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Tom Bergin’s landmark status: Will it matter?

Homelessness requires threestep approach n Need lasting solutions

CURTAIN CALL.

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SUMMER FUN.

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By David E. Ryu Homelessness is the crisis of our time. Angelenos sleeping in their cars, in parks, or on city streets have gone from a problem localized in urban centers to a crisis shared by every neighborhood in Los Angeles. This is a problem decades in the making. In the early 1980s, states throughout the nation ended the practice of unjust institutionalization of the mentally ill — but then the promised national network of mental health facilities failed to materialize. The financial crash of the 2000s wiped out many gains of working families, eroded our social safety net and widened the gap between the haves and See Homelessness, p 6

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Michelin stars shine at area restaurants n New guide released

By Billy Taylor Renowned dining guide Michelin released last month an inaugural statewide edition for California that awarded stars to 24 restaurants in Los Angeles, including several local favorites. Michael Cimarusti’s seafood-driven Providence is one of only six two-star recipients in Los Angeles. And among the city’s 18 one-star distinctions are Kali, Le Comptoir, Osteria Mozza and Trois Mec. First published by Michelin in 1900, the guide’s star ratings are now considered among the most coveted honors a restaurant can earn. “It’s still sinking in that we got a Michelin star,” Kali See Michelin, p 9

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n Parking lot is excluded

SECOND HOME SERPENTINE PAVILION, above, as it originally appeared in Hyde Park, 2015, opens at the La Brea Tar Pits Fri., June 28. Photo by Iwan Baan, Courtesy Second Home

La Brea Tar Pits reimagined for the next 50 years n Serpentine sculpture to host screenings, events By Suzan Filipek La Brea Tar Pits & Museum is a treasure trove of Ice Age fossils. It’s also feeling its age — 40 — which is not much in geological years but is a lifetime for world-class institutions along Museum Row. In late August, a draft master plan for the 12-acre site is expected to be unveiled for public comment “La Brea Tar Pits and the Page Museum are the only facilities of their kind in the world — an active, internationally renowned site of paleontological research in the heart of a great city,” said Lori Bettison-Varga, president and director of the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County (NHMLAC), manager of the La Brea Tar Pits & Museum. The museum and its active fossil dig sites host 400,000 visitors a year. Walk-through sculpture More immediately, the community will be able to explore the Second Home Serpen-

tine Pavilion, a walk-through sculpture by Spanish artists Lucia Cano and Jose Selgas on the grounds of the Tar Pits. It opens Fri., June 28 and continues through Nov. 24. Check the website for film screenings, talks and more to be hosted at the Serpentine. Visit pavilion.secondhome.io to learn more.

Target coming to La Brea, twice n In former OSH store It has been known for some time that a Target store is planned to open later this year within a new building currently under construction at 1302 S. La Brea Ave. But now, according to Target’s website, the retail giant also plans to open a second La Brea location just nine blocks north at 415 S. La Brea Ave., the former OSH store. The opening at this location is expected sometime in 2020.

By John Welborne The Tom Bergin’s restaurant and tavern property at 840 S. Fairfax Ave. was declared a City of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument (HCM) by the Los Angeles City Council on June 18. The designation excludes the two-thirds of the property used for the restaurant’s parking lot “because it is not a significant character defining feature of the monument.” The property owner’s lawyer had insisted at the June 11 Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) committee meeting that the parking lot should be developed for multifamily housing. In response to that lawyer’s arguments, the four PLUM members in attendance on June 11 (Councilmembers Bob Blumenfield, Gilbert Cedillo, Marqueece HarrisDawson and Curren Price, Jr.) amended the recommendation of the Cultural Heritage Commission (to approve HCM status) by adding language to “clarify that the parking lot is excluded from the designation.” Asked what he now sees as the future for Tom Bergin’s, Jim O’Sullivan, president of the Miracle Mile Residential Association, co-nominator for the landmark status with the Los Angeles Conservancy, said he has no idea, but added, “I am more hopeful than I would have been if we hadn’t got historic status. Then there would have been no hope.”

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TOM BERGIN’S restaurant and tavern is dwarfed by next-door neighbor Shalhevet High School.

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By John Welborne

Summer fun and ‘mischief’

There are two themes for this July issue of the Larchmont Chronicle — “Summer Fun” and “Pets of Larchmont.” You can read about the former in this Section One and the latter in Section Two. There is another aspect to summer 2019 activities that is addressed in Section Two (our Real Estate section), and that relates to activities better called “Summer Mischief” or, most accurately, “Summer Mischief from Sacramento.” Certain members of the State Legislature, notably state senators from San Francisco and Berkeley, are trying to dictate the local look of all cities in California. They are trying to wrest local planning and zoning oversight from the governments closest to the governed, in our case the Los Angeles City Council. New housing actually is getting built in our city. (Just look around.) And, yes, not enough of it is “affordable” housing. But the diktats proposed by Sacramento won’t cure that. The proposed legislation (sponsored by real estate developers and their allies) is to give those sponsors the maximum leeway in building lucrative, expensive new housing wherever they wish. Not a good state (pun intended). This affects the value of our communities and your home. Read more in the special “Real Estate Opinion” (Pages 13 and 14 in this month’s Section Two).

The New Look for Parkway Trees in Hancock Park The Association Tree Committee, headed by Deborah Trainer, has been working with the City to come up with a plan for reforesting the parkways of Hancock Park. Because of the changing climate and the introduction of non-native insects and diseases, many of the beautiful trees that line our streets are under stress and some species are no longer viable. As such, the Tree Committee has developed a plan to introduce new tree species to replace the originals. As trees die, the Tree Committee and the Association will replace them with the tree chosen for that block. In keeping with the original design of Hancock Park, each street will have the same tree species planted on it, with some changes in species where a street crosses a major artery such as Beverly Blvd. and 3rd Street. This will retain the uniform look that is emblematic of Hancock Park, while providing a way forward to reforest our parkways. With summer officially underway, we have already had a number of hot days. Remember to deep water your trees to help them grow and stay healthy. For information about the parkway tree reforesting, how to get a parkway tree, and how to take care of the trees in your landscape, go to - https://www. hancockparkhomeownersassociation.org/Parkway-Trees For many years, The Association has been replanting and nurturing our parkway trees. Arborist Sabine Hoppner is an invaluable member of the tree committee. She has evaluated our tree scape and recommended specific species for the next generation of growth. Sabine and her team plant the new trees, monitor their condition, and water them when homeowners cannot. Right now Sabine is on a mission to replant the Highland Avenue median. All of us in Hancock Park (and our trees!) thank Sabine for her care and dedication. Remember, your block captain is the key to a successful neighborhood watch and crime prevention network. Be sure your block captain has your current contact information so he or she can help you and your neighbors stay informed and safe! o o o If you’re planning to make any changes to the street-visible portion of your house, including hardscaping, and windows, don’t forget that Hancock Park is an HPOZ. Be sure and check with our City Planner, Suki Gershenhorn (suki.gershenhorn@ lacity.org), before starting. The HPOZ Preservation Plan, which regulates our HPOZ, can be found at http://www.preservation. lacity.org/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). Report graffiti sightings by calling 311 or at the City’s Anti-Graffiti Request System — tinyurl.com/yyr3unhc — and by calling Hollywood Beautification, 323-463-5180. Adv.

Thurs., July 4 — Independence Day. Wed., July 10 — Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council board meeting, Ebell Club, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., 7 p.m. Tues., July 23 — Taste of Farmers Market, 6333 W. Third St., 5 to 9 p.m. farmersmarketla.com. Thurs., Aug. 1 — Delivery of the August issue of the Larchmont Chronicle. Mon., Aug. 26 — Taste of Larchmont fundraiser for Hope-Net, hopenetla.org.

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

Letters to the Editor Shame on GWNC

I have lived near the corner of Maplewood and Wilton for 19 years. On my block alone, eight people have been evicted over the last six months. A guy who works at Trader Joe’s, a designer’s assistant, two college students, and worst of all, four women over the age of 65, to make way for 1,000 units of luxury apartments and condos. ($1.2 million for a two-bedroom condo.) Then, last week, the board of directors of the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council voted to oppose two new buildings on the 600 block of N. Manhattan Place, where the developers OFFERED to put in four units of affordable housing. That’s a teacher’s assistant, a college student or a bank teller. The two reasons given by the council were because: 1) the new buildings do not architecturally fit in with the community, and 2) they don’t have adequate parking spaces. I went out the next morning and spent 30 minutes on the block in question. I spoke with five neighbors, who all had parking problems in the area, but they had no idea there

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were affordable units proposed for the new buildings. Parking is the main issue my neighbors struggle with. Increased density means less parking. The areas to the south of Beverly, to the west of Wilton and on Western, all have parking restrictions, so we are limited to where we can park.   I am ashamed by the Greater Wilshire NC, because they are doing nothing to make the situation better: they throw their hands up; and they say, “We can’t do anything about it.”   I believe the government’s job is to find solutions, to lead in action, and to take care of its neighbors. If parking is the problem, restrictions in the area should be championed by the NC. They should take some of their city-allocated $40K per year to get information out, to get organized,  to promote a solution. The folks on the NC who voted against these two buildings should be ashamed of themselves. We should be going out of our way to help and encourage those developers that are doing that type of building. I witness NCs in other areas oppose the proposed new buildings that offer NO affordability. The GWNC is standing in the way of the solution to our housing crisis. Shame on them, shame on all people standing in the way of building affordable housing. The solution is within reach of the NC, their know-how and their city money.  They should get David Ryu to fast-track parking restrictions in the poor and underserved community north of Beverly Boulevard.   The proposers are great developers, two of only a few, who are willing to put up four units that will be affordable. They should be honored and revered! In the 30 minutes when I spoke with neighbors, I (Please turn to page 6) Write us at letters@larchmontchronicle.com. Include your name, contact information and where you live. We reserve the right to edit for space and grammar.

“I ended up finding her at Healthy Spot, where they brought in a bunch of dogs from the West Los Angeles Animal Shelter. I picked her because she was being really cute and doing a cool dance.” Hannah Adelstein with Elvira Larchmont Village

“We met Gracee at the Century City mall. She was a part of Lhasa Happy Homes… This one, Penny, we met through a person who rescues shih tzus, and we met her in Redondo Beach.” Paul Santello, with Penny and Gracee, Hancock Park

“It was actually about a month ago, when I adopted her in L.A. She’s about five months.” Cassidy Dobine, holding Zoë, and Less Young Larchmont Village

Correction to June’s ‘Salute to Graduates’

In our graduation special section last month (June 2019), the Chronicle inadvertently inserted imagery of last year’s graduating class at Temple Israel of Hollywood, for which we apologize. The correct 2019 graduation ad is on page 10 of this issue.


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Marat Daukayev Ballet bids adieu to La Brea dance studio By Sondi Toll Sepenuk It must have been 102 degrees in the dance hall June 16, as throngs of dancers, parents, friends, teachers and politicians packed the vaulted, honeycomb ceilinged room for the final performance of the Marat Daukayev School of Ballet at its La Brea Avenue dance studio. But no one seemed to notice. All eyes, moist with tears, were on the dancers as they pirouetted, grande jête’d and leaped to the greatest of heights from spring-loaded floors in a fond final farewell performance. “I feel like I’m careening toward an uncertain future, and I hope that I will land in a better space,” says Pamela Daukayev of the dance studio that she and her husband Marat Daukayev opened 19 years ago on La Brea Avenue. According to the ballet school, it is being forced to vacate the space because the building was recently sold, leaving 300 chil-

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AROUND THE TOWN 4 SCHOOL NEWS 16 ENTERTAINMENT At the Movies 12 Theater Review 14 On the Menu 22

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Real Estate, Pets of Larchmont

PETS OF LARCHMONT. 16 McAVOY ON PRESERVATION 2 HOME GROUND 6 BRIDGE MATTERS 8 ON BOOK & PLACES 9 REAL ESTATE SALES 10 LIBRARIES 19 PROFESSOR 23 CLASSIFIED ADS 23

MARAT TROUPE at the Marat ballet school in its final days on La Brea Ave. Front page photo: Annie Gimenez with Marat Daukayev.

dren and more than 6,000 ballet costumes in urgent need of a new studio. The departure of the studio is heartbreaking for the school’s dancers, teachers, and Pamela and Marat. The ballet school opened on La Brea Ave. in 2001 with two students. Today there are more than 300 children and more than 100 adults in the school. “We could not have imagined, when we started this school,” says Pamela, “what an extraordinary community

we were stepping into.” After starting the school, Pamela and Marat purchased a home in Windsor Square and raised three daughters. Their ballet school attracted hundreds of students from more than 78 zip codes, including Hancock Park, Mid-Wilshire, Brookside, Santa Monica, Malibu and international destinations such as France, Sweden, Japan, China and Honduras. “I drive up from Orange County six days per week,” says

teen dancer Annie Gimenez, who moved from Houston, TX three years ago to begin her training with Marat. “He is like a second father to me.” “The school has taught [the children] persistence, grace, confidence, and most importantly, friendship,” says Valerie Weiss, whose daughter dances in Level 4. “Such a special place can’t be replicated, and it needs a permanent home.” Marat and Pamela agree, and with the end of the La Brea Ave.

era, they are working hard on the next chapter for the school. “We have students who gave up places at the Paris Opera to be with us this summer, so we have booked our summer intensive into 3rd Street Dance Studio for the advanced students and Mind and Motion Pilates on La Brea for the beginning pointe girls and our little ones on the weekends.” Pamela and Marat are currently looking for a new permanent studio space, which will not be easy. They require (Please turn to page 21)

MAYOR Eric Garcetti visited the last performance June 16.


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Reserve Corps honored; all aboard USS Iowa; NGA appreciation Around the Town with

Patty Hill ABC’s hit series “The Rookie.” Of course, the couple of the night was Karla (foundation co-president) and Bill (Reserve Officer participant and volunteer) Ahmanson. Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Los Angeles Police Dept., LA King’s Daryl Evans, actress Amy Aquino and Chief

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Who would give up his or her weekends for no pay after months of grueling training? Some might do it for the excitement and adventure, but for the brave Angelenos, the motivation is a sense of duty to assist in doing what each can for community safety. Such is the mission of the Los Angeles Police Reserve Foundation that held its “Twice a Citizen” gala on May 4 at the Skirball Center. Honorees were: lawyer and philanthropist David W. Fleming; actor and executive producer Nathan Fillion and Alexi Hawley, creator and executive producer of

‘TWICE A CITIZEN’ gala includes Police Reserve Foundation co-president Karla Ahmanson and her husband Bill.

of Police Michel Moore were co-hosts for the evening. • • • Known as the best party in the city, Los Angeles Zoo’s annual Beastly Ball attracted more than 800 guests on May 18. Everyone enjoyed up-close encounters with extraordinary animals while being entertained by dazzling performances by musicians and dancers. A feast was located throughout, featuring everything from green corn tamales (from El Cholo) to gourmet hot dogs (from Pink’s) plus jalapeñocornbread donuts with maple glaze and bacon, just to name a few options. The evening’s festivities ended in the Zoo’s plaza for dancing and budget-busting auctions. In addition to honorees Dr. Sylvia Earle, Glen Curado, Duff Goldman and Connie Morgan, others applauding the event’s $1.5 million raised were

ZOO BALL guest Lisa Ling and daughter Jett are flanked by rainbow leopards. Photo by Jamie Pham

NGA END-OF-YEAR EVENT guests Lyyli and Bennie Robinson.

Kathy and Steve Shultz, Jenny and Jay Sonbolian and Lisa Ling and her daughter Jett. • • • The NGA of Hancock Park threw a member appreciation bash after a year of providing for the many shelters and programs that serve the underserved in our area. Shar and Robert Penfold welcomed over 70 ladies and their spouses for an alfresco dinner at their Fremont Place home May 30. NGA president Beverly Brown offered congrats for a record-breaking season of fundraising and giving. Among those in the generous and “get-your-handsdirty” crowd were Marilyn Wells, Cathryne and John Macievic, Jennifer and Mark Kim, Robin and John Jameson,

ALFRESCO DINNER HOSTS for the NGA event are Shar and Robert Penfold.

Danielle and Ron Reyes, Isabel Mayfield, Kiel FitzGerald and Jeff Rueben, Laura and Craig Collins, Dede and Chris Black, Julie and John Brumlik, Jan Daley and Steve Sauer, Lyyli and Bennie Robinson, Lisa and Roger Morrison, Amy and Kent Savagian, Marion Plato, Mary Woodward and Stephanie and Michael Sourapas. • • • A backyard musicale on a pleasant June 2 Sunday afternoon took place in the Miracle Mile North gardens of the Paul Williams-designed home of Toby Horn and Harold Tomin. Featuring the duo, “Les Maîtres du Violon,” of Sylvia Schwartz and John Ott, (Please turn to page 5)


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BACKYARD MUSICALE at the Miracle Mile North home of Toby Horn and Harold Tomin.

Around the Town (Continued from page 4)

the audience of about twodozen music aficionados gathered under the shady trees enjoyed hearing four sonatas from the 17th and 18th centuries. • • • Lots of locals headed to Las Vegas for the early-June national convention of the American Institute of Architects. Spotted attending sessions (including one describing the engineering of the world’s tallest observation wheel, the “High Roller“) were John Kaliski, Caroline Labiner Moser, Martha Welborne, Mark Rios (who formerly officed on Larchmont) and others. Also there, as reported in this issue’s “Home Ground” column on Lake Mead, was columnist Paula Panich. The annual architecture convention comes to Los Angeles in May of 2020.

HIGH ROLLER was the location for an American Institute of Architects continuing education session focused on the sophisticated engineering of the tall Las Vegas observation wheel.

• • • The St. Andrew’s Society in Southern California is a nonprofit organization, with no religious affiliation, that was founded in Los Angeles in 1930. Named after the patron saint of Scotland, the Society is devoted to the promotion of Scottish culture. This year, it gathered members and friends to celebrate St. Andrew’s Day in the beautiful backyard of the Hancock Park home of the British Consul General on June 16. This residence on June Street has been the Consul General’s home for 61 years. (A great real estate purchase for the Brits in 1957!) Organizers of the event, which supports research activities at Children’s Hospi-

MEN IN KILTS were much in evidence at the Annual St. Andrew’s Day gathering in the Hancock Park garden of the British Consul General.

tal Los Angeles, included Dr. Richard MacKenzie, the director of the hospital’s Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine for 40 years. • • • “Permission to come aboard” was not just the theme of the St. Vincent Meals on Wheels (MOW) fundraiser. The event actually was held on the USS Iowa harbored in San Pedro. It was a “benefit on the battleship” that starred 105-year-old WWII veteran Lt. Comm. Guy Autore. “This is my ship!” he said.

BRITISH RESIDENCE has housed consuls general in Hancock Park since 1957.

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Homelessness (Continued from page 1)

have-nots. Most recently, a runaway rental market has driven our housing prices to astronomical levels, leaving not just low-income people — but also many working and middleincome Angelenos — behind. Addressing the crisis A three-pronged approach is needed: rapid re-housing of the homeless; protection and expansion of our affordable housing stock; and resources — from mental health law reform to counseling to job placement — to keep people off the streets for good. This comprehensive approach is something I have been focused on since before I entered office. Each prong is needed to create lasting solutions and to address the different kinds of people experiencing homelessness — the mentally ill, the chronically homeless, and the largest share of new homeless, the economically distressed.

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New housing On prong one, our city has been moving faster than ever before. In Council District Four, we have five homeless housing centers in the works. The LA LGBT Center’s Anita May Rosenstein Campus in Hollywood opened a 100-bed facility for homeless youth in April, with 125 more units of permanent supportive housing on the way. Two bridge housing sites, one for homeless women and another for homeless youth, are opening later this year. Temporary bridge housing is on its way in Los Feliz, housing 75-100 people, as well as 54 units of permanent supportive housing for seniors in Sherman Oaks. I am continuing to seek land and locations for more homeless housing across Council District Four. But homeless housing alone will not solve the crisis — that was proven with this year’s homeless count, showing a 16 percent increase in the City of Los Angeles, despite our per-

mitting 21,000 housing units in 2018. This is a crisis driven by evictions and unaffordability, as the majority of new homeless cite economic hardship as the reason they are unhoused. Preserving housing That’s where prong number two comes in — the preservation and expansion of affordable housing. To get there, I have introduced a number of motions in City Council to study vacant units in our city, to give stronger protections to tenants, and to create new incentives in our planning process for affordable, workforce and moderateincome housing. Between 2014 and 2018, 91 percent of new housing construction was built for high income users. That isn’t right, and it doesn’t reflect our city’s needs. That’s why I am fighting for zoning laws that will build housing for people, not just investors, and why I am seeking statewide reform to Costa Hawkins and the Ellis Act. Counseling resources Finally, if we are going to whol-

ly address our homelessness crisis, we need to address a largely undiagnosed mental health crisis. At present, many chronically homeless who struggle with mental health issues can decline help even if they are visibly sick and in dire need. That’s why I have been seeking reform to our state’s Gravely Disabled laws, so our first responders can provide help where it’s needed. Last year, I introduced a resolution that unanimously passed City Council to push for these reforms, partnering with the County Board of Supervisors which is seeking the same. While we continue to advocate for Sacramento to meaningfully help us in this crisis, I am making sure every homeless housing resource we build in Council District Four comes with wraparound services like counseling and mental health support. If we are going to address homelessness holistically, we need to address it from

Letters

(Continued from page 2) developed a clear picture of the solution needed. I have brought this up countless times at these NC meetings. Countless times with David Ryu. Parking restrictions in high-density neighborhoods. A very simple solution. Allison Schallert Oakwood – Maplewood – St. Andrews Neighborhood

Tom Bergin’s status

The Mid City West Planning and Land Use Committee does not want to go on the record either supporting or rejecting this bid. They don’t want to incur the wrath of the Abundant Housing activists, nor the Miracle Mile preservation activists. So by delaying the vote and missing the deadline, it’s mission accomplished; they don’t have to get their hands dirtied. Olivia Branch Payoffs, corruption, intimidation — it seems like the City Council is up to its old tricks. The lawyer for Tom Bergin’s is a high-powered, well-experienced, anti-preservation, prodeveloper lobbyist who works for major companies, so he knows what he’s doing and how to play this and pull strings. The owner of Tom Bergin’s doesn’t care about the place and its history; he just sees land that can be exploited for his enrichment. The woe-is-me loss-ofinheritance story was always utter B.S. He can clearly afford a $1,000-an-hour attorney. Dorothy Danger

Plans for tire company

I love adaptive reuse! What a neat way to keep the [Firestone] building! Jamie Thomas Hall The above three comments are from our website and Facebook page.

many ends — housing those on the street, protecting those on the edge, and making sure we provide not only housing, but resources, counseling and job training. Getting there will require the involvement of every level of government — local, state and federal — as well as all of us calling for sensible reforms, seeking more housing and services across our city, and never, ever giving up on addressing this crisis of our time. David Ryu is councilmember for the Fourth District.

Tea, talk, tour at Alexandria House

Enjoy tea and light refreshments, while learning how you can help at Alexandria House, 426 S. Alexandria Ave., a transitional home for many families, Sat., July 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. RSVP to Michele Richards at 213-381-2649 or michele@ alexandriahouse.org.

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Beloved mail carrier retires, celebrated with proclamation By Rachel Olivier July 3, 2019, the day neighborhood mail carrier Carl Mitchell goes on retirement, will be the end of an era in the neighborhoods immediately surrounding the Larchmont Chronicle. The mail carrier has been delivering cheer and goodwill along with the mail to residents and businesses around Larchmont since 1980. 1975: Year of distinction It all began in 1975, a year of distinction: the Helsinki Accords were signed in Finland and Charlie Chaplin was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, but it was also the year the George C. Page Museum opened, Dorothy Chandler was named a “Woman of Larchmont” and Wilshire Chamber of Commerce declared (then named) Larchmont Chronicle publishers Dawne Goodwin and Jane Gilman “Citizen of the Year.” Most important of

all — for this story at least — it was the year that Carl Mitchell applied for a job at the U.S. Post Office (USPS). He was hired as a part time temporary employee for the holiday season sorting Christmas mail. The “powers that be” liked him enough to bring him back the next summer, and then again for the next holiday season. By then, of course, they wanted Mitchell around full time, officially hiring him as a regular employee on July 7, 1977. It took a few years for him to arrive on Larchmont, but by 1980, Carl Mitchell was fully ensconced in our “neck of the woods.” He said he was one of the substitutes for the route for the prior mail carrier, Scotty. And when Scotty retired, Mitchell stepped in. He loved the neighborhood and the community. “Nobody else wanted the

CARL MITCHELL has delivered letters and packages to the neighborhood with a smile for 39 years.

route because there was too much to carry,” remembers Mitchell. Connection I asked him what he liked about his route in Larchmont. His immediate reply was, “It’s the connection I have here — this,” he waved his hand between the two of us as I fol-

lowed him around. For years I have had Mitchell as a mail carrier both at home and at work, so I knew what he was referring to, such as the times when he’d tell me, “You have a letter from your mother in there,” or “I think that check you were waiting for finally came in.” As I shadowed him around the building at 606 N. Larchmont Blvd. (home of the Chronicle office) one afternoon, in every office, faces lit up as soon as Mitchell came through the door. More than one claimed that they always got the best packages and mail when Mitchell delivered his post. Bob Merlis, whose business “Merlis for Hire” has been in this same building for years, also has had the pleasure of Mitchell delivering his mail both at home and at work. “Carl’s fantastic!” said Merlis. “He’s so friendly and engaged and he really cares about the people on his route. He makes Larchmont feel like a small town.” Milestones Since 1980, even as the volume of mail has decreased and Mitchell’s route has changed, he has made his mark on the neighborhood. Some of the milestones in his service include playing Cupid to Kevin Perry of Yousen Plumbing and Catherine Gall, bookkeeper at Maidenberg CPA in 2012. As reported in the Larchmont Chronicle (January 2015), two years after Mitchell introduced the couple to each other, they were married; Mitchell and his daughter Siedah attended the wedding. In 2016, Mitchell was inducted into the National Million Mile club for driving one million accident-free miles for the USPS, says Evelina Ramirez from the USPS Corporate Communications of-

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fice. “He is the ‘go-to guy’ in his station,” says Ramirez, and he is known for his encouragement to co-workers and excellent customer service. That same year, an article in the “LA Weekly” by Christina McDowell (formerly of Larchmont) told the story of how Mitchell, born and raised on the Central Avenue corridor, a historical landmark for jazz, grew up watching his father, Big Carl, a bartender who also owned the local barbershop. Mitchell’s father was known for knowing and being friendly with everyone, and that spirit of interaction obviously transferred itself to Carl Jr. That spirit was honored in June by a proclamation from the City of Los Angeles and Councilman Joe Buscaino’s office (the district where Mitchell resides) in recognition of his service to the community. Going forward Retirement plans for Mitchell include the quintessential “honey do” list of home improvements, but he’s also keeping his options open. Because of McDowell’s article, he was recently contacted by pocket.watch, the company that produces “Ryan’s Mystery Playdate,” a show that airs on Nickelodeon, for a preliminary screening as part of the casting process for the show. But Mitchell also plans to schedule downtime into his retirement, so he can enjoy time with friends and family. Carl Mitchell has watched whole families grow up on his route. Some of them, like the Arquettes, are famous, and others just regular folk. He’s watched some of us grow from young to not so young, and from old to older. He’s contributed to the small-town friendly feel of Larchmont over the past 39 years, and he will be greatly missed.


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Ferris wheel at Grand Park Grove, Petersen partner for rooftop film series

Ride a 75-foot Ferris wheel, see fireworks and hear live music at the seventh annual Grand Park and The Music Center’s July Fourth block party, 200 N. Grand Ave., from 3 to 9 p.m. The free family-friendly event will cover six city blocks from Los Angeles Street to Grand Avenue and from Temple to Third streets. Attendees can bring a picnic or choose from a variety of food trucks, listen to live music from Latin funk to salsa, while enjoying the celebration. A 75-foot Fer-

ris wheel (tickets required) will provide views of the festivities. A special musical performance will accompany the rooftop fireworks show. There were 50,000 attendees last year, said Rachel Moore, president and CEO at The Music Center. Several streets will be blocked off and visitors are encouraged to take public transportation and bring food, but not alcohol, and no glass containers. For more information, visit july4.grandparkla.org.

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that growth and progress are, again, on the horizon, explained Meehan. “The guests are super excited about it,” said Meehan. “It’s a real positive thing for the hospitality and travel industry in Los Angeles.” Michelin Guide California 2019 — the first regional guide for the United States — includes restaurants in greater Los Angeles, Monterey, Orange County, Sacramento, San Diego and Santa Barbara. “With access to many of the world’s best farms, food producers and vineyards, California cuisine is respected worldwide, not only for the quality of its ingredients, but also due to the creativity displayed by its chefs,” says Gwendal Poullennec, international director of the Michelin Guides. The guide did not award three-stars — its highest rating — to any restaurant in Southern California.

(Continued from page 1) chef Kevin Meehan told the Chronicle. “We were bombarded with so much love from all of our friends, and then, the restaurant got super busy overnight. We haven’t really had a moment to enjoy it yet. When the smoke clears and we even out, we are looking forward to engaging with our new clientele.” According to Meehan, a Michelin star can make all the difference in the brutal restaurant business: “When we opened Kali, we had so many ideas for the restaurant that we wanted to do, and did do. Over time, however, we had to just focus on keeping the place going and paying the bills. Growing wasn’t part of the conversation — we were in survival mode, like most restaurants.” More than just a star rating, the designation will generate more sales, which means

By Sidney Gubernick Movie fanatics and car geeks rejoice! The Grove recently announced a Wednesday-night cinema series in partnership with the Petersen Automotive Museum. “Level 8 Drive-In” is a rooftop theater experience that combines fan-favorite films with their iconic cars cameos. Watch a favorite movie, enjoy some complimentary theater snacks, and take a photo with some of the most famous cars in cinematic history. “The Great Gatsby” (2013 version with Leo DiCaprio) is playing July 31, featuring Gatsby’s classic 1932 Duesenberg. Catch “Back to the Future” on August 28 and snap a photo with the time-traveling DeLorean. The series will finish

A 1932 DUESENBERG will be at the July 31 screening. Courtesy of Petersen Automotive Museum

off September 25 with “Iron Man” and Tony Stark’s Ford Flathead Roadster. Showings will be atop the The Grove’s parking structure after sunset. The cars will arrive for

viewing at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are free, but going fast. Visit TheGroveLA.com. Sidney Gubernick will be a sophomore at St. John’s College, Annapolis, Md.

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Sample food, wines at Taste of Farmers Market July 23

Sample food from more than 50 eateries, restaurants and grocers, including vegetarian options, at the 11th annual Taste of Farmers Market, 6333 W. Third St., Tues., July 23 from 5 to 9 p.m. There will be live entertainment, “Firehouse Chili” made by local fire stations 61 and 58, and a community craft table. Beer and wine samples will be available for adults 21

years old and over, and tickets include two non-alcoholic drinks. Free parking is also included. Proceeds support the FirstIn Fire Foundation, and there will be fire truck photo ops and firefighter “meet and greets” for guests. Tickets are $40 until July 22 and $50 the day of the event. Kids under 10 years can get tickets for $10 for 10 tastes. farmersmarketla.com.

‘A day at the beach’ with HopeNet Sample cuisine from 20 Larchmont Village restaurants at the Taste of Larchmont between Beverly Boulevard and First Street Mon., Aug. 26, 6 to 9 p.m. The 27th annual event is a fundraiser for HopeNet’s 13 food pantries and has become an end-of-summer tradition, says Brian Milder, the agency’s board chairman. HopeNet has served approximately 300,000 people — more than $2 million worth of food per year — for the past 30 years.

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SUMMER FUN at Disneyland this year is focused on the planet Batuu in the new “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” 14-acre addition to Walt Disney’s historic theme park in Anaheim. During the opening weeks in June, a cast member dressed as the young Jedi, Rey, compares light sabers with an even younger visitor. Photo by L.C. Stringer

Jan Daley to sing at Catalina Jazz Club

Local songstress Jan Daley, Hancock Park, will perform works from her new album, “Broadway Memories,” at the Catalina Jazz Club, 6725 Sunset Blvd., Sun., July 14, at 7:30 p.m. The performance also will celebrate her “Way of a Woman” CD making No. 1 on the jazz charts. Tickets to the performance are $25. For more information, visit catalinajazzclub.com or call 323-466-2210.


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Life’s a beach at Save the Date

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Proceeds from this annual event support HopeNet’s 13 food pantries. Go to hopenetla.org.

Remarkable tale told of ‘Maiden’s’ voyage Maiden (10/10): Runtime 93 minutes. NR. If this isn’t the best movie of the year, it’s close. A documentary that tells the story of Tracy Edwards putting together a crew consisting entirely of women to compete in the 1989 Whitbread Round the World Race, it’s told entirely without narration. Edwards and her crew and some of the skippers of her competing ships tell the story themselves. Not only did she have to find a boat (a 58-footer named “Maiden”), she had to finance the entire thing. Here was a young woman, totally without experience of doing such an endeavor, plunging in and doing it all on the strength of her character. She had to put the crew together (there aren’t a lot of experienced female sailors), buy a boat, refurbish it, raise the financing, and be the boss, all herculean tasks, especially for one who had no experience for even one of those tasks. What

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Tony Medley makes this truly remarkable is Tracy’s amazing foresight. She even had a movie camera along so the scenes we see are actually what happened. Wild Rose (9/10): Runtime 101 minutes. R. Highlighted by wonderful music, Jessie Buckley gives a boffo performance as a Glasgow country singer who longs for Nashville, but it’s a far more complex and nuanced tale. After only one minute, I turned to my assistant and said, “I love this movie!” And I never changed my opinion. Framing John DeLorean (9/10): Runtime 119 minutes. NR. A fascinating tale of ambition and hubris, this is how

DeLorean tried to be the new Henry Ford — told with archival films, interviews with people involved, and also with scripted scenes with Alec Baldwin playing DeLorean. Even though it all happened in the late 20th century, it still has a twist you don’t see coming. Rocketman (7/10): Runtime 121 minutes. R. There’s a lot of music in this, a lot of drugs, and a lot of gay sex. It tells that a young, fearful piano wunderkind, Reginald Dwight, is unloved and uncared for by his frigidly cold parents. Then almost like a butterfly turning into a caterpillar, Reggie metamorphoses into the monster drug addict, alcoholic rock and roll superstar, Elton John (Taron Egerton, in an Oscar-quality performance). This is not just “warts and all,” it’s almost all warts. The entire movie shows John as a whining, despicable, ungovernable prima donna begging for love and throwing fits when he doesn’t get it. The last 28 years of his life when he was drug- and alcohol-free and remarkably prolific are ignored. The main criticism of last year’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” by many was that it whitewashed a story that was darker than what was presented onscreen. To give “Rocketman” credit, it does not pull its punches. Pavarotti (7/10): Runtime 114 minutes. PG-13. Director Ron Howard’s whitewashed version of the life of the Il Divo is entertaining enough, but it would have been better had it told the whole story, the negative with the positive. There is some music, but not too much to bother those who don’t appreciate opera. David Crosby: Remember My Name (7/10): Runtime 92 minutes. NR. This is a disjointed telling of folk rock guitarist David Crosby’s story by himself through interviews and archival films. It covers his infatuation with Joni Mitchell, his horrible addiction to drugs, and pretty much all of his life from the ’60s to today. Missing is music, although he talks about it a lot. I’m not sure why a documentary about a musician (Crosby wrote, sang, and played the guitar) would not feature some of the songs that musician wrote and performed. It is a glaring omission from a film that is interesting, but can’t hold a candle to “Echo in the Valley.” Designated Survivor (3/10): This Netflix series had two good years, but a new showrunner has taken over and imposed his social values on the characters, grossly depreciating the series which had heretofore been refreshingly populist. Include me out. Recommended reading: “Past Tense” by Lee Child; “Redemption” by David Baldacci.


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‘Indecent’ tells of first kiss; Anne Frank’s hoped-for illusion In 1906, Polish-Jewish playwright Sholem Asch wrote the play “God of Vengeance,” the story of the love between a female prostitute and the daughter of the brothel’s owner. Indecent by Paula Vogel tells the journey of this controversial drama. Opening in Berlin, we follow as the play tours Europe and eventually lands in New York in 1923 and in the history books. The play (translated into English) presented the first kiss between two women on the American stage. The actors were eventually ar-

rested for obscenity due to the play’s content. “Indecent,” directed by Rebecca Taichman, features a cast of six accomplished performers (on stage as the audience enters,) who perform a variety of roles during the action of the play. The actors include Elizabeth A. Davis, Joby Earle, Harry Groener, Mimi Lieber, Steven Rattazzi and Adina Verson and Richard Topol as Lemml the stage manager. Not billed as a musical, this is definitely a play with music that becomes a part of the action and contributes greatly to

the evening. Score and original music by Lisa Gutkin and Aaron Halva. A three-piece live orchestra weaves in and out and is part of the action, while playing a variety of vintagesounding instruments. The unique, visceral choreography is by David Dorfman. The performance runs almost two hours without an intermission, but interest never wanes in this timely play. Through Sun., July 7, Ahmanson Theatre, Music Center 135 Grand Ave., 213-6282772. 4 Stars

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for illusion only makes the dramatic main action of the play that much more poignant as the Frank family and their fellow Jews go into hiding to avoid capture by the Nazis. A scene has been added as we see the family pack their belongings, ready to give up all but the most basic necessities. Several years pass as the war goes on. Anne blossoms in spite of the harsh circumstances and finds love with Peter van Pels (Kevin Matsumoto) but the adults don’t fare as well as the forced incarceration takes its toll on health and spirit. Ms. Lalezarzadeh has found the spunkiness in the young Anne and brings poise and understanding to the mature Anne. Rob Brownstein resonates with dignity and empathy in his role as father Otto Frank. Directed by Eve Brandstein, the rest of the cast is excellent. Unfortunately the play is not well served by the limited stage space and lack of a proscenium in its current home. (Appropriate for ages 8 and up.) Through Mon., July 22, Museum of Tolerance, 9786 W. Pico Blvd., 310-553-8403, museumoftolerance.com. 3 Stars • • • Ready Steady Yeti Go by David Jacobi centers on a group of seventh graders as they attempt to cope with a hate crime in their midst. The time is present day. A racial epithet has been drawn on Carly’s (Jasmine St. Clair) house. Her family is one of only two black families in the town. Goon (Ryan Brophy) tries to comfort her, and a budding romance develops. Carly and Goon gather at a hideout in the woods (excellent scenic design by David A. Mauer). The rest of their crowd, Katie (Rori Flynn), Goon’s twin Gandry (Kenney Selvey), Barry (Randolph Thompson) and “Shades” (Morgan Wilday), join them as they attempt to reenact the crime (as a play within a play), discover who is responsible and put into perspective what happened. They consult a Ouija board, organize anti-hate groups, ponder why evil exists and attend assemblies. Adult actors portray this group of struggling adolescents and their sometimes over-exaggerated, child-like mannerisms eclipse the dialogue and therefore the premise of the play. The cast fares better when doubling as the adults involved. Especially Ms. St. Clair’s excellent, nuanced monologue portraying the grownups in her life. The ending does not come to any new conclusions nor lead to any intuitive realizations. Through Mon., July 29, Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice, 855-585-5185 roguemachinetheatre.com. 3 Stars


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Episcopal School takes a family-style approach to lunch By Billy Taylor Allow me to set the scene: More than a hundred students assembled around 16 tables — each topped with platters of steak and potatoes — singing together with a piano accompanist a popular melody from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood before sitting down to share a family-style meal. One might assume such a civilized assembly of students was a special event, but for the Episcopal School of Los Angeles (ESLA), it’s just how they do lunch each day.

The motivation behind the approach is that there’s no substitute for breaking bread with your neighbor. So each day, around noon, the entire middle and upper schools gather together for a family-style meal. It’s a time for students, faculty and staff to share both good food and good conversation. “From how we understand it, this is a totally unique way to serve school lunch,” said Will Litton, ESLA director of admissions. To witness the communal gathering first hand, I

met Litton for lunch during ESLA’s second-to-last day of school before summer break. When I arrived, the students — who were excited to be out of their typical uniforms for a “free dress” day — were gathering in the lunchroom. The piano was playing in the background, and an intoxicating smell was coming from the kitchen. “Today is a special day as students are celebrating the middle school head Jay Johnson’s last day,” said Litton. “So we’re having steak and potatoes, Johnson’s favorite.”

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School chef The man behind the program is chef Hugo Monterrosa. Not your typical cafeteria-style cook, Monterrosa sharpened his culinary skills at a London-based restaurant before spending time at East Hollywood’s beloved Sqirl. Looking at a couple of Monterrosa’s recent lunch menus, it’s quickly obvious that these kids eat well: One menu reads steamed mahi-mahi and hanger steak served with hominy grits and squash blossom salad. A second menu reads lamb shoulder served with Moroccan cous cous and chickpea salad. There is always a vegetarian option, too. “It’s a chance to teach the kids about good eating habits,” said Monterrosa. “We want to show them that they don’t have to eat mass-produced products.” And the learning doesn’t stop there. Monterrosa says that they use food to explore other cultures and traditions from around the world. Builds confidence “The lunch program provides another venue to take what the kids are learning in class and carries that into conversation with their peers every single day,” said Lit-

ton, who explained that there is a rotating faculty member at every table. “And that means that there is someone invested in each student at every table. It also means that students are interacting with different groups each day, growing confidence, and building relationships that might not have happened otherwise.” Students are assigned seats for lunch three days a week, and are allowed free seating for two days. The kitchen also provides breakfast and snacks to hungry students. The ESLA is in the midst of a multimillion-dollar renovation of its permanent campus on Lillian Way, just off the corner of Vine and Santa Monica. As such, the school is temporarily conducting class — and its unique lunch program — at the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood. According to Litton, ESLA hopes to complete the project later this fall. “We will soon have a new and improved kitchen where we can continue to build on the lunch program,” said chef Monterrosa. “It will be good to be back home.” Visit es-la.com for more information.


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Goldie’s / St. Brendan’s girls’ basketball finish the season The Goldie’s Youth Sports and St. Brendan’s Basketball Association’s all girls basketball league wrapped up its spring season on June 9 with one team ending the season with an undefeated record. The Championship Team

won 7-0 games during the season in age Division 11-14. Goldie’s is an all-girls recreational league that promotes teamwork, sportsmanship and community. The 2019 fall season runs October through December

for age divisions 5-6, 7-8, 9-10 and 11-14. All basketball games take place at St. Brendan School, 238 S. Manhattan Pl. Registration for the fall season begins late August. Visit, goldiesyouthsports.com.

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By Scarlett Saldaña 8th Grade D u r i n g this summer, the students at Oakwood will prepare for their next adventure by advancing through another year of middle school or high school. During this summer, past eighth and eleventh graders move into their new positions as either freshmen or seniors. As both grades know, it will be a big step for them, but an even greater step as they move into unfamiliar territory — high school and college. However, as I have been at Oakwood for almost two years now, I have learned that as a school, we know and respect others’ input and ideas. For example, I know that for many eighth graders, transitioning into ninth grade can be “terrifying,” as one student mentioned. After all, they only know high school to be stressful, daunting, and horrific. At least, that’s what Hollywood perceives it to be. But after getting advice from multiple high schoolers, college counselors, and administrators, a part of student resources, more students started to relax and enjoy their years in the present time. What many students have learned, including me, is that at Oakwood, you can talk to anyone there. Whether it’s seniors or teachers, if you ask, they are happy to help.

Soccer sign-ups underway for fall; waitlist July 31

Fall registration is underway for the fall season of the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) Region 78 Hollywood-Wilshire. Sign up early, as prices go up after July 31 and waitlist registration begins, Kurt Muller, Regional Commissioner AYSO 78 Hollywood, told us. The season opens Sat., Sept. 7, and most of the practices and games are held at Pan Pacific Park (for younger divisions) and Fairfax High School. The programs are for boys and girls ages 3 – 18 (born in the years of 2001 – 2016). Playoffs will take place at the end of November and early December. Both Divisional League Champions and AllStar teams for the Hollywood region will participate in Area League Championships and Area AllStar Tournaments in January. Register at ayso78. inleague.org.

K-POP finalists to sing, dance July 27

Watch contestants sing and dance at the K-POP World Festival: Los Angeles Finals on Sat., July 27 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Korean Cultural Center, 5505 Wilshire Blvd. Deadline is Sun., June 30 at submission@www.kccla.org. Top teams will proceed to the August online judgment and a chance to win a trip to Korea to compete in the K-POP World Festival in Changwon.

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Haircuts for Charity at Larchmont Hair and Nails

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By Talia Abrahamson Right in time for summer, women and girls at Larchmont Hair and Nails each cut off at least 10 inches of hair for charity. Hosted by the parent teacher association (PTA) of Fairfax area elementary school Ohr Eliyahu, this haircutting event raised braided donations for Zichron Menachem, a charity that provides wigs for Israeli cancer patients under 25 years old. Local organizer Jenny Mandelbaum wanted the June 12 event to feel like a party, in line with the charity’s mission to make hair donating a special experience for the donor and recipient. Although haircuts were the spotlight of the event, the salon also offered other luxuries to pamper donors, such as manicures and cookies. Hairdressers and manicurists worked after hours to ensure the event remained free for all in attendance. Pilen Gomez is a hairdresser at a different salon, but he traveled to 417 N. Larchmont Blvd. just for the event. Larchmont Hair and Nails hairdresser Iliana Duenas has been a hairstylist for 12 years, and this was her first year cutting hair for the charity. “It’s giving a little bit back to the Jewish community,” Duenas said. Mandelbaum first brought Zichron Menachem to Los Angeles when she was president of Ohr Eliyahu’s PTA, after living in London for 10 years. Her daughter needed a haircut in London, and she loved the idea of donating hair to another Jewish child, who experienced hair loss from chemotherapy. “I wanted her to understand the whole concept behind it to the level that she was able to, and that’s what’s amazing about Zichron Menachem. The person who’s giving understands what they’re doing, and the person who’s receiving understands. The whole relationship is beautiful,” Mandelbaum said. Approximately 35 donors attended the party from across the Los Angeles Jewish community. Sarala Beilis, 7 years old, donated her hair for the first time. “I did it because it will help children that need it, and it will make them feel better. It will make them really happy,” Beilis said. Rifka Meyer, also at the event and owner of Rifka’s Salon in London, hopes to eventually connect all Zichron Menachem haircutting parties through an online interface, to strengthen the community component of hair donations. “The whole thing is just beautiful. Everybody does everything for free. Every-

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Anne Lombard, 90, Fremont Place Anne Lombard, 90, of Fremont Place, died at home June 11, four days short of her 91st birthday. Anne, the mother of “Larchmont Buzz” co-publisher Patty Lombard, relocated to Los Angeles with her husband Rocci more than five years ago. Last year, the couple and their family were featured in an article in the “Los Angeles Times” on redesigning homes to be more accessible for older family members. Anne, a member of The Ebell of Los Angeles, enjoyed baking cookies for dinners delivered by Ebell members to residents

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of Alexandria House, the transitional shelter for women and children. She was also a member of St. Brendan’s Church. She attended Indiana University, where she earned a degree in home economics. She mar-

ried Rocci in 1951, and they moved to Fort Lauderdale in 1960, becoming active in the local business community. She was also a home economics teacher for 25 years. Anne is survived by her husband Rocci, son John Lombard (Claudia), daughter Joanna Lombard (Denis Hector), and daughter Patty Lombard (Bill Simon), along with six grandchildren, her sister and brother, and nieces and nephews. Please make donations to Alexandria House. A memorial will be planned later in the summer.

Richard Hotaling, 87, formerly of Windsor Square Richard Hotaling died May 17. He was 87. Hotaling grew up in Woodside, Calif., and he graduated from Denison University in 1954. In 1955, he married Elizabeth Purdon Duque (Bitsy) of Los Angeles and moved to San Francisco before settling down to raise their family in Windsor Square. (He was the great-grandson of the late AP Hotaling, founder of AP Hotaling Whiskey Company in San Francisco.) His business ventures included a 29-year career with Orange County Lumber Company followed by the Salvation Army and others. Dick and Bitsy gave to many organizations: Hollygrove, Devil Pups, The Hospitalite Notre Dame de Lourdes, The Order of Malta, The Order of St. Gregory, The Order of the Holy Sepulchre, Little Sisters of the Poor, Las Torres and Las Posada.

In his later years he returned often to his ranch in the central coastal mountain range of Paso RICHARD Robles. SurHOTALING rounded by his wife, family and his two dogs, Dick died at home in Pasadena. He also is survived by his four children, Elita (David) Balfour, Marsi (Kent) Lauble, Elizabeth (John) Watson, and George (Bernadette) Hotaling, and 12 grandchildren, one great-grandson, his sister Monie Hoag, brother-in-law Henry Duque, sister-in-law Mary Delia Duque, and numerous nieces and nephews. Donations can be made to the Preston Horticultural Fund c/o Denison University, P.O Box D, Granville, OH 43023.

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Allan Graf, 72, Hancock Park

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and tears could be heard in every corner of the room. “When I was six years old, I took a class in that room,” says Freya Marr-Johnson (pointing to one of the studios). “I never looked back. I was looking for a place to dance — and this was the perfect fit.” To learn more or to support their fundraiser, go to https:// tinyurl.com/y4c7ek4c.

Allan Jacques Graf, 72, of Hancock Park, died May 30, a few days after he suffered a stroke. Allan was born in Los Angeles, raised in New York, and returned to Los Angeles with his family in 1985. He held bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Foreign Relations from Johns Hopkins University and earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Columbia University. Allan practiced law at several firms, finishing his career at Carlsmith Ball LLP.

Graf also volunteered at St. Francis Center and mentored incarcerated young men. He is survived by his wife, Margaret; his daughter Laura and her husband Teddy Macker and their daughters Eleanor and Tomasa; his son Matthew and his husband Miles Hogan; and his sister and brother. A funeral Mass was held last month at St. Brendan’s Church. Donations can be sent to the St. Francis Center of Los Angeles: (stfranciscenterla.org).

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“We deliver not just meals, but love,” declared MOW executive director Veronica Dover, reminding guests that the group behind MOW, the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent De Paul, arrived at this very port in 1858. Supporters from our ’hood included Laurie and George Stoneman, Paula Marcus, Meredith Carr, June Bilgore, Laura and Richard Esposito and Daryl and Jim Twerdahl. From ship to shore, Larchmont has philanthropy in hand. And that’s the chat!

8,000 – 12,000 square feet that will duplicate the five ballet studios they operated out of their La Brea location. To help raise funds for the new space, they have started a GoFundMe page. As the curtain came down on the final dance at the La Brea dance studio, laughter

Clyde Christopher Jenkins, 52, died June 1 after suffering a heart attack. A native of Southern California, Clyde was the youngest of nine siblings and went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Cal State Northridge. Jenkins had several careers, starting out in the music business at Capitol Records, and ending up as a music executive at Michael J. Jackson Productions for 15 years. He then entered law enforcement

with the California Highway Patrol for a few years before winding up in Houston, Texas. CLYDE After estabJENKINS lishing a career in real estate in Texas, he moved back to Los Angeles to be closer to his family, where he also began working with his Coldwell Banker family in Hancock Park, where he was a Realtor for nine years. Coldwell Banker office manager John Winther noted that Jenkins’ unexpected death was especially sad, as he had been in apparent good health and was only 52. Jenkins was known for being fun-loving, as can be seen on his website from some of the testimonials from former clients. Jenkins was active and

enjoyed life; he liked to dance, travel, skate and sing. He was also known for his creative Halloween costumes each autumn, and he was judge of the costume contest at the annual Larchmont Family Fair, working often as a volunteer with Betsy Malloy. “At the first ‘Larchmont’s Got Talent’ show, Clyde entered the contest. He was great and I had no idea he was the late James Brown’s nephew. But I figured, ‘oh heavens, let’s give the prize to the talented young people. Clyde won’t care,’” said Malloy. “But I think he did deep down. I think that’s why I found a whoopee cushion on my chair in my office,” remembers Malloy. He is survived by sisters Helen Jackson (Amos), Patricia Truss-Morgan, Clarice Dickson-Truss, Jesslyn Jenkins-McGill (Cedric), brothers Clarence Truss (Noel) and Fredrick Jenkins (Angela).

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Join the Assistance League of Los Angeles at a musical journey celebrating its 100-year-legacy at The Diamond Revue Sat., June 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Assistance League Theatre, 1367 North Saint Andrews Pl. The time capsule of story and song features Hollywood and Broadway stars. A Heritage Circle High Tea is planned for Sun., Sept. 22 at 3 p.m. at a private residence. The Diamond Anniversary Gala will take place Sat., Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. at Paramount Pictures. The League’s numerous programs work to improve the lives of impoverished children in our community. Visit assistanceleaguela.org.

Ebell Film Series: A League of Their Own Grab your crew and join us for a special summer screening of A League Of Their Own! The night kicks off with a light dinner, followed by the screening inside the Wilshire Ebell Theatre. Wednesday, July 10th | 6:30 pm Reception, 8:00 pm Screening

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plates are topped with a wild and colorful garden of herbs and flowers; an array that visually harkens a Los Angeles yard replaced with native plants rather than an oldstyle expanse of grass edged with manicured plant beds. Green tahini tartine presents toast topped with whipped tahini (a Middle Eastern paste or sauce made from ground sesame seeds), mandolin-cut radishes, citrus segments and spring peas to form a visually vibrant and flavorful $15 dish. Seared Japanese sweet potatoes were rightly recommended; the sweetness of the perfectly cooked potatoes was offset by a vivid parsley-cilantrocaper salsa. Fattoush-y salad was the least exciting item the three of us sampled. A mass of arugula tossed with

roasted turnips and assorted fruit slices, tossed in a za’atar vinaigrette, this $13 riff on the classic bread-based salad served a nice portion of healthy greens, but did not wow, even with the addition of the optional spiced lamb. A surprising table favorite was the seared chicken. This $31 piece of poultry was intensely juicy and bathed in a pomegranate molasses bath, with sugar snap peas, greens and yuzu kosho. Somehow the sweetness of the Middle Eastern molasses animated the Asian zing of lemony yuzu and elevated the humble bird. Botanica Restaurant and Market, 1620 Silver Lake Blvd., 323-522-6106. Contact Helene at onthemenu@larchmontchronicle.com

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COLDWELL BANKER Hancock Park  |  $5,250,000 Grand Scale Mediterranean! 6Bed/5.5Bas, luxury finishes throughout, deep private yard. 684June.com

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It’s summertime and leisure and preservation efforts continue It’s summer, a time when we try to slow down, read a good book, travel a bit. In the historic preservation world, the work of preserving individual buildings never seems to stop, whether it’s by continuous advocacy or repairing the roof. Here are just a few items to note as you pursue your (hopefully) leisure activities: Take an armchair vacation to view the current most threatened places in the country. The website savingplaces. org takes you to the 2019 Eleven Most Endangered list published by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. They are a diverse group, from Nashville’s Music Row and the Excelsior Club in Charlotte, N.C. (a Green Book entry) to the National Mall Tidal Basin in Washington D.C. and ancestral places of southeast Utah. Threatened by climate change, development and neglect, the stories are varied and fascinating. The good news: of over 300 places which have made the list over 32 years, less than five percent have been lost. Closer to home, the Bob Baker Marionette Theater has a new (and very appropriate) home in Highland Park. Much as we will miss the original location and the

master himself, the company has found a new (yet historic) venue at 4949 York Blvd. in the midst of a burgeoning community arts district. The York Theatre, built in 1923, has been a silent film venue and a church, hosted various community organizations, and is now a puppet theater. The simple Art Deco building retains its marquee, lobby and auditorium space with a stage. All of our favorite puppets delighted an audience of over 100 at a recent opening performance. The adaptability of this space to the antics of the cast was a reminder that historic buildings are flexible and enduring when they end up in the right hands. Sue Mossman has literally counted the days she’s spent in historic preservation: 9,136 of them as executive director of Pasadena Heritage to be exact (more if you count her time in other roles). This productive career as the head of one of the region’s most industrious and innovative preservation organizations is certainly something to celebrate, and friends will do just that this month at the Castle Green, one of the city’s most historic treasures. Sue’s quiet yet tenacious advocacy has provided a model for aspir-

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essary components of making things work. And I have to give a “shout out” to a specific member of the Windsor Square / Hancock Park community who has brought his skills as an architectural historian and advocate back home after a sojourn with his family abroad. The current steward of the historic O’Melveny house in Windsor Square, Brian Curran has multiple new volunteer roles — with the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, the Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society, and Hollywood Heritage. Brian’s energy and talent are much needed and welcome! I’m sure

statuettes to coins, spoons, plates and stamps, and a collection of dolls. A movie exhibit celebrating summer features action figures and film posters and postcards. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and students and $5 for children. Call 213-413-1814 or visit griermussermuseum.org.

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Luxury 42-story tower planned for the Miracle Mile

413 North McCadden Place Listed for $2,995,000 Charming and elegant English home on a wonderful tree lined street on a spacious 10,000 sq.ft. lot with a pool. This wonderful well-kept home features a 2-story entry, elegant living room, formal dining room, den, updated kitchen and maids with bath. Upstairs there is a very spacious master suite with sitting area, updated bath and large walk-in closet. 2 additional bedrooms and another remodeled bath finish off the upstairs. Wonderful private yard with a pool, covered patio and 2 car garage. This is the first time on the market in 48 years.

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157 South Arden Blvd. Charming fixer just 2 blocks from Larchmont. This 2 story home features 3 well sized bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, den, living room with a fireplace and a pool out back. Bring your ideas to make this your dream home.

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Plans from developer Walter N. Marks will further change the Miracle Mile skyline with a 42-story mixed-use project that, if approved, also will replace the Staples store at 5407 Wilshire Blvd. The proposed 475,000-squarefoot building will contain 371 apartments and include amenities such as a bowling alley, golf simulator and a fifth-floor park. Developers envision that the tower, which takes a curvilinear shape, and was designed by one-time Fremont Place resident Richard Keating, FAIA, will open in 2023, about the same time as the first portion of Metro’s Purple Line Extension. “We are generally supportive of the project but it is early in the process and we are still reviewing it,” said Miracle Mile Residential Association president James O’Sullivan. “There is an environmental process to go through, and ultimately the project will be presented to the full MMRA board.”

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The property information herein is derived from various sources that may include, but not be limited to, county records and the Multiple Listing Service, and it may include approximations. Although the information is believed to be accurate, it is not warranted and you should not rely upon it without personal verification. Real estate agents affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage are independent contractor agents and are not employees of the Company. ©2018 Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Owned by a subsidiary of NRT LLC. Coldwell Banker, the Coldwell Banker Logo, Coldwell Banker Global Luxury and the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury logo service marks are registered or pending registrations owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC.


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The Sevens: large homes fill small lots at Wilshire, Rimpau By Suzan Filipek The Sevens, a small-lot subdivision in Hancock Park, is officially open and on the market. Set at the corner of Wilshire and Rimpau boulevards, the contemporary-style homes feature 10-foot ceilings and three or four bedrooms up

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homes last month. Two of the seven homes have sold (a third is in escrow), one to a Chinese-born, U.S.-educated lawyer with offices downtown; another occupant is a Hancock Parknative developer and his New York-born wife and their two children. “I think a developer buying one of the units speaks well of the building,” Knox said. Similar to a row house and evoking 19th-century New York brownstones, the homes offer 21st-century touches and sound construction throughout, she added. There are Viking appliances and two-car garages with electric vehicle outlets. Rooftops are set up for solar, and, inside, rooms are wired for sound and have automatic AC and heating, security and lighting. Double pane windows, white oak floors, clean Italian countertops and stone mantel fireplaces, as well as free-standing bath tubs, are features. Also free-standing, the homes range from 2,100 to 2,400 square feet each on a third of an acre lot and share gardening and trash collection fees. The Art Deco former Farmer’s Insurance property is across Wilshire.

CONTEMPORARY design and modern touches are throughout.

ROOFTOP decks include views of the Art Deco tower across Wilshire Blvd.

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500 North Bronson Avenue, Larchmont Village Just Listed 4 TIC Units Starting at $549,000 1 Bed | 1 Bath

2015 North Oxford Ave, Los Feliz Just Sold — Negotiated $60k Under Asking $3,035,000 Represented Buyer

501 N Stanley Avenue, Beverly Grove Just Sold with Multiple Offers $2,430,000 — $181,000 Over Asking Represented Seller

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“Ali Jack is THE BEST. She was the most attentive, knowledgeable and supportive guide through the entire home buying process. She was quick to understand what I was looking for and helped me find an architectural gem. She was a sharp negotiator who got me a great price on this dream home. I felt so supported having Ali by my side during inspections and grateful for her network of partners. She was always there to take my calls and answer my questions. I highly recommend working with Ali Jack!” — R. Webber

Compass is a licensed real estate broker (01991628) in the State of California and abides by Equal Housing Opportunity laws. All material presented herein is intended for informational purposes only. Information is compiled from sources deemed reliable but is subject to errors, omissions, changes in price, condition, sale, or withdraw without notice.


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Finding the real in Las Vegas: Formaldehyde, glitter and dead pool I fell for the mirage at the Mirage. This was in Las Vegas, a place I said I would never visit because — well, because. But I accompanied my explorer-companion (and architect) Doug to the 2019 AIA Conference on Architecture, mind open — mostly. (Suspend judgment, said a friend.) We were at the Mirage to see a show, “Beatles Love” or something, produced by Cirque du Soleil. All those handsome athletic children, hanging from ropes — terrifying. But back to the Mirage. Above the lobby-casino is a dome-canopy 90 feet overhead. And an enormous tropical rain-foresty garden (tall trees!) with a perpetual stream — and here is where I was split-second snookered, perhaps along with the zillion other people zinging around. What a maintenance budget and nightmare, I thought. But this was Las Vegas. The trees are mummified. Steel rods stuck in their poor trunks, and formaldehyde injected. But as this “experience economy” (as the giant engine of commodities and desire has been called) churns along day and night here in the middle of the desert, corporate-branded

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Paula Panich Las Vegas has become one of the most visited cities in the world. Few will be surprised that 10 million more tourists, in 2015, experienced the flash and noise of the Las Vegas Strip than the original City of Light, Paris. Las Vegas as ever-changing theme park originated around 1941, with the first gambling resorts based on Hollywood ideas of the Old West, and the pairing of the two fantasyproducing places has yet to abate. Fantasy is one thing, but the reality of sustaining the glittering architecture of desire is another. Fly into Las Vegas from the east and one sees beautifully designed (by natural forces) cinnamon-colored fissures in the Earth — and then that great blue eye blinking at the sky — Lake Mead, impounded Colorado River water, the largest reservoir in the country, feeding hotels and casinos and restaurants and ever-hungry tourists

seeking glamor and fortune. Formaldehyde-saturated trees, attempts at xeriscape, and suggestions to reuse hotel towels seem unlikely to shrink the great straw of the city sucking up water from the Colorado River, a truly limited resource. Hoover Dam then sends it downriver through high canyon walls into the Imperial Valley of California and into Arizona and Mexico. The elevation of Lake Mead fell 140 feet in the 2000-2018 drought. (The past winter’s rains restored about three feet.) Las Vegas receives 90 per cent of its municipal water from the Colorado River. The Southern Nevada Water Authority has taken on a multi-year, $1.3 billion project to secure a water supply for Las Vegas in the event of ecological disaster — a condition known, chillingly, as “dead pool.” Dead pool is the unthinkable, the point at which, as a Nevada journalist puts it, it would be physically impossible to release water from the dam into the river. No water would make it past Lake Mead. Contractors are working now on a new pumping station in Lake Mead, part of a new infrastructure that would change Las Vegas from one of

THE GREAT BLUE EYE of Lake Mead in the Nevada desert, the country’s largest reservoir. Photo: Paula Panich

the least water-secure cities to one of the most secure. Construction is slated to finish in 2020, and that will make Las Vegas the only water user in the lower Colorado Basin able to get water under dead pool conditions, according to Daniel Rothberg of the “Nevada Independent.” Last winter was only the

fifth year in the last 20 wherein the snowpack in the Sierra was above average. It would take three or four consecutive years of good inflow, (that is, above average snowpack), to refill Lake Mead. The good news, according to reporter Rothberg, is that there is no bad news up there in that great blue eye.


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Gil Saraf & Mark Priceman have navigated to Compass. Gil Saraf and Mark Priceman strengthen our Compass team with their combined experience of 30 years in real estate, guiding home buyers and sellers in today’s market. Saraf and Priceman will work from our flagship Hancock Park office located in the 1920s Keystone Building at 156 No. Larchmont Boulevard, known as L.A.’s Most Community-and Architecture-Centric Real Estate Office. The innovative space is more community outpost than a traditional office and is the headquarters to a team of real estate professionals who embrace marketing a wide array of properties including architecturally significant estates across Greater Wilshire/Hancock Park and beyond.

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Do you rebid 1 no trump, or do you make a support double? Here’s your hand sitting west as dealer: ♠ KJ5 ♥ AK2 ♦ Q8632 ♣ 74

Here’s the bidding: West North East South 1D P 1H 1S ? Many players play a convention called “support dou-

bles.” This means that if you open and partner bids a suit and your right-hand opponent (RHO) overcalls, if you double you are promising three cards in the suit your partner bid. Since partner may have only four cards in the suit, you should not raise with only three cards in her suit, so this gives you the opportunity to tell her that you have exactly three cards in her suit. This is a nice conventional bid, but it can cause problems. Without a support double, you would have to decide whether to raise her suit with only three cards, or to bid 1NT over South’s 1S. This 1NT call limits your hand to not more than 14 high card points (HCP) but promises a stopper in your RHO’s suit. So what do you do here? You have two possibilities, the support double or 1NT. The answer is that you should bid 1NT. Why? Two reasons; the first is that if you bid 1NT, your partner may use New Minor Forcing to show that she has five cards in her suit and 10 HCP, if she does. The second is that it limits your hand to not more than 14 HCP. If you make a support double, it has two negatives; first is that it does not limit your hand, so your partner

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Grand Slam doesn’t know if you are minimum or huge. Second, it does not tell her that you have a stopper in your RHO’s suit. Here’s the four-hand layout: North ♠ T83 ♥ 764 ♦ AJT ♣ AT85 West ♠ KJ5 ♥ AK2 ♦ Q8632 ♣ 74

East ♠ Q4 ♥ Q953 ♦ 4 ♣ KQJ632

South ♠ A9762 ♥ JT8 ♦ K975 ♣9 If West bids 1NT, the bidding will probably end there, although with a pretty good six-card suit, East might raise to 2NT, which West will pass. That’s the way it should be bid. Alas, in the actual hand,

West chose to make a support double. That really screwed things up because North then raised partner’s 1S overcall to 2S (something he probably would not do with his meager three little spades knowing West has a stopper in spades, although he might still bid on since he has two Aces), and East bid 3C! The bidding got out of hand, and West bid 3NT, which went down one. The hand was played 12 times. Five were in 1NT making two. Four were in 3NT, down one. One was in 2H, making two, and one was in 4H, down one. One was in 2NT, down two, which is incomprehensible; right contract, but how in the world was it played to go down two? This hand also shows the way aggressive bidders can mess up opponents’ bidding. South’s 1S overcall was precarious with only 8 HCP. But if South doesn’t overcall, West will bid 1N and the auction will end. South’s overcall enabled North to enter the bidding and get West and East to bid to an unmakeable contract. Good bid, South! 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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John Ruskin continues to inspire and promote on his 200th birthday Walk through Windsor Village, and you can’t help but notice the lovely revival house on Plymouth Blvd. and 8th St. For nearly a century that property (Historic Cultural Monument #639) was home to the Ruskin Art Club. Like The Ebell, the Ruskin was founded by women in Los Angeles who cared about numerous matters that a new and rapidly growing city could too easily disregard: culture, history, art and education. The Ruskin Art Club moved out of the neighborhood in 2014, but it hasn’t disappeared. Perhaps now, in the bicentennial year of John Ruskin’s birth, it’s time to reflect on the small club’s grand mission, which is nothing less than to promote Ruskin’s “vision of the unity of art and life and the arts as a catalyst for social transformation of the 21st century.” The last part of that mission statement strikes what might seem an anachronistic note. Ruskin, after all, died in 1900. It was the “storm cloud” of the 20th century that commanded his attention in the last years of a long life. And in those last years, the great champion of J. M. W. Turner’s early 19th century paintings found himself out of sympathy and out of synch with stunning new movements

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Bruce Beiderwell — impressionism among them. Add to this the fact that Ruskin can’t be pinned down in 21st century terms: was this man of great inherited wealth a socialist, a paternalist, a reactionary, a visionary, an economist, an elitist? Was he a crank or a sage? Foremost an artist Perhaps the answer is that Ruskin was all and none of the above because he was foremost an artist. Ruskin’s essays operate like much great poetry: they express contradictions that prompt new ways of seeing. They don’t so much tell us what to think as they help us to think and feel. So the mission of the Los Angeles Ruskin Art Club quite appropriately says more about how we can use Ruskin than any narrow interpretation of what he wrote. In the spirit of their mission statement, I suggest we use him to inspire and provoke. Much of the inspiration relates to our increasingly urgent environmental crisis. Ruskin

understood that how we build and grow impacts the world we collectively inhabit. And while he usually expresses environmental degradation in aesthetic terms, he always links things he describes to broader values. To his mind, an ugly school, for example, would be a public health problem; a beautiful school, on the other hand, would help nurture a vibrant community. Encampments as failures As to provocation, Ruskin wasn’t one to give a free pass to prettiness. He was a stern, some say shrill, prophet. A homeless encampment near the most composed of residential neighborhoods would be more than an eyesore to him; it would be a civic failure — a moral blight on all our houses. And for all his love of beauty, architecture wasn’t mainly about the finished product; it was about the skilled, patient and coordinated labor that buildings occasioned. So when work disappears or the dignity of work is compromised, the social fabric wears thin and tears. The Ruskin Art Club’s administrative office is now in a non-descript Highland Park apartment building — the sort of mass-produced building Ruskin would have hated (the club schedules its events

THE RUSKIN ART CLUB moved into this Spanish Colonial Revival residence at 800 S. Plymouth Boulevard in the mid1920s. Designed by architect Frank Meline, the building was originally constructed by the Congregational Church Extension Society as a Sunday School Room and Parish House for the nearby church (now Wilshire United Methodist). Photo courtesy of windsorvillage.net

throughout the city). The move was no doubt a sacrifice, but sacrifice was another thing Ruskin valued. In fact, it was one of his “seven lamps of architecture.” He knew that beauty was also about use. As

he put it, sometimes we must submit to the most basic — not elegant designs but sufficient “walls and roofs.” On this point, Ruskin identified a tension between beauty and need that challenges us still.

‘Murder in Bel-Air’

The murder is not in our BelAir, 90077, but in the one in Paris. The author is Cara Black, who discussed her 19th Aimeé LeDuc detective novel June 14 at Chevalier’s Books. MURDER MYSTERY author Cara Black discusses private eye Aimeé LeDuc at Chevalier’s Books on Larchmont.

1920s American Colonial Gem!

416 S. Van Ness Ave. | 4BR / 3BA | Listed At $2,050,000 A 1920’s American Colonial gem, renovated to 21st century luxuries and amenities. Located in the prestigious 3rd Street Elementary School District. This spacious appx. 3,500 sq.ft. bedroom / walk-in closet and family room with French doors leading to beautiful backyard and studio. New renovations: Kitchen w/ white Carrera marble counter top, copper plumbing (both vertical and horizontal), natural gas line, electrical system, HVAC (dual zone; 2 separate units), doors, windows and window-framing, recessed lighting throughout, staircase and decorative brick hardscape for backyard entertainment area. Newer roof (including new plywood substrate, and attic fans). CCTV hardwired exterior monitoring system. Spacious basement for storage. E-Z to show, call L.A.

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Cathedral, Fairfax District and library among winners scholars today. Period-revival homes make up much of honoree, the Beverly Fairfax Historic District, which was recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Also being honored are Los Angeles Union Station, Bradbury House in Pacific Palisades,

the A.V. Walberg Residence & Adjoining Properties, and Asian Americans in Los Angeles Historic Context Statements. The awards luncheon will take place on Thurs., July 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles. Visit laconservancy.org.

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IT’S A PERFECT TIME TO BUY A GREAT BAR-B-QUE ….

FIRST OPENED IN 1876, Vibiana became part of the centerpiece of downtown’s revival. Courtesy of Vibiana | Redbird

Another 2019 preservation award winner, Google Playa Vista, brings new life to Howard Hughes’ 1943 hangar that housed construction of his H-4 Hercules, or “Spruce Goose,” transport aircraft prototype. Windsor Square developer Wayne Ratkovich transformed the hangar and its surroundings into an office and pro-

duction campus, named “Hercules.” Another award winner is the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library in West Adams. Built in 1926, the Beaux Artsstyle building is what remains of an historic residential estate that took up an entire city block. The library, a part of UCLA, continues to serve

Come check out our beautiful display of over 30 glass kitchen cabinet knobs by Sietto. Prices range from $18-$27. We have the full line of Mrs. Myers cleaning products, more than anyone else! Plus, we are the only place nearby that has all the sizes of “soda stream” canister refills. You will love the new “Joseph and Joseph” “nest storage” containers. The sizes are color coordinated and the lids snap together so they are always easy to find Try our “freezable grocery bags” so that the whole bag is an ice pack. Larchmont customers get FREE DELIVERY on Bar-B-Que’s by mentioning this ad. We will be open on Wed., July 4 • Call for hours HAVE A WONDERFUL HOLIDAY!

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428 N Las Palmas Ave | $3,750,000 A rare opportunity to purchase a classic English Tudor designed in 1930 by the distinguished world-renowned architect, Paul Williams! The timeless elegance and authentic period details include impressive wood detailing in the elegant living room and spacious formal dining room, French doors, hardwood floors, and leaded glass windows. The wood paneled library and the living room offer views of the manicured garden. Powder room is located in the entry hall. Other rooms include the kitchen, pantry, breakfast room, maid’s room and bath. Upstairs in addition to the master bedroom, dressing room and bath, there are three other bedrooms and two baths. Basement and an attic provide additional storage. Garage is located at end of long driveway. Hancock Park HPOZ and Third Street School.

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Congratulations to this year’s recipients of the Los Angeles Conservancy’s 38th annual Preservation Awards. They include a Jewish American historic district, a late 19th-century cathedral and a World War II airplane hangar that has found new life in the 21st century. Vibiana and its former rectory-turned-restaurant, Redbird, won the Conservancy’s highest recognition, the Chair’s Award. Opened in 1876 as the Cathedral of St. Vibiana, the cathedral designed by architect Ezra F. Kysor stood out in the backdrop of the then-small pueblo. The cathedral was enlarged in 1924 by another renowned architect, John C. Austin. After suffering what turned out to be minor and reparable damage from the 1994 Northridge earthquake, it became part of the centerpiece of downtown’s revival under the tutelage of developer Tom Gilmore. It reopened in 2006 as an event venue. (A new cathedral, designed by architect José Rafael Moneo, was built a few blocks away on Temple Street.) St. Vibiana’s former rectory was transformed into the 140seat restaurant Redbird, so named because of the building’s former life as a home for a cardinal.


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25th auto show at Original Farmers Market last month

IT’S A WRAP. Intallation of the glass dome atop the new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures’ Sphere Building was recently completed. The dome consists of 1,500 flat, specially-made lowiron, laminated, tempered, shingled glass panels cut in 146 different shapes and sizes fabricated in Steyr, Austria by Saint-Gobain, museum officials said. The photo also shows the Saban Building and, in the background, the Petersen Museum, right.

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Elegant 5 beds & 5 baths, central courtyard bathes home in light Beautifully restored and updated with all modern conveniences Original & dramatic details - tile, wrought iron, stained glass Dramatic living room with hand painted, soaring ceilings Formal dining room leads to sunny kitchen with hand painted floors Master suite with turreted sitting area overlooking pool & grounds Chic pool house overlooking pool & gardens, with bath & wet bar fully appointed guest house w/ updated kitchen, bath & W/D

JILL GALLOWAY | 323.842.1980 | jill@jillgalloway.com jillgalloway.com | DRE 01357870 Compass is a real estate broker licensed by the State of California and abides by Equal Housing Opportunity laws. License Number 01866771. All material presented herein is intended for informational purposes only and is compiled from sources deemed reliable but has not been verified. Changes in price, condition, sale or withdrawal may be made without notice. No statement is made as to accuracy of any description. All measurements and square footage are approximate.

The 25th Annual Gilmore Heritage Auto Show at the Original Farmers Market had a huge turnout June 1, including both car exhibitors with their trophy vehicles and spectators ogling the cars. Among the more than 100 cars on display were two Cadillacs parked next to each other, one a 1955 Coupe De Ville, and the other a 1953 El Dorado. Their proud owners, Willie Wallace and Norman Ash, WILLIE WALLACE had crowds checking respectively, beamed out his 1955 Cadillac Coupe De Ville at the with pride while annual Gilmore Heritage Auto Show at the answering questions Original Farmers Market in June. about their collecting, restoring, and maintaining Fairfax will be the 11th annual the beautiful classic cars. Taste of Farmers Market on The next big event at the July 23 from 5 to 9 p.m. See historic property at Third and farmersmarketla.com.

NORMAN ASH shows his 1953 Cadillac El Dorado at the 25th Farmers Market auto show.


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REAL ESTATE OPINION

Real Estate Editorial By John Welborne Senate Bills 330 and 592 eviscerate local planning

A NEW OAKWOOD AVE. APARTMENT BUILDING adjacent to a single-family home.

Wiener’s SB 592: A WIMBY* ‘Snake in the Grass’ The following article first appeared in a much longer form in “The Planning Report” (TPR) on June 17. See tinyurl.com/y2qku8el The Larchmont Chronicle  thanks the author and TPR for permission to abbreviate the article here. Following the failure of his controversial up-zoning bill SB 50, San Francisco’s state senator  Scott Wiener  has introduced — via two “gut and amend” processes — new legislation again designed to wrest control over planning and zoning from cities in the name of supply-side economics. The senator took one of his numerous 2019 bills, this one relating to cosmetology and barbers — that already had passed successfully through Senate committees — and completely revised that bill to be a housing bill that now is being considered by the State Assembly. In this article,  Hydee Feldstein — who correctly predicted the back-door introduction of SB 592 — now unpacks the new bill’s key provisions to reveal the sweeping impacts obscured in what was originally a minor bureaucratic exercise. The bill strips nearly all zoning and land-use requirements from any type of housing, removes measures targeting housing affordability, and Hydee Feldstein prevents the regulation of disruptive business models such as short-term rentals, communal living, or corporate housing.  Feldstein is a retired attorney who lives in Los Angeles and is active as vice president and co-chair of the Land Use Committee of the nearby P.I.C.O. Neighborhood Council. Please send any comments addressed to her to hydeefeldstein@yahoo.com. By Hydee Feldstein State Senator from San Francisco Scott Wiener’s land-use legislation has never been a debate or a conversation about policy, affordability, or homelessness. He ducks out of town halls or only takes friendly softball questions. He does not take serious questions or legitimate debate about the substance of his real estate industry-drafted bills. But even substance aside, the tactics, tricks, and sneakiness of SB 592 (as well as SB 330 and several other industry-drafted bills this legislative season) are reprehensible, usually incomprehensible to the average legislator and the average citizen, and increasingly shameless in their grasp.

2017’s housing bills

In 2017, the California Legislature passed a comprehensive package of 15 housing bills that became effective January 1, 2018. While not perfect from anyone’s (Please turn to page 14)

“The 2019 legislative package is an effort to roll back the requirements for inclusionary affordable housing and to trample all over local control, safety, habitat, conservation, historic preservation, and other elements of good planning that were taken into account in the 2017 housing package.”

In a comment posted on our website and printed below, Chris McKee opines about SB 50, saying he is “generally in favor of SB 50.” However, the rest of Mr. McKee‘s comment shows a basic misunderstanding of SB 50 and its replacement California Senate bills — which are grave threats to local neighborhoods and which still are in the Legislature — SB 330 and SB 592. The issue critical for Los Angelenos is, paraphrasing Mr. McKee, our solving the housing problem locally. And that actually is what Los Angeles has been doing in recent years (as evidenced by the city having permitted substantial construction of new residential units, although an insufficient number of those new units are “affordable”). Active construction now underway along many of our major streets, of which Mr. McKee writes, demonstrates that the Los Angeles Department of City Planning (DCP) and the City Council are successfully encouraging developers to build more housing in those places. Such devel-

opment is part of our adopted local plans that go back to 1972 — to our governing “Centers Concept.” And what is that concept? It is to: (1) build density in centers and along major boulevards and (2) leave low density, single-family neighborhoods intact. This long-successful Los Angeles planning approach offers residents a variety of choices — living high or low. By contrast, the Bay Areabased politicians want to dictate to us from Sacramento and to eviscerate our local control so that moneyed real estate interests can do whatever they want, wherever they want. SB 330 and SB 592 offer no protection for our diverse and healthy local neighborhoods. The  Larchmont Chronicle  agrees with our own DCP and local elected officials (and partly with Mr. McKee) — we need to have rigorous development in the appropriate areas in Los Angeles. The state senators’ confiscatory proposals offer just the opposite and take no heed of what is appropriate for Los Angeles.

REAL ESTATE COMMENTS TO THE CHRONICLE SB 50 delayed, not deceased

“SB 592 upends all zoning and conditions for ALL proposed ‘housing development projects’ with very limited exceptions.”

* “WIMBY” stands for “Wall Street In My Back Yard.” See Hydee Feldstein’s “Open Letter to Senator Wiener” on Page 3 of Section 1 of the June issue of the Larchmont Chronicle, in the article titled “SB 50 empowers Wall Street to commoditize housing by right.”

SB 50 will return if not supplanted by other bills. SB 50 is the work of special interest groups including giant corporations that will PROFIT from more housing for their employees. Any “affordable” housing will be incidental. Gary Wesley I am generally in favor of SB 50. I agree there are many local neighborhoods that are lovely and should not be ruined, but I don’t understand why streets like Fairfax, Wilshire, Western, Pico, La Cienaga, Melrose, Beverly and all the other multi-lane boulevards in Los Angeles still have single-story businesses or two-story apartment buildings on them. The apartment buildings with ground floor retail developments in Culver City, Santa Monica, Playa Vista and Hollywood are creating vibrant walking neighborhoods. Los Angeles businesses and residents could enjoy a much better quality of life with four-to-five story structures like these. I urge you to explore and advance rigorous developments in these appropriate areas as an alternative to SB 50. Perhaps it will seem unnecessary statewide if we solve the problem locally. Chris McKee Above comments are from the Larchmont Chronicle’s website and Facebook page.

Organizations opposed to the overreaching ‘housing’ bills: Livable California: livablecalifornia.org Stop SB 50: stopsb50.net 2PreserveLA: 2preservela.org Windsor Square Association: windsorsquare.org


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REAL ESTATE OPINION (Continued from page 13) perspective, that package balanced the different policies and alternatives and was determined to be the best way forward to create affordable housing and address the housing needs in our state. Not even one construction cycle has elapsed since those bills came into effect, yet the real estate industry has already come back — through its lobbyists and certain legislators — to try to undo all that was accomplished in 2017. The 2019 legislative package is an effort to roll back the requirements for inclusionary affordable housing (by way of retroactive application in SB 330 and other bills) and to trample all over local control, safety, habitat, conservation, historic preservation, and other elements of good planning that were taken into account, though weakened, in the 2017 compromise legislation. Neither our Legislature nor our Governor should allow this important of a set of policies to be passed through public deception or determined by industry legislation apparently fueled by the desire to prevail at all cost. SB 592 and its companion bills completely fail to meet the standards of transparency, candor, and accountability

SB 330 is now in the State Assembly, where it encountered opposition on June 19. See: tinyurl.com/ y558xlms SB 592 also is in the Assembly, and opposition needs to be directed to our elected state representatives.

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to which we should hold our elected representatives.

The Gut and Amend

A “gut and amend” legislative bill-writing approach may technically be legal in California, but that does not make it moral or good SCOTT WIENER, a governance. state senator from The “gut and San Francisco. amend” of SB 592 bespeaks a legislator unable to accept consensus and all too willing to prepare and initiate bills that later can serve as vehicles for these kinds of legislative maneuvers. SB 592 is such a bill. …

Affordability components

SB 592 aligns with the first part of SB 50 and the first part of SB 330 pretty closely, though not exactly, in amending Government Code Section 65589.5. … [T]hese provisions that do include affordability elements are too sweeping an intrusion into good planning and local control, since they permit the placement of a structure anywhere without regard to city services, infrastructure, or other legitimate concerns. Other than sections (d) and (i), the rest of SB 592 has nothing to do with affordable housing or shelters. It accomplishes the same relief from zoning and density restrictions as proposed in SB 50, but in an even more underhanded manner.

Market rate housing

SB 592’s section (j) upends all zoning and conditions for ALL proposed “housing development projects,” with very limited exceptions.

… Subdivision (j)(1)A(i) does not permit consideration of the health or safety of the occupants (eg. fire exits, overcrowding, insufficient sanitation or cooking facilities, etc.) or the cumulative effect of housing development projects in a neighborhood on public health or safety (eg. evacuation routes, city services requirements for police, fire, paramedics, impact on trash collection, load on infrastructure and utilities, etc.). …

Elimination of use and density restrictions in SB 592

SB 592, like SB 330, defines “housing development project” to include “mixed-use developments consisting of residential and nonresidential uses” and “transitional housing or supportive housing,” all without any reference to underlying zoning or use restrictions. SB 592 then expands the definition of “housing development project” … to add two new elements to the mix that no other bill has addressed, and includes “a single unit” and “the addition of one or more bedrooms to an existing residential unit.” … Section (j), coupled with the revised definition of “housing development project,” validates the co-housing, communal living, corporate housing, extended stay, and private clubs cropping up in residential neighborhoods where zoning otherwise would prohibit such arrangements. These are not residential uses consistent with neighborhood zoning, but rather businesses that chop up interior space to maximize beds and provide shared kitchen, bath, and common living areas, renting out each bed in a shared space and often filling empty beds on a short-term basis with business travelers and tourists. SB 592 makes it impossible for a city or county to

regulate these arrangements, no matter how much they may disrupt current zoning, require additional services, burden infrastructure, or disrupt neighborhoods. At the opposite end of the spectrum, by including “a single unit” in the definition of a housing development project, the provisions of SB 592 (like those of SB 50) permit McMansions and luxury compounds, albeit in a more subtle (or, some might say, sneaky) manner. By permitting the “flex density” on a statewide basis on every parcel and making all zoning provisions that can be varied on application and public hearing not “applicable,” SB 592 requires the approval of a McMansion, condo, or rental apartment building with a hotel and restaurant or any number of commercial, retail, or other nonresidential uses anywhere in California, even within a single-family residential zone. … So, all of the following is gone under SB 592: Residential zoning. Any “nonresidential” use is permitted up to one-third of the space of a project, including the running of a hotel, extended stay, corporate, boarding or rooming house, dorm or other business renting out a bed or other “residential” space. Low-density zoning of any kind, particularly single-family or twofamily zoned residences. Architectural, design, historic and aesthetic standards. All areas now are open to Soviet-style grey cinderblock construction or Robert Moses-style overcrowded projects. All “objective” zoning criteria if a project “could be approved” on a variance or conditional use or any other discretionary request.

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53rd Dist. Assembly Member Miguel Santiago - District Office (213) 620-4644 54th Dist. Assembly Member Sydney Kamlager-Dove - District Office (310) 641-5410 If these bad bills pass the Assembly, they must return to the full Senate for a concurrence vote. So, please remind these state Senators of your opposition: 24th Dist. State Senator Maria Elena Durazo - District Office (213) 483-9300

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New Xavier Center to open in 2020 at Loyola High School By Talia Abrahamson Loyola High School, the oldest high school in Southern California, broke ground on a new building this month. Through their construction initiative, “The Campaign for 1901 Venice Boulevard,” Loyola is reimagining Xavier Center as a 26,000-square-foot contemporary special events space, expected to open in late 2020. Loyola Board Chairman Rick Caruso led the groundbreaking celebration June 11 with more than 100 guests attending. Administrators have been planning the $34 million reconstruction for years as part of their Facilities Master Plan. Built in 1964, the current Xavier Center lacks the efficiency and space needed in the modern age to support school functions. “To inspire our students to become future leaders, we must be able to provide them with state-of-the-art facilities that contribute to a thriving educational and spiritual community,” President Rev. Gregory Goethals said. The Center was not ADA compliant, and its kitchen could not support large-scale dinners, which often had as many as 800 guests. Together with fundraising and student events, the Center hosts more than 200 gatherings a year including the school prom, academic testing and baccalaureate services. With about three functions occurring each day within the Center, it is the most-used building on campus. Loyola is preserving the functions of the former Xavier Center, but new additions are designed to improve the ease

entrance, known as Hayden Circle, and a new gate will be added to better secure the campus. “This is the historic architectural core of our campus, so we really want a building that is significant enough to fit well within that setting — something that’s going to be a beautiful addition to campus and looks like it was meant

to always be here,” Vice President for Advancement Lela Diaz said. Behind the new Xavier Center, Loyola will landscape a Veterans’ Courtyard to honor alumni, past and present, who served in the military. A Veterans’ Wall of Honor will be installed on the backside of the Center. While the Center is undergo-

ing renovations for the 20192020 school year, a makeshift events space will be set up in one of the school’s parking lots. The temporary structure will mirror the footprint of the Center, and it will have air conditioning and heating. This construction follows other smaller improvement projects on Loyola’s campus, (Please turn to page 23)

LOYOLA PRESIDENT Rev. Gregory M. Goethals, Vice President for Advancement Lela Diaz and Loyola Board Chairman Rick Caruso. Photo by Brandon Bibbins

and quality of these events. The enlarged Xavier Center will include a full-service banquet kitchen, student kitchen, dedicated sacristy, moveable walls, ADA-compliant restrooms and audio-visual equipment. “Working alongside Loyola’s administration, sharing its vision for the 1901 Venice Boulevard project and helping to shepherd it in its continued path of excellence, Loyola’s Board enthusiastically endorses this immensely important initiative,” Caruso said. Xavier Center sits next to near-century-old Ruppert Hall and Loyola Hall, which collectively represent the main entrance to campus. Therefore, Loyola’s architecture firm, KFA Architecture, is balancing a modern interior with the traditional Gothic-style exterior architecture of the school. Loyola will also be redesigning the landscape of this front

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Larchmont Animal Clinic still purring after 42 years on Boulevard After graduating from the University of Minnesota, he came to Los Angeles to visit a friend, and the sunny weather lured him to stay. He remembers when Larchmont Blvd. had plenty of parking and zero parking meter cops, he says. As the boulevard got busier and parking became more scarce, he purchased a property two lots up the street and opened a pet shop. “We call it the BarkDR. CIGANEK with Keeper, one of his ing Lot. It’s our parking many rescue pets. lot,” he smiles at his rhyme, with traces of says of his dog and cat patients. “They get old… kidneys fail, his Mid-West Milwaukee drawl livers fail, they get cancer,” still intact. Dr. Jessica Coote he says, as his dog Keeper, 16, His practice has grown to insleeps nearby. He brings the dapple-colored mutt to work clude a full- and part-time staff of 20. Newest to the group is with him every day. Dr. Jessica Coote, who specialOffice expansion Ciganek opened his lo- izes in preventative medicine cal clinic out of a then-small as well as pet travel requests. Ciganek shares his Hancock home on the site. The home has been renovated and ex- Park home with several dog panded to a spacious 3,800 and cat rescues. Keeper was square feet; scented candles found as a puppy in South belie the dog and cat patients Central Los Angeles, skinny and with mange. visiting. Another of his dogs, a goldCiganek found his calling in college while working part- en retriever mix, was left as a time for a vet and going on puppy in a paper bag on the farm calls to treat cows and clinic’s doorstep. Also suffering from mange and having a horses.

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business, but the younger Ciganek opted for law school. Retirement has crossed the elder Ciganek’s mind. But not for long. “I’m still enjoying myself. How do you separate work and pleasure when work is pleasure?” he said, as one of his patients, a dog, howled in the background.

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Meet the royal, triumphant, and fashionable Pets of Larchmont Residents sent us photos of their dogs and cats, and one very well-dressed hen, for our annual Pets of Larchmont issue.

JULIUS lives in Windsor Square with Lynn Chen.

CODY, seen here on his birthday, lives on Gower St. with Ronald Alix.

JACKSON, Walter and Betty (left to right), “are all good friends!” says Cynthia Markus, N. Citrus Ave.

SWEETIE, 6, a pit mix, lives with Marie Clarey on N. Arden.

PEARL, 12, and Magnus, 13, share a home with Tim Kasher and Gwynedd Stuart on N. Norton Ave.

CINDERELLA (front) and her daughter, Dolly, are off to Larchmont for a fun field trip! Both dogs are Sealyham terriers, a breed that was at one time popular with Hollywood stars and British Royals. Alfred Hitchcock loved Sealyhams, and several of his dogs were featured in his movies. Julia Dalton, Fremont Place, tells us that Cinderella appeared in the 2012 movie, “Hitchcock,” which starred Anthony Hopkins.

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CHIP-DOGGIE. “Everyone knows my dog,” says Barry Cynowiec. The 14-year-old Lhasa Apso has been visiting Larchmont Blvd. and the bench by Chase Bank since he was three months old.

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SOBA is a new puppy of the Boylston family on N. Van Ness Ave. BUSTER AND BELLA enjoy life with Art and Mary Fruchtenbaum on Manhattan Place after being adopted from shelters more than 10 years ago.

GINGER, 20, lives on Norton Ave. with Marsha Goodman and Dan Einstein. “He’s handsome for an old boy,” Marsha says.

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Tasty treats and friendly service at ‘Larchmont Village Vet’

By Suzan Filipek Dog treats that fill jars atop a mantel in the lobby at Larchmont Village Vet, 428 N. Larchmont Blvd., are for four-legged patients and passersby alike. “We have a lot of dogs in the neighborhood that just pop in,” says Dr. Jessica Fishman. These drop-in visits for a tasty biscuit or two makes a doctor visit easier down the road, she explains. Opening her full-service dog and cat animal hospital in February has been the realization of a lifelong dream of Fishman’s. “I initially fell in love with this neighborhood growing up near Hancock Park on Tremaine Avenue,” said Fishman. She attended Immaculate Heart High School and went to Western University College of Veterinary Medicine. She has worked at various animal hospitals in Los Angeles as well as owned a veteri-

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You may have breathed a sigh of relief last month when state Sen. Scott Wiener’s Senate Bill 50, the bill that would eliminate local control of zoning, was held up in a state Senate committee. That bill would have imposed a one-size-fits-all, statewide mandate to create denser housing near transit lines. Single-family neighborhoods near bus or subway lines (and other areas as well) could be destroyed in favor of multi-story apartment buildings, with no consideration to be given to issues of increased traffic, livability, or historic preservation. But the essence of that anti-neighborhood bill is back, in disguise, as SB 592. For more details on Sen. Wiener’s new approach, please see: Palo Alto Daily Post: tinyurl.com/y5ztbmt7 The Planning Report: planningreport.com/2019/06/17/wienerssb-592-wimby-snake-grass SB 330: 2preservela.org/anti-neighborhood-sb-330-takes-a-hit

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Meanwhile, to preserve our Windsor Square neighborhood and many like it, and to maintain local control over local zoning issues, join the Windsor Square Association in fighting this and related bills. We created anti-SB 50 lawn signs last month, and now we are updating those signs with anti-SB 330 and SB 592 stickers!

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The Windsor Square Association, an all-volunteer group of residents from 1100 households between Beverly and Wilshire and Van Ness and Arden, works to preserve and enhance our beautiful neighborhood. Join with us! Drop us a line at 325 N. Larchmont Blvd., #158, Los Angeles, CA 90004, or visit our website at windsorsquare.org. ADV.

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GARDEN PARTY locale is part of the historic Hancock Park home of Clara and Larry Yust.

ston Stromberg. He and wife Julie were among the scores of supporters enjoying Clara and Larry Yust’s expansive gardens while bidding on silent and live auction items donated to help fund the Trust’s mission to make more park space. In 1983, the Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society recognized the Yust property as our community’s Historic Landmark #17.

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The Hancock Park home of the Yust family (only the third owners since the home was built for his own family by architect F. Pierpont Davis in 1921) was the setting for a lovely garden party June 20. It was an appropriate venue to raise funds at the annual benefit for the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust (LANLT). The organization was founded in 2002 to address park inequities in Los Angeles. The group focuses its efforts exclusively in communities of color that have little or no access to green space. Since its founding, the LANLT has added 13 acres of accessible green space by helping to create 27 urban parks and community gardens. Among its board members is Windsor Village resident Win-

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Textile artist Cameron Taylor-Brown, Hancock Park, is guest curator of a show opening Sat., July 13 at the Craft in America Center, 8415 W. Third St. “Material Meaning: A Living Legacy of Anni Albers” features 10 contemporary artists and designers influenced by the leading 20th-century textile artist, including TaylorBrown. Artists will give a brief talk followed by the reception, which begins at 4 p.m. RSVP to rsvp@craftinamerica.org. The exhibition coincides with the 100th anniversary of the founding of the German art school Bauhaus, where Albers studied and taught. The exhibit continues to Sept. 21.

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Dr. Takei to be honored with ‘Rising Sun’

Dr. Henry H. Takei will be honored by the Government of Japan with The Order of the Rising Sun. The ceremony and reception will be held at the official residence of the Consul General of Japan in Hancock Park. Takei has helped promote academic exchange between Japan and the United States in the field of periodontics, and he has been a leader in developing the field in Japan. A Los Angeles native, Takei received his dental and specialty degrees from Marquette University. UCLA professor He has been on the UCLA School of Dentistry faculty since 1967 and is co-editor of the textbook “Carranza’s Clinical Periodontology.” He has also been honored with the “Master Clinician Award” by the American Academy of Periodontology, and he also is a consultant for both the Veterans Administration Hospital and the Japan Academy of Clinical Dentistry. Takei and his wife, June, are longtime residents of Windsor Square, and he is a former Larchmont Chronicle “Man of Larchmont” (1987).


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The month of July named after this authoritarian leader

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