance, Adam Glazer ............(310) 415-6087 222 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Ste. 2330, El Segundo, CA 90245 adam.glazer@LibertyMutual.com • LibertyMutual.com/AdamGlazer Insurance • Financial Services Michel Financial Group Thomas (Tom) Michel..............................................(310) 231-8263 11835 W. Olympic Blvd., #835E, Los Angeles, CA 90064 tmichel@michelfinancial.com • MichelFinancialGroup.com

Insurance • Health/Life/Disability/ Long-Term Care Belair Insurance Services, Barry A. Sikov ...........(310) 476-9720 522 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Ste. 207, Los Angeles, CA 90049 insurer9@aol.com • BelairInsuranceServices.com rla enterprises, ronald Adams ...........................(626) 392-6665 2370 Westwood Blvd., Ste. L1, Los Angeles, CA 90064 ronadamsagent@gmail.com Solid Health Insurance Services Barbara Schmalz.....................................................(310) 909-6135 814 S. Westgate Ave., #109, Los Angeles, CA 90049 info@solidhealthinsurance.com • SolidHealthInsurance.com Insurance • Health/Life/Employee Benefits Ca Pine insurance services, Charles Pine ...........(562) 481-5280 1117 9th St., Ste. 101, Santa Monica, CA 90403 cpine@pinebenefits.com • PineBenefits.com

Insurance • Long-Term Care norman w. Bernier Clu ChFC norman W. Bernier .................................................(310) 722-2433 11041 Santa Monica Blvd., #342, Los Angeles, CA 90025 normanbernier@hotmail.com Insurance • Medicare Health Belair Insurance Services, Barry A. Sikov ...........(310) 476-9720 522 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Ste. 207, Los Angeles, CA 90049 insurer9@aol.com • BelairInsuranceServices.com Insurance • Travel & International Health robert donin insurance, robert donin ..............(310) 420-2169 11693 San Vicente Blvd., #346, Los Angeles, CA 90049 robert@robertdonininsurance.com • RobertDoninInsurance.com Interior Design Design by Maureen, Maureen Tepedino ..............(310) 714-7376 13226 Admiral Ave., Unit J, Marina del Rey, CA 90292 designbymaureen@aol.com • DesignByMaureen.com Internet Marketing LightYear Marketing Group, Buzz Park..............(855) 438-8752 15055 Oxnard St., Sherman Oaks, CA 91403 buzz@lightyearmarketinggroup.com LightYearMarketingGroup.com Los Angeles Web Strategies, Mats Elmstrom .....(213) 607-9100 3520 Overland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90034 losangeleswebstrategies@gmail.com

rla enterprises, ronald Adams ...........................(626) 392-6665 2370 Westwood Blvd., Ste. L1, Los Angeles, CA 90064 ronadamsagent@gmail.com

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Jewelry/Retail Taos Indian Trading Company Todd Swift ...............................................................(310) 395-3652 403 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401 sales@taosindiantrading.com • TaosIndianTrading.com Westwood Jewelers, Arthur Kirakossian .............(310) 441-0043 2318 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064 westwoodjewelers@gmail.com • WestwoodJewelers.com

Locksmith • Locks/Keys/Safes All About Keys norma-Jean Mijangos.............................................(310) 709-1792 950 Gayley Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024 certifiedkey@aol.com

Language Instruction & Translation Farsi/Persian Tutor, Farangis Siahpour................(310) 883-8292 360 Burnsid Ave., 10D, Los Angeles, CA 90036 farangis.si@gmail.com

Bundy’s Lock & Safe Co. Inc. dennis Smith ..........................................................(310) 473-8951 1533 Sawtelle Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025 info@bundyslockandsafe.com • BundysLockAndSafe.com

Laundry Services Sparkling Laundry Services Gary Gordon ...........................................................(310) 278-2043 11927 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064 garytravels@msn.com • SparklingCoinLaundryLA.com

Lumber/Hardware/Building Supply/Nursery Anawalt Lumber Company, david iblings ..........(310) 478-0324 11060 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064 diblings@anawaltlumber.com • AnawaltLumber.com

Learning/Achievement Center Brain Balance Achievement Centers Lauren Allen ...........................................................(310) 945-2577 11740 San Vicente Blvd., #208, Los Angeles, CA 90049 lallen@brainbalancecenters.com • BrainBalanceCenters.com Legal Services Legal Shield, Eliza Silver .......................................(917) 842-2935 1616 S. Holt Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90035 elizasilver1836@yahoo.com • LegalShieldAssociate.com/ElizaSilver

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Mailbox Rentals/Business Services Brentwood Mailbox Center Inc. Mark Glode .............................................................(310) 826-0494 11693 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049 info@brentwoodmailbox.com • BrentwoodMailbox.com Mailing Service Palmer Addressing & Mailing Service Aubrey Provost........................................................(310) 204-1988 2711 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90034 promail@att.net

Mail/Shipping/Packaging the uPs store, Jim Battle.....................................(310) 208-0828 907 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024 store6571@theupsstore.com • TheUPSStoreLocal.com/6571 Market Sprouts Farmer’s Market–Store #275 Aaron Chase............................................................(310) 500-1192 1751 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024 aaronchase@sprouts.com • Sprouts.com Marketing/Website awesome web guy, Gedaly Guberek ...................(760) 500-3612 11712 Darlington Ave., #5, Los Angeles, CA 90049 gedalyguberek@gmail.com • AwesomeWebGuy.com Massage Therapy The Gateway: A Portal for Growth & Wellness Tony Camacho C.Ht. ................................................(310) 479-0430 2511 S. Barrington Ave., Ste. 100, Los Angeles, CA 90064 heart-to-heart@thegatewayportal.com • TheGatewayPortal.com Medical Los Angeles Integrative Gastroenterology & Nutrition Farshid Sam rahbar ................................................(310) 289-8000 2080 Century Park East, #1804, Los Angeles, CA 90067 Info@LAIntegrativeGI.com • LAIntegrativeGI.com Pacific Eye and Ear Specialists Kian Karimi, M.d., FACS ..........................................(310) 477-5558 11645 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 600, Los Angeles, CA 90025 flor@pacificspecialists.com • PacificSpecialists.com


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Every year, Westside Food Bank provides food for 105,000 local individuals and families in need. Support our work— visit us online to donate, volunteer, plan a food drive or register for our Hunger Walk in the fall. Just $5 feeds 20 people. 1710 22nd St., Santa Monica, CA 90404 / 310.828.6016 / wsfb.org

Our kids' tech workshop hosts a variety of robot building parties and robotics, coding and 3D printing workshops for kids ages 4–14. Find us in West LA, Glendale and Palos Verdes for field trips, camps, afterschool programs and parties! 10955 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064 / 310.474.0198 / 1.888.ROBOT.08 / RollingRobots.com

Washington Bryan II M.D. Inc. Washington Bryan II, M.D........................................(310) 228-3652 11669 Santa Monica Blvd., #110, Los Angeles, CA 90025 office@paincuremd.com • PainCureMD.com

Mortgage Priority Capital Corporation, Jean Rudny...........(310) 346-6040 6355 Topanga Canyon Blvd., #240, Woodland Hills, CA 91367 jrudny00@gmail.com • LoansByJeanRudny.com

Newspaper/Media Brentwood News, T. J. Montemer.........................(310) 310-2637 3435 Ocean Park Blvd., #210, Santa Monica, CA 90405 tj@smmirror.com • BrentwoodNewsOnline.com

Medical • Natural Health Soultice Health Moves Dorian R. Holmes N.D...............................................(424) 634-7685 900 Wilshire Blvd., #314, Santa Monica, CA 90401 info@soultice.com • SoulticeHealthMoves.com

Mortgage/Reverse High Tech Lending, Charles Guinn........................(310) 616-6965 3133 Stanford Ave., Marina del Rey, CA 90292 charles@charlesguinn.com • CharlesGuinn.com

Santa Monica Mirror, T. J. Montemer...................(310) 310-2637 3435 Ocean Park Blvd., #210, Santa Monica, CA 90405 tj@smmirror.com • SMMirror.com

Medical • Neuropsychologist Raffle Brain Institute, David L. Raffle, PhD..........(800) 450-9799 2001 S. Barrington Ave., Ste. 121, Los Angeles, CA 90025 info@rafflebraininstitute.com • RaffleBrainInstitute.com Medical/Internal Medicine Eugene Fishman MD, Eugene Fishman, M.D.........(310) 277-9126 2080 Century Park East, #704, Los Angeles, CA 90067 elfmd@aol.com Medical/Pain Management Pain Management and Injury Relief Linnea McLaughlin..................................................(310) 917-6800 2336 Santa Monica Blvd., #208, Santa Monica, CA 90404 linneam@paininjuryrelief.com • PainInjuryRelief.com Medical/Urgent Care West Los Angeles Industrial & Urgent Care Noel Laurente..........................................................(310) 207-3320 11645 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 825, Los Angeles, CA 90025 nlaurente@mxdrugtest.com

Motel Wilshire Motel, Eleanor Kalman............................(310) 478-3545 12023 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025 wilshiremotel@aol.com Museum Museum of Tolerance, Avra Shapiro....................(310) 553-8403 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035 info@museumoftolerance.com • MuseumOfTolerance.com Music & Productions Olystis Music & Productions, John Langford.......(706) 537-4936 5369 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90019 olystisLA@gmail.com • Olystis.com Music Publishing North Musinc Group LLC, Abby North..................(310) 459-4707 630 Resolano Dr., Pacific Palisades, CA 90272 abby@sspmc.tv • SSPMC.tv Newspaper The Epoch Times, Albert Roman...........................(888) 853-4774 9550 Flair Dr., #411, El Monte, CA 91731 scal@epochtimes.com • TheEpochTimes.com

The Century City News, T. J. Montemer................(310) 310-2637 3435 Ocean Park Blvd., #210, Santa Monica, CA 90405 tj@smmirror.com Westside Today.com, T. J. Montemer....................(310) 310-2637 3435 Ocean Park Blvd., #210, Santa Monica, CA 90405 tj@smmirror.com • WestsideToday.com Non-Profit America ICARE, Lisa McGloiry................................(877) 516-3038 11859 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 101, Los Angeles, CA 90025 lisa.mcgloiry@americaicare.org • AmericaICARE.org American Cancer Society / Relay for Life Bazillia Gutierrez......................................................(310) 348-0356 5731 W. Slauson Ave., #200, Culver City, CA 90230 Bazillia.Gutierrez@cancer.org • Cancer.org American Cancer Society Discovery Shop Betty Maseda..........................................................(310) 360-4894 844 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035 betty.maseda@cancer.org • Cancer.org

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We are your family-owned neighborhood pet supply and grooming store. We offer friendly, personal, expert service, first class salon treatments and the largest selection of USA made food, treats and accessories. 10531 W. PiCO BLvd., LOS AngeLeS, CA 90064 / 310.441.7291 / triXieSPetdePOt.COM

american Cancer society discovery shop Lisa Tabor ...............................................................(310) 287-1156 2460 Overland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90064 lisa.tabor@cancer.org • Cancer.org Benevolence Health Centers rebekah Jennings ...................................................(323) 732-0100 3631 Crenshaw Blvd., #109 & 110, Los Angeles, CA 90016 rjennings@bhchealth.org • BHCHealth.org Cancer Control Society, Lorraine rosenthal.........(323) 663-7801 2043 N. Berendo St., Los Angeles, CA 90027 cancercontrol@att.net • CancerControlSociety.com deen & Company CPas, Charles A. deen ..............(310) 559-1875 3113 Reid Ave., Culver City, CA 90232 supercpa@pacbell.net

Payroll Service PayrollCentric, Josephine Mikhail ........................(310) 258-9703 5250 W. Century Blvd., #432, Los Angeles, CA 90045 jmikhail@payrollcentric.com • PayrollCentric.com Permanent Makeup Elite Permanent Makeup & Training Center Mahnaz Bahaelou...................................................(310) 446-7878 10885 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064 elitepermanentmakeupla@gmail.com • ElitePermanentMakeupLA.com

Goodwill Southern California, Marla Eby..........(323) 223-1211 342 San Fernando Rd., Los Angeles, CA, 90031 cray@goodwillsocal.org • GoodwillSoCal.org

Personal Services/Concierge My Little Helper, de Andre Amos .........................(424) 216-1686 PO Box 13121, Marina del Rey, CA 90295 mylittlehelper11@gmail.com • MyLittleHelper11.com

Optimist Youth Homes & Family Services Lawrence Brown .....................................................(310) 476-5739 6957 N. Figueroa St., Box #41-1076, Los Angeles, CA 90041 OYHFS.org

Pet Store/Retail Trixie’s Pet Depot, renee G. Simon ......................(310) 441-7291 10531 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064 trixies@petdepot.com • PetDepot.com

The Salvation Army Haven, diane Good ............(310) 478-3711 11301 Wilshire Blvd., Bldg. 212, Rm. 356, Los Angeles, CA 90073 diane.good@usw.salvationarmy.org • USW.SalvationArmy.org

Pharmacy Allure Pharmacy, Bob Kadkhoda .........................(310) 826-1111 11670 San Vicente Blvd., Ste. A, Los Angeles, CA 90049 info@allurepharmacyla.com • AllurePharmacyLA.com

Westside Food Bank, Genevieve riutort ..............(310) 828-6016 1710 22nd St., Santa Monica, CA 90404 Genevieve@wsfb.org • WSFB.org YMCA–Westside Family Elizabeth niebauer ..................................................(424) 465-5243 11311 La Grange Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90025 ElizabethNiebauer@ymcala.org • YMCALA.org/westside Office Supplies office depot.........................................................(310) 551-3006 9527 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035 ods02206@officedepot.com • OfficeDepot.com Ophthalmologist Assil Eye Institute, Carrington Chandler ..............(310) 651-2300 450 N. Roxbury Dr., #300, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 cchandler@assileye.com • AssilEye.com Organizing • Office/Home Richard Gilbert Assists, richard Gilbert ..............(310) 779-7544 richard@rgassists.com • RGassists.com

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Parties & Workshops Rolling Robots at West Los Angeles Bing Jiang...............................................................(310) 474-0198 10955 W. Pico Bvld., Los Angeles, CA 90064 bing@rollingrobots.com • RollingRobots.com

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Fusion RX Compounding Pharmacy navid Vahedi ..........................................................(310) 204-6676 2001 Westwood Blvd., Ste. A, Los Angeles, CA 90025 info@fusionrxcompounding.com • FusionRXCompounding.com Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy Carlos nunez ...........................................................(310) 476-1237 12025 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049 cnunez@pharmaca.com • Pharmaca.com Photography Dada Advanced Design Associates Steven John Koeppe ................................................(310) 428-6899 1231 Harvard St., Ste. O, Santa Monica, CA 90404 steven@dadada.com • DaDaDa.com Physical Therapy Blessed Physical Therapy Jessica reynoso .......................................................(310) 945-5705 3916 Sepulveda Blvd., #204, Culver City, CA 90230 blessedpt@gmail.com • BlessedPT.com

Golden Light Wellness, dr. Akemi rico................(310) 980-0273 2849 Granville Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90064 info@akemirico.com • RicoWellness.com R A Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Aleen dinani ...........................................................(310) 657-7220 910 ½ S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035 rehab@raphysicaltherapy.com • RAPhysicalTherapy.com Plastic/Cosmetic Surgery Lifestyle Lift Beverly Hills, Melissa Yost .............(323) 655-0100 8484 Wilshire Blvd., #235, Beverly Hills, CA 90211 infoBH@lifestylelift.com • LifestyleLift.com Police Los Angeles Police Department Evangelyn nathan ..................................................(310) 444-0701 1663 Butler Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90025 • LAPDonline.com Printing Services Go Graphics & Printing Company Gary Avrech ............................................................(310) 207-4500 814 S. Westgate Ave., #117, Los Angeles, CA 90049 gographics.us@verizon.net • GoGraphics.us Printing/Copying/Graphic Design Phantom Lithography, david M. Guerra .............(310) 478-7173 11279 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025 dave@phantomprint.com • PhantomPrint.com Probate Sales & Service Dawn Wiley Probate Service dawn Probate Wiley ...............................................(310) 592-8568 4859 Slauson Ave., #262, Los Angeles, CA 90056 info@dawnprobatewiley.com • DProbateWiley.weebly.com Promotional Products Chezgal Merchandising Creations Gary Loeb ...............................................................(310) 841-5874 8936 W. 25th St., Los Angeles, CA 90034 chezgal@pacbell.net • CMC-Promotional-Merchandising.com Eagle Sports & Awards, Elliot Heffler ..................(310) 384-2540 19918 Bryant St., Winnetka, CA 91306 info@eaglesports.com • EagleSports.org Property Management Moss & Company, Cindy Gray...............................(818) 990-5999 15300 Ventura Blvd., Ste. 405, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403 cindygray@mosscompany.com • MossCompany.com Topa Management Company, Art Ponzio ..........(310) 472-7106 11911 San Vicente Blvd., Ste. 215, Los Angeles, CA 90049


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Respected throughout the brokerage community for their honesty, integrity and strong work ethic, Mark and Lynn Mirisch Rogo are proud to offer the highest caliber of personal service that delivers results. “You're not just a Client, you're Family.” 10490 WiLShire BLvd., Ste. 2301, LOS AngeLeS, CA 90024 / 310.385.3164 / MArK@MArKrOgO.COM / MArKrOgO.COM

The only fine Greek-cuisine restaurant in West LA. • Since 1985—Celebrating 30 Years of Opa! Our great flavor comes from the best selection of all-natural meat and poultry. Our fish is line-caught, non-farmed. We have the largest selection of Greek wine in the US. • FREE and FAST in-area delivery. Full service catering for any sized event—office lunches to weddings! • Open 7/365 for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Order by phone, fax, web, iPhone/Android App and Facebook. 1383 WeStWOOd BLvd., LOS AngeLeS, CA 90024 / 310.478.2900 / deLPhigreeK.COM

Psychics Clairvoyance, dorothy Adams ..............................(310) 207-8777 11958 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049 readingsbydorothy@gmail.com • BrentwoodPsychicReadings.com

Real Estate • Commercial Brennan Realty, Keith Brennan ...........................(310) 881-2940 3415 S. Sepulveda Blvd., #1100, Los Angeles, CA 90034 contact@brennan-realty.net • Brennan-Realty.net

Psychotherapist the Conversation group Mary K Cocharo, LMFT .............................................(310) 828-2624 11340 W. Olympic Blvd., Ste. 210, Los Angeles, CA 90064 info@conversationgroup.com • ConversationGroup.com

Real Estate • Property Management Combined Properties Inc. on behalf of Brentwood Place Brian Miller.............................................................(310) 205-9616 9320 Wilshire Blvd., #310, Beverly Hills, CA 90212 bmiller@combined.biz • Combined.biz

Public Affairs Church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints Mattew Ball ............................................................(310) 475-7018 1591 E. Temple Way, Los Angeles, CA 90024 mball@ldschurch.org • MormonNewsroom.org

Real Estate • Rentals Douglas Butler, douglas Butler............................(310) 265-9999 28441 Highridge Rd., Ste. 303, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274 dougbutler@aol.com

Publishing gibbons Media, Matthew Gibbons .......................(310) 395-2602 1321 7th St., #204, Santa Monica, CA 90401 Matthew@GibbonsMedia.com • GibbonsMedia.com

Real Estate • Residential Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Faith Judy Wisansky................................................(310) 918-1442 3130 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 100, Santa Monica, CA 90403 faithjudy@msn.com • Homes4Everyone.com

Real Estate Broker Real Estate Broker & Leasing Company derek Anthony Cusack .............................................(310) 710-9361 DerekCusack.com

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Eliza Zerehi .............................................................(310) 926-3835 9696 Wilshire Blvd., 3rd Fl., Beverly Hills, CA 90212 ezerehi@yahoo.com • ElizaZerehi.com

Real Estate Financing New American Funding, ramin Lavi ..................(310) 409-0287 9495 Wilshire Blvd., #400, Beverly Hills, CA 90212 ramin.lavi@nafinc.com • NewAmericanAgent.com

Coldwell Banker, Mark rogo ...............................(310) 385-3164 10490 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 2301, Los Angeles, CA 90024 mark@markrogo.com • MarkRogo.com Coldwell Banker Brentwood, damon Kronsberg ... (310) 633-4900 11661 San Vicente Blvd., 10th Fl., Los Angeles, CA 90049 damonkronsberg@gmail.com • DamonSells.com

Heyler Realty, Sean McMillan & Jae Wu ...............(310) 470-2030 10659 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064 sean@heyler.com, jae@heyler.com • Heyler.com Keller Williams Realty, Barbara Seinfeld ............(310) 482-2200 2701 Ocean Park Blvd., Ste. 140, Santa Monica, CA 90405 bseinfeld@kw.com • BarbaraSeinfeld.net Keller Williams Realty, Vicky Sheng ...................(310) 903-7050 2701 Ocean Park Blvd., #140, Santa Monica, CA 90405 vickysrealestate@gmail.com • VickySheng.com Lauren Swartzberg, Lauren Swartzberg ..............(310) 471-7661 149 S. Barrington Ave., Ste. 1000, Los Angeles, CA 90049 estatehomesla@aol.com Nourmand & Associates Realtors Bahar Soomekh .......................................................(310) 274-4000 421 N. Beverly Dr., #200, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 Bahar@LABahar.com • LABahar.com • Nourmand.com RE/MAX Westside Properties, Bob Goold ...........(310) 430-9625 10931 Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064 BobGoold@ILoveLAHomes.com • ILoveLAHomes.com Rodeo Realty–Brentwood, Elyse Arbour ...........(310) 873-4188 11940 San Vicente Blvd., #100, Los Angeles, CA 90049 elyse@elysearbour.com • ElyseArbour.com The Noël Team, Sherri noel ..................................(310) 994-8721 2701 Ocean Park Blvd., Ste. 140, Santa Monica, CA 90405 sherri@sherrinoel.com • TheNoelTeam.net

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C & M Café is the most loved, highest rated bakery-cafe in WLA. Chef Kalissa Krejcik shops local farmers' markets for her “craving-driven” take on American diner classics. Open 7 days until 5PM. Hurry! Butter buns sell out fast! 3272 MOtOr Ave., LOS AngeLeS, CA 90034 / 310.694.1516 / CMCAFeLA.COM

Real Estate • Residential/Commercial Albert Maxwell Goldberg Albert Maxwell Goldberg.........................................(310) 721-7653 468 N. Camden Dr., Penthouse, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 AlYourBroker@yahoo.com Geffen Real Estate, david Gadish ........................(323) 934-1430 275 S. Beverly Dr., Ste. 220, Beverly Hills, CA 90212 david@geffenrealestate.com • GeffenRealEstate.com George Chung Realtors, George Chung...............(310) 391-6346 3487 Beethoven St., Los Angeles, CA 90066 gcinfo@georgechungrealtors.com • GeorgeChungRealtors.com Real Estate • Sales/Rentals Rodeo Realty - Brentwood, Elyse Arbour ...........(310) 873-4188 11940 San Vicente Blvd., #100, Los Angeles, CA 90049 elyse@elysearbour.com • ElyseArbour.com Reflexology The Gateway: A Portal for Growth & Wellness Tony Camacho C.Ht. ................................................(310) 479-0430 2511 S. Barrington Ave., Ste. 100, Los Angeles, CA 90064 heart-to-heart@thegatewayportal.com • TheGatewayPortal.com Restaurant Berri's kitchen, raphael Berry .............................(310) 281-0999 8412 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90048 RHBGroup.bc@gmail.com • BerrisCafeOnThird.com Bossa nova, Aurelios Martins ................................(310) 441-0404 10982 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064 BossaNovaFood.com C & M Cafe, Kalissa Krejcik .....................................(310) 694-1516 3272 Motor Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90034 info@cmcafela.com • CMCafeLA.com Café 50’s, Craig Martin ..........................................(310) 479-1955 11623 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025 Cafe50sWestLA@gmail.com • cafe50s.com

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Delphi Greek, roozbeh Farahanipour ...................(310) 478-2900 1383 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024 info@delphirestaurant.com • DelphiGreek.com dinah's restaurant, Teri Ernst .............................(310) 645-0456 6521 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045 teri@dinahsrestaurant.com • DinahsRestaurant.com emporium thai Cuisine, John Sungkamee ..........(310) 478-2838 1275 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024 emporiumthai@gmail.com • EThaiCuisine.com Franco On Melrose, Greg Martayan .....................(323) 934-3390 6919 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038 enjoy@francoonmelrose.com • FrancoOnMelrose.com india's oven, Sham Sitheek ..................................(310) 207-5522 11645 Wilshire Blvd., #200, Los Angeles, CA 90025 sham_ss5@yahoo.com • IndiasOvenWilshire.com Jaipur Cuisine of india, Beli ram Saini ...............(310) 470-4994 10916 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064 JaipurCuisineofIndia.com Jersey Mike’s Subs, Todd Greggory ......................(310) 268-1500 12003 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025 toddoboy@yahoo.com • JerseyMikes.com Lenny’s Deli, Lenny rosenberg..............................(310) 475-5771 2379 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064 lennysdeliwestwood@gmail.com • LensDeli.com M’ Cafe de Chaya, Maritza Chow ..........................(310) 207-1122 11678 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049 maritza@mcafedechaya.com • MCafedeChaya.com Maria’s Italian Kitchen, Manager .......................(310) 476-6112 11723 Barrington Ct., Los Angeles, CA 90049 BrentwoodManagers@mariasitaliankitchen.com MariasItalianKitchen.com

COSMO Grill&Bar, Ali Soleimani ...........................(310) 477-0089 1553 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024 asoleimani8@gmail.com • CosmoGrillAndBar.com

Maria’s Italian Kitchen, Manager .......................(310) 441-3663 10761 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064 WestLAManagers@mariasitaliankitchen.com MariasItalianKitchen.com

Chang’s Restaurant, Albert Changs .....................(310) 207-2295 11726 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049 ChangsofBrentwood.com

Pitfire artisian Pizza, William Price ....................(310) 481-9860 2018 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025 william@pitfirepizza.com • PitfirePizza.com

Coral Tree Cafe, Kevin K. Khalili ............................(310) 979-8733 11645 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049 hello@coraltreecafe.com • CoralTreeCafe.com

Sizzler, Frank Sobalvarro .......................................(310) 672-5301 831 E. Manchester Blvd., #226, Inglewood, CA 90301 sizzler0266@sizzlerusa.com • SizzlerUSA.com

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Restaurant • Juice Bar Nekter Juice Bar, Tiffany Carter ...........................(800) 385-1650 10912 Lindbrood Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90024 tiffany@nekterjuicebar.com • NekterJuiceBar.com Restaurant • Boba Tea Koala Tea Inc., david Mangold .............................(310) 425-5502 10965 Weyburn Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024 david@koalatapioca.com • KoalaTapioca.com Retirement & Assisted Living Beverly Hills Carmel Retirement Hotel Ariella Benbasset ....................................................(310) 278-8323 8757 Burton Way, Los Angeles, CA 90048 bhcarmel.marketing@att.net • BeverlyHillsCarmel.com Retirement Community Vintage Westwood, Annie Vardi .........................(310) 208-4590 947 Tiverton Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024 annie.vardi@vintagesenior.com • VintageSenior.com Retirement Planning Belair Insurance Services, Barry A. Sikov ...........(310) 476-9720 522 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Ste. 207, Los Angeles, CA 90049 insurer9@aol.com • BelairInsuranceServices.com Ride/Transportation/Limo Service limo limousine Corp., Kian Barabi.....................(213) 401-8415 12021 Wilshire Blvd., #677, Los Angeles, CA 90025 limo.limousine@yahoo.com • LimoLimousine.org School American University Preparatory School Susan Chen Ed.d......................................................(202) 262-8153 345 S. Figueroa St., #100, Los Angeles, CA 90071 schen@aupschool.org • AUPschool.org Archer School for Girls, Elizabeth English ............(310) 873-7000 11725 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049 mservello@archer.org • Archer.org Fusion Academy & Learning Center Kim Floyd ................................................................(310) 445-2516 1640 S. Sepulveda Blvd., #100, Los Angeles, CA 90025 kfloyd@fusionacademy.com • FusionLosAngeles.com Marymount High School, Sandy Smith ..............(310) 472-1205 10643 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90077 • MSH-LA.org notre dame academy, nancy Ehrmann ..............(310) 839-5289 2851 Overland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90064 nehrmann@ndala.com • NDALA.com


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Voted one of the Top 100 Best Thai Restaurants in the US! Discover a new taste sensation of authentic, regional, Southern Thai cuisine, prepared with fresh, local, farmers' market produce. Catering is our specialty! Contact us: emporiumthai@gmail.com 1275 WeStWOOd BLvd., LOS AngeLeS, CA 90024 / 310.478.2838 / ethAiCuiSine.COM

Congratulations, Class of 2014!

• $11.3 million in college scholarship awards

• 25 National Honor Society members

• 54 Lifetime/Sealbearer status in CSF

• 20,000+ hours of community service

2851 OverLAnd Ave., LOS AngeLeS, CA 90064 / 310.839.5289 / ndALA.COM

Sunshine Preschool, rita A. Cornyn ....................(310) 472-2212 11942 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049 sunshine@brentwoodsunshinepreschool.com BrentwoodSunshinePreschool.com Wildwood School, director of Communications ....(310) 397-3134 12201 Washington Pl., Los Angeles, CA 90066 • Wildwood.org School • Catholic/Preschool-Grade 8 Saint Sebastian School, Kristine Vardanyan .......(310) 473-3337 1430 Federal Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90025 admissions@saintsebastianschool.com • SaintSebastianSchool.com School • College/University National University–OIC West LA Alex Garett..............................................................(310) 481-2047 10800 W. Pico Blvd., Ste. 375, Los Angeles, CA 90064 agarett@nu.edu • NU.edu

Service Organization Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles Jim Clarke ...............................................................(213) 384-4131 621 S. Westmoreland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90005 jim@aagla.org • AAGLA.org

Social Services/Support Groups Salvation Army Westwood Transitional Village diane Good .............................................................(310) 477-9539 1401 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025 diane.good@usw.salvationarmy.org • SalvationArmy.org

Shopping/Retail nordstrom, Cheri Botiz .........................................(310) 254-1200 10830 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064 cheri.botiz@nordstrom.com • Nordstrom.com

Storage • Self Service SoCal Self Storage, ruby Melendez .....................(310) 235-1015 2240 Sawtelle Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064 info@socalselfstorage-sawtelle.com • SoCalSelfStorage-Sawtelle.com

The Surplus Store, John Edell ..............................(310) 841-0289 10341 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90034 jaime@surplusstoreonline.com • SurplusStoreOnline.com

Student Housing Westwood Hall LA, Susan J. ochoa ......................(805) 708-3336 832 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024 susan.ochoa@gmail.com • LosAngelesHillside.com

Westside Pavilion, Vito Bello ...............................(310) 474-2785 10800 W. Pico Blvd., #312, Los Angeles, CA 90064 vito.bello@macerich.com • WestsidePavilion.com

Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine Joslyn Williams .......................................................(310) 577-3000 13315 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066 admissions@yosan.edu • YoSan.edu

Signs/Banners/Flags signs oF la, Linda Behar .....................................(818) 759-4691 12712 Saticoy St., North Hollywood, CA 91605 lbehar@signsofla.com • SignsofLA.com

School • Preschool Kigala Preschool, Elke Miller ...............................(310) 453-2400 2705 W. Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405 elke@kindergartenla.org • Kigala.org

Social Services/Job Training/Placement new directions for veterans Molly Ann Mroczynski .................................................(310) 914-4045 11303 Wilshire Blvd., Bldg. 116, Los Angeles, CA 90073 mollyann@ndvets.org • NDvets.org

Senior Living/Assisted Living Meridian of Cheviot Hills, Manager ...................(310) 837-9181 3340 Shelby Dr., Cheviot Hills, CA 90034 chev.mkt@meridiansenior.com • MeridianSenior.com

Symphony Orchestras Brentwood-westwood symphony orchestra deborah Kim ...........................................................(310) 940-9876 PO Box 49383, Los Angeles, CA 90049 thebwso@gmail.com • BWSO.org Tailoring & Alterations Rancho Tailor, Arturo Padilla................................(310) 839-5971 2456 Overland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90064 • RanchoTailors.com Tax Preparation HR Block, nokomus Armstrong..............................(310) 442-8209 12205 W. Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025 Nokomus.armstrong@tax.hrblock.com • HRblock.com HR Block, olga Antoniouk .....................................(310) 478-8119 11273 National Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064 olga.antoniouk@tax.hrblock.com • HRblock.com

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Westside Pavilion is right where you live and offers a wide range of entertainment possibilities. See a movie at The Landmark, the best independent film theater in Los Angeles or enjoy a wonderful dinner and drinks at the Westside Tavern. You can also find terrific shopping at Nordstrom and a smart selection of everyone's favorite shops—from Aeropostale and Banana Republic to Forever 21, H&M, Macy's and Victoria's Secret. Whatever you're in the mood for, Westside Pavilion offers instant gratification and is one more reason to be glad you're on the Westside. 10800 W. PiCO BLvd., #312, LOS AngeLeS, CA 90064 / 310.474.6255 / WeStSidePAviLiOn.COM

HR Block, Stefanie Mendel ....................................(310) 475-0042 2101 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025 Stefanie.Mendel@tax.hrblock.com • HRblock.com HR Block, Julie nani ..............................................(310) 473-4785 1259 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024 julie.nani@tax.hrblock.com • HRblock.com Telecommunications TelePacific Communication, Sachi Petz .............(310) 279-0626 990 W. 190th St., Ste. 120, Torrance, CA 90502 spetz@telepacific.com • TelePacific.com Trade Jerry Elkind, Jerry Elkind ......................................(310) 391-1153 13428 Maxella Ave., Ste. 672, Marina del Rey, CA 90292 jerryitex@gmail.com Travel Agency & Concierge Business At Your Service Concierge, Brian Targon ..............(310) 694-3838 269 S. Beverly Dr., Ste. 650, Beverly Hills, CA 90212 brian@atyourserviceworld.com • AtYourServiceWorld.com

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Tree Care superior tree Care, irma Acevedo........................(310) 246-1180 PO Box 227, Anaheim, CA 92815 Trees@superiortreecare.net • SuperiorTreeCare.net

Prefurred Pet Care California Animal Hospital Ken Cook .................................................................(310) 478-5915 1736 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Ste. D, Los Angeles, CA 90025 kcook@prefurredpetcare.com • CAH-Pets.com

Screen Printing/Embroidery Eagle Sports & Awards, Elliot Heffler ..................(310) 384-2540 19918 Bryant St., Winnetka, CA 91306 info@eaglesports.org • EagleSports.org

Visitors Bureau Discover Los Angeles, Erica Swenson ..................(213) 236-2322 333 S. Hope St., 18th Fl., Los Angeles, CA 90071 eswenson@latourism.org • DiscoverLosAngeles.com

Vapor Cigarettes & Supplies Vapeplace, Hooman Atefyekta..............................(424) 293-0212 11725 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064 hooman@vapeplace.com • Vapeplace.com

Website Design & Development 1-Click Web Design, Stephen C. Moss...................(310) 733-6033 5950 Buckingham Parkway, #104, Culver City, CA 90230 info@stephenmoss.net • StephenMoss.net

vapor labs, Scott Plant .........................................(310) 446-6375 2137 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025 scott@vaporlabsonline.com • VaporLabsOnline.com

Dada Advanced Design Associates Steven John Koeppe ................................................(310) 428-6899 1231 Harvard St., Ste. O, Santa Monica, CA 90404 steven@dadada.com • DaDaDa.com

Veterinary Services Brent-Air Animal Hospital, Kevin Schlanger.......(310) 478-0011 11560 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064 jamie@brentairanimalhospital.com • BrentAirAnimalHospital.com

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Writer/Editor AG Editorial Services, Arthur Gordon ..................(310) 702-9444 10573 W. Pico Blvd., Ste. 150, Los Angeles, CA 90064 arthur@ag-editorial.com • AG-Editorial.com DATe / TIme


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