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EBELL members sing at Vatican. 16 RESIDENT heads Assistance League. 19 MEET new dining columnist in On the Menu. 26


By Laura Eversz SSA Security Group credits one of its subscribers for information leading to the arrest of three burglary suspects. The Hancock Park resident contacted the security company on Feb. 8 at 1 p.m. to report a black Dodge Charger with four male passengers driving slowly in the area of 3rd St. and Muirfield Rd. He watched as three of the men got out

GWNC holds Mayor Forum at Burroughs Mayoral hopefuls answer questions Five candidates for the top post in the city of Los Angeles answered an array of questions at the Mayoral Forum at John Burroughs Middle School in February. Candidates appearing at the forum included city controller Wendy Greuel, attorney Kevin James, Councilman Jan Perry, former aide to Mayor Villaraigosa Emanuel Pleitez and city councilman Eric Garcetti. The election is Tues., March 5. A runoff will be held in May unless a candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote. See Mayor Forum, p 5

of the car and walked up and down the street, looking at homes as they passed. As responding SSA officers drove toward the suspicious car, it made an abrupt U-turn and drove to the corner of 3rd and Rimpau. Officers observed three of the suspects running down the driveway of a home toward the car. One suspect was carrying a pillowcase; one held a laptop computer. As the officer drove his vehicle between the suspects and their car, they fled on foot. SSA notified the L.A.P.D., who stopped the car on the 800 block of S. Tremaine Ave. and took the driver into custody. Meanwhile, the L.A.P.D. set See Burglary, p 4

Read all about summer camps in April edition How are your children going to spend their summer? Camp ideas, school programs, special interest activities and more will be featured in the April issue of the Larchmont Chronicle. Advertising deadline is Mon., March 11. For more information, contact Pam Rudy, 323462-2241 ext. 11.

STUDENTS, PARENTS AND TEACHERS got some exercise while raising funds at last year’s Walk-a-Thon at Third St. School. See story page 23

City attorney race attracts four leading candidates Election is Tues., March 5 Carmen Trutanich seeks a second term as Los Angeles city attorney, while facing opposition from three other main candidates for the post in the Tues., March 5 election. Trutanich was a deputy district attorney, and later headed a law firm before winning his first bid for public office in 2009. While in office, he has successfully prevented the city from paying thousands of dollars in potential settlements and jury awards. Opposing Trutanich is Mike Feuer, most recently a member of the California Assembly. While in the state legislature,

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his bills include protection of children’s and homeowners’ rights. An attorney, Feuer represented District Five as a city councilman. Previously he was director of Bet Tzedek, which provides free legal services to elderly or disabled L.A. County residents. Private attorney Greg Smith has represented police officers and firefighters in discrimination, injury and whistle blower suits against local governments. Noel Weiss has campaigned for better living conditions. His lobbying efforts helped draft a law increasing relocation fees for tenants displaced from rent-controlled units because of a change of building use.

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COUNCILMAN Tom LaBonge led flag salute. Candidates from left are Wendy Greuel, Kevin

James, Jan Perry, Emanuel Pleitez and Eric Garcetti at John Burroughs Middle School.

Ready for spring? Larchmontians answer with a resounding “yes” after the unusual cold weather we’ve been experiencing. Could it be we are getting another coffee shop on the boulevard? The former Baskin Robbins is turning into a spinoff of SQIRL, a G & B Coffee See BLVD., p 4 ~ Entire Issue Online!


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By Jane Gilman

Rev up defenses The rash of burglaries in the area is alarming. In January alone, 11 thefts occurred in Hancock Park. Are our defenses down, or have our neighborhoods become easy targets for burglars? At least two private security agencies are patrolling the area, and are responding to calls reporting suspicious activity. Neighborhood associations are making sure block captains are assigned to their blocks. Whether the burglaries are gang-related or just crimes of opportunity, it’s bad news. Worse, the suspects rarely spend time in jail, unless they were carrying a gun when the crime was committed. We have to be the eyes and ears of our neighborhoods, and, by our vigilance, let thieves know they aren’t going to succeed in our community.

Going underground There is a three-story underground parking lot on Larchmont next to Rite-Aid, and that’s where we will be parking in the future. That’s because we received a parking ticket recently for a whopping $63. The fee is outrageous, and another indication of how unfriendly the city is to business. So, park underground and don’t begrudge the 75 cents or one dollar it costs.

Hancock Park Block Captains and Security The Association’s Annual Block Captain meeting was held on January 28th at Marlborough School. Over 40 of our HP block captains were in attendance and there was a lively discussion on topics including Emergency Preparedness and Security. CERT trained Larry Bogatz, stressed the importance of investing in personal drinking water storage tanks as the City’s infrastructure will be severely tested in an earthquake. LAPD’s Senior Lead Officer Dave Cordova updated residents on recent crime, and private patrol companies SSA‘s Jerry Shaw and Terry Seagraves and ADT‘s Steve Cushner provided tips to secure your home. Crime is a still a problem. Lock your car, set your alarm and put lights in your house on timers. To report a crime in progress or a medical emergency call 911. If you observe suspicious activity call Wilshire Police Desk 213-473-0476. You can also call our Senior Lead Officer (SLO) Dave Cordova- cell phone at 213-793-0650 and notify your private security patrol cars. If you have Neighborhood Questions and Need Information. Please visit our website! You will be able to find information on: Security Emergency Preparedness Parkway Tree Replacement and Care HPOZ/Preservation Plan Questions Block Captain/Neighborhood Watch Information Filming Guidelines for the Neighborhood

Fri., Sat., Sun., March 8, 9, 10 – Semi-annual Larchmont Boulevard Sidewalk Sale, sponsored by the LBA. Wed., March 13 – Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council meeting, The Ebell of Los Angeles, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., 7 p.m. Mon., March 25 – Passover begins Fri., March 29 – Delivery of the April issue of the Larchmont Chronicle Sun., March 31 – Easter

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OLYMPIC DIVISION ROBBERY: A cell phone and gym bag were taken from a man standing outside his apartment building near the corner of 4th St. and Gramercy Pl. on Feb. 5 at 10:15 p.m. The man was talking on his phone when two suspects approached, brandished a silver semi-automatic handgun and asked for money. The victim said he only had enough money for bus fare and offered them his credit card. The suspects grabbed the man’s cell phone and gym bag and fled on foot. AGGRAVATED ASSAULT: A man tried to run down his brother on Feb. 3 at 11:30

a.m. near the corner of 3rd St. and Wilton Pl. The suspect accused the victim of talk(Please turn to page 9)

Larchmont Chronicle Founded in 1963 Publishers Jane and Irwin Gilman Editor Jane Gilman Associate Editor Suzan Filipek Assistant Editor Laura Eversz Advertising Director Pam Rudy Art Director Maria Bouniol Classified and Circulation Manager Rachel Olivier Production Assistant Nancy MacCoon Accounting Yvonne Auerbach

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Letter to the editor Ignored feedback Your article “Cars take a back seat in multi-modal LA”, implies that the Hancock Park Homeowner’s Assoc. is working with the city on an update to the Transportation Element of the General Plan (February 2013). While we tried to remain informed during a less than transparent process, we have no evidence that City Planning has considered our community feedback to date. Our residents have been frustrated by the city’s much touted “Town Hall” format: Planning officials have described this blog as their “best outreach method,” but doesn’t provide stakeholders with a framework to voice their concerns, and the site has no meaningful user traffic by any industry standard. At the time of writing, the LA2B Facebook site had 131 likes and their Twitter feed had 344 followers. In a city with a population of close to four million, this lack of engagement is remarkable considering the significant changes planned that could affect people’s access to their property and quality of life. In contrast, a recent survey of Hancock Park residents alone yielded responses from 238 people. These results were forwarded to city planners who have yet to respond. (Please turn to page 13)

"Coffee, cupcakes, shopping. My daughter loves the toy store and I love the peoplewatching." Lynsey Harris with Harlowe Larchmont Village

"Well, it's really close to my house. There are a lot of food places and also lots of kids." Ethan Shaw Lucerne Blvd.

"I come here for food and coffee, school supplies, shopping. Basically everything I need I can get here." Olivia Hasencamp Hancock Park "There's all types of food, shopping, the pharmacy. I meet my friends here, and also with my tutors at Starbucks." Megan Rasmussen Lucerne Blvd.

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Wilshire Rotary to Shop Larchmont prep for yard sale sidewalk sale on N. Larchmont March 8-9-10









Clean out your closets and cupboards. It’s time for the Wilshire Rotary Club's annual yard sale! Bring your saleable items to the Wilshire Rotary Christmas tree lot, 568 N. Larchmont Blvd., on Sat., March 9 from 9 a.m. to noon. Antiques, furniture, appliances, clothing, shoes, toys, kitchen items, tools, books and patio furniture are all desirable items and the Rotary is happy to take them. The sale will take place at that location on Sat., March 16 at 9 a.m. Proceeds will fund student scholarships. For more information or to drop off donations by appointment, call club fundraising chair Wendy Clifford at 323938-0318.

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Designer clothes, home décor, children’s wear and beauty products will all be marked down at the semi-annual Larchmont Boulevard sidewalk sale. The event takes place from Fri., March 8 to Sun., March 10, between Beverly Blvd. and First St. To make room for summer merchandise, local proprietors will be lining the sidewalks with tables full of their best off-season and over-stock products. “We’ll be marking our products off from 50 to 70 percent,” says Joane Pickett of Pickett Fences. This is your semi-annual chance to score some great deals, so don’t miss out! The sale is sponsored by the Larchmont Boulevard Assoc.

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Discover all of Larchmont Boulevard! Take a walk up Larchmont Boulevard and don’t stop at Beverly Blvd … go to Melrose. A lot is happening on Larchmont north of Beverly and walking is the perfect way to see it all. I recently did this and discovered many new and wonderful places that I had not noticed driving. Walking is such good exercise and it truly is fun to walk and look. Let March be the month you discover Larchmont Blvd. in its totality. If time prevents you from walking, use your finger to walk at www.larchmont .com.

Please indulge me on housekeeping duties. Please post no bills, signs, sales, lost pets on the trees, poles and other fixtures – it is unlawful and it is graffiti. Please walk your dog responsibly and keep the tree wells on the Boulevard clean as children play there. Please ask the solicitors how much money actually goes to the causes they are pushing – you may want to contribute directly. Remember to visit us at www. Adv.

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Come to our Larchmont Boulevard Sidewalk Sale for some great bargains on March 8, 9, and 10! Note all our new members in the medical building at 321 N. Larchmont and the surrounding neighbors that are offering specials for their services. Coming neighborhood events are the annual Home Tour sponsored by the Windsor Square Hancock Park Historical Society honoring Huell Howser and Tom LaBonge and the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Larchmont Chronicle.


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Larchmont Bungalow civil case is back 'in limbo' It looked like the civil case was over last month when the judge ruled in favor of the city of Los Angeles vs. the Larchmont Bungalow. But before L.A. Superior Judge Suzanne Bruguera acted, the defendant filed a motion for reconsideration. “Because the judge hadn’t signed the judgment, (I had sent it in, and it was on her desk) we are in a bit of a limbo,” said Kim Westoff, deputy city attorney. If the judge okays the

motion, it is scheduled to be heard Wed., July 10. If not, the judgment stands, Westoff added, bringing four causes of action to a close. The judge ruled in 2011 the eatery’s owner Albert Mizrahi violated a covenant, promising he would not have dining tables and chairs at the licensed take-out. However, three outstanding causes of action remained in the complaint. These included violation of equal protection and violation of civil rights.

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Criminal case moves to April Trial proceedings in the criminal case of the Larchmont Bungalow vs. the city, which were scheduled last month, has been postponed to Wed., April 3. The deputy city attorney on the case had other trials conflicting with the schedule.

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Mizrahi violated his promise after opening Sept. 2009 with several tables and chairs at the Bungalow, 107 N. Larchmont. Sit-down restaurants are limited on Larchmont per city zoning. Owners of the Bungalow sued the city after their certificate of occupancy and building permit were revoked.



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BACKYARD of a Brookside home featuring two redwood bridges over the stream, El Rio del Jardin de las Flores, was featured on last year's Garden Tour.

Society Garden Tour to benefit two area schools Save the date. The Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society Los Angeles Garden Tour and Party is Sun.,  April 21. The eighth annual event will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the garden of the official residence of the mayor of Los Angeles, Getty House and other surrounding gardens in the neighborhood. Proceeds from this year’s

tour will be donated to greening projects at Los Angeles High  and Third Street Elementary schools. Committee chairs include Suz Landay, Mary Nichols, Fluff McLean and Kathleen Mulligan.  Tickets are $65. For more information, call 213-243818, write or visit and

SUSPECTS IN CUSTODY (Continued from Page 1) up a perimeter from Rossmore to Rimpau and 3rd to 5th streets using multiple patrol cars and a helicopter. The area, including Marlborough and Third Street schools, was locked down for more than two hours as the officers, including a K-9 Unit, searched for the suspects. Two of the three were found in the back yard of a home on the 200 block of S. Muirfield. One suspect remains at large. Wilshire Division senior lead officer Dave Cordova acknowledged an increase in

burglaries and other property crime in the area. "Prison overcrowding led to a state mandate that granted supervised release to non-violent offenders. These guys know that even if they're caught, they'll be back on the street in no time." Cordova encourages residents to remain vigilant and immediately report any suspicious activity. "Keep your doors and windows locked. Lock car doors, and make sure that phones and other valuables are out of view."

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Mayoral Forum at Burroughs (Continued from page 1)

ORGANIZERS included, from left, Patty Lombard, Owen Smith, GWNC president and Lyn MacEwen Cohen.

Fuller honored by GWNC new awards program Liz Fuller, Sycamore Square, was honored for her years of service last month when she received the Citizen Recognition Award from the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council. A longtime neighborhood advocate, Fuller has been a board member of the neighborhood council the past eight years. She has served as secretary and recently stepped down as treasurer as well as worked on GWNC Land Use and Outreach committees. Owen Smith, GWNC president, said, “Liz breathed new life into her neighborhood association that had languished without a sense of direction; Liz assumed a leadership role at the Wilshire Crest Elementary School, gave it  commitment and vitality that had not been apparent for over 20 yrs. “She accepted the role of secretary, did all of the things that mean so much that no one else was willing to do, spent hours and hours of time following up on the mail and the many demands of the office, filled in as treasurer and

But her passion, the Midwest native and mother told the Chronicle, is public schools. At Wilshire Crest Elementary, she helped build a garden, among other things.

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Moderator Kevin Roderick queried the candidates on such topics as safety, transportation, the Park Mile Plan, use of the Getty House and the budget. Four Burroughs students also presented questions to the panel. A question on pet safety by one of the students garnered the most applause. The event was organized by the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council (GWNC).

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Celebrate with Us! LOCAL HERO, Liz Fuller. kept the rest of us on track. She was indispensable and her contributions will be sorely missed." A Woman of Larchmont, Larchmont Chronicle, 2008, Fuller served as president of the Sycamore Square Neighborhood Association. Her community activism kicked off by helping to resurrect the dormant neighborhood group. As a neighborhood representative for the GWNC, she focused on downsizing development projects in the area.

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Girasole owner dies; memorial service is March 9 Restaurateur Ermanno Pietro Tolot, died Feb. 8 at his home; he was 77. A native of Italy, he moved to Los Angeles in 1973. He and his wife Sonia opened the award-winning Girasole restaurant at 225 N. Larchmont Blvd. in the 1980s.

He was also noted for model ships he created as a hobby which are in collections and museums around the world. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Sonia; his son Elio (Barrow Davis-Tolot); daughter Paola Tolot-Scott (Don Scott), Antonella Reyner (Paul

Reyner) and seven grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at Christ the King Church, 626 N. Rossmore Ave. on March 9 at 11 a.m. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at

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Shoppers at the Farmers Market at Third St. and Fairfax Ave. can win a personalized, handcrafted wooden grocery basket filled to the brim by participating in the Great Gourmet Grocery Give-Away. The iconic green wooden basket—a customer favorite since being introduced in the 1940s—will be personalized with an engraved nameplate and contain groceries from 14 of the Market’s grocers valued at $1,500. “Entering the contest is easy,” said Ilysha Buss, marketing director. “Each participating grocer will have an orange, miniature wooden basket and entry forms on their counter during their featured week.” The Giveaway also includes three monthly drawings for prizes of baskets worth $300. The grand prize drawing is on Thurs., May 9. The $30 prize drawings will take place on March 1, April 1 and May 9. For more information, go to or call 323-933-9211.

Corned beef, beer, music at Market Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Farmers Market with the ultimate Irish meal— corned beef and cabbage— served at Magee’s Kitchen on St. Patrick’s Day, Sun., March 18. Traditional music will entertain shoppers, and green and imported Irish beers will be on tap at the Market’s two bars.

What’s barbacoa? Find out when Chipotle opens Wed., March 6 at the corner of Larchmont and Beverly boulevards, a company spokesman said. Burritos, tacos, bowls and salads are made with naturally raised meats, hormone-free dairy and made-from-scratch guacamole. The new 2,653 foot space seats 50. Design features include exposed natural materials and natural lighting. Chipotle Mexican Grill is based in Colorado. The eatery took over the space occupied by Koo Koo Roo, which closed at the site late last year.

Big Sunday to screen new documentary Big Sunday will be screening the documentary “Hava Nagila” on Sun., March 17 at 10 a.m. at the Royal Theatre, 11523 Santa Monica Blvd. Produced by Big Sunday supporter Roberta Grossman, the film features Harry Belafonte, Leonard Nimoy and Glen Campbell. David Levinson, executive director, said there will be coffee and pastries beginning at 9:30 a.m. Admission is free, but patrons are encouraged to bring canned fruits or vegetables for the March End of the Month Club collection. Contact

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Ralphs Supermarket debuts renovated Hancock Park store SCHOOLS BENEFIT Store officials made donations totaling $10,000 to four area schools: Burroughs Middle, Fairfax High, Los Angeles

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Wider aisles, new décor and a full-service kosher department are among highlights of Ralphs Hancock Park remodeled grocery store at 260 S. La Brea Ave. “We improved every inch of our Hancock Park supermarket, completely redesigning the layout,” said Donna Giorano, president, Ralphs Supermarkets. Organic produce, a fullystaffed meat department and fresh seafood, bakery with freshly baked breads and a floral department are among features of the 50,000-square foot store. Serving the area for 51 years, the renovated space includes the 1,500 square foot “Kosher Experience” with thousands of items, a delicatessen, bakery and meat-processing room that follow all Jewish dietary laws. Another deli on-site offers freshly made entrees and sides to go. A full-service pharmacy is also at this energy-efficient store which will consume 15 percent less than the typical


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Political thriller focuses on threat to water sources Gary Grossman is known for weaving timely political and current events into his story lines. “I describe my books as ‘political reality thrillers.’ They leap from the headlines and offer warnings wrapped in fiction, but worth considering as real,” said the father of three who resides in Hancock Park with his wife, Helene. At the center of the plot of “Executive Command”—the latest in his eBook “Executive” series published by Diversion Books—is the potential tar-

geting of the nation’s water resources, and the government’s attempt at preventing a widespread terrorist attack that would destroy its infrastructure. Grossman said he was inspired to write the series after the attacks on Sept. 11. “The attacks taught me that the most horrific plots against us require planning and patience, time and opportunity. However, as a society, the West has little patience to even ‘think the unthinkable’ for very long. We’re easily bored


and distracted, marching to a 24/7 news cycle." As an Emmy award-winning television producer, print and television journalist, novelist and a film/TV historian, Grossman said he relies on research and primary resources. “I combine it all in ‘Executive Command’ which is steeped in history, current research and real concern.” When considering a plot for the book, Grossman remembered hearing a radio news report after 9/ll about an unconfirmed story that an upstate New York reservoir might have been poisoned by terrorists.

Although the story ended up being false, it stuck in his mind, and Grossman began looking into the vulnerability of water supplies. “The research was eyeopening,” said Grossman. “Executive Command” should provide a wake-up call to individuals, municipalities, state governments and Washington. The next terrorist attack could be delivered through the water we drink.” Grossman likes to lead his readers along and leave them to wonder. “I drive my plots with action, description dialogue, news reports and speeches. What is real is fictionalized and what is fiction could very well become reality. “It’s fun and exciting for me.” To purchase, go to

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deep by Dr. Rebecca Fitzgerald Q: I recently heard about a new machine that tightens skin and even melts fat. What can you tell me about it? A: There is a lot of excitement around Exilis, and with good reason. The FDA-approved skin-tightening device is effective anywhere on the face or body, and as a bonus, we are finding it contours fat as well. Exilis uses radio frequency waves to stimulate collagen production so effectively that we are seeing very real results after a single treatment. At deeper settings, the radio frequency energy can be used to melt fat which is then naturally carried away by your lymphatic system. Exilis treatments are recommended every two weeks, for four to six sessions. You’ll experience a warming sensation during your appointment, (the device touts a temperature sensor to ensure a comfortable experience.) Afterward there may be some pinkness of the area treated, and we’ll encourage you to increase your water intake and get some light exercise. The benefit of your sessions will continue months after your last treatment as your body generates healthy new collagen. Exilis is appropriate for all skin shades and can be used in conjunction with other treatments such as Botox, dermal fillers, CoolSculpting and liposuction. Patients are seeing remarkable changes on their jowls, neck, arms, stomach and love handles, even thighs and knees. We are always incredibly excited to be able to offer you a non-surgical option with such immediate, visible results. 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.

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dow glass plate. GRAND THEFT AUTO: A white 2005 Lexus 330 was taken from the corner of Maplewood and Van Ness Ave. on Feb. 16 between 3 and 11 a.m. A red 1985 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck was stolen from the corner of Olympic Blvd. and 4th St. on Feb. 16 at about 10 a.m. WILSHIRE DIVISION BURGLARIES: A home was ransacked on the 200 block of S. McCadden Pl. on Jan. 25 between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. The suspect pried open the front door to gain entry. Jewelry and computer equipment were taken from a residence on the 100 block of N. Hudson Ave. on Jan. 28 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The suspect smashed in a side window to break into the house. A home was broken into near the corner of Cherokee Ave. and Melrose Ave. on Jan. 31 at 11:15 a.m. The suspect knocked on the door and when the resident did not answer, smashed the front door in. Upon finding someone at home, the suspect fled in a waiting vehicle. An apartment on the 300 block of S. Detroit St. was broken into on Feb. 4 at 2:30 p.m. The suspect removed a window screen to gain entry, but became startled and fled when the resident appeared. Jewelry and money were stolen from a home on the 300 block of Rimpau Blvd. on Feb. 8 at noon. The suspects forced open the back door to gain entry into the home.

Beware of phony DWP workers Have you gotten a call from someone warning you that your power will be cut off if you don’t pay your DWP bill with a pre-paid cash card? It’s a scam, according to the Los Angeles Police Dept. The L.A.P.D. issued a warning to the public following a recent increase in scams in which imposters call customers and tell them they are behind on their bill. The caller threatens to cut off the customers’ power immediately if they don’t pay the balance, and asks customers to call a certain number to purchase a pre-paid cash card for the balance.

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A passport and money were taken from a home on the 100 block of S. Highland Ave. between Feb. 8 at 11 a.m. and Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. PREVENTION TIP: Lock all doors, gates, garage and windows, including sliding glass doors and keep areas well lit. If you are leaving town, put lights and a radio on a timer, and ask friends to collect all newspapers and mail. Install an alarm. Report suspicious activity. GRAND THEFT AUTO: A gray 2006 Toyota Prius was taken from the 200 block of N. Gower St. on Jan. 30 between 5:30 and 9:20 p.m.


BURGLARY THEFTS FROM VEHICLE: Furniture and other household goods were stolen from a locked and secured car parked on the 600 block of N. Highland Ave. between Jan. 20 at 10 p.m. and Jan. 21 at 10 a.m. It is suspected that a slim jim was used to break into the car. Auto parts and other property were taken from a locked car parked on the 300 block of S. Citrus Ave. between Jan. 27 at 3 p.m. and Jan. 28 at 7 a.m. PREVENTION TIP: Secure your vehicle by locking all doors, windows and sunroofs. Do NOT leave valuables in your vehicle, especially in

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Sharing city’s treasures with families from the Mission Every year, my wife Brigid and I like to travel to the Midnight Mission around Thanksgiving to serve meals to the needy and help where we can. The Midnight Mission has served the people of Skid Row since 1914, making it nearly a century old. The organization serves nearly one million hot meals a year, and its down-

town facility has almost 300 beds. This year, we didn’t get a chance to help, so I decided to do something different. One sunny afternoon in December, I brought a group from the Midnight Mission up to Griffith Observatory. After eating a lunch graciously catered by Palermo’s in Los Feliz, we

walked the halls of the Observatory together. Everyone should, at one point or another, experience the joys of being in Griffith Park and see-

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ing the great city of Los Angeles spread out beneath you. I think the residents of the Midnight Mission would agree. The event was so successful that this February it spun off a sequel. Together with a new group from the Midnight Mission, we toured the halls of the Petersen Automotive Museum. The Miracle Mile has so many cultural crown jewels, and every resident of Los An-

geles deserves a chance to visit inside. There are so many great places in Los Angeles, and it’s important we bring those places to everyone in the community, no matter how needy. We are lucky to live here, and I am proud to share that wealth with everyone and anyone. Let’s continue to love and enjoy this great City of Los Angeles.

Demand reform, not permanent sales tax By voting NO on Proposition A, we can send a strong message to our profligate Mayor and the fiscally irresponsible City Council that we demand budget, pension, and work place reform.

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Proposition A, the proposed PERMANENT half-cent increase in our already regressive sales tax, was rushed to the ballot in less than two weeks. Our sales tax would rise to nine-and-one-half percent, one of the highest rates in the country.  Unfortunately, City Council did not properly consider the negative impact on retail sales, the city’s already business-unfriendly reputation and job- creating businesses. Nor did the City Council consider a temporary tax increase, a strategy that was very successful for Governor Brown’s Proposition 30 that bumped the sales tax by a quarter of cent in November. City Hall has said the failure to pass Proposition A will result in the layoff of cops and firemen, threatening our public safety. However, the city can eliminate the projected budget deficit of $216 million without a tax increase and without layoffs. The city administrative officer indicated that pension contributions will be $45 million less than projected and revenues may be $70 to $80 million higher than anticipated. The remaining $100 million deficit can be eliminated by entering into “public private partnerships” for the Zoo, the Convention Center, parking operations, animal services, and golf courses; through the improved billing procedures, especially those related to the city’s ambulance services and parking lots, and by requiring 70 percent of the city employees who pay nothing for their generous healthcare benefits to contribute 10 percent of

Block Captains Needed Live in Windsor Square? Why not volunteer to be a Block Captain! Just think of the benefits: You get to know your neighbors better. You get the satisfaction of civic service. You get to be part of a great network of people who keep you informed about what’s going on in the neighborhood and the city in general. You get to be an advocate for emergency preparedness. And, finally, you get invited to a rockin’ annual get-together by the WSA. Block captains are currently needed for the following blocks:

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increases, the elimination of any rollbacks, and even more restrictive work rules that will limit budget, pension and work place reform. Since the city does not engage in long-term financial or strategic planning, Proposition A is just another in a long line of one-off gimmicks to “balance” the budget. (Please turn to page 11)

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the cost. The Los Angeles Times, in urging a NO vote on Proposition A, recommended that the city complete its upcoming labor negotiations before considering increasing the sales tax. This is extremely important as the City’s campaignfunding unions are expected to demand significant wage

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Malin+Goetz Apothecary and Lab celebrates one year on Larchmont By Sondi Sepenuk Guest Columnist When Matthew Malin and Andrew Goetz opened their first free-standing store in Los Angeles, they had plenty of areas to choose from. “We looked at the Grove, Abbot Kinney, Third Street‌ but we really wanted a proper main street, something that was true Americana. Larchmont was exactly what we were looking for.â€? Larchmont Blvd. fits into their family-owned skin-care business philosophy very nicely. Their first store-front, opened in 2004 in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood, thrives on the personal connection that it builds with its clientele. “We love being connected to the street. Malls are not in our DNA. Here on Larchmont there are a great assortment of shops, real people, real neighbors‌ and people get out of their cars. They want to interact with other people. They’re looking for that connection.â€? Matthew Malin began his career in the executive training program at Saks Fifth Avenue, then as a cosmetics buyer at Barney’s and finally oversaw sales and distribution for Kiehl’s. Andrew Goetz was marketing director for family-owned

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Vitra, a Swiss-based design manufacturer, where his responsibilities included identifying and cultivating architects and industrial designers. When L’Oreal bought the family-owned Kiehl’s, Malin and Goetz decided the timing was right to start their own company. “All of these small companies get bought out by big corporations and they wind up being watered down and diluted,� says Goetz. “We decided to pool our resources and do something modern. You don’t have to have big marketing, just amazing products.� The skin-care product line they developed was inspired by Malin’s own sensitive skin issues and by a need to sim-

plify. “The main thing we do differently from other brands is that we leave out dyes, perfumes, anything that can damage or irritate skin,� says Goetz. “We truly believe that less is more. We’re not trying to sell you tons of products. It’s really about problems and solutions. Our joke is that ‘we want to sell you less skincare!’� Malin and Goetz recently celebrated their nineteen-year anniversary in both business and in life. And now, they have another anniversary to celebrate on the Boulevard. “It’s been an amazing year here on Larchmont that has met and gone beyond our expectations,� says Goetz. “It has worked out really well for us, and we love the neighborhood.�



Thefts are up; keep bicycles secured A community alert issued by the Los Angeles Police Department offers tips on protecting bicycles following a recent increase in thefts. These include the following suggestions: Record the serial number, model make and color; photograph bike; etch frame and parts with personal ID, write ID inside rim or on a card inside the frame; use a quality

bike lock; lock and secure in your home or garage when not in use. Do not leave your bike unattended or unlocked even if it’s just for a minute, cautions the L.A.P.D. If you see someone steal a bike, call 911. However, do not get involved. Document suspect and vehicle descriptions. For more information, go to

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At what age are children eligible for sleepovers? I remember being at a slumber party at around age 10 at my friend Laura Westwater’s house. I was having a great time with my friends enjoying the typical sleepover activities that 10-year-old girls like to do. At 11 p.m. my dad arrived to pick me up and take me home while the remainder of the girls got into their sleeping bags. My sisters and I did not sleep over at friends’ houses until our early teens—that was just the way it was. My husband and I have been

faced with the sleepover decision many times with our girls the past few years. Sleepovers are a big topic of conversation at our house. “Which friends are sleeping where this weekend?” “Why can’t I go?” “How old do I have to be before I’m allowed?” Our nine-year-old says it’s not fair because she’s the only girl in her class who has yet to have a sleepover. I began thinking: can this really be true? Surely there are other overlyprotective parents out there? I learned that out of the 13

girls in my daughters’ class, there is only one other girl who has yet to sleep over at a friend’s house. We tell our daughter that every family is different and we try to explain the reasons behind our decision. In our defense, it’s not as if our daughter is missing out on all the fun. She did go on the Girl Scout zoo sleepover outing, and she has also had a friend sleep at our house. Here’s the word from other moms: Beth says: “Our daughter

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go. We’d be ok with it but he’s not ready which is fine.” Amy says: “Our seven-yearold asks about sleepovers but we are in no rush to say yes. There is plenty of time for all that.” My husband and I have concluded that our nine-yearold is getting close to the age when she (and we) could be ready for her first sleepover. We still stand behind our decision to wait until now. Kids are growing up at lightning speed and it’s nice when you can slow them down a bit. It gives the kids something to look forward to and it gives us more time to enjoy them.

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Meet Cinderella and her two evil stepsisters in a fairy tale kingdom far, far away in the Nine O’Clock Players Theatre for Children’s presentation through Sun., March 24. The production, based on the popular folk tale, opens the Assistance League of Southern California’s 84th season. The play is directed by Randy Brenner with musical direction by Dean Mora. Plays are performed for nearly 15,000 children annually, a third of whom are disadvantaged physically or economically. Nine O’Clock Players provides their admission and transportation free of charge. Weekly performances are also staged for groups of L.A.area school children at a reduced price. On weekends, the public can enjoy the production for $12 per ticket. Plays are staged in the 329seat Walter Lantz Theatre, de-

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Look younger, feel better with ancient pick me up By Suzan Filipek A facial acupuncture with Cindy Albon is more than a little nip here and a tuck there. Along with reducing wrinkles and smoothing lines, be prepared for a complete overhaul. “Acupuncture heals body, mind and spirit,” she explains as she inserts tiny needles into brow and laugh lines. Albon is certified in the fine art of facial rejuvenation, which puts a modern, age-defying twist on a centuries-old practice. The treatment boosts collagen and elasticity giving a youthful glow. Age spots fade and jowls and eyelids are lifted. Ten treatments are suggested over five weeks with monthly maintenance follow ups. Edna Silva started acupuncture facelifts five years ago to soften wrinkles. She continues her treatments every two weeks with Cindy. “It makes my whole face look fresh, and it relaxes me,” says Edna. Along the way patients often experience other benefits, says Albon, who is certified in Constitutional Facial Acupuncture developed by Mary Elizabeth Wakefield. Indigestion, insomnia and headaches, fertility issues, pain relief, back pain and sinus problems are just some of the symptoms that can be helped, even cured with acupuncture and herbs. Albon knows firsthand. A breast cancer survivor, she changed her life inside and out after her diagnosis many years ago. She left a high-stress advertising job in the movie business and tried everything known in the East and the West to eradicate the disease. She’s been in remission 13


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(Continued from page 2) What the city needs to do is issue a Notice of Preparation for an Environmental Impact Report so that everyone can weigh in on what must be a public process. The city’s plans call for Bike Lanes on Arden, Beverly, Highland, La Brea, Larchmont, Rossmore, and Third. The removal of Parking and/ or Traffic Lanes will affect the residents and businesses on these streets and surrounding streets as people seek alternate routes and places to park. The decision to include these streets in the Bike Plan was made without community participation and therefore without regard for residents’ opinions. In addition, the Bike Plan calls for Bike Friendly Streets that limit vehicle access and promote bicycle passage. These streets are meant to benefit the bicyclists who, according to the Bike Plan, “should not be required to make frequent stops.” The proposed Bike Friendly streets are Eighth, First, Fourth, June, Lucerne, Rimpau and Rosewood. These Bike Friendly streets may also be considered part

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AYSO REGION 78 Hollywood-Wilshire Boys 10 and under team won a fourth place medal at the Locomotion tournament held over President's Day weekend in Riverside.

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A perfect score and a second place finish are being celebrated by the Rangers, a soccer team composed of boys 14 and under. The 12-and-under boys' team finished third. The teams competed in the Pony Express AYSO tournament in Corona in mid-January. Ranger coach Bailey Greene, said the boys scored a perfect 40 out of 40 points, something no team from the AYSO Hollywood Wilshire Region has done in many years. With two of their players out with the flu, the Rangers lost the championship game 3-1 to a bigger, faster and stronger team, said coach Jerold Neuman. They placed second out of 15 teams.

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Art on display at Archer School The Archer School for Girls will be holding an art show in conjunction with the Craig Krull Gallery on Fri., March 15 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the campus at 11725 Sunset Blvd. The student-run show will display the work of local Los Angeles artists, including Phranc, Nancy Monk and Pam Posey. Call 310-873-7000.

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CHORALE SANG at Feast of the Epiphany at the Vatican.


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It was an unforgettable experience, said Suz Landay of her trip to Italy in January as part of a 90-member group who performed at several Masses. The most impressive was singing at the Feast of the Epiphany with Pope Benedict XVI presiding, said the Windsor Square resident. Some 10,500 people were in the audience at St. Peter’s, with 20,000 outside listening in Vatican Square, she said. The trip evolved when Nove Deypalan, former Ebell chorale director, asked if any chorale members were interested in singing in Rome at the Vatican. Both Suz and Jane Martin said yes. To participate in the chorale, members rehearsed three to four times a week

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since last October. After a concert in the 600-year-old St. Ignatius in Rome, the group received a standing ovation. They also sang at one of the audiences with the Pope and at a Mass in St. Francis Basilica in Assisi. Final concert was in St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice. “The music floated through the church,” Suz said, “It brought tears to my eyes.”

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St. Anne’s Guild to host boutique St. Anne’s Guild is celebrating 75 years at their Spring Boutique and Luncheon on Thurs., March 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Shoppers can browse for Easter baskets and spring decor, centerpieces, wreaths, hand-crafted necklaces, jewelry, clothing, baked goods and more. A hot dog barbecue will be served at the luncheon. Tickets are $20. Proceeds support St. Anne’s, located at 155 N. Occidental Blvd. For more information, contact Sylvia Moyer at 818-2815360.

Mozart at Hollywood Lutheran Church Hollywood Master Chorale will present “Masterworks in March: Mozart” on Sun., March 4 at 7:30 p.m. The evening will include the rarely performed “Litany in EFlat,” solo and choral writing, and the historic organ of the Hollywood Lutheran Church. General admission is $20. Hollywood Lutheran Church, 1733 N. New Hampshire Ave. Tickets can be purchased at or visit




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Community leaders earn valentines Valentines were bestowed on the winners of the annual GoodHearts Awards on Feb. 14 at Olympia Medical Center. The awards, honoring

Gay Men’s Chorus to perform The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles performs at First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, 540 S. Commonwealth Ave., on Sat., March 16 at 8 p.m. and Sun., March 17 at 3 and 7 p.m. The performance “Awakenings,” features Vox Femina and youth chorus Outside Voices. Tickets are $35-$75 and are available at

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inspiration from the American songbook. There to hear an unforgettable concert, to dine on sea bass and braised veal and to dance to Mora’s Modern Rhythmists were: German Consul General Hon. Dr. Bernd Fischer and his wife Jutta, Nancy Mette and Barnet Kellman, Janet and Nick Ciriello, Jennifer and Bill Fain, Suzanne and Fred Rheinstein, evening honorees Jennifer and Royce Diener and David K. and Kay Duke Ingalls, gala chairs Carol and Warner Henry and LACO executive director Rachel Fine. Now in its 44th season, LACO will use the evening’s proceeds for their concert series, radio broadcasts and community programs. *** The California Club was transformed Feb. 9 into a dreamland for very young ladies and gentlemen. Michele Crahan and daughter Hilary hosted “A Cinderella Royal Tea” beckoning “princes, princesses and fairy godmothers of all ages.” Kidlets small and tall nibbled heart-shaped tea sandwiches, scones, bite-size cupcakes, and brownies with (Please turn to page 19)

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Ermanno PiEtro tolot July 11,1935-February 8, 2013 Ermanno Pietro Tolot, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend, passed away peacefully on February 8, 2013, at his home in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 77. Born in Vittorio Veneto, Italy on July 11,1935, he immigrated to Los Angeles, California in 1973, and was a true example of the “American Dream.” First, creating a successful television repair shop in Manhattan Beach and then, partnering with his wife, Sonia, to create, Girasole, a popular Italian restaurant in Hancock Park. In his spare time he spent countless hours building historic scratch model ships, which can be found in private collections and museums around the world. As a young man he was a mountaineer in the Italian Military and later became a proud Boy Scout father, actively participating in helping his son reach the rank of Eagle Scout. Ermanno is survived by his wife of 55 years, Nives Sonia Tolot, his daughters; Paola Tolot-Scott and husband Don Scott, Antonella Renyer and husband Paul Renyer, his son Elio Tolot and wife Barrow Davis-Tolot, his grandchildren; Daniele Capparelli, David Capparelli, Nico Renyer, Claudio Renyer, Luca Tolot, Alessandro Tolot and Sebastiano Tolot, his brothers; Milo Tolot and wife Rosalbo Tolot, Alberto Tolot and wife Francesca Tolot, his cousins; Peter Boccato and wife Virginia Boccato, John Boccato and wife Gina Boccato, and countless other family members and friends that will miss him dearly. A memorial service in celebration of his life will be held on March 9, 2013 at 11:00 a.m., at Christ The King Church, 616 N. Rossmore Ave, Los Angeles, 90004. Reception will follow at Girasole, 225 ½ N. Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, 90004. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at


Love was definitely in the air when the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) held “Taking A Chance on Love,” a dazzling fundraiser on Feb. 2 at the California Club. It all began with absinthe champagne cocktails and wild mushroom tartlets before a stunning concert featuring tributes by music director Jeffrey Kahane and artists. They were joined by notable young musical guests including 10-year-old prize-winning

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League is here to help, says new president By Laura Eversz Since 1919, the Assistance League of Los Angeles has been improving the quality of life for at-risk children, families and seniors through programs that provide services to those most in need. Its founder, Anne Banning, was honored at a celebration in January that included a champagne reception, buffet lunch, guest speaker and fundraising boutique. In attendance was the organization’s new president, Flo Fowkes, Windsor Square. Fowkes has been involved with the League for years

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lemonade. Cinderella herself appeared in a place of honor as did Prince Charming, proffering one hopeful Chanel slipper in quest of his heart’s desire. Just for fun there were tiara and crown and magic wandmaking stations. Tenor Joshua Guerrero sang Puccini’s “Nessun Dorma.” Three generations of guests included Leslie Veje and daughter Sophia, Toni Gabriel with Kristy Liebig and Caroline Liebig, Ann McCourt with daughter Sarah, Allegra and Douglas Woods with daughter Lauren and son Christopher, Carlotta Keely with Ann Ronus, Grace Fritzinger with daughter Lauren, Collette Witt with Mahlon and Dick Lawton, Neville Anderson, Barbara Sargeant, Kay Gates, Annie Manrique and Edie Frere. Proceeds from the tea benefit Los Angeles Opera and served as homage to Rossini’s “Cinderella,” which opens March 23.

since her younger daughter, Jillian, was an Assisteen. One of the programs of the League, Assisteens teaches teenagers community service through both fundraising and handson projects. Fowkes also served on the board of Operation School Bell for many years, and has helped out with other League activities. Her community service earned her selection as a Larchmont Chronicle Woman of the Year in 2012. Her goal as president is to make sure that people know about the Assistance League, (Please turn to page 16)


*** Who doesn’t look forward to the glitz and glamour that comes to downtown every February at Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising’s Museum (FIDM) and Galleries? This year’s 21st presentation and gala opening bash razzled and dazzled the silk stocking set on Feb. 9. The exhibit features work from all five Academy Award nominees, Jacqueline Durran (“Anna Karenina”), Paco Delgado (“Les Mise’rables”), Joanna Johnston (“Lincoln”), Eiko Ishioka (“Mirror Mirror”), Colleen Atwood (“Snow White and the Huntsman”) as well as costumes from 13 other films. More than 800 guests got a first look and made the rounds at 10 gourmet buffet stations under an enormous tent on FIDM’s lawn and lit with crystal chandeliers. Among those thrilled to see it first were Mary Woodward, museum director Barbara Bundy, Mathew Hancock and designer Carlos Bazquez, celebrated costume designer Mona May and Joe Amaral,

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school news By Olivia Brancato 4th Grade At Third Street Elementary School last month, the Young Business Club sold Candy-Grams to kids and parents for $1 on Valentine’s Day. This month we are having a Prospective Kindergarten Parent Meeting on March 7 at 9 a.m. On March 15 we are having our annual Walk-a-Thon at

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Sixth graders at Echo Horizon School love water! They are working in teams and will be entering Discovery Education’s Explore the Blue Water Challenge. The winning team will get a $5,000 grant to continue work on a water service project. To inspire the students, teachers arranged for Steven Nemeth, a producer of the documentary FLOW (For the Love of Water), to visit them. He spoke to the students about ways to conserve water and stop pollution. Second graders were thrilled to attend a Children’s Book World event and meet one of their favorite authors, Lincoln Peirce. His “Big Nate” books are very popular and are always getting checked out. He talked about cartooning, writing and his inspiration for “Big Nate.” The students were also surprised to learn that they will participate in creating the longest comic strip in the world. The author is hoping to break the world record for longest comic strip. Everyone loves Valentine’s Day! Students got to bring in valentines for their classmates. Each grade also celebrated with a party, goodies and all!



school to raise money for Friends of Third. Each class will be walking, running, and playing many fun relay games and even dancing. There will be an all-school Health and Safety Clean-Up Day this month, and our Open House and Science Fair. Students are looking forward to showing off their work and experiments. Then we are having our Spring Break the last week of the month. I hope it will be relaxing, because we have one week and then it’s right back to school!!!

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By Joseph Koo 6th Grade We celebrated African American History Month (AAHM) to commemorate the black Americans who changed society for the better. Our Parent Support Fellowship hosted the Black History Month at our school. We saw “Akeela and the Bee” and “Happily Ever After” that had an African- American background. The children brought sleeping bags to feel comfortable and were not only moved by the movies but had lots of fun. In AAHM Chapel, the gospel choir consisting of students, teachers, and parents sang the songs “Imagine Me” and “Ride on King Jesus.” The choir sang beautifully, and they received a


Karthik Jayaraman 5th Grade Our field trip to the Aquarium of the Pacific was very successful, and many students were inspired and in awe of the ocean life. This month we will be  going to the Nine O’ Clock Players Theater to watch the “Cinderella” play.    We have our Spelling Bee Contest scheduled, where all of elementary will participate to see who is the best speller.  We have Spring Break coming up, which will be a nice break from our busy schedules. All the Page students are also participating in the Art to Remember program, which is a fundraiser that promotes the arts.  I am looking forward to another awesome month, so I’ll keep you all posted!

big hearty round of applause. The guest speaker, Rev. Lester Mackenzie from St. Matthews Episcopal Day School, delivered a message about the African American heritage. There was also Double Dutch and a skate night respectively. Double Dutch and skating are traditions in the African-American community. As the grand finale, each class presented essays, poems, and songs to honor the African-American people at the AAHM assembly.


By Krista Gelev 11th Grade March promises to be another eventful month for Immaculate Heart. With most of the month falling within the Lenten season, it will be a time of campus-wide spiritual renewal. A portion of the senior class will leave for their much-awaited Kairos Retreat, which will offer them time to reminisce and reflect together. The sophomore class will also enjoy a spiritual retreat. Later in the month, the Campus Ministry Leadership Team will hold a service to honor the Sacrament of Reconciliation and, of course, the month will end with services for Holy Week leading to Easter. Both the middle school and high school will perform their spring theatre productions. The high school will be putting on an adaptation of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” that will premiere on March 21. The middle school will stage “Mary Poppins.” The annual Mother/Daughter Luncheon, a cherished tradition for students, parents, and alumnae, will be hosted at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City and will feature members of the senior class as models.

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By Luke Ebora 8th Grade Although February is the shortest month of the year, it was still a highly enjoyable one at St. Brendan School. This may sound like nothing could possibly be done, but there were many things planned. The most important thing we took part in was Ash Wednesday.

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By Sam Baron and Jacob Tartakovsky 6th Grade It’s been a very busy month at Temple Israel. We celebrated Family Day, an Israeli alternative to separate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day celebrations. We hosted a school-wide Family Math Night where each teacher taught a math game and students and their families circulated the school to play. Recently, the 6th grade took a visit to the Alexandria House, a cooperative home for women and children who are going through hard times and getting back on their feet. This incredible center helps out members of the community with early childhood education, afterschool programming for kids, job placement services, education and jobs. Soon, the sixth graders will return on several evenings to help cook meals for the residents and support the elementary students with their homework. We celebrated Purim with a school dress up day and a carnival. As a part of the school celebration, we read from the Megillah, the book of Esther that tells the Purim story, and the 6th graders performed a Purim spiel. 

As a Catholic school, St. Brendan goes to Church as a student body, and takes part in the receiving of the ashes. This is a very important time for Catholics as we are beginning the time of Lent, which will go on until Easter. Valentine’s Day was also in the month of February, and our school celebrates it every year. Each year the students at school play the ever-popular Hush Day game and wear festive red, white, and pink clothes.


By Michael Sapunor 12th Grade Loyola is looking to have a busy schedule for the rest of the year, as more and more seniors hear back with acceptances and rejections from colleges they applied to, AP test registration deadlines loom and spring break comes ever closer, accompanied by the slew of homework and tests immediately preceding it. The Cubs also held their own in awards season, thanks to alumnus Emmett Malloy, who won a Best Long-Form Music Video Grammy for his musical road trip documentary “Big Easy Express." It documents the train journey from San Francisco to New Orleans shared by big-name folk revival bands such as Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and Mumford & Sons. In sports news, Loyola basketball is continuing its playoff run, defeating Pasadena in the second round on Feb. 19 with a final score of 80-56.

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By Maeve Johnson 8th Grade This month at Pilgrim our boys’ varsity basketball team, girls’ varsity basketball team, and the boys’ varsity soccer team made the CIF playoffs! Also the school had guest speaker Denis Belliveau who talked about and showed us his film “In the Footsteps of Marco Polo.” The documentary shows Denis and his friend, Francis O’Donnell, traveling the same path that Marco Polo traveled in 1271 from Venice to China and then back again in 1295. That took 24 years, 24! They used the same means of travel (no planes) as Marco Polo and went along the same routes. It only took Denis and Francis

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two years to make the journey and back, but that’s still a long trip! Now, on a different note, our 8th grade science class went on a field trip to the Vasquez Rocks Park. We went with our science teacher Mrs. Nichols, the 6th grade science teacher Ms. Trammell and the other science teacher Mr. Wagner. We saw how the rocks had been formed and moved by the nearby San Andreas Fault. Afterwards we got to climb on the rock formations nearby.

students, and they do fun activities together. The Buddies Program is beloved by all the students. In other news, playoffs for winter sports took place at the beginning of February. The basketball team had high hopes for the playoffs. “No matter what, we always play our best games in the playoffs,” said coach Pat Colley. While on the topic of basketball, we recently had our annual Hoop-AThon. The Hoop-A-Thon is studentdriven fundraiser where students collect pledges for how many baskets they make. This event raises money for our athletics department, and is always a lot of fun for everybody. Finally, here is some news from the performing arts department. This year’s middle school musical performance, “Cinderella” with a twist on all the other Cinderella stories from around the globe, took place in February.


By Joi Johnson 8th Grade As we are quickly approaching spring, we are as busy as ever here at John Burroughs. One recent event held by the P.E. department was Midnight Madness, a basketball tournament lasting from approximately 3:15 p.m. to 6 a.m. Many students auditioned to perform at the annual 8th grade Pin and Ribbon ceremony, taking place next month. All 8th graders are looking forward to attending this ceremony on the way to culmination.   John Burroughs was also in the spotlight in early  February.  Our school was selected to host the Wilshire Boulevard Mayoral Town Hall. This Town Hall meeting, which was hosted by City Council District Four representative Tom LaBonge, invited mayoral candidates to speak, and was posted on the John Burroughs web channel.  It was an exciting moment for J.B.!  Finally, students and parents can look forward to this semester’s Open House.  Parents will be able to see the work and progress their son or daughter has made so far, and our fantastic teaching staff will be showcased.  


By Isabelle Bleimeister 11th Grade This year Marlborough’s Upper School winter sports teams made school history while simultaneously besting their previous personal bests. Varsity soccer finished third in the Sunshine League with a record of three wins, four losses and one tie. In a wildcard match, the team won 1-0, and so they were able to participate in the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section (CIF-SS) playoffs. Although the team went on to lose in the first round, senior and team halfback Kasey Marenco’s goal broke the School’s season scoring record of 31 goals. The Junior Varsity Soccer team also had an impressive season with a second place finish in the Sunshine League. The team’s success resulted in six of their players gaining acceptance into the Varsity Soccer team during CIF-SS. Both Varsity and Junior Varsity basketball were undefeated league champions.Varsity water polo experienced a record-breaking season in which the team finished ranked fifth in league and stacked up an overall record of eight wins, 12 losses, and no ties.

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STUDENTS hoped to make it to the finish line iwthout spilling their water during the first leg of last year's Walk-a-Thon.

Walk-a-Thon proceeds to bridge gap at Third Street each in sponsorships. They will be featured at this year’s Walk-a-thon a “Hall of Fame.” In addition to sponsoring participants, tax-deductible donations may also be made online at walkathon.

Exercise will be the focus on Fri., March 15 when students, teachers, staff and parents take part in a Walk-a-Thon at Third Street Elementary School. Activities will include walking the track, dodgeball, cup stacking, freeze dance and more. Proceeds from the event— one of four annual fundraisers sponsored by Friends of Third—will help to bridge the gap between what the Los Angeles Unified School District provides and what students need, said Jennifer Rissier, cochair with John Perfitt. “Needs vary from library and technology services to campus clean-up and security, music and more,” she added. The $45,000 the booster club hopes to raise at the Walk-a-Thon will go toward a year-end goal of $280,000. Since the event’s inception three years ago, six students have raised more than $1,000

Mayoral Forum a learning experience By Maeve Johnson Pilgrim School I went to John Burroughs Middle School on Feb. 10 to hear Wendy Greuel, Kevin James, Jan Perry, Emmanuel Pleitez and Eric Garcetti talk about why they should be mayor. All the candidates talked about pressing issues in Los Angeles like traffic, public safety and the need for more bicycle lanes. Other issues mentioned were special needs for individual communities. A few selected students from John Burroughs were able to ask the candidates their own

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By Gabriela Zakher 8th Grade Catholic School’s Week turned out great, and everyone had fun! We even got a surprise visitor. Georgia Bragg, the author, came to our school to talk about her books, “How They Croaked” and “Matisse on the Loose.” (Fun fact: She was originally an artist before she became a writer). She also did book signings. High school students who visited during that week gave awesome performances. St. Monica’s did a science assembly and a choir concert, Bell Jeff did a pep rally, Providence sent their drama coach and showed us how to do improvisations, and Bishop Conatay-Loretto showed us how to do pottery. We had a school dance to celebrate Valentine’s Day! Everyone had fun. Eighth grade set up a photo booth for anyone who wanted to take pictures with their friends. Everyone enjoyed the food and drinks, and danced to their heart’s content.

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By Elizabeth Ignatius 8th Grade February was a short but busy month for CKS students. Eighth graders celebrated St. Valentine’s Day with their annual Etiquette Breakfast. Students throughout the school are memorizing many spelling words for our annual Spell-A-Thon which will take place at the end of the month. Five of our 7th graders joined

students from other Catholic schools in the Archdiocese for an informative leadership conference held at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Basketball season is coming to a close, and students are beginning to get in shape for the upcoming track and field season. Our 8th graders are anxiously a\waiting to hear from a number of high schools. We wish them success! Our Decathlon team is meeting regularly after school to prepare for the Junior High Academic Decathlon which will be held in the Los Angeles Sports Arena on March 2.


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Mirman School earns Apple award Mirman School has been named an Apple Distinguished School for the 2012-2013 school year. The award is reserved for schools that meet criteria for leadership, innovation and educational excellence. Through Mirman’s 1:1 MacBook program, student learning is personalized for each child. Students have access to devices such as the iPad, iPod touch, and interactive whiteboards powered by iMac desktops that help enhance and extend teaching and learning. Located on Mullholland Drive, Mirman School is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary as one of the country’s only private schools dedicated to the education of highly gifted students.

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Identity Thief (9/10): “Women are irrational; that’s all there is to that. Their heads are full of cotton, hay, and rags.” Prof. Henry Higgins Cary Grant was Hollywood’s master at comedically displaying the frustration a reasonable man has in dealing with an irrational woman. He did it with Irene Dunne, Katharine Hepburn and other leading ladies of the 30s and 40s. If Grant has a successor in the 21st century, it is Jason Bateman, who finds himself irretrievably involved with Melissa McCarthy. Even if a movie isn’t wonderfully terrific throughout, if it contains a line that can make me laugh uncontrollably, I will probably give it a good rating. This movie, however, has both. It is wonderfully terrific throughout, and it does contain at least one line (delivered by Genesis Rodriguez) that had me laughing uncontrollably and still has me laughing when I think about it now. McCarthy and Bateman give bravura performances, aided by terrific supporting performances, a talented director, and a good script. Side Effects (8/10): This is a neat little thriller that reminded me of 1993’s “Malice,” a Nicole Kidman vehicle that presently rests in 1,418th place on the all-time list of domestic grosses. In other words, not a lot of people saw it. And that’s unfortunate because, written by Aaron Sorkin, it started out as one thing and completely turned 180 degrees in the middle and became something else, thoroughly entertaining, and so is this. Just about every year one or two films come out with a ballyhoo that they are noir, when they don’t have any of the characteristics of real film noir which came into being in the 40s after World War II. This, on the other hand, is a true noir. To write much more would jeopardize being able to watch a story unfold without a clue of what is really going on, which is the best way to watch a movie. Bullet to the Head (7/10): You want violence? I’ll give you some violence. I’ll give you “Bullet to the Head.” That will give you enough violence to last a year. It is filled with cold-blooded murders, knifings and brutal fights. There is so much violence that I frankly never saw any plot. Even so, director, Walter Hill directs this with admirable pace and humor. Hill is no stranger to a witty, cop-criminal film, hav-



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Hancock Park. Nearly 50K sf lot w/pool, court & gst hse. 6 bds/5 baths/2 offices up. Remarkable details. Lisa Hutchins 323.460.7626

Hancock Park. Blends traditional charm w/resort amenities. 4+4,lib, fam, pool, spa, tennis crt, gst hse. L Hutchins/ K Gless 323.460.7626

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Hancock Park. Built in 1929, this home was recently remodeled. 6Br/6.5Ba, apx 6,036 sf. Co-listed. Cecille Cohen 323.460.7629

Hancock Park. Classic cntr hall plan. Grmt cntr-isle kitchen. 5beds/2baths/2pwdrs+den, library, sun rms. Lisa Hutchins 323.460.7626

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Miracle Mile. Fabulous Spanish with 6 units, 2+1 each unit. Most units are updated. Cecille Cohen 323.460.7629

Hancock Park. Expanded & remodeled. 3bed+2.5bath. Gourmet kitchen, open family rm, prvt master ste. Pool Ben Shapiro/Christopher 323.860.4277

Hancock Park. Completely Redone In 2000 With 4 Bed/4.5 Ba, Hrdwd Flrs, 3 Fpl, 2 Mstr Stes, Bonus Rm. James Song 323.860.4255

Mar Vista. Currently being used as a Business. Commercially Zoned (LAR3) & can be SFR or Duplex!! Cecille Cohen 323.460.7629





Long Beach. Property is on a corner lot;Five units are currently tenant occupied, one unit is vacant. Cecille Cohen 323.460.7629

Hancock Park. Welcome to your private estate park, 35,000+lot. 5 bds+5.5 baths.Over 6,000sq of liv space Ben Shapiro 323.860.4277

Hancock Park. Fully & exquisitely furnished Windsor Square Spanish for lease. 4 bdrms/3 bths. Special! J Hutchison/ L Hadley 323.460.7637

Hollywood Hills West. 3/3 villa set in a Spanish courtyd w/ pool & old style cabana. 2priv patios, DR,step dwn LR B LaViolette/Ginger Lincoln 323.460.7680

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Women’s History Month

Home was built in 1913 by entrepreneur senator for his mother

By Peggy Park Bernal Guest Columnist Women’s History Month is a good time to remember Mary Andrews Clark, whose 100-year-old residence was named in her honor, and to

learn the role the home played in the lives of young women from 1913 to 1987. The 1913 opening of the Mary Andrews Clark Memorial Home (Third St. and Loma Dr.) was a huge event in Los

Angeles, making headlines in the local newspapers. Several hundred persons who attended heard copper magnate, Montana senator and railroad builder William Andrews Clark, dedicate the

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YWCA residence he had built in honor of his mother. Following the suggestions of his four sisters, Clark thought a home for working girls was “... appropriate and in unison with our mother’s wishes.” The dedication was a family affair, as the Clark sisters read poems and a brother-in-law led a dedication prayer. After Clark gave the deed to the YWCA’s Mrs. Willitts Hole, he and his brother J. Ross Clark planted special ivy vines cut from his mother’s garden that were brought from Ireland years earlier. For the 50th anniversary, the young residents spent a year planning the weeklong celebration that included the Golden Anniversary Ball, a rededication service and an international reception. The Clark residents always boasted about the many international young women the home housed and were eager to facilitate cultural exchanges. For the anniversary events, the residents modeled vintage fashions and sang songs of every decade. Guests enjoyed the replica room, which included an original 1913 brass bed, a mission-style rocker, ivory dresser set with hair receiver (a common gadget for Victorian women), and a glove stretcher. Former residents returned with husbands and children and spoke fondly of the “dating rooms” where their courtships had occurred. Centennial marked As the building marks its centennial, few remember Mary Andrews Clark. Born in Pennsylvania, she was the mother to 11 children though only six were still living when she arrived in Los Angeles, a widow in 1882 (her husband died in 1874). While little is known about her, her granddaughter’s memories (preserved in the YWCA archives of the Oviatt Library) help illustrate her character. “There was always some family that needed her—her life was one of service, always seeking to do whatever she could to make everyone happier and life more complete

for those about her.” The family was recently in the news as Mrs. Clark’s youngest granddaughter, wealthy recluse Huguette Clark, died in 2011 amid much notoriety at the age of 104. Rent $8.50 a week When W. A. Clark announced his donation of the home in 1910, he clearly explained he would erect “a suitable building to constitute a home for young women working for a living.” For $8.50 a week, residents enjoyed two meals a day and weekly maid service with access to the building’s library, gymnasium, bowling alley, tennis courts, sewing room and laundry room. It provided not just a safe place for a young woman in a strange big city, but a sense of community as residents led classes, literary clubs, dances, concerts, and theater productions. The library also served as a wedding chapel in which a handful of women took their vows. The building, designed by Arnold Benton, was forced to shut down after the 1987 Whittier earthquake. The YWCA sold it to Los Angeles Community Design Center (an organization that evolved into Abode Communities) who led renovation efforts. The Clark Residence was reopened in 1994 and joined the National Register of Historic Places in 1995. After 100 years and now operated by Abode Communities, the building continues to house those needing a safe place in the City of Angels. History of help continues The YWCA, now located at 1020 Olive St., continues the 119-year-old mission, begun in 1894, to help girls and women in the greater Los Angeles area feel safe. Job training and transitional housing are offered to both at-risk youth and women fleeing abusive homes. After school programs, affordable childcare, mentoring and workshops on self-esteem and financial literacy are also available. For information go to

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It's lights out worldwide on Earth Hour Turn off the lights on Earth Hour on Sat., March 23 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., and take part in the world’s largest environmental campaign to date. Households and businesses are encouraged to turn off non-essential lights to raise awareness about the need to

take action on climate change. People and businesses in more than 7,000 cities in 152 countries with a reach of more than 1.8 billion people are expected to pull the plug. The seventh annual event started in Australia with World Wildlife Fund.

Locally, Paramount Pictures buildings, facilities and signage on Melrose Ave. will be dark. “We will be participating as part of our environmental platform,” said Jennifer Lynch of the studio’s corporate social responsibility. For information visit

STUDYING A MODEL of the $75 million Ahmanson Center buildings are (from left) William Ahmanson, nephew of the late financier for whom the complex is to be named; architect Edward Durrell Stone, Caroline Leonetti Ahmanson, widow, and Robert Ahmanson, nephew.


Wilshire Center building spurt after height limit was lifted By Jane Gilman The first three 12-story Tishman Plaza buildings at Wilshire Blvd. and Normandie Ave. were the only notable highrise buildings in Wilshire Center when the Larchmont Chronicle first started publishing in 1963. But many skyscrapers were in the planning stages since the 13-story height limit on buildings was lifted in 1951. Insurance companies began locating their west coast headquarters in Wilshire Center because of tax incentives provided by the city and state. The drawing boards at the architectural firm of Langdon and Wilson were responsible for such projects as the U. S. Borax Building at Westmoreland Ave., the CNA Building (now the Superior Court building) and Wilshire Plaza at Wilshire Blvd. and Serrano Ave. Some 22 highrise office buildings were erected on Wilshire Boulevard from 1966 to 1976 to provide office space for such companies as Getty Oil Co., Ahmanson Financial Co., Beneficial Standard Life Insurance, Wausau and Eq-

uitable Life Insurance. Dedication of the Liberty Bell, an exact replica of the original bell in Philadelphia, was held at Beneficial Standard Life Insurance Co.’s lobby at the firm’s Wilshire and Oxford headquarters in 1968. It was the same year Bobby Kennedy, former U.S. Attorney General and Senator, was shot and killed at the Ambassador Hotel following a party which celebrated his victory in the California primary election for President. The Chapman Park Hotel, built in 1936, was torn down to make way for the 34-story Equitable Plaza office building erected in 1969. Cardinal James Mclnryre spoke at the dedication of St. Basil’s Church, Kingsley and Wilshire, in 1969. By 1970 firms such as CNA, Pacific Indemnity and Pierce National Life were starting construction of their own high- rise buildings. Southwestern University School of Law moved from its downtown location of 50 years to a four-story campus just south of Wilshire Boulevard on Westmoreland in 1973.

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Nuts, bolts, trends topics of state's ‘Preservation Wild Ride’ in May Preservation leaders from around the state will convene at the California Preservation Foundation Wed., May 1 to Fri., May 3 at the Crowne Plaza Resort Hotel in Anaheim. Theme of the 38th annual conference is “The True California Adventure: Preservation’s Wild Ride.” The conference offers an opportunity to learn about the

nuts and bolts and trends in historic preservation. Tours and events will showcase historic sites of Orange County, from Old Towne Orange to Crystal Cove State, and from the Los Rios Historic District in San Juan Capistrano to Casa Romantica in San Clemente. Visit californiapreservation. org/conference.html.

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Face painting, egg hunts, jewelry-making, art classes; sale March 1 FAIRFAX LIBRARY 161 S. Gardner St. 323-936-6191 L.A. Quiltmakers Guild: Hands-on demonstrations. Beginners welcome. Meets Sat., March 2, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. M.S. Support Group: Meets for support for those who have or care for people with multiple sclerosis on Thurs., March 14 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friends of the Library: Discuss ways to support the library on Tues., March 12 at 11 a.m. MOMS Club of MidWilshire: Support group for Moms meets on Fri., March 15 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 and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. LACMA Art Classes for Kids: Best for ages five to 12; meets Wednesdays at 3 p.m. STAR: Library volunteers read children's stories aloud. Call branch for days and times. FREMONT LIBRARY 6121 Melrose Ave. 323-962-3521 Friends of the Library Book Sale: Book and cd deals on Fri., March 1, noon to 4 p.m. Book Club: Meets Tues.,

March 12 at 6:30 p.m. Call library for selection. Ongoing 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 2 to 4 years old on Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. Computer Tutorials: Individualized instruction. Call library for appointment. STAR: Library volunteers read children's stories aloud. Call branch for days and times. MEMORIAL LIBRARY 4625 W. Olympic Blvd. 323-938-2732 Teen Tech Week: Make bead jewelry on March 14 at 4 p.m. Spring Astronomy: Checkout the photos and skymaps of Comet PanSTARRS on Thurs.,

A VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES for all ages are offered at the John C. Fremont Library on Melrose Ave.

March 21 from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. Spring Festival: Egg hunts, face painting, races, stories and songs to celebrate spring on Sat., March 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ongoing Friends of the Library Book Sale: Deals on books, cds and

dvds on Tuesdays from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m and Saturdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Night at the Movies: Screening of new or classic family friendly movies on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Toddler Story Time: Share stores, songs and rhymes on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Babies and Books: For children ages infant to 1 year to share stores, songs and rhymes on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. Fun & Games: Meet Wednesdays at noon to play Chinese Mah Jong, Scrabble, Battleship, Checkers and other games. Sahaja Meditation: Learn meditation on Wednesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Computer Comfort Class: Computer basics on Thursdays from 1 to 2 p.m. or go online: Knitting Circle: Meets Saturdays at 10 a.m. All skill levels welcome to come spin a yarn. Hatha Yoga: Meets Saturdays at 12:15 p.m. Wear comfortable clothing, bring yoga mat or heavy towel. STAR: Library volunteers read children's stories aloud. Call branch for days and times. WILSHIRE LIBRARY 149 N. St. Andrews Place 323-957-4550 Baby's Sleepy Storytime: For ages infant to 2 years. Arrive in your pajamas for 15 minutes of lullabies and stories, check out some board books and then home to bed. Thurs., March 7 from 6 to 6:15 p.m. Teen Council: Discuss books, music and movies on Thurs., March 28 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Ongoing Citizenship classes: Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. No charge for class or materials. For more information call 213-251-3411.

Library Hours

Mon., Weds. – 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Tues., Thurs. – 12:30 - 8 p.m. Fri., Sat. – 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Holiday Closures: César Chávez Day, Mon., March 25.

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Learn how to save money on your videos, laptop, phone By Leslie Meredith As this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, we heard about the $10,000 55-inch TV from LG and a 100-inch laser TV with as yet an undisclosed price. But with the hoopla over, you’ll be able to count on some good deals this coming year. Following are ways you can save money on technology. Streaming video Redbox Instant from Verizon is a soon-to-be-released streaming movie service that could be a better deal than Netflix if you stream and order DVDs from Netflix by mail. Redbox Instant will offer unlimited movie streaming along with four Redbox DVD rentals per month for $8, compared to $16 for a similar service from Netflix. At the onset, Redbox will only offer movies (no TV shows) but it will include a bigger selection of blockbuster titles than Netflix. To sign up for an invitation, you may visit the Redbox Instant website and submit your email. HDTVs, a site that tracks prices on all sorts of electronics, has said it expects

continued price cuts on big screen LCD TVs. During the last Black Friday, the 60-inch sets saw the biggest price cuts. One reason for the discounts may be that TV manufacturers invested in 3D technology for larger sized TVs, and 3D has been largely shunned by shoppers, so manufacturers are eager to boost sales with less complex models. A 60-inch Samsung Series 6 HDTV with a 1080p resolution is available for $1,098 with free shipping—a new lowest price by $100, according to DealNews. If you can settle for a smaller screen, a 50-inch LG LED backlit HDTV is available from Walmart for $648 with free shipping— the lowest price for any 50-inch HDTV, DealNews said. Finally, you don’t need to pay a premium for a so-called smart TV that offers Internet-connected apps. Despite all of the apps that come with smart TVs, people are mostly using only the streaming apps such as Netflix. You can add some smarts to your current HDTV with a $60 Roku media streaming device. Laptops Last year, Ultrabooks were all the rage, which to me, were

PC versions of Apple’s MacBook Air laptops. Lightweight and thin with higher resolu-


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market. Parking 9 cars. for entertaining and relaxing.for Lushly landscaped backyard with a pool/spa and recreation room/cabana, bonus!

Trophy Spanish bungalow in the heart of Larchmont Village screaming with original character, upgraded with concern for original integrity. Special, private courtyard entry with fountain. Living room with wood beamed ceilings and fireplace. Dining/breakfast room. Renovated galley kitchen with stainless steel appliances and separate laundry room. Separate master suite overlooking the courtyard with exceptional closet space and large private master bathroom with double sink. Guest bedroom and renovated hallway bathroom. Separate bonus studio off of single car garage. Upgrades include central heat/ air. Short distance to the village where you’ll find quaint shops, restaurants, coffee shops and Sunday farmer’s market.

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Barker estate is Showcase House of Design 2013 A Monterey Colonial estate by architect Roland E. Coate, Sr. will be highlighted at the Pasadena Showcase House of Design when it opens its doors Sun., April 21. Designed for furniture executive C. Lawrence Barker of Barker Brothers fame, the residence, built in 1941, features a two-story, 10,433 square foot home, gardens, swimming pool with spa and a pool house set on 1.79 acres. The 49th annual fundraiser will take place in Arcadia and feature work by designers who are renovating the estate and

DESIGNERS are busy remodeling the house for April opening.

grounds. The event supports music and arts programs. The tour continues through Sun., May 19. Parking and

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SOLD: This home located at 825 S. Orange Dr. was listed for $1,049,000.

Real Estate Sales* Single family homes

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461 N. Mansfield Ave. 127 S. Citrus Ave. 550 N. Cahuenga Blvd. 825 S. Orange Dr. 633 S. Orange Dr. 4861 Edgewood Pl. 538 N. Citrus Ave. 645 N. Cherokee Ave. 985 Westchester Pl. 975 Westchester Pl.

332 N. Las Palmas Avenue $2,495,000

516 S. Hudson Ave. $4,350,000

Impressive English in prime Hancock Park. Gracious 2-story entry, step-down living room w/ wood carved fireplace. Spacious family room opens to inviting garden. 3 bdr/2 ba up. Maids room, bath & powder room.

Stately English Tudor w/extensive wood detailing. 4 bm/4 ba, 2 maids & ba. Chef’s kitchen w/adjoining breakfast area. Unfinished guest apt. over 3-car garage. Gorgeous grounds.

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Condominiums 308 N. Sycamore Ave., #506 517 S. Wilton Pl., #A 311 S. Gramercy Pl., #302 651 Wilcox Ave., #3D 845 S. Plymouth Blvd. #A 949 Manhattan Pl., #301 620 S. Gramercy Pl., #332 620 S. Gramercy Pl., #334

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battery life. Smartphones Smartphones have become mainstream and are no longer marketed as a premium phone. Last year, the iPhone was made available off-contract for the first time. High-end Android phones also became available on these types of plans that can save hundreds over buying a phone on contract. As a result of the growing popularity of these prepaid plans from providers such as Virgin Mobile, an increasing number of smartphones are available as a free option when buying a two-year contract.


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(Continued from page 5) However, this year promises to bring a slew of “basic” Ultrabooks with prices starting at $500, which would make them competitive with older, heavier models. But my favorite new laptops are the Chromebooks, made by Acer and Samsung, which must have an Internet connection to be used. Even a year ago that restriction would have put me off, but there is little I do today that doesn’t require a connection. Chromebooks are exceptionally lightweight and start at $199 for an Acer and $249 for a Samsung that weighs 2.4 pounds, is 0.7 inches thick and has a 6.5-hour

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The third annual Antiques, Objects & Art L.A. Show begins Sat., March 9 at the Glendale Civic Auditorium, 1401 N. Verdugo Rd. The two-day show features ethnographic and tribal arts, mid-century modern, 20th century industrial and Ameri-

cana. Also at the show are circus and fine art, jewelry, antique photography, vintage books and antique scientific instruments. For more information call Ted at 626-437-6275 or visit:

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Community on hand as Anderson-Munger Family YMCA construction begins Construction on the Anderson-Mung- when groundbreaking ceremonies were held 30,000-square-foot facility is expected to er Family YMCA got off to an official start at the Third St. and Oxford Ave. site. The open in 2014.

READY TO DIG. Donors, staff members and friends of the new YMCA participated in the kick-off for the new recreation facility.

It’s What’s Inside that Counts 150 acres of nature and 2,500 trees can’t be wrong. Get inside Park La Brea Apartments and you’ll discover our GARDEN & TOWER APARTMENTS and a Park Paradise right in the middle of the city.

BILL AHMANSON, with wife MAJOR DONOR Charles Karla, is co-chairman of capital Munger received recognition campaign, welcomed some 200 at the ceremony. guests to the ceremonies.

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Learn native how-tos, celebrate state flower

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Discover the beauty of native plants, learn how to choose and care for them, and take some home from Theodore Payne Foundation, 10450 Tuxford St. in Sun Valley. Native basics and more Award-winning horticulturist Lili Singer teaches the basics on gardening with California flora on Sat., March 2 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Recommended for beginners, the class is a prerequisite to Payne’s threepart California Native Plant Garden Design course. Learn how to make the most with limited space when Steve Gerischer presents “The Small Native Garden: Creating Cozy Outdoor Spaces” on Sat. March 2 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Join local birdwatcher and avian artist Ken Gilliland for an easy morning ramble through Payne’s canyon land, where more than 50 different species can be seen. Bring bin-

oculars, a hat and water to the First Thursday Bird Walk on March 7 from 8 to 10 a.m. Learn basic skills of vegetative propagation, discuss various species of native plants and start them from cuttings at a hands-on session on Sat., March 9 from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants will take home a flat of cuttings for their own garden. Native Plant Garden Maintenance covers watering, fertilizing, pruning, grooming, mulching and other aspects of garden maintenance on Sat., March 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cooking with natives Lili Singer will discuss how best to combine natives and edibles in the home garden, why this partnership is so rewarding for both the gardener/chef and wildlife, and which plants make the best companions on Sat. March 9 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. “Spring Foods from the

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Camellia show, cherry blossom festival Celebrate the season at the Cherry Blossom Festival, see plants in a new way by taking a gardening class or a guided walk through the landscape or instill the love of nature in your child at Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr., La Canada Flintridge. Plants and more Learn to identify different kinds and how to keep them in peak condition on a walk through the Camellia Garden with horticulturist Wayne Walker, Sat., March 9, 11 a.m. Welcome spring and explore the beauty of native plants in

the California Natives Garden with manager Rachel Young on Sat., March 16 at 2 p.m. Acquaint yourself with the many wild birds that populate the Gardens on a four-week class that meets on Sundays at 8 a.m. beginning March 17. Karen Johnson of the Audubon Society leads the course. Binoculars required. Horticulture director Brian Sullivan will reveal the secrets behind the Center Circle meadow garden display on Tues., March 19 at 2 p.m. The event is part of “Get Dirty: A Gardening Series.”

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Inside the Mile Development on the rise... Transit is on the move

GATEWAY TO THE MILE. Rendering shows BRE's high-rise project.

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NEIGHBORS keep watch. 18


CHILDREN'S activities roar.


• Development ................... 6 • Miracle Mile Civic............... 8 • TarFest............................. 8 • Residents Association...... 10 • Miracle Mile Chamber...... 10

• Elected officials................ 10 • Mid City West................... 14 • Museum Row................... 22 • Real Estate Sales............. 24 • Living in the Mile.............. 28

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Bike rides, auto show, food tasting among annual events Best Friends Pet Super Adoption Festival will bring 60 rescue groups and shelters to the park by the Page Museum for three days beginning Fri., May 3. Attendees will have hundreds of dogs, cats, birds and bunnies to choose from. *** The Gilmore Heritage Auto Show celebrates the history of the Gilmore Gas Company and its impact on the car culture of California. Farmers Market will host the event on Sat., June 1, featuring more than 100 vintage and classic American cars— old cars, modified hot rods, unique brands and models. *** Cyclists and pedestrians will swarm Wilshire Blvd. when CicLAvia turns the street into a no-car zone on Sun., June 23. The street closure will begin downtown and continue to Fairfax Ave. CicLAvia executive director Aaron Paley said the switch from the traditional routes to some of the city’s most iconic streets could be the harbinger of things to come. The goal of CicLAvia is to have an event every month, each featuring a different community route. *** Diners sample foods from the close to 50 restaurants and grocers at The Taste of Farmers Market on Tues., July 16. The fifth annual event includes music, free parking and give-aways. *** One of the three Summer Bicycle Rides through Councilman Tom LaBonge’s Fourth District goes along Fourth and Sixth streets, ending at the

Published by the Larchmont Chronicle 323-462-2241 The annual edition is delivered to residents, businesses and employees in the greater Miracle Mile area. It is also delivered to residents in Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Fremont Place, Park LaBrea and Larchmont Village, bringing the total readership to 100,000. COVER PHOTO by Bill Devlin Photography,

Los Angeles County Museum of Art. *** Several Miracle Mile neighborhoods participate in the National Night Out Against Crime to be held this year on Tues., Aug. 6. Police and fire officials also attend, and some areas offer refreshments and activities for children. *** The Mile’s interpretation of “American Idol” takes place when TarFest brings together musical groups who showcase their talent. Some 3,000 people enjoy music, art and food at the park by the Page Museum on Sun., Sept. 22. *** Concerts and fireworks permeate the night skies when The Grove marks its Treelighting Ceremony in late November.

SUMMER BIKE TRIPS sponsored by Councilman Tom LaBonge include a ride through Miracle Mile with a stop at the iconic lightposts in front of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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Metro official expects start of construction by next year

PURPLE LINE: Groundbreaking for its first section is scheduled for 2014.

contractor to build the project. So, it is too soon to say exactly when work will begin at each location. This project will bring many benefits to the region but there is no way to build it without some disruption. The greatest disruption will occur at the station sites with initial station excavation, and at the end when we need to reconstruct the street. During the time in between, traffic will continue to flow on Wilshire as we access the

underground station box from off-street construction staging areas. We will ensure that those who live, work and travel in the area are informed of disruptions so they can plan accordingly. The tunneling in between the stations should have little, if any, disruption to traffic. I encourage people to look at our Construction Fact Sheet for more information (http://

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Larchmont Chronicle asked Jody Litvak, Metro director of community relations for the Purple Line, the following questions: When is the expected completion date of the Metro Purple Line continuation from Western Ave. to the Veterans Administration Building in West Los Angeles? A groundbreaking for the extension’s first section—3.9 miles from Western to La Cienega—is scheduled for 2014, with this year devoted to pre-construction activities like utility relocation and building a 75-foot deep exploratory shaft near Wilshire and Fairfax (The shaft will help Metro learn even more about soil conditions in the area. Fossils will be turned over to the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits.). An opening to La Cienega is expected in 2023. What is the cost, and is the funding available? The entire project to the VA Hospital is estimated to cost $6.3 billion based on the current schedule. About three-fourths of the funds are generated locally from Measure R, the half-cent sales tax approved by Los Angeles County voters. Metro is in the process of pursuing the remainder in federal matching funds through the New Starts Program. Things have been going well in that effort as the project received a strong endorsement from the Federal Transit Administration last year when it was awarded a “Record of Decision” signifying their approval. What are the exact locations of the station entrances at Wilshire/La Brea and Wilshire/Fairfax? The entrance for the Wilshire/La Brea station is planned for the northwest corner of that intersection, where Metro currently owns property. The entrance to the Wilshire/Fairfax station is planned for the southwest corner of Wilshire and Orange Grove. We are in discussions with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art about adding another entrance that they would fund. It would be located directly across the street on the north side of Wilshire Blvd. When will the tunneling begin, and how will it affect traffic on Wilshire Blvd. at each station location? We are currently in the process of securing the construction

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Subway extension spurs growth along Wilshire Boulevard By Jane Gilman The opening of the Metro Purple Line extension at Wilshire Blvd. and La Brea Ave. is at least 10 years away, but it has been an inducement for continued development along the Mile. BRE Properties opened its 5600 building in 2009, adding 284 apartment units; the next year Legacy Partners debuted its 183 condominiums on the market. Viridian apartments opened 60 units at 5658 W. 8th St. in 2008. Other businesses are joining the development surge. Associated Estates Realty Corporation purchased the historic Desmond’s Tower at 5500 Wilshire Blvd. and the adjacent parking lot. Construction is expected to begin in April on The Desmond which will feature 175 luxury apartments and structured parking. The firm currently is in early stages of the approval process, which includes meetings with the city Planning and Building departments, as well as meetings with neighborhood groups. The Desmond will include a pool with private cabanas,

THE CRANES ARE working overtime on the BRE block-long building of 472 apartment units.

lounge areas, fitness center and community room. The project will also have rooftop lounge areas with views of the Hollywood sign. Planned amenities in the apartments include open floor plans with private terraces or balconies, secured entry, penthouse suites and city views in select apartments. Korda Group expects to build 127 apartments at the former Oasis Christian Church site at 5100 Wilshire Blvd. The company also is in escrow on the property housing the

Burger King next door. Korda will develop both sites as one project. The firm is also planning on 13,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor. Construction on the BRE seven-story twin apartment buildings and townhouses is expected to be completed in 2014. The block-long $280 million project is bordered by Wilshire and 8th St. between La Brea and Sycamore Ave. Major purchase New owner of the twobuilding Wilshire Courtyard is


Tishman Speyer Properties. The New York–based company purchased the nearly one million square foot office building for a reported $423 million. Seller was RREEF, a member of the Deutsche Bank Group, who bought the office complex in 2005 for $378 million.



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Tenants at Wilshire Courtyard include E! Entertainment, AEG Live, Japan Foundation and Wenner Media. The twin five-story buildings were built by J. S. Snyder Co. in 1988. When the Courtyard opened, it was one of the most ambitious architectural efforts in Los Angeles in recent years.

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ATTENDEES took in music, art and food at last year’s TarFest.

TarFest to return in the fall with art, music, food and fun Plans are underway for the 11th annual TarFest in September at venues along the Miracle Mile. The event, produced by LAUNCH LA, brings together the best emerging artists, performers, musicians and cultural innovators to showcase their talents and ideas, said TarFest and LAUNCH LA executive director James Panozzo. Last year’s event will be a hard act to follow, when more than 3,000 attendees took in music, art, food and culture, he added. Live music, live painting and installation projects are in planning stages for TarFest 2013 set for Sat., Sept. 21 at Hancock Park, home to the La Brea Tar Pits.

The Annual TarFest Art Exhibition has been supplemented by LAUNCH’s new gallery space at 170 S. La Brea Ave., which began programming last September and has an excellent program scheduled for 2013, said Panozzo. Several of the artists scheduled to exhibit this year are past TarFest participants. The event has something for all ages, including tents where children create art. Adults can relax in a biergarten sponsored by Lagunitas Brewery. The food selection will be as diverse as the crowd, said Panozzo, with food trucks serving Indian, Asian and TexMex fare. Visit

A new tradition began when Los Angeles Fire Station 61, battalion 18, at W. Third St. opened its door in September for a pancake breakfast. Some 500 residents, civic leaders and guests attended the breakfast, co-hosted by the Miracle Mile Civic Coalition and First-In Fire Foundation. The event was a friendraiser and fundraiser, said Lyn MacEwen Cohen, MMCC president. The Coalition launched its CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) and Pet Preparedness partnerships at the event. Brian Cummings, LAFD fire chief, welcomed guests. Wilshire, the Dalmatian who reside at LAFD Station 29 and Gabriel, the Giant Schnauzer, were on hand to emphasize pet safety. The breakfast is a forerunner of plans for a Miracle Mile Emergency Preparedness Model Program in cooperation with city and county officials. The Coalition will be staging the 10th annual Miracle Mile Safety Summit in June. Theme is “Ready or Not!—Resilience 2013.” The event will explore community-wide partnerships for preparedness and

FIREFIGHTERS at Station 61 flipped pancakes athe open house.

the state of readiness and security in Miracle Mile including fostering the innovative Neighborhood Team Program (NTP) and new Teen CERT. Candidates for the city’s highest post spoke at the Mayoral Forum co-hosted by the Civic Coalition at John Burroughs Middle School in February. A new Miracle Mile resource map of disaster resources and skills is a top priority for 2013. Another annual event is MMCC’s GoodHearts Awards ceremony on Valentine’s Day presented to individuals who exemplify extraordinary public service.


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This year’s honorees included Doris Dunn, Farmers Insurance; Matt Simon, Caruso Affiliated; Fluff McLean, Windsor Square Hancock Park Historical Society; Steve Rosenthal, Olympia Medical Center; and Ron Bowdoin, Park La Brea Management. MMCC co-sponsored the Wilshire Police Captain’s Roundtable at Olympia Medical Center in January where firefighter Alicia Welch spoke on disaster preparedness. The civic group continues its recognition of the fallen heroes of 9/11 with its United We Plant program with Holly(Please turn to page 18)

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By Suzan Filipek Read all about it! Breaking news, development updates, where to dine and find lost pets are among features of the Miracle Mile Residential Association’s on-line newsletter. The monthly site which launched in February also tweets and likes you on Facebook. “We have the ability to send out instant messages when issues arise,” said MMRA president Jim O’Sullivan. Residents can also reach out or give feedback. “It has to be a two-way street.” The February edition includes opinion piece “Save our Parking,” opposing a city proposal for bike lanes on Sixth St. A Restaurant Guide is scheduled in March. Lost pets can be posted on the site, (“If they send me a picture, I can send it far and wide”). There are public service announcements and a map of criminal activity. A history of the Mile is also featured. Newsletter editor is Ken Hixon, who designed the site with other MMRA volunteers. Building is back? The building boom of the 2000s may be back if some

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of recent projects take shape, says O’Sullivan. On the horizon is a 255,000 square foot office building proposed on the parking lot behind Marie Callender’s, 5757 Wilshire Blvd. Developer Jerry Snyder plans an environmental impact report on the multi-story building. Office space is limited in the area, adds O’Sullivan. Museum Square, also owned by Snyder, and the two-block Wilshire Courtyard building across the

street—of one million square feet—are maxed out. Meanwhile, Associated Estates Realty Corp. aims to start construction this spring on The Desmond on Wilshire, 175 apartments in the parking lot behind the historic Desmond's Tower at 5500 Wilshire Blvd. MMRA board meetings are held the first Thursday of the month at the Westside Jewish Community Center, 5870 Olympic Blvd., at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Visit

Chamber programs, mixers, speakers attract new members The area’s popularity is increasing, and the Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce’s growing membership reflects its new energy. Our membership has grown 20 percent in the past year, said president Steven Kramer. He credits the increase, in large part, to new membership chairman Meg McComb. She has added mixers to our calendar of events, and is providing speakers such as Congresswoman Karen Bass at the regular monthly meetings, Kramer said. McComb has also instituted an Ambassador Program to insure that newcomers feel at home and meet other members. One of the Chamber’s goals is for members to use each other’s services, Kramer said. “Corner Bakery is one of our members, and they are now catering events for other members, thanks to relationships they have built,” he points out. A forum in May will focus on the economic viability of the commercial area in the Mile. Meetings are the second Thursday of each month at local venues, and visitors are welcome.

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 323-965-1422 Assemblymember: Richard Bloom, District 50 2800 28th Street, Ste. 150
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Sprinkles, Topshop, See's Candies make shopping sweet at The Grove If

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provided a membership-based styling service for men and women. Through the debut of stylehaus, The Grove will be the only shopping center in the U.S. to offer styling services to its customers through its 1,000 square-feet lounge. Stylehaus combines a physical showroom stocked with the latest and one-of-a-kind fashions from all over the world with a full service styling team.

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THE MIRACLE MILE CIVIC COALITION 8758 Venice Boulevard • Los Angeles, California 90034

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FOUNDED 1986 OFFICERS AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOUNDER & PRESIDENT Lyn MacEwen Cohen Vice President Walter N. Marks, III Walter N. Marks, Inc. Vice President Jerome H. Snyder J. H. Snyder Co. Vice President Jim O’ Sullivan Miracle Mile Residential Assoc. Vice President John X. Vach Security & Public Safety Wilshire Courtyard Secretary Greg Holihan Prime Group Park La Brea Historian Jane Gilman Larchmont Chronicle Treasurer Terri Reno MEMBERS American Girl Place Los Angeles BRE PROPERTIES BREATHE California of LA County CarrAmerica/5670 Wilshire Blvd. Caruso Affiliated Holdings/The Grove Cathedral Chapel School Craft & Folk Art Museum Farmers Insurance FIRST-IN FIRE FOUNDATION A. F. Gilmore Company Larchmont Chronicle LA/Hollywood Beautification Team LA City Fire Station 61 / Battalion 18 LA County Museum of Art LA Museum of the Holocaust Legacy Partners Walter N. Marks, Inc. Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce Miracle Mile Residential Association MidCity West Community Council Natural History Museum of LA County Olympia Medical Center Page Museum at La Brea Tar Pits Petersen Automotive Museum PLB Management/Prime Group/ Park La Brea Screen Actors Guild -American Federation of Television and Radio Artists Screen Actors Guild Foundation Sieroty Company Inc. J. H. Snyder Company The ARTery, USA The Counter The Original Farmers Market The Ratkovich Company The Wende Museum Tishman-Speyer Wilshire Community Police Advisory Board Wilshire Courtyard

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New board brings energy to Mid City West council By Laura Eversz Board members elected in December have brought a fresh, new energy to the Mid City West Community Council and a new way of looking at issues like transportation, planning and land use, said Council chair Tim Deegan. “Half are new members to the board, and many have taken on committee chair responsibilities,” said Deegan, director of guest services at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. “They all come with life experiences, they are qualified and they’re doing a great job.” Planning and land use Zoning variances are turning La Cienega and La Brea into a canyon of high-rises similar to Wilshire Blvd., said Deegan. “That’s the one side of land use. The other is the homeowners who want to preserve their neighborhoods.” The challenge is going to be maintaining the balance between preservation and growth, which requires the installation of more infrastructure. “There are a lot of collateral issues like drainage, sewer expansion, reinforce-

ment of the roads that might not be evident, but have to be paid attention to.” Transportation Deegan says the subway is getting closer. “Plans for stations at La Brea and Fairfax have been approved… that’s two stops within mid-city. It will lead to increased development, housing and overall density.” Traffic mitigation funds of $175,000 collected by the city as part of the agreement for developing The Grove need to get unlocked and used, with some already planned for calming measures to slow down traffic, like left-turn lanes and speed bumps. Stakeholders will have a chance to give input on how the funds should be used. “There’s a lot that can be done in the neighborhoods to make it calmer for traffic passing through, but also on main roads,” said Deegan. “We’re working on it now with the Councilman’s office.” Communications MCWCC has begun using social media, including Twitter and Facebook, for out(Please turn to page 18)

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a Happening place Swim in one of our two pools, meet with authors, enroll your child in an art class or learn t'ai chi. These are some of the activities Park La Brea is offering the residents and neighbors from the surrounding community. movies in tHe tHeatre: Thursday films at 7 p.m. - Theme changes monthly. Saturday films at 2 p.m. are family friendly releases. Sunday films at 7 p.m. are current releases. OTher AcTiviTieS: Book Discussion Group (ongoing). Bridge club meets twice a week. Plays That Shakespeare Didn't Write meets weekly. chess club meets twice a week. Writers circle meets twice monthly. Kids' Art club meets once a month. Library is open every day. Mah Jongg meets weekly. Quilters meets weekly. T'ai chi meets twice a week. eSL (english as a Second Language) at PLB meets regularly. Knitting & crochet clubs

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comedy in the Park. BookPlates at Park La Brea is a literary gathering that meets with best-selling authors who talk about their latest publications. The Park La Brea community Garden, at the corner of Lindenhurst and hauser, provides small plots for Park La Brea residents to garden. recently all plots are assigned, with a waiting list. The L.i.F.e. program enables older adults to remain in their home with optimal health, dignity and independence. These services include a helpline and Gait & Balance class led by a professional occupational therapist, and more. aCtivities Center The multi-million dollar Activities center adjacent to curson Square offers residents an opportunity to get in shape, surf the web, view classic movies and eat at the curson café. The Meeting rooms and a conference room are available for rental by the residents for private parties and meetings. Movies are screened in the 84-seat theater. residents can find all the amenities of a business office including a conference room, computers, a fax and scanner.

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Fitness Center The Fitness center, operated by Meridian Sports club, provides a range of exercise options with windows facing the greenery of curson Square. equipment includes recumbent bicycles, strength machines, free-weights and cardio equipment. residents’ amenities These include the convenience of an on-site dry cleaners and beauty salon. The gated community enables the residents to take leisurely walks or combine exercise with strolling. exercisers are out early in the morning, power walking or doing laps in one of our fabulous swimming pools. Park La Brea is fiber optically “wired” so that residents enjoy both high-speed internet access and state-of-the-art cable services. swimming pools A junior Olympic-size swimming pool features five lanes for swimmers in a tropical style setting near the Sixth St. entrance at curson Ave. The pool area has an adjoining spa, sun deck and individual locker and shower facilities for men and women. in addition, a second saltwater pool and expanded pool deck with cabanas opened in spring 2009. The Meridian Sports club manages memberships and day-to-day operations in its role as joint partner for Park La Brea’s fitness center and pool facilities.

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Did you know? Looking back at area’s early history Miracle Mile began as a retail center in the 1930s when downtown stores located their branches “way out” in the suburbs. Stores included Silverwoods, Desmonds, B. D. Howes, The Broadway, Orhbachs Harris and Frank, Phelps Ter-

kel and The May Company. Charlie Chaplin’s brother Sydney used the land at Wilshire and Fairfax for an airplane field. In May 1919, he, along with pilot Emery Rogers, formulated the first privately owned domestic American airline, the Syd Chaplin

Airline Company. The 1930 office tower at the northeast corner of Wilshire and La Brea was originally called the Clem Wilson building. Architects of the 1930 edifice were Meyer and Holler, designers of Grauman’s (now TCL Chinese) theatre.

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Citizens, awareness keys to keeping crime at bay By Laura Eversz Concerned citizens continue to assist in solving area crimes, says senior lead officer Perry Jones of the L.A.P.D. Wilshire Division. “Neighborhood watch groups and regular citizens calling the police are one of the best tools we have and are how a majority of crimes are solved,” he added. An example is the Park La Brea Neighborhood Watch. “Their watch group had been stagnant for a long time. So when I started to receive calls from resident Karen Green about different issues there, we got together and talked and she just grabbed the bull by the horns. “She got the word out, and put together a magnificent group of people who are now working on establishing a neighborhood watch on each block and in every tower,” he added. In addition to Park La Brea, Jones is the L.A.P.D. liaison with the area that includes the Miracle Mile, Farmers Market, The Grove, CBS Television City and LACMA. Crime is down Jones reports that crime in

the Miracle Mile area is down significantly from this time last year, with only auto thefts seeing an increase. But he cautions residents to remain vigilant. “We need them to be our eyes and ears, and when they see something, to be good witnesses. "Look for license numbers, note car make and model, direction of travel as well as appearance, clothing, tattoos,” he says. In addition, people need to lock their cars and stop leaving electronics in plain view, said Jones, who sometimes walks the streets placing “Lock It, Hide It” flyers on parked vehicles. “I’m astonished when I look in cars and see laptops, phones, iPods plugged in and out in the open. It’s such a crime of opportunity.” The same can be said for burglaries, he added. “Lock your doors and windows. If you’re going out of town, don’t let newspapers pile up on your porch or mail in your mailbox.” He also advises residents to call 311 when they spot graffiti, and have it painted over immediately.

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Movie-making, crafts, story time among activities for youngsters The following museums, libraries and bookstore offer programs where kids and teens can learn, explore and grow. Craft & Folk 5814 Wilshire Blvd. 323-937-4230; CraftLab Workshops are offered on a drop-in basis for the whole family utilizing exhibits as inspiration for arts and crafts projects. Folk Art Everywhere and other programs invite local artists to share their methods and teach youth to create works of their own. Los Angeles County Museum of Art 5905 Wilshire Blvd. 323-857-6000; Art classes for teens and kids using 3D models, sculpture, experimenting with color or telling a story are some of the classes LACMA offers. Teens can sign up for classes on bookmaking, science drawing, costumed-figure drawing, making a movie with a mobile device and building an art portfolio. Page Museum 5801 Wilshire Blvd. 323-934-PAGE; Kids of all ages can meet a saber-tooth cat and her kitten

SOCIAL ARTIST Robbie Conal with Orion Owen at the Craft & Folk Art Museum last month.

Nibbles at the “Ice Age Encounters” puppet show. Live performances featuring the pair are Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m, and 1:30 p.m. Saturdays at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. Teens 16 years and older who have a yen for paleontology can sign up to volunteer at the Fishbowl Lab where paleontologists work on restoring fossils. Petersen Automotive 6060 Wilshire Blvd. 323-903-2277; Car-theme story times with LA BookPALS and drop-in arts and crafts activities are avail-

able for kids visiting the Petersen Automotive Museum’s Discover Center. The center also has handson interactive displays for kids to learn the science and art of the automobile. Summer camps for kids ages 6 to 12 are also available for budding car enthusiasts. Zimmer Children’s Museum 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 100 323-761-8984 Kids learn about the environment, cultural sensitivity and community responsibility through art projects like

making paper with recycled materials, creating hats for hospital kids and constructing such items as noisemakers and masks while learning about Purim and Mardi Gras. Fairfax Library 161 S. Gardner St. 323-936-6191 branches/fairfax Baby and preschooler story times are Wednesday morning activities at the Fairfax branch. Kids ages five to 12 can take art classes taught by artists from LACMA on Wednesday afternoons. Teens can participate in one of the monthly art activities,

Student Smart and a council meeting to discuss books, music and movies. Barnes & Noble 189 The Grove Dr., Ste. K 30 323-525-0270 Barnes and Noble at the Grove hosts a toddler story time on Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m. Farmers Market Third and Fairfax Puppet shows, magicians, crafts programs and face painting are some of the ongoing activities during the year at Farmers Market.

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Celebrate cars, Social Fabric and works from Forbidden City on calendar PETERSEN AUTOMO- to Science" showcases cars by TIVE MUSEUM—"Fins: Form forward thinking innovators. without Function" revisits a Ends May 27. design built to resemble a jet 6060 Wilshire Blvd., 323fighter and space rocket's tail- 903-2277; fin. A 1959 Cadillac to the 1937 Delage Aerosport are among those featured. Ends February 2014. • Corvette's 60th anniversary dinner/auction gala is Fri., March 1. A car show follows on Sat., March 2 with 400+ vehicles from all eras; 20 historic models on exhibit through March 31. • Join artist Matthew Carden for a drop-in arts and crafts program for families on Sat., March 2 from 1 to 4 p.m. Book readings with actors from LA BookPALS are at 2 p.m. • Children under six CHANEL: Artist Stephanie Syjuco and their families make has a workshop this month. bookmarks in honor of Cesar Chavez Day Tues., ZIMMER CHILDREN'S March 26 from 10 to 11 a.m. • Art Wall features works by MUSEUM—A Dr. Seuss SunTheodore W. Pietsch II, who day March 3 from 3 to 4 p.m. worked for Chrysler, Ford, celebrates his wonderful world Studebaker and American of words that rhyme and striped top hats! Read stories, Motors. Ends April 28. • "Aerodynamics: From Art make paper hats, and turn

into cats (with face painting, of course). Get Cooking! on Sun., March 10 from 3 to 4 p.m. with Rachel Harkham for an afternoon full of flavor-ous fun! "Going Green" is Sun., March 17, 3 to 4 p.m., and "Beautiful Blossoms" Sun., March 24 features Kishin Daiko, a taiko Japanese drumming group. 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100; 323-761-8984, CRAFT AND FOLK ART MUSEUM—"Social Fabric" features contemporary artists who confront mass production and consumption through fiber-based art. Ends May 5. • Artist Stephanie Syjuco talks Sat., March 2 at 3 p.m. on her work in Social Fabric. • Make your own counterfeit crochet designer bags in workshops with Stephanie Syjuco Sun., March 3, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for beginners, and 2 to 5 for advanced. • Etsy Craft Night is Thurs., March 7, 7 to 9 p.m. • Knitting performance by Lindsay Degen, Fri., March 8 and Sat., March 9 in the win-

CORVETTE 60th gala Fri., March 1. Autho Show, exhibit also featured this month. Above, a 1953 Corvette, the EX 122.

dow during museum hours. • Crocheted Creations family workshop is Sun., March 10, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. • "Scratching the Surface: Contemporary Wood Sculpture" exhibit highlights naturally occuring textures and irregularities of wood. Ends May 5. 5814 Wilshire Blvd., 323937-4230;, ARCHITECTURE+DESIGN MUSEUM—Closed for exhibit installation. Check website for updates. 6032 Wilshire Blvd.; 323932-9393; PAGE MUSEUM AT THE LA BREA TAR PITS—Meet a life-sized saber-toothed cat

(puppet) and her two-monthold baby, Nibbles, Showtimes are Wednesdays 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m., 12:30 and 1:45 p.m. Watch paleontologists search for Ice Age fossils and plants on site, and see their finds in the Fish Bowl Lab. 5801 Wilshire Blvd., 323934-PAGE; LOS ANGELES MUSEUM OF THE HOLO­ CAUST— Tours and talks by Holocaust survivors are featured. Pan Pacific Park, 100 S. The Grove Dr., 323-651-3704; Free. KOREAN CULTURAL CENTER—Movies and exhibits are (Please turn to page 23)

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Academy Museum to star on Wilshire at May Co. A movie museum is com- The six-story glass-encased ing closer to the Mile when it spine of the building will joins Museum Row in 2016 at bring light into the five-story the historic May Co. building museum. The theater will be at the Los Angeles County Mu- surrounded by a translucent glass sphere and topped with a seum of Art. Award-winning architects roofdeck. Renzo Piano and Zoltan Pali Stonework will be repaired have been tagged to build the and replaced, and bronze trim will 300,000-squarebe refurfoot Academy Design restores bished. At Museum of Mothe street facade of street level, tion Pictures at the May Co.'s 1938 the buildWilshire Blvd. and Fairfax Ave. Streamline Moderne ing will be brought To date $100 building... back to its million of a $250 original million capital campaign goal has been glory. reached, according to officials The building’s signature at the Academy of Motion Pic- gold-leafed glass mosaic corner will be fully repaired and ture Arts and Sciences. The design restores the preserved. The May Co. street facade of the May Co.’s was designed by architects Al1938 Streamline Moderne bert C. Martin & S.A. Marx. building and adds a spherical glass theater to the back of the original building. “Our design will preserve the May Company building’s historic public profile while… taking on a new life that celebrates both the industry and art form that this city created and gave to the world,” said Piano. The new site’s exhibitions and programs will draw from the Academy’s library of films, photographs, film posters, production and costume design drawings, props, costumes and scripts. Interactive displays will take visitors behind-the-screen into the making of motion pictures.


(Continued from page 22) featured. 5505 Wilshire Blvd., 323936-7141. LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART—"Ming Masterpieces from the Shanghai Museum" opens Sat., March 2. Ten works from the Forbidden City, era 15th, 16th century, are featured. Ends June 2. • "Ends and Exits: Contemporary Art from the Collections of LACMA and The Broad Art Foundation" includes 50 works by artists who departed from traditional painting methods. Ends Aug. 4. • "Jack Stauffacher: Typographic Experiments"—experimental prints and editions of classical literature. Ends July 21. • "Daily Pleasures: French Ceramics from the Marylou Boone Collection" ends March 31. • "Stanley Kubrick" ticketed

exhibit includes a selection of annotated scripts, production photography, lenses and cameras, set models and costumes. Ends June 30. • "Robert MapXYZ" plethorpe: ends March 24. • "Levitated Mass" 340-ton boulder suspended above a walkway, ongoing. • "Metropolis II" sculpture by Chris Burden has 1,100 miniature cars. See the exhibit in action Fridays and weekends. Wilshire 5905 Blvd., 323-857-6000; lacma. org. JAPAN FOUNDATION— "Japanese Doll Festival," featuring a set of dolls, celebrates an ancient custom to protect young girls. Ends March 9. • "Nippon Through My Eyes:

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Learn First Aid, CPR at Zimmer Academy Health, CPR and First Aid are among topics of the new Zimmer Caregiver Academy at the Zimmer Children’s Museum, 6505 Wilshire Blvd. Each session consists of four weekly classes and includes a variety of early childhood education, developmental play activities and positive discipline techniques. American Heart Association CPR and First Aid Certification Card are included. “By consulting with families and assessing other local offerings, we are looking to fill a much needed gap in professional development for caregivers by offering classes that are accessible in terms of language and price and still offer a professional level of training,” says Maria Palazzolo, the museum’s associate director of play and learning. For more information, contact Palazzolo at or 323-7618994.



ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION, Sunday, March 17: Stop by for traditional Irish food, music and fun! Magee’s Kitchen will be serving their famous corned beef, cabbage and potatoes. Green beer and other imported Irish beers will be on tap! SUMMER MUSIC SERIES, Thursdays & Fridays, May 30–September 6, 7–9pm: Free evening concert performances every Thursday (Jazz) and Friday (Eclectic) on the West Patio featuring L.A.’s best musicians. 19TH ANNUAL GILMORE HERITAGE AUTO SHOW, Saturday, June 1, 11am–5pm: Nearly 100 American classics are on display throughout the Market. This year’s show will pay tribute to the Studebaker Avanti. SUMMER FAMILY FUN SERIES, Select Sundays, June 16-August 25, 12-3pm: Celebrate Summer on the Market Plaza with free family-friendly craft activities, live entertainment, music and more. TASTE OF FARMERS MARKET, Tuesday, July 16, 5-9pm: For one

evening only, our merchants take you on a strolling gastronomic and shopping adventure throughout the Market, letting you enjoy delicious food, merchandise specials and live music. Ticket info will be available on in early June.

PUMPKIN GIVEAWAY WITH RADIO DISNEY, Saturday, October 12, 12–2pm: Celebrate the Fall season with the Radio Disney Road Crew and 4,000 lbs of free pumpkins! Stop by the Market Plaza for music, games, prizes, pumpkin decorating and more! FALL FESTIVAL, Saturday & Sunday, October 19 & 20, All Day: A favorite event since 1934, Fall Festival features a bounty of live music, a petting zoo, arts & crafts for kids, world famous pie-eating contests and more! HANUKKAH CELEBRATION, Sunday, December 1, 2:30-5pm: Celebrate Hanukkah with the lighting of a giant menorah, music and arts and crafts.

HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES, December 20-24: The Market is decked out in Yuletide finery to welcome the season. Celebrate the holidays with music, arts & crafts, variety shows, strolling carolers and more. All activities & events are free unless otherwise noted. Schedule is subject to change.


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For the Best “Fun” Place in the Miracle Mile area, the Farmers Market at Third and Fairfax and the park at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art tied for first place. Farmers Market is constantly buzzing with restaurants, independently-owned boutique stores, live music, bars and special events for the entire family. Over at the park, where you can visit three museums, kids and families can enjoy wideopen spaces, the occasional fossil dig, bubbling tar, summer concerts and picnics on the lawn.

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Where would you go to eat the tastiest fast food, buy the best selection of greeting cards, or get a great cup of coffee? The Larchmont Chronicle posed these questions to business owners on the Miracle Mile and here is what we heard back: Pink’s hot dog stand won our survey for Best Fast Food. Known for its self-proclaimed “World’s Best Chili Dog,” this family-owned La Brea Ave. fast food stand has been serving up Los Angelenos since 1939. The term “fast food” may be relative, though, as the wait time to grab one of these popular hot dogs can stretch out to 45 minutes or more! The Best Place to Eat Mexican Food is El Coyote restaurant on Beverly Blvd. Founded in 1931, it features a traditionally Mexican dressed wait staff, colorfully painted walls, an eclectic mix of art, and food and margaritas that have kept locals, celebrities and even royalty returning for 82 years. If you’re looking for a ride but don’t want to use your own wheels, our survey picked Independent Cab as the Best Taxi Company. When rating the Best Greeting Card Store, the recently opened Paper Source at Gilmore Station at Third and Fairfax came out on top. The card store also has a selection of papers, invitations and announcements and gift-wrap. When we surveyed our locals about the Best Local Coffee Shop, Canter’s Deli came in first with miles to spare. A third-generation familyowned business, Canter’s has been serving coffee to locals, celebrities, tourists and politicians since 1931. The real fun

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District La Brea is abuzz with urban-style restaurants, retail shops 177 S. La Brea Ave., Maroon 5’s Adam Levine and singer Christina Aguilera favor D.J. and local designer Kelly Cole’s rock ‘n’ roll flavored store featuring his line of men and women’s denim, over-dyed flannel shirts, and $80-$100 vintage concert tour T’s. 175 S. La Brea Ave., The airy space at A+R Global Design showcases colorful and global modern furniture and accessories. Orange plastic scissors stand erect on desktops. JumpFromPaper’s totes resemble 2-D cartoons. A big seller is the $350 Danish polypropylene “About A Chair.” 171 S. La Brea Ave., www. Son of the eyewear designers who founded the iconic

Oliver Peoples brand, Garrett Leight California Optical creates new and classic styles. A popular frame is the $260 “Hampton,” available in 10 colors, including matte sage and champagne. 165 S. La Brea Ave., New York-based Steven Alan emphasizes shirting for men and women. Made from fine, imported fabrics, the designs appeal to stylish young professionals. Most popular is the $188 “reversing” shirt, with exterior seams. 123 S. La Brea Ave., South of District La Brea, Mix Furniture opened a second showroom for bigger pieces and outdoor furnishings. The eclectic collection includes $1,200 wood antique indoor/outdoor Indonesian

TRENDY SHOPS offer clothing, furniture, accessories. daybeds, and $125 Moroccan mosaic lamps. 331 S. La Brea Ave., Traveling north, upcycled furniture and industrial lighting is the purview of Cleveland Art. Artisans based in Ohio create new things out of old

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Networking group, political club have joined the Mile Two new organizations recently debuted in Miracle Mile. Promotes business Weekly meetings and mixers are on the agenda of the Miracle Mile Team Referral Network. The group meets Fridays at Canter’s Restaurant, 419 N. Fairfax Ave., at 7:30 a.m. to promote business among members. “We formed to expand our business contacts as well as improve our own marketing,” said team leader Cory Newman. The group only takes members of non-competing businesses. Has political agenda The Miracle Mile Democratic Club is official. The club received its charter from the Los Angeles Democratic Party in February. The group is concerned about transportation, schools, support for small businesses and renters’ rights in the Miracle Mile and Fairfax district, said Michael Kapp, vice president of operations. Ilissa Gold heads the club which meets the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in local venues. For information email Since 1929

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Segway tour offers new Tar Pits perspective

DINERS enjoy outdoor dining at Sycamore Kitchen.

As you speed down Wilshire Blvd. in your car, do you ever think about what it would be like to view that famous street from the sidewalk? The people over at Another Side of Los Angeles Tours have thought about it, and they have figured out a way to get you out of your car and view your city from a whole new point-of-view: by riding a Segway. “Ninety-nine percent of my customers have never been on a Segway,” offers tour owner Kenneth Lippman. “If some-

one wants to try something fun, exciting and new, it’s a real kick-in-the-pants!” The company offers several tours around Los Angeles, including Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Downtown, Venice Beach and the La Brea Tar Pits. “The Miracle Mile has nice, wide-open sidewalks,” says Lippman, “and it’s a fun way to get out from behind the glass of a tour bus, to be outdoors and to see the city.” The two-hour tour, which starts at the tour company’s office at 1102 S. La Cienega

Blvd., takes you through the Miracle Mile, Museum Row and the La Brea Tar Pits. Up to six guests can join each group, and Lippman is happy to say that all ages have taken part. “We’ve had kids from 10-years-old up to an 87-yearold senior ride the Segways,” says Lippman. “This is a safe, fun and friendly way to explore the city. Plus, you get to cross it off your bucket list!” Tours are $149. For information, call 310- 289-8687 or go to

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Angeles area artists, WallSpace is packed with accessible pieces, ranging from Sean Finocchio’s $75-$750 digital photo/ ink prints on plywood to Rose Masterpol’s bold abstract oils for $12,000—$15,000. 607 N. La Brea Ave., JVB Interiors imports art deco to mid-century furniture and designs custom pieces. The rare Danish Safari sofa easily disassembles for portability on African adventures. Custom couches feature builtin Macassar ebony shelving. Gilded geode tables start at $6,500. 729 N. La Brea Ave., www. Small Bites Feeling peckish after indulging in the rites of retail?

Try one of these new food spots. Enjoy gourmet pastries, breakfasts, and lunch in the courtyard at Sycamore Kitchen. 143 S. La Brea Ave., Revive with delicious coldpressed juices from Clover. 342 S. La Brea Ave., La Brea Bakery’s new digs serves fresh-baked breads, sandwiches, salads, and soup. 460 S. La Brea Ave., Texas-Style barbeque and a full bar is a heartier option at Bludso’s Bar-&-Que. 609 N. La Brea Ave., If mobile eating is your thing, food trucks line up the second Saturday of the month.

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By Marina Muhlfriedel Guest columnist With a sparkle of his blue eyes, Los Angeles High School teacher Kevin Glynn rests a hand on the lawn jockey in front of his 1930s Miracle Mile home. “In a way, it’s very old fashioned,” he says of his neighborhood, “a good place to raise children and central to everything.” Born in Long Island and first brought to California by the Navy, Miracle Mile has been home to Glynn and his interior designer wife, Hancock Park native Helen Baudistel, since 1996. This is the only neighborhood their two children have known. Right from the start, Glynn became involved with the community and has served as a Miracle Mile Residential Association block captain, on the Mid City West Community Council, is active with the

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munity, which I really value,” he notes. “Also, I really have the most fascinating group of neighbors. They’re friendly, interested, accomplished, educated, gentle people. I think this area is unique that way.” Also rare in Southern California, Glynn only travels about a mile to work, while Baudistel’s office is on nearby south Robertson Blvd. “One of the great complaints about Los Angeles is traffic and long commutes,” he says, “but that’s never been a consideration for us. Miracle Mile is like an island in the middle of a huge ocean. It’s very civilized.” Glynn’s first duty station in the Navy was San Diego and after leaving, he decided to go into teaching. In 1987 he was hired by the Los Angeles Unified School District, remaining in the Navy Reserve until 2000. Working at Eagle Rock High and Franklin High before moving to L.A. High, Glynn primarily teaches history, but lately has been helping to resurrect the school’s theater program. Having taken over the Shakespeare class, he is now preparing to direct students in “Twelfth Night,” set to perform (Please turn to page 29)

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Living in the Mile while performing together in dinner theater in Cape Cod, and acting is something that Heidi hopes to return to while raising a family and working with Brian. Asked if they pine for New

England, Brian pauses and glancing out the window smiles widely, “Sometimes we miss the seasons, there’s no doubt, but it’s hard to complain when its 70 degrees in January while it’s in single dig-

its at home. I’m at a home office, but it’s really nice to have a cleaners and a Fed Ex location right here that I can walk to, and there’s even a town car service that’s based out of Park La Brea.”

COUPLE LEFT New England for job opportunities here.

Weather, walkability make Park La Brea ideal location to get experience, make connections and to get integrated into the Boston University network here, so that once they graduate, they can get a running start,” she explains. “Overwhelmingly, the kids take well to living in Park La Brea. A large number, in fact, sign leases with Park La Brea after they finish the program.” Heidi held her position as coordinator until last month, when she left to balance motherhood with supporting Brian’s burgeoning homebased business as a regional director for Pinnacle Performance Company. “I teach presentation and communication skills,” explains Brian. “It’s all about teaching corporate employees to be more calm, more confident, more credible in any communications scenario. “The program is based on the same techniques that professional actors learn, so it’s all about body language, vocal dynamics, gestures, movement and having a clear intention.” The McNeanys first met

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A city council resolution has been introduced by Councilman Tom LaBonge to limit trucks measuring seven feet high and 22 feet wide from parking within 100 feet of intersections on Wilshire Blvd. The limit is aimed at food trucks whose height restricts visibility when parked near street corners.

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The Grove averages 18 million visitors annually from more than 78 zip codes. Twenty-eight percent are tourists; 92 percent of customers make a purchase.

at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and in downtown in the beginning of summer. Additionally, Glynn has always had a penchant for writing. Throughout college, in the Navy and early in his career at the Pasadena Star News, Glynn has penned articles. These days though, he is focused on self-publishing his first book, “Tyrannosaurus Sex,” a coming-of-age historical novel tracking the early stages of the sexual revolution and the shifts in the social mores of the 1970s.

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By Marina Muhlfriedel After two-and one-half years, and with their first baby on the way, Massachusetts transplants Heidi and Brian McNeany seem completely at home in their seventh floor Park La Brea tower apartment. “Miracle Mile is just such a convenient area,” says Heidi. “Here you can walk to things, which is rare for L.A. You can walk to the grocery stores, you can walk to The Grove, walk to parks and they’ve got the museum here.” While six years ago Heidi spent a stint living in Park La Brea on a Boston University intern program, she and Brian returned shortly after they got married. Heidi had been hired as a program coordinator, helping up to 90 Boston University students each semester (all who reside at Park La Brea) find their way through housing and internships in Los Angeles. “The students come out for a full semester and are primarily interested in working in the entertainment industry. The majority are looking

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OSH to have 'race-track' design; CVS opens By Sondi Sepunek If you’ve been wondering what’s been going on at the site where the old La Brea Chrysler Jeep Dealership stood, you’re not alone.

For months, the bulldozers and earth-moving machines have been tearing up the corner of 4th and La Brea, and we now have confirmation from Rick Saunders, Orchard Sup-

ply Hardware (OSH) marketing director, that a new store will be moving into the space sometime in the fall. The new OSH will feature 30,000 square feet of retail

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space, along with another 3,800 square feet of nursery area. The new location will also operate as a m i c r o - t a rgeted store, meaning its products will be tar- FARM SUPPLIES were the first merchandise at geted towards OSH when it opened in San Jose in 1931. the surrounding neighborhood. According to the OSH web- grocery department and a site, the layout of its newest pharmacy. store is based on a race-track General store hours are 8 configuration, which maxi- a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Ralphs store improvements mizes traffic flow and helps the customer find items Wider aisles, new décor and a full-service kosher departquickly. The new store is expected ment are among highlights of to feature an expanded and Ralphs Hancock Park remodcentralized customer-service eled grocery store at 260 S. La area referred to as the “Work- Brea. bench,” where customers get Serving the area for 51 assistance with basic hardware years, the 50,000 square-foot needs such as tool and knife grocery now offers an organic sharpening, rescreening, lock produce section, fully-staffed rekeying, pipe threading, and meat and seafood departcutting pipe, conduit, chain, ments, a bakery, floral department, pharmacy and deli. cable or rope to size. The first OSH store opened in 1931 in San Jose; it was the result of local farmers banding together to buy their farm supplies as a cooperative. The new store will feature Hotel Wilshire, which a warm and functional inte- opened on Wilshire Blvd. near rior look, reflecting the com- Crescent Heights in 2011, has pany’s deep California and been purchased by Kimpton, agricultural roots, a company a San Francisco-based hotel spokesman said. group. Kimpton plans some CVS Pharmacy adds store CVS/Pharmacy officially debuted its newest store at the corner of 3rd St. and La Brea Ave., across the street from Trader Joe’s. The store features 44 parking spaces, self-checkout, a

renovations at the 74-room hotel. New programs include hosted evening wine receptions and wellness options. The hotel also will permit guests to bring their pets at no additional charge.



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Local news for Hancock Park • Windsor Square • Fremont Place • Park LaBrea • Larchmont Village • Miracle Mile