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Camps will be better than ever

Spirits undampened


MOVIE NIGHT in Windsor Village. 31

GARDENS sought for Water Wise tour. 2-10

By Talia Abrahamson When the Woolsey Fire swept through Malibu in the second week of November, losses included three popular Jewish camps: Camp Hess Kramer, Gindling Hilltop Camp and Camp JCA Shalom. Reeling from the wildfire, yet determined to persevere, each camp has found a way to carry on its operations this summer. Camp Hess Kramer and Gindling Hilltop Camp are sister camps affiliated with the Wilshire Boulevard Temple. Camp Hess Kramer opened in 1952 as the first camping program for Jewish children west of the Mississippi. Increasing demands for enrollment led to the creation of Gindling Hilltop Camp in 1968, which was built adjacent to the original Malibu property of Camp Hess See Camps rebuild, p 18

Tom Bergin’s on tap for historic status Goes to PLUM next

PILOT tree stump program takes root. 2-10 For Information on Advertising Rates, Please Call Pam Rudy 323-462-2241, x 11 Mailing permit:

By Rachel Olivier Room 1010 at City Hall was full last month when the members of the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission voted unanimously 5-0 to recommend Historic Cultural Monument (HCM) status for Tom Bergin’s Bar and Restaurant. Ken Hixon, of the Miracle Mile Residential Association, and Adrian Scott Fine, of the Los Angeles Conservancy, presented a case supporting HCM status. They had filed the original application for HCM status in September 2018. See Bergin’s, p 25

Design for Living

Our annual home and lifestyle section will be a feature of the May issue. Advertising deadline is Mon., April 15. For more information contact Pam Rudy, 323-462-2241, ext. 11.

HANCOCK PARK LANDMARKS like the El Royale and views of the Hollywood sign are among the backdrops for the Ladies Professional Golf Association from April 24 to 28 at Wilshire Country Club.

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By Billy Taylor The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) returns to Los Angeles this month when some of the best players in women’s golf descend on the Wilshire Country Club (WCC). The second annual “HugelAir Premia LA Open” will be held April 24 to 28, and it will feature 144 players competing over 72 holes for a share of the $1.5 million purse. At a March 18 press event,


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hosted at the WCC, tournament director David Tucker told guests that he is looking forward to building on the success of last year’s event. “Our field of players will not be finalized until the week prior to our event, but today we are excited to share our current list of early commitments,” said Tucker. Highlights include 91 of the top 100 players on

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the LPGA’s money list, and 14 of the last 15 major winners, including Ariya Jutanugarn, Danielle Kang, Brooke Henderson, Lydia Ko and Anna Nordqvist. Reflecting on the success of last year’s tournament, WCC President Patrick O’Grady said that he thought it “was a really good experience, one that our See Golf, p 29

Bridge housing beginning GWNC election to abound in CD4, CD10 is March 31 at the Barking Lot

21 candidates on slate The election for the board of directors of the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council (GWNC) is Sun., March 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Barking Lot, 336 N. Larchmont Blvd. Stakeholders will select 21 board members and alternates to serve two-year terms. Anyone who lives, works, owns property or is a participant in one of six special interSee GWNC election, p 8

Aviva breaks ground on innovative program

By Suzan Filipek and John Welborne Aviva Family and Children’s Services, along with Councilman David Ryu, broke ground last month on construction of an innovative bridge housing

residential program for young women. Also last month, progress was made in bringing a bridge housing project to Councilman Herb Wesson’s adjacent See Bridge housing, p 11


March 31 AVIVA CEO Regina Bette and board chair Genevieve Haines. ~ Entire Issue Online!


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By John Welborne Senate Bill 50 bad for historic neighborhoods

The Mid-Wilshire part of Los Angeles has been the location of single-family homes for more than a century. Yes, there are moderate-scale apartment buildings in certain local areas that are zoned “R-3,“ which stands for multi-family residential. But the vast majority of the real estate around here was subdivided as single-family lots, and that is what our neighborhoods, many historic and protected by HPOZ overlays, remain. Of course, denser housing is needed in California because there is a proven demand. However, the places to build modern sixstory apartment buildings are not on existing single-family lots such as those next door to the former Nat King Cole home on Muirfield Road in Hancock Park, or the former home of architect Paul R. Williams in Lafayette Square, or the former home of Norman and Dorothy Chandler in Windsor Square — let alone next door to the equally beautiful but more modest historic homes in Miracle Mile North, Larchmont Village, Sycamore Square and elsewhere in Los Angeles. A destructive and confiscatory statewide rezoning proposal from San Francisco’s state Sen. Scott Wiener would allow such apartments. Sen. Wiener now is chairman of the committee to which his new Senate Bill 50 has been assigned. As with his similar bill last year, S.B. 50 should be rejected.

Sun., March 31 – Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council election. See p. 1. Wed., April 10 – Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council board meeting, The Ebell of Los Angeles, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., 7 p.m. Fri., April 19 – Good Friday Sat., April 20 – Passover Sun., April 21 – Easter Mon., April 22 – Earth Day Thurs., April 25 – Delivery of the May issue of the Larchmont Chronicle. Sun., April 28 – Yom HaShoah Day of Commemoration, Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, 100 The Grove Dr., Pan Pacific Park, 2 p.m.

The Purple Subway Line is now being built and the LA Planning Department is working on the Purple Line Transit Neighborhood Plan (TNP). The current proposal would dramatically upzone any area near a major transit line, which includes bus lines. Since bus lines run throughout Hancock Park, this proposal could put all of Hancock Park at risk for changes in zoning that would allow development of multi-story/multiple occupancy residential construction. Unsurprisingly, developers are actively lobbying to make this possible. It’s vitally important that everyone living in Hancock Park push back to protect our historic neighborhood. The City is conducting a survey and asking for comments, so now is the time for active civic participation. Our historic neighborhood is at stake. • Read the article in the Larchmont Buzz summarizing the meetings and issues - • Find out about the process and workshops being held by the City - • Take the City’s survey – • Send the City your Comments - yxboa7gd • Contact City Planning project staff directly - email Andrew Jorgensen, AICP, Project Lead, at andrew. or via phone at (213) 978-1281 o o o Remember, Hancock Park is an HPOZ so be sure to check with our City Planner Suki Gershenhorn (, before starting any major landscaping or before planning changes to the exterior of your house. The HPOZ Preservation Plan, which regulates our HPOZ, can be found at http://www. There is also an online form you can fill out to help speed up the process ( initial.screening.checklist). Report graffiti sightings by calling 311 or at the City’s Anti-Graffiti Request System — — and by calling Hollywood Beautification, 323-463-5180. Adv.

That’s the question inquiring photographer Talia Abrahamson asked locals along Larchmont Blvd.

Letter to the Editor When did 6th St. become the Los Angeles Auto Mall?

Take the Survey, Leave Your Comments and Save Your Neighborhood

FOURTH DISTRICT Councilman David Ryu, holding Chevalier’s bag, tours the shopping district March 21 with Larchmont Village Business Improvement District co-exe t e re t r Heather Boylston and Larchmont Boulevard Association president John Winther.

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This is now totally out of control: Today, Saturday, [March 9] J&L Enclosed Auto Transport LLC parked on 6th Street, with its motor running FOR OVER AN HOUR, while its driver, who confronted me while I was taking photos, unloaded a white Porsche SUV and a blue BMW sports car (the owner of the BMW came immediately to pick up the car). The J&L transport truck blocked the turning lane on 6th, without regard to traffic safety, let alone pollution or respect for zoning laws. I was on the phone waiting for 311, and later, after being confronted by the driver, waiting for 911 for over 20 minutes. Maybe when a car (or a child!) gets hit by drivers blinded by these trucks, someone will take action. As I just wrote to Rob Fisher, field deputy at Councilmember David Ryu’s office: “Thanks for getting back to me, but let me be blunt… “Wednesday is street cleaning day on our block. If my car is on the street one minute after 8 a.m., I get a ticket, yet these trucks load and unload in the middle of Sixth Street, sometimes at midnight or 1 a.m., with impunity. The trucks can stay loaded and parked for DAYS on the south side of Sixth Street, including street sweeping Thursdays, and they never receive a ticket. “This illegal activity does not just ‘pop up’ every few months. It is EVERY week and several times a week at that.” This has been going on for a year now, and has to stop.

“When a person leaves Tocaloma, they get this one rock, and it’s really little, and you get to take it home with you.” Asher Horowitz Windsor Square

“I haven’t started yet. I’m taking science and book-making. I hope to do potions, exploding ones.” Sofie-Ann Sapochnik Larchmont

“Going on field trips.” Henry Carriere Windsor Square

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“I was on a sailboat, and I lost my shoe in the lake with my friends in Minnesota.” Helen McLean Windsor Square

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Larchmont Village Plaza parking lot refreshed Security cameras added for underground garage

By John Welborne The easiest way to avoid a parking ticket on Larchmont Boulevard is to park in the City of Los Angeles underground parking structure. No meters to run out! Park all day and pay a reasonable $6 maximum fee when you exit. (And some merchants validate!) The driveway just south of the Rite Aid store leads to onehour surface parking spaces and to the entrance to the underground structure where there is unlimited parking (until closing time). Parking hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Mon. to Sat., and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun. (which is free). With three underground levels, there almost always are at least a couple of dozen spaces available on the lowest floor, and there usually are spaces available on the upper floors as well. After parking, use the ele-



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vator or either of two stairways. As regular users have noticed, there has been a major refreshment and refurbishment underway in recent months. Driveway and ramp surfaces were refinished. Paint and lighting have been brightened up inside the garage. There is new directional signage. Plus, a new security system has been installed. Given some customers’ uncertainty about

using the convenient facility because it is underground, plus rumored security incidents, the owner has installed an elaborate system of security cameras to monitor and record activity on all floors of the structure. The system is expected to be fully operational this month, according to Liz Lopez of Modern Parking, Inc., operator of the lot on behalf of the city.

PARKING SPACES usually are plentiful in the city’s underground garage next to Rite Aid and under Trina Turk, etc.

SECURITY CAMERAS are installed throughout the underground garage on Larchmont.

PARKING LOT booth and attendant welcome drivers to the surface and underground parking facilities next to Rite Aid.


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Dogs out at CSC, Big Sunday touts 20th, NGA sets record Who let the dogs out?! Well, at the California Science Center’s 21st annual Discovery Ball, over 700 guests found out. They were greeted by the LAPD K–9 Unit, demonstrating what they do best with protective equipment in place, and by the LAFD with the fearless dogs of the National Disaster Search Foundation.

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Patty Hill The cocktail hour March 15 featured delicate hors d’ oeuvre that were upstaged by dog-bone shaped nibbles and, of course, Pink’s Hot Dogs washed down by Salty Dogs. No detail was overlooked; grass upholstered sofas and lounge chairs, doggie topiaries, and a large picket fence enclosing the most adorable puppies. Wallis Annenberg, president and chairwoman of the Annenberg Foundation, assisted the ribbon-cutting ceremony with Sara Carson and her “Super Collies” (canine stars of “America’s Got Talent”) for the much-anticipated exhibition “Dogs! A Science Tail.” A private viewing was available throughout the evening. As guests were being seated, the dinner scene in a green park setting below the Shut-

tle Endeavor was completed with “fire flies” and a forest of live (human) trees. The first course was “a secret vegetable garden” in edible soil with a dog-shaped butter toast standing at the center. Science Center trustees Margo O’Connell, decked out as Cruella De Vil and Sukie Garcetti dressed as a Dalmatian. Their respective husbands Michael and Gil accompanied them. Other swellegents among them were Jon Vein with son Jack, Congresswoman Maxine Waters with husband Ambassador Sidney Williams, Patti MacJennett, Mary Carley, ball cochairs Dan Beckerman and Jon DeSimone. Science Center president Jeffrey Rudolph entered the stage with his golden retriever, Buddy, and expressed his excitement over the debut of the center’s latest exhibition, “Dogs! A Science Tail,” which continues through Jan. 5, 2020. “The proceeds from this evening will enable us to continue providing exceptional science learning and educational opportunities,” Rudolph explained. His comments inspired attendees to bid thousands on the Center’s Science Camp scholarships. • • • The prior evening was a momentous occasion for Jon Vein and his wife Elaine Goldsmith Vein as they were honored by the beloved, handson organization Big Sunday. David Levinson, founder of

CRUELLA DE VIL at the California Science Center gala for the exhibit, “Dogs! A Science Tail,” was trustee Margo O’Connell, accompanied by husband Michael.

what began 20 years ago as Mitzvah Day and ballooned into the citywide charity it is today, told the crowd how grateful he is to have met and known so many kind and generous supporters. The bash was held at Candela on La Brea and also honored staff member Berenice Katcher and NBC Universal. Among the 400 enjoying dinner and dancing to the Blue Breeze Band were Susan and Howie Mandel, Dr. Henry and June Takei, Jane Gilman, Andy Goodman and Carolyn Ramsay, Corie Brown and Chris Fager, Andrea Troyer, and Jen Devore. • • • There was lots of art-related activity last month. Former Larchmont resident, architect Scott Johnson, had a one-man art show in the Eastern Projects Gallery in Chinatown. (Please turn to page 5)

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CONGRESSWOMAN Maxine Waters attended the Science Center Ball with her husband, Ambassador Sidney Williams.

MARY CARLEY and Patti MacJennett enjoy the California Science Center dinner under the Shuttle Endeavor.

BIG SUNDAY honored Elaine Goldsmith Vein and her husband, Jon Vein, shown with their son Jack.

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MAYOR Eric Garcetti joins Big Sunday founder David Levinson at the annual gala held at Candela on La Brea Ave.

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The gallery is in the large Blossom Plaza apartment complex that Scott and his firm designed, right next to a Gold Line station. Among the many attending were both now-adult Johnson children, Zoe and Max (who lived for many years in the house Scott designed on Larchmont Blvd. that now will house the Jane Club), Jennifer and Bill Fain, Meg Jenkins, art maven Merry Norris, and UCLA architectural historian Tom Hines. The show runs to Apr. 27. Earlier in the month, California Art Club president Peter Adams was master of ceremonies for the Collectors’ Preview of the 300-plus paintings and sculptures created by club members, including

Gayle Garner Roski, who grew up on Hudson Ave. • • • And the Oscar goes to… looking as stunning as any red-carpet couple at the Dolby Theatre on Feb. 24 were Karla and Bill Ahmanson. Meanwhile, snuggled up at home with a gathering of family and friends was Flo Fowkes at her Plymouth Boulevard home. Flo’s daughter Sloane, neighbors Marge and Alan Graf, Carole and Beryl Farfel, Betsy Phillips and Connie McCreight feasted on chicken chili, cheese and jalapeno cornbread, goat and mascarpone-stuffed dates wrapped in prosciutto, and chocolate olive oil cake with raspberries, all while playing Oscar bingo and picking winners. All agreed they ate as well

ARTIST and architect Scott Johnson, FAIA (right), greets Hancock Park’s Carol and Darryl Holter at Johnson’s exhibit opening at the Eastern Projects Gallery in Chinatown.

as those attending the postOscars Governors’ Ball! • • • Larchmont merchants also know how to celebrate. Periodic mixers for members of the Larchmont Boulevard Association have been held in many local places — Ahmet Zappa’s office, Café Gratitude, Keller Williams and more. But none has been as high as, and with as good a view as, the mixer held at Larchmont Pediatrics’ offices on both the north and south sides of (Please turn to page 6)

GUESTS Zoe Johnson, Jennifer Fain and Meg Jenkins greet a new arrival at the opening for Zoe’s father’s art show.


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“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” — Winston Churchill And that’s the chat!

CALIFORNIA ART CLUB president Peter Adams poses in front of one of his paintings with wife Elaine Adams (left) and fellow artist Gayle Roski. MIXER hostess Dr. Neville Anderson faces left, LBA board member Leisha Willis faces right, and other LBA members and guests chat.

AT THE OSCARS were Karla and Bill Ahmanson.

HOME WATCHING the Oscars at Chez Fowkes were Marge Graf and hostesses Flo and Sloane Fowkes.

At. Anne’s spring boutique, Angel Awards 2019 St. Anne’s Guild spring boutique is Sat., April 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 155 N. Occidental Blvd. Easter baskets, treasures from the Guild’s Thrift Shop and a large selection of vendors will be featured. Call Marlee Dressen for lunch tickets of $30 or for more information,

323-934-7659. Parking and entrance is free. St. Anne’s Evening of Angels 2019 is Sat., April 13 at 5 p.m. at the Taglyan Complex, 1201 Vine St. This year’s Angel Award honorees are Craig C. Drian, co-chairman and CEO of Occidental Entertainment Group

Holdings, Inc., and Mayor Eric Garcetti. Former Guild resident Teresa Alvarado will receive the Triumph Award. Founded in 1938, the Guild opened its first thrift shop in 1944. St. Anne’s, which opened in 1908, addresses at-risk, pregnant and / or parenting young women, children and families.

AUCTIONEERS for NGA’s “Caddyshack for a Cause,” Olivia and Photo by Mike Kawata Steve Kazanjian.

Dress safari casual Art auction to benefit for Zoo’s wild and Project Angel Food fun Beastly Ball A contemporary art auction The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association’s Beastly Ball is Sat., May 18 at 5:30 p.m. at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, 5333 Zoo Dr. Sylvia Earle, marine biologist, explorer, author and lecturer, is the 2019 honoree. The first-ever Conservation Hero Award will be given to Glen Curado, founder and CEO of World Harvest Charities and Family Services. Participating restaurants include local favorites Pink’s Hot Dogs and El Cholo. Dress is safari casual. Visit

benefiting Project Angel Food is Thurs., May 9 at 7 p.m. Project Angel Food Executive Director Richard Ayoub will host the event at the Ai Weiweidesigned United Talent Agency Artist Space in Beverly Hills. Online bidding begins in April. Celebrating its 24th year, the annual event has raised more than $11 million for Project Angel Food, which continues to provide meals for thousands of men, women and children facing life-threatening illnesses. For tickets visit angelfood. org/angelart.



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• Compass Real Estate • Deasy Penner Podley Real Estate • Jane Club

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the top (tenth) floor of the Larchmont Medical Building. Hostesses Drs. Neville Anderson, Alexandra McCollum and Amaka Priest welcomed LBA members with plentiful provisions from Larchmont Village Wine and Cheese. Among the local businesspeople seen were Bob Day, Vivian Gueler, Leisha Willis, Mel Miyamoto, Liz Fuller, Dr. Jim Gibbons and Kathy Whooley. • • • The numbers are in from NGA’s “Caddyshack for a Cause” held at the Wilshire Country Club Feb. 23. The event attended by over 200 guests raised a record $100,000 for the purchase of new clothes, linens and all that is needed by area charities. Kudos to co-chairs Kiel FitzGerald and Megan Derry as well as Kathleen Macomber and auctioneers extraordinaire Olivia and Steve Kazanjian.

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est categories is eligible to run for office and to vote. The special interest categories include renters and members of education, religious, business and non-profit groups. There also is an at-large position for which all stakeholders may vote.

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The non-partisan neighborhood councils were established through the city to advise elected officials, as well as residents and other stakeholders, on issues of concern to the neighborhood. Visit Pets in July Stay tuned; the owner of the Barking Lot pet store and vet-

erinarian at Larchmont Animal Clinic, Dr. Jan Ciganek, will be profiled in our Pets of Larchmont issue, July 2019. The Chronicle is accepting photos of residents’ pets for inclusion in the July Pets section. Send photos with your name, pet’s name, plus address (not for publication) to suzan@

BOMB SQUAD ROBOT in action March 5 on Larchmont Boulevard to investigate a suspicious device reported to police.

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Bomb squad on Larchmont

By Billy Taylor The 600 block of N. Larchmont Blvd. was closed for several hours March 5 as the Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) bomb squad investigated a suspicious device. At the time, rumors were that a bomb was reported at the Thai Consulate, located at 611 N. Larchmont Blvd. However, the Chronicle has confirmed that was not the case. “It was near the embassy, not at the embassy,” explained LAPD Public Information Officer Drake Madison. “There

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were no threats associated with the incident. The item turned out to be a GPS tracker only.” The incident, which was reported by a concerned citizen who witnessed a person place a device under a parked car, was related to a domestic dispute, according to an officer on the scene. It is believed that a man was attempting to track his wife with a GPS device under her car, which was parked on Larchmont. No charges were filed because the suspect is the registered owner of the car.

LET’S MAKE A DEAL: Featured last month in an episode of the longtime TV show were Miracle Mile residents Helen Baudistel Glynn, Windsor Square native and Marlborough graduate, and spouse Kevin Glynn, a long-time Los Angeles High School teacher who retired in 2017. The episode aired the day before the couple’s 25th anniversary: “Quite a present!” said Kevin, who describes this photo as the result of being married to him for 25 years.

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Nat King Cole honored in Los Angeles POLICE BEAT and today, our neighborhood Spring is here, at long last! has a post office named in After what appears to be the Property crimes up; cell Council Cole’s honor. To celebrate his coldest winter in decades, it’s life, his music, and all he did a relief to cast off the blusphones are an easy target ter and clouds for sunshine, Report to improve Hancock Park and WILSHIRE DIVISION


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WILSHIRE DIVISION BURGLARY THEFT FROM VEHICLE: Cell phone accessories were stolen from a car parked on the 100 block of N. Sycamore Ave. March 1 at 9:30 a.m. Unknown suspect smashed the driver side window to gain entry to the car. OLYMPIC DIVISION ROBBERIES: Three male suspects approached a female victim walking near the corner of Harvard Blvd. and James M. Wood Blvd. and snatched the cell phone from the victim’s hands March 3 at 6:30 p.m. The victim chased one of the suspects until another one of the suspects appeared with a blue steel semi-automatic gun pointed at her. In fear for her life, the victim stopped following and the suspects fled on foot. A man working as a Lyft driver on the 4200 block of Wilshire Blvd. sustained injuries during an attempted robbery when a rider tried to steal his phone March 13 at 2:55 p.m.

AGGRAVATED ASSAULTS: A male was walking near the corner of Western Ave. and Wilshire Blvd. when he was approached by another man brandishing a knife March 5 at 7:20 a.m. The victim kept walking and nothing was stolen. A woman was headbutted and a gun was brandished at her during a domestic violence dispute over moving items on a bed at an apartment on the 300 block of S. Hobart Blvd. March 13 at 8:30 a.m. The police were called and the suspect was arrested. BURGLARY: Jewelry, a purse and other items were taken from a residence on the 500 block of N. Irving Blvd. March 11 around 1:30 p.m. The suspect entered the backyard and kicked in the rear bedroom door to gain entry. GRAND THEFT AUTO: A white 2017 four-door Lexus was stolen from the corner of Western Ave. and Fifth St. March 12 between 7 and 9 p.m.

and see more people enjoying that sunshine on Larchmont Boulevard. With spring come new opportunities to get involved and enjoy our city, but before we spring into what’s ahead, I want to take a look back at all we’ve been up to in the month prior. March has been a big month, both for the local community and for our city. This past March 17 would have been the 100th birthday for musician Nat King Cole, who lived in Hancock Park for more than 20 years, and we celebrated with a special City Council presentation. On March 8, I was joined by local community members and Nat King Cole’s grandson Harleigh to celebrate the life and legacy of Nat King Cole, who not only recorded more than 700 songs, but also was instrumental in ending racial covenants in Hancock Park. Nat King Cole was not only the genius behind “Unforgettable,” “L-O-V-E,” and “Route 66,” he had the courage to challenge a decades-old racism that pervaded our community in the mid-20th century. When Cole and his family moved into their home on Muirfield Road, the community was less than welcoming. Neighbors complained and tried to push him out. The local KKK put a burning cross on his lawn. Despite his global fame, local homeowners told him



David E. Ryu they didn’t want any “undesirables” in the neighborhood, to which he famously replied, “Neither do I. If I see any, I will be the first to complain.” His signature charm wasn’t enough to win the neighbors of Hancock Park over, and they fought left and right to get him out. Unfortunately, they had the law on their side. Just by moving in, Cole was challenging a racial covenant that privately regulated Hancock Park real properties and much of our city. For decades, these covenants meant that blacks, Jews, Asians and anyone non-white was barred from buying property in certain neighborhoods. But Cole stuck it out — and in doing so, he brought to an end the decades-old restrictions that kept our city apart. And, as we all know, Hancock Park changed, too. By the end of his life, Cole family members were beloved neighbors,


(Continued from page 2) [Council members] John Ferraro or Tom LaBonge would have put an end to this long ago. I have been communicating with the David Ryu office regularly for one year. Still nothing! I plan to raise this when Mr. Ryu decides to run next. Louis Fantasia Sixth Street Editor’s note: The Chronicle asked Councilman Ryu about this issue. Here is his reponse: “Our office has been working for some time to address issues related to illegal truck loading taking place along 6th Street near Norton Ave, and we are working

our city, we declared March 17, 2019 as Nat King Cole Day in the City of Los Angeles. We’ve also been celebrating new housing solutions coming to Council District Four. Adding to our existing projects in Hollywood — the LGBT Center and Gardner Women’s Bridge Housing Center, which will bring a combined 255 units of housing online later this year — I recently announced three new projects for affordable and bridge housing. One, the Aviva project, will bring 42 units of housing to transitional-aged young women. Another, the Los Feliz Bridge Home, will bring around 70 beds to those experiencing homelessness, and finally, the Mercy Housing Center on Burbank Boulevard will bring 55 units of affordable housing to seniors in Sherman Oaks. I’m thrilled to welcome these new projects to Council District Four and to work to build more affordable, supportive, and bridge housing to help bring our homeless neighbors home. to increase enforcement of the parking laws. Previously, the Dept. of Transportation (LADOT) has sent enforcement officers to this location on numerous occasions where they have issued citations to violators, including many citations in March. “Unfortunately, this activity has persisted despite this enforcement. Therefore, I have worked with LADOT to secure additional enforcement on a more frequent basis, and I have alerted LAPD, which has agreed to send officers to ticket moving violations in the area. While I am hopeful that these efforts will yield results, I encourage the community to continue to report any and all illegal activity to LADOT, LAPD and my office.”

April 17, 2019 8:00 pm Royce Hall, UCLA AUTO TRANSPORT trucks park on Sixth Street, at Norton Avenue, such as these two, above and below, recently unloading vehicles. Photos by Louis Fantasia

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last five months and will focus on upgrades and renovations to the already existing property, including making bedrooms and bathrooms ADA compliant, as well as building kitchenettes and lounges throughout the property. Set to open in July, the residence will also provide counseling, job training and

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council district. CD4 Construction of the 42-room residential structure on the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Camino Palmero Street in Council District Four is expected to

Housing types: ‘bridge’ and ‘supportive’ Terms much in use these days describe two different types of housing solutions to get people residing on sidewalks into alternative housing. Bridge The first step is to move someone from a tent or underpass into a place where there is not only a real roof, but also safety and counseling. The latter allows a resident’s particular issues to be understood and addressed. This type of facility is temporary by design — a “bridge” to a more permanent housing solution. Bridge housing is much faster to build than permanent housing, like a new apartment building. Bridge housing can be created quickly, such as in an existing apartment building, a former library, or a vacant lot where trailers or shipping containers or other structures are installed temporarily. The goal is to get people off the streets as soon as possible. Bridge housing, unlike the more commonly described “homeless shelter,” has intensive on-site services that are focused on helping people find permanent housing as quickly as possible. From the bridge housing location, individuals and families can be directed to supportive housing or regular affordable housing. Studies indicate that about three-fourths of the people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles County just need a place to live that they can afford. Supportive However, for many formerly homeless people, such as those with disabilities or long histories of homelessness, counseling and other services will still be needed when they move to apartments. That is where “supportive housing” comes in. Funding for bridge and supportive housing locally has been provided by taxpayers through Proposition HHH and Measure H. For the majority of people now living on the streets, all they need is affordable housing. Both types of new apartment housing, supportive or affordable, look like typical contemporary apartment buildings built everywhere in the city, but the designs for supportive housing include community rooms and counseling offices where supportive services can be provided to keep residents on the path to a secure housing future that is not on the streets.


life skills to young women between the ages of 18 and 24 who are homeless. “Very few organizations have as much experience running intensive residential programs for high-needs groups as Aviva. In fact, we got our start 104 years ago by housing young women who had nowhere else to live,” said Regina Bette, Aviva president and CEO. Young Homeless According to the most recent Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count, 30 percent of Hollywood’s homeless are between the ages of 18 to 24, a population known as “transitional age youth,” and up to 40 percent of them have some experience with the foster system. The residential program will build upon Aviva’s extensive experience with this population while also extending its reach to help address the housing crisis. “Aviva serves families and young people in crisis in

AT THE GROUNDBREAKING on Hollywood Boulevard are Councilman Ryu, Regina Bette, Genevieve Haines and Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Los Angeles,” said Genevieve Haines, board chair and Windsor Square resident. “Even though Aviva’s services are comprehensive, we can’t keep up with our clients’ housing needs in the Los Angeles market. With this home, we’re able to offer a more complete spectrum of care to young people aging out of the foster care system and on the brink of homeless-

ness,” Haines added. The program’s target population of transitional-age female youth will include mothers and their children. They will receive food, clothing, mental health services and case management. They will also have access to educational resources, allowing them to enroll in college classes or complete a GED or (Please turn to page 12)

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an online learning program. Through Aviva’s Family Resource Center, the women will have access to a wide range of independent-living skills, professional development and artistic self-expression opportunities. A kitchen, beauty salon

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and apparel closet can also provide hands-on experience and “internships” to residents who have shown a professional interest in these fields. From the Los Angeles City Council, the Aviva residential project received approximately $2.3 million in funding from the Homeless Emergency Assistance Program (HEAP).

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Ryu submitted the funding motion that was approved in January by the full council. “I’m honored to partner with Aviva Family and Children’s Services to bring bridge housing for transitional-aged youth to Hollywood,” Ryu said. CD10 In addition to the Aviva and several other bridge housing projects underway in Councilman David Ryu’s Council District Four, there has been a big breakthrough in selecting a site for a bridge housing facility in City Council President Herb Wesson’s adjacent Council District Ten. Last May and June saw a rocky start and community rejection when the CD10 Office proposed a site for temporary homeless housing on a city parking lot on Vermont Avenue near Wilshire Boulevard. In the ensuing months, a collaborative process with representatives of three neighborhood councils and other community leaders has resulted in a consensus supporting the selection of another site for a bridge housing project — a triangle of City land south of Wilshire Blvd., across from the Lafayette Recreation Center. A large gathering of neighbors and homeless housing advocates met at the recreation center March 13 to review the drawings for the project and to speak with various experienced homeless service providers and Councilman Wesson and his staff. The positive spirit in the room seemed destined to move the project forward quickly, according to attendee Marilyn Wells, co-founder with Allison Schallert of Stories from the Frontline. The organization is bringing accurate information to residents across the city concerning the steps to get people off city streets and into affordable housing. A contingent of Greater Wilshire neighbors was present to show support for the efforts of: Herb Wesson and his office; the adjacent neighborhood council leaders; United Way; KTown for All; the Office of the Mayor and People Assisting The Homeless (PATH), among others. Locals at the meeting in addition to Wells and Schallert included Geri Hurley, Judy Vaughan, Michele Richards, Joe Waz, Margaret Ecker, Meridyth MacDonald, Alysoun Higgins, and Linda Salas.

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By Audrey Monke Resilience — or grit — has been highlighted in recent years as an important character trait necessary for a happy, successful life. Christine Carter, Ph.D., in her book, “Raising Happiness,” sums it up well: “Grit makes our kids productive and successful because it allows them to reach their long-term goals despite life’s setbacks.” How can parents help kids grow their grit? One solution is sending them to summer camp! Here are five ways summer camp experiences help grow grit. #1 Learning self-reliance. Campers learn to do more things for themselves when mom or dad isn’t around to clean up, make decisions, and solve problems. With counselors alongside, camp is a great place for kids to develop selfreliance. Counselors coach campers to be responsible for themselves, but they will not tidy their bunks or dress them in warm sweatshirts. Learning to do more for themselves — and seeing that they CAN manage

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tivity or social skills without their parents’ help goals, there are many — grows campers’ grit. new, unfamiliar things #2 Experiencing miscampers experience takes and failures. that aren’t necessarParents often stop a ily challenges, but child’s failure before it they can be for some occurs because it’s too kids. If you studied difficult to watch when abroad during college, we know the easy fix. Unyou know that living fortunately, by not allowin a new country and ing our kids to feel failnavigating the culture ure, we deprive them of grows your grit. For the chance to learn from many kids, going to their mistakes. camp is like that. For At camp, kids make an only child, living mistakes all the time and are actually encouraged CRAWLING out of the saline mud at Mono in close quarters with Lake might have helped grow grit for camper eight or nine other to fail (which is viewed John Welborne circa 1959. kids is a completely as nothing more than a first attempt in learning); we isn’t much fun for first-tim- new experience, and every celebrate persevering through ers, but those who keep try- new experience, whether easy failures, which also grows grit. ing often discover a rewarding or difficult, grows the confidence kids have in themselves #3 Talking about, setting, payoff. and reaching goals. In the same way, campers toward other new experiences, Kids reinvent themselves experience amazing gratifi- which grows their grit. #5 Feeling emotional and at camp. Counselors encour- cation when they overcome age campers to share what a fear of heights or break physical discomfort. Many campers feel emotionthey want to learn and specific through their shyness when goals that they have for the talking to new people. Even al discomfort while away from session. These goals become pooping in the woods for the home. Because of this, some a source of motivation, and first time is celebrated as an parents will never send their campers grow through chal- accomplishment at camp! And kids to camp. Those of us who lenging themselves. each of these goals reached, have experienced how camp positively impacts kids know Water-skiing is a great ex- big or small, grows grit. that it’s the uncomfortable ample of how kids grow grit #4 Facing new challenges. at camp. Frankly, water-skiing In addition to specific ac- stuff that helps them grow.

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The most common emotional discomfort at camp is homesickness, and it’s especially painful for anxious kids. Homesickness is very real, but it can be a source of growth once the camper figures out how to overcome the emotions and successfully complete camp. The physical discomforts of camp are also real. Parents may not want to hear about the hardships involved in a lightning storm, a frigid mountain night, a steep uphill hike, or lake water so cold it makes your teeth chatter. But these things are good for campers, who often don’t experience much physical discomfort at home. Campers speak with pride about the emotional and physical challenges they face and overcome at camp. And those experiences — maybe more than anything else — grow their grit. Audrey Monke and her husband have owned and directed Gold Arrow Camp in Lakeshore, California since 1989. See her sunshine-parenting. com and happycampersbook. com websites.

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Four generations of camp memories in the Sierra and Adirondacks

By John Welborne “Away camp” provides very special experiences for youngsters. Harry Chandler, who lived on June Street, as did his mother (and his father lived for a while on Hudson) reminisced with me recently about four generations of his family experiencing camp, circa 1937, 1963 and 1990. His stories ring very true to me because I spent most of my formative summers in the

Sierra Nevada near Mammoth Lakes. So, me first! Bill Badham I spent summers from 1958 through 1966 as a camper, then junior counselor, then counselor, at a High Sierra camp, Bill Badham’s (and eventually Jerry West’s and Les Richter’s and Don Drysdale’s) All American Village in Mammoth Lakes. My summer camping tenure actually started earlier — with

local day camps — under the tutelage of Badham (“Baddy”), the physical education director (and, later headmaster) of Carl F. Curtis School. I attended Baddy’s day camps in Los Angeles (Boys’ Athletic Club, then Holiday Hill). In 1958, I went away to Holiday Sierra (later renamed All American Village) at Mammoth Mountain. When I first arrived in Mammoth, I was in 5th grade at Third Street Elementary


School. From 7th grade through and including 9th grade, I was at Black-Foxe Military Institute (now condos on Wilcox at Melrose!). Then I was at boarding school in New Jersey. But, all those summers, and during my first summer at Cal (summer of 1966), I continued my attendance, then employment, with Bill Badham at Mammoth. After that, and given the

Vietnam War era, my next two summers did see me at “camp,” but it was with other Army ROTC students, first at Fort Benning, Georgia, and then at Fort Lewis, Washington. My memories of the Sierra summer camps are fonder than those of the U.S. Army’s summer camps. But both experiences had positive impacts on me, and I know that summer camp is a great (Please turn to page 15)

NATIVE AMERICAN chief’s regalia adorn man standing next to Otis Chandler, circa 1937 at Gold Arrow Camp in the Western erra h e t s s m ther r th m ha er at hes.

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INDIAN HEADDRESS remains a part of Sierra summer camp rituals circa 1959 at All American Village in Mammoth Lakes.

running camp under continual ownership of one family. Summer camp is a great adventure and a learning experience, and there are many terrific camps, both here in town and farther away, for local children to enjoy. I’ll be jealous!


FOURTH GENERATION camp visitor is Harry Chandler’s daughter, Margot (in pink shirt, lower left), circa 1990, at Camp MacCready in New York’s Adirondacks.

gift for young people and their maturation. Manny Vezie A well-known leader in the American summer camp movement was Manny Vezie. A former football player under legendary coach Knute Rockne at Notre Dame, Vezie came to California and founded Gold Arrow Camp at Huntington Lake, in the Western Sierra Nevada mountains, in 1933. The camp continues to this day, with multi-week sessions from June through August. Chandlers at camp The “Los Angeles Times” family of Gen. Harrison Gray Otis and his son-in-law Harry Chandler had a subsequent generation Chandler, Harry’s son Norman, manage and publish the paper from 1926 to 1960. Norman married Dorothy Buffum, and their son, Otis (the publisher from 1960 to 1980) was an early camper at Gold Arrow Camp. Otis and Marilyn (“Missy”) Chandler’s son, Harry, also attended Gold Arrow, and he provided the Chronicle some of the photos that accompany this story. In one photo,

1963. In about another 25 years, Harry’s daughter, Margot, also was a camper at Gold Arrow, and she later thrived at a camp in the Adirondack Mountains, Camp MacCready. That camp is part of a camp operation founded in 1905 that is the country’s longest



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Harry’s grandmother Dorothy Buffum Chandler is seen sitting on a rock or log while visiting Harry’s father Otis at Gold Arrow Camp, circa 1937. About 25 years later, Harry was a camper there, and we have a picture of him with his cousin, Bob Brant, circa


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Camp: the places you can go, the things you can do

From day camp to overnight camp, from singing and creating to surfing and sailing, there is much to keep your youngster engaged and your teenager occupied this summer. Sports, academics, the arts and fun are some of the activities available during the long days of summer with classes and camps. See below for our directory of places to go.

Overnight camps Boy Scouts of America 2333 Scout Way, 90026 626-351-8815, ext. 0 Catalina Island Camps 707 W. Woodbury Rd., #F Altadena, 91001 626-296-4040

Sylmar, 91342 818-889-5500

Camp Osito Rancho 1801 Camp Osito Rd. Big Bear Lake, 92315 626-677-2302 Camp Ramah 385 Fairview Rd. Ojai, 93023 310-476-8571 Gold Arrow Camp P.O. Box 155 Lakeshore, 93634 800-554-2267 Griffith Park Boys Camp 4730 Crystal Springs Dr., 90027; 323-664-0571

Camp Hollywoodland 3200 Canyon Dr., 90068 323-467-7193 camp.hollywoodland

Guided Discoveries 27282 Calle Arroyo San Juan Capistrano, 92675 909-625-6194

Camp JCA Shalom Shalom Institute 8955 Gold Creek Rd.

Habonim Dror Camp Gilboa 38200 Bluff Lake Rd. Big Bear Lake, 92315 323-653-6772 Pali Adventures 330778 Hwy 18 Running Springs, CA 92382 909-867-5743

323-938-2531 Los Angeles City College 855 N. Vermont Ave., 90029 323-953-4000 ext. 2651

YMCA Summer Camps: Round Meadow 41011 Jenks Lake Rd. W. Angelus Oaks, 92305 Whittle 31701 Rim of the World Dr. Fawnskin, 92333 909-866-3000 summer-camp

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

Day camps

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

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 silver-lake Snooknuk Summer Camp 506 N. Larchmont Blvd., 90004 323-498-5258 Summerkids 3697 N. Fair Oaks Ave. Altadena, 91001 626-577-9979 / 626-398-1426 Tom Sawyer Camps 707 W. Woodbury Rd., #F Altadena, 91001 626-794-1156 Tumbleweed Day Camp 1024 Hanley Ave., 90049 310-472-7474 UCLA Recreation 2131 John R. Wooden Center 90095; 310-825-3671

Art camps Art Works 660 N. Larchmont Blvd., 90004 323-463-2562 Junior Art Center 4800 Hollywood Blvd., 90027 323-644-6275 Children’s Arts Institute CCS Campus 14702 Sylvan St. Van Nuys, 91411 Westland Campus 16200 Mulholland Dr., 90049 818-780-6226 Wizard of Art 1947 Hillhurst Ave., 90027


Dance camps Marat Daukayev School of Ballet 731 S. La Brea Ave., 90036 323-965-0333 Sophie Dance 5867 W 3rd St., 90036 323-395-3050 3407 Glendale Blvd., 90039 213-280-8074 Studio B by Sophie Dance 5770 Melrose Ave, Ste. 205, 90038 323-455-7314

Drama camps Los Angeles Drama Club Fais Do Do 5253 Adams Blvd., 90016 Lyric Theatre 520 N. La Brea Ave., 90036 Sacred Fools Theater 1078 Lillian Way, 90038 323-334-0370 Los Angeles County High School for the Arts Summer Arts Conservatory CSULA Bldg. 20 5151 State University Dr., 90032 818-957-1619 Studio LOL 12434 Moorpark St. Studio City, 91604 818-660-3460 Swordplay Studios 416 S. Victory Blvd. Burbank, 91502 818-566-1777 Theatre 360 Performing Arts Camp 75 N. Marengo Ave. Pasadena, 91101 626-577-5922 Youth Academy of Dramatic Arts 8115 W. Third St., 90048 323-655-9232

Garden camps Arboretum Nature Camp 301 N. Baldwin Ave. Arcadia, 91007 626-821-4623 camp-for-kids/

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City Seedlings 2055 W. 24th St., 90018 323-717-9785 Discoveries Camp at Descanso Gardens 1418 Descanso Dr. La Cañada Flintridge, 91011 818-354-3418 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 213-763-3348 programming Natural History Museum 900 Exposition Blvd., 90007 213-763-3348 Los Angeles County Museum of Art 5905 Wilshire Blvd., 90036 323-857-6139 art-classes-camps

Music camps Burbank Music Academy Rock-n-Roll Camp 4107 W. Burbank Blvd. Burbank, 91505 818-845-7625 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. Pasadena, 91105 626-568-8850 Los Angeles Opera Camp 135 N. Grand Ave., 90012 (213) 972-3157 students/operacamp Rhodes School of Music 215 N. Larchmont Blvd. Unit C, 90004

School camps Buckley School 3900 Stansbury Ave. Sherman Oaks, 91423 818-783-1610

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Camp Super Duper Pilgrim School 540 Commonwealth Ave., 90020; 866-309-7322 Camp TIOH 7300 Hollywood Blvd., 90046 323-876-8330 camp-tioh Camp Wildfolk Larchmont Charter School 1265 N. Fairfax Ave., 90046 424-341-5522 Campbell Hall Summer School 4533 Laurel Cyn Blvd. Studio City, 91607 818-505-2415 Center for Early Education Closed for construction. 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 Studio City, 91604 818-487-6527 Immaculate Heart 5515 Franklin Ave., 90028 323-461-3651 academics/summer-school Kid’s KO-R Third Street Elementary 201 S. June St., 90004 323-481-3268 Loyola High School 1901 Venice Blvd., 90006 213-381-5121, ext. 1202 or 1207 summer-session Marlborough Summer School 250 S. Rossmore Ave., 90004 323-964-8401

Marymount High School 10643 W. Sunset Blvd., 90077 310-472-1205 New Covenant Academy 3119 W 6th St., 90020 213-487-5437 Summer at Mayfield 500 Bellefontaine Pasadena, 91105 626-799-9121 summermayfield

Page Academy Hancock Park 565 N. Larchmont Blvd., 90004 323-463-5118 Pilgrim Camp Patriot 540 S. Commonwealth Ave. 90020; 213-400-8885 Steve and Kate’s Temple Emanuel 300 N. Clark Dr. Beverly Hills, 90211 323-205-2308 Walgrove Avenue Elementary 1630 Walgrove Ave., 90066 323-272-2141

Sports camps

Blast Sharks Swim Camp 818-445-5188 Campbell Hall Sports Camp 4533 Laurel Canyon Blvd. Studio City, 91607 818-505-2415 Enterprise Farms 3919 Rigali Ave., 90039 323-665-8977 Fitness By the Sea 1541 Palisades Dr. Pacific Palisades, 90272 310-459-2425


Golden State Gymnastics 1828 N. Keystone St. Burbank, 91504 818-558-1177 Got Game Sports Camp 408 S. Fairfax Ave., 90036 310-975-8524 LA School of Gymnastics 8450 Higuera St. Culver City, 90232 310-204-1980 Learn To Surf 641 Westminster Ave., #5 Venice, 90291 310-663-2479 Marlborough Sports Camp 250 S. Rossmore Ave., 90004 323-964-8401

Wolverine Sports Harvard Westlake 700 N. Faring Rd., 90077 3700 Coldwater Canyon Studio City, 91604 818-487-6527

Special interest camps Cal State Young Writers 5151 State University Dr., 90032; 323-343-5901

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Kramer. In addition to hosting school-year retreats for the Los Angeles Unified School District and other organizations, Hess Kramer welcomed around 270 campers each summer while Hilltop welcomed approximately 120 campers. “Before the fires, this was a gorgeous, beautiful space. It was where lots of people spent their summers making

friendships that they wouldn’t otherwise have connections to and building a Jewish community,” assistant director Erica Feinman said. CSU Channel Islands The blaze consumed 90 percent of the grounds and 87 out of 97 structures. The camps have been relocated to Calif. State University Channel Islands for the summer, 15 minutes north of the camps’ Malibu properties. “It really wasn’t a question. We knew that even in the hard

times that there was going to be camp no matter what it took, and it wasn’t an option for us to not have camp,” Feinman said. Cal State Channel Islands offers the outdoor environment and modern facilities needed for the camps to maintain most of their traditions. They will still embark on weekly beach days, eat popular grilled cheeses and celebrate Shabbat on Friday nights, along with customary arts and crafts, ceremonies and cele-

CAMPERS fr m Hess Kramer at a seas e

brations. Staffers are working on installing a rock wall and high ropes course like those at their previous campgrounds. The most notable change will be campus dormitories replacing the wooden cabins. Camp administrators intend to hold to the five-to-one camper-to-counselor rooming ratio, but campers will also enjoy an early exposure to the typical college experience. Reconstruction Reconstruction in Malibu has not yet started. Given the record-breaking rainy season in Southern California, opportunities to rebuild have been scarce. Mudslides and rain prevented substantial progress. Administrators have postponed plans until after the rains are safely behind. “It’s not just like rebuilding a home. It’s like rebuilding a neighborhood with over 60 buildings to be rebuilt plus infrastructure of roads and electricity and plumbing and all that,” Feinman said. The loss of the facilities has tightened their community, bringing people together, from alumni to current campers to members of the Jewish community. “Camp isn’t just about the place. It’s about the people. And we’ve been able to see that through the pictures that people have shared on our social media pages and the impromptu Shabbat gatherings that people have put on with their friends and alumni from across the world,” Feinman said. Camp JCA Shalom Camp JCA Shalom is a 20-minute drive inland from Hess Kramer and Hilltop. It is located on Shalom Institute’s 225-acre campus and similarly acts as a summer camp and year-round retreat. Approximately 25,000 people visit the Malibu campus during the year, but only 900 of these visitors are summer campers. The site also plays host to over 15 family camps each year, programs for local religious schools, community programs and Shemesh


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A YOUNG CAMPER is caught by a counselor at Marlborough Summer. Photo by Bill Devlin

Learning, friendship, fun at Marlborough Summer

By Carly Rodriguez With expanded offerings — and a new look — Marlborough’s coed summer program brings together activities, arts, and academics that will help kids (and their parents) create the perfect summer day. Marlborough first introduced summer programming in the 1950s, initially offering already-enrolled students an opportunity to make up classes for academic credit. It wasn’t until the 1980s that the program expanded to include non-Marlborough students, classes for elementary-age children, and a special summer abroad program to Scotland. According to the 1983 catalog, the primary purpose of the program was “to make available, for children entering grades three and above, experiences in mathematics, science, history, creative writing, the arts, and athletics which will spark their interest and develop their skills in these disciplines.” In the 1990s, Marlborough’s summer offerings expanded to become more like the program we know today, incorporating a wider range of classes and activities beyond traditional subjects. As the campus grew and expanded, so did the summer fun, incorporating Booth Field and Munger Hall, then later the Caryll Mudd Sprague Aquatic Center expanded. Also offered are tennis courts, fitness center, and now the Shari and Ed Glazer Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Fun and Sun Online registration is underway for Marlborough’s summer offerings, which include: a trip to Alaska; week-long workshops in entrepreneurship, leadership, and drama; SAT/ACT prep; and a family ceramics class. Also offered are the long-standing programs for students entering kindergarten and first grade

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Director Riona Feves said. The camp was evacuated on Nov. 9. Staff and emergency workers saved the animals, equipment and Torah scrolls. The fire consumed everything other than a few adult housing structures, trees and the swimming pool. “I know two people who got married at camp and have been bringing their kid to camp since he was an infant. People have gone through major life changes at camp and associate memories with the place,” Feves said. Gold Creek Center All of the programs are running with the help of the greater Jewish community. Camp JCA Shalom will be held, however, at Gold Creek Center in the Angeles National Forest.

CAMP BUILDING at Hess Kramer after the fire.

Photo courtesy Erica Feinman, Wilshire Boulevard Camps

Gold Creek Center belongs to Hallelujah Prayer Center, an affiliate of the Korean Presbyterian Church. “They don’t typically rent out during that time period, but they found out about us, and they decided that this would be the time,” Camp JCA

Shalom director Joel Charnick said. Rebuilding Meanwhile, staffers have started the slow process of rebuilding, raising funds and obtaining permits to begin work on the campground. The Jewish Federation and Foun-

dation for Jewish Camps have been especially instrumental and supportive. “These two organizations have gone above and beyond, and that’s kind of what has helped prop us up in our time of need,” Charnick said. Members of the JCA Shalom Teenage Service Camp (TASC) have plans to start on building smaller structures that do not require permits. “I think being together again in camp with the camp community and just being in the middle of all that magic is going to be very healing, and I think it’s going to provide a bit of closure for everyone,” Feves said. Charnick and others have rebuilt one crucial structure for the camp already: their shalom sign, the first image of the camp as campers arrived. Charnick contacted the origi-

nal builders and, in December, they traveled to the charred site and rebuilt it throughout the night. “The message was that we’re going to rebuild this thing. It’s going to take a while, and the time in between is going to be difficult. Sometimes it’s painful, but then we’ll be back. And when we’re back, we will be better than ever,” Charnick said. Talia Abrahamson is a junior at Marlborough School.

CREW creates the Shalom sign. Photo by Joel Charnick


(Continued from page 19) One-week camps in leadership, sports, art, and STEM run June 10 to 14 and June 17 to 21. Camp Mustang and the classic summer program are June 24 to July 26. In addition there is a name change. “While there are certainly plenty of learning opportunities available at every stage of our program, this isn’t ‘school’ as most kids and their parents think of it,” said Ida Dahan, director of Summer and Enrichment Programs. The 2019 Marlborough Summer catalog is available on the program’s new website. Student workers, many of whom are Marlborough students, have been busy submitting their applications to serve as counselors, teacher assistants, office staff, lifeguards, and lunch crew. “2018 was my second year as a lifeguard and swim instructor,” said Blanca Diaz, ’20. “Working at Marlborough Summer teaches you what it truly means to be responsible... All the student workers not only push one another to become better employees, but better people as well. And on top of that, working at Marlborough Summer is fun. During our breaks, all the student workers would watch the World Cup together and, oftentimes, the swim instructors would perform relay races together.” Registration continues to June 24, pending space. For more information, visit Article was excerpted from Marlborough School’s Momentum Magazine. Carly Rodriguez is director communications at the school.

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Admissions scandal is talk around the neighborhood

By Nanci Leonard For the past few weeks, no matter where you go or with whom you chat, Operation Varsity Blue (so named by the FBI) is a scandal that has been a constant topic of conversation. Why is everyone so captivated by this scheme? Because almost every family who has a child has either experienced or will experience the college admissions process. “As a college freshman who attended Harvard-Westlake, I am outraged by this situation. I wish that the college process was not this unfair,” said a student who did not want to be named. Over the past 25 years, as a college counselor, I have assisted thousands of students and their families as they navigate the college admissions process. When first meeting with a student, I

always ask them to name 10 random colleges. Inevitably, Harvard, Yale, Stanford, UCLA and USC are mentioned. (These are some of the colleges where employees allegedly accepted bribes to guarantee admission to students.) However, there are more than 4,000 colleges in the U.S., and there are no guarantees in college admissions. That was the common understanding until this 17year scandal was exposed. So, it is “frustrating that some parents are able to bypass the system because they have the finances to benefit their children,” said Jose Corado, a college counselor at GALA (Girls Academic Leadership Academy). Obviously, more than 50 wealthy parents turned a blind eye to the college admission process because they deemed

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Area school named as one to watch by state agency John Burroughs Middle School is one of 16 educational institutions within the state designated as a “school to watch” by California’s Department of Education. The distinction, sponsored by the California League of Schools, is given to highachieving, high-need middle schools and allows for schools from all over California to observe and learn the strategies that John Burroughs employs to ensure student achievement. The Hancock Park campus is the only school to be newly recognized with the distinction this year. “Throughout my tenure as principal, my goal has been

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IMMACULATE HEART By Lena Mizrahi 12th Grade

Happy April! School spirit and activity remain high even as we enter our final months of the 2018-2019 school year. During this spring’s Easter break, a group of Immaculate Heart students will travel to Rome through the school’s “Pandas Explore” international travel program. During the upcoming trip, students will visit the major sites of Rome, including the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, and the Spanish Steps, as well as the Vatican. After spending time in Rome, the students will visit the Pompeii ruins and even take

a boat cruise to Capri. During April, Immaculate Heart’s Scholar Athletes will be honored at the annual Scholar Athlete luncheon. This event celebrates the academic success achieved by these athletes along with their commitment to sports. This academic year our sports teams have been incredibly successful. The soccer team won the Sunshine League championship for the first time in 15 years, and our swim team is undefeated! On April 13th, Immaculate Heart High School will host a

welcome breakfast and new parent coffee. This is a great event for incoming high school students. It allows students and their parents to meet and become acquainted with each other. In no time, these new students will be back on campus in August for their orientation. Welcome, new Pandas!

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in the first round of the playoffs by one point. We learned how to overcome hardships — one of our best players got a bad ankle sprain but showed up to every game and helped motivate us to play hard. Sure, you wind up exhausted and still have to do your homework, but nothing compares to being there for your teammates and knowing they have your back. There is a wide variety of sports for secondary students, including middle and high School flag football (co-ed), soccer, volleyball, middle and high school basketball (girls and boys), track and field, and even high school golf! Pilgrim’s coaches range from out-of-school coaches and parents, to our own teachers, and they always make sure we value sportsmanship and effort. We’ll miss our 8th grade leaders as they go on to high school next year, but then it will be our chance to lead and show our Pilgrim pride. come to attend the many cool events that we have here at Page. Spring parties will also be on the same day as we kick off the start of our spring break. Page students will enjoy special activities including our annual egg hunt and a special visit from the Easter Bunny! It’s spring break from April 15 to 19! No homework, no tests, no classwork, nothing but freedom!!! When we come back from break, it’s time to get our reading on. We have our Scholastic Book Fair at the end of the month, which always has tons of books that students can buy and read. It helps promote literacy to children of all ages. We wrap up the month with the start of Teacher Appreciation Week. Our teachers nurture and educate us, so it’s a time that we get to give back. We have a week of appreciating our wonderful teachers for teaching us, making learning fun, and being great role models. This will be a busy but delightful month for Page Academy. I hope you all have a wonderful month as well!”

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Happy March everyone! Our month began with our Academic Decathlon team competing against 98 schools in the Archdiocesan event at Cal State Long Beach. The team placed 5th overall, taking 5th in Superquiz, 9th in Logic and top 10 in three individuals. We celebrated the beginning of Lent with our Ash Wednesday Mass prepared by our 7th graders. Our track season began with the first meet at Cathedral High School. The annual PI Day Challenge ended with five students earning deli-

Our school play “Twelve Angry Jurors” was a great success last month. In addition, the robotics team made its way to the quarter finals at their first tournament. They cious pies for being able to recite from 100-200+ digits of PI. Our 2nd graders took part in the 1st Reconciliation in preparation for their First Communions in May. On March 22nd, we had a schoolwide Lenten collection for Feet the Homeless. Students brought in new or gently used shoes for the homeless. Students are working diligently to fine tune their science fair projects. The third trimester has begun with a roar.

have two more competitions to go — Go Griffitrons! Following spring break, Lower, Middle, and Upper school classes resume on April 8. Then, on April 18 there will be elections for the Middle and Upper school representatives. The representatives are elected through a ballot and only the top four or five can be elected.


The 4th grade will be going on a trip to San Diego for a retreat April 23-25. On the 26th and 27th, there will be a dance concert for which all the participants have been practicing since the beginning of the


month. After that, on the 29th, there will be a Buckley film festival that both the Upper and Middle school will participate in showcasing their work for friends and family Lastly, there will be 6th through 8th grade achievement assessment testing this month while the Upper school attends normally scheduled classes.

Music roundup: new music by ffset, o ier a Liily By Elijah Small Welcome back, music lovers! This month I’ve selected three recently released albums for your consideration this spring. Happy listening!

Father of 4 This album, by American rapper Offset, is disappointing. It is lazy and under-produced. There are a few songs on the album, like “Clout,” that are somewhat creative and worth a listen, but as a whole, the album feels repetitive and it left me bored. Song after song feels like a compilation of ideas and personal stories from Offset in an attempt to find something that works well. At times, the result is flat and stale. I struggled with this album, and my opinion is that it is an unoriginal mess. Review: 4 out of 10. Wasteland, Baby! Irish singer and songwriter Hozier, who is most famous for his song, “Take Me to Church,” pleasantly surprised me with his second studio album, released last month. Hozier starts the album with a dynamic drum sequence

in my favorite song, “Nina Cried Power.” The high-energy song has a strong message and pays homage to historical figures like Nina Simone and Billie Holiday. Throughout the album, Hozier’s cathedral-sized voice, complete with gospel-inspired background singers, is on display. The strong start to the album, however, fades around the seventh song. Review: 7 out of 10.


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OAKWOOD SCHOOL By Scarlett Saldaña 8th Grade

Oakwood wins an Oscar! Congratulations to our beloved high school English teacher, Melissa Berton, along with the students and alumni who helped make winning an Academy Award for “Period. End of Sentence.” a reality. This documentary, currently playing on Netflix, is about women and girls in a rural village out-


By Seamus O’Malley 8th Grade March was an amazing month for our students at SBS. In particular, the eighth graders finally found out where they would be spending the next four years of their lives. Fortunately, all of the eighth graders were very happy with the outcomes. All of us are

side of New Delhi, India, who face the stigma of menstruation and limited access to pads. In other news, on March 2, the Oakwood Racing Team placed 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th at the Southern California Regional competition in the Horizon Grand Prix. This competition had students in going to great high schools, and we’re all super excited for this new chapter. Sadly, our A-Boys basketball team’s season has come to an end. Although it is over, it was an incredible season for every boy on the team. New spring sports such as soccer and volleyball are just getting started, too. Our annual tradition of wearing all green on St. Patrick’s Day also took place in March. We, eighth graders, will enjoy these SBS traditions before we go off to high school. Everyone is happy and enjoying the start of the new season!

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the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) team design, build, and race hydrogen-powered remote-controlled cars. Lastly, congrats to our 11 middle school debate teams for a great showing at the Polytechnic Debate Quad League tournament for placing 2nd overall with a 70 percent winning percentage!


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By Nirel Davies 6th Grade

Recently at Hollywood Schoolhouse, the 4th through 6th grade classes volunteered at Project Angel Food! Students and teachers took part in packaging fruit and breakfast bags, decorating cards for those without family, and Ms. Ilise, our school director, got to be a head chef in their kitchen! This was a wonderful way to serve our community and help those in need. For the 4th through 6th grade classes, Math Madness has officially begun! Math Madness is a quiz game that tests students’ knowledge and speed when solving math problems. Students compete against one another to be the last one standing. The competition is very fun, and I can’t wait to see who comes out on top! In 6th grade English class, for Women’s History Month, we are reading and writing about a variety of inspiring women who have accomplished many things. Our research assignments will include cross-curricular projects with art and poetry. The time has come for the Hollywood Schoolhouse to hold our annual spring musical. Tickets are now on sale, and the performance dates were on March 22 and March 23. We performed Beauty and the Beast Jr. at the Assistance League Theatre.

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By Daniel Frankel Larchmont Charter School Baseball kicked off its first season of middle school play with back-to-back games against Delphic League opponents Brentwood School and Campbell Hall. After losing a 3-0 contest at Brentwood on March 14, the Timberwolves, under the direction of Occidental Hall of Famer Scotty Hong, beat Campbell Hall 3-2 on March 15. A sixth-inning Larchmont rally was led by 8th grader Owen Alberts’ two-run double. Fellow LCS upperclassmen Charlie Marcus and Jonah Henry kept the powerful Vikings at bay on the mound. A non-league team in its inaugural spring season, the Larchmont middle school squad will also play non-league games this spring against Rio Hondo Prep, Oakridge Prep, Laurel Hall, Oakwood, Mayfield and Milken. Larchmont Charter plans to expand its baseball program next year, with the addition of a

MARLBOROUGH By Avery Gough 7th Grade

March was very exciting and busy. On March 7 to 9 and 14 to 15, we had an ensemble theater performance called “We Twelve.” This production is a reimagining of the play “Twelve Angry Men” about a jury who has to decide whether an accused boy should be sentenced to death for the crime of murder. We are all excited for the March 16 Wellness Festival. It is a one-day event with speakers, workshops, breakout sessions of goat yoga, strength training, boxing, nutrition, self-defense, health, beauty, meditation and more. Last year, I participated and found it relaxing and fun. Spring sports have started, including lacrosse and developmental tennis, which is offered to teach the basics of the game to new players. Then the whole school gears up for APPL testing to see which level language courses we will be taking next year. We are excited for spring break at the end of the month!

high school team. The current middle school roster is made up entirely of current and former players from the Wilshire Warriors PONY Baseball program, including Henry and Marcus Alberts, as well as Devin Aure, Jayden Choi, Jesse Corwin, Cody Ellsworth, Reece Frankel, Cameron Griffin, Charlie Hoge and Graham Turner.


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Sometimes a seven-course tasting menu is just what the doctor ordered. Other times something cheap, fast, and comforting is required, and the other night found me in the latter frame of mind. This being Los Angeles, the perfect down-anddirty meal of choice is tacos. My go-to taco emporium is Petty Cash on Beverly, but their glorious pork belly tacos, yam-rolled tacos, and mezcal margaritas would have been a little on the upscale — and pricey — side for my mood. So my husband and I headed to Guisados. Owners Armando De La Torre, Sr. and Jr. first gained notice with an unassuming stand in Boyle Heights, specializing in braises and stews from their home state of Oaxaca, Mexico; guisados means “stews” or braises” in Spanish. None of the restaurants in their expanding empire is fancy; the modest West Hollywood storefront, where my husband and I went, is helped by a brick wall hung with a revolv-

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ing display of local artists. Order at the counter from 10 meat and five vegetarian handmade taco options. At $2.95 each for most of them, one can afford to be indecisive and overorder. Or spring for the $7.50 sampler of six mini tacos. Our platter included two each of different beef, pork and chicken preparations, such as steak picado (flank steak braised with bacon, bell peppers and onions on black beans), mole poblano (chicken in mole with cheese, crema and salsa), and cochinita pibil (shredded pork stewed in achiote chile and served with spicy habanero chile and pickled red onions). Even with different ingredients, several tasted similar: hearty braised shredded protein steeped in mild Mexican flavors. However, the tinga de pollo stood out. The gently spicy braise of chicken, chipotles, pork chorizo, and tomatoes managed to keep the layers of flavor distinct, and the slight kick of heat raised it a notch.



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KEN HIXON and Mary Woodward sport “Save Tom Bergin’s” badges at the Cultural Heritage Commission meeting.


(Continued from page 1) At the packed hearing, the few people who spoke against the historic recognition for Tom Bergin’s included Derek Schreck of Vintage Vices, LLC, the most recent owner of the bar and restaurant, and his father, Frank Schreck, as well as various parties favoring a proposed resale of the property to next-door neighbor Shalhevet High School. The nomination’s next step is consideration by the Los Angeles City Council’s Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) committee. If approved by the PLUM committee, the Cultural Heritage Commission’s unanimous recommendation will be sent to the full city council for consideration.

TOM BERGIN’S owners Frank Schreck, left, and his son, Derek, the operator of the pub from late 2013 until early 2018, explain why they believe designation as an Historic-Cultural Monument is inappropriate.

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Loving Vincent: The Impossible Dream (10/10): Runtime 60 minutes. NR. As I said in my 2017 review of the film “Loving Vincent” about the painter Vincent van Gogh animated by oil painters painting in the style of van Gogh, had I known it was animated, I never would have attended the screening. That would have been a huge mistake because right now I am of the opinion that it is the best film I have seen this century. It’s a visual knockout. But I don’t think that I’m alone when I came out of the film and asked, “How in the world did they do that?” This documentary answers that question and it’s fascinating — a monument to making a seemingly impossible dream a reality. Hotel Mumbai (10/10): Runtime 123 minutes. R. Now THIS is a movie! The true

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story of the siege of the Taj Hotel in Mumbai, India, by Muslim terrorists, there is not a second that passes that isn’t fraught with tension. The brutal Muslim fanatics kill with shocking cold-blooded brutality. The automatic weapons they use to spray bullets at the guests might have been on half or quarter loads, but the noise of their shooting is frightening even if you are just sitting in a theater watching it. The Aftermath (8/10): Runtime 93 minutes. R. When you sit through as many deficient movies as I do, it’s a refreshing treat to see one that is well written, well directed, well acted and well photographed. This film — with outstanding, sensitive performances by Keira Knightley, Jason Clarke and Alexander Skarsgård about the British occupation of Hamburg after

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in a government-sponsored program to train wild horses for resale. The movie is tense because Matthias Schoenaerts has such a violent temper that one never knows what he’s going to do next. Schoenaerts does a fine job of acting as he goes about trying to train a horse as temperamental as he. It’s dark and depressing and doesn’t really have even one character the audience could give two hoots about. The Highwaymen (3/10): Runtime 132 minutes. R. Do we really need another movie about Bonnie & Clyde, this one told from the pursuing lawmen’s side? If this sorry film is any evidence, the answer is a crushing “no.” Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson talk their way through the South before they trap the two on a lonesome highway and dispatch them in a hail of bullets. It must have been a long and tedious search but probably not as long and tedious as

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this film seems when you sit through it. The Dick Cavett Show (10/10): Smore Entertainment has released new DVDs from the show that was on television between 1968 and 1996 on various stations in various forms. Cavett’s interviews (they were really conversations more than interviews, which is what makes them so fine) were far more in-depth than the lightweight antiintellectual fluff you see on TV today like ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel and CBS’s Stephen Colbert. It’s reported Cavett interviewed over 10,000 people. I have two of the DVDs, “Inside the Minds of…” including Robin Williams and Richard Lewis, among others, and “And That’s The Way It Is…” including Walter Cronkite, Tom Brokaw, Dan Rather, and others of their ilk. These are far more entertaining and rewarding than 90 percent of the movies Hollywood churns out.

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phony and Pacific Chorale. The multimedia concert drama tells the story of the courageous Jewish prisoners in Theresienstadt Concentration Camp (Terezín) during World War II who performed Verdi’s “Requiem” while experiencing the depths of human degradation. With only a single smuggled score, they performed the celebrated oratorio 16 times, including one performance before senior SS officials from Berlin and an International Red Cross delegation. Conductor Rafael Schächter, who was forced to reconsti(Please turn to page 27)


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Lackawanna Blues, A Magical Musical Reminiscence is performed by Ruben SantiagoHudson. He also wrote and directed this truly magical, entertaining evening. The story was also told in the awardwinning HBO film of the same name. Accompanying him on stage is Grammy-winning blues guitarist and composer Chris Thomas King. This reminiscence (the time is 1956) is of Santiago-Hudson’s childhood in the titular Lackawanna, New York, a small town on the banks of Lake Erie, and it is a celebratory tribute to the colorful characters of his youth. Santiago-Hudson transitions easily and completely into voice and physicality of 20 different characters: young, old, male, female, lost souls, abandoned lovers, etc. And he also plays a mean harmonica. Many of the stories are centered on Miss Rachel, also known as Nanny, whose boardinghouse was open to one and all and was also Santiago-Hudson’s home. Writer Santiago-Hudson has captured the patois perfectly. “Seroaches” of the liver was a particularly memorable line. Director Santiago-Hudson has paced the comedy perfectly and timed the rhythm of the evening for greatest effect. This one-act is very funny and not to be missed. Through Sun., April 21, Mark Taper Forum, Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., 213-628-2772, 5 Stars • • • In case you missed your workout at the gym, just watching the young performers in The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe should be enough to burn off that last pasta dish.

Comedy & Cocktails April 23 at Improv Bill Devlin’s Comedy & Cocktails night is Tues., April 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Hollywood Improv, 8162 Melrose Ave. Producer of one of the longest running shows at the Improv, Devlin has been joined on stage by many comedy greats, including Jerry Seinfeld and Drew Carey. To receive free tickets visit


(Continued from page 26) tute the choir three times as members were transported to Auschwitz, told the choir, “We will sing to the Nazis what we cannot say to them.” The performances came to symbolize resistance and defiance and demonstrated the prisoners’ courage. Tickets are $45-$98 and can be purchased at

(Donna Zadeh), Goalie #00 (Makeda Declet), the awkward new girl #46 (Caitlin Zambito), team captain #25 (Connor Kelly-Eiding), plus Soccer Mom (Alison Martin). Cliques form and enemies are declared as the play progresses, punctuated with demanding workouts. Tragedy ensues, but in the end the Wolves are a cohesive team. Playwright DeLappe says, “I wanted to see a portrait of teenage girls as human beings — as complicated, nuanced, very idiosyncratic people.” This Pulitzer Prize finalist is funny, insightful and very entertaining. Through Mon., April 22, Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave., 310-307-3753, 4 Stars • • • Diva Audrey Langham (Diane Carey) is in final rehearsals for “Medea” at a major theater in

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Patricia Foster Rye The scene is an indoor soccer field. The titular Wolves are a soccer team of 16- and 17-year-olds, each one an angst-driven adolescent. The play opens with the girls in a circle executing a series of stretches and exercises. The familiarity of this workout allows free and easy conversation. The topics range from tampon choices to the Khmer Rouge political situation. The team consists of: super-cool #7 (Katherine Cronyn), skinny, kind #2 (Minzi), childlike #8 (Ellen Neary), brainy #11 (Troy Leigh-Anne Johnson), stoner girl #13 (Jacqueline Besson), #7’s insecure sidekick #14

Chicago. And she is having a major meltdown, bitching and imploding over costumes, her director, etc. Such is the prologue of Too Much Sun by Nicky Silver. What’s a girl to do, but to go home? Not to Mother, but to the house of her married daughter Kitty (Autumn Reeser) on Cape Cod. There she finds her estranged family with their own set of problems. Kitty’s husband Dennis (Bryan Langlitz) is an adman / novelist with a whopping case of writer’s block. He’s exploring a relationship with Lucas (Bailey Edwards), son of neighbor Winston (Clint Jordan). Lucas is in the throes of coming-of-age and it isn’t going well. He’s also the local pot dealer (the police are a special customer). Winston is entranced by Audrey, and Audrey is ready for just such a relationship. Audrey’s arrival has triggered



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Kitty’s overeating. Mother and daughter have always had a strained relationship; Audrey sent her understudy to Kitty’s graduation. Added to this mix is Gil (a wonderfully quirky Joe Gillette), sent by Audrey’s agent to fetch her back to Chicago and “Medea.” The generic Cape Cod cottage porch and adjacent beach locale, scenic design by Alex M. Calle, are the perfect bland backdrops to the intense plot lines. Director Bart DeLorenzo guides this capable cast and adroitly blends the comedy with the drama. We learn of the characters’ final arcs as the ending brings us up to date on their eventual status. These monologues are delivered to the audience in a pat ending to the play. Through Sun., April 21, Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., 310-4772055, 3 Stars

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Lisa See talks on ‘Sea Women’ at Chevalier’s Chevalier’s Books is a destination not just for shoppers, but also for fans of book talks. Among the many talks last month was one that drew

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for members, $40 for nonmembers. Reservations are required. Call 323-931-1277, x 131 or go to A workshop on Intergenerational Conversations takes place at The Ebell on Thurs., April 4, from 10 a.m. to noon. A panel of experts will discuss retirement, estate planning and finances. $10 for members, $20 for non-members. The Ebell is at 743 S. Lucerne Blvd. Visit

Best-selling authors and a former TV sports host are featured at The Ebell of Los Angeles’ lunch programs this month. James and Deborah Fallows will discuss their new book, “Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey Into the Heart of America,” on Mon., April 29. The book, a “New York Times” bestseller and basis of a HBO documentary, tells of the couple’s five-year journey across the United States. James Fallows writes for “The

Atlantic” and was chief speech writer for President Carter. Kelli Tennant, a former TV host for the Lakers and Dodgers, will share her discovery of a holistic lifestyle, improved health, and ultimately, her new career on Mon., April 1. She is the founder of the Platform Podcast, a forum to educate and empower women on health and wellness issues. The luncheons begin at 11:30 a.m. with a social hour. Cost for luncheons is $30

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Kids can hear a live percussion performance and enjoy a hands-on experience with small percussion instruments while learning the history of AfroCuban rhythms at the Fairfax branch library, 161 S. Gardner St., Thurs., April 25 at 4 p.m. Other activities for youth include reading to a therapy dog Thurs., April 11 at 4 pm. Teen Crafternoons are Tuesdays at 4 p.m.; story times for babies and toddlers are Wednesdays beginning at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call 323-936-6191.

Teens can bone up on their SAT exam skills, meet with a math tutor or play chess this month at Memorial branch library, 4625 W. Olympic Blvd. Students studying to take the SAT can take a college prep workshop Sat., April 6, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Teen Council meeting is Thurs., April 11 at 4 p.m. Those who want help with

Library patrons can learn how to sign up for Medi-Cal, discuss their favorite comic books or practice improving their English language skills this month at Wilshire branch library, 149 N. St. Andrews Pl. Practice speaking, listening and improving your English vocabulary Wednesdays April 3, 10 and 17 at 6 p.m. Learn how to apply for CalFresh and Medi-Cal Wed., April 17 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Teens and older can hang out with others who enjoy reading graphic novels and discussing comic book heroes Tues., April 23 at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 323-957-4550.

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For LPGA players, host families offer a place to call home By Billy Taylor For LPGA players, traveling across the country to compete in tour events can be an expensive and, at times, lonely experience. That is why many players take advantage of the LPGA host family program. Instead of a cold, corporate hotel room, many players at last year’s tournament found comfort, economic relief and lifelong friendships in the tony neighborhoods surrounding Wilshire Country Club in Hancock Park. Eager to hear a first-hand account, the Chronicle reached out to two families, who hosted players last year, to measure their experiences. “We enjoyed being hosts for three players last year, so

much so that we are hosting the same three players this year, plus two more for a total of five,” said Hancock Park resident Bill Ahmanson. “The players are no trouble at all, and frankly, I wish their schedule had more free time so that we can enjoy the pleasure of their company more,” he explained. In addition to the perks of saving money while on tour, players also develop a second family relationship with their host family, often returning to the same home year after year. Of the three players hosted at the Ahmansons’, Bill’s wife Karla now refers to them as “our girls”: “Yes, we are proprietary — we do think of them as ours now. They were lovely,

THIRD STREET SCHOOL students Caitlyn Lee, Samara McCarthy, Basia Carroll and Emily Oh were recognized by LPGA players Natalie Gulbis (far left) and Jenny Shin (second from right) and WCC president Patrick O’Grady (far right).


Last year, the Ahmansons hosted a celebratory dinner for their players, and invited a few of their friends that are golf fans to join them. “It was great fun and the girls were very accommodating of all of our questions,” said Karla. This year, she is planning a taco night, among other things. Windsor Square resident Vince Chieffo and his wife, Karen Pope, hosted a player last year, and Vince described it as an “amazing experience.” Vince and Karen told the Chronicle that they are looking forward to doing it again

this year. “It was a special treat to experience part of the dayto-day life of a professional athlete,” said Vince. One night during last year’s tournament, Vince and Karen were invited to join their player at a nearby Korean barbecue spot for dinner. “The place was full of LPGA players and with all of the table-hopping and goodwill among them, it reminded us of dinners at long-ago away weekend soccer tournaments with our daughters, their teammates and parents,” said Vince.

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(Continued from page 1) membership would love to recreate” at the April tournament. During a panel discussion, O’Grady confirmed that the WCC has recently agreed to host the LPGA for an additional five years. Student design contest Four students from Hancock Park’s Third Street Elementary School have been tapped as winners of a ticket design contest for the tournament. The winning artwork created by each student will appear on the tournament’s daily grounds passes. “Last month, students received a blank sheet of paper with a box and the LPGA logo, and using colored pencils, crayons and markers were asked to bring the spirit of the LPGA to life on paper,” explained Tucker. As an award, students Caitlyn Lee, Samara McCarthy, Basia Carroll and Emily Oh received special replica plaques of their designs. Tickets, parking Want to witness all the action in person? Tickets are still available. In addition to daily and weekly grounds passes ($25-$40 daily; $99 weekly), this year’s ticket packages include two new options for fans interested in taking their LPGA experience to the next level: The Macbeth

sweet and very appreciative.” In fact, the experience was enjoyable enough to get Karla interested in the game: “Personally, I don’t play golf and was never even a spectator — except from my backyard! But it was so much fun following our players through the course,” said Karla, noting that one of her womens’s finished in the top 10 and also had a hole-in-one. Now a fan, Karla follows the girls’ careers on an LPGA app: “We were very excited to watch one of our girls make a once-in-a-lifetime shot while on tour in Asia.”

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HOLY WEEK & EASTER STATIONS OF THE CROSS Fridays of Lent, 6:30pm Followed by Fish Friday PENANCE SERVICE April 4, 7pm PALM SUNDAY April 14, Sun 8am, 10am, 12pm Saturday Vigil, 5pm HOLY MONDAY-WEDNESDAY April 15-17, 9am Mass HOLY THURSDAY April 18, 9am Morning Prayers 7:30pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Adoration of the Eucharist until Midnight

GOOD FRIDAY April 19, 9am Morning Prayers 12pm Stations of the Cross Followed by Meditations on the Seven Last Words 2pm & 7:30pm The Lord’s Passion & Veneration of the Cross HOLY SATURDAY/EASTER VIGIL April 20, 9am Morning Prayers 7:30pm Easter Vigil Mass EASTER SUNDAY April 21, 8am, 10am (Choir), 12pm Easter Egg Hunt, 1pm Relaxed parking restrictions will be available from Holy Thursday through Easter Sunday: S. Cloverdale Ave between Wilshire & Olympic Blvds; S. Detroit St between Wilshire & Olympic Blvds; 9th St between S Cloverdale Ave & La Brea Blvd.

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from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. A collaboration of the Los Angeles Dept. of Water and Power, Grand Park and the Music Center, the festival will have booths and exhibits on water conservation, energy efficiency, composting, sustainable gardening, and more. Participants can also view electric and solar vehicle demonstrations and walk through Grand Park’s sustainable landscaping. There will also be e-waste and eyeglass drop-off stations, as well as tree giveaways. Kid-friendly songs and stories will be performed. Children can also participate in art projects, making art out of recycled objects, or in kidfriendly yoga or boot camp sessions. An array of food trucks and food vendors will be on hand, as well as a family-friendly splash pad.

A community-wide Holocaust Remembrance Day and student exhibition are among events coming up at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust in Pan Pacific Park. The Yom HaShoah Commemoration, “Remembering for the Future” is Sun., April 28 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wilshire Boulevard Temple is among members of the organizing committee of this Jewish Federation-sponsored event. “Messengers of Memory: Survivors Empowering Students” opens Sun., April 3 with a reception at 3 p.m. Prizewinning prose, poetry, art and film by middle and high school students is featured in the exhibit sponsored by the 1939 Society and Chapman University’s Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education. “Nous étions l’Exodus” (“We were the Exodus”) screens Tues., April 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the museum. The museum is mostly free. Rsvp recommended. Call 323651-3704, or visit

Blessing of Animals April 20 on Olvera St.

Witness or participate in the Blessing of the Animals Sat., April 20 from noon to 5 p.m. downtown at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument. The centuries-old tradition includes a colorful procession on Olvera Street led by the Archbishop of Los Angeles. All pets are welcome. People, too.


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What started as a single day of service in 1999 quickly grew to one weekend a year — the first weekend in May — and then the entire month of May. Now, there are volunteer activities held year round. Founded by David Levinson of Hancock Park, Big Sunday celebrated its 20th year with a gala last month at Candela on La Brea Ave. Online sign-ups for MOBS Online volunteer sign-ups for MOBS kick off Mon., April 1. There is something for everyone all month long from Wed., May 1 to Fri., May 31. Activities offered include assisting homeless centers, food pantries and animal rescue groups or setting up a neighborhood lemonade stand for charities. Painting projects at local schools, story reading at libraries and visiting with the elderly also are among offerings. The list is limitless. Visit


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Take a tour and glide ‘Above the Skyline’ Enjoy the view of Los Angeles’ evolving skyline from the 70th floor of the iconic U.S. Bank Tower building with the Los Angeles Conservancy every Saturday this month at 4 p.m. The Above the Skyline tour visits the OUE Skyspace LA observation deck and Skyslide, almost 1,000 feet in the air. The tour includes a quick trip down the exterior glassenclosed Skyslide. Tickets are $35 for the general public and $30 for members. Benefit at new Google Visit the new home of Google at the former Spruce Goose hangar in Playa Vista on Sat., May 4 at 5 p.m. Prices for the fundraiser start at $350 for the exclusive event. For tickets and more information visit laconservancy. org.

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Art classes, day camp, wearable art at LACMA

WINDSOR VILLAGE residents enjoyed a movie under the stars last month.

Movie night enjoyed in Windsor Village Members of the Windsor Village Association screened the Pixar classic “Up” March 9 in Harold Henry Park. Hot cocoa, popcorn, candy and pizza was served, and residents sat on chairs and tarps as they watched the animated tale of a widower’s and a boy’s adventure to the wilds of South America. “There were over 50 attendees for this family-friendly

gathering and a terrific time was had by all,” said WVA board president Barbara Pflaumer. “It was so successful there are already plans for another movie in the fall.” The WVA in the past six months has offered a number of events including a potluck dinner and food drive for the LA Food Bank. Its block party is scheduled for September 21.

Spring camps at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., draw on works from its collection to inspire young artists in the “Kids Art Class” series for ages 6-9 and 10-13. “Focus on Painting” takes place on five Sundays beginning Sun., April 7 from 10 a.m. to noon. Works by Charles White, Frank Stella and Robert Rauschenberg will be viewed as children create their own works on stretched canvas. “Patterns and Portraits” will focus on patterned textiles of Central Asia in the exhibit “Power of Pattern” and portraits by Charles White. Same dates and time as above. Each series is $125 for NexLACMA NexGen members; $135 for non members. Art Camp: “Stories + Art” is

Mon., April 15 to Fri., April 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for ages 6 and older. Fee is $335 for NexGen members; $360 for non members. Register online at lacma. org/listing/education-publicprograms. Call 323-857-6139. Wearable art Artist-led workshops and family-friendly gallery tours and activities are on Sun., April 7. Drop in anytime between 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. and see the vivid colors and patterns in the exhibition “Power of Pattern: Central Asian Ikats from the David and Elizabeth Reisbord Collection.” In the Zev Yaroslavsky Plaza at LACMA. Free. Calling on teens Applications for the Teen Program 2019-20 season are available. Visit


Girls meet science, fossils at La Brea Tar Pits camps

Girls in science will be celebrated in two one-day camps this month at the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, 5801 Wilshire Blvd. The Adventures in Nature program, “How Girls Museum,” is on Wed., April 17 and Thurs., April 18. “Trowel Blazers” on April 17 is for grades 3 and 4; “She Finds Fossils” for grades 5 and 6 is April 18. Both camps are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Achievements of women in paleontology will be celebrated utilizing the museum’s treasure troves of fossil collections. The program is open to girls interested in paleontology and who want to learn first-hand from stellar female scientists. Fees are $130 for non-members; museum members pay 10 percent less than the non-member rate. Register at, or call 213-763-3499.

Harry Potter-themed spring camp, Hebrew added in summer at JCamp

Hone your magic and swimming skills at JCamp this spring, which is underway for kindergarten through fifth graders at the Westside Jewish Community Center, 5870 Olympic Blvd. “During our Spring Camp we will be offering two specialty options — Aqua Explorers (swimming) and Harry Potter LEGO Engineering,” said camp director Edana Appel. Registration is open daily for both options, which continue through April 18. A four-week Hebrew immersion camp is launching this summer for kindergarten through third graders. Visit

Paper shredding event is April 27 Realtors Heidi Davis and Eileen Lanza of KW Larchmont will have a free paper shredding event on Sat., April 27 from 10 a.m. to noon in the parking lot of 4750 Wilshire Blvd. The event, which originated in Brookside five years ago, was created as a “thank you”

to the community and it has since expanded to the Greater Wilshire area and to friends and family, the pair said. Bring old paperwork and unwanted tax documents, and enjoy coffee and donuts. RSVP welcome but not necessary: HeidiDavis5@gmail. com or

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Jane Club moves into a Scott Johnsondesigned home on Larchmont.


Garden Conservancy Open Day coming soon to Hancock Park.

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Roses and more are in bloom at the Arboretum. Camps and classes, too.

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Local family-owned company celebrates 75 years in business

By Billy Taylor In 1944, anticipating a housing boom when World War II would end, Roy Shewfelt opened the doors to the Wilshire Escrow Company. Today, Roy’s descendents preside over the business, which is now the oldest operating independent escrow company in Los Angeles. In an interview last month at the company’s headquarters, located at 4270 Wilshire Blvd., current president Eric Shewfelt credited the business’ enduring success to its ability to keep abreast of technological changes, stay current on the knowledge and practices of the industry, and to remaining a truly independent and unbiased escrow agent. Over the past 75 years, the

PRESIDENT ric hew elt reects on a a il siness that has spanned se en decades.

Wilshire Escrow Company has completed 136,000 escrow transactions — no small feat. Since opening, the familyowned business has grown to include not only residential escrows, but also business escrows, liquor licenses and even stock transfers.

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“I can remember, as a little kid, my dad driving us out to Simi Valley with a typewriter and paper and doing escrows in the parking lot when guys were buying homes under the GI Bill in the 1960s,” says Windsor Square resident Eric Shewfelt, the fourth Shewfelt to serve as the company’s president. And with Eric’s two sons, Matthew and Brian, niece Joanna Shewfelt Girard, and nephew Joe Multari now at the firm, the fourth generation of Shewfelts is primed to next take the reins. “We kind of run the business by committee,” explains Eric. To give me an idea of what Wilshire Escrow will look like in the decades to come, Eric asked the next generation of Shewfelts to join us. I asked them to discuss their vision for the future of the company. “I think it’s about maintaining the things that have already made this company as strong as it is today. For me, that is a focus on client relationships, trustworthiness and providing a good service,” says Matthew, who has been working at the company since 2010 after graduation from UC Santa Cruz. Echoing his brother’s sentiments, Brian says that they feel a sense of responsibility

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that stems from pride: “Our great catchword here is continuity. There is no element of surprise with Wilshire Escrow, and our clients rely on that.” According to Joanna Girard, who serves as director of operations, the best approach is to maintain the strengths of the family business, while leveraging technology in order to be a modern, tech-savvy operation. “We want to keep refining systems to make them better. And in return, it keeps our company young,” she explains. Speaking of refining systems, Eric says that technology has probably changed the industry the most since he first began: “My inbox is like











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an ocean, the emails just keep coming,” he says with a laugh. Of course better communication means closing a deal faster, right? “If someone calls me and says drop everything and meet this client and he’s going to wire money tomorrow, we can do it, it’s doable — but that’s all that we’re going to do for the next 24 hours. “Technology enables people to think they can get everything instantly. And they’re the client, so you pull it off,” says Eric. “We are fundamentally a service business.” On the topic of how things used to be, Matthew shared with me some items from (Please turn to page 12)





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In Barcelona, this elegant 14th-century work of art survives A cold wind was blowing off the Mediterranean as a bright yellow taxi streaked through the gloom of a winter’s day in Barcelona in Caledonia, Spain. This was late January, and the taxi was ferrying this solo traveler from the central Eixample district through what seemed to be suburb after suburb to the Reial Monestir de Santa Maria de Pedralbes.

Home Ground by

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I walked up a short steep road, through a familiar-looking massive gate, and into the garden of what has been called the most beautiful Gothic cloister remaining in Europe. The nuns of the Sisterhood of the Clares moved in on May 3, 1327. Some modern sisters live there still. The monastery was founded by Queen Elisenda de Montcada, who chose the site (and whose remains lie in the monastery church). She was supported in this effort by her husband King James II (Jau-

MONESTIR DE PEDRALBES: Fifteenth-century gate facing the street.

BEAUTIFULLY PAINTED 1607 box in the museum.

me II), who dedicated the Monastery to Saint Mary. The area of the tidy homes around the monastery was once the village of Sarrià, which was, in the 14th century, far outside the city’s walls. Well, now you have the basics — who, what, and where. But the why? Perhaps the queen wanted to exhibit her piety and expand her political power. I felt in a bit of an architectural quandary. Why was the gate familiar? Why did the cloister (the organizing structure of the whole monastery) send my mind to Santa Barbara, California? And why did the “Gothic” descriptor of the

cloister seem too facile? To borrow and extrapolate from British garden historian Christopher Thacker, the history of gardens and architecture is like the study of icebergs — a bit shows above the surface, yet much more lurks underneath. Of course, the Spanish military marched up from Mexico into California and New Mexico at the end of the 16th century… and that’s why the exterior wooden gate on my own courtyard in Albuquerque resembles the large-scale one at the monastery, and why the architecture of Santa Barbara looks the way it does, inspired as it was by the early

20th-century Spanish Colonial Revival. I will stop here and give a word of gratitude for leaving my comfort zone and seeing the world afresh — that is, seeing my ignorance, that deep iceberg. Spanish Gothic architecture in its Catalan iteration resulted in a number of extant and beautiful buildings in Barcelona — among them the stunning Santa Maria del Mar, built between 1329 and 1383. But those graceful arches, with their slender columns at the Monestir de Pedralbes — I could sense the elegant beauty of Islamic architecture and (Please turn to page 4)

DELICATE Gothic arches of the Cloister of the monastery.

ENCLOSED garden in the monastery. Photos by Paula Panich


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design, though this may be a minority opinion. (Islamic occupation of the Iberian Peninsula, more or less, lasted from 711 to 1492; in Catalonia, the occupation began in 718 and ended in 801.) Now back to those sisters. The monastery, under the patronage of Queen Elisenda, attracted daughters of the

wealthiest and most powerful Catalan families; it was a way those families could serve the Queen. They brought substantial dowries and cultural capital. The monastery’s museum is a showcase of this treasure. The monastery’s noble women (who wore white; the worker-nuns wore black) cloistered here also brought furniture, as was the custom in secular marriage; these women did not lose their

power and comfort. Furniture, especially seating, was a marker of wealth and social standing: “She’s brought a chair” is a phrase still used in the Empordà region of Spain to indicate the bride has status. The monastery survived the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) as the anti-clerical Republicans and Anarchists of Barcelona considered it a work of art, and they left it alone.

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ing this one, are among 36 featured in the authors’ book, “Master Architects of Southern California 1920-1940: Roland E. Coate,” published by Tailwater Press. The 204-page book is the second in a series co-authored by local real estate agent Parsons along with architect Appleton and historian Vaught. Tickets are $30 for members and $35 for non-members. Visit

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Los Angeles Conservancy’s Last Remaining Seats series that shows classic films in historic settings runs Saturdays June 1 - 29. The series includes a screening on a Sunday and marks a return to The Wiltern after 16 years. “It Happened One Night” kicks off the series at the Los Angeles Theatre June 1 at 8 p.m. “Spartacus” screens Sun., June 16 at 3 p.m. at

Theatre at Ace Hotel. Playing at The Wiltern June 29 are “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” at 2 p.m., and “Network” at 8 p.m. Tickets are available now for $18 to Conservancy members. Non-members can purchase tickets beginning April 10 for $22. Proceeds support efforts to preserve historic places in Los Angeles County. Visit

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Jane Club offers support to working women, and men too

By Rachel Olivier The Jane Club, an enterprise launched last year by producer and actress Jess Zaino and actress June Diane Raphael, moved to 429 N. Larchmont Blvd. last month. The mixed-use building, designed and built in 2000 by architect Scott Johnson, FAIA, of Johnson Fain for his family, has a high design element that the club is looking forward to taking advantage of, says Dori Howard, one of the co-CEOs at the Jane Club. The light and bright rooms and the outdoor spaces will be put to good use as office spaces, co-working spaces and community rooms, she added. There are five outdoor spaces, including a play area for children. The pool will be covered, and that area will become a co-working area, while a balcony will be a designated quiet area. One of the other outdoor areas will be a community space for special events, such as speakers giving advice on finance and business, group meetings, political functions, and fun activities, such as a recent chocolate tasting. Howard noted that the reason Larchmont became home base for the Jane Club was the sense of community. In addition, many of the women the Jane Club would like to serve

BUILDING at 429 N. Larchmont Blvd. was designed by Scott Johnson, FAIA, of Johnson Fain, for his family.

— career women with children who work from home — reside in this neighborhood. (In fact, many of their current members walk to the Jane Club from home.) The area also has a good cross section of women who want to excel in both career and home life, but might need a little help to do that, says Howard. Why it is different The co-working space caters to all working women, says Howard. “We want to take care of women who take care of others,” says Howard. She’s also quick to point out that the club is open to men, and that there are very few co-working spaces in MidWilshire Los Angeles. What makes the Jane Club different from other co-working spaces, or from simply getting a nanny or daycare, is the

centralization of services available, as well as the sense of community, says Howard. She further notes that many career women who are also mothers can feel isolated when working from home. And it becomes a challenge to have a freelance career while spending much of the working day driving from one errand to another. At the Nest, the childcare part of the Jane Club, children can play and participate in enrichment activities while their moms (or dads) are working nearby. Howard said, however, that at least 25 percent of the membership does not have children. Extra services also are available onsite, such as hair styling or car washing services (yes, there is parking onsite, plus reserved spots on a nearby lot). Healthcare person-

STAIRWAY separates living and dining room, circa 2001, with outdoor terrace beyond. Photos courtesy of Johnson Fain

ORIGINAL living room of the Johnson residence features bright, open spaces.

BRIGHT light comes into the circular space on the third floor of the house.

nel come in occasionally for breast and physical exams, as well. Howard says they hope to add other events and services in the future. Inspiration Zaino and Raphael were inspired to open the Jane Club

by Jane Addams, who has been called the “mother of social work.” She opened Hull House and other homes for working women in the Chicago area in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. (Please turn to page 12)




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Visiting a number of venues that were incidentally historic Last month I had the occasion to visit a number of historic venues for reasons other than their historicity. And that’s the way it should be. These places are embedded in our everyday lives, but there is no question that they add richness to our environment of which we are sometimes unaware. The complex at the former Cathedral of St. Vibiana has been functioning as an event

space for several years now, and the Redbird restaurant located in the former rectory/ residential space is so popular that on a recent evening several attendees at a private reception for preservationists associated with the National Trust for Historic Preservation were unable to book a table. The cathedral itself was set up for a wedding (nondenominational this time) and was very

elegant. A private room at the top of the rectory building provided a view of the complex few have seen, with a blend of old and new architecture in the ever-evolving Downtown. The Ebell Theatre was the perfect venue for screening the documentary “Citizen Jane” which chronicles the planning and preservation battles in New York City in the 1960s and 1970s. The Ebell and the

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Christy McAvoy Los Angeles Conservancy enhanced the experience with a panel of women in preservation and clubhouse tours. The ultimate immersion is, of course, living in an historic house. I had the opportunity to see the work of Paul Williams in a new way. Most of us think of Williams’ creations in the 1920s and 30s, and there are several examples in Hancock Park and Windsor Square. Williams completed a much later example in 1966. Located on the Wilshire Country Club golf course, the house is an unusual mix of Regency and Modernism, combined with an elegance that only Williams could achieve. Visited last month at a Los Angeles Conservancy event, Williams design features, including one of those amazing curved staircases, are everywhere. The proportions of the rooms are just masterful. From April 21 to May 19, the Boddy House at Descanso Gardens becomes a Showcase House once again. The historic garden setting will provide new design ideas for all of us. Two historic sites are hosting worthy exhibits. The Pasadena Museum of History in the Fenyes Mansion has a very comprehensive show of women artists extended to April 13, while Hauser and Wirth Gallery in the Arts Dis-

trict has an Annie Liebowitz exhibit to die for, closing on April 14. Art, no matter how contemporary, really looks great in historic settings. And then there’s music. Chamber music played in historic sites and churches. Even the Rolling Stones at the Rose Bowl in May! In the Windsor Square and Hancock Park neighborhoods, just the simple act of walking becomes a way to enjoy the wellbeing that historic architecture can provide. One of my friends walks four miles a day around Windsor Square and adjacent neighborhoods. Exercise and architectural eye candy get her day moving in a positive direction by 9 a.m. Our older neighborhoods are food for the soul. Next month is National Preservation Month. Plan to volunteer at an event, attend a tour or program, or otherwise actively engage in your local preservation group.

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Dept. of City Planning reviewing neighborhood plans, projects

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DEVELOPER of new apartments on the Third Street KMart site, Tom Warren of Holland Partner Group, explains a rendering of the project to stakeholders at Dept. of City Planning EIR scoping meeting.


(Continued from page 8) the approximately 330-unit apartment project proposed to replace the vacant KMart adjoining Whole Foods at Third and Fairfax. To start the EIR process last month, public comments were solicited at a March 6 meeting at the Pan Pacific Senior Activity Center and through correspondence. The comments will help city planners Mindy Nguyen, Kathleen King and their Dept. of City Planning colleagues determine the project impacts, alternatives and mitigation measures that need to be studied to lessen environmental impacts from construction and long-term oper-

CITY PLANNERS Mindy Nguyen and Kathleen King oversee the EIR scoping meeting for the mixed-use project proposed for Third and Fairfax.

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Pilot program removes tree stumps, plants new trees quite a team effort,” said Julie Stromberg, who brainstormed the pilot program. So far, four new trees have been planted, and more are planned. “I am hoping that it will be done again in CD4 and other parts of the city,” said Stromberg, a Windsor Village resi-


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BARBARA SAVAGE waited four years for the city to remove the tree stump in front of her home.

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the company’s archives. Most notable were very old bound copies of original tract maps of the neighborhood that show, for instance, a trolley line running up Larchmont Boulevard. Lining the walls of the Wilshire Escrow office are old photos of various Shew-

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To ‘pull trump’ or not to ‘pull trump’; that is a basic bridge question

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South ♠ QJ53 ♥Q ♦ ♣ Now he can pull trump (having no choice since that’s all he has in his hand), and leads the Ten. South plays low and North takes her singleton Ace. North leads the Queen of diamonds. East must trump with the six because he can’t afford for South to win anything but the Queen or Jack. South takes the Jack and leads the Queen of hearts, allowing East to trump with the 4, leaving him with the 9 and 8 of spades to South’s Queen and five. East takes the last trick for his tenth, making the contract. If East tries to pull trump before taking all his sure tricks and getting his two diamond ruffs, he will be down at least one and maybe two. Grand Slam is the nom de plume for an author of a bestselling book on bridge, an ACBL accredited director and a Silver Life Master.


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Munsell built the Los Angeles County Hall of Records, which was demolished in 1973, and the original portions of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. English native John Austin also never went to college, yet designed Los Angeles City Hall with Albert C. Martin and John Parkinson, a legacy which will forever enshrine him in the city’s history. When Austin’s second wife died, the then-63-year-old married the favorite of his eight children: his adoptive daughter, Dorothy. She was the niece of his first wife and his ward since she was 2. The 43-year old bride was head of the English department at Compton Junior High School. Austin, with Fredric Ashley,

ric from Nimes, France. Jeans are originally from Genoa, and dungarees are from the Hindi word dungri, which is the coarse calico woven in India.



because it’s named after the Roman god of war — Mars. When Julius Caesar, advised by the Alexandrian astronomer Sosigenes, reformed the old Roman republican calendar, he made the new calendar solar instead of lunar, calculated the length of the solar year at 365 ¼ days, divided the year into 12 months and named them after Roman gods - January = Janus, March = Mars, and so on. By the late 1500s, however, the cumulative effect of Sosigenes’ error in calculation had shifted the dates of the seasons about 13 days. In 1582, Pope Gregory had the solar year correctly set at 365 days, but kept the original months and their old Roman names. • • • How come a woman who is wild and willful is called a “vixen”? asks Tanya Robertson. A “vixen” is a female fox and

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Is the origin of “tuxedo” from the Tuxedo Club in New York? wonders Jody Grey. Right on, Jody! Men’s tailless formal wear, at first worn with black tie only (now with any color), was first introduced in the late 1800s at Tuxedo Park, a very tony suburb about 40 miles up the Hudson from Manhattan, which featured one of the first “country clubs” on the east coast. The gentlemen of the club, in rebellion against the established formal wear (white tie and tails) that was mandatory in town, had a local tailor design a suit that was without tails and thereby more casual for country club occasions. This “uniform” for members

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