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MAY 2013

vol. 50, no. 5 • delivered to the 76,439 readers in hancock park • windsor square • fremont place • park labrea • larchmont village • Miracle Mile

Groups rally to stop high-rise 'Millenium'

Design for Living Larchmont chronicLe maY 2013

Schools, kids benefit

Next vote in June


eturning a 1923 Spanish home to its original glory, adding light and modern touches, was an ambitious undertaking. Dennis Smith took on the challenge.

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ullocks department store founder would be amazed to see the kitchen designed by Morgan Brown in his former Plymouth home. (Turn to page 18)

SPECIAL SECTION Pages 17 to 28



NEWCOMERS on the Blvd.


LARCHMONT median history.


GARAGE sale for area youth.


BEST FRIENDS to wag at Page. 11 MOMS share pros and cons.


HANDBAG handcuffs?


BULLOCK House gets an update. 18 GARDENING grows on her.



Neighborhood associations are registering their concern about the impact of the proposed two-tower high rise Millenium project in Hollywood. Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council Land Use Committee has joined close to 50 other organizations in opposing construction of the 1.1 million square foot, 54-story tall twin towers on Vine St. The height of the project and impacts on traffic and the environment are among reasons for the opposition. Developers are Millenium Partners and Argent Ventures. The Los Angeles Conservancy stated that the project could potentially cause adverse impacts to the landmark Capitol Records tower that the proposed buildings surround. Although opposed by Councilman Tom LaBonge, the project won the approval of the city Planning Commission at a recent meeting. It is expected to come before the city Land Use and Planning Management (PLUM) Committee in June. A group,, is raising funds to hire traffic experts to evaluate and report the impacts on the Hollywood community and greater Los Angeles. The results will be sent to PLUM committee members.

Event aids restoration

PARAMOUNT PICTURES employees rolled up their sleeves at area schools for annual Viacom Community Day. See story in Section 2, page 6

Van Ness Avenue School to merge with Frances Blend All students to gain, says principal A merger of Van Ness Avenue School and its adjacent neighbor, the Frances Blend School on Clinton Ave., has been proposed by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Combining the two schools is a result of a LAUSD decree to increase graduation rates of students in special education. It promotes integrating students with special needs into general classrooms, said Katty Iriarte, Van Ness principal.

Speakers to weigh city’s challenges at Miracle Mile Chamber forum Event at El Rey

HERE TO HELP, really, says parking officer. 3 NATURAL History centennial. 2 SNEAK PEEK at Movie Museum. 5

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“The name will be Larchmont Village Learning Complex, home of Van Ness Avenue and Frances Blend Schools,” said Iriarte. Blend educates children with learning disabilities See MERGER, p 29

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Rick Caruso, owner and developer of The Grove, will speak on challenges facing Los Angeles at the Economic Forum on Thurs., May 9 starting at 11:30 a.m. at the El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Blvd. Other speakers at the Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event include Jeff McNutt of BRE apartment complexes, Ron Bowdoin of Park La Brea and Mathew Friedman, Desmond property developer. Neal Perkey, property man-

Headliners at Chronicle 50th at Ebell May 17


ager, will lead a panel discussion on Miracle Mile’s appeal to both residential and commercial developers. See FORUM, p 4

By Robin M. Kramer Guest columnist Robin Kramer, Windsor Square, has served as chief of staff in the administrations of Richard Riordan and Antonio Villaraigosa. It may seem obvious that the Mayor of Los Angeles is the city’s chief executive and leads a complex public enterprise with a $7 billion annual operating budget. What is less well understood is that, by local law and history, LA’s top leader lacks the broad executive authority of the Mayor of Chicago or San Francisco. Power and accountability are spread, See MAYOR, p 7

Local talent will be performing at the Larchmont Chronicle’s Golden Jubilee on Fri., May 17 at the Ebell Club of Los Angeles, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd. Jan Daley will headline a “Thanks for the memories” program, named after the songstress' stint on the Bob Hope USO tours. Peggy Bartenetti will provide comic relief during the evening which benefits The Ebell’s Preservation & Restoration Fund. Highlights of the early days of the 50-year old community paper and its publisher and co-founder Jane Gilman will be featured in a video presentation. The evening will include cocktails and dinner and a live auction. A weekend getaway at a home in Palm Springs, a police ride-a-long and a tour of Paramount Studios are among auction items.

Salute to graduates Annual section tosses our hats to this year's graduates. Advertising deadline is Wed., May 15. To reserve space, call Pam Rudy, 323-462-2241 x 11.

On the Boulevard Glimpses by Jane Boulevardeers are welcoming May, having survived tax season. Gardens are in full bloom and a plethora of white roses is adorning many a front lawn. *** We ran into PJ Clark at Peet’s Coffee and learned she celebrated her birthday with a friend, touring southern mansions on the Natchez Trace. Meanwhile, husband Jim hosted a reception at their home for accepted students to ~ Entire Issue Online!

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May 2013

Community Platform


By Jane Gilman

Blvd. newcomers

It seems to be a revolving door on Larchmont Blvd., old businesses leaving, new ones arriving. We are pleased Flywheel has finally opened, bringing a new clientele to our street. And we welcome Pinches Tacos and Larchmont Barber Shop’s new owner. Casualties are Chocoholics and La Bottega Marino who suffered from rent hikes. It’s a far cry from our early days on Larchmont Blvd. when there was only one coffee shop and at least five food markets.

Doing a good turn We belong to a remarkable community where multiple charities receive donations of time and money from residents to help people in need. We want to remind readers that Big Sunday is this weekend, May 3, 4 and 5. The agency has added new volunteer opportunities to its list—be sure and find out how you can participate. See the schedule of projects at

Your vote counts The election for the city’s new mayor is important. It’s disheartening to see the low percentage of people who come out and vote in city elections. Let’s reverse the poor turnout by making our community one of those with the highest percentage of voters in the city on May 21.

Spring is Time to Take Care of Your Trees Association Board Member Joel Kozberg has put together an instruction sheet for tree care, particularly useful for our stressed parkway trees. We haven’t had a lot of rain this winter and so parkway trees will need attention and regular watering to survive the summer. A copy of Joel’s tree facts can be found at the website, but the important highlights are: 1. Stake young trees–They need help surviving winds and lawnmowers. 2. Watering, and be sure it’s slow, deep watering – • First months after planting– water once to twice per week • From 4 to 12 months - water once every two or three weeks • Years 2 and after for parkway trees – once every 4 to 6 weeks 3. Mulching – place a three or four inch layer of mulch around the tree, keeping about 2 inches around the trunk free of mulch. 4. Feeding – Sprinkle dry fertilizer lightly around the tree line (the area of the ground under the ends of the tree branches) and water it into the soil. 5. Pruning – The city rarely does pruning, and when it does it is often done poorly, so consult an arborist for recommendations. The Association is continuing to press the City for a schedule for fixing our deteriorating streets. Members of the Traffic Committee drove around with a DOT representative to show them all the potholes. The Traffic Committee is also continuing to demand that the City include our neighborhood’s input on the proposed changes to the City’s Mobility Element. Some of these changes could mean loss of traffic lanes and parking spaces. Remember that crime is still a problem so if you observe suspicious activity call 1-877-ASK-LAPD and notify your private security service. Remember: Never confront a suspicious person, call 911. Report street light outages to the city at: http:// Report potholes by submitting an online request at If you’re planning changes to your house read the Preservation Plan which can be found at: or http:// ) and contact City Planner Vinita Huang (213-978-1216 or Vinita.Huang@lacity. org). Be sure and look at our website for news – http://www. . Report graffiti sightings by calling 311 or at the City’s Anti-Graffiti Request System - http://anti-graffiti. and by calling Hollywood Beautification, 323-463-5180 Questions regarding filming - contact Filming Committee, Cami Taylor (323-692-1414-Home Adv. and 310-659-6220-Office).

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Fri., May 3-Sun., May 5 – Best Friends Pet Super Adoption, La Brea Tar Pits, 5801 Wilshire Blvd., 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Wed., May 8 – Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council meeting, The Ebell, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., 7 p.m. Sat., May 11 – Fire Service Recognition Day beginning with a pancake breakfast at Old Fire Station 27 Museum, 1355 Cahuenga Blvd., 8:30 a.m. to noon. Tour local stations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., May 11 – Third Street School International Cultural Day, 201 S. June St. Tues. May 14 – Larchmont Village Neighborhood Association semi-annual meeting, Van Ness Elementary School auditorium, 7 p.m. Fri., May 17 – Larchmont Chronicle Golden Jubilee, Eb-

'How are you planning to celebrate Mother's Day?' That's the question inquiring photographer Laura Eversz asked people along Larchmont Blvd.

ell Club, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., 6 p.m. Tues., May 21 – City election for mayor, district attorney, controller, councilmen. Fri., May 31 – Delivery of the June issue of the Larchmont Chronicle.

"In pottery class, I'm making my mom a heart-shaped bowl with flowers." Teva Corwin with brother Jesse Van Ness Ave.

Police Beat Three suspects arrested part of two-week robbery spree OLYMPIC DIVISION

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OLYMPIC DIVISION ROBBERIES: A man was robbed of his cell phone near the corner of Wilton Pl. and Wilshire Blvd. on March 30 at 10:40 p.m. Three men had threatened the victim with a BB gun. After they fled the

scene in a blue Nissan Altima, the victim flagged down officers to alert them to the crime. The officers located the suspects and took them into custody, recovering three phones from different victims in the suspects’ vehicle. The three men, alleged members of a local gang, were apparently involved in a two-week (Please turn to page 8)

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 542 1/2 N. Larchmont Blvd.

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Letters to the editor Dangerous sidewalks This past weekend my grandmother tripped on one of the many uprooted cement sidewalks that line Larchmont Blvd. Fortunately, she’ll be okay, unlike others, both young and old who have fallen and injured themselves over the years.  Yes, time and again many locals have complained about the inherent danger of these sidewalks on city property. Indeed, many have contacted Councilman Tom LaBonge’s  office asking and pleading that the sidewalks be repaired.  Of course, nothing happened. So, what does Mr. LaBonge do (Please turn to page 29)

"I'm going to lunch with my mom. I'll also make her a card and give her a present." Brooke Sassa Larchmont Village

"I'm a Unicef Young Ambassador member. We're trying to eradicate neo-natal tetanus, and in honor of Mother's Day, we're sending out emails to get donations." Clara Nevins "Me and my brother will write a card. We will also get up early and make a sign to put on the window. Then we'll make her breakfast in bed." Jesse Nevins Windsor Blvd.

"My step-dad and I are taking my mom out for breakfast. Then we'll get together with extended family." Lauren McWilliams Rimpau Blvd.

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The newly formed St. James’ School Girl Scouts will have a lemonade stand at 136 N. Larchmont Blvd as part of Big Sunday to benefit pediatric cancer, said Olivia Kazanjian, troop co-leader. The project is in conjunction with Alex’s Lemonade Stands, known as the Lemonade Brigade on Big Sunday Weekend, which will take place Fri., May 3 to Sun., May 5. Kazanjian said “this is a cause particularly close to the Girl Scouts at St. James’ School as we lost one of our own students, James Lee, last year to brain cancer. We want to help in any way we can in battling cancer." Homemade cookies will also be on sale by the troop on

Larchmont Blvd. Sun., May 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The group consists of kindergarten through fifth graders. Other projects Members of the Lemonade Brigade can set up a stand and sell the cool, old-time refreshment in their front yard, church, even a mini-mall, pretty much anywhere. The project is among the hundreds of opportunities available from San Diego to San Francisco through the Hancock Park-based organization, Big Sunday. Other projects offered the three-day weekend are cleaning up parks, cooking for the homeless and visiting with pets at animal shelters. For a complete list and to sign up visit,

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Spring is here and summer cannot be far behind. On the Boulevard, we have new businesses to visit. We at the LBA are concerned about the cleanliness, look and feel of the Boulevard and we do encourage you not to post signs on trees and poles. It is graffiti, it is illegal and sadly, it destroys the paint and makes such a mess. Please do not post signs! Dogs, man’s best friend, can be a problem as well. Everyone loves dogs but not when you step in something left behind by man’s best friend. April was a busy month. The Windsor Square Hancock Park Historical Society Garden Tour was a tremendous success. The gardens were stunning! The event honored Tom LaBonge, a strong supporter of Larchmont Boulevard. Fire Station 29 was honored on their 100th anniversary.

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The Boulevard is now discussing trash containers but the LBA has apprehension for the size and scale of the new containers. The BigBelly Solar Trash containers we feel may be wonderful in many locations but not on Larchmont. Our sidewalks are narrow and frankly, we prefer the pedestrians.

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Crime, election on LVNA meeting agenda May 14 Crime, including ongoing burglaries from cars, is on the agenda when the Larchmont Village Neighborhood Association meets on Tues., May 14 at 7 p.m. The semi-annual meeting will be held in the auditorium of Van Ness Elementary School, 501 N. Van Ness Ave. Representatives from the L.A.P.D.’s Olympic and Hollywood divisions will address crime, said Charlie D’Atri, LVNA president. Councilman Tom LaBonge and/or his field deputy will discuss topics that affect the neighborhood. Jack Humphreville will speak about Election 2013 and the budget challenges the city faces. In addition, LVNA officers and directors will be elected at the meeting. For information or last minute agenda updates, go to Over 70 Years of Focusing on You.

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(Continued from page 1) Caruso’s most recent development is an eight-story luxury apartment building at La Cienega Blvd. and Burton Way with a Trader Joe’s and other retail on the ground floor. Denny Zane, executive director of Move LA, will provide a transportation update. For reservations call 323964-5454 or info@miracle

now that Larchmont Barber Shop has reopened. Jorge Hilario purchased the business from Jerry Cottone, who had been the official village haircutter for 40 years as was his father before him. Hilario previously worked at Rios Barber Shop, owned by his cousin, at 10434 National Blvd. Jeffrey Ellis, who was getting a haircut when we interviewed Jorge, said he has been a longtime customer, and followed him to Larchmont. “Jorge is a terrific barber,” said Ellis. "He takes his time, and he cuts my hair the way I like it.” The new owner is not only cutting hair, he is cutting prices too. A haircut is now $20 instead of $25. He will be open seven days a week. Hilario said he also will be cutting women’s and children’s hair.

The 114-year-old mole recipe is on the menu of the newly opened Pinches Tacos at 203 N. Larchmont Blvd., former location of La Bottega Marino restaurant. An enterprise of the Anaya brothers, owners of the original Cha Cha Cha restaurants, the menu features bite-sized soft tacos, burritos, marinated pork, beef barbacoa and tortas. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the eatery offers a kids menu and entrees for gringos with the warning that they are “not authentic Mexican.” Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. The company’s expansion continues later this year when it opens its sixth restaurant in downtown Las Vegas.

Flywheel cycles into Larchmont Flywheel Sports opened its indoor cycling gym last month in the former Blockbuster location, 147 N. Larchmont Blvd. A 45- or 60-minute Flywheel workout ride includes sprints, climbs and upper body exercises from the comfort of stadium-style seating. Listen to tunes on playlists by an in-house DJ, and complimentary towels and shoes are available. Riders can also gauge their efforts with a tracking technology to view resistance, speed and energy exerted. A large flat screen displays names of class leaders, and a retail store is at the site.

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Community effort results in first median on Larchmont

Architect and Windsor Square resident Douglas Meyer recounts the history of Larchmont’s first median, between First and Third streets.   The Larchmont median is and was a community project. The median was envisioned by Windsor Square resident Linda McKnight and myself, endorsed by the Windsor Square Association (WSA), and came to fruition with countless hours of work and the help of many, including Norman Murdoch and Carolyn Ramsay. I spearheaded the project for the WSA board and, as an architect and planner, I developed the initial design and worked with the city (Bureau of Street Services) to implement the entryway. We used design boards as a visual aid to “sell the project” to the neighborhood. We conducted focus groups as well as met with various city agencies.   When it became clear that lack of city funds would likely cause the project to become mired down in bureaucracy, local families stepped forward to advance the project. With the assistance of Councilman John Ferraro’s office, private funding donated by Windsor Square and Hancock Park families was matched by a grant from the Metropolitan Transit Authority. In the end, the landscaped median was

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truly a private/public effort. Through this extraordinary community effort, we now have a landscaped gateway to Larchmont Village. It is important to acknowledge that the landscaped median was initiated by residents, conceptualized and funded by residents and the MTA, and is maintained through donations by local families.

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restaurant on a three-year probation last month. The owner of the restaurant pleaded no contest to fire code violations of overcrowded conditions and blocked exits. The court found Albert Mizrahi guilty, said deputy city attorney Serena Christion. He was also fined about $500. Meanwhile, trial proceedings in a criminal case of the Larchmont Bungalow vs. the city were set for Wed., June 19 in the East Los Angeles court house. Defense attorney Alan Fenster argues a covenant requiring Mizrahi not to have tables and chairs is discriminatory since other take-outs on the street have seating. After opening in 2009 Mizrahi was cited by the city for having tables and chairs at the licensed take out, and his certificate of occupancy was revoked. In another lawsuit, the civil case is set for Wed., July 10, said Kim Westoff, deputy city attorney,

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and difficult to discern. Even with a modernized City Charter adopted by voters in 2000 at Mayor Riordan’s urging, it remains easy to say no in our city government; much more difficult to get to yes. Mayor’s responsibilities Effective Los Angeles mayors set forth a vision and driving priorities for our city and its future. These range from ensuring public safety (about 60 percent of the city’s general fund budget), as well as strategies for land use, transportation, street services, recreation and parks; for job creation, education and environmental sustainability. The mayor has to work every day to bring together the policies, people, institutions, and resources public and private to achieve these. Presents annual budget Every April 20, the mayor presents a proposed annual budget, the administration’s statement of priorities. During my decades in City Hall, the City Council has not presented an alternative bud-

get, so the mayor exerts influential leadership here. The mayor also chairs the Executive Employee Relations Committee and its four other members of the City Council, and which functions as H O P E F U L S management Eric Garcetti, Wendy Greuel. in all labor negotiations. Appoints department heads To carry out policies, the mayor appoints (the City Council confirms) most department managers directly, and the mayor can remove them; in those departments where the mayor does not appoint directly (such as the LAPD, Port, Airport, DWP), the mayor appoints the citizen commissioners who do. The mayor oversees the departments’ financial and program


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opportunity. He or she is a regular visitor to Washington and Sacramento to secure policies and funds for city priorities. Community-builder The mayor’s acumen as a communicator, political navigator and community-builder are put to use every day in the neighborhoods and sectors of the most diverse city on earth and with the 15 members of the City Council, the City Controller and City Attorney. The LA mayor is a member


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phone while standing outside his apartment building on the 700 block of S. St. Andrews Pl. on April 15 at 5:25 p.m. Two men approached him on the sidewalk, snatched his phone and then ran away. ATTEMPTED BURGLARY: An attempted burglary was made on a vacant residence on the 600 block of N. Gower St. on April 3 at 3:15 a.m. Pry marks were found on the rear window of the house, but nothing had been taken.

(Continued from page 2) robbery spree. A teenager walking near the corner of Oakwood Ave. and St. Andrews Pl. was robbed of her cell phone at gunpoint on March 28 at 9:50 p.m. The 17-year-old was walking home when she was approached by two men who brandished a revolver, took her phone and then fled in a black Honda. A man was robbed of his cell


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GRAND THEFT AUTO: A green 1997 Honda Accord was stolen from near the corner of 2nd St. and Western Ave. between April 5 at 7:30 p.m. and April 6 at 8 a.m. A 1995 Honda Civic was taken from the 4900 block of Rosewood Ave. on April 16 at 10 p.m. BURGLARY THEFTS FROM VEHICLE: A laptop computer was taken from a car parked on the 5500 block of Clinton St. on April 5 at noon. Sunglasses and a GPS were taken from a car parked on the 400 block of S. Van Ness Ave. between April 8 at 7 a.m. and April 9 at 7 a.m. The rear hatch window was smashed to gain entry. A car parked on the 400 block of N. Irving Blvd. was ransacked between April 16 and April 17. WILSHIRE DIVISION BURGLARIES: Jewelry, money and other property were stolen from a home on the 400 block of S. Orange Dr. between March 28 at 6 p.m. and March 31 at 6 p.m. The suspect broke in through a back window. Money and other property were taken from a residence on the 800 block of S. Highland Ave. on April 3 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The suspects broke in through the side door. Computer equipment, a cell phone and luggage were stolen from a home on the 300 block of Rossmore Ave. on April 4 between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The suspects pried open the back door. Money, computer equipment and sporting goods were taken from a residence on the 400 block of S. Mansfield Ave. on April 4 between 11:20 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. A suspect entered through the front door of an unlocked

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Friends of Oliver Thomas who live on the 100 and 200 blocks of N. Irving Blvd. are holding a fundraising blockwide yard sale on Sat., June 1 beginning at 9 a.m.. Oliver, 4, has undergone multiple heart surgeries, beginning with open heart surgery when he was eight days old. His father Geoff Thomas, said Oliver “has remained the happiest little boy, always laughing and wanting to play.” Jill Galloway, a sale organizer, said some 42 families will be donating to the yard sale, and 10 percent of the funds will go to Children’s Hospital in Oliver’s name. The sale will have food trucks and other attractions, Galloway added.

VISITORS ENJOYED a hearty breakfast at last year’s event at Old Fire Station 27 Museum and Memorial.

Firefighters to flip pancakes, lead tours on May 11 A pancake breakfast, a yard sale featuring fire memorabilia and demonstrations with firefighting apparatus will highlight “Fire Service Recognition Day” on Sat., May 11. Firemen will cook a breakfast of pancakes, eggs and sausages at the Old Fire Station 27 Museum and Memorial, 1355 Cahuenga Blvd., from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Tickets are $5 for adults; $3 for children under 10. A yard sale will offer fire memorabilia items including model fire engines, helmets and documents. The event benefits the L.A.F.D. Historical Society and education groups. Station 27 firefighters will give demonstrations with an aerial ladder and water hose. In addition, firemen will lead

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Former LACMA head moves to Claremont Getty Institute Melody Kanschat has been named executive director of the Getty Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University. Kanschat is the former president and chief operating officer of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art where she oversaw the expansion of the museum. During her tenure, she was responsible for daily operations and an annual budget of $60 million. In her new position, Kanschat will create an executive management program to prepare museum professionals for the future. “Melody has the expertise and collaborative spirit to lead the Getty Leadership Institute into a new era,” said Getty Foundation director Deborah Marrow.

Author to describe how ‘dream’ failed Author Hedrick Smith knows who stole the American Dream. In fact, the book he wrote about the theft will be available for signing when Smith speaks at The Ebell on Wed., May 8 at 7 p.m. A Pulitzer prize-winning journalist on the staff of the “New York Times” for 26 years, Smith lays the blame on Wall Street, current politicians and the media in his book, “Who Stole the American Dream.” Cost is $10, at

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THE COMMUNITY celebrated Fire Station 29’s 100th anniversary in April with a pancake breakfast. Councilman Tom LaBonge was among the speakers at the Friends of Fire Station 29 and First-In Fire Foundation-sponsored party.

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Some 60 animal rescue groups are planning to bring 1,000s of pets to Best Friends Pet Super Adoption Festival which runs from Fri., May 3 to Sun., May 5 at the La Brea Tar Pits, 5801 Wilshire Blvd. The No Kill LA Adoption Weekend (NKLA) is aimed at finding homes for hundreds of dogs, cats, puppies and kittens, says Candi Crawford, Best Friends Animal Society outreach officer. Birds and bunnies will also be available, many of which will die in a shelter if not placed. The event opens at 11 a.m. each day, May 3 to 5 p.m., May 4 to 7 p.m. and May 5 to 5 p.m. Entrance is free. For more information on the festival, as well as on other ways to help, visit

Sister Simone Campbell, public policy and systemic change advocate, is the guest speaker at the Women Speak Luncheon on Tues., May 14 from noon to 2 p.m. The fifth annual event, which raises funds for Alexandria House, is at the Ebell of Los Angeles, 741 S. Lucerne Blvd. Campbell, executive director of NETWORK, a religious leader, attorney and poet, spoke at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Alexandria House is a nonprofit transitional residence for women and children in the process of moving from emergency shelter to permanent housing. Tickets are $95. For reservations, call Michele Richards at 213-381-2649.

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Las Madrinas to give $600,000 to Children’s fund Las Madrinas recently announced more than $600,000 will be donated to its Pediatric Simulation Research Laboratory Endowment to support research at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. “This important project provides healthcare professionals with a controlled environment in which to recreate and respond to the real-life patient care scenarios that are so important in the research and training process,” said Las Madrinas board president Diane Hawley, Hancock Park. An affliliate group of Children’s Hospital L.A. since 1933, “Las Madrinas has been supporting pediatric medicine for 80 years,” added Hawley. “This year, we look forward to honoring families and their daughters at our annual Debutante Ball in December,” said Hawley. The debutantes will be introduced at a tea in June. “ALL OUR DEBUTANTE families have contributed significantly to the civic, cultural and philanthropic life of Los Angeles, and embrace our commitment to Children’s Hospital,” said Hawley. “Donations made in honor of the young women, together with the support of Las Madrinas members and friends, has enabled the completion of eight research endowments at the hospital since 1988.”

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New Academy museum will enhance cultural landscape If you want to learn something new, make a visit to Wilshire and Fairfax, in the heart of Los Angeles. This is our Museum Row, and no fewer than four major Los Angeles museums are located on this strip: the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits, Craft and Folk Art Museum and Petersen’s Auto Museum. This past month, our Museum Row took one big step toward adding a fifth crown jewel: a museum for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. An announced $25 million gift from David Geffen will go a long way toward the $300 million investment that AMPAS plans to make on Museum Row, in the site of the former May Co. building. I enthusiastically endorse this

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Walk in Pan Pacific Park targets genocide worldwide More than 2,000 participants gathered at Pan Pacific Park in mid-April for the annual Jewish World Watch walk to end genocide. The Walk raises awareness, support and hope for the survivors of genocide by informing the community of the dire situation in Sudan and Congo and raising vitally needed funds to end such atrocities, said Diana Buchantz, a board member of JWW and local resident. The event included performances by musicians, advocacy opportunities from petitions to calls to the President, speakers, food, music and “Change for Change” art project. The organization is a leader in the fight against genocide, educating and engaging indi-

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The Windsor Square Association, an all-volunteer group of residents from 1100 households between Beverly and Wilshire and Van Ness and Arden, works to preserve and enhance our beautiful neighborhood. Join with us! Drop us a line at 157 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004, or visit our website at ADV.


And, if you still want to do more, don’t forget that Big Sunday Weekend is May 3rd- 5th this year, and is full of volunteer opportunities to help improve your neighborhood and your city.

Kick off Mother’s Day weekend at the Memorial Library book sale on Sat., May 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the branch at 4625 W. Olympic Blvd. Bring cuttings from your garden for a plant exchange. Storytelling will also be featured. The event benefits Friends of Memorial Library. For more information, call 323-9382732.

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Wednesday, May 8th at 7:00 p.m. at the ebell of Los angeles The GWNC will present its next Citizen Recognition Award at the May 8th Board Meeting. This Award honors members of the community who have demonstrated a clear commitment to our area. Would you like to get involved with your Neighborhood Council? We still have openings for the following Board Alternates: Area 2 (Citrus Square) Area 9 (Oakwood-Maplewood-St. Andrews) Area 12 (We-Wil) Other Non-Profit Religion If you qualify (or would like to find out if you qualify) for one of these seats, please contact us at Becoming a board alternate is a great way to learn more about your neighborhood...and your Neighborhood Council! The next GWNC Land Use Committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 21st at 6:30 p.m. in the Assembly Room of the Wilshire United Methodist Church. For more information, please visit http://

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Area Crown Council member Dr. Jonathan Engel, a dentist at Southern California Dental Health Associates at 5901 W. Olympic Blvd., will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from teeth whitening procedures through June to the Smiles for Life Campaign. Crown Council is an alliance of dentists around the world who promote oral health, fight oral cancer and serve their communities through charitable work. Half of the donations raised will be given to the Hollywood/Wilshire YMCA, with the balance going to the Smile for Life Foundation for children’s charities. Dr. Engel offers patients discounted whitening throughout the campaign. For more information, call 310-659-5003 or go to

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Millennium in Hollywood is our nightmare as well While the 1.1 million square foot, $664 million Hollywood Millennium Project at Hollywood and Vine is two miles north of Larchmont Village, it will have a negative impact on all the neighborhoods served by the Larchmont Chronicle. During the four-year construction period, gridlock will paralyze Vine Street from Hollywood Blvd. to Franklin Ave., delaying access to and from the 101 Freeway and the Valley. This will cause traffic to be diverted onto smaller side streets, creating significant safety and quality of life issues for these residential neighborhoods. But once the construction is completed, the gridlock will only get worse as 1,300 permanent workers, the residents of 500 luxury condos, 200 luxury hotel guests, diners, sports club members, and thousands of gawkers pour in and out of this mixed used facility, competing with the existing traffic flows, including the thousands of cars associated with the Hollywood Bowl and weekend traffic.  Local streets will also be impacted because the selfserving developer has failed to provide adequate off street parking, playing off the dubious concept of Transit Ori-

ented Development where the BMW crowd will obviously flock to public transit. This “Alien Implant� with its two soaring skyscrapers will destroy the look and feel of Hollywood, dwarfing the

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Jack Humphreville world- famous Capitol Records building. One of the slender towers is 55 stories (600 feet), four times the height of any other area building. This development on only 4.5 acres will overwhelm the local infrastructure, whether it is streets, sidewalks, water, electricity, and gas as well as the ability of the understaffed police and fire departments to respond to public safety and emergencies.  But the most distressing aspect of this monster development is the underhanded process by which a slick talking, money grubbing, New York-based developer with plenty of cash is trying to multiply the density of this project at the expense of Hol-



Toastmasters Club meets at Founder's The newly-formed Horna-  Toastmasters members evaluate one another’s presentaday’s Delta ForceLarchmont Toastmas- chronicLe may 03, tions. 2013 Meetings are the second ters Club gives members communication and leadership and fourth Saturdays of the skills in a fun and friendly month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. environment, says Ora Nance- at Founder’s Church, 3281 W. 6th St. Call 213-537-2804. Woodley, club president.



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lywood’s 190,000 residents. Rather than proceed with the Hollywood Millennium Project, the City Council should reject this disproportionately large project, revise the recently approved Hollywood Community Plan that was based on flawed population assumptions, and redo the traffic study so that it complies with the state environmental laws and takes into account the impact of the 58 projects that are planned for Hollywood. While Hollywood’s battle to preserve its community is not our fight, the same forces that want to destroy its very fabric will surely be looking to develop oversized and outof- character developments in our neighborhood. Hollywood’s battle of today is our battle of tomorrow. We need to stick together. To get involved, join Councilmen Tom LaBonge and Eric Garcetti in opposing this monstrosity.




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Women share challenges, joys of motherhood It’s hard to believe that my oldest daughter will turn 10 this June. Not only does this mark a special milestone for her—reaching double digits—it represents a milestone for me as well: 10 years as a mother! At times I feel fairly confident in my parenting skills but in certain moments I feel clueless about the best ways

to guide the precious little people who depend on me. Nothing can truly prepare you for the experience of being a mom—you had no idea that your heart could hold that much love for another being and you never knew you could worry so much either. Dads have their crucial role in parenting too. But nothing can replace what we moms

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they had fallen asleep and my thought was that when they are sleeping, they are such beautiful, sweet angels, that anything they did during the day, no matter how awful, was just swept away. I always ended the day with that image of them in my mind. The hardest thing thus far: sitting in the passenger seat when they drove for the first time! Tina Atmadjian: The best thing about being a mom is the unconditional love that children have for their mom— even after I get mad at them, they still come up to hug and kiss me! The toughest part is how you somehow always put yourself second; your children always come first. For me, the best part of being a mother is seeing the world through my children’s eyes: their joy, their innocence and the complete trust they have in you. The hardest part is watching them get hurt and wishing it could be me instead of them. Moms, keep doing what you do. You are amazing! Happy Mothers Day!

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eturning a 1923 Spanish home to its original glory, adding light and modern touches, was an ambitious undertaking. Dennis Smith took on the challenge.

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When revitalizing homes, she makes kitchens the focus By Laura Eversz Interior designer Morgan Brown lived for a time in Beverly Hills in a home she built from the ground up in 2004. “But I was never really a Beverly Hills Girl,” said the statuesque Brown, a former model whose passion these days is buying and revitalizing homes. She looks for warmth and charm, and then simply follows some solid rules of real estate: great neighborhoods close to excellent schools. It makes sense, then, that her last three local projects have been in the area. She was first drawn to Larchmont Village because it resembled the main street in Southhampton where she vacationed as a child. “I love the feeling of knowing my neighbors and the mom and pop stores that speak to my desire for community,” she said. Plus, she found the homes here to be built with such character and class. “They have excellent floor plans, high ceilings and a timeless tradition that is easily molded.” One of Brown’s first pur-

chases was a traditional Windsor Square home designed by architect Sumner Spalding in 1922. She lives there with her eight-year-old son, Remington. The kitchen in her home, as in all of her projects, is the epicenter. “The kitchen is always my focus when remodeling,” said Brown. “There is less formality all around, and I like to open up the kitchen as much as possible and incorporate the dining room or a family sitting/play area. “I live in my kitchen! My son and I do his homework on the island, he watches cartoons while eating breakfast. Everyone ends up hanging out here… it’s where all the action is, so it should feel warm and inviting with ample room to socialize.” Brown also renovated the century-old, 6,000-squarefoot Bullock House at 627 S. Plymouth Blvd. she purchased for $2.75 million. The mansion, once owned by Bullock's department store founder John G. Bullock, won the Landmark Award in 2003


from the Windsor SquareHancock Park Historical Society. Brown had both fireplaces rebuilt, transformed a bedroom into a walk-in closet and another into an upstairs laundry room. She also changed all the hardscaping on the massive estate as well as the landscaping. But it’s the kitchen—which she sees as the centerpiece of the renovation—she is most proud of. Brown demolished it, along with a maid room and bath, to create a massive, overstated kitchen completely rebuilt with custom cabinetry and a long center island. Shrubbery, including overgrown bamboo, was removed from outside of the home to let in the natural light. Now, she says, the Bullock House is a comfortable, warm nest that “kind of says everything about my design work. Renovation is an art, but a house should always have certain features. It has to have a lot of light, and the kitchen really should be the epicenter of family living.”

DESIGNER Morgan Brown in the epicenter of her home.

The designer is always on the hunt for her next project. “Working on homes in Hancock Park is like being a kid in a candy shop if you are a designer or a flipper,” Brown says. Lately she’s been envisioning a one-story Spanish home. “So I may just build from the ground up again.” One thing’s for sure… it’ll have an amazing kitchen! For more information, go to www.morganbrowndesign. com.

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SOMETHING IS ALWAYS ready to be picked for the table from a vegetable garden of a home on S. Windsor Blvd.

HARDSCAPE design at an Italianate home on Lorraine Blvd. was inspired by a desire for outdoor entertaining spaces.

GARDEN on S. Plymouth is manicured with hedges, gravel, fountains, Italian Cyprus trees and lots of potted plants.

The Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society hosted the Los Angeles Garden Tour & Party on Sun., April 21. Hundreds showed up for the annual tour, which featured seven private gardens as well as the grounds of the Getty House—the official residence of the Mayor. It was the tour’s starting point and site of a luncheon and presentation to honoree Councilman Tom LaBonge, as well as longtime Hancock Park resident Huell Howser who was honored in memoriam. Proceeds will fund greening projects at Los Angeles High and Third Street Elementary schools.

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Warning: growing your own food can be good for your health By Laura Eversz When I set out to interview Two Dog Organic Nursery owner Jo Anne Trigo four years ago, little did I know that her obsession would become my own. Saddened by a string of deaths in her family, the selfdescribed “farm girl at heart” longed to grow vegetables at the Miracle Mile home she shares with husband Alex. Hampered by two rescue dogs

who destroyed their backyard—she turned to container gardening after learning about EarthBox garden kits. “I started out with two of them,” she told me at the time. The maintenance-free container growing system uses less water than planting in the ground, is weed-free and can be placed on stands to keep critters away. She bought a couple more, then a couple more, “and pret-

ty soon it was like I was possessed.” I know the feeling. Jo Anne and I became fast friends that day, and, inspired by her enthusiasm, I went home with two EarthBoxes, some soil and a few seedlings. I also began working at the nursery a couple of evenings a week, where I blissfully transplanted seedlings in her garage while listening to Dodgers’ games on the radio. The JUST-PICKED veggies are ready for the oven.

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A+D gala ‘Celebrates the Journey’ May 11 “Celebrate the Journey” with just the right style luggage at A+D Architecture and Design Museum’s annual gala. The event takes place Sat., May 11 from 7 to 11 p.m. at

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Art, architecture ‘Will Land’ at MAK Center “Everything Loose Will Land” opens at the MAK Center, 835 N. Kings Rd., with a reception Wed., May 8 from 6 to 7 p.m. Curator Sylvia Lavin will lead a walk-through of

the exhibit which explores the collaboration between architects and artists in the 1970s. Works by Frank Gehry, Peter Alexander, and several others are featured.

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Venice Garden, home tour to benefit children’s center Visitors will get a close look at artists’ studios, homes and offices of architects and designers as well as gardens that vary from lush to minimalist pocket-gardens on the self-guided Venice Garden & Home Tour on Sat., May 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The 20th annual tour, featuring 30 gardens and homes from sleek, white cubes to old bungalows will raise funds for the Neighborhood Youth Association’s Las Doradas Children’s Center. Tour-goers can walk, ride or bike through Venice neighborhoods within a short stroll of Abbot Kinney Blvd. featuring homes by architects Trevor Abramson, Marc Bricault, Isabelle Duvivier and gardens by landscape designers Russ Cletta, Eva Sobesky and Andre Jackson. Highlights will include two homes in one structure connected by a rooftop deck and

a two-story staircase. Also on view will be a redesigned home where pop-out windows expand the original footprint and bring the outdoors inside. Venice landscape designer Jay Griffith and community leaders Linda Lucks and Jan Brilliot founded the tour to provide financial support for the childcare facility that offers full-time education-based day care to low-income working families. It begins at the Neighborhood Youth Association, 1016 Pleasant View Ave., at 10 a.m. Neighborhood parking and shuttle vans are available; biking and walking are encouraged. Tax–deductible rain-orshine tickets are $60 in advance; $70 on tour day. Children under 12 are admitted free. Call 310-821-1857 or go to for more information.



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Per the article (“Bungalow set to start criminal pre-trial April 3”, April 2013) I hope Mizrahi wins. Discrimination is the subject. Le Petit Greek has far too many tables on the sidewalk. And up the street near Wells Fargo tables are on both sides of the sidewalk. Plus there are too many tables from the bagel restaurant to the newsstand on the other side. When you are disabled with a three-wheeler walker you are in dangerous territory. And the Bungalow has great food. Their eggs Benedict are super! Charles Williams Camerford Ave.

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Georgetown University, (GU is the alma mater for Jim, PJ, Drew and Alex--all the Clarks). *** We talked with Donald “Sonny” Rivera at Landis General Store. He remembers the village from 1956 when he was a student at Le Conte Middle School and living on Gramercy Place. *** Vita Cortese and her sister Sylvia Barham were selecting salads at Lemonade when we said hello. Vita, one of the volunteers at the Historical Society garden tour, said the event was a great success.

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(Continued from page 1) from preschool through sixth grade. Its curriculum includes math, science, Braille or large print reading and writing, music and art. “Van Ness students will now have access to Blend’s visual arts, dance, music and theater instructors, and they also will gain empathy and appreciation of children with disabilities,” she added. She will be principal of both campuses. The district’s goal is to reduce students in special education centers throughout the city over the next three years.

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(Continued from page 2) now? He takes taxpayer money to spend on building what he terms new beautiful landscaped medians instead of putting the safety of citizens first by fixing these sidewalks. Perhaps if Mr. LaBonge did not drive by the street and instead actually walked the full length of the boulevard he could see the damage on every block.  If he asked people, the supportive members of the community that he tries to endear himself to, what they really

preferred he would learn firsthand what the majority really want—a safe, smooth, even sidewalk to stroll, walk their dog, push a stroller, jog, dine and shop. If he asked the local business owners, he’d learn that they’d rather have the daily delivery trucks park in the median on north Larchmont rather than take up valuable parking meters meant for paying customers and visitors that contribute to a business’ well-being. Perhaps, with fixed sidewalks, Mr. LaBonge can then truly envision his dream of a pedestrian streetscape. Larry Schwartz




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Third Street students launch newspaper By Sondi Stepenuk Guest columnist At Third Street Elementary School, some fourth and fifth grade students are taking on an endeavor that would be difficult for many adults: becoming journalists. Recently, they began researching, interviewing, writing, and printing their very own school newspaper, “The Third Street Panther Press.” The idea for the 12-page

newspaper, which is written “by the kids for the kids,” started out in the after-school Business Club, where the group decided that they wanted to pursue journalism as well. Third Street School parent volunteer Renee Ridgeley decided to help the students achieve their goal. “The kids come up with all of the ideas for their stories. They have great instincts for reporting,” she observes.

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events that make a story newsworthy,” says Ridgeley. Eight hundred copies of each issue are printed, and it’s available to all enrolled students and faculty. Students raised money to print the paper by selling candy-grams, working in the snack shop and other endeavors. The Young Business Club also received a $1,500 Citibank literacy grant that helped cover the printing costs. Janelle Yiadom, a fifth grader, said, “my friends were surprised that we wrote the articles.” Hailey Adams said, “I’ve had five people say to me that they like the article I wrote and that’s really inspiring for me. Doing this paper has brought me closer to everyone in this room.” Though no one knows what the future holds for these young students, diving into journalism has given them a new perspective on the world. “I know the students have learned how to gather information to write a better story,” says Ridgeley, “and I hope they’ve been inspired by the printed results of their teamwork.”

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Baseball player’s courage captured in '42,' a 10 among 10s 42 (10/10): As a baseball fan who saw Jackie Robinson play, I can’t say enough good things about this film. Brilliantly written and directed by Brian Helgeland, highlighted by wonderful performances by Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford, without being maudlin, it captures what Jackie Robinson went through and the courage it took not to fight back. Erased (10/10): Director Philipp Stölzl gets outstand-

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ing, “People who take fashion seriously are idiots.” Director Matthew Miele, however, follows with a parade of people who take fashion very seriously. This is a delightful, informative, educational, and highly entertaining documentary about the 111-year history of the iconic New York department store Bergdorf Goodman. The title is from one of “The New Yorker’s” classic cartoons by Victoria Roberts. Your jaw will drop when you learn how much money the salespeople make. Love is All You Need (9/10): Despite the title, this has nothing to do with The Beatles. It’s a tender, sensitive, romantic film with terrific shots of Sorrento. But what makes this film is the spectacular performance by Trine Dryholm, called “the best actress ever” by Alec Baldwin, and this film shows why. But it also contains an equally wonderful performance by Pierce Brosnan who generally hides his talent in junk like the James Bond films and his dismal part of the horribly miscast “Mamma Mia.” This movie has several twists and turns, but it proceeds apace. Like most good films it’s best seen not knowing much about what’s going to happen; 110 minutes might sound like a long time for a film like this, but the time never dragged for me. In English, Danish and Italian.

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Tony Medley script, “Universe.” It’s a wellpaced thriller with fine special effects and good acting by Tom Cruise, Andrea Riseborough, Melissa Leo, Morgan Freeman and Olga Kurylenko. Disconnect (8/10): “Crash” (2004) started it all and won a Best Picture Oscar with four separate vignettes, all of which came together at the end. This is the same style, with a fine ensemble cast dealing with some hard issues, like teen-aged cyber bullying. A movie with mounting tension, not an easy one to watch, I thought it ended with a thud. Maybe that’s the way life is. Even so, this isn’t life; it’s a movie! Director Henry-Alex Rubin should have worked to get a better ending after such a fine beginning and middle. At Any Price (8/10): Ramin Bahrani, who directed and wrote a terrific script (with Hallie Elizabeth Newton), has created a devastating indictment of modern agriculture and genetically modified seeds (GMO), based on an actual incident that he discovered while doing his research. He gets a firstclass performance from Dennis Quaid, who can flash his fantastic smile at a moment’s notice, regardless of what’s going on inside,

expressing a wide range of emotions. Zac Efron contributes a good performance as Quaid’s dissatisfied son. Maika Monroe gives a debut performance playing Zac’s girlfriend that marks her as a real comer. G.I. Joe Retaliation (5/10): The scenes are nothing if not ludicrous. The fights are ridiculous. What’s really awful about this and others of its ilk is that the scenes and resolutions defy any explanation. The film is mildly entertaining and might be worth seeing for the CGI-created stunts and the 3-D. But I wish they’d stop making frivolous nonsense like this. To the Wonder (0/10): Writer director Terence Malick is the master of bore, and this nonsensical exercise in directorial egotism is his bête noire. Read full reviews at

Angel City Chorale to sing favorites Angel City Chorale celebrates its first two decades in song with reunion concerts on Sat., June 1 and Sun., June 2 at 7 p.m. Founder and artistic director Sue Fink will conduct the concerts held at Wilshire United Methodist Church, 4350 Wilshire Blvd. The repertoire features the West Coast premiere of Grammy Award-winning composer Christopher Tin’s “Calling All Dawns.” The audience is invited to join the performers for a dessert reception after each performance. Visit 

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‘Mulan’ performed at John Burroughs Travel back to ancient China and enjoy a celebration of culture, honor and a fighting spirit when John Burroughs Middle School students perform Disney’s “Mulan.” The free production is on Thurs., May 30 at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium at 600 S. McCadden Place.

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Kang awarded grant to teach in South Africa Michele Kang, a graduate of the LAUSD Zoo Magnet Center and Wellesley College senior, has been awarded the Davis Project for Peace Grant. The $10,000 fellowship is designed to promote peace and address the root causes of conflict. Kang, Gramercy Place, will lead photography workshops and conduct collaborative multimedia projects with youth in South Africa. During a trip to Mamelodi,

South Africa last year on a service trip with a Christian student ministry, Kang and a South African university student co-taught a class. She noticed how interested her students were in photography, which is one of her passions. She later purchased disposable cameras and accompanied her students throughout the township to document everyday experiences during a week of photography tutorials

For the Davis Project, she will return to Mamelodi to create a collaborative youth art program in partnership with the Mamelodi Initiative, the University of Pretoria and the U.S. Embassy. The program will include photography workshops and film-making. The goal is to create shareable works of art while emphasizing youth mentorship and enpowerment.

Family friendly benefit for arts education is May 18 Save the Arts, an annual benefit to support arts education in Los Angeles public schools, will be held at Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools on Sat., May 18 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. The theme of the event, which takes place in the Cocoanut Grove on campus at 701 S. Catalina St., is “Movies Filmed in the Cocoanut Grove.” Featured films include “The Graduate,” Apollo 13,” “Forrest Gump” and “The Wedding Singer.”’ The family-friendly event will include a reception ca-

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By Hays Johnson 7th Grade May is a busy month for ESLA. The first week of the month our students and staff will visit Catalina, where we will engage in outdoor activities and scientific experiments. It will be a great bonding experience for the whole community. Another upcoming event on our calendar is Spirit Week. Spirit Week is a week of activities and special days, like special dress days. Our community life and service councils are preparing for this week of festivities. Another fun community event occurring at the end of May is our community play, the “Follies.” This 12-act performance highlights the student underworld of opinions, and each student has a role in the play. The “Follies” will be in the Elephant Stages’ Lillian Theatre, where parents and friends can watch the play.

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By Gaby Zakher 8th grade The 8th grade class at Blessed Sacrament School took a field trip to Santa Cruz Island. To get to the island, students took a boat ride, which was a very wet experience. It was a very thrilling experience on the island, because of the endemic species, animals that only live on that island. The mountains, grass fields, and the blue sea were beautiful sights. Our guide leaders were very enthusiastic, and taught us many wonderful things. They told us about how animals evolved to become smaller or bigger depending on the availability of food. We saw small island foxes, whales shooting out water through their blow-holes, red tailed eagles, otters and much more! After taking the boat ride back to land, the 8th graders and the guide leaders went to eat pizza at Rusty’s. I hope this will be a continued tradition for future 8th graders.

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By Karthik Jayaraman 5th Grade We have a Family Fun Bowling Night at Lucky Strike Lanes this month for all the Page families. We will also appreciate our hard-working and dedicated teachers during a week that ends with our Spring Show. We are so excited to perform for our friends and family members, especially to dedicate the show to our mothers right before Mother’s Day. During Spirit Week, each class competes to earn the most spirit points by participating in daily fun activities like crazy hair day, pajama day, etc. Our Parent Support Group has a Movie Night planned followed by a School Sleepover.  Our last field trip of the year will be to the Nokia Theater to watch “Sesame Street Live!” 

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By Luke Ebora 8th Grade Spring Break is finally over for St. Brendan and students are back at school. Author Mackie Burt visited our school to answer questions about her new book “Above.” In other news, the Book Fair has returned once again. All grades seemed to enjoy the Book Fair and its large inventory of books, toys, games, and other cool things for students to enjoy. The Talent Show, hosted by SBS’s very own Student Council, took place in the Parish Hall once again for the third year in a row. This year’s show was filled with many enjoying acts that didn’t fail to amaze and entertain.

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As a new edition to the 5th grade social studies curriculum, the classrooms were recently converted to a wax museum. The students researched historical figures from the American Revolution era to “become that person.” They presented monologues, in character, for parents, students, and faculty members. To celebrate Earth Day, the en-

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By Maia Mabrie 5th grade There has been a lot going on at our school. First, congratulations to 2nd grade teacher, Ms. Miyaji, for making it to the final two of the Good is Great American Teach Off Contest. What a great accomplishment! We know she’s the best, along with all of our teachers here at Melrose. Melrose 5th graders are part of a new dance program inspired by the documentary “Mad Hot Ballroom” at our school. For 10 weeks we will be learning dances such as the foxtrot, tango, rumba, merengue and much more. First grader Kyla P. deserves congratulations for being a runner up in the Scholastic “Skippy Jon Jones” drawing contest. But that’s not all that Melrose has been doing. The 2nd and 4th graders are looking forward to cleaning up the beach with Heal the Bay.

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tire school enjoyed “a Taste of the Garden.” Pre-K and Kindergarten children had grown a variety of greens and herbs. Students harvested and created tasty salads for the entire school to enjoy.

Students and teachers hosted our Spring Open House in April. Students got the opportunity to showcase their year’s work. Parents also got to see art projects in the auditorium. Our 5th and 6th

graders had a blast at the annual Lip Sync. This year’s theme was… The 80’s! Another extracurricular activity was the library’s Poetry Slam in celebration of National Poetry Month.

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Summer CampS & programS By Joi Johnson 8th Grade This month at John Burroughs will probably be the busiest of all in terms of academics. Teachers are preparing us for the California Standardized Tests, which are less than two weeks away. The CSTs are important state tests that measure our academic progress. JB students have always done very well on these, and we hope to continue to be one of the top.    Our school also participated in the Academic Pentathlon, which took place in March in Orange County. Nine 8th graders were on the team, and competed in English, math, history and science. “Being in the Academic Pentathlon was both a fun and challenging experience, but in the end it helped me intellectually by assigning me academically rigorous tasks,” says 8th grade team co-captain, Daniel Kopec.    Last but not least there was the JB Scholars Assembly, which


By Jasper Gough 3rd Grade The school has invited children’s book author, Kathryn Otoshi to come to Curtis for Author Day. She is the author of “One and Zero.” This is one of many cool events the Curtis school library has. There are a lot of trips this month. The 5th graders leave for Boston on May 5 and return


By Yasmeen Akounou 12th Grade The month of April was full of exciting events around the Marymount campus! Members of the junior class presented their service projects at the annual Kingdom Fair. This school-wide assembly is the culminating event showcasing all of the fantastic service work completed by the junior class throughout the year. From Westside Pregnancy Clinic to the Dream Sports Academy, this year-long project was the perfect way for students to awaken their consciousness of social justice and to begin to bring about change in their communities. Also, Sailors enthusiastically vied for the coveted Spirit Stick during Spirit Week. Each grade recognized students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher. A large majority of students received this recognition. It is safe to say that students have a lot to be proud of! May 9. Other grades have shorter adventures. The 1st graders have a field trip and 6th graders have Beach Day. I wish I could go with them. There are also a lot of performances this month. Curtis students can watch the 6th grade play, and the Curtis Choir will perform at the Spring Concert. For 3rd graders, May means Challenge Day. We will have to walk on really thin ropes. The other tasks are a mystery. I guess we’ll find out what other exciting challenges we will have.

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school had its 37th annual Egg Drop Contest! Students were challenged to design and build a structure that preserves the integrity of an uncooked chicken egg after taking an exhilarating drop from the fourth floor. Students are urged to use a variety of materials, which allows them to be creative and try new ideas. Throughout the week, students in science class discussed topics like Newton’s Laws, grav-

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By Sirus Wheaton 6th Grade Two new features of the 3rd graders’ Native American Fair were the additions of several new tribes and the inclusion of creation myths. Fifth graders and their teachers went on a three-day trip to Catalina to study marine biology and oceanography. Whatever their experiences, all agree that the trip to the spectacular island 22 miles south of Los Angeles was a memorable adventure. Mr. Duggan and Ms. Payne, along with their 4th grade classes, headed to Sacramento. The trip is a turning point for most St. James’ students, as it is the first overnight trip as a class, away from school, away from families and away from Los Angeles. This is an annual trip 4th grade students take to learn more about their state and to study the Gold Rush. This year’s class seemed to follow the tradition of past classes. They returned elated, exhausted, and ready to share their escapades with the current third grade class.

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By Isabelle Bleimeister 11th Grade Op-ed columnist, journalist, and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Nicholas Kristof spoke to the Marlborough community as a part of the Guerin Visiting Scholar program. The program offers an annual opportunity for students to hear from leading Americans about the experiences and lessons they have accumulated over the years. Previous Guerin Visiting Scholars include Dr. Condoleezza Rice and Mark Mathabane. Nicholas Kristof has received much national and international acclaim as a heavy-hitting oped journalist for the “New York Times,” a post he has held since 2001. In addition to using his words to raise awareness on important issues such as poverty, hunger, and gender equality in both developing and non-developing countries, Kristof is well known for visiting and completely immersing himself in the places that are the subject of his column. This intrepid reporting has taken him to over 140 different countries, covering six of the seven continents. The 8th grade class had its annual retreat at the Sacred Heart Retreat House in Big Bear. Students in our after-school literature class are very excited with their new Kindle Paperwhite. Second graders received their First Holy Communion, and our Pueri Cantores school choir sang at that special Mass. The track and field team is practicing regularly and looking forward to the upcoming meet at Notre Dame High School.

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By Sirus Wheaton 6th Grade Two new features of the 3rd graders’ Native American Fair were the additions of several new tribes and the inclusion of creation myths. Fifth graders and their teachers went on a three-day trip to Catalina to study marine biology and oceanography. Whatever their experiences, all agree that the trip to the spectacular island 22 miles south of Los Angeles was a memorable adventure. Mr. Duggan and Ms. Payne, along with their 4th grade classes, headed to Sacramento. The trip is a turning point for most St. James’ students, as it is the first overnight trip as a class, away from school, away from families and away from Los Angeles. This is an annual trip 4th grade students take to learn more about their state and to study the Gold Rush. This year’s class seemed to follow the tradition of past classes. They returned elated, exhausted, and ready to share their escapades with the current third grade class.

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By Isabelle Bleimeister 11th Grade Op-ed columnist, journalist, and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Nicholas Kristof spoke to the Marlborough community as a part of the Guerin Visiting Scholar program. The program offers an annual opportunity for students to hear from leading Americans about the experiences and lessons they have accumulated over the years. Previous Guerin Visiting Scholars include Dr. Condoleezza Rice and Mark Mathabane. Nicholas Kristof has received much national and international acclaim as a heavy-hitting oped journalist for the “New York Times,” a post he has held since 2001. In addition to using his words to raise awareness on important issues such as poverty, hunger, and gender equality in both developing and non-developing countries, Kristof is well known for visiting and completely immersing himself in the places that are the subject of his column. This intrepid reporting has taken him to over 140 different countries, covering six of the seven continents. The 8th grade class had its annual retreat at the Sacred Heart Retreat House in Big Bear. Students in our after-school literature class are very excited with their new Kindle Paperwhite. Second graders received their First Holy Communion, and our Pueri Cantores school choir sang at that special Mass. The track and field team is practicing regularly and looking forward to the upcoming meet at Notre Dame High School.

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academic, ethical, and spiritual philosophy. For an entire month, every person on campus has immersed herself in the preparations for this event—painting

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posters, writing songs, choreographing dances, and memorizing lines—all centering on this year’s theme of “Mary, Our Sister.” After the festivities of Mary’s Day, students will show their academic prowess through two weeks of AP testing. The final week of the month, with final exams, offers yet another opportunity for students to demonstrate their proficiency with the knowledge they have attained this year. Fortunately, amid this intense period of studying and testing, events such as Academic Awards Night, Prom, and the annual student art show offer a diversion!

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Olivia Brancato 4th grade We have a lot of things coming up in May at Third Street School. First is International Cultural Day on Sat., May 11. We are going to have food, games and lots of fun! All the classes are having booths, and there will be performances also. Proceeds will benefit our school through Friends of Third. Next, we have the Korean Dual Language Program (KDLP) showcase. All the KDLP classes are doing something. Kindergarten is performing a Korean dance, 1st grade is doing the flower basket dance, 2nd grade is doing a dance with a small drum, 3rd grade is doing Korean drums and 4th grade is doing the hourglass drum. Fifth grade girls are doing the fan dance, and the boys the mask dance. Lastly, we have the 4th grade play, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” It is open to all parents, and the students will see it too!


By Michael Sapunor 12th Grade In athletics, Loyola has a new head coach for the varsity football team, Mr. Marvin Sanders. He has held coaching positions at various colleges, most notably as a defensive coach for the USC Trojans. Sanders played defensive back during his four years at University of Nebraska in the late 1980s. Loyola basketball finished its season ranked 14th in the state and 9th in division one teams. Varsity baseball has begun its spring season with an overall record of 12 wins and eight losses. Golf has an overall record of 14 wins and two losses. Lacrosse is

Larchmont Charter By Samantha Hutchinson Joey Light-Rake 5th Grade

The jog-a-thon—a yearly highlight for the Larchmont Charter community—was great! We made money for our school and had a fantastic time doing it—everyone did well, no matter how many laps they ran. The Larchmont spirit was out in full force! Parents had a chance to check up on their kids when we had our parent teacher conferences a few weeks ago. We had so many amazing participants in our No Name Calling Week contest, and Larchmont Charter won first place  nationwide. At  youtube. com search for “What Would Dr. King Do” to check out the video. At the middle school, students had a great time at the Sprint-athon on PI day. A BIG thank you to all of the families that provided pie! Congratulations to Miss De Hoyos’ 2nd period class who ran the most laps and got to throw pies at their beloved teachers and school leaders.

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By Sam Novicki 8th Grade Our decathletes are coming in early and staying late to prepare for the state competition in Fresno this month. Phase one of construction of our new science lab and fine arts center has begun. Students and teachers can’t wait for the project to be completed. Seventh and 8th graders will be learning about Jackie Robinson; they’ll be attending a special showing of the movie “42” at The Grove. The Chapel annual Golf Tournament and Hall of Fame dinner at the Brookside Golf and Country Club was held last month. We also held a fundraiser for a great cause and had delicious pizza at Shakey’s last month to support our academic decathletes. They are on a mission to bring back another state championship to Cathedral Chapel School. seven and four, swimming three and one, tennis six and six, track four wins and no losses, and #2 ranked volleyball 17 wins and two losses. Hannon Theater Company prepares to put on its spring musical, “Guys and Dolls,” May 2 and 11. Be sure to pick up your tickets at Loyola robotics took third place in an LA regional competition.

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answering questions the students had about L.A. and life in America, one kid asked me what we do during bombings. I answered by saying that we had no bombings in L.A., and so he told me what to do. This came as a shock to me. The fact that they drill children in bombing procedures seems almost scary to me, but it seems as though it is not a scary thing to the people here. It is just what they have to know. Another difference is how free and unattended the children are. Every day you see kids walking down the streets to school, dance class and the pool. In L.A. I don’t think I have ever seen a child walking alone on the streets. It’s just not safe. But here, it absolutely is.

By Eliza Noxon 6th Grade Since kindergarten, our class has been learning all about Israel, and now, six years later, we went there. After a painful 15-hour flight, we boarded a bus that took us to our sister school, Tzahala, where we were greeted by a screaming mob of friends waiting to welcome 12 tired 6th graders to their homes and families. It was incredible the kindness shown to us. The differences between Israel and L.A. are quite drastic. One day when we were

porting to the basics of designing an online publication. I learned how to become a better interviewer and I gained more courage when it came to interviewing strangers when I did ‘Man on the Street.’ “I definitely gained more knowledge regarding building an online publication, especially since I participated as webmaster for my news team, the Flame.” Teenagers find use for the knowledge and experience gained from their summer adventures. Che said, “I utilized those skills to establish my high school’s own online publication,, when I came back after camp.”

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The following interviews were conducted by Larchmont Chronicle intern Jacqueline Uy, a 10th-grade student at Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies. Textbooks and long lectures give way to hot weather and long days as the California sun shows its true potential during the season of summer. While some teenagers may see the first minute of summer as a chance to hurry home and pound away at their video game controllers—others see a season of possibilities. Sophomore Diane Lee said, “Summer is a time where I can relax for a long period of time. I don’t have to think about school or waking up early or what I have to wear the next day. I can think about the beach and ice cream and my friends’ birthdays.” With a few months of libera-


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Pan Pacific Day Camp 7600 Beverly Blvd. 323-939-8874 Both basketball and regular day camp sessions are available at Pan Pacific Recreation Center. Children ages five to 12 can swim, cook, play games and make arts and crafts, or sign up to concentrate on their basketball playing skills. One field trip per week. Camp starts Mon., June 10 and goes through Fri., Aug. 9, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with ex- Ages 8-17 1-800-645-1423

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Kid’s KO-R 201 S. June St. 323-481-3268 Kid’s KO-R offers three different types of camps for children entering grades one through five: regular, musical theater drama and sports camp. Sessions run from Mon., June 10 through Fri., Aug. 2. Los Angeles Drama School 130 S. La Brea Ave. 323-319-3597 Two summer sessions are offered Mon., July 22 to Fri., Aug. 2. Students grade two through 10 spend 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday rehearsing, taking workshops, meeting theater professionals and learning about Elizabethan England in preparation for the end of session recital performance.

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Summer CampS & programS among offerings Marat Daukayev School of Ballet 731 S. La Brea Ave. 323-965-0333 The Summer Intensive Program at Marat Daukayev offers young dancers ages six to 18 years six weeks to work on their technique, study the history of dance or take Flamenco. There are three levels: juniors, intermediate and advanced. Students must take a placement class before the summer program begins. Summer sessions start Mon., July 1 and go through Sat., Aug. 10. Classes run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mathnasium 5164 Wilshire Blvd. 323-643-9100

Get sneak peak of gymnastics camp The Los Angeles School of Gymnastics will open its doors on Sun., May 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. to allow visitors to tour the facility, meet instructors and sample activities of its annual summer camp. The camp program runs from Sat., June 15 through Fri., Aug. 30 at the school at 8450 Higuera St., Culver City. The facility offers three 3,000-foot spring tumbling floors, full-size trampolines, multiple beam bar stations and spotting belts. Additional activities include hip-hop with

Customized math classes are available for children going into grades two through 12 at Mathnasium. Master series covers times tables, percentages, decimals and fractions. Power math goes over algebra, geometry and SAT math preparation. Schedules for summer only memberships run from Mon., June 17 through Fri., Aug. 16. Sci–Arc 960 E. Third St. 213-356-5320 The Design Immersion Days program allows students entering their junior and senior

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Conservancy’s preservation awards luncheon is at Biltmore May 16 A 1903 design blending Japanese and American architecture, the only surviving apartment building by Charles and Henry Greene and a city councilman will be honored at the Los Angeles Conservancy’s 32nd annual Preservation

Awards. The ceremony will take place at a luncheon Thurs., May 16 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. “Each of these projects celebrates the diverse history of Los Angeles County,” said Lin-

da Dishman, Conservancy’s executive director. América Tropical, at 626 N. Main St., won the President’s Award for its “herculean, multidisciplinary effort,” spearheaded by the Getty Conservation Institute and the city of

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Los Angeles. The neglected 1932 David Alfaro Siqueiros mural “América Tropical,” and its cross-cultural story, have returned to prominence. Spanning 20 years, a scientificbased approach conserved the mural, and constructed a protective shelter and viewing platform and interpretive center. Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz receives the Local Leadership Award for making preservation a priority when the 1966 Century Plaza Hotel was targeted for demolition.  His leadership changed the course of the project, proving that development and preservation are not mutually exclusive. PROJECT AWARDS go to: 28th Street Apartments bring back an architectural and cultural treasure of the African American community and revitalize a former YMCA. Historic Boyle Hotel— Cummings Block, a community-based effort which transformed a neglected 19th-century landmark into a model example of affordable housing, revitalizing a neighborhood icon through adaptive reuse and sensitive restoration.   Compton City Hall Window Glazing Replacement. An energy efficiency upgrade preserved a key design feature of its 1970s City Hall.   Herkimer Arms, Pasadena. Designed by Greene and Greene, this apartment building was rescued from demolition and transformed into the centerpiece of an affordable housing project—following a move across town.   The Japanese House at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino. Built in 1903, the centerpiece of a celebrated botanical garden was restored with attention to detail and authenticity, revealing original finishes and a new understanding of a cross-cultural masterwork.   Lopez Adobe, San Fernando. A municipality committed to preserving its early heritage

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Art Deco Society of Los Angeles members and guests will don their dancing shoes at the annual Avalon Ball at the historic Avalon Casino Ballroom on Catalina Island on Sat., May 11. Attendees will spend the night dancing and listening to music performed by Dean Mora and the Avalon Ball Dance Orchestra at the Art Deco Casino ball, which was built in 1929 and has been newly restored. The ballroom’s original romantic style is exemplified by Tiffany chandeliers, elevated stage and vintage bar. Online tickets for the event are $40 for members; $50 for nonmembers. Boat passage to Catalina can be booked with Catalina Express. Go to

Natural History's 100th to include DEVO, classes DEVO, GZA/ The Genius and others will perform on the outdoor stage for the Natural History Museum's centennial. Summer programming, to begin Sun., June 9, includes kid-friendly activities, workshops in a new 3.5-acre Nature Gardens and behindthe-scenes tours with scientiests. Perfume, cooking and master gardening classes are among offerings. Tickets go on sale Fri., May 3 at Daytime prices are $12, evening after 5 p.m. are $25. Members free.

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thing, I’d give her five minutes. It’s kind of our internal policy we do for citizens. But after that, I’d ticket her.” Then there are the drivers who park in red zones to run into Crumbs. “It blocks access to and view of the crosswalk. It’s extremely dangerous and an automatic ticket.”

Also dangerous is people who do U-turns to grab an empty spot on the other side of the street. “We can’t ticket them for the U-turn, which is illegal. But we’ll ticket them for parking outside of the meter lines, because it makes it hard for people to park next to them.”

In the end, said Harrell, “We practice proactive enforcement. We’re always looking for ideas of better ways to serve the public.” Information on paying and contesting tickets can be found on the back of citations. Send comments to

PARK AND PAY STATIONS and smart meters are more efficient as well as tamper proof, said Officer Charles Harrell.

Parking enforcement officers are here to help. Really. to write tickets. Even though By Laura Eversz A member of one of the I can get instant information most despised groups ever, on my handheld for the entire Parking Enforcement and street, I just walk it, and as I Traffic Control officer Charles come to it, I come to it,” he Harrell says he doesn’t take it says of expired meters. personally. Strolling down the block, In fact, he says, he’s made we watch a woman park her a lot of friends in Squad Area car, feed the meter and walk 4—which includes Larch- away. To demonstrate how his mont Village. At Peet’s Coffee, handheld works, Harrell enHarrell is greeted by smiles ters number 214—the space and waves. “Has anyone for- she parked in. It shows up as gotten to pay?” he asks a “expired.” group of people sipping coffee As he begins entering her at sidewalk tables. “Space 363 license plate number, the is about to expire.” woman returns. “Oh my gosh, are you giving " H o n estly,” says "People really need to me a ticket? I H a r r e l l , be mindful of the space just paid for dapper in two hours!” number ... directly in a neatly she exclaimed, front of their car." pressed unipointing to the form. “We’re number 213 on here to help. A lot of enforce- the sidewalk. ment has to do with the flow of “This is one of the things traffic, keeping things moving that happens over and over and stopping safety hazards.” again,” Harrell says. “People In addition to expired me- really need to be mindful of ters, Harrell and the other the space number and make officers who cover the area sure it’s the one that’s directly enforce two-hour time lim- in front of their car.” its. “We want turnover so While he feels the driver’s that more people can park. If pain, he has no choice but to someone wants to stay all day, issue her a ticket. “Once the information is entered, I can’t there are all day lots.” Harrell says the card and go back.” coin meters along with park Another problem is when and pay stations used in the drivers mistake the street adVillage are much more effi- dress that’s painted on the side cient than the old meters. “You of the curb with the parking have multiple ways to pay, ei- meter number that’s painted ther with a credit or debit card on the sidewalk. Yet another is or coins. And the smart me- parking in painted curb zones. As Harrell explains the ters are tamper proof.” He realizes, however, they restrictions­ —red means no are often hard to read. “The parking ever; yellow zones are department is constantly for commercial loading and evaluating, so people need to white for passenger loading— speak up.” He cautions driv- a black SUV hangs a U-turn ers paying with credit cards and screeches to a halt in a to make sure the payment has loading zone at Sam’s Bagels. been authorized before walk- “Are you kidding?” I ask, as the woman saunters into ing away. As for quotas, Harrell says Sam’s. “Aren’t you going to there’s no such thing. “We give her a ticket?” write what we see.” “If she was loading or un “Listen, I’m not jonesing loading a big box or some-

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FORMOSA CAFE is operated by the original owner's grandson.

Enjoy historic cocktails May 3 Join the Art Deco Society of L.A. for Cocktails in Historic Places at the Formosa Café— one of old Hollywood’s most storied watering holes—on Fri., May 3 at 6 p.m. The Formosa opened in 1934 as a front for the mafia to launder money. The outline of the floor safe can still be seen below a corner booth. Located at 7156 Santa Monica Blvd. across from the old

Warner studio, the Formosa has been a stop of Hollywood stars such as Humphrey Bogart, Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley. Legend has it that John Wayne once fell asleep in a booth. The staff, loath to wake him, left him there. When they returned in the morning, Wayne was in the kitchen, preparing everyone breakfast. Reservations are not required.

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion will be among hosts of L.A. Conservancy’s film series, “Last Remaining Seats” June 1 to 29. Named after the late Wind- BEN-HUR was played by Ramon Novarro. sor Square resiHitchcock film with Cary dent, the Chandler Pavilion Grant and Grace Kelly will opened in 1964. screen at the Orpheum The It was the same year the atre, 842 S. Broadway. Academy Award-winning film The series continues with “My Fair Lady” with Rex Har- the 1987 biopic of Richie Varison and Audrey Hepburn lens, “La Bamba,” at the Palwas released. ace Theatre, on Wed., June The film will screen Wed., 5. Opened in 1911, the PalJune 12 at 8 p.m. at the Doro- ace, 630 S. Broadway, hosted thy Chandler Pavilion at the Houdini, Fred Astaire and Rita Music Center, 135 N. Grand Hayworth in its early history. Ave. Bette Davis plays an actress The 27th film series kicks turning 40 and Marilyn Monoff Sat., June 1 at 8 p.m. with roe is in an early role that “To Catch a Thief.” The 1955 helped launch her career in

LOS ANGELES THEATRE is the most lavish of Broadway’s movie palaces.

another Academy Award winner, “All About Eve.” The 1931 film screens Wed., June 19 at the Los Angeles Theatre, 615 S. Broadway. Built in 1931 at a cost of $1 million, the French Baroque style theater’s façade stands five stories and its lobby features mirrors, chandeliers and a sunburst motif after France’s Sun King, Louis XIV. “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ” screens at the Orpheum Theatre Wed., June 26. The 1925 silent film will be accompanied with live organ music. Mary Pickford and Marion Davies are among extras in a chariot race scene shot on a recreation of Rome’s Circus Maximus with 42 cameras. The series concludes with “Casablanca” on Sat., June 29 at 2 and 8 p.m. at the 1930’s Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. For tickets and more information visit laconservancy. org.

Jazz Fridays back at LACMA Jazz is back at LACMA for its 22nd season. The series continues on Fridays at 6 p.m. with the Charles Owen Quintet on May 3. The Greg Reitan Trio is May 10; Wolfgang Schalk Quartet plays May 17 and the CJS Quintet are on the line up May 24. Sandra Booker sings May 31. Free, in the BP Grand Entrance, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd.

Revlon 5K walk for cancer The 20th annual Revlon 5K Run/Walk for Women will begin at 8 a.m. at the L.A. Coliseum on Sat., May 11. The event raises funds for cancer research, counseling and outreach programs. Visit www.revlonrunwalk. org or call 855-434-3779.

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BLESSING OF THE BIKES event at Good Samaritan will feature a commemorative lap in remembrance of injured cyclists.

Free metro rides, bicycle blessings during Bike Week Prizes, rides, bike blessings and free public transportation will be offered as incentives for commuters to peddle during Bike Week L.A. A kick-off event is at Grand Park on Mon., May 13 at 10 a.m. Receive a blessing at an interfaith Blessing of the Bicycles at Good Samaritan Hospital on Tues., May 14 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. The event will also feature a lap around the hospital grounds in remembrance of those injured in biking accidents. The L.A.P.D. Rampart Division’s Bicycle Detail Unit will be in attendance, and former city councilman

Bill Rosendahl will receive the Golden Spoke Award. Guided rides will take place throughout the city on Wed., May 15. On Bike to Work Day, Thurs., May 16, Bike Week sponsor Metro will offer free rides to cyclists on both buses and trains. Participants will have a chance to win prizes; bike pit stops will offer refreshments and giveaways. Ride your bike to eat, play or shop on Bike Local Weekend, Fri., May 17 through Sun., May 19. For updated information, go to or

By Suzan Filipek Members of the Larchmont Chronicle got an exclusive look at the proposed Academy Museum of Motion Pictures’ movie museum, which—if all the stars are aligned—is set to open at the historic May Co. on Wilshire Blvd. in 2017. A “magical” wooden box was brought to Le Pain Quotidien on Larchmont Blvd. last month, where, on a rustic table in the back of the café, it was opened to reveal a miniature, three-D design of the new museum by award-winning architects Renzo Piano and Zoltan Pali. The museum will be on the Los Angeles County Museum of Art campus, owners of the May Co. building. A translucent glass sphere is at the rear of the May Co.’s 1939 Streamline Moderne building, whose signature gold-leafed glass mosaic corner at Fairfax will be preserved. The May Co. will lose a 1946 addition in the rear of the building, which is not historic and to make room for the dome, said Heather Cochran, managing director, museum project. Visitors will move from floor to floor on elevators, escalators and stairs, while the glass structure lets in abundant

EXCLUSIVE look at meeting on Larchmont Blvd. last month showed movie museum‘s design.

light, said Cochran. “It’s a great addition to the cultural landscape of the city.” The idea of a film museum has been in the works since the 1930s, said Cochran. The $300 million project got a big boost recently when David Geffen donated $25 million, landing his name on a proposed 1,000-seat theater in the glass dome. The 300,000 square foot museum is still in the planning stages, yet to start an environmental review process with

community meetings in the works, members of Marathon Communications said. The new site’s exhibitions, galleries and programs will draw from the Academy’s library of films, photographs, film posters, production and costume design drawings, props, costumes and scripts. Among its treasures are original copies of scripts, such as “To Kill a Mockingbird” with Gregory Peck, Dorothy’s ruby slippers and the piano in “Casablanca.”

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Paramount volunteers spruce up schools Painting, gardening and career advice were among the activities carried out by some 800 Paramount Pictures employees during its parent company, Viacom’s annual Global Day of Community Service on April 19. Paramount staff at the Mel-

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Take a wine-venture with Fine Wineries With 300 wineries a few hours drive from home, how is a dedicated traveler to choose? Good news! Wine House Press recently released its second edition of “The California Directory of Fine Wineries, Central Coast.” Boutique tasting rooms, working ranches and familyowned vineyards in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles wine country are covered in the guide. It’s designed to take in your car, backpack or briefcase and maximize your vacation time, says editor and publisher Tom Silberkleit. Authors K. Reka Badger and Cheryl Crabtree tell back stories and tools for navigating the highways and curving roads of the scenic wine country. More than 170 color photographs by Robert Holmes show the landmark cellars of Santa Ynez Valley, rural architecture and rows of worldfamous vineyards. Maps and information regarding wine-tasting, tours, picnic areas and more are included in the 144-page book, which sells for $19.95. Available at Pickett Fences, 214 N. Larchmont Blvd.

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Movie theater segues into apartment/retail project Movies. are no longer being shown at the Fairfax Theater at 7909 Beverly Blvd. The building, vacant for a few years, will be razed to make way for a five-story apartment/ retail complex. But the marquee will remain. The project received approval from City Council’s Planning and Land Use Management committee in April. Howard Laks architects


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L.A. Conservancy explores Bunker Hill at its annual meeting May 11 Bunker Hill will be the subject of a panel discussion at the L.A. Conservancy’s annual meeting Sat., May 11 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites in downtown Los Angeles. “Modern Renewal: Legacy of Lost and Found on Bunker

Hill” is part of the Conservancy’s Curating the City: Modern Architecture in L.A. series and the Getty initiative, Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. Panelists include David Martin, design principal and co-chairman at AC Martin

Partners; Don Spivack, former deputy chief of operations for the L.A. Community Redevelopment Agency and adjunct instructor of planning at USC; and Brian Tichenor, principal at Tichenor & Thorp Architects and lecturer at the USC School of Architecture.

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Conservancy executive director Linda Dishman and director of advocacy, Adrian Scott Fine, will discuss what redevelopment means for preservation. The story of Bunker Hill tells of one of the earliest and wealthiest neighborhoods in Los Angeles, known for its beautiful Victorian homes and prominent residents. The area declined after World War II as residents moved into newer enclaves, and homes were subdivided for renters and fell into disrepair. Urban renewal efforts in the 1950s and 1960s led to the commercial and cultural hub it is today. The annual meeting includes a breakfast reception and optional tours of the hotel, built by John Portman & Associates, 1974-78. The meeting is free and open to the public, but reservations are required at

Warning signs for carbon monoxide presence told

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Tour of Dodger Stadium on AIA breakfast Series

L.A. Dodgers executive Janet Marie Smith will speak at the AIA/LA City Leaders Breakfast Series on Thurs., May 16. The reception will take place at Dodger Stadium, The Event Suite, 1000 Elysian Park Ave., from 8 to 10 a.m. A tour of recent improvements at the site will be on the tour with Smith, who is senior VP, planning and development for the Dodgers. Others scheduled on the series' roundtable discussion include Rios Clementi Hale Studios, Larchmont Blvd., Fri., June 7. Martha Welborne, executive director for countywide planning METRO, will be the featured speaker Fri., Nov. 1. Wayne Ratkovich, president and CEO of The Ratkovch Co., will talk Fri., Nov. 15. Tickets are $15 members; $30 nonmembers. For more information visit the L.A. chapter of the American Institute of Architects,

Modernism in desert setting The Regional Modernism in Palm Springs AIA Committee on Design Spring Conference will take place Thurs., May 9 to Sun., May 12 at the Riviera Resert and Spa. The event opens with a reception at the Ace Hotel. The Tramway gas station, Palm Springs Art Museum, and Hotel Lautner among features as well as guest speakers. For more information visit

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A+D gala is packed, Turrell lights at LACMA, Petersen braves Baja ARCHITECTURE+DESIGN MUSEUM—"Celebrate the Journey," annual gala and fundraiser, is Sat., May 11 from 7 to 11 p.m. Carry-on luggage created by noted architects and designers and a curated silent auction are featured. • "Windshield Perspective" Beverly Blvd. from Normandie to Virgil choreographed drive exhibit. Opening reception is Fri., May 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. Ends July 9. 6032 Wilshire Blvd.; 323932-9393; CRAFT AND FOLK ART MUSEUM—Make granny squares or knit letters to cover the outside of the museum with Yarn Bombing L.A.-Knit Graffiti Collective on Sat., May 18. Urban Letters workshop is 2 to 3 p.m. Granny squared workshop is 3:30 to 5 p.m. Free • "Social Fabric" exhibit features contemporary artists who confront mass production and consumption through fiber-based art. Ends May 5. • Opening reception Sat., May 25, 7 to 9 p.m. for two exhibits: "This is Not a Silent Mov-

KNITTING WORKSHOPS will dress up the Craft and Folk Art Museum on Sat., May 18.

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2014. • "James Turrell: A Retrospective" opens May 26. Early geometric light projections to recent work with holograms and at Roden Crater in Arizona are among features. Ticketed exhibit. Ends April 2014. • Target Free Holiday Memorial Day Mon., May 27 at 11 a.m. Bilingual tours, art-making activities, and performances by the Music of China Ensemble at UCLA at 12:30 and 2:45 p.m. Ticket required Call, 323-857-6010 • "Hans Richter: Encounters" opens May 5. Ends Sept. 2. • Japanese Prints: Hokusai at LACMA" ends July 28. • "Henri Matisse: La Gerbe" ends Sept. 8. • "Ming Masterpieces from the Shanghai Museum" features 10 works from the Forbidden City, era 15th, 16th century. Ends June 2. • "Ends and Exits: Contempo-

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Statistics Corner Homes are selling w/ multiple offers! It’s all we’re hearing. But there’s actually something behind it. In fact in our neighborhood, avg. days on market (DOM) is back to where it was 5 years ago!


Hancock Park, Windsor Square & Larchmont Village - Average DOM H1 '08 H2 '08 H1 '09 H2 '09 H1 '10 H2 '10 H1 '11 H2 '11 H1 '12 H2 '12 YTD '13 71 84 83 113 106 82 93 67 102 99 71

YTD in 2013, the average DOM of sold properties is 71, which is the same as the first half of 2008. It is also nearly 40% down from 113 DOM when the market was at its worst in late 2009. This means that homes are actually selling faster, and in many cases over asking!

120 100 80 60 40 20 0 H1 H2 2008 2008 H1 H2 H1 H2 2009 2009 2010 2010 H1 H2 H1 2011 2011 H2 2012 2012 YTD 2013

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Celebrate Mother's Day, see movies, discuss books, read to dogs FAIRFAX LIBRARY 161 S. Gardner St. 323-936-6191 L.A. Quiltmakers Guild: Hands-on demonstrations. Beginners welcome. Meets Sat., May 4, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Book Group: Call library for selection. Meets Tues., May 7 at 10:30 a.m. M.S. Support Group: Meets for support for those who have or care for people with multiple sclerosis on Thurs., May 9 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Historical Novel Society: Los Angeles chapter meets this month to discuss Google Earth techniques in reading and writing historical novels on Sat., May 11 at 2 p.m. Friends of the Library: Discuss ways to support the library on Tues., May 14 at 11 a.m. MOMS Club of MidWilshire: Support group for Moms meets on Fri., May 17 at 3 p.m. Medicare 101: Local medi-

care expert will give answers to questions about medicare on Thurs., May 30 at 6:30 p.m. Ongoing Fairfax Writers Group: Open to writers of all skill levels for discussion, critique and writing exercises on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. Computer Comfort: Handson training on the computer on Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. Book Sale: Lots of deals on used books and more on Wednesdays and Saturdays

SUMMER READING CLUB starts early this year with sign-ups beginning on June 3. Above, a poster at the Wilshire branch illustrates the Summer Reading Club's theme.

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Treat mom to brunch, enjoy “Beauty and the Beast,” or attend a bee seminar at Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr., La Canada Flintridge. Dining and entertainment Feast on barbecued selections and fresh fare prepared by Patina and served in the picnic grounds when Spring Tailgate returns on Saturdays

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A+D gala, Turrell lights, Baja race (Continued from page 11) exhibit includes a selection of annotated scripts, production photography, lenses and cameras, set models and costumes. Ends June 30. • "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. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., 323857-6000; PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM—"Baja Day" off-road vehicle show starts at 9 a.m. on Sat., May 4. "Braving Baja: 1000 Miles to Glory" exhibit features buggies, motorcycles and more from the legendary off-road race. Ends Sept. 2. • "Mother's Day Bag Bedazzle" Sat., May 4 from 1 to 4 p.m.

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for a very long time. On one hand and contrary to modern/ popular belief, this old adage doesn’t refer to separate maladies but to only the Professorcold. It was Knowbelieved that It-All if a sufferer could keep the cold from generating an elevated temperature he or she was much more likely to recover quickly. I was at first inclined to give the nod to the Middle English word stave because the expression implies that if you feed a cold you could forestall or hold off the usual accompanying fever. However, on the other hand, starve is Old English—a much older word and that usually is my overwhelming criteria of choice. I’m afraid I can’t, in all conscience, make the call. You have the evidence dear readers, which version do you choose? *** Why, when I have a feeling about something, is it a “hunch?” wonders Peter Fagerholm. “Hunch” is the shortened form of “hunchback.” In ancient times a thusly deformed person was thought to have been touched by the gods and was thereby believed to have

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