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Larchmont Chronicle

VOL. 60, NO. 8



‘Taste of Larchmont’ to return

WS-HP Historical Society to meet at Gilmore Adobe n Gathering is July 31


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The historic Gilmore Adobe (built in 1852), tucked behind The Grove, will be the setting for the Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society (WSHPHS) annual meeting on Sun., July 31, from 1 to 5 p.m. Enjoy a barbecue luncheon at the event and hear guest speaker Cari Beauchamp. She is an award-winning historian, documentary filmmaker and author of “Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of Early Hollywood” and “My First Time in Hollywood.” The Gilmore Adobe is situated behind tall walls and is surrounded by gardens. It is one of the oldest homes in Los See WSHPHS, p 4

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By Suzan Filipek Several local groups are working overtime to help students get set up, prepared and ready for their first day of school. And they could use some help. Imagine LA is readying for its annual Back-to-School Bash Sat., Aug. 6, and needs a bunch of volunteers and sponsors to make the event a success. Free backpacks and school supplies will be distributed and kids can get haircuts in time for school. The “bash” also includes a barbecue, live entertainment, a bouncy house, face painting and more. For more information on how to help, visit Big Sunday aims to stuff backpacks — 3,000 of them — with school supplies for children in need in time for See Help kids, p 5

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n HopeNet event is Sept. 19

SUMMERTIME’S FAVORITE beverage is being sold on driveways and lawns throughout the neighborhood. Above: Miles Lehrman, Ever Feeney and Theo Lehrman.

Refresh and raise money By Casey Russell It wouldn’t be summer without lemonade, and Larchmont area kids are setting up stands around town. But this year’s crop of curbside kid businesses is raising money for more than pocket cash. On Bronson Avenue, Micah Epstein, 9, and Jack Barringer, 7, set up shop to raise money for Moms Demand Action and gun violence awareness. Even the sanitation workers and

delivery people joined in! Ever Feeney, along with Miles and Theo Lehrman, raised money for victims of the war in Ukraine. (Note the Ukrainian flag in the tip jar!) They raised almost $200. Tria R., 8, was visited by Larchmont Chronicle publisher John Welborne at her “First Day of Summer” lemonade stand. Lemons picked from a neighbor’s tree made See Lemonade, p 5

Imagine LA seeks new CEO n Jill Bauman to oversee new Imagine LA division After 15 years at the helm of Imagine LA, where she grew the nonprofit from serving three families in need to nearly 300 this year, Jill Bauman is looking to change things up at the organization she founded. “Imagine LA’s impact has grown beyond my wildest dreams,” the Windsor Village resident wrote in an announcement last month outlying the “2022-2024 Strategic Plan: Driving Impact, Building Equity, Together.” As part of that plan, Imagine LA is seeking to hire a new CEO to lead and fruther grow the organization. It also is forming a new division, the Social Benefit Navigator (SBN), to be headed by Bauman (a 2016 Larchmont Chronicle Woman of Larchmont). The online navigation tool SBN is for case managers, families and individuals to further the nonprofit’s goal to address the root causes of inequity and end the cycle of poverty. Many families, while holding jobs and homeownership, still struggle

as they navigate a complex public benefits system that keeps people mired in poverty. In contrast, the SBN app will help navigate the local, state See Imagine LA, p 16

By Casey Russell After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, the Taste of Larchmont is planning to return to the Boulevard Mon., Sept. 19, from 6 to 9 p.m. The delicious community event — with 15 participating eateries — benefits HopeNet, a locally started nonprofit organization that benefits people in our community facing food insecurity. Steve Tator, an erstwhile board member of HopeNet and a main organizer of the 2022 event, says that sponsors still are being confirmed and the theme has yet to be chosen. But Tator hopes to get invitations out by the beginning of this month, and Larchmontians can hope to start seeing posters around town soon. Tickets are $50, and the organizer says there are usually around 500 sold. Ticket-holding participants are entitled to sample the varied offerings provided by numerous Larchmont eateries. This fundraiser usually raises close to $50,000 which, except for minor expenses, all goes directly to Hope-Net, enabling the nonprofit to stock its 12 local food pantries and provide emergency food to people in Los Angeles County. For more information about HopeNet or the Taste of Larchmont, visit:

Summer jobs, part two

n Teens are scooping ice cream, washing dishes By Abigail Kestenbaum An ice cream scooper, a swim coach, a dishwasher and a barista. These are some of the many jobs that teens have undertaken this summer. Elianna Isbell, a junior at Immaculate Heart, is working as a dishwasher at Pizzeria Mozza on North Highland Avenue this summer. Isbell also helps prepare food before it goes in the oven. To work at the restaurant, Isbell applied for the job and obtained a work permit. Through her job, Isbell has learned discipline, as she has to make sure she arrives on See Summer jobs, p 27

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By John Welborne

Positive things; negative things

Midsummer, 2022: Families are getting busy once again. There is vacation travel. There are school trips and internships. And much more good news. There also is some of the other kind of news. This month’s Letters to the Editor reflect that. The success story of the move of Pio Franco Iervolino from sleeping on the sidewalk in a bus shelter at Beverly and Rossmore is very positive news. But much work is still needed from both the community through its tax-paid professional health representatives and from Mr. Iervolino. One of this month’s Letters reflects thoughts shared by numerous kind readers who ask if there is something that we concerned residents can do, such as gather donations, for Mr. Iervolino. There is an ongoing discussion whether such acts of kindness and generosity focused on one person might lull us into thinking that our single gesture relieves us of the opportunity to do more, for more people in need. I come down on the side of the argument that the system — for which we pay already — finally seems to be working for Mr. Iervolino. Of course, that system does have weaknesses and flaws, and we at this newspaper and our elected leaders and others need to learn more and address and remedy the flaws.

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That’s the question inquiring photographer Casey Russell asked locals.

The Larchmont Chronicle coverage of the mystery of Giorgio and the progress of Mr. Iervolino really has been undertaken as a case study. His situation is something from which we all can learn. It should help us take our new knowledge and help us address broader problems of local housing and food needs, and similar poverty-related issues, on a larger scale. And soon, as summer wanes in September, we shall have a great, and renewed, opportunity to help others. On Mon., Sept. 19, the Taste of Larchmont returns! The fun-filled fundraising event will be held completely outdoors, with attendee diners strolling on both sides of the Boulevard. Yes, Mr. Iervolino’s progress is very positive. Now, let us focus on others — the hundreds of thousands of individuals who HopeNet serves each year. Learn more at, and meet us on the Boulevard for Taste of Larchmont 2022.

Happier days for Giorgio

“We are going to Vegas and then I might go to the East Coast — the upstate New York area — and spend some time there. And then, maybe even to Germany, back home to the North of Germany, Bremen.” Julia Siedenburg

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“We are going [to Cabo] for our babymoon. We had our first child during Covid, so we were pretty strict about keeping mommy and baby safe. [We are looking forward to] our last week of freedom before the baby.” Timothy and Hanna Jun

Letters to the Editor I am so happy to read about Franco Giorgio’s progress [“Unexpected phone call reveals much about Giorgio,” July 2022]. Thank you for being his friend and advocate! I am very grateful to you. Madeleine Moskowitz Windsor Square

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Do you know whether a fund has been set up anywhere allowing people to make donations to him, or whether there are other ways one might help him? I thought the reporter did a fantastic job with the piece. Kit Troyer Windsor Square

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Larchmont sleepers

This [above] is what my husband encountered on Larchmont at 6 a.m. today [Monday, July 18] while walking our dog! [The man in blue lies in front of the Wells Fargo ATM machines; the man with the shopping cart is on the benches in front of the Wells Fargo parking lot. — Ed.] Judy Zeller Windsor Square



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“I was pregnant during Covid, so we took a break from traveling. This summer, we are going to Italy because that’s where my father lives. She’s going to see her grandpa.” Paola and Alma Baldion

Contributing Editor Jane Gilman Staff Writers Talia Abrahamson Casey Russell Helene Seifer Advertising Director Pam Rudy Advertising Sales including Classifieds Caroline Tracy Art Director Tom Hofer Circulation Manager Nona Sue Friedman Accounting Jill Miyamoto 606 N. Larchmont Blvd., #103

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WINDSOR SQUARE resident Leighton Wiese, 1, quickly found her favorite section in last month’s “Pets of Larchmont” issue.

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“We have been exploring the Japanese countryside where I grew up. [We’ve been] fishing, bug hunting and exploring nature. Both of my kids are going to the local schools until summer vacation starts!” Mika Ono Soma with Nika and Ichiha Oxford Square

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Enjoying our city safely this summer St. Vincent Medical Center fate? Hello, Larchmont and adjacent neighborhood readers. I hope Council you are enjoying the Report summer months with by all that Los Angeles Paul Koretz has to offer, including our world-class beaches, hiking trails, parks, baseball games (go Dodgers!) concerts and events among the many fun-filled ways to spend time outdoors. But please be aware and prepared, as the summer heat waves have already begun to roll in. The drought has exacerbated dry conditions and there is no relief in sight. High temperatures are expected to continue across Los Angeles County, bringing elevated fire conditions and excessive heat conditions. That is why the County Dept. of Public Health and Los Angeles’ heat officer are reminding everyone to take precautions to avoid heat-related illness, especially older adults, young children, outdoor workers, athletes and those who have medical conditions that might be exacerbated by heat stress.

Please be prepared for the next heat wave by knowing how to find cooling centers and air-conditioned resources. In Los Angeles County, they can be found at ready. Information about cooling centers in the City of Los Angeles can be found by calling 311. Another wonderful way to enjoy Los Angeles is to browse the neighborhoods of our city like Larchmont Village, the Fairfax district and along Melrose, among many others. This is really the best way to discover the culture and flavor of our city. That is why this month my staff and I were proud to bring a new crosswalk and a new HAWK (High-Intensity Activated Crosswalk) traffic signal to the intersection of Melrose Avenue and Orange Drive. The HAWK flashes red when activated so that attention is brought to pedestrians who are crossing the street. A special shout-out goes to the (Please turn to page 4)

Angelenos like you have consistently sacrificed and stepped up Council to address homelessReport ness — you’ve taxed by yourselves to build housing and bring Mitch O'Farrell more services to people living on our streets; you’ve supported permanent and interim housing in your neighborhoods; and you’ve been more than patient as we work to move people indoors. Yet, one Angeleno has been conspicuously absent: Dr. Patrick SoonShiong, Los Angeles’ richest resident, who also owns St. Vincent Medical Center — a nearly 400-bed facility that has sat empty for two years while people live and die in squalor. This is unacceptable. Worse, this isn’t for lack of trying. For more than two years, the city has sought to directly engage with Dr. Soon-Shiong so we can put this hospital back into service. And for more than two years, he has not been responsive to the task of treating and housing homeless Ange-

lenos at the enormous, vacant medical facility he owns. This is out of step with how Angelenos want to solve this issue — comprehensively and collaboratively. With so many lives at stake, there is no more time to waste. It’s time to reopen St. Vincent as an acute care facility for people experiencing homelessness. To help bring attention and build support, I’ve created a public petition — — urging Dr. Soon-Shiong to finally reopen St. Vincent Hospital. Here’s how you can help: * Sign our petition. * Share the petition on your social media channels, using the hashtag #openstvincent. * Email the petition to friends, family and loved ones. We must all work together and use every resource at our disposal to move people experiencing homelessness (Please turn to page 4)







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COUNCILMEMBER KORETZ is joined by LADOT Field Operations and District Engineering Staff and Melrose BID representatives.

Councilman Koretz

(Continued from page 3) Melrose Business Improvement District for bringing this safety request to my attention and to LADOT officials for the installation. As our community knows well, Melrose is a heavily populated street fea-

turing shopping, dining and entertainment, and these new safety features will improve walkability and access along the corridor while the HAWK signal will enhance safety and visibility for pedestrians in the intersection. Please remember that outdoor recreation is a great way to play, but the COVID-19

Omicron strain is on the rise again. The Los Angeles County Dept. of Health is asking the public to return to wearing masks when indoors around others. Now is a good time to restock your masks

LARCHMONT BOULEVARD ASSOCIATION members and board members discuss online presences of LBA businesses with Sharon Sweeney, at left. Joining her on the parking space dining platform at Vernetti are, clockwise from left: Edie Frère, Patti Carroll, Mel Miyamoto, Bob Day, Leisha Willis and Todd Warner. Photo by John Welborne

and return to best practices in safety precautions to stop the spread. Enjoy your summer and please be safe.

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All of Windsor Square Wins through the Block Captain Program

GILMORE ADOBE is one of the oldest homes in Los Angeles.


Is neighborhood safety a priority for you and your family? Would you be willing to get involved in a community-building network that works to enhance security for you and your neighbors? If so, the Windsor Square Block Captain Program is for you! All Windsor Square residents can participate in the Block Captain Program. How? First and foremost — if your block doesn’t have one already — volunteer to be your block’s captain. Block Captains’ responsibilities include keeping updated lists of block residents; forwarding e-mails regarding crime, public safety information and emergency preparedness; welcoming new neighbors to the block; and encouraging block residents to share any information about crimes or other matters of concern. Most Block Captains periodically arrange meetings with their blocks, either virtual or in-person. (For some blocks, these actually are par-tees!) What if you support these goals of improving neighborhood safety but don’t have the time to be a Block Captain yourself? Find out who is your Block Captain and exchange contact information. Attend any block meetings. Alert your Block Captain to crime or other concerns you might have. If you are a resident of Windsor Square and want to make a difference, or if you have questions about the Block Captain Program, e-mail blockcaptains@windsorsquare. org, and you will hear back from our Block Captain Chair, Angie Szentgyorgi.

(Continued from page 1) Angeles. Normally not open to the public, the property has served the Gilmore family since Arthur Gilmore purchased the house and surrounding 256 acres, a dairy farm at the time, in 1880. Today, it serves

Brookside resident Weinberger appointed Superior Court judge

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Newsletter Did you get the WSA newsletter last month? If not, head to our website at, and subscribe today . . . to keep up with neighborhood issues and events. The Windsor Square Association, an all-volunteer group of residents from 1100 households between Beverly and Wilshire and Van Ness and Arden, works to preserve and enhance our beautiful neighborhood. Join with us! Drop us a line at 325 N. Larchmont Blvd., #158, Los Angeles, CA 90004, or visit our website at

as administrative offices for the Original Farmers Market founded on the Gilmore site in July, 1934. The fascinating Farmers Market history is at Tickets for the WSHPHS event are $55 for members and are $65 for nonmembers and are available at

William E. Weinberger has been appointed by Gov. Newsom to serve as a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge. The Brookside resident has been a lawyer at Parker Milliken Clark O’Hara & Samuelian. He formerly was William E. chair of the Weinberger Litigation Practice Group, and he also has served as co-chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and chair of the New Business Committee. Weinberger, 67, previously was a partner at Christa & Jackson and Selvin Weiner & Weinberger LLP. Earlier in his career, he was an associate at Hayutin, Rubinroit, Praw & Kupietsky and at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. Judge Weinberger clerked for Chief Judge Frank J. Battisti in the U.S. District Court,

Northern District of Ohio, after graduating from Stanford Law School.

Councilman O’Farrell

(Continued from page 3) onto a pathway to wellness and stability. Rest assured: We’re doing this in the 13th District. Working with private landowners, we’ve implemented interim housing solutions. Working with nonprofit developers, we’ve navigated the city’s land use process, leading to more than 4,300 units of affordable housing in our district — either built, under construction or permitted since I took office — significantly more than almost anywhere else in the city. My team and I are experts in this area and, using the state’s historic budget surplus and relationships in Sacramento, we’re ready to work with Dr. SoonShiong to reactivate St. Vincent as an acute care medical facility. I’m even going to Sacramento this summer to fight for resources for Los Angeles. Angelenos like you have done your part. We need everyone to do the same. I look forward to sharing more updates.

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LEMONADE customer John Welborne thanks young entrepreneur Tria Russell.


LEMONADE ON LILLIAN: Running the stand are Asha Cherian, Georgia Angle and Ren Stoppani Brown.

(Continued from page 1) for freshly-squeezed local yumminess! Tria also sold homemade chocolate chip cookies, lemon bars and chocolate chia seed pudding. Her goal? Raise money to help her parents pay for her horseback riding lessons, save for a horse of her own (she’s been saving since age three) and earn a little spending money. As August temperatures climb, expect to find more lemonade stands popping up around the neighborhood. And if you do happen upon a hopeful face and a handdrawn sign, consider stopping by for a sweet, cool drink. These kids are working hard and making a difference. Let’s raise a lemony toast to them!

Help kids

(Continued from page 1) their first day of school. This Herculean task will culminate with a feast at Big Sunday’s 13th annual Back to School Night & Community Dinner. The event will take place on Wed., Aug. 10, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Big Sunday office at 6111 Melrose Ave. The nonprofit organization also seeks financial sponsors to help purchase the backpacks, at $25 apiece, and supplies from either an Amazon registry or by hosting a collecting and drop-off point. To get involved, visit

Aviva hosts school drive

By Casey Russell Aviva Family and Children’s Services, a nonprofit organization that has been helping children and families in the Los Angeles area for more than 100 years, is hosting a Back to School drive. The project will help ensure that 200 students have all the items they need to start this school year successfully. Aviva’s main areas of focus are crisis intervention, mental health services, foster/adoption and supportive housing (Please turn to page 21)

PARADE WINNERS: Ren Stoppani Brown (left) came in second; Dash Lewis (center) came in first; and Jane (right) came in third.

Lillian Way sparkles on the Fourth again

TRUCK DRIVER buys a cool drink from Jack Barringer.

By Jordana Brown After a two-year Covid hiatus, the 4th of July block party returned to the 500 block of Lillian Way last month. Families dined on tacos and quesadillas while kids presented their patriotic decorations in the traditional


bike parade. Potato sack races, a water balloon toss and musical chairs followed, and the firefighters of Station 27 drove their trucks over to join the festivities. The thirsty found relief at a lemonade stand staffed by Asha Cherian, Georgia Angle and

Ren Stoppani Brown, who donated more than $100 to #TeamSeas, which raises funds to clean up the oceans. Though the Wilshire Country Club fireworks were dearly missed, it was a delight to be with the community again and to celebrate together.


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Pio trades his shopping cart for a walker as he moves indoors

By Helene Seifer “It’s paradise here,” states Pio Franco Iervolino, formerly known by his street name, Giorgio, to describe his new home in a senior care facility. Having visited him there several times, I wouldn’t describe it as such, but after

11 weeks elsewhere, including five days in a mental health hospital, the senior facility is an improvement. “It was rough. Rough,” Pio says of his time in the hospital. He says he had no privacy there. Nurses dictated when he should take a shower, and

they watched him. He was accompanied when he needed a bathroom. For safety reasons, he couldn’t have a pen or have shoelaces in his sneakers. Pio was cooperative so he could earn placement where he would have the freedom to

Russ Johnson — 1933-2022 Russell Lloyd Johnson, 89, passed away peacefully at his San Francisco home on July 12, 2022, surrounded by his family. Russ was born in Santa Monica on June 15, 1933 to the late Russell Arthur Johnson and LaRose Miller. Although his parents divorced early, Russ remained close with his mother, and he grew up in the San Fernando Valley living with his father and stepmother Beth. Russ graduated from Van Nuys High School, Harvard College, cum laude, and Stanford Law School, with honors. Returning to Los Angeles, Russ joined law firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, his professional home for his entire career. Russ met a charming young accountant named Mary Carroll in 1965, and they married in 1966, welcoming a daughter, Teresa, in 1967. The family resided in Windsor Square, where Russ for many years was a leading board member of the Windsor Square Association. Russ focused on real estate law and founded Gibson Dunn’s real estate department. He was widely regarded as the dean of Los Angeles real estate, instrumental in the creation of California Plaza, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Union Bank Building and the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Russ retired in 1996 and was a strong advocate for women lawyers throughout his career.

Russ was a proud member of the Chancery Club, Wilshire Rotary, and the HarvardRadcliffe Club of Southern California (for which he served as president). After retiring, Russ and Mary moved to Coronado and supported the Coronado Historical...Association, Coronado Rotary and the Coronado Hospital Foundation (where he served as chair), as well as various San Diego performing arts groups. Russ and Mary also were indefatigable world travelers, and Russ inherited his mother’s generosity, hosting boisterous family gatherings and visiting relatives near and far. Having received scholarships himself, Russ generously supported education, including at his alma maters. Russ and Mary later moved to San Francisco, where their lawyer daughter is a partner at Arnold & Porter. Russ is survived by Mary, daughter Teresa, daughter-in-law Daria, sisterin-law Joan, and many family and friends. There will be a funeral mass in Los Angeles at St. Brendan Church, 310 S. Van Ness Avenue, at noon on August 12. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Employee Appreciation Fund at the San Francisco Towers or for scholarships at Stanford Law School or Harvard University. Adv.

come and go at will as long as he took his medicine and returned when required. He’s grateful for that autonomy. On the Boulevard Recently Pio went back to his old stomping grounds for a visit. Years of street living and crippling back pain have left him hunched, so now he uses a walker instead of leaning on his shopping cart for support. Passersby had double takes when they saw Pio sipping coffee with acquaintances at a sidewalk table at Peet’s instead of asking for handouts from his former place

in the street behind the line of parked cars. Many stopped to tell him how good it was to see him and how great he looked. Pio beamed. The senior care facility is near Olympic Boulevard and the Carthay Circle part of Council District Five. Pio hopes to re-learn the ropes of riding buses, which he did when he worked as a machinist, about 15 years ago. Future articles will explore more permanent placement options and Pio’s continued struggle to receive the funding and services to which he is entitled and which he needs.

PIO FRANCO IERVOLINO (right) enjoys coffee at Peet’s on Larchmont Boulevard with, from left, Larchmont Chronicle writer Helene Seifer and Stories from the Frontline co-founder Marilyn Wells on July 21, 2022. Mr. Iervolino (aka Giorgio for decades on neighborhood streets) moved into interim senior housing earlier last month. Photo by John Welborne



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SVMOW hosted inaugural ‘Hollywood Under the Stars’ gala





the street from one of the organization’s delivery routes, said Veronica Dover, CEO and executive director of the organization. It was an evening of music, dancing, food and fun. “People were dancing under the iconic Paramount arch — the band was right there, and they were having such a good time. It was awesome,” said Christine Calderon Caruso, director of development for SVMOW. The restaurants that partic-



By Casey Russell After being unable to hold its traditional “An Evening on the Beach” event for the past two years due to COVID-19, St. Vincent Meals on Wheels (SVMOW), the largest privately funded senior nutrition program in the nation, held its inaugural “Hollywood Under the Stars” fundraiser on June 25. The event was held at Paramount Studios, right across

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Bloodmobile to park on Blvd. August 16

The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be parked in front of Larchmont Sanctuary Spa, 331 N. Larchmont Blvd., on Tues., Aug. 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To make an appointment, visit or call the Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767. Almost every two seconds, someone needs blood, yet although nearly half of adults are able to donate blood, only about five percent do, which results in blood shortages for those in urgent need, according to the Red Cross.

ST. VINCENT Meals on Wheels CEO / Executive Director Veronica Dover (back row, fifth from right, behind mic), flanked by Hollywood Under the Stars chefs and pâtissiers.

AT THE GALA (left to right) Hancock Park resident Rita Hollingsworth, St. Vincent Meals on Wheels CEO / Executive Director Veronica Dover and Larchmont Chronicle co-founder Jane Gilman.

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Women of Larchmont —

2022 —

Stacey Bowers

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Bowers fosters connection with her community By Helene Seifer A Chicago native, Stacey V. Bowers met her husband at the University of Chicago Law School, and they originally settled on her turf in the Windy City. One December, 26 years ago, they returned to the frigid midwestern weather from a visit to her husband’s family in Hancock Park, and it occurred to her that they could change the scenario. “We need to reverse this commute,” she informed her husband. “We need to live in L.A.” And so they bid adieu to the snow and first moved to Eighth Street and Windsor Boulevard, in Windsor Village, in 1998. Jeryl Bowers is a senior partner at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, while she is a real estate professional who manages their properties. “I fell in love with the neighborhood, with Los Angeles, with

the climate,” Bowers states. She notes that her husband “grew up on the ninth hole of the golf course.” His father, Dr. Mirion Bowers, integrated the Wilshire Country Club and with his wife Geraldine was one of the first Black families to move into Hancock Park. Jeryl’s parents still live in that same golf course-adjacent home. Bowers says that she is surrounded locally by the delightful warm weather, but also the warmth of extended family within blocks of where she and Jeryl live. Besides her husband’s parents living nearby, his sister, Dr. Jasmine Bowers, lives in Windsor Square, and their niece, Dr. Onyeka Bowers Obioha, who recently held her wedding at the Wilshire Country Club, resides in Hancock Park. After leaving Chicago, Bowers settled right in and


immediately began contributing to her new community in Los Angeles. Her involvement in the Los Angeles Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. is one of the ways she works to connect with other Black families. Apart from social engagement and charity, the group’s website states that

Jack & Jill is “… an organization of mothers dedicated to raising the next generation of African American leaders,” a goal especially important to Bowers as the mother of two daughters, Alexa and Kaelyn. Both are graduates of Harvard-Westlake School. Alexa is a Barnard graduate; Kaelyn is a rising senior there. They live in New York City. Bowers also is a member of the Beverly Hills West Chapter of Links, Inc., a service organization dedicated to African American culture and sustainability. She is active in the historically African American sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha, made famous by such past, present and honorary members as Kamala Harris, Toni Morrison, Ava DuVernay and Maya Angelou. She also is a member of The Ebell of Los Angeles. In keeping with her profes-






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sional interest in real estate and the importance of historic preservation in the neighborhood, the Bowerses purchased a 1913 Craftsman on Van Ness in 2000 and renovated it from 2006 to 2008. In 2007 their careful restoration earned their home the 91st Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society Landmark Award. Jeryl Bowers also supports neighborhood preservation and is a board member of the Windsor Square Association. Whatever Stacey Bowers tackles, she does large and with great aplomb. She tried her hand at writing a screenplay and, on her first try, won the 2008 Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation Award, which supports political and social justice writing. Her love of reading led her to become a lifetime member of the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) whose activities she enjoys with her daughter Alexa. Bowers notes with pride that, in 2016, she mentored Alexa, who became the first high school student to lead a breakout session at JASNA’s annual meeting. Alexa presented her paper, “Blood and Water: The Tyranny of Nonchalance in the Shaping of Female Ambition at Mansfield Park.” Bowers said she was particularly excited when descendants invited her and Alexa to visit the Austen childhood home. In 2017, Bowers joined the board of Los Angeles Christian Health Centers, where she has been the Board Chair for the past three years. There, she oversaw an innovative project whereby the health facility formed a partnership with the Skid Row Housing Trust. After a successful fundraising drive, a five-story building opened near downtown’s Skid Row in 2021. Its first two floors hold a clinic, and its top three floors hold 55 units of permanent supportive housing. Residents own their condominiums and (Please turn to page 12)

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has done much work with the Hollywood Homeless Youth Partnership. She strongly believes in inspiring kids and giving them “a path to a future” by offering resources to help them find careers rather than, simply, jobs. When asked what she sees in today’s young women that inspires her or gives her hope, Buckhantz says, “I think they’re much more self-confident, for the most part. They

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have access to clinic facilities, as do members of the surrounding community. Bowers says, “We added a street team with a van that was reconfigured to provide services. There’s also spiritual care if there’s interest in that, with Christian learning and bible studies.” She hastens to add that this is entirely optional. The medical care and housing itself are open to all. Locally, Bowers enjoys the Larchmont restaurant Great White and feels indebted to Edie Frère at Landis Gifts & Stationery for all her help with selecting stationery and invitations to all the events she threw back before the pandemic limited social engagements. Stacey Bowers not only fell in love with our community, but our community has many reasons to be glad she did.

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believe they can do whatever they want. I don’t think they’re as afraid. I don’t think they’re intimidated as much.” In light of recent happenings, she added, “I just hope they recognize they have to go out and vote.” In the Larchmont community, this devoted yogi played an instrumental part in getting the Center for Yoga reopened. As many in our area know, it shut its doors for the first time since 1967 when COVID-19 came on the scene. Diana, along with her son Sam (who she says is the best thing in her life), is one of the four investors who made sure it reopened. As an owner and board member, she is very involved and is excited to celebrate The Center for Yoga’s one-year reopening anniversary on Aug. 24. Having lived in the Larchmont area for 31 years, Buckhantz believes strongly in supporting the “gems on our street.” She cites businesses

like Vernetti, Le Petit Greek, Village Heights, Larchmont Beauty, Village Pizzeria, Louise’s Trattoria and Chevalier’s Books. She feels stores that are individually-owned are what make the street feel like a community. Though ultimately unsuccessful in her efforts, she and others worked tirelessly to save La Luna before it officially lost its lease in 2007. She treasures Larchmont Boulevard and makes a point of frequenting the individually-owned shops and restaurants. She encourages everyone to get out and help keep these places in business. Buckhantz is involved in so many community projects and is even being honored for her work with Jewish World Watch in September. When asked if she sees herself as a leader, she says, “No. I’d like to think of myself as an activist. I feel incredibly grateful to do what I do. I feel lucky I get to support the heroes.”

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By Talia Abrahamson My commitment to public service brought me this summer to Washington, D.C., for a student internship preceding my junior year at college. With little advance knowledge of what to expect in the Nation’s Capital, I was already excited at the prospect of making a contribution, albeit intern-sized, to the public good. Now, after having lived and worked in D.C., I have discovered that the internship surpassed its job description to excite me also as a chaser of stories and lifelong pursuer of education. While I was not working “on The Hill” –– to the contrary, I was a whole National Mall away, at the U.S. Department of State –– I was able to try on the distinctly D.C. experience of government work. I walked into elevators alongside seasoned government officials. Emails came from .gov addresses. The values of freedom and democracy were spoken of as urgent national priorities. The most inspiring opportunity of the internship, besides the work itself, was having coffee chats and hallway conversations with my colleagues, almost all of whom were American diplomats. They spoke off the cuff and in earnest about engaging foreign dignitaries and facilitating American interests –– which tend to fall under the general umbrella of

human rights. Such freedoms are protected domestically by the Bill of Rights, despite local oppositional pressure or heavy governmental bureaucracy. Overseas is something else. As I quickly found out, diplomats and journalists share a surprising amount of overlap. Both receive assignments, on any given topic, to get on the ground, take the local pulse and then HER INTERNSHIP surpassed its job description, says Talia Abrahamson, here report back. They on the National Mall with the Washington both know the value Monument in the distance. of good stories. And my internship grant- contemplates the opportunied me access, which was an ties afforded by an internunwritten perk for a jour- ship, the cohort of interns nalist such as myself with a makes up a prominent and background at the Larchmont indispensable resource of Chronicle. I enjoyed listening like-minded peers who were to my colleagues, many of interested enough in a career whom had served multiple in public service to prioritize diplomatic tours in foreign a move to D.C. for the sumcountries and had racked up mer for an unpaid governinsightful and wacky experi- mental internship. The Department of State ences. Having followed government careers, they also has now phased out unpaid extended personal and pro- internships, ending with me fessional advice on entering and my cohort. On that front, the service. In this way, the my timing was a bit unlucky. internship provided a spe- To attract top talent and cial complement to the work, broaden financial accessibilinamely a broader narrative ty, employers are increasingly moving away from unpaid and forged connections. internships, and the governIntern network My network also grew in val- ment is no exception. The intern network and ue because of fellow interns. Perhaps overlooked when one overabundance of young peo-

ple working in all sectors of government meant that, outside of the workplace, the Nation’s Capital offers an abundance of social opportunities. Nowhere else but in D.C. could I have attended a rooftop culture night in Bahrain and a jazz concert in Norway –– because technically they took place at those national embassies. Discounted tickets for young professionals at the Kennedy Center allowed me to watch plays and musicals for only $20. All the many Smithsonian museums are free. Being an intern feels like being a working tourist. I decided that I had retained the right to shameless sightseeing, and D.C. is studded with imperative historical sites. I visited the obvious ones, like the White House, Capitol Building and Lincoln Memorial, on multiple


occasions, plus Ford’s Theater where President Lincoln was assassinated. History — past and present To an even greater degree, I enjoyed the experience afforded by certain exhibitions. As an undergraduate English major, I appreciated every chance to read historical documents and examine artifacts such as at the National Archives, which exhibits America’s founding documents, and the Library of Congress, which houses a Gutenberg Bible and a gorgeous reading room. History was very much alive over the summer. D.C. was the focal point for rallies for abortion rights, gun reform and LGBTQ+ pride. For the first time, a delegation from Ukraine marched down the Independence Day parade route on July 4. (Please turn to page 17)


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The following organizations involve many Larchmont Chronicle neighbors. Perhaps this will inspire you to become more involved in your community. If your group CALIFORNIA WOMEN’S is not listed or if you see information that LAW CENTER needs to be updated, please write to circuBreaks down barriers and advances the or call potential of women and girls in California. 323-462-2241, ext. 13. This is the first law center in California solely dedicated to addressing the comprehensive legal needs of women and girls. They put a particular emphasis on effectALEXANDRIA HOUSE A transitional residence for women and ing change for low-income and indigent children in the process of moving from women and girls. Betsy Butler is the exhomelessness to permanent housing. ecutive director. Contact: 323-951-1041 or Michelle Tonn serves as the executive direc- Website: tor and Judy Vaughan as the founding director. Contact: 213-381-2649. Website: CHILDHELP Addresses the physical, emotional, educa-


tional and spiritual needs of abused, neglected and at-risk children, focusing efHelping to strengthen the community forts and resources on advocacy, preventhrough youth development, healthy liv- tion, treatment and community outreach. ing and social responsibility. Rae Jin is the Suzzy Canny is the Los Angeles chapter executive director. Contact: 213-427-9622. president. Contact: 323-465-4016. Website: Website:





Raises funds and assists at four centers for homeless women and their children. Sister Anne Tran is the Center director. Contact: 213-235-1460 or srannetran@gschomeless. org. Website:



A nonprofit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history and securing America’s future through better education. It was founded in 1890 and is headquartered in Washington, D.C. There is a Los Angeles–Eschscholtzia chapter and a Hollywood chapter. Website:

Strengthening the community through NGA HANCOCK PARK youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Contact: 323-467-4161. NEEDLEWORK GUILD OF AMERICA Website: Currently closed Improves the quality of life for disadvanduring construction. taged members of the community by purchasing and distributing new clothes, linens and personal care items through seven HOPENET Provides direct services to families and local charities. They hold a gala fundraiser individuals in the Metro Los Angeles area to annually. Beverly Brown is the president. improve their quality of life. The food pan- Contact: Website: try program is a network of 13 food pantries that are run in collaboration with interfaith ORPHANAGE GUILD agencies spanning 20 miles and providing free, accessible and healthy food to anyone Supports Maryvale, Los Angeles’ oldest that wants or needs it. Taste of Larchmont children’s charity, which was founded in fundraiser occurs in the fall. Brandy Muñiz 1856. Maryvale offers mental health, theris the executive director. Contact: 213-389- apeutic and community-based services and 9949 or Website: a pre-school for children ages infant to 5 years. Contact: 626-280-6510. Website:

Supports Children’s Institute, Inc. to help children affected by violence, abuse and Advances research in America by rais- other trauma through fundraising and ing scholar awards for the best under- operating The Colleagues Boutique, a degraduate, graduate, medical students and signer resale and vintage clothing store at postdoctoral fellows in the fields of science, 3312 Pico Blvd. They are open every SatJEFFREY FOUNDATION math, engineering and medical research. urday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Contact: 310Provides services for special needs children Contact: 310-375-1936. Website: los-ange- 396-7349. Website: and their families, typically children from 5 years through 22 years. Alyce Morris WinCOLLEAGUE HELPERS IN ston is the founder and CEO. Contact: 323ASSISTANCE LEAGUE 965-7536. Website: thejeffreyfoundation. PHILANTHROPIC SERVICE OF LOS ANGELES org. (CHIPS) Improving the quality of lives of at-risk Supporting Children’s Institute, Inc. with children and their families. Their programs include: accredited preschool, two clothing its work to help children affected by vio- JUNIOR LEAGUE OF LOS ANGELES and school supplies programs for homeless lence, abuse and other trauma. Fundrais- Promotes volunteerism, develops women’s and foster youth, a theater for children ing and volunteer efforts include its annual potential and improves the community and a scholarship program for graduat- spring fashion luncheon and community through effective action and leadership of ing high school seniors who are homeless outreach projects. Contact: info@thechips. trained volunteers. It was founded in 1926. Joy Williams is the president. Contact: 323or in foster care. Adrienne Seltzer is the org. Website: 957-4280 or Website: board president and Melanie Merians is the CEO. There are over 300 members. CUISINE Á ROULETTES Their auxiliaries include: Anne Banning Fullfilling the mission to fundraise and LAS FLORISTAS Auxiliary (Operation School Bell program), provide volunteer support for St. VinHelps the special needs of children with Hilltoppers Auxiliary (Foster Children’s cent Meals on Wheels, which was foundexceptional physical or cognitive challengResource Center), Nine O’Clock Players ed in 1983. Veronica Dover is the CEO / es at Rancho Los Amigos National RehabiliAuxiliary (Theatre for Children Program), executive director. Contact: 213-484-7775 tation Center. Programs include wheelchair Preschool Auxiliary (Preschool Learning or Website: sports, scholarships, recreational therapy, Center), Founder Assisteens, College adolescent support and pediatric art thernae Auxiliary, Mannequins Auxiliary and apy. They host a spring gala, holiday lunLeague at Large. Contact Kai Tramiel, cheon and sholarship and awards dinner. senior director of membership: 323-545DIDI HIRSCH Candice Nantais is the president. Contact: 4847 or MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES Website: Provides mental health and substance use 562-298-3508 or services to low-income children and adults Website: AVIVA FAMILY AND in the Los Angeles area. Michael Wierwille CHILDREN SERVICES LES AMIES is the board chair and Lyn Morris is the PLATINUM ASSOCIATES CEO. Contact: 888-807-7250. Website: di- Supports Children’s Institute, Inc. with its Provides support and therapeutic services work to help children affected by violence, to at-risk women, children and families abuse and other trauma. Their fundraisthrough fundraising for Aviva Family and ers include the Patron Drive and Annual EBELL OF LOS ANGELES Children’s Services. Angela Miller is the Winter Party, in addition to various othinterim CEO. Contact: 323-876-0550 or Women’s club with philanthropic, cultural er events. Kathy Hampar is the president. Website: and educational programs that support 20 Website: charities that help women and children. the-platinum-associates. The club also grants over 50 college scholNATIONAL CHARITY LEAGUE arships each year. They hold lunches with BANNING RESIDENCE LOS ANGELES FOUNDER CHAPTER guest speakers, wineand-dine dinners, MUSEUM VOLUNTEERS barbecues, art receptions, dances, holi- Mother-daughter philanthropy organizaSupport educational and cultural programs day events, plays, readings, film screen- tion that helps provide opportunites that and restoration and conservation of Ban- ings, book clubs and crafts workshops in develop this special relationship through ning Residence Museum. Contact: 310-548- a National Register historic Italian Re- social, cultural and philanthropic events. 7777. Website: naissance building. Hailey Simmons is the Their annual benefit is in December and membership director and Patty Lombard they have their Timeless Treasures Thrift is the president. Contact: 323-931-1277. Shop at 9441 Culver Blvd, Culver City. BIG SUNDAY Thrift Shop: 310-559-8338 .Contact: adConnects people by providing a variety of Website: Website: volunteer opportunities to improve lives and build community. David Levinson is FREEDOMS FOUNDATION the founding executive director. Contact: NATIONAL CHARITY LEAGUE AT VALLEY FORGE 323-549-9944 or CORONET DEBUTANTE Advocates education on American rights Website: BALL BOARD and responsibilities, honoring acts of The Annual Coronet Debutante Ball honcivic virtue, rejecting apathy and getting BLIND CHILDREN’S CENTER ors young women involved in the Nationinvolved. Raises funds to provide scholarProvides family-centered early intervention al Charity League as they have dedicated ships to students and accredited teachers and education services for children from themselves to their community through to participate in the Foundation’s educabirth to kindergarten who are visually imvolunteering. The event supports the philtional programs. Trish Bowe is the presipaired. L. Alan Boring is the board presianthropic projects of National Charity dent of the Los Angeles chapter. Contact: dent and Sarah Orth is the CEO. Contact: 310-475-1322 or League, Los Angeles. Contact: 310-245323-664-2153. Website: blindchildrenscen5545 or Website: corWebsite:


The first home for women recovering from alcohol and drug addiction in the U.S. It was founded in 1951 and to this day still provides opportunity for women to recover physically, spiritually and emotionally from drugs and alcohol through love, compassion and support.Peter White is the board president and Rika Broccoli is the vice president. Contact: 866-475-0892 or info@ Website:


Founded in 1989 by Marianne Williamson and a group of volunteers to provide food to those combating the effects of HIV / AIDS. Project Angel Food continues to serve the critically ill, providing more than 2,000 free meals per day, along with love and support, to men and women battling cancer, kidney failure, diabetes, congestive heart disease and other illnesses, and their dependent children. Richard Ayoub is the CEO and Tom Robinson is the board chair. Contact: 323-845-1800 or Website:


Work with people on the margins through direct service and contemporary social action for change. Contact 818-285-3358. Website:


Family-centered community organization serving abused and neglected children up to age 18, and those at risk of abuse or neglect, or who are in poverty. Contact: 323-463-2119. Website:



Supports the library acquisition fund and various programs. Book sale every Wednesday from 12 to 4 p.m. Contact: 323-9366191. Website:


Fundraises to support the library’s programming for the community. Rachel Kitzman is the senior librarian. Contact: 323-962-3521. Website: john-c-fremont.


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John of God Retirement and Care Center. Contact: 323-731-7141 or info@hospitalPromote participation in the legal profes- Website: sion of women lawyers and judges from auxiliaries. diverse perspectives and racial and ethnic USC MEDICAL CENTER backgrounds, maintain the integrity of the legal system by advocating fairness and CARES AUXILIARY equality and improve the status of women Supports Los Angeles County+USC by proFRIENDS OF THE by supporting their exercise of equal rights, viding financial support and volunteer serWILSHIRE LIBRARY Supports the library through purchasing equal representation and reproductive vices to benefit patients by adding comfort supplemental books and equipment, and choice. Mary McKelvey is president. Con- to their hospital stay and providing services items that assist library staff, enhance com- tact: 213-892-8982 or Web- that help patients access quality health care. Contact: 323-409-6941 or lacusccamunity programming and maintain the site: Website: thriving garden. Fundraising through book and bake sales and donations. Eric Kennedy is senior librarian. Contact: 323-957-4550. Website: CEDARS-SINAI grams. Book sale is every Tuesday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. and every Saturday from 4 to 5 p.m. Shirley Ashe is the senior librarian and Chris Metro is president. Contact: 323-938-2732. Website: memorial.

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Fundraising events for Cathedral Chapel School and general support of school. Contact: 323-938-9976. Website:


Fundraises and implements projects to enrich education and social experiences. Website:


Parent volunteer group to support students, teachers and faculty through community building initiatives, classroom support and funding of enrichment programs. Contact: Website:

HOLLYWOOD BUSINESS AND Aids Cedars-Sinai Medical Center primari- The Music Center’s premier women’s supHARVARD-WESTLAKE SCHOOL ly through fundraising, support programs, port organization commited to arts educaPROFESSIONAL WOMEN PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION tion, volunteerism and fundraising for eduAchieve equity for working women in all research and education. Contact: 310-423- cational programs and resident companies. To create opportunities for families to conphases of their lives and to promote person- 3667 or Website: Terri Kohl is president. Contact: 213-972- nect with and support one another and the al empowerment and professional devel- school to create a warm, inclusive and joy7211. Website: opment. The organization was founded in ful community. Website: 1920. Marjory Hopper is president. Contact parents. CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL BARNSDALL ART PARK or visit LOS ANGELES FOUNDATION hollywood-club/. IMMACULATE HEART Provides funding to ensure Barnsdall Art ASSOCIATES & AFFILIATES Park is a vibrant, inclusive space for creativPARENT COUNCIL Money is raised by 37 guilds and auxiliaLEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS, ries to fund projects designed to enhance ity and cultural expression, civic conversa- Raises funds for the school and provides LOS ANGELES CHAPTER vital services for children and for Children’s tion and social empowerment. Contact: con- social opportunities for parents and their A non-partisan political organization that Hospital Los Angeles. Contact: 323-361- Website: daughters. Contact: 323-461-3651 or encourages informed and active participa- 2367 or associates& tion in government and increased under- Website: Website: BARNSDALL ARTS standing of major public policy issues. ConProvides quality art education and exhib- donate/parent-council. tact: 213-368-1616 or info@lwvlosangeles. its that nurture creativity, artistic skills, GOOD SAMARITAN org. Website: aesthetic appreciation of art. Contact: LARCHMONT CHARTER SCHOOL HOSPITAL AUXILIARY er-los-angeles. 323-363-4629 or OF ORGANIZED PARENTS (LOOP) Philanthropy, staffing of the Good Samari- Website: Fundraises to enrich education, support tan gift shop and public relations. Contact: LOS ANGELES GARDEN CLUB teachers and staff and create a sense of 213-977-2939. Website: To increase knowledge and love of gardenLOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM community among families. Contact: 213ing, to educate and support philanthropic OF ART COSTUME COUNCIL 867-6300. Website: causes and promote an understanding of LAS MADRINAS Council members enjoy six to eight fashthe necessity for civic beautification. Three Philanthropic organization dedicated to a ion-centric programs annually. AcquisiLOYOLA HIGH horticultural scholarships are given for stu- tradition of supporting pediatric care and tions and special projects support the CosMOTHERS’ GUILD dents at Mt. San Antonio College. Contact: research at Children’s Hospital Los Ange- tume and Textile Curatorial Department Website: les by honoring families who have shown of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Community of mothers who support the exceptional commitment to the Southern Contact: 323-857-6558 or costumecoun- students and school through hospitality, service and fundraising. Contact: 213California community. Elizabeth Williams Website: 381-5121. Website: is president. Contact: correNATIONAL ASSOCIATION Webers-guild/. OF WOMEN BUSINESS LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM site: OWNERS, LOS ANGELES

Propel women entrepreneurs into economLUMINAIRES, ic, social and political spheres of power through advocacy, innovation and commuFOUNDER CHAPTER nity. Contact: 800-556-2926. Website: naw- Support vision research at Doheny Eye stitute, now affiliated with UCLA’s Stein Eye Institute. Contact: 323-342-7101 or info@ Website: NATIONAL COUNCIL OF JEWISH


To advance economic justice and equity for women, children and families. Operates five thrift stores and an e-commerce site in Los Angeles. Pamela Brown is board president. Contact 323-852-8500. Website:


People taking action to help our community. Joyce Kleifield is president, Ray Schuldenfrei is membership chair. Contact: Website:





Volunteer educational services for students ASSOCIATION and adults in the form of tours, lectures and Provides leadership and support. Contact: informal conversations. Contact: 323-857323-935-1147. Website: 6109. Website:


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LOS ANGELES The CCG supports OIC’s charitable care program with financial resources and volPHILHARMONIC (LA PHIL) unteering with five auxiliary groups across AFFILIATES Los Angeles. Contact: 213-742-1500. Web- Support the mission of the LA Phil through site: volunteer service, community engagement and fundraising; be ambassadors for music and connect communities. Contact 213SISTERS SERVANTS OF MARY Fundraises to assist Sisters who are RNs, 972-3537 or Website: LVNs, CNAs in carrying out their mission to care for patients in the patient’s home, regardless of illness, race or religion. ConMUSES OF THE tact: 323-731-5747. Website: sisterservantCALIFORNIA SCIENCE CENTER


Fundraising, communication forum, support of co-curricular activities and welcomes new families. Contact: 213-3827401 or Website:


Organizes and coordinates parent involvement and helps build a sense of community. Contact: 213-382-2315. Website:


Philanthropic organization that was established in 1904. It supports USC through scholarships for students, building and Researches and preserves historical inforcampus enhancements and cultural proFOUNDATION mation on Windsor Square, Hancock Park Support and promote the California Sci- grams. Beth Petak-Aaron is president. Conand Greater Rancho La Brea. Historical ST. ANNE’S GUILD tours, social events and annual Homes / A social service agency offering an array of ence Center and its education programs for tact: 213-626-9070 or president@townandGardens tour. Richard Battaglia is presi- services that promote the safety, resilience youth. Contact: 213-744-2035 or acontre- Website: townandgownodent. Contact: Web- and ongoing achievement of young moth- Website: site: ers, their children and families. Contact: WILSHIRE CREST PTA 213-381-2931 or Fundraising and support for school and WOMEN AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE Website: student needs. Contact: 323-938-5291 or Prevent gun violence by educating the Website: wceBUCKLEY SCHOOL lic, policymakers and the media about the ST. JOHN OF GOD PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION human, financial and public health conHELPER’S CLUB Supports the school; assists in social, culsequences and dangers of firearms. MarWILTON PLACE SCHOOL PTA and tural and fundraising activities; and fosters got Bennett is executive director. Contact: Fundraises and supports teachers and staff. a good relationship between the school, the ST. JOHN OF GOD 310-204-2348 or Website: Contact: 213-389-1181. Website: wiltonstudents and parents. Contact: pa@buckley. WOMEN’S LEAGUE org. Website: organizations raise money for St. links. sociation.




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Music supporter, neighborhood champion Toby Horn By Helene Seifer Toby Horn is touched and amazed that she was selected to be a “Woman of Larchmont,” because she doesn’t think she’s especially remarkable. “My life is just my life,” she explains. Of course, that’s only partially true; Horn gives more than she admits. From her involvement in the Los Angeles Conservancy to bringing music to hospital patients and the community to her volunteer efforts at the Ebell of Los Ange-

les, she is the embodiment of a giving spirit. Even her choice of dining spots shows her priorities. Not a fan of expensive, rarified places to eat, she and her husband Harold Tomin can often be found with red sauce spaghetti plates at Andre’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria at the Town & Country Market at Third Street and Fairfax Avenue. She values their tasty, well-priced food and enjoys that the patrons represent “a cross-section of the entire city.” Raised on Rimpau Boule-

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. Courtney Mannino Dr. Courtney Mannino grew up in Hartsdale, New York. She attended Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and then continued on to the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University. After spending her entire life in the Northeast, she decided to explore residencies in Southern California, which led her to UCLA in 2015. She completed her internship and residency at UCLA in 2018. She worked for a year and a half at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center as a neonatal hospitalist, splitting time between caring for newborns in the nursery and in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). While working at the hospital, she realized how much she missed caring for older children and being a primary care provider. While not at work, Dr. Mannino enjoys spending time with her miniature poodle named Maisy, relishing the beautiful weather in Southern California, and finding new restaurants and bakeries to enjoy.

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 reading, concerts at the Hollywood Bowl, writing and thoughtful conversations over a hot cup of tea. 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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vard., she and her husband live in a Paul Williams-designed home in Miracle Mile North, noteworthy for its designation as the Howard-Nagin Residence, Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument #436. When she was a child, her family was friends with the home’s owners, Lou and Ida Nagin. When she visited that home, she was smitten, deciding that she would live there when she grew up. Years later, when she heard that Ida planned to put the house on the market, she and her husband made good on her childhood dream and purchased the architecturally significant home, meticulously restoring it. Horn’s concern with preservation is also evident as a former board member of the Los Angeles Conservancy and her involvement on the House, Theatre & Grounds committee of The Ebell of Los Angeles, which is tasked with preserving and restoring the historic women’s club. Her other involvement at The Ebell is through its social services committee, which provides support beyond Ebell’s financial grants to organizations helping women and children. Specifically, she often cooks for the monthly dinners the committee makes and serves to the women and families at Alexandria House. Horn is very concerned with local issues and regularly attends planning hearings and community meetings. Her letters to the editor are frequently published in The Los Angeles Times. Although she resides in historic Miracle Mile North, Horn shops at the Larchmont Farmers’ Market and avails herself of various services on the Boulevard. After a short-lived marriage when she was young, Horn went on to enjoy, as she describes it, a “wonderful life on her own,” until she happened to meet Harold Tomin when both were at a restaurant bar waiting for their respective tables. After seven years of (as she says) “keeping company,” they married in 1985. She was a hospital administrator at County USC Medical Center for 30 years, which she loved so much she went back to volunteer there after she retired. She served on the center’s CARES fundraising board, a hospital charitable arm dedicated to providing funds for patients in need of help beyond medical treatment. Approximately 35,000 patients have thus far received food and clothing. Horn also joined the hospital’s arts council to acquire art “to make the place more human.” Extrapolating from that, Horn started a music program to bring inspiring, excellent


music to patients and hospital workers. “We recruit capable musicians,” she explains, “and place them in lobbies, in wards, in chemotherapy and out in the courtyard,” at least until COVID-19 restrictions temporarily curtailed the inclusion of visiting musicians around the facilities. Many musicians have come from the Thornton School at USC, but others have also volunteered, including the Chorale from the Ebell. “Music heals,” asserts Horn. “We want to attract people to ‘the hospital with the heart.’” In keeping with her belief in the importance of music and her desire to help sup-

port musicians, Horn joined Groupmuse, a cooperative of like-minded music lovers willing to host and/or attend intimate concerts in people’s living rooms or backyards. She and her husband have hosted so often they are designated “superhosts.” The pleasure Horn derives from hosting musical events in her home is compounded by the fact that Groupmuse provides paid opportunities for musicians beyond the normal concert venues. Things have been especially tough for musicians through the pandemic, Horn acknowledges, so this one — of many programs she supports — hits all the right notes.

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Angelique S. Campen, MD Esthetic Medicine Specialist and ER Doctor Providence St. Joseph Medical Center Asst. Adj. Professor of Medicine, UCLA Emergency Dept. Angelique S. Campen, MD is a mother of three, an Emergency Medicine Physician, an entrepreneur and an expert in the field of esthetic medicine. 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 and faculty in emergency medicine at UCLA. She is founder of Vital Medical Services, which serves law enforcement facilities and thus reduces ER overcrowding. She also owns “The Best Kept Secret in Larchmont,” where 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). In her “free time” she is mom to Hunter, Paris and Scarlett; travels on medical missions to Peru, Cambodia and Nepal; is a member of Wilshire Rotary and The Ebell; and leads 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 Boulevard and Beachwood Drive. 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 and Friends of Hope-Net and is on the boards of the Anderson-Munger YMCA and the Larchmont Boulevard Association. Her address is in both the Hollywoodland Realty office at 584 N. Larchmont Blvd. and the original 1923 Hollywoodland Realty office at 2700 N. Beachwood Dr., the latter of which was the tract office and first building constructed in Hollywoodland. Fun fact: the Hollywoodland (Hollywood) Sign was originally built to promote the office and the development. Currently, Carroll is in the process of preparing for the 100th Anniversary of Hollywoodland, archiving her extensive collection of historical documents.

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Archives from Assistance League inspire exhibit at Autry By Nona Sue Friedman An online exhibit that honors the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote also tells the origin of modern-day thrift shops with the help of the extensive library of historic documents compiled by the Assistance League of Los Angeles (ALLA). Visit “What’s Her Story: Women in the Archives” online at the Autry Museum of the American West. The exhibit started physically in the museum and was then moved online for the foreseeable future. Two women from Hancock Park, Anne Banning and Ada Laughlin, founded ALLA in 1919. This women-run organization and its 100 years of history had an enormous amount of physical memorabilia to share with the public. ALLA was looking for a place to preserve its collection. The Autry has a long history of telling women’s stories. When leaders from these two organizations met in 2015, it seemed like a natural fit for ALLA to donate its archival collection to the Autry.

CO-FOUNDER of the Assistance League of Los Angeles, Anne Banning, poses for a picture in 1918. Courtesy of Autry Museum

The collection of artifacts is the largest archival collection at the Autry, according to Liza Posas, head of research services and archives at the Autry. She says the Autry was honored to receive this gift from ALLA. Peruse this online exhibit. It’s interesting to see old photographs, documents, Los Angeles buildings and fash-

Careylyn Clifford Operations Manager I am a Hancock Park native and a blessed single mother of two all-stars, Noah (14) and Natalee Carey (11) who recently stepped up to the next level of education. As a licensed general contractor woman-owned business, I look forward to growing my business this coming year. My current career in the roofing industry started in 2004. I have enjoyed working with Doug Ratliff at Supreme Roofing. I successfully implemented a Safety, Injury and Illness program in addition to hard work and dedication to prepare Supreme Roofing for our 98th anniversary. I am most appreciative and admire Doug at Supreme Roofing! He has been a monumental mentor and positive influence in my life and my children’s. I would not be the woman I am today without my roofing experience. I am also an active member with National Women in Roofing, providing mentorship to other women in the industry. I’m very grateful for my children and the continual joy they bring to my daily life.

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Beverly Harper

As we celebrate our 78th year in business, Wilshire Escrow is proud to honor our dedicated employee, Beverly Harper. Beverly began her career in real estate in 1980 and found her niche in the Broker Escrow Division. She went back to school and obtained a Certificate of Competence in Escrow and an Associate of Science in Real Estate. Beverly joined Wilshire Escrow in 1987, working briefly with president, Donald Shewfelt, before moving to work with his son, Eric, our current president. Over 35 years, Beverly had opportunity to grow in her expertise of escrow and exchange services. Beverly remembers well the bygone era of typewriters and calculators, which gave way to PCs, the internet, email and Docusign, forever changing the way the industry operates. As Beverly prepares for her retirement in early 2023, Wilshire Escrow and the Shewfelt Family offer their heartfelt thanks for her service and commitment to our clients and staff and for the gifts of her professionalism, personal integrity and friendship that have so enriched us all. Beverly, we love you and wish you good health and happiness always. • (323) 935-3530

ions from decades past. The most interesting takeaways for me were discovering the origin of thrift stores and how ALLA came into existence. In 1917, Banning created the Red Cross Shop and Tea Room (the Shop) at Eighth and Alvarado streets to help citizens affected by World War I. Local residents donated — and volunteers collected — clothing, jewelry, furniture and household goods. The items were deftly displayed and resold in the Shop. You’re thinking “thrift store.” And yes, that is the idea, but it was novel a hundred years ago. Now thrift stores are commonly associated with charitable organizations, but in 1917, this was a new concept. The Shop was more similar to a modern-day department store and was extremely profitable. The Shop also served as a community hub where primarily women volunteered and local residents learned how to make surgical gowns that were dispersed to hospitals to further help the war effort. Cups of tea were available at no cost to the customer. After the success of the Shop, Banning and Laughlin co-founded the Assistance League. Within a few years, the duo started another very successful thrift store in Los Angeles to help support ALLA. It was extremely lucrative for many years until it closed in the early aughts. View the exhibit at and find the interesting facts that appeal to you.


(Continued from page 13) Because of my internship, I could be present. I still found elements that reminded me of Hancock Park. For local travel, I ignored the Metro and preferred instead to walk through historic preservation districts with old homes and their charming, cohesive architecture. Every Sunday, I strolled through the main farmers market at Dupont Circle, where I quickly fell into the familiar bustle of exchanging friendly chatter surrounded by fresh produce. Having taken in a wealth of new experiences over the course of the summer, I learned to comfortably readjust myself within the expanded context of D.C. The internship turned out to be an immersion both in gratifying public service and rigorous personal engagement, providing me greater focus while I envision, long-term, a future career and, more immediately, the start of the upcoming school year.

AN ADVERTISEMENT for a fundraising event at the Red Cross Shop circa 1917. Courtesy of Autry Museum

Dr. Rebecca Fitzgerald This year I find myself more appreciative than ever. This has also been another year of learning to accept change. Last year we carefully welcomed patients back into our office, and as Covid restrictions continue to lift, I’m not taking a single freedom for granted. I was able to travel again to lecture to colleagues, and I continued to publish articles in academic textbooks. I’m proud that through the pandemic we have continued to provide excellent care to our patients and to stay on the cutting edge of dermatologic innovations. My family celebrated the wedding of my niece, Molly, in New Orleans as well as three important graduations: my niece Annie from law school; my nephew Jack from college; and my niece Audrey from high school. My family also gathered for a great trip to Mexico - a place that is very special to us. I am immensely thankful for the health of our staff and patients and for the community of Larchmont’s continued support.

Dr. Helen Fincher It has been five memorable years since I joined Dr. Fitzgerald’s practice full-time in 2017. We’ve noticed how the pandemic has impacted our patients’ selection of treatments. Now that many of us are enjoying wearing masks less frequently, we’re all ready to put our best faces forward with comprehensive treatments that address multiple skin concerns. We are especially impressed by results from Genius Radiofrequency Microneedling and the new Clear + Brilliant Gentle Laser to brighten dull skin, and address texture, scars, and laxity. We are also excited about all our many options for skin tightening as well as combining treatments like Thermage and Fraxel or Genius and Clear + Brilliant for full skin rejuvenation. On a personal note, we celebrated our middle daughter’s graduation from Marlborough High School and will be attending USC. I continue to treasure working in the neighborhood where I live.

Angela Sarff, Nurse Practitioner I second my colleagues’ appreciation of returning to something closer to normal! As a Faculty Trainer this year for Allergan CoolSculpting and Cooltone, I’ve been traveling to other providers on the West Coast to teach best practices. We saw an uptick in CoolSculpting and Cooltone appointments to reduce post-quarantine bulges and then tighten skin. Patients are impressed with the applicators with improved contours allowing more fat to be targeted with each session as well as the ability to better customize treatments for each patient’s body. I’m proud to expand my role, and I feel fortunate to work with physicians who are leaders in dermatology and place great value on teaching in our field. My personal update this year is a busy one: Finn is almost four and loving preschool; Maddie, almost two, is determined to keep pace with her big brother. We are looking forward to relaxing on a family vacation in Santa Barbara this month. Once again thank you to the one-of-a-kind community of Larchmont for your ongoing support. Visit or call (323) 464-8046. 321 N. Larchmont Blvd., Ste. 906



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She recruited women firefighters, fought gun violence

By Suzan Filipek Back in the 1950s and ’60s, Ann Reiss Lane was a homemaker like most women of that era. But unlike most of her contemporaries, Lane was also an activist. Her list of accomplishments would grow over the years and has included co-founding the group Women Against Gun Violence (WAGV) with feminist Betty Friedan. The two women had met at an international women’s fo-

rum in the 1990s and became fast friends. “Betty didn’t drive. She lived in New York, and so I drove her, when she was in town,” Lane told us. One day she got an unexpected call from Friedan. “Ann, you have to do something about guns,” she said. “Do I? What do you mean?” Lane asked. Friedan explained, “It was [Lane’s] job now to organize women because women were the caregivers for their fami-

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Managing Senior Partner, Signature Estate & Investment Advisors, LLC (SEIA) Active member of the Larchmont community, wife and mother, Jennifer Kim is a Los Angeles native and has been a Larchmont resident for over 20 years. She received her BA degree in Economics from UCLA and has been in the securities and insurance business for almost 30 years. Jennifer is a Managing Senior Partner at SEIA, where she customizes wealth and investment strategies for families and corporations. She is married to Mark Kim, a Los Angeles native and district attorney in Downtown LA. They have four children, ages 11-18. Sterling just completed his freshman year at the University of Michigan. Fiona will be a junior and Sullivan will be a freshman at Harvard-Westlake, where Jennifer is the president of HW KAPA. Remington attends St. James, where Jennifer serves on the PA Committee. Jennifer’s family is also active with the Los Angeles International Fencing Center and local sports.

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Cindy Rodriguez Founder of Elimu Girls and Pilgrim Mom Cindy Rodriguez is a second-generation Latina woman living in Southern California. Her family stories chronicle the lives of Mexican immigrants who worked at the Simons Brickyard in Los Angeles, CA. She feels a sense of connection with the povertystricken teens in rural Kenya, as they were both given a second chance at life through education and empowerment. Cindy is the founder of Elimu Girls (a division of Elimu-USA), a 501(c) (3) established in 2013 to equip girls with the skills to transform the outcomes of their lives. She’s a former teacher and administrator with an MA in Curriculum & Instruction and an MA in Education Leadership. Her passion for human rights, gender equality and access to education led her to start this grassroots international organization. Cindy and her husband, Steves, have two sons who have been at Pilgrim since preschool, and they are much-valued supporters of the whole Pilgrim School community.

Lisa Rosenstein Founding Head, The Willows Community School We salute Lisa Rosenstein for her visionary leadership since the founding of The Willows 28 years ago and for her uplifting and inspiring devotion to our community.

Lisa has over 40 years of experience as an educator and has overseen the development of The Willows from 90 students in a single building to 460+ students on a six-building campus. Through her leadership, The Willows is nationally recognized as a progressive educational leader with a strong academic program incorporating experiential learning, social emotional learning, critical thinking and thematic instruction into cutting-edge curriculum. Lisa has collaborated with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence to bring RULER, Yale’s social/emotional learning approach, to the West Coast. She is a leader in community education who has established a lauded parent education program, speaker series and professional development program. Lisa was the founding head of Temple Isaiah Day School and worked at the Steven S. Wise School. A graduate of American University, she has served on the boards of Windward School and Cal/West Educators. 8509 Higuera St., Culver City • (310) 815-0411 •

lies and communities.” “I said, ‘Okay, sure,’” Lane told me last month, as if starting a group that would spearhead legislation, education and awareness on gun violence was easy as pie. Far from it. Pressure was mounting at the time from a campaign to sell guns to women, with ads running in glossy fashion magazines. Lane and Friedan’s newly formed WAGV held a two-day conference with speakers and visitors from all over the state. Los Angeles Chief of Police Willie Williams was the keynote speaker. The group soon marked its first success — helping to ban a hand-size, poorly-made brand of gun that easily misfired. A triumphant Lane continued to work alongside city officials, like then-City Councilman Mike Feuer (who would go on to the state assembly and is finishing his term as city attorney) to pass more gun restrictions in the city and in the state legislature. Those efforts have suffered a recent major setback, she lamented on a warm summer day in her backyard, where she finds solace among the tomatoes and other vegetables she grows. “As far as I’m concerned, it’s unacceptable in every way,” she said of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision to expand gun rights. On the plus side, with the political landscape such as it is, WAGV is gaining new board members and supporters, said Lane, who is now chair emeritus of the group. (Friedan died in 2006.) Lane was recognized by KCET as a local hero and given the Angel of Peace Award by the Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles. Before Lane became an activist and was a mere 16, she met her future husband, Bert Lane, at her family home on Citrus Avenue. They were married for 73 years before Bert, who would also become a stalwart in our community, died in February. They raised three sons and celebrate four granddaughters and one great granddaughter, Ann beams. Looking younger than her years with blue-polished toenails, her rescue terrier mix by her side and a T-shirt that says: “Change gun laws or change Congress,” Lane says she didn’t know what she wanted to do when she graduated from Stanford and UCLA. She wasn’t interested in being a teacher or a librarian — the only fields open to women at the time all those years ago. As a young mother, Lane longed to get out of the house. She found camaraderie at a


local chapter of the League of Women Voters, where she early on got some sage advice: “Stop worrying about the United Nations and get involved with local government. That’s where the action is.” When Mayor Tom Bradley called to appoint her to head the city Library Commission, she thought, well I know where libraries are, so why not? Five years later, when she got the call to head the Fire Commission, she knew even less about fire stations. She also said yes. She found her resolve, and

she swam against the current when the city’s first three female recruits were initially nixed because they couldn’t haul heavy hoses and paramedic bags. “Too bad. Maybe next time,” the fire chief told Lane. Not so fast, thought Lane — the Fire Commission’s first female president. “There’s no reason they can’t be allowed to build their bodies” and be trained like the men were, she countered. She won the argument and was proud to salute the graduating class including the first women firefighters. “It was a long, hard struggle,” she remembered. “I traveled around the country to see other fire departments that hired women,” she said, and she did other tasks that were not typical of a Fire Commissioner. When she joined the civilian Police Commission that oversees the Los Angeles Police Dept., there was a club for wives, and there was a training program for minorities, but there was nothing for women recruits. (Please turn to page 19)

Julie Stromberg

Attorney, Activist, and Advocate Law Offices of Hirji & Chau, LLP An active community member, Julie is an education and civil rights attorney with the Law Offices of Hirji & Chau, LLP. She represents children with a wide range of disabilities and learning differences at IEP meetings, mediation, due process hearings and in state and federal court. Her practice has a public interest orientation directed at positively impacting young people and their communities as a whole. Julie is active in local Los Angeles Democratic efforts and is a delegate to the California Democratic Party. She is a member of the Executive Committee for the Los Angeles City College Foundation, serves on the board of directors for Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Craft Contemporary and serves on the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council. An Emerge California alumna, Julie was recognized as a “Woman of Larchmont” in 2015, “Wonder Woman of Council District 4” in 2019 and by the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust (LANLT) in 2021 for her work in creating more parks and park equity throughout Los Angeles County. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and Loyola Law School.

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Frances Tario Owner I attended Cal State Northridge University where I majored in business. Throughout the years I developed a passion at an incredibly young age for working in a food-oriented business. To expand and evolve my passion in business, I started working closely with private social clubs such as the Bel Air Bay, The Jonathan and The California Club. There is always a learning curve in any line of work; that is why it is so important to stay physically and mentally strong. It can be a struggle, but you need to remember to be confident and to know your self-worth. I worked extremely hard to become successful in a food-oriented business. The greatest lessons are self-confidence, self-improvement, self-worth, humility — and most of all, I get to tell my daughters, nieces and granddaughters that a woman in business is a woman in power. We can build anything we choose to. I am proud to instill that message in young girls today. I tell them, “Find your passion, know your worth and thank God.” I am thankful to say I have found my passion in life and that same passion has turned me into the woman I am today. • (323) 933-8446

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Beloved pediatric dentist Dr. Kathleen A. Siu retires

By Casey Russell After more than 30 years with Dentistry for Children at 411 N. Larchmont Blvd., beloved dentist Dr. Kathleen A. Siu is retiring this month. Dr. Siu was the first woman pediatric dentist at the office and has loved getting to know her young clients and their parents. Al Marsella, who began bringing his kids, Mary and Joseph, to Dr. Siu more than three decades ago, says, “I have nothing but accolades for her.” Marsella says both his kids are developmentally disabled, and

Dr. Siu has continued caring for them into their adulthood. Says Marsella, “I think Kathy is a marvelous, wonderful dentist and person. I am very grateful.” Robert Goldberg, another longtime patient of Dr. Siu, says he started seeing her at age 4. He’s now 32. “I kept going to Dr. Siu because she was a good dentist and I enjoyed going there.” He remarked that, even as a young child, “she always treated me like an equal. When she sits down with you, it’s very matter-of-fact — not too cutesy. She is interested in what’s

going on with you and is very professional. I think I appreciated that as a kid. It was nice to have an adult who treated you as a responsible person.” Carrie Kikuda Alfaro, the office manager at Dentistry for Children, says this soft-spoken, gentle dentist has stayed the past few years because she “didn’t want to give up Larchmont... She loved the patients at the office here.” The office manager says Dr. Siu is looking forward to traveling a lot in her retirement. She and her husband, Tom Wan, love to travel.

DR. SIU with husband Tom Wan at Descanso Gardens.

Glaciers and Swiss candy were on itinerary

By Casey Russell School has been out since June, but the learning continued for a lucky group of students from Immaculate Heart High School, where 28 kids and four teachers recently returned from a 10-day trip to Europe. Ruby Dunsworth, a rising junior at Immaculate Heart said, “I was excited to be in another country and to have that experience of other people’s cultures — the different things they eat, the religions they learn and the languages especially.” The trip took the travelers to Germany and Switzerland. The theme? Sustainability. The students visited glaciers in the Swiss Alps where they got to see climate change’s effects first hand. “Some glaciers just had grass, some had snow, but it was going away. The guide said it wasn’t like this before,” said Dunsworth. In Germany, the travelers visited Halsmart, a community very focused on recycling. Dunsworth said, “You can recycle stuff there and, basi-

cally, they turn it into art, which is really interesting. One of the newest sculptures was completely made from masks.” The young traveler noted that, even when not on scheduled tours, the group saw eco-minded choices in everyday places. “When you bought water, it was usually in glass bottles that could be returned for money. In our hotel rooms, we had to put our room key in the light switch to make the lights go on [ensuring that energy wouldn’t be wasted when rooms were unoccupied].” The Immaculate Heart trip was organized through Education First (EF), an international company that specializes in education travel and that has been helping people see new places since 1965. While giving the teens targeted learning opportunities, there also was a lot of time for learning through living. “We got a lot of independence there in little groups,” said Dunsworth. There was

Leisha Willis CPCU, AU, API Owner & Agent Leisha opened her State Farm agency in Larchmont Village in 2013 following a 20-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 her church and community outreach organizations, served as vice-president of the board of the Larchmont Boulevard Association for several years and is honored to have mentored many young people in their careers.

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Kathy Whooley PT, OCS, CSCS, CPI, MBA Owner, Larchmont Physical Therapy (LPT) “Providing a safe and clean environment while keeping you moving”

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time for shopping, choosing where to eat lunch, exploring little towns and getting to know other schoolmates who, before, had just been faces in the hallway. Ruby’s mom, Loren Dunsworth, said the trip was $4,000 per student. The cost included airfare, hotel, chaperones, breakfast, dinner, transportation within Europe and all the tours. “As a parent who’s paying, they sort of give you a timeline, so you’re able to pay over many months, if you want to.” Ruby saved money prior to the trip by babysitting. She said, “I brought back a bunch of souvenirs and a bunch of Swiss candy, as well. My favorite thing I bought was a cuckoo clock for my mom.” When asked if she would do a trip like this again, the rising junior said, “Yeah! I’m going to Japan next year for spring break.”

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“This is unacceptable,” she thought, and she formed a Women Advisory Council. “This is a thread you will find throughout my whole career,” she said of her efforts to gain equality for the sexes. Lane says that she never classified herself a feminist like her old friend Friedan. “I did what I did because that’s what I wanted to do.”

An accomplished physical therapist, Kathy Whooley has enjoyed serving the orthopedic and sports medicine community for over 38 years. LPT is regarded as one of the most respected outpatient practices in the city, where Kathy oversees a dedicated team of professionals whose goals are to ensure optimal results for a variety of clients with ever challenging sets of needs. Kathy is a Boston University Magna Cum Laude graduate who relocated to Southern California, where she earned her MBA in Business Administration from Pepperdine University. Her other credentials include: • Orthopedic Clinical Specialist Certification (OCS) • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Certification (CSCS) • Certified Pilates Instructor (CPI) • USGAFA Golf-Specific Fitness Trainer

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Mary Carlota Woodward Residential Realtor I grew up living in Fremont Place, where my parents lived for 60 years! As a 4th generation Hancock Park citizen, I love this tremendous neighborhood and notable area of Los Angeles. My career in real estate started in 1979 when I joined my brother and partner, John Woodward. Andrew completed our team, and our careers were launched as the Woodward Team! Having worked with Keller Williams Larchmont, I have seen myriad changes over time. Larchmont seems to be having a renaissance and I am happy to be a part of this vitality. I serve as a board member of ARTS DIVISION, an art school in MacArthur Park that provides arts education to underserved students who excel in various artistic mediums. This offers the students a springboard for higher education and careers. I am also a member of NGA, our neighborhood charity of dedicated women which provides garments and necessities to organizations focused on helping the underserved. Currently, I am the HPOZ liaison for the Miracle Mile Residential Association. Thanks, Larchmont Chronicle, for being a great champion for our beloved community. • (323) 762-2571

Nadine Zysman Principal and Assistant Head of School Brawerman Elementary School East Nadine has served as Principal and Assistant Head of School for Brawerman East since 2020 after serving as Brawerman West Principal since 2018. She has deep roots at Wilshire Boulevard Temple, beginning as a camper at Camp Hess Kramer. As a devoted educator for 20 years, Nadine joined the Temple family after college in 2001 as a teacher in the Mann Family Early Childhood Center and began teaching at Brawerman a year later. After several years in the classroom, Nadine earned her Master’s in Business Administration and worked as a development professional in Jewish education for six years. She rejoined the Brawerman family as a school administrator in 2013, serving as Admissions Director and Assistant Principal. Nadine’s passion for Jewish education, her strong desire to champion the school’s mission, and her love of the community are evident throughout the Temple family. Nadine and her husband, Rabbi Zach, have three children.

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ery and it’s very, very good. Chef Adrian Castro cooked at some of the best and most innovative restaurants in the country, including locally at Café Pinot, Kali, Bazaar (with José Andrés) and in New York at Le Bernardin. Everything is made in-house, from flaky, buttery croissants (pricey but delicious at $7) to milk bread and labneh (served with fresh strawberries, $15). We tried the shakshouka, a spiced tomato sauce with poached egg and feta in a sourdough bread bowl, $18.

The tomato base provided a perfect bed to showcase the egg and salty cheese. Pull off hunks of the sauce-soaked bread afterward for a real treat. Papas y frijoles presents garlicky black beans laced with the Mexican herb epazote topped with beautifully layered and oil-lacquered potato chunks, a sous vide egg and a side of salsa, $17. Decorated with delicate edible flowers, this was a stunner. As for Coffee Coffee’s coffee? My $6 latte was spot on. Coffee Coffee, 5630 Melrose Ave., 818-913-5965.


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Reflections on Paris and a legendary stage and film director “When the performance is over, what remains?” That was the “acid test” Peter Brook — the legendary stage and film director who died last month — applied not only to his own work, but to theater in general. What stays with you long after the curtain comes down and you’ve left the parking lot, arrived home and poured yourself a nightcap: what remains? Off-hand, I can think of the joy and hopefulness that remained after seeing “Come from Away” at the Ahmanson. People really can be good and kind to one another. “The Lehman Trilogy” left me devastated, first by its indictment of American capitalism and greed (now synonymous?) and also by its indictment of the American commercial theater, which is unable or unwilling to put the sort of time, talent and money

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Louis Fantasia into the long-term development of great theater as do the Brits. I was touched by the recent “Andre and Dorine” at the Los Angeles Theater Center (LATC). This silent play from Spain spoke volumes about aging and memory. More often than not, however, what remains after the curtain falls is anger: leaving the theater livid, furious, at having wasted two hours of my life, as I did at the bloodless “Uncle Vanya” at the Pasadena Playhouse, or the jejune “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” at the Geffen.

The fact that Peter Brook died on my birthday is mere coincidence — except to me. Brook’s productions and writings were major influences on me. When I lived in Paris, I got to see his productions of “Ubu Roi,” “Carmen,” and, most important for me, “Measure for Measure” (in a superb translation by Jean-Claude Carriere), at the Bouffes du Nord theater. I lived in the same Paris arrondisement as Brook, and would see him on the street every now and then, and would say hello, in English, and he would say hello back in that English way of “am I supposed to know you?” which would have made my own greeting a cardinal sin of violating his privacy. As much as his productions “remain” with me (the rolling construction spools that King Ubu used to destroy the world,


Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” runs at the Hollywood Majestic Theater, East Hollywood through September 11. “Trouble the Water,” the real-life story of escaped slave Robert Smalls, is at the Will Geer Theatricum through October 2. The Fountain Theater presents “If I Forget” by Steven Larsen (“Dear Evan Hansen” author), directed by Jason Alexander, about the impact of the Holocaust on a modern Jewish family. Through September 10. The big theaters have “The Prom” (Ahmanson through Sept. 11); “Oklahoma” (Ahmanson through Oct. 16) and “Jagged Little Pill” (Pantages, Sept 13-Oct 2) for those needing their musical theater fixes. or the excruciating pause that Isabella, the nun in “Measure” took before forgiving her would-be rapist, are vivid to this day), it was Brook’s writing that transformed the thinking of directors of my generation. “The Empty Space” (1968) divided theater into the “Deadly” (the commercialism that Brook loathed even though he was good at it); the

“Holy” (in vogue then with groups like The Living Theater and Jerzy Grotowski’s Poor Theater); the “Rough” (influenced by Brecht’s epic theater); and the “Immediate,” which seeks a kind of truth in the theater — ephemeral and existing only at a shared moment between actor and audience, both breathing the same air at the same time in the same space, that “empty” space — a kind of theater that is elusive and rare, theater that “remains.” Brook often told the story of his first major production, where he had worked out all the blocking in advance on a model of the set, then came to the first rehearsal with everything written out, just the way he wanted it, in his script. Fortunately for all of us, Peter Brook was smart enough to take it all and throw it away, right there at his first rehearsal, and then just listen and watch and create in the room, stopping, starting over, questioning, digging, exploring, hoping. That’s how great theater remains.

OAKWOOD SCHOOL By Scarlette Saldana 12th Grade

This summer I participated in the “Just the Beginning” Summer Legal Institute Program, where I learned about the mindsets of lawyers, how to mediate conflicts and how to negotiate. Each day I honed my writing and public speaking skills and learned more about business etiquette and its importance in the professional world. This knowledge allowed the other students in the program and me to practice our networking skills. We got to attend an event with current law students, lawyers and judges. I have always seen law as a potential career path, and this experience has sparked more of my interest while allowing me to understand the journey through the legal profession. After the “Just the Beginning” program, I traveled to New York City to attend Barnard’s Pre-College Program. Aside from explor-

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Keene (a buff Taron Egerton, who produced three episodes), is sentenced to 10 years in a minimum-security prison as a drug dealer, but is given the opportunity to get a full pardon if he will switch to a maximum-security prison for the criminally insane to

get a serial killer (Paul Walter Hauser) to confess to killing young girls and tell where the bodies are. Egerton and Hauser give terrific performances in their cat-and-mouse roles, and they are aided by the always entertaining Greg Kinnear and Ray Liotta in his last

role. I have only one question, though. This prison full of the most dangerous criminals in the country is pictured as relatively serene. According to this film the prisoners’ cells are opened in the morning and they just kind of lie around all day long. Really?

a small English town. He met solicitor Alice Archer (Gemma Arterton) who fell in love with him, but slowly developed misgivings. The film progresses down a dangerous path, and tensions mount. Everything about this film sparkles, including Norton and Arterton. Opens in theaters August 12. The Terminal List (8/10): Eight-episode series. TV-MA. Amazon Prime. The best recommendation for this is that the mainstream media hates it. Chris Pratt stars as a Navy SEAL platoon leader whose entire squad is wiped out during a covert mission. He is the sole survivor, and he makes it his business to find out why. The bad guys consist of Navy top brass and the U.S. government. With what some argue is going on today with a corrupt executive branch, military leaders and, especially, DOJ, it strikes home as Pratt’s character battles desperate odds in wreaking his justice since the entire government is out to get him. Lots of high testosterone tension and rewarding action. Black Bird (8/10): Six-episode series. TV-MA. Apple TV+. Another of those “based on a true story” tales, Jimmy



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Hello Chronicle readers! My classmate, Nikka Gueler, and I will be alternating each month of the school year to tell you the news from Third Street. Even though school wasn’t in session over the summer, Third Street hosted a summer camp called Got Game that I attended for two weeks. Got Game is an athletic camp where kids can have fun playing athletic games. Kids can choose to go to water play, which is a game where you can have a water fight with buckets, pools, water balloons, and water squirters. There are different groups: rookies (4-6 years), pros (6-7 years), upper pros (7-9 years), and veterans (9+ years). Any student from any school can go to Got Game! LAUSD also offered an academic summer school for kids to attend on the Third Street campus. On August 15, Third Street will open. We’ll be getting some new teachers, and I’m looking forward to going back to school and seeing my friends this year.


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Where the Crawdads Sing (10/10): 125 minutes. PG-13. Sometimes, too rarely, you see a movie you know will stay with you forever. “The Notebook” (2004) was one such. This movie is another. It grabbed me. From the outset. I was on the verge of tears throughout the first half hour. As the film progressed, I just kept getting deeper. And deeper. And more involved. Unaware of time passing, totally immersed by what I was seeing on the screen. Everything about this film screams awards. Jojo Regina, who brilliantly plays little Kya, the protagonist, as a young girl, grabs your heart strings for the first 20 minutes as six-year-old Kya is abandoned by her entire family (except her brutal father, who eventually disappears) and must learn to live and survive alone. Then when she matures into a grownup illiterate 19-year-old Kya (known dismissively to the residents of Barkley Cove as “the Marsh Girl”), Daisy Edgar-Jones gives a bravura, Oscar-quality performance as she carries the rest of the movie. The ambience of the area is emphasized, because instead of shooting on a sound stage at a studio, they built Kya’s house in the swamp and filmed it all there. This has something for everyone. It’s a murder mystery wrapped in a thriller surrounded by romance. What progresses is believable and heart-wrenching. I didn’t know anything about “The Notebook” when I went to see it, and that made it more moving. As a result, I don’t like writing about great movies because I don’t want to spoil them for viewers and prefer that they see a movie cold, as I did, and make up their own minds. This is, truly, a movie for all seasons. Girl in the Picture (9/10): 101 minutes. TV-MA. Netflix. This is a documentary-style tale about the murder of a beautiful, vibrant young mother, the kidnapping of her son, and the quest to find out who she was and the vicious Apollyon responsible. While some of the characters are played by actors, most of the cast are the real people involved. Finding the answers to the questions seemed impossible, but the investigators were dogged and diligent as the quest went on for years. I was mesmerized. This is a film about evil personified that I hope everyone can watch. Netflix. Rogue Agent (9/10): 116 minutes. NR. Based on a true story. In 1993, charming Robert Freegard (James Norton), despite his job as a bartender, was ostensibly undercover MI5, and he recruited young people to work as agents for him as British spies against the IRA in


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By Casey Russell Summer is in full swing and, with this more relaxed season, there’s often more time for family fun. Park outings, barbecues, pool parties with family friends — there are so many exciting things to do. But, what to do when it’s time for the fun to come to a close? Picture this: Your young child is blissfully swinging at the park. You realize it’s time to head home for a nap. You stop the swing and lift her out. She wails and reaches for the swing, her cries escalating as you both unhappily walk to the car. Or this: Your school-aged child is swimming with friends. You gather up the day’s stuff, grab his towel and say, “Time to get out, Buddy.” He swims away from you, complaining that he’s in the middle of a game and needs more time. You put all the stuff you’ve just gathered back down

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Casey Russell and, resignedly say, “OK... just a little bit longer, though.” Many parents find these moments to be quite frustrating. When it’s time to go, crying, complaining, delay tactics, even tantrums can come on in full force — not the most fun way to end a great afternoon. Fortunately, there are a few easy things parents can do to make these moments much more pleasant. Here are some tips for keeping transitions from fun activities aggravation-free. When you realize it’s getting toward time to go, give your child an initial heads-

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up. Most people like to have some forewarning of what’s happening next. Kids are no different from adults in this respect. It helps us feel safe and a little more in control. For young kids, a five-minute heads-up should be sufficient. Just look into your child’s eyes and say something like, “This has been so much fun. I’m really glad we came today. It’s almost time to go. We’ll swing for five more minutes and then head home, OK?” For kids who like a lot of control, you can add, “Do you want to play for three, four or five more minutes?” You get what you need, and your child feels like she has some power over her day. When there’s only about one more minute, give another heads-up. “OK, we have about one more minute and then we’ll be all done swinging for today. Should we listen to Baby Shark in the car?” You’ve let your child know swing-time is coming to a close, and you’ve switched her train of thought to something else she likes. There are lots of options for what you can get little ones thinking about: carrying a favorite toy, eating a little snack, looking at a cute dog that happens to be standing between you and your car... you can always find something to sweeten the departure. For older kids, 15 minutes before leaving is a more appropriate amount of time for the initial heads-up. But yelling “15 more minutes!” from across the park is not the most effective method for giving this 15-minute warning. Go to your child and make sure you have his attention before letting him know that it will be time to leave in about 15 minutes. Return to him about 10 minutes later, and let him know

that he should wrap up his game and start gathering his stuff because it’s almost time to go. When the time actually comes, leaving will be so much easier. It’s jarring to be yanked out of something you are enjoying with no warning or time to wrap up your activity. So rather than just announcing it’s time to go, give a little heads-up. You can use this technique for most transitions, not just leaving somewhere. Almost time to clean up toys before dinner? Give a heads-up. Bedtime approaching? Give a heads-up. Need to leave for camp soon? Give a heads-up. Most likely, if you don’t give the heads-up, crying, complaining or grumbling will occur. Prepping kids for what’s about to happen makes them much more amenable and keeps everyone happier. And, most of the time, with this

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Jim Kalin decide to surrender. The most unforgettable scene is of them marching, hands up, dusty and moaning from thirst, toward Bogie and the bombed-out fortress. Gimme some water The sultry and scorching part of summer — Dog Days

— has arrived. This broiling stretch occurs during the period that Sirius, the dog star, rises with the sun (from July 3 to Aug. 11). I fried an egg on the asphalt once to show my son that during Dog Days, sunny-side up street eggs are possible outside the cartoon world. So, what to do with the kids that doesn’t require playing fields and balls? For those folks lucky enough to have a swimming pool, Dog Days are easily manageable. I was impressed by the pools in the backyards of the homes along Wilshire

Country Club’s perimeter. I covered the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association) Dio Implant LA Open this past April, and I took the opportunity to peek through many fences. It reminded me much of the 1968 film, “The Swimmer,” starring Burt Lancaster. Lancaster portrays a wealthy suburbanite who visits friends several miles away, then swims home through a multitude of neighbors’ pools. I wouldn’t suggest this to anyone living along Wilshire Country Club. I noticed lots of dogs, and most were less than happy when I spied into their domains. Pan Pacific has a great public pool, and it is where my son learned to swim. It was closed the summer immediately following COVID-19’s arrival, although the break gave Pan Pac the opportunity to repair and overhaul the facility. The pool now is open seven days a week, is well-staffed with lifeguards and the fee is practically non-existent. Adults 18-49 are $4, and everyone else is $1. The entrance and parking lot are located at 141 S. Gardner St. Cooper Canyon Falls One of the greatest baseball films, “The Sandlot,” is set in the San Fernando Valley. This classic is about a neighborhood pick-up baseball team. In one scene, the boys are collected in the dugout’s shade, wilted from the summer heat. Nobody wants to practice, so they convince the team captain, Benny, that an afternoon at the public pool is a better option. The next scene is unforgettable, and is one I won’t ruin for those who haven’t seen “The Sandlot” yet.

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(Continued from page 1) time, which can be a challenge because Isbell doesn’t have her own car, so she has to take two public buses to get to the restaurant in the mornings. She also has been able to practice skills required to work with others. Isbell chose to work this summer because she had free time and wanted to make her own money. Isbell’s favorite part about her job is getting to learn how the restaurant business works. Ice cream When you’re scooping ice cream all day there’s not much to complain about, said Sophie Stuecken, a junior at Larchmont Charter School. Last school year, Stuecken reached out to a number of places on Larchmont Boulevard in hopes of securing a job. She began scooping ice cream at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams during the school year and amped up her work schedule during the summer. Stuecken chose to spend her summer working because she always wanted to have a job and likes customer service. She loves her co-workers and enjoys the independence that comes with having a job. Additionally, she feels that it’s beneficial to learn to work with

PILGRIM SCHOOL By Allison Pak 9th Grade

We’re super excited for the new school year, to see our old friends and welcome new ones. Pilgrim School has many welcome parties planned for the new families and students. Each student is paired up with another student who helps welcome and show their partner around the school. There was a summer reading book and there were summer assignments. These are due the first week of school. On students’ first day at Pilgrim School, they are expected to bring their backpacks with school supplies and a lunch, if they’re not signed up for the hot lunch program. The school provides personal laptops which students use all year. School starts on August 29. Elementary kids attend from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and secondary students attend from 9 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. Pilgrim kids have various options for their school uniforms (navy, red, white, striped polos, with gray, navy, khaki, checkered skirts, gray, navy, and khaki pants and shorts). We can wear any sweater as long as it’s appropriate and has no logos.


others from a young age and that the ability to put a job on a resume will be useful in the future. Coffee Antonio Travis, a St. Andrews Square resident, is working at a boutique café called Boulon D Amour on Washington Boulevard. The café will soon be moving to Westfield Century City. Travis is a barista at the café and enjoys making the cafe’s signature colorful drinks, specifically a pink chai called “The Mean Girl.” At the cafe, drinks are served bar style. Travis makes the drinks, which are served in martini glasses, in

many teens have gained experience in the workforce that will be useful to them in the future. Throughout the Larchmont community, teens were able to acquire jobs in all different areas, a result of businesses’ increasing need for employees. As the school year approaches, some teens will decide to continue working, while others will focus only on school until next summer. Abigail Kestenbaum is a junior at Marlborough and an intern at the Larchmont Chronicle. Part one was published last month.

We are not allowed to wear slippers or slides — only closed-toed shoes. Since COVID-19 started, we get tested weekly and wear masks. The first Friday of the school year, the entire secondary school will go to the beach for a beach day and clean up. Good luck, everyone!

NEW COVENANT ACADEMY By Dale Lee Rising 12th Grader

S u m m e r school has been a blast for our young Huskies, with many fieldtrips, events and activities. This month, students watched a premiere of “Minions: Rise of Gru,” visited the Aquarium of the Pacific and enjoyed different exciting clubs. With the help of high school volunteers, our elementary students were able to have a fun and safe time at all of these events. Faculty and parents were also able to have some fun at the “WunderGlo’s 10th Annual Tee Off Against Cancer” golf tournament. To celebrate the end of the summer program, NCA’s Dodger’s night made a return. Participating students watched the July 22 Dodger game together and got to have a great time with classmates and teachers!

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Learning about life-giving, sentient beings (plants) from Native Americans. Page 3


To the rescue, from Africa to South Beachwood.

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As The Ebell approaches 100, a master plan gives guidance

In Hancock Park and Windsor Square and the neighboring communities, few secular institutions can rival The Ebell of Los Angeles in its longevity, community presence and commitment to its original mission. Founded in 1894, the Ebell moved into its current Sumner Hunt-designed Italianate clubhouse on Wilshire and Lucerne boulevards in 1927. For nearly a century, the clubhouse and theater have not only housed the Ebell and its mission but have grown to become an important community hub and gathering place welcoming social, cultural, political and private events, playing a significant role in the history of the community and the city. As the club approaches the centenary of its historic campus, Ebell leadership has developed an ambitious Master Plan to ensure its preservation and protection for the next 100 years. Early planning Work on the plan began over a decade ago. Caroline Labiner Moser, then serving on the Ebell board of directors as chair of the House Committee, embarked on a wholesale reorganization of The Ebell’s building records as a way to consolidate all of the information about the

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campus. It soon became apparent that more study of the buildings was required. “At the time there were a lot of things impeding the good use of the buildings,” Moser said. There was “poor accessibility, outof-date mechanical systems, some deterioration and 75,000 square feet of space being used inefficiently.” This resulted in Moser, historian Portia Lee, architect John Heller, then-Ebell President Patty Hill and members of the House Committee drawing, in 2013, a full historic structures report (HSR) as the starting point for the creation of an “encyclopedia” for the care, maintenance and improvement of the Ebell campus. Seismic ordinance The continuing documentation of the campus took on greater urgency in 2015 when the city passed an ordinance requiring the seismic retrofit of non-ductile concrete structures, a category that includes the Ebell Club and theater. The need to comply with this ordi-

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THE MASTER PLAN and its role in not only the preservation of the building, but also in promoting the integrity and constancy of The Ebell’s mission. Founded in 1894, the Ebell moved into its current Sumner Hunt-designed Italianate clubhouse on Wilshire and Lucerne boulevards in 1927.

nance as well as the ongoing need to create an organizational system to track projects that could be used by staff, board and consultants led to the creation of the Master Plan to be completed in phases. Phase 1, now complete, built upon the 2013 HSR, a character-defining features and significance analysis, as well as an historic landscape analysis by James Yoch, cousin of The Ebell’s original landscape designer, the famed Florence Yoch. Projects in 2021 included a state-of-the-art data measuring of all spaces, which can be used by any consultant working on the building or by events staff. The data measuring allows

for an innovative user experience including a “flythrough” approach displaying three-dimensional spaces digitally. The Ebell also held a space planning charette to determine best uses for all spaces. “The Ebell was purpose-built to house the mission of providing educational, cultural and social opportunities for women,” said Christy McAvoy, board member and director of House, Theater and Grounds, who lately has been leading the Master Plan effort. “The spaces of the building were specifically designed to fulfill the mission, and they are inextricably linked to activities of The Ebell through its history.” Second phase The second phase is just be-

ginning. Still to be completed are geotechnical and materials testing, as well as the design of The Ebell’s retrofit plan and a budget — to be completed by 2025. Once approved, the full retrofit is required by the city by 2043. Next steps will address the historic analysis of the campus, concentrating on the Ebell Theater. Several improvements to the club’s ambience, acoustics, lighting and accessibility are also planned to enhance the member and visitor experience. Strategic Vision This vital work is not occurring in a vacuum, however. The Master Plan is now part of a larger and more ambitious Strategic Vision for The Ebell, (Please turn to page 10)

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From the Earth: Learning about the First People of the San Jacintos

When we moved to Los Angeles years ago, I quickly understood that I needed to find a place where I could escape the intensity of the city and to experience, even part time, four seasons. I quickly discovered Idyllwild in the San Jacinto Mountains. I found my spot in Fern Valley (elevation close to 6,000 feet) above Idyllwild at the end of a gravel road in a 1941 barely-converted garage. I rented it for five years; it was not visible from the road, and Strawberry Creek ran at the bottom of the property. I read and wrote there and at lunchtime drove or walked into Idyllwild, where I could check in with my husband, Bill, by phone. I learned a great deal in those years on the hill. I explored mountain trails, and I went to talks and performances at the Idyllwild Nature Center and the Idyllwild Historic Society. I read about the native people of the mountains and desert of the area, the Cahuilla, and I was moved to learn that their culture survived until the 1860s due to their relative isolation from Spanish, Mexican Californio and Anglo settlements. Their ordeal as a people was to come. I sought out the Malki Mu-

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seum (, the oldest (1964) non-profit museum founded by Native Americans on a California Indian reservation — in this case the Morongo reservation — near Banning. I once attended Kéwet, the annual celebration at the end of May. The museum is a straightforward adobe structure. I love its simplicity of form and the quiet design of the exhibits. Its ethnobotanic garden is about a quarter of an acre, and 50 plants grow there that the Cahuilla people used practically, medicinally or for food. I was surprised when I sat in this garden as the view was beautiful — Mount San Jacinto and Idyllwild to the south and Mount San Gorgonio to the north. Wrapped in mountains, I was grateful to be in the midst of these life-giving plants. One of the founders of the Malki Museum, the late Dr. Katherine Siva Saubel, an authority on the traditions and culture of her people, worked

with anthropologist Lowell John Bean — now in his 90s and considered the leading scholar of the Cahuilla — to painstakingly research Cahuilla plant traditions. Their book, “Temalpakh: Cahuilla Indian knowledge and usage of plants,” was published in 1972. (“Temalpakh” means “from the earth.”) Since Cahuilla traditions were handed down orally and by hands-on experience, Saubel and Bean, as part of their research, gave plants to the elders of the community to record their memories of eating or using the plants. The plant material in the book is listed alphabetically by botanical name. California sagebrush (Artemesia californica), was one of the most important medicinal plants used by California Indians. Its primary use was to induce menstruation or to assure a comfortable childbirth and rapid recovery. Its Cahuilla name is “hulvel.” An essay in the book discusses the layers of plant meanings in Cahuilla culture; they are considered sentient beings with whom one could interact. Plants, among other life forms, can communicate with those who know how to listen. (Most lifelong gardeners will agree.)

ETHNOBOTANIC GARDEN in the Malki Museum has about 50 plants used by the Cahuilla. Photo by Paula Panich

Plants are treated with respect. A person gathering the plant will thank the plant for its use and apologize for the harm inflicted while understanding that the gathering is part of the natural scheme of things. There were also rituals, the authors write, that

“extended beyond the plant as an individual life form to those supernatural agencies responsible for plant fertility.” I decapitated a big sunflower yesterday, the first of the season, and said not a word of thanks. I will remember next time.


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‘Regeneration: Black Cinema’ is coming to Academy Museum

By Suzan Filipek The story of Black filmmakers in the United States from the dawn of cinema to the Civil Rights Movement will be told in a new exhibit opening Sun., Aug. 21, at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. “Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898-1971” fills seven galleries with newsreels and home movies, photographs, scripts, drawings, costumes, posters and historical materials along with augmented reality (AR) experiences designed specifically for the exhibition. Film artists featured include Josephine Baker, Harry Belafonte, Cab Calloway and Ruby Dee. Never-before-shown costume drawings from “Carmen Jones” (1954) will be on view, as well as costumes worn by Lena Horne in “Stormy Weather” (1943) and Sammy Davis, Jr. in “Porgy and Bess” (1959) plus one of Louis Armstrong’s trumpets.

DOROTHY DANDRIDGE in “Carmen Jones” costume designed by Mary Ann Nyberg circa 1954. Courtesy Cinémathèque Française

The exhibition opens with two versions of a clip from “Something Good – Negro Kiss” (1898), showcasing

vaudeville performers in an early example of onscreen affection by Black actors. Another gallery highlights “race films,” which were independently made productions with all-Black casts created between 1916 and the 1940s. The “Stars and Icons” gallery recognizes numerous Black performers in Hollywood from the 1920s through the late 1950s. A spotlight also is directed on PORTRAIT of Josephine Baker. Hattie McDaniel’s Oscar Corbis via Getty Images win and her complicated us to do justice to the lives fame. “Regeneration” is co-cu- and work of nearly a century rated by Doris Berger of the of Black filmmakers and the Academy Museum (and also audiences they served,” the a Hancock Park resident) and curators said. “The legacies Rhea Combs from the Smith- explored in these galleries sonian’s National Portrait were important in their own Gallery. “It has been a great honor Learn to make for us to curate ‘Regeneration,’ a project that challenged historical Italian

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time, though too often neglected and marginalized, and remain vital today.” “This landmark exhibition seeks to restore lost chapters of American film history as it elevates the contributions of Black artists to present a more inclusive story,” said museum director Jacqueline Stewart, who served on the exhibition’s advisory panel. The exhibition galleries of the Academy Museum, 6067 Wilshire Blvd., are open seven days a week. Hours are Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. “Regeneration” will be on view in the Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg Gallery through April 9, 2023.

It’s a furr-ever summer at the La Brea Tar Pits

Learn about new scientific discoveries, watch live stage shows and take a tour during Saber-Toothed Summer at the La Brea Tar Pits & Museum, 5801 Wilshire Blvd. The special programming continues through Labor Day. Events include Excavator Tours daily at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Later every day at 3 p.m. are Saber-toothed Cat Chats. The museum’s first confirmed fossil, the sabertoothed cat, is an iconic symbol of Los Angeles, of California and of the Ice Age. It is also the state’s official fossil. Visit for more information.

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New president, CEO are named at Academy Museum Jacqueline Stewart is the new director and president of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures at Fairfax Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard. She took her new post July 18. The scholar, curator and public educator on cinema came to Los Angeles in 2020 when she was appointed chief artistic and programming officer of the movie museum. In her role, she succeeds Bill Kramer, who recently was appointed CEO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences upon the departure of Dawn Hudson, who had served in that position for the past 11 years. Ted Sarandos, chair of the Academy Museum’s Board of Trustees and Co-CEO of Netflix, said, “The Board warmly and unanimously agrees that Jacqueline Stewart is the ideal choice to lead the Academy Museum into the future. A strong and inspiring partner to Bill Kramer throughout the period leading up to our opening, she gave indispensable direction to the curatorial program that has been so widely admired.” Honored in 2021 as a MacArthur Foundation Fellow, Stewart was a 2019 senior fellow at the Smith-

NEW DIRECTOR of the Academy Museum, Jacqueline Stewart. Photos by Ye Rin Mok


sonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, and was inducted into the American (Please turn to page 6)



An illuminating last ‘First Fridays’

By Cerys Davies Watching the sunset in the company of 65-million-year old fossils and taxidermied exotic animals is an experience that can only be fulfilled by the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum. “First Fridays” is a monthly nighttime event held over five months starting each spring. The final gathering for 2022 was on July 1, where visitors explored the exhibits, listened to experts, drank signature cocktails and even danced to live DJs. The First Fridays 2022 season was the first since the beginning of COVID-19, and it ran from March to July. This year’s theme “From Seeds to Psychedelics” was focused on different plants and psychedelic fungi that affect humans. Arriving at the museum after its usual closing time provided a certain sense of privacy and exclusivity. Despite the popularity of the event and the crowds of people, the museum felt more special than it does during its normal hours. The interior of the museum was darker than usual due to the lack of natural light. But each exhibit, from the Dinosaur Hall to the Hall of Birds, still impacted eventgoers, who ranged from 6 to 80. Throughout the evening,

THE MUSEUM feels special when visiting after closing time.

SKELETON of a giant fin whale glistens in flashing lights.

expert scientists hosted discussions in different exhibition halls relating to the specific theme of the night. Every seat in each discussion

was filled and large crowds stood in the backs of the halls trying their best to absorb new bits of knowledge. (Please turn to page 6)


‘First Fridays’

(Continued from page 5) Outside of the museum, the amphitheater and surrounding gardens were filled with a full bar, several food trucks and people enjoying music from the outdoor stage. All throughout the evening there were groups of young and old people

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dancing the night away. It was the perfect spot for 20-somethings to unwind after their long week at their remote office job or for young couples on a date night. Friends and families alike gathered on the grass or around tables to enjoy good food, good music and a unique experience.

Vegyn The DJ on July 1, named Vegyn, made Exposition Park feel like a nightclub in Berlin. His 90-minute set left the audience wanting more. He didn’t say a single word to the crowd, yet everyone listening to him was enthralled. We should all hope to see First Fridays return in 2023,

Remembrance film screening of Nazi ‘Speer’

The highest-ranking Nazi in Nuremberg to be spared the death sentence is the subject of a virtual sceening and panel discussion, “Speer Goes to Hollywood,” on Tues., Aug. 2, at 6 p.m. The award-winning documentary, which tells how Speers tried to rewrite history, is part of the Teicholz Holocaust Remembrance Film Series moderated by journalist / author Tom Teicholz. Visit to RSVP. A suggested donation is $10.

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LIBRARY CALENDAR Play instruments, discuss books, listen to stories

FAIRFAX LIBRARY All ages Book Sale: Browse used books every Wednesday from noon to 4 p.m. All sales support the library branch.

MEMORIAL LIBRARY Kids Story time in the park: Drop in and listen to stories and sing songs in Memorial Park adjoining the library every Wednesday from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Music of North, South and Central America: Learn about the music, cultural geography and language of the Americas. Play native instruments and learn songs in Maya, Dine, Xingu and Nahuati languages on Thurs., Aug. 11, at 2 p.m. Teens Outdoor games: Play good old-fashioned games in the park on Thurs., Aug. 4 from 4 to 5 p.m., Adults Book club: Get together the first Friday of each month to discuss a selected book. Next meeting is Aug. 5 at 1 p.m. to discuss "The Book Woman's Daughter" by Kim Michele Richardson. Art class: Be artistic every Wednesday with color and paint from 3 to 5 p.m. All ages Chess Club: Every Friday, from 3 to 5 p.m., play chess or learn how. Book Sale: Find a good book to purchase every Tuesday, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., and every Saturday from 4 to 5 p.m. All proceeds support the library.

WILSHIRE LIBRARY Kids Finale party for summer reading challenge: Participants will receive certificates and be entered into a drawing for a prize. Special take-home snacks will be given out as well to celebrate achievements on Tues., Aug. 2 from 4 to 5 p.m. Story time: Stories, songs and a stretch or two on Fri., Aug. 5, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. and Fri., Aug. 12, from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Kids & Teens Feeling the spirit of the drum: Let your inner musician take hold as you participate in this interactive drumming circle. Learn about and play West African and Cuban drums from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Thurs., Aug. 11.

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Updated opening dates for Blvd. stores

By Casey Russell There is a bit of an update from last month’s news on projected opening dates at Larchmont Mercantile (the former Lipson Building on the east side of the Boulevard). The Scent Room (, one of the 14 stores in the complex, will open in early October. Owner Sam Clark, who founded the company with his mother, Deborah Turner, says, “We want to be a part of the community as soon as possible. Anyone that lives or visits here will know that the area is radiant — a pocket of sunshine in a sea of gray.” Clark reports that he just returned from a perfume show in Milan, Italy, and he has a couple dozen brands on his radar that haven’t yet been introduced to the U.S. market. He’s excited to share the recently found perfumes with Larchmont shoppers as they peruse the new store with “as little or as much help as (they) please.” Also in the Larchmont Mercantile complex is Skin Laundry (, which opened for appointments in July. On the west side of the Boulevard, Faherty brand clothing

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NEW SIGNAGE at Clark Street Bread, 139 1/2 N. Larchmont Blvd.

recently signed a lease at 219 N. Larchmont Blvd. between Burger Lounge and Larchmont Village Wine, Spirits & Cheese. David Aschkenasy, who handled the lease and grew up in the neighborhood, says the new tenants plan to start construction in January and will most likely open in the spring of 2023 ( Further south at 139 1/2 N. Larchmont Blvd., between new stores Wittmore and Corridor, signage went up on July 12 for Clark Street Bread. Carb lovers can look forward to trying the results of founder Zack Hall’s passion for making traditional European hearth breads in the next

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Open House at The Ebell is September 18

Mark your calendar: The Ebell of Los Angeles, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., will hold its annual Open House on Sun., Sept. 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free celebration of arts and community is an opportunity to tour the historic campus, discover its programs and learn about membership and how to get involved. It’s the first time since 2019 that the women’s club has held its open house showcase because of the pandemic. Visit

Larchmont plays a role in short film, ‘Hurricane’

An emerging filmmaker — with four generations of Larchmontians in his family tree — chose his hometown for two of the locations in his short film, “Hurricane.” The 19-minute movie will be featured at the New Filmmakers Los Angeles Festival on Sat., Aug. 27. The film, which tells of friendship and overcoming life’s challenges, has portions shot locally on Norton Avenue and Irving Boulevard, producer-writer Mitchell Graham Colley told us. “It was made in my last semester at the Peter Stark Producing Program at USC, which I attended after many years of working in programming at The Music Center,” Colley told us via email. “The film has gone through an incredible journey — finishing principal photography just days before we shut down because of the pandemic, and garnering success around the country and world, most recently as a part of the American Pavilion’s Emerging Filmmakers Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival,” he added. The New Filmmakers Los Angeles will feature the film as a part of its two-day festival

LOCAL FILMMAKER Mitchell Graham Colley, right, looks at an image from director JLee MacKenzie at the location on Irving Boulevard.

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taking place Aug. 26-27 at the South Park Center at 1139 S. Hill St. in Downtown Los Angeles. “Hurricane” plays in the second block of films on Aug. 27, from 5:15 to 8:15 p.m. An all-access pass (all three blocks and an open bar) is $30. A ticket to Made in California is $10. Visit

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Best picnic spots in our neighborhood, according to the data By Cerys Davies With the Los Angeles summer heat back in full force, it can be hard to want to spend time outside. It’s a challenge for some residents to leave the comfort of their air-conditioned homes. But as the heat lessens around dinnertime, the perfect way to spend some time outside is to have a picnic. gathered data ratings from TripAdvisor and Google reviews to create a 100-point scale that ranks the best places to have picnics. It turns out that some of the highest-ranking picnic spots are right around our area. The La Brea Tar Pits lawn offers a great amount of space for children to run and play, as well as the perfect destination for people-watching. Because of its proximity to other Miracle Mile museums, there is always something happening to watch. The Tar Pits can be a great location for some quality family time or even a romantic date. Pan Pacific Park provides a classic park feel with its vibrant green lawns and perfectly paved walkways. The amphitheater is perfect to sit and casually dine with friends

SIXTY NEW PLACES TO PICNIC. The green dots spotlight all the best parks to enjoy company outdoors. The higher-ranked locations are a darker green and as the green gets lighter the list progresses.

or family. Hollywood Forever Cemetery can be a picnic destination on any given day, but the Cinespia outdoor movie

showings as the best time for picnics at this location. On select weekends, movie lovers from all over the city gather to collectively picnic and watch a movie together on the lawn.

Griffith Park is highly ranked for not only its size, but for its ability to transport visitors outside of a city. When stepping into the park, it is impossible not to admire the beauty of the native plants and history that the park holds. Whenever the Hollywood Bowl isn’t hosting a performance, the venue and surrounding area functions as a park with picnic tables in an incredible location within the Hollywood hills. A view of the Bowl can’t be found anywhere else. Exposition Park offers a great space to visit one of the many museums in the park and end the day with a picnic. The rose garden and its central fountain provide a peaceful escape from the surrounding busy areas. Located right in the middle of downtown, Grand Park consists of 12 acres of lawns, seating areas and fountains. The park offers great views of city hall and the surrounding high rise buildings. In East Hollywood, Barnsdall Park has a breathtaking lawn and a shady pine forest adjoining the historic Hollyhock House. The lawn provides a clear view of the Hollywood sign and the Grif-

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fith Observatory. This view is optimal at sunset. With wine, cheese and picnic blanket in hand, all of these parks are ready for the evening summer crowds. Don’t miss out on these relaxing spaces with unforgettable views.

Ready, set, go: Homeboy 5K is September 24

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being led by Executive Director Stacy Brightman. Brightman, who hails from the LA Opera, stated that this vision is about “amplifying the mission of The Ebell, women-centered, women-led, as a community with purpose, to uplift one another and Los Angeles through arts, education, scholarship, civic engagement and service.” She

references German poet Goethe in describing the architecture of the Ebell’s campus as “frozen music” and says that, through the Strategic Vision and Master Plan, “we will make the campus sing! We stand on the shoulders of the women that built this extraordinary place,” Brightman added, saying its preservation, “… is a moral obligation that we are stewarding in a way that they envisioned while building on their legacy.”

The Founders This Herculean task and the parallel fundraising effort that it will require demonstrate The Ebell’s leadership’s and members’ devotion and commitment to its historical home. “We are the campus and the campus is us,” said Patty Lombard, recent past-president. “The founders called it a clubhouse, but it was really a place they could call home. It was somewhere that they could control in a world


where they controlled little.” Like many, The Ebell suffered during the pandemic, but it endured by transforming into “Ebell Studios,’” home to the production of Amazon’s “Being The Ricardos,” which ensured that The Ebell staff remained employed. But this past year, The Ebell has welcomed the membership and the community back to the clubhouse. “It is the heart and soul of our organization,” said Laurie Schechter, president. “It is a home, a

gathering spot for women. As we recover from COVID, it is more important than ever.” Schechter acknowledges the critical need for the Master Plan and its role in not only the preservation of the building, but also in promoting the integrity and constancy of The Ebell’s mission. “Our history comes alive in this building,” she said. “The Master Plan ensures we will survive and thrive, as the campus is critical in fulfilling our mission of uplifting women.”


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VISITING THE MIRACLE MILE in late July, to inspect progress on the under-construction David Geffen Galleries building of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), was the building’s Pritzker Prize-winning architect, Peter Zumthor of Haldenstein, Switzerland (left), shown with Michael Mann, FAIA, managing director and partner in the Los Angeles office of Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM). Mann is leading SOM’s work as collaborating architect for the $650 million project. Photo by John Welborne

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“VIEW of Takanawa Ushimachi Under a Shrouded Moon,” 1879, by Kiyochika. The woodblock print is in a private collection, considered the largest assemblage from the Meiji period.



“TAKANAWA STEAM TRAIN,” 1871, by artists Yoshitoshi and Toshinobu.

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Treat your lawn to ‘lasagna’ … and save water as you do


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HOMES WITH LAWNS, and those without, reflect the changing landscape in Los Angeles. In the background above, the lawn at this Hudson Avenue home was removed and covered with mulch. It now is a fresh blank canvas full of drought-tolerant potential. Photo by Cheryl Himmelstein

no need to remove your grass. You can build up an environment of living soil right on top of your lawn. Sheet mulching or lasagna gardening are two composting methods that can improve soil structure and enrich the earth in preparation for planting. Sheet mulching is the process of layering cardboard on top of your lawn and then adding a three-inch layer of mulch. These two layers are typically sufficient for drought-tolerant landscaping. It’s a great way to reduce, reuse and recycle,

and the technique is perfect for small-to-medium scale projects. Lasagna mulching is sheet mulching but with additional layers, and it produces an even more nutrient-dense soil. This method is great in preparation for growing edible gardens or plants requiring more rich and loamy soil. Lasagna mulching alternates additional layers of nitrogen-rich materials with carbon layers. Examples of nitrogen-rich materials are finished compost, plant-based kitchen scraps, coffee grounds, eggshells, fresh grass clippings

and yard trimmings. The carbon layers consist of newspaper, cardboard, dried leaves, small twigs, sawdust, straw, pine needles and the like.

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By Cheryl Himmelstein The bittersweet signs of change in water usage are here. Since water restrictions were implemented on June 1 across Southern California, dying lawns are screaming for a citywide change in mindset and landscaping. Look around; the dead grass is proof that lawns are not a sustainable reality for our climate. According to the California Dept. of Water Resources, about half of residential water use is spent on outdoor landscaping. Lawns are especially wasteful because they generally are irrigated with sprayed water. With that in mind, lawn conversions are an excellent way to make an ongoing contribution toward water conservation. Sheet mulching If you want to get rid of the grass but don’t know where to begin, a sheet mulching project might be the perfect place to start. There are rebate programs available in Los Angeles County offering incentives of up to $3 per square foot for turf replacement. You’ll want to gather information on these valuable resources because prior approvals and before-and-after photographs are needed to qualify for most rebates. To replace your lawn, there is


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Boss and employees argue over money; Home burglaries OLYMPIC DIVISION ROBBERY: A white male employer punched his Black male employee at the corner of Plymouth Boulevard and Melrose Avenue. The two men were arguing over the theft of money from the employer on July 1 at 10:45 p.m. The suspect fled in his white Mercedes Benz after hurling verbal threats at his employee. BURGLARIES: Furniture and household goods were stolen from a home on the 400 block of North Plymouth Boulevard on July 8 at

11 p.m. A Black male suspect entered a home on the 300 block of South Irving Boulevard on July 2 at 10:52 a.m. through an unlocked door. The suspect stole a laptop computer and fled on his bicycle. The back sliding glass door of a home on the 800 block of South Norton Avenue was smashed at 9:15 p.m. on July 3. The suspect entered the home, ransacked several rooms, damaged the alarm system and then fled through the front door.

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GRAND THEFTS AUTO: Multiple cars were stolen from streets this month. A green Nissan Juke was stolen on the 5000 block of Rosewood Avenue on July 11

between 1 and 7 p.m. Olympic Boulevard at Manhattan Place was the site of another auto theft. This time a white Hyundai Santa Fe was taken between July 8 at 10

p.m. and July 9 at 8 a.m. A green Toyota Rav4 was stolen from the street in the 900 block of South Manhattan Place on July 9 between 1 and 1:30 a.m. A black Hyundai Konic was taken from the street sometime between 6 p.m. on July 9 and 8 a.m. on July 10 on the 600 block of South St. Andrews Place. Lastly, a Kawasaki motorcycle was taken from a garage on the 300 South block of Manhattan Place. The incident occurred on July 6 between 10 and 11 p.m.

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The treasured and elegant ‘&’ dates back to early Romans would — think rock & roll, M&M’s, or, perhaps most topof-mind for Larchmontians this summer, Salt & Straw. The elegant symbol, consisting of a single undulating line, traces its roots to graffiti found hastily scrawled on a wall in Pompeii. In the engraving, which dates back to at least 79 A.D., the anonymous author joined the two letters of the word et (Latin for “and”) in a ligature that became an early antecedent to the “&” logogram as we

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Ride, walk and skate in the ‘Hollywoods’

“Meet the Hollywoods,” CicLAvia’s next car-free extravaganza, takes place nearby on Sun., Aug. 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Leave the car at home and cycle to the route, or take the Metro. Participants can walk, jog, skate, bike or just watch and enjoy the sights along the 6.6-mile car-free route; it runs from the West Hollywood hub at San Vicente Boulevard to Santa Monica Boulevard to Highland Avenue. At Highland, it heads north to Hollywood Boulevard and travels east to the

other hub at Virgil Avenue. The event is free. “Traffic” will flow in two directions, and cars will be allowed to cross at several points, including La Brea, Fairfax and Western avenues. CicLAvia is a nonprofit organization that focuses on turning busy, congested streets into vibrant, public parks. It is a perfect opportunity to explore the neighborhood in depth, to exercise and to have fun in a traffic-free environment. Next up, “Heart of LA” will visit neighborhoods in Down-


you have a truck, collect free mulch through the City of Los Angeles Dept. of Sanitation. After the final layer of mulch is distributed, water the area twice weekly and let the composting magic happen; it will take approximately four-to-six months. During that time, you can sit back and begin planning your drought-tolerant landscape. More information on this alternative to a lawn can be found at How-to-Build-A-LasagnaBed/ and at en-us/library/gardening-basics/lasagna-garden-101 Local resident Cheryl Himmelstein has more to share at seeds or cherylhimmelstein. com/seed-to-seeds

(Continued from page 14) work day. To calculate the amount of mulch needed in square feet, multiply the square feet of your area by three inches of wood chips to determine the number of cubic yards of wood chips or mulch needed. A mulch calculator online like this one can help: landscapecalculator. com/calculators/mulch. Once calculated, order a free chip delivery via: getchipdrop. com or find a tree trimming service that delivers or, if


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through as late as the 1920s, some English grammar books included “&” as the 27th character in the alphabet. Part of a linguistic tradition that began in the late Middle Ages, it was common to use the phrase “per se” to refer to letters that also functioned as words (such as “i,” which is also a pronoun, or “a,” which is both a letter and an article) to clarify that the intended meaning was the letter and not the word. For example, the letter “i” would be spoken “I per se, I.” When the 27th quasi-letter “&” was recited at the end of the alphabet, it was announced as “& per se, and.” Repeated misarticulation of this phrase led to a new name for the symbol: “ampersand.” (This phenomenon of a word or phrase that results from a mishearing is called a “mon-

degreen” — a term that has an intriguing story of its own.) By the late 1800s, the word “ampersand” took on an additional, colloquial meaning: it being the caboose of the alphabet at the time (and perhaps also owing to the symbol’s shapely silhouette), it was used to describe one’s rear end. From here, the ampersand glyph was eventually decommissioned from the English alphabet, and today its use is frowned upon in modern writing. Despite the ampersand’s absence from prose, the handy pear-shaped keyboard mainstay lives on, uniting partners’ surnames in law firms, abstract and unrelated nouns in boutique restaurant names and musical duos defining the “The Sound of Silence.”

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