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vol. 54, no. 9

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IN tHIS ISSUe

Los Angeles High centennial gala planned

Vacant homes on Wilton Pl. plague block

Football, post-game party October 20

Permit issues blamed

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HISTORY of Taste of Larchmont. 4

LADIES who lunch... at Pink's. 29

By Billy Taylor With 11 properties now sitting vacant on Wilton Pl., stretching two blocks from Melrose to Rosewood, local residents and business owners alike are complaining that the neighborhood is quickly deteriorating. “We have been battling the situation for months now,” says Mercedes Simonian, coowner of the Hollywood Historic Hotel, located on the corner of Melrose and Wilton. “It has been a nightmare.” According to Simonian, the vacant properties, which are slated for use in two projects to total 122 residential units, have become a breeding ground for crime. “These properties have become crack houses,” she says. “The problem is now rampant See Wilton, p 5

Music, art, food and creativity at Sept. 16 TarFest Chamber lunch Sept. 6

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Music, art and gourmet food trucks will be featured at TarFest at La Brea Tar Pits Park Sat., Sept. 16 from 2 to 10 p.m. Open to all ages and free, the 15th annual event celebrates local artists, musicians and culture. The event is curated by Launch LA and Kevin Bronson of Buzzbands. la, and will also feature DJ sets, dance performances and live painting. Kids’ art-making activities will be offered with the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, Korean Cultural Center, Orchard Supply Hardware, METRO and See TarFest, p 29

Senior Outlook

Our annual section spotlighting seniors in our neighborhood will be in the October issue. Advertising deadline is Thurs., Sept. 11. Contact Pam Rudy, 323462-2241, ext. 11.

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FIRE DRILL participants enjoy their rides (this ride on Olivet) a couple of weekends prior to the Railway’s Aug. 31 reopening.

All aboard, Angels Flight Historic railway set to start Aug. 31 at $1 a ride For people downtown (DTLA!) during the waning days of summer and thereafter, the hike up and down Bunker Hill — to and from Grand Central Market and other parts of the city’s Historic Core — should now be easier. No hiking! Ride Angels Flight! Mayor Eric Garcetti was scheduled to be among the first riders on the just-refurbished Railway — on August 31, the dis- MAYOR likes AnSee Angels Flight, p 29 gels Flight Railway.

By Billy Taylor This October, Los Angeles High School will celebrate 100 years at its location at Olympic and Rimpau with “A Roman Renaissance.” The school, originally founded downtown in 1873, moved to its current, and third, location — 4650 W. Olympic Blvd. — in 1917. The weekend of events, planned for Oct. 20-21, includes a Homecoming football game with a Roman tailgate party and a celebrity gala fundraiser hailing the achievements of alumni. Kicking off the centennial celebrations, the Romans football team — 2016 Defending Division 2 City Champions — will take to Housch Field to lead the school with hope of another century of victories. Organizers say that a “spectacular” all-alumni half-time See Los Angeles High, p 2

LARCHMONT FAMILY FAIR!

Larchmont's Got Talent, children’s costume contest, rides, food trucks Reserve booths now for October 29 fair

By Suzan Filipek While the Larchmont Family Fair is Sun., Oct. 29, participants in the talent, costume

and pie-baking contests may want to start readying their game plans now. Can you sing, dance, tell jokes? Magicians, musicians and more are also welcome to audition for the “Larchmont

Has Talent” contest Sun., Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Coldwell Banker South, 119 N. Larchmont Blvd. Selected contestants will perform on stage at the Oct. See Larchmont Fair, p 4

Bungalow closes after eight years; city enforcement action commenced in 2009 By Suzan Filipek In 2009, the City of Los Angeles had expected the then-new Larchmont Bungalow to open and operate as an establishment that primarily sells “food to be consumed off-premises” in accordance with its permit. It did not. Now, after years of legal battles, during which the owners sought a liquor license and a delivery service and explored a franchise, the city finally forced the supposed takeout establishment that actually opened as a sit-down restaurant to shut down. “Nobody ever thought we’d have to battle this long and this hard over this,” deputy city attorney Serena Christion said last month, as the criminal case came closer to a resolution. On Aug. 7, Los Angeles Superior Court

SHUTTERED. The Larchmont Bungalow closed its doors Aug. 1, after an eight-year-long battle with the city for operating as a restaurant without a permit.

Commissioner H. Elizabeth Harris placed the Bungalow on diversion and set the next court date for Feb. 7, 2018. “It’s an earned dismissal,” said Christion. If the BunSee Bungalow, p 30

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By John Welborne On the passing of the Bungalow Contrary to postings on a couple of local blogs (“Thank you Larchmont Chronicle and local residents for freeing us from the late Mr. Mizrahi’s awful hell of technically illegal, delicious breakfasts,” wrote a neighbor on NextDoor Windsor Square), this newspaper deserves no credit for the former Larchmont Bungalow finally shutting down. It was the City of Los Angeles that sought enforcement of its laws that govern all establishments on commercial Larchmont. “Enforce adopted laws?” Well, to that, the Chronicle does say “bravo.” However, we do wonder what is the lesson here. Is it: “Don’t break the law in Los Angeles; it will be enforced; you may be prosecuted.” Or is it: “If you open a restaurant and lose your required Certificate of Occupancy, you can continue to operate your illegal business profitably for eight years, and your only extra expense will be your legal fees and about $3,600 to reimburse city photocopy and similar costs.” Is that the lesson? Regardless, we do thank City Attorney Mike Feuer and his staff for bringing this matter to a close at last. We also hope he and they can prosecute other enforcement actions more quickly.

Mon., Sept. 4 – Labor Day. Fri., Sept. 8, Sat., Sept. 9 and Sun., Sept. 10 – Larchmont Boulevard Association Sidewalk Sale. Wed., Sept. 13 – Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council board meeting, Ebell of Los Angeles, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., 7 p.m., greaterwilshire.org. Sat., Sept. 16 – TarFest music and art festival at La Brea Tar Pits in Hancock Park, 5801 Wilshire Blvd., 2 to 10 p.m. tarfest.com. Sat., Sept. 16 – Windsor Village Block Party, 9th St. between Windsor and Victoria, 4 to 6:30 p.m. Wed., Sept. 20, Thurs., Sept. 21, and Fri., Sept. 22 – Rosh Hashanah. Thurs., Sept. 28 – Delivery of the October issue of the Larchmont Chronicle. Fri., Sept. 29, Sat., Sept.

‘How do you feel about going back to school?’ That's the question inquiring photographer Jonathan Lee asked locals along Larchmont Blvd.

30 – Yom Kippur. Sun., Oct. 22 – “Larchmont Has Talent” auditions, 119 N. Larchmont Blvd., 10 to 3 p.m. Sun., Oct. 29 – Larchmont Family Fair and “Larchmont Has Talent” competition on Larchmont, noon to 6 p.m.

“I’m excited because I’m starting a new school but also a little nervous.” Willa Mosenson Larchmont Village

New Board Members and the HPHOA Annual Meeting

The Association is happy to welcome two new board members, Martin Beck and Erik Storey. Marty Beck has lived in Hancock Park since 1998 and is currently a Commercial/Industrial Real Estate Agent. Prior to real estate, Marty worked for more than 30 years in the textile business, mostly as a regional sales manager for a New York textile company. Erik Storey has lived in Hancock Park since 2004 where he and spouse Architect/Interior Designer Rodrigo Vargas are raising their 5-year-old daughter. A member of the LATC as well as the Television Academy, after 15 years as a senior executive at Comcast Universal, Erik is now an independent television producer, full-time dad and passionate LA historian. Neighbors like Marty and Erik are what makes and keeps Hancock Park a great place to live. Schools Committee Co-Chair and Board Member Joanne Medeiros is leaving Hancock Park and moving to the westside. Joanne has been the critical person in the dramatically improved relationship we now have with the administration of John Burroughs Middle School. Joanne has been tireless in working with the school to improve and beautify the school grounds, managing student drop-off and pick-up so traffic is better managed, working to manage the students so they don’t disturb their neighbors as they walk home or wait for their parents, and working with LAUSD on the upcoming JB Rebuild which will dramatically alter the campus and have a major impact on the school’s neighbors. We wish Joanne the best in her new home and thank her from the bottom of our hearts for all she’s done for Hancock Park, the staff and students at John Burroughs and for entire community. The Association’s Annual Meeting with be October 24th from 7-9 PM at 3rd Street Elementary School. If you’re a dues-paying member, you’ll be receiving a ballot for the election of the Board of Directors. Put the date on your calendar and plan to attend! There will be speakers from the City, LAPD, Councilman’s Office and other neighborhood representatives – make your concerns heard! If you plan to change your landscaping or make changes to the exterior of your house, please contact our City Planner, Kimberly Henry (kimberly.henry@lacity.org) to make sure your plans comply with our Preservation Plan. The HPOZ Preservation Plan, which regulates our HPOZ, can be found at preservation.lacity.org/hpoz/la/hancock-park. There is also an online form you can fill out to help speed up the process (preservation.lacity.org/hpoz-initial-screening-checklist). Remember to lock your car, secure your house and, if you are the unfortunate victim of a crime, file a police report by contacting Officer Dave Cordova. Call his cell phone, 213-7930650 or send him an email, 31646@lapd.lacity.org with all the information, including your name and telephone number. Report graffiti sightings by calling 311 or at the City’s AntiGraffiti Request System: anti-graffiti.lacity.org/welcome.cfm and by calling Hollywood Beautification, 323-463-5180. Adv.

SOUTH VIEW of third location, with graduating class of 1940 in foreground.

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show (including NFL Super Bowl Champions) will set the mood for everyone to “get down and dance” at the postgame festivities planned in Memorial Hall. The following night, a celebrity gala fundraiser will be host-

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ed at the Petersen Automotive Museum in the Bruce Meyer Family Gallery, conveniently named for Roman alumnus, Bruce Meyer. The event will feature “surprise performances” and a “Roman feast,” provided by Drago Ristorante. During the gala, three alumni recipients will be honored for their achievements: George Takei, the actor and social justice activist best known for his portrayal of Mr. Sulu on “Star Trek,” founder of the legendary Magic Castle, Milt Larsen; and Grammy Award-winning producer Gerry Brown, who is credited on over 47 platinum and gold records. Limited to 300 seats, tickets for the gala are $150 with funds supporting the arts, athletics and academic programs for Los Angeles High School students. Tickets are available at harrison-lahs.org/trust-event. For more information, contact Joyce Kleifield, executive director of The Harrison Trust at Los Angeles High School, at 323-900-4506 or harrisontrustlahs@gmail.com. Write us at letters@larchmontchronicle.com. Include your name, contact information and where you live. We reserve the right to edit for space and grammar.

“I’m ready to make important decisions about my college.” Sebastian Chavez Pilgrim School

“I’m excited for school, but I wish summer break was longer.” Kiara Frischkorn Pilgrim School

“I especially look forward to my science class.” Olivia Brancato Windsor Square


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BOULEVARD NEWS

New look, new sushi at Muraya

Muraya at 125 N. Larchmont Blvd. is a revamped version of its former self, California Roll and Sushi Fish. A new, but still “heavily sushi" menu, features longtime favorites and new dishes, said owner and area resident Chae Kwak. Besides the new name, the restaurant has been remodeled, and it now is serving draft beer. After 13 years on the Boulevard, (and 38 years as a resident around the corner on Gower), Kwak has jumped on the social media bandwagon as part of a marketing campaign to bring in more people and to help keep up with rising rents. While he’s relied on neighborhood patronage in the past, his former low-key business model won’t keep his restaurant afloat. Rents are up everywhere, he said, regardless of the landlord. “They’re all the same. It doesn’t matter who it is anymore.”

Fremont Library celebrates 90th By Jonathan Lee The John C. Fremont Branch Library turned 90 this year, and to celebrate, the Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society visited the site and recounted to its members and others the extensive history of the surrounding neighborhoods. Speakers provided an overview of historically significant homes in the area and information on some past residents. To create this branch library

Bargains, deals at Sidewalk Sale

Bargain fashions, make-up, candles and more will be offered at the Larchmont Village Sidewalk Sale Fri., Sept. 8 to Sun., Sept. 10. Stores on Larchmont Blvd. will be displaying their merchandise, offering specials and deals at the Larchmont Boulevard Association’s semi-annual event.

in 1927, architect Merl L. Barker implemented a Mediterranean Revival design that also maintains a “missionlike” style, according to Adult Librarian Randall Hinson. The library was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. The library recently hosted a screening of “I Was a Shoplifter.” The 1950 film noir crime movie was shot inside the Fremont Library, an indication of the branch’s long history. The building’s original acorn furniture was refurbished to maintain the original integrity of the building. “Historical furniture is such an important ingredient to what makes the library so special,” said Senior Librarian Annie Cipolla. The library will host another celebration on its 100th anniversary. Until then, its staff hopes to preserve the establishment’s unique heritage.

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‘Taste of Larchmont’ aids Hope-Net mission That’s when fate stepped in, in the form of Bruce Friedman, chairman of the board of a non-profit agency called Hope-Net. Hope-Net, which provides food distribution at local churches and temples, was looking for a fundraiser. Bruce suggested a “Taste of Larchmont,” utilizing the many eateries on the boulevard. The food establishments agreed to give out samples of their cuisine, and the event included a jazz band, dessert pavilion and chances on raffle prizes. The late KCET celebrity, Huell Howser, was named hon-

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orary chairman. Proceeds went to the Hope-Net treasury for its mission to feed the hungry. The 2017 “Taste of Larchmont” took place on Mon., Aug. 28. Hope-Net’s founding Hope-Net began in 1988 when the Mid-Wilshire Parish, a coalition of 12 churches and a temple, formed Hope-Net. The Parish members donated to the new agency and also received a grant from the Federal Emergency Manpower Agency. Food pantries were set up at eight locations and were staffed by volunteers. Some locations offered clothing, job and housing referrals as well. In 1992, the Hope-Net board expanded the mission when the members built a 17-unit housing project so that lowincome families could live in safe, affordable apartments. Sandy Boeck, Brookside, was on the board at the time. She

located empty land on West St. across from a park. Sandy, who continues her support of HopeNet as a “Taste” volunteer, said the project was quite an undertaking. “We had no idea of the amount of city, state and federal regulations,” she recalled. Today, the agency has 12 food pantries serving about 275,000 people each year. Led by locals Tom Patterson, Norton Ave., is current chairman of the board. He believes very strongly in the Hope-Net mission. “A great many people that it assists hold jobs, but struggle to provide food for their families on low-income or part-time work. Many of us are involved in or support a variety of charities, but for me the compelling draw of Hope-Net is that it is very local. The pantries are within a few miles of Larchmont Blvd., and the people Hope-Net serves are our neighbors.”

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Louise at 323-314-5718. Water attractions and new rides for kids and teens also will be at this annual Larchmont Boulevard Associationsponsored fair, and foods from around the world will be served. Korean barbecue will be offered by St. Brendan’s School, an In-N-Out Burger truck will be parked at the site, and local restaurants will be open. Schools, churches, temples

(Continued from page 1) 29 Family Fair beginning at 2:30 p.m. Local judges will award cash prizes: $500, $250 and $100 for first, second and third place, said co-chairs Betsy Malloy and Vivian Gueler. Children dressed as their favorite superheroes, princesses and other characters will be at the Halloween costume contest starting at 1 p.m. The winning chef of the piebaking contest will earn cash and those pies will be served for one month at a local restaurant. For details call Mary

COUNCILMAN David Ryu with former Hope-Net executive director Douglas Ferraro.

“Taste of Larchmont” is the key fundraiser for the organization. Past executive directors Larry Hixson, Candace Whalen and Douglas Ferraro have guided the agency during its 29-year history. Ferraro stepped down recently after 13 years, and the agency is looking forward to welcoming a new executive director. and other nonprofits, charities and organizations are encouraged to participate and have a booth at the fair. Larchmont Blvd. will be closed to traffic for the fair, which will take place from noon to 5:30 p.m. between Beverly Blvd. and First St. Email Betsy@betsymalloy. com for booth applications. Corporate sponsors can email vgueler@pacifictrustgroup.com.

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By Jane Gilman Readers of the Larchmont Chronicle were calling in frustration. “What are we going to do about the homeless? They are panhandling up and down the boulevard.” The newspaper’s publishers were aware of the problem, but not the solution. They urged readers not to give money, but a voucher for a meal at McDonalds instead. It was 1993, the 30th anniversary of the Chronicle, and the publishers (this writer and the late Dawne Goodwin) wanted to have a celebration to mark the milestone.


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(Continued from page 1) with drug dealing going on in broad daylight!” In recent weeks, Simonian says that on multiple occasions half-naked men “high and out of their minds” have entered the lobby of the hotel to harass guests and staff. One night a maintenance guy approached a man loitering in the hotel’s parking lot only to have the man pull a gun on the worker. Now the hotel locks the parking lot gate at 10 p.m. each night, a real inconvenience to guests. Reason for vacancies The problem stems from the 11 bungalows, all located on the west side of Wilton, which have been left vacant by two separate developers who are both waiting to demolish the 1920s houses until they are ready to move forward with construction on their respective projects. The first project, located at 667 - 671 N. Wilton Pl., will replace two of the vacant bungalows with a five-story, 34-unit residential development. The project’s applicant Robert Assil, Syndcore Holdings, LLC, has been actively pushing the project through the planning process since Jan. 2017. The second project, located at 501 - 535 N. Wilton Pl., will replace nine of the vacant bungalows with a five-story, 88-unit residential development. The project’s applicant James Frost, Frost Chaddock Developers, LLC, first began the planning process in Jan. 2015. Demolition permits for this project were issued by the city more than a year ago (Aug. 22, 2016), leaving residents wondering why the empty bungalows have been left standing for so long. Residents are fed up “We have been having so many problems,” said Willie Guzman, a resident on the 600 block of Wilton Pl. “Sometimes I have to leave early for work, and I leave my two daughters at home. The other day, they called me crying because there was a man knocking on the door holding a knife.” Guzman says his neighbor called the police to his house a week later because she was watching a stranger in his backyard. “We’ve never had these problems before. I don’t know why the developer doesn’t just demolish these houses,” he complains. “I am sick and tired of this. And it’s not just me, the whole neighborhood feels this way.” According to longtime homeowner Hugo Duarte, who has lived on the 600 block of Wilton for the past 23 years, it all started three months ago. “I bought my house in 1994.

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This is a good neighborhood; everyone knows each other,” explains Duarte. But now, he says, he’s scared: “The situation is bad.” In recent weeks, Duarte says that the windshield of his truck has been smashed (“There was nothing in it, they broke the glass for pocket change.”) and three times he’s caught men in his backyard. “I am worried about my (Please turn to page 6)

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(Continued from page 5) family,” Duarte says. “If they would just demo, we would have no complaint.” What the developers say Seeking answers, the Chronicle contacted the developers for both projects. “We are almost at the finish line,” says Robert Assil, the developer for the smaller

project on Wilton. “We are just waiting for the demolition permit to be issued.” According to Assil, he has secured his two properties with fencing and boards, but trespassers keep breaking in. “I have a guy drive by the site each day to check on the property.” In regards to the second project, which is much larger (stretching the entire length

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of the block) and has been left “They have their demo pervacant much longer, informa- mits, but not their building tion was less forthcoming. permits,” she explains. A representative for Frost Duncan says that she asked Chaddock Developers, Jake La the developer’s representative Joie, confirmed that the proj- whether his company would ect is still moving forward, but move forward with the demo, he declined but “they to speak "I am sick and tired of this. signaled further on And it's not just me, the whole they were the record. neighborhood feels this way." a b s o l u t e l y U n s ati s not interfied with that response, the ested in doing that” until the Chronicle turned to Council- building permit is approved. man David Ryu. At this time, Duncan says According to Ryu’s senior it’s “not feasible” for the city planning deputy Julia Dun- to force the developer to demo can, who is closely following the nine vacant properties. the situation, the delay is due “Regardless,” she says, “they to Frost Chaddock’s refusal to need to get the site cleaned act on the demolition until up. We’ve asked them to send the project’s new building per- regular maintenance crews to mits are issued. clean and secure the site.”

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Olympics are coming, but loose ends need to be tied The Los Angeles City Council voted Aug. 11 to approve the City’s bid to host the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games. The Games could be an amazing opportunity for our city, but we have three loose ends that still need to be tied up: a reviewed new budget, renegotiated venue agreements, and an updated financial guarantee from the state. If any of these concerns is not resolved, I will push for our city to end the agreement. This contract must be executed in the best interests of our taxpayers. However, I strongly believe

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Angeles. Beginning Aug. 1, the City raised the reimbursement cap for both homeowners and commercial property owners who make their own sidewalk repairs. This new cap will allow more property owners to partner with the city and result in more sidewalks repaired. Visit: sidewalks.lacity.org. The City Council approved July 25 my motion to appropriate funds for the hiring of a consultant to provide analysis and recommendations for the implementation of a collegededicated Children’s Savings Account program. It’s well past

time that we start thinking outside the box to develop policies that boost college readiness, attendance and completion rates and ensure our students have a fighting chance in today’s and tomorrow’s economies. This decision represents a critical next step toward making higher education a reality for Los Angeles Unified School District children. I am excited to continue

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Arts are thriving at schools… with teacher, parent help By Suzan Filipek Whether your child is entering public, private, or parochial school, the arts are in full swing in most of our local schools, or at least are part of the curriculum. A sculpture workshop and

violin lessons may not help get them a six-figure job down the road, but the arts can add beauty, meaning, and, well, art, to their lives. Local public school Lack of public funding has not slowed the beat in arts

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and music programs at Third Street Elementary School, 201 S. June St., where a little bit of help, actually a lot of help, comes from parents. The parents stepped up 10 years ago when $200,000-a-year was cut from

group classes, says non-Title 1 schools, composer and piasuch as Third St. nist David Rhodes (Title 1 provides of Rhodes School of financial assistance Music, 215 N. Larchto schools with a mont Blvd. Students high number of flock from even charchildren from lowters and private schools income families.) to Rhodes, where Parents raise weekly half-hour pri$275,000 annually vate classes are taught from several aveSAX player Gerald nues, mostly a Giv- B. at St. James’. to ages five and up. Learning an instruing Fund launched the beginning of each school ment boosts confidence and year, said Patricia Alexan- can improve a child’s qualder, former president of the ity of life. “Parents see the school’s booster club, Friends change,” says David. The parent-student connecof Third. Some of the money pays for tion is key, pardon the pun, a Mac Lab (with 34 new com- from the child picking the puters), a kindergarten aide, instrument they want to play physical education and more. to what they choose to play. “They won’t practice someBut a chunk of it pays for three teachers: a kindergarten thing unless it’s something arts teacher and music and they like,” Rhodes said. Alice Oh can attest to that. drama teachers. Two of her boys, Jeffrey, 9, With 700 students, a threemember arts and music fac- and David, 6, learn not only ulty doesn’t sound like much, how to play piano, they create but a little ingenuity can go a their own music. Instead of repetitiously long way. “All of the students have practicing the same piece access to all of the teachers,” over and over, they “play their learned songs once every day. explains Alexander. Students take turns in a It became a part of their lives, 12-week music program. and they are always humming Third graders play the record- tunes, in the car, while waiter and learn about rhythm ing, building legos. “I love how it calms them and movement. Fourth and fifth graders study the Orff down,” she adds, “and for Approach, which uses maracas them to hear more than just and rhythm sticks and singing a song when listening to the among its techniques. (The radio. They talk about how Los Angeles Unified School the singer’s voice sounds, the District also offers an orches- instruments involved, the tra program for fourth- and techniques, things that I don’t hear in my ears.” fifth-grade students.) The school “is a literal oasis Theater arts are taught to third through fifth grades, and in this town,” said Jennifer a production is held in the Fitzgerald, Beachwood Dr. “The teachers are happy, spring (the parents build the nurturing, inspired artists sets), said Alexander. A handful of fifth graders themselves, and their passion feeds their instruction which even take on Shakespeare. in turn feeds the students. Local private school Creativity also is in full You see it in the smiles as force at St. James’ Episcopal they leave their lessons,” says School, 625 S. St. Andrews Pl. Fitzgerald. Her daughter, Riley Grace, The 370-student, preschoolthrough-sixth grade, cam- started voice lessons at pus offers theater, visual arts, Rhodes two years ago to learn the notes by singing them music and dance. “We have lots of art options,” first, “to literally get the feel said school spokesman Andrew of them. Then we moved on to piano lessons which we are Wright. Students perform two musi- doing now but she has also cals every year, as well as some taken some drum lessons and Shakespeare, which last year is completely smitten by it so was performed along with we may begin that too!” Riley, 7, adds, “I like going some adult actors. “It was to Rhodes because everyone pretty cool,” noted Wright. Art history concepts are tied is really nice and the teachers into a weekly art class, which make up stories on the instruincludes sculpture and paint- ment and that makes it even ing. Choirs perform at Sun- more fun.” day services plus four concerts a year. Sixth graders can COVER PHOTOS on precedjoin a handbell choir, utilizing ing page, top left: “Sleeping 12 sets of bells. Beginning Beauty” at St. James’, right, “Beauty and the Beast” at and advanced band instigated Third Street — Gia Jordan under the auspices of the Col- (left), Angela Naranbaatar and burn School is going strong. Nadya Rozen; chorus at St. Local music school James’. Riley Grace FitzgerPrivate lessons make a big ald, 7, at the keyboard. Artist difference in augmenting Zoey H. at St. James’.


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Tutoring options for SAT and ACT tests available

By Nina Adams As the school year starts, incoming juniors and seniors will begin to think about how to get into their preferred colleges. The standardized SAT and ACT tests are required at most top-tier universities, and students need high scores to be accepted. The scores are used to assess a student's readiness to attend college. ACT and SAT are designed differently, so students have the option of two different styles of tests. The ACT has four sections: English, math, reading and science reasoning. The SAT also has four sections: reading, writing and language, math without a calculator and math with a calculator. Both tests have an optional writing section. Regardless of the test you take, preparing is a must. One-on-one and classrooms Tutoring services and private tutors include Elite Prep, Los Angeles Public Library branches, Veritas Prep, Nancy Polachek and Nanci Leonard. Many students opt for classroom plus homework tutoring centers, while others prefer one-on-one tutoring at home. Elite Prep, located on Wilshire Blvd., has a classroom setting. Students beginning a class at Elite take a practice SAT test to assess their skills, before preparing for the test. The Los Angeles Public Library “Student Smart” program offers practice SAT and ACT tests and seminars on how to prepare for college. This service is open to all high school students and is free. Veritas Prep has locations in Beverly Hills, Encino and Santa Monica and was founded by two Yale graduates. Their program offers online courses and in-person classes. The online classes are done through live video with a professor. Both of the class-style programs are offered as a twice-a-week option or a five-week option. Veritas also offers one-onone classes. Veritas’s courses range from $499 to $2,400 depending on the course style. Whether you prepare online or in class, tutoring is a great way to ensure a good score on the SAT and ACT tests. Nina Adams will be a senior at Marlborough School in the fall and will serve as the coeditor-in-chief of the school newspaper.

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New principal seeks to promote positive image By Billy Taylor As students at Los Angeles High School returned from summer break, they found a new principal on campus. Travis D. Brandy, Ed.D., was tapped by the Los Angeles Unified School District to head the 2,178-student cam-

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Hollywood Wilshire soccer, part of the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO), is starting up its fall 2017 season this month, which will run through early December. The league has teams for girls and boys ages four to 18. Hollywood Wilshire, Region 78, plays and practices at Pan Pacific Recreation Center, 7600 Beverly Blvd., as well as other playing fields around the area. Registration for the league closed Aug. 31, but according to Kurt Muller, the regional commissioner for Hollywood Wilshire, “As long as we have enough fields and volunteer coaches / referees, we’ll do our best to accept as many kids as possible.” He noted further that they have around 1,000 youth soccer players signed up through the league annually. The league is an all-volunteer organization, and almost all the coaches and referees are parents of players. If you would like to learn more about game dates and times, or future opportunities for registration or volunteering, email ayso78registrar@ gmail.com.

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By Jonathan Lee The Muppets’ first fulllength live show, including performances by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, will be held on Fri., Sat., and Sun., Sept. 8, 9, and 10 at the Hollywood Bowl. The event, titled “The Muppets Take the Bowl,” will feature iconic Muppets characters like Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog, who will dance and perform comedic sketches, alongside celebrity appearances and classic songs performed by the orchestra. The Muppets’ live-show debut will conclude with a fireworks display. The Sept. 8 and 9 shows will start at 8 p.m., and the Sept. 10 show at 7:30 p.m. Visit hollywoodbowl. com for more information.

Signups for coed flag football for kids ages 6 to 12 are now available at Pan Pacific Recreation Center, 7600 Beverly Blvd. Opening day is Sat., Sept. 30. There are three divisions: Pee Wee for those born between 2008 and 2010, Minors for those born between 2006 and 2007, and Majors for those born from 2004 to 2005. Evaluation dates for those in the Minor and Major age groups are Sat., Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. or Wed., Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. There is no evaluation necessary for those in the Pee Wee group. Practices begin the week of Sept. 18, with each team’s coach determining practice dates and times. Cost is $120, which includes uniform, game fees, trophy and staff. Volunteer coaches are still needed. For more information, call 323-939-8874 or go to laparks.org.

Dinosaur festival at NHMLA Celebrate dinosaurs and learn about the pre-historic past at the second annual Dino Fest at the Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Blvd., Sat., Sept. 23 and Sun., Sept. 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Paleontologists will be onsite to answer questions. There will be hands-on activities, interactive experiences, and dig pits. This year, the highlight of the event will be a candidate for official state dinosaur Augustynolophus morrisi. For more information, call 213-763-3499 or go to nhm.org.

Teen Advisory Board applications sought

The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust is accepting applications for its 201718 Teen Advisory Board. The Board consists of Los Angeles high school students who work with Holocaust survivor mentors and various museum projects throughout the school year. Contact Rachel @lamoth. org, or call 323-456-5085.


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Laptop-friendly backpacks & eco lunchware on Blvd. By Suzan Filipek Backpacks and pencil holders in vibrant shades with emoji and outer space designs, eco-friendly “lunch pails” and innovative 3D pens are sure to please every student heading back to school this fall.

Laptop-friendly backpacks for younger kids by Ore and styles for teens by Fjällräven are among the school-oriented goods at Pickett Fences, 219 N. Larchmont. “Fjällräven is a very popular brand from Sweden that is

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the same mantra. The next day, political commentators Cenk Uygur and Ben Shapiro debated many issues facing the U.S., including health care, tax breaks and... Trump. The debate was interrupted several times, primarily by Trump supporters, who yelled and booed. When the left-leaners heckled, Uygur would try to calm things, whereas Shapiro would encourage the bad behaviors of the “alt-right” supporters. Sadly, it was rare to complete a session without rants of “USA, USA, USA” or “Trump, Trump, Trump.” I guess it’s expected when politics have become so polarizing and hateful. Politicon was an amazing experience, and I recommend it to any political junkie. I didn’t agree with everyone, but it was interesting to hear their points of view, even at high volume. From composed debates to yelling matches, Politicon represented the state of U.S. politics in the era of Trump: a political climate of rage, hate, and controversy.  Lack of respect, kindness By Kiyomi Genewick At Politicon, I spent two days attending panels, visit(Please turn to page 17)

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good, bad and ugly. At the end of the weekend, it was clear to me that the lessons I’ve learned at home and school

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Kiyomi Genewick, 14, and Sofia Goitiandia, 15, are both incoming freshmen this year at Marymount High School.

STUDENTS Sofia Goitiandia, 15, and Kiyomi Genewick, 14, watch the “Facts Still Matter” panel discussion.

Politicon (Continued from page 16) ing booths and observing people. Not only did I learn a lot about today’s hot political topics, but I got to witness how people discuss and debate these issues. Early in the conference, I was impressed to see guests with different opinions discuss the topic of LGBTQ+ in the 21st Century. The panel showcased how people with opposing views or different experiences can discuss topics without verbally attacking each other. I believe that because they listened to one another, each participant moved forward with new ideas that may impact his or her

future choices because of the discussion. Unfortunately, most panels were not as respectful. I sat through many panels featuring political “personalities” who make a living voicing their opinions. These personalities were only there to share their messages, and they clearly didn’t want to hear from anyone else.  Instead, insults were exchanged, nothing productive was discussed and no new ideas were presented. It was during these panels where the chant “USA” was used to disrupt and divide the audience.  It made me uncomfortable to hear the angry, not patriotic, chanting. I’m glad I got to attend Politicon, where I witnessed the

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Comparing Pilgrim’s ‘Commonwealth’ and the ‘Chronicle’ By Jonathan Lee Managing the “Commonwealth,” the student-run newspaper of Pilgrim School, and writing for the Larchmont Chronicle have been markedly different experiences. Both publications have unique aspects that set them apart from one

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high school students. Due to structured office setting and the small size of this com- strict deadlines. The monthly munity, the school paper’s publication of the Chronicle, writers are familiar, and often as opposed to the publication friends, with of my those they Perhaps the most distinguishing s c h o o l i n t e r v i e w. attribute of the Pilgrim School newspaAs a result, newspaper is that it is almost per once i n t e r v i e w s entirely student-run. every two between staff months, writers and their subjects are amplifies this need for dilioften less formal and reduce gence. unwanted stress on newer stuThough they contrast greatly, dents tasked with obtaining the publications have similariinformation from members of ties as well, the most obvious the school community. of which is their environments. On the other hand, the The office and classroom of Larchmont Chronicle main- the two papers are thoroughly tains a far greater readership inviting. I recall the hospitality and publishes articles that per- of the two newspaper staffs, on tain to the wider community. my first day in the school jourIts articles, therefore, focus on nalism class and on my first events and issues of greater day as an intern at the longsignificance. Such a readership established local newspaper. demands more professionalism Jonathan Lee is the editor than does my school’s newspa- in chief of Pilgrim School’s per, which is apparent in the “Commonwealth” this fall.

Welcome everybody to my column and a new 2017-18 school year! First off, I would personally like to thank Ms. Patricia Kong for all the hard work that she did as our headmaster last year, and I would like to give a very warm welcome to Mr. Paul Barsky to the Pilgrim community. I know he will do a great job as our new headmaster. I am very excited to announce that we are in the home stretch for the Field of Dreams project.

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By Isabella Bernaldo 8th Grade In the month of August, St. Brendan School started a new year! Students entered the gates where, as many years before, they were greeted by a member of the student council who handed them a pencil. These pencils were not just any pencils, however, they were used in the assembly for an interactive activity where students

No longer a big hole on Commonwealth but a beautiful field, bringing joy to all of us here at Pilgrim, especially to us athletes. The Middle School Flag Football team started practicing in Aug. I can’t wait to get on the field, passing, scoring, bonding, and winning. Last year our team won the Division 2 Championship, and our goal for this season is to win Division 1! I am sure we can do it. I want to give a shoutout to Coach Taylor Shipley, and Coach Oscar Bellfield for giving the basketball players a great offseason camp. I personally had a lot of fun, and thanks to their great coaching, as a player I have improved, and... Go Patriots! win prizes! Eager kindergarteners entered their new classroom wideeyed and anxious, clutching their parents’ hands where they were greeted by their teachers. They then received, as all SBS kindergarteners do, a fun, novelty shaped name tag tied on a yarn.  The student council kicked off the new school year with their first assembly. It was filled with fun activities and announcements.  The parent board held a get together for the parents where they met other parents and had coffee and donuts. St. Brendan’s new year is off to a great start!

Pass the chili and hold the beef — vegan is on the school menu

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roughs Bulletin,” “Roman Remarks” or “Marlborough Corner.” It was rare that a student’s picture appeared. Tom’s

DEACON TOM BRANDLIN in 2008, 42 years after being a student reporter at the Larchmont Chronicle.

Former Chronicle student reporter: then and now

By Rachel Olivier These days, Tom Brandlin of Park La Brea serves as a notfor-profit consultant at the Soldiers Project in North Hollywood and other agencies, as well as deacon at St. Basil’s Parish on Wilshire Blvd. Then In 1965, he was a high school sophomore at St. John Vianney High School (in the process of being renamed Daniel Murphy). Like most kids his age, Tom was a veritable wild card of possibilities, but as yet unfocused. Enter intrepid editor and publisher Jane Gilman, who was seeking students interested in reporting on their

schools in the Larchmont Chronicle. She contacted Fr. Vincent Cavalli, a teacher at Daniel Murphy, who talked to Tom about the opportunity. That is how Tom became the Chronicle’s first student reporter. As a student reporter, Tom brought in his double-spaced 500-word column every month by deadline. It may have been typed, but this was no hurried email sent off at the last minute or after the deadline. Once Tom began his student reporting, more student reporters submitted columns. Each school’s column had its own heading, such as “Bur-

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Directory of public and private schools Nursery Schools

CHILDREN’S CENTER PRESCHOOL 1260 N. Vermont Ave. 323-422-9690 ourccp.com Tim Siregar, director. Ages 2.9 years to kindergarten. Hours

are 8:45 a.m. to noon, with a full day option through 4 p.m. Call for rates and information. LARCHMONT PRESCHOOL 555 N. Windsor Blvd. 323-572-0186 larchmontpreschool.com Debra Stolberg, director. Ages 2 to 4 years for toddler program

and 3 to 5 years for preschool program. Hours are 9 a.m. to noon or 2 to 5 p.m. Rates range from $400 to $900 per month. PLYMOUTH SCHOOL 315 S. Oxford Ave. 213-387-7381 theplymouthschool.com Megan Drynan, director. Ages

2 years to 5 years. Full days are 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Half days 8:45 to 11:45 a.m. 60 students. Call for rates. ST. JAMES’ EPISCOPAL PRESCHOOL DIVISION 625 S. Gramercy Pl. 213-382-2315 sjsla.org Dr. Patricia Joseph Thomas, director. From 2 to 6 years, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with before and after school care. Closed in Aug. Call for rates. SUNSET MONTESSORI PRESCHOOL 1432 N. Sycamore Ave. 323-465-8133 4212 Tujunga Ave. 818-623-0913 sunsetmontessori.com Liliya Kordon, head of school. Ages 2 to 6 years, 40 students. Full and half days are available. Tuition is $1,500 per month for half days and $1,700 per month for full days. WAGON WHEEL SCHOOL 653 N. Cahuenga Blvd. 323-469-8994 wagonwheelschool.org Ruth Segal, director. Ages 2 to 5 years, 110 students. 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with after school program. $1,800 per month. WESTSIDE JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER PRESCHOOL 5870 W. Olympic Blvd. 323-556-5251 westsidejcc.org Deborah L. Kaplan, M.A.T., director. Ages 2 to 5 years, preschool through transitional kindergarten. Arts and playbased and includes an afternoon enrichment program. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with an early drop off option. Check website for tuition. WILSHIRE BLVD. TEMPLE EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTERS West (Mann) 11661 W. Olympic Blvd., 90064 424-208-8900 East - Temple (Glazer) 3663 Wilshire Blvd., 90010 213-835-2125 wbtecc.org Carol Bovill, director. Ages 2 to 5 years. West campus hours 7:45 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. East campus hours 7:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Ages 18 mos. to 5 years. Baby

Tom Brandlin (Continued from page 19) 500 to the 600 block over the years). He would sit by Jane’s desk as she read over his column; they discussed what was happening at school or in the neighborhood. A few times he ended up with independent writing assignments as a result. Two of those articles, one an interview of a USC history professor, and one a report on the work of Marian Bramble and the Crenshaw tutorial program, were published in the July 1966 Larchmont Chronicle. He remained a student reporter at the paper until his

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ARETÉ PREPARATORY ACADEMY 11500 W. Olympic Blvd., #318 310-478-9900 areteprep.org Jim Hahn, head of school. Grades nine to 12, with approximately 50 students. An accelerated and high-ability liberal arts program. Call admissions office for more information. BAIS YAAKOV SCHOOL FOR GIRLS 7353 Beverly Blvd. 323-938-3231 Rabbi Joel Bursztyn, director. Ninth to 12th grade. 300 students. $18,300 per year. BLESSED SACRAMENT 6641 Sunset Blvd. 323-467-4177 schoolblessedsacrament.org Danina Uy, principal. Prekindergarten to eighth grade. 120 students. Call or check website for tuition rates. BRAWERMAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WEST 11661 W. Olympic Blvd. 424-208-8934 BRAWERMAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL EAST 3663 Wilshire Blvd. 213-835-2170 brawerman.org Brandon Cohen, Head of School. West Campus, kindergarten to sixth grade, with about 100 students. East Campus, kindergarten to sixth grade, with approximately 280 students. Call for tuition rates. THE BUCKLEY SCHOOL 3900 Stansbury Ave. 818-783-1610 buckley.org James Busby, head of school. Kindergarten to 12th grade; 830 students in lower, middle and upper schools. Call or check website for more information. CAMPBELL HALL 4533 Laurel Canyon Blvd. 818-980-7280 campbellhall.org Rev. Julian Bull, headmaster. Kindergarten through 12th grade. Check website for tuition rates.

graduation in 1968. Now Tom says that that early training in communicating in a succinct manner has served him well over the years, through high school, university, his master’s in Christian ministry, various jobs with nonprofit agencies, and now as a grant writer and consultant at his business Not-forProfit Counsel. Tom Brandlin had no idea where his journey would take him when he began as a student reporter in 1965, he says. Currently, there are about 20 student reporters at the Chronicle during each school year. Who knows where they may end up as they begin their own journeys into adulthood?


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(Private school prices subject to change) MARLBOROUGH SCHOOL 250 S. Rossmore Ave. 323-935-1147 marlborough.org Dr. Priscilla Sands, head of school. Girls only. Seventh to 12th grade, 530 students.

213-381-5121, ext. 1200 loyolahs.edu Rev. Gregory M. Goethals, SJ ’73, president. Frank Kozakowski, principal. Boys only. Ninth to 12th grade, 1,247 students. Call school or check website for tuition rates.

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Developmental kindergarten to sixth grade, 491 students. Call admissions office for rates. ECHO HORIZON 3430 McManus Ave. 310-838-2442 echohorizon.org Martha Schuur, head of school. Pre-kindergarten to sixth grade, 200 students. Hours are Mondays, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Tuesdays through Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Check website for rates. EPISCOPAL SCHOOL OF LOS ANGELES 6325 Santa Monica Blvd. 323-462-3752 es-la.com Rev. Maryetta Anschutz, founding head of school. Grades six to 12, 140 students. After school programming available. Financial aid and scholarships are available. FUSION ACADEMY 5757 Wilshire Blvd., Prom. 1 323-692-0603 fusionacademy.com Katheryn Nguyen, head of school. Grades six to 12. One teacher to one student; enrollment capacity 75 students. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Check website or call for Open House dates and tuition. HARVARD-WESTLAKE 3700 Coldwater Canyon 818-980-6692 hw.com Richard Commons, president; head of upper school, Laura Ross; head of middle school, Jon Wimbish. Seventh to 12th grade; middle school and high school are separate campuses. Check website for tuition rates. HOLLYWOOD SCHOOLHOUSE 1233 N. McCadden Pl. 323-465-1320 hollywoodschoolhouse.org Ilise Faye, head of school. Preschool to sixth grade. Pre-school supervision until 6 p.m. 307 students. Check website for rates. IMMACULATE HEART MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL 5515 Franklin Ave. 323-461-3651 immaculateheart.org Maureen Diekmann, president; Naemah Z. Morris, high school principal. Gina Finer, middle school principal. Girls only, grades six to 12, 500 students. Tuition for 2017-18 school year is $15,900. LAURENCE SCHOOL 13639 Victory Blvd. 818-782-4001 laurenceschool.com Lauren Wolke, head of school. Kindergarten to sixth grade, 300 students. Hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. with extended care available. Base tuition is $27,965 per year. LE LYCÉE FRANÇAIS DE LOS ANGELES 3261 Overland Ave. 310-836-3464 lyceela.org Clara-Lisa Kabbaz, Esq., president. Bilingual, French or English-language sections available. Preschool to 12th grade. Check website for rates and information for their six campuses. LOYOLA HIGH SCHOOL 1901 Venice Blvd.

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CATHEDRAL CHAPEL 755 S. Cochran Ave. 323-938-9976 cathedralchapelschool.org Tina Kipp, principal. Kindergarten to eighth grade. 258 students. Extended care. Call for tuition rates. CENTER FOR EARLY EDUCATION 536 N. Alfred St. 323-651-0707 centerforearlyeducation.org Mark Brooks, head of school. 2 years to sixth grade, 540 students. Check website for rates. CHRIST THE KING 617 N. Arden Blvd. 323-462-4753 cksla.org Patty Hager, principal. Montessori transitional kindergarten to eighth grade. 200 students. Check website for tuition rates. CURTIS SCHOOL 15871 Mulholland Dr. 310-476-1251, ext. 820 curtisschool.org Meera Ratnesar, head of school.

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Directory of public and private schools school. Girls only. Ninth to 12th grade, 398 student. Base tuition $34,650 per year for ninth to 11th grades; $35,250 per year for 12th grade. Lunch, laptop and daily bus transportation are included in tuition. MAYFIELD JUNIOR SCHOOL 405 S. Euclid Ave., Pasadena

626-796-2774 mayfieldjs.org Joseph J. Gill, head of school. Coed school. Kindergarten to eighth grade. 515 students. Call for tuition rates. MAYFIELD SENIOR SCHOOL 500 Bellefontaine St., Pasadena

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626-799-9121 mayfieldsenior.org Kate Morin, head of school. Girls only, ninth to 12th grade. 330 students. Base tuition is $25,000 per year. THE OAKS SCHOOL 6817 Franklin Ave. 323-850-3755 oaksschool.org Ted Hamory, head of school. Tanyanya Hekymaru, director of admissions and civic engagement. Kindergarten to sixth grade, 160 students. $25,592 per year plus fees. PACIFIC HILLS 8628 Holloway Dr. 310-276-3068 phschool.org Michael Wagner and Ann Wagner, co-executive directors. Sixth to 12th grade. 120 students. Tuition is $29,900 plus fees. PAGE ACADEMY OF HANCOCK PARK 565 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-463-5118 pageschool.com Charles J. Vaughan, president, Pat Klindworth, senior director. Preschool to eighth grade. Accelerative Learning Certified Teachers and fully accredited by NCPSA, MSA/CESS and AI. Extended hours are 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Call for tuition rates. PARK CENTURY SCHOOL 3939 Landmark Street 310-840-0500

parkcenturyschool.org Douglas E. Phelps, head of school. CAIS and NAIS-certified independent school for children ages 7 to 14, second to eighth grades, with learning disabilities. Call for rates. PILGRIM SCHOOL 540 S. Commonwealth Ave. 213-385-7351 pilgrim-school.org Paul I. Barsky, head of school. Preschool (2 years) to 12th grade, 407 students. NAIS and CAISaccredited. Call or check website for rates and more information. ST. BRENDAN CATHOLIC SCHOOL 238 S. Manhattan Pl. 213-382-7401 stbrendanschool.com Sr. Maureen O’Connor, C.S.J., principal. Kindergarten to eighth grade, 305 students. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. with after school care. Call for tuition rates. ST. JAMES’ EPISCOPAL SCHOOL 625 S. St. Andrews Pl. 213-382-2315 sjsla.org Deborah David, head of school. Preschool to sixth grade. 370 students. Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the California Association of Independent Schools. Check website for more information, tuition and fees. STEM3 ACADEMY 6455 Coldwater Canyon Ave. 818-623-6386 stem3academy.org Dr. Ellis Crasnow, director. Kindergarten to 12th grade, 80 students. Specializes in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects for students who have high-functioning Autism Spectrum or ADHD or other social or learning disorders. Tuition is $33,300 per year. STRATFORD SCHOOL 1200 N. Cahuenga Blvd. 323-980-9505 stratfordschools.com/melrose Paul Mastin, head of school. Cheryl Molenkamp, director of lower school. Preschool to eighth grade. Hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., with optional before and after school care. Tuition

varies by program and enrollment is ongoing. Check website for more information. TEMPLE ISRAEL DAY SCHOOL 7300 Hollywood Blvd. 323-876-8330, ext. 4000 tiohdayschool.org Rachel Lewin, head of school. Kindergarten to sixth grade, about 230 students. After school enrichment and supervision until 4 p.m. Tours are Oct. 19, Nov. 9 and Jan. 11. Call to reserve a space and for rates. TREE ACADEMY 5555 W. Olympic Blvd. 424-204-5165 treeacademy.org Darryl Sollerh, director. Sixth to ninth grades, 70 students. Concentrates on creative arts, new technology and social justice, as well as academics. Call admissions office for tuition rates. TURNING POINT SCHOOL 8780 National Blvd. 310-841-2505 turningpointschool.org Dr. Laura Konigsberg, head of school. Preschool (2 years and 9 months) to eighth grade, 350 students. Before and after school care. Check website for information and tuition rates. VISTAMAR SCHOOL 737 Hawaii St. 310-643-7377 vistamarschool.org Karen Eshoo, head of school. Ninth to 12th grade, 275 students. Tuition is $36,200 plus fees. WESLEY SCHOOL 4832 Tujunga Ave. 818-508-4542 wesleyschool.org John Walter III, head of school; Joseph Campanella, middle school head; Chris Thinnes, lower school head. Coed. Kindergarten to eighth grade, 285 students. Hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. with before and after school care available. Tuition for K to fifth grade is $24,440; sixth to eighth grades is $27,450; additional fees required. WESTRIDGE SCHOOL 324 Madeline Dr. 626-799-1153 westridge.org Elizabeth McGregor, head of


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CHARLES H. KIM ELEMENTARY 225 S Oxford Ave 213-368-5600 kim-lausd-ca.schoolloop.com Jonathan Paek, principal. Kindergarten to fifth grade. About 700 students enrolled. Special education, gifted and talented, Spanish dual language, Korean transitional bilingual education and structured English immersion programs. HANCOCK PARK 408 S. Fairfax Ave. 323-935-5272 hancockparkschool.com Ashley Parker, principal.

Kindergarten to fifth grade, 800+ students. Hours are 8:07 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., after school program to 6 p.m. LARCHMONT CHARTER FAIRFAX 1265 N. Fairfax Ave. 323-656-6418 larchmontcharter.org Mersedeh Emrani, school leader. Amy Held, executive director. Kindergarten to fourth grade. LARCHMONT CHARTER HOLLYGROVE 815 N. El Centro 323-836-0860 larchmontcharter.org Alissa Chariton and Eva Orozco, co-school leaders. Amy Held, executive director. Transitional kindergarten to fourth grade. MELROSE MATHEMATICS/ SCIENCE/ TECHNOLOGY MAGNET 731 N. Detroit St. 323-938-6275 melrosestars.org Mathew Needleman, principal. Kindergarten to fifth grade, 350 students. 8:06 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., after school programs to 6 p.m. NEW LA CHARTER 5421 Rodeo Rd. 323-556-9500 newlaelementary.org Kate O’Brien, principal; Brooke Rios, head of schools. Transitional kindergarten to first grade. 500 students. 7:20 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. THIRD STREET ELEMENTARY 201 S. June St. 323-939-8337 thirdstreetschool.com Daniel Kim, principal. Kindergarten to fifth grade, 700 students. 7:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with the Beyond the Bell after school program until 6 p.m. VAN NESS AVENUE/ FRANCIS BLEND ELEMENTARY 501 N. Van Ness Ave. 323-469-0992 Pauline Hong, principal. Kindergarten to fifth grade with a special education component for the visually impaired. Approximately 250 students. Has Boys and Girls Club after school program.

WILSHIRE CREST 5241 W. Olympic Blvd. 323-938-5291 lausd.net/Wilshire_Crest_EL Harold Klein, principal. Expanded pre-Kindergarten to fifth grade. 315 students. After school program until 6 p.m. WILSHIRE PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 4063 Ingraham St. 213-739-4760 wilshireparkrockets.com Leighanne Creary, principal. Transitional kindergarten to fifth grade. 500 students. After school program until 6 p.m. WILTON PLACE 745 S. Wilton Pl. 213-389-1181 lausd.k12.ca.us/Wilton_EL Jung Hae Kim, principal. Pre-

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school. Fourth through 12th grades. 500 students. Girls only. Tuition is $26,970 for fourth through sixth, $29,840 for seventh and eighth, $34,900 for ninth to 12th, plus fees. WILLOWS COMMUNITY SCHOOL 8509 Higuera St. 310-815-0411 thewillows.org Lisa Rosenstein, head of school. Developmental kindergarten to eighth grade, 463 students. Before and after school care. Tuition for DK to fifth is $28,305 per year; sixth to eighth grade is $32,320 per year; additional fees required. WILSHIRE PRIVATE SCHOOL 4900 Wilshire Blvd. 323-939-3800 wilshireschool.org Edward Shin, principal. Junior kindergarten (4 1/2 years) to sixth grade. 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. with daycare until 6:30 p.m. After-school and summer programs. Call for rates. YAVNEH HEBREW ACADEMY 5353 W. 3rd St. 323-931-5808 yha.org Rabbi Moshe Dear, headmaster; Rabbi Schlomo Einhorn, dean. 2 years to eighth grade, 500 students. Check website for more information and tuition rates.

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5151 State University Dr. 323-343-2550 lachsa.net Mitzi Lizarraga, principal. Ninth through 12th grades. Tuition-free public school specializing in college preparatory and visual and performing arts. LOS ANGELES HIGH 4650 W. Olympic Blvd. 323-900-2700 lahigh.org Travis Brandy, principal. Ninth to 12th grade. 1,200 students. Athletics and other clubs are after school.

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Amy Held, executive director. Fifth and sixth grade. Check website for more information. NEW LA CHARTER 1919 S. Burnside Ave. 323-939-6400 newlamiddle.org Daryl Brook, principal; Brooke Rios, head of schools. Sixth to eighth grade, 300 students. Hours are 8:10 a.m. to 3:20 p.m., with an after school program until 6:10 p.m.

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New St. James’ head of school will soon be found The search continues for a new head of school at St. James’ Episcopal School. Debbi David announced her retirement, effective June 30, 2018, in January. The Board of Trustees has tapped Resource Group 175 as its search firm with consultants Tom Hudnut  and  Doreen Oleson leading the search. Mr. Hudnut was the head of HarvardWestlake School for 25 years, and Dr. Oleson recently served on the St. James’ accreditation team in addition to heading St. Mark’s in Altadena for 25 years.  Working in concert with Debbi David and Bishop Catherine Roskam, Bishop-inCharge of St. James’ in the City, the Board of Trustees has also appointed a 10-member search team.  In early fall, the search committee is expected to narrow a list of semifinalists to a few finalists who will each visit the

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Windsor Village Association News • The Windsor Village 2017 Block Party is around the corner! Please join us on September 16th, from 4 pm to 6:30 pm, on 9th street between Windsor and Victoria, and get to know your neighbors! Admission is free and open to all Windsor Village residents, including our four-legged friends. This year’s event promises to be the best ever and will offer delicious, complimentary food from local favorites like Gus’s Fried Chicken, a taco truck, ice cream from Jeni’s, complimentary wine tasting, and fun for the whole family with a professional DJ and MC, face painter, balloon twister, Cool Critters petting zoo, bounce house, free raffle prizes and so much more! The Block Party will also include two initiatives to improve neighborhood safety and our environment: we’ve partnered with Ring video doorbell to bring their doorbells to you at a discount, and we invite you to bring your used batteries and light-bulbs to the Block Party to be environmentally recycled. Please RSVP to windsorvillageassn@gmail.com for a truly funfilled day. Special thanks to our Title Sponsor, Tim Stivers and our VIP Sponsors, Rosen Saba, LLP, Vera Borges and Wilshire Escrow.

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The Windsor Village Association Annual meeting will be held on November 12 at the home of Diane Dicksteen. Five board member positions are up for election. We urge all residents to consider running for election and serving their community. Please stop by our booth at the Block Party for more information and to learn how else you can help the Windsor Village community. This year’s Annual Meeting will also include our holiday food drive to benefit a local food bank. We hope to see you at our Annual Meeting and that you will bring a few cans from your pantry with you.

Frey and Ubaldo Marson, and Wilshire Rotary President Patrick MacKellan. • • • The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising Museum and the Television Academy announced their annual presentation of the “Art of Television Costume Design.” This 11th exhibition salutes the work of this year’s Emmynominated costume designers. Emmy-nominated costumes from nine television shows are included in the in the exhibition as well as costumes from 16 other prominent television shows. “We have many parties and receptions following the announcement of the nomina-

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Back to School It may still feel like summer to some of us, but many neighborhood students know better as they head back to school. Our relatively small area has a surprisingly high concentration of schools of all types. Below is a brief list of just a few of them. — Public schools such as Third Street Elementary, Hancock Park Elementary, John Burroughs Middle School and Los Angeles High School. — Charter schools such as Larchmont Charter. — Religious schools such as St. Brendan’s, Cathedral Chapel, Christ the King, St, James’ and Yavneh Hebrew Academy. — Highly selective all-girls middle and upper school, Marlborough. — Nursery schools such as Wagon Wheel, The Plymouth School and others. Even if one is not a student or parent of a student, this educational density affects all the residents of the neighborhood. For instance, savvy drivers know to avoid 6th Street near Highland on school mornings, when traffic backs up with parents dropping off kids at John Burroughs. And the stretch of Rossmore south of Beverly is as slow as the Sepulveda Pass when Marlborough School lets out. Afternoons on Larchmont Boulevard bustle more than usual as students flock to ice cream shops, juice bars and coffee shops for after-school treats. Many of these students may be unpredictable in their movements, distracted by friends or their phones, zipping around on scooters, bikes or skateboards, or crossing streets unsafely. Drivers should exercise extra vigilance as they drive through our neighborhoods’ school zones and busy intersections. We are fortunate to live in such an educationally rich environment, but not everyone is so lucky. There are many ways to reach out to students and schools with fewer advantages. One of the most effective is via the local neighborhood charity clearing house, Big Sunday, which is sponsoring its 5th Annual Book n’ Brunch on September 17th at its headquarters at 6111 Melrose Avenue. Volunteers will be collecting all kinds of new and gently used books, especially children’s books, to be donated to schools and other nonprofits. Go to the website, bigsunday. org, for more information, and help get everyone’s school year off to a great start. 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 157 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004, or visit our website at windsorsquare.org. ADV.

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ect” costume designer Salvador Perez, and Television Academy Costume Design and Supervision Governors Terry Ann Gordon and Sue Bub enjoyed the event as well. As always, FIDM generously opens this exhibit to the public free of charge until Oct. 7. (Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.) Don’t miss it!

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Gatsby-inspired fashion show, lunch at St. Anne’s Gatsby-inspired attire is optional, but a roaring good time is on the bill at St. Anne’s Thrift & Gift Shop fashion show and luncheon Thurs., Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 155 N. Occidental Blvd. St. Anne’s Boutique will offer clothing, shoes, jewelry, accessories and housewares for sale. A silent auction closes at 11:45 a.m. and lunch is served at noon. Prize for the best dressed. Proceeds benefit St. Anne’s support services provided to young women, children and families. RSVP by Sept. 5. Tickets are $40 ($50 after Sept. 5). Contact Loretta at 213-422-3105 or Helen at 310-617-2219.

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All GWNC meetings are open to the public, and the meeting times and locations are published on the website under Meeting Schedules. If you have an item you would like placed on a meeting agenda, please contact info@greaterwilshire.org or (323) 539-GWNC (4962), at least two weeks before the meeting. Meeting agendas are posted on the GWNC website and elsewhere in the Greater Wilshire community at least 72 business hours before our meetings.

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Helene Seifer sine, but also turns out pork liver salad and chicken feet jungle curry. We selected four dishes for the two of us — at least one too many, but who could resist? $12 crying tiger beef pairs grilled slices of marinated beef with a lime dipping sauce. It had an earthy beefiness, with a touch of sweet and spice. Delicious. A mild chicken broth was the base for $9 seaweed tofu soup, a giant homey bowl that also included ground pork, Napa cabbage and Chinese celery. We added some chili paste to kick it up a notch and slurped until the entire bowl was drained. $11 papaya salad with shrimp was simple and refreshing. Phuket style crab curry kanomjean is labeled with a chili warning, and it did indeed have some heat, even though we ordered it mild. The $17 dish presents blue crab in broth with accoutrements on the side. Add them all: vermicelli rice noodles, hard-boiled egg slices, pickled carrots and papaya.

It was bursting with flavors, textures and colors — one of the best Thai dishes I’ve had and one I’d “Luv2eat” again. Luv2eat Thai Bistro, 6660 Sunset Blvd., 323-498-5835. • • • There’s no stopping the fried chicken madness taking over the city. One of the most recent arrivals is Brooklynbased Sweet Chick, an attractive open space with a gastropub vibe. A full bar with fresh fruit cocktails and boozy slushies adds to the draw. There is a surprising number of appetizers for a place that’s essentially a higher-end Roscoe’s, from crawfish hush puppies to beef cheek pastrami. We tried the $12 mussel toast. Shelled mussels sat atop avocado and fava puree with a vinegary shower of parsley and hearts of palm. It made a nice starter. Almost all the mains involve variations of fried chicken. I ordered their signature $17 fried chicken and waffles dinner, choosing a bacon-cheddar waffle over such others as classic and spiced pecan. My husband ordered $18 chicken “Cordon Bleu,” a ham-dotted gruyere-sauced fried chicken plate, served with a thyme waffle. The waffles are great — Belgian-style and fluffy, (Please turn to page 29)

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PINK’S LADIES WHO LUNCH include three former Larchmont Chronicle Women of Larchmont, from left: Betsy Anderson, Jennifer Fain and Daryl Twerdahl. The trio of local friends meets for lunch at the popular hot dog spot on La Brea Ave. at least quarterly. The ladies have celebrated one another’s birthdays there for more than 20 years.

U.S. REP. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), right, and Hancock Park resident Raj Vora at “Yugpurush.” The recent play at the Dolby Theatre raised $1.3 million for a hospital in rural India. Vora is president of Beverly Hills chapter of Jain Social Groups International Fed.

Longtime Hancock Park resident, magician Bernie Shine, is performing his “tabletop” show at Sofitel Hotel, 8555 Beverly Blvd., Fri., Sept. 1 and Sat., Sept. 2 at 8 p.m. The retired attorney combines card wizardry with mentalism in intimate venues for his performances. (The room he plays to at Sofitel holds 20 guests.) A frequent performer at the Magic Castle in the 1970s, his public shows are now rare. Mentalist Brett Barry described Shine as “a leg-

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end within a mystery.” British actor / magician Andy Nyman has noted “I love watching Bernie do magic. It’s like stepping back in time to the glory days at the Magic Castle.”

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Bungalow (Continued from page 1) galow parties adhere to the rules, “then [in six months] the case gets dismissed.” In court Aug. 7, Vicki Podberesky, the latest new attorney for Larchmont Village Partners, LLC (the company managed by the late Mr. Albert Mizrahi), told Commissioner Harris that the Bungalow had closed Aug. 1 and had paid its fines. Back in Feb. 2016, the Bungalow had been ordered by the criminal court judge to either comply by removing its tables and chairs and to apply for a certificate of occupancy or close by Aug. 7, 2017. This was part of a plea deal with Mr. Mizrahi, owner of both the restaurant and the building. He died in August 2016. After the court hearing last month, Podberesky said she didn’t know what the current manager of the LLC, Mrs. Renee Mizrahi, planned to do with the property.

The large premises, at 107 N. Larchmont, could be subdivided into retail and take out, once the required permits are obtained, said Todd Maland, investigator with the city Dept. of Building and Safety. A “Pot Collective Coming Soon” sign taped on the outside of the former Bungalow’s front window on August 19 appears to have been the work of a prankster.

City resources expended Besides several city inspectors, the criminal case involved some five prosecutors and eight judges, and Christion said she stopped counting after more than 100 court dates. In addition, there were seven judges and 38 court dates on the civil side. The only money paid by the restaurant company to reimburse the city was $3,633.47 Albert Mizrahi opened the eatery as a take-out in 2009 with tables and chairs. In a

sworn affidavit, under penalty of perjury and prior to the opening, he had acknowledged specifically that the facility would not have tables and chairs. The number of restaurants on Larchmont Blvd. is restricted under zoning laws. The restaurant limit was reached years before Mr. Mizrahi bought the property and opened his restaurant (when only new take-out establishments were allowed). As a result of Mr. Mizrahi’s commencement of business as a restaurant — with tables and chairs — and not as a take-out, the city almost immediately revoked the location’s required certificate of occupancy. The Larchmont Bungalow served the public without a certificate of occupancy from October of 2009 until its closure last month. Civil case also ends Alongside the criminal case was the civil lawsuit. Mr. Mizrahi had filed a law-

suit against the city seeking multiple kinds of redress and claiming that he was a victim of discrimination. Although the city won that case, which was dismissed in 2015, it served for years to delay the criminal prosecution. In addition, Mr. Mizrahi’s attorneys sought exemption from the Boulevard’s Q Condition zoning through various City Planning Dept. appeals. The city, however, as well as the civil court judges, found no cause for any exemption, and the criminal case finally moved forward. However, because of a successful appeal by the Mizrahi

attorneys of a technicality in the courts’ 2015 dismissal of the civil case, that case was scheduled to return for a status conference at the civil trial court last month, with trial scheduled for October. But Mrs. Mizrahi’s lawyer last month moved to have the civil case dismissed, and it was. “The civil lawsuit against the city was voluntarily dismissed on Aug. 4, 2017. The dismissal fully terminates the civil lawsuit. Any dates that were on calendar have been vacated,” deputy city attorney Jennifer Tobkin confirmed via email.

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Negative Doubles, Part III: The Reopening Double Before getting into the Reopening Double, there’s one last item to cover. You may use a Negative Double to show minor suits if partner, for instance, opens 1H and your Right Hand Opponent (RHO) overcalls 1S. If your hand is like the following: ♠ T943 ♥A ♦ KQT9 ♣ JT98 A negative double may be used to show two four-card minor suits and at least eight High Card Points (HCP). This is a perfect hand for a minor suit negative double. When you add any bid to your repertoire, you give up something. When you play negative doubles, you give up the ability to double some low-level bids by opponents for penalty. Even a lot of experienced players aren’t aware of the fact that the reopening double is an integral part of the negative double system. What if, not vulnerable v. vulnerable, in third seat and the bidding goes 1 Heart by your partner then 2 Diamonds by your RHO? It’s now your bid and you hold the following cards: ♠ A86 ♥ 95 ♦ AKJ86 ♣ K42 You could bid 3 No Trump, but wouldn’t you like to double 2 Diamonds? Alas, you can’t double it because that would be a negative double, which you can’t make because you don’t have four spades. So how can you defend 2 Diamonds doubled in this hand? You clearly cannot double because your partner will respond as she has to in the negative double system. The answer is that if your partner opens the bidding followed by a bid at the 2 level

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Grand Slam by your RHO, and you pass and your Left Hand Opponent (LHO) passes, your partner should “reopen the bidding” with a double if she has shortness in the suit bid by opponents and tolerance for the unbid suits. Shortness, in this context, means no more than a doubleton. So if your partner has two or less of your RHO’s suit, she should double. To be specific, here’s how the bidding goes: Partner RHO You LHO 1 Heart 2 Dia Pass Pass ? In the previous situation, your partner should protect you by doubling when it’s her turn. Then you can either let it sit for penalty, which you would do with the above hand, or pull it by either bidding your partner’s suit at the 2 level if you can, or making the best bid you have under the circumstances. This is called a reopening double because it’s made by the opening bidder, and she’s reopening the bidding by doubling since, with two passes to her, if she passes, the bidding will stop. If she doesn’t bid or double, the auction is over. Of course, you might have a legitimate pass, too. You might not be passing because you have opponents’ suit. You might have the following: ♠ 862 ♥ 75 ♦ T96 ♣ QT873 If you have this holding and your partner makes a reopen-

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ing double, you should just pull the double and support your partner’s opening suit, in which she’ll have at least a 5–2 fit. Your partner anticipates this. Her double is just inviting you to let it stand for penalty if you have a lot of opponents’ suit. If you don’t, just retreat to the best contract. If you retreat, your partner will know you passed originally because you don’t have much. Requirements for a reopening double are as follows: 1. A reopening double can be made only by opening bidder. 2. After LHO has overcalled

and there are two passes by your partner and your RHO. 3. Opening bidder has two or less cards in overcalled suit. 4. Opening bidder must have tolerance (at least 3 cards) for all unbid suits. 5. Opening bidder’s hand cannot be distributional, like 5-5-2-1. More next month, which will conclude this series of columns on the Negative Double. Grand Slam is the nom de plume for an author of a bestselling book on bridge, an ACBL accredited director and a Silver Life Master.

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yard garden, the setting for weddings, bar mitzvahs, and a variety of special events. The tour includes one of Los Angeles’ only Broadway-style theatres, which seats 1,270. Vintage fashions from the Ebell closet and artwork by Ebell members will also be on display. “Our membership is our most precious asset; members learning from each other, enjoying each other’s company and working together for our philanthropies, programs and projects,” said Loyce Braun, Ebell president. “We are excited to welcome visitors and encourage open house guests to explore this beautiful building and become part of our community and legacy.” The Ebell is dedicated to (Please turn to page 3)

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See Craftsman-style homes from the early 20th century, watch a marionette show, hear a barbershop quartet and enjoy refreshments at the homes tour and block party on St. Andrews Pl. between Second and Third streets Sun., Sept. 17 from noon to 4 p.m. “An Afternoon on St. Andrews Place” — sponsored by the Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society — features docent-led tours of restored homes. Children’s activities will include games, a zoo booth and the Bob Baker Marionette show. There will also be speakers discussing architecture and renovation.

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service, philanthropy and education. The club supports 10 charities serving women and children, and it awards close to 80 college scholarships annually. Attendees will learn about the club’s multiple committees and ways to get involved. The Ebell’s programming line-up features speakers from a wide range of civic and cultural fields. The club’s founding by women in 1894 was

Pl., as well as at St. Brendan’s Church, at the southeast corner of Third St. and Wilton, from 1 to 4 p.m.

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A barbershop quartet will provide music while guests enjoy refreshments. The event has been organized by Historical Society members Richard Battaglia, Jane Gilman, Beate McDermott, Judy Zeller, Myrna Gintel and Fluff McLean. Free parking will be available at St. Brendan’s School parking lot, 238 S. Manhattan inspired by Dr. Adrian Ebell, a professor from Yale, who believed passionately in higher education for women. Event chairs are Rebecca Hutchinson, Linda Dean, Kristan Giordano and Stephanie Striegel. Free parking is available on the club lot on the east side of Lucerne Blvd., just south of Wilshire and directly across from the building. For more information and to reserve, visit ebelloflosangeles.com or call 323-931-1277 x131.

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Preservation policies are strong, leadership is lacking We have a process, but . . . How do we as citizens help to preserve the iconic individual structures and significant historic neighborhoods in Los Angeles? Seems a simple question, right? Provide processes for protection and make sure that advocates and the city work together to achieve preservation goals in adopted plans and policies. Make the processes accessible and educate the public as to the quality of life and economic benefits of said endeavors. In Los Angeles, we’ve been working on this for over 50 years.  Each decade has seen improvement from policy, process, and educational standpoints. Just over 10 years ago, the preservation process was fragmented, with Historic-Cultural Monument (HCM) designation the responsibility of the Cultural Heritage Commission housed in the Cul-

tural Affairs Department, and the administration of Historic Preservation Overlay Zones (HPOZs) in the Planning Dept. Consolidated at last The creation of the Office of Historic Resources (OHR) in the Dept. of City Planning and the move of the administration of the Cultural Heritage Commission to Planning, consolidated preservation planning in Los Angeles. The 2000 adoption of the Cultural Heritage Master Plan, changes in CEQA, Los Angeles becoming a Certified Local Government, and the creation of HistoricPlacesLA, or HPLA (the city’s historic resources inventory and management system), provided a framework to make protection of historic resources throughout the city a (seemingly) achievable goal. As Janet Hansen, deputy manager of OHR, stated

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Christy McAvoy recently in the Los Angeles Conservancy’s newsletter, “HPLA is now the most advanced historic resources management system in the United States… and makes historic resource information fully accessible and searchable.” Resources can be mapped, evaluated within a particular theme/context or time period, and their significance included in project review and planning. Current efforts for the adoption of the Hollywood Community Plan include a chapter on preservation planning. We can be truly proud of these achievements.

Problems persist HPOZ districts. And yet… even with all this, Marcello Vavala of the Los it seems increasingly difficult Angeles Conservancy states, these days to save a historic “As we’ve seen repeatedly in building, get property owners recent years, the Mayor’s prothe incentives they need to posed annual budget regularcare for their properties, and ly fails to allocate necessary designate identified properties funds for the continued staffthrough the HCM or HPOZ ing and expansion of planning process. Currently, it takes staff in OHR’s HPOZ unit.” well over six months to proThe Conservancy, Hollycess an individual HCM nomi- wood Heritage and others connation, tinuously and years HPLA is now the most advanced a d v o c a t e to formufor more historic resources management preservalate an H P O Z . system in the United States… tion posiStaff can t i o n s . only process enough applica- There certainly is not a lack tions for the Cultural Heritage of trained professionals to do Commission to meet once a the work; USC’s Heritage Conmonth. Nothing nefarious is servation program and othat work here. There are simply ers across the country gradtoo few people assigned to the uate scores of students per task. OHR has a staff of five; year. There are over a dozen there are currently too few historic preservation private HPOZ planners to service the consulting firms in the city, needs of homeowners in the and at least that many individual architectural historians who can prepare nominations, assist the city in evaluation, or review Mills Act applications. Nonprofits invest considerable resources in providing training for people to write nominations or even hire professionals themselves. In short, more people are trying to use the process, and they are becoming increasingly frustrated. Relief is needed And yet, the logjam persists. Rather than attacking the efforts of the current staff, we need to explore how to provide relief. Each City Council district now contains hundreds of identified yet currently undesignated resources. The Council should work with the Planning Department to find solutions to this dilemma. Buildings are at risk. Neighborhoods which qualify for HPOZ status continue to have contributors demolished. Many neighborhoods which used to qualify now no longer do so because too many contributors have been demolished and replaced with new construction. The resources are identified; the policies and processes are in place. But it’s just not enough to acknowledge the existence of these buildings and to provide a process on paper without the people in place to do the work. HPLA, as the most advanced system in the U.S., should not be known in a few years for its ability to document the attrition. Better to document preservation. Where is the leadership on this issue? Christy Johnson McAvoy, a former president both of the Los Angeles Conservancy and the California Preservation Foundation, as well as an Advisor to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, founded Historic Resources Group in Hollywood.


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Architect brought Pueblo Deco to Union Station every traveler to Albuquerque or Santa Fe or Winslow, not to Home mention Gallup, Kansas City, and Chicago, to fall in love Ground with America’s Native heriby tage. The Harvey Company’s Paula Panich version, that is. What is important about Colter, I think, is that she was readied for a microbrewery part of a quartet who essenand a gastropub, pending city tially invented the idea of the approvals. Southwest and of Santa Fe — Colter wouldn’t have mind- and in a way, may be its most ed. Her work for the Fred influential member. Thanks Harvey Company and to the Harvey Houses the Santa Fe Railroad built between 1902 (the two entities split and 1940, millions of her salary) always people saw her work, involved comflocked to stay in merce. rooms in Harvey She was first hotels, and carried hired to design away the beautiful the interior of the handcrafts of Native “Indian Building,” peoples. (The othwhich stood next to er three? Architects the 1902 Alvarado Charles Whittlesey, Hotel (razed 1970) at of the Alvarado and the Santa Fe Railway El Tovar; Rapp & Rapp; station in Albuquerand king of Pueblo Mary Jane Colter que. Revival elegance, circa 1892 The Indian BuildJohn Gaw Meem.) ing was a museum and showThroughout her long design room of the Native arts and career, Colter drew in a delicrafts of New Mexico, Arizona, cious and heady mix of influand elsewhere. Her brilliance ences — from the Hopi and at showcasing these objects, Navajo people, from the Caliand their makers, who dem- fornia Mission Revival (she onstrated weaving and other graduated from the California work on site, caused just about School of Design in the late

1880s), the Arts and Crafts Movement, the Spanish Colonial Revival, Art Deco, Pueblo Deco, Mission Moderne, Streamline Moderne — I leave it to you to imagine these. Didn’t she live and work in interesting times? If you have been to Santa Fe, you have been to La Fonda Hotel (Rapp & Rapp and Hen-

rickson, 1920); five years later, Colter redesigned the interiors. I sat in its lobby recently, wondering what is left of her work. Plenty. The wrought iron alone is dazzling. Colter’s iconic buildings at the Grand Canyon, Hopi House (1905); Hermit’s Rest and the Lookout (1914); and (Please turn to page 6)

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By the time Los Angeles’ Union Station opened for business in 1939 with the distinctive geometry of the Pueblo-Deco commercial spaces designed by Mary Jane Colter, the transformation of American life by rail travel was not only complete, but on the decline. Union Station was the last of the grand railway stations to be built in the U.S., designed by architects John and Donald Parkinson, also known for City Hall and Bullock’s Wilshire. In 1939, Mary Jane Elizabeth Colter (1869-1958) one of the country’s first female architects, had been working since 1902 for the Fred Harvey Company and the Santa Fe Railroad. Haven’t you always wondered about that magnificent tiled floor design near the main entry of Union Station? It is a stylized Navajo rug (some say blanket), designed by Colter. My late husband, Bill, and I loved the space, and ushered visitors into the station for a peek. The Colterdesigned interiors for the Fred Harvey Company concessions at Union Station have been restored now, and, as reported in Suzan Filipek’s piece in July’s LC, the site is being

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Local graduate remembers Home Ground (Continued from page 5) Harvey House, blueberry pie the Watchtower (1932), look

We asked local readers to let us know about memories they have about the Harvey House Restaurant at Los Angeles Union Station. Below is Joanne Dallas’ memory. “After graduating from Benjamin Franklin High School (Highland Park) in 1955, I was waiting to board the Super Chief bound for Chicago (which still runs daily). I was tagging along with my boyfriend’s family and pretending to be his sister to benefit from

the family plan discount. “We wandered and waited. The restaurant looked inviting. We didn’t have resources to buy a whole meal, but opted for dessert and coffee. “The copper, tile and arched ceiling was appealing in a quaint and old fashioned way. We sat in a raised booth and enjoyed blueberry pie. It seemed an appropriate start to the trip. I had no understanding of my environment, but was impressed. The room had an effect.”

as if they have been there since the beginning of time. She hired Hopi artist Fred Kabotie to paint the Snake Legend in the Hopi Room in the Watchtower. In 1945, Kabotie became the first Native person to be awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. She served as both architect and interior designer for the 1929 La Posada Hotel in Winslow, Ariz., restored in 1997. Reportedly, it was the project closest to her heart.

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Revelations on autism; yee-haw country ‘Honky Tonk’ The Tony Award-winning play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Simon Stephens, based on the novel by Mark Haddon, is a revelatory theatrical event that brings you close to the perspective the autistic individual has of the world, while at the same time being enormously entertaining. From the moment you enter the Ahmanson Theatre to view the three-walled set, all several-story-high walls and floor covered in a lighted grid (scenic and costume design by Bunny Christie, lighting design by Paule Constable, video design by Finn Ross), and view the rather large dead dog impaled by a pitchfork center stage, you know this evening will be different. Adam Langdon plays Christopher Boone, an autistic math whiz (played at the matinees by Benjamin Wheelwright). He’s the teenage protagonist of the play, and Langdon leads a gifted cast as he journeys through his life trying to adjust to the vagaries of family changes, distracting train stations, loud noises, unwanted touches, lost pets and more, all the while trying to solve the mystery of who killed Wellington the dog. Langdon is on stage for all of the play — this is a splendid performance by a talented young actor. Di-

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Rebel in the Rye (9/10): Writer-director Danny Strong tries to explain why J.D. Salinger (a believable Nicholas Hoult) ended up a recluse after such a boffo start as author of the classic “Catcher in the Rye.” The film starts with the story of his falling head over heels in love with coruscating teenager Oona O’Neill (Zooey Deutch), when she was 17 and he 22, and how devastated he was when he discovered after he went to war in World War II that she ran off at age 18 to marry Charlie Chaplin, age 54. The production design in re-creating the New York City and the Stork Club and the fashions of those years is excellent. This is a convincing portrait of the elusive Salinger that had me mesmerized. Wind River (9/10): Highlighted by exceptional cinematography, set on an Indian Reservation in frigid, snowpacked Wyoming (but filmed in Utah), the tension in this thriller never lets up as tracker Jeremy Renner and FBI agent Elizabeth Olsen must find out who raped and killed a woman found in the snow. Detroit (8/10): Filmed cinéma vérité style using hand held cameras, this is engrossing. Maybe I took it

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another fine performance. The older Brosnan gets, the better actor he becomes, and the better looking, too. He might have been a washout James Bond, which he was, but he’s come into his own now playing older men. Unlocked (2/10): A tremendous disappointment, this too-full-of-twists thriller is nothing more than modern day agitprop. Instead of the bad guys being America’s enemies, as during World War II, when movies always showed Nazis and Japanese as the bad guys, today’s Hollywood cowers before today’s actual enemies, Islamic terrorists, and makes the evil terrorists nondenominational American(s). That’s bad enough, but this movie has the most idiotic motive for why the villain does what s/he does in the history of intelligent thought.

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Talk to the experts on climate change Find out about climate change — the existential crisis of the 21st century — from world experts at a series of talks sponsored by the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, in collaboration with UCLA Insti-

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Nov. 2, “A Tale of Two Cities in a Hotter World: Los Angeles and Beijing;” and Nov. 16, “Imagined Futures for a Hotter Planet.” Free admission with online reservation starting Sept. 5.

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has been named a city Historic-Cultural Monument. Its construction, like many other significant buildings in Los Angeles, is tied strongly to Hollywood. The main donor, Charles Skouras, had vowed that he would establish a majestic cathedral if he were granted success in show business. After he became the head of Fox West Coast, he guided the congregation in initiating construction of the church with the support of his brothers, Spyros and George Skouras.


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Coming soon to Hancock Park. LAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most coveted neighborhood. Tradition re-imagined. 12 high-end modern town homes. Designed locally by Venice Beach-based multidisciplinary design and architecture studio Electric Bowery. Construction commences this year. Information about reserving one of the 12 homes will be forthcoming. For further information, contact the developer:

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