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New building is on very top of Alexandria House wish list


Season is looking bright

n Donations sought to purchase 39-unit site

HOLIDAY issue.

LOCAL politics, fiction, area lanterns. 8

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By Suzan Filipek Sister Judy Vaughan, executive director of Alexandria House, is hopeful she will have enough donations by the end of the month to purchase an adjacent building for low-cost, permanent, supportive housing. The nun, who is with the order of the Sisters of St. Joseph Carondelet, has managed Alexandria House transitional shelter for 25 years on prayers, communal meals and largely private donations. Her goal of raising $12 million to buy and renovate the 39-unit apartment building directly behind Alexandria House is not a pipe dream. “We’ve been really lucky. We’ve been really blessed. We’ve had a lot of miracles. … See Alexandria House, p 15

Christmas trees are on Larchmont The Wilshire Rotary tree lot, at 568 N. Larchmont Blvd., was scheduled to be open and add joy to the season by the time we went to press. “We will have noble and Douglas firs along with wreaths and garlands,” Rotarian Wendy Clifford told us. “Fresh trees will be delivered in each of the two following weeks (never sure of the exact days they arrive).” However, if you want a noble fir, call ahead to get the delivery date, as they may run short, Clifford said. The tree lot is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

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FAMILIES SOCIALIZING at the Alexandria House holiday party.

Mix good deeds with fun for a holiday cocktail n Events are online and some are back in-person By Nona Sue Friedman Now that the holidays are upon us and we are able to leave our homes, it’s a wonderful feeling to help others. Sometimes helping means attending a festive event to raise funds for an organization, and sometimes it’s volunteering to create fun for someone else. Whichever you prefer, here are some opportunities. Even adults want to feel special, particularly over the holidays. Help make that happen by participating in the Alexandria House annual Holiday Toy Drive. This drive benefits more than 100 families. Alexandria House is looking

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for new, unused toys for kids of all ages and gift cards for teenagers and adults. Check out Mix good deeds, p 13

By Billy Taylor Things are looking bright in Larchmont Village, and it’s not just the holiday lights. In recent weeks, several new businesses have opened, or announced openings, in the beloved shopping district. On the southwest end of the block, urban sportswear label Corridor is now open in a permanent space at 141 N. Larchmont Blvd. Store manager Orly Menachem told us that the NYC-based menswear line by designer Dan Snyder picked Larchmont as one of two Los Angeles locations, the brand’s first expansion outside of NYC. “We are happy to be a part of the Larchmont community,” See On the Blvd., p 6

New year, new councilmember, new districts Meet your new, and your continuing, councilmembers, and see drafts of the redistricting maps scheduled for a final vote on Dec. 1. See Sec. 2, pp 10 and 11

Families celebrate the holidays, together n Joy to the World! Locals cautiously plan celebrations near and far By Helene Seifer After a bleak year of missed celebrations, are we able to safely gather for seasonal festivities again? Local families mix caution with optimism for holiday gatherings. Careful mingling with friends “I’m all about Christmas,” declares Simone Young Smith. “It’s such a great family time. I get out the Rat Pack Christmas CD.” First, a tree is selected and “decorations go up outside straight away.” Getting in the holiday spirit often includes a trip to Century City to enjoy the mall’s decorations and get a little shopping started. The Windsor Square resident (who owns her own public relations company), her husband, actor Mark Smith,

turned to their former homeland, England. After quarantining for five days, they spent the remainder of their two-week visit with family for Christmas. This year, they plan a mixture of family-only time and careful mingling with friends. See Families, p 25

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CHRISTMAS SHOPPING pre-pandemic are Mark Smith, son Brodie, 17, Simone Young Smith. In front, son Stirling, 10.

and sons Brodie, 17, and Stirling, 10, were lucky last year. While many hunkered down in household units, they re-

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Editorial By John Welborne

Much for which to be thankful Although the 24-hour news stations want to keep us frightened about variants from A to Omega, I think the focus should be on the positive … on that for which we should be thankful. First and foremost, kudos go to the scientists who have produced vaccines that are largely effective. Of course, you have to take the vaccine to protect yourself and others. Less globally, all of us at the Larchmont Chronicle join me in thanking our supportive readers who not only have sent to the newspaper your checks in the reply envelopes included in the November issue, but also have written personal notes of encouragement. That says and means a lot — not only to us — but also to the community around us. Similar support to local merchants is evidence of what makes this community so desirable — for more than 100 years, as celebrated this past October. Residents’ and businesspeople’s commitment to our neighborhoods and the city that surrounds us is a hallmark of Larchmont. Once again, “Happy Holidays” to all of you! Next year will be the Chronicle’s 60th year of sharing this season.

Sun., Dec. 5 – All Saints’ Beverly Hills Choir’s Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols, 5 p.m. Wed., Dec. 8 – Ebell of Los Angeles Holiday Boutique and Luncheon, 10 – 6 p.m. Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council board meeting via Zoom, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Check greaterwilshire. org to confirm and for login. Sun., Dec. 11 – Junior League of Los Angeles Harvest Boutique at Skirball Center, 12 – 5 p.m. Fri., Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve. Sat., Dec. 25 – Christmas Day. Thurs., Dec. 30 – Delivery of the Larchmont Chronicle. Fri., Dec. 31 – New Year’s Eve.

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“This year I’m wishing for a proper holiday party — an in-person affair. I feel like we have all been missing that.” Anne McAllister (right, with Caroline Tracy) Hancock Park

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TOP: SNOWMAN greets Santa and friends arriving on a train, and (above) a Nutcracker stands guard on Plymouth Boulevard. Front page, top left: Santa enjoys the neighborhood’s sunny weather.

“I’m looking forward to being with my family in Georgia. It’s been two years since I’ve been in my hometown.” “I want science stuff this year, like a magnifying glass and an exploding volcano kit — yeah I really want to try that.” “I’m still working on my list.” Anne Pearce with daughters Carter (7) and Jane (5), Larchmont Village

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Mystery store built at The Grove during COVID-19 By John Welborne A local mystery, ongoing since the beginning of the COVID-19 lockdowns in early spring of 2020, has been solved! Suddenly, in April and May of 2020, the former Crate & Barrel store at The Grove disappeared. No, not just the tenant, but the entire building! What was the construction activity underway? We asked folks at landlord Caruso, but nobody was talking. Nobody would say what was to come. Then, slowly, new construction activity began taking place behind fences. Most intriguing, viewed from the upper levels of The Grove’s parking structure, were substantial foundations being built on the ground level of what appeared to be a wideopen, three-story-high, single room. By October of 2020, steel roof girders spanned the vast


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space. Would it become some sort of a restaurant with magnificent outdoor dining, yearround, a turn-on-a-dime redesign by an architect because of the pandemic? What would it be? But again, nobody was talking. It was said to be a private project, not being built by Caruso, and Caruso’s representatives would not comment. A little investigative diligence in 2021 revealed the name of the architect who had

signed the building permit applications. Further research showed him to be a partner in the San Francisco office of Foster + Partners. That firm, founded by architect Norman Foster and headquartered in London, is famous for many buildings, including London City Hall; the “Gherkin Building,” also in London; 1985’s HSBC Building in Shanghai; the reconstruction of the Reichstag Building in Berlin; (Please turn to page 4)

ALL WRAPPED UP, one year later in October 2021, the new store had yet to be announced. Santa flies nearby!


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BIG DOORS mark the welcoming entrance to the new Apple Store at The Grove.

Grove store (Continued from page 3) the Torre de Collserola, built in Barcelona at the time of the 1992 Olympics; and many, many more. One of the firm’s major commissions was Apple Park, the computer company’s circular headquarters in Cupertino, California. And, lo and behold, Foster + Partners also has been

a major contributor to Apple Store designs around the world. Remember the glass cube in front of the General Motors Building on Fifth Avenue in New York? Foster + Partners. And there is a modern, large Apple Store with a huge open space and landscaping facing Union Square in San Francisco. Foster + Partners again. And, in a very different vein, Foster + Partners was respon-

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sible for a significant (and recent award-winning) local historic preservation project. The architects designed the new Apple Store in the historic Tower Theater on Broadway in Downtown Los Angeles. Funny thing, the architect for that Apple Store is the same one who signed the permit application for the mysterious new building at The Grove! Definitely a clue. Finally, in early November, the cat was let out of the bag. Surprise! What would be this new building at The Grove? A new Apple Store! On November 19, the new store opened, and the old store across the fountain closed. Among the first-day visitors was Apple

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CEO Tim Cook. The new store has twice the space of the old one, which apparently was among the busiest Apple stores in the world, with 27 million visitors since it opened 19 years ago.

APPLE CEO TIM COOK joined Apple fans and employees at the November 19 opening. Photo by Suzan Filipek

Squeaky Wheels, youths, preservationists By John Welborne For the 20th year — at its “Town Hall” meeting in midNovember — the Windsor Square Association announced its annual Squeaky Wheel Award that is presented to “residents of Windsor Square, not Association board members, whose persistence in addressing an issue of community concern protects or improves the quality of life in Windsor

Square.” The 2021 awardees, representing many resilient Larchmont merchants in the shopping district’s 100th year, were Windsor Square residents Dimitris and Nora Houndalas for their “Perseverance Maintaining Larchmont’s Le Petit Greek Restaurant.” Also at the Town Hall meeting, current Council District Four Councilmember Nithya Raman bade (Please turn to page 10)

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Author Connelly releases new novel depicting area By Billy Taylor Mystery writer Michael Connelly is at it again, this time penning a new thriller that includes depictions of our Greater Wilshire neighborhoods impacted by the pandemic and recent social unrest. Many of our Larchmont Chronicle readers are fans of the just-concluded “Bosch” Amazon TV series. Based upon the novels starring Detective Harry Bosch written by Michael Connelly, the TV show, like the novels, is set in Los Angeles. Fea-

tured is the nearby Hollywood Police Station on Wilcox and De Longpre avenues. Because the action frequently is in this part of town, the Greater Wilshire neighborhoods often are used as locations for the TV show. For example, the television home of the successful criminal defense lawyer, Honey “Money” Chandler, is in New Windsor Square. Lawyer Chandler is a character who continues in the just-named “Bosch” spinoff coming from IMDb TV sometime next year, “Bosch: Legacy.” Filming of

the spinoff’s first season’s 10 episodes is complete, and location trucks and crews often were seen throughout our part of town in recent months. The Dark Hours Just released last month (Nov. 9) was Connelly‘s latest novel, his 36th, “The Dark Hours.” Featuring the LAPD Hollywood Division’s latenight detective, Renée Ballard, the novel also includes retired LAPD detective, now private investigator, Harry Bosch! Our Greater Wilshire neigh-

borhoods and institutions are involved in “The Dark Hours” plot. To give our local readers a taste of what is to come (and the book can be purchased at Chevalier’s, of course), the Larchmont Chronicle hereby presents a shameless, albeit certainly unneeded, plug and preview for the new book, lifted from the website, michaelconnelly. com: “A brazen and methodical killer strikes on New Year’s Eve [2021], and LAPD Detective Renée Ballard and Harry Bosch must join forces to find justice for the victim in a city scarred by fear and social unrest, in the new thriller from #1 “New York Times” best selling author Michael Connelly. “There’s chaos in Hollywood at the end of the New Year’s Eve countdown. Working her graveyard shift, LAPD Detective Renée Ballard waits out

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said Menachem, noting that although it’s a men’s store, many women shoppers will enjoy the selection of cardigans and sweaters, which are all designed in-house. Next door, Bacio di Latte is working to bring Italianstyle gelato and other sweet treats to 141½ Larchmont Blvd. The storefront window currently is covered with images of decadent gelato, but according to a store representative, that is to conceal renovations as they update the space. The new location is expected to open before June 2022, where freshlymade gelato will be produced in-store each day. In the former Lipson Building at 126-148 N. Larchmont Blvd., new owner Christina Development announced the first two tenants signed to inhabit the revitalized storefronts. Hawaiian-based Holey Grail Donuts, known for its taro-based donuts, picked the building as its first location in Los Angeles, with one more store anticipated to open in Santa Monica. The second retailer, Skin Laundry, is a California-based skincare brand with more than 20 clinics across the globe, that offers laser facials and beauty products to treat a variety of skin concerns. Both retailers expect to open in mid-2022. Lastly, residents can expect a FedEx Office to open in the former Trina Turk space, at 212 N. Larchmont Blvd., sometime in 2022.

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Connelly (Continued from page 6) er has been fatally hit by a bullet in the middle of a crowded street party. “Ballard quickly concludes that the deadly bullet could not have fallen from the sky and that it is linked to another unsolved murder — a case at one time worked by Detective Harry Bosch. At the same time, Ballard hunts a fiendish pair of serial rapists, the Mid-

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night Men, who have been terrorizing women and leaving no trace. “Determined to solve both cases, Ballard feels like she is constantly running uphill in a police department indelibly changed by the pandemic and recent social unrest. It is a department so hampered by inertia and low morale that Ballard must go outside to the one detective she can count on: Harry Bosch. But as the two inexorable detec-

tives work together to find out where old and new cases intersect, they must constantly look over their shoulders. The brutal predators they are tracking are ready to kill to keep their secrets hidden.” Not to provide spoilers … but … that auto shop is on either Gower or Cahuenga, and Citrus and Lucerne figure in the rape investigation. Plus, Larchmont and Chevalier’s get shout-outs. And there is more…

OLD ENGLISH hanging lanterns on Bronson are now equipped with LED lights.

Bronson’s unique lanterns shine brightly with LED By Billy Taylor At a Chevalier’s Books exclusive Nov. 11 book release event, author Michael Connelly shared with the virtual audience a little about his research process for new novel “The Dark Hours,” which included becoming familiar with the various types of streetlights that can be found across the City of Angels. Connelly cited “The Art of Street Lighting in Los Angeles,” (Dawson’s Book Shop, 1972), written by Park La Brea resident Eddy Feldman, as a book essential to that research, noting that the history and local politics of streetlights play a role throughout his new book. Feldman’s book was the first volume in the Los Angeles Miscellany series of 16 volumes published by the former Larchmont mainstay antiquarian book store (whose longtime home at 535 N. Larchmont is now for sale).

One local example of unique streetlights, which is discussed in Feldman’s book, can be found on Bronson Avenue, between 5th and 6th streets. Originally developed as Stratford Way by the McCarthy Company (which also developed Carthay Circle), this “mews block” features 14 smaller homes fashioned in Old English-style architecture. In keeping with the theme, the developers created Old English-style hanging lanterns mounted on redwood poles in a narrow strip of hedge on the west side of the street, to light the small block, where the residences are only on the east side of the street. Not only are the streetlights still in existence, but the city’s Bureau of Street Lighting recently rebuilt the lanterns, replacing the bulbs with new LED lights to shine brightly for years to come. (Some might argue that they now are too bright.)

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Squeaky Wheels (Continued from page 4) the community farewell, while thanking the attendees for the honor of serving them, and she promised she would continue to do so in whatever capacity possible from her new district. Earlier last month, the Anderson Munger Family YMCA thanked its donors for their support and unveiled large photo murals to show the Y’s appreciation. Chase Campen, board chair, oversaw the event, and Patti Carroll introduced board members. Among the supporters present were representatives of the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, including President Conrad Starr (Sycamore Square), Carroll (St. Andrews Square), Charles D’Atri (Larchmont Village), John Winther (Business Representative) and former director

DONORS TO THE YMCA are recognized on big photo mural banners.

Max Kirkham. YMCA Executive Director Rae Jin described accomplishments at the Y during the year, and teen participants in Y activities described their experiences. A few days before, the Los Angeles Conservancy welcomed supporters and awardees to a “two-fer” event — an outdoor gathering at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, where the Conservancy’s

coveted annual Preservation Awards were presented for two years — 2020 and 2021. Not surprisingly, the Chair’s Award for 2021 recognized the extraordinary renovation of the Coliseum by the University of Southern California (and a long roster of collaborators). The 2020 Chair’s Award had a local connection, because it was presented to the City of Los Angeles for the adaptive

DAVID RYU is joined by fellow 2020 awardees Catherine Landers and Eric Villanueva at Los Angeles Conservancy event at the Coliseum on October 27, 2021.

reuse of the former Fourth Council District branch library that now is the Gardner Street Women’s Bridge Housing Center. Among those present to accept the award were the two leading propo-

nents of the housing project, former Councilmember David Ryu and his former deputy Catherine Landers. Also there was Eric Villanueva, who oversaw the project for the city’s Bureau of Engineering.

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Celebrate the holidays with snow this month at The Grove

By Billy Taylor Indulge in the spirit of the season at The Grove this month as the iconic property is transformed into a festive wonderland, complete with nightly snowfalls and trolley rides with Santa. In fact, organizers say that, throughout the month of December, visitors will find carolers and brass bands providing a soundtrack to shopping and dining, all while the famed Grove fountain dances to beloved holiday tunes. “Our properties are alive with the magic of the season: glittering lights, merry melodies and nightly snowfalls,” said Sunil Watumull, Caruso’s executive vice president of operations. “We take great pride in being a part of so many cherished traditions for our communities and look forward to granting every holiday wish our guests may have this year.” Flurries without the frost Those residents longing for a glimpse of snow can head to The Grove for twice-nightly

snowfalls that will transform the property into a winter wonderland from Nov. 26 to Dec. 25 at 7 and 8 p.m. Santa on his sleigh Santa Claus will wave hello, wishing guests a holly, jolly season as he rides through The Grove aboard his newest sleigh: a festive trolley. The twice-nightly appearances will be complemented by the snowfall and brass band performances. For the ultimate family photo, guests can reserve a private trolley ride with Old St. Nick (by reservations only via Packages include a personal meetand-greet with Santa along with a choice from classic sips and sweets or a four-course dinner served on the trolley. Festival of lights In celebration of Hanukkah, The Grove will light its menorah each evening from Nov. 28 to Dec. 5. The Grove, together with Village Synagogue, will celebrate the holiday with a ceremonial lighting on the

evening of Thurs., Dec. 2. Christmas tree The holidays inspire traditions both old and new, and at The Grove, that means a majestic white fir has travelled from the Mt. Shasta region in Northern California to help make spirits bright here.

Each year a white fir is chosen only when it is nearing 80-years-old or older, marking the end of its woodland life cycle. Once the holiday celebrations come to a close, its branches are recycled for use as mulch and firewood. Most importantly, 10 new white fir

trees are planted in its place. Caruso’s Christmas tree at The Grove has more than 12,000 lights and more than 8,000 ornaments, adding up to 80 feet of splendor. Visit for more information on this season’s events at The Grove.

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New Chapter House for Assistance League debuts in Hollywood By Nona Sue Friedman Assistance League of Los Angeles has created a new Chapter House in Hollywood at 6640 Sunset Blvd. The official ribbon-cutting on Nov. 18 was hosted by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Councilman Mitch O’Farrell spoke and helped cut the ribbon. “The League has partnered with the Hollywood community since the early days of the film industry,” commented Board President Adrienne Seltzer of Hancock Park. In the early years, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks were big supporters and fundraisers for the League. Seltzer continued, “How fitting that the new Chapter House contributes to the beautification of Hollywood while fulfilling our mission to help homeless, foster and impoverished children.” The welcoming modern

space of the new Chapter House was designed for the organization’s programming needs. The open floor plan of the upper level has high ceilings with the original 1930s bow-truss beams. That floor houses the business offices, a boardroom, and a retractable wall that opens onto a deck, giving the entire space an airy feel. Portraits of the League founders, Anne Banning and Ada Edwards Laughlin, overlook today’s volunteers. The lower level is where the organization’s programming happens. It’s filled with cubbies housing colorful clothes, shelves stacked with books and games, backpacks stuffed with essential items, and bright furnishings where kids can sit. A bonus to this building is its on-site storage for all the inkind donations received by the League, making it much easier for the volunteers to keep

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Fall is definitely in the air. Days are getting shorter and cooler, pumpkins decorate doorsteps and shop windows, many trees are changing color and dropping their leaves, and Thanksgiving has just gone by. But let’s not just save our gratitude for that one time of year. The Windsor Square Association would like to encourage us all to consider our many blessings throughout the year, and especially in December. One thing we at the WSA are particularly grateful for is the mature canopy of trees that shades and cools our historic neighborhood. We’ve recently added to that canopy by sponsoring the planting of a new tree on Larchmont Boulevard in connection with the celebration of the Boulevard’s 100th anniversary at the end of October. It is an African Fern Pine, the species chosen in consultation with the city as the replacement for the existing Ficus trees, as they gradually reach the end of their lifespans. The tree is located adjacent to Tailwaggers, and we’d like to express our thanks to the store and its staff for their commitment to watering the new tree. Our neighborhood boasts one of the largest and healthiest urban forests in California. During this ongoing drought, we encourage you to take care of your trees, including those in the parkway. Turn down your lawn sprinklers as cooler weather approaches, but it’s still wise to give your trees a good, long, slow soaking every few months. Now is a good time for pruning trees, most of which do not like severe trimming in hot months. And plant new trees! The WSA can help by supplying an appropriate parkway tree if you have a space. Let’s act on our gratitude all through December — shop locally and help Larchmont merchants thrive. Dine at our wide range of restaurants. Visit the local farmers market, open on Wednesdays and on Sundays. Welcome newcomers, and get to know your existing neighbors, if you don’t already. And thanks to all for making Windsor Square such a great place to live. For more information about the Windsor Square Association, go to our website:

items stocked. The League was started more than 100 years ago by Banning and Laughlin, both of Hancock Park. They wanted to serve the needy children of Los Angeles. This continues to be the organization’s focus. As Kai Tramiel, senior director of membership and community engagement said, “(We) carry the founders’ legacy as best we can — transitioning as needed over the years.” The League is always looking for new members. Visit

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McComb fêted by Miracle Mile for time served By Caroline Tracy The Greater Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce (GMMCC) convened for one of its first in-person gatherings since early 2020 to “Roast and Toast” outgoing Executive Director Meg McComb. The celebratory affair took place on GMMCC member Hotel Wilshire’s roof (overlooking the Mile). Chamber Founder and President Steve Kramer and board members were joined by notable guests, including Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, in the roasting and toasting. Chris Devlin, GMMCC communications director, emceed the event, which featured a speaking / roasting portion, a Q&A with McComb, a champagne toast, presentation of gifts from Chamber members (Japan Foundation, Urban Florist, Fancifull Fine Foods

MEG McCOMB is presented a certificate of recognition from Assemblymember Richard Bloom’s office by District Director Josh Kurpies.

& Baskets) and a raffle (a staple at any Chamber event). “This event honoring Meg exceeded my expectations,” said Kramer. “Everyone was so happy to be there. People who hadn’t seen each other in a long time were enjoying being together — and they all came out for Meg.”

A force on the Mile for the past 10 years, McComb has spearheaded successful events such as the TarFest Luncheon (James Panozzo, co-founder of TarFest, was in attendance and took part in the roast) and the annual State of the Mile luncheon held at the El Rey Theater. Not one to fade away or shirk duties in light of her moving on, McComb has managed recent events, even past her retirement, including a walking tour of the Mile with State Sen. Ben Allen and the ribbon-cutting event at the new Staples “concept” store (designed to fit the needs of work-from-home, entrepreneurs and others). The Larchmont Chronicle also has learned that McComb will be consulting on all future events for the Chamber, because, in her own wise words, “nobody does it better.”

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Mix good deeds (Continued from page 1) days for wish lists. Drop gifts off at 436 S. Alexandria Ave. between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m by Fri., Dec. 17. The Ebell of Los Angeles Holiday Boutique is on Wed., Dec. 8 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. If you want to make a day of it, pre-order a boxed lunch at to be enjoyed in the clubhouse garden. Proceeds from the boutique benefit The Ebell’s programming. The Ebell also is collecting paperback books for veterans. Drop books off between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mon. to Fri. at 741 S. Lucerne Blvd. Big Sunday’s annual Holiday Party and Sing-A-Long is Sun., Dec. 12 from 3 to 5 p.m. at 6111 Melrose Ave. Each year, a diverse crew gets together to sing, eat and get festive! Big Sunday will also be collecting toys and food for hungry families at this event and throughout the month. Visit Los Angeles Mission is looking for volunteers and items to


make its Christmas event on Fri., Dec. 24 a success. A festive meal needs to be prepared and served, and gifts will be given away along with essentials to the unhoused on Skid Row. If you are interested in helping with the meal, possibly alongside a celebrity, go to There also is a contactless drop-off center. The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles is sponsoring its virtual Festival of Lights Toy & Book Drive through Wed., Dec. 15. Simply visit You’ll find a dozen organizations that are looking for toys and books this holiday season. Each organization has its own wish list. Just click and purchase, and it’ll be sent for you. Now you’ve made a child’s holiday special! If helping foster families is what inspires you, check out the Korean American Family Services site at donate. The organization has partnered with the Asian Foster Family Initiative, and both are looking to raise money through December for their families.

All kids are anxious for Santa’s arrival. By donating to the Karsh Center at Wilshire Boulevard Temple you can be someone’s Santa. Karsh is collecting new, unused toys to distribute to the community. To donate or learn more, contact All donations are due by Mon., Dec. 13 at 3750 W. 6th St. Uplift Family Services’ campus will be transformed into Santa’s Workshop for a day of shopping for 250 families and needs toys and gift cards to make the day a success. Drop off donations between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 5930


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Harvest Boutique to feature lunch, music, honoree The Junior League of Los Angeles (JLLA) will hold its 22nd annual Harvest Boutique, “Where Giving is Always in Style,” on Sun., Dec. 12 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Skirball Center. The in-person event includes live entertainment, a curated vendor fair, threecourse lunch, open bar and silent auction. Rachel S. Moore will receive the League’s 2021 Community Achievement Award. Moore is president and CEO of the Music Center of Los Angeles County. She leads the $70 million organization and manages its staff. She also guides

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Michael Cornwell, 87: Protected Windsor Square By John Welborne Longtime board member and president of the Windsor Square Association, Michael A. Cornwell, died in Pasadena on Oct. 18. He was 87. Cornwell worked at the Truman Van Dyke Company, Speare & Company and Disc Insurance, providing coverage for film and television productions, documentaries and commercials. He also was a member of the U.S. Army Reserve, retiring with the rank of colonel. Historic preservation Cornwell was born — and grew up — in Los Angeles, attending Hamilton High School and UCLA. Concerned with architectural and cultural preservation in his city, he was appointed, in the early 2000s, to serve on the City of Los Angeles Cultural Heri-

tage Commission, and he later was elected the commission’s president. He also served as chairman of The Committee for Simon Rodia’s Towers in Watts, and he was a member of the Los Angeles Conservancy and Pasadena Heritage. For decades, he and his wife, Diane, resided on Norton Avenue in Windsor Square, and they later moved to Pasadena. Diane died in April 2020. As described by daughter Molly, in an obituary notice posted for her father, “Everyone who knew him well would probably describe Mike as a ‘character.’ He was fun, with a dry sense of humor and a winning smile. He was always quick to give a compliment and set people at ease. He was exceptionally polite, always holding doors open for folks,

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A resident of Citrus Ave. since 1964, Joe Turkmany passed away peacefully on October 17, 2021. He is survived by Mary Ann, his wife of 63 years; his children Chris (Elizabeth), J.J. Jr. (Lisa), Alicia (Tony), and Janet (Fr. John); and 11 grandchildren: Jessica, Jillian, Jenna, Chance, Alexa, Cassiana, Kaelyn Jo, Emmanuelle, Olivia, Marina, and Andrew. Funeral Mass was held on November 5 at American Martyrs Church in Manhattan Beach.


even until his last days riding the elevator at Villa Gardens in Pasadena.” Park Mile Specific Plan This writer knew Mike well. He never failed to accept the mantle of leadership in defending the historic Windsor Square community where he lived. In addition to his service on the board of the Windsor Square Association, especially as president for many years, Cornwell also stood up for the community in 1983, as president of Rapid Transit Advocates, Inc. That nonprofit organization challenged the sufficiency of the Southern California Rapid Transit District’s 1983 environmental impact report analyzing the consistency of its subway construction plans with applicable General Plans of the County of Los Angeles and the City of Los Angeles. Cornwell’s efforts were a primary reason why the adopted Park Mile Specific Plan continues to protect the historic character of the residential neighborhoods north and south of Wilshire Boulevard between Wilton Place and Highland Avenue. Diane and Mike loved to travel. Mike also loved to garden. He spent hours in his deep back yard on Norton Avenue, planting and pruning to

MICHAEL CORNWELL receives the Windsor Square Associat on’s uea y hee ward a on w th two other or er res dents ane sher e t and aro yn a say.

create a place of beauty and refuge for himself, his family and friends. In addition to being preceded in death by Diane, Mike also outlived his parents, his sister, and his and Diane’s daughter Amy. He is survived by daughter Molly and his granddaughter Miranda, as well as by his nephews

John and Robert Moore. Anyone who would like to donate in Cornwell’s memory may do so either to Union Station Homeless Services in Pasadena or the League to Save Lake Tahoe in South Lake Tahoe, California. A service at All Saints Church in Pasadena is pending.

Al Margolis — April 4, 1928-September 22, 2021 A

lfred Lee Margolis, retired judge, Los Angeles County Superior Court, passed away on September 22, 2021 in Camden, Maine. Al’s life began on April 4, 1928 in Dayton, Ohio where he grew up with his parents, David and Annabelle Margolis, and his sister, Joni. Al’s family operated a department store in Dayton and his neighborhood was populated with cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents. Young Al enjoyed boxing and he developed a lifelong love of swimming and horseback riding. Al would recount that the part of his life that mattered most began at 17 when he met Margery Levy on a summer afternoon during a family visit at Camp Wenonah in Naples, Maine. During the subsequent four years of courtship, Al graduated from Culver Military Academy and started college at Stanford University. Al was fond of telling the story, “..stop me if you’ve heard this..,” of how Stanford had mistakenly admitted him, requiring him to take his SAT exams midway through his freshman year. Al and Margie married in her hometown of Cleveland in 1949, and then returned to California where Al would finish college and then start law school. Like so many of his generation, Al’s studies were interrupted while he served in the Korean Conflict. As Quartermaster Bakery Officer for the US Army, his Jeep was easily identifiable by a loaf of bread painted on one side and an ice cream cone on the other! Upon completing his tour of duty, Al and Margie returned to Cleveland, where Al continued his law studies at Case

Western Reserve. Al served on the Law Review and graduated as a member of the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. Al’s career in law began with the U.S. Treasury in Washington D.C. and continued in Los Angeles, where he would eventually start his private law practice. As a notable tax lawyer (Al was one of the authors of the CEB tax practice treatise sitting on the bookshelves of many tax specialists), Al’s talents were recognized by Governor Ronald Reagan with an appointment to the L.A. Municipal Court. A few years later, Gov. Reagan elevated Al to the L.A. County Superior Court, where he served until his retirement. Al was honored as “Trial Judge of the Year” by the L.A. Trial Lawyers Association. He also served as president of the Los Angeles Law Library, a role which gave him great joy. Al took great delight in mentoring several young lawyers and was honored to swear them in after they passed the bar exam. The many weddings performed by Al—including one on horseback—gave him the chance to forge even stronger personal ties with those friends, and friends’ children, in whose futures Al was personally invested. Los Angeles in the 1960s and ’70s was also where Al and Margie raised their three children, Ellen, Michael and Jane. Family auto trips in the station wagon were a summer staple, often focusing on California’s rich cultural history and vast natural beauty. Al and Margie loved adventure and never passed up a chance to travel with their children. Even though he never owned a horse, Al’s early love of horse-

back riding continued throughout his life. He was a founding member of the trail riding group, Cowboy Lawyers, and a member of the Wickenburg, Arizona-based Desert Caballeros for over 40 years. These rides blended camaraderie with beautiful natural surroundings, trail riding with sleeping under the stars. Al and Margie shared their love of horse adventures with their children, and later their grandchildren, on horse pack trips in the Colorado Rockies. Al and Margie traveled extensively together, beginning with a youth tour of Europe months before they married. Over the years, they travelled throughout much of the U.S. They visited every continent and many remote regions of the world. They made many lifelong friends on their adventures, and often hosted international guests when home. In 2003, Al and Margie bought a house on beautiful Seven Tree Pond in Union, Maine. What was supposed to be a summer place quickly took over as their year-round home as

they fell in love with their new community and with the natural beauty of their surroundings. Maine had always occupied a special place in their hearts, so this was very much a homecoming. Al immersed himself in community life, volunteering on advisory boards for the Pen Bay YMCA in Camden and the Vose Library in Union. Al remained interested in current events and the law until his death. He read the newspapers daily and engaged in lively discussions on social and political issues. He had a remarkably keen memory and immense curiosity. In his last days, he voiced the hope that he was leaving the world a better place than when he entered it. For those who knew him, that was certainly true. He was a man of small stature, but had a huge heart, He was generous with his love and will be greatly missed. Al is survived by his wife of 72 years, Margery Levy Margolis; three children, Ellen Rosenberg and husband Robert, Michael Margolis and wife Mary Bourke, and Jane Pierce and husband David; nine grandchildren, Michael Rosenberg, Ari Rosenberg, Sarah Rosenberg, Sam Brosnan, Molly Brosnan, Rick Pierce, Mitchell Pierce, Bridgette McCarthy, and Alison Wheat; and six great-grandchildren, Corin, Joey and Mara Brosnan, Fiona McCarthy, Denham Wheat and Tzeda Accordino. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Penobscot Bay YMCA, 116 Union Street, P.O. Box 840, Rockport, ME 04856. Memories and condolences may be shared at directcremationofmaine@


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(Continued from page 1) “There’s something captivating and motivating about this place,” Vaughan added. Alexandria House consists of two turn-of-the-last-century homes, with palace-worthy ornate molding and rich wood paneling, and they are indeed charming. But Vaughan’s sparkling blue eyes, determined spirit and formidable mission are also compelling. Front lines She has been on the front lines helping homeless women and children get a new start in life, and she works to ensure they succeed after they leave. “I wanted to make sure they wouldn’t be homeless again. And I learned it’s important to be part of a neighborhood.” She learned that lesson, she said, at the House of Ruth, a homeless shelter for women in East Los Angeles, which she ran before opening Alexandria House. The shelters reach out to the community with yoga classes,

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Judy Vaughan and Pamela Hope, director of grants and events, at Alexandria House. The 39-unit apartment building that is for sale is in the rear.

a book club, after-school programs and a teen center. Food donated by grocery stores is given to neighbors. A popular monthly thrift sale “shopping day,” which had been paused during the pandemic, is expected to resume in December. In turn, shelter residents gain by being part of the community. Vaughan is hoping to expand her mission with the apartment building. It is in an ideal spot, just steps behind their back yard on South Ken-

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more Avenue. The building had been a retirement home for the Immaculate Heart Community, which plans to put the building on the market if the money isn’t pledged soon, Vaughan said. If sold to a developer, the building will most likely be demolished and replaced with luxury apartments. (Alexandria House’s two homes are the only single-family houses left on the street.) Green and yellow houses A fire two years ago in the green house left considerable damage, but it has since been renovated and features a new kitchen with Carrara quartz countertops and green Shaker–style cabinetry. (Miracle Mile-based architect William Hefner and his associate Melissa Joan Stinar Dana donated their time and expertise in the renovation.) The shelter is largely privately funded, as government money is funneled into larger organizations. Those bigger organi-


zations are valuable in helping to combat the homelessness crisis, but they do not target women and children, and they often do not offer counseling or other wrap-around services, and they have a lower rate of long-term success, i.e., their residents often end up back on the streets, Vaughan notes. The 28 women and children at Alexandria House have fled traumatic situations ranging from domestic violence and human trafficking to molestation, homelessness, hunger and poverty. A dog tale When nothing else worked after one six-year-old boy cried


and screamed every night — he was traumatized from seeing his mother beaten by his father — Vaughan noticed her rescue dog, Jerry, was disturbed by the boy’s behavior, and so she introduced the hound-Lab mix. “He’s concerned about you,” she told the boy. “Can you let him know you’re okay?” she asked. It worked. The little boy’s anger dissipated as he focused on caring for the dog. While there was more work and healing ahead, it was a start in the right direction. The dog had been rescued from death row at a shelter (Please turn to page 19)





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Could this Spanish eatery be your new Soulmate? What I most remember about my college trip to Spain is the food. I gorged on paella and tapas, quickly learning the Spanish words for as many menu items as possible. The pleasures of eating patatas bravas and jamón far outweighed the fright of walking past dictator Francisco Franco’s soldiers pointing machine guns at us at every turn. Years later, when I returned with my family, Franco and his soldiers were gone, but I was disabused of the notion of culinary perfection when my husband complained that the paella here was “different” and my children couldn’t find anything “normal” to order since oxtail stew and salted cod didn’t appeal to them. It didn’t help that I accidentally ordered them big steaming bowls of tripe. Finally, we realized that a Spanish tortilla bore no resemblance to the Mexican staple and instead

was, more or less, a potato and egg frittata (something they lived on for the rest of the trip). I, however, continue to love Spain’s garlicky, paprika-laced cuisine and am amazed at how few options exist in Los Angeles to sample flavors from the Iberian Peninsula. Enter Soulmate, a sprawling Spanish restaurant that landed on Robertson next to Anawalt Lumber last spring and became an instant hit, with soulful dishes, full bar with specialty cocktails, modern décor and absolutely dreadful background music. Luckily, although loud, the music is not at the all-too-common super-charged decibel level that blocks table conversation; we could hear each other without shouting, but it was difficult to understand our server. Of course, speaking through a mask contributes to that. Be advised that the patio is

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Helene Seifer not, strictly speaking, outside. It is really a four-walled room like any other, except a large square hole is cut into the ceiling, open to the sky. Is that enough to assure patrons that outside protocols are being met? Maybe, maybe not. The colorful restaurant, with spring-green banquettes in one space, plush golden U-shaped booths in another, comfortable metal and rattan chairs in another, wood beams, scattered plants and at least one large tree, is beautiful. So is the food. Bursts of flavor Nearly every dish we ordered rewarded with bursts of flavor.

The 48-month aged Iberico jamón on tomato-rubbed bread is a classic. The prized ham makes paying $20 for a piece of bread worth it. $20 paella bites with bigeye tuna tasted more of Italian arancini than the Spanish rice and seafood dish, but was delicious nonetheless, especially with the accompanying chili aioli. Another starter, the $15 chicken croquetas, were light on chicken but loaded with piquancy from the brava sauce. Exhibiting the essence of Spanish cooking, brava sauce exudes garlic, spicy chili and paprika in a silky tomato base. This craveable sauce would be good on almost anything. An eggplant plate was recommended and rightly so. Resembling a fancy specialty sushi roll, the wood-fired eggplant was served sliced, but left in its original shape, accompanied by an earthy eggplant purée and refreshing quinoa salad,


$18. The least successful dish we tried was the cavatelli with chorizo and green olives, $24. The Spanish sausage didn’t zing, and the olives didn’t add enough brininess to distinguish the limp pasta. The seafood we tried was outstanding. Octopus with potatoes and charred romesco sauce presented beautifully tender tentacles perfectly complemented by the red pepper, almond, bread, garlic and vinegar sauce, $25. This, too, is a sauce I’d gladly slather on everything. Another winner was the $21 garlic wild blue shrimp, served with flatbread to soak up the vibrant garlic chili oil. I firmly believe there is no such thing as too much garlic, and this dish dialed it up to 11. Would any Spanish meal be complete without churros? We couldn’t resist the delicate, crunchy and less-sweetthan-usual ridged doughnut logs. Served, as is traditional, with a rich chocolate dipping sauce, they were a soulful end to a satisfying meal. Soulmate, 631 N. Robertson Blvd., 310-734-7764.

STUDENTS (from left to right) Nathan Million, Miles Paley, Stella Coppola and Anna Paley gather at last year’s book fair.

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By Caroline Tracy Third Street Elementary will, for the second year in a row, partner with Chevalier’s Books for the local public school’s annual book fair. The fair begins on Dec. 6 and will run through Dec. 24. Chevalier’s will donate 20 percent of in-store and online proceeds when customers mention Third Street. The store, at 133 N. Larchmont Blvd., will be featuring wish lists for donations to the school’s library as well as recommendations from the school’s K-5 teachers. “Last year, when we weren’t allowed to be on campus, we moved our annual book fair from inside the school to out in our community … at Chevalier’s,” parent and book fair organizer Laura Dine Million said. “Everyone loved supporting two beloved neighborhood institutions while holiday shopping, so we decided to do it again. We especially appreciated the community’s generous donations to our school library and hope we’ll (Please turn to page 30)

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Alexandria House (Continued from page 15) and recommended to Vaughan for his people skills. But “I didn’t know he would be a service dog,” Vaughan smiles. Two-year stays Residents at Alexandria House typically stay two years while they undergo counseling, go back to school, and take literacy and parenting classes. Some enter an entrepreneur program, and, finally, residents are assisted in an apartment search. Many return long after they have left to join in communal dinners, a bustling time at the shelter. Members of The Ebell of Los Angeles and NGA Hancock Park both adopt a day a month to help in preparing and enjoying the feasts. Other local supporters include Wilshire Rotary Club and The Ahmanson Foundation. Entry to the shelter is highly competitive, as some 1,000 callers a month are turned away. “If we had more resources, we’d help more people. It’s tragic really,” said Pamela Hope, Alexandria House director of grants and events. Vaughan acknowledges that the shelter is a small dent in helping the city’s homelessness crisis. Its solution requires a personal moral choice


combined with changes in public policies, she says. “People don’t start life from the same place,” Vaughan said. Michele Roberts, Alexandria House development director, said that in addition to safety and security, the shelters provide a touchstone to dreams. One resident came in wanting to get a nursing certificate. After a few weeks at Alexandria House, she upped her ambition to becoming an RN. “Knowing she was safe and her children were safe, she was able to dream big,” said Roberts, a Van Ness Avenue resident on staff at Alexandria House for 20 years. Donations So far, private donors have committed $4 million to the Kenmore Capital Campaign, said Hope. The Marilyn and John Wells Family Foundation of those Hancock Park residents has pledged $1 million for the purchase of the building and another $1 million for maintenance over the next 10 years. Other pledges are much smaller. “Any amount is welcome,” said Vaughan. To donate, or for more information about the Kenmore Capital Campaign, visit or contact Pamela Hope at, or call 213381-2649.

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Finding salvation in a high school parking lot Last month, I went to see a high school production of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” A friend’s son was in it, and the experience got me thinking about what exactly a play is in this not-quite-postpandemic era. The production was done on a stage erected in the school’s parking lot, with rows of plastic lawn chairs set out for the audience. Response to contact tracing emails was required before arrival, along with masks and proof of vaccination upon entry. This was about as pleasurable as board-

ing a Southwest flight on Thanksgiving weekend, but the annoyance was quickly offset by the excitement of the kids (and their parents) chasing around like Shakespearean chickens without heads, running lines, checking props and attending to last minute run-throughs of stage combat choreography. The performance itself was well done, all actors pretty much knew what they were saying and mostly said it correctly in iambic pentameter (“banished” has three syllables in verse, BTW). Perhaps some

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actors changes (despite my skepticism, they were pretty good); and our relationship to each other changes. We don’t need, as was the case in the recent London Globe production of “R&J,” suicide prevention phone numbers flashed as super-titles to tell us that there is something wrong in a world where 17-year-olds carry semi-automatic rifles onto Wisconsin streets, and nineyear-olds die in Houston mosh pits. We get it, and we need the live interaction of the theater to help us process it. What — to wrap on a holiday note — is the difference between reading Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” and seeing it adapted on stage (there are multiple productions currently running)? The book is a ghost story; a scary, lonely and depressing one at that. The play, even put on in a junior high gym, let alone parking lot, is communal, corny (admit it) and affirmative — even the worst of us can be redeemed. We leave the theater believing — or at least hoping — this is true. Our lives depend on it! As Tiny Tim says, “God bless us, every one.” We need it!

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again and again, each time with low hopes, he admits, because of the odds; about 5,000 people try their luck every week. As the years flew by, Mulligan’s conviction that he would never prevail only grew, yet he persevered. “I saw the caption contest as a happy creative exercise: rain or shine, good mood or bad, to try and write a joke I thought was funny,” Mulligan said. So, you can imagine his surprise and joy when, after 15 years, he was chosen as a finalist! The cartoon, by Paul Karasik, shows a pirate walking from the sea, dripping wet and wearing an eye patch. He approaches a woman sunbathing on the sand, points a crooked finger to the sky, and — in Mulligan’s words — says: “I’d like to report a mutiny.” While his cartoon came in third in the contest — which is judged by the magazine’s editorial staff and readers — the editorial staff at the Larchmont Chronicle agreed that Mulligan’s was a clear first-place winner. (The second place-winning caption was, “Did you get my bottle?” The winning caption read, “By any chance, are you sitting on a large X?” )

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Writing for cartoons was a natural for the Windsor Square resident. “I’ve always gravitated toward comedy writing in various forms — essays, sketches, TV promos and presentations, and especially song parodies, with which I’m particularly obsessed,” he said. He’s written parodies about culture, politics, friends, pets, the earth, technology, classic plays and novels. “I also managed to weave parodies into my daytime jobs,” he added. Professionally, he wrote for Nike, the NFL and other company trade shows, TV shows and networks (FOX, CBS). While at CBS, he wrote parodies of songs performed by the Broadway casts of “Chicago” and “Jersey Boys” … “and rewrote the opening from ‘Hamilton’ — all to hype the network’s upcoming seasons, and all performed at Carnegie Hall. The ‘Alexander Hamilton’ spoof was introduced by LinManuel Miranda (on tape).” The cartoon, along with Mulligan’s and the second place winner’s captions, was published in the Oct. 13 issue of “The New Yorker.” The winning entry was published in the Nov. 1 issue.

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Families (Continued from page 1) On Christmas Eve they’ll gather with a few other families from their pandemic bubble for Secret Santa. Their celebration continues to Boxing Day, Dec. 26, when they plan to partake of roast beef and Yorkshire pudding at a British friend’s home. Hope for a holiday bash Christmas begins as a family affair for Suz and Peter Landay, who hope coronavirus vaccination numbers support a return to their Christmas extravaganza, which they threw every year for 25 years until the pandemic hit. After taking 22 Christmas boxes down from the garage


attic, Suz starts decorating their Irving Blvd. home inside and out the day after Thanksgiving. In the before times, 80 to 100 friends attended. If the Landays determine that it’s safe to proceed with the party at all, they’ll cap the number at 50 fully-vaccinated guests this year. A blended holiday Hanukkah begins the night of November 28 and ends eight nights later, and for many Jewish families, the holiday means grating bushels of potatoes to fry into potato pancakes, or latkes. Stephanie and Jordan Gershowitz are no exception. “I definitely make latkes,” confirms Stephanie Gershowitz, a television production executive. “I’ve perfected my recipe. The secret is to make them in a large cast iron pan.” Traditionally served with applesauce and sour cream, Jordan, a television writer, likes them with lox and cream cheese on the side. Jordan’s beloved grandmother passed away in November, so it’s especially poignant to make the traditional foods she loved, including her famous rugelach (rolled cream cheese dough pastries with raisins, nuts or jam). Although Stephanie was raised Catholic, the Fairfax

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During the month of December, we are excited to celebrate the holidays and make new and heartwarming memories with our families! Some students will be traveling this winter break, while others will be staying local. The school is excited about our upcoming toy drive which student council will be hosting. We have partnered with UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital. Everyone is encouraged to participate by donating new toys from Nov. 29 to Dec. 10. This will surely bring many smiles to the children there. As we reflect on all that we are grateful for, it is important for everyone to support a fundraiser of their choice and give back to the community, especially during the holidays. I wish you all a Safe and Happy Holiday Season!

Last month, November, was the month of Thanksgiving, and here at Christ the King, we were grateful for many things. We are extremely grateful for our school and its activities, and we have learned to share our blessings through many different activities. In addition to this, our first trimester of the school year has also completed! That being said, we are all partaking in various activities in and out of school. As you may know, November is the month of saints. Every class at Christ the King got to learn about different saints and how they have been an inspiration to all of us. In celebration of the saints, on Nov. 1, our students came dressed as saints. During this, we saw a beautiful display of saints and everybody’s costumes. It was a fun, informative event for all of

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the students while equally being a great learning experience as we are all in progress to sainthood. Christ the King has also held various food drives to help the needy, and fundraise for our school. We had our Krispy Kreme Fundraiser and the Thanksgiving Food Drive! The food drive was meant to help those in need and grant them an ample amount of comfort during Thanksgiving week. We will be working on the Toy Drive and others to help the needy during this holiday giving season. Besides all the activities and sports, it was the end of the first trimester for CKS. It was time for report cards and parent teacher conferences. It was definitely a little stressful for everyone, but we were all confident that everyone was learning and progressing. All students have reflected upon their Student Learning Expectations, and set new goals for themselves for the new trimesters. The installation of Father Juan Ochoa, our parish/school pastor happened on Nov. 20. It was a

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In November, after many months of rehearsing, costume design, and set building, the middle schoolers held their first musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. It was a wonderful musical and it is certain that it was a truly unforgettable experience for the students involved. Then, the day before Thanksgiving Break, Oakwood hosted their annual Thanksgiving Assembly.


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Special teams are a necessity for success on the gridiron For all those football fans out there, a trivia question: Who was the first punter ever chosen in an NFL draft’s first round? He was a member of the 2014 class inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. The answer will be revealed at the end of this feature. The special teams’ importance in American football sometimes gets overshadowed. Highlight reels tend to spotlight offense and defense, especially the more glamorous positions like quarterback, receiver, running back and linebacker. Sometimes being a special teams player is not so special. Heroes “Bill Bates is my favorite special teams NFL player,” said Jackson Wright, a senior at Loyola High School. “He didn’t play the exact position I did, but I enjoyed watching his personality and aggression make a difference on the field.” Bates, who played 15 seasons for the Dallas Cowboys, was the first player voted to

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Jim Kalin the Pro-Bowl strictly as a special teams member. Jackson Wright plays several special team positions for the Loyola Cubs, depending on who has the ball, though it’s a bit more complicated than that. Defined Special teams are the thin mortar between blocks of play, a one-and-done that includes punts, kickoffs, extra point attempts, field goals, punt returns, kickoff returns and blocking field goals and extra point attempts. These squads are relegated to specific tasks, and they are more specialized than the offense and defense (“specialized teams” would be a more accurate name for them.) Wright lives for collision,

and the proof is in his preference for the kickoff and punt. On these plays, he’s a gunner, or tracker, which means he can run downfield and clobber blockers and the ball carrier. Gunners need to be fast and athletic and possess the ability to maneuver past or through blockers to reach the opponent’s returner. “You can see his passion through the energy and enthusiasm he displays while playing,” said Assistant Coach Joe Vivo. Wright is not the only special teams player of note. “I work with Carter Ferguson to secure blocks for the kicker on punt, then pursue the returner downfield,” explained Wright. Ferguson is also a senior, and so is Justin Murray, who leads the special teams in tackles. “Loyola excels at all phases of our special teams play,” said Coach Vivo. “This is due to the dedication and preparation of our players and the emphasis that (head) Coach Casani places on it during practice

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and meetings.” The Cubs played Crespi in their first league game on Oct. 15, winning 44-20. In that victory, Jackson Wright intercepted a pass. Loyola ended its regular season 8-3 to become the Angelus League champions for the second year in a row. Playoffs Loyola’s record was good enough to qualify the team for

the CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) playoffs, which culminate in a State Championship Bowl Game in December. Loyola won its Southern Section opening playoff game against Villa Park 35-14. It was an away game, which oddly favored the Cubs. Their record this year was 6-1 when not at home. Loyola hosted the Etiwanda Eagles in the Southern Section quarterfinals Nov. 12, and the home turf was once again a disadvantage. The Cubs lost 28-21, but nearly came back in the fourth quarter to tie it up. “It was a tough loss,” admitted Maite Saralegui Berry, Loyola’s senior director of communications. Indeed. The deeper a team progresses in playoff competition, the worse that seasonending loss hurts. And the answer to the opening question: In 1973, Ray Guy was the 23rd player selected in the NFL draft. He played 14 years for the Raiders.

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Larchmont Charter Hollygrove campus searches for new site By Sondi Toll Sepenuk After 16 years, Larchmont Charter School (LCS), which resides on four separate Los Angeles area campuses, will pull up stakes at one of its original locations, the famed El Centro-to-Vine Hollygrove campus, and look for new school grounds. Uplift Family Services, which leases the Hollygrove space to LCS, is planning to

increase the adolescent and youth services it offers to the community, setting up the departure of LCS in 2023. Currently, the LCS Hollygrove campus accommodates about 350 students transitional kindergarten (TK) to fourth grade. The other LCS campuses include Fairfax in West Hollywood (TK to fourth), Selma Elementary in Hollywood (fifth

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battery, costing $3 to $5 for a full charge. You will need to purchase a plug-in charger connected to your 240-watt line — as are your washer and dryer. A wireless charger is also available that you place on the floor of your garage to charge it overnight. Many cars can be charged on the road to the 80 percent level in 30 minutes. Recent technology is bringing that down to just 10 minutes or less. Evidently, the success of Elon Musk’s 2012 Tesla Model S instigated the change to EVs, and, as a consequence, all car manufacturers now plan to roll out an EV or will have one by the end of 2022. Most American, Chinese and German manufacturers have announced they will end production of internal combustion engines by the end of 2035.

(Continued from page 22) features the newly envisioned Ford Mustang for over $50,000 with a 270–300-mile range. The best electric vehicle range is from the new startup Lucid, showcasing a 520-mile range at a pricy $170,500. New EV startups like Mullen, Fisker and VinFast were wellrepresented, but missing from the show were world-famous nameplates like Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Buick, Honda, Acura, VW and Mercedes — conceivably due to COVID constraints or, as some say, lack of interest in auto shows. However, if you are EV-curious, you will find the most recent electrics at your local car dealerships. Charging your EV at home overnight is the least expensive way to charge your EV

to seventh) and LaFayette Park, at 2801 W. Sixth St. (eighth to 12th), for a total of about 1,610 students. “As a TK to 12th school with several sites, we have some flexibility in terms of how we configure, moving forward,” says Executive Director Amy Held. “Ideally, we’d hope to remain in the same general vicinity… and would need a site that can accommodate 200 to 400 students.” Held is hopeful that a local space can be found that features everything a child could need for a solid education. “We would love for our new home to have green space like we have at Hollygrove,” she explains, “along with spacious modern classrooms that are bright and airy, a garden and kitchen, performance, gathering and play spaces for kids, display space for student work and projects, ample parking, and [be] located in a spot that’s accessible for the diverse families we serve and a center of the community.” Larchmont Charter School opened in 2005 with 120 students, born out of the dreams of a determined group of local parents (most residing in the Larchmont community) who wanted to offer children a

constructivist public school that reflected the racial and socio-economic diversity of Los Angeles and the neighborhood. The Hollygrove location, a former orphanage known for its most famous resident, Marilyn Monroe, fit the bill per-

fectly. But now, as Larchmont Charter School looks ahead to spreading its roots in the next decades, it is focused on finding another long-term site, approximately 15,000-30,000 square feet, that will excite the local community and the children who live in it.

Blood drive at St. Brendan Dec. 9 helps to replenish supply “Give the Gift of Life for the Holidays” at a blood drive Thurs., Dec. 9 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Brendan School, 238 S. Manhattan Pl. “Each pint of blood can save up to two patients,” said Judy Koempel, Health Committee Chair on the school Parent Teacher Board. “I have witnessed firsthand the life-saving effects of blood on incredibly ill children,” said Koempel, who is also a nurse at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the sponsor of the event. Koempel was a pediatric intensive care nurse for five years before she became a nurse anesthetist 13 years ago. “Every time I have hung blood for a patient, I have been so grateful for the generous donor. A stranger giving blood to help a critically ill child is an amazingly selfless, giving

act. To me, this is the epitome of the holiday spirit,” Koempel said. St. Brendan School has been hosting a community blood drive with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles since 2018. “The effort is to teach the St. Brendan children to help other children,” said Koempel, the mother of a seventh- and a fifth-grader. “Historically, there is an increased need in hospital blood supplies from Thanksgiving to Christmas, as people become busy with holiday preparations and travel. “This year, the problem is compounded with the pandemic.” To schedule an appointment, visit CHLAdonateblood. org, click the “locate a blood drive” button, and in the “sponsor name” search field, type “St. Brendan School.”

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At the Center For Early Education, we like to celebrate different cultures and traditions. One of the ways they do this is through affinity groups. There is the Asian American Affinity Group, the Dads’ Committee, the Indian

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American Affinity group, the Latin American Affinity group, LGBTQIA+ Affinity group, the Heritage Family, and the Anti-Racism Interest Group. Each of these groups helps to educate and celebrate the differ-

ent cultures in our CEE community. For example, during Black History Month, the Heritage Family group educates the community about Black history and culture. One of the things they do is put up signs around campus with important figures in Black history, and they hold an event in which everyone can come and learn about Black history more

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with food, speeches, songs, and more. They usually have the best peach cobbler! We also have a Lunar New Year celebration in which we get to learn more about the traditions, including the different animals of each year. We also do activities and watch danc-

es. We also learn about many other important traditions such as Diwali, Dia De Los Muertos, and more. We are so lucky that we learn about the different cultures and history of the different people in our school community.


ended, our basketball team has started practicing, and we are excited for the new season. We hope to win another championship! Just a month ago, our 8th graders organized a great Halloween parade and performed phenomenally well at their play. At the end of November our Kindergartners celebrated their Thanksgiving play. On Dec. 17, we look forward to singing for our families in our Christmas pageant which will be held outside this year so everyone can be there. Thanks again for tuning in — I hope to see you next month!

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Happy December! We are back here with fall news at Hollywood Schoolhouse, with me, Sienna. So far in the student council, there’s been lots of talk about toy donations, and spirit days whisperings are on the rise. Inside the science classroom, 6th graders just finished a huge project about the summary of what we learned first trimester. Our teacher, Mr. Andy, had us make iMovies about space. Over-

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N o v e m ber was a full month at Buckley. From Spirit Week (a five-day long competition between the upper school grades) to school drama, The Twelfth Night, sports, and midsemester conferences, we had a full calendar. This month, we are participating in the annual toy drive to benefit the DPSS Toy Loan Advisory Board program that benefits very low-income families. The community can purchase items

Book fair (Continued from page 18) have a nice response again.” The online shopping link, which will support the inperson community event, is forthcoming, and customers should check Chevalier’s Instagram for updates. “We are always happy to support our local schools on book fairs and give back to the community in that way,”

all, this is one of the best projects I have done here at Hollywood Schoolhouse. Other than fun science lessons, 6th graders have started mock interviews. These will help us gain better confidence and prepare us for interviews for secondary school. Sixth graders have also begun walking in our ECE kids every morning. We now get a chance to bond with younger students and we gain new relationships. Lastly, 6th graders are finally getting vaccinated! This has been long overdue, and we are so excited to finally announce that already over half of our grade has either gotten their first dose or are fully vaccinated. on this wish list by searching Amazon’s charity list for AdoptA-Family 2021. Auditions for the spring musical will be held on Dec. 6 and 7. Sophomores were required to take the diagnostic ACT in November, but it is optional for Juniors this month. Seniors, like me, are using all of our available time to work on our college applications and prepare for finals. Our winter break will extend from Dec. 18 to Jan. 3. As with the Thanksgiving break, all students are required to following testing protocols before returning to campus, Good luck to everyone and see you all next year!

said Katie Orphan, manager of Chevalier’s. In an effort to ramp up more sales (and some holiday fun on the Boulevard), Chevalier’s will host extended hours on Dec. 8 from 6 to 8pm. During that same time, both Burger Lounge and Jeni’s Ice Cream will join in the giving spirit, each offering to donate 20 percent of sales when customers mention Third Street Family Dining Night.

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Prior to Thanksgiving, our athletes concluded the fall sports season. On Nov. 17, each team in upper (Varsity and JV) and lower (purple and white) was honored in a socially distanced recognition ceremony that separated each team into their respective classrooms with their coach. We watched as the team showed slide presentations, posed for photos and received awards, such as Most Valuable Player, Most Inspirational, a Coaches’ Award, and finally an All-Academic award for the person on the team with the highest GPA. The recognition ceremony is a great way to close out the season and appreciate each team member, and it was great to be together one

and even contribute to buying goats. These donations can help local ministries and give help to those in need internationally. Hopefully, we break another record this year so make sure to donate! Before our students go on their Thanksgiving break, as a school, NCA provides a Thanksgiving luncheon for all students and teachers to enjoy. It was a lively event for everyone as elementary students performed dances and we enjoyed Thanksgiving classics. Our girls’ volleyball and boys’ soccer seasons have come to a close! Congratulations to all of our hardworking and talented players as they made it through the season. Don’t lose your excitement as the boys’ basketball season has just started so make sure to go to some games and cheer them on. last time, especially because our seniors and some beloved coaches will not be returning next year. Every school day leading up to Thanksgiving break, our Student Council collected a different item from their respective grade to donate. All the donations will be delivered to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. On Nov. 16, our Community Day, Marlborough and Project Period Los Angeles teamed up in order to build feminine hygiene kits for women in need. On the 18th, members of each advisory wrote letters to the Marlborough Café M, Custodial, and Security staff who keep the Marlborough campus safe, clean, and fed. Leading up to winter break is the Winter Fest, which is the last day of classes. Winter Fest is a celebration with games, food, and rides to finish off the first semester in a fun way. Winter break begins on Dec. 17 and runs through Jan. 3. Happy holidays!

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ply come over for a homemade roasted turkey and cranberry sauce and reflect on what we are thankful for: sharing family stories, our beautiful planet, fun news, how the food was prepared. At LCS Hollygrove the students are assigned to bring a type of food or a gift card for Thanksgiving. The food is then given to the ones who need it so they can have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Happy holidays!!



H a p p y Thanksgiving! NCA enjoyed many festivities for the season including a trip to Knott’s Berry Farm, a canned food drive, and a Thanksgiving service. Our elementary school students had a blast when they went on an educational field trip to Knott’s Berry Farm. They were able to watch live events, learn about California’s early history, and go on some rides. It was an exciting experience for everyone. Every Thanksgiving, NCA hosts a canned food drive for our students to donate cans, non-perishable goods,

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of sales for all book fair related sales, so be sure to mention Third Street if you are shopping at Chevalier’s over the holidays! There will also be a wish list of books to purchase for teachers and the library. Pre-orders will also be made available for the holidays. I wish everyone a wonderful holiday season and an amazing New Year.







This Thanksgiving, we celebrated something we didn’t realize we missed: being with each other in person as a family. Some of us hadn’t seen our relatives in quite some time, as COVID has come along and changed some of our special moments with our lineage. While Thanksgiving may have historical significance, I think most of us love the holiday because it brings everyone together as a family again. We all have different traditions and backgrounds, but the beauty of Thanksgiving is that we all sim-

Street with a percentage of sales going back to the school. So far, Burger Lounge, Jeni’s Ice Cream, Rocco’s Pizza and Chicas Tacos have participated in Family Dining Night. Our annual book fair begins December 6 through Christmas. This year the book fair will be held with Chevalier’s. Third Street will receive 20 percent


Hello readers. The holiday season kicked off to a great start at Third Street Elementary! We had a very fun Halloween, which included a spirit day with

grade. This year, Third Street participated in a candy drive for Treats For Troops, a non-profit organization that donates extra Halloween candy to our military troops. Some people in my class brought big bags full of candy for the military. Monthly Family Dining Nights continue to be a success at Third



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Now bring us a figgy pudding: The sweetness of a holiday My Serbian grandmothers made, at Christmas, a cake called chesnica. It was layered phyllo dough (my grandmothers called it strudel dough) with butter, drenched in honey syrup when hot, and served in diamond-shaped pieces. Most notably, for a child, was that someone was to find in a piece of chesnica a shining silver dollar, a guarantee of good luck. I don’t remember if I ever found the prize. But I can recall the snow outside, presents under the tree, and the crunch and honey syrup of the cake. Christmas cakes, sweet breads and sweetmeats, many with origins centuries old, are found in every Christian enclave and culture throughout the world. Sugar, once a costly element in the apothecary’s quiver against colds, became more available during the Middle Ages in Europe, and that sweetened the holiday. (Candy canes are a remnant of sugar’s medicinal use — twists of sugar with oil of wintergreen were eaten centuries ago.) What makes a Christmas cake a Christmas cake? My grandmothers would not have made chesnica for any other day. I think the constant here is that these treats are special

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— not just any dessert — and their baking and serving are dictated by custom, culture and family tradition. But the evolution of some Christmas treats reaches back further than the holiday. Take the Christmas pudding, for example. I was delighted to read, in Alan Davidson’s brilliant and comprehensive work “The Oxford Companion to Food,” the following: “Even before Christmas pudding had attained its modern form, its consumption on Christmas Day had been banned by Oliver Cromwell. “This was not simply a sign of his Puritan attitudes. The Christian Church everywhere was conscious that Christmas was merely a veneer of the old Celtic winter solstice fire festival celebrating the ‘rebirth’ of the sun after the shortest day, 21 or 22 December.” (Cromwell, you may remember, steered Britain during

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anyway. (Guilty as charged!) I’ve never tried making a figgy pudding, but think of me on December 8, because I am planning to bake bolo de mel. When I looked up a recipe online, I found a version on the site Bolo de mel has been made for 600 MADEIRA’S indulgent honey cake, bolo years, which is just in my line. And Jerde mel, dates back centuries. Photo: emiah, I promise to eat the cake in the traditional way, as you suggest and they are the butt of jokes about door stops and the old — breaking off bits with my people who still send them fingers. Hope I don’t eat it all.

most of the Commonwealth Period, from 1649 until the 1660 Restoration of the monarchy. Talk about politicization of food! Remember Freedom Fries?) But back to the sweetness of cakes and breads. English mince pies, Scandinavian ginger biscuits, and German lebkuchen are eaten throughout the Christmas season; whereas on St. Nicholas Day (December 6), bakers in Norway make Father Christmases and dough men to give to children. Santa Lucia, in Sweden, (St. Lucy’s Day, December 13), is a day of saffronflavored buns. Then there is the rich, wonderful and complicated büche de Noël, a roll of sponge cake covered in chocolate and buttercream textured to look like bark. It’s a glory of French culinary engineering. On Madeira Island, on December 8 (the Day of the Immaculate Conception), bakers make bolo de mel, a kind of fruitcake made with molasses, which is saved to be eaten on Christmas Day. Fruitcakes, of course, are traditional in the U.S., England and parts of Western Europe; they arrive on the doorstep in heavy boxes with a tin-full of rich cake inside,

Dickens revisited in ‘A Christmas Carol’ at the Ahmanson Theatre Performances of the fivetime Tony Award-winning production of “A Christmas Carol” will continue at the Ahmanson Theatre through Jan. 1, 2022. Led by Emmy Award-winning actor Bradley Whitford (Ebenezer Scrooge), Kate Burton (Ghost of Christmas Past) and Alex Newell (Ghost of Christmas Present / Mrs. Fezziwig), this magical new interpretation of Charles

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Will an historic ranch house on Plymouth Blvd. finally be reborn? It seems that there may be a light at the end of the tunnel for the forlorn one-story house on the southeast corner of Third Street and Plymouth Boulevard. At the Nov. 17 board meeting of the Windsor Square HPOZ, the proposed plans for the restoration and expansion of 304 S. Plymouth Blvd. were approved, and the project was granted a Certificate of Appropriateness. You could almost hear a sigh of relief from neighbors as this decision clears the way for work to begin on the abandoned house in the coming year. If the sad saga of 304 S. Plymouth has finally come to an end, it is thanks to Benjamin Donel of Sunset Equity — a lawyer, broker and real estate investor whose Forbes Councils bio claims that he has “single-handedly flipped over one-thousand homes,” noting that he focuses “especially on distressed assets, foreclosures and note purchases.” His 2020 acquisition of the property ended the twodecade negligent and dodgy proprietorship of Kim Kwang Tae, during which the house became vacant, decayed and a magnet for vagrants. The architects of the new project, Jane Keener and Matt Steele of Architecture JHK,

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were tasked with a challenge: to modernize, restore and expand the house all while respecting its humble ranch-style design. In recent years, requests had been made to demolish and replace the low-slung ranchstyle house designed in 1949 by architect Y. W. Nibecker of Huntington Park for Mr. Harry Carian Sr., an Armenian immigrant and prominent grape grower of the Coachella Valley. Due to its status as a contributor to the Windsor Square HPOZ, those proposals were rejected. The successful new design retains the Plymouth and Third Street façades. Additions have been deemed sympathetic to the original. Ranch houses such as 304 S. Plymouth are a truly American creation. The style originated in the 1920s and ’30s from a fusion of prairie and rancher lifestyle with modernist design heavily influenced by the work of Frank Lloyd Wright. Open plans, sliding glass doors and a new emphasis on private patios and

RENDERING SHOWS the approved proposal for the Plymouth Boulevard home. View is looking northeast.

gardens defined these houses made for indoor-outdoor living. The style’s popularity as postwar middle-class housing made the ranch house perfect for the vast new developments being built in the San Fernando Valley and beyond. By the 1950s, nine out of every 10 houses in California was a ranch house. The custom-built ranch houses in Windsor Square are included in the HPOZ as they show the continuum of residential taste through the postwar decades. Consulting with the HPOZ Board and the Office of Historic Resources, architects Keener and Steele set to work on an exhaustive analysis of the property, the street and the HPOZ. They studied the exemplary work on two other

expanded and restored ranch houses, at 103 N. Norton Ave. and 267 S. Windsor Blvd. To ensure the project’s success, the architects met three times (which is out of the ordinary) with the HPOZ Board, whose members helped tailor the design, resulting in a proposal that restores the majority of the original ranch house, while adding an unobtrusive second story which — due to its ample set back — allows the original form of the historic house to read clearly. I attended the final hearing on the project before the HPOZ Board and was surprised and impressed with the thoroughness of the review, the level of detail involved in the process and the firm but

fair judgment of the board members in attendance: John LaBombard, Shana Barghouti and Louis Polidori. While I initially was inclined not to like the new design (full disclosure, I’m a neighbor), I was brought ’round to appreciate the time and care the architects invested to produce a design that not only elevates the historic property in scale but in stature. Where once the house sank back into its landscape, it will step forward to take its humbler place among the grand dames of the boulevard. Now I wholeheartedly share the sentiments of my other neighbors, who — when asked by the architects their opinions of the project — loudly responded, “JUST GET IT DONE!”




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New tree on Larchmont, but how did it get here? By Nona Sue Friedman The Larchmont Boulevard sidewalk canopy coverage that trees provide is wonderful, but do you ever think about what it takes to get that tree into the ground? Because one recently was placed on the Boulevard for the 100th anniversary of the original Larchmont shopping district, we thought we’d tell you how it happened. Resident gardener and horticulturist Helen Hartung of Windsor Square, also a board member of the Windsor Square Association (WSA), scouted for a city-approved African Fern Pine (Afrocarpus falcatus) at a nursery, tagged it and arranged for its delivery. Urban Forestry Division (a part of the Bureau of Street Services of the city’s Public Works Department), the agency that oversees street tree installation, had been contacted about this project by local resident Heather Duffy Boylston, who also acts as co-director of the Larchmont landlord group, the Larchmont Village Business Improvement District. Urban Forestry’s Stephen DuPrey said the city was unable to provide a tree as substantial as the one sourced by Hartung, so DuPrey said the city was happy to accept WSA’s generous donation. Placement of the tree at 141 N. Larchmont Blvd., near Tailwaggers, required a lot of ground preparation. Four workers from Urban Forestry arrived at 7:30 a.m. on Wed., Oct. 20. Checking out the dry, hard soil where a previous tree had languished and

STREET SERVICE crew digs hole for the newest tree on Larchmont Boulevard. Photos by Nona Sue Friedman

had been removed, the workers realized this was going to be a difficult endeavor. They needed a very big hole. The crew attacked the dirt. Each worker took his turn with a different instrument. There were shovels, pick axes and digging bars, coupled with sweat and grunts. The tree arrived and waited patiently on the side in its wooden box. After hours of digging and shoveling, the workers measured the hole. It wasn’t big

enough. Because the dirt was so compacted, the workers determined that they needed to fill the hole with water. A Bureau of Street Services truck that accompanied the team was equipped to do just that. The crew waited a few hours for the water to be absorbed. This made the soil softer and easier to remove. Again, digging, pick-axing and shoveling began, and it continued for another couple of hours. Measuring the hole (Please turn to page 6)

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(Continued from page 4) a second time yielded success. The hole was big enough. Using the strength of all four men, the tree’s root ball was eased down into the hole. They shimmied the tree until it was centered. Back to the shovels, they filled the hole with the old dirt, then new dirt with nutrients. Voilà! A new tree on Larchmont, ready for its official dedication four days later. Enjoy its shade.

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Larchmont Village Neighborhood Association hears CD4 office for last time at semi-annual meeting By Billy Taylor City Council District Four Field Deputy Kevin Sanchez-Morales said goodbye on behalf of Councilmember Nithya Raman to the Larchmont Village Neighborhood Association (LVNA) at its Nov. 9 semi-annual meeting.

“Unfortunately, redistricting is happening right now and, as it stands, Council District Four will look a little different than it does now,” said Sanchez-Morales, who declined to address the LVNA with his camera on during the Zoom videoconference, not-

ing that he was “under the weather.” “I know Councilmember Raman loves this area and wanted to keep it as whole as possible. Unfortunately, like I said, as it stands now, we will lose this area. On Friday, there was an Ad Hoc Committee

who met and ultimately decided that our district would have 40 percent new constituents, and, today, as a matter of fact, the City Council approved a draft set of political boundaries,” explained SanchezMorales. Councilmembers Raman and Paul Krekorian had seconded Council President Nury Martinez’s Oct. 26 motion to form the new City Council Ad Hoc Redistricting Committee. The new Committee decided to replace the draft redistricting map proposed by the independent Citizen Redistricting Commission. The committee’s replacement map featured new boundaries negotiated by seven City Council members. Sanchez-Morales told LVNA members that the City Council will vote on an ordinance on Dec. 1 “to put the changes into effect, with districts being established as early as Jan. 1.” In other news, LVNA board member Vincent Cox asked Sanchez-Morales about a request, which residents have been working on for more than two years, to expand the preferential parking district on Arden and Lucerne boulevards: “We have all the approvals,

but we’re waiting for a City Council resolution to finalize the request,” said Cox. “I am not familiar with that request,” admitted SanchezMorales, who serves as the field deputy for the neighborhood. He said that he would contact the city’s Dept. of Transportation to learn more. Police report Olympic Division Senior Lead Officer Joe Pelayo warned residents about an increase in violent street robberies citywide, and in particular, around the Melrose Avenue corridor. Police are witnessing a criminal trend of “follow-home robberies,” said Pelayo, in (Please turn to page 9)

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which suspects target victims wearing jewelry or expensive bags, or driving flashy cars, only to follow them home to commit the robberies. “I’ve never seen it this bad,” said Pelayo, a 26-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). Because of LAPD boundaries established in 2009, the LVNA area is split in half, into two police divisions. Wilshire Division Commanding Officer Capt. Sonia Monico updated residents on officer response times, which are suffering due to issues related to the pandemic and defunding. Monico said emergency 911 calls are averaging a 6.7-minute response time, while nonemergency calls in Wilshire now have a response time of more than an hour long.

Pelayo also updated residents on a notable increase in cases where “working women” of Western Avenue bring their clients to park in the Ridgewood-Wilton area for illegal activity. The police are aware of the situation and are currently organizing a response from the Vice Squad, explained Pelayo. Development threats LVNA board member Sam Uretsky updated residents on the ongoing state and local legislative actions that will have potentially significant consequences for the LVNA and surrounding neighborhoods within the area of the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council. Uretsky touched on how the City Council redistricting battle, the recently passed State housing bills (SB 9, SB 10 and SB 478), and the city’s Transit Oriented Communities

(TOC) program will all have an impact on future development of the Larchmont area.

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EXISTING COUNCIL DISTRICTS map shows portions of CDs 4, 5, 10 and 13.

By John Welborne As noted on page 11 at right, this area’s two City Council districts will look different starting in 2022. In the past, the distribution area of the Larchmont Chronicle has been primarily in Council Districts 4 and 5. Although the areas receiving the paper will not change, the city’s council district numbers associated with this geography will change. After more than 70 years, Council District 4 is no more (at least, in these parts of town). Our local portions of the former CD 4 will become the most eastern part of CD 5 and the southernmost part of CD 13. The proposed changes are pending final approval by the City Council of the overall new map of the city’s 15 City Council districts, an approval expected after the December Chronicle goes to press. If the draft maps shown here are approved, CD 5 will include the following Greater Wilshire areas that previously were in CD 4: Hancock Park, La Brea Hancock, Sycamore Square and Brookside, plus an eastern expansion between Wilshire and Olympic boulevards containing Fremont Place, Windsor Village, Wilshire Park and Country Club Heights. CD 5 also picks up Miracle Mile, Park La Brea, the Original Farmers Market and areas east of Park La Brea and south of Third Street. The new Fifth District will extend west to Westwood and Bel Air. The following parts of Greater Wilshire will now become the southern end of CD 13, essentially the “Hollywood” district of Los Angeles: Windsor Square, Larchmont Village, We-Wil, Ridgewood-Wilton, St. Andrews Square, and the Oakwood / Maplewood / St. Andrews neighborhood. Initially, the City Council Redistricting Commission listened to the entreaties of residents of Greater Wilshire. The Commission recommended that almost all of the neighborhood council communities of interest be united in one district — CD 5. However, an Ad Hoc Committee of seven members of the Los Angeles City Council subsequently rejected the Commission recommendation and proceeded to split up Greater Wilshire as described above and as shown in the accompanying map. State redistricting Unlike with the city, Greater Wilshire residents’ requests to the truly independent state commission — that deals with Congressional, State Senate and Assembly districts — were heeded. The draft maps released last month by the 2020 California Citizens Redistricting Commission keep Greater Wilshire united. In the proposed new Assembly District (“North

PROPOSED NEW COUNCIL DISTRICTS split Greater Wilshire neighborhoods.

of 10”), Greater Wilshire is together with the other northern portions of that new district. For the State Senate District (“NELA – Northeast LA”), Greater Wilshire is at the western edge, along with Hollywood and West Hollywood. For Congress, the Commission’s map is named “10 CORR” – or “10 Corridor”), and Greater Wilshire is the northernmost part of the district, north of the 10 freeway. By the beginning of 2022, the final boundaries should be known. STATE MAPS BELOW show proposed new Assembly, State Senate and Congressional districts. The shaded area is the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, and the star is set at approximately Larchmont and Beverly boulevards.

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SOLD: This home at 411 N. Irving Blvd. in Larchmont Village was sold in October for $1,137,500.

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401 S. Lucerne Blvd. 114 S. Norton Ave. 425 N. Martel Ave. 625 N. Highland Ave. 635 N. McCadden Pl. 250 S. Citrus Ave. 334 S. Sycamore Ave. 321 N. Highland Ave. 110 N. Citrus Ave. 451 N. Highland Ave. 359 S. Orange Dr. 837 Hauser Blvd. 342 N. Irving Blvd. 535 N. Formosa Ave. 166 N. Gardner St. 156 N. Vista St. 603 N. Martel Ave. 836 3rd Ave. 107 S. Gramercy Pl. 812 S. Curson Ave. 629 N. Windsor Blvd. 664 N. Gramercy Pl. 411 N. Irving Blvd.


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By Suzan Filipek Our Los Angeles City Council Districts will look very different in the New Year. Councilmen Mitch O’Farrell’s 13th District and Paul Koretz’s Fifth District will absorb portions of the city that have been in the Fourth District for more than 70 years. The new Fourth District will be primarily in the Hollywood Hills and the San Fernando Valley. The changes, which take effect January 1, result from Redistricting Commission recommendations, as revised by an Ad Hoc Committee of the City Council and the full City Council. The City Council was scheduled to make a final vote Dec. 1. Paul Koretz Koretz, who will be termed out at the end of 2022, following three terms Councilman Paul Koretz, on the CD 5 Council, is running for City Controller. As councilman, he served on the Budget & Finance Committee for 10 years, chaired the Audits and Government Efficiency Committee, and currently chairs the Personnel, Audits and Animal Welfare Committee. In 1984, Koretz helped incorporate the City of West Hollywood, and he served

on the West Hollywood City Council from 1988-2000. He also represented California’s California 42nd Assembly District before being elected to the Los Angeles City Council. He hails from the San Fernando Valley and attended Hamilton High and UCLA. Mitch O’Farrell O’Farrell will seek a third term in the June 7, 2022 prim a r y election (and, if a runoff is nece s s a r y, the Nov. 7 general election). He Councilman b e g a n Mitch O’Farrell, his pubCD 13 lic service as a field deputy, district director and senior advisor to then Councilmember Eric Garcetti before succeeding Garcetti in the “Hollywood” District of the Council. On the City Council, O’Farrell chairs the Energy, Climate Change, Environmental Justice and River Committee, and he is chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on the 2028 Olympics and Paralympics. He also is a committee member of the Ad Hoc Committee on COVID-19 Recovery and Neighborhood Investment; Immigrant, Civil Rights and Equity Committee; Public Works Committee; and Board of Referred Powers. An Oklahoma native, he moved to Los Angeles in 1982.



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known and loved by all. When she causes an accident on the road, however, her life changes. She begins to question her fame and her job. This isn’t a comic book movie like 1976’s “Network” (“I’m mad as hell and not going to take it anymore!”). It is far deeper, more nuanced, realistic, and meaningful. Seydoux gives a mesmerizing performance. This is

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Tony Medley a good, insightful movie. In French. Opens Dec. 10. Citizen Ashe (8/10): 95 minutes. NR. Perhaps one of the

saddest deaths resulting from the AIDs epidemic (and all of them are sad) is UCLA alum Arthur Ashe, a married heterosexual who won Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and the Australian Open, was ranked #1 by Harry Hopman in 1968, and got HIV from a blood transfusion — dying in 1993 of pneumonia caused by AIDs. Ashe was a calm, mentally strong athlete who grew up in the wildly racist and biased South. Lynchings were common, and segregation was rife. Directors Rex Miller and Sam Pollard tell Ashe’s story with lots of interviews with him and others involved in the Civil Rights movement. Unfortunately, there are very few clips of Ashe’s matches, as this is not about sports. Instead of the lunatics who yell “racist” about everything and everybody with whom they disagree, Ashe said, “I’m African American, make no bones about it, but I’m more than that. If you want me to act like someone who is a stereotypical African American, who is supposed to say this and do this, do that, act this way, you’ve got the wrong person.” He fought for equal treatment in his own way. Interviewed are John McEnroe, who played Davis Cup under Ashe’s coaching, Billy Jean King, Harry Edwards, Donald Dell (who was a classmate of mine at University of Virginia Law School and became one of the most powerful men in tennis), and Ashe’s beautiful and articulate wife Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, a professional photographer. This is a moving film, leaving one mourning the loss of a fine, strong, reasonable, and commonsensical man. But it does capture the man; we need more like him today. Red Notice (4/10): 117 minutes. PG-13. I guess this is intended as a buddy comedy. But the buddies, Dwayne Johnson, formerly known as The Rock, and Ryan Reynolds have little chemistry, and the lines they are given to utter are fey, at

best; certainly not very funny. It is so full of plotholes they would overflow a community swimming pool. The word “frivolous” doesn’t give this justice. Reynolds tries his best to put some oomph into the film, and he can get an “A” for effort, but Johnson and Gal Gadot just seem to be punching a clock, and who could blame them, with this script? Hide and Seek (1/10): 83 minutes. R. Jonathan RhysMeyers plays a man who goes looking for his reclusive brother after his wealthy father dies. It leads him to a run-down building (I think it was owned by his father, but I wasn’t sure) habituated by wanderers and others who seem to be squatters, but there is a person who seems to be a manager. While this is advertised as a thriller, it’s really a neo-horror film; such a convoluted movie that one never knows what’s going on and does not discover what was going on when the movie ends. What’s the point? Who cares? Walter Williams: Suffer No Fools (10/10): 54 Minutes. I first met 6’-7” Walter Williams when we both played pickup basketball at UCLA in the early ‘70s (at 6’-3”, I had to guard him). Since then, Walter became a superstar in economics and a professor at George Mason University, on a par with Thomas Sowell. Walter, who recently passed away suddenly, was a brilliant, eloquent thinker and writer with a great sense of humor. This is a short, captivating documentary that you probably will not find anywhere else, so I’m providing the link for you to meet an extraordinary man; his story as a Black man brought up by a single mother with little money is inspirational and his thoughts stimulating. https://


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Seven-card stud vs. Texas hold’em; one gives a hand up Texas hold’em and sevencard stud are the two most popular poker games. When I was a teenager playing for pennies, it was draw poker. By the time I was in the Navy during WWII, we played sevencard stud on board ship. About 20 years ago, Texas hold’em became the most popular, and I switched over. But now I am thinking of returning to stud, convinced that I can win much more often. Care to join me? A game of partial information The two games are similar in most respects. The basic rules are the same. The strategies and tactics are alike. And the same skills are important. Where they differ substantially is in the information-gath-

ering department. The mechanics Starting out, each player is dealt two cards face-down (his hole cards). In hold’em, this is all the information he gets before the betting begins. Whereas, in stud, each player is also dealt a third card faceup — the “door card.” Thus, the stud player enjoys onethird more information before the first round of betting. Suppose he started with a small pair in the hole. Playing stud, he gets to see the next card before he must invest to stay in the hand. It could be the same rank as his pocket-pair, giving him a set — a made hand! Now, building the pot becomes his goal. And it didn’t

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and find a book you’re okay getting rid of. But also don’t just send out your junk books. It’s the Little Free Library, not the Little Free Dumpster. So go ahead and put that moldy box-set of National Geographics straight into the recycling bin. If the concept of a Little Free Library is too sappy of an idea for you, maybe it’ll help to instead think of it

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George Epstein cost him a single chip — sort of a bonus for stud players. More important In hold’em, after the initial round of betting, the dealer places three cards face-up — the flop, followed by a round of betting. These “community” cards are shared by all players. Then the turn is also dealt faceup on the board. After a third round of betting, the river card is also dealt face-up, followed by the final betting round. In contrast, in seven-card stud, after the two hole cards and door card, followed by a round of betting, each player receives a second card face-up. Then, after another round of betting, a third card is dealt face-up to each player. Like-

wise for the fourth card dealt face-up, followed by a round of betting. The final card (the river) is dealt face-down to each player still in the hand, followed by the last round of betting before the showdown. In all, four face-up cards are visible to all players. If there are six players in the stud game (eight is the maximum allowed), that amounts to 24 cards — almost one-half of the deck — virtually a ton of useful information. Note: In hold’em, after the first round of betting, a total of five community cards are dealt face-up, shared by all players — no matter how many remain in the pot. That is a fraction of the face-up (visible to all) cards in stud, provided two or more players remain in the pot. Stud players gain Suppose you hold an openended draw to a straight. With so many face-up cards exposed, you have a much better chance of observing when some of your outs “disappear” among

opponents’ face-up cards, helping you decide whether to muck your hand, saving lots of chips. On the contrary, if none of your outs is dealt out, your chance of connecting is that much greater. And, if you hold out to several possible strong hands — let’s say, 15 good outs in all, with none of them among the face-up cards, you have a good chance to connect. You might even decide to semi-bluff. Summary Stud permits you to see considerably more face-up cards than hold’em — incredibly useful information. Life/poker quote of the month “No one ever lost his job by listening too much.” Calvin Coolidge, 30th president of the United States George “The Engineer” Epstein, a long-time local resident, is the author of three books including “The Art of Bluffing” and “Hold’em or Fold’em – An Algorithm for Making the Key Decision.”


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