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VOL. 46, NO. 6 • DELIVERED TO THE 76,439 READERS IN HANCOCK PARK • WINDSOR SQUARE • FREMONT PLACE • PARK LABREA • LARCHMONT VILLAGE • MIRACLE MILE
GWNC passes motion to ban marijuana sites Melrose site ordered to close
SWING at Historical Society meeting. 8 TOY DRIVE sparks Larchmont Charter youth. 10 GRADUATES' college picks.
HANCOCK PARK— the novel—by local teen. 20 SOCCER buff heads to camp. 26 PATTY HILL covers the party front. 34
SECTION TWO Real Estate
By Chris H. Sieroty Contributing Writer The recent opening of a Melrose Ave. marijuana dispensary near Fremont Library prompted the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council to pass a motion last month directing the City Council to order its immediate closure. The motion, approved May 13 at a meeting at the Ebell, applied to the Bull Dog Café and any dispensary not in compliance of the city’s Interim Control Ordinance or without a hardship exemption. The GWNC also wants the City Council to prevent the over-concentration of marijuana dispensaries near schools, youth centers, public libraries and religious institutions. “This is nothing short of shameful,” Jane Usher, an atlarge member of the GWNC board of directors, said of the proliferation of dispensaries. About 300 have opened in the L.A. area. Operators of the Bulldog Café, 6105 Melrose Ave., atSee Marijuana, p. 18
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By Jane Gilman BRE Properties outlined its request for zoning changes for its block-long development at a hearing on May 27 before Maya Zaitzevsky, city Zoning Administrator. The firm is also seeking a plan amendment and variance for its multi-story, 562unit apartment complex at Wilshire Blvd. and La Brea Ave., adjacent townhomes and ground floor commercial/ retail space. Residents of Sycamore Square and Miracle Mile spoke at the hearing about their issues with the project at 5200 Wilshire Blvd. “Our concerns,” said Liz Fuller, Sycamore Square resident, “are traffic, density and See BRE Properties p. 7
VOLUNTEERS made paper mache flower pots at Wilshire Crest School for local nursing home residents as part of Big Sunday, a two-day community service event. Story page 33
Western facelift on agenda Crime, marijuana also discussed by LVNA By Laura Eversz Crime, including a recent spate of graffiti incidents, medical marijuana dispensaries and a facelift for Western Ave. were on the agenda of the Larchmont Village Neighborhood Association’s semi-annual meeting in May at Van Ness Avenue Elementary School. L.A.P.D. Olympic Division Senior Lead Officer Joe Pelayo and two gang detail officers updated residents on a rash of graffiti in the northeast corner
of the neighborhood. Vandals from STA 13 and MS 13 gangs have been arrested, Pelayo said. Residents were encouraged to report graffiti to 311 for paint-outs, and to call 911 if they witness a crime in progress, noting descriptions of perpetrators, vehicles and license plates. Pelayo told residents there were no unusual levels of crime surrounding registered medical marijuana dispensaSee LVNA, p. 5
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COUNSEL GENERAL Bob Peirce and “Austin Powers” mingle at the British Consul General’s residence in Hancock Park during the launch of BritWeek 2009. See story page 18
Dozens of reasons are bringing shoppers to the boulevard… graduations, new babies, showers, weddings and Father’s Day. Another incentive: the sales tax hike, goes into effect July 1. *** Speaking of new babies, we met Jennifer Becker and her daughter Elisabeth, eight months old, on their way to Peet’s Coffee. *** Longwood Avenue residents joined forces to host a goodbye dinner for Martha and Bill Harmon (41-year residents) and Samantha Colbert who See BLVD., p. 5
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It’s out of control
Los Angeles budget problems could be solved if we took a lesson from our neighbors to the north. Since voters approved the sale of medical marijuana, our city has more than 300 dispensaries and applications for 300 more. We do not charge applicants to open these stores. Oakland charges $30,000 in fees; San Francisco, which has 22 such shops, $8,400. More to the point, why do we have so many of these stores? Why are there six dispensaries within a two-block area on Melrose Ave.? Why are they illegally operating near schools, libraries, playgrounds and places of religious worship? An Interim Control Ordinance is in effect until Sept. 9, 2009 that puts a temporary moratorium on the opening of the stores. It hasn’t stopped dispensaries from selling, claiming they have a hardship exemption even though the city’s Planning and Land Use Committee of City Council hasn’t heard a hardship exemption case since 2007. A KCET report said our city has more marijuana shops than Starbucks. The report quotes Councilman Dennis Zine saying, “It’s out of control.” The City Attorney's office is proposing new regulation and perhaps Carmen Trutanich, who will be taking that office in July, will make it a priority, and start instituting fees. Somebody has to.
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The multi year drought continues in the State of California and water supplies are becoming scarce. To address this shortage the Department of Water and Power and the City of Los Angeles have announced the details of the Water Conservation Ordinance which is effective June 1, 2009. The restrictions include: 1. Use of irrigation sprinklers is limited to Monday and Thursday outside of the hours of 9AM through 4PM 2. Sprinkler station run times are limited to 10 minutes. 3. Any other landscape watering is prohibited between 9AM and 4PM each day. 4. No irrigation shall result in continuous runoff or water flow onto adjoining sidewalks, driveways, streets or gutters. 5. Washing of pavement, hard surfaces, and driveways is prohibited. 6. Water cannot be used to clean, fill or maintain ponds, fountains unless equipped with a re-circulating system 7. Washing of cars using a hose without a shut-off valve is prohibited. The first violation results in a written notice, with subsequent violations being charged at $100 increments. The fifth violation results in the restriction of available water service. In addition rates for water usage for being raised. There are two tiers, with Tier 1 being less expensive and based on a formula including type of customer (single family, multi-family, commercial, industrial or governmental), and size of property. The DWP is lowering Tier 1 by 15% and any usage over that falls into Tier 2 pricing which is much more costly. To determine how much water you use and whether your usage rises above Tier 1 and for any other questions visit the DWP website at: www.ladwp.com
If you haven’t paid your dues, please do so, so you can vote in the elections and show your support for the Association. If you have a question or concern please visit our website: www. hancockpark.org or write the Association at 137 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, 90004. For security questions or concerns please contact Craig Gering (email@example.com). The Graffiti Committee asks that graffiti sightings be reported both to the City by calling 311 or at website: http://www. lacity.org/bpw/ocs/grsr.htm Also, report graffiti sightings to Graffiti Committee Co-Chairs Pam Newhouse at 323-3567856; email address firstname.lastname@example.org or Serena Apfel, 323936-4928; email address email@example.com. Other public funded Graffiti removal services are: Operation Clean Sweep, 800-611-2489 or Hollywood Beautification, 323-463-5180.
"Yes, I think legalizing marijuana is a fantastic idea. The bigger question is 'why isn't it legal?'" Harry Victor Miracle Mile
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Olympic Division ROBBERY: Two suspects impersonating police officers took jewelry, a cell phone and other property from an apartment on the 300 block of S. Van Ness Ave. on May 5 at 6:45 p.m. The suspects intimidated the victim into guiding them into the apartment. The victim was forced to sit on the couch while the suspects removed the property. BURGLARY: Money totaling $350 was taken from an
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"It's a good idea. I don't think prohibition has ever worked. The war on drugs is a failure. Just look at the cost of locking people up in prison. I think it's harmful, but so are cigarettes." Dennis Hartigan Koreatown
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Community Calendar Tues., June 9: Mid City West Community Council board meeting, National Council of Jewish Women office, 543 N. Fairfax Ave., 7 p.m. Sun., June 14: Flag Day. Sun., June 14: Boy Scout Pancake Breakfast, Bank of America parking lot, 100 N. Larchmont Blvd., 8 to 11 a.m. Sun., June 21: Father’s Day. Sun., June 28: Annual meeting of the Windsor SquareHancock Park Historical Society, 2 p.m., Farmers Insurance Building, 4680 Wilshire Blvd. Thurs., July 2: Neighborhood delivery of the Larchmont Chronicle. Sat., July 4: Independence Day.
"Sure, I'm all for legalizing everything. It would make for less crime." John Lowery June St.
"That would be fine with me. I
don't think it's as dangerous as alcohol, and studies have shown it doesn't lead to hard drugs." Mary Burdick Rossmore Ave.
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Do you live in Larchmont, Hancock Park or near The Grove and send your children to private school? If you do, I’m writing to tell you about a remarkable resource that you may be missing out on: John Burroughs Middle School. We have two children, ages eight years apart. Our older daughter attended Westwood Charter School, then Wonderland Gifted Magnet, then the IHP Program at Walter Reed Middle School and Harvard/Westlake High School. We are savvy about
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By John Winther
Wow! The annual Spring Fling sponsored by the Larchmont Boulevard Association was an amazing event that was held on May 14 at the Wilshire Country Club. Everyone had a sensational time and all this was done for a worthy cause. The LBA works hard every day to preserve and protect the charm, character and the experience of the Boulevard. The singers from the Hollywood High Performing Arts Center were so gifted and talented in their performance; the band seduced the audience with their enticing melodies and our honorary Chairman Councilman Tom LaBonge hit a high point for the evening. That evening was Tom and his wife Brigid’s anniversary, Tom sang a song to her from the stage. Many prizes were donated by local merchants, businesses and friends of the Boulevard. We thank them all for their generosity and affection for the community and village. Edie Frere from Landis stationery and Peggy Bartenetti from Coldwell Banker served as wonderful co-chairpersons for this LBA event. The LBA honored very deserving organizations and individuals including Wilshire Rotary Club, the Munger Family YMCA (Hollywood Wilshire YMCA), and Raul Rodriguez our local famous Rose Parade Designer. Accepting for Wilshire Rotary was Elsa Gillham, President; Scot Clifford, board member of the Hollywood Wilshire YMCA, and Raul Rodriguez. A community benefits greatly from the support of everyone who goes beyond the everyday to give and give so generously to the community. These organizations and people exemplify the meaning of giving. Please visit the LBA at www.Larchmont.com. Adv.
what makes a great public school and are also familiar with the benefits of a private education. Our daughter is currently a junior at Oxford University in England. Our son attends seventh grade in the Gifted Magnet at John Burroughs Middle School. What I notice most about his experience is the absence of neighborhood kids. Years ago, when my daughter was in nursery school, and I was concerned about using LAUSD schools, a university professor inspired me to evaluate schools based on my own observations and intuition and not be guided by popular misconceptions. Our son is not only receiving a good education and having a good time at JB, but he is actually receiving a great education. Teachers at the school rival the best teach-
ers our daughter experienced at Harvard/Westlake. I would challenge any middle school across the U.S. to rival Mr. Mitchell in math, Ms. Wi in science or Ms. Heath and her extraordinary drama program. But the school is rich in culture. Our son’s ear is now attuned to accents from around the world, his friends have names I can’t easily pronounce, and he has begun to request foods I’ve never heard of. He has a sense of himself as a piece of the fabric of the world, not as the center of it, and we believe this is a phenomenally enriching aspect to his education that few private schools could replicate. I would personally like to urge every single reader with children of middle school age to look at the school. Ms. Helena Yoon, the phe(Please turn to page 20)
Neighborhood Council Thinking green for Spring
LA POLICE CAPTAINS SPEAK ABOUT CRIME IN THE GWNC AREA
Spring has sprung, and that means your friendly neighborhood Windsor Square Association has gotten busy sprucing up the place. That includes funding improvements for the fence at Robert Burns Park (at the corner of Beverly and Van Ness, for those of you who don’t regularly visit with the kids), and continuing maintenance of the landscaping in the Larchmont Blvd. median, where the 28 Jacaranda trees have grown considerably since their initial planting and are thriving beautifully.
The Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council hosted Captain Eric Davis of the LAPD Wilshire station and Captain Matt Blake of the new LAPD Olympic station at our May 13, 2009 meeting. Captain Davis stated that motor vehicle burglaries are the primary crime in the Wilshire station boundary area. He recommended not leaving valuable items in vehicles, placing personal items in the trunk and locking your car. If possible try to park your car in a garage or driveway. Residential burglaries are called the “crime of opportunity” and he recommended locking doors and windows and installing sensor lighting around the perimeter of your property. Barking dogs also help to deter a burglar also. The LAPD Wilshire Station is responsible for policing west of Plymouth Boulevard within the Greater Wilshire boundaries.
The WSA also continues to advocate for general improvements in the neighborhood, including lobbying the city to move forward on the proposed addition of new street lights on major east-west streets in Windsor Square. You may have noticed additional trees sprouting curbside as well— Windsor Square Canopy planted another 19 trees in March, and is continuing to make progress on its goal of restoring Windsor Square’s original parkway forest, with more than 900 trees planted to date.
Captain Matt Blake of the new LAPD Olympic station spoke about the current response time which is less than 5 minutes when called. The Olympic Station is located at 1130 South Vermont Avenue and it polices from Plymouth Boulevard eastward within the Greater Wilshire boundaries. Senior Lead Officer Joseph Pelayo stated that the Olympic station is now number 2 in Los Angeles for violent crime reductions. Recently the vice unit of the Olympic station has been very aggressive in its area with prostitution arrests. Key contact information for the Olympic station is: Emergencies 911 Olympic station Front Desk 213-382-9102 Olympic Senior Lead Officer Joe Pelayo 213-793-0709
Board President Mike Genewick also attended the bi-monthly meeting of the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council to weigh in on zoning and security issues for the area in general. There’s been another change in Board membership: John Carpenter has resigned to relocate to the East Coast and will be sorely missed. However, we are delighted to announce that Vince Chieffo is taking his place. Mr. Chieffo is an entertainment and media litigator with Greenberg Taurig, and lives on Beachwood Drive with his wife Karen Pope.
As always, please visit our website at windsorsquare.org for regular updates. The Windsor Square Association, an all-volunteer group of residents from 1100 households between Beverly and Wilshire and Van Ness and Arden, works to preserve and enhance our beautiful neighborhood. Join with us! Drop us a line at 157 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004, or visit our website at windsorsquare.org. ADV.
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Forum speakers predict transit, sustainability future By Chris H. Sieroty Contributing Writer Service to Fairfax Ave. and Wilshire Blvd. could begin within the next decade, a Metro official briefed members of the Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce at its fourth annual Wilshire Corridor Forum in May. The transportation agency has completed its scoping period and is releasing information gathered from its public meetings for comment. “Within the next two to three months we will begin exploratory drilling throughout the area at about 70 locations,” Jody Litvack, Metro’s community relations manager, told Larchmont Chronicle in an interview before the meeting. “We’ll be working during the day, and spend two to three days at any one location. The soil samples will be taken to a lab for further study as we begin to determine where the tunnels and (subway) portals will be built.” Litvack said the options for the Westside Subway Extension had been narrowed over a two-year process from 17 mass transit projects to two, a 12-mile line from Western to the sea or a 16-mile line with a spur through West Holly-
Metro drills for soil samples in area Metro will be assessing results from soil samples taken from four locations in the area in late May. Drill rigs drew the samples on Wilshire Blvd. between Fairfax and Burnside avenues. The work is being done to assess conditions below the ground to prepare for a Draft Environmental Impact report on the proposed Metro’s westside subway extension.
SOIL SAMPLES drawn by drill rigs will be used to assess conditions below the ground.
wood. “We are in a rare period for public transportation in Los Angeles,” she said. “Three things have come together. They are: public support, political support and now a secure funding source in Measure R to build the subway extension. We have never had all three together at one time before. Ten years from now, we could have a subway running to Fairfax. It all depends on how soon funding is available.” The Wilshire-only extension will cost $6.5 billion, add-
ing the West Hollywood line increases the total cost to $9 billion. Measure R was expected to generate roughly $4 billion for the subway extension. Litvack said by 2010 Metro staff will recommend a Locally Preferred Alternative which will identify the project to be built, its length, phasing and timing. To address the issues surrounding the creation of a sustainable environment within the region, the Wilshire Corridor Forum on May 14 also hosted several panel discussions featuring architects, real estate brokers and city officials. “We have embraced the concept of sustainability,” said Gary Russell, executive director of the Wilshire Center Business Improvement District. “Our business improvement district has created a cool district to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050.” The cool district is approx(Please turn to page 17)
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Auto crimes alert
There has been a recent increase in vehicle theft and theft from motor vehicles in the area, according to the LAPD Olympic Division. The most common stolen vehicles are Hondas and Toyotas, and the most common items being stolen include GPS systems, iPods, cell phones, cameras, purses, wallets and packages. BURGLARY FROM VEHICLE: Clothing and oth-
er property were taken from a car in an underground structure on the 400 block of S. Van Ness Ave. between 12:45 and 8:40 a.m. on May 17. The suspect smashed the vehicle window to gain entry. PREVENTION TIP: Do NOT leave valuables in your vehicle, especially in plain view. Park where there is a high concentration of pedestrians; park in well-lit areas at night. Wilshire Division From May 3 through May 16 the following crimes occurred: One burglary, four thefts, four burglary thefts from vehicles and one grand theft auto.
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than 200 trees for a 12-block stretch. Ezhari encouraged residents to support fundraising efforts of the Larchmont Blvd. Association, which pays for trash collection in the Village. Sharyn Romano reviewed Hollywood Beautification Team activities, including graffiti removal and the Million Trees LA tree-planting project. She welcomed residents to request parkway and yard trees by calling the HBT office at 323-962-2163. Larchmont Grill owners told residents of their request for a Conditional Use Permit to allow for later hours, and a liquor license at the Melrose Ave. restaurant. Neighbors on Melrose Ave. and Lucerne Blvd. have been supportive of the request. Residents were urged to stay informed about this and other issues by enrolling at LVNA90004@yahoogroups.com.
Trutanich wins; Koretz ahead in Fifth District Council race Sign ordinance pending review New restrictions on digital billboards and “supergraphic” advertising will be among L.A. City Attorney-elect Carmen Trutanich’s first order of business. The City Council delayed a vote last month for the proposed sign ordinance to allow Trutanich time to review the measure; he takes office July 1. Jane Usher, Windsor Square, will be the transition’s executive director. She is the former president of the city planning commission. If passed, the law would allow areas in special sign dis-
tricts to be eligible to apply. The 21 proposed districts include the Miracle Mile, on Wilshire Blvd., between San Vicente Blvd. to La Brea Avenue. Trutanich won his seat in a runoff last month against former City Councilman Jack Weiss. Results won’t be in until June 15 for the Fifth Council District seat, according to a spokesman for the registrar’s office. Paul Koretz and David Vahedi were separated by 335 votes in last month’s election for Weiss’ seat.
Larchmont goers will get whiffs of sausage and eggs when Boy Scout Troop 621 host its 43rd annual Pancake Breakfast on Sun., June 14. Pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee will be served in the Bank of America, 100 N. Larchmont Blvd., parking lot from 8 to 11 a.m. “at the low low rate of $2,” says scout master Steve Heaney. “The Troop’s primary fundraising event of the year includes the boys being responsible for selling the tickets, setting up the event and cooking the pancakes,” he added. Funds will help pay for a host of events, including a fishing trip this month. The final event of the summer will take place in August when a group of the boys and three adult leaders head to Alaska for two weeks of hiking, rafting and kayaking.
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ON THE BLVD. (Continued from page 1) are moving out of the ‘hood, we heard from party organizer Sherry Bonanno. *** During her recent trip to New York City, Edie Frere took in the Picasso exhibit. She also visited designer Joe Nye at the annual Kip’s Bay Showcase House that benefits the Boys & Girls Club. The two rooms he designed were outstanding, Edie told us at Le Petit Greek.
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speaker was Immaculate alumnus Katherine Kantardjieff, Ph.D., director of the center for molecular structure at Cal State Fullerton. Among graduates still set to throw their hats in the air are from HarvardWestlake on Fri., June 5, Loyola on Sat., June 6 and Campbell Hall on Mon., June 8. Philanthropist Victoria Seaver Dean will address Pilgrim School’s 50th graduating class June 8. The ceremony, which is part of the school’s year-long golden anniversary festivities, will honor the Seaver family and Institute; the family name heads one of the school’s two buildings, at 540 S. Commonwealth Ave. Housch Football Field will set the stage for Los Angeles High’s Fri., June 26 commencement, while Pacific Hills graduates will get their diplomas at the Wilshire Ebell Theater on Fri., June 12. Congratulations graduates!
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Seniors from several area schools graduated in May, while others are set to attend their commencement ceremonies this month. Marymount High seniors, who graduated May 23, heard keynote speaker Nancy Lublin, founder of Dress for Success and CEO of the charitable organization Do Something. Marlborough’s class of 2009 graduated May 28, and Immaculate Heart students got their diplomas June 2 at the Hollywood Bowl. Their keynote
Fluxus opens flagship boutique on Larchmont Fluxus, a clothing line formerly available online and at department stores, has opened a flagship boutique at 202 N. Larchmont Blvd. Inspired by the radical Fluxus art movement of the 60s, the line is “basics with a twist,” said store manager Brandon Rafferty. “Popular among young celebrities, the comfortable and layerable clothing is for anyone from 14 to 99,” he added. The loft-like boutique is in the space occupied for 35 years by My Favorite Place, which earlier this year merged with Landis General Store at 142 Larchmont Blvd. “We feel like Larchmont is the right place for us,” said Rafferty. “There’s so much foot traffic, and the community, the people, the shopability all fit together with our line.”
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July. “Our office will continue to work on traffic and other mitigations of concern to the community,” she said. Dale Goldsmith, attorney for BRE, presented the firm’s requests for the mixed-use project. BRE Properties, based in San Francisco, owns and operates 72 apartment communities totaling 21,196 units in California, Arizona and Washington.
Larchmont Blvd. business offers designer apparel Archive Agency, specializing in personal shopping and designer and vintage clothing liquidation, will host a launch party and open house shopping event on Sat., July 18 at 530 N. Larchmont Blvd., Suite 3. The appointment-based company, owned by fashion veteran Jenn Ripley, sells new merchandise at discounts up to 85 percent from designers such as Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen and Moschino. Items are typically off-season, cancelled or overstock styles, and in many case vintage or from movie sets. In addition, bi-monthly sales will be open to the public. For an appointment, call 404-574-9098. For more in-
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Learn to cook at Larchmont Larder A series of cooking classes at the Larchmont Larder, 626 N. Larchmont Blvd., will show you how to make the most of summer’s bounty. Learn to make a variety of salads using seasonal produce on Thurs., June 11. A baking class covers crisps, cobblers pies and tarts on Thurs., July 16. Tomatoes are the topic on Thurs., Aug. 13. Classes, led by Chef Michael Beglinger, are at 7 p.m. Cost is $75 per session. For more information, call 323-962-9900.
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“The ICO (interim control ordinance) clearly states you cannot move from one location to another,” said Renee Weitzer, chief of staff for LaBonge. Weitzer compared the practice to a restaurant selling alcohol while waiting for its liquor license. “It doesn’t work that way.” The Bull Dog's is among hundreds of requests for hardship exemptions before the city Planning and Land Use Management Committee. The committee will consider striking the hardship exemptions by Tues., June 9, and consider a draft ordinance, according to Monica Reyes, spokesman for Ed Reyes, chair of PLUM. The final ordinance, set to have stricter regulations for the centers, will go before the Council for approval.
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Event features summer activities for youth at Park La Brea The answer to “What to do with the kids this summer?” was answered at the Park La Brea Youth Day in May at Alandele Circle. The event included a jump house and climbing tree, and refreshments were furnished by Whole Foods market. Booths highlighted information on summer camps and the police Explorer program. Sylvie Brousseau, Park La Brea activities director, said the event was designed to introduce neighborhood residents to the programs that are available for the kids during the summer. Youngsters ages 13 to 18 who enroll in the police Explorers program will be trained by the Los Angeles Police Department and will be part of the patrol at Park La Brea, said Glenn Beem, secu-
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Explorer of the Year Jose Melgar received a plaque at Spring Salute 2009. Also pictured, from left, are Wilshire Community Police Council board president T.C. Kim, Capt. Eric Davis, commanding officer, L.A.P.D. Wilshire Division, and West Bureau Deputy Chief Terry Hara.
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The event, which featured an auction, dinner and awards presentation, raised more than $8,000 for the Wilshire Community Police Council, said board member and Spring Salute chairman Suzanne Bank. Award recipients of the year honored at the Wilshire Community Police Council (WCPC) event were: Officer, Armondo Hoyos; Detective, Luis Corona; Senior Lead Officer, Spiro Roditis. Supervisor, Rudy Hernandez; Civilian Employee, Martha Militello; Investigator, Arturo Ramos. Reserve Officer, Alton Jones; Explorer, Jose Melgar and Community Member, Robert Reeves; Businessperson, Young H. Sim. The WCPC is a non-profit volunteer group that funds youth programs at the Wilshire Community Police Station. The Police Explorer and Deputy Auxiliary Police programs mentor youth and encourage their participation in the community.
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A bequest in excess of $2 million to the Leadership in Learning Campaign is the largest gift from an alumna in Marlborough School’s history. The gift was from the estate of Nancy Omohundro Long, class of ’54, who served as a member of the Alumnae Council, and supported the Angel Project, a program that supplements financial aid. In addition, she served for 22 years as assistant to the head of school. “Nancy Long was an extraordinary alumna, colleague and friend to many members
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The Counsel General of Australia was among more than 60 people at the Junior League of Los Angeles’ Rainey House for a reception aimed at helping to end human trafficking. “Human Trafficking: Slavery in Our Midst” also included members of the International Visitors Council of Los Angeles and the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking as well as visitors from the Republic of Kazakhstan. “The reception was not only an opportunity to raise awareness around the tragedy that is human trafficking,” said Michelle Kezirian, president of the Junior League, “but also to build and strengthen relationships in the community and educate people about what it is that the Junior League does.” L.A. is one of the top three points of entry into America for victims of slavery and trafficking, she said.
By Laura Eversz Alex Close was shopping for a pre-packed disaster preparedness bag when inspiration struck. “The guy at the store who sold it to me was pointing out everything I needed to add to the bag,” she recalls. “And I was thinking ‘well, why doesn’t it come with all of that?’” Her conclusion: “I just felt like I could build a better one.” Research showed Close that disaster kits mostly contained products for trauma. Her pack, however, holds all the necessities you need to carry on with life after a disaster strikes. “Many people find themselves displaced for a period of time after a major catastrophe. What if you’re pulled from your home because of an earthquake or fire, and you have to live in a school auditorium for a week?” she asks. The Save Your Fanny Pack contains more hygiene and
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High school grads reveal their choices for college Sloane Fowkes was working as a junior ambassador at Campbell Hall when she first heard of Pennsylvania’s Dickinson College. “That’s when college reps give presentations about their schools. I was taking notes for
She hopes to study abroad in either Argentina or Spain her junior year. In the meantime, Sloane says she’s a little nervous about leaving home. “I know I’ll be homesick. But I’m excited because it’ll give me the opportunity to grow.” Her parents, Flo and Richard, Plymouth Blvd., will be sad to see her go. “But they’re very happy I get to attend the school I want.”
students who were unable to attend.” When Sloane heard the vice president of admissions talk about Dickinson’s study abroad program and about how they intermix classes, “I fell in love with the school.” An overnight stay at the campus in the Fall sealed the deal, and she was accepted after applying early decision.
Lauren Elsner was so sure she wanted to go to Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, she didn’t apply anywhere else. “I applied early decision. So if I didn’t get in, I could sub-
mit other applications I had ready,” said the Campbell Hall graduate. Lauren credits working with a college counselor and visiting more than 20 schools for helping her find exactly what she was looking for. “I’d advise younger students to do the same. It really eliminated a lot of stress.” With plans to minor in dance and major in psychology or arts management, the Windsor Square resident says she’s “very, very excited to leave home. I’ve wanted to go to the east coast all my life, and I’m ready to be independent.” As for her parents, Jeff and Margy Hudson, Lauren, the youngest of three, says, "I think they will be delighted and very happy to have the house to themselves.” *** Among schools Marlborough senior Ashley Lyles was accepted into were the University of Richmond, Howard University, St. Mary’s and Santa Clara colleges. Trying to decide which to attend wasn’t easy, she said. “I really liked Santa Clara and Howard. And St. Mary’s had a very pretty campus in the Bay area, they were really welcoming and I got a good
ASHLEY LYLES sense of community and family there.” In addition, the avid basketball player knew some girls on the St. Mary’s team. In the end, her decision was made easier when St. Mary’s offered her a scholarship. And her mom, Chutima, Elmwood Ave., is glad she won’t be too far from home.” “If she misses me, she can drive up and see me.” Ashley plans to major in biology, with a minor in Spanish or business. “I hope to become a pediatrician some day.” For now, she’s sad about the thought of leaving everyone behind. “But I’m really excited to be on my own and to meet new people.”
Human Rights Series held at Marlborough Marlborough juniors and seniors heard of a child’s forced enlistment in the militia to becoming an advocate to the U.N. as part of a Human Rights Speaker Series. The former child soldier from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Madeleine (last name was withheld) was on the Rossmore Ave. campus as part of the series, organized by history department head Cathy Atwell, Hancock Park. “This year’s Speaker Series has enriched students’ understanding of topics that usually ‘fly below the radar’ in the traditional high school curriculum...” said Atwell. Madeleine was joined by Bukeni Waruzi, executive director of Ajedi-Ka, aimed at demobilizing the reintegrating child soldiers in the DRC. Banafsheh Akhlaghi, western regional director of Amnesty International, met with students on April 15 to discuss transnational conflicts and crime. Government officials and journalists were among a nine-member panel from Kazakhstan to address students on human trafficking on May 15, concluding the series.
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Creativity, back to basics offered at Hands-On 3rd By Laura Eversz Renee Ridgeley yearned to do something creative. With two small children at home, acting wasn’t an option for the Hancock Park thespian. So she and pal Kyle Hollingsworth, a painter, jewelry designer and graphic artist, cooked up the idea for Hands-On 3rd, a community focused, creative space offering back-to-basics classes in just about anything you can make with your hands. An interesting array of workshops feature everything from terrarium construction to hat making, sewing to green living, jewelry design to drawing and painting. “People can walk in and learn a skill, then walk away with knowledge they can use at home and share with friends,” said Ridgeley. “That’s what we offer, skills.”
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to learn to do things themselves. So rather than buying that $400 dress, they can come here and learn to make it themselves.” Sewing classes are popular with both men and women, who can learn to mend or create something from scratch. Each month Hands-On has an artist in residence. “This month, it’s a milliner,” said Ridgeley. “A lot of guys have signed up for that class. It’s great, because you learn to make it once, then you can go home and make it on your own.” Kids’ workshops, which cater to the seven and up crowd, have also been well-attended. Class sizes are small—usually only six to eight people. “And we’ll still hold the class
In the book “Dreamers in Dream City” author Harry Brant Chandler blends vintage and contemporary photos of 54 men and women who have made their mark on Los Angeles. The Hancock Park resident will be signing his new book at Chevalier’s, 126 N. Larchmont Blvd., on Sat., June 27, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A former media executive, he is a descendant of two pioneer Los Angeles families. Angel City Press published the hardcover book. Cost is $35.
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The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino opened its 16,379-square-foot Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art in May. The new space is said to be one of the largest presentations in Southern California of American art from the Colonial period through the mid-20th century. The space comprises 15 galleries redesigned from the Virginia Steele Scott Gallery and the Lois and Robert F. Erburu Gallery, which formerly displayed European works. Permanent and temporary exhibitions will feature thematic groupings of works selected from The Huntington’s more than 9,400 American art pieces. These include paintings by Benjamin West, silver tableware by Tiffany and Co., and Zenobia in Chains, a sculpture by Harriet Hosmer, that will be on public view for the first time in nearly a century. One wall will be devoted to George Washington, anchored by a portrait by Gilbert Stuart. Free audio guides will be available. For more information go to www.huntington.org.
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