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Project Angel Food delivers meals and a human touch

Revised Plan for Windsor Square Community initiated


EBELL Chorale sings with heart. 12

BINGO for a cause. 18

By John Welborne The City Planning Commission (CPC) on July 11 adopted an amended Preservation Plan for the Windsor Square Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ), replacing a plan last revised in 2007. Windsor Square HPOZ Board leaders requested an update to the plan more than five years ago. In response to neighbor testimony at the CPC hearing, the commission rejected some planning department staff-drafted provisions and accepted recommendations of residents and others relating to setbacks, fences, walls, and hedges, as well as existing, original concrete streets. After the meeting, local resident Priscilla Wright, who attended, warned that the CPC-adopted amendment to protect the concrete streets “will be watered down somewhat by planning [staff] so we still need to be vigilant.” See the department’s report on the plan at: tinyurl.com/ y4epncgr.

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BROOKSIDE block party’s 40th year. 2-3 For Information on Advertising Rates, Please Call Pam Rudy 323-462-2241, x 11 Mailing permit:

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12-millionth served

PATRIOTIC PARADE was part of the fun at Lillian Way Block Party. More photos and story, Sec. 2, page 2

Spend ‘Day at the Beach’ at Taste of Larchmont Aug. 26 Event proceeds support HopeNet food pantries

By Rachel Olivier Take an evening stroll along the boulevard in Larchmont Village and enjoy sampling cuisine from more than 20 restaurants at HopeNet’s annual “Taste of Larchmont” fundraiser Mon., Aug. 26. The event, themed “A Day at the Beach” this year, will also feature food, desserts and beverages at the pavilion area set up in the public parking lot at 209 N. Larchmont Blvd., between Burger Lounge and Bellacures. There will also be live music and a raffle for several prizes offered by local businesses. History Begun in 1993, the event started as the collaboration of residents and business owners in the neighborhood, including Larchmont Chronicle founders Jane Gilman and

Dawne Goodwin, to help HopeNet’s food pantries. The origin of the event was sparked by a need to deal with people asking for food and money along the boulevard, Gilman said. The year 1993 was the See Taste of Larchmont, p 3

By Rachel Olivier Project Angel Food volunteers cooked and packaged the nonprofit’s 12-millionth meal last month. Celebrating its 30th year, the organization, begun in 1989 by Marianne Williamson and other volunteers to provide meals to people with HIV/AIDS, has grown since its inception. When it first opened, the grass-roots organization, even now powered by 80 percent volunteers, operated out of the kitchen at the former Crescent Heights United Methodist Church at Fairfax and Fountain avenues. Brad Bessey, formerly of “Entertainment Tonight,” who currently volunteers with Project Angel Food in celebrity outreach, said that, when he was volunteering in the kitchen back then, the menu was typically “what do we have that we can cook or See Project Angel Food, p 7

Get counted, be represented Begun in 1790, new version uses modern methods

By Sidney Gubernick The next decennial United States Census, the 24th since it started in 1790, will be underway this coming March. The two best-known functions of the census are the allocation of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, which determines how communities are represented in Congress, and redistricting,

with the goal of evenly allocating population for election districts. The census also guides how the government distributes more than $675 billion in See Census, p 29

Women who golfed: a look back at Club’s early years Wilshire Country Club turns 100

By Sidney Gubernick This is the first in a three-part series on the Wilshire Country Club turning 100 this year. A gala celebration for members will take place in September. This first part in the series, in the spirit of our Women of Larchmont issue, looks at the history of women within the club. The year is 1919. World War I has ended, women have won their right to vote, and the country has declared war on alcohol. And a small group of Los Angeles businessmen has gathered on the oil fields in what is now the Hancock Park community, with a vision: They

WILSHIRE LADIES who participted in 1992 Southern California Golf Association

See Wilshire Country Club, p 30 team-play matches.

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Editorial By John Welborne Some in Sacramento still want to dictate to us Despite the California legislature being on a one-month vacation through the middle of August, it is likely that there are staff members answering the telephones in state legislators’ local offices. Indeed, our State Assembly Members and State Senators might even be in their local offices for the next couple of weeks. As noted in the “correction” in the box at lower right, there was a typo in the special real estate opinion pages in last month’s issue of the Larchmont Chronicle. The correct local telephone contact numbers for your state representatives are included in the correction. Should you wish to communicate your opinion about maintaining local city (not Sacramento) control of land use and construction rules immediately surrounding your residence, these are the people to call. Senate Bills 50, 330, 592 and other state bills seek to dictate Sacramento’s one-size-fits all view of what should be built immediately adjacent to residences in Los Angeles. These bills are still undergoing legislative review, and they likely will be debated again beginning in mid-August. One local resident, a former Larchmont Chronicle columnist, wrote about all this last month in “CityWatch:” tinyurl. com/y5bt7xen. Also, an interesting recent article, with pro- and con- comments worth reading, is at: tinyurl.com/y36uxy3e.

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Calendar Wed., Aug. 14 — Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council board meeting, Ebell Club, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., 7 p.m. greaterwilshire.org. Mon., Aug. 26 — Taste of Larchmont Village, fundraiser for HopeNet, 6 p.m. Larchmont Blvd., hopenetla.org/ taste-of-larchmont. Wed., Aug. 28 — The Music Center Plaza opens in civic ceremony, 135 N. Grand Ave., 10:30 a.m. Thurs., Aug. 29 — Delivery of the September issue of the Larchmont Chronicle. Mon., Sept. 2 — Labor Day

‘What is your best summertime memory?’

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

Letter to the Editor Beloved mail carrier

We also had a wonderful mailman on McCadden Pl. years ago who was like Carl. (See story page 3.) He really cared about the delivery of one’s mail. Unfortunately, he is now

replaced by a hurried fellow at times and a very nice one, Jose, on regular days, and a woman who shoves everything into the mail slot and thus on the floor! Oh, well! Yvonne Cazier

“Camping near the San Bernardino area. I love the outdoors and campfires.” Toni Pimentl with Chad Barnard Larchmont Village


Thanks to Peter Gorelick — and Welcome our New Security Chair, Jon Vein

An astute reader of last month’s story on the 25th Annual Gilmore Heritage Auto Show (July 2019, Section 2, Page 12) pointed out that we had our Cadillacs confused! Here are the photos, with captions not reversed this time.

Long time Security Committee Chair and board member, Peter Gorelick, has decided to retire. Peter has served for many years as a board member and Chair of the Security Committee and has been an enormous asset to the safety of our community. He coordinated with the security services, SSA and ADT, to help add more patrol cars to secure Hancock Park; worked tirelessly with the LAPD to build good relationships; and helped the block captains to keep the community involved. In addition to his HPHOA efforts, Peter volunteers at the LAPD Wilshire Division, and he has been a member of the Community Police Advisory Committee (CPAC). Peter is an invaluable member of our community, and we thank him for all his hard work and service. Board member Jon Vein will be taking over responsibility as the Chair of the Security Committee. Jon is a longtime resident of Hancock Park and has devoted himself to community service. He has served as President of the LA Convention and Tourism Development Board and is the head of the Brand LA Initiative for the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles. He is a member and on the board of many other major Los Angeles organizations such as the California Science Center, the California Cultural and Historical Endowment, the LA Philharmonic, the US Fund for UNICEF’s Southern California Region, the LA Police Foundation, and the LA Business Council. He also sits on the advisory boards of the LA Sports & Entertainment Commission and Step Up on Second. Jon will be working with co-chair Marty Beck to coordinate security matters with the private security services, the LAPD, and the block captain network. We thank all our hardworking Board members and committee chairs; Hancock Park is lucky to have so many willing and able volunteers. One of the Security Committee’s most important responsibilities is supporting and growing our block captain network. Remember, your block captain is the key to a successful neighborhood watch and crime prevention network. It’s summer, so don’t forget to water your parkway (and other) trees. Also, 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 to 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.

WILLIE WALLACE had crowds checking out his 1955 Cadillac Coupe De Ville at the annual Gilmore Heritage Auto Show at the Original Farmers Market in June. NORMAN ASH shows his 1953 Cadillac El Dorado at the 25th Farmers Market auto show.

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“I have this memory of going to Lowe’s, getting those containers of 500 ladybugs and letting them loose in my garden. I just remember it being so magical when I was a kid.” Penelope Moskowitz Windsor Square

Correction: state elected officials

In last month’s “Real Estate Opinion” pages, Assembly Member Miguel Santiago’s local telephone number was incorrect. Here is the correct list of state legislator contacts for this area: 53rd Dist. Assembly Member Miguel Santiago - Local Office (213) 620-4646 24th Dist. State Senator Maria Elena Durazo - Local Office (213) 483-9300 26th Dist. State Senator Benjamin Allen - Local Office (310) 318-6994 50th Dist. Assembly Member Richard Bloom - Local Office (310) 450-0041 54th Dist. Assembly Member Sydney Kamlager-Dove - Local Office (310) 641-5410 30th Dist. State Senator Holly J. Mitchell - Local Office (213) 745-6656

“I would say just being here in the community. I like the community feel, and everyone here is really nice.” Christina Koumbi with Larchmont Leo (“Leo”) St. Andrews Square 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.

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RETIREMENT celebrated with cake at Carl Mitchell’s party.

Business people and residents of the upper end of Larchmont Blvd. helped Carl Mitchell, a mail carrier for the USPS for 40 years, retire in style last month. Besides his official USPS





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going-away celebration at the Nat King Cole station, there was an impromptu party July 1 organized by several businesses at 606 N. Larchmont Blvd. Visitors came from all over the neighborhood to wish Mitchell well.

Chronicle’s 30th anniversary, and Goodwin and Gilman wanted to mark the anniversary with a celebration. Bruce Friedman, then chairman of the board at HopeNet, suggested setting up a “Taste of Larchmont,” with proceeds going to support the food pantries of the nonprofit. HopeNet had begun in 1988 as a coalition of 12 local churches and a temple. The agency has since expanded from Wilshire Center into other parts of Koreatown to Hollywood, Los Feliz and Silver Lake, and it provides groceries from 13 food pantries to “food insecure” people in all of those neighborhoods. “Taste of Larchmont” proceeds go into the operating fund of Hope-Net, Inc. All 13 HopeNet food pantries operate rent-free and are run by vol-

TASTE OF LARCHMONT in 2017 with Anne Loveland and Councilman David Ryu, plus Sue Carr at far left and Janet Loveland at right.

unteer staff; the executive director is the only administrative staff of the organization. The proceeds of the event go almost exclusively toward the direct purchase of grocery items for free distribution at

the food pantries, which serve 300,000 people annually. Tickets for the Aug. 26 event, at $50 each, are available through hopenetla.org or by calling 213-939-9949 or at the event.



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While Larchmont residents may be enjoying long summer nights and some time away from work or school, City Hall is celebrating a happy new year — the start of the 2019-2020 Fiscal Year that began July 1. With the new fiscal year comes the start of a new city budget, which I’m proud to say is full of funding for some of my top priorities on public safety, quality of life and addressing homelessness. The $10.6 billion budget is the largest in Los Angeles history, and it also contains the largest reserve fund in our city’s history. This wise investment in our long-term fiscal

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stability is crucial to ensuring Los Angeles can remain strong, no matter which way the financial winds may blow. Concrete streets The new budget includes $25 million in key infrastructure improvements, including repair and reconstruction of failed streets, alleyways and previously withdrawn streets. For the first time, it also includes $7 million for concrete street repair. Decades of neglect have left our city’s concrete streets in a dangerous state of disrepair. This new money is already at work on some of our local Mid-City streets, and with



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a concrete street repair plan expected soon from the Bureau of Street Services, I look forward to much more work on our concrete streets. I was proud to work with the Bureau of Street Services to prove to the city that concrete street repair was affordable, effective and necessary to serve our local neighborhoods. Tree care My priorities for comprehensive tree care also saw a $25 million allocation, which will be used to finally staff up the City’s Urban Forestry Division and create more proactive tree care across our city. Our Urban Forestry Division was decimated following the 2008-09 financial crash, and our urban canopy has suffered as a result. We are finally rebuilding this department with funding for more tree planting, maintenance and care, as well as a new chief forest officer position to develop long-term and proactive tree care strategies for our city. I called for many of these priorities in a package of motions introduced last fall, and I’m thrilled to see these needs get the attention they deserve. LAPD A further $47 million has been allocated for sworn overtime for Los Angeles Police Department officers, which will mean more patrols in our neighborhoods to respond to and prevent crime. As a City Councilmember, public safety is my first priority, and I will always work to see proper funding dedicated to safety. Homelessness / housing Finally, the work to ad-

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David E. Ryu dress homelessness received a needed $43 million increase, for a total $457 million to be spent on homeless outreach and services, supportive housing, more clean-ups and more homeless outreach teams. The homelessness crisis is the crisis of our time, and it requires an all-sides approach to solve. Aside from supporting this funding, I have five projects across Council District Four serving the homeless that are

either open, under construction or in the pipeline. I have also introduced a number of motions to protect renters, increase middle-class housing, and reform our conservatorship laws. Homelessness isn’t solved by funding alone, and I’m proud to continue working every day to create solutions through our laws and our budget and within Council District Four to comprehensively address homelessness. There is so much more to celebrate and even more left to be done, and I look forward to working with communities like Greater Wilshire and nearby to deliver on neighborhood issues. As always, you can reach my office any time at cd4.issues@lacity.org by calling 213-473-7004.



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Rancho LaBrea founding fêted in Ahmanson family’s garden Over 150 members and their guests flocked to the Hudson Place home of Bill and Karla Ahmanson for the annual meeting of the Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society (WSHPHS) June 23. Celebrating the founding of Rancho LaBrea, the event was held in the couple’s Italian Renaissance garden overlooking the Wilshire Country Club golf course.

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Patty Hill “Bill was the early riser this morning, setting up tables and chairs,” said Society President Richard Battaglia, thanking the Ahmansons for their gen-

WSHPHS awardees Toby Horn and Harold Tomin.

erous hospitality. Member Kiel FitzGerald installed new officers and trustees for the coming year followed by introduction of the much-anticipated winners of the 2019 Historic Landmark Awards. One of architect Paul Williams’s gems, a house on Fuller Avenue in Miracle Mile North, was recognized as a Landmark, with the award being bestowed upon current owners Toby Horn and Harold Tomin. “I visited the house as a young girl and wished one day I would live there,” gushed

COUNCILMAN David Ryu addresses the crowd.

Toby. That wish came true for her and her husband in 1994, and the couple has preserved and restored many of the historic features. Next, the miraculous transformation of the former Scottish Rite Masonic Temple into the Marciano Art Foundation on Wilshire Boulevard was recognized by a presentation


ITALIAN RENAISSANCE garden in Hancock Park was the setting for the 2019 annual meeting of the Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society.

to the foundation of the Adapted Re-Use Award. The road to rescue for the existing building fell to brothers Paul and Maurice Marciano, among the world’s top collectors of contemporary art and co-founders of Guess Jeans, Inc. In taking on the re-use challenge, the foundation con-

sulted with Windsor Square homeowners and hired renowned architect Kulapat Yantrasast and his firm wHY Architecture. Today, the Marciano Art Foundation is an inspired private museum combining the restoration of the structure and its history with (Please turn to page 7)


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(Continued from page 6) the Marcianos’ extraordinary art collection, plus visiting exhibits. There to accept the award were foundation Artistic Director Olivia Marciano and foundation staff member Therese Lepine. Thanks to a gift from a WSHPHS member, the late Raphael de Marchena-Huyke, an Excellence in Education Award was presented to Lindsay Strurman, Rebecca Hutchinson and Heather Boylston for their roles in founding Larchmont Charter School. Following the awards and the congratulatory remarks offered at the formal meeting’s outset by Councilmember David Ryu, a sumptuous barbecue buffet was served amid the laughter and chatter of neighbors and friends. Among them, Linda Wolverton, Colette Amin, Susan and Hugh Wilton, Joyce Davidson, Carolyn Layport, Sandy and Bill Boeck, Juliet Brumlik, Ginger and John

OLIVIA MARCIANO and Therese Lepine receive WSHPHS Landmark Award.

Barnard, Karen Gilman, David Harralson, Damona and Seth Hoffman, John Winther and Randi and Chris Rose. WSHPHS is gearing up for a big Homes Tour on Sun., Oct. 6, featuring five estates on Rossmore Avenue. Proceeds from this not-to-miss event will go to the permanent monument sign to be installed in front of the benevolent Ebell

of Los Angeles. • • • The Hancock Park home of Susana and Peter Funsten was the setting for a reception to raise funds for the Urban Sanctuary of Blessed Sacrament Church July 11. Locals Susan and Jack Humphreville, Jennifer and Bill Fain, Carol and Daryl Holter, Maggie and Matthew Kuhns and Yvonne Cazier were among the guests who enjoyed savory nibbles and delicious wines while toasting the success of a place to give comfort and rest to the homeless in the church’s vicinity. • • • Ruben Rodriguez and Mike Rose welcomed hundreds of interested friends and neighbors to their lovely Hancock Park home to meet 2020 presidential candidate and mayor of South Bend, Ind., Pete Buttigieg on July 25. It was a sunny afternoon for the (Please turn to page 8)

Project Angel Food

(Continued from page 1) put together.” They just wanted to do something to help. The nonprofit now serves an average of 1,400 meals a day and, in case of disasters or emergencies, keeps 11,000 meals on standby in their walk-in freezer (rotated out on a regular basis, of course). Dieticians and nutritionists tailor meals to accommodate conditions ranging from HIV positive status to diabetes, arthritis and congestive heart failure. When asked about her involvement with Project Angel Food, philanthropist and celebrity Lisa Vanderpump says one of the reasons she likes working with the organization is that it’s hands-on. “You can be really involved, you can chop the vegetables and deliver the food. It’s something tangible you can do.” Last month, I took a tour with Executive Director Richard Ayoub. Project Angel Food does what it can to bring humanity and hope to its clients, pointed out Ayoub on his tour. He gestured toward a table where I saw paper bags decorated by the school across the street. Each one was a birthday bag for a client. (Please turn to page 8)

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BAM! Remember that horrible sound of a car crash: tires screeching, metal-on-metal thump, maybe even emergency vehicle sirens? It used to happen much more frequently at intersections along Third Street between Norton and Larchmont Boulevards. In the last few years, however, responding to neighborhood pressure and the efforts of Councilman David Ryu, the city has installed Right Turn Only signs on the north and south sides of the Third Street intersections with Windsor and Irving Boulevards. On south-bound Plymouth at Third, it is right turn only during weekday rush hours. Now motorists risk expensive tickets if they attempt to cross Third or turn left. The same thing for Lorraine and Windsor at Sixth Street. According to a spokesman for Councilman Ryu, the Department of Transportation (DOT) says that, since the signs went in, there have been no major collisions caused by these dangerous maneuvers at those locations. There’s another safety innovation, recently installed in the traffic light at Larchmont Boulevard and Third Street. It’s called a “Pedestrian-Lead Crossing,” and it means that southbound cars making a left turn from Larchmont onto Third now have a red light if pedestrians are trying to cross the street on the east side of the intersection. It’s no longer necessary to simply pray that impatient motorists will yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk — they must stop for us. How did these measures come to pass? The DOT relies on hard data to decide when, where, and to what extent to make changes to traffic patterns. The statistics on crashes along Third Street, gathered over several years, made a strong case for the new signs there. Therefore, if residents feel there are dangerous traffic conditions in other parts of the neighborhood, it’s essential to accumulate persuasive data by reporting every collision, no matter how small, to the city. It’s easy to do via the city’s MyLA311 website.

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ART EXHIBIT patrons include neighbors Neville Anderson, Hancock Park (second from left), and John LaBombard, Windsor Square (fourth from left), greeting friends Mimi and Warren Techentin. At far right, Carl Anderson talks with Jenny Schreiber.

• • • The Gregory Ain-designed home of Brooke Anderson and Randy Ferguson in Citrus Square was the scene of an

art exhibit July 27. On display were lovely botanical drawings by artist Liz Young, Brooke’s talented daughter-in-law. More than 50 friends and neighbors

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BOTANICAL DRAWINGS by artist Liz Young, left, on display at the residence of her mother-in-law, Brooke Anderson, right.

and Suzan Ellis Renwick were there with classmate Louise Hendricks Korshak, joined by her husband, Stuart. Others enjoying the art were Mimi and Warren Techentin, Neville Anderson and former residents Jenny and Dick Schreiber, now in Beverly Hills. And that’s the chat!

enjoyed the art and the company of one another, including Carlotta Keely, Court Young (the artist’s husband, who grew up in Hancock Park), Betsy Anderson, John LaBombard and Carl Anderson. Marlborough School classmates and former Hancock Park residents Nancy Peck Birdwell

Project Angel Food (Continued from page 7) September gala This brings us to the 29th Annual Angel Awards Gala, Project Angel Food’s largest fundraiser, on Sat., Sept. 14. This year, Project Angel Food’s parking lot will be transformed into a ballroom for the event. Jamie Lee Curtis will be receiv-

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By Talia Abrahamson Shonda Rhimes is a highprofile writer, producer and author who keeps a low profile in Hancock Park. Born and raised outside of Chicago, Rhimes moved to the neighborhood more than 15 years ago. “Maybe I have just been a quiet neighbor!” Rhimes said in an e-mail. “I lived in two different houses in the area — one above Third St. and one below. I’d been living in Beachwood.” Rhimes is the showrunner of “Grey’s Anatomy,” the longestrunning TV medical drama

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(headed into its 16th season), as well as its spinoff series, “Private Practice.” She also created the political thriller, “Scandal,” which wrapped up its seventh season this spring. Shondaland, her media company, produced “How to Get Away with Murder” and “Station 19.” In July 2018, Netflix and Shondaland announced eight collaborative projects being produced exclusively for Netflix members. Proximity to production companies is one of the reasons Rhimes said she moved to Hancock Park. She resides

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in the neighborhood with her three daughters. “We are close to the studios, more diverse than any of the neighborhoods on the Westside and have easy access to all of the artistic events downtown and at the museums,” Rhimes said. “I call it ‘determined Bohemianism’ to my friends.” Among other awards, Rhimes has received a Golden Globe, Peabody Award and two Television Academy Honors awards. She has lifetime achievement awards from the Directors Guild of America, the Writers

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Guild of America and the Producers Guild of America. Rhimes said she chose not to acknowledge barriers. “My parents raised me to look at what other people see as obstacles and define them as challenges,” Rhimes said. “So I never felt there was much to overcome. Any biases against me are the problem of the biased.” When she is not working on her media projects, she spends

time in part serving the greater community. In 2016, she created a philanthropical foundation, The Rhimes Family Foundation, which has since funded The Rhimes Family Visual Arts Gallery at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Rhimes serves on the boards of nonprofits, including Humanitas, the American Film Institute, Beyond 12 and Planned Parenthood. She teaches others how to write for television through her bestseller masterclass.com course. Rhimes’ career extended to memoir / self-help books in November 2015 with her “New York Times” bestseller, “Year of Yes.” For any kind of storyteller, Rhimes has one recommendation. “My best advice is that a writer is someone who writes,” Rhimes said. “Which means: make writing your steady practice. Write everyday. Write as much as you can. Write all the time.”

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Tammy Rosato is passionate about her mission: end homelessness By Sondi Toll Sepenuk If you are involved in our local community at all, then there’s a very good chance you already know Tammy Rosato. She’s the La Brea Hancock Homeowner’s Association president and neighborhood watch co-chair, a board member for the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council (GWNC) and homelessness liaison for La Brea Hancock. She also is a member of the Midtown Los Angeles Homeless Coalition Board, and she serves on the LAPD Wilshire Community Police Advisory Board (CPAB) for homeless outreach. Looking at her involvement within the community, it’s easy to see where her passion lies: helping to solve Los Angeles’ homeless crisis. “One day, after breaking down after an encounter with a homeless person in the Ralph’s grocery store parking lot, I decided I needed to learn more about what was happening and figure out how I could help,” recalls Rosato. “I said to myself, ‘I can’t walk by one more person.’” The timing coincided with her stepson becoming a police officer in the Bay Area, so she and her husband took an LAPD Wilshire Community Police Academy class to understand all the aspects of her stepson’s new job. During the 10-week course, Rosato discovered an eye-opening fact: most officers spend over half of their time responding to homelessness calls. “I realized that the officers were responding to all of these situations but they didn’t know who to call or what to do with the people they were encountering on the streets,” says Rosato. “At this point, I decided to educate myself. I attended every meeting I could find, including participating in the Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority’s (LAHSA) homeless count. Listening to presentations and reviewing the numbers, I started to better understand how the homeless crisis was decades in the making and that it will probably take just as long to resolve. You have to identify the root problems first: drugs, mental illness, abuse.” Armed with her new-found knowledge, Rosato created a pocket-sized “Homeless Services & Resource Pocket Reference” guide that the police officers keep in their uniforms as well as on their laptops. This way, when they encounter a struggling homeless person on the street, whether it be someone who’s mentally ill, on drugs, an elderly person, or a woman who is running from an abusive situation, the officers now have a

resource to connect them to a service provider. “People keep talking about the housing shortage, which is a huge problem,” says Rosato, “but it’s way more complicated than that. We need to take a holistic approach to help all of the people who find themselves on the streets for different reasons: students who are couch surfing, seniors whose rent is going up, mentally ill who have no place to go, drugaddicted people, young people who are running from sex trafficking.” All of this dedicated, hard work has changed the focus of her life. “My husband nicknamed me Erin Brockovich,” Rosato laughs, “because once I found my voice I couldn’t stop talking about these things. He calls me a super sleuth!” One of the biggest hurdles Rosato has discovered during

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her research is the inability of different counties to work together to solve this statewide issue. “There should be more coordination between districts and counties,” explains Rosato. “I hope they can be more collaborative in coming up with ideas to get people off of the

streets into permanent housing,” she says. Rosato hails from Michigan and attended high school in Thousand Oaks, but she has called the Greater Wilshire area her home since 1998. She moved to the area to be closer to her job with a printing company at the time, but has since devoted herself fulltime to community service and outreach. By participating in the 2018 homeless count, Rosato discovered that homelessness in the Greater Wilshire neighborhoods increased by double digits from 2017 to 2018. She chalks this up to the lack of “bridge” or supportive housing in the area, combined with the knowledge that people are moving out of the dangerous skid row downtown area and into safer communities where they may have friends, family or local knowledge.

Rosato is fully supportive of Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu’s efforts to come up with creative solutions to address our most vulnerable neighbors in Council District Four. “His weekly newsletters and website outline his calls for Ellis Act Reform, the Rent Relief Credit, and a recent motion to penalize landlords who hold housing units empty (there are estimates that there currently are more than 100,000 vacant apartments in the city). These important initiatives and new bridge and supportive housing are key to helping solve the crisis long term.” “Our elected officials are trying,” Rosato continues, “and as a community member, I am going to keep going to meetings, trying to learn, share the information that I’ve learned, (Please turn to page 12)





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By Sidney Gubernick Los Angeles’ Ebell Chorale recently serenaded patients and hospital staff of the Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. “The Power of Women’s Voices” event included songs from the 11th century to Joni Mitchell. Empowering women since its founding in 1894, the Chorale was led by Kirsten Simpson. Toby Horn, a Chorale member, obtained donated pianos and recruited volunteer professional and student musicians to accompany the event. The Chorale visited the Oncology/Hematology Ward, ICU, emergency waiting room, chemotherapy infusion unit, and outdoor amphitheater, in each location sharing the connective, healing power of music with patients and staff alike.

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An all-ages Comedy & Variety Show featuring fun SNLstyle skits, magic, music and improv games is at the Ebell of Los Angeles Sun., Aug. 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. The family-friendly event is directed by Jay Lay, actor and former senior teacher / director at the Groundlings Theater and School and a Gower St. resident. Cynthia Lay and Caroline Tracy are co-chairs. Tickets are $20 for Ebell members, $25 for non-members and $15 for children. Call 323-931-1277, ext 131 or tickets@ebelloflosangeles.com Summer Daze The Ebell’s Southerninspired barbecue, Summer Daze, is Sun., Aug. 2 at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 for members, $45 for non-members. Ebell Roadshow Heirlooms and jewelry will be appraised Thurs,, Aug. 22 at 3 p.m. by Bonhams. Proceeds support Ebell’s 125th Anniversary Legacy Campaign. Visit Ebellofla.com for prices and to RSVP. The Ebell is at 741 S. Lucerne Blvd. Free parking is in the east lot.

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and try to solve this problem.” Rosato wants community members to know that they can use their smartphones, tablets or computers to request help for a homeless person by going to la-hop. org, the Los Angeles County Homeless Outreach Portal, to request help for people experiencing homelessness on the streets of Los Angeles County. As Rosato moves forward with her mission, she is comforted by the strong relationships she’s made within the community. “There is such a dynamic group of people in this neighborhood,” explains Rosato. “I’m learning from all of them… and my desire to understand has taken me on this journey. It’s a conversation we’re all having — homelessness, affordable housing, transit — and it’s really important for people to participate… we need to work together because we can’t accomplish this by ourselves. I can only be successful with the help and relationships within the community.”

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Local photographer turned community advocate on homelessness han. By chance, the family set up home in a 1911 Craftsman in the Oakwood / Maplewood / St. Andrews neighborhood, located north of Beverly Boulevard and between the Larchmont Village neighborhood and Western Avenue. And today, Schallert has mostly praise for the area. “I think my quality of life went up when we moved to this neighborhood,” she says. “I certainly began to enjoy Los Angeles a lot better living in this area. I love it.” One thing that does concern Schallert is the homelessness problem that seems only to be getting worse across the city. “It’s out of control,” says Schallert. But her words aren’t empty, and she doesn’t lack sympathy — she is on a mission. In fact, the afternoon that I met her at her home for this piece, Schallert is working on the final details of an

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event in two days. “Sorry, I’m really busy today, let’s make this fast,” she tells me as I arrive. The July 18 event was the latest speaker series hosted by Stories from the Frontline, organized by Schallert and Marilyn Wells in partnership with the John and Marilyn

Wells Family Foundation. The idea behind the Stories from the Frontline speaker series is to help people understand what it’s like to be homeless by inviting some who have overcome homelessness to stand up and share their stories. They are stories of endurance and strength that empower the audience to want to make a difference. “We provide food and drinks, put up images of what supportive housing looks like, then we give them a storytelling — it’s like theater,” explains Schallert. “After the program, we have experts onhand to engage with the audience and to talk about what can be done locally.” The first speaker series, in February 2018, was hosted at The Ebell. Since then, Schallert and Wells have been expanding their advocacy. From attending neighborhood council meetings to volunteering at local nonprofits to advocating for the development of supportive housing, Schallert and Wells are attacking from all sides. “Because we are ‘Ladies of Larchmont’ we are trying to find ways to support the mayor and find ways to support City Council — we are looking for ways in the system to make change, but also we are there to say: ‘You need to do more,’” says Schallert. And according to Schallert, she and Wells make an excellent duo. The two have known each other for decades (their kids attended the same preschool, All Children Great and Small). “I’m a taskmaster, and she is the butterfly that floats around from idea to idea, and I try to make those ideas hap-

pen,” says Schallert. Among some of their early successes, Schallert says that their team has helped to get supportive housing approved in nearby Koreatown. “The few people that were protesting supportive housing in Koreatown were really loud and noisy. What we did was to empower the neighborhood council to use the right language to talk about bridge housing and affordable housing, and how to challenge developers. In the end, all of these community groups came out in support to say that they want this in their neighborhood.” A major cause of the homelessness crisis, according to Schallert, is that everything is too expensive: “The problem is an affordability crisis, not a lack of housing crisis. People need money to make ends meet.” That’s why Schallert and Wells now have a project in their sights to encourage homeowners with extra space — ideally those with backyard ADUs (Accessory Dwelling Units) — to take in approved candidates within a local program, who are waiting for supportive housing. “A lot of my friends have an Airbnb in their backyard and it’s been a way for them to make extra money. But what they need to do — and what would really help the city — would be to host someone who is on the waiting list for supportive housing. The homeowner still makes money, and an approved candidate is off the streets. “If we can get our neighbors to start to do things like this, we can make a difference.”

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By Billy Taylor Allison Schallert is a woman on a mission to curb homelessness in Los Angeles. The citizen activist was born and raised in Illinois, studied at DePaul University in Chicago, and spent time in Toronto and New York City before relocating to Los Angeles in 1991. “What brought you to Los Angeles?” I ask. “No reason,” says Schallert. Adding: “Anything that’s not bolted down tilts toward Los Angeles,” she says with a smile. As a long-time event photographer, Schallert has worked professionally with entertainment executives and a prominent Democrat presidential candidate, among many others. Soon after landing in the City of Angels, Schallert met her husband, Brendan, and the couple welcomed two daughters, Maeve and Siob-

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Stories hold the key for homeless advocate Marilyn Wells “They don’t really understand who homeless people really are, and how they recover, and that they get their jobs back, and their kids to school and their lives back.” The good news is that recent efforts by Stories from the Frontline, by United Way and by other homeless advocacy groups have resulted in actual housing being built, including in areas where public sentiment was not too keen at first. One site is breaking ground in Koreatown, Wells told us last month. Another is planned in Councilman Herb Wesson’s district office parking lot. When council members were told to put homeless housing in their backyards, Wesson took on the challenge: “Okay, fine. I’ll put it in the parking lot,” he said. Neighbors Lifting Neighbors And that’s how it should be, says Wells. Helping people in our communities, even bringing someone into our homes, is not only doable but part of the solution. To that end, the program Neighbors Lifting Neighbors, with local service provider Alexandria House, recently was launched by the John and Marilyn Wells Foundation. Wells grew up in Denver, Colo., where she attended a pubic school financed with new oil money; it had a 1,200seat theater and produced lavish productions. Her future husband, John, and she both participated in the school theater (in “Godspell” and “Cabaret”) but only knew each other from afar. In 1980, she and her actor boyfriend and John and his then-wife moved to Los Angeles. At parties, she and John were the quiet ones, making dip in the kitchen. “We were the wallflowers of the party,”

is terrific,” says the proud mom, lithe and limber from a dance background in her youth. Her husband writes, directs and produces films and he co-chairs their Foundation. After getting a master’s degree in psychology, Marilyn did her doctorate dissertation on domestic violence and child abuse at Pepperdine University. She served as a consultant and fundraiser and on boards at the Rape Treatment Center in Santa Monica, Five Acres in Pasadena and the Episcopal School Los Angeles. She was Board chair for Grace Center and St. James’ Episcopal School. Wells saw firsthand how domestic violence affects people from all walks of life, and she

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she laughs. They got to know each other and eventually married; the couple have two children, Madison, 21, and Jack, 18. “They’re both artists. Which


learned a lot about homelessness, as many victims of abuse end up without homes and jobs and the cycle repeats itself. Progress, she says, has come about not from the experts or law enforcement but at a grass roots level by women who had been abused, much as in addressing homelessness. “It is so impressive to me that the people who are formerly homeless either get a degree, or go and do outreach or work in that area of homelessness or domestic violence. And who better than people who are experiencing homelessness or domestic violence?” And who better than Marilyn Wells to help them get their stories out?



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The following organizations involve many Larchmont people. If your group is not listed, or if you see information that needs to be updated, please write to Who’s Who Di- comprehensive and legal needs of women rectory, circulation@larchmontchronicle. and girls. The three primary activities are education and support services, including com or call 323-462-2241, ext. 13. training; impact litigation, including lawsuits and amicus briefs; and policy advocacy. CWLC places particular emphasis on effectALEXANDRIA HOUSE ing change for low-income and indigent Michelle Tonn, executive director; Judy women and girls. 323-951-1041; cwlc.org. Vaughan, founding executive director. PurCHILDHELP pose: a transitional residence for single women and women with children in the Pat Whiting, president. 100 members. Meets process of moving from emergency shelter every 2nd Thurs. except July, Aug. and to permanent housing. Volunteers can play Dec. Purpose: address the physical, emo“top chef” for a night. Thrift sale every 2nd tional, educational and spiritual needs of Saturday. Informational tea parties occa- abused, neglected and at-risk children by fosionally, or call to schedule a tour. Casino cusing efforts and resources in the areas of night this year is Sat., Oct. 26. Call Michele advocacy, prevention, treatment, and comRichards, development director, 213-381- munity outreach. 323-465-4016; childhelp. org. 2649 or michele@alexandriahouse.org.




Cara Leonetti Esposito, president. 65 members. Nine meetings a year. Purpose: Supports Children’s Institute, Inc. to help children affected by violence, abuse and other trauma. Fundraising activities include annual spring luncheon and fashion show and operation of The Colleagues Boutique, ASSISTANCE LEAGUE a designer resale and vintage clothing store OF LOS ANGELES at 3312 Pico Blvd. 213-260-7621; thecolKathy Balzar,  board president. Melanie leagues.com. Merians, chief executive officer. 550+ memCOLLEAGUE HELPERS IN bers. Purpose: In its 100th year, the League seeks to improve the quality of lives of at- PHILANTHROPIC SERVICE (CHIPS) risk children and their families. Programs Katie Lewis, president. Purpose: support range from a nationally accredited pre- Children’s Institute, Inc. with its work to school, to two clothing and school supplies help children affected by violence, abuse programs for homeless and foster youth, and other trauma. Fundraising and volunas well as a theater for children and a new teer efforts include an annual fashion show, scholarship program for graduating high boutique fashion events, hosting special school seniors. Auxiliaries and their chairs children’s activities, and donating and disinclude: Anne Banning Auxiliary (for Oper- tributing toys. 213-260-7621; thechips.org. CUISINE Á ROULETTES ation School Bell), Debbie Roper; College Alumnae Auxiliary, Barbara Hardesty; Daryl Twerdahl, interim executive direcHilltoppers Auxiliary (for  Foster Children’s tor. 120 members. Two general memberResource Center), Judy Davis; Mannequins ship meetings yearly at St. Vincent Meals on Auxiliary, Donna Econn; Nine O’Clock Play- Wheels. Open board meetings monthly. Purers Auxiliary, Melanie Edward and Preschool pose: Fundraising and volunteer support for Auxiliary, Yvonne Cazier. Other types of St. Vincent Meals on Wheels. 213-484-7112;  memberships are also available. Contact dtwerdahl@stvincentmow.org.  Kai Tramiel, director of membership and DIDI HIRSCH MENTAL HEALTH community outreach, at 323-545-4847 or SERVICES visit assistanceleaguela.org.    Christopher J. Harrer, board chair. Dr. Kita AVIVA FAMILY AND CHILDREN SER- S. Curry, president / CEO.  Kim Kowsky, director of development and communicaVICES PLATINUM ASSOCIATES Purpose: fundraising group for Aviva Fam- tions. Established in 1942. Purpose: Provide ily and Children’s Services, which provides mental health and substance use services support, therapeutic services and guidance to  communities in and around Los Angeto at-risk children and families, including les. Home to the Suicide Prevention Center. “wraparound” community mental health, Crisis services, training and support groups foster care and adoption services. Contact for people who have attempted or lost loved Cynthia Tirado in development at 323-876- ones to suicide. Several fundraisers a year. 0550, ext. 1107, or development@aviva.org. 310-751-5331; didihirsch.org. Jenny Chow, president. 7 members. Purpose: Chartered in 1938, serves and provides support to School on Wheels, Good Shepherd Shelter for Homeless Women, Braille Institute and Hope-Net. 213-810-8791; districteleven.altrusa.org.


Purpose: To increase community awareness and support for Aviva’s mission through recruiting strategic, mission-driven members and championing fundraising and marketing campaigns to raise funds and build brand awareness for the organization. Contact Cynthia Tirado in development at 323876-0550, ext. 1107, or development@aviva. org.



Heather Schuchert, president. 80+ members. Celebrating its 82nd year, Las Floristas meets once a month, Sept. to June. Purpose: Serve the special needs of children with exceptional physical or cognitive challenges at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center. Support includes wheelchair sports, scholarships, recreational therapy, adolescent support and pediatric art therapy. Annual scholarship and awards dinner every June. Heather Schuchert, heseboo@aol.com.


Joan Prestine, president. Purpose: support Children’s Institute, Inc. with its work to help children affected by violence, abuse and other trauma. Fundraisers include theater receptions, an annual holiday dinner and other activities. 213-260-7621; childrensinstitute.org.


Margo Lane, president. 522 members. Purpose: Mother-daughter philanthropy organization. Annual benefit in December. TimeEBELL OF LOS ANGELES less Treasures Thrift Shop open Tuesdays, Ginger Barnard, president. 500+ mem- Fridays and Saturdays at 9441 Culver Blvd, bers.  Purpose: Women’s club with philan- Culver City.   323-665-5981; nclla.org. thropic, cultural and educational programs NATIONAL CHARITY LEAGUE that support 20 charities that help women CORONET DEBUTANTE BALL BOARD and children and grants for over 50 col- Julie Barker, ball director. Alice Wilson lege scholarships each year. Holds lunches Gould, president. Purpose: Annual Corowith guest speakers, wine and dine dinners, net Debutante Ball in 2020 at the Beverly barbecues, art receptions, dances, holiday Hilton.   Event fundraising supports philevents, play readings, film screenings, book anthropic projects of the National Charity clubs, and crafts workshops in a National League, Los Angeles Founder Chapter. coroRegister historic Italian Renaissance build- netdebutanteball.org. ing., Meredyth Deighton, membership diNGA HANCOCK PARK rector. 323-931-1277 or visit ebellla.org.    

David Levinson, founder and executive diFREEDOMS FOUNDATION rector. Mission: Connects people by proAT VALLEY FORGE viding a variety of volunteer opportunities to improve lives. Board of directors meet 4 Judith Mancini, president. 85 members. times a year. 323-549-9944. bigsunday.org. Purpose: raise funds to provide scholarships to students and accredited teachers to BLIND CHILDREN’S CENTER Jeff Leitzinger, board president. Sarah Orth, participate in the Foundation’s educational CEO. Scott Kassel, director of development programs. 310-729-6338; freedomsfoundaand communications. Purpose: Provide tion.org. family-centered early intervention and education services for children birth through kindergarten who are visually impaired. Fundraiser each May. Volunteer opportunities available year round. 323-664-2153; blindchildrenscenter.org.

youth development, healthy living and social year. Purpose: mentorship through activiresponsibility. 323-467-4161; ymcala.org. ties and outings for residents at Maryvale. 626-280-6510; laorphanageguild.com/juHOPENET nior-guild. betteannbaer@gmail.com. Levi Webb, executive director. 13 food panPEGGY ALBRECHT try members. Board meets monthly. Purpose: HopeNet is a non-profit organization FRIENDLY HOUSE whose mission is to empower individuals Peter White, board president, Monica Philand families facing food insecurity with lips, executive director. Founded in 1951 as access to available resources in collabo- the first home for women recovering from ration with inter-faith agencies. Taste of alcohol and drug addiction in the US. PurLarchmont is Mon., Aug. 26. 213-389-9949; pose: Provide opportunity for women to relevi@hopenetla.org. cover physically, spiritually and emotionally from drugs and alcohol in an atmosphere JEFFREY FOUNDATION Alyce Morris Winston, founder and CEO. of love, compassion and support. 213-389Purpose: Provide services for special needs 9964; friendlyhousela.org. children and their families, typically chilPROJECT ANGEL FOOD dren from 12 months through age 18. 323- Richard Ayoub, executive director. Bobby 965-7536; thejeffreyfoundation.org. Ralston, Target Media Partners, chair. FoundJUNIOR LEAGUE OF LOS ANGELES ed in 1989 by Marianne Williamson and a Ricci Ramos, president. 1,100 members. group of volunteers to provide food to those Founded in 1926. Seven general meetings combating the effects of HIV/AIDS. Project Sept. to May. Purpose: Promote voluntarism, Angel Food has since expanded their service develop women’s potential and improve the to provide free meals, love and support to community through effective action and the men and women battling critical illness, leadership of trained volunteers. 323-957- including  cancer, kidney failure, diabetes, congestive heart disease and other illnesses, 4280; jlla.org. as well as the dependent children of clients. JUNIORS OF SOCIAL SERVICE Sister Albertine Morales, Regis House direc- 323-845-1800; angelfood.org. UPLIFT FAMILY SERVICES tor. Purpose: Fundraising and other support for Regis House Community Center owned AT HOLLYGROVE and operated by the Sisters of Social Service. Jana L. Turner, chairs. Purpose: a familyAnnual fundraiser is in  November. Group centered community organization serving meets approximately four times a year.  213- abused and neglected children to age 18, and 380-8168; regishousecommunitycenter. those at risk of abuse or neglect or in poverty. com, regishousecc @att.net.  323-463-2119;  upliftfs.org/about/hollygrove.


Beverly Weir, president. Mary Kane, auxiliary contact. Purpose: Assist at four centers for homeless women and their children and raise funds. Call Mary Kane or 818-789-1519 CALIFORNIA WOMEN’S LAW CENTER or email mk15440@aol.com. Contact Good Betsy Butler, executive director. Pur- Shepherd Center at 213-235-1460 or email pose: Break down barriers and advance the asandoval@gschomeless.org. HOLLYWOOD YMCA potential of women and girls in California David Almaraz, chairman. Purpose: for more than 30 years. First law center in Strengthening the community through California solely dedicated to addressing the


Beverly Brown, president, 85 members. NGA meets monthly from September to June. Purpose: Improve the quality of life for the disadvantaged members of the community by purchasing and distributing new clothes, linens and personal care items through seven local charities. Annual fundraiser event in February. ngahancockpark.org; ngahancockpark@ gmail.com.


Mary Anne Atkisson and Phyllis and Conkle, co-presidents. Purpose: Raise funds for Maryvale, oldest residential treatment agency in Los Angeles, which provides residential care for girls ages 13 to 18, mental health services for individuals and families, and an emergency placement center for children ages 6 to 12. 626-280-6510; laorphanageguild.com.



Sharon Fadem, president. 68 members. Meets monthly Sept. through June. Purpose: Advance research in America by raising scholar awards for the best undergraduate, graduate, medical students and postdoctoral fellows  in the fields of science, math, engineering and medical research. 310-3751936; arcsfoundation.org/los_angeles


Purpose: To support the educational and cultural programs and restoration and conservation of Banning Residence Museum. 310-548-7777; thebanningmuseum.org.


Jan H. Gordon, chapter regent. 110 members. Meetings alternate 2nd Wed. and 2nd Sat. monthly, Sept. to May. Purpose: Founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., D.A.R. is a nonprofit, nonpolitical volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education.  LAHawki@aol.com or follow on Facebook.


Liz Goralka, contact. Book sales are Wednesdays, 12 to 4 p.m. Meets 2nd Tues., of the month. Always looking for more volunteers. Purpose: to support the library acquisition fund and various programs. 323-936-6191; lapl.org.


Thomas Garbrecht, president; David Kendrick is treasurer. Polin Cochrane is co-treasurer. Five members. Purpose: To support the library. Holds book sales on the first Friday and Saturday of the month to support the library. Always looking for more volunteers. 323-962-3521; lapl.org/branches/ john-c-fremont.


Chris Metro, president. Jane Dobijo, contact. Purpose: To support the library through various programs. 323-938-2732; lapl.org.


Marjory Hopper, president, 15 members. 97th year as advocates for women. PurBette Baer, president. Meets eight times a pose: Achieve equity for individuals in the


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workplace through advocacy and educaLOS ANGELES tion. Meets 2nd Sat. for monthly luncheon ASSOCIATES & AFFILIATES at the Preston in the Loews Hollywood Ho- Bonnie McClure, chairman. 36 Guilds and tel. 562-699-6288; mjhop6334@aol.com; Auxiliaries. Purpose: Raise money for Chilbpwcal.org. dren’s Hospital Los Angeles. 323-361-2367; chla.org. LEAGUE OF WOMEN


Mona Field and Crissi Avila, co-presidents. 350 members. Meets monthly Sept.-May. Purpose: Non-partisan organization to inform citizens about government. 213-3681616; lwvlosangeles.org.


Meets 2nd Mon. of the month at Visitors’ Center, Griffith Park at 9:30 a.m. Sept. to June; different speaker each month. First meeting is free. Purpose: To increase knowledge and love of gardening and support philanthropic causes. Toy collection / monetary donations in Nov. for Homeless Health Care Los Angeles. Two horticultural scholarships are given for students at Mt. San Antonio College. losangelesgardenclub.org.


Jessica Flores, president. Purpose: Propel women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power through advocacy, innovation and community. 213-6223200; nawbola.org.



Three general meetings fall, winter and spring. Purpose: Philanthropy, staffing of the Good Samaritan Gift Shop and public relations. 213-977-2939; goodsam.org.


Katie Hult, president. Jessica Bowlin, public relations chair. 175 members. Meets three times yearly. Purpose: Improve and enrich the Southern California community with commitment to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and other philanthropic enterprises. Through members and debutante families, honor those who have shown exceptional commitment to the community.  correspondingsecretary@lasmadrinas.org.


Purpose: benefiting vision research at Doheny Eye Institute, now affiliated with UCLA’s Jules Stein Eye Institute. 323-3427101; doheny.org.


Purpose: benefiting vision research at Doheny Eye Institute, now affiliated with UCLA’s Jules Stein Eye Institute. 323-3427101; doheny.org.



or religion, free of charge. The annual benMUSES OF THE CALIFORNIA efit luncheon will be Sat., Sept. 22 at 11 a.m. SCIENCE CENTER FOUNDATION at the Luxe Sunset Hotel. 818-763-0970; Jennifer Upham Saunders, president. 100 dnighman@gmail.com. Visit sisterservant- members. Meets 2nd Mon. of the month sofmaryguild.org. Sept to June. Purpose: Support and promote ST. ANNE’S GUILD the California Science Center and its eduAdriano Aldridge, contact. Purpose: To cation programs for youth. 213-369-9988; help pregnant and parenting teens, young jusaunders88@yahoo.com. women and their children in underserved NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WOMEN IN communities. Thrift shop at 3315 W. BurTHE ARTS COMMITTEE, bank Blvd. Guild events at 155 N. OccidenSOUTHERN CALIFORNIA tal Blvd. Fashion show is Thurs., Sept. 13. Marilyn Levin, president. Purpose: To supChristmas Bazaar is Sat., Nov. 3. 213-381port the National Museum of Women in the 2931 x341; aaldridge@stannes.org. Arts and to increase public awareness of the ST. JOHN OF GOD HELPER’S CLUB Purpose: Raise money for St. John of God work of California women artists locally and Retirement and Care Center through ap- nationally. nmwa.org. peals and events such as the annual “Charity Golf Classic.” The Helper’s Club also sponsors the Foundation’s newsletter. 323-731BUCKLEY SCHOOL 7141; info@hospitallerfoundation.org. PARENTS ASSOCIATION


ST. JOHN OF GOD WOMEN’S LEAGUE Purpose: To support the school; assist in social

Margaret Cherene, president. 100 members. and cultural activities; foster a good relationPurpose: Volunteering and fundraising to ship among the school, the students, and the assist patients in St. John of God Retirement parents; assist in fundraising. pa@buckley.org. and Care Center. 323-731-7141; info@hospiCATHEDRAL CHAPEL SCHOOL tallerfoundation.org.



Purpose: Fundraising events for Cathedral Chapel School and general support of school. Mindy Halls, president. 200 patrons. Board 323-938-9976; cathedralchapelschool.org. meets monthly Sept.-June, brunch in Dec. FRIENDS OF HANCOCK PARK Purpose: Support Los Angeles County / USC ELEMENTARY Medical Center through volunteer work and Schedule is posted on website. Purpose: donations. 323-409-6941; lacusccares.org. Fundraising and implementing projects. hancockparkschool.com/friends-of-hancock-park-school. THE BLUE RIBBON


Terri Kohl, president. Suzy Boyett, associate director, 450 members. By invitation only: meets on a special events basis. Purpose: Founded in 1968 by Dorothy Chandler, this charitable support group of The Music Center is comprised of women leaders in the Los Angeles community. Funds raised go to its education programs and resident companies: Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Master Chorale and Center Theatre Group. 213-9723347;  sboyett@musiccenter.org.

Pam Brown, board president. Purpose: To See auxiliaries below. Contact michaelwilimprove the quality of life for women, chil- lis@mednet.ucla.edu; ortho-institute.org. dren and families and to ensure individual CHARITABLE CHILDREN’S GUILD rights for all. Operates seven thrift stores in (CCG) Los Angeles. 323-651-2930;  ncjwla.org. Nancy Rossi, president. 30 members. PurTOWN AND GOWN OF USC pose: Support Orthopaedic Institute for Paula Ciaramitaro, president. Established Children’s charitable care program with in 1904. Purpose: Philanthropic organiza- financial resources and volunteering. Main tion supporting USC through scholarships fundraiser is a tea in springtime. BARNSDALL ARTS / FOJAC for students, building and campus enhanceLA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE Shelah Leher-Graiwer, executive director. 16 ments and cultural programs. townandORTHOPAEDIC GUILD board members. Purpose: Provide quality art gownofusc.org. AUXILIARY OF THE CCG education and exhibits that nurture creativWILSHIRE ROTARY CLUB Marianne Jennings, president. 30 members. ity, artistic skills, and aesthetic appreciation OF LOS ANGELES Purpose: Support Orthopaedic Institute for of art. Build community through access and Ron Reyes, president. Meets Wednesdays Children’s charitable care program with fiengagement.  Sunday free family art workat  11:55 a.m.  at The Ebell of Los Angeles, nancial resources and volunteering. Book & shops throughout the year.    323-363-4629; 743 S. Lucerne Blvd. Purpose: “People taking Author Luncheon fundraiser is Tues., Oct. 22. barnsdallarts.org or fojac.org. action to help our community for 87 years.” LAS AMIGAS DE LAS LOMAS HOLLYWOOD BOWL COMMITTEE Contact Cys Bronner, membership chair: cysAUXILIARY OF THE CCG Purpose: Support the Hollywood Bowl, Los bronner4rotary@gmail.com or visit wilshirAngela Rokaw, president. 80 members. Angeles Philharmonic and youth music eduerotary.org or facebook.com/wilshirerotary. Purpose: Support the Orthopaedic Insti- cation programs. 213-972-3530;  hollywoodWINDSOR SQUARE-HANCOCK tute for Children’s charitable care program bowl.com. PARK HISTORICAL SOCIETY with financial resources and volunteering. LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM Richard Battaglia, president, 300 mem- Fundraiser is in October. Visit lasamigas. OF ART COSTUME COUNCIL bers.  Board of Trustees meets quarterly at org or facebook.com/lasamigasdelaslomas. Hunter Kennedy, contact. 50 members. members’ homes. Researches and preserves LAS MADRECITAS Council members enjoy six to eight fashionhistorical information on Windsor Square, AUXILIARY OF THE CCG centric programs annually. Purpose: AcquiHancock Park and Greater Rancho La Brea. Joan Yazejian Bogosian, president. 140 mem- sitions and special project  support for the Historical tours, social events and annual Homes / Gardens Tour. Contact: wshphs@ bers. Purpose: Support Orthopaedic Institute Costume and Textile Curatorial Department for Children’s charitable care program with fi- of the Los Angeles  County Museum of Art. gmail.com, wshphs.org. nancial resources and volunteering. Fall Fun- 323-857-6558;  costumecouncil@lacma.org.  WOMEN AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE draiser is Sat., Nov. 2. Margot Bennett, executive director. PurLOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM LAS NINAS DE LAS MADRECITAS pose: Prevent gun violence by educating the OF ART DOCENT COUNCIL public, policymakers and the media about Charlotte Calvignac, president. 70 members, Emily Craig, docent council coordinator. the human, financial and public health con- girls grades nine to 12. Purpose: Volunteer 426 members. Purpose: Volunteer educasequences and dangers of firearms. 310-204- at Orthopaedic Institute for Children and tional services for students and adults in the in the community; fundraising projects in2348; wagv.org. clude a spring fashion show and Christmas form of tours, lectures, and informal conWOMEN LAWYERS See’s Candy Sale; presentation of seniors at versations. 323-857-6109; lacma.org. ASSOCIATION OF LOS ANGELES annual Evergreen Ball. LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF Heather Stern, president. Purpose: Promote LOS AMIGOS ART MUSEUM SERVICE COUNCIL full participation of women lawyers and Tim Deegan, chair. 150 members. Annual AUXILIARY OF THE CCG judges in the legal profession, maintain inmeeting at museum. Purpose: Guest servictegrity of legal system by advocating princi- Sophie Rokaw, president. 50 members. Pures. 323-857-6228; tdeegan @lacma.org. pose: Volunteer at Orthopaedic Institute for ples of fairness and equality, improve status Children and in the community; support Las LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC of women in society, including exercise of equal rights and reproductive choice. Does Amigas de Las Lomas through volunteerism. AFFILIATES SEARCHLIGHTERS not give referrals or do pro bono work. 213Purpose: Support the mission of the LA Phil Purpose: Provide funds to support medi- through volunteer service, community en892-8982; wlala.org. cal research and education for Orthopaedic gagement, and fundraising; be ambassadors Institute for Children. Main fundraiser is a for music and connect communities.  213wine tasting held in the spring. 972-3530;  laphil.com. CEDARS-SINAI WOMEN’S GUILD SISTER SERVANTS OF MARY Shelley Cooper, president. Purpose: SupLOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC GUILD port Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, priINTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE marily through fund-raising, support Denise Nighman, president. 165 members. Purpose: Encourage attendance at Los Anprograms, research and education. 310- Purpose: Fundraising to assist sisters in car- geles Philharmonic performances;  fund423-3667; womensguildcs.org or wom- rying out their mission. The sisters are RNs, raise; build bridges between cultures and LVNs, CNAs who provide care to patients in countries through the International Ball ensguild@cshs.org. their own homes regardless of illness, race once a year; 213-972-3530;  laphil.com. CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL




Quarterly meetings held each year in the school auditorium; see calendar on website for dates and times. Purpose: Raise money for enrichment programs. 323-939-8337; friendsofthird.org.


Kairavi Daum, president. Purpose: Support school and build community. Visit hw.com/ parents/parents-association.


Susan Theiring, president. Board meets triannually. Purpose: communication and information for parent / student events, including parent information nights, family picnic in October, WALK 2018 in November, faculty appreciation luncheon in February, the spring luncheon in March, and the used uniform sale in May. 323-461-3651; immaculateheart.org.


Karen Nolta, president, 50 board members who meet quarterly. Purpose is hospitality and fundraising for faculty salaries. Annual spring luncheon. 213-381-5121; loyolahs.edu.


Purpose: provide leadership and involvement opportunities. 323-935-1147; marlborough.org.


Board meets 2nd Tues. of each month. Purpose: Fundraising, communication forum, support of co-curricular activities and welcome for new families. 213-382-7401; stbrendanschoolla.org.


Meets monthly, year-round. Purpose: Community building, fundraising and hospitality. 213-233-0133; sjsla.org/about-us/parentassociation/


Meetings held the first Friday in Aug., Oct., Nov., Feb., Mar., Apr., and May.   Purpose: To promote and build parent / family engagement and work with Friends of Third to raise funds for enrichment and curricular programs for Third Street Elementary students. 323-939-8337;  thirdstreetpta.org.


Purpose: Fundraising and support for school and student needs. Contact 323-938-5291, or info@wilshirecrestpta.org. Visit wcelausd-ca.schoolloop.com/pta.


For information, call 213-389-1181 or visit wiltonplacees-lausd-ca.schoolloop.com/parent_links.



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Saving lives globally with ‘See & Treat’

LARCHMONT LOCALS with Emma Stone (center, rear) include, from left, Van Ness Principal Pauline Hong, Rachel Goodwin, Brenda Chavez, Stone, Kathy Knowles, Adam Rubenstein, Melissa Nichols and Melissa Blazek.

Larchmont plays night of bingo in support of Van Ness Elementary

By Billy Taylor In support of Van Ness Elementary, Larchmont residents made their way to West Hollywood to meet with actress Emma Stone for a raucous night of drag bingo, all in the name of charity. (You can read here how drag queens became popular bingo hosts: tinyurl. com/y56qymdg.) In total, 12 rounds of bingo were played and more than $54,000 was raised, to be shared between Van Ness Elementary, The Hollywood Food Coalition and the Los Angeles

LGBT Center. Hosted at Hamburger Mary’s, the June 29 event was sponsored by Emma Stone’s organization Em and Friends, with support from PAVE (Parents at Van Ness Elementary). “The fundraiser was a huge success,” PAVE member Rachel Goodwin told the Chronicle. “A public school is only as good as the community that rallies behind it, and boy did the community show up!” The money raised will fund (Please turn to page 22)

PARENT SUPPORT FOR HEALTHY BONDING with Savannah Sanfield, MA, LMFT Early Childhood and Perinatal Specialist

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By Suzan Filipek Dr. Patricia Gordon, Hancock Park, and her team recently returned from Kenya, where they trained 24 healthcare professionals in Dr. Gordon’s “See & Treat” program. Their next stop? Vietnam. “I am excited about the future of CureCervicalCancer (CCC),” Dr. Gordon told us between trips. “With the new advent of thermocoagulation [which uses heat to destroy pre-cancerous cells, allowing healthy ones to grow in their place], we will be able to provide services to tens of thousands of women in remote rural areas across the globe.” This month, CureCervicalCancer is partnering with the Vietnamese Association of Midwives and is bringing thermocoagulation to new cervical cancer screening clinics in Hue, Vietnam. “We will be training over 20 clinicians in cervical cancer screening and holding a mass screening event with goals to screen 1,000 women,” Gordon said. In September, the CCC troupe is traveling back to Kenya, where it will partner with local non-profits Women4Cancer and LVCT to equip clinics in Nairobi with the precancer screening. In all, CCC has screened more than 115,000 women and has treated 7,555 patients for the life-threatening disease which is almost 100 percent preventable if caught early. The program’s network of 86 clinics operates in nine countries, including China, Guatemala and several countries in Africa. Gordon founded CCC in 2012 after the radiation oncologist traveled to Dakar, Senegal, where the delayed arrival of a radiation machine necessitated changing plans. She

MEMBERS of her team join Dr. Patricia Gordon, fourth from left, with health care professionals in Kisumu, Kenya.

organized a team of oncologists to provide screening and treatment services. Inspired by the life-saving impact of the simple and cost-effective procedure, Dr. Gordon established the non-profit CCC, based in Beverly Hills. To date, 561 healthcare pro-

fessionals have been trained. Gordon was a radiation oncologist in Beverly Hills for 28 years and graduated from Harvard University and UCLA School of Medicine. For more information and to learn how to help, visit curecervicalcancer.org/donate.

CONSUL GENERAL Akira Chiba and wife Yuko at home.

Sayonara to Consul General Akira and his wife Yuko

They have served in China, By Suzan Filipek In 2018 Japanese Con- Switzerland and Iran. In Los sul General Akira Chiba and Angeles, Mr. Chiba worked his wife Yuko discovered the to diminish the influence of Larchmont Sunday Farmers’ North Korean activists who poison Korea-Japan relations, Market. “We now have some favorite he told us. On a positive note, stalls,” Yuko told us last month he was instrumental in openin the Consul General’s resi- ing Inn Ann Restaurant, on dence in Hancock Park. (It was the fifth level at Japan House, on the occasion of a ceremony at Hollywood and Highland. honoring Yasuko Sakamoto for It means Hidden Cottage, he her decade of work at the Little explains. “It’s hard to find but that’s the beauty of it. It has a Tokyo Service Center.) From their residence, Akira view and it’s very quiet.” “It’s next to Forever 21,” and Yuko Chiba walked several blocks to enjoy their favorites Yuko chimed in. Mrs. Chiat the market, which included ba is an honorary member of fresh-squeezed orange juice Ikebana International and the honorary president of Ikebaand hummus. But those Sunday morning na Teachers’ Association. New jaunts have now come to an Consul General Akira Muto end as the couple’s three-year arrives this month. stint representing Japan ended last month. The consul general, a descendant of Samurais, said he is not sure where their next post will be, as the couple packed up to return to Tokyo. The couple met while studying at UC Berkeley, where she majored in linguistics, and he in CEREMONY honored Yasuko Sakoforeign affairs. moto, here with Consul General Chiba.

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Meet some Las Madrinas 2019 debutantes Las Madrinas has announced the 26 families and their daughters who will be honored for their service to the Southern California community and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) at the Las Madrinas Ball on Sat., Dec. 21, 2019. The debutantes, their mothers and their grandmothers were guests of honor at a tea June 12 given by Las Madrinas at the home of Mrs. Mario Esteban Rodriguez. President of Las Madrinas, Mrs. Kjell Nicholas Hult, formally welcomed the families and thanked them for their contributions and commitment to the Southern California community. Debutante Chairman Mrs. Stephen Fitzmaurice Bennett was among the Las Madrinas members greeting the guests, who learned details of the year’s festivities and what Ball Chairman Mrs. Brian Mecham Webber has in store for the LARCHMONT AREA supporters held a “friendraiser” for Aviva Family & Children’s Services June 9 at the Windsor Square home of Board Chair Genevieve Haines, center. President Regina Bette is left and, at right, Jennifer Kim, both holding ower bou uets made at the e ent. lare Sebenius and Valerie Seitz also hosted. About 15 people came to hear about A i a s new classes for A ransitional Age outh beginning soon in oll wood.

2019 Las Madrinas Ball. The Las Madrinas Debutantes include Caroline Helene Hawley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Pusey Hawley, Windsor Square. The debutantes and their families previously had gathered at The Saban Research Institute at CHLA April 30

for an informational meeting and tour. Paul Viviano, president and CEO of CHLA, spoke to the families about the impact that giving to CHLA has both for research and patient care. Dr. Robert Shaddy, Pediatrician-in-Chief at the hospital, spoke about the many (Please turn to page 20)

Happiness is Hawai’i

Alyce Winston, a 2019 ‘Trailblazer’

By Sidney Gubernick Alyce Morris Winston was honored with The Los Angeles Business Journal Women’s Council’s “Trailblazer” award for nonprofit service. She is the founder of the Jeffrey Foundation, which she opened in 1972 after her son Jeffrey, who suffered with muscular

DEBUTANTES, left to right, are Hattie Rogovin, Katrina Pyle, aroline awle hloe Baker and igi arland.

dystrophy, passed away at age 16. The Foundation now has numerous programs to support low-income families raising special needs children. The “Trailblazer” given at the June 20 event is the newest of many accolades the Foundation has been given over its years of service.









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Movie museum will be a star asset to neighborhood, Deshaw says By Suzan Filipek Katharine Deshaw heads fundraising, communications and marketing for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. All $388 million-plus of it. A dream of the Academy’s for 90 years, the city’s first film museum is nearing its opening (next year) and, once it makes its red carpet debut, it will be a huge asset for the neighborhood, beams Deshaw. “I want everybody in the neighborhood to be the first to visit. I really view the Academy Museum as a film center.

There’s going to be so much for our neighbors to enjoy,” said the longtime Hancock Park resident. Exhibits, a restaurant and, of course, movie screenings will be among its myriad offerings. Designed by Pritzker Prizewinning architect Renzo Piano, the museum will include the restored Wilshire May Company building — renamed the Saban Building — and a spherical addition with a stateof-the-art 1,000-seat theater and rooftop terrace with views of the city and Hollywood hills

Dr. Neville Anderson Dr. Anderson grew up in the Windsor Square area. She attended St. James’ School and Marlborough School. After graduating from Stanford University, she was an assistant teacher at Bing Nursery School. She received her medical degree from the University of Rochester. She completed her internship and residency at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. There she received the Victor E. Stork Award for Continued Excellence and Future Promise in the Care of Children. For seven years, she practiced in La Cañada at Descanso Pediatrics. In 2014 she followed her dreams and opened her own practice on Larchmont Boulevard. She was named a Top Doctor in Pasadena magazine and a Top Rising Super Doctor in Los Angeles magazine for multiple years. Dr. Anderson is one of the founding members of the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Health Network, is on the Board of Managers and is the Chair for the Network’s Finance Committee. She is also an attending physician at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is on the Board of the Los Angeles Pediatric Society. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, hiking, going to the beach, reading and playing tennis.

Dr. Alexandra McCollum Dr. Alex is a board certified general pediatrician with a special expertise in pediatric dermatology. She enjoys working in a small practice and getting to know her families and patients. She practices compassionate, family-centric, and common sense-based pediatrics, hoping to guide and support families through the many challenges of parenthood. She joined the Larchmont Pediatrics in December 2014. Originally from Chico, California. Dr. Alex received her medical degree from St. George’s University in 2005. She completed her pediatric residency at Cohen’s Children’s Medical Center of New York. She then completed a one-year post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric dermatology at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. She is one of the founding members of the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Health Network and is currently an attending physician at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Alex and her husband, Dr. Sherman, relocated from Brooklyn to Los Angeles with their two little boys in the summer of 2014 and in 2016 were blessed with a little girl.

Dr. Amaka Priest Dr. Amaka Ajalla Priest joined Larchmont Pediatrics in January 2019. She moved from Oklahoma City in the fall of 2017 to Southern California after her husband was accepted to the graduate screenwriting program at UCLA. She spent her first year in California practicing in the primary care and adolescent medicine clinic at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County before relocating to Los Angeles. A proud Sooner alumni, she graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in 2012 and completed her pediatric residency at the OU Children’s Hospital at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 2015. After finishing her residency, Dr. Priest joined a fast-growing pediatric clinic in Oklahoma City, where she was a primary care pediatrician by day and an urgent care pediatrician by night. Dr. Priest enjoys seeing all ages but has a soft spot for teenagers and is happy to treat them at any stage in their adolescence. When she’s not working, she enjoys listening to music, editing her husband’s scripts, cultivating deep conversations over a hot cup of coffee, and cheering on the OKC Thunder. Dr. Priest is thrilled to be part of the Larchmont Pediatrics family and looks forward to watching her patients grow up for many years to come.

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(at the corner of Wilshire Blvd. and Fairfax Ave.) Fundraising for the future While the $388 million capital campaign is nearing the finish line, Deshaw and a staff of 20 have started working on a first annual fundraising drive to support the building going forward. Deshaw recently launched a membership push and the “Pillar Campaign.” At $1 million per column, you can have naming rights for one of 61 towering pillars inside the Saban. Original to the 1939 May Company building, the concrete of the pillars provided fireproofing for the steel columns underneath. Today they are an integral part of the building’s redesign. (Barbra Streisand is among benefactors; high-tech wiz John Sculley bought one in honor of Sophia Loren.) Deshaw, the museum’s deputy director for advancement and external relations, came to the post in Nov. 2016 with three decades of experience in philanthropy and the arts. “Katharine brings not just expertise but also superb leadership,” Kerry Brougher, director of the Academy Museum, said in a statement. Deshaw has led fundraising campaigns for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where she was head of development 20 years ago, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis,

Las Madrinas

(Continued from page 19) programs Las Madrinas has funded over the years and what these programs are still doing for the hospital today. Dr. Shaddy also shared a video of highlights from the Neurological Institute Epilepsy Program, narrated by Dr. Mark Krieger. After the presentation, the debutantes and their families toured the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, watched a live EEG demonstration, and learned about some of the latest dietary therapies, particularly the ketogenic diet, in the treatment of epilepsy. Las Madrinas was established in 1933 as the first Affiliate Group of CHLA, and the group has been supporting pediatric medicine for more than 85 years. Since 1939, Las Madrinas has honored families who have demonstrated a commitment to the civic, cultural and philanthropic life of Southern California by presenting their daughters at the annual Las Madrinas Ball. Founded in 1901, CHLA is ranked the top  children’s hospital in the western United States, first in California and  fifth in the nation for clinical excellence with its selection to the prestigious U.S. News & World Report  Honor Roll of children’s hospitals.  

among others. Previously she was at the consulting firm Philanthropology, and she founded United States Artists which provides artists, including filmmakers, with grant monies. Major contributors to the Academy Museum capital campaign have included Haim and Cheryl Saban (they gave $50 million), George Lucas — he will pay for free admission for visitors 17 and under forever — Bloomberg Philanthropies and Netflix, Deshaw said.

Katharine Deshaw

Dr. Rebecca Fitzgerald Maybe that back to school feeling never quite leaves us. To me the end of summer and start of fall always has a sense of new beginnings. It’s been a very busy year! We’re all delighted that the office renovation is finally complete, and we are really enjoying our new space. Our office is always growing, and we strive to offer state-of-theart comprehensive care in cosmetic dermatology. This summer I continued to travel and teach. In June, I spoke at the World Congress of Dermatology in Milan, and more recently just returned from Taiwan. It’s nice to have the opportunity to travel, but always feels good to get back home. Last summer, my niece Annie joined the practice and spent the year working with us as a Patient Care Coordinator. We are sad to see her go, but are so excited and proud for her to start law school at Loyola Marymount University this fall. I’d like to say thank you to my dedicated staff, remarkable patients, and to the special community of Larchmont for another great year. I feel honored to practice what I love in our cherished community.

Dr. Helen Fincher I joined Dr. Fitzgerald’s practice full time in 2017, and really enjoy working alongside my fellow practitioners Dr. H. Ray Jalian and Angela Sarff FNP. Together, we continue to provide the Larchmont community with a variety of treatments, individualized to each patient’s needs. On a personal note, I love working in the neighborhood where I live! In the mornings before work, you can spot me walking my Great Dane, Gigi, around Larchmont Village. This summer I look forward to getting the whole family together with two vacations — to Florida and Australia. We will be traveling to Sydney, where our oldest of three daughters plans to study abroad for the semester. I am truly grateful to be part of an innovative cosmetic dermatology practice.

Angela Sarff, APRN, FNP Since joining the practice in 2012 as a Registered Nurse, I have always admired Dr. Fitzgerald’s leadership, not only as a small business owner, but as a strong influential woman in medicine. Her mentorship over the years has inspired me to complete my master’s degree and I’m loving my new role at RFMD as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. One of the things I love most about this practice is our commitment to lifelong learning through involvement in professional meetings, publications, and research studies. Last year I assisted Dr. Jalian with a study for Coolsculpting, and this year we are currently investigating a product and device to help with hair loss. I’m so fortunate to work with amazing physicians that are leaders in the field of Dermatology. Most of all, I’m happy to be back at work after the birth of my son last September. He’s 9 months old and very busy crawling, babbling, and perfecting saying “Dadda.” One of his favorite activities is hiking with my husband and I in his baby carrier. This summer we are looking forward to more hiking and a family vacation in Sequoia National Park.

Visit www.RebeccaFitzgeraldMD.com or call (323) 464-8046. 321 N Larchmont Blvd. Ste. 906

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Buckle names first By Billy Taylor Former Windsor Square resident Alona Scott started her position last month as the new head of school at 830-pupil Buckley School. Scott is the first female to lead the school since its founder, Dr. Isabelle Buckley, and the only female head of an independent K-12 school in Los Angeles. The move marks a homecoming for Scott, who grew up in a house near the corner of Van Ness and Third,



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and graduated from Marlborough School, before leaving to attend Princeton University. Scott told the Chronicle that she has fond memories of growing up in proximity to Larchmont Boulevard. “It was very much still a mom-andpop street when I was a kid,” said Scott. “I was the generation that saw Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf before Starbucks moved in. The street has changed so much in recent years.”

Isabell Bogosian A Loving Pilgrim Mom who heads The Sasha Project LA Isabell Bogosian is a wonderful soul and a volunteer who is always ready to help out at Pilgrim School and beyond. The loving mother of Sasha, who has not allowed Cerebral Palsy caused by a stroke during birth to slow her down one bit. You may have seen Sasha cruising around Larchmont Village in a wheelchair adorned with butterflies and glitter after one of her many surgeries! Isabell is CEO of The Sasha Project LA and is helping Sasha use her artistic talent to make a difference in the world. One-hundred percent of the proceeds from The Sasha Project LA are donated to Children’s Hospital LA’s art therapy programs, programs that have helped Sasha heal through art. On every piece of denim Sasha paints, there are three hearts that represent “healing through art.” It is the mission of The Sasha Project LA to bring art therapy programs to children in communities across the globe, one painted piece of denim at a time.

540 S. Commonwealth Ave. • (213) 385-7351

Angelique S. Campen, MD Esthetic Medicine Specialist and ER Doctor Angelique S. Campen, MD is a mother of three, an Emergency Medicine Physician, an entrepreneur, and an expert in the field of esthetic medicine. As a graduate of Marlborough, Georgetown University, and UCLA School of Medicine, Angelique has served as Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Providence St Joseph Medical Center in Burbank and faculty in emergency medicine at UCLA. She also owns an esthetic medicine practice, “The Best Kept Secret in Larchmont.” She offers in-home confidential botox and fillers. You have likely seen many of her clients either on the big screen, TV, or along the streets of Larchmont, but you would never know it (with her talent for achieving the natural look). She is founder of Vital Medical Services which provides medical clearances and DUI blood draws at law enforcement facilities and thus reduces ER overcrowding. In her “free time” she is mom to Hunter, Paris, and Scarlett, travels on medical missions to Peru, Cambodia, and Peru, is a member of Wilshire Rotary and The Ebell of Los Angeles, and helps lead the $70 million campaign to build a new ER at Providence.


Patricia Carroll President Hollywoodland Realty Patricia Carroll grew up in the real estate business as the daughter of Hollywoodland owner Ed Carroll. She is now president of the firm her late father operated in two offices since the 1940s on Larchmont Blvd. and Beachwood Dr. Patti actively works for preservation, and is the Treasurer for the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, where she also serves on the Land Use and Outreach committees. She is a member of the Ebell Club, SASNA, Friends of Hope-Net and is on the boards of the Anderson-Munger YMCA and the Larchmont Boulevard Association. She also commutes to Paris and Majorca with her husband Mark, where they served for many years as directors of international marketing for French Vogue and French Architectural Digest magazines. Her new address is in the orginal Hollywoodland Realty Office … 584 N. Larchmont Blvd. 584 N. Larchmont Blvd • (323) 469-3171 • 2700 N. Beachwood Dr.

While at Princeton, Scott received her AB in religion; later, she added two masters’ degrees in education — the first in reading and literacy from Bank Street College and the second in private school education from Columbia University Teachers College. Since 2013, Scott has served as the head of school at Keys School in Palo Alto. Prior to that, she held administrative roles at Hackley School in Tarrytown, New York, and at La Jolla Country Day School in La Jolla, Cali. In conversation with Scott, it’s clear that she has both a strong academic background and a passion for education. Through research and experience, Scott says that she holds to an educational philosophy rooted in constructivism, which she describes as building layers of experience over time to help students construct a worldview. Reflecting on her years as a student at Marlborough, Scott credits the all-girls school for giving her the confidence to pursue academic excellence. “The school instilled in me tremendous curiosity, a willingness to say ‘I don’t know,’ and an eagerness to learn from others. “My years at Marlborough provided a strong foundation, which allowed me to take those experiences and grow from there,” explained Scott. Buckley philosphy The Buckley School, which began as a small nursery school for nine children on N. Doheny Drive in Beverly Hills, was established in 1933 by Dr. Isabelle Palms Buckley. Notably, Buckley purchased Mary Pickford’s house on Doheny Drive, just south of Sunset Boulevard, as the site of the first campus, although the school would later expand to campuses in Encino and Sherman Oaks. [Ed. Note: This paper’s publisher knew Mrs. Buckley when he attended the school, through third grade, at the original Doheny location.] Buckley founded her school as a response to what she saw as weakness in the American education system and she implemented a philosophy that emphasized the education “of a well-rounded individual” through a four-fold plan: (1) academic preparation; (2) creative self-expression in the arts; (3) physical development; and (4) moral education. The approach remains the guiding outlook for the school. As the first female to head the school since its founder, I asked Scott what took so long? “I wish I knew what took so long,” Scott said with a laugh. “But I see it as an opportunity.”

According to Scott, Buckley has “one of the boldest mission statements” out there, and she is excited to join a school that promotes a balanced development of mind, body and character. “I think Dr. Buckley was fully committed to ensuring that students had the broad experience that they needed, and that is exactly what Buckley School is all about, providing the skills needed for kids today.” Visit buckley.org

FORMER Windsor Square resident, Alona Scott.

Alonda Casselle, M.ED. Assistant Head of School, Hollywood Schoolhouse Alonda Casselle is the Assistant Head of School at Hollywood Schoolhouse. She has been immersed in the field of education for over 15 years and has held various leadership positions, such as Literacy Coach, Grade Level Lead, Dean of Culture/After School Program Coordinator, Assistant Principal, and Dean of Faculty and Students. Alonda’s passion is education and therefore her educational career has been geared toward the empowerment of school children. She has a strong passion to educate young minds and to help students blossom into well-rounded, responsible, exceptional individuals. At Hollywood Schoolhouse, her greatest strengths include inspiring and motivating students and teachers. She wholeheartedly believes that all students can learn, given a positive, safe, and joyous learning environment and that teachers strive in a supportive community. Alonda is a Southern California native and currently resides in the West Valley. In her spare time, Alonda enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Alonda@hshla.org • 1233 North McCadden Place • (323) 465-1320

Careylyn Clifford Controller I am a Hancock Park native! My first jobs were on Larchmont Blvd. at My Favorite Place, Landis & Mail Boxes Etc. I am a blessed mother of two. Noah, 12 years old, attends a local school with a passion for sports and plays for Wilshire Warriors travel team. Natalee Carey, 8 years old, is excelling in musical arts and also plays baseball. Several years ago I earned my contractor’s license, MBE, SBA8(a). While I still enjoy coaching T-Ball, I have started a global Health & Wellness business as an independent consultant with Arbonne Int., offering beneficial plant-based nutrition, skin care, makeup & an opportunity to change your life (www. careylynclifford.arbonne.com). I am an active member/volunteer with the National Women In Roofing organization providing mentoring and education for women roofing professionals. I have worked with Doug Ratliff, owner of Supreme Roofing on Gower, since 2004 and we are still enjoying working together. While at Supreme Roofing, I implemented a new Safety, Injury and Illness program with a 100% success rate. I am most thankful and admire Doug Ratliff at Supreme Roofing! Doug has been a monumental mentor and positive influence in my life. I am most grateful for my children and the continual joy they bring to my life. Together we have made life changes to overcome and take a stand against the emotional abuse of domestic violence. I remained silent for a long time as many women do to avoid social judgment and lived in fear. My children and I are healing, rediscovering ourselves and starting over.

1015 N. Gower St. • 323-469-2981

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Active Member of the Larchmont Community, Wife, Mother Jennifer Kim is a native of Los Angeles and a resident of Larchmont for over 20 years. She received her BA degree in Economics from UCLA in 1992. Jennifer is a Senior Partner at SEIA where she customizes wealth and investment strategies for families and corporations. She has been in the securities and insurance business since 1993. Jennifer is married to Mark Kim, a Los Angeles native and District Attorney in Downtown LA. They have four children, ages 8-15. Sterling and Fiona attend Harvard-Westlake School and Sullivan and Remington attend St. James, where Jennifer serves as a PA Member. Jennifer’s family is also active at Los Angeles School of Gymnastics, Beverly Hills Fencers’ Club and in local sports. (310) 712-2323 • jkim@seia.com Securities offered through Royal Alliance Associates, Inc. (RAA), member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advisory services offered through SEIA, 2121 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 1600, Los Angeles, CA 90067, (310) 712-2323. RAA is separately owned and other entities and/or marketing names, products or services referenced here are independent of RAA. CA Ins. License #0B11807. SEIA 1001LCJK-0719



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‘The Future is Female:’ Ebell scholarship program has proud history Banners now hanging along Wilshire Boulevard between Rossmore and Lucerne promote The Ebell as a women’s club, a theater and a venue for private events. One of the banners invokes a slogan that has been around since the mid’70s: “The Future is Female.” That these words can still provoke controversy is a fact worth its own column, but here I’ll simply suggest that The Ebell’s interests tell us a good deal about what its current members mean by the phrase. One specific ongoing inter-

est of the club finds expression in The Ebell / Flint Scholarship Program. Like most things connected to The Ebell, there is substantial history here. The first scholarships were offered in 1919, eight years before the building of the cultural monument that now graces the corner of Wilshire and Lucerne. In 100 years, The Ebell Club has awarded over 6 million dollars to nearly 5,000 college students. The goal has been and is to help “students in need of assistance who live and attend school in the county of

Patricia Klindworth Principal, Page Academy Patricia Klindworth is originally from the Midwest and has proven herself as an innovator and leader in the school administration field for over forty years. She served as Senior Director for Page Academy in the Orlando, Florida-based schools for 25 years. The following two years, she served as an educational consultant for Page Academy before relocating permanently to California. Ms. Klindworth is currently serving as the Principal of Page Academy - Hancock Park as well as supervising the Beverly Hills campus. Her extensive experience offers professionalism, innovative ideas, and strong leadership. Her exceptional commitment has earned her many professional awards and certifications. She has chaired and co-chaired on a multitude of accreditation teams, including but not limited to SACS, MSA-CESS, AI, and AISF. Page Academy successfully completed their re-accreditation during the 20172018 school year. Ms. Klindworth was recently awarded her 30 year plaque for her service to Page Academy. Page Academy looks forward to continue working with Ms. Klindworth and her never-ending dedication to the community and parent involvement.

565 N. Larchmont Blvd. • 323-463-5118

Sevan Nahabedian Larchmont Cleaners Sevan is an LA native and a Hancock Park resident since July 2012. Her family has proudly owned Larchmont Cleaners since 1997. She joined her mother at the family business in November of 2006 and, with the help of their loyal, hardworking staff, they are happily and busily serving their customers every day. Her interactions with people from all backgrounds, including celebrities, politicians and studio executives, has helped her become a better businesswoman, catering to all types of needs. There is not a human behavior she has not witnessed and claims there’s never a dull moment at Larchmont Cleaners! Sevan’s passion to help others led her to start her own fitness training business in 2012. She became an avid cyclist over 10 years ago, completing many Century rides, including a 150-mile charity ride for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. In 2011 she joined Team in Training and raised funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by entering her first triathlon. It brings her great joy to share her energy in the fitness world with her clients who strive to be the best version of themselves. Sevan is most grateful for the Larchmont community and thanks them for making her six-day work weeks delightful. What she enjoys most about Larchmont Cleaners is the pleasant interactions with her customers, of whom many have become dear friends.

415 N. Larchmont Blvd. • (323) 461-9518

Cantor Lisa Peicott Assistant Cantor, Wilshire Boulevard Temple Cantor Lisa Peicott is a classically-trained soprano who serves as Assistant Cantor under Don Gurney, striving “to lift congregants to a higher spiritual place through the power of music and prayer, while also working to inspire our youth to build and maintain a strong connection to Judaism.” Cantor Peicott has invigorated the youth choir, works extensively with the Temple Schools and, starting this fall, will lead Koleiniu, an inspiring, new musical Shabbat with Rabbi Joel Nickerson. Cantor Peicott earned undergraduate and Masters degrees in music from the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. She later began cantorial studies at the Academy for Jewish Religion of California. She was ordained as a cantor in 2018. She is married to Joe Peicott, an entertainment lawyer, who is also a television writer and producer. Together they have a pug named Houdini, whom Lisa describes as “very cute,” but Joe says is “less-than-beautiful.”

3663 Wilshire Blvd. • www.wbtla.org • (213) 388-2401

On Books and Places by

Bruce Beiderwell Los Angeles.” It’s a smartly designed program. By limiting candidates to those already attending college, the review committee has evidence to consider beyond the often pre-packaged high school application dossiers. And by extending support to those beyond the first year, the scholarship addresses a significant yet often overlooked problem: much financial aid from various sources private and public diminishes after the first year—just at the point when attrition is highest. Appreciative winners You can see a sense of appreciation on the many faces of recent winners in a group picture on The Ebell’s website. But those who give such awards must often be content with mere faith that gratitude translates down the years into successful and generous lives. As students graduate, it’s easy on either side to lose touch. Fortunately, connections are sometimes sustained or reconnections made. Stan Yogi Stan Yogi has managed development programs for the American Civic Liberties Union. He is also a scholar, editor and writer. All wrapped together, I’d say Stan is an educator with a particular interest in foregrounding overlooked ideas, stories and people. He operates on a belief that knowing and understanding undergird any effective progressive agenda. In 2009 he published with co-author Elaine Elinson an award-winning California history book, “Wherever There’s a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California.” He dedicates that book to his parents, John Yogi and Tokiko Kuniyoshi Yogi, “who were in-

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a new musical theater program at Van Ness Elementary. “Staff and parents at Van Ness couldn’t be more thrilled about what this type of support will mean for the students, as well as the wellrounded educational experience it will help create for them,” said Goodwin. “As a long-time Larchmont resident and mom of two Van Ness students, this was such a proud moment!” Visit vannesselementary.com

carcerated during World War II and still had faith in the promise of American freedom and justice.” The dedication is, in light of the whole book, both touching and telling. Stan doesn’t narrate dark episodes from the past merely to press darkness upon us now. Injustice and suffering are real of course and present still, but Stan centers on how brave people have been able to confront wrongs purposefully and productively. That theme motivates Stan’s recent book, “Fred Korematsu

Speaks Up” (2017). Here the focus is narrowed and the audience reconceived. This time, Stan and his co-author Laura Atkins address a young audience — late primary school children. The Korematsu story wouldn’t be a story without a courageous person speaking up against a wrong. That’s a lesson Stan believes children (and, by extension, all of us) need to act upon as we move through life. “Fred Korematsu Speaks Up” has won a Carter G. Woodson (Please turn to page 23)

Dr. Danielle Roth, O.D. Developmental Optometry and Vision Therapy, Comprehensive Eye Exams for the Whole Family Dr. Roth is the owner and founder of Beverly Grove Vision Care – a boutique Eyecare clinic in the Beverly Grove area, focusing on Pediatric and Adult Functional and Perceptual Vision. As a member of the American Optometric Association and the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, Dr. Roth practices behavioral and developmental optometry, offering specialized Vision Evaluations and Vision Therapy (an all natural, medication-free personalized progressive treatment program) to help with visual perception and learning issues, sports vision, brain injury rehabilitation, amblyopia, and strabismus. Seeing the dramatic positive impact of her work on the quality of life and improvement in reading and learning of her patients is what makes Dr. Roth proud of what she does. Dr. Roth graduated from the LA Center for Enriched Studies at the top of her class, before receiving her Bachelors and Doctorate degrees from UCLA and the Southern California College of Optometry. In her free time she enjoys baking unique and whimsical desserts for her friends and family, often for charitable events, and for patients in her practice.

511 S. Fairfax Ave. • beverlygrovevision.com • (323) 879-9259

Emmie Lorene “Scottie” Shewfelt Founding Matriarch Wilshire Escrow Celebrating our 75th year in business, Wilshire Escrow Company is proud to honor our founding matriarch, Emmie Lorene “Scottie” Shewfelt. Scottie and her husband, Roy F. Shewfelt, founded the company in 1944. With Roy overseeing the escrow process and Scottie’s shrewd business management and accounting skills, the company enjoyed instant success in the post WWII housing boom. Scottie recalled when they opened 4,000 escrows in a single subdivision, where staff would set up card tables, sometimes taking up to 100 escrows a day. The company quickly established a reputation as industry leaders, fully capable of handling a high volume of escrows. Scottie and Roy soon recruited their three sons, Don, Richard and Larry, into the firm. The Shewfelts are now well into a fourth generation of escrow expertise and excellent customer service, fully embracing the spirit and the legacy of Scottie’s vision.

4270 Wilshire Blvd • wilshire-escrow.com • (323) 935-3530

Dr. Jasmeen Singh, DC, CAP

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Dr. Singh offers Chiropractic & Ayurvedic services in Larchmont Village. She is passionate about educating the community about Ayurvedic healing, health promotion and disease prevention. She focuses on the patient’s complete wellbeing (body, mind, and spirit). Dr. Singh believes that health isn’t a “one size fits all” approach. Every individual is composed of a unique constitution, thus each individual is prescribed a unique treatment plan. In her practice she incorporates diet and lifestyle counseling, herbal recommendations, daily and seasonal routines, rejuvenation methods, Chiropractic adjustments, and other various therapeutic body treatments. May we remember Buddha’s words: “To keep the body in good health is a duty. Your body is precious. It is your vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care, for it is the only place you have to live.”

www.AarogyaCA.com 606 N. Larchmont Blvd. Ste. 4C • (424) 284-8490

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New doctor in town at Larchmont Pediatrics

By Suzan Filipek Dr. Amaka Ajalla Priest joined Larchmont Pediatrics earlier this year and enjoys the closeknit feel of the Larchmont Village community, a bit of Midwestern friendliness within the metropolis of Los Angeles. However, she also does enjoy the hustle of the city, making sure to take the time to explore and make new friends. “I love the community and family feel of Larchmont Pediatrics. So many of the patients’ families know each other, and I really appreciate that com-

Dr. Amaka Priest

ing from the Midwest and now living in a large metropolitan area like L.A.” A proud Sooner alumna, Dr.

Julie Stromberg

Attorney, Activist, and Advocate An active community member, Julie serves on the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council (GWNC) as the Windsor Village community representative, Budget Representative, Chair of the Transportation Committee, and is the founder and Chair of the Sustainability Committee. Julie is a delegate to the California Democratic Party for Assembly District 50. She is a member of the Executive Committee for the Los Angeles City College Foundation and serves on the board of directors for Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, National Women’s Political Caucus LA Westside, and the Miracle Mile Democratic Club. An Emerge California alumna, Julie also serves on the Community Forest Advisory Committee and was recognized as a “Woman of Larchmont” in 2015. Julie is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and Loyola Law School, and practices education law with Obagi Law Group, P.C. Although she takes pride in her civic service, she is most proud of her role as mother of two boys and three rescue dogs.

811 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1709, Los Angeles js@obagilaw.com • (310) 299-2675

Trina Turk Founder and Creator

A California local, Trina Turk is inspired by the Golden State’s multicultural mix, creativity, architecture, and landscape. Trina’s modern and optimistic outlook meld graphic pattern and vivid hues with a California confidence. Founded in 1995 by Trina and her late husband, photographer Jonathan Skow, as a women’s clothing collection, Trina Turk has evolved into a print and color driven lifestyle brand, now including swimwear, Mr Turk menswear, eyewear and residential soft goods. The first retail store opened in Palm Springs in 2002 and has since expanded into 13 boutiques. Trina Turk is an active philanthropist, giving back in communities where the company has a retail presence, as well as contributing generously to arts, education and architectural preservation causes.

212 N Larchmont Blvd. • (323) 536-9122

Kathy Whooley PT, OCS, CSCS, CPI, MBA Owner, Larchmont Physical Therapy “Physical Therapists Enhance Body Mechanics” Kathy Whooley, a proficient physical therapist, has served the Larchmont community with their orthopedic and sports medicine needs for over 34 years. Larchmont Physical Therapy(LPT) has become its own brand with its top notch outpatient private practice alongside her dedicated team under her mentorship. Kathy’s vision for LPT is to enhance maximum functional activities through combined efforts of her highly trained professional staff. Kathy graduated magna cum laude from Boston University Sargent College with a Bachelor of Science, and earned an MBA from Pepperdine College. She has practiced in a variety of patient care settings including pediatrics, acute, geriatric, and sports medicine rehabilitation.She received her Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist Certification (OCS) and also earned her Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). Enhance maximum functional activity in your life today at Larchmont Physical Therapy.

Kathy Whooley, PT, OCS • Larchmont Physical Therapy 321 No Larchmont Blvd #825 LA, CA 90004 • 323 464-4458

Priest graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in 2012. After finishing her pediatric residency, she joined a fast-growing clinic in Oklahoma City, where she worked in both primary and urgent care. She and her husband then moved to Southern California, where she spent a year practicing in the primary care and adolescent medicine clinic at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County, before relocating to Los Angeles. In her spare time she edits her husband’s (a recent graduate of UCLA’s graduate screenwriting program) scripts, and she also does some of her own writing. “My husband and I like hosting and sharing meals with new friends in the city. We try to inject some southern hospitality into our little corner of our neighborhood.” Besides exploring the city, she enjoys reading, playing with her cats, going to shows at the Hollywood Bowl and cheering on her team: the OK Thunder.

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(Continued from page 22) Book Award, the New York Historical Society Children’s Book Prize, a Social Justice Literature Award — and the list goes beyond space available here. All of that acclaim echoes and widens a central part of the Ebell Club’s current mission: “to participate in and encourage the educational, cultural, and social growth of the diverse Los Angeles community.” Stan Yogi is one of the few students I’ve kept in touch with from my earliest days of teaching at UCLA. I only recently learned that Stan was an Ebell / Flint scholar when we were at school at UCLA (1982 – 85). And he tells me that he was prompted to apply for that help from another Ebell / Flint winner, Sarah Darby — coincidentally also a student I remember. Still another coincidence: Sarah was for many years a teacher at nearby Virgil Middle School. Perhaps it’s no coincidence that she too has lived a generous life. Through Stan Yogi, Sarah Darby and I’m sure many others, The Ebell’s scholarship money has indeed paid forward in powerful ways. This I think gives substance to the notion of a “female future.” It’s not a future that disregards men, but it is one that encompasses more than many men have been accustomed to allow. Stan Yogi’s “Fred Korematsu Speaks Out” is in stock at Chevalier’s Books, 126 N. Larchmont Blvd. A 10th anniversary edition of his California history book will be available in September.

Alexis White Owner & Director of Educational and Admissions Consulting Alexis White was raised in Hancock Park and attended Pilgrim and Marlborough Schools. After graduating cum laude from UCLA in 2001, Alexis started the A-List Tutoring Services. The A-List is a comprehensive educational services company providing academic tutoring, test prep, and admissions consulting for preschool through college. Providing “crib to dorm” services for their clientele allows the A-List to support students through their entire educational process. Whether a family needs a math tutor or assistance with college essays, Alexis becomes a mentor to her students and prides herself on guiding them through their academic and emotional growth processes. Alexis writes extensively on educational topics and has been interviewed as an expert on the college admissions process by the Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and CBS and ABC News.

Carolyn White Co-Director of Educational and Admissions Consulting Carolyn White has been an educator, writer and resident of the Hancock Park area for over thirty years. She is the author of The Seven Common Sins of Parenting an Only Child and has been interviewed by CNN, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times as an expert on raising only children. While Associate Director of Admissions at Crossroads School in Santa Monica for sixteen years Carolyn counseled hundreds of parents and students. Her primary goal has always been to find the right match between school and family. Integrity and compassion consistently guide her interactions with parents and admissions directors who highly value her professional opinion. She has continued her work in independent school placement and college counseling with daughter Alexis White and the A-List team of tutors. The team works closely with one another to help students achieve the placement that best suits their talents and goals.

www.alisttutoring.com • (800) 714-9331

Leisha Willis CPCU, AU, API Owner & Agent Leisha opened her State Farm agency in Larchmont Village in 2013 following a 22-year career in management with the organization. Prior to becoming a State Farm agent, she directed human resources operations in California and led recruiting efforts in the southeast states for State Farm. A Michigan native, Leisha graduated Magna Cum Laude from Spelman College with undergraduate studies at Oxford University as a Luard Foundation Scholar. Her professional accreditations include Chartered Property-Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Associate in Underwriting (AU), and Associate in Personal Insurance (API). She is a Leadership America alumna and former board member for the United Way. Leisha holds her Life/ Health and Property/Casualty licenses and is a Registered Representative for State Farm VP Management Corp. In her spare time, Leisha enjoys running, traveling and spending time with family. She is active in community outreach organizations and is honored to have mentored many young people in their careers.

500 North Larchmont Blvd • 323-785-4080 • leisha@leishawillis.com


President and Founder Alyce Morris Winston started the Jeffrey Foundation (thejeffreyfoundation.org) in 1972 with the desire to give her son, Jeffrey, who had muscular dystrophy, a better life. After quitting her job as a model and makeup consultant for Max Factor, Alyce began to develop a grassroots program to provide special needs children with activities and outings they could enjoy. These outings, which instilled a sense of pride and accomplishment in youths with special needs, also provided their families with much-needed companionship and support. Today, the Foundation, through high-quality programming and support services, helps both the child and the family to successfully meet the challenges posed by developmental disabilities, autism, multiple handicaps, Down’s Syndrome, in utero drug exposure, crippling accidents, poverty, abuse, abandonment, and neglect. The Foundation also extends its services to typical children through its programs of inclusion and offers parenting workshops at the Family Resource across the street from the Foundation at 5443 West Washington Boulevard.

5470 W. Washington Blvd. • www.thejeffreyfoundation.com (323) 965-7536 • amorris@thejeffreyfoundation.org


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Leah has three loves: family, real estate and community. A proud grandmother of 17, resident of HP, supporter of local charities and a top producing agent, Leah has achieved many accolades over her 37-year career. Leah and her partner Naomi are members of the prestigious Society of Excellence and earned a position on The Wall Street Journal/ REAL Trends list of the nation’s top 1,000 REALTORS®. (323) 860-4245 www.naomiandleah.com

Salina holds a degree in design which she incorporates strongly into the real estate market. Inheriting a strong work ethic since childhood believes being honest, available and following through has sustained the elite clientele throughout her professional life. She has a calm sense in wisdom of knowing they connect with her. “Believe in yourself and anything is possible”. (310)487-0447

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Nadia Kim looks forward to working with you now and in the future, handling all of your real Estate needs. She is fluent in English and Korean. In her first year with Coldwell Banker, she was honored to be recognized as “Rookie of the Year” and she has consistently built on that success each year. Her one goal is to insure that all of her clients achieve their Real Estate goals. Call Nadia at (213) 700-3709.

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A real estate professional for over 41 years, Barbara holds the titles of Executive Sales Director, Previews Property Specialist and Assistant Manager of the North office. She has been awarded some of Coldwell Banker’s highest achievements including I n t e r n a t i o n a l Pre s i d e n t ’s Circle. Call (323) 460-7633. CalRE #00484250


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Started her career as a real estate agent 29 years ago in the Coldwell Banker Beverly Hills office. Fluent in English and French. Recently relocated to L.A. from Australia. Hardwork ing, great local knowledge and marketing skills to achieve her client’s goals. Loves working with sellers, preparing their homes for sale. Hancock Park resident (310) 739-3070


I have worked in Real Estate since 1974, selling property from BWI’s to Mexico, Virginia, Florida, Utah, and California. I know how to find the best value and use it to your advantage.

As an agent who’s an expert in this local area, I bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise about buying and selling real estate here. It’s not the same ever ywhere, so you need someone you can trust for upto-date information. I am eager to serve you.

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Celebrating 22 years of residing in the Hancock Park area with her family and thirteen years with Coldwell Banker. Shar thrives on the sales skills and negotiations paramount to closing the deal. Your referrals are always welcome. Shar has been named to the International President’s Circle and is certifield Global Luxury Specialist. Call (323) 860-4258.




Terri has lived in the Hancock Park area since 1971. She has been with the Coldwell Banker Hancock Park North office since 1995 where she has been a multi-million-dollar producer. She specializes in Westside residential real estate to include Hancock Park, Miracle Mile, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz and Silver Lake. Please call Terri at (323) 460-7612.


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Betsy is a very trustworthy real estate agent. Her expertise in preparing a house for sale is incredible. She takes a marginal house and with minimal expense, turns it into a home where people put multiple offers to live in. She is a fullservice agent whose warmth and genuine caring has made her loved by all who know her. She is deeply committed to her clients getting them top dollar for their homes. (323) 806-0203.




Holding the title of Executive Sales Director & Global Luxury Specialist, Kathy is celebrating her 42nd year representing buyers & Sellers in Hancock Park & Windsor Sq. She has the reputation as one of the area’s most respected, personable & trust worthy real estate agents. She & her partner are noted for pleasant, stress-free & successful transactions. Charities include Good Shepherd center for Homeless Women, Meals onWheels& HopeNet(323)460-7622.

After 38 years i n the business, Janet still loves a challenge. Working with Sellers to fix up their homes prior to listing, cooking for the launch party, & complex negotiations remain her greatest joys.


Bella Kay, with over 38 years of experience in the local real estate industry, speaks five languages fluently: English, Arabic, French, Italian, and Spanish, taken courses in interior design. Known for her patience, persistence, and enthusiasm, she has a loyal following of satisfied clients throughout Hancock Park, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, & the Westside. (323) 972-3408.

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Buying or selling in Hancock Park or Miracle Mile? Look no further. Respected by clients and colleagues, Naomi has 40 years of real estate experience. She and her partner Leah have a history of setting records and garnering accolades, including their membership in the Society of ExcellenceandTheWallStreetJournal/ REAL Trends list of the nation’s top 1,000 REALTORS® Naomi is the proud grandmother of six. (323) 860-4259 www.naomiandleah.com


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Victoria is a Los Angeles native and a long-time resident of Hancock Park/Windsor Square. Her real estate career spans 24 + years with such achievements as Rookie of the Year, Assistant Manager, Top Producer and Woman of the Year. She has sold from Santa Monica to Palm Springs & is a member of numerous charitable & religious organizations. (323) 823-6869.

Sandy is dedicated to bridging the needs of buyers and sellers with personalized, one-on-one service from the starting line to the dotted line. She has the comprehensive knowledge, negotiating experience and marketing skills helping her clients since 1988 to achieve their goals. Sandy grew up in Hancock Park and has lived in Brookside for over 40 years. Call (323) 687-6552.

A long-time resident of the area, Jenny specializes in residential and commercial real estate. She has more than 33 years experience and is a consistent top producer. Jenny is a native of Taiwan & speaks three dialects of Chinese. She is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers & Altrusa International. She is married with two sons. Call (323) 460-7624.

Armed with an MBA from USC, Anne brings business discipline to the team, its staff & her clients. She has a spreadsheet or a flow chart with details most buyers or sellers want to know. Anne loves negotiations & practical ways toapply technology to the buying & selling process. Hancock Park resident.


Cecille delivers results. Resolves problems. Reliable, responsive, effective. 32 years distinction. President’s Club. Top awards. She & her husband are parents of 5 children who attended Yavneh, Toras Emes, YULA, Bais Yakov, Yeshiva Gedolah.


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Peggy graduated from UCLA with a BA in English; studied design at Otis Parson’s Art Institute for 3 years and completed a summer course in the Architecture of English Country Homes at Oxford University in England. Peggy has been selling real estate for 22 years with Coldwell Banker South on Larchmont & has been a resident of Hancock Park for 47 years. Peggy is involved in many community activities. Call (323) 860-4250

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After 34 years, Sue is a virtual computer: if you want to know the history of a property, she likely has the answer. Her credibility with industry colleagues often results in referrals & is given preview on exclusive properties before coming on the market. Her patience, humor & attention to detail are unparalleled. Call (323) 864-7406 www.LovelandCarr.com




A Tradition Of Excellence, Integrity, Hard Work And Innovation. Among The To p R e a l E s t a t e A g e n t s From Hancock Park To The Coastline. Specializing In All Aspects Of Residential And Income Properties. Distinctive, Personalized And Attentive Service. Call Anne at (213) 718-1527

Maria, a 39 yr Hancock Park Resident & a Top Real Estate Sales producer since 1995. Her specialties are Single Family, Multi Family, Short Sale, Bank Owned, (REO), Probate & Trust Sales. In 2016, Maria has been awarded the Coldwell Banker International President’s Circle Award . Maria ranks in the top 3% Sales producer Nationwide. For a free and private consultation call Maria at (213) 705-1603

“Each transaction is like a puzzle and it excites me to make sure all the pieces fit as easily as possible! I love helping people achieve the American Dream!” I was born & raised in Los Angeles with over 25 years of experience in real estate & graduate of Pepperdine University. When she is not selling real estate she is serving @ St. Brendan’s School or Loyola H.S. where her children attend. Call (213) 923-8086



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Sev is a friendly problem solver professional with a positive attitude and engaging personality. Strong business background. She is dedicated to her work and a good communicator. Lifetime learner. Earned degrees in Real Estate and Paralegal. Speaks English, Turkish and French.


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Mary Louise is a caring, respected & experienced real estate agent who has been serving the real estate community for the past 34 years. A native Californian & an alumnus of USC, she especially enjoys working with first time home buyers, investors for income properties & finding the ultimate dream home! She canbereachedat(323)314-5718


Hana Ali is the daughter of M uhammad Ali. Like her father she is a people person and enjoys being of service to others. Hana grew up in Fremont Place Hancock Park and went to Paige Elementary school on Larchmont Blvd. Hana will provide the highest level of service for every buyer and seller. Call (310) 775-5307

Over twenty years ago, Barbara relocated from Massachusetts with a Master’s Degree from Boston University’s School of Communications. She specializes in residential homes & residential income properties in the Hancock Park, Miracle Mile, Hollywood, Silver Lake & Los Feliz areas. She’s a member of International President’s Circle. Call (323) 610-1781 www.BarbaraAllenla.com




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Wilshire Warriors teams make postseason splash

By Daniel Frankel In an active June-July season for Wilshire Warriors Baseball, the program sent seven teams to the PONY West Zone Southern California North Region Playoffs — at ages 7U, 8U, 9U and 13U — plus a 12U group to the American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame Tournament in Cooperstown, N.Y. These appearances were punctuated by strong performances from the 13U Warriors, which survived three rounds of playoff baseball and made it all the way to Super Regionals in Whittier, and the 9U Warriors, which made it to Regionals in Camarillo. Led by Coach Scotty Hong, the 13-and-under team beat Newbury Park 10-8 on July 7 at Camarillo’s Bob Kildee Park and advanced to the Super Regionals round at Whittier’s York Field. The 13U team’s Super Regional appearance was highlighted by a 8-0 win over Norwalk on July 12, a game that featured a six-inning nohit pitching performance from Cathedral High School-bound Warriors ace Miguel Silvan Resendiz.  The 13U team was finally eliminated in a tough 7-4 loss on July 14 to San Diego squad SD Competitive. Only one previous Warriors team advanced as far as this year’s 13U.  Earlier, on June 30, the Warriors 9U Blue team won a decisive 11-6 victory over Agoura Hills, which sent the group, led by Coach Zach Smith, to Regionals.  They continued a Warriors tradition of 9U success at PONY Regionals.  Before entering PONY All Star play, the 9U Blues won the La Canada Summer Smash Tournament.  Among other Warriors PONY highlights, the 8U Blue team knocked off powerful Newbury Park on June 13 in Sectionals round play in Simi Valley.  Finally, choosing to play outside the PONY playoffs, the

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(Continued from page 25) in June and July, winning three straight local tournaments. Cooperstown Kids Separate from the PONY playoffs each summer, Wilshire Warriors sends at least one 12U team to the Cooperstown Dreams Park tour-

nament in Cooperstown, N.Y. This year’s Warriors Cooperstown team, coached by John DeGomez and including many kids playing together since 6U All Stars, routed Illinois team St. Joe’s Blue 15-1, then beat Michigan team Saline Hornets Blue 8-3, to advance to the second round of the 104-team tournament.

Notably, the team blasted six home runs over the course of seven games in four days. Tryouts are Aug. 25 Pan Pacific Park Tryouts for the 2019-20 Wilshire Warriors Club Baseball season will be held on Sun., Aug. 25 at Pan Pacific Park. More information will be available at wilshirewarriors.com.

Music roundup: YG, Beast Coast and The National

By Elijah Small I’m back this month with three new albums for your consideration. Happy listening, music lovers!

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Escape from New York Hip hop supergroup Beast Coast have released its debut studio album, “Escape From New York,” and it’s not good... it’s great! The album has a style of rap that I, along with many others, love: simple, down-toearth production with intense rapping. The usual triplet-triplet-triplet style seems to give this album a lot of character. The slow piano, the steady beats, the subtle to not-so-subtle auto-tune give the listener a frame of mind. The album has a great start and a great finish. There’s only one song that I have a problem with. First, I’m a total believer that albums can have a different style for each song (I’m a Gorillaz fan, after all), but when you include a song like “One More Round,” which sounds more like a Justin Bieber song than rap, it seems sort of like a sell-out. Review: 8 out of 10.

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I Am Easy to Find Indie rock band The National’s “I Am Easy to Find,” released May 2019, does some things well. The first two or three songs of the album are (Please turn to page 27)

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4Real 4Real American rapper YG released his fourth studio album “4real 4real” May 24, and it is very intense. The song “Snitchin,” one of the best tracks on the album, is perhaps the most intense of all. YG loves to use a story narrative in a lot of his songs, like “My Last Words,” which is not really a song as much as spoken word. My favorite song is “Go Loko,” because of the use of flamenco-style guitars in the background and the chill sound with menacing lyrics. Overall, the tracks are all pretty good. The only problem with “4Real 4Real” is the lack of diversity on the album. All the tracks seem to follow the same theme and premise, and while that can theoretically be good (consistent, thematic) — it doesn’t totally work here. Review: 6 out of 10.

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By Eman Rashid 3rd Grade I really love my school and I want to share one reason why I am proud to be at New Horizon School — Los Angeles. Last school year, the 4th Grade class created a campaign called “Save the Mon-

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many of the grades will go on their own separate class trips. First, the eleventh graders will go to Northern California to visit the Russian River and do some kayaking. Then, soon after


they get back, the seventh graders arrive at the beautiful Kings Canyon, where they will sleep near a quiet, mumbling stream. Lastly, the ninth graders will go to Kennedy Meadows, an annual retreat and camp high in the Sierra Nevada mountains. As always, these grade trips were created to encourage student

bonding, social and emotional development, and experiential and outdoor learning. A few weeks after the grade trips, Oakwood will have an all-school carnival, including rides, food stations, concerts, and more. This part of the year is certainly the best time to spend with friends and create new ones.


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not too bad, chill indie songs. The same cannot be said for the rest of the album. Listening to it, I stopped halfway through because I was disappointed in the lack of imagination. The National decided to try an experiment, which is fine. But The National excel at indie, calm music, and they struggle to break past that format. Songs like “Roman Holiday” and “Her Father in the Pool” feel lazy compared to the group’s other albums. When the group tries to be experimental, it’s hard to listen to and a bit uneven. The song “Roman Holiday,” which includes spoken word, sounds almost like a Tom Waits rip-off — it just does not work. I had high hopes for this album, but ultimately was bummed out. Review: 0 out of 10. Elijah Small is a student at Pilgrim School.


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Gymnast Fiona Kim twirls to top 25; plans to return next year By Sidney Gubernick Local gymnast Fiona Kim distinguished herself at this year’s National Qualifiers, held in Lake Placid, NY. Despite fierce competition, including the Junior US National Team, Fiona secured herself a position in the top 25 of

her bracket. Additionally, she advanced from level nine to level 10 elite in the May event. Her mother, Jennifer Kim, remarks on this progress, saying, “Many girls spend two to three years at level nine, and most never get to make it [to 10] at all.” Fiona, meanwhile,

has done it in a single year. A Hancock Park resident, Fiona just completed seventh grade at Harvard Westlake and practices daily with Coach Diana Mkhitaryan at Los Angeles School of Gymnastics. Nationals took place the

weekend of July 4, where Fiona competed for one of 12 spots on the Junior US Nationals Team. Unfortunately, she pulled both her hamstrings


before competing and did not qualify, said her mom. Far from being discouraged, Fiona is excited to keep improving and try again next year.


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Soccer sign-ups underway Fall registration continues for the fall season of the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) Region 78 Hollywood-Wilshire. 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). “We will accept players as

long as we have enough volunteer coaches and referees,” said Kurt Muller, Regional Commissioner AYSO, Region 78. Playoffs will take place at the end of November and in early December. Both Divisional League Champions and All-Star teams for the region will participate in Area League Championships and Area AllStar Tournaments in January. Register at ayso78. inleague.org.

Goldie’s/St. Brendan’s sign-ups start Goldie’s Youth Sports with St. Brendan’s Basketball Association begin its next season in October. Registration for the season starts in late Au-

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removed from a home on the 300 block of Lorraine Boulevard on July 10 at 7:35 a.m. after a suspect entered a locked garage and kitchen. GRAND THEFT AUTO: A 1991 Honda Accord was stolen while parked on the street on the 500 block of S. Wilton Place on June 29 at 11:30 p.m. The vehicle was recovered the next day.

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Bank VP Henry Duque was an early columnist

By John Welborne Henry McArthur Duque, a banking executive and state public utilities commissioner, was a local resident in the 1960s and became one of the Larchmont Chronicle’s first columnists. His column “Bank Notes” was in the newspaper’s premier issue, Sept. 1963, and was titled, “Difference Between Banks, Savings & Loans.” Duque died in Claremont, Calif., on May 27; he was 89 years old. A third-generation Californian, he was born in Los Angeles. Duque graduated from Stanford University in 1954.

He served with the U.S. Marine Corps from 1954-1957. In 1959 he married Judith Stadelman. His banking career began at Union Bank, followed by a 23-year stint as vice president of Western Federal Savings & Loan, which ran advertisements in the Chronicle, and where Duque managed the Larchmont office (now the home of Chase Bank). Duque spent seven years at California Federal Savings and Loan and worked at Trust Services of America and Lefcourt Group, before transitioning to public service as a commissioner of the California Public


more about census-taker employment, act now. Visit 2020census.gov/jobs Keep an eye out for future issues of the Chronicle as we continue our updates on the 2020 census.

(Continued from page 1) federal funding every year. There are countless other economic and social services that rely on the statistics the census provides. That information allows lawmakers and private individuals and companies to predict transportation and housing needs, plan for emergency services, assess the labor supply of an area, create programs to help those living in poverty or with a disability, and much more, according to the Census Bureau. What else is important to know about the upcoming census? This time, many people will be able to respond by mail, email or telephone. If you’re concerned about confidentiality, know that your privacy is protected by Title 13 of the U.S. Code, which prevents the Census Bureau from sharing your specific information with anyone, including other government agencies. Finally, the Census Bureau offers jobs that pay well and are flexible. If you are interested in learning

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Utilities Commission (CPUC) from 1995 to 2003. His passion for water conservation led to a post as a freelance water and utilities consultant. His community involvement included: Golden Gate Chapter of the American Red Cross, Claremont Graduate School, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens, Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Jose Symphony, San Francisco Civic Light Opera and Saint Francis High School. He was a member of The California Club and the Sunset Club in Los Angeles, and of the Bohemian Club in San Francisco. His wife Judy died in 2012. He is survived by his four children: Adrienne, Carolyn, Sue, and Rick, six grandchildren and sisters Mary Delia Duque and Elizabeth “Bitsy” Hotaling. Donations may be made to Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens or Classical KUSC.

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Born January 21, 1928 to Margaret Reilly and Vincent Richard Cunningham, Sr. in Los Angeles, “Dick” Cunningham was the grandson of the late Thomas Joseph Cunningham, founder of Cunningham and O’Connor Mortuaries in 1898. Dick was second child of three, Mary Margaret Myer his older sister, and Thomas J. Cunningham his younger brother. He grew up in Los Angeles, belonging to St. Gregory Nazianzen Catholic Parish, where he attended elementary school. Dick followed in his father’s footsteps, becoming a proud Cub at Loyola High School, and graduated to become a Lion at Loyola University, where he obtained a degree in Engineering. Dick joined the United States Navy in 1945 for two years, then again in mid-1950 for another two years. In 1948 he went to the Redwood Forests in Klamath, California, to work as a lumberjack during what he called the best years of his life. He joined his Grandfather’s business, Cunningham & O’Connor, in early 1950, only to leave two months later for a second tour in the Navy. He returned to Cunningham & O’Connor in 1952, where he worked until 2017. In 1953, Dick met the love of his life, Helen Louise Cibula, while working at a rosary. They married in 1956 and had four children. From the beginning, the founders of Cunningham & O’Connor set the bar high. Dick chose to uphold their standard. He was very devoted to his craft and took great pride in being an exemplary funeral director. Dealing with people in grief is challenging, as they are not themselves, but Dick understood this and loved helping people navigate the process with the utmost compassion, patience and kindness. He was one of the best in the business. Everyone in the industry knew and respected Dick and strived to emulate his way of doing things. He was always happy to share his trade advice. Dick was a devoted member of The Serra Club of Los Angeles, The Order of Malta, and The Knights of Columbus 2406. Dick thoroughly enjoyed his years of bowling with the Knights of Columbus and golfing with his friends all over the southland and as a member of The Wilshire Country Club. He was a Beach Boy at The Jonathan Club in the early 1940s and later became a member in 1965. He enjoyed all the social activities, relationships and his association with The Jonathan Club for over 50 years. Dick involved himself in numerous charities always lending a helping hand or organizing events and whatever needed to be done. Helping out was an instinct for Dick. He loved giving and doing for people and for organizations. In 2014, Cathedral Chapel Parish honored Dick and Helen for a lifetime of service. They were active members of the parish for over 50 years. On June 23, 2019, at the age of 91, Dick made his transition into Heaven to be with The Lord, his wife, family and friends. He is survived by his children: Mary Ellen, Thomas Joseph, Janet Marie, and Catherine Marie (Jim) Hamm, and his four grandchildren: Megan, Kevin, Justin and Sarah Hamm. Dick was quite a force a true, one-of-a-kind with a big personality and a heart of gold. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. A Funeral Mass was celebrated at 11:00am on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at Cathedral Chapel Church, and a Celebration of Life at The Wilshire Country Club. In lieu of flowers, please donate to St. John of God Residence and Care Center or a charity of your choice in his name. Thank you all, and God Bless. Adv.




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and has continued to grow in membership and reputation, becoming a staple for Los Angeles golfers (and non-golfers (Continued from page 1) alike, because the club admits believe they’re seeing the funon-golfing “social memture. And what do they see but bers”). To celebrate this cena golf course. tennial milestone, the club These oil fields belong to published “The History of G. Allan Hancock, oil tycoon. Wilshire Country Club: A CenLooking out on the rolling tennial Celebration.” Writhills of Hancock’s property, ten by member Douglas N. the businessmen saw the opDickey, the coffee table book portunity to open, in what is a 296-page love letter to the would become the center of a club, full of beautiful archival growing city, their very own photographs commemorating golf club, like the ones startits history and the members ing to crop up elsewhere in who have helped the club creLos Angeles. Hancock, who ate its legacy. had once suffered a nervous Women who golf breakdown which only golf At first glance, the club had been able to cure, readily can look like it was founded agreed to rent them the land. by men for men to play golf, And thus, the Wilshire Coundrink and avoid their wives. try Club (WCC) was born. And this assessment wouldn’t The club turns 100 this year be completely wrong. Golf is, after all, historically a man’s game. However, in a chapter titled “Women of Wilshire,” Dickey aims to illuminate the ways in which women have made their mark on the club. Memberships were available to women from the club’s founding, but the women initially had no voting rights and no financial interest in the property. But over time, as was slowly occurring nationwide, women began to accumulate the same rights as their male counterparts and became a fixture in the club’s culture. DONNA TRAVIS and husband The club hosts three annual Paul were both Club Champiwomen’s tournaments that onship winners. have become famous throughout California. The first is Wilshire Women’s Club Championship. Of the women who have taken part in this tournament, the most successful has been Donna Travis, who became a club member in 1971 and proceeded to win the championship an astounding 15 times. When Travis ran out of competition at the club, she invited her friend Millie Stanley to join, JOYCE WETHERED, shown here with the 1929 British Women’s Amateur Champion- and the two passed ship Cup, played at Wilshire in an exhibition the championship cup between them match in 1937.

MILLIE STANLEY, 1995 Women’s Club Champion, receives roses from club president T.Y. Hayes.

AERIAL VIEW shows north-of-Beverly portion of Wilshire Country Club, late-1920s.

for the next 13 years. The club’s second annual tournament is the Lady Macbeth, named for the wife of the golf course architect, which pulls the top women’s duos throughout Southern California. The third is the Sato Cup, which dates back to the 1960s and is named for the silver cup that serves as its trophy, a gift from former Japanese Foreign Minister Naotake Sato during a visit to the club. In the last two years, Wilshire also has hosted the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) players. In 2018, the LGPA tournament was titled the Hugel-JTVC LA Open, and it became the Hugel-Air Premia LA Open in 2019. Huge events that featured 144 of the world’s best women golfers each year and $1.5 million in prize money, the tournament weeks were popular with members and the public. The LPGA will be back in 2020. The centennial history book notes that of the 100 best women players in the world, 93 were at Wilshire for the 2018 Open. That year’s winner was 23-year-old Moriya Jutanugarn of Bangkok, Thailand. 2019’s winner was Australia’s Minjee Lee. The club has had many other female pros and nonpros play its 18-hole course over the years. Some of the most notable: Joyce Wethered, commonly hailed as one of the best women golfers of all time; Hollis Stacy, who won three US Women’s Opens; and actress Katherine Hepburn, who often would surreptitiously play the course with Howard Hughes. They lived together in the Roland Coate-designed house on Muirfield Road adjacent to the club’s 8th green. (Please turn to page 31)

Lawrence L. Shewfelt 1948 - 2019 On July 11, 2019, Larry Shewfelt, loved by all who knew him, died at the age of 71. Larry was born in 1948 to Roy and Emmie “Scottie” Shewfelt in Los Angeles, CA. He was a graduate of First English Lutheran Church School, Harvard Military School, (now known as Harvard-Westlake School), and California State University, Northridge. He served in the US Navy from 196872, including service in Vietnam. His career at Wilshire Escrow Company, founded by his parents in 1944, lasted 32 years, including serving as the third in his family to be company president. Larry Shewfelt made significant contributions to the escrow industry. He helped write bulk sale legislation for California and Bulk Sale training manuals for escrow officers. He was generally regarded as a professional without peer in his knowledge of bulk sale and liquor license transactions. Lawrence L. Shewfelt Larry was a past President of the Escrow Institute of California and served as President of Wilshire Escrow Company from 2001 to 2015. Under his leadership the company flourished and was well positioned to get through the tumultuous years from 2008 to 2011. The foundation he laid still propels his family’s business legacy to this day. Larry was preceded in death by his father and mother and his brothers Leonard R. Shewfelt and Robert B. Kennedy. He is survived by his wife Lisa (née Sparks), his children/stepchildren and their spouses, Suzanne (Doug) Wormington, Jennifer (Eric) Taylor, Joanna (Robert) Girard, Michael (Hannah) McGrath and Jessica (Christopher) Brocoff, and the grandchildren he loved, also his brothers Donald Shewfelt, Richard Shewfelt and sister Joan Kennedy Williams, and their spouses, and many cousins, nieces and nephews and countless friends. Larry was a lifelong LA Dodgers fan and season ticket holder since the team arrived in Los Angeles. An avid sports enthusiast, he was also a good sport. His skills in golf and bowling were the envy of all. And he played a mean third base on the family’s coed softball team, the Sneakers. Larry was devout in his Christian faith and will be welcomed into Heaven. Larry and Lisa traveled to India nine times to serve on Christian Missions, bringing God’s Word to the poorest of the poor. The charity he supported is Harvest India, for those who wish to make a memorial gift, or to the charity of your choice, in lieu of flowers. A memorial and celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Rose Hills Memorial Park - Skyrose Chapel, 3888 Workman Mill Road, Whittier, CA. Family and friends attending are encouraged to wear white or color.


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As the book notes, the club has never been known for churning out professional players. This doesn’t seem to bother its members, since they’re much happier being a club known for its sense of community. The club’s Women’s Association, for example, has been a fixture of the club since its early days, and it has kept its own well-recorded history of the club. Today, the Association has about 150 members who represent the club’s women golfers. Also, for a long time, the club had a group called the Brieferettes, women who supported the club in its dining rooms and at its bridge tables. Things like these are what make the club so special to its members, allowing the club to keep thriving after 100 years of play. Next month In the September issue, the

MORIYA JUTANUGARN, winner of the 2018 Hugel-JTVC LA Open at Wilshire CC.

Larchmont Chronicle will flesh out the founding years and early growth of WCC. In October, the later years and 2019 centennial celebration events will be featured. Sidney Gubernick will be a sophomore at St. John’s College, Annapolis, Md. this fall. The Chronicle thanks WCC for use of photographs from its centennial history book.

Windsor Square leader Catherine Crahan, 85 By John Welborne The forthright advocate for community betterment, Catherine Cassilly Crahan, has died. She passed away at her home, surrounded by family, on July 16. In the 1970s, along with her then-husband, the late Marcus Crahan Jr., Catherine reinstituted and revitalized the Windsor Square Association (WSA), originally founded in 1925. She led a major WSA beautification effort to plant shade trees along Larchmont Boulevard and Third Street. She and Marcus had four sons who, along with eight grandchildren and one great grandchild, survive her: Marcus Crahan and his wife Cyndi, John Crahan, Thomas Crahan and his wife Laura, and Barnaby Crahan and his wife Sarah. During her sons’ early years, Mrs. Crahan worked to make a difference wherever she saw opportunities to do so, from

MINJEE LEE won the Hugel-Air Premia LA Open held at Wilshire Country Club in 2019.

improving the playgrounds at St. Brendan School to helping establish Loyola High School’s annual auction. She was a Larchmont Chronicle Woman of Larchmont in 1987. Catherine also volunteered for numerous organizations including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Orphanage Guild, the Loyola High Mother’s Guild and the Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women and Children. An avid gardener, she was a licensed interior decorator, and she also was an accomplished artist. When her sons had grown, Catherine earned her real estate license and worked through Coldwell Banker for many years. Catherine married Daniel Florek in 2003. He predeceased her in 2018. Services were held at St. Brendan Church on July 25. Donations may be made to Children of The Night at childrenofthenight.org.

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Lillian Way threw annual Fourth of July block party Residents along Lillian Way between Clinton and Rosewood celebrated Independence Day with a block party for the 23rd year in a row last month. Activities included a bike and scooter parade and contest. Meaghan Curcio, one of the organizers of the event, said kids in the neighborhood spent days decorating their chosen conveyances. After the bicycles, scooters and tricycles paraded on the block, three winners were chosen. Other activities were a water balloon toss, a threelegged race with different age categories and two bouncy houses. Residents also played musical chairs, guessed how many M&Ms were in a jar and explored a fire truck from local Station 27. A taco cart and an ice cream truck were also on hand. People set out lawn chairs and food out for friends and neighbors. The evening was rounded out by the annual fireworks display at the nearby Wilshire Country Club. Neighbors stood or sat at the end of the

A PARADE of bikes and scooters vied for best decorated. Left: FUTURE FIREFIGHTER e

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50 and growing, POLAM Federal Credit Union on Larchmont By Suzan Filipek Back in the old days when you needed to borrow money to buy a house or a car you would probably walk to your local bank and talk to someone you knew or were friendly with. Today, that kind of service still exists at the Polish American (POLAM) Federal Credit Union of Southern California, 589 N. Larchmont Blvd. “We



offer the same services as a bank but we’re not for profit,” explains POLAM Chief Executive Officer Chris Miller. Its not-for-profit status makes the local credit union a friendly place, much more so than found at the mega-banks and corporate world of today. Miller, who manages an 11-member staff, says he can probably name 100 of his customers he calls “members.”

In fact, he adds, “If you apply for a loan, you are talking to the person who will give you the loan. I don’t see banks doing that.” There’s a good chance if you’re seeking a loan — the majority here are for real estate of up to four-unit properties —you’ll be talking to 20-year veteran Senior Loan Officer Marzena Wisniewski. CEO Miller has been with

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the credit union 41 of its 50 years. It was founded in October 1969 by 10 members out of a garage; it soon moved to offices on Wilshire Blvd. Miller, a UCLA graduate, started with a team of volunteers in its early years. In 1984, POLAM moved to 588 N. Larchmont before purchasing the property at its current site 21 years ago. The Larchmont building also houses the local chapter of the national Polish American Congress and that too operates on the ground floor of the 6,700 square foot building. Besides loans — it has funded over $200 million in loans to date — POLAM offers deposit accounts with higher interest rates than banks and Visa cards with single-digit rates, Miller said. The federally insured portfolio lender (assets have grown from $1 million in 1969 to $65 million today) has a vast network for ATM access through a credit union co-op.

Like many on staff, Miller was born in Poland. He and his family immigrated in the 1950s from communist-era Poland. The Eastern European country was a bleak place at the time, he recalled. But that’s all changed with the country’s status today as the sixth largest economy in the European Union, he smiles. Not Polish? No problem Membership criteria at the Larchmont-based credit union is to be Polish or have a friend who is Polish, or even a friend of a friend. It’s flexible, other than a minimum $100 deposit. The credit union’s 2,000 members hail from throughout Southern California. Ironically, with modern technology, members can do much of their banking from home. But, if needed, a real person is just a phone call, or a walk, away. A celebration of the institution’s Golden 50th anniversary will be held Sat., Oct. 5 at The Athenaeum at Caltech in Pasadena.

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(Las Vegas, Nev.) — Beyond the perpetual race and glitter and disorder of the infamous Las Vegas Strip is another reality. Poverty, addiction, homelessness and suffering are on full view here in this hot desert, within walking distance of the glitz. Some of those suffering from two or more of these plagues are American military veterans. In Los Angeles, home to the largest population of unsheltered veterans in the nation, the primary way these individuals and families can attempt to find housing is through a voucher system, a joint project of the City of Los Angeles and the Federal Veterans’ Administration. According to the always excellent reporting on veteran affairs by KPCC-FM’s Libby Denkmann, Los Angeles arranged housing for more than 2,800 veterans in 2018, but at the same time, just as many became homeless. Veterans become homeless at a higher rate than the civilian population, according to Denkmann. Her reportage is replete with tales of veterans and their families, vouchers in hand, experiencing rejection by landlords and their managers in Los Angeles. Although Las Vegas is a much smaller city than Los

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Paula Panich Angeles, with a smaller population of civilian and veteran homeless, Veterans Village Las Vegas, a private, nonprofit organization seemingly fueled entirely by the passion and savvy of its founder and director, Arnold Stalk, provides transitional and permanent housing for unsheltered veterans. Stalk, trained as an architect, can give one a feeling of watching a bullet train. He will not be deterred. He will not linger or tarry. One has a feeling his dreams are filled with securing the next load of steel beams. One of his first designs, in 1983, was a methadone clinic located near Skid Row in Los Angeles. Stalk told those of us visiting Veterans Village on a field trip from the American Institute of Architects’ annual convention, held in Las Vegas in June, that his dying father asked him “to do something for homeless veterans.”

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Veterans Village, as for now, to the best of my understanding, has three components. Veterans Village #1, in downtown Las Vegas on Las Vegas Boulevard, provides “emergency and transitional housing” for veterans, and operates through Share, a nonprofit organization. At the second location, on 21st Street, Share also operates an impressive crisis intervention center, staffed and in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. The goal of Veterans Village is to provide “holistic and comprehensive” housing. This means the Village does not just supply a roof over a veteran’s head, but shelters him or her in every life-enhancing way possible, with medical, mental health, substance abuse, food and nutrition programs and employment training support. Trucks from the fanciest restaurants and casinos arrive daily at the food pantry. On 21st Street, 204 units, carved from a derelict motel, provide permanent housing, with fully furnished rooms with microwaves and refrigerators, cable and wifi. We saw a handsome prototype, funded by the Home Depot Foundation, of a Veterans Village Tiny Home, a

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320-square-foot recycled ocean shipping container. These homes provide “privacy, permanency, and independence,” says Stalk. “It’s the ultimate recycling. There are millions of them on the planet, sitting unused.” A third project is an assisted living location, the only one in Las Vegas for veterans; there is a separate Veterans Village TINY HOUSE prototype at Veterans Village, Las Vegas, Nev. is a recycled shipping conhousing women tainer. Photo by author and families. How has all this been accomplished without infusions of federal money? Corporate and individual donors. Steve Wynn started the ball rolling. A short video on the Veterans Village Las Vegas Web site tells the story of how the Wynn contractors built the crisis center in seven days, using two crews working in alternating ten-hour shifts. Motivation and will. What can be done to alleviate suffering in this country is on of- FOUNDER Arnold Stalk of fer here in Las Vegas. Arnold Veterans Village, a nonprofit Stalk’s motto: “Advocate / edu- provider of housing and sercate / build it. Never give up.” vices for homeless veterans.

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‘Teaching California’ and 40 under 40 worth watching August often is a month to recharge our batteries with vacations and relaxation before the fall school schedule kicks back in, with the fall also bringing more social events and civic obligations. This summer has seen city residents celebrating historic places now designated as international sites of significance, while preparing to designate others that have been identified as eligible for protection. Education is key Education is key to this landmarking endeavor, as telling the unique story of a property is the first step to understanding its significance. There are many preservation education programs throughout the country that strive to show students how to connect the past to the present and make it relevant to life today. Research has shown that when young people have a voice in their learning, they are more successful in retaining the concepts taught. Many cities and states are using preservation-based curricula to make that connection. Often the big questions of “What is my city’s story?” “Who made this place?” “Who deserves a monument?” lead to surprisingly engaging per-

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Christy McAvoy sonal stories. One of the latest entries into the field is “Teaching California,” a web-based curriculum enhancement for K-12 created by the California Historical Society and its partners. Using actual archival objects to tell stories, it engages students with real material from the society’s collections. Look for it at teachingcalifornia.org. Landmarks A California example of Frank Lloyd Wright’s work has achieved World Heritage site status, along with six other properties in the U.S. Our own “Hollyhock House,” created for Aline Barnsdall, has claimed long overdue international recognition. At the local level, previously unknown properties like the Hollywood Art Center School and residences in Brentwood and Pacific Palisades are being readied for review by the Cultural Heritage Commission. These neighborhood efforts highlight that many of the

city’s historic neighborhoods are not as intact as Windsor Square and Hancock Park, but have beautiful examples of buildings by some of the same architects that may be threatened. We all need to be supportive of these designation activities (as well as the update of the Windsor Square HPOZ guidelines).

40 under 40 Looking ahead, the National Trust has compiled a list of 40 places under 40 years of age that could qualify in the future for landmark status. This exercise is a reminder to be proactive about saving places, identifying candidates before they are threatened. Los Angeles has several entries on

the list, each highlighting a specific type of story. The Go for Broke Monument in Little Tokyo tells of the contributions of Japanese American soldiers in World War II. The Great Wall of Los Angeles mural in North Hollywood is an example of our artistic tradition of murals. Frank Gehry’s (Please turn to page 8)

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(Continued from page 7) Walt Disney Concert Hall has been acknowledged as an architectural landmark since it was finished, but it’s nice to see it included on a national list. Already of exceptional importance, these and other sites under 40 years old await their turn to join the National Register of Historic Places. City of the future A recent LACMA sympo-

sium “Preserving the City of the Future: Civic and Corporate Los Angeles in the 20th Century” highlighted diverse ways of engaging with historic spaces and preserving their layers of meaning. Thoughtful presentations were provided by Mark Gilberg, project manager on LACMA’s Watts Towers project; Heidi Duckler, creator of place-based dance performances; and Janna Ireland, who described her photo-

graphic essays of Paul R. Williams properties. Michael Govan’s comments on the preservation of Bruce Goff’s Pavilion for Japanese Art and John Lautner’s SheetsGoldstein House were instructive. The two-day symposium provided a look at many collaborative projects, proving once more that historic preservation is a team effort. We still have much to do. Let’s all recommit to projects we care about. HOLLYHOCK HOUSE

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Neighborhood Council endorses pilot project for playground By John Welborne The Board of Directors of the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council (GWNC) endorsed the creation of a “playground pilot project,” proposed for the southern parking spaces in the city’s surface parking lot in Larchmont Village, at its July 10 meeting. The recommendation to install a small playground for children and accompanying adults was initiated in early 2018 by the Windsor Square Association. Details about the proposal are in the April 2018 online Larchmont Chronicle

at tinyurl.com/yys6bksr. The Larchmont Boulevard Association, the Hancock Park Home Owners Association, the Larchmont Village Neighborhood Association, and the organizers of the annual Taste of Larchmont and the annual Larchmont Family Fair are among those who also have endorsed the playground. The city’s Department of Recreation and Parks (RAP) prepared preliminary design drawings in response to the leadership and urging of Councilman David Ryu

and his staff. The drawings were among the materials reviewed by GWNC committee and board members in June at the Land Use Committee meeting and in July at the board meeting. With the endorsement and feedback provided by the GWNC board, residents hope that RAP staff will continue to evolve the drawings so that installation of an agreedupon design may commence as early as the end of the summer, said Caroline Labiner Moser, Windsor Square Association board member.

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Councilman Ryu spoke on housing crisis at Rotary meeting

When Councilman David Ryu was in graduate school, he was nominated to be a Rotary International Youth Exchange Student, and ultimately he was a regional finalist, he recounted at a recent Wilshire Rotary Club meeting. He explained that the ideals he learned in Rotary — transparency and working together with the community — were

the themes on which he ran his election campaign and that have continued to guide his dealings with members of the Los Angeles Fourth Council District community. He shared this background as the keynote speaker at the Wilshire Rotary Club’s regular meeting July 24 at St. Brendan Catholic Church Parish Center.

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count the differences among the many communities within each local council district area, he stressed. Homelessness Ryu’s keynote address also noted that homelessness is a major problem that won’t be solved within the next few years but will take many years of careful and precise planning and execution. “Measure HHH is just now getting off the ground, and finally the city and county are working together rather than pointing fingers at each other,” he said. Councilman Ryu then elaborated to the Rotarians the three-step approach to addressing homelessness that was outlined in his article on Page One of last month’s Larchmont Chronicle. Staff writers and Pam Rudy contributed to this article.

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Old favorites, newcomers make Taste of Farmers Market an adventure

By Rachel Olivier People were lining up to get their passports on July 23 for the 11th annual Taste of Farmers Market despite the heat and humidity. More than 50 vendors stood ready to serve up a variety of cuisines and flavors that ranged from empanadas and chicken pesto penne to deli sandwiches, gumbo and chili. Beverages from iced teas to wine and beer were also available. Tips to getting started The line to pick up pre-purchased passports was already long at 5 p.m., the start of the event. Each passport was clipped to a lanyard that passholders could wear around their necks. My friends and I promptly flipped the passports “upside down” so we could read them more easily and track our journey more clearly. There was a world’s worth of cuisine to explore. As in the past, each passport holder was given a plate and set of flatware, TaterWare, made out of plant-based materials, to use throughout the event. Although several vendors used their own small plates or containers for food, it was these eco-friendly plates that each passholder was expected to use all evening. Note to those attending next

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year: bring personal wipes to wipe off your plates occasionally, because the disposal stations with paper towels were difficult to find, and tasting barbecue sauce with maple syrup is not recommended. It was also difficult to find garbage bins to discard the food and containers once we were finished. However, the recycle, compost and landfill disposal stations were a good idea. The way through The best approach is always less is more. If you don’t like it immediately, don’t finish it. There’s no need. There are at least 50 vendors to visit on this tour of Farmers Market. In addition, playing tag team is a really good strategy. I spoke

TASTINGS OF VINEGARS and olive oils were available from newcomer Temecula Olive Oil.

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with a woman who had been coming to the Taste for several years, and she and her sister take turns. One of them saves the table, while the other takes the passports and plates and picks up food and beverages. My friends and I did not have such a neat system down, but we did take it on as a relay race, with one person going ahead to scout what a stall was offering and reporting back to see if there was interest.

Again, this is a marathon, not a sprint. Old favorites and newcomers Regulars at the 85-year-old Original Farmers Market often have favorite stalls they like to visit. The Taste gives visitors a chance to change it up, try something new. This year, there seemed to also be a number of new vendors to choose from during the event. Located near the empanadas from Nonna’s and candy from

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Exhibit rememberforget at Monk Space focused on memories By Julia Stier A trendy crowd gathered at Monk Space — on Second Street next to St. Andrews Square at the western boundary of Koreatown — for the July 13 presentation of artist Greg Jenkins’ exhibit, rememberforget. The New Arts Foundation — a nonprofit that produces art events to raise awareness about mental health — hosted the one-night event as a benefit for the local branch of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI Urban LA. The multimedia exhibit showcased original paintings by Jenkins and featured a video installation as well. Through both media, Jenkins explored the concept of memories, a topic he believes ties in well with mental illness.

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Owner Marjorie Christoffersen of El Coyote told us that she has nothing but praise for director Quentin Tarantino and the crew of “Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood.” The restaurant on Beverly Blvd. was a filming location for the director’s new movie set in 1969 Los Angeles.

ARTIST Greg Jenkins, creator of rememberforget presented at Monk Space. Photo by Jake Smith

The installation raises questions about memories: what are they? To whom do they belong? And what do they say about us?

At the event, Jenkins explained his reasoning behind using the concept of memories as a mode of selfexpression. “My memories are

not necessarily divorced from where I am right now, and they are not divorced from where I am in the future,” he said. Video sights and sounds The video installation consisted of 15 vintage television sets of various shapes and sizes playing a collection of video clips. Gathered off the Internet by Jenkins, the snippets ranged in content from acoustic covers of Taylor Swift’s “You Belong With Me,” to a video of someone freefalling far above the earth. Each television had headphones so an attendee could isolate his or her focus to the sights and sounds of one specific screen. One attendee, Maggie Brown, commented that “At first, it seems like chaos,” but if watched long enough, the ever-changing images “become meditative.” Armand Brescia, who runs


business development for New Arts Foundation, said the aim of the night was “to show that there’s power in numbers, that people are willing to come out and open up conversations about mental health and to break down stigmas.” 1922 building The Monk Space building dates to 1922. Today, it serves as a rental film production location and stage. According to the Monk Space website, the building “opened its doors as Hoffman’s Cash and Carry Department Store. … By the late ’20s, Hoffman’s went out of business as the country plunged into the Great Depression.  It soon reopened, off the grid, during Prohibition as a Speakeasy called the Horseshoe Club!    It was rumored to be a hot spot for Swing Jazz, illegal booze and notorious characters of the 1930s.”


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La Brea Tar Pits & Museum to be reimagined for the future

By Suzan Filipek La Brea Tar Pits & Museum will be getting an update to its ages-old Ice Age look. Later this month three architect-led teams will unveil varying preliminary conceptual approaches to La Brea Tar Pits master planning for public feedback. At the end of the year, the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County (NHM), which oversees the La Brea Tar Pits, will choose one of the firms to lead a multi-year planning process. The selected firm will lead a multi-disciplinary design team and join forces with the community to create a master plan to reimagine and renovate the landmark research site and its facilities for the

next half century. Paleontological research at the site began in 1913, and the famed tar pits have yielded millions of samples that tell of life during the Ice Age and the creatures that succumbed to the sticky tar pits, including saber-toothed cats and giant sloths and mastodons. Their remains, coupled with plant fossils, are a resource for understanding environmental change in the last 50,000 years. The George C. Page Museum, opened in 1977, was built burrowed into the earth to preserve as much of the surrounding park as possible; its grass-covered exterior walls and underground setting and shape have made it difficult to modify and expand. Architecture firms compet-

ing to lead the master planning team for the 12-acre site are Darte Mandrup of Copenhagen — its works include UNESCO World Heritage sites; Weiss/Manfredi of New York — designer of the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle; and Diller Scofidio + Renfro of New York — designer of the Broad museum downtown. The three firms have been directed to assemble teams that include landscape architects, scientists, engineers, designers and artists. Public comment this month The architectural firms’ conceptual approaches will be unveiled in late August for public comment, and, following museum officials’ own review and survey of the public’s feedback, selection of the firm

ICE AGE animals succumbed to the tar pits, which are still bubbling at the site.

is expected to be announced by the end of the year. The winning firm then will lead its team through additional public engagement, master planning, design and construction oversight the next several years. NHM owns the 23-acre Hancock Park which includes the 12-acre museum and tar pits. The La Brea Tar Pits master planning project accompanies busy neighbor institutions with design and renovation plans of their own: Next door, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is expected to break ground on a new building at the end of the year. Across the street, a Metro Purple Line subway stop should begin loading and unloading passengers in 2023.

Heading west to the corner of Fairfax, the new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is expected to open sometime in 2020. Mammoth Summer Late Night Fridays through Aug. 30 feature activities from 5 to 8 p.m. and include free admission and special programs as well as viewing active excavation sites. (Admission will be charged for some activities.) Enjoy a drink from the Tar Bar and hear music at Summer Nights at the Tar Pits on Fri., Aug. 9. Talk with scientists about discoveries made here and get hands-on with crafts. Visit tarpits.org/late-nightfridays-tar-pits for more information. The La Brea Tar Pits is at 5801 Wilshire Blvd.

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Explore the 866-square foot Second Home Serpentine Pavilion, a walk-through sculpture by Spanish artists Lucia Cano and Jose Selgas, on the grounds of La Brea Tar Pits through Nov. 24. Free. Walkups welcome, or plan your visit with reserved timing at pavilion.secondhome.io. A conversation with David Lynch and curator Hans Ulrich Obrist is Sun., Aug. 4 at 4:30 p.m. Free at Eventbrite. com. Second Home, a London-based workshop business, is collaborating with the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County.

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Patrons who visit more than one museum in the same day along the Miracle Mile will be rewarded a $2 discount on admission. To receive the discount, a guest must show a receipt or ticket from any of the participating Miracle Mile museums when visiting another participating museum. The promotion is a joint venture between Craft Contemporary, the Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Petersen Automotive Museum. It is part of an effort to encourage summer visits and make museums more affordable and accessible. The promotion continues through Mon., Sept. 2 and cannot be combined with other discounts.

Steam Egg at Craft Contemporary

Immerse yourself in Steam Egg, a public steam room at Craft Contemporary, 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Sundays Aug. 4, noon to 3 p.m., and Aug. 25, from noon to 3 p.m. Bring a towel and a bathing suit. Water and changing rooms provided. A sculpture by Michael Parker, it is also a sound space. “Crafting Histories in Clay” is Sat., Aug. 3 from 2 to 5 p.m. Featured is an outdoor reception and exhibition of ceramic work created during an older adult clay workshop series taught by artist Wayne Perry. Free. Visit cafam.org.



Grove ‘Drive-in’ film series heads ‘Back to the Future’ By Sidney Gubernick The Grove’s and the Petersen Automotive Museum’s collaborative film series, “Level 8 Drive-In,” continues this month with a showing of “Back to the Future.” The movie screens Wed., Aug. 28, and the movie’s actual DeLorean vehicle will be on display, courtesy of the Petersen. The screening is on the top level of The Grove’s parking structure and begins at sunset, but viewers may begin to arrive as early as 6:30 p.m. Tickets are free (and include complimentary snacks), but tickets should be reserved online ahead of time. Another option is to reserve an Uber Lounge ticket access to the seating section. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The series will finish for

THE 1982 DELOREAN featured in the film will be at the August 28 screening of “Back to the Future.” Courtesy of Petersen Automotive Museum

the summer on Sept. 25 with a showing of “Iron Man,” and Tony Stark’s Ford Flathead Roadster will be on display. Go to TheGroveLA.com to learn more and book tickets.

Dream Machines Art talks, music “Hollywood Dream Machines” at the Petersen Automotive at LACMA Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd., includes the DeLorean DMC12 time machine (courtesy of Universal Studios Hollywood), the 1989 Batmobile, and the vehicle from the 1982 TV show “Knight Rider.” Petersen.org.

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“The Spirit of Asia,” a program featuring dances and music of Korea, Thailand and the Philippines, is Fri., Aug. 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the Korean Cultural Center, 5505 Wilshire Blvd. Admission is free. kccla.org to make a reservation.

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The Friday night summer jazz series at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art features the Rickey Woodward Sextet Aug. 9 and Gilbert Castellanos Aug. 16, both at 6 p.m. Hear Oskar Cartaya & The Riccanection at Saturday Latin Sounds beginning at 5 p.m. Susie Hansen Latin Band is Sat., Aug. 17 at 5 p.m. Free. Art talks this month include “The Art of Looking: The Allure of Matter” Thurs., Aug. 8 at 12:30, and Kim Jongweon on Beyond Line Thurs., Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. Free but tickets required. Visit lacma.org.



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Cinéma-vérité in Macedonia, life without Beatlemania Honeyland (9/10): Runtime 90 minutes. No rating yet. There is no script because the movie was shot over three years (400 hours of film) in real time of the people involved, all of whom are illiterate. Hatidze lives in a wild region of Macedonia with her dying mother, Nazife, who is blind and paralyzed, and keeps bees the ancient way, handed down from generation to generation. The directors started shooting and were well on their way when another family moved in and horned in on Hatidze’s beekeeping business, upon which


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Brian Banks (9/10): Runtime 99 minutes. PG-13. It is gut-wrenching to watch the unfairness Banks (Aldis Hodge), a high school football star falsely accused of rape, endured, and Hodge’s performance is amazingly true to life. With a typical fine performance by Greg Kinnear, the two actresses who really shine are Xosha Roquemore as his hateful accuser, Kennisha, and Monique Grant, who plays Kennisha’s mother. I would give them both Best Supporting Actress nominations, even though Grant is only in a couple of scenes. This is one of those films that could stay with you forever. Marianne and Leonard: Words of Love (8/10): Runtime 102 minutes. R. Directed by Nick Broomfield, it is definitely not an unbiased film made by someone without a point of view about rock star Leonard Cohen and his seven-year affair with Marianne Ihlen mostly on the Greek island of Hydra, as Broomfield was one of Marianne’s lovers after Cohen left Hydra. So the POV of this film is pretty sympathetic and non-judgmental, although it does not hide the facts, just soft-pedals them. Telling how he morphed from an unsuccessful poet into a huge star thanks to Judy Collins, the film shows that Cohen was a rock star of low moral tone, existing on drugs and sleeping with as many women as he could, which was, apparently, limitless. k.d.

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lang’s rendition of Cohen’s “Hallelujah” is still one of my favorites, though. Yesterday (8/10): Runtime 113 minutes. PG-13. If you are a Beatlemaniac, as I am, you will be rewarded with fine versions of a cornucopia of Beatles’ hits sung by Himesh Patel in this fantasy about “what if the world had never heard of The Beatles?” But for me the person who steals the movie is Kate McKinnon. Playing Debra, Patel’s Hollywood agent, she is suitably overbearing and aggressive and dominates every scene in which she appears. I wanted to see a lot more of her. I’d go so far as to give her an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Mike Wallace is Here (8/10): Runtime 90 minutes. PG-13. While this contains clips from throughout Wallace’s long career as an interviewer, including many from the ground-breaking “60 Minutes,” for which he and Harry Reasoner were the first two interviewers, if you want to get to know what made Wallace tick, this is not the place for that. Included is raw footage (some never-before-seen) of some of his memorable interviews. It’s a treat to watch these, whether you’ve seen

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Enjoy cool evening breezes while watching movies this month at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd. Gates open at 6:45 p.m. and movies begin at 8:30 p.m. Make a night of it and take part in the ninth annual slumber party Sat., Aug. 17. The triple feature includes summer teen films from the 90s: “Never Been Kissed,” “I Know What You Did Last Summer” and “Jawbreaker.” Other movies showing this month include “Point Break” on Sat., Aug. 3, “Boyz n the Hood” on Sat., Aug. 10 and the the thriller “Psycho” on Sat., Aug. 24. Tickets run from $12 to 29. Visit cinespia.org.

them before or not. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (7/10): Runtime 159 minutes. R. Writer/director Quentin Tarantino’s sheer fantasy (using real names) of 1969 Hollywood and the changing of an era. Terrific performances by tough guy stuntman Brad Pitt and his boss, TV / movie star Leonardo DeCaprio (is he supposed to be Burt Reynolds?), Damian Lewis (as Steve McQueen) and others highlight a film with good pace that doesn’t peter out as it leads to a climax with the Manson Family. Stuber (1/10): Runtime 90 minutes. R. There are bad movies…and then there is Stuber. It’s absurdly violent with ludicrous fights with virtually no negative consequence to the participants even though as few as one of the innumerable blows would be enough to incapacitate or kill anyone other than an actor in a film. As to humor, it is so juvenile that it’s unlikely that any reasonable adult could be brought to even a smile; groans are more likely. The best part of this film is the fadeout. The Great Hack (1/10): Runtime 113 minutes. NR. I bet you didn’t know it if you voted for Donald Trump, but according to this film, everyone who did so vote, did so because they were swayed to do so by a devious manipulation of “fake news” masterminded by an outfit called Cambridge Analytica. At least that’s what this Machiavellian piece of propaganda would have you believe. “Targeting voters” is pictured as a devious Trumpian conspiracy but it’s a valid campaign technique used for ages by both parties, including the Democrats of Clinton and Obama. Produced by Geralyn Dreyfous, who is a big Democrat contributor, more than $40,000 to Obama and other Democrats, it’s inherently biased, dishonest filmmaking at its apogee. Recommended reading: “Seduction: Sex, Lies & Stardom in Howard Hughes’s Hollywood” by Karina Longworth and “Neon Prey” by John Sandford.

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‘Producers’ is back — hailed as the worst play on Broadway! Celebration at the Lex Theatre is presenting a highly entertaining production of an iconic Broadway show. The Producers, A New Mel Brooks Musical, book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, music and lyrics by Mel Brooks, started life in 1967 as a movie. While on Broadway in 2001, the musical won 12 Tony Awards and was made into a film in 2005. For those of you who are not familiar with the plot line, the time is Broadway, 1959. Broadway producer Max Bialystock (deliciously played in this staged version as an unscrupulous reprobate by Richardson Jones) has just produced his latest Broadway flop “Funny Boy,” a musical version of “Hamlet.” When mild-mannered accountant Leo Bloom (Christopher Jewell Valentin) arrives to audit the books, he suggests a revenue-producing scheme for the duo: oversell interests in the worst flop in Broadway history. Leo and Max find the worst script written, “Springtime for Hitler: A Gay Romp with Adolf and Eva at Berchtesgaden.” They find the worst director, flamboyant Roger DeBris (Michael A. Shepperd), who decides the Germans should win World War II. Max raises $2

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Patricia Foster Rye million from his little old lady investors and what follows is the show “Springtime for Hitler.” “The Producers” skewers Nazis, Jews and Broadway traditions with schtick, in-jokes and enough quotable comedy lines for a lifetime. It’s an “equal-opportunity offender.” Of course “Springtime ...” is a huge hit, and jail is a distinct possibility for the duo. Billed as director Michael Matthews’ take on “The Producers,” the show is non-stop laughs. Backed by a live band led by music director Anthony Zediker, with terrific choreography by Janet Roston, the show is particularly effective on the tiny stage at the Lex. The teetering file cabinets on the office set are wonderful, scenic design by Stephen Gifford. If you’re looking for that laugh ‘til you hurt experience in these trying times, don’t miss it. Through Mon., Aug. 12. Performances are Fridays, Saturdays, Mondays at 8 p.m.; Sun-

days 2 p.m. Celebration at The Lex Theatre, 6760 Lexington Ave., 323-957-1884, celebrationtheatre.com. 4 Stars • • • Operating on the theory that what can go wrong will go wrong in community theater, The Play That Goes Wrong by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields

is a comedy about the theater. The Cornley University Drama Society is presenting a 1920s murder mystery, “The Murder at Haversham Manor.” (Don’t miss the program within the program.) From the pre-show where cast members interact with the audience and set pieces collapse and doors stick and instantly unstick, this play


is dedicated to trying to make you laugh. To start, Chris (Evan Alexander Smith) addresses the audience with explanations of why they are performing this current play and not some more famous theatrical titles. It sets the tone for what’s to come. As the curtain rises, (Please turn to page 21)


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Taste of Farmers Market

(Continued from page 11) Monsieur Marcel’s Gourmet Market were still favorites, as they had been in years past. Light My Fire had an interesting array of hot sauces that passholders could try with banana chips. Magic Nut and Candy passed out a fruit-flavored caramel corn that was fun to look at and to eat. Bar 326 poured out a sample of a pilsner that was almost as refreshing as the root beer float we sampled later in the evening at The Refresher. Other stalls we visited included The French Crepe Co., Phil’s Deli, relative newcomer

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Cacti, preserving tomatoes, rare fruit at Arboretum A cactus and succulent show, tomato preserving class, and fruit festival are some of the activities this month at Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. The Inter-City Cactus Show will have exotic cacti and succulents for display and sale Sat., Aug. 10 and Sun., Aug. 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn the different methods of preserving your toma-

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of Myrtle and Tompkins in Bed-Stuy (Bedford Stuyvesant), Brooklyn, New York. Jean-Baptiste Delacroix (Tyrin Niles) is center stage relating, in rap and poetry, the shooting death of black teenager Forest Winthrop by a white police officer. He’s joined by: Calvin (Ahkei Togun), Forest’s high school friend recently returned from London; Aisha, (Denise Yolen), mother of Forest’s son Sebastian; and Adriana (Ashlee Olivia), Aisha’s sister. Each of them has a strong reaction to the tragic event and the perceived white supremacy problem in America. About half-way through this one-act, the play veers into surreal territory as we dive into the mind of Forest’s eight-year old son Sebastian (played by adult actor Damon Rutledge) who is struggling with surviving, gender identity and loss. The cast is excellent. Through Sun., Sept. 15, The Matrix Theatre, 7657 Melrose Ave., 323-960-7711 matrixtheatre.com. 3 Stars

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a dead, but still “twitching” body is found center stage. The quest to find the murderer becomes a background for every comedic gambit known to man: spit takes, collapsing set pieces, mispronounced dialogue, missed cues, acrobatic staging, prat falls, delayed reactions and more. One of the best moments is when Chris addresses the audience member and demands that they stop laughing, which, of course, is impossible. However, by the second, the audience is beginning to reach its laugh limit as exhaustion is setting in. The excellent cast features Brandon J. Ellis, Yaegel T. Welch, Peyton Crim, Scott Cote, Jamie Ann Romero, Ned Noyes and Angela Grovey. Through Sun., Aug. 11, Ahmanson Theatre, The Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., 213-972-4400, centertheatregroup.org. 4 Stars • • • Scraps by Geraldine Inoa takes place at the corner


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Camp, Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, Mon., Aug. 5 to Fri., Aug. 9. The theme is “From Storybooks to Real Life.” Campers will read classic and inspiring children’s stories and then explore the art, science and

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North East South P P 1C 1H 1NT P 2D 2H 3D 4H 5D All Pass At this point, the director showed up and pulled the boards, saying everyone would get a “No Play” because the next round had already begun. West protested, saying that they had to wait more than five minutes to start the round because NS was slow in playing the previous round and then north’s bid out of turn caused an additional delay of a few minutes while the director was called and had to make a ruling, so EW should not be penalized, but should be protected. He also said that making 5D would be a top board, and a “No Play” would damage EW. The director was not persuaded. After the game, the printout revealed that at all 11 tables the NS were in 4 or 5 hearts, making. No EW was in 5D. 5D is cold. The only problem is the 4-0 trump break to the Jack. But normal play when there are four trump to the Jack missing is to first lead to the hand that has two of the top three honors to discover the distribution of the missing cards because that keeps a two-way finesse in play. When west leads to dummy’s KQ and reveals that South holds all four trump, the finesse is easy to take back to west’s hand to the A-10. West loses only the spade Ace and the club King. Had North had all four diamonds, West could come back to his hand with the

Ace and finesse through the board which would still have the Q-9. Even though it is clear that fairness requires that EW get a top board since all the scores (except one where North bid 6H and went down one) are NS and the delay was clearly not the fault of EW, the director refused to grant EW equity. In a telephone call to the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL), West was advised that once cards are pulled from the board, the hand must be played, either immediately or as a late play, further buttressing the EW claim that they should have been awarded the top score on that hand. The ACBL said that, at the very least, EW should get an average plus, but the director only awarded the average of their game, which was less than an average plus. The ACBL further stated that the director was wrong in ruling that North’s 1H overcall was “comparable” to a Precision 1C opening bid and that his partner should have been barred from bidding for one round. Since his partner passed anyway, that didn’t matter, but she took her unauthorized information (that North had 16+ HCP) to jump to game when she only had 6 HCP, something she’s unlikely to do without knowing that North had a huge hand, which she could not know from the bidding as it existed.

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Only 10 high card points (HCP) but 6-5 distribution. Many players who play reverses would open 1D and then rebid 2C because a reverse (opening 1C and rebidding 2D) would promise 17 HCP at least. But if you have 6-5 distribution and an opening hand, you may still reverse by opening 1C and then rebidding the diamonds twice to show that your distribution is 6-5 rather than 5-4. But is this an opening hand? It only has 10 HCP. According to modern bidding practice, this qualifies as an opening hand because it has 10 HCP and 10 cards in its two longest suits

West ♠ 4 ♥ 6 ♦ AT743 ♣ AQT654


You are West, in third seat. How would you open this hand? ♠4 ♥6 ♦ AT743 ♣ AQT654

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This word for pants dates back to a Renaissance character Why are pants identified as a “pair”? asks Peter Fagerholm. The word “pants” is from the Italian word Pantalone, which is the name of the flirtatious old miser character in traditional Italian comedy of the early Renaissance. He wore pants after the fashion of Byzantium (the Turkish Empire). These tubular garments are referred to as a pair because the origin of the word is the Latin par, which means equal and refers to a single article of clothing or tool (pair of shears, scissors, etc.) consisting of two joined or corresponding parts not used separately. • • • My family’s house has a “Mansard” roof. Where does that word come from? pon-

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contest of Ms. Rowling’s novels has its origin in the scholastic medieval Latin term quidditas which refers to the essence of a thing, as in the modern quid > what, or quiddity > a distinctive peculiarity. • • • What’s the origin of “lackadaisical?” wonders Jody Bernolfo.

It’s basically a literal derivation. Lackadaisical means lacking in spirit or liveliness, showing a lack of interest or being languid or listless. The word is derived from the Middle English lackadaisy which is a variation of lackaday, itself a shortening of the lamentation of a time gone wrong — “alack the day!”

Teens and tweens can learn how to make bookmarks at the John C. Fremont branch library, 6121 Melrose Ave., Tues., Aug. 13, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Participants can also bring their favorite images to include in the bookmarks, which will be laminated. Call 323-962-3521 for information.

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