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vol. 53, no. 4

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Architects oppose city moratorium

Sidewalk $1.4 billion repair program on way Can't come soon enough, some say

One initiative moves to 2017 election

CAMPS / PROGRAMS. Pull-out section. 13-28

GARDEN TOUR, wine pairing on Irving. 4

DR. SEUSS, Paramount at Van Ness. 5

MONTH of Big Sundays.


By Billy Taylor Members of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) gathered downtown March 8 to discuss the potential negative impacts of two proposed ballot initiatives. James Auld, a partner at the architecture firm Altoon Partners—the evening’s host—opened the meeting and thanked more than 30 architects, city planners and neighborhood activists for coming out to discuss such an “important issue for the city.” Guest speaker Edward Casey, a land use attorney with Alston & Bird LLP, said he hoped the evening would help provide information on not just what both initiatives say, but where they stand. Two proposed measures For months, labor unions and business groups were unified in their opposition to the proposed anti-development ballot measure that its proponents named the “Neighborhood Integrity Initiative” that was first announced in November 2015. Critics say the measure, which is spearheaded by a group called the Coalition to Preserve L.A. and is sponsored by the AIDS Healthcare FounSee Architects, p 30

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DREAMING OF CATHAY, above, is by Peter Adams, president of the California Art Club.The work is among more than 200 fine art paintings on display April 3-24 at The Autry. The exhibit has ties to local artists and collectors. Story on page 8, Section 2

Bungalow open without permit. How come?

Meet the GWNC candidates at a meet-and-greet

We asked the City Attorney, Council

Meet-and-greet April 3, vote May 1

Why is it that after the owner of the Larchmont Bungalow pleaded “no contest” in February to criminal charges, including using and occupying a building without having been issued a Certificate of Occupancy (CofO) as required by Los Angeles Municipal Code, section 91.109.1, it is still open? Several of our readers have been pondering this question, and, puzzled ourselves, we made queries to the City Council and City Attorney’s offices. What California statute or Municipal Code provision gives the City Attorney or the Superior Court the authority to allow the restaurant to continue to serve pancakes and coffee without a CofO? See Bungalow, p 6

Meet the candidates seeking a spot on the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council (GWNC) board of directors at a meet-and-greet in Robert Burns Park on Sun., April 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. The 35 candidates are running for 21 positions, which represent 15 geographic areas and six special interest categories. Elected board members will serve a two-year term. The runner-up in each category will become the alternate director. Candidates are: Karen Gilman and Phivan Ha for at large; Owen Smith for Area 1; Adam Morgens, Aaron Mayer, Jeffry Carpenter and Cynthia Pearson for Area 2; Frances See Meet, p 6

By Billy Taylor In the second week of March, Larchmont Village resident Molly Schiot contacted the Chronicle after witnessing a distressing scene on Larchmont Blvd. “This morning I was sitting at Go Get Em Tiger and saw an elderly woman, probably in her 80’s, trip and fall on the large, raised crack on the sidewalk,” recalled Schiot. “She landed smack on her face; her wrist was bleeding and she broke her glasses.” Worse still, Schiot says this is the third fall on Larchmont Blvd. that she’s observed in less than three years. “It’s very disturbing to witness an elderly person hurt themselves. What do you do? Who do you have to talk to to fix the problem?” Schiot says she understands the city is under financial pressure, but to her the problem seems to be ongoing with no one taking responsibility. City Council acts Unbeknownst to Schiot, See Sidewalk repair, p 31

Dining & Entertainment in May issue Good food and happening spots around town will be featured in our spring dining guide in the May issue. Advertising deadline is Fri., April 15. For more information contact Pam Rudy, 323-462-2241, ext. 11.

Camps appeal to young people, parents A truly special annual edition

HISTORIC PALLADIUM auditorium in front of one of the two new residential towers, up to 30 stories tall, adjoining the AIDS Healthcare Foundation offices (in the tall, dark building at left). The Palladium Residences were approved by the Los Angeles City Council on March 22.

For students, summer has a wealth of opportunities for fun and learning and often both. The Larchmont Chronicle 2016 Guide to Summer Camps and Programs lists local overnight camps and many day camps that will appeal to young people and their parents. Types of camps include ones at, or oriented to, museums, gardens, dance, music, sports and more. There are PILGRIM SCHOOL CAMP PATRIOT. Hank Reberger community camps, school camps and speand Logan Jonte at Mother's Beach in Long Beach. cial interest camps. See pages 13-28. ~ Entire Issue Online!


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By John Welborne My summers at camp This month’s paper (as well as upcoming issues) features camp experiences available to students and parents today. In camping and many other things, I was mentored by Bill Badham, for 44 years a teacher and ultimately headmaster at Curtis School. “Baddy” also organized camps. I attended Baddy’s day camp known as Boys’ Athletic Club at the old Carl F. Curtis School on Beverly Place. That morphed into Holiday Hill, which then expanded to include an “away camp” in Mammoth called Holiday Sierra. That became AllAmerican Village. I was a camper, junior counselor, and then counselor in Mammoth. The camp later moved to Huntington Lake, northeast of Fresno. Baddy also located an All-American Village day camp on the campus of the Westlake School in Bel Air. Buy me a cup of coffee and I can tell you many tales of the great and positive experiences of summer camp! A good book about summer camp adventures is Michael D. Eisner’s book, “Camp,” published by Grand Central Publishing in 2005. Also, because the Larchmont Chronicle lacks space to list all of the nation’s overnight camps, I recommend you go to the American Camps Association website at Finally, if you have a camp or program not listed in this issue, please contact us at

Sat., April 2 – Miracle Mile small business stroll, La Brea Ave. from Olympic to Wilshire Blvd. and Wilshire Blvd. from La Brea to Cloverdale Ave., 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mon., April 4 – Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council transportation meeting, Wilshire Methodist Church, 4350 Wilshire Blvd., 7 p.m. Wed., April 13 – Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council meeting, The Ebell of Los Angeles, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., 7 p.m. Sun., April 17 – Pasadena Showcase Home opens for viewing. Fri., April 22 – Earth Day Fri., April 22 – Passover begins Thurs., April 28 – Delivery of the May issue of the Larchmont Chronicle. Sun., May 1 – Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Coun-

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“What is your most memorable camp experience (good or bad)?” That's the question inquiring photographer Sondi Toll Sepenuk asked locals along Larchmont Blvd.

cil election. Sun., May 1 – Yom HaShoah Day of Commemoration, Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, 100 The Grove Dr. Sun., May 1 – Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society Garden Tour, 2 to 6 p.m.

“I was 12 and I had a huge crush on a camp counselor at Camp Riverway. She didn’t know how to swim and fell into the water and I dove in and pulled her out. The camp gave me a certificate for saving her!”" Max Sherman Pacific Palisades

Letters to the editor Apartments in Mile

Report Any Crime – Helping LAPD Can Help Make Us Safe There has been an unfortunate increase in property crime in Hancock Park recently; particularly in the area south of Melrose. The LAPD is aware of these problems and are doing everything they can to prevent further crimes. However, those of us living here also need to help by following basic safety measures, such as locking your car and keeping valuable out of sight, and most important of all by reporting any crime that occurs to the LAPD. While, the LAPD’s basic car 7A17 is assigned to our area, they have to respond to any radio calls from the entire Wilshire Division; which means they rarely have time to just cruise our streets. There are nine basic cars assigned in the entire Wilshire Division, which contains over a quarter of a million people. That’s why reporting a crime is so important. If the LAPD does not think crime is occurring they will deploy their limited resources where crimes are reported. Also, it is impossible to catch suspects if crimes aren’t reported. If you are the victim of a crime contact our Senior Lead Office, Dave Cordova. Dave can take a crime report if you call his cell phone, 213-793-0650 or send him an email, Send him all the information, including your name and telephone number. The Wilshire Division Front Desk can be reached at 213-473-0476 for questions and information. Save any footage of the crime from your video camera. This information is invaluable in helping the police find, and hopefully, arrest a suspect. Often it is one or two people who are the cause of a crime outbreak. Also, please remember to email your block captain so that the Association can keep track of crimes as well. We also notify your neighbors and double check that LAPD knows what’s going on. Join a Committee and help the Association keep Hancock Park a great place to live. Visit the website, see if there is a committee that you’d like to work with and contact us. The HPOZ Preservation Plan - regulates our HPOZ. Contact our City Planner, Renata Dragland (renata.dragland@, and use the online form ( hpoz/initial.screening.checklist) if you plan on making changes to the exterior of your house. Report graffiti sightings by calling 311 or at the City’s Anti-Graffiti Request System - http://anti-graffiti.lacity. org/welcome.cfm?CFID=1007&CFTOKEN=411CDB4F-0FC3-4EE189DE58DCCB435538 and by calling Hollywood Beautification, 323463-5180. LAPD, Wilshire Station Front Desk – 213-473-0476 Adv.

Thank you for your fine work, I love the Chronicle. I saw your list of Miracle Mile apartments [in the March issue] and want to contribute this to your list. Alandele Ave: both the 800 and 900 blocks are 100 percent apartments. Many of us are as vested in the area as homeowners and appreciate the attention you’ve brought. Pamm Land

County art museum

We very much appreciate your interview with Michael Govan, CEO and Wallis Annenberg director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art [March issue], but there are two corrections that should be noted. The buildings at LACMA be-

Larchmont Chronicle Founded in 1963 by Jane Gilman and Dawne P. Goodwin Publisher and Editor John H. Welborne Managing Editor Suzan Filipek Associate Editor Billy Taylor Contributing Editor Jane Gilman Advertising Director Pam Rudy Art Director Tom Hofer Classified and Circulation Manager Rachel Olivier Accounting Jill Miyamoto 606 N. Larchmont Blvd., #103

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ing replaced by the proposed Peter Zumthor-designed scheme belong to the County of Los Angeles (we are the County Museum of Art) and therefore it is the county, not the city, that we will be working with on the upcoming Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The size of the new building is approximately 300,000 square feet, not 100,000 as quoted in the article. Miranda Carroll director of communications LACMA

"We went out on the patio and the camp surprised us and sprayed foam all over the place and we played music and danced!” Andee Schuur Hancock Park

Trash land?

Life on upper Larchmont Blvd has been full of challenges the last two months. It feels like those of us who live and work north of Beverly inhabit the Forgotten Land, disenfranchised from the “Village.” I reference the trash can on the east side of Larchmont across from Page School, the ONLY trash can on that side of the street between Melrose and Beverly. It is heavily used, frequently to the point of over-flowing, and proudly labeled with "LBA" [Larchmont Boulevard Association]. Until recently, it was emptied on a regular basis, and then, without warning, trash pickup stopped. The situation became intolerable in early February. In addition to multiple bags of trash on the sidewalk, there was construction debris, trash spilling over the top from surrounding businesses and broken down boxes surrounding the area. In a final insult, graffiti was sprayed on the can. Neighbors began trying to figure out how to resolve the situation. We started with the (Please turn to page 30)

“On the first night of camp, we had to do something memorable, so I jumped up and did a back tuck so they would remember me.” Jacob Lizama Beverly Hills

“We went on a hike and we reached a huge drop off and we had to use a rope to climb down. It was steep and scary and the view wasn’t even very good!” Zoe Gittelson Brookside

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Airbnb ‘bunk houses’ cited for violations Jason Peers first noticed a problem when a row of singlefamily residences on the east side of Gramercy Place was tagged for tear down. “We were aware that a developer had essentially been going door-to-door offering large sums of money for properties in the neighborhood, particularly down Wilton, so we assumed this was the same situation and that the homes would be demolished into condos or apartments,” said Peers. As it turns out, tearing them down would have been better than what eventually ensued. A few weeks later, some people moved into one of the residences, drinking in the littered yard, moving on to the next house when the first home was boarded up. “We used to joke that they were Gypsies, but it’s not really funny anymore. (They still reside in one of the homes.)”

CITY INSPECTIONS found graffiti and short-term rental violations on Gramercy Place.

One of the houses was eventually torn down, and the property remains a vacant “trash-filled” lot; the rest have morphed into what is a total of 16 homes renting out as “bunk houses” on Airbnb. They are on Wilton, Maplewood, Clinton and Gramercy. Prices starting at $22 a night are posted online with

images of four to eight bunk beds to a room. Area children stopped riding their bikes on the streets, as the situation grew “out-ofcontrol,” said Peers, who lives on Maplewood and is a former area representative on the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council. Long-term renters were forced out; yards and curbsides were no longer cared for, and people were coming and going at all hours of the night. “We were sad that the homes were marked for tear down but now we wish they were!” Peers contacted the city but without proof that the residences were short-term rentals was told nothing could be done. He then inquired on renting a room at two separate Airbnb postings, and he received positive responses from “Denis” and “Eugene” with rental (Please turn to page 30)


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Entertaining is on the menu at Historical Society Garden Tour Visit six private gardens in Amy Elaine Wakeland is historic Windsor Square on the honoree at the event. The garSun., May 1 from dens at Get2 to 6 p.m. during ty House, “Living Alfresco,” official resithe Windsor Squaredence of the Hancock Park Hismayor of torical Society’s 11th Los Angeannual Los Angeles les, will be Garden Tour & Paron the tour ty. along with Backyard enterother backtainment features yards on will be highlighted with wine and food FIRST LADY is the Irving Blvd. Proceeds pairings at each ven- honoree. will benefit ue. First Lady of Los Angeles greening projects in the com70 Years of Focusing on You.

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GARDENS at the mayor’s home and five other sites, above, and below right, on Irving will be featured on the tour.

munity, said event chair Suz Landay. Tickets are $60 per person and $100 for couples. Students are $50. Tickets can be purchased the day of the event at the Getty House, 605 S. Irving Blvd. Irving Boulevard boasted the house where “Sunset Boulevard” was filmed. The mansion, at the corner of Wilshire Blvd. and Irving, was razed and is now the site of an insurance company building. Windsor Square, composed of 1,100 homes, was developed in the early 1900s by the R. A. Rowan Company. Streets were named after English towns such as Plymouth, Windsor and Arden. Irving was named after Rowan’s banker, Irving Hellman, and Lorraine was named for Rowan’s daughter. Previous garden tour benefits have raised funds to landscape local fire stations, schools and parkway medians. For more information, go to

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Survivors remembered at LAMOTH

VOLUNTEERS from Paramount Pictures visited Van Ness Elementary School on March 2 for Read Across America Day, created in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday to encourage a love of reading. A group of 22 volunteers went from class to class reading to students in kindergarten through fifth grade. See other photo on page 1.

Get inspired at festival with books, music, food The Los Angeles Times and USC want you to be inspired by the more than 500 authors, celebrities, musicians, artists and chefs at the 21st annual Festival of Books on Sat., April 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m and Sun., April 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at USC. The two-day event is estimated to have more than 150,000 attendees browsing books at booths, listening to music, looking over art, sitting in on panels and sampling food. Authors and performers scheduled to attend include T.C. Boyle, Melissa Marr, Padma Lakshmi, Mercedes Lackey, Joyce Carol Oates, Stan Lee, Steve Lopez, John Scalzi, Margaret Stohl, SWIMM and the Pom Poms.

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Victims will be remembered and survivors and liberators will be honored at Yom HaShoah, the Day of Holocaust Commemoration, Sun., May 1 at 2 p.m. in Pan Pacific Park, 7600 Beverly Blvd. The event is at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. About 1,100 people attended last year, including Mayor Eric Garcetti, LAMOTH President E. Randol Schoenberg and Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles David Siegel. The event commemorates the six million Jews who died in the Shoah, or Holocaust, during World War II.

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(Continued from page 1) Council office staff referred us to the City Attorney who told us that owner Albert Mizrahi is on an 18-month probation, “and we have no further comment.� Deputy city attorney Serena Christion, who is closest to the case, was on vacation. Previously, Christion told us Mizrahi agreed to the plea in exchange for the probation and the court suspended his sentencing for 18 months. Besides bringing the restaurant into compliance with city zoning codes—removing tables and chairs—Mizrahi agreed to pay costs incurred to investigate and prosecute the case. In 2009, Mizrahi acknowledged he was opening a take-out store and not a restaurant by signing a covenant promising not to have tables and chairs; when he subsequently opened with tables and chairs, the city revoked the CofO and several lawsuits and appeals followed. Another court hearing has been set for Aug. 3 to review Mizrahi’s progress and the costs. Final sentencing has been set for Aug. 7, 2017. Meanwhile, the Bungalow is still open for business, and we will continue to ask why it does not need to have a CofO like every other building in town.


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(Continued from page 1) McFall for Area 3; Cam Davis and Bobbie Kumetz for Area 4; James Wolf for Area 5; Barbara Savage and Bradley Jewett for Area 6; Charles D’Atri and Paul Hunter for Area 7; Philip Farha for Area 8; Ryan Fitzgerald, Max Kirkham and Nancy Kim for Area 9; Kathleen Mulligan and Patricia Carroll for Area 10; David Kaye, Sue Horwitz and Steven Senigram for Area 11; Greg Wittmann for Area 12; Robby O’Donnell and John Gresham for Area 13; Caroline Moser for Area 14; Julie Stromberg for Area 15; John Winther for business; Tucker Carney and Colette Amin for nonprofit; Mike Genewick for religion; and James Rosales and Joe Hoffman for renters. Vote in the election, May 1 GWNC elections will be held on May 1 from 12 to 4 p.m. at The Barking Lot— 336 N. Larchmont Blvd. All stakeholders 18 and older who live, work, own property or have an ongoing interest in the neighborhood can vote. For more information on the event or election, visit

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City increases funding for after school programs The City Council unanimously approved on March 18 the resolution I introduced in support of Assembly Bill 2663, authored by Assemblymember Jim Cooper. This bill will increase funding to California’s Council After School Report Education by and Safety David E. Ryu Program. The Program supports over 400,000 students daily in California, 110,000 of those students are enrolled in the Los Angeles Unified School District, which includes 25,000 students enrolled in L.A.’s Best. Insufficient funding levels have hindered the ability of after school programs like L.A.’s Best to attract and retain quality staff which has resulted in reduced staffing hours, the abandonment of specialized instruction and, of course, fewer spaces for children to learn and grow. Working parents rely on safe and effective after school programs, which enables the parents to work additional hours to support their families. I believe it is absolutely critical that the Legislature vote to approve AB 2663 and that Gov. Brown sign it into law so our children can continue to live up to their fullest potential. Runyon Canyon Runyon Canyon is one of the most heavily used parks in the city. April 1 through July 31, the hiking area in Runyon Canyon will be temporarily closed for water line infrastructure repairs. The pipelines are nearly 100 years old and are prone to constant leaks and breaks— compromising the surrounding neighborhoods and our community’s public safety. In light of the closures, the community can visit any of the regional parks with similar outdoor recreation opportunities, including: Franklin Canyon Park, Fryman Canyon Park and Wilacre Park.

Deputy Chief I am happy to announce and welcome a fierce new leader to our team, Adeena Bleich. Adeena joins us as the deputy chief of staff—managing field operations, constituent services, and community partnerships. She has a unique combination of business management, fundraising, and community outreach experience. Discretionary Funds The Council District 4 Discretionary Funds Task Force meetings take place every first Tuesday of the month, beginning at 6 p.m. The next meeting will take place on April 5 at the Will & Ariel Durant Library: 7140 Sunset Blvd. To request funding for specific projects in your neighborhood, visit and fill out the discretionary funds request form and email it back to us at cd4.funding@ Clean and Green The Los Angeles Conservation Corps Clean and Green Youth Program is coordinating various street maintenance efforts and services throughout Council District 4 with youth from the area, cleaning and improving the same area in which they live. To request service in your neighborhood, email us at




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Big Sunday grows from a single day to a month By Billy Taylor together a short list of com Starting May 1, Big Sun- munity fix-up projects that day will launch a month-long could be easily tackled in a campaign to bring volunteers day. About 300 people from together with projects and his synagogue, Temple Israel organizations in need of sup- of Hollywood, volunteered port. But they need your help. that first year, paving the way You can volunteer to help for it to become a communityclean up a neighborhood, col- building initiative engaging lect and sort sports equip- tens of thousands of volunment or work with homeless teers from all walks of life. youth. Whatever your inter- Celebrating its 18th year, ests or skills, there are fun, Big Sunday has grown from a free events beginning Thurs., single-day event to a weekend May 1. every May and, “After 17 years, "We’ve simply now, to an entire we’ve simply grown too big to month of comgrown too big to contain everything munity activities. contain everything Find a project in one weekend.” in one weekend,” To get inFounder, volved, start by said Big Sunday David Levinson finding a projfounder David Levinson. Accordect that appeals ing to Levinson, to you online at his organization will host You can and/or sponsor a special event search by project name, arevery single day of the month. eas of interest, keyword or zip “We are so excited about code. this,” said Levinson, adding, Once you find a project, “Now we can take on even click on the title to open a debigger projects, reach more scription and fill out the regispeople, make new alliances, tration form. It’s that simple. and more easily fit in with Big Sunday projects are everyone’s busy schedules.” staffed by volunteers, and Humble beginnings there is no charge to partici The charity was started pate. in 1999 when Levinson, a For more information visit Hancock Park resident, put

SUPPORTERS of Big Sunday, top, seated and standing on the first floor and standing in the balcony, are reflected in the back wall mirror of République restaurant on La Brea Ave. at the Big Sunday group’s first-ever fundraising gala. Speaking is David Levinson, Big Sunday founder and executive director, who saluted honorees including Windsor Square’s Paulette Light. Others honored were Melanie Staggs, Antonio Molina and Parsons Corporation.

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Ryu spoke at La Brea Hancock annual meeting

Traffic, sidewalks on Ridgewood Wilton agenda

Mansionization and sidewalk repair were on the agenda of the La Brea Hancock Homeowners Association annual meeting March 13 at La Brea Bakery. President Barbara Savage welcomed some 40 people and Councilman David Ryu. Accompanied by his senior field deputy Nikki Ezhari, Ryu took questions from the audience. Ryu encouraged Association members to prioritize street and sidewalk repair needs and forward them to his office. He also promised transparency with the city $1.5 million discretionary fund allocated to his office, and he demonstrated how that amount doesn’t go very far when one traffic light costs $750,000. He also encouraged the (Please turn to page 10)

Traffic issues were discussed at the Ridgewood Wilton Neighborhood Association annual meeting last month. President Jan Kesner addressed several safety issues, in particular drivers speeding into the “S” curve of Wilton Place and throughout the community, plus a request for a stop sign at 1st St. and Ridgewood Place. At the meeting, Councilman David Ryu renewed his pledge to return a flashing-red traffic signal at the intersection of S. Wilton and 2nd St. between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. (It was discontinued in 2011.) Ryu’s field deputy Nikki Ezhari promised to add two half blocks back into the Overnight Parking District, lost when the group shared in the St. Andrews Square Neighborhood Associa(Please turn to page 11)


9 goes online to ease communication By John Welborne At its regular quarterly meeting on March 22, the Brookside Homeowners Association announced the launch of a new website, and residents discussed the timing for an earthquake retrofit by CIM Group for its planned adaptive reuse project at the historic Farmers Insurance tower. Attendees also heard a presentation from Glenn Pomeroy, the CEO of the California Earthquake Authority in Sacramento. About 40 people filled the meeting space at the House of Lebanon on Wilshire Blvd. at Tremaine Ave. One of the concerns in the area (bounded by Wilshire Blvd., Muirfield Rd., Olympic Blvd., and Highland Ave.) relates to communications with government agencies and others concerning “who speaks for Brookside” in matters pertaining to land use and zoning. Letter to Councilman Ryu Friends of Brookside presi-

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dent Roy Forbes said it had become apparent to him and others that there are communication problems regarding which individuals speak for Brookside’s residents. Forbes presented a draft of a letter to Councilman David E. Ryu. The letter specifies a community goal of having a “transparent and representative process for any and all decisions related to land use

issues . . . that require our neighborhood’s expressed support.” Forbes explained that there have been concerns that City officials have been receiving messages from individuals who say “Brookside believes this” or “Brookside believes that.” One of the controversial issues cited was whether or not Brookside should be des(Please turn to page 12)

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Amendments to a law intended to curb mansionization—the building of homes out of scale with their neighborhood—are scheduled to go before the city Planning Commission Thurs., May 12. The Commission is expected to make a recommendation to the City Council. The amendments propose to address loopholes in the ordinance passed in 2008.

The Windsor Square Association is rolling out the barrels— water barrels, to be precise.

These high-quality, long-lasting barrels offer the best way to provide your family with a safe water supply in case of emergency. Each one holds 55 gallons, or five days’ worth for two people. Water stays fresh for five years, much longer than in ordinary plastic jugs. To help keep our neighborhood safe, the WSA will be offering t he s e b ar rels for purchase in the near future. The cost of about $150 includes delivery, complete set-up and all necessary accessories. The program will kick off in October, at the Larchmont Family Fair. Look for the Windsor Square Association booth. National Preparedness Month is September and the Great California Shakeout is October 20. October is the perfect time to update your own emergency preparedness by purchasing barrels for your family — and urge all your neighbors to do so too. Plan ahead to make Windsor Square well prepared! If you’d like to find out more about the barrels, or other issues affecting Windsor Square, go to the WSA website ( or check us out on Facebook. 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 ADV.


Since 1979, the Brookside Homeowners Association has represented homeowners on a variety of issues and has worked cooperatively with the Wilshire Homeowners’ Alliance, the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council and officials in City Hall and elsewhere. Owen Smith is the longtime president. Sandy Boeck is secretary. Heather MacPherson is treasurer. In 2010, Friends of Brookside was created as an IRSapproved nonprofit 501(c)3 charity to provide a centralized and representative fundraising arm to sponsor community events and undertake other efforts that promote quality of life and a greater sense of community within the Brookside neighborhood. Roy Forbes is president. Jan Weiringa is secretary. Heather MacPherson is treasurer (as she is of the homeowners association). Homeowners association officers Owen Smith and Sandy Boeck also are board members of the Friends of Brookside.


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Firemen, police visit garden at Hancock Park Elementary Fire fighters and police officers met with students at Hancock Park Elementary during an emergency preparedness event sponsored by First-In Fire Foundation and Olympia Medical Center in March. “This event is the first of several events dedicated to developing positive relationships between public safety officers and students,” said hospital representative Steven Rosenthal. A Community Garden ribbon cutting also took place at the school with LAUSD President Steve Zimmer and school principal, Ashley Parker. Assemblymember Richard Bloom, District 50, and Whole Foods Market also were sponsors. Local community LAFD firefighters from FS 61, Battalion 18, brought fire hats for the children and displayed fire engines for them to explore. LAPD Wilshire Division police officers showed off vintage squad cars from the “Adam-12” TV show and modern police cars for the children to sit in. Artist Debi Doodles from Park La Brea led the coloring of a special edition fire hydrant coloring book and poster-making for the children with the theme: “We love our local firefighters

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(Continued from page 9) association to form relationships with other associations on common issues. John Darnell, district director for Councilman Paul Koretz, gave an update on Council District Five concerning streets, sidewalks, mansionization and police issues. Michael Cortez, Metro construction relations officer, spoke on street closures and traffic mitigation related to the Purple Line extension on Wilshire Blvd. Crime and safety issues were discussed by L.A.P.D. Officer Perry Jones. Board secretary Cathy Roberts gave an overview on the city’s Baseline Mansionization Ordinance and the area’s Interim Control Ordinance, enacted to curb oversized development, pending the adoption of the ordinance set to go before City Council this spring. A 14-member board was elected. They are Abbish Rand, Amy Lerner Hill, Barbara Savage, Bill Funderburk, Bob Eisele, Brad Jewett, Cathy Roberts, Diana Suh, Frank Rosato, Jane Prentiss, Jill Brown, Justin Urcis, Michelle Owen and Phil Messina. Officers will be elected this month. Also discussed was the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council May 1 election. Bill Funderburk, outgoing representative, announced that Barbara Savage and Brad Jewett will be on the ballot to represent the La Brea Hancock area. Cathy Roberts contributed to this article.

Leaf on the 300 block of N. Irving Blvd. between March 2 at 4 p.m. and March 3 at 9 a.m. Another suspect gained access to the trunk of a victim’s 2011 Toyota Corolla by unknown means and removed a phone, purse and wallet between March 20 at 11:30 p.m. and March 21 at 6 a.m. The car was parked in a parking structure on Maplewood Ave. between Van Ness Ave. and Wilton Pl. Wilshire Division crime reports for March 2016 were not available by press time. 911 is for emergencies only. To report non-emergencies, call 877-275-5273.

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believe in public service, so it’s senior policy analyst in the an honor to be asked to serve Office of Management and Budget. by someone who cares Bleich mounted an about our district and unsuccessful camseeks to change and paign for the Fifth Disimprove our neightrict City Council seat borhoods.” in 2009. She has also A Pico-Robertson worked as a consulresident, Bleich has tant for the nonprofit lived in Los AngeNew Schools Better les for more than 18 Neighborhoods, and years. ADEENA BLEICH she served as the Los She began her career as an educator and Angeles Director of the Ameriadministrator at the American can Israel Public Affairs ComJewish University. She later mittee. Top priorities was a field deputy for the Fifth When asked what issues she’s Council District, under Councilman Jack Weiss, where she most focused on in her new focused on serving constituents. She also worked for former Mayor James Hahn as a


(Continued from page 9) tion district. Ryu also acknowledged to the 28 residents in attendance that he received from the Association a detailed inventory of the area’s “most dangerous broken sidewalks,” and will use this information to prioritize repairs within the city’s new sidewalk plan. (See story page one.) LAPD Senior Lead Officer Joe Pelayo stressed locking vehicle doors and calling 911 in emergencies. He also suggested downloading LAPDOlympic20, a smartphone app. Beautification efforts discussed were 17 parkway trees planted and 13 palm trees cleaned and trimmed. Residents Jude Margolis and Marita Geraghty were applauded, respectively, for stopping a home from being used as a business and getting unpermitted work in the federally protected historic stopped. Fears of mansionization and the merit of an Historic Preservation Overlay Zone were discussed, and elected to two-year terms were Jan Kesner, president, incumbent; Ginny Kazor, vice-president; Debi King, corresponding secretary, incumbent; Victoria Butler-Sloss, recording secretary; Mary Rajswing, treasurer, incumbent, and Marita Geraghty and Chris Corsmeier at large. A buffet supper was provided at the historic home of Ginny Kazor and Tome Koester, courtesy of the RWNA. Mary Rajswing contributed to this article.

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between those communities and City Hall.” On a personal note Religiously observant, Bleich attends a couple of different synagogues in the area and credits her faith for her strong sense of public service. Asked if she finds it hard to balance a hectic career while observing the Sabbath, Bleich says no: “when you grow up as something, it’s normal. “In fact, it is the ethics and values of Judaism that make me want to work harder. It is what gives me the understanding that everyone has a voice and everyone has a right to participate.”


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(Continued from page 9) ignated as an Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ). Forbes said that he and other officers of the Friends and of the association have been working to maximize residents’ participation in discuss-

ing issues such as the HPOZ and the planned CIM Group development so that everyone will have a voice. The draft letter suggests that the Brookside Homeowners Association should be the convener, with support from the Friends, of


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323-876-8330 Pottery, art, drama, swimming, cooking, field trips and more are on the schedule for campers entering grades one to six at Camp TIOH. There is a leadership program for campers entering grades seven to nine. Each week has a theme. There is a 15 percent discount for signing up for all six weeks. Camp is Mon., June 20 to Fri., July 29, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with extended hours offered. Center for Early Education 563 N. Alfred St. 323-651-0707 Youngsters entering grades one to six can take classes in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) at the Summer Institute. At the Innovation Lab, outfitted with film and editing equipment, kids can design and create films and other technical projects. The one-week sessions are Mon., June 13 to Fri., June 17 and Mon., July 11 to Fri., July 15. The three-week sessions are Mon., June 20 through Fri., July 29. Got Game Summer Academy Hancock Park Elementary 408 S. Fairfax Ave. 310-975-8524 Kids ages four to 14 can get their academic game on at Got Game’s summer academy at Hancock Park Elementary, which offers a competitive approach to learning. Students are challenged in mathematics, writing and reading. The academy is from Mon., June 13 to Thurs., Aug. 4. Classes are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Academy campers can join the sports camp in the afternoon. Harvard Westlake Middle School 700 N. Faring Rd. Upper School 3700 Coldwater Canyon Studio City, CA 91604 818-487-6527 Students in grades five to 12 can choose from a variety of classes at Harvard Westlake’s summer program. Courses include college essay and SAT preparation workshops, civic and global leadership, performing arts, debate and academic enrichment courses. Classes are Mon., June 13 to Fri., Aug. 5. Hours vary. Immaculate Heart 5515 Franklin Ave. 323-461-3651 Co-ed summer school academic, enrichment and religious prep courses are available for middle school and high school students at Immaculate Heart. Students in grades four through eight can spend their mornings learning sewing, art and creative writing, or in math and English enrichment courses. Those entering grades nine through 12 can take courses on dance, drawing, and painting, as well as theology, math and English. Summer school begins Mon., June 13 and runs through Fri., July 15. Middle school hours are 8 a.m. to noon. High school hours are from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Kid’s KO-R Third Street Elementary 201 S. June St. 323-481-3268 Kid’s KO-R at Third Street Elementary offers a variety of activities for kids entering grades one to five so students can interweave play with learning. There is also a summer transitional camp for children entering first grade. Sessions are from Mon., June 14 to Fri., Aug. 5. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Extended care is available. Loyola High School 1901 Venice Blvd. 213-381-5121 ext. 245 Co-ed students entering grades six through 12 can concentrate on improving their study skills, take academic enrichment as well as

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SNOOKNUK Camps will ignite the imagination. We will have two Dance/Art Camps & three Theater Camps! In our workshops, your child will use music, movement, makeup and costumes to create a magical performance and along the way learn about teamwork while developing their confidence and creativity. Choose which week(s) your child would like, and Reserve Now to guarantee a spot. 10% off if you book two or more camps or for a second camper. Go to or Call 323-498-5258 to Book! Week 1, July 11-15: “FROZEN FEVER” Dance & Art Camp Week 2, July 18-22: SOUND of MUSIC Week 3, July 25-29: “SHAKE IT OFF” Dance & Art Camp Week 4, August 1-5: SHREK the MUSICAL Week 5, August 8-12: CHARLIE BROWN

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sailing are activities for older children. A counselor-intraining program is offered for students entering ninth through 12th grades. The fun runs from Mon., June 13 to Fri., Sept. 2. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with extended care offered.

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Summer CampS & programS learn about hip hop, poetry, 3-D design, music and more. SAT, ACT and other college preparation skill classes are available. A sports program that includes water polo, basketball, swimming and weight training is in the afternoon. Summer school is Mon., June 20 to Fri., July 22. Classes begin as early as 7:10 a.m. and go until 2:35 p.m. Sports hours are 12 to 3 p.m. Marlborough Summer School 250 S. Rossmore Ave. 323-964-8401

A five-week summer school offers a wide variety of classes, from dance and photography to math and science, to students entering kindergarten to 12th grade. A sports program is also available (see sports section), as well as a leadership week for girls entering six through eighth grades. Leadership Week sessions are Mon., June 13 to Fri., June 24. Five-week session classes

begin Mon., June 27 and go through Fri., July 29. Hours are 8:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Extended care is available. Marymount High School 10643 W. Sunset Blvd. 310-472-1205 Young ladies entering grade six through 10 can focus on academics at Marymount High School’s summer program. Classes include algebra, geometry, English, Spanish and French, as well as essay writing. The summer program runs Mon., June 20 through Fri., July 29. Hours are 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Summer at Mayfield 500 Bellefontaine Pasadena, CA 91105 626-799-9121 Girls and young women entering grades five through 12 can concentrate on vocal performance, explore dance, refine their athletic skills, or even learn about baking and (Please turn to page 20)








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Summer Camps Fri., Aug. 19. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with extended care offered.

sewing. Academic courses include calculus boot camp, study habits and academic research. Test preparation classes for the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam), SAT and ACT college entrance exams are also available. Classes are Mon., June. 20 to Thurs., July 29. Page Private School 565 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-463-5118 Summer day camp for kids ages two to fifth grade at Page Private School includes weekly field trips and crafts, sports and swimming. Each week is themed and concentrates on the environment, nature, history, animals and more. Camp is from Mon., June 20 to Fri., July 29. Daycare will be available from Mon., Aug. 1 through Fri., Aug. 5. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with extended hours available. Pilgrim School 540 S. Commonwealth Ave. 213-400-8885 summercamppatriot 2016. At Jr. Camp Patriot, children ages two to five years old play music, do crafts, dance and have fun at themed weeks throughout the summer. Regular Camp Patriot, for children entering kindergarten to fifth grade, has crafts, music, swimming and other activities concentrating on science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). Middle school kids entering sixth through eighth grades canbroadway take part in the Leaders in Training (LIT) program,

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SOPHIA WILSON learns the basics of dance at Vonder Haar Center for the Performing Arts.

which includes conflict resolution, public speaking and creative writing. Regular camp begins Mon., June 20; junior camp and LIT starts Mon., June 27. Both run through Fri., Aug. 16. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. including extended care. St. James’ Episcopal School 625 S. St. Andrews Pl. 866-309-7322 Camp Super Duper leads kids ages four to 14 on adventures in swimming, sports, arts and crafts. Activities include hip hop, gardening, circus, ballet, archery, drumming and field trips for campers from third grade on up. Optional overnight add-ons are also available. A counselor-in-training (CIT) program is available for ninth through 12th graders. Campers in CIT help with registration and running activities. They also get a field trip once a week. Camp is Mon., June 20 to

Marat Daukayev School of Ballet 731 S. La Brea Ave. 323-965-0333 Ballerinas ages nine to 18 years can focus on ballet technique and artistry at the Summer Intensive Program. Students are encouraged to take at least two weeks of the sixweek program to benefit from it. Call the office to make an appointment for the required placement class. Studies include pointe/prepointe, ballet acting, pas de deux, musicality, expression, and historical and contemporary dance. Dance class is Mon., June 27 to Fri., Aug. 5. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Vonder Haar Center for the Performing Arts 457 Foothill Blvd. 818-790-5775 Dancers ages three to 18 can learn acting, singing, ballet, tap, jazz dance, hip hop and more at Vonder Haar Center for the Performing Arts summer session. Class are Mon., July 11 to Fri., Aug. 6. The program is on an afternoon and evening schedule.

Music camps Colburn School 200 S. Grand Ave. 213-621-4548 Musicians ages 9 to 18 can


work on their musicianship, technique and performance at Colburn Schools summer camps and workshop intensives. Choir camp, tap boot camp, piano camp and music theater camp is available for youngsters ages nine to 13. The week-long sessions culminate in a performance. Practice begins Mon., June 3 and runs through Fri., July 29. School of Rock 7801 Beverly Blvd. 323-999-1919 Musicians ages seven to 18 can take part in the rock N’ roll boot camps at School of Rock. Each week focuses on a different specialty, including songwriting, divas and young rockers. Some music experience is recommended. Nontraditional rock instruments are welcome. Rehearsals begin Mon., June 13 and run through Fri., Aug. 19. Los Angeles College of Music Summer Xperience Workshops 300 S. Fair Oaks Ave., 91105 626-568-8850 Musicians ages 12 to 20 can immerse themselves in songwriting, music performance or music production at two summer intensive workshops at the Los Angeles College of Music. Session I is Fri., June 25 to Tues., June 28. Session 2 is Wed., June 29 through Sat., July 2. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., though the schedules vary according to the activities. Each

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session ends with a performance or project release and listening party. Rhodes School of Music 606 N. Larchmont Blvd., #100 323-464-1154 Young musicians who want to get practice in performance can sign up for band classes at Rhodes School of Music this summer. Contact school for a schedule. Sign up before Tues., May 31 for a discount.

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Alexa Café Marymount High School 10643 W. Sunset Blvd. 310-472-1205 Girls ages 10 to 15 can learn how to code apps, produce films, design websites and more. A l e x a Café emphasizes leadership, entrepreneurship, b r a n d identity and philanthropy. Day, weekend stay and overnight options are available. The coding begins CAMP SUPER DUPER i Mon., June 13 and runs through Fri., July 29. Day camp hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cal State Young Writers 5151 State University Dr. 323-343-5901 Writers and poets entering grades two to 12 can participate in the Spring Young Writers Camp and the Summer Institute this year.

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& Programs professional settings and skill advancement. Yunasa summer camps in Colorado and Michigan for kids ages 10 to 14 offers activities that promote creativity, mindfulness and imagination. Camp is Mon., June 13 to Fri., July 29.

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Writers are introduced to a variety of writing forms as well as to the strategies of professional writers, academic research and college essay creative writing. Spring writers camp is Saturdays April 9 to May 14, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Summer writers camp is Mon., June 27 to Fri., July 15, with no class July 1, 4, or 8, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with optional STEAM or math camps from 1 to 4 p.m. Institute for Educational Advancement 569 S. Marengo Ave. Pasadena, CA 91101 (626) 403-8900 Gifted students from kindergarten to age 18 can be chal-

Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles 3621 Overland Ave. 310-836-3464, x 310 Campers ages four to 14 learn to say it en français at Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles’ summer camp. Some of the activities include swimming, crafts, archery, tennis and cooking. Three sleepover nights are scheduled over the course of the camp, which is from Mon., June 20 to Thurs. July 28, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with extended care offered. LILA Ecole du Soleil 4155 Russell Ave. 323-665-4526 Pre-kindergarten through fifth grade enfants experience summer camp with a French twist. Pre-k day camp integrates French into the day’s activities, including snacks, naptime and recess. Kindergarten through fifth grade campers have enrichment classes in math and science, outdoor activities such as tennis and swimming, and afternoons spent on French lessons. One field trip per week is also included. Ecole du Soleil is from Mon., June 20 to Fri., July 22.

Los Angeles Drama Club 5253 W. Adams Blvd. 323-3193597 losangelesdramaclub. com D r a matists in grades two on up can spend their days discovering Shakespeare includes overnight camps and adventures at St. James’. through taking part in lenged at the institute’s acad- productions, writing 10-minute emy, Explore program and at plays and physical and vocal exercises at the Summer Shakespeare Yunasa summer camp. The academy in San Marino Intensive. Players will work on and Pasadena for kids in kinder- a variety of scenes and sonnets, garten to eighth grade covers culminating in a recital for family subjects from microbiology to and friends. Start getting to know Shakejazz music. The Explore program for speare Mon., June 20 through high school-aged students Fri., Aug. 5 (no camp the week offers mentoring, experience in of July 4), 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sci–Arc 960 E. Third St. 213-356-5320 Students entering their junior and senior years are introduced to the academic and professional world of design and architecture through field trips, lectures from professionals and classes in freehand sketching, mechanical drafting, computer drawing, physical model making, and computer-based 3D modeling. Students should have some experience with freehand and computer drawing. The program is Mon., June 20 to Fri., July 16, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Summer Institute for the Gifted 866-303-4744 Gifted students ages five to 17 can be challenged and expand their knowledge in humanities, math, science, technology, visual and performing arts. Campers ages five to 12 can go to day camps at Temple Etz Chaim, 1080 E Janss Rd., from Mon., June 20 to Fri., July 8, and at Echo Horizon, 3430 McManus Ave., Mon., July 5 through Fri., July 22. Hours are 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. with extended hours available.

Students ages nine to 17 can experience three weeks living in a college dorm at UCLA while pursuing academic enrichment courses from Sun., July 3 to Fri., July 23.

Sports camps Blast Sharks Swim Camp 818-445-5188 Swimmers ages six to 18 can advance in their swimming technique and prepare for swim meets and competitions at Blast Sharks Swim Camp. Practices are Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. or 5 to 7 p.m. depending upon level and ability. Pools are in Hancock Park, West Hollywood and Burbank. Enterprise Farms 3919 Rigali Ave. 323-665-8977 Children ages six and up can take beginning to advanced horseback riding lessons in small groups, as well as participate in fun arts and crafts at summer riding camp. Each session ends with a horseshow competition and lunch with friends and family. Weekly sessions are Mon., June 13 to Fri., Aug. 29, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Early bird discount is available.

Got Game Summer Camp 408 S. Fairfax Ave. 610-772-3424 Got Game offers more than just games for campers ages four to 14. Besides baseball, volleyball, basketball, lacrosse, soccer, hockey and flag football, other activities are dance, music, technology, chess, arts and crafts and karate. Kids are grouped according to age and interest. A counselor-in-training program is also available. The fun is from Mon., June 13 through Fri., Aug. 5. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with extended care offered. LA School of Gymnastics 8450 Higuera St. 310-204-1980 Campers of all ages can tumble, jump and spring into action on floors mats, trampolines, beam bar stations and the foam-filled pit. Other camp activities include hiphop dancing and yoga. Field trips are included in the swim and gym program. Cheerleading camp is separate. The tumbling begins Mon., June 6 and runs through Fri., Aug. 29. Cheer camp is Mon., June 20 through Fri., June 24 and Mon., July 18 through Fri., (Please turn to page 22)

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work on their skills and techniques in basketball. Those entering fifth through eighth grades can focus on volleyball skills. Both sessions will work on fundamentals and are appropriate for beginning and intermediate players. Sports camp is Mon., June 20 through Fri., June 24.

Marlborough Sports Camp 250 S. Rossmore Ave. 323-964-8401

Athletes entering third through eighth grades can

Hours are 4:30 to 6 p.m. for volleyball practice and 6 to 7:30 p.m. for basketball practice. Prime Time Sports Camp 600 S. McCadden Pl. 310-838-7872 Bowling, soccer, fencing, lacrosse, basketball, dodgeball,


tennis and golf are just some of the sports kids ages four to 14 can choose from at Prime Time Sports Camp. Besides sports, there are themed weeks, tournaments, and guest speakers. Specialty camps include soccer, basketball and cheer and dance camps. Campers ages four to six have age appropriate activities at junior camp. The games begin Mon., June 13 and go through Fri., Aug. 12 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Extended care is available. Wolverine Sports Harvard Westlake


700 N. Faring Rd. & 3700 Coldwater Canyon 818-487-6527 Athletes entering grades five through 12 can take their pick of sports and programs to work on skills and techniques. The schedule covers golf, basketball, football, baseball, tennis, volleyball, swimming, field hockey, water polo, lacrosse, fencing and more in both boys and girls sports. There is also a track and field speed camp. Practice starts Mon., June 13 and runs through Fri., Aug. 5. Hours vary depending on the sport.

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CHRIST THE KING junior high students last month took first place at the annual academic decathlon competition in the “super quiz” category, and placed 12th overall out of 104 schools. From left to right, back row: Stephanie Ang, Jacob Lantin, Penelope Diaz, Karlo Toledo, Azaclarisse Trillo, Elizabeth No; front row: Joelle Villegas, Alina Arabia, Leandro Joaquin, Mari Vitangcol.

Area students perform brain surgery at Cedars Middle school students from several schools in the area had the opportunity on March, 14 to perform simulated brain surgery using human-like manikins at Cedars-Sinai. Each patient simulator was equipped with a heart pulse, and can eat, breathe, speak and blink. The virtual surgery station with 3-D imaging, microscopes and a phantom skull all allowed for the students to become familiar with techniques in

neurosurgery. The activity is just one aspect of the annual Brainworks Program, hosted by Dr. Keith Black, chair of the Dept. of Neurosurgery and director of the Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute at CedarsSinai. Black started Brainworks in 1998 to help cultivate in young minds the same kind of passion for science he found as a boy. For more information, visit

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Wig out and create art at LACMA on College Night Make your own wig and other flamboyant fashions in artist-led workshops inspired by “Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015” at LACMA’s College Night. The free event includes a reception and gallery discussions Thurs., April 22 at the BP Grand Entrance after museum hours, from 7 to 10 p.m. Workshops include “Bowties, Neckties, Collars & Cravats” with paper sculptor and

folk singer Phranc. “Wig Out!” with artist Hadley Holliday, and get inspiration from the fantastic wigs in “Reigning Men” to create your own fashionable and flamboyant headwear. Gallery exhibits will also be open. Parking is free at all LACMA lots after 7 p.m.; College ID is required for admission. For more information, visit





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Fire trucks, a manual typewriter display, “burning” chili and more will be the Big Read Read-In at Memorial Library, 4625 W. Olympic Blvd., Fri., April 8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The year’s featured book, Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451,” will be read by Los Angeles High School students; live storytelling and a screening of the movie will also take place. All ages can also take part in bookmaking and coloring projects based on “Fahrenheit 451,” Bradbury’s classic dystopian novel where firemen “burn” books. Councilmember David Ryu is set to visit the festival. Ray Bradbury was an alumnus of Los Angeles High School, graduating in 1938. He fell in love with libraries after visiting the Memorial Library, across the street from the high school, in his senior year. For more information, call 323-938-2732 or see branches/memorial.

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By Christopher Woods 6th Grade Reporting live from Paris— hello everyone! As we swing into spring break, I want to wish all students a safe, relaxing and happy vacation. Students in elementary, middle and high school have been asking their friends and family to sponsor student dancers for the upcoming Pilgrim School Dance-a-thon and Secondary Fitness Challenge. We finished the second trimester with a hectic week of tests and paperwork. Now we are into the third trimester and are looking forward to a much deserved summer break. Go Patriots!


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Echo Horizon School is proud to be competing in Math Olympiad with schools across the country to solve advanced math problems. Student teams meet regularly to work on challenging problems and our team of 12 consists of 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. The competition is hard, but fun. Just recently, Stuart Gibbs, author of the FunJungle series,

turning point By Steven Haker 8th Grade During February, students at Turning Point went on many Study Tours. The Level 7 class spent an entire day at the Museum of Tolerance, learning about the Holocaust and World War II, while Level 6 spent time writing with seniors at the Culver City Senior Center for the Intergenerational Writer’s Workshop. The Level 5 class, along with thousands of other fifth grade students from other schools, enjoyed a music concert at the Music Center in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, where they learned to dance in synchronization with the music. Also, I am pleased to inform all of you who didn’t attend, that the Middle School Musical, Hello Dolly!, was an excellent production and we are sorry to have missed you. We hosted on March 18 the Turning Point S.T.E.A.M. Expo, in which students from Level 6 to Level 8 presented their projects. paid a visit to our School. He talked with 3rd through 6th grade students about becoming a writer and how he developed his ideas. We also have an exciting lineup of sports events. Coming up very soon is our 6th grade boys’ basketball tournament when we will be competing against Park Century, Turning Point and Brawerman Schools all in one afternoon. Our team brought home a big trophy last year and we are looking to do the same this year!

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Nanci Leonard is a Certified College Counselor who has assisted thousands of students in discovering colleges that are the right “fit.” Google: Core College Counseling for more information or call 310-717-6752. Nanci has been a Brookside resident for 40 years.

I like April because it begins with April Fool’s Day! On this day, we get to prank each other, and maybe even our teachers. The “Explore Our World” social studies exhibit is April 18 through April 22. All of the students from kindergarten through third grade will be making projects. The third graders are building explorer ships! During the same week, our school has an open house. I would like to invite everyone to visit our school. Our school has a Spirit Week where each day we show our school spirit by dressing to a theme like crazy hair and favorite sports team day. The class that participates the most wins a pizza party! I hope my class wins so we can eat that yummy pizza! Happy April!


Next year, when your child is a Senior, perhaps you will note that Mr. Eliot was incorrect and that April is the BEST month as “Acceptance Letters” from many colleges fill your mailbox.


By Skyla Wilkins 3rd Grade



Right now, parents and students should begin working with the student’s school guidance counselor. And, both students and parents should begin researching colleges. (An excellent search engine to use: College Board.) Unfortunately, most school counselors do not have an adequate amount of time to spend with individual students; that is when a knowledgeable and experienced college counselor should be consulted.




Students have years to explore potential colleges but, typically, they wait until the end of their Junior year and summer vacation to seriously address this important decision. And, then, they often choose familiar colleges without examining many of those 4000 schools. Whether a student wishes to study philosophy or broadcast journalism or to create cosmetic effects for the movies, there are a multitude of colleges that would best provide the experience both parents and students desire.


“April is the cruelest month,” said T.S. Eliot, even though he wasn’t waiting for his April 1st acceptance to college! On that date, most high school Seniors received responses to their many applications. And, Seniors who didn’t carefully research their options (there are nearly 4000 colleges in the US!) felt the cruelty of receiving “Letters of Denial.”

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Spring has sprung, and our Hollygrove field is being reseeded in anticipation of spring break. “By the time we get back in April,” Principal May Oey said, “the field should be ready, but rain might make it take a bit longer.” The question has arisen about technology and if students can bring it to school. Ms. May’s response was that devices could easily get lost or broken, and if you needed to call your parents you could just go to the office. At Larchmont Charter, you have to communicate with one another, not text or play video games. There have been tours with parents who have won the lottery to come to LCS, and many new kindergarteners have been preparing to join us next year. But not only kindergarten students will be new next year! First, second, third, and fourth grade will also be accepting a few new students. No-Name-Calling Week, Carnival, and the Gala are all the events coming soon to LCS. So feel free to stop by to learn more about LCS and have a good time! And wish Jason Oey happy birthday when he turns seven this month! Your rockin’ and rollin’ reporters, signing off!

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FIONA KIM won 1st place in the State Championship Level 5 for rhythmic gymnastics last month in San Diego. A Hancock Park resident, she attends St. James Episcopal School and Los Angeles School of Gymnastics and also studies at the Marat Daukayev School of Ballet.

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The Jewish month of Adar is here and the holiday of Purim is right around the corner! Here at Yavneh, we try to exemplify the commandment of being joyous in this month, and we have been undertaking many exiting and joyful activities for the entire student body. At the beginning of the month, our students were welcomed by colorful decorations all around the school—ribbons in the halls, streamers on the ceiling, and beautiful drawings hung on walls; these were all courtesy of our fantastic Bat Ami. The first Friday of Adar, students were surprised by their teachers, along with the 8th grade, dancing into their rooms and singing songs about

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Adar. They were led into the gym, and everyone—rabbis, teachers, and morahs—danced jubilantly for over half an hour. The fun continued on Purim and Shushan Purim, on March 24 and 25. On Purim, there was no school, but Yavneh will be made Shalach Manot—traditional gifts of food—for members of the community and the Yavneh family. There was also a Yavneh Purim Seudah—feast— with a delicious catered meal. This year we had a medieval theme, and we featured “The Tournament of Steed and Steel” and other entertainment. On Shushan Purim, there was a delayed start of school, and the students were allowed to come clad in the traditional Purim garb- a costume!

BRAWERMAN EAST By Aaron Liebman and Elijah David 3rd Grade

We are continuing to work on trying to find ways to solve problems in our community. In our Problem Solving class, our groups completed their projects. The third and fourth graders worked on homelessness and the drought. My group was the Water Warriors. We worked with Save the Drop LA and taught our friends things to do to save water. Then we asked everyone to sign a pledge that they would work on saving water at home and at school. Now we are starting another project in our Problem Solving class. We want to work with Habitat for Humanity to help them any way that we can. This is very important to us because we learn about repairing the world and now we can help the world. We are so lucky to have a new art studio and two wonderful art teachers at Brawerman East. We do fun projects every week. Last week we made sculptures that show people moving. We started by making figures out of foil. Then we put tape all around the foil and covered it with plaster. We got to paint the figures when they dried. We also have a kiln in the room so we get to make things out of clay and put them in the kiln to get hard. We made small clay pots. I made mine by rolling the clay like a worm and coiling it all around to create a pot. Art class is so much fun.

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As students arrive back from spring break, they immediately face the busy month of April. 10th and 11th graders engage in the Common Core state testing for a week, and after sitting in a classroom for all this time, everyone gets active in Walk for the Arts. This annual fundraiser brings all of LACHSA together to raise money for our art departments; there will be food-trucks, student performances, games, and other exciting festivities. Students in Encompass visit other schools and showcase performances to reduce prejudice and conflict among youth, and freshman get the chance to audition for the musical theatre department. The following performances are also held this month: Spring dance concert April 8-9; theatre first year culmination performance April 15-16; monster piano concert at Zipper Hall on April 22; theatre fourth year industry showcase on April 29-30; and visual arts spring reception on April 30. With all these performances, the semester is flying by!

CURTIS By Jasper Gough 6th Grade We had author day when Candace Fleming came to visit us at school and signed our books. Also, on March 8, the fourth graders had a Read-A-Thon at lunch. Next, the Science Expo on the 2nd people had projects from how long you can keep your non-dominant hand in ice water to how long you can hold your breath. Also we had a lot of performances from the Forum Music Festival to the Poetry Cafe. Also we had the Paths Across America performed by the fourth grade on March 18. I had fond memories of those performances from when I was in fourth grade. Last month was a wonderful time for the fourth graders. They got to travel to Sacramento and see all the historical sites. It’s a great trip and I heard they enjoyed visiting the state capital. One last note, show your school spirit and make sure to root for the Curtis Cougars track team this month! I know they will give it their all as they compete in the finals at Harvard Westlake.

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My school is not a place where students learn and grow only in the classroom. Every March, St. James’ organizes an Around-theWorld Festival that celebrates diversity and different cultures in our school. This year, for three days, the whole school, including teachers, students, and parents experienced and learned about different countries and cultures. We tried new ethnic foods brought by our parents. We also had a dance performance, where each class performed an ethnic dance. For example, the sixth graders performed an Indian war dance called the Haka. Also in March, the sixth graders participated in a very special program called the Intensives. The sixth graders visited different places around Los Angeles. The Incentives were Circus, Marco Polo, Shakespeare, and Screenwriting. The sixth graders enjoyed learning different trades. The Intensives encouraged the students to work together as a team, be creative and curious, and to try new ventures. This was certainly an exciting month.

The local community has probably noticed a new type of energy. This year, L.A. High will open its doors to a “Festival of Learning.” It will be held on April 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. Insiders will welcome parents and the community to showcase all the opportunities Los Angeles High has to offer. Open House has traditionally been an invitation for parents, but this year the community will have the opportunity to buzz around the school. “We are opening our house to show parents as well as the community that we are a school on the move,” said principal Dr. Yoon Fontamillas. L.A. High has a wide range of programs to offer students. To begin with, guests will observe academics such as English, math, science and social science classrooms followed by booths with extraordinary programs like robotics, athletics, culinary arts, and the school’s science fair. There will also be enjoyable performances by Band and Color Guard, Cheer, and the Drama Program. Come see the extraordinary programs as well as students.


grade students who have received their acceptance letters are invited to a breakfast where they will get to know fellow Pandas over a hot plate of pancakes and syrup. Most importantly, the month of April holds the highly anticipated Immaculate Heart tradition, Mary’s Day. Throughout the month, students will work in committees to prepare for April 29. Duties include organizing potlucks, creating decorations for the auditorium, and developing a small production onstage. Not all flowers and pancakes, this season is also one of hard work. Students have been busily taking practice tests and studying for upcoming AP Exams. Meanwhile, students still look to the skies in anticipation of the oft-promised El Niño.

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Students return to campus this month after enjoying an Easter break. After a restful time off from classes, students will soon get back in the swing of things with many oncampus activities. Many students, on April 20 are invited to the Scholar Athlete Luncheon, a celebration of scholar athletes with GPAs exceeding 3.5. Students will gather in the auditorium to enjoy a lunch and an awards ceremony. Additionally, April 16 is the welcome breakfast for ninth graders. Current eight

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In March, everyone found out which secondary school they’re eligible to attend. Since the beginning of the school year, everyone has been touring, doing shadow days and attending events. Throw

in a standardized test called the ISSE, and you can probably imagine why the entire process has overwhelmed many people. Now, it’s finally coming to a close, and because of this, everyone is even more stressed out. What if I don’t get in to my favorite school? What if I don’t get into any schools? These are

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March was an exciting month for our school. Students had fun memorizing lists of spelling words for their annual SpellA-Thon. The second trimester ended, and there was an awards assembly to acknowledge our numerous academic achievements. Second graders recently had their first confession and are preparing for their first communion on April 23. First and second graders enjoyed a live production of Pinocchio, performed by the Nine O’clock Players at the Assistance League Playhouse. Meanwhile, our Academic Decathlon team participated in the Archdiocese Junior High Decathlon, hosted on March 13. More than 100 Catholic schools participated in this event. CKS placed 1st in the Super Quiz team event. We are immensely proud of their accomplishments.

Last month was certainly exciting for us here at CCS. Our students were given the opportunity to show us what they have been learning in science class during the annual Science Fair. Judging by what I saw during the winners’ presentations, I think we may have some future scientists in the making! Congratulations to our little scientists, but we should also give a big hand to our boys’ and girls’ A basketball teams! Both teams made it to playoffs, and they did an excellent job! Now for the highlight of February: our Academic Decathlon Quizbowl win! We won 1st Place overall, 5th in Logic, and 1st in the individuals of religion, social studies, science, and fine arts. Now they are preparing for the Los Angeles competition and hope to go to state. Be sure to check back next month to hear the results!

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Very small class size, little Surfing to Tom Sawyer Camp among favorites My older daughter was Lucky for our kids, summer activities located ‘home work’ at new school around six-years old when she will be here quickly! In our recreational at Hancock Park Elementary. asked, “Mom, if kids get summer vacation from school, why Mommy don’t grownBeat ups get summer by vacation from Danielle work?” I wish AvazianI had a better answer than the Reyes one I gave her: “Because grownups have lots of responsibilities.” Wouldn’t it be amazing if we got to have summers to travel, take art classes, learn to make homemade pasta, write a book, learn to surf?

to learn about social outreach and injustice in America,” said Sollerh. Virtual classrooms will connect the two campuses, and the program is aimed to set an example to other affluent schools “to look around their neighborhoods” and give one percent of their operating budget to underserved schools in their areas, said Cummins. “We call it the one percent solution,” added Sollerh. A 10th grade is planned down the road with eventually a high school campus opening nearby. “It’s an exciting model… I think it’s going to work,” said Cummins. An open house is set for Sun. April 16 at 2 p.m. at the TREE Academy, 5555 W. Olympic Blvd. Visit

house we like to mix downtime and activities during the summer— some time to relax and some time for structured activities. Living in Los Angeles we have so much to choose from. Here is a list of some day camp favorites: Aloha Beach Camp – Classic beach camp in Malibu. Barnsdall Art Center – This local favorite in Los Feliz offers all kinds of unique classes for kids at reasonable prices. California Science Center – The museum near downtown has a wonderful summer program. Camp Keystone – A long time camp favorite in the Santa Monica Mountains where kids enjoy all types of outdoor fun including boating, swimming, along with arts and crafts. Children’s Arts Institute – West L.A. and Studio City locations with terrific art program. Childrens Civic Light Opera – Children train and rehearse a full scale Broadway musical. Campbell Hall Sports Camp – Studio City campus has a wide range of sports activities. Fitness By The Sea – Santa Monica beach camp is filled with adventures and activities. Got Game Camp – A day camp filled with athletic and

Immaculate Heart School Summer Program – Fun activities for junior and senior high girls including art, dance, computer science, drama and academic courses. Jonathan Club Beach Camp – Fun all day camp right on the beach in Santa Monica, run by Fitness By The Sea. Open to non-members of the club. Super Duper Art Camp – L.A. based super creative art camp on the St. James School campus. L.A. County High School for the Arts Summer Arts Conservatory – Wonderful four week intensive arts program for kids fifth grade and up. LACMA – The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has popular summer classes that fill up quickly. Learn To Surf – A surfing intensive camp in Venice Beach. Los Angeles Zoo Camp – The zoo has wonderful day programs for animal lovers. Natural History Museum – Classic science camp with many fun classes Tom Sawyer Camp – This long-running camp in Pasadena offers horseback riding, swimming, archery, hiking, tennis and more. When your kids are not in camp, try to find some time to have summer adventures with them. We only have a total of 17 summers with our kids before they are off to college. Enjoy each and every one with them while you can!


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dation, will cost thousands of jobs, worsen the housing crisis and cripple the local economy. But in February, union leaders announced—to the

surprise of many—a second, competing measure for the Nov. 8 ballot. This initiative is focused on placing new labor rules and affordable housing requirements on real estate projects. Known as “Build

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LBA, since their name is on the can and the Page School said they had always dealt with them on this subject. I sent multiple emails to the [LBA] board, accompanied by pictures to show how bad the situation was. I left voice mails. No one provided any answers. As it became obvious that we were on our own, neighbors began picking up trash and moving it to other receptacles. We contacted Councilman Ryu’s office for assistance. He provided us with immediate relief by sending a Green Team to clean up the sidewalk and empty the can. The team even covered up the graffiti. However, since it is not an official can of the city, regular pick-up could not be offered. We continued trying to contact the LBA to see about regular trash pick-up. We hoped that once the sidewalk was clean, regular pickup would resume. Wrong. Even though we succeeded in keeping the sidewalk free of debris, two weeks later the can was overflowing again because it had not been emptied. One could see Salt and Straw containers, trash from Lemonade, bags from Louise’s— all legitimate debris from the local restaurants. Still nothing from the LBA, so once again we turned to Councilman Ryu for help. Once again he responded. Despite the neighbors’ attempts to solve a local prob-

lem, we are still suffering. We cannot get the can removed because it is bolted to the sidewalk. We cannot get the LBA to maintain it because they will not respond to our requests for help. We cannot get the city to pick up because it is not a city container. The time has come for the person who stopped the regular trash pick-up to get it resumed. North Larchmont does not deserve to be treated with such disrespect. We are your neighbors. Liz Koen Larchmont Blvd.

Better L.A.,” the measure in short says that developers who build affordable housing will move faster through the planning process, as long as they hire local people. Both petitions must first obtain more than 61,000 valid signatures from registered voters by April 27. Legal challenges In his presentation, Casey explained that the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative in particular creates significant legal questions as written, and if passed would inspire a barrage of legal challenges citywide. “As you probably know, the building moratorium initiative supposedly started out with a fight over the (Hollywood) Palladium project [which includes building two towers up to 30 stories tall], and is supported by the AIDS

Airbnb 'bunkhouses' cited (Continued from page 3) agreements confirming he could rent a room for two and three nights, respectively. “I forwarded that on to the city [Dept. of Building and Safety], and believe that started the wheels turning,” Peers said. With evidence of the units being a short-term rental, an investigator was sent to the scene, Code Enforcement Bureau principal inspector John Whipple emailed Peers. As a result of an inspection, the city Dept. of Building and Safety issued an Order to Comply to the property owner, Midcity Park LP, Michael Cohanzad, for 518 and 526 N. Gramercy Pl. A compliance date of April 10 is set with an inspection fee of $356.

According to the Code Enforcement Bureau, evidence can include rental agreements between owner and renter, or statements from the owner that he rents it out for less than 30 days. “We can not use online listings as evidence. Advertising a location for less than 30 days is not a violation. It is the act of the short-term rental that makes it a violation,” Whipple told Peers. David Lara, spokesman for LADBS, said the owner, Cohanzad, was also in violation of non-compliance fees of $336 increased to $1,176 for passing a Feb. 10 Order to Comply deadline regarding graffiti and trash at 522 N. Gramercy Pl. “The longer they let it go, the more they accumulate,” said Lara.

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Healthcare Foundation and its president Michael Weinstein.” Casey said he would decline to speculate what Weinstein’s intentions are in pushing the measure, but he did outline

and public affairs for AIA in Los Angeles, Will Wright, told attendees that earlier that day the AIA/LA released an official letter of opposition to the Neighborhood Integrity Ini-

"... voters understand this initiative goes too far and will drive up rents, cost hundreds of thousands of jobs and make it impossible to address L.A.'s exploding homeless problem." Mike Shimpock, Coalition to Protect L.A. several legal issues with the proposed measure. For starters, explained Casey, the initiative as described in Section 2 of a 24-page document only amends the municipal code, not the General Plan. Casey explained that the General Plan is at the top of the city’s planning hierarchy, and everything must be consistent with this plan. "Any amendments here, by way of this initiative, that would make the municipal code inconsistent with the General Plan, are null and void,” he said. But for Casey, this isn’t the worst of it: Section 5 contains a lot of legal ambiguity and requires the director of planning to divide the city into 11 geographic areas, which will contains 37 individual community plan areas, with no guidance as to how they should be divided. Wilshire Plan For decades the city has been divided into 35 community plan areas. For instance, the Wilshire Community Plan, originally adopted in 1976 and most recently revised in 2001, contains the area bordered by Melrose Ave. and Rosewood Ave. to the north; 18th St., Venice Blvd. and Pico Blvd. to the south; Hoover St. to the east; and the cities of West Hollywood and Beverly Hills to the west. Once each community plan is updated according to the proposed initiative, there are seven principles that must be followed, which Casey labels as mostly anti-growth. The worst of these principles is what Casey calls the “adjacency problem.” “An example is how we all agree we want more density at transit stops,” explained Casey. “But the measure actually says that the density in one neighborhood must match the density of the adjacent property. Does that mean you can’t touch this area because of its neighboring density, or vice-versa? It gives no guidance. And that’s the problem with a number of different provisions.” AIA opposes NII The director of government

tiative. To read the full letter, visit Initiative postponed One week following the AIA meeting and in a move that took many by surprise, backers of the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative announced on March 15 that they have dropped plans to place the anti-development measure on the November ballot. “Our initiative is too important to be buried at the tailend of this November’s ballot,” Coalition to Preserve L.A. campaign director Jill Stewart explained at a press conference. Supporters of the measure say that the March 2017 election, with several contested City Council seats as well as the Mayoral election, will allow the no-growth issue to take center stage at candidate debates, boosting citizen interest. Critics suggest that the Coalition to Preserve L.A. is trying to disenfranchise voters by moving the measure to a non-presidential, municipal election year. “They are trying to limit the number of Angelenos who can weigh in on their extreme plans, because voters understand this initiative goes too far and will drive up rents, cost hundreds of thousands of jobs and make it impossible to address L.A.’s exploding homeless problem,” said Mike Shimpock, spokesman for the Coalition to Protect L.A. Neighborhoods and Jobs. According to Stewart, a new ballot date is not the only change. The initiative’s language will also be refined and be reduced in length from 24 to eight pages. The revised version must be resubmitted to the City Clerk for approval for circulation. Once approved, supporters must gather more than 61,000 signatures by the end of August to qualify for the March 2017 ballot. After the revised version is approved by the City Clerk, it will be posted on the Larchmont Chronicle website to replace the original now at docs/moratorium.pdf.

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tenance and repair to the abutting property owner. Such private owner responsibility for abutting sidewalks always was the law until a generous city council stepped in to shoulder the burden in the 1970s. This newly adopted repair program proposes the following essential elements. After repairs by the city, abutting property owners will have a warranty for repair of future damage (20 years for residential properties and five years for commercial properties) before they are required to cover costs. The city will inspect and certify sidewalks, and prioritize and coordinate repairs. The plan also directs the city to work with council offices for demand-based repair work, and use both the city workforce and privatesector workers. The plan even suggests that the city use the program for workforce devel-

A FAMILIAR SIGHT on Larchmont Blvd. and elsewhere.

opment and job training. Further, the recommendations note that every effort should be made to protect beloved neighborhood trees, and that nonstandard sidewalk design and materials be explored. Finally, the plan suggests the city create a partnership between property owners, like a rebate

program, to encourage proactive repairs, and the repeal of the Tree Root Exception (a section of Los Angeles Municipal Code that makes it difficult for the city to fairly cite and enforce against sidewalk damage under the 1911 Improvement Act, which governs sidewalks under state law.)

Partner opens a minor; you bid a major; opener supports you ADD A BRIDGE COLUMN? That is the editors’ question to our readers. Are there a lot of you bridge players out there, and would you like to see a monthly column on the subject written by a local player? Here is a sample of what we have in mind. Tell us your thoughts at Look at the following hands when partner opened 1 Diamond, you responded 1 Spade and Partner rebid 2 Spades:

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♠ AT43 ♥ KQ7 ♦ J87 ♣ 963


♠ AT432 ♥ K73 ♦ KT5 ♣ T5


♠ AT43 ♥ K32 ♦ K73 ♣ JT4


♠ AT43 ♥ T43 ♦ KQ7 ♣ A83

What do you do? Lots of players just bid 3 Spades and leave it up to opener. But wouldn’t it be nice if there were a very specific series of bids that defines your response? Well, guess what? There is! Here are the rules for this series of bids. By the way, this is nothing unusual. This series is just standard bridge. It’s just that not too many people are aware of it. 1) If you, as responder, have four Spades and 10 points or less, pass. 2) If you have four Spades and 11-12 points, bid 2 no trump. If partner is at the top of her bid (at least 14 high card points) she goes to game. If she has 13 or less points, she closes out in 3 Spades. This bid of 2 No Trump is a very limited bid. It tells partner

specifically the hand you hold. It says nothing about playing the hand in No Trump. It is inviting one of two bids, either 3 Spades or 4 Spades. 3) If you have five Spades and 10 points, bid 3 Spades. 4) If you have five Spades and 11-12 points, bid game. Applying these rules to the hands above: Hand 1: Pass. You have ten points and four Spades. Even if Partner has a maximum hand at 15 points, you don’t have enough for Game unless you’re lucky. Hand 2: 3 Spades. This describes your hand specifically. You have 10 HCP and five Spades. It invites Partner to bid 4 Spades if she’s at the top of her bid. Hand 3: 2 No Trump. This also describes your hand specifically. You have 11-12 points and four Spades. You are asking partner to bid 3 Spades if she has 13 points or less, 4 Spades if she’s 14 or better. She cannot pass 2 No Trump unless she supported you with only three Spades, which is not a good idea unless she has a singleton. This should be easy to remember because when responder’s second response is 2 No Trump in any bidding situation, it generally always promises a balanced hand with 11-12 HCP. Hand 4: 4 Spades. Don’t get excited and think about Slam just because you both have opening hands and a major suit trump fit. Partner has told you that she has a minimum hand by her just supporting your major suit bid. You have a 4-4 fit and prob-

ably a maximum of 28 points. Forget Slam and be content with a fairly safe Game. This is a standard bid but my experience is that very few players use it. If you use it you must have a firm understanding with your partner about what the bids mean. But you will find that you will arrive at the correct contract much more often

than others who get these types of hands. So the result, at least with the hand with 10 HCP, is that while you are in 2 spades making, others are in 3 and 4 spades, down one or two. Grand Slam is the nom de plume of the author of a bestselling book on bridge, an ACBL accredited director and a Silver Life Master.

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(Continued from page 1) just nine days before she witnessed the latest bloody fall, four city councilmen were lobbying support for a sidewalk repair plan in a letter to their colleagues. “For 40 years, the city of Los Angeles has been stuck with a dysfunctional policy when it comes to sidewalks. There have been many attempts, sometimes valiant, to find a solution to the city’s buckled and broken sidewalks, but there has been no consistent and comprehensive sidewalk repair plan for decades,” read the letter by councilmembers Paul Krekorian, Joe Buscaino, Mike Bonin and Nury Martinez. Representing the Council’s public works and budget committees, the four councilmen outlined a plan to spend $1.4 billion to fix the city’s broken sidewalks. Project funding is likely due to a 2015 agreement to

resolve the Willits v. City of Los Angeles class action lawsuit, which requires the city to invest more than a $1 billion in city sidewalk repairs and other pedestrian improvements over the next 30 years. “This is a problem that has been over 40 years in the making and today, the city took a huge step toward fixing it,” said budget chair Paul Krekorian following the committee votes, on March 14. The 11-point program was unanimously adopted by both committees, and now goes to the full 15-member City Council for approval. Plan details Essentially, the plan takes a “fix-and-release” strategy where the city would repair a section of sidewalk and guarantee the work for a period of time, but then hand over responsibility for future main-



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Las Madrinas gifts Children’s Hospital Las Madrinas made a “major payment” to its pledged endowment at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles at the support group’s recent annual meeting. Dr. Alyssa Rake, director of the Las Madrinas Pediatric Simulation Research Laboratory Endowment, accepted the contribution which is part of a $5 million pledge to the research endowment. The monies fund a simulation laboratory consisting of eight rooms and 5,000 square feet. The lab provides education, teacher training and ongoing research with highfidelity equipment, including a “realistic” six-month-old infant, to prepare for medical challenges. Las Madrinas just elected its 2016 Board of Directors, which include President Marcie Warren Newby and advisor Robin Murray Nugent of Han-

LEFT-TO-RIGHT are incoming Las Madrinas president Marcie Warren Newby; Dr. Alyssa Rake, director of the Las Madrinas Pediatric Simulation Research Laboratory Endowment at Children’s Hospital; and outgoing Las Madrinas president Megan Hernandez.

cock Park. Outgoing president Megan Hernandez also announced the names of Las Madrinas members whose exceptional dedication merited special

recognition. Their names will be added to the Las Madrinas Plaque displayed in the lobby of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles at 4650 Sunset Blvd.

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KICK OFF FOR THE SUMMER SOIRÉE at the Music Center (and Grand Park) was at the Fremont Place home of Mattie and Michael Lawson (center); he is U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. International Civil Aviation Organization, and is pictured here with American Ballet Theatre principal dancers Stella Abrera, left, and Misty Copeland, right. They will star in the benefit performance of "Firebird" on Thurs., July 7.

Gala to benefit Hollygrove Tickets are now available for the fifth annual Norma Jean Gala, a fundraiser for Hollygrove, a non-profit agency that provides help and hope to some of L.A.’s most underserved and at-risk children. The gala, to be held on Wed., April 20 at the Taglyan Complex—1201 Vine St.—is named for Marilyn Monroe, whose real name was Norma Jean Baker. Hollygrove’s history Founded in 1880 as the Los Angeles Orphans Home Society, the residential orphanage for young children closed in 2005. Over that ACTRESS Busy period, the facility cared for more than 20,000 Philipps at last children, including Norma Jean, who resided year's gala. at Hollygrove from 1935 to 1937. No longer a residential orphanage, Hollygrove offers services on campus like the Endless Summer program, a therapeutic afterschool program for children with emotional and behavioral challenges. Camp Hollygrove follows the Endless Summer experience during school breaks for children who often are not eligible to attend other camps due to behavioral problems. Gala tickets This year, tickets to the Norma Jean Gala will include a live and silent auction, cocktail reception and a seated dinner, with a children’s garden and art exhibit on display. Organizers promise a star-studded evening with Janie Bryant, Colin and Samantha Hanks, Busy Philipps and Ian and Erin Ziering all lending their support. Visit

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League met at Grove; NGA ladies were in red at Busby’s

Juliette Brumlik and Sue Cunningham congratulate Shelagh Callahan at Founder’s Day luncheon.

Steve Kazanjian, Sondi and Peter Sepenuk, Olivia Kazanjian and Scott McMullin at Red Ball

Donna Econn, Jason and Beverly Brown, Greg Econn at the ball.

Don and Oona Kanner at NGA Red Ball.

JeffREy Reuben and Kiel FitzGerald at the ball. Red Ball photos by Lauren Hurt

The Assistance League of Los Angeles held its annual Founders Day Luncheon on Feb. 25 at Maggiano’s at The Grove. A champagne reception was followed by an Italian feast of pastas, salads and a variety of wines. The timehonored tradition of the presentation of awards honoring League members for their dedication was announced by Past President Flo Fowkes. Among the ladies going home with beautifully engraved crystal plaques were Shelagh Callahan, Vida Brucker, Sue Brodsky Thalken, Marilyn Moulton, Julie Jenssen, Dee Nasatir and Andy Goodman. Other members there to applaud and express their gratitude were Mary Toolen Roskam, Barbara Hardesty, Fluff McLean, Yvonne Cazier, Adrienne Seltzer, Juliette Brumlik, Audrey Fimpler, Perri Kranzdorf, Cathryne Macievic, June Bilgore and Sue Cunningham. • • • It was strictly the ladies in red at our beloved Busby’s on Saturday night, Feb. 27, as les girls of the Needlework Guild of America (NGA) Hancock Park dressed up in scarlet to raise funds for those in need. This year’s flaming “Red Ball” featured cocktails, tequila shots and a tasting bar of rare whiskeys followed by a gourmet buffet dinner and dancing. NGA members brought spouses, friends, neighbors and relatives who bid, bought and gave generously, making “Red Ball” the greenest grossing benefit in the group’s history. Among the 170 celebrants were NGA President Mary Jaworski and husband Bernie, event sponsors Kiel FitzGerald and husband Jeffrey Reuben, Pavlina Moskalykova and husband Matt Solo, Oona and Don Kanner, Michele and Tom Kneafsey, Anne and Michael Kim, Nichole and Larry Perkins, Shelagh Callahan and husband Ray La Soya, Lisa and Mark Hutchins, Jill and John Duerler, Olivia and Steve Kazanjian, Helen and Edgar Fincher, and Busby’s owners Melanie and Paul Boettcher. Also in attendance were Michele and Scott McMullen, Marion and

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Susan Downey and David Franklin (who was wearing a pair of awesome sequened oxfords), Marnie and Howard Owens, NGA past president Beverly Brown and husband Jason, Isabel Mayfield, Stacy Herman and Patrick Kelley, Cathleen and Robert Barnes, Robin and Cameron Chehrazi, Michaela and Joe Burschinger, Beatriz and Alex Calfo, Dina and George Phillips, Margot and Jack Merrick, Anne Loveland, Kathryn Balzer, Simone and Chris Adams, Heather and Brumby Boylston, Carol and

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Co-founder of Magic Castle, Irene Larsen

CAMERON TAYLOR-BROWN will demonstrate on the loom at the Hammer.

‘Leap Before You Look’ at Hammer Cameron Taylor-Brown has designed a textile for a loom in “Leap Before You Look,” an exhibit at the Hammer Museum that explores the lasting influence of Black Mountain College in contemporary arts and in education. The Mansfield Ave. resident

will be demonstrating on the loom and answering questions on Thurs., March 31 at 1:15 p.m. and again on Sat., April 23 at 2 p.m. The exhibit runs though May 15 at the Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd. Free. Visit

Call-out for teen bards at Memorial Poets ages 13 to 19 years old are invited to take part in writing workshops at Memorial Library, 4625 W. Olympic Blvd., in preparation for the Los Angeles Youth Poet Laureate Contest Mondays, April 11 and 25 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The first workshop will focus on writing poetry and

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Irene Larsen, co-founder of the Magic Castle and the Academy of Magical Arts, died at 79 at her Brookside home, “Brookledge.” Along with her late husband Bill and her brother-inlaw Milt, in 1963, they transformed a dilapidated mansion into the restaurant, theater and world-renowned center for magic at the popular private clubhouse in Hollywood. Born in Germany, her life in magic started when she attended a show and was asked on stage by American magician John Daniel. The pair would eventually marry, and Irene joined her husband on magic shows across the country, with Irene performing the first “Thin Model Sawing” in the 1950s. She continued to entertain audiences with her second husband, Bill Larsen Jr., who came from a family of pioneers in the field. He died in 1993. She is survived by four children and four grandchildren. The couple’s daughter Erika serves as president of the Magic Castle. Her granddaughter Liberty is the fourth generation of the family to perform at the club.

IRENE LARSEN waves at the camera from the stage of her Brookledge theatre, where the Oceanaires Quartet presented her with a surprise singing Valentine on February 13. Pictured on stage, L to R, are Bill Boeck, Tim Boeck, Todd Kolberg and Dave Erickson. Larsen’s daughter, Erika, told Sandy Boeck that this was the last photo taken of her mother, who unexpectedly died at the Brookside home 12 days later. The Magic Castle co-founder was 79.

Her home in Brookside features a small theater that served as a magnet for magicians, musicians and others as well as a sanctuary for rescued animals. A devout activist, she worked

to ensure that animals were treated humanely in magic shows. In lieu of flowers, the family asks support for Last Chance for Animals and other nonprofits working for animals.

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Baseball, ‘Whiskey’ triumph, and ‘Doris’ excels save one flaw free-wheeling life of a freespirited woman in an Islamic war zone where women are subjugated. Generally underrated as a serious actress, Tina Fey gives another fine performance. Sharing the fun is fellow correspondent Margot Robbie, in a terrific performance, who defines “freewheeling.” The writers and directors deftly mix comedy with adventure and romance to make this an extremely well-rounded film. Hello, My Name is Doris (7/10): This is a film that touches on many things in a fast 90 minutes; aging, devoting one’s life to care of a parent, infatuation with a younger person, hoarding, self-help seminars, fantasy, coming of age, and acceptance. Morally, the movie has one huge flaw

that seems to preach that the end justifies the means. I don’t want to spoil the story but without that flaw I would have rated it much higher. That part of the film is like a pebble in my shoe. At the Sally Field Movies should get an with Oscar nominaTony tion for a wonMedley derful performance, along with a nomination for costume design to Rebecca Gregg for her amazing wardrobe, which should get equal billing to Sally! Midnight Special (7/10): Even for science fiction, this is a strange one, a combo sci-fi/ chase movie. But it starts with a bang and continues building tension until the end and has a terrific cast including rapidly rising star Joel Edgerton. The ending would appeal to Alain Resnais, who directed the puzzling “Last Year at Marienbad” (1961). But what do you do with a sci-fi movie? Oh well, it’s finely directed and acted, and it’s entertaining so that’s all that matters. I Saw the Light (5/10): What a disappointment! I don’t know why people make biopics about musicians and ignore their music (see 2005’s “Walk the Line”). There’s some music here, but, like “Walk the Line,” they have an ego-

centric actor, Hank Williams look-alike Tom Hiddleston, who insisted on using his own voice instead of lip syncing to Williams’ unique voice. But Hiddleston apparently wasn’t up to the yodeling required by Williams’ signature song, “Lovesick Blues” (that Hank didn’t write), so he lip-synced it to, get this, the voice of Emmet Miller, not Williams! How stupid can you be? London Has Fallen (5/10): This movie is so inane it is literally laughable; the script can only be accepted as camp. Nobody could write these lines with a straight face. Miles Ahead (1/10): "I’d already been in a number of standard bio pics and I had no interest in making another since I found them full of contrivances and fabrications. You know, 'based on a true story,'" said writer (with Steven Baigelman)-director-star Don Cheadle. So what does Don Cheadle do? He makes a film full of contrivances and fabrications. You know, “based on a true story.” Ignoring famed jazz trumpeter Miles Davis’ music, Cheadle tells of a fiveyear period when Davis was totally unproductive and Don

invents a McGuffin, a fictional tape of Davis’ music that was stolen by fictional people. I didn’t know much about Miles Davis before I saw this film. If I am to believe this Hollywood biopic, I now know him as an unlikeable, violent, wife beating, coke-sniffing drug addict gangsta egoist who played the trumpet. I’ve heard that’s not far off the mark (except for the gangsta part), so I guess Don gave us what he wanted. And he apparently didn’t want music.

Barbershop group Oceanaires sing at 40th Spring Show

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Fastball (10/10): A mustsee for any baseball fan, well narrated by Kevin Costner, the film tries to determine who was the fastest pitcher of all time, narrowing it down to Walter Johnson, Bob Feller, Nolan Ryan, and present day Cincinnati Reds Cuban pitcher Aroldis Chapman. They were all clocked, even Johnson, and the film analyzes the various clockings and comes up with the fastest. Far be it from me to be a spoiler! I’ve seen lots of baseball clips but there are clips in this film I’ve never seen, including some fine clips of the legendary Johnson and interviews with lots of players. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (9/10): One of the better war/ foreign correspondent movies one will see, this shows the

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Alexis Gershwin, Singers and Band performed at Catalina By Patricia Foster Rye The Catalina Bar & Grill has been a fixture in Hollywood nightlife since it was founded in 1987 by owner Catalina Popescu. Starting out in a small space on Cahuenga Blvd., it’s now a sleek supper club on Sunset Blvd. A myriad of stars have appeared in single performances, many before they were big names in the industry. I recently saw a performance by Alexis Gershwin, niece of George and Ira Gershwin. Backed by the Gershwin Singers, a trio of talented young performers, Ms. Gershwin sang the most iconic examples of the family’s familiar music: “S’Wonderful,” “A Foggy Day,” etc. The Gershwin Band featured some very cool sax solos by Rusty Higgins. The Catalina Bar & Grill also is featured in an episode of author Michael Connelly’s second season of “Bosch,” just released on Amazon Prime. View the busy schedule of

'Urban Light' to go dark May 1 "Urban Light," Chris Burden's outdoor sculpture at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, will be turned off from May 1 through about June 30 for restoration. Its 202 lights will be screened off from the public. The posts, many from the 1920s, will be stripped down to the raw cast iron, treated and repainted. "Urban Light" was installed in 2008.

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Critically acclaimed in productions in London and New York, “Red Velvet” plays in Los Angeles through the end of April. The cast includes Amanda Charney of Hancock Park. An Anglophile, the USC graduate credits her time spent studying abroad in London as some of the best days of her life. In “Red Velvet,” Charney plays the actress, Betty Lovell, a member of the acting company producing Shakespeare’s “Othello” at a prestigious English theatre in 1833. In the plot, based upon true events, pandemonium erupts when an American actor, Ira Aldridge, arrives to play the title role in Shakespeare’s play, “Othello.” The eloquent and passionate Aldridge is a black man, something unheard of

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California cuisine with 1920s décor downtown, bakery ups ante My car automatically heads for the arts district when DTLA and food are mentioned in the same sentence, but a scattering of interesting restaurants reside near L.A. Live, including the elegantly appointed, visually stunning Faith & Flower, whose 1920s splendor radiates with gold sunbursts on the walls, old Hollywood-type booths and clubby upholstery. The smart, stylish main

room was noisy; we sat in a quieter back space. Always up for vintage cocktails, we nonetheless passed on their famous English milk punch (a rum, bourbon and milk combo from 1862), but happily downed a martini and old-fashioned while perusing the shared plates menu. Executive Chef Michael Hung’s dishes beautifully balance textural elements. Baby kale and winter citrus salad

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ter crisp and light, the chermoula dipping sauce a perfect garlicky condiment. Others were less transformative. Oxtail agnolotti, enhanced with bone marrow butter, had a satisfying meaty funk, but lacked zing; trout with smoked potato fondue was good, but ordinary. One standout dessert was a On the textural dream: creamy yogurt Menu panna cotta was by sprinkled with Helene juicy pomegranSeifer ate seeds, puffed wild rice, bee pollen, honey and icy yuzu granita. To die for. Most plates are under $20; fish and meat entrees ranged from $23 for confit duck leg to $61 for grilled foie gras. Cocktails float around $16. Faith & Flower. 705 W. 9th St., DTLA. 213-239-0642. ••• A neighborhood fixture recently changed hands when Susina decided to go wholesale and Amelia stepped in. Israeli executive chef/owner Yoav Rogel, former pastry chef at New York’s Eately, has maintained the old décor, but upped the food ante. All bakery items are made in-house except for the Susina

cakes he carries, and breads feature heavily in the café fare. Shakshuka appears on other brunch menus, but none is better than Amelia’s $12 version, where cooked tomatoes, onions and herbs form a delicious base for perfectly poached eggs. The accompanying miniloaf of challah with tahini butter is delish. Ubiquitous toast with toppings is here slathered with a rich beet pesto, then layered with sliced tomatoes, mozzarella and avocado for $11.95. Try a $3.50 slice of bubka— their breakfast cake is ribboned with Nutella. Deli favorite rugelach, small crescent rolled pastries, are served with both traditional sweet fillings and savory options, such as spinach and ricotta or jalapeno cream cheese. These little flavor bombs are 3 for $5. There are also sandwiches, salads and house-cured lox offered. Soon they plan to add more organic ingredients and gluten-free breads to their menu. Amelia Bakery & Café. 7122 Beverly Blvd. 323-9541251.

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able atmosphere made it loved by loyal customers,” said Corbia. And now, Corbia and his team are committed to bringing that winning equation to 6270 Sunset Blvd. According to Corbia, Fabiolus is featuring a “simple, inviting menu for an appealing, yet casual meal.” Open for lunch and dinner during the week and dinner-only on weekends, Fabiolus also presents a rotating prix fixe menu with an impressive wine list. For more information, visit

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Jazz at LACMA series is a magical celebration of Los Angeles 67-piece Symphonic Jazz Orchestra—also directs Latin Sounds, a summer series he launched 11 years ago. Held in Hancock Park behind the museum, Latin Sounds begins Sat., May 28 at 5 p.m. with the Echo Park Project. The jazz and Latin series are part of the museum’s Dept. of Music Programs, a seventime national winner of the ASCAP/Chamber Music Amer-

STRAIGHT UP JAZZ at LACMA features world-class musicians. Photo by Brant Brogan

“They like jazz. It’s fun. It’s more about community than it is about music. You realize how amazingly magical L.A. is.” Some 42,000+ visitors attend the concerts held through November. Seating is limited, traffic can be tough, but visitors find room anywhere and everywhere. “It’s a celebration of Los Angeles,” says Glickman. While minimal, funding is from donors and the county, the latter thanks to former


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Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and current Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. This season will have 31 acts, kicking off with Les McCann & Friends on April 22. Tierney Sutton with special guest Mark Summer is April 29. Eric Reed Quartet plays May 6 followed by bassist Pat Senatore May 13, an original member of Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass. The jazz series begins at 6 p.m. and is free. Programs can be heard Sunday at 7 p.m. on 88.1 KJAZZ.1. Latin Sounds Glickman, a composer and conductor—he conducts the

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By Suzan Filipek People come from all over to hear jazz at LACMA on Friday nights. And not just any jazz, says Mitch Glickman, director of the series, celebrating its 25th year this month. When Glickman took the helm 11 years ago, he made a covenant that only Los Angeles-based musicians would take the stage. “I will vehemently argue we have the greatest musicians in the world… The best of the best… “New York is fantastic but [it lacks the] breadth. I came to shed a spotlight on L.A.” The city’s diversity, weather and the studios are what make the difference, he says. Glickman chooses from among Grammy-award winners to the up and coming to play in the weekly shows. No two weeks are the same, he says. He carefully selects “straight-ahead” jazz, acoustic, traditional and instrumental acts, with the last week of the month featuring a vocalist. But as good as the music is, it’s the community feeling that draws enthusiasts from Covina to Santa Barbara.



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Head "Back to the Future" with the DeLorean. Page 10

Watch films in historic theaters. "Top Gun" kicks off the series.

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Everything's coming up avocados at the Huntington.

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House next-door to the Frederick Albertson home sold again; The Spanish Colonial house just to the south of the landmark Albertson house on Hudson Avenue in Hancock Park reportedly changed hands in February or March for slightly less than $12 million. The record price for the area remains the Melanie Griffith

and Antonio Banderas sale in 2015 of their three-lot property on Muirfield Road for a bit less than $16 million. The Hudson home that just sold in an off-market transaction is reputed to have eight bedrooms and eight baths. It previously had been occupied

by celebrities such as radio personality Frank Bresee and movie producer Oren Koules. More visible than the house just sold is the large Tudor Revival home immediately to the north, built on the Fourth and Hudson corner hillside. That home was designed and

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built for Los Angeles pioneer automobile company executive Frederick S. Albertson by Alexander D. Chisholm. Construction of the fourbedroom (plus two maids’

rooms downstairs) house was completed in 1929, and Albertson lived there for many years with his wife, Hazel, and daughters Barbara and Jean. In 1958, Home Savings &

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garners near-record price for a residence in Hancock Park designer of the Scottish Rite Cathedral building on Wilshire Boulevard in Windsor Square. Now being repurposed by the Paul and Maurice Marciano Art Foundation, the Scottish Rite building will become the “New Center for the Display,

Discourse, Research and Making of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.” Back west on Hudson Ave., Howard Ahmanson’s widow, Caroline Leonetti Ahmanson, sold the Albertson house in 1975. When the home was

awarded the Windsor SquareHancock Park Historical Society’s Historic Landmark Award No. 15 in 1982, the owners were Dr. and Mrs. George F. Thomas. The Albertson house remains very much a community landmark.

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RECEPTION HALL at the Albertson house.

Loan Association president Howard F. Ahmanson bought the house and moved in with his family. Ahmanson was a

noted art collector. He also was patron for the many Home Savings branches designed by artist Millard Sheets, also the

Jacob, 8, spends, gives, saves with The Piggy Box By Suzan Filipek Esther Diaz was looking for an organized way for her eight-year-old entrepreneur son to save his hard-earned money. Since he turned five, Jacob has rolled in trash, recycling and yard waste bins for two or three neighbors after the city’s weekly pick-up service on his S. Sierra Bonita Ave. block. He charges $2 each trip to the curb and back. He stuffed his profits in a piggy bank. But it was hard to get the paper money and coins in and out. “Sometimes I had to use chopsticks,” said Jacob. There must be a better way, thought his mom. The health care professional designed The Piggy Box, a house-shaped box made in six styles, of recycled paper with three drawers labeled: Spend, Save and Give. “We wanted him to learn he could do more than purchase the latest toy,” his mom explained. The drawers help him achieve his goal—buy an iPAD—and give to school can drives and disaster relief programs. The third grader sometimes gets assistance from his sister, Bella (6 ½). Both attend Cathedral Chapel School. Their mom also got a little help from her tech-savvy brother-in-law to create The Piggy Box app.

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ENTREPRENEURS Jacob and his mom Esther Diaz.

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The app keeps a running total of Jacob's income and spending to help determine if he can afford an impulse buy. All in all, the high-tech Piggy Box “makes it a lot easier,” than the old-school model, says Jacob. The Piggy Box is available at and at Miracle Mile Toys, 5363 Wilshire Blvd. It retails for $39.99. The app is free.


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At home on my toes and in the dirt The garden writer and philosophy professor Allen Lacy didn’t believe in the conventional wisdom of the green thumb. He was certain that it was the “gardener’s eye” that induces otherwise normal people to pick up the trowel and not let go. I agree. It’s like a conversion: one day a tree is a green generality and the next it’s a graceful, multi-trunked, white-blooming crepe myrtle, Lagerstroemia ‘Natchez’. “Gardening is not a hobby,” writes Lacy, “and only nongardeners would describe it as such. There is nothing wrong with having hobbies, but most hobbies are intellectually limited, and make no reference to the larger world. By contrast, being whole-heartedly involved with gardens is involvement with life itself in the deepest sense.” So there you have it: gardening raises the heat of the life force and, perhaps, some fierce perfectionism. I’ve heard myself say to a sister gardener: I wish you could have seen my beloved Winifred (Salvia clevelandii ‘Winifred Gilman’) before (choose one): I overwatered it; I chopped it almost to the ground; the sun scorched it during Febru-

ary’s freak heat wave. I’ve also felt a profound kinship—one that defies expression—with six Japanese maples. But that gardener’s eye can take a nap, too, which mine did until recently, when it again saw the light. Gardening is an intimate transaction of the mind, the hand, and the spirit with the materials of the natural world. I had deeply missed the hands-on.

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With a construction crew next door for nine months, I had no privacy. That’s what I told myself, anyway. When that eye opened, I was mortified to see the neglect. Many of my friends are professional gardeners. What would they think about the brown-edged creeping thyme and the failing lavender? Where does all this come from? It’s a question for the ages. “No doubt about it,” writes the British garden historian

Christopher Thacker. “The first gardens were not made, but discovered.” He imagines a clearing in the forest, a valley in rough mountains, trees abloom, streams meandering. No one tends them—they were freely given, and an idea of sacredness takes hold. No surprise that the idea of garden as paradise takes root in the cultural imagination. Fifteen hundred years before Homer, in the Sumerian/Babylonian “Epic of Gilgamesh,” a mineral garden of the gods is praised—vines of carnelian fruit, leaves of lapis lazuli. The tombs of ancient Egypt are adorned with paintings of lovely gardens. Holy books describe paradise as a garden. Homer in “The Odyssey” sings of the grove with alder, poplar, fragrant cypress. But something else in “The Odyssey” sets my own imagination aflame. Robert Pogue Harrison, in “Gardens: An Essay on the Human Condition,” provided the spark. Odysseus, in his exile, seems to Harrison to be emblematic of the mortal human being and an awakened heart. Odysseus longs to care for his wife, his homeland, his human identity, despite all the woes that caring may bring.

A PORTION of the columnist’s “home ground”—a corner of her Larchmont Village back garden, photographed in March. Garden design by Judy Horton.

In other words, “caring” defines us as human beings. We “experience time as the working out of one care after another,” Harrison writes. It’s also how we define ourselves, individually. What calls out for our attention? And here are Harrison’s thoughts about a garden we

make: “It is planned by the gardener in advance, then is seeded or cultivated . . . in due time it yields its fruit. . . . Meanwhile the gardener is beset by new cares day in and day out.” The garden keeps the gardener on her toes and in the dirt.


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Paul Williams building among historic preservation winners The Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Building in West Adams and designed by Paul Revere Williams is among awardees at the Los Angeles Conservancy 35th annual Preservation Awards. Awardees will be honored at a luncheon on Thurs., May 5 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The nine award recipients recognized for outstanding achievement in the field of historic preservation are: Chairman’s Award: Clifton’s Cafeteria, a beloved, forestthemed landmark downtown had been in the same family 75 years before changing hands in 2010. It was painstakingly restored over four years. Project Awards went to: Brand Library and Art Center, Glendale. It received a renovation and seismic upgrade, revitalizing an anchor of the community. The 1949 Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Building, the centerpiece of a nonprofit campus: the South Central Los Angeles Regional Center at S. Western Ave. and W. Adams Blvd. Hollenbeck Terrace, Boyle Heights. A former hospital

PROJECT TEAM for the Golden State Mutual Life Building found historic theatre seats that matched the originals on Craiglist.

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that was neglected for years has reclaimed its role as a community resource through adaptive reuse as affordable housing for seniors. Homeless Veterans Transitional Housing, VA Campus/ West Los Angeles. a successful pilot project rehabilitated a historic building as federally funded transitional housing for veterans. Hotel Normandie, Koreatown, where a dedicated owner rebuffed lucrative redevelopment bids for this historic hotel, built in 1926 in a Renaissance Revival style. Kronish House, Beverly Hills and Van Dekker House,

OWNER TURNED down developers for his multi-million dollar remodel at Hotel Normandie and turned to crowdfunding. Photo by Ryan Tanaka

Woodland Hills. Two seriously threatened Modern homes were saved from demolition by private owners. SurveyLA LGBT Historic Context Statement, City of Los Angeles. This document is the first in the U.S. to offer a framework for evaluating historic places that contribute to the city’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender heritage. City National Bank will sponsor the luncheon for the ONCE THE REGION'S largest cafeteria chain, Clifton's is consid16th consecutive year. The ered the world's largest public cafeteria. Photo by Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy event at the Biltmore usually pendent jury of leading munity development. sells out well in advance. Preservation Award recipi- experts in architecture, his- Visit toric preservation, and comawards. ents are selected by an inde-

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Wattles features Hollywood’s first 100 years Explore Wattles Mansion during “Hollywood: The First 100 Years,” a designer showcase with a star-studded theme, through Sun., April 17. In its first showcase event, the City of Los Angeles opens the historic estate, which includes 47 acres in the heart of Hollywood. Los Angeles-based designers have created 18 rooms inspired by Hollywood

icons of the past 100 years. The 1908 Mission Revival home was designed by Myron Hunt and Elmer Grey, architects for the Rose Bowl, Huntington Library and Ambassador Hotel. The Wattles Mansion is considered the only remaining intact example of the once-plentiful estates in the Hollywood area preceding the rise of the film industry. Gurdon Wattles

bankrolled many early movies and studios. The event is sponsored by REITZHAUS, in association with the city Dept. of Recreation and Parks and Angeleno Magazine. Past movies and Hollywood stars inspire the rooms’ decor, including “Midnight in Paris,” “The Artist,” Audrey Hepburn and Clark Gable. Proceeds will benefit Homes

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WATTLES is an intact mansion predating the film industry.

A Mission Revival estate raised to support Los Angeles reputed to be designed by Philharmonic and music and Myron Hunt will be featured arts programs throughout the in the Pasadena Showcase community. House of Design taking place Built in 1918 for $20,000, the main from Sun., April residence 17 to Sun., May is 16,000 15. square feet The La Cañawith six bedda Flintridge rooms, five home was built bathrooms for restaurateur and a 2,032 Leon C. Riggs as square foot a winter retreat for his wife and DESIGNER Robert Frank re- guest house. twodaughter. He turns to remake a room at this The soon sold it, and year’s Showcase House. Above, acre propit was renamed his writer’s room from last year. erty includes a horse corDryborough ral, an outdoor barbecue area Hall, after its new owner. Designers from throughout and pool. The Shops at Showthe region will be featured at case and a restaurant will be the 52nd annual event. Over on site. Tickets are $35-$45 the years, donations total- and can be ordered at Pasadeling $20 million have been

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Los Angeles Conservancy film series celebrates historic core (1911). Silent film stars were never the same again. “Singin’ in the Rain,” (1952), tells the story Sat., June 18 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at The Theatre at Ace Hotel (1927).

p.m. at The Theatre at Ace Hotel (1927). Closing the season is “Safety Last!,” (1923), on Sat., June 25 at 8 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre (1926). Harold Lloyd plays a country boy who moves to the big city in this

members and $22 for the general public. Proceeds support the Conservancy’s efforts to preserve historic places throughout L.A. County. For more information visit

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Billy Wilder’s film noir of Raymond Chandler’s murder mystery “Double Indemnity,” (1944), Wed., June 22 at 8

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MOVIEGOERS will be treated to a silent film with live music at the Orpheum.

Wild for the Planet at L.A. Zoo kicks off for Earth Day “Wild for the Planet” kicks off with family programs at the L.A. Zoo on Earth Day Weekened, Sat., April 23 and continues every Saturday and Sunday to Endangered Species Day Sun., May 22. Events will spotlight Zoo conservation efforts and what people can do to protect and preserve Planet Earth. Events for families and youngsters take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Visit Regular events at the zoo include "Good Morning Gorillas" with an education specialiist. Get to know their morning routines, which are kind

slapstick silent comedy, with live accompaniment on the Orpheum’s Mighty Wurlitzer organ. Tickets are on sale to Conservancy members and starting April 13 to the general public. Pricing is $18 for

MOM OLIVER and her baby chimp Julie at the L.A. Zoo.

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“Top Gun” leads the Los Angeles Conservancy’s Last Remaining Seats film series featuring classic films at historic venues, which, in honor of the 13th season, will all take place at the Broadway Historic Theater District. The films screen in June and tickets are on sale this month for the popular series. Many are accompanied by vintage cartoons, live music, newsreels, and more. Most of the films are favorites from past seasons, with the exception of “Top Gun,” which is celebrating its 30th birthday. The 1986 film will screen Sat., June 4 at 2 and 8 p.m. at Los Angeles Theatre (1931). Tom Cruise plays Lt. Peter “Maverick” Mitchell in the highest-grossing film of 1986. “To Kill a Mockingbird,” (1962), follows on Wed., June 8 at 8 p.m. in the Million Dollar Theatre (1918). Gregory Peck stars as Atticus Finch in this adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by the late Harper Lee. Marilyn Monroe lights up the screen with Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon in “Some Like It Hot,” (1959), Sat., June 11 at 8 p.m. at the Los Angeles Theatre (1931). “Dos tipos de cuidado,” (1953), a Mexican romantic comedy, is Wed., June 15 at 8 p.m. at the Palace Theatre


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Barristers’ Vintage tasting at Greystone Local ties for 105th annual Hors d’oeuvre and desserts art exhibition at the Autry

WINERIES, a beer garden and auctions will be at the event. Photo by Lee Salem

family in 1928 and is the largest family estate in the history of Beverly Hills. Tickets to the 28th annual Vintage Bouquet are $175 per person ($200 after April 15). VIP tickets are $275. For tickets and information call 310601-2422, or visit vintagebouquet.

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354 N. RIDGEWOOD PLACE A traditional Dutch Colonial style structure was built in 1920 on a sleepy, hidden stretch of street just above the very northern edge of the Ridgewood-Wilton Historic District. This one block is consistent with the calm and quiet restfulness of Ridgewood Place to the South but the homes are more Windsor Square than Larchmont Village. This block is like a long thin tranquil island between the very busy streets to the East and West, Wilton Place and Van Ness Ave. It is also wedged between one of the most traveled of Los Angeles’ arteries, Beverly Boulevard to the South. Ridgewood Place is never a driver’s choice to cruise upon. Elmwood Avenue at the other end is the reason for this. The neighbors are just fine with that and are happy to not have cars barging through their oasis. On the original Grant Deed of September 8, 1920 the lot was sold by the Hellman Commercial Trust and Savings Bank to Edward P. & Bessie Tellant, husband and wife for “consideration of Ten Dollars.” Further down are more details about the kind of house, stable or garage. “Not less than $3500.00 shall be spent on building the house and no boarding houses or hotels.” A charming family house was built on this nice sized lot by the Tellants in 1920. The original structure had a living room, dining room, three bedrooms, one full bath upstairs and a powder room on the first level with a two-car garage. In November of 1945 the Tellants sold the property to Elliot J. and Elena Cole who lived there for just two years and sold it to Irving G. and Dorothy Greenberg on Christmas Eve of 1947. The Greenbergs resided on Ridgewood Place till September of 1951 when Mary Newton Pierce took up residence there. In April of 1953 Lowell Wendell and Joan E. Hanes purchased the property and lived there happily for over thirty years raising their family until Lowell died in early 1988. On May 10th of that year, the property recorded that Joan E. Hanes was the owner and a widow. In June of 2011 the title on the property goes to Ethel J. Hanes Trustee for the Ethel J. Hanes Trust. Apparently Ethel and Joan are the same person and, in 2013, her son, Mark P. Hanes became the Successor Trustee to Ethel J. Hanes, AKA Joan E. Hanes, and Joan Hanes, Trustor and Initial Trustee of the Ethel J. Hanes Trust. In 2013, 354 N. Ridgewood Place was in great need of TLC and was offered onto the marketplace at a modest $899,000. Because of the block and its close proximity to Larchmont Boulevard the property went immediately into multiple offers with an acceptance price over $1,000,000. The new owners are both successful professionals, one a Nebraska transplant in the real estate business and the other in the .com world. From a three bedroom to a four bedroom, four full bath home, they extended the indoor space an additional five hundred square feet. Water-damaged floors were replaced with French oak, and the living room has a great new fireplace with Japanese porcelain tiles. Brass hardware in the kitchen complements the 1920’s type pendant lights above the island with its bull nosed white Carrera marble tops. French doors are overlooking the beautiful newly built pool in the rear and in the front overlooking the new circular fountain. The rear yard is a mere extension of the beautiful indoors and makes one feel like they are just entering another space in continuity. The garage at the South rear of the lot has become a large cabana with an outdoor shower that could easily convert to an office if necessary. Outside this—unencumbered by trees or landscaping between the fountain and the front entrance—are two Adirondack chairs just waiting for the owners to sit with a good Chardonnay. The chairs sit there always and just seem to say “I’m here.”

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Adams and Frank Ordaz, both of whom have works in the exhibition. Another exhibitor, painter Gayle Garner Roski, grew up in Hancock Park. Adams’ painting, “Dreaming of Cathay,” on the front cover of Section 1, is based on three Meissen porcelain figures that represent the continent of Asia. Behind the figures, the view outside the window indicates a stormy rainy day— just the type of weather that inspires daydreaming about faraway exotic lands. Frank Ordaz, the other artist in the exhibition who studied at the Lukits Academy, painted “Saint and Sinner.” According to the artist, the painting “depicts the duality of man in the persona of a local Auburn, California, individual who goes by the name of the Time Traveler. He has set his mental clock to 1870 and routinely dresses in authentic period clothing. He is aware that we judge others by their outward appearance and therefore he is comfortable with being judged. (Please turn to page 9)

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By John Welborne From April 3—24, the California Art Club will present its Annual Gold Medal Exhibition at the Autry Museum of the American West. Included among the more than 200 fine art paintings and sculptures— by contemporary artists who work in traditional style—are works by artists who either trained or lived in the Greater Wilshire area. The exhibition pays tribute to the pioneering California artists who founded the organization in 1909 and inspired California Impressionism—the first artistic movement to be defined as uniquely Californian. Local art academy An early member of the California Art Club was the late painter Theodore N. Lukits (1897-1992). Lukits was a renowned teacher. Starting in 1924, and for 60 years, he operated the Lukits Academy of Fine Arts on Citrus Ave., just below Wilshire, in the community now known as Sycamore Square. Two of his students were Peter

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(Continued from page 8) The painting reveals him as a possible country gentleman who proudly poses in front of his brandy still. He remains true to himself, regardless of appearance.” Gayle Garner Roski has been working on a series of paintings where she is documenting a current trend in society—people taking pictures with their cell phones and posing for selfies. Roski says her painting in the exhibition titled “Mona Who?” is her favorite “selfie moment.” As she waited in line to view this famous painting at the Louvre, Roski saw hundreds of people from all over the world with their arms raised above their heads, cell phones in hands, taking pictures of each other and of themselves. David Doheny is a thirdgeneration Californian who was raised in the Los Angeles area. Although he studied some art in school, Doheny is largely self-taught. One of his exhibited paintings is “Receding Tide — Carmel Beach.” Doheny has become widely collected. Jean Stern, executive director of The Irvine Museum, has called Doheny “the seminal American landscape artist of the early 21st century.”


In addition to Adams, Ordaz, Roski and Doheny, nationally known artists participating include Clyde Aspevig, Belá Bácsi, Lisa Bloomingdale Bell, Warren Chang, Scott L. Christensen, John Cosby, David C. Gallup, Daniel F. Gerhartz, Jean LeGassick, Jeremy Lipking, C.W. Mundy, Alicia Ponzio, Ray Roberts, Mian Situ, Christopher Slatoff, Wil- MONA WHO? By Gayle Garner Roski, who liam Stout, Joseph grew up in Hancock Park. fine art techniques to create Todorovitch, Kent works that push the boundTwitchell and Jove Wang. Many Larchmont Chronicle aries and explore topical readers are collectors of works imagery and messages. For by these artists. All of the Gold example, this year’s exhibiMedal works of art are avail- tion includes numerous able for acquisition, so the works that focus on more figexhibition at The Autry pro- urative and inner-city themes vides an opportunity for col- plus images of daily life from lectors to add a new painting around the globe. Events and programs from a favorite artist. There are numerous events Some of the works being featured represent a depar- and educational programs ture from the pristine Califor- being offered in connection nia plein air landscapes that with the exhibition. On the defined earlier Gold Medal Sun., April 3 opening day of exhibitions. Recently, the the exhibition, California Art exhibiting artists have shown Club president Peter Adams how they employ classical will present a program titled


“Giving Life to Still Life” that will include a panel discussion and demonstration. Presented from 1 to 3 p.m., the discussion moderated by Adams will feature Gold Medal artists Jim McVicker and Kate Sammons, who will explain their approaches to the stilllife genre as they create new paintings, working from the same set-up of objects. In addition, Adams will share insights with the audience about his Gold Medal artwork – the still life painting “Dreaming of Cathay.” Tickets for the presentation and the exhibition, generally, plus additional information, are available at

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panel will be followed by a free curator-led tour of the "Upcoming Dreams" exhibit at CAFAM. • "Upcoming Dreams in Glass and Metal: Enameling in Ameria, 1920 to the present" features more than 120 works from jewelry to wall panels. • "Made in China: New Ceramic Works by Keiko Fukazawa" are from her residences in Jingdezhenk, the porcelain capital of the world. Exhibits end May 8, 2016 5814 Wilshire Blvd., 323937-4230;; free on Sundays. LOS ANGELES MUSEUM CAUST— OF THE HOLO­ "When Man to Man is a Wolf: Scenes from the Life of Lidia Budgor" exhibit of art from the animated film. Ends April 14. • Yom HaShoah Day of Commemoration is Sun., May 1. Holocaust survivor speakers Sundays at 2 p.m.; tours on Sundays at 3 p.m. Pan Pacific Park, 100 S. Grove Dr., 323-6513704; Always free. PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM—Japanese Car Cruise-In is Sun., April 3, 8 a.m. to noon. Awards for Best in Show, People's Choice and Petersen Perfection. • Steve McQueen in "The Man & Le Mans: The Amazing True Story of a Life in the Fast Lane," screens Wed., April 6 at 7 p.m. • The DeLorean DMC-12 time machine, from the 1985 film "Back to the Future," will be on display, courtesy of Universal Studios Hollywood, starting Fri., April 22. Related DeLorean events (Please turn to page 15)

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'Fahrenheit 451' Read-In, youth poet contest, crafts and movies Science series: Kids ages 5 to 8 and their parents do science experiments Mon., April 18, Wed., April 20 and Thurs., April 21 at 4 p.m. BARK: Read books to trained therapy dogs Sat., April 30 at 2 p.m. Baby and toddler storytime: Hear stories, songs and rhymes Wednesdays at 10:30 and at 11 a.m. STAR: Storytimes for all ages Fridays from 1 to 5 p.m. Teens Rainbow bracelets: Use looms and rubber bands to make colorful bracelets Tues., April 19 at 3:30 p.m. Adults Friends of the Library Book Sale: Deals on used books, cds and dvds on Fri., April 1 from noon to 4 p.m. and Sat., April 2 from noon to 5 p.m. Book Club: Tues., April 12 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Stop by the branch to pick up a copy of this month's title. FAIRFAX LIBRARY 161 S. Gardner St. 323-936-6191 Children STAR: Volunteers read stories for all ages Sat., April 2 at 2 p.m. and Mon., April 4 at 3 and at 6:30 p.m. Storytime: Hear stories, songs and rhymes Wednesdays April 6 and 27 at 10:15 and 11 a.m. Teens Teen Council: Students ages 11 to 18 can sign up for volunteer hours Tues., April 5 at 3:30 p.m. Student Smart: Take the SAT practice test Sat., April 9 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Volunteer Orientation: Get schedule and learn the ropes for volunteering at the library Tues., April 12 from 4 to 5 p.m. Crafternoon: Roll, shape and glue colorful strips of paper with paper quillin, Tues., April

19 at 3:30 p.m. Adults Quilters Guild: All levels welcome Sat., April 2 at 1:30 p.m. First Thursday Films: Watch a free film Thurs., April 7 at 2:30 p.m. Friends of the Library: Discuss ways to support the branch Tues., April 12 at 11 a.m. Support Pals: Meet for mutual support Saturdays, April 16 and 30 at 1:30 p.m. Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI): Bring copies of your query letter for critique

Thurs., April 28 at 6:30 p.m. Computer comfort class: Basics on using the computer taught Mondays at 1:30 p.m. Friends of the Library Book Sale: Deals on used books, cds and dvds Wednesdays from noon to 4 p.m. WILSHIRE LIBRARY 149 N. St. Andrews Place 323-957-4550 Children Baby Sleepy Storytime: Infants up to age 2 play with toys, check out boardbooks and hear three stories before bedtime Mondays from 6 to 6:15 p.m. Preschool Storytime: Kids

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Self-guided garden tour, Poppy Days sale 41 private and public native plant landscapes Sat., April 2 and Sun., April 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The tour shows gardens using at least 50 percent native plants in their landscaping, as well as reclaimed and recycled objects. Homes range from Oxford Square to Long Beach. Tickets are $25

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Drought tolerant iris topic of talk Master gardener Debbie James, owner of Assisted Gardening, which helps the elderly or handicapped make their gardens more accessible, will give a talk on the “Inspiring Iris” at the Los Angeles Garden Club meeting Mon., April 11 at the Visitor’s Center Auditorium in Griffith Park, 4730 Crystal Springs Dr. The meeting begins at 9:15 a.m. with coffee and refreshments; the presentation starts at 11 a.m. First-time visitors and members attend for free; non-members pay $5. Contact Joyce Parrott at 310-471-8512 or go to

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Irises + roses + faeries = full schedule at Arboretum

a workshop Sat., April 9 from 10 a.m. to noon. See the “Ring of Fire,” a new hybrid tea rose making its public debut, as well as other varieties of roses, at the Pacific Rose Society’s annual show and sale Sat., April 23 and Sun., April 24 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Hear about trends in gardening in a series of workshops on Thursdays, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The workshops in April will cover tomatoes, the Crescent Garden, the Engelmann Oak Grove and scented-leaf geraniums. Kids Little entomologists ages 5 to 11 can learn about the lifecycle of the monarch butterfly and how it contributes to nature Sat., April 2 from 10 a.m. to noon. Young gardeners ages 5 to 11 can explore and learn about nature with arts and crafts and other activities at Spring


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Pick up iris bulbs, seeds and other plants and learn trends in gardening at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens at 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Learn about rainwater harvesting and drainage Sat., April 2 from 10 a.m. to noon and take a walking tour of the fruit trees from 11 a.m. to noon. Tomatomania! will update you on all things tomato Wed., April 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The annual Spring Plant Sale is Fri., April 7 through Sun., April 10, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Behold the variety of color and flower at the Southern California Iris Society and Southern California Hemerocallis & Amaryllis Society's annual bulb show and sale Sat., April 9 and Sun., April 10 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Get hands-on training on how to prune your plumeria at

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Descanso hosts plant sale, jewelry show for Earth Day


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Woodland arrangements, water usage, a plant sale and cooking with native flora are topics at Huntington Library, 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino. Learn about creative water usage for edible gardens Saturdays April 2, 9 and 16 from 9 a.m. to noon. Create a woodland floral design Sat., April 2, 10 a.m. to noon. Learn botanical drawing techniques Sat., April 9 and Sun., April 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Explore California’s native flora Thurs., April 14 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

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Why, if someone is young and inexperienced, are they “wet behind the ears?” Wonders Sarah Croydon. This old expression originates from the practice of baptizing infants. There is also another much lesser known expression dealing with baptism, which uses “wet” in an entirely different mode. “To wet the baby’s head” is to celebrate a baptism with a social gathering to drink to the health of the newborn. I suppose it is not out of the realm of possibility that some overserved guests who were wetting the baby’s head acted as if they were still wet behind the ears. ••• How come naughty behavior is called “hanky panky?” Asks John Peters. This great old descriptive term comes from an English form of the Italian anca panca—literally, “hip bench”


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