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New baseball, soccer fields were welcomed

By John Welborne When asked his opinion at the opening of two new athletic fields at Pan Pacific Park, St. James’ School second-grader and Wilshire Warriors baseball player William LaBombard said: “I am so excited to play on the new field with my baseball team!” His was a sentiment shared by the scores of local children who participated in the May 5 ribbon-cutting ceremonies overseen by Councilman David Ryu and the city’s Department of Recreations and Parks. LaBombard had a game on the new field See Pan Pacific Park, p 9

LOCAL CHILDREN take the field at the opening of the new and improved baseball and soccer fields at Pan Pacific Park.

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Housing is more than a roof overhead

TEMPLE on tour. 2-9

n Solutions found at Alexandria House

OLYMPIAN is among keynote speakers. 3-2

EBELL REST COTTAGE garden circa 1930s.

Ebell Rest Cottage fêtes its 100th year of service n Women continue helping women in need

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By Suzan Filipek The Ebell of Los Angeles has a chorale, a costume department and a bridge club. “What most people don’t know is that we’re also really very heavily involved in social services,” said Randi Jones, director of The Rest Cottage Association (RCA), a nonprofit arm of The Ebell. “This is one of the oldest philanthropies in Los Angeles, and we want as many people as we can to know about it,”

Jones added. The RCA recently marked its 100th year, and while the group’s actual “rest home” was sold 38 years ago, proceeds from the sale were inSee Rest Cottage, p 22

This is the first part of a two-part story about the local Alexandria House program providing a path to permanent supportive housing. Part two will be next month. By Rachel Olivier Alexandria House held its largest fundraiser of the year, the 10th annual “WomenSpeak” luncheon, last month at the Ebell of Los Angeles. Featured speaker was Dr. Melina Abdullah, professor and chair of Pan-African studies at Cal State Los Angeles. Alexandria House alumna Kamara Farai spoke about her experience at the transitional home, and she presented two See Alexandria, p 23

n Primary June 5

By John Welborne Los Angeles County ballots for the Tues., June 5 primary election include 27 candidates who have qualified to run for the open seat of Governor of California representing five


Tuesday, June 5 different political parties, with five of the candidates declining to state a party affiliation. There are 31 candidates running for U.S. Senate See Election, p 6

Metro tunnel boring machines unveiled n Debut featured Marlborough musicians

Summer fun!

Send us pictures of your adventures near and far for our Summer Fun special section in the July issue. Include your name, contact information (not for publication) and a brief caption to info@larchmontchronicle. com. Deadline is Wed., June 13. To advertise, contact Pam Rudy, 323-462-2241, ext. 11, by Mon., June 11.

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CIVIC LEADERS Zev Yaroslavsky and Eric Garcetti posed in front of one of the two TBM cutterheads.

n Debut featured Marlborough musicians

By John Welborne Youth was well represented at Metro’s unveiling of artwork that disclosed the winning names for the two tunnel boring machines (TBMs) that will drill the Purple Line Extension through Greater Wilshire and Miracle Mile. Third grader Lauren Park, from La Cañada, designed winning poster art that will be placed on the twin TBMs that will start working silently underground this summer. Ninth grader Marianne Gutierrez, of Fairfax High School, selected the winning names for the TBMs. [See accompanying story on page 15.] Entertainment at the event included a performance by students enrolled in the Marlborough Instrumental Ensemble program. The performers were: on flute, Eleanor Berger (9th grade) and Sofia Ellis (8th grade); on violin, Sofia Head (7th grade), ReSee Metro, p 15 ~ Entire Issue Online!


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Community Comment


By John Welborne The essence

In stating the following, there is no disrespect intended for the hardworking franchisees, managers and employees of multiple chain establishments on Larchmont Boulevard. However, the essence of Larchmont Village is not in its multitude of coffee shops, juice and ice cream shops, and other “take out” establishments. Rather, the essence of this little neighborhood shopping street always has been, and remains, the small, independent merchants such as those who sell toys and books (in our case, the oldest independent bookseller in Los Angeles), jewelry and gifts, women’s clothing and stationery. The essence includes a small insurance brokerage office and a plumbing company that has served local neighborhoods since 1931. The essence of Larchmont is represented well by the tenants in the Lipson property on the southeast end of the Boulevard. Essential Larchmont includes a longtime barbershop and a hair salon where there has been one since the Lipson building — now in escrow to a new owner — opened in the 1920s. Of course, another important part of “the mix” on the street always has been a few, generally one-of-a-kind, independent restaurants. We think it is fair to say that the Larchmont Chronicle speaks for the surrounding community and all who love Larchmont when we say we hope the new owner will respect the successful (if not the most lucrative) approach of the original owner-landlords, Charlotte Lipson and her father. Maintain Larchmont and make a fair profit. That is all we ask.

Know Your Block Captain and Stay Safe The most important part of keeping our homes and families safe is an active Neighborhood Watch. And the foundation of a successful Neighborhood Watch is your block captain. The Block Captain Committee and Security Committee recruit new block captains and support the existing ones. So, we thank our Block Captains Committee, particularly Jen DeVore and Cindy Chvatal, and our Security Committee chair, Peter Gorelick, for all the work they do to help support our community network. The Association recently hosted a dinner at the Wilshire Country Club where Councilman Ryu and our new Field Deputy, Rob Fisher, joined the block captains for dinner and discussions. Our block captains also heard from our Security Committee chair, Peter Gorelick, and other board members of the Association. Your block captains keep their neighbors informed about what’s going on, interface with the City and, most importantly, they are the core of our neighborhood watch, providing security and eyes on the ground for the LAPD and security services. If you don’t know who your block captain is, then contact the Association. If your block doesn’t have a block captain and you want to volunteer (Yay!), then also contact the Association. Remember to pay your Association dues, which you can now do on our website. Your dues help fund the many initiatives that keep Hancock Park beautiful. Your dues also show the City and other organizations that you support the work the Association does on your behalf. o o o Remember to report any suspicious behavior to the LAPD, keep your doors and cars locked, and, if you have an alarm, set it even if you 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 There also is an online form you can fill out to help speed up the process: checklist. Report graffiti sightings by calling 311 or through the City’s Anti-Graffiti Request System: and by calling Hollywood Beautification, 323-463-5180.


Sat., June 2 – Gilmore Auto Show, Farmers Market at Third and Fairfax, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun., June 3 – Race to Erase MS run at The Grove, 189 The Grove Dr., 7 a.m. to noon. Tues., June 5 – ELECTION DAY. Sun., June 10 – Annual Brookside Block Party, 800 block of Keniston Ave., 3 to 7 p.m. Wed., June 13 – Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council board meeting, The Ebell of Los Angeles, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., 7 p.m. Sun., June 17 – Father’s Day. Tues., June 20 – Summer begins. Thurs., June 28 – Delivery of the July issue of the Larchmont Chronicle.

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‘What is your best graduation memory?’

That’s the question inquiring photographer Sarah Ryan asked locals along Larchmont Blvd.

Letters to the Editor Outstanding DWP workers The Dept. of Water and Power (DWP) is working on our street, replacing and upgrading the water pipes. I have had the opportunity to observe their crews working in front of my house on Detroit St. I know it’s a BIG job. But the workers are outstanding.  They know what they are doing, and also are very considerate of the residents. (I told several of them.) The DWP has also done a super job in keeping us informed of their plans so we can be prepared. And I plan to phone the DWP to tell them so. As a voter, resident and taxpayer, I much appreciate their expertise and interaction with residents. My daughter called my attention to how well they cleaned up after each day’s work.   I am sure the DWP and City Council will be pleased also. George Epstein Detroit Street

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Flashing Red Signal We represent the 65 residents of the Ridgewood Wilton Neighborhood who signed a petition in August, 2016, representing 45 properties, to restore the flashing red traffic signal at the five-way intersection of Wilton Place and Second Street from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. This was done at the suggestion of CD4 as a way to express our views to the Los Angeles Department of Transportation. That agency denied (Please turn to page 8)

“When I was in nursery school I gave a speech and I promptly put my finger in my mouth the whole time.” K.C. Reischerl Evelyn Grant Gower St.

“High school in Canada goes to the 13th grade. I didn’t get to go to my own graduation. I was skiing in Whistler.” Harvey Levine Plymouth Blvd.

TOURNAMENT OFFICIALS: Eiger Marketing Group’s Rob Lampman; Wilshire Country Club president David Damus; and Club general manager Todd A. Keefer, PGA.

CORRECTION The May issue’s story on the Ladies Professional Golf Association tournament at Wilshire Country Club misidentified Rob Lampman, managing partner of Eiger Marketing Group (at left in the above photo), as the country club’s head golf pro, Rick Rielly, PGA. In the photo below, Rielly is on the right.

WILSHIRE OFFICIALS: Club president David Damus; general manager Todd A. Keefer, PGA; and head golf pro Rick Rielly, PGA.

“I was at my daughter’s graduation party yesterday, so I’d say that was my favorite.” Rick Rielly Norton Ave.

“My high school graduation, I had all my family. I was the youngest in the family and we had a great time.” Cooper Shaw Beachwood Canyon

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New asphalt: part of Larchmont Village news

The City of Los Angeles twoday project to repave Larchmont Boulevard, between First Street and Beverly Boulevard, should be finished late in the afternoon of Thursday, May 31, the day the June issue of the Larchmont Chronicle is published. According to the Bureau of Street Services’ notice sent two weeks prior to commencement of the work, city workers were to “cold mill” (remove the top surface of existing asphalt) and then replace that wearing surface with a new layer of asphalt. Each side of the two-block stretch was to be done in a single day! The east side was due to be closed on Wednesday, and the west side was due to be closed on Thurs., May 31. Councilman David Ryu says that repaving this part of Larchmont Boulevard “will make this popular road smoother and safer and make


Larchmont Village an even said that plans are uncermore inviting experience for tain at present, noting that the family company certainly locals and visitors alike.” Also newsworthy on the understands the local area and Boulevard is the in-process that it is investing in Larchsale of the historic Lip- mont for the long term. son building that includes 14 tenant spaces, including upstairs offices. The sale is from the estate of the late Charlotte Lipson, whose father Julius LARCHMONT BOULEVARD circa 1921. La Bonte was one of the original developers of Pets of boulevard retail, circa 1921. Larchmont The prospective buyer is the Send us a photo of your favorlocal A.F. Gilmore Co., foundite dog, cat, bird or rabbit — er and owner of the Original all pets are welcome — with Farmers Market at Third and the pet’s name and yours Fairfax, on land the Gilmore along with your address (only family has owned since 1880. street names will be printed) Asked for comment about the to suzan@larchmontchroncompany’s intentions for the for publication in Lipson property when the sale our pet issue in July. Deadline becomes final, A.F. Gilmore is Wed., June 13. president Henry L. Hilty, Jr.

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Driverless cars will change the world, experts say at conference By Steven Rosenthal Wasted time sitting in Los Angeles traffic is costly to businesses and commuters alike, both in hours lost and fuel burned. Just when workers need to be perky, many arrive at their jobsite harried, stressed out and in need of a break. On May 3, the Los Angeles World Affairs Council and the Petersen Automotive Museum presented a one-day conference to explore the future of the automobile, including transportation issues facing commuters and looking at the challenges of trucking in the city. Speakers from

around the world and notable “disrupters” in the transportation world came together at the Petersen to discuss the state of autonomous driving and what roadblocks are up ahead. The conference speakers included manufacturers, technologists, designers, urban planners, psychologists and regulators. Petersen’s chairman of the board of trustees Peter Mullin set the pace for the conference, stating, “Driverless cars will change the world and have the potential to reduce the 34,000 car deaths a year.” (Note that the same

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day that a fatality was reported in a driverless car, there were 92 gas-driven car deaths.) To prep newcomers to the autonomous experience, Mullin said the Petersen is looking at an autonomous vehicle project that will provide an opportunity to showcase the future of the automobile by offering to museum goers rides around town in autonomous vehicles. 100 years in making Experiments were first conducted on autonomous (autodriving) cars about 100 years ago. However, it wasn’t until the 1980s that research organizations developed working prototypes for the likes of Mercedes Benz, GM, Audi, Volvo, Nissan and Toyota plus Autoliv (the world’s largest auto safety supplier), Oxford University, Bosch and Google. At least four states have passed laws permitting autonomous cars, including California, Nevada, Florida and Michigan. European cities are considering the possibilities. In 2010 under the Vislab Intercontinental Autonomous Challenge (VIAC), four electric vehicles drove from Italy to China on a 100-day, almost 10,000-mile journey with limited human involvement. Recently, Uber announced a partnership with Carnegie Mellon to develop its own autonomous cars. Heads in the sand Regarding the electric car arena, Canary’s Dan Eberhart, CEO of the drilling services company, believes the oil and gas industry “has its head in the sand” on fossil fuels. He

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compared the 29 percent efficiency of gas-driven cars to a 70 percent efficiency from electrics. Large industries like the automotive groups appear to be stuck in the past, agreed Stephan Krause, founder and CEO of EVelozcity, California’s newest EV startup. “We are still building cars like stage coaches, engine in front, trunk in back and people in the middle.” He went on to explain, “Self-driving transportation vehicles will not only be built differently but they will also provide different functions: commuter cars, last-mile cars and long-trip cars.” Green with soul From the design side of the future, industrial designer and Art Center graduate Franz Von Holhausen, chief designer for Tesla, questions design: “Does

it serve the human race? If it does not serve a function then it’s not a valid design,” he said. Von Holhausen embraces minimalism and steers his affinities to the romantic side of design. “Liberation of pure electric allows for freedom of the development of the vehicle, merging form and function and not having decorative stuff.” (The Tesla 3 has no grill frills, nor does it have any controls or switches on the dash, just a 15-inch notepad, which serves all the functions needed to operate a car.) His philosophy — “To be green and efficient you don’t have to bury your soul in the desert.” Former GM Chair, Kent Kresa, envisions an “Uber Class Society,” disruptive to insurance companies, the oil industry, and parts suppliers to name a few. Kresa says it will make no sense to own a car when cities become fully autonomous. He believes private vehicle ownership will decrease and, therefore, the cost of car ownership will be added to spendable, disposable income. The future comes with some caution, he warns, and he voiced concerns for cyberattacks in transportation and encouraged the attendees to look for ways to limit hacking. Will the autonomous car be the standard of transportation (Please turn to page 5)

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Lieu keynotes Mile Chamber event, ‘Culture in a Construction Zone’ Mile is in a significant period of transition. To discuss some of the challenges and opportunities of operating under such circumstances, representatives from the five major museums on Wilshire Boulevard participated in a panel discussion

titled “Culture in a Construction Zone.” Panelists included Katherine DeShaw with the Academy of Motion Pictures Museum, Suzanne Isken with the Craft and Folk Art Museum, Leslie Kendall with the Petersen Auto Museum, John Rice with LACMA and Cyn-

thia Wornham with the Natural History Museum (the Tar Pits Museum). Mark Panatier, Vice President of the A.F. Gilmore Company, which owns the Original Farmers’ Market, moderated the panel. Describing the Mile’s transition best, Suzanne Isken said: “I imagine it’s kind of like being pregnant. It’s very, very inconvenient, but in the end it’s pretty life-changing.” Coucilman Ryu opened the


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in 25-30 years? If we evaluate the cars of today, the average life span of a car on the road is 25 years. Not a quick turnover but definitely “disruptive.” To speed up the time line for selfdriving cars, some cities are looking at designating certain areas only for autonomous transportation. Disruption of the trucking industry will cause rethinking of delivery when areas of a city are designated delivery hubs for autonomous trucks at all hours of the day. Urban planners foresee small pods and self-driving shuttles in congested areas. Autonomous vehicles will also change the way the visually or physically impaired get around, eliminating the need to rely on others. Emotional attachment? Some challenges remain the same while others are psychological in the electrics revolution: besides research, planning, and funding, we need to study the psychological changes of drivers and passengers alike and the emotional attachment to our car. For example, did you name your first car? The underlying question for today’s traditionalists: Are the self-driving electrics safe? Yes, and most probably safer than your gas-driven relic.

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event with a description of the “Growth of the Mile,” noting how Wilshire Boulevard has transformed over the past 100 years from a dirt road to a world-class shopping district. More than 130 Chamber members and guests attended the event, where they dined on sandwiches, salads and desserts prepared by local caterer Black Dog Coffee. For more information, visit


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By Billy Taylor Congressman Ted Lieu was keynote speaker for the Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce on May 3 at the El Rey Theatre at the Chamber’s annual “State of the Mile” event. Other speakers included City Councilman David Ryu and a panel of representatives from Museum Row. Culture in construction With Metro’s Purple Line extension well underway, the Academy Museum under construction and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) finalizing its plans for a major renovation, the Miracle


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Brookside block party set for June 10 Brookside will hold its 39th annual neighborhood block party on Sun., June 10. “Our neighborhood has the distinction of holding the longest running neighborhood Block Party in the City of Los Angeles,” according to Brookside Homeowners Association co-presidents Danny Gibson and Emily Levin This year’s block party will be held on the 800 block of Keniston Avenue from 3 to 7 p.m. When the Brookside Block Party was started in 1979 many residents brought meats that were barbecued for the entire

community. The remaining neighbors contributed by providing side dishes and drinks. “Unfortunately, many of those original neighbors are no longer with us or are not able to take on such an arduous task. So, now we have an outside vendor that does the barbecuing, and neighbors continue to provide the side dishes and all the drinks,” said Gibson. The neighborhood event also includes a bevy of activities for all age groups, like a bounce house for the children, pie and watermelon eat-

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ing contests for children and adults, a dessert contest, face painting, petting zoo, and a host of other carnival-like activities. Brookside is located between Wilshire and Olympic boulevards and Highland and Muirfield avenues.


(Continued from page 1) against Democratic incumbent Sen. Dianne Feinstein, including nine others in the Democratic party, 11 Republicans, nine candidates who decline to state a party, and one each from the Libertarian and Peace and Freedom parties. Other statewide offices up for election include open seats for Lieutenant Governor, Treasurer, Insurance Commissioner, and Member of the State Board of Equalization. Incumbent Secretary of State Alex Padilla has seven opponents. Incumbent Controller Betty Yee has two opponents. Appointed Attorney General Xavier Becerra has three opponents. Local incumbent members of Congress running for reelection to the U.S. House of Representatives are Adam Schiff (28th District), Ted Lieu (33rd District), Jimmy Gomez (34th District) and Karen Bass (37th District). There also are candidates for State Senate and State Assembly, plus 36 people running to fill 11 Superior Court judgeships. All of those are open judgeships except for Office No. 63, where there is a challenger to longtime Judge Malcolm H. Mackey. Judge Mackey has the distinction of being the only candidate among the 36 on the ballot to have been rated by the Los Angeles County Bar Association as “Exceptionally Well Qualified.” (His challenger was rated “Not Qualified.”) Finally, there are the following five State Measures on the ballot, whose descriptions here are taken from the “Los Angeles Times:”

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Mark your calendars! The Larchmont Village Neighborhood Association (LVNA) will host its annual block party Sat., July 28. The event will run from 1 to 5 p.m. on Bronson Avenue, between Clinton and Rosewood. Organizers are seeking help from the community. Local businesses are encouraged to sponsor food stations or donate raffle prizes, and residents are needed as organizers and event volunteers. “Any corporate donations will go to the event for the neighborhood’s benefit and will provide the means to include activities for the children and logistics such as portable toilets,” said Adam Rubenstein, one of the event’s organizers. Last year, for example, Rubenstein notes that Larchmont dentist Dr. Arthur Kezian sponsored a snow-cone station that was a favorite for young residents. If you can help, contact Rubenstein at arubenstein@

Larchmont Chronicle • Proposition 68: Borrowing for parks and wildlife protection. • Proposition 69: A lockbox for California’s new transportation cash. • Proposition 70: A future showdown over climate change cash. • Proposition 71: Count the votes before a proposition becomes a law. • Proposition 72: No new taxes for home rainwater collection systems. The California Secretary of State has mailed to voters the ballot arguments for and against Propositions 68, 69, and 70, written by multiple advocates pro and con. For Proposition 71 (ballot measures’ effective dates), the only opposition in the official voter information guide comes from one individual. For Proposition 72 (exclusion of rainwater collection systems from property tax), there was no argument submitted against the measure. Vote on June 5!


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(Continued from page 2) our request and is currently testing an as yet untried (in a single-family residential neighborhood on a collector street) and radical change in signalization that is creating chaos for everyone, including pedestrians. We now hear honking at all hours and observe more dangerous violations than ever! The CD4 office told us they have invested in lawn signs to encourage traffic safety, and most recently, pledged to lay down bike lanes to nowhere on just two blocks of a neighboring street to “narrow the roadbed.” However, what  we and all of Los Angeles need is enforcement. Traffic rules are ignored everywhere and all day long, by vehicles and bicycles alike. Better to give every pedestrian a fluorescent safety vest because without enforce-

ment, Vision Zero will fail and lives will be lost. A flashing red light (“STOP!”) is a self-enforcing solution, which kept our residents and visitors safe for 27 years. We invite you to watch traffic at First and Wilton southbound, north of the curve, where there is an all-way stop with a flashing red light 24/7, and then view Second Street any time between 9 and 11 p.m., especially on the weekend. Mary Rajswing and Ginny Kazor Editor’s Note: Please see elsewhere on this page for a response from Councilman David Ryu. Write us at Include your name, contact information and where you live. We reserve the right to edit for space and grammar.

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Q: Residents have expressed a desire to restore the flashing red traffic signal at the five-way intersection of Wilton Place and Second Street. Why were they told it can’t be done?

A: As a City Councilmember, public safety is my first priority, and as a life-long Angeleno, I know that improving traffic safety is central to protecting public safety. My staff and I have made traffic safety a priority, including at the intersection of Second Street and Wilton Place. I have personally met with neighbors in this area, including the authors of the letter [at left], and I have toured the intersection during operating hours of the new pilot to get a first-hand understanding of traffic conditions. At present, there is a standard greenyellow-red light signal at the intersection of Second and Wilton. The Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT)


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My year as President is ending. Thanks to our 56 club members, our club board, and Wilshire Rotary Foundation trustees for their friendship and service to this community. If you are looking for a way to get more involved in serving others, take a fresh look at Wilshire Rotary!

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OLYMPIC DIVISION BURGLARIES: Property valued at $56,000, including jewelry, money and a purse, was stolen from inside a home on the 600 block of N. Gower St. after a suspect smashed the window to a bedroom window on May 2 at 9 a.m. Property was stolen from inside a home on the 600 block of N. Windsor Blvd. after a suspect pried open a rear door and ransacked the interior on May 15 between 5:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. A hot prowl burglary situation unfolded on the 500 block of S. Windsor Blvd. on May 16 at 6:45 p.m. when three suspects climbed a gated external wall to access a property. A resident living in a guesthouse on the property confronted the suspects, who fled the scene in a getaway car parked nearby, but not before dropping a cell phone and pair of gloves. Police booked the evidence, and according to Officer Pelayo, one of the suspects was arrested the following day. A suspect cut open the screen to a bedroom window and ransacked the interior of a home on the 500 block of S. Plymouth Blvd. on May 16 at 8 p.m. It was unknown at the time if any property was taken.

has made clear they are opposed to installing flashing red lights on Second Street and Wilton Place or anywhere in the City of Los Angeles, because it is unsafe for pedestrians. At my urging, LADOT has agreed to work with the community to make changes to the light signal of Second and Wilton and to continue studying traffic safety in the area. LADOT has detectors at this intersection to measure traffic speed, and the department has implemented a flashing yellow light between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. telling drivers to proceed with caution. This flashing yellow light began on May 1, and after three months of collecting speed and video data, LADOT will evaluate the results. With traffic safety as my goal, I will be looking for what is proven to work to slow down traffic and keep residents safe. I look forward to more discussion on traffic safety in our communities — if you have any questions, comments or concerns, you can reach my office by email at cd4.issues@ or phone at 213-473-7004.

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WSA’s Positive Projects: Past, Present and Future Last month, the Windsor Square Association (WSA) participated in a ceremony at local Fire Station 29, marking the beginning of a much-needed landscaping and beautification project there. The fire station, on the corner of Van Ness Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard, marks the southeastern entrance to our neighborhood, and its firefighters serve Windsor Square and contiguous areas. Fire Station 29 is one of the busiest in the city. The WSA has contributed to an approximately $85,000 fund to create an improved, drought-tolerant landscape that the hard-working firefighters and surrounding neighbors and passers-by surely deserve. (First-in-Fire Foundation led the fundraising campaign, and the Hancock Park Garden Club made a substantial contribution. Other local groups chipped in as well.) This project is just one of many that the WSA has either supported or led in our ongoing commitment to enhancing our neighborhood. An abbreviated list of others includes: Larchmont Boulevard Median: In 2004, the WSA was the lead funder in the construction of the Larchmont median between First and Third Streets, and we continue to pay for maintenance. Norton Triangle: In 2012, the WSA spearheaded the landscaping of the triangular traffic island at Norton Avenue and Sixth Street (with additional funding from the Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society). The Association continues to pay for maintenance. Major Tree Planting: About 15 years ago, the WSA funded the purchase and planting of about 1,000 new parkway trees in the neighborhood. We recently created an updated list of appropriate replacement trees and plan to help homeowners acquire the new trees when needed. Robert Burns Park: The WSA purchased new trash containers and benches for our local park and partners with other groups to support the park’s maintenance. Street Light Improvements: Beginning in 2006, the WSA led a successful campaign to improve street lighting in parts of the neighborhood (primarily “New Windsor Square” between First and Third Streets, from Larchmont to Irving Boulevard). This was accomplished through property-owner assessments, all done while keeping the period feel of the original or similar light fixtures. What’s next? We always are on the lookout for projects that make a positive difference in Windsor Square, and we welcome suggestions from our neighbors. Contact us through our website: The Windsor Square Association, an all-volunteer group of residents from 1100 households between Beverly and Wilshire and Van Ness and Arden, works to preserve and enhance our beautiful neighborhood. Join with us! Drop us a line at 325 N. Larchmont Blvd., #158, Los Angeles, CA 90004, or visit our website at ADV.





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Working to improve public park space and fix roads It’s almost summer in Council District Four, and with the season come exciting new developments in the Larchmont area to get us outside and enjoying our community. From greener parks to cleaner streets, I am thrilled to work with the city and the community on making Larchmont, Greater Wilshire and Mid City West an even more incredible place to live, work and play. Pan Pacific Park My office and the Department of Recreation and Parks on May 5 cut the ribbon on two new athletic fields in Pan Pacific Park, which will serve kids, athletes and families for years to come. The baseball diamond in Pan Pacific was significantly upgraded, with new irrigation, upgraded bleachers and dugouts, a new lawn for the outfield and new lighting. The second field is a brandnew soccer field, on what previously had been little more than a dirt patch that had sat vacant for years. Today, it is a synthetic turf soccer field with safe fencing, an electronic scoreboard, security lighting, new trash bins, bleachers and more. My office has been dedicated to carrying this project through since the day I entered office, and we pushed to make these new fields the best they can be after former Councilmember Tom LaBonge began the process in 2014. It became so abundantly clear to me why both Tom and I and our staffs worked so hard on these fields when the ribbon was cut. The excited faces of all the kids in attendance, proudly representing the Wilshire Warriors baseball team and other users, said it all: Parks get us excited to be outside, they improve our lives, and they tie our community together in a shared space of fun and friendship. Waste bins We’ve brought 20 new public waste bins to the streets of MidWilshire, on the major thoroughfares of Third, Wilshire and Olympic. I am proud to partner with the Bureau of Sanitation to bring these new trash bins to the community to complement our pilot program of installing Ecube “smart” bins that can hold eight times the capacity of normal trash bins by compacting trash, while communicating with the sanitation bureau in real time to let it know bins are full. Street repair Another priority is our streets — making them safer and getting them repaired. The Bureau of Street Services has just completed repaving Larchmont Boulevard between Beverly Boulevard and First Street, which will make this popular road smoother and safer and make Larchmont Village an

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David E. Ryu even more inviting experience for locals and visitors alike. Further south, on Sixth Street, my office worked with the Department of Transportation to improve Sixth Street between June and Rimpau, adding fourinch solid white “no passing” lines and reflective markers to make the lanes more visible and promote safer passage through this bend on Sixth Street. I look forward to continuing to work with the Bureau of Street Services and the Department of Transportation to improve our streets and the quality of life in Mid-Wilshire.



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the afternoon of the ceremonies, and he (and his coach and father, John) later pronounced the new facilities a vast improvement over the “badly maintained dirt patches” on which the boys and girls have been playing in recent years. Councilman Ryu said that he and his staff have been focused on this project since he took office in July of 2015, as the Councilman describes in more detail in his “Council Report” column in this month’s Larchmont Chronicle.

SOCCER PLAYERS as well as baseball teammates get improved facilities at Pan Pacific Park. Photo by Rob Fisher

GRATEFUL local baseball players pose on the new field with Councilman David Ryu, in back, and Anita Meacham, superintendent of the Dept. of Recreation & Parks Metro Region, in front. Photo by E.F. LaBombard

WILSHIRE WARRIORS, parents and friends with Councilman Ryu at the new fields.

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Spring salute: Colleagues, Police Reserves, Blue Ribbon, Big Brothers & Sisters and League’s Affair

The Colleagues, whose efforts have benefitted Children’s Institute, Inc. for the last 60 years, held their annual Spring Luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel April 17. “Never doubt the power of what a small Around group of womthe en can achieve Town to change the with world,” said Patty Hill Colleagues President Cara Leonetti Esposito. Actress, producer and philanthropist Jane Seymour was presented with the Colleagues Champion of Children Award and gratefully accepted, saying, “Life’s greatest gift is waking up every day and knowing what you need to do!” She was met with resounding applause by the 700 guests for the work of Ms. Seymour’s Open Hearts Foundation. Her speech was followed by a daz-

zling runway show of Oscar de la Renta’s Fall 2018 Collection designed by Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia. Among the dazzling from our ’hood, many wearing their own de la Renta fashions, were Shar Penfold, Karla Ahmanson, Sue Cunningham, Melanie Boettcher, Mary Jaworski, Michele McMullin, Stephanie Sourapas, Jackie Kruse, Dina Phillips, Challen Cates, Arsine Phillips, Donna Wolff and Amy Savagian. Proceeds raised from this very successful event go to CII for its mission to end child abuse and neglect. The organization was founded by this columnist’s predecessor, the much-beloved Lucy Toberman. • • • Big Brothers Big Sisters of

COLLEAGUES Amy Savagian, Sue Cunningham and Arsine Phillips at the Regent Beverly Wilshire.

Greater Los Angeles held its annual “Accessories for Success Scholarship Luncheon” April 22 at the Beverly Wilshire. The event honored three exemplary women for their leadership and support: Tracy D. Underwood, senior vice president of ABC Signature; Laurie Zaks, president of Mandeville Television; and Martha Henderson, executive vice president of Entertainment Banking at City National Bank. The afternoon highlight was a fashion show featuring Big Brothers and Sisters with their

OSCAR DE LA RENTA 2018 Fall Collection was viewed by Challen Cates and Shar Penfold at the Colleagues Luncheon.

“littles” modeling outfits they selected at a Goodwill store with a budget of $30, part of an initiative by Goodwill to develop self-sufficiency. Some 800 supporters and guests celebrated the spirited display assisted by stylist and TV host Kate Hewlett. An impressive 108 college-bound participants were presented and cheered on by Scholarship Committee member Megan Colligan, Entertainment Mentoring Program Netflix executive (Please turn to page 11)

BROADCASTER Frank Mottek and CEO and President of Goodwill Southern California, Patrick McClenahan, greeted one another at Big Brothers Big Sisters Los Angeles Luncheon. Photo by Vince Bucci

BIG SISTER Megan Colligan with her Little Sister Brianna at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles Luncheon. Photo by Vince Bucci

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tive Cindy Holland, news broadcaster Frank Mottek, and CEO and president of Goodwill Industries of Southern California Patrick McClenahan. Over $300,000 was raised for BBBS great works. • • •

POLICE CHIEF Charlie Beck is joined at the Police Reserve Foundation event by (left to right) Titus Welliver, Karla and Bill Ahmanson and Michael Connelly.

POLICE SUPPORTERS at the Twice a Citizen Gala included, standing, from left: Susan Kneafsey, Patty McKenna, Arsine Phillips, Dina Phillips, Karla Ahmanson and Kristen Smith, and, seated, from left, Challen Cates, Amy Savagian, Beverly Hollister and Shar Penfold.

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The neighborhood was well represented at the Twice a Citizen Gala held May 12 at the Skirball Cultural Center. The event’s name recognizes the men and women who, in addition to their regular vocations, donate time each month to keep their fellow citizens safe by serving as members of the Los Angeles Police Department Reserve Corps. The volunteer services of LAPD Reserve Officers have been helping protect local communities for 71 years. The annual fundraising gala is organized by the Los Angeles Police Foundation, of which Hancock Park’s Karla Ahmanson is co-president. Karla even talked husband Bill into joining actress and producer Kiki Haynes as co-host and M.C. when comedian and actor Anthony Anderson was called away at the last minute. Maybe there’s a future in television for Bill! This year’s event saluted author Michael Connelly and actor Titus Welliver, who plays Connelly’s famous detective, Harry Bosch, in the Amazon prime series, “Bosch,” now in its fourth season. Connelly and Welliver attended with their wives and several co-producers of the show. Police Chief Charlie Beck oversaw many of the evening’s presentations (he started his police career as a Reserve Officer for two years),

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from Hancock Park, were Arsine Phillips, Challen Cates, Dina Phillips, and Amy Savagian, plus Amy’s mom, Beverly Hollister. The ladies’ friend Patty McKenna came from Los Feliz, and Kristen Smith came from Pasadena, joining the table that also included Susan Kneafsey from Windsor Square and Shar Penfold from Fremont Place. • • • Local ladies also number among the members of The Blue Ribbon, the premier women’s support group for The Music Center and one of its largest donors. A number of them were present on May 9 in the Eva and Marc Stern Grand Hall of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion when the organization

BLUE RIBBON members at the Music Center are, top row, left to right: Kathleen Scheinfeld, Jackie Kruse and Michele McMullin, and seated, left to right: Jennifer Fain, Joni Smith, Donna Wolff, and Donna Econn.

celebrated its 50th Anniversary. The Blue Ribbon was created in 1968 by Windsor Square resident Dorothy Buffum Chandler to raise funds for The Music Center, its education programs and its resident companies. The organization has contributed more than $75 million in cash and countless thousands of hours of volun-

teer service in support of The Music Center and, especially, arts education for youth. Attending from Windsor Square were Jennifer Fain, Jackie Kruse and Kathleen Scheinfeld. Donna Econn and Michele McMullin ventured downtown from Fremont Place, and Donna Wolff traveled from Hancock Park. The ladies were seated with Marlborough alumna and former Blue Ribbon president Joni Smith. A feature of the meeting and luncheon was the surprise (to the 140 ladies in attendance) announcement that past Blue Ribbon president Constance Towers Gavin was being honored as the 2018 “Woman of the Year.” She was on hand to receive the blue Baccarat Crystal award presented to her by former “Woman of the Year” recipient, Sandy Ausman.

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MISTRESS OF CEREMONIES for the Spring Affaire Luncheon was Erica Olsen, flanked here by members of LAPD’s Community Relations Division.

HASBRO TOYS was honored for its support of the Assistance League. Stephen Davis, second from right, accepted from the company. Attending with him were, from left: son Will, wife Peggy and daughter Hannah.

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The luncheon was preceded by a special Founders Room presentation of the building model showing the work underway behind the construction fences in the Music Center Plaza. Several officials explained their parts of the project and answered questions, and the ladies had the chance to stand on the balcony of the Grand Hall level to overlook the project and ask more questions. The luncheon also included the presentation of Blue Ribbon donation checks to representatives of the five resident companies. Those ladies know how to make things happen! • • • Spring would not be spring

without the grand gathering at the Four Seasons Hotel, Beverly Hills, for the Assistance League of Los Angeles “Spring Affaire.” Held this year on Saturday afternoon, April 28, the annual event is a primary fundraiser for the League’s Operation School Bell (OSB) project that clothes and equips over 6,000 needy and homeless children in the Los Angeles Unified School District system. “I cover and report on many charities, but this one is so special and close to my heart,” said CBS KCAL 9 reporter Erica Olsen, who served as Mistress of Ceremonies. (Please turn to page 13)

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ATTENDEES at the Spring Affaire Luncheon included Karla Ahmanson, on left, and Melanie Boettcher.

HONORED for her long-time support of Operation School Bell was Silvia Marjoram, shown here with husband Ernie and their son Matteo. Photos by Eduardo Lainez

wearing a white chiffon twopiece ensemble. Among the 400 attendees were NGA President Mary Jaworski, who announced NGA’s matching gift of $25,000 to the fund drive, Amanda and Mark Wertz, Edie Frere, Carolyn Layport, HJ

Paik, Connie McCreight, Gina Riberi, Sloane Fowkes, Diane Hilty, Sally Ann Phillips, June Bilgore, Olga Deniz, Juliet Brumlick, Marion Plato, Cathryne Macievic, Stacy Herman, OSB Co-Chair Kiel FitzGerald with husband Jeff Ruben and daughter Kayla, and event CoChairs Floran Fowkes, Patti Rowey and Kathy Balzer. That is quite a bit of philanthropy through fashion! And that’s the chat!

OPERATION SCHOOL BELL co-chair Kiel FitzGerald is pictured with husband Jeff Ruben and daughter Kayla.

Photos by Eduardo Lainez

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Hundreds celebrate 40th anniversary, learn about preservation award winners By John Welborne Forty years ago, fed-up residents created the Los Angeles Conservancy (LAC) to address a then-common fact of Los Angeles life — the demolition of much of our architectural and cultural history in the name of “progress.” The straw that broke the camel’s back, and led to the founding of the Conservancy in 1978, was the city

government’s push to demolish the stunning Los Angeles Central Library downtown. The small cadre of preservation advocates who created the nonprofit group are largely still around to relish its having become the largest local historic preservation organization in the country — now 6,000 members strong. The founders’ and current

members’ satisfaction with both the growth of the Conservancy and the number of landmarks saved as a result was palpable at this year’s LAC Preservation Awards Luncheon. The community gathering has taken place in early May, during National Preservation Month, since 1982. As always in recent years, the event was sold out, fill-

PRESERVATIONIST gathering at the Biltmore Bowl celebrated 40 years of the Los Angeles Conservancy at the 2018 Preservation Awards Luncheon.

ing the vast Biltmore Bowl in the historic Biltmore Hotel across from Pershing Square. The independent jury selected award-winners from among nominated large-scale projects, grassroots efforts, individual people, programs, and more — all of the nominees being entities whose work exhibits excellence in the field of historic preservation. Find this year’s recipients, including the nearby drive-thru Starbucks (a former Gilmore Gas Station) on Highland Avenue, at: Luncheon attendees included not only preservationists, but also many government officials, elected and otherwise. Seen introducing their

GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL guests included Councilman David Ryu and his chief of staff, Sarah Dusseault (left) and senior planning deputy, Emma Howard (right), posing with Los Angeles Conservancy president Linda Dishman.

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MUSICIANS from Marlborough School played at the Metro event. On stage from left to right are Eleanor Berger, Sofia Ellis, Sofia Head, conductor Deborah Sealove, Eileen Jung, Shine Park and Rebecca Louie.


(Continued from page 1) becca Louie (7th grade) and Eileen Jung (8th grade); and, on clarinet, Shine Park (8th grade). The performance was conducted

by ensemble director Deborah Sealove, who has been teaching at Marlborough for 36 years. In his remarks about the progress being made in extending the Purple Line toward Westwood, Mayor Garcetti singled

Fairfax High student names boring machines By Billy Taylor Twin tunnel boring machines (TBMs) placed in the ground to dig tunnels for the Metro Purple Line extension have been named by Fairfax High School student Marianne Gutierrez. The freshman, who proposed the names “Elsie” and “Soyeon,” received 41.5 percent of the 2,278 votes cast in the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s naming contest. Gutierrez was inspired to name both machines after famous female engineers: The name “Elsie” is in honor of Elsie Eavers, the first woman to be elected as a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers; the name “Soyeon” is in honor of South Korean astronaut Yi Soyeon. According to Metro, the naming of tunneling machines is a mining tradition that dates back centuries, symbolic of protection and good luck. As the contest winner, Guti-

FAIRFAX student Marianne Gutierrez proposed the names selected for the TBMs: “Elsie” and “Soyeon.”

errez received a $100 commemorative TAP card to ride on the Metro system, gift cards and additional prizes valued at over $350. Gutierrez beat out fellow contest finalists, including Fairfax students Valerie Castro and Tiffany Pamilar, Herbert Hoover High student Kenny Uong and twins Ryan and Amanda Walker from New Middle School Pathway.

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Buddy benches unveiled at Hancock Park Elementary School Second grade students at Hancock Park Elementary, 408 S. Fairfax Ave., were surprised with colorful rainbow “buddy” benches at a ceremony last month. The bench installation came about because Jill Iger and Min Pirone, second grade teachers at Hancock Park Elementary, were teaching their students about men and women in history — “change makers” — who made the world a better place, and the type of character traits those people had. The students, in learning about these character traits and how they contributed

HANCOCK PARK Elementary School students enjoy recess, many around the new friendship, or “buddy,” benches.

to a better society, decided that one change they would like to make at their school

was to make sure everyone felt included. They thought buddy benches, or “Friend-

ship Benches,” would help and wrote letters to the school’s principal and assistant principal explaining their idea. A buddy bench or “Friendship Bench” is for a child who is feeling lonely or left out. He or she can sit on a bench, signaling to other kids that he or she wants someone to ask him or her to play with them, said Jill Iger. With fundraising through the school’s booster club, the Friends of Hancock Park School, and with a $1,000 grant from the Mid City West Community Council, the school obtained the funds for

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the benches, said Iger. The benches are engraved with the character traits students are learning about, such as empathy, integrity, tolerance and honor. Iger reported that they are being put to constant use.

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Local students honored for medical career internships Two students at the STEM Academy of Hollywood were honored by State Sen. Ben Allen for their selection as UCLA summer interns. Allen presented Certificates of Recognition to the two graduating seniors on May 23 at a ceremony at STEM Academy, located within Bernstein High School. Madeline Lopez and Alyssa Gomez were both tapped by the Los Angeles Pediatric Society to participate in the University of California summer medical career program. Students gain experience beyond the textbook by fol-

lowing doctors as they examine patients and by interning in outpatient rooms, clinics and laboratories. Lopez will intern at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, and she plans to attend UC Irvine this fall to major in biological sciences. Gomez will intern at Olive View UCLA Medical Center, and plans to attend UCLA to major in psychology. Both students were members of the bio-medicine career pathway provided at STEM Academy, which teaches industry-level skills to students while preparing them for college. Visit for more information.

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By Daniella Zisblatt 8th Grade This month at Yavneh, the students enjoyed both exciting and educational activities. In honor of Israel Memorial and Independence Days, Yavneh’s incredible Hebrew Department organized exceptional planning for the day. On Memorial Day, Yom Hazikaron, the Hebrew Department along with eighth grade students led a ceremony recognizing and acknowledging the sacrifices and

lives people gave up in order to establish a State of Israel. The ceremony ended with the annual flag dance tradition leading into Independence Day. On this joyful day, the younger students had activities around school including traditional Israeli dance, learning about the history of the state, and creating innovative art projects. The fifth through eighth grade students took on the role of tourists, driving around town and stopping at different houses that were decorated to look and feel like monuments in Israel. This month, we also had sports tournaments during lunch breaks for the fourth through

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eighth grade students to continue to exercise and develop a love for athletics. Finally, this month Rabbi Einhorn, Yavneh’s Rabbi and Dean of School, broke a world record of delivering the longest “Shiur” or Torah lecture. His Shiur was 19 hours straight and he raised money that will be donated towards children’s education. The school is extremely proud and inspired by Rabbi Einhorn’s continued dedication to Judaism and education, and appreciates his hard work.  Overall, this was a very exciting month at Yavneh, and the students are beginning to prepare for the end of the school year.


By Eleanor Renfrew 7th Grade GALA students took a day off from our grey skirts, pants, and shorts on April 25 to wear jeans and participate in Denim Day! We didn’t just wear jeans to have fun with not wearing our uniform for a day, we did it to protest against sexual assault. Since April was Sexual Violence Awareness month as a school we felt the need to take a stand in our no rips, only blue, and no patterns jeans. The history of Denim Day began in 1998 in Italy when an 18-year old girl was picked up by her 45-year old driving instructor for the first time. He pulled the car over and then raped her. He told her that if she told anybody about what hap-

pened he would kill her. After the horrific incident, the girl went home to her parents and told them what happened. The young girl’s parents took the case to the Italian Supreme Court. The case was originally decided in favor of the student. That decision was later overturned in favor of the driver because the judge argued that because her jeans were so tight, she would have had to unzip them, making the sex consensual and not rape. People from all over the world were infuriated by this decision and 20 years later, girls at GALA wanted to express our outrage. At lunch, girls had the option to sign a pledge to “stand up against sexual assault, by using my voice for those who can’t use theirs.” People all around the world will continue to honor Denim Day until sexual assaults are no longer minimized and dismissed.

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IMMACULATE HEART By Lena Mizrahi 11th Grade

Immaculate Heart High School’s academic year ended with back-toback Royal Wedding celebrations. Meghan Markle, the newly named Duchess of Sussex, is an Immaculate Heart graduate of the Class of 1999. On May 15, the school hosted a “Here’s to Meghan!” celebration on campus. There were refreshments, dancing, and toasts — and lots of news media cameras. Additionally, the campus hosted a viewing party on May 19 to watch Markle’s wedding to England’s Prince Harry. These events were greatly enjoyed by the school community and served as a welcome hiatus from a stressful month of AP exams and final class assessments. Mostly though, the events celebrated the legacy that IH now shares with a new member of the Royal Family! This month, Immaculate Heart’s Class of 2018 will take to the Hollywood Bowl stage for commencement. All 120 members of the senior class will ceremoniously receive their diplomas and graduate from IHHS before cheering family members and friends. Seniors nervously (and longingly) anticipate Graduation Day. It is a day of celebration, but also a day of nostalgia as our new graduates embark on the next steps in their lives.

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HSH is known for giving back. This school year, we partnered with “Jump Rope for Heart,” founded through the American Heart Association. Students and families helped raise $18,633.79, this being our first year of participation! We are currently waiting to meet the young person who will benefit from our donations. I am so proud to be a part of this loving and thoughtful community! During the month of May, many special events took place, one of the most popular being Fine Arts Night. During this event, many performances took place and art work was displayed. Some of the artists we focused on in art class included Kehinde Wiley, Banksy, Frida Kahlo, and Andy Goldsworthy. Our teachers work hard to help showcase


PAGE ACADEMY By Sasha Lester 4th Grade

Yay! It’s the last day of school! This month is going to be so much fun! Let’s count the ways (besides my birthday). On June 1, Ms. Pat’s going to turn up the speaker and cook up something special. We are going to have a family picnic & karaevery student’s special talents and allow them to be original and distinct in various artistic and creative ways. The Maker’s Fair is another one of the most exciting and anticipated events that take place at Hollywood Schoolhouse. This project allows students to research and teach a lesson about the things that they are passionate about. The Maker’s Fair not only focuses on science, it also hones in on skills in design thinking, mathematics, and writing. I believe the Maker’s Fair is an excellent project, and I enjoyed the entire educational experience I received from my fellow classmates.

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Father’s Day this month. Let’s toss up the graduation hats for the preschool and junior kindergarteners graduating on the 12th. My little sister is in JK so, go Audrey go! On the 13th, it is the elementary school’s time to shine. We will have an Award Ceremony where some students will get either gold, silver, or bronze awards. Our summer camp this year starts on June 18, so join us for another summer of fun in the sun! Well, that’s all we’re doing for June! I love you all! See you next school year!

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As the school year comes to a close, students begin wrapping up their assignments and commitments and prepare for AP exams and finals. Last month was Earth week at Marlborough, and students in AP Environmental Science made projects to present during lunch periods in conjunction to the “Shop & Swap,” a used-clothing exchange. Seventh graders recently read poems written for members of the 50th reunion class at the annual Poet Laureate Tea. This is a tradition that I remember partaking in six years ago, and it really bonds past and present generations of Marlborough students.  This year, Marlborough students won 80 Regional awards and three National awards from Scholastic,  including three Gold Key awards. We are incredibly proud of the artists and writers representing Marlborough.  Summer School is  available for  registration. Marlborough offers sports camps, leadership workshops, and a myriad of fun and academic classes for  students K-9. I was a Teacher’s Assistant at Marlborough Summer School last summer and it was an incredibly enriching and rewarding experience! 

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By Isabella Bernaldo 8th Grade

The final month of high school is here for all the seniors, who are excited, anxious and nervous to graduate and move on to the next chapter of their life! With the ‘Starry Night’ themed prom just around the corner and grad night June 2 we are just about ready to wrap up the year for the many seniors who have been at Fairfax since freshman year. They have seen the changes throughout the school, including a new Principal, and programs added to the curriculum! Fairfax has a health science and media/performing arts academy and even a magnet center for visual arts. We are so grateful to have such passionate students invested in their future. Students engage in many extracurriculars such as the school musical ‘Fame’ to be performed and LACER Talent show. Fairfax has so much to offer to students and the best way to find out about what events and projects are going on is to visit our website at!

This past month of May at St. Brendan School was focused on honoring Mary, preparing for the nearing school year end, and fun! The Kindergartners made beautiful shrines honoring Mary, and the Eighth Graders held an assembly with song and prayer in Mary’s honor. Grandparents visited and experienced the life of students. Students, teachers, and parents upgraded their libraries with books from the Book Fair. The Second Graders received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion. As a St. Brendan School tradition at the end of the year, a “Mini Carnival” was held one day. Eighth graders ran booths with fun games and courses where students could win prizes! The month ended with a sentimental and bittersweet goodbye from the Eighth Grade class at the Baccalaureate Mass. With Eighth Graders gone, the Mini Carnival over, and half a month left in the school year, summer’s on its way!


visited the preschool to paint and read with them. In other news, two 5th graders, Levi and Miles, started a club at the school through the nonprofit organization known as “WE.” WE inspires kids to get involved in charity and helps them through their platform. The members of the club held a shoe drive in which over 250 pairs of shoes were collected. They then donated the shoes to “People Assisting the Homeless,” also known as PATH. PATH is a nonprofit which provides homeless families with essentials like shoes, food and housing. This month’s charity focus relates to the year-long focus on charity at CEE.

By Edward Maxam 5th Grade

This month, my school, The Center for Early Education (CEE), has again made charity a main priority. Almost every grade has established drives or fundraisers of their own. Most recently was the first grade’s cupcake sale. The first grade class sold cupcakes for a dollar each and ended up raising over $455.50 that they donated to two Boyle Heights preschools. They then

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As the school year is beginning to come to a close, my friends and I find ourselves remarking on how fast everything went. To me, it seems like the past ten years at The Willows have passed in a flash. To celebrate the conclusion of the year, The Willows Community School held its annual Party on the Pier on May 10. This event is an opportunity to enjoy rides, music, and games on the Santa Monica Pier with current school friends, and even Willows alumni. An amazing aspect of the Pier Party is that we are able to celebrate with students in all different grades. At The Willows, the older students mentor the younger students in our Book Buddy Pro-

gram, so we have a wide range of friendships. Throughout the year, the eighth graders spent time bonding with an assigned DK “buddy.” This experience connects us to the younger students, improves our leadership skills, and allows us to enjoy the wonderful DK experience all over again with a different perspective and an even deeper appreciation.

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The Willows Community School hosted the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence May 8 and 9 to bring the Center’s evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning to Los Angeles. More than 100 West Coast educators spent two days learning how to integrate into the classroom principles of RULER: Recognizing, Understanding, Labeling, Expressing and Regulating emotion.

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Cathedral Chapel School class of ’80 graduate to be ordained

John Terrance O’Brien, Cathedral Chapel School 1980 graduate, will be ordained to the priesthood Sat., June 2 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, together with eight other newly ordained priests. O’Brien, 48, was baptized at Cathedral Chapel Church, where he also received his sacraments of Penance, First Communion and Confirmation. He attended Cathedral Chapel School for eight years and was an altar server. He also attended Loyola High and was in the class of 1988 at UC Berkeley, where he received a bachelor of arts

degree in English. He is a former staff member of the “New Yorker” magazine as a graphic designer, and he also was an art associate at “Architectural Digest” magazine. Since 2004 he has been a member of SAG-AFTRA. He is an avid surfer, loves to travel, and is conversational in Spanish and French. Since 2012 he has been a seminarian at St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, where he was a Master of Divinity and Master of Arts student for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. In 1992 and 1993 he was a seminarian at Mount St. Mary’s

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The Guibord Center annual fundraising dinner featured the premiere of “Animals, Faith and Compassion.” The documentary was produced for Animal Defenders Internaional. The event was held in April at St. John’s Cathedral, West Adams Blvd. The Rev Dr. Gwynne Guibord, founder of The Guibord Center, recognized that the voice of faith is missing from the conversation about animals and their treatment and committed to the project to raise public awareness.

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(Continued from page 1) vested and have grown to a $3 million-plus endowment fund. “The job of the RCA is twofold: we have to preserve and protect the endowment … and choose charities that help needy women and their children in Los Angeles County,”

Jones explained. Ten groups benefited with more than $10,000 each in 2017, including Alexandria House, a nearby transitional housing facility, and Families in Criminal Justice, among them. Applications are being accepted through June 30 for the 2019-20 year. About two dozen groups apply each year

for a portion of the more than $100,000 of funds available. Jones, who is in her second year of a two-year term, joined The Ebell five years ago after hearing about its recently resurrected Social Services Committee. Co-chaired by Cynthia Comsky and Janna Bodek Harris, the committee’s job is to “pro-

Anne Avery Hotchkiss July 14, 1929 – March 7, 2018

Anne Avery Hotchkiss, 88, passed away peacefully on March 7, 2018, after a brief illness. Anne was born in 1929 to Robert Barnett Avery, Sr. and Virginia Moore Avery in Long Beach. Growing up, she attended high school at Long Beach Polytechnic and then received her B.A. from the University of Southern California. It was at USC where Anne met many of her close friends, especially her sorority sisters at the Kappa Alpha Theta house. After graduating, she worked for Union 76, and then met the love of her life, Andrew Dwight Hotchkiss, Jr. They were married in August 1957 and soon thereafter became residents of Hancock Park. Anne was a homemaker who cherished her children and, in later years, her grandchildren. She was a fixture on Larchmont Blvd for over 50 years: working at election campaign headquarters in the early 70’s, being a partner at The Shoe-Inn Store, and walking daily on the Boulevard. Anne was an avid gardener, spending hours on her plants and roses. She and Andy loved to travel, visiting many countries around the world. Her passion for travel is shared by her grandchildren. She also enjoyed her volunteer work at Meals on Wheels and Childrens’ Hospital. Anne’s world changed when she lost her beloved “Hotch” in 2005. She embraced the comfort of her family and friends, as well as her neighbors on Ridgewood Place, where she resided for over 50 years. Anne will be remembered by all whom she touched as someone who greeted them with a smile and was always kind and thoughtful. Anne is survived by her daughter Lisa (Louis) Caparco, Dwight (Laura) Hotchkiss, and her grandchildren Gabriella (Justin) Caparco Robertson, Adam Caparco, Andrew Hotchkiss, and Michael Hotchkiss. Anne is also survived by her siblings, John Avery and Peggy Waleri. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Anne’s memory to The Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House, 4560 Fountain Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90029. Family and friends will gather for a celebration of Anne’s life on Saturday, June 9 at 11 a.m., at the home of Dwight and Laura Hotchkiss. For more information, please contact dwight.


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vide hands-on services to RCA charities,” said Jones. “There was a time we just gave them a check and at the end of the year looked at the new applications and that was it. “Now we are as hands-on as we can be,” said Jones. The native New Yorker was a corporate litigator in Manhattan before moving west with her family and eventually settling on Irving Blvd. in Windsor Square. She went back to school and after graduating from USC with a degree in clinical psychology and aging, she promptly became a “professional volunteer.” It wasn’t long before she found her way to The Ebell. Rest Cottage The Ebell’s Rest Cottage Association began in 1918, a year after a member, Lillian Flanders, donated a small home at W. 95th St. “Staffed by volunteers from The Ebell, the building was named the Rest Cottage and was dedicated to providing care to help women recuperate from surgery, serious illness, or, sometimes, breakdowns due to overwork. It provided the rest and quiet they needed to allow them to resume their pre-illness occupations,” explained Jones. RCA membership originally cost $1 and members also volunteered as fund-raisers and helped with chores and errands. A larger property was acquired at 135 N. Park View St. and the architectural firm of Sumner Hunt and Silas Burns was commissioned to build the new 14-room Rest Cottage. According to legend (“it would be cool if it turns out to be true”) architect Julia Morgan — who designed San Simeon — designed the new home constructed on the site in 1924. Politics and lifestyle would change the group’s trajectory. In 1965, President Johnson signed laws creating Medicare and Medicaid, making many of the services offered at the home less urgent. And women were entering the work force in droves and were less able to volunteer. Today’s members, however, do much the same as its earliest members, helping wherever they can, but their dues have increased to $12 annually, and they visit beneficiary

CELEBRATORY GIFT. Left to right: Shannon Sutherland, Olivia Headley, Loyce Braun, president; Randi Jones, RCA chairman. Photo by Julie Hopkins

sites on a regular basis. “It gives us a better understanding of who our charities are, and also our members get to know them and vice versa,” Jones said. Members serve dinner monthly to the mothers and children at Alexandria House and, depending on the needs, might collect sheets and toiletries for a domestic violence shelter. “Today’s Ebell Rest Cottage Association is devoted to the same three principles on which it was founded: Relief, Compassion, and Action. R-C-A. These are what our volunteers have provided to the needy women of Los Angeles County for 100 years, and these are what we will continue to provide as we move into our second century,” Jones said. 100 years The RCA received a birthday present at its 100th year celebration April 23 when Ebell member Olivia Headley donated $10,000. Headley is interested in assisting victims of domestic violence, a leading cause of injury to women in the United States — more than car accidents, muggings, and rape combined, an Ebell spoksman said. Headley, who is a nationally known parliamentarian, is a life member of The Ebell and the Rest Cottage Association. Founded in 1894, the Ebell, at 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., includes a clubhouse and 1,270-seat theater and offers a chorale, art salon, book group, knitters and bridge among its multitude of programs. For information on membership contact Meredyth Deighton, 323-931-1277, ext. 133,



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(Continued from page 1) paintings of Malcolm X and Angela Davis at the fundraiser. Angela Harris, another Alexandria House alumna, sang “Great is Thy Faithfulness.” The primary topic of the event was social justice and homelessness. The equation to solving homelessness is complicated, say Sister Judy Vaughan, founder, and Michele Richards, development director, of Alexandria House. It involves meeting people whatever their current situations — along a spectrum of needs — and providing stability until permanent supportive housing or affordable housing can be found. Just as there is no one cause of homelessness, there is no silver bullet or magical solution to end it, either. Both the problem of homelessness and the solutions for it encompass a variety of factors. Fundamentals According to psychologist Abraham Maslow’s “Hierarchy of Needs,” air, water, food, clothing and shelter are the physiological basics, the foundation that everyone needs before he or she can go on to successfully fulfilling other requirements, such as living a healthy life, gaining financial security, being involved with family and friends and self-actualization. So, if the fundamentals of food, clothing and shelter are not met, then it’s that much more difficult to take care of the rest, explained Sister Vaughan. Without shelter, there is no place of safety to sleep, eat and care for oneself on a regular basis. No place to groom and prepare for work or a job interview. No safe place to keep one’s property. No safe place to receive disability checks or paychecks. No address to give a bank for your account. Nothing is stable. Vaughan pointed out that even if someone didn’t start out with a mental illness, the very act of losing a job or having a major illness, or some other major crisis, and then being evicted and negotiating a life without a home can lay the groundwork for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Causes of homelessness Being evicted — losing one’s shelter or home — is becoming more common. According

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“Negotiation.” “Compromise.” “Community benefit.” “Shared values.” Words (and the attitudes and values they represent) matter. Historic preservation has always been a field in which these concepts have been employed. When precious real estate is at stake, and there is profit to be made, people in these conversations need to be mindful of what these words mean to them. This has enormous immediacy for our area of Los Angeles while several development projects involving historic resources are making their ways through the planning process. The best time for discussion about what is important about a site is before there is an actual project on the table. CBS Television City Case in point: the successful resolution of the CBS Television City Historic Cultural Monument (HCM) discussion preceding action by the Cultural Heritage Commission. This was a case where the Los Angeles Conservancy and the owner held intensive conversations about character-defining features. Ultimately, both parties supported the designation.

Another approach is developer / community discussions about a project to determine what uses work for both. Developers of large projects seeking density bonuses and zone changes are required to provide information to the

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Christy McAvoy surrounding community and their government representatives through the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) process, a “full disclosure” process that analyzes the impacts of a specific project with developer-identified goals. The process allows the public to comment through written statements and hearings. Acceptance of the proposed project is up to government decision-makers (the Planning Department and City Council). Crossroads of the World Currently in the hearing stage is the aptly (and possibly ironically) named “Cross(Please turn to page 8)

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Harvesting results: from the earth and from the camera in new book

Boomers! Barring flood or fire, most of you (us) have at least a handful of black and white photographs from childhood, serrated and deckle edged. Besides cakes in kitchens with one or two flaming candles, the rest were likely taken outside — in the yard, in the garden, and, especially, in front of anything abloom. The affinity of the camera with the elements of the cultivated landscape dates to the very beginning of chemical photography, in 1839. But the visual tradition was well established through 2,000 years of images — think Egyptian tombs and Roman walls. It was natural for the tinkerers of the new technology to roam

COLUMNIST in her grandmother’s Ohio garden, 1949.

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out of doors — early photographers needed daylight for those long exposures. The pleasures of a new book, “The Photographer in the Garden,” published by the George Eastman Museum and Aperture Press this year, are unending. (George Eastman co-founded the Eastman Kodak Co. in 1888.) The new book’s photographs extend from the 1840s to 2015, well into our time of digital images. Garden lovers, you will be in paradise when amongst the pages of this book. The book is organized not by chronology but by categories — Paradise Garden, Arranged Flowers, Form and Nature, and four others. In this way, we lucky viewers and readers can see the “eye” of photographers using various technologies over the span of close to 180 years. Jamie Allen, associate curator at the George Eastman Museum, organized the exhibition upon which the book is based.

Can you imagine choosing among thousands upon thousands of images of gardens? Among the well-known photographers (others are anonymous and amateur) included in the compilation are: Karl Blossfelt, Paul Strand, Imogene Cunningham, Gertrude Kasebier, Walker Evans, Man Ray, Robert Mapplethorpe, Lee

Friedlander, Robert Adams, and Edward Steichen, a delphinium breeder of note. One of my favorite photographs in the book is by Larry Sultan: “Los Angeles, Early Evening,” from 1986, a double-page spread capturing the magic of the dusky light of Los Angeles. In “The Gardeners,” the

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Brookside re-zoned for variable building mass In 2017, the City of Los Angeles amended its zoning code to address out-of-scale developments and related construction impacts in singlefamily neighborhoods. After significant controversy in a community divided over what part of a house remodel should have increased mass — just the rear or anywhere on the building — the Los Angeles City Council accepted Councilman David Ryu’s recom-

mendation May 23 to allow increased mass anywhere on a building in Brookside. The new zone adopted for Brookside is called R1V3-RG. That means that, within the existing Brookside single-family zone (R1), there now will be a sub-zone called a Variation Zone of the third type (V3) and the required detached garage for a house must be located at the rear of the lot (RG). The affected area is from

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Locals, firefighters turn out for groundbreaking

HANCOCK PARK Garden Club is thanked by Councilman David Ryu for its contribution to the Centennial Garden project at local Fire Station 29. Accepting are, from left, Garden Club members Julie Grist, Jennifer Fain and Helen Hartung. Observing at right is City of Los Angeles Fire Chief Ralph M. Terrazas.

By John Welborne Neighbors marked the success of a local fundraising campaign led by Lyn MacEwen Cohen and the First-In Fire Foundation, of which she is the founding president, on a drizzly Saturday morning, May 12. A large gathering of neighbors rallied at Fire Station 29, located in Windsor Square, at the corner of Van Ness Ave. and Wilshire Blvd., to kick off the construction of the “Firehouse Centennial Garden” that will improve the look of that corner for firefighters and

the community — and will do so with drought-tolerant, native plants. It also was Fire Service Day, and numerous leaders from the City of Los Angeles Fire Department command staff, including Chief Ralph M. Terrazas, participated in the ceremonies. Councilman David Ryu said that he and the Fire Chief planned to visit several other Council District 4 fire stations later in the day, but both made it clear that this first visit was very special. (Please turn to page 23)

LYN MACEWEN COHEN, president of the First-In Fire Foundation, was made an Honorary Fire Chief at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new, drought-tolerant garden.





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(Continued from page 2) roads” project involving parcels in the Sunset / Las Palmas / Highland / Selma section of Hollywood. The project, which has been somewhat modified already due to earlier community comment and the recent designation of the Hollywood Reporter Building as an HCM, proposes a dense residential district and hotel development. At present, its design approach will result in the demolition of several identified historic resources, including some Craftsman bungalows that are among the oldest in the community. It also will add new construction to the National Register-listed Crossroads of the World, and it also will demolish a cluster of 1930s courtyard apartments on Las Palmas Avenue and a 1920s two-story commercial building next to Crossroads. Historic properties in very close proximity are the Baptist Church on Selma Avenue and Blessed Sacrament Church on Sunset Boulevard. New hotel A hotel is proposed to be located across the street from the National Register-listed Hollywood High School. The Egyptian Theater and the Hollywood Boulevard Commercial and Entertainment Dis-

POSTCARD FROM 1937. Courtesy Los Angeles Conservancy archives

A DENSE residential district and a hotel are being proposed at the historic Crossroads of the World. Laura Dominguez/L.A. Conservancy

trict are a block to the north. The project is in a transitoriented development zone, where planners are encouraging more density on the theory that residents can take advantage of public transportation and alleviate traffic. There is a great need for affordable housing, and the project does provide some of that. So, the discussion is complex. An analyzed alternative to the proposed project, which meets the requirements of the current Community Plan and saves the endangered build-

ings, has been declared financially unfeasible by a reputable consulting firm. EIR comments The majority of the written comments to the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) were not supportive, although the project does have supporters. Over and over, in its responses to specific comments in the Final EIR, the applicant states that the CEQA analysis is sufficient but that the writers’ comments “will become part of the administrative record and will be considered by decision

makers.” The comments were heard in front of planning staff members on May 15 in preparation for a future City Planning Commission meeting. In addition, the Cultural Heritage Commission heard nominations for five remaining properties on May 17 and recommended to the City Council that four of them be approved as Historic-Cultural Monuments. What’s next? At the moment, we in the general public cannot know whether additional negotiation and compromise will result in more clarity about the community benefit of this project ... or in a clear statement by the city of its oftprofessed acknowledgement of historic preservation as a

value for Los Angeles. It is my personal opinion that more discussion is necessary to arrive at a solution which can “save the past and enrich the future,” to borrow a phrase from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. I truly believe there is an economically feasible, context-appropriate project with less severe impacts to historic resources here, and that there are good minds on the development team, in the community, and in the city who can craft such a project. The EIR did disclose the issues, but it is not the end of the conversation. Let Councilmembers O’Farrell and Ryu, the Planning Commission, and the Office of Historic Resources know your thoughts.

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Tour Wilshire Boulevard Temple sanctuary with restoration architect

Tour the sanctuary at Wilshire Boulevard Temple with the architect who designed the renovation and restoration of the historic site at 3663 Wilshire Blvd. The event, sponsored by the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, is on Sun., June 24 from 10 to 11 a.m. Brenda A. Levin, FAIA, and Levin & Associates Architects renovated the 1929 design by A.M. Edelman and Allison & Allison. The temple was commissioned by Warner Bros. studio chief Jack Warner and two of his brothers. The interior features

black marble, gold inlay, mosaics, Biblical-themed murals and a Byzantine dome. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981. The renovation, completed in 2013, included new castings to replace deteriorated or lost pieces, and the ceiling was repainted, glazed and re-gilded. The murals were cleaned, infill painted and reattached. The Rose Window art glass was removed, cleaned and releaded for re-installation. The sanctuary has been seismically upgraded to include new shear walls and roof reinforcing. Speakers and lighting have been installed in niches to miti-

gate their visual impact on the historic space, and historic light

fixtures have been restored. Tickets are $25 for AIA

members, $35 for non-members. Visit

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CIM to discuss ‘Wilshire Mullen’ revisions with neighbors

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Rare tour of Gilmore Adobe offered at annual WSHPHS meeting

Take a guided tour of the Historic Gilmore Adobe, including the house, grounds, orchard, vintage cars and even chickens during the 42nd annual Windsor-Square-Hancock Park Historical Society meeting Sun., June 24 at 3 p.m. The home is not open to the public, so this is a rare opportunity, said Myrna Gintel. “Saving CBS” Speaker Adrian Scott Fine will talk on “Saving CBS.” He is Director of Advocacy for the Los Angeles Conservancy. Fine oversees the Conservancy’s outreach and advocacy on key preservation issues within Los Angeles. Richard Battalgia will be installed as president at the event, which includes presentation of the Historic Landmark award. Other

officers are Damona Hoffman, Myrna Gintel, Carol Wertheim and Fluff McLean. The Historic Gilmore Adobe is located between the Farmers Market and The Grove at Third and Fairfax. Built in 1852 The Gilmore Adobe was built in 1852 and has served the Gilmore family since Arthur Gilmore purchased the house and 256 acres in 1880. It has been converted to the Farmers Market administrative offices. Tickets are $45 for members and $60 for nonmembers. Reservations are required by Mon., June 18, and can be made through PayPal. Visit or email wshphs@ for more information.

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Darkly funny one-act, American electoral system in song As Forever Bound by Steve Apostolina opens, a young girl, who we later learn is Rosalind (Emily Goss), crosses to stage right and remains sitting in partial darkness throughout the beginning of the act, the first of many intriguing aspects of this interesting play. Lights up on the apartment, stage left, of rare book dealer Edmund (the never disappointing French Stewart, “3rd Rock

From the Sun”). His décor is interesting, a collection of large cockroaches taped to the wall. The landlord claims there is no roach problem and Ed has been given a 30-day notice to vacate, and bankruptcy cannot be far behind. Fellow book dealer Shep (playwright Steve Apostolina) arrives, and solutions to Ed’s problems are discussed. Lights up stage right, and Thomas (Rob Nagle) arrives.

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Patricia Foster Rye He’s Rosalind’s teacher. The current subject is Coleridge’s “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.” Rosalind’s manner seems intimidated at best, and we’re not sure where we are. Back at the apartment, Shep and Ed concoct a scheme to rob Thomas (the teacher but also a rare book collector) of a rare tome worth thousands. What follows in this one-act is a delicious series of mysteries and revelations that leads to a fascinating, if grim, conclusion, but to say more would spoil the fun. It is always a joy to watch Mr. Stewart work, and in this darkly funny play he is pitch-perfect and supported by a terrific cast. Through June 16, Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave. 4 Stars • • • Soft Power, play and lyrics by David Henry Hwang, music and additional lyrics by Jeanine Tesori, is billed as “A Play with a Musical.” The first act opens in the offices of Dragon Media in Hollywood where Xue Xing (Conrad Ricamora), a Chinese executive, has arrived to hear a pitch for an American TV series set in Shanghai. The time is just before the 2016 election, and everyone fully expects Hillary Clinton

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to win. We quickly learn that DHH (Francis Jue), a fictionalized version of Mr. Hwang, has written the series pilot script and is ready to “sell” it. The dialogue is fast, smart and very funny. A variety of topics is covered including an admiration and affection for “The King and I,” the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical of the 1950s. The titular soft power also is discussed and refers to the international cultural influence that China seeks in the world. DHH suffers a serious stabbing attack, and this event catapults the play into the musical genre. The delineation is clear as we experience a huge set piece of a passenger plane rolling on stage, scenic design by David Zinn, with brilliant stage lighting, design by Mark Barton. Next, a chorus of singers / dancers appears, many doubling later in various roles. There’s a scenario where Hillary (Alyse Alan Louis) and Xue meet and fall in love, a lesson in pronouncing Mandarin Chinese, an over-the-top riff on the American electoral system in song, a campaign rally at a glitzy McDonald’s and a take on the current gun crisis — all supported by Ms. Tesori’s hummable tunes and framed by some energetic choreography by Sam Pinkleton. Through June 10, Ahmanson Theatre, The Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave. 213-9724400. 4 Stars • • • Wood Boy Dog Fish by Chelsea Sutton is a reimagining of Carlo Collodi’s “The Adventures of Pinocchio.” The first hint that this is not your childhood Pinocchio is the pre-show and lobby display

reminiscent of a turn-of-thelast-century’s carnival exhibition of freaks and curiosities, open one hour before curtain. Prop design for the show and lobby display is by Hardly Human FX. The show is billed as “mature and delightfully macabre.” The Cricket is killed (although he’s now a commercial spokesman), there is a blue poltergeist Blue (Tane Kawasaki) haunting all, and the legendary Dog Fish (Paul Turbiak, he also plays Cricket), a terrible sea monster, preys on our greatest fears. His famous Adventure Ride, in the shantytown of Shoreside, has been closed. Geppetto (Ben Messmer) has been tasked to repair it. It’s about this time that Geppetto creates Wood Boy (voiced by Rudy Martinez and manipulated by Japanese Noh-type puppeteers covered head to toe in black — no strings). The supporting cast of characters, some wearing commedia dell’arte masks, plays various villains and friends of the plucky little puppet. The puppetry is excellent. The core question of what it means to be real is pursued by Wood Boy. Original music is by Adrien Prevost. This show combines multiple production values including song, dance, interactive sets, projected media and 3-D experiences (glasses are provided.) At times, it’s audience interactive, including haze / smoke, strobe lights and a benediction of water. Rated PG-13; it includes mature content and is not intended for young audiences. Through June 24, The Garry Marshall Theatre, 4252 West Riverside Dr., Burbank, 818-955-8101. 3 Stars

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Jonathan (Mr Turk) will be at the launch party at their Larchmont Boutique, 212 N. Larchmont Blvd., Thurs., May 31 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The swimwear collection inspired by the film encourages an adventurous lifestyle and for consumers to embrace their inner superheroes. “I’m a big fan of ‘The Incredibles!’ I love the references in the production design to iconic mid-century modern architecture in Palm Springs, as well as the dynamic characters, especially Edna Mode,” Trina Turk said.   The 12-piece line consists of black active-wear pieces with graphic red and white stripes and the “Incredibles” logo, black and ivory geometric print jersey dresses, women’s sunglasses and men’s swim and active pieces. Prices range from $56 - $288.  The “Incredibles 2” movie opens in theaters June 15.

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Get all your backyard barbecue ‘fixin’s’ at the Original Farmers Market From the meat and sauce to the salad, the vendors at the Original Farmers Market,

6333 W. Third St., have the fixin’s you need for your next backyard barbecue. Steaks, chops and ground beef can be bought at Huntington Meats. Find chicken

for kabobs and hot wings at Marconda’s Puritan Poultry. Marinades and sauces, as well as live lobster, shrimp, tuna and salmon are at Monsieur Marcel Seafood Market.

Check out spicy hot sauces from around the world at Light My Fire. Freshen your table with tablecloths, napkins and skewers from Sur La Table. Find tasty, flavorful produce

for salads or roasting on the grill at Farm Boy Produce and Farm Fresh Produce. And there’s always more to explore. Visit

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‘Low and Slow’ Gilmore Heritage Auto Show June 2

The 24th annual Gilmore Heritage Auto Show, “Low and Slow,” highlighting lowriders, comes to the Original Farmers Market Sat., June 2 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Of the more than 100 classic cars on display, 30 will be lowriders, including cars from the Style Car Club of Los Angeles, and featuring a 1963 Chevrolet Impala SS and a 1947 Cadillac convertible. “Nothing in the automotive world is more uniquely American and emblematic of L.A.’s diverse culture than the highly respected Lowrider,” said Ilysha Buss, Farmers Market marketing director. “From detailed airbrushed artwork to high-performance hydraulic features, the Lowrider is an enduring artistic style that continues to be embraced by Angelenos.” Summer Music Series The Original Farmers Market summer music series continues on Fridays on the West Patio stage from 7 to 9 p.m. Rick Whitfield, who has performed with Lou Rawls, the Gypsy Kings and Mel Torme, plays June 1. The Caribbean band Upstream plays reggae and soca June 8. Cuban Orquesta Charangoa is June 15. Bleeding Harp plays blues June 22. Jennifer Lietham Trio plays modern jazz June 29.

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Le Petit Greek’s 30th: family tradition that goes back more than a century

By Rachel Olivier Thirty years ago, May 25, Thomas Houndalas opened the doors at 127 N. Larchmont Blvd. as Le Petit Greek Estiatorio. A year and a half later, brother Dimitris joined him in the new venture that would become one of Larchmont Vil-

lage’s most venerable establishments. But when it comes to the Houndalas family history as restaurateurs and hospitality, 30 years is just a drop in the proverbial bucket. Though no fuss was made last month for the anniversary, Nora Houndalas, wife of

Dimitris, said that their goal that day was to “prepare great food” and to “serve our customers with care, to respect our employees, and to quietly nod to each other ‘well done.’” And maybe enjoy some baked sweets. That sounds like a well-de-

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served celebration for anyone 30 and over, especially in a family that has held the tradition of food and hospitality in its heart for more than a century. Adaptation Nora said that they have stayed in business this long because they have learned that “in life, as well as business, one must learn to be adaptable,” while remaining true to oneself. Besides adapting to changes in the economy, regulations and laws, there also are changes in consumer interests in food and how and what guests choose to eat. Le Petit Greek has gone through changes over the years. The restaurant began with 10 tables in 1988, and it expanded to include an outdoor patio in 1997. There was also the writers’ strike in 2007, and after that the recession. And of course now, many people take advantage of delivery services, ordering their food to go instead of dining in. And the work is not easy. Many sacrifices have been made along the way, said Nora, including losing sleep and missing out on family time. However, the goal of creating and serving good food remains the same, she maintained. “We treat people like family, we root ourselves in our business and we care. That is [our] family legacy. Prepare fresh, simple ingredients, cook authentic Hellenic cuisine with a California twist [and]  give excellent service.” Nora also noted that Hellenic cuisine is healthy, which is especially important to Dimitris, who writes the blog on the restaurant’s website. He focuses on keeping the food health conscious as well as delicious. One additional change is that Thomas Houndalas has stepped back from the restaurant in Los Angeles to run a bed and breakfast, also named Le Petit Greek, in Santorini, Greece. From Greece in 1901 The tradition of hospitality seems to run strong throughout the Houndalas family. As with many family histories, parts of the origin story are a bit fuzzy. According to the family history book, written by Mary Germain Hountalas, wife of Dan Hountalas (both

THOMAS AND Houndalas, 2017.


now co-owners of The Cliff House in San Francisco), three brothers came from Nafplion, Greece in 1901. (Variances in spelling the family name are due to different translations of the Greek alphabet as family members came to the U.S.) There is some speculation that others in the family immigrated to the U.S. as early as 1850. What is known is that the three brothers — Mihalis (Michael), Thomas and Louis — opened a small restaurant in San Francisco called The Cliff Café, which Michael continued to run for many years. World War I After several years, Thomas, the grandfather of current Le Petit Greek owners Thomas and Dimitris, went back to Greece to find a wife. While he was there, however, World War I broke out, and he stayed in Greece to help his family through the war while his brothers remained in San Francisco. Dan, grandson of one of the brothers (Michael) who remained in the U.S., and his wife, Mary Hountalas, have owned and operated San Francisco’s historic Cliff House since 1973. Cousin Tom Hontalas runs the nearby Louis Café, founded in 1936 by his grandfather, Louis, also one of the original three brothers. Cousin Chris Hontalas (a grandson of Michael) operates Venice Gourmet Delicatessen in Sausalito, which has been open since 1969. So, yeah, 30 years is a walk in the park for this family. Meanwhile, back in Greece during and after World War I, Thomas Houndalas and his wife Evthokia had a large family (eight kids). According to family historian Mary Hountalas, while Thomas had “had a lot of money” when he returned from the U.S., he (Please turn to page 16)

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Former ‘The Larchmont’ on Melrose now houses ‘Fin’ for Asian tapas

There’s something charming about restaurants located in actual houses. Maybe it’s because we can pretend that we’re being fêted by good friends; maybe it’s just that we sometimes tire of the chi-chi and simply want all the comforts of home without having to make a mess in the kitchen. Off-Vine has survived on that charm, as have The Raymond in Pasadena and Little Beast in Eagle Rock. Larchmont has its own abode on Melrose, but a succession of bland restaurants housed there over the years never managed to hang on. That may have changed with the opening of the Asian tapas place, Fin. Admittedly, the architectural tweaks forgo the rustic coziness that some home-housed eateries showcase — this is not grandma’s parlor, as Fin straddles the line between contemporary residence and modern foodie

haven — but the wood paneling and friendly service keep it warm. And the food makes repeated visits likely. This is the second location of Fin; the original is still going strong in Culver City. That one has an attached speakeasy and there’s talk that the second floor of the Melrose address might eventually add that, as well. At the moment, though, there’s a small main dining area on the enclosed porch and a lounge space with couches and some tables by the bar inside. The extensive menu is meant for sharing and varies from the expected ($4 miso soup and $8 spicy yellowtail hand rolls) to the enticing ($13 lobster glaze beef dumplings and $29 sesame glazed ribeye). One can order a la carte or choose one of two well-priced omakaze menus. Fin’s version of the now-classic tuna jalapeno crispy rice is

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Helene Seifer the best I’ve had: a generous mound of chopped raw tuna sits atop crisped sushi rice, topped with a jalapeño slice. The clean taste of fresh fish, along with the rice’s crunch and a bit of chile heat make a welcome bite. It comes four pieces per order for $11. $18 citrus truffle salmon sashimi combines many of my favorite

flavors in one dish: silky raw salmon, fragrant white truffle oil and black truffle shavings. A drizzle of ponzu brightens the dish. Jicama fish tacos fold white fish and Japanese slaw into four large thin disks of jicama. Mercado has a Mexican version, but I prefer the flavors in this $14 plate. It’s great to see real crab on a Japanese menu for a price that won’t break the bank. A blue crab hand roll is a treat at $8. $23 miso black cod always packs a punch. The cod is marinated for days in a sweet and salty miso and mirin paste, and the resulting silky fish is intensely flavorful and

melts in one’s mouth. Filet mignon with truffle mash doesn’t taste particularly Japanese, even with its plum wine reduction, but the $33 beef is well-cooked and delicious with the potatoes. The biggest surprise is $8 glazed green beans, which is so much more than the name implies. Slightly sweet, salty, crunchy and blistered, these are habitforming, which explains why they appear on almost every table. Fin, 5750 Melrose Ave., 323-579-1501. Contact Helene at

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spent nearly all of it to support his family in Greece, and remained very poor. “It is true that Thomas had the best soul of all the Hountalases. He had goodness in his blood. Even though he was poor, you would never see him worried,” she writes. According to Nora Houndalas, one of Thomas’ sons, Gregorios, was a chef who ran some of the most popular restaurants in Nafplion, Greece. Gregorio’s son, Thomas, moved to London before eventually landing in the U.S. in 1982. The Jonathan Club In Los Angeles, Thomas was maître d’hôtel at downtown’s Jonathan Club for a time, before opening Le Petit Greek on Larchmont. It was at the club where he met Nora Sullivan, who eventually married his brother Dimitris. Nora said that, before Gregorios passed away, when he would visit his sons in Los Angeles, he would make specials for Larchmont customers. Just part of the long family tradition.

CLIFF CAFÉ in San Francisco. Thomas Houndalas, grandfather to Thomas and Dimitris Houndalas of Le Petit Greek, is third from the left, circa 1910.

What’s in store? What does the future hold for Le Petit Greek? According to Nora, they hope to have a cookbook out within the next couple of years, and it will include some of the most humorous anecdotes from the restaurant, as well as share family recipes. “We’d also like to be a cultural landmark and be here to celebrate our 50th anniversary,” she added. That sounds like something to which everyone in the neighborhood could raise a glass and say, “Opa!”

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15. Kitty-corner to Lucifer’s Pizza, just across Detroit Street and slightly out of the Pink’s Square boundary, and not open quite yet, will be Chef Christina Tosi’s Milk Bar Bakery, 7150 Melrose Ave. Originated in New York City, the popular bakery is known for its “naked” cakes. 16. And finally, if you feel like a little adventure, a little

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By Rachel Olivier and John Welborne The corner of Melrose and La Brea avenues may have been the home of one lonely pushcart in 1939, but by 2018 it has become home to at least 12 other cafés and restaurants, making it a go-to corner for people who can’t quite decide what to have for dinner or where to get their breakfast or coffee. Read on to learn about some of the other eateries in and around the newly designated Pink’s Square. This story reports on establishments on La Brea and Melrose avenues, between Clinton Street and Waring Avenue and between Sycamore Avenue and Detroit Street. 1. What better place to begin than Pink’s Hot Dogs, 709 N. La Brea Ave., where you can order everything from chili or kraut dogs to plain or vegan dogs? You can even have a hamburger. 2. Going south along La Brea to the northwest corner, Chipotle Mexican Grill, 7101 Melrose Ave., serves designyour-own burritos and taco bowls. 3. Cross La Brea and you will find Tsuri Sushi and Sake Bar, 7015 Melrose Ave., offering sushi from premium rolls to lunch specials and bento boxes. 4. Diners can try the naan bread and chicken tikka masala at Anarkali Indian Restaurant, 7013 Melrose Ave. Forty

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Enchanting ‘Carlyle,’ ‘Solo’ breathes new life with backstory

Always at The Carlyle (10/10): Writer / director / producer Matthew Miele tells the story of Manhattan’s legendary hotel, The Carlyle. You might have heard of it. It’s where Woody Allen plays the clarinet. It’s where Bobby Short held forth for decades. It’s where Princess Diana always stayed when she came to New York. And it’s where her son and his wife, Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and their children stay when they visit New York. I can’t imagine anyone not being enchanted. Fascinating and funny, it’s a film that captures the magic of life in New York City, a fitting companion to Miele’s “Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s.” I hated to see it end. Solo: A Star Wars Story (9/10): Director Ron Howard breathes new life into a fran-

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Use a crossruff to overcome a bad trump split to make contract Some terms used in this month's article: Ruff means that you have taken a non-trump trick by playing a trump. Sluff means that you discard from another suit when you are void in the suit led. Blackwood: A conventional bid in which the bid of 4 no trump asks partner to respond with the number of aces in her hand. A response of 5 clubs means zero aces, 5 diamonds means one ace, 5 hearts means two aces, and 5 spades means three aces. Offside: A card that is in a position that if you take a finesse, it will lose. Can you make 7 diamonds with the following deal from an ACBL-sanctioned game several years ago? I was sit-

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5C 0 or 3 key cards 5D 1 or 4 key cards 5H 2 key cards without the trump queen 5S 2 key cards with the trump queen *** No kings. Since the trump king is a key card, it is not included in this response. Opening lead: ten of hearts. The hand is relatively cold for 6N, but only one pair in this game was in 6N. Some were in 6D, making 6. My partner showed admirable confidence in me when he put me in 7D even though he knew I didn’t have the king of spades and he only had one spade for me to make a finesse. Also, it turned out that everything shaped up wrong. Clubs didn’t split, the king of spades was offside, and there was a horrible 4-1 trump split. Can you make 7D? I took the ace of hearts and led a low diamond to my king, then another low diamond to the ten. North discarded the 4 of spades, so I got the bad news on the trump split. I started clubs and South discarded the 4 and 10, so I figured that clubs split badly and that the king of spades was offside. I took the ace of spades and started a ruffing finesse sequence with the queen. South covered, and I ruffed. I played the king of hearts and

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By Rachel Olivier An Olympic silver medalist, a bestselling author and journalist, president of Los Angeles’ only women’s university and managing director at PricewaterhouseCoopers are among this year’s commencement speakers at area high school graduation ceremonies. Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, author of “Ashley’s War” (2015) and “The Dressmaker of Khair Khana” (2011), journalist, and adjunct senior fellow for women and foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations (as well as mother of children studying at Pilgim) will address 26 Pilgrim School seniors and their friends and families. The ceremony will be in the main sanctuary of First Congregational Church Mon., June 4. Anne Donovan, the U.S. People Innovation Leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and a member of Immaculate Heart’s board of trustees, will address 120 seniors and their guests at Immaculate Heart’s commencement Tues., June 5 at the Hollywood Bowl. At PwC, Donovan works on initiatives on work / life flexibil-

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ity, development of workforce models and business strategies to support a more diverse and flexible workforce. She is the parent of two Immaculate Heart alumnae. Lauren Gibbs, 2002 alumna and winner of a silver medal in bobsled at the 2018 Winter Olympics, will address 75 graduating seniors at the commencement ceremony for Westridge School at Frank Field Fri., June 8. History Department chair Alexis Stern has been selected by 77 Buckley seniors to ad-

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dress them at their Fri., June 1 commencement. Loyola High School’s board of directors chair, and owner of The Grove, Rick Caruso will address 293 graduating seniors as they stride across the platform to receive their diplomas Sat., June 2 at Hayden Circle in front of Loyola Hall. Los Angeles Unified School District board member Nick Melvoin will address 450 Fairfax High seniors and their guests at West Angeles Cathedral Wed., June 6. There will be 234 Los Ange-

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les High School graduates accepting diplomas on the campus athletic field Wed., June 6. There will be 283 HarvardWestlake graduates accepting diplomas on the school’s Ted Slavin Field Fri., June 8. Larchmont Charter High School, Lafayette Campus, has 77 seniors this year, seven of whom have been together since kindergarten. Alicia Lara, senior vice president of impact at United Way, will address the graduates at First

Congregational Church on Fri., June 15. Dr. Ann McElaney-Johnson, 12th president of Mount Saint Mary’s University, the only women’s university in Los Angeles, addressed 96 Marymount High School seniors and their friends and families May 25 at their on-campus graduation ceremony. Marlborough’s 89 seniors accepted their diplomas on Booth Field at the campus Thurs., May 31.

Congratulations to the Class of 2018

High School Acceptances: The Archer School for Girls | Brentwood School* | Buckley School* | Campbell Hall* | Cate School* | Crossroads School* deToledo High School | Episcopal School of Los Angeles | Geffen Academy | Hamilton High School Magnet Academy of Music and Performing Arts* Harvard Westlake School* | Maranatha High School* | Marymount High School | Milken Community Schools | New Roads School* Notre Dame Academy* | Oakwood School | Pacifica Christian* | Palisades Charter High School* | Pilgrim School | St. Bernard High School* | St. Mary’s Academy Vistamar School* | The Webb Schools* | Westridge School for Girls | Wildwood School* | Windward School *Denotes enrollment

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Local high school graduates reveal their choices for college transfer to a local four-year university from there. In the long term, Lily has her eyes set on a seat on the Los Angeles City Council, where she can continue her work as an advocate for the community that she loves.

By Billy Taylor

Community college offers local opportunities Fairfax High School senior Lily Larsen is a fifth-generation Angeleno with deep roots in the neighborhood. So when it came time to consider colleges, she decided to stay close to home. “Larchmont has been a part of my family for decades,” Larsen proudly explains. Since the 1940s, Lily’s family, the Larsens, have owned one of the most beloved properties in Brookside, a house known as Brookledge, which once included a magic shop owned by magician Lloyd Thayer. “My grandpa Bill and my great uncle Milt (Larsen) both attended Los Angeles High School in the early 1940s; they went on to found the Magic Castle in 1963.” As a young student, Lily was a part of the first class of Larchmont Charter School. For high school, Lily first attended Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, and then transferred to Fairfax High School for her senior

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Student selects Ivy League school to study “Comm” Lily Larsen

year to allow her more time to devote to her work as a community organizer and activist. Even at her young age, Lily has been busy with volunteer work to improve her community. She serves as the youth representative on the Mid City Neighborhood Council as well as a member of Mayor Garcetti’s Youth Council, and in recent months she has worked on the Department of Public Health’s “Bigger Choices” campaign. She also has performed “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou at a Ted Talk event. Where to go after high school? For Lily, the answer is community college. The decision to stay local allows her to

study and continue her community work, with family and friends nearby. “While attending Santa Monica College (SMC) and working, I will also be interning at a local advertising agency,” says Lily, who notes that any free time will go toward volunteering for her mother’s non-profit, “The Los Angeles Drama Club,” which teaches Shakespeare to local youth at a low cost. “Los Angeles is my home, and I don’t plan on leaving.” At SMC, Lily says she will study general education her first year, with electives in political science and panAfrican studies. She hopes to

cho Horizon 6th Grade scholars were accepted to a wide variety of Middle Schools throughout Los Angeles. We are proud to announce that our 6th grade class of 2018 was accepted to the following schools:

Marlborough School senior Sydney Gough spent last summer crisscrossing the country on a journey to find the right university. “As part of the college application process, my mom and I went on three huge college tours before my senior year,” explains Gough, who notes that the duo visited more than 20 universities nationwide. In the end, Sydney narrowed her favorite campuses down to three: Cornell, Northwestern and Colgate. Essays were written, applications submitted. Then, she waited. A lifelong Hancock Park resident, Sydney has been an active member of her school and her community. In addition to her schoolwork, she served as an editor and jour-

Sydney Gough

nalist for her school newspaper (“The Ultraviolet”) and for several years served as the Larchmont Chronicle school reporter for Marlborough. On the artistic side, Sydney studies voice lessons at the Colburn School, and she recently performed in a production of “Godspell” at the Hannon Theatre Company. Now, back to those college applications: After Sydney received acceptance letters from multiple schools, she had to finally pick one. “My decision was easy because Cornell was my first choice,” she explains. “I love the location, size and history of the school. The campus is beautiful and it has the perfect combination of good academics and school spirit for me.” (Please turn to page 6)


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College choices

the application process. Arum hopes to study chemistry with the intent to work in the field of forensic science. • • •

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According to Sydney, three other girls from her class are attending Cornell. “I am actually going to be a roommate with one of them,” she says. While matriculating at the Ivy League school, Sydney says she will major in communications. Career aspirations? “I don’t know exactly what I want to do,” she says. “But as of right now, my dream is to work at Vice Media.” • • •

Didn’t get first choice? Consider a transfer It is often said: “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” That is exactly the approach graduating senior Arum Butler-Sloss is taking toward his favorite university. The Pilgrim School senior started his college application process with a list of 14 schools, including five located in England. After some missing records forced him to drop the British schools, Arum narrowed his favorite options to three stateside: UC Berkeley, UCLA and Redlands University. “I was rejected by my top two colleges,” Arum admits. And even though his third choice

Deciding on an art school in Southern California

Arum Butler-Sloss

sent him an acceptance letter, he says he couldn’t shake his strong desire to attend UC Berkeley. That’s when Arum decided to change his approach. He identified San Francisco State University — located a short 45-minute drive from Berkeley — as a good place to attend his freshman year, then he plans to transfer. “San Francisco State is close to Berkeley. So I’m planning to transfer to UC Berkeley next year,” he says. According to Arum, a couple of other Pilgrim students were accepted to UC Berkeley: “I’m somewhat jealous of them, but it’s nice to know they’ll only be a short drive away when I’m at San Francisco State.” He also thanks Pilgrim college counselor LaToya Franklin for her help in navigating

For an aspiring writer and director, there are few places better to study arts and entertainment than Southern California. And that’s exactly where Emma Brandenburg plans to learn the business. The Larchmont Charter senior took “SAT Prep” classes every Sunday for several months to prepare for the college application process. On top of that, Emma says she “toured colleges, produced student films and wrote more essays than I could count,” all in her search. Emma knew that she wanted to attend an art school with a strong program in visual and performing arts, but the question was, which one? After months of research, she narrowed her top picks to the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), ArtCenter College of Design and UCLA. With her top three picks identified, Emma was careful to choose the right school. She says that she took some classes

Emma Brandenburg

at ArtCenter, participated in a summer film program at UCLA and spent a lot of time meeting people who work at CalArts. Soon, it was obvious to her where she should go. “Ever since I was 10 I have always wanted to go to CalArts,” says Emma. “I chose this school over the others because it’s known for being very accepting to all different

kinds of creativity.” Emma says that she talked with several former CalArts graduates who all described their experiences as “beyond amazing.” While at CalArts, Emma says she is looking forward to creating films with surreal elements and dream sequences. Future aspirations? “It would be cool if I could win an Oscar, man.”

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Our graduates have been accepted at universities and colleges across the country, including: American University Art Center College of Design Bard College Boston College Boston University Brandeis University California State University, All Campuses Cal Poly Pomona Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Chapman University College of the Holy Cross Columbia University DePaul University Earlham College Emerson College Fordham University Gonzaga University Kenyon College Lewis & Clark College Loyola Marymount University Loyola University Chicago Macalester College Mount Saint Mary’s University New York University Northeastern University Oberlin College of Arts & Sciences Occidental College Ohio Wesleyan University Pepperdine University Pratt Institute

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We are incredibly proud of our Class of 2018 graduates who have achieved a 100% acceptance rate to four-year collegiate programs. Names and numbers below represent a select list of acceptances. All institutions with one or more graduates attending are denoted in bold. Academy of the Art University (2) American University (2) Amherst College Barnard College Boston College (8) Boston University (3) Brown University Bucknell University Colgate University (2) College of the Holy Cross (3) Dartmouth College (2) Emerson College (2) Emory University (4) Fordham University (15) Franklin University Switzerland George Washington University (11) Georgetown University (3) Grinnell College Kenyon College Lewis & Clark College (4) Loyola Marymount University (14) Miami University, Oxford (4) Middlebury College Mount Saint Mary’s University (2) New York University (2) Northeastern University (10) Northwestern University Oberlin College Reed College Santa Clara University (17) Southern Methodist University (9) St. John’s College

Stanford University Syracuse University (4) Texas Christian University (8) The New School - Parsons (2) Trinity College (2) Tulane University (10) University of California, Berkeley (8) University of California, Davis (8) University of California, Los Angeles (7) University of California, Riverside (5) University of California, Santa Barbara (9) University of California, Santa Cruz (12) University of Colorado at Boulder (12) University of Georgia University of Massachusetts (3) University of Miami (2) University of Michigan (7) University of Minnesota (2) University of Notre Dame University of Pennsylvania (3) University of Richmond University of San Diego (6) University of Southern California (13) University of Texas at Austin University of Virginia (2) University of Washington (7) University of Wisconsin, Madison (10) Vassar College Villanova University Wake Forest University Wesleyan University (2) Williams College

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GRADUATES OF 2018 Fairfax students awarded scholarships

Cathedral Chapel School

2017 Academic Junior High Decathlon STATE CHAMPIONS

Congratulations to the 2018 Graduating Class from Cathedral Chapel School! Christina Arguello

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Camoren Bowen

Cathedral High School

Thomas Chang

Loyola High School

Malcolm Cleare

Loyola High School

Jalen Cofield

Loyola High School

Jalen Cox

Loyola High School

Hugo de Mendoza

Cathedral High School

Gabriel Fonseca

Cathedral High School

Kaitlyn Garcia

Bishop Conaty-Our Lady of Loretto

Isabella Juarez

St. Monica High School

April Kim

Notre Dame Academy

Joon Kim

Loyola High School

Ryan Landrum-Alvarez

Cathedral High School

Giselle Perez

Bishop Conaty-Our Lady of Loretto

Ryan Richtmyer-Han

Cathedral High School

Victor Rivera

Cathedral High School

Marvin Rosales

Cathedral High School

Gopesh Rudia

West Torrance High School

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Notre Dame High School

Joshua Sic

Cathedral High School

Lea Sung

Geffen Academy

Jeremiah Williams

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Annie Chantasirivisal, Astou Niane, Ho Jin Choi and Michelle Zvansky of Fairfax High School were awarded the 2018 Irene Epstein Memorial Scholarship in EPSTEIN AWARD winners, Michelle Zvansky, Annie ChantaMay. Each scholsirivisal, Astou Niane and Ho Jin Choi. arship is $2,500. Photo by Patricia Katzman Recipients must plan to study science, engineer- ety, and volunteers at a local library. ing, mathematics, nursing, or medi- Ho Jin Choi plans to attend UC Ircine in college. vine to study civil engineering. He is Annie Chantasirivisal is in the top in the top three percent of his class, two percent of her class with a GPA with a GPA above 4.0. Ho Jin is the above 4.1. Her Advanced Placement founder / president of the physics club, (AP) classes include calculus and sta- and active in clubs specializing in rotistics. Annie plans to study biology botics, coding, and chess. He is also a at UCLA. Her goal is to attend medi- member of the MENSA club. cal school and become an anesthesi- Michelle Zvansky plans to attend ologist. For the past two years, she has UCLA, majoring in life sciences. She been a volunteer for the Cedars-Sinai is in the top 2 percent of her class, Advanced Health Sciences program with a GPA of 4.0. Her goal is to be Astou Niane is in the top six per- come a healthcare provider. Michelle cent of her class with a GPA close to is founder / president of the math tu4.0. Her AP classes include computer toring club. She also plays piano and science, calculus, environmental sci- dances ballet. ence, biology, macro-economics, and Dr. Howard Katzman of The Aerostatistics. She plans to attend UC San space Corporation, and education of Diego to study science, specializing the Los Angeles Chapter of SAMPE in computer technology. She is in the announced the awards, which were school’s mathematical modeling club presented at a dinner at the Fortune and the National Junior Honor Soci- House on San Vicente Boulevard.

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GRADUATES OF 2018 To the CEE Class of 2018: Oh, the places you’ll go!

TURNING POINT “Lifers.” Top from left: Kennedy Simpson, Jonah Pirnazar, Jack Beiley, Mae Green, Aden Juda. Seated, from left: Samuel Levitt, Jake Newman.

‘Lifers’ graduate from Turning Point

Turning Point Lifers, the seven graduates who have been with the school since preschool, include Larchmont Chronicle student columnist Jack Beiley. “They are all graduating eighth graders who started with Turning Point in preschool. Kids can go to our preschool for up to three years, so some of them have been going to school

here for 11 years!” according to the Culver City-based school spokesperson Courtney Baker. Turning Point School is 48 — just two years shy of its 50th! Its middle school was added in 2001, and the first eighth-grade class graduated in 2002. “Since that year, we always have a handful of ‘lifers’ as we call them,” Baker added.

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Congratulations, Class of 2018 Loyola seniors will be attending the nation’s leading colleges and universities including: Arizona State University Baylor University Belmont University Bentley University Boston College California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo California State University, Long Beach California State University, Northridge California State University, San Marcos Chapman University Claremont McKenna College Colby College College of the Holy Cross Creighton University Dartmouth College Dominican University of California Duke University El Camino College Emory University Fordham University Georgetown University Gonzaga University

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Rhythmic gymnast makes the Junior Olympic Team By Sarah Ryan Fiona Kim, an incoming seventh grader at Harvard-Westlake School, will represent her region on the Level 8 Junior Olympic Team for rhythmic gymnastics at Nationals on Wed., July 4 in North Carolina. Fiona, a Hancock Park resident who graduates from St. James’s School this month, is also a student of the Los Angeles School of Gymnastics in Culver City and the Marat Daukayev School of Ballet. After winning bronze in the Region 1 Championships, Levels 7-10, in Orange in April, Fiona qualified for the team, representing California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah and New Mexico. Just weeks before, she had won the bronze medal for Level 8, competing against 38 other girls at the Southern California State Championships Levels 7-10 in San Diego. Fiona’s performance has allowed her to skip from Level 6 to 8 this year. According to her mother, Jennifer Kim, competing will only continue to get more difficult as Fiona ascends the levels. Level 10 is the highest, and only five-to-10 percent of the girls will achieve this level and be allowed to try out for the National Team, although that is Fiona’s goal. “It’s such a neat sport because there are not that many people who do it,”

FIONA KIM at the state championships in San Diego in April.

Photo by Eduard Acosta

Jennifer said. Fiona trains with Coach Diana Mkhitaryan, a professional rhythmic gymnast for 10 years who qualified for the U.S. National Team prior to coaching for the past eight years. Mkhitaryan’s students have competed in the World Cup championships, National Championships and Junior Olympics. Fiona’s training in the summer will include intensive programs at both the Los Angeles School of Gymnastics and Marat Daukayev, in addition to private lessons with Mkhitaryan.

Congratulations to the Class of 2018! Nina McNicholas Adams

Lux Lilianna Frisina

Sarah P. Lohmar

Emily Lauren Raich

Sara Rene Assadi

Isabel Joy Gilmour

Ella Louise Malvino

Carmina Anne Raquel

Raina Nicole Bates

Gabrielle Sarah Golenberg

Cameron Teréz March

Kendall Auxvasse Rideout

Catherine Sara Beddingfield

Sydney Corets Gough

Elissa Jordan Markowitz

Danielle Rachel Sarraf

Isabel Nicole Casipe Bellon

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Immaculate Heart students toast their alumna By Billy Taylor Students at Immaculate Heart celebrated last month the wedding of what is perhaps the school’s most famous alumna: Meghan Markle. The high school and middle school students gathered on the campus quad four days before the May 19 wedding to toast Markle, not only for her upcoming nuptials to Britain’s Prince Harry, but also for her dedication to service. Markle graduated from the all-girls school in 1999. “The idea that someone like her, who has had an upbringing so similar to ours, will now be able to voice her concerns on a global platform as an internationally recognized figure is a story that impacts

so many young women, especially the young women at our school,” student body president Mia Speier told the crowd. Together, the students raised glasses of lemonade. In addition to the toast, students celebrated the occasion by singing together the words of “Take on the World” by Sabrina Carpenter while dancing side-by-side. The celebrations continued in the early morning of May 19, when Immaculate Heart opened its auditorium at 3:30 a.m. for a live viewing party of the Royal wedding. More than 150 students and family members, as well as a handful of television news crews, arrived at the school in the early morning hours to stake out prime viewing spots. (Please turn to page 13)

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as a senior Kairos retreat leader.

WAVING American and British flags, students cheer for alumna Meghan Markle.

FESTIVE HATS were worn by some at the viewing party.

STUDENT FAMILIES gather to watch a live viewing of the Royal wedding.

Congratulations Class of 2018 Colleges and universities that the Class of 2018 graduates will be attending include:

Bennington College

Berklee College of Music Boston University

Brandeis University Brown University

Carnegie Mellon University Chapman University Colburn School Colby College

Colgate University Colorado College

Connecticut College Duke University Elon University

Grinnell College

Howard University

Stanford University

University of Michigan

John Cabot University

The New School

University of Richmond

Indiana University at Bloomington Lehigh University

Lewis & Clark College

Loyola Marymount University Michigan State University New York University

Northwestern University Oberlin College

Occidental College

Pasadena City College Santa Clara University

Sewanee: The University of the South Southern Methodist University

Syracuse University The University of Arizona Tulane University

United States Military Academy United States Naval Academy

University of California, Berkeley University of California, Davis

University of California, Los Angeles University of California, Riverside

University of California, Santa Cruz University of Colorado at Boulder

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign University of Miami

University of Oregon

University of San Diego

University of Southern California

University of Tennessee, Knoxville University of Utah

University of Wisconsin, Madison Vassar College

Washington University in St. Louis Weber State University Wesleyan University

Willamette University Williams College Yale University

Campbell Hall is a community of inquiry committed to academic excellence and to the nurturing of decent, loving and responsible human beings.

Episcopal, independent, coeducational college preparatory day school for grades kindergarten through 12 • • 4533 Laurel Canyon Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA 91607 • 818.980.7280

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Young Meghan stood out at Hollywood Schoolhouse

By Suzan Filipek Long before she married a prince, Meghan Markle graduated from Hollywood Schoolhouse as a fifth grader in 1993. Former principal Debbie Wehbe remembers her well. “She stands out,” said Wehbe. Markle began as a three-year-old in preschool at the 310-student Highland Ave. school. She was in the Brownie troop with Wehbe’s daughter, Laila. “I had a lot of interaction with her,” said Wehbe. “The thing that really distinguished Meghan was her ability to give of herself to others. She was always very poised.” Wehbe, whose mother founded the school, recalled that, as Markle got older, she would give up her free period to help preschool teachers with the younger children. At age 11, she was not only able to problem solve verbally, but she acted as a peer counselor. She had the ability to empathize and see other points of view. “She was highly evolved and mature. There are some students that stand out in your mind, and Meghan was one of those.” She recounted the often-told story of Meghan finding bias in a dishwashing liquid comercial. Watching the Procter & Gamble clip was part of an essay assignment. She “took it further and wrote to then-First Lady Hillary

Rooted in tradition. Inspired by innovation.

Congratulations to the Class of 2018

FORMER PRINCPAL Debbie Wehbe with Meghan Markle.

Clinton and Procter & Gamble about the sexist nature of the commercial, which she believed implied only women washed dishes. These are huge steps for an 11-year old,” said Wehbe.

Immaculate Heart

(Continued from page 12) Many students wore festive hats and fascinators for the occasion. When asked why she was watching the event, theology teacher Maria Pollia, who taught Markle, said: “At least this way, I have a sense that I can be with her and encourage her and pray for her in the wonderful step she is taking in her life. I am very happy for her — and for Prince Harry.”

This year’s 6th grade graduates have been accepted to: Archer School for Girls Brentwood School The Buckley School Brighton Hall School Campbell Hall School Geffen Academy at UCLA Harvard-Westlake School Marlborough School Milken Community School Oakwood School Sierra Canyon School Viewpoint School 13639 Victory Boulevard, Valley Glen, CA 91401 818.782.4001 •

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Members of the Westridge Class of 2018 will continue their educational pursuits at the following institutions:

American University (2) The American University of Paris The University of Arizona Bard College Baylor University Boston University (2) Brown University (3) Cal State Long Beach UC Berkeley (2) UC Davis (2) UC Los Angeles

UC San Diego UC Santa Cruz Carnegie Mellon University Centre College Chapman University University of Chicago Claremont McKenna College (2) Colorado College (2) Columbia University Duke University Emerson College

Florida State University Fordham University (3) Indiana University at Bloomington (3) Johns Hopkins University University of La Verne Lewis & Clark College Long Island University, Brooklyn Marist College University of Michigan (3) New York University (4) Northeastern University (4)

Ohio Wesleyan University Oregon State University University of Oregon Pitzer College Pratt Institute Reed College Rice University University of Richmond San Francisco State University Sarah Lawrence College The University of Scranton

Seattle University University of Southern California (5) Stanford University (2) University of Toronto Washington University in St. Louis Wellesley College Wesleyan University Whitman College Yale University


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GRADUATES OF 2018 Fusion Academy Miracle Mile Campus Los Angeles

5757 Wilshire Blvd. (323) 692- 0603

Congratulations to the

Fusion Academy Miracle Mile

Class of 2018 Good luck onward & upward! Charlie - Conor - Hailey - Kate Lily - Luca - Nicholas - Oszkar Sam - Uriel - Wyatt

2018 LOS ANGELES Police Department Cadets assist with handing out giveaways at Dodger Stadium during games.

LAPD Cadet program fosters community involvement Youth ages 13 to 20 who want to learn more about how they might serve their community can apply to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Cadet Program, Olympic Division, 1130 S. Vermont Ave. Participants learn LAPD policy and procedures and how officers and civilians work together in the community. They go on field trips and to special events, such as assisting with giveaways at Dodger Stadium during games. In addition, they learn life and leadership skills while working with police officers and other cadets. This program also counts toward community service hours for most schools. Applicants should strive to be posi-

tive role models and want to make a lasting commitment to their community. They need to have a minimum 2.0 grade point average, be able to follow directions and be motivated, dedicated and have a positive attitude. Applicants also need a copy of their most recent report card, their immunization record and their doctor’s physical form, stamped by the doctor’s office. Apply in person at the weekly post meeting, every Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information, contact Officer Escamilla or Officer Ahn at 213382-9130 or email or

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Ebell scholars are star-studded

By Suzan Filipek This year the Ebell Club of Los Angeles awarded scholarships to 43 students as part of its longtime commitment to education. Two of the awardees —William Brooks and Katherine (Kate) Budak — are among the star-studded lineup. “All our scholars are,” said Ebell Scholarship Committee Chair Judith Day. In May, Brooks completed his degree in vocal performance at Cal State Northridge. He is a piano and voice instructor and teaches classical, musical theater and pop styles.    This summer, he will be interning at  Wolf  Trap Foundation for Performing Arts outside Washington D.C. In the future, he plans to apply to graduate school and get his master’s degree in public policy, hoping to work in the nonprofit or government sector, with an emphasis on the arts.     Budak is a Los Angeles-based illustrator and recent grad from ArtCenter College of Design, where she studied character design and visual development for animation. “I’m currently interning at FriendsWithYou, an art collaborative known for its large-scale installation art and animated Netflix children’s show,” she said. Her goal is to become a character designer and, “hopefully one day, a show creator for Cartoon Network.”  The scholars are chosen from a pool of applicants and William Brooks are awarded $5,000 a year for a maximum of three years. They must be residents of Los Angeles County. Ebell members started the scholarship fund in 1919 with $100. Education was core to the founders’ mission, and matching fund drives inspired members to reach deep into their pockets.  Today the Ebell Scholarship Committee oversees a multimillion-dollar fund. Chairperson Day joined the Ebell in 2012 after attending an open house at the women’s club. She was drawn to the architecture of the historic building, at 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., and she was impressed with what she found there. “The dues are affordable. You don’t Katherine Budak have to be wealthy to be a member,” she said. (Please turn to page 16)

Class of 2018

Secondary School Acceptances We are proud to share the success of our eighth grade students as they continue their journey in high school.

Congratulations to our Class of 2018 who received acceptances to the following schools:

Archer School for Girls Areté Preparatory Academy Brentwood School Buckley School Campbell Hall Crespi Carmelite High School Crossroads School Geffen Academy at UCLA Harvard-Westlake School Immaculate Heart High School Loyola High School Marymount High School Milken Community School

8509 Higuera Street, Culver City CA. 90232

New Roads School Notre Dame High School Oakwood School Pacifica Christian High School Polytechnic School Sierra Canyon School Tree Academy Viewpoint School Vistamar School Westridge School Wildwood School Windward School




Congratulates Our Charter Class of 2018 From Strength to Strength Our Grade 6 graduates were accepted into these outstanding schools: Archer School for Girls • The Buckley School • Campbell Hall School • Chadwick School • The Episcopal School of Los Angeles • Marlborough School • Milken Community School • Oakwood School • Pilgrim School • Rolling Hills Preparatory School • Westridge School for Girls

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SCHOOL’S first graduating class.

CAMPUS is on the grounds of Wilshire Boulevard Temple.

Brawerman Elementary School East celebrates first graduation By Sarah Ryan Brawerman Elementary School East will celebrate the milestone of its first graduating sixth-grade class in mid-June. The mission of the school, located in the historic grounds of the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, is to “prepare students to participate successfully in an ever-changing global society as responsible citizens, shaped by their cherished Jewish identity and traditions.” The graduation ceremony will take place in the temple’s newly restored sanctuary, incorporating writing and music pieces that encompass the character of the class and

community. (See story on page 9, Sec. 2 about a June 24 public tour of the temple.) The 10 students of the graduating class will go on to top secondary schools in the Los Angeles area, having been accepted to Marlborough, Oakwood and Campbell Hall, among others. The 98-pupil school first opened in 2011 at the temple’s Erika J. Glazer Family Campus in the block surrounded by Sixth St. and Harvard, Wilshire and Hobart boulevards. Since then, the campus has undergone renovations, which were completed in 2015. New classrooms, a science lab and a music room are just some of

the new additions. Head of School Brandon Cohen reflected on how far the school has come, from having only 25 students when he took on his role, to now celebrating the school’s first graduates. “We are so proud of these students. They are exceptional. They are kind. They are bright. They represent everything we were hoping for,” Cohen said. Principal Gillian Feldman gave credit to the parents of the charter class for their pioneering vision. “These are families that came in here, heard people talk about what this place is

going to be and were visionary and bought into it and understood the greatness that was about to happen here,” Feld-

man said. Sarah Ryan is an incoming sophomore at Brown University.


away, as the funds are not enough to match the need, but Day encourages applicants to try again. Some are selected after a few tries. Besides already being a freshman in college, applicants must have a 3.25 grade point average or higher, perform community service and need financial assistance. New and continuing scholars are invited to the annual awards night, which this year will be Sept. 13 at the Wilshire Ebell Theate.

(Continued from page 15) Day worked many years

in the Los Angeles Unified School District, and, with her background in education, she gravitated to the Scholarship Committee. The volunteer work is not easy, but it “is very rewarding,” she said. This month the committee is completing interviews with a new group of applicants. Each year some are turned

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MARLBOROUGH CLASS of 2018 poses with “Edna” glasses.

Graduates, Class of 2018 Cover and back page photos in this special section show graduating classes of 2018 as well as a few from 2017. Among this year’s crop are Marlborough School graduates, top, donning “Edna” glasses, after a character from Pixar’s “The Incredibles.” Edna Marie “E” Mode makes “super suits” for superheroes, applying her own genius and super powers to create flexible suits to accommodate “supers” for every eventuality. See more graduates on page 18.

IMMACULATE HEART will return to the Hollywood Bowl this year.

Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles We proudly present our students’ university acceptances for the Class of 2018. Congratulations Seniors!

American University American University of Paris (FR) Amherst College Arizona State University Bocconi University (IT) Boston College Boston University Bucknell University California College of the Arts California Polytechnic State University SLO California State University, Northridge Chapman University Colgate University Colorado College Concordia University (CAN) Cornell University DePaul University Duke University Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (SUI) EDHEC International BBA (FR) Emerson College ESMOD (FR) Fordham University Georgetown University

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Georgia Institute of Technology Hult International Business School (scholarships) IE University (SP) Instituto Marangoni (EUR) International Fashion Academy (FR) Johns Hopkins University Kenyon College Loyola Marymount University (scholarships) McGill University (CAN) (scholarships) Middlebury College New York University Northeastern University Northern Arizona University Oregon State University Otis College of Art and Design (scholarship) Parsons School of Design Parsons Paris Pennsylvania State University Pepperdine University Rice University San Francisco State University

Santa Clara University Savannah College of Art and Design School of Visual Arts Southern Methodist University Stevens Institute of Technology Syracuse University The George Washington University The King’s College (NY) (scholarship) The New School University of Arizona UC Berkeley & Sciences Po Dual BA program University of California, Berkeley University of California, Davis University of California, Irvine University of California, Los Angeles (scholarships) University of California, Merced University of California, Riverside University of California, San Diego

University of California, Santa Barbara University of California, Santa Cruz University of the Pacific (scholarship) University of Rochester University of San Diego University of Southern California (scholarships) University of St. Andrew’s (UK) University of Aberdeen (UK) Université de Montréal (CAN) Université du Québec à Montréal (CAN) University of Massachusetts, Amherst University of Rochester University of Toronto (CAN) University of Wisconsin-Madison, Upper Iowa University (scholarship) Vanderbilt University Washington University in St. Louis Wesleyan University Whittier College Williams College

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PILGRIM STUDENTS jump with glee.

2018 graduates

A CAP SAYS IT ALL for New Roads grads.

Dear Class of 2018, We are so proud of you for your acceptances into such a diverse and impressive range of colleges and universities. We wish you the best on the road ahead! Love, Your New Roads Family New Roads School is a K-12 independent school in Santa Monica. New Roads provides an inspired program from which an authentically diverse student population, mirroring the rich diversity of Los Angeles, develops a personal dedication to learning, a respect for independent thinking, and an expanding curiosity about the world and its people.

American University* Art Center College of Design* Bard College* Baruch College of the CUNY Beloit College Bennington College* Berklee College of Music Boston University* Bowling Green State University* Brooklyn College of the CUNY California Institute of the Arts* California Lutheran University* California Polytechnic State University: San Luis Obispo*, Pomona California State University: Channel Islands, Dominguez Hills, East Bay, Fullerton, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Monterey Bay, Northridge, Sacramento, San Marcos Carnegie Mellon University* Chapman University* Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science* Clark University* Colorado School of Mines* Colorado State University Columbia College Chicago (School of Fine & Performing Arts) Connecticut College Cornell University* Cornish College of the Arts Delaware Valley University DePaul University Drexel University Elon University Emerson College* Fordham University Georgetown University* Georgia Institute of Technology Gettysburg College Goucher College* Grambling State University Hampshire College* Harvey Mudd College Humboldt State University Indiana University at Bloomington * Schools selected by New Roads graduates

MARYMOUNT GRADS donned their nextyear college sweatshirts.

Johns Hopkins University Kenyon College Knox College* La Salle University Lehigh University Lewis & Clark College* Loyola Marymount University* Maryland Institute College of Art Marymount Manhattan College Massachusetts Institute of Technology* Merrimack College Middlebury College* Mills College* New York University* Northeastern University* Oberlin College of Arts and Sciences* Occidental College Ohio Wesleyan University Pace University, New York City Pacific Northwest College of Art Pepperdine University Pitzer College Pratt Institute* Reed College Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Rochester Institute of Technology Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Saint Mary’s College of California San Diego State University* San Francisco Art Institute* San Francisco State University San Jose State University Santa Clara University Santa Monica College* Sarah Lawrence College* Savannah College of Art and Design-Atlanta School of the Art Institute of Chicago* School of Visual Arts Seattle University Skidmore College Smith College* Sonoma State University Southern Methodist University* Stevens Institute of Technology Syracuse University

Texas Christian University Texas Southern University The George Washington University The Glasgow School of Art The New School* The Ohio State University The University of Arizona The University of Montana, Western Tufts University Tulane University* Tuskegee University University of California: Berkeley*, Davis, Irvine*, Los Angeles*, Merced, Riverside, San Diego, Santa Barbara*, Santa Cruz* University of Chicago* University of Colorado at Boulder* University of Denver University of Illinois at Chicago University of Massachusetts, Amherst University of Michigan University of Notre Dame University of Oregon* University of Pennsylvania* University of Puget Sound* University of Redlands* University of Rochester* University of San Francisco University of Southern California* University of the Pacific University of Toronto University of Utah University of Washington University of Wisconsin, Madison* Vassar College Washington State University Wellesley College Wells College Wesleyan University Whitman College Whittier College* Willamette University Wittenberg University Worcester Polytechnic Institute Xavier University of Louisiana

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Wilshire Library plants garden, with help from friends and graduate

The Wilshire Branch library got a great start on its spring gardening last month, thanks to a $1,000 donation from the Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society and the pitching in of several members of Friends of the Wilshire Library (FOWL), as well as many others. Potted plants and outdoor furniture were added to the patio, to make it more inviting. Mulch from Griffith Park (35 bags!) was roto-tilled into the soil, replacing some of the depleted dirt. Ruth Silveira, president SAVANNAH SMIT, Michelle Leon and Deborah Spector helped roto-till and move soil at of FOWL, noted the heft Wilshire Library garden. Above right: Graduate Eric Montelongo. of the soil and rocks that Clerk” Eric Montelongo. needed to be removed. Congratulations, Eric! “What a lot of lifting and carrying went on that day and the day before! The week after the garden was put There is no easy way to get to that in, Eric attended his senior prom. back patio, you may have noticed. So He is graduating from Fairfax High many thanks to the strong arms and School this year. He plans to attend backs that did the heavy lifting,” said Cal State Northridge and study political science and economics. Silveira. Volunteers included Stephen Rob- Eric began working at the library ertson, Savannah Smit, Deborah last summer as a youth worker in the Spector, Victor Pawelvik, and Rodd Mayoral Initiative for young people Amos from the garden committee; J. from ages 16 to 24 to gain experience COOKIE AND COMICS Book Club Blakemore, leader of the Cookies and working in different city departments. leader and administrative clerk, J. Comics club; FOWL treasurer Deb- After Eric reached his maximum Blakemore, roto-tills the garden, getting VOLUNTEER Victor Pawelzik gathers bie Willis and “As Needed Messenger number of hours, he was hired. it ready for placing mulch. mulch at Griffith Park.

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