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vol. 56, no. 3

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Metro salutes Sen. Feinstein at Purple Line groundbreaking

Girls go to court, books, Globetrotters n School activities

n Beverly Hills, Century City subway stations

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The first girls’ basketball league for St. Brendan’s Basketball Association, Goldie’s Youth Sports, is accepting registration for girls ages six to 13. The deadline to sign up is Sun., March 25. Karen Goldberg, founder of the girls’ league, worked with the Jr. Lakers, a co-ed youth basketball league at Hollywood YMCA for almost 10 years. While there, she noticed how many girls dropped out as they got older for various reasons, so she began Jr. Sparks, an all-girls league. She hoped to create a league where girls See Girls’ League, p 5

Globetrotters visited St. James’ school SOME HISTORY with your coffee? 2-3

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The Harlem Globetrotters visited St. James’ Episcopal School last month as part of African American Heritage Month. “El Gato” Melendez, the first Puerto Rican Globetrotter, female Globetrotter “Hoops” Green and master trick shot expert “Buckets” Blake used basketball wizardry and student participation to illustrate messages of inclusion and character building.

Surprise donation at Wilshire Park

There is nothing in the world like the sight, smell and feel of a brand new book. Now the children and educators at Wilshire Park Elementary, 4063 Ingraham St., can have the pleasure of enjoying 4,000 new books donated by City See Wilshire Park, p 8

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Get the scoop on day and overnight camps, school programs, activities and more in the April issue. Advertising deadline is Mon., March 12. For more information contact Pam Rudy, 323-462-2241, ext. 11.

METRO THANKS SENATOR Dianne Feinstein. Mayor Eric Garcetti, Metro Chair, and Second Vice Chair, Inglewood Mayor James Butts, presented her a chrome-plated slice of track rail.

Bergin’s straight-up, more on tap for St. Patrick's Day n Green beer and bangers and mash mark holiday

By Rachel Olivier We were able to catch up with Derek Schreck of Tom Bergin’s House of Irish Coffee to see how the change from restaurant pub to straight-up bar was coming along, and to see what kind of celebrations the landmark establishment at 840 S. Fairfax Ave. would be having for St. Patrick’s Day, Sat., March 17. The shortened regular hours at Bergin’s are now Thursday to Sunday, 5 p.m. to midnight, with a movie night on Saturdays. Schreck says they choose a theme, such as ’90s movies or Mel Brooks, and play them back-to-back with the sound on for the evening. “It’s a lot of fun! Kind of an indoor Hollywood Forever Cemetery thing,” said Schreck, referring to the summer lineup at the nearby cemetery. On St. Patrick’s Day, however, it will be a full-on Irish-

fest. Partying will begin in the parking lot (ride sharing is suggested). There will be a Guinness tap truck, and the kitchen will be open temporarily to provide bangers and mash and corned beef and cabbage to the masses to accompany the beer and whisky. Schreck said the bar will also have its hair-of-the-dog See St. Patrick's Day, p 18

By John Welborne Beverly Hills Mayor, Lili Bosse, was a prominent guest on the dais as local officials broke ground to extend subway tunnels west from La Cienega to a station near Beverly Drive, then under Beverly Hills High School to a station in Century City. This is the second leg of the Purple Line extension en route to Westwood and the Veterans Administration property west of the 405 Freeway in time for the 2028 Olympic Games. In addition to Mayor Bosse and Mayor Garcetti, there were local Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) officials and federal officials on the dais. Most prominent was U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who Mayor Garcetti acknowledged as a key partner in getting the federal government’s share of the funding that has been making the subway and See Metro, p 2

‘Horrendous’ zoning bills threaten neighborhoods n MMRA's 35th annual meeting March 24 By Suzan Filipek Quiet, residential streets are under threat by “draconian” measures being considered by the state legislature, according to Jim O’Sullivan, president of the Miracle Mile Residential Association.

Two proposed state Senate bills are leading to “an existential threat to all our neighborhoods.” If passed, Senate Bill 827 — addressed in a Chronicle editorial in the February isSee MMRA, p 21

Miracle Mile, past and present ... and future n Early history and new development in 31st annual edition While the 10th anniversary of Chris Burden’s “Urban Light” was celebrated, new developments also are being heralded in the Miracle Mile. The Mansfield will open this summer on the site of a former historic movie theater, and a development at an URBAN LIGHT, Chris Burden's art installation at LACMA turned 10. incoming subway station This Larchmont Chronicle photo is from the artwork's 2008 debut. is pending city review. See "Museums" story Sec. 3, page 22 Photo by Andrew Taylor, 2008 ~ Entire Issue Online!



Community Comment By John Welborne

A big correction:

Not in a Larchmont Chronicle story – but in the paper’s age and number of volumes! This newspaper is 56 years old in 2018 … not just 55, as proudly was trumpeted recently by this latest publisher. In 1998 and 2002, there was some confusion in numbering the “Volumes” of the Larchmont Chronicle. In a periodical, “volume” refers to the annual publication. Jane Gilman and Dawne Goodwin started Volume 1 of this newspaper in 1963, and the Chronicle has been published every month of every year since. Because 1963 was Volume 1, 1964 was Volume 2. And last year really was Volume 55 (although the aforementioned numbering confusion led to our incorrectly calling 2017 Volume 54). This year, 2018, is the 56th year of the Larchmont Chronicle, and this March issue is Volume 56, No. 3, as it now states correctly on Page 1 (in contrast to last month and January, which continued past mistakes by incorrectly calling those 2018 issues Volume 55, Nos. 2 and 1). Note to future editors: don’t repeat past mistakes in numbering! Why does this matter? Well, we like to keep things accurate, not only in our reporting, but also in our numbering. The Chronicle is proud to still be serving these wonderful Mid-Wilshire neighborhoods for our 56th consecutive year!

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Calendar Sun., March 4 – La Brea Hancock Park Homeowners Association meeting, République, 624 S. La Brea Ave., 1 p.m. Sun., March 4 – 90th annual Academy Awards, Dolby Theatre, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., 5 p.m. Pacific Time. Fri., Sat., Sun, March 9, 10 and 11 – Larchmont Sidewalk Sale. Sun., March 11 – Daylight Savings begins at 2 a.m. Turn your clock forward one hour. Wed., March 14 – Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council town hall meeting on crime at The Ebell, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., 6:30 p.m., Wed., March 14 – Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council board meeting at The Ebell, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., 7:30 p.m., Sat., March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day. Tues., March 20 – First day of spring. Sat., March 24 – Miracle

Erik is joining the other Board members who lead and chair many of the initiatives and committees through which your association does the work of keeping our neighborhood a wonderful place to live. But our committees are also made up of you, the members of the Association. If there’s a committee you’d like to work with, just drop a note at the website and someone will get in touch with you. For example, our Security Committee, chaired by Peter Gorelick, just sponsored a meeting to keep residents informed about what they can do to keep themselves, their families and their property safe. And, many other committee activities need your help: The Tree Committee is doing an inventory of the trees in Hancock Park and developing a plan to reforest our neighborhood, as well as taking care of individual issues and planting trees. The Zoning Committee works to keep development in and around Hancock Park reasonable and in keeping with our residential community. The Streets Committee has been diligent in pushing the city to develop a plan and obtain funding to repair and replace our concrete streets with concrete. And the Filming Committee works nonstop to encourage filmmakers and homeowners offering their houses for filming to keep in mind our Good Neighbor Filming Policies which helps mitigate the impact of filming on neighbors. While the LAPD is adding more police officers, fighting crime also is accomplished when everyone in a community stays aware and proactive. Remember to report any suspicious behavior to the LAPD, keep your doors and cars locked and, if you have an alarm, set it even if you’re in the house. If you think someone is trying to break into your home call 911 immediately. DO NOT CONFRONT THE PERSON YOURSELF! If you plan to change your landscaping or make changes to the exterior of your house, please contact our City Planner, Kimberly Henry ( before starting to make sure your plans comply with our Preservation Plan. The HPOZ Preservation Plan, which regulates our HPOZ, can be found at There also is an online form you can fill out to help speed up the process: Report graffiti sightings by calling 311 or at the City’s Anti-Graffiti Request System: and by calling Hollywood Beautification, 323-463-5180. Adv.

‘What are your Spring Break plans this year?’

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

Mile Residential Association annual meeting 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Korean Cultural Center, 5505 Wilshire Blvd. Thurs., March 29 – Delivery of the April issue of the Larchmont Chronicle. Sat., March 31 – First day of Passover. Sun., April 1 – Easter.

Welcome to Our New Board Member We’re thrilled to welcome Erik Storey to the Hancock Park Homeowners Association, est. 1948, Board of Directors. Erik has lived in Hancock Park since 2004 where he and his spouse, Architect / Interior Designer Rodrigo Vargas, are raising their six-year-old daughter. Erik is a member of the Los Angeles Tennis Club as well as the Television Academy. After 15 years as a senior executive at Comcast Universal, Erik is now an independent television producer, full-time dad and passionate LA historian.

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“I’m going to a secret concert somewhere in the woods!” Markland Fountain, Portland, Oregon visiting Larchmont friends

“We want to go to Disneyland, LegoLand, the beach and then we want to sleep in!” Maureen, John and Nicholas Gonzalez, Miracle Mile GROUNDBREAKING officials at the site of the Century City subway station were, left to right: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (chair of the Metro board), U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, Federal Transit Administration regional director Ray Tellis, Inglewood Mayor James Butts (second vice-chair of the Metro board), Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, Beverly Hills Mayor Lili Bosse and Metro CEO Phillip Washington.


(Continued from page 1) light rail (and busway) construction possible in Los Angeles County.

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Senator Feinstein explained that she has been a strong supporter of such funding ever since being elected to represent California in the U.S. Senate in 1992. A highlight of the multiple performances (color guard, mariachi dancers, shovel-lifting and dirt-turning in front of a replica subway car plus numerous speeches) was a special presentation to Sen. Feinstein by Metro. Mayor Garcetti, chair of Metro’s board of directors, and Inglewood Mayor James Butts (the former Santa Monica Police Chief), who is Metro second vice-chair, made the presentation. Acknowledging her years of leadership, especially as a member of the Senate’s powerful Committee on Appropriations, Garcetti thanked her for her steadfast support of Los Angeles transit improvements. Mayors Garcetti and Butts gave her a plaque with a brightly chromed, one-inch thick slice of subway rail, as a memento.

“Our spring break plans are to enjoy our new baby and to do absolutely nothing!” Rachel, Matthew and newborn Strider, Larchmont

“I’m going to Austin, Texas to visit a friend at UT” and “Last year I went to volunteer at Best Friends Animal Society in Utah and I hope to do that again” and “Our spring break is over St. Paddy’s Day, so maybe Ireland?” Meg Knox, Adrienne Alvarado and True Goya, Larchmont and downtown

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Wilshire / Western Metro street closures over, construction continues apace under La Brea Metro’s 10-day closure of Wilshire Boulevard last month, just west of Western Avenue, is paying big benefits. The extra four days between the weekends allowed Metro’s contractor to complete the subway “decking” work that has been underway at this location since October 2017. By doing this work continuously last month, the contractor also expects to avoid planned closures in the spring. Now, excavation where the new tunnel will connect with the existing Wilshire / Western station can continue under the decking without interrupting Wilshire Blvd. traffic above. La Brea station Meanwhile, under the Wilshire / La Brea decking, excavation is essentially complete. Workers have been wrap-


CEMENT FLOOR and reinforcing bars are on top of HDPE linings at the Wilshire / La Brea subway station, and HDPE sheets can be seen lining the station walls.

ping the station box with highdensity polyethylene (HDPE). Consisting of heavy thermoplastic sheets welded together, the HDPE is placed under the station floor and outside the station’s walls, protecting the station box from moisture and gases. With that work finished under the floor, Metro’s contractor is reinforcing the station box with reinforcing bars and pouring concrete.

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Weitzer fills in as Julia Duncan leaves Ryu’s planning staff Julia Duncan, Council District Four Senior Planning Deputy — who has worked on several neighborhood issues — left her post Feb. 16 for a position as a project planner in the City Planning Department. Returning to the team after she retired two years ago, Renée Weitzer has 36 years of experience, many of them in Council District Four. “Renée Weitzer is a venerable icon in Los Angeles City government. Few people know Council District Four, its places, and its residents

better than Renée,” Councilmember Ryu said. “In her new role she will serve as a consultant on various projects in our district. We’re thrilled to welcome her back.” Retirement isn’t for everyone Weitzer says she’s happy to be back. After retiring nearly a year ago, she’s found the easy life is not what it’s cracked up to be. “I’m crazy, I know.” She gave it a go, though. She moved to Malibu, stretched in Pilates classes, and brought home a much-loved golden doodle two years ago. And, she

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traveled. But, “there’s only so much traveling you can do,” she said. Most surprising, she said, was she missed the constituents. She is back where she’s happiest, meeting with the councilmember’s constituents, talking to developers and working on a few select projects. These include CBS Television City — it’s on the market — and two projects in Hollywood: a proposed hotel at the Yamashiro site and the mixeduse project, 7500 Sunset. Her contract through July can be extended, which is likely because the projects are in the early planning stages. She’s hopeful. Meanwhile, Council District Four is seeking applicants to fill planning roles within the Council Office. Interested applicants for junior or senior planning roles can email Policy Director Nick Greif at

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Take a moment to stroll down Larchmont and discover, or re-discover, as the case may be, some of your favorite shops at the semi-annual Larchmont Boulevard Association sidewalk sale Fri., March 9 to Sun., March 11. Merchants will display wares on the sidewalk, some at discounted prices up to 50 percent off.

RENÉE WEITZER, right, at the Council District Four 2017 holiday party, returns to City Hall, and Julia Duncan, left, has (literally) moved upstairs to join the staff of the City Planning Dept.

GWNC to host Town Hall on crime issues In response to the recent uptick in crime in the area, the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council will host a Town Hall gathering specifically to address issues on criminal activity Wed., March 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ebell of Los Angeles, 741 S. Lucerne Blvd. “Presenters will show residents how they can organize their neighborhoods to help deter crime and protect themselves,” says board member Julie Stromberg. Representatives from the Los Angeles Police Department as well as several private security patrol companies will speak at the forum and will be available to provide information for residents. Visit

La Brea-Hancock annual meeting is set for March 4 Traffic safety and election of a new board are on the agenda of the annual meeting of the La Brea-Hancock Homeowners Association Sun., March 4 at 1 p.m. at République, 624 S. La Brea Ave., upstairs. Cathy Roberts, secretary and also incoming member on the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council Land Use Committee, said topics will include safety on Sixth Street and traffic mitigation initiatives. Also to be discussed will be efforts at the state level to supersede local zoning in order to build more housing near transit; rules and regulations regarding legal pot retail; and election of board members for the next year.

Wilshire Country Club to host Ladies Golf

The Wilshire Country Club will host the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association) the week of April 16-22. A new ladies golf tournament, the HUGEL-JTBC Open, will feature 144 of the world’s top professionals competing for a share of a $1.5 million purse, according to tournament organizers. Founded in 1919 in Hancock Park, Wilshire is a links course designed by Norman Macbeth. The course has hosted tournaments on the LPGA, PGA and Champions tours.

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Pilgrim dedicates multi-purpose field

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DEDICATING THE FIELD were (in no particular order) Councilmen Mitch O’Farrell and David Ryu, joining head of school Paul Barsky, associate head of school Patricia Kong, current and former Pilgrim Board presidents Mark Evans and Larry Brown, minister Dr. R Scott Colglazier, chief operating officer Susan Leary, board member Julie Hogenboom and Pilgrim students.

Find your child’s summer camp March 11 at UCLA

Looking for the perfect camp for your child this summer? More than 60 options, from day camps to overnight camps, sports camps, academic camps and many others, will be on exhibit at the L.A. Camp Fair. Meet camp counselors, directors and other representatives at the event, which takes place Sun., March 11 from noon to 3 p.m. at UCLA Sunset Canyon Recreation Center, 111 Easton Drive. Most of the camps serve Hancock Park-area kids and

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Pilgrim School recently celebrated the dedication of its Field of Dreams — a multipurpose sports field on the school’s campus at 540 S. Commonwealth Ave. The sports field sits atop a new subterranean parking garage with space for 200 vehicles. The dedication marks the completion of a nearly threeyear, $13 million project, with support from the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, the Ahmanson Foundation and the school’s community of parents and friends. The occasion also kicked off Pilgrim School’s 60th anniversary celebration, which includes an anniversary gala on May 5 and a Founders Day celebration on Sept. 16.

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(Continued from page 1) felt encouraged and wanted to be involved. Goldberg, who also runs intramural sports at The Oaks School and The Oakwood School, and is on the board for the Wilshire Warriors Pony League, approached Abel De Luna and Brendan Malloy at St. Brendan’s Basketball Association with the idea to create a similar girls’ league based on her experiences at the YMCA. Practices will be after school at St. Brendan’s School, 238 Manhattan Pl., and will start the week of April 9. Games will be on Sundays, also at the school, with the first game on April 22. Visit

Wilshire Warriors season set to begin

Wilshire Warriors’ opening weekend is Fri., March 16 at Pan Pacific Park field. The 10-week season ends June 10. The 500-person league of boys and girls is broken down into age groups, four through 14 years old. Practices are held mid-week, and games are on Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays at Pan Pacific Park and John Burroughs Middle School. Visit Wilshire

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Neighborhood Watch to the rescue in Miracle Mile!

By Sondi Toll Sepenuk No, it’s not your imagination. Crime really is going up in Los Angeles. Burglaries in the Wilshire area rose 17.3 percent between 2016 and 2017. Overall property crime is up 11 percent. The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is short-staffed, underfunded and stretched thin. There are many possible reasons for the uptick in crime. In an attempt to reduce the California state prison population, 2011’s Assembly Bills 109 and 117 reassigned much

of the state prison population to the county jails. Prop 47, passed in 2014, reclassified and reduced some drug possession and property crimes from felonies to misdemeanors. Prop 57, passed in 2016, allowed early parole consideration for nonviolent felons and changed policies on juvenile prosecution. In February, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Allen Sumner ruled that over 10,000 “non-violent” sex offenders might be released early due to the way the proposition was written. In addition, because of Waze,

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MIRACLE MILE Neighborhood Watch Committee, from left to right: Thao Tran, Aliza Durand, Kelly Perkins, Kari Garcia and Seth Reed.

as neighbors need to work LAPD and/or private patrol. To kick-start the new watch together to help them. We have the resources among us.” program, Garcia and the othGarcia grew up in Northern er committee members are California and married into a building from the ground up longtime Miracle Mile family. by recruiting block captains She and her husband bought for each block within the Mirtheir home in 1992 and have acle Mile. At the time the Chronicle went to print, the raised four children here. committee had secured block “Slice of heaven” “I absolutely love the archi- captains for 24 of the 53 needtecture and style of the homes ed. “If people want to be a part and the location in relation to the rest of Los Angeles,” of the solution and stop looksays Garcia. “You have the Los ing to place blame,” says GarAngeles County Museum of cia, “they need to start within Art, the Art Deco community their own homes, then their and great restaurants, plus it’s block and then become a a terrific place to raise kids. It greater part of their commutruly is a little slice of heav- nity. That’s how we will take back our neighborhoods.” en.” Meeting March 24 After experiencing several The program, which will home burglaries, though, Garcia decided that it was time be explained in detail at the to take action. She reached MMRA March 24 meeting, will out to Tammy Rosato of the also provide clear instructions and informaLa Brea Hantion about cock Neigh“If people want to be the proborhood gram on the Watch and a part of the solution MMRA’s webthe Great- and stop looking to place blame ... they site. The site er Wilshire N e i g h b o r - need to start within their will include a drop down hood Council own homes, then their menu where for advice and block and then become residents can direction. a greater part of their learn how to Then, she and become active a group of community. That’s how neighborhood like-minded we will take back our watch memMiracle Mile neighborhoods.” bers and learn residents, how to secure including her co-chair Kelly Perkins, com- their property inside and out. mittee members Aliza Durand, The instructions will teach Thao Tran and Seth Reed, people how to identify suspistarted organizing their own cious behavior and how to neighborhood watch program report it. Garcia is hopeful that this that will launch on March 24 at the Miracle Mile Residential program will spread to othAssociation (MMRA) meeting. er neighborhoods through“There needs to be a solu- out Los Angeles. By worktion,” says Kari, “and if we ing as a community, hand-inchange the culture of the hand with the LAPD and local neighborhood by getting peo- Senior Lead Officers, Garcia ple involved, we can have a and the committee believe positive effect for the LAPD. that residents can make a Unless the neighborhood is huge difference in bringing organized, we’re not going to down the amount of crime plaguing the city. stomp out crime.” “People are already feeling Three core elements The neighborhood watch more connected through this program boils down to three program,” says Garcia. “Good core elements: 1) securing things are coming from this.” For more information, visyour property, 2) block organization and communication, it the Association website at and 3) 24/7 response involving

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Resident association meetings discuss crime increase

By John Welborne Recent increases in criminal activity have alarmed residents, especially in single-family neighborhoods, where reports show an uptick in crime. As noted in this newspaper last month, the increases, primarily in property crimes and robberies, also have led the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) to reallocate about 300 officers, beginning in January, to patrol duty across the city. Each of the LAPD’s Wilshire (essentially west of Larchmont) and Olympic (basically east of Larchmont) divisions reassigned 10 officers to help patrol each area. Last month, Olympic Division Senior Lead Officer (SLO) Joe Pelayo said of the increasing crime in local neighborhoods: “I’ve never seen activity like this before.” Wilshire Division Senior


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THIRD STREET SCHOOL auditorium was the setting for a Hancock Park crime meeting.

Lead Officer Dave Cordova said: “People want to see cars out on the street.” Associations respond Neighborhood association leaders have been organizing meetings to focus on crime, and what can be done about it. Local LAPD leaders have attended, as have private patrol company representatives.

There was a meeting in Hancock Park on Feb. 6. Two days later, there was a meeting in Brookside (on Feb. 8.) The subject certainly will come up at the La Brea-Hancock annual meeting on March 4, and the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council has scheduled a special meeting on crime for all area stake-

holders for March 14. There is more about both meetings on page 4. Hancock Park In a well-moderated meeting, arranged by the Hancock Park Home Owners Association (est. 1948), Peter Gorelick, the association’s security chair for the Neighborhood Watch Committee, welcomed

LAPD WILSHIRE DIVISION commanding officer Capt. Anthony Oddo spoke and answered questions at the Hancock Park meeting.

about 60 residents and a dozen public safety personnel at the Third Street School auditorium Feb. 6. Gorelick introduced representatives from the LAPD’s Wilshire Division. (Hancock Park, like Brook(Please turn to page 8)


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side, is 100 percent within Wilshire Division’s jurisdiction.) Public safety experts attending to speak and/or answer questions were: Capt. Anthony Oddo, commanding officer of the Wilshire area; Joe Alves, who has headed the Wilshire burglary unit until being promoted and transferred to Downtown in late February; SLOs Dave Cordova and Kenneth Price (newly assigned to Wilshire SLO duty), ADT Security Services armed patrol representative Mike Ball; and SSA Security Group armed patrol representatives Jerry Shaw and Terry Segraves. Early in the meeting, Councilmember David Ryu arrived and spoke, describing how the City Council’s increasing the LAPD budget has allowed for the hiring of new officers. Capt. Oddo responded that the recruiting and training of competent police officers is a time-consuming process and that only a small percentage

MEMORIAL LIBRARY was the setting for the standing-roomonly Brookside Homeowners Association meeting on crime. HANCOCK PARK MEETING speakers and officials included, from left, burglary Det. Joe Alves; Terry Segraves and Jerry Shaw of SSA, Nikki Ezhari and Rob Fisher of CD4, Greg Martayan of CD5, Capt. Tony Oddo, SLOs Kenneth Price and Dave Cordova, Councilmember Ryu and Marty Beck and Peter Gorelick of the HPHOA.

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SURPRISE! The equivalent of a $10,000 gift card to Barnes & Noble was presented last month to Wilshire Park Elementary School principal LeighAnne Creary, center, by City National Bank’s Carolyn Rodriguez, right, while Barnes & Noble’s Natalie Dillard Brannon shared in the excitement.

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(Continued from page 1) National Bank’s “Reading is the Way Up” program, plus $10,000 for additional books from Barnes & Noble. Thanks to a surprise donation last month. The monetary gift to the school was kept a secret until the morning of Feb. 23. The bank’s program, which has donated more than 600,000 books to school libraries in California and other states, has also awarded $1.4 million to teachers at elementary, middle and high schools for creative literacy projects. In surprising the school’s principal, LeighAnne Creary, with a big check at a parent’s gathering in the school’s auditorium, Carolyn Rodriguez,

vice president and manager of the bank’s program, said, “City National takes great pride in our ‘Reading is the Way Up’ program. We are happy to help provide Wilshire Park Elementary the resources to build its library.” In describing the challenges with unpacking the 4,000 books already received, Creary gave a shout-out to the “Larchmont Buzz” for publicizing the empty bookshelves in the school’s library last fall. That led to a holiday book drive, which ultimately caught the eye of City National Bank. And that all led to the book donation and the $10,000 surprise that allows the school to purchase even more books.

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Tonian Hohberg. This amazing display will continue through Sat., April 7. As always, admission is free! Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday. • • • A “Night in Havana” actually took place in Beverly Hills, at Spago. A fundraiser for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, organized by Children’s Chain, the evening featured a number of locals. Elizabeth and John LaBombard, Windsor Square, were in attendance, as were Court and Liz Young, Hancock Park. Stalwart Children’s Chain supporter Carlotta Keely and husband Rusty brightened up the event (Carlotta with a Carmen Miranda headdress). The fundraising pitch to help the hospital came from Amanda Wells Lovrien, who grew up on June Street. Her father, CHLA surgeon Win Wells, was there as well. • • • Many neighbors joined in a birthday send-off to the late Jerry Cohen, who died just about two months before his 100th. Held at the Park La Brea community room, host Steve Cohen naturally served

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HAVANA NIGHTS: John and Elizabeth Lombard, Windsor Square, at the CHLA benefit event at Spago Restaurant.

CHILDREN’S CHAIN fundraising event included Hancock Park’s Court and Liz Young.

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There is not an organization, a gaggle of friends or lovers of beauty and style in our ’hood that does not look forward to the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) Museum’s spectacular annual exhibition of “The Art of Motion Picture Costume Design.” The gala opening was held in February at the downtown campus for the 26th year. There were 900 guests and designers treated to a first peek at the more than 125 costumes, including work by all five of this year’s Academy Award nominees for costume design. “It just gets better every year!” said a dapper-looking Nick Verreos, there with husband David Paul. The red carpet led into an enormous crystal tent decorated with chandeliers and laden with buffets of hearty fare and spirits.

HOLLYHOCK proprietor Suzanne Rheinstein and neighbor, Janet Loveland, toasted the store’s 30 years in Los Angeles.

The closing, after 30 years, of Suzanne Rheinstein’s wonderful store, Hollyhock, generated a big turnout for the first night of the store’s big closing sale. For many years, Hollyhock was ensconced in the middle of our community on Larchmont Boulevard. Its final location on La Cienega was the site of a party featuring many from the ’hood: Melanie Boettcher spoke with Ol-

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ivia Penfold and mom, Shar, of Fremont Place. Also there was Fremont Place denizen and “Larchmont Buzz” publisher, Patty Lombard. From Windsor Square, Kelly Martin was spotted, as were Cheryl Ziegler and her daughter Anne Manson, plus Georgia and Lou Howe and Pamela Clyne and Janet Loveland. Among those from Hancock Park were Carlotta Keely, Patsy Lowry with her brother-in-law Hunt and his wife, Christine, and more, more, more. • • • A sequel to his first book, “Winter in Chicago,” has just been published, and David Hamlin was signing copies of the new Emily Winter mystery, “Winter Gets Hot,” upstairs at the Original Farmers Market. Among the many attending were the Market’s Mark Panatier and his wife Gail. • • • Since 1921, history-minded and patriotic Los Angeles leaders have celebrated the life of President Abraham Lincoln around the time of his birthday. At each of the annual black-tie dinners of the Lincoln Club, distinguished and nationally known speakers have talked, and the evening has ended with a solemn

reading of the Gettysburg Address. This year, noted commentator and historian George F. Will was the featured speaker, and The California Club’s main dining room was filled SHOPPERS from Hancock Park included Patsy Lowry and her brother-in-law, Hunt Lowry, and to capacity. Hunt’s wife, Christine. Among the locals gathered to hear Will was former am- and his wife, Martha. From bassador, and former Windsor Hancock Park were Allan and Square resident, Vilma Marti- Nicole Mutchnik and their nez. Still of Windsor Square next-door neighbors Mary Adand there to celebrate the for- ams O’Connell and husband mer president were Judith and Kevin. Also there was Margo Clifford Miller and this paper’s O’Connell. publisher, John Welborne (Please turn to page 11)

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Sitting at the head table were Lincoln Club board of governors members Janet Clayton and Robin Kramer, of Hancock Park and Windsor Square, respectively. Also serving on the board is former ambassador Robert Tuttle, who grew up on Hudson Avenue. Several other former area residents, now living in the San Gabriel Valley, attended, including John and Louise Brinsley, who once lived on Muirfield Road, and retired Superior Court judge Carlton Seaver, who grew up on Windsor Boulevard, attending with his wife, Laura. • • • Leilani and Edwin Raquel opened the Grand Ballroom of their Fremont Place home for “Love, Scandal and … Tea” on a Sunday afternoon in February. The event was the brainchild of the Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society and attracted a capacity crowd.

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Hollywood expert Marc Wanamaker enchanted his audience with his vast knowledge of the stars, their less than dignified moments and their real estate during the early years of the exploding local movie industry, circa 1900s. Many of the ladies present wore hats, gloves and pearls and the gentlemen kept it classy, as requested by the invitation. There to nibble on cucumber

sandwiches and salmon mousse were Shar and Robert Penfold, Robin Jameson, Kevin MacLellan, Carolyn Layport, Yvonne Auerbach, Richard Battaglia, Brenda Chandler Cooke, Elizabeth and Steven Blatt, Carol and Ken Schultz, Barbara Hardesty, Mary Toolen Roskam, Caren Roberts-Frenzel, Sandra and Alex Hampton, Yvonne Cazier, Kathy and Wayne Saldana, Jane Gilman, Ivy and Randy Haskins,

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HISTORICAL SOCIETY guests at the “Tea” event are, clockwise from left: Richard Battaglia, Rob Penfold, Shar Penfold, Megan Le Fey, Caren Roberts-Frenzel, Barbara Coad, Alysoun Higgins, Valli Thornton, Patty Lombard and Karen Gilman.

LAS MADRINAS incoming president Mrs. Douglas Andrew Thompson (Kathy) shown at left with Dr. Douglas Nordli, Jr. and Mrs. Wayne Martin Brandt (Lisa), the outgoing president.

Las Madrinas makes major gift to Children’s Hospital At the annual membership meeting held in February, support group Las Madrinas presented Dr. Douglas Nordli, Jr., chief of neurology at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), a significant additional contribution to funding the $5 million Las Madrinas Endowment for the Chief of Neurology Chair and the Neurological Institute Epilepsy Program at the hospital. The organization’s outgoing president, Lisa Brandt, and the incoming president, Kathy Thompson, made the presentation to Dr. Nordli. In addition, all of the Las Madrinas officers for the coming year were announced at the meeting. Diane Hawley, Windsor Square, will serve as adviser to the group that began supporting Children’s Hospital in 1933. CHLA itself was founded in what is now Los Angeles’ Chinatown in 1901. CHLA has been named

the best children’s hospital in California and among the best in the nation for clinical excellence with its selection to the prestigious “U.S. News & World Report” Honor Roll.

Hollygrove Norma Jean Gala, ‘Under the Stars,’ May 19

The seventh annual Norma Jean Gala is Sat., May 19 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at Uplift Family Services Hollygrove campus. It is the first time the former orphanage and home of Marilyn Monroe, before she became an international icon, is the setting for the gala, “Under the Stars.” Actor/writer/director and area resident Ike Barinoltz will be honored. Board members include Sheri and Dr. Peter Weller, Hancock Park. The event benefits programs serving 1,200 local children and families.

The wait is over! Your Windsor Square Association Canopy Committee has created a new master list of approved trees for our parkways, after lots of legwork and extensive consultation with experts. The first step in planting these new varieties remains the same as before: Homeowners must first obtain a free permit from the city to remove an old tree, or to plant a new tree. Remember, parkway trees are city property, and may not be removed or replaced without permission. Permits will not be granted to remove healthy trees, unless they are unsafe. The exciting part comes next. Homeowners with permits for new parkway trees should contact the WSA Canopy Committee to find out which variety has been designated for their blocks. We will then provide a FREE specimen (15 gallon size) of the approved type, as well as help guidance on care. with planting and (Homeowners are welcome to plant a larger size of the correct tree, as long as they pay the difference.) S ome of the designated trees will stay the same, such as Deodar Cedars and Camphors, because they have handled the Deodar Cedar recent stresses reasonably well. Some old favorites, such as Magnolias and Sycamores, will no longer be planted, because they are either too thirsty or too susceptible to disease and insects. In their stead will be more drought-tolerant types, such as Island Oak, California Bay Laurel and Toyon. Windsor Square’s parkways range in width from four to twenty feet, and the new list offers trees in proportion to those parkways, both for aesthetics and to help prevent future sidewalk damage. The new master list is available on our website, as is our contact information ( Windsor Square’s gracious green canopy is one of our neighborhood’s greatest assets. We believe these carefully chosen new trees will thrive and grow to provide future generations with the same shady benefit we all value so much. 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 325 N. Larchmont Blvd., #158, Los Angeles, CA 90004, or visit our website at ADV.



“LOVE, SCANDAL AND…TEA” attendees included, clockwise from left: Sarane Van Dyke, Gloria Dahl, Mildred Schuber, Juanita Kempe, Toni Schuman, Susan Friedman and Katrina Kennedy.

CHRIST THE KING By Pearl An 8th Grade

Even before the wonderfully busy month of love started, the student body was buzzing with excitement in February. The school celebrated its hundredth day of school on Jan. 30. Our kindergarten class showed their joy by decorating shirts with 100 items and participating in other activities centered around the number 100. Catholic Schools’ Week ended on Feb. 2 with Pastor and Principal Appreciation Day. These

events gave us Vikings the needed boost of energy to participate in all the activities that the short twenty-nine days offered. Our school made a spectacular win in the academic decathlon competition on Feb. 3 at Cathedral High School, with the team placing second in the overall tournament. Our kindergarten class released their butterflies that same week. The transitional kindergarten also took a field trip to the Aquarium of the Pacific. Later, on Feb. 12, our “Angel Bins,” with the goal to collect 10,000 pairs of shoes, started. The next day, the whole school came in green, purple, and gold accessories in celebration of Mar-

di Gras. Our eighth grade also held an etiquette breakfast and dance, which included a waltz! Ash Wednesday followed suit. The school had a special mass with all of the people who attended with the ash crosses smeared on their foreheads. It just so happened to be Valentine’s Day! Each grade had their parties and passed out desserts, and some even watched a movie. The choir also went around each class delivering Valentine grams to each classroom; this year, we also included singing and the ukulele for the first time. Students spent February preparing for 40 days of Lent. We hope to spend it with benevolence until Easter arrives in April.

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This month at Yavneh we celebrated Tu’Beshvat, a Jewish holiday or “birthday” for trees. On this day, thanks are given for the natural wonders of trees, fruits, and flowers. Our BatAmi, volunteers from Israel, created meaningful programs for all of the students; they organized an interactive game for everyone to play and ended the holiday with a ceremony blessing all fruits, especially the seven species of fruits that are native to Israel. At Yavneh this month, we also began the boys’ and girls’ volleyball seasons.   We hope both teams have successful outcomes and enjoy playing the sport. The month ended with a meaningful conclusion for the 4th and 5th grade Wonder “Choose Kind” program.  The boys and girls had a luncheon designating time to reflect on what they’ve learned, and they showed their true growth in mindsets about feeling empathy for others around them. The students culminated the program with sincere aspirations for making the world a kinder place.

Leading up to the month of February, Black History Month, seniors in the honors English seminar “African American Literature” made video presentations about notable African Americans throughout history, and the videos have broadcasted daily on the UltraViolet newspaper’s YouTube channel. Three students on Marlborough’s Debate Team have been awarded the NSDA’s Academic All-American award. Over 141,000 student debaters are members of this organization, and less than 500 students nationwide are recipients of this award. We are incredibly proud! Marlborough’s Evening of Dance just concluded, where students honored dancer Martha Graham through student choreographed and professionally choreographed dance numbers. Guest artist Pia Vinson assisted in choreographing.  Lastly, we are incredibly proud of the strong arts department. The Middle School is putting on Singing in the Rain and the upper school’s drama ensemble is performing The Women of Lockerbie.

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Valentine grams that the student body ordered for their friends or crushes. Not only will the Canadians experience Fairfax life, they will also explore Los Angeles. During spring break, some Fairfax students will be going to Canada and meeting them again, learning about how they run their leadership class. The stakes were high at Fairfax’s homecoming game. Playing rivalry school Westchester, Fairfax took the win with a score of 68-51! That’s all for this month but tune in next month, where we dive into what the seniors are up to second semester!

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February has been a very exciting month for Curtis School students. The Curtis Book Spree took place the first week of February and was a big hit for all ages. Every grade visited our pavilion and had the chance to pick up some exciting new books. Curtis dads and grandparents each had the opportunity to come to campus and serve lunch on a special day. It was common to see them serving lunch and then taking their children and grandchildren to the book spree. It was so much fun. Valentine’s Day was a special day at Curtis. Every grade exchanges candy and cards and there were all sorts of parties and celebrations school wide. It also was my birthday! In other news, the sixth grade continues its community service work and our grade takes turns helping at the St. Joseph Center in Venice and serving meals to the homeless at the Bread and Roses Café. It is always a great experience to see how lucky we all are, and how we need to serve others more and help those in need. Have a great rest of the month!

Dia dhaoibh! (That means “Hello everyone!” in Irish.) It’s finally March, and as always, Page Academy is having fun, fun, FUN! Let me count the ways cairde (friends in Irish)! Read Across America is March 2. This day our school celebrates Dr. Seuss’s birthday (and my sister’s birthday, too) so we read to the pre-school and junior kindergarten students. We also ate a “green eggs and ham” snack! Yum! “Student Move Up Day” is on March 9. The students will be following the schedule for their next grade level, so they can become familiar with the classes and teachers when they move up in August. St. Patrick’s Day is March 17. Don’t forget to wear something green, and if you don’t, you’ll get a big pinch. Ow! This month is daylight savings time, so let’s skip an hour and get to work! Countries everywhere (maybe even on Mars) will be setting their clocks one hour ahead. Although we will be losing an hour of sleep, we’ll be gaining an hour of fun! We will also participate in a fundraiser called “Nature’s Vision” to support rainforest preservation.

The fifth grade class has recently been working on their family story books where they gather information about their past culture. The students first wrote two stories, one including themselves, and one about their past relatives. They then worked on separate person-


cream party in the gym and playground games, hosted by St. Brendan students and parents. The season of Lent began last month, and the entire student body went to mass on Ash Wednesday. That Wednesday also happened to fall on another holiday, Valentine’s Day. For Valentine’s Day, students dressed up in festive colors: red, pink, and white, played a fun game where girls could not talk to the boys in their class, as well as ate cupcakes and other yummy treats. February was absolutely lovely, and St. Brendan School is excited and ready for March!

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One of my favorite things about my time at The Willows has been the incorporation of art into so many aspects of the curriculum. This year, I got to use my love of art, friendship, and helping others through an elective I led with a few friends called The Memory Project. The Memory Project is an organization that connects orphaned children from around the world with participating art students

in various schools. The students create portraits for the children, based on their photographs. The drawings are then sent to the orphans, in order to give them a sense of importance and let them know they are thought of and cared about. This year, we hand-drew portraits of Syrian refugees under the age of nine. It was both so heartbreaking, yet so satisfying to draw portraits for these inspiring children. My friends and I are so grateful to our wonderful art teacher Susannah Funnell for her talent and guidance, and for giving us the opportunity to lead and connect with others through art.


By Jasper Gough 8th Grade The Lower and Middle School Big Red Day is on March 2. Our students all wear the school color — red — to represent our school spirit. This also is the same night as the Middle School dance. We have a blood drive scheduled for the March 6. It is open to all families and members of the Buckley community. The Middle School holds advisory meetings on the 15th, which allows us to select our courses for the next year. Some

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By Eleanor Renfrew 7th Grade School newspapers are a form of literature that allows different students to express their views on a variety of topics. Our school newspaper The Echo is GALA’s first student publication. It is an online newspaper. We chose the online platform because GALA is an all-girls STEM school and we wanted to incorporate technology as well as make the paper accessible. As the Co-Editor-in-Chief, I have been very fortunate to have the opportunity and responsibility of working with 27 hard working girls. Being the first at anything is challenging. Being one of the editors has been equally challenging because this is new and we are still figuring out our voice, our brand and how we want our systems to work, but we have an amazing staff and teacher who help pull it all together. Our newspaper is called The Echo for a variety of reasons. One thought is that it represents our stories and our voices that will go on and on. Another thought is that even a small voice can be heard when it echoes. No matter one’s personal interpretation, it aptly defines us as a voice of GALA. The Echo has a variety of topics from the latest politics to a review on Oscar-nominated films. Currently our staff is comprised of only middle school students but

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Two months into 2018, spring is almost upon us. At Immaculate Heart, the season is the dawn of a new quarter and many exciting events. Throughout February, the campus held a multitude of fundraising events. The Annual Bingo Night, hosted by the Girls Athletic Association, was a huge success. Attended by parents and faculty, the evening was full of entertaining games and a taco dinner for the attendees. Additionally, the Immaculate Heart Junior Class Board recently hosted a Prom fundraiser at Moonlight Rollerway. This event brought classmates together for a fun way to decompress and bond. Throughout the past few months, Immaculate Heart has also welcomed prospective students to campus for “Shadow Days.” These visits allow interested students to explore campus life with a student guide by attending classes and enjoying lunch in the cafeteria with its panoramic views of downtown Los Angeles. This program is extremely beneficial in assisting students in the high school deliberation process. Meanwhile, Immaculate Heart’s Speech & Debate Team continues to have major success. Seniors Danielle Dosch and Mia Speier have both received the All American Award. This award requires rigorous grade and debate achievements. It is an incredible feat, and it is not often that two students from the same school are both recipients. we hope to have some high school voices in the future. For now, The Echo will be published monthly. I am so excited to be a part of such an exciting and grass roots part of our school’s growth. I look forward to watching the student newspaper evolve!

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Hello everyone, happy month of March! The opening reception for Black History Month in our rooftop Art Center was fun and well attended. Parents, teachers and our Pilgrim community met for a first look at the annual Black History Museum and enjoyed drummers, poetry and and soul food.    The field has been open for play for a nice chunk of time now, but I am pleased to announce the parking structure is now open to all! It has been really nice for everyone to park, and boy are we grateful.  The High School students were lucky to have the opportunity to take their minds off of school, and go up to Big Bear for the annual Snow Trip. I hope they all had a great time! We have arrived at the midterm for the second trimester, which means tests and projects! I hope that everybody is happy with their results. Middle School boys’ basketball had a phenomenal season, but sadly lost in the playoffs. We improved as a team, as the season progressed, and managed to get into the Division 1 playoffs. Coach Perry Skaggs and Coach Marty Wurmlinger killed it, and so did the players. I am so proud of our team, and next year we will come back twice as strong.

February was a fun filled month for Turning Point School. Beginning with the annual Spirit Day, faculty and students dressed in their Turning Point t-shirts and participated in many activities together, including a school-wide lunch on the lawn with popsicles for dessert. The middle school teamed up to compete in a basketball game against staff members with the rest while the rest of the school cheered them on. Spirit Day finished off with an 8th grade dunk contest where students showed off their best dunks. The Middle School theater group premiered “Beauty and the Beast” this year to a packed house. Students spent countless hours preparing for the annual musical, from choreography and music, to lighting and set design. It was a huge success, enjoyed by students, parents, and faculty alike. Turning Point’s annual HoopA-Thon was held at the end of the month. Hoop-A-Thon is an all-day fundraiser for our athletic program. Parents, grandparents and neighbors sponsored students to see how many baskets they could shoot. Parents then got to test their skills in a shootout competition, and the winner got bragging rights and their name on a trophy.

Many exciting things have occurred at Hollywood Schoolhouse since I last wrote. One project that I would really like to mention was our Women of Ahimsa presentation. Our entire class did research on an inspirational woman that practiced Ahimsa,


(Ouagadougou)! Our future State Department strutted its stuff in the ultimate geographical smackdown of our annual Geo Bee. The diehard Dire Wolf decathletes dominated 22 schools in the Quiz Bowl on Feb. 3 with five first place finishes including logic, Super Quiz, and overall! Break out your beakers and Bunsen burners — it’s time for the Dire Wolves to get scientific in the Cathedral Chapel Science Fair.

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which means nonviolence. I researched Leymah Gbowee. I wasn’t familiar with her initially, however, I soon realized how much of an honorable and admirable person she is. Last month was Black History

Month, and we learned about a variety of wonderful people who made big changes in our society. My English teacher, Ms. Abi, developed a cross curricular poetry project that taught us about prominent influencers. Overall, I think it was wonderful to be exposed to all of these figures who had a hand in helping shape our culture and society.

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Red Sparrow (9/10): Not much need be written about a movie this good from an equally good book with some additional twists I don’t remember from the book. There are fine performances by Jennifer Lawrence (of whom you see more than you’ve ever seen before), Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts (especially!), and the rest of the cast. There was a little too much graphic violence for me, but all in all, this should stand up as one of the most entertaining of the year. The 15:17 to Paris (7/10): Director Clint Eastwood hires the heroes themselves as his stars and they perform admirably. He also took on Hollywood by challenging an initial “R” rating. Even though only about 12 out of 900 rated movies get challenged, Clint won and got his PG-13 rating. He wanted teenagers to see the movie and learn about the story. I found

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of common sense including the ending. And, speaking of endings, maybe it’s time that Neeson puts an end to these weak follow-ups to “Taken”… or finds better material. Django (5/10): This is the highly fictionalized biopic of a short period of the life of guitarist Django Reinhardt

THEATRICAL TALE of artist Marc Chagall and his wife is at The Wallis through Sun., March 11.

Dance, music, Chagall and Gene Kelly at The Wallis Spring is busting out all over, including at the Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., where April’s calendar is filled with musical, dance, drama and comedy shows. The L.A. Dance Project presents “Yag” by Ohad Naharin, using dance, speech, symbolism and setting to tell the story of six dancers Thurs., April 5 to Sat., April 7 at 7:30 p.m. Other presentations include “Martha Graham Duets,” “Helix” by Justin Peck, and “Sarabande” by Benjamin Millepied. Take a free, family-friendly salsa dance class Sun., April 8 at noon as part of Wallis’s Dance Sundays. The class is outdoors and all ages and levels are welcome. Watch “Giselle” as interpreted by Dado Masilo and her South African dance troupe Thurs., April 12 through Sat., April 14 at 7:30 p.m. Set in rural South Africa, the ballet explores African rituals through the fate of a young girl who dies after having been betrayed by a man. She is transformed into a wili, a ghost with a desire for dance and revenge.  Learn about legendary actor and dancer Gene Kelly in a onewoman show Wed., April 18 at 7:30 p.m. Patricia Ward Kelly, Kelly’s wife and biographer, combines film clips, personal

memorabilia and previously unreleased recordings along with Patricia Ward Kelly’s insights from interviews and conversations with her husband. Hear about the creative process from Laurie Anderson, based on her book, “All the things I lost in the flood,” Fri., April 20 at 7:30 p.m. Listen to pianist Jeremy Denk perform Beethoven, Mozart, Prokofiev and Liszt Wed., April 25 at 7:30 p.m. Pieces include Prokofiev’s “Visions Fugitives” and Mozart’s “Rondo in A Minor.” Be enveloped in soulful music at “Blues in the Night,” a musical by Sheldon Epps, Fri., April 27 through Sun., May 20 at 8 p.m., with 2:30 p.m. matinees on Saturdays and Sundays. Set in 1938 Chicago, with numbers that were originally performed by Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer and others, the story follows three women and their encounter with a man who has betrayed them. “The Flying Lovers of Vitesbsk” continues through Sun., March 11. The theatrical tale is of the life and love of artist Marc Chagall and his wife, Bella. Marc Antolin and Daisy Maywood star. For more information call 310-746-4000 or visit

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speaking in his native tongue. Also on stage is a group of recovering addicts in an online chat room, represented by the actors in moving chairs speaking directly to the audience. Their computer screens are projected on the scenic space above them, projection design by Hannah Wasileski.

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By Patricia Foster Rye Recently, I had the pleasure of sitting down with George Takei at a press event for the show “Allegiance: A New Musical Inspired by a True Story” playing (through April 1) at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center’s Aratani Theatre. Although the musical centers on a fictional family, the story contains many of Mr. Takei’s experiences. Now a local Hancock Park resident, Takei was born in Boyle Heights and spent part of his childhood with his family in the Rohwer Concentration camp in Arkansas and later at Tule Lake in Northern California. His knowledge of this

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figures prominently in the play (scenic design by Zack Guiler). Enter Lou (Kenny Johnston), a Vietnam vet, now homeless, who has to come to visit war buddy Joe. Lou has been on the road a long time, and he seems, if not totally mentally unbalanced, then on his way. Kudos to costume designer Jo Amari for one of the most effective, well thought out and detailed costumes for a homeless character. As the play unfolds and secrets are revealed, the play takes a darker turn. Director William Alderson has effectively layered in the story as the play progresses building to the effective conclusion. Through Sun., March 18. River Street Theatre, 1103 N. El Centro, riverstreettheatre. 4 Stars

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The Chosen, adapted by Aaron Posner and Chaim Potok from Potok’s novel of the same name, is a comingof-age story set against World War II, the holocaust, and the beginnings of Zionism. The story centers on Danny (Dor Gvirtsman), son of Reb Saunders (Adam Blumenfeld), Rabbi of an ultra-orthodox Hasidic tzaddik, and Reuven Malter (Sam Mandel), son of David Malter (Jonathan Arkin), a more traditional Orthodox Jew. Reuven tells us the story of this unique friendship while also being a part of it. The two boys begin their relationship during a baseball game between rival yeshivas. A wild pitch by Danny injures Reuven, the catalyst for this enduring bond. The story is so superbly crafted that the outcome is inevitable and satisfying. Director Simon Levy deftly weaves the disparate strains of this remarkable play. Levy says, “This powerful story shows how essential it is to consider the views of those who are different from us. It is an antidote to the toxicity of our times...” The play alternates between the two households located in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, on an effective multi-purpose, yet rich looking, set. Scenic design is by DeAnne Millais. Michelle Young, costume design, and Linda Michaels hair/make-up design, deserve recognition for the excellent and accurate Hassidic costumes and payos for Danny and his father Reb. This is a rewarding and enjoyable evening at the theatre. Through Sun., March 25. The Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Ave., 323-663-1525, 4 Stars • • • Water By The Spoonful, by Quiara Alegria Hudes, won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2012. It is the second play in the Hudes’ Elliot trilogy between “Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue,” at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, and “The Happiest Song Plays Last,” opening later at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. Elliot (Sean Carvajal) has recently returned from Iraq troubled by nightmares, personified by an Arab (Nick Massouh) who appears from time to time



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be found in abundance come St. Patrick’s Day. Molly Malone’s Pub and Snug, 575 S. Fairfax Ave., will start their celebration at the crack of 1 p.m. with Irish pub rock by Ken O’Malley, moving to Howlin’ Wake at 3:30 p.m. and Talkback Reggae at 6 p.m., with more to come after. No green beer. 323-935-1577 Little Bar Lounge, 757 S. La Brea Ave., will be offering $5 happy hour prices all day for draft beer, well drinks and wines. They will open at 3 p.m. “People like to swing by when they are in between Bergin’s and Molly Malone’s because they don’t have to wait in any lines,” said Angelo Vacco, of Little Bar. 323-746-8553 The Original Farmers Market, 6333 W. Third St., will celebrate the “wearin’ of the green” from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. with traditional Irish food and activities for kids during the day. Magee’s Kitchen will serve up corned beef, cabbage and potatoes. Lilt’n’Tang, which blends traditional Celtic and contemporary music, will be one of the bands performing from 6 to 9 p.m. 323-933-9211 The Cat and Fiddle Restaurant and Pub is newly ensconced at 742 N. Highland Ave., much closer and an easy

tion; fried rainbow cauliflower included guanciale, sea urchin and finger lime. My friends loved the salty/citrus treatment, but I prefer less briny uni. Next, we ignored the brickpressed chicken and pizza carbonara, and we each chose the branzino with crispy smashed potatoes. On the regular menu this dish is served with a whole fish; the DineLA version presented a filet. This was a spectacular dish — the flesh moist and sweet, the skin crisp, the potatoes crunchy and earthy. We barely had room for the gelato and mini cannolo that closed the meal. Cal Mare, 131 La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Center, 424332-4595. Contact Helene at

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Happy Lunar New Year from our growing CD4 office Hello neighbor, and Happy Lunar New Year! City Hall on Feb. 16 held a celebration for Lunar New Year — a holiday important to my family and many communities across Los Angeles. This year welcomes the Year of The Earth Dog — a year of friendship, working together and honoring the environment – and in that spirit, I am excited to share with you the new

advances in Council District Four. First, a new addition to the team — Rob Fisher, who will serve as my field deputy for Mid-Wilshire, Mid-City and the Miracle Mile neighborhoods. Rob got his start as a community organizer on a number of national and local campaigns, after earning a bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University, a J.D.

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Grace was born on February 16th, 1932 in Massachusetts to Armenian immigrants Jack and Alice Erysian but spent her formative years growing up in Fresno, California. In the mid1950’s she moved to Los Angeles with her husband, the late Rev. Dr. Paul G. Avazian. Grace was a devoted pastor’s wife and supporter of the United Armenian Congregational Church (UACC) of Hollywood, where her husband ministered. There she served in many capacities and was affectionately known at church as “Auntie Gracie”.  When the untimely death of her spouse left her as a widow with three teenage children, Grace let the strength of God guide her in faith and actions.  She supported the local community at schools such as Third Street, Marlborough and Loyola, which her children attended, and was named a “Woman of Larchmont” in 1988 by the Larchmont Chronicle. Grace is survived by her three children — Timothy Avazian and wife Karyn, Thomas Avazian and wife Alessandra, and Terrell Avazian Perfitt and her husband John — and nine grandchildren. A Memorial Service at UACC was held on February 24. Donations can be made in her honor to UACC. Adv.

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arrison Holt Davidson, Jr., 82, died on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2017 in Ithaca, NY after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Gary was born in 1935 in Newburgh, NY to Lt. Gen. Garrison “Gar” Davidson and Verone Gruenther Davidson when they were first stationed at West Point. The family lived in many places over the years from Hawaii to Washington D.C. At Cornell University, Gary was a member of the varsity baseball team, Phi Delta Theta, and Navy ROTC. Upon graduation, he served in the Pentagon. He married his first wife Janet Toll and they settled in Hancock Park in Los Angeles in 1959. He married Marjan (Janie) Carasik in 2003. Gary was a fantastic father to his children, always encouraging their interests and sharing his own boyish enthusiasm for sports. He coached their Little League and other sports teams. He touched the lives of many young people who have now passed Gary’s unique legacy of kind fatherly instruction to their own children. He taught them to win and lose with

equal grace. Gary continued his passion for athletics all his life. For many years, he joyfully played on his adult sons’ slow pitch softball team on the dusty diamonds of Los Angeles. He also was a long-time member of the LA Tennis Club and played a great game of tennis into his later 70s. Gary spent his working career as a financial auditor for several companies, eventually retiring from Iron Mountain in 2003. He was proud of his 40 years of service as a board member of the International Institute of LA, dedicated to helping immigrants get a good start in their new country. Gary delighted in the community of St. Brendan Catholic Church and the activities of its Men’s Club. At his 45th Cornell reunion in 2003, he met classmate Marjan (Janie) Carasik, who had been a widow for three years. She possessed the same kind spirit, community values, and dedication to family that he did. That fall, Gary and Janie were married in Massachusetts surrounded by all of their children. Gary often said, “I’m so glad we married when we were still

so young!” After spending four joyful years in Massachusetts, Janie and Gary moved to Kendal at Ithaca. Gary cherished his City Club membership and the friends and activities at Kendal and beyond. He became an active parishioner at St. Catherine of Siena, and he and Janie were likewise welcomed into Temple Tikkun V’Or. Gary is survived by his wife, Marjan Carasik, his children, Karen (Jerry) Barnett, Garr, Greg (Helen) and Jennifer Davidson, his children by marriage, Rimme (Jonathan) Buck, Lauren (Christopher) Carasik, and Michael Jaffe, as well as his grandchildren, Michael, Evan, Jane, Catherine, Rory, Tierna, Zoë, Alea, Emily, Maya, Anna, and Elijah. Gary is also survived by all his siblings, Tom (Connie), Alan “Skip”, Bonny (Ken) and Gail Davidson and Linda Hurst. He will be remembered by us as being steadfast and rock solid. He always had a twinkle in his eye. He was one of the kindest men we have known. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Gary’s memory to The

Garrison Holt Davidson, Jr. Fund at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 309 Siena Drive, Ithaca, NY 14850 or the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, 90 Park Avenue, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10016. Family and friends will gather for a celebration of Gary’s life on Saturday, April 7, 11:00 am, at St. Brendan Church, 300 S. Van Ness Ave. All are welcome to join. He loved and is loved. Long may he wave! Adv.

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(Continued from page 1) sue — would allow increased development and density near transit corridors. Senate Bill 828 requires a data-focused strategy to help with the state’s housing shortage, according to the bills’ sponsor, state Sen. Scott Wiener. Annual meeting March 24 In addition to the zoning measures, crime will be addressed at the MMRA’s 35th annual meeting Sat., March 24 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Korean Cultural Center, 5505 Wilshire Blvd. Councilman David Ryu is the keynote speaker. Kari Garcia, of the MMRA Safety Committee, and a member of the Los Angeles Police Dept.’s Wilshire Division community advisory board, will talk. Councilman Herb Wesson had not confirmed his attendance as we went to press. Both councilmen oppose the Senate bills that could change the city landscape. “The MMRA supports the Ryu/ Wesson City Council resolution against SB 827,” said O’Sullivan. Under the Senate bill proposals, developers “can build within a half mile — north, south, east, west” — of Metro stations and other transit corridors, O’Sullivan explained. If passed, they could “remove design guidelines… They’ll all be opened up,” he said referring to historic and other zoning in place in Mir-

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acle Mile, Sycamore Square and Hancock Park. Setbacks can be wiped out, he added. “They’ll be able to build a house right to the sidewalk.” In an effort to halt the measures, O’Sullivan has been writing letters to Sacramento government officials and helping build a local coalition with David Ryu’s and Herb Wesson’s City Council offices as well as the Mid-City West Community Council. “This is a challenge… It’s horrendous… This will blow all of the HPOZs out of the air. This is much more important than anything I’ve ever done, and I thought the last thing I did was the most important.” This time last year O’Sullivan and his neighbors were defending against an anti-HPOZ campaign. After three years in the making, money spent, city hearings and community outreach, the proposed Miracle Mile Historic Preservation Overlay Zone was in flux.

Members of the MMRA had worked to move the ordinance forward at City Hall with 70 percent of the residents in favor, O’Sullivan said. The ordinance prevents 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. The Miracle Mile area also includes apartment dwellers who would have lost out under a City Planning Commission last-minute amendment that significantly changed the proposed HPOZ boundaries, adding new exclusions along Olympic Boulevard and for properties north of Eighth Street. In the end, the historic zone was approved in full, in May 2017, and it includes the apartments among its protections.





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Holy Thursday/Jueves Santo—March 29, 2018

No Morning Mass 7:00 PM Bilingual/Bilingüe — Mass of the Lord’s Supper 8:00— 11:PM

Adoration of the Altar of Repose

Good Friday/Viernes Santo — March 30, 2018

Day of Fasting & Abstinence/Dia de Ayuno y Abstinencia No Confessions—No Mass 3:00 PM

Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, Veneration of the Cross, Communion Service (Eng.) Passion Play after 6:30 PM Spanish Service Celebración de la Pasion de Señor en (Esp.), Veneración de la Santa Cruz y Servicio de Comunion,Obraen vivo de la Pasion Despues del Servicio Holy Saturday/Sabado de Gloria— March 31, 2018

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Bilingual Easter Vigil Mass/Vigilia del Domingo de Resurrección Bilingüe Easter Sunday/Domingo de Resurrección — April 1, 2018 8:30 AM,, 10:30 AM & 12:30 PM ( Spanish Mass)

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• • • As our city grows, we need a multi-modal approach to make our city more mobile and less reliant on cars. That’s why I introduced a motion to start a dockless bike-sharing pilot in Los Angeles, which passed both the Transportation and Public Works Committees recently. Unlike traditional, or docked, bikesharing, dockless bikes can be picked up and dropped off anywhere you can legally park a bike — for as little as $1 an hour. You only need a smartphone to locate and unlock a bike, and suddenly have a whole new way to explore the city. This new and exciting bike-sharing technology can help address “first-mile, last-mile” issues that keep people from taking Metro, and offer a convenient and affordable way to get around. Los Angeles is a city of big ideas and bold innovation — and a dockless bike sharing pilot is a new idea to take us on the path toward a more mobile future. Happy Year of The Earth Dog, Council District Four. As always, feel free to reach me at


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(Continued from page 17) icans, were forced to leave their homes and possessions to be imprisoned under the harshest of circumstances. The war hysteria led to President Franklin Roosevelt signing Executive Order 9066 on Feb. 19, 1942, to order the incarceration. Mr. Takei goes on to relate that, after a year of imprisonment, the government came down with a loyalty questionnaire. “They took everything from us, and imprisoned us and then demanded we sign a loyalty oath. They categorized all of us as enemy agents.” Everyone over the age of 17, including the elderly, had to respond to the questionnaire. The two most controversial questions were numbers 27 and 28. Number 27 asked, “Would you bear arms to defend the U.S. of America?” Number 28 was even more insidious. “Will you swear your loyalty to the U.S.

and forswear your loyalty to the fought not only the enemy but prejudice and won.” emperor of Japan?” “There was another group Segregated units Thousands of young men that was equally heroic,” Mr. and women bit the bullet and Takei told me. “They said, ‘I’m answered yes to both questions an American, and I will fight for and went to fight for Ameri- my country, but I will fight as an ca. They were put into segre- American. If I can report to my gated, all-Japanese American hometown draft board, with my family back units —includhome, I will ing the 442nd “They were wronged by be like any R e g i m e n t a l that unconstitutional American, Combat Team imprisonment. And I will have — and were those that stood on something to dispatched to fight for. I will the battlefields principle and did hard of Europe and time I consider equally as fight as an American, but sent out on the heroic, and that’s a story I will not go most danger- we tell in the show.” as an internee ous missions. The 442nd sustained the highest leaving my family in prison to combat casualty rate of any U.S. put on the same uniform as the unit. They fought with extraor- sentries guarding my family. I dinary heroism and amazing will go as an American.’ courage, and when the war end- “This was a very principled ed, they came back as the single position. It was an American most decorated U.S. unit of the stance. However, they were tried entire Second World War. And for draft evasion, found guilty they were welcomed back on the and transferred to Leavenworth White House Lawn by President Federal Penitentiary. They were Truman, who said to them, “You wronged by that unconstitu-

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tional imprisonment. And those that stood on principle and did hard time I consider equally as heroic, and that’s a story we tell in the show.” The fictional Kimuras are a family of artichoke farmers: Sammy the son, and Kei, his sister, who looks out for him, and father Sam and grandfather Ojii-chan, played by Mr. Takei. Lovers take on U.S. In the musical, Sammy answers yes to the questions and goes to fight. Kei falls in love with a young Japanese American law student attending USC who knows that the imprisonment is wrong, so they both become resisters and challenge the legality of the imprisonment. They take on the might of the U.S. government. During the war, in 1944, the legality of the internment was challenged all the way up to the Supreme Court, which upheld the incarceration for national security reasons. Southern California has always been home to the largest Japanese American population in the U.S. and, as such, has many iconic locations that were part of this horrific story. “We built the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) right here in Little Tokyo. We’re an affiliate of the Smithsonian, where we share exhibit space.” Says Mr. Takei, “It’s a campus of three buildings. Our first museum was in a restored Buddhist temple, built in 1924, Central Avenue and First Street. Later, they abandoned that temple and built another temple further down the street. The structure of the old temple was crumbling, so we adaptively re-used it, then we had a further story to tell so we went on another fundraising campaign. We got the land on Central Avenue, across the street, and we built an 85,000-square-foot museum,

and then we built another structure attached to the Buddhist temple. We call it the Democracy Forum. The city ceded part of Central Avenue, that’s the plaza for the museum.” [Editor’s note: The main building of JANM is constructed on a portion of the longtime headquarters of the Union Hardware & Metal Company owned and managed by local residents in the McLaughlin family and Schoder family (publisher John H. Welborne’s antecedents). Remaining parts of the Union Hardware complex now house the Geffen Contemporary of MOCA.] In the Japanese American community there are two religious groups: the Buddhists and the Christians. For transport to the camps, the Buddhists were gathered at the Buddhist Temple. The Japanese-American Christians were gathered at the Christian Church on the other side of the same block. After the war, the church, like the temple, was abandoned. The church was converted to a theater that now is home to the East West Players. “This is an important part of American history,” Mr. Takei continues, “that more Americans should know about. I’m always shocked, particularly when I go to the Midwest, or even the East Coast, and visit people who I consider well informed and well read. They are aghast when I tell them I grew up in prison behind American barbed wire fences.” “Allegiance,” as well as being an entertaining theatrical experience, is a cautionary tale relevant to America today. “Allegiance” is playing at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center’s Aratani Theatre, 244 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles. For tickets visit



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Stay alert! And don’t forget to keep alarms on and doors locked OLYMPIC DIVISION BURGLARIES: Electronics and jewelry, estimated at $200,000, were stolen from inside a home on the 500 block of S. Norton Ave. after a suspect jumped a back wall and smashed a side window to gain access on Feb. 13 between 3:40 and 4:25 p.m. The suspect used the victim’s pillowcase to carry out the stolen property. Purses and jewelry were stolen from inside a home on the 200 block of S. Gramercy Pl. after a suspect pried open a bathroom window to gain access on Feb. 6 between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Property valued at $550 was stolen from inside a home on the 200 block of S. Gramercy Pl. after a suspect smashed a rear sliding door and ran-



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sacked the interior on Feb. 13 at 8:24 a.m. Money was stolen from inside a home on the 100 block of N. Wilton Pl. after a suspect pried open a kitchen window and ransacked the interior on Feb. 13 at 10:40 a.m. GRAND THEFTS AUTO: A 1998 Honda Civic was stolen while parked on the 100 block of N. Van Ness Ave. between Feb. 7 at 11:55 p.m. and Feb.

8 at 8 a.m. A 2014 Nissan Altima was stolen while parked in a lot on

the 100 block of S. Manhattan Pl. between Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 14 at 6:30 p.m. A 2009 Suzuki motorcycle was stolen while parked near Second and Gramercy on Feb. 14 at 10 a.m. WILSHIRE DIVISION BURGLARIES: A bicycle and other property were stolen from inside a garage on the 400 block of S. Detroit St. after a suspect gained access by unknown means between

Feb. 1 at 5:50 p.m. and Feb. 2 at 8 a.m. A gun was stolen from inside a home on the 400 block of S. Lucerne Blvd. after a suspect entered the property through a rear second-floor window on Feb. 3 between 4 and 9 p.m. GRAND THEFT AUTO: A 2016 Volkswagen GTI was stolen while parked near the corner of Fourth and Orange between Feb. 5 at 9 p.m. and Feb. 6 at 8:45 a.m.

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NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH ideas were presented by Guhan Selvaretnam, left, and Peje Kharrazi, who already have organized some blocks in Brookside.

Road to communicate better with one another in all kinds of emergency situations. This approach was reinforced by Kari Garcia, visiting from Miracle Mile, who told of the active neighborhood watch organizing that she and her neighbors were doing with Wilshire Division officers. Representing those officers, SLO Hebel Rodriguez and burglary Det. Joe Alves addressed the meeting and took questions until the library staff said the building was closing and everyone had to leave.

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Central Library catalyzed Los Angeles preservation 40 years ago

Forty years ago, Los Angeles was a different city as far as historic preservation was concerned. The city had had a preservation ordinance to designate individual landmarks since 1962, but the ethic was not there.  The Richfield Building, Carthay Circle Theater, and the Victorian houses of Bunker Hill were all gone, mourned by some but mostly

thought to have been sacrificed for needed “progress.” Then came the threat to the Central Library downtown, and a small group of citizens had had enough. The drive to save the library served as the catalyst for the founding of the Los Angeles Conservancy, now the largest membership local preservation organization in the country with near-

ly 6,000 member households. The founders, led by Margaret Bach, (a formidable and engaging strategist whose well reasoned arguments and persuasive manner then and now are impossible to ignore) began meeting in each other’s living rooms to hammer out a sustainable approach to the challenge of saving Los Angeles’ historic resources. Making

a difference in a city the size of Los Angeles demanded more than supporting those few who wanted to save their homes for “quality of life” and personal attachment. The times demanded a bigger statement and the creation of a shared value system that reached beyond historians, design professionals and academics with an affinity for architecture. Changing hearts and minds (and pocketbooks) demanded education and courage, and the Conservancy began with education and advocacy efforts which allowed Angelenos to recognize the diverse history of the built environment and the stories of residents that that environment could tell. It began with programs and tours, shining the spotlight on the Angeleno Heights neighborhood, downtown’s rich commercial architecture, and the theaters of Broadway.  Today we almost take for granted that historic neighborhoods, adaptive reuse of downtown’s buildings and the powerful experience of seeing a vintage movie in a vintage theater are part of the extraordinary culture that is Los Angeles. Quick responses to threats became critical; “out-of-thebox” thinking was key. The library was saved through a broad coalition of civic leaders and preservationists, who collectively changed the City Hall political outlook that favored demolition of the Central Library. Funding to restore and re-imagine the building came partly through the transfer of the library property’s development rights to what is now the U.S. Bank

site across lower Fifth Street, resulting in the spectacular restoration and rehabilitation of the library and its gardens as well as the construction of what was for decades the tallest building downtown.

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Christy McAvoy The Wiltern Theater was another save, as was St. Vibiana’s Cathedral. Fires, earthquakes, and civil unrest took their toll, but the technical assistance provided by the Conservancy resulted in less demolition and more integration of historic buildings into the planning process. There were spectacular losses, as well.  The Ambassador Hotel, with its multi-layered complex history of both joyous and tragic occasions, was not to survive. Forty years of organizational history will not fit into the confines of this column.  There are many measurements of success: the membership numbers, the number of buildings saved, the laws adopted, the stories of neighborhoods told. Most importantly, the Conservancy’s mission has not changed. It continues to work through education and advocacy to recognize, preserve, and revitalize the historic architectural and cultural resources of Los Angeles County, and it has made it a priority to be inclusive and creative.  (Full disclosure: I was privileged (Please turn to page 8)



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FARMERS MARKET Gilmore gas station display, above. Right photo of renovated coffee store, photo courtesy Starbucks and

in the building’s renovation included cleaning up oil contamination, changing out the metal garage doors, and replacing the traditional neon with LED lighting. Starbucks also changed its signage to better complement the building’s design. Arts center, hotel and more Other project awards announced included the Free(Please turn to page 4)

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Repurposed fuel station example of preservation The Los Angeles Conservancy has announced its annual Preservation Awards recipients for 2018, recognizing outstanding achievement in preservation of Los Angeles County’s architectural heritage. One winner is very local. Gas station to fuel station Noted as a prime example of car culture by the Conservancy, the Streamline Modernestyle Gilmore service station at Willoughby and Highland in Hollywood will be presented with one of this year’s seven project awards. The now-Starbucks location was renovated as a drive-through and walkup coffee store, and it once again is serving as a “fuel” sta-

tion, providing caffeine where it once delivered gasoline. Built in 1935 as one of the Gilmore Oil Company’s “Red Lion” gas stations, the building had also been a location for several movie scenes, including in the 1991 “L.A. Story,” the same year the structure was declared a City of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument. However, the building remained vacant for 20 more years, becoming derelict, and it was damaged when a truck ran into the building’s canopies. In 2013, Starbucks presented a plan to convert the building into one of its locations. Some of the challenges


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BEFORE. Gilmore gas station sat derelict even after it gained Historic-Cultural Monument status.

AFTER. Signage, lighting and oil contamination were among challenges to preserving and rehabbing the site. Photo courtesy Starbucks and


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hand hotel conversion of an office building in downtown Los Angeles, Silvertop in Silver Lake, Salkin House in Echo Park, the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, the Lankershim Depot in North Hollywood, the Glendale Central Library, and the City of San Gabriel for updating its historic preservation and cultural resource ordinance.

The Chairman’s Award will be presented to the Hauser & Wirth building in the Arts District of Los Angeles. The 37th annual awards will be presented at a luncheon at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, 506 S. Grand Ave., Wed., May 2, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Visit

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SOLD: This home at 460 S. June St. was sold in January for $3.5 million.

Single-family homes 344 Rimpau Blvd. 101 N. McCadden Pl. 460 S. June St. 404 N. Detroit St. 506 S. Norton Ave. 332 N. Citrus Ave. 138 N. Norton Ave. 268 S. Arden Blvd. 659 S. Highland Ave. 521 N. Highland Ave. 550 N. Irving Blvd. 607 N. Manhattan Pl. 940 Gramercy Dr.

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Coming soon to Hancock Park. LAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most coveted neighborhood. Tradition re-imagined. 12 high-end modern town homes. Designed locally by Venice Beach-based multidisciplinary design and architecture studio Electric Bowery. Construction has commenced. Information about reserving one of the 12 homes will be forthcoming. For further information, contact the developer:

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Greater Wilshire to hold first ‘green Fair’ at Memorial Park planted in April 2018.

GWNC Neighborhood Purposes Grant Applications for the 20172018 GWNC Neighborhood Purposes Grant Awards are being accepted through Fri., March 23 at 5 p.m. The awards assist permanent neighborhood improvements that are cooperative ventures among community groups. The grants can be used by either 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or public schools for community improvement projects. Two grants up to $1,000 each will be available. Winners will be announced Wed., April 11. Visit

ca.1705 Painting by Leonard Knyff of the Hampton Court Palace landscape.

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British royal gardens subject of Conservancy garden talk Landscape designer Todd Longstaffe-Gowan will give a talk on his role in the refurbishment of the gardens at Hampton Court and Kensington palaces in London at the Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Highway in

The Mid City West Community Council is awarding three $1,000 Neighborhood Purpose Grants this spring to local nonprofits or public schools looking to make a difference through a community improvement project. Applications will be accepted until March 5. According to board member Mehmet Berker, all applications that seek to help the local community will be considered: “The committee will be looking for the application which offers benefits to as much of the community as possible, preferably has demonstrated community support, and which also has a feasible budget and plan.” Last year, Greenway Arts Alliance was awarded a grant to help support a teaching garden at Fairfax High School. For more information and application materials, visit

books, and is the recipient of the 2013 Foundation for Landscape Studies John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize. Tickets are $30 for Garden Conservancy members and $35 for nonmembers. For more information, visit

Kensington Palace Gardens.

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$11,000,000 9 Bed 6.5 Bath 9,339 Sq Ft 1.25 Acre Lot Incredible Mediterranean Revival on one of the premiere lots in guard-gated Fremont Place, available for the first time in 90 years. Marked with grand scale rooms and incredible Honduran Mahogany woodwork. Contains a chapel, as it was owned for decades by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and housed the Cardinal. Grand formal entry is flanked by living and dining rooms, creating the ultimate entertaining space. Incredible lot and location with ample room to create a resort-like environment, and make this the premiere residence in Fremont Place. Guest house plus 4-car garage.

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The Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council (GWNC) is on the move this spring, read on to see what is happening. Green fair Bring the family to the park and get ideas for how to adopt a “green” life at home at the first GWNC Green Fair at 4625 W. Olympic Blvd., Sat., March 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fair is co-sponsored by Koreatown Youth and Community Center (KYCC) and the office of Councilman David Ryu. Visit green-fair. Tree planting The GWNC Sustainability Committee will team with the KYCC to plant trees in the Greater Wilshire area, and they want to hear from residents on where they would like to see more trees planted in their neighborhoods. Suggestions require the address or block where you would like to see the planting, a brief explanation of why the block needs more trees, your name and contact information, and, if possible, a photograph of the block you are nominating. Email to Tree planting recommendations are due Mon., March 25 by 5 p.m. The trees will be

CalDRE 1323112. Compass is a licensed real estate broker (01991628) in the State of California and abides by Equal Housing Opportunity laws. All material presented herein is intended for informational purposes only. Information is compiled from sources deemed reliable but is subject to errors, omissions, changes in price, condition, sale, or withdraw without notice. To reach the Compass main office call 310.230.5478

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What’s changed in Southern California since the last century? Everything. Look deeply into this landscape image. You might well think it is a dreamscape of Eden, or, perhaps, a fantasia of Devon. The original was painted by an English watercolor landscape painter and illustrator, Sutton Palmer (1854-1933).

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The painting is Palmer’s painting of the verdant, gentle landscape of Glendale, California, around 1913. It is one of 32 lush, tippedin reproduction watercolors in a book called, simply, “California,” published in 1914 in New York and London. On the beautifully embossed cover of my copy, with gold and a rich orange, is the following information: Painted by – Sutton Palmer Described by – Mary Austin Few readers, even fans of Austin’s, have seen an original copy, with Palmer’s images intact. The book is Austin’s hymn to the California she found more then a century ago. She looks, she travels, she reads — and she tells her readers the stories of how she feels about the state she loves. She is the consummate quilt maker, making a whole of history, geography, climate, folklore, religion, architecture, agriculture, horticulture — and beauty. Mary Hunter Austin was born in Illinois, but came to California at 20, and soon settled in the Owens River Valley with a husband and baby. There, she found her subject and her voice — a steady, sure, almost oracular voice that ripened into an incantation-like tone praising the beauty she found around her in the Owens Valley in her first and most enduring book, “The Land of Little Rain,” published in 1903. She was 35. “These are hills, rounded, blunt, burned, squeezed up out of chaos, chrome and vermillion, painted, aspiring to the snow line ...” she writes in the first of 14 essays in “The Land of Little Rain.” She was also observing how farmers in the Valley were losing their water rights. She had a difficult, grieffilled life, and she was a meticulous, focused writer, devoted to the precise word. Puzzling and worrying over a sentence, she paced her desert haunts, awaiting clarity. But the marriage was a failure, and the beautiful daughter was profoundly disabled. Austin would leave them both in 1906, armed with the success of “Little Rain,” to find her place under the literary sun.

“California” is divided into eight sections. In “Mothering Mountains,” the section on Southern California, she refers to the “Sierra Madre,” which we know as the San Gabriel Mountains. (Both names were used interchangeably until 1927, when the U.S. Board on Geographic Names decided that San Gabriel Mountains was to be the correct reference.) This is a beautiful book in all ways. “Sometimes the mere mechanics of the land, the pull of the wind up the narrow gorges as you pass, advises the open mind of the power and immensity residing in the thinly forested bulks,” she writes of the San Gabriels. Her sweeping, lyrical voice may seem to some a relic from the 18th century. Her work lay forgotten for a half-century after her death, in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1934. But then a new generation of readers

VERDANT, lush landscape of Glendale, circa 1913, by Sutton Palmer.

and writers praised her environmental prescience, multiculturalism, and eco-feminism. Edward Abbey found her work a wonder; so does Terry Tempest Williams, the writer and environmental activist, who keeps a photo of Austin above her desk. But before she was labeled as any of these things, Austin’s keen senses, swift mind, deep sensibilities, compassion, and lyricism stood her

in good stead as she looked around her at the land that was California near the turn of the 20th century. ( B i b l i o - THE BOOK, “California,” tells of the land Mary g r a p h i c a l Austin found a century ago. note: The book, with an added subtitle, the public domain. Some edihas been reprinted a few times tions are labeled, incorrectly, since 2010, as befits a book in as fiction.)

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to be president of the organization, and Chronicle editor John Welborne has been a leading proponent both of the organization and of saving the Central Library.) Hundreds of community leaders have served on the board, and thousands of volunteers have given their time in committees, the docent program and outreach. For this kind of longevity and reach, it takes a village. Furthermore, they had fun doing

it! These are talented people, who are extraordinarily fun to be around, led for the last 25 years by the intrepid Linda Dishman, whose personal commitment to preservation is unrivaled. Linda says, “I truly love working to save historic buildings and neighborhoods, and coming to the Los Angeles Conservancy was a new way of doing that work.  I had worked in government doing preservation but always with the constraints of a regulatory agency.   “Approaching  preservation as an advocate opened up a

whole new world of working with people to identify historic resources and develop ways to save them. There is an assumption that our work is about buildings, but really our focus is on people and why buildings matter.” There will be more on the Conservancy in this newspaper in the coming months, but for now we need to say thank you to an organization that changed the consciousness and the landscape of Los Angeles. All involved will tell you that the work is by no means over; the need for pro-

grams, research, policy preparation and advocacy continues to grow. But preservation is part of the conversation now, and many of you have been a consistent part of it. Dishman states, “Our goal is to build a preservation ethic that is pervasive and compelling so that people understand the role historic places play in creating meaning for our lives.” Share your favorite Los Angeles Conservancy story with me, and raise a glass to your involvement and to the last four decades of welldeserved achievements!

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Steel for dozen new townhouses in place on Van Ness Avenue

Very visible from surrounding streets is the steel superstructure being erected at 610 S. Van Ness Ave. for the 12 new townhouses being built by BBC Van Ness, LLC developer Michael Winter. The subject of challenges from its next-door neighbor throughout the last year, the project is now underway because of a settlement of that dispute. Developer Winter says he expects to have the new townhouses ready for sale by the end of this year. Winter has completed other local projects, and he designed this project to comply with the restrictions of the Park Mile Specific Plan. After several consultations and a formal review last year, the overseeing Park Mile Design Review Board and the city approved the project. With a design by architect Cayley Lambur and her colleagues at Venice-based architecture firm Electric Bowery, each of the dozen units features three bedrooms plus a den and four bathrooms. Eleven of the units will have attached twocar garages (with the other “restricted affordable unit” having two adjacent surface spaces).

STRUCTURAL STEEL is visible on Van Ness Ave. between Wilshire and Sixth. The columns outline the units’ general shape.

MODERN TOWNHOUSES on Van Ness Ave. will face each other and have courtyard pedestrian entries.

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Los Angeles Marathon March 19 The Los Angeles “Stadium to the Sea” Marathon will take place Sun., March 19 beginning at Dodger Stadium. Some 24,000 participants from all 50 states and 63 countries are expected to participate. The course showcases area landmarks, including Los Angeles City Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Santa Monica Pier.

Named the Sketchers Performance Los Angeles Marathon, the run is the fourth largest marathon in the U.S. and among the top 10 worldwide. Complimentary shuttles will run from Union Station and Santa Monica City Hall. The entry fee is $190. For more information, visit

The Susan G. Komen’s Los Angeles County Race for the Cure, which includes views of the downtown skyline, is Sat., March 10 at Dodger Stadium. Opening ceremonies start at 8 a.m., and the event continues until noon. The 5K, 3.1-mile run will include a Kids Zone and Whole Health Pavilion. Samantha Harris, 2017 Survivor of the Year, will serve as ambassador. The 21st annual event also has a one-mile route, and registrants can walk or run in either race. Visit race or call 310-575-3011.

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‘Run to remember’ set for April 8 Pay tribute to first responders who died on duty by signing up for the Run to Remember Sun., April 8, beginning at 7 a.m. The race, which goes from The Grove near Fairfax and Third to Paramount Studios (for the 10K) and Barnsdall Park (for the half marathon) and back, raises funds to serve families of those first responders who died on duty. It also raises funds to help future first responders through a number of partner charities, such as the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation. For more information, visit


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Fitzgerald, women composers, magic and books on calendar Caterpillar,” illustrated by Eric Carle, Mon., March 19, 4 to 5 p.m. Adults Origami: Kids to seniors can learn the art of Japanese paper folding Thurs., March 8, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Needle arts: Knitters, crocheters, quilters, and all needle

arts practitioners are invited Fri., March 16, 3:30 to 5 p.m. French conversation: Practice French with a native speaker Thurs., March 29, 5:30 to 7 p.m. F. Scott Fitzgerald: Hear the story of Fitzgerald’s life as he might have told it himself Sat., March 31, 2 to 3 p.m.

WILSHIRE LIBRARY Children Baby’s sleepy story time: For infants up to two years old Mondays, 6 to 6:30 p.m. Preschool story time: Thursdays, 3 to 3:30 p.m. Teens: Cookies and comics: Teens to adults can discuss graphic novels over snacks Tues., March 27 at 6:30 p.m. Adults Women composers: Discuss women composers from medieval times to the present Sat., March 17, 3 to 4:30 p.m. Transportation class: Learn how to use the Dash bus Wed., March 21 at 2:30 p.m. Mobile devices class: Learn how to download books and audiobooks from the library to your mobile device Wed., March 28, 4 p.m. Adult literacy: Drop in Saturdays 9:45 to 11:45 a.m. Citizenship classes: Saturdays at 10 a.m. FAIRFAX LIBRARY Children Bark: Kids read to a therapy dog Thurs., March 1 and 15 at 4 p.m.

Star story times: Mon., March 5 at 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Baby story time: Wed., March 7, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Teens Teen Council: Tues., March 6 at 4 Student Smart: AP English class Sat., March 10, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Crafternoon: Tues., March 13, 4 p.m. After school snacks: Learn how to make healthy snacks Tues., March 20 at 4 p.m. Adults Quilters guild: Bring a project to work on, all levels welcome, Sat., March 3, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Book club: Tues., March 6 at 10:30 a.m. Art of meditation: Sat., March 10 and 24, 3 to 4 p.m. yiddish theater and dance: Modern dancer Karen Goodman will give a multi-media presentation on Benjamin Zemach Mon., March 12, 4 to 5p.m. Friends of the Fairfax library: Meets Tues., March 13 at 11 a.m. MS support group: Thurs., March 15 at 6 p.m. Medi-Cal and CalFresh: Get sign-up help Mon., March 19, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Transit TAP card: Load or purchase a TAP card Fri., March 23, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Book sales: Wednesdays from noon to 4 p.m. English conversation: Wednesdays, 6 to 7:30 p.m. MEMORIAL LIBRARY Children Magic show: Tues., March 3, at 11 a.m. Cuentame: Bilingual craft and story time Sat., March 17, 11 a.m.

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Social justice story time: Thurs., March 22, 4 p.m. Toddler story time: Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Teens Teens only: Mondays March 5, 12 and 19 at 4 p.m. Adults Book club: Fri., March 2 at 1 p.m. Big Read hand out: Get a copy of this year's “Big Read” book, “Citizen: An American Lyric,” Fri., March 2, 1 p.m. Medi-Cal and CalFresh: Get sign-up help Mon., March 5, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Author talk: Elva Green on “Eddie Green: The Rise of an early 1900s Black American Entertainment Pioneer,” Wed., March 7 at 4 p.m. Fun and games: Wednesdays, 4:15 p.m. Chess club: All ages welcome Fridays at 3 p.m. Knitting circle: Come spin a yarn Saturdays at 10 a.m.


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Learn how Los Angeles became the hub of 20th century gospel music at “How Sweet the Sound” at the California African American Museum (CAAM), 600 State Dr., Exposition Park. Vintage artifacts, photographs and memorabilia will show the history of gospel music and its role in local history, from the 1906 Azusa Street Revival through the Civil Rights era. The exhibit is through Sun., Aug. 26. Admission is always free. Visit

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Hinduism, Judaism at St. John’s Cathedral

Hear discussions on “Mother Religions” Hinduism and Judaism, two of the oldest existing religions in the world, at St. John’s Cathedral, 514 W. Adams Blvd., Sat., March 10, 2 to 4 p.m. Sponsored by the Guibord Center, the event is free, but registration is required. Visit

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New partners share works of American West The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the Autry Museum of the American West recently announced a partnership between the two museums. Michael Govan, LACMA CEO, and W. Richard West, Jr., president and CEO of the Autry, met before a large audience Jan. 9 in LACMA’s Bing Theater, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., to discuss their evolving and collaborative approach for their museums in the 21st century. Under the partnership, the organizations can share collections, including photography, paintings and other art of the American West, as well as of Mexico and Latin America. The partnership allows both museums to expand their content through joint programs, exhibitions, publications and more, Govan and West said. The exhibit, “Masters of the American West Art Exhibition and Sale,” continues at the Autry Museum through March 25. The Autry is at 4700 Western Heritage Way.

IN JANUARY, Michael Govan, right, the CEO and director at LACMA, interviewed W. Richard West, president and CEO of the Autry Museum of the American West, at LACMA’s Bing Theater concerning a new partnership between the two museums.

Serving meals at Project Angel Food for 25 years Project Angel Food, 922 Vine St., recently honored longtime employees Don Macaulay (Hancock Park), senior director of operations and administration, and Derbeh Vance, kitchen manager, for 25 years of service. Shortly after Macaulay moved to Los Angeles in 1992, he began volunteering at Project Angel Food, which had opened three years previously, in 1989, to provide meals to people with HIV/AIDS and other critical illnesses. Macaulay had co-owned TieBreaker restaurant (now Stanley’s) in Palm Springs and had experience in the food service industry. He soon took a staff



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Wilshire Library gains from WSHPHS Proceeds from the Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society home tour will contribute to the landscaping at Wilshire Library, 149 S. St. Andrews Place. Ruth Silvia, president of Friends of Wilshire Library, said the funds will be used for improvements to the library’s courtyard. Jennifer Noble, branch librarian, added that the courtyard contains a vegetable garden tended by patrons. She has some projects for teenagers involving the garden as well. Richard Battaglia was chairman of the Historical Society tour of Craftsman houses in the 200 south block of St. Andrews Place in September. Beate McDermott headed the docents, Suz Landay provided refreshments, and Jane Gilman was vice-chairman. Wilshire Library, a neigh-

FRIENDS OF WILSHIRE LIBRARY President Ruth Silvia (seated, left), with (back row, left to right) Suz Landay, Jennifer Noble, Beate McDermott and Jane Gilman (seated, right).

borhood fixture since 1927, is seeking more funds from the community for needed upgrades, librarian Noble said.

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By the time Project Angel Food had moved to Sunset Boulevard and Vine (it’s now at Barton and Vine), it had expanded its kitchen to meet stricter health standards and to become more streamlined and professional.

“Like just about everyone else, I have to work for a living, and it’s my privilege to have as my work something that’s philanthropic, that I know at the end of the day makes a difference,” said Macauley. Since its inception Project Angel Food has provided more than 11 million meals.

UC-certified Master Gardener classes Beginning gardeners can learn the basics of growing their own vegetables from a University of California-certified Master Gardener this spring with Grow LA Victory Garden Initiative classes. The series is held at community sites including the Natural History Museum campus and Greystone Mansion. Visit and click on UC Master Gardening.



Musical among Ebell programs marking Women’s History Month

What do an opera singer, unsung heroines and a playwright have in common? They will be featured at three different programs at The Ebell of Los Angeles during Women’s History Month in March. Sylvia Boyd will present a musical history of opera singer Marian Anderson’s life at a program Mon., March 5 beginning with a social hour at 11:30 a.m. Anderson was the first African American to sing with the Metropolitan Opera in 1955, and she also was the first to perform at the White House. Ticket cost is $30 for members; $35 for non-members. Little known female powerhouses will be saluted at “Look What She Did,” a program on Wed., March 21 at 6:30 p.m., highlighting the accomplishments of five women. Ebell members will describe the achievements of women ranging from an Egyptian queen to an Ebell founder. Tickets are $10. Playwright Jennifer Maisel’s “The Last Seder” will be performed on Sun., March 25 beginning at 5 p.m. followed by a light supper. The play reading, directed by Jessica Kubzansky, tells the story of a dysfunctional family celebrating Pass-

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Spring concerts at All Saints’

The All Saints’ Choir and Orchestra performs Maurice Duruflé’s “Requiem” and Gabriel Fauré’s “Messe Basse” at All Saints’ Church, 504 N. Camden Dr., Beverly Hills, Fri., March 9 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 students and seniors. As a prelude to Holy Week, the All Saints’ Choir will sing a special choral Eucharist, featuring the music of Francisco Guerrero and Orlande de Lassus, Fri., March 23 at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit


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Don’t make a weak preemptive opening bid in fourth seat There is no reason to preempt (open with a weak 2 or 3) in fourth seat. The purpose of a preempt is to keep opponents out of the bidding or to keep them from finding a contract. If you are in fourth seat and everyone has passed, you know that since neither opponent has an opening hand, the most they can have between them is around 22 High Card Points (HCP) or less and probably don't have a game. So if you have a weak hand with a good six-card suit in fourth seat and you open the

bidding, there’s a good likelihood that between them your opponents have more points than you and your partner. If you open with a weak bid and they then enter the bidding, you have allowed them to find a part score they could make. As a result, there's no reason to open the bidding with a sub-opening hand in fourth seat. To do so just invites opponents to search for a part score contract they can make. If you don’t have enough HCP to make an opening 1 bid in fourth seat, pass. As a result of this, a two lev-


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Grand Slam el opening bid in fourth seat is available for a descriptive bid other than a weak two, if you have an opening hand. I use it to show 12+ HCP with a six card suit. So if I have 12+  HCP with a five card or less suit, I just open at the one level. But if I have a six-card suit with an opening hand or better, I open at the two level. This has two positive effects: 1. It more  specifically describes your hand to partner and allows you to proceed bidding without having to rebid your suit to show six cards; and 2. It hinders opponents from entering the bidding to find any contract they might have because the level is too high to start exploratory bidding when they know you have an opening hand or better. With that as a preamble, here's a hand we held recently:

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Bidding: South West North East P P P! 2D P 2H P 3C P 3N P P P My partner played our system and opened 2D, although it's puzzling why North did not preempt with 2 spades in third seat. There is a feeling that you should not preempt if you have an outside fourcard major. But in this situation, North, in third seat, must preempt with 2 spades, holding six spades and three of the top five honors. He should forget his four little hearts, especially in third seat. If North preempts with 2S, it would make our finding 3 no trump (3N) extremely difficult, if not impossible. But when your opponents make a mistake, take advantage of it, and we did. I felt my partner probably had a pretty good hand, 15-16 HCP; I had no reason for that other than instinct. I did know that she had an opening hand

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with six diamonds, so I immediately thought we had a shot at 3N since I had three diamonds to an honor. My heart bid showed a good five-card suit. Since I already knew she had at least six diamonds, she was free to bid 3 clubs to show a club stopper. That's all I wanted to know. When she had my unstopped suit, and I had a spade stopper, I bid 3N, expecting a spade lead into my king doubleton. You can see that if North leads a heart, South takes the ace; and if she shifts to the queen of spades through my doubleton king, they can defeat the contract, taking one heart and six spades before I can get in. But, as anticipated, I got the opening lead of the jack of spades (the unbid suit and the standard lead given North’s spade holding), and we took 11 tricks (one spade, eight diamonds, and two clubs) off the top. 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.

Stay home and read a book: ball on March 4

The Library Foundation of Los Angeles is inviting everyone to the 30th annual “Stay Home and Read a Book Ball,” Sun., March 4, all day long. Attendees can join Pulitzer Prize-winning author and chair of the ball, Viet Thanh Nguyen, in wearing whatever they want as they curl up in a chair, sit in a park, enjoy a glass of wine or cup of tea with their favorite pet and read a good book. To RSVP and donate to the Library Foundation, visit lfla. org/stayhome.

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This tradition protects a new bride from bad spirits ProfessorKnowIt-All Bill Bentley

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Spring comes to Descanso gardens Tours, music and art workshops can help you enjoy the spring blooms and cherry blossoms at Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge Learn origami, the art of Japanese paper folding Sat., March 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arranging, is Sat., March 31 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hear jazz ukulele by the Abe

Egg-ceptional egg hunt at Arboretum

Kids 10 years old and younger can grab a basket and hunt for Easter eggs at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens at 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Sat., March 31 from 9 a.m. to noon. Craft activities, refreshments and prizes will also be included. Reservations are not required. For more information, visit

Lagrimas, Jr. Trio under the cherry blossoms Sat., March 24 and Sun., March 25 at 11 a.m. Guided walking tours of the blooms in the gardens are Saturdays and Sundays through Sun., April 29 at 11 a.m. Visit

Children’s classes at Huntington

Kids ages seven and up can learn about making books, flower arranging and Chinese brush painting at workshops at Huntington Library, 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino. How to make books and printmaking is Sat., March 17, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Creating a St. Patrick’s Day flower arrangement is 1 to 2:30 p.m. Chinese brush painting is Sat., March 24, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Visit

asks Lee Stone. Modern rifles or shotguns all have a barrel and a stock. In old flintlock rifles, however, the firing mechanism that received the strike of the flint was called a lock (it actually does resemble a door lock). Lock, stock and barrel, then, means the whole works — or, if you prefer — the whole shooting match. • • • Why is a sissy “nambypamby”? queries Todd Harris. The original Namby (which is English baby talk for Ambrose) was in fact one Ambrose Phillips, 16711749, a very minor poet, whose overly flowery verses were so dipped in sugary sentiment that Harry Carey, an equally obscure critic and playwright, satirized them as namby-pamby. It proved to be more lasting than anything either wrote. • • • How come a triangle of hair in the middle of one’s forehead is called a “widow’s peak”? ponders Pam McNally. There is an ancient superstition that women with such a hairline were marked for early widowhood and were therefore not to be sought as wives. This later manifested itself in caps with a downturned projection over the forehead that became mandatory for widows in mourning and in the headdresses of some nuns, who were traditionally the brides/widows of Christ. Professor Know-It-All is the nom de plume of Bill Bentley, who invites readers to try and stump him. Send your questions to

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Miraculous, historic Miracle Mile moving further into 21st century

By Suzan Filipek In the early 1920s, developer A.W. Ross turned a dirt road watched over by cows into a wealthy shopping enclave, which is how “Ross’s folly” became known as something of a miracle, and the name “Miracle Mile” was born. Parcels along Wilshire Boulevard quickly were improved, and many new shopping buildings were made to accommodate the automobile with entrances from the rear parking lots. Wilshire Tower housed both Silverwoods and Desmond’s in separate ground-floor wings. Built in 1929 as the first Art Deco structure on the Mile, it was designed by Gilbert Stanley Underwood (who also was the architect of the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park). The May Co. (now becoming home to the Academy Museum) opened in 1939 and remains a reigning example of Streamline Moderne architecture. HPOZ Adjacent homes and apartment buildings also were built in the early 20th century, mostly in Period Revival styles, many of which still stand today. So it seems only natural that this residential area became the city’s 35th Historic Preser-

vation Overlay Zone in 2017. There was last-minute opposition to the designation, so much so that the effort nearly failed. But the majority — the proponent of residents — won the day, and on March 28, 2017, the HPOZ ordinance was adopted by the City Council. It was a sigh of relief among

residents overwhelmed with a flurry of McMansions that were beginning to dot and overcrowd the neighborhood, according to Mark Zecca, chairman of the Miracle Mile Residential Association HPOZ committee. The next order of business is to appoint a five-member board for the HPOZ.

HPOZ board So far, one person has been appointed to the HPOZ board, which will work in tandem with the City Planning Department, said Ken Bernstein, principal city planner. Councilman David Ryu appointed architect Lisa Landworth DeBolske.

An additional appointment will be made by the mayor, who will select someone with real estate or construction experience. The Cultural Heritage Commission will choose both an architect and a renter or owner who lives in the Miracle Mile. “Our staff is setting up in(Please turn to page 3)

“Equinox just moved into this space in the fall… I love working here because we are so close to all of the museums and people in the field of art. I have a degree in graphic design, so this area and its architecture are very inspiring. The energy around the Miracle Mile, especially with all of the people walking around, is great.” Gabby Snavely, receptionist at Equinox

“We moved to this space in May of 2017. We used to be located at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, but we wanted to be closer to LACMA, the Craft & Folk Art Museum and the other museums, and this place just fell into our laps. We love the busy neighborhood and the residents are very receptive and hungry for art. The food scene here is also great: we have an Indian restaurant, a Japanese café and lots of other options. It’s truly a great community.” Rakeem Cunningham, TAG Art Gallery, Wilshire Blvd.

‘What do you love about working in the Miracle Mile?’

That is the question inquiring photographer Sondi Toll Sepenuk asked locals along Wilshire Blvd. near Wilshire Courtyard.

“I can remember when there wasn’t any development. Now, there’s a lot more and it’s much more lively. Of course, there’s more traffic now, too, but that kind of change is inevitable.” Armondo Gomez, First Entertainment Credit Union

“I love it because there are lots of places to walk to, good food, and it’s central to our clients in Santa Monica, downtown and Hollywood,” and “It’s also so close to LACMA and we have a wonderful Farmers Market here every Wednesday.” Dawn Telleson and Haley Mandel, Initiative Media in Wilshire Courtyard

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THE E. CLEM WILSON Building, circa 1935, was designed in 1929 by architects Meyer & Holler. The building, at the northeast corner of Wilshire and La Brea, is in Art Deco (Zigzag) Moderne style. It was used as the exterior of the Daily Planet building in the first season of “The Adventures of Superman” television series in 1952. Photo: USC Digital Library, Los Angeles Examiner Collection.

ONCE UPON A TIME. View looks west at the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and Cloverdale Avenue, circa 1939. The Sontag Drug Store is seen on the northwest corner. Today it is the location of Wilshire Beauty Supply. A and P Food Palace, a grocery store, was next-door to Sontag’s. Note the Wilshire Boulevard street lamps. Photo: Los Angeles Public Library.

FOUR STAR THEATRE opened in the 1930s on Wilshire Boulevard. It is the site of the nearly complete new apartment project, “The Mansfield.”


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(Continued from page 2) terviews with the board applicants,” Bernstein said as the Chronicle went to press. Once in place, which is expected soon, the four board members will select the fifth member from the applicant pool. History takes time   Meanwhile, City Planning Department staff members are reviewing building permit applications. When initiating a construction project, “what is most important is to first set up a consultation with [city planner] Christina Park to discuss any addition before plans are drawn up and permits are pulled,” according to the MMRA’s Mark Zecca. “She can guide them to what is permissible in this area. This will save them wasted time getting a project approved. “Pulling permits first without a consultation can delay the process.” Among early outreach to

all property owners was a city mailing of postcards about the new historic zone, and the MMRA also posted an “ABC’s of HPOZ” on its website. As new property owners buy into the area, they get an MMRA welcome packet informing them of their city planning HPOZ staff member Christina Park, “We urge all property owners to go to the city’s website for details on the Miracle Mile HPOZ, It is important for them to look up their property by street address and to study the new guidelines,” says Zecca.

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A new 12-story building is planned on S. La Brea Ave., just north of the future Purple Line subway station entrance. More next month!

OPENED IN 1952, the complex is the first large-scale facility designed for television production in the U.S.

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Commission to review historic status of CBS TV The city Cultural Heritage Commission was expected to consider historic status for the CBS Television City complex Thurs., March 1, after the Chronicle went to press. The five-member Commission had its first meeting regarding a city Historic-Cultural Monument designation for the storied television complex after it was recently nominated by

the Los Angeles Conservancy. “Assuming the Commission takes the nomination under consideration on March 1st, a two-member subcommittee of the Commission will tour the property and then the nomination will come back for final consideration, either in late April or early May,” said Ken Bernstein, principal city planner, Depart(Please turn to page 21)

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Mansfield Art Deco design pays homage to 1930s Theatre

By Suzan Filipek The Mansfield, a mixed-use project with 138 apartments above ground-floor retail, a yoga studio and dining, is getting ready for its close-up. The property at 5100 Wilshire Blvd. — at the corner of Mansfield Ave. — was once home to the Four Star Theatre, which opened in 1932. The apartment complex is set to start leasing soon for a May or June opening, said developer Aaron Korda of the Korda Group. Two floors of the six-story, Art Deco-style building feature lofts with 18-foot ceilings. Amenities at the complex include private balconies, a pool and Jacuzzi, fire pits, a gym, clubhouse, outdoor movie theater and spacious decks with views of downtown and the Hollywood Hills. The project has three levels of parking, two of them underground, with a total of 309 spaces. The garage will be equipped with electric vehicle charging stations. Automobile Club, yoga A ground-floor, 13,000square-foot retail area will include an office of the Automobile Club of Southern California, which is relocating from Century City to make room

ELEMENTS of Art Deco are reflected in the architecture.

for the Metro Purple Line station there, said Korda. The Automobile Club will lease 6,500 square feet on the west end, with a yoga studio opening on the east side of the building; another 2,500 square feet is available for a restaurant or coffee shop, Korda said. The Art Deco-style architecture is reminiscent of the original movie theater, which will be memorialized in the project breezeway by three murals by artist Jeanine Hattas based on historic photos, painted on canvas and applied to the concrete walls. The largest, 34 feet by 13 feet, shows crowds at a 1939 movie premiere attended by the Keystone Cops, Mr. and Mrs. Darryl Zanuck, Cesar Romero, Joan Crawford, Don

Ameche and Alice Faye among others. Three framed art pieces from the 900-seat theater will hang in the main lobby. Other notable events at the old theater included staging the press preview of “Gone with the Wind” in 1939. The Four Star was one of several theaters commissioned by United Artists and Fox West Coast Theatres and was designed by the firm of Walker and Eisen, with Clifford Balch as architect, according to the Los Angeles Conservancy. The former movie house featured Art Deco details including  inscribed chevrons, stripes, and abstract figurative and floral motifs, as well as a central tower that rose in a series of staggered steps.


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HOLLYWOOD’S Golden Age celebrities attended premieres at the former Four Star Theatre depicted in a mural featured in the Mansfield’s breezeway.

In the early 1970s, the San Francisco-based Mitchell Brothers purchased the Four Star and screened pornographic movies here. Oasis Church In 1997, the Theatre was purchased by Oasis Church, and, in 2007, renamed Oasis Theatre with church services held on Sundays. The building was sold in 2012 and was demolished in 2015 for the new mixed-use development spanning the entire block.


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Toy Hall settles in, other Chamber president sees transformation Courtyard business campus. Billy Taylor kid-friendly spaces abound As theByfounder Years later, Ratkovich acquired and president

When Whimsic Alley closed its doors last July, it opened up possibilities for Miracle Mile Toys and owner Christine Johnson and business partner Carrie Burkle-Harr. The store promptly moved across the street and has spent the last several months settling in. Keeping the village layout that former Whimsic Alley had put in place, Miracle Mile Toy Hall now uses the different village “shops” as rooms for different types of toys, from toddler toys to board and card games, and building blocks to dollhouses. The space is also used for birthday parties and other events, as well as groups such as Bob Baker Marionette Theater, which gives monthly performances (Burkle-Harr is a board member for the theater). There is a “Critter Visit” on Wednesdays, where kids can meet animals. In February, a photo booth was set up for kids to get their pictures taken and make a card. In April, Young Ninjas USA will have a ninja party at Toy Hall. Miracle Mile Toy Hall 5464 Wilshire Blvd. 323-389-1733

YOUNG NINJAS USA brings their dojo to Toy Hall in April.

Toys, toys, toys If you can’t get enough toys at Toy Hall, Kip’s Toyland is arguably the oldest toy store around the Mile. The Farmers Market shop carries a selection of classic and retro toys, and it is always worth a visit for kids of all ages, and their parents, who want to get away from technology. Kip’s Toyland, Farmers Market 6333 W. 3rd St., Stall 720 323-939-8334 Story times, art, science But there’s more than toys to occupy a child or teen in this neighborhood. From story times for toddlers to earning community service hours for teens, to art, science and more, families can find it in the Mile. (Please turn to page 30)

of the Greater Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce, Steve Kramer has witnessed the area transform over the decades. And he says it just keeps getting better and better. “What is going on right now in the Miracle Mile is beyond a renaissance,” Kramer told the Chronicle in an interview at his Wilshire Boulevard law office. Things weren’t always so promising. When Kramer got the idea in 1995 to start a chamber of commerce, he says the Mile was a very quiet place. “I have lived in the area for 40 years, and in the ’80s and mid-’90s you just didn’t see people on the streets. There were a couple of restaurants, but not much activity.” Kramer can recall how just a few decades ago the Miracle Mile experienced a significant period of decline. “In the ’70s, large shopping centers opened up elsewhere, which caused department stores in the Mile to move, following a pattern around the country.” The loss of big-name stores caused an existential crisis to the once celebrated shopping district: “When you take out five department stores in a period of seven years, you lose a


lot. And in a negative way, that feeds upon itself,” says Kramer. But then, things slowly started to change, thanks in part, according to Kramer, to property developer Jerry Snyder, and later Wayne Ratkovich. Despite the area’s loss of luster at the time, both men believed that the Mile’s central location would bring people back. Snyder started investing in the neighborhood in the late ’80s by revamping the thennamed Museum Square building at 5757 Wilshire Blvd. — originally built in 1948 as Prudential Square, the western home office of the insurance company and now called the SAG-AFTRA Plaza. Just across the street, Snyder built the 1 million-square-foot Wilshire

the 30-story office building at 5900 Wilshire Blvd. and invested $34 million in a complete renovation of the tower. Kramer says that the respective projects that the two men undertook were instrumental in changing the narrative of the Mile. “These new buildings and major renovations were very welcoming to new tenants. Then we had a tremendous number of residential projects arrive. It brought activity back to the neighborhood.” It’s not likely that large department stores will ever return to the Mile — “It’s not going to happen,” Kramer concedes — but small, street-level businesses are flourishing. Miracle Mile Toys is a perfect example, according to Kramer, who notes that the family-owned toy store recently expanded and added an event space to their business model. “Also, next door to the toy store is Milk Jar Cookies, which serves cookies and ice cream. “Nobody would’ve opened an ice cream shop in the Miracle Mile in the ’90s,” Kramer says with a laugh. When asked why businesses are now flocking to the Mile, (Please turn to page 20)

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Misconceptions about La Brea Tar Pits, Ice Age animals, climate change

Dr. Emily L. Lindsey This article is adapted from a talk Dr. Lindsey gave prior to last year’s annual TarFest celebration in the Miracle Mile. In 2016, I moved to Los Angeles to take the job of Curator at the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. This site is a U.S. National Natural Landmark, is generally ranked as one of the top places for tourists to visit in Los Angeles, and is intricately intertwined with the history of Los Angeles itself. However, even many locals, I have found, aren’t entirely sure what the La Brea Tar Pits are, and in some cases misconceptions have arisen. Here are a few examples: Dinosaurs Misconception 1: There are dinosaurs at the La Brea Tar Pits. Nope. No dinosaurs. (Sorry!) Well, that isn’t technically true, because birds are the living descendants of dinosaurs, and we have over 130 species of birds in our fossil collections. But the big, armored, toothy dinosaurs that you can see on display at our parent institution, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM), over in Exposition Park, disappeared from earth more than 65 million years before the La Brea Tar

have extinct species of lions and jaguars and bears that used to wander what is now Wilshire Boulevard. And we have other big mammals that aren’t extinct, like coyotes and deer. And species that might go extinct in the not-too-distant future, like grizSPEAKING at LACMA at the launch of zlies and prongTarFest last year, Dr. Emily Lindsey. horn antelope. We also have less-giant aniPits began oozing up in Hancock Park (the County park, mals, like those 130 species of not the nearby residential birds, and lizards, and rodents. neighborhood), back when We have fish and snails and Los Angeles, and most of the even insects preserved in our rest of California, were still miraculous, ever-flowing goo. Incipient fossils hundreds of feet beneath the And we have plants too! If ocean. But if there aren’t any dino- you need to be convinced, just walk past one of the fencedsaurs here, what do we have? off, still-active asphalt seeps Mammals, like us We have giant animals — in Hancock Park, and you will mammals, like us! — that see thousands of incipient foslived here in Los Angeles not sils of modern plants stuck millions of years ago, but in a tar pit, just as they have (only) thousands. Animals that been getting stuck in our tar saw, and smelled, and prob- pits for tens of thousands of ably tasted — and were tasted years. All of which makes this one by — people. Saber-toothed cats and dire wolves, mam- of the only places in the world moths and mastodons, camels where scientists can look back and horses and bison, and (my in time and see not just one favorite) — giant sloths. We animal, or a group of animals,

NOT TO BE CONFUSED with a dinosaur, an Ice Age mammoth greets visitors at the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

but an entire ecosystem of animals and plants, big and small, predators and prey; can start to guess at their behaviors, can divine their interactions, and can watch them move and change and travel through time until they come to where

INCIPIENT FOSSILS of modern plants and birds stuck in tar, just like thousands of years ago.

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we are today, or disappear. Not actors Misconception 2: The people you see working in the excavations here in the park, and in the Fossil Lab inside our Museum, are actors — or a variation on this, are robots, or are part of a Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) art exhibit. People ask us about this frequently. And I get it. This is, after all, Los Angeles. And I have no doubt that, if we wanted to, we could get actors to come here and sit in the hot sun all day and pretend to be paleontologists. But we don’t need to do that — because we have real paleontologists! In fact, the La Brea Tar Pits (Please turn to page 28)

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Family friendly movies, ‘Doodles’ arts program at Park La Brea By Talia Abrahamson With its hard-to-miss apartment towers and 160-acre campus, Park La Brea is within walking distance of many mid-Wilshire parks, shops and museums. Unknown to passers-by, however, are the multitudes of activities offered to residents within the housing community itself. Located in the heart of the campus is the communal Activities Center, complete with a theater, cafe, gym, spin classroom and yoga studio. Residents can rent a meeting room in the back of the Center, where birthday parties are frequently held. Every Saturday at 2 p.m., with the oversight of activity coordinator Debora Gillman and activities center supervisor Sylvie Brousseau, residents have the option to watch a collectively chosen, familyfriendly movie in the theater.

ENTRANCE to the Park La Brea Activities Center.

According to Gillman, the movies are especially popular with the community’s younger residents. During the summer months, there are monthly kid-friendly movies shown outdoors in a park, with games and prizes before the showing. Contemporary movies are shown Sundays at 2 p.m. and more adult-themed movies

are at 7 p.m. on Thursdays, all year-round. The theater also serves as a gathering place for televised events. Gillman is preparing to show the Oscars live and to throw an Oscars party for residents. “We also just had the Super Bowl in here, with refreshments, and it was filled to

capacity,” said Gillman. “When there’s not a program or movie in here, we have something on the big screen, all day long, and it’s free.” Resident David Zlotchew believes that having a theater, among other activities, so nearby is one of the advantages of Park La Brea for families. “They’re here, and it’s convenient. We didn’t know about all of the activities when we moved here,” he said, referring to his wife and daughters, Lena, 6, and Eve, 4. “It’s nice to have that.” Eve Zlotchew reaffirmed her father’s statement with a resounding, “Yes!” ‘Debi Doodles’ The most well-attended and year-round children’s activity is the Debi Doodles program, started in 2009 and led by Gillman, a twice-a-month, after-school arts workshop. Attendance ranges from 40-60

RESIDENTS Eve, left, David, and Lena Zlotchew play in the courtyard at the Curson Café. Photos by Talia Abrahamson

participants, and craft projects and attendees tend to differ with every session. “Kids come with a parent or other adult. The kids are five and up, but if they have a younger sibling, they can bring them. We basically have all of the ages,” Gillman said. Lena Zlotchew views the Debi Doodles program as one of her favorite options in Park La Brea. “My favorite [activities are] doing art, playing with the ball, and riding on my scooter,” said Lena. In addition to planned activities, the campus contains acres of parks and courtyards, which are open for those who prefer less-structured forms of activity. Walking around Park La Brea — the largest housing community west of the Mississippi — is an activity for every age. Long-time resident Alexander Messmann prefers the non-structured alternatives to the class offerings. In addition to walking, Messmann swims in the community's two salt water pools and enjoys the jacuzzi, both not far from the Activities Center. “You can walk up and down the staircases in the towers, and that’s good exercise,” he adds. Adults can take yoga and water aerobics courses at the pool, and yoga courses are available in the gym. Adults can hire private gym trainers and participate in tai chi classes, dance classes, art classes and the gardening club. If you do not reside in Park La Brea, then make friends with a resident, because guests are welcome to participate. Talia Abrahamson, Plymouth Blvd., is a sophomore at Marlborough School.


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Police, fire, community come together, and then there’s chili


The firefighters will be serving both paleo and vegetarian versions at this year’s Taste at the Original Farmers Market Tues., July 24 from 5 to 9 p.m. This year marks the 10th anniversary of both the Taste event and its non-profit partner First-in Fire.

“It promises to be great fun with great food, all showcasing our great local first responders,” says MacEwen Cohen. The event is a morale booster for firefighters who have been hard hit recently. Wildfire season is longer that

SEEN at “Taste of Farmers Market,” Ilysha Buss, The Original Farmers Market; Councilman David Ryu, CD4; LAFD Capt. Rick Crawford, Fire Station 61; Lyn MacEwen Cohen of First-in Fire Foundation; Melissa Kaufler, field rep for state Assemblyman Richard Bloom, District 51; and LAFD Capt. Frank Larez, Fire Station 29. Photo page 1: Left to right, Firefighters Jesse Contreras, Rich Vigliata and Gabe Lopez.


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before. “You never know when danger is going to come.” As a result, fundraising pancake breakfasts have been postponed, but MacEwen Cohen hopes to have some dates soon. After all, “you can build friendships over pancakes.” Another icebreaker, Wilshire, a Dalmatian, is often seen accompanying firefighters on one of their trucks. “Preparedness can be fun, which is antithetical to what you normally think. “The serious message can be put in a playful package.” On other fronts, the Foundation has raised $46,000 for a new garden at Fire Station 29, 4029 Wilshire Blvd., to fill in a front yard that right now is mostly dirt. Fundraising began after the station’s centennial celebration in 2013. A design created pro bono by Mia Lehrer + Associates is waiting approval. MacEwen Cohen also heads the Miracle Mile Civic Coalition with Marc Cohen and Wally Marks. Celebrating its 30th year, the Coalition is championing

to expand first responder relationships. Championing unity among first responders Unifying the police, fire and community are key, says MacEwen Cohen. It has been a focus since 9-11, and has taken on added momentum. “L.A. is always the leader in all of these things.” And this is no exception, says MacEwen Cohen. The effort was witnessed in the recent Montecito fires, where the police enter first to evacuate residents, and the fire officials follow with rescue efforts. The challenge in coordinating locally is the geography, with Station 61, 5821 W. Third St., close to Farmers Market, while the Wilshire Division of the Los Angeles Police Department is miles away at Venice and La Brea. “It’s a big area to do this kind of work.” In the fall, The Civic Coalition’s 15th “Ready or Not! Safety Summit” will concern emergency preparedness and (Please turn to page 29)

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By Suzan Filipek Firefighters from Fire Stations 29 and 61 cook a mean “firehouse chili.” “It’s a secret recipe,” says Lyn MacEwen Cohen, founder and president of the Miracle Mile-based First-in Fire Foundation.

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The following list of apartment buildings in and around the Miracle Mile area is not exhaustive, but it 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. Some communities also have their own websites, while others are available online on information sites such as, rent. com, and All are ZIP code 90036 unless noted. If you have additions or corrections,

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please write to Avalon Wilshire 5115 Wilshire Blvd. 323-330-1168 Boulevard on Wilshire 5353 Wilshire Blvd. 323-937-7001 Brighton Villas 318 S. Detroit St. 844-244-9994 Broadcast Center Apartments 7660 Beverly Blvd. 323-602-0248

Cochran Apartments 657–665 S. Cochran Ave. No phone number available.

HPG Miracle Mile 616 S. Burnside Ave. 844-822-0394

Ridgeley Apartments 649 Ridgeley Dr. 213-258-9609

Cochran Avenue Apartments 442 S. Cochran Ave. 323-939-5944

Linda Manor Apartments 456 S. Cochran Ave. 310-430-2973

Tiffany Court 616 Masselin Ave. 323-937-5737

Cochran Island Apartments 342 S. Cochran Ave. 323-932-0450

Masselin Park West 5700 6th St. 323-934-1600

Cochran House 740 S. Cochran Ave. 844-782-0223 Curson Apartments 315-323 N. Curson Ave. 323-655-6972

Burnside Villas 649 S. Burnside Ave. No phone number available

The El Rey Apartments 660 S. Cloverdale Ave. 323-243-1365

Carthay Circle Apts. 6209-6225 Olympic Blvd., 90048 323-936-3793

Essex at Miracle Mile 400 S. Detroit St. 866-815-4656

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Micropolitan at Urban Lights 739 S. Ogden Dr. 323-319-5844 Museum Terrace 600 S. Curson Ave. 323-745-1251 Oakwood Miracle Mile 5659 W. 8th St. 323-931-5659 Palazzo Communities 6220 W. 3rd St. 323-677-5843 Palm Court Apts. 740 S. Burnside Ave. 323-930-2564 Park La Brea 6200 W. 3rd St. 323-549-5400 The Preston 630 S. Masselin Ave. 323-965-1253 Redwood Urban 630 Hauser Blvd. 323-938-5653

Wilshire Embassy Apts. 5805 W. 8th St. 323-933-6020 Wilshire La Brea 5900 Wilshire Blvd. 866-993-3520 109 N. Sycamore Ave. 323-886-9400 162/164 N. Detroit St. 323-230-0087 328 S. Cloverdale Ave. 310-899-9580 632 S. Cloverdale Ave. 310-933-4191 756 Ridgeley Dr. 323-545-6195 5550 Wilshire Blvd. 323-645-9418 5600 Wilshire Blvd. 866-812-6011 5880-5882 W. 8th St. 310-425-9070 6300 W. Olympic Blvd., 90048 844-245-0405 6526 W. Olympic Blvd., 90048 310-425-9070


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(Continued from page 4) forts of the Sycamore Square Neighborhood Association and the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, which both welcomed Plus Architects’ redesign. “We originally had designed a modern building, and the neighborhood gave us feedback that they did not think it fit with the surrounding area. We were able to use that feedback and collaborate with our architect to ultimately come up with the Art Deco design,” Korda said.  The new building’s homage to the area’s past includes a theater marquee and geometric parapets. Under the dropped ceiling of the marquee will be theater-style light bulbs. “Also, there is a fountain with custom tiling, and the balconies all have precast stone façades,” Korda said. The sidewalk will be widened on Wilshire with a double row of trees planted, including palms, and there will be outdoor seating. The building steps down to

THE THEATRE staged the press preview of “Gone with the Wind” in 1939.

two and three floors in the back. Parking for the retail will enter on Orange Drive, residential entry will be from Mansfield. An “Amazon Hub” for residents and the public will be in the breezeway. Residents will have a private package locker system. “Packages will be delivered into the secured lockers, and residents will receive a text, notifying them to retrieve the package from the locker.”  

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Mid City West considers ‘unruly’ Fairfax shoppers, La Cienega project By Billy Taylor Board members of the Mid City West Community Council gathered Feb. 13 to consider, among other things, ways to improve the shopping on Fairfax Avenue and a controversial building project seeking support on La Cienega. Representing Supreme LA, a popular skateboarding and clothing shop on Fairfax Avenue, Michael Goldstein addressed the board at the start of the meeting, hosted in the auditorium of the National Council of Jewish Women. Goldstein recognized that there have been issues with unruly customers lining up for blocks — at times camping out for days — and complaints from residents about customer behavior and a lack of bathrooms on-site. “If you go out tonight, you will see there are no longer lines,” said Goldstein.

“What we’ve done is that we’ve changed our security and we’ve taken measures to improve the neighborhood.” Goldstein said that the company is “doing its best” to get rid of trash left behind by its customers. Supreme LA has hired a janitorial company to circle the block during business hours to keep things tidy. “All we are trying to do is to be a good neighbor,” said Goldstein. Also on the topic of improving the experience on Fairfax Avenue, the board voted to approve the selection of Gilberto Cruz, a graduate student researcher, to study the Fairfax shopping district between Melrose and Beverly. Cruz will identify and provide solutions for the long- and short-term problems such as street cleanliness, crowd management, poor tree and plant coverage and enforcing existing regula-

RESIDENTS complain that a proposed building design will dwarf existing homes.

tions along the strip. Working with board member Mehmet Berker, Cruz will submit his project findings to UCLA’s Department of Urban Planning in June. La Cienega In regard to land use issues, more than 40 public speakers provided comment to the

board on a controversial project proposed at 411-431 N. La Cienega Blvd. The project will consist of 72 apartments, including eight affordable units, with 70 subterranean parking spaces. Residents in attendance largely opposed the project’s lack of transitional height

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between adjacent single-family homes and its “wall-like” design. Pro-development supporters in attendance, namely Abundant Housing LA, argued that if you can’t build a high-density multifamily project on La Cienega, then where can one build housing in the city? After several hours of comment and debate, the board voted to support the project with additional conditions added, including that an open walkway be closed, that the pool be relocated on the roof and to close at 10 p.m. daily, that no short term rental be allowed, and that the project include one extra unit of moderate income housing.

Police to push Neighborhood Watch programs By Billy Taylor If you live in the Miracle Mile, you’ve probably seen Senior Lead Officer Perry Jones of the Los Angeles Police Department. He has worked for the police department for the past 28 years and has served the Miracle Mile in the Wilshire Division for 24 of those years. To get an idea of what’s happening on the streets of the Mile, we turned to Jones to tell us what’s on his radar. “Right now we are pushing for the development of more Neighborhood Watch programs,” said Jones. Neighborhood Watch programs are often referred to as the cornerstone of the police department’s crime prevention strategy. The concept is to enlist the active participation of residents, in cooperation with law enforcement, to reduce crime across Los Angeles. “We are trying to empower the community to be their own eyes and ears,” explained Jones. As such, you can expect to see Jones at community meetings this spring encouraging residents to work more closely with their neighbors. That old phrase, “lock it, hide it, keep it,” is still as relevant as ever, according to Jones, who says that opportunists are always looking for the chance to grab a package on your porch or a bag left in your car. “Be proactive. Before you’re a victim,” Jones recommends. Born and raised in the area, Jones has watched the Miracle Mile transform over the years. And he says the changes have been for the better. “There are more residents in the area, and more people on the streets,” said Jones. “And any time you have people, there is money. That brings (Please turn to page 29)

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next stop: more rail From the current terminus at Wilshire/Western, the Purple Line Extension will extend westward for about nine miles and will add seven new stations providing easy access to the Westside, our regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second-largest job center. Travel time between downtown Los Angeles and Westwood is expected to be about 25 minutes. The project is being built in three sections. The first section between Wilshire/Western and Wilshire/La Cienega is now under construction and is scheduled for completion in 2023. Local businesses will be open during construction.

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Directory of Elected Officials

Sen. Dianne Feinstein * 11111 Santa Monica Blvd. Ste. 915, 310-914-7300 Sen. Kamala Harris 312 N. Spring St., Ste. 1748 213-894-5000 Rep. Adam Schiff* 28th District 5500 Hollywood Blvd., Ste. #416 323-315-5555 Rep. Ted Lieu* 33rd District 5055 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 310 323-651-1040 Rep. Jimmy Gomez* 34th District 350 S. Bixel St., #120 213-481-1425 Rep. Karen Bass*

37th District 4929 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 650 323-965-1422 Gov. Edmund G. Brown, Jr. State Capitol, Suite 1173 Sacramento, CA 95814 916-445-2841 State Senator Ben Allen* 26th District 2512 Artesia Blvd., #320 Redondo Beach, CA 90278 310-318-6994 Assemblymember Richard Bloom* 50th District 2800 28th St., Ste. 105 Santa Monica, CA 90405 310-450-0041 Assemblymember Miguel Santiago* 53rd District

320 W. 4th St., #1050, 213-620-4646 County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl* 500 W. Temple St., #821 213-974-3333 Councilman Paul Koretz 6380 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 800 323-866-1828 Councilman David Ryu 200 N. Spring St., Rm. 425 213-473-7004


construction, redevelopment of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) campus, the coming-soon Academy Museum and recent renovations at the Petersen Automotive and Craft and Folk Art museums are all contributing to the neighborhood’s allure. In fact, with multiple largescale projects in the pipeline, Kramer is confident that the Mile’s best days are still ahead: “People can debate, but the

Mile will be one of the cultural capitals of Southern California. And I don’t think that’s hyperbole on my part; it’s the truth.” Of course, a Miracle Mile “renaissance” is good for the Chamber’s membership as well. The organization started out with about 44 members, but now is up to 120. “That is very much a factor of our executive director Meg McComb, who has done an amazing job,” says Kramer.

(Continued from page 6) Kramer is clear: “Location, location, location.” “For people who have some transcendental relationship to the entertainment business, the Mile’s location is phenomenal. You can get anywhere in the city pretty darn easily.” Commercial space isn’t the only reason to celebrate the area. The Metro Purple Line

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Single-family homes 932 S. Stanley Ave. 836 Masselin Ave. 917 S. Ridgeley Dr. 941 S. Cloverdale Ave.

$ 1,375,000 1,371,500 1,175,000 1,150,000

Condominiums 600 S. Ridgeley Dr., #PH9 749 S. Cloverdale Ave., #PH2 5525 W. Olympic Blvd., #303 750 S. Spaulding Ave., #238 750 S. Spaulding Ave., #315 5525 W. Olympic Blvd., #202 648 S. Ridgeley Dr., #201 648 S. Ridgeley Dr., #103

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Beverly Grove Homeowners Association Stan Brent, president 6404 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 1618 323-929-2499 Boundaries: La Cienega to Fairfax, Wilshire to Third. Beverly Wilshire Homes Association Diana Plotkin, president 323-653-6254 Boundaries: Wilshire to Rosewood, La Cienega to La Brea, excluding Park La Brea.

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(Continued from page 3) ment of City Planning, Office of Historic Resources and Citywide Policy Planning. If approved by the Commission, the City Council has 90 days to vote on the final designation. “Designation as an HCM means that any permits for demolition or substantial alteration would be referred to the Cultural Heritage Commission and Office of Historic Resources for review,” Bernstein explained.  “The Commission may object to the issuance of demolition permit for 180 days, with a potential 180 day extension by a vote of the City Council.  In addition, the building would be a historical resource under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), which means that, before demolition could be considered, an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) would need to be prepared, which would include an evaluation of preservation alternatives,” Bernstein added. The move followed news that CBS Corporation may be interested in marketing the 25-acre property at Beverly and Fairfax. A possible sale has raised concern over the fate of the structure, identified as National Register-eligible in Los Angeles’ SurveyLA. Landmark designation will offer protection to the property by requiring preservation design review and approval through the city’s Office of Historic Resources, according to the Conservancy website. Opened in 1952, the complex is the first large-scale facility designed for television production in the U.S. Architecture firm Pereira & Luckman designed the buildings, which contain soundstages, studios, editing rooms, offices, rehearsal halls, shops, and storage. Interior flexibility was key: studio walls, and even some exterior walls, could be moved and rearranged to accommodate the needs of specific productions.

Residential Associations

Carthay Circle Neighborhood Association Ivan Light, president 323-939-9694 Boundaries: Wilshire to Olympic between Fairfax and La Cienega.

from Olympic to San Vicente. A map of the boundaries is on the website. Park LaBrea Residents Association Bernie Clinch, president Park LaBrea Residents Assoc. 401 S. Burnside Ave.

La Brea-Hancock Homeowners’ Association Barbara Savage, president Cathy Roberts, secretary Boundaries: Wilshire to Third, Sycamore to Citrus. Miracle Mile Residential Association James O’Sullivan, president Boundaries: Wilshire south to San Vicente (Fairfax to Meadowbrook), stops at Olympic, then from Meadowbrook to La Brea and from Fairfax east to La Brea (Wilshire to Olympic), but to Meadowbrook

323-934-1177 Sycamore Square Neighborhood Association Conrad Starr, president Boundaries: Wilshire to Olympic, La Brea to Citrus.

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Museums: Urban Light, continuing construction on the Row

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., commemorated the 10th anniversary of Chris Burden’s “Urban Light” last month. Its 202 vintage street lamps pay homage to the city, and they now are environmentally friendlier, thanks to a recent donation of 309 LED bulbs from the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. (Some of the lamps have two globes.) The Urban Light installation exhibit will be joined by a major new building planned for LACMA. The project is scheduled to begin demolition and construction in late 2019, with the new building and its galleries spanning Wilshire Blvd. slated to open in late 2023. A Final Environmental Impact Report is expected to be completed this  summer for architect Peter Zumthor’s ex-

URBAN LIGHT lights up with its new LED bulbs at a February 2018 ceremony at LACMA.

pansive design. The total amount committed to the Building LACMA  Campaign thus far is  approximately $450 million. Another equally stunning project is already underway —the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Set in and behind the historic May Co.

department store, the Academy Museum is primed for a 2019 opening. A spherical building with rooftop views of the Hollywood Hills will house the 1,000-seat David Geffen Theater, while restoration has begun on the gold mosaic tiles on the cylinder “perfume bottle” long gracing

MAYOR GARCETTI, officials from the city and LACMA, donors and Nancy Rubins, widow of the late “Urban Light” artist, Chris Burden, point to the Wilshire Boulevard installation on its 10th anniversary.

the corner of Fairfax Ave. and Wilshire Blvd. A showpiece worthy of Le Mans, the racy-red exterior at the Petersen Automotive Museum, at 6060 Wilshire Blvd., adds drama to the opposite corner at Fairfax and Wilshire. Petersen exhibits include the newly opened “The Porsche Effect,” as well as displays of hot rods and low riders. Take a tour of the museum vault for a peek at cars that belonged to the famous and the infamous. Book ahead for the vault tour. Art exhibits, crafts and a shop with wares from around the world are at the Craft and Folk Art Museum, 5814 Wilshire Blvd., a Miracle Mile institution since 1965. The La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, 5801 Wilshire Blvd., is a world-class Ice Age fossil site, with paleontologists digging deep into the gooey tar seeking remains of extinct plants and animals. See their

finds in the Fossil Lab and watch the mammals’ plights come to life in the film, “Titans of the Ice Age 3D.” Hear about the holocaust from survivors at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, 100 The Grove Drive. Tours and exhibits offered. Learn Japanese at classes offered regularly or visit the first and third Wednesday of the month for yoga or other wellness lunchtime programs at The Japan Foundation Los Angeles, 5700 Wilshire Blvd. Visit the website for information on free movie screenings. The 2018 Olympic Winter Games are featured in an exhibit, “Now, It’s PyeongChang” at the Korean Cultural Center, 5505 Wilshire Blvd., through March 18. Films, language classes and more are offered. The Goethe Institut, Wilshire Blvd., 5750 Wilshire Blvd., offers films, books and more. Visit the website for updates.

CONSTRUCTION continues at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

GOLD MOSAIC TILES are being restored on the “perfume bottle.”

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The following list of restaurants in and around the Miracle Mile area is not exhaustive, but it does cover a major portion of the community. All are in ZIP Code 90036 unless noted. If you have additions or corrections, please write to tips@ Apollonia’s Pizzeria 5176 Wilshire Blvd. 323-937-2823 Black Dog Coffee 5657 Wilshire Blvd. 323-933-1976 Busby’s East 5364 Wilshire Blvd. 323-823-4890 Candela Taco Bar & Lounge 831 S. La Brea Ave. 323-936-0533 The Counter 5779 Wilshire Blvd. 323-932-8900

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Einstein Bros. Bagels 5550 Wilshire Blvd. 323-330-9501 El Diner 5515 Wilshire Blvd. 323-931-1281 Fatburger 5001 Wilshire Blvd., #103 323-939-9593 Five Guys Burgers and Fries 5550 Wilshire Blvd., #101D 323-939-2360 Genwa Korean BBQ 5115 Wilshire Blvd. 323-549-0760 India’s Tandoori 5468 Wilshire Blvd. 323-936-2050 International House of Pancakes 5655 Wilshire Blvd. 323-297-4467

Isa Japanese Restaurant 916 S. La Brea Ave. 323-879-9536 Jinya Ramen Bar 5168 Wilshire Blvd. 323-954-6477 Kass (opening in April) 320 S. La Brea Ave. More information to come. La Brea Bakery Café 468 S. La Brea Ave. 323-939-6813 Marie Callender’s Grill 5773 Wilshire Blvd. 323-937-7952 Met Her at a Bar 759 S. La Brea Ave. 323-847-5013 Milk Jar Cookies 5466 Wilshire Blvd. 323-634-9800 Mixt Greens 5757 Wilshire Blvd. 323-935-0826


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4700 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90010 Mo Better Burgers 901 S. La Brea Ave., #2 310-737-8556 Odys + Penelope 127 S. La Brea Ave. 323-939-1033 Ono Hawaiian BBQ 5550 Wilshire Blvd. 323-525-1688 Rascal Restaurant 801 S. La Brea Ave. 323-933-3229 Ray’s and Stark Bar at LACMA 5905 Wilshire Blvd. 323-857-6180 République 624 S. La Brea Ave. 310-362-6115 The Roof on Wilshire 6317 Wilshire Blvd. 323-852-6002 Spare Tire Kitchen 5370 Wilshire Blvd. 323-823-4890 The Sycamore Kitchen 143 S. La Brea Ave. 323-939-0151 Tom Bergin’s 840 S. Fairfax Ave. 323-936-7151 Wirtshaus 345 N. La Brea Ave. 323-931-9291 Yuko Kitchen 5484 Wilshire Blvd. 323-933-4020

Chef Emé comes to South La Brea By Rachel Olivier Chef Christophe Emé, formerly of Ortolan on Third St., will be bringing his savoir faire for French wine and fresh cuisine to his new eatery Kass, 320 S. La Brea, formerly Wilde Wine Bar (and 3Twenty Wine Lounge before that). Emé said he wants to provide a few fresh weekly rotating menu items with a large selection of good French wines, and later possibly fine cognacs and whiskies. When asked how it would compare to Ortolan, Emé said he wants Kass to be more casual, to be a place where people can drop in after work to relax with a glass of wine and a charcuterie board or other ap-

Locals are James Beard Foundation Award semifinalists

What do Michael Cimarusti, Jessica Koslow and Margarita Manzke have in common? They are part of a select group of chefs, restaurateurs, restaurants, bars and wine programs that made it as semifinalists for a James Beard Foundation award this year. Michael Cimarusti of Providence, 5955 Melrose Ave., and Jessica Koslow of Sqirl, 720 N Virgil Ave., #4, were both nominated for “Best Chef of the West” (California, Hawaii and Nevada). Margarita Manzke, of République, 624 South La Brea Ave., was nominated for “Outstanding Pastry Chef.” Other local nominees included Providence restaurant for “Outstanding Service” and a.o.c., 8700 W 3rd St., for “Outstanding Wine Program.” The foundation will announce the final nominees for all award categories Wed., March 14 in Philadelphia. Winners will be announced in May. For more information, visit

CHRISTOPHE EMÉ will keep the exposed brick at Kass.

petizer and be able to choose between fresh fish or a good burger for dinner. Although the restaurant itself is small (and the kitchen is tiny), he hopes to open up the kitchen so diners sitting on the banquettes nearby can see the action. Emé said he wants to provide protected outdoor seating, with vertical shutters creating a break between diners and passersby on the street. There might also be a TV set up for those who want to catch a sports match after work. While the exposed brick, dark wood and burgundy coloring of the prior wine bars made for a cozy feel, Emé said he would like to make people feel like they have room to breathe by lightening up the room. The exposed brick wall will stay, along with the lighter woods, but the colors of the walls and chairs will be creamy whites and grays to help give that light feel. The proposed hours are 5:30 to 10 p.m. daily for dinner, with the bar open until midnight. There will be a Sunday brunch “for sure!” said Emé. A soft opening is planned for the first week in April; look for a grand opening shortly after. “It will be very good and beautiful. I am very excited,” said Emé. Follow Chef Emé on Instagram to keep up with his progress.

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Machine Age brewery coming to Firestone site

By Suzan Filipek You will have to wait a little longer to enjoy a brew at the historic Streamline Moderne Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. building at the corner of Eighth Street. and La Brea Avenue. The building’s Machine Age design was considered ultra modern when it opened in 1938, and plans for a restaurant and microbrewery at the former tire and repair shop will be equally stunning. “It’s going to look awesome,” said developer Brad Conroy of Conroy Commercial. Originally expected to open by early 2018, the building’s adaptive reuse was reviewed by the City Cultural Heritage Commission last year.   “We now understand that the design team is revising the plans based on some operational changes and revised tenant requirements,” said Ken Bernstein, principal city planner, in the Department of City Planning’s Office of Historic Resources. The development project team is expected to present its updated plans to the City Cultural Heritage Commission Fri., March 2. “There is a proposal for a microbrewery and up to three restaurants, as an adaptive reuse of the existing building,”

MICROBREWERY and a restaurant are on tap for the landmark Streamline Moderne building at La Brea Avenue and Eighth Street.

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Bernstein said. The City Planning Department approved an application for a conditional use permit for a full line of alcohol sales for the 199-seat restaurant. While a retail area also was approved, an outdoor coffee kiosk and outdoor seating were denied for the city HistoricCultural Monument. Conroy met with members of the Sycamore Square Neighborhood Association to discuss parking, hours and repurposing the former tire and service center at 800 S. La Brea Ave. into a 3,493-square-foot restaurant and microbrewery. The 12,724 square-foot property has no on-site parking. Valet and Uber drop-off areas will be offered, Conroy said.

He plans to retain many of the Firestone building’s original features, including its fireengine-red sign. The tire store was in continuous operation from 1938 until the last owner, Bridgestone, closed the business in the fall of 2015. The building’s aerodynamic design gives the illusion of speed, precision and efficiency, with uninterrupted horizontal lines and rounded corners, according to the Los Angeles Conservancy website. 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.

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Mixology: tasty — and early — libations in this miracle of miles

hour, Callender’s Grill on By Amy and Jim Cuomo Developer A.W. Ross likely Wilshire Boulevard offers had a different vision when theirs from 3 p.m. until closhe imagined his auto-centric ing Mondays through Saturzone in the 1920s, but the days, and, dangerously, all day abundance of great finds for Sunday. Likely known by most food and drinks in the Miracle as merely a casual food opMile makes it the perfect mon- tion, Callender’s Grill houses a long, oldiker in our fashioned minds, espestyle bar and cially if one a selection is a fan of of specialty happy hour drinks, our and, even, favorite gasp, the being the occasional “Strawberry drink before URBAN LIGHT at Ray’s and Stark Blonde.” five o’clock. D a y t i m e Bar, a concoction of pisco, lemon, This comd r i n k i n g strawberry, blackberries and rose b i n a t i o n Patron may receive water, honors LACMA’s outdoor of a bad rap, art installation of the same name. silver, lime yet it is a fun trick to beat the juice, simple syrup, muddled late-night crowds. Start early; strawberry and a jalapeno slice leave early. Well, in theory at works wonderfully well. Rascal, on South La Brea least. We begin our Mile-adja- Avenue, for those willing to cent exploration at Whisper wait until five o’clock for that Lounge, tucked away in a qui- favorite adult beverage, offers eter, quainter quarter of The a selection of happy hour food Grove, exuding the old school and drink from 5 to 7 p.m., vibe we cherish. Whisper and all evening on Mondays. Lounge happily begins happy Rascal serves a refreshing hour at 3 p.m. daily until 6 cocktail (although not on the p.m. Their “Avignon Spritz” happy hour menu) named the is a delightful combination of Isle of Capri, containing BotaAperol, St. Germaine, prosec- nist gin, blood orange Italian soda, splash of tonic and co, lemon and grapefruit. For another early happy (Please turn to page 27)

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COCKTAILS are shaken and stirred at Ray’s and Stark Bar.

Ray’s and Stark Bar 5905 Wilshire Blvd.

Resnick name to be in Westwood too

The Hammer Museum announced a $180 million Capital Campaign with a $30 million lead gift from Lynda and Stewart Resnick. The multi-year project to renovate and expand the Westwood site was announced last month. The museum building will be named for the Resnicks, museum officials said. Founders of the Wonderful Co., the Resnicks gave $45 million to LACMA, where the Resnick Exhibition Pavilion will open the exhibit "City and Cosmos; The Arts of Teotihuacan" March 25.


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a lemon twist. For the truly adventurous, try their kombucha cocktail; let us know how it tastes, as we are not that brazen! For a bit of culture, head to Ray’s and Stark Bar at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, open lunch through dinner, also offering a lovely happy hour from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. A visit here is the perfect cap to a day at the museum, or a day pretending to be at the museum (we won’t tell). After all, the LACMA gift shop alone is worth a visit, especially followed with a thyme elderflower gimlet. This stylish bar served as the perfect last stop in our quest for craft cocktail creations as the bar closes at 8 p.m. most days, keeping us to our plan to be home at a decent hour. Although, to our knowledge, no miracles have occurred in this storied section of Los Angeles, we know you will enjoy your search for tasty libations in this miracle of miles. All are in ZIP code 90036: The Whisper Lounge 189 The Grove Drive Callender’s Grill 5773 Wilshire Blvd. Rascal 801 S. La Brea Ave.

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Tar Pits

(Continued from page 8) is one of the most important paleontological research sites in the world. We have an active, growing, research department, which besides me includes postdocs, graduate students, excavators, fossil preparators, research associ-

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ates, and collections staff. In addition, we have an army of incredible volunteers who dedicate their own time every week to helping us do science. And, we have scientists visiting from all over the world, almost every single day of the year, conducting research on everything from what ancient camels ate to how saber-

toothed cats hunted to what kinds of molecules are preserved by asphalt to how animals adapt to climate change. A hotter world Which leads me to: Misconception 3: The La Brea Tar Pits are all about cool stuff that happened a very long time ago. It’s true, what tends to capture the imagination

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most intensely is that vision of a mammoth or giant sloth trapped in the tar pit, being attacked by a saber-toothed cat or a pack of hungry dire wolves. And we have that here, in spades. But while the fate of those animals is long sealed, the fossils in the Tar Pits can actually provide us with tools we need to help care for those who survived: As our planet moves into a warmer future, one of the greatest challenges facing scientists and conservationists working to save species will be to understand what plants and animals are going to do in a hotter world. Where will they go, what will they eat, which species are most in danger of going extinct, and which ones are most important for preserving other species? And, as they try to figure this out, it will be really valuable to know what these, and other species, have done when climate changed in the past. And we are incredibly lucky that one of the only places we know of on earth that captures an entire ecosystem moving through the last major episode of global climate change

izens to engage in empirical reasoning themselves, is more important now than ever before, and it is up to institutions like museums, which count among the most sought-out, and trusted, sources of scientific information in our country, to take the initiative. Miracle Mile an asset Finally, our location along the vibrant Miracle Mile in particular gives us a chance to go one step further — we are blessed with a diverse set of neighbors here with whom we can develop groundbreaking partnerships in science, art, entertainment, and education. Here are a few examples: Recent fossil discoveries during Metro’s Purple Line Extension excavations have reinvigorated the public’s excitement and awareness about the deep history of Los Angeles lying just beneath our feet; last summer we partnered with Metro and the paleontological monitoring company Cogstone, to showcase the preparation of one of their coolest finds, a juvenile mammoth skull, inside our Fossil Lab.

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is right here in Los Angeles, at the La Brea Tar Pits. Sharing research The potential that this site has to teach us about Los Angeles’ past — and its future — is incredible. But the Tar Pits’ location in the middle of the third biggest city in North America provides an opportunity to do something more — not just to conduct worldclass research, but to communicate that research to the world. We welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, including more than 50,000 Los Angeles school students. And, because we excavate, and prepare, and study fossils on public view year-round, we have a truly unique opportunity not only to teach about earth’s past, and about extinction, and about climate change, but to showcase the entire process of science, from discovery, to analysis, to results, all in one visit. This demystification of science, the empowering of cit-

We have partnered with the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA to host a series of panel discussions about pressing social and environmental issues in our Museum gallery; in 2016 we debated Extinction; last fall our topic was Climate Change, and we are currently finalizing the theme for this year’s series. And, this past year, we partnered with LACMA and the South American art collective Mapa Teatro to produce a performance piece in our Fossil Lab as a contribution to their exhibit, “A Universal History of Infamy,” for Pacific Standard Time LA/LA, which just wrapped up a few weeks ago. New dawn here With all the exciting new initiatives just on our block — the new Academy of Motion Pictures Museum, LACMA’s coming reconstruction, the Purple Line — it is a new dawn on the Miracle Mile, and the Tar Pits is no exception. As we develop as an international (Please turn to page 29)

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museums. Watch fossils tens of thousands of years old being unearthed before your eyes. Come inside to see paleontologists piecing together and 3D-scanning bones of animals that roamed the Miracle Mile when half of North America was still covered in glaciers. Watch a film about climate change in our 3D theater, or

meet our life-sized saber-tooth cat puppet, Nibbles, and our performing artists who bring him to life. You may just find that you want to stick around, too. Dr. Emily L. Lindsey is assistant curator and excavation site director at the Los Angeles County’s Natural History Museum La Brea Tar Pits

and Museum. She also is an adjunct faculty member at the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA. Lindsey studied at Brown University and UC Berkeley, and was a Fulbright scholar at the Museo Nacional de Historia Natural in Uruguay. She joined the Natural History Museum staff in 2016.

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low school busses often seen parked along Curson, some people think that the Museum is primarily a destination for schoolchildren (but it’s not — that’s Misconception 4). Save the world The Tar Pits comprise a vibrant community of real scientists doing real science, and we’re trying to use a bunch of dead things to save the world. So the next time you’re in Hancock Park, I invite you to check out the signs describing the discoveries from our still-oozing asphalt seeps around the

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one when the subway opens in 2023. “We’re going to be around to make sure they keep their end of the bargain,” Marks said. LAPD beautification The Coalition recently finished a beautification project at the Wilshire Division Community Police Station. Joining forces with donor Park La Brea / Prime Group, the community and LAPD completed a much needed restoration of the station’s back entrance patio. The area was transformed, including painting massive picnic tables navy blue, and an ammunition barrel red and white. Also installed was a patriotic Thin Blue Line flag. Future plans include a “Fallen Officer Memorial” and a “Wilshire Division Police Garden.”

(Continued from page 28) research center and an unparalleled opportunity to educate people about climate change and the scientific process, we are excited to continue partnering with our neighbors on projects at the intersection of science, art, and learning. A lot of people I meet here in Los Angeles tell me that they love the Tar Pits, but that they haven’t visited since they were a kid. And perhaps because of this, or because of the yel-

(Continued from page 18) money to the community. “But at the same time,” cautioned Jones, “we can’t become complacent from living in a nice area. We are still in a major city, and we need to

(Continued from page 12) homeland security or extreme weather. The event has included a senior FBI official among speakers in the past. Wally Marks, vice president of the Coalition, added the group has been a steward for the area, coordinating the safety summit with the museums and high-rise office and apartment buildings. And, it was instrumental in the creation of Museum Row, as well as in the creation of islands with palm trees along Wilshire Blvd. Subway construction removed 82 trees and 62 agave plants — many were relocated — but Metro promised to replace the trees two-to-

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Student Smart, story times, crafts, volunteer hours Programs vary from month to month, but kids from ages 18 months to 18 years have many options for activities at local libraries. At the Fairfax Branch, “Bark,” which helps children develop reading skills by bringing therapy dogs for them to read to, comes through once or twice a month. Story times for both babies and toddlers are weekly. At Memorial Branch is a social justice story time once a month for children ages 4 to 8 years, and a junior scientist club for 4th to 8th graders. At both branches, teens can sign up for craft times, game days, volunteer hours, and a Student Smart study series. Fairfax Library 161 S. Gardner St. 323-936-6191 branches/Fairfax ~ Memorial Library 4625 W. Olympic Blvd. 323-938-2732


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appropriate for teenagers on up. Craft & Folk Art 5814 Wilshire Blvd. 323-937-4230; Ice Age shows, day camp Kids of all ages, and their families, can watch “Titans of the Ice Age” in 3-D or see the “Ice Age Encounters” puppet show, featuring a “saber-tooth cat” and her kitten Nibbles. The show performs Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Kindergarten to fifth graders can attend “Adventures in Nature,” a two-day spring camp, Wed., March 28 and Thurs., March 29, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Summer day camp will run from Mon., June 18 to Fri., Aug. 3. La Brea Tar Pits and Museum 5801 Wilshire Blvd. 323-857-6300; NexGen, brush painting Children up to age 17 can register for the NexGen program at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. This provides a free entrance to museum exhibits. There are also Andell Family Sundays, which include artist-led workshops and family-friendly gallery tours. 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. Los Angeles County Museum of Art 5905 Wilshire Blvd. 323-857-6512;

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Field trips, art, story times A Purim party with noisemakers and feathery masks is Sun., March 4 from 2 to 4 p.m. Storytime and crafts recognizing women’s contribution to history is Sun., March 11, 2 to 4 p.m. There are also story times, messy art classes and preschool prep classes throughout the week. Camp Sharewell, a spring day camp for kids ages three to eight, will be Mon., March 26 to Fri., March 30 and Mon., April 2 to Thurs., April 5. Art, crafts, music and other activities focus on social responsibility. Students can sign up for separate days or all week. Zimmer Children’s Museum 6505 Wilshire Blvd., #100 323-761-8984

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Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday Fri., March 2 at 6:30 p.m. with games, treats and Dr. Seuss stories. Other story times at Barnes and Noble are Saturdays at 11 a.m. March 3 is “A Very Hungry Caterpillar,” March 10 is “The Magician’s Hat,” March 17 is “The Gingerbread Man and the Leprechaun” and March 24 is “The Little Blue Truck.” Call store or check website for other events. Barnes & Noble 189 The Grove Dr., Ste. K 30 323-525-0270 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 throughout the afternoon. Other family activities include live music, parades and other activities the rest of the year, usually centered on holiday and seasonal events. Farmers Market 6333 3rd St. Swim and play Water safety, swimming skills and being more comfortable in the water are all taught at the Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy. Besides parent-tot classes, there are also small groups by age and skill level. Private les-

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sons are also available. There is usually a summer swim camp. Also, the academy is available for pool parties. Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy 5870 Olympic Blvd. 323-525-0323 Basketball, swimming, Shabbat Basketball, swimming and more are available at Westside Jewish Community Center. Basketball for ages 3 to 17 is on Mondays, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Saturdays 2 to 6 p.m. Family swim time is on Sundays from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Teens can also take part in overnight camps, summer day camps, a bakery for social change and other community events. JExplorers helps kids kindergarten to fifth grade learn about Jewish culture, religion and heritage through field trips and other activities. Parents with infants up to 18 months can go to Friday Friends once a month to connect with other adults and celebrate Shabbat. A familyfriendly community Shabbat with crafts and dessert also happens monthly. Westside Jewish Community Center 5870 Olympic Blvd. 323-938-2531

Fusion Miracle Mile 5757 Wilshire Blvd. Promenade One 323-692-0603 Principal: Katheryn Nguyen Grades: 6 to 12 Classes are one-on-one student to teacher

John Burroughs 600 S. McCadden Pl. Ph: 323-549-5000 Principal: Steve Martinez Grades: 6 to 8, estimated at 2,000 students New LA Charter 1919 S. Burnside Ave. 323-939-6400 Principal: Daryl Brook Grades: 6 to 8, 300 students. HIGH SCHOOLS

Girls Academic Leadership Academy 1067 West Blvd. Ph: 323-900-4532 Principal: Elizabeth Hicks Grades: 6 to 10, 340 students. Fairfax 7850 Melrose Ave. Ph: 323-370-1200 Principal: Kenneth Adiekweh Grades: 9 to 12, 2,000 students Los Angeles 4650 W. Olympic Blvd. Ph: 323-900-2700 Principal: Travis Brandy Grades: 9 to 12, 1,600 students

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31st annual edition

Larchmont Chronicle

The Mansfield Apartments at 5100 Wilshire Blvd on the Miracle Mile

Opening Summer '18!

• Upscale amenities

Spacious Units

• 56 multi-level loft units

Pet Friendly

• Ground Floor Retail • Steps away from future Metro



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Local news for Hancock Park • Windsor Square • Fremont Place • Park LaBrea • Larchmont Village • Miracle Mile, los angeles, local news, Larc...

LC 03 2018  

Local news for Hancock Park • Windsor Square • Fremont Place • Park LaBrea • Larchmont Village • Miracle Mile, los angeles, local news, Larc...