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Larchmont Family Fair to return Oct. 30

‘Taste’ was enjoyed on Boulevard

n Many restaurants served at fundraiser




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By John Welborne The post-pandemic return of the annual Taste of Larchmont was a big success, according to Hope’s Net executive director Brandy Muñiz. More than 300 Larchmontians and neighbors greeted one another walking up and down the Boulevard on Sept. 19, sampling food tastes from local eateries at the traditional Monday evening event. The city’s surface parking lot, adjoining the Larchmont Village clock, was headquarters, with a balloon entry and multiple tent pavilions. In addition to ticket sales, the tents housed displays of raffle prizes and silent auction items. Boy Scouts oversaw a couple of tents with beverages, and there were tents featuring desserts for the purchasers of the Taste of Larchmont passports. All proceeds from ticket sales and See Taste of Larchmont, p 3

Parties, galas and a casino in the offing n Fall season events multiply OLDEST of Los Angeles in new book. 2-6 For Information on Advertising Rates, Please Call Pam Rudy 323-462-2241, x 11 Mailing permit:

By Suzan Filipek and John Welborne Following a long hiatus due to the pandemic, fundraising galas and just plain parties are making a comeback in and around our town. Higher Ground is the nonprofit organization that uses recreation to give people of all abilities (especially our nation’s veterans) the emotional and social tools they need to feel like they belong. See Parties, p 6

Dining Guide

Restaurant and entertainment news will be featured in our Fall Dining Guide in the November issue. Larchmont Chronicle advertising deadline is Mon., Oct. 10. For more information contact Pam Rudy, 323-4622241, ext. 11.


n Rides, music, food at family-fun event

LARCHMONT FAMILY FAIR poster is reviewed by Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell and committee member Patty Lombard.

Pumpkin patch to open

n Lots and lots of pumpkins to pop up on Larchmont By Nona Sue Friedman If you want to see a whole bunch of pumpkins (30,000 lbs.), swing by the Wilshire Rotary Club’s pumpkin patch at 568 N. Larchmont Blvd. Pumpkins go up for sale Sat., Oct. 8, with sales continuing through Sun., Oct. 30, or until all are sold. The patch

is open weekdays from 2 to 6 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The pumpkin patch sells “mini to giant pumpkins and everything in between,” according to Wendy Clifford, head of the Rotary pumpkin patch. In addition to pumpSee Pumpkin patch, p 30

By Patricia Lombard It’s back! After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Larchmont Family Fair is back. Mark your calendars for Sun., Oct. 30, from 2 to 7 p.m. for the reboot of this beloved neighborhood tradition that started in 1966. The Larchmont Boulevard Association (LBA), organizer of the fair, said they are excited about some changes longtime fair planner Betsy Malloy is proposing for this year’s event. “We decided it was time to do something a little different,” said Malloy, who has See Family Fair, p 8

Sign up for ‘speed humps’

By Casey Russell Residents interested in having speed humps installed on their neighborhood streets will be pleased to know that the Los Angeles Dept. of Transportation [LADOT] Residential Speed Hump Program will be accepting applications beginning Oct. 6. Due to the COVID-19 panSee Speed humps, p 8

Special section: Local elections 2022 n Interviews featured

First Lady Jill Biden stopped at the Windsor Square home of writer/producer Marta Kauffman to attend a Sept. 16 fundraiser before visiting Homeboy Industries in Chinatown. Then she headed across the pond to attend the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. The Kauffman luncheon was one of many political events taking place in our neighborhoods during this busy season leading up to mail-in voting, culminating with in-person voting on Tues., Nov. 8. This paper interviewed nearly a dozen candidates for the most-local offices that directly affect our neighbor-

FIRST LADY Jill Biden is shown here with former resident Fr. Gregory Boyle during her visit to Homeboy Industries.

hoods. Articles about these candidates, along with explanations of the seven ballot

propositions, are featured in our special section, Election 2022, on pages 13-20. ~ Entire Issue Online!




By John Welborne A strong community . . .

. . . requires resident and business support. Such support was evident last month, when the Taste of Larchmont returned to the Boulevard. A fundraiser for needy Angelenos who are served by Hope Net, this annual Monday evening event draws residents who walk up and down the Boulevard, greet one another and enjoy food and beverage offerings from local merchants. The beneficiary is Hope Net, a local organization founded in 1988 to create and manage local food pantries serving people facing hunger in our area. There now are 12 pantries. The Taste of Larchmont got started 30 years ago this year, with leadership from this newspaper’s founders, Jane Gilman and Dawne Goodwin. (Learn more at Commendation for the September 2022 event is due to the volunteers who organized it and the many volunteers stationed at tables to check the dinner tickets. Great thanks are due to the generous businesses — mostly from Larchmont, but one from Western Avenue and one from La Brea Avenue — that donated their food and services to the equally generous ticket buyers. Specific thanks go to the raffle prize donors and the dining treat providers (listed elsewhere in this issue). Everything related to the event helps Hope Net and the community. Coming soon is another opportunity for local businesses to help the Larchmont Boulevard community: the Larchmont Family Fair on Oct. 30. To succeed, this annual community undertaking requires sponsorship. We hope that all Larchmont businesses (and others) will join the Larchmont Chronicle as a sponsor of the 2022 Larchmont Family Fair. To learn how you can donate, you may contact

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Tues., Oct. 5 — Yom Kippur begins. Mon., Oct. 10 — Federal holiday. Wed., Oct. 12 — Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council board meeting at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. Check for details. Tues., Oct. 25 — Hancock Park Homeowners Assoc. annual meeting at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Check for link. Thurs., Oct. 27 — Delivery of the November issue of the Larchmont Chronicle.

Sidewalk sleeper

I want to address the reactionary letter to the photo that was taken of a homeless person sleeping in the early morning on the Larchmont Boulevard sidewalk [“Rights of the unhoused,” Sept. 2022]. The writer has thrown us a new euphemistic word to describe the sorrowful, and sometimes barely clothed, women and men who roam the streets urinating on themselves and worse. Instead of their taking shelter and getting help for their mental conditions, we are confronted with them daily. “Unhoused” is how your letter writer describes these poor souls as if they just lost their homes in a fire last night. They did not. They are on the streets permanently until a real leader can do something about it. Homeless encampments, people sleeping on the sidewalks, and people begging on the streets are not a source of pride for the citizens of Los Angeles. These unfortunate

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‘What are your plans for Halloween?’

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

Sun., Oct. 30 — Larchmont Family Fair, 2 to 7 p.m. Mon., Oct. 31 — Halloween.

Letters to the Editor

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people who suffer from drug addiction are only a joy to see for those suffering from misplaced empathy and worse than that – virtue signaling – (plus the addicts’ drug dealers, of course). People suffering from drug addiction should never be on the streets of Los Angeles. It is a crime in my eyes. To bring up a wonderful annual event like the Taste of Larchmont, which was created to decrease people begging for money on the Boulevard many years ago, shows how out of touch the letter writer is with the good people of this area. California’s and specifically Los Angeles’ leaders, like Eric Garcetti, have failed the great people of this city by growing the homeless population exponentially while in office. Sad to say that this is the mayor’s largest accomplishment in eight long years. For the letter writer who prides herself as a “professional journalist” for a travel publication, I suggest she do a book on where to find the best homeless encampments in the U.S. This may appeal only to the virtue signalers who are fine with watching drug-infected “unhoused people” suffering in the sweltering heat on the streets of Los Angeles like Larchmont Boulevard. This homeless population guidebook could be enjoyed immensely by the writer as she saunters past the homeless on the way to fetch her pumpkin spice frappuccino at Starbucks. Richard Battaglia, President Windsor Square Hancock Park Historical Society

“I will probably just hand a bunch of candy out. The Common Elmwood [apartment complex on Norton Avenue] often has events and, if they have one, I’ll participate. Otherwise, I’ll walk around and see the cool costumes and hand out candy.” Boris Mulume Larchmont Village

“I’m actually making polymer clay skulls with exaggerated teeth and Frida Kahlo hair and flowers and I’ll sell them on the Boulevard on Halloween.” Artevisto Larchmont Village

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“We are taking our daughter trick-or-treating for the first time! She’ll be dressed as a farmer and will ride in her little wagon.” Patrick, Glenda and Alba Diaz Windsor Village

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LEVAIN BAKERY, to open next year adjacent to Vernetti, flew its director of marketing and communications, Pam Lewy, and boxes of cookies from New York to share with diners at this year’s “Taste.”

Taste of Larchmont

(Continued from page 1) donated food and prizes go to the important work of Hope Net in stocking 12 food pantries in the surrounding area. Learn how you can donate and otherwise help at Specific thanks for the success of this year’s event are due to the sponsoring restaurants and donors of auction


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CITY COUNCILMEMBER of the district, Mitch O’Farrell, helped with the event’s raffle. He is shown with Hope Net’s Brandy Muñiz, center, and raffle organizer Patti Carroll.

and raffle prize items. Participating providers were El Cholo, Erin McKenna Bakery, Esco’s Pizza, Go Get ‘em Tiger, Great White, Holey Grail Donuts, Jeni’s Ice Cream, Kiku Sushi, Larchmont Village Wine & Cheese, La Brea Bakery, Le Pain Quotidien, Levain Bakery, Louise’s Trattoria, Peet’s Coffee, Sweetfin and Vernetti. Raffle and silent auction donors included A.O.C., The Black Cat, Buck Mason,

Chevalier’s Books, Crafted LA, Diptyque, DR Pilates, The Ebell of Los Angeles, Fancifull Gift Baskets, Flannel, Flicka, Healing Hands, Jardesca, Landis Gifts & Stationery, Larchmont Buzz, Larchmont Traditional Medicine, Larchmont Village Florist, Lisa Derrick Fine Arts and Pam’s Apothica, Kelly Martin and Tom Patterson Curated Wine, Malin + Goetz, Marino Restaurant, Monsieur Marcel, Musso



TROOP 10 SCOUTS helped manage the 2022 Taste of Larchmont.

& Frank Grill, Peake Ranch Wine - Gill and John Wagner, Res Ipsa, Rhodes School of Music, Romi Cortier Design, Rothy’s, The Scent Room, The Shade Store, Skin Laundry, Tailwaggers, Village Idiot and Village Heights. Right: ICE CREAM was on the menu, with Coldwell Banker’s volunteer ticket-checker April Duran and her three assistants greeting Katy Young Yaroslavsky, at right.


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Queen Elizabeth to be remembered in song Oct. 2 and 9 By John Welborne All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Beverly Hills will host a free concert and reception to make you feel as if you are in Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s homeland on Sun., Oct. 2. The All Saints’ Choir will sing five songs honoring the life of the

Queen. These English songs are what you would typically hear at Westminster Abbey. The Oct. 2 concert in memoriam will take place at 5 p.m. in the church at 504 N. Camden Dr., Beverly Hills. In keeping with the British theme, an afternoon tea

style reception will follow the concert. No reservations are needed. One week later, on Sun., Oct. 9, at St. James’ In-theCity Episcopal Church, at 3903 Wilshire Blvd., the Choir of Saint James will sing Evensong in memory of Queen Elizabeth

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II, beginning at 4:15 p.m. The St. James’ choir has been in residence at both Westminster Abbey and Canterbury Cathedral, while the All Saints’ choir, in residence at Wells and Salisbury cathedrals in 2017, plans to sing services at Canterbury and Worcester cathedrals next summer. Report from London Artist Anne Mansour, who lives in Larchmont Village, happened to be in London for the Queen’s pre-funeral events and funeral, all of which were taking place around the time of Mansour’s debut showing of her artwork at Designers Guild on King’s Road in Chelsea. Mansour wrote to the Chronicle: “It has been such an amazing trip getting to talk to Her Majesty’s subjects here in London. One of my new friends, Juliet, who is an outstanding florist who grows her own flowers for Designers Guild, was saying how incredibly touched she was by the Scottish bagpipers. (Her roots are Scottish.) She said that seeing all those men preceding the casket from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey was one of the most memorable and intense moments of her life. The sound of the men marching combined with the emotional beckoning of the bagpipes and the colorful visual spectacle of tartans was something she will never forget.” Adds Mansour: “The entire atmosphere was surreal. There was reverence, formality, tradition, ceremony, civility, respect, restraint; it all created a sense of unity, meaning and significance for a moment in time. “For me, the slow march to Windsor Castle… I loved the moment on the way up the hill... All the bouquets of

QUEEN ELIZABETH looked charming in blue on her 90th birthday.

flowers had been unwrapped and carefully placed all in the same direction on either side of the road like a carpet of blooms, and there along the side of the road by the stables was the Queen’s black pony, Emma, looking so incredibly well turned-out and gorgeous with her groom. To me that was such a beautiful moment. The connection to our beloved animals.” All may enjoy a connection to the Queen and to England through music on Sunday evenings, Oct. 2 and 9.

Rose Award luncheon to honor Jaime Lee Oct. 13

Jaime Lee, Fremont Place, will be given the Rose Award by the Los Angeles Parks Foundation at a luncheon on Thurs., Oct. 13. Lee, CEO of Jamison Realty Inc., is an LA2028 Olympics board member, USC trustee and commission president at the Port of Los Angeles. The 11th annual event, which supports the Parks Foundation, will take place in the Rose Garden in Exposition Park, 701 State Dr. For tickets: 310-472-1990 or

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larchmont family fair Sunday, October 30 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm

beer garden

contests concert & activities


Children's stage & rides

all day

local schools & community groups

movie music classics with orchestra

costume, pumpkin painting, pet parade pie eating, bubblegum blowing

puppets, cheri moon, more!

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(Continued from page 1) The group got a head start on the fall season with its “Honoring Our Nation’s Heroes Gala” on Sept. 24 at the Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles leader Spike Booth and his wife Debbe (who grew up in Hancock Park) entertained a number of local residents, as well as the incoming chair of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, Gene T. Sykes. The keynote speaker, former Navy SEAL Lt. Cmdr. Dan Cnossen, was interviewed by fellow Paralympian and gold-medal winner, skier Muffy Davis. During cocktails, guests had a chance to visit the museum’s “Bond in Motion” exhibit (open through Oct. 23). See: And coming up soon, one can learn about the impact that the Junior League of Los Angeles made in the 1920s. A fun-filled night of music is set for Fri., Sept. 30, at 6 p.m. at Rainey House on Larchmont Boulevard. The Petersen Automotive Museum’s own 28th Annual Gala will take place at the museum on Sat., Oct. 1, from 5 to 10 p.m. Herbert Diess, CEO of Volkswagen Group, will be honored. Live performances, gourmet dining, a live auction and cars are featured

HIGHER GROUND guests at the Petersen Museum included, from left, Bob and Cheryl Baker, Cheryl and Peter Ziegler, Bea and Mike Wallace and incoming USOPC chair Gene T. Sykes.

at the event. Visit The Midnight Mission’s 20th Annual Golden Heart Awards Gala is Fri., Oct. 7, at 6 p.m. at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. A cocktail reception and silent auction, awards dinner and musical performances are featured. Host is comedian Tehran Von Ghasri. Call 213-553-2392 or contact Dress in garden chic for the Downtown Women’s Center Every Woman Gala! on Sun., Oct. 9, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, 501 N. Main St. Info: everywoman Earvin “Magic” Johnson will be honored with the Rise Together Award at this year’s Imagine LA Ball Sun., Oct. 9,

from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Peppermint Club. The 7th annual intimate charity concert will feature live performances by David Foster & Friends. Visit Craft Contemporary will honor artists Keiko Fukazawa and Dennis Callwood and architect Joe Coriaty Sat., Oct. 15, from 6 to 9 p.m. The fundraising event will be held in the courtyard, 5841 Wilshire Blvd. The gala will include food, an open bar and live DJ music and a silent auction. For tickets, visit The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will hold its second annual gala on Sat., Oct. 15, from 6 to 10 p.m. at 6067 Wilshire Blvd. Director and writer Steve McQueen, pro-

ducer Miky Lee and actor Tilda Swinton will be honored. Julia Roberts will receive the Icon Award. Halle Berry is co-chair. On Sat., Oct. 15, head to the Millennium Biltmore Hotel downtown for The Pacific Clinics’ “Uplifting Communities” gala that will celebrate the merger of Uplift Family Services (located at Hollygrove) and Pacific Clinics, both community-based behavioral healthcare providers. The event begins at 6 p.m. and includes a cocktail reception, dinner and more. ABC7 Eyewitness News anchors Ellen Leyva and David Ono are emcees. Visit Try your luck for Alexandria House at Casino Night on Sat., Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. at St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 1324 S. Normandie Ave. Board Chair Caroline Fitzgerald will be honored. Tickets include gaming chips. Call 714-603-3073 or write Holocaust Museum LA will hold its 14th annual gala on Thurs., Oct. 20, at 5 p.m. Honorees are Kelly Goldberg, Tom Teicholz and David and Sheryl Wiener. The banquet will be held at the Saban Theatre, at 8440 Wilshire Blvd. Visit “Fostering Student Success” is the theme of the Los

Angeles City College Foundation Gala Thurs., Oct. 27, at the Skirball Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. Cocktails start at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and an awards ceremony. Call 323-904-4400. Mark the date! The Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Art+Film gala is Sat., Nov. 5. Artist Helen Pashgian and Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook will be honored. Call 323-857-4770 or write Assistance League of Los Angeles’ Champions for Change Gala is Sun., Nov. 6, at the Taglyan Complex on Vine Street. Visit

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Family Fair

(Continued from page 1) planned fairs for a decade. “The pandemic has changed so much of our daily life; it seemed like a good opportunity to change up this local tradition and bring everyone together to celebrate our neighborhood. In addition to all the usual fun activities for kids, we are adding some fun for adults.” Malloy has teamed up with composer and film producer Stephen Endelman to produce a concert featuring classic songs from the movies. Thanks to a partnership with an artisanal brewery with deep ties to the neighborhood, adults can enjoy the concert in a beer garden setting, sampling specialty beers along with barbecue from a local family-owned catering company. Concert at 5:30 p.m. The Fair will still take place on the Sunday before Halloween, as usual, though it will start a bit later, at 2 p.m., with traditional booths and lots of activities for kids. To keep costs down for organizers and parents, Malloy is adding more free activities for kids and fewer expensive rides. The concert will start at 5:30 p.m. “We are so delighted to be able to bring the fair back after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic,” said John Winther, LBA president. “We love working with Betsy and her team, who have consistently delivered a family-friendly, community-building annual event.

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We are excited about this year’s concert and beer garden and hope to bring even more people to together on our neighborhood main street.” The Larchmont Boulevard Association, the association of business owners and professionals on the street, has organized the Larchmont Family Fair, with proceeds supporting the association’s costs for holiday events, security, landscaping and beautification on the street. Every year, neighbors and local businesses also help support the fair through sponsorships and ticket sales. Volunteers and sponsors “Everyone who works on the fair is a volunteer, but the costs for insurance, rentals, city permits, clean up, etc. are significant, so we really appreciate the support of our sponsors and ticket sales,” explained Malloy. If you are interested in getting involved, contact The Larchmont Buzz, a proud member of the LBA, is helping Malloy, along with LBA members Tailwaggers Pets, Rhodes School of Music and Chevalier’s Books, so look for more information on ticket sales, sponsorships and a schedule of events coming soon on the Buzz. Snooknuk added to Fair Snooknuk is coming back to Larchmont for the Family Fair. Creator Cheri Moon will be bringing her Snooknuk magic to the Children’s Stage at the Fair where she will curate three fun-filled hours

of diverse programming, offering something to delight kids and their parents from 2 to 5 p.m. “We are delighted to have Cheri, who is generously helping program three full hours of fun family entertainment on the Children’s Stage,” said Malloy, also a seasoned mom and grandmother, who said she wanted to make sure there was plenty of activity for children and their parents to enjoy in addition to the usual inflatables and rides. Additional talent “I am thrilled to be back on Larchmont,” Moon said. “I’m so happy the Larchmont Fair is all coming together! I’m excited about the talent I’ve secured so far for the Children’s Stage and potentially a few more that would really make it even more epic!” Artists Leah Sprecher, Nicole Mangi, Kymberly Stewart and DJ Princess Ellie are already confirmed. When they had kids and couldn’t find a music class, former Broadway performers Leah Sprecher and Nicole Mangi created “Broadway Babies.” It’s their way to channel their love of old-timey musicals, vaudeville and slapstick humor into an interactive song and dance extravaganza designed to engage kids in musical theater. Kids are encouraged to sing along and explore fun movement. Kymberly Stewart is a Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, musician, actress, producer and early childhood music educator, and she also

will perform. Kymberly also is a collaborator with Cheri on their Grammy Award-winning album “All One Tribe” by 1Tribe Collective, selected for Best Children’s Album. The Collective’s compilation album contains 25 songs that celebrate the rich diversity of Black culture and promotes positive self imaging for children. The album received a mention by The New York Times and appeared in Billboard magazine. And finally, to keep everything going, even in between sets and special events like the costume parade, pumpkin decorating and other fun events, DJ Princess Ellie will fill in with music and dance.

Ekaette Ellie Shammah, stage name Princess Ellie, is an author and performer who performs with her group of kid and adult hip hop dancers. Moon also has contacted Bob Baker Marionette Theater and Jim Henson Studios. She’s even working on getting a Robot Puppet that can create balloon animals! The preceding detailed report comes from one of the organizers of this year’s Larchmont Family Fair, Patricia Lombard, co-editor and publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. The information was first reported in the Buzz on Aug. 16 and Sept. 19. We appreciate her letting us share this information with our readers.

Speed humps (Continued from page 1)

demic, the program was curtailed in recent years. But, as of Thurs., Oct. 6, at 9 a.m., applicants prepared to represent their streets and do the work required will be able to apply online for speed humps on their streets. The application process for the humps, which are designed to slow and calm traffic, is somewhat complicated. Applicants should note that a street on which an asphalt hump, approximately 12 feet in length, would be placed must meet the required criteria. Only one application per street will be accepted, and the person making the request will become the block representative. To ensure general support for the hump, LADOT will request the representative submit a form with signatures from residents on the street. People interested in applying are encouraged to sign


Speed hump on the 500 block of Lucerne Boulevard.

on to the LADOT website promptly at 9 a.m. Studying the rules on the website well in advance is advised! Each Council District will be allowed only 25 applications and, once the total of 375 applications have been submitted to LADOT, the period to apply will close. People with experience say this could be on that first day, Oct. 6. Visit projects/safety-programs/ speed-humps for more information.


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International journalists visit Chronicle as part of Murrow Program By Staff Writers Thirteen participants in the “Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists — Research and Investigation” visited the Larchmont Boulevard offices of this newspaper for a tour, briefing and a Q&A session. The

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Take Care of Our Trees

Here’s a simple way to increase your home’s value: add mature trees (or take good care of the ones you already have)! Research has shown that houses on streets with healthy parkway trees — especially if they trees are of the same variety and size — can sell for as much as 20 percent more than those on less shady streets. Trees work hard for us: they keep us cooler, absorb sound, fight pollution, provide privacy, produce oxygen, and offer beauty, among other things. In exchange, trees need proper care, and this is particularly true now, with the stresses of drought and high temperatures. Here are some tips for caring for your valuable trees: 1. Most important of all: do not stop or cut back on watering your street trees, even if you’ve replaced your parkway lawn with drought-tolerant plants or decomposed granite. Mature trees need more water than they will get from a drip irrigation system. The best practice is to modify your sprinkler system so that the trees have their own dedicated sprinkler valve. Second best is to run an inexpensive soaker hose under the canopy. In either case, let the trees have a deep drink every month or so (more often during hot spells). Run the soaker hose at a very slow rate for several hours, in early morning or evening. 2. Do not prune trees during hot weather. Most trees should only be pruned when they are dormant, in late fall or early winter. And don’t over-prune them. Harsh pruning can permanently damage trees, especially when they are already stressed by several years of drought. Always use certified arborists, even though they may cost a little more. 3. Don’t plant under the tree. Leave a wide area of mulch underneath it. This will help protect the tree from disease and damage from lawn mowers and weed whackers. 4. Definitely leave a wide area of mulch around your trees if you have replaced your lawn with artificial turf. Fake grass heats up the soil beneath it, kills beneficial microbes and doesn’t allow the tree to breathe. Our trees deserve special treatment. Let lawns go brown and thirsty shrubs wilt, but protect our hard-toreplace trees. Windsor Square depends on them! For more tips on tree care, go to our website:

INTERNATIONAL JOURNALISTS visit the offices of the Larchmont Chronicle to discuss the value of community-focused newspapers in a large media market like Los Angeles with publisher and editor John H. Welborne, at right.

Metro K Line to open Oct. 7 on Crenshaw


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By John Welborne As Metro completes work in our area on the extension of the D Line subway under Wilshire Boulevard to Westwood, the transit agency has announced the Fri., Oct. 7 opening of the first phase of the K Line that extends from the E (formerly Expo) Line’s existing light rail train station to the south along Crenshaw Boulevard to Inglewood. (“Light rail” trains are ones that have overhead electrification.) In the following two years, the new K Line light rail system will open two additional stations that will allow connection via a new people mover to the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and to the existing light rail C (formerly Green) Line to Redondo Beach and Norwalk. Also in planning discussions is a northern extension of the K Line to Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Beverly Center, West Hollywood and Hollywood. That extension, not yet funded and unlikely to begin construction until 2041, if funded, is expected to connect with the heavy rail (high voltage “third rail” instead of overhead electrification) D (formerly Purple) Line at Wilshire Boulevard and the heavy rail B (formerly Red) Line at the Hollywood and Highland station. In the meantime, under Wilshire Boulevard, Metro’s contractor is completing interior work at the D Line subway

stations at La Brea Avenue and Fairfax Avenue. Effective October 7, there will be weekend street closures above ground lasting approximately 13 weekends, at Wilshire and

Fairfax, while concrete decking panels are removed and the street above the new Fairfax Station is restored. Wilshire Boulevard’s D Line (Please turn to page 11)

METRO K LINE opens Oct. 7 and extends south from the E (formerly Expo) Line, with the future K Line connection to LAX commencing service in 2024.

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Melrose pedestrian CD13’s approach to homelessness works that has been so successful When the Los Angeles improvement continues Homeless that we’re now working on Services Authority Melrose Avenue is a heavily populated street featuring shopping, dining and entertainment. Our new safety features will improve walkability. Work to improve pedestrians’ experiences along Melrose Avenue is underway thanks to a $3.9 million award to the City of Los Angeles’ Bureau of Street Services (StreetsLA) coming from Metro and local funding. The grant funds much-needed pedestrian and transit improvements on Melrose Avenue from Highland Avenue to Fairfax Avenue. The awarded grant includes funding for lighting and access improvements at bus stops, sidewalk widening between Orange Grove Avenue and Ogden Drive, gateway and way-finding signage, street furniture and shade trees. Three years in the making, work began in July and continues to progress. In fact, I was proud to announce in July that my office worked closely with LADOT officials and the Melrose Business Improvement District (BID) to bring to the intersection of Melrose Avenue and Orange Drive a new crosswalk and a HAWK (high-intensity activated cross walk beacon) signal, which flashes when activated to signal that a pedestrian is crossing the street. The HAWK signal will enhance safety and visibility for pedestrians in the intersection. And with this new funding, members of the BID, Streets LA and my council office have spent the past few months walking the boulevard to finalize locations for trees along the stretch of Melrose Avenue between Fairfax and La Brea avenues. My time as Councilmember is coming to an end in December, but the BID has agreed to care for and maintain up to 80 trees. The final proposed locations were presented at the Sept. 30 BID meeting. Currently, tree wells are being cut on the north side of Melrose Avenue across from Fairfax High School in anticipation of the

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(Continued from page 10) extension to La Cienega Boulevard is scheduled to open in 2024, and the further extension to Westwood is expected to open in 2027, allowing an approximately 25-minute trip between Westwood and Union Station, with 13 stops in between. Learn more about the Oct. 7 opening of the K Line at

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Paul Koretz upgrades. As part of my commitment to the area, I am providing seed funding to assist in the care and maintenance of the trees. There is a three to five-year commitment needed to nurture the trees as they establish hearty root systems. We hope to begin the plantings during the winter in preparation for a warm spring and in time for the anticipated project completion by summer of 2023. Learn more at

(LAHSA) released its homeless count numbers in September, we learned that homelessness decreased by 23% in our district since 2020. Though we still have work to do across Los Angeles, and though the size of encampments grew due to pandemic protocols, our success in significantly reducing homelessness in the 13th District proves that our balanced, comprehensive approach works. Here’s why it works: It starts with a variety of housing options. In fact, in the 13th District we’re building more affordable and supportive housing than almost anywhere in Los Angeles. We have more interim housing than most areas. We’ve also converted existing building stock into housing, and we are even building affordable

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Mitch O'Farrell housing on what used to be a city-owned surface parking lot. In addition to housing, we are investing in services, including outreach teams dedicated to our district that are a critical supplement to the work LAHSA is doing. Our approach also includes innovative new policies, like robust protections for tenants and significant rental relief. We’ve also pioneered the city’s first-ever model of unarmed crisis response, diverting non-violent calls regarding homelessness away from police and to service providers instead — an approach

taking it citywide. I want to thank every service provider, every outreach worker, every volunteer, and every thoughtful, caring Angeleno who has stepped forward to be part of our collective solution. That includes many people in your community. Together, each and every day, so many people are working to address homelessness. Overall, we know that the homelessness crisis continues to affect every neighborhood in Los Angeles — including yours. The count confirmed that, as homelessness went up 2% in the city and 4% in the county. But in the 13th District, where homelessness decreased by 23%, we are leading with comprehensive housing, services and common-sense policies. This is an (Please turn to page 12)


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(Continued from page 2) service career. Sadly so many distrust their elected leaders. In a 2021 Gallup poll, less than half of U.S. adults (44 percent) say they have a great deal or fair amount of confidence in people who hold or are running for public office. We must remember that it is our responsibility as voters to do our homework and find the best candidates. To that end, I felt it was my responsibility as a former Los Angeles City Controller to share my views on one of the candidates whom I believe, if elected, would be detrimental to the well-being of Los Angeles Though many people don’t know what the Controller does, they should. The City Controller is one of three citywide elected offices and is the City’s Chief Financial Officer. Every City public dollar runs through the Controller’s Office. The Controller

is responsible for making every payment, including the salaries of thousands of City employees. As the Chief Auditor, the Controller is the Truth Teller, Inspector General and the Taxpayers’ Watchdog. One of the two candidates running for City Controller in November’s election is unfit for public office. Don’t take my word; look at what Kenneth Mejia has said about himself, “I’m a radical.” He has shown himself to be an erratic, intolerant and extreme individual, yet he garnered 44 percent of the vote in the June primary. Some of this is because Angelenos are angry about the state of LA with a burgeoning homelessness crisis, rising crime and streets clogged with traffic, which are serious and challenging problems. But fixing those problems means electing steady (stable) and proven leaders, not loose cannons like Mejia. Here is the truth about Kenneth Mejia.

1. Five times in the last six years, his CPA license was either expired or inactive, as recently as earlier this year. While he was touting to voters that one of his qualifications for Controller was that he was an accountant, he wasn’t being honest. When Los Angeles Magazine discovered this, Mejia Tweeted: “Anyone who is a CPA knows you DON’T NEED AN ACTIVE CPA to be an accountant.” However, according to the California Society of Certified Public Accountants, the nation’s largest statewide professional association of certified public accountants, “you cannot practice public accountancy while your license is inactive. Additionally, when using the title certified public accountant or the CPA designation, you must place the term inactive immediately after the designation or title.” 2. He is an extremist: Mejia accused the President of being a rapist and racist when

he tweeted, “I can’t waste my vote this year voting for Joe Biden as much as me & my DEMOCRAT friends love him as a rapist and racist.” 3. He played right into the hands of Donald Trump’s Presidential campaign in 2016 by parading around and Tweeting out a photo of himself holding a giant poster of Hillary Clinton with jail bars superimposed over her face. Echoing the calls of Trump mobs chanting, “Lock her up! Lock her up!” 4. Unacceptable behavior from Mejia campaign staff, from Los Angeles Magazine: …foul-mouthed Mejia staffers have been disrupting a series of mayoral forums and debates this year. This includes attempts to force their way into a ticketed mayoral debate at California State University, Los Angeles, as well as the infamous interruption of a forum inside a Jewish house of worship in Valley Village on March 21. Such disruptions

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are unbecoming behavior, perhaps, from the associates of a media-savvy Millennial vying to become the elected paymaster, auditor, and chief accounting officer for the nation’s second-largest City.” The City Controller is the one elected office in the City that is meant to be objective, exceedingly honest and accurate in its reports to the public, and responsible, reasonable and rational in its financial advice to the Mayor and Council. The Controller has to be all about finding ways to make the City serve the public better…. not tear it apart and blow it up! Mr. Mejia must not be the next City Controller. Paul Koretz has the experience, character, and temperament to be an effective Controller. I urge all voters to choose Paul Koretz as Los Angeles City Controller! Laura N. Chick Former City Controller

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(Continued from page 11) approach that works — and the numbers prove it. Let’s replicate this across Los Angeles. To learn more about our compassionate, balanced approach to homelessness, please contact my Greater Wilshire Field Deputy George Hakopiants at My team and I are always at your service.

Aviva hosts 5K walk for mental health on Oct. 22

AvivaWalks for Mental Health is on Sat., Oct. 22 from 7 to 9 a.m. at the Hollywood Reservoir. This 5K walk raises funds for Aviva Family and Children’s Services (Aviva) and increases awareness surrounding mental health. Sign up as an individual or as a team and get your neighbors and friends to sponsor your efforts. If you cannot make it to the reservoir, participate virtually by logging your steps starting Sat., Oct. 1. Aviva is a nonprofit organization that helps families with mental health services, foster placement and adoption, and crisis intervention, as well as supportive housing for women and children. For more information about Aviva and its 5K, visit

HPHA annual meeting is Oct. 25

The Hancock Park Homeowners Association annual meeting will be via Zoom on Tues., Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. For more information, visit the group’s website, hancockparkhomeownersassociation. org, or

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Bass, Caruso will work to end homelessness — differently

KAREN BASS at an AIA forum at an office near La Brea Hancock.

In August and September, Larchmont Chronicle staff interviewed the candidates running for the most-local offices that impact our immediate neighborhoods. The five resulting articles are on the pages following. to our several requests for an interview. Karen Bass’ plan If elected, Bass says she will appoint a homelessness chief and force the city and county to work together and stop their finger pointing, and count every dollar. “We must spend these resources effectively and efficiently — and that means getting more bang for our buck.” She will be a fierce advocate in Washington for federal dollars, she says. Bass says she will house 15,000 people in her first year; build more temporary and permanent supportive housing; end street encampments and lead on mental health and substance abuse treatment. According to the Los Angeles Times on Sept. 24, Bass would work with and expand the current system and build new shelter beds to accommodate 1,000 people and rely on vouchers, and she would promote the leasing and purchase of motels and hotels. Her plan estimates a firstyear cost of $292 million including construction and operating expenses for shelter beds, according to the Times article. She calls herself a leader with a vision who builds coalitions. “Los Angeles can be a city where all people have access to quality health care” and “where its economy can work for everyone.” She will double down on crime prevention and return the LAPD to its full currently authorized force of 9,460 sworn officers as well as recruit new officers and improve training. She will invest in social services and job programs and hire civilians to take over LAPD desk jobs. A former emergency room physician’s assistant and community organizer, Bass founded Community Coalition in 1990, advocating converting motels into housing decades before COVID-19 prompted the

creation of Project Roomkey. She previously served six years in the State Assembly, the last two as speaker during the Great Recession. She was the first Black woman to head a state legislative body. She was elected to represent the people of the 37th Congressional District, north and south of the 10 Freeway, in 2011. In the House of Representatives, as chair of the Congressional Black Caucus during the Trump Administration, she has shown she can work across the aisle, she argues. She is chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Global Human Rights.

RICK CARUSO at a home in Hancock Park.

Rick Caruso’s plan Caruso says he will declare a state of emergency on his first day, appoint a citywide homelessness coordinator, and institute accountability and an audit to end waste. He says he will build 30,000 shelter beds in 300 days while implementing construction of additional long-term affordable housing. He said it is time to take back our parks and public spaces and address mental health and addiction head-on. Construction experts would be hired, he adds. According to the Los Angeles Times, Caruso would create new interim housing — Tiny Homes — on underutilized government parcels to temporarily shelter 15,000 people. Another 15,000 people would be placed in sleeping pods in existing warehouses and other structures. Caruso estimated it would cost up to $843 million in the first year. The

Times estimated it would cost another $660 million per year for operating expenses. Caruso says he will restore LAPD’s budget, return to community-based policing and place on the street 1,500 new sworn officers in addition to the currently authorized 9,460 (but currently staffed 9,284) officers as well as expand youth prevention and afterschool programs. Caruso notes that he is not a career politician. He will work for $1 a year if elected mayor. As to why he’s a Democrat, after being an independent and a Republican? He answers that he is fiscally conservative and socially liberal. He left the Republican party 10 years ago to avoid the extremes he saw. Caruso has donated to various charitable causes, but when it comes to politics, he said, he has mostly given to Democrats. Visit and

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By Suzan Filipek One is a congresswoman who has worked with the underserved. The other is a billionaire businessman who builds tony properties. Both have ambitious plans to end or at least make a huge dent in the number of people living on the street. Caruso’s is more ambitious, and expensive. Bass would fine tune and expand the existing plan. Both have ventured into our neighborhoods to speak with voters. Before the primary election in June, where Bass totaled the most votes among 10 candidates, she met interested architects and others at an AIA/LA (American Institute of Architects, Los Angeles Chapter) gathering at the Wilshire Boulevard office of CO Architects that adjoins the La Brea Hancock community. In September, Rick Caruso told an audience at a meet-and-greet at a home in Hancock Park, “If you want more of the same, vote for Karen Bass. If you want change, vote for me.” The two candidates for mayor of Los Angeles couldn’t be more different, candidate Caruso told the crowd of almost 200 gathered on June Street. Tell your friends, go on social media, get the word out, he prompted as he laid out his plan to end homelessness, reduce crime and beautify the streets. The creator of The Grove shopping mall, Caruso served two terms on the governing board of the Dept. of Water and Power, and he was president of the Los Angeles Police Commission when, 20 years ago, after the Rodney King verdict, the city was in a similar tailspin, he says. He helped usher in a new era, which included community policing and hiring an additional 800 police officers. Crime was cut by 30 percent, Caruso said. The city is again on the brink, with corruption at the highest levels for city council members and others in high-level positions. It’s a problem that “can’t be fixed from the inside,” said Caruso. (He pointed to Bass being linked to a federal bribery and corruption case at USC, where she received a full-tuition scholarship.) Meanwhile, Bass has pointed to another scandal at USC, where she implies that Caruso covered up a sexual abuse case involving a gynecologist and hundreds of women when he was chair of the school’s board of trustees. Both candidates deny the allegations. Neither Rick Caruso nor Karen Bass responded in time


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Process versus litigation in city attorney’s race

to civil rights and fighting government overreach in his plaintiff-oriented legal practice, which favors litigation to address grievances. As an example, he litigated and won a case against the city proving racial profiling. Gill first ran for office in 2007 as a Republican for a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates, which he lost. He ran unsuccessfully as a Democrat for a Vermont state senate seat in 2016. He was elected interim chair of the Vermont Democratic party in 2017. The Los Angeles City Attorney election is nonpartisan. Feldstein Soto wants to make things easier “The first job of city government is to keep people safe, keep our streets functional … keep things clean, enact the kinds of ordinances and regulations and have the kind of constituent services that make people want to live here,” Feldstein Soto emphasizes. “And a lot of that is not big sexy work.” The Puerto Rico-born attorney describes herself as a transactional lawyer, one whose “job is to get a deal done … to find the way to make things work,” which means streamlining the approval process for building

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we should not prosecute.” He also notes that limiting the number of misdemeanors prosecuted would help free up time in clogged courts. Gill says he wants to work with the Los Angeles Police Dept. to go after the proliferation of guns, especially ghost guns. He intends to work on a narrow interpretation for Los Angeles of the Supreme Court’s ruling that gave New Yorkers the right to carry concealed weapons. “I was a guy who was a very big gun activist,” he admits. “But after what happened in Sandy Hook, I don’t know how anybody can actually think that there is not a problem with guns.” Gill also intends to use his office to support more diversion programs for youth, such as the police-run Little Rams football program in Watts. Feldstein Soto: bring the homeless indoors When it comes to homelessness policy, Feldstein Soto cuts right to the chase. “I want to focus on solving our shelter and housing issue so that we can bring people indoors,” she says. “Turning the great outdoors into the safety net for our society is an


abdication of our responsibility collectively, not just our city, but our county, our state, our federal government.” “I do think that a social safety net includes the basics of life.” She details, “That’s housing and healthcare and food and water and the things that people need to survive. A just and wealthy and compassionate city will do all that. But a just and wealthy and compassionate city also has to be in a position to keep its streets clean.” On enforcing Los Angeles Municipal Code Sec. 41.18, which disallows encampments around schools, Feldstein Soto states, “I don’t believe it’s a city attorney’s job to invalidate any constitutional and validly passed law.” She believes that as long as it isn’t a pretext, there is legal precedent for buffer zones for safety reasons, citing space cleared around abortion clinics and high transmission voltage lines, as examples. Gill: remove impediments to building homeless housing “Homelessness is the main issue that’s facing Los Angeles,” Faisal Gill states. “I want to work with city council and the mayor and make sure that whatever legal impediments exist to building transitional housing, temporary housing and permanent housing are removed.” Gill is opposed to criminalizing the unhoused by prosecuting them for such things as vagrancy and trespassing. His website explains, “Homelessness is a housing issue, a public health issue and an economic issue.” More information is at and

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housing or starting a business, for instance. Gill has big plans “I think the City Attorney’s Office can do big things like getting involved in criminal justice reform,” announces Faisal Gill. “My job is not just to advise every single city department but it’s also to make sure that they’re following the law and take action when they’re not.” Gill emphasizes that he is a litigator. “I’m somebody who’s been in court pretty much my entire life, criminal and civil.” It’s no surprise, then, that he wants to “beef up the affirmative litigation division that exists in the City Attorney’s Office. … We can do that to go after businesses that are violating [such things as] environmental laws.” Feldstein Soto puts public safety front and center Feldstein Soto thinks the perception of rising crime is more important than quibbling over crime statistics. She points to flash mobs and backyard intrusions and believes, “We need to put public safety front and center … because the city that doesn’t feel safe is a city divided.” Feldstein Soto takes note of hate crimes, “especially in the AAPI [Asian American and Pacific Islander], Jewish and the African American community.” Hate crimes have an outsize effect on public safety perception because, “A hate crime is really intended to terrorize an entire community, and it succeeds.” Feldstein Soto is concerned about long police response times and suggests that maintaining a visible community presence is crucial. “Getting to know the neighborhood… makes a difference to the perception of safety.” Gun safety is also an issue Feldstein Soto wants to address. She focuses on “gun violence, restraining orders, keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous people. I would love to draft an ordinance that closes the loophole on unregistered weapons, whether that’s at a swap meet or purchasing online or ghost guns.” Gill prioritizes criminal justice reform / public safety “Misdemeanors are being prosecuted, in my view, too much,” Faisal Gill states. He points out that even a misdemeanor conviction can affect someone’s ability to find a job or get housing.” Gill promises to favor diversion programs over prosecution. Gill plans to issue a 100-day moratorium on prosecuting minor misdemeanor offenses. He explains, “I’m going to sit down with all stakeholders … and see which crimes


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By Helene Seifer Hydee Feldstein Soto and Faisal Gill took very different paths to becoming candidates for the position of city attorney, and they express different approaches to the job. They are running to replace termed-out Mike Feuer. Feldstein Soto: the accidental candidate Hydee Feldstein Soto retired ten years ago from her legal practice as a partner in corporate law firms specializing in bankruptcy and acquisitions. After a decade out of the legal fray, what made her decide to run for office? “I’ve lived here for 40 years. I’ve never seen the city in as bad straits as it is today,” Feldstein Soto begins. She bemoans the fact that so many people she knows have left Los Angeles and states, “I am not willing to leave without … seeing if there’s something I can do to make things better.” “I am not looking to start a career in politics at the age of 64. … I see myself running as an accidental politician.” Gill: history of political ambition Faisal Gill has had a varied career in and out of the political sphere. In 2003 he was spokesperson for the American Muslim Council and that year was also appointed policy director for the Dept. of Homeland Security, where he was investigated for, then cleared of, lying on his application. It was later revealed in material leaked by Edward Snowden that Gill was one of several prominent Muslims kept under surveillance, beginning in 2006. Being targeted for his religion, as well as experiencing hardship as a Pakistani immigrant, was critical in forming Gill’s lifelong commitment

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Mejia versus Koretz: disrupter or stalwart for city controller? By Helene Seifer The race to become Los Angeles’ 20th city controller can be seen as a David vs. Goliath showdown: rookie vs. seasoned politician. Preceding the June primary election, the Los Angeles Times and L’Opinion endorsed Mejia for the office, but there has been a dramatic shift in the conversation as disturbing information about him has surfaced. The negatives Recent articles in Los Angeles Magazine, the Los Angeles Times and an open letter from former Los Angeles City Controller Laura Chick, who calls Mejia an “extremist” (printed on page 2 in this issue of the Larchmont Chronicle) all raise concerns regarding Kenneth Mejia’s suitability for the position. Disclosed was that Mejia tweeted that President Biden was a rapist and racist, that Mejia had appeared in public holding a doctored photograph of Hillary Clinton behind bars, and that he paid campaign staffers to disrupt various mayoral debates. It was also revealed that his certified public accountant license was expired or inactive on-and-off between November 2016 and January 2022. In response, Mejia has indicated that there are some things he probably shouldn’t have said, but he counters that Koretz is working to protect the status quo while he, Mejia, seeks to shake it up. Dirt often surfaces during campaigns. When weighing the negatives, voters also need to understand where these candidates stand on issues pertinent to the city controller’s office. Political rookie’s skills To 31-year-old political neophyte Mejia, his lack of political experience is a positive, allowing him to disrupt the machinery of government more than a current insider could. The candidate believes that his grasp of numbers should be a key attribute for the job. Mejia wants to be the first CPA in the seat. Mejia was an auditor for several firms, including his own and an electric vehicle charging station company, EVgo. He also worked for hedge funds. In 2016, Mejia joined the LA Tenants Union to fight for tenants’ rights, and, in 2017, he joined the board of the neighborhood council in Koreatown. Seasoned politician’s abilities Mejia’s opponent, Paul Koretz, endorsed by the Los Angeles Daily News, current City Controller Ron Galperin and U.S. Sen. Alex Padilla, among others, was first elect-


ed to public office in 1988 as a West Hollywood city councilmember. Koretz spent 2000-2006 in the California State Assembly, and then he began a 12-year stint on the Los Angeles City Council representing the Fifth District and has served as chair of the council’s personnel, audit and animal welfare committees. He is now termed out. Outside of government, Koretz has served as Southern California Director of the California League of Conservation Voters and Administrative Director of the Ecology Center of Southern California. Koretz told us he sees the controller position through a different lens than Mejia, stating, “You have to have an eye for where you can do things more efficiently.” He asserts that his proven ability to save the city money is a valuable skill for a controller, and his campaign website states, “Paul Koretz is already doing the job.” City controller responsibilities So, what is the job? The City of Los Angeles’ website lacity. gov defines the city controller as having “…the responsibility for serving as the auditor and chief accounting officer of the city” with responsibility for approving city payments and auditing departments and programs. The department has a staff of 160. As a political outsider, with accountant and auditor experience, Mejia suggests that, “You want to have someone who can go in there and break down the city’s finances, who can also explain it to people in a way that is easy to understand and present it in a way that is also accessible.” Koretz counters that credibility and the ability to get buy-in are key assets for the controller. As an example, he notes that he led the effort to avoid 5,000 recession lay-offs, explaining, “I did it by coming up with my own ideas, working with stakeholders, working with other folks in City Hall to come up with dozens of efficiencies to save money. … We were able to

avoid [the layoffs].” Mejia maps the numbers During his campaign, Mejia and his energized base of young supporters have analyzed and mapped city data, much of it collected by current City Controller Ron Galperin. Mejia’s campaign website contains such usable city maps as locations of dog parks, where the Los Angeles Police Dept. conducted traffic and pedestrian stops and a breakdown of where to find places to live that are covered by affordable housing covenants. Mejia references the housing map. “We created this database and this map that many people have used to apply for housing. [We are] actually providing, number one, transparency, but number two, resources on what the city offers.” Koretz corrects inefficiencies Koretz emphasizes saving the city money by correcting inefficiencies. For instance, the city too often amassed penalties for paying bills late. In response, Los Angeles started paying its bills early, thus losing out on interest. When he was a new councilmember, Koretz worked with Wendy Greuel, city controller 20092013, and suggested, “This is the computer age, why can’t we digitize this effort and pay the bills on the exact day they should be paid?” It is estimated that paying on time saves $1 million a year.


Transparency in homeless spending: Mejia Both candidates agree that homelessness is one of the most pressing problems facing our city. Mejia says, “People want to know, ‘where is my money being spent?’” He proposes developing a publicly accessible breakdown of the $1.2 billion in homelessness expenditures this fiscal year. Next, he wants to “audit the city’s homelessness policies. … For example, [the city] is spending close to $70 million this year on encampment sweeps. Are encampment sweeps the most effective solution? … Can we quantify how much that costs?” Efficiencies regarding homeless policies: Koretz Koretz advocates for a complete audit of all the programs that make up the patchwork quilt of approaches to end-

ing homelessness but values focusing on one piece of the puzzle at a time and solving it. As a councilmember, he “started the process of building modular housing” rather than constructing from scratch on site. Koretz notes, “It saves a couple hundred thousand a unit.” He asserts we could solve homelessness but, “The state needs to reassume its leadership … and the time to do it is right now when they are brimming in money.” Mejia’s views on policing Public safety and policing are huge concerns to Los Angelenos. Mejia states that nearly 30 percent of the city budget goes to policing, $3.2 billion. He wants to provide clear information on where that money goes and if it’s being effectively spent. Paul Koretz’s environmentalism Koretz emphasizes that the city controller should conduct audits to assess policy execution, including in the environmental arena. Over his years in politics Koretz has fought to strengthen the Clean Air Act, pressured the Dept. of Water and Power to cut emissions, supported lowering greenhouse gas emissions and worked to close the San Onofre nuclear generation station, among other environmental measures. For more information, go to and


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Council District 5 Choices: Katy Yaroslavsky or Sam Yebri

By Casey Russell Two candidates, both of them lawyers, are running against each other in the race for the City Council District 5 seat. The majority of this newspaper’s coverage area, formerly all within Council District Four (for more than 70 years), now is in CD 5 due to the 2021 redistricting. This Westside CD5 district includes Bel Air and Westwood but now also extends east along the north side of Olympic Boulevard to Western Avenue, then north to Wilshire Boulevard, then back west to Arden Boulevard and up the rear property lines between Arden and Rossmore to Melrose Avenue and then back west abutting West Hollywood. Environmental attorney Katy Young Yaroslavsky has worked as the senior policy director for the environment and the arts in the office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. In the primary election in June, Yaroslavsky received just shy of the 50 percent (plus one) of votes needed to win the seat without a runoff. Sam Yebri, an attorney often

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representing employees, has held appointments as a commissioner on the Los Angeles Civil Service Commission and on the city attorney’s Gun Prevention Task Force. Both candidates see homelessness as a major issue in our area. Yaroslavsky is a proponent of creating a regional homelessness authority. “One of the biggest problems with LAHSA [Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority] is that there is a layer of immunity for what LAHSA is screwing up. The principals need to be held accountable at the table. They

need to use the structure they are sitting on and solve [the problem],” she says. Yaroslavsky believes a big part of solving the problem will be more street engagement around mental health — even for people who are housed. Says the mother of three, we “need to make it easier for people to access mental health care, addiction services — help before they lose their housing. When we check in about food stamps or when someone stops paying DWP bills, we have to have someone check [in] to see if they’re close to losing their house… we [have to] connect them to services to help them fill the gaps.” Yebri also believes in shifting resources to mental health services. He says the “mental illness on our streets that’s untreated is devastating communities… We need more mental health hospitals. We need more funding of addiction centers, and we have (Please turn to page 20)

The Los Angeles City Council recently amended Los Angeles Municipal Code Sec. 41.18, which had existed with generally the same prohibitive language since summer of 2021. The ordinance prohibits people from blocking pedestrian access by sitting, sleeping, lying or storing items within certain areas of the public rights of way, including streets and sidewalks, but requires a separate City Council resolution designating any specific area for enforcement. The amendment approved in August expands the ordinance to not require City Council action for areas within 500 feet of schools or day care centers.

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State Senate — District 28 Lola Smallwood-Cuevas

Cheryl C. Turner

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City Proposition LH: Authorize public entities to develop, construct or acquire additional units of low-income housing in the City. Yes or No?

City Proposition SP: Enact new parcel tax to replace expiring Proposition K tax for City parks and recreational facilities. Yes or No? City Initiative Ordinance ULA: Impose an additional transfer tax of a minimum of 4% on real property sales of $5 million or more. Yes or No?

1 - Reproductive Freedom. “Yes”: The California Constitution should protect reproductive rights to not be at risk in the future. “No”: Proposition 1 is an extreme, expensive, pointless waste of taxes that will allow abortion at any time. 26 - In-Person Sports Betting in Tribal Casinos. “Yes”: Allow California’s tribes to provide vital services like health care, housing, infrastructure, and education to tribal members. Taxing sports betting would increase the state’s revenue. “No”: This measure would create a big increase in gambling that ben-

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efits only a few tribes; Gambling is addictive. 27 - Online Sports Betting. “Yes”: Regulating online sports betting would protect gamblers and end illegal online gambling operations and provide extra homelessness and mental health services. “No”: Large out-of-state gambling companies would profit and block smaller operations from the market; more people would become addicted to gambling. 28 - Funding Arts and Music Education. “Yes”: Arts and music education can improve a student’s personal

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Rick Caruso

City Controller

Kenneth Mejia

City Council District 13

Mitch O’Farrell (I)

Hugo Soto-Martinez

County Sheriff

Robert Luna

Alex Villanueva (I)

U.S. Representative — District 34 Jimmy Gomez (I)

David Kim

State Assembly Member — District 55 Isaac G. Bryan (I)

Keith Girolamo Cascio

L.A. Community College Trustee (Seat 4) Sara Hernandez

Christine T. Lamonica

Ernest H. Moreno (I)

Ballot Propositions

County Measure A: Allow removal of the elected Sheriff, for cause, by a four-fifths vote of the Board of Supervisors. Yes or No? County Measure C: Enact taxes on marijuana businesses in unincorporated areas of the County. Yes or No? Note: Information on the three City propositions, including arguments pro and con, is in this Los Angeles City Clerk booklet:


and academic life; only one in five schools has a dedicated arts teacher. “No”: Proposition would limit state funds for other spending. 29 - Kidney Dialysis Clinics Requirements. “Yes”: Dialysis is a dangerous procedure; clinics should always have a healthcare provider available. “No”: Prop 29 would take healthcare providers away from hospitals and emergency rooms; some dialysis clinics may close due to increased costs. 30 - Income Tax on Millionaires for Electric Cars. “Yes”: Greenhouse gas emissions


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from cars contribute to climate change; wildfires are getting worse, and we need more tax money. “No”: High earners may leave the state if income taxes increase; important projects should be paid from the General Fund, not new taxes. 31 - Banning Flavored Tobacco Products. “Yes”: Kids are drawn to sweet-flavored tobacco products; nicotine is addictive and leads to unhealthful life-long addiction. “No” Argument: Adults will lose choice in what they buy; people will buy flavored products illegally, taking money from local businesses.

By Casey Russell This November, incumbent City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell hopes to win enough votes to continue serving and improving the 13th Council District. He is being challenged by Hugo Soto-Martinez, a hotel workers’ union labor organizer, who says he is striving to make a difference for those he feels have been neglected by the city. Larchmont Village, Ridgewood-Wilton, St. Andrews Square, We-Wil and Windsor Square — formerly part of Council District Four — now comprise the southernmost extension of the traditional “Hollywood” city council district. Local voters now in CD 13 are residents north of Wilshire Boulevard between Arden Boulevard (both sides) and Western Avenue. Both candidates in the CD 13 contest agree that top issues of concern for people in our area are homelessness and public safety. Soto-Martinez, who believes a citywide approach to solving the problem of homelessness is necessary, says he would push for using underutilized space we already have in Los Angeles to make housing available quickly for people who need it. The candidate also told us he would dedicate four people on his staff to exclusively deal with homelessness so that the unhoused in CD 13 could be linked to housing. The Los Angeles City Council recently, in August, amended Sec. 41.18 of the Los Ange-



les Municipal Code (LAMC) to expand enforcement of the prohibition of sidewalk encampments within 500 feet of schools or day care centers. Soto-Martinez is against the enforcement of Sec. 41.18 because he believes it “just moves people around on a shuffleboard and doesn’t really solve anything.” O’Farrell notes that, as a general rule for his tenure as a council aide and then as a councilmember, he has believed in a “neighborhood, block-by-block approach.” He says he is “all about community, not politics — not ideology.” However, O’Farrell believes the August amendment to Sec. 41.18 protects schoolchildren, families and faculty and is a reasonable approach. The candidate affirms that people who camp on public sidewalks can still set up a tent outside of the 500-foot buffer zone and people in these vicinities are “getting outreach to, very specifical-

ly, get the help they need… they are getting more attention because they need it and deserve it. But, children and families deserve that, too.” In regard to police, O’Farrell says he is leading the charge on providing unarmed response, stating that “over 500 calls in Hollywood alone, between January and April, [were] diverted from a uniformed, armed response to practitioners of specialized homeless services.” O’Farrell says that means police officers can focus on actual crime while trained outreach workers can handle other calls and get people access to services they need. He says this approach in his council district — the CIRCLE Program, which is like Denver’s STAR Program — was pioneered here in January 2022 and is working. Soto-Martinez believes the CIRCLE Program is too limited in scope and too expensive (Please turn to page 20)




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Supervisor candidates agree on some issues, not others By Suzan Filipek Candidates State Sen. Bob Hertzberg and West Hollywood Councilmember Lindsey Horvath are both Democrats running for a nonpartisan seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Third District. They both support having more social services for people living on the streets and in shelters, and they both support increasing police training. One important place where the candidates differ is homeless encampments. Hertzberg told us his stance is a significant contrast “to my opponent. This is where we’re very different.” He supports a 500-foot setback of tents from schools, churches and other sensitive sites. And he would add more police to the force. “You need more police in


the community,” he said. While Horvath has voted to defund particularly the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept. in her city of West Hollywood, she stressed in our interview that she has had a positive working relationship with the sheriff’s department, even with recent challenges. “I intend to continue to have

effective partnerships with law enforcement and use our criminal justice system to make sure there is accountability in our communities to keep people safe,” Horvath said. While the Third District is vast — it spans from Sylmar to Malibu, with Larchmont and Hancock Park in its southeast end — the issues are the same: homelessness, affordability and safety, said Horvath. A recent amendment, to Sec. 41.18 of the City of Los Angeles Municipal Code, which allows moving encampments from sidewalks near schools and day care centers, is a problem when people don’t have other places to go, says Horvath. She says, “We have to pair that directive with a solution. We go out with street teams to meet people every day of the week… We do have the ability to create temporary


solutions. We can’t wait for housing to be built to let people sleep on the street, where they’re going to die. That’s unconscionable.” Hertzberg also would ramp up social services. “There is no reason the police need to respond with handcuffs and billy clubs and guns” in all situations, he says.

He also would create an entity modeled after the LACMTA (Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority — Metro) that would take on the legal obligations relating to homelessness and be held accountable. As at Metro, the new body would include all five members of the Board of Supervisors and officials from the City of Los Angeles and smaller cities, all of whom would share the responsibilities and mange the problems rather than assign them to others. Horvath says her approach will be to scale up the programs West Hollywood has in place, and she points to her proven track record as two-time mayor and councilmember there, where homeless numbers are low. Age and experience In the June primary, Hertzberg pulled ahead, receiving 31 percent of the votes cast. Horvath earned 28 percent of the votes in the race, which pits the older and seasoned senator from the Valley, Hertzberg, 67, against Councilmember Horvath, 40, from West Hollywood. “The problems that we face in the 21st century require 21st-century solutions,” said Horvath. “That’s why people are excited about my candidacy. I’m eager to get in there and partner with people and not just recycle things from the past.” While Horvath draws on her youth, Hertzberg evokes his experience. Hertzberg says: “Unlike my opponent who has all Democrats in a small city of similar political views, I had to be a speaker [of the State Assembly] and a majority leader [of the State Senate] representing people, from Democrats to Republicans, representing people from Shasta County to San Francisco to Imperial County.” He knows how to work across the aisle, he adds, and he has gained the knowledge to work from the bottom up to help solve the homelessness crisis. Transit, environment Horvath reminded us that the 300 community transportation meetings in which she has participated have prepared her for a seat at Metro, if she is elected. She is a longtime supporter of the northern extension of the new K (Crenshaw) Line, once community concerns have been addressed. Both candidates support Measure W and keeping a focus on other environmental issues. Crime and safety Both candidates note crime is paramount on people’s minds. “People are scared,” said Hertzberg. “They won’t go (Please turn to page 20)

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CD 5 race

(Continued from page 16) to clear encampments in sensitive areas — next to schools, next to parks and next to libraries. That’s not a place for our neighbors to live, and it’s not compassionate or humane to let that continue.” Yebri supports the use of Los Angeles Municipal Code (LAMC) Sec. 41.18 and says he would work to insure temporary housing is available. Says Yebri on housing, “I want to be an idea guy.” Yebri believes rent needs to be brought down for mid-range earners, especially on our commercial corridors, and he thinks the city council needs to work to make it easier and faster for people to build in Los Angeles. The father of four, who says he has a special passion for disability rights, says he helped spearhead a transformative housing project in District 5 for adults with special needs.


He believes more housing needs to be built near the seven D (formerly Purple) Line subway stations coming to the Fifth District. Such transit-adjacent housing would also be part of his plan to create climate solutions. We “have to be a world leader on electrification,” he says. In the environmental sphere, Yaroslavsky took the lead in developing Measure W, which was adopted in 2018 and is a safe water program that creates a funding stream for green infrastructure — storm water capture, new parks, open space, multi-benefit green infrastructure. “It’s deeply satisfying to see a problem and use the tools of government to solve it,” she told us. “That was the primary driver of my running for office and thinking about what I was good at — what my skill set was.” Experience and temperament are defining differences be-

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tween the two candidates. One has primarily private sector lawyer experience and is passionate to put that knowledge to work to improve CD5. The

other also was a private-practice environmental lawyer for five years but recently has worked in county government and thinks that that is key to

being able to step into the job on the first day in office. Additional information is at: and

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Environmentally, both candidates believe they can do a lot in the city because of the council’s jurisdiction over planning and land use. Soto-Martinez says that, as someone who bikes and skateboards around Los Angeles, he thinks more can be done to create alternatives to traveling around the city by car. He would push the city council to create more bike lanes and encourage the Metro board to put more money into bus infrastructure. O’Farrell says the environment is a top issue on his mind. He is currently chair of the Climate Change, Environmental Justice, Energy and LA River Committee on the city council. Because of this, all of the city’s environmental legislation goes

through his office — much of it introduced or co-introduced by him. “We are leading the charge to a carbon-free future by 2035,” says O’Farrell. “We’ve set very ambitious goals that are reachable.” O’Farrell says, “The next four years are going to be pivotal. It’s going to take experience. It’s going to take a public servant and not an ideologue to be in this position.” For more information, visit: and

(Continued from page 17) for what it actually does. The candidate believes the Denver-based STAR Program is what Los Angeles needs to mirror. Although Soto-Martinez previously stated his support for defunding the police, and stated he opposes the police, he said in his interview with the Larchmont Chronicle that he would advocate for keeping the police numbers at what they currently are this year (9,284 sworn officers as of September). He said that the money that’s not being used to hire new officers could be redirected elsewhere, such as after-school programs, speed bumps and tree trimming.


(Continued from page 18) out in the street wearing jewelry.” adding that he’s endorsed overwhelmingly by law enforcement. “Safety is an issue that’s top of mind,” said Horvath. “We need to make sure law enforcement has the resources they need to fight violent crime. That’s essential. And, we also need to make sure they are not called into situations for which they are not trained.” Visit and

LOWV to explain ballot measures Oct. 12 at Ebell

By Helene Seifer It’s difficult enough for voters to make informed choices about candidates for public office; our system of ballot measures is even more challenging, confounding and lacking in transparency. How can we make certain that we don’t inadvertently vote “Yes” when we really mean “No”? Let an expert explain the real meaning of each of the seven state initiatives (listed on pages 16 and 17) that voters will find on their ballots in the November 2022 election. Mona Field, president of the League of Women Voters of Greater Los Angeles (LOWV) will provide balanced information for making informed choices on the ballot measures on Wed., Oct. 12, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Ebell of Los Angeles, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd. Field notes that the titles and even the texts of many measures are purposely worded to mislead voters. She warns that pro and con forces spend “hundreds of millions of dollars to sway voters with short, emotional and often deceptive ads.” Additional helpful material is available at and For the Oct. 12 event, a reservation will be appreciated; visit

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Delivering thoughtful Fancifull baskets for 35 years By Jane Gilman Wally August is proud of the good shape he is in at age 75. He attributes his good health to keeping fit, eating right and a positive attitude. He also shares a habit he started at an early age: taking the stairs two at a time. Terry August, 66, attributes her good health to taking long walks from their Irving Boulevard home, and she also walks their dog. She works out with a trainer and follows her husband’s proclivity for organic fruits and vegetables. A favorite menu item at the August home is fresh salmon (which Wally buys at the Larchmont Farmers’ Market). In business for 35 years, their Fancifull Fine Food & Gift Baskets shop is stocked with shelves of wine, fruit, cheeses, etc. “We create artisan bas-

AT FANCIFULL, Terry and Wally August.

kets which let the recipients know someone is thinking of them,” Terry explains. Their baskets are sent worldwide, and the Augusts have created gifts for President Obama, corporation heads, actors and other newsmakers. Terry added, “We get unusual requests such as for

the daughter of the Sultan of Brunei.” (Her gift included a guitar signed by the cast of “Glee.”) The couple met at UCLA where Terry, a student, heard Wally playing trombone in his band RotoRooter All-Time Christmas Band. Wally was a professional musician and

later taught music and voice. Terry had wanted to become a teacher, but the basket idea caught fire. It was shopping at (the former) Jurgensen’s on Larchmont that inspired her to start a basket business. They first worked out of their home, but a boost in orders required a workshop. The couple later welcomed son Sterling and daughter Naomi into the family. Favorite charities which they support are Write Girl and World Central Kitchen, but you will find their gift baskets as donated prizes at many events. They are active in their Larchmont Village Neighborhood Association and in the Hollywood and Miracle Mile chambers of commerce. The couple also opens the shop for community meetings and fundraisers., 5617 Melrose Avenue.

Older adults connect again at JFSLA’s senior centers

By Helene Seifer Senior centers, such as those operated by Jewish Family Service LA (JFSLA), often serve as a lifeline for older adults who, too frequently, find themselves socially isolated and depressed. During the height of the pandemic, these centers were shuttered and sorely missed by those who rely on them for connection and community. Seniors were recently welcomed back to JFSLA’s five senior and multipurpose centers around Los Angeles, which serve over 10,000 older adults annually. Susan Belgrade, JFSLA se(Please turn to page 24)

Lawyer Doug Dalton dies

Defense attorney Robert Douglas Dalton died at the age of 92 on Aug. 20. During his career, Dalton represented many well-known defendants. He was a longtime lawyer for Roman Polanski and advocated for others such as Burt Reynolds, Jim Brown, John Lennon and Watergate figure and aide to President Richard Nixon, John Ehrlichman. Dalton believed strongly in the integrity of the legal system and championed ethics in the practice of law. He was a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers of the American Bar Foundation and a member of the California State Bar Board of Governors. The attorney sought to pass on his knowledge by teaching trial advocacy at Pepperdine and the University of Southern California law schools and was listed in Best Lawyers of America. Dalton was a member of the Special Committee on Revision of the Federal Criminal Code and the Committee on California Jury Instructions and was the main author of West’s California Criminal Law (1995). Near home, Dalton was a longtime member of the Fremont Place Association who even served as its president for some time. According to friends, Dalton had been ill for a while but, ultimately, the cause of death appears to have been heart failure. Dalton, who was born in Astoria, Oregon, grew up in Long Beach, California, and was a longtime resident of Fremont Place, died only 11 days prior to his 93rd birthday. He is survived by his wife, Shirley, and their five children.

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(Continued from page 22) nior director of Multipurpose and Senior Centers, emphasizes that “…the opportunity for them to come back to a vibrant senior center where they can socialize, have fun and exercise is vital to them.” JFSLA’s full array of in-person and virtual programs is free for adults 55 and older and includes art and entertainment activities, a movie club and one-on-one technology support. Particularly popular are exercise classes for all fitness levels, from SENIORS EXERCISE at newly reopened Jona Goldrich Multpurpose Center. Photo courtesy of JFSLA chair yoga to high-impact strength and balance training. Adults 60 and over can mingle with friends over a free hot lunch. Each center reflects its community, with activities in Russian, Farsi and Spanish where needed. JFSLA’s original center in the Fairfax district, the Jona Goldrich Multipurpose Center on North Fairfax Avenue, is one of the locations that offers a weekly social program for survivors of the Holocaust. Housed in JFSLA’s flagship Gunther-Hirsh Family Center, it also hosts a current events discussion group, a cooking class and Friday Shabbat party. According to Eli Veitzer, JFSLA president and CEO, the Fairfax Avenue center previously was named for former Jewish Family Service executive director Freda Mohr. He explains, “Thanks to the very generous support of the Goldrich family, the center was rebuilt and expanded and named in honor of Jona Goldrich, a Holocaust survivor and longtime supporter of JFS.” Other JFSLA services available to seniors are home-delivered meals, transportation assistance and the ability to schedule an appointment with a social worker. JFSLA Senior and Multipurpose Centers are open on weekdays. For more information or to make a required reserva-

tion for a program, contact Activity Coordinator Danny Vasquez at dvasquez@jfsla. org or call 213-248-8519. Jona Goldrich Multipurpose Center, 330 N. Fairfax Ave, 323-937-5902.


deep by Dr. Rebecca Fitzgerald

Who was that in the mirror this morning? I’m looking for an effective treatment but I can’t hide out waiting for my skin to heal afterward. What do you suggest? Now that we’ve (hopefully) weathered the last of fall’s heatwaves, let’s take advantage of knowing we’ll be out of direct sun for several months. Fraxel Dual laser treatments improve everything from sun damage and pigmentation, lines and wrinkles, even acne scars and precancerous lesions. “Dual” indicates two distinct wavelengths: one to stimulate new collagen production and one to force damaged cells to turn over. And because Fraxel Dual is fractional, (meaning it’s broken into microbeams), we can target problem areas and leave healthy skin untouched. This means rapid healing (aka shorter downtime). Most patients require three to five sessions, two to four weeks apart. You’ll leave our office with immediate results and see optimal improvement in three months. Fraxel Dual empowers us to create mild to dramatic results. Instant gratification plus collagen production, Fraxel Dual equals healthy skin from the inside out. Dr. Rebecca Fitzgerald is a Board Certified Dermatologist located in Larchmont Village with a special focus on anti-aging technology. She is a member of the Botox Cosmetic National Education Faculty and is an international Training Physician for Dermik, the makers of the injectable Sculptra. She is also among a select group of physicians chosen to teach proper injection techniques for Radiesse, the volumizing filler, around the world. Dr. Fitzgerald is an assistant clinical professor at UCLA. Visit online at www.RebeccaFitzgeraldMD. com or call (323) 464-8046 to schedule Adv. an appointment.

Cathy Brown December 17, 1946 - August 28, 2022 Cathy Brown, age 75, of St. Augustine, FL, passed away August 28, 2022. She leaves behind her daughter Kate Brown, St Augustine, FL and daughter Emily Brown Link (Todd), Fair Oaks Ranch, TX, and two grandchildren Abigail and James Link. Her time in Los Angeles, CA, was as a realtor with Dippell Realty and as Vice-President of Realtor Training and Development for the Jon Douglas Company. After leaving Los Angeles in 1992, she dedicated her time and service to the greater St. Johns County community and specifically as Executive Director for the Council on Aging. A memorial service will be held 4pm on October 6, 2022, at the River House, 179 Marine St., St. Augustine, FL. In lieu of flowers, contributions to St. Johns County Council on Aging are welcome. Adv.

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OAKWOOD SCHOOL By Scarlett Saldaña 12th Grade At the beginning of last month, the Oakwood theater department announced that this year’s middle school musical is “James and the Giant Peach.” Soon after auditions were held, the middle school kids began rehearsing, working on costume designs and recruiting students to work with lighting and sound. As for the high school musical, “Little Shop of Horrors,” auditions will happen this month. Though it is a nerve-wracking process filled with chemistry reads, dancing and singing, it is always an exciting experience to be a part of a theater production. From acting to working on tech, there are various roles that bring each show together until opening night. The bonding moments during rehearsals reinforce the strong community we uphold at Oakwood. Near the end of October, we will once again host the Halloween event. Students come dressed in their costumes ready to listen and dance to Halloween music, play games and watch a classic Halloween movie. My favorite memory of this event was when I was in 7th grade and the student council, along with other seniors, prepared a haunted house for the

middle school students. They put us into groups and focused our attention on a magic card trick until seniors hiding around the room tried to jump-scare us. It made for a funny and amusing experience, and of course, certainly something that I found to be memorable.

THIRD STREET ELEMENTARY By Nikka Gueler 5th Grade We started off the school year with a few fun events, including a limeade fundraiser for the school PTA. The limes that were used came from our school garden, and baked goods were also sold. The event happened to fall on one of the hottest days of the year, making it a great success. Movie night is returning to Third Street. This year, the movie will be shown outdoors. Candy, popcorn, pizza and drinks will be sold. The Reflections art competition is set to begin soon. This is a national competition organized by the PTA featuring artwork, photography and music. The competition encourages students to stretch their creativity and submit original artwork in one of the categories. All the submissions will be displayed at an assembly later in the year.

New documentary spotlights Assistance League By Casey Russell “A Pebble in the Pond,” a new documentary from writer/director Paul Howard, tells the story of the Assistance League of Los Angeles and its founder, Anne Banning. The film honors this pioneer of American nonprofit organizations by tracing the League’s history from 1890 and highlights one of its signature programs, Operation School Bell. Operation School Bell makes a major difference in the lives of children experiencing homelessness, children in the foster care system and children in low-income families by providing them with clothes, books, backpacks and other items necessary for their well-being and success in school.

The documentary quietly heralds individuals, once on the receiving end of the League’s programs, who now give back by offering their time and talents volunteering with Operation School Bell. “A Pebble in the Pond” can be viewed on iTunes, Amazon Prime, YouTube and AppleTV or can be seen by visiting

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On a sad note our principal of six years, Daniel Kim, is leaving Third Street for a new position with Los Angeles Unified.

CATHEDRAL CHAPEL SCHOOL By Olivia Sherman 6th Grade Hello, my name is Olivia. I’m a 6th grader and commissioner of public relations for Cathedral Chapel School. I am proud to be part of a safe and exciting learning environment. CCS continues COVID-19 testing weekly to ensure the health of the faculty, staff and students. We welcomed two new teachers this year: Mr. Zepeda (junior high religion/social studies) and Mr. Mir (junior high science/math). Mr. Zepeda is the 6th grade homeroom teacher and Mr. Mir is the 7th grade homeroom teacher. There’s a lot going on at CCS. Classroom orientations were held in person on Aug. 23. Parents came to meet teachers and discuss plans for the year. Many field trips are planned and our famous spelling, religion and geography bees will return, as well as the following sports: volleyball, basketball, golf and track. School picture day was Sept. 2. Our first school Mass was hosted by the student council on Sept. 13. The academic decathlon team has started daily logic practice. Student Ambassadors have been trained. CCS is planning to begin a Girl Scout troop. It looks like there’s a great year ahead!



Nine O’Clock Players resume performances

By Casey Russell Nine O’Clock Players, founded in 1929 by the Assistance League, will be reopening the doors of its historic Los Angeles theater this month. To kick off the comeback, the group will present “Cinderella: The True Story.” The inaugural performance will take place Sun., Oct. 30 at 2 p.m. with other performances scheduled on Sundays, November 13, 20 and 27 at 2 p.m. This performance of Cinderella will present a lead character who believes generosity is what makes us truly rich, a prince in disguise and a fairy godmother who, like everyone, makes mistakes sometimes. The 330-seat theater is located in Hollywood at 1367 N. St. Andrews Pl. and has been a shining light in children’s theater for decades. Seeing a live theater performance can be a magical experience for a child. As local mom Caroline Tracy says, “You can see the wonder in kids’ eyes when they see the sets, the actors, costumes and makeup — not to mention the performances.” The mission of the Nine O’Clock Players, according to its website, is “to introduce children to the magic of live performance, literature and music through the joy of theatre.”

THE CATERPILLAR from “Alice in Wonderland” signs autographs for young audience members in a previous production.

The group brings theater to children who might not otherwise be exposed to live performances. Field trips are made available at no or little cost, so that low-income and special needs families have the opportunity to share in the joy that live theater can bring. The award-winning players normally do two full musical productions and host 12,000 children annually. Due to the pandemic, the theater closed its doors for two years, but carried on with virtual performances, which continue to be available on the website. For $15 tickets to “Cinderella: The True Story,” call 323-545-6153 or visit


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The agony and ecstasy of Loyola High’s Camp Dawson

The August afternoon I visited Camp Dawson on the Loyola High School campus, the temperature in nearby downtown Los Angeles was 90 degrees. It was hotter than that on the artificial turf gridiron where the Loyola Cubs’ varsity football team was churning through their second workout of the day in full pads and helmets. Atten-hut! Across America, high school football teams began their preseason with two-adays. These intense practices, held twice a day, occur toward the summer’s end and are often referred to as Boot Camp or Hell Week (it actually lasts two weeks). At Loyola, they use the term Camp Dawson, which sounds… kinder. The name is in homage to beloved former Loyola athletic director and football defensive coordinator Jon Dawson, who passed away in 2009. Camp Dawson has become a tradition at Loyola for any student who wants to play on the Cubs’ football team. The preseason workouts clear the summer cobwebs and get the boys back on track with the necessary cardio and physical strength required to endure a varsity football schedule of 10 games, and then, hopefully, a post-season as well. Last year, Loyola plowed two games deep into the postseason before losing a 28-21 heartbreaker to Etiwanda in the CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) quarterfinals.

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Jim Kalin Camp Dawson’s other purpose, and one just as important, is to instill camaraderie among the players. “Camp Dawson allows us to really focus on football without distractions,” said head coach Drew Casani. “And, just as importantly, it gives us an opportunity to spend time talking about teamwork, leadership and being accountable to ourselves and each other.” The agony Camaraderie is often built through intensity and physical exertion, and at Camp Dawson, it’s no different. Of course, practicing twice a day is a great start for bonding among the players, especially when it’s done during the summer’s hottest month. “There are temperature regulations, but it’s not the actual temperature,” explained Loyola Senior Director of Communications Maite Saralegui Berry. “They use something called the Wet Bulb Globe Temperature (WBGT). Our trainers monitor the WBGT before and during practice to make sure it’s safe for them. We had no days where we were restricted.”

Plastic inflatable recovery tubs were also present on the track surrounding the football field. These were filled with cool water in case anyone overheated. After practice, ice was poured into the water so players could submerge up to their waists for several minutes to sooth swelling and soreness in their joints and muscles. The ecstasy The players were required to spend the last three nights of Camp Dawson in Loyola’s Caruso Hall, which is more spacious than most high school gymnasiums or auditoriums. “It gave us four entire days together as a team,” explained Coach Casani. Air mattresses were brought in for team members to sleep on. At night, the atmosphere resembled a big slumber party. Two players, Jack Parris and Ryan Turk, took it one step further and, to duplicate the comforts of home, found a used sofa on Facebook Marketplace — which they had delivered to Caruso Hall. Meals were another highlight — after all, these are growing teenagers! The boys ate on campus. Some meals were provided by Z-licious, but the moms and dads took on the bulk of food prep. “We completed Camp Dawson with over 60 dads and guardians attending our father-son barbecue,” said Karolina Susnjar, whose son Jack is a co-captain along with


SEATED on the infamous couch acquired on Facebook Marketplace are (clockwise from upper left): Matthew Pohl, Luke Harrison-Garcia, Jack Susnjar, William “Beau” Ferguson, Carson Real and Ryan Turk.

Xavier Ric and Zach Bowles. “Eight of the dads took over the kitchen and hosted a tritip barbecue lunch. They

prepared, cooked and cleaned up afterward. They served 160 meals, and it was a huge success.”


schedule. It was a good opportunity for them to meet teachers and get an overview of the classes. Upper school students have jumped right into college search prep. There are school visits, college counseling sessions and the SAT on Sat., Oct. 1. The 7th/8th Grade Dance will take place on Fri., Oct. 14 and is a very fun event for lower school students to enjoy time with their friends. The dance is open to students from other schools. Making friends outside of Marlborough school friends is so important, and social events like these are where it happens. Arguably, the most looked forward to event in October is Halloween, or Marlborough’s version, Pumpkin Day, when students come to school in costume. Our teachers participate by dressing in theme by department. There is an on-campus costume parade at the end of the day.

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Although the academic year officially starts in August, September is always an exciting month, as it marks the beginning of many student activities. September ushered in the Club Fair, which was held during a school-wide free period so that all students could explore new groups to join. Ideas for new clubs needed to be submitted in advance of the Club Fair and had to be approved first. Parents’ Night of Classes took place Sept. 29, which was especially exciting as, last year, the event was held virtually. Parents (or guardians) rotated through classrooms on their student’s

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Hello my Larchmont neighbors! My name is Isabella Argiropoulos and I would like to tell you about our recent Page Academy events. Welcoming the return of many familiar faces and many new ones in August, the new school year is off to a splendid start! Last month, we had our first free-dress day, Sept. 2, giving us a head start on fun-wear going into the Labor Day threeday weekend. We continue our swimming classes at Page’s pool on Tuesdays and Thursdays, which is a refreshing break from the heat waves we’ve been having! Picture Day was on Sept. 16 and everyone brought their best and friendliest smiles!

Campaigning for our 2022/2023 student council has also been well underway with a full field of candidates. The highlight of last month was on Sept. 23, when in honor of Grandparents Day, our families (moms, dads, aunts, uncles, close friends and of course grandparents!) joined the students for a special lunch, music and playground time. With the beginning of fall, we look forward to the cooler weather and the many events for October, including, National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, Fire Safety Month, Red Ribbon Week, the Great California Shakeout and our Fall Festival with costumes, games and all sorts of great treats just in time for Halloween! Last but not least, please stop by the Page Academy booth and say “Hello!” during the Larchmont Family Fair on Sun., October 30, from 2 to 7 p.m. Hope you all have a wonderful and spooky October!

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By Casey Russell Larchmont Charter School officials are continuing their new site search for a replacement for the Hollygrove campus at Vine Street and Waring Avenue. The as-yet-unknown new location will serve for the 2023-2024 school year and beyond. The team of administra-

tors and consultants has been working during the past year to find and secure a site. Team members hope to settle on a solution in the next two months. The team has multiple options on the table, but nothing is settled, and any ideas the community may have are welcome. The school needs at least


room wish lists. The party was a great success! There are a lot of fun events coming up in the month of October. These events include the Halloween parade, where every class gets to walk around in their cool costumes. The 8th graders get to judge and decide on the winner! There are also two Halloween plays that the 8th graders will perform in front of the entire school. We are all looking forward to a great month. Thank you for reading the St. Brendan section in the Larchmont Chronicle.

On what seemed like a normal Monday, pretty much every parent with kids in LAUSD got a call that said something like this: “LAUSD families, it seems that we have been hacked.” What?! It was not just Melrose Elementary. All of the schools in the Los Angeles School District had been hacked. Now, two weeks later, teachers are still getting students new passwords and getting everyone back online. Go teachers! Ready to hear about some upcoming events at Melrose? Good news! In-person field trips are back! This month, the 2nd grade got to go to the Getty Villa. Also, the 5th grade got to go to Dockweiler Beach for some science, team building and fun! A few days ago we had the most fashionable event of the school year, picture day! With everyone dressed up and looking fabulous, it sure was a fun day. Soon we’ll be dressing up for our costume parade and Harvest Festival. Join me again next month to stay up to date on news at Melrose Elementary.

ST. BRENDAN SCHOOL By Jack Byrne 8th Grade Hello, Larchmont! St. Brendan School is off to a fast start. Boys’ flag football, girls’ volleyball and track and field have started and are in full swing. St. Brendan is hoping for a strong sports season and has a lot of kids participating. On Sept. 23, the school held its annual Wishlist Party, where parents support our teachers by helping them fulfill their class-

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ST. BRENDAN SCHOOL By Isabel Viola 12th Grade The school year started off strong with the ESLA tradition of the red and white sorting extravaganza! If you’re unfamiliar with this classic event, the ESLA community is split between the red and the white team and this activity determines where students and staff (including their families) are sorted for the rest of their school lives. New students this year placed their hand in a hat and picked the ping pong ball that determined their fate. The sorting process is a fun event where red and white captains get to make their respective teams excited for the upcoming school year. Throughout the academic year, several red and white team activities are hosted by our very own Community Life Council. From tug-of-war to pancake races, these affairs never fail to lift up the ESLA spirits. In other news, the girls’ volleyball team started the season off strong by winning their first two games! Weeks of practice and team building have paid off and they are looking forward to the season ahead. Go Coyotes!

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ST. JAMES’ EPISCOPAL SCHOOL By Evan Listi 6th Grade Hello! My name is Evan, and I’m a 6th grader at St. James’ Episcopal School. We officially became the leaders of the school during our blazer ceremony on Sept. 7. Now that we are 6th graders, we get to do a lot more servant leadership work. This includes working with the St. James’ soup kitchen and being role models to younger students. Being in 6th grade means it’s our last year at St. James’. We have already started the process of looking at middle schools and preparing for our next steps. Though this can be a nerve-wracking time, our teachers and advisers will help us through it. On another note, we had a Bingo Night fundraiser on Sept. 10, which was a ball! The 6th graders had a great time calling out the numbers and giving out prizes. I’m really looking forward to sharing all of the amazing things that happen at St. James’ throughout this year! One final thing: Be sure to check out St. James’ booth at the Larchmont Family Fair on October 30th!

CENTER FOR EARLY EDUCATION By Eloise Cotteleer 5th Grade The Center for Early Education had a big day of firsts on Sept. 7! It was our first day back

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at school! It was also the first day of school for our new head of school, and it was the first day parents could come back on campus since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. First days can be full of jitters thinking about your new teachers and classes. A 3rd grader was nervous to meet his teachers and shared, “But once I met them, I loved them. They’re so nice!” It was also the first day for Damien Jones, CEE’s new head of school. He was a little nervous too, but not for long! “I was anxious, but for me that anxiety turned to excitement when I saw all the faces of smiling students.” Finally, as mentioned, parents were officially allowed on campus and gathered for an assembly for the first time since March of 2019. A parent who has a child in 5th grade said, “It felt so positive and exciting to be back on campus in person for the first day of school!” Based on such a successful first day, it looks like it is going to be a great year!

the King has it all! To wrap up September, we celebrated the Mass of the Holy Spirit to ask God to bless our endeavors for the school year. 8th graders will participate in projects with their buddies in kindergarten throughout the year. Our school will host High School Night on Thurs., Oct. 20, and representatives from 12 high schools will give presentations to junior high students and their families. CKS students are excited about Halloween. Parents will organize a festival with games and prizes for all the grades. The 8th-grade class will use their artistic skills to create a haunted house for all the students to enjoy. The football and volleyball seasons are in full swing and students are practicing after school and looking forward to competing in games against other schools. CKS is celebrating its 65th anniversary and will be holding a gala on Sat., Nov. 5 to commemorate this great occasion.


On Sept. 7, The Willows Community School was back in session. Instead of starting the year with the normal routine of classes and homework, The Willows likes to kick things off with something special. The first three-day week of the

Christ the King students have been eagerly awaiting the month of October. From assemblies to activities such as parades and fun games, Christ


school year is devoted to a “middle school retreat.” This is a funfilled, mixed-grade on-campus bonding time when the students get to ease back into the year with games and activities. The 6th, 7th and 8th grade students are divided into teams of 10 to 13 people. Throughout the course of the week, they rotate through various fun activities, including a water balloon toss, paper-airplane making competition, escape room and skit performance. Each team gains points throughout, which are tallied up. The winner is announced at the beginning of the following week. The winning team receives a lunch delivery of their choice and bragging rights over their fellow students. Middle school retreat is a great way to start the year off with some fun and get to know the people in other grades before traditional classes begin and students fall into the rhythm of the school.

NEW COVENANT ACADEMY By Dale Lee 12th Grade It’s a new month and with it comes exciting events! As the girls’ volleyball team and the boys’ soccer team are starting to settle in, both seasons are off to a great start. Both of the teams practice hard every day, so make sure to cheer on our student athletes at their games and support them through the live streams. Mark your calendars! To give students and parents the chance to connect with teachers and overview the year’s curriculum, NCA held an open house event for the first time after the COVID-19 pandemic. Almost all families attended the event, visiting the decorated classrooms and discussing expectations with teachers. It was a lively night with families

of all grades attending. Some honorable mentions in our student body; we want to honor Cheyenne Kim and Jaydn Kim in the Class of 2022 for receiving the highly distinguished International Baccalaureate Diploma! In addition, congratulations to Dale Lee for becoming an National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test [NMSQT] Semi-Finalist. We hope for him to move on as a finalist and eventually an NMSQT Scholar.

PILGRIM SCHOOL By Allison Pak 9th Grade Last month, the entire Pilgrim Secondary School (grades 6 through 12) went to Dockweiler Beach to do a beach cleanup and to play on the beach. The goal was to leave the area better and cleaner than we found it and we accomplished that. We collected five 45-gallon bags of landfill trash, five bags of recycling materials and 1/2 a bag of food waste. We ate lunch together and had a great time. Beach day has been a tradition at Pilgrim for many years, and beach cleanup was a great start to our new all-school sustainability program. Sports season has started and the sports include: Varsity flag football, varsity girls’ volleyball, varsity cross country and varsity pom. We also have all these sports for middle school. Next week, elementary sports will begin. Everybody has been working very hard, coming as early as 7 a.m. and staying as late as 6 p.m. Pilgrim School also has a new hot lunch vendor called One Potato. One Potato is all organic and healthy food. The school year has started off strong. For more information, please visit our website at or call 213385-7351.

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Larchmont Chronicle HOLLYWOOD SCHOOLHOUSE By Miles Hoffman 6th Grade Hello, my name is Miles Hoffman. I am a 6th grade student at Hollywood Schoolhouse. I like reading, drawing, laughing and basketball. To be a 6th grader means that you have a lot more responsibilities. For example, I get to be a 6th Grade Ambassador, which means you get to do things like walk the younger kids to their classes. These responsibilities make you a role model for the school. If you act out in front of the younger students, they’ll think it’s okay to do so. In 6th grade, you better watch your act. I am excited to announce that the buddies program is back! What’s that, you might ask? Well, in the buddy program, each child in an older class gets paired with someone from a younger class. They meet once a week and do fun activities like drawing or writing a little story. Another thing that’s exciting is that next month, the 5th and 6th grade classes will be going to Catalina Island! Lastly, my school is having a Saturday Family Open House on Sat., Oct. 22, at 10 a.m. This is


where you have a chance to tour HSH, look at the classrooms, meet all of the teachers and see if this school is a good fit for your family. If I had to say two things I’m looking forward to this year, art class would be number one. I am so excited for art because this year, we will be doing more advanced projects. Something else that my school is doing is bringing back the Speaker Series, which is something that inspires you about your future. This year’s Speaker Series will be held at our brand new theater. I am so lucky to be a part of this Hollywood Schoolhouse organization.

For instance, this year we are going to be partnered with a kindergarten buddy. I am excited for this, not just because the mighty K kids are adorable, but because this means we will be looked up to like never before. I’m going to be a role model! The last day of school for me last year was spent helping prepare for the 6th grade graduation. This year I will graduate and follow the traditions of my predecessors. So much is new and wonderful about being in 6th grade.


Happy Fall from Immaculate Heart! Our cross country, volleyball and tennis teams began their seasons this past month by participating in tournaments and invitationals. To honor these hardworking athletes, the Girls Athletic Association recently hosted the first pep rally of the school year. Meanwhile, winter sports teams for soccer and basketball began conditioning as well. Starting on Sept. 15, Immaculate Heart began celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month. Students made papel picado, the traditional Mexican

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Now that I’m a 6th grader at the Oaks, a lot of things feel very different. As the oldest kids in the school, we are now involved in community activities like never before, and we are excited to learn. Community and traditions have always been things that stand out to me about the Oaks. As a kid who came here in 2nd grade, I know these things are essential to the way we run. The Oaks has so many traditions, each one meaningful and fun.

IMMACULATE HEART By Kellyn Lanza 12th Grade


craft of cutting tissue paper into elaborate designs, to decorate the campus for our grand Sept. 16 celebration, which featured music, food and art! This month, our student body launched fundraising efforts for The Walk, Immaculate Heart’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Shadow Visits are also now underway on campus for those interested in attending Immaculate Heart High School and Middle School. Prospective students can register for Shadow Visits and other admissions events through our website at

LARCHMONT CHARTER HOLLYGROVE By Yena Rhee and Alastair Ayandele 4th Grade

October is going to be a very exciting month at Larchmont Charter School! We are getting ready for Dia de los Muertos and Halloween! Our Halloween Morning Sing will include amazing decorations created by our art teacher, Ms. Sabina, and Larchmont Charter Hollygrove students from every


grade. Our music teacher, Mr. Malcolm, will lead students to perform music with songs such as “Spooky Scary Skeletons.’’ A mariachi band, Rodrigo Rodriguez, will be performing music like “Remember Me” from “Coco” to celebrate Dia de los Muertos. It’s also an opportunity to learn about each other. As our principal, Ms. Eva, points out, “Many of our families celebrate Halloween, but some don’t, so it is an opportunity to learn about each other.” Families are invited to see students perform at Halloween Morning Sing. Students will be welcome to wear costumes as long as they do not have weapons, props or distracting items. Costumes are expected not to be scary to the younger grades. LCS students are excited to dress up as characters from movies and games, as well as many more fun and exciting costumes! Get ready to see characters from Pokemon, Roblox and Fortnite, as well as a lot more cool costumes for Halloween!


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Westside JCC opens licensed daycare for wee ones By Helene Seifer Tiny tables and chairs and rows of cribs and colorful age-appropriate toys await the arrival of babies in need of nurturing daycare. Known for its thriving preschool for twoto four-year-olds, the Westside Jewish Community Center

(WJCC) is putting the final touches on a new program space — a 1,350 square foot infant care center for wee ones aged six weeks to two years. The Hive, as it’s affectionately called, expects to be up and buzzing by Nov. 1. Hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

weekdays. There will be a 3:1 child-to-teacher ratio, and each teacher is trained in infant and toddler education, first aid and CPR. Safety features include MERV-13 air filters, low VOC paint and on-site security. Lauren Friedman, the director of Early Childhood

Education at WJCC, describes the program: “There will be sensory activities to stimulate brain development, such as using paint or water. We’ll let them get messy, let them explore squishy things, harder things. They will develop motor skills. With the real little ones, we’ll create a safe and warm environment. We’ll engage with them, talk to them, let them know they are safe.” A dedicated play yard for the children will open in early 2023. Miracle Mile resident Amanda Johns Perez, WJCC board vice president and Infant Care Center campaign chair, was instrumental in raising $1.3 million for the Center’s children’s facilities, including $800,000 to convert a former dance studio into The Hive. Caring for the youngest

among us is something more and more working parents need. “Demand for childcare has grown,” explains WJCC Executive Director Brian Greene. “Our neighborhood has transitioned from an older population to one with young families.” And those families, Greene observes, appreciate the emphasis on kindness and connection with others that is fostered in all WJCC programs. “Our community at the JCC is so special,” states Friedman, herself a graduate of the Westside JCC preschool. “I’m excited that we get to extend the experience to the younger ones.” As members of the WJCC at large, Hive families can participate in all of the Center’s activities as well as specific social programs planned for (Please turn to page 31)

THE HIVE, Westside Jewish Community Center’s new infant care center. Photo courtesy of Westside JCC

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kins, they also sell gourds, squash and pumpkin carving kits. Pumpkin purchaser Clifford says the soccer ballsize pumpkin, about 10 to 12 pounds, is the most popular, and the largest on the lot are close to 60 pounds. While looking for the perfect pumpkin, shoppers can participate in a scavenger hunt throughout the lot. Clifford personally picks the pumpkins at a farm in the middle of nowhere near Santa Paula. She fills two large truck beds by the end of her shopping day. The Rotary has been selling pumpkins at this Larchmont location for 16 years. The money raised goes right back

to the community, with donations directed to Operation School Bell, Red Shield of the Salvation Army, and the visually impaired students at Van Ness Elementary School. Next at this location, the Rotary will be selling Christmas trees, starting Fri., Nov. 25.

SETTING UP the pumpkins at the Wilshire Rotary Club pumpkin patch.

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PLAYING AMONG the pumpkins is Isaac Clifford, 4.

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them. Friedman summarizes, “We are so much more than childcare. We are a community.” The Hive welcomes families from all religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. WJCC membership is $450/ year per family. The licensed daycare program is $2,600/ month. The Hive is housed at Westside Jewish Community Center, 5870 W. Olympic Blvd. For more information email







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her mind and standing up for others.” We haven’t been rude, but we also haven’t silently let another appearance comment linger alone in our kid’s brain. We’ve added onto what was said so that our child is subconsciously reminded that she is more than her outer self. When we, ourselves, are talking to children, we can make sure we ask questions about what they are doing or what interests them. We can compliment them on their listening skills, their perseverance or a time we witnessed them making the world better in some way. It’s equally important to be aware of how we speak to, and of, ourselves and others. It is common for people to casually say, “I look so fat in this.” Or, “She shouldn’t be wearing that.” Or, “Ugh, I look terrible!” Our kids hear all this and will feel about their bodies what we have unwittingly taught them to feel. I don’t know how it became normal for us to talk like this about ourselves. But it certainly hasn’t made my life any more joyful! I want better for my daughter. She does not need to hear someone say, “I need to get to the gym and lose ten pounds” or “Keep that cake away from me. It will go straight to my thighs.” We need to stop talking about ourselves with such mean judgment, not only for our own sakes, but for the sake of our kids. What can we do instead? We can talk about exercising to be stronger and healthier. We can make sure we don’t shy away from having our pictures taken or jump to say we look terrible in a photo that has been taken. We can have books and watch shows at home that show people of all different colors, shapes and sizes doing awesome things. And, if we hear our children


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can act as an opening for us to steer the conversation back to what our bodies are actually for — taking us through this beautiful world, letting us run and play and do all the things we are excited to do. We have a lot of power as parents. Let’s make sure we


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say something negative about their own bodies, we can put a hold on the instinct to negate the comment and instead ask a question. We can ask why they think that. This subtle shift can help us understand more clearly what our children are actually thinking about and


By Casey Russell I walk my dog daily around our quaint Larchmont neighborhood. Recently, I’ve noticed that on about 10 percent of my walks, I come across one completely camera-ready young woman or another, wearing very tight or very little clothing. Always, these young women are setting up and posing for an Instagram or social media photo or video. It makes me sad. How did they come to believe this is what they are valued for? The unfortunate truth, in my opinion, is that it happens little by little from the time kids are little. Children learn what is valued from what they see and hear. So, with all that kids are exposed to in Los Angeles, what can we do as parents to guide them toward knowing their value comes from who they are, instead of from what they look like? We can start by not commenting much on kids’ appearances to them, or even around them. Children are aware of what others notice and comment on. So, be wary of making appearance what you talk about. From a very young age, girls, especially, tend to consistently hear things like: “You’re so cute!” “I love your dress!” “What pretty hair you have!” “Oh, I love those sparkly shoes.” “Your daughter is so pretty / beautiful / adorable!” Often people are just trying to break the ice in an interaction with a child they don’t know well or haven’t seen in a while. Maybe they are just trying to say something nice or give a little confidence booster to a shy kid. But a message is being sent. And, sadly, the message is that appearance is the first thing that is noticed and that it is, therefore, the most important. Try not to play into this, and think about telling extended family that you’re trying to avoid such comments to your child. It’s all too easy to go home for holidays and watch as your daughter hears these comments with each new relative encountered. This kind of talk seems so innocent and, in a way, it is. But the repercussions of hearing this often are actually really big. Way too many people today feel that appearances are what matters most. We, as parents, can strive to fight that so our kids don’t have to repeat the inner thoughts many of us have had to hear. If someone comments on how beautiful our child is, we can add something like “… and she is working toward her green belt in tae kwon do,” or “… and she has been working so hard in school this year,” or “… and she is really great at speaking




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Neighbors out in force against TVC n Mid City West supports developers

By Suzan Filipek Hundreds of letters were submitted to the City Planning Dept. last month expressing concerns about a proposal that would significantly expand the CBS television studio on Beverly Boulevard at Fairfax Avenue. Hancock Park Elementary School parent (and former land use lawyer) Danielle Schenker Peters wrote two of the 400 letters submitted to the City Planning Dept. One was regarding general concerns of traffic and density of the site now called TVC 2050. “I think it’s going to do irreparable harm to the neighborhood,” she told us. The other was about the rumbling of trucks she alleges will carry hazardous waste from the construction site, down Fairfax Avenue to the 10 Freeway, passing open windows at her children’s school as they go. The letters are part of a public comment period that ended last month as part of the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) and CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) process. The next step for the city is to prepare and draft the Final EIR (FEIR) to include

ACADEMY MUSEUM will be honored with the Los Angeles Photo by Iwan Baan/ Conservancy’s highest honor.

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EXISTING ZONING for Television City and neighbors.

a Response to Comments section that will address all comments, according to City Planning Dept. officials. The FEIR is then published and the developer concludes its entitlement negotiations with city departments if the city certifies the FEIR. According to the DEIR, Culver City-based developer Hackman Capital Partners submitted plans that include buildings with heights up to approximately 15 and 20 stories. The proposed project includes approximately 1.9 million square feet, 15 sound

stages, office, retail, parking and other uses, which collectively add 1.3 million square feet of new development on the 25-acre property. On its website, the developer lists the benefits as creating 4,220 new jobs during construction and 18,760 once the studio is complete. The original building — a designated Historic-Cultural Monument — would be retained under the proposed plan. In an effort to revise the $1.3 billion project, Schenker (Please turn to page 5)

Movie Museum wins star billing at this year’s awards

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will be presented with a Chair’s Award at the Los Angeles Conservancy 2022 Preservation Awards celebration Thurs., Oct. 13, at 3 p.m. at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, 3911 S. Figueroa St. The movie museum opened a year ago on Wilshire Boulevard at Fairfax Avenue after a three-year renovation of one of the city’s most elegant department stores. The Streamline Moderne-style building was a crown jewel on the Boulevard, and still is. Built in 1939 to a design by A.C. Martin and Associates, the May Company building’s cylindrical gold façade continues to be a familiar feature in the Miracle Mile.

Also getting this year’s highest-accolade Chair’s Award is the Herald Examiner Building downtown. The Beverly Laurel Hotel on Beverly Boulevard just west of Fairfax Avenue will receive a Project Award. Other Project Award winners are: Apple Tower Theatre, Casa de Rosas Campus, Chase Knolls Garden Apartments, City of San Gabriel Citywide Historic Context Statement, the Museum of Neon Art and “Save As:” NextGen Heritage Conservation Podcast. The winners are selected by an independent jury of experts in architecture, preservation and community development. For more information, visit

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Modernism in our midst: Masterpieces and McMansions October 13-16 is “Modernism Week October” in Palm Springs, a celebration of the desert city’s history and heritage as a laboratory for modern, mid-century and contemporary design. Really a Modernism weekend, the festivities serve as a warm-up for the fall 2023 Modernism Week from Feb. 16 to 26. The exciting schedule for the October weekend ( got me thinking of the moderns in our midst here in Greater Wilshire. Far from being trapped in amber, our communities have grown and added new structures and seen remodels as the decades have passed while preserving the vast majority of our early-20th-century structures. In a sense, the historic homes in our community have always been modern. While they may have drawn from historic sources for inspiration for their façades and details, their floor plans, services and conveniences were always marketed as the latest in technology and comfort. The replicas of Italian villas, Spanish haciendas, Colonial mansions and Tudor manors all shared splendidly tiled bathrooms, large kitchens with ice boxes and even call systems.

But modern design, which reflected the machine age with its confidence and faith in technological progress, was a little suspect to the residents of Windsor Square, Hancock Park and their surrounding communities. The house builders and owners sought to cloak their often new fortunes in the trappings of the landed gentry and to solidify their positions through a projection of history. But even among such reticence and social conformity there were those who embraced the modern aesthetic. The Thirties 1930 marked a turning point in this thinking when several Art Deco and Streamline Moderne houses and apartments arrived. Among the finest was 191 S. Hudson Ave., a rare jewel of an Art Deco single-family residence designed by Clarence J. Smale. This was followed by three important Art Deco multifamily residences: female architect Frankie Faulkner’s 267 S. Mansfield Ave. and 100 N. Sycamore Ave. by The Arthur C. Wright Co. as well as The Ravenswood Apartments by Max Maltzman, all completed in 1930. Milton J. Black’s Streamline Moderne Mauretania Apartments at 520-522 N.

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Rossmore Ave would follow in 1934. The late thirties saw two more significant single-family homes with the construction of the austere modern George C. Carson Residence at 153 S. Beachwood Dr. in 1937 and 357 N. Citrus Ave. in 1938 by the titan of California Modernism and Richard Neutra protégé Gregory Ain. Mid-Century Like Art Deco, Mid-Century Modernism made its mark on the communities of Greater Wilshire, starting slowly with the fashion of low-slung ranch houses such as neo-traditional 304 S. Plymouth Blvd. built in 1949, the Asian-inspired 301 S. Rimpau Blvd. by Ashton and Wilson in 1953 and the more modern ranch of 216 S. Rimpau Blvd. by Comeau and Warner in 1955. Mid-century also gave rise to the exuberance of Jack Elgin Woolf’s masterpiece of Hollywood Regency, the 1953 Reynolds Residence at 200 S. Rimpau Blvd.

The Sixties It was not until the 1960s that Hancock Park became a locus of pure modernist taste as big-name talent began to build and settle here. Architects William Pereira and David Hyun both built their own personal modernist showplaces at 135 N. Rossmore Ave. and 300 S. Rossmore Ave., respectively, while noted modernist architect Paul Wuesthoff in 1963 shoehorned a discreet house for a client on a lot at 4857 West 4th St. Prolific mid-century apartment complex architect Jack Chernoff took a page out of Jack Woolf’s Hollywood Regency book and built 538 S. Plymouth Blvd. in 1963. Nearby at 447 S. Plymouth Blvd. in 1966, Stanley A. Moe, principal of the powerhouse corporate architecture and engineering firm Daniel, Mann, Johnson, Mendenhall, built his fortress-like residence in the heart of Windsor Square. This flowering of modernism in Greater Wilshire came to an end with A. Quincy Jones’ modern manse for William Coberly Jr. at 247 Muirfield Rd. The Eighties The last quarter of the 20th century produced some notable works by less renowned

architects such as Ricardo Santiago’s nautical Post-Modern 1983 remodel at 212 N. Arden Blvd., followed by Dennis McFadden’s 116 N. Arden Blvd. Post-Modern Mediterranean in 1989. The Randy Washington Group’s 605 S. Rossmore Ave. is a palatial tribute to the “go-go” eighties. The pre-HPOZ nineties and early aughts showed a preference in pastiche McMansions with the noteworthy exceptions in 2001 of Linda Pollari and Robert Somol’s Off Use House at 950 S. Highland Ave. as well as Zoltan Pali’s simple and appropriately scaled 116 S. Arden Blvd. The past two decades have seen a degradation of modern architecture via the proliferation of the “big white box” in the westerly neighborhoods of Greater Wilshire. While spacious and full of light, their designs, popular with builders and speculators, are often derivative of each other and out of scale and context with our historic communities. The area of La Brea Hancock (Citrus Avenue to La Brea Avenue from Third Street to Wilshire Boulevard) has been particularly impacted. A supersized version of this style, fit for a Kardashian, was recently (Please turn to page 4)


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Boeing crashes; new light on Disney; 13th century woke Downfall: The Case Against Boeing (8/10): 89 Minutes. PG-13. If you are sanguine that Boeing builds planes with safety as its highest priority, this is the film for you. According to this film, all of that changed after the merger with McDonnell Douglas (MD) in 1997 and the appointment of new CEO, Harry Stonecipher, who had been the CEO of MD and was not a Boeing man. Suddenly profit was more important than safety. Fast forward to today. Two new 737 Max planes (Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines 302) crashed. This documentary details that the cause of the two crashes was Boeing’s refusal to educate pilots on the new MCAS (Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System) because it was too expensive and time-consuming and that Boeing was in a fight with Airbus. The result was that, when the system clicked in on both flights, the pilots did not know what to do. Result: Crash! Everyone died. This is a must-see film about callous corporate malfeasance. Netflix. The American Dream and Other Fairy Tales (8/10): 87 Minutes. NR. It would be convenient to disdain Abigail Disney, the wealthy granddaughter of Disney co-founder Roy O. Disney, as a left-wing socialist with rich-people guilt. But many of the things she says in this diatribe against today’s Disney (and American big business) bear considering. She hits the nail on the head

when she calls out former Disney CEO Bob Iger as hypocritical, to give him the best of it. She points out, “There is a painful irony that somebody who is working at what is supposed to be the happiest place on earth is sleeping in his car. These issues are real and painful and don’t represent Disney as a company and who you are as a man. What if Disney chose to pay people well and give them job security?” Then she reminds us that while this is happening, Iger paid himself $65 million/year. Could Iger have survived on $20 million? $5 million? Serendipitously, while at a screening on the Disney lot, I spoke with a Disney employee about this film. The person had never heard of it. I asked if people were really sleeping in their cars to which the person had no comment, but the person did volunteer that recently everyone had gotten a surprise pay raise, so Abigail’s film may have hit home in the corridors of Disney power. God’s Creatures (8/10): 100 minutes. R. Emily Watson is a hardworking woman in an Irish fishing village whose prodigal son, Paul Mescal, suddenly returns from Australia. He is a thorn in the sides of the family and when he not unexpectedly misbehaves, his actions put her on the horns of a dilemma between trying to protect her son and telling the truth. Watson’s stellar acting is buttressed by good cinematography and a tight script. Alas, it is marred by brogue that is often difficult to understand. Like a lot of these

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Tony Medley films in highly accented English dialogue, it would have been a lot better with subtitles. See How They Run (4/10): 98 Minutes. PG-13. The good things about this movie are that the production values and inventive editing are excellent. It is about a proposed movie version of the long-running Agatha Christie play “The Mousetrap,” which opened in London in 1952 and ran continually until 2020 (I saw it in 1966) when it closed due to COVID-19. This is a Christie-style murder mystery/comedy that mostly misses the mark due to a weak script and plot, despite fine performances by Saoirse Ronan and Adrien Brody.

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completed at 315 S. Hudson Ave. by architect Gunther Motz for a developer. Just when you think you have lost all hope in modern architecture, something comes along that redeems your faith. Dan Brunn’s Bridge House in Brookside at 750 S. Longwood Ave. could be described as Greater Wilshire’s own version of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, as Brunn’s house is

Catherine Called Birdy (3/10): 108 minutes. PG-13. Lena Dunham has written and directed this ludicrous film about a teenage girl in 1290s England. The plot presented is that 14-year-old Birdy (Bella Ramsey) is being used by her useless family of aristocrats to be sold in marriage to someone who will pay big bucks to allow them to continue to live their privileged lifestyle. There are so many problems with the film. One is that every character in the film is a 21st-century personality placed in the 13th. Worse, 13th-century English society was nothing like this film. Glaring in its absurdity is picturing innumerable Africans as prominent members of society, even members of royalty and members of biracial marriages. In 1290 England? There probably was nobody like Birdy in 1290, but there probably was nobody like anyone else in the film, either. However, on the positive side, Dunham, who has been

an exceptional meeting of architecture and landscape, its elongated mass straddling the Arroyo de los Jardins, while at the same time being constructed with the latest green technologies. So pleased was the community with the design that the Bridge House was presented an award by the Windsor Square Hancock Park Historical Society. Here’s to hoping that future modern houses in our communities reflect our tradition of respecting the past, while building for the future.

shamed by reprehensible, cruel people for her weight, cast Ramsey as her star, even though she is not one of Hollywood’s outlandishly beautiful people and is a little plump and could probably pass physically for a young woman in 13th-century England. And Ramsey gives a sterling performance. Even so, the casting and story are so ridiculously 21st-century woke, it was agony to sit through. Opens October 7.

Letter to the Editor What’s an alazon’?

Tony Medley used a word in his “At the Movies” [Sept. 2022] review that I could not find in either my Webster’s International Dictionary or on, and I wonder if it was a misprint. The word was found in his review of “The Forgiven” stating that Ralph Fiennes’ character, David, was an unfriendly “alazon.” What could he have meant? Rory Cunningham Saint Andrews Square [Reviewer Medley shares the following answer from — Ed.] Meaning: noun: A person characterized by arrogance, braggadocio, lack of self awareness, etc. Etymology: After Alazon, a stock character in ancient Greek comedy. Earliest documented use: 1911.

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Opera, Ibsen and 19th-century science are on stage The late Jeffrey Bernard (1932-77) wrote a column for The Spectator called “The Low Life,” where he would describe his haunts around London’s Soho district. Frequently, he would be too hungover to meet his deadlines, and the magazine would run a line stating “Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell,” which became the title of an uproarious West End play (1989) starring Peter O’Toole. As of this writing, your columnist is unwell — not from demon rum, but from COVID-19, which has kept him out of the theaters. This virus is not going away, despite all precautions. The pity

is that it is an interesting fall theater season. The Los Angeles Opera presents Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor through Oct. 9 at The Music Center. It is a production that caught a lot of attention at the Met last year. Directed by Simon Stone, the story of marriage, madness and murder (based on the Gothic novel by Sir Walter Scott) is set in a contemporary American Rust Belt town where addiction and violence replace ghosts and duels in an American carnage landscape that is equal parts Stephen King and Quentin Tarantino. The Met production featured soprano Nadine Sierra, whose

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create a massive production facility, which, if approved, would overwhelm and transform the community….” Supporters While some oppose the size and scale of the development, others welcome it. Mid City West Neighborhood Council’s General Board approved the proposed plan on a vote of 20-5 on Sept. 13. About that vote, Zach Sokoloff, senior vice president, Hackman Capital Partners, told the Chronicle in a statement: “We credit this overwhelming vote to

(Continued from page 2) Peters and other neighbors have joined forces with the Beverly Fairfax Community Alliance. The group includes the Beverly Wilshire Homes Association, Save Beverly Fairfax, the Miracle Mile Residential Association, The Grove and the Original Farmers Market. “The impacts of this [TVC 2050 Project] will destroy our community…” stated the Beverly Wilshire Homes Association. “[T]he plan will

Lucia was a smoldering mix of J.Lo and Maria Callas. In Los Angeles the role is shared between Amanda Woodbury and Liv Redpath (who later will sing the role in Berlin). Both are former members of the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program and are rising stars in the opera world. Making her debut as resident conductor

is Lina González-Granados, another rising star, and one of several female conductors rightly claiming major attention today. If 19th-century “science” underpinned Scott’s study of female hysteria and madness in “Lucia,” incest and hereditary syphilis were at the center of Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts (at the Odyssey Theater through Oct. 23). Ibsen’s 1881 play was met with disgust and derision when it first appeared; “an open drain…” and “a dirty act done in public…” were among the more printable comments. One would think that the “well-made play” would have

little chance with today’s audiences against the likes of “Slave Play,” etc. But the 2013 adaptation by Richard Eyre (former head of the National Theater), which starred the incomparable Lesley Manville in both London and New York, is a tight 90 minutes, which “allows you to feel the bruising force with which this drama assaulted unsuspecting audiences of the late 19th century” (New York Times, April 12, 2015). What Eyre’s adaptation and Stone’s operatic staging do is bring out the rot — the lie — at the core of the comfortable, bourgeois, middle-class (Please turn to page 8)

several factors, including our extensive neighborhood outreach efforts, broad community support, and the city’s comprehensive Draft Environmental Impact Report which found no significant long-term impacts.” Sokoloff claims that the developer had more than 100 community and stakeholder meetings and events since acquiring Television City in Jan. 2019 and announcing the TVC Project in March 2021. Other supporters of the project he named are the Melrose Business Improve-

ment District and Holocaust Museum Los Angeles. The project also has the support of the Los Angeles Conservancy. Opened in 1952, the Pereira and Luckman-designed studio was home to “All in the Family” and “The Ed Sullivan Show,” and it is still an active production site today. The proposed renovation is a “win-win,” Adrian Scott Fine, senior director of advocacy for the Los Angeles Conservancy, told us. However, according to Schenker Peters, the indus-

try has grown exponentially since the 1950s. While having the studio has been a plus in the neighborhood, two buildings at 15- and 20-stories high would overshadow the historic Adobe building at Farmers Market and add significant traffic to the area, which is already congested. There are fewer parking spaces in the plan than the new employees it will bring, she said. When the DEIR was published on July 14, neighboring companies that now have become opponents of (Please turn to page 15)

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Louis Fantasia


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‘Oldest’ book offers new adventures By Abigail Kestenbaum One of the most wellknown cities in the world, Los Angeles is home to myriad places to go and things to do. In travel journalist Mimi Slawoff’s new book, “Oldest Los Angeles,” the author explores 84 attractions here in our town. From the city’s “oldest fossil dig site” to its “oldest neighborhood book store,” Slawoff includes several places relevant to the Larchmont community. Particularly close to home is Chevalier’s Books, at 133 N. Larchmont Blvd. Chevalier’s, a local favorite, also is the “oldest neighborhood book store” in the city, and was opened in 1940. The city’s “oldest hot dog stand,” Pink’s Hot Dogs, opened in 1939. Pink’s is located at 1709 N. La Brea Ave., and it sells more than 40 hot dog combinations and 12 types of hamburgers. El Cholo, at 1121 S. Western Ave., has been a family-run business since 1923, and it is the “oldest Mexican restaurant” in Los Angeles. El Cholo boasts numerous employees who have worked at the restaurant for decades. La Brea Tar Pits, at 5801 Wilshire Blvd., is the “oldest fossil dig site” in Los Angeles,

having been opened (literally) in 1924. The “oldest farmers market” is The Original Farmers Market at 6333 W. Third St. It’s been around since 1934. Hollyhock House, at 4800 Hollywood Blvd., was commissioned by Aline Barnsdall and designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. It is the oldest “Frank Lloyd Wright house” in Los Angeles. The project was started in 1919 and the house completed in 1921. Lastly, at 2301 N. Highland Ave., is the Hollywood Bowl, the city’s “oldest outdoor concert venue.” Celebrating its centennial this past summer, the Bowl opened in 1922. Slawoff’s 192-page book was published by Reedy Press.

ON LARCHMONT, Chevalier’s Books is the oldest neighborhood bookstore in the city.

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Pedal, walk, dance across new Sixth Street Bridge Oct. 9 By Nona Sue Friedman Seven miles of car-free streets take over downtown on Sun., Oct. 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. because CicLAvia – Heart of Los Angeles is coming to town. This event gives participants the chance to move along streets using only people-powered vehicles (or their feet!). It’s an opportunity for people to explore gems of the city from a totally different perspective. The route includes downtown, Echo Park, Chinatown,

Little Tokyo and Boyle Heights. You can also pedal over the new Sixth Street Bridge. There are four hubs along the route. Each has food trucks, free water filling stations and free basic bike repair. You can access the carfree course at any point along its path. Special to this CicLAvia is a 10th anniversary Family Festival in Grand Park, which is part of the street closure. At the festival, there will be programs that raise awareness of

OPENING of the Sixth Street Viaduct, aka bridge, in July.

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the power of creativity along with food, dance, music and art.

Also, mark your calendar for the following event on Sun., Dec. 4, where you can

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IN RICHMOND, ENGLAND, Anne Tupta Mansour of Larchmont Village (left) and longtime friend Krista Duff Manketo of St. Margaret’s, Twickenham, browse the Larchmont Chronicle at Petersham Nurseries Café.


A STATUE of the goddess Durga peeks over Fred Stella’s shoulder as he takes some time to peruse the Larchmont Chronicle while spending time in Grand Rapids, Mich. As he put it, she wanted to “find out the happenings in the ’hood.”


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Restaurants that have come back from the dead By Helene Seifer Just in time for Halloween and Day of the Dead celebrations, two local restaurants have risen from their graves to feed us once again. In 2012 the popular Spanish tapas restaurant Cobras & Matadors closed and sat vacant for no discernable reason until a few weeks ago when the lights turned back on, a few scattered tables claimed sidewalk space and the sweet scent of garlic-inflected everything permeated the neighborhood once again. We shall report on Cobras and Matadors next month. My husband and I are huge hot dog fans. We’ve been known to screech to a halt at any hour if we see a shorter than average line at Pink’s. However, we sometimes think fondly about Tail O’ the Pup, the Beverly Center-area hot dog stand shaped like its specialty that opened in 1946 at

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Helene Seifer 311 La Cienega Blvd. and, after many troubles and changes in location, closed in 2005. The stand spent years floating around town. It was stored in a warehouse in Torrance, gifted to the Valley Relics Museum, then finally purchased by the 1933 Group, which specializes in giving new life to pop culture landmarks, including the successful resuscitations of Idle Hour, The Formosa Café and the Highland Park Bowl. Rumors swirled regarding when and where the peripatetic puppy might come to life again. Finally, on National Hot Dog

Day, July 20, 2022, the stand, in all its kitschy glory, opened approximately eight blocks from its original location. This noteworthy resurrection happens to occupy a significant spot: a plaque notes that this is where the Doors recorded their last studio album, “L.A. Woman.” Scrupulously renovated, the bun building now fronts a two-story outdoor seating area plus an indoor eating space decorated with historic photos and bright red-and-white booths where orders are picked up and soft serve is swirled. Tail O’ the Pup’s frankfurters are still nestled in crowd-pleasing paper holders with cute little doggie faces on the end. In a nod to its prior iterations, the restaurant serves two styles among nine types of hot dogs that honors its past. A so-called 1946 Pup, $7.25, features a split grilled dog with toasted bun, grilled

TAIL O’ THE PUP once again serves hot dogs from its bunshaped building.

onions and house mustard — a combination popular in the early years. The 1976 Pup is classically simple: the $6.95 dog is squirted with mustard and ketchup only. Although nostalgia drives much of the appeal of Tail O’ the Pup, times have changed and the menu has expanded to include vegan and gluten-free options, corn dogs, alcoholic beverages (beer, wine, hard

seltzer and canned cocktails) and an amazing soda machine that will mix to order a flavor (say, raspberry or vanilla) into a multitude of soda bases, such as Coke Zero or classic Coke. There also are special hot dogs and an alcohol-free beer for pooches, although I can’t imagine why. The chili is good, especially their chili cheese fries. The sauerkraut is better than the average fermented dog-topper, and the soda float is a perfect throwback to my youth. The kids’ Puppy Dog, a hot dog served in a puppy face-shaped bun, is adorable. The experience is very retro and fun, but that comes with a big caveat: Tail O’ the Pup’s hot dogs are tasteless. Feltman’s Uncured Coney Island brand dogs are 100 percent beef — nitrate and hormone free — but lack any snap and have a mealy texture without the fine balance of bouncy meat, smoke and salt. Ours were also cold. I could see myself returning for some $6.95 chili cheese fries and a $4.95 float, but for hot dogs I’ll stick to Pink’s or Carney’s. Tail O’ the Pup, 8512 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-579-1213.

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“dream” of success (which is why Ibsen was such an influence on Arthur Miller). It’s not the frank portrayals of disease (physical or psychological) that are so shocking, but the exposés of manipulative men who use money and power to control their legacies — and their women. Ibsen’s famous line, that “the sins of the father are visited upon the son,” highlights more than the punishment for a dissolute life (pace Jeffrey Bernard!). It says that the dark seeds coming to fruition across the cultural landscape were not born with #MeToo, or AIDS or fentanyl, but were sown generations ago and ignored, repeatedly, at our peril. The power of the well-made play forces us to face not only those weeds and seeds, but also ourselves.

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‘Good food should be respected’: food writer Sheila Hibben Sheila Hibben (1888-1964) was the best-known food writer of her time. She was the first food writer and food critic for The New Yorker, where she contributed 350 columns and articles from 1934 to 1954. She also wrote for House Beautiful, Vogue, and Harper’s Bazaar. Hibben was born in Montgomery, Ala., but grew up in France and Italy. She was a nurse in World War I, and she was awarded the French Croix de Guerre for her service. In 1916, she married Paxton Hibben and they had one daughter. He died in 1928. Sheila Hibben worked as a journalist and, from economic necessity, began writing cookbooks. Eleanor Roosevelt In 1934 Mrs. Roosevelt, the new First Lady, invited Hibben to the White House to confer with the cooking staff. Journalist Laura Shapiro writes about this in The New Yorker, in 2010: “She agreed to visit the White House kitchen and advise the staff on such homey classics as stewed crabs, johnnycake, and chicory salad, as well as presidential recipes going back to Washington and Jefferson. Honest fare like this, Hibben believed,

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could help people make their way through hard times. ‘Crisis or no crisis, the tension of the country is better for preoccupation with the art of cooking,’ she counselled the First Lady.” Well, it didn’t work out. An inexperienced home cook was installed in the White House kitchen instead, who sent the president, a culinary sophisticate, into well-documented and ongoing mealtime misery. Hibben was an advocate of American regional cooking and, 50 years ahead of her time (according to Shapiro), she raised her voice against mass-produced food flooding the market before and after World War II. Food today I have been thinking of her in this time of higher food costs, food shortages and restaurant meals priced out of reach. I’m losing my enthusiasm for mediocre cooking — certainly my own, and that of restaurants I now consider

too expensive to patronize. Hibben’s cookbook, “American Regional Cookery,” was originally published in 1932; a new edition came out in 1946. The following paragraph from the introduction to the latter edition struck me as appropriate for our own uncertain time, despite our many years of fresh food advocacy: “It will take more than bright efficient minds to get us through the uncertain future that lies ahead. If the changing world is not to be flavored by the dreary synthetic foods which manufacturers have thought up, with I suspect less interest in our survival than their own, our palates must be awakened to old and simple pleasures.” And why not? For example, in “American Regional Cookery,” Hibben chose five recipes for biscuits, each from a different state or region. Three are baking powder biscuits (North Carolina, New England and Alabama); one is made with buttermilk (Georgia); and two are “beaten” (Georgia and Alabama). There are differences in the shortening (butter, lard or vegetable shortening — remember those tins of Crisco?); all but one call for sugar; and each recipe includes milk. Talk about an old and sim-

THIS COOKBOOK, originally published in 1932, warned of “dreary synthetic foods,” which manufacturers may have thought up with less interest in our survival than their own.

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Logan Herr named Volunteer of the Month at Imagine LA

By Abigail Kestenbaum Imagine LA has deep ties to the Larchmont community. Recent president and CEO Jill Govan Bauman lives in Windsor Village. Hancock Park resident George Phillips Jr. serves as Governance Chair on its board of directors, and Logan Herr, an Imagine LA mentor, recently married Phillips’ daughter, Lindsay Phillips, a grad student. The couple lives on Rossmore Avenue. In the past, Herr has served in many mentorship roles through his church and work. Imagine LA recently named him its “Mentor of the Month.” Herr’s mentee, Kaleab, is from Ethiopia. Herr enjoys outdoor adventures with Kaleab, and the two have even climbed Mount Baldy together. However, Herr explained, the most important

IMAGINE LA MENTOR Logan Herr at the Hollywood Bowl with his mentee, Kaleab.

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time with you,” Herr said. Imagine LA works to end poverty and homelessness in Los Angeles by providing resources and programming to families who have faced poverty. Each family member age 5 and up has the chance to be matched with his or her own mentor. Families are mentored for up to 18 months, and mentors usually spend 6-8 hours each month helping their assigned family. Born in Pennsylvania, Herr moved to Los Angeles two years ago and works as a supply chain consultant. He was introduced to Imagine LA by the Phillips family and appreciates the way that Imagine LA ensures that the basic needs of each family are being met before jumping into a mentorship program — something that other organizations don’t always do, he said. Herr explained that by making sure every

family has access to the things they need, such as food, clothing and shelter, Imagine LA gives mentees the opportunity to really focus on getting the most out of their mentorships. “I realized that what makes Imagine LA stand out is that it’s completely focused on delivering a one-on-one mentorship experience and providing mentorship that actually gives tangible skills to the people in need so that they can sustain and grow themselves as a result and outcome of the program.” Because Herr hasn’t faced the obstacles Kaleab has, such as living in poverty, being undocumented and speaking English as a second language, the main challenge Herr has faced is having to put himself in his mentee’s shoes. However, Herr said, this has also been the most rewarding part of the mentorship. Herr believes that while a mentorship should be goal oriented, the most important

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part is building a strong relationship. “I think a good mentor is someone that walks side by side with that person, shoulder to shoulder, facing challenges with them together and doing it with camaraderie and bonding involved as well,” Herr said. Visit imaginela.og/mentors.

Sharif joins Museum staff

Omar Sharif Jr. has joined Holocaust Museum LA as the new chief advancement officer announced Beth Kean, the museum’s CEO. Sharif Jr. has served as a leading fundraiser for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, helping complete that museum’s $388 million capital campaign.

Previously he was a vice president at JP Morgan Chase and a national spokesperson for GLAAD, the LGBTQ media advocacy organization. In his new role at the oldest survivor-founded museum in the United States, Sharif Jr. will lead the development and communications strategy. (Please turn to page 11)

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ing a search on the internet. Participants can use a library computer or bring their own. Class takes place every Monday from 1 to 2 p.m. All ages Book Sale: Browse used books every Wednesday from noon to 4 p.m. All sales support the library branch.

FREMONT LIBRARY Babies & Toddlers Story time: Come to the library every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. to hear stories and sing songs with your friends. MEMORIAL LIBRARY Kids Story time in the park: Drop in and listen to stories and sing songs in Memorial Park adjoining the library Wednesdays, Oct. 5 and 12, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Reading to the rescue: Love dogs and want your kids to read more? This event on Wed., Oct. 12, from 4 to 5 p.m. lets your child read aloud to an adorable rescue dog. Kids & Teens Tutoring: Now that school has started, maybe you need a refresher on some academics?

Stop by any Thursday from 3 to 5 p.m. for assistance with any subject. Adults Book club: Get together the first Friday of each month to discuss a selected book. "The Cartographers: A Novel" by Peng Shepherd is Oct. 7 at 1 p.m. The book for November is "It’s the Violin Conspiracy" by Brendan Slocumb. Art class: Color, paint and glue every Wednesday from 3 to 5 p.m. All ages Chess Club: Every Friday from 3 to 5 p.m., play chess or learn how. Book Sale: Find a good book to purchase every Tuesday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. and every Saturday from 4 to 5 p.m. All proceeds support the library.

WILSHIRE LIBRARY Toddlers Story time: Listen to librarian Sybil tell stories, sing a song and strectch on Fri., Oct. 7, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Kids & Teens Animal and plant camouflage: The mysteries of how and why plants and animals camouflage themselves will be revealed by speaker Ste-

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box. Babies, Kids & Teens Costume contest: It’s Halloween! Start your trick-ortreating at the library on Mon., Oct. 31, from 4 to 5 p.m. with a costume contest. Of course, there will be candy for everyone.

Omar Sharif Jr. (Continued from page 10)

“He will play an integral part in the museum going forward,” Kean said. Holocaust Museum LA will break ground later this year on a major campus expansion that will double the institution’s existing footprint and allow it to accommodate greater numbers of students and visitors. Sharif Jr. is the grandson of Egyptian actor Omar Sharif on his father’s side, and of Holocaust survivors from Poland on his mother’s. He also is an actor appearing in the Israeli television series “The Baker and the Beauty,” and he recently published “A Tale of Two Omars: A Memoir of Family, Revolution and Coming Out During the Arab Spring.”

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Reading is like ‘insider trading’ at Chevalier’s club

By Nona Sue Friedman A dozen dedicated readers meet each month at Chevalier’s Books. This adult fiction book group usually meets every fourth Tuesday, which would set the next gathering for Oct. 27 at 5 p.m. at the store at 133 N. Larchmont Blvd. The group is moderated by novelist and former employee Kelcie Des Jardins. She says she “loves the community,” which is only one of the reasons she continues moderating the group. Another reason is the very dedicated readers. Participants arrive with copies that are often highlighted and have tattered pages. Others come just to listen. As Des Jardins says, she feels that being part of the group “is like insider trading, where you learn what readers like and what gets people talking” about books. The group ranges in age from mid-20s to 70s. At the end of each meeting, Des Jardins makes suggestions for the next book, which the group votes on democratically. The group is always looking for new members. Check Chevalier’s website for the next title at or stop by on the fourth Tuesday of the month if you are interested in joining.

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By Nona Sue Friedman Get in the spirit of Halloween by visiting Grier Musser Museum’s “Dorothy in Oz” Halloween house tour on Sun., Oct. 23, at 400 S. Bonnie Brae St. This 1898 Queen Anne Victorian home will have thirteen rooms decorated with witches, ghosts and goblins. It will be inspired by the “Wizard of Oz” and sprinkled with dolls and souvenirs. Maybe you’ll see ruby slippers or get spooked by the ghosts BARE BRANCHES teem with of past residents while on Halloween adornment. tour. This haunted occasion Refreshments and sweets will offers two tours; one at 1 be available, along with the p.m. and another at 2:30 p.m. opportunity to make a Victorian Halloween card. The cost is $15 for adults and $6 for kids 5 to 12 years old. If you can’t make the Halloween house tour, visit — Wednesday to Saturday from noon to 4 p.m through Oct. 31 — to stroll the house on your own. The cost on a regular day is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and students and $5 for kids. Whichever day you choose to visit, reservations are VISITORS WILL BE greeted required. To make one, please by a head in a pan at the Grier call 213-413-1814. Parking is free at the rear of the building. Musser Halloween house.


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Goblins and ghouls come out in Wilshire Park Haunt

A creepy and scary haunted house will be featured at the 13th annual Wilshire Park Halloween Haunt on Sat., Oct. 29, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Bronson Avenue between Wilshire Boulevard and Eighth Street. Dress to impress the monsters for this ghoulish event, which is back by popular demand after a break during the pandemic. “We are extremely excited to be back in full Halloween Haunt mode,” said Azalea Bruns of

the Wilshire Park Halloween Haunt Committee 2022. Old favorites making a return include a fortune teller, piñatas, a bounce house, dance party, silent auction and carnival games, plus food, photo opportunities and a costume contest. New this year to the Haunt will be the Creepy Carnival Haunted House, New Orleans Cemetery and a Ghost Busters photo op. “The event has morphed from a simple front-yard get-together into our major

social and fundraising event,” said Bruns. The Wilshire Park Association is also celebrating the neighborhood’s 14 years as a city Historic Preservation Overlay Zone. The street will be blocked to traffic, and street parking is available. “For those of you new to this neighborhood, Welcome to Wilshire Park!” said Bruns.

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Watch stolen at gunpoint; home burglaries continue Residential burglaries continue to be the neighborhood crime occurring in the neighborhood with the most frequency. Remember to keep your doors and windows locked when you aren’t home. If you are going away for an extended period of time or even just for one night, let a neighbor know to watch and listen for unusual activity. Police officers encourage citizens to report all suspicious persons and activities to 911. WILSHIRE DIVISION ROBBERIES: A 35-yearold white female was approached on the sidewalk at Wilshire and Lucerne boulevards by a Black 25-year-old male at 7:45 p.m. on Sept. 4. The suspect snatched the victim’s phone from her without a struggle, and he continued on foot and then jumped into a getaway car. A male victim’s watch and

wallet were stolen at gunpoint while he was walking on the 200 block of North Beachwood Drive at 7:40 p.m. on Sept. 5. The suspect rode up to the victim on a motorcycle, demanded the victim’s property and then rode away with it. THEFT BURGLARY FROM VEHICLE: A catalytic converter was stolen from a white Toyota Prius between 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 9 and 8 a.m. on Sept. 10 on the 400 block of North Orange Drive. GRAND THEFTS AUTO: A white Ford F250 was stolen from the 500 block of North Sycamore Avenue between noon and 5 p.m. on Sept. 6. A white Nissan Altima was stolen out of Tailwaggers’ parking lot at 147 N. Larchmont Blvd. at 8:45 p.m. on Sept. 9. OLYMPIC DIVISION ROBBERY: A 24-yearold Black male was walking

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Strangely macabre: Latin larva is among treats from scientists tinued to develop through the centuries (in heraldry from the 16th century onward, for instance, the left side of a shield was designated for illegitimate births in the family line), culminating with the Modern English word “sinister,” which describes something characterized by thinly veiled danger or evil. Relatedly, Francophones may also note that the French translation of “left” — gauche — is used in English to mean “crude” or “lacking grace.” As we can see, the unjust discrimination against lefties manifests in more ways than just the ergonomics of scissors.

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ic property for a purported $750 million, representatives for The Grove and the Original Farmers Market say they spent months discussing a more moderate proposal for TVC. Not so, said Sokoloff. “We are saddened that they have chosen to use their extensive resources to wage an aggressive campaign to further their own interests. … “We know that the TVC Project will benefit not only studio workers … but local businesses and neighbors…” If approved, the project would take approximately 32 months to 20 years to complete per a development agreement, according to City Planning. For information, visit:, and Pan Pacific Park gift Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Parks Foundation received a $236,000 donation from Hackman Capital Partners to rebuild the Pan Pacific Park playground equipment destroyed by a vandal-set fire this past summer. The new and improved playground is expected to be open by summer 2023, with the funds already received from Hackman covering the cost of

(Continued from page 5) the project say the DEIR revealed for the first time the scope of a new access road on Grove Drive and changed the zoning to Regional Center, bringing the area’s allowed density on par with Century City and Downtown Los Angeles. The developers lack transparency, says Schenker Peters, mom to two Hancock Park Elementary students. At a meeting, the developer reassured the community: “You already have a Regional Center in your backyard.” While some people may buy it, the former land use attorney did not. “It sounds good, if you don’t know what it means.” Sokoloff counters that the Grove Drive access and Regional Center designation have been public for 18 months. In addition, “Regional Center” is a diverse use, he says, noting that the Academy Museum a few blocks away is in a designated Regional Center. After developer Michael Hackman purchased the icon-


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“Larva,” perhaps not the most appetizing word to begin with, traversed the supernatural world before its adoption as a biological term. The word comes from the Latin larva, meaning “ghost-like” or, more specifically, “masked,” the latter of which was once a popequipment and installation as well as community outreach. “We are so grateful to Television City and Hackman Capital Partners for this donation, as a park playground plays a vital role in connecting a community,” says Carolyn Ramsay, executive director of the Los Angeles Parks Foundation and a local resident.

ular way to describe the dual nature of disembodied spirits. The 18th-century Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus went with the “mask” inflection of the word to describe the life stage of an insect between egg and pupa, implying that this stage misrepresents or “masks” the insect’s adult form. This entomological use of “larva” came to eclipse its spectral meaning and now conjures images of fleshy grubs. I marvel again at etymology’s ability to connect two seemingly disparate ideas with the origin of the word “muscle.” Ancient observers noted that the shape and movement of muscles in the body resembled a mouse scurrying under one’s skin, a congruity that then became evinced in the Ancient Greek mûs, which meant both “mouse” and “muscle.” The correlation later became adopted in the Latin word musculus, meaning “little mouse.” If these early onlookers were referring primarily to human

anatomy, I wonder, then, what they thought a mouse’s muscles resembled? Few may realize that the looming storage limit on their hard drives has anything to do with things that go bump in the night. When we describe things measured in trillions (that’s one million millions) the prefix “tera” is used — think terabytes (one step up from a gigabyte, as far as computing storage is concerned) or “terasecond,” which is equivalent to about 31,709 calendar years. These standards for measurement are so inconceivably large, they emerge from a word reserved for creatures of mythic proportions — the Greek téras, meaning “monster.” So as you move through this most mysterious of months, take time to consider more of the traces and meanings that may lie beneath the surface. They lurk like phantoms in the night, cloaked in disguise, waiting to make themselves known.

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