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Larchmont Chronicle

vol. 54, no. 3

• delivered to 76,439 readers in hancock park • windsor square • fremont place • Miracle Mile • Park La Brea • Larchmont •

Groups seek consensus on city trees

Town Hall on Miracle Mile preservation


Ficus roots damage sidewalks, plumbing

Agenda: HPOZ history, facts, questions and comments

30TH EDITION. Section 3

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By John Welborne Announcing that he was glad to be back where he attended junior high school (and noting that everything in the auditorium seems smaller than he remembers), Councilman David E. Ryu opened a special town hall meeting attended by approximately 175 people in the John Burroughs Middle School auditorium on Feb. 22. Because the meeting’s topic See Town Hall, p 25

March 7 election is for candidates, ballot measures

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Controversy on 'S' Mayor Eric Garcetti is up for election to a second term, and he has 10 challengers trying to deprive him of the job, including Windsor Square resident

MOVERS and shakers. 3-6


Tues., March 7

FOUNTAIN OF HONOR, c.1930, designed by sculptor Henry Lion, on the grounds of the Ebell garden. Photo by Michael Locke

Hancock Park Garden Club sale supports Ebell grounds Natives, tomato plants and berry bushes featured Get ready for spring planting and summer garden maintenance at the Hancock Park Garden Club sale and event Sat., March 4 at the Ebell Club, in the parking lot at Lucerne Blvd., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. “Our goal, as a club, is to help gardeners. We will have natives and drought tolerant plants, the best tomato plants from Tomatomania. Absolutely wonderful daylilies and irises from Greenwood Garden. Orchids from Zuma Canyon Orchids and more,” said HPGC president Ginger Lincoln.

Summer Camps ART in the Mile.


For Information on Advertising Rates, Please Call Pam Rudy 323-462-2241, x 11 Mailing permit:

(and St. Brendan Basketball Association coach — see page 14), Mitchell Schwartz. Local Councilmember Paul Koretz has two challengers, and Hollywood Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell has five candidates seeking to unseat him. See Election, p 4

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Ideas for fun camps, school programs, special interest activites and more will be featured in the April issue. Advertising deadline is Mon., March 13. For more information contact Pam Rudy, 323-462-2241, ext. 11.

Mark Donoforio from Tomatomania will speak on “All Things Tomato” at 10 a.m. Lisa Novick, director of outreach at Theodore Payne Foundation, will talk at 11 See Garden Club, p 4

By Billy Taylor The Larchmont Village Business Improvement District (BID) is reaching out to neighborhood groups to seek consensus on a plan to remove and replace the 38 ficus trees lining Larchmont Blvd. The Larchmont Village BID, a group consisting of property owners on the Boulevard, want to address the issue of damaged plumbing and busted sidewalks caused by the ficus trees’ roots. BID’s approach At a community meeting in January, hosted at Vernetti restaurant, BID executives had their consultant, arborist Greg Monfette of Tree Case Management, present his conclusions. See Save trees, p 6

OPENED IN 1962, the building was home to the Scottish Rite.

Sneak peek at Marciano museum Foundation announces May 25 opening The new owner continues its work on the adaptive reuse of the 1962 Scottish Rite Cathedral building in Windsor Square. The building’s future will be as the Marciano Art Foundation, a private art mu-

seum of brothers Maurice and Paul Marciano. Three years of construction are reaching the final phase, and the Foundation has just announced that Thurs., May See Marciano, p 13

Miracle Mile renaissance covered in 30th edition Living, Development, Entertainment and more

DRAMATIC NEIGHBOR is in the works next door to LACMA.

Photo courtesy of AAMPAS

By John Welborne The imminent ascent of the Academy Movie Museum’s new building, behind the historic May Company, plus other local news items help fill this year’s Larchmont Chronicle “Miracle Mile” special section. This newspaper has been providing our informative annual service for three decades. This issue includes our 30th

“Miracle Mile” special section. Read about “Living in the Mile” (including at the historic, and hip, “grand dame” of Los Angeles apartment communities, Park La Brea), “Development in the Mile,” “Galleries and Museums in the Mile,” “Shops and Restaurants in the Mile,” and more. Enjoy the section — and enjoy the Miracle Mile!

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Community Comment By John Welborne

“Yes” for preservation. “No” for a construction moratorium. For more than a year, this newspaper has covered Michael Weinstein’s AIDS Healthcare Foundation proposal to stop construction of the building across from the foundation’s own high-rise offices on Sunset Blvd., and, in so doing, stop construction near subway stations and many other parts of Los Angeles as well. The Larchmont Chronicle also has been following closely the proposal for the Miracle Mile, south of Wilshire Blvd., to join neighboring Country Club Park, Wilshire Park, Windsor Village, Windsor Square, Hancock Park, Carthay Circle, South Carthay, and Carthay Square as an official Historic Preservation Overlay Zone. Much of this issue of the newspaper relates to the final efforts to make this happen (or stop it) for Miracle Mile. The Larchmont Chronicle has lengthy written explanations for why we make the following two vote recommendations. We don’t have enough pages to publish the explanations here. However, you may read the full Community Comment on our website at: larchmontchronicle.com. But here’s the bottom line: We urge the City Council to vote “YES” on the Miracle Mile HPOZ, bringing back into the HPOZ all of the properties along Olympic Blvd. We also urge our readers to vote “NO” on Measure S, the construction moratorium.

Fixing Our Sidewalks: Who is Responsible and When Will it Be Done?

In 1974, as a result of federal funding, the City of Los Angeles passed an ordinance placing the obligation for maintaining sidewalks on the City. Years have gone by, funding has disappeared, and our sidewalks are now often obstacle courses. In 2016, the City Council and Mayor approved the “Safe Sidewalks LA” repair program. This program will ultimately review and, if needed, repair all the sidewalks in Los Angeles. After the review is done and the repairs, if necessary, are made, the City will provide maintenance for the sidewalks for 20 years. After that, the property owner will be responsible for sidewalk maintenance. If you have a sidewalk that needs repair and you are willing to pay for the repairs, there is a rebate program where you can be reimbursed up to $2,000. The first step to getting your sidewalk repaired is to go to the Safe Sidewalks LA website — http://sidewalks.lacity.org — and fill out a request. Select the Rebate Program and fill out a request. You can also call 311 to file a request. If you know of a dangerous sidewalk and want an immediate repair or if you’re disabled and there is a broken sidewalk, use the options on the website for reporting these locations. In these cases, the repairs will usually be temporary asphalt patching. Don’t forget to VOTE on March 7th! One of the most important items on the ballot is Measure S, which deals with growth in our city. Please get informed and VOTE! A good place to start your research is the website, Ballotpedia — https://ballotpedia.org/Los_ Angeles,_California,_Changes_to_Laws_Governing_the_General_ Plan_and_Development,_Measure_S_(March_2017)#Overview Safety is still an issue, so 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.

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Calendar Sat., March 4 – Hancock Park Garden Club plant sale, The Ebell parking lot, Lucerne Blvd. and Wilton Pl., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tues., March 7 – Election. Wed., March 8 – Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, The Ebell, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., 7 p.m. greaterwilshire.org. Fri., Sat., Sun., March 10, 11 and 12 – Larchmont Sidewalk Sale. Sun., March 12 – Daylight Savings begins; turn your clock forward one hour. Fri., March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day. Mon., March 20 – First day of spring.

Dr. Bieler’s first name was Henry, not Harold, but otherwise info is accurate. I use dried parsley in the “broth” and add some paprika to the top before serving — it’s very pretty, and was Bieler-approved. I sometimes skip the string beans if I can’t find good ones. I don’t feel too guilty — Dr. Bieler called zucchini the most healing of vegetables and there’s plenty of zucchini! Hedda Hopper was also a Bieler patient, as was I. Robyn Holden Willits, CA Comment from our website

Community salons I’ve owned my salon on Larchmont Blvd. for 16 years. On Feb 12, a flex line to our shampoo bowl broke in the middle of the night, flooding our salon with about four inches of water. Even though we acted quickly to mitigate the damage, it has resulted in my salon being closed for two

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weeks. My manicurist Lisa Preciado reached out to Christina, the owner of Salon Provence (literally next door) to see if she might have some extra room. As it turned out, she did. Ultimately, all six of my stylists, myself included, have ended up at Christina’s. Sure, Salon Provence is making a little extra money on rental income, but what’s been so moving to me is the sense of community I feel with this other salon. You may not be aware of this, but our industry can be a tad competitive, and salon owners and stylists can sometimes view each other as adversaries. It can be jarring to say the least, to have your “safe environment” overrun with new people you’ve barely met. But I have to say the teamwork here has been extraordinary. They’ve given us keys to the salon and have allowed us to bring in our hair colors and equipment. We’re doing our best to be gracious guests, and it’s my hope that my salon will be back open for business by March 1. Christina has been here in business for as long as I have, and we’ve only had casual “hellos” over the years. Her kindness has taught me a great lesson in community, and I really would like to see her acknowledged publicly for it. Romi Cortier Romi Cortier Design N. Larchmont Blvd.

“We don’t have a spring break, so we’re just going to eat and travel at will!” Jennifer Feeney with daughter Ever, Larchmont

“We love Palm Springs, so we’re going to head out there.” Nina Bailey with daughters Paige and Keira, Larchmont

“We will be going to Atlanta to visit my husband. He’s a stuntman working on the next Avengers movie.” Rachel Luttrell-Bateman with daughter Ridley, new Larchmont residents

Yes on Measure ‘S’

Get serious. Stop this kind of skewed “reporting.” Talk about what Measure S is really about. It’s about halting the delinquent abuse of the city’s zoning guidelines and the gross over-development of multi-use properties at the high cost of affordable housing. I’d like to see an opponent of S make the case that the city of Los Angeles is not dense enough with development. (Please turn to page 23)

“I’m going to St. Thomas with my friends’ family,” and “I’m going to head off to Chicago to visit family.” Talia Biery and Katerina Millner, Windsor Square

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Angels Flight good news The Angels Flight Railway once again should be serving passengers as early as Labor Day, and possibly sooner. With the railway’s two funicular cars set to be moving up and down Bunker Hill in the background, Mayor Eric Garcetti was due to announce after the Chronicle’s press deadline that the California Public Utilities Commission recently has approved plans for reopening the historic Los Angeles icon that began serving riders in 1901. The funicular has been closed to the public since late 2013 due to new regulatory requirements. Celebrating the news are officers of the nonprofit Angels Flight Railway Foundation (AFRF) and executives


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Ebell’s 1930 garden design GARDEN CLUB Robert Quigg appears (Continued from page 1) remains simple, elegant a.m. on how native plants sup- at bankruptcy hearing opened. She designed the garden to be simple and elegant, and to contain areas where people could sit outside. The design was later expanded to include the fountain. In 1930, The Ebell commissioned sculptor Henry Lion, who also designed the front doors to City Hall, to design a “Fountain of Honor” to be placed in the garden to commemorate the husbands, sons and brothers of Ebell members who served in the military during World War I.

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port butterflies, birds and other creatures needed in healthy food webs. For example, while Mediterranean non-native plants contribute to water savings, they may not be so helpful as an ecosystem support in Southern California gardens. John Schoustra, founder of Greenwood Gardens, will be available at noon to speak on creating easy year round color with geraniums, irises and daylilies. George Vasquez of Zuma Canyon Orchids will stop by at 1 p.m. to answer all your questions about orchids. Throughout the day, there also will be succulent and cactus vendors, linen purveyors, pottery for the garden from Black Mountain Ceramics and other home goods. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the restoration of the Ebell of Los Angeles Historic Garden. Visit hancockparkgardenclub.com.


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Also on the ballot are school district and community college elections. But the big issues relate to the ballot measures, in particular one from the county and one an initiative measure within the City of Los Angeles. A great deal of support, and almost no opposition, is showing for Measure H, the homeless services sales tax. This is seen as the voters’ opportunity to fund the social services

Late in January, Elissa D. Mill- in the city of Los Angeles. er, the U.S. Trustee for eight of Quigg testified that he had the nine bankruptcy proceed- to file the bankruptcy cases ings initiated by house develop- because of high interest rates er Robert Quigg, including for charged by his lenders and six houses in Windsor Square delays in getting various city and Hancock Park, conducted approvals. He also was grilled the “first meeting of creditors” about some money transfers to Australia. He in downtown Los claimed it was all Angeles. About a his money, but the dozen dissatisfied trustee challenged creditors attendhim on that. ed, as did Quigg, Hancock Park who disappeared residents from the late last year, leaving more than $80 TYPICAL SIGN on lo- Gintel and Rosencal residential proper- berg families million in debts. ties under redevelopattended and spoke Accompanied by his bankruptcy ment by Quigg Builders with the trustee Inc. and related entities. after the meetlawyer, Quigg spent more than an hour responding ing concerning the unfinished to the trustee’s questions. When basement and piles of dirt at asked by the trustee where he is the Quigg site at 344 S. Rimpau living now, Quigg said: “I’d real- Blvd., between their homes. ly rather not give my personal After more than an hour, address. I’ve had some threats the trustee continued the against myself and my family.” creditors’ meeting until late He did say that he is still living February. needed to support occupants of the homeless housing whose construction funding was approved by voters in Measure HHH last fall. The greatest controversy on the upcoming ballot revolves around Measure S — the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) initiative to enact a construction moratorium. In recent

weeks, voters’ mailboxes have been overflowing with both the AHF-funded mailers and the competing arguments from a large coalition of groups that say “Measure S goes too far.” Vote on March 7! (And remember that voters generally east of Larchmont Blvd. also have a special congressional election coming up on April 4.)

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The following, by Caroline Labiner Moser and Sara Nitikman, is excerpted from The Ebell website. Florence Yoch, the designer of The Ebell’s garden, was a famous California landscape designer from 1918 until 1972. Yoch designed the gardens of the Wilshire Country Club and some of the exterior film sets in the classic film “Gone With The Wind.” Yoch was commissioned to design the Ebell garden in 1927, the year the building

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Local resident among 23 running for Congress By Billy Taylor A Los Angeles City Planning Commissioner, and longtime Mid-Wilshire resident, Robert Lee Ahn is campaigning to represent California’s 34th Congressional District, and he wants your vote. Ahn is one of 23 candidates seeking to replace Xavier Becerra, who was appointed California’s Attorney General. A special primary election is scheduled for April 4. Campaign kickoff Kicking off his campaign, Ahn joined with more than 150 supporters on Feb. 18 at his Country Club Park headquarters. “For so long, our community has been overlooked and ignored. This outpouring of emotion is the entire Asian community rallying together to stand up and be counted,” he told the crowd. Speaking to the Chronicle, Ahn says his campaign’s top three issues are public safety, crime and healthcare. “These are concerning times. We must remain vigilant. At every turn we must do what we can to protect our communities and to protect our values. We must fight against unfairness, injustice and inequity.” A native Angeleno, Ahn was born in USC County Hospital 25 days after his mother immigrated from South Korea. “It’s a city I’ve grown to love, and there’s nowhere else I’d rather be,” he says. Ahn graduated from Harvard-Westlake School before locating to Atlanta, Georgia, to study business administration at Emory University. Ahn later returned to Southern California to attend the USC Gould School of Law, where he graduated in 2002. Growing up in Mid-Wilshire as the son of Korean immigrants, Ahn says he is sympathetic to disadvantaged and disenfranchised communities. Riots “In 1992, the Los Angeles riots had an impact on my life in a very real way. The Koreatown area was disproportionately affected by those events,” Ahn says. His father owned a business near the intersection of Western and 6th, and Ahn says he can recall a real concern that the looting and violence could spill over: “That area had no police protection, the entire community was essentially left to fend for itself. And so my father and some of the other tenants banded together to protect their property and livelihoods.” Watching the events unfold on TV as a 10th grade high



Election 2017: 'And they could be next' Ten of the 12 women running for U.S. Congress in California’s 34th Congressional District gathered at a candidate forum in Hancock Park Feb. 18 to present their campaign messages. An audience of more than 150 voters listened as each candidate — nine Demo-

LOS ANGELES riots sparked Ahn’s interest in politics.

school student, Ahn said he feared for his father’s safety. “That fear later on gave way to anger. I realized our community was essentially abandoned because we were deemed as expendable, and that all stems from having a

lack of voice, lack of political empowerment, and effectively being shut out by the system. “That’s where my interest to serve the community really began,” he explains. In 2011, Ahn was appointed by then City Council president Eric Garcetti to the Los Angeles City Redistricting Commission. He has served on the Los Angeles City Planning Commission since 2013. "I want to provide a voice to the voiceless," says Ahn. Visit ahnforcongress.com for more information.

crats and one Libertarian — described her motivations for running and what she hoped to achieve in Washington. Following a national trend, a record number of women are running in the race to replace Xavier Becerra, many citing Donald Trump’s win in November as their motivation. Becerra, a Democrat, was recently appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to become

California’s Attorney General. Event host, Jyoti Sarda, is co-producing a multi-part documentary series, “And She Could Be Next.” The series was conceived following one of the most tumultuous and polarizing election seasons in modern U.S. history, as citizens, pundits and politicians alike started calling for a top-to-bottom rethinking of politics as usual.

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Windsor Square Association (WSA), in a letter to Coun(Continued from page 1) Tom Kneafsey, and possibly cilman Ryu, asked that the Monfette’s approach pro- Michael Mizrahi, apparently city not issue any permits to posed a process of “rotational have agreed to pay for the remove the trees without a management,” which includes trees’ removal and replace- strong community consensus. replacing the worst trees first, ment. The property owners’ “Our association believes then gradually replacthe city should not be "Clearly, a community consensus hasty regarding any ing the remaining trees — all at the expense of is needed to plan for the future of of these ficus trees, so property owners. Larchmont Village parkway trees." as to avoid irreparable Three trees were harm that would come identified as among from removing them,” those to be removed first — proposal for the replacements, wrote WSA president Larry two in front of Rite Aid and whose exact variety is to be Guzin. the third further south, in determined, is for 24-36” box “Clearly, a community confront of Blue Mercury and trees, placed in 5’ x 6’ cutouts, sensus is needed to plan for surrounded by root barriers. Sam’s Bagels. the future of Larchmont VilNot so fast The property owner replage parkway trees,” he added. resentatives, Ronald Simms, Following that meeting, the Guzin’s letter notes how the beloved trees give character to the shopping district, creating a village ambiance, and pror r u u o o y y vide dense shade to cool and d ind mee ffin olld , protect the sidewalks. om CCo , d Go ’’ G o o t “There is plenty of time t o PPo & , & , S S k k C for stakeholders to proceed C o ro mr am , ha SSh , S thoughtfully to reach a connS u un a a h h C C e e r sensus on a good plan,” wrote lleePPr ! ! o Guzin. o o tto Co-executive director of Larchmont Village BID, Heather Boylston, told the Chronicle that she is trying to do just that. She met with the • InvItatIons • party paper gooDs Larchmont Village Neighbor• DecoratIons • hats & tIaras hood Association (LVNA) in & Balloons • WrappIng, rIBBons, BoWs February, and will soon meet • taBle covers & skIrts & Bags with the WSA. • napkIns, plates, cups • centerpIeces “We will continue to work • personalIzeD favors • shamrocks, WearaBles • chocolate coIns & much more! with the neighborhood organizations to make sure everyone understands all the facts, 20% Off ALL the solutions being offered MERCHANDISE and the importance of keeping WITH THIS AD (except printing, our sidewalks safe for pedesdiscounted goods, 5969 Melrose Ave. (at Wilcox) trians while still maintainballoons and balloon ing our Larchmont canopy of 323-467-7124 delivery) trees,” said Boylston. ©LC0317

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AELLA pop-up, MAC and other Boulevard news Larchmont Blvd. is getting more fashionable by the day as several new brick-and-mortar shops are readying for their grand openings. Trina Turk and Mr. Turk are aiming to open mid-March at 212 / 214 N. Larchmont Blvd. “It all depends on our contractor and materials arriving on time, so that’s a target, not a firm date,” says Trina Turk. The 2,000 square-foot store 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 May 12 opening in the former Crumbs Bakery space at 216 N. Larchmont. "One of our next M·A·C locations will indeed be Larchmont. We're very excited to be opening here," said James Tuffin, director of global communications for MAC. Los Angeles-based womenswear brand, AELLA, designs clothes for women who are going places — in life, in work or around the globe, says owner Eunice Cho. She offers her made-in-Los Angeles tailored essentials at a new pop-up at 128 1/2 N. Larchmont Blvd. until the end of April. The pop-up store had a brief stint across the Boulevard during the 2015 holiday season. “We loved being in this neighborhood,” said Cho. What started with a comfortable, stylish pair of black pants has grown to form a full wardrobe. “Everything we make is really comfortable, machinewashable and great for wearing every day, everywhere.” Cho started the ready-towear, yoga-comfort brand after having trouble finding pants when she switched from a job in fashion to interviewing for business school. She founded AELLA in 2014 as she was graduating from UCLA Anderson School of Business. The online brand recently partnered with Bloomingdale’s for special engagements. And so what are the pants that started it all? The ankle skinny pant,

Sidewalk sale on Larchmont Blvd. Books, clothes, accessories, gift items, toys and more will be on sale at the Larchmont Boulevard Association semiannual sidewalk sale Fri., March 10 to Sun., March 12. Final markdowns, bargains and lots of great merchandise will be offered by participating vendors on Larchmont Blvd. Store hours vary, so check a shop’s website or call for information.

“what we call our magic pants,” says Eunice. “Super stretchy” patented material from Italy… sewn here in Los Angeles. They retail for $198. Visit aella.com. Several other stores are also expected to open this spring. Another comeback is Jamba Juice, which closed its longtime spot on the Boulevard months ago. It is readying its new location at 122 N. Larchmont Blvd. And, a hiring notice is posted on the door. Jenis Scoop Shop is building out the former Z Pizza space at 123 N. Larchmont Blvd. Mr. Holmes Bakehouse is to open in the former Village footwear space, 248 N. Larchmont Blvd. Groundwork Coffee is moving in at 150 N. Larchmont, the original Sam’s Bagels, in the spring.


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Lift a pint of green ale on St. Patrick’s Day By Helene Seifer For those who wish to lift a pint for Erin go Bragh, there are several classic Irish pubs around the Miracle Mile to try. For more than 80 years, crowds have flocked to Tom Bergin’s for St. Patrick’s Day. Owner Derek Schreck tents the parking lot so up to 1,000 people can attend at a time. “At 6 a.m., we start serving a full Irish breakfast, with bangers, eggs, beans, roasted tomatoes—and Irish coffee!” The party goes until 2 a.m., and usually 5,000 to 6,000 people attend. There is no parking, so Uber and Lyft get a workout. Schreck says there’s a DJ and “We have corned beef sandwiches, bacon-wrapped hot dogs, whiskey ice cream, Guinness, Harp.” Come back the next day, Sat., March 18 at 4 p.m., for the “Hair of the Dog” party and have breakfast for dinner. “We have Irish in our family history,” said Dwayne Call, manager of Magee’s Kitchen in the Original Farmers Market and great, grandnephew of original owner Blanche Magee, “but we’re known as Irish primarily because we serve corned beef and cabbage every day.” Back in 1934, the Farmers Market was a dusty field, and the Magees, whose business dates to 1917, built a permanent stall to better serve the farmers who sold produce out of their trucks and carts. It was the Market's first eatery, and Magee's is celebrating its 100th anniversary.

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Everyone sports a little Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, but whether you enjoy lifting a pint of Guinness or are a teetotaler, you can get a wee bit o’ that Irish year round at the import shop just north of Melrose at 742 N. Vine St. Tucked into a mini mall at Vine St. and Camerford, the Irish Import Shop has been hiding in plain sight since 1962. Thom MacNamara, the third owner, who took over in October, said he is doing some slight renovations in the store. It is still open for business, however, and besides a large variety of hearty British teas, shoppers can purchase Allsorts licorice candy, crisps, Scottish shortbread and other British grocery items. There is also a selection of Waterford crystal, Celtic jewelry and clothing. Hours are: Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. The website, irishimportshop.com, is still under construction, but you can call Thom at 323-4676714 to make sure he’s got that Irish tea you’ve been craving.

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On St. Patrick’s Day, Magee’s serves corned beef, cabbage, potatoes and a few sides from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. “We serve over 1,000 pounds of corned beef that day!” The Farmers Market goes full Irish, as Call explains, “There’s live music (bagpipes) and green beer!” Imported Irish beer will also be on tap at both E.B.’s and Bar 326. Stuart Marks and the Paddy

O’Dors Band perform from 6 to 9 p.m. in the West Patio. Established in 1969, Molly Malone’s is known for live music, but on St. Pat’s, they really rock — with a bagpiper and live bands playing rock ‘n roll from noon ‘til 2 a.m. Brew-slinging starts at 6 a.m., with doors opening for the music at noon. Ken O’Malley, who’s been playing at Molly Malone’s off and on for 40 years, will be playing his authentic Irish music from 1 to 3 p.m. Los Angeles band Howl n’Wake will be playing a blend of blues, Cajun and Celtic music from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Jimmy Paxson takes the stage at 6 p.m. Talkback takes over at 8:15 p.m. Tickets start at $10. According to manager Ernesto Sanchez, about 1,200 people are served at Molly Malone’s on St. Patrick’s, fueled by corned beef and Irish stew! This article has been updat-



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Dr. James Gibbons, Dr. Thomas Tanbonliong and Dr. Kathleen Siu specialize in pediatric dentistry and orthodontistry at 411 N. Larchmont Blvd. The team keeps the office decorated year round and the atmosphere is kid-friendly to keep children wanting to return to what is often considered a dreaded appointment. Call 323-466-3279. Randall Niederkohr, D.D.S., is a pediatric dentist at 321 N. Larchmont Blvd., #809. Known as “Dr. Randy” to his patients, he offers them toys after each visit and educates them on good dental hygiene. Call 323-463-8322.

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Dr. Richard H. Katz. DDS Dear Dr. Katz, Our family has not been to a dentist for over a year, mainly because my husband’s work changed his dental insurance from a PPO to an HMO. We went to the HMO dentist last year and we found the dentist, staff and entire office to be less than professional. Plus, it’s very hard to get off work to take my kids to any dentist. My 14-year-old needs braces, my husband needs an implant and my lower molar is killing me. Is there an answer? Signed, Ina and Paul in Indio Dear I.N.P.A.I.N. Yes. there is an answer. There’s 3 main reasons why people do not see a dentist: 1) Affordability - Private dental insurance has become quite expensive. In our office, the patients that don’t have PPO insurance are put on our Katz Dental Plan, a reduced fee plan which everyone can afford. If not, they are put on a payment plan. In my 34 years of practicing,NO ONE has been denied treatment because of lack of funds. 2) Don’t have the time - We are one of the only offices that are open on Sunday.YES, SUNDAYS. For those of you who are worried about missing their football games, NO WORRIES - we have cable TV in every room. 3) Just plain scared of the dentist - I’m always amused when dentists advertise as “GENTLE DENTISTRY.“ Would you want to go to a painful dentist? Our patients know that we are gentle. But if you truly are unable to sit in a dental chair, we are in the process of adding a dental anesthesiologist to our in-network group of dentists. Dental work for an entire family CAN be expensive. I am proud to announce our in-network group of dentists and specialists who will treat all of your family’s needs with the utmost care and with fees that are affordable. Dr Richard Katz - General and Cosmetic Dentistry - Georgetown Dental School Dr Gabe Rosenthal - General and Cosmetic Dentistry - USC Dental School Dr Michael Parsons - General andCosmetic Dentistry - USC School of dentistry Dr Victor Israel - Periodontics Tufts Dental School Dr Rami Etessami - Endodontics ( root canal) - Georgetown Dental School Dr Dovi Prero - Orthodontics - UCLA school of dentistry, USC orthodontics Dr Jacob Agatstein - University of Pennsylvania School of Dentistry, UCLA-Harbor General Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery All the above dentists/ specialists treat patients in our West Pico location or their own offices which are located within a 5 mile radius of our office. “OF ALL THE THINGS YOU WEAR, YOUR SMILE IS MOST IMPORTANT” REGAIN YOUR SMILE — REGAIN YOUR CONFIDENCE CALL 1-888-SMILE-70 • 1-310-556-5600 • 1-800-9NEWBREATH VISIT us on WWW.KATZDENTALGROUP or Email Dr. Katz BREATHDDS@AOL.COM


By Suzan Filipek Wilshire Division Capt. Anthony Oddo is impressed with the mostly positive attitude he has found among the officers of the LAPD Wilshire Division and the residents who live here. “I love it,” he said in his new office and command center on Venice Blvd. Capt. Oddo comes to Wilshire from a command post at the city jail. “Coming from a jail environment, that’s the biggest change. There’s not a lot of happy inmates,” he noted. The bulk of his 31-year career has been in South Central, where “the environment is different, but people are people,” he added. He assumed his new post in the different environment, that includes the Grove and Beverly Center, on Christmas Eve. He works with a leadership team: Capt. Patricia Sandoval, who heads the division’s 230-officer patrol, and Lt. Charles Baley, who heads the

division’s 30 detectives. Baley came on board at Wilshire Division in November. “We make the decisions,” Oddo said of his three-member team. After high school, Capt. Oddo spent a six-year tour of duty as a rifleman with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, and he graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a bachelor of arts in finance. He began his law enforcement career with the Arcadia Police Dept. in 1986 and joined the LAPD in 1989. As an officer, Oddo was assigned to Newton St. and Southeast areas, where he worked assignments in patrol, CRASH, and the Special Enforcement Group. In 1998, Oddo was promoted to sergeant with assignments in the Hollywood and Southeast areas. In 2008, he was promot-

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Mary Ann Elizabeth Halmoy passed away peacefully on Feb. 17. She was 88 years old. Born in Chicago to Swedish immigrant parents, at 25 she and four girlfriends went on an adventure across the country to Los Angeles. She decided on her first day that Los Angeles was where she was meant to be. She married her first husband, Malcolm Rutledge, and had two children.   They moved to Beachwood Drive in 1955, and she lived in that house until her death. She remarried in 1962 to Douglass Halmoy who had two daughters.   Her heart and soul was Larchmont, says her daughter, Marcia Rutledge. Up until six months prior to her death, she walked to the village almost every day. “She loved all the shops and restaurants and always had a smile on her face and a friendly hello to everyone she passed along the way.”   She is survived by daughters Marcia and Leslie, her step-daughter, Pam, and sonin-laws Jim and Henry, two grandchildren, Anna and Michael, her brother Arnie, his wife Iris and two nephews.

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(Continued from page 10) Mizrahi’s son, Michael Mizrahi, has taken over his father’s affairs on Larchmont, according to local sources. He was present at the recent court hearing, but attorney Hirsch still contended that no person yet has been named manager of the LLC, six months following the previous manager’s death.

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Blue Ribbon celebrates music, FIDM lauds design “What she has done for the Los Angeles Philharmonic is off the charts!” said Andrea Van de Kamp introducing CEO and President Deborah Borda to members of the Blue Ribbon. Over 100 ladies gathered in the Founders’ Room of Walt Disney Concert Hall in January for tea and an insightful talk about the business of music, inside and out. The native New Yorker who began her career as a musician (she also collected her chamber group’s money) shared her wisdom on what makes a great conductor (“They must have mastered technique and the art of seduction.”) and on being one of the few women in her position in the U.S. Some of the attendees listening in rapt attention were Brenda Cooke, Kathleen Scheinfeld, Donna Wolff, Marcella Ruble, event chair Carrie Ketchum, and committee members Judi Davidson, Cath-

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Patty Hill ryn Palmieri and Lee Ramer. Ms. Borda revealed details of the Philharmonic’s 100th birthday celebration coming in 2018-2019. “It’s going to be the battle of the Maestros: Zubin Mehta, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Gustavo Dudamel!” • • • The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) has a museum that is marking its 25th year with an exhibit, “Art of Motion Picture Costume Design,” celebrating the creativity of costume designers for film. Featured are 100 costumes from 23 films, including four designers nominated for the 2017 Academy Award.

The Opening Night Gala was held in February. After ogling Frances Foster Jenkin’s now infamous tiara and “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’s” 1920’s era suits, the 500 guests entered the adjacent massive tent festooned with crystal chandeliers, enormous floral arrangements, and buffets of mushroom tarts, mini-pizzas, and beef tenderloin sliders. Some of the attendees from our ‘hood included Sheila Tepper and Susie Goodman, Mathew Hancock, designers Mona May and Julie Weiss, Lisa and Isaiah Kincaid, Nikolaki Design’s Nick Verreos and David Paul, Maria and David Wohlmuth, Amy Sinclair and Ed Muldoon, Ginger Barnard, FIDM’s Christina Johnson, Kevin Jones, Barbara Bundy, FIDM’s education vice president, and FIDM president Tonian Hohberg. The best news — this amazing exhibit is FREE and open to the public through April 22, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. • • •

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Junior League of Los Angeles (JLLA) wants to encourage everyone to read for 30 minutes for 30 days in the month of March beginning on March 2, Dr. Seuss’ birthday. It is part of the JLLA-sponsored “Read Across California” campaign. As part of the campaign, 150 JLLA volunteers will host reading events at eight nonprofit organizations throughout Los Angeles on Saturdays March 11 and 25. Besides reading, there will be crafts, literacy-focused activities and snack stations for more than 300 children ages three to six and their families. Read Across California Month is an initiative established by the State Legislature via a resolution that was sponsored by JLLA, and is in conjunction with the National Education Association’s “Read Across America” campaign.



On the big screen around the world is a very brief cameo appearance by our very own local newspaper publisher, John Welborne. Don’t blink, and you’ll see him with costars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling when the three are at the top of Angels Flight in “La La Land.” How’s all of this for a vibrant city?! And that’s the chat!

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Spring boutique at St. Anne’s Get spring and Easter shopping done at St. Anne’s Spring Boutique, 155 N. Occidental the Foundation have preserved the historic building’s monumental exterior, plus some of the interior features, all created by noted California artist Millard Sheets. ENTRANCE LOBBY to the new museum — TOP FLOOR ART GALLERY formerly was the Scotunder construction. tish Rite’s dining room / banquet hall.


(Continued from page 1) 25 will be the first day that guests with advance reservations may visit the Foundation. Because the Park Mile zoning of the building allows only private museums, only limited public visitation will be allowed on a strict advancereservation-only basis man-

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Zeller, Manfredi engagement Jessica Zeller was recently engaged to Justin Manfredi. Zeller, daughter of Richard and Judy Zeller of Hancock Park, grew up on Lucerne Blvd. and attended University of Oregon. Judy Zeller is president of the Windsor SquareHancock Park Historical Society. Manfredi is the son of William Manfredi of Washington D.C. and Elizabeth Manfredi of Sarasota, Florida, and he attended the University of Maryland. The couple plans to have a summer wedding at the London Hotel in West Hollywood. Both bride and groom are advertising professionals and live in Century City.

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aged through the museum’s website. Such visitation will be Thurs. to Sun., with Wednesdays reserved for school group visits. There will be no charge to visit. The Foundation suggests that people interested in visiting sign up for the mailing list at the website, marcianoartfoundation.org. In coming weeks, the website will have information about requesting advance reservations to visit.

The inaugural exhibit will be a survey of the Marciano collection titled: “UNPACKING: The Marciano Collection,” together with a specially-commissioned exhibition titled “Jim Shaw: The Wig Museum.” Much of the building’s interior has been adapted into state-of-the-art exhibition space by architect Kulapat Yantrasat of wHY Architects. At the same time, wHY and

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Local basketball playoffs this month; here are the 2017 teams of Seven years ago, a group of neighborhood parents got together and formed a neighborhood recreational basketball league for children ages 6 to 13 living in Hancock Park, Windsor Square, and surrounding Mid-Wilshire neighborhoods. With the generous cooperation of St. Brendan School, all games are played at the school’s indoor basketball facility built in 2009. The St. Brendan Basketball Association (SBBA) season runs from January to March, and there are four divisions, A, B, C and D. This year, the playoff games and championship games for B (Bobcats), C (Cobras) and the D-League will be held on Sat., March 11 and Sat., March 18.   All teams make the playoffs. There are no playoffs for A (Alligators). The league has grown to 28 teams this year, with approximately 280 players. The photos here are from SBBA’s picture day in February and are courtesy of Greg Palmer and Nationwide Sports Photography Network in Sherman Oaks. The team lists are from SBBA, and the Larchmont Chronicle apologizes for any spelling or other errors. For info on the league: sbba. sportngin.com. A1 – TriceraToppers Coach AJ Johnson Kieran Andersen Jesse Barnow Ryan Choi Tyler Chung Lucian Hawkinson Hank Ignacio Jeremy Johnson James Koempel Jack Liston Brendan Park A2 - VelociJammers Coach Andrew Wright & Coach Kyle Ross Jake Beattie Chase Cha Thomas Drynan Luke Flexner Cooper Jacobs Reggie Kim Remington Kim Waller Morton Rowan Ross Andrew Wright A3 - Flying Raptors Coach Emmitt Malloy & Coach Dennis Kim Wyeth Ahearn Dylan Alexander Annie Choi William Connolly Sheriff Hall Harry Kim Lucas Kim Seth Lay Henry Malloy Charlie Martinez

A4 – SpinoSoarers Coach Eric Weinberger Luis Cartagena-Fuentes Vinny D’Annunzio Linus Davies Grey Goldmann Leo Persichetti Luca Persichetti

Jesse Roybal Simon Roybal Jonah Sibley-Ackerman Eli Weinberger

A5 - TyrannoDunkers Coach Greg Hoegee & Coach Peter Duchesneau Lucas Cossman William Choi John Duchesneau Henry Hoegee Vincent Kim August Mulkerin Matthew Suh Roman Veverka Maxwell Warren Bryson Warren A6 – StegoSlammers Coach Perrin Chiles & Coach LaBombard Harold Chiles Hajoon Choi Princeton Grant Denny Han William LaBombard Nelson LaBombard Aiden Lee Daniel Matloff Maximilian Paquin Henry Wilcox

B1 - Springfield Isotopes Coach Pete Sepenuk & Coach Abel De Luna Lincoln Bang Nicholas Day AJ De Luna Kingston Elliott Henry Fousekis Francis Garvan Ryan Lee Jayden Lee Enzo Martines Angus Sepenuk Lily Van Roseme

B2 - Scottsdale Snowbirds Coach Eric Weinberger Judah Feldman Ezra Fife Koji Hefner Tyler Hogan Henry Kaufman Sullivan Kim Jaden Kim Miles Manilay Chase Nam Charlotte Weinberger

B3 - Charlottesville Wahoos Coach Richard Chisolm & Coach Stanley Stalford Atticus Barr Nate Chisholm Tyler Chong Joseph Fiedler Dane Flexner Noah Fox Grayson Green Alex Jankowski Jack Stalford Jun Yu B4 - French Lick Hoosiers Coach Joe Byrne Jonas Abuel Jack Byrne John Gonzalez Andrew Jo Kyd Kalin Michael Kim Declan O’Malley Lion Paulson Kendrick Tan Matthew Yoon B5 - Juneau Eskimos Coach Raul Lascano John Black Jack Giordano Riley Lascano Sayle Myler Matthew Otero Jaden Park Andrew Suh Harrison Woertink Roy Yang Sunny Yi

Team A1 - TriceraToppers

Team A2 - VelociJammers

Team A3 - Flying Raptors

Team A4 - SpinoSoarers

Team A5 - TyrannoDunkers

Team A6 - StegoSlammers

Team B1 - Springfield Isotopes

Team B2 - Scottsdale Snowbirds

Team B3 - Charlottesville Wahoos

Team B4 - French Lick Hoosiers

Team B5 - Juneau Eskimos

Team B6 - Kenosha Cheeseheads

Team B7 - Austin City Limits

Team B8 - Toledo MudHens

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the St. Brendan Basketball Association, from picture day

Team C1 - Memphis M&Ms

Team C3 - Golden State RedVines

Team C5 - Los Angeles Skittles

Team C7 - Utah JollyRanchers

Team D1 - Chicago Jumpmen

Team D3 - Los Angeles Kobes

Team D5 - New York Yeezys

Team C2 - San Antonio StarBursts

Team C4 - Boston Baked Beans

Team C6 - Philly SourPatch Kids

Team C8 - New York Airheads

Team D2 - Cleveland LeBrons

Team D4 - Houston Hyperdunks

Team D6 - Golden State KDs

B6 - Kenosha Cheeseheads Coach Peter Yu Isaac Abbou David Park Brandon Alvarez Catherine Baek Lincoln Bang Vander Delman Henry Fousekis James Langos Zayn Mehta Desmond Milner Conor Murphey Aiden Park Nathan Severy Nicholas Yu B7 - Austin City Limits Coach Tom Eisenhauer Brandon Alvarez Jackson Eisenhauer Ryder Felisan Ford Hafter James Langos Zayn Mehta Desmond Milner Lu Noyce Henry Rutherford Nathan Severy Henry Stein B8 - Toledo MudHens Coach Mike Nelson & Coach Scott McMullin Alec Feldman Jack Goldberg Mercer Goldmann Tim Gratiot Luke Gratiot Caleb Lee Wes McMullin Lewis Nelson Elliott Simon

C1 - Memphis M&Ms Coach Tom Rubinson & Coach Brendan Malloy Tripp Duff Reece Frankel Tyrone Malloy Finn O’Brien Max Reitman Emily Rissier Oz Rubinson Hunter Shrier Livio Smeraldo Oscar Trevino

C2 - San Antonio StarBursts Coach Greg Hoegee Ramsey Enani Mattias Ferrell Eamon Gillen Noah Hilton Matthew Hoegee Eunjung Jang Wyatt Kline Edward Maxam Dimitri Popovic Aidan Turrill Wyatt Van Amburg C3 - Golden State RedVines Coach Kyle Boyd Oliver Block Arion Boyd James Buckley Jesse Corrwin Andrew Lee Joshua Lee Oliver Mohr Len Moran Laszlo Suveg James Walker-Ziegler

C4 - Boston Baked Beans Coach Scott Hanna & Coach Aaron McPherson Hudson Brown Alberto Chavez Michael Hanna Kingsley Marin Colton McPherson Alex Morrison Ryzer Selwyn Graham Turner Ryan Uhm Oren Weissman Chase Younger

C5 - Los Angeles Skittles Coach Abel De Luna Devin Aure Chase Cheng AJ De Luna Asher Delman Cutter East Joshua Ferguson Rayhan Haque Devyn Jackson Max Kim Wyatt Kline Guinness Tat

C6 - Philly SourPatch Kids Coach Jib Polhemus & Coach Jon Tostrud Eli Barkon Theo Collins Danny Johnson Rohan Mehta Patrick Moon Teddy Polhemus Jacob Prior Lukas Roybal Luther Tostrud Jared Yang C7 - Utah JollyRanchers Coach Sascha Penn & Coach Raoul Hutchens Marco Carbonell Julian Cury Spencer Hoye Beckett Hutchens Aiden Kim Benjamin Lee Joseph Norris Piers Norton Isaac Penn Jackson Simon C8 - New York Airheads Coach Zak Penn Jack Balaban Spencer Casamassima Nathan Casamassima Marco Estrada Christian Favarote Logan Penn Brandon Sadkin Oliver Tostado Ryan Uhm Zane Worth Chase Younger D1 - Chicago Jumpmen Coach Scott Hanna & Coach Jonny Mars Henry Adams Carter Hampson Scotty Hanna Colin Kneafsey Jackson Kruse Eli Mansour Diego Marin Nathan Mars Leo McKenna Jake Newman Hudson Shah

D2 - Cleveland LeBrons Coach John Eisendrath Roman Atkinson Jeric Calleja Hunter Campen Oliver Chandler Ben Eisendrath Carter Hampson Andrew Joseph Bustad Colin Kneafsey Will Maples William Richardson Isaias Santa Cruz

D3 - Los Angeles Kobes Coach George Marcopulos William Allen Isaac Bernstein Henry Boylston Jake Durston Leonardo Kim Stathi Marcopulos Kai Moran Zander Penn Owen Pentz Charlie Wells

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LAUSD produces book on distinguished alumni In an effort to preserve and share its rich history, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has produced a comprehensive book that identifies and recognizes students who have made significant impacts through their achievements in a chosen career field. The encyclopedic-style, 400page “Alumni History and Hall of Fame” book includes Nobel Laureates, Olympic athletes, Academy and Grammy award winners, Congressional Medal of Honor recipients, and a host of other iconic achievers — all alumni of LAUSD. The book was written and edited by Bob and Sandy Collins, who describe the book’s theme as underlining the unique, individual pathways that each student takes to achieve the highest levels of

his or her profession. “These biographies are designed to be educational tools. They can allow students to delve deeper into the history of their city, and to study the contributions, and shortcomings, of prominent alumni who grew up in their neighborhoods,” said LAUSD superintendent Michelle King. “We hope these stories will inspire people in this community to continue the great legacy paved before them.” The LAUSD’s Arts Education Branch is highlighting profiles of individuals from the book through weekly social media posts. Recent posts include painter Jackson Pollock, Manual Arts High School; and Black Eyed Peas member and musician "will.i.am" aka William James Adams Jr., Palisades Charter High School.

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(Continued from page 15) D4 - Houston Hyperdunks Coach Sascha Penn & Coach Mitchell Schwartz Adam Aizenberg Axel Baum Tyler Beffa Joshua Ferguson John Henry Rissier Justin Kang Evan Kim Josiah Neumann Seamus O’Malley Eli Penn Michael Schwartz Owen Woertink

Back row, L-R: Peter Lambert, Lindsay Yocum, Shari Sakamoto. Front row, L-R: Anna Marcus, Bridget Kolsky, Andie Maloney, Jessica Yang and Johanna Francis.

Marlborough seniors confirm intent to play college sports Student athletes at Marlborough School celebrated National Signing Day Feb. 1 by penning letters that confirm their commitments to collegiate sports. Those students include Johanna Francis (rowing) at Stanford University; Bridget Kolsky (volleyball) at Colgate University; Charlotte “Andi”

Maloney (volleyball) at MIT; Anna Marcus (swimming) at Colorado College; and Jessica Yang (volleyball) at Trinity College. Sharing in the signing ceremony were Marlborough coaches Peter Lambert and Shari Sakamoto and strength and conditioning program head Lindsay Yocum.

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By Jasper Gough 7th Grade

PAUL I. BARSKY will be new head of school at Pilgrim.

New head of school coming to Pilgrim Paul I. Barsky will be the new head of school at Pilgrim, effective July 1. Previously, Barsky was the head of upper school at Francis Parker, a junior kindergarten through 12th grade campus in San Diego with more than 500 students. He received his bachelor of arts in political science at Columbia University and his masters of arts in teaching social studies from Teachers College at Columbia. Prior to 2010 and his position at Francis Parker School, Barsky was the head of upper school at The Hewitt School in New York, and head of the history department at The Spence School in New York.

Hello everyone and happy March! Two dozen students will perform “The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later” on March 1. This play has challenging material and themes not meant for lower school children. The performance dates are March 9 th through the 11th. Buckley will host our the 3rd annual Blood Drive on March 7. The Blood Mobile will come to our campus. Everyone is encouraged to participate. The Middle School students are excited for their upcoming dance on the 3rd. The theme is "Grease" and will be held in our pavilion. All teachers will be writing reports so there will be no school on the 9th and 10th.  Next, from March 14 to the 19, the school participates in US Robotics Ventura Regional Competition. I wish all the contestants good luck. Finally, on the 22nd, the Lower School Family Dance will be held from 5-7:00pm. And the best of all, we are excited for our SPRING BREAK at the end of the month!


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In fifth grade art class at Echo Horizon School, we created “ugly face jugs,” which related to a unit in humanities on slavery. The slaves would create jugs with ghastly faces and put them on grave sites. The West African slaves believed the ugly appearance would scare away evil spirits or demons who wanted the souls of their deceased loved ones. For our project, we used modeling clay. We made the head first, then added facial features, and lastly fastened the spout. Once the jugs were dry, we started painting! Our assignment was to use two colors that can mix, so we would end up with three colors on our jug. My colors were yellow, turquoise, and green. Our art teacher fired them in the kiln, and we got to see the final sculpture! I loved this project because I could be creative making exaggerated facial expressions. My jug was more crazy and funnylooking than scary. I also enjoyed seeing everyone else’s creations. This project was a great way to learn about the history of America’s different cultures.

This month is busy with field trips! First, our class will go to San Diego for an overnight trip to continue studying about the Kumeyaay tribe culture.   A fun fact about the Kumeyaay tribe, is that they would eat acorns for their protein. Acorns are poisonous to eat.   The tribe discovered if they ground them and washed them until the water stopped turning red that was how they knew the poison was gone.  We will also go to the Disney concert hall, where we will listen to the Los Angeles Philharmonic play various classical music.   To top it off, our class will head to the   Grammy museum downtown.  We will learn about the legends of Motown, and how they helped shape our culture with music during the Civil Rights Movement.  Lastly, we will go to the Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Garden to learn about native plants.   The fifth and sixth graders will leave for Boston to further their studies about American history. The first and second graders will go to Harbor Breeze dock. The school’s Annual Gala will be held at the Skirball center on March 4th.  Stay tuned for next month! 

Citizen scientists help out at La Brea Tar Pits Fourth, fifth and sixth grade students at Summit Prep Charter School in South Los Angeles recently helped sort and identify microfossils — fossilized remains of plants, rodents, invertebrates and reptiles — from the La Brea Tar Pits dig site. The students were taking part in testing a new National Science Foundation (NSF)funded citizen science program that asks local schools to help museum scientists gather data about the ice age. The 150 students were given masks, gloves, magnifiers, paintbrushes, identification guides, and vials to sort and store the specimens. "Our kids are real scientists now," said head of school Arianna Haut. Last year, a group of teachers from Summit Prep attended a day-long training at the Tar Pits Museum to learn to sort and identify microfossils, and they helped develop curriculum materials and lesson plans for the program. Once the project is evaluated, the program could spread across Los Angeles County and include other local ancient sites.

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By Kellyn Lanza and Camilla Yust 6th Grade As the second semester continues more events are happening and being planned. One of the events happening right now is the club rush. Girls signed up for different clubs such as Art, Fashionistas, GALA Ambas-

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process of making a second vex robot. Each GALA girl is receiving a donated chromebook to use for school work. The teachers have finished assembling much of the makerspace. The GALA girls will be able to use flight simulators, green screens, 3D printers and much more!

st. brendan By Will Martinez 8th Grade

March at Saint Brendan School is an exciting month with the coming of spring sports, the news of high school acceptance letters and the preparation for our school fundraising event, Havana Casino Night. March 1st is Ash Wednesday. As a school, we will meet together at St. Brendan’s Church and begin our Lenten Season. On March 3 our 8th grade class will begin to hear from the many high schools to which they applied. For all the students, we always look forward to St. Patrick’s Day where we reverse the roles on our traditional Hush Day! More is happening for our students as spring sports are beginning to get started. Students are eagerly getting ready for track and field, volleyball and soccer. Finally, our parents are gathering wonderful prizes donated by our community for our annual silent auction and terrific party on April 1.

LA County High School for the Arts By Eliana Estrada 12th Grade

This month at LACHSA, students are kneedeep in homework, projects, and performances. Our March performance schedule includes the theatre department’s season play, “The 39 Steps”, music technology students’ Techwerks showcase, the spring dance concert, and the piano department’s spring recital. Also, opera and pit orchestra students present “Die Fledermaus” in their semester production. Other events include the dance gala fundraiser, the Fortune Cookie Film Festival, and the first annual LACHSA telethon for the arts. Excitingly, seniors start to receive admissions decisions from colleges this month, and as I am in the midst of this busy time myself, I know how thrilling and nerve-racking it truly is! Students also have state testing this month, and everyone anxiously anticipates spring break in the coming weeks. We conclude March with the visual arts experimental film screening and a day off for Cesar Chavez Day.

christ the king By Maria Rodriguez 8th Grade

February was definitely a remarkable month filled with many events at Christ the King School. Catholic Schools’ Week was launched with a mass led by Student Council followed by our open house and science fair. The week was filled with appreciation days towards the pastor, principal, faculty, and students. We also had a Career Day where parents came in to speak of their interesting careers. Students were inspired to dress up as their future job, and we had many doctors, artists, and definitely NBA players. Grandparents Day was a memorable day. Students joined their grandparents for lunch and were entertained by the Pueri Cantores Choir. Catholic Schools’ Week ended with our traditional Spirit Day in which students were very enthusiastic to play games. We have had other activities as well. Our Academic Decathlon team competed against other schools in a Quiz Bowl which took place at Cathedral High School. They placed second place overall! They have been working very hard for the actual event on March 5. The Pueri Choir had a special concert with the adult choir at Christ the King Church on Feb. 11. Finally, our sports news! The girls varsity basketball team is the division champion for two years in a row, and has qualified again for the CYO playoffs. We wish them luck.

Marlborough By Sydney Gough 11th Grade

Marlborough’s Robotics teams finished in 4th and 6th places out of 23 teams at an Interleague To u r n a m e n t in Riverside on Feb. 5. The two teams won various 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards for Innovation, Motivation, Control, and other categories at the tournament. The Marlbots team plans to compete at LA Regional Championship with guidance and supervision from Robotics Coach and science teacher Mr. Witman. Marlborough’s Varsity basketball team is having a great season, and plans to compete in the CIF Playoffs. Marlborough students won a total of 133 awards at the 2017 Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Award Competition. Our student artists and writers earned recognition at the Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention levels, and Gold Key Finalists will progress to compete at a national level. Eleven talented students won 13 Gold Key awards in various art and writing categories. 

turning point By Gemma Fudge 8th Grade

February was a month of inspiration and education at Turning Point. The school celebrated Black History Month by inviting renowned storyteller Michael McCarty to perform stories about escaped slaves and the Civil Rights movement. Afterwards there was a Q&A where students asked questions about Mr. McCarty’s upcoming book and how he got involved in civil rights. The eighth graders also watched the movie "Hidden Figures," which shows the part African-American women played in space travel during the 1960’s.

cathedral chapel By Lilian Kim 8th Grade

Neither bad weather nor flooded streets can stop CCS from shining brightly. Our academic decathlon team faced 21 other L.A. schools on Feb. 4 and brought back the Quizbowl championship! Students placed 3rd in math and English; 2nd in social studies, superquiz, and logic; 1st in fine arts, litera-

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Also in February, students in the Youth for Change elective gave a PowerPoint presentation to the middle school on President Trump’s immigration ban. They spoke about what this executive order means for people trying to enter America from the seven banned countries, and they discussed why some are in favor of the ban and why others oppose it. They also showed a trailer for an upcoming documentary about Syrian refugee camps. After the presentation, they split into groups with one Youth for Change member as the leader, and they talked about what they had just learned. The leader asked the students what America means to them and why it is important to respect other’s opinions. In the end, the groups composed a poem out of selected words from their answers. ture, science and religion. Sports news is great too. Chapel Boys’ “A” basketball team went undefeated in league for the second consecutive year and are preparing for the playoffs. Chapel Girls’ “A” basketball team won league and dominated their first two playoff games: 31-14 against Mother of Sorrows and 29-14 versus St. Anthony Padua. Our speech team members are looking forward to the Our Lady of Peace tournament. Students from K to 8 participated in the Annual Religion Class Challenge; Top scorers started competing in bees beginning Feb 16th.

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The biggest news at Brawerman right now is that the Grade 1 teacher, Ms. Sebring, just came back to school. She was gone for a few months after having a baby named Shoshana. We missed her a lot and we’re all really excited to have her back. Our school’s basketball team is off to a good start this year! The team is made up of boys and girls from Grades 4 and 5. We won our first two games by a lot, but unfortunately we lost the third one. Even though we lost, we know our team is a lot better this year and we think we will win our next game. The upper grades (Grades 3, 4, and 5) just finished a big project in Hebrew class called This Is Me. Each student made a mini-poster with a picture and some background information describing who we are, but all of the information on the poster had to be written completely in Hebrew.

March is a full month at The Willows Community School. Continuing our appreciation and celebration of the arts, this month we will dedicate a whole evening to varying artistic mediums created by the students during an event called “Family Arts Night.” Parents and students alike can enjoy a dance recital in the theater performed by the dancers from school electives and enrichments, followed by hands-on activities for artists of all ages, as well as a display of rich and innovative student artwork around the campus. Arts Night is lead by The Willows’ extremely talented and dedicated art teachers Susannah Funnell and Kristy Acero. Traditionally, we round out the month of March with “Grandparents and Special Friends Day.” This is a day in which we open up our school and share our beautiful campus, dedicated teachers, and the product of our hard work to those closest to us. This special day is a transition into Spring Break, which will carry us into April.



By Avery Gough 5th Grade This past month has been a very exciting month for the school and especially for my grade! We just finished our book fair and had a Valentine’s Daythemed charity drive. In Fifth grade sports, girls just finished their soccer season and

boys just completed basketball. Next up for girls will be track and volleyball and boys move on to soccer or baseball. The Fifth grade also finished their colonial research project and have begun their science

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center for Early education By Dylan Foley 5th Grade

February is the shortest month of the year but still has a lot of fun activities and holidays. Va l e n t i n e ’s Day was on February 14th. Most of the grades handed out thoughtful and nice Valentine’s Day cards and maybe even a little candy. There was also a Chinese Lunar New Year celebration where we had food, activities, and music from China. In addi-

tion to all of the holidays, we had a snow day on February 13th. The main schoolyard was completely covered with manmade snow. It was a really fun experience because some kids have never seen, touched, or played in snow! It was very cold but really exciting. They even allowed The Caring Place to participate. The Caring Place is where the teachers’ babies play. I think we had a snow day because other states get a lot of snow and we never get the chance to see it. I also think we had a snow day because the school wants us to have new and different adventures from time to time. I can’t wait to see what March brings.

hollywood schoolhouse By Max Rubin 6th Grade

The second grade class recently returned from their field trip to Chinatown. They are learning more about the city of Los Angeles. I remember taking this field trip, and I know I learned a lot about my city. One of the best parts of the trip was getting to take the Metro. We explored Chinatown and then we were able to purchase goods from nearby shops. The field trip was both edu-

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cational and a whole lot of fun! This year, my fellow sixth-graders and I have been working with mentors at the University of Michigan in a program called Place Out Of Time. POOT provides a new learning experience interacting with our college mentors in a virtual classroom as we each portray historical and contemporary characters. Each of us will serve as witnesses for an upcoming mock trial in the coming weeks. The fifth grade class has completed a major project in History. It involved choosing a state for a research report and constructing a “float” for a state float parade presentation! The students transformed plain cardboard boxes into beautiful representations of each state, teaching all of us more about our country.

By Oona Holahan 12th Grade

Spring has come early to Immaculate Heart this year. February showers brought March flowers, and our beautiful campus is bursting with life. In February, students celebrated Valentine’s Day by sending “Candy Grams.” Later, on Feb. 21, the upperclasswomen took part in the annual ring ceremony, where each Junior received a class ring and a red rose. February also held one of the first “lasts” of the year: this year’s final Pep Rally. Students gathered in the Auditorium to celebrate the spring sports teams. Immaculate Heart will host the Mother-Daughter Luncheon and Fashion Show on March 17. In recognition of the date’s celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, this year’s theme is “An Irish Garden Party.” The luncheon includes a fashion show and many of our seniors will be modeling. After months of set-building, costuming, and rehearsals, the Genesians will present the spring play, “Romeo and Juliet.” The production will run March 23 to 26. Amidst studying for APs and waiting for spring break, seniors have begun to receive college acceptance letters. Best of luck to the Class of 2017!

page academy By Paige Mendiola 3rd Grade

March is not just the third month of the year, it is also the start of the Spring Season, Women’s History Month  and sometimes Easter even happens during this month. Page Academy is celebrating other popular holidays in March.  Read Across America takes place on  March 2,  which is Dr. Seuss’ birthday.  The elementary students  take time to  read to the pre-school and junior kindergarten  classes, and will share  a  “green eggs and ham” breakfast! “Student Move Up Day” is  on March 10. The students will follow the class schedule for the grade they will be moving on to next school year in order to become familiar with the schedule and classes. Daylight savings time is March 12. It is a way  to make better use of daylight, so remember to set  your  clocks! The end of 3rd Quarter  and Student Honor Assembly is  on March 17, the same as  St Patrick’s Day, which is  celebrated by wearing green. Some of our students will visit the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Hollywood, and we will also kick off our  Spring “Pennies for Patients” campaign. Every class collects change to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Last year, the student body raised over $4,857.24!  We  hope everyone has a happy spring!

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By Natalie Bernstein 5th Grade Every year, the fifth graders at Third Street Elementary School go to Astro Camp, located in Idyllwild. The trip is meant to create a fun learning / bonding experience for the students. This year, we went from Jan. 30 to Feb. 2. Since it was in the middle of winter, the campus was full of ice, which was new for a group of kids from Los Angeles. There were a variety of classes and activities offered at Astro Camp including ziplining, lights and lasers, and building a rocket. Students were able to look at space through a high-tech telescope and learn about Expedition Valles Marineres on Mars by climbing a rock wall. When it was time to go, everyone was wishing we could stay longer.

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By Christopher Woods 7th Grade Last month we celebrated Black History Month in a variety of ways. My sister and her 1st grade class made biographical posters on the lives of some of the most important names from the Civil Rights Movement. It was truly amazing how the whole school got together and learned about those important times. The Civil Right’s Movement helped shape our country’s democracy by furthering equality for all. Cafe Barnum, our annual talent show, is an opportunity to share your hidden talents. Faculty and students will be showing off their skills from 6 to 9 p.m. on March 10. Last year was great. I will be singing and playing guitar, not sure which song yet. It should be a blast, hope you can make it! Middle School Boys Basketball made it to the championship finals against St. Nicholas but, sadly, lost 48 to 47. We had a great year, great players, great coaches, and great support. Thank you fellow Patriots and parents; We will be victorious next year. Go Patriots!

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STORYTELLER Michael McCarty speaks to students.

Middle school students hear African folktales and stories Turning Point School hosted master storyteller Michael McCarty on Feb. 13 to share little-known stories ranging from the time of slavery to the 1960s Civil Rights movement. Students began the day hearing McCarty recount the story of Ellen and William Craft, two slaves from Georgia, who bravely escaped to the north in 1848. Later in the day, students heard African folktales and stories such as

“The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind,” the true story of a boy who had a dream of building a windmill that would bring electricity and water to his Malawi village. McCarty is in his 25th year of professional storytelling, sharing a wide variety of African, African American and international folktales and historical stories. Visit havemouthwillrunit. com for more information.

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In the midst of winter, a number of school activities take place. Around this time, student life becomes busy, yet exciting and fun. The Associate Student Body (ASB) does a great job setting up events for students to enjoy. A number of activities have taken place this past month, such as Homecoming and weekly Spirit Assemblies, that give students an opportunity to enjoy school while still working hard in class as Midterms approach. When Midterms end, students will receive an opportunity to embark on an “Experiential Learning” trip, where they choose from a number of travel destinations that last for a week. Not all of the trips are overnight trips, but most last the entire day. For example, there is a “Los Angeles Sports History Trip,” where students arrive early in the morning, take tours of various historical stadiums in the area, and then return home at night. The trip I have chosen for this year is the “College Road Trip,” where students tour the Midwest to visit colleges in Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan. Trips such as these bring students closer to their peers and create memories that last a lifetime.


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Restaurant, bar and coffee coming to Firestone site By Suzan Filipek If all goes according to Conroy Commercial developers plan, one day you’ll be able to order a microbrew at the ol’ Streamline Moderne Firestone building. Actually, you will be able to sip any number of beers made on site and also select from a full menu. Parking will be tight, as there is no on-site parking. “That’s the tricky part of working with a historic building,” said developer Brad Conroy. He’s been eyeing the site — a city Historical Cultural Monument — for 15 years. “That’s the beauty of it. The bones are fantastic. That’s what makes it so special,” said Conroy. The project is headed to the City Planning Dept. in May with community outreach well underway, he added. Representatives of Conroy met with members of the

Sycamore Square Neighborhood Association last month to discuss repurposing of the former tire and repair shop at 800 S. La Brea Ave. into a 3,493 square-foot restaurant and microbrewery. Conroy has applied for a conditional use permit for a full line of alcohol sales and other modifications for a 266seat restaurant. The 12,724 square-foot space will also include a retail area and outdoor coffee kiosk. While there is no on-site parking, valet will be offered; 20 spots have been leased across La Brea in the parking lot of the Bethel Presbyterian Church, until 7 p.m. Daytime parking is the most challenging, said Conroy, as several commercial spaces open at night. Ride-share and walking will be encouraged for the “hyper-local” site and a dropoff/ pickup area is slated for


Burglar-Proof Your Home; Watch for Children on Sidewalks March means spring break for many local schools, and that can mean a welcome respite from the daily routine of alarm clocks, lunch boxes, carpools, homework and after-school activities. One of the most popular ways to decompress is with a family vacation. Be aware, though, that there have been some burglaries in the neighborhood recently, so it’s important to take simple precautions to make sure your house is not an inviting target in your absence. Some effective measures for preventing these opportunistic crimes are: • Add motion-control security lights (which are relatively inexpensive) to the perimeter of your house. • Secure garage doors, and any driveway, backyard and side yard gates. Simple padlocks can be effective in some locations. • Cancel your newspapers and put a hold on your mail, so it does not accumulate on your porch. • Put porch lights, a few interior lamps, and possibly a radio or TV, on timers, so the house looks and sounds occupied. • If you have an alarm company, notify it of your vacation dates. • Let your neighbors know your plans and leave contact numbers with them.

Eighth St. Proposed hours are 7 a.m. to midnight Sunday to Wednesday and 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday to Saturday with on-site security from 3 p.m. to closing. The city Office of Historic Resources has reviewed plans for the former Firestone Tire and Service Center, which will retain many of its original features. “There is a proposal for a microbrewery and up to three restaurants, as an adaptive reuse of the existing build-

ing,” said Ken Bernstein, principal city planner, in the Dept. of City Planning’s Office of Historic Resources. The project is slated to go before the city Cultural Heritage Commission Thurs., March 2. In continuous operation since 1938 until the previous owner Bridgestone closed the business in the fall of 2015, the 20th-century Machine Age design was considered ultra modern at the time it was constructed, according to the

Los Angeles Conservancy website. Its aerodynamic design gives the illusion of speed, precision, and efficiency, with uninterrupted horizontal lines and rounded corners. Rooftop lettering sits atop a curving canopy illuminated by fluorescent lights and is clad in original baked porcelain enamel panels of pale yellow accented with burgundy, a one-time popular color scheme. Conroy hopes to open by the end of the year.

Anti-HPOZ organizers visit Brookside meeting

Front-Yard Hedge Dangers


With school out, many more children will be walking or biking to Larchmont, or simply skateboarding, dog-walking and playing — which means it’s even more important to drive with caution. This is especially true when backing out of driveways. Unfortunately, there are many blind driveways in our neighborhood, flanked by high hedges all the way to the sidewalk, so that pedestrians cannot see a moving car until it’s too late. (And now that the very quiet hybrid and electric cars are so popular, pedestrians might not hear them in time either!) These are accidents — and lawsuits — waiting to happen. These high hedges are illegal, even if they have been in place for years. City of Los Angeles law limits all structures in front yards, including hedges, fences or walls along property lines, to a maximum of 42” in height. If you have an over-height hedge, do us all a favor and trim it down to a safe, legal height (or ask your neighbors to do so if it belongs to them). Aside from the obvious safety hazards, the oversize front hedges serve to wall neighbors off from each other — which is not the welcoming, open spirit we all love about Windsor Square.

The Windsor Square Association, an all-volunteer group of residents from 1100 households between Beverly and Wilshire and Van Ness and Arden, works to preserve and enhance our beautiful neighborhood. Join with us! Drop us a line at 157 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004, or visit our website at windsorsquare.org. ADV.

MICROBREWERY and a restaurant is planned for the landmark Streamline Moderne building at La Brea and Eighth St. Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy.

By John Welborne The regular quarterly meeting of the Brookside Home Owners Association took an interesting turn on Feb. 23. The routine agenda relating to trash, crime, and committees was overshadowed by discussion of the effort underway, for the past two years, to learn what’s involved in having the city declare “Beautiful Brookside” (as it says on the lawn signs) an Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ). Specifically, 50-year Brookside resident Brent Gold had invited the outspoken leader of the Miracle Mile SayNoHPOZ group, real estate broker and house rehabilitator, Jay Schoenfeldt of Brick & Mortar Real Estate on Wilshire Blvd. in the Miracle Mile, to attend the Brookside meeting and share his view on HPOZs. The earlier part of the meeting featured association co-president Danny Gibson reading a letter from retiring Association director Susan Watanabe, presentations by LAPD Senior Lead Officer Hebel Rodriguez and by representatives of both SSA and ADT security companies, and a plea for neighbors to sign up for committees. The board also announced the new association website: brooksidelaca.com. When the matter turned

REAL ESTATE BROKER Jay Schoenfeldt came from opposing the Miracle Mile HPOZ to tell Brookside residents that they should oppose one too.

to discussion of architectural preservation in Brookside, co-president Emily Levin reminded the attendees that all of the board members are new. She said they are facilitating discussion of the idea of creating an historic zone, but the board has no position of its own at this time. She then introduced the longtime historic preservation committee chair, Jan Wieringa, who described the process and activity to date and answered questions. Pitch for no HPOZ It was at this point that Mr. Gold introduced Mr. Schoenfeldt and suggested that he speak. Along with fellow Miracle Mile anti-HPOZ activist Henry van Moyland, Mr. Schoenfeldt already had distributed Say No to HPOZ flyers from Miracle Mile.

Mr. Schoenfeldt has stated in Miracle Mile meetings that he feels passionately about this subject, partly because fixing up and selling houses is part of his business. His website says: “My passion is making Los Angeles’ neighborhoods more beautiful by rehabilitating one broken-down house at a time. I strive to preserve the character and architectural integrity of older homes, while adding modern conveniences for today’s lifestyle. “In short, I prefer to restore rather than raze, create character rather than neutralize and provide buyers with a more desirable product than the competition.” Presiding officer Danny Gibson wrapped up the meeting just in time for the 8 p.m. Memorial Library closing.

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By Suzan Filipek LaBrea–Hancock and Larchmont Heights neighborhoods were approved for R-1 Variation Zones Feb. 14 by the Planning and Land Use Management Committee (PLUM). The zoning, which is part of the City Planning Dept.’s Neighborhood Conservation Initiative, adds restrictions tailor-made to neighborhoods and addresses McMansions — boxy homes too large for a lot. Final approval of the zones will be consolidated with the amended Baseline Mansionizaton Ordinance (BMO) expected to go to City Council March 1, after the Chronicle press deadline. The amended BMO closes loopholes in the 2008 original ordinance.

Karen and Michael Gilman, Larchmont Heights adjacent, applaud the new R-1 zoning. “The level of over-development our city has experienced in the last few years is changing the character and integrity of our single-family neighborhoods forever,” they wrote in a letter to PLUM. “We believe that the neighborhood character would best be maintained by allowing residents to add, renovate or expand their home by adding living space at the rear of the property, rather than at the front,” the Gilmans added. Both Larchmont and LaBrea–Hancock R-1 variation zones will include an RG Rear Detached Garage Supple(Please turn to page 25)

ROAD WORK underway on Beachood, again.


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Repaving Beachwood?

Beachwood Dr. between 1st and 2nd Streets is due to be torn up yet again tomorrow Friday [Feb. 17] and resurfaced against the expressed wishes of the homeowners who live here. We see it as a waste of our taxes and our peaceful use of the street for the next month. We have repeatedly contacted our council office and city departments and they say they are going ahead regardless.

Owners of six additional Beachwood homes signed on to the following message to Bureau of Street Services officials: “All of my neighbors agree, we do NOT need our street to be repaved on Friday, February 17th, as you have planned. The street is in fine shape. Please cancel this repaving and take away the ‘NO PARKING’ signs that are all over the 100 and 200 South Beachwood blocks. Thanks so much.” Dr. Lois Sprague Windsor Square [Editor’s note: The repaving work was underway the week the Chronicle went to press.] Write us at letters@larchmontchronicle.com. Include your name, contact information and where you live. We reserve the right to edit for space and grammar.


Democratic Party,” she said. State elected officials can appoint up to six delegates. She first met the assemblymember when she was in Emerge California, a political training program for women, and again during her recent run to be a delegate on the Grassroots Slate in the Assembly District election. “We had an unprecedented turnout at the election with 1,024 ballots. I received 336 votes, which placed me as the First Runner Up, a difference of six votes between me and the female candidate in the seventh spot (the seven female candidates with the most votes are elected),” Stromberg said. In her new volunteer post, Stromberg will attend yearly state conventions and vote on endorsements and elect officers. She plans to join caucuses, possibly run for a caucus leadership position, and/

NEW DELEGATE Julie Stromberg was a Chronicle Woman of Larchmont, 2015.

or apply to join a standing committee. “My ultimate goal as a delegate is to promote and further my progressive values. I am excited to have the opportunity to continue the progressive movement and make an impact,” she said.

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Spring will arrive this month and with it, a sense of excitement and beauty. Those elements need to be manifested in your ads. Remember the goal is to sell your business to the reader. Convey these elements by incorporating language and images that appeal to the senses of sight, taste, smell, hearing and touch. Use tasteful images that are appropriate to your message. Stir the pot of excitement with exotic words and colorful, fun phrases. Simplicity is the key to creating a good ad. Make your ad appealing by the use of blank space to set it off from the surrounding editorial. Use choice wording saying as little as possible but making each word count. Avoid adding details that the reader doesn’t want or need. Your goal is to have the reader contact you for additional information. Keep your message to just the highlights to intrigue the reader enough to seek more information from you. Color is another important element in adding excitement and beauty to your ad. Flip through our monthly publications and note which ads catch your eye first. Undoubtedly they will have color and be easily read without excessive detail. Happy Spring and remember to always market, market, market you business! Contact Pam at The Larchmont Chronicle 323-462-2241 ext. 11

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. Board of Directors meetings: Second Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m. Ebell of Los Angeles; Dining Room 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., 90005 Land Use Committee meetings: Fourth Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. Wilshire United Methodist Church; Assembly Room 4350 Wilshire Blvd., 90005 Outreach Committee meetings: First Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. Next meeting: Sat., Mar. 4 Bricks & Scones Cafe 403 N. Larchmont Blvd., 90004 Sustainability Committee meetings: Second Tuesday of each quarter, 7:00 p.m. Next meeting: Tues, Mar. 14 Los Angeles Tennis Club 5851 Clinton St., 90004 Transportation Committee meetings: First Mondays of even-numbered months, 7:00 p.m. Next meeting: Mon., Apr. 3 Marlborough School 250 S. Rossmore Ave., 90004


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THERE ARE several possible configurations for a rear detached garage, under a "detached garage supplemental use district."

Assemblymember Richard Bloom has appointed Windsor Village resident Julie Stromberg to be a delegate to the California Democratic Party for the 50th Assembly District. “Julie is smart, enthusiastic and dedicated. I look forward to her contributions towards strengthening California Democrats and helping us regain ground at the national level in the 2016 election,” Assemblymember Richard Bloom said following his appointment last month.
 Stromberg is a lawyer and mother of two as well as a boardmember of the Windsor Village Association and the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council. “Greater Wilshire is an important part of Assemblymember Bloom’s district, and selecting me as his delegate enables our area to have representation in the California


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vation pioneer, enacting one of the first historic preservation laws in the country. “L.A.’s historic preservation ordinance dates back to 1962, three years ahead of the city of New York. And we were four years ahead of a national law, the National Historic Preservation Act, which came in 1966.” That said, Bernstein explained that the city lacked a comprehensive approach to actually preserving buildings until the 2006 creation of the



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Office of Historic Resources (OHR) within the Dept. of City Planning. Since then, the OHR, with the financial assistance of the Getty Foundation, has been working on a multi-year effort, called Survey LA, to comprehensively take stock of what is historically significant across the city. “We will have made our way, literally, down every street in Los Angeles to identify significant places,” said Bernstein. This massive effort is finally near completion with the last of the field surveys complete, and with findings on all 35 community plan areas of the city to be released shortly. The information is available to the public at historicplacesla.org, a website Bernstein encouraged attendees to explore. Why is an inventory of historic resources so important? Because the information will be used to conduct better planning across the city: “Our mantra all along has been about linking historic preservation and planning,” explained Bernstein. “How can we plan our future if we don’t understand where we came from and what is significant about what remains in our communities today?” Miracle Mile HPOZ Following his presentation, Bernstein took questions from the audience. Referencing Metro’s creation of transient-oriented districts, such as the Purple Line subway stations on Wilshire Blvd., a guest asked Bernstein how he tries to balance the desire to increase density in those areas with the surrounding neighborhoods that already exist. “These are the questions we’re grappling with now,” answered Bernstein. The vision is for the Los Angeles General Plan to focus future growth and activity around transit stations, he explained, adding: “but then, the devil is in the details.” This is one of the topics that has come up with the Miracle Mile Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ) effort, Bernstein pointed out, noting the neighborhood’s mix of historic single-family and

es along Wilshire Blvd. and major corridors, because preserving that neighborhood is important and worthwhile. “But now we’re hearing from some of those neighborhoods that they’re very concerned about that decision by the Planning Commission. “The City Council will ultimately decide.” The event was a part of “Larchmont Living’s Distinguished Speaker Series,” presented by local Realtor Chase Campen.

Earth Day countdown to address climate change A grassroots forum, “Climate Change Action Plan: Countdown to Earth Day,” will be hosted by Laura Cohen and Julie Stromberg in a Brookside home Sat., March 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. The forum will feature speakers Sen. Ben Allen, District 26; Lauren FaberO’Connor, deputy chief sustainability officer, Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti; Bill Funderburk, Jr., city of Los Angeles Water and Power Commissioner; and Dan Kegel, Citizens’ Climate Lobby.   A trustee of the Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society, Cohen has contributed to greening projects at John Burroughs Middle School, the Larchmont Blvd. and Wilton Place medians and, most recently, two local fire stations. “I try to live by the creed, ‘Think globally, act locally.’ The rejection of science and gutting of environmental protections emanating from Washington inspire this grassroots response. We will work together on March 11, on Earth Day, and beyond

to do what we can to raise awareness of critical environmental issues and to take action,” Cohen said. An environmental lawyer and chair of the GWNC Sustainability Committee, Stromberg has “grave concerns that the new administration will undo all the progress we have made to date in the area of environmental justice. “Climate change is a reality and we need to address it in a proactive manner. I wish to leave the planet in a better place than when I came into it. I wish for my children, their children, and all children to have a future — a healthy and beautiful future.” Weather permitting, the event will be held by a natural stream and urban ecosystem, “an excellent setting to discuss the environment,” adds Cohen. The event is in association with “Organizing for Action,” which advocates for former President Obama’s agenda. Address provided upon RSVP. Please RSVP to soundinput@gmail.com.

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multi-family development: “But there is also a desire to accommodate new development in areas that are near transit.” The City Planning Commission (CPC) approved Miracle Mile's HPOZ in December but changed the boundaries to exclude areas north of Eighth St., and along Olympic Blvd. Bernstein says his department did not think it was contradictory to propose an HPOZ in the Miracle Mile, even with zoning chang-


By Billy Taylor Local residents filled the Windsor Room of the Wilshire Country Club Feb. 11 to hear Los Angeles principal city planner Ken Bernstein talk on a range of issues from historic preservation to city planning. Taking the podium, Bernstein was quick to point out that Los Angeles is a city with a rich architectural heritage that includes communities whose residents care deeply about preserving their past. “When I talk about historic preservation in Los Angeles, I think, unfortunately, people still have the misconception that it is a city that has little or no history, or that it is a city that doesn’t care about its history. But I think, if you’re in this neighborhood — in Hancock Park or Windsor Square — you’re living a life that gives lie to that myth.” One of the things that surprises a lot of people, according to Bernstein, is that Los Angeles was a historic preser-

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‘Road diet’ on LaBrea-Hancock agenda

JOHN BURROUGHS auditorium was the venue for residents to discuss a Miracle Mile HPOZ with Councilman Ryu.


(Continued from page 1) was the Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ) proposed for the single-family and multifamily residential areas south of Wilshire Blvd. (see the map in Section 3, page 12), and because that has become a contentious issue with a number of residents, moderator Kiara Nagel outlined four ground rules for the meeting, for which she sought and received concurrence from the attendees: (1) Be respectful; (2) Don’t interrupt when others are talking; (3) Listen to understand; and (4) Be open to hearing new information. Ryu seeks more input Councilman Ryu stated that he has been hearing from both supporters and opponents of the proposed HPOZ. He said the purpose of the evening’s meeting was to continue seeking residents’ input, as he recently has done through let-


(Continued from page 23) mental Use District, meaning: “All new construction must have a rear garage,” said Barbara Savage, president of the LaBrea–Hancock Homeowners Association. The RG supplement decrees “garages must be detached and be in the rear half of the property; front garages are not allowed,” city Planning Dept. officials said. There are several possible configurations for a rear detached garage, they added. The supplement “was certainly a critical feature and concern of our neighborhood as it addresses a number of issues with mansionization at once,” said Charlie D’Atri, president of the Larchmont Village Neighborhood Association. In contrast, under the BMO as a whole, garages are allowed anywhere including the front of a house. The current draft ordinance allows for a full Residential Floor Area exemption (400 square feet) if the garage is placed in the rear. If the garage is in the front, the Residential Floor Area exemption is only 200 square feet. This may change when the ordinance goes to the full City Council, Nathanson said. 

ters sent to residents and property owners and as he and his staff are doing by reviewing correspondence received at the office. Councilman Ryu said he would come to his own conclusion about what to advocate to his City Council colleagues within two weeks and that he also would announce his views to the community at that time. Bernstein: history, facts The next speaker was Principal City Planner and Director of the Office of Historic Resources (OHR), Ken Bernstein, who gave a PowerPoint presentation. He detailed the early 2014 origination of residents’ requests to Councilman LaBonge and to the city to study designating the community as an HPOZ, and he recounted the threeyear process, including many public meetings, culminating in the Dec. 2016 action of the City Planning Commission (CPC) to approve the HPOZ but to change the boundaries that previously had been approved by the Cultural Heritage Commission. Q&A During Mr. Bernstein’s presentation, cards with written questions from the audience were collected and sorted. The questions were answered by a panel consisting of Councilman Ryu, city planner Bernstein and planner Renata Dragland from OHR. Many questions already had been answered during the Bernstein presentation, and a number of questions concerned the CPC’s boundary changes that removed many properties from the HPOZ. Public comments: 23-23 Public comments, limited to one minute each, came next. About 46 people lined up, with the comments evenly split, about 23 in favor of the HPOZ and 23 opposed. By this point in the evening, some in the audience, dwindling a bit by that time, had forgotten ground rules numbers 1 and 2, and there were some catcalls and outbursts, primarily from the “No HPOZ” partisans. Earlier in the meeting, one of them had refused to follow the additional guideline of not holding signs so they would block the view of people behind, and a Ryu staff member’s reminder being of no avail, LAPD Wilshire Division

A “road diet,” increasing development and more was scheduled to be heard at the LaBrea Hancock Homeowners Association annual meeting Feb. 26 at Wilde Wine Bar, after the Chronicle went to press. The “diet,” along a fourblock stretch of Sixth St. from La Brea to Highland avenues, proposes three lanes — one east, one west and a safety lane in the center. “And, if dreams were possible, a bike lane,” said LaBrea Hancock president Barbara Savage. The proposal is in con-

junction with what neighboring Miracle Mile and Mid-City West residential groups have asked for, such as increasing room for pedestrians and bicyclists at the expense of bus and car lanes, added Savage. “If we can’t get the reversible (safety) lane, then we would ask for two lanes, two bike lanes (east bound/west bound) and no turns.” The proposal would reduce this longtime east-west traffic artery from four lanes to two, possibly even during the Metro Purple Line construction when Sixth St. is a major

Senior Lead Officer Dave Cordova walked over to remind the No HPOZ partisan to comply. The CPC’s recommendation is expected to be heard in the Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) committee in time for the matter to reach the full City

Council before expiration of the two-year Interim Control Ordinance on March 25. A comprehensive account of the lengthy Town Hall meeting, written by Liz Fuller, is on the Larchmont Buzz. Go to: tinyurl.com/zteqybk.

Wilshire detour route. Also on the agenda was the amended Baseline Mansionization Ordinance, expected at City Council this month, and the pending expiration of the Interim Control Ordinance this month. Mansionization “Our neighborhood asked for and will get rear massing restrictions as a protection,” she explained. The ordinance to curb mansionization will not include the square footage of a rear garage as part of the .45 percent buildable limit on a parcel, she said. LAPD Senior Lead Officer Dave Cordova and Councilman Ryu also were expected to attend. Other issues included neighborhood signage and finalizing security approaches for the park area behind Avalon Wilshire apartments, between Orange and Mansfield.

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'New minor forcing' solution followed by a quick quiz Your partner opens with one of a suit and you bid a major. Your partner rebids 1 No Trump. What do you bid with this hand after partner opened a minor, you respond 1 Spade, and she rebids 1 No Trump?

♠ KJ874 ♥ 87 ♦ AJ8 ♣ QT4

Two Spades is too weak a bid, and you shouldn't rebid a five card suit. Opener will pass it most of the time, and that might cause you to miss a game, or be playing in a 5-2 fit.

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Grand Slam Three Spades is too strong a bid. If your partner has a minimum with only two Spades, you could be too high. A good solution is called New Minor Forcing (NMF). It works this way: If your partner rebids 1 No

Trump, and you have a fivecard major with invitational values, you can bid 2 of the unbid minor suit. If the bidding started with 1 Heart– Pass–1 Spade, you have to use 2 Clubs as your asking bid. Your bid promises at least invitational values (10 High Card Points [HCP] and a fivecard major), and it is possible that you have more. Your main intent with the NMF bid is to find out whether your partner has a fit for your major. If your partner has threecard support, she bids 2 of your major with a minimum

and 3 of your major with a maximum. If she does not have a fit, she shows 4 of the other major if she has it. If she cannot bid a major, she bids 2 No Trump with a minimum and 3 No Trump with a maximum. Quiz Now you’re ready to take the following quiz. Bidding: South West North East 1D P 1S P 1N P ? Here are your hands sitting North. What do you bid for each hand? 1. ♠ QJ874 2. ♠ AQ874 ♥ 32 ♥ Q73 ♦ QJ7 ♦ 73 ♣ QJ8 ♣ K73 3. ♠ KT874 4.♠ J9874 ♥ AK ♥ T9764 ♦ K873 ♦A ♣ 98 ♣ 9

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Hand 1: Pass. You have a balanced hand with too few points to worry about game. It is quite acceptable to forget about the Spades. Hand 2: 2 Clubs, NMF. You have enough points to invite game. If your partner bids 2 Spades, you will know she has a minimum opening with three Spades; if she bids 3 Spades, you will know she has a maximum opening with three Spades. You will go to game if she shows a maximum. If she bids 2 Diamonds, denying a major holding, or 2 Hearts, showing four Hearts but denying three Spades, you will bid 2 No Trump. She can go on to 3 No Trump with a maximum. Hand 3: 2 Clubs, NMF. You have game points but want to check whether 4 Spades is the right game or 3 No Trump.

Hand 4: 2 Hearts. This is a rare situation. This is just about the only auction where responder can bid a new suit, which does not force opener to bid again. This auction occurs when your partner rebids 1 No Trump and you are able to show Spades and then Hearts. You are allowed to bid 1 Spade and then 2 Hearts when you have five Spades and four or five Hearts and less than 10 HCP. Grand Slam is the nom de plume for an author of a bestselling book on bridge, an ACBL accredited director and a Silver Life Master.

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(Continued from page 8) City Planning Dept. website. The Hancock Park Home Owners Association wrote to the city, seeking limitations on the requested permit. At a hearing held in early February, June St. resident Don Kossman said: “This kind of restaurant is completely out of character with our neighborhood.” Hancock Park Terrace resident Anne Loveland noted that all the nearby restaurants, including the Mozza group, close at 10 p.m. on weekdays, with only Xiomora staying open until 11 p.m. on weekends. Julia Duncan, Planning Deputy for CD 4 Councilmember David Ryu, said her office received many letters and emails about the proposal. She said the Councilmember concurs with a reduction in the operating hours and suggested closing at 11 p.m. The Zoning Administrator is expected to announce a decision sometime this month.

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Oscar costumes on view for Good Sam Auxiliary

PRESIDENT Mrs. Wayne Martin Brandt (Lisa), Mrs. Arthur McClure (Bonnie), and Mrs. Jon Warren Newby (Marcie).

Las Madrinas ends season with a major gift to CHLA Mrs. Jon Warren Newby (Marcie), outgoing president of Las Madrinas, presented Mrs. Arthur McClure (Bonnie), Chairman of the Associates and Affiliates of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) with the completing contribution to the $5 million Las Madrinas Pediatric Simulation Research Laboratory Endowment at CHLA on behalf of the members of Las Madrinas at the annual meeting in February. The next project announced for Las Madrinas will be a $5 million endowment for the Chief of Neurology Chair and the Neurological Institute Epilepsy Program at CHLA. In addition, three members were honored for their generosity: Mrs. Christopher Stephen Cord (Katrina), Mrs. Michael Wesley Croft (Lynn) and Mrs. John Paul Simmons (Kristi). Board of directors for 2017 were also elected, including incoming president Mrs. Wayne Martin Brandt (Lisa). A celebratory lunch followed the meeting.

The Good Samaritan Hospital Auxiliary will view some of 2017’s Oscar fashions Mon., March 13, at 11 a.m. Auxiliary members and guests will visit the museum of the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM), 919 S. Grand Ave., in Downtown Los Angeles. A tour will include a viewing of costumes from four of the five movies nominated for this year’s Academy Award for costume design. They are included in the

LA Opera open house brings magic, music Music lovers of all ages are invited to a free LA Opera open house at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., Sun., March 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, see laopera.org.

“LA LA LAND” costumes, top right, are among those on view for Good Samaritan Hospital Auxiliary members and guests at Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM).

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Historic restaurants have sensory stories to tell As the city continues to make choices about what to preserve as development pressures increase, it is often interesting to look back at certain types of historic places and the stories they tell. One of the most ephemeral, and yet most beloved, types of public places are restaurants. Here the intersection of architecture and use is often at

its most prominent, and the memories of these establishments involve not only sight, but touch, taste, smell, (and in some cases hearing) as well. Often our association with these places begins in childhood, with memories of special outings and holiday dinners. George Geary, an awardwinning chef, has authored “LA’s Legendary Restaurants:

Celebrating the Famous Places Where Hollywood Ate, Drank, and Played.” It’s a fascinating combination of historic photographs, restaurant biography, and recipes from the 1920s through the 1980s. For those of us who grew up in Los Angeles, it’s more than a walk down memory lane. Want to try your hand at recreating the Cantonese chicken salad from the Bull-

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Christy McAvoy ock’s Wilshire Tea Room or the spaghetti bolognese from Perino’s? Geary provides the recipes. The good news is… some of these storied establishments are still open for business and their signature dishes can be enjoyed in situ. Musso and Frank’s, the Tam O’Shanter, Formosa Café, Pig N Whistle, Taix, Clifton’s Brookside, Miceli’s, Ben Frank’s (now Mel’s), La Scala, El Cholo, El Coyote, Chez Jay, Dan Tana, and others survive either in their original or second locations. Some, like Chez Jay, have earned landmark status. Others (Pig N Whistle, Musso’s, Clifton’s) are part of historic districts. What a treat for families to continue to pass on these traditions to younger generations. (The former Bullocks’, Southwestern Law School, allows the Tea

Room to be booked for private events.) For those who like to seek out “hidden” Los Angeles or see how the famous boulevards of Wilshire, Sunset, La Cienega and Hollywood have changed over time, the author also identifies sites by address. Interestingly, many of the buildings are still extant, although the eateries and nightclubs which made them famous are long gone. Some have been turned into other clubs and restaurants; others are now auto dealerships or real estate offices. But it is still possible to create a driving tour of these sites and glimpse at least parts of the architecture that made these places so recognizable. Take a drive on the Sunset Strip to glimpse the Cock ‘N’ Bull, Ciro’s, Scandia (for now, until its replacement begins construction), Cyrano, Carlos’N Charlies, Le Dome, and Spago Sunset. Earl Carroll’s building is still at Sunset Blvd. and Argyle Ave., across from the Palladium. And then there are the pho(Please turn to page 3)


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(Continued from page 2) tographs of those truly lost: the Brown Derby Hollywood, Coconut Grove and coffee shop of the Ambassador Hotel, Perino’s, Don the Beachcombers, Trader Vic’s, Schwab’s Drugs, Chasen’s (although part of the façade is a Bristol Farms market on Beverly Blvd.), Tiny Naylor’s and others. These remind us of the rich architectural and culinary heritage lost and the diversity that these places brought to the city. Restaurants and nightclubs are among the most ephemeral of uses, heartily dependent on the stamina of the operators, the taste of the public, economics, and cul-

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tural trends. Those that have survived or been recreated are truly to be celebrated. Thanks to the creativity of George Geary, we have photographs, solid research, and recipes to augment our own memories. Often we are asked what to preserve. Is it enough to preserve the physical building if its historic use changes? Or does all significance lie with the business that inhabited it? Prominent architects designed several of the buildings in this book, and several sites were vested with both architectural and cultural importance. In other cases, the building was a backdrop for the creation of the culinary experience. Sometimes the only way to preserve a significant place is to allow its reuse. This conver-

Conservancy awards SurveyLA among its preservation winners SurveyLA, the Los Angeles Historic Resources Survey, is among recipients of the Los Angeles Conservancy 2017 Preservation Awards. Receiving the Chairman's Award for being the most comprehensive survey ever completed by an American city, SurveyLA identifies and evaluates historic resources. CBS Columbia Square in Hollywood was one of seven recipients of a project award.

Recently, the entertainment center has undergone a rehabilitation and upgrade. Winners will be presented with their awards at the 36th annual luncheon Wed., May 3 at the Millenium Biltmore Hotel, 506 S. Grand Ave. The Los Angeles Conservancy has honored excellence in the field of historic preservation through its annual Preservation Awards since 1982, laconservancy.org/awards.

sation continues today. Where do you stand on the spectrum of change? Christy Johnson McAvoy, a


former president both of the Los Angeles Conservancy and the California Preservation Foundation, as well as an Ad-


visor to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, founded Historic Resources Group in Hollywood.


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COUNCILMAN Mitch O’Farrell (left), For the Love of Hollywood emcee Tom LaBonge (right) and honorees Christy McAvoy of Historic Resources Group, Sharon Keyser of Paramount Pictures and Yolanda Brown of Blessed Sacrament Church. Right, a rendering of the proposed park.

ON THE BOARD, front row, seated, left to right, Ginger Tanner, secretary; Julie Stromberg, vice president; Nathalie Rosen; back row, left to right Julie Kim, Vera Borges, treasurer; Heather Brel, Barbara Pflaumer, president; Chris Cordone. (Not pictured: Joe Donnelly and Rick Kraemer).

Photo by William Kidston

Friends threw a gala for Hollywood Central Park City Councilmen Mitch O’Farrell and David Ryu and City Controller Ron Galperin joined host Tom LaBonge to honor the 2017 Real Stars of Hollywood at the Friends of Hollywood Central Park’s annual gala, For the Love of Hollywood, Jan. 12 at the Taglyan Cultural Center. This year’s honors went to Paramount Pictures, Yolanda Brown of Blessed Sacrament Church and Christy McAvoy of Historic Resources Group and

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Hollywood Heritage. The event, now in its eighth year, is the primary fundraiser for the Friends of Hollywood Central Park, who are working to create a 38-acre street-level park over the Hollywood Freeway between Santa Monica and Hollywood boulevards. The park will reunite communities separated for more than 60 years by the freeway, and the park is heralded as a project for creating both jobs and needed open space.

Windsor Village elects new board, plans year ahead Windsor Village Association (WVA) elected new officers at its January board meeting. Filling vacant positions, Barbara Pflaumer was elected president, and Vera Borges was elected treasurer.  Julie Stromberg continues as vice president and Ginger Tanner as secretary.  Board members also include Heather Brel, Chris Cordone, Joe Donnelly, Julie Kim, Rick Kraemer and Nathalie Rosen. The WVA Board will continue to connect neighbors with neighbors, protect architectural treasures and enhance the quality of life in the area through events and projects in 2017, said Pflaumer.   Projects ahead include organizing a block party, further  developing a system  of  Block Captains and Building Captains to communicate and disseminate information to residents, and increasing participation in the neighborhood Facebook page. A two-sided, color postcard made by resident Joe Hoffman is distributed by the group year round.Police, fire and other city services are listed on the back. The front tells neighbors to visit windsorvillage.org.

Marathon winds from stadium to sea March 19 From Dodger Stadium and downtown Los Angeles, past the Pantages Theatre, along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, through West Hollywood and Beverly Hills and on to Santa Monica, marathon runners will make their way Sun., March 19. They will not be running through Greater Wilshire and Mid-City, so traffic delays should be minimized (except around Metro’s weekend “decking” activity at Wilshire and Fairfax, of course). Other landmarks runners will pass include the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Grauman’s Chinese Theater, Rodeo Drive, Century City, Purple Heart Hill and Palisades Park. Participants must be 16 years or older on race day to enter the Skechers-sponsored marathon. Go to lamarathon.com.

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Old Larchmont Chronicle site to house modern publishing building After four decades of housing the Larchmont Chronicle,


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FRONT ROW (left to right): Capt. Frank Larez, LAFD Fire Station 29; Honoree Firefighter Michael LaDue; Lyn MacEwen Cohen, president, First-In Fire Foundation; Sandy Boeck, director, vocational service, Wilshire Rotary; Nikki Ezhari, senior field deputy, CD4; Ken Scott, president, Wilshire Rotary Club. Back row: The fire crew from LAFD Fire Station 29, Battalion 1.

Wilshire Rotary honors first responders Angeles Firefighter Michael Ladue, from Station 29. “Since 1932, Wilshire Rotarians have been building friendships and taking on community challenges,” said Wilshire Rotary president Ken Scott. Wilshire Rotary “was proud to partner with First-In-Fire Foundation and honor Fire-

Wilshire Rotary Club of Los Angeles and First-In Fire Foundation recently honored two first responders at “Service Above Self” — Proud to Serve Above and Beyond the Call of Duty.” The event at The Ebell Club honored Senior Lead Officer Hebel Rodriguez, LAPD Wilshire Division, and Los

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All roads lead to the neighborhood, and the Blvd.: part II In September 1940, a certain writer made note in her journal about a self-invited dinner guest: “[H]e is an unusually pushing and callous person... It is partly his boundless vitality and partly his thirty years of being an impresario… He is tall and fattish and wears affected clothes... [his] heavy suede shoes had exaggerated square toes. His left eye is larger and higher in his skull and has a mad, mean look to it, like Peter the Great.” M.F.K. Fisher was not, as you can hear, pleased with her guest — and among her arch observations of his other boorishness, she wrote that after three highballs he talked, constantly and heedlessly, for four hours. The guest was Merle Armitage (1893-1975), writer, book collector, printer, and book designer (and sometime impresario) who is revered as one of the sparks of the small renaissance of the book arts that erupted in Southern California during the Great DepresCORRECTION In last month’s Home Ground column, Dr. Henry Bieler’s first name was incorrectly spelled as Harold.

sion. He has been called the “daddy of a sunbaked modernism,” referring to his unfettered and tradition-breaking approach to visual language. One of his books, “Stravin-

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sky,” is a combination of text and stunningly presented photographs of Igor Stravinsky taken by Armitage’s friend Edward Weston. On the cover begins the text. Armitage’s book is still an adventure to the eye. In this intimate world of books, everyone knew one another. The printer Ward Ritchie (1905-1996), in his 1989 volume, “Of Bookmen & Printers” (a compilation of Ritchie’s previously published essays), estimates that in 1930s downtown Los Angeles, on just the few blocks of W. Sixth St. from Grand almost to Figueroa, half a million books were for sale. Los Angeles had a population of 1.2 million then, and there were enough book sell-

ers, collectors, buyers, and designers that certain shops had their specialties, clienteles, and local bibliophiles combing the stacks. The J.W. Robinson Dept. Store on Seventh St. had a major book section (and Chronicle publisher John Welborne’s mother worked there as a bookseller in the 30s and early 40s). Certain older collectors of Californiana congregated in Dawson’s Book Shop, opened in 1905, which was then in its third location, at 627 S. Grand Ave. Younger writers and artists, such as Merle Armitage and Paul Landacre, could be found with Jake Zeitlin, who kept a shop for 60 years. Ward Ritchie also has some choice, dry-as-a-good-martini, words about Armitage. His essay about the designer is titled “Merle Armitage: His Many Loves and Varied Lives,” with this headnote, italicized in the book: Here are some intimate details not generally known of Armitage’s life. He was a colorful impresario, lothario, and maverick designer…. His retinue of wives also reveals his versatility. “Of Bookmen & Printers” was published by Dawson’s Book Shop, 535 N. Larchmont Blvd.

DAWSON'S Book Shop opening on Larchmont Blvd. in 1968.

The N. Larchmont location of Dawson’s was its fifth and final bricks-and-mortar home place, built in 1968 and closed in 2010. (The Dawson family still owns the building.) It was the oldest continuously operating bookstore in the city. Dawson’s lives on into a third generation. Michael Dawson followed his grandfather, father, and uncle into the rare-book business. It was he who closed shop on Larchmont; he now conducts the business online. I asked him about the Dawson history of publishing books, which he said began

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in a small way in the 1920s. In the 1950s, his uncle Glen Dawson began publishing large series, among them the “Early California Travel Series” (50 volumes) and a 17-volume series titled “Los Angeles Miscellany.” Among the books Michael Dawson offers online is a monograph of the photography of Brett Weston, “designed by his long time friend, Merle Armitage... [who] met Brett Weston in the 1920s when he became close friends with Edward Weston.” Therein, no doubt, hangs a delicious tale.



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‘A day which will live in infamy’… ‘Allegiance’ and ‘Infamy’ Presidents’ Day weekend of 2017, just celebrated, had certain bitter aspects this year. The Sunday of the weekend marked the 75th anniversary of the February 19, 1942, issuance by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt of what now assuredly must be considered the “infamous” Presidential Executive Order 9066. That presidential Executive Order — “Instructions to All Persons of JAPANESE Ancestry…” — led to virtually all of the Japanese Americans (emphasis on “Americans”) living on the West Coast of the United States being evacuated from their homes, ultimately to reside for years in barracks in camps surrounded by barbed wire and machine guns in guard towers. “Allegiance,” a musical Also on that anniversary Sun-

LOCAL LEADER and actor, George Takei, spent a decade working to create what became the musical “Allegiance,” in which he had a starring role as an internee (an experience he also had in the real world as a child).

day this year, across the United States in movie theaters in hundreds of cities, Americans had the opportunity to attend a powerful, tears-inducing Broadway musical, “Allegiance,” that previously played on Broadway for 150 performances over four months to an audience of approximately 120,000 people. See: allegiancemusical.com.

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John Welborne That number of theater attendees — 120,000 — is, ironically, about the number of elderly, middle-aged and young men and women, plus children, who were ordered to take only what they could carry, essentially one suitcase, and stand on the street for buses and trucks to move them to “assembly centers.” In Southern California, those included the horse stalls at Santa Anita Racetrack. From there and sometimes after many months, these citizens were put in train cars and taken out to desert and swamp locations where the new American concentration camps (“relocation centers”) had been constructed. “Concentration camp” is a hotbutton word for many people, especially those who survived, or those who are descendants of people murdered during, the Nazi Holocaust in Europe. But, as described in “Infamy,”

the informative book — also a page-turner — by Richard Reeves, the term “was commonly used in government offices during those years to describe the officially named relocation centers around the country. Among those who called them concentration camps was the president of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt.” At least, in America, these were not extermination camps, unless you were interned there and decided to walk away, with all the machine guns in the guard towers facing inside. Such a walk could lead to loss of life and, in some cases, did. This tragic episode of American life, started by the reaction to Imperial Japan’s murderous December 7, 1941, sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, described that very day by President Roosevelt as “a day which will live in infamy,” is depicted well in “Allegiance,” the musical. This memorable theatrical experience has an important Larchmont-local aspect. Working for nearly a decade to bring this story to the stage was a well-known Los Angeles leader, also a local resident, and also an amazing actor in the musical. That gentleman is our neighborhood’s George Takei. Takei, at age 5, was evacuated with his family from Los Angeles and subsequently spent four years interned, first at Santa Anita Racetrack, then in a camp in Rowher, Arkansas (see: tinyurl. com/jg64aww), and finally — because his parents took a principled stand against a notori-

CHADO TEA ROOM at JANM is the setting for Windsor SquareHancock Park Historical Society post-tour high tea. Photo by IGE Photography

ous loyalty questionnaire — in Northern California, just below the Oregon border, at Tule Lake Segregation Center, the largest and most controversial of the sites where Japanese Americans were incarcerated. See: nps.gov/ tule. Camps like these largely have been obliterated, but Southern Californians driving on Highway 395 can turn off that road and visit the desolate area of Manzanar National Historic Site. See: nps.gov/manz. Americans are fortunate that “Allegiance,” the musical, has been filmed. If you ever have the opportunity to attend a future theatrical screening, do so. Change your plans and go. Not only is “Allegiance” a tale based on history, it also is a wonderful theatrical presen-

tation of talented Broadway singers, dancers and actors. Lead actors are Lea Salonga (star of “Miss Saigon”), Telly Leung, Christópheren Nomura, Michael K. Lee, and, of course, Hancock Park’s George Takei. See allegiancemusical.com. Historical Society at JANM An even easier way to learn about this horrible misjudgment by elected American leaders, including elected officials in California state government, is to take a trip downtown, to Little Tokyo. This is what members of the Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society did recently. Their trip to the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) in Little Tokyo, at Cen(Please turn to page 15)

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HISTORICAL SOCIETY members from Windsor Square and Hancock Park view exhibits about the internment camps, guided by Japanese American National Museum (JANM) volunteer docent Bill Shishima. Photo by IGE Photography

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Drago suggests a beautifullydesigned car, with comfortable leather and fabric banquettes, and an overlapping neon circle ceiling fixture that references a car brand’s logo. A wall of windows offers a glimpse of the museum’s displays. It’s not easy planning a menu for families with young children and destination diners alike. Sophisticated risotto with butternut squash, zucchini flower and hazelnut, and veal chop with truffle potato puree don’t pander to the PB&J set, but you will also find a burger on the lunch menu, pizzas on both, and who doesn’t love spaghetti with meat balls? Lunch service has found its niche, but Friday dinner was nearly empty. However, the jazzy music and friendly waiter made for a welcoming atmosphere. The Drago brothers have a way with pasta, and so I tried the pappardelle with pheasant and morels. Excellent. Spaghetti with shrimp, calamari, bay scallops, mussels and clams was perfectly cooked, from the al dente pasta to the sweet little scallops. Wagyu beef carpaccio was deeply satisfying. We loved the flavorful pan-roasted branzino with Sardinian couscous, clams, and celery root. Save room for dessert: the prosecco-passion fruit sabayon with berries was revelatory. They are planning to open a tree-lined dining patio under the building’s ribbon canopy as soon as permitting allows. Starters are in the low teens to mid-$20s. Mains from mid$20s to mid-$30s. Full bar, with an extensive selection of Italian wines. Drago Ristorante, 6060 Wilshire Blvd. (in the Petersen Museum), 323-800-2244. • • •

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Helene Seifer On the National Register of Historic Places, the Hollywood Historic Hotel smartly capitalized on its beautiful Art Deco details when opening what seems to have become the watering hole the neighborhood wanted. Old World charm awaits behind ornamental ironwork doors: a beautiful carved wood bar dominates the far wall, and coffered ceilings and Deco lamps complete the look. Although The Edmon has a full menu, it’s the drinks you

Art promotes meditation at Jill Joy Gallery Appetizers, dessert and a silent auction are part of the bill of fare at the David Lynch Foundation (DLF) fundraiser being hosted by Jill Joy Gallery, 456 S. La Brea Ave., Fri., March 10 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The event will raise funds for DLF’s programs, such as teaching Transcendental Meditation to people suffering from trauma and PTSD, including veterans, at-risk students and women and girls who have suffered abuse, prison inmates and the homeless. A suggested $20 donation at the door enters attendees in the art raffle of original oil paintings from the gallery’s Consciousness Series, on view through March 25. For more information, visit jilljoy.com/dlf or call 747-2346408.

really want. Grab a seat at the bar, or join the young professionals standing alongside, as they down their Old Cubans and scotch old-fashioneds. The menu is about as varied as it gets, including burgers, squash falafel, smoked hamachi, and rack of wild boar. We didn’t try the more ambitious dishes and were not impressed with what we got. We returned the bruleed oysters and clams, which tasted old and funky, and the meager calamari skewers were decently fried, but unexciting. Our Manhattans eased the pain. Starters are $13-$17; mains $17-$27; big meaty plates $59$85. The Edmon, 5168 Melrose Ave., 323-645-5225. Contact Helene at onthemenu@larchmontchronicle.com.

New ice cream vendor to open at Farmers Market Local Ice, a family-owned ice cream parlor, will soon be making small batches of its fresh artisanal favorites at the Original Farmers Market. Set to open in the former longtime Gill’s location on the West Patio, Local Ice hails from Studio City, where it gained a customer following for its organic ice cream and Italian ices. Red velvet, orange creamsicle and strawberry champagne ice are among the offerings to be handmade at their stall, alongside classics like sweet Samantha’s strawberry, charming chocolate and Milo’s minted chip. Expect Local Ice to be scooping later this spring or in early summer, said Farmers Market spokesman Mark Panatier.

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A second generation of Los Angeles chefs has opened excellent Italian eateries in recent years, many loud and trendy with particular specialties: ethereal handkerchief pasta at The Factory Kitchen, for example. But a few pioneering chefs first made their mark over three decades ago and are still wowing the crowds; among them, the

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Zoot Suit in shiny new production; O’Neill at his best It’s been almost 40 years since Zoot Suit, written and directed by Luis Valdez, premiered at the Mark Taper Forum here in Los Angeles. In a shiny new production featuring a company of 25 triple-threat actor-singerdancers, the play centers on the events surrounding the infamous Sleepy Lagoon murder in Los Angeles. The action takes place between 1942 and 1944. This play with music follows Henry Reyna (Matias Ponce) and his three compatriots as they are convicted and imprisoned for the crime. Shadowed throughout by the zoot-suited El Pachuco (Demian Bichir, playing the part of Edward James Olmos, who was present at the gala opening night), he is part host

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Geffen honors Jones, Brooks Geffen Playhouse will honor Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award-winning artists Quincy Jones and Mel Brooks at its 15th annual  Backstage at the Geffen fundraiser.   The event will be held on Sun., March 19, in the Gil Cates Theater at the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood.   “Backstage at the Geffen is a beloved Geffen Playhouse tradition for artists and art-lovers alike. Year after year, the event brings together the artistic community’s most prominent players to share the magic of live performance through funny and heartfelt stories,” said Geffen executive director and Hancock Park resident Gil Cates, Jr. After 17 years as artistic director, Randall Arney, Windsor Square, recently stepped down to pursue directorial pursuits. For more information, visit geffenplayhouse.org/backstage  or call 310-208-6500, ext. 112.

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Patricia Foster Rye for the evening, part storyteller, and at one point, when stripped of his identifying costume, part god and devil. The lively songs are by Lalo Guerrero. Reyna and his gang are defended by George Shearer (Brian Abraham) and their cause is championed by reporter Alice Bloomfield (Tiffany Dupont). The authentic and pitch-perfect choreography is by Maria Torres. Production credits are outstanding, especially the authentic costume design by Ann ClossFarley. Through April 2, Center

Theatre Group’s Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave. Los, 213 628-2772, centertheatregroup.org. 4 Stars • • • Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, takes place during a single day in the seaside home of the Tyrone family. Mother Mary (Jane Kaczmarek) has recently returned from a sanatorium where she was treated for morphine addiction. Patriarch James Tyrone (Alfred Molina) is struggling with looming financial difficulties. Their youngest son Edmond (Colin Woodell) has been diagnosed with tuberculosis. And son James. Jr. (Stephen Louis Grush) worries about his mother’s potential relapse. Despite the length of the evening (the play is performed with one intermission

DEMIAN BICHIR, playing part host, storyteller, god and the devil ­— Edward James Olmos in the earlier production — and Matias Ponce, with the ensemble cast of the revival of “Zoot Suit.”

and the running time is three hours and 20 minutes), director Jeanie Hackett has kept the pace powerful and heartrending. Scenic designer Tom Buderwitz has created a detailed parlor of the Tyrone family’s summer home in New

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'13 Minutes,' 'Gold,' and period piece make for good cinema also tells how an ordinary man of no particular background or training can perform heroically. In German. Opens March 17. Gold (8/10): When a film starts with the statement that the film is “inspired by true events,” I normally take what I then view with a grain of salt. However the fictionalization of what actually happened is so well done that

it is not only appropriate, but necessary, to make this story cinematic and as compelling as it is. It’s highlighted by an overthe-top performance by Oscarwinner Matthew McConaughey, equally good performances by Edgar Ramirez and Bryce Dallas Howard (Ron’s daughter), and exceptional cinematography of the jungle.

Live by Night (7/10): I’m a sucker for good period pieces and, with some exceptions, this is a good one. The big exception is the weak acting performance by director Ben Affleck who displays his starkly limited range in a role that demands a lot more. Ben should stick to directing, where he excels. The Founder (5/10): Just

as Shakespeare’s “Richard III” was a Tudor hit job on the last King from the House of York, this is a hit job on Ray Kroc, the man who made McDonald’s into what it is. Most of the info in the film came from the McDonald brothers’ grandson, Jason French, and the story is told from their POV, so what’s in the film defaming Kroc actually should be taken with a grain of salt. Michael Keaton’s performance is not up to his generally high standard. The Space Between Us (5/10): One expects plotholes and impossible occurrences in sci-fi films. But the silliness of

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13 Minutes (8/10): This is near the top of the list of films I wish everyone could see this year. It tells the virtually unknown story of George Elser (Christian Friedel) who came within 13 minutes of assassinating Hitler in 1939. This movie truly captures the awfulness it must have been to live under the Nazis in the 1930s. But it

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(Continued from page 10) tral Avenue and First Street, was enjoyable even though some of the subject matter on display clearly is horrifying. The Historical Society’s pleasant day included high tea in one of the city’s bestkept secrets, the welcoming and restful Chado Tea Room adjoining JANM’s garden. Another way to learn about this difficult period of American history is by reading. “Infamy,” a book Just some months ago, on Larchmont Blvd., there was what may have been the largest turnout for a Chevalier’s Books author program. The evening featured a fascinating dialogue between Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge A. Wallace Tashima and author Richard

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(Continued from page 14) found by many scholars to be on par with the correlation of exposure to secondhand smoke and the risk of lung cancer. In a meta-analysis of 217 studies published between 1957 and 1990, the psychologists George Comstock and Haejung Paik found that the short-term effect of exposure to media violence on actual physical violence against a

“INFAMY,” the book about the Japanese American internment that started in 1942, is discussed before a standingroom-only crowd at Chevalier’s Books on Larchmont Blvd. Pictured are author Richard Reeves, left, and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge A. Wallace Tashima, right.

Reeves. Judge Tashima is the third Asian American and first Japanese American ever to be appointed to a United States Court of Appeals. Reeves is the author of 2015’s “Infamy: The person was moderate to large in strength.” It’s disgraceful that Hollywood keeps foisting upon viewers movies like this that glorify viciousness and desensitize people to bestial brutality. But I guess I’m whistling Dixie when I hope for integrity in Hollywood. Recommended reading: Two good mysteries: “The Girl Before” by J.D. Delaney and “The Couple Next Door” by Shari Lapena.

Shocking Story of the Japanese American Internment in World War II.” The moderator / interviewer at Chevalier’s was O’Melveny & Myers lawyer Carolyn Kubota. The program at Chevalier’s was fascinating, but the book — with its much greater detail — is even more so. Author Reeves thoroughly reviews the available literature on the internment, and his book gives a clear view of the personal tragedies inflicted upon American families of Japanese descent. Many of those families are from Los Angeles. Not just the Takeis, but also others, such as merchants in Little Tokyo whose lives were uprooted and

whose businesses were ruined. While you may have to wait to see “Allegiance” again in theaters, you can go to Che-


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'What do you Urban oasis offers walkability, quality of life enjoy most

Living in the Mile By John Welborne People living in and near the Miracle Mile include a large percentage of the readers of the Larchmont Chronicle. Many of the most historic and architecturally interesting residential areas of Los Angeles are near the Miracle Mile. And no residential project better typifies living in the Mile than Park La Brea, which borders the Mile for most of its length. An urban oasis between Sixth and Third Streets, from Fairfax Ave. almost to La Brea Ave., this premier residential community is home to the largest population of apartment dwellers in Los Angeles, with about 11,000 residents on its 160 acres. Park La Brea is just steps from Miracle Mile offices, shops, restaurants, museums and more. Although it has been a residential haven for decades, today’s Park La Brea residents and management think of it as “the modern renter’s choice,” according to Maura Daly,

director of marketing and leasing, and Eve Lauricella, leasing manager, respectively. Says Lauricella: “The modern day renter is looking for a better quality of life. They want to spend their time learning, growing, experiencing life, having fun and being entertained. With rental prices continuing to rise in the city, what we spend our money on really counts. The Miracle Mile area offers so many free activities: swimming lessons at Pan-Pacific Park, Friday night Jazz at LACMA or outdoor movie night here with us and yes, they are all free! Why wouldn’t you want to move to Park La Brea?” Although Park La Brea is just one of many rental options in and near the Miracle Mile, there is no doubt that Park La Brea is the most spacious. And, although the automobile long has been a part of the easy access to and from Park La Brea, Maura Daly says that is changing: “In this busy city (Please turn to page 28)

about living at Park La Brea?'

That is the question inquiring photographer Sondi Toll Sepenuk asked residents at a favorite Mile apartment complex.

“There’s a community feeling, with lots of kids running around and places for kids to play. We’re so close to the Grove and to the grocery stores, you don’t even need a car. We just put the kids in the strollers and go.” Divya Vats Joshi with son Siddhant (4-year residents), and Shobhna Bhartiya with son Sabhya (5-year residents)

“I love it here because I have access to many restaurants, stores, museums and movie theatres. But it’s still very quiet and peaceful.” Nakisa 4-year resident

“The air feels cleaner here. It’s so nice and quiet and I love to exercise outside. It’s a beautiful space with a great sense of community.” DeAndre Wilson 8-month resident

“I really love to come to the café and sit outside in the sun, under the awnings, reading with my wife.” Joel Eckstein 20-year resident

“It’s like an oasis in the middle of the city with such an extraordinary community. You have all types of activities that you can do with your neighbors.” Sylvie Brousseau 21-year resident

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Looking back on the first ‘Miracle Mile’ special edition, 30 years ago By Jane Gilman A new skyline was emerging on Wilshire Boulevard between La Brea and Fairfax avenues when the Larchmont Chronicle debuted its first edition of “Miracle Mile.” The inaugural issue told of the 22-story office tower that opened at 6500 Wilshire, New Wilshire’s 16-story building at Fairfax and Wilshire, and Wilshire Courtyard, one million square feet of office space in two, six-story buildings. Readers learned about the Miracle Mile Residential Association (MMRA) that was celebrating “Wilshire Park,” a two-acre expanse of open space behind Wilshire Courtyard that originally was destined to be the site of condominiums. MMRA president Lyn MacEwen Cohen worked with Courtyard developer Jerry Snyder

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The annual edition is delivered to residents, businesses and employees in the greater Miracle Mile area. It also is delivered to residents in Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Fremont Place, Park LaBrea and Larchmont Village, bringing the total readership to 100,000. COVER PHOTO by Bill Devlin Photography: PARK LA BREA: The cover of this 30th annual “Miracle Mile” special edition shows residents’ courtyards, gardens and the Curson Café in the foreground, adjoining one of the tower apartment buildings. Behind the café are garden apartments, and behind them is the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Miracle Mile … with the Baldwin Hills in the far background.

to create, instead of condos, a lushly landscaped green space to buffer the historic residential community from the new office towers. Another article told of the threat of an art deco building being razed and how that was thwarted when the Los Angeles Conservancy banded together with residents to save 5410 Wilshire. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art added the Robert O. Anderson building and the Pavilion of Japanese Art. That first issue of our special edition also told of the Mile’s shopping places such as Adray’s for appliances and Lanz for stylish women’s wear. Lew Mitchell’s Orient Express was a favorite dining establishment of employees and residents alike. All three are no more. In the succeeding years, the Larchmont Chronicle’s

JAPANESE PAVILION opened three decades ago at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Photo by Brant Brogan

Miracle Mile issues documented the resurgence of the business community and the residential neighborhood. The Miracle Mile Civic Coalition had been founded to improve the area with median landscaping

and signs denoting Museum Row, hold community events, and promote emergency preparedness. The Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce was revitalized, and the MMRA revved up its neighborhood watch pro-

gram and began the push for preservation zoning. Headlines told of the renovation by The Ratkovich Company of the 30-story office tower at 5900 Wilshire Blvd. Articles described the Metro Rail plans and the arrival of entertainment firms such as Variety magazine and the Screen Actors Guild. Our stories reported on what was new with museums: George C. Page (now the La Brea Tar Pits), the Petersen Automotive and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. TarFest grew in size to become a showcase for artists and musicians in Hancock County Park. As we send this 30th special edition to press, we marvel at the amazing progress the Larchmont Chronicle has witnessed over the past 30 years in the Miracle Mile.

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Mile renaissance underway creates 'extrodinary opportunites' for area By Billy Taylor In recent years, the Miracle Mile has witnessed the beginning of a transformation from a faded center of commerce into an urban live / work / play neighborhood. To get some perspective, the Chronicle asked Wayne Ratkovich, owner of the tallest building in the Mile, to give Mr. RATKOVICH his take on the neighborhood’s evolution. When Ratkovich’s company acquired 5900 Wilshire in 2005, the office building (located across from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art [LACMA]) and the surrounding area, had seen better days. “The building was in pretty bad condition,” he says, noting that the infrastructure required a complete renovation. “There was no heat at all; in the wintertime tenants were very cold. And all of the elevators needed to be brought up to code. Major changes to the building were required.” Investing $34 million to renovate the 30-story building, Ratkovich saw the neighborhood’s potential. “My take on it back then was that the market for the Miracle Mile was a little confusing,” he says. “Some called it Mid-Wilshire, some called it the Park

Mile, and others called it the Miracle Mile. There was confusion about what the neighborhood was and who used it. “That has changed in recent years.” Ratkovich credits the “great work” that is going on with LACMA, the Academy museum and the Metro Purple Line. “All of these things that are taking place are significant.” Ratkovich’s building now is 94 percent occupied, and he says he is “thrilled” with his decision to invest in the neighborhood 12 years ago. “Part of my job is to try and understand the city and understand the changes that will be happening so that we can be there before the values go too high. We saw the potential, and the history of the Miracle Mile, and we liked what we saw.” Comparing the changes to a kind of renaissance, Ratkovich says the Miracle Mile will be a fashionable corridor in years to come for residents and businesses alike. “I can imagine a lot more development coming to Wilshire — the residential opportunities are extraordinary. It’s going to be a wonderful place to live, particularly for urban living.” Developments to watch Currently under construction in the Mile is The Mansfield, a six-story, 138unit, mixed-use project under construction at 5100 Wilshire, at the corner of S. Mansfield. The developer, Korda Group, plans 13,000 square feet (Please turn to page 6)

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(Continued from page 4) of ground floor commercial space. It’s expected to be complete at the end of 2017. Work is expected to begin soon on a 12-story, 250,000 square-foot office building in the rear of the SAG-AFTRA site on Wilshire Blvd. The J.H. Snyder Company is planning

the $170 million development, known as the Wilshire Curson building. Still in the planning stage, developer CGI Strategies filed plans in January to construct a residential-complex at 639 S. La Brea Ave., north of the future Wilshire / La Brea Metro subway station. Plans describe the project as a 12-story mixed-use building

By Billy Taylor Members of the Greater Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce and their guests filled the El Rey Theatre Feb. 9 for the annual “State of the Mile” event to hear from several speakers, including City Councilman David Ryu. Taking the stage, Ryu noted how the Miracle Mile has transformed into a vibrant corridor filled with art, cultural and history: “This has become a place for Angelenos to live, work and play — and it is vital that we continue to support the local economy to enhance the quality of life for both residents and tourists alike,” said Ryu. He is excited about the recentthat will include 160 residential units as well as ground-level retail and restaurant space. The building would be built just north of a staging area for Purple Line construction.

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ly passed Measure HHH and Measure M, he said, because they represent opportunities to spur the local economy, change the quality of life and promote a more sustainable future for the Mile. Speaker on history “I think everybody appreciates where they’re going

COUNCILMAN RYU and Greater Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce president Steve Kramer.

once they know where they’ve been,” said Petersen Automotive Museum curator Leslie Kendall, another featured speaker at the event. Using the Petersen Museum as a case study, Kendall’s presentation, “The Miracle Mile: Shopping in a New Era” discussed the Mile’s evolution from the world’s first linear shopping district, the area’s decline in the 1980s, to its current renaissance. Metro Metro’s chief communications officer, Pauletta Tonilas, also was on hand to address last year’s voter-approved transportation measure. “Passing Measure M was a victory for the whole county,” said Tonilas after taking the stage. She explained that Metro will begin to receive the new tax revenues in July, when the half-cent sales tax starts. In the meantime, Metro is busy working to finalize several citizen committees to provide advice and oversight regarding the Measure’s implementation. Caruso Vice president of civic initiatives at Caruso, Sam Garrison, shared with the audience his view on how to be a success in the Miracle Mile in the future. Garrison told the audience to consider this: “Basic human nature hasn’t changed since our forefathers lived in caves a millennium ago.” He described how they gathered (Please turn to page 8)

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LINEN FINISH postcard of Wilshire Boulevard looking east, circa 1950s. Ohrbach’s was originally located in the Prudential complex, now Museum Square. California Federal Bank building later became the “Cal Fed” skyscraper. Photo: Miracle Mile L.A.

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(Continued from page 6) around campfires for safety and warmth, where a sense of community was formed. Understanding this basic premise, Garrison said that Caruso properties such as The Grove aim to provide the ultimate guest experience that allow a customer to enjoy his/her time while building a sense of community. “This is the central idea behind what we do,” said Garrison. Approximately 110 people attended this year’s event.

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By Jane Gilman The Greater Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce is marking its 21st anniversary with an impressive list of accomplishments. “One of the perks of membership is the relationship among members and city and state officials who attend our meetings,” said Steve Kramer, founding and current Chamber president. “We are on a first-name basis with these officials and their deputies. When members have problems, they can access these individuals on a more personal level,” Kramer added. Metro representatives keep Chamber members aware of subway and other construction progress, and they also hold special meetings to keep members current. Another advantage of membership is the ability to give a brief sales pitch during the networking segment of the meeting. Also, members who conduct business with each other often receive discounts. One of the Chamber’s earliest victories was the addition of street parking that resulted after the group worked with a city council representative to develop new spaces. The Chamber sponsors an

Meetings are also held in hotels and restaurants, and the meetings often introduce members to new businesses. Kramer pointed out that his organization is helping its residential neighbors in their campaign for an Historic Preservation Overlay Zone. “We support the work of the Miracle STEVE KRAMER, left, receives a Tarfest proc- Mile Residenlamation from County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. tial Association in its desire for preservation.” annual forum on “The State of The Chamber recently the Mile,” with speakers from added “Greater” to its name City Hall, Metro as well as to reflect its geographical business leaders and museum expansion. Kramer said, “We representatives. The group found that business owners also helped launch Tarfest, surrounding the Mile have a family festival showcasing the same interests and conmusicians and artists. cerns as people on the Mile.” Monthly meetings and mix- GMMCC’s president keeps a ers are held in a variety of busy schedule as head of a law venues including museums, firm, husband, father, grand“We have a great relationship father and Chamber chief. with museum officials in the “There isn’t much time for Mile,” said Kramer. “They host relaxing,” he admits, “but I do us, and we promote them.” swim twice a week.”

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Civic Coalition works to save one tree at a time and much more

TWO PALMS from Miracle Mile medians were miraculously saved, said Lyn Cohen, standing in front of the recent transplants.

Council District Four and Metro, she hopes to move more of the trees to the landscape project underway on Venice Blvd. and paid for with $17,450 raised at last year’s Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society Garden Tour, at the city’s Getty House. “One of our members, Yvonne Cazier, brought the project to the attention of the previous board of the Historical Society. The board deemed

it was a very well worthwhile project for the Historical Society to fund and was a natural extension of our landscaping of the area fire stations,” said Judy Zeller, president of the WSHPHS. Historic landscape Cohen is researching the history of an existing cactus and drought-tolerant landscape planted years ago in front of the station. She plans to repeat the design along the long facade of the division, which is now mostly dirt, in a red, white and blue, with an emphasis on blue, palette. A landscape designer and help from the community will be involved, she hopes. A fallen officers' memorial is also in the works and readying for the design phase, says Cohen. Seven Wilshire officers have died in the line of duty. The proposed memorial’s $3,300 initial planning budget came from funds raised from the law firm, Loeb & Loeb. The Civic Coalition has also worked to beautify local Fire Station 61, and, after 9-11, took on emergency preparedness in partnership with First in Fire Foundation, another nonprofit group Cohen chairs. Following a recent summit with representatives from the FBI, the Fire Dept. and other

NEW LANDSCAPE underway at LAPD Wilshire Division, courtesy of the Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society. Division Capt. Tony Oddo with Lyn MacEwen Cohen.

safety experts, Cohen is planning her next forum: “Women in Command: Protecting a Post 9-11 World” (no date has been set). The Civic Coalition rallies leaders from among Miracle Mile’s business, cultural and homeowner groups and elected and city officials. The Grove, the Original Farmers Market, museums and Park La Brea apartment complex are among participants.

Cohen sees the Coalition’s work as a patriotic calling to change the world, one block at a time. “Sometimes people think we’re slow, but we’re building for the long term. “I feel that because we live in the City of Angeles, and we’re in the Miracle Mile… we have work to do… if we could make this work here, if we can help one part of Los Angeles… we help all of Los Angeles.”

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By Suzan Filipek Miracle Mile Civic Coalition (MMCC) has come in peace, since its founding 31 years ago. “The purpose of the group," started in April 1986, “really was to spur a spirit of cooperation among all the key players… We’ve always mostly gotten along. We take the spirit of peace very, very seriously,” said MMCC founder Lyn MacEwen Cohen. “We don’t have drama; we just focus on what is really important.” The spirit of cooperation is what has allowed the MMCC to finish long-term projects, she said, including the milelong, 19 median strips along Wilshire Blvd., from Fairfax to La Brea. Started in 1989, the project is being uprooted, literally, by ongoing subway construction, as many of the 100 trees planted in the medians have been tagged for destruction. “What was very, very sad was the killing of the trees. But what was transformative,” Cohen points out, is that some clusters of the median’s palms have been transplanted to the front yard of the LAPD Wilshire Division. “It’s kind of a miracle; they were able to move them, and they are thriving,” says Cohen. With continued help from

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MMRA eyes development, HPOZ, its ‘Fifth Avenue’ By Suzan Filipek Residents and businesses had a vision: an historic Art Deco district and a pedestrian friendly streetscape, akin to New York’s Fifth Avenue, were in the works for the Miracle Mile. Several early 20th century buildings along Wilshire Blvd. are worthy of historic designation. And, with two Metro stations opening in 2023, adding walkways and benches would welcome residents and tourists alike. One subway station will open onto a then-newly renovated Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the new Academy of Motion Pictures Museum. The other subway station will bring subway passengers up to the shops and apartments along La Brea Ave. And then the bottom fell out of the well-executed community design overlay plan. After three years in the making, money spent, city hearings and community outreach, the proposed Miracle Mile Historic Preservation Overlay Zone “is up in the air,” said Jim O’Sullivan, president of the Miracle Mile Residential Association. “The plan was to complete the HPOZ and then move up to Wilshire and work with the

[Miracle Mile] Chamber, the Civic Coalition, the museums and Council District Four. “[The streetscape plan is] like creating our Fifth Avenue.” The historic preservation ordinance’s state of flux has put the whole plan in disarray. Members of the MMRA have worked to move the ordinance forward at City Hall with 70 percent of the residents in favor, O’Sullivan said. The ordinance is aimed at preventing boxy homes, too large for their lots, being built in the neighborhood. A flurry of McMansions prompted residents to work to save the Miracle Mile area’s Period Revival styles of architecture, including Spanish Colonial, Tudor, Mediterranean, French and American Colonial. And then, in what seemed like overnight, everything changed when an anti-HPOZ group showed up. The MMRA, which turns 34 this year, includes apartment dwellers who will lose out under the current headwinds, O’Sullivan said. The City Planning Commission (CPC) approved the HPOZ in December but significantly changed the boundaries, and excluded all historic properties north of Eighth


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St. as well as properties on the west side of Orange Grove south of Eighth. Opponents of this CPC action argue that this would allow high-priced apartments to be built at the expense of 500 existing rent-stabilized ones — as well as threaten historic buildings with demolition. “We are fighting to reinstate the areas of our HPOZ that were approved by the Cultural Heritage Commission but excluded by the City Planning Commission,” said Ken Hixon, MMRA vice president. The blocks between Eighth St. and Wilshire Blvd. were omitted from the proposed historic zone, as were several multi-family properties on the west side of the 800 block of S. Orange Grove Ave., presumably because of their proximity to the under-construction subway stations. According to a flyer and petition, recently generated by the MMRA, “The Planning Commission – appointees of Mayor Garcetti and cheerleaders for the Mayor’s densification policy — chopped out these areas so that they could be supersized with new luxury marketrate developments.” According to Mark Zecca, chair of the MMRA HPOZ

AREAS excluded under the CPC recommendations are in red. Black dashes are the boundaries recommended.

Committee, “Single family homes are actually the minority in the mix of housing in the proposed HPOZ. With the subway and all the activity on Wilshire, there is a bulls-eye on our area for redevelopment along these TOD’s (transit oriented districts).” Residents and city officials are scurrying to beat a March 17 deadline when an Interim Control Ordinance expires, prohibiting demolitions. The ordinance was scheduled to go to the City Council’s Planning and Land Use Management Committee (PLUM) Feb. 14. That meeting was cancelled, and Councilman David Ryu called for a town hall

meeting at John Burroughs Middle School Feb. 22. If it moves forward, the ordinance will next go before PLUM and the full City Council. O’Sullivan also keeps a keen eye on development, like the Firestone restaurant and brewery project on La Brea. And he is waiting for an application from the developer for a proposed high-rise development north of Wilshire on La Brea just behind the construction site of the future subway station. But it is the drama surrounding the proposed HPOZ that is taking much of his time. “The HPOZ is front and center.”

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Mid City West hosts Metro, considers alcohol on Third St. By Billy Taylor Board members of the Mid City West Community Council (MCWCC) gathered Feb. 7 where they heard a presentation on Measure M developments, and they took public comment from residents overwhelmingly against an application to allow the sale and consumption of alcohol for a Third St. restaurant. Speaking in the auditorium of the National Council of Jewish Women, Metro community relations manager Eric Geier told the MCWCC board members that his office takes very seriously both the nod of approval they received from voters on Measure M (the public transit expansion measure that passed with more than 71% approval) and the responsibility that comes with being stewards of tax-payer dollars. In that respect, Geier says three groups have “spawned” from the passage of Measure M. There is a Taxpayer Oversight Committee, which was required by the ballot language and will consist of seven voting members with expertise in various fields; an Advisory Committee, which will give comment and feedback on guidelines for the implementation of Measure M; and an Advisory Council, which is focused on the local

METRO community relations manager Eric Geier speaks to the Mid City West board about Measure M, funding and planning.

return of dollars for individual cities to spend on their own transportation priorities. In regards to the Taxpayer Oversight Committee, Geier says Metro is currently taking applications (through March 28) on its website for committee openings, which he hopes will be approved by the Metro board of directors in June. Crenshaw Line Following the presentation, MCWCC board chair Scott Epstein raised the issue of the Crenshaw Line extension north along San Vicente Blvd. to West Hollywood, noting that it is a key priority for Mid City West and that the community council hopes to be a part of the process. “I think we’re in more of a preliminary phase with that. I

don’t know that we’ve reached a point where we’re going to go out and gather community input because we’re still throwing ideas against the wall,” Geier responded. Anger over Toast During the meeting, the public was invited to comment on two applications for land use changes, but one of those applicants — Toast Bakery & Café — had significant opposition from residents in attendance. The Third St. restaurant is seeking the approval of a conditional use permit to allow the sale and consumption of alcohol on-site. John Lurick, a Harper Ave. resident, pointed out it was strange for a “bakery” to seek a full service bar: “This is the third time this organization has

BOARD MEMBERS Emily Kantrim (left) and Mehmet Berker (right) award Pierson Blaetz (center) from Greenway Arts Alliance a grant to help support a teaching garden at Fairfax High School.

asked for approval. It was denied in the past, for good reason. “If you let this applicant serve alcohol until 11 p.m., it will be a disaster for local residents,” he said. Local resident Chaz Stevens told the board that Toast promised they would never be open at night when they first came to the neighborhood: “yet here we are, dealing with this again.” “This is not a good or reliable applicant,” said resident John Hading. “They are loud enough without liquor, what will happen if they get it?” questioned Sarah Strausberg, an older resident living on La Jolla Ave. In total, eight residents voiced their opposition to Toast’s appli-


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Groundbreaking, cutting edge, traditional art at hub of galleries Galleries and Museums in the Mile By Sondi Toll Sepenuk If you’re looking for art in Los Angeles, look no further than the Miracle Mile. Already known for its museums, food scene, shopping, and walkability, the area also is a hub of art galleries. The Ace Museum, 400 S. La Brea Ave., is currently finalizing permits with the city for its upcoming exhibitions, to be announced at a later date. In the meantime, the silver statue on the corner of Fourth St. continues to gaze out over La Brea Ave. and raise more questions than answers. For those who are curious, the statue was created by the avantgarde art duo known as the Gao Brothers, Gao Zhen and Gao Qiang. The brothers are

LENIN AND MAO together on La Brea in a story of political intrigue and scandal; even a movie star. Inset at right.

known for pushing political boundaries of artistic expression in Communist China, and the statue on La Brea is no exception. The statue is titled "Miss Mao Trying to

Poise Herself at the Top of Lenin’s Head." According to the Ace Museum, “the 20-foot tall chrome statue is a portrait of former Socialist revolutionary, Vlad-

imir Lenin, whose enormous head serves as the slippery slope onto which a small figure of Mao holding a balancing stick is perched. Beyond Mao’s miniscule scale, the Brothers further marginalized the former leader by portraying him with female genitalia. This is in direct reference to the control exercised over him by his third wife and former actress, Jiang Qing, who rose to political power during the 1960s. The sculpture is now banned for reentry into China due to its highly controversial nature.” That’s just a taste of the groundbreaking, cuttingedge, handmade, traditional and contemporary art you can find within the boundar-

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ies of the Miracle Mile. One year ago, famed art gallery Sprueth Magers, 5900 Wilshire Blvd., which also sports locations in Berlin, London and Hong Kong, opened its doors on the Miracle Mile. The Rhinelandbased art gallery has received a warm welcome as it rotates art exhibitions that focus on groundbreaking modern and contemporary art; many of its artists hailing from the German and American art scenes. Current and upcoming exhibitions include Llyn Foulkes, Jon Rafman, Stan Vanderbeek and Analia Saban. Tarfest, a free festival of music and art celebrating local artists, will be back at the La Brea Tar Pits on Sat., Sept. 23 (date is tentative). “We like to showcase alternative art forms and people who don’t get a platform as easily as other groups,” says James Panozzo, executive director of Launch LA, a non-profit art gallery and event company based on La Brea Ave. Now in its 15th year, Tarfest features live music performances, live painting and sculpting, food trucks, free kids’ activities and a biergarten for the older crowd.

SPIRITUAL, contemporary art is at Jill Joy, above.

Sponsored by Launch LA, Tarfest adheres to the group’s mission that “exposure to the arts enhances quality of life and strengthens community through the shared appreciation of creative expression in all its forms and hybrids.” One of the newer gallery additions to the neighborhood is Jill Joy Gallery. After first looking at art spaces downtown, Joy moved her hunt further and further west until she finally found the perfect space at 456 S. La Brea Ave. Opened on Oct. 8, the gallery is a showroom that features mostly the contemporary art of its owner, operator and namesake artist, Jill Joy. “I wanted a space where I could make contemporary art accessible to the general (Please turn to page 19)

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will debut in April. Other galleries in the area include KP Projects (Merry Karnowsky Gallery), 170 S. La Brea Ave., which focuses on contemporary pop surrealism and street art, Fahey/Klein Gallery, 148 N. La Brea Ave., centering on contemporary fine art photography, The Loft at Liz’s, 453 S. La Brea Ave., a fine arts space that highlights emerging and established artists and diverse points of view, and the David Kordansky Gallery, 5130 W. Edgewood Pl., which features 20,000-square

feet of gallery space, including two large galleries, offices, a library and gardens. That’s just a taste of the groundbreaking, cutting-

edge, handmade, traditional and contemporary art you can find within and adjacent to the Miracle Mile. “It’s a great place to have a

gallery, here in the cultural core of the city, surrounded by shops, museums and restaurants,” affirms Launch LA’s Panozzo.

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Below is a list of galleries in the Mile to explore: 1301PE Gallery 6150 Wilshire Blvd. 1301pe.com ACE Gallery 5514 Wilshire Blvd. acegallery.net Ace Museum 400 S. La Brea Ave. acemuseum.org David Kordansky Gallery 5130 W. Edgewood Pl. davidkordanskygallery.com Dysonna City Art Gallery 5373 Wilshire Blvd. dysonnacityartgallery.com Fahey/Klein Gallery 148 N. La Brea Ave. faheykleingallery.com Jill Joy Gallery 456 S La Brea Ave. jilljoy.com

KP Projects 170 S. La Brea Ave. kpprojects.net Launch LA 170 S. La Brea Ave., upstairs launchla.org The Loft at Liz's 453 S. La Brea Ave. theloftatlizs.com

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Treasures stored in Vault; Movie Museum orb rising up By Suzan Filipek Visitors can step back in time and hop aboard the future when they descend into the recently reopened Vault at the Petersen Automotive Museum. The 250-vehicle collection in the block-sized underPETERSEN CURATOR Leslie Kendall ground space shows an early “roll bar,” made to protect includes three Teslas, passengers in rollover collisions, in a Mereach donated after cury concept car. the owner bought the latest model, a 24K bar that protects passengers in gold-plated DeLorean, and, a rollover collisions, and its air 1955 Mercury Ford concept conditioner is about the size car — the largest fiberglass car of its trunk, says the museum ever built. That “Merc” sports chief curator Leslie Kendall. an early version of the steel A recent purchase is a “really, really, really rare” 1935 Mercedes, its upholstery ripped and paint faded and peeling. The prized possession may be left intact “as an example of how we find things,” Kendall says. There’s an eleSTEVE MCQUEEN’S Hudson Wasp helped the gant Daimleractor stay under the radar in the early 1980s; beKnight from hind it is Clark Gable’s Rolls Royce.

the fleet of King of England, The PetersGeorge V. “It’s like a fine piece en’s strength is of furniture,” says Kendall, its objectivity, opening the lofty carriage and says Kendall. revealing the original leather “We don’t have preconceived seats inside. no Bicycles and motorcycles notions, from every era, a rare 1950s political motivaCalifornia Highway Patrol tions. We report sedan, and several celeb- what we see. rity wheels are here. Clark And because of Gable’s Rolls, Elvis’ canary that, that neuoutlook yellow sports model and Steve tral McQueen’s 1950s Hudson gives us a lot of MAMMOTHS once roamed the area. See Wasp sit side by side, waiting credibility.” their fossils at the La Brea Tar Pits. shartheir turns in the spotlight Also enthusiastic guides are offered ing space in the upstairs. A public favorite is the 1948 Vault are the last car Sen. several times a day, and they Tucker, sporting a powerful Robert Kennedy rode in on are popular, says Kendall. ••• helicopter engine and immor- his way to the Ambassador Across the street, expect to talized in Francis Ford Cop- Hotel, a Bugatti once owned pola’s film, “Tucker: The Man by the Shah of Iran, a Pope- see the Academy Museum of mobile and Sadam Hussein’s Motion Picture’s “sphere” and His Dream.” begin to rise this year. The Acquiring a driverless car, Mercedes. as soon as they are available, Tours by knowledgeable and addition to the historic May Company building is on Kendall’s to-do features a 1,000-seat list. The museum’s theater and rooftop mission is to “explore terrace. Architect the history of the Renzo Piano is also automobile in a local restoring the 1930s context.” Streamline Moderne After all, Los Angeformer department les is the “capital of store building to inconsumption, car clude six floors of exculture and car crehibition spaces feaativity… chances are turing all the magic if it happens with cars, it happens here ACADEMY MUSEUM is preparing for its 2019 and wonder of the opening. first,” Kendall said. (Turn to page 21)

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(Continued from page 20) movies as part of the $388 million project. The movie museum is set for a 2019 opening. ••• Dramatic plans also are underway at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Headed by museum director and Hancock Park resident Michael Govan, a proposed futuristic design includes gallery space over Wilshire Blvd. The draft environmental impact report will ARCHITECT be released Peter Zumthor later this year. The $600 million project, designed by Peter Zumthor, is planned to begin just as the Movie Museum is completed. LACMA’s expected 2023 opening is set to debut with the opening of a Metro subway station, directly across the street from the museum. Swiss architect Zumthor will be in town to speak on the project with Govan as part of LACMA’s Director’s Series in the Bing Theater on Wed., April 5 at 7:30 p.m. ••• Buy a $50 raffle ticket and get a chance to own the recently built “tiny house,” less than 500 square feet and ecologically friendly, at the

TINY HOUSE raffle is underway at CAFAM.

Craft and Folk Art Museum. The winner will be announced at the Tiny House Party reception and book signing Sat., March 18 from 7 to 10 p.m. Exhibit and programs yearround including craft nights and artist and curator talks. ••• Free films also are screened at the Korean Cultural Center. A monthly performing arts

MUSEUM OFFICIALS at LACMA propose a design to build galleries across Wilshire Blvd., which, they say would add green space to the campus. The architect will talk on the project April 5.

showcase, art exhibits and language classes are on the program. ••• See exhibits and hear testimony from survivors at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust in Pan Pacific Park. Holocaust Memorial Day will

be honored Sun., April 23. LAMOTH is the oldest survivor-founded Holocaust museum in the country. It was founded in 1961 at Hollywood High School by a group of survivors taking English as a Second Language classes. Always free. 


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PERFORMING ARTS are showcased monthly at the Korean Cultural Center.

••• Sleep under the collections at the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum during regular scheduled sleepovers (March 3 and 11). Witness 100 years of paleontological digging from 50,000 years ago — through daily tours and screenings of

“Titans of the Ice Age: The La Brea Story” and exploration inside and out at the world-renowned Ice Age archeological site. ••• Other notable sites along the Mile’s famed Museum Row include Zimmer Children’s Museum offering creative workshops, musical programs, storytime and more. Conversations at teatime are regularly offered at the Japan Foundation. Japanema screens films free the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. Cooking demonstrations and art exhibits also are offered. ••• In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the sister cities, "From Berlin to L.A., Second Edition," is Thurs., March 2 to Sat., March 4. The performance exhibit features dancing and more at the GoetheInstitut, 5750 Wilshire Blvd. German classes and films offered at the site.

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Cheerful toy shop is a popular destination with loyal following Shops and Restaurants in the Mile By Marina Muhlfriedel To meet Christine Johnson of Miracle Mile Toys is to sense the kind of warm enthusiasm and commitment to community that is enriching the burgeoning neighborhood. Her cheerful Wilshire Boulevard shop has become a popular destination for families, walkers and cyclists. Originally from the East Coast, Johnson grew up in Maryland and Massachusetts before moving to Los Angeles 11 years ago. She initially lived in an apartment in Beverly Hills, but soon moved to Ridgeley Dr. She and her three children now reside in Koreatown, but her loyalty to Miracle Mile remains. “When we first moved to the area, it really was an up

and coming neighborhood — lots of elderly people in a diverse community,” said Johnson. “We noticed though, that every house on our street that sold, sold to a young family. There were suddenly many more parents and children walking around the streets. “At the time, there were lots of the same types of businesses nearby and I realized we needed something different,” she said. “I thought, what would be more perfect in a growing neighborhood, with lots of families, than a toy store?” In the four years since Johnson opened Miracle Mile Toys, its reputation for quality toys, free gift wrapping and local delivery has helped to cultivate a devoted following. The lounge, in the rear of the

store, serves as a comfortable gathering place for parents to relax and connect with neighbors. “The customers are special to our neighborhood and so are the products,” said Johnson. “We have toys you can find anywhere, but also some very unique things. I’m committed to carrying made-inthe-USA toys and also new brands, brands that are Kickstarter projects and those that are special to our community — dolls with different skin colors and mixed backgrounds.” Since opening her shop, Johnson has regarded the building of the nearby Metro Purple Line subway station as more of a positive development than an imposition, “I

SHOP OWNER Christine Johnson with a friend.

knew the Metro was coming when I came, but construction hadn’t started yet. Things

are a lot more chaotic, and parking is more difficult at the moment, but I’m planning to be here for a long time, and Metro is going to make a big difference in the neighborhood,” she said. In the meantime, besides running Miracle Mile Toys, Johnson will soon be opening a puppet, marionette and toy boutique called the HoopDee-Doo Shop at Bob Baker Marionette Theater, 1345 W. 1st St. Learn more about Miracle Mile Toys at miraclemiletoys. com.

CHASE YOUNG shopped for toys after his haircut at neighboring RVM Cutz barbershop.

Whimsic Alley has craft faires, tea parties All ages can come to the Outlandish Time Travel Craft Faire at Whimsic Alley, 5464 Wilshire Blvd. on Sat., March 11 and Sun., March 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Enjoy a literary afternoon tea celebrating Lewis Carroll, J.R.R. Tolkien, Jane Austen and Emily Bronte Sat., April 8, 3 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $40. Other themed tea parties and craft fairs are scheduled every couple of months. For more information, call 310453-2370 or visit whimsicalleyla.com.

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Restaurant Directory The following list of restaurants in and around the Miracle Mile area is not exhaustive, but does cover a major portion of the community. All are ZIP Code 90036 unless noted. If you have additions or corrections, please write to tips@ larchmontchronicle.com.

Apollonia’s Pizzeria 5175 Wilshire Blvd. 323-937-2823 apolloniaspizzeria.com Black Dog Coffee 5657 Wilshire Blvd. 323-933-1976 blackdogcoffee.com

Candela Taco Bar & Lounge 831 S. La Brea Ave. 323-936-0533 candelatacobar.com The Counter 5779 Wilshire Blvd. 323-932-8900 thecounterburger.com

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Muse on 8th 759 S. La Brea Ave. 323-933-6873 museon8th.com Odys + Penelope 127 S. La Brea Ave. 323-939-1033 odysandpenelope.com Ono Hawaiian BBQ 5550 Wilshire Blvd. 323-525-1688 onohawaiianbbq.com Rascal Restaurant 801 S. La Brea Ave. 323-933-3229 rascalla.com Ray’s and Stark Bar at LACMA 5905 Wilshire Blvd. 323-857-6180 raysandstarkbar.com République 624 S. La Brea Ave. 310-362-6115 republiquela.com The Roof on Wilshire 6317 Wilshire Blvd. 323-852-6002 theroofonwilshire.com The Sycamore Kitchen 143 S. La Brea Ave. 323-939-0151 thesycamorekitchen.com Tom Bergin’s 840 S. Fairfax Ave. 323-936-7151 tombergins.com Umami 189 The Grove Dr., C-10 323-954-8626 umamiburger.com Wilde Wine Lounge 320 S. La Brea Ave. 323-932-9500 wildela.com Wirtshaus 345 N. La Brea Ave. 323-931-9291 wirtshausla.com Yuko Kitchen 5484 Wilshire Blvd. 323-933-4020 yukokitchen.com

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Women chefs cooking in the Mile who you should know By Helene Seifer The Food Network created a food-obsessed nation, with legions longing to cook professionally. Recently, more women are making the leap into the foodie fire, popping up in restaurant kitchens in ever-greater numbers. We searched Miracle Mile restaurants and spoke with several ambitious women chefs; some at the top of their game; some on the rise. Karen Hatfield owns, with her husband Quinn, La Brea stalwarts Odys + Penelope, Sycamore Kitchen and the soon-to-open downtown bistro, The Mighty. “I went to the Los Angeles Culinary Institute [now closed]. I was young and didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I liked to cook. I thought maybe I’d become a food stylist.” Karen’s unformed plan crystallized when she got a job at Spago. Working under Wolfgang Puck in a great kitchen gave her a "wow" moment, and she knew a professional kitchen was where she belonged. Famous for her pastries and desserts, such as Odys + Penelope’s chocolate rye pie with peanut crumble, Karen also works closely with her husband Quinn to “create new dishes, collaborating on all the menus,” and she men-

PASTRY CHEF Margarita Manzke, République co-owner, loves the energy in the kitchen.

tors cooks. At the newly opened Drago Ristorante at the Petersen Automotive Museum, line chef Gabriela Diaz is making her mark. She is one of the many who loved watching cooking shows, because “cooking always made people so happy!” Her interest gelled when she took over home cooking duties when her mom was pregnant and couldn’t stand the taste of her own food. Soon after, she entered the annual C-CAP (“Careers through Culinary Arts Program”) college scholarship cooking competition, and she won a scholarship to culinary school. Now at Drago, she primarily works the salad and pizza stations, where her favorite dish is the burrata salad. “It’s a pretty

plate. Every time I make it, the outcome of that salad makes me super happy.” Pastry chef Margarita Manzke is owner of République with her chef husband, Walter. She started young in the food business; as a child she worked in her parents’ restaurant in the Philippines. “I knew I wanted it. I loved the energy in the kitchen.” At 21, Margarita left to study at Le Cordon Bleu and the Culinary Institute of America. Although drawn to pastries, she also wanted to learn the savory side of cooking, leading to stints at Spago and Patina. “It helped me on the pastry

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side. I look at things differently,” Margarita says. When creating a new dessert, she often starts with one ingredient, but traveling provides additional inspiration. “We ate at this Taiwanese restaurant, Bao, in London. They served us peanut milk. So simple, but so good.” Inspired, she experimented with a classic Filipino dessert, halo halo, using peanut milk, tapioca, chocolate milk and banana. Commerson restaurant’s Pastry Chef Liz Sencion notes, “I grew up watching my Mexican mother make incredible meals out of seemingly scraps. It was not until culinary school

that I realized how talented she was and wished that I had paid more attention to the cooking lessons she tried to give me.” Nonetheless, by high school, Liz realized she wanted to pursue cooking. At culinary school, her general love of food grew into the passion for pastries she demonstrates at Commerson. “I am responsible for creating, developing and implementing the dessert menu. Experimentation is key to our growth and success.” Liz particularly likes experimenting with ice cream, evident in her honey parsnip ice cream served with apple crostada.


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Art, science, play for teens, tweens, kids and toddlers Whether your child or teen wants to learn about knitting, art or animals from the ice age, or wants to talk about books and movies, there are several options for exploring such possibilities in the Miracle Mile. The following are some of the places you can go.


Craft and knit Bring the family and learn how to make books that pop out and explode with paper designs Sun., March 12 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. All skill levels are welcome to join the Yarn Bombing Los

Angeles Knit Graffiti Collective monthly meeting Sat., March 18 from 2 to 5 p.m. CraftLab Workshops offered on the second Sunday of the month are for all ages. Craft & Folk Art 5814 Wilshire Blvd. 323-937-4230; cafam.org

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Storytimes, dance, crafts Construction sites to dance to celebrating Golden Books are some of the different types of stories and activities kids from preschool on up can enjoy Saturdays at 11 a.m. Teens can get their picture taken with dancer and reality star Maddie Ziegler Tues., March 14 at 7 p.m. Brandon Reichs, author of the young adult science fiction novel “Nemesis” reads and autographs his book Sun., March 26 at 7 p.m. Barnes & Noble 189 The Grove Dr., Ste. K 30 323-525-0270 barnesandnoble.com (Please turn to page 27)

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Volunteer hours, book clubs, storytimes and crafts Programs vary from month to month, but kids from ages 18 months to 18 years can participate in the many activities offered at the library. Storytimes include rhymes and crafts for children from ages 18 months up to about five years old, and some programming explores science, technology, art and math for kids ages 8 to 11. Teens and tweens ages 11 to 18 can participate in craft activities, book clubs, game days, take college prep workshops, or sign up for volunteer hours through their teen council. Fairfax Library 161 S. Gardner St. 323-936-6191 lapl.org/ branches/Fairfax ~ Memorial Library 4625 W. Olympic Blvd. 323-938-2732 lapl.org/branches/memorial • • •

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Night at the museum Families can spend a night at the museum among the exhibits Fri., March 3 or Sat., March 11. Kids in grades kindergarten to five can attend Adventures in Nature single-day day camps Wed., April 12 and Thurs., April 13, where they can look at microfossils, learn about dire wolves, mammoths and giant sloths. The “Ice Age Encounters” puppet show is Saturdays and Sundays. La Brea Tar Pits and Museum 5801 Wilshire Blvd. 323-857-6300; tarpits.org NexGen, brush painting Children up to age 17 years old can register for the NexGen program at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. This is a free membership to museum exhibits. There are also art activities including drawing, painting, sculpture, and more. The Boone Children’s Gallery in the Hammer Building is a free creative space where visitors of all ages are invited to learn the art of East Asian brush painting Saturdays and Sundays starting at 10 a.m. Los Angeles County Museum of Art 5905 Wilshire Blvd. 323-857-6000; lacma.org Purim party, puppies Storytime and crafts recognizing women’s contribution to history is Sun., March 5. Kids can make noisemakers and feathery masks for Purim, Sun., March 12. Mista Cookie Jar plays music on Sun., March 19. Hang out with puppies Thurs., March 23. Celebrate all things about spinach Sun., March 26. All activities begin at 3 p.m. Other programs include exploring design on Mondays, making messy art on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and preschool prep class on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. Zimmer Children’s Museum

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ing about religion and heritage through fieldtrips and activities. Themes include nature, community and repairing the world. Sunday Funday is a creative se-


KIDS CAN explore different activities at WJCC’s Funday.

Youth activities

(Continued from page 26) Music, crafts, food Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with traditional Irish food, activities for the kids and live music Fri., March 17. There will be strolling Irish folk bands and a bagpiper. Magee’s Kitchen is celebrating its 100th anniversary with corned beef, cabbage and potato specials. Other seasonal family activities are scheduled throughout the year. Farmers Market 6333 3rd St. farmersmarketla.com Toys, toys, toys Arguably the oldest toy store on or near the Mile, Kip’s Toyland carries a selection of classic and retro toys, and is always worth a visit. Kip’s Toyland, Farmers Market

6333 W. 3rd St., Stall 720 323-939-8334 kipstoyland.com Swim and play Infants to adults can get more comfortable in the water, learn water safety, and work on their swimming skills at the Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy. Classes vary; private lessons are also available. Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy 5870 Olympic Blvd. 323-525-0323 lennykwim.com Basketball, swimming, funday Royal Basketball for ages 3 to 17 is Mondays, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays 2 to 6 p.m. Family swim time is Sundays, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Teens can sign up for the Maccabi sports and artfest or the Diller Teen Fellows leadership program. JExplorers is for kids learn-

ries for youngsters 18 months to 11 years old and their parents to learn golf, tennis, painting, cooking, LEGO engineering and a kid-a-palooza is March 26.

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(Continued from page 2) our time is becoming more and more precious. “No longer do we want to sit in our cars for hours and fight traffic to get to our nine-tofive jobs; we want to walk to work, we want to bike to work, we want to take public transportation and read that book we’ve been wanting to catch up on. “We are seeing more and more of our households at Park La Brea changing from two vehicles down to one, and possibly even none. Ride sharing and Uber are becoming the norm. With the future completion of the Metro Purple Line to Westwood, the businesses in the area are booming.” With the large number of alternatives units — garden apartments and tower apartments, with multiple floor plans within them — individuals and families in different sdfsdf stages of their lives find much

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that attracts them to Park La Brea. Speaking of the layouts, Lauricella says: “The tower residences always were designed to allow for sprawling panoramic views of the everexpanding city.” She adds that, “from the top floors of our towers to the people walking through our gardens, residents and potential residents are getting a first GARDEN APARTMENTS have courtyards hand view of the and gardens all around. In the next block is a transformation Park La Brea tower. of the Miracle Mile.” Other landlords may have Lauricella concludes: “We similar feelings about their know that there are lots of own buildings, and a number choices for renters, but I truly of those residences are listed believe that we are the coolest, here. In all cases, these are most exciting community in among the many opportunithe Miracle Mile.” ties for “Living in the Mile!”


Miracle Mile Apartments The following list of apartment buildings in and around the Miracle Mile area is not exhaustive, but does cover a major portion of the community. These places are where we could find a contact telephone number and / or website to verify information. There are many more apartment communities in the Miracle Mile area than listed here, but not all have vacancies or contact information listed for them. Call the numbers listed for information on units available to rent; however, these numbers sometimes change as building managers change. Some communities also have their own websites, while others are available online on information sites such as apartmentfinder.com, rent.com, rentcafe.com and forrent.com. All are ZIP Code 90036 unless noted. If you have additions or corrections, please write to tips@larchmontchronicle.com.

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• Avalon Wilshire 5115 Wilshire Blvd. 864-558-2875 avaloncommunities.com • Boulevard on Wilshire 5353 Wilshire Blvd. 323-937-7001 liveboulevard.com • Broadcast Center Apartments 7660 Beverly Blvd. 323-602-0248 broadcastcenterapts.com • Burnside Villas 649 S. Burnside Ave. 818-430-4109 • Carthay Circle Apts. 6209-6225 Olympic Blvd., 90048 323-936-3793 • Cochran Apartments 657–665 S. Cochran Ave. 844-560-1982 • Cochran Avenue Apartments 442 S. Cochran Ave. 323-939-5944 cochranavenue.com

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THIS HOME at 936 S. Burnside Ave. is 4,200 square feet and sold for $2,600,000.

THIS HOME at 831 Dunsmuir Ave. is 2,271 square feet and sold for $1,675,000.

Single-family homes and duplexes 936 S. Burnside Ave. 848 S. Sierra Bonita Ave. 840 S. Orange Grove Ave (duplex) 831 S. Dunsmuir Ave. 815 S. Ogden Dr. 923 S. Ogden Dr. 741 S. Curson Ave. (duplex) 922 Masselin Ave. 853 Hauser Blvd. 846 S. Cloverdale Ave.

$ 2,600,000 1,755,000 1,720,000 1,675,000 1,650,000 1,600,000 1,600,000 1,532,500 1,338,510 1,030,000

(Continued from page 28) • Cochran Island Apartments 342 S. Cochran Ave. 323-932-0450 • Cochran House 740 S. Cochran Ave. 844-782-0223 • Curson Apartments 315-323 N. Curson Ave. 323-655-6972 cursonapts.com • The El Rey Apartments 660 S. Cloverdale Ave. 323-243-1365 urbanlaliving.com/the-el-rey • HPG Miracle Mile 318 S. Detroit St. 213-985-3857 • Linda Manor Apartments 456 S. Cochran Ave. 844-739-2871; 310-430-2973 • Masselin Park West 5700 6th St. 323-934-1600 masselinparkwestapts.com • Micropolitan at Urban Lights 739 S. Ogden Dr. 323-319-5844 micropolitanco.com/urban-

lights • Museum Terrace 600 S. Curson Ave. 323-745-1251 museumterraceapts.com • Oakwood Miracle Mile 5659 W. 8th St. 323-931-5659 oakwood.com • Palazzo Communities 6220 W. 3rd St. 323-603-0625 thepalazzocommunities.com • Palm Court Apts. 740 S. Burnside Ave. 323-930-2564 • Park La Brea 6200 W. 3rd St. 323-549-5400 parklabrea.com • The Preston 630 S. Masselin Ave. 323-965-1253 theprestonapts.com • Ridgeley Apartments 649 Ridgeley Dr. 844-282-1455 • Tiffany Court 616 Masselin Ave.

323-937-5737 essexapartmenthomes.com • Wilshire Embassy Apts. 5805 W. 8th St. 323-933-6020 • 109 N. Sycamore Ave. 323-886-9400 • 162/164 N. Detroit St. 323-230-0087 detroitla.com • 632 S. Cloverdale Ave. 310-933-4191 pacificlistings.com • 630 Hauser Blvd. 844-591-4029 • 756 Ridgeley Dr. 323-634-0832 ridgeleyapts.com • 5550 Wilshire Blvd. 323-645-9418 5550wilshire.com • 5600 Wilshire Blvd. 866-927-0997 essexapartmenthomes.com • 5880-5882 W. 8th St. 310-425-9070 • 6300 W. Olympic Blvd., 90048 844-245-0405 • 6526 W. Olympic Blvd., 90048 310-425-9070

Thank You, Local Leadership Celebrating Commitment

to “Firehouse Centennial Garden” at Fire Station 29 Saluting 104 Years of Fire Service • Hancock Park Garden Club (Co-sponsor) • Loveland Carr Properties • Fire Station 29 Friends • Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council • Council District 4

*Selling prices of homes over the last six months.

• Fremont Place Association • Windsor Square Association

and to “Wilshire Division Police Garden & Memorial” • Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society • Miracle Mile Civic Coalition • Loeb & Loeb LLP

We welcome your donation. Please email us at firstinfirefoundation@gmail.com

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School Directory ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS • Cathedral Chapel School 755 S. Cochran Ave. Ph: 323-938-9976 Principal: Tina Kipp Grades: K to 8, 235 students cathedralchapelschool.org • Hancock Park Elementary 408 S. Fairfax Ave.

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Ph: 323-935-5272 Principal: Ashley Parker Grades: K to 5, 700 students hancockparkschool.com • Wilshire Crest Elementary 5241 W. Olympic Blvd. Ph: 323-938-5291 Principal: Carolyn Mayes Grades: K to 5, 215 students

• Wilshire Private School 4900 Wilshire Blvd. Ph: 323-939-3800 Principal: Edward Shin Grades: Jr. K to 6, 50 students wilshireschool.org MIDDLE SCHOOLS • Fusion Miracle Mile 5757 Wilshire Blvd. 1st Floor Promenade

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• CYO Sports • Kindergarten through 8th grade Kindergarten through 8th grade • Honors Math Program • • Choice Lunch Program • Fully Accredited WASC & WCEA Fully Accredited WASC8th & WCEA CYO Sports • Kindergarten • Honors through grade • Outreach Math Program Concern Counseling • Schoolwide 4G Internet Access Schoolwide 4G Internet Access Hot Lunch Program Fully Accredited WASC & WCEA CYO Sports • • • Extended Day Care • 36 MAC Computer Lab 36 MAC Computer Lab Access • Junior Outreach Concern Counseling • Schoolwide • Hot 4G Internet Lunch ProgramDecathlon High Academic • Spanish Program Spanish Program Extended Day Care MAC Computer Lab Concern Counseling • 36 • Outreach • K-8 iPad Program after School enrichment ProGramS Middle School iPad Program Junior High Academic Decathlon • • Spanish Program Extended Day • Departmentalized Junior High • Instrumental MusicCare Program High • Young Music Program Middle School iPadJunior Program Junior HighUSA-Enrichment Academic Decathlon • Departmentalized • Instrumental • Classroom Art & Music Program Ninjas Classes Classroom Art & Music Program • NEW! State-of-the-Art Science Departmentalized Junior High Instrumental Music Program •• Production Dance Classes Lab • Honors Math Program • Plaza

• Classroom Art & Music Program

Testing Dates

Applications available online at cathedralchapelschool.org or in our school office.


2013 2nd PlaceTesting Archdiocesan Academic Champions Kindergarten Saturday, March 11, 2017 (by appointment) First Grade Testing Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. 2013 3rd Place AJHD State Champions Grades 2-8 Testing Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. 755South South Cochran Cochran Ave., L.A.L.A. 90036 755 Ave., 90036 For Information (323) 938-9976 or cathedralchapelschool.org For Information755 (323) 938-9976 or cathedralchapelschool.org South Cochran Ave., L.A. 90036 For Information (323) 938-9976 or cathedralchapelschool.org

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323-692-0603 Principal: Katheryn Nguyen Grades: 6 to 12 50 students, classes are oneon-one student to teacher fusionacademy.com • John Burroughs 600 S. McCadden Pl. Ph: 323-549-5000 Principal: Steve Martinez Grades: 6 to 8, 2,000 students burroughsms.org • New LA Charter 1919 S. Burnside Ave. 323-939-6400 Principal: Daryl Brook Grades: 6 to 8, 300 students.

newlamiddle.org HIGH SCHOOLS • Fairfax 7850 Melrose Ave. Ph: 323-370-1200 Principal: Kenneth Adiekweh Grades: 9 to 12, 2,000 students fairfaxhs.org • Los Angeles 4650 W. Olympic Blvd. Ph: 323-900-2700 Principal: Helena Yoon Fontamillas Grades: 9 to 12, 1,600 students lahigh.org

Working out along the Miracle Mile The Miracle Mile is a neighborhood known for its walkability, which is one way to get exercise. Dancing, swimming, yoga, martial arts, boxing and Pilates are some of the other choices also available around the community. Pole dancing, Muay Thai boxing and strength training are some of the other choices. Below is a list to get you started. • Barre Belle 113 N. La Brea Ave. 323-591-0480 labarrebelle.com • Boot Camp LA 5801 Wilshire Blvd. 310-980-9103 bootcampla.com • Boot Camp H2O 5870 W. Olympic Blvd. 323-774-1083 bootcamph2o.com • Crossfit Hollywood 310 S. La Brea Ave., Unit C 323-782-1045 crossfithollywood.com • Dr. Ash The Chiro Guy 5455 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 102 323-939-9039 thechiroguy.com • Full Out Crossfit 739 S. La Brea Ave. 323-857-1029 fulloutgym.com • Function 5 Fitness 805 S. La Brea Ave. 323-285-5348 function5fitness.com

• H2Yoga 5870 W. Olympic Blvd. 323-553-2748 myh2yoga.com • L.A. Fitness 5950 Wilshire Blvd. 323-934-6150 lafitness.com • Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy 5870 W. Olympic Blvd. 323-525-0323 lennykswim.com • Liberation Yoga 124 S. La Brea Ave. 323-964-5222 liberationyoga.com • Mind and Motion Pilates 5650 W. 3rd St. 323-931-0863 mindandmotionpilates.com • Modo Yoga L.A. 340 S. La Brea Ave. 323-938-5000 modoyogala.com • Prevail Boxing 5957 W. 3rd St. 323-452-0101 prevaillosangeles.com • Sheila Kelley S Factor 5225 Wilshire Blvd. 323-965-9685 sfactor.com If you have a favorite gym or fitness place in the Miracle Mile that’s not listed here, let us know for next year’s edition at tips@larchmontchronicle.com.

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