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Two new campuses will be drawing area students when they open this fall. A new campus is slated to open in central Hollywood in September utilizing a similar curriculum and philosophy to Larchmont Charter School. Citizens of the World Charter Hollywood: A Public School “has an incredible team of experts founding the school and it’s going to be a great option for families here,” said executive director Tara Kelly, who was also a founding member of Larchmont Charter School. Citizens of the World intends to open with 60 students each in grades K-1, expanding annually until the campus ultimately serves grades K-8. “We are very committed to enrolling a diverse group of students ethnically and socioeconomically,” said Kelly, further noting that the school is now accepting applications through March 15. See Schools, p. 17
MAYA NOVICKI sits on shoes she collected for Haiti survivors at Cathedral Chapel School. On hand were school principal Tina Kipp and Maya’s stepdad Carl Risinger. Story page 9
Garage elevator out of service With the elevator down, Larchmont parking garage patrons can burn some calories and get in the habit of taking the stairs over the next few weeks. The elevator in the city garage next to Rite-Aid will be replaced by early April, according to a department of transportation spokesman. The garage will operate normally, and will continue to be open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the replacement project.
'Spotty' at best, residents say of city enforcement Muirfield Road needs to be consistent with historic plan After nearly four months, residents of Muirfield Road got some relief in mid-February when city workers showed up to continue street repairs. Residents of the 300, 400 and 500 blocks had a rude awakening in early November when bulldozers and jack hammers were heard outside their doors. Without notifying residents, the city planned to pave the concrete street with asphalt, a violation of the area’s Historic Preservation Overlay Zone, says Cindy Chvatal, president of the Hancock Park Homeowners Assoc. The work was stopped, while a solution could be found. The city eventually relented, and resumed the work, this time with plans to pour concrete. The above incident is indicative of a code enforcement issue that some residents say is out of control.
“Poor, spotty, inconsistent,” were some of the words used to describe the city’s enforcement of its HPOZ, said Chvatal. A spokesman from LaBonge’s office explained the costs to pour concrete are 10 times
more than asphalt. The intersections at Fourth St. and a portion of Fifth, both at Muirfield, will, however be paved in black asphalt, the material used on the site in the 1960s, and therefore in keepSee City enforcement, p. 7
Election procedures will be on the agenda at the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council meeting on Wed., March 10 at 7 p.m. at The Ebell, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd. Deadline to file as a candidate is Mon., March 15. Elections are being held Thurs., May 13. Prospective candidates for the 21-member GWNC board are invited to a meeting Sat., March 6 at 9:30 a.m. at 6501 Fountain Ave. Other agenda items expected to be discussed include the proposed CVS Pharmacy at the northwest corner of Third St. and La Brea Ave., a new pre-school at Elmwood Ave. and request for wine and beer sales at the Mobil Station, 4605 Beverly Blvd. The Council successfully participated with Hancock Park Homeowners Assoc. to prevent the granting of alcohol sales at Mozza to Go on Melrose Ave. near Highland Ave.
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OOPS. The area’s historic zone, requiring concrete—based on the 1920s design—was not considered during recent repairs.
Spring is around the corner, and Larchmontians are wondering where did the time go. We hear new stores are opening, including a children’s store where Half-Off Clothing used to be. *** We chatted with Juanita See BLVD., p. 7
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Challenges ahead The “Miracle Mile 2010” section contained in this issue highlights what’s happening in the area. Unfortunately, the repair of potholes lining Wilshire Blvd., isn’t one of the events that is happening. The potholes are supposed to be repaved in July, but the funds available only call for one and onehalf lanes to be resurfaced. These would be the inside lanes for the Bus Rapid Transit project. With the city budget shortfall, we may need to initiate our own pave-it-yourself project for the remaining lanes. We also see a need for bicycle lanes, traffic mitigation and increased use of public transportation. With the Legacy 163-unit building opening, on the heels of the opening of the adjacent 284-unit 5600 building, we need to work with developers on traffic mitigations. These concerns will be on the agendas of the many volunteer civic organizations which safeguard and enhance the community. These include Mid-City West Community Council, Miracle Mile Residential Association, Miracle Mile Civic Association and the Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce. We compliment these volunteer groups for their dedication in maintaining and enhancing the community
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EARLY READER. Aoife O’Connell, 2½, is absorbed in “The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin” while her mom, Catherine Dupree, does her shopping.
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This is the time of year we ask all members of the Hancock Park Homeowners Association, est. 1948, to pay their annual dues. Every homeowner in Hancock Park is a member of the Association, but in order to vote in Association elections or serve on the Board of Directors you must be ‘dues paying member’. Your dues go to supporting Association initiatives such as tree planting, neighborhood beautification, information distribution and many other things. In addition, having a large proportion of dues paying members tells the City the neighborhood supports the Association’s initiatives to keep our historic neighborhood safe and beautiful. So when you get the dues envelope, please tuck in a check and mail it back. Mozza To-Go withdrew their request to get a license to sell liquor to go. This was in the face of strong opposition from neighbors and the almost certain denial of the request by the hearing officer. Given the existing and as yet unaddressed problems with parking and inappropriate behavior by customers and by employees in front of our neighbors’ houses, the assurances of the restaurant operators that they’d deal with any problems arising from the alcohol sales was not credible. The Conditional Use Permit that was issued has strong guarantees in place that parking be provided for employees and patrons, and that a community hot line will be established. Regular communication meetings with the Council offices and neighborhood will also be held to address problems. Thanks to Board member John Rolf and his neighbors for their hard work. The LAPD has responded quickly to the recent outbreak of crime in Hancock Park. Please report any crime to our Senior Lead Officer, Dave Cordova (213-793-0650; email: firstname.lastname@example.org ) and/or the LAPD Wilshire Division (213-473-0476; http://www.lapdonline. org/wilshire_community_police_station). The enables the LAPD to assign additional resources. If you have any Security questions contact HPHOA Security Committee Co-Chair – Craig Gering – email@example.com Our newsletter is going online. Watch the website for the next issue. The Association is also planning on discontinuing the telephone number and asks that residents use the website for communication. We’re staffing committees for the new year so if you’d like to volunteer to serve on a committee, or if you have a question or concerns please visit our website: www.hancockpark.org or write the Association at 137 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, 90004. If you’re planning changes to your house, be sure and review the Preservation Plan for Hancock Park which is available on the HPHOA 48 web site, www. hancockpark.org, or the Los Angeles Planning Department web site: http://preservation.lacity.org/hpoz/la/hancock-park . The City planner responsible for Hancock Park is Monique Acosta, 213-978-1169. Please 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-0FC34EE1-89DE58DCCB435538 and by calling Hollywood Beautification, 323-463-5180 Also, report graffiti sightings to Graffiti Committee CoChairs Pam Newhouse at 323-939-5681; email address new140@aol. com or Serena Apfel, 323-936-4928; email address sjapfel@hotmail. com. For questions regarding filming contact the Filming Committee CoChairs, Ruth Marmelzat or Cami Taylor. Ruth can be reached at 323-934-0138 and Cami at 323-692-1414 (Home) and 310-659-6220 (office). Adv.
"Have you kept your New Year's resolutions?"
RE: “Fairfax Theatre threatened with demolition for mixed-use building,” (Dec. 2009). Being a 1950s Southland teenager, I have fond memories of the Fairfax District. Parking cars at Billy Gray’s Band Box, the Silent Movie Theatre, Canter’s, and of course, the Fairfax Theatre, where I could see two films for “75 cents” … Really! Let’s hope this famed landmark theatre since 1929 (years before the Farmers Market), will not become “just another condo,” which has been the fate of so many L.A. historical buildings over the years. Eddie Cress Sylmar, Calif.
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Stolen property was recovered following the Feb. 11 arrest of four suspects allegedly responsible for multiple auto burglaries. On Feb. 4 around 9 p.m., officers responded to a call of a vehicle burglarized in the 5500 block of Wilshire Blvd. A follow-up to a nearby motel where the suspects were residing led to the recovery of numerous items of suspected stolen property, including personal checks, travel bags, sunglasses and small electronics. PREVENTION TIP: Detectives are advising the public to refrain from leaving any property that can be used to access (Please turn to page 4)
Community Calendar Wed., March 10 - Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, The Ebell of Los Angeles, 741 S. Lucerne Blvd., 7 p.m. Sat., March 20 - Hazardous Waste Roundup, Park La Brea Activity Center, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sun., March 21 - Los Angeles Marathon. The race begins at Dodger Stadium at 7:25 a.m., and ends near the Santa Monica pier. Fri., April 2 - Neighborhood delivery of The Larchmont Chronicle.
"I have kept them all, including working smarter, not harder; getting back to yoga class; communicating more clearly and concisely and listening better." Michel Bayan Sycamore Ave.
"It's funny you ask. I was just thinking about a resolution I made to organize my closets in '97 and I realized it's 2010 and I still haven't haven't done it. I feel guilty." Jill Galloway Irving Blvd.
"Yes I have. My resolution was to not make any resolutions, since they usually fall apart. But I did resolve to add more fun into my life." Barbara Hale Gramercy Place
INSIDE thE chroNIclE INSIDE Section one RELIGIOUS NEWS AROUND THE TOWN SCHOOL NEWS ENTERTAINMENT Theatre Review At the Movies LIBRARIES
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Section two REAL ESTATE 1 - 11 Real Estate Sales - 8 HOME & GARDEN
Section three MIRACLE MILE
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REALLY BIG WEDDING.
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WITCH'S tale of third St. School. Section 1, 18
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Yankee thrift. That old time expression reminds everyone to conserve and not waste. Going green, watching our resources and being mindful of not wasting is not a new concept but it has become the buzz and attracted more and more attention. Larchmont Boulevard believes in these new old-fashioned values. The Boulevard represents more value for your dollar, believes in the value of the neighborhood, and encourages a Larchmont lifestyle that promotes neighborly conversations and feelings. The stores are comfortable, friendly and have excellent values; the restaurants are neighborly, care about your experience with them and all are appreciative of your business. I love North of Beverly on Larchmont Boulevard – from Bricks & Scones to the Larchmont Larder. These establishments are terrific and so appreciate your patronage. Our area encompasses many wonderful and diverse areas from Hancock Park, Miracle Mile, Lafayette Square and many others. Larchmont Boulevard is truly our neighborhood gathering spot. Our services are unparalleled; our establishments are amazing providers of great caring services. I continually have to thank the organizations that surround us, from the Hancock Park Windsor Square Historical Society, the Rotary Club, the Garden Club, and the Wilshire Neighborhood Council which contribute with their support and knowledge to enhance, preserve and keep the Larchmont Experience – an experience that so many areas of the city and state are trying to find. Please support our members at www.larchmont.com and enter your email address. I will keep you up to date on Larchmont Boulevard activities. Adv.
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important land Neighborhood use and community issues including: Greater Wilshire Council Elections will be held on May 13, 2010. • Cell Phone Tower Proliferation – The GWNC Board of Directors voted unanimously to recommend a moratorium on all Filing period: The candidate filing period began on Friday, new cell phone towers until the laws can be reviewed and a new February 12, 2010 and will end on March 15, 2010. policy created. • Larchmont Bungalow 107 N. Larchmont) Comments Candidate Meeting: An ( informational meeting – for candidates were will heard from the managers of the Larchmont Bungalow and GWNC be held on Saturday, March 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m at Board members regarding to the business’ requirement to operate Hollywood City Hall, 6501 Fountain Avenue. as a takeout facility. The GWNC Board voted 12 in favor, one opposed enforcement of “Q” conditions in http://www. general and How to filetoforsupport candidacy: Download the filing form at the specific actions of the City of Los Angeles Building & Safety greaterwilshire.org/site/files/candidatefilingpacket.pdf or call the to enforce the requirements in this case. City Clerk’s office at 213.978.0444 or register at the informational • Wilshire Subway, Crenshaw Station – Eight GWNC board meeting on March 6, 2010. members voted in favor, one opposed and four abstained for a motion categories: to oppose the building of a are station at Crenshaw Candidate Representatives selected for each and of Wilshire Boulevards. The GWNC will invite MTA planners to 15 geographic areas and 6 special interest categoraies. Candidates attend ourto January to in discuss for who wish file for meeting election one options of the for 15 development geographic area the existing MTA-owned property at the corner of Crenshaw and positions must qualify as a Stakeholder who lives, works, or owns Wilshire. property within the geographic area the candidate seeks to represent. • Proposed Medical Marijuana Ordinance – Twelve GWNC Board GWNC geographic areas include: Brookside, Citrus Square, Country votes in favor and one abstention for recommending the GWNC Club Heights, Fremont Place, Hancock Park, La of Brea/Hancock, support the City Attorney and the fourth draft the proposed Larchmont Village, Melrose, Oakwood-Maplewood/St. Andrews, ordinance. Ridgewood/Wilton-St. Andrews Square, Sycamore Square, Western• Windsor Village Developer Lawsuit – The GWNC Board voted Wilton, Wilshire Park, Windsor Square, and Windsor Village. More unanimously to request that the City of Los Angeles vigorously defend a lawsuit brought by the developer of the property located information on the specific boundaries of the 15 geographic areas can at 751-752 South Windsor Blvd. alleging “abuse of discretion” in be found on pages 15 and 16 of the GWNC bylaws at http://www. denials of development permits within the Park Mile area. greaterwilshire.org/site/files/GWNC%20-%20Bylaws%20Final%20 • Fire station 29 New GPS Units purchased – The GWNC _%20Approved%205-13-09.pdf purchased and delivered five portable GPS units for Fire station Candidates who wish to file for election in one of the 6 special interest 29The station’s captain reports “they are thrilled” with the items. • Robert Burns Park – The GWNC Board voted unanimously categories must qualify as a Stakeholder who participates on a regular to ongoing spend $658.50 for special five 24” boxed trees for landscaping and basis in the interest category thethe candidate seeks to improvements at Robert Burns Park. The park has been temporarily represent. The 6 special interest categories include: Business, closed for re-seeding of the lawn and new landscaping. Renter, Education, Religion, other Non-profit and At-Large. For more information on the election process and other neighborhood We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting – January 13, 2010, 7 p.m., @ the Wilshire Ebell , Parking available issues, please join us at our next meeting, Wednesday, March 10, in the lot! 2010, 7pm at The Ebell.
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• On January 29th a woman was assaulted in a Windsor Square residence. The WSA Block Captain Network quickly emailed to the community descriptions of the suspect and his actions, which were provided by neighbors and Olympic Station LAPD officers Captain Matt Blake and Senior Lead Officer Joe Pelayo. The Block Captain Network reported a suspect’s arrest by Olympic Station officers the next day: a great example of community action at work. • Residents who wish to receive emails about neighborhood issues, including crime, are encouraged to contact Wendy Savage at email@example.com. Some Windsor Square blocks do not have a Block Captain, so residents are also welcome to contact Wendy to volunteer to serve.
2010 WSA officerS. The WSA Board of Directors elected new officers for 2010 in January: President – Vice President – Treasurer – Secretary –
Larry Guzin John Welborne Mike Genewick Vince Chieffo
Please visit our WSA website at www.windsorsquare.org for updates or to contact the Association and its committee chairs. The Windsor Square Association, an all-volunteer group of residents from 1100 households between Beverly and Wilshire and Van Ness and Arden, works to preserve and enhance our beautiful neighborhood. Join with us! Drop us a line at 157 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004, or visit our website at windsorsquare.org. ADV.
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(Continued from page 2) one’s credit card or checking account in their vehicles. Too many times, the victims become secondary victims of forgery, identity theft and fraud crimes when these types of items are left unsecured in their vehicles. BURGLARIES: A home on the 700 block of N. Orange Dr. was burglarized on Feb. 13 between 4:30 and 10 p.m. The suspect gained entry through a side window and ransacked the home before leaving. Jewelry and other property were taken from a home on the 300 block of S. McCadden Pl. between 5 p.m. on Feb. 19 and 8:30 a.m. on Feb. 21. The suspect smashed the victim’s door to gain entry. GRAND THEFT AUTO: A 2002 Toyota Tacoma was taken from the 400 block of N. Citrus Ave. between 11:50 p.m. on Feb. 16 and 9:20 a.m. on Feb. 17. A 2001 Ford Focus was taken from the 500 block of N. Rossmore Ave. between 11 p.m. on Feb. 18 and 11 a.m. on Feb. 19. A 2001 Toyota Corolla parked near 1st St. and Mansfield Ave. was taken between 10 p.m. on Feb. 19 and 11 a.m. on Feb. 20.
THEFT: Jewelry was taken from a home on the 400 block of S. Hudson Ave. between 10:45 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 19. BURGLARIES FROM VEHICLE: Front headlights and property were taken from a car parked on the 300 block of N. Orange Dr. between 9 p.m. on Feb. 7 and 8 a.m. on Feb. 9. The suspect used an unknown tool to cut the headlights from the vehicle and gain entry. Property was taken from a 2010 Ford Focus parked near the 600 block of N. Orange Dr. between 7 p.m. on Feb. 20 and 7:50 a.m. on Feb. 21. The suspect smashed the vehicle window to gain entry.
OLYMPIC DIVISION Furnished by Senior Lead Officer Joseph Pelayo BURGLARY: A suspect was surprised by the victim as he attempted to use a pry tool to open the door of a secured residence on the 400 block of S. Gramercy Place on Thurs., Feb. 18. Nothing was taken and the suspect fled on foot.
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A suspect who broke into a Windsor Square home on Jan. 29 is expected to appear in court this month for a preliminary hearing on seven felony counts. John Christopher Munoz was arrested the day after he allegedly attempted to rape a 56-year-old housekeeper at a home on the 100 block of S. Van Ness Ave. GRAND THEFT AUTO: On Wed., Feb. 3 a 1995 Honda Accord was stolen from the 200 block of S. Ridgewood Place. A 1995 Honda Civic was taken from near the corner of Gramercy and 8th St. on Thurs., Feb. 18. Suspect left a duffel bag and possible video at the scene, prints were taken. BURGLARIES FROM VEHICLE: A 1995 Ford was broken into and property stolen from it while parked on the 500 block of Gramercy Place on Wed., Feb. 3. A car was broken into and property stolen from it on Thurs., Feb. 11 while it was parked on the 4400 block of Maplewood Ave. A 2004 Chevy was broken into and property taken from it on Fri., Feb. 5, while parked on the 400 block of S. Norton Ave. Graffiti Removal Operation Clean Sweep .............................. 311 Hollywood Beautification ............. 323-463-5180
Munoz, 19, gained access to a balcony after climbing onto the roof of a garage and forcing open a window. He then attempted to sexually assault the victim. "She fought back, scratching him up pretty badly," said Det. Kurt Wachter of the LAPD's Operations West Bureau, Sexual Assault Detail. The suspect fled the way he entered. The Windsor Sqaure Association quickly e-mailed descriptions of the suspect, which were provided by neighbors and Olympic Station com-
manding officer Capt. Mattt Blake and Senior Lead Officer Joe Pelayo. "We were looking around the clock for the suspect," said Wachter. Around 2 p.m. the following day, two officers spotted a man fitting the suspect's description near the corner of Gramercy Place and 8th St. Munoz was positively identified at the Olympic Division station by the victim, who was there at the time helping to create a police sketch of him. He was arrested and is being held on $2,420,000 bail.
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New Park La Brea board revitalizes committees In a move to involve more of its 10,000 residents in Park La Brea in activities, the residents’ association board has opened membership to everyone. New activities include a Theatre and Performing Arts Group. Actors, dancers and writers can audition for upcoming shows. The Clean and Green committee is scheduling a hazardous waste collection on Sat. March 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the activity center. Zhita Rea, chairman of the Community Activities committee, said her group will coordinate movies and monthly evening movie programs in the activities center. Rea is also the interim head of the Mediation committee, which reviews the grievance process and determines how
Highland Ave. temple denied permit, again The city has ruled that the Orthodox Jewish temple at Highland Ave. and Third St., Etz Chaim, cannot hold religious services. “It’s not all over, but it’s a milestone,” said attorney Michael Wright. He represents the Concerned Residents of Hancock Park. The group sued the congregation after it built an 8,000-square foot home/temple on the property corner. At the hearing last month Renee Weitzer, chief of staff for Councilman Tom La Bonge, also spoke against the appeal. Rabbi Rubin, of Etz Chaim at 303 S. Highland, argued ethnic discrimination was in force and for the needs of the congregants—Holocaust survivors, the elderly—for a neighborhood temple. The decision by the Central Area Planning Commission ruled against an appeal by the
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Karen Bass seeks to represent the state's 33rd Congressional District Assembly Speaker Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles) announced she would seek to represent California's 33rd Congressional District. Bass made history when the California Assembly elected her to be its 67th speaker, making her the first African American woman in the country to serve in this role. Known for spearheading infrastructure projects to create new jobs in the state, Bass has also championed efforts to provide quality healthcare to Californians and expand
opportunities for California's youth. Congresswoman Diane Watson said she is endorsing Bass because she is the best candidate for the job of representing the diverse 33rd Congressional District. In other endorsements, "Karen has the experience, the leadership and the fiscal discipline we need and will be a great advocate for Los Angeles," said City Controller Wendy Greuel, who worked with Bass to help launch Workplace Hollywood.
A NEW BUILDING adjoining St. Brendan School's original structure at 238 S. Manhattan Place houses a kindergarten classroom, arts and science and conference rooms and a faculty lounge.
The other building acts as a parish center, with a large multi-purpose room, a gym, kitchen and lots of storage. “It’s a parish center, so it’s used for all sorts of things, including after-school sports, drama club, scout meetings and parish activities,” said O’Conner. In addition, there’s a green
Marathon route bypasses area For the first time in years, area streets won’t be affected by the L.A. Marathon, which runs a new route on Sun., March 21. Dubbed “Stadium to the Sea,” the 25th annual marathon begins at Dodger Stadium at 7:25 a.m. It proceeds up Sunset Blvd., to Hollywood Blvd. and continues on through West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica, ending near the Santa Monica pier. A 5K Run/Walk is on Sat., March 20. Register before March 12 at www.lamarathon.com.
St. Brendan Catholic school and church families, including parents, teachers, students and alumni, and special guest, retired principal Sister Marta Ann Cota, gathered recently for a ceremony to bless the school’s new buildings. The 18-month construction project began in June of 2008 after half of its $12 million cost was raised. The additions were finished when school started last fall. A building that adjoins the school’s original structure includes a kindergarten classroom, arts and science rooms, three conference rooms, a faculty lounge and a computer-room-to-be, said principal Sister Maureen O’Conner. “It’s interesting because the new building has been made to look like the old, as if they had always existed together,” she said.
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Volunteers sought for L.A. Marathon With about 25,000 runners expected to participate in the L.A. Marathon on March 21, "we will need about 5,000 volunteers to make the race work for both our competitors and the communities on the course," said Nick Curl, race director. Thirty-five different positions are available. To volunteer, sign up online at lamarathon.com/event/volunteer.
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two portions would be prohibitive at $100,000 each. The Hancock Park HPOZ board met March 3, after the Chronicle went to press, to discuss painting the two intersections grey to match the concrete. “Neighborhood preservation is a top priority,” said Councilmember LaBonge. “I am working closely with city officials, residents of Muirfield Road and the Hancock Park HPOZ board to get the street repaired in the manner that is consistent with the Hancock Park preservation plan.” Another case that has residents fuming involves a new driveway on S. Las Palmas Ave. Judging by a photograph, the driveway, which was framed and poured Dec. 1, encroaches on its neighbor’s property and is wider by its predecessor by almost seven feet. The LaBonge spokesman said the contractor violated the permit and has been told to restore the driveway and submit new plans to the HPOZ Board and city Planning Dept. Councilman Paul Koretz,
meanwhile, has introduced a motion that would penalize offenders for proceeding without necessary permits. Rather than letting the fallout hit the neighbors and taxpayers, if passed, the proposed ordinance would target violators of city zoning laws.
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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa called upon Angelinos to complete a survey on where to cut the city budget. The survey, called Los Angeles Budget Challenge, is designed to assist the mayor in ideas on how to balance a projected $400 million deficit. City officials will have to make service reductions, furloughs, and revenue generating initiatives. Among the suggestions is a plan to privatize the city’s parking lots. Opponents contend that parking rates will skyrocket. The city of Chicago sold its parking meters to a private company. Rates are continu-
Guzin to head Windsor Square Association Larry Guzin has been elected president of the Windsor Square Association. Guzin, who has served as head of the security committee, replaces Mike Genewick. Genewick, who has served as president for the past four years, will resume his previous post as treasurer. John Welborne has been named vice president; Vince Chieffo is secretary. Boundaries are: Beverly Blvd. to Wilshire Blvd.; Van Ness Ave. to Arden Blvd.
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Nancy Barry Munger died peacefully at her Hancock Park home on Feb. 6. She was 86. A graduate of Marlborough School and Stanford University, she dedicated her life to serving others. She was a trustee and board president of Marlborough School, a trustee of Stanford University, a trustee of the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, an overseer of the Hoover Institution and a board member of the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles. In addition, she served as president of Las Madrinas, was honored for her service to the YMCA, and received the Spirit of Volunteerism Award from the Junior League of Los Angeles. Along with her husband, Charlie, Nancy supported a number of institutions with gifts, including the
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Together with his father Russell and brother Tyrone, he manages 15 apartment buildings in Los Angeles. His greatgrandparents founded Page schools in 1908. Its six campuses include an elementary school on Larchmont Blvd. A past president of the Wilshire Rotary Club and area manager for Page Private Schools, he is past assistant district governor of Rotary District #5280, which oversees 46 L.A. area clubs; he has served as the district’s literacy chairman the past two years. He is also a past president of the board of directors of the Hollywood Boys and Girls Club. He is director of the organization’s foundation. An alumnus of UCLA and Cal State Long Beach, he and his wife Theresa have a daughter, Sophia.
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Learn the basics of what's under the hood in Automotive Awareness 101, a new class for teenagers 14-16, Sat., March 6 at the Petersen Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd. The course will be offered at two workshops, 10 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. Topics about car maintenance will be covered by Phil Jelinek, instructor of the award-winning Auto Shop at Monrovia High School. The class is geared for teens with learners permit, and their parents who want to brush up on their car knowledge as well. For more information, call 323-964-6308. Class is $15 per each parent/child pair (parent attendance is required).
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Woodbury honors Spiegel at annual awards luncheon Edward Spiegel has received the Woodbury University 2010 School of Business Alumnus of the Year award. He was honored at a luncheon in February at the Lakeside Golf Club for his contributions to his industry, community and the university. Spiegel, a Hancock Park resident, earned his degree from Woodbury with a major in accounting. A CPA for more than 25 years, he was a partner HIS BUSINESS ACUMEN Edward Spiegel in the firm of Levin, Cooper, earned Woodbury University honors. Spiegel & Co. blks east of airfax In 1990, the owners of Cast & Crew hired Spiegel as ex- workforce from 40 to more ecutive vice president, and in than 250, and expanded the number of offices. 1993, he was appointed presiIn 2006, the company was dent, CEO. sold to Abry Partners, and he He increased the gross revenue and net, expanded the remains as CEO.
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WILSHIRE ROTARIANS IMPACTING LIVES BOTH NEAR AND FAR Rotarians carry a motto of nomically disadvantaged homes “Service Above Self,” and based on and sponsored them in the Wilshire their efforts this year, it’s clear the Sports Association little league basemembers of the Wilshire Rotary Club ball season. have taken that to heart. Speech and Music contests Our members responded to the were held during our meetings in crisis in Haiti – first February, where we saw sending a Shelter Box first-hand the talents of our in the days after the local high school students! earthquake. Then, after Winners were chosen from learning from people each contest, who will go in Haiti that they still on to perform at the Rotary had an urgent need for District level. Our club is tents, Rotarians immealso busy impacting elediately stepped up and mentary school students, donated another $1,000, as a pair of Rotarian volunwhich we will use to teers is reading each week purchase industrial/mil- President Chase Campen to children in their school itary-strength tents and library. send to Haiti. Friday afternoons, March 18-22, a team of Wilshire many Rotarians are volunteering at Rotarians is traveling to Ecuador, the St. James Soup Kitchen, and on performing a myriad of service projSaturdays we frequently deliver meals ects in both coastal and mountain with Meals on Wheels. If serving the regions. community, meeting friends and We’ve also had a big impact making business connections seems locally. Through our relationships appealing to you, stop by one of our with the area schools, we recently weekly meetings every Wednesday at identified three children from econoon, at the Wilshire Ebell.
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Arts Council to salute Hollywood supporters Madame Tussaud’s Hollywood is one of the honorees at the Hollywood Arts Council's 24th annual Charlie Awards Luncheon on Fri., March 19, starting at 11:30 a.m. in the Blossom Room at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Emceed by ABC-TV’s George Pennacchio, celebrity guests will present awards to individuals and companies for significant contributions to the arts and Hollywood. Other honorees include: architect Michael Rotondi, Thai Community Festival, artist June Wayne, Hotel Café and Theatre of Note. The event helps support Project S.O.A.R. (Students
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of our city is threatened, and that we must act now. To learn more about our effort to acquire this land to expand Griffith Park for future generations of Angelenos, visit savehollywoodland.org.
We still need your help. In February, the Hollywood sign was temporarily covered in a mesh banner that read “Save the Peak.” It was a high profile way to let the world know that the greatest symbol
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hip, and two years ago, following hospital complications, died, leaving Elaine not only to suffer the loss but a malpractice suit. She finds company in her “roommate” Ulysses, a Himalayan Persian rescue, and comfort with her stones. After washing her stones she leaves them out in the sunlight or sometimes the moonlight. Their magical abilities lie in their birth—they capture the earth’s electricity from a volcanic eruption millions of years ago, according to her website. The intricate bead and design work is done in an upstairs studio, while a kiln heats to 1600 degrees in a workshop in the back of her 100-year-old Craftsman home. Here she bends silver and works with copper, “the metal of the magician.”
While her interest in jewelry came later in life, she was always interested in color and design, having renovated fixers with her husband, including their home, which she attributes to inspiring her work. “Gemstones are all over the place,” she says pointing to a large piece of amethyst standing by the front door. A football-sized quartz crystal rests on a table. “People walk in, and say, ‘boy, it feels good in here,’” she says, wearing six-inch, dangling silver earrings. Maybe seven inches, she thinks. “I like doing whimsical and different.” Elaine is at Selma Ave. and Cahuenga Blvd. at the Hollywood Farmer’s Market on Sundays. For more on Elaine and her jewelry visit ancientdesign.com
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STUDENTS explore a tile wall at Frances Blend School for the Visually Impaired. It was created using funds from previous Historical Society garden tours.
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The Windsor SquareHancock Park Historical Society Garden Party and Tour will open six historic private gardens to the public, while raising funds for a greening project at John Burroughs Middle School. The fifth annual tour on Sun., April 25 from noon to 4 p.m. offers an opportunity to see the private spaces of some of the oldest and most beautiful properties in the city. The tour begins at the Frances Blend School at 5210 Clinton St. Proceeds from the past two years’ garden tours were used to create a sensory garden, tile wall and fountains at the school for the visually impaired. Among the six private estate gardens featured this spring are an historic walled castle on a stream in Brookside, a courtyard landscaped with native plants in Hancock Park that includes a putting green and a draught–tolerant Windsor Square garden. Margaret Hudson, Windsor Square, will receive the Society’s Community Service Award. She played a major role in the recent improvements to Robert Burns Park at Van Ness Ave. and Beverly Blvd. Hudson
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HAPPY STORY to come out of Haiti. Above interpreter Deiby Celestino and Robert Penfold with Winnie.
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By Suzan Filipek When the earthquake struck in Haiti, journalist Robert Penfold, Fremont Place, booked a plane the same night and reached devastated Portau-Prince the next day with a camera man and interpreter by his side. The trio for Nine Network Australia TV were waiting to interview an aid worker at Save the Children Fund when locals said a baby was heard crying from beneath the rubble nearby. Past broken down houses and sheets of tin they came upon men who were pointing to where the sound came from—under layers of concrete that probably gave way when the Jan. 12 quake hit almost three days earlier. “It was gut-wrenching,” says Penfold, who remembered thinking at the time that there was nothing they could do. But after days of “tragedies and sadness and dead bodies… to hear this baby” gave them hope, and interpreter Deiby Celestino, a short, agile man, felt confident he could somehow squeeze into the rubble and started to dig. NEIGHBORS LENT a sledge hammer and Celestino smashed into what looked like a kitchen cabinet, as the cries continued from below. He also worked around a dead body—believed to be the girl’s father—until he made headway, creating an opening. Seeing the light, the 18-month old girl crawled to the opening, when Celestino “grabbed her by the shoulder and pulled her out,” said Penfold Except for a few scratches and dirt, “she was fine, it was extraordinary. “She wasn’t afraid. She just stared at us, [as if to say,] ‘What took you so long,’” Penfold said. They poured water over the child who had been covered in dust, and took her to the Save the Children non-profit, and she was soon reunited with relatives, including her grandmother. Penfold stayed a total of 10 days in the devastated Caribbean country at CNN’s headquarters, a hotel in the
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New schools to opeN iN fall (Continued from page 1) While administrators have not yet secured a facility for the school, they are pursuing several options, said Kelly, with the target area between La Brea Ave. to the west and Western to the east, Melrose on the south and Fountain to the north. â€œIt may be that we occupy a temporary facility at first,â€? Kelly said. â€œWe are confident we will have a permanent facility in our early years.â€? Another school slated to open in September is the Episcopal School of Los Angeles. Designed for families with children from the 7th through
12th grades, the school will feature academics, athletics and extracurricular activities, as well as other offerings. With plans to be located at Immanuel Presbyterian Church at 668 Catalina St., the school will open this fall with seventh and ninth grade classes with 30 students in each grade level. Each year, the school will add two grade levels with seniors graduating their first class in 2014. An open house is scheduled for Sun., March 21 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.es-la.com.
Dr. Shervin Louie has joined the five percent of dentists in the country named an Invisalign Premier Provider. Louie, whose practice is in the Larchmont Medical Building, qualified for the distinction by meeting the programâ€™s case and clinical education criteria. Invisalign is a teeth-straightening treatment consisting of a series of aligners that the patient switches out about every AT THEIR OPEN HOUSE. Dr. Luis Martines and his wife Ann detwo weeks. buted their orthodontic office on the fourth floor of the Larchmont Each aligner is individually Medical Building recently. manufactured with exact calculations to gradually shift the /&