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Residents of Park La Brea to vote on group's future Library, classes among services in jeopardy

CUPID STRIKES. Read how area couples met. 20-22 AREA a magnet for commercials.


THE EBELL open house drew a crowd. 7 DINING for Hope-Net. 7 PRESERVATION zone revisited. 8 LOCAL DOCTOR goes to Ecuador. 9 BENEFIT for Village employee. 9 NEW LOOK, new garden for L.A. High. 10 CITIZEN advocate in Pickel. 13 DEBUTANTES at ball.


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By Jane Gilman In 1988, the 3,000 members of the Park La Brea Tenants Association were united in their efforts to prevent higher rents and assessments at the apartment complex on Third St. between Hauser Blvd. and Fairfax Ave. “These were among the issues that we fought during those days,” said Col. Donald Harris, who has seen the organization change its name to the Park La Brea Residents Association and seen its membership dwindle down to 83. Longtime secretary-treasurer of the Association, Harris mailed ballots to voting members to decide if the group should continue. The Association has been providing services for the 10,000-plus residents such as maintaining a library, tai chi classes, movies and lectures. These services were operated by the Association but funded

Suspect in area burglaries taken into custody Construction crew notified police Officers from L.A.P.D.’s Olympic Division arrested a man believed to be linked to a series of burglaries in the Windsor Square and Larchmont Village communities. Construction workers on the 200 block of S. Lorraine observed that the garage door to the home they were working on was open. The crew’s equipment, which had been locked up in the garage, was observed in the driveway, and a man was seen walking away. L.A.P.D. Olympic Division was notified, and within minutes the suspect was taken into custody as he attempted to flee the area. He was positively identified by witnesses at the scene, said Olympic Division senior lead officer Joe Pelayo. The suspect may be responsible for other burglaries in the area, he added.

by Park La Brea management until last May. “We have been operating on our own since, but can no longer afford it,” said Harris. Kate Nunes, a garden apartment resident, said she patronizes the library regularly and would really miss the service if it closes. “I use the library constantly. See Park La Brea, p. 4

New judge in Bungalow case sets plea hearing Restaurateur loses civil matter By Suzan Filipek Two years is too long. That was the verdict of the new L.A. Superior Court judge in the city’s criminal case against the Larchmont Bungalow when it arrived in his courtroom last month. Judge Paul Suzuki set a final plea hearing for Tues., Feb. 7 at 8:30 a.m. in Central Arraignment Court, 429 Bauchet St., Div. 80. “They still haven’t had an arraignment or made a plea… This has taken way too long,” city deputy attorney Serena Christion said of the case which started in the fall of 2009. See Bungalow, p. 4

CAMPAIGN TO KEEP Greater Wilshire neighborhoods in one district was spearheaded by GWNC members Robbie O'Donnell and Owen Smith at the Jan. 18 commission hearing at City Hall.

Draft redistricting map puts neighborhoods in District 5 Boundaries in flux; area would lose LaBonge As the Chronicle went to press, the first draft redistricting map was released by the city showing the Fifth Council District absorbing the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council boundaries including all of Fourth District Councilman Tom LaBonge’s district. Some 50 community members had attended the Redistricting Commission hearing in City Council chambers on Jan. 18 to urge the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council be included in one council district. As it turned out, the GWNC areas are united, but not in Council District

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Four. GWNC boundaries are approximately from Western Ave. to La Brea Ave., Melrose Ave. to Olympic Blvd. Fourth District Councilman Tom LaBonge said he See Redistricting, p. 16

Miracle Mile in March edition

Newsmakers, new developments and a subway update will be featured in “Miracle Mile 2012,” a special section to be distributed March 2. Advertising deadline is Feb. 13; contact Pam Rudy, 323462-2241 x11.

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FLAG CEREMONY was held during Troop 621 camping trip. Special section, pages 18, 19.

How is it that the shortest month of the year can be so full of activities? Fortunately, we get an extra day because it’s a leap year—so, take advantage of those extra 24 hours! *** Enjoying the summer weather in January at a table outside Noah’s Bagels were Dana Herko and son Nicky, See BLVD., p 11 ~ Entire Issue Online!



Community Platform


By Jane Gilman

Questionable success Redistricting of city council districts may be like baseball—there are plenty of bases to cover before we reach home plate. The pitch by the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council to unify our area under one council district successfully reached the ears of the commissioners. But it was a bittersweet victory for the neighborhood—Fourth District Councilman Tom LaBonge saw his district yanked out from under him. If approved, Hancock Park, Windsor Square, the Grove, Farmers Market, Miracle Mile and all of Park La Brea will fall into District Five. But these redistricting maps are like putty, and can be reshaped at any time during the process. City Council members will look at the final maps (to be tweaked during seven community hearings), and they will have the deciding vote. Hearings are being held all month, and our current councilman LaBonge needs support to return his area back to District Four. We admire Fifth District Councilman Paul Koretz, but we have a long history with Tom LaBonge—he knows our concerns and has been an intrepid ally on our behalf. We need to assist Tom in doing whatever it takes to continue representing our community.

Sat., Feb. 4 - First of final City Council redistricting hearings, Pierce College, 11 a.m. For remaining dates go to Wed., Feb. 8 - Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council meeting, The Ebell of Los Angeles, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., 7 p.m. Sun., Feb. 12 - Lincoln Remembrance, Los Angeles National Cemetery, 950 S. Sepuvelda Blvd., 2 to 4 p.m. Mon., Feb. 20 - Presidents’ Day Fri., March 2 - Delivery of the March issue of the Larchmont Chronicle.

Join us in welcoming our two new Board Members: Gerda McDonough and Joanne Medeiros. Both Gerda and Joanne have been involved in Hancock Park improvement projects and we’re excited to have them join the Board of Directors. Gerda McDonough is an eleven year resident of Los Angeles. She has a long record of service to community organizations, including the newly formed Transportation Committee of the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council. Gerda has held senior positions at media companies in the US, Europe, Asia, and her native South Africa. She lives with her husband and daughter and has been a resident of Hancock Park since 2010. Joanne Medeiros was raised in West Los Angeles and is a proud graduate of UCLA for her BA, and Occidental College for her MA in Education. She is currently the Southern California Manager for ELLE DECOR and House Beautiful, two of the leading design titles published by Hearst Magazines. She has a passion for residential design, gardens and architecture developed through her professional career and international travel. She moved to Hancock Park seven years ago, remodeling her 1930 Mediterranean villa. Joanne was an important part of the team that planned and implemented the John Burroughs Middle School beautification project. With the help of HPHOA and WSHPHS, over $150,000 in local funds were raised to upgrade the school and surrounding grounds. Be sure and look at our website for news – http://www. . Also, if you’re planning changes to your house read the Hancock Park Preservation Plan (http://www. or http://preservation. ) and contact City Planner Matthew Glesne (213-978-1216 or In the event of a crime contact the Wilshire Division LAPD station - 213-4730476 or website: police_station as well as our Senior Lead Officer, Dave Cordova (213793-0650; Contact the association (or Tree Committee Chair, Susan Grossman, if you need a parkway tree. Report graffiti sightings by calling 311 or at the City’s Anti-Graffiti Request System - http://anti-graffiti.lacity. org/welcome.cfm?CFID=1007&CFTOKEN=411CDB4F-0FC3-4EE189DE58DCCB435538 and by calling Hollywood Beautification, 323463-5180 Questions regarding filming - contact Filming Committee, Cami Taylor (323-692-1414-Home and 310-659-6220-Office). Adv.

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OLYMPIC DIVISION ROBBERY: A man driving near Western Ave. and Elmwood pulled over to get directions and was robbed at gunpoint on Jan. 11 at 6 a.m. The suspect covered his face with his shirt, demanded the man’s wallet and then fled on foot. BURGLARIES: Camera equipment, money and other property were stolen from an apartment on the 300 block of S. Manhattan Pl. on Jan. 3 be-

tween 1 and 5 p.m. A man tried to force open the side door of a residence on the 500 block of Windsor Blvd. on Jan. 21 at 9:50 a.m. The resident called the police. The suspect then fled. Video games were stolen from a home on the 5200 block of Melrose Ave. on Jan. 23 between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. The suspect broke in through unsecured rear window. Computer equipment and a radio were taken from a residence on the 200 block of S. Gramercy Pl. on Jan. 23 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. The suspect smashed a side window to break into the home. PREVENTION TIP: Keep area well lit and lock all doors, gates, garage and windows. If you are leaving town, put lights and a radio on a timer, and ask friends to collect all newspapers. Install an alarm. GRAND THEFT AUTO: A 2002 Volkswagen Jetta was stolen from the 600 block of N. Plymouth Blvd. between 5 a.m. and 1 p.m. A 2011 Kawasaki motorcycle was taken from the 600 block of S. Wilton Pl. between Jan. 6 at 2 a.m. and Jan. 8 at 5 p.m. A 1999 Honda Civic was stolen from near the corner of 4th St. and St. Andrews Pl. between Jan. 7 at 8 a.m. and Jan. 8 at 8:45 a.m. A 2009 Lexus E35 was taken from near the corner of Beachwood and Beverly Blvd. on Jan. 16 at noon.

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"I'm having dinner with friends at the Wilshire Country Club. They decorate with balloons and flowers. It's a fun tradition." Barbara Hardesty Lucerne Blvd.

"February 14th is my 11th birthday!" Mira Marlink "The three of us always go out to dinner to celebrate. My husband and I haven't been out alone on Valentine's Day in 11 years. But we're so happy to celebrate with Mira." Kim Swann Norton Ave.

"We'll make special boxes and Valentine's cards and exchange them at school." Lily Kachikis Larchmont Village

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Condominium project on Rimpau headed to PLUM


A three-story, 12-unit condominium project at Wilshire and Rimpau boulevards is moving forward after a final appeal was recently denied by the Central Area Planning Commission, said city planner Jim Tokunaga, Deputy Advisory Agency. The agency approved the project more than a year ago but it was held up by two appeals by neighbors, and the property owner “who was trying to come to a resolution,” said Tokunaga. Members of the Rimpau Neighborhood Coalition opposed the project’s density and traffic impacts. “The neighbors felt that the entry/exit to the proposed condo, which is on Rimpau, will create a danger to cars travelling north and south on Rimpau, as well as cars

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turning onto Rimpau from Wilshire,” said resident Nancy Reinisch. The applicant Soon Pak agreed to replace original large balconies with Frenchstyle ones that are architectural design features but do not serve as functioning balconies. The zoning allows for 12 units on the property and the city’s Park Mile Specific Plan prohibits traffic egress and ingress onto Wilshire, so the project was approved, explained Tokunaga. The 24,451 square foot lot will include 30 parking spaces. The development is scheduled to go before the city Planning and Land Use Management Committee and City Council for final approval. A final date has not yet been set.

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Waltzing down Larchmont Boulevard you can’t help but feel you are in some small town – a village. On Sundays, the children, families, villagers and dogs all converge on the Farmer’s Market to brunch and shop. During the week we have many members of the Larchmont Boulevard Association which are North of Beverly that provide the community with medical and other services as well as restaurants and shops. A new hot spot is Café Gratitude which is a vegetarian restaurant and very popular. We have pet supplies, dry cleaning, pianos, and a huge array of other services. Look at to find our members. February is the true beginning of the New Year. You just said to yourself that you are surprised January is over. How are those resolutions going? Not so well? Or better than expected? What can we do to help you have a better, healthier, and financially rewarding year? Start with a plan; make objectives for both the short and long term. Practice discipline to achieve these objectives and hope for the best. Walking for exercise is a great way to begin. There are groups of community members meeting at different locations on the Boulevard to walk or ride their bikes. Our community is chock full of venues and activities for all ages and all levels. Join in. A reminder not to litter, don’t post signs on the poles and trees, curb your dog and be mindful of others while you are on the Boulevard. We will appreciate you even more and we are happy you are in Adv. Larchmont village.

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The Los Angeles City Charter requires that the city be redistricted every 10 years. The city, through the City of Los Angeles Redistricting Commission (CLARC), is in the process of redrawing electoral lines to balance the population based on the 2010 Census. CLARC has been taking public testimony and mapping proposals to gather input as they work to redistrict Los Angeles, and is holding a series of public hearings as part of this process.

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CLARC held a hearing on January 18th that was attended by several Board members of the Windsor Square Association, who expressed their support for the unanimous resolution passed by the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council (GWNC) on January 12th. GWNC Board members also attended the meeting to present a proposal accompanying the resolution.

Like the draft map that puts GWNC in CD5? Hate it? Let us know!

The GWNC resolution cites the fact that the Greater Wilshire area is currently split among three City Council districts, which makes it hard to unify neighborhood interests and protections under the umbrella of any one council district. As a result, the GWNC has requested that CLARC reunite the complete Greater Wilshire area in a single Council district. The WSA Board is in favor of the resolution and accompanying proposal.

Dates of public redistricting meetings are: Saturday, February 4 Monday, February 6 Wednesday, February 8 Thursday, February 9

Final Vote February 22 To see the proposed map and for more information go to:

Residents who are interested in learning more about the proposal should visit the GWNC website at Residents are also encouraged to submit public comment in favor of the GWNC proposal on the CLARC website at The Windsor Square Association, an all-volunteer group of residents from 1100 households between Beverly and Wilshire and Van Ness and Arden, works to preserve and enhance our beautiful neighborhood. Join with us! Drop us a line at 157 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004, or visit our website at ADV.

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Local streets get 15 minutes of fame in ad spots Hancock Park and Windsor Square are among sites film companies are selecting for their commercial shoots. Recent activity included an Infiniti car ad for television on Lorraine, Hudson, Windsor and Muirfield. “Got Milk” used

the 400 block of S. Windsor Blvd. chose the 600 block of Lorraine Blvd. for its location. A Fidelity commercial was shot on the 100 block of S. Van Ness Ave. Commercial shoots are increasing in the city, accord-

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New judge in Bungalow case (Continued from page 1) If the plaintiffs plead not guilty, a pretrial will be set for within 20 days. If they plead guilty, the settlement can be reached following a pending civil case, she said. Civil Case The case has been continued several times pending the civil case, which made a major inroad last month when L.A. Superior Court Judge Soussan Bruguera denied Larchmont Bungalow’s petition for a writ of mandate on Dec. 30. The decision left the local eatery to continue operating without a certificate of occupancy. “This is a big win for our side,” said Kim Westhoff, deputy city attorney in the civil

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POLICE BEAT REPORT (Continued from page 2) A 1986 Toyota truck was stolen from the 400 block of N. Van Ness Ave. between Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. and Jan. 21 at 9 a.m. A 2003 Toyota Solaris was taken from a garage on 5000 block of Clinton St. between Jan. 21 at 12:30 p.m. and Jan. 22 at 10 a.m. A 1987 Toyota truck was stolen from the 600 block of N. Wilton Pl. on Jan. 22 between 1 and 6 a.m. BURGLARIES FROM Sunglasses, VEHICLE: clothes and an iPod were stolen from a car parked on the


500 block of S. Gramercy Pl. on Jan. 13 at 12:30 a.m. Golf clubs, shoes and clothing were stolen from a car parked near the corner of St. Andrews Pl. and 1st St. on Jan. 15 at 12:05 a.m. Sporting goods and other property were stolen from a car parked on the 600 block of N. Windsor Blvd. between Jan. 20 at 10:30 p.m. and Jan. 21 at 9:30 a.m. WILSHIRE DIVISION ASSAULT: A man walking near the corner of Melrose Ave. and Rossmore Ave. was threatened and assaulted by

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Meeting addresses prostitution problem along Western Avenue More than 40 residents attended a recent neighborhood meeting at Charles H. Kim School to address the ongoing prostitution problem along Western Ave. LAPD Olympic Division Sgt. Clint Dohmen, officer in charge of vice, reported that five women had been picked up earlier that day. But, he added, they would probably be back on the street later in the day due to jail overcrowding. Deputy city attorney Tamar Galatzan said the city is looking for sentencing that might have a better result, such as community service as well as diversion programs.

Council District Four field deputy Ben Seinfeld addressed proposed traffic engineering changes for Western Ave. that would make it more difficult for prostitutes' clients to turn into the neighborhoods, and also give LAPD officers a reason to pull over a potential vice criminal making an illegal turn. Olympic Division senior lead officer Joe Pelayo said officers have been instructed to make their presence known by patrolling the area. He encouraged residents to call 911 if they see an illegal act, and to keep outdoor lighting on as a deterrent.

A 2005 Ford Explorer was stolen from near the corner of Oakwood Ave. and Orange Dr. between Jan. 13 at 4:30 p.m. and Jan. 15 at 9:30 a.m. A 2004 Honda Civic was taken from the 200 block of S. Sycamore Ave. between Jan. 21 at 11 p.m. and Jan. 22 at 9:45 a.m. FROM BURGLARIES VEHICLE: Electronic equipment was stolen from a car parked on the 400 block of S. McCadden Pl. between Jan. 4 at 11 p.m. and Jan. 5 at 10 a.m. A factory-installed GPS was taken from a car parked on the

300 block of S. Lucerne Blvd. on Jan. 5 at 8 p.m. An iPod, clothing and keys were stolen from a car parked near the corner of Clinton St. and Gower St. on Jan. 9 between 9:45 and 11:50 a.m. A side window was smashed and a car ransacked near the corner of Clinton St. and Lillian Way between Jan. 13 at 6 p.m. and Jan. 14 at 4:30 p.m. An iPod, cell phone and computer equipment were stolen from a car parked near the corner of Larchmont Blvd. and 2nd St. between Jan. 13 at 9 p.m. and Jan. 14 at 7 p.m.

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By Laura Eversz helped welcome visi Lines of people tors. three-deep snaked Singers, guitarists, around the buildpianists, an organing when the Ebell ist and a girls rock Club of Los Angeles group provided enteropened its doors to tainment while guests the public recenttoured many of the ly for its first-ever building’s 100 rooms. open house. “It was an event, Nearly 2,000 peoa real happening, and ple attended, and the people enjoyed more than 100 filled it,” said Haizlip, who out applications to hopes the open house become members of becomes an annual the women’s social event. club that was found “It was exciting and ed in 1894. very, very gratifying Back then, when to see all the people few women attended in the house as our college, the Ebell HUNDREDS expressed interest in an Ebell membership, said Club president Shirlee guests enjoying this offered speakers Haizlip, above, leading a tour. fabulous tour,” she and presentations added. arship program as well as a ship and raise funds from the on Shakespeare to program assisting women in dues.” Plus, she added, “It’s art appreciation. such a special place, and we Free health fair Housed in an Italian Renais- need. want to share it.” Funds for those programs sance Revival building—a at Bishop Conaty Haizlip is still shaking her come from renting out the national landmark—the club Bring the entire family to in its 1920’s heyday boasted Ebell’s theater for filming and head over the success of the learn about healthier living more than 2,500 members. special events. “That’s what open house. Guests who came from as at a fair on Sat., Feb. 4 from Today there are 360 on its ros- keeps us alive,” said Haizlip. “We have no endowment,” far away as San Diego and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the auditer. torium of Bishop Conaty-Our That’s something president she added. “There’s a misper- Santa Barbara downed 1,500 Lady of Loretto High School, Shirlee Taylor Haizlip wants ception that we’re this big, rich cups of coffee and 500 cookclub. But it costs $2 million a ies. Haizlip, along with vice 2900 W. Pico Blvd. to see change. The free event includes The club’s mission is to year to upkeep the building, presidents Patty Hill, Fluff health screenings, cooking McLean, Evelyn Toliver and and we give out huge scholencourage the educational, and physical fitness demonpast presidents Kelley Nelson arships and grants to groups cultural and social growth of the L.A. community, and it that help women,” she added. and Kay Lachter led tours, and strations. Call 323-737-0012 administers a college schol- “Our goal is to build member- along with board members, ext. 106.

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Larchmont Grill has a Valentine present for Hope-Net food pantries. The restaurant, at 5750 Melrose Ave., will donate 20 percent of dinner sales on four consecutive Thursday nights in February to the agency’s network of food pantries and soup kitchen at churches and temples. Grill owners Sean Bates and Mark Donofrio said Hope-Net is their favorite local charity. They encourage residents to enjoy great food while supporting Hope-Net’s goal that “none of our neighbors goes hungry.” Gillian Wagner, president of the Hope-Net board of directors, said, “The Larchmont Grill has always been a good friend of Hope-Net’s. "This time they have come up with a wonderful way to raise money and awareness for Hope-Net. Dine out on a Thursday and you will know you are doing the right thing!” she added.  The non-profit agency is an interfaith and community effort to eliminate hunger and homelessness in Los Angeles. For more information, go to the organization's website at


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Has preservation zoning made a difference in Windsor Square? By Jane Gilman It’s been five years since Windsor Square was officially designated an Historic Preservation Overlay Zone. But it was 11 years ago when the push to preserve the area’s 1,100 homes first started. In 2000, the city funded studies of several areas, including Windsor Square, Hancock Park and Los Feliz to determine the architectural and historic importance of these areas. The survey results proved Windsor Square qualified for the HPOZ zoning so volunteers went to work to achieve the designation. At the time, there were only 18 such zones in the city. Competing forces were at play. The pro-HPOZ group received approval from homeowners to place Go HPOZ

signs on their lawns. The No HPOZ contingent delivered their signs to those opposed. The “GO” campaign, headed by Margy Hudson and Priscilla Wright, won the battle. Following the zone’s official approval in 2006, a Preservation Plan was adopted. Has the HPOZ been a success, we asked Anne Loveland, a Realtor and Mary Pickhardt, an architect and HPOZ board member. Loveland said, “Houses that are architecturally ‘pure’ or remodeled in keeping with the era always sell faster and for more money. When a home was built in the 1920s and has a Home Depot kitchen circa 2000, the market does not respond favorably. Or when an otherwise fabulous house has vinyl windows it will sell,

but it will take far longer than the average house and sell at a significant discount. How it works  “The preservation plan has to be flexible,” said Pickhardt. Homeowners consult with the board on their plans for renovations. The board then makes a recommendation to the City Planning Dept. who makes the final decision. If an owner does not comply, a city inspector will consult with the owner until their construction plan conforms. The board reviewed and approved 14 projects in 2011, said Pickhardt. Only one owner went ahead with building non-conforming work. His project was stopped by a city inspector. The construction was razed, and the approved



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plan was constructed by the homeowner. The zone is a protection of the owner’s investment. The only battle that the board lost was the construction of a six-foot fence outside Getty House (the city-owned Mayor’s home) at 6th St. and Irving Blvd. “It set a very bad precedent,” said Pickhardt. She continued, “In some respects an HPOZ can function as an insurance policy to prevent mansionization and preserve the integrity of the original arvchitecture. Imagine finding a perfect house, only to find that your new neighbor tears his down to build a larger one blocking your natural light or dramatically changing the feel of your

your home and your street. “To my knowledge the Windsor Square HPOZ has never turned down an applicant.  We have worked together to find cost-effective and practical solutions that work for the homeowner and the community.  Our local board has a deep knowledge base and offers expertise, free of charge." In addition to Pickhardt, members are Sue Carr, Matt Antonovich, Priscilla Wright and Patricia Brenner. City Planner Lameese Elqura is the contact person for the HPOZ. She fields questions, schedules meetings and facilitates final determinations. Her contact is 213-978-1220 or lameese.





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Plastic surgeon brings medical advancements to Ecuador Dr. Susan Downey recently returned from Ecuador where she helped train university residents and area medical personnel in the latest techniques in cleft lip and palette repair and burn reconstruction. The noted Larchmont plastic and reconstructive surgeon joined a team of 15 experts including surgeon Dr. Jorge Palacios, who has started the first plastic surgery program in Ecuador at the University of Guayquil. Downey was also joined by anesthesiologists and nurses during the one-week, handson surgical training in Porto Viejo.

“In the past 20 years, new techniques have been developed in the U.S. which lead to better outcomes for the patients, and we are trying to bring the surgeons in these countries up to date with their techniques,” said Downey. Improved medical attention leads to less residual problems, she added. She said teaching the latest advancements in medicine to area doctors and nurses is akin to the old adage: you can give a man a fish and feed him for a day, or you can teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime. It was the fourth trip for the Windsor Square resident


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Hancock Park Patriots to hear Kevin James KRLA radio commentator Kevin James will talk on getting the city back on track when he addresses the Hancock Park Patriots on Wed., Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. James, a 2013 candidate for mayor, will discuss his “Six Priorities (Plus Two) Plan,” which centers on making L.A. more business friendly. He also will cover budget solutions, maintenance projects and reform of the public school system. Hancock Park Patriots is a local grassroots tea party group geared to fiscal conservatives. For more information, go to or contact Misti Barnes at 970920-7868.

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DIAGNOSED with a rare disease that robs him of his sight, Scott didn’t let that stop him from running 12 marathons this year.

Local man runs marathons blindfolded to shed light By Laura Eversz Most of us can’t imagine running a marathon. So picture completing the 26.2-mile trek blindfolded. Incredibly, that’s exactly what Miracle Mile resident EJ Scott did in Chicago in 2010 and last month in Arizona. And he plans to do it again this year, not one, but 11 times. The 36-year-old improv actor explains that the blindfold he will run in is, in part, a metaphor for choroideremia, the rare, inherited disease that has already robbed him of 85 percent of his vision rendering him legally blind. Scott was 28 when he was diagnosed. The news came after his younger brother, who was 16 at the time, suffered a black eye playing baseball. A doctor noted symptoms of retinitis pigmentosa, and since the disease is hereditary, he suggested that EJ’s eyes also be checked out by a specialist. The brothers learned they had choroideremia, a disease found almost exclusively in males that had left his maternal grandfather completely blind in his 40s. Females are carriers; Scott’s sister’s son, now seven, was diagnosed as a baby, and her second son

might also be affected. Running the marathons, said Scott, “is a way to raise money for the foundation that is looking for a treatment and cure for the disease. And it’s helpful for me to feel like I’m doing something positive for something negative.” He started out by putting together comedy shows. “I’d just ask comedians, actors, musicians to do shows, and we’d invite people and raise money that way.” Later, an overweight Scott solicited pledges for each of the eventually 70 pounds he went on to lose—an effort that raised more than $14,000 for the Choroideremia Research Foundation. “From there it went to running. I had been a very heavy guy, and I just wanted to keep the weight off,” he said. The disease, which causes a loss of peripheral vision and progresses to a loss of central vision, is made worse by sunlight, which is another reason for the blindfold. “And it also sops up the sweat real good,” he said with a laugh. Scott runs with a guide. “I really have to trust my guide. (Please turn to page 13)

Ratepayers Advocate selected: now the real work begins Hallelujah. We have a Rate- DWP’s Strategic Plan anticipayers Advocate. pates spending $60 billion for But now the heavy lifting operations and maintenance begins as the newly appointed and capital expenditures. executive director for the new There is the early phase out Office of Public Accountabil- of the Navajo Generating Staity, Dr. Frederick H. Pickel, tion at a cost to Ratepayers of must review and analyze the $800 million; the over reliproposed three-year increases ance on very expensive solar of 22 percent and power and 25 percent in our the costly The water and power legislarates, respectively. tive manSqueaky And it appears we date for Wheel have a winner in 33 percent by Pickel, the unanirenewable Jack mous selection of energy by Humphreville the Citizens Com2020. mittee.  He has had A n d more than 30 years of experi- what about the dumping of ence in the utility industry, 1,600 city employees on the both as a utility employee and DWP and forcing the DWP as an industry consultant. Pension Plan to absorb almost He is an engineering and $200 million in unfunded economics graduate of Harvey pension benefits? Mudd College. He also has two And how does DWP intend masters’ degrees and a Ph.D. to fund the $1.9 billion shortfrom a well known eastern fall in its less than 80 percent trade school known as M.I.T. funded pension plan? He is a well respected And what is the status of board member of the Greater pet projects, including, but Wilshire Neighborhood Coun- certainly not limited to, the cil. $200 million for covered res But Pickel will be in a bit ervoirs in Elysian Park and of a pickle.  He will be under Upper Stone Canyon, the $230 considerable pressure from all million Head Works Reservoir sides, whether it’s from our all in Griffith Park, and the $1 knowledgeable Elected Elite, billion proposal to bury seven the bureaucratic DWP, the miles of high voltage lines strident cost-be-damned envi- along the Los Angeles River? ronmentalists or the abused And there is also the IBEW ratepayers. Labor Premium and the over There are many issues ly restrictive work rules that involving our DWP in addition may add 5 to 10 percent to our to the proposed rate increases DWP bills.  and the underlying cost pres- And what is the status of sures related to its infrastruc- the recommendations of the ture and numerous environ- charter-mandated Industrial, Economic, and Administrative mental mandates. Over the next 10 years, the Survey, especially those relatIt is with a heavy heart that the family of Marilyn Norton announce her sudden passing from heart failure on November 2, 2011. Marilyn was born in Los Angeles on August 7, 1929, the beloved only child of Mort and Freda Nathan. A proud graduate of John Burroughs Junior High School and Los Angeles High School, she enjoyed many decades of success in the real estate and insurance industries. An extraordinarily erudite, well-travelled and intelligent woman, she was a trailblazer, thriving as a businesswoman ahead of her time. She was well-known and loved for living her life with vigor, charisma, and enthusiasm.

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ed to benchmarking the efficiency of DWP’s operations? There is also the not so minor issue of Proposition 26 (the Supermajority Vote to Pass New Taxes and Fees Act) and its impact on the legality of the eight percent Power Transfer Fee that is anticipated to generate $250 million for the city’s general fund. Needless to say, many people have questioned whether Pickel is absolutely crazy to take on this high profile assignment. But rather than questioning his sanity, the City Council needs to approve Pickel as the Ratepayers Advocate so he can provide ratepayers and the public with an independent analysis of the proposed rate increases and other matters that impact the DWP and our rates. After all, it has been more than 10 months since 78 percent of the voters approved the post of a Ratepayers Advocate.

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(Continued from page 12) There’s a lot of movement and activity around me when I’m running, but I can’t see it. I feel sort of helpless and I have no control.” Despite having the guts it takes to run a marathon with his eyes covered, and his upbeat attitude, Scott admits that “it’s been tough. And the hardest thing is that it affects my whole family. “There’s just hope. That’s all we have right now,” he added. Recent news from researchers has given Scott and others like him more hope than ever. Scientists discovered mutations on a gene on the X chromosome that causes the disease. New research on these findings drives the search for a treatment. And investigators are developing a gene therapy for evaluation in animal stud-

ies that will move the treatment into clinical studies. “It’s exciting, and there’s a lot of hope,” said Scott. “But it’s a small disease and not a lot of people know about it. We need money big time.” For now, Scott, who just completed the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in Arizona, is taking a breather before training for a race on Feb. 19 in Austin, Texas. His goal is to raise $12,000 at each of 12 marathons in 2012. “I definitely have down times and I’ve cried a lot of tears, but I get back up and think ‘what’s the next thing I can do to get the word out.’” For more information, or to sponsor Scott, go to www. and click on EJ Scott’s Racing to the Cure. Follow his progress at


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Remember Lincoln, hear Gettysburg address Feb. 12 Loyola Marymount University president David Burcham will recite the Gettysburg Address in honor of Abraham Lincoln’s 203rd birthday on Sun., Feb. 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. The 20th annual Lincoln Remembrance, at the Los Angeles National Cemetery, 950 S. Sepulveda Blvd. in Westwood, will also showcase period songs that the president enjoyed. Actress Gigi Perreau will serve as master of ceremonies of the event organized and founded by Duke Russell of Lucerne Blvd. He initiated the annual event in 1993 after learning there was no celebration planned to commemorate Lincoln’s birthday. Russell delivered the Gettysburg Address at the first event at the Hollywood Bowl, with only his daughter and L.A. Times columnist Jack Smith in attendance. Russell encourages all to attend the free event, particularly students and teachers. “Lincoln, who only had one year of formal education, realized that reading was the key to self-improvement and success,” he said. “Come and be reminded how Lincoln used

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reading to rise out of poverty and accomplish great things.” Since its move to the L.A. National Cemetery the following year, speakers have included Charlton Heston, Hal Holbrook, Steve Allen, Stan Chambers, Mickey Rooney, Ray Bradbury and former mayor Richard Riordan. Admission is free. A tent will be provided in case of rain; birthday cake will be served. For more information, call Russell at 323-459-3998 or email him at Duke.russell@

Village Florist moves to former Great Earth spot

Larchmont Village Florist found a new home at 420 N. Larchmont Blvd. It’s a perfect spot, owner Michelle Kim said last month. Next to Connie McCreight Interior Design, the full-service florist carries seasonal flowers, tulips and roses, and specializes in exotic and fanciful arrangements. The Great Earth Vitamin Company had been in the location for many years until it closed Dec. 28. “Times are tough for a lot of businesses,” said vitamin shop owner Hamid Barang. Larchmont Village Florist, 420 N. Larchmont Blvd., 323464-8164.

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A free Advocacy Program on Domestic Violence will be held on Wed., Feb. 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the National Council of Jewish Women/LA Council House, 543 N. Fairfax Ave. The event is co-sponsored by the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, Women Helping Women and Peace Over Violence. RSVP to Ruth Williams at 323-8528503.


Keeping busy is easy for Belmont Village residents Tour the halls at Belmont Village of Hollywood Hills and you will see residents discussing current events, exercising, watching a movie or playing cards. “We have an active program for our 100 residents,” said Tom Park, executive director. The senior residence celebrated its 10th year in December as a senior living facility where 60 percent of Belmont’s residents are in the independent living category. Two other levels of service provide for those with mild cognitive impairment and dementia. After living in a series of rental units, Robert Cortez decided to move to Belmont— “the best decision I ever made,” said the 88-year-old retired musician. Cortez takes advantage of the exercise classes in the morning led by Jeremy who, he says, keeps him laughing. He often goes out on van trips, to the Arclight, The Grove and later this month, to the races at Hollywood Park. The choice of weekly programs, as outlined in the monthly newsletter, includes a drama club, beginning poker, arts and crafts, mind aero-

bics, jewelry classes, bingo, visiting with the nurse, music recitals and religious services. “There is something for every level of service,” Park explains. He has been in the senior care field for 10 years, and joined Belmont a year and one-half ago. He is very impressed with what Belmont has to offer. “Our programs recently won an award from George Mason University for the quality of our health care.”


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Demolition crews are working along Colorado Avenue and 17th Street in Santa Monica in preparation for construction of Phase 2 of the Exposition Transit Corridor. > Phase 2 will extend westward from the Culver City Station now under construction and run along the old Pacific Electric Exposition right-of-way to 4th Street and Colorado Avenue in downtown Santa Monica. > A $1.5 billion agreement between Metro and the Expo Construction Authority will fund the project through Measure R tax revenue as well as state and local funds. > Train testing is currently underway on Phase 1 of the Expo Line running between Downtown LA and Culver City. For more information, visit

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Basketball league meets at St. Brendan’s A basketball league started by area dads Chuck Carrington and Jordan Kruse and dubbed “your neighborhood hoops league” meets on Saturdays in


deep by Dr. Rebecca Fitzgerald Q: I’ve suddenly noticed my neck looks like it belongs to someone else...a much older someone else. What can I do? A: The prolific author and screenwriter Nora Ephron summed up that all too common problem when she titled her book about aging “I Feel Bad About My Neck” with a picture of herself in a turtleneck on the front and back cover! “Our faces may lie but our necks are the truth” she says. I think most of us knew that already. Need more good company? Remember in Something’s Gotta Give when Jack Nicholson says to Diane Keaton, “It’s the middle of June, what’s with the turtlenecks?” She shrugs and responds, “I’m just a turtleneck kind of gal.” We all knew exactly why she was suffering through east coast humidity in a turtleneck! Just like the skin covering our knees and elbows, the skin over our adam’s apples is covering a joint-our neck. And what do joints do? They move constantly, which works and stretches our collagen and elastin fibers. Eventually, with time, our skin stops bouncing back and we end up with that crepey look. Now we’ve got a better alternative to a turtleneck in the summer. A relatively new laser-like treatment, eMatrix, can give the amazing results of the most aggressive lasers - smoother, tighter skin, reduced lines and wrinkles, and increased collagen production-but with much less downtime if done as a series of treatments If we start now and address this area every three weeks with approximately five eMatrix sessions, we can literally erase that crepey texture by summer. This is the ideal time of year for eMatrix sessions. The downtime from the treatment is minimal, usually about four days during which you may experience some redness and swelling. But for the next few months you can easily cover recovering skin and protect it from sun exposure with a scarf, or dare I say, a turtleneck? We also recommend the collagen-firming cream, Nectifirm, between treatments to optimize healing. With the above in mind, we’re offering some additional incentive: we will provide five eMatrix sessions for $1,850, a savings of $1,150. And one last thought, if memory serves, Diane Keaton’s character loosens up, dresses for summer and has her pick of Jack Nicholson or Keanu Reeves. Not bad. Dr. Rebecca Fitzgerald is a Board Certified Dermatologist Located in Larchmont Village with a special focus on anti-aging technology. She is a member of the Botox Cosmetic National Education Faculty and is an international Training Physician for Dermik, the makers of the injectable Sculptra. She is also among a select group of physicians chosen to teach proper injection techniques for Radiesse, the volumizing filler, around the world. Dr. Fitzgerald is an assistant clinical professor at UCLA. Visit online at www.RebeccaFitzgeraldMD. com or call (323) 464-8046 to schedule an appointment. Adv.

the Rec Room at St. Brendan School. The league, which was founded a year ago, has 200 players ages six to 12 from 29 schools playing in three divisions. Coaches and assistants are volunteers; a referee is hired for each game. “What’s great about the league is that there are no try-

outs,” said Carrington. “Kids of all skill levels play.” Youngsters are required to play the same amount of time so coaches can’t stack their best kids to play at game’s end, he added. “Our objective is to actually ‘teach’ the game so that when these kids move on to other levels as they age out of our league, they will have a solid understanding of the fundamentals of the game.” For more information, contact Carrington at 323-9389091.

LOCAL DADS Jordan Kruse, left, and Chuck Carrington, with some of the younger members of the Association.

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By day the children’s librarian at the Wilshire branch on St. Andrews Place, Sybil Blazej-Yee is also a writer who recently released her third book, “Leroy Goes to the Olympics.” The paperback, published by CreateSpace, is based on interviews with track star and Olympic gold medal winner Leroy Dixon. It conveys his struggle and the people who cheered him on through years of training. Toran Joseph, who began drawing at an early age and became a self-taught artist, illustrated the book. He is a friend of Dixon’s. Blazej-Yee says she hopes the book will inspire kids to dream big and take pointers from the lives of sports figures like Leroy Dixon. Her previous releases are “The Honey Boy Story,” about a lost kitten that finds a home, and “Beagle Boy Watson,” about an adopted dog and his wayward adventures. The books can be purchased on or BlazejYee’s website,

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(Continued from page 1) was very disappointed with the maps that show a major part of his area taken over by Council District 5. The new Fourth District’s southern border would be Melrose Ave., and would go north into Hollywood and the Valley. “I urge residents to attend the upcoming meetings to make their voices heard on keeping their communities of interest together.” Councilman Paul Koretz, who represents the 5th District, said “As many commissioners stated in releasing this map, it is still a draft and likely to be changed. I also work closely with my colleague Tom LaBonge on many midCity issues and know he is a great representative of the entire 4th District. District Five currently includes portions of both Mid City West Community Council and Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, and I would be honored to represent more of either or both.” A second round of hearings will give the public an opportunity to state their concerns. They began Feb. 1 at Wilshire Ebell Theatre. For the list of the remaining meetings in February, go to Final maps must be drawn by March 1 and submitted to City Council. Deadline approval is July 1. The new boundaries go into effect in 2013.

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the completed floats they had worked so hard to prepare.” The float’s front satellite unit carried scouts and the theme “What Will You Do Today?” A tall ship, car and robotic space rover symbolized adventure, discovery and travel; at the end of a rainbow was a pot of Girl Scout cookies. Other features included a


book and pearls honoring founder Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low, who sold her pearls to fund the very first scout troop. Finally, a high-flying Girl Scout astronaut symbolized curiosity, exploration and propelling the movement into the future.

The Best Kept Secret The BestIn Kept Secret In Larchmont Larchmont SCOUTS from two St. Brendan troops helped decorate the Girl Scout Centennial Float for the Rose Bowl Parade in January.

decorate the float. The girls attended the decorating events hosted by the Fiesta Floats Co. in Irwindale, and assisted in prepping water vials to keep the live flowers fresh, said Troop leader Rachel Capata. They also trimmed petals for the yellow roses on the float, which symbolized the importance of friendship in the lives of girl scouts. The float was honored with the Past President’s Award for

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is also a reminder that Girl Scouts of the USA is part of a global community, said Zoe Waters, troop leader. Other activities include the annual cookie sales. Some of the proceeds will pay for camping trips. The members attend Third Street School, Larchmont Charter and Echo Horizon. The scouts also will visit a senior center on Sat., May 5 where they will make hats for residents to wear while watching the Kentucky Derby.


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Whiter’s career dates to scouting’s founder Suzan Filipek When Robert Whiter was a boy growing up in England, he witnessed Scoutings’ founder Robert Baden-Powell plant a tree in Scout Park in London. It made quite an impression on the seven-year-old Wolf Cub (what they were called back then). He went on to be a Boy Scout, but the impending war diverted his attention to join the British Air Force, recalls Whiter, 86, Bronson Ave. His scouting career resumed in the states with his children: three daughters and a son—all active in scouting; the latter was an eagle scout and today plays a leadership role as a scoutmaster. The tradition continues with all nine grandchildren, chimes in Whiter’s wife, Marie, in their Dutch Colonial home. She is another beacon in the scouting world and was awarded its highest honor, the Silver Beaver. The pair also earned the District Council’s Couple’s Award. “It’s quite a family of scouting,” says Bob. “It’s rather nice to see the spirit carried on.” A retired bicycle manufacturer, he apprenticed in England under his uncle (“a great all-time frame builder [and inventor] for lightweight cy-

cles.”) In his local-area shop, Whiter made bikes for racing and sports enthusiasts as well as movies and even animals, such as bicycles for bears. Today his interests range from writing—mostly SCOUTING AWARDS grace a wall at Robnow for military ert Whiter’s Bronson Ave. home. magazines—to art. He draws pictures for raffle prizes for the various clubs he’s a member of. He’s president of the British charity Saint George’s Society and founded the locally based Sherlock Holmes Society. Sir Conan Doyle, author of THE COUPLE met in Italy. the Sherlock Holmes mysteries, was credited with solving Another one of his passions real-live murders, says Whiter. is opera. A portrait of Caruso He also admirers scout’s hangs in his living room next founder Baden-Powell, whose to one of Queen Victoria. military and scouting books A former member of the line the shelves of his library— Operatic Society the bass bari“It has every book ever pub- tone went to Italy years ago to lished on scouting,” he notes. hear a celebrated singer. He Bob often impersonated his never met the virtuoso but hero for gatherings, wearing was smitten with Marie who Lord Baden-Powell’s British was traveling in Europe with a Army-style uniform. A client friend. at his bike shop, a Hollywood She had three suitcases, make-up artist added a fake which were too heavy to carry, nose, and other touches to add when she saw Bob standing by and asked him to watch her to the effect.

Baden-Powell's experiences in Army led him to scouting The Boy Scout movement celebrates its 103rd anniversary this month, and salutes its founder, Robert Baden-Powell. Born in London in 1857, he was commissioned as an officer and sent to serve in India. As an army officer he specialized in scouting, map-making and reconnaissance. Later he was stationed in the Balkans, South Africa and Malta. Returning home in 1903, he discovered that he had become a national hero. He also found that the small handbook he had written for soldiers, “Aids to Scouting,” was being used by youth leaders and teachers all over the country. In 1907, he held an experimental camp on Brownsea

Island to try out his ideas. He brought together 22 boys and took them camping under his leadership. His book, “Scouting for Boys” had been intended as a training aid for existing organizations, but instead became the handbook of the scouting movement. British King Edward VII suggested Baden-Powell could provide valuable service for his country within the scout movement. He then travelled to all parts of the world to encourage scouting growth. The first international Scout Jamboree took place at Olympia, London in 1920. At its closing Baden-Powell was unanimously acclaimed Chief Scout of the World. He died in 1941.

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youth. He designed the club’s badge, which reads puer manebit: boyhood is everlasting. The same could be said of scouting’s timeless principles. “In scouting we try to teach the boys to think about other people and do a good turn every day. To be nice and courteous,” says Whiter, whose lifelong efforts have undoubtedly made the world a better place.

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Visit to nation’s capital among activities on Troop 621 agenda The busy agenda of Boy Scout Troop 621 includes ski trips, camping and helping to distribute food to the homeless. Scoutmaster Alan-Michael Graves said the troop took a 10-day trip to Washington, D.C. during the summer, went camping and enjoyed a ski trip at Wrightwood. Twice a year the scouts gave out food and toiletries to resi-

dents at the Midnight Mission. The troop attended the spring Camporee in April at Brea, and went rocket shooting in Lucerne Valley in May. Pancake breakfast Plans are underway for the annual Pancake Breakfast on Larchmont Blvd. in June. For more information, contact Alan-Michael Graves at or call 323-633-5463.

Listing of area Scout and Cub Packs Unit: Troop 621 Scoutmaster: Alan-Michael Graves Third Street Elementary School, 201 S. June St. Mondays at 7 p.m. Contact: Alan-Michael Graves 323-633-5463 Unit: Cub Pack 16 Cubmaster: Scott Hanna St. Brendan School 268 S. Manhattan Place Second Friday at 6:30 p.m. Contact: Scott Hanna, 213-973-8097

CUB SCOUT PACK 16 participated in the ceremony honoring the 10th anniversary of 9/11 held at The Grove in September.

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trothed at the car dealer when he ran into his best friend’s girlfriend. “I immediately noticed Samantha, and thought to myself ‘what a beautiful girl.’” Months later, a no-longerengaged Roy found himself among a group at a birthday party that included Samantha. “She was really beautiful, had a great smile and a sassy wit,” he recalls. She also had a boyfriend. At yet another encounter at a friend’s wedding, “I thought again that she was really terrific.” The two became friends when, after a barbecue at Samantha’s place, Roy showed up the following day to say thanks and offered to cook dinner for her and her roommate. “The three of us became friends and did stuff together for about a year,” he recalls. The couple started formally dating after she broke up with her boyfriend. It was at a family friend’s home in Hawaii that Roy popped the question. “She’s not really into diamonds or jewelry, so I made two rings out of coconut shells. After dinner, I got down on one knee, told her I loved her and wanted to spend the rest of my life with her.” Six months passed, and while she hadn’t said no, neither had she accepted his proposal. “I need to know,” he told Samantha. “If I don’t have an answer by the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, then I need to move on.” The sun was setting on Dec. 27 as the couple hiked in the Santa Monica Mountains. “She turned to me and said ‘yes,” and I knew exactly what she meant,” said Roy. Forbes wore a kilt with his Scottish clan’s tartan plaid when the couple married four

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months later at Oak Ranch His time was four hours and north of Santa Barbara. The 50 minutes, but with Brad’s couple will celebrate their coaching, George clocked in 13th wedding anniversary in at three hours and 39 minutes April. They live in Brookside four marathons later. with their daughter, Meryn. Brad and George became Altman/Takei a couple, and continued run It was marathons that ning. brought George Takei and The duo participated in the Brad Altman Takei together. London marathon. “While I George started training for was running up the Victoria his first long race at the Los embankment, and in terrible Angeles Front Runners Club. chronicLes agony, a bystander shouted Larchmont Brad was a trainer there. ‘walk free, Mr. Sulu.’ February 03, 2012 When George decided to Realizing that he was recogrun the 26.2 miles in the nized as the actor in the cast Los Angeles Marathon, he of the television series “Star asked Brad to be his trainer. Trek,” her words spurred him

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on, and he completed the race. A star in television, movies and on stage, Takei is a founding member of the East-West Players, a theater group highlighting Asian plays. You can still see George jogging through his Hancock Park neighborhood every morning. Brad, who has put marathons on the back burner, is a former financial journalist and currently is an investment manager. The couple was married in 2008 in the Democracy Forum of the Japanese-American National Museum in Los Angeles. Brad and George made television history in 2009 when they become the first gay couple to appear on The Newlywed Game. They won the game, earning a $10,000 donation for the museum where they were married. The pair will celebrate the 25th year of

their partnership in March. Travel and trying out new restaurants are two of their favorite pursuits. They recently spent a month in Italy, seeing the country from Milan to Florence to Rome to Sorrento. Frère/Dunn Edie Dunn and Christian Frère’s first date was at a sidewalk café in Paris. The pair met at a

mark, Angier Biddle Duke. When his term was up, the foreign service assigned her to the embassy in Paris. The couple started dating, and often spent weekends skeet shooting followed by “great picnics,” she said. They were married at All Saint’s Church in Beverly Hills in 1974, and returned to Paris where they remained for the next 10 years. Now they reside in Edie’s home turf of Hancock Park where they raised their two daughters Marie Laure and Olivia. Edie is the owner of Landis Gifts & Stationery on Larchmont Blvd. Christian is a developer.

party at Christian’s parents’ country house where Edie and her date Michel were guests. “Can I ask that American girl out?” Christian phoned Michel, who said yes. was Edie working as the social secretary for the THEIR FIRST DATE was at a sidewalk café in American am- Paris. bassador at the embassy in Paris. A Hancock Park native, she is a graduate of Marlborough and Stanford University. Her job in Washington, D. C. working for the chief of protocol segued into working for the Ambassador to Den-



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“Be My Valentine” is the theme of the Victorian tour at the Grier Musser Museum Sun., Feb. 12. The annual event is from 1 to 4 p.m. with guided tours at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Antique valentines, teddy bears, kewpie dolls and more will be on display. Admission is $12 adult; $5 per child. Call for reservations at 213413-1814.

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Lisa Graeber and Glenn Rudy exchanged vows at a ceremony at Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu on Nov. 5. Michael J. Poyer officiated at the ceremony. The daughter of William Graeber, Riverside and Carol Graeber of Aliso Viejo, the bride is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach with a degree in human development. The bridegroom is the son of Pam Rudy and the late C. Don Rudy, Jr. He attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and com-

How do we prepare ourselves for love? Marianne Williamson will answer that and other questions during a three-day workshop on “The Enchanted Love: Building The Inner Temple of the Sacred and the Romantic” Fri., Feb. 17 to Sun., Feb. 19. The workshop is being held at the Crowne Plaza Airport Hotel, 5985 W. Century Blvd. Williamson is an author and lecturer who has published six books, including New York Times best-sellers “A Return to Love” and “Everyday Grace.” The weekend is designed to provide spiritual, psychological and emotional insight into the nature and practice of true love, said Williamson.

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Teaching, Learning and Caring for Others Noted Educator Michael Obel-Omia joins us to share his uncompromising vision of care and service as keystones for teachers, families and young people. Currently Head of the Paul Cuffee Charter School in Providence, Rhode Island, Michael is a member of the boards of trustees at Muddlebury College and Kenyon College, and an academic director of the Great Books Summer Program at Amherst College.

In a digital world, how differently should teachers teach? In what new ways will students learn? How engaged should parents be in the digital world to support their childrens’ education? Yale University Professor of English and Pacific Hills Faculty Fellow Dr. Jessica Pressman, will join Head of School Peter Temes for an exploration of these challenges in the new wired world.

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Education, Religion and Values

Top-notch academic instruction is only a starting point for a truly good school. Helping young people grow into caring and responsible young men and women must be a powerful and vital goal as well. How can schools teach values, and bring forth the best that students can do and be as citizens, as family members, and as neighbors? Join Head of School Dr. Peter Temes for a community conversation about the role of values, and the religious and ethical traditions that students bring with them to all kinds of schools.

Giving and Getting: The Ethics of Philanthropy in the U.S. Today Pacific Hills Faculty Fellow and Stanford University professor of political science Dr. Rob Reich will return to Pacific Hills for an open dialogue about philanthropy – how we all contribute to the well being of others by giving our time and money. Are we doing enough as individuals? Can giving do harm as well as good? Should we really give till it hurts? When money is tight, do our obligations to others change? Join us for a lively, interactive discussion with the leading thinker and writer about these important issues.

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Join a rare constellation of great writers, great readers and great teachers for a weekend of intense mini-workshops on memoir, creative nonfiction, poetry and the short story at Pacific Hills School in West Hollywood, Saturday April 28 and Sunday April 29. Choose from a menu of two-hour mini-courses for two sessions each day, and share meals, conversation and inside advice from writers who know how to teach and teachers who know how to write. Featured faculty for the weekend include:

Daniel Asa Rose placed his first short story in The New Yorker when he was 27 and won an O. Henry Prize and two Pen Fiction Awards for the other stories in his first collection, SMALL FAMILY WITH ROOSTER. His first novel, FLIPPING FOR IT, a black comedy about divorce from the man's point of view, was a New York Times New and Noteworthy Paperback. In 2002, he published HIDING PLACES: A Father and his Sons Retrace Their Family's Escape from the Holocaust. He has published regularly in the Washington Post, Esquire, and The New York Observer, and has served as travel columnist for Esquire magazine, humor writer for GQ, and essayist for The New York Times Magazine.

Elizabeth Cohen is a poet, columnist, journalist, and author of two nonfiction books and two books of poetry. Her book, THE FAMILY ON BEARTOWN ROAD, was a New York Times Notable Book in 2003. Her essays and articles have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, and Glamour. A professor of creative writing at SUNY Plattsburgh, Cohen’s memoir-writing workshops are widely sought-after. As the New York Times Book Review has said of Cohen, “it’s hard not to be charmed.”

Peter Temes is the head of Pacific Hills School and author of five books, including THE POWER OF PURPOSE, THE JUST WAR, AGAINST SCHOOL REFORM, and the forthcoming volume, THE FUTURE OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE IN FIVE PHOTOGRAPHS. He has published articles, essays and book reviews in The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Baltimore Sun, and The Chicago Tribune. A former faculty member at Harvard University, he taught the courses Writing about History and Writing about Social and Ethical Issues there.

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By Wylie Kasai 6th Grade The Desert Dome, an inflated dome with a special projector inside, arrived at St. James’ last month. The projector can portray different scenes, including a desert. Put on by the California Science Center, it is a great way to learn. Our first graders went from their school to a sandy desert. With sand as far as the eye could see, and prickly

cacti, the projection turned into a realistic desert. St. James’ Church had an all– school chapel to remember the great things Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. did for our nation. Filled with song, prayer, and even poetry, it was quite the service. Dr. King would have wanted to be there with us. St. James’ holds this service every year, and everyone is welcome to come. The San Marino Toy & Book Shoppe brought in all of the books for our book fair in the library media center. From novels to comics to picture books, it was truly a stunning selection.


By Olivia Lopes 6th Grade The new year kicked off with our annual 5th grade State Fair! Each student picked one state in the USA to research and gave a presentation. Our No Waste Family Lunches really get us all into the “going green” spirit! Most of us brought no waste/low waste lunches, and we saved so much paper, plastic, and garbage that our school proevery day.   the words “math homework” strike fear in your child…orduces you? At our last Family Event, we We can change that fear into better grades and higher self-confidence, talked about Martin Luther King and eliminate the frustration, tears, and fights over math homework. Jr., and his impact on the United States. We read a book entitled cover how a better understanding of math can change your child’s attitude. Before you know it, your child could be crazy about math. “My Brother Martin,” written by his sister. We also spoke about the Green d out how affordable your child’s soaring self-confidence can be! Cup Challenge, which we are participating in for the third year. Schools across the U.S. compete to see who can save Do the words “math homework” strike fear in your child…or you? the most energy. We, as a school, are trying our hardest to come in Find out how affordable your child’s soaring self-confidence can be! first this year by turning off lights when we don’t need them, and by recycling or having no waste lunches. Do the words “math homework” This year’s theme for the Do the words “math homework” strike fear in your child…or you? strike fear in your child…or you? Winter Concert is the “Weather We can change that fear into better grades and higher self-confidence, and eliminate the frustration, tears, and fights over math homework. Report.” Primary through Level Find out how affordable 5 students perform songs that Discover how a better understanding of math can change your child’s attitude. yourBefore child’s soaring self-confidence can be! you know it, your child could be crazy about math. they’ve been rehearsing for the big night. January has our Find out how affordable your child’s soaring self-confidence can be! teams on the fields and on the New LocatioN iN HaNcock Park! courts. The month is also packed 5164 Wilshire Blvd. (Just East of La Brea) with rehearsals for middle school students doing the musical, call today to enroll • (323) 643-9100 “Oklahoma.” We are all having a great time, and I’m looking forward to the show! Grades 2-12 • Homework HeLP • matH eNricHmeNt We can change that fear into better grades and higher self-confidence, and eliminate the frustration, tears, and fights over math homework.

By Sophie Salmore 11th Grade Complementing this year’s allschool theme of “Strengthening and Celebrating the Community,” Bari Ziperstein, Marlborough’s 2011-2012 artist-in-residence, will collaborate with five visual arts classes. She will showcase her work alongside Marlborough student artwork at an exhibition called “Mapping History” in Seaver Gallery at the school from May 8 to June 1. Ziperstein plans to transform the Gallery into a sculptural tableau based on images from Marlborough’s archives. “The students’ work will be installed on top of a new site-specific colored tape installation that I will create which maps the architectural history of the site and thus complements the layered history of Marlborough School,” Ziperstein said. According to Visual Arts department head Gina Woodruff, 9th through 12th grade students in Beginning Sculpture learned from Ziperstein how to take a flat image and turn it into a threedimensional form. They used photographs of students from the archives along with images of the school’s grounds.

Larchmont Charter By Lauren Boylston Annabella Hoge 5th Grade

It’s a busy month at Larchmont Charter! Our K-5 students will participate in our 4th annual Jog-a-thon.  The K/1 students are working on math facts and studying new environments, and 2/3 classrooms continue work on family trees and timelines.  The 4th graders are  learning about California missions and studying MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech.  Our fellow 5th graders are starting a science unit on planets, and using our decimal skills to solve challenging math problems. At our middle school,  Awards Assembly will be held.  Awards include attendance, ESLR emergence, principal and dean’s honor rolls.  Student council is proud to announce our first two studentled clubs of the year, chess and math!  Science Olympiad students are finalizing Science Fair projects. Both campuses observed “National No Name-Calling Week,” and LCS is proud to have had three winners in the National Art Contest. Lastly, we are excited to welcome Gene Straub as our new executive director.


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By Rachel Carlson, 5th grade Matea LeBeau, 6th grade

Echo Horizon School’s winter garden is growing! Early in the year, students planted broccoli, lettuce, kale, peppers, narcissus and cabbage. In addition to planting, they learned how to identify plants by their foliage, and care for them. In late January, the students tasted the food that they have spent time growing. Our two-month long Celebration of Books concluded last month. The pre-k through 2nd grade had to count how many books they read. In total, they read 6,809 books. The 3rd through 6th grades kept track of minutes read. Together, the three grades read 170,743 minutes. Students also voted for their favorite chapter and picture books. The winner of the EHS 2011 Best Picture Book Award went to “Should I Share My Ice Cream?” by Mo Willems; the winner of the EHS 2011 Best Chapter Book is the “Invention of Hugo Cabret” by Brian Selznick.


By Krista Gelev 10th Grade Although the student body breathed its annual sigh of relief when semester break heralded the end of finals last month, after a few days we returned to our classes energized and prepared to face the important tasks that await us in February. For one, the juniors will participate in the cherished Immaculate Heart tradition of Ring Day wherein they are bestowed their class rings by their senior class “sisters,” and officially recognized as upperclasswomen. Additionally this month, a group of juniors will embark on the weeklong Close Up tour to Washington D.C., complementing their education in U.S. History with a firsthand look at the American political system. Also this month, all classes will welcome guest speakers from the organization Freedom from Chemical Dependency for informational sessions on drug and alcohol abuse. Meanwhile, campus involvement in the theatre arts continues to be popular, with the school drama club, The Genesians, presenting their annual talent show this month as well as continuing to prepare for this spring’s production of “Hairspray.”

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By Aliza Amsellem 8th Grade December was filled with activities and events. We began the month with the annual book fair. A variety of books and toys filled shelves and tables throughout the school library. It was an amazing success and a joy to all. We also initiated the Big Sister-Little Sister program where younger girls—“little sisters”— bond with the older girls, the “big sisters.” In addition, the middle school girls participated in an event where they received donuts, sweet little treats, for Hanukah! They also played a game preparing them for the holiday. We had a wonderful speaker to explain to us the background and reason for Hanukah. We enjoyed an extended weekend for the holiday. Everyone returned to school overflowing with excitement and spirit, ready to start off another electrifying month!

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By Ye Bin Lee 8th Grade Our Honor Assembly recognized students who have excelled academically to reach the high honor and honor rolls. We also participated in the MathA-Thon, which is a fun, competitive, and educational event where 3rd through 8th grade students compete with each other to figure out who the “math genius” is. We would also like to recognize our winners for the Daughters of the American Revolution Essay contest: Ye Bin Lee, 8th grade; Alicia Poloniecki, 7th grade; and Matthew Levin, 6th grade.  Another big congratulations to our winner of the National Geographic Bee, 8th grader Monica Musee. This month, Page will focus our History/Social Studies classes org projects, and Burroughs is participating!   DonorsChoose is a website designed to help teachers in need of supplies for their classrooms. Teachers put up a request on the website, and the public can search for projects they believe in, making donations to that classroom to help pay for the materials requested. “It allows students to benefit from materials they otherwise have no access to,” says Mrs. Willars, an 8th grade science teacher at Burroughs. Students will receive a coupon that they and their parents will be able to redeem at DonorsChoose to help out a teacher in need of supplies. Many teachers have posted requests on the website and want to provide an enhanced learning experience for their students as well.

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By Merryn Forbes 5th Grade Twenty-four students at Third St. have started a new business club. The purpose is to teach kids about how to run a business that earns money and has expenses and hopefully makes a profit. Fifth grader Zachary Yuen and his mom came up with the idea, and got other students and parents involved. The business they chose to start is a newspaper called the Panther Press that is all about things happening at the school. The paper incorporates writing and interviewing, along with ad sales and marketing. The first issue had a student cartoon, articles about school events and the reading buddy program, interviews with our new librarian, the cafeteria lady, one of our new teachers, and even a famous football player! Future issues may have student reviews on local restaurants and surveys about topics like banning trading cards at school.

on famous past and present day African Americans, their achievements, and culture. On President’s Day, school will be closed but the rest of that week will be dedicated to learning about past presidents and their achievements. We will participate in the Pennies for Patients program by accumulating coins and bills to help support children with leukemia and lymphoma.

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By Jazmin Lopez 12th Grade The Notre Dame Academy senior class participated in January’s memorable Senior Life Experience Week. Some seniors decided to join “Close Up” in Washington D.C., while others participated in L.A. Immersion. The Close Up girls bundled up and headed off to D.C. for a week of chilly weather and awe-inspiring monuments. The agenda included the Lincoln Memorial and The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The young ladies that joined L.A. Immersion participated in wonderful service projects all around Los Angeles. Many girls helped in St. Augustine’s Elementary School by assisting teachers in kindergarten to 8th grade classrooms. Others served in soup kitchens, food banks, and organizations like No Limits. The class of 2012 might have been involved in diverse activities but every student was able to gain a multicultural awareness and a better appreciation for the value of service.


By Michael Sapunor 11th Grade After returning to school just days after winter break, the Cubs have already crushed school rivals Harvard Westlake in basketball. In more sports-related news, Coach Fernando Hernandez is going to be honored at a national coaching summit in Reno, Nevada, having won OnTrack’s Jeff Truman Memorial Summit-Ship. The Cubs were already driving in high gear, with finals week coming soon after their return to school. Following finals week, every student was given one week off for inter-semester break. The seniors, however, participated in their Senior Service Projects, a period that lasted throughout the month of January, in which every Loyola senior volunteered at a community service site of his choosing. Also in the spirit of community service is the upcoming Red Cross Blood Drive, in which students 16 years or older may donate blood to the Red Cross to help save lives.

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Teens topic of parenting seminar A seminar at the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., on Sun., March 4 from 1 to 5 p.m. will explore how parents can harness the advances in brain science to improve communication, recognize opportunities for optimizing development and emotional growth, and

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immaculate heart middle school THE WILSHIRE WARRIORS 12-and-under team won their first tournament in December after 18 months of hard work. Led by coach Ryne Tacker, the Warriors defeated the Simi Valley Heroes 3-1 in the championship game. Pictured top row, from left, are David Adams, Alex Terry, Avery Plum, Pete Rose, Finn Starzyk, Bobby Fabricant, Nick Silk, Jack Lipman, Eric Johnson, Ryne Tacker and Milinda McNeeley. Bottom row, from left, are Isaac Rose, Ethan Fabricant, Jake Gannon, Tiger Adams and Chris Cisceneros.

By Yasmeen Akounou 11th Grade Last month, the walls of M a r y m o u n t ’s Pavilion vibrated as Sailors enthusiastically vied for the coveted Spirit Stick. During Spirit Week, each grade chooses a color and designs a week’s worth of creative uniform outfits around it. From KISS band members to playful penguins to Valentine’s Day cupids, everyone truly united and thoroughly demonstrated their class pride. Finally, a dynamic assembly, filled with cheers, dances and relay races marked the end of the competition. In other news, the Marymount Players are practicing their best dance moves and musical scales as they prepare for our spring musical, “Oliver!” which is certain to be a wonderful success. Also, Robotics is assembling their ingenious robot, as they get ready to compete in another building season. Meanwhile, basketball, soccer and water polo teams have been passing throughout their respective seasons with flying colors. Go, Sailors!


By Sydney Gough 6th Grade F e b r u a r y ’s value of the month is freedom. That encompasses a lot of the activities that will be going on, and furthers the lessons we learned about Martin Luther King Jr. in January. The 6th graders will be taking a field trip to the Skirball Center to see a presentation on Martin Luther King Jr. led by Dave LeMieux. The 3rd graders are having Challenge Day where many strategic, brain-enhancing games will take place. Also, they will be performing the “Gotta Be Jazz” show, dedicated to jazz and its many styles. The 2nd graders will be sponsoring a used book drive for a needy school. Additionally, the entire school will have a Book Spree and our Ahmanson Auditorium will become a bookstore,

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By Norani Abilo 8th Grade January was a very fun-filled month. The 2nd graders received their First Reconciliation at St. Brendan Church. It was a very exciting day for the students and their families. SBS also recently had an Open House followed by Catholic Schools Week. Our theme was Faith, Academics and Service. Many students represented the theme in their own unique way and showed a lot of school spirit. In February, the 2nd graders will be assisting in the first Friday and Sunday mass at St. Brendan Church. The Parent Board will be holding an In-N-Out fundraiser at school, and author, Oliver Chen will visit grades K, 2, 3, and 4 while the first graders go whale-watching. The 8th graders are very busy with high school tests, application and interviews. Good luck to all the 8th graders!

By Jane Rhee 8th Grade January was a busy month, especially for eighth graders who were preparing for high school entrance tests. Our junior high academic decathlon team is working hard for the competition in March. We are all looking forward to celebrating Catholic Schools Week. There will be many exciting activities, which will include a live theater performance and career day. We held our Open House, Science Fair, Book Fair and Art Fair last month. Doctoral students from USC will came to our school to judge the 6th, 7th and 8th grade projects. Our Pueri Cantores school choir is looking forward to participating in a festival at the Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano on Feb. 11. Our varsity and bees basketball teams are practicing regularly and competing in games against other schools.


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Helen Hunt shines in ‘Our Town,’ ‘OVO’ is flawless Just about everyone in America has seen Our Town the Pulitzer Prize-Winning play by Thornton Wilder. Whether it was your high school production or a previous revival this iconic play, first produced in 1938, about small town America has a warm place in the hearts of theatergoers. Director David Cromer’s minimalist incarnation takes place on a physically transformed Broad Stage. With nominal set pieces, modern costumes and actors miming most props, the physical locale of this Grover’s Corners covers much of the auditorium. Actors move throughout the audience. House lights at full effect are, at times, intrusive. The staging in the third act is the most effective, especially the dramatic and surprise ending. The shining light in this production is Helen Hunt. The award-winning actress plays the stage manager who leads us on this journey with the folks of Grover’s Corners. She is luminous, commanding, mischievous—in a word brilliant. Through Feb. 12. The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage, Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica, 310-434-3200. 3 Stars *** That mindless chatter in your head can be a coping device when deep tragedy strikes, to keep you from thinking the unthinkable. Playwright Jenny Schwartz has given voice to that chatter in her play God’s Ear. It’s one-act, yet the recitativestyle dialogue becomes somewhat wearing by the end. Mel (Amanda Saunders) and Ted (Paul Caramagno) have lost their son in a drowning accident. Ted is away from home and continues to travel, partaking of random affairs, his coping mechanism. His liaison scene with Lenora (a marvelous Andrea Grano) is particularly effective. Mel stays home to take care of their daughter Lainie (a superbly confused Alana Dietze). Add to this intriguing play of words, the Tooth Fairy (Tara Karsian) GI Joe (Jeremy Shranko) and an armed Flight Attendant (a double by Jeremy Shranko) and you are pulled deep into this fantasy landscape of grief. Yet there are laughs along the way that director Rory Kozoll has mined effectively. Amanda Saunders is amazing as Mel, tackling the difficult, rhythmic dialogue and her catharsis at the end is heartbreaking. Through Feb. 19. Zephyr

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‘Impossible’ but worth it; kudos to ‘Grey,’ ‘Young Adult’ and Elizabeth Reaser, all of whom give outstanding performances. Crazy Horse (8/10): This fascinating documentary about the legendary Parisian cabaret club featuring At the n u d e Movies women with dancers Tony contains Medley revealing interviews with the dancers, producers and director, celebrated choreographer Philippe Decouflé, as well as scenes of rehearsals and performances of their dancing called “nude chic” (also revealing). In French and English, at the Nuart Feb. 3Feb 9. War Horse (8/10): Director Stephen Spielberg tells this anti-war story of an English horse that finds itself on both

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Placido Domingo will sing the title role in LA Opera’s company premiere of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Simon Boccanegra.” The Elijah Moshinsky production runs for a total of seven performances. It opens Sat., Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. and runs through Sun., March 4. James Conlon conducts. In Italian with English subtitles. Set in 14th century Genoa, the drama

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well as Fleming, Archbishop José Gomez, Cardinal Roger Mahony and councilwoman Jan Perry, gathered at the Cathedral for coffee, donuts and a prayer service. “We have two kids who are now 23 and 24 whose families were adopted 19 years ago who come back to lend a hand on distribution day,” said Flem-

ing. The volunteers, in more than 200 cars, were escorted by L.A.P.D. police officers to make the deliveries. “The families count on it. And to see the kids waiting for us when we show up… the looks on their faces, that’s what it’s all about for me,” said Fleming.

‘‘Ichoose tofeelfit.’’ “M ygranddaughterusedtovisitmeonherwayhomefromthegym.Shewouldtell meaboutherworkoutsandallthegreatequipment.Itsoundedfun,butIdidn’tthinkit wasforme.ThatwasbeforeBelmontVillage.NowIexercisethreetimesaweekwitha licensedphysicaltherapist,onprofessionalequipmentdesignedjustforme.Plus,I’mmore activenowthatIhaveadrivertotakemeplaces,lotsofsocialactivities,andacheftodo thecooking!Andmygranddaughter?Shewishesshecouldjoinmygym!”

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nearly 400 families received groceries as well as holiday gifts delivered by hundreds of volunteers. “In September, we work with the L.A.P.D. to get names of families,” said Fleming. Volunteers call and knock on doors to take a census to determine their needs including names, ages and sizes as well as descriptions of wished-for toys for the youngsters. “I think Christmas is about kids, and everyone of them should get a brand-new, wrapped toy,” said Fleming. Donors included individuals as well as 45 elementary schools and 15 high schools that chose gifts based on information garnered from the families. On distribution day, volunteers of all ages from archdiocese parishes and schools, as


SUNDAY WORSHIP 8:30am Contemplative Service, Wylie Chapel 9:30am Traditional Service, Sanctuary 11:00am Contemporary Service, Sanctuary 9:30 & 11:00 am Children’s Sunday School WEDNESDAY LENTEN SERIES February 22 - March 28, 7:00pm, Wylie Chapel Maundy Thursday Service, 7:00pm, Wylie Chapel Good Friday Service, 7:00pm, Sanctuary



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You know the best or thodontist for your kids. Do you know the best hospital? When it comes to providing the best medical care for kids, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has achieved something that should put a smile on every parent’s face. For the third straight year, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles was one of only a handful of children’s hospitals in the nation good enough to be ranked “Best”on the prestigious U.S.News & World Report Honor Roll. And,we’re the only children’s hospital in California to make the list. To learn more about the children’s hospital that’s been putting smiles on people’s faces for more than110 years, visit or call 888 - 631- 2452.




Horse and buggy on the streets of Ye Olde Brookside.

Italian styling at its best is zooming to the Petersen.

L.A. River's past and future is on the agenda at the Garden Club.

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2-Story English Tudor $4,375,000

Hancock Park. 5+5. 3 bed up - one down, plus guest house w/new Moroccan room for entertaining. Pool. Bella Kay 323.972.3408

Gorgeously Updated English $2,895,000

Hancock Park. 5 beds/3.5 baths + 3 rm gst hse. Grmt kitchen. Huge family rm. Pool/spa/BBQ. Lisa Hutchins 323.460.7626

1920’s Mediterranean $1,695,000

Spanish Hacienda In 3rd St School Dist. $1,499,000

Hancock Park. Charming 1920’s Mediterranean with colonial influence. 4 bedrooms, 3 baths. Loveland Carr Properties 323.460.7606

Hancock Park. Charming 2 sty 3+2.5+gh near Tennis Club. Private & full of character great neighborhood Rick Llanos 323.460.7617

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216 S. Larchmont Blvd. $1,315,000

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Hancock Park. Windsor Sq Traditional. 4Bd/2bas up, grmt kit, large grassy yard. Guest hse/office w/bath. Loveland Carr Properties 323.460.7606

Hancock Park. 3Bd / 3BA home updated with new bathroom and 2,661 sq.ft., pool & permitted guest house. Bob Day 323.860.4221

Hancock Park. Central hall plan, vaulted ceiling, fplc in liv rm, lrg din rm, 4beds, 3baths, sparkling pool. Linda Hadley/James Hutchison 323.460.7637

Hancock Park. Just a stone’s throw from the village.3beds/2baths.New gourmet kitchen. Great vibe! Lisa Hutchins 323.460.7626

Remodeled Modern Gem $1,099,000

A Lot Of House On A Large Lot $799,000

Hancock Park. Dutch-Colonial/Traditional. 3 + 2.75. Charming country kitchen, beautifully remodeled. Loveland Carr Properties 323.460.7606

Come Home To Brookside! $749,900

Hancock Park. LR/dining area, cozy den. Orig. kitch w/ brkfst area. Patio/grassy garden. 2-car garage. Sandy Boeck 323.860.4240

2-Story Craftsman $599,000

Hancock Park. 2 Sty Hancock Park Craftsman with beautiful original bones. Same owner since 1952. Christopher Calimbas 323.860.4253

Charming Top Floor Unit $495,000

The Windsor Estate $15,000/month

Charming English Cottage $5,500/month

Fully Furnished $3,500/month

Hancock Park. 3rd St Sch District. 3bds/2bas new everything, Garden office/studio. Great tree lined st. Rick Llanos 323.460.7617

Hancock Park. Top flr 2BR in Hancock Pl Ter. B-I bkcases, pvt balc w/treetop vus. Lndry, 24hr sec, pool. Barbara MacDonald 323.791.0273

Hancock Park. Restored & updated. 6276 sq ft on over ½ acre w/pool. 5 beds/5.5 baths + GH. Grmt kitchen. Lisa Hutchins 323.460.7626

Hancock Park. Elegant 1925 Country English home on a beautiful tree-lined block near Hancock Park. Linda Hadley/ James Hutchison 323.460.7637

Hancock Park. Charming Spanish duplex. Furnished 3+2. brkfst nook, patio. W/D, Flatscreen TV. Negotiable. Loveland Carr Properties 323.460.7606

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Spacious living room and dining area open to the patio and the back garden Lovely wood-paneled den features a fireplace, built-in bookcases, and a small bar Cozy breakfast area of the original kitchen has a gas fireplace and a view of the garden Separate laundry room includes a laundry tub, storage cupboard, a door to the side walkway Recently-painted light and bright interior enhances the high ceilings and crown moldings Back garden offers a grassy area, trees and plants; two-car garage adjoins the house

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Hollywood was largely designed and built by Hobart Johnstone Whitley as told in a new biography by Gaelyn Whitley Keith. Drawing from family archives, the author tells of her great grandparent’s life in “The Father of Hollywood” through the eyes of Whitley’s wife, Gigi. Whitley Heights was where celebrities partied back in the day, according to the 304-page book, published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises. It explains how in 1902 and 1903 HJ Whitley filed papers at the county recorder’s office of original tract maps for Whitley Heights. His wife suggested the new town be named Hollywood. Another chapter explains how he designed a road over the Cahuenga Pass, which became the first good road for autos to access the San Fernando Valley. He paid Pacific Electric $150,000 to build an interurban railway over the pass and allow right-of-way across its land. He could envision the entire subdivision in the Valley as one endless sea of homes. Against the objection of one colleague who could

not visualize a boulevard running through barley fields, HJ’s compelling speech persuaded others. In the epilogue Whitley Heights is described as the Beverly Hills of yesteryear— the first royal kingdom for celebrities. Among residents in the posh mansions were Charlie Chaplin, Rudolph Valentino, Jean Harlow and Gloria Swanson. Others included Carole Lombard, Bette Davis, Norma Shearer and Tyrone Power. In 1992, the area was designated a Historic Preservation Overlay Zone. Paperback copies are $15; hardcover sells for $25 at bookstores and at

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Art Deco Society to recreate 1920s at Athletic Club Spring St., that the Los Angeles Athletic Club was born; 40 civic pioneers, adventurers and athletes gathered in Frank Gibson’s law office to form a men’s club. Vintage dress in encouraged, but not required. Visit

tables and 1920s cocktails in the oldest private club in the city. The Los Angeles Athletic Club, 431 W. Seventh St., was founded in 1880, and counts many of old Hollywood’s glitterati among past members. It was on Sept. 8, 1880 in the old Arcadia building on N.

The Prohibition era comes to life when the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles holds “Casino Moderne” at the L.A. Athletic Club on Sat., Feb. 18. The evening will be modeled after the television series “Boardwalk Empire,” complete with legal gambling

SOLD: This home, located at 826 S. Muirfield, was listed at $989,995.

Real Estate Sales* Single family homes 317 S. Lucerne Blvd. 627 S. Plymouth Blvd. 180 N. McCadden Pl. 95 Fremont Pl. 130 S. Highland Ave. 123 N. Beachwood Dr. 938 S. Muifield Rd. 364 S. Sycamore Ave. 921 S. Citrus Ave. 826 S. Muirfield Rd. 517 N. Plymouth Blvd. 845 Lorraine Blvd. 918 S. Tremaine Ave. 333 N. Irving Bvd. 719 S. Highland Ave. 733 S. Citrus Ave. 639 N. Gramercy Pl.

$2,975,000 2,925,000 2,500,000 1,899,900 1,399,000 1,239,500 1,199,000 1,174,000 1,059,500 989,995 848,000 845,000 720,000 599,000 509,900 499,000 450,000

Condominiums 4848 Wilshire Blvd., #200 531 N. Rossmore Ave., #301 4460 Wilshire Blvd., #202 333 S. Wilton Pl., #8 122 S. Sycamore Ave., #1/2 310 N. Ridgwood Pl., #C 3810 W. Wilshire Blvd., #605 450 N. Sycamore Ave., #23 5050 Maplewood Ave., #205 620 S. Gramercy Pl., #206 444 S. Gramercy Pl., #15 5051 Rosewood Ave., #204

$875,000 699,000 600,000 585,000 539,000 449,000 449,000 429,000 275,000 259,900 258,000 236,900

*List prices for December

Test your knowledge of the Tinseltown history How’s your knowledge of movie trivia? The following questions are courtesy of the Red Line Tour company of Hollywood. 1. Where was the first Academy Awards held? 2. Which star on the walk of fame is the most sought after by tourists? 3. Who was the first female actress to demand and get $1 million for a film? 4. Who was the person that dubbed the city Hollywood? 5. What is required for a personality to have their hand and foot prints placed in the forecourt of Graumans Chinese Theatre? 6. Other than hand and footprints, what other impressions have been left by stars at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre? Answers are on page 15.

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4526 WILSHIRE BLVD. is one of the few houses remaining on the 16-mile stretch of Wilshire Blvd. It was built in 1923 next to Fremont Place and converted to offices in 1979.

Doheny mansion tour set for Feb. 18 Oil baron Edward Doheny’s mansion on the Mount St. Mary College's Doheny campus at 10 Chester Pl. opens for public tours on Sat., Feb. 18 at 9:45, 10:30 and 11:15 a.m. Home to the Doheny family for nearly 60 years, the mansion was designed by Theodore Augustus Eisen and Sumner P. Hunt in 1898. The public tours cost $25 per person. Tours include the first floor of the mansion and surrounding grounds. Call 213-477-2962 for tour information, or go to

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Apartments on Sycamore named ‘Chateauesque’

A text-book Chateauesquestyle residential building has been crowned historic. The six-unit apartment building at 350 N. Sycamore Ave. resembles a French chateau, hence the name. “350 N. Sycamore was worthy of Historic-Cultural Monument status as a particularly well-executed and unusually intact example of French-influenced Chateauesque architecture, bringing great elegance to multi-family residential design,” said Ken Bernstein, manager, Office of Historic Resources & Principal City Planner, Policy Planning, Dept. of Planning. The designation was approved by the City Council on Dec. 16. While there are other Chateauesque buildings in the city (several are in Hollywood), the style is less common in Hancock Park, Bernstein said. Built in 1936 for $17,500, this two-story building exhibits character-defining features, according to a city report. Designed by architect William Barber, the Chateau was intended to look more like a large manor house than an apartment building. This was accomplished with the asymmetrical treatment of the plan and the use of individual ele-

BUILT IN 1936, the North Sycamore Chateau is an example of French-influenced architecture.

ments such as a single chimney for the six-unit building. “Creating this sort of elegance on a small 60’ x 190’ lot was particularly challenging,” the report said. The building was turned sideways so the grand facade faces to the south side of the lot, and a below-grade parking garage was built that required a variance from the City Planning Commission. The E-shaped courtyard with three wings faces west. The conical and hipped roof features composition shingles and copper turrets. The building’s exterior is smooth stucco

with decorative plaster work consisting of denticulation, and roof-level pinnacles. Wrought iron balcony railings with fleur-de-lis design are located on the lower and upper floors. Interiors feature fireplaces, crown molding, wall sconces and built-in cabinetry. According to the report, “The Chateauesque style is typically built on an asymmetrical plan with an exceedingly broken roofline. The North Sycamore Chateau is typical of this design, making it a textbook example of the Chateauesque design.”

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New technology debuts in televisions, tablets, phones

By Leslie Meredith Guest columnist The tech world converged last month in Las Vegas for the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Company crossovers The line between TVs and computers has blurred over the past several years. People watch movies and TV on their computers and use Facebook and other online services on their smart TVs. This year, two companies ventured into unfamiliar territory. Computer manufacturer Lenovo unveiled its first smart TV, a 3D HDTV with a 55-inch display, 240Hz refresh rate, TruSurround sound and a voice-controlled remote control (a feature that was common in new TVs), but that’s where the TV specs ended and computer features took over. The Lenovo TV is the first set to run on Android 4.0. It is also the first TV to get its computing power from Qualcomm’s Snapdragon dualcore processor. From the opposite direction, TV maker Vizio launched its first computers, including two sleek all-in-one desktops, a full-size 15.6-inch laptop and two ultra-thin laptops at 14- and 15-inches. The least expensive Ultrabook announced at the show came from Toshiba. The 14-inch Toshiba Satellite Ultrabook is scheduled to be released in June for $699, around $250 less than its competitors. The Android-powered Galaxy Note by Samsung, featured at CES, is a mobile phone that is almost as big as some tablets and offers much of the same functionality. It comes with a pressure-sensitive stylus for writing and drawing on its comparatively large 5.3-inch screen. Camera replacements Several new phones revealed just how serious the industry is about replacing the compact camera, which has been on a downhill slide for the past several years. Nokia introduced its Lumia 900, a 4G LTE mobile phone with a 4.3-inch screen, 12MP rear-facing camera with Carl Zeiss optics, an F2.2 aperture lens with a 28 mm focal length and a second frontfacing camera. The Windows 7.5 phone runs Mango, Microsoft’s newest operating system for phones. The Lumia 900 will debut at AT&T in the coming months, an unusual move for Nokia who has previously launched its phones in Europe before the U.S. In another exclusive for


Hayride drew carolers to Brookside ‘Twas a few nights before Christmas when Brookside event coordinator Roy Forbes found a horse and carriage on the Internet. He sent out an e-mail to residents and a hayride and caroling party ensued on Dec. 23. The horse-drawn wagon held about 20 people at a time, so children, parents, and seniors took turns as others caroled through the streets west from Muirfield, said resident AREA'S FIRST caroling and hayride with a horse-drawn carriage took place during the holidays. Photo by Sandy Boeck Sandy Boeck. Carolers gathered Neighbors added to the 100 to 200 neighbors parat a table set up with refreshments which includ- mix, bringing cupcakes and ticipated in this first annual hayride and caroling party, ed eggnog, apple cider and other sweets to share. Estimates ranged from said Boeck. cookies.

NEW FROM SAMSUNG is the Galaxy Note.

AT&T, HTC revealed its Titan II 4G LTE camera-centric phone. The 4.7-inch bigscreen phone, second only in size to the Galaxy Note, has the “biggest” camera to date at 16MP.

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Fairfax morphed from farms to oil wells to retail businesses The history of the Fairfax District begins in 1828 when Mexico won independence from Spain. Rancho La Brea was granted to Antonio Rocha, who built an adobe house that still stands today on the grounds of the Farmers Market. The grant included a stipulation that the tar pits within

the rancho would be open and available to all the citizens of the pueblo for their use. The title was confirmed by Jose Echeandia, who was the Governor of Alta California at the time. Later in 1840, it was reconfirmed by Governor Juan Alvarado. Rancho La Brea consisted of one square league of land (4,439 acres)

of what is now Miracle Mile, Hollywood, and parts of West Hollywood. Cahuenga Pass battle Mexico lost control of the area to the United States during the Mexican-American War, when Gen. Andres Pico capitulated to Lt. Col. John Fremont in a battle waged near the Cahuenga Pass.

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In 1852, James Thompson received a five-year lease for half of Rancho La Brea. Thompson used the Rocha adobe as his home and became the first full-time resident of the rancho. In the 1880s Arthur Gilmore purchased the part of Rancho La Brea surrounding the adobe for use as a dairy farm. In 1903, while drilling for water, he struck oil instead, and soon the area was covered with wooden oil derricks. Railroad established Moses Sherman bought the land north of what was to become Beverly Blvd. establishing an industrial complex and rail station for the new railroad traveling along what is now Santa Monica Blvd. to the Pacific Ocean. Sherman Town grew around its industrial core to include grain fields, a church, a general store and residences. While Hollywood was annexed to the city of Los Angeles in 1909, Sherman Town remained an unincorporated region of the county. In 1916, a number of filmmakers began to use the open spaces around Sherman Town for movie locations. Agriculture was slowly abandoned and replaced by housing and

businesses supporting the emerging film industry. Called the “Fairfax Addition” In 1924, residents of the bean fields and dairy farms south of West Hollywood and north of the Gilmore Company’s oil operations voted unanimously to be incorporated into the city of Los Angeles as the “Fairfax Addition.” That same year Fairfax High School was built and offered courses in architecture, forestry and agronomy. With the financial and creative successes of Jewish people in film production and design, and along Miracle Mile, the Fairfax area served as a beacon to the longestablished Jewish communities near downtown in Boyle Heights. In 1939, the Fairfax Temple reached out to refugees by holding services in German. The Jewish immigrant population in the Fairfax District only increased after World War II. The rise of Fairfax as the center of Jewish culture in Los Angeles can be seen in the move to Fairfax Ave. from Boyle Heights by Canter’s Deli in 1948 and the opening of the Jewish Cultural Center in 1954. (Please turn to page 7)

Do you know this Man? You’ve seen him around the Larchmont neighborhood for years, pushing his twins in the stroller, and eventually all three kids. Taking them to king swami concerts at the Farmer’s Market.You’ve seen him at Sunday mass at st. Brendan, sometimes carrying both of his daughters through the communion line.

needed baby clothes for less fortunate families. Yes, chances are you’ve seen this man around town. But did you know his REAL job is being a Real Estate agent, and that for more than a decade he’s been one of the top Realtors in the area?

You’ve also seen him selling popcorn with the Boy scouts and cookies with the Girl scouts. You’ve seen him cheer on his daughters at their yaDa performances, and probably seen him try to break 110 at wilshire CC. You may have broken bread with him at a local dinner party, or even had him over for your holiday party. And there’s even a decent chance he’s coached your son in soccer...or basketball.... or baseball. You’ve seen him watch his daughters perform at sophie Dance and Marat Daukayev, as they dream of becoming Prima Ballerinas. Odds are you saw his face in the Larchmont Chronicle for 12 months during his presidency of the wilshire Rotary Club, and he probably sold you a Halloween pumpkin or Christmas Tree at the Rotary lot. He may have handed your third grader a dictionary at a Rotary Dictionary Distribution, or collected your no-longer-

Did you know that he’s sold homes not only in hancock Park, windsor square and Larchmont Village, but from Malibu to Hermosa, from Brentwood to West Hollywood and from the Sunset Strip to Silver Lake? He’s also arranged for home sales from Florida to Michigan, and Seattle to Texas. Though his feet are on the ground here in Hancock Park, his reach extends far beyond. Yes, he’s great to share a holiday toast with, or talk youth sports on a Saturday morning at the soccer field, or help peddle popcorn and cookies on Larchmont. But his best skill is representing home buyers and sellers, lessors and tenants. He’s represented plumbers and actors, lawyers and athletes, retirees and honeymooners, and people from all walks of life from all over the world. And chances are he can help you too. He’s Chase Campen, the Family Realtor. Call him today and see what he can do for you.

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Canter’s Delicatessen, bakeries, mom-and-pop shops and thrift stores on N. Fairfax Ave. while further south, Farmers Market, the new Gilmore Station, Park La Brea, schools and museums line the avenue.

Fairfax, south of Willoughby, is now considered to be a part of the Mid-City West district of Los Angeles. Today, fashion boutiques and hip restaurants are dotted among the landmark

Fairfax MorphED Meanwhile, the Gilmore Company had grown into the largest independent oil marketer in the western United States. But later, its oil fields were replaced by a shopping and entertainment center, beginning in 1934 with the Farmers Market at Fairfax and Third St. That same year saw the construction of the 30,000-capacity Gilmore Stadium at Fairfax and Beverly, where locals would watch midget auto racing, rodeos, wrestling and the city’s first pro-football team, the Bulldogs. Over the next few years the Gilmore entertainment complex grew to include the Pan Pacific Auditorium as well as Gilmore Field, home to the baseball team, the Hollywood Stars. CBS builds its studios At the end of the 1950s, CBS bought and razed Gilmore Field and Stadium in order to build television production studios. In the 1960s, the aging Jewish population began to notice their changing neighborhood as hippies spilled down Fairfax Ave. as cheap rents and proximity to television and movie production attracted young actors. In addition, the 1970s and ’80s saw a new wave of


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Jewish families arrive from the Soviet Union. These decades also brought a rise in land value and housing costs, putting pressure on the young and the old. As residents in an unincorporated area of the county,

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West Hollywood, tenants had no protections against fastrising rents. In response to this and other local concerns, residents voted to incorporate West Hollywood as a city. The new city included Fairfax Ave. north of Willoughby Ave.

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231 S. Plymouth Bl. 3438 LaRissa Dr. $775,000 Hancock Park $1,795,000 Silver Lake Classic Georgian style. 2 bd/2 ba. Private hilltop Windsor Square gem. oasis. Open floor plan w/ 5 bd/3.5 ba, formal LR w/ vaulted beamed ceiling & fpl, large family rm, large skylight. Lush landscaped 3825 Sapphire Drive, Encino Hills landscaped backyard. grounds $1,149,000 Immaculate remodeled 4 bed/3 bath

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3335 Deronda Dr. $899,000 1534 Sierra Bonita $1,699,000 $899,000 HollywoodStunning Hills Ibizian 2 bed/3 bath home Hollywood Hills plus den/media room. Chef’s kitchen Private 3 bd/2ba. Midwith Viking stove and carrera marble 2bd/1.5ba. Crafstman Century open floor plan. counter tops. Sound system throughout style home. All systems Lush Landscaped yard for entertaining and relaxing. Lushly upgraded. Huge with pool. landscaped backyard with a pool/spa deck with hot tub. and recreation room/cabana, bonus!

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Hancock park Vicinity 2220 Chelan Dr., 2010 218 $1,228,000 $448 124 56 30 8 $1,395,000 2011 223 $1,211,000 $444 124 68 21 10 Hollywood Hills observations: Approx. 1.5 acre site w/3 Surprisingly, lots. there were few changes in the Hancock Park contiguous vicinity between Outstanding 2010 and 2011, when many major Los Angeles markets continued to see downward pricing pressure primarily development opportunity. caused by a large number of short sales and foreclosed properties.

In 2011, the number of houses sold was slightly up while the averageAvAiLAbLe sales price was down 1.4% and the average price per square foot was down less than 1%. The statistics for the 4th quarter of 2011 are also very similar to the statistics for the year when compared to the 4th quarter of 2010.

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801 S. Muirfield $1,250,000 Hancock Park 3bd/3.5ba, Mediterranean, extensively remodeled, renovated, upgraded electric/plumbing Landscaped yard. Bolted.

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While the results for 2011 appear to be healthy, there is a considerable rise in the number of homeowners in the vicinity that have been issued notices of default (NOD). A NOD is a notice from the 2309 Apollo, registered under public records, when a home owner misses monthly mortgage payments.

Hollywood Hills, The good news is that there is a huge buyer pool in the market $1,550,000 to purchase a home and take advantage of historically 3 ready BD/3.5 BA Contemporary low interest rates. 3 level floor plan, dramatic If youroom, wouldfamily like additional information regarding your living rm., pool specific neighborhood, street or zip code, please call my co-listed w/Vadim Baum office and we will be happy to provide the statistics.

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Italian supercars, Valentine's at Petersen; 'Camp Goo' at Tar Pits PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM—Make Valentine's Day pop-up cards at the drop-in arts and crafts program Sat., Feb. 4 from 1 to

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Architecture and Design Museum’s annual fundraising gala Celebrate the Wearable will be on the evening of Sat., March 10 at the museum, 6032 Wilshire Blvd. Festivities will include a salon-style runway event and live auction of wearable creations by Karim Rashid, Richard Meier, Trina Turk, Wolfgang Puck and others. The evening will be emceed by author and humorist Charles Phoenix.  Select pieces are available for purchase in “Buy It Now” online auction. For more information and sponsorship opportunities contact Sarah Lane at 323-932-9393 or

FOR SALE BY OWNER WHIRLWIND EXHIBIT, Metroplis II includes 1,100 toy cars moving at lightening speed.

Living in the fast lane at LACMA Modeled after a fast-paced modern city (Los Angeles, perhaps?), “Metropolis II” opened last month at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The 10-foot tall, room-size sculpture by artist Chris Burden includes 1,200 miniature cars that move at lightening speed through a dense network of toy skyscrapers. They are powered by an engine and magnetic pulls with no degree of safety. Steel beams hold an elaborate system of alumunium tracks and a six-lane freeway. The artist spent four years with a team of eight to create the work. According to Burden, “The noise, the continuous flow of the trains, and the speeding toy cars produces in the viewer the stress of living in a dynamic, active and bustling 21st Century city.” To see Metropolis in action, visit the Broad Contemporary Art Museum at LACMA Fridays: 12:30–2 p.m.; 3–4:30 p.m.; 5–6:30 p.m. and 7–8:30 p.m. Weekends: 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.; 2–3:30 p.m.; 4–5:30 p.m.; 6–7:30 p.m.

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Celebrate African American heritage month; make Valentine’s Day cards FAIRFAX LIBRARY 161 S. Gardner St. 323-936-6191 L.A. Quiltmakers Guild: demonstrations. Hands-on Beginners welcome. Meets Sat., Feb. 4 at 10 a.m. Teen Council: Meets Sat., Feb. 4 at noon to help library choose books and music and plan events. Miracle Mile Writers Club: Come share and discuss your writing and writing issues on

Sat., Feb. 4 from 3 to 5 p.m. Book Club: Meets Tues., Feb. 7 at 10:30 a.m. in the community room. Check with circulation desk for current selection. MS Support Group: Meets for support for those who have or care for people with multiple sclerosis on Thurs., Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. Poetry Workshop and Open Mike: Celebrate African American Heritage month with Rae


Shaw on Thurs., Feb. 9 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Light refreshments served. For teens and adults. Children’s Valentine Program: Meet Sat., Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. to hear stories and make crafts. Friends of the Library: Meet to discuss ways to support the library on Tues., Feb. 14 at 11 a.m. Mom’s Club of MidWilshire: Support group for


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Moms meets on Fri., Feb. 17 at 3 p.m. Ongoing Computer Comfort: Handson training on the computer on Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. Baby and Toddler Storytime: Meet for songs and stories for kids 6 mos. to 2 years on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Pre-school Storytime: Meet for songs and stories for kids ages 2 to 4 years old on Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. Book Sale: Lots of deals on used books and more on Wednesdays from noon to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. LACMA Art Class for Kids: Best for ages 5 to 12; meets Wednesdays at 3:15 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. Grandparents and Books (GAB): Library volunteers read children’s stories aloud on Thursdays at 3 p.m. and Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. FREMONT LIBRARY 6121 Melrose Ave. 323-962-3521 Friends of the Library Book Sale: Fri., Feb. 3 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. and Sat., Feb. 4 from noon to 5 p.m. Valentine’s Day Program: Make rosebuds from Hershey’s Kisses on Tues., Feb. 14 at 3 p.m. Book Club: Meets Tues., Feb. 14 at 6:30 p.m. Call library for book selection. Family Movie Hour: Come see a movie on Mon., Feb. 6 at 4 p.m. Call library for movie selection. Preschool Story Time: Stories, songs and rhymes for children ages 2 to 4 on Wed., Feb. 8 at 11:30 a.m.

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Ongoing Computer Comfort Class: Call library to make an appointment or go online at laplcomputerclass.blogspot. com. MEMORIAL LIBRARY 4625 W. Olympic Blvd. 323-938-2732 Teen Poetry: Rae Shaw discusses poetry with teens in observance of African American Heritage Month on Thurs., Feb. 16 at 4 p.m. Light refreshments served. Teen Volunteer Orientation: New volunteers meet to learn about duties they will perform at the library on Wed., Feb. 22 at 4 p.m. Teen Council Meeting: Teens discuss books, movies and CDs they would like to see at the library. Origami: Join Mr. Bennett Arnstein to learn about paper folding art on Sat., Feb. 25 at 1 p.m. Ongoing Reading with Ms. Haley: Part of GAB. Read stories and rhymes on Mondays from 2 to 4 p.m. Book Sale: Sponsored by the Friends of the Library on Tuesdays 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Reading with Ms. Sylvia: Part of GAB. Read stories and rhymes on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Nights @ the Movies: Come see a free movie with popcorn on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Call library for weekly selection. Toddler Story Time: Share stories, songs and rhymes on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Computer Comfort Class: Wednesdays at 11 a.m. or go online at laplcomputerclass. Fun & Games: Meet Wednesdays at noon to play Mah Jong, Scrabble, Battleship, Checkers and other games. Tea and light refreshments are served. Reading with Ms. Casey: Part of GAB. Read stories and rhymes on Wednesdays from 3 to 5 p.m. Knitting Circle: Meets Saturdays at 10 a.m. All skill levels welcome to come spin a yarn. Reading with Ms. Claire: Part of GAB. Read stories and rhymes on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Hatha Yoga: Relaxed yoga for all ages. Bring mat or heavy towel. Wear comfortable clothing. Don’t eat for two hours prior to yoga practice. Meets Saturdays at 12:15 p.m. (Please turn to page 12)

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It’s all about native plants at the Theodore Payne Foundation Learn the basics on gardening with California flora as well as why they are good for the planet at classes at the Theodore Payne Foundation, 10459 Tuxford Rd. in Sun Valley. Gardening with natives saves water, wildlife and energy. An illustrated talk with Lisa Novick reveals how gardeners can enact positive environmental change in their landscapes on Sat., Feb. 4 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Native basics Learn the definition of “native plants” and why they are valuable as well as planting techniques, irrigation and pruning at a class with horticulturist Lili Singer on Sat., Feb. 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Recommended for beginners, the class is a prerequisite to the three-part California Native Plant Garden Design course. Water features Students will build a porchsized water feature with solar pump and small fountain at

18 from a workshop 8:30 a.m. to led by botanoon. nist Bob Early regAllen on Sat., istration Feb. 11 from is advised; 1:30 to 3:30 space is p.m. Class limited to covers types 15 particiand sizes of pants. water features, their Young construcplants to tion, proper container native plant gardening selection and Native care. plant gar Expect dener and hands to get writer Bardirty and bara Eisenclothes a ‘”THE BUGMAN,” aka Daniel Mar- stein teachlittle wet, so los, will talk about things that crawl es a class dress for gar- and sign copies of his book on Feb. on keepdening. ing young 25. Birdplants alive watching during the Enjoy a morning at Quail critical establishment period Hollow, a native plant habitat from nursery conditions to garden that is visited by more home garden on Sat., Feb. 18 than 100 species of birds, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. at the Great Backyard Bird Container gardens can Count. The national event for enhance small balconies to birdwatchers is on Sat., Feb. vast patios to large-scale land-

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Celebrate Chinese New Year, bonsai

LION DANCERS are just part of the fun at the Chinese New Year Family Festival at Huntington Gardens.

Ring in the Year of the Dragon, create Valentine’s or learn the ancient art of bonsai at Huntington Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. The Chinese New Year Family Festival celebrates the year of the dragon with activities including dragon dancers, martial arts demonstrations, music, shadow puppet theater, children’s book readings and a scavenger hunt on Sat., Feb. 4 and Sun., Feb. 5 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Hungarian botanist Zsolt Debreczy will give an illustrated talk about his new book “Conifers Around the World,” and lead a tour of the conifer collection on Thurs., Feb. 9 at 2:30 p.m.

Kids ages 7 to 12 can design old-fashioned Victorian valentines and learn the history of Valentine’s Day at a workshop on Sat., Feb. 11 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. View displays of award-winning flowers and choose from a wide selection of plants at the Camellia Show on Sat., Feb. 11 and Sun., Feb. 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Bonsais Learn the ancient art of growing and shaping miniature trees at a bonsai work-

shop on Sat., Feb. 25 from 9 a.m. to noon. Children can take home their own miniature tree following a handson workshop for ages 7 to 12 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Internationally recognized bonsai masters share their passion for the art form at the annual Bonsai-a-Thon on Sat., Feb. 25 and Sun., Feb. 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The event includes exhibits, demonstrations, prize drawing, a bonsai bazaar and live auction each day at 3 p.m.


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By Laura Eversz While many think of a farmer's market as a place to buy fresh produce, most actually offer much more. Take, for instance, the Larchmont Village market, open every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. While small and easy to navigate, it not only offers a large assortment of seasonal fruits and vegetables, but also cheeses and patés, fresh pasta, bread and pastries as well as fresh seafood. There are also a number of hot, ready-to-eat options. However, the memory of the overindulgence of the holidays is still fresh, so on a recent Sunday, I bypassed the bread guy and purchased only a small piece of parmesan from the neighboring booth. That evening, I teamed King Salmon with roasted asparagus. It was divine! Roasted asparagus 24 large asparagus spears (about 2 pounds), trimmed and peeled Extra-virgin olive oil Coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper Aged balsamic vinegar Parmesan

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The camellia is called the Empress of Winter, and in February it reigns over the Camellia Festival at Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr., La Canada Flintridge. Forest faeries will guide visitors through the Camellia Collection from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Flower facts, faery stories and surprises are included on the 20-minute tours. Learn to identify different kinds of camellias and get care advice from horticulturist Wayne Walker on walks at 10:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m. Curator Wen Wang will discuss the Gardens’ famous Camellia collection, the largest in North America, at 11:30 a.m. Taste teas, including Camellia sinensis, while you learn all about them during Tea Time with Chado Tea from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Other activities Expert John Lyons will teach the basics of raising chickens and backyard beekeeping in an urban setting on Sat., Feb. 11 at 11 a.m. Call 818-790-3663.

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‘Shroom fair, field trip and water-wise landscapes Mushroom hunting to tangerine tasting are on the agenda at the L.A. County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Learn to identify mushrooms and other fleshy fungi at a class led by plant pathologist Jerry Turner on Sat., Feb. 4 from 10 a.m. to noon. The L.A. Mycological Society will host its annual Wild Mushroom Fair on Sun., Feb. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities include growing and cooking demonstrations, a guest speaker, and displays. Chef Haley Nguyen will host a cooking class featuring dishes from the Vietnamese menu of Xanh Bistro, Wed., Feb. 8 from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday garden talks with Lili Singer continues the theme on Feb. 9 with Dr. Turner at “Fungi in Local Gardens and Beyond.” Lush landscapes/little water is the theme of a talk with landscape designer Richard Hayden on Feb. 16. A self-driven field trip makes three stops on Thurs., Feb. 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Mopalito Native Plant Nursery for native, droughttolerant succulent and edible plants; Matilija Nursery in Moorpark for natives and irises and a private garden in Somis, designed by Landscape architect Amy Nettleton. Discover which mandarins are sweetest or tartest at Mandarin Madness and Tangerine Tasting on Thurs., March 1.

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Three lilies replace black Love 'em, toads as symbol of France but not in rabbit stew Why is the fleur de lis (lily)

ally “to ride hell for leather,” which means to submit the horse’s leather accoutrements (as well as the horse) to furious assault. The “bent” was added on this side of the Pond and changes the expression to being “hell bent”—of riding headlong into danger at top speed regardless of the consequences. *** Why do people “lobby” to have legislators pass their bills? queries Judy Campbell. Lobby comes from the Latin lobia, which is a covered way. In Britain’s House of Commons, the lobby is the large hall to which the public is admitted, especially for interviews with Members. There are also areas in the House called Division Lobbies. These are the corridors off the main chamber to which Members retire to vote on bills and motions and where they might “lobby” their colleagues in order to solicit votes for their pet projects. *** How come a spoilsport is also a “wet blanket”? wonders Todd Franken. In days of old, a campfire was a necessity for survival, but it was also an easy way to be detected by one’s enemies. The quickest way to put out a fire and hopefully escape the scrutiny of those who wished to do one harm, was to smother the fire with a wet blanket. This has a supreme dampen-

Like dogs and cats, rabbits make wonderful companions and are a cherished part of millions of Americans’ families, according to the U.S. Humane Society. Intelligent, social animals they closely bond with other rabbits and their human caregivers as well as other household pets. They have distinctive personalities, too. They can require a surprising amount of work for the novice, so it is best to do a little research before adopting a rescue rabbit from the animal shelter, or buying a cute bunny at Easter time. In spite of their sweet natures, it is estimated two million rabbits are raised and slaughtered in inhumane ways. Many of the rabbit meat pro-

PRESCHOOL TV STAR Miffy visited the Zimmer Children’s Museum last month in Miracle Mile. Attendees saw a movie starring the bunny and there was a story time featuring some of the books about the rabbit. Miffy children’s books, written and illustrated by Dutch artist Dick Bruna, have sold more than 85 million copies.

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the symbol of France? asks Jolene Winscomb. Clovis, a pagan Frankish chieftain, refused to convert to Christianity and was unsuccessful in uniting the tribes of Gaul against their common enemies. Clovis’ heraldic insignia was three black toads, and the story goes that in 498 A.D., an aged Christian hermit saw a miraculous light stream into his cave one night, and an angel appeared to him holding an azure shield of wonderful beauty, emblazoned with three gold lilies that shone like stars. The angel commanded the hermit to give the shield to Clovis’ queen Clothilde (a devout Christian who later became a saint), who, in turn, gave it to her husband. Clovis became a Christian in a mass baptism with all his warriors, and with his new divinely inspired insignia, was able to finally defeat his enemies. He thereby established his capital at Paris, and become the founder of the Frankish kingdom which dominated much of Western Europe in the early Middle Ages. It just goes to show that three pagan black toads are no match for three Christian gold lilies. *** Why does someone ride “hell bent for leather?” queries Laurie Metcalf. Hell, the infernal regions of the condemned, the place of eternal torment or punishment for unrepentant sinners, is also a universal word for describing extreme conditions. You can “give someone hell,” work or play “like hell” or “all hell can break loose.” The original expression is English and is actu-

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