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IN THIS ISSUE

Farmers Market — the original — is thriving

Register, vote; GWNC election at Barking Lot

By Sondi Toll Sepenuk When Earl Bell (E.B.) Gilmore agreed to open a Farmers Market on his Third Street and Fairfax Avenue dirt parking lot back in 1934, he probably never imagined its enduring legacy and the world-famous crown it would wear to this day. It was the height of the Great Depression when E.B. was approached by two local entrepreneurs, Roger Dahlhjelm and Fred Beck, who suggested that E.B. allow local farmers to pull up to the corner every day to sell their goods from the backs of their trucks. They would be charged 50 cents per day. E.B. said yes; 18 trucks showed up that first day; and the Farmers Market at 3rd and Fairfax was born. Eighty-five years later, the market boasts more than 100 merchants (many familyowned) who call the Original

Come to the Barking Lot, 336 N. Larchmont Blvd., just north of Beverly Blvd., to register and vote in the 2019 election of Directors for the Greater Wilshire neighborhood Council. Just as it was for the last election in 2016, voter registration tables and polling stations will be in the parking lot of the Barking Lot pet supply store. Anyone who is a “stakeholder” in the neighborhood (shown in the accompanying map) may vote. Those who live, work or own property in the neighborhood may cast two votes — one vote for a representative of the geographic area where the voter lives, works or owns property, and one vote in a special interest category for which that voter qualifies. Any voter may vote in the “at-large” special interest category. Registering to vote requires documentation to prove the voter’s address and qualification to vote in a See Elections, p 4

Election is March 31

Market in its 85th year

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NINETY-FIVE years of hand-made sweets. 1-6

See Farmers Market, p 22 HELPING WANDS at Page School. 1-19

CHA HPMC at cutting edge of patient care Record number of babies too

SNEAK peek at Academy Museum. 3-3 For Information on Advertising Rates, Please Call Pam Rudy 323-462-2241, x 11 Mailing permit:

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By Suzan Filipek In the early 20th century, a group of physicians and other Los Angelenos pooled funds and mustered their grit to build Hollywood’s first hospital. Today, CHA Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center (HPMC), 300 N. Vermont Ave., is part of a crowded medical corridor joined by Kaiser Sunset and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Originally named Hollywood Hospital, the charming 1924 Spanish-style building See CHA, p 28

Summer Camps & Programs

Get the scoop on spring and summer camps, activities and school programs in the April issue. Advertising deadline is Mon., March 11. For more information contact Pam Rudy, 323-4622241, ext. 11.

WESTERN ARTISTS are featured in two exhibits this month. See Story Section 2, page 9

After the rain, will the brook return to Brookside? City study underway on drop in water levels

By Rachel Olivier The precipitation in February in Los Angeles was 18 trillion gallons, or enough to fill 27 million Olympic-sized pools, according to “The Los Angeles Times.” But is it enough to help increase the water levels in the brook in Brookside? A drop in water levels is being studied, according to Rob Fisher, field deputy at Councilmember David Ryu’s office. Hubertus Cox of the city Watershed Protection Division has been looking into it for the past year. The source of the brook, called El Rio del Jardin de las Flores, is a natural spring that begins under John Burroughs Middle School and “daylights”

from a pipe into the Brookside stream just south of Wilshire See Brook, p 6

Tournament volunteers get a behind-the-scenes look Register before March 7 to win round of golf

Sign up now to serve as a volunteer at the Wilshire Country Club when the Ladies’ Professional Golf Association (LPGA) returns to the neighborhood, Mon., April 22 to Sun., April 28. Each LPGA tournament is a massive undertaking, and its success depends on the commitment of an army of volun-

teers to serve critical needs such as marshaling, scoring, transportation, hospitality services and many other jobs. Volunteering is a good way to get a behind-the-scenes look at a professional golf tournament, according to event organizers. Sign up before Thurs., March 7 and be entered into a See LPGA, p 10

Bergin’s under historic review March 7 Where to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

By Rachel Olivier Sadly, celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at Tom Bergin’s House of Irish Coffee, 840 S. Fairfax Ave., is no longer an option. The historic pub was long a Los Angeles landmark for grabbing a Guinness or an Irish coffee until it was shuttered after last year. See below for where you still can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. In October, the Miracle Mile Residential Association (MMRA), together with the Los Angeles Conservancy co-sponsored the nomination for the building to become an Historical Cultural Monument (HCM). See St. Patrick’s, p 26

CITY PLANNING recommended historical status as the Chronicle went to press.

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‘Thank you’ to volunteers

A front-page story this month reminds you Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council (GWNC) stakeholders that there is an election coming up on Sun., March 31. That calls to mind something else that’s just as important. Every person who has served on the GWNC board of directors or on any GWNC committee over the past 15 years has done it because she or he feels doing so is a valuable contribution to our community. Nobody is paid. Everybody is a volunteer. Such volunteerism also is the case for the scores of local residents who serve on the boards of neighborhood associations. And for the ladies who help children through the Assistance League. And the ladies of Las Madrinas who raise money for our premier pediatric hospital, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, founded in 1901. And the clergy and lay people working together in the Interfaith and Community Collaborative to address local homelessness. It also will be the case for more than 100 people who will volunteer to assist at the Ladies Professional Golf Association tournament at Wilshire Country Club next month. As well as for all our neighbors who serve on the boards of local schools and charities. Volunteerism seems especially prevalent in our community, and all of us should say thank you to our friends and neighbors for the service that they give.

Security – Keeping Safe in the Neighborhood As many people know, crime is still an issue in Hancock Park. The LAPD has an initiative to reduce burglaries and thefts and needs our help. If you have been the victim of a burglary or have any information about crime in your area, call Wilshire Detectives at 213-922-8205. If you notice suspicious activity and believe a crime is in the process of being committed, call 911. Do not confront the person yourself. If you have a private security service, notify them as well. If something does not seem like an emergency, call the Non-Emergency Dispatch Number at 877-275-5273. If the lines are busy you will get a recording asking you to hold for an operator. Do not call the Wilshire Division Station if you need officers to respond. There is an answering machine at the Station, but Stations do not dispatch officers to calls; that is done via 911 or the non-emergency number. There are two private patrol services operating in Hancock Park: SSA and ADT. These services are paid for by individual homeowners and are not a resource to be called by nonsubscribers. Please remember to call the appropriate service if there is a problem so the issue can be dealt with in the most efficient way possible. More detailed information about Private Patrol Services can be found on the Safety and Security Section of the Association website. If you are not already a subscriber, please consider becoming one — it means more security for everyone. In order to make yourself a less attractive target for criminals, remember to lock your doors and windows, even if you are home. Don’t leave things in view in your car and always lock your car. Report suspicious activity to the LAPD and to your block captain. Lastly, never confront someone yourself. Now that the winter rains have arrived in force, the Tree Committee is busy planting new parkway trees. If you need a parkway tree, contact the committee to be sure you’re on the list or to get on the list if we’ve missed you. The City has established new spacing guidelines, so it may be the case that where there were once two trees in a parkway, the city will only allow replanting of one tree. Also, remember to plant trees on your property for summer shade and beauty. Remember, Hancock Park is an HPOZ, so be sure to check with our City Planner Suki Gershenhorn (suki.gershenhorn@ lacity.org) before starting any major landscaping or planning changes to the exterior of your house. The HPOZ Preservation Plan, which regulates our HPOZ can be found at http://www. preservation.lacity.org/hpoz/la/hancock-park. There is also an online form you can fill out to help speed up the process (http:// p r e s e r v a t i o n . l a c i t y. o r g / h p o z / i n i t i a l . s c r e e n i n g . c h e c k l i s t ) . Report graffiti sightings by calling 311 or at the City’s Anticalling Hollywood Beautification, 323-463-5180.

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Fri., Sat., Sun, March 1, 2 and 3 – Larchmont Sidewalk Sale. Tues., March 5 – Mardi Gras. Sun., March 10 – Daylight Savings begins at 2 a.m., turn your clock forward one hour. Wed., March 13 – Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council board meeting at The Ebell, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., 7:30 p.m., greaterwilshire.org. Sat., March 16 – Miracle Mile Residential Association annual meeting, Korean Cultural Center, 5505 Wilshire Blvd. 10 a.m. Sun., March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day. Wed., March 20 – First day of spring. Thurs., March 28 – Delivery of the April issue of the Larchmont Chronicle.

‘What are your plans for Spring Break?’

That’s the question inquiring photographer Sondi Toll Sepenuk asked locals along Larchmont Boulevard.

Sun., March 31 – Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council Election. The Barking Lot, 336 N. Larchmont Blvd., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“To watch our twins. Pretty wild, right?” Matt O’Brien (with Mark and Liv O’Brien), Ridgewood-Wilton

Lunar New Year co-hosted by Farmers Market, Grove

By Marina Muhlfriedel One our city’s most distinctive gifts is the fabric of diversity, woven together by its many cultures. Cinco de Mayo, St. Patrick’s Day and Norooz have all become part of our collective Los Angeles story. And, in that spirit, The Grove and Farmers Market cohosted their third annual Lunar New Year Celebration Feb. 17. Regarded also as Chinese New Year, Lunar New Year is honored throughout Asia and, with Los Angeles’s vast Asian population, has become one of the city’s most popular events. According to Chinese astrology, 2019 is the Year of the Pig. As Councilman David Ryu, who introduced the day’s events with Hank Hilty, president and CEO of Farm-

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ers Market, explained, “The pig is a very social animal and symbolizes friendship. It symbolizes getting together with your neighbors and your community, and that’s something we in Los Angeles know. We’re about building bridges, not walls.” It was a chilly afternoon and while rain threatened to dampen the festivities, the sun came out and the community showed up in full-force to witness the unveiling of a 400-pound metal pig, handmade by Farmers Market facilities craftsmen. The location was adorned with elaborate pig and dragon decorations, plus rows of Chinese red lanterns, while hundreds of people gathered at two stages for classic and contemporary Asian performances. Booths were erected, where young visitors learned the traditional crafts of lantern and fan making. There were also calligraphy and dumpling making demonstrations and an opportunity to sample dim sum from Farmers Market’s two Chinese restaurants, China Depot and Peking Kitchen. With enthralling dragon and lion dances, an action-packed kung-fu demonstration led by Master Yanyue of the Shaolin Kung Fu Chan Academy, a K-Pop dance group, acrobats, a Korean fan dance and a startling Chinese opera face changing performance, the Gilmore Lane Stage was a nonstop delight. The program was hosted by Julie Chang of Good Day LA  and  native Angeleno, Katherine Ho. Ho is known for her Mandarin performance of Coldplay’s  “Yellow”  in the film, “Crazy Rich Asians.” The audience was overjoyed by her (Please turn to page 29)

“We’re going to go to Japan! It’s out of the country, and we want to try something new.” Henry Wilcox (with Lindsay Wilcox), Windsor Square

“I haven’t thought about it, but I don’t really have a spring break because I work.” Lauren Duvall (with Baxter), Miracle Mile

“We’re going to go to Palm Springs for spring break just to hang out with Grandpa. Maybe we’ll be going to the mountains on the tramway.” Osborne Bates, Windsor Square


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Neighborhood’s voice, GWNC, turned 15 Once upon a time, when residents wanted their voices heard, they drove downtown to City Hall, or they called their representative on a telephone. Today, they can meet with the board of directors of the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council (GWNC) at the

Sidewalk sale March 1, 2, 3

Re-discover Larchmont at the semi-annual Larchmont Boulevard Association sidewalk sale Fri., March 1 to Sun., March 3. Participating merchants will display wares on the sidewalk, some at discounted prices up to 50 percent off. See what some of your favorite shops have to offer.

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Ebell Club of Los Angeles, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., on the second Wednesday of each month. In addition, GWNC Land Use, Transportation, Outreach and Sustainability committees meet regularly. The GWNC is one of 96 Neighborhood Councils citywide mandated by the City Council to foster communication among diverse groups within a geographic area. The city Dept. of Neighborhood Empowerment recognized the GWNC in December for being a service to the community for 15 years. It took three years and many hours of negotiation among local residents before the GWNC was finally certified Dec. 2, 2004. Besides residents, neighborhood councils act as advocates for employees, business owners, property owners and other stakeholders within their

CERTIFICATE from the city’s Department of Neighborhood Empowerment recognizes 15 years of “invaluable contributions.”

boundaries. GWNC directors and alternates are elected. The next election is Sun., March 31. Stakeholders will elect 21 directors and alternates to serve two-year terms. Visit greaterwilshire.org for more information.

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Cerrell CFO Steve Bullock installed as head at BizFed

Steve Bullock, chief financial officer and co-owner of Cerrell, the public relations and government affairs agency at 320 N. Larchmont Blvd., is the incoming chair of BizFed (Los Angeles County Business Federation). Bullock was installed at Biz Fed’s 11th anniversary celebration in January at Nixon Peabody LLP in Downtown Los Angeles. Commerce-based BizFed represents 180 business organizations with issues ranging from health care, taxes and housing to government and international trade. Members include chambers of commerce, trade associations, business improvement districts, educational institutions, public agencies and economic development organizations, including the local Larchmont Boulevard Asso-

TOURS in honor of Women’s History Month. 14 COUNCIL REPORT POLICE BEAT AROUND THE TOWN SCHOOL NEWS ENTERTAINMENT At the Movies On the Menu Theater BRIDGE MATTERS

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PARKING LOT of the Barking Lot pet supply store on Larchmont is the setting for the March 31 GWNC election.

CANDIDATE to represent one of the 15 geographic areas speaks to fellow candidates and other stakeholders at the recent forum held at The Ebell of Los Angeles.

Elections

(Continued from page 1) special interest category. Find detailed information about documentation at: tinyurl. com/y25g3asy. The elections are being overseen by the GWNC Elections Committee, chaired by director Max Kirkham, who also serves as secretary of both the board and its Land Use Committee. At the forum, Kirkham read statements submitted by four candidates who could not attend. The GWNC portal to additional elections information is: http://greaterwilshire. org/2019-elections. Candidate Forum The GWNC held a candidate Forum preceding its Feb. 13 board of directors meeting, and most candidates attended and gave brief speeches about their candidacies. Three candidates who are running unopposed did not speak, but eight did. In a race where there are two candidates, the runner-up will become the alternate director, to participate in meetings whenever the director is absent. Only one race has more than two candidates, and all three of those candidates spoke at the forum. The contested race is in Area 7, which is the Larchmont Village neighbor-

MAX KIRKHAM, GWNC secretary, reads statements submitted by absent candidates.

hood between Beverly and Melrose, from Arden Blvd. to Wilton Pl. The three candidates are residents Vincent Cox, Charles D’Atri and Brian Magaway Yanuaria. The polls will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 31. These are the candidates: Geographic Area Representatives: Area 1, Brookside: Owen Smith Area 2, Citrus Square: Jeffry Carpenter Area 3, Country Club Heights: No Candidate Area 4, Fremont Place: Bobbie Kumetz

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GREATER WILSHIRE NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL has representatives elected from 15 geographic areas and six special interest categories. The next election is March 31.

Area 5, Hancock Park: Jennifer R. DeVore Area 6, La Brea/Hancock: Cathy Roberts Tammy Rosato Area 7, Larchmont Village: Vincent Cox Charles D’Atri Brian Magaway Yanuaria Area 8, Melrose Neighborhood: Philip A. Farha Area 9, Oakwood-MaplewoodSt. Andrews Neighborhood: Max Kirkham Area 10, Ridgewood – Wilton – St. Andrews Square: Patricia Carroll Area 11, Sycamore Square: Joshua Kirchmer Conrad Starr Area 12, Western-Wilton (“We-Wil”) Neighborhood: Erica Gutierrez Greg Wittmann

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Littlejohn’s celebrates 95 delicious years of handmade sweets located smack dab in the midBy Sondi Toll Sepenuk Chocolate covered marsh- dle of the Original Farmers mallows, walnut divinity, Market at Third and Fairfax. The world-famous candy hand-dipped caramel apples, Rocky Road chocolate war- shop has existed in that space riors, dark chocolate almond since 1946, when the Littlebark, pistachio toffee, bacon johns moved their popular caramels, lemon buttercream, candy store, which they estabcoconut rolls, pecan fudge, lished on Western Avenue in and of course their world- 1924, into the then nascent famous English toffee… is 12-year-old Farmers Market. “John Gostovich (who was your sweet tooth buzzing yet? the right-hand man of FarmIf ever there was a real-life WilNEW YEAR ers Market Founder Earl B. ly Wonka-like candy factory in NEW YOU! our midst, it would be found Gilmore) loved Littlejohn’s in the space known as Little- toffee and implored Mary Literase the holiday stresses with… SPA, spin, DMH , mani ped john’s English Toffee House, tlejohn to open a stall in the a tiny 370-square-foot stall Farmers Market,” says cur-

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rent owner and candy-maker Michael Graves. “She finally said yes, but she wanted to wait until the end of World War II. In 1946, the shop finally opened.” Bill Bishop, a candy-maker himself, took over the store when the Littlejohns retired after several decades. Lucky for us, he continued to carry on the recipes and traditions that Mr. and Mrs. Littlejohn handed down to him. Current owner Michael Graves’ path to ownership was a bit more unexpected. Post-high school job “My parents owned a stationery store in the Farmers Market,” says Graves. “I grew up in the market, working as a teenager at the gem shop and at my parents’ store. My dad mentioned that Bill Bishop was looking for an apprentice and thought it would be

LITTLEJOHN’S (est. 1924) relocated in 1946 to the Farmers Market. Current owner Michael Graves continues the sweet traditions of his candy-making predecessors.

a good place for my brother Chuck to work. I didn’t think my brother would like it, so I went to Mr. Bishop and said, ‘I’m about to graduate from high school, and I’m very interested in working as your

apprentice.’ One week later he called, and then I started working the week after I graduated high school.” While Graves was apprenticing with the candy-maker, (Please turn to page 10)

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(Continued from page 1) Boulevard. According to Cox, the source of the natural spring is groundwater in the surrounding areas. Because groundwater levels have been decreasing, the natural spring, and therefore the brook water levels, have also decreased. Drought has been one of the factors in the decreased water levels. There are storm drains that run near the stream, but they are not connected to it. A study is being done to see whether the storm drains can be used to increase the levels of the brook flowing through Brookside, says Cox. But lots of questions need to be answered before that can happen. Field deputy Fisher said that one of the storm drains has “proven too unreliable as a future source” for the stream, while another storm drain appears to have “much greater water flow.” “After the study is completed, there will be an investigation of potential engineering designs and costs,” Fisher said in an email. Area resident and Realtor Sandy Boeck confirmed the presence of a flowing stream after the rain, “but it is only temporary,” she said.

SOME WATER has been in the stream because of recent rains.

Neighborhood resident Nanci Leonard called the stream “full and flowing” but added that it was a “false positive” and that the water would dissipate as soon as the rains ceased. Realtor Richard Battaglia also noted that the brook was “not flowing the way it used to.” In a previous Chronicle article by Billy Taylor (January 2018), homeowner Ethlie Ann Vare, who moved to the neighborhood in 1999, said that she had learned that water has been flowing through the neighborhood for 100 years and during many periods of drought. So, while the rains have replenished the stream for now, research into the situation is ongoing.


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There are many reasons to celebrate our community

In February, we celebrated the Lunar New Year, one of the world’s oldest traditions, when people across the world spend time with loved ones to honor both the shifting forces that keep our world dynamic, as well as the constant energies (or “chi”) that keep the universe in balance. But 2019 is also a momentous year for Hancock Park, Larchmont and the Greater Wilshire area. The Greater Wilshire neighborhoods, like the rest of Los Angeles, have seen their share of changing winds. But this remarkable community has its own “chi” keeping its community close and values even closer — thanks to institutions that have stood the test of time. Wilshire Country Club I recently learned that this year the Wilshire Country Club will celebrate its 100th birthday. The Ebell of Los Angeles, located on Wilshire and Lucerne, is celebrating its 125th birthday. And the Los Angeles Tennis Club, one of the best in the world, turns 100 next year. Altogether, these pillars of community tell the story of the Greater Wilshire area, having seen the neighborhoods of Hancock Park, Windsor Square, and

Miracle Mile grow up around them. Just as they have for 100 years, these institutions continue to welcome members old and new, and they stand for the values of friendship, community, and the collective advancement of Greater Wilshire. The Wilshire Country Club was founded by the man for which Hancock Park is named, George Allan Hancock. Apparently, his involvement in the California Club, Los Angeles Athletic Club and Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra (where he played the cello) was not enough, and in December 1919 he and a number of other prominent businessmen opened the Wilshire Country Club. At the time, the club was surrounded mostly by rolling fields, and the clubhouse stood as the neighborhood’s most prominent structure, welcoming visitors to Hancock Park. Tennis Club It wasn’t long until the community around it grew — and the Wilshire Country Club was there to see it through. Up the street, the Los Angeles Tennis Club was training future champions like Maureen Connolly and Pancho Gonzales. World-renowned tennis players like Bobby Riggs and “Big

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David E. Ryu Bill” Tilden were common fixtures at the tennis club, which, nevertheless, remained committed to serving as a community resource. To this day, the Los Angeles Tennis Club, one of the most sought-after tennis clubs in the nation, opens its doors for Loyola and Marlborough high school students to practice. The Ebell But perhaps no pillar in our community has done more to advance, educate and celebrate our community and city than The Ebell of Los Angeles. Founded in 1894 to educate and empower women across Los Angeles, the Ebell has fostered leaders and ideas, and has helped countless young women through scholarships and other support. In its first meeting, 25 years before women’s suffrage, The Ebell of Los Angeles adopted as its motto: “I will find a way or make one — I serve.” One hundred and twenty-

five years later, this motto stirs my very core. Over the years, The Ebell has been the site of debate, ideas, and expression. Filipino civil rights leader Benigno Aquino, who fought for democracy in the Philippines until his assassination in 1983, spoke to a rapt and diverse audience there in 1981. It was the site of Amelia Earhart’s final public appearance, as well as the start of Judy Garland’s career — she was discovered at The Ebell when she was performing in a play there at the age of 13. But for our community of Greater Wilshire, The Ebell has been the backdrop for

life’s most cherished occasions. Countless Wilshirites have celebrated their weddings there. To this day, the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council holds regular meetings in its historic halls — carrying on a tradition of service ingrained into our community’s DNA. Fittingly, this year is the Year of the Pig — a social year of luck and opportunity. We are so lucky in Council District Four to have these institutions — which bring us opportunities to connect and to inspire, remind us of where we’ve been, and give us comfort in where we’re going.

‘How to’ guide on MMRA meeting agenda March 16 A guide to living in the Miracle Mile, plus crime and safety, will be on the agenda when the Miracle Mile Residential Association (MMRA) holds its 36th annual meeting Sat., March 16. The meeting will take place in the Korean Cultural Center, 5505 Wilshire Blvd., third floor. MMRA President James O’Sullivan will kick off the meeting, followed by Mark

Zecca, vice president HPOZ Planning and Land Use, who will present his “How to” Guide to Living in the Miracle Mile. Zecca promises to share “everything you want to know from problem intersections to tree planting and beyond.” Next will be a presentation on crime and safety by Kari Garcia, vice president Neighborhood Watch. She will describe how “good things are spreading block by block.”


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POLICE BEAT

Property crime an issue in Olympic; arrests made WILSHIRE DIVISION BURGLARY: Unknown property was stolen on Jan. 30 at 5:45 p.m. after a suspect gained entry to a home on the 100 block of S. Hudson Place. OLYMPIC DIVISION ROBBERY: Two male suspects approached a female victim walking on the 900 block of S. Bronson Avenue and pulled the victim’s purse from her shoulder, causing her to fall to the ground on Feb. 8 at 8:20 p.m. A male victim was standing on the 500 block of S. Western Avenue waiting for his Uber to arrive on Feb. 9 at 2:50 a.m when two suspects hit the victim with a baseball bat and stole his iPhone 7. A man was walking to his vehicle near the corner of Wilton Place and Sixth

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Furnished by Senior Lead Officer Dave Cordova 213-793-0650 31646@lapd.lacity.org Twitter: @lapdwilshire Street when a group of men approached on Feb. 21 at 4:20 a.m. One of the suspects punched the victim while another suspect stole his wallet. BURGLARIES: Unknown property was taken from inside a victim’s home on the 300 block of S. Wilton Place after a suspect entered through an unlocked door while the victim was in the shower on Jan. 30 at 8:20 a.m.

Three suspects were captured on security cameras Feb. 1 at 9:15 a.m. smashing a rear sliding door to a home on the 300 block of S. Windsor Boulevard, where they entered, stole money, and fled. Electrical equipment, jewelry and footwear were stolen from inside a home on the 100 block of N. St. Andrews Place on Feb. 5 at 8:15 a.m. after a suspect smashed a rear door to gain access. Jewelry, laptop and an iPad were stolen from a home on the 300 block of N. Irving Boulevard on Feb. 11 at 9:30 a.m. after a suspect smashed a side window to gain access.

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Furnished by Senior Lead Officer Joseph Pelayo 213-793-0709 31762@lapd.lacity.org Twitter: @lapdolympic A suspect smashed a sliding glass door on Feb. 12 at 12:15 p.m. and stole a laptop and money from inside a home on the 400 block of N. Plymouth Boulevard. Two suspects removed security bars and smashed a window to gain access to a home

on the 500 block of S. Van Ness Avenue. Both suspects fled without property after being spotted by a neighbor on Feb. 15 at 10:50 a.m. An iPad and money were stolen from inside a home on the 200 block of S. St. Andrews Place after suspects entered by unknown means on Feb. 15 at 11:30 a.m. Two suspects entered a home on the 100 block of N. St. Andrews Place on Feb. 18 at 11:05 a.m., but fled after workmen arrived. Both suspects were later arrested, and an investigation is pending as to their possible involvement in nearby burglaries.

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Keeping Windsor Square Green

For many years, homeowners who were interested in planting new parkway trees could consult the official list of tree species approved for each block, either through the city’s Bureau of Street Services or on the Windsor Square Association’s website. There they would find such recommendations as magnolias and liquidambars, trees that have graced our neighborhood’s streets for decades. But times—and climate—have changed, and trees that were once suitable for Los Angeles parkways struggle against new pest and disease infestations, less water and higher temperatures. Magnolias, for example, are particularly affected and many of them look stressed or half-dead. It was obvious that the approved list needed revising—and the WSA has done just that. In careful consultation with arborists and other tree experts, we’ve come up with a block-by-block Master Plan list of recommended trees. The criteria for selection included drought tolerance and disease resistance, as well as appropriate size for any given parkway. We’re happy to report that several homeowners have recently planted parkway trees following the new recommendations. At left, a 24-inch Camphor went in on Norton. Also, two 36”-box Camphors were planted on Arden Boulevard. Thanks to these homeowners for their thoughtful contribution to our neighborhood’s long term health and beauty! If you need a replacement parkway tree, we’ve got great news. The WSA is happy to provide homeowners with free 15-gallon size trees, from the updated Master Plan list, and to help with proper planting. (Larger trees are available upon request, with residents paying the difference in price.) Just contact the Canopy Committee via the website for more information.

Get ready to run the Los Angeles Marathon Sun., March 24 before 7 a.m. with some 24,000 athletes from all 50 states and 63 countries starting from Dodger Stadium and finishing in Santa Monica. The course travels past the Walt Disney Concert Hall on its way to Echo Park, Silverlake and Los Feliz; it passes TCL (Grauman’s) Chinese Theater and the Sunset Strip as it heads to Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. The race continues down Santa Monica Boulevard to Westwood towards San Vicente Blvd. to Ocean Ave. The finish line is at Ocean and California Avenues in Santa Monica. Visit the website for more information at lamarathon.com.

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Get ready, get set; the Marathon is March 24

Gear up. CicLAvia is holding its next car-free, whirlwind event Sun., March 3. “Culver City Meets Mar Vista + Palms” will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The 6.5 mile route runs between Venice Blvd. and Walgrove Ave., in the west, to the Arts District in Culver City, to the east. Metro is sponsoring the country’s largest open streets event — one of six in 2019. Streets will be closed to cars (at select crossing points) and open for cyclists, pedestrians, runners and skaters to use as a recreational space. There is no starting point or finish line. Participants can begin anywhere on the route. Free. Visit ciclavia.org.

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La Brea Hancock residents meet on Larchmont Boulevard

By John Welborne The new Compass Realty office, upstairs on Larchmont Blvd., above the former hardware store, was the venue for this year’s annual meeting of the La Brea Hancock Homeowners Association (LBH). The Compass office’s associate manager, Bret Parsons, was the host. Tammy Rosato, president of LBH, presided. Councilmember David Ryu was the main speaker. The agenda for the Feb. 10 meeting focused quite a bit on street-level issues in La Brea Hancock (the residential area between Wilshire Boulevard and Third Street, from Sycamore to Citrus avenues). Councilmember Ryu discussed street resurfacing and the differences between using asphalt and

concrete. He also spoke about the importance of tree care and maintenance and the challenges that low staffing levels are presenting to the city and its Urban Forestry Division of the Bureau of Street Services. Sixth Street vehicle traffic through the LBH neighborhood probably was the hottest topic of the annual meeting. Council District Four field deputy Rob Fisher and the councilmember responded to numerous questions. The meeting also included updates on crime and safety issues, neighborhood watch, and Purple Line subway construction. The election brought the following to the LBH board: Jill Brown, Bill Dannevik, Bob Eisele, Brad Jewett, Phil Messina,

COUNCILMEMBER David Ryu, Fourth District, meets with members of the La Brea Hancock Homeowners Association in the new, upstairs Larchmont Boulevard o ce of Compass Realty. Compass host, Bret Parsons, is behind Ryu, at left.

Michelle Owen, Jane Prentiss, Cathy Roberts, Tammy Rosato and Justin Urcis.

Homelessness solutions explored at meeting

The newly organized Interfaith & Community Collaborative held its first meetings Feb. 20 and 24 at First Congregational Church. The purpose was to hear a first-person story of recovery from homelessness and to learn about local solutions. The collaboration among many local faith-based organizations is the outcome of the exploratory meeting held at the home of Marilyn and John Wells in Hancock Park in January. On Feb. 20, 49 people came to learn about the current actions the City of Los Angeles is taking to address the crisis. More information is available at storiesfrontline.org. Left: FIRST Congregational Church provided a lovely venue for the inaugural gathering of the Interfaith & Community Collaborative that is a part of the solution to ending local homelessness.

Genia Quinn was recently appointed to join the board. Residents interested in participating in associa-

tion activities are encouraged to contact the association through labreahancock. com.

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GWNC Elections are March 31st! Before you vote, check voter requirements and find your candidates at http://greaterwilshire.org/2019-elections/.

Meeting Schedule All GWNC meetings are open to the public. Agenda items may be submitted to info@greaterwilshire.org.

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THE WORLD-FAMOUS candy shop has existed in the Farmers Market space since 1946.

Littlejohn’s

(Continued from page 6) Bishop developed Lou Gehrig’s Disease (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS). In 1983, he approached Graves with an unexpected offer. “He looked at me and said, ‘It’s now or never. If you want to buy the store, you need to buy it now,’” recalls Graves. “I was 20 years old. Hank Hilty and Mr. Gostovich took a chance on me and let a 20-year-old buy the business.” Graves likes to laugh at his youthful attitude all those years ago. “I knew I didn’t know anything when I was 20,” he chuckles, “but I knew everything at 18!” Candy-making education Graves later went on to continue his own candy-making education at the Pulakos School for Candy Making in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Even with all of that sugary sweet handcrafting knowledge,

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though, Graves has done his best to stick to the tried-andtrue recipes that were handed down to him through the Littlejohn’s recipe tree. “It was a number of years before I made any recipe changes, and most have been incremental,” says Graves. “I’ve made small changes and then changed them back. Mr. Littlejohn had it figured out. Why mess with a good thing?” His customers obviously agree.

“I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard someone come up to the counter and say, ‘I grew up coming here with my grandmother,’” laughs Graves. Does Graves ever worry that candy will go out of style? Not really. “I’ve been reading about different health diets and health crazes since the 1980s,” laughs Graves. “No matter what the craze, people still buy candy.” San Francisco In 2012, Graves and his younger brother, Christopher, opened a second store on San Francisco’s Market Street. Though the San Francisco shop has been a huge hit, Littlejohn’s has no current future plans for expansion in the Los Angeles area, which suits Graves just fine. “I kind of like what I’m doing here in the Farmers Market,” says Graves. “I’m indoors, but I’m almost outdoors. I see people from all over the world… it’s been a fairyland kind of existence… Locals come to the counter sometimes and say, ‘please don’t go away, don’t ever leave!’” As Littlejohn’s now celebrates 95 years of satiating L.A.’s sweet tooth, Graves assuredly puts that fear to rest. “I’m looking forward to the 75th anniversary of Littlejohn’s here in the Farmers Market location,” says Graves. “The same shop in the same spot. It’s going strong, and we’re going to be here for a while.” For more information, go to littlejohnscandies.com.

LAS MADRINAS outgoing president Kathy Thompson stands (far left) with Dr. Mark Krieger, Bonnie McClure and incoming president Katie Hult.

Las Madrinas makes major gift to Children’s Hospital At the annual membership meeting hosted on Feb. 13, support group Las Madrinas presented Dr. Mark Krieger, director of the neurological institute and chief of neurosurgery, with a major contribution to The Las Madrinas Endowment for the Chief of Neurology Chair and the Neurological Institute Epilepsy Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. More than $1,130,000 was donated for the program this year. At the meeting, four Las Madrinas members were honored for their extraordinary generosity to the organization, including Melissa Min-

gst Kolsky, Jolie Toellner Nelson, Marcia Maloney Newby and Joyce Newcomer Stuart. A celebratory lunch followed the meeting. Las Madrinas was founded in 1933 during the Great Depression, when 65 civicminded Southern California women recognized a need in the community to raise funds for the Convalescent Home of Children’s Hospital. Over the years, the group has funded numerous endowments and raised more than $30 million for Children’s Hospital. Visit lasmadrinas.org for more information.

LPGA returns to the Wilshire Country Club in April.

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(Continued from page 1) drawing to play a round of golf at Wilshire Country Club during Media Day on Mon., March 18. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and are asked to complete a minimum of

three, 4-6 hour shifts. Volunteers also are required to purchase a uniform package for $55, which includes a golf shirt, hat or visor, volunteer pin, two grounds tickets, and breakfast and lunch for each day worked. Visit la-open.com/volunteer to register as a volunteer.

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Art on display, political meet and greet, dazzling costumes too

On Jan. 23, Hollywood stars joined thousands of VIPs in Los Angeles’ thriving arts community at the Los Angeles Convention Center for the 24th annual Los Angeles Art Show Opening Gala, benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Kate Beckinsale drew a crowd as the evening’s host, meeting with St. Jude patient families. Gavin Rossdale, an avid collector and this year’s art ambassador, reminded guests and supporters that art can save lives. They were joined by other notables Brigitte Nielsen, Amy Smart, Naomi Grossman and Barry Sloane. Art stars Camille, Gregory Siff, Shepard Fairey, and Kazuhiro Tsuji enjoyed gourmet edibles provided by generous area restaurants, Around (the longest the lines were, of course, for Town the Pink’s with Hot Dogs Patty Hill and El Coyote booths) and specialty wines and cocktails while they, along with other Gala attendees, were given a first peek at the Los Angeles Art Show’s 200,000 square feet featuring over 100 galleries from 18 countries. Graffiti artist RISK made his Los Angeles Art Show debut, presenting his bisected police cruiser sculpture. Additionally, Scott Hove’s cake wall and Pip and Pop’s candy installation proved to be huge hits. Attendees also got to see live performances by Dorian Wood and Sarah Trouche, among others. It was another momentous event for Los Angeles Art Show’s president / CEO Scott Diament and producer / partner Kim Martindale. • • • Windsor Square residents Abby and Daniel Weiss filled their ground floor rooms with

AT THE LA ART SHOW GALA are Scott Diament, art ambassador Gavin Rossdale, host Kate Beckinsale and producer Kim Martindale. Photo: Birdman

friends and neighbors eager to meet and talk with the former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and former mayor of San Antonio, Julián Castro. Among neighbors spotted at the mid-February gathering were host committee member Julie Stromberg, Larchmont Buzz publisher Patty Lombard and architect Bill Fain, who had interacted with Castro on urban planning projects when Castro was San Antonio’s mayor. • • • The beautiful main dining room of the Jonathan Club, with its two-story height and Renaissance interiors, was the setting for the Feb. 20 Donor Appreciation Dinner honoring longtime supporters of the Catholic Education Foundation. Among the donors honored were Susan and Jack Blumenthal, Hancock Park. Archbishop José H. Gomez joined other speakers in praising donors for empowering the future by investing in children. • • • Over 750 media industry executives, designers and friends flocked to the Fash-

CORRECTION In the February “Around the Town” column’s reference to the Children’s Chain Diamond Jubilee benefit for Children’s Hospital, the photo caption misidentified Hannah Cannom Moore as her sister, Dr. Rebecca Cannom Doessant. The picture below shows Hannah at left, with Rebecca and Drs. David Skaggs and Valerie Ulene (far right) at the same benefit event.

ion Institute of Design and Merchandising Museum for the unveiling of the “Art of Motion Picture Design” exhibition on Feb. 2. Representing the past year in cinema, on display were over 100 costumes from more than 25 films. All five Academy Award nominees for costume design are included: “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” (Mary Zophres), “Black Panther” (Ruth Carter), “The Favourite” (Sandy Powell), “Mary Poppins Returns” (Sandy Powell) and “Mary Queen of Scots” (Alexandra Byrne). Designer Ruth Carter was surrounded by a gaggle of fans ogling her resplendent designs for “Black Panther.” Guests lingered to gather under the tent erected adjacent to the Museum for a mashed potato bar, roast beef sliders and indulgent chocolate desserts. “One of my favorite events,” said Jan Per-

ARCHBISHOP José H. Gomez welcomes Susan and Jack Blumenthal, Hancock Park, at the Catholic Education Foundation’s Jonathan Club dinner honoring donors.

WINDSOR SQUARE resident and architect Bill Fain and former HUD Secretary Julián Castro speak about planning projects from Secretary Castro’s days as mayor of San Antonio.

ry, executive director of Infrastructure Funding Alliance. Among other icons of the fashion world were Kevan Hall, Dourean Fletcher, Julie Weiss, TJ Walker, Nick Verreos, David Paul, Karen Quo, Mary Vogt (“Crazy, Rich Asians”), museum director Barbara Bundy, her granddaughter Hallie Fisher and FIDM founder and president Tonian Hohberg.

“BLACK PANTHER” designer Ruth Carter and FIDM President Tonian Hohberg celebrate the opening of “Art of Motion Picture Costume Design.”

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Longwood 45th dinner was an ‘odd’ celebration Nanci Leonard Despite torrential rains and the lack of power for four hours on Sat., Feb. 2, the 45th annual Longwood / Brookside progressive dinner began on time. Armed with umbrellas, the neighbors gathered at Jorg Wallrabe and Alejandro Leal’s house to enjoy a tantalizing raw seafood bar just as the power was restored. However, the power only worked on the odd-numbered side of the street. So, while the party was supposed to continue down the block at Sherry and Tom Dunlap’s even-numbered home for the entrees, without lights or heat, the consensus was to remain on the odd side of Longwood and have an impromptu gathering at Sandy and Bill Boeck’s home. A few hours later, once again, the group opened their umbrellas and trooped down the street to Nanci and Rich Leonard’s fully functioning home.

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NEIGHBORS, front row: Bill Boeck, Sandy Boeck, Sherry Bonanno, David Ray; back row: Tom Dunlap, Rich Leonard, Leon Kaplan, Erika Larsen and Alejandro Leal.

During the next two hours, the conversations never ceased, whether discussing memories of the neighborhood or simply chatting with neighbors about dogs and kids and the crazy weather. Before “MR. ROGERS”-INSPIRED cake was served. cutting the cake which depicted a tweaked Mr. though the weather was fierce Rogers quote: “Won’t you be and the lack of power was anmy neighbors,” the group sang noying, the Longwood celebraand toasted and agreed that, al- tion wasn’t dampened at all.

FIRST FRIDAYS kicks off Fri., March 1 at the Natural History Museum. The evening includes scientific-based talks, cocktails and live and DJ-spun music.

Ponder natural disasters at NHM First Frida s rst u Fire ar h The Natural History Museum’s (NHM) series First Fridays looks at “Forces of Nature,” exploring California’s natural disasters with discussions, cocktails and music. “Fire” is the topic of the March 1 program at the museum at 900 W. Exposition Blvd. “Secrets from the Vaults,” 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., begins the event and features science correspondent and  Ologies  podcast host, Alie Ward. She will be asking museum research specialists about mysteries and untold stories from NHM. A discussion on “The Flames in Our Future” at 6:30 p.m. is with Gary Ferguson, science writer; Scott Stephens, professor of Fire Science at UC Berkeley; and Rebecca Miller, a doctorate student at Stanford University. “Los Angeles Times” award-winning writer

Patt Morrison will moderate. Pinky Pinky, a three-piece proto-prog-inspired rock band, performs at 8 p.m. Shannon Shaw, vocalist and bassist, plays at 9:15 p.m. Resident DJ Novena Carmel and KCRW guest DJ Aaron Byrd will spin tunes throughout the evening. Next up in the First Fridays series is “Drought” on April 5. Tickets are $20 for nonmembers, and free to members. Visit nhm.org/firstfridays. Also at the NHM “That was then. This is now,” continues through Sun., April 28. The exhibit examines how humans have altered the genes of some plants and animals, affecting their evolution and survival. “Antarctic Dinosaurs” debuts April 3 and continues through Jan. 5. Visit nhm.org.

ANNUAL HIGH TEA of the Windsor Square – Hancock Park Historical Society takes place in the Louis XVI Room of the former Bullocks Wilshire. Society president Richard Battaglia, at right, introduces guest speakers.

Tea and sympathetic interior design

By John Welborne The setting was the beautifully restored and maintained Louis XVI Room of the former Bullocks Wilshire department store, now part of the law library and administrative offices of Southwestern School of Law. The event was “high tea.” It was a rainy Sunday afternoon, Feb. 10, but members and friends of the Windsor Square - Hancock Park Historical Society (WSHPHS) filled the elegant room, designed by Eleanor LeMaire to reflect the style of the Palace of Versailles. Multiple three-tiered tea stands were on each large, round table, stacked with plates of teatime goodies, from sandwiches to scones to strawberries and more. The guests’ chatter was animated, to say the least. Society president Richard Battaglia took the microphone to welcome everyone and to explain the program for the day, which featured remarks from Councilman David Ryu and a special, illustrated presentation by author Stephen Gee. Originally from Norfolk, England, Gee spoke to the assembled tea-drinkers about the landmark buildings designed for Los Angeles by a fellow Brit, architect John Parkinson, who began working in this community in 1894. Parkinson practiced with his son Donald, as Parkinson and Parkinson, from 1920 until 1945. In addition to contributing the principal design of Los Angeles City Hall (1928), the firm was responsi-

STEPHEN GEE, author of “Iconic Vision: John Parkinson, Architect of Los Angeles,” presents an illustrated talk about the designer and his buildings, including Bullocks Wilshire.

ble for Bullocks Wilshire (1929) and Union Station (1939). Following the program, Gee signed copies of his book, “Iconic Vision: John Parkinson, Architect of Los Angeles.”

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Celebrate women’s history at Ebell, Downtown Women’s Center

THE EBELL is one of the oldest women’s clubs in the nation.

pal, Historic Resources Group, and columnist, Larchmont Chronicle. The Ebell The Ebell of Los Angeles  is one of the oldest and largest  women’s clubs in the nation.  Its home since 1927 is the Italian Renaissancestyle complex on Wilshire and Lucerne boulevards by Sumner Hunt,  with gardens designed by Florence Yoch. The sold-out tour will tell the history of the site and visit the auditorium, library, art salon, solarium, dressing rooms, and gardens. The Ebell’s collection of fine furnishings and art and its costume collection, which features pieces from the mid1800s, will be on view. The March 10 “Citizen Jane” documentary was released in 2016 and tells of the showdown between activist and the founding mother of the fight against urban redevelopment,

Jane Jacobs, and New York City’s “Master Builder” Robert Moses over Greenwich Village. It was a fight that ultimately influenced the nation. The panel of preservation experts will discuss Jacobs’ legacy and the roles women play in protecting America’s historic neighborhoods. Downtown Women’s Center “By Women, For Women” takes you on a tour of two normally off-limit buildings, the Downtown Women’s Center (DWC) and the Hollywood Studio Club on Sat., March 23. Tours are every 30 minutes from 10 a.m. to noon. The DWC was constructed as a shoe factory in 1927 by powerhouse contractor Florence Casler and today serves as housing for formerly homeless women. The Gothic Revival-style building also houses a Day Center and the only womenspecific health clinic on Skid Row. A music lover, Casler learned plumbing at her husband’s business in Buffalo, NY. After her husband left to find his fortune in gold, she got a license and built a flourishing plumbing business before heading West. In Los Angeles, the mother (Please turn to page 15)

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Hear about the campaign to establish the National Women’s History Museum in Washington, D.C. at a luncheon at The Ebell of Los Angeles, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., Mon., March 4 at 11:30 a.m. The program, which salutes Women’s History Month, features Susan Scanlan and Elana Pinko-Ginsburg who both serve on the board of the proposed museum. Scanlan helped found the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues. Pinko-Ginsburg is a member of the National Organization of Women Business Owners and Women’s Leadership Exchange. Tickets are $30 for members; $40 for non-members. Reservations are required. For information, call 323931-1277, x 131, or go to tickets@ebelloflosangeles.com.

GARDENS at the Ebell Club of Los Angeles.

A PARTY was held at the clubhouse lounge soon after it opened in 1927. Photos courtesy of The Ebell of Los Angeles

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‘Visionaries’ at Assistance League improving children’s lives for 100 years

By John Welborne “Visionaries“ not only describes the women, past and present, responsible for one of our nation’s important charitable undertakings, it also is the name of the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) program, “Visionaries” that, since 1995, has been highlighting the rarely told stories of nonprofit organizations around the world. Hosted by actor Sam Waterston, each show is a documentary about people who dedicate their time to the service of others. This year, the show will feature Assistance League of Los Angeles (ALLA), in its 100th year of improving the lives of impoverished children in the community through “philanthropy, dedicated service and compassionate programs,” as is accurately written in the League’s mission statement. To preview the new documentary, ALLA members, friends and supporters gathered on Feb. 2 at the historic Nine O’Clock Players Theatre for Children on N. St. Andrews (Please turn to page 16)

JULIA BANNING and Diane Hilty (right) attend the pre-screening reception in the courtyard of the Assistance League’s Nine O’Clock Players Theatre for Children. Above right: “VISIONARIES” PBS television show features Yvonne Cazier, Hancock Park. Right: WINDSOR SQUARE resident Flo Fowkes is featured in “Visionaries” broadcast on PBS.

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By Jasper Gough 9th Grade Last month, on the evening of Valentine’s Day, high schoolers participated in a Super Smash Bros. tournament that was extremely epic. This month, there will be a blood drive for a Children’s Hospital on March 5. Then, on March 7 to 9, the spring drama, “12 Angry Jurors,” will be performed in our Center for Community and the Arts building. There will be SAT testing for the 10th and 11th graders on March 9. After that, on March 13, there will be a three-hour discussion about drugs and addiction. We will have two guest speakers, David and Nic Sheff, who will share their personal stories about their addiction and recovery. There will be a second discussion the following day for those unable to make the March 13 event. The robotics team, the Griffitrons, will compete in the Los Angeles North Regional Robotics competition on March 14 to 17. The Griffitrons have been working day and night to get their robot working. The team will also go to Las Vegas from March 27 to the 30 to participate in another Robotics tournament. And of course, we have spring break from March 25 to April 5. Go Griffins!

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The Bob Baker Marionette Theater has announced the location of its new home, opening summer 2019 in Highland Park. The theater will bring its 3,000 puppets, endless ice cream and boundless imagination to the new location, at 4949 York Blvd., for generations to come. The theater left its long time location in DTLA last November. And that’s not the only change. Bob Baker Marionette Theater is now a 501c3, which will allow the theater to better carry out its mission to educate kids of all ages across Los Angeles as well as to rejuvenate appreciation for handcrafted puppetry. Of course, this also allows support in the form of tax-free donations.

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By Adriana Brady 8th Grade February started off with our AJHD team placing in every event at the Cathedral High Academic Quizbowl on Saturday, February 2! Our team placed third in Logic, second in Super Quiz, and second place overall. Students learned the best strategies to fight bullying during “The Power of One” assembly on Feb. 4. We have a “no tolerance” policy at Chapel when it comes to bullying. Our 8th graders took their graduation pictures on Feb. 5 and they are anxious-

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And for a limited time, supporters can name one of 100 seats in the new theater after a child or a loved one for a $1,000 donation. In 1930, Bob Baker, a sixyear-old Angeleno, saw a puppet show and dedicated the rest of his life to puppetry. His company’s work spanned decades of creative projects across Los Angeles, from puppetry and design on Disneyland’s Main Street, to contributions in film and television.

ly awaiting the responses from their high schools. Valentine’s Day was a special day at CCS with free dress, a Student Council bake-sale and class parties. Our Chapel Speech Team is currently preparing for its third tournament of the season. Members have been working hard to perfect their speeches. We held our annual Math Class Challenge for students in grades 3-8. Our Math Bowl XI was on Feb. 21 for the top contestants in grades 3 to 8.

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By Siobhan Schallert 7th Grade Pilgrim School students love some friendly competition and our Spring Spirit Week was a great opportunity as each secondary class got the chance to earn points for their grade by dressing up for specific themes throughout the week. Whichever class has the most points wins a week of free dress later in the year. No offense to our uniforms, but this is a big deal! Last trimester our 7th graders won, and we want to repeat! Monday was pajama day and every student wore their comfiest clothes to school — but it didn’t stop us from getting work done! On Tuesday we had a second Halloween! Students could rethink their October costumes and dress up as anything and got candy for their efforts. (Your intrepid reporter chose to go as James Dean — check out “Rebel Without a Cause” if you don’t know his work!) Wednesday’s theme was monochromatic day and school had splashes of color ranging from emo black to neon green. Thursday was Mismatch day, where students went absolutely crazy with their outfits, wearing two kinds of shoes, socks over their pants, shirts over sweatshirts and backwards jackets. Thursday was also Valentine’s Day and that meant those of us on Student Council were organizing and delivering candy-grams students had purchased earlier in the week. Inside info tells me some people sent grams to themselves! The money went to ASB to help fund further activities. Sadly, on Thursday there was a power outage at the end of the day due to flooding. Our middle school girls’ basketball team was ready to take on Eisner Middle School when the game was called due to darkness inside the gym! School was canceled on Friday so we missed out on Tourist Day. While that was sad, it did mean we landed an extra day for our long weekend!

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les, take the theatre stage to welcome everyone and speak about creating the episode of “Visionaries” that stars ALLA and its volunteers. And then, the lights went down, and the audience got its advance screening. The documentary features a number of League leaders from our local neighborhoods, including Yvonne Cazier, Audrey Fimpler, Flo Fowkes and Barbara Hardesty, to name just a few. Local public television stations expect first broadcasts of ALLA’s “Visionaries” episode to be in early March.

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By Paige Mendiola 5th Grade March is not only three months away from summer, but it’s also the start of a new season, spring. We will celebrate Read Across America, Dr. Seuss’s birthday, on March 1, a day held annually that encourages children to read and also encourages parents and teachers to celebrate the joy of reading. Elementary students will read Dr. Seuss books to preschool and junior kindergarten students. I love Dr. Seuss books! I still have 8 books that I’ve had since I was 5 years old. After reading, all students will eat ‘green eggs and ham’ at lunch. To me, they taste like regular eggs but they’re green. If you close your eyes and eat them, they taste AMAZING! Kinder-6th grade will have a disaster preparedness education presentation on March 5. It is important for everyone to be prepared in case of any emergency! Remember to check your time because daylight savings time begins on March 10. This week is also the end of our third quarter and we will receive our Report Cards followed by our third quarter honor assembly. We will also celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, the death date of Saint Patrick, a popular saint of Ireland. This celebration is held on March 17 and is recognized by wearing the color green. I always wear the color green so I don’t get pinched! This month’s field trip, students will be going to the California Science Center. You can see tons of different exhibits like the Air and Space Exhibit. That’s my favorite one because you get to see a huge spaceship. Another one of my favorites is the IMAX theatre because they make movies that are science related and some are 3D. The science center is always a fun and educational trip. This is going to be an enjoyable spring because there will be plenty of events ahead!

Pl., (constantly in use since it was built in 1938). During the pre-screening reception in the spacious outdoor patio, Diane Hilty was in lively conversation with Julia Banning, a descendant of Assistance League co-founder Anne Banning. Following the reception, the attendees heard Bonnie Boswell, host of the PBS SoCal program “Bonnie Boswell Reports,” and Erica Olsen, TV host for CBS in Los Ange-


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Registration open for spring girls’ basketball league Sign-ups for Goldie’s AllGirls Basketball League continue through Sun., March 17 at goldiesyouthsports.com. The spring season runs from Mon., April 1 through Sun., June 9; games are played at St. Brendan School, 238 S. Manhattan Pl. “Goldie’s All-Girls Basketball League is a well-organized, all-girls, recreational league, where girls are nurtured in a safe environment and encour-

aged to have their voices heard while promoting teamwork, sportsmanship, fairness, equality, and community,” said coach Karen “Goldie” Goldberg. Skill evaluations are Sun., March 17 for four-to-14-yearolds; visit the website for times as well as game dates, playoffs and more about the upcoming season. Participation fee is $215 plus a uniform fee of $35; scholarships are available.

SQUARING off against each other in the fall season are Audrey Wolf (with ball) and Saylor Brotherton in the 6- to 7-years-old division.

WINNING a semi-finals game in the fall playoffs are Coco Scott, Addison Christiansen-Adams, Amelia Rodriguez and Sienna Light in the 9- to 10-years-old division.

FREE THROW is made for the Renegades, playing against the Lightshadows in an early season game of the St. Brendan Basketball Association Season.

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Park Century School marks 50 years of helping students Park Century School, 3939 Landmark St., Culver City, celebrates its 50th year this school season with a birthday party, new tree art and a time capsul. The school also plans on continuing its campaigns designed to raise awareness about learning differences. Birthday party Members and friends of the Park Century community commemorated the school’s anniversary with a birthday party held last December. As part of the celebration, students, faculty, parents and alumni added “leaves” using thumbprints to a mandala tree designed by one of the parents as part of a collaborative and interactive art work. Attendees could also write well wishes and birthday greetings on “leaves” to be attached to the tree. A time capsule to be opened during the school’s centennial celebrations in 2068 was also created. An anniversary gala is scheduled May 2019 to honor the school’s past and ensure the longevity of its future. History The school, a co-educational day school serving 7- to 14-year-olds diagnosed with learning differences such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, and

MANDALA TREE was decorated at the 50th birthday party.

ADHD, was founded in 1968 when Sheila Cohn was unable to find an educational program that could support her son’s learning differences. Cohn pulled her son out of his mainstream school and then worked with his tutor to design a tailored program that could best meet his needs. Later, they opened a specialized “school” in the living room of a Century City apartment. The school now has 108 students with a three to one student to teacher ratio, and it maintains the individualized program model that was first set up.

TIME CAPSULE created to be opened during school’s centennial celebration in 2068.

CAMILA INTERIANO dribbes downcourt with teammates Noelle Park and Martina Farber in the 6- to 7-years-old division last spring. Photos by Karl Sonnenberg


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By Lena Mizrahi 12th Grade H a p p y Spring! As the weather warms, so does the activity on the Immaculate Heart campus. Despite the arduous nature of the second semester, school spirit runs high as we enter our final months of the 20182019 school year. In early March, applicants to both Immaculate High School and Middle School will receive their acceptance letters. This exciting event marks the new life brought by spring. We eagerly await welcoming a new community of students. Each new class brings a new set of perspectives and talents to our campus! The month of March also includes a favorite community-building event, the Spring Luncheon. The 74th annual event this year features the theme “Seeds of Change” as it celebrates sustainability and renewal. Students and their parents are invited to lunch and a fashion show at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City. During the luncheon, seniors will participate in the senior tradition of modeling fashions on the runway. Conditioning has been under way for weeks for spring sports teams. Now competition has started for our swim, softball, and track and field teams. The hard work and practice by our athletes promise to pay off during the upcoming season. Go Pandas! Go Heart! One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world. – Malala Yousafzai

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By Scarlett Saldaña 8th Grade As the second trimester slowly comes to a close at Oakwood, students are making the most of their time in the month of March. The 10th graders will have their first play of the year on March 9. However, instead of performing a popular play, the Drama II class created and presents: “It’s Kind of Weird to Say I’m Beautiful.” The 10th graders made it their mission to interview faculty and students about body image. From this, they created a truthful play espe-

YAVNEH

By Noam Goldberg 8th Grade Over the last few weeks, middle school students at Yavneh have been preparing for the Yediot Klaliot, Jewish general knowledge tests. The assessment on Jewish general knowledge is taken in three parts. Any student who records a perfect score on any part of the test receives a special prize directly from the Headmaster, Rabbi Dear. Additionally, the top five students from each class will participate in a live competition against fellow stu-

ST. BRENDAN

By Seamus O’Malley 8th Grade The end of February as well as the beginning of March have been very busy at SBS. On Valentine’s Day, students were able to wear pink, red, or white clothes to represent school spirit. The 8th graders’ high school letters are starting to come in after many months of preparation. They will have a few days to decide where they will be attending for the next four years. Our A-Boys basketball team

cially relevant to today’s issues about how we see ourselves on a day-to-day basis. After the play, the middle school debaters will get ready for their first tournament against other schools on March 16. Nevertheless, the debaters are prepared for anything coming their way. At the end of the month, Oakwood will enjoy their Spring Break and come back for their third and final trimester. dents. Walking through the hallways, one can spot dozens of students preparing for the next test. Also taking place this month are the middle school boys’ and girls’ retreats. These outings are a great way for the students to bond with their teachers and classmates outside of the classroom to create lifelong memories. With a jam-packed schedule full of fun activities, the students are sure to have a blast. is going into playoffs with high hopes. They’ve had a great season so far and are looking to top things off. Our 2019 Spring Fling auction fundraiser is on March 2. The theme is “Grease” and our parents, faculty, and friends will have a fun night. Overall, it is another successful month at Saint Brendan, and we can’t wait to see what the future has to offer!

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recent book The Wedding Portrait. This book is about when he and his wife got married while forming a blockade outside of a nuclear weapons facility. A wedding portrait was taken as they protested, and soon they were arrested by police. Innosanto even illustrated the book himself, and it was interesting to hear him speak about his experience with social activism. The Center will continue to host writers at the school, with acclaimed author of more than 40 children’s books, Margaret Peterson Haddix, visiting on March 8.

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Beach. CKS students participated in some stimulating field trips this month. Our Transitional Kindergarten class had a great day when they visited the Aquarium of the Pacific, and our seventh graders enjoyed their field trip to the Huntington Library. The fifth and sixth grade classes are now looking forward to their visit to the Reagan Library, and our first and second graders will be attending James and the Giant Peach at the Assistance League Playhouse. St. Valentine’s Day was an exciting day for CKS students. The eighth graders used their etiquette skills at their St. Valentine’s Dance while students throughout the school enjoyed sharing candy and cards with one another. Our boys’ and girls’ basketball teams had a fun season, and despite the heavy rain managed to play most of their games.

By Edward Maxam 6th Grade Recently, my school hosted Innosano Nagara, an Indonesian author who writes about activism and social justice in his picture books. His first book, “A Is for Activism,” examines typical vocabulary related to activism. It is geared to a younger audience, and was a huge success. These stories were inspired by his background as a graphic designer for social justice organizations. He aims to teach the younger generation about what it means to bring about positive change. When he visited the Center For Early Education, he read his most

By Curtis Won 7th Grade The month of February was a busy and exciting one for CKS students. We wrapped up Catholic Schools’ week, which was filled with many exciting activities. Students enjoyed a live drama production of “The Sword and the Stone,” performed by the Grail Theater of Britain. During Catholic Schools’ week, we also celebrated Grandparents Day, Career Day, Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day and Spirit Day. Our Junior High Academic Decathlon team was very excited when they placed first out of 24 schools in the Academic Quiz Bowl, held at Cathedral High School on February 2. The team is continuing to study hard in preparation for the upcoming Academic Decathlon on March 3. In this event, CKS will compete against more than one hundred schools in the Walter Pyramid at Cal State Long

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Orphaned animals get some helping wands from Page

By Suzan Filipek The eight Student Council members of Page Academy School considered helping a local animal shelter as one of their three community service projects this year — and then they heard about Wands for Wildlife. The program rehabilitates injured and orphaned squirrels, baby ducks and possums and other wildlife in the mountains of Western North Carolina with a simple tool — mascara wands. It’s a great cause, “because [the orphan animals] can’t really take care of themselves in the wild,” said fifth grader and council member Amiely Rodriguez-Lopez. Once cleaned, the wand’s tight and soft bristles remove fly eggs, insects and larva from the animal’s fur. If left unchecked, these offenders can lead to skin infections. The simple cleaning can save an animal’s life, and, once rehabilitated, most of the critters are returned to the wild. Parent Tula Orum, a mother of twin boys at Page (her second-grade daughter is enrolled at Cathedral Chapel), suggested the project after it was recommended by a friend and third-grade teacher in Maryland, who has imple-

SIGNS were posted around the campus.

STUDENT COUNCIL members Chris Kim, Daniel Villasenor, teacher/advisor Janet Romero, Paige Mendiola, Carolina BonetSanabrais, Maria Yamasaita, Isabella Argiropoulos, Amiely Rodriguez-Lopez.

mented several environmental improvement projects at her school. “As a working parent,” Orum explained, “I sometimes find it hard to volunteer as much as I’d like at my children’s schools.” She did find time to research projects for Page and found this one to be a perfect fit. “I am interested in environmental issues and how to get kids involved early in caring for our planet and its resources, and I wanted to find something easy, fun and impactful for their schools to consider implementing. “Page Academy is helmed by the wonderfully open-minded and supportive Ms. Pat [Klindworth / senior director]. And, the teachers and staff are equally happy to consider things they believe will improve the kids as both scholars and citizens. “What I like about Wands for Wildlife is that it takes a common item that would otherwise go in the trash and recycles it to help wild animals that are all too often impacted by environmental changes caused by humans,” Olum

“What I like about Wands for Wildlife is that it takes a common item that would otherwise go in the trash and recycles it to help wild animals that are all too often impacted by environmental changes caused by humans.” Tula Oram added. Besides, the entire student council was on board. “We love animals,” explained council member Daniel Vil-

WASHING mascara wands are Amiely Rodriguez-Lopez, Carolina Bonet-Sanabrais, Kierra Ong and Page Senior Director Pat Klindworth.

lasenor, who joined other council members in posting signs around their elementary school on Larchmont Boulevard asking parents and faculty to drop off used mascara wands. They also visited a local Sephora and the MAC Cosmetics store on Larchmont Blvd. to collect donated sample wands. In early February, the students cleaned their finds with soap and warm water before shipping them to the Appalachian Wildlife Refuge, said student council advisor and teacher Janet Romero. Orum had hoped to find a worthwhile project closer to home. “I searched in vain, especially in light of the devastating wildfires, to find a similar program here in California, but could not.

“I still hope to reach out to local wildlife rescue centers to see if they could make use of the wands like the organization in Appalachia,” Orum said. Wands for Wildlife got a boost after a Facebook post in 2017 by its cofounder went viral, and soon much-needed supplies arrived from all around the world for the refuge’s emergency room. One package came from a makeup artist, who wrote, “I am a combat veteran and my life was saved by my bulldog. I have a deep love for all animals.” The nonprofit was established in 2014 by a team of volunteers. Watch a hawk released in the wild on the group’s website: appalachianwild.org.

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Troop 10 kept trees alive, learned about city government

By Rachel Olivier Boy Scouts Troop 10 wrapped up its 104th year and will attend Camp Cherry Valley on Catalina for its 36th consecutive summer this year, reports scoutmaster Matt Rauchberg. Four scouts from Troop 10 achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in 2018: Aidan Browne, Andrew Kim, Dillon Kneafsey and Bryan Pyo.    “Unfortunately our 2018 High Sierra backpacking trip was cancelled due to the smoke from the fires so, sadly, nothing to say on high adventure this year,” reported Rauchberg.  However, this summer, 16 Troop 10 scouts will be going on a backpacking and sea kayaking adventure in Alaska. Fern Dell Trail In partnership with the Griffith Park Rangers and the Friends of Griffith Park, this year the scouts of Troop 10 took on the special project of saving the legacy trees in Upper Fern Dell from the devastating effects of the recent drought.  Every two weeks throughout the spring and summer, the Scouts mulched and watered the trees in Fern Dell through a combination of hoses and bucket brigades.  The positive effects were clear to see over the course of the

DANIEL Elmelund-Hendrickson of Troop 10 helped water trees in Fern Dell.

summer. More than 35 Troop 10 scouts participated in the project, contributing several hundred man-hours of effort to the cause.   As thanks for their effort, the troop was awarded a certificate of appreciation from the City of Los Angeles, and a Conservation Good Turn Award from the Greater Los Angeles Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Visit from the councilman Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson recently visited Troop 10, and he spoke to the scouts on city government. Mr. Wesson greatly enjoyed talking with

SENIOR PATROL Leader Max Rauchberg and Troop Guide Dillon Kneafsey display the certificate of appreciation and the Conservation Good Turn Award.

CITY COUNCILMAN Herb Wesson visited Troop 10, speaking on city government.

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THROUGHOUT the summer more than 35 scouts watered and mulched trees in the Fern Dell nature area. From left to right: Alex Rice, Jacob Prior, Jacob Milder.

Young musicians join LA Phil for a one-night concert The American Youth Symphony (AYS) will join the National Children’s Chorus and the Los Angeles Philharmonic for a one-night performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall. AYS returns March 31 to the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s “Sounds About Town” series, in collaboration with the National Children’s Chorus, to present a world-premiere commission from American composer Nico Muhly. The concert will feature two extraordinary female soloists, soprano Jessica Rivera and pianist Gloria Cheng. Comprised of 100 young

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By Elijah Small Welcome back music lovers! This month I’ve selected three albums for your consideration that push boundaries in their respective musical genres. Happy listening!

Currents The album “Currents” by band and solo artist Tame Impala is a very good listen. The album, like the group’s previous two, was written, recorded, performed and produced by primary member Kevin Parker. In fact, the album features no other collaborators, as Parker recorded all of the instruments by himself. Perhaps that’s why the album has a steady flow and never gets too intense. The songs have a repetitive vibe, but still seem to never overlap or sound the same. I highly recommend this 2015 album. Review: 9 out of 10.

o i a utterfl This album put American rapper Kendrick Lamar on the map. I do not give it a 10 out of 10 because at first listen I was a little confused, but hearing it again, I realize what an original album it is.

Listeners will be able to tell that Kendrick worked hard to make it. The album explores personal themes like depression and inequality, with some tracks tackling deep political and social justice issues. This really adds emotion to each song. This album, which won Best Rap Album at the 58th Grammy awards, is something special. Review: 9 out of 10.

Trench This album, by Twenty One Pilots, is an alt-music masterpiece. It has so much depth to it, and to fully understand it you need to know the story the band’s vocalist Tyler Joseph created for it. Even without a backstory, this album is amazing. Tyler has perfected his voice, which results in a sound that is much less emo and more grown up. He put his heart and soul into these tracks, and talks throughout the album about how hard it was to make. Boy was it worth it though. The only reason I do not give this album a 9 out of 10 is because it does lack some originality. It is an excellent example of an alt album, but unlike the other two albums on this list, Trench is not as unique. However, if you love the sound of the album, I suggest looking up online the song’s back-story. Review: 8 out of 10. Elijah Small is a student at Pilgrim School.

Episcopal School of Los Angeles taps new head

The Episcopal School of Los Angeles (ESLA) has decided to have Peter McCormack continue as head of school, a role he has filled on an interim basis since July 2018. The ESLA Board of Trustees voted unanimously to name McCormack to a threeyear term, effective July 1, 2019. McCormack joined ESLA after 25 years’ experience heading Rolling Hills Preparatory School in San Pedro, California. In addition to leading Rolling Hills, McCormack taught physics, robotics and theater, as well as coaching soccer as needed. McCormack holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from York University, and a master’s degree in education from Oxford University. “Those of us who have worked closely with Peter over the past six months have great respect and

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admiration for what he has brought to ESLA,” said board trustee chair Rebecca Torrey. “Peter’s physics and mathematics background, coupled with graduate training in education, has helped transform our mathematics and science classes to an outstanding STEM program that complements our extraordinary humanities program.” Visit es-la.com for more information.

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By Avery Gough 7th Grade This month has been very exciting for everyone at Marlborough. During the second week of February, the 8th graders looked for subjects for research projects for the purpose of measuring behavioral and learning changes. There was a Valentine’s Day lunch for 10th graders and their parents. Student Council put little treats in everyone’s locker and the 7th graders received special gifts at that time. Over President’s Day weekend, the chamber choir performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City. There were auditions for the spring play, The Little Prince, on Feb. 19. On the 27th, the school hosted its annual Red Cross Blood Drive, which was open to students and their families. We eagerly anticipate the Invitational Art Show Opening, which is taking place in the Seaver Art Gallery next month. We also are looking forward to the annual Wellness Festival on March 6. There will be workouts, nutritionists and goat yoga on the field.

CHRIST THE KING students take home the top prize at the Feb. 2 Academic Quiz Bowl hosted at Cathedral High School. Beating 2 other teams for first place, the Junior High Academic Decathlon team members include, from left, Brooke Lee, Alexandra ambao, Mar orie Luzuriaga, Scarlett Gonsalves, Kelcey Raiz, Wynter Williams, Colin Bailey, Kevin Choi, Eugene Kim and Jacob Lopez. Kneeling is coach Jonathan Bautista.

Bardugo’s ‘King of Scars’ at top of bestseller list

“King of Scars,” Leigh Bardugo’s latest fantasy novel, released in January, hit number one on the young adult hardcover “New York Times” bestseller list last month. The book, set in Bardugo’s fantastical Grishaverse, is the first in a duology about a ruler, Nikolai Lantsov, who must save his country while fighting his own inner demons. The Grishaverse was first introduced to readers in 2012 with the publication of “Shadow and Bone,” which has recently been greenlit for an eight-episode series on Netflix. Bardugo is the daughter of Judy Bardugo, Windsor Square, and the late Harve Mossawir, Jr.

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Farmers Market home. “It’s our goal to stay the course of what we’ve always been known for,” says Ilysha Adelstein Buss, director of marketing for the Farmers Market. “And that’s that we’ve always been the community’s favorite grocery store.” The Farmers Market’s various grocery and specialty food vendors sell vegetables, fruits, cheeses, wine, meats, seafood and desserts, to name a few. In addition to grocery and specialty foods, the market features restaurants both old and new. From oldies like Magee’s kitchen (since 1917) and Dupar’s Restaurant (since 1938) to newcomers like the soon-toopen Roxy & Jo’s Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar, the market has been a place where locals like to eat, drink and be merry. Food isn’t the only thing that keeps the market humming, though. Daily services that the market provides include a postal center, shoe repair, bank, key shop, candle store, dog bakery, toy store and barbershop. But what is it about the market that has enabled it to withstand the changes of each passing decade? “Go-to spot” “We make sure that every-day services that are vital and important to people are available to them, while continuing to stay current and to be Los Angeles’ go-to spot,” says Buss. “The more things change, the more they stay the same. But that’s what’s great about the market. The butcher, bakery, and post office are all here, but the market community will continue to branch out and offer new goods and services as needed.” As the world’s retail and delivery climate has changed in the past decade, the market has stepped up with the times to change with it, recently

MARKET merchant Lou De Rosa has been with Marconda’s Meats and Puritan Poultry since 1979.

launching a same-day delivery service to meet the needs of its customers. “You can go to Farmersmarketla.com and Mercato.com to order from the market within a 16-mile radius. Or you can do preorders for pickup,” says Buss of the new service. Vintage vendors One thing that keeps the market so “current” actually is its extensive list of “vintage” vendors. Today’s savvy shoppers look for longstanding familyowned and quality stores, and it’s not hard to find those in abundance at Farmers Market. Bennett’s Ice Cream (1946), Littlejohn’s English Toffee House (1946), and Bob’s Coffee & Donuts (1970) are just a few of the long-term tenants. Another enduring fixture is Marconda’s Meats (and Puritan Poultry), which has been a fixture at the market since 1941. Lou DeRosa, who has worked Marconda’s meat counter since 1979, and his three sons, Cody, Thomas and Tyler, took over the store when Lou’s father, Dave DeRosa, retired. “Why are we still here?” asks Lou. “Because this is the best market in the city… we’ve got friendly, loyal customers who love our business.” And what is it that they love so much? “Buying prime beef that is humanely raised with no growth hormones or stimulants, from a butcher who treats meat-cutting as an art,” says DeRosa. Customers can

“FARMERS MARKET is very European,” says Vincent Benoliel of Michelina, a popular new bakery.

find Wagyu, Angus and Piedmontese, as well as free-range turkey, geese, ducks and pheasants at Marconda’s poultry stall a few feet away. And the new In juxtaposition to the old, the Farmer’s Market is always keeping an eye out for the new. Popular recent newcomers to the market include Nonna’s Empanadas (selling everything from traditional beef and chicken to more creative selections such as Philly cheese steak, macaroni & cheese, and Nutella), and Michelina artisan bakery and patisserie, which goes straight for the buttery jugular. “Michelina is a great example of staying true to our roots,” says Buss. “It’s a popular, solid bakery, like those we’ve featured for decades.” Michelina opened in 2017, wowing the market’s customers with baguettes (made from 15-year-old sourdough), flakey croissants, tarts, macarons, sandwiches and tartines. “The Farmers Market is very European,” says Vincent Benoliel, founder and owner of Michelina, “and that is what attracted me. There is a lot of foot traffic here; it’s very family-oriented; and everyone is friendly. From the clientele to the landlord to the other tenants, I enjoy everybody.” Is there anything that has surprised him about the market? “Yes, there are a lot of celebrities,” laughs Benoliel. “I

wasn’t expecting that.” The 85th anniversary of the market just happens to coincide with many other market anniversaries, as well. “It’s the 30th anniversary of Mardi Gras here in the market,” reveals Buss. “It’s also the 85th anniversary of the fall festival, the third anniversary of the Lunar Festival, the third annual Outfest Pride celebration, and the 25th anniversary of the Gilmore Heritage Auto Show, which takes place this year June 1.” The car show started 25 years ago as an idea to honor the Gilmore legacy to car culture, and this year’s auto show will feature American Muscle Cars. “We will close off the street between the market and the Grove, and people can interact with the cars in a casual setting,” previews Buss. “We recognize

the diversity of Los Angeles, and if you look at our events, there’s something for everyone.” The Grove arrives When The Grove opened next door in 2002, many people thought the new retail and dining behemoth would be the death of the Farmers Market. Instead, the market has adjusted and thrived. “This whole area is such a great destination,” says Buss. “You come to the Farmers Market and you get to visit authentic Los Angeles, and then you walk a few feet away and you get to see a more glamorous side of L.A. with fancy retailers and movie theatres. It’s a community destination, but each has a completely different feel.” After 85 years, the market has shown its enduring power to survive. By embracing its history, its decades-old vendor relationships, the loyalty of its customers, and by showing a willingness to accept newness and change, the market has found the path forward. “We take very seriously our role as L.A.’s living room and community gathering place,” affirms Buss. “But most importantly, we always stay true to the market’s roots.” For more information, go to farmersmarketla.com.

FARMERS MARKET has long been a gathering spot for locals and tourists alike. Some groups of friends stretch out their cups of coffee for hours of gab.

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Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People (9/10) Runtime 104 minutes, NR: Everybody has heard of the Pulitzer Prize but how many know anything about the man for whom the prize is named? Joseph Pulitzer came to the United States in 1864 as an impoverished 17-year-old from Hungary, his fare paid by Massachusetts military recruiters who were seeking soldiers for the Civil War. Eventually he bought New York’s “World” newspaper and made it the most influential paper in the city, if not the country. This documentary is filled with fascinating tidbits about the man who continued to infuriate the powerful (like President Teddy Roosevelt, who thought he should be jailed for libel, claiming, “…it is high national duty to bring to justice this villifier of the American people”) despite being blind the last 20 years of his life. Opens March 8. Greta (8/10) Runtime 98 minutes, R: This is a brilliantly made “Psycho”-like film. Neil Jordan directs with pace and tension that never lets up. The cinematography (Seamus McGarvey) is not only awardquality; it’s as good as I’ve seen; in fact, it makes the film what it is. And the acting by Chloë Grace Moretz and Isabell Huppert is nonpareil. Even if, like me, you don’t like horror, this is worth seeing just to appreciate the incomparable filmmaking. Serenity (7/10) Runtime 105 minutes, R: What is this, anyway? Noir? Thriller? Fantasy? Actually, it’s a bit of all

‘Black Beauty’ opens film festival

   The 16th annual LA Harbor International Film Festival is Thurs., March 14 to Sun., March 17 at the art deco movie palace Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W. Sixth St., in downtown San Pedro.  A free showing of “Black Beauty” (1994) is Thurs., March 14 at 10:30 a.m.; part of the “Read the Book, See the Movie” education outreach program. “Sixteen Candles” (1984) screens Fri., March 15 at 7 p.m. “NewFilmmakers LA On Location: The Los Angeles Video Project” features 26 short films and is Sat., March 16 at noon. The Hollywood Nostalgia Tribute with red carpet gala and 35mm film “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” (1953) is Sat., March 16 starting at 5 p.m. “DocSunday” features the documentary “Rebel with a Cause: The Life of Aiko Hertiz Yoshinaga” (2016) Sun., March 17 at 1 p.m. See “Stories of Los Angeles Harbor Area: For Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow” (2017) Sun., March 17 at 4 p.m.    Visit laharborfilmfest.com.

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three. Baker Dill (Matthew McConaughey) is the skipper of a small fishing boat on a picturesque island. He has an Ahablike fixation on a big fish that he wants to catch. He’s got a girlfriend, Constance (Diane Lane), the purpose of whose existence is fuzzy, to say the least. He’s got an ex-wife, Karen, played by Anne Hathaway, in a surprisingly good performance for one of meager talent, who is married to brutal rich entrepreneur Frank (Jason Clarke), who apparently beats Karen often. She wants Baker to take Frank fishing and kill him. Baker is ambivalent until he learns that Frank is abusing Baker’s son, whom we see in flashovers always working on a computer. This is an odd movie with twists and a surprising ending that you can see coming if you pay attention. A Dog’s Way Home (5/10) Runtime 93 minutes, PG: If

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Tony Medley ever a film should have been animated, it’s this one because the characters themselves are so cartoonish. The cinematography is very well done, as is the interaction of the dog with the other animals. But the characters are so artificial and the political correctness so repellent that I hesitate to recommend it. This is, without question, one of the most nauseatingly politically correct movies ever filmed. There are several couples in the movie. All are biracial. After a while the political lecturing becomes laughable. The Upside (5/10) Runtime

125 minutes, PG-13: Unfortunately for me, I saw “The Intouchables,” and this film, directed by Neil Burger from a script by John Hartmere, doesn’t come close to the original. The only point seems to be that maybe a rich white guy and a poor black guy can get along, a counterpoint to “Green Book” that seems to stand for the proposition that a rich (or at least successful) black man and a white hoodlum can get along. That’s where Hollywood is these days. Nicole Kidman is also in the film, and I can’t figure out why. Her character adds nothing and it’s puzzling why an Oscar-winning actress would sign on for a role like this. In my judgment the best performance in the movie was by Julianna Margulies, who plays a woman with whom actor Bryan Cranston becomes involved by exchanging letters. Their meeting is extremely

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well done. Margulies’ performance is Oscar quality, but that’s as close to Oscar as this movie’s going to get. Cold Pursuit (4/10) Runtime 118 minutes, R: After seeing Liam Neeson’s “The Commuter” (2018), which was the latest in his many follow-ups to his 2008 megahit “Taken,” I suggested that he had clearly run out of material in this genre and that he proceed down a new path. Unfortunately, he did not take my advice, and he has continued with this imbecilic vehicle, which is filled with cold-blooded killings, one after the other. This is rubbish that is no different from the “John Wick” drivel that glorifies senseless violence. They minimize the tragic finality of death and desensitize viewers to violent murder. I repeat my advice to Liam from last year. Give these things up. They just keep getting worse.

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Helene Seifer although the flavor is deeply funky. Chicken adobo is an accessible dish of chicken cooked in vinegar and garlicky soy sauce and served over rice. This thoroughly homey dish has a bracing kick. Crispy maitake mushroom in sweet ‘n’ sour sauce was a chewy, flavorful side. Desserts are forgettable; go get a cone at McConnell’s Ice Cream up the street instead. Most sharable plates are in the $10 to $17 range. Full bar with unusual $14 cocktails. Ma’am Sir, 4330 W. Sunset Blvd., 323-741-8371. • • • Those who followed the long battle regarding the Larchmont Bungalow’s contractbreaking sit-down restaurant might be interested to know that although they were forced to vacate their Larchmont location, the restaurant took its name and menu to Echo Park. The Larchmont Bungalow Café, under new owner-

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dressed in creative costumes. Audiences can vote on their favorite dressed up four-footed friend. Live Cajun and zydeco music will be on the plaza and the west patio in the afternoons. Some bands will also be strolling through Farmers Market. The Gumbo Pot will be serving traditional New Orleans and Mardi Gras-style fare, including king cake, beignets, gumbo and jambalaya for purchase. For more information, visit farmersmarketla.com.

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Kass Wine Bar & Restaurant is open, at last

After a yearlong delay since its original announcement, Kass Wine Bar & Restaurant, the new offering from Michelin-starred chef Christophe Emé, opened last month. Located at 320 S. La Brea Ave. (in the space previously occupied by Wilde Wine Bar and, before that, 3Twenty Wine Lounge) Emé’s new restaurant features food of his native France and a wine list curated by Taylor Parsons, who was previously at République. Kyley Jacoby is the sommelier and manager. Open Tuesday through Sun-

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Mardi Gras crab boil at 189 at The Grove

Mardi Gras celebrants can get into the spirit of New Orleans with beignets, homemade cornbread, a crab boil with Dungeness crab, mussels and black tiger shrimp and more at 189 by Dominique Ansel at The Grove, 189 The Grove Dr., Tues., March 5 from 5 to 10 p.m. Dinners are $55 per person. Traditional hurricanes and other cocktails will also be available for purchase. Visit dominiqueansella.com.

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ship, still utilizes the counterordering model, still has patio space, and still features red and blue velvet pancakes with cream cheese spread. Larchmont Bungalow Café, 2110 W. Sunset Blvd., 213908-5301. • • • After 28 years on Larchmont Boulevard, Prado closed and Café Parisien opened in its place. Owner Sebastian Cornic (who also owns Culver City’s Meet Me in Paris), brings the first French bistro to the Boulevard since Café du Village closed in 2010 (Le Petit Marche, also French, is around the corner on Melrose). Initially they offered breakfast and lunch, with Nutella crepes, lobster benedict, tuna Nicoise sandwiches, six kinds of mussels, steak frites and other French fare. Now they’ve expanded to dinner service. Many of the same daytime dishes are available in the evening, but a few classics have been added, such as coq au vin, and linguini aux fruits de mer (with mixed seafood). Café Parisien. 244 N. Larchmont Blvd. Contact Helene at onthemenu@larchmontchronicle.com

Zoo Lights at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens received top 10 honors in the 2018 USA Today’s “10Best Readers’ Choice” travel awards. The family-friendly holiday light display, which ran from mid-November through early January, was ninth in the top10 listing for zoo light displays. According to “10Best” the Los Angeles Zoo Lights is a “hotbed of holiday activity,” and the Reindeer Romp was paired perfectly with the evening lights, illuminated snowflakes and light tunnels. It will return in late 2019.

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A colorful restaurant with a great soundtrack (none of that electro-pop W Hotel lobby stuff here), the Filipino restaurant Ma’am Sir brings a smile as soon as one crosses the threshold. The restaurant, named for the common greeting used in the Philippines, features charming leaf-patterned wallpaper and hanging ivy. Even those put off by the preponderance of unusual ingredients on the menu — pandan curd (coconut curd flavored with the tropical pandan leaf), calamansi (a hybrid citrus fruit that’s native to the Philippines, similar to lemon), honeycomb tripe (an “ick” food for many people, this particular tripe is made from the lining of a cow’s second stomach chamber) — will relax in this happy hip environment. Chef Charles Olalia, formerly of Patina and The French Laundry, whose six-seat Rice Bar elevated different varieties of rice for the downtown crowd, here digs deeper into his culinary heritage. Order a mescal and bitter melon cocktail and be prepared to taste a lot of umami and brine as the menu winds through some of the greatest hits of Filipino cooking. Lumpia (egg rolls) are filled with shrimp mousse and topped with small dollops of uni. The sweetness of the filling is offset by the sea urchin’s salinity, and when one dips the rolls into the accompanying garlic vinegar, the marriage reveals the bold flavor profile of these Southeast Asian islands. Pork Sisig is a chopped meat stir-fry that is typically made with pig snout. In Olalia’s version, sweetbreads are mixed with onions, minced chile, and calamansi juice. This is one of their most popular items,


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Fairytale retold in WWII backdrop; Cole still dazzles

“Lush, romantic, highly theatrical,” are just some of the adjectives that describe Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella, music by Prokofiev. Mr. Bourne has held on to the basics of the fairytale, with a few ingenious modifications for this ballet version. The place is London. World War II is in full, tragic reality. Throughout the run, different dancers will alternate in the main roles. The cast listed below played the night I saw it. Cinderella (Ashley Shaw) is still the put-upon poor relation. Robert, the father (Alan Vincent, who also doubles as Alphonso, the bandleader), is in a wheelchair, a victim of the war. Cinderella, in addition to evil stepsisters, has a few nasty stepbrothers for good measure. Her stepmother Sybil (a terrific Madelaine Brennan) is a piece of work, deliciously nasty. There is the requisite magical, helpful creature, in this case The Angel (a wonderful Liam Mower). And the prince, Harry the Pilot (Andrew Monaghan), is suffering from a head wound, but nonetheless is destined for Cinderella. Add to that a variety of boyfriends, girl-

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Patricia Foster Rye friends, gas mask dogs, the Salvation Army, Savoy guests, etc., to name a few of the characters. All of these wonderful dancers perform Mr. Bourne’s unique blend of contemporary choreography and, in addition, are wonderful actors. Which makes the storytelling crisp and very moving — the dramatic storyline, clean and easy to follow. The gorgeous Prokofiev score is pre-recorded with an 82-piece orchestra conducted by Brett Morris and presented in “surround sound,” sound design by Paul Groothuis. The brilliantly designed set takes us to the family house, Café de Paris, a dance hall, the London Underground and quite a few more locales, in wonderfully devised detail. Set and costume design by Lez Brotherston. In addition, early newsreel footage of the bombing of London brings the reality of the time into focus, projection design by Duncan McLean. This is a ballet in three acts (two hours and 30 minutes with intermissions), and a not-to-be-missed theatrical experience. Through Sun., March 10, Ahmanson Theatre Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave, 213-972-4400, centertheatregroup.org. 5 Stars • • • Lights Out: Nat King Cole by Colman Domingo and Patricia McGregor (who also directed) takes place in a television studio on Dec. 17, 1957 at 7:44 p.m. It’s minutes before the final, live Christmastime broadcast of “The Nat King Cole Show,” and guest Peggy Lee has not arrived. Mr. Cole (Dulé Hill) is anxious and especially not happy when the makeup woman Candy (Mary Pat Green) wants to add white make-up to Mr. Cole for the show. That is the beginning of this effective one act. How-

ever, the evening belongs to Mr. Hill. This is an amazing multilayered performance. He has captured the essence of Mr. Cole, his singing voice a remarkably accurate interpretation. And the songs chosen are perennial favorites: “Nature Boy,” “Mona Lisa,” The Party’s Over,” and more. Sammy Davis Jr. (Daniel J. Watts) is part of the proceedings for audience warm-ups and his tap routine with Mr. Hill is a showstopper. The remaining six cast members double in a variety of roles and all are triple-threat performers. The plot line touches on racial tensions, negotiations with sponsors, etc. and ends with a manic recitation so that Cole could “go out with a bang.” Nat King Cole was a renowned performer who struggled to break through America’s color barrier in the early days of television. An interesting note to our readers, Mr. Cole and his family

moved to Hancock Park (a house on 4th and Muirfield) in 1948, and various family members lived there until 1970. He was the first African American to own a house in that neighborhood. This homage to Cole’s remarkable life and Dulé Hill’s dazzling performance make this a must see. Through Sun., March 17, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., 310-208-5454, geffenplayhouse.org. 4 Stars • • • Miss America’s Ugly Daughter, Bess Myerson & Me, is written and performed by her daughter Barra Grant. The relationship between Myerson and Grant was volatile and difficult. Her mother is heard as an off-stage voice, on the phone, performed live by Monica Piper. The play takes place over the period of one evening that tells us everything we ever wanted to know about the beauty queen. Some of it is not so flattering. Her curriculum vitae in

the program reveals Myerson was the first and only Jewish Miss America. She went on to have a varied career in television and politics and served as national commissioner of the Anti-Defamation League. Barra was an only child. As she says, a schlubby child, always in the shadow of her elegant mother. Over the course of this one act, much is revealed about the quintessential, yet flawed, Miss America. And we learn more about Grant from school age to her career as an actress and screenwriter, and her marriage and the birth of her daughter. Director Eve Brandstein keeps the pace moving and carefully delineates the chapters in Grant’s life. Video projection by Tom Jones, who is also credited with sound design, shows various locales and posts press photos. Through Sun., March 24, Greenway Court Theatre, 544 N. Fairfax Ave., 323285-2078, missamericasuglydaughter.com. 4 Stars

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April 14, noon to 2 p.m. All ages and dance levels welcome. Wear shoes with a hard sole. The Tetzlaff Trio, featuring Christian Tetzlaff, violin, and Tanja Tetzlaff, cello, and Lars Vogt, piano, play Schumann’s “Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 63” and Antonin Dvorák’s “Trio No. 3 in F mi-

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(Continued from page 1) Support for gaining historical status was widespread. According to Ken Hixon, vice president of the MMRA, “Fans from every corner of L.A. have sent over 500 messages in favor of Bergin’s HCM nomination.” As of last month, more than 800 messages in support of landmark status for Bergin’s have come in from all over the United States. Also last month the city Planning Dept. recommended the Cultural Heritage Commission declare Tom Bergin’s an HCM. The recommendation states that Bergin’s “exemplifies significant contributions to the broad cultural, economic or social history” of Los Angeles. In addition, Bergin’s bears a “significant association” with the identity of the city as over eight decades, from 1936 to 2018, Bergin’s remained in “near-continuous” operation and “became known for signature traditions that include Irish coffee and St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.” The Mid City West Community Council provided financial support for the drafting of Bergin’s HCM nomination. In addition, the PICO Neighborhood Council unanimously approved a Community Impact Statement supporting HCM status. The next hearing on the HCM nomination for Bergin’s is set for Thurs., March 7 at the Cultural Heritage Commission. The commission meets in the City Council Chamber in City Hall. The board will vote on whether or not to recommend the pub for landmark status. Hixon is confident the status will be awarded given the pub’s “long history and prominence in the life of the Miracle Mile.” “If the commission recommends that Bergin’s becomes

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an HCM, then the next step will be a vote at the City Council’s Planning and Land Use Management Committee — and then on to a full vote by the City Council,” Hixon added. Here’s wishing the process sláinte, or good health, and that it goes through smoothly. What to do instead? Don’t lose heart — this is Los Angeles. Whether you’re Irish in ancestry, or just for the weekend, there are plenty of places to celebrate. Start the party early with pre-St. Paddy’s Day Comedy and Cocktails with Bill Devlin at the Hollywood Improv Comedy Club, 8162 Melrose Ave., Thurs., March 12 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Tickets are free through Bill Devlin’s website or $10 through the Hollywood Improv website; two-item minimum purchase is required. billdevlin.com The Cat and Fiddle Restaurant and Pub, 742 N. Highland Ave., will erect a tent in the back parking lot again this year. There will be discounted Guinness drink specials and the traditional corned beef and cabbage as well as a burlesque show and live music. “Stay tuned,” says Ashlee Gardner, partner at the Cat and Fiddle. 323-468-3800 thecatandfiddle.com The Grove, 189 The Grove

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ket, 6333 W. Third St., will celebrate with green beer, as well as the “wearin’ of the green” from noon to 7 p.m. Along with traditional Irish food and live music on the east and west patios, there will be a strolling bagpiper throughout the day. Magee’s Kitchen will be serving corned beef, cabbage and potatoes all day long. 323-933-9211 farmersmarketla.com Last, but not least, Pig’n Whistle, 6714 Hollywood Blvd., will have a two-day event Sat., March 16 and Sun., March 17 through VIP Night Life. DJs will start spinning

Comedies to musicals at Geffen in 2019 / 20 season Comedies, tragedies, magic and more are on the schedule for the 2019/2020 season at Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave. The comedy “Witch” kicks off the season Tues., Aug. 20 and goes through Sun., Sept. 29. “Skintight,” a family drama featuring Idina Menzel, runs from Tues., Sept. 3 through Sun., Oct. 6,. “The Thanksgiving Play,” a satire about celebrating Thanksgiving and Native American Heritage month, is Tues., Oct. 22 to Sun., Dec. 1. “Macbeth,” featuring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau from “Game of Thrones,” runs from Tues., Nov. 5 to Sun., Dec. 8. “Key Largo,” with Andy Garcia, is from Tues,. Feb. 4 to Sun., March 8, 2020.

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Firehouse Centennial Garden flourishing at Fire Station 29

A red- white- and bluethemed, drought-tolerant “Firehouse Centennial Garden” was officially unveiled Feb. 21 at Los Angeles Fire Station 29 with local community leaders and city dignitaries in attendance. Los Angeles Fire Dept. (LAFD) Chief of Staff Graham Everett officiated. LAFD command staff, firefighters from Station 29 and Councilmember David Ryu were among those at the station at 4029 Wilshire Blvd. The new garden features a dry streambed and boulders. Native California plants, were chosen in a patriotic red, white and blue palette. The native flora is hoped to attract bees and butterflies and contribute to the city’s ecosystem, said Lyn McEwen Cohen of First-In Fire Foundation. The garden, created in a communitywide spirit of co-

operation, was an $85,000 project aimed to beautify the station’s landscape. Led by First-In Fire Foundation, the project also has received significant financial support from the Hancock Park Garden Club, Council District Four, Loveland Carr Properties, Windsor Square Association, Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, Hancock Park Homeowners Association, Fremont Place Association, Windsor Village Association and Loeb & Loeb LLP. Landscape services have come through Studio-MLA and Nature-Scape. Rebecca Schwaner of Studio-MLA contributed the garden design. Fire Station 29, previously located on Western Avenue, has served the Mid-Wilshire part of Los Angeles since 1912. The local “Friends of Fire Station 29” has provided needed financial support for the past several decades.

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(Continued from page 1) sits empty pending seismic retrofitting — an upgrading that much of the rest of the HPMC campus is already undergoing. The 434-bed medical center is at the forefront of a new chapter in stem cell research, patient care and cutting-edge technology. It has a busy maternity ward and an even busier emergency room. It’s at the heart of a vibrant city with a population that speaks several different languages. It is a hospital that receives patients with a myriad of insurance health plans, or none at all. Some 500 doctors, 1,300 nurses, medical techs and other staff treat patients from more than 75 different countries who live in nearby Koreatown, Little Armenia, Thai Town, China Town, Filipino Town and Little Bangladesh. Patients also come from as far as Sun Valley in the North to the 10 freeway in the south. “Our diversity is a key word around here,” said CHA HPMC President and CEO Robert Allen at a recent meeting with the Chronicle. Much of the language translation is conveyed via cell phone apps, and, adding to the chal-

lenges, there is a shortage of doctors in Southern California. According to the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, the hospital has two geographic distinctions: it’s in a Health Professional Shortage Area, and it has Medically Underserved Populations. In other words, physicians are needed in 23 specialties, with the largest shortages in adult primary care, OB / GYN and orthopedic surgery. Meanwhile, homeless and other walk-ins are impacting staff and the emergency room. To address the needs, a dropin Wellness Center is planned. Also planned is a new, expanded — double the size of the current one — emergency room to meet the 3,000+ visits monthly. Those two projects are part of a $400 million master plan, slated for completion in 2020; it includes two new buildings: a five-story patient tower and a 10-story building with seven floors for parking and three for medical office spaces. The new patient tower — the Acute Care Service Replacement Hospital Building — includes expanded maternity services to help deliver the hospital’s approximately 4,000 babies a year. Neonatologists from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Medical Group will direct the neonatal ICU program.

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Set to open this year is a world-class eyecare institute, the Southern California Eye care and Vision Research Institute (SCEVRI). The new institute will also take to the road in the form of a $250,000 Vision Van. “We’re going to the community, rolling up to schools, businesses, whoever needs it, and do a full-service opthamology exam,” said CEO Allen. Southern California’s aging population and shifting demographics have increased the levels of diabetes and visual impairment and blindness, explained Allen. “The first sign there’s something wrong with the body is you look at the eye.” Hollywood Clara Barton After opening in 1924, the hospital soon expanded by merging in 1926 with Clara Barton Hospital, and was renamed Hollywood Clara Barton Hospital. In 1937, it merged with the Olmsted Trustees. In 1946, the Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital - Olmsted Memorial was the first in Los Angeles to be named a member of the American Hospital Association. In 1960, a South Wing was added, followed by the Diag-

nostic and Treatment Center (Doctors Tower) in 1971, and the 10-story Patient Tower in 1986. In 1989, Queen of Angels Hospital merged with Hollywood Presbyterian. The hospital was purchased in 1997 by Tenet Health Systems, and the CHA family of hospitals took over in 2005. Allen came on board as CEO more than a year ago, but he had been chief financial officer at the hospital from 20012007. Among its accolades, the hospital is a designated STEMI and Stroke Center. STEMI relates to heart attacks. The HPMC Center provides patient treatment a 90-minute limit from admission. “Our program beats that by a long shot,” said Allen. The hospital was the first in the area to acquire the da Vinci xi surgical system, and that robot’s first robotic surgery — pelvic reconstruction — took place last August. The 175,000-square-foot, five-story New Patient Tower will include the 19-exam emergency room on the ground floor, 33 new beds on the second floor, maternity

and NICU on the third floor and seven surgery suites on the fourth floor. The new Virgil Parking / Medical Building ultimately will stand 10 floors, (two floors are underground) with 562 parking space. The Diagnostic and Treatment Center (Doctors Tower built in 1971), 10-story building plus two basements is being retrofitted. The hospital, the largest privately owned hospital in Los Angeles, is a subsidiary of CHA Health Systems, founded in 1960. CHA Health Systems has grown to include 25 hospitals and clinics, 27 research and seven educational institutions and 28 bio / pharmaceutical / healthcare companies. HPMC facilities have been undergoing these major upgrades since Wontae Cha, chief operating officer and president of CHA Health Systems, had his company purchase the property. Wontae Cha’s father, Dr. Kwang-Yul Cha, is a major player in the field of stem cell research and fertility treatment, and he heads the CHA Fertility Center, 5455 Wilshire Blvd. in the Miracle Mile.

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Opening lead Club 10 West is declarer. What do you discard? While you are thinking about that, let’s discuss the bidding, which was deplorable. The first four bids were fine, 1S-2C-2D2H. East’s rebid of 3D to show at least 5-5 in the two suits was worse than awful, for several reasons. One is that in a game forcing auction like this, after showing his tentative shape of at least 5-4, his first obligation is to show that he has a six card spade suit. And it is a very good suit, headed by the AK. His diamond suit is terrible. There’s no reason to show a weak 5-card diamond suit before showing a strong 6-card spade suit. When he confirms he has 6 spades, West can confirm spades as trump since he’s holding two and the bidding proceeds from there. West’s bid of 3S shows slam

interest. Since they are in a game-forcing auction, 3S is much stronger than jumping to game in 4S. It went from bad to worse from there. East forgot that they were playing 3014 key card and responded in 1430, showing 1 or 4 key cards (since Trump had not yet been agreed upon, east was responding as if diamonds were trump). West thought he was showing 0 or 3 and assumed it was 3 and went straight to 6N, lacking two aces. North was on lead. North was one of the best players in Los Angeles, if not the world and made the best lead that could give West a chance to make it, the club 10. Why is that good? Because it gets the club ace out without having to use one of your club honors. Otherwise you would only get two club tricks. Now back to my original question, what do you discard from dummy? If you said one of your two little hearts, you just lost any chance to make the slam. You have to discard a diamond because you have to retain a heart on the board to make the heart finesse. If you discard a heart initially, the only remaining heart will be gone

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if south leads her heart and there’s no way to get her king. East took her ace and returned the jack of hearts! Manna from heaven! You are holding the AQT4. If North has the king of hearts, you are down two. If he doesn’t, you can make it if spades break correctly, so you have no choice. You must take the heart finesse. When it holds, showing that South has the king, you first try to run your clubs. You find out that North has 6 clubs and you only get three club tricks. But that’s OK because you discard three diamonds on those three club tricks and then lead the jack of spades. North covers, so you run the spades, getting rid of your two diamonds and two remaining clubs on the long running spades and then lead the remaining heart on the board to finesse south’s king and you end up getting 6 spades, three clubs and three hearts, making a slam that has only a 5% chance of making, at best. If south returns a diamond, you’re dead because north will get the ace he failed to cash at the beginning. In bridge as in any other game it’s better to be lucky than good. As to the bidding, here’s the way it should have gone:

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OBITUARY: ‘Uncle’ Jack Levin, 1915-2019: A beautiful life

Everyone knew Jack Levin as Uncle Jack. Born August 26, 1915, he died peacefully at his Las Palmas Ave. home Jan. 4. He was 103. Born to Jewish parents who emigrated from a tiny shtetl outside of Kiev, Ukraine, his father was a graphic design artist. He passed away when Jack was only four years old in a tragic car accident. Jack and his one-year-older sister Charlotte were raised alone by their loving mother Bessie, who owned a grocery store on Temple Street in Boyle Heights. During WWII, Jack served

as a sergeant in the U.S. Army in Italy. He later met his partner and love of his life, Jimmy Saip, in 1946 in the haberdashery section of the May Company, today renamed as the Saban Building and a part of the transformation into the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. That’s also where Jack’s niece-in-law Doris Berger works as a curator, “which gave joy to Uncle Jack,” said Berger’s husband and Jack’s nephew Steven Steinman. Jack and Jimmy lived together for 43 years until Jimmy passed away in 1989. Interior decorators, they

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owned Ellison Draperies and co-founded the International Society of Interior Designers, which is still active today. In his later years, Uncle Jack was the principal for a Japanese design school that had branches in San Francisco and Japan, where he traveled frequently. His insatiable curiosity kept him young and connected him with people from all generations.

At his 100th birthday party, he had 165 close friends and relatives from young to old. Jack is buried in a crypt in Forest Lawn Glendale with his partner Jimmy Saip and their mutual friend Hazel Forbes-Richman. (The crypt is just behind Elizabeth Taylor’s grave.) Hazel Forbes, winner of Miss United States in the Paris International Beauty Pageant of 1926, was a Ziegfeld showgirl, Broadway actress and film actress. “My uncle gave his beautiful home on Las Palmas to my wife Doris and me. We will move in, in late March. We are grateful and excited to live there!” said Steinman, a fine artist, whose works are in the Hammer Museum and LACMA’s collections. The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures opens in December. Steven Steinman contributed to this article.

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Works by artist Leo Politi are at the Italian American Museum. At right, Bunker Hill.

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Eighteen years in the making, centerpiece of Grand By John Welborne Finally under construction across from the Walt Disney Concert Hall is a new retail, dining and entertainment destination, to be accompanied by attractive and usable open space, a 309-room hotel and 400 luxury apartments, 20 percent of which will be rented at affordable rates. Dig-

nitaries and just plain “Downtowners” celebrated the milestone groundbreaking under a tent canopy and in front of two performance stages on a closed Grand Ave. on Feb. 11. Since 2001 The milestone moment is the result of a public-private undertaking that commenced in earnest in 2001 with the cre-

ation of the private Grand Avenue Committee. Some observers say the idea of vitalizing the vacant parking lots of Grand Avenue goes back to the walkabout taken up and down the street by Mayor Richard Riordan, Cardinal Roger Mahony and others in 1996. The walkers’ concern was how to realize any of the many visions for

BRASS ENSEMBLE from the Los Angeles Philharmonic kicks ff g n ea ing esti ities n e t e ea an p e e te in an e.

Grand Avenue that go back to the razing of homes and other buildings on the hill in 1961. Reimagining Grand Avenue By September of 2003, the Grand Avenue Committee shared its own vision, which

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PANEL DISCUSSION moderated by Frances Anderton, left, features: Eli Broad, Frank Gehry, Stephen Ross and Nelson Rising.


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THE GRAND COURTYARD at twilight with Frank Gehry sculpture. Grand Avenue is at right.

just one issue – reimagining Grand Avenue. With the authority formed, experienced developer teams were solicited to propose development of multiple vacant parcels owned either by the city or county, plus the revitalization of the 12-acre County Mall now renamed “Grand Park.” (Full disclosure: this writer’s wife, Martha L. Welborne, FAIA, was hired in 2001 to create and manage the Grand Avenue Committee, which she did for more than a decade.) Related Companies chosen The developer team selected in August 2004 — Related Companies, headquartered in New York — persisted for 15 years before finally breaking

ground on the centerpiece parcel of the Grand Avenue Project last month. During those 15 years, Related paid for the mall’s remake into Grand Park. Related constructed the 19-story Emerson apartment project on the west side of Grand Avenue. Related also saw its adjacent development parcel pass out of its hands and into the hands of Eli Broad, who erected his museum, The Broad, on that site. Related also weathered the late-2000s “Great Recession.” And, still, Related held on. During this long period, Related also engaged as its designer one of the architects who had been on a competing team back in 2004, none other

TWO TOWERS of The Grand (the taller one apartments, the shorter, northern one, the Equinox Hotel) are shown in this view north on Grand Avenue from above the roof of The Broad.

than Frank Gehry of Gehry Partners. Construction underway With that new team, Related plus Gehry, and with funding that came recently through Related’s new partner in the project, CORE

USA, a joint venture of China Harbour Engineering Company and CCCG Overseas Real Estate (CORE), construction work actually got underway in 2018. Months ago, the “Tinkertoy” parking structure on the east side of

Grand Avenue was demolished — 50 years after it was erected “temporarily” in the 1960s. Then, serious excavation of the large block got underway — for 1,000-plus parking spaces and the foun(Please turn to page 11)


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Visibility of Women’s history increasing during the past decade “History is a cloak of understanding and visibility that we can all find comfort in wearing,” says historian Meagan Baco. The visibility of women’s history and associated geographic sites has been steadily increasing over the past decade. In 2020, the U.S. will celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote at the national level; California women received this right statewide in 1912. Women’s History Month has been celebrated in March every year since 1987. SurveyLA included a special context to identify sites associated with women, women’s institutions, activities, workplaces, and those designed by women.

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ing what we know of Julia Morgan’s work, and by Donna Graves, offering insight on the role of the San Francisco Women’s Building in shaping the women’s and LGBT movements of the 1970s. And yet, there is much more to do. Why do historic sites provide an effective forum for telling women’s stories? Examining buildings, landscapes and physical culture expands the opportunity to understand the lives of the people who created and inhabited them. “Remarkable Women” In 2015, Marilyn Brant Chandler DeYoung (who grew up in a Roland E. Coate home that her parents built on June Street in Hancock Park) wrote

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REMARKABLE WOMEN of California are described in Marilyn Brant Chandler DeYoung’s 2015 book.

a book she titled “Remarkable Women of California.” It was her personal yet erudite take on some of the women who had shaped the history of this remarkable state. She grouped their achievements into landowners, Hollywood actresses, journalists and writers, philanthropists and benefactors, organizers, athletes, artists and so on. The brief biographies in each section reflect the diverse accomplishments of California women, many in our region. Identifying the sites associated with the women in this volume and others will enhance the story. Identify more women You can help. Many of the state’s preservation organizations are making it a goal to expand the list of sites associated with women in California by 2020. One thought is to create a map of sites, using data contributed by the public as well as professionals. Democratization of preservation to include sites associated with all races, classes, and genders can provide a platform to tell a very inclusive story of life in Southern California. The women of this region deserve to be celebrated.

Do you know where a woman whose achievements have been largely forgotten lived or worked? One who played a role in creating an institution that impacted the lives of others? Examples: The Wilfandel Club just received a grant from the National Trust to rehabilitate its facility. The Florence Yoch-designed garden at The Ebell is undergoing a facelift. Poet Carrie Jacobs Bond’s lovely Craftsman home retains its peaceful setting in the foothills of Hollywood. These are real places that shed light on women’s experiences and achievements. Tour women’s sites The Los Angeles Conservancy (LAC) and The Ebell team up on March 10 with a tour of the Ebell clubhouse, a screening of the documentary about NYC activist Jane Jacobs called “Citizen Jane: Battle for the City” and a panel discussion. On March 23 and 24, LAC visits Julia Morgan’s Studio Club, the Downtown Women’s Center, and the San Pedro YWCA. On March 14 and 28, LAC offers a tour of A Woman’s Place: Union Station & Chinatown. At this writing, some of these events are sold out. Submit candidate sites Please send your candidates for inclusion on a local map or list of sites to me at christy@ christymcavoy.com. Residences, places of work and institutions all qualify. Include a sentence about the place and the woman’s importance. Let’s celebrate the depth, width, and breadth of women’s contributions to Los Angeles for years to come.


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The Huntington you may not know: Archer Huntington Archer M. Huntington (1870-1955) had a young man’s dream — which he fulfilled after the death, in 1900, of his unimaginably wealthy father, Collis P. Huntington — to establish a microcosm of Spain in the United States. The Hispanic Society Museum & Library, in upper Manhattan, opened to the public in 1908, with the purpose of advancing study and appreciation of the arts, literature, and cultures of the Hispanic world. This “poem of a museum,” as it has been called, is closed for renovations; in the meantime, a remarkable sampling of its holdings is traveling, first to Madrid’s Prado, and now to the Albuquerque Museum of Art, where I have been lucky to see it. “Visions of the Hispanic World: Treasures from the Hispanic Society Museum & Library” will be shown later this year in Cincinnati, and it will begin its final stop, before returning to New York, at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston in March 2020. Archer Huntington’s lifelong scholarly passion for the archeology, history, and art of Spain and her former colonies began at age 19 when he visited Mexico in 1889 with his

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Paula Panich parents, Arabella and Collis P. Huntington. From the 1890s to the 1920s, Archer formed one of the world’s greatest collections of Spanish art. He did this intelligently, with erudition and care. Unlike other Gilded Age collectors, Archer Huntington, while not nearly as well known, exhibited a steady, thoughtful, and well-educated approach to collecting, remaining independent of the persuasive art dealers of his time. He was a modest man in both his collecting and philanthropy. His good works do not bear his name. But who was Archer Huntington? The Huntington family’s largesse is responsible for one of Los Angeles County’s, and California’s, most important cultural institutions, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, opened in 1919 in San Marino by Henry E. Huntington.

Collis Huntington Henry Huntington’s uncle was Collis, one of the Big Four railroad barons of the mid19th century, financiers of the Central Pacific and the Southern Pacific Railroads. Henry was a business associate of his uncle Collis, and Henry became a captain of industry too. Collis and his family had moved from Sacramento to New York in the 1860s; it was back East where Collis met Arabella Duval Yarrington when she was 19, almost 30 years younger than the railroad man. After Collis’s wife died, Arabella became his second wife in 1884. Archer Milton Worsham (later Huntington) was born to Arabella on March 10, 1870. “No conclusive evidence survives to verify the paternity of [the] child, and the truth may never be known without DNA testing,” writes Shelley Bennett, in “The Art of Wealth: The Huntingtons in the Gilded Age.” (This is an essential book to read to understand the complexities of the art world of its time.) After Collis and Arabella were married, Collis adopted 14-year-old Archer, who became Archer Milton Huntington. Archer resem-

here in Albuquerque are works of Velazquez, Goya, Zubaran and El Greco; Iberian antiquities; pottery and glass; jewelry and textiles. One of the most arresting and intimate works in this exhibit is “Portrait of a Little Girl,” by Diego Velazquez, painted in 1638-1644. Arabella was keen on Archer’s acquisition of this painting; she made a $50,000 initial payment on his behalf. Its full price was $2.4 million in 2013 dolCOVER of The Hispanic Society’s lars. large-format book containing over 200 Henry re-marries items drawn from the entire range of Collis died in 1900. the Society’s collections. The cover image is Francisco Goya’s “La Duque- Henry divorced his wife, Mary Alice, in sa de Alba,” 1797. 1910. After Mary Alice died in 1912, bled Collis, and it is clear through documentation that Henry Huntington married they referred to each other as the widow Arabella Huntington in 1913. Arabella did not father and son. like Southern California and Arabella’s influence Arabella Huntington remained mostly in New York. became an important collec- She died unexpectedly in tor in her own right; you can 1924, Henry in 1927. They are see some of her efforts in the buried in the mausoleum at art collections at the Hunting- The Huntington in San Marino. Archer and his wife had a ton in San Marino. Archer’s mother encour- long life of collecting and phiaged and financed some of lanthropy. Archer died at his Archer’s collecting. On view estate in Connecticut in 1955.

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Frieze Week Los Angeles art fair celebrated locally and citywide By John Welborne Last month saw the inaugural Frieze Los Angeles contemporary art fair headquartered right here in our part of town — at Paramount Pictures Studios. The first Frieze Art Fair took place in London in 2003, with Frieze New York taking place each May since 2012. Jonathan Griffin, a contributing editor of the “frieze” magazine that was founded in England in 1991 to report on contemporary art and culture, writes of these art fairs: “Every Frieze fair aspires to create the best possible temporary environment for viewing art with curated projects, talks and music programs all contributing to the fair’s appeal to a wide audience.” Griffin quotes magazine co-founder Amanda Sharp: “It’s more than simply a trade fair; it’s a place where art gets made as well as sold.” The temporary environment for the Los Angeles event at Paramount ran from Valentine’s Day through the Sunday of Presidents’ Day Weekend, and among the things for which the 2019 event will be remembered is rain! But guests and exhibitors coped, and the main gallery tent and other design features over-

LOBBY of the Marciano Art Foundation (the former Scottish Rite Cathedral designed by Millard Sheets) was the scene of the opening night reception for “Glenn Ligon: Selections from the Marciano Collection.”

seen by architect Kulapat Yantrasast, of wHY Architecture and Design, kept the visitors and exhibitors dry. But the fair at Paramount was really just the culmination of a week of contemporary art events, and a couple of them were right in the neighborhood — one in Windsor Square, the other in Hancock Park. Both took place the Tuesday preceding the fair at Paramount. Marciano Art Foundation Maurice and Paul Marciano invited contemporary art lovers to an opening night reception for “Glenn Ligon: Selections from The Marcia-

MAURICE MARCIANO and Nicole Frank stand in front of “Building ‘The Big White Whale,’ 2012” by Mark Bradford during the Marciano Art Foundation reception for artist Glenn Ligon’s new exhibition.

no Collection.” The exhibition continues through May 5. The Marciano Art Foundation is housed in the former Scottish Rite Cathedral building designed by Millard Sheets

BRITISH CONSUL GENERAL Michael Howells’ Hancock Park residence front hall is the venue for Matthew Orr and Sybil Robson Orr to tell guests about a new, annual art commission. Deputy Consul General Collette Weston is at right.

and located on Wilshire Boulevard between Lucerne and Plymouth Boulevards. The building’s renovation that was completed in 2017 was overseen by Kulapat Yantrasast and wHY, creators of the temporary Frieze tent at Paramount. Also on display in the large Ballroom Gallery on the top floor is “California Artists in the Marciano Collection” that presents many works not previously exhibited there. Welcoming visitors at the opening was the Foundation’s cofounder, Maurice Marciano, and his guest, Nicole Frank. British Consul General Just as the Marciano Art Foundation was a welcoming (Please turn to page 9)

“STILL LIFE it ti ia Flowers” by Hurvin Anderson is an intricate print that evokes a snapshot of the artist’s mother’s front room in Birmingham, England.

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Western artists’ works on view at the Autry, ‘Gold Medal’ March is a great month for viewing (and purchasing) contemporary-traditional paintings and other artworks from acclaimed artists working in and depicting the American West. Ongoing at the Autry Museum (through Sun., March 24) is the annual “Masters of the American West” exhibition and sale. Among the approximately 65 artists participating are Gayle Garner Roski, who grew up on Hudson Avenue in Hancock Park, and Peter Adams, who has many family members living in Hancock Park and Windsor Square. Adams also is the current president of the California Art Club.  The Autry Museum is in Griffith Park at 4700 Western Heritage Way. Visit the autry.org.

California Art Club The second big art event involving contemporary-traditional fine art that is taking place in March is the California Art Club’s 108th annual Gold Medal Exhibition. It will be held from Sun., March 3 to Fri., March 29 at the former location of the Pasadena Museum of California Art, at 490 E. Union St. in Pasadena. The Gold Medal show presents more than 300 sculptures and paintings. Genres range from landscape and seascapes to figures and still lifes. Founded in 1909 and rooted in California’s Impressionist heritage, the 108th exhibition includes works with modern messages that address societal issues from diversity to the environment. An Artists’ Gala Reception is Sat., March 2 at 6 p.m. Free Meet the Artists and oth-

er programs are Sun., March 3, Sat., March 16 and Sun., March 24. For a full schedule, visit californiaartclub.org.

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house of guests, British and not, to learn about the Robson Orr TenTen Award and to view “Still Life with Artificial Flowers” by Hurvin Anderson, the first recipient of the award. At the reception, the Orrs explained that they were inspired to create the TenTen Commission by a U.S. program to provide works of American art for U.S. embas-

sies around the world. Over the next ten years, ten British artists will be commissioned to create a print to be added to the Government Art Collection that was established in 1898 to display British art in government buildings around the world. Fifteen of the prints by Anderson, the youngest of (Please turn to page 11)

(Continued from page 8) venue for contemporary art aficionados in Windsor Square, the Hancock Park residence of the British Consul General in Los Angeles was the scene of another Frieze Week art event the same evening. There, Sybil Robson Orr and Matthew Orr welcomed a full

HOLLYWOOD BOWL, by Gayle Garner Roski, is at the Autry’s “Masters of the American West.”

ARTISTS’ GALA RECEPTION for the 107th annual Gold Medal Exhibition, held in 2018.

MASTERS of the American West show and sale at the Autry includes Peter Adams’ “Autumn Silhouettes at Batiquitos Lagoon; Carlsbad, California, 2019.”

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Politi’s ‘Works of Love and Protest’ now at IAMLA

By Rachel Olivier “Works of Love and Protest,” an exhibit featuring art by the late Leo Politi, Caldecott-winning artist and author who was known as the “Artist of the City of Angels,” is at the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles (IAMLA), 644 N. Main St., through May 19, Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m.

“SONG OF THE SWALLOWS” was a Caldecott Medal winner in 1950.

to 3 p.m. Politi and his easel became a sight on Olvera Street soon after he arrived in Los Angeles from Italy in 1931. His first illustrated children’s book, “Little Pancho,” was released in 1938. “Pedro, the Angel of Olvera Street” (1946) was a Caldecott Medal runner-up. “Song of the Swallows” (1950) was a Caldecott winner. His art is known for demonstrating the diverse cultures and history of Los Angeles and for capturing landmarks and communities. Concerned about the loss of Bunker Hill, where he and his wife and children once lived, Politi wrote “Bunker Hill Los Angeles: Reminiscences of Bygone Days” in 1965. It was his form of protest of the imminent demolition of the homes and community on Bunker Hill. “Leo told me, when we

brought him back to Bunker Hill for the grand reopening of Angels Flight in 1996, that he was so happy to see at least one remnant of what had been there before,” said John Welborne, now publisher of the Larchmont Chronicle. “Leo spent “BUNKER HILL” was Politi’s form of protest for the demolition of a neighborhood. the weekend at the Flight, signing pressed and lonely in recent leopoliti2008centennial.org. special posters he allowed years, but that his involveAdmission to the museum us to print for the occasion ment in the Angels Flight is free, although donations are and chatting with the visi- events made him feel vital encouraged. tors,” said Welborne. “Leo and happy again.” Politi died For more information, visit told me he had been very de- a month later at age 86. See iamla.org.

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Crafts, mazurkas and wine at area museums

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(Continued from page 3) dations for the two towers, one 20 stories high and the other 39 stories high, and for the 176,000 square feet of new retail, dining and entertainment buildings. Groundbreaking ceremonies The Feb. 11 dignitaries who were savoring all this progress (and speaking about it) were welcomed to the morning ceremonies by festive fanfares from the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Brass Ensemble. Included in the program were Mayor Eric Garcetti, Supervisor Hilda Solis, architect Gehry, former Grand Avenue Committee chairs Eli Broad and Nelson Rising, and the developer’s executives including Related Companies chairman Stephen Ross and president and CEO of Related Urban, Kenneth Himmel. Later in the morning’s program, there was a panel discussion among Messrs. Broad, Gehry, Ross and Rising, moderated by KCRW’s Frances Anderton. Wrapping things up — before and after photos with groundbreaking shovels — were more performances from the Music Center as well as the Colburn School. The morning’s culmination was a block party with food from many hip local restaurants including Howlin’ Rays, Ma’am Sir, and more.

Rebecca Rust plays cello. Other upcoming events at LAMOTH include “Messengers of Memory: Survivors Empowering Students,” which opens Sun., April 3 with a reception at 3 p.m. Prize-winning prose, poetry, art and film by middle and high school students is featured in the exhibit sponsored by the 1939 Society and Chapman University. Community Yom HaShoah Commemoration (Holocaust Memoration Day) is Sun., April 28 at 2 p.m. Visit lamoth. org. At the Craft Contemporary, 5814 Wilshire Blvd., exhibits and workshops this month include a Sacred Mandala Sound Bath Sun., March 3 at 7 p.m., and a craft family workshop, Ancient Gardens, on Sun., March 10 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. with exhibiting artist Beatriz Cortez. Exhibits “Beatriz Cortez: Trinidad / Joy Station”

and “Focus Iran 3” continue through May 12. Visit cafam. org. “The Art of Wine: All Roads Lead to Rome,” includes a guided tour of the exhibit, “To Rome and Back,” and wine tasting in Ray’s, on Sat., March 9 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd. Tickets are $90 members and $100 non-members. Visit lacma. org. “Shabutsu: Transcribing Buddha” is Tues., March 5 at 7 p.m. at the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, 5700 Wilshire Blvd. RSVP is required. The event is part of the art exhibit “Takuma Kamine: Myo-o in the Shell,” which closes March 9. Visit jflalc.org. “Winning Numbers: The First, The Fastest, The Famous” at the Petersen Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd., showcases a curated selection of vehicles.

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Park Mile Design Review Board welcomes newest member At the regular meeting of the Park Mile Design Review Board on Feb. 21, the board consulted with property owner CIM Group and its architectural and landscape advisers concerning proposed additions and renovations to CIM’s three-story office building at

4750 Wilshire Blvd. Joining the board for his first meeting was Tae-Kyung (Ted) Park, recently appointed to fill a board vacancy by Councilman David Ryu. Mr. Park is experienced in real estate, having long been an appraiser. He and his family

reside in Brookside. The proposed remodeling includes an open, landscaped second-level terrace on the Keniston Ave. side of the property. Additional trees, shrubs and seating areas, improved disabled access and revised signage are proposed as well.

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‘Oceans in Space’ at Memorial Library

Learn about water, where it comes from, and how oceans could exist in diverse forms on other planets and moons at Memorial branch library, 4625 W. Olympic Blvd., Sat., March 23 at 2 p.m. GOAT KID Gigi with Terri Silverman.

‘Tomatomania!’ returns to Descanso

Learn about selecting the right tomato plants for your garden and how to harvest bigger and better crops at “Tomatomania!” at Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge, Fri., March 29 to Sun., March 31. Classes will include tips on growing tomatoes in a changing climate, crop rotation, cooking with tomatoes, soil building, and protecting your tomato plants from pests and disease. Besides classes and demonstrations, there will be tomato and pepper plants for sale, and professionals will be on site to answer questions. For more information, visit descansogardens.org.

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Tomato talks, plant sales, more at Arboretum

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Irrigation, planting basics at Payne

Learn irrigation basics, where to plant and how to replace your lawn at classes at the Theodore Payne Foundation, 10459 Tuxford St., Sun Valley. Learn basic native plant garden maintenance Fri., March 1 at 9 a.m. Hear how to replace your lawn with native plants Sat., March 2 at 1:30 p.m. Vegetative propagation is taught Sat., March 9 at 9 a.m. Learn how to choose the correct habitat for your plants at 1:30 p.m. Walk around the grounds and see how irrigation works Thurs., March 14 at 10 a.m. For more information, call 818-768-1802 or go to theodorepayne.org.

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Spring flowers, tea, plant sales at Huntington Library Tea tasting, flower arranging and plant sales are among the events this month at Huntington Library, 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino. A tea workshop and tea tasting will be Saturdays March 2 and 16 from 9 a.m. to noon. Flower arranging with spring bulbs is taught Sat., March 2 at 10 a.m. Kids ages 7 and up can learn how to create floral designs, too, at a flower arranging workshop Sat., March 2 at 1 p.m. Plant specialist Nicholas Staddon speaks on plants that

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Pleasure is strictly forbidden in this mythical country ProfessorKnowIt-All Bill Bentley

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By Steven Rosenthal Commercial real estate activity in the Miracle Mile continues at a feverish pace. Major developer Jerry H. Snyder has long been involved in Miracle Mile projects. Lately, developers Michael Hackman and Rossano De Cotiis also have taken big stakes in the area. J.H. Snyder Company, the development firm of Jerry Snyder, is situated in the Miracle Mile and is one of the top 100 development firms in the United States, according to Snyder. Its current project at the company’s Museum Square was just changed from a planned commercial tower into a 20-story residential complex on Curson Avenue. “Los Angeles needs residential,” Snyder says. Looking into the future, as Snyder puts it: “My favorite project is my next project.” Across Wilshire Boulevard from Museum Square, and originally a Snyder creation, Wilshire Courtyard, at 5700 and 5750 Wilshire, has

WILSHIRE COURTYARD, originally developed by Jerry Snyder, has just been purchased by developer Rossano De Cotiis’ Onni Group from Vancouver, Canada.

changed hands again. The allure of the Miracle Mile captured the attention of Rossano De Cotiis, President of Onni Group in Vancouver, Canada, and a major investor in Los Angeles real estate, mostly in Downtown. Onni purchased the Wilshire Courtyard from owner Tishman Speyer to further expand Onni’s global footprint. Onni paid $623 million for the complex. Another landmark and icon, CBS Television City, has changed hands, and new owner Hackman Capital Partners

plans on transforming the aging studio lot into a stateof-the-art production community. That deal is valued at $750 million. Snyder and the Mile Snyder’s retail, residential and office development company and his construction company have created and helped finance a number of the historic properties in the Miracle Mile including the CalFed building and the Miracle Mile’s neighborhood Ralphs Grocery. He has been successful, as Snyder puts it, because

his company is “quick on its turns.” and says his buildings are “environmentally friendly.” Snyder chooses architects who are in touch with the newest materials and technology for both his office and residential projects. “My buildings don’t leak,” he proudly says and adds that they have LEED “green building certifications.” To design his new residential complex, he chose MVE + Partners’ Carl McLarand, AIA, the same architect who designed the Wilshire Courtyard. Snyder knows the importance of working closely with communities and neighborhood activists when planning and building a new project.

JERRY SNYDER is the longtime leading real estate developer in the Miracle Mile.

His Ralphs Grocery and Office Depot projects have specially constructed “streetscaping,” which Snyder says is a “mark on the Miracle Mile.” Snyder credits the Miracle (Please turn to page 28)

Town & Country developers embark upon EIR As explained to Park LaBrea Residents Association members at their Jan 13 annual meeting, a revised project

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2019 a year of progress for museums in the Mile and Metro in the Mile Famous musems evolving in Miracle Mile

By Suzan Filipek Museum Row on the Miracle Mile will take you into the wonders of film and art as never before, when its newest member — the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures (AMMP) — readies to open at the end of the year. Visitors will be immersed in the magic and dreamscape of cinema at the $388 million museum under construction at the site of the former May Copany at the corner of Wilshire Blvd. and Fairfax Ave. Museum officials announced opening exhibitions in December. “We’ve been thrilled by the response to our exhibition plans now that we’ve offered a glimpse into the immersive environments at the heart of the Academy Museum,” museum Director Kerry Brougher, told us via email last month. “We’re looking forward to welcoming everyone on this journey through the history, art, and science of the movies when the Academy Museum opens in late 2019.”

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E. CLEM WILSON Building, circa 1935, is at the northeast corner of Wilshire and La Brea. Metro’s La Brea subway station will be across the street. Photo: USC Digital Library, Los Angeles Examiner Collection.

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at La Brea and at Fairfax, in 2023. The 3.9-mile extension west from Western Ave. has been in process since 2014. The further extension to Beverly Hills and Century City is planned to be operational in 2025, and the final extension, through Westwood and to the Veterans Administration property west of the 405 Freeway, is planned to open in 2026. The new Wilshire / La Brea station will be on the northwest corner of that intersection. The Wilshire / Fairfax station will be where the present construction yard is located, on S. Orange Grove Ave., next to the Petersen Automotive Museum and across Wilshire Boulevard from LACMA and the new Academy Museum. The actual tunneling is being done by two “tunnel boring machines” (TBMs) launched under Wilshire Blvd. at La Brea Ave. in the fall of 2018. One TBM is now just east of Muirfield Road; the other is just passing Fremont Place. When the full extension is completed in 2026, expected travel time from Downtown to Westwood is 23 minutes.


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Steve Kramer a ‘Trailblazer’ for Miracle Mile Chamber

By Jane Gilman “Smart, trustworthy, innovative, fun and romantic,” are some of the accolades Stephen Kramer received at the Greater Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce Trailblazer Awards Luncheon Jan. 10 at The Ebell of Los Angeles. Elected officials and community members praised the longtime chamber president for his leadership in revitalizing the chamber and for his role in the resurgence of the Miracle Mile business community. Among those present to laud Kramer for his service were City Attorney Mike Feuer and City Controller Ron Galperin. Mayor Garcetti recorded and sent a video message in tribute to Kramer, and several other elected officials sent staff members bearing certificates and proclamations. Others speaking throughout

JANE GILMAN, winner of the inaugural Trailblazer Award last year, made the presentation.

TRAILBLAZER AWARD winner Stephen Kramer was saluted for revitalizing the Miracle Mile.

the delicious Ebell luncheon from executive chef Dan Cincis included Mark Panatier of the A. F. Gilmore Co. and Original Farmers Market; Ryan Hawley of The Grove; Dave Linden, onetime chamber executive; Ken Hixon with the Miracle Mile Residential Association; Lyn MacEwen Cohen of the Miracle Mile Civ-

ic Coalition; and yours truly, last year’s awardee at the first of the now-annual Trailblazer Luncheons. Kramer, a lawyer and Wilshire Park resident, also was cited for his support of the Craft & Folk Art Museum and his involvement in launching TarFest, an arts and music program.

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CARUSO general manager of the West Los Angeles region, Ryan Hawley, spoke. AT T E N D E E S numbered about 100, including LAPD Wilshire Division Sgt. A.J. Kirby, Lyn MacEwen Cohen, honoree Steve Kramer and Wally Marks.

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History of Mercury Insurance and its local presence

By Talia Abrahamson The three-story, gray office building at 4484 Wilshire Boulevard with the Mercury Insurance sign might look unremarkable from the outside. But, it houses a rich history of Mercury Insurance’s presence in the local community and its founder, George Joseph, who is now the United States’ oldest billionaire. Joseph was born in 1921 to Lebanese immigrants in West Virginia. He served in the Air Force during World War II and was later admitted to Harvard on the G.I. Bill. He graduated after three years in 1949 with majors in math and physics and began working for Occidental Life Insurance Company a few months later. “All my life, all of my work has been in insurance since I graduated from college. I just liked the mathematics, and mathematics is very much involved in our business,” Joseph said in an interview with the Chronicle last month. Eventually he quit Occidental Life Insurance Company, convinced that he could provide a novel system of insurance based on flexible factors to create fair rates for a variety of drivers. “George Joseph was a visionary, and the thing about George is that he was determined,” said Windsor Square resident Judge James Kaddo, a fellow member of the local Lebanese community. “He saw a need, and he saw that he could fulfill the need, but like all entrepreneurs, he didn’t have the financial backing to go against the other companies.” In 1961, after raising $2 (Please turn to page 18)


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Petersen Automotive Museum marks 25 years on the Mile By Billy Taylor This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Petersen Automotive Museum, located at 6060 Wilshire Boulevard. To celebrate, the museum is hosting events all year long. Brief history The Petersen Automotive Museum first opened to the public on June 9, 1994 on the corner of Fairfax and Wilshire in a building that previously housed the department store Seibu. The museum’s benefactors, Margie and Robert E. Petersen, had a dream to showcase automotive culture from around the world while continuing to celebrate Southern California’s rich history of automotive innovation, competition and design. The Miracle Mile’s skyline was forever changed when, in 2015, more than 300 sec-

tions of silvery steel ribbons were assembled to form a dramatic contrast to the building’s “hot rod red” exterior as, perhaps, the most visible part of a 13-month, $125 million renovation to the then nearly two-decade old museum. The result was 95,000 square feet of exhibit space on three floors devoted to the history, industry and art of the automobile. Anniversary events Kicking off its 25th-anniversary celebration, the Petersen Museum paraded some of Hollywood’s most famous cars past Los Angeles landmarks on President’s Day, Feb. 18, including the “Little Miss Sunshine” Volkswagen bus and the James Bond XK-R car from “Die Another Day.” Starting at Playa Vista, the cars cruised through Venice along Ocean Avenue to San

1957 FERRARI, called the winningest Ferrari road racer of all time, is on display as part of the “Winning Numbers” exhibition.

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Vicente Boulevard, across the Sunset Strip and the Hollywood Walk of Fame, then they paraded south to the Petersen Museum parking garage, where the iconic vehicles were displayed for parade-visitors to get a closer look. Winning Numbers The museum’s newest exhibit, which opened Feb. 23, is from the collection of Petersen Founding Chairman Bruce Meyer. “Winning Numbers: The First, The Fastest, The Famous,” features 10 groundbreaking racecars, each with a unique story of triumph and victory, including dragsters and road racers. Running through Jan. 19,

2020, the “Winning Numbers” exhibit represents the first installment of the three-part “California Collecting” exhibit series, which will focus on three prominent collections belonging to the region’s most revered enthusiasts. Bruce Meyer Affectionately known as the “car guy’s car guy,” Meyer is internationally recognized for his passion for all things automotive. He was a close friend and neighbor of Petersen Publishing founder Robert Petersen when he and “Pete” hatched the idea for the Petersen Automotive Museum in 1992 — officially opening its doors to the public in 1994.

Twenty-five years later, Meyer remains one of the museum’s biggest supporters. “Bruce Meyer is perhaps one of the most influential ‘car guys’ in the world, and there is no better collection than his to kick off our 25th anniversary,” said Petersen Automotive Museum executive director Terry Karges. “He epitomizes true automotive passion, sharing his knowledge, fervor and immense love for the motorsports hobby with the next generation of enthusiasts.” Looking forward, Petersen will welcome its most celebrated exhibit of the year on May 4 with a dystopian-movie (Please turn to page 29)


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New arrivals bring Ice Age to life — really — at the La Brea Tar Pits

By Kristin Friedrich The science-in-real-time experience at La Brea Tar Pits has always co-starred extraordinary fossils found along Wilshire Boulevard, and a transparent look — inside and outside — at how those fossils are discovered and prepared. There’s also a timely story here, looming amid the sabertoothed cats and giant sloths: since Ice Age plants and animals lived during our planet’s last major episode of global warming, we can use the Tar Pits as a model for how California might fare with current, human-caused climate change. The museum wants this story of climate change to help bridge our past and present, to be accessible to broad audiences — boot camp fitness buff, dog walker, out-oftowner, or the little kid who just wants to roll down the museum’s grassy slopes. As the Miracle Mile continues to develop as one of L.A.’s premier cultural districts, drawing more Angelenos and tourists, the Tar Pits Museum is finding ways to tell this story with emerging technologies and new partnerships. Case in point: For the first time since the museum opened in 1977, the visitor experience

EDUCATORS Val Hatcher (center/hat) and Noel Nicholas with a young visitor at the La Brea Tar Pits.

has drastically changed with the installation “Mammoths and Mastodons at La Brea Tar Pits.” Based on a traveling exhibit organized by Chicago’s Field Museum, there are new supersized models and hands-on interactives that describe these extraordinary Ice Age animals. There’s a new energy in the galleries too, as iconic La Brea fossils stand next to replicas of what these animals looked like in life. This visitor experience is further enhanced with Excavator Tours, daily screenings of the 3-D film “Titans of the Ice Age,” and performances of “Ice Age Encounters,” which feature a roaring, lifesized saber-toothed cat. In the coming months, the

Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County (which includes the La Brea Tar Pits) is partnering on two augmented reality (AR) projects at the Tar Pits. One pilots a digital “Perceptoscope,” and the other is a collaboration with USC to design AR experiences that not only entertain, but also engage visitors in the scientific process of looking for evidence and making hypotheses. The $2 million projects are funded by grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF). “Certain scientific concepts, like the nature of geologic time, have historically been difficult for people to wrap their minds around,” said Emily Lindsey, assistant curator

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and excavation site director at La Brea Tar Pits. “These partnerships allow us to explore ways that new technologies can help people understand and connect with these concepts more fully.” The museum is preparing to install sturdy contraptions around the park that will be used by visitors as a high-tech portal to the Ice Age. With the support of another NSF grant, the museum has partnered with Perceptoscope founder Ben Sax, whose new type of AR viewing kiosks (reminiscent of the coin-operated binocular viewers found in national parks) offer interactive, immersive media to visitors of all ages. Visitors might see 3-D video animations of

mammoths or 10,000-yearold saber-toothed cats walking through present-day Hancock Park. They might also get an up-close view of recent discoveries by scientists, because the technology allows Sax to combine the digital scans of fossil finds and use the device to bring them to life. People can look into the Perceptoscope and marvel at a fossil uncovered recently from a pit located a few yards away from where they stand. “The Tar Pits are one of the most beloved public spaces in all of the city,” said Sax. “They also have a real story to tell.” Kristin Friedrich is director of communications, Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County.


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(Continued from page 3) “Grand master of Japanese animation,” Hayao Miyazaki, will be featured in the museum’s inaugural temporary exhibit. In collaboration with the filmmaker’s Studio Ghibli in Japan, the exhibit will be his first U.S. retrospective. Miyazaki’s full body of work will be on display, and his animated fantasy films, including “Spirited Away” and “My Neighbor Totoro,” will be screened. “Regeneration: Black Cinema 1900-1970” will follow in the fall of 2020. The exhibit will highlight the visual culture of Black cinema from its early days to just beyond the Civil Rights movement. Where Dreams Are Made The museum’s opening long-term exhibit, “Where Dreams Are Made: A Journey Inside the Movies,” will occupy 30,000 square feet on two floors of the Saban Building. This exhibit begins with “Making of: The Wizard of Oz” in the Spielberg Family Gallery located in the Grand Lobby. The film’s script, production drawings and Dorothy’s ruby slippers will be on display. The glittering gold-leaf mosaic tile Saban Building has been expanded and renovated. The former May Co. opened in

VIEW from Fairfax Ave. of the Academy Museum. Saban Building is on the right; roof deck of sphere to the north has views of the Hollywood Hills. ©Renzo Piano Building Workshop/©A.M.P.A.S./ Images from L’Autre Image.

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1939. (The Streamline Moderne façade was designated a city Historic-Cultural Monument in 1992.) The renovation included obtaining material from the original manufacturer in Venice, Italy, for the building’s iconic gold cylinder on the corner of Fairfax and Wilshire. The Saban is adjacent to a new sphere-shaped building, designed by Pritzker Prizewinning architect Renzo Piano with Renzo Piano Building Workshop. The sphere includes the 1,000-seat David Geffen Theater and the glass-domed, rooftop Dolby Family Terrace with sweeping views of the city and the Hollywood Hills. Daily screenings as well as previews, openings and events

will be held inside the Geffen, while a more intimate 288seat Ted Mann theater will also screen Saturday morning matinees for children in the Saban Building. Both will feature live performances, lectures and more. Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, 6067 Wilshire Blvd., academymuseum.org LACMA thinks outside the box - and up and over Another bold architectural change in the works is Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s sweeping proposal to build a gallery above Wilshire Boulevard. If approved, the new building and overall museum renova-

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tion will debut in 2023. LACMA plans to house its permanent collection in the new building — now a slimmer version of the previous concept for the Peter Zumthor-designed project. Construction is set to start at the end of the year, while fundraising continues. Museum officials have reached $560 million of their

$650 million fundraising campaign target, and completion of the final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is imminent. The County of Los Angeles is expected to pay $125 million after completion of the final EIR by Eyestone Environmental. The report’s drafting began in 2016, and a public review (Please turn to page 12)

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VIEW FROM rove r. o proposed os Angeles olocaust useu avilion. Rendering by Belzberg Architects

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(Continued from page 10) period followed. The Final EIR will address questions raised, and comments received, during the public review period, including traffic, seismic and other concerns. During construction of the new building, rotating exhi-

bitions will be shown in the Resnick Pavilion and Broad Contemporary Art Museum (BCAM) buildings. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., lacma.org. La Brea Tar Pits Museum Read about high-tech portals and other new means to

visit the Ice Age on page 8. Craft Contemporary The 53-year-old museum rolled out a new name in early 2019, Craft Contemporary. Under the direction of executive director Suzanne Isken, the museum has strengthened its focus on contemporary art made with craft media, tech-

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niques and processes. A new website will launch this spring, and two public programs will examine the museum’s history. Isken will lead a conversation on the history and legacy

of the Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) since its founding in 1965. She will be joined by former CAFAM archivist Joan Benedetti and independent curator Jo Lauria. Craft Contemporary, 5814 Wilshire Blvd., cafam.org. Petersen Automotive Museum See the update on the 25th year celebration at the Petersen Automotive Museum on page 6. Museum of the Holocaust Plans are underway to build a pavilion at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust on Grove Drive, south of the existing museum in Pan Pacific Park. The pavilion will expand the footprint of the existing museum. Hagy Belzberg designed the (Please turn to page 22)

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Miracle Mile community rallies to fight crime; help wanted By Billy Taylor A Miracle Mile neighborhood watch program was launched in March 2018 led by a group of local residents motivated to make the community safer and more resilient. These residents have worked to establish a sustainable program, but now volunteers are needed, they say. “This is a movement — a change — in community policing designed to be sustainable and encompass many different things,” said Mile resident Kari Garcia last month while sitting in the Starbucks on Wilshire Boulevard. The Chronicle met with Garcia and LAPD Senior Lead Officer (SLO) Perry Jones to talk about the community’s initial response to an old concept: a neighborhood watch program. Neighborhood Watch The program officially launched at the March 2018

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Miracle Mile Residential Association (MMRA) meeting. Garcia and a small group of residents including Kelly Perkins, Aliza Durand, Thao Tran and

Seth Reed were determined to establish a program that was simple, sustainable and designed for busy neighbors. The residents introduced a

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plan to establish block captains and a three-step watch program. Since then, Garcia has met with a long list of community leaders, law enforcement officers and policy makers to push the program. “All of this is not because I had a near-home-invasion, it’s not because they went for my car, or because suspects came just feet away from my child’s head,” said Garcia of her motivation to spearhead the new watch program. (Although all of this did happen to Garcia.) “It’s because it’s the right thing to do for the community. But it is dependant on everybody getting involved.” Working together Longtime Miracle Mile SLO Perry Jones supports the program and says it empowers his officers to get a lot more accomplished. “It opens up a line of communication between the community and the police department. Due to the fact that residents are in the neighborhood more than we are, they observe a lot more crime,” explains Jones. Consider this: The Wilshire Division LAPD responds to over 1,000 calls per week. With limited police resources, Jones says that the community can greatly benefit from a resident trained in a watch program because he or she is able to give officers much better information: “They are proactive, looking for things that we need. They send us photos and license plate numbers. Half of the case is worked-up before we even catch the bad guy.” Jones says that he is encouraged by the direction of things in the Miracle Mile: “Sure, times have changed and you can’t leave packages on your doorstep, but the Miracle Mile is a great place to live, we just need to stay diligent.” Not just crime According to Garcia, the Mile’s watch program is designed to build a safer and

more resilient community. “To be more resilient,” she explains, “means that your community can better survive things like crime and natural disasters through organization with your neighbors.” As an example, Kerry notes how the new watch program aided residents in February during a power outage that impacted a majority of the neighborhood. “I was able to communicate with block captains, and residents on my street, about when the power would be back on. Basically, I was able to provide information at a time when other resources were down.” Speaking of block captains, Garcia says that she has identified roughly 55 blocks in the Miracle Mile, and she has 30 block captain volunteers. “The program is working great, but we don’t have enough volunteers,” says Garcia. “We need more block captains to participate.” Volunteer patrol On the topic of volunteers, in the coming months residents might notice a BMW i3 slowly cruising the streets. That’s because the LAPD is rebooting a volunteer community patrol program. These volunteers will patrol in areas impacted the most by property crimes, and they will be tasked with keeping an eye out for unusual behavior as well as other tasks like traffic control. Wilshire Division patrol volunteers include Miracle Mile residents Greg Jones and Craig Mieritz. Both men told the Chronicle that they were motivated to volunteer to improve the local community. Jones said that he was burglarized multiple times; and Mieritz said that he wanted to do more than just complain on social media. Get involved On the morning that I met with Garcia and SLO Jones, they were taking the watch program to businesses on Wilshire Boulevard. If criminals are attracted to an area’s shopping district for “smash and grab” opportunities, it makes the nearby community a target as well. “Ultimately, this program is to help organize people to be good neighbors. And that means incorporating local businesses,” said Garcia. “Get off NextDoor, and figure out how you can help out your neighbor,” she concludes. Miracle Mile residents interested in volunteering as a block captain should attend the March 16 MMRA annual meeting where Garcia will update residents on the progress of the watch program. Visit miraclemilela.com for more information.


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next stop: the future. Mammoths, mastodons, sloths, bison and more! A treasure trove of fossils have been discovered as we tunnel, and there are still more being unearthed. Section 1 of the Purple Line Extension Transit Project is digging up the past to bring you the future. Visit metro.net/purple to learn more about the nine-mile subway extension between downtown LA and the Westside.

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CELEBRATING 85 YEAR H ISTORY OF THE FARMERS MARKET It’s difficult to imagine our neighborhood as it stood 85 years ago. The Fairfax District was largely open fields and pastureland. And the corner of 3rd Street & Fairfax Avenue was nothing more than a dusty parking lot. But it was here in July of 1934, that a group of 18 local farmers gathered to sell their wares to the public. The Farmers Market was born. And it soon began expanding along with the neighborhood. As the Market quickly grew to worldwide acclaim, the diversity of merchants expanded to include restaurants, retail shops, butchers, bakers, community services and more.

Third & Fairfax has always been a popular neighborhood gathering place—especially for gathering the finest groceries!

Today, The Original Farmers Market is the centerpiece of the neighborhood, home to over 100 grocers, restaurants and specialty merchants. Yet it still maintains all its charm and values from the early days. In fact, many of the businesses remain family-owned and operated, just as they have been for generations. Proving that the more things change, the more they stay the same.

According to our world-famous Clock Tower, it’s time to celebrate our anniversary. (85 years!)

T HE CITY’S BEST GROCERIES Our neighborhood is blessed to have some of the finest grocers in Los Angeles. From butchers, bakers, a fish monger, a spice shop--to a European grocery market and more—each Market grocer is a true artisan and culinary expert. Fine food enthusiasts and acclaimed chefs have long known Our butchers offer the finest meats, the reputation for quality the poultry and seafood anywhere— grocers of Farmers Market have even prepared items ready to grill. maintained for generations. As opposed to a traditional supermarket experience, each of our Farmers Market grocers is an independent business—singularly focused on his or her specialty. You can be assured you are getting only the finest handselected items, the best advice and the best service anywhere in the city because they are truly invested in this neighborhood and their customers.

HOME DELIVERY While The Original Farmers Market may appear to be frozen in time, we are responsive to the changing needs of today’s busy lifestyles. That’s why we’ve teamed up with mercato.com to bring the best in Farmers Market groceries and prepared foods delivered directly to you. Your groceries will be hand-selected and prepared by the Market’s very own artisan grocers, then packed up and delivered to your door with just a few clicks on your keyboard.

Our dedicated, family-owned produce merchants ensure you always have the ripest seasonal offerings, hand-chosen for freshness and quality.

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RS AT THIRD & FAIRFAX R ESTAURANTS & EATERIES If you’re looking to take your taste buds on an international culinary adventure, simply head over to The Original Farmers Market. With over 40 restaurants to choose from, you can eat your way through all four corners of the globe by simply turning a few corners! Nearly every continent is represented, including North and South American cuisine, South Pacific and Asian delights, Middle Eastern and European fare ... many choices, from gourmet the menu of options reads like an So meals to grab-and-go snacks. atlas of food! We also have two on-site beer & wine bars for your enjoyment.

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30TH ANNUAL MARDI GRAS CELEBRATION: Saturday & Sunday, March 2 & 3, All Day & Fat Tuesday, March 5, 6-9pm: L.A.’s favorite Mardi Gras celebration features Cajun and Zydeco bands galore, down home Southern cookin’, the Mutti Gras Pet Parade, bead throwing and much more.

ST. PATRICK'S DAY CELEBRATION: Sunday, March 17: Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with traditional Irish food and live music. Magee's Kitchen will be serving their famous corned beef, cabbage and potatoes. Green Beer and imported Irish beers will be on tap from E.B.'s and Bar 326.

FRIDAY NIGHT MUSIC AT THE MARKET: May 31-August 30, 7–9pm: Free concert performances every Friday on the West Patio featuring L.A.’s best musicians.

25TH ANNUAL GILMORE HERITAGE AUTO SHOW: Saturday, June 1, 11am-5pm: Nearly 100 breathtaking American classics are on display throughout the Market; everything from customs, hot rods, trucks and more! This year's show pays tribute to American Muscle Cars.

Plus, there is nothing like dining in the Market’s bustling al fresco atmosphere. With all the people-watching opportunities at every turn, a meal at the Market is as much a feast for the eyes as it is for the taste buds!

TASTE OF FARMERS MARKET:

Tuesday, July 23, 5-9pm: For one evening only, our merchants take you on a strolling gastronomic and shopping adventure throughout the Market, letting you enjoy delicious food and live music. Ticket info will be available on farmersmarketla.com in June.

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(Continued from page 4) million in capital to jumpstart his new auto insurance company, Joseph founded Mercury Insurance. He had amassed the needed funds from around the Los Angeles community. “We did that by first getting an approval from the state’s Insurance Department to raise the capital, and then we did a lot of mailings, and we had a lot of meetings. We contacted people, and we had some help from a financial brokerage company. I don’t recall the name of it now, but it was a small broker. All local,” Joseph said. He established the company from his house outside of Hancock Park with six employees and 90 agents. He opened his first office at 5455 Wilshire Boulevard, at the corner of Wilshire and Cochran Avenue, in the Miracle Mile. Mercury Insurance sold its first policy on April 1, 1962.

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In 1964, Joseph moved into his home in Hancock Park. “I always wanted to live in Hancock Park, from the time I came to Los Angeles. The beauty of the streets and the homes and trees and everything about it was unusual,” Joseph said. Since then, the company has expanded throughout California and into 10 additional states. The company now has over 4,500 employees and

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more than 7,000 independent agents. It has branched out from strictly offering auto insurance to include home insurance, renters insurance and business insurance, among others, and its market value is approximately $3 billion. Its corporate headquarters and principal executive offices are located near the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and Rossmore Avenue in the Park Mile. “There was a vacant lot there, and I wanted to build a building,” Joseph said. Mercury Casualty bought the property in 1983 from the now-defunct American Savings Association, formerly known as the American Savings and Loan Association, a victim of the S&L crisis of the late 1980s. After three years of construction, the current 36,000-square-foot office building on Wilshire Boulevard was occupied by Mercury General in December 1986. “It’s a great place to have an

MERCURY INSURANCE’S headquarters building opened on Wilshire Boulevard in 1986. Photo by Talia Abrahamson

office. It’s right on Wilshire, and a lot of our employees live in the area, and it’s convenient for them,” VP of Advertising and Public Relations Erik Thompson said. The building currently houses about 150 employees, and the company leases remaining office space. The home offices of the subsidiary insurance companies and the information technology

center are located in Brea, California, where there are an additional 2,000 employees. The company keeps this Park Mile Wilshire location as its headquarters in part because Joseph, at 97 and still active as the Chairman of the Board of the Mercury General Corporation, comes into the office every day. “I just monitor what’s going on in the company. Give advice. Talk to people who want to talk to me,” Joseph said. With Joseph as a local resident, as well as many employees within the headquarters, the company is conscious of working within the mainly residential neighborhoods of Hancock Park and Fremont Place. “Mercury Insurance and its founder, George Joseph, have been good neighbors for those of us who live in Fremont Place,” president of the Fremont Place Association Cam Davis said. “Recently, at the tender age of 97, Mr. Joseph personally attended our homeowners’ meeting. He agreed that we could restore a landscaped sidewalk on Mercury’s property in connection with an improvement the company needs to make to service their policyholders in the event of a catastrophic earthquake.” Mercury Insurance interacts with the larger Los Angeles community through various community service initiatives. Representatives attend Habitat for Humanity events for Southern California residents, host packing parties for overseas troops, support public service messages –– for example the “Don’t text and drive” initiative –– and sponsor the Kings and Dodgers. “At the time, insurance was this kind of one-size-fits-all car insurance. None of the companies really took into account driving record, location and all of these factors that have an impact on the risk of loss and on your risk of getting into an accident. Mr. Joseph was really a pioneer when it came to that and really set up the way modern day insurance is handled today,” said company spokesman Thompson. Talia Abrahamson is a junior at Marlborough School.


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Park La Brea: vibrant dwellings at heart of Miracle Mile

By Rachel Olivier At the heart of the Miracle Mile on 155 acres of land, from Third to Sixth streets and from Fairfax to Cochran avenues, sits Park La Brea, a collection of 4,248 apartment units in buildings that have been part of Los Angeles history for more than 70 years. The complex is at the center of shopping at places like the Original Farmers Market and The Grove, museums such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Petersen Automotive Museum and the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, as well as schools, parks, bars, restaurants and other venues. It is an historic residential area in Los Angeles, and it is the largest apartment complex west of the Mississippi. History The townhouses were designed by Leonard Schultz & Son with associate architect Earl T. Heitschmidt in 1941, and the residential towers were designed in 1948 by Leonard Schultz Associates, with consulting architects Stanton and Kaufmann, partly in response to the post-World War II housing shortage. There are 26 two-story garden blocks in an octagon pattern and 18 12-story towers.

TOWER 47 as it stands today in Park La Brea.

RENDERING of one of the 18 towers during construction.

In 1950s, an article in “Arts & Architecture” magazine praised Park La Brea for its unique modern design, where towers were built with wings to help provide expansive views, and garden apartments had patios and a shared backyard. Updates and amenities The complex has been updated and renovated regularly since then. Units range from studios to four-bedroom apartments, some of which are pet friendly. In addition, there are two pools, a café, barbecue and picnic areas, a fitness and activity center, tennis courts, a beach volleyball court, landscaped parks, jogging tracks, and a theater for the use of the 10,000-plus residents. Activi-

ties at the complex range from theater productions to music nights and recitals to outdoor movie nights. There are also special activities such as National Night Out, a chess club, writers’ circle, community garden, and more. Residents association This past January, the Park LaBrea Residents Association (PLBRA) had its 31st annual meeting, overseen by president Bernie Clinch, vice president Kenna Marshall and secretary-treasurer Col. Donald Harris. The association not only advocates for the tenants, but also helps keep them in the loop about ongoing development in the neighborhood, and it also makes sure com-

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Colorful and charitable year at Pink’s

BLUE AND GOLD: A new color scheme at Pink’s hails the Rams going to the Super Bowl.

What a year for Pink’s! In the past 12 months, the 79-yearold hot dog stand on La Brea Ave. has had color changes and other excitement unlike any Pink’s year in recent memory. Pink’s just recently turned blue and gold when the Rams headed to the Super Bowl. Last fall, Pink’s turned

blue for the Dodgers. In March, the City of Los Angeles announced the naming of “Pink’s Square” (the Melrose and La Brea intersection), and the Square was dedicated in October. At every event, the Pink family created a hot dog special to raise funds for charities. “Hot dog!” DIGNITARIES (from left) Tom LaBonge, Patt Morrison, Paul Koretz, Mike Feuer and Zev Yaroslavsky salute Gloria, Beverly and Richard Pink preceding “Pink’s Square” dedication.

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the Nazi death camp Majdanek in Poland seven decades later. Because of the high cost of the technology involved in the making of the film, tickets are $15. Most everything else at the museum is always free. Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, 100 The Grove Dr., lamoth.org.

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(Continued from page 12) original 32,000-square-foot museum that opened in 2010, and has produced the initial drawings for the planned new pavilion. The new pavilion is aimed to help welcome an increase in visitors, many of whom are students. Last year, a record 62,000 adults and children, including 20,000 students, visited the site, a 20 percent increase from the year before.

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Virtual reality Viewers can don an audiovisual headset to take a tour through a concentration camp with a Holocaust survivor to see “The Last Goodbye,” a new virtual reality, award-winning 17-minute film. Produced by USC Shoah Foundation, the film’s host Pinchas Gutter was the only member of his family of four to have survived the Holocaust. Viewers virtually visit the site with Gutter as he travels in life-sized projections through the railway car, gas chamber, shower room and barracks of

Japan Foundation This year’s Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Film, “Mirai,” will screen Sat., March 2 at 1 p.m. at the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles. Free. Director Mamoru Hosoda’s magical soaring adventure is for the whole family. Free film screenings are every second and fourth Wednesday in the JFLA auditorium. Lunchtime yoga and meditation as well as exhibits are also offered at the center. Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, 5700 Wilshire Blvd., jflalc.org. Korean Cultural Center Free movies are screened monthly at the Korean Cultural Center. “Keys to the Heart” screens Thurs., Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. Check the website for upcoming films, as well as exhibits and performances. Korean Cultural Center, 5505 Wilshire Blvd., kccla.org. Farewell Zimmer After almost 30 years of artsbased learning experiences with a bent toward social justice, the Zimmer Children’s Museum has moved from the Miracle Mile vicinity in the Jewish Federation building to a new rooftop home at Santa Monica Place. Renamed the Cayton Children’s Museum by ShareWell, the museum has expanded from 14,000 to 21,000 square feet at the new location near the EXPO line and the Santa Monica Pier.


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Miracle Mile now has a restaurant for almost any appetite By Helene Seifer It wasn’t that long ago that the Miracle Mile food profile consisted mainly of Johnie’s Coffee Shop, a handful of mediocre Indian restaurants,

and, of course, El Coyote. Now options abound for followers of the flavor arts. Let’s examine some classics and some relative newcomers to the Miracle Mile table.

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If Mexican is your cuisine of choice, the Mile has a number of options. The aforementioned El Coyote opened in 1931 and holds the record for old school Mexican in the Mile, serving comforting plates of refried beans and chicken enchiladas smothered in melted cheese and ranchera sauce alongside wicked Margaritas. Just a scant block away Petty Cash is the polar opposite — cool graffiti covers one wall, pulsing music fills the space, a cacophony of voices creates a din, and all the while diners happily munch on grilled octopus or pork belly tacos. Candela is an event venue and popular restaurant with great deals for the eating public: $1 Tacos on Wednesdays and Happy Hour all other nights. Other Mexican options in the ’hood are Mercado for shrimp taquitos and meltingly soft carnitas and Escuela Taqueria for branzino tacos and chicken tinga burritos. El Coyote Café, 7312 Beverly Blvd. 323-939-2255. Petty Cash, 7360 Beverly Blvd. 323933-5300. Candela, 831 S. La Brea. 323-936-0533. Mercado, 7910 W, 3rd St. 323-944-0947. Escuela Taqueria, 7615 Beverly Blvd. 323-932-6178. The Petersen Automotive

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Museum’s remodel brought an upscale Italian to the Mile, Drago Ristorante. Another offering from the Drago brothers, a true dynasty of Italian cooking in Los Angeles, Drago is hidden behind those metallic silver ribbons that wrap the red museum, but its newly opened patio with firepit, along with its exceptional pasta, is ample reason to find the restaurant. New to the neighborhood, Supremo Ristorante, is a sparsely-decorated space featuring moderately priced Italian classics, such as spaghetti carbonara and tiramisu. Drago Ristorante, 6060 Wilshire Blvd., 323-800-2244. Supremo Ristorante, 901 S. La Brea., 323-852-3192. Another restaurant that’s hidden in plain sight is Commerson, whose ground-floor façade, next to Lassens Natural Foods, is unremarkable. The well-executed menu survived star-chef Sascha Lyon leaving and still has an eclectic food array, including a wonderful shrimp and chorizo burger, and Commerson offers Happy Hour six days a week. And they offer bottomless mimosas at brunch! Across the street are two neighborhood faves: Met Her At A Bar, which, contrary to expectations, is a coffee bar

with Belgian waffles and more; and Rascal, a full service restaurant which bills itself as “the neighborhood hang,” and actually lives up to it. Come here for a spicy fried chicken sandwich, a cold brew, and the daily Happy Hour. Commerson, 788 S. La Brea., 323-813-3000. Met Her At A Bar, 759 S. La Brea., 323847-5013. Rascal, 801 S. La Brea., 323-933-3229. Another place for a brew or two is the Miracle Mile’s first brewery, 6th & La Brea Brewery & Restaurant. They brew their ales, lagers, IPAs, and stouts on site in gleaming stainless steel tanks, which form a backdrop to the pub’s convivial hubbub. Multiple flat screens are tuned to various sporting events. Elevated pub grub, such as short rib fries, crispy brussels sprouts and Wagyu beef burgers, is served inside and on the dogfriendly patio. Recently, they added cans called Crowlers as a carry-away option. Breweries had only been allowed to sell for consumption on the premises, but they sued the state for the right to offer beer to go — and won. 6th & La Brea Brewery & Restaurant, 600 S. La Brea., 323-998-8565. If one’s taste in libations (Please turn to page 26)

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Andre’s Italian Restaurant — a comforting neighborhood classic By Julia Stier It’s hard to believe that a “small” plate of spaghetti the size of my face could be so reasonably priced. Or so delicious. But that’s what Andre’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria is all about. Nestled between the Whole Foods and the

News Stand off of Third St., Andre’s (6332 W. Third St.) is the ultimate hotspot for cheap and cheerful — but it won’t be for long. Despite its dedication to serving the community authentic and affordable Italian-American cuisine, Andre’s will be closing its doors once

the proposed construction of a new residential and commercial complex, replacing the former KMart shopping center, commences. Recently, General Manager Aron Celnik and patrons of Andre’s reflected on the impact the restaurant has had on their

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mont Chronicle went into print. Chef Andre has since stepped down from running the show, but General Manager Celnik says Andre still checks in. “Andre came by, he took a look, made sure everything was OK. Stuck his finger here, tasted that, moved here, moved there, and then he said, ‘Aron, everything looks good. I’m going.’” Affordably good In addition to its flavorful dishes, the restaurant also quickly became known for its affordable prices. Celnik cites this as the restaurant’s main pull, even today. “[People] come to Andre’s first and foremost because they’ve heard (Please turn to page 27)

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bundt cake and torta Cubanas. Great news for those crushing on great breads: the La Brea Bakery is collaborating with founder Nancy Silverton on special edition breads to celebrate the brand’s 30th anniversary. Enjoy them at the La Brea Bakery Café, with its retail bread operation and charming eatery. Fiona, 339 N. Fairfax Ave., 323-852-3210. The Sycamore Kitchen, 143 S. La Brea., 323939-0151. La Brea Bakery, 468 S. La Brea., 323-939-6813. The Original Farmer’s Market at Third and Fairfax recently added new food stalls, such as Neal Fraser’s Fritzi Coop for fried chicken and Blaze Pizza. Now the Market has added grocery delivery service — so your Huntington Meats sausages and gourmet cheeses from Monsieur Marcel can be enjoyed without fighting for a parking spot. Just across Fairfax, one of Sawtelle’s most acclaimed Ramen joints opened an outpost. Tsujita & Co. Noodle Production brings rich pork ramen and tsukemen (dipping noodles) to a mainly take-out crowd. Original Farmers Market, 6333 W. Third St., 323-9339211. Tsujita & Co. Noodle Production, 109 N. Fairfax. Ave., 323-591-0470.

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lives, and the many reasons why you should enjoy it while you still can. Cordon Bleu graduate Andre’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria was cooked up by chef Dominic Andreone (Andre), now 96. A native of Northern Italy, Andreone studied at renowned Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in Paris, France, before immigrating to the United States. With his first restaurant, Andre’s of Beverly Hills — which opened in 1959 and has since closed — Chef Andre served Italian staples, which became known as “continental cuisine.” He then went on to open the Andre’s on Third St. in 1963 — the same year the Larch-

runs more toward the grape than the grain, then the new Kass Wine Bar & Restaurant, helmed by Michelin-starred chef Christophe Eme, is the perfect place. The wine list skews French, and the Gallic menu includes charcuterie, farro and oxtail. Kass Wine Bar & Restaurant, 320 S. La Brea., 323-4132299. If carb-loading is your preferred style and baked goods delight you, a must-try new restaurant is Fiona on Fairfax, doors from the now-shuttered Plan Check. Former Gjelina pastry chef Nicole Rucker’s recently opened all-day restaurant starts the day with 2-inch-thick artisanal toasts slathered with the likes of black and gold sesame paste or yogurt, chutney and curry leaves, or sweet potato pancakes with pickled fresno chiles and lardons. Dinner brings roasted pork shoulder with spaetzel or Vietnamese beef stew. And always, pies, pies, pies! Another pastry-chef driven spot is the now-classic The Sycamore Kitchen, where baker extraordinaire Karen Hatfield turns out the likes of almond brioche French toast, brown butter carrot

Deli opens in Dominguez building Chicago-based delicatessen Eleven City Diner last month opened a west coast location in the Miracle Mile at 5400 Wilshire Blvd. This modern revival of the classic Jewish deli serves favorites like braided challah, matzo-ball soup and corned beef sandwiches in addition to more Eleven City Diner traditional diner options like omelets and hamburgers. Owner Brad Rubin took over the 6,000 square foot space in the historic Dominguez-Wilshire building that previously housed the Express Restaurant and Club. Growing up in Chicago, Rubin says that he “was raised on old school diners,” which gave him an insatiable taste and respect for deli-style food. Eleven City is open daily. Visit elevencityla.com.


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made inside its walls, it’s hard to believe that Andre’s won’t be here much longer. Stroup summarizes the feelings of many when he says, “It’s simple, but it’s good, and it’s an amazing place. I just can’t fathom it not being here anymore.” However, Celnik assures that Andre’s will remain in its

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Andre’s

(Continued from page 26) our reputation as being a reasonably priced restaurant.” With prices as low as $3 for a large minestrone soup, to $10 for chicken parmigiana with a side of spaghetti or ravioli, and a cup of gelato for just $3 (they have 12 flavors to choose from) one could easily piece together a three-course meal for under $20. However, Andre’s is more than just the affordable meals it serves. It is hailed for its friendly service and welcoming, casual atmosphere. “Comfort,” “home,” and “family” are words that regulars and first-timers alike often use when describing Andre’s. Stephen Stroup, a social worker who lives in West Hollywood, has been heading to Andre’s regularly for so long, he can’t remember when he first started dining here. “It’s my place to come in the evening if I really want to have a very good meal, at a very good price, and to be really comfortable.” He speaks warmly of the employees and of Celnik, praising everyone’s kind and welcoming nature. “It’s almost like a home away from home.” “That’s Italian!” Jenny Robbins sensed the familial atmosphere on her very first visit, noting how many patrons were greeted by name. “It very much has that

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Italian kind of spirit of welcoming strangers into your house, and being familiar with them, and treating them like they’re a part of your own family,” she observes. For many people, the restaurant holds a place in their childhood memories. Gloria Trasvina, a patron of the restaurant for nearly 35 years, says eating at Andre’s reminds her of her own family’s frequent visits. “It just brings back memories of when we were young,” she says. Same with Jeff Gold, who grew up dining at the restaurant. “It feels a little bit like home, like family, friends, comfort food. The food is comfort, but the memories are even more comfort.” The Andre’s test Sitting with his long-time friend Perry Cooper — who has been coming to Andre’s for 49 years – Gold recounts how they used to put their girlfriends through the “Andre’s test.” “After you’re dating somebody a few times, you take them to Andre’s to see how they respond,” Gold laughs. He explains that if they turned their nose up at it, the relationship wasn’t going to last. General Manager Celnik especially feels a sense of family at Andre’s. “Working with Andre has been the biggest blessing in my life. He’s become a second father to me.” With so many memories

current location until at least the end of 2019. Canoga Park But this is not the end. Celnik says that a sister restaurant, Grandi Italiani, is slated to open this month in Canoga Park. While he’s still keeping many details under wraps, he does share that there will be certain nods to Andre’s in this

new restaurant. “Grandi Italiani means ‘great Italian,’ and I consider Andre to be one of those great Italians,” Celnik shares. “I hope he’s honored by the fact that so many people care about him. They love him as deeply as I do, and they wish to see the Andre’s legacy continuing, and we’re certainly going to try to do that.”

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Civic Coalition is laying low till the Metro… then, parades!

By Suzan Filipek Subway construction under Wilshire Boulevard is moving ahead, underground, boldly building a transit line extension to help ease traffic congestion above ground. It is a multi-billion-dollar project of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MRA or Metro). It is also a noble effort, and one that has not gone unnoticed by the Miracle Mile Civic Coalition (MMCC). “We can’t do a lot until MTA’s done,” which is why the group is following the MTA’s lead: “It’s going underground,” said MMCC President Wally Marks. The 33-year old MMCC organization cares for the Miracle Mile’s safety, landscape and more. Members hold an annual safety summit in the fall and work to beautify the area’s median with leafy trees and landscape. A lot of what the group also does involves “getting everyone in the room to talk about the bigger issues.” “Everyone” includes museum officials, business and property owners and residents. Other stakeholders are Park La Brea, the largest apartment complex in the West, the Original Farmers Market and The Grove. The MMCC was formed 33 years ago this April. “The purpose of the group really was to spur a spirit of cooperation among all the key players,” MMCC founder Lyn

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WILSHIRE BLVD. MEDIANS were installed by the Miracle Mile Civic Coalition. Photo by Tom Hofer

MacEwen Cohen told us in an earlier interview. Through its history, the Coalition has championed expanding first responder relationships. MMCC has organized safety summit meetings. Unifying the police, fire and community has taken on a keener focus since 9-11. Previous safety summits concerned emergency preparedness and homeland security and extreme weather. Events have included senior FBI officials among speakers. The Coalition brought local museums and high-rise office and apartment buildings together in the safety summits. The MMCC was instrumental in the creation of Museum Row, as well as in the installation of islands landscaped with palm trees along Wilshire

Blvd. in the Mile. Subway construction removed 82 trees and 62 agave plants — many were relocated — but Metro promised to replace the trees when the subway opens in 2023. When Metro removed the trees, mostly along the median strips on Wilshire Blvd., from Fairfax Ave. to La Brea, it was agreed that twice as many would be returned. “We are the public’s double check” on that, said Marks. “It’s not just a promise, it’s in writing.”

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Department and now includes preparation of a full Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The full EIR was one of the demands expressed by neighbors earlier last year. The project’s developers, Holland Partner Group (for the residential units) and Regency Centers (for the retail component) previously intended to utilize a shorter environmental review process, but they now agree to have the full EIR prepared.

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(Continued from page 2) Mile Civic Coalition (MMCC), of which he is vice president, with leading the effort for street landscaping, and he particularly commends MMCC president, Lyn MacEwen Cohen, for her philanthropy and Miracle Mile advocacy.

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Wilshire Boulevard. Of LACMA’s building over and above Wilshire, Marks says, “It’s a big deal.” “What we’re really focused on is our front yard… We’re limited by what we can do.” Limited but not stopped. After all, 2023 is just around the corner, and then? There will be parades with the museums, like the old days, he said. (In the 1980s and early 1990s an International Festival of Masks was held in the fall.) “It’s something to look forward to,” said Marks.

“[The project] is now planned as a mid-rise with a focus on open space, community gathering options, more landscaping and greenery, and community-serving retail.” The EIR will study the project whose primary change is having been lowered in height (from more than 20 stories to eight stories). The new project also has changed setbacks and building materials. The project “is now planned

as a mid-rise with a focus on open space, community gathering options, more landscaping and greenery, and community-serving retail,” said developer spokesperson Dagny Akeyson earlier this year. Completion of the EIR process may take until sometime next year. In the meantime, the developer has stressed its intention to work collaboratively with neighbors . . . and also to work with the beloved Andre’s Restaurant to allow it to operate as long as possible. [See story on Page 26.]

Snyder also singles out Wally Marks and his family, who own several classic properties on the Mile and also are, as Snyder puts it, “community-smart.” Snyder says that Marks has been diligent in giving Snyder an ear to neighborhood residents to assure that what Snyder is designing and building meets the needs of the community and improves the quality of the environment. Hackman and TV City Another real estate titan, CEO Michael Hackman of Hackman Capital Partners, recently purchased CBS Television City’s legendary production facility including sound stages and studios that have hosted classic TV fare ranging from “All in the Family” to “The Late Late Show” for more than half a century. “The Price is Right” will still use the studio facilities for another five years, according to the deal, and CBS International also will be located in a complex on the lot. Hackman also will have the rights to use the Television City trademark, part of the terms that make the deal worth the three-quarter-billion-dollar price.

De Cotiis and Onni With its origins in Canada, Onni Group today has a number of varied projects, many not far from Onni Group’s head office in Vancouver. The Group has created a variety of residential, commercial, and rental projects throughout Canada and across the U.S. Locally, Onni has projects in Santa Monica, Hollywood and Downtown, including its ownership and planned redevelopment of Times-Mirror Square. “Our strategy has always been relatively simple: to design and build properties that clearly meet the needs of the market … then throw in a little extra,” says company president Rossano De Cotiis, according to Onni’s marketing spokesperson. However, what Onni plans to do with the more than a million square feet at Wilshire Courtyard is still under wraps. “It’s phenomenal seeing the Miracle Mile development over the past 15 years,” says Stephen Kramer, Greater Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce president. “It didn’t happen overnight,” he says, and adds, of the properties, that “they keep on changing hands, and the prices keep going up.”

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He said that, while “it was horrible to see trees torn up… several of the trees did not get destroyed.” Luckily some clusters of the median’s palms have been transplanted to the LAPD Wilshire Division. Marks, who is on the board of the Craft Contemporary, is also staying in touch with the museums, including the newest member, the Academy Museum, set to open at the end of this year. And, he’s watching the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s plans to build across

CBS TELEVISION CITY has been purchased by developer Michael Hackman’s Hackman Capital Partners.


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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@larchmontchronicle. com. 6th & La Brea 600 S. La Brea Ave. 323-998-8565 6thlabrea.com Apollonia’s Pizzeria 5176 Wilshire Blvd. 323-937-2823 apolloniaspizzeria.com Black Dog Coffee 5657 Wilshire Blvd. 323-933-1976 blackdogcoffee.com Busby’s East 5364 Wilshire Blvd. 323-823-4890 busbysla.com

Escuela Taqueria 7615 Beverly Blvd. 323-932-6178 escuelataqueria.com

Restaurant Directory Rascal Restaurant 801 S. La Brea Ave. 323-933-3229 rascalla.com

Fiona 339 N. Fairfax Ave 323-852-3210 fionabakeryla.com

Odys + Penelope 127 S. La Brea Ave. 323-939-1033 odysandpenelope.com

Five Guys Burgers and Fries 5550 Wilshire Blvd., #101D 323-939-2360 fiveguys.com

Ono Hawaiian BBQ 5550 Wilshire Blvd. 323-525-1688 onohawaiianbbq.com

Genwa Korean BBQ 5115 Wilshire Blvd. 323-549-0760 genwakoreanbbq.com

Original Farmer’s Market 6333 W. Third St. 323-933-9211 farmersmarketla.com

India’s Tandoori 5468 Wilshire Blvd. 323-936-2050 indiastandoori.net

Commerson 788 S. La Brea Ave. 323-813-3000 commersonrestaurant.com

Isa Japanese Restaurant 916 S. La Brea Ave. 323-879-9536 isajapanese.com

The Counter 5779 Wilshire Blvd. 323-932-8900 thecounterburger.com

Jinya Ramen Bar 5168 Wilshire Blvd. 323-954-6477 jinya-ramenbar.com

Drago Ristorante 6060 Wilshire Blvd. 323-800-2244 dragoristorante.com

Kass Wine Bar & Restaurant 320 S. La Brea Ave. 323-413-2299

El Diner 5515 Wilshire Blvd. 323-931-1281 eldinerla.com

pettycashtaqueria.com

Mixt Greens 5757 Wilshire Blvd. 415-296-8009 mixt.com

International House of Pancakes 5655 Wilshire Blvd. 323-297-4467 ihop.com

El Coyote 7312 Beverly Blvd. 323-939-2255 elcoyotecafe.com

Milk Jar Cookies 5466 Wilshire Blvd. 323-634-9800 milkjarcookies.com

Fatburger 5001 Wilshire Blvd., #103 323-939-9593 fatburger.com

Candela La Brea 831 S. La Brea Ave. 323-936-0533 candelalabrea.com

Einstein Bros. Bagels 5550 Wilshire Blvd. 323-330-9501 einsteinbros.com

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La Brea Bakery Café 468 S. La Brea Ave. 323-939-6813 labreabakery.com Mercado 7910 W, 3rd St. 323-944-0947 cocinasycalaveras.com Met Her at a Bar 759 S. La Brea Ave. 323-847-5013 metheratabar.com

Petty Cash 7360 Beverly Blvd. sdfsdf 323-933-5300

Ray’s and Stark Bar at LACMA 5905 Wilshire Blvd. 323-857-6180 raysandstarkbar.com République 624 S. La Brea Ave. 310-362-6115 republiquela.com

Supremo Ristorante 901 S. La Brea Ave. 323-852-3192 The Sycamore Kitchen 143 S. La Brea Ave. 323-939-0151 thesycamorekitchen.com Trejo’s Tacos 1048 S. La Brea Ave. 323-938-8226 trejostacos.com Tsujita & Co. 109 N. Fairfax 323-591-0470

The Roof on Wilshire 6317 Wilshire Blvd. 323-852-6002 theroofonwilshire.com

Wirtshaus 345 N. La Brea Ave. 323-931-9291 wirtshausla.com

Spare Tire Kitchen 5370 Wilshire Blvd. 323-823-4890 sparetirepub.com

Yuko Kitchen 5484 Wilshire Blvd. 323-933-4020 yukokitchen.com

CIM GROUP celebrates the distinct and diverse architecture that is a hallmark of the Miracle Mile community.

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(Continued from 6) theme, in partnership with ComicCon. Organizers say the exhibit will be a “blockbuster event” for the museum. “Classic Futures: Hollywood Envi- 1951 CHRYSLER Camera Car once sions Tomorrow” owned by billionaire movie mogul Howwill feature vehicles ard Hughes was in the President’s Day parade. used in cinema to depict a dystopian future. Think of movies like “Mad Max” and “TRON.” More details in the months ahead. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $16 for general admission, $14 for seniors and $11 for children ages 4 to 17. For more information, visit petersen.org.

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Residential Associations

Below is a list of residential groups, including contact information, located in and around the Miracle Mile.

323-653-6254 Boundaries: Wilshire to Rosewood, La Cienega to La Brea, excluding Park La Brea.

Beverly Grove Homeowners Association Stan Brent, president 6404 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 1618 323-929-2499 Boundaries: La Cienega to Fairfax, Wilshire to Third.

Carthay Circle Neighborhood Association carthaycircle.org Carlos Bermudez, president 323-939-9694 info@carthaycircle.org Boundaries: Wilshire to Olympic between Fairfax and La Cienega.

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 apartmentfinder.com, rent. com, rentcafe.com and forrent.com. All are ZIP code 90036 unless noted. If you have additions or corrections, please write to tips@larchmontchronicle.com. Avalon Wilshire 5115 Wilshire Blvd. 323-330-1168 avaloncommunities.com

La Brea-Hancock Homeowners’ Association

labreahancock.com Tammy Rosato, president Cathy Roberts, secretary crmaison@gmail.com Boundaries: Wilshire to Third, Sycamore to Citrus.

Miracle Mile Residential Association miraclemilela.com James O’Sullivan, president info@miraclemilela.com Boundaries: Wilshire to San Vicente, Fairfax to La Brea. Or see a map of the boundaries on the website.

Park LaBrea Residents Association plbra.org Bernie Clinch, president Kenna Marshall, vice president Donald Harris, secretary / treasurer Park LaBrea Residents Assoc. 401 S. Burnside Ave. 323-934-1177 plbra@ca.rr.com Sycamore Square Neighborhood Association sycamoresquare.org Conrad Starr, president Joshua Kirchmer, secretary

info@sycamoresquare.org Boundaries: Wilshire to Olympic, La Brea to Citrus. Information of interest to residents is also available from: Greater Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce miraclemilechamber.org Stephen W. Kramer, president 5858 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 205 Los Angeles, CA 90036 323-964-5454 info@miraclemilechamber.org

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Boulevard on Wilshire 5353 Wilshire Blvd. 323-937-7001 liveboulevard.com

Curson Apartments 315-323 N. Curson Ave. 323-655-6972 cursonapts.com

Brighton Villas 318 S. Detroit St. 844-244-9994

The El Rey Apartments 660 S. Cloverdale Ave. 323-243-1365 urbanlaliving.com/the-el-rey

Broadcast Center Apartments 7660 Beverly Blvd. 323-602-0248 broadcastcenterapts.com Burnside Villas 649 S. Burnside Ave. No phone number available Carthay Circle Apts. 6209-6225 Olympic Blvd., 90048 323-936-3793 Cochran Apartments 657–665 S. Cochran Ave. No phone number available. Cochran Avenue Apartments 442 S. Cochran Ave. 323-939-5944 cochranavenue.com Cochran Island Apartments 342 S. Cochran Ave. 323-932-0450 Cochran House 740 S. Cochran Ave. 844-782-0223

Essex at Miracle Mile 400 S. Detroit St. 866-815-4656 essexapartmenthomes.com HPG Miracle Mile 616 S. Burnside Ave. 844-822-0394 Linda Manor Apartments 456 S. Cochran Ave. 310-430-2973 Masselin Park West 5700 6th St. 323-934-1600 masselinparkwestapts.com Micropolitan at Urban Lights 739 S. Ogden Dr. 323-319-5844 micropolitanco.com/urbanlights Museum Terrace 600 S. Curson Ave. 323-745-1251 museumterraceapts.com Oakwood Miracle Mile 5659 W. 8th St. 323-931-5659 oakwood.com

Tiffany Court 616 Masselin Ave. 323-937-5737 essexapartmenthomes.com Wilshire Embassy Apts. 5805 W. 8th St. 323-933-6020 wilshireembassy.com Wilshire La Brea 5900 Wilshire Blvd. 866-993-3520 essexapartmenthomes.com 109 N. Sycamore Ave. 323-886-9400 162/164 N. Detroit St. 323-230-0087 detroitla.com 328 S. Cloverdale Ave. 310-899-9580 rentcwp.com

ART DECO details are incorporated in the architecture of several buildings in the Miracle Mile. Above, a detail of the new apartment complex, The Mansfield.

632 S. Cloverdale Ave. 310-933-4191 pacificlistings.com 756 Ridgeley Dr. 323-545-6195 ridgeleyapts.com

5880-5882 W. 8th St. 310-425-9070

5550 Wilshire Blvd. 323-645-9418 5550wilshire.com

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6526 W. Olympic Blvd., 90048 310-425-9070

Palazzo Communities 6220 W. 3rd St. 323-677-5843 palazzoatthegrove.com Palm Court Apts. 740 S. Burnside Ave. 323-930-2564 Park La Brea 6200 W. 3rd St. 323-549-5400 parklabrea.com The Preston 630 S. Masselin Ave. 323-965-1253 theprestonapts.com Redwood Urban 630 Hauser Blvd. 323-938-5653 Ridgeley Apartments 649 Ridgeley Dr. 213-258-9609

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Directory of Elected Officials

Sen. Dianne Feinstein 11111 Santa Monica Blvd. Ste. 915, 310-914-7300 feinstein.senate.gov Sen. Kamala Harris 11845 W. Olympic Blvd. Ste. 1250W 310-231-4494 harris.senate.gov

213-481-1425 gomez.house.gov

310-450-0041 a50.asmdc.org

Rep. Karen Bass 37th District 4929 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 650 323-965-1422 bass.house.gov

Assemblymember Miguel Santiago 53rd District 320 W. 4th St., #1050, 213-620-4646 a53.asmdc.org

Gov. Gavin Newsom State Capitol, Suite 1173 Sacramento, CA 95814 916-445-2841 gov.ca.gov

Rep. Adam Schiff 28th District 5500 Hollywood Blvd., Ste. #416 323-315-5555 schiff.house.gov Rep. Ted Lieu 33rd District 5055 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 310 323-651-1040 lieu.house.gov Rep. Jimmy Gomez 34th District 350 S. Bixel St., #120

State Senator Ben Allen 26th District 2512 Artesia Blvd., #320 Redondo Beach, CA 90278 310-318-6994 sd26.senate.ca.gov Assemblymember Richard Bloom 50th District 2800 28th St., Ste. 105 Santa Monica, CA 90405

County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl 500 W. Temple St., #821 213-974-3333 supervisorkuehl.com Councilman David Ryu 4th District 200 N. Spring St., Rm. 425 213-473-7004 davidryu.lacity.org Councilman Paul Koretz 5th District 200 N. Spring St., Rm. 440 213-473-7005 councilmemberpaulkoretz.com

School Directory

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Cathedral Chapel School 755 S. Cochran Ave. Ph: 323-938-9976 Principal: Tina Kipp Grades: K to 8, 277 students cathedralchapelschool.org Hancock Park Elementary 408 S. Fairfax Ave. Ph: 323-935-5272 Principal: Ashley Parker Grades: TK to 5, 800 students hancockparkschool.com Wilshire Crest Elementary 5241 W. Olympic Blvd. Ph: 323-938-5291 Principal: Gayle Robinson Grades: PK to 5, 165 students wce-lausd-ca.schoolloop.com MIDDLE SCHOOLS Fusion Miracle Mile 5757 Wilshire Blvd. Promenade One 323-692-0603

Principal: Katheryn Nguyen Grades: 6 to 12 fusionacademy.com

John Burroughs 600 S. McCadden Pl. Ph: 323-549-5000 Principal: Steve Martinez Grades: 6 to 8, estimated at 1,800 students burroughsms.org New Los Angeles Charter 1919 S. Burnside Ave. 323-939-6400 Principal: Daryl Brook Grades: 6 to 8, 300 students. newlosangeles.org HIGH SCHOOLS Girls Academic Leadership Academy 1067 West Blvd. Ph: 323-900-4532 Principal: Elizabeth Hicks Grades: 6 to 12, 600 students. galacademy.org

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Fairfax High, Visual Arts Magnet, Police Academy Magnet 7850 Melrose Ave. Ph: 323-370-1200 Principal: Kenneth Adiekweh Grades: 9 to 12, 1,850 students fairfaxhs.org Los Angeles High 4650 W. Olympic Blvd. Ph: 323-900-2700 Principal: Travis Brandy Grades: 9 to 12, 1,600 students lahigh.org

THIS HOME at 826 S. Spaulding Ave., sold for $1,665,000 in August 2018.

Single-family homes 826 S. Spaulding Ave. 935 S. Ogden Dr. 843 Hauser Blvd. 908 Ridgeley Dr. 929 S. Dunsmuir Ave.

$ 1,665,000 1,650,000 1,483,058 1,280,000 1,275,000

Condominiums 600 Ridgeley Dr., #PH1 733 S. Ogden Dr., #302 750 S. Spaulding Ave., #322 750 S. Spaulding Ave., #336 750 S. Spaulding Ave., #129 750 S. Spaulding Ave., #327 724 S. Stanley Ave., #3

$ 885,000 852,500 840,000 738,500 711,000 705,000 675,000

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ABOVE, STUDENTS in the playground at Hancock Park Elementary School, one of several schools in the Miracle Mile.

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(Continued from page 20) outdoor movie showings and a dozen other favorite programs for residents. Col. Harris also let us know about activities happening this year, including a free magic show for children who live in Park La Brea. It will be put on by Alfonso the Great from the Magic Castle in April. In April and May, residents and their guests will be able to

view this year’s Academy Awardwinning movies on Thursday evenings in the theater. Residents and neighbors alike can participate in the semi-yearly electronic and hazardous waste clean up sponsored by PLBRA Sat., May 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. One of the drop-off locations will be at the activity center at 475 S. Curson Ave. The other drop-off point will be behind the gatehouse east of Hauser Boulevard.

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