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Larchmont Chronicle

vol. 54, no. 4

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


PLUM okays historic zone for Miracle Mile

Re-elections for mayor, CD5, CD13

Original boundaries mostly intact

Measure S fails

SUMMER CAMPS, Schools and more. 11

By John Welborne None of the 10 challengers, including Windsor Square neighbor Mitchell Schwartz, was able to force Mayor Eric Garcetti into a run-off election. Garcetti received 81 percent of the votes cast in the March election. In Council District 5, incumbent Paul Koretz won with 66 percent of the vote. In Special Election April 4 for Congress for voters east of Gower, Plymouth and Crenshaw

WINDSOR SQUARE, election central. 10

CALLING high school girls. 19

adjoining Council District 13, Mitch O’Farrell won with 59 percent of the vote. The Los Angeles County plan to prevent and combat homelessness (Measure H) won with 69 percent of the vote. The biggest surprise was the See Election, p 10

Parents protest possible charter at Third Street LAUSD seeks space

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By Billy Taylor The Hollywood chapter of a national network of charter schools is considering an offer from the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) to relocate some of its programming to Third Street Elementary School. Under Proposition 39, approved by California voters in 2000, school districts are required by state law to share public school facilities “fairly” among all public school pupils, including those in charter schools. Elvia Perez Cano, a spokeswoman for LAUSD, confirmed to the Chronicle that the disSee Third Street, p 3

Design for Living Our annual home and lifestyle section will be featured in the May issue. The advertising deadline is Mon., April 10. For more information contact Pam Rudy, 323-462-2241, ext. 11.

APRIL 2017

RESIDENT ADVOCATES on both sides filled the Council Chambers to support and oppose Miracle Mile HPOZ.

Volunteer opportunities open to all at Big Sunday Locals to be honored at April 27 gala at Paramount By Sondi Toll Sepenuk Big Sunday, an independent nonprofit organization, is gearing up to host its biggest event of the year, A Month of Big Sundays (also known as MoBS), which hosts and/or sponsors charity projects every single day of the month of May. One of the hardest things about volunteering is getting started. There are thousands of nonprofit organizations, schools, nursing homes, pet rescue foundations, etc. that are in desperate need of volunteers. Many of them don’t know how to reach out to find volunteers. And many volunteers don’t know how to find them. Enter Big Sunday. Started in 1999 by Hancock Park resident David Levinson, the charity started out with about 300 people from his synagogue, Temple Israel of

Hollywood, who volunteered for a single day of service in May to tackle fix-up projects throughout the city of Los Angeles. Now in its 19th year, Big Sunday has morphed from a single-day event to a weekend event to a monthly event to a See Big Sunday, Sec. 2, p 4

By John Welborne The Los Angeles City Council was scheduled to consider its 35th Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ) for the Miracle Mile area south of Wilshire Boulevard after the Chronicle went to press. Council consideration follows three years of money spent, city hearings, and community outreach — from neighbor to neighbor and also from Councilmembers Tom LaBonge and David Ryu. Most of the debate on the proposed ordinance occurred seven days prior to the Council action, at the Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee hearing that almost filled the City Council chambers. Following the staff presentation, PLUM chairman José Huizar allocated 15 minutes each for public comments pro and con. Scores of comment cards See PLUM, p 2

Amended McMansion law has 'sound foundation' Exclusive zones for Larchmont, La Brea-Hancock By Suzan Filipek A new and improved antiMcMansion ordinance passed last month by the City Council will make major improvements in neighborhoods near and far — throughout Los Angeles, according to advocates for the measure. “Great news!” is how the

Los Angeles Conservancy called the “final push to curb mansionization and tear downs.” “It was such a grass roots movement,” said Bob Eisele, vice president of the La BreaHancock Homeowners Assoc., which, while a relatively small See McMansion, Sec. 2 p 8

Summer is a time for camps and schools Annual special section inside The Larchmont Chronicle 2017 Guide to Summer Camps and Schools starts on page 11 and includes a centerfold list of camps and programs on pages 16 and 17. Included are overnight camps and day camps, and the latter embrace a wide variety of experiences, including ones oriented to art, dance, drama, gardens, museums, music, sports and more. The special section tells how summer in and around our community has a wealth of opportu- CAMPERS at TIOH liked the experience so nities for fun and learning and often both. much, that, today, they are counselors. ~ Entire Issue Online!


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By John Welborne Our historic low-density neighborhoods in the center of town The recommendation by the City Council's planning committee of the adoption of the preservation ordinance establishing the Miracle Mile HPOZ places another piece in what looks like a picture puzzle. If one looks at the map at right, one will see that 11 of the city’s 35 historic preservation neighborhoods are right here, in the Mid-Wilshire and Mid-City parts of Los Angeles. That is not surprising because these parts of Los Angeles were subdivided and built out early. Not as early as downtown and areas immediately surrounding (think Angeleno Heights, West Adams and North University Park, among others). But early in the 20th century nonetheless. Ours are neighborhoods of architecturally interesting, generally revival, single-family homes, as well as some multi-family homes, as evidenced by Miracle Mile. It is interesting to see how city preservation areas now stretch, with some gaps, between Beverly Hills and Western Ave., from Pico north to Melrose. The desirable homes around here are finding new interest from buyers and renters, partly for their designs and partly because of our central location, our flatland neighborliness and our generally quiet streets (except during Waze-exacerbated rush hours).

Mon., April 10 – Passover begins. Wed., April 12 – Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council meeting, The Ebell of Los Angeles, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., 7 p.m. Fri., April 14 – Good Friday Sun., April 16 – Easter Sat., April 22 – Earth Day Sun., April 23 – Pasadena Showcase Home opens for viewing. Sun., April 23 – Yom HaShoah Day of Commemoration, Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, 100 The Grove Dr. Thurs., April 27 – Delivery of the May issue of the Larchmont Chronicle.

ing photographer Sondi Toll Sepenuk asked locals along Larchmont Blvd.

“There was a mean girl in our cabin, she was really obnoxious about her water shoes, so my friend took a big rock and sunk one of them to the bottom of the lake!” Emma Bernstein Windsor Square

There has been an increasing number of home burglaries including the ransacking of a car in a garage, and the robbing of a house while the owners were out to dinner. Many of these homes had security systems, but they weren’t turned on. Please remember, if you have a security system, turn on your alarm. If you leave your house be sure it is locked and secured; even if you’re only running a short errand. Be aware of any suspicious activity and call 911 if you think there may be a problem. If you are the unfortunate victim of a crime, be sure and file a police report. This enables the LAPD to assign precious resources to our neighborhood. Contact Officer Dave Cordova if you are a victim of a crime and Dave can take a crime report. Call his cell phone, 213-793-0650 or send him an email, with all the information, including your name and telephone number. You can pay your dues on the Association’s website at: Those homeowners who have paid their dues by June 1st are eligible to vote in the Association’s elections and run for office. The Association website is: Our HPOZ Preservation Plan is at: hpoz/la/hancock-park. Contact our City Planner, Kimberly Henry ( and use the online form ( if you plan on making changes to the exterior of your house. Report graffiti by calling 311 or via the city’s Anti-Graffiti Request System at: and by calling Hollywood Beautification, 323-463-5180. Updating the City’s General Plan Adv.

HISTORIC PRESERVATION OVERLAY ZONES in the area are highlighted above. They include Hancock Park, Windsor Square and the proposed newest addition, Miracle Mile.

PLUM OKAYS HISTORIC ZONE (Continued from page 1) had been submitted, and the “no HPOZ” side made about a dozen comments during its 15 minutes, contrasted with the “pro HPOZ” side that subsequently had about 20 people speak during its 15 minutes. After further questions of the staff and wrap-up comments from Julia Duncan, senior planning deputy for

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The RFP for repaving McCadden Place from Beverly Blvd to 3rd Street has been issued and bids for the construction will be in soon. This construction will not only repair and repave McCadden Place, but repair the concrete curbs that are broken, install curb cuts in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities act (ADA), adjust maintenance holes and water meters and repair concrete aprons. This is the first step in evaluating the response, cost and competence of private firms. For information about the status of this RFP see website: opportunity_view&recordid=29502.

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Councilmember Ryu, and Jordan Beroukhim, planning deputy for Councilmember Herb Wesson, the committee recommended that the council include in the proposed HPOZ most of the parcels removed by the City Planning Commission. The PLUM-adopted boundaries were essentially the boundaries originally proposed by the City Planning Dept. staff. (The City Planning Commission, in Dec., 2016, had removed properties along Olympic Blvd. and north of Eighth St.) According to residents active in the campaign to have their community be designated “historic,” the ordinance is aimed at preventing boxy homes, too large for their lots, being built. A flurry of McMansions prompted residents to work to save the Miracle Mile area’s Period Revival styles of architecture, including Spanish Colonial, Tudor, Mediterranean, French and American Colonial. Unlike some HPOZs, the Miracle Mile neighborhood includes a number of period apartment buildings. Their residents added their voices to those of city staff and elected officials to advocate approval of this 35th HPOZ.

“Me and my friends would sneak out of the cabins at night and go down to the lake and hide from the counselors.” Julia Tobin Hancock Park

“When I was eight, I put a box on my head, spun around and landed in a bush of nettles. It felt like I’d been stung by 100 bees!” and “At camp at Lake Arrowhead, I forgot I was on the top bunk and went to the bathroom in the middle of the night. I fell off and twisted my ankle and hobbled around camp for the entire week!” Denny Connelly and Martine LeBlanc, Brookside

“When I was seven, I got in trouble for 'moving' during rest hour! But I really loved another great pioneer camp where we went canoeing and hiking on the Adirondack Trail. That was the best.” Lindsay Gallagher Windsor Square

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THIRD STREET (Continued from page 1)

trict “made a preliminary proposal of space to Citizens of the World Hollywood,” identifying Third Street Elementary School as a potential colocation. That has not set well with current Third Street parents. “We don’t have the space,” says Claudia Rips, a parent of a Third Street student. “Those rooms are used for drama, music, special education, childcare and after-school programs.” According to Rips, a LAUSD representative told her that if a teacher is not taking roll call in a room, it is considered empty: “That surprised me. “I don’t believe Prop. 39 says that you should provide space at the detriment of other students. That’s what it would mean to Third Street.” The Chronicle asked the LAUSD to clarify how they determine a classroom to be empty and available for use by a charter school, but no answer was provided before press time.

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March 9 meeting The LAUSD hosted a community meeting at Third Street on March 9 to discuss the situation. Turnout for the event was so high, the school’s auditorium was standing room only. “It was our expectation that our questions would be answered,” says Rips. “We were looking for answers to how this would impact our children, how our school was chosen, and how they understand these rooms to be empty.” However, answers to specific questions went unanswered, and before the meeting adjourned, the parents staged a walkout. “LAUSD sent a representative, but he was not the right man. I honestly think they sent a sacrificial lamb,” says Rips, who explains that the speaker was only prepared to read Prop. 39 to the crowd and would not take questions specific to Third Street. “We asked him, do you have


any information about how this will affect our school specifically? When he couldn’t answer, we walked out,” Rips said. Petition Parents and supporters of Third Street have been circulating a petition, which has garnered more than 3,200 signatures, to “demand that LAUSD cease all interest in any charter school from petitioning to co-locate at our campus.” Additionally, a group (Please turn to page 7)



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New regional assignments in David Ryu's Council District Four By Suzan Filipek

Councilmember David Ryu announced several local staff reassignments last month, which include Catherine Landers, senior field deputy, who now will oversee neighborhoods in the central and southern parts of the council district. These include MidWilshire, Hancock Park and the Miracle Mile. Daniel Park, one of the councilmember’s neighborhood advocates, will be assisting with constituent issues and cases for these areas. Nikki Ezhari, formerly senior

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field deputy for the area, now is overseeing the more-northerly parts of the district. Landers, who has a back-

ground in environmental law, will continue to serve as the councilmember’s chief liaison for issues relating to Griffith Park.

 Landers told the Chronicle that growing up in California — Ventura and the Bay Area — she’s always been interested in environmental issues and protecting the state’s natural habitats from its beaches

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neighborhood advocate Park assists with Korean American community affairs. Nikki Ezhari is now overseeing some valley and hillside parts of the district. Furthermore, she will be supervising the overall field program in the absence of deputy chief of staff, Adeena Bleich, who is on maternity leave. Bleich is expected to return to the office by summer.

to its mountains. Her work on Ryu’s election campaign led to her joining his team at City Hall 18 months ago. “I love it. Every day is different,” and you can make a difference in people’s lives, she says. “I’m looking forward to getting to know all of the neighbors in this part of the district,” she added. In addition to handling constituent cases and issues,

Coffee and talk with your delegate Windsor Village resident Julie Stromberg, recently appointed by 50th District Assembly member Richard Bloom as a delegate to the California Democratic Party, will be holding “office hours” at Bricks and Scones, 403 N. Larchmont Blvd., on Sun., April 9, and Sat., May 6, from 8 to 9:30 a.m.

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the rise of these new power players and the ways they are converting the fortunes of a second Gilded Age into influence. He shows how this elite works behind the scenes on education, the environment, science, LGBT rights, and other issues with impact on government policy. And, he claims, the influence of the Givers is only just beginning, as new waves of billionaires like Mark Zuckerberg turn to philanthropy.

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Meals on Wheels walk / bike-a-thon Enjoy walking or riding a bike along the beach while raising money for St. Vincent Meals on Wheels, Sun., April 30, starting at 2600 Barnard Way in Santa Monica at 8 a.m. The 3.7-mile walk and 10mile bike ride follows the beach path that begins and ends at Beach Park 1. A raffle and food for purchase will be included. Honoring Sister Alice Marie and the 40 years that St. Vincent Meals on Wheels has fed hungry and homebound seniors, the goal of the 22nd annual walk/bike-a-thon is to raise $95,000. For more information, contact Daryl Twerdahl at 213484-7112 or


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Creamy ice cream to French pastries on Farmers Market menu A variety of new merchants will be joining the Original Farmers Market’s family of 100 grocers, retailers and restaurants this spring. They are small-batch ice cream shop, Local Ice; French artisan bakery, Michelina Artisan Boulanger; local purveyor of savory and sweet empanadas, Nonna’s Empanadas; and on-the-go beauty salon, Oh Waouh. Local Ice, a Studio City favorite, will be scooping soon at its second location. Creamy scoops made with organic ingredients will be hand-craft-

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Vincent Benoliel and Jean Philippe Bernard, it is opening soon and will have you saying “c’est magnifique” and “merci.” Nonna’s Empanadas offers one of the largest selections of baked empanadas in the city, from the traditional beef and chicken to fillings like macaroni and cheese and Philly cheese steak and an assortment of sweet options, including apple, Nutella and dulce de

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Oh Waouh, French for “Oh Wow,” owned and operated by Beverly Hills aesthetician, Deborah Pariente, will provide an array of professional beauty services for the woman on the go. Need a pedicure in a pinch? A make-up refresh for a big night out? Or a blowout with only your lunch break to spare? Your new ’do, beautiful face and stylish nails will have you, your friends and family, and strangers, saying “Oh wow!” “In keeping with our 83-year-old tradition of welcoming one-of-a-kind merchants offering top-of-theline specialty products and services, we are thrilled that Nonna’s Empanadas, Michelina Artisan Boulanger, Oh Waouh and Local Ice will be joining our family of businesses here at Third & Fairfax,” said Michael Hilty, Farmers

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(Continued from page 3) of parents attended a March LAUSD school board meeting to plead their case. “Our hope is that LAUSD, after seeing and hearing us, will realize what a big mistake this is. These rooms are not empty,” concludes Rips. The Citizens of the World Charter School must notify the LAUSD in writing to accept or decline the offer to relocate by May 1. The charter school did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

Club gala at Autry Museum The California Art Club will kick off its 106th annual Gold Medal Exhibition with a gala reception at the Autry Museum, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Sat., April 8 at 6 p.m. At the preview reception, which includes a buffet dinner and hosted beer and wine bar, art enthusiasts can meet the artists and be among the first to view the collection of work. Tickets for the gala are $100 in advance and $125 at the door. Nearly 200 works from contemporary and traditional artists active in  the  plein air  and classical arts heritage will be exhibited. The show covers a wide range of sculptures and paintings from landscapes and seascapes to figures and still lifes. The exhibition  is open to the public from Sun., April 9 through Sun., April 30.


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Police Beat: Bank robbery on Larchmont Blvd.; man hit with gun WILSHIRE DIVISION ROBBERIES: Chase Bank on Larchmont Blvd. was robbed on March 8 at 9:59


a.m. A male suspect presented a cashier with a note that read: “Give me all 100s, 50s and 20s. I have a gun. Don’t make me

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(Continued from page 8) OLYMPIC DIVISION ROBBERY: A man was walking near the corner of Windsor and Wilshire Boulevards on March 4 at 2 a.m. when three suspects approached from behind. The suspects attacked the victim and stole his iPod and cell phone before fleeing. GRAND THEFTS AUTO: A 2006 Toyota was stolen from a parking garage on the 300 block of N. St. Andrews Pl. between March 8 at 6 p.m. and March 9 at 6:30 a.m. A grey 1998 Honda Civic was stolen between March 10 at 3:30 p.m. and March 11 at 8:40 a.m. while parked on the street near the corner of S. Van Ness Ave. and W. 4th St. BURGLARY THEFTS FROM VEHICLE: A backpack, passport, mobile phone and purse were stolen from

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an unlocked 2013 Chevy Sonic parked on the street near the corner of Clinton St. and Gramercy Pl. on March 4 at 11:30 a.m. A suspect smashed the window of a 2009 Acura parked

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MONDAY — WINDSOR SQUARE turned out to be the Garcetti for Mayor headquarters, located in the Harbor Insurance building, just a short walk down the street from Getty House. Here, the Mayor greets supporters on the Monday evening before the election.

TUESDAY — WINDSOR VILLAGE saw the action (to the extent there was much, given the low turnout citywide) at the polling place at Wilshire United Methodist Church, shared by the two leading candidates. Here, on Tuesday morning, the Mayor has support in voting from daughter, Maya.

TUESDAY — Mitchell Schwartz, like the Mayor, a candidate and resident of Windsor Square, at the polling place early Tuesday morning, accompanied by wife, Lizzie, and their children.

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(Continued from page 1) strong (70 percent) “no” vote on the Measure S construction moratorium. By more than two-to-one, the March voters rejected the proposal. This was despite the nearly $5.2 million expended by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (as of a March 1 reporting deadline) to finance the measure’s signature gathering and extensive campaign staffing and advertising campaign. Most local voters now get a respite from campaigns until 2018. However, some residents (basically, east of Gower, Plymouth and Crenshaw Blvds.) are still finding campaign literature in their mailboxes. The pleas come from many of the 23 candidates running to fill the empty congressional seat of Xavier Becerra, now California Attorney General. The center of the 34th Congressional District is east of the 5 Freeway downtown, but a small number of voters are in a narrow geographic slice west of Koreatown, between Melrose Ave. and the 10 Freeway. Election Day is Tues., April 4.

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Ellie Barnes

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(Continued from page 11) TIOH has made me believe in this statement. What counts as a summer job on my transcript never feels like a chore, and that’s because I thoroughly enjoy working at Camp every day. I love seeing our campers and forming bonds with 6, 7, and 8 year olds; I love being a counselor at the camp I used to attend; and I love Camp TIOH. Izzy Berrent lives in Park La Brea with her parents, and she is at senior at Buckley School. By Ellie Barnes This summer will be my third year as a camp counselor, but my seventh year at Camp TIOH. Throughout elementary school, I spent my summers watching/participating in talent shows, playing Ga-ga, making lanyards, and of course, eating the much anticipated melty popsicles at the end of the day. The counselors filled our days with smiles, laughs, and an undying excitement. Ever since my first year at camp, I have hoped to someday be a counselor and give campers what my counselors gave me. I will always cherish my fond memories of friendship and fun at Camp TIOH. Now as a counselor, I recognize the value of summer camp even more. I can see Camp TIOH in a broader sense — as a warm, tight-knit, supportive community that fosters growth and education. The campers are genuinely excited to participate in the activities offered and the counselors feel so lucky to be

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Immaculate Heart opens doors for summer school courses available. Registration is open through Mon., May 15. Enrollment is determined on a first-come, first-served basis. Not yet in High School? Immaculate Heart Middle School is offering an eclectic mix of summer school programs for girls entering 4th to 8th grade. Class offerings range from “Arabic Language,” where students will be introduced to the Arabic alphabet and basic grammar structures; an “Art of Animation” class that will

teach students how to create their very own hand-drawn animation; and even a “CSI/ Forensic Science” class where students will learn how to analyze physical evidence,

question witnesses and other crime-solving techniques. The middle school program will run from June 19 to July 14, with one-, two- and fourweek courses available. Reg-

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For the first time, Immaculate Heart High School is offering a coeducational summer school program for all students in 9th to 12th grade. “It’s exciting for Immaculate Heart to unveil a new program that’s open to everyone, especially because we’re offering some really cool classes,” said Immaculate Heart summer school director Michelle Bowen. “There’s even a ‘Hiking and Orienteering’ class that I want to take!” The “Hiking and Orienteering” class will introduce students to navigating with a topographic map and compass, teaching students about wilderness safety. Other classes include “A Century of Cinema: Film History Decade by Decade;” a “Comparative Politics” class that will teach students how international governments operate and impact global security; and “Voice Overs,” which will equip students with the techniques and tools that casting directors and agents look for in new talent. The high school program will run from June 19 to July 21, with two- and five-week

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Local resident named semifinalist in ‘Spotlight’ at Music Center By Billy Taylor Park La Brea resident Isabella Franco is among the 111 high school students named

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including acting, ballet, nonclassical dance, classical voice, non-classical voice, classical instrumental and jazz instrumental. Sixteen-year old Franco, an 11th-grader at Marlborough School, is excited to be among the students to advance in the ballet category. Speaking to the Chronicle, Franco says that she was nervous before the audition, where she performed two variations in front of judges, but felt confident she had done her best: “I got an email one week after the audition saying that I was a semifinalist. I was really excited,” she says with a giggle. Franco says that, to prepare for the finals, she is working with her teachers on two variations that she hopes to perform, in addition to her daily technique classes. And that’s on top of her regular schoolwork at Marlborough. “I dance because I want to inspire people. I want to tell them a story, and make them leave with something new in their hearts, whether it be passion, happiness or grief,” says Franco. First put in a ballet class by her mother at the age of three, Franco says she was immediately “enchanted” and knew that ballet was what she wanted to study. “It fills me with passion and happiness.” Franco studies at the Miracle Mile Marat Daukayev School of Ballet, where she performs annually in the school’s production of the Nutcracker.

BALLET semifinalist Isabella Franco has been dancing since the age of three.

Her dream is to one day dance with a major ballet company. Spotlight finale Semifinalists of The Music Center’s Spotlight program receive a rare opportunity to attend a special master class with highly regarded artists who share their expertise on performance technique, training and professional life. “Although every single part of Spotlight is valuable,” Franco says, “my favorite parts of the process are the comments I get back and the master class. The feedback helps me grow both artistically and technically.” Each Spotlight semifinalist, including Franco, will audition again before a new panel of judges, who will then select the top two finalist performers in each category for a total of 14 grand prize finalists. The finalists will perform at Walt Disney Concert Hall in the Spotlight grand finale performance on May 23, 2017.

Wild ‘ZooLAbration’ kicks off on Earth Day, April 22 As part of the Los Angeles Zoo’s 50th anniversary “ZooLAbration,” the special program, Wild for the Planet, kicks off on Earth Day, Sat., April 22. Zoo conservation efforts and suggestions of what people can do to protect Planet Earth will be featured. Events for families and youngsters will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through Fri., May 19. All activities are free with paid Zoo admission, which is $20 for ages 13 to 61; $17 for seniors ages 62+, and $15 for children ages two to 12.  No ticket is required for children under age two.  Having recently completed a $172 million Master Plan, early planning stages of a new Los Angeles Zoo plan are underway. The landmark Los Angeles Zoo, drawing nearly 1.8 million visitors each year,

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summer camps & Schools celebrity judges, Erin Foster, of VH1’s “Barely Famous,” Tamara Mellon, co-CEO of Jimmy Choo, and Gina Rodriguez, Golden Globe winner for “Jane and the Virgin.” In addition to the studentdesigned fashions, there were

two others shows highlighting vintage fashions and contemporary collections. VGC students raise money to build their fund and learn about effective proposal review and strategic grant making. Proceeds will be donated in the

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Experience Immaculate Heart! TRIO Claire Cohen, Isabel Murr and Maddie Borman, all Marlborough ’18, have been working on the event all year, and are members of the student board of directors.

Marlborough students host fashion show for charity Violets’ Giving Circle (VGC), a charitable fund run by juniors and seniors at Marlborough School, hosted a series of three fashion shows at the event called, “Iconic American Women Through the Decades,” on March 19 at the Avalon Hollywood. The biennial fundraiser is loosely based on the popular T.V. show “Project Runway.” Twenty students designed and created clothes that were modeled on the runway and judged by a panel of three

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Summer Camps Spring and summer camps abound for local residents Whether you are looking for fun activities to keep your youngster engaged over spring break, or for your teenager to keep up with academics or sports over the long days of summer, there is a plethora of camps to choose among and places to go for learning and entertainment, from overnight camps to summer schools to sports camps. See below for our directory of places to go.

Overnight camps Boy Scouts of America 2333 Scout Way, 90026 626-351-8815, ext. 249/241 Catalina Island Camps P.O. Box 5083 Two Harbors, CA 90704 626-296-4040 Camp Hollywoodland 3200 Canyon Dr., 90068 323-467-7193 camp.hollywoodland

Camp JCA Shalom Shalom Institute 34342 Mulholland Hwy., 90265 818-889-5500 Camp Osito Rancho P.O. Box 1509 Big Bear Lake, CA 92315 626-677-2367 Camp Ramah P.O. Box 158 Ojai, CA 93024 310-476-8571 Gold Arrow Camp P.O. Box 155 Lakeshore, CA 93634 800-554-2267 Griffith Park Boys Camp 4730 Crystal Springs Dr., 90027 323-664-0571 Guided Discoveries 27282 Calle Arroyo, 92675 909-625-6194

Habonim Dror Camp Gilboa 8339 W. Third St., 90048 323-653-6772 YMCA Summer Camps: Whittle and Round Meadow 909-866-3000 summer-camp

Day camps

General camps Aloha Beach Camp 30100 Pacific Coast Hwy., 90265 818-932-4600 Camp Keystone 2854 Triunfo Canyon Rd., 91301 818-889-2224 Hollywood Wilshire YMCA 1553 N. Schrader, 90028 323-467-4161 JCamp at Westside Jewish Community Center 5870 W. Olympic Blvd., 90036

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Pan Pacific Day Camp 7600 Beverly Blvd., 90036 323-939-8874 panpacific.recreationcenter

Marat Daukayev School of Ballet 731 S. La Brea Ave., 90036 323-965-0333

Silver Lake Beach Camp 4607 Prospect Ave., 90027 323-445-3790 Silver Lake Recreation Center Day Camp 1850 W. Silver Lake Dr., 90026 323-644-3946 facility/silverlakerc.htm Snooknuk Summer Camp 506 N. Larchmont Blvd., 90004 323-498-5259 Summerkids 3697 N. Fair Oaks Ave., 91001 Tom Sawyer Camps 707 W. Woodbury Rd., #F, 91001 626-794-1156 Tumbleweed Day Camp 1024 Hanley Ave., 90049 310-472-7474 UCLA Recreation John R. Wooden Center 221 Westwood Plaza, 90077 310-825-3671

Art Camps Art Works 660 N. Larchmont Blvd., 90004 323-463-2562

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Children’s Arts Institute CCS Campus 14702 Sylvan St., 91411 Westland Campus 16200 Mulholland Dr., 90049 818-780-6226 Wizard of Art 1947 Hillhurst Ave., 90027 323-661-0341

Drama Camps Los Angeles Drama Club 3235 W. Adams Blvd., 90007 323-319-3597 Los Angeles County High School for the Arts Summer Arts Conservatory CSULA Bldg. 20 5151 State University Dr., 90032 818-957-1619 Studio LOL: A Comedy School for Kids 12434 Moorpark St., 91604 818-664-3460 Swordplay Studios 416 S. Victory Blvd., 91502 818-566-1777 Theatre 360 Performing Arts Camp 75 N. Marengo Ave., 91101 626-577-5922

Garden camps Arboretum Nature Camp 301 N. Baldwin Ave., 91007 626-821-5897 City Seedlings 2055 W. 24th St., 90018 213-424-4080 Discoveries Camp 1418 Descanso Dr., 91011 818-949-7980 Zoo Camp Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens 5333 Zoo Dr., 90027 323-644-4211

Museum camps La Brea Tar Pits and Museum 5801 Wilshire Blvd., 90036 Natural History Museum 900 Exposition Blvd., 90007 213-763-3348 or

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& Programs Los Angeles County Museum of Art 5905 Wilshire Blvd., 90036 323-857-6512

Campbell Hall Summer School 4533 Laurel Cyn Blvd., 91607 818-505-2415

Zimmer Children’s Museum 6505 Wilshire Blvd., #100, 90048 Also: Sinai Akiba Academy 10400 Wilshire Blvd., 90024 323-761-8994

Center for Early Education 563 N. Alfred St., 90048 323-651-0707

Music camps Burbank Music Academy Rock-n-Roll Camp 4107 W. Burbank Blvd., 91505 818-845-7625 Children’s Civic Light Opera 2955 S. Robertson Blvd., 90034 310-478-5886 Colburn School 200 S. Grand Ave., 90012 213-621-4548 School of Rock 7801 Beverly Blvd., 90036 323-999-1919 Los Angeles College of Music Summer Xperience Workshops 300 S. Fair Oaks Ave., 91105 626-568-8850 Rhodes School of Music 215 N. Larchmont Blvd. Unit C, 90004 323-464-1154

School camps Buckley School 3900 Stansbury Ave., 91423 818-783-1610 Camp Super Duper Hollywood Schoolhouse 1233 N. McCadden Pl. 866-309-7322

Got Game Summer Academy 408 S. Fairfax Ave., 90036 310-975-8524 Harvard Westlake Middle School 700 N. Faring Rd., 90077 Upper School 3700 Coldwater Canyon, 91604 818-487-6527 Immaculate Heart 5515 Franklin Ave., 90028 323-461-3651 Kid’s KO-R Third Street Elementary 201 S. June St., 90004 323-481-3268

Special interest camps Cal State Young Writers 5151 State University Dr., 90032 323-343-5901 California Science Center Hands-On Science Camp 700 Exposition Park Dr., 90037 213-744-7444 camp Institute for Educational Advancement 569 S. Marengo Ave., 91101 626-403-8900 Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles 3621 Overland Ave., 90034 310-836-3464, ext. 310 LILA Ecole du Soleil 4155 Russell Ave., 90027 323-665-4526

Loyola High School 1901 Venice Blvd., 90006 213-381-5121, ext. 245

Sci–Arc 960 E. Third St., 90013 213-356-5320 Summer Institute for the Gifted University of California, Los Angeles, 90095 866-303-4744

Sports camps Blast Sharks Swim Camp 818-445-5188 Campbell Hall Sports Camp 4533 Laurel Canyon Blvd., 91607 818-505-2415 Enterprise Farms 3919 Rigali Ave., 90039 323-665-8977 Fitness By the Sea 1541 Palisades Dr., 90272 310-459-2425 Golden State Gymnastics 1828 N. Keystone St., 91504

818-558-1177 Got Game Sports Camp 408 S. Fairfax Ave., 90036 310-975-8524 LA School of Gymnastics 8450 Higuera St., 90232 310-204-1980 Learn To Surf 1750 Appian Way, 90401 310-663-2479 Marlborough Sports Camp 250 S. Rossmore Ave., 90004 323-964-8401

Prime Time Sports Camp 600 S. McCadden Pl., 90005 310-838-7872 Wolverine Sports Harvard Westlake 700 N. Faring Rd., 90077 3700 Coldwater Canyon, 91604 818-487-6527

Marlborough Summer School 250 S. Rossmore Ave., 90004 323-964-8401

Marymount High School 10643 W. Sunset Blvd., 90077 310-472-1205 Summer at Mayfield 500 Bellefontaine, 91105 626-799-9121 Page Academy 565 N. Larchmont Blvd., 90004 323-463-5118

Camp TIOH 7300 Hollywood Blvd., 90046 323-876-8330

Pilgrim School 540 S. Commonwealth Ave., 90020 213-400-8885

Camp Wildfolk Larchmont Charter School 1265 N. Fairfax Ave., 90046 424-341-5522

Steve and Kate’s 201 S. June St. (with five other locations) 323-272-2140

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Brawerman Elementary School just celebrated the Jewish holiday of Purim. All of the students (and teachers) got to wear silly

costumes to school and we had a parade so all of the grades could show off their amazing outfits. We also got to play some really fun carnival games like hotshot basketball and an obstacle course. Then at the end of the day, the whole school ate hamantaschen (special cookies you eat on Purim) baked by the Kindergarteners. We also recently finished our basketball season. It’s been a lot of fun, but we did hit some speed bumps along the way. We played 8 games total and our final record was 4-4 (four wins and four loss-


By Jasper Gough 7th Grade After Spring Break classes resume on April 10, we have the MU Visual Arts Assembly on the 13th. Middle and Upper School will go into our gym and sit down and es). Our parents and students from lower grades did a great job of coming out to cheer us on at our games this year. Sadly, there aren’t any playoffs at the end of the season, just a regular season, but it was still a great season.

find out the topic of our assembly that the Student Council has picked. Then April 14 is a school holiday, because it is Good Friday! The Upper School Buckley Student Council Executive Board Elections is on April 21. The Executive Board as well as the Student Council arrange assemblies and events like Spirit Week. Good luck to all the candidates. Next, from April 17-20 is the

Dance Concert Tech Rehearsal. The dancers and crew rehearse their act with all the special effects from the tech crew. The Lower School book fair takes place on April 25-26. All of lower school selects books on all topics. Lastly, we have the dance concert on the 28th and 29th. On May 1, the grades 3-8 have ERB testing! Yay! Also, Buckley Summer School registration is now open and the 8th grade is asked to make donations to two organizations: Operation Gratitude, and A Promising Hand.

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By Natalie Bernstein 5th Grade At Third Street Elementary School, we have a splendid music teacher named Pilar Diaz. This is her first year here at this school and she says she is very much enjoying it. She is getting adjusted to the community and making new friends with young students. Currently, she is preparing students for a performance later on in the year. One of the songs most students will be performing is “Bring Me Little Water, Sylvie,” with singing and body percussion.    Before coming here, she was in a touring company for four years where they performed and taught different grade levels throughout the U.S. When she was looking for a local spot to teach, she found Third Street and says, “I’m lucky I found it.” Ms. Diaz strongly enjoys teaching music because she gets to show what she has learned from being a musician to children. Pilar believes, “It enriches their music skills much more when they are learning from a professional.”

By Dylan Foley 5th Grade

In March, we hosted many different events to help the community and ourselves. We had our annual gala for the parents on March 4. There were so many things you could bid on like a small dog, jewelry, sports events, and head of school for the day. This year's theme was school dance. The parents dressed up from all different time periods. Besides the fun night our parents had, on March 27-29 we have our after-school hygiene drive. This provides differ-ent hygiene utilities for people who can’t afford them. We provide a toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, and deodorant. This is a really great thing we do because a lot of people don't have these things. Their teeth can rot and they can’t clean their hair or their bodies. Another event that we have at the center is Lullaby, a school play. We are doing Grease. Every student who wants to be in the play gets a part.

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By Billy Taylor The first all-girls campus within the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is seeking applications from students entering the 9th and 10th grade during the 201718 school year. Due to availability, the application deadline was extended until spaces are filled, explains Liz Hicks, principal of the Girls Academic Leadership Academy (GALA). Located in a separate building on the campus of Los Angeles High School, GALA provides a highly rigorous college preparatory education in an all-girls environment. The school’s focus is on science, technology, engineering and mathematics with particular emphasis on computer technology. And according to Hicks, applicants should be ready and willing to accept the demands of a challenging academic course load. First year GALA officially opened its doors in August 2016, with the first lady of Los Angeles, Amy Elaine Wakeland, proclaiming: “We are making history this morning.” Committed to making GALA a unique educational opportunity, principal Hicks says her team has been working hard to provide students with experiences not always available to girls at public schools. “In just its first year, the girls have had some amazing opportunities,” says Hicks. For example, students were invited to take part in a “Spark LA” initiative that included participating in a “Women in STEM” symposium with Mayor Garcetti, as well as the opportunity to initiate an after-school program in partnership with an infrastructure solutions company. “Thirty-two girls applied and got in to the Spark program where they meet once a week with engineers and talk about current projects going on. They recently met with an engineer

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turning point By Gemma Fudge 8th Grade

Last month, the Turning Point community had the opportunity to enjoy the annual Middle School drama production. “I chose this play because it celebrates learning and imagination,” said Turning Point’s theater teacher, Jane McEneaney,  about the middle school

production of The Phantom Tollbooth. The play tells the story of a boy named Milo who receives a magical tollbooth that allows him to travel to a fantasy land. He uses the booth and the help of a dog named Tock

to free two princess and to restore order to the land. The play had three performances and was a huge hit. Audiences loved the set, which was made of cardboard, inspired by the box the tollbooth comes in. The costumes were designed to resemble insects. Ms. McEneaney hoped that the cast and audience would not only enjoy performances but that they


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By Christopher Woods 7th Grade Hello everyone from the wonderful community of Larchmont and beyond. I hope you had a great St. Patrick’s Day. Pilgrim has a very talented student body, from singers to dancers to poets. So to let our students shine and share these talents, we had our annual Cafe Barnum talent review. I performed Neil Young’s “Old Man” solo, as well as “Message to Rudy” with a group of classmates and Stephen Hurley, one of our English teachers. “Got to Get You Into my Life” by The Beatles was performed by a student/ teacher band as well. 6th grade student,Yixiu Lin, blew us all away on piano with a Chopin Etude.  A very special thanks to Ms. Kris Williams, who is our wonderful Secondary Librarian who organized the show.  As most of you probably know, March is Women’s History month. Here at Pilgrim we were treated to some meetings with our student gender equality group, GESA, who put some really cool signs all over campus. Thanks for sharing stories and informing our minds. Go Patriots!



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A Private, Catholic, College Preparatory School for Grades 6 – 12 Students of GALA have recently been on many field trips. One of the field trips was to the Aerospace Corporation. The GALA girls built mini spaceships out of sprite bottles, clay,   and styrofoam wings. The GALA girls also got to explore what it is like to work in the Stars Room. GALA ended the field trip with homemade liquid nitrogen ice cream! Ninth graders recently went to the Los Angeles Zoo. Joining them were engineers who were involved in planning some of the

Marlborough By Sydney Gough 11th Grade

Marlborough’s Drama Ensemble recently performed their rendition of Robert Harling’s “Steel Magnolias.” As a tribute to a diabetic character in the show, the members of Drama Ensemble decided to donate some of the proceeds of the tickets sales in addition to donations from a bake sale to the Pediatric-Adolescent Diabetes Research and Education Foundation. Marlborough’s student-run philanthropic club, the Violets’ Giving Circle, organized a charity fashion show on March 19 to raise money for organizations serving girls’ rights and education. The theme of the fashion show was “Iconic American Women through the Decades” and Marlborough students both designed and modeled the featured pieces. Celebrity guest judges included famous female entrepreneurs Tamara Mellon, Gina Rodriguez, and Erin Foster. The event was a terrific success! Marlborough Summer School, a day camp for students in Kindergarten-9th grade, gives current Marlborough students the opportunity to gain valuable work experience by allowing them to apply for paid positions. The process entails both an application and interview. I remember attending Marlborough Summer School as a little kid, so I can’t believe that it’s now my turn to be a counselor! zoo’s habitats. GALA 9th graders learned some more about the California High Speed Rail Project. Students attempted building bridges using paper and paperclips and layered materials to clean dirty water. GALA had the privilege to go to an Alvin Ailey dance performance after studying about Ailey in physical education. GALA girls watched a video about Ailey then got to experience the dances in real life. In honor of Women’s History Month, we are holding a contest between 6th and 9th graders. Students can draw a picture, write an essay, make a poster, or put together a collage in honor of women. Winners are chosen at the end of March. A few weeks ago some GALA girls had the privilege of going to USC for an engineering activity called Women in Engineering (WIE).

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April is a busy month at LACHSA! Jazz musicians participate in the Next Generation Jazz Festival, and soon after, students enjoy spring break. After we get back from a week of Passover and Easter celebrations, students engage in a number of exciting performances. Senior theatre students put on the senior legacy concert, and freshman theatre students present all of their hard work from the past year in the theatre first year project. Vocalists also host a spring recital, and the dance department presents original student compositions. Additionally, the musical theatre department holds their auditions for students interested in participating in next year’s production. Visual artists are also busy this month preparing for their spring fashion show, and students enter May on a high note with the fun and uplifting gospel concert hosted by LACHSA’s own gospel choir. By May first, seniors decide which colleges they will attend this fall, the stress of waiting for acceptances and making decisions finally over! LACHSA wishes Larchmont a happy month of April, and we hope everyone enjoys their Passover and Easter!

the beginning of election season here at IH. Students voted on Associated Student Body officers on March 30, and class officers will be decided by April 11. From April 17 to April 23, students will take time off to enjoy

Easter break. During that time off from classes, a group of IH students and their French instructor will travel to France. Another group of IH Pandas will also head to the East Coast for a college tour. Following our break, students will soon get back in the swing of things with many on-campus activities, including preparations for the AP exams. Most impor-

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whole school will participate in Spring Sing, it is a dress up event, and we will perform “Shades of Blue.” Besides singing songs, some of us will play various instruments and dance. Beautification day is around the corner. Our plan is to plant new flowerbeds, striping, and staining our tree house, and we will receive new tree house toys! My class is going on two field trips, one to the Autry Museum, which continues for us learning about the Kumeyaay tribe.  Next stop will be Malibu Creek State Park for a closer look at native plant life.  We will be on Spring Break from April 10 through April 14.  Once we return, Pan Derby will be held on April 29. We get to build our own derby cars! I can’t wait! Stay tuned for next month! than just having to take notes about a planet or make a diorama!

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Recently in science we started our astronomy unit. We just ended our planet project. Students were paired up in groups of 2 to 3 and assigned to planets. As a class, we generated a list of generic questions for every group to answer, leading to extensive research to answer the questions and discover even more facts! And here comes the cool part, we got to make a website for our planet! We used Google sites, which made it easy to learn and to build our website. It was super fun! Once we were done designing our websites, we went around and looked at everyone’s websites and gave them comments to help them improve their websites. After that we made our final changes and presented our websites to the class! It was so much more fun

tantly, the month of April holds a highly anticipated Immaculate Heart Tradition: Mary’s Day. Throughout the month, students will work in committees to prepare for April 28. Duties include organizing potlucks, creating decorations for inside the auditorium and outdoors, and developing a small production for the day’s presentations.

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It’s April and at St. Brendan School we prepare for a new month and new activities for students and parents alike! Coming into the new month our school’s largest fundraiser, the Spring Fling, takes place. This year it is themed “Havana”. This fundraiser is available to all adults. Our parents are thankful for all amazing auction items donated by so many generous businesses. On the 9th of the month come join our first graders will host our Palm Sunday mass! They will be our choir and will be performing our readings. Later in the week will be Easter Break! On April 6, kids from all grades will be able to demonstrate their special abilities at our annual talent show, and on the 22nd our school has a walk to school day! As we wrap up our month the 2nd-grade class receives their first communion!



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hollywood schoolhouse By Max Rubin 6th Grade

Hollywood Schoolhouse presents “James and the Giant Peach!” Our spring musical opens this weekend. We have all been anticipating the show, and this year, a great number of my friends play leading roles in the production. Sadly, this will be the last spring musical for our graduating 6th grade class. This year’s Science Fair is also coming up. Right now, we

are in the state of preparation. My experiment’s purpose is to find out what materials block out sound the best. I will begin by soundproofing a little box with different types of materials, then place a speaker on the inside playing rather loud music. I will measure the volume of the music from the outside of the box to find out which material is the best when it comes to suppressing noise. Of course, every single scientific trial is unique, and this is just an example of one. It will be so exciting once everyone’s experiments are revealed, and it will be awesome to see where their curiosity has taken them.

christ the king By Maria Rodriguez 8th Grade

Many events and surprises fulfilled the month of April at Christ the King School. As the second trimester ended, many new opportunities are here to come. The beginning of March holds the day of the Archdiocese Decathlon Competition. Over 100 schools participated in this event, and our decathlon team placed 10th overall with sixth place in the Super Quiz. We also received many individual awards with our 7th grader, Lean-

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dro Joaquin, earning first place in Science. We are astonished and proud of all their hard-working effort throughout the school year to accomplish these achievements. Additionally, March was also the beginning of the Lenten season. A special service of ashes was held on Ash Wednesday. The 8th graders have also started the Stations of the Cross every Friday and led the students with prayer and music. Eighth graders have also received their news from the high schools that they have applied to. We will also have many interesting field-trips! The TK class will be going to a farm to pick strawberries! They have been working on many fun activities in class such as observing the growth of plants. First, 2nd and 3rd grade are seeing the Enchanted Sleeping Beauty at the Assistance League in Hollywood. Last


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April is an “April Full’s” month for Page Academy because it’s a month full of interactive, educational, and interesting activities. The month starts with April Fool’s Day, which is on April 1 so don’t be fooled! Our school’s Spirit Week begins on April 7, where students show school spirit by dressing to a theme. Whether it’s a Crazy Hair Day or Twin Day, the class with the most participation wins a pizza party. We will end the week with our Spring Class Parties! The Student Council will also raffle an Amazon Fire Tablet to raise money for an end of the year dance. The most awaited Spring Break begins the next week, April 10-14 and our educational field trip will “take off” to the KidSpace Museum on April 20. The week of April 24-28 is standardized testing so the students need to sleep well and eat a good breakfast! The Scholastic Book Fair will also take place this week, so we can enjoy great books and fun items during our breaks. It will surely be another enjoyable month for our school, where learning is always fun!

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Steps in rhythm of spoken word; sharp pace in ‘Still Life’ Martha Graham, the iconic pioneer of modern dance, died at the age of 96 having lived a full life as dancer, choreographer, feminist, and performance artist revolutionary. In the West Coast premiere of Martha by Ellen Melaver, Christina Carlisi stars in a one-woman show about this dedicated and influential artist. Graham is credited with having revealed the “hidden language of the soul of the body” through her

unique and evocative dance moves. Ms. Carlisi has captured Graham’s essence, as she portrays her at various ages and at various peaks and lows of her amazing life. Her “bequeaths” to, and relationships with, such contemporary notables as Clive Barnes and John Houseman, among others, are noted. Her memories of her long time musical director and friend Louis Horst are covered as well as her husband Eric Hawkins. All of

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(“On Your Feet”) Alexander Dinelaris, is outwardly a play in segments that takes us on several life journeys, some with inevitable, if heartbreaking, conclusions. But each story is resolved and woven together by the end of the play. Celebrated photographer Carrie Ann (Laurie Okin in a nuanced performance) is trying to reconnect with her passion for the work which she lost after the death of her father Theo (Frank Collison). We learn of their strained relationship in several flashback scenes. When Carrie Ann meets Jeffrey (Lea Coco), a trend analyst, love ensues but not without its difficulties. Also in the mix, among others, is Terry (a terrific Jonathan Bray), Jef-

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by the pizza oven, or at a table, and settle back for an enjoyable and affordable meal. We started with $13 panzanella. I loved the high garlic content, but the traditional juicy fresh tomato and juicesoaked bread salad was rendered here as more of an arugula salad with diced tomatoes and crusty croutons. The $15 Cacio e Pepe, a classic Roman pasta dish that somehow transcends its simple cheese and cracked pepper sauce, was delicious, but not saucy nor peppery enough to rise to the level of greatness. Kabocha squash

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Yom HaShoah commemorated at Pan Pacific Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (LAMOTH)’s 25th annual community Yom HaShoah Day of Holocaust Commemoration event is Sun., April 23 at 2 p.m. in Pan

Pacific Park. The program will include remarks by Mayor Eric Garcetti and Consul General of Israel Sam Grundwerg, John Emerson, U.S. Ambassador to Germany from 2013 to

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School of Santa Barbara. Tom Blumenthal, of Gearys in Beverly Hills, helped work on the design of the bronze medallion awarded.

(Continued from page 26) construction of Our Savior Parish and USC Caruso Catholic Center. William Ahmanson, Hancock Park, a descendent of one of the city’s most prominent philanthropic families, heads the Ahmanson Foundation, following a career in banking, and he also served as a police reserve officer. “I try to be true to what my uncle wanted, to honor those who came before me. I look at doing different things but not ones that he would find objectionable. What’s important is to help the poor and better the community,” Ahmanson said. The Ahmanson Foundation supports the arts, medicine, programs for homelessness and low-income populations, and the new Ahmanson Veteran Scholarship Initiative. Hancock Park native Nicholas Noyes Weber moved to Santa Barbara 15 years ago, after devoting time to St. Paul the Apostle School and Church, the Rotary Club of America and the Catholic Education Foundation. He continues to be active in the



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Obituary: Monsignor Jeremiah Murphy, 79, served at St. Brendan Catholic Church Monsignor Jeremiah Timothy Murphy, who served as pastor of St. Brendan Catholic Church from 1988 to 2000, died March 1. Los Angeles native He was a pastor of St. Victor Catholic Church in West Hollywood when he passed at 79. A Los Angeles native, he was ordained at St. Vibiana’s Cathedral in 1963. He received master’s degrees in science, arts and religious studies from Mount Saint Mary’s University; a master’s of business administration and doctorate of education from Pepperdine

University; and a doctorate of philosophy from USC. Over 20 years in education He was a vice principal of Bishop Amat High School and taught at St. Paul High School in Santa Fe Springs from 1967 to 1973 while simultaneously serving on the Liturgical Commission. In 1973, he was made principal of Bishop Amat High School, a position he held until 1976. He subsequently served as associate superintendent of high schools for the Archdiocese and was promoted to superintendent of high schools and colleges. He

served as administrator pro tempore at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church from 1986 to 1988. A monsignor in 1978 He rose to the position of Monsignor in 1978, and he served as secretariat director for the Archdiocese from 1986 to 1991. At St. Brendan, Monsignor Murphy oversaw major reconstruction projects, including the addition of skylights below the ridgeline of the roof of the church. Monsignor Murphy was on the boards of the Dan Mur-

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Award-winning poet, Angela Consolo Mankiewicz, 72 Award-winning poet Angela Consolo Mankiewicz died March 7, 2017. Born May 26, 1944 in Brooklyn, New York, she was “dragged” to Los Angeles as a ninth grader. It was a family move, and she always regretted it. After graduating from California State University, Los Angeles, she had two distinct Angela Consolo Mankiewicz careers. The first was in Infor- ly, she was published in the mation Technology at United “Women’s Review of Books” Merchants, Los Angeles Stock and “Voices de la Luna.” Angela married Richard Exchange, Warner Brothers and Xerox Computer Services. Mankiewicz, the “luckiest man A financial windfall enabled ever” in 1972, though they her to devote herself to her began their love in 1968. They second career and her true moved to the Melrose district loves: poetry and theater. Her in 1978 and have been combody of work included “Cancer panions to several cats since. A memorial service will be Poems,” “An Eye,” “Wired” and “As If.” She received several held on May 26 of this year, awards for her poetry and was where her ashes will join twice nominated for the Push- those of her beloved cats. In lieu of flowers, please make cart Prize in poetry. She also wrote a play that later became a donation to your favorite charthe libretto for “One Day Less,” ity in Angela’s name. Adv. a one-act opera. Most recent-

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Pyramid scheme exposed, Beauty and a terrific, sexy beast Betting on Zero (10/10): An outstanding, engrossing, detailed, and explicit exposé about portfolio manager Bill Ackman’s At the seemingly Movies quixotic quest with to prove that Tony Herbalife is an Medley illegal pyramid scheme; it tells both sides. Beauty and the Beast (9/10): A terrific entertainment combining live action with animation, the outstanding production numbers and orchestration make up for mediocre melody. Romantic enough, I thought Dan Stevens had a lot more sex appeal as the Beast (achieved through performance and facial capture technology, not makeup) than as the Prince. Visual and special effects are award quality. The Zookeeper’s Wife (8/10): Jessica Chastain shines as Antonina Zabinska, a working wife and mother who, along with her equally heroic husband, Dr. Jan Zabinski (Johan Heldenbergh), became a hero during WWII saving Jews from the Nazis. The recreation of their tense life in Warsaw, with a Nazi constantly lusting after her, during those dark years is spellbinding, based on Diane Ackerman’s book and Antonina’s diaries. Kong: Skull Island (8/10): Well directed by Jordan VogtRoberts (only his second film), the special effects, production design, and cinematography alone are worth the price of admission, buttressed by the symphonic score that greatly enhances the action. And they should be since the estimated cost of production is around $185 million. Final kudos should go to the editor. I’m constantly carping about films needing good editing. This one got it, thanks to Richard Pearson. I Am Not Your Negro (7/10): This is an angry black man (James Baldwin, the writer) ranting and raving and revising history to fit his narrow concepts of how he would like people to view the world. His many statements in the film are glaringly racist and dishonest. He hoists himself on his own petard. After a TV appearance with Baldwin, Rev.  Martin Luther King, Jr. was secretly recorded by the F.B.I. saying that he was “put off by the poetic exagger-

ation in Baldwin’s approach to race issues.” Black author Ralph Ellison wrote to a counterpart, that, “he [Baldwin] doesn’t know the difference between getting religion and going homo.”  Norman (5/10): Richard Gere stars in what is basically the story of a “Court Jew,” a character that goes back to the Old Testament. But why pick a gentile to play a traditionally Jewish character? There are lots of Jewish actors who could have done this role, like Dustin Hoffman, who would have been perfect and is the right age. Nothing against Gere’s performance but since this is an ethnocentric movie; shouldn’t the actor be the right ethnicity? Gere gives one




of the best performances of his career, but what he needed was a good editor with sharp scissors and a director who had a better understanding of pace. As good as the film is, it was hard to stay awake throughout. Opens April 14. Table 19 (5/10): The situa-

tions are too silly and trite to be involving. This good cast deserved better material. Cézanne et Moi (3/10): What a monumental disappointment! Slow and boring, the film’s only redeeming features are the locations and gorgeous, award-quality cine-

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Alexandria House among beneficiaries of NGA party goers “It’s a party! — for a cause,” exclaimed Kiel FitzGerald and Olivia Kazanjian, co-chairs of Needlework Guild of America, describing Hancock Park’s gala held at the Tagylan Complex on Vine St. on Feb. 24. So many in our neighborhood know that, when they come to this annual event, they are guaranteed to have FUN while drinking, bidding, dining and dancing the night away. They also know that the funds raised will provide new linens on the beds of Alexandria House, holiday gifts for the children of Uplift Family Services and new clothing for the gentlemen residents of McIntyre House; just a sampling of all that NGA does for the needs of charities in Los Angeles. This year’s “Crystal Ball” did not disappoint with an elegant dinner, sparkling decor accented with shades of lavender and one-of-a-kind auction items,

including gorgeous vintage furs from the collection of actress Beverly Garland modeled by her daughter Carrington Goodman. Among those there whose enthusiasm and generosity made it NGA’s most successful affaire ever were Paulina Moskalykova Around and Matt Solo, the Donna and Town Greg Econn, with Alexander Patty Hill Eddy, Dina and George Phillips, Stephanie and David Johnson, Susan and Sean Kneafsey, Isabel Mayfield, Nicole and Larry Perkins, Carolyn Cole, Anne and Michael Kim, NGA president Mary Jaworski and husband Bernie with extended family members Jake Bernstein, Meredith Martinuzzi, Janice Payson and Katie Jaworski, Mary Woodward, Oona and Don Kanner, Sondi

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(Continued from page 30) manitarian endeavors around the world. A live auction ensued as Ms. Lazaroff enthusiastically jumped in to inspire bidders, as well as donating menu and wine pairings at Spago and Chinois. There from our ‘hood were Shelagh Callahan, Barbara Hardesty, Juliet Brumlik and Melanie Botcher cheering on models Jackie Kruse, Cheryl Van Tassel and Leah Houska. Also there were event chairman Galina Sobolev, Mannequin’s Auxiliary chairman Rebecca Trail, and Assistance League president Lisa Wierwille. • • • That all-important and historic institution of downtown Los Angeles, The Natural History Museum, was the scene of a luncheon hosted by two of its trustees, Patty Lombard and Caroline Labiner Moser, on March 17. There were 16 lucky guests (it was St. Paddy’s Day) treated to a tour inside the vaults of rare gems and minerals, including the Juliet Pink Diamond, among the largest in the world on loan from a private collection. “Yes, they are beautiful, but minerals are also useful, presenting cures for diseases and are valuable in radioactive waste remediation.” said Dr. Aaron J. Celestian, associate curator of mineral sciences. He continued, “we have over 150,000 specimens of minerals, the third largest in the U.S. and the most diverse.” “Aaron has conducted so many of these tours, and I learn something completely new every time,” said Tom Jacobson, the Museum’s vice president of advancement. “Wait — this is a slice of the moon!” exclaimed Robert Penfold with wife Shar. Also there to share the wonder were Nancy Barron, Suzanne Labiner and Laura Lee Woods. That’s the chat — and because all of you are so busy doing good — that’s a lot! CORRECTION

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Aaron Celestian and Patty Lombard at the Natural History Museum.

Shar and Robert Penfold holding piece of the moon.

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New fund aims to help churches tell their historic stories Now, more than ever, we acknowledged as City of Los should work to see that land- Angeles Historic Cultural marks and focal points in our Monuments, are among the communities continue their best architectural icons the city has to offer. relevance. Older places tell our story Several years ago, funds across time — who we are, how from a Getty grant program we arrived here, who made identified these places and us feel welcome, what insti- provided funds for historic tutions brought us together. structures reports, maintenance and Among the most repair plans. important types That was a of properties to McAvoy on good start to tell those stories teach congreare our religious Preservation by gations about institutions. Christy the process The role of McAvoy of caring religious instifor historic tutions of all structures faiths in Los Angeles has been strong. and planning for their future From an architectural stand- needs. Among the congrepoint, Los Angeles has a for- gations participating in that midable collection of sacred program were First Baptist spaces designed by well- Church, Hollywood United known architects for congre- Methodist, Immanuel Presbygations throughout the city’s terian, St. Vincent de Paul, development. They include and Blessed Sacrament in the oldest in the city (Plaza Hollywood. Church, built in 1822), plus But the churches of Los monuments built from the Angeles are more than bricks prosperous 1920s (Wilshire and mortar. They make spiriUnited Methodist, Wilshire tual, cultural, and social conChristian, Wilshire Boulevard tributions as well. Many are Temple, First Congregational, engaged in the arts, educaamong others) to Paul Wil- tion, and social needs proliams’ elegant Modernist First grams. New sacred places program African Methodist Episcopal A new initiative to help these (AME) church of the 1960s. These edifices, some already gathering places preserve their

historic buildings has been created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Chicago-based Partners for Sacred Places. The effort, called the National Fund for Sacred Places, is designed to help congregations and others with a stake in older religious properties make the most of them as civic assets. The fund provides grants for planning and execution of urgent capital projects at sacred places that are valued for their critical importance as well as their role in providing human services, strengthening communities and revitalizing neighborhoods. The funds are used for training, capacity-building and technical assistance to ensure grant-funded projects are successfully planned and implemented. It helps congregations make the most of their facilities as agents of community renewal, encouraging collaborations with outside groups to activate spaces in exciting and innovative ways that draw people to the sacred place. Potential candidates submit a letter of intent as an indication of interest. Twelve congregations per year will be awarded a package of services. There are matching grants of

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Hollygrove's Norma Jean Gala is set for May 18 Uplift Family Services at Hollygrove will hold its sixth annual Norma Jean Gala Thurs., May 18 at the W Hollywood Hotel. Dinner, entertainment and inspiration are on the bill. Hollygrove’s most famous alumna, Norma Jean Baker, was under the agency’s care as a child before she came to be known as Marilyn Monroe. Celebrating 150th year Today, in its 150th year, Hollygrove is one of the largest, most comprehensive behavioral and mental health agencies in California. Its support group, the Hollies, was conceived in early 2015 by Sheri Weller. The Hancock Park resident now chairs the group which includes some 60 volunteers. Other local Hollies are: Monica Corcoran, Raina Drag-

onas, Frances Gatti, Lenore Douglas, Rachel Feder and Jeet Sohal. Honorees at this year’s gala are Hancock Park residents Matt Bomer and Simon Halls. Bomer is a Golden Globe Award-winning actor. Halls is a founder and partner at Slate, an entertainment public relations agency. Funds raised at the gala benefit programs that provide help and hope to more than 1,200 at-risk children and their families. A full range of programs provides mental health services and outreach for the entire family to support every aspect of that child’s life. For tickets and more information contact 323-769-7142 or kathleen.felesina@upliftfs. org.

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Tickets going on sale for Larchmont design firm among winners Among the eight recipients Last Remaining Seats of the Los Angeles Conservan-

Tickets go on sale to the general public Wed., April 5 for the popular Los Angeles Conservancy Last Remaining Seats screenings of classic films in the Broadway Historic Theatre District and other landmark venues. “L.A. Confidential” starts the series Sat., June 3 at 8 pm. at the Orpheum Theatre. The 1997 film-noir crime drama stars Kim Basinger, who won an Academy Award for her portrayal of a femme fatale. In another film noir, “Laura,” a police detective (Dana Andrews) falls in love with the woman (Gene Tierney) he is investigating. It shows on Wed., June 7 at 8 p.m. at the Million Dollar Theatre. Kirk Douglas stars in “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” Sat., June 10 at 2 p.m. at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Petro. In his award-winning role, Marlon Brando plays an exprize fighter who laments he “coulda been a contender” in “On the Waterfront” Sat., June 10 at 8 p.m. at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro. Comedy about Castro’s Cuba, “La muerte de un burócrata (Death of a Bureaucrat,)” screens at the Palace Theatre Wed., June 14 at 8

cy’s Preservation Awards is CBS Columbia Square, Hollywood. Larchmont-based architects and landscape architects Rios Clementi Hale Studios was part of the project team that VERONICA LAKE lookalike rehabilitated and upgraded Kim Basinger won an Academy the entertainment icon, which Award for her role. is today known as NeueHouse, Image courtesy 20th Century Fox 6121 Sunset Blvd. p.m. English subtitles. The seven-story complex of “Easter Parade,” screens sound stages and recording Sat., June 17 at 8 p.m. at the studios once housed the West Los Angeles Theatre. Coast television and radio The 1929 first-ever Academy headquarters of Columbia Award winning film, “Wings,” Broadcasting System (CBS). is on Wed., June 21 at 8 p.m. Among other notable events, at The Theatre at Ace Hotel. “I Love Lucy” taped its pilot The silent movie was recently episode there. restored by Paramount. The 36th annual Preserva “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” tion Awards will be presented screens Sat., June 24 at 2 p.m. at a luncheon on Wed., May 3 at at the Orpheum, and “Jaws” is the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Sat., June 24 at 8 p.m. at the in downtown Los Angeles. Orpheum. The remaining recipients Head to Clifton’s Republic are: for pub trivia after the screen- SurveyLA was awarded the ings of “L.A. Confidential,” Chairman’s Award. The Los “Easter Parade,” and “Jaws.” Angeles Historic Resources A family-friendly trivia game Survey is considered the most (recommended for ages 7 and comprehensive survey ever up) after “E.T. the Extra-Ter- completed by an American restrial” will take place in the city; it identifies and evaluates Orpheum Theatre’s North Hall.  the rich historic resources of For more information on the Los Angeles. movies, as well as tours of the In addition to CBS Columvenues and question and answer bia Square, this year’s Project sessions, visit Award winners are: 

CBS COLUMBIA SQUARE opened in 1937. Photo courtesy Kilroy Realty

Cultural Landscape Report for the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, Arcadia, a planning document which provides a guide for caring for the site’s historic resources. Kinross Cornerstone, Westwood. Following a meticulous rehabilitation, this historic Westwood Village building serves a new generation of shoppers.   Grand Central Air Terminal, Glendale. The first commercial airport in Los Angeles opening in 1930 received a complete rehabilitation.   Preservation Resource Center at the Shotgun House, Santa Monica. After being threatened with demolition and surviving three moves,

Santa Monica’s only intact shotgun (long and narrow) house found new life as the headquarters of the Santa Monica Conservancy. Valley Times Photograph Collection. The Los Angeles Public Library preserved and digitized mid-century photos of the San Fernando Valley.   View Park Historic District National Register Nomination, South Los Angeles. This successful grassroots effort lists one of the country’s most prosperous African American communities in the National Register of Historic Places.   Award recipients were selected by an independent jury of experts in architecture, historic preservation, and community development.


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(Continued from Sec. 1, p. 1) non-political, non-denominational year-round event. If you want to volunteer, look no further than Big Sunday. Something for everyone “We have something for everyone,” says Levinson. “Homelessness, literacy, cancer, animals, the environment — whether you’re a dentist, a zumba instructor, a CEO, it doesn’t matter. Some peo-

ple have money but not time. Some people have time but not money. There’s something for everyone and we’re all in this together. It’s bigger than the sum of our parts.” Levinson is not surprised by the growth of the charity. He always knew there was a need to provide volunteers with a roadmap to opportunities, and he’s finding that once they find those opportunities, their involvement only deepens. “There are all types of

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things people get out of it,” says Levinson. “People may hear about a nonprofit group they’ve never heard of before, they end up getting more involved and some even join the boards of these charities.” Kara Corwin Kara Corwin, who has volunteered for the organization for the last 12 years and is being honored at the charity’s second annual gala in April, agrees. “Between work and kids and school, who has the time to

FOUNDER David Levinson and his wife Ellie Herman.

research and find a charity?” asks Corwin. “Big Sunday does the work for you, and brings so many people together from so many different directions.” Corwin is the volunteer community service chair at The Center for Early Education, and two of her daughters attend Marlborough School and are frequent volunteers themselves. “The Big Sunday organization is super dependable, vetted and family-friendly. If you have five hours on a certain day, you can sign up, commit and go. It’s that easy.” Corwin recently helped start Big Sunday’s youth board, a group of students

(one per school) who represent their schools and serve as Big Sunday ambassadors to their school communities. Corwin is thrilled to see the involvement that is spreading throughout the schools. “The kids have collected food outside of grocery stores, made sandwiches for the homeless, spent time with the elderly, created murals and garden spaces… it’s amazing what kids can do. I’ve watched them create their own opportunities. The journey and experience of it is amazing.” Zazi Pope Zazi Pope, a longtime Han(Please turn to page 5)

Gala celebrates Big Sunday Big Sunday, an independent nonprofit organization that connects people through helping, is hosting its second annual gala to benefit Big Sunday on Thurs., April 27, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Paramount Picture Studios lot, 5555 Melrose Ave. Hancock Park resident and longtime volunteer Zazi Pope, The Center for Early Education service chair Kara Corwin and architectural firm Tichenor

and Thorp Architects will all be honored at the event. “It’s a huge honor, especially because I think there are people who are far more deserving than me!” says Corwin. Big Sunday produces or promotes more that 2,000 giving-back events annually and empowers more than 50,000 people of all ages, races, religions, means, sexual orientations and political bents to join in for service work.

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Mixed-use, 52-unit project proposed

LINDA DISHMAN’S 25 YEARS of leading the Los Angeles Conservancy were celebrated at the Los Feliz home of Conservancy chairman Wesley Phoa and Margaret Morgan. Shown cutting a cake representing the 1996 saving of the historic Cathedral of St. Vibiana are Dishman, with then-president of the Conservancy Kathryn Welch Howe and lawyer Jack Rubens, who stopped the attempted weekend demolition.

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(Continued from page 4) cock Park resident who has been involved with the charity for over 15 years and who is also being honored at the Big Sunday gala in April, agrees that the family aspect is one of the organization’s strongest pulls. “I have led many Big Sunday projects with my daughter, Lili,” says Pope. “We took a busload of seniors to the Norton Simon museum, a group of abused women and their children to LACMA, planted flowerbeds at a school in South LA, made adoption signs for an animal shelter in West LA… if you asked Lili what she remembers most about those experiences, she’d recall the great times we shared. Big Sunday makes helping others joyful, as well as rewarding.” Levinson is thrilled to see how the charity has opened the eyes of the volunteers to communities they never considered.

“People go into parts of town they’ve never been to before, where they work side-by-side with people of a different race, reli- ZAZI POPE will gion, or eth- be honored at nicity. Sud- the gala. denly, that person they’re working with is not the kid from East L.A. — he’s a person and not a demographic. It ties people to their communities and makes them richer for these experiences.” Pope agrees. “Big Sunday has given my family opportunities to give back in creative, joyful and effective ways, and by teaching me that helping those less fortunate is not just a mandate, it’s an honor.” For information and volunteer opportunities, go to

By Billy Taylor A new mixed-use project planned for the corner of Beachwood and Melrose in Larchmont Village is working its way through the planning process. Replacing an auto repair shop, the project involves construction of a four- to five-story mixed-use building to include 52 apartments and more than 5,500 square feet of ground-floor retail space. The property will consist predominately of studio and one-bedroom units and will provide 69 automobile and 63 bicycle parking spaces. (Please turn to page 15)

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Restored ‘Cleopatra’ to premiere for Chinese 90th anniversary By John Welborne Cecil B. DeMille’s newly restored 1934 film, “Cleopatra,” will premiere Mon., May 1 at The Chinese Theater on

Hollywood Blvd. The event — hosted by Hollywood Heritage, the TCL Chinese Theater and Universal Pictures — celebrates the

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90th anniversary of the opening of the theater — one of the nation’s most iconic landmarks. It also kicks off National Historic Preservation Month. DeMille’s version of the Cleopatra story with Claudette Colbert as the legendary siren of the Nile was a critical and financial success for Paramount. In addition, the film received several Academy Award nominations and also won the Best Cinematography award. The

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Are There Ways To Deal with Waze?

More and more automobile drivers — maybe including you or your family — are using an app called Waze to find alternative, less congested routes through our car-clogged city. The small victory of beating the traffic is one in which we all can share the delight. Not so delightful, however, is trying to back out of one’s own Windsor Square driveway into a steady stream of cars, as other commuters do the exact same thing through our neighborhood. Our streets have increasingly become alternative routes for people trying to avoid the back-ups on major boulevards such as Beverly, Third, Wilshire, Highland, Rossmore-Vine and Wilton. Especially during morning and evening rush hours, commuters routinely speed and ignore stop signs, and they back up in long lines at stoplights or when making left turns. Many residents, concerned about the safety of themselves and their children, as well as about the changing feel of the neighborhood, have wondered what can be done. • How about speed bumps, many ask? Councilman David Ryu’s office explained that the city budget is only able to provide funding for two speed bumps per entire council district per year at present, though this may increase. However, anyone who observes the busy traffic on Arden Boulevard between Third and Beverly (where there are speed bumps) will recognize that they are not all that effective at slowing things down. • How about creating more four-way stop intersections to slow cross-town traffic? This was done recently at Lucerne and Fifth, for example. Neighbors can make a case-by-case application to the Councilman’s office, and if the intersection meets the criteria (increased traffic and accidents, etc.), the change may be authorized by the City’s Department of Transportation. • What about stationing policemen at busy intersections to catch speeders and scofflaws? Again, according to the Councilman’s office, this would only be effective as long as the police were actually in place. The city has neither sufficient manpower nor budget for such an allocation. (And one official added that many of those receiving tickets in such situations were unhappy locals themselves!) • How about restricted turn signs, such as the “Right Turn Only” instruction at Windsor and Third? Again, these are primarily effective when there also is an enforcement presence — see above. The foregoing is not particularly encouraging, unfortunately. Short term, Windsor Square residents might try lobbying for the rare speed bump or new stop sign. Long term, we can hope that an improved mass transit system, including the Wilshire subway extension, will ease the problem. Most importantly, we can drive more safely and responsibly ourselves. Obey speed limits, watch out for pedestrians and bicyclists, and just say no to that “California Roll!”

The Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council is now taking applications for two Neighborhood Purposes Grants up to $1,000 each. The grants will be awarded to two groups serving the GWNC community and stakeholders.

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shown remarkable stewardship of the historic features while carefully updating the theater experience to IMAX, according to Christy McAvoy

film is noted for its extensive Art Deco-inspired sets. The Chinese Theater, designed by architects Meyer and Holler, was built in 1927 for legendary promoter Sid Grauman and was the second of his movie palaces on Hollywood Blvd. The first was the Egyptian Theater. The exterior of the Theater is meant to resemble a giant, red pagoda. The design features a dragon across the façade, with two Ming Dynasty guardian lions (“heavenly dogs”) guarding the main entrance, plus silhouettes of tiny dragons along the sides of the copper roof. The Chinese Theater hosted the 1944, 1945 and 1946 Academy Awards ceremonies; they are now held at the adjacent Dolby Theatre, formerly known as the Kodak Theatre. There are nearly 200 Hollywood celebrity handprints, footprints, and autographs in the concrete of the theater’s forecourt. The theater is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument. For nine decades, the owners of the theater have

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Responding to the Michaels Cue Bid — an important weapon The Michaels Cue Bid is used when an opponent opens with one of a minor suit (Diamonds or Clubs). If you have fivefive in the majors (Spades or Hearts) you can cue-bid two of opener’s minor, which states to your partner that you have the major suits. The major suits are the powerhouses of bridge and when you have both of them you can often win the bidding. This can be done by reaching a makeable contract or by causing the opponents to misjudge what they can make. Because you have the major suits and therefore the important suits, the Michaels Cue Bid is an important weapon in your arsenal. The requirements for a Michaels Cue Bid are: Not vulnerable: At least 5-5 in the majors and 8 High Card Points (HCP) with the points in your suits. Vulnerable: At least 5-5 in the majors and 10 useful HCP. The big deal, if you are going to get good results from this convention, is that responder to the Michaels bidder then bids what her hand is worth. Many fine Michaels Cue Bids go to waste because partner does not bid enough. Many Michaels hands go down in

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Hand One: 2 Hearts. Always, when you have equal length in partner’s majors, bid hearts. There is no particular reason for this except that it’s the

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Grand Slam weakest bid you can make and leave it up to partner to choose which suit in which to play. The one thing you should not do is bid 2NT. Forget about playing in notrump and try to get to a low and undoubled contract when you have a dog like this. 2 Spades. Hand Two: Remember that partner has 5-5 in the majors. If, by some chance, opponents bid to three clubs, you may bid 3 Spades with this hand. Hand Three: 3 Spades. A jump is invitational. It says you are interested in game. Your bid just shows around eleven support points. You have no idea of the strength of partner’s hand, so you must let her know when you’ve got good support. If RHO bid 3 Clubs, you would also bid three spades. 4 Spades. Hand Four: Counting your distribution you have an opening bid in support of spades. You also have four spades and you have

aces and shape. It would be sad to bid just two or three with this fine a hand, especially when you know that partner has only three total cards in the minor suits. Hand Five: 3 Hearts, even though you have only three of them. Your partner has five so you know this is good enough support. Michaels may also be used when opponents open one of a major. By cue bidding that major, you show partner that you have five cards in the other major and five cards in an unnamed minor. If partner wants to know your minor suit, she asks by bidding 2NT, after which you respond with your five card minor. As mentioned earlier, it is important to bid Michaels when appropriate but you won’t get much benefit if your partner does not cooperate with you. These hands show how important it is that your bids are disciplined and that you don’t “stretch” your bid and lie to your partner by either bidding without the promised shape of at least 5-5, or with the promised High Card Points. Your partner will be trusting you that you have your bid and will bid accordingly. If you bid Michaels with only three HCP and your partner jumps to

game, as in hand 4, you could be in a world of hurt. Moral: Be Disciplined! Correction: In the March Bridge Matters column, the Jack of Diamonds was omitted from Hand 4. It should have read: ♠ J9874 ♥ T9764 ♦ AJ ♣9 Grand Slam is the nom de plume for an author of a bestselling book on bridge, an ACBL accredited director and a Silver Life Master.

ImagineLA family carnival set for May Jill Bauman, president and C.E.O. of ImagineLA, and a Larchmont Chronicle Woman of the Year last year, invites you to save the date to take part in ImagineLA’s seventh annual celebration of family at the Lakeside Golf Club in Toluca Lake, Sun., May 21. The family-friendly carnival is to honor the work of formerly homeless families, their mentors, staff, donors, sponsors and board members. The event will feature live music and entertainment for all ages. For more information, contact

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(Continued from Sec. 1, p. 1) neighborhood group, had a large impact on the ordinance’s passage. Early on, a door-to-door petition received a 66 percent approval to move forward. “That is a huge amount,” said Eisele, who was encouraged to plow ahead, leading to last month’s victory. The improvements to the Baseline Mansionization Ordinance (BMO) include a “tighter ratio of house size to lot size, bigger setbacks, and elimination of most bonuses and exemptions,” according to Shelley Wagers of “Big boxes that loom over their neighbors will be replaced by comfortable, spacious homes that fit the scale and character of their neighborhoods,” Wager said. Ordinance approved The City Council unanimously approved the revised BMO March 1, and it went into effect March 17. Originally passed in 2008 in response to a proliferation of out-of-scale buildings in residential neighborhoods throughout the city, loopholes in the original ordinance allowed developers

BOB EISELE of La Brea-Hancock Homeowners Assoc.

to continue to build homes too large for their lots, critics complained, and city officials directed the Dept. of City Planning to amend the ordinance. Some provisions in the original ordinance — such as design bonuses — actually encouraged the kind of out-of-scale homes that the ordinance was designed to prevent, according to the Los Angeles Conservancy website. Until last month, a developer or homeowner could build more than 4,300 square feet on a 6,000 square-foot lot. Not any more. “The limit (for the same


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6,000 square-foot lot) will be a little over 3,000 square feet, depending on garage configuration,” Wagers said. A 200 square-foot exemption is available for garages built in the front of a lot and a 400 square-foot exemption remains for garages in the rear. The residential Floor Area Ratio (FAR) for single-family properties is restricted to 45 percent, which is down from 50 percent for properties less than 7,500 square feet. Properties 7,500 square feet or larger were previously restricted to 45 percent, and the new regulations do not change that. ‘Variation’ zones In addition, several neighborhoods received tailor-made zoning, called R-1 Variation Zones, created as part of the City Planning Dept.’s Neighborhood Conservation Initiative and consolidated into the BMO. Both Larchmont and LaBrea–Hancock R-1 Variation Zones will include an RG Rear Detached Garage Supplemental Use District, meaning: “All new construction must have a rear garage,” said Barbara Savage, president of the La Brea–Hancock Homeowners Assoc. “Our new R1R3-RG zone requires rear-massing if you build a second story (it can only be in the back of the house, not the front), allows only detached rear garages, and establishes a FAR of .43 for most of our lots,” said Eisele. (R1R3 requires the rearmassing and is one of four variations of R1R, according to the ordinance.) “Architectural style is not dictated by the new zone,” said Eisele, who lives in a 1924 Spanish Colonial Revival style home with a Batchelder tile fireplace — typical of those in the La Brea-Hancock area’s 12-blocks, a short walk to Wilshire Blvd., between La Brea and Highland avenues. While the area is relatively small, “we had more attendees at hearings than most other neighborhoods,” Eisele said of (Please turn to page 13)

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SOLD: This residence at 514 Lillian Way sold for $1,242,081.

Single-family homes 370 N. June St. 121 N. June St. 526 S. Hudson Ave. 219 N. Norton Ave. 349 S. Mansfield Ave. 642 S. Sycamore Ave. 507 N. Lucerne Blvd. 901 S. Rimpau Blvd. 433 S. Highland Ave. 511 Lillian Way 877 S. Bronson Ave. 514 Lillian Way 837 S. Bronson Ave. 922 3rd Ave. 5006 Maplewood Ave. 475 N. St. Andrews Pl. 5000 Maplewood Ave.

$8,225,000 5,310,000 3,695,000 3,150,000 3,000,000 2,600,000 2,092,230 1,675,000 1,650,000 1,350,000 1,325,000 1,242,081 1,210,000 974,000 734,000 733,000 733,000

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English Tudor is Showcase House 2017 Ridgewood-Wilton Assoc. It’s a Wonderful Life at this neighbors to meet April 2 year’s Pasadena Showcase House of Design, which will take place from April 23 to May 21. The English Tudor design by the architectural firm of Marston & Van Pelt is featured in the 53rd annual fundraiser spotlighting 17 interior designers and six exterior designers. Constructed in 1916 at a cost of $25,000 for lawyer-turnedactor Samuel Hinds and his wife, the 7,479 square-foot main residence features six bedrooms and four bathrooms and two half-baths. The two-acre compound includes a pool and badminton court on park-like grounds with rose bushes, an arbor and more than 100 trees and a faux bois bridge. Mr. Hinds appeared in more than 200 films and is best known for his role as Peter Bailey, the father of James Stewart’s character and the founder of Bailey Building and Loan, in the classic holiday film, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” (1946). The house has also had several Hollywood moments, including in “La La Land” (its loggia and garden were the setting for a garden party wedding reception at which Ryan

BUILT IN 1916, the home and original owner have both had movie roles.

Gosling’s character played the piano), “Beaches,” (it was the home of Barbara Hershey’s character) and the 1985 version of “Alice in Wonderland,” along with television episodes of “Columbo,” “Parks and Recreation” and “Mad Men.” Showcase House guests can dine at The Wisteria Terrace Restaurant, sip handcrafted drinks at The Ivy, and peruse The Shops at Showcase. Proceeds benefit the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts (PSHA), which provides music programs in the community. Tickets cost between $35-$45 and can be ordered at  or 714-442-3872. Parking and complimentary shuttle service is at the Rose Bowl, Parking Lot I.

Wattles Mansion is New Classics showcase home Built in 1908 by Hollywood financier Gurdon Wattles, the Mission Revival home, designed by Myron Hunt and Elmer Grey, will be open to the public as part of a designer showcase through Sun., April 16. This year's theme, Hollywood History: The New Classics, will demonstrate through interior design how to reinterpret a historic home for today’s contemporary lifestyle. Designers include neighbors David Dalton and Leslie Shapiro. For more information, visit

Ridgewood-Wilton Neighborhood Association (RWNA) annual meeting is Sun., April 2 at 3 p.m. at 221 S. Wilton Pl. Senior Lead Officer Joe Pelayo of the LAPD Olympic Division, and Philip Farha from the Land Use Committee of the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, are among speakers. “All residents of the Ridgewood-Wilton Neighborhood are welcome,” said RWNA president Jan Kesner. Illuminating ending Among items not on the agenda, but enjoyed by the community, are the street lights south of Beverly Blvd. on Ridgewood, Wilton and First St. “The lights have been installed for approximately three to four years, and we are very happy,” Kesner said. “It is a world of difference. Where we used to have trouble with people lingering in their cars on our darkened streets in the late night hours, overnight they were gone. “No more garbage left by these nocturnal partiers for us to find in the mornings.  And, of course, it is much easier for us coming and going at night.” She added, “Even the folks who were originally opposed to having the lights installed,

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mostly due to the cost which was high, are now happy to have them.” It took nearly a decade to have the streetlights installed but efforts accelerated following a series of burglaries as well as reports of prostitutes, Kesner said. When burglars twice targeted a home that was being renovated before its owners moved in, Sheila Irani, then-field deputy in former Councilman LaBonge’s office, encouraged residents to have the lights installed. “LAPD Olympic Division senior lead officer Joe Pelayo told her the lights would solve a lot of the problems, so that’s when we renewed our efforts,” Nora Friedman, who spearheaded the campaign, said in an article in the Larchmont Chronicle, July 2014. The lights were paid for by residents, who were assessed on their property tax bills, from $6,500 to approximately $10,000 each (based on property frontage). The RWNA represents a community of people who live in the 150 homes between Beverly Blvd. and Third St. on Wilton Place, Wilton Dr. and Ridgewood Pl.



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Library Calendar

George Takei's birthday, L.A. Made, Makerspace at the library Beginning language skills: Fridays from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Knitting circle: Spin a yarn Saturdays at 10 a.m. FREMONT LIBRARY 6121 Melrose Ave. 323-962-3521 Children Kids read to therapy dogs: Thurs., April 15 at 4 p.m. Makerspace: Kids ages 6 to 12 can learn about stop motion animation Mondays, April 17 and 24 and Thursdays, April 20 and 27, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Must register. Día de los Niños / Día de los Libros Celebration: Stories and crafts celebrating children and books Wed., April 26, 4 p.m.

Baby and toddler storytime: Wednesdays, 10:30 and 11 a.m. Teens Nail art: Nail art lesson and party Tues., April 11, 3:30 p.m. S.A.T. practice test: Sat., April 15, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Adults Book sale: Fri., April 7, 12 to 4 p.m.; Sat., April 8, 12 to 5 p.m. Alzheimer's support group: Mondays April 10 and 24 from 10:15 to 11:45 a.m. Basics on Alzheimer's: Fridays April 14, 21, 28, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Movie night: Tues., April 25 at 6 p.m. Includes popcorn. L.A. Made – Two L.A. Rays: Staged readings of work by Raymond Chandler and Ray Bradbury Sat., April 29 at 3 p.m.

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FAIRFAX LIBRARY 161 S. Gardner St. 323-936-6191 Children We Read Together: Parents and kids read together Wednesdays, April 5, 19 and 26 at 10:15 a.m. Teens Teen council: Discuss books and movies Tues., April 11, 4 p.m. Volunteer orientation: Tues., April 25 at 4 p.m. Adults Quilting guild: Sat., April 1 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Support pals: Positive thinking Sat., April 1, 2 p.m. First Thursdays films: Free movie Thurs., April 6, 2:30 p.m. MS support group: Thurs., April 20 at 6 p.m. Hollywood mingle: Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Thurs., April 27 at 6 p.m. LADOT: Tap card refills Fri., April 28 at 2:30 p.m. Art of meditation: Saturdays April 8 and 22, 2 p.m.

Book sale: Wednesdays, 12 to 4 p.m. English conversation: Wednesdays, 6 to 7:30 p.m. WILSHIRE LIBRARY 149 N. St. Andrews Place 323-957-4550 Children Poetry month: Write poems based on nature photos Tues., April, 4 to 5 p.m. Earth Day celebration: Write poems to celebrate Earth Day, Sat., April 22, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Baby's sleepy storytime: For infants to 2 years old, Mondays, 6 to 6:15 p.m. Preschool storytime: For toddlers ages 3 to 5 years Thursdays from 3 to 3:30 p.m. Teens Teen council: Crafternoon, Thurs., April 27, 4 to 5 p.m. Adults Citizenship classes: Saturdays from April 1 through May 27, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Must bring green card and picture I.D.

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Young Literati to hold annual gala at NeueHouse The ninth annual Young Literati Toast fundraising event will be on Sat., April 1 at 8 p.m. at NeueHouse Hollywood, 6121 Sunset Blvd. This year’s Toast is hosted by  Colin Hanks  and  Busy Philipps  and includes readings by Chelsea Handler and Kumail Nanjiani. Musical guest is Andrew Bird. “A strong number of our Young Literati members live in the area of Hancock Park, Larchmont, Park La Brea, Miracle Mile,” said Leah Price, communications director for the Library Foundation of Los Angeles. Funds raised by the Young Literati membership group of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles support Student Zones at the Los Angeles Pub-

lic Library.   Student Zones in Library branches provide kids and teens with a safe, welcoming environment to study and to access state-of-the-art computer technology, tutoring, and school supplies at no cost. There are currently 34 neighborhood libraries across the city. Last year nearly 30,000 students used their resources.  This event is open to the public with VIP and general admission tickets available for purchase. For more information visit

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Museum Row Social media, crafts at CAFAM, Cruise-in at Petersen, movies on bill CRAFT AND FOLK ART MUSEUM—"Social (Media) Politics of Photography in the Digital Age" discussion is Sun., April 2, at 3 p.m. Free. • CraftNight and film screening is Thurs., April 6 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. •"Chapters: Book Arts in Southern California" exhibit ends May 7. • "Focus Iran 2: Contemporary Photography and Video" exhibit ends May 7. 5814 Wilshire Blvd., 323937-4230;; free on Sundays. PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM—"Harley vs. Indian" cruise-in is Sun., April 9 from 8 to 10 a.m. "World's Fastest Indian" screens at 10 a.m. • "Pasadena and the Automobile," a talk by museum chief curator Leslie Kendall, is Wed., April 26 at 7 p.m. • "Seeing Red: 70 Years of Ferrari," opens Fri., April 28. • "Unconventional canvases of Keith Haring," ends June 4. • "The Art of Bugatti" ends

Oct. 2017. 6060 Wilshire Blvd., 323903-2277; ZIMMER CHILDREN'S MUSEUM—Hear rhythm and rhymes for National Poetry Month Sun., April 2 from 2 to 4 p.m. During "Oh, Snakes!" meet living creatures on Sun., April 16 at 3 p.m. 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100; 323-761-8984; JAPAN FOUNDATION— Japanema: films screen the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. Free. 5700 Wilshire Blvd., 323761-7510; LOS ANGELES MUSEUM CAUST— OF THE HOLO­ Yom Hashoah Day of Holocaust Commemoration is Sun., April 23 at 2 p.m. Speakers, Yiddish poetry and art reflection workshops will begin at noon. All events are open to the public and free. Holocaust survivor speakers are Sundays at 2 p.m.; tours on Sundays at 3 p.m.

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1917 Hollywood: the bloom was on the chrysanthemum Consider 1917 — 100 years ago. In evolutionary time, 100 years is not even a whisper. The Russian Revolution, the entry of the United States into World War I, the first woman elected to Congress. But, when you look at Southern California, 100 years has seen Home the passing of an eon. Ground By 1917, by Southern Cali- Paula Panich fornia had emerged from three decades of real estate boom and bust and was just seven years past a period of industrial strife so intense that it amounted to “a state of war,” according to the historian Carey McWilliams, a battle that ended with the 1910 dynamiting of the “Los Angeles Times” building. But in 1917, the idea and place of “Hollywood” seems to have coalesced, and the days of the infamous warnings on apartment buildings — no dogs or actors allowed — were over. Money talks. By 1915, the payroll of the movies amounted to $20 million. The bloom was on the rose. (I think the novelist Rachel Field’s observation still holds: “You can’t explain Hollywood.

There isn’t such a place. It’s just the dream suburb of Los Angeles.”) “Flower Show Prizes Given” Well, the bloom was on the Hollywood rose in general — but in October of that year, it was especially on the chrysanthemums and dahlias in the “dream suburb.” It was the time of the Woman’s Club of Hollywood Flower Show, and on a Friday morning a writer for the “Los Angeles Times” was enthusiastic, writing that “the display was the finest the Hollywood Women’s Club has ever gathered for the annual show” and praising its “artistic mass of variegated color,” a rather variegated mass of words, don’t you think? Chrysanthemums and peonies were the main competition of the autumnal show, though prizes were given for other blooms and flowering plants. “More than ordinary interest was taken in the war garden exhibit,” the “Times” reported, “a feature added because of unusual interest taken in vacant lot gardens in the Hollywood District.” No doubt these were among the

forerunners of World War II victory gardens. Among the categories were “amateur,” “professional,” and a “school competition.” Special exhibits included the results of canning courses at “the Normal School, Hollywood High School, and the Ramona Grammar School,” according to the “Times.” The State Normal School, a teacher-training institution whose Los Angeles campus was founded in 1882, had its original site on Grand Avenue and Fifth Street. In 1914, the Normal School was moved to Vermont Avenue, now the site of Los Angeles City College, to allow the original site to be used to build a new Central Library. In May 1919, the Normal School became the Southern Branch of the University of California. The “Times” cup, donated by the newspaper for the professional category honoring the “largest and best collection of chrysanthemums,” was awarded to Laughlin Park, which began as the lushly landscaped private garden attached to Cecil B. DeMille’s Hollywood villa, built by developer Homer Laughlin. But in Los Angeles, nothing exists without the story of realestate developers, and flower

MR. AND MRS. H.J. WHITLEY and family. Real estate developer Whitley is often called, rightly or wrongly, “the father of Hollywood.”

shows are no exception. My friend Debra Prinzing bought on eBay this silver cup engraved with the name Mrs. H.J. Whitley. Although this was not mentioned by the “Times,” the cup undoubtedly was awarded at the 1917 Woman’s Club of Hollywood Flower Show. Margaret Virginia Whitley and her husband, Hobart Johnstone Whitley, arrived in Southern California in the 1880s. Banker, entrepreneur, land developer, city planner — think of Whitley Heights — Whitley’s mark was indelible. But was he the “father of Hollywood?” Or was that really Harvey Wilcox? Did Margaret Whitley dream up the name

WOMAN’S CLUB of Hollywood. Photo and floral design credit: Debra Prinzing

“Hollywood?” Or was it Daeida Wilcox? (Please turn to page 13)

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A two-day self-guided tour of 41 private and public native plant landscapes is Sat., April 1 and Sun., April 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sponsored by the Theodore Payne Foundation, the tour shows off gardens using at least 50 percent native plants in their landscaping in conjunction with California’s soil, climate and native wildlife. Homes range from a 1911 Craftsman in Oxford Square east of Plymouth Blvd. to residences in Silver Lake, Beachwood Canyon, Beverly Hills, Pasadena and Playa Del Rey. Each location will have owners, designers and docents available for questions. Tickets start at $30, and come with a map, addresses and directions. Garden tour etiquette includes staying on

1917 Hollywood

(Continued from page 12) Well, it can’t be debated here. Anyway, though the United States entered the war in April, it was two days after the “Times” article, “Flower Show Prizes Given” was published, on October 21, when the first American soldiers engaged the enemy on the front lines of this “war to end

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A 1911 HOME in Oxford Square is on the tour.

marked walkways and paths, respecting property, not taking cuttings and not smoking. Pets are not allowed. For more information and to view some of the homes on the tour, go to all wars.” The “Times” report concludes with this: “One of the unusual features yesterday was the serving of chrysanthemum salad to the persons who attended the show.” The author thanks Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden librarian Susan Eubank for her assistance in researching and preparing this column.


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the trips to City Hall, plus letters written to council members. Their dogged determination made an impact as did standing unanimous, said Diana Eisele. “It’s the staying power... I think our neighborhood started a citywide movement.” The anti-mansionization movement actually began in Beverly Grove and led to the original ordinance passage in 2008. After their success, “other neighborhoods said we want that, too,” added Bob. Bob and Diana credited La Brea-Hancock president Barbara Savage and secretary Cathy Roberts. Half a loaf While community activists worked hard for a prohibition of front-facing attached garages, the City Council did not support the request, “and we had to settle for half a loaf,” said Wagers, of Beverly Grove. “The amended ordinances are not perfect, but they go a long way to honor the scale and character of L.A.’s residential neighborhoods and put a stop to McMansions that price so many families out of the market.   And they provide a sound foundation for variation zones that offer additional options and set the

Jo Horton Haldeman at Chevalier’s April 19 Former longtime resident, Joanne Horton Haldeman, widow of H.R. “Bob” Haldeman, returns to the neighborhood to read from and sign her new book at Chevalier’s on Weds., April 19, at 6:30 p.m. She and her family left Los tone for much-needed reform to follow.” She credited City Councilman Paul Koretz, who spearheaded the drive, putting mansionization reform “on the table and rode herd on it for almost three years. These amendments are a major accomplishment, and he deserves a ton of credit.”

Angeles for Washington D.C. in 1968, when husband Bob became the White House chief of staff for President Nixon. From a mother of four involved in typical neighborhood school and local community volunteer activities, Jo became the wife of arguably the second most powerful man in the White House. Her book, “In the Shadow of the White House,” is publishing on April 11. This event will be one of the first opportunities to obtain a copy and to hear the author’s views on those years in person. More at:

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Enjoy Easter brunch, learn about the world of award-winning author Octavia Butler and pick up new plants at the annual spring sale at Huntington Library, 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino. A new exhibit on Octavia Butler opens Sat., April 8 and runs through Mon., Aug. 7. The exhibition is the first to cover the life and work of the science fiction author, and includes journal entries, photographs, and first editions of her books.

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Several local chefs are among the nominees announced for the 2017 James Beard Foundation Awards. Margarita Manzke of République was nominated for Outstanding Pastry Chef. Michael Cimarusti of Providence and Ludo Lefebvre of Trois Mec were nominated for Best Chef in the West (California, Hawaii and Nevada). Manzke was included in an article on Miracle Mile-area women chefs in our March 2017 issue. Also announced were the inductees into the Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America, which include Marlborough graduate Suzanne Goin, who is a multiple James Beard award-winning chef and restaurateur, of A.O.C., Lucques and Tavern. Evan

Kleiman, longtime head of longtime local favorite Angeli Caffe (now closed), and host of KCRW’s Good Food, was also named. Winners will be announced and inductees honored at the James Beard Awards Gala at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on Mon., May 1. The 2017 James Beard Foundation Awards nominees were announced in March at a breakfast at A.O.C. Wine Bar and Restaurant. “Our Foundation is thrilled to bring our nominees announcement to the dynamic food city of Los Angeles, home to over 25 chef and restaurant awards winners,” said James Beard Foundation president Susan Ungaro, who hosted the breakfast.

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(Continued from page 5) Dana Sayles, a spokeswoman for the project, tells the Chronicle that her team is working hard to design a project that is both “special” in design and that “creates community” for the surrounding neighborhood. “There seems to be a general consensus that this is a terrible-looking site, and everybody would like to see something else there,” says Sayles. The property has been used for auto repair for decades. After meeting with the

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the museum you visited. The name derives from the Latin lateo — to hide — and accounts for it because of the legend that Nero once vomited a frog covered in blood, which he believed to be his own progeny, and had it hidden in a vault within the bowels of the palace. From that time it has Larchmont Village Neighborhood Association (LVNA) and the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council (GWNC), Sayles says the project went through a substantial redesign to address concerns from the community. “There were concerns about having something richer in context, and we wanted to understand the surrounding architecture more.” The result is a modern interpretation of Art Deco style. According to Sayles, the project is designed to complement the Paramount Master

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elevations being in the south), it proves to be logical. • • • Does a “curfew” have anything to do with dog-catching? asks Toby Mumford. Nice try, but the cur here is from the Middle English word couverfeu — literally cover (put out) the fire. In the Middle Ages the threat of fire — the combination of candles, fireplaces and thatched roofs was a pyromaniac's dream. The constant fear of fire was addressed by a common municipal law mandating a set time at which all household fires were to be extinguished for the night. • • • Why are elbows not allowed on the dinner table? queries Carolyn Johnson.

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