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Larchmont Chronicle

vol. 54, no. 2

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FEBRuary 2017

Update: Quigg bankruptcies move forward

IN THIS ISSUE

Creditors meet Jan. 27 By John Welborne The nine bankruptcy proceedings initiated by house developer Robert Quigg, including for six houses in Windsor Square and Hancock Park, are moving along. However, hearings and creditors’ meetings were postponed until after the Larchmont Chronicle went to press. Approximately 50 documents

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IS THIS THE REAL ISSUE? Shown at right is the proposed Palladium Residences project that preserves the historic Hollywood Palladium and adds two residential towers behind, on empty parking lots, all within two blocks of the Hollywood and Vine Metro Red Line subway station. Shown at left is the existing 22-story Sunset Media Center building where Michael Weinstein of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation has his headquarters office.

Is Measure 'S' all about saving a view? Construction moratorium battle features heavyweights on the fight card LEAGUE news.

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By John Welborne Is the Measure S ballot initiative that would halt much construction for two years citywide, and that is going to

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– end backroom deals By Patrick Range McDonald Perhaps more than any other metropolis in America, Los Angeles is a distinctly unique, soulful city. We have incredible cultural diversity; beautiful architecture; eclectic neighborhoods; innovative artists, musicians and filmmakers; and a multitude of mom-and-pop shops and restaurants that offer specialty food, goods and services. It is a city that we love dearly, but is under serious threat — and it shouldn’t be that way. In L.A., we have zoning See Yes on Measure 'S', p 6

the voters in March, really just about a powerful executive trying to protect the view from his office? The lobbyist for a neighboring project made that claim in a “Los Angeles Times” article in March of last year. Is this expensive battle (close to $2 million on each side, so far) possibly just a fight between two neighbors? One is a developer hoping to build a $324 million highrise project between two existing high-rise towers on the north side of Sunset Blvd., just east of Vine St. and within two blocks of a Metro Red Line subway station. The other is AIDS Healthcare Foundation executive Michael Weinstein, whose offices are on the 21st floor of the existing Sunset Media Center tower, one of the largest office buildings in Hollywood, 22 stories tall, with more than

320,000 square feet of space. It seems so, according to endless comments on local social media (if those can be See Moratorium, p 23

NO on Measure S – it goes too far By Elise Buik The tragic gap in housing affordability in Los Angeles means record numbers of our neighbors are living on the streets or missing this month’s rent. Last month, Gov. Brown’s budget report highlighted a root cause: housing production in L.A. greatly lags our economic recovery, with current housing construction rates meeting only 41 percent of the need. Nearly 60 percent of L.A. renters are “cost-burdened,” meaning they spend more See No on Measure 'S', p 7

TYPICAL SIGN on local residential properties under redevelopment by Quigg Builders Inc. and related entities.

already have been filed in the case under which eight of the bankruptcies have been consolidated for joint administration (Case No. 2:16-bk-25740-ER). January 27 meeting The rescheduled first meeting of creditors (known as a “341 meeting”) for those eight cases (everything other than the former Bob Newhart property in Bel Air) is set for See Quigg, p 23

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A year-round guide to residential, retail and business news, “Miracle Mile 2017” will be published with the March issue of the Larchmont Chronicle. To reserve ad space, call 323-462-2241, ext. 11. Deadline is Mon., Feb. 13.

Gill’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream closing after 80 years New vendor planned at Original Farmers Market

FOUNDER JOE GILL, seated left, circa 1944.

By Suzan Filipek Bob Gill remembers the open land at Third and Fairfax before Farmers Market was built. “That’s how old I am,” he is quoted on the Market website. His dad Joe opened Gill’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream in Farmers Market in 1938,

and Bob started scooping ice cream there at age 14. The legendary pink-and-white striped outdoor stall is closing Feb. 2, says Jody Gill, with more than a tinge of regret. Granddaughter of its founder, she had hoped to carry on See Gill's Ice Cream, p 20

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Community Comment By John Welborne March 7: moratorium initiative — Measure ‘S’ The proposed City of Los Angeles construction moratorium again is the subject of a Larchmont Chronicle front-page story accompanied by guest articles representing the “yes” and “no” campaigns. Our next issue will be delivered on Thurs., March 2 — five days before the March 7 primary election which will be our chance to vote on Measure S (as well as for mayor and numerous other elected officials and ballot measures — see Page 8). If you vote early by absentee ballot, please study the Measure S controversy carefully. Adoption of Measure S by voters will have a big impact on Los Angeles and its residents for years to come. In this issue of the paper, you should find a reply envelope that allows you to support the Larchmont Chronicle. If you overlooked returning the envelope that was in November’s issue, this is your second (and final) chance for this year! We are asking our readers to help defray the cost of delivering the Larchmont Chronicle by sending $25 for year 2017. If someone else already has used the enclosed reply envelope, please call us at 323-462-2241, ext. 13. Thank you!

How to Manage Development – The Decision is Up to You The Neighborhood Integrity Initiative (Measure S) on the March 7th ballot will ask Los Angeles voters to make a big decision about which direction development should or shouldn’t take. Measure S would: 1) Establish a temporary ban on all development projects requiring zoning that lifts land-use restrictions or increases permitted building heights and ban zoning changes that increase the allowed density or height of buildings or a net loss of land dedicated to open space, agriculture, or industry; 2) Prohibit project specific amendments to the city’s General Plan; 3) Require a public review process for the city’s General Plan every five years; 4) Require that environmental impact reviews be done by city staff; and 5) Limit reduction of on-site parking requirements for development by no more than one third. There are exemptions for some types of affordable housing developments and natural disaster reconstruction. Opponents argue that the development process is transparent and open to citizen input and that Measure S would severely limit housing construction to the detriment of renters, businesses and the city. This measure reflects many residents’ frustration with what seems like out of control development, particularly in Hollywood. However, there are reasonable arguments on both sides, and it is up to us, the citizens of Los Angeles, to carefully consider the measures proposed and decide if this is the right course of action. A good place to start your research is the website, Ballotpedia: ballotpedia.org/Los_Angeles,_California,_Changes_to_Laws_ Governing_the_General_Plan_and_Development,_Measure_S_ (March_2017)#Overview It lays out both sides of the argument and has links to further information. Don’t forget to keep yourself and your family safe. Lock your house and car, and activate your house alarm if you have one. Contact Officer Dave Cordova if you are a victim of a crime, and Dave can take a crime report. Call his cell phone, 213-793-0650, or send him an email at 31646@lapd.lacity.org with all the information, including your name and telephone number. The Association website is: hancockparkhomeownersassociation. org. Our HPOZ Preservation Plan is at: preservation.lacity.org/ hpoz/la/hancock-park. Contact our City Planner, Kimberly Henry (kimberly.henry@lacity.org) and use the online form (preservation. lacity.org/hpoz/initial.screening.checklist) if you plan on making changes to the exterior of your house. Report graffiti by calling 311 or via the city’s Anti-Graffiti Request System at: anti-graffiti.lacity.org and by calling Hollywood Beautification, 323-463-5180. Adv.

FEBRUARY 2017

Calendar Sun., Feb. 5 – NFL Super Bowl LI, NRG Stadium, Houston, at 3:30 p.m. on Fox. Wed., Feb. 8 – Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council meeting, The Ebell, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., 7 p.m. greaterwilshire.org. Thurs., Feb. 9 – “State of the Mile,” Greater Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce forum, El Rey Theater, 5515 Wilshire Blvd., 11:30 a.m. Thurs., Feb. 9 – Park LaBrea Residents Assoc. town hall meeting, Activities Center, with Councilman David Ryu, 475 S. Curson Ave., 7:30 p.m. Tues., Feb. 14 – Valentine’s Day. Mon., Feb. 20 – Presidents’ Day. Sun., Feb. 26 – La BreaHancock Homeowner’s meet-

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ing, Wilde Wine Bar, 320 S. La Brea Ave., 10 a.m. Sun., Feb. 26 – 89th annual Academy Awards, Dolby Theater, 5:30 p.m. Thurs., March 2 – Delivery of the March issue of the Larchmont Chronicle.

“We will be celebrating at Musso & Frank the night before Valentine’s Day, because that is the night we got engaged 15 years ago." Sam Roseme Larchmont Village

Annual meeting and board elections for Park LaBrea The Park LaBrea Residents Association (PLBRA) held its 29th annual meeting in January and elected seven directors to serve for the coming year. Created in 1988, the association represents the approximately 10,000 residents of the apartment community originally built by Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in 1944. The complex remains the largest in Los Angeles. PLBRA president Bernie Clinch officiated at the meeting. Among residents’ 2016 successes that he reported were: all concerns and complaints submitted through PLBRA to Park La Brea management were resolved; tower boilers were upgraded at no cost to residents; hazardous waste round-ups were conducted; free cultural

Larchmont Chronicle 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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programs took place; and opposition to Airbnb in Park La Brea was mounted. Assemblymember Bloom The meeting was kicked off by a report from Assemblymember Richard Bloom, District 50. Among Bloom’s observations was that recently–increased legislative term limits should provide more stability, plus improved constituent services, in coming years. (Please turn to page 6)

“I usually plan a television marathon with a bunch of my girlfriends, and we have a great girls’ night!” Melissa Raymond with visiting friend Lena, Hancock Park

Letter to the Editor Recycle, please

My family and I frequent the restaurants on Larchmont to support our local businesses. We have now eaten several meals at Sweet Fin Poke, and I am quite disturbed by their use of plastic. They have absolutely nothing in the restaurant that is reusable; the bowls, forks, cups, everything is plastic. And what I find more upsetting is that they don’t recycle anything.   All of the plastic goes into the trash. I’ve asked several managers about their recycling policies, and they have all said that they do not have any recycling policies. How is this possible? I don’t think a restaurant should be able to operate on Larchmont Blvd. that is so irresponsible regarding their waste. I’m sure this story is out there somewhere, but it may be helpful for the Chronicle to publish a story so the Larchmont residents are aware of the problem. Meredith Quill Windsor Square Write us at letters@larchmontchronicle.com.

“We believe that every day is Valentine’s Day, so we don’t need to make February 14th a special day. Every day is special!” Michael and Kathy Huynh Knowles with son, Logan, Larchmont Village

“We’re going to binge watch 'Westworld,' eat Indian food and be in bed by 8 p.m.!” Julie Ingram and Nathan Parker with son, Arliss, Windsor Square


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CIM lists Farmers tower and parking lots for sale Hitting the local real estate market for re-sale are two of the four Park Mile blocks that CIM Group bought from original owner-builder, Farmers Insurance, in April of 2014. CIM, a large real estate fund manager with approximately $19.2 billion of assets under management, will continue to house its international headquarters on the property west of Rimpau Blvd. The sales listing is only for the two blocks between Rimpau Blvd. and Muirfield Rd. There is no listing price. The broker for the “best offer” listing is Kevin Shannon of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank. CIM’s own planning to adaptively reuse the historic office tower as residences, plus build 34 new units in triplexes, townhomes, and single-family homes on the land now just parking lots, has been recounted in detail in numerous articles in 2014-2016 issues of the Larchmont Chronicle, including a lengthy article explaining Park

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ROBBERIES: A man was walking near the intersection of W. 5th St. and S. Wilton Pl. on Jan. 7 at 10:15 p.m. when two men grabbed and pinned the victim to the ground. The suspects pressed a handgun to the victim’s head, threatening to “pistol whip” him, before grabbing the victim’s iPhone and fleeing the scene. A man was walking near the corner of W. 3rd St. and S. Western Ave. on Jan. 14

at 5:30 a.m. when three men approached him and began taking his property by force. After grabbing the victim’s sweatshirt, backpack, wallet and cell phone, one of the suspects kicked the victim in the back, and they all fled. BURGLARIES: A transient broke into an apartment complex on the corner of W. 4th St. and S. Gramercy Pl. and removed property from the onsite mailboxes. A victim witnessed the theft, called the

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such ban currently exists for developers looking for discretionary approval of their projects. The best way to restore trust in government is to avoid even the appearance of a conflict. By introducing sweeping reforms, we will work to restore Angelenos’ faith in the city’s ability to fairly review and approve major development projects. We need a campaign finance system that limits the influence of big-pocketed developers, and instead empowers thousands of small donors to have their voices heard. To learn more, visit davidryu. lacity.org/news.

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Jamba Juice is making a comeback. The juicery, which closed its longtime spot on the Boulevard months ago, is planned to whip up fruit-based and other drinks soon in the former Lette Macarons, at 122 N. Larchmont Blvd. Elsewhere on the Boulevard, Trina Turk and Mr. Turk are set to showcase their fun and colorful brand of clothes and accessories for men and women at 212 and 214 N. Larchmont Blvd. Construction began last month and an opening is targeted for March, Trina Turk told us of what will be the 12th boutique for the fashionista and her husband Jonathan Skow, who designs the Mr. Turk line. Larchmont marks the third Mr. Turk shop, after Palm Springs and Miami, as well as smaller boutiques in Waikiki and New York. “Our Mr. Turk collections have a full range from swimwear to event Tux options,” said Skow. “Our customer is a fashion lover who wants to be noticed when he goes out. We’re not afraid of color and love fabrics with texture and pattern.” He added that his line carries 10 collections per year and is mostly (80 percent) made in Los Angeles.

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The 2,000 square foot space is modeled after the flagship store in Palm Springs and is designed by Los Angelesbased Bestor Architecture, in spaces formerly occupied by Hans Custom Optik and Pickett Fences (which both moved elsewhere on the Boulevard). Next door, MAC Cosmetics is prepping for a spring opening in the former Crumbs Bakery space at 216 N. Larchmont. Shopaholic Sample Sales is located in the former Growze (the Japanese clothing store moved to Melrose Ave.), and the new store has developed a loyal following, according to neighbors. Shopaholic offers designer labels at the third storefront for owner Tina Hslung.

Coffee anyone? The former Groundwork Coffee at 139 N. Larchmont has a new name, Bardonna, an expanded menu and still pours organic, free-trade coffee, owner Josh Pourgoi said. Not to be left out, Groundwork Coffee will be pouring brews at a new location — the original Sam’s Bagels spot south of the former Larchmont Hardware store — at 150 N. Larchmont, in the spring. Company partners — head of business development, sales, and marketing Eddy Cola; head of operations and finance Steven Levan; and chief coffee guy Jeff Chean — called Larchmont Village, “one of L.A.’s iconic neighborhoods… “And, with two of our company principals growing up nearby… we knew that we wanted to remain a fixture not only in the neighborhood, but also in the daily coffee rituals of its residents and visitors.” The store will feature certified organic coffees and teas,  handcrafted specialty drinks, and a full made-to-order food menu. Sage Lifestyle, 128 ½ N. Larchmont, is having a 30-75 percent-off sale. The last day of the bohemian jewelry and candle shop is Mon., Jan. 30.

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Yes on Measure 'S' — end backroom deals (Continued from page 1) rules that protect our cherished neighborhoods and its residents and small business owners from wildly inappropriate development pushed by deep-pocketed developers who merely want to make more millions. These zoning rules, for example, stop a developer from building a 27-story luxury housing skyscraper in a working-class neighborhood

filled with three- and four-story apartment buildings. Over the years, however, those protective zoning rules have been regularly disregarded by wealthy developers and their politician pals at City Hall — and L.A.’s planning and land-use system has become increasingly rigged, unfair and broken. We, the people, suffer the consequences. The problem is that politically

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No on Measure 'S' — goes too far than the suggested 30 percent of their income on housing, and more than 47,000 of our neighbors and families have no home at all. There are reasons for hope, and for great concern. The hope: last November, L.A. voters overwhelmingly passed Prop HHH, $1.2 billion in bonds for supportive housing in Los Angeles — by far the most effective and efficient approach to ending homelessness. The threat: Measure S, a housing ban that will grind the development of needed new housing to a halt. It’s a misguided measure that claims to punish City Hall and developers, but actually punishes renters and people experiencing homelessness, our city’s most vulnerable, who need our help the most. Last year, L.A. permitted over 15,000 much-needed units of housing. However, Measure S

would have banned more than 9,000 of new units proposed the same year. Furthermore, the so-called “affordable housing exemption” in Measure S would not apply to the vast majority of sites chosen by the city to develop housing for the homeless — the first developments that could be funded and built with HHH funds. Measure S will lead to nearly $4 billion in lost economic output, more than 24,000 lost jobs, and over $1.2 billion in lost wages. And that’s just in the two years of the moratorium — to say nothing of the effects that could last for years to come. The broadest coalition in L.A. history has come together to stop Measure S. We have criticisms of L.A.’s planning and development process, but we want to make housing more affordable, and we urgently need to build more housing the right way. Measure S goes too far and we must do what-

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Neighborhood Valentines tell how they met...

THE COHENS wed in 1977.

Lyn MacEwen and Marc Cohen By Suzan Filipek In 1973, Lyn MacEwen was a single mom working on Park Avenue, when she and a girlfriend stopped for a cappuccino at Caffe Reggio, in Greenwich Village since 1927. Standing at the end of a long line, her friend was soon engaged in conversation with a group of guys, one of whom was Marc Cohen. A law student at New York University, he was cute, says Lyn, but she was not interested, and what’s more she was trying to get her friend’s attention to leave the crowded cafe. “He was very friendly. I’m very shy by nature. I didn’t want to wait in line,” Lyn explains. While she was thinking of an exit plan, the maître d’ asked Marc how many were in his party. “Seven,” he said, and “all of a sudden, in we go,” says Lyn. He must have charmed her as they sat, drinking their coffee, as she agreed to go ice skating with him that Saturday night in Central Park. They carried their ice skates over their shoulders again the following Tuesday “It was a great date,” recalls MacEwen Cohen. “We’ve been

keeping company ever since, and it’s been electrifying.” They married in 1977, and in addition to her daughter from (Please turn to page 10)

Bill and Sandy Boeck By Billy Taylor Sandy Larsen was at an after-service coffee hour at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Beverly Hills on a Sunday afternoon in 1993 when she met a single, orthopedic surgeon named Bill Boeck. “A mutual friend who had been on a prayer team for Bill’s mother introduced me to him,” explains Sandy. In that first conversation they discovered they had several mutual friends and a shared interest in computers. (Bill built his very first computer, and Sandy started the computer program at Paul

THE BOECKS wed in 1997.

Revere Junior High School in Brentwood.) “I remember talking with him,” recalls Sandy, who describes their first interac-

tion as “very comfortable.” Soon after, they went on a date to see a film and had dinner at the Beverly Center, where they talked and got to know each other better. “We both had a sudden attraction,” says Sandy of that first date, adding: “I remember thinking, ‘let’s just see what happens here.’” The more the two talked, the more they realized how much they have in common. Sandy was a Marlborough School ‘57 graduate, the same school Bill’s mother, aunt and sister all attended. Further, Sandy worked as a teacher (Please turn to page 10)

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THE TWO stand together last Christmas at the Ebell Club.

at Paul Revere Junior High School for 36 years, the same school that Bill’s three children from a previous marriage had attended. “There were a lot of coincidences like that,” Sandy says with a laugh. The two were married in 1997 at Sandy’s home in Brookside, where instead of

being walked down the aisle, she was walked across a bridge that crosses the natural stream in her backyard garden. “It was beautiful. After the ceremony we had champagne, appetizers and a buffet served by the pool,” Sandy recalls. Now officially retired as an orthopedic surgeon, Bill still does independent medical examinations at two local clinics, and he keeps busy as a barbershop quartet singer. He co-founded

the Santa Monica Oceanaires chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society 41 years ago. Sandy works as a real estate broker, and she is an active member of the Ebell Club (since 1982) and

the Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society. Both are members of Wilshire Rotary. The couple will celebrate their 20th anniversary this October.

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They have fallen in love with their Hancock Park neighborhood — it reminds them of their East Coast roots — and they love Valentine’s Day. “I think love is very important,” says Lyn. The couple recently returned from a winter wonderland at Lake Louise in Canada, where they cross-country skied, rode in a horse-drawn sleigh, and once again donned ice skates, this time on a lake. “It was so beautiful. It was very, very romantic.”

(Continued from page 9) her first marriage, the couple had two more daughters. They first lived in Miracle Mile, where Cohen is president and founder of the Miracle Mile Civic Coalition. She also heads the First-In Fire Foundation. (She keeps her wedding photo album by her bed, so in case there’s a fire, she can grab it and run, she says.) Marc is a lawyer with Loeb & Loeb.

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Local chocolatiers to visit — for Valentine’s Day — and beyond By Helene Seifer To celebrate Valentine’s Day in true chocolate style, why not go to the source? There are many local chocolatiers to visit, and there is one where you can have a “factory tour.” MAST chocolates, founded by brothers Rick and Michael Mast in Brooklyn, landed in Los Angeles last May, and the entire bean-to-bar process can be observed during their 30-minute $10 tour. Five observation windows reveal gleaming stainless steel drums that roast beans, separate them from their husks, and grind them into molten chocolate. The last stop of the tour is a tasting table where several

flavors are sampled, along with a non-alcoholic chocolate beer they brew. Their chocolates are in the Goldilocks zone of sweetness — not too sweet, not too bitter — and have a silky, satisfying finish. In addition to 12 bar flavors, such as Smoke, Goat’s Milk, and Almond Butter, there are 6-bar collections dedicated to the tastes of their home cities: Brooklyn (smoked maple, vanilla and salt), London (includes gin, rhubarb and custard), and Los Angeles (miso, and sesame, horchata, popcorn). Call 213261-0757. Valerie Confections has beautifully crafted chocolates and Valentine’s specials, such

as the $30, 11-piece Pour Elle Assortment, with bittersweet chocolate/green tea hearts and rose petal passion fruit truffles. Call 213-739-8149. John Kelly Chocolates, another homegrown chocolatier, sells such handcrafted chocolates as the 12-piece $31 salted caramel collection and individual bars, such as the $7.50 dark chocolate with habanero and jalapeno. Glass windows between the sales room and factory allow a glimpse into the chocolate-making process. Call 323-851-3269. Los Angeles-made Ococoa Chocolates is known for their “Buttercup” collections of beautifully decorated dark

chocolate cups filled with nut butters, fruit, and truffles, priced $25 to $44. Call 855350-4404. Edelweiss has spread chocolate cheer in Beverly Hills since 1942, with handmade chocolates such as the $49.95 dark and light assortment. Their claim to fame is that reportedly their backroom conveyor belt inspired Lucille Ball to create the hilarious chocolate assembly line skit on “I Love Lucy.” Call 310-275-0341. Sweet! is the place to go to see a portrait of Adele made from jellybeans, but it’s also a terrific destination for anyone interested in creating a $7.99 custom chocolate bar. At their

Chocolate Lab, pick a chocolate (dark, milk or white), filling (coffee cream, blackberry jam, or any of six others) and up to three mix-ins (19 choices, such as coconut and ginger snaps) and watch as your creation gets made, wrapped and handed to you. Call 323-462-3111. Before artisanal hype hit the candy shelf, the go-to chocolate shop in Los Angeles was See’s Candies. Since 1921 queues have been forming at See’s iconic La Cienega factory for Valentine’s Day collections of milk chocolate covered marshmallow hearts ($18.90 for six) or a one-pound heart-shaped box of assorted chocolates for $25.50. Call 310-559-4919.

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Girl Scouts gear up to sell their famous cookies By Sondi Toll Sepenuk If you just polished off that last box of your favorite Girl Scout cookie, have no fear, the cookies will go on sale again starting Sun., Jan. 29, selling until March 12. Several area troops, including St. James-based Troop 16065, Larchmont Village Girls Scouts (Senior Troop 495) and their younger troop counterpart, the New Larchmont Village Girl Scouts (Cadette / Junior troop 615) will be setting up shop in THE BEARS AND WOLVES of Cub Scout Pack 10 include, from left to right, Lucas Odero, Cody Converse, Ethan Miller, Waller Morton, Hale Blankenship, Henry Fousekis, Henry Miller, Timothy Gratiot, Vinicius Leus, Lucas Tolot (sitting), Sullivan Kim and Henry Smith.

Scouts combine hiking, cooking, camaraderie According to Diane Gilmore, cubmaster at Cub Scout Pack 10, there are 36 boys this year and several new adult leaders. She asked Carina Miller, firsttime den leader, to fill us in on some of the pack’s activities. Miller leads 14 “boisterous” Bear Cub Scouts.  “I wasn’t exactly enthusiastic about the position (Okay, the den leader outfit), but I wanted to help out and my son was over the moon.  Turns out, it’s my favorite volunteer commitment,” said Carina.

She added that the Bear pack joined the Wolves on an outing in November to Vasquez Rocks, where they hiked to the top and enjoyed the view. Making Dutch oven pizza was one of their outdoor cooking projects. This past December, the Bears hosted a carnival for all the Cub Scouts in Pack 10 that had a pie-eating contest, photo booth, Nerf gun shooting range, toilet bowl toss and dartless balloon pop. They also sang Christmas and Hanuk-

kah carols.  Den meeting projects this year include making mini worm composting bins, bird feeders and egg carton seed starts. Carina said she enjoys the cheerfulness and enthusiasm the boys bring to each den meeting. “It’s evident that they feel a part of something.  Cub Scouts teaches important values, but seemingly as valuable is the fact that they are members of the ‘den,’” she added.

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front of Rite Aid and U.S. Bank on Larchmont Blvd., as well as other high foot-trafficked areas, including Bristol Farms, UCLA, and various farmers’ markets. The cookies will also be sold door-to-door and at makeshift lemonade stands in the girls’ own front yards. Same as last year, the cookies will range in price from $5 to $6 per box. Flavors include perennial favorites Thin Mints (vegan), Samoas, Do-si-do’s, Peanut Butter Patties / Tagalongs, Toffee-tastic (gluten free), Shortbread Trefoils, Savannah Smiles and one new flavor, S’mores (a crunchy graham sandwich cookie with chocolate and marshmallow filling). YUM! The cookie sales help raise money for the national Girl Scout organization, as well as funding for the local troops. Of the money raised, the local troops get to keep 10-15 percent of their money from the cookie sales. For the St. James-based troop, money raised from last years’ sales went a long way towards helping others. “The girls donated their money to three organizations,” says cookie chair (Please turn to page 13)

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TROOP 16065 ICE SKATING, (left to right), Stella Seitz, Satine Storer, Lily Sanchez, Lauren Park, Mikaela Brown, (Little sister Isabella Park is in front).

Girl Scout Cookies (Continued from page 12) Michele Sanchez. “They gave $500 to St. James’ sister school in Haiti, $500 to the St. James’ soup kitchen and $500 to Farm Animal Sanctuary. Fun activities included a camp out, ice skating at L.A. Live, and seeing Disney On Ice at the Staples Center.” Larchmont Village Girl Scout Troop 495, which consists of 15 middle-school-aged girls, used the money they earned to help fund a learning trip to San Francisco, and they plan to use some of this year’s money to go camping, horseback riding, zip-lining

MIXED PICTURE OF TROOPS 495/615, Back (all 495) Fiona O’Malley, Quinn Lanza, Gardner Wilburn, Poppy Miller, Mary Higgins, Amadi Cary, Kayla White. Front: (all 615) Anna Feldman, Bluesette Miller.

and to take a Channel Islands kayaking trip. According to troop leader Amy Elvis Kiehl Miller, some of the girls are also finishing the final stages of their Silver Awards, which are “community service projects informed by the organization that the girls choose to help, which must be self-sustaining once the girls are finished.” Some of those projects have included Birthday in a Box for Children’s Hospital, creating a program to provide helmets for children who want to learn to ride horses, and implementing permanent clothing donation programs from production companies to homeless shelters.

As the senior Larchmont Village Girl Scouts grow older, they are taking on more of the troop responsibilities themselves. The 7th and 8th graders of Troop 495 have each been assigned a meeting this year and run it themselves. Adventures that they have undertaken include a trip to the Broad Museum, a Cup Cake War competition (judged by Troop 615), a private tour of Greystone Mansion, and an ice-skating day out in Pershing Square. The newer, younger junior Larchmont Village cadettes consist of 11 girls who are currently preparing to start their own Silver Star projects sometime within the next year.

TROOP 495  (left to right) Maeve Carney, Amadi Cary, Teva Corwin, Zoe Gittelson, Kayla White, Quinn Lanza, Poppy Miller, Fiona O’Malley, Olivia Brancato, Mary Higgins, Vivien Black, Amy Kiehl Miller (Troop leader), Allyson Higgins (mother), Zoe Corwin (mother).

The goals for both the older and younger Larchmont Village troops is to “focus on public service and the needs of our less fortunate community members,” says Miller. Their goal is to raise $5,000 through the cookie sales this year. The St. James’ troop will decide later this year how to spend their own cookie funds, but they are inspired by one of the choices they made last season. “A year ago our troop adopted a family and provided an amazing Christmas for a single mom and her two little girls,” says Sanchez. So, if you want to help some of the youth in our community, plus get your sugar fix at

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A one-year check-up on Burroughs modernization plan By Billy Taylor In January of last year, residents met in the auditorium of John Burroughs Middle School to hear an overview of a multi-year modernization project for the school’s historic buildings and campus. One year on, the Chronicle

contacted the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and local stakeholders to find out where the project stands. “We have enjoyed a transparent and productive relationship with the LAUSD team,” says Joanne Medeiros, who serves as school commit-

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bid for construction.” According to Cano, it’s not just the HPHOA that’s been involved in the design process. She says LAUSD has been working with “neighbors, Burroughs Middle School administration, teachers, students, parents, school board staff, local elected staff, local district leadership, facilities staff, environmental staff, neighborhood council representatives and local media representatives.” Not on Cano’s list is the Los Angeles Conservancy, who told the Chronicle that they have pressed LAUSD for more information with no luck. “I wish I had something,” says the Conservancy’s director of advocacy Adrian Scott Fine. He explains that for other LAUSD modernization projects the Conservancy has seen fairly detailed memos of their plans: “but they haven’t reached out to us on this one.” Burroughs is one of 11 campuses chosen to benefit from major improvements to their facilities through the LAUSD’s Comprehensive Modernization Project. Details on the next community meeting at John Burroughs should be made public in coming weeks. Watch this space.


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Happy New Year! School is back in session from winter break. We are well-rested, and ready to go for another brilliant and fun semester. Over the holidays, we had several campus upgrades, which

we are excited about. The first phase of our Art room expansion has been completed. The letterpress printer has been moved into the Art room making it more accessible to our student body. We also have a dedicated space

for our ceramics studio. I can’t wait to get my hands messy! Outside, the stairs have been rearranged to allow us to utilize our brand-new deck where we will create additional art projects. All the classrooms have new smart boards, which I think is another good learning tool for everyone. We also have two portable smart boards, which we

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will use in the office to share the entire schools artwork or at the All School Meetings. Our class is going on a field trip to Caballero Canyon Trail, and a overnight trip to San Diego to learn more about the Kumeyaay tribe. Stay tuned for next month!

By Oona Holahan 12th Grade

With one month in the New Year already ending, Immaculate Heart students are off and running in a new semester. January was a busy time here at IH. After our holiday break, students returned to campus to finish up the first semester. Armed with “Finals Survival Kits” provided by CSF Club members, students waged their way through final exams week. A short break from classes followed, providing some needed rest and relaxation. With the launch of a new semester comes a range of new activities. The Genesians, the school’s theatre company, is in the midst of auditions for “Romeo & Juliet” – this year’s spring production. The middle school will open the month of February with a lively spirit week capped with a talent show. Other traditions continue this month: The sophomore class will participate in its Day of Recollection at St. Joseph’s Retreat Center in Rosemead. Immaculate Heart will also offer special guest presentations in classes as students observe Freedom from Chemical Dependence Week. And the BSA Club will host a special assembly in honor of Black History Month. Topping off the month will be one of the school’s significant traditions — the Junior Class Ring Ceremony. During this special event attended by parents and family members, the juniors will be officially welcomed as upperclasswomen. Each will receive a class ring and rose boutonniere. After the liturgy, many juniors will enjoy an informal lunch or outing with their senior ring sisters.

st. brendan By Will Martinez 8th Grade

February is an exciting month at St. Brendan School. First, we finish off and reflect on another successful Catholic Schools Week. We had a successful open house for parents, students and visitors and throughout the month will be accepting applications for fall. Our 2nd grade class led by Miss Green and Miss Herman will be visiting St. John of God Retirement and Care Home on Feb. 9. Of course, February wouldn’t be complete without Valentine’s Day. During the day, we host a school-wide game of Hush Day, a very beloved tradition at St. Brendan School. Later in the month, we welcome visitors from WASC coming for an accreditation visit. Our teachers and students are looking forward to showing all that we do at Saint Brendan. At St. Brendan’s School we look forward to our fun-filled month ahead.

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Aladdin por favor, the musical Disney’s “Aladdin,” in two languages, will continue through Sun., Feb. 19 at CASA 0101 Theater, 2012 E. First St. in Boyle Heights. Based on the musical with the Academy Award-winning score musical, “Aladdin Dual Language Edition” is the tale of true love, a magic carpet and a Genie in a country divided by two languages; royalty speaks one tongue, the citizens another. The evil Jafar speaks both. Royal translators are on stage to help in this adaptation of “Aladdin and the Magic Lamp” from “One Thousand and One Nights.” A

cast of 24 actors and dancers tell the story in the fictional city of Agrabah. Musical director is Caroline Benzon, choreography by Tania Possick and directed by Rigo Tejeda. Performances are Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 2, 5 and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 1, 4 and 7 p.m., casa0101.org.

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This is a very exciting time for Hollywood Schoolhouse. Tryouts for the spring musical, “James and the Giant Peach,” which premiers in March, were last week. This is the first musical that our performance teacher, Mr. Ray, has lead since he has returned to HSH. Based on how well our school’s winter concert went, I believe it will be a great success! In Ms. Abi’s English class we just finished the novel, “Out of My Mind,” by Sharon Draper. The book describes a year in a life of a girl named Melody, who has a disability that leaves her almost paralyzed and unable to speak. Although nobody knows it, she is a genius. I have never read a book from the perspective of someone who was unable to communicate. It has taught me to look at things in a different way. In science, we are studying the Earth, its layers, and how its layers affect the surface. The mantle, the layer below the crust where we live, is not quite solid nor liquid, therefore, the continents that lay on it shift around very slowly. Like Roald Dahl said, “There are a whole lot of things in this world of ours you haven’t even started wondering about yet.” Intriguing lessons like this get you thinking about what’s going on in our world around us.

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January begins a new year and a time for a fresh start. Winter break ended and at the Center, school resumed on Jan. 3. I asked some 5th grade students what their New Year’s resolutions are and Brooke Hinkle said, “I want

to be more positive.” Another 5th grader, Chase Krasner said, “I don’t want to forget my homework.” At the Center, our campus was closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day because we celebrated a very important man who was born on

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Jan. 15, 1929. He has inspired us to be active in our communities.  At CEE, we have Making Sandwiches For The Hungry. We make sandwiches monthly by grade. This month, the 6th grade, EC2 (preschool 2), and Kindergarten will be making the sandwiches. On them, there is ham and cheese and we add mustard and mayonnaise packets. This gives

them a healthy filling option. In January, we also had a recital for the orchestra. The students worked so hard.

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By Christopher Woods 7th Grade Happy Valentine’s Day, Everybody! This is a time to love and appreciate everyone who helps make your life better.  Here at Pilgrim School, we have been honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He taught that people should judge each other by the content of their character, not the color of their skin, and that there should be equal rights for all. My little sister’s first grade class was in charge of the elementary assembly. They talked about Dr. King’s dream and his accomplishments. They also shared their own personal dreams for the future.  Our high school seniors are starting to get their college acceptance letters. I wish them all the best, and I know that they will succeed at anything they decide to do.  Middle school boys basketball has been doing really great. We are halfway through the season and we are 4-1. Thanks to Coach Skaggs and Wurmlinger.  Go Patriots!

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turning point By Gemma Fudge 8th Grade

February is one of my favorite months at Turning Point because of all the exciting events and activities. Don’t miss the middle school theater performance of “A Phantom Tollbooth.” Based on the book by Norton Juster, the play is about a boy named Milo who drives his toy car through a magic tollbooth and ends up in another world. The play has a cast of sixth, seventh, and eighth graders and runs from Feb. 24 (6 p.m.) – Feb. 25 (3 p.m.). Hoop-a-Thon is also coming up on Feb. 17. The whole school will gather in the gym, and throughout the day, students will shoot hoops and get pledges to raise money for the Turning Point athletics and garden programs. There is also a shoot-out competition for parents. At the end of the month, on Feb. 26, students and their family members have the option to participate in the Screenland 5k run and walk, which winds through two movie studios in Culver City. There will be refreshments and a finisher’s medal for anyone who completes the race. This is a new event for Turning Point. Hope to see you there! we get to play games like hockey and bowling. But even that gets tiring after awhile, so we’re glad it’s sunny out today. We are also playing a fun game in Innovations called Code Combat. It’s a coding game where you pick your character and then you enter codes to make them do stuff, like “move hero right” or “attack nearest enemy.” Sometimes you need to set a pattern of moves to get through a level and then there’s always a boss at the end. In Art we have been doing origami, which is making shapes out of folded paper. We have mostly been making origami animals, like a chicken named Bock Bock that everyone in our class loves.

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Everyday we should show our love to our dear family, even in a simple gesture. It is a gift to have a month like February, to celebrate our love and appreciation with our families and friends. This month, the Page Academy family will celebrate Valentine’s Day with class parties and a Valentine’s Day special event! We will celebrate Dental Health Month as our local dentist and current parent, Dr. Geller, will visit our school and talk to all of the students. The school will be closed for Presidents’ Day on Feb. 20. Then this will be followed by Enrichment Week with fun activities learning about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. All of the students will also be working on special art projects for the Art to Remember Fundraiser. The children’s artwork can be featured on over 30 keepsakes, such as T-shirts, mouse pads, key chains, pillows, cards and more! Happy heart day everyone!

The Willows has always been a school that appreciates and focuses on the arts, and gives students opportunities to express their creative talents. A great example of this is Poetry Night, which is traditionally celebrated in the month of February. Poetry Night is an event where students present their poetic skill to friends and family. In the first few months of school, our Poet-inResidence Deb Studebaker worked with each grade to create and craft several poems from each student. Every week, during the period in which Deb was working with a class, a new poem was written using a different poetic style. Each child selected one poem to be included in The Willows Poetry Anthology. After each class had the wonderful privilege to work with Deb, all of the work is culminated in an evening that celebrates art through poetic expression. We look forward to Poetry Night and the poetry anthology because poetry gives us the ability to see and hear each other’s unique and artistic point of view.  

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(Continued from page 1) the family business. But, alas, it was not to be. Vintage signs of vanillaand-chocolate swirl cones and chocolate covered frozen bananas hand-painted by her dad will be taken down, the 1930s pink refrigerator will be sold (it still works), and a new vendor is set to move in. Walt Disney came to the shop once, Jody recalled one morning last month. Mr. Disney asked her pop to make his famed ice cream at his new theme park in Anaheim. Her dad turned down the offer, worried about his stall at Farmers Market, which has been on a month-to-month lease since it opened almost 80 years ago. “He put his heart and soul into this,” Jody said. A longtime resident of Park La Brea, Bob Gill will turn 93 this month and is in failing health. Jody came to help as a caregiver 10 years ago when her

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mother, Donna, also the shop bookkeeper, turned ill. An artist based in Northern California and Washington, it never occurred to Jody to run the business or that she would spend her time dreaming up ice cream recipes. But, like her father before her, the business pulled her in. In the past two years, she sought to meet Farmers Market officials’ requests for remodeling and other improvements. Her granddaughters planned to

scoop cones over the summer. Thwarted with time spent helping her dad, (her mother has since died), Jody’s timetable was not on par with the powers that be at the Market. Undaunted, Jody hopes to open a smaller stall elsewhere at the Market to showcase her colored pencil works of country scenes, portraits and, most importantly, historic images of Farmers Market. History runs in the family, after all. Her grandfather, Joe, once had an ice cream factory in the middle of the stall with windows so customers could watch as he made 10-gallon batches in a salt and ice freezer. In an era before phones were in everyday use, when Joe finished a fresh batch of ice cream, he would ring a bell to alert Market goers. The family’s two brass bells hang at the Market, mementos her ancestors carried from a school and church in North Dakota. After Bob’s father Joe died of

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a heart attack in 1948, Bob left vors at the time, partnered with UCLA and began running the his brother-in-law, Irvine “Irv” family business. His mocha cap- Robbins, and “Baskin-Robbins puchino and other flavors have became known for its ‘31 flavors’ slogan,” smiles Jody. won national awards, Ice cream flavors and he is creditchange over the ed with inventing years, and times rocky road and rum change too. raisin. Long timers In a statement to recall his amazing the Chronicle, Ilyice cream molds and sha Buss, director sculptures of fruit of marketing at The baskets, Easter bunOriginal Farmers nies and wedding and other cakes, all made SAMPLING flavors is Market, says “The from ice cream. William LaBombard. Original Farmers Market is saying A favorite part of her dad’s job was talking to his farewell to longtime merchant, customers, one of whom was Gill’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream, Burton “Burt” Baskin, who and thanks the Gill family for asked Bob one day how many bringing sweet treats to the flavors he had. Bob respond- West Patio for many years. ed 30. Baskin, who had 21 fla(Please turn to page 21)

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Mary Jane Kelly, 97, Windsor Square study partner from Glendale, Bob Kelly. “It was love at second sight!” as Jane told the story about the man with the same last name. Bob and Jane were married in 1942 and made their first home near Queen of Angels Hospital where Bob was an obstetrician. Living briefly in Pasadena, the young family soon found their way to Windsor Square. In the 1970’s Jane worked as a travel agent and travelled with Bob to Europe and enjoyed several cruises. Jane also worked in partnership with Bob to raise funds for the Mission Doctor Association, supporting St. Anne’s Maternity Hospital where Bob and brother-in-law Jim donated delivery and OB services. Jane and Bob helped to add a vocational school for the single mothers by hosting dinner and bridge parties at their N. Van Ness Ave. home. Jane’s life touched many others. Her influence came from deep sources within: commitment, smart and creative planning, persistence,

Cunningham, Cochran Ave., 90 Long time Miracle Mile resident, Helen L. Cunningham, passed away on Dec. 18 at the age of 90. A resident of Cochran Ave. since 1961, she was born Sept. 19, 1926 in Bradford, Pennsylvania. Cunningham moved to Los Angeles as a young woman and soon started working as a talent payroll supervisor at CBS (Television City on Fairfax). It was there that she met “Dick” Cunningham through

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Quigg bankruptcy saga continues in area neighborhoods allegedly thrive in a construction site, like the one next door. “We’re heartbroken about the dog, but our concern is it could happen to people too,” said Myrna Gintel. “Could you imagine if you are walking a baby down the street

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and the Santa Ana (winds) would come?” A pile of dirt two-stories tall is next door, left over from developer Quigg Builders, Inc., whose responsible officer, Robert Quigg, disappeared the day of sudden bankruptcy filings for his companies on Nov. 30. A Quigg entity previously had purchased the Rimpau Blvd. property next to the Gintels, leveled the existing house (a non-historic home in the Hancock Park Historic Preservation Overlay Zone) and excavated a deep hole for subterranean parking and a basement for a two-story, 13,600 square foot project. At the time of the bankruptcy filing, public records show $10,250,000 in loans against the property (although the bankruptcy filing indicates there is $6,840,264 in secured debt against it). In addition to the millions in debt, the beginnings of the garage, some shoring and the high pile of dirt also were left behind. Some days later, Louie suffered from seizures, and $4,500 of vet bills later, the three-year-old boxer died. While he can’t prove it, Rudy Gintel believes the dog was afflicted by the toxic spores from the dirt that was dug up after 70 years and then was left uncovered. Other concerns of the Gintels and other neighbors include standing pools of water from the rain that are accumulating on the 4,500 square-foot concrete basement floor that is not draining. “If the water does not dissipate, it will be a source for mosquito infestation by summer,” said Rudy. The barrier on their side of the home is also unsound and lacks shoring, they say. Rain has eroded the slope of the excavation, he adds. The Gintels’ lot is a precarious five feet higher than the neighboring property.” “If that trench erodes, our property would collapse.” To prevent such collapse, “all they have to do is backfill

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the trench with dirt,” he says. He has yet to learn from the bankruptcy trustee, or anyone else, what is planned to protect his property, Rudy said. Right: THE GINTELS in their backyard. The abandoned Quigg project is behind them.

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The Ficus trees lining the business district of Larchmont Boulevard have long been the subject of heated discussion. Some people love them for their broad, shady canopy, their interesting branch structures, and the way they define the shopping district. They bring some of nature’s softness to our urban landscape. Others hate them because the strong, thirsty roots buckle the sidewalks dangerously, leading to possible lawsuits, and damage the plumbing of the businesses nearby. The fact that the Larchmont trees have been harshly pruned into awkward lollipop shapes is another strike against them. What — if anything — to do? Early last month, a small group of merchants and residents gathered to hear a presentation on the subject by an experienced urban arborist, sponsored by the Larchmont Village Business Improvement District (BID). The arborist began by explaining that all trees have a certain life span, and opined that the Village trees, planted in 1955, may be reaching their natural end. He said he had assessed the health of each tree, noting the FICUS TREE on Montana condition of the visible roots and Avenue in Santa Moinica branch structure. While heavy root pruning has been necessary to try to prevent regular sidewalk damage, that pruning can also lead to root rot and general stress. Although the arborist cited three individual trees that he believes are beyond repair and should be removed soon, his report to the BID stated: “there are various alternative options that can happen to assist in the retention of most of the trees.” The arborist’s report concluded: "All trees that produce into substantial canopies will eventually cause root damage. However, if the proper root damage prevention is done, and then maintained on a regular basis, coupled with routine and timely tree maintenance the potential for root damage can be minimalized." Of course, if the three trees are removed, what goes in their places? A different species? The arborist had a few recommendations of trees that have been successfully used as replacements for old Ficus trees, such as African Fern Pine or Brisbane Box. There is already one young Brisbane Box in front of Pickett Fences, and interested citizens can check out Brentwood Village to see how that community looks at mature street trees there. However, some communities, such as Santa Monica, handle their Ficus trees more successfully — continuing to replant the species in some places, such as along Montana Avenue. According to one of Santa Monica’s city foresters, they have an “aggressive sidewalk repair program,” and they prune their trees less often and more naturally, which leads to slower root growth. Before any irreversible action is taken on Larchmont, the WSA believes more voices need to learn what’s in the music and then maybe join the chorus. This will take a bit more time. In the meantime, the existing Ficus trees should be rehabilitated with more skillful pruning, for as long as they can continue to grace our charming village.

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the U.S. Trustee’s office, 915 Wilshire Blvd., 10th floor. The trustee overseeing these eight matters is Elissa D. Miller, and she has established a dedicated information line for the Quigg entity cases at 213-617-5295.

Neighbors’ dilemmas Not only are creditors concerned, so are neighbors. In Hancock Park, there have been serious issues raised regarding the abandoned Quigg property at 344 S. Rimpau Blvd. The travails of next-door neighbors Myrna and Rudy Gintel are described in the article on Page 22 of this issue.

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Volunteer for Your Neighborhood Council; Attend a Meeting! Greater Wilshire is bounded (approximately) by La Brea Avenue on the west, Olympic Boulevard on the south, Western Avenue and Manhattan Place on the east, and Melrose Avenue to Wilcox Avenue to Willoughby Avenue on the north. For the exact GWNC exterior boundaries, plus the boundaries of the 15 Geographic Areas that comprise GWNC, plus all the most current GWNC information, visit our website at greaterwilshire.org. All GWNC meetings are open to the public, and the meeting times and locations are published on the website under Meeting Schedules. If you have an item you would like placed on a meeting agenda, please contact info@ greaterwilshire.org or (323) 539-GWNC (4962), at least two weeks before the meeting. Meeting agendas are posted on the GWNC website and elsewhere in the Greater Wilshire community at least 72 business hours before our meetings.

The story of a creditor concerned about similar problems is told in court filings by the first mortgage holder on the Quigg property at 1516 Stone Canyon Rd. in Bel Air. As with the Rimpau property, this project is very much incomplete. In a court filing objecting to the trustee hiring a broker to sell the planned and unfinished 24,000 squarefoot house, the mortgage holder’s lawyer points out that the property “is partially

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believed). Recently, at a meeting held are fairly large as well, with Palladium LLC? Mr. Weinat the headquarters of the seven gifts in the ranges of stein’s combative nature is Coalition to Preserve LA, in $25,000, $50,000, $75,000 recounted in a detailed proan AIDS Healthcare Founda- and $100,000, with those file story, including a photo tion media production facil- coming from other local of his office and view, in the ity on Sunset Blvd., leaders property owners, architects April 4, 2016, issue of the of the construction mora- and engineers, the Los Ange- “LA Weekly” at: tinyurl.com/ torium movement shared les Area Chamber of Com- h8cjuej. According to the March their tactics and plans for merce, and labor unions. 2016 “Los Angeles Times��� Is this entire construction the March 7 election. Campaign director for the moratorium really about a article, Mr. Weinstein had measure, Jill Stewart, con- dispute over Mr. Weinstein’s stated: “We intend to exhaust ducted the Dec. 28 meeting. view from his office … or every legal avenue, including Mr. Weinstein, president of maybe just a fight over who filing suit, to stop the Pallathe AIDS Healthcare Foun- are the tougher guys, Mr. dium towers.” Is halting many dation, spoke and said: “We Weinstein … or the prin- other construction projects are taking the gloves off … cipals of the developers, throughout Los Angeles just and, we shall stand or fall Crescent Heights and CH another route to that goal? on whether we can mobilize communities.” Follow the money There can be little doubt that this is a political campaign funded by moneyed interests, according to public filings at ethics.lacity. org. The nonprofit AIDS Healthcare Foundation, as of Dec. 31, has provided $1,901,386 in political contributions, which is 97 perLeisha Willis CPCU, Agent Some things we all cent of the funds raised for Insurance Lic#: 0H76832 have in common. 500 N Larchmt Blvd the “yes” side. There’s nobody like me to Toll Free: 844-ST8-FARM Similarly, of the $1,716,422 protect the things we all value. leisha@leishawillis.com raised by the “no” side as of Like a good neighbor, Dec. 31, 60 percent has come State Farm is there. CALL ME TODAY. from CH Palladium LLC, the developer of the proposed Palladium Residences project across Argyle Ave. from the existing AIDS Healthcare Foundation office on top floors of the Sunset Media Center tower. Most of the other “no” con1101022.1 State Farm, Home Office, Bloomington, IL tributions comprising the remaining 40 percent rple Line Puraised ®

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Which Way SurveyLA? Staggering statistics tell the story Many of you may remember a groundbreaking initiative begun almost a decade ago when the J. Paul Getty Trust partnered with the City of Los Angeles to create the city’s first-ever citywide inventory of historic places. That effort, known as SurveyLA, has completed its field survey efforts and is wrapping up the data analysis that will allow

tics were staggering, however. How to compile data on over 880,000 parcels? How to involve the residents of 35 Community Plan areas?  How many academics, city staff, professional consultants, volunteers and interns would it take to make sense of it all?  The Office of Historic Resources (OHR), led by Ken Bernstein and SurveyLA coor-

us to understand the historic built environment for the first time in a comprehensive way. This exercise wasn’t just about numbers (how many historic buildings are “enough” to save in a city oriented to the future?), but about the value of telling the story of the city through its neighborhoods and its architecture. The numbers and the logis-

dinator Janet Hansen, devel- requests, has already providoped protocols for the field ed leadership in this area by survey, designed a special data- introducing council motions base to handle the material, directing the Cultural Heriand created themed “context tage Commission to review several Surstatements.” The veyLA propcitywide context erties in his statement idenMcAvoy on district. Each tifies themes in Preservation request needLos Angeles hisby ed a sepatory and relates Christy rate council those themes to action, and extant resources McAvoy the councilcategorized by man and his property type (residential, for instance) staff are to be commended and associated architectural for their timely assistance. As styles.  Nine broad contexts a result, the Charlotte and were created, among them Robert Disney House in Los “Architecture and Engineer- Feliz was designated; the Bob ing,” “Residential Develop- Hope Estate in Toluca Lake ment and Suburbanization,” was declined.  Norton bungalows and “Public and Private Institutional Development.” The Decisions on two Spanish results, largely available now Colonial Revival bungalow at preservation.lacity.org/sur- courts at 412-20 and 424-30 vey, show the diversity of this N. Norton Ave. in the Wilshire Community Plan area are place we call home. pending as of this writing. The SurveyLA benefits According to OHR, the sur- courts are part of a population vey has a “multiplicity of ben- of about 20 properties in the efits and uses,” among them Plan area included in Surveyto “help direct future growth, LA, a mere handful of which shape the vision of Los Ange- are in the Greater Wilshire– les’ 35 Community Plans, adjacent, and Windsor Village, streamline environmental streets of Alexandria, Kingsreview, provide opportunities ley, and Plymouth. (There are for public education … and many more extant examples of spur heritage tourism and the property type, but Surveymarketing of historic neigh- LA has developed criteria for borhoods and properties.” The inclusion based on retention Planning Department, led by of character-defining features, Director Vince Bertoni, and rarity of type, and ability of decision makers should now the property to convey its sigincorporate survey findings nificance.) Bungalow courts into the entitlement, environmental review, and develop- Bungalow courts, once a ubiquitous feature of the Los ment process. Angeles landscape, provided Ryu initiatives Councilman David Ryu, housing for newly arrived resresponding to constituent (Please turn to page 3)

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Emergency motion saves Norton bungalows, for now By Billy Taylor Demolition of two apartment complexes that have potential to be named historiccultural monuments has been postponed due to an emergency City Council motion submitted Jan. 10 by 4th District Councilman David Ryu. The garden courtyard style bungalow apartments, located at 412-420 and 424-430 N. Norton Ave., which have architec-

tural characteristics of the Spanish Colonial Revival Style, were facing “imminent demolition,” according to Ryu’s motion. The Los Angeles Administrative Code provides that councilmembers may initiate consideration of a proposed site, building or structure as a HistoricCultural Monument (HCM). After a review and investigation, the Cultural Heritage Commission (CHC) will either approve

McAvoy on Preservation (Continued from page 2) idents, members of the entertainment industry, and the working class before graduating to single-family home ownership. A housing type that takes advantage of a central shared outdoor space, courts continue to provide affordable housing today. Several have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places in recent years. They are not uniformly located across the city, and those areas that possess them should plan for their continued existence. Planning procedure needed Councilman Ryu cannot be expected to make a separate motion on each of the worthy SurveyLA identified properties in his district. A procedure is needed whereby planning staff can incorporate Survey-

LA findings into the planning process before these resources are threatened. Our current procedures could allow many identified resources to be demolished before they are designated at the local, state or national level. Then the millions of dollars spent by The Getty and the city and the tens of thousands of man hours which created the inventory and the tips from the public about what to include will all have been for naught. Christy Johnson McAvoy, a former president of the Los Angeles Conservancy and the California Preservation Foundation, as well as an Advisor to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, founded Historic Resources Group in Hollywood.

or disapprove the council-initiated designation. Residents originally submitted an application for historic designation of the two properties to the CHC in August 2016, but due to the City Planning Department’s workload and individual absences in the department, the application has not yet been considered. It is scheduled for a hearing on Thurs., Feb. 2. Demolition permit The issue became time-sensitive after a notice was posted Dec. 9 that a demolition permit application was filed for both properties by the developer Wiseman Residential. The possibility of the eight buildings being knocked down before they could be considered historically significant inspired Karen Gilman, secretary of the Larchmont Village Neighborhood Association, to send an “urgent” message to local stakeholders asking them to “write and call to save the Norton Court properties!” Gilman urged neighbors to contact local politicians and city officials requesting that they intervene until the historic application is considered: “If we wait for [Feb. 2] without this appeal and intervention, these buildings will be gone; this developer is

ARCHITECT Leonard L. Jones designed the three-building, 12unit apartment complex at 412-420 N. Norton Ave. in 1926.

THE STRUCTURES at 424-430 N. Norton were built in 1924 as a five-building, 10-unit bungalow court.

notorious and fast.” Survey L.A., a recently completed years-long project of the City Planning Department and the J. Paul Getty Trust,

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PAPAL HONOR. Grove developer Rick Caruso, right, received the Papal Honor of Knight Commander in the Order of the Knights of St. Gregory the Great from Pope Francis last month at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Knight Patrick Nally, left, bestowed the honor. The Order of St. Gregory the Great was established in 1831 and is one of the five Orders of Knighthood of the Holy See.

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State of Greater Miracle Mile on Chamber agenda Hear about the “State of the Mile” at a Greater Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce luncheon and forum Thurs., Feb. 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Blvd. Rick Caruso, developer of the Grove and CEO of Caruso, is the keynote speaker. Chief curator at the Peters-

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en Automotive Museum Leslie Kendall will give an audio/visual presentation of the Miracle Mile area from its beginnings as a sheep pasture. Metro officials will discuss Measure M and the Purple Line subway construction. Councilman David Ryu will also speak. The focus among the speakers will be “Where we were, where are we going and how are we getting there?” said Chamber executive director Meg McComb. The luncheon is $25 for members / $35 for non-members. RSVP at info@miraclemilechamber. org by Feb. 6.

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Single-family homes 354 S. Lucerne Blvd. 120 N. Irving Blvd. 270 S. Windsor Blvd. 208 S. Arden Blvd. 139 N. Beachwood Dr. 513 N. Plymouth Blvd. 440 N. Citrus Ave. 420 S. Highland Ave. 540 N. Lucerne Blvd. 456 Westminster Ave. 722 S. Bronson Ave. 621 N. Mansfield Ave. 329 N. Windsor Blvd. 883 Crenshaw Blvd. 543 N. Irving Blvd. 122 S. Wilton Pl.

Victorious, is how neighbors described the outcome last month at the city Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee, after it approved the amended Baseline Mansionization Ordinance (BMO). “We have almost won the battle against mansionization,” said a triumphant Bob Eisele, vice president of the La Brea-Hancock Homeown-

ers Association. “When this is over, we’ll have to keep our eye on developers to make sure they comply with the new zoning, but we’ll have the full force of the city behind us if they don’t.” The amended BMO closes loopholes in the 2008 original that allowed developers to build homes considered too large for their lots. The City Council is expected to vote

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with each of the Fab Four. 5. Harry Benson: Shoot First: Fascinating documentary about a celebrity photographer known for his shots of The Beatles, but also many more told by Harry himself and a myriad of others with anecdote after anecdote and unforgettable photos. 6. Patriots Day: Spectacular recreation of the Boston Marathon bombing. You may think you know what happened, but I was surprised. 7. Joan Rivers: Exit Laughing: Joan and others tell her story, and it’s a rollicking one. I can’t give it more than a 10, but if I could, I would! 8. Passengers: One of the better sci-fi films. 9. Café Society: Woody Allen keeps getting better with age. 10. Elle: Isabelle Huppert gives a tour de force in this “amoral” movie with a different view of an old subject. 11. Fastball: A film that no baseball fan should miss, including film clips of people like Walter Johnson I had never seen before. 12. Maggie’s Plan: The script for this modern tale is witty and the acting very good. 13. Snowden: If your mind is open and you haven’t already prejudged Snowden, it’s a very good film written and directed by Oliver Stone. 14. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi: Graphically captures all the gun fighting and the bombs, and the uncertainty of the fight because it was all done in the dark of night without really knowing what was going on and where the fighting was coming from. Worse, our guys kept expecting help that never came from the Obama Administration. 15. Denial: Highlighted by a terrific performance by Timothy Spall, this is a good courtroom drama that happens to be true. 16. Diary of a Chambermaid: They keep remaking this and this one is as good as the others, if not better. 17. The Girl on the Train: Not as good as the book, but still very good, indeed, although it would have been a lot better had Jason Bateman played one of the key roles. 18. A Bigger Splash: While not for everyone, I liked this stylish atmospheric tale of a rock singer and her extended family recuperating on the Italian volcanic island of Pantelleria. 19. Septembers of Shiraz: A tense film that captures the terror and unfairness of life in Iran shortly after the Islamic extremists took over in 1979 by concentrating on one Jewish family. (Please turn to page 15)


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Life brilliantly told in music, alternative magical universe The Lion is a musical memoir written and performed by Benjamin Scheuer. Mr. Scheuer sings and plays the Theater story of his difficult family Review life, a volatile by relationship Patricia with his faFoster Rye ther, a doomed romance, his recovery from a major illness among other life milestones. He is a superb musician, brilliantly playing six different and iconic guitars. His songs, while narrating his life, are eminently singable and unique: “Cookie-tin Banjo” about the instrument that his father taught him to play (the beginning of his musical education), the titular “The Lion” about his family, and many more. Although Mr. Scheuer captivates us from his first song, director Sean Daniels has layered and built this performance so that by the end of the 70-minute one-act, you are quite captivated by Mr. Scheuer’s life and are rooting for this talented performer. Through Sun., Feb. 19, Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater at the Geffen Playhouse, 10886 LeConte Ave., 310-208-5454, geffenplayhouse.org. 4 Stars ••• Heartsville High is in an alternate universe, one where homosexuality is the norm and heterosexuality is the taboo. This is the premise of Zanna, Don’t! Book, music and lyrics are by Tim Acito, with additional lyrics by Alexander Dinelaris. The titular Zanna (Jason Bornstein) is explained as a “Magical Matchmaker” who zaps (a fairy wand is involved) together various same-sex couples. When Steve (an engaging Jacob Zelonky) the quarterback and Kate (Jillian Easton) the captain of the Girl’s Intramural Mechanical Bull-Riding Team are attracted to each other, there’s a hitch in this alternate universe. The music and lyrics are keyed to the message of the evening as stated by director Lauren J Peters: “to love and not to judge others based on who they are or know themselves to be.” Peters (also credited with the scenic design) has kept the comedic pace tight and the eight-member cast that sing, dance and play a variety of roles, a cohesive group. The energetic choreography is by Michael Marchak. Through Sun., Feb. 5 Chromolume Theatre at the Attic, 5429 W. Washington Blvd. (between the 10 freeway and Hauser Blvd.), 323-205-1617, 3 Stars crtheatre.com ••• The Last Vig, written and directed by David Varriale, is set in 2014, although it feels

more like the 1960s. Big Joe (Burt Young of “Rocky” fame) is an aging mob boss reduced to a desk in the seedy back room of a Chinese restaurant in Astoria, New York. (Vig is defined as the percentage charged by a bookmaker for a bet.) With the help of Bocce (Ben Adams), his young hip-hop assistant, Joe is dealing with the disappearance of his courier to Atlantic City carrying $100,000 in casino chips. There is a lot of discussion, some of it with restaurant owner Paul Li (Clint Jung), about rat infestation in the restaurant, types of salads, the back room being wired/bugged, etc. before we (Please turn to page 14)

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Two small, unassuming restaurants that deserve a try There are a few obvious restaurant neighborhoods, where clusters of bars and bistros brighten the night. Third and Beverly. DTLA. Santa Monica. One might not expect to find a brilliant three-course prix fixe in a tired mini mall just east of a 101 on-ramp, but there it is. Papilles. A tasty, unassuming little foodie hideaway whose name actually translates as “taste buds.”

Every evening the menu changes. There are two or three options each for firsts, mains and desserts. Base price is $38, but at least half the menu is at an up-change, so it’s possible to spend as much as $60 or so before wine. On the other hand, they allow á la carte ordering, which is a nice option. My husband and I shared the carrot ginger veloute with

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an additional $8. The dessert meringue melted in one’s mouth, though I prefer fresh fruit to the raspberry sauce this one came with. Maybe it’s significant that Chef Jordan Rosas is described as being “complex and creative. He loves urban foraging and riding his Ducati.” There is no wine list. The knowledgeable wait-staff will pluck a couple of bottles off the shelf to recommend. Limited wine by the glass and beer. Papilles, 6221 Franklin Ave., 323-872-2028. • • • When I lived back East, I went out for Sunday morning dim sum fairly often. Half the fun was trying to flag

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Ruscha-inspired art; Super Bowl Classes, groups, activities chase away winter 'blahs' PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM—"The Eagles Have Landed: Dan Gurney's All American Racers, Tribute to Dan Gurney" opening night is Fri., Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. • "Pictures of Car Parts (After Ed Ruscha)," works Vik Muniz, ends April 9. 6060 Wilshire Blvd., 323903-2277; petersen.org. ZIMMER CHILDREN'S MUSEUM—Sunday events from 2 to 4 p.m. include: Make pendants and pom poms on Super Bowl Sunday Feb. 5; pass laws for President's Day Feb. 19, and make masks and hear jazz for Mardi Gras Feb. 26. 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100; 323-761-8984; zimmermuseum.org. JAPAN FOUNDATION— Japanema: films screen the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. Free. 5700 Wilshire Blvd., 323761-7510; jflalc.org. LOS ANGELES MUSEUM CAUST— OF THE HOLO­ Meet Dr. Joel Dimsdale, author of "Anatomy of Malice: The Enigma of the Nazi War Criminals," Feb. 5 at 3 p.m. Pan Pacific Park, 100 S. Grove Dr., 323-651-3704; lamoth.

org. Always free. CRAFT AND FOLK ART MUSEUM—Tiny House (portable, solar, 10'x7') pre-build party with Derek Diedricksen is Fri., Feb. 3 from 7 to 10 p.m., $30/$25 members. • "Focus Iran 2: Contemporary Photography and Video" opens Fri., Jan. 27 from 7 to 10 p.m. "Chapters: Book Arts In Southern California" opens Sun., Jan. 29. 5814 Wilshire Blvd., 323937-4230; cafam.org; free on Sundays. LA BREA TAR PITS & MUSEUM—Sleepovers in the museum are March 3 and 11. Register online. 5801 Wilshire Blvd., 323934-PAGE; tarpits.org. KOREAN CULTURAL CENTER—Movie night is Thurs., Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. Free. 5505 Wilshire Blvd., 323936-7141; kccla.org. LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART—"MoholyNagy: Future Present" opens Sun. Feb. 12. Ends June 18. • "The Inner Eye: Vision and Transcendence in African Arts" opens Sun., Feb. 26. Ends July 9. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., 323857-6000; lacma.org.

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Las Madrinas debutantes honored at ball In December, Las Madrinas honored families and their daughters for their service to the Southern California community and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). Thirty-one young women were presented at the annual Debutante Ball at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. More than 850 people filled the International Ballroom to celebrate with the debutantes

and the members of Las Madrinas (“The Godmothers”). President Mrs. Jon Warren Newby welcomed the families and guests and thanked everyone for joining with Las Madrinas in supporting the research programs at CHLA, including the group’s current project, a $5 million pledge to fund The Las Madrinas Pediatric Simulation Research Laboratory En-

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Residents of the 800-900 block of Masselin Ave. joined together for their 36th annual Progressive Holiday Party on a rainy eve in December. By Carrie Muller We started at the home of John Schunhoff and Ken Titley for drinks, appetizers and a fabulous dinner. This is a pot luck, but anyone would think it is catered by a famous chef, since the dishes are beautiful, varied and delicious. At the home of Fran Hentz, the tables were filled with cakes, pies, and cookies. We sang songs of the holiday season as we nibbled on the delicious desserts. Our very first holiday party 36 years ago was a dessert gettogether, and the neighbors enjoyed it so much, the tradition of a progressive dinner party began. We added to it an annual July 4th block party.   Our block directory is distributed each year by Ellen Ehrlich. Block coordinator Dena Berkin makes sure our parties are organized beautifully and take place without a hitch every year. And, 2016 was no exception. We create a safer atmosphere on our block by knowing each other and caring about each other. We are very much like a


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All roads — and world of organics — lead to the neighborhood Because “everything is related to everything else” — at least that’s the answer, perhaps apocryphal, that Buckminster Fuller gave to his students in response to the question of why he took three hours to answer a single question. So bear with me while I attempt to connect the dots between the thick green “broth” that I just had for breakfast and a few legendary people in and around Hollywood — and our neighborhood. Hal Bieler is the link. Dr. Harold Bieler (18991983) began practicing medicine in 1916, first in West Virginia, then in Idaho, later in

Pasadena, followed by a long stretch in Capistrano Beach. According to his blockbuster book, “Food Is Your Best Medicine” (1965), he was convinced by one of his professors of the value of diet-based therapies for illness and for health. (The professor had witnessed Bieler suffering a serious asthma attack; on his advice, Bieler cured himself with diet.) I’m neither a biochemist nor a physician, so if you’re interested in his approach, you’ll have to make up your own mind. But what I am is a close reader, and 20 years ago, when I read “From the Journals of

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Dr. Bieler’s, as was another Fisher friend, the librarian and writer, Lawrence Clark Powell. Gloria Swanson But, likely, Dr. Bieler’s bestknown patient and advocate was Gloria Swanson, a longtime devotee of health, organics, and careful diet. “Dr. Bieler taught me in 1927 that your body is the direct result of what you eat as well as what you don’t eat. Every day I live merely reinforces his lessons,” she wrote. Hancock Park resident Brooke Anderson is a granddaughter of Gloria Swanson. “Dr. Bieler was a huge influence on my grandmother, from her twenties on. In my life and that of my mother’s (née Gloria Swanson Somborn), we were drenched in the world of organics — fruits and vegetables in particular, and also with Alta Dena products from raw milk. “Grams (as I called her) was obsessive about food and diet, all of which she learned from Bieler. ‘I know my body,’ she said. ‘I don’t stuff it full of bad food. If I have a pain somewhere … pain, as Hal Bieler told me in 1927, is a divine signal, telling you to take care of yourself with proper diet.’” “Bieler’s broth” was a staple of Gloria Swanson’s household as well of that of her daughter, and later of Brooke Anderson. In his book, Bieler does not present the broth in recipe

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Responding to a reverse, which is played often in modern bridge A reverse is when opener bids a suit at the 2 level that is higher ranking than the suit that she opened at the 1 level. Example: You open 1 Club. Your partner responds 1 Spade. You bid 2 Diamonds. Diamonds is higher ranking than Clubs, and you have bid them at the 2 level, so you have reversed. It also promises more cards in your first bid suit than in your second, either 5-4 or 6-5. A reverse promises that you have at least 17 high card points (HCP) and is forcing on your partner for one round. In other words, if you reverse, your partner must bid again, no matter how weak her hand. In today’s modern bridge, almost everybody plays reverses. As a caveat, if your hand is 6-5, you need only an opening hand to reverse and you show your hand by bidding the second suit twice, for example, you are South: South West North East 1C P 1H P 2D* P 2N P 3D** * Reverse ** Shows 6 Clubs and 5 Diamonds and at least 13 HCP. When inexperienced play-

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HIBISCUS FLOWERS bloom on Lucerne year ‘round. “Everyday is an exciting one here,” says Darren Eminian, who has got to know the hummingbirds and other visitors drawn to his yard.

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tion increases dramatically.” The area’s ecosystem also suffers, he says. “Have you ever seen a mother hummingbird feed on grass gnats that she then gives to her chicks in a nest? Without lawns, no gnats, no food source, no hummingbirds. The chicks need more than nectar to grow quickly enough to leave the nest before the mother abandons them.” There’s no ecosystem problem on this little plot on Lucerne, where swallows swoop down daily. They feast on the aphids, explains Eminian, as do lady bugs and several hummingbirds that call his garden home. “I think it is very exciting that this was created and developed right here in Larchmont Village. My tiny property, which was meant to be part of the Beverly Hills Freeway (referring to a state plan in the 1960s), has been a field laboratory… “My intent is to show that residents of Larchmont Village like myself are always very concerned and involved with our neighborhood and how to improve it now and for many years to come.” Colorlicioushibiscusgardens.com casinos. When Detective Ray Price (Bruce Nozick) arrives and demands a payoff for his silence, the conclusion of the play is inevitable. Set designer Joel Daavid has created a perfect, detail-packed tacky back room. Through Sun., Feb. 19, Zephyr Theatre, 7456 Melrose Ave., 323-960-7712, thelastvig.com. 3 Stars

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SECTION two

FEBRUARY 2017

Larchmont Chronicle


LC 02 2017