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vol. 49, no. 7 • delivered to the 76,439 readers in hancock park • windsor square • fremont place • park labrea • larchmont village • Miracle Mile

Ficus tree root problems prompt their removal


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Pedestrians were amazed on the morning of June 17 to see a new tree in front of Hamburger Hamlet XP, 217 N. Larchmont Blvd., where two ficus trees had been located. The building owner, Frank Fox, said the full-grown trees had been causing multiple damage to his property. He is currently in a lawsuit brought by someone who suffered injuries when she tripped over the sidewalk. Not only are the tree’s roots raising the sidewalk, said Fox, See Ficus tree, p 4


Officers staff command post at Robert Burns Park

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MINISTER grills and preaches. 26 GRADUATES' college choices.

28 ONE tree replaced the two.

SECTION TWO Real Estate Home & Garden

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BLOCK CAPTAINS and neighborhood watch members were among residents who met with L.A.P.D. Olympic Division Sgt. Hope Young and senior lead officer Joe Pelayo at a mobile substation vehicle parked at Robert Burns Park at the corner of Van Ness Ave. and Beverly Blvd.

On the heels of a temporary paving project on Wilshire Blvd., a major undertaking between Wilton Place and Fairfax Ave. has been announced by Councilman Tom LaBonge. The $1 million-plus project is slated to start in the next few months, said Ben Seinfeld, LaBonge’s field deputy. The repaving project was supposed to begin when the improvements by the Bus Rapid Transit were underway. These have been stalled until approval of the project by Westside communities is reached. LaBonge will be using year 2012-13 Prop C money for the improvements. It’s estimated the project should be completed in roughly a month from start time.

By Laura Eversz L.A.P.D. Wilshire Division officers plan to continue to bring their mobile command post vehicle to areas throughout the community following the success of a recent visit to Robert Burns Park at the corner of Van Ness Ave. and Beverly Blvd. Residents who stopped by the community substation discussed issues including crime and neighborhood watch programs with Olympic senior lead officer Joe Pelayo

and Sgt. Hope Young. “We’d like to thank Olympic’s commanding officer Capt. Nieto for allocating resources this way today,” said Karen Gilman, secretary of the Larchmont Village Neighborhood Assoc. “What a great turnout of neighbors, block watch organizers and regular folks all day long.” The moveable post, which is equipped with state of the art technology, lets residents meet police officers in person to discuss issues in their

neighborhoods. The concept, said Pelayo, “is that if we do community outreach, it allows the residents to be part of the solution to address the problem.” Pelayo said he couldn’t do his job without the help See Officers staff, p 8

Women of Larchmont Our annual special section highlights women of accomplishment in the August issue of the Larchmont Chronicle. Advertising deadline is Mon., July 16. To reserve space, call Pam Rudy, 323462-2241 x 11.

On the Boulevard Glimpses by Jane

BRAD JAMISON chronicled his Thirty Days of Serivce online. The marathon included planting a tree at Pan Pacific Park with Tree People. See story page 25

Are Larchmontians in for a quiet July? We don’t think so—what with getting kids off to college, planning July 4th barbecues and beach trips. *** We gave Arline Densmore our best wishes for her move to be near her family in Walnut Creek. She was browsing the new titles selection in Chevalier’s Books. *** Max Cazier, 13, who is doing See BLVD., p 12 ~ Entire Issue Online!



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By Jane Gilman

The time has come It was in the mid-1950s that ficus trees were first planted on Larchmont Blvd. Over the years they have added charm to our village street. But they have also been harmful (see page one article), and they need to be phased out. The city has selected the Brisbane box (Tristania confera), a tree originally from Australia. They are evergreen, extremely drought-resistant and exceptionally strong. The trees are said to grow well along streets and in parking lot islands. They will have to be trimmed to achieve a rounded top so they can emulate the ficus as closely as possible.

A victory cheer We have to mention the Los Angeles Kings victory, since we had been season ticket holders for more than 30 years. But it’s a victory for the entire city. It was thrilling to be on the winning side at last. Their rise to gain the Stanley Cup was a Cinderella story all its own. Now it’s the Dodgers’ turn.

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Wed., July 4 – Independence Day. Wed., July 11 – Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council meeting, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., 7 p.m. (greaterwilshire. org). Tues., July 17 – Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce Economic Forum, 11 a.m., El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Blvd. ( Thurs., July 19, Los Angeles Mixer at the Shrine Auditorium Expo Center, 5 – 9 p.m. ( Fri., Aug. 3 – Delivery of the August issue of Larchmont Chronicle ( Tues., Aug. 7 – National

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Man offers a glass of water and is assaulted in return Remember to Stay Safe On May 31st our Councilman, Tom LaBonge, hosted a public safety meeting at John Burroughs Middle School. He was joined by LAPD Captains Robert Arcos of the Olympic Division and Eric Davis of the Wilshire Division. Captain Davis confirms that there has been an increase in crime in our area this year. In particular there is a sophisticated group of criminals operating in areas like Hancock Park. They often work during the day, knock on doors and if no one is home break in. The LAPD put together a task force, Operation Knock-Knock, to better focus on breaking up this group and there have been some arrests. The LAPD reminds us that the best defense against crime is to take some simple precautions: 1) Keep your car locked and valuables, including CPSs, telephones, chargers, money, documents and mail, out of sight; 2) Set your house alarm, if you have one; 3) When out of town have papers stopped, mail picked up, keep a car in the driveway and put timers on lights; 4) If anyone comes to the door make them identify themselves before opening the door; and if not opening the door, make it clear someone is at home. To report a crime in progress or a medical emergency call 911. If you observe suspicious activity call 1-877-ASK-LAPD and notify your private security service, if you are a subscriber. If you are making a report try to be as clear as possible, and collect details, such as descriptions of cars, people, locations and activities. Use your phone’s camera to photograph license plates, cars or anything questionable. The police are compiling a list of all surveillance cameras so they can check neighboring cameras if a crime occurs. Please let our LAPD Senior Lead Officer (SLO), David Cordova; (213) 793-0650; know if you have a surveillance camera, if you have a question, or just want to introduce yourself. Crime prevention tips are available at website: . Remember: Never confront a suspicious person. If you’re planning changes to your house read the Preservation Plan which can be found at: http://www. or http://preservation. ) 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 and 310-659-6220-Office). Adv.


Furnished by Senior Lead Officer Joseph Pelayo OLYMPIC DIVISION ROBBERIES: A woman was assaulted by two men and her purse was stolen while she and her mother were walking near the corner of Wilshire Blvd. and Wilton Pl. on June 9 at 11:50 p.m. A man was struck by a candleholder and his cell phone taken on June 11 at 3:15 p.m.

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Furnished by Senior Lead Officer Dave Cordova The man had let the suspect into his S. Gramercy Pl. apartment to give him a glass of water. A woman was seized from behind, punched and her purse snatched while she was walking on the 300 block of Westminster Ave. on June 12 at 2:10 a.m. A woman was approached from behind and her purse grabbed by a suspect while she was walking near the corner of Gramercy Pl. and Wilshire Blvd. on June 12 at 11:20 p.m. A woman was placing her handbag in the trunk of her car when a suspect approached the woman and tried to take it from her on June 12 at 11:45 p.m. During the ensuing struggle, the strap to the handbag broke and the suspect fled. He was chased by the woman and several witnesses, and then arrested by responding officers. PREVENTION TIP: Pay attention to your surroundings and if possible don’t walk alone, especially at night. If approached, try to remember (Please turn to page 5) Graffiti Removal Operation Clean Sweep .............................. 311 Hollywood Beautification ............. 323-463-5180

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Chairs to go at Bungalow?


To go or not to go? That is the question regarding the chairs at the Larchmont Bungalow, 107 N. Larchmont Blvd. An L.A. Superior Court Judge ordered they be removed from the eatery before a Tues., Aug. 14 hearing in court. But Bungalow attorney Mitchell Egers said “an amenable resolution that would make everybody happy” may be worked out by then. If so, the chairs may stay. “That’s part of what we’re working on. So much of the community wants it to be resolved… a lot of people love the place.” Almost immediately after it opened in 2009 with a takeout license, the city revoked its certificate of occupancy for having tables and chairs. Zon-







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Hit a home run for Hope-Net’s food pantries at ‘Taste’ Save the date—Mon., Aug. 20—for the 20th annual “Taste of Larchmont Village.” Theme of the event is “Hit a Home Run for Hope-Net.” Dine at not one, but 13 Larchmont eateries while contributing to the coffers of Hope-Net, a non-profit agency that feeds the disadvantaged. Wine-tasting, a dessert pavillion and entertainment also will be featured. The agency operates 14 food pantries at local churches and temples, and last year served more than 375,000 men, women and children. The fundraiser was started by the Larchmont Chronicle to mark its anniversary; the newspaper is celebrating its 49th year. Ticket price is $40. To purchase tickets call 213-3899949, or visit

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Walking down Larchmont this Sunday, I had various feelings. Larchmont has uniqueness, a charm that is different from so many other streets and areas. Larchmont can be defined so much easier by what it is NOT, than by what it IS. It is NOT a regional shopping center; it IS locally owned. Many people have grown up in the area. Walking down the street this Sunday, I was surprised by the trash on the street … cigarette butts, gunk on the sidewalk, dog poop, and generally, the mess. What encouragement could we give to change the behavior of our visitors? Perhaps it is time to start with our children and remind them that good citizenship and behavior are important to all. Many members of the Larchmont Boulevard Association do many wonderful and humanitarian acts. Our newest member is Dr. Dougherty and his staff at Dougherty Laser Vision. Dr. Dougherty returned from Haiti where he provided medical care for the eyes of children and adults. The Doctor is not alone; many of our wonderful members are involved in charities, causes, community efforts and organizations all for this simple reason: the betterment of the lives of people around us. I urge you this Fourth of July to take a moment and recognize the many people that have made this country so remarkable, so enduring and so free. As always visit at www.larchAdv.

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Windsor Square and adjacent communities Hancock Park and Larchmont Heights have unfortunately been the targets for a number of residential burglaries over the past three months. The LAPD has created a task force that is addressing the situation, but residents can help by being diligent about security. Here are a few tips from the WSA Board and our local LAPD Senior Lead Officers: 1) Know your block captain. The Windsor Square block captain network is considered an exemplary model for the city. The WSA sends regular emails to the network regarding security situations. By knowing your block captain, you can remain informed. If you don’t know your block captain, email blockcaptains@windsorsquare. org for contact info. There are also a few blocks that need captains - volunteers can find out more at the same address. 2) Call 911 immediately to report any suspicious activity so it can be handled by LAPD. 911 should be your first phone call, not your home security company. 3) Use your phone’s camera to photograph suspicious activity, license plates, vehicles, etc. The photos can easily be emailed to the appropriate LAPD division. 4) Lock your car. Most of the local crime increase has been thefts from automobiles. Do not leave valuables in your car. 5) Light your property. Do not leave dark areas where burglars can hide. Motion-activated lights are also a good idea. 6) Use your home alarm system. 7) Make it obvious that someone is home. If you are concerned, do not answer the door, but make it clear that someone is in the house. Windsor Square is serviced by two LAPD divisions: Homes to the east of Plymouth are in the Olympic Division; homes to the west of Plymouth are in the Wilshire Division. More tips and contact numbers are available at You can also follow the WSA (@WSA_LA) or the LAPD Wilshire Division on Twitter (@lapdwilshire) for up-to-date information on neighborhood activities. The Windsor Square Association, an all-volunteer group of residents from 1100 households between Beverly and Wilshire and Van Ness and Arden, works to preserve and enhance our beautiful neighborhood. Join with us! Drop us a line at 157 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004, or visit our website at ADV.

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LARCHMONT CHARTER students made a wish as they grasped a torch that will relay through more than 60 cities on the World Harmony 25th Anniversary Peace Run throughout the U.S. Runners promoting peace have travelled more than 35,000 miles in 140 countries since the Run's inception in 1987. Over 65 Years of Focusing on You.

Windsor Square Association board members Caroline Moser and Katie Jones-Badami have been selected to head the group’s block captain program. Moser will handle sending out relevant news— ”everything from burglaries to lost dogs to pancake breakfasts.” Jones-Badami will manage data, staffing and maintain the resident database. Block captains reach out to every neighbor on the block, keep up with e-mail addresses and enroll new residents. News is sent to neighbors as well as adjacent associations, local police and security companies. “The Association has a tried and true system to get valuable information to and from our neighbors,” said Larry Guzin, WSA president. Previous block captain coordinator Wendy Savage has moved out of the area.

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Miracle Mile Chamber forum to address transit concerns Transportation solutions to accommodate projected traffic increases in the Miracle Mile will be aired at an Economic Forum on Tues., July 17 from 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. The meeting, at the El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Blvd., will feature addresses by Fourth District Councilman Tom LaBonge and Dennis Zane, executive director of Move LA., an organization advocating financially sound public transportation for Los Angeles. Sponsored by the Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce for the seventh year, the forum will include a panel of building managers moderated by Neal Perkey of Davis Partners. Sharing information will be managers Adele Bayless, 5670 Wilshire Building, and Adam Lev, Ratkovich Building. Laughlin Waters Jr., owner of L.E. Waters Construction Co., will cover office renovations. Black Dog Café is catering the lunch. Cost is $20, mem-

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they are also creating damage underneath to plumbing and his building’s foundation. “Every owner on Larchmont will be having similar problems with the ficus trees,” he predicted.

“We wanted to replace the ficus with two trees, but were informed by the city that we could only put in one tree,” he added. The Brisbane box tree has been selected to replace all the ficus trees on Larchmont over a period of time. While the species does not have the wide, umbrella-like foliage growth of the ficus, it is more suitable to survive in urban areas without causing root damage, according to the city’s Urban Forestry Division.

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Area soccer team to compete in nationals in July Fourteen girls from Region 78 Hollywood Soccer League will travel to Knoxville, Tenn. this month to compete in the American Youth Soccer Organization’s national competition. The group, made up of the best players from 14 and under teams, is coached by Ron Neef and Gene Straub. Players helped raise money for airfare to the tournament by handing out flyers on Larchmont Blvd. last month that garnered the team 10 percent of every Jamba Juice purchase. In addition, local businesses donated to the cause, including iWear, Chevalier’s Books, California Roll and Sushi, Little Seed, Village Pizza, Yoga Works, Landis, Larchmont Beauty and Larchmont Larder.

Bungalow (Continued from page 3) ing laws limit restaurants on the street. The city won a civil case against the restaurant in December and is now proceeding with the criminal charges, said deputy city attorney Serena Christion. The defendants have pleaded not guilty to operating without a certificate of occupancy, failing to comply with Dept. of Building and Safety and providing false information.

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details that will help police with making an arrest. BURGLARIES: Jewelry was stolen from a home on the 300 block of N. Bronson Ave. on June 1 between 3 and 7 p.m. The suspect jumped the back fence and broke the glass back door to break in. Jewelry and an MP3 player were taken from a residence on the 500 block of N. Bronson Ave. on June 1 between 5:10 and 7:35 p.m. The suspect broke in by smashing the glass sliding doors. Jewelry was stolen from a home on the 500 block of N. Bronson Ave. on June 1 between 8 and 9:50 p.m. The suspect entered by removing a screen from an unsecured window. Jewelry, clothing and food

Two burglary suspects linked to area crimes Two suspects who were arrested following a recent break-in are believed to be responsible for a spate of burglaries in the Larchmont Village and Windsor Square areas. According to Olympic Division senior lead officer Joe Pelayo, two African American male suspects were taken into custody after a resident reported seeing them jump over a fence at a home at which an alarm was going off on the 500 block of S. Wilton Pl. on Tues., June 12 at 11 a.m. Pelayo said that there’s a high likelihood they are tied to the crew that has been hitting the area in the past few weeks. A “Knock-Knock” task force has been set up by LAPD’s Olympic Division to investigate the recent burglaries in which suspects first ring the doorbell to see if anyone is at home. Pelayo encouraged residents to call 911 or the Olympic Division at 213382-9102 to report suspicious activity.

were taken from an apartment on the 500 block of S. Manhattan Pl. on June 8 between 2 and 5 p.m. Jewelry and a wallet with money were stolen from a home on the 200 block of S. Gramercy Pl. on June 10 at 3:10 p.m. Jewelry, a camera and furniture were taken from a residence on the 300 block of N. Wilton Pl. on June 10 between 10:20 a.m. and 7 p.m. Jewelry and other property were stolen from an apartment on the 500 block of N. Beachwood Dr. on June 11 between 7:40 and 10:40 p.m. GRAND THEFT AUTO: A white 1995 Chevy Astro was stolen while parked near the corner of Third St. and Gramercy Pl. on June 5 between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. A red 2009 Toyota Yaris was taken from the 300 block of Norton Ave. on June 12 between 12:30 and 10 a.m. WILSHIRE DIVISION BURGLARIES: Jewelry was stolen from a home on the 200 block of S. Rossmore Ave. on June 1 between 3:30 and 4:45 p.m. Two suspects knocked on the front door for ten minutes at a home on the 300 block of S. Hudson Ave. on June 5 at 1:30 p.m. They then broke a side window to enter, but soon fled when the victim returned. PREVENTION TIP: Lock all doors, gates, garage and windows and keep areas well lit. If you are leaving town, put lights and a radio on a timer, and put newspapers and mail on hold. Install an alarm. BURGLARY THEFT FROM VEHICLE: A GPS and technical instruments were stolen from a car parked near the corner of Wilshire Blvd. and Citrus Ave. on May 27. Clothing and luggage were taken from a car parked on the 600 block of N. Sycamore Ave. on May 29. A car parked near the corner of Hudson Ave. and 2nd St. was broken into on May 30. A computer and handbag were stolen from a car parked near the corner of 1st St. and Lucerne Blvd. on May 30. A car was broken into on the 100 block of N. McCadden


Pl. on the evening of May 31. Sporting goods were taken from a car parked near the corner of Melrose Ave. and Sycamore Ave. on June 1. A GPS was taken from a car parked near the corner of 2nd St. and Alta Vista Ave. on June 2. The suspects cut the convertible top. Money was stolen from a car parked on the 400 block of S. Orange Dr. on June 6. Money and sporting goods were taken from a car parked on the 100 block of S. Arden Blvd. on June 6. Computer equipment and credit cards were stolen from a car parked on the 600 block of N. Cherokee Ave. on June 8. Technical instruments were taken from a car parked on the 500 block of N. Rossmore Ave. on June 8. 911 is for emergency only. To report non-emergencies, call 877-275-5273.

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members played in high school, breaking in some 20 years later has cost some sprained ankles and pulled hamstrings and scores in the neighborhood of zero. “Losing every game in our first couple of seasons was like beating a dead horse,� observed Lanza. Hence the team logo of a dead horse doing a bicycle kick. After all, “You can’t beat a dead horse,� says Atlee. The team strategized to improve its odds over beers after Wednesday night games and coffee on Sunday mornings. They narrowed the Open Division to a 30+ Division and then trimmed the age limit to the 40+ Division of today. DRILLS BECAME more rigorous when former Johns Hopkins University soccer player and teammate Richard Bronshvag took the lead. The new season begins this month for the city Dept. of Recreation and Parks League at John Ferraro Athletic Fields in Griffith Park. Sponsors include Champagne Roederer, Keller Williams Larchmont and Xiomara restaurant.

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Pasadena Rose Parade float designer and Windsor Square resident Raul Rodriguez was presented with the Rose Breast Cancer Society Lifetime Achievement Award at the 14th annual Rose Variety Arts Show. The event was held at the Virginia Robinson Gardens estate in Beverly Hill in May. Dr. Cherlyn Lee was keynote speaker.

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Awarded ‘Marketer of the Year’ Kathryn Davis, Miracle Mile, was honored with the Credit Union Times “Marketer of the Year” Trailblazer Award at the CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference held recently in Washington, D.C. Davis, senior vice president, Xceed Financial Credit Union, was also honored earlier this year with a spot among Credit Union Times’ Trailblazers 40 Below, a group of young executives. She was also previously honored by the Council with the “Marketing Professional of the Year” award in 2009. “To me, an effective mar-

keter has to be not just visually creative but creative in their thought p r o c e s s KATHRYN DAVIS viewing the world, your credit union, your members differently than anyone else,” said Davis. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from UC Riverside and a masters in media writing and communications from Chapman University.






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Small selected for translation program at Banff Rachel Small, a graduate student in the University of Iowa’s MFA in Literary Translation program, was chosen to attend the Banff International Literary Translation Centre’s annual summer translation program for 2012. Small said she is thrilled to be the only U.S. student to be selected for this fabulous residency in the Canadian Rockies. The daughter of Brian and Laura Small of Windsor Square, she is currently working on a masters of fine arts degree in literary translation at the University of Iowa. She also will teach a French cinema class at Coe College in Cedar Rapids. During her residency, Rachael will be working on her translation of “Mon Maroc,” a collection of short autobiographical narratives by Moroccan writer Abdellah Taïa.

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Wells Fargo & Company has named Lana Bykova district manager for its Hollywood Hills district that includes the Larchmont Blvd. branch. Bykova will manage a team of 200 retail bankers, overseeing retail sales and service for $1.6 billion in deposits. She most recently served as a district manager for Wells Fargo in Santa Clarita. 

WEARING HELMET is Honorary Fire Chief Lyn MacEwen Cohen with, from left, Battalion 5 Chief Charles Butler, Battalion Chief Jeffrey Elder, city Fire chief Brian Cummings and assistant Chief Kwame Cooper.

Her new hat is a fire helmet For her work in promoting the Los Angeles Fire Department, Lyn MacEwen Cohen was named “Honorary Fire Chief 2012” at Fire Service Recognition Day in May. Fire Chief Brian Cummings presented an official fire chief helmet to Cohen, president of First-In Fire Foundation and of the Miracle Mile Civic Coalition, for her public service benefitting the Fire Department. She has been instrumental in partnering residents with their local fire stations, fostering friends and funds for the Department, championing local emergency preparedness. Ceremonies were held at

the Los Angeles Fire Department Museum with the LAFD Historical Society and the members of Fire Station 27.

Auto dealership site on La Brea Ave. sold After more than a year on the market, the former Chysler-Jeep headquarters at 359 – 417 S. La Brea Ave. has been sold. Buyer of the 68,102 square foot property is the CIM Group. The company plans to develop retail business on the site. CIM’s built Midtown Crossing at Pico and Rimpau boulevards.

Officers staff command post (Continued from page 1) of community members. He pointed to the recent arrest of two burglary suspects after a resident reported hearing an alarm and seeing two men jump over a fence as an example. “We can’t move police stations around,” added Lt. Eric Quan, assistant commander

of detectives. “But we can put the command substations out there.” The recent rise in burglaries is concerning for residents,” Quan added. “Bringing the command centers to the community is a very tangible way to let people know that we’re there and we care.”

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Music playlist underscores coming-of-age tale ‘Cusp of Everything’ By Laura Eversz There is a dual meaning in the title “The Cusp of Everything” by first-time novelist Laura Foti Cohen. The “cusp” describes both the precipice of adulthood, when real life begins, and the enormous societal changes happening in the 1970s. Set in Westchester County, N.Y., it is a coming-of-age tale from the viewpoint of a teenager who dreams of moving to the big city to make her own future. AUTHOR Laura Foti Cohen. The Brookside resiobviously suffered. So I wantdent—who published the book under her maiden name, ed to acknowledge him and Laura Huntt Foti—grew up in capture what that time was Westchester County, and set like for me.” her story at long-gone hang- In the novel, Karen Walsh’s outs and the occasional survi- summer after high school vor, such as Rye Playland and graduation is spent working at Playland, where a summer Scarsdale’s Candlelight Inn. “The idea came when I took fling diverts her attention my son to Playland where I’d from her parents’ divorce. worked when I was 17,” said When she starts college in the Cohen. “My old boss was still fall after many of her friends there, and I asked him about have headed out of town to my old boyfriend. He told me school, it is as a lonely commuter. Her discontent and he’d recently killed himself. “When you’re young,” she raging hormones lead her continued, “you don’t think to make poor choices until a about those key people in your promising new relationship life not being there. And this with the caring Mark Cassone person who was so important changes her outlook, but then was not available, and had also rocks her world.

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The novel features a fullyintegrated soundtrack featuring the music of the era and life in transition. “While I was writing the book, I was inspired by Keith Richards’ autobiography ‘Life,’” says Cohen. “As I read it, I craved the music, and several times went to my desk to play songs that were mentioned—and even to buy them when I didn’t already have them.” Throughout Cohen's book, there are references to more than 200 primarily 1970-era songs that set tone and timeframe. “The original concept for the book was that it would be published as an e-book through Amazon or iTunes so that you could play clips seamlessly while you were reading

and buy the songs if you liked them,” Cohen explains. “But I couldn’t figure out how to do it without completely interrupting the reading experience.” The compromise is a playlist by chapter, which can be found on cuspofeverything. com. Cohen, whose son is now a teen, always knew she would

be a writer. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from NYU, and has pursued many areas of writing since, including stints with “Billboard” and “Rolling Stone” magazines. Cohen will sign copies of "The Cusp of Everything" at Chevalier's Books, 126 N. Larchmont Blvd., on Sun., Aug. 12 from noon to 2 p.m.

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Fun, fundraising at ‘Charity Comedy’ Comedians Tom Arnold and Fritz Coleman head the lineup of performers at the Charity Comedy Night at The Laugh Factory on Wed., July 11. Before the performances guests will meet with the stars at 7 p.m. The show begins at 8 p.m. Charities to benefit include St. Michael’s School Gang Intervention Program, LA Crime Stoppers and St. John’s Seminary. Tickets are $35 and up. Reserve tickets at or call 800-600-7111x226.

Olympic senior lead summit July 12 Meet your local patrol liaison at the Olympic Division Senior Lead Officer Summit on Thurs., July 12 at 6 p.m.

Summer fun at Farmers Market The free Summer Family Fun series features face painting and a wildlife tambourine workshop Sun., July 8. Face painting, flower planting and pot decorating are on Sun., July 22. Events are from noon to 3 p.m. at Farmers Market, Third St. and Fairfax Ave. Entertainment is also featured.

at Robert F. Kennedy High School, 710 S. Catalina. Senior lead officers (SLOs) are in charge of basic car areas within a geographic division. They act as liaisons between the LAPD and community members. In addition, Olympic Division Captain Tina Nieto will attend, as well as special guest speakers. The event takes place in the school’s Cocoanut Grove auditorium. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Officer Eric Mollinedo at 213-793-0785.




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Make contacts at downtown mixer on July 19 View some of the 250 exhibits and network among thousands of business people expected at L.A.’s Largest Mixer. at the Shrine Auditorium Expo Center, 700 W. 32nd St., on Thurs., July 19, 5 to 9 p.m. The mixer brings together local business people representing hundreds of industries and companies plus chambers of commerce for an evening of socializing. “This event is a very valuable business tool and networking opportunity,” said Pat Clark, membership manager, L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are $20 cash at the door, or use PayPal at

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Historic Hancock Park, Windsor Square to remain by Pam Rudy

Business is a relationship that needs to be nurtured. Engage your customer in conversation and, whenever possible, use their name in your conversation with them. Be yourself in talking with your client and shed any pretense. Be a friend to them. Frequently I hear, “I can’t believe I’m talking to the owner!” and I think, “Why aren’t more business owners talking with their customers?” This is especially true in smaller owner-run businesses such as we have here in Larchmont Village. Your customer’s friends and neighbors are your next best prospects. Consumers put more faith in personal comments and reviews of businesses than any other form of marketing communications. Often, when a business person inquires as to where a new customer heard about his business, the answer is “My friend told me about it.” Don’t despair, your advertising dollars are working! Your business ad was seen, acted upon by customer #1 and verbally communicated to customer #2.

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Yaroslavsky cites Kruger’s contribution Ginny Kruger, a member of Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky’s office since 1977, is retiring. “She has been much more than a loyal staff member, trusted adviser and close personal friend,” the Supervisor said. As assistant chief deputy, she played a key role in working out the complex logistics that have allowed our state and federal parks’ agencies to save thousands of acres of coastal and mountain properties, Yaroslavsky said. He also lauded her role in the development of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, renovations at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, improvements at the Hollywood Bowl and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art campus.

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hard to keep the Miracle Mile beautiful. At my request, crews from the Bureau of Street Services recently fanned out across Wilshire Boulevard to do some spot repairs. Bright and early on a Saturday morning, six city trucks went out to fill potholes, popouts, and spiderweb cracks on the heavilytraveled thoroughfare. I feel it is important to do all we can to keep Wilshire Boulevard in first-class condition, even if these repairs are only temporary. This much-needed work could not wait for the planned repairs that will come with the arrival of the Bus Rapid Transit system on Wilshire Boulevard in a few years. The work we did on Wilshire Boulevard is being funded by Council District Four. And at Wilshire and La Brea, you may have seen me doing a little pothole work myself. This

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Lack of long-range planning results in budget deficit If the Budget was balanced on June 1, then why did the city declare a fiscal emergency on June 6? Very simple: the budget was never really balanced. Rather, our fiscally irresponsible “elected elite” relied on

numerous Enron-like gimmicks to balance the Budget. This included $243 million of overstated revenues and understated expenses, an amount equal to almost 6 percent of the general fund budget of almost $4.4 billion.

But that’s not all. The budget underfunds the everyday repair and maintenance of our infrastructure, including our streets that are the second worst in the nation. And through the underhandThe ed manipulation of the pension Squeaky plan assumpWheel tions, the City by lowered its conJack tribution to its Humphreville massively underfunded pension plans by $134 million. The budget also does not address the city’s structural deficit, where expenditures for salaries, benefits, and pensions are increasing faster than revenues. Over the next four years, the structural deficit is projected to exceed $1 billion, an average of more than $250 million a year.  The budget also fails to address the City’s ever growing $20 billion black hole: the $10 billion unfunded pension liability and at least $10 billion in deferred infrastructure maintenance.    No wonder the city declared

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a fiscal emergency. So what is City Hall doing to remedy the structural deficit? The answer is very simple: not much. Over the last two years, employee contributions have increased from 7 to 11 percent of compensation. But this increase is more than offset by the 24% bump in salaries during the Villaraigosa era. The mayor has also proposed pension reform.  But his very modest plan, which will have little impact over the next five years, is not seeing the light of day because of the opposition of the campaign funding unions. Obviously, the current system is not working.  That is why we need a charter amendment that requires the city to “Live Within Its Means,” where the city is required to develop and adhere to a five-year financial plan and approve a twoyear balanced budget based on generally accepted accounting principles that takes into account a 10-year plan to fix our streets and infrastructure and fully fund our pension plans. Our solvency is the most important issue in the upcoming mayor’s race. So, please, no more platitudes and hot air.  We need concrete answers.  Jack Humphreville is on the board of the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, chair of the DWP Advocacy Committee and writes for City Watch.

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Stonemans make volunteer Play cards, dance or share your life story There are five neighborhood ketball court, ping-pong table loved one, given in conjuncwork at zoo a family affair tion with the Alzheimer’s Ascenters where seniors can play and gym are also available. A love of animals brought her time to the zoo, but she Laurie Stoneman to the Los and her husband recently held Angeles Zoo and Botani- a fundraiser at their Hancock cal Gardens as a volunteer Park home to help fill the 20 years ago, and two years zoo’s coffers. ago her husband, Dr. George George used his love of photography to Stoneman, joined Photo on Page 13 land a post taking her. Her first job pictures at special was as a docent, explaining events. He is called for VIP cheetas, giraffes, merkats to parties and tours. "He is a peoschool children. Later volun- ple person" says Laurie, "and teer posts include leading a the Greater Los Angeles Zoo docent class and compiling Assoc. (GLAZA) really apprecieducational materials. ates him." For several years Laurie He continues his work as an worked with golden lion tama- ear, nose and throat physician, rin monkeys in a conservation in an office in Glendale. project. “The monkeys were Zoo volunteer duties range released in the wild and we from helping in the office to charted their behavior.” assisting animal keepers. In Not only has she donated the general category, they

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Powell’s students get more than 15 minutes of fame By Sondi Sepenuk Guest columnist When Buddy Powell started teaching a commercial acting class for seniors back in 2001, he never dreamed it would become so popular. But it did. Eleven years later, Buddy’s acting class has expanded to multiple sessions in three different locations. And it’s no longer for seniors. “Seniors don’t want to be called seniors,” laughs Buddy. In response to his students, Buddy opened his in-demand class to adults of all ages. He now calls it “Commercial Acting For Adults.” Buddy always knew he wanted to act. He graduated with a bachelor of arts degree. in theatre arts from Murray State University, and went into acting in his hometown of Chicago. From Chicago, he ventured to New York, starring in several Broadway productions, including “Grease” and “I Love My Wife.” In 1981, Buddy landed in Los Angeles, where he started a long and lucrative career (more than 100 television commercials) in voice-overs and commercial acting. He had found his “niche.” “I did tons of commercials,” says Buddy, “but I reached a point where I wanted to do something else.” That “something else” turned out to be a passion for teaching seniors and mature adults all about the world of commercial acting. “I love directing the students and bringing out all sides of their personalities that they’ve never shown. People become more extroverted and more animated here. They

look outside themselves and they have fun.” The instruction he offers at the Hollywood Senior Multipurpose Center includes the history of television commercials, basics of acting in commercials, and the interview/ audition process. “I’m having a ball, and it’s good for the students,” says Buddy. “You don’t just learn the technique one time and then go out and do it. It’s a continued exercise and it stimulates the brain. It’s a good thing, because it gets people out of a sedentary lifestyle.” Buddy’s class is open to any adult who wants to join. There’s no auditioning to “get in.” For one week’s class, he invited a guest speaker to ex-

plain how to do video auditions from home. “These days, the Internet is king. You have to be online,” emphasizes Buddy. Buddy’s class is also a great place to make friends. James Disnuke, a retired American Airlines salesman, appreciates the social aspect of the class. “I love working with people,” says James. “I meet all kinds of people here who are lively, fun and love to joke and play around.” James has gained quite a bit of success from Buddy’s class. He has starred in numerous television commercials, including T-Mobile, Verizon and Kroger, just to name a few. The two-hour classes meet once per week at a cost of $10 per class. Every student performs on tape and gets

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to watch his/her work and take the tape home. Many of Buddy’s students land agents through the class itself. “I learned how to talk to the camera, how to stand properly… I used to have stage fright to death,” laughs James. “But

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St. Barnabas enables seniors to live well, feel well and age well St. Barnabas Senior Services prides itself on being “a home away from home.” Socialization is a key part of the three programs the center’s two facilities provide. The non-profit agency’s goal is to keep the elderly independent and in their own home by providing meals, transportation, social services and adult day care. At the multipurpose center, you might find visitors playing Wii games, knitting, exercis-

ing, at the computer or watching a movie. The activity calendar also includes karaoke, dancing, ESL and a monthly food bank where free produce is available. People who take advantage of the programs at the twostory facility at 675 S. Carondelet St. also can enjoy the services of a nurse, physical and occupational therapist, dietician, speech therapist and pharmacist. Free lunches are served

to the patrons, and access to computers (in English, Korean and Spanish and 100-plus other languages) is available at the Cyber Café. Four vans pick up persons needing transportation to the center or to doctors’ appointments. “We even take them shopping or on recreational trips (which are limited to two a week),” said Rebecca Benard, development director of the center. The center’s service area

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Piano donation at Blend is rewarding, inspiring for local retiree By Laura Eversz Susan Levin’s late mother, Dolly Schussman, was a phenomenal piano player. “She was also kind of an eccentric person who painted a lot of things gold,” said Susan. “She even painted her beautiful Wurlitzer piano. My father used to say that if he didn’t keep moving, she’d paint him gold, too.” When no one in the family wanted the piano following her mother’s death last fall, Susan, who lives on Norton Ave. with her husband, Dennis, thought that perhaps Frances Blend School might be able to use it. She contacted principal Nancy Cohen, who was thrilled. “Because many of our stu-

dents are blind, they have to rely more on auditory and tactile senses,” said Cohen. “Having a piano is wonderful for these kids because they learn by singing and incorporating music into their learning.” The Levins enlisted their friend, Richard McCormick, to help them transport the piano to the nearby school. “Actually, once we got it out of the house, it didn’t look so bad,” laughed Susan. The trio pushed and pulled the Wurlitzer down Norton, then turned the corner onto Clinton and into the school’s driveway, where they were met by principal Cohen. Once inside, they wheeled the upright down the hallway and into a classroom. “The teacher sat down and

started playing and singing opera,” said Susan. “I was like ‘oh my gosh.’ I thought she’d sing a little kid’s song, but she was singing opera in this gorgeous voice.” As the teacher was playing, students began to file in from recess. “Their reaction to the music was absolutely amazing,” said Susan. “One of the children went right up to the piano and started pushing some keys. The teacher guided his finger to one key and told him to keep playing that note, and she played along with him. “It was magical,” Susan continued. “I know that my mom was looking down on us… I can’t think of a better place for that gold piano and I know it will be there forever.”

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Pat Henry Yeomans celebrated her 95th birthday at several events where she was honored. The Hancock Park resident was inducted into the Occcidental College Athletic Department Hall of Fame. She was honored for her work in compiling the history of the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. Her late father, sportswriter Bill Henry, had authored “The History of the Olympics.” She also wrote a history, “Tennis in the Olympics from 1896 – 2012.” First Baptist Church recognized its longtime supporter and volunteer in June at a luncheon. Her grandfather was a former minister at the church. In addition to teaching Sunday School, she also has painted portraits of each of the church’s ministers.

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Staying active is not difficult for octogenarian Jerry Saltman By Jane Gilman Jerry Saltman proves that you can be a renaissance man at any age. When we met with the 86-year-old for a chat, we learned of his busy agenda. Saltman performs with a theater group, he is a weekly volunteer at the Park La Brea library, he’s a voracious reader and he’s been active for many years with the Park La Brea Residents’ Association. A resident of the apartment community since 1990, he lives in the unit that previously was rented by his parents. Their 1953 lease reads $127 for a two-bedroom apartment, he said. When Jerry separated from his wife (who remains his best friend), and the apartment became available, he moved in. As a member of the residents’ group, he volunteers on the review panel to hear parking complaints. “We give out tickets when residents park their car in the wrong place. We then review their reasons to see if the tickets are justified.” He retired as an electronic

sales engineer, and had been in weapons systems design. His only exercise is walking, but his “hobby” is schmoozing with people. “Jerry is a Park La Brea treasure,” said John Burney, the apartment complex’s director of resident services. His energy and stories from a residents’ point of view have been a valuable resource for management.   “He is an ambassador for all residents, and we value his insight and perspective.”

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Cottages housed Kingsley Manor’s first residents By Jane Gilman The launching of 100 balloons at the annual Kingsley Manor family picnic in June was one of many events to mark the retirement home’s centennial year. It was on German Methodist Church campgrounds that Margaret and John Ammann built an “old folks home.” When Kingsley opened 100

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Combine exercise, good nutrition, says trainer By Brad Welcher Guest columnist As we get older, the importance of participating in a vigorous exercise program becomes increasingly important. Normal aging causes a natural slowing effect on the metabolic system, a gradual loss of muscle, decreased elasticity of

the lungs, a decrease in bone density and a decrease in cardiovascular capacity. Combining good nutrition with a regular exercise program can prolong vitality by retarding or reversing the usual biological deterioration process that people past age 45 begin to experience. The

Zumba, water aerobics, Wii among fun workouts at area centers Line dancing, balance classes, yoga and brain ball are a sampling of the fun workouts offered at senior centers in the neighborhood. Westside Jewish Community Center 5870 W. Olympic Blvd. 323-556-5231 Balance and mental challenges, water aerobics and stretch and strengthen classes are available to seniors at Westside Jewish Community Center. New this year is deep water aerobics. Senior water aerobics are Monday through Friday at 9 a.m., with deep water aerobics on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Strengthen and stretch, balance challenge and brain ball classes are offered throughout the week. Pan Pacific Senior Activity Center 141 S. Gardner St. 323-935-5705 Anyone ages 50 and over may take advantage of basketball and ping pong, a gym with treadmills, elliptical machines, stationary bicycles and exercise classes that are offered throughout the week. Physical fitness classes are Mondays. Yoga ball is on Tuesdays. Zumba dance is on Wednesdays. Stretch and flex

classes are on Fridays. All classes begin at 10:30 a.m. Hollywood Wilshire YMCA 1553 N. Schrader Blvd. 323-467-4161 Zumba, chair exercises, a gravity studio and Aquatics for Older Adults are some of the classes offered at the YMCA. A swimming pool and lap pool are both available for public use. Aqua Fit & Tone sessions are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10 a.m. Aquatics for Older Adults classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m. Hollywood Senior Multipurpose Center 1360 N. St. Andrews Pl. 323-957-3900 Gym and exercise classes offer a variety of fitness options for anyone ages 50 and over at the Assistance League of Southern California Hollywood Senior Multipurpose Center. An Arthritis Foundation exercise program is offered Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Wii exercise games are on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. New this year is the Exergames Competitions using X Box 360.

combination can postpone disability by reducing risk for chronic conditions and prevent the development of common old-age maladies. A comprehensive exercise program should include strength training, aerobic activity and a nutrition plan. Each exercise session can differ in activity, but should always include warm-up, stretching and cool down. It is recommended to exercise five to six days per week

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Thirty days of tree planting, Bingo and Dr. Seuss Van Nuys and Venice. He carBy Suzan Filipek It rained on the first day ried boxes and did other heavy of Brad Jamison’s volunteer lifting to aid a center—that challenge: “Thirty Days of Ser- helps low-income families— vice, Improving the world, and move to a new location. He played bingo with Big myself… one day at a time.” He was to drive to the An- Brothers, and through Covgeles Forest for a Tree People enant House he met homeless project that was now can- teens in Hollywood—to his celled. surprise, they are a U n d a u n t e d , Photo on Page 1 mile and a half from his house “on a street the McCadden Place resident I drive all the time… soon found another volunteer “It was eye-opening. You start job to kick start his ambitious to see your city in a different effort to volunteer at a differ- way.” ent organization every day for In Westwood, he met vetera month. ans; he fed the hungry, worked Within hours he was read- with rescue dogs and delivered ing “The Cat in a Hat” to meals to homebound seniors. a class of autistic children He sifted among 30,000 thanks to volunteerlosangeles. choices at volunteerlosangeorg and his home computer. and and It just so happened he had got tips from friends and famrecently brought back what ily. is his favorite book from his “I find the most rewarding service is when I get to inmom’s home in New Jersey. “It’s tricky. It’s a tongue teract with the recipient,” he twister,” he said of the read- says. ing. But aside from tackling A former Disney/ABC TV the language of Dr. Seuss, vol- “pro-social marketer,” volunteering is a relatively easy unteerism stems from Brad’s thing to do. early mission work with his Even fun, adds Brad. church and family. A board member of the Hol- Service, he says, can come lywood Boys’ & Girls’ Club, through many forms—helphe “got a whole different per- ing a neighbor shop for grospective” spending a day do- ceries or to walk their dog, ing something very un-board when they are unable to, for like—he helped children at instance. the site with their homework. He eventually hooked up He would have been happy with Tree People on day 15 to do child-oriented good in Pan Pacific Park, where he deeds the length of his self- joined others digging the tarinduced challenge from April laden dirt with pick axes. By the end of his month1 to 30. But he wanted to document long odyssey, he was exhaustthe myriad of opportunities ed but uplifted. He is chroniout there in his effort to give cling his experience at Thirtyback to L.A. He volunteered in Skid Row “I really want to inspire peoand South Central, Inglewood, ple to get out and give back.”


OBITUARIES Betty Sanders

A celebration of her life will be held for Elizabeth “Betty” Sanders at St. James Episcopal Church, 3903 Wilshire Blvd. on Sat., July 28 at 1 p.m. She died June 3 at age 90. A native of Evanston, Ill., she is a graduate of Carleton College in Northfield, Minn. She trained as an occupational therapist at Columbia University. After moving to Los Angeles, she worked specialized in the care of children with cerebral palsy. She is survived by her husband of almost 60 years, David Lloyd Sanders, Windsor Square; daughter Susan Phil-

lips (Steve) of Piedmont, Calif.; son David Lloyd Sanders, Jr. of L.A.; and two grandsons.


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Pastor returns to fire up the grill for 25th year By Laura Eversz Ralph Gipson, who was raised a Baptist, hadn't seen the inside of a church in 20 years. "It was all fire and brimstone... I was a young black militant back then," he explains. He returned to the fold, however, after he happened upon Hope Lutheran Church ay 6720 Melrose Ave. Gipson and his fiancé were looking to get married, and Hope's pastor Mark Rashbach agreed to perform the ceremony. The following Sunday, Gipson attended services at Hope,

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Roses for Raul; Dodger tickets, Peel meal in charter auction     The Virginia Robinson Gardens estate was the setting for the 14th annual Rose Variety Arts Show in May.   Carmelita Pittman, founder and executive director of the Rose Breast Cancer Society, introduced the 3rd Wave Band Trio and honoree Raul Rodriguez who received the Society’s Around Achievement the Award for his Town support of with preventative Patty Hill care for women in need. “Each of us has someone who is suffering from this disease,” Rodriguez observed as he accepted a towering crystal angel. “Each one of us can make a difference,”  he told the approving crowd of 200. Sebastian, Raul’s rare blue Macau, let out a squawk of approbation from his portable perch.        Also celebrated among the foliage was Rodriguez’s 500th float for this year’s Pasadena Rose Parade. There to enjoy a buffet lunch by gourmet soul food queen Chef Marilyn, shop for paintings and sculp-

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High school graduates reveal how they made college choices Pre-med student liked option to create own major Marymount graduate Katelin Wagner applied to a dozen universities. Among them were New York University, three UCs, Stanford, Bard, Colgate, Hamilton, Vassar and Skidmore. She liked the diverse stu-


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By Olivia Lopes 6th Grade At our annual middle school International Village, each grade represented a country and gave a brief demonstration. We had our 8th grade graduation and our 5th grade Candle Lighting Ceremony in June. Both events were very moving, especially the 8th grade’s ceremony. The 5th grade ceremony celebrates moving from elementary to a new experience in middle school. Because the upper grades mentor the younger students, we finished the year by saying goodbye to our mentees by playing fun games. Our last day of school was a lot of fun, but also very hard be-

By Jeffrey Cho 6th Grade John Burroughs finished the school year with an abundant amount of events and field trips. The physical education department hosted the March to the Sea, a student walk to Santa Monica Beach from the campus. This walk covered a distance of about 12 miles, and all the students who participated demonstrated amazing endurance, completing the walk in about five hours.

The Local District 3 Academic Pentathlon was held at John Burroughs. Our team was a group of four amazing, intel-

ligent, and talented students: Miranda Rector, Khoa Tran, Sheila Milon, and Danely Espinoza. The hard work of our coaches and students brought us the gold medal this year, beating every other school in the competition! Because John Burroughs is

a school for college-bound students, the school gave all 8th grade students the opportunity to visit a local university such as UCLA, USC, CSULB, Pepperdine University, and many others. Students learned valuable information about the respective colleges.

cause we had to say goodbye to some close friends. Overall, this year for me was not only about learning and school; it was about expanding my horizons, and enjoying new friends and new experiences. I can’t wait for school to begin again next year. But first, I am really looking forward to summer!

Fairfax students win Epstein awards Four winners of the Irene Epstein Memorial Scholarship were hosted at a dinner in May where they received their awards. A combination of their academic achievements and community service earned the Fairfax High School students the grants. Michelle Schafieh graduated with a grade point average of 4.350. She is a volunteer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

and founded a group to help teenagers with self-esteem. Jocelyn Oreliana, an A student, co-founded a group to help with the ESL program. Another volunteer at Cedars-Sinai is Jeffrey Franco who ranks in the top five percent of his class. Co-founder of the ACE Mentor Program at Fairfax, Eric Chaim Amzaleg has a grade point average of 4.153. MI

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school news High School Graduates (Continued from page 28) UPenn’s campus a little more because of its beautiful, old, gothic architecture.” The decision, which he finally made the day before the deadline, “was the most difficult one I’ve ever made,” said Richard, the son of Arsine and Gary Phillips, Hancock Park. “I debated between the two for hours on end every day.” He chose USC for a number of reasons. “It’s a better engineering school than UPenn. And I wanted to stay in California because of the amazing weather and because my whole family is here.” He also has a sister, cousins and friends who attend USC. “My family is a huge Trojan family, almost all of us have gone to USC, and we go to the

football games every year,” said Richard. He’ll be living on campus, but “but I’ll be 15 minutes from home, so if I need a quiet place to study if my dorm is too loud, or if I can’t concentrate in the library, I can always come home and study at my desk.”

Chess club hosts kids' tournament Students in first through fifth grades recently competed in a week-long tournament at Hancock Park Elementary School hosted by the Beverly Hills Chess Club. In addition, newcomers to the game were offered instruction on how to play. "The game of chess is instru-

Center recognized as energy efficient The Center for Early Education, a school for toddlers through sixth graders, was recently recognized as an “Operations Report Card High Performance School” by the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS). “The Center for Early Education has demonstrated that they are committed to maintaining a high quality learning environment that is healthy, energy efficient, well-lit and comfortable,” said Bill Orr, executive director at the CHPS. mental in the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills students will be able to use anywhere," said a member of the school's booster club."

PARENTS, FACULTY and administrators from several schools attended a recent event at Turning Point Elementary School that showcased SmartLab. Described as a 20th century learning environment, the lab promotes critical thinking and problem solving. Its eight systems of technology include science and data acquisition, mechanics and structures, robotics and control technology, circuitry, graphic design and multimedia.

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ten and directed by Matt Morillo, is billed as an “outrageous sex romp.” It takes place in an apartment building in New York City during a blizzard. Julia (Jessica Moreno), a professional escort willing to give benefits, arrives at her client Jeffrey’s (Jaret Sacrey) apartment to discover he’s the inventor of some whacky sex toys. The act loses momentum as it takes a strange digression from farce

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Music, musicals, movies at Hollywood Bowl Classical music, jazz greats, movies and sing-a-longs are among features of the Hollywood bowl’s 91st season. The Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular with singer-songwriter Barry Manilow lights up the sky Mon., July 2, Tues., July 3 and Wed., July 4 at 7:30 p.m. Discovery Channel and BBC’s premiere of “Frozen Planet Live,” featuring the last great wildernesses—the polar regions— screens Fri., July 6 and Sat., July 7 at FREWORKS will light up the sky for the 8 p.m. with live or- Fourth of July Spectacular. chestra accompaniment. Classical season opens with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony Tues., July 10. In celebration of Gustav Klimt’s 150th birthday, the Getty Museum will provide imagery to accompany the “Ode to Joy” finale. Leonard Slatkin leads the program which includes the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Wednesdays Jazz at the Bowl will feature Ray Charles and the Count Basie Orchestra on Wed., July 11. The King of Motown Smokey Robinson sings with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Fri., July 20 and Sat., July 21. “Grease” Sing-a-long, with preshow festivities, and the film projected on a big screen,

is July 14 starting at 6 p.m. Another musical “The Producers”–Mel Brooks’ comic tale of a get-rich scheme to bilk investors out of millions by producing the biggest flop in history—is Fri., July 27, Sat., July 28 and Sun., July 29. “Pixar in Concert” debuts Aug. 3, 4 and 5, and Garrison Keillor will bring his old time radio show “Prairie Home Companion” Fri., July 13 at 8 p.m. Among shows in August are Norah Jones, Liza Minelli, Verdi’s opera “Rigoletto,” cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Placido Domingo with Dudamel. A rockability-swing Fireworks Finale with the Brian Setzer Orchestra is Fri., Sept. 14, Sat., Sept. 15 and Sun., Sept. 16. Visit

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Childhood recreated in ‘People,’ homage to Rome its people. At the same time he skewers actors, the paparazziKardashian creation of ill-deserved fame of mediocre, talentless people, the insincerity of actors, the folly of youthful infatuation, and more in a rollicking kaleidoscope comedy. Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story (8/10): Binyamin “Bibi” Netanyahu is prime minister of Israel and chairman of the Likud Party. This is the little-known story of his older brother, Yoni, who was the leader of the heroic raiding party that flew 2,600 miles from Israel to Uganda to rescue hostages taken by militant Islamics on July 4, 1976 with only one casualty, Yoni. The actual raid itself takes up a mere 10 minutes of the film. Rather,

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Tony Medley the decision to devote his life to his country told through his letters and interviews with friends and relatives. Snow White and the Huntsman (7/10): Kristen Stewart’s dispiriting, lackluster performance as Snow White is more than overcome by Charlize Theron’s sparkling turn as the evil queen. While this is good entertainment, it’s disappointing that the dwarfs are not played by little people. When MGM made “The Wizard of Oz” (1939), all the munchkins were played by people who were legitimately little. Here, the dwarfs are played by regularly-sized people who were digitally shrunk in post production. Men in Black 3 (7/10): I had no desire to see this. The first two were ridiculous, populated by bizarre aliens, and less than involving. This started out the same way. But then, after about a half hour, it segued into a time travel film with Will Smith going back to 1969 to find a young Tommy Lee Jones in the body of Josh Brolin to try to save his life, becoming a film with real people looking to find the bad guy and reverse history. Your Sister’s Sister (Women 7/10; Men 3/10): This is chick flick city. I wanted to like it. I tried to like it. But the thing that kills most chick

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People Like Us (9/10): This passed the watch test with flying colors as I never was cognizant of time passing. While part of that is the sheer enjoyment of looking at Elizabeth Banks’ remarkable beauty, most of it is the excellence and tenderness of the story and the wonderful acting by the principals, Banks, Chris Pine, 11-year-old Michael Hall D’Addario, and Michelle Pfeiffer, who plays Pine’s mother, directed with sensitivity by Alex Kurtzman, who created the intriguing story from his childhood experiences. To Rome With Love (8/10): Woody Allen’s refreshing European renaissance continues with this beautifully photographed homage to Rome and

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New movie museum has two architects Two architects will design the new movie museum set to open in the historic May Company building known as LACMA West. Renzo Piano and Zoltan Pali will join forces to create the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures—set to open in 2015. “Renzo’s track record of creating iconic cultural landmarks combined with Zoltan’s success in transforming historically significant buildings is a perfect marriage for a museum that celebrates the history and the future of the movies,” said Dawn Hudson, CEO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Pritzker Prize-winning Piano designed the recent expansion of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art next door to the May Co. Piano’s resume also includes the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the headquarters of The New York Times. “The Academy museum will take the visitor through the back door of cinema, behind the curtain, and into moviemaking magic,” Piano said. Pali, co-founder of Studio Pali Fekete architects (SPF:a), designed the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and restored the Greek Theatre, Gibson Amphitheatre, and the Pantages Theatre as well as oversaw the renovation and expansion of the Getty Villa museum. “It is an honor and privilege to work with the Academy in bringing to life an historic, iconic building,” said Pali. History The L.A. County Museum of Art owns the building. Opened in 1939, it is a 325,000-square foot Art Moderne landmark located at the corner of Fairfax Ave. and Wilshire Blvd.

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Tony-award winning “War Horse” continues at the Ahmanson Theatre through Sun., July 29.  Based on the book of the same name, the story is set in World War I. Produced by Bob Boyett and The National Theatre of Great Britain, the production won Best Play in 2011 as well as four other Tonys. The company, comprised of more than 30 performers, includes Andrew Veenstra as Albert Narracott, Brian Keane as Arthur Narracott and Michael Wyatt Cox as Billy Narracott. Performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Visit for complete listings and tickets.

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Visit City Hall on 'Sunset Walking Tours' City Hall will be the first site to be featured on the L.A. Conservancy Downtown at Sunset Walking Tours. Explore the 1928 civic building, which is rarely open for tours, and visit its tower observation deck July 18, Aug. 8 and 22.

Architecture from the Art Deco period of the 1920s and 30s featuring rich materials and classic geometric designs is on display July 25. The city’s Modern Skyline takes the stage Aug. 1 with a tour of the Central Business District and Bunker Hill.

Get an in-depth look at the last great railway station built in America, Union Station, on Aug. 15. Tours are on Wednesdays starting at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $5 for members and $10 general. Reservations required. Visit

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English Tudor Home-Steps from Larchmont Village 222 N Lucerne Blvd $1,575,000

Remodeled, well maintained, light-filled spacious home. Living room w/fireplace, gleaming hardwood floors. 5 bd/3ba, pool, spa, exit back gate to Larchmont Blvd.


English Tudor in Brookside! 959 S Longwood Ave $1,320,000

3bds,2bas up. Brick patio, terraced gardens, lush landscaping, natural stream on lrg lot.




First Time on Market in 80 Years! 232 S June St $1,995,000

Original details, large liv rm, din rm, brkfst rm, sun rm, 3 bedrms, 2 baths, and a study upstairs. Backyard patio & garden with room for a pool. Huge office/rec rm above 4-car garage.

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Spanish Fixer in Brookside! 937 S Longwood Ave $1,050,000

First time on market in nearly forty years. Property to be sold in “As-is” condition. No credit, no repairs.


‘Wearing the Right Car’ at Cella gallery English Cottage in Brookside! 945 Keniston Ave $4,500/MO

Formal living room with Batchelder tile fireplace and formal dining room. Remodeled kitchen. Detached studio.

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College students from diverse design backgrounds showcased their work last month at an exhibit at the A+D Museum in Miracle Mile, sponsored by the American Institute of Architects, Los Angeles chapter. “What is most impressive is to see the level of work from all these different schools,” said David Montalba, AIA, juror of the exhibit “2X8: Taut.” The celebration marked the 10th year 2x8 has honored excellence in student architectural work with scholarships. “The purpose is to provide a public venue to exhibit the terrific work of architecture and design students from all over California,” said Carlo Caccavale, AIA/LA spokesman.


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“California, Culture, and Wearing the Right Car” an illustrated lecture by curator Leslie Mark Kendall will be on Tues., July 10 at 6:30 p.m. at Edward Cella Art + Architecture, 6018 Wilshire Blvd. Kendall is head curator of the Petersen Automotive Museum. He will examine the significance of Southern California car culture as a means of self-expression, and its influence as an arbiter of material, aesthetic, and ideological trends emulated worldwide.

CITY center, City Hall. Photo by Larry Underhill

Poetry, metro on ‘Urban Hikes’ “Urban Hikes: Forgotten LA” will take place four Sundays at 11 a.m. beginning July 1 in Boyle Heights. A ride on the Goldline starts the tour of East L.A. Visit brightly colored murals, the area’s art scene and Victorian era homes. The summer series of cultural and architectural performance sponsored by A+D Museum will feature poet and LA native Mike Sonksen. Take the Expo line to Culver City on July 8, and explore railroad building converted into residential and studio spaces in the Downtown Arts District July 29. Explore the Santa Ana Arts District Aug. 5. Single tours are $10 for museum members; $5 students and $20 general. Packages are available. Visit aplusd. org/urban-hikes.

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Two nights of music offered at the zoo in July

A rare opportunity for afterhours visits is offered at the Los Angeles Zoo this month. Hosted by the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association, Best of Music in the Zoo Night, featuring popular bands from past events, is on Fri., July 13. Global Fusion Night showcas-

Streamline Moderne site earns monument status as exemplified by its building at the 1939 New York World Fair. The building’s most dramatic element is the cantilevered overhang, but it also has a unique continuous elevation, helped by the curved northwest corner of the otherwise square layout. The building’s use of porcelain-covered steel was common among commercial buildings of the time. The Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, which built the building, still owns and operates the garage. Streamline Moderne was both a reaction to Art Deco and a reflection of austere economic times. Gone was unnecessary ornament. Sharp angles were replaced with simple, aerodynamic curves. Exotic woods and stone were replaced with cement and glass. The styles are not necessarily opposites.

Not sure if it’s an elm or an oak? Guide helps identify tree species The Arbor Day Foundation booklet helps people identify trees in a simple, step-by-step process. “What Tree is That?” is available for a $5 donation to the nonprofit tree-planting organization. The guide features handdrawn botanical illustrations highlighting the distinct characteristics of many tree species. Beautiful, full-color illustrations detail natural colors, shapes and textures, so nature lovers and arborists can make a positive species identification in just a few easy steps. The Arbor Day Foundation offers this booklet to help people identify trees in California and throughout the Western region of the United States. “The booklet explains what to look for in the shape of the leaves and differences in the leaf stems and twig structures, specifics on the fruits and flowers and the details of buds and bark. “Our ‘What Tree Is That?’ pocket brochure is an ideal resource to help people develop a greater appreciation for trees,” said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of

BOOKLET is available for a $5 donation.

the Arbor Day Foundation. To obtain a tree identification guide in full color, send your name and address and a check $5 for each guide to What Tree Is That?, Arbor Day Foundation, Nebraska City, NE 68410. You can also order the book online at

are available. Both events are from 6 to 9 p.m., with animals seen until 8 p.m. Admission for members is $15 for adults; $10 for children ages 2 to 12. Non-member adults pay $20; children $15. For information, call 323-644-6042 or go to

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AERODYNAMIC style is leaner version of Art Deco architecture.

The Firestone Tire building at the corner of La Brea Ave. and 8th St. has been named as an Historic-Cultural Monument. In June, City Council approved a motion giving monument status to the building at 800 S. La Brea. Constructed in 1937, it is an excellent example of Streamline Moderne style. It has been a Firestone tire shop since the day it opened, and it is just one more treasure on the Miracle Mile that will be protected for its historical significance, said Councilman Tom Labonge. The designation was recommended by the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles. The Miracle Mile-area building’s architectural style reinforces the Art Deco ambiance of the area. The structure also reflects Firestone’s interest for Streamline Moderne designs,

ing world music bands, is on Fri., July 27. Performances take place throughout the zoo grounds and botanical gardens while guests view animals staying up past their bedtimes. Picnics are permitted, and an array of food and beverage offerings


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‘Boulevard Heights’ on Bronson nominated for National Register By Suzan Filipek When Robby O’Donnell took an evening stroll around her home on Bronson Ave., she was amazed to see the “phenomenal” early 20th-century homes that lined the street. Years of neglect had taken their toll on the Craftsman and Mediterranean, Colonial and Tudor Revival style houses. But as of late, new owners were returning them to their former glory on two blocks, between Ninth St. and Wilshire Blvd. The area is being nominated as the Boulevard Heights Historic District in the National Register of Historic Places. The State Historical Resources Commission will consider the nomination at a meeting Fri., Aug. 3 at Beverly Hills City Hall. Gaining the status is akin to “getting a gold star on your

CRAFTSMAN photographed in 1915. Courtesy of L.A. Library

collar. It’s an honor,” said O’Donnell. If approved, 658-899 S. Bronson will join the Fox Wilshire Theatre, the RMS Queen Mary and more than 80,000 sites listed on the National Register. Much of the work garnering the nomination was already in place since residents had collected archival photographs, researched architects and styles and raised funds to hire a vetting firm to obtain

the Wilshire Park Historic Preservation Overlay Zone in 2007. The city ordinance is the strongest planning tool to protect historic areas, O’Donnell said. The national recognition is more of an honor, yet requires a tougher, almost legal case to pass. And it required $2,500 to pay for the additional review. In an effort to inspire Windsor Square, Hancock Park and other neighbors to fol-

“IT’S A GEM, Robby O’Donnell says of this Craftsman house which retains much of its historic character.

low suit, O’Donnell applied for and got a grant from the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council to cover half the costs—$1,250. Residents of the two dedicated blocks donated the rest. Jennifer Trotoux at the

Architectural Resource Group polished O’Donnell’s research, and state historian Amy Crain, of the California State Office of Historic Preservation, reviewed the material and forwarded it for nomination. The homes were commissioned between 1908 to 1926 by the upper-middle class who hired prominent architects to build houses for their extended families. The residents were leaving the booming downtown commercial district, but wanted to live near downtown offices and close to transportation and services. “Boulevard Heights was the ‘new West Adams,’ and Wilshire was a ‘residential boulevard’ which met these needs,” said O’Donnell. Mansions owned by the oil-rich Gettys, Harrison Grey Otis, publisher of the L.A. Times and others were on Millionaires Row a halfmile towards downtown on Wilshire. Lawyers, stock brokers, car salesman and other professionals lived in Boulevard Heights, which originally ran to Pico Blvd. The ladies of the homes were members of The Ebell and had teas and weddings, often featured in the society pages. The homes had to be two stories and cost at least $3,000, ensuring the area would remain upscale. A majority retain historic and architectural features. Subdivided in 1905 The tract was subdivided in 1905 by developers Robert McGarvin and Marcus Bronson, the street’s namesake. McGarvin was a city insider who knew the dusty wasteland was a good investment, as annexation to the city of L.A. was on the horizon (in 1909). “It was kind of a win-win,” O’Donnell said. Homeowners got city services; the city gained a larger tax base and political clout. McGarvin also knew an aqueduct from Owens Valley would soon bring water to the thirsty, rapidly developing region, O’Donnell added.

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The USS Iowa battleship, which has hosted Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, starts its new life this month as an interactive museum. The ribbon cutting, grand opening ceremony is Sat., July 7, at the Port of Los Angeles, Berth 87, 250 South Harbor Blvd. in San Pedro. The ship will be open daily for tours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Iowa, which served in World War II, the Korean War and the Cold War, is 14 stories high, 887 feet long and displaces more than 45,000 tons. “We are honored and privileged to be entrusted by the United States Navy to bring USS Iowa back to life,” says Robert Kent, president of the

non-profit Pacific Battleship Center. Visitors will see the bow section, where they will have the best view of Iowa’s 16-inch main gun battery turrets 1 and 2.  In the captain’s cabin, visitors will see where world dignitaries were entertained and view the only bathtub ever installed on a U.S. Navy warship. The bathtub was put in for President Roosevelt, who traveled aboard the USS Iowa to a major conference in Tehran to meet with Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin in 1943. Admission is $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and retired military personnel ID, and $10 for youth (ages 6-17); www.

NeW LiStiNg 111 N. Plymouth Blvd. Windsor Square Listed for $1,595,000

3825 Sapphire Drive, Encino Hills $1,149,000 Immaculate remodeled 4 bed/3 bath 1-story home set on private half acre knoll in prime Encino. Granite kitchen with stainless steel appliances and breakfast bar opening to the family room. Expansive professionally-landscaped yard with pool. Coveted Lanai School District.

414 N. Kilkea Drive, Miracle Mile $1,699,000 Stunning Ibizian 2 bed/3 bath home plus den/media room. Chef’s kitchen with Viking stove and carrera marble counter tops. Sound system throughout for entertaining and relaxing. Lushly landscaped backyard with a pool/spa and recreation room/cabana, bonus! Information contained herein deemed reliable although not guaranteed. Keller Williams does not guarantee the accuracy of provided by the seller or obtained from public records or other sources.

Lovely two-story Mediterranean home in heart of Windsor Square with Provencal gardens featured in Metropolitan Home magazine. Enter through an antique wrought iron gate, past a burbling fountain and feel like you’ve escaped the city. The interior of the home preserves the inimitable charm of 1920s architecture. Large living room with barreled ceilings, French doors overlooking the garden and fountain, wood-burning fireplace. Formal dining room, charming breakfast room shaded by persimmon and quince trees, kitchen with pantry and vintage Wedgewood stove, family room and full bath round out the first level. Upstairs features four bedrooms, two of which are master size, and a center hall bathroom. French doors off rear bedroom lead to private deck. The upstairs layout also sets up perfectly to create a fantastic master bedroom suite. Private rear gardens that rival the front feature a large deck with wisteria-covered pergola, Victorian knot garden, organic raised-bed vegetable garden and blueberry patch. Large basement. Jean-Pierre Provo Detached two-car garage. 310-770-2247 This is a co-list with Jean-Pierre Provo.

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Stunning Spanish Colonial 418 South Arden in the Heart of Windsor Square 6+5 indoor outdoor kitchen. 2 Bedroom Guest House Offered at $3,450,000

THE SITE was home to Japanese Americans prior to their incarceration at Manzanar. Adrian Scott Fine/Conservancy staff

Terminal Island was named last month to the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2012 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. The site at the Port of Los Angeles was home to Japanese Americans prior to their incarceration at Manzanar, it was a major shipbuilding center during both world wars and it served as the birth of the country’s tuna-canning industry. Recently the area was featured in “Live Free or Die

Hard” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” among other TV shows and movies.   The Port of Los Angeles seeks to demolish numerous historic buildings in a 2011 Master Land Use Plan. Local preservationists, along with the Los Angeles Conservancy and the National Trust, seek to work with the Port to create an updated Master Plan that will save the historic buildings and promote their reuse, while ensuring public access and attracting new tenants to the historic Port.


English Tudor Manor 87 Fremont Place SOLD with Multiple Offers 5+4.5 Pool and Spa. 3 car garage Gated Community, Large Corner Lot Was offered at $2,349,000


Luxury Condominium 308 Sycamore Ave. SOLD with Multiple Offers 3+2.5 Pool and Spa. Stunning Restoration Was offered at $1,180,000

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If a PIcture SayS 1,000 WordS, What are your realtor’S PhotoS SayIng about your houSe?

We’ve got some possibly burnt out plumbing and a set of recently pedicured toes; though I’m not quite sure what the agent is trying to convey on this one.

Stainless steel appliances AND granite counters - I promise there are granite counters under there, you’ll see as soon as we clear away the dirty dishes.

This was the only photo online for this property; I guess they wanted the buyer to bring their own vision to pull things into focus.

Some people consider black cats to be bad luck, but who can be bothered shooing a cat out of the frame?

Either the agent wants to demonstrate the cabinet functionality, or some seismic activity occurred as the photo was taken.

This brings a whole new meaning to “needs TLC,” as in, Try a Little Cleaning.

I suppose this house is indicating an upward market trend.

Some people like to demonstrate a property’s functionality; hence the multiple vehicles, ladder and miscellaneous person passing by.

The first look a buyer gets at a property is on-line, and we believe you have one, and if you’re lucky, two, photos to capture their imagination, before they move on to the next listing. You’ve entrusted the sale of your house to a professional, but how about the photography? We rely on professional photographers, who have the right equipment, lighting, and know-how to best photographically capture a house. Because we think it’s critical to get the photos right.

If you buy this house, you get to see the yard from the other side of the fence!

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Suites, SPAW at Pooch Hotel Nothing but the best is at the new five-star Pooch Hotel at 950 N. Highland Ave. The Petco-owned site features suites with glass doors, an exercise pool and SPAW, with aromatherapy bathing, massage, paw-dicures, Poochberry facials and tooth brush-

ing. The Hotel’s club includes fitness and nutrition management for dogs of all shapes and sizes. Treadmills are also available for guests. Included in hotel rates is All Day Play, with 10,000 square feet of indoor supervised play-

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Newly Renovated Traditional Duplex In Windsor Square SOLD: This home, located at 531 N. Lucerne Blvd., was listed at $749,000.

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Bands play on at free summer music series at Farmers Market Visitors can check out an array of local entertainers on the West Patio at the Farmers Market, Third St. and Fairfax Ave., during the summer music series. The Thursday Night Jazz series features the Doug McDonald Quartet on July 5; Ernie Watts Quartet plays on July 12. Sydney Weisman & the Wayne Peet Trio perform picks from the American songbook on July 19. Eclectic modern jazz vocals are the specialty

of the Judy Wexler Quartet on July 26. The Friday Night Series includes swing by Jumpin Joz on July 6. The Eliminators perform surf music on July 13. Latin guitar world fusion is the genre presented in Incendio on July 20. Floyd and the Flyboys feature New Orleans, soul and R&B on July 27. Performances take place from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information, call 323-933-9211 or go to

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on July 7, “X-men” on July 14, “American Pie” on July 21 and “Iron Man” on July 28. Tickets are $10. Go to Academy Hollywood The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hosts screenings at its new outdoor amphitheatre, Academy Hollywood, 1341 Vine St. Gate opens at 6:30 p.m., movies at

sunset. Food trucks will be on-site. Upcoming “Oscars Outdoors” screenings include “Stagecoach” on Fri., July 6, “The Nutty Professor” on Sat., July 7. Tickets are $5; $3 for students. Go to Park La Brea The outdoor movie showings at Park La Brea continue on Sat., July 21 at Alandele

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Guide to area’s outdoor summer movie screenings

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215 N. ArDEN BLvD. $1,180,000

3rd Street School District. 6BR / 4.5BA Traditional two story home located in Hancock Park on tree lined street.

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can bring blankets, picnic dinners, beer and wine. No tall chairs. Tickets are $10. Go to City of Beverly Hills Beverly Canon Gardens at 241 N. Canon Dr. is the site of Sunday night movies in Beverly Hills. Films are shown on a giant, inflatable screen beginning at 8 p.m. See “Hugo” on July 15; “Clueless” screens on July 29. Call 310-285-6830. Exposition Park Street Food Cinema features movies, food trucks and live music on Saturdays beginning at 5:30 in front of L.A. Memorial Coliseum at 700 Exposition Park. “Twilight” screens

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Circle. Syliva Brousseau, activities director, encourages viewers to bring blankets and picnic baskets. Music starts at 7 p.m; films begins at 8:30 p.m. An ice cream truck will be on hand to provide refreshments. A talent show finale is set in August, and the movie shows will pick up again in September.

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HOLLYWOOD FOREVER CEMETERY has been hosting outdoor screenings for the past 10 years.

Remember when going to the drive-in was a cherished summer ritual? These days, outdoor venues are few and far between. But movie lovers can still screen films under the stars at sites around town including a cemetery, shopping mall, parks and an amphitheatre. Hollywood Forever Cemetery In its 10th year, Cinespia projects movies on mausoleum walls on Saturday evenings at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; movies begin at 9 p.m. DJs spin music before and after the screening. Guests




2337 HErCuLES Dr. $2,588,000

Breathtaking Amazing Views. This 4,944 sq.ft. 5BR/5.5BA, is a rare one story on approx. 1/2 acre lot.

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3rd Street School District. Bright natural lights throughout, breathtaking view of Fremont Place. 24 hour security w/ doorman. Pool.

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Beautiful Spanish home located in Larchmont Village. Charming house totally renovated in 2010. Featuring: 3 beds + den + 3.5 bas, 2,510 S.F. as per Architectural plans.

Hancock Park South Office 119 N. Larchmont Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90004

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Beer tasting; women designers; 4th of July sparklers, car-related workshops CRAFT AND FOLK ART MUSEUM—The Craft of Home Brewing will be taught by award-winning homebrewer and museum board member Greg Nylen Sun., July 15, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tastings, hot dogs, music and more; the Young Leadership Council event is $12; $10 members. • "Baseball: The All-American Game" includes 75 works of folk art and memorabilia. Ends Sept. 9. •"Ehren Tool: Production or

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Celebrate summer with Shakespeare to jazz Activities and performances to entertain kids of all ages and their families as well as Friday night jazz concerts can be found at Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr., La Canada Flintridge. Bring the family on a picnic to enjoy music and theater and garden events every Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. The Banana Slug String Band brings science, song and celebration together on July 3. The Will Geer Theat-

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sic status, the entrepreneurs of the era soon dropped the musical parts. Melodramas then became what we know today—a play featuring lurid, sensational and highly emotional aspects with a happy ending in which the heavily over-the-top villain gets all he richly deserves. *** How come a car for hire is called a “taxi?” wonders Tina Hartsfield. This universal term is from the French taximeter, which was the name for horse drawn

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