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Community Comment By John Welborne

55-Year reflections It was in 1963 that two young women, Jane Gilman and Dawne Goodwin, founded a community newspaper. The Larchmont Chronicle has been in continuous, monthly publication ever since. This January 2018 issue is the first issue in our 55th year. The Chronicle truly remains a “community” newspaper, for three main reasons: First, of course, the focus of our reporting is on the people who live and work in our immediate community. We also provide news of opportunities (schools, entertainment, dining, etc.) readily available to our readers and their families. Our paper is dropped off

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monthly on doorsteps of residences and businesses generally bounded by Fairfax and Western avenues, from Olympic Blvd. to Melrose Ave. Clearly, our readers are in the center of the city, where we have just about everything conveniently available. That is why the paper is largely able to support itself through advertising. Businesses and institutions — that have products and services to share — use our pages to communicate efficiently and economically with our local readers (and, through our online presence, with readers around the world). Second, the vast majority of our staff and columnists live in the area. We know the com-

Greening Hancock Park in the New Year One of the many things funded by your dues is keeping the parkways of Hancock Park green. In 2018 the Association will be doing a survey and inventory of our parkway trees and then developing a plan for replacing dead or missing trees. If you have what you think is a dying tree or a tree that has torn up the sidewalk, contact the Association and our HPOZ City Planner before proceeding with any removal or replacement plans. Parkways are managed by City regulations and our HPOZ Preservation Plan. In order to remove a tree, a qualified arborist and the HPOZ Board must approve. The Association will help with replacing the tree if it is determined that the tree needs to be removed. Remember that front yard landscaping also is governed by our HPOZ Preservation Plan. The yard must contain at least 60% live plant materials, and the rest should be plantlike materials such as mulch and bark. In order to install hardscape, which includes paths, stairs and concrete, the HPOZ Board must review the plans and, at this point, new hardscape is very rarely approved. The Hancock Park Garden Club has put together a wonderful pamphlet that can help you if you plan on relandscaping your front yard. You can find the booklet at: Remember to lock your home’s doors and your car doors. Keep the outdoor lights on after dark. If you are the unfortunate victim of a crime, be sure to file a police report by contacting Officer Dave Cordova. Call his cell phone, 213-793-0650 or send him an email, 31646@lapd. with all the information, including your name and telephone number. If you plan to change your landscaping or make changes to the exterior of your house, please contact our City Planner, Kimberly Henry ( before starting to make sure your plans comply with our Preservation Plan. The HPOZ Preservation Plan, which regulates our HPOZ, can be found at preservation.lacity. org/hpoz/la/hancock-park. There also is an online form you can fill out to help speed up the process: preservation. Report graffiti sightings by calling 311 or at the City’s Anti-Graffiti Request System:  and by calling Hollywood Beautification, 323-463-5180. Adv.

munity, and we care about it. Third, the community financially supports the Chronicle. Advertising, alone, has not kept this paper serving our neighborhoods for 55 years. You — our readers today and your predecessors — always have played a part in insuring this paper’s continued existence. Each November and each February, the Chronicle encloses a reply envelope and requests our readers to help support the cost of producing their local paper. It is through the generous responses of so many of you that we are able to continue to publish. Plus, the comments we receive on many of those reply envelopes (some of which are

recounted in the “Letters” column this month) provide mostly-positive feedback that is greatly appreciated by our staff! So, if you still have the envelope from our November issue sitting on your desk, please consider using that envelope to send a check to the Larchmont Chronicle. If you don’t have the envelope, our mailing address is below (and we’ll save a dollarplus on the return postage!). Or … keep an eye out for the February issue which will distribute on January 25. We plan to enclose our usual follow-up envelope in that issue (the second issue of our Fifty-Fifth Year!). Thank you, readers and advertisers, for your continued support of your local newspaper.

Calendar Mon., Jan. 1 – New Year’s Day. Rose Bowl parade and game day. Tues., Jan. 9 – Town hall with Councilman Paul Koretz, Freda Mohr Multipurpose Senior Center, 6310 San Vicente Blvd., Ste. 275, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wed., Jan. 10 – Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council board meeting, The Ebell, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., 7 p.m. Sun., Jan. 14 – Annual meeting of Park La Brea Residents Association, activity center at noon. Mon., Jan. 15 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Reader feedback

We only pick up an occasional copy when we go to Peet’s in Larchmont. Always enjoy the paper. Hope this helps a bit. Tom Gilles Hollyridge Dr.

Thank you for keeping the paper great! Tom Brandlin S. Orange Grove Ave.

Thank you! We really enjoy our Larch Chron. It is a real bargain at $2 a month. Suzanne Chase Lorraine Blvd.

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I enjoy the local stuff! Georgianna Gingold Wilcox Ave.

Founded in 1963 by Jane Gilman and Dawne P. Goodwin Publisher and Editor John H. Welborne Managing Editor Suzan Filipek Associate Editor Billy Taylor Contributing Editor Jane Gilman Advertising Director Pam Rudy Art Director Tom Hofer Classified and Circulation Manager Rachel Olivier Accounting Jill Miyamoto 606 N. Larchmont Blvd., #103

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That's the question inquiring photographer Sondi Toll Sepenuk asked locals along Larchmont Blvd.

“To save money and not to spend it!” and (referring to biceps) “To get massive gains!” Grace Gallagher and Jack Lancaster Larchmont

Thurs., Jan. 25 – Delivery of the February issue of the Larchmont Chronicle.

Letters to the Editor Notes from readers who have sent us checks to help defray Chronicle delivery costs included these:

'What is your New Year’s resolution for 2018?'

Thank you for a great hometown newspaper. Helga Kasimoff and family Larchmont Blvd.

“To dance more!” Elliott Donnelley (with Sir T Thomas) Windsor Square

“Not to over-think things.” Grace Goldberg Larchmont

Love the paper! Edward and Julie Valfre Elmwood Ave. We’re declining to make the full payment this year as a “symbolic” statement of the one-sided coverage of the Bungalow issue. Here’s to next year! Patrick Kelly Jim Nicolay S. Irving Blvd. (Please turn to page 30) Write us at Include your name, contact information and where you live. We reserve the right to edit for space and grammar.

“To get better with my left hand at basketball.” Matthew Otero Hollywood

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