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Larchmont Chronicle

VOL. 56, NO. 5



MAY 2018

Good design can help solve homelessness n Award-winning LEED project sets example




AREA gardens open on Sunday tour. Sec.2, p.8

By Billy Taylor Los Angeles City Council members voted unanimously last month to accelerate the city’s efforts to create more supportive housing for Angelenos in need. The Permanent Supportive Housing Ordinance, passed on April 11, shortens the approval timeline for many supportive housing developments from five years to less than one by streamlining the planning process and removing regulatory barriers. Supporters of the ordinance say it will ensure the successful implementation of Measure HHH, which was approved by voters in 2016. Signing the measure into law, Mayor Eric Garcetti said that the homelessness crisis See Homelessness, p 8

Charlotte Lipson properties for sale; Boulevard in jeopardy? n First time ever on market HAPPY tails, thanks to a few caring folks. Sec. 2, p. 18 For Information on Advertising Rates, Please Call Pam Rudy 323-462-2241, x 11 Mailing permit:

By Suzan Filipek Small-town Larchmont Boulevard as we’ve known it for years and years may be in jeopardy. The estate of the late Charlotte La Bonte Lipson is selling the late landlord’s building at 124 to 148 N. Larchmont, home to a dozen-plus shops, including Chevalier’s Books, Landis Stationery, salons and boutiques. The asking price is $23 million, and reviews of offers were scheduled to begin after April 24. Charlotte’s father, Julius See Lipson, p 4

Salute to grads!

Our annual section honoring local graduates is in the June issue of the Larchmont Chronicle. Advertising deadline is Mon., May 14. For more information contact Pam Rudy, 323-4622241, ext. 11.

LADIES Professional Golf Association Tournament returned to Wilshire Country Club in April.

See story page 24.

Historic tower to house only condos in new proposal n Community to hear more about CIM revisions for 'Wilshire Mullen'

By Rachel Olivier The CIM Group development at and around the former Farmers Insurance building will be entirely residential, according to the latest information learned by the Larchmont Chronicle. The biggest evolution in what CIM Group now proposes is for two floors of the historic former Farmers office space, that previously were planned to stay as offices, to change to residential use, just like the remainder of the See CIM, p 18

FORMER FARMERS Insurance Company property's adaptive reuse residential project is moving forward.

Boulevard real estate office action

n New premises, satellites

By Suzan Filipek Business is bustling, as is usual in the real estate market this time of year. Larchmont is no exception, and it will soon

count three big brokerages on the Boulevard. The newest, Pacific Union International, has yet to open (a summer debut is planned), See Real estate, p 12

Merchants and neighbors generate support for small playground in Village

n Funding nearly complete, other donors welcome

By John Welborne Larchmont Village merchants and shoppers always welcome more parking for the street. It has been this way since the Los Angeles Railway Company’s Yellow Car trolley “3 Line” stopped running up the Boulevard from Third Street to Melrose Avenue in the late 1940s or early 1950s.

OLYMPIC BOULEVARD playground in Country Club Park at Wilton Place is small and adjacent to the busy street.

The contemporary desire for additional parking notwithstanding, there usually are 20 to 30 empty parking spaces at all times in the city’s underground lot next to Rite-Aid.

Parks and open space Larchmont-area neighbors also like the idea of having more park-like open space in their community. And spaces See Playground, p 30 ~ Entire Issue Online!


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Community Comment By John Welborne does not equal

STOP signs; respect for law The City of Los Angeles Dept. of Transportation (LADOT) is, in many ways, the chief local advocate for bicyclists. Both LADOT and the Police Department (LAPD) need to find ways to discourage bicycle rider scofflaw behavior becoming regular vehicle driver behavior. If, in fact, LADOT has a vision of zero accidents for pedestrians and bicyclists, a good place to start implementing that vision is to get bicycle riders to be models for vehicle drivers. That means: stop at STOP signs. At present, for some reason, it seems okay for bicyclists to cruise through STOP signs. Increasingly, vehicle drivers (many of them young, perhaps current or ex- bicyclists?) also are treating STOP signs as YIELD signs. The Larchmont Chronicle wonders: What are the statistics for accidents caused by bicycles and cars rolling through boulevard STOP signs … without first coming to a complete stop? LAPD and LADOT, please let us know! Our contact information is below, center.

Thanks to Our Block Captains Hancock Park block captains are the backbone of our neighborhood. They keep their neighbors informed about what’s going on and interface with the City (and other groups) to have their blocks’ needs addressed. Most importantly, they are the core of our neighborhood watch, providing security and eyes on the ground for the LAPD and security services. The Association is hosting a Block Captain Dinner at the Wilshire Country Club on Thursday, May 17th from 7PM – 9PM to thank our block captains. The dinner will also be an opportunity for block captains to meet each other, discuss issues, and coordinate with the Association on Hancock Park projects such as filming, trees, repairing our concrete streets, and security. If you are a block captain, put this event on your calendar and plan to attend. You should be receiving an email invitation — if you haven’t, contact the Association via the website. If you do not know who your block captain is or you want to volunteer to become a block captain, contact the Association. Now is a great time to start participating and working in your community. All community support and change starts locally, and it doesn’t get more local than being a block captain. o o o Don’t forget, the best protection against crime is vigilance and your neighborhood watch (and block captain). Report any suspicious behavior to the LAPD, keep your doors and cars locked, and, if you have an alarm, set it even if you are in the house. If you think someone is trying to break into your home, call 911 immediately. DO NOT CONFRONT THE PERSON YOURSELF! If you plan to change your landscaping or make changes to the exterior of your house, please contact our City Planner, Kimberly Henry ( before starting to make sure your plans comply with our Preservation Plan. The HPOZ Preservation Plan, which regulates our HPOZ, can be found at preservation.lacity. org/hpoz/la/hancock-park. There also is an online form you can fill out to help speed up the process: preservation. Report graffiti sightings by calling 311 or at the City’s Anti-Graffiti Request System: and by calling Hollywood Beautification, 323-463-5180. Adv.

Calendar Mon., May 1 – Big Sunday launches Month of Sundays. Wed., May 9 – Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council board meeting, The Ebell of Los Angeles, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., 7 p.m. Sat., May 12 – Firehouse Centennial Garden groundbreaking ceremony, Fire Station 29, 4029 Wilshire Blvd., 9:30 a.m. Sun., May 13 – Mother’s Day. Mon., May 28 – Memorial Day. Thurs., May 31 – Delivery of the June issue of the Larchmont Chronicle.

Larchmont Chronicle Founded in 1963 by Jane Gilman and Dawne P. Goodwin Publisher and Editor John H. Welborne Managing Editor Suzan Filipek Associate Editor Billy Taylor Contributing Editor Jane Gilman Advertising Director Pam Rudy Advertising Sales Caroline Tracy Art Director Tom Hofer Classified and Circulation Manager Rachel Olivier Accounting Jill Miyamoto 606 N. Larchmont Blvd., #103

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‘Do you have spring cleaning or remodel plans?’

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

Police arrest suspects related to area burglaries with neighbors’ help By Billy Taylor Los Angeles police have arrested two members of a burglary ring suspected of targeting local homes. “This is really good news,” Det. Michael Lorenz told the Chronicle. “These guys were a part of a burglary trend plaguing the neighborhood.” South Los Angeles police last month arrested the two suspects — black males aged 18 and 19 who are believed to be involved in gang activity — after officers stopped their vehicle. A gun was found inside. “We got a lot of charges on these guys; everything panned out well,” said Lorenz. In total, the suspects are identified with 12 cases, for which 10 felony counts were charged, in the Olympic Division boundaries alone: Two robberies, three burglaries, three hot-prowl burglaries, two grand thefts and two trespassing charges. In a letter to the Editor (April 2018), Windsor Square resident Neil Martin described his family’s harrowing account as one of the alleged hot-prowl

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burglary victims. Of the arrests, Martin tells the Chronicle that he is relieved that the men are in custody and thankful for the good police work.

“I’m doing a lot of spring cleaning this year — moving into a new photo studio, as well as organizing two storage units and then my apartment, so it’s going to be a lot of work.” Rick Rose Windsor Square


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“I’m cleaning out the fountain in front of our house, taking away clothes to Goodwill ... We’re making room for my son, who’s moving in to go to grad school.” Chris Williams Hancock Park

213-793-0650 Twitter: @lapdwilshire The bust was made possible thanks in part to surveillance video provided to police by Windsor Square residents. “These suspects are the two main people seen on video,” Lorenz explains. Following the rash of related burglaries, detective Lorenz says that the police worked with homeowners and witnesses to get a description and license number for the vehicle used by the suspects, a silver Mercedes-Benz. Officers then used that description to run a daily system-wide check on the vehicle’s license number, which is how they first learned it was in custody. “We saw that the vehicle was impounded, so we got a hold of the Sheriff’s Department,” says Lorenz. “From there, we started working on a case.” Write us at Include your name, contact information and where you live. We reserve the right to edit for space and grammar.

“We did a major renovation last summer, so we changed quite a lot of things: our bathtub, bathroom sink, kitchen sink. We put in a wall mural ... I think it’s looking good.” Christina Kostadinova Hancock Park

“I’m a minimalist, which means I don’t have a lot to clean for spring.” Carla Berrizbeitia Wilshire Park

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No shortage of options on Larchmont for coffee, food

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SHOPPERS enjoy drinks from the newly-opened Groundwork Coffee in Larchmont Village.

here, it’s important for us to continue to be a part of this community’s daily lives. In other words, this is a passion project for us.” Founded in Venice Beach in 1990, Groundwork serves certified organic coffee that is single-roasted in Los Angeles. In addition to its caffeinated beverages, the new location on Larchmont also serves


baked goods, grab-and-go items, plus a full menu that offers everything from breakfast tacos to smoked trout toast. Editor’s tip: Don’t miss the Nitro Cold Brew. Poured from a tap, the coffee is infused with nitrogen, which gives the drink a naturally creamy, carbonated texture. (Please turn to page 4)

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By Billy Taylor Last month Groundwork Coffee Co. opened its doors to Larchmont Boulevard. Occupying the original Sam’s Bagels space at 150 N. Larchmont Blvd., Groundwork Coffee returns to the neighborhood a year after the owner of the previous licensee on Larchmont ended its partnership with the company and rebranded its coffee shop “Bardonna.” With two of the Groundwork Coffee principals having grown up nearby, the company wasn’t happy to leave the Larchmont community. So with that in mind, they found a new location, signed a lease and began renovating the space. “Larchmont is one of L.A.’s oldest neighborhoods and it lies at the heart of the city,” says partner Eddy Cola. “As a company with very deep roots



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Windsor Village met to talk on public safety, trees The Windsor Village Association gathered neighbors and representatives of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) in mid-April to discuss crime. Association president Barbara Pflaumer oversaw a meeting featuring LAPD Wilshire Division Capt. Anthony Oddo and Senior Lead Officer Hebel Rodriguez, plus a presentation by Windsor Village’s CERT Training expert, Susan Nickels (modeling the CERT (Please turn to page 31)

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Original Farmers Market builds up

A construction fence on the outside, and bright and clever graphics on the inside, are signs that something is afoot at Third and Fairfax. After 84 years, there is no surprise that the always-evolving marketplace is doing a bit of remodeling here and there. The “here” this time is on the Farmers Market’s south side, along Third Street. The old one-story stalls are gone, and a two-story building will be erected. This area is directly across from the tea shop and Farmers Market Poultry.

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GMMCC “STATE OF THE MILE” MAY 3! TWO-STORY building planned to replace 84-year-old structure.

The re-built first floor will again be retail, with about the same square footage as in the

past. The new area being created upstairs will be entirely storage for merchants.

Coffee, food

In fact, depending on if you appreciate the caffeine competition or not, you might want to consider adding one more name to your coffee rotation: Mr. Holmes Bakehouse. Known best for its “cruffin” — a muffin-shaped croissant filled with cream — the bakery also is partnered with Intelligentsia Coffee to serve a full line of espresso-based drinks at its Larchmont location. For coffee lovers, there’s no shortage of options on Larchmont. But please, no more.

(Continued from page 3) Still, one can’t help but note that Groundwork Coffee is returning to a crowded field of coffeehouses on the Boulevard, which now includes Starbucks, Peets, Go Get ’Em Tiger, Bardonna and Le Pain Quotidien. Not to mention Bricks and Scones, located just north of Beverly. At times, it feels like coffee is now Larchmont’s biggest commodity.


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La Bonte, and a partner purchased the seven lots comprising the building in 1921. The move is credited with starting the area’s business district, which soon grew to 30 stores between First Street

and Beverly Blvd., according to reports. Julius at one time owned 70 percent of the buildings on the Boulevard. After the Depression, he sold all his properties except for the ones he owned outright. These are now for sale for the first time. Oversight of the property passed to Charlotte in 1968. She died in July 2017, one day after her 100th birthday. Like her father, she offered lowerthan market rents and turned down several offers to sell. The offering price per square foot is $1,343, high for this type of property, according to local real estate man Bob Day.

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The Greater Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce (GMMCC) presents its annual “State of the Mile” at the El Rey Theater on Thursday, May 3 themed “Culture in the Construction Zone.” Featured speakers are Los Angeles Council Member, David Ryu, and U.S. Congress member Ted Lieu. There will also be an update on the state of museum construction along Museum Row focusing on the new Academy Museum and the ambitious LACMA makeover that will crossover Wilshire Boulevard. Mark Panatier, Vice-President for The Original Farmers Market, will moderate a panel of Museum executives. Lunch will be provided by Black Dog. GMMCC is committed to support businesses and organizations that provide the “Mile” with dynamic products and services. The networking opportunities are designed to help members meet each other to discover mutual interests that can be advanced with win-win partnerships. The Chamber aims to stimulate the area’s economy, support its dynamic growth and help develop partnerships with Chamber members through its monthly event schedule. “Our business is your business,” says President Stephen Kramer echoing the Chamber’s motto. If you are looking to enhance your business outreach and make new connections, become part of the Chamber’s successful networking activities and contact us at (323) 934-7100 or visit

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MAY 2018

Iconic hot dog stand in the pink, literally

By Rachel Olivier and John Welborne Now that the Los Angeles City Council has approved designating the intersection adjacent to Pink’s Hot Dogs historic, “Pink’s Square” signs are being made by city staff. According to co-owner Richard Pink, the signs will take about six weeks to manufacture. The Department of Public Works and Fifth District Councilman Paul Koretz’s office staff will work jointly pursuant to a timeline for implementing the project. Pink added that proponents also hope to get permission to paint the crosswalks pink, and they would like to have that happen just prior to the installation of the signs. The timing “is still up in the air,” said Pink, and a plan needs to be filed for a permit first. The project will include designing the pink continental-style crosswalk and completing the work, which will be at Pink’s expense. Approval process In June 2017, Richard Pink first approached Councilman Koretz with the idea of designating the intersection as an historic site. Having grown up in the neighborhood, and being a fan of Pink’s Hot Dogs himself, Koretz supported the idea. Koretz assigned his field deputy, Robert Oliver, the task of guiding the Pink family members through the process of gaining approval for the historic square project. The next step was to propose the idea to the Mid City West Neighborhood Council in July 2017, beginning with board

Natural lip gloss launch May 11

Kristen Wallace Tostado is launching her Social Paint company product line, an organic lip gloss, at Pickett Fences, Larchmont Blvd., on Fri., May 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. Ten percent of the evening’s proceeds will benefit St. Vincent Meals on Wheels (founded by Kristen’s grandmother Nelly Llanos Kilroy). Kristen founded the company in 2017 after an exhaustive search for organic, certified gluten free, anti-aging, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory products. A diagnosis of celiac disease prevented her “from using most (if not all) of the cosmetic products on the market ... We want you to look and feel your best, all without worrying about dangerous ingredients and chemicals.” Made in California with SPF 15 — using toxin-free zinc oxide — and cruelty free, the lip gloss colors range from petal pink Cha Cha Cha to the shimmering nude Real Housewife and sell for $27,


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member Scott Epstein. With his support, the Pink family moved on to meet with the board members, who also supported the idea. Richard Pink said the neighborhood council leaders approved the proposal based on the eatery’s 78-year history in the neighborhood and “the fact it has remained a mom-and-pop family business since its opening in 1939.” It also helps that a number of Hollywood celebrities have

dined at Pink’s, making it a tourist attraction. In October 2017, the Pink family officially presented the idea to the full neighborhood council, which approved the concept. Members of the council’s transportation committee suggested painting the crosswalks pink. But wait—there’s more. Because Pink’s Hot Dogs is on the dividing line between (Please turn to page 10)


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Clean water, science, vets and music filled social calendar The 10th anniversary Unstoppable Foundation Gala raised over $1.4 million on March 24. Stars, NFL Hall-of-Famers and leaders of the transformational community came to the Beverly Hilton Hotel to support the organization that provides education, clean water, health care, and nutrition to create a sustainable, improved lifestyle for 35,000 children around the world, including Kenya, Liberia and Uganda. Honored were Jane “Mama Jane” Marindany from Kenya and Sandy Gallagher, CEO of the Proctor Gallagher Institute. • • • The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) Debut Show unfolded in spectacular fashion at the Barker Hanger April 7. This annual event is a fundraiser benefitting the FIDM Scholarship Foundation. The works of 10 advanced fashion and seven theater costume design stu-

• • • The Muses of the California Science Center Foundation held their “Woman of the Year” Luncheon April 11 at the Jonathan Club. Honored this year for outstanding achievement and leadership in science and engineering was Joanne M. Maguire. She was interviewed by KCET’s retired anchor Val Zavala. “How do you know an engineer is an extrovert?” asked Zavala. “He or she is looking at the OTHER person’s shoes when talking,” quipped Ms. Maguire. The packed dining room of supporters included Science Center champion and patroness Margo O’Connell, past honoree and California’s former first lady Gayle Wilson, Linda Pura, Sherry Tunnell, Science Center trustees Delores Kerr and Ben Oliver Kerr with granddaughter Jade James and cousin Monique Hudson, Carrie Perry, lun-

dents were featured on the runway as 700 guests were treated to a three-course gourmet dinner and the chance to see what the future of fashion design has in store for them. Among those taking in the lavishly

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‘Under the Stars’ Walk / Bike-a-thon honors volunteers with St. Vincent

HIGHER GROUND supporters attending the dinner given by Spike and Debbe Booth (center) included Suzanne Rheinstein (left) and Jennifer Fain (right).

SPIKE BOOTH describes Higher Ground Los Angeles mission to Jack and Susan Humphreville, at left.

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Award” to Ms. Tomlinson. Among those in attendance were Jennifer C. Terry, Helen Kim Spitzer, and Gala CoChairs Jennifer and Joe Sliskovich with their daughter, chorister Natalie. • • • Deborah Stern Booth grew up in Hancock Park and graduated from Marlborough School. But after marrying Franklin Otis Booth III (Spike), Debbe and their family have been denizens of San Marino. So it was a great treat when the Booths gathered some of their MidWilshire amigos with other friends at a dinner the Booths gave downtown at The California Club in support of the incredible programming of Higher Ground. That organization started in Sun Valley, Idaho, and now, largely because of the efforts of the Booths, has a Los Angeles office at the historic Bob Hope Patriotic Hall downtown. With a big focus on our military veterans, Higher Ground works to enhance quality of life through inclusive therapeutic recreation and education for people of all abilities. • • • More than $750,000 was raised as the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) celebrated its 50th anniversary season. “The Golden Gala” was held on April 14 with more than 400 guests. The evening began at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for a cocktail reception and silent auction followed by an historic concert with special guest clarinetist Andrew Marriner, son of LACO’s first music director, Sir Neville Marriner, at the Mark Taper Forum, in homage of the space where LACO began its performing. Everyone made his or her way back to the Pavilion, where guests enjoyed a sumptuous dinner and then an afterparty in the Founders Room. There to applaud five decades of LACO excellence were Janet and Nick Ciriello, Kiki and David Gindler, Elizabeth MacKay and Martin Ovellet, Jyoti Sarda and Larry Roaow, Lynne Southerland and Monty Degraff and Gala co-chairs Sandy and Pat Gage. Music,

SUPPORTERS Nick and Janet Ciriello celebrate LACO’s “Golden Gala.”

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science, world philanthropy — elements that make our city work! And that’s the chat!

The Norma Jean Gala, “Under the Stars,” will take place Sat., May 19 at the Uplift Ike and Erica Family Servic- Barinholtz es Hollygrove campus from 6 to 9:30 p.m. The event’s namesake, better known as Marilyn Monroe, is the campus’ most famous alumna. The seventh annual gala will honor actor Ike Barinholtz and wife Erica Hanson, of Hancock Park, with the Ambassador of Children Award. Volunteer of the Year Award will go to Chris Andrews, a talent agent with Creative Artists Agency. Proceeds from the gala support programs serving 1,200 local at-risk children and families. Call 323-7967142 or visit

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Bring the family, even the dog, to walk, run or ride your bike as you enjoy the beach on Sun., May 6, starting at 8 a.m. at 2600 Barnard Way at Ocean Park in Santa Monica. Your pleasure will help raise money for St. Vincent Meals on Wheels Sun., May 6. This year’s walk/bike-a-thon will be in memory of Donna Forman, who was an active volunteer with Cuisine á Roulettes, the Meals on Wheels auxiliary group, for 15 years, and 2013-2014 president. There will be a raffle and food available for purchase. Check-in for the 3.7-mile walk or 10-mile bike ride is at 8 a.m. The event begins at 9 a.m. Tickets are $20. Contact Daryl Twerdahl at 213-484-7112 or email

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Pull out your favorite safari bush jacket, and put on your travel fedora for a trip through the wild at the Los Angeles Zoo, 5333 Zoo Dr., Sat., May 19 at 6 p.m. It is the annual Beastly Ball. In addition to enjoying a concert under the stars, attendees will savor fare provided by El Cholo, El Coyote, Taix French Restaurant, and many more. Guests will see animal feedings and engage in keeper chats and up-close interactions with the residents. Animal expert Jack Hanna will receive the Tom Mankiewicz Leadership Award for his work with animal conservation. Beastly Ball tickets are $1,500 per person, with individual and corporate sponsorship opportunities at higher levels also available. For more information, call 323-644-9105, or visit


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“demands that we look at using every available resource — and cut as much time as we can out of the construction timeline — for housing that we need now.” The look Nevertheless, the prospect of mass, streamlined construction in Los Angeles raises the question: What will permanent supportive housing look like in central and historic

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and pay 30 percent of their gross income for a unit. Designed with purpose When the Trust approaches a project, Alvidrez says that the organization is focused on the needs of the people using the building. That means designing a place that not only communicates a sense of pride and dignity, but also a place that offers supportive services. “For us, good architectural design is something in our tool kit along with good programmatic design.” The two things go hand-inhand, Alvidrez explains. Good design can provide “aspirational value” to residents as well as facilitate relevant social services that help residents identify new pursuits: “It gives them the opportunity to become productive members of a community.” For examples of what good supportive housing can look like, Alvidrez points to the Crest Apartments in Van Nuys, the New Carver Apartments on Hope Street in DTLA, and The Six, which is located near MacArthur Park. Designed by architectural firm Brooks + Scarpa, The Six is a 52-unit project reserved, in part, for homeless veterans that has already garnered multiple awards from the American Institute of Architects for its eco-sensitive features like low-flow water fixtures and passive design strategies that maximize natural light and airflow. The LEED Platinum certified design includes a green roof, storm water collection and solar panels. The Six and Skid Row Housing Trust were recognized last month at the annual “Roses and Lemon” award breakfast of the Downtown Breakfast Club. “We are proud that those buildings don’t look like what they are — permanent supportive housing,” said Alvidrez.

‘Women Speak’ at Alexandria House

Alexandria House will be holding its 10th annual Women Speak luncheon at The Ebell of Los Angeles, 741 S. Lucerne Blvd., Wed., May 23 from noon to 2 p.m. Featured at the event will be Melina Abdullah, professor of Pan African Studies at Cal State Los Angeles and a founder of the Black Lives Matter movement.

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AWARD-WINNER Mike Alvidrez with Downtown Breakfast Club member, Bill Fain, of Windsor Square.

“If we do a good job, the projects that we build will contribute to the local environment and, actually, they just might be the best looking buildings on the block.” So if you hear of a supportive housing project coming to your block — fear not — it might be better designed than you expected. For more information, visit


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Downtown Women’s Center celebrates its 40th; Russell marks 15th year at the site

By Suzan Filipek Celebrating its 40th year, the Downtown Women’s Center (DWC), at 442 S. San Pedro St., is poised to move beyond Skid Row to greater Los Angeles County to meet the growing need for its services and woman-centered approach to ending homelessness. “Women’s homelessness has steadily increased in Los Angeles, particularly outside of the traditional downtown areas, and with that comes a greater need for permanent supportive housing and trauma-informed care services county-wide,” said board member Lynn Hall Russell. As for her 15 years serving the center, the Brookside resident added, “It’s been tremendously rewarding.” She was looking for a way to help the community when she responded to a newspaper ad to volunteer at the Center. She was still practicing law at the time but has since retired. “A lot of what I do is listen,” she said. She has also put her skills in construction litigation to good use on the board, especially with the remodeling of one of the Center’s older residential units — a for-


mer shoe factory — in 2010. Besides serving on the board, Russell packs snacks and heads to Skid Row every Wednesday night to spend social time with the residents, former homeless women, many of whom she’s known for years. She’s seen remarkable turnaround in people’s lives from when they first came in, depressed and lost. Besides finding a safe place to live and having access to health care, they gain selfrespect. “They come in so troubled and have so many health problems, and here they get support.” Russell also has learned how homelessness can happen to

anyone. While many of the residents are college educated, they fall on hard times and lack a safety net. They lose a job, get ill or suffer some other misfortune and lack family support to fall back on, which is how they end up on the streets — a particularly dangerous place for women, she notes. In the past 14 years, the DWC has grown from 1,000 to 4,000 women served annually. Its annual operating budget is $10 million, and the center has a 120-member staff. The 40th annual gala is Oct. 18 at Vibiana, in downtown’s historic core. Founded in 1978, DWC was the first permanent supportive housing provider for women in the United States. Learn more at

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Homelessness, public safety, top his priority list This spring has been a busy one in City Hall and in Council District Four, as we affirm our values and our goals as a city and as we take renewed efforts to tackle the challenges we face in our city and our district. It is undeniable — the greatest challenge our city faces is the homelessness crisis. The population of unsheltered individuals is growing, and it is imperative that we — from city government to neighborhoods to individual residents — commit ourselves to solving this crisis. I am proud to see significant progress on both the Women’s Bridge Housing Center in Hollywood, which would specifically serve unsheltered women and children, as well as the LGBT Anita May Rosenstein campus, an intergenerational homeless and affordable housing center with beds, units, and supportive services. But let’s be clear — that alone is not enough.

On April 17, Mayor Eric Garcetti signed two important ordinances on which I was proud to have voted “yes.” One is the Supportive Hous-

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ing Ordinance and the other is the Interim Motel Conversion Ordinance. These ordinances are designed to begin housing people right away, so we can begin to make immediate impacts on the homelessness crisis. I was pleased to stand with the mayor as he signed these bills, and even more proud to see community members in Council District Four stand up in support of creating more

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Public Safety Advice Recent months have seen an uptick in residential burglaries, but there is good news. LAPD Senior Lead Officers Joe Pelayo and Alex Ortiz informed neighbors at an April community meeting that the numbers of burglaries have gone down and that some perpetrators have been apprehended. Still, both officers emphasized the need for vigilance and recommended adding glass breakage detectors and video surveillance cameras to a home security system, if possible. Video cameras can aid in the capture of burglars, and even better, can often deter the crime in the first place. Upgrading a security system might be an especially good idea as summer vacation trips approach.

staffing and sworn officers at LAPD, but more community policing, more officers out of their cars and interacting with neighborhoods, and more resources to support the great work of our LAPD divisions and to ensure crime does not rise. Third, better neighborhood and district funding. When the economy collapsed in 2008, district offices — from LAPD to the Dept. of Transportation — were eliminated. Well,

the economy is back. I think funding and resources for local offices should return as well. Only then can we have a city government worthy of its neighborhoods and communities that are truly being served. There’s so much else going on in the district and in my office. You can learn more and get involved on these issues by visiting my website, davidryu. or finding me on Facebook and Twitter.


Gang Reduction Committee. [Go figure. — Ed.] The committee approved the Koretz motion on March 7 and sent the file back to the full City Council. The council voted unanimously to approve the motion on March 27. Richard Pink later said that that morning in the ornate City Council Chambers in City Hall was a very emotional moment for his family, one that had been nine months in the making (not counting the 78 years of family members’ hard work at the hot dog stand). Richard’s Dad and Mom, Paul and Betty Pink, began selling hot dogs from a pushcart in 1939. Richard, with his wife Gloria and sister Beverly, now operate the iconic eatery and attraction, which sells 2000 hot dogs and 200 hamburgers a day. There now are 15 Pink’s locations around the world. Residents and tourists line up daily at La Brea and Melrose to get a taste of the popular hot dogs and hamburgers. Join them!

(Continued from page 5) the Mid City West and Greater Wilshire neighborhood councils, the Pinks also sought approval from the GWNC. When Pink contacted Owen Smith, president of the GWNC, Smith said he thought the full council would approve, which it did this past January. Then it was on to the next step. On February 7, Councilman Koretz submitted a City Council motion to designate the intersection of Melrose and La Brea avenues “Pink’s Square.” The formal motion included a description of the history of the hot dog stand and the Pink family. Koretz, who says his new favorite hot dog is Pink’s vegan dog, stated when he introduced his motion at the City Council meeting, that Pink’s is “perhaps the most famous hot dog stand in the world.” Next, the matter was discussed at a hearing of the City Council’s Public Works and

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shelters and services to bring our homeless neighbors home. Another growing problem in our city is the new and dangerous traffic patterns created by Waze, a mobile wayfinding app which is directing hundreds of motorists an hour through narrow residential streets. This issue isn’t just a nuisance, it’s a real danger to our neighborhoods across Council District Four and across our city. That’s why I sent a letter to City Attorney Mike Feuer asking for his office to seek legal action against Waze for creating this dangerous condition in our public rights of way. For too long, neighborhoods have seen countless accidents, gridlocked streets, and the misuse of small local roads due to Waze, and it’s due time that Waze comes to the table to reach real, reasonable solutions. Spring is not just about long evenings and fun outdoor events — it’s budget season in City Hall. This is the time of year City Council and the mayor hash out a new budget for the next fiscal year, to serve not only as the funding breakdown for our city departments, but as a blueprint of our priorities and progress as a city. Heading into these budget discussions, I want to let you know my priorities: First, homelessness — not only funding for shelters and housing, but for services, outreach teams, and more effective ways to help homeless individuals get back on their feet. Second, public safety — I want to see not only more


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Drought-Tolerant Garden Tour Saturday, June 2, 2018, 9 am. - 2 p.m. LA High Memorial Library Park 4625 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90005 The GWNC’s Second Drought-Tolerant Garden Tour plans to showcase gardens in the Wilshire Park, Brookside, Sycamore Square, and Fremont Place Neighborhoods. Please submit nominations for gardens to be considered for the tour to by Monday, May 14, 2018. Rain Barrels International will be present at the Garden Tour launch area to demonstrate how to use and maintain rain barrels. The tour will be self-guided and free.

Meeting Schedule All GWNC meetings are open to the public Board of Directors meeting: Wednesday, May 9, 7:00 p.m. Ebell of Los Angeles - Theater (note room change) 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., 90005 Land Use Committee meetings: Fourth Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. Marlborough School (note new location) 250 S. Rossmore Ave., 90004 Outreach Committee meetings: First Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. Bricks & Scones Cafe 403 N. Larchmont Blvd., 90004 Sustainability Committee meeting: Tuesday, June 12, 7:00 p.m. Marlborough School - Collins Room 250 S. Rossmore Ave., 90004 Transportation Committee meeting: Monday, June 18, 7p.m. Marlborough School 250 S. Rossmore Ave., 90004 (323) 539-GWNC (4962)

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but design plans are well underway on the expansive second floor at 156 N. Larchmont Blvd. Boasting a rooftop terrace with views of Griffith Observatory and downtown, “at nighttime it just shines,” said Pacific Union Larchmont office associate manager Bret Parsons. The outdoor patio will be furnished and have hedges at the edges. “The whole idea of this is to be a community outpost,” he added. Parsons will work with a 20-member sales team, overseen by manager Susan Jacobs, who will also be in charge of the Toluca Lake branch. When we visited last month, the space was empty except for a work table, but design choices have all been made, said Parsons. Inside the space, floor-toceiling windows face tree tops and Larchmont Boulevard below. A contemporary light fixture will hang over a lounge facing the streetside window, flanked by soundproof telephone booths. The space also will include a conference room and broker offices under an open-beam wood ceiling. Architects, designers and landscapers will offer drop-in clinics for residents. “This is a boutique for the community to use,” Parsons said. Parsons, a Windsor Village resident, also will spearhead the launch of an architectural division. “It’s exciting. This is the lucky #21 office in Southern California.” Also in the major real estate office line-up in Larchmont Village and serving Hancock Park and its environs are Coldwell Banker and Keller Williams — both with design plans of their own.

NEW REAL ESTATE OFFICE is on the second floor of the former Larchmont Hardware building.

PACIFIC UNION office associate manager Bret Parsons in the new space.

Coldwell Banker’s offices are being updated to meet the needs and customer lifestyles of the 21st century, said John Winther, office manager of 119 North and 251 South Larchmont Blvd. The two sites are part of the legacy left behind by the late real estate forerunners Fred Sands and Jon Douglas. At one time there were four real estate offices on the street: Jon Douglas, Fred Sands, Prudential and Coldwell Banker, Winther said. Today 80 people work in both offices of the New Jerseybased Coldwell Banker. When asked what the Coldwell Banker North and South combined sales volume was, Winther said, “It’s big. “We have the largest market share for the area. We’re ranked #1 and #2 not only in the Larchmont area but in Greater Los Angeles.” Business is so good at Keller

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Dick Van Dyke and Lin-Manuel Miranda ‘Backstage’ May 19

Legendary performer Dick Van Dyke and Lin-Manuel Miranda of “Hamilton” fame will be honored at the Backstage at the Geffen fundraiser Sat., May 19. The event will be held at the Gil Cates Theater at the Geffen, 10886 Le Conte Ave. The event raises funds for education and community engagement programs and brings live theater to 15,000 disadvantaged youth, seniors and veterans annually. Aisha Tyler is host. Honorary co-chairs include George Lucas, Barbra Streisand and Mel Brooks. Visit

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Patricia Foster Rye is a superb Preston Martin in multiple roles. But it’s the clever, richly funny dialogue, perfect for these characters, that makes for an evening of continual laughter. Director Stephen Brackett brings pace and style to the proceedings. This very entertaining evening at the theater is not to be missed. Through Sun., May 6, Gil Cates Theater at the Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., 310 208-5454, 4 Stars The Willows by Kerri-Ann McCalla takes place in the Willows funeral home. Owner Mr. Black (Thomas Silcott in a

wonderfully nuanced performance) wants son Mark (Napoleon Tavale) to take over the family business. Although a mortician, Mark is not interested, but it soon becomes obvious that Mr. Black is seriously ill. Enter the next grieving family, planning the funeral for their son George Jr.: Mother Lena (Lorinda Hawkins Smith,) Father George, Sr. (Paul Dillon) sister Christine (Cloie Wyatt Taylor) and youngest sister Pie (Kacie Rogers). It soon is obvious that Mark and pregnant widow Maya (Stefanee Martin) know each other. Told partially in flashback, this relationship still has relevance in the present. Also revealed are George Sr.’s dementia, the circumstances of George Jr.’s death and more. Playwright McCalla is a master in layering the stories of these complex characters, so suspense builds and audience interest heightens.


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LACMA’s popular Friday night jazz program kicked off its 27th season last month. Next up is Wendy Smith-Bruné May 4. The outdoor concerts start at 6 p.m. and take place in LACMA’s BP Grand Entrance. Visit


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Through Sat., May 5, Bootleg Theatre, 2220 Beverly Blvd., 213-389-3856, 4 Stars

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poised to open in Koreatown by the end of the year, said Larchmont office CEO and team leader Joey Sacavitch. About 380 agents serve the area office and satellites. “Ours is different from a traditional brokerage,” Sacavitch explained, allowing for a more inclusive split of sales commissions among the many sales people.

Director Jessica Hanna mines the depth and humanity of the play. This is an intriguing oneact with an outstanding cast well worth seeing.


Significant Other by Joshua Harmon centers on single, gay 20-something Jordan (Will Von Vogt) and his three best girlfriends. Each girlfriend finds love and marriage, and single Jordan is thrown into bachelorette parties, showers, and wedding parties for others, while struggling to find a love of his own. Kiki (Keilly McQuail) is the first to marry, followed by Vanessa (Vella Lovell). The last to marry is Laura (Melanie Field) probably the closest friend of Jordan, and their final scene together is poignant and moving. Jordan relies on the sage advice of his grandmother Helen (a wonderful Concetta Tormei) who brings family relevance to his life. Love for Jordan comes in a series of crushes. The first is Will (John Garet Stoker, who also plays two other roles), who works in Jordan’s office. Jordan’s physical and emotional angst — over whether to send a long email to his crush — is flawless writing, acting and directing. Completing the cast


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Mall food: farmer on site at Farmhouse, joys of gin and more Does anyone not know the episode from the Independent Film Channel (IFC) series “Portlandia” where a dining couple, concerned about the provenance of a chicken dish, ask increasingly detailed questions of their waitress, revealing that “Colin” was a heritage breed raised on four acres at a local organic farm, and was fed only sheep’s milk, soy, and hazelnuts? The newly opened Farmhouse restaurant in the Beverly Center goes one step further in assuring the bona fides of its sourcing: they have an executive farmer on staff. Nathan Peitso is a second-generation farmer from Kenter Canyon Farms, and his role is to work directly with farmers and to create menus where the dishes served can be traced from

seed to plate. Yes, we have become that obsessed. I went to the grand opening, with a red-carpet entrance and where seemingly every “influencer” in Southern California was invited. It was so crowded with Instagramming social media mavens that it was difficult to assess the space. Wriggling around the edges of the crowd, I found Farmhouse to be both rustic and beautiful, carved into two main spaces, with a giant fireplace and artfully stacked logs at the ready. A steady stream of sample-sized versions of regular menu items circulated throughout the cavernous space — most of them excellent. Greatest hits included roasted carrots with harissa and avocado, giant oysters bathed in Fresno chile-lime

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Helene Seifer butter, creamy cauliflower soup with pepitas, tender braised lamb shoulder with carrot-saffron romesco, spaghetti cacio e pepe, and sausage and broccolini pizza. The oysters in particular were unctuous and delicious: fresh, sweet, and barely warmed, the flavored butter added a pop and zing. The carrots’ concentrated flavor reminded me how lucky we are to have great produce in our state, something with which Farmer Peitso would certainly agree. On the regular menu, the carrots are



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LA Opera at the Ebell

LA Opera and the Ebell of Los Angeles are proud to present “Verdi: Bel Canto and Beyond,” featuring LA Opera's Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artists with music arranged by LA Opera Artist-In-Residence Matthew Aucoin. Wednesday, May 2 6:30 pm Doors, 7:30 pm Performance

Kick off Memorial Day weekend with the opening of the free summer music series at the Original Farmers Market, 6333 W. Third St., Fri., May 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. The series, which runs through Fri., Aug. 31, will take place on the West Patio. Musicians and groups performing will range from rock and pop to ethnic and international. A special preview performance by the International Swingers is Fri., May 18. The opening act Fri., May 25 will be Tom Kenny, the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants, and his group the Hi-Seas. For more information, visit


Chorale Concert & Lunch: Longing for Spring

LA Opera and The Ebell of Los Angeles are proud to present a special recital featuring LA Opera’s DomingoColburn-Stein Young Artists with music and program arranged by LA Opera Artist-In-Residence Matthew Aucoin. Timed to coincide with LA Opera’s production of Verdi’s classic Rigoletto, this concert will explore the fascinating twists and turns of the Verdian idiom, starting with highlights by a trio of bel canto masters, and continuing through the final triumph of Verdi’s only mature comedy, Falstaff.

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endary Konstantin Stanislavsky directed and starred in a second production two years later, it got a boffo response from audience and critics, allowing Chekhov to go on to become one of the great playwrights of all time. Chekhov himself described it as “a comedy with three female roles, six male roles, four acts, a landscape, much conversation about literature, little action, and five tons of love.” Translated by a terrific cast, this is as heavy as you might expect, but well worth it. Borg vs. McEnroe (6/10): This predominantly Swedish film tries to construct the personalities and characters of Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe in telling the story of their rivalry. It presents Swedish Borg (well-played by Sverrir Gudnason) as a Jesus-like character, but does a hatchet job on American McEnroe. Shia Lebeouf’s one-dimensional performance totally fails to capture McEnroe’s tremendous charisma, which overshadowed his sometimes

bad-boy behavior on the court. Sloppy research, ignorance of the state of tennis at the time, and trying to recreate points — instead of using video available from Wimbledon of the actual match — greatly diminish its verisimilitude. Unlike the young whippersnappers who made this film and have no personal familiarity with the Borg-McEnroe rivalry, I lived through these times and saw most of their matches. This film is a great disappointment. Let the Sunshine In [Un Beau Soleil Interieur] (6/10): Represented as a “deliciously witty, sensuously romantic new film,” I saw nothing witty, sensual or romantic in a depressing story about a needy, love-starved woman, Juliette Binoche, and her equally wanting male assignations, lowlighted by an opening nude lovemaking scene that is more disgusting than loving. In French. Recommended reading: “The President’s Club” (2012) by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy.

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Local wins Bram Stoker award with debut novel By Rachel Olivier Robert Payne Cabeen’s debut horror novel, “Cold Cuts,” was awarded the Bram Stoker Award in March at the Horror Writer Association’s gala and awards banquet in Providence, Rhode Island — the same town as H.P. Lovecraft’s former residence (and not too far south from where Stephen King is from). The author and his wife, Cecile Grimm Cabeen, a teacher at Hancock Park Elementary School, have lived in the Miracle Mile area for more than 40 years. “Kip’s Toyland was my toy store,” says Cabeen, whose mother grew up on Hayworth between Oakwood and Rosewood. Cabeen, who graduated from the Otis College of Art and Design, also had an art studio at Wilshire and Dunsmuir for many years. As a screenwriter his credits include “Heavy Metal 2000” and “A Monkey’s Tale.” Cabeen’s illustrated book, “Fearworms: Selected Poems,” was a 2015 Bram Stoker Award nominee. Cold Cuts “Cold Cuts” follows two young scientists stationed in Antarctica on assignment for an environmental agency. Dr. Ben Eaton is very particular and takes himself too seriously, while Dr. Ozzy Pratt is a pop culture geek with a junk food habit. In between antagonizing each other, the two men are conducting experiments and taking measurements of the surroundings for the corporation for which they work. They soon discover, however, that things are amiss, including finding an aging nuclear reactor and mutant killer penguins from hell. When the station is blown up by the Order of the Red Wolf, Pratt and Eaton have to figure out what is going on and how to survive in an everfrightening foreign landscape. This mad-scientist horror story, written in a buddy-flick

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(Continued from page 1) repurposed tower. The entire project will be residential only. Revisions that have evolved from past interactions with Brookside and other community stakeholders already had reduced the number of new single-family houses on Eighth Street, between Mullen Avenue and Muirfield Road, to six houses. That remains, but the driveways and garages to these houses, which will be on their own lots, now are proposed to be in the rear, along a private mews street in the center of that block. That mews street would provide access to the private garages of all units proposed for that block. As agreed with the neighbors in the past, Mullen will remain an open street. Community outreach The developer will begin reaching out to neighborhood representatives again, and the Dept. of City Plan-

ning is expected to release next month a revised Notice of Preparation (NOP) in connection with continuing environmental review of the CIM Group’s latest plans for the 87-unit project that CIM Group calls its “Wilshire Mullen” project. The city’s NOP will serve to formally alert interested individuals and organizations that renewed environmental review of the project is underway. Because there no longer will be two floors of office space in the former office tower, CIM Group will convert that space to residential units instead, reallocating units previously proposed on the parcels now used as parking lots and further reducing the density of the eastern block between Mullen and Muirfield. More amenities The revisions will allow more generous residential amenities for the entire project, such as larger recreation facilities and a variety of landscaped open

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LATEST FARMERS PLAN from CIM Group still has six new single-family houses along Eighth Street, but all driveways and garages now are proposed to be in the rear. (This rendering is from the earlier proposal, which had front driveways.)

spaces. Those facilities still will be constructed atop a new underground parking structure on the block with the historic tower, west of Mullen. The total amount of parking will continue to comply with Park Mile Specific Plan (PMSP) requirements, including having extra spaces for guest parking. The PMSP allows a maximum of 87 residential units on these two blocks, which the developer will not exceed. Although the developer is awaiting the city’s issuance of the NOP, outreach efforts will begin to representatives of surrounding neighborhoods, to the Park Mile Design Review Board, to the Wilshire Homeowners’ Alliance and to the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council Land Use Committee to restart the dialogue that slowed last year. Since 2014 After more than a year of planning and public discussion that started in early 2015, follow-

ing CIM Group’s 2014 purchase of the property from Farmers Insurance, the developer temporarily put the project on hold in late 2016. Then, in early 2017, CIM Group for a short time listed the tower and parking lots for sale. CIM Group has since decided to proceed with an all-residential project. Design work on the tower continues under the direction of the architects at Omgivning Architects, Interior Designers & Urbanists, a downtown Los Angeles firm that specializes in historic preservation and adaptive reuse. Landscaping for both blocks continues to be guided by Ahbe Landscape Architects. For the single-family homes and duplexes to be built between Mullen and Muirfield, Bassenian Lagoni Architecture Planning Interiors, of Newport Beach, continues as designer. Historic status for tower In late 2015, Clyde Wood, vice president development of

CIM Group, stated that the company continued to support the designation of the former Farmers Insurance tower as a City of Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument (HCM). He said then that CIM consultants had filed an application with the city to move this designation forward because preserving the historic features of the building is integral to CIM’s marketing plan for the new residences. Wood also stated in 2015 that “the Farmers Insurance tower is the centerpiece of the project. Its prominence in the community and irreplaceable character will allow us to offer a living experience that is available nowhere else in the city.” The first community meetings to preview the architects’ latest ideas should be taking place in May, the Chronicle has learned. CIM Group staff members say that they will continue to work closely with neighbors going forward.

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Studio for sports-averse youth opens on Third Street

By Talia Abrahamson Team sports are not for everyone. For children who still want to stay physically active in social groups but without group pressure, there have been few opportunities. When Craig Juda, Hancock Park, and Leonard Chung struggled to find a local workout space for each of their young, teamaverse sons, they decided to partner up and create one themselves with their innovative group fitness studio, WO•LA. WO•LA, 7944 W. Third St., one block west of Fairfax and the Farmers Market, held a soft opening on April 16, followed by a full schedule kickoff on April 23. The concept is simple: kids and adults work out in adjoining fitness rooms. “We just feel like it’s a necessity. There was a void in the market, and there’s no place that had group fit-

ness for youth. We wanted to be able to have that,” Juda said. The two fitness rooms are complete with exercise equipment, TVs and red ambient lighting, providing a club-like atmosphere to set the mood. Classes are kept at a maximum of 21 people for a more intimate and individualized workout experience. Each session lasts 45 minutes. Certified instructors lead groups in a 40-second on / 20-second off exercise circuit with an emphasis on correct form and core work. “We believe that anyone can do something for 40 seconds,” Juda said. “You’re not competing against anyone else. You’re competing against yourself.” Most importantly, according to Juda, is not to fixate on the physical components of the workout, but to focus instead on its physiological benefits. With the increase

in technology usage, especially in younger populations, there is an even more pressing need to lay down phones and pick up exercise. “Put down your social device. Unplug. Basically, connect with your soul,” Juda said. “This is not about losing inches. It’s not about losing weight. This is literally about keeping active and keeping you moving.” One of the ways that WO•LA plans on keeping you moving: a customcurated music playlist piped into the studios. Maeve McCaffrey, who wrote curriculum for YogaWorks, created WO•LA’s physician-certified curriculum for kids to safely work out. WO•LA has obtained endorsements from local pediatrician groups and chief of orthopedic surgery at Children’s Hospital, Dr. David Skaggs. (Please turn to page 20)

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Juda, it creates a more inspirational and energetic dynamic. “You’re going to be working out with your peers, and your parents will come out of class next door. It just opens up conversations,” Juda said. For more information on classes and schedules, check out their website at https:// Talia Abrahamson is a sophomore at Marlborough School.

“I’m a big fan of kids working out, and I think one of the best ways to teach … kids a lifetime habit of exercise is to be a role model,” Skaggs wrote in an email. “What better way than to work out in the same gym with your children?” When children and adults work out together, according to

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Bring your bicycles to be blessed at the 15th West Coast Blessing of the Bicycles at Good Samaritan Hospital, 616 S. Witmer St., Tues., May 15 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Religious leaders from different faiths will impart blessing for cyclists to continue their safe ride to and from

work and school. The Los Angeles Police Department Bicycle Training Unit will also attend the event. There will be a free bicycle safety check and a commemorative lap around the hospital campus saluting healing and remembering those injured in bicycle accidents.

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Loyola’s summer school offers something for all

Loyola High School is accepting summer school applications for young people entering the sixth through

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Surf, boogie board at Aloha Camp Kids ages four to 14 can learn to swim, surf and boogie board, go tubing and jet skiing at Aloha Beach Camp, 30100 Pacific Coast Hwy., from Mon., June 18 through Fri., Aug. 24. Camp is “by the day,” so campers can sign up for specific days rather than a week at a time. There is also free transportation from Third Street School in Hancock Park (bus stop is on Las Palmas).

Hawaii sleepaway camp For a little more beach time for kids ages six to 16, sign up for the overnight camp at YMCA Camp Erdman on the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii, from Mon., July 30 to Sat., Aug. 4. Activities include snorkeling, crab catching, kayaking and swimming. Campers stay in cabins with six to eight other kids and a counselor. For more information, visit

Buddy benches St. Brendan blood drive May 8 come to Hancock Take a moment to donate blood at St. Brendan School, Park Elementary 238 S. Manhattan Pl., Tues., May 8, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The donations will aid patients at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, which need 2,000 units of blood each month to meet the needs of its young patients. Donors should be well-hydrated and at least 17 years old and 120 pounds or more. For information on the event, call 323-559-3989. For information on donating blood to CHLA, visit

It’s the Catty Wagon! Kittens are traveling in style, in a brand new Catty Wagon built just for them, and they will be at the Original Farmers Market, 6333 W. Third St., Sat., May 5, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The mobile adoption vehicle helps kittens from shelters find forever homes wherever the Catty Wagon goes. For more information, visit

Second grade students at Hancock Park Elementary, 408 S. Fairfax Ave., are out to prove to the world that no one is too small to make a difference at a Friendship Bench dedication ceremony Tues., May 1 at 9:15 a.m. The bench installation came about because students, learning about character traits in historical figures who have changed the world, decided that one change they would like to make at their school was to make everyone feel included. They thought a Friendship Bench, also known as a “buddy bench,” would help. A child who is feeling lonely can sit on a buddy bench, signaling to other kids that he or she wants someone to ask him or her to play with them. With the students’ help, the school obtained a grant. With additional help from the parent organization, the school purchased Friendship Benches for the playground.

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By Billy Taylor During the HUGEL-JTBC LA Open, which brought some of the world’s best players in women’s golf to the Wilshire Country Club, several players had connections to the local community. Between rounds, the Chronicle talked to two of those players about what it means to compete at a historic course in their own backyard. Emily Tubert is no stranger to the greens at Wilshire. Her grandfather — Maurice Tubert — was a member of the prestigious club for 25 years. “Sunday brunch at the club was my first exposure to golf,” she says, noting that it was her grandfather who inspired her to pick up the game. Born and raised in Burbank, Tubert describes her town as the “closest you can get to having a small town in a big city.” And she admits that it wasn’t until she returned from attending the University of Arkansas (on a full golf scholarship) that she SIGNAGE: Ladies; appreciatSilence; Well Done. ed South-

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ern California “much more.” The John Burroughs High School (Burbank) alumnus played her rookie season on the LPGA Tour last year, her third year as a professional golfer. “It was a struggle last year,” admits Tubert. “I had a lot of ups and downs — mostly downs — but I enjoyed it. And I learned from it.” Tubert’s struggles included a dislocated shoulder and

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issues with her ball striking, which caused her to consider walking away from the sport “a bunch of times” … “But then I forced myself to take a moment to appreciate that I am living the dream.” To aspiring young female golfers, Tubert says to keep working at it: “Golf is an incredible game for the opportunities it provides in life. It’s an asset for a woman who

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knows how to play it, especially if she plays it well.” • • • Lizette Salas grew up in Azusa, but as a college golfer at USC, she practiced at Wilshire Country Club at least once a week. “To have access to a Club like Wilshire is a great thing,” said Salas. “It gave me confidence. It changed how I thought of myself as a player.” The daughter of Mexican immigrants, Salas’ journey to LPGA professional golfer with career earnings of more than $3 million embodies the American dream. Growing up, Salas’ father, Ramon, worked as a mechanic at Azusa Greens Country Club and constantly encouraged his kids to learn the game. In fact, Salas credits her father with most influencing her career. “I was his last hope,” Salas says of her father; her two older siblings had other pursuits. “He had this vision that golf would be great for his family.” Still, golf is expensive. And Salas admits that her family didn’t have much back then. Determined to make a way, Ramon picked up extra shifts and additional jobs at the club in exchange for private lessons for his daughter. By the time she made it to Azusa High School, she faced a new challenge: the school didn’t have a girls’ golf team. What to do? Lizette joined the boys’ team. When it came time to apply to university, USC offered her

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a full scholarship to play on its women’s golf team, where she was named team captain and a member of the 2008 National Championship. She graduated in 2011 with a degree in sociology; the first member in her immediate family to earn a college degree. It goes without saying, Lizette’s father is very proud. At the HUGEL-JTBC LA Open, Emily Tubert was cut after the second round; Lizette Salas tied for 28th place, taking home $12,449 in winnings.

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LPGA GOLF AT WILSHIRE COUNTRY CLUB LPGA Tournament comes to Wilshire Country Club

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ing With the Stars” judge Len Goodman, Maroon 5 drummer Matt Flynn, KNBC-TV reporter Jane Yamamoto and former professional baseball player Nick Swisher, among others. Word on the streets There was a lot of spectator parking on the streets of Hancock Park during the event, and there were shuttle buses running to and from the Hollywood Bowl. Asked about local issues following the event, Hancock Park Homeowners Association president Cindy Chvatal said: “Very happy to say all went very well!” With Koreatown located only a short distance away, Asian golf fans came out in droves to see their favorite players. Korean player Inbee Park said she felt like she was playing “back home” with so many fans in the crowd: “I never played a tournament outside of Korea having this much Korean supporters out. It’s almost like a little Korea.” The tournament, which is sponsored by Hugel, a South Korean-based maker of Botox, and Korean broadcasting company JTBC will return to Wilshire for the next two years, at least, making the event a fixture on the Los Angeles sports landscape. Visit

Run To Remember honored fallen police officers and first responders Nearly 3,200 runners and walkers turned out at The Grove on April 8 to show their support for families of the first responders who have been killed in the line of duty. Modeled on a similar event that started in Boston more than a decade ago, the west coast version of the event here in Los Angeles is in its third year. Many active duty and retired police officers and firefighters from throughout Southern California ran the 10-kilometer or half-marathon courses in full gear. (Most entrants wore running clothes!) Dignitaries participating and seen at the start included City of Los Angeles Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas and Police

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By Billy Taylor Wilshire Country Club opened its gates to the best players in women’s professional golf at the HUGELJTBC LA Open, April 19-22. During the four-day event, thousands of spectators descended on the venerable country club to watch players give Oscar-worthy performances in the shadow of the famed “Hollywood” sign. Fans unable to attend watched live coverage of the event on the NBC Golf Channel. Taking the top spot, Moriya Jutanugarn, 23, from Thailand, won her first Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) tour event, taking home $225,000 in winnings. Jutanugarn finished with a three-under par 68, leaving her at 12-under par for the tournament, two strokes ahead of Jin Young Ko and Inbee Park. The tournament, one of three new events on the LPGA 2018 schedule, featured 144 women golfers competing over 72 holes for a share of a $1.5 million purse. The Wilshire Country Club last hosted the LPGA in 2001. Earlier in the week The 99-year-old Club welcomed invited guests a day early for a Pro-Am tournament, whose proceeds helped cover costs of the overall event. Participating in the fun was “Danc-


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SUMMER CAMPS & SCHOOLS By Daniella Zisblatt 8th Grade This month at Yavneh was full of meaning and excitement. Yavneh early childhood students took an incredible field trip to the matza factory in honor of Passover. The curious children were educated about the precise process of baking matza for the holiday. The young students had

the chance to make their own matza and learn about the preparations and history behind Passover. The older grades also learned about the laws, customs, and history of this cherished holiday. In other news, Yavneh’s MathCounts Video Challenge team advanced into the final four and will be traveling to the annual MathCounts Raytheon National Competition in Washington D.C. to present their video. This achievement is due in great part to our amazing Math Department Chair, Mrs. Sharon Ryan. Towards the end of the month, the middle school

students had the opportunity to hear a Holocaust survivor tell his story as a nine-year-old boy living in Slovakia during the late 1930’s. This survivor showed us his tremendous gratitude for being able to speak to the younger generation and teach them first-hand about the history of the Holocaust. The students also learned more about world history during that time period in preparation for Holocaust Memorial Day on April 11. In conclusion, the past weeks have been an incredible introduction to Spring and the closing of the school year.



April was a month of activity and athleticism for The Willows Community School. The Willows dancers prepared for the annual Celebration of Dance. This special event showcases dances preformed by The Willows Dance Company. Students school-wide, who have a particular passion for dance, participate in dance electives and enrichments throughout the year in order to prepare. Some of the dances preformed were choreographed for past events, such as Martin Luther King Day or Halloween, and were presented once again. I was one of the dancers that preformed, and I can personally say that the most special aspect of this occasion was performing alongside students of a variety of ages. We are truly grateful to our dance teacher Marissa Weiss for her artistry, dedication and patience. Also in April, was the school-wide Jog-aThon. Students received pledges for each lap they ran, in order to raise money to help the school purchase a police dog for the Culver City Police Department. All of us at The Willows felt great about running towards a good cause.

Fairfax has been filled with fun events this April. ASB Leadership hosted their annual Leadership Mixer which is when ASB Leadership students from High Schools across LA meet for a day full of activities, mingling and learning each schools best practices regarding fundraising, school events and the importance of increasing transparency between the Student Body, Administration and School Events. It’s vital for us teens to have a great High School experience which makes it up to the students in ASB Leadership to ensure that school events are engaging, fun and memorable. Leadership students are also working to ensure that the teachers and staff have an amazing teacher appreciation filled with gifts. They are currently collecting donations from local stores to set up for the big breakfasts that will be held for them throughout the week. Senior Activities are here! With graduation only 2 months away 12th graders headed to six flags to celebrate the 4 years they’ve spent at Fairfax the environmental trip is the next activity on the list but where the students are heading to is a surprise!

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By Avery Gough 6th Grade Last month was very exciting for Curtis and all of its students. First, everyone got back from spring break. Students went everywhere: the beaches, the mountains and some just stayed home to relax. ERB exams were scheduled for the week after break and not everyone was excited to take them.

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It’s May, everyone! The flowers are blooming, the dog groomers are grooming, and Page Academy is doing fun stuff like we’re always doing. From April 30th to May 4th, it will be Teacher Appreciation Week. Kids will celebrate how great the teachers are and give them gifts like chocolate, Starbucks cards, an iPhone 8 (haha), and other things that the teachers would enjoy. On May 11th, we will have a spring show! Each year when we have our Spring Show, we have different themes. For example, this year it will be called, “We Are One.” Each class will be performing dances from different cultures. Students will be doing dances from Mexico, Africa, Korea, and many other countries. From May 14th to May 17th, it will be Spirit Week! The students will dress up differently each day. For example, the school may assign ’80s clothes on Monday, or your favorite cartoon character on Thursday. Either way, it won’t be like a typical school day. Kids will play together, do fun activities, and have a good time. On May 18th, the kids will explore endangered animals from the Amazon Jungle, Africa, and all those little places in between. We’re going to, drum roll please, the Wildlife Learning Center! We will see such animals as meerkats, tarantulas, wild foxes, and many others. Some of the 4th and 5th grade students will take a trip to Sacramento, Coloma, and San Francisco. They will tour the state’s capitol buildings and learn some of the city’s history. They will then drive to Earth Trek Camp to tinsmith, hike, and pan for gold. The students will spend their last day in San Francisco visiting famous landmarks and points of interest like the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, the Cable Car Museum, and Pier 39. On May 28, we’re going to take a break from all the laughs and get serious, because it’s Memorial Day. We will take some time

In other news, grades fourth through sixth started a new unit in physical eduction. Girls compete in Volleyball games and boys have a choice between baseball or soccer. The sixth grade is learning about tolerance and the Holocaust. We all need to learn from history and not repeat it by being kind and respectful to each other. We are watching related films and will visit the Museum of Tolerance. The sixth grade is also preparing for out upcoming Southwest trip. We are learning about the Grand Canyon in both our science and history classes. to honor our soldiers, and all the men and women who saved our lives and protected our country. Well, that’s all for this month! Make sure to celebrate all those incredible mothers out there who kept us safe, fed us, and made us feel special!

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As the end of the school year nears, Immaculate Heart’s student body continues to be hard at work, and many students are earning special recognition for their efforts. In April, some 127 students were honored as “Scholar Athletes” by achieving a 3.5 grade point average or higher. The recipients, representing 62 percent of all students who play sports at IH, received awards at a special luncheon attended by family members. Additionally, members of our Speech & Debate Team have reaped much success. This year, six students qualified to participate at the California High School Speech


By Isabella Bernaldo 8th Grade As the school year is nearing its end, St. Brendan had a cheerful month during April. Well-traveled and eager to learn, St. Brendan students kicked off the month returning back to school from spring break. A bit after students got back into the groove of things, the school held its annual Talent

Association State Championships, and one senior also qualified for the National Speech & Debate Association Nationals. Immaculate Heart also sent three students to the prestigious Tournament of Champions in Kentucky. Now all members of the high school community are finalizing preparations for one of the school’s most anticipated traditions, Mary’s Day. On May 4th, the school community will honor Mary, the mother of Jesus and Immaculate Heart’s patroness, in an event that also celebrates all women. This year’s theme, “Mary, Mirror of Justice,” will be reflected in campus decorations, a special liturgy, and even our “Great Lawn Dance.” The Mary’s Day celebration separates a hectic quarter. It allows a moment of relaxation before AP Exams and upcoming finals, as well as the high school’s graduation in June. Show. Filled with many funny, exciting, and wowing acts, the students showed off their amazing skills at the show. Saint Brendan School also had a fun fundraiser to raise money by running for our school. During the “Fun Run”, students competed with each other to see who could raise the most money to earn prizes. At the end of the month, students ran around the school campus for all the money that they raised. April was lots of fun, eighth grade graduation is coming up, and St. Brendan School is ready for May!


By Christopher Woods 8th Grade Hello Everybody! For Seniors it is a big deal choosing their next school, and home for the next four years of your life. Well, that time has come here at Pilgrim. Some of the walls have been decorated with all of the amazing universities our Senior class has gotten into. Just to name a few, USC, University of Colorado, Purdue, and many more. Best of luck to the Class of ‘18! Middle School Soccer is off to a great start. Coach Smith and Coach Hurley have taught us so much, and it shows on the field. We are winning games decisively and have only lost one. I hope we continue to show our pure dominance in both the FIYA league along with the VCAL league. It’s been a great advantage to be able to host almost all of the games on our new home field. The 2nd grade is gearing up for their Wax Museum presentation. My little sister will be portraying Dr. Clara Barton, founder of the Red Cross. We are all excited to see the show. I would also like to mention that this is my last article as your Pilgrim School Student Corespondent. I’d like to say thanks to all of my amazing peers, coaches and teachers. After four years of having this opportunity, I’ve

come to realize how strong of an affect writing and media has on our society, local or worldwide. I am thankful to The Chronicle for this opportunity. So I can’t think of a better way to end this era than to say, thanks to everybody for reading, and GO PATRIOTS!


By Jasper Gough 8th Grade Although we are gearing up, there are still a lot events scheduled for the next few months. Between April 30 and May 1, our middle school will have ERB testing and the high school has SAT testing on the 5th. Middle and Upper School students will have placement tests on May 17 to determine which students get placed which classes. Buckley will host its annual Buckley Fair on May 12. The theme this year is “Be a Hero.” There will be rides, attractions and food trucks for attendees to enjoy. Spring concerts will be held on the May 18 for the upper school and on May 19 for middle school. Buckley will be show a movie for students on the May 24. Senior classes end on the May 21 and the middle school wraps up its final day of the semester the following day. The senior prom is on the 24th and grades will be posted a few days later. Seniors graduate on May 31, and we wish them all the best.

Editor’s Note: The Chronicle would like to extend a big “Thank You” to Christopher, who has served as a school reporter for the past four years. He is off to John Marshall High School to pursue football and music and take in the “big school” experience.

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Book and bake sale at Wilshire; chess tournament at Memorial Friends of the Wilshire Library (also known as FOWL) is having a book and bake sale Sat., April 28, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ruth Silveira, president of FOWL, added that “as a spring clean-up incentive (our clean-up, not yours) — fill one of our bags with books and pay just $5!” The chess club at Memorial Library, is having a tournament over three days — Fridays, May 4, 11 and 18 at 3 p.m. There are four divisions from child to adult. Call for more information. FREMONT LIBRARY Los Angeles Reader’s Theater: Los Angeles Reader’s Theater will read “Vieux Carré” by Tennessee Williams Sat., April 28, 2 p.m. Moss Hart’s “Light up the Sky” is Sat., May 19, 2 p.m. Needle arts circle: Knitters, crocheters and quilters work on projects Fri., May 18 at 3:30 p.m. For ages eight and up.

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(Continued from page 1) for children to play outdoors. Decades ago, long before Rick Caruso started building outdoor shopping malls with

parks in the center, Windsor Square residents wondered if the 33-space city parking lot with the flagpole and Wilshire Rotary clock, between what is now Burger Lounge and Bella Cures, might someday be con-

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verted to a park — a “Larchmont Village Green” — with vehicle parking being relocated underneath. That idea has been revived. This revival seeks the construction of a small playground as a precursor, or pilot project, that could help lead to construction of a Village Green. “Out-of-the-box thinking and neighborhood effort to establish playground and park space here will add greatly to Larchmont,” says Larry Guzin, president of the Windsor Square Association (WSA). The state of Windsor Square’s residential and commercial green environment has long been a concern of the WSA, according to Guzin. “Some of the current volunteer work relating to Larchmont began with a significant study of the community’s tree canopy, led by Windsor Square residents Helen Hartung and Scott Goldstein,” he said. Other local leaders, like Fremont Place resident Patricia

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Lombard (co-publisher of the “Larchmont Buzz” and author of the popular local history book, “Larchmont,” available at Chevalier’s Books) long have pointed out the importance to the surrounding community of Larchmont Boulevard and its uses and images. Starting small Late last year, Guzin and the WSA board recognized that a project of the size and scope of a full new community park (like the one at The Grove), of from 6,000 to 12,000 square feet and maybe on top of a parking structure, would be a really big undertaking. It would require lengthy study and community outreach and involvement. Funding would be a big issue as well. Therefore, the WSA in the beginning of this year embarked upon researching the possibility of creating a smaller “pilot project” — a small playground with a slide and similar equipment for children ages two to 12, explained Guzin. Similar playground nearby A somewhat similar narrow playground is at the Coun-

try Club Park Heritage Plaza located on Olympic Boulevard, between Arlington Avenue and Wilton Place. That playground opened in 2011. Reaching out for feedback from other area associations about creating a similar small play area by removing six parking spaces, the WSA collected letters of support from almost every entity surrounding the envisioned little playground suggested for the southeast corner of the city’s existing surface parking lot. Community support Support letters came from the merchants (the Larchmont Boulevard Association — LBA), from residents south of Beverly Blvd. (WSA) and north of Beverly Blvd. (Larchmont Village Neighborhood Association), from the Hancock Park Homeowners Association, from the HOPENET producers of the Taste of Larchmont and from the LBA producers of the Larchmont Family Fair. The LBA’s liaison with the Sunday Farmers’ Market learned that the (Please turn to page 31)



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(Continued from page 1) market organizers “will not object” to the potential loss of the six parking spaces to be converted into the small playground. Based upon this almost universally positive response, the hat was passed to make the playground pilot financially possible. Funds raised Through leadership gifts from the WSA, the LBA and Larchmont merchants and tenants (with Ahmet Zappa the first to step up with a very generous contribution) plus from other donors, much of the estimated cost of installation of a slide set, fencing, and some benches for parents or chaperones has been raised. Tax-deductible contributions for the playground pilot project, payable to the nonprofit 501(c)3 Los Angeles Parks Foundation, are still being welcomed, and you may contact this writer to inquire further: Ryu takes up the cause The request to the city was made through Fourth District Councilman David Ryu, who enthusiastically supported the idea and offered to supplement the community’s fundraising if necessary. Ryu said of the proposal: “Many things are involved in creating a positive quality of urban life. One thing is the number and quality of our City parks.” Recognizing that the community already had come together to offer financial support, the councilman submitted a City Council motion to ask the staff of the Department of Recreation and Parks (Rec and Parks) to move forward with the design and installation of the small playground. The independent Parks Foundation works closely with Rec and Parks on a regular basis. Green space study A committee chaired by Windsor Square architect and WSA board member Caroline Labiner Moser has been working on the “look” of the playground pilot, as part of the committee’s larger project titled, “Exploring Green Space Options: Greater Wilshire

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Community Study of Aesthetic Environmental Maintenance and Improvement with the Windsor Square and Larchmont Boulevard Areas as Prototypes for other Communities.” Serving on Moser’s committee are Helen Hartung and Angie Szentgyorgyi of Windsor Square and Patricia Lombard of Fremont Place. Moser has been developing detailed drawings of the small, approximately 1,200-squarefoot playground to share with Rec and Parks staff and others. Civic unity Ryu said of the broad-based community effort, “It is this kind of civic unity that makes the neighborhood such a wonderful place to live, work and visit, and I am delighted to support the efforts of the community to make this small playground a reality. As a pilot project, it ultimately may lead to creation of additional park space in the Larchmont area.” Moser emphasized that coming up with the details of a future urban mini park, or Larchmont Village Green, “requires extensive community study and input.” She suggested that some possible future features to study for this Larchmont open space that is now 100 percent surface parking might include someday having an expanded playground, more seating areas, shade trees and benches, and maybe even a fencedoff dog run. She also noted that having a completed urban mini park on the site (with or without underground parking) would allow for the addition of about seven street parking spaces, maybe more, when the existing curb cuts are removed. But, cautioned Moser, “that is all on the table for future discussion. What is wonderful, here and now, is the widespread support, including financing, already received for installing the small playground pilot project as soon as possible.” More information and illustrations are available on the WSA’s website at: This story originally appeared in the April 18, 2018, “Larchmont Buzz” at

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Historic settings take the stage in classic films series The Los Angeles Conservancy’s annual classic movie series in historic theaters kicks off with “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” Sat., June 2 at 8 p.m. at the State Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles. The Million Dollar Theatre is the setting for the second film in the Conservancy Last

Remaining Seats film series. “Kiss of the Spider Woman” will screen Sat., June 9 at 8 p.m. at the Million Dollar Theatre, theatre impresario Sid Grauman’s first Los Angeles movie venue when it opened in 1918. Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., Mary Pickford and Charlie

Preservation awards luncheon is May 2

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Chaplin were at the premiere, as was a 30-piece orchestra. The 12-story building’s style is called Churrigueresque, after an 18th-century Spanish church architect. Next up will be “In the Heat of the Night” screening Wed., June 13 at 8 p.m. at The Theatre at Ace Hotel, (originally the United Artist’s Theater). “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” screens Sat., June 16 at 2 p.m. at the Los Angeles Theatre. Hitchcock’s “The Birds” plays Sat., June 16 at 8 p.m. at the Los Angeles Theatre.

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‘High Noon:’ Making of a movie and the making of a country

Glenn Frankel’s 2017 book, “High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic,” was issued in a handsome paperbound book by Bloomsbury earlier this year; I recommend that you hightail it over to Chevalier’s to get a copy. Frankel is a Pulitzer Prizewinning former “Washington Post” journalist and film historian, journalism professor, and incisive social critic. Whatever I thought I knew about the Hollywood blacklist, the effect of Joseph McCarthy on the country, and the production, release, and impact of the 1952 film starring Gary Cooper now seems like an outline — Frankel’s book fills in the richness and detail along with the shock of the deep human damage during this frenzied post-war abuse of political power. I spent my first reading hours with my nose in this book’s index, looking up all the references to handsome and enigmatic Gary Cooper: Cooper’s history, his films, his amours, his marriages, and his politics, all of which led me to read this book inside out. Then I began again, and read it as Frankel intended. But it isn’t the elegant Cooper who stays in my mind —

it is “High Noon” screenwriter Carl Foreman. As Frankel writes Foreman’s story, the reader can feel the slow ignition of a fire that would almost destroy a man. As the politics of 1951 closed in,

serious HUAC follies in Washington in the fall of 1947 with a mixture of horror and dis-

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Foreman tweaked his screenplay into even more of a parable of its time. The attraction of the ideals of the Communist Party due to the rise of world Fascism in the 1930s and the fight against it in the Second World War is not to be denied. Later, the abuses of Stalinism and the expansion of the Soviet Union ushered most Hollywood members out the door. Nonetheless, the post-war House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) put opinion-shaping liberal Hollywood in its sightlines, Congressman Richard Nixon helping to lead the way. HUAC became accuser, judge, jury, and executioner. As Frankel writes, “Carl Foreman watched the deadly

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Future of cars is on the radar at Petersen Museum Hear about the evolution of the auto industry at “The Future of the Automobile Conference” on Thurs., May 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Petersen Automotive Museum, in partnership with the Los Angeles World Affairs Council. Autonomous vehicles (AVs), the impact of AVs on city landscapes, the future of

auto racing and competition between auto manufacturers and tech companies to design the next generation of transportation will be discussed. “As one of the nation’s preeminent automotive museums, it is our duty to share both the history and the future of the automobile,” said Petersen execu(Please turn to page 10)

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Douglas students followed conservationist’s footsteps

“Be a nuisance where it counts … Do your part to inform and stimulate the public to join your actions. Be depressed, discouraged, and disappointed at failure and the disheartening effects of ignorance, greed, corruption, and bad politics — but never give up.” Margery Stoneman Douglas Before the tragic events in Parkland, Florida last month, I will wager that many did not know the name Margery Stoneman Douglas or what she had achieved to have a high school named after her. As events unfolded, it was no surprise that students at Douglas were following in her footsteps of activism. Douglas, a journalist, suffragist, supporter of local libraries and early supporter of the ACLU, also became a conservationist later in life. At the age of 79, she fought to save the Everglades from development, in particular a planned jetport that would have dramatically altered the environment. Her involvement in that fight led to the quote above, and it is a fitting reminder in this National Historic Preservation Month that activism has always been needed and perseverance a necessity. Conservation As the Los Angeles Conservancy enters its 40th year and ponders its future in a diverse and changing city, as landmark schools (John Burroughs Middle School and Roosevelt High School) and other icons (Hollywood Boulevard, historic single family residences, historic parks, and Yamashiro) are threatened, it seems prudent to pause and reflect on the successes and challenges of the past and to contemplate the renewal of commitment to preserving the built environment. “Preservation” and “conservation” are the business of the Los Angeles Conservancy. Challenging climate A recent panel discussion at the Central Library hosted by KPCC commentator Larry Mantle — and featuring Margaret Bach (founding president of the Conservancy), Christopher Hawthorne (newly appointed chief design officer of the City of Los Angeles and former architectural critic of the “Los Angeles Times”), Luis Hoyes (architect and urban designer whose work has furthered the understanding of Latino heritage in Los Angeles) and Michelle Magolony, executive director of Asian & Pacific Islander Americans in Historic Preservation — highlighted the complexity of preservation efforts in today’s challenging climate of development, need for housing, and competing (or layering of) historical narratives.



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Local gardens: Garden Conservancy is on tour May 6

The 2018 Garden Conservancy “Los Angeles Open Day” tour returns to Hancock Park and Windsor Square and adds Fremont Place to its itinerary on Sun., May 6. The tour will cover seven gardens in the neighborhood, including Marlborough School and an Italianate villa in Windsor Square. The Arden garden, last seen on the tour

in 2009, has Pittosporum balls with the lavender and “Golden Celebration” roses. Two new gardens filled with great ideas for outdoor living on a large scale and on a very intimate scale have been added this year. One is the garden of Windsor Square resident Kathleen Losey. She will have a retrospective of her art on display — and for sale — in

the midst of the arbutus trees and climbing roses. The tour will also go behind the gates of Fremont Place for the first time to visit two properties. One garden has a unique variety of roses, succulents, palms and flowering trees. There are miniature vignettes throughout. The other Fremont Place garden has a (Please turn to page 10)


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Brothers Collateral still a family business after 38 years

By Suzan Filipek Looking west from Larchmont and Melrose you can see the canary-yellow Brothers Collateral Loans building from blocks away. “It was not my idea,” owner Rudy Gintel said of the eyepopping choice of color. “My mother and wife wanted it, and you don’t argue with your mother and wife. It’s not wise.” Rudy and his brother Ernest celebrated their 38th year last month at the pawn shop at 5901 Melrose Ave. at Cahuenga Blvd. In hindsight, Rudy says painting the building “firehydrant” yellow was “sort of poetic,” because, he’s since learned, in Asia the color is associated with profit. “And, that’s what we deal with. Half of our business is money. …” Cash to be exact. He got into the family business in a roundabout way. As a young man, he gave up music to go to law school. “My father wanted me to go,” he says. When his father and uncle sold a pawn shop near MacArthur Park and his dad offered to open one Hancock Park-adjacent, Rudy said, “Sure, why not? “You never know what life

“IT’S A BUSINESS that helps people,” says pawn shop owner Rudy Gintel.

brings, do you?” he mused in his shop last month. “It’s decorated exactly the way you think a pawn shop should look, with guitars everywhere, clocks, trophy heads, jewelry, microphones, art and that wonderful mix of all kinds of stuff you never knew you always wanted,” says his wife Myrna. In a nod to his guitar and songwriting days, he sells a bevy of instruments and amplifiers, and he stores musicians’ prized instruments in a Class 2 vault. (It’s safer than some banks, he says.) The early-1900s building has a history all its own; it had a cameo role in the latest “Grand Theft Auto” video game and

was featured on Huell Howser’s TV series, “California Gold.” Rudy’s mother Shirley, 93, the shop’s bookkeeper till a few years ago, ran into Huell at a local grocery store. “She talked him into doing a show on us,” said Rudy. While the shop has gained in notoriety, the land value has skyrocketed. Developers drop in weekly, says Rudy, who has no plans to sell, but retirement is not far from his mind. The store, once open seven days a week, is closed on Sundays, and Rudy and Myrna enjoy drives in his 300ZX. “I want to put the top down and drive to the beach,” he says.

Driving the two-seater makes Rudy, 70, feel like a teen again. “I want to feel like I’m 19 when I get out of the car, too,” he quips. But the nature of the business and the people he meets draw him back. “It’s a business that helps people. I enjoy that. Not everyone has a bank account that’s viable. Not everyone has a credit card. But they do have assets.” And many need cash. In this era of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, cash is still king. “It allows people to have private lives,” says Rudy. One lady brought in a valuable watch, and with her new cash in hand went off to the horse races. Like most of Rudy’s customers, she returned within the required four months and paid back the money, plus interest, got her watch back, and her family was none the wiser. His law degree has come in handy on several trips to Sacramento as an officer of the California Pawnbrokers Association. He was also on the land use committee for the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council and on the board of the Hancock Park Homeowners Association. (Myrna, a former Larchmont Chronicle Woman of Larchmont, is ac-

PIRATES are among the eclectic items found at the shop.

tive with the Windsor SquareHancock Park Historical Society and The Ebell.) The couple raised three children, had several dogs, and now have two rescue cats who “own the house.” All kinds of people come to the pawnshop, says Myrna. “One of the most exciting names I can remember was Jack Lemmon. He was helping out a friend, with his expertise, who was looking at a watch.” Then there was a duchess from England who bought high-end camera equipment and luggage. “It doesn’t matter how wealthy someone is, everyone likes a deal,” says Myrna. “People come in here not knowing what they want, but they usually leave with something,” said Gintel.

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Nominations accepted for drought-tolerant garden tour Gardens in Brookside, Sycamore Square, Wilshire Park and possibly Fremont Place will be on the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council Drought-Tolerant Garden Tour Sat., June 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. commencing at Los Angeles High Library Memorial Park, 4625 W. Olympic Blvd. (in front of Memorial

Branch Library). Attendees of the second annual event may procure maps of the gardens at the meeting point for the selfguided and free tour. The GWNC is encouraging community members to self-nominate their gardens or nominate a neighbor’s garden for the tour. Nominations must include the

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tive director Terry L. Karges. Speakers will include Alex Roy, founder of Human Driving Association, Jill Sciarappo, strategic marketing director for Automated Driving at Intel, and Ted Schilowitz, futurist at Paramount Pictures, as well as experts from Caltech, Microsoft and the Art Center College of Design. Pete Talk A recent public program at the Petersen featured a fascinating “Pete Talk” by Kent Kresa, Petersen board member and former president and chairman of Northrop Grumman Corporation. To a Saturday morning audience that filled the museum’s penthouse, Kresa described his 2008 summer as Chairman of General Motors, when he helped the company recover from the most tumultuous few weeks in its history. Kresa told how he was asked (“not a request you can decline”) by President Obama to help turn around GM. In his talk, he described how he helped steer the company in a new direction, recovering from bankruptcy, while leading the planning of the longterm future of GM. To learn about the May 3 conference, visit

SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE members Julie Stromberg and Cathy Roberts at last year’s tour.

Local gardens (Continued from page 8)

garden maze, purple wisteria and yellow “Lady Banks” roses. The Colonial Revival home of the Fischer garden was designed by architects Hunt and Burns in 1915. The garden includes pergolas, terraces, raised vegetable gardens and Japanese maples. Start your tour at Marlborough School from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (each garden is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Enter on Third Street between Rossmore Avenue and Arden Boulevard for maps and to purchase tickets. No reservations are required. Admission is $7 per garden or $35 for six tickets; children 12 and under free. Call 1-888-842-2442, or visit for more information. The Garden Conservancy is a national nonprofit dedicated to saving and sharing outstanding American gardens.



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Foreman was critically ill. He heard the news that June day, and died the next morning.


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whether they had belonged to the Communist Party ... people could accept radicals who had the courage of their convictions ... He felt a sense of relief that he was too small a fish to be of interest to the committee.” That changed when the HUAC came back to town in 1951. Foreman was successful, well-known and finishing the dialogue for the “High Noon” script. The first day of the shoot, Sept. 5, 1951, was also the first day that a Hollywood producer began “naming names” so he could avoid the blacklist and secure his professional future. “Naming names“ was supported by the Hollywood media, industry, and Screen Actors Guild, then headed by Ronald Reagan. So Foreman had a choice: be in contempt of the committee by refusing to “name names,” or betray his friends and col-

leagues. His parallel and contemporaneous experience of the filming of “High Noon” and his excoriation by the HUAC is the leitmotif of the multi-layered book. It was all much worse than can be imagined in hindsight of 63 years. Because of the blacklist, Carl Foreman was unable to receive credit for the Oscar he and Michael Wilson received for the screenplay for “The Bridge on the River Kwai.” On June 25, 1984, the board of the Writers Guild voted unanimously that Foreman and Wilson were to receive credit for the screenplay, and awarded their Oscars.




clude a tour with Wattles family member Susan Wattles; Hollywood Heritage’s “Evening @ the Barn” presentation on the history and future of movie studios (May 9); KCET’s recent Artbound episode highlighting the social justice activities of the Church of the Epiphany in historic Lincoln Heights; and the Conservancy’s 40th anniversary walking tour on May 12. One of the “Featured Properties for Preservation Month” on the National Park Service website is our own Subway Terminal Building. This month is also Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, a celebration of cultures which have greatly contributed to Los Angeles’ history. Christy Johnson McAvoy, a former president of both the Los Angeles Conservancy and the California Preservation Foundation, as well as an Advisor to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, founded Historic Resources Group in Hollywood.


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today’s students about their city seems even more critical, and I welcome a discussion with today’s educators about how we can continue to do this as educational pressures mount. (I still have some of these materials, and I am willing to share with anyone who wants to contact me.) The National Trust program “Teaching with Historic Places” is a good model, and the Conservancy continues its education efforts; our local programs need to be robust, inclusive, and better funded. Lifelong learning is key to building the ranks of volunteers, advocates, and an informed community. Visit sites Celebrate this month locally by visiting historic sites. Of particular interest are the Los Angeles Parks Foundation’s spotlight on historic Wattles Park with its high tea and scones or wine and cheese afternoons, which in-

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Find ‘livable luxury’ at The Linen House

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Thoroughly modern and a bit of Art Deco at these complexes By Suzan Filipek and Rachel Olivier Urban living has never been better with several choices in the offing on famed Wilshire Boulevard. Desmond at Wilshire offers an oasis in the bustling city. The new seven-story building has modern touches throughout yet evokes its

Art Deco past. It is located behind the legendary 1929 Desmond’s Tower, at 5520 Wilshire. The 175 studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments feature floor-to-ceiling window walls. Select units have balconies and decks, lofts and views of downtown and (Please turn to page 14)

By Suzan Filipek Once upon a time a family would only pull out its handmade tablecloths and linens on holidays and special occasions. Interior decorator Shelly Striks wants to make the beauty of the past accessible each and every day. “Let’s talk linen,” she says, welcoming you to her light and airy new shop, The Linen House, 6017 Melrose Ave. Reminiscent of her Hungarian grandmother’s fine tablecloths, she offers styles from hand-embroidered and French lace to modern cloths, off-theshelf and custom orders to accommodate any size table or taste. There are also washable tablemats, and duvets, covers and sheets. She offers everything from drapery and dish towels to pillows and baby swaddles. Custom options

COZY PASHMINAS and playful Missoni towels are among items at the new shop. Designer Shelly Striks, above.

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THE SEVENS has four levels per residence.

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(Continued from page 13) the Hollywood Hills. Amenities include quartz countertops with glass mosaic backsplash, porcelain tile and hardwood-style plank floors, stainless steel Energy Star appliances and keyless entry. A resort-style pool has an outdoor TV lounge. A fireplace and a rooftop deck add to the five-star experience, said Lau-

ren Ellison, manager, national marketing. Most pets are welcome at the site opened in 2016. ••• A collection of seven small lot, single-family dwellings at 4701 Wilshire Blvd., dubbed The Sevens, has garnered much interest from the community. After the Chronicle’s first article last July, the real estate brokers tell us they received requests for informa-


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will enter under a theater marquee at The Mansfield when it opens in June. The Mansfield architecture also mixes the area’s Art Deco past with the new at the 138unit, mixed-use apartment building at 5100 Wilshire

Blvd. — at Mansfield Ave. In homage to the Four Star Theatre, which opened at this location in 1932, the lobby décor includes photos and murals of movie premieres held there, said developer Aaron (Please turn to page 15)

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Showcase mixes Mediterranean with modern touches

Pasadena Showcase House of Design — called “The Overlook” for its once-panoramic views — is a 12,000-square foot Mediterranean estate built in 1915. Designed by architect Reginald Davis Johnson at a cost of $14,000, more than 20 in-

terior and exterior designers have participated in creating this year’s showcase villa and garden. The home and garden tour opens Sun., April 22 and continues to Sun., May 20. The original owners were two sisters: Ruth (Scarritt)

Hargrove, widow of Robert Kennon Hargrove, Southern U.S. Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mary Emma Baker was the widow of George L. Baker who managed theaters in Portland, Ore. After his death, she became a (Please turn to page 16)




PARAPETS and geometric patterns add touch of history at Mansfield, at the site of the former Four Star Theatre.

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(Continued from page 14) Korda of the Korda Group. Other touches are geometric parapets on the building, a fountain with custom tiling, and balconies with stone façades. Two floors of the six-story building feature lofts with 18foot ceilings. Amenities at the complex include private balconies, a pool and Jacuzzi, fire pits, a gym, clubhouse, outdoor movie theater and spacious decks with views of downtown and the Hollywood Hills. An Automobile Club of Southern California office and a yoga studio will be on the ground floor, Korda said. The original movie theater will be memorialized in the project breezeway by three murals by artist Jeanine Hat-

tas. Based on historic photos, painted on canvas and applied to the concrete walls, the largest, 34’x13’, shows crowds at a 1939 movie premiere attended by the Keystone Cops, Mr. and Mrs. Darryl Zanuck and Joan Crawford. Three framed art pieces from the 900-seat theater will hang in the main lobby. The Four Star was one of several theaters commissioned by United Artists and Fox West Coast Theatres and was designed by the firm of Walker and Eisen, with Clifford Balch as architect, according to the Los Angeles Conservancy. The former movie house featured Art Deco details including inscribed chevrons, stripes, and abstract figurative and floral motifs, as well as a central tower that rose in a series of staggered steps.

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marble and white décor showroom. Outside, a dramatic black-and-white color palette leads to the front door on Melrose, between Hudson and Wilcox. The bungalow was the perfect fit for her new shop; after all, what better place to buy linen than in a home? “I believe very strongly in

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the integrity of a neighborhood,” says Striks, whose grandparents lived nearby and whose children attend schools in the area. “As a designer, I believe in beautifying homes by keeping their original architectural splendor but working with the finishes to create a livable family-friendly environment,” she says. Since opening in April, she can hardly keep the U.S.,

Canadian, French and Swiss product lines on the shelves. Poetic Pillow — inspired by great works of art — and funky chic pillows are available and can also be dressed to order. “If you dream it, we can make it.” Organic cotton baby swaddles by Atelier Choux Paris feature whimsical illustrations and come in a gift box for $40 each. Children’s play mats are also

LINEN HOUSE is on Melrose between Hudson and Wilcox.

100 percent cotton and can be taken to the beach, shared with the family dog, or, at 5’x8,’ serve at a little girl’s lifesized tea party. Like everything else, no worries—just throw them in the wash. Sparkly pink makeup bags for teens and more adult but still fun totes for women, diffusers and candles are also on the shelves, starting at $20. Striks’ mission is to find the finest quality available for all price ranges. “The beauty of the store is what’s going on in this room,” she says, heading to a space filled with custom fabric options by high-end designers. While the shop is mostly about linen, it’s also about the

families who live here. “When decorating these palatial homes that were filled with families, pets and constant business parties, I took note of how hard it was to find not only bedding that would match my decor, but bedding my clients can really live with … bedding that their child holding a bottle can cuddle up to, bedding that pets can take an afternoon nap on. “I wanted bedding to meet my clients’ decor needs in color, quality and texture but, at the same time, be used as a livable luxury item.” The Linen House is open by appointment only, six days a week. Contact her at shelly@, call 310-924-2007 or visit her on instagram @thelinenhouseLA.


den tours in the country. In its 54th year, proceeds benefit multiple, local musicoriented programs. Complimentary parking and shuttle service is available at Santa Anita Race Track. The Showcase House is open every day except Monday. Hours are Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday through Thursday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 to $45. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit

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Celebrated designer takes her cues from her clients’ lives I certainly salute the Larchmont Chronicle special section theme this month: “Design for Living.” Design matters. Architecture and rooms and gardens have intrigued me for as long as I can remember. I have always associated the idea of home with a welcoming place ready for family, for friends, and for me. One summer in England, in the mid-1980s, mutual friends offered to take my husband and me to visit Nancy Lancaster’s garden at Haseley Court. I was thrilled. I had seen pictures, of course, but walking through that deliciously scented garden with clipped box hedges and tumbling flowers was magic to me. After the tour around the garden, conducted by her sister, we were invited in for coffee and her witty and entertaining conversation. Mrs. Lancaster had moved to a cottage in the garden, Little Haseley, and we talked in her small sitting room, the famous one with all the seating covered in blue-and-white striped cotton, which had been picked up on holiday in Greece. The walls were almost completely covered with charming objects and personal mementos. In its lack of grandeur, it was so different from the big house she had left. And yet, it so clearly came from the same sensibility: one concerned with making a place of comfort with interesting

things—and with appropriateness. That room fully expressed the extraordinary woman who had created it.

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Suzanne Rheinstein When designing, I take my cues from my clients and the lives they actually lead and those they might lead. Usually, those lives are filled with work and philanthropy and family and gardening and sports, and the clients often can be overcommitted. They are seeking a haven from the tumult, a place of calm and cosseting, and whether I choose a style that is more colorful or less, more casual or less, more packed or less, the rooms I design end up with a sense of calm. It is a good thing to live with the graciousness of an earlier era, but not the formality and folderol. In my work I appreciate the harmony of proportion and the delight of throwing it off deliberately. I care about the relationship of colors and, especially, textures: the roughness of some sisal rugs, the imperfect smoothness of woven kilim, smooth wool satin, nubby silk noile, block-printed linen, ribbed cotton, shiny lacquered

Lifetime achievement of Suzanne Rheinstein recognized in New York

The New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) was founded in 1916, and it has been leading the study of interior design for more than a century. Last month, one of California’s own (originally via New Orleans) was honored in New York City at the NYSID’s annual awards gala with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Among local friends traveling to honor Rheinstein were Windsor Square neighbors Jennifer and Bill Fain and Hancock Park’s Carlotta Keely. A large assemblage of New York’s and the nation’s leading design professionals gathered for the event, held at the landmark University Club building on Fifth Avenue. NYSID president David Sprouls said that the awards presented that night “represent our community and the design profession’s highest honor, and are reserved for those individuals who have used their position to positively impact the world of interior design.” Award recipient Rheinstein also is a furniture, lighting and fabric designer. Her Hollyhock fabric and rug collections are produced by Lee Jofa. She is the author of the best-selling books “At Home”

finishes, old walnut with deep patina, 19th-century painting rubbed down to the wood. When you are in one of these rooms you will first notice how comfortable it is and how good you feel, and only then will you begin to notice the subtle details — the way the uphol-

stery is finished with an unusual woven tape, the small pleats in the corners of the pillows, the limestone paint on the walls, the glow of old Sheffield silver, mirror plate so old that it reflects an evocatively soft image. All are part of a harmonious whole and contribute to a

very wonderful place to live. Guest columnist Suzanne Rheinstein’s shop, Hollyhock, originated on Larchmont Boulevard. Earlier this year, Rheinstein closed the shop 30 years after it opened, allowing her to concentrate exclusively on her interior design work.

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Dog’s life saved, thanks to savvy neighbors and prosecutor

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CAMPBELL home in 1926 on Las Palmas Ave., built by George McNee, Alexandra’s great grandfather.

At Marlborough, Alexandra was captain of the equestrian team, and growing up with horses and as a self-described animal lover, she felt obligated to join the Animal Cruelty Unit in the District Attorney’s office. “It’s some of the most rewarding work I do, even though it is difficult. You can turn their whole life around.” “The best part is that Hera has a wonderful new home. Not all these cases have such happy endings, sadly,” said Judith Campbell, Alexandra’s mom. Next door neighbors Alexandra’s parents, Judith and Alex, grew up next door to each other on Las Palmas. Judith went to Marlborough; Alex attended Harvard School (now Harvard/Westlake). “In 1926, my husband’s grandparents built the house on Las Palmas in which he and his family were living when we met,” said Judith. “My great grandfather (George McNee) built it from scratch,” says Alexandra. Alexandra’s other great grandfather, John B.T. Campbell, was managing editor of the “Herald Examiner;” his son Alex N. was a financial editor there. “Perhaps Alexandra inherited her love of animals from [Alex N.]. He was known for walking the streets of Hancock Park with a bag of dog treats to give to all his fourlegged friends,” says Judith. Alexandra was the fourth generation of the family to live in the brick Tudor-style home built by her great-grandfather. She now lives in Glendale, closer to her “off-the-track thoroughbred” who she is retraining to jump. When not working to save other Los Angeles animals, that is.

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A labor of love: Renovating a 1920s craftsman home By Billy Taylor Designing your dream home is never easy or fast, but for one Windsor Square resident, the finish line is finally near. Christine Speer has been renovating her 1920s craftsman on Irving Boulevard since 2015, and now, with the last coat of paint dried and the windows covered, Speer tells the Chronicle that she is happy to be “pretty much done.” Neighborhood first The journey all began when Christine and her husband, Michael, who works in commercial real estate, decided to relocate to Los Angeles from Toronto. When they arrived, their first task was to find a neighborhood to call home. “We started by looking at neighborhoods with good schools,” says Speer. “We wanted to live in a walkable community.” Windsor Square checks both boxes, of course, but there wasn’t anything on the market at the time that grabbed their attention. “We looked at a lot of places,” gushed Christine. When the couple toured a five-bedroom, 4,000 squarefoot property on the 300 block of S. Irving, Christine says their first reaction was: “No way!” The house had recently endured a below-par flip,

SITTING ROOM is updated with herringbone wood floors and wall paneling painted in a Farrow & Ball accent color.

resulting in a lot of the original details being stripped, and on top of that, the property still needed a lot of work to restore its original glory. A couple of weeks later, however, the property’s seller reduced the listing price and signaled a motivation to sell, which caught the Speers’ attention. Could they buy the property and then design their dream house? They decided to go for it. Project begins After hiring a general contractor, the work began in Oct. 2015. The repair list was long, including the hardwood floor(Please turn to page 20)

KITCHEN was modernized by removing a wall to the family room and adding sliding glass doors. Decorative tiles and white cabinetry help to brighten the family’s main living space.

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their property just to get an upgrade in power. “At one point, we were ready to move in, but were still waiting to get the power sorted out. When it finally got fixed, we moved in that same day.” That was in 2016. Interiors Once the structural changes were complete, the power restored, and the family in residence, the interior decorating began. From the start, Christine says it was important for them to design a house that restored original Craftsman details while modernizing the kitchen and family room. “We tried to keep the moldings true to a Craftsman, and we even restored wood paneling in areas,” says Speers. “We lightened things up too. There’s a big skylight above the stairs — it’s very airy now!” Describing the interior as “eclectic,” Christine says that she wanted an open-concept kitchen and living room so the family could use the space together. With three schoolaged kids, a backyard pool was also a necessity of sorts. “Everything was focused on the ability for us to have movie night and hang out together,” says Christine. When it came time to pick paint colors, Christine says she turned to specialist Farrow & Ball, who sent out a consultant to suggest a cohesive color scheme for the house. “It’s really helpful,” she says

BACKYARD was updated with a pool and privacy fence.

of the service. “For like $200, they send out a designer. The paint is super-saturated and shifts in different light; it’s moody and neat,” says Speer. Other local vendors that Speer’s credits are Absolute Appliance (“incredible customer service and pricing”) and INFO Lighting (“really nice light store with great service”), both located on La Brea Avenue. So after years of suffering construction workers, city permits, designers and landscapers, one can’t help but wonder: would you do it all over again? “Looking back, I’m not big on regrets,” says Christine. “The house is designed by us, for us. But had we realized how much work it was going to be, we probably wouldn’t have done it,” she admits. That being said, the Speers plan to enjoy their home for many years to come. “We’re not moving, we’re staying right here,” she concludes with a laugh.

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Weekend events held in the Rose Garden at Descanso Get to know the Rose Garden at Descanso, 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge, while enjoying music, community service and more. Dirty your hands and help care for the Rose Garden on Community Service Day, Sat., May 19 from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Gardeners ages 16 and older,

den with a cello performance by Fang Fang Xu Sat., May 19 at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. A harp performance by Tina Lenert Sun., May 20 will be at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Spring bloom walks are Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. For more information, visit

all levels of experience, are welcome. Instruction and supervision will be provided by Descanso horticulture staff. Be inspired by the spring blooms in the Rose Garden, while working on crafts, Sat., May 19 and Sun., May 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hear music in the Rose Gar-

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Michaels not always the best way to show a two-suited hand Here’s your hand, sitting South: ♠J ♥Q ♦ AJ98652 ♣ KQ98

sitting East. In this hand, this South passed. Millie, West, also passed so North had to play the hand in 2D, a suit in which he was void. North ♠ AKT9654 ♥ A97643 ♦ Void ♣ Void

Here’s the bidding: Auction: West North East South 1D 2D* P ? * Michaels, showing a hand containing at least 5 hearts and 5 spades Ah, this is a puzzle. Partner has cue bid your seven card suit! But it’s a conventional bid, Michaels, showing two five card majors. What to do? This was a hand I played with my former partner, Mille Garrison, in a four section, two game event in the 1996 Palms Springs Regional Tournament against some of the best players in the world. Millie was sitting West and I was

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South ♠J ♥Q ♦ AJ98652 ♣ KQ98 Auction: West North East South 1D 2D P P P Bidding: This is a shining

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Grand Slam example of why Michaels is not always the best way to show a huge 2-suiter. People think that if they have a two-suited hand, they should always use it. I don’t agree. North misbid. There is no way that his partner could know he had a hand that was 7-6. He should overcall Millie’s 1D with 1S and then jump to 4H with his second bid, letting partner choose which suit. And partner, given two singleton honors, should take him back to his first suit. If North bid Michaels, as here, and if East passed, as here, then South should bid 2 spades. Partner can’t possibly know the shape of that hand. Here, who wouldn’t be tempted to pass 2D with a seven card

suit headed by the AJ, even if LHO did open 1D? However, since his LHO, West, opened with South’s 7 card suit, there’s a good possibility that West has four diamonds (you know she has at least three), so how many diamonds could North have? He’s already shown an unbalanced hand, so the chances of him having more than one are slim and the chances of his being void are excellent. So if you think about it, you shouldn’t be tempted to pass and take the chance that your partner will be forced to play this in a suit in which he is obviously horribly short. If partner shows two 5-card majors (which is all Michaels promises), and your RHO passes, make a choice between the two, even if you have two singletons. Play: As East, I led the 4 of clubs, Millie taking South’s king with her ace. She smothered South’s singleton queen of hearts by leading her king. While South could get rid of

one club on the AK spades, South was doomed to play the hand out of her hand and we got 2 club tricks and 4 diamond tricks for down one. Because Millie had five clubs, she could always take South’s diamond lead and force him to ruff and lead into her again. My club ten backed up by three other clubs was a huge card for the defense, keeping South from getting any club other than the queen. Other tables were playing the hand in 4 spades, making, losing a spade and two hearts. I don’t know how they bid it. We were the only table at which North played the hand in 2D. It was the last hand of the day for us. We set it one trick and it gave us the best score in the room on this hand which was enough for us to win the 64 table event. 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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Two theories on the old saying to renege on a bet Do you “welsh” or “welch” on a bet, and what’s the origin? queries John Tudall. Actually, either word is correct — welch being merely an older spelling of a person from the country of Wales. As for the gambling connotation, some sources refer to the old nursery rhyme, “Taffy was a Welchman, Taffy was a thief.” Welsh sources, however, swear that the original “welshers” were English bookies who took refuge in the uninhabited wilds of Wales to avoid

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nothing to do with the celebrated novelist. Here, “dickens” is a corruption of the medieval “nickens” which referred to the devil and his merciless ways. You see, in England, the Evil One’s ancient “nick” name is “Old Nick” (from the German nickel, goblin, and not to be confused with Santa Claus or “Saint Nick”) and derives from the devil’s storied practice of “nicking” or snatching unrepentant sinners into the Infernal Regions. • • •

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