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Canopy of trees threatened by sidewalk repair

Hancock Park: small-lot homes ready for sale 'Provide density'

PETS of Larchmont. 20

LENIN on the move. 5

DODGERS team up with area libraries. 22

By Billy Taylor Hancock Park’s newest residential development, featuring seven three-story single family homes, is set to hit the market later this month. To get a sneak peek, the Chronicle met with developer Guy Penini and real estate broker Diana Knox for a pre-release tour. Located at 4701 Wilshire Blvd., The Sevens is a collection of small-lot homes that include three and four bedroom floor plans offering as much as 2,429 square feet of living space in some units. “It’s been a labor of love,” says Penini, principal at BLDG Partners, the owners and developers of the property. According to Penini, the previously undeveloped lot was owned by the Polish government, which ran an auction process to unload the land. See The Sevens, Sec. 2, p 5

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SISTER ALICE MARIE QUINN, "our fearless leader, inspiring us for 40 years," said Sr. Jo-Anne Laviolette, chair of Meals on Wheels.

Sister Alice Marie, 82, dies; Twerdahl named director 'Sister Sam' passed away June 23 Word of the death of Sister Alice Marie Quinn, founder 40 years ago and executive director until this week of St. Vincent Meals on Wheels, came just as the Chronicle went to press. Her health had been in decline, and she died of natural causes. Mass and burial were on June 28. The day before Sister Alice Marie died, Daryl Twerdahl was

appointed interim executive director. The Hancock Park resident will continue to maintain her role in development while she assumes her new responsibilities for the Daughters of Charity mission. She follows in the footsteps of Sister Alice Marie, who “has been our fearless leader, inspiring us See Sister Sam, p 27

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Metro announced last month that its construction had finished a full five weekends early in the decking of Wilshire Blvd. in connection with building the new Fairfax Ave. Purple Line subway station. Weekend street closures at the busy intersection began in February and were to take place over 18 weekends for the construction of the Westside extension of the subway from Union Station. Contractor Skanska-TraylorShea (STS) said it was able to expedite work by implementing strategies such as early lane reductions on Fridays, plus close coordination with See Metro, p 24

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July 2017

MANY LOCALS attended the Children’s Chain benefit luncheon to support Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. At one of 20 pretty tables, from the left: Allison Hawley Simmons, Adriana Schmidt, Barbara Hawley, Elizabeth Fain LaBombard, Jennifer Fain, Meg Fain Jenkins, Katie Lowry Chang, Julia Stuart, Maureen Hawley, See Children's Chain, p 7 Erin Hawley Przybocki.

By Billy Taylor As the City of Los Angeles continues to roll out a longrange plan to fix the city’s buckling sidewalks, Windsor Village resident Julie Stromberg asks: Who’s looking out for the trees? At the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council’s (GWNC) June 19 Transportation Committee meeting, Stromberg, committee chair, invited Gayle Greenberg, representing the Bureau of Engineering, to discuss the environmental impacts of the “Safe Sidewalks LA” program. Approved by the City CounSee Trees, p 7

How a law is reshaping Larchmont Thank SB 1818 By Billy Taylor A group of Larchmont Village residents continues to campaign against a new 52unit mixed-use development planned for the corner of Beachwood Dr. and Melrose Ave. that is working its way through the planning process. At the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council (GWNC) board meeting last month, Tracey Clarke, organizer of the opposition campaign, asked board members to reconsider its previous vote to support the project: “I will be back next month See SB 1818, p 4

Festivities on 4th to spark summer fun Annual event at Grand Park Some locals will turn their gazes upwards, high above the Wilshire Country Club, as darkness falls to celebrate American independence. Others will head to the fifth annual Grand Park and Music Center 4th of July block party, 200 N. Grand Ave. Highlights at Grand Park, from 2 to 9:30 p.m., include a kids play area, live music, more than 45 food trucks and a fireworks show shot from the roof of the Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Metro recommends taking the Red / Purple line from this part of town to the free event. For more information, go to FIREWORKS will be seen at Grand Park. ~ Entire Issue Online!



Community Comment By John Welborne More Billboard Blight? We love Mickey Mouse. However, we won’t like seeing Mickey on bright digital billboards at nighttime, when the glow of the changing colored lights will impact our homes. Nor will we like seeing Mickey and other advertisers distract drivers, day and night, with flashing ads that change every eight seconds. Previous complaints of neighbors throughout Los Angeles got all of the digital billboards in the city (outside of designated “sign districts”) shut down some years ago. Now, however, as reported in the story accompanying Mickey’s image on the digital billboard at right, billboard lobbyists are working on select members of the Los Angeles City Council, inveigling them into liberalizing our city’s sign restrictions. To follow the lead of the PLUM committee members absolutely will increase billboard blight in Los Angeles. There is a reason you do not see billboards in Beverly Hills and many other cities. Billboards of all types, not just the super-lucrative digital billboards, need to remain highly restricted in most parts of Los Angeles. The Planning Commission approach is preferable to the billboard industry’s plan being pushed by the PLUM committee. Let’s hope that a majority of the City Council, and especially the mayor, will join city planners — not visual polluters — to protect the quality of life in Los Angeles by maximally restricting billboards.

Landscape, Hardscape, Xeriscape and Our HPOZ Many Hancock Park residents are considering shrinking their lawns and re-landscaping with drought tolerant plants. The question then becomes: what goes between the plants? How many plants should there be? What kind? Cactus, succulents, ground cover, and what about the parkway? The Hancock Park Preservation Plan and HPOZ do not regulate landscaping with the exception of the parkway and any significant plantings that were explicitly called out in the historic survey done as part of the founding of our HPOZ. However, hardscape is governed by our Preservation Plan and the HPOZ Board rarely approves new hardscape. This is relevant to any landscaping plans that include gravel or rock because the city defines gravel and rock as hardscape that cannot be installed without HPOZ approval. Non-plant organic materials such as bark or mulch are acceptable but the proportion of planting material to non-planting material should be 60% plant material to 40% non-plant material. That means the groundcover, cacti, succulents and other plants must constitute 60% of the new landscape with bark or mulch covering no more than 40% of the space. For parkways, the City’s Department of Public Works has jurisdiction. Public Works regulations require that the majority of the parkway space have plantings which are walkable. So, if you plan to change your landscape please contact our City Planner, Kimberly Henry ( to make sure your plans comply with our Preservation Plan and to find out if there are any problems with what you want to plant in the parkways. The HPOZ Preservation Plan, which regulates our HPOZ, can be found at hpoz/la/hancock-park. There is also an online form you can fill out to help speed up the process: http://preservation.lacity. org/hpoz/initial.screening.checklist Unfortunately, crime continues to be a problem, so be sure to lock your car, secure your house and, if you are the unfortunate victim of a crime, file a police report by contacting Officer Dave Cordova. Call his cell phone, 213-793-0650 or send him an email,, with all the information, including your name and telephone number. Report graffiti sightings by calling 311 or at the City’s AntiGraffiti Request System: and by calling Hollywood Beautification, 323-463-5180. Adv.

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Calendar Tues., July 4 — Independence Day. Wed., July 12 — Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council board meeting, Ebell Club, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., 7 p.m. Tues., July 18 — Taste of Farmers Market, 6333 W. Third St., 5 to 9 p.m. Sat., July 22 — LVNA block party, on Bronson Ave., between Clinton St. and Rosewood Ave., noon to 5 p.m. Tues., Aug. 1 — National Night Out. Thurs., Aug. 3 — Delivery of the August issue of the Larchmont Chronicle. Thurs., Aug. 17 — Community coffee and hike with

That's the question inquiring photographer Nina Adams asked locals along Larchmont Blvd.

Sen. Ben Allen and Councilman David Ryu. Mon., Aug. 28 — Taste of Larchmont fundraiser for Hope-Net, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.,

Will digital billboards be blinking in our future? Elected officials on a city committee have generated controversy by loosening a proposed Citywide Sign Ordinance to permit digital billboards both within sign districts and outside of them. According to the Coalition to Ban Billboard Blight, if the committee members' proposed changes are approved by the full City Council, billboards would be permitted in “commercial” zones, which include most major Los Angeles streets and intersections, and digital billboards, therefore, would be “flashing messages in our faces

BILLBOARDS everywhere? Photo by Eric Beteille

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every eight seconds.” In May, the city Council Planning and Land Use Management Committee (PLUM) instructed the City Attorney to draft a new ordinance that would nix ones from 2009 and 2015 and liberalize the draft replacement ordinance already prepared by City Planning Dept. staff. Previously, the Planning Commission had approved controls that banned new billboards in 90 percent of the city. PLUM now favors allowing companies to install new billboards throughout the city, except residential neighborhoods, pending Council review. The signs bring in revenue, proponents argue. Critics say elected officials gain with campaign donations. According to CityWatchLA, the further revised draft ordinance will be unveiled in midJuly. Councilmember David Ryu believes the most important issue always has been the prohibition of billboards outside of sign districts. “He is not supportive of billboards outside of sign districts. He also opposes amnesty or grandfathering of any illegal signs that are without permits (Please turn to page 26)

"I worked on American Horror Story with Lady Gaga and she really liked Sparky so I think he would be Lady Gaga." Chris Schaffer with Sparky Windsor Square

"He would be Brad Pitt because he is so handsome." Astrik Ousepian with Jolie, Bonne Chance on Larchmont

"Her personality is that of Tina Fey." Joe McGannon with Willow Kenmore Avenue

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In last month’s article on Vincent Hair Artistry, formerly Haas & Co Hair Design, the address was incorrectly listed as 135 N. Larchmont Blvd. It is 136 N. Larchmont Blvd. Also, the former owner is Michael Snyder, not Larry Snyder as was written.

"I think she would be the queen since she's so prim and proper." Jen Femmat with Dixie Windsor Square

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Trunk show for a cause June 29; new toy store

By Nina Adams Simone Adams, Hancock Park resident and founder and owner of jewelry company Asbury Adams, is hosting a trunk show Thurs., June 29 with 25 percent of the proceeds going towards charity. The event, cohosted by and held at Diptyque Paris, 202 N. Larchmont Blvd., will raise funds for Alex’s Lemonade, with kids selling lemonade outside of the store to raise additional funds. Adams said she wanted to find a way to involve neighborhood parents and children in a charity event, and she concluded that Alex’s Lemonade was the perfect idea. “It just seemed like such a good cause, and I liked the fact that we could bring some neighborhood kids in and start them in the process of giving back,” Adams said.

The goal of the fundraiser is to raise $2,000 for Alex’s Lemonade, which will fund two weeks of cancer research. To donate visit alexslemonade. org/mypage/1333240 or visit Third toy shop Good news for kids and those who love fun and adventures: Landis’ Labyrinth opened a third toy store, Landis’ Labyrinth Explorers, 142 N. Larchmont Blvd. The new store is between the other two toy stores, Landis’ Labyrinth Early Years and Landis’ Labyrinth Classic Toy Shop. The new shop features outdoor toys, furniture, pool toys, kites and everything you can imagine for active play and adventurous souls and minds.   “Outdoor adventures are important bonding opportunities because families that play together develop long-



lasting, supportive and strong relationships,” says Devoney Wolfus, owner of the three toy stores. “We believe that active play lays the foundation for a lifetime of healthy habits.” Pop-ups in a pop-up Pop-up Alegria Bazaar is the Village’s newest shop at 218 ½ N. Larchmont Blvd. Residents may recognize owner Paula Carlotto, who has been selling her hand-made jewelry and candles at the Larchmont Farmer's Market for over a (Please turn to page 5)

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(Continued from page 1) to formally ask for the repeal of your support for this project until these issues are addressed,” said the Plymouth Blvd. resident. According to Clarke, issues such as parking availability and noise from a pool and rooftop deck have not been adequately resolved, and the apartment building’s proposed height of 56 feet (five stories) is unacceptable to neighboring residents. Alison Kelly, a Lucerne Blvd. resident, told board members that she understands “development is going to happen,” but that she doesn’t want the building to be five stories high: “Paramount is limited to 45 feet [generally three stories], so I don’t think it’s right for this development to go higher than that.” With the proposed Beachwood/Melrose apartment building’s height at the crux of the controversy, it raises the question: why are developers allowed

RESIDENT Tracey Clarke asks the GWNC to withdraw support from a proposed five-story building on Melrose Ave., bordering Larchmont Village.

to build five story projects next to single-family neighborhoods? The answer is a statewide density bonus law, Senate Bill 1818, that took power away from local planning authorities in an attempt to create more affordable housing. SB 1818 Adopted in 2004, SB 1818 amended the state’s previous

density bonus law to make the statute even more favorable to builders. Specifically, it significantly reduced the number of affordable units that a developer needs to provide to receive a density bonus. The bill was authored and introduced by former ultraconservative lawmaker, Dennis Hollingsworth, from the small city of Murrieta in western Riverside County. He represented California’s 36th state senate district from 2002 to 2010. (You might recognize the name: Hollingsworth was the proponent for the Prop. 8 ban on same-sex marriage.) Critics of SB 1818 say that it’s an ill-conceived, one-sizefits-all approach that overlays density across entire cities without regard for the character of neighborhoods or the sufficiency of infrastructure. Former Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky recognized these issues when he predicted in 2007 that the density bonus would “take a wrecking ball to some of the most beautiful, quaint neighborhoods in Los Angeles.” All politics is local In short, SB 1818 is the reason that a new mixed-use building adjoining Larchmont Village can be five stories high. While residents like Clarke and Kelly are frustrated that the Planning Department would approve such height, the truth is, a blunt state law ties the city’s hands. Within the City Planning Department’s recommendation report for the project, planners note that the property is permitted “by-right” to construct a maximum of 39 residential units. However, because the project’s developers restricted 11% (four units) of the permitted 39 units for very low-income households, “the project qualifies for a density bonus increase of 35%.” Essentially, that means that by offering four units at a reduced price, the project can legally add 14 additional units while also increasing the building’s height without any consideration to Larchmont’s historic neighborhood. You can thank former Sen. Hollingsworth, the State Legislature and the Governor for that.

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decade. The pop-up is slated to run through August and will include accessories she's found around the world. Popups within her pop-up are slated for each week starting June 23 with Brookside designer Samantha Robinson of “raw earth wild sky” clothing line, designed and made in Los Angeles with organic fabrics mostly sourced in the U.S.

LENIN’S FUTURE was in doubt as the Chronicle went to press.

transportation companies require several weeks notice, and dealers, collectors and heads of institutions are hard to reach as most have been at the international Art Basel gathering in Switzerland, he explained. “I am trying to help the artists find a temporary home for the

work until they manage to find a buyer… I didn’t want to see it fall in the hands of the landlord and be auctioned off,” he explained. The bust of the Russian dictator’s head is made of fragmented pieces, a nod to his broken legacy. A tiny figure sits on his head, in a balancing act, in the sculpture’s apt and official title, “Miss Mao Trying to Poise Herself at the Top of Lenin’s Head.” “This sculpture has been considered one of L.A.’s most important cultural icons since it was exhibited in front of Ace Museum in 2011,” the brothers wrote on Facebook. “There are people taking pictures with it every day… We don’t like to think Los Angeles is the city which kills the donkey after it has done its job at the mill.” Shipping costs back to Asia would be prohibitive which is another reason why the brothers aim to find a local venue for the sculpture. Their contact is via Hua Gallery in London.

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By Suzan Filipek The future of the towering chrome sculpture of Lenin’s head at 400 S. La Brea Ave. is in limbo, as Ace Museum, which has been renting space in the building that the bust fronts, has been evicted. The museum actually never did open but served as a storage facility and, at the corner of 4th and La Brea, was where the 20-foot-tall statue of the former Socialist revolutionary, Vladimir Lenin, stood for many years. Created in 2008 by Chinese artists and brothers Gao Zhen and Gao Qiang, a flurry of activity erupted after they posted on Facebook June 11 that the La Brea building’s owner told them to move the piece in 10 days. “It is impossible to send the sculpture back to Beijing,” they wrote on Facebook, “because of the censorship of China customs. We need more time to arrange the next exhibition grounds for it. We need more time to move the sculpture.” Attorney Stephen Goldberg, who represents the Gao brothers, said he is working with them and the landlord, “who wants to remodel” the buildling, a former General Motors car dealership. The artists are “actively working” to find Lenin a home, hopefully in Southern California, Goldberg said. According to the trustee for Ace Gallery, at 5514 Wilshire Blvd., a separate corporate entity from Ace Museum, “the (400 S. La Brea) building owner leased the property to a nonprofit run by Douglas Chrismas, called Ace Museum. “That entity (Ace Museum) has been evicted, for nonpayment of rent, and the building owner is in the process of implementing its own plans for the building, the specifics of which we have not learned.” The trustee, Carolyn Dye, acting for Ace Gallery plan agent Sam Leslie, the debtor in post-bankruptcy proceedings, said moving the sculpture is a large project involving deconstructing the work and moving it out with a crane. Drew Hammond, consulting exhibitions director for Ace Gallery, said he has been trying to find a home for the statue on a pro bono basis to no avail. Art


Belmont Village Hollywood Celebrates 15 Years By Nina Adams Residents of Belmont Village in Hollywood congregated June 9 on the patio of the retirement community to celebrate its 15th anniversary with live jazz, dancing, and celebrity appearances from Ms. North Hollywood and Marilyn Monroe and Lucille Ball impersonators. The celebration coincides with the completion of a remodel of the retirement home, which includes a billiards room, bistro, and movie theater. Belmont Village resident Anna Libertino said that, of all the new ameni-

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ties, she was most excited for the opening of the movie theater. “I’m looking forward to using the theater. I want to see good movies, not BELMONT CEO Patricia Will (left) and Belmont exa certificate junk mov- ecutive Patricia Murphy (right) receive commemorating the facility’s 15th anniversary from ies. I want Ben Pak on behalf of Sen. Kevin Leon. to watch a movie about something we   Founder and CEO of Belcan learn from,” Libertino mont Village, Patricia Will, said. spoke to residents on the patio expressing her gratitude, and she later commented on Belmont Villages’s “renowned” memory care programs, which include creating social circles for the residents, and which will grow as a result of the renovation.   “Part of the renovation was to secure our capacity for good memory care which, in this part of L.A., was sorely needed. Residents needed to have that security and we now have the capacity to take more people from the community at large,” she said.   Will also said that the renovations of the site at 2051 N. Highland Avenue will contribute to the comfort of the residents.   “When our residents make the decision to move here, they are coming home,” Will explained. For more information about Belmont Villages Senior Living, see

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Children’s Chain luncheon helped hospital

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(Continued from page 1) cil in 2016, Safe Sidewalks LA is a $1.4 billion comprehensive 30-year sidewalk repair program. “My concern is that approximately 104 trees have been removed for the program without the environmental impact of said removals having been assessed,” said Stromberg, noting that it is of particular concern given that the City of Los Angeles does not have a canopy objective. “Can you explain the program’s environmental process?” Stromberg asked Greenberg. “I would have to get you more information other than to tell you there is an environmental review process that is going on. I don’t have the details; it’s not something I’m well versed in,” replied Greenberg. “You’re not doing outreach on the environmental impact report [EIR]?” Stromberg asked. “No,” said Greenberg. According to Stromberg, the Bureau of Engineering is only now beginning the process for its environmental review of the program and does not anticipate finalizing the EIR until winter 2018. By that time, hundreds if not thousands of trees will have been removed for the program without the City fully understanding the environmental repercussions. “By just repairing sidewalks and removing trees without

analyzing the bigger picture of how the program would impact other environmental issues, the City is operating within a silo not conducive to creating a better and healthier Los Angeles,” said Stromberg. Tagged for removal Following the meeting, the Chronicle contacted Stromberg to find out how specifically the program is impacting the Greater Wilshire community. “For example, approximately 11 trees are tagged to be removed for the program on the 700 and 800 blocks of S. Lucerne Blvd. in Windsor Village, and six trees are tagged to be removed on one block of Beverly Blvd. in Windsor Square.” Stromberg says numerous tree removals could have a profound effect on the community both aesthetically and environmentally. “I support the program and want to see our sidewalks repaired so that all Angelenos can use them safely, but I do think that a pause is warranted in order to assess how we can move forward with the program in a more environmentally conscious and prudent manner,” said Stromberg. “To that end, I believe that no trees should be removed until the completion of the EIR.” The Bureau of Engineering and the Urban Forestry Division are parts of the Public Works Department, of which Kevin James is president.

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A group of 10 members of the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles support group, Children’s Chain (“a chain is as strong as its weakest link”) organized a luncheon and fashion show to benefit the hospital at the end of May. The 59-year-old group’s event featured a talk by interior (and fashion) designer Mark D. Sikes. A large contingent of women from Greater Wilshire neighborhoods — from Park La Brea to Windsor Square — was on hand for the event, which took over the entirety of the large restaurant, Fig & Olive, on Melrose Place in West Hollywood. There still was room for Sikes to sign his new book, “Beautiful, All American Decorating and Style,” and there was room in the aisles for models to circulate during lunch to preview Sike’s spring collection for his MDS Stripes line with its hallmark blue and white stripes on fine cotton fabrics made in California. Hostesses for the event, which raised additional funds for Children’s Hospital, were Children’s Chain members Lauren English, Meg Jenkins, Carlotta Keely, Elizabeth LaBombard, Anne Ziegler Manson, Kelly Meyer, Ellie Richardson, Lauren Scott, Kelley Terrazas, and Liz Young, almost half of whom either grew up and/or now live in the numerous Chronicle neighborhoods.


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Locals spotted at OSB luncheon, Discovery, Beastly balls Some 280 friends and supporters gathered at the Four Seasons Hotel, Beverly Hills, May 13 to celebrate the key program of the Anne Banning Auxiliary: Operation School Bell (OSB). This annual luncheon raises the funds that provide resources to the city’s most vulnerable children. The champagne reception was followed by a welcome from the event’s MC, Emmy-nominated, on-air host for CBS LOCAL, KCAL 9’s Erica Olsen. “The Assistance League’s caring volunteers are passionate about their work and the difference it makes in the lives of so many children. When I covered a day where they clothed 270 children, I was reminded of the words of Mark Twain: ‘Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see’,” said Olsen. Ms. Olsen then introduced KTLA 5’s Liberté Chan who presented the Runway Show featuring fashions by designer L.K. Bennett. “August LA is so proud to have given over 3,000 backpacks, as we match every handbag we sell with these donations,” said this year’s School Bell honoree, August LA owner, Jenna Jackson, attending with her husband Charles. Other honorees were devoted League member

Carolyn Lokey and the LAUSD Trucking Operations. Excitement peaked when Silvia Marjoram, with the help of her son Matteo, announced that the Needlework Guild, Hancock Park, donated $15,000 and our own Shelagh Callahan and Kiel FitzGerald asked the audience to match the amount. Ms. Marjoram’s rous-

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Patty Hill ing appeal got the job done. The day raised over $150,000. There to enjoy lemon and oregano jidori chicken and support OSB’s great mission were Anne Banning Auxiliary Chair Flo Fowkes, Ernie Marjoram with his mother Marjorie, League President Lisa Wierwille, Karla Ahmanson, Sue Cunningham, Shar Penfold, Diane Hilty, Cathryne Macievic, H.J. Paik, Lynn Leipzig, Barbara Hardesty, Stephanie Sourapas, Olivia Kazanjian, Elva Bilgore, Carlotta Keely, Suzanne Branchflower, Connie McCreight and Edie Frere. • • •

The California Science Center Foundation’s 19th annual Discovery Ball featured the west coast premiere of Gunther von Hagen’s BODY WORLDS: Pulse. About 800 guests attended the gala May 19. They were served cocktails and hors d’oeuvre as they participated with young students in science activities in the Center’s Wallis Annenberg Hall. They then strolled through Exposition Park’s Rose Garden while watching a performance by the Debbie Allen Dance Academy and arrived at the Samuel Oschin Pavilion where they were seated for a lavish dinner under the Endeavour Space Shuttle. Dancing, dessert, afterdinner drinks and the best of the evening, a private exhibit preview of BODY WORLDS: Pulse, concluded this not-tobe missed event. Present among NASA astronauts, political leaders and generous supporters were Margo and Michael O’Connell, Delores and Ben-Oliver Kerr with son Mark Kerr, daughter Karen James and granddaughter Jade James, Lisa and Robert Margolis, Lisa and Steve Hansen, event Co-Chairs Michael Rouse and John F. Vein, Los Angeles Council(Please turn to page 26)

ASSISTANCE LEAGUE President Lisa Wierwille, Honoree Carolyn Lokey, Anne Banning Chair Flo Fowkes at “A Spring Affaire.” Photo: Martin Cohen

RAISING FUNDS at Spring Affair, Silvia Marjoram and son Matteo. Photo: Martin Cohen

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AT SPRING AFFAIR: Charles Jackson, Jenna Jackson, Erica Olsen. Photo: Martin Cohen

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Burglaries and vehicle theft continue to plague neighborhood WILSHIRE DIVISION bURGlaRieS: A cash register was stolen from a business on the 100 block of N. Larchmont Blvd. after a suspect pried open the rear door on May 31 between 2:10 and 2:20 a.m. A bicycle was stolen from the

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A black Cadillac ATS was stolen while parked in the garage of a building on the 500 block of N. Rossmore Ave. between June 8 at 8:15 p.m. and June 9 at 5:30 a.m. OLYMPIC DIVISION RobbeRY: An elderly man was waiting for an elevator in the lobby of his building on the 300 block of S. Van Ness Ave. when a suspect approached and stood next to him, pretending to wait for the elevator. When the elevator doors opened, the suspect grabbed the senior citizen’s gold necklace and pushed him to the ground on June 10 at 3:10 p.m. bURGlaRieS: Two suspects entered an apartment complex on the 300 block of S. Van Ness Ave. and smashed the building manager’s front door and removed property on June 3 at 8:50 p.m. A bicycle was stolen after a suspect pried off a lock on the 500 block of N. St. Andrews Pl. between June 3 at 10 p.m. and June 4 at 10 a.m. Money was stolen from inside a home located near the corner of W. 4th St. and S. Irving Blvd. after a suspect smashed a side window and ransacked the interior on June 5 at 10:25 p.m. The victim was at home sleeping during the incident and called police after hearing a noise, but the suspect had fled by the time the police arrived. A victim arrived home to find a suspect ransacking his property on the 600 block of S. Gramercy Pl. on June 16 at 6 p.m. The suspect fled, but was later arrested by police. A laptop, banjo and multiple guitars were stolen after a suspect pried open the rear window of a property on the 500 block of S. Bronson Ave. on June 20 between 11:15 a.m. and 9:05 p.m. GRaND tHeFtS aUto: A victim woke up to find both of his cars missing, a 2017 Hyundai SFE and a 2015 Toyota Sienna. They were stolen while parked tandem on Maplewood Ave., between N. Van Ness and N. Wilton, some time between June 3 at 6 p.m. and June 4 at 6:40 p.m. A beige 1995 Honda was stolen while parked on the 500 block of N. Gramercy Pl. on June 8 at 9 a.m.

A 2012 Kia Sorento was stolen while parked on the 800 block of S. Gramercy Pl. between June 10 at 3:30 p.m. and June 11 at 2 p.m. A red 2000 Honda CRV was stolen while parked near the corner of W. 3rd St. and S. Van Ness Ave. on June 14 between midnight and 6 a.m. 911 is for emergencies only. To report non-emergencies, call 877-275-5273.


deep by Dr. Rebecca Fitzgerald Q: I’m already going into summer with sun damage! Do I need to wait until fall for any type of laser treatment? A: Traditionally that’s been the case with lasers – best saved for when you’ll have minimal sun exposure. We are pleased to announce that our practice can offer you two new laser procedures that are both safe to experience in summer months and are appropriate for all skin types. First, Laser Genesis covers it all: decreases redness, improves skin texture and tone, minimizes pore size, and best of all, there’s no downtime. Afterward you can immediately apply sunscreen and makeup and take on the rest of your day (or special evening). Next we are pleased to share with you that RFMD is one of the only dermatology practices in Southern California to offer Enlighten PICO Genesis. PICO Genesis is the latest aesthetic treatment to improve the appearance of unwanted freckles, sun spots and age spots. This treatment is ideal for the face, hands, and other areas with noticeable signs of sun damage and excess pigmentation. Unlike many traditional lasers which use heat to disrupt pigment particles (which increases both downtime and the risk of complications), Pico Genesis generates light that actually shatters pigment particles. The results include immediate visible improvement of Melasma and sun spots. Both lasers have little to no downtime, or require hiding indoors. Finally we wouldn’t be doing our job if we didn’t add a word about sunscreen here. We’re frequently asked about the best type of sunscreen to use, and for most patients the criteria are very simple. Look for broad spectrum SPF 30 or higher. Bonus points for using products that contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. While you might have chalky recollections, most newer formulations are micronized and tinted. There’s even mineral powder sunscreen that you can brush on throughout the day that makes reapplication simple, and far more cosmetically elegant than the versions of the past. Happy summer!

Dr. Rebecca Fitzgerald is a Board Certified Dermatologist located in Larchmont Village with a special focus on anti-aging technology. She is a member of the Botox Cosmetic National Education Faculty and is an international Training Physician for Dermik, the makers of the injectable Sculptra. She is also among a select group of physicians chosen to teach proper injection techniques for Radiesse, the volumizing filler, around the world. Dr. Fitzgerald is an assistant clinical professor at UCLA. Visit online at www.RebeccaFitzgeraldMD. com or call (323) 464-8046 to schedule Adv. an appointment.

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City Council debates short-term rental regulations The Los Angeles City Council is debating proposed regulations for short-term rentals. I submitted a letter June 12 to Councilmember Jose Huizar, chair of the Council’s Planning and Land Use Management Committee, regarding my concerns for short-term rentals in our residential neighborhoods. I am supportive of an ordinance that provides reasonable and thoughtful regulations for the home-sharing and shortterm rental industry. Read my full letter by visiting: davidryu. • • • According to the latest count released by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), the County and the City of Los Angeles experienced sharp increases in homelessness within the last year, at 23% and 20% respectively. Increased supportive services in 2016 resulted in over 14,000 people permanently taken off the streets, but we must do more. The County Board of Supervisors just recently approved a threeyear spending plan that outlines how the projected $1.07 billion from Measure H will be allocated. The issue of homelessness needs to be tackled holistically and Measures H and HHH will go a long way toward addressing our region’s homelessness crisis by providing resources for permanent supportive housing, mental health care, and wrap-around services to help those most vulnerable. • • • The Health, Mental Health,

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David E. Ryu and Education Committee unanimously approved, on June 14, a request for a comprehensive study regarding possible changes to the City’s land use code relative to oil and gas development near homes, schools, and recreational facilities. For many years, residents throughout the City expressed concerns over the impacts and possible hazards of oil drilling. As chair of this Committee, I believe that it’s crucial for Los Angeles to be at the forefront of implementing policies that protect our families, environment, and economy. • • • President Trump’s proposed budget would cut funding to the West Coast’s Earthquake Early Warning System. This system would send emergency alerts to residents and government agencies in an area about to experience an earthquake. I introduced a Council resolution opposing this budget cut because an Earthquake Early Warning System could save thousands of lives here in Los Angeles if and when the next major earthquake occurs. Federal funding is essential for this program, and without it, it would be difficult for our city and state to implement it on our own.

Gomez elected to Congress By Nina Adams State Assembly member, Jimmy Gomez, was elected on June 6 to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, winning a runoff election against fellow Democrat, Robert Lee Ahn. The new congressman will represent a section of Los Angeles that includes parts of Windsor Square and Larchmont Village, plus neighborhoods to the east including Wilshire Park, Ridgewood-Wilton, St. Andrews Square and more. Gomez delayed taking the oath of office for his new job in Washington so that he could still cast votes in the California

COUNCILMAN David Ryu attends to Harrison Ford, the dog, while posing with his staff members and summer interns under an Irving Blvd. redwood tree after touring the Windsor Square and Hancock Park HPOZs with neighbors and Los Angeles Conservancy representatives in late June. The redwood tree started as a five-inch sapling distributed when Bank of America's Larchmont Blvd. branch opened. John Welborne planted the sapling in this, his parents’ former backyard.

Assembly. At the Chronicle’s press deadline, the Representative-elect's office staff was unable to disclose a date for his assuming his new position. Whenever he does take his next oath of office, a special election will need to be scheduled to fill his seat in the Assembly. Robert Ahn, having lost the election, said he is disappointed in the results, but proud of his campaign. Nina Adams will be a senior at Marlborough School in the fall, and will serve as the coeditor-in-chief of the school newspaper.

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Engrossing story tells of finding and losing love Marianne (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Roland (Allen Leech) meet at a barbecue in Constellations by Nick Payne. What ensues is the journey of their relationship told in scenes like concentric circles with light and sound cues delineating change. Scenes follow each other with repetitive beginning dialogue only to end differently, revealing major to minimal points in Marianne and Roland’s story. This unique telling and retelling forms the tapestry of the story and makes for an engrossing one act.

Keeping Our Cool “The remodeling of single-family homes, including the practice known as ‘mansionization,’ has resulted in the destruction of the urban forest in Los Angeles County cities by as much as 55 percent,” according to a recent USC study. The authors of the USC report add that, for each home expansion, one-third of the existing green cover on each single-family lot is lost. This loss of trees and green cover results in rising temperatures. For comparison, the average park is 5 degrees cooler than the neighborhoods around it. We are lucky to have the Historic Preservation Overlay Zone in Windsor Square, which prevents much mansionization, but homeowners are still free to expand their homes, in compliance with the HPOZ guidelines. All too often, this means mature trees are sacrificed or fatally damaged during construction to make way for larger kitchens, family rooms, pools and hardscape. Further, the added roof area and paved surfaces reflect the sun’s heat into the atmosphere, making hot summer days that much more unpleasant.

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So, your association urges fellow homeowners, as you enjoy your remodeled homes, to replace any trees that were removed . . . and to add trees wherever you can. And don’t forget to take care of your existing trees, especially parkway trees, making sure they get adequate water. Windsor Square has one of the most beautiful “urban forests” in the area. Let’s all help keep it that way. • • • • • Summer often brings with it an uptick in property crime, as homeowners leave windows and doors open to catch a breeze, or head out of town on vacation. Take common-sense precautions: Do not leave valuables in your car, even briefly, and lock your car if you park on the street or in an open driveway; close first-floor windows and doors when you are out and at night; secure side yard and driveway gates; use your alarm system regularly, or install one if you do not have one. Report all property crimes, even small ones, to the police, as this information will help them monitor trends and allocate their resources. LAPD Wilshire Division (Plymouth Blvd. to the west) Officer Dave Cordova: 213-793-0650 LAPD Olympic Division (Plymouth Blvd. to the east) Officer Joe Pelayo: 213-793-0709

Marianne is a quantum physicist, and Roland is a beekeeper. Their life journeys travel through potential infidelity to tragedy when a debilitating brain disease damages Marianne’s ability to think and speak. The fact that we end where we started speaks to the play’s profound exploration of the universal truth of finding and losing love. Ms. Goodwin is known for the television series “Big Love” and “Once Upon a Time” (ABC). Mr. Leech is making his North American stage debut and is known for his work on “Downton Abbey.” These are two excellent actors who bring profound insights and an easy affection for each other to their complex roles. Production credits include: lighting designer Lap Chi Chu, original music and sound design by Lindsay (Please turn to page 14)

Get Involved with Your Neighborhood Council Meeting Schedule All GWNC meetings are open to the public, and the meeting times and locations are published on the website under Meeting Schedules. If you have an item you would like placed on a meeting agenda, please contact or (323) 539-GWNC (4962), at least two weeks before the meeting. Meeting agendas are posted on the GWNC website and elsewhere in the Greater Wilshire community at least 72 business hours before our meetings. Board of Directors meetings: Second Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m. Ebell of Los Angeles - Dining Room 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., 90005 Land Use Committee meetings: Fourth Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. Wilshire United Methodist Church Assembly Room 4350 Wilshire Blvd., 90005 Outreach Committee meetings: First Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. Bricks & Scones Cafe 403 N. Larchmont Blvd., 90004 Sustainability Committee meetings: Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 7:00 p.m. Marlborough School Collins Room – D200 250 S. Rossmore Ave., 90004 Transportation Committee meetings: Monday, August 21st, 7:00 p.m. Marlborough School Collins Room – D200 250 S. Rossmore Ave., 90004 (323) 539-GWNC (4962)

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Bravura tale of folk artist; entertaining Journey Maudie (9/10): The amazing but true story of world-famous folk artist Maud Lewis (Sally Hawkins) and her relationship/ romance with difficult-to-like Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke). The first 10 to 15 minutes are so dark and depressing I was ready to bolt. That I didn’t exit, however, was a boon because this turned into one of the best pictures of the year highlighted by a bravura performance by Hawkins (who should win an Oscar) and an almost equal performance from Hawke. The Journey (8/10): This is a fascinating imagination of the conversation that might have taken place between the Rev. Ian Paisley (Timothy Spall), the closedminded leader of the Protestants, and Martin McGuiness (Colm Meany), the leader of the IRA. Working with a smart, intelligent script, they fence with one another throughout the movie in a way that is entirely believable. This does what movies should do; it educates and entertains at the same time. 13 Minutes (8/10): This is near the top of the list of films I wish everyone could see this year. It tells the virtually unknown story of George Elser (Christian Friedel) who came within 13 minutes of assassinating Hitler in 1939. This movie captures the awfulness it must have been to live under the Nazis in the 1930s. But it also tells how an ordinary man of no particular background or training can perform heroically. In German. (N.B.: originally reviewed in March, reprinted due to delayed opening of June 30.) Beatriz at Dinner (8/10): While the plot is a collision of values between Beatriz (Salma Hayek) and Doug (John Lithgow), what sets this film apart is the party dialogue of the exceptional script (Mike White) translated to the screen with unusually good pacing by director Miguel Arteta. Most movies that try to display slice of life dialogue fail dismally because it is so stilted and phony. But the dialogue in this film is so good, so true to the respective characters, that it keenly captures the essence of such a group of people I call Chardonnays. My Cousin Rachel (7/10): Reprising a movie starring superstars Richard Burton (B.E., Before Elizabeth) and Olivia de Havilland is no easy task, even though the original was made more than 60 years ago. But this outing, directed and adapted from Daphne Du Maurier’s best-selling novel for the screen by Roger Mitchell, can stand on its own with Sam Claflin and Rachel Weisz replacing Burton and de Havilland. Set in the 1830s this wellpaced film is enhanced by fine cinematography (Mike Ely) and exceptional production design and costume design (Alice Normington and Dinah Collin, respectively).

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attractive love interest. Wonder Woman (5/10): If it were up to me there would be no superhero movies regardless of the heroes’ genders. These films are intellectual and entertainment diarrhea, filled with absurd incidents and fights, and this one is no different. Instead of fictional characters, locations, and events (like “Batman” and “Superman” movies), this one shows Wonder Woman winning WWI and killing real people who in truth lived for decades after the end of the war (no, Virginia, there is no Wonder Woman). There is absolutely no tension or dramatic uncertainty, a total waste of 2 1/2 hours. Transformers: The Last Knight (1/10): I thought “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” was about as bad as a movie could get. But that was before I sat through this 2 1/2 hour yawnathon.



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New English pub joins the ranks at Highland, Melrose I was sad when Mud Hen Tavern closed. It had that great indoor/outdoor patio, and good food, thanks to Chef Susan Feniger. Alas, when she and partner Mary Sue Milliken took on the Huntington, the Hen squawked her last. The shuttered property sat empty for what seemed like ages, even after the announcement that the historic Cat & Fiddle was moving in. Great! Pub grub and brews to counter the excess of fabulousness that is the culinary kingdom around Highland and Melrose. A few days after launching, five of us gave her a whirl. Physically, hardly anything has changed since Hen days. A few lanterns and stained glass nod toward Merry Olde England, but that’s about it. The menu, however, pays homage to typical pubs: bangers and mash, fish and chips, sticky toffee pudding. Prices rarely surpass $12, but don’t

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Jewish Vocational Service truly helps people achieve By John Welborne Eighty-six years ago in Los Angeles, in 1931, local Jewish community leaders arranged to help people who were out of work due to the Depression, to help refugees fleeing Nazi Europe, and to fight workplace discrimination. Thus

was born what is, today, Jewish Vocational Service (JVS). Located on Wilshire Blvd., just west of Museum Row, JVS provides job training, mentoring, education, career guidance, and employer partnerships that really do transform lives and empower individu-

als to achieve. Nowhere was this more evident than at the “Strictly Business” fund-raising luncheon held in early June at the Beverly Hilton. Two leading businesses were honored for supporting JVS efforts. Master of Ceremonies, NBC4 weatherman Fritz

JEWISH Vocational Service graduates who attended the recent Strictly Business luncheon included Melanie Chavez, Alex Tapanya, Rasika Flores and Jerry Walker.

Coleman, also presented the organization’s new Founder’s Award to Steven Hirsh. Hirsh conceived and organized the “Strictly Business” luncheon 20 years ago as a means to connect business people with the good works of the agency. This year’s luncheon raised $400,000. The two supportive businesses that were recognized at the luncheon were Avalon Bay Communities (which has an apartment project on Wilshire Blvd., just west of Highland Ave.) and Belmont Village Senior Living (which has a just-remodeled residence for seniors in nearby Hollywood; see the article on page 6). As part of the program, Roland Williams, who received training through the JVS program, Apartment Works, elo-

quently shared his gratitude to JVS and to Avalon Bay, where he now works and lives. Patricia Will, the Belmont Living president here from Texas to accept the award on behalf of her company, spoke of a similar JVS program, HealthWorks. Sitting at this reporter’s table were some exemplary graduates of the JVS programs, including Jerry Walker, who participated in the JVS BankWork$ program. Upon graduation, one year ago, he was placed in a teller job at City National Bank in Downtown. Now he is becoming a client relationship manager at the brand new branch opening soon on Crenshaw Blvd., near the new Metro transit line. Further information is available at

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SPARKY, Nanci & Rich Leonard’s golden doodle, likes to romp in the Brookside creek with his lady-friend, Brandy, right.

NEWTON gets into mischief at the Prior family's S. Victoria Ave. home.

RUBY lives with the Martin Family of S. Gramercy Pl.

CHARLEE, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, lives with the Lee family on Van Ness Avenue.

LARCHMONT LARRY loves living here as much as Mimi and Mark Drop do.

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KEESHA by her backyard pond at her Gramercy Pl. home that she shares with Pam Rudy and Pierre Debbaudt.

BATHE-TO-SAVE bus made a stop at Pan Pacific Park during its national tour.

Bathe-To-Save at Pan Pacific Pound pups got a bath at a “speed dating” adoption event at Pan Pacific Park last month. The event, “Take Me Home Tonight,” featured Bubbles, a Bathe-To-Save washmobile. There was also a dog Frisbee team, a talent show and a

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City shelters hit record save rate Best Friends Animal Society’s No Kill Los Angeles Initiative helped city animal shelters reach a record save rate of 82.6 percent in 2016. Their goal is to make Los Angeles a no-kill city

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Make a date or go with friends to hear live music, enjoy food and cocktails under the stars, hear pop-up zookeeper talks, dance and have animal encounters at the Los Angeles Zoo Roaring Nights, 5333 Zoo Dr. in Griffith Park. The next event in the summer music series for ages 18 and older is Fri., July 21 from 6 to 10 p.m. Music will be provided by cover band Country Thunder. Another Roaring Nights event takes place Fri., Sept. 15, 6 to 10 p.m., and will feature music from the 1980s and 90s. Tickets are $20; $17 for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association members. For more information, call 323-6446001 or visit

KELLY, a 30-year-old Silverback gorilla at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Garden. Photo by Jamie Pham


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Libraries team up with Dodgers for reading challenge Los Angeles Public Library and the Los Angeles Dodgers want people to read more this summer. The library is launching its summer reading challenge, “Reading by Design,” emphasizing expanding imagination, learning, exploration and creativity through reading. Patrons of all ages can sign up at, or by visiting a local branch. Participants are asked to complete at least 10 hours of reading and four activities, such as attending a program scheduled at one of the librar-

ies this summer, or writing a book review. After readers have completed the activities and logged their progress with a librarian or online, they are entered in a grand prize drawing. Prizes include Los Angeles Dodgers tickets, iPad Pros and gift cards. The challenge runs through Sat., Aug. 5. In addition, and throughout the summer, Dodgers players and alumni will visit libraries across the city to interact with and read to children and families while also distribut-

ing prizes and helping inspire readers to explore and create. Children in first through eighth grades are also invited to sign up for “LA Reads,” the Los Angeles Dodgers Reading Champions Literacy Program. All program participants who read at least 30 minutes a day (900 minutes a month) will be entered into drawings to win prizes from the Dodgers, such as an on-field recognition before a 2017 Dodger game and four-packs of tickets to a Dodgers home game. For more information, visit

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Van Ness principal retires, replacement is named Longtime principal of Van Ness Elementary Katty Iriarte retired last month following the end of the school year. The school’s assistant principal, Pauline Hong will replace Iriarte beginning July 20. “After 38 years, I’m ready for retirement,” Iriarte told the Chronicle. In regards to her replacement, Iriarte says she is “absolutely thrilled” Pauline Hong was named new principal.

“She knows the direction of the school’s vision,” says Iriarte. Hong has served as the vice principal at Van Ness for the past four years. According to Iriarte, Hong will continue to campaign to make Van Ness Elementary a magnet school. “She will be working to implement a culture of STEM [science, technology, engineering and math] education on campus,” says Iriarte.

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Paul Cummins, founder of New Roads School, celebrated a 56-year career in education at New Roads School, 3131 Olympic Blvd., June 11. Cummins, president and CEO of Coalition for Engaged Education (CEE), co-founded Crossroads School in Santa Monica, as well New Roads School and Tree Academy at 5555 W. Olympic Blvd. Cummins will turn 80 years old this fall and is retiring from CEE, though will remain on the board. He will also continue to work at Tree Academy.

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As my school year comes to a close at Hollywood Schoolhouse (HSH), this is the last article that I will be submitting to the Larchmont Chronicle. With that being said, I thought that I would take the time to describe my amazing experience at HSH. I came to this school when I was only two and a half, and leaving will be incredibly hard, but I

am excited to begin my next journey. Honestly, HSH has prepared me with the necessary tools for success. I think my attitude would not be as positive about moving on to another school otherwise. I would be worried and afraid of starting something new if I had not learned valuable lessons while at this school. I will miss my friends, teachers, and everything else that makes this place so special. From my hilarious memories here, to the amazing classes and fieldtrips I have been on, HSH has always been a blast. This transition into secondary school is truly bittersweet. Goodbye HSH, and thank you.

USC, will be leading a discussion of Emily Dickinson’s poetry Sat., July 15 at 2 p.m. at John C. Fremont library, 6121 Melrose Ave. The discussion is part of the public library’s Big Read program. Copies of “The Complete Poetry of Emily Dickinson” will be given away on a first-come basis. In addition, because Emily throughout the Larchmont community are eager to make the best use of their time, and they will enter the school year with valued experiences.

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New tar pit exhibits, fossils made public By Jonathan Lee La Brea Tar Pits and Museum is releasing new exhibits to the public this month. A plot of the Museum’s above-ground fossil excavation, titled Project 23, is opening for excavation, and includes the site’s most recent finds. This section of land is

identified as Box 13 and will allow visitors to observe the excavation process from outside the building, which involves the examination of ancient flora and fauna. Visitors can enter the museum to inspect the cleaning and sorting of the newly discovered relics, and to view the

3-D scanning and printing of material, a procedure that creates nearly identical duplicates of the fossils. This process replicates the most minute details such as the exact shape and size of each specimen. The Observation Pit, previously accessible only on the

ABOVE-GROUND excavation continues at a newly opened site. Photo courtesy of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.


Excavator Tour, is now open to all. This exhibition presents the bones of a wide array of Ice Age animals, ranging from sloths to saber-toothed cats. Sample foods from around Museum guides will assist visithe world at the 25th annual tors in identifying the clustered Taste of Larchmont Mon., remains of the exhibit. Aug. 28 at several participatThe digging of Pit 91 continldren aged four by September 1) ing restaurants and take-outs ues this summer, and viewers on Larchmont Blvd. can experience the excavation “We are celebrating 25 years School begins August 17th (For children aged bydeep September 1) of fivefour more feet of fossils. of good food, good company What remains to be discovered and good works,” said Dougin the site is a mystery, as the las Ferraro, executive director pit can yield fossils of animals of Home-Net, co-sponsor of such as western horses and the event. dire wolves. Sample Greek, Thai, Italian The expansion of Metro’s and other cuisine from 20subway lines throughout the plus food establishments from city has led to the discov6 to 9 p.m. at the fundraiser, ery of new skeletons. In paroriginated in 1993 by the ticular, the bones of a baby FOR MORE INFORMATION Larchmont Chronicle to celmammoth unearthed under ebrate the community newsWilshire Blvd. will be prepared paper’s 30th anniversary. Phone: (323) 462-4753 or e-mail for study at the museum, and FOR MORE INFORMATION The event raises money for to schedule a tour of our campus. later be on public view. Learn Hope-Net’s food pantries; 90 more at: 62-4753 or e-mail percent of the ticket sales will 617 N. Arden Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90004 Jonathan Lee will be a INFORMATION purchase and distribute food o schedule a tour of our campus.FOR MORE Website: senior at Pilgrim School in to those in need in our local FOR MORE the INFORMATION fall, and he will serve Phone: (323) 462-4753 or email Mrs. P. Hager: area, said Ferraro. Arden Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90004 as the editor-in-chief of the In 1988, a collaboration of to schedule a tour of our campus. Website: school newspaper. Phone: (323) 462-4753 or e-mail Los Angeles area religious to schedule a tour of our campus. congregations founded Hope617 N. Arden Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90004 Net to address hunger and Website: needs. Tickets are Hot Dogs 617 N. Arden Blvd.Pink’s Los Angeles, CA 90004homeless $40 each. Visit

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(Continued from page 1) elected officials, community stakeholders and City of Los Angeles departments. The decking operation included excavating a portion of the roadway and replacing it with concrete deck panels that will act as a temporary street surface while underground station excavation continues below. There are 575 concrete panels in all, measuring 9feet by 14-feet. Street restoration work is scheduled to take place in July. A “finished product” for comparison is Wilshire and La Brea, where almost all work is off-street and underground.

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By Nina Adams Pink’s Hot Dogs was recently named one of the best casual restaurants in Los Angeles by The Daily Meal. Other local winners were Mozza Pizzeria, Canters, and Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles. There were many criteria that The Daily Meal went through when ranking the Los Angeles restaurants: price, ambiance, and reputation. Pink’s Hot Dogs, 709 N. La Brea Ave., has been family-run since 1939. It serves a variety of hot dogs, including a vegetarian hot dog.

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The Autry invites you to Play! played, what social values they learned, and how their imaginations were inspired. The exhibition launches “Summer of Play!,” which includes LEGO days, movies on the Autry lawn, playground games and family activities. For more information, call 323-667-2000 or visit

See the history and variety of toys, games and other play objects of the American West at “Play!” The exhibit opened last month at the Autry Museum, 4700 Western Heritage Way. The exhibit has more than 200 objects, from the 19th up to the 21st centuries, showing how children have

Barbecue, dance, worship on menu at Hope Lutheran chicken and smoked sausage, baked corn, baked potatoes, Texas style beans and sweet potato pie. Leslie Stewart, S. Lucerne, bakes the pies and cookies, said church office manager Jeff Burtt. Donation is $30 per person; children under 12 are free. RSVP at 323-938-9135. The church, at 6720 Melrose Ave., is celebrating its 75th year with an Oktoberfest and celebration lunch on Sun., Nov. 5 at 10:30 a.m.

Head over to Hope Lutheran Church to feast on Pastor Ralph’s Famous Texas Barbecue Sun., July 9. A concert worship service is at 10:30 a.m. The barbecue with all the fixins’ follows. It’s the 30th anniversary of the event, named after the Lone Star State and Pastor Ralph, who flies in from Houston to head the festivities. Besides ribs, the menu features beef brisket,

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Enjoy fresh food from Farmers Market grocers, eateries and restaurants at the 9th annual Taste of Farmers Market Tues., July 18 from 5 to 9 p.m. First-in Fire Foundation and Fire Station 61 will be serving some of their firehouse chili, while also sharing information about youth explorer programs and the new girl’s fire training camp. Tickets are $35. For more information, visit

Gin Blossoms, Ariana and the Rose and John Payne of Asia are among the performers scheduled for the seventh annual summer music series this month at the Grove, 189 The Grove Dr. The free live music performances will be Wednesdays July 5, 12, 19 and 25 beginning at 7:30 p.m. For more information, go to

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Aviva receives 'Arts’ grant Aviva Family and Children’s Services has been awarded a California Arts Council “Reentry Through the Arts” grant for $47,093. In partnership with UCLA’s Visual and Performing Arts Education Program, Aviva will work to produce a performing arts program for formerly incarcerated youth now being served through Aviva’s residential and community programs. Aviva’s board chair Genevieve Haines resides in Windsor Square.

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Larchmont Village block party, July 22 The Larchmont Village Neighborhood Association (LVNA) block party will take place Sat., July 22 from noon to 5 p.m. on Bronson Ave., between Clinton and Rosewood. Games for kids, live music and a pot-luck will be offered, said event coordinator Bruce

Walker of Rodeo Realty. “The block party is a great chance to meet and spend time with your neighbors.” If you would like to get involved with coordinating food or games, contact Adam Rubenstein at arubenstein@

Around the Town (Continued from page 8) man Curren D. Price (9th District) with Del Richardson, former Los Angeles District Attorney Gil Garcetti, President of Los Angeles Natural History Museum Lori Bettison-Varga, and President and CEO of the California Science Center Jeffrey Rudolph, who proudly announced that a record-breaking amount was raised for the Center’s Hands on Camp and educational programs. • • • The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association’s (GLAZA) annual Beastly Ball attracted nearly 1,000 attendees and raised close to $2.5 million for the Los Angeles Zoo, a trusted leader in animal conservation on May 20. This year’s signature fundraiser celebrated the Zoo’s 50th anniversary and featured a performance by the legendary guitarist and noted wildlife advocate Slash in an exclusive live concert joined by special guests Jack Black, Grace Potter and Bernard Fowler, backed by Jimmy Vivino and the Basic Cable Band. GLAZA President Connie Morgan and L.A. Zoo Director John Lewis bestowed the Tom Mankiewicz Leadership

Award on the National Geographic Society. Beastly Ball guests dressed in “safari casual” attire, strolled through the Los Angeles Zoo observing its inhabitants, watching animal feedings, chatting with keepers and viewing small animals up close. Bountiful fare was provided by some of our town’s most popular restaurants which donated their services, including El Cholo-Los Angeles, El Coyote Mexican Cafe and Frida Restaurant Americana. Animal lovers attending included our city’s First Lady, Amy Wakeland, with daughter Maya, Elizabeth and James Bray, Robynn and Kwame Brathwaite, Lisa and Mark Hutchins, Michelle and Jim Ratkovich, Lisa and John Scarsi, Soizic and Eric Johnson, Jenny and Jay Sonbolian and Renee and Ed Weitzer. The Beastly Ball’s proceeds in part support the Zoo’s new Species Conservation Action Network, including a dedicated Curator of Conservation whose sole focus will be to identify and respond to urgent animal conservation issues around the world. Another week of a world of good done by our fellow Angelenos! And that's the chat!

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Roger Thomas, 88, lifelong resident Roger Thomas was born in 1929 to Julia Hayward and Charles Thomas. Most of his childhood was spent on Windsor Blvd. As an adult, he and his family lived on Norton Ave. He attended Third Street Elementary School, and relocated to Washington, D.C., where he studied at St. Albans while his father served as special assistant to the Secretary of the Navy. Roger continued his education at Phillips Exeter Academy and graduated from UCLA. During the Korean War, he joined the Navy as a staff officer and served in the Pacific aboard

the USS Oriskany, never revealing that his father, Charles Thomas, was then Secretary of the Navy in the Eisenhower administration. His long career in the insurance industry was followed by active volunteer service at his church, St. James’ Episcopal, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where he was a docent, and at the St. James’ food pantry and soup kitchen. A longtime member of the national Episcopal Church Foundation, Thomas also was named an honorary canon of the Episcopal Church. He enjoyed fly-fishing, photography, fine food and wine, and reading. He is survived by his wife Marilyn Thomas,

brother Hayward Thomas, children Ross Thomas, Karin Dunn, Debbie Collins, Peter Thomas and Charlie Thomas, plus 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Services were held June 17 at St. James’ Church. Donations in his name may be made to the Henry’s Fork Foundation ( to protect fish and wildlife in the Idaho waters where Thomas fished all of his life.

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Brother Patrick, 103 Brother Patrick Corr, O.H., died last month at the age of 103. He was born Thomas Corr in 1914, in County Kilkenny, Ireland, the youngest of 11 children. He entered the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God in 1939 in Ireland. Soon after completing his education as a psychiatric nurse, he was transferred to Los Angeles in 1946.

In 1968, he was elected vicar provincial and then as provincial and served in these positions for six years. He helped raise funds over a 71-year span to develop St. John of God Retirement & Care Center, on West Adams Blvd. Christian burial Mass was June 17 at St. John of God Retirement & Care Center.

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Marjory Ann Baez, president of the Daughters of Charity Corporate Board, appointed Twerdahl to be Sister Alice Marie’s interim replacement. Twerdahl, who started her involvement with Meals on Wheels decades ago as a volunteer, is a former president of St. Vincent’s Cuisine à Roulettes. She knows well the leaders and goals of all the Meals on Wheels entities, including the Meals on Wheels Advisory Board and the St. Vincent Senior Citizen Nutrition Board.

(Continued from page 1) for the last 40 years with her passionate vision and undying compassion for those we serve,” said Sister Jo-Anne Laviolette, Meals on Wheels Chair. The Chronicle will have more on Sister Alice Marie next month, but there is a comprehensive obituary available now at Anticipating Sister Alice Marie’s passing, the Daughters of Charity, guided by Sister

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Landmark status for Miracle Mile building moves forward

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& Mitchell, represented the property's owner and argued against granting HCM status. “We don’t believe this property embodies ‘distinguishing’ characteristics. And we don’t believe this is a notable work by Ms. Northman,” he said. Freedman told commissioners that the building’s nomination was a reaction to the property being removed from the neighborhood’s proposed historic preservation overlay zone (HPOZ) efforts, and he noted that efforts later got the parcel back into the HPOZ. (More on that below.) “It is now in the HPOZ and is already preserved,” he said.

Freedman’s view was supported by architectural historian Margarita Jerabek Ph.D., cultural resources director at Environmental Sciences Associates (ESA), who told commissioners that she finds the property “not eligible as a HCM under all four criteria.” Jerabek says there are better examples of both the architect’s work and the architectural style in the area that are not under HCM consideration. “In conclusion, this property does not meet any HCM criteria. It is common in style and is a ubiquitous property type. We recommend that the

property retain its status as a contributor of the HPOZ, but not as a HCM,” she said. In deliberation, commissioner Jeremy Irvine said he was “not loving” the BergerWinston building. “I feel like this building is not calling out as something that rises to the level of a monument,” he said. Commissioner Gail Kennard disagreed: “I have been on this Commission for six or seven years now and this is only the second female architect that we’ve seen… If the women who contributed to the architecture of our city aren’t recognized, what does that say about us?” The Commission voted 4-1 to take the Berger-Winston building under HCM consideration. Following a site-visit, commissioners will make a final decision on Aug. 3. Background The Berger-Winston building has been at the center of controversy for most of 2017. In January, the building’s new owners submitted a demolition permit to the city; shortly thereafter residents were offered “cash for keys” to leave the property voluntarily. The owners were planning to replace the historic six-unit rent-controlled building with

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a new 19-unit market-rate apartment building. At the same time, the debate over the Miracle Mile HPOZ was raging. At first, the property was included in the HPOZ boundaries, but was later excluded, potentially leaving the property unprotected. Fearing demolition, the Miracle Mile Residential Association (MMRA) submitted an application for HCM status to the Cultural Heritage Commission on March 10. Less than three weeks later, the original HPOZ boundary was reinstated, which included 744 S. Ridgeley Dr., providing protections to the property.

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Local architect drawing Harvey House final touches By Suzan Filipek Last month we asked our readers to send us their memories of the Fred Harvey Room at Union Station. While we didn’t receive any reminiscences about one of the last Harvey Houses in operation before it closed in 1967, we did hear from Richard Herman, A.I.A., the architect working on the site’s renovation. “It’s been a real interesting project and a lot of integration with a big team,” said Herman, who lives on S. Wilton Pl. with wife Debi King. Microbrewery on tap The historic Art Deco site is set to open within a year as an 11,000 square-foot microbrewery and gastropub, depending on landlord Metro’s construction timetable, estimated to be about eight months after the go-ahead from the city regarding building permits. Beer will be made in three large vessels, under the restaurant’s three-story-tall geometric-designed arched ceiling, and filtered into 18 tanks to ferment up to 6,000 gallons of ale at a time. “It’s a fantastic space,” said Herman. He and his threemember staff have been drawing plans for about a year. As the Chronicle went to press,


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electrical, plumbing, mechanical, and building permits were expected to be before the city Building and Safety Dept. “Because it’s extremely historic, we can’t do anything to existing walls,” Herman explains. The original kitchen, which had five exhaust fans, will have one large exhaust fan. A basement, which had shower facilities for the “Harvey Girls” waitresses who lived on site, will store grain and tank coolers and have offices. Opened in 1939, Harvey House was part of the 80-plus restaurant chain at railway stations throughout the country. Most were designed by Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter, the architect who also designed buildings in national parks. Patrons paid 75 cents, according to a 1943 menu, for “broiled fish almandine, potatoes O’Brien and Hawaiian (Please turn to page 15)


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Explore these local historical sites with seaside views In last month’s issue, the Chronicle’s inquiring photographer asked strollers on Larchmont Boulevard: “What is your idea of the perfect vacation?” “A beach” said one; “being somewhere with friends… probably at the ocean,” said another. “Somewhere with warm weather in a city that is rich in history and culture,” said a third. By now, you know that I view the world through a particular lens, and that worldview got me thinking what I could recommend for summer activities that would pique the interest of Chronicle readers in search of warm climates, ocean views, and history and culture. Summer is a season to try a slower pace and take in our environment in a more relaxed way. There is no shortage of opportunities here to explore historic environments with great views, recreational

themes, and the smell of the ocean. Here’s a sampling, a “tasting menu” if you will, of sites which lend themselves to summer exploring. Californians have always loved their coastlines, and oceanside attractions and residences are a time honored part of the state’s development. For summer day trips to historic sites, several in Santa Monica are not to be missed. While the Annenberg Beach House programs activities year round at the site of the William Randolph Hearst / Marion Davies estate, summer is what the place was intended for. Score a lounge chair for the day beside the Julia Morgan designed swimming pool, and close your eyes. Imagine yourself as a guest in the 1920s. A visit to the Guesthouse, also built by Morgan, provides a look into life on the property. Santa Monica

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Christy McAvoy Conservancy docents at the Guesthouse are well-trained and passionate in their story telling; their tours provide a respite from the sun, as does lunch at Back on the Beach Café, an adjacent beachside eatery. A stroll in Palisades Park as part of a walking tour or independently will give you a view of the fabled Gold Coast residences adjacent to the Annenberg, as well as the fabled Pier with its historic carousel. Not into sunbathing? Drive a little further north to Malibu, and check out the Adamson House and Malibu Lagoon

Museum. This former private residence was the home of Rhoda (Rindge) and Merritt Adamson, members of prominent Los Angeles families whose primary residences were in Hancock Park. It is an exquisite place to view the uses of Malibu tile (one of the Adamson businesses along with the Adohr dairy farm), which so many of our neighborhood residences contain. Nearby is the Malibu Pier with its destination restaurant perched on the end. Catalina Island has historically been a place where Angelenos go to unwind. Two of my favorite venues are the historic Wrigley mansion, now operated as the Inn on Mount Ada, and the Casino. The views from Mt. Ada are spectacular, and the accommodations and cuisine provide instant relaxation. Lunch on the terrace is a real treat! The Casino

perched on the water’s edge, is the island’s most prominent cultural landmark, with a full summer schedule of movies and events. Many of the island’s Avalon accommodations and attractions are in historic buildings, and there’s something for every price range. Whether you arrive on your own yacht or on the ferry (which is free on your birthday), you’re sure to find enough to occupy you for a day or a week. Further up the coast, the seaside communities of Ventura and Santa Barbara also offer recreation and accommodations in historic venues. The Ventura pier and Main Street shopping district provide a respite from urban living and are just a couple of hours away. Try the 1950s themed Busy Bee Café or beach tacos on the Pier. The Mission and neighboring museum offer glimpses of the past.  Santa Barbara attractions are too numerous to recount fully, but the outstanding architecture of the Courthouse and its gardens are always an oasis downtown, as are the Four Seasons Biltmore’s oceanside facilities and El Encanto’s hillside opulence. Whether you spend the night, or just stop in  for lunch, you are steeped in the ambiance of this premier resort which dates back to the early 20th century. Recommended reading: any one of TC Boyle’s books set in town or on the Channel Islands. Recent slides and closures along Highway 1 will prevent us this season from enjoying California’s most scenic drive, but the Hearst Castle designed by Julia Morgan remains accessible from the south, and the 101 will get you to her other coastal masterpiece, Asilomar in Pacific Grove, just outside Monterey. California’s premiere female architect designed residences for the wealthy, but also provided a series of recreational spaces in her YWCAs for use as retreats and sports facilities. Asilomar, the camp she designed under the direction of Phoebe Hearst (William Randolph’s mother), is a Craftsman masterpiece. Now a state park, the facility is open to all. I recently spent the night in a small room basically outfitted with a twin bed, a dresser, and a writing table. The light from the two windows was magnificent, and the sound of the ocean very soothing. I thanked Julia profusely for the thoughtful design of the buildings and their extraordinary setting. (Most rooms are larger, of course, with many of the lodge buildings boasting huge fireplaces and shared common


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(Cont. from Sec. 1, page 1) “The purchase had to be voted on by the parliament in Warsaw,” he says. After acquiring the property, the developers were faced with the question of what exactly to build on the lot, which is protected by the Park Mile Specific Plan (PMSP) and zoned for office use or for up to seven residential units. “We were fascinated by the question of how to capitalize on the energy of Wilshire Blvd. and to take advantage of the beauty and prestige of Hancock Park,” explains Penini.


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In Orange County, state parks have given us the Crystal Cove cottages, tourist facilities from the 1920s that are much in demand today. And nearly every city with an ocean front has restored its recreational pier. Some still have oldfashioned attractions; nearly all have restaurants and fishing facilities. If you’re not a boater, you can still feel the ocean at your feet on these extended walkways which used to play a vital role in California’s economy when more of our goods arrived in each community by boat. Happy exploring! I’m planning to visit as many of these coastal landmarks as my schedule permits. Part one: next month, we visit nonbeach options.

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A small-lot project seemed liked the right fit. “We find small-lots really interesting,” he says, “You get all the benefits of a single-family house while still providing density.” Why density matters Increasing local density is a cause célèbre for faculty at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs. In a recent article in the “Luskin Forum” publication, Prof. Joan Ling cites studies demonstrating that people keep moving to Los Angeles. “So where are these people going to go?” she asks. Adding that “a city can only sprawl so far.” Ling and her UCLA colleagues, in this instance, argue that “the only way to handle a constantly growing population is to set aside our neighborhood-based ideals and look at the region as a whole.” Prof. Paavo Monkkonen argues that planning decisions should be made at a state or metropolitan scale, not a neighborhood scale.


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That’s a hot topic for local communities, but it’s not one related to The Sevens, which followed the hyper-neighborhood-oriented PMSP instead of seeking statewide density bonus benefits. Inside The Sevens Designed masterfully to complement the architectural significance of Hancock Park, Penini says they “tried

not to compromise anywhere.” Each residence features four bathrooms, a two-car garage, 10’ ceilings, large windows throughout, Viking appliances, filtered skylights, wide-plank White Oak flooring and a rooftop terrace with mountain and city vistas. Penini says that it was important for BLDG Partners to not only get the interior design

right, but to also work with neighbors to design an exterior that works for the community: “One of the things we did very early on was get the neighbors involved.” For that reason, the project was designed without back decks or patios to maintain the privacy of its neighbors, and a six-foot common wall was constructed on the rear property line to provide additional privacy and protection. Windsor Square resident and local real estate broker Diana Knox, of Partners Trust, says she is “very excited” to bring the development to market. “Each unit is a house without the hassle,” describes Knox, who notes that she is getting an “incredible amount of buzz” about the project. Knox says she anticipates releasing three units first, and then more as they sell. The Sevens are priced from $1.6 to $2 million. For more information, contact diana.

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Negative Doubles can take care of problems for you (Part I) At its basics, a Negative Double is a double by you when your partner has opened the bidding with a minor suit (Clubs or Diamonds) and your Right Hand Opponent (RHO) has overcalled a major (Hearts or Spades). Your double tells your Partner that you have exactly four cards in the unbid major and a certain number of High Card Points (HCP). It also implies support in the other unbid suit, but this is not an absolute requirement. One level Negative Doubles Let's say you're in third seat and the bidding has gone 1 Diamond by your partner, 1 Heart by your RHO and you hold the following: ♠ KQ75

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When your RHO overcalls in this situation, the Negative Double takes care of that problem for you. If you have at least five Spades and this hand, you bid 1 Spade. But if you have this hand, with four Spades, you Double! This is a conventional bid that doesn't mean what it says. It is not a penalty double. You aren't saying to your partner, "Hey, pard, we got 'em. We can set this baby, so I'm doubling!" No, it doesn't say that at all. Instead, it says, "Partner, I have at least six HCP and exactly four Spades in my hand. Not five Spades. Not six Spades. Not three Spades. Exactly four Spades." The requirements for a one level Negative Double, that is,

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that you have at least six HCP at the one level and at least eight HCP at the two level. Again, I am going to stress that you cannot lie to your partner. If, instead of the hand above you had the following: ♠ T97 ♥ KJ85 ♦ 73 ♣ QT64 and the bidding went as above, 1 Diamond by Partner and 1 Spade by your RHO, you may not make a Negative Double because, if you did, you would be forcing your partner to bid at the two level and you do not have eight HCP. Your bid here would be to Pass. Partner has another bid so you have no obligation to keep the bidding open. You can't bid a new suit at the two level because you don't have ten HCP and you can't bid 1 No Trump because you don't have Spades, your RHO's bid, stopped. So all you can do is Pass. I know a lot of players who would be tempted to make a Negative Double with this hand, even though they don't have enough HCP. But I hope you are not one of these. Don't lie to your partner. Following is a chart showing point requirements for Negative Doubles: Level HCP 1 6 2 8 3 10 More on Negative Doubles next month. Grand Slam is the nom de plume for an author of a bestselling book on bridge, an ACBL accredited director and a Silver Life Master.

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MUSEUM ROw CAFAM reception on Rimpau; Japanese animation on calendar JAPAN FOUNDATION— "In This Corner of the World," screens Sat., July 1 at 1:30 p.m. Director Sunao Katabuchi and producer Taro Maki will take questions after the screening, at 5757 Wilshire Blvd. Free. RSVP required.

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LiBRARy CALEnDAR Chill with books, crafts, movies FREMONT LIBRARY 6121 Melrose Ave. 323-962-3521 Children Reading club: Mondays, July 10, 17 and 24 at 4 p.m. Game day: Wed., July 19, 4 p.m. BARK: Kids read to therapy dogs Sat., July 29 at 2 p.m. Teens Crafternoons: Tuesdays, July 11 and 25 at 3 p.m. Adults Garden design: Learn garden design Sat., July 1 at 10 a.m. Book sale: Fri., July 7, 12 to 4 p.m.; Sat., July 8, 12 to 5 p.m. The Big Read with Emily Dickinson: Sat., July 15, 2 p.m. Crafting: Sat., July 22, 2 p.m. Movies: Tues., July 25, 5:45 p.m. French conversation: Thurs., July 27 at 5:30 p.m. MEMORIAL LIBRARY 4625 W. Olympic Blvd. 323-938-2732 Children Summer reading club: Wednesdays July 5, 12 and 19, 4 p.m. Karen Golden storytime: Fri., July 28 at 10 a.m. Teens Crafternoons: Mondays, 4 p.m. Adults Books 'n cooks: Meets Sat., July 29 at 4 p.m. Book sale: Tuesdays, 12:30 to

5 p.m.; Saturdays, 4 to 5:15 p.m. Tuesday @ the movies: Tuesdays July 11, 18, 25 at 5 p.m. Fun & games for adults: Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. Chess club: Fridays at 3 p.m. FAIRFAX LIBRARY 161 S. Gardner St. 323-936-6191 Children Reading club: Thursdays, 4 p.m. Teens Crafternoons: Tuesdays, July 11, 18 and 25 at 4 p.m. Adults Author talk: "Shanghai Love" by Layne Wong, Wed., July 19 at 6:30 p.m. Meditation: Saturdays, July 10 and 24 from 2 to 3 p.m. Book sale: Wednesdays, 12 to 4 p.m.; Fridays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. WILSHIRE LIBRARY 149 N. St. Andrews Pl. 323-957-4550 Children Baby's sleepy storytime: Mondays, 6 to 6:15 p.m. Summer reading club: Tuesdays, July 11, 18, 25 at 4 p.m. Preschool storytime: Thursdays from 3 to 3:30 p.m. Teens Crafternoons: Thursdays, 4 p.m. Adults LADOT: Riding DASH Wed., July 19, 2:30 p.m.

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WSHPHS seeks volunteers for St. Andrews Place tour The Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society (WSHPHS) is looking for volunteers to help tours on St. Andrews Pl. Sun., Sept. 17 from noon to 4 p.m. The tour is being cochaired by Richard Battaglia and Jane Gilman, and

includes approximately six homes and a garden. The WSHPHS is looking for people to help as greeters, docents and speakers. Preparation Every house has a story and researchers and writers are needed to write them for

both the guidebooks and the scripts used by the tour docents. These writers will also be responsible for putting together the copy needed for the docents as they lead people through the tour. The guidebook created for (Please turn to page 11)

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(Continued from page 10) the tour raises money for the WSHPHS, which this year is fundraising for the garden at Wilshire Branch Library at St. Andrews Pl. and Council St. Volunteers also are needed to sell ads for the guidebook. Day of the tour On the day of the tour, about 40 to 50 docents will be required to guide people through homes on two-hour shifts. Approximately six greeters, also in two-hour shifts, will be needed. Greeters get a chance to sit between visitors. In addition, speakers on period architecture, area history, furnishings and other aspects of local history are wanted. Family friendly Bring your kids and grandkids, as this year’s tour promises to be child friendly. The street will be blocked off, and parking will be available at St. Brendan School’s parking lot on Manhattan Pl. Bob Baker Marionette Theatre will be at the event, as well as Salt and Straw Ice Cream. If you are interested in helping with the WSHPHS tour, would like to attend, or would like any more information, contact Richard Battaglia at 323-422-7886. Visit their website at


Brookside 2017 block party pony riders included Pearl Rudnick and Nikka Gueler.

By Nina Adams Brookside residents were set to gather on June 25 on the 800 block of Muirfield Road to enjoy their 38th annual summer block party. The event was to include a barbecue, a bounce house, face painting, pie-eating contests and a live auction featuring items such as passes to the Magic Castle. The party was sponsored by residents of Brookside as well as BMW, Trejo’s Tacos, CIM Group, and Salt and Straw.

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Ruth Rose: the writer who lost her way into history en’s history of Hollywood. But Ruth Rose (1896-1978) — who wrote the final screenplay for the great American film icon, “King Kong” — is known by only a few hard-core “Kong”-heads. Instead, Edgar Wallace is, in the general culture, credited. Wallace, a famous English writer, was hired by David O. Selznick to write a screenplay based on producer Merian C. Cooper’s treatment about a big — a really big — ape, a sea voyage, a girl, and an island. Wallace came to Hollywood to report for work in


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January 1932. Wallace did produce a draft for Cooper, but died suddenly in those pre-antibiotic days on Feb. 19 from pneumonia. Cooper had promised Wallace a co-writing credit, and kept his word. But Cooper (often just “Coop”) was not happy with Wallace’s effort. Cooper brought in writer James Creelman, who did more work on the script. But Creelman disagreed with Cooper’s notes, and Cooper didn’t like Creelman’s dialogue. Cooper’s producing, directing and shooting partner, Ernest B. Schoedsack, was married to Ruth Rose. Though Rose had never written a screenplay, and was not a truly experienced writer, she understood what Coop wanted. According to at least two historians, Coop told her: “Put us in it … give it the spirit of a real Cooper-Schoedsack expedition.” Cooper and Schoedsack, World War I pilots, fearless explorers and filmmakers in Africa, Siam, and Persia, were two people Ruth Rose truly understood. When Cooper and Schoedsack had returned in 1926 from their (death-defying

would not be too strong a word) expedition with the Bakhtiari people in southern Persia (as it was then), crossing a great mountain pass to feed their animals, and resulting in their astonishing film “Grass,” they were broke. Cooper went to New York to raise money; Schoedsack signed on as the cinematographer for a New York Zoological Society


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(Continued from page 12) Ruth Rose brought the script to life; she did indeed put her husband and his pal into the final script of “Kong.” Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong) has the showman characteristics of Cooper; Jack Driscoll (Bruce Cabot), the romantic good looks and tenderness of Schoedsack; and the shipboard love that blooms between Ann Darrow (Fay Wray) and Driscoll seems to be based on that of Ruth and Monty. Cooper said later that 90 percent of the final dialogue was written by Ruth Rose. Ruth wrote several more Cooper-Schoedsack scripts, and over the years worked as a script doctor.

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The Schoedsacks’ life together was challenging. Their beloved child was born with special needs, and, in the early 1940s, as Monty was testing a new plane for the Army, his goggles slipped down in the unpressurized cockpit. Monty lost his sight and his livelihood as a cameraman. I heard an interview from the 1970s with the two of them, loaned to me by the

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