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TOMAHAWK STEAK was the entree when Betsy and Chris Blakely dined at Taylor’s Steakhouse. Here they are shown Photo by Bill Devlin talking to waitress Dori Pike.

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Residents weigh choices on closing Wilshire/La Brea Metro community meeting on November 12 Residents are being polled on whether to close five blocks of Wilshire Blvd. for seven weeks or for 22 weekends while Metro’s contractor places decking on the boulevard for subway construction

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City Councilman David Ryu will be the keynote speaker when the Windsor Square Association holds its annual meeting on Thurs., Nov. 12 at The Ebell, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., at 7 p.m. Disaster preparedness and coyotes in the streets of Windsor Square will be addressed at the event. Larry Guzin, president, said the agenda also will include a review of Association activities during 2015, block captains status, public safety, landscaping, land use issues and updates from civic officials. Directors for the 2016 year will be elected, and the 2015 Squeaky Wheel will be awarded to a resident whose efforts improved the quality of life in Windsor Square. The Association promotes public safety, social welfare, community education and the quality of living for residents of 1,100 homes in Windsor Square, between Beverly Blvd. and Wilshire Blvd. between Arden Blvd. and Van Ness Ave.

to begin in March 2016. Following the Purple Line Extension community meeting to be held on Thurs., Nov. 12 at 5:30 p.m. at John Burroughs Middle School, 600 S. McCadden Pl., Metro will convey its recommendation to the city of Los Angeles, including to Fourth District Councilman David Ryu. Metro says it will share community input including comments heard Nov. 12. Choice #1: Seven full weeks of closure of Wilshire Blvd., from Highland Ave. to La Brea Ave., plus three weekend closures from La Brea Ave. to Detroit St. and three weekend closures of the La Brea intersection. Work above the deck will be from 7 a.m. – 11 p.m. Choice 2: Approximately 22 weekend closures of Wilshire Blvd., from Highland Ave. to La Brea Ave. Work will be continuous, from 9 p.m. Friday – 6 a.m. Monday. During these periods, traffic will be detoured from Wilshire See Residents, p 12

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“COYOTE ALERT” lawn signs were distributed last month by local association representatives. Pictured are Julie Stromberg of Windsor Village and Steve Tator, Angie Szentgyorgyi and Lucas Szentgyorgyi of Windsor Square. See story section 2, page 8.

CANOPY of trees can take years to replace, critics warn.

Talk of sidewalk repair sparks ficus tree debate 'It will be a sad day when they are removed.' By Billy Taylor Following an article in the Larchmont Chronicle in September on a citywide program being developed to repair sidewalks damaged by tree roots, comments from residents concerned for Larchmont Blvd. poured in. “One of the reasons we moved to the area was the boulevard with its wonderful restaurants, unique stores

Residents cite problems with Paramount plans Residents of Larchmont Village Neighborhood Association expressed their concerns about the planned Paramount Pictures expansion at the October meeting of the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council meeting. Among issues that were not addressed in the Draft Environmental Impact Report were building height and traffic impact on Melrose Ave. Other concerns were rotating digital signs on a 20-hour basis. Public hearings will begin once the final EIR is completed.

and beautiful canopy of ficus trees,” says Windsor Square resident, Adrienne Cole. “These stately lush trees and newly landscaped medians allow Larchmont to stand out as a warm, family-friendly neighborhood. If these trees are removed to repair the unsightly sidewalks, new trees must replace them for both shade and beauty,” added Cole. Dr. Gary Schiller, a Hancock Park adjacent resident, points out “although inconvenient, the boulevard has done a great job of ameliorating the effects of roots on the sidewalk. “These trees, that provide so much needed shade on a hot, mid-city boulevard, cannot really be replaced. Any replacement tree will take 50 years to mature, and will not provide the canopy of these trees,” says Dr. Schiller. “It will be a sad day when they are removed in order to address a threat or grievance of a disgruntled minority,” he concluded. Margaret Shipman, a resident on Lucerne Blvd., echoed

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Community Comment By John Welborne Let Metro know your view People in mid-Wilshire who have been around here for 25 or more years remember the disruption caused by construction of the subway stations at Western, Normandie and Vermont. But we don’t remember all that much. That’s because the disruption was temporary. We now have quick underground access to other parts of town, and we have thriving businesses and new multi-family housing adjacent to the subway stations. Metro is bringing us additional transit improvements by extending the Purple Line under Wilshire to the west, with new stations at LaBrea, Fairfax and LaCienega. Yes, there will be temporary disruption during construction. But, this time, Metro is asking residents and business owners to choose between two approaches to next spring's temporary decking of Wilshire for the La Brea station—either non-stop construction for seven consecutive weeks . . . or weekend-only construction for 22 consecutive weekends. Either of these months-long disruptions will be painful for a while, but future benefits will last well into the final years of this century or longer. What is best for your business, for your lifestyle? Seven weeks? Twenty-two weekends? Let Councilman David Ryu know which you prefer so he may convey your wishes to Metro. E-mail your preference to: cd4.issues@lacity.org.

Our Annual Meeting and Your HPOZ Thanks to the folks at 3rd Street School, Councilman Ryu and his office, the LAPD, and the Tree People for helping make our annual meeting such a success. And, especially, thanks to Hancock Park residents for attending and participating in making our community a great place. Remember to volunteer for a committee! As anyone who drives the city knows, many neighborhoods are facing wholesale house teardowns replaced by huge, generic construction. That’s why our Hancock Park HPOZ is so important. Because of our HPOZ Hancock Park continues to maintain the unique architectural and historic structures that make us one of the most beautiful places to live in America. If you’re thinking of making changes to the exterior of your house, even ‘small’ changes, find out if your changes are in keeping with our HPOZ. The Hancock Park Preservation Plan (http://www.preservation.lacity.org/hpoz/la/hancock-park) is the legal document that regulates our HPOZ. Read it and then contact our City Planner, Renata Dragland (renata.dragland@ lacity.org), and get her input. There is an online form which can start the process: http://preservation.lacity.org/hpoz/ initial.screening.checklist . Renata will then help you schedule a consultation with the HPOZ Board, made up of an architect and four of your neighbors. Even if all you have is a vague idea contact Renata and get input. Remember, if your project is not correctly permitted and approved you can be forced to undo the changes at your own expense. The HPOZ Board meets at 6PM on the first and third Wednesdays of every month at the John C. Fremont Branch of the LA Public Library – 6121 Melrose Avenue (at June Street). These meetings are public meetings. The Preservation Plan for Hancock Park can be found at: http://www.hancockparkhomeownersassociation. org/ or http://preservation.lacity.org/hpoz/la/hancock-park ). And, as the Tree People reminded us at the Annual Meeting, don’t let your trees die; water them deeply twice a month. Our trees are vitally important to our and the environment’s health. Remember, to keep you and your family safe by locking your house and car; not leaving items in plain sight, setting your house alarm (if you have one), and paying attention to any unusual activity. If you think a crime is happening call 911, DO NOT confront someone yourself. Report graffiti sightings by calling 311 or use the City’s Anti-Graffiti System - http://anti-graffiti.lacity.org/ welcome.cfm?CFID=1007&CFTOKEN=411CDB4F-0FC34EE1-89DE58DCCB435538 or call Hollywood Beautification, 323-463-5180 Adv.

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Calendar Sun., Nov. 1 – Daylight Savings time ends at 2 a.m. Turn clocks back one hour. Sat., Nov. 7 – Miracle Mile Residential Assoc. annual meeting and town hall at the Korean Cultural Center, 5505 Wilshire Blvd. at 10 a.m. Wed., Nov. 11 – Veteran’s Day. Wed., Nov. 11 – Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council meeting, The Ebell of Los Angeles, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., at 7 p.m. greaterwilshire.org. Thurs., Nov. 12 – Windsor Square Association annual meeting, The Ebell, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., 7 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 12 - Metro Purple Line Extension meeting, 5:30 p.m. John Burroughs Middle School, 600 S. McCadden Pl. Thurs., Nov. 19 – Larchmont Village Neighborhood Assoc. semi-annual meeting, Van Ness Elementary School, 501 N. Van Ness Ave., 7 p.m.

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26 – Thurs., Nov. Thanksgiving Day. Sat., Nov. 28 – Small Business Saturday and Holiday Open House on Larchmont, noon to 5 p.m. Sat., Nov. 29 – Hollywood Christmas Parade on Hollywood Blvd., 6 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 3 – Delivery of the Larchmont Chronicle.

"The electricity went out and I remember walking outside to find my neighbors all asking each other what to do." Samson and Adena Halpern Windsor Square

Brookside, Sycamore Square seek protection Two neighborhoods were and then back to PLUM and given the okay to pursue an then on to full city council for Interim Control Ordinance to final vote.” prevent teardowns of homes The council was tentatively in their areas by the city Plan- set to vote on the motion ning and Land Use Manage- to ask the city attorney to ment Comdraft the mittee (PLUM) "We have widespread ordinance last month. support for it in the neigh- on Oct. 28 as If approved, the Chronborhood and have also Brookside icle went to and Sycamore started conversations re- press. T h e Square would garding an HPOZ." temporary be given the measure protection most likely this protects neighborhoods from spring, said Tom Rothmann, teardowns of single-family city planner. homes while city officials con A land use and environmen- tinue to fine tune a citywide tal study will be conducted. Baseline Mansionization OrdiThen “it is referred to the city nance. attorney to be formally drafted Several neighborhoods already have an ICO, including Miracle Mile and Larchmont Heights. “We have widespread support for it in the neighborhood and have also started converFounded in 1963 by sations regarding an HPOZ Dawne P. Goodwin and Jane Gilman (Historic Preservation Overlay Zone). The initial response to Publisher an HPOZ from neighbors has John H. Welborne been very positive,” said Ann Editor Eggleston, board member of Jane Gilman the Sycamore Square NeighAssociate Editor borhood Association. Suzan Filipek New board Assistant Editor At the Sycamore Square Billy Taylor group’s annual meeting last Advertising Director month, elections were held Pam Rudy for new SSNA board members, Art Director to replace Linda DeLeon, Ann Dina Nicholaou Classified and Eggleston and Elizabeth FullCirculation Manager er, whose terms were up. Rachel Olivier New members are Matt Accounting Tenggren, Sue Horwitz, past Jill Miyamoto president of the SSNA, and Charla Gardner. 606 N. Larchmont Blvd., #103 Continuing on the board are Los Angeles, CA 90004 Eric Oliver, Rob Schoenberg323-462-2241 larchmontchronicle.com (Please turn to page 6)

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"To be honest, my worst memory is not being invited one year to a Thanksgiving dinner that my friend hosted." Gil Tobin Hancock Park

"My Aunt started choking on turkey and couldn't breathe. It wasn't until I called 911 that I realized I didn't know her address. She was saved in the end by the Heimlich maneuver." Caitlin O'Donnell Larchmont Village

"I once burnt the turkey so bad the entire house filled up with smoke." Josh Monje Park La Brea


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Ryu at MMRA Town Hall, annual meeting

Councilman David Ryu will be the keynote speaker at the Miracle Mile Residential Association’s 32nd annual meeting and town hall. It will take place on Sat., Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Korean Culutral Center, 5505 Wilshire Blvd. at Dunsmuir Ave. Parking is available in the back. Neighborhood prosecutor Mehrnoosh “Nooshi” Zahiri will discuss her duties as representative of the City Attorney’s office in the Miracle Mile. Scott Epstein, chair of the Mid City West Community Council, will talk on the Midtown Los Angeles Homelessness Coalition. He will brief attendees on the organization’s efforts to help homeless in the area. “Representatives from L.A.P.D. Wilshire Division will offer their perspectives on this pressing issue, too,” said MMRA president Jim O’Sullivan. Mark Zecca will give an update on the Historic Preservation Overlay Zone. Speakers will be followed by a town hall style session where residents can raise issues or questions. All residents of the Miracle Mile are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

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A criminal case in the Larchmont Bungalow was continued last month pending review of a 1992 ordinance of Larchmont Boulevard. Bungalow attorneys Richard Hirsch and Alan Fenster and former city attorney Rocky Delgadillo—a new member of the Bungalow team—sought the continuance pending city planning officials review of the Larchmont Blvd. “Q” conditions. L.A. Superior Court Judge Margelia Haynes moved the pretrial hearing to Tues., Dec. 15. Bungalow owner Albert Mizrahi filed a land use application with the city Planning Dept. in July requesting clarification of the word “primary” in the Q condition ordinance. The ordinance limits the number of restaurants on the street. Bungalow attorneys argue the law is discriminatory. City planner Debbie Lawrence said her office has completed clarification of the Q condition, and it is being reviewed. “It likely won’t be issued until November. It is only a clarification and not a change to the ordinance,” she said. In 2010, the city attorney’s office filed three criminal counts against Mizrahi after he opened the store permitted for take-out food only with tables and chairs at 107 N. Larchmont Blvd. The city also revoked the store’s certificate of occupancy.

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CIM proposal for Farmers Insurance property submitted to city By Billy Taylor With additional changes made to address concerns from Brookside residents, CIM Group submitted plans for the former Farmers Insurance property on Oct. 26 to the City Planning Dept. The review process for the new residential development—which includes the former Farmers Insurance tower and surface parking lots—is expected to take up to a year. The most significant changes in the recent submission include: not closing Mullen

Ave., reducing the new singlefamily homes on Eighth St. from seven to six with different garage configurations, and having those six houses be on their own fee-simple lots. In addition, CIM Group is proposing to prepare a full Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the project. Public input According to Gabriela Juarez, the city planner who oversees the Park Mile, an opportunity for public input will take place when CIM meets with the Park Mile Design Review Board (DRB)

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for a public hearing, which should be sometime next year. “In its initial meetings with project proposers, the DRB often has additional questions and then schedules return visits by the proposer. Also, at the meetings, questions from the community often stimu- FOUR OF SIX new houses on Eighth St. are shown in a recent conceptual late DRB requests for street scene from CIM Group's architects. additional information,” says Juarez. Mullen stays open stand why neighbors would Changes announced CIM previously proposed to oppose the closing of Mullen Prior to submitting plans, close Mullen Ave., between Ave. It would make our street CIM Group held a meeting Eighth St. and Wilshire, which safer, limit traffic and raise with Brookside, Hancock the company believed would property values,” said Alexia Park, and Windsor Square allow its two-block project to Grimming, a resident on Mulcommunity leaders on Oct. 5. be treated as a single parcel, len Ave. At the meeting, CIM Group’s whereby density allowed by “If the street is left open,” vice president for develop- the Park Mile Specific Plan added Grimming, “my fear is ment, Clyde Wood, explained could be shifted into the exist- that future traffic measures the recent changes made in ing tower. The city, howev- on Wilshire will increase cutresponse to concerns from er, has confirmed that such through drivers.” neighbors. density shifting also can be Other neighbors, especially Regarding these changes, accomplished by leaving Mul- those living on Muirfield, worBrookside resident Jan Wier- len open to traffic. ry that closing Mullen would inga, who lives across Eighth As a result, the condomini- instead increase the congesSt. from the current Farm- um portion of the project will tion already on their street. ers parking lots, wrote to her have 53 units in the tower “We all remain eager to neighbors: “I think most of us and 11 townhouses, three tri- review the developer’s traffic in the room were very pleased plexes, and eight single-family study, expanded in scope by with the changes that have units on the former parking CIM because of our requests, been made due to the com- lots. to learn what the traffic engimunity input.” The matter of closing, or neers believe would be the As has been the case from not closing, Mullen has been impacts of closing or not closthe outset, CIM’s plan is to a source of controversy in ing Mullen,” said committee focus allowable Park Mile den- Brookside. “I cannot under(Please turn to page 5) sity (number of units) in the existing tower building, allowing the surface parking lots to be used for low-density buildings.

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member and Muirfield resident, Vivian Gueler. CIM to prepare EIR In CIM’s submittal to the city, the developer proposes to prepare a full Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the project even though the proposals are designed to comply with the restrictions of the Park Mile Specific Plan. “Recognizing the significance of this project to the Park Mile district and the intensity of community interest, our company decided that the most conservative approach would be to undertake a full EIR process, which provides the most opportunities for formal public input,” said Wood. “Our consultants already were undertaking a level of environmental analysis typically required as part of an EIR, such as an expanded traffic study and thorough historic resources evaluation of the Farmers building. Even though it will be more timeconsuming, we are asking the city to support our desire to go through a formal EIR process, an approach that we believe would also be welcomed by some neighbors." Houses on Eighth St. CIM had originally proposed building seven new singlefamily houses along the north side of Eighth St., west of Muirfield, even though this property has multi-family zoning. One of those houses would have filled space on the proposed vacated Mullen Ave. The new approach, with Mullen remaining open, has six single-family houses. Another difference is that each of the houses will be on its own legal lot and will not be a part of

NEW FARMERS PLAN from CIM Group keeps Mullen Ave. open and now has six instead of seven houses along Eighth St.

the condominium association, which includes the other 81 residences in the tower and on the surface parking lots. An additional change is that the garages for two of the new Eighth St. houses have been moved to the rear of their lots, and the house at the corner was reconfigured to provide garage access

from Muirfield Rd. That leaves only three houses with garage doors fronting Eighth St. Also in response to neighbors’ input, CIM’s architects redesigned the new homes to reflect a greater variety of styles that are prevalent in Brookside and Hancock Park. Historic status for tower At the Oct. 5 meeting, Wood

indicated that CIM continues to support the designation of the Farmers Insurance tower as a city of Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument (HCM). Wood said CIM consultants recently filed an application with the city to move this designation forward. Preserving the historic features of the building, accord-

ing to Wood, is integral to CIM’s marketing plan for the new residences. “The Farmers building is the centerpiece of the project. Its prominence in the community and irreplaceable character will allow us to offer a living experience that is available nowhere else in the city,” said Wood.

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Hancock Park Homeowners hear from Ryu on his first 111 days his goals are to restore trust in local government and for stricter campaign financing rules. He replied to questions concerning helicopter noise, heavy trucks on Rossmore Ave. and the threat of dead trees that need to be taken

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Holiday open house in village Sat., Nov. 28 Holiday shopping will officially begin on Larchmont Blvd. on Sat., Nov. 28 with musicians and a visit from Santa. Larchmont Boulevard Assoc. is sponsoring the Holiday Open House which coincides with Small Business Saturday, a national celebration. Shops along the boulevard will be offering bargains. Carolers and choirs from local schools will entertain shoppers. Santa Claus will be hearing children’s wishes at the Wilshire Rotary Club tree lot at 568 N. Larchmont Blvd. from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Lamp Community benefit aids homelessness Lamp Community, a Skid Row-based homeless service organization, celebrated its 30 years of service to the community at the Fall Affair The annual fundraising event was held at the Taglyan Cultural Complex in Hollywood in October. Honored at the event for their commitment to fighting homelessness were L.A. City Councilmember Jose Huizar, Mollie Lowery, founder of Lamp Community; Izek Shomof, of the Shomof

Group; and Leo Pustilnikov, of SLH Investments. “We are thrilled to be celebrating three decades of service to our most vulnerable neighbors at this year’s Fall Affair,” explained John Maceri, executive director of Lamp Community. “We are especially grateful to have the opportunity to honor such amazing individuals who have been invaluable partners in this work.” Lamp works primarily with adults who have mental illness.

Diversity topic at Willows School Willows Community School, Culver City, is holding two events centering on emotional intelligence and diversity. Three authors will participate in a panel discussion on “Diversity in Children’s Literature” on Thurs., Nov. 5. Marc Brackett, director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, will speak on Wed., Nov. 18 on “Emotions Matter: From Recognizing to Regulating Emotions.” To register for the free events, go to thewillows.org/ page/community/events.

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Hope Lutheran celebrates with German food, drink Hope Lutheran Church will celebrate its 73rd anniversary with an Oktoberfest serving German food and beer and a luncheon inspired by Martin Luther on Sun., Nov. 8. The event, at Melrose Ave., begins at 10:30 a.m. with a worship service with Pastor Mark. German appetizers and brewski follow, and then sit down to the complimentary formal catered luncheon. A silent auction is also featured. Performances include Helena Buscema’s Hope band and choir and gospel band “Little Faith.” A video honoring the late Rev. H.K. Rasbach will be included with remarks by Julie Fogg, associate professor of religion at California Lutheran University. Pioneer of film Rev. Rasbach was a pioneer in producing religious films

and served as an adviser to Cecil B. DeMille on “The Ten Commandments” and George Stevens on “The Greatest Story Ever Told.” Stevens gave the church the central cross from the film. Rasbach joined the Hollywood congregation in 1947, and when he retired in 1982, his son Pastor Mark took over.

HOLA honors Junior League Members of the Junior League of Los Angeles will share the stage with pop queen Selena Gomez at the Holiday of the Heart gala on Tues., Nov. 10 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, 9500 Wilshire Blvd. Visit ecurtis@heartofla.org.

You are invited to attend the Board Meeting Wed., Nov 11 at 7 p.m. at Ebell of Los Angeles, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd. Enter from west parking lot The following board member vacancy: Area 9– Oakwood/Maplewood/St.Andrews Education Other Non-Profit Alternate Board Members needed for: Area 3– Country Club Heights Area 4– Fremont Place Area 9– Oakwood/Maplewood/St.Andrews Education Other Non-Profit Religion All GWNC Board and Committee meetings are open to the public Land Use Committee meetings: Fourth Tuesday of each month, 6:30 p.m. in The Assembly Room of Wilshire United Methodist Church 4350 Wilshire Blvd. Transportation Committee meeting: Monday, November 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the parsonage of Wilshire United Methodist Church 4350 Wilshire Blvd. Environmental and Sustainability Committee: Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m., in the Youth Chapel at the Wilshire Methodist Church, 4350 Wilshire Blvd. Outreach Committee meetings: 9:00 a.m. usually the last Saturday of each month, at the Bricks & Scones cafe, 403 N. Larchmont Blvd. Next meeting: Saturday, Nov. 28

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Get fresh Christmas trees at Rotary lot on Larchmont It will begin to look a lot like Christmas when the Wilshire Rotary Club opens its tree lot at 568 N. Larchmont Blvd. on Fri., Nov. 27. Customers will find the freshest trees around, according to Wendy Clifford, Rotary communications chair. “Noble, fraser, silvertip, nordmann and douglas firs are cut and loaded onto the truck from a tree farm in Oregon weekly,” says Clifford, “and arrive in L.A. three days later.” Fresh wreaths and garlands will also be available. Proceeds from sales will benefit Wilshire Rotary Foundation and the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International to support community service projects, humanitarian programs and scholarships. In addition, Wilshire Rotary will donate trees to needy families in Los Angeles.

The tree lot will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Wed., Dec. 23. Delivery is available. Visit wilshirerotary.org.

Windsor Village to throw a party A Bollywood performance and a pie-baking contest will be among activities at the Windsor Village Association Community Block Party on Sun., Nov. 8 from 3 to 6 p.m. in the 900 block of S. Windsor Blvd. The first block party in the area in more than a decade will also have a bouncy house, face painting and balloon artist for the kids. A taco cart, D.J., bocce ball, dog contest and more will also be at the family festival. Visit windsorvillageassn@ gmail.com.

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Civic leaders give median trees formal send-off An official farewell to the 82 trees to be removed from Wilshire Blvd. medians during Metro’s Purple Line Extension subway construction drew civic leaders to a ceremony at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art plaza in October. The historical landscape of Miracle Mile is undergoing a major transformation, said Lyn MacEwen Cohen, founder of the Miracle Mile Civic Coalition, who organized the event. Kasey Shuda, Metro project manager, said the trees will be replaced on a 2:1 ratio. She complimented the community groups for their participation in the project. AT CEREMONY bidding farewell to Miracle Mile median Randy Murphy, chairman of the trees, were, from left, Lyn MacEwen Cohen, Randy Murphy Wilshire Blvd. Median Advisory Com- and Walter Marks III. mittee, spoke on the project that affects Canary Island palms, camphor and laurels between La Brea and Fairfax avenues. Walter Marks III, president of the Coalition, told the group of the history of the assessment district which funds the maintenance of the median. Officer Charles Thomas of LAPD Wilshire Division, said a few trees will be relocated to the Division at 4865 Venice Blvd. Other civic leaders attending included Steve Kramer, president of the Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce, and Steve Rosenthal, head of the Wilshire Community Police Council. Greg Applegate, arborist with Arborgate Consulting, has determined that nine of the 82 trees are healthy enough to be relocated.

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Rash of burglaries in Wilshire; keep doors and windows locked WILSHIRE DIVISION BURGLARIES: A laptop computer and iPod were stolen from a residence on the 100 block of N. Alta Vista Blvd. on Oct. 4 between 4:30 to 8:45 p.m. Suspect entered residence through a rear bedroom window. A suspect entered and ransacked a residence by smashing the second floor window on the 600 block of Arden Blvd. between Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. to Oct. 10 at 9 a.m. Using an unlocked rear window, a suspect entered a residence on the 1000 block of S. Cloverdale Ave. between Oct. 9 at 9 p.m. and Oct. 10 at 2:30 p.m. Suspect ransacked the interior and stole clothing before fleeing.

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Furnished by Senior Lead Officer Dave Cordova 213-793-0650 31646@lapd.lacity.org Twitter: @lapdwilshire A suspect entered an apartment on the 400 block of Sycamore Ave. on Oct. 11 at 4:30 p.m. A wallet with money was stolen. An elderly victim was at home in a back room when a suspect entered through an open window and began ransacking the residence on the 100 block of N. Formosa Ave. on Oct. 11 at 4:15 p.m. When

the victim confronted the suspect, he fled with money and jewelry. Electrical equipment and a laptop computer were stolen when a suspect entered the rear door of a residence on the 800 block of N. Orange Dr. on Oct. 14 between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. A suspect entered a residence through a side window on the 600 block of S. Sycamore Ave. on Oct. 16 between 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Suspect stole jewelry before fleeing. OLYMPIC DIVISION ROBBERIES: A victim was walking near 1st St. and Norton Ave. on Oct. 18 at 5:20 a.m. when a suspect approached him and simulated a hand-

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Furnished by Senior Lead Officer Joseph Pelayo 213-793-0709 31762@lapd.lacity.org Twitter: @lapdolympic gun in his pocket, demanding “give me all you have or else.” The victim said, “you don’t have to do this,” which enraged the suspect, who then began to punch and kick the victim before fleeing. BURGLARIES: A suspect entered a residence on the 400 block of N. Plymouth Ave. through an open rear window on Oct. 12 between 8:30 a.m.

to 7 p.m. Once inside the suspect stole bags, suitcases, and electronics. A suspect removed the screen off the side window to gain access of a residence on the 600 block of S. St. Andrews Place on Oct. 12 at 3 p.m. Once inside the victim stole a laptop computer, video games and clothing. A suspect opened the side gate and attempted to open the window of a residence on the 500 block of S. Norton Ave. on Oct. 12 at 2:50 a.m. Victim fled when alarm sounded. THEFTS BURGLARY FROM VEHICLE: License plates were stolen from a car parked near the corner of 2nd St. and St. Andrews between Oct. 16 at 5:30 to 11:30 p.m.

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Please join us at The Ebell for the Windsor Square Association’s Annual “Town Hall” Meeting, Thursday, November 12th at 7:00 p.m. Get to know our new Councilmember, David Ryu, who will be speaking. Meet and greet WSA Board Members and your friends and neighbors, and find out who will be this year’s winner of the Squeaky Wheel Award! See you there! As cooler weather finally prevails, many people are anticipating that the predicted El Nino weather pattern will drench our thirsty landscape with much-needed water, and therefore make all our efforts to conserve water unnecessary. Wrong! It will take several years of good rain and snowfall to even begin to make up for our four years of record-breaking drought. And even if we did receive several rainy seasons in a row, don’t forget that dry spells and droughts are a regular feature of our arid Southern California climate, and scientists say that these dry spells will only become more frequent and more intense in coming years. So let’s keep working toward our common goal of treating water as the precious resource that it is. One water-wasting habit we should definitely break is the oldfashioned fall tradition of over-seeding lawns with rye grass. As anyone with a nose knows, the rye seed is usually covered with a layer of stinky manure and then watered daily for a week or two until the incongruously bright, spring-green rye grass emerges. Rye grass requires regular water throughout the winter, a time when we should be reducing or even eliminating sprinkler use. This is an unwise practice for several reasons: it is a tremendous waste of water; the manure adds an unhealthy level of salts to our soil; it’s unnecessary as most underlying lawns remain pretty green anyway; and it reeks for weeks. Let’s celebrate the fact that we live in Southern California, and rethink our landscaping accordingly, planting beautiful, drought-tolerant Mediterranean style shrubs and ground-covers. Add low-water-use trees where possible, such as olives or oaks (and don’t forget to deep-water your existing trees, including parkway trees, regularly). Replace or reduce the size of thirsty lawns—but please don’t waste water this fall by over-seeding the lawns that are left. The Windsor Square Association, an all-volunteer group of residents from 1100 households between Beverly and Wilshire and Van Ness and Arden, works to preserve and enhance our beautiful neighborhood. Join with us! Drop us a line at 157 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004, or visit our website at windsorsquare.org. ADV.

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program. Garry Duff, security Larry Guzin, WSA presi- committee head, talked about dent, thanked theLARCHMONT block cap- CHRONICLE the association‘s water barrel October project. 2015 tains for their work in keepHe encouraged resiing the neighborhood safe, dents to purchase 55-gallon and he introduced Caroline containers and fill them with Moser and Katie Jones, co- water to be prepared for an chairs of the Block Captain emergency.

Transparency and accountability are the bywords of Fourth District City Councilman David Ryu. Sarah Dusseault, Ryu’s chief of staff, outlined the councilman’s goals as he nears his first 100 days in office. Dusseault was guest speaker at the annual Windsor Square Association block captains appreciation dinner at Wilshire Country Club in late September. Close to 50 volunteer block captains and Association board members heard of Ryu’s plans to appoint a discretionary funds task force to review the approximately $1.5 million the office receives each year. “We are also listing the 10 top issues affecting neighborhoods. These will be our priorities,” she said. Dusseault fielded questions about cut-through traffic,

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coyotes and parkway trees following her talk. She also answered a question concerning Ryu’s name. “It is pronounced Roo.”

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become a ‘destination spot.’ “We can see where individual shops have cut roots and replaced cement in the past; this needs to be done everywhere,” says Shipman. The problem Tom Kneafsey, president of

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include increasing the size of a tree well, meandering sidewalks around affected roots, and even retrofitting the area around a mature tree with permeable pavement, to allow for better water infiltration. “In turn, these techniques can help to decrease flood events and increase local water supply, while simultaneously creating a healthier, more sustainable space for a tree to thrive.” Regardless of which techniques stakeholders decide to use in Larchmont Village, Carmichael is clear about one thing: “there are better ways of transitioning existing canopy than to remove it all at once and replace it with significantly smaller, younger trees. “A decent compromise would be to replace the trees several at a time, over a period of several years, to continue benefiting from the mature ficus canopy, while nurturing the replacement canopy.”

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RESIDENTS WEIGH CHOICES ON CLOSING WILSHIRE (Continued from page 1) Blvd. to Olympic Blvd., on Highland and La Brea. Early in the process, there also will be detours from Wilshire to Olympic on Crenshaw Blvd. STRAW POLL Twenty-two weekends is the tentative choice of Jim O’Sullivan, president of the Miracle Mile Residential Association. “The reason is that we have not been provided with the information to make an informed decision. We know that the traffic on the weekends is less, but we don’t know what the traffic will be during the week and where all those cars will go. Also on weekends, school will not be in session which should make it safer for the kids.” A straw poll by the Sycamore Square Association board members favored the seven-week closure. Sycamore Square boundaries are Highland to La Brea between Wilshire and Olympic. That neighborhood will be impacted mightily by whichever plan is selected.

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Jamie Bennett has been named president of the Ojai Festival, a week-long event held every June in the Southern California town. Bennett, who divides his time between homes in Hancock Park and Ojai, will serve alongside artistic director Thomas W. Morris. Bennett brings leadership, fundraising and financial expertise to the organization, said Morris. In his new role, Bennett will focus on governance, fundraising, strategic planning, and community outreach for the 70-year-old festival. “For the past four years my wife Carolyn and I have been part-time residents of Upper Ojai, and we are both looking forward to living in Ojai fulltime. From what I’ve seen since attending the Festival, there is an openness, spirit of adventure and palpable collaboration among artists, audiences and those who directly support it in the community, on the board, through generous gifts of time and money, and through investments of talent. “This dedication to and belief in the very essence of what the Festival is all about is what has made the last 70 years possible, and it will be—without a doubt—music that secures the Festival’s future,” he continued. Bennett has been the chief operating officer of the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in

Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl was honored on Oct. 24 by the Hollywood Business and Professional Women (HBPW). Kuehl received the Community Woman of Achievement Award at the luncheon held at the Loews Hollywood Hotel. “We believe the Supervisor is deserving of the award for her many achievements as a Hollywood actress, educator, attorney, as a legislator in California serving in the Assembly and Senate, and now as County Supervisor,” says Marjory Hopper, HBPW president.

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Arts, crafts show at Park La Brea The second annual exhibit featuring works by members of the Debi Doodles Arts & Crafts After School program is on Tues., Nov. 24 from 4:30 to

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Larchmont Charter Elementary, Middle and High School (LCS) will celebrate its ninth annual World’s Fair on Sat., Nov. 7 from noon to 4 p.m. Some 15 countries will be represented at the international booths on the Hollygrove campus, 815 N. El Centro, displaying native foods, drinks, activities and entertainment. Countries highlighted will

include Guatemala, El Salvador, Mexico, Cuba, Korea, England, the Philippines, Hawaii (U.S.), France, Sweden, China, India, Japan, the Middle East and the United States. Kids will enjoy face painting, tattoos, hair coloring, Zorb balls, a jump house, obstacle course, field games, a photo booth, a DJ and even manufactured snow!

In addition to operating as a fundraiser, the event will highlight the school’s diversity. “The World’s Fair celebrates our diverse student body and the rich cultural heritage of our families,” says May Oey, dean of the Hollygrove elementary campus. This event is open to the neighborhood. Tickets are $1 apiece and can be purchased at the door. For information, contact Charity Bailey at charitym.bailey@gmail.com.

BOOTH VOLUNTEERS display their fresh-baked English goodies at last year’s Larchmont Charter School World’s Fair.

Local dentist offers science scholarship Larchmont Village dentist Dr. Arthur Kezian has commenced a science scholarship program to give high school and college students the chance to receive $1,200 towards their educational expenses. The scholarship will be awarded to students based on their academic merit, community service and financial need. They must be between the ages of 16 and 25 and have a major in the science field. “I have been a student

majoring in science myself and know how competitive the field is. By presenting students with a scholarship opportunity, I can help them understand the importance of individual accomplishment when it comes to reaching their objectives, assist them financially, and teach them about the significance of higher education,” says Dr. Kezian. For information on scholarship application and eligibility, visit drkezian.com/sciencescholarship.

LA Phil series guide youth to the symphony The Los Angeles Philharmonic (LA Phil) continues its Toyota Symphonies for Youth series on Sat., Nov. 21, and Sat., Dec. 5 at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The concerts—titled “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra” will introduce audiences to English composer Benjamin Britten’s most loved works.

Mixing music with fun and fantasy, the event is for children age 5-11 and their families. Before each concert, from 10 to 11 a.m., the Disney Hall becomes a musical playground with hands-on art making, musical activities, dance, storytelling and theatre. For more information and to buy tickets, visit LAPhil.com.

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school news take notice of her skills. Legis Equine, Alberto Fasciani and French Meyer Saddles have all signed her up. As she competes more on an international scale including France, Colombia and Lebanon, her

equestrian rising star will continue to grow. For now, though, Alyce enjoys her position as a varsity jumper for the Interscholastic Equestrian League at Immaculate Heart High School and

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L.A. High community group holds first meeting A local public education stakeholder group held its debut meeting at the Los Angeles High School Community Public Education Town Hall

in October with more than 80 people in attendance. The newly formed Los Angeles High School Community Collaborative (LAHSCC) was

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sists of on-campus stakeholders (students, teachers, administrators, etc.) and off-campus stakeholders (parents, residents, commercial and nonprofit entities, alumni, etc.),” says school alumni Ken Marsh. “As taxpayers we fund our public schools, giving us a say and responsibility in public education.” A public stakeholder initiative such as LAHSCC, according to Marsh, is the best strategy to strengthen and preserve a public education for everyone, following recent private and charter school initiatives that aim for a private system. “It also insures that public voice will have a continuing part in the K-12 education. Dr. George McKenna, the local District 1 LAUSD Board of Education member, spoke to audience members about difficulties facing education due to funding shortfalls at a time when it’s needed the most. Both the school’s principal Dr. Helena Yoon-Fontamillas

and Joyce Kleifield, excecutive director of the Harrison Trust, were on hand to answers questions following the evening’s presentations. Daphne Brogdon, president of the Longwood Area Neighborhood Association (LANA) attended the meeting and says it was a good chance for neighbors to come together and share information: “There are community members like myself who want to support the school, but not sure how.” Brogdon says it was nice to hear from caring, passionate teachers and alumni who care greatly for the school: “It was clear to all who attended that while many in the area might dismiss L.A. High, the staff and students do not. “One resident even grew emotional talking about how she volunteers every week so that L.A. High can have cheerleaders, because they didn’t have a squad despite being the city’s football champs." If you would like information on LAHSCC, email Ken Marsh at kmarsh@ca.rr.com.

Pilgrim School hosts writers & artists series Pilgrim School’s 2015 writers and artists series continues into November and December with artists who will discuss our national parks, perform a bit of magic, create art with postconsumer goods and cultivate cultural and civic art projects. Grades 2-8 will hear nationally recognized weather expert and book author Mike Graf on Wed. Nov. 4 and Thurs. Nov. 5. The author of a book series about the Parker Family and their adventures in National Parks around the country will lead workshops on National Parks and Realistic Fiction and will host a Mini National Park Tour for kindergarten through grade 3. Also in November, visual artist Edith Abeyta, Pennsylvania, known for combining post-consumer goods to form temporary installations and sculptures that explore collectivity, labor and exchange, will visit with grades K-5. Abeyta will be working with Pilgrims’ K-5 students for a

week creating artwork from books no longer needed at Pilgrim. Grades 9-12 will work with Holly Hampton, a principal of the design firm Sussman/Prejsa. She has served as the lead designer on many projects with a cultural and civic emphasis. Hampton will share her expertise in 2D design and graphic design with the high school students by creating 2D Art. Professor Arthur Benjamin on Fri., Dec. 4, will bring math and magic to Pilgrim’s 6-12 graders. The self-described “Mathemagician” began teaching at Harvey Mudd College, and, as all math professors do, started performing at the Magic Castle. He is the author of many books of mathematical theory, including “Secrets of Mental Math: The Mathemagician’s Guide to Lightning Calculation and Amazing Math Tricks.” Pilgrim is located at 540 S. Commonwealth Ave.


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school news Estrada to play Mozart with Dream Orchestra

Volunteers come out to garden with Wilshire Crest Volunteers came out to the U.S. Green Building Council of Los Angeles (USGBC-LA) service day on Sept. 26 to benefit the farm and gardens at Wilshire Crest Elementary School. Over a dozen Green Apple Day volunteers expanded the garden’s water containment and irrigation capacity to reduce water consumption, and planted seedlings for what will become cutting flowers. The concept of “slow it, spread it, sink it” was introduced with water-contain-

ment vessels called Ollas, which are ceramic subsurface mini-cisterns that hold and seep water slowly to irrigate at the plant root level. The farm and native gardens at Wilshire Crest are an 8,000 square feet area with raised vegetable beds, fruit tree orchard, California native and drought tolerant garden and an outdoor kitchen for environment and nutritional programs. “This is one of our most special programs of the year,” states USGBC-LA executive

soundtracks and be a member of a professional orchestra like the L.A. Philharmonic,” she says.       
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director Dominique Hargreaves. “Every year we are amazed and inspired by the ideas that people come up with, and by what the communities feel they can implement that will realistically make a difference and be carried out at a particular school.” For more information on Green Apple Day, visit mygreenapple.org/dayofservice.

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Fri., Oct. 30 at St. Monica’s Catholic Church in Santa Monica. Eliana, 15, who attends the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA) and is a school reporter for the Larchmont Chronicle, will play her violin with the string section in Mozart’s Requiem Mass in D Minor.   Eliana enjoys every performance opportunity and hopes to attend USC’s Thornton School of Music or a music conservatory for college. “I’d like to be a musician in a studio orchestra for film

Kids can code Stratford School hosts an For children, ages 3-10, and parents The Hour of Code is a hands-on, one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify coding. It uses games and other activities to help nurture problem-solving skills, logic, and creativity. This is part of an international movement to help students start early to build a foundation for success in the 21st century. As part of this exciting event, Dr. Paul Kim, Chief Technology Officer and Assistant Dean of the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University, will share why learning to code at an early age is so important to your child’s success in school and beyond.

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Several reasons why I am thankful for the chance to be a mom Everyone is thinking about giving thanks this month. Top on my list: I am thankful for my health, my home,

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cool music and give me great fashion and make-up tips. Relive my childhood The holidays are so fun with them: Christmas, Halloween, Easter, reviving traditions from my childhood and creating new traditions with them is the best. It’s wonderful to see the world through their eyes. Every new experience for them is wonderful to witness. Their first concert, first time skiing, first time on an airplane, first time camping. Their excitement and joy becomes mine again. Living in the moment Kids are great at reminding you to live in the moment. Moms are always thinking about our kids’ schedules, what to make for dinner, homework, laundry and emails that need returning. Kids are usually thinking about the here and now. “Mom, can you read me a book?” or “Mom, can you scratch my back?” My kids help remind me to slow down and live in each precious moment with them.

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Third Street silent auction ends soon Start your holiday shopping early while benefitting programs at Third Street Elementary School in an online silent auction that runs until Nov. 1. Items up for auction include gift certificates from Larchmont Animal Clinic, Healing Hands and Vernetti’s, not to mention an in-home visit from celebrity chef Mark Gold. To view the online auction catalog, visit thirdstreet. onlineauctionbook.com.


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By Chaerim Kim-Worthington 6th Grade October is always a busy month, with so many wonderful activities taking place. One annual activity that everybody loves is the Hispanic Heritage Festival, this year hosted by the Spanish teacher Professor Rose Bachtel, on Oct. 22. With grades from Kindergarten to sixth grade performing live song and dance, it’s bound to be an amazing event. Another incredible tradition at St. James’ is the Mask Parade, on Oct. 30. Each grade demonstrates their skills in art by creating a mask, which they then debut at the annual parade. Many parents come to cheer on their students as they display their skills in fundamental art. The masks always look phenomenal, with swirling hues as the students exhibit their talent to the school. Our first grade and kindergarten classes are going on a joint field trip to the Leonis Adobe soon. The Leonis Adobe Museum is an amazing place for the first and fourth grade buddies to bond and learn about the old customs from the 1870’s. Both grades can’t wait for this amazing learning opportunity!

PACIFIC HILLS By Kevin Castillo 12th Grade

Midterms finally came to an end, however, all is not work. Students enjoyed themselves in October by celebrating Halloween. On Oct. 30, PHS students danced the night away at an event

LARCHMONT CHARTER By Ondine Bader and Charlie Hoge 5th Grade

With the fifth and fourth graders moving, a question has arisen. Will the fifth grade teachers be moving to Selma as well? The administration is still sorting that out, but in the meantime, Principal May Oey has assured us, “Our goal is to keep

all of our fabulous teachers within the four campuses.” Other successes this month include the launch of “Creation Stations” during recess and the rearranged art room. Larchmont Charter has been

getting ready to share the holiday spirit by assembling gift bags of Thanksgiving dinners for our Hollygrove families. Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving! Your rockin’ and rovin’ reporters….

There’s no mistaking a Marymount graduate. Now that Halloween is over, it’s time to think about Thanksgiving! October was busy and many Larchmont students went on tours of their new campuses for next year. As the fifth graders are stepping up and leaving elementary school, the fourth graders will also be moving to their new campus at Selma. This means change; next year, all fifth and sixth graders from LCS and LCW will be combined for a larger student body at Selma. Following a tour there, the kids are excited, especially for classes like forensics and photography. the Associated Student Body (ASB) calls Sadie’s Freaky Friday House Party. Students enjoyed the food and tunes while participating in a contest called Class Wars, which brings students from different grades together to compete in games. After the fun, it’s back to the usual routine of homework and projects. During November, upperclassmen are focused on college. For juniors, it’s about developing a list of majors and schools and for seniors it’s about finishing the applications and essays for their chosen schools. Those matters may seem overwhelming, however, Mr. Wagner, in his role as college advisor, has conducted meetings with students to assist in the narrowing process and remind them to finish their applications before the deadlines.

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New pediatrician joins local practice team By Billy Taylor A new doctor has joined the staff of Larchmont Pediatrics, at 321 N. Larchmont Blvd. Born and raised in Chico, Dr. Alexandra McCollum—a graduate of UC Santa Barbara and St. George’s University School of Medicine—returned to California last August after completing her residency at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New York. McCollum lives in Crest View with her husband and two kids, Jordan and Jake, but says she’s excited to put down professional roots in Larchmont Village. “When I moved to L.A., I had the chance to work in a couple of practices around town, but was attracted to

Larchmont Pediatrics because of the opportunity it gives me to grow with a new practice. “The community atmosphere of the neighborhood was a huge appeal.” McCollum says she will be splitting her time between Larchmont and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, where she is credentialed and works in the outpatient department a few days a week. Pediatrician Dr. Neville Anderson—who grew up on Lorraine Blvd., and now lives in Hancock Park—opened the practice on the 10th floor of the Larchmont Medical Building last year. For more information, visit larchmontpediatric.com or call 323-960-8500.

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By Jasper Gough 6th Grade November is a great month for Curtis students. While many of us are eagerly looking forward to

December and our winter vacation, there are still plenty of wonderful concerts, field trips, and other activi-

ties to enjoy this month. If you love music, sing “Ahhhhh!” Curtis students can listen to concerts this month. On Nov. 3, the school will have a Baroque Chamber Concert. It should be interesting to hear. On Nov. 18,

Curtis students will want to travel to Harvard Westlake for the International Choral Festival. Come watch Curtis students perform. The fourth grade will visit the Natural History Museum on Nov. 12. I always enjoy watching guides explain how the museum staff find and piece together the different fossil and bone fragments. I wonder if the fourth graders will enjoy the strong odor of the tar pits? At any rate, I am sure when my sister comes back with her class, she will have lots of great stories to tell. November also means lots of great on-campus activities. For Kindergarten, First, Second, and Third Graders, Nov. 20 means the Turkey Trot. As the students run a Cougar Mile around the football field, they enjoy the sounds of their friends rooting for them. A few days later, on Nov. 24, we have the Talent Show. I am looking forward to seeing my friends show off their talents and skills. In the past, students have played piano, sang, danced, told jokes, etc. It should be a great show.

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By John Miller 8th Grade It’s November, and at St. Brendan School we have much to be thankful for.   To kick it off, on Nov. 4 at an allschool assembly, we will have a flag ceremony that the Boy Scouts lead to honor our veterans. All our troops, boys and girls, participate. Our many SBS sports teams are doing very well and at this time, our Varsity Boys Flag Football team is undefeated.   Last month, our newspaper staff was invited to City Hall to interview our new City Councilmember David Ryu. We will be kicking off “The Penny Wars,” later this month and the money raised by students will go to help homeless women and children. The Lego-Robotics Club will be attending a major league competition this month. We are especially grateful for Sister Maureen O’Connor who leads our school and our many teachers who guide us each day. We are very thankful for our families, especially our parents. Happy Thanksgiving!

CHRIST THE KING By Penny Diaz 8th Grade

We are enjoying so many new things at Brawerman East this year. We have an innovation lab with tools such as drills, saws, screwdrivers, and pliers. It also has all kinds of materials that we can use to build things. In September, the whole school worked on a project to build a sukkah that we could actually sit in. There is a brand new kiln in our art room, and we will be doing a lot of projects with clay. We are already working on making letters for a sign that says Bill’s Gate as a thank you for helping to design our school. The science lab has tables with gas and water hook-ups and seats that adjust to our height. Our library is really big and has a section with stadium seating and special lighting. One other cool thing is the fireplace in the music room. It was part of an office in the original building. Besides building our new school, Wilshire Boulevard Temple also built the Karsh Family Social Service Center to help people in the community. There is a food pantry with huge freezers and offices for dentists, eye doctors, and lawyers. This plan to provide help for many people in Los Angeles connects to what we do at Brawerman. We have a special problem-solving class for all grades where we think of ways to help people and to repair the world (tikkun olam).

The month of October was filled with many exciting events for the students of CKS. The 8th grade class attended a Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on Oct. 14 to celebrate Youth Appreciation Day. Students throughout the school participated in the Earthquake ShakeOut and practiced earthquake safety and procedures. Students listened to a presentation by our coach, Andre Brent, about the importance of being prepared for this natural disaster. Junior High students attended High School Night at Immaculate Heart of Mary School on Oct. 22. The second round of Renaissance STAR testing started on Oct. 26 and will continue until Nov. 6. Our Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade students had an interesting and enjoyable field trip to Underwood Farms on Oct. 28. Our Transitional Kindergarten students had a fun day at the Kids Space Museum. In addition, students from 1st through 8th grade went to the Ahmanson theater to see a live production of “The Sound of Music.” Finally, the whole school celebrated Halloween with a thrilling festival on the 30th.


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By Clementine Wolodarsky 11th Grade On Oct. 15, Marlborough School participated in the Great California Shakeout beginning at 10:42 a.m. The Shakeout is a worldwide earthquake drill during which millions of people practice preparation for a destructive earthquake. At 10:42 the drill commenced, and students and teachers alike were told to “drop, cover, and hold-on,” making sure to protect their heads and necks. Scattered in different locations around campus were girls with simulated injuries ranging from broken collarbones to concussions. The Marlborough Red Cross Team, who train to respond to such emergencies, gathered at Stork Fountain and was dispatched in groups of 6-10 students headed by a faculty member. The “victims” were instructed to act convincingly: concussed girls could not remember their names, girls with broken legs refused to stand, and girls in shock continuously asked “Am I going to die?” In addition to the Red Cross Team, a Student Welfare team, made up of faculty and students, is trained to respond to students’ trauma and other possible psychological damage. Though it was only a drill, the heads of the Red Cross Team were pleased with the quick response time and feel that, as a whole, the school is well-prepared for an emergency situation.

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By Zander Penn and Lianne Levine 6th Grade

The year has gotten off to a good start here at Echo Horizon School. Coming up is our annual Celebration of Books when every student in honors books by counting up the minutes that they’ve read or counting up the number of chapters or books read in a week. This year, our theme is Star Wars! The girl’s basketball team is getting for action as well. The team has their first game in a few weeks and they have been preparing constantly with our P.E. teacher, Mr. Rice. Fifth graders are getting ready for their Catalina trip where they can participate in kayaking, snorkeling, and many fun activities, and most importantly, spend time with their classmates.

HOLLYWOOD SCHOOLHOUSE By Arun George 6th Grade

Hey everybody! Arun here from HSH! My classmates and I just got back from an Outdoor Education trip. The purpose of this trip was all about team building and “Challenge by Choice.” The following weekend after we returned, our school’s annual BBQ kicked off. The 6th grade hosted a bake sale in hopes of making money for graduation. We sold over 400 cookies and snacks. It was a suc-

cess! There was also a fortuneteller and party games, like throwing ring toss and a lollipop guessing

game. The week after that was ERB week! In case you don’t know what the ERBs are, they are a standardized test, much like the ISEEs. Many people don’t like them, including myself, but it did make a significant change in

scheduling for the week. We skipped first and second period, and that equaled less homework. Thankfully, ERB week is over, and things can get back to normal. That is, until Halloween!!! Muahaha!

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By Steven Haker 8th Grade Turning Point School has been very busy over the past month. Preschool students have been enjoying their first several weeks of classes, and elementary and middle school students have been doing a variety of interesting projects, assignments, and other cool stuff. One such event was a Level 7 Service Learning Project that took students to the beach to dig up and measure sand crabs. The results were submitted to LiMPETS, an education program that specializes in helping students, teachers, and volunteer groups learn about ocean and costal ecosystems. Also, a new Board of Trustees member was appointed, Mr. Sam Widdoes, who is the first alumni of the school to join the Board.

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By Su Hyun Park 8th Grade September has passed so quickly with some wonderful events that everyone enjoyed. On Oct. 14, a school wide event to support St. Gregory Nazianzen School will begin: the Fall Fundraiser Kick Off. All students up to 8th grade will support the fundraiser and participate in the month’s activities. On the 22nd, a monthly event that everybody is looking forward to is School Families day. This is when the eighth graders will prepare something fun for grades TK to 7th grade and will visit all classes on campus. Our school will celebrate Halloween on Oct. 30 with the annual Spooktacular. There will be games, treats, and a haunted house. On Oct. 30, our annual Halloween Carnival will take place. Each grade sponsors a different booth, and as 6th graders we will sponsor the Dunk Tank, one of our favorites!

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By Skyla Wilkins 3rd Grade Hello! Just to remind everyone, the first day of November is when the time changes, so remember

to “fall back” on the time for Daylight Saving Time!  On Nov. 2, the Scholastic Book Fair is coming to

our school. There are going to be a lot of books for us to read and enjoy. Feel free to stop by to help promote literacy! We are all excited for the Thanksgiving holiday this month. We will celebrate and give thanks

with a huge school potluck where we will feast on different types of food before going on break. While school will be closed for two days, we will happy to spend time with our family and loved ones. I hope you all have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

IMMACULATE HEART By Oona Holahan 11th Grade

The month of November is upon us! After the hustle and bustle of the new school year, students have quickly acclimated to the fast-paced environment. Meanwhile, students continue to enjoy a variety of community-building activities, including dressing up in costumes for our annual Halloween Carnival. For that event, student clubs hosted booths and offered spooky games and festive foods. Now the IH school community looks forward to our biggest fundraiser of the year – the 10K Walk on Nov. 6 when 1,000 students, parents, faculty and staff will march through the Los Feliz neighborhood near campus. Students are especially excited this year about raising funds for a new air conditioner for the auditorium. Let’s hope we reach our goal! Later in November, students will participate in our annual Thanksgiving food drive to benefit the Casa Esperanza Center. The Genesians Club will open a production of Oedipus Rex, which will run Nov. 19-22, on campus.

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Last Saturday we had a blast at Family Fun Day. Instead of going to the Santa Monica Pier this year, we got to go to Dave & Buster’s in Hollywood! Everyone had fun playing games and winning prizes. In the past few weeks, construction workers have been making great progress on our future Field of Dreams. I can’t wait for it to be done. It’s going to be awesome. Students who got top grades in all three consecutive semesters received their President’s Award for Academic Achievement at a special ceremony at the beginning of this school year. Also, Ms. Koneff, our terrific librarian, handed out the Summer Reading Awards to those who read the most words over last summer. There are lots of sports going on at Pilgrim right now, from High School and Middle School volleyball, track and field, and, Middle School flag football. So far,  the football team is 1-2 for their division and 1-3 for the league. 

LA County High School for the Arts By Eliana Estrada 11th Grade

Despite the seemingly endless days at LACHSA, the year is flying by! With the semester already half over, students begin to feel the pressures of final exams, projects, and winter performances. LACHSA starts the month off with parent-teacher conferences and Encompass field trips. (Encompass is an elective offered at LACHSA that uses live theater to engage students in critical thinking surrounding prejudice and youth conflicts.) Various performances are also held on Nov. 6 and 7, the theatre department showcases its production of “Fires in the Mirror”, and the following week, the opera department holds performances of “The Secret Garden”. The opera show features the live musical accompaniment of LACHSA’s own pit orchestra and will be held at The Wilshire Ebell Theatre. But the music doesn’t stop there! There will also be a piano recital on Nov. 19. In addition, guest artists Yosi Sergant and Zeffin Quinn Hollis visit LACHSA to have discussions and master classes with visual artists and musical theatre majors. Students conclude this exciting month with the highlyanticipated Thanksgiving vacation where we get to enjoy pumpkin pie, a break from homework, and the company of family and friends. LACHSA wishes you a happy Turkey Day!

THIRD STREET By Emily Rissier 4th Grade

Hello! This is a short, but sweet, month at Third Street.   Short because we will get the entire week of Thanksgiving off and sweet because we will still enjoy our candy leftover from Halloween. If you are a 4th or 5th grade girl, like me, you get to experience an all girls coding class at school on Monday afternoons. Planet Bravo, who also teaches our computer classes at school, offers a class on Monday called “Code Like A Girl” to get more girls interested in computer sciences. We will learn how to code and to create a blog. Our parents have a golf tournament Sat., Nov. 14, at the Harding Golf Course and a dinner afterwards at  6 p.m. at Man Soo Korean BBQ. There is more information at birdeasepro.com/ thirdstreet.


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Latin tunes add to festivities at Consul General's home Authentic Mexican cuisine and libations set a festive mood for Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s “Mexico a’ la carte” hosted by Mexico’s Consul General, the Honorable Carlos M. Sada and his wife Maria Elena Sada at their Fremont Place residence. Quattrosound, 2014 Latin Grammy nominee for Best Artist, added musical spice with a dynamic crossover of Latin pop, jazz and classical music. Featured were the instrumental and vocal talents of LACO cellist Giovanna Moraga Clayton with Jorge Villanueva on percussion. The Sept. 26 concert was followed by dinner. There to clap, toe tap and sip premium tequilas were Stephen Block and Raulee Marcus,

HOSTS AT the LACO event were Mexican Consul General Carlos Sada and his wife Maria Elena.

THE WAHLBERGS, Ella, Rhea and Mark attended the Operation Smile benefit.

DINING AT the Landay loggia: Lisa and Vito Palazzola.

home bound and homeless. Also there nibbling on charcuterie were Cuisine a’ Roulette’s president Gina Riberi, past president Cathie White, Carol Ann Bennett, Yvonne Cazier and Barbara Hardesty. ***

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Aviva gets ‘seal of approval’ for Zimmer dinner set at Universal work with LGBTQ foster care

Interior designer Suzanne Rheinstein, Windsor Square, will be helping Children’s Hospital Los Angeles when she opens Hollyhock to showcase her new book, “Rooms for Living.” The 57-year-old volunteer support group, Children’s Chain of Children’s Hospital, has organized a bookcentered party at Rheinstein's store Hollyhock, SUZANNE RHEINSTEIN shows her 927 N. La Cienega Blvd., new book, “Rooms for Living.” Sat., Nov. 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. Among event organizers are Elizabeth Fain LaBombard, Windsor Village, and Meg Fain Jenkins, Windsor Square. Hollyhock opened as a neighborhood shop on Larchmont Blvd. 25 years ago. Her book focuses on types of rooms and the comfortable living spaces created by Rheinstein and her associates. Attendees at the $45 per person charity event may purchase the book which was published last month by Rizzoli and is available at Chevalier’s Books and elsewhere. For more information about the event, contact Ellie Richardson at eleanor.m.e.richardson@gmail.com

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation has awarded its “All Children—All Families” seal of recognition to L.A.-based Aviva Family and Children’s Services for its commitment to supporting and serving LGBTQ youth and families. “Aviva believes that every child and every family in the Los Angeles com- Genevieve Haines munity deserves a chance for a brighter future, and working with the Human Rights Campaign to make sure the needs of LGBTQ youth are met is a key step forward,” said Aviva co-chair of the board Genevieve Haines, a resident of Windsor Square. Aviva provides trained, caring foster families for L.A. County children, she added. Nearly one in five youth in L.A. County’s foster care system identify as LGBTQ. “The needs are great and the time is right,” Haines said, adding, County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl recently called for more services for LGBTQ youth in the foster care system, including staff training. “In addition, we want LGBTQ adults who are interested in becoming foster or adoptive parents to have the assurance that Aviva is focused on removing any barriers to successfully fostering or adopting children in need.” The HRC Foundation is the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization.

Zimmer Children’s Museum’s Discovery Award Dinner is on Thurs., Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Globe Theatre at Universal Studios. The Miracle Mile-based museum is honoring Karey Burke, who works in programming and development at ABC Family Channel, and James Mandelbaum, partner Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein. Event chair is Sheryl Wachtel. For tickets visit gala.zimmermuseum.org.

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‘Women in Gold’ LAMOTH gala at Beverly Wilshire November 1 The film “Woman In Gold” will serve as the backdrop in the eighth annual gala dinner of the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust on Sun., Nov. 1 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The 2015 movie tells the story of LAMOTH President Randy Schoenberg’s legal battle on behalf of Maria Altmann to recover a Klimt painting of Maria’s aunt, Adele BlochBauer, that was looted by the Nazis.  Among honorees will be Altmann’s financial advisor, Richard B. Jones, a managing director at Merrill Lynch, Los Angeles, and a founding part-

ner of the Jones, Zafari Group. He and his wife Randi, Hancock Park, have two children, Rebecca and Sam. Both of their families sustained terrible losses in the Holocaust Schoenberg will receive the Legacy and Leadership Award for his role in the return of the 1907 gold leaf painting, “The Woman in Gold.” Also honored will be Stacey Janks Jasper, educator at Milken Community High School. Shelley and Dr. Frank Litvack will chair the event. For tickets visit lamoth.org.

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Dinner, dancing and entertainment are scheduled at the Bon Voyage Captain’s Gala Dinner, a fundraiser for Christ the King Parish on Sat., Nov. 14 at the Wilshire Country Club. A silent and live auction is also planned, and proceeds will go to refurbishing the school auditorium, said Angela Rossi, event chairman. Tickets are $150 per person. For more information go to ctkla.org.

Christ the King School’s children’s choir will entertain visitors at the St. Anne’s Guild 76th annual Christmas Bazaar on Sat., Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The bazaar, at St. Anne’s, 155 N. Occidental Blvd., features holiday decorations, jewelry, clothing, children’s books and toys. Agnes Sanzone, Guild president, said Santa Claus will also be on hand, and a box lunch is available.

Music, refreshments and prizes drew boulevard shoppers to the Junior League of Los Angeles “Larchmont Day Out” on Oct. 17. League members staffed the opportunity booth and sold raffle tickets while the Steve Ayotte musicians performed. A wine and beer garden, face painting, Larchmont businesses-sponsored booths and food trucks were at the event. Proceeds support Daybreak Women’s Center.

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PLANNING COMMITTEE members Kristy Liebig, Hancock Park, and Lucy Hartfort, helped stage the annual Children’s Chain of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles dinner dance in September at The California Club.

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Master Plan of parkway trees to be updated in Windsor Square Guest Column By Helen Hartung and Scott Goldstein Helen Hartung and Scott Goldstein are Windsor Square residents and Canopy Committee leaders. The Larchmont Chronicle reported last month on com-

munity concerns about planting in the city’s parkways (the areas between the curbs and sidewalks adjoining our residences). An example was rose bushes used by one homeowner to replace grass. However, rose bushes (now largely removed by that homeowner)

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for aesthetic and environmental reasons, but there are regulations that govern what types of street trees may be planted and where. The same parkway with the unapproved roses now boasts 12 new, non-approved Tulip trees between the existing and iconic Washingtonia palms lining Windsor Square’s east-west parkways for many blocks. That specific property was the subject of a meeting that our Windsor Square Association (WSA) president, Larry Guzin, and we had with the city’s Chief Forester, George Gonzales, some months ago. Gonzalez promised to cite this location, but apparently did nothing. The homeowners seem to have learned they had a problem only in connection with consideration by a city commission of another matter related to their property last month. Assisting homeowners In Windsor Square, one of the purposes of the Canopy Committee on which we both serve is to provide inquiring homeowners all the necessary background about our specific parkway landscape issues and to assist those homeowners in any way we can. The Windsor Square Canopy website has quite a bit of information on parkway planting and street tree issues, but we Canopy members are easily contacted through canopy@ windsorsquare.org. There have been numerous conversations of this sort recently with homeowners who are concerned about their dying street trees (impacted by the drought) or who want new trees. Iconic palm trees An issue about which we have heard numerous homeowner inquiries in recent years relates to the classic street tree lining Plymouth and Windsor Boulevards. This is the iconic tree that frames the Hollywood Sign in the foreground of so many photographs—the Canary Island palm. These trees, Phoenix canariensis, were planted by the original developers of “old” Windsor Square, circa 1918-1919. Today, many of the Canary Island palms may be reaching the ends of their natural lives. Also, there are fungal diseases (Fusarium) confronting some of these, and other, local street trees. Finally, as one of our gardening-oriented neighbors has asked us, “Ecologically, are the palms right for the climate, and are they the correct trees to replant?” Master Plan update Our committee is now resurveying the parkways of Windsor Square, and we will be re-writing the Master Plan of Parkway Trees of Windsor Square. The existing Master

Plan was approved and signed by the city’s Chief Forester in 1998, and the city’s Bureau of Street Services, Urban Forestry Division, has respected the Master Plan consistently for almost two decades. No one should be planting anything not on the approved tree list for a given block and especially not during the dry, hot months. What we need for the moment is a moratorium on planting until the Canopy committee, working with interested neighbors, can complete the new Master Plan. As a part of our re-survey effort, Canopy already has reviewed the designated parkway trees for the cities of San Diego, Pasadena and Santa Monica, and they all have a very progressive and sensitive approach to the replacement of previously designated species that are no longer appropriate. Basically, Los Angeles has nothing even close. We want as many homeowners as possible to appreciate this re-survey and the new-designated-tree effort, and we hope they will support the strategy of planting better, more appropriate tree species in our parkways, not only for our homes right now, but, more importantly, for future generations of Windsor Square residents and visitors.

CicLAvia has impact on health and air quality

A recent UCLA and RAND Corp. study of CicLAvia demonstrated that the no-vehicle event has the capacity to transform the quality of life for both participants and people who live near a CicLAvia route. CicLAvia, which has been held in downtown, Venice and the San Fernando Valley, temporarily makes city streets carfree in favor of bikes, skates and pedestrians for several hours on a Sunday. According to a new study from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, those few hours have significant impact on air quality. Emission particles that cause respiratory and heart disease, lung cancer and death are reduced by 21 percent for ultrafine particles and 49 percent for particulate matter on the route. CicLAvia provides more people an opportunity for exposure to healthy activity than they otherwise would have on a typical Sunday. While studies still need to be conducted to see if the activity inspires healthy lifestyle changes beyond CicLAvia, personal stories show that for many, CicLAvia is the first step toward healthy activity.


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Water trees in parkways and elsewhere By John Welborne Last month, the Larchmont Chronicle reported on the challenges homeowners face when dealing with two city agencies that have oversight of parkways. The following relates to parkway irrigation and to watering trees.

If homeowners seek to address the drought through turf removal, there is special consideration that should be given to any changes to parkway irrigation. It is critical that changes designed to save water don’t impact the valuable canopy of street trees that

still need water. Last month, local garden designer Judy Horton told of the challenges confronted in replacing a dying parkway tree in Windsor Square. That non-native tree, a magnolia that consumes a great deal of (Please turn to page 6)

CANARY ISLAND palms line Plymouth Boulevard.

Conserve the ecosystem; don’t gravelscape, part two By Mia Lehrer, Claire Latané and Margot Jacobs The following is the conclusion of “Gravelscape.” Part one was printed in last month’s issue of the Larchmont Chronicle. Living landscapes aren’t just about aesthetics; they are beneficial in multiple ways. Birds, bees and insects (pollinators all), need what trees and plants provide. Humans do too. Gardens and lawns act like air conditioning for L.A., which is only getting hotter with climate change. Plants and trees provide shade and transpire moisture to cool the air; gravel and artificial turf don’t. In fact, they create the opposite of a virtuous cycle: Fewer plants means more heat, and more heat means faster evaporation from watering, swimming pools and vegetation. More heat also means more water to support the same landscape. Replacing lawns with plastic can block oxygen from entering the soil and tree roots; it may suffocate what trees and plants are left after turf removal. We can’t afford that; we need to protect and add trees and plants that shelter pollinators, hold water, absorb C02 and cool us down. Los Angeles would no doubt be better off with less turf. But not if we replace it with gravel or plastic. Almost anything grows in L.A. if you just add water. But so much will grow even if you don’t. A shady garden filled with flowers and trees native to Southern California, or populated with plants from southwest Australia, South Africa’s cape, and the lands around the Mediterranean Sea needs little to no water in the summer -maybe once a month.

Your landscape can also borrow from L.A.’s past, when majestic California oaks offered oases of shade on golden grassy summer hillsides; lupines, poppies, sages and buckwheats punctuated spring and fall with bursts of purples, oranges, pinks and rusty reds; and ribbons of willows and sycamore shaded roses, rushes and grasses along creek beds and riverbanks. These plants survive long summer dry spells with deep roots that hold soil in place during winter rains. And they’re beautiful. Water independence The drought is sparking long-needed action toward water independence. Los Angeles can be a city of landscapes that collect rain, give shade and provide food for the pollinators that help feed us. If you have acres of green grass or grass you don’t use, a new design is a good idea. If you have a tiny or well-used yard, make smaller adjustments and water with care. Educate yourself. By all means take advantage of rebates but don’t fall victim to dead landscapes that aren’t worth the money or the water saved in the long run. Los Angeles can build a framework of deep roots and deep understanding of the multiple benefits of ecological design. Despite its reputation for superficiality, the city can shed its thin skin, and do a little reshaping and rootstrengthening to capture and conserve water. Even “shallow” L.A. can become known for a beauty that goes beyond skin deep. Reprinted with the authors’ permission from an op-ed article that ran in the June 13, 2015 issue of the Los Angeles Times.

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Mobile app to speed service at Building and Safety Dept.

VOLUNTEER PAINTERS from Paramount Pictures recently gave a fresh coat of paint to the fence at Robert Burns Park at Beverly Blvd. and Van Ness Ave.

Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Los Angeles Dept. of Building and Safety have launched a mobile app, LADBS Go, which offers customers easy access to the department’s mostrequested services from their smartphones. “Modernizing government and improving customer service through technology is a key part of my Back to Basics agenda,” said the mayor. “LADBS Go will make it easier to do business and get city services anywhere, at any time.” Services accessible through the mobile app include requesting inspections, accessing permit information, reporting code violations and locating a Development Services Center (DSC). LADBS Go also provides features available exclusively on the app, including access to real-

time DSC counter wait times. This feature is designed to help customers avoid long lines during busy hours. LADBS Go also takes advantage of mobile device capabilities, including the ability to scan permit barcodes and save data to a device. The pre-programmed DSC locator directs customers to any DSC through their device’s GPS. The intuitive interface of LADBS Go  is expected to save time and money on customer projects, especially with inspection requests. The department receives an average of 2,500 inspection requests daily. LADBS Go uses your smartphone’s scanning feature to simplify the inspection request process; the app’s auto-save feature makes it easier to request a follow-up inspection LADBS Go is available for

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SORDID CRIMES during her career include the case of Leon Benon (left), who shot his teenage wife Lois’ lover.

Library exhibit tells of first female city editor The life and influence of the nation’s first woman city editor at a major metropolitan newspaper is on display now through Jan. 10, 2016 at the Central Library in downtown. “The First with the Latest! Aggie Underwood, the Los Angeles Herald, and the Sordid Crimes of a City” exhibit explores some of the most disturbing stories Underwood covered during her 40-year career. They include the Marian Parker kidnapping to the notorious Black Dahlia case. There was Leon Benon and his wife Lois, teenagers who had been married for one year when Lois ran off with William Owens, 12 years her senior who promised to buy her a convertible and all the clothes that she wanted. Leon shot William to death with a .22 caliber rifle. Local author Joan Renne, who writes the blog Deranged L.A. Crimes, curated and wrote the companion catalog for the exhibit, and says she wants visitors to be inspired by Aggie Underwood’s remarkable career as a reporter. “I hope they are motivated to dig deeper into L.A.’s unique history; there is no better place to begin a journey through time than the Central Library and photo collection.” Visit lapl.org.

Writers invited to Central Library Budding and published writers can work on their 50,000word novels for NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, at the Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St. Lower level room 420 in the literature dept. will be open from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays in November. Call 213-2287313 for information on the library; go to nanowrimo.org for NaNoWriMo updates.


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Look for signs indicating your tree could be suffering close to the trunk, it’s the tree roots that need the water and they spread far in the underlying soil. Mature trees will only require periodic watering. A good rule of thumb is to let the soaker hose or drip line run about one hour once a month. Some trees, like magnolias, require more water than California natives and will need more frequent irrigation. Inspect your trees It’s rare that a tree topples without first giving signs of distress. Check your tree for the following: Tree is leaning: Yikes, this is bad especially if the earth is bulging on the opposite side of the lean. This suggests attenuated roots. The fix: prune to release pressure and call an arborist ASAP. Leaves are turning brown or falling off at branch tips: The fix: irrigate and prune. If it looks like an entire branch is dying, don’t wait until it falls off, get an expert’s help immediately. Split trunks: A tree with more than one trunk has a greater risk of snapping. The fix: support the trunks with metal wiring and keep well pruned. Insect infestation: Insects find it easier to bore into live trees if the sap is dry. The fix: call an arborist. According to The California Dept. of Forestry and Fire Protection, bugs can turn a tree from green to

brown in three to four weeks. Avoid digging near trees The drought is taking a toll on California trees, but human impact is still a significant factor. If tree roots are already compromised by the drought, they are more vulnerable to being dug up or being covered by impermeable materials like concrete. If you are planning a project be sure to consider trees long before you begin. The tree should be in good health before the surrounding area is tampered. It could save you money and heartbreak down the road. Tree Stewardship A tree can take more than (Please turn to page 6)

COLLAPSE OF 50-foot tree in Hancock Park is warning for owners to inspect trees.

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If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? That’s up for debate. But if a tree falls on 4th and June, it certainly makes a sound you’ll hear about… all the way from Hancock Park to Windsor Square. That’s exactly what happened California in September Greenin' when a 50-foot by tall stone pine Renee tree went down Ridgeley in a great timber tragedy. F o r tunat ely, the only living thing the behemoth took out when it fell was the fungus found in its roots.   It’s hard to determine why healthy mature trees fall, but the drought is certainly adding stress to California’s landscape. Saving water is on everyone’s mind.  Now, you’ll need to add saving trees to the list. Irrigate your trees It’s been four years since L.A. trees got their fair share of rain water. It‘s time to give your tree a drink. First, check to see if your tree needs water. Dig down about 18 inches. If the soil is moist, great. If it’s bone dry, follow the next step. For an inexpensive method, place a soaker hose in concentric circles around the tree. The water hose should be at least a foot from the tree trunk and extend as far out as the canopy. For a permanent but more expensive method, install drip line irrigation around the tree. Again, don’t place the line too


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WATER TREES IN PARKWAY (Continued from page 3)

consumes a great deal of water, is the approved street tree on the “Windsor Square Master Plan of Street Trees.” She believes that existing Los Angeles street tree lists should be reviewed to find similar but more drought-tolerant trees to replace existing trees that die. A prime candidate for such a review is Windsor Square’s historic Canary Island date palms (phoenix canariensis) that were planted on several north-south streets (such as Windsor and Plymouth) in “old” Windsor Square by the original sub-divider about 1918. Many of these trees are approaching the ends of their life spans. In addition, fusarium wilt, a fungus often transferred from tree to tree by careless tree trimmers who do not sterilize their pruning tools when moving from tree

California Greenin' (Continued from page 5) 100 years to reach its majesty. Like Rome, it wasn’t built in a day. But forces big and small can deftly bring about the decline and fall of a tree with one snap. Even if you didn’t hear the sound of the tree falling on 4th and June, you should hear its warning.

to tree, has attacked some of these iconic palm trees. Review of tree master plan Similarly concerned with these tree matters is Lucerne Blvd. resident and Windsor Square Association board member on the association’s “Canopy Committee,” Helen Hartung. According to Hartung, the aging of local street trees and the continuing drought are good reasons to review the allowable trees for parkway planting. As noted in the Guest Column in page 2 of this issue, she and Scott Goldstein are working with Windsor Square neighbors to update the street tree master plan created by the Canopy Committee and approved by the city’s chief forester in 1998. Horton believes that this is an essential effort and that the reviewers of the master plan should be methodical and take a broad view. “Our tree scape can be looked at from an ecological, historic, or aesthetic angle. All are equally important, I believe,” said Horton. Trees need water When discussing street trees, Horton also spoke of the predicament of protecting them for as long as possible. Such large, specimen trees essentially are irreplaceable at their present sizes

in the mid-Wilshire part of the city. If a property owner seeks to address the drought by cutting down on parkway watering, Horton advised that everyone with irrigation systems ought to put trees on a separate line so they may have less frequent, but deeper, watering. “In a drought, trees need extra water. If they are not getting it, you will see them compensate by dropping leaves and possibly dying over time,” said Horton. The Mayor and Getty House The city’s “Residential Parkway Landscaping Guidelines” were cited in last month’s article. The guidelines are most easily found online via Google. The guidelines even apply to city properties, such as Windsor Square’s mayoral resi-

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GETTY HOUSE PARKWAY drought-tolerant plantings are growing in after their first year.

dence, Getty House. In October 2014, the mayor replaced the Irving Blvd. parkway lawn of Getty House with low-growing, low water use plants. Apparently, the first plants installed last year were not on the city’s

Angels Flight benefit screens historic films downtown The Angels Flight Railway Foundation is presenting talks, film clips, a screening of the 1951 film noir classic “M” and other surprises on Thurs., Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. Proceeds from the event, in the Million Dollar Theatre, 307 S. Broadway, go to the nonprofit Foundation that continues to seek a solution to regulatory issues preventing

riders from using the funicular. Hal Bastian, president of the Foundation, will introduce the proceedings that include a talk by Nathan Marsak on the lost Victorian neighborhood of Bunker Hill  and  Angels Flight’s importance to the community. Included will be many rare images from Marsak’s personal collection and a series  of

approved list. So, they had to be taken out. Now, the second set of (this time, approved) replacement plants seems to be doing well— and the plants are saving water at Getty House. short film clips featuring the railway through the decades. “M” (Joseph Losey, 1951) will be introduced by Harold Nebenzal, who produced the film with his father, Seymour. Seymour also was the producer of the original, German version of “M” (Fritz Lang, 1931). The 1951 film features locations on Bunker Hill and in the Bradbury Building. For reservations, go to: angelsflight.org/m-angelsflight.

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History of city of Los Angeles oversight of parkway street trees By John Welborne For years, local neighborhood associations and the Fourth District City Council office worked on street tree issues with the Street Tree Division of the city’s Bureau of Street Services, itself a part of the Dept. of Public Works, a powerful city agency whose full-time Commissioners are appointed by the mayor. So, it is fair to say that the mayor gets credit for any solutions related to street tree issues. The flip side is true as well. A little over 10 years ago, the Street Tree Division was renamed the Urban Forestry Division (UFD). Its website at bss.lacity.org/UrbanForestry explains the Division’s position as to why the city’s tree trimming, removal and planting services have been severely reduced. The website also provides an interesting history of this city agency since its founding in 1930. An abbreviated version of the website history follows: Park forestry in 1930 “The Division of Forestry of the Department of Parks was created in the 1930s. “The early street tree planting and maintenance codes were comprehensive enough to grant necessary authority

for street tree program administration. The code, however, did not provide adequate funding to allow for the hiring of sufficient personnel and acquisition of equipment to accomplish the codified tasks. “Prior to 1931, no tree services were offered. All tree planting, pruning, and removal was performed by the abutting property owner. The Division of Forestry issued permits to property owners to perform the work at their own cost. As funds were made available by the Parks Department, some limited tree pruning and removal work was provided on major streets and/or state highways by city forces. Trees for the ’32 Olympics “The City of Los Angeles 1932 Olympics ushered in a period of mass tree planting. As a result, a survey was performed and a Master Tree Plan was developed sponsored by the Public Works Administration. Additionally, in the period from 1933 to 1935 approximately 12,000 trees were pruned. During this period, state gas tax funds were provided for tree work on major streets and state highways, and the first two regularly employed tree trimming crews were hired.

“In 1940, a policy of trimming trees to provide clearance for public utilities was adopted by the Board of Park Commissioners... financed by billings to the particular utility for which the service was provided. From Parks to Public Works “On July 1, 1955, the City

Charter amended the previous LAMC Section and jurisdiction over street trees was transferred to the Board of Public Works. The Board of Public works oversees the Department of Public Works ... and the organization became largely what exists today. At that time, a major

portion of the services [provided] was financed by state gas tax contributions, public utilities’ billings, or through special assessments for landscaped areas maintenance. Post-war planting boom "At that same post-World War II period, the street tree (Please turn to page 9)


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Homeowners take action to warn residents of coyotes in the area By John Welborne Frustrated that city officials are doing little to protect pets and small children from increasing numbers of coyotes visiting and inhabiting the central part of the city, local homeowner associations are taking action. Neighbor-

hood groups in Hancock Park, St. Andrews Square, Windsor Square and Windsor Village in mid-October began distributing and posting lawn signs that alert pedestrians to the presence of coyotes. Coyotes more brazen Windsor Square Association

(WSA) board member Angie Szentgyorgyi said that her board, which designed and obtained the lawn signs, feels this grassroots action is necessary to alert pedestrians to the situation. “Many people walking their dogs are not aware there is a problem. As

the coyotes are getting more policy. In 1993, for various brazen—lately there have reasons about which there is been attacks on dogs on leash- no consensus, the Dept. of es—our directors and I felt it Animal Services discontinued is important to inform neigh- responding to reports of urban bors of the threat as well as coyote sightings and disconwhat to do if they encounter a tinued trapping and euthanizing coyotes. Today, there is an coyote.” The design of the new lawn increase in coyote attacks in the mid-Wilshire part signs is simple of Los Angeles. and includes Coyotes everywhere Photo Page 1, a “QR” code in Section One WSA board memthe corner of ber, Steve Tator, who the sign so cell lives close to Second phone users easStreet, said: “We are ily may link to the listed website that gives seeing more interactions with information on what to do the coyotes. I saw three of them myself, within the past when confronted by a coyote. week.” Trapping stopped in 1993 Michael Mueller reported One reason for the continuing presence of coyotes this seeing a coyote in his block at far from their natural habitat Fifth and Plymouth. The same in the hills is the result of city day, Lorraine Blvd. resident (Please turn to page 9)

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HOMEOWNERS TAKE ACTION (Continued from page 8)

Jason Greenman reported: “We were faced with a coyote on our front lawn last night at 6:45 when we arrived home. He was definitely very healthy (well fed) and not at all skittish. I chased him all the way down the block.” Mary Pickhardt reports that her local coyote “seems to be very comfortable on the 100

and 200 S. blocks of Irving Blvd. There are several properties with dense foliage and he/she is often seen bouncing in and out of the shrubs.” Julie Stromberg, a board member of the Windsor Village Association, reminds that—two blocks south of Wilshire Boulevard—her dog, Elvis, was attacked by a coyote eight months ago and subse-

History of street trees (Continued from page 7)

population experienced a very large expansion. This was due to the population and commensurate building boom that was occurring. During the period from 1946-1970, the street tree population grew from perhaps 300,000 trees to approximately 680,000. "The Street Tree Division grew coincidentally to the maintenance needs and by the mid-1980’s employed nearly 300 personnel. By this period, Division funding was largely dependent upon the city’s General Fund. New name is Urban Forestry “The Street Tree Division changed its name to the Urban Forestry Division in 2004. The name change was due to the expansion of servic-

es the Division provides that include: street tree emergency response, pruning, removal, planting, permitting, providing arboriculture knowledge to other city agencies, oversight of the city’s protected trees, and development services. Staff reduction “Due to the city’s financial crisis beginning in 2009 and continuing today, the Division staffing was reduced to approximately 100 personnel. The Division continues to provide emergency services but tree trimming, removal, and planting have been severely reduced. The Division is hopeful the city soon rebounds from these difficult times and an increase in services can occur.”

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Holiday Marketplace at CAFAM, Rain falling on exhibit at LACMA CRAFT AND FOLK ART MUSEUM — C r a f t N i g h t : Handmade & Foraged: L.A. Papermaking is Thurs., Nov. 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. RSVP. • CraftLab Workshop Hexaflexaperfecdta! is Sun., Nov. 8 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. • Exhibition walkthrough for Paperworks with curator Howard Fox is Sat., Nov. 14 at 3 p.m. RSVP. • Common Goods Marketplace is Sat., Nov. 21 from noon to 5 p.m. in the courtyard. Contemporary crafts and designs by local artists will be on sale for the holidays. • "Paperworks" features sculp-

tural works by 15 contemporary artists; • "Binh Pho: Shadow of the Turning" wooden sculptures. • "Cathy Weiss: Love and Light" lanterns, Exhibits end Jan. 3, 2016 5814 Wilshire Blvd., 323937-4230; cafam.org; free on Sundays. LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART—"Rain Room" allows visitors to experience the ability to control rain. The work by Londonbased artist collective Random International features (recycled) water falling continuously, pausing wherever

a human body is detected. O p e n s Sun., Nov. 1. Ends March 6. • " T h e Enigmatic Image: Curious Subjects "ART AND REVOLUTION," Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, "Two Women," at LACMA. in Indian Art" world, among them animals door palm garden installation. opens Sat., Nov. 7. in Chernobyl. Ends Feb. 21, • "Ancient Colombia: A Jour• "The Sympathetic Imagi- 2016. ney Through the Cauca Valnation" opens Sun. Nov. 22. • After Rodin, Calder and oth- ley" ends Dec. 31. Moving Images by Diana ers, the "Myth of Singularity," LACMA is free the second Thater include the natural a suite of eight bronze sculp- Tuesday of the month. tures by Liz Glynn, ends May 5905 Wilshire Blvd., 323857-6000; lacma.org. 22. CULTURAL • "New Objectivity: Modern KOREAN German Art in the Weimar CENTER—Films, classes and Republic, 1919-1933" ends Jan. 18, 2016. • "The Magic Medium" features daguerreotypes by Henry Cartier-Bresson among others. Ends Feb. 7, 2016. • " F r a n k G e h r y " i n c l u d e s WATER FALLS IN THE RAIN ROOM without visiworks from tors getting wet at LACAM exhibit opening Nov. 1. the 1960s to the present. Ends cultural events. Visit website for listings. March 20, 2016. 5505 Wilshire Blvd., 323• "Living for the Moment: Japanese Prints from the Bar- 936-7141; kccla.org. bara S. Bowman Collection" ZIMMER CHILDREN'S MUSEUM—Sunday family ends May 1, 2016. • "Aktion! Art and Revoluion programs include Mista Cookin Germany, 1918-19" ends ie Jar concert Nov. 8 at 3 p.m., America Recycles Day is celJan. 10, 2016. • "Japanese Paintings: Cel- ebrated Sun., Nov. 15. Bring ebrating LACMA's 50th Anni- empty egg cartons and coffee tins. Garlands of Gratitude is versary," ends Nov. 29. • "Miracle Mile," by Robert Sun., Nov. 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. Irwin, includes 66 fluores- and Giving Thanks on Nov. cent tubes and is inspired by 29 at 3 p.m. inludes a magic Wilshire Blvd. and his out- show. 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100; 323-761-8984; zimmermuseum.org. PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM—Museum remodeling nears completion. Fundraiser gala Sat., Dec. 5, st exclusive preview Sun., Dec. 6. General opening set for Mon., Dec. 7. 6060 Wilshire Blvd., 323903-2277; petersen.org. LA BREA TAR PITS & MUSEUM—"Titans of the Ice Age: The La Brea Story in 3D" screens every half hour 10 We are offering a free 30-day trial a.m. to 4 p.m. daily in the new period for prospective new custom3D theater. ers who sign up for ADT Patrol. • Excavator tours feature highlights of the museum and For more details, park, labs and fossil excavacontact Khey Buan at tion. Daily. • Ice Age Encounters with 818-756-7228 • 818-435-3177 (Please turn to page 15)

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Movies, storytimes, book sales, help with Medi-Care, Medi-Cal FAIRFAX LIBRARY 161 S. Gardner St. 323-936-6191 Children STAR: Storytimes for all ages with Kathy, P.J. and Annika Mondays at 3 and 6:30 p.m. and Sat., Nov. 7 at 10 a.m. BARK!: Children read aloud to trained therapy dogs Sat., Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. Storytime: Hear stories, songs and rhymes Wed., Nov. 18 and 25, 10 a.m. to noon. Teens Comic Books: Hear and talk about comic books with Michael Wellman Thurs., Nov. 12 at 4 p.m. Adults Medicare 101: Solomon Moore, M.B.A., answers Medicare questions Tues., Nov. 3 from 1 to 2 p.m. Medicare & You: Medicare workshop during open enrollment period Thurs., Nov. 5, 12 and 19 from noon to 1 p.m. Quilters Guild: Come by to share quilting tips Sat., Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Support Pals: Support group for those with winter blues and holiday stress Sat., Nov. 7 at 3:30 p.m. Friends of the Library: Discuss ways to support the branch Tues., Nov. 10 at 11 a.m. Hollywood Schmooze Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators: Meets Thurs., Nov. 12 from 6:30 to

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Thanksgiving Day brunch, Japan Garden Festival Hear Taiko drummers, get tips on fall planting and enjoy a Thanksgiving brunch this month at Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge. Garden festival includes book discussion Gil Garcetti, former L.A. county district prosecutor and father of Mayor Eric Garcetti, will discuss his new photogra-

phy book, “Japan: A Reverence for Beauty” Fri., Nov. 6 from 5:30 to 7 p.m., to kick off the Japan Garden Festival. The Japan Garden Festival is Sat., Nov. 7 and Sun., Nov. 8. Starting at 9 a.m., Ikebana arrangemens will be on display until 5 p.m. both days. Take an in-depth tour of the Japanese Garden with Dr. Kendall Brown, professor of

Asian art history and author of “Quiet Beauty: The Japanese Gardens of North America” Sat., Nov. 7 at 10 a.m. The Camellia Lounge will be open Sat., Nov. 7 and Sun., Nov. 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with Japanese-inspired cuisine and sake cocktails. Hear the Kishin Daiko drummers perform at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. both days.

Children’s activities Youngsters ages two to five years old can learn about the gardens from the ground up at Little Explorers, Sat., Nov. 7 at 10:30 a.m. Kids ages six to 10 years old can discover gardening, plants, nature and green living at Junior Gardeners, Sat., Nov. 14, from 10 to 11 a.m. Celebrate Thanksgiving Start the Thanksgiving Day holiday early with brunch in the garden. Traditional favorites and vegetarian options created by Patina chefs will be served Thurs., Nov. 26 at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Book early; seating is limited. Tickets are $57 for adult members, $24 for child members (12 and younger), $66 for adult nonmembers and $28 for child nonmembers. To place reservations, go to descansoorders. com. Reservation deadline is Thurs., Nov. 19. Call 818-949-7980, or go to descansogardens.org.

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Magician in King Arthur’s court, Merlin was also a songwriter Was King Arthur’s magician Merlin a real person? asks Conor Bentley. Yes. The historical Merlin was a Welsh bard (a traveling minstrel of the ancient Celts who wrote and performed songs and stories celebrating the deeds of gods and heroes and acted as heralds for royalty). He was born at the close of the 5th century, and a number of poems and songs have been attributed to him. He is said to have come into the service of King Arthur (another shadowy historical character) and to have perished in a terrible battle between Britons and Romans around 570 A.D. His story has been mingled with that of the fictional enchanter Merlin of the Arthurian romances, whose magical exploits and tutorship of the young Arthur are well-documented in the classic fantasies which are still immensely popular. ***

How come the color tan is also called “khaki?” queries Toby March. “Khaki” is a Hindu word mean- Professoring dusty or Knowdust-colored It-All and was the Bill color of the uniform first Bentley used by native Indian guides during the Indian Mutiny of 1857-59. It was subsequently adopted as the British Army uniform.

*** “Why is a white flag used to surrender?” ponders Sean Zullo. The color white has always denoted innocence or lack of evil intent just as the color black means the opposite. It was only natural then, to use the white flag as a signal of truce and/or surrender. ***

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(Continued from page 10) a (life-size puppet) sabertoothed cat are Fridays at 11 a.m., 1 and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m., 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Free first Tuesday of each month except July, August. 5801 Wilshire Blvd., 323934-PAGE; tarpits.org. JAPAN FOUNDATION— Japanema: films screen the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. $10.

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Dining & Enter tainment Guide Fine wines paired with fine company at The Ebell Enjoy fine wines from around the world paired with scrumptious hors d’oeuvres at The Sip on Thurs., Nov. 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Ebell of Los Angeles, 741 S. Lucerne Blvd. The Ebell’s historic setting will set the mood as craft beer and small-batch spirits will also be poured and paired with foods prepared by Ebell chef Louis Pechan. Proceeds from the event help continue preservation efforts at the Ebell in its collaboration with Larchmont Village Wine and Cheese Shop. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older.  Parking is free.  Tickets are $35 per person. The VIP Sip at $75 per person features older vintages, limited editions and hard-

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to-find wine and spirits. On a literary note PLAYdate at The Ebell presents “One Night/One Play: The Other Woman” in participation with a one-night nationwide theater reading Mon., Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. The one-act play is adapted

from five essays. The cost for the event is $10 for Ebell Club members and $12 for nonmembers. Proceeds from the event will help the Ebell Rest Cottage Association Charity for women in need. Silent era echoes Author and historian John

Bengtson will lead a multimedia tour of silent-era locations, some just steps from the Ebell and in Larchmont Village, at a luncheon Mon., Nov. 16. The event, “Hollywood’s Silent Echoes: Los Angeles History Told Through Its Silent Movies,” will begin at 11:30 a.m. Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Harold Lloyd are among legendary stars in classic movies filmed on local streets. Bengtson uses archival photographs and vintage maps to determine filming locations and track the changing face of Los Angeles. For more information events at The Ebell of Los Angeles go to ebellla.org.

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Menus detail history of eating habits Two hundred menus from Los Angeles restaurants, some dating back to the 19th century, are in “To Live and Dine in L.A.: Menus and the Making of a Modern City.” The 222-page book by Josh Kun features menus from the extensive collection of the Los Angeles Public Library. As Kun writes, “Menus help us understand the making of neighborhoods and changing population demographics.” Menus from former eateries such as Robaire’s, Nickodell, Carolina Pines, Don the Beachcomber and Chasen’s will stir memories of meals enjoyed in days gone by. Paramount devours Nickodell Many local residents remember what is now a tall hedge on Melrose Ave. was the popular Nickodell restaurant and bar. From the 1920s, it was not only a haven for studio actors and technicians, but a hangout for local residents who would greet one another while seeing stars from the adjacent RKO Studios, Desilu and, finally, Paramount. That was, until the restaurant was closed and demolished in 1993 for Paramount expansion. The book is $45 and available at Chevalier’s.

Hollywood site for Berri’s Kitchen Berri’s Kitchen has opened in Hollywood at 7123 Hollywood Blvd. The new restaurant is a smaller version of Berri’s Café, 8412 W. Third St. Both locations offer gourmet pizzas, flatbreads, sandwiches, salads and desserts. The new location also has beer and wine. The original café was created in 1996 by Raphael Berry and his wife, Hortensia Magana. It serves customers in a European-style venue with a relaxed, friendly atmosphere and stays open until 4 a.m.


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Fall in love, dance at the Music Center

The Second City production described as “lively, charming and absolutely absurd.� For tickets call 213-972-0711.

Take a risk. Let yourself go at “The Art of Falling� west coast premiere Fri., Nov. 6 to Sun., Nov. 8 at the Ahmanson Theatre at the Music Center. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and noon on Sunday. Five choreographers, four writers and 30 dancers and actors are involved in The Hubbard Street Dance Chicago +

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Works by more than 200 contemporary and traditional Native American artists from 40 tribes, demonstrations, theater, food and film will be featured Sat., Nov. 7 and Sun., Nov. 8 at the American Indian

Arts Marketplace at the Autry National Center of the American West. Pottery, beadwork and basketry will also be for sale at the 25th annual event. Children’s activities, performances by Native dancers and storytellers will be on site. Visit theautry.org.

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Grammy-award winning singer Sam Smith is set to perform at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s 2015

INSPIRED BY the French royal court, Le Salon de Musiques plays in an intimate setting at the Music Center.

Art+Film Gala Sat., Nov. 7. The event honors artist James Turrell and filmmaker Alejandro Inarritu and is co-chaired by museum trustee Eva Chow and Leonardo DiCaprio. Visit lacma.org.

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Hear a stage-free concert by Le Salon de Musiques, inspired by Queen Marie-Antoinette in Versailles, the group—on violin, viola, cello, piano and featuring a soprano—perform three Romantic works by Richard Strauss. The program “Metamorphosis of a Young Prodigy,� is on Sun., Nov. 8 at 4 p.m. at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, fifth floor. A Q&A with the artists, French champagne reception and high tea gourmet buffet catered by Patina follow. Visit lesalondemusiques.com.

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Herbie Hancock, Seth MacFarlane, George Benson and Andy Garcia are among the lineup at the 2015 Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Vocals Competition Finals and All-Star Gala Concert Sun., Nov. 15 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood at 7 p.m. Quincy Jones will receive the Institute’s 2015 Herbie Hancock Humanitarian Award. Tickets are $40. Visit monkinstitute.org/gala, or dolbytheatre.com.

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Some 30 world debuts will be unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show Fri., Nov. 20 to Sun., Nov. 29 at the Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St. Among them are Jaguar’s first luxury SUV and Hyundai’s Elantra. Attendees can test drive nearly 100 of the latest models. For details, tickets and more information visit laautoshow.com.

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Singer and legendary songwriter Paul Anka (he wrote “My Way”) comes to the Saban Theater Sun., Nov. 22 at 8 p.m. No longer having to sneak into clubs—like he did before he recorded his first song at 14, he went on to record hit singles “Lonely Boy” and “(You’re) Having My Baby.” The teen idol of the 1950s will take the stage at the Beverly Hills theater located at 8440 Wilshire Blvd. Visit losangeles-theatre-com/theaters/ sabantheater/paul-anka.php.

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on Climate Change in Paris, the event is in association with ArtCOP21 and So Cal Climate Action 350. Tree People and the Hammer Museum are among participants. The latter will host a lecture, “Thriving in a Hotter Los Angeles,” on Wed., Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. Visit visionlafest.org.

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Dining & Enter tainment Guide Residents reveal their sweet tooth indulgences In spite of all the attention paid to the organic, local, healthy, gluten-free, veganfriendly lifestyle, we Americans are indulging in dessert

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walks there with her husband, so of course, she burns off all the calories earned by eating the “cake your mother would make.” Nue Studio & Café. 5156 Melrose Ave. 818-314-3578. USC student Katie Hogan is enthused about Milk. “Not only do they offer some of the tastiest ice cream, but they fulfill all of our creative foodie desires by serving gigantic, face-size ice cream macarons!” Another fave is Magnolia Bakery. “There is something so mystically perfect about their baked goods — perhaps it’s the perfect portion of sweet frosting on top of scrumptious cake, or maybe it’s the beautifully elegant designs and colors.” Milk. 7290 Beverly Blvd. 323939-6455. Magnolia Bakery. 8389 W. 3rd St. 323-952-0636. Peggy Giffin is no stranger to sweets, having been the home cook recipe tester for every single dessert in Valerie Gordon’s cookbook, “Sweet.” Aside from favoring the chocolates at Valerie Confections, however, she frequents Susina, which Peggy describes as “a beautiful old French café.” There she gravitates toward “anything hazelnut.” She loves their hazelnut tart and is especially fond of the gianduja mousse – a chocolate hazelnut delight. Valerie Confections. 3360 W. First Street. 213-739-8149. Also in Echo Park and Grand Central Market. Susina Bakery & Café. 7122 Beverly Blvd. 323-934-7900.

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Dining & Enter tainment Guide La Brea Ave. watering hole Little Bar turns 10 By Sondi Toll Sepenuk “Hey, Ryan, you want an Asahi?” bartender Katie asks as a patron walks through Little Bar’s front door.

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‘Charlotte’s Web’ holiday adventure at L.A. Theater “Charlotte’s Web The Musical – An Adventure for the Holidays” will get young and old in the holiday spirit. The Nine O’Clock Players production will be performed on Sat., Nov. 21 and Sundays, Nov., 1, 8, 15 and 22 at 2 p.m. at the Assistance League of Los Angeles Theater for Children at 1367 N. St. Andrews Pl. in Hollywood. The story by E.B. White tells of a young farm pig hoping to escape the slaughterhouse, and a clever spider who comes to his aid. It is adapted for the stage by Carol Weiss. The Assistance League auxiliary has been adapting children's literature for the stage since 1929. Tickets are $12. Visit ninoclockplayers.com.

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By Sondi Toll Stepenuk Locals and regulars will be happy to hear that the Ulysses Voyage of old is back—back with colorful chairs, back with traditional white Greek wrought iron, back with the much-loved menu, and most importantly, the owners are once again front and center. “Family obligations forced them to pull back for seven months, but now Peter and Hana are back every day,” says Teddy Margas, the restaurant’s general manager. Peter and Hana Carabatsos opened Ulysses at the Farmers Market 12 years ago. Peter took the recipes of his Greek grandmother, known as Mama Voula, and created a menu that remained the same for over a decade. But after so much time, and during the Carabatsos’ brief absence, changes did start to creep into the menu. With the original menu back on track, they decided to spruce up the indoor/outdoor dining space. “People would come in and say ‘I’ve been to the Farmers Market every day for years and didn’t even know you were here!’” To remedy the situation, the owners made the restaurant lighter, brighter and more authentic. They painted the chairs and window frames in green and blue chalk-paint, a method used throughout Greece and the Greek islands. The wrought iron was whitened and allowed to weather naturally. Inside, new lighting was added to highlight the beloved Greek wall mural, and the grout on the stone fireplace is being lightened up to mimic the stone floors of Santorini. “What we love about Greece is the combination of the old and the new—the ancient ruins juxtaposed with the newness of 2015,” says Teddy. The regulars will also be happy to hear about the return of the live musicians on Friday and Saturday nights, and of the return of the original menu and recipes. The meze (Greek word for tapas) is on one side of the newly designed menu layout while the entrees are now on the other—a much cleaner and more readable display. The meze includes traditional Greek items such as calamari, mussels in light cream sauce, fried whole shrimp, cucumber/yogurt tzatziki dip, hummus and Greek caviar, called taramosalata. Entrée items include handcarved gyros, moussaka, lamb/ beef/chicken skewers and pastas.

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Dining & Enter tainment Guide Rhodes School of Music takes lessons to next level By Billy Taylor A local school is turning music lovers of all ages into trained musicians by providing music education in a comfortable, well-equipped studio on Larchmont Blvd. “I opened Rhodes School of Music in November 2012 because I wanted to set up a dedicated space for focused learning,” says David Rhodes, a composer, pianist and founder of the school.

He had a lot of students from the neighborhood and wanted to open a well-equipped studio to provide instruction without the distractions that come with in-home lessons: “there wasn’t anything like this in the city.” Located at 606 N. Larchmont Blvd., the school spans two floors, with five large studio rooms and two lounge areas. Each studio is equipped with a piano and a library

of music to allow teachers immediate access to materials. There are 17 teachers on staff, and Rhodes says he has some of the best local talent available: “We only feature dedicated performing arts degree holding teachers.” As for Rhodes, he holds a Masters of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts performer-composer program. The average age of a stuSTUDIO ROOMS are fully equipped to maximize the time teachers have with students.

dent, according to Rhodes, is between 7 to 12. “We also have a lot of adult students, who take lessons for the pleasure of it,” he says, adding, “but for our young students, we expect them to do recitals, which we hold several times a year.” For kids under five, Rhodes says he launched a program called Mini-Music, which gives young kids the opportunity to explore a variety of instru-

ments, noise makers and basic musical concepts. “It’s a great way for parents and kids to figure out what instruments they like, before they’re ready for a rigid practice schedule.” Most classes run from 2 to 7 p.m. during the week, and all day on the weekends. For more information, or to schedule a lesson, visit rhodesschoolofmusic.com or call 323-464-1154.

Petersen Museum racing to its Dec. 7 opening By Suzan Filipek Buckle your seat belt and hold on to your hat, the Petersen Automotive Museum is scheduled to re-open Mon., Dec. 7. The Miracle Mile museum marked its 20th anniversary with a 13-month, $125 million renovation. A red-and-grey racy exterior with stainless-steel ribbons on the façade welcomes visitors at the western gateway to Museum Row. Inside, 25 new galleries feature the latest in interactive technol-

ogy, including Microsoft Xbox Forza driving simulators, panoramic video walls and Disney/Pixar Cars Mechanical Institute. An opening gala fund-raiser party is Sat., Dec. 5, followed by an exclusive Preview Day Sun., Dec. 6. The museum opens to the public on Mon., Dec. 7. For more information, visit Petersen.org.

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(Continued from 11) bread recipe and came up with a whole-wheat recipe that is both healthy and traditional. The restaurant also serves frappes, a popular Greek blended coffee and sugar drink as well as pure Greek coffee. “If you drink that pure Greek coffee on Friday, you won’t go to bed until Thursday,” laughs Teddy. “We’re Greek owned and operated, many of our ingredients come straight from Greece.” With Peter and Hana back on site, the locals will be thrilled to know that it’s the Ulysses Voyage they’ve always known and loved.


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rible and fatiguing to watch and has no redeeming social value. Director Eli Roth stunningly says he wants the audience to “sympathize with the women,” which says all you need to know about Mr. Roth. Truth (0/10): Even worse than Robert Redford’s laughably dreadful performance as Dan Rather are the deplorable political bias of the film and its unashamed misrepresentations. It spins two disgraced, prejudiced journalists as victims instead of the scoundrels they were when they’re reporting about President George W. Bush’s National Guard service. If you want to know the real truth, go to the report of the CBS independent investigation, not this reprehensible movie.

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Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom (10/10): This is one of the more astonishing, action-packed, eyeopening films I have ever seen. Director Evgeny Afineevsky has remarkable footage of almost every moment of the 93-day winter 2013 Ukrainian revolution that was virtually ignored by American media. The videos are from his two cameras, but also from the phone and GoPro cameras, of some of the hundreds of thousands of revolutionaries (of whom 82 died and 1,100 injured), and from TV crews. The result is a view of the revolution from the ground as it is happening. It is an astonishing production. The viewer becomes a part of the revolution. The films he got are shocking in the violence they show and in the courage of the people. Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon (10/10): “The National Lampoon” was the magazine that satirized virtually everything. This documentary tells how it was started from scratch by Doug Kenney and Henry Beard, with lots of interviews and archival footage. Myriad examples of its irreverent humor, sure to offend multitudes, are included. There are a mass of jokes, anecdotes and information in this film. I was captivated. The Walk (5/10): This is a plodding retelling of Philippe Petit’s high wire walk between the Twin Towers in 1974. But the last 45 minutes still presents exceptional visual effects and wonderful cinematography. It is so realistic that people with a fear of heights will have a hard time sitting through it. The 2008 documentary, “Man on Wire” doesn’t have the amazing cinematography, but it’s a much better movie. Bridge of Spies (4/10): In addition to being deceptive, Director Steven Spielberg’s film creates a moral equivalence by spinning KGB spy Rudolph Abel (Mark Rylance, who gives a bravura performance, the main reason for seeing this movie, equaling his work as Thomas Cromwell in the TV miniseries “Wolf Hall”) as “just another guy working for his country.” Well that’s what Hitler and Dr. Mengele were, too. I don’t have space to list all the troubling distortions and slants of this movie (one of which defames the U.S. judge in Abel’s case as no better than Nazi judges in prejudging a case before the trial began). This is an insidious film of which the blacklisted Holly-

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After months of rehearsals and previews in New York, the new American musical, “Allegiance,” opens on Broadway Sun., Nov. 8. Starring native Angeleno, local resident and “Star Trek” celebrity George Takei, the musical is based upon his and his family’s odyssey, including the years of wrongful imprisonment in two different concentration camps during World War II. The cast also includes Lea Salonga of “Miss Saigon” and “Mulan.” For information on tickets and performances at the Longacre Theatre in New York, please visit allegiancemusical. com.

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Dining & Entertainment Guide Guards at the Taj by Rajiv Joseph (author of “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo”) takes place in Agra, India in 1648. The titular guards Humayun (Raffi Barsoumian) and Babur (Ramiz Monsef) have been given the task of guarding the recently completed Taj Mahal. Based on a dark and savage myth surrounding the emperor, what ensues is a sometimes wildly comic, a sometimes philosophical discussion of where power lays. It is ultimately the test of friendship against unquestionable adherence to duty. Director Giovanna Sardelli manages the more intriguing aspects of this play and keeps what could be static scenes electric. Mr. Barsoumian and Mr. Monsef are perfect together and share the comradery of lifelong friends. Through Nov. 15. Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater at the Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave. 310- 208-5454. geffenplayhouse. com. 4 Stars *** Something Truly Monstrous by Jeff Tabnick is a dramatization of one of Hollywood’s apocryphal stories. The year is 1942. Peter Lorre (Amir Levi) and Humphrey Bogart (Jason Paul Field) steal the corpse of John Barrymore who has just died. It’s a plot to get the attention of Jack Warner. Add Paul Henreid (Jilon Van Over), “Casablanca” is still filming, plus some drugs du jour and you have an absolutely wonderful, very funny one-act romp. Directed with style by Daniel Henning, we get the essence of these famous icons without them falling into caricatures. Through Nov. 8. 2nd Stage Theater, 6500 Santa Monica Blvd. theblank.com. 4 Stars *** Carrie: The Killer Music Experience, book by Lawrence D. Cohen, music by Michael Gore, lyrics by Dean Pitchford, is based on the novel by Stephen King. The historic downtown Los Angeles Theater has been changed into the infamous high school gym complete with bleacher seats. Scenic design is by Stephen Gifford. Billed as immersive theater, director Barry Schwind has put the audience in the middle of the action and the excellent young cast. Carrie (Emily Lopez) who is tormented by classmates and tortured at home by her messianic mom (Misty Cotton) finally

Book signing Filmmaker Liz Goldwyn discusses her book “Sporting Guide,” interlinked stories that evoke a lost world on the margins of Los Angeles society in the 1890s, at The Huntington Wed., Nov. 4 at 7 p.m.

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Hound of the Baskervilles by Tim Kelly is based on the story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It’s the turn of the century in Devon, England. That pesky canine is causing a ruckus at the Baskerville estate, and Sherlock Holmes (Curt Bonnem) himself has been called in to put things right. A very likeable Watson (Carles Constant) is left in charge as Holmes carries on elsewhere…or does he? On a moody set by scenic designer Nicholas Acciani, complete with mist from the moors, this energetic cast manages the upstairs and downstairs characters competently. Director Moosie Drier keeps the pace “afoot” and the necessary expository dialogue interesting. Through Nov. 22. Actors Co-op Crossley Theatre, 1760 N. Gower St. 323-462-8460. ActorsCo-op. org. 3 Stars

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