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Council candidates throw hat in ring to upset incumbents Registration closes Dec. 8 for March ballot
RESIDENTS take star turns. 13 WINDSOR SQUARE meets. 7 QUEEN visits.
FLOATS by Rodriguez.
CRUISE of a lifetime. 15 ASSISTEEN honored.
WRITER tells of surviving filmdom. 19 GIRLS' SOFTBALL on winning streak. 22 WINNER in new music.
NUTCRACKER revived with area talent. 41
SECTION TWO Real Estate Home & Garden
AREA ESTATES in new book. 4 HOLIDAY historic tour in West Adams. 2 WILL ROGERS back in the saddle. 3
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Both local City Council incumbents Tom LaBonge and Herb Wesson will face opposition when the municipal elections are held on March 8, 2011. Final day for the candidates to register is Dec. 8. The following have registered with the City Clerk. Tom LaBonge has been a city councilmember of District No. 4 since 2001, following the death of former Council president John Ferraro. Since then, LaBonge was elected in 2003 for the first time and was reelected in 2007. Other contenders for Council District Four are: Political consultant Phil Jennerjahn is an entertainer. He is a former candidate for mayor of Los Angeles. Tomas O’Grady founded Farm Feliz, a grassroots organiza-
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Bungalow civil, criminal cases head to court Visitors to the boulevard can enjoy fresh berry pancakes from the comfort of a chair at the Larchmont Bungalow a little longer, while lawyers continue to battle over the legality of the upscale eatery. More than a year ago, after the Bungalow opened with a take-out license at 107 N. Larchmont Blvd., city Dept. of Building and Safety revoked its certificate of occupancy. Before opening, owner Albert Mizrahi signed an affidavit that he would not provide tables and chairs, to adhere to a city ordinance that prevents a proliferation of restaurants on the boulevard. But when it opened, the Bungalow had plenty of tables and chairs, and was cited. Bungalow owners appealed See Larchmont Bungalow, p. 24
tion that addresses the environment problem. He also serves as chairman of the green committee on the board of the Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council. Stephen Box is a former director for Habitat for Humanity and was a Workforce Development Instructor in Kentucky. He was an Independent Election Administrator for L.A.’s Department of Neighborhood Empowerment. Other candidates include See CANDIDATES, p. 22
Two holiday festivities on Larchmont Events begin Dec. 3 Music, refreshments and Santa will be featured at the annual Larchmont Village Open House on Sun., Dec. 5 from noon to 4 p.m. The Larchmont Boulevard Association event will host Santa Claus from 1 to 3 p.m. at US Bank, 157 N. Larchmont Blvd. An evening on Larchmont on Fri, Dec. 3 will include a book signing by Chef Mark Peel of Campanile and Tar Pit restaurants. He will sign copies of his latest cookbook, “New Classic Family Dinners,” at Chevalier’s Books. He will See Holiday festivities, p. 6
SAVED! Lawn signs will be replaced with "Historic District” signs in the near future. Pictured, the Windsor Village Historic Committee: left to right: Flora Bautista, Allison Sapunor, Charles Dougherty, Victoria Bascoy, Holly Holyk, and Julie Grist. Not present were R.J. Strotz and Suzanne Wilton.
Historic ordinance was passed in Windsor Village New zone is to 'protect' area architecture By Suzan Filipek Windsor Village has an eclectic mix of architecture, significant buildings and determined residents. And, now it has history on its side. The City Council approved an Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ) for the 309-home and multi-familybuilding area in October. It was signed into law by the mayor Nov. 2. “The ordinance is defined to ‘protect and enhance’ the buildings and structures that are reminders of the city’s history,” said Julie Grist, vice president of the Windsor Village Association. “We are
thrilled. “Windsor Village saw this as the best route to try to deter the many proposed teardowns by developers that were facing us. We had a half-dozen properties (some single family and some multi-family) that had been bought by developers and were slated for tear-down and redevelopment.” The effort was also to help recognize the quality of the neighborhood. “Many people don’t realize what they have,” See Windsor Village, p. 9
On the Boulevard Glimpses by Jane We compose these meters to greet our faithful readers With poetry in good faith— It’s a yearly effort, our 48th Greetings to the Hills, Jones, Grossmans, Ludwigs, Cohens Serve roast goose to O’Sullivans, Guzins, Sansones, Mulligans. Rehearse the holiday songs with Nelsons, Picketts, Wongs Add a chorus for the Denshams. Boccatos, Woods, Greshams
TOY DRIVE. At last year’s event are St. Brendan teacher Stacy Herman and Mike Standifer, event chairman. Story page 18
Wrap the gifts in bright red bows For the Spiegels, Gibbs, Casados Deck the hallway and the stairs for the Ratkovichs and Freres
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Community Platform By Jane Gilman
Scene on Larchmont
Peace on earth
Instead of discussing local concerns, we look to one with a more global theme in our editorial. Peace on earth, good will to men—these are the universal seasonal wishes. But peace cannot occur unless we redirect our internal prejudices. We need to develop an “objective hatred” in which the enemy is not a human scapegoat, but something impersonal like poverty, disease or oppression. Do we pass along our hatreds to our children? Have we given them the opportunity to see all walks of life, to gain insight into other races and religions? We compliment religious leaders and school officials for their efforts to create ecumenical dialogues. We commend members of charitable groups who reach out to the less fortunate. There are numerous ways to get involved. One recommendation is to volunteer for one of the Big Sunday opportunities to help the less fortunate. The agency now has volunteer opportunities year round. If we can overcome our prejudices, the new year will be more harmonious for all of us.
'What's at the top of your holiday wish list?' That's the question inquiring photographer Laura Eversz asked people along Larchmont Blvd.
INTERVIEW. Filming some background footage to accompany an interview with a local celebrity (they wouldn't say who) were two British Broadcasting Corp. cameramen recently on the boulevard.
"Roller skates—the old-fashioned kind with the rubber stoppers so I can skate around my neighborhood. I plan to walk my dogs while I skate. What I really want is a pony. . ." Emma Holabird Norton Ave.
Police Beat Bank robberies, hold-ups at gunpoint
Planting Trees and Native Plants The Association wishes all Hancock Park residents and their families a safe and happy holiday season and a full and successful new year! Winter is the prime planting season in Southern California. The temperatures are lower and we actually get some rain. This makes it possible for the new plants to get acclimatized and comfortable in their new home. At the Annual Meeting landscape architect Mayita Dinos spoke about the planting changes that will be necessary as water becomes more scarce and expensive. She emphasized that by using native plants we can continue to have a lush, beautiful garden while conserving water. So now’s the time to implement that native garden you’ve been thinking about. It’s also the time to plant trees, particularly parkway trees to help restore Hancock Park’s arboreal lungs. The Tree Committee reports that the parkway trees purchased for Quadrant 4 will be arriving soon. Thanks to Susana Funsten for managing the tree survey, collection of permission sheets and coordination with the City and the Tree Planting service. The Trees will be paid for with funds from the HPOHA, est. 1948 treasury as one of the Association’s many efforts to keep Hancock Park great, beautiful and green. The holiday season is unfortunately not a holiday from crime or fraud. If you suspect a crime is occurring call 911. If you are the victim of a crime or fraud contact the Wilshire Division LAPD station at 213-473-0476 or website: http://www.lapdonline.org/ wilshire_community_police_station. You can also contact Hancock Park’s Senior Lead Officer, Dave Cordova (213-793-0650; 31646@ lapd.lacity.org). Remember to keep your doors and windows locked, activate your security system, if you have one, report suspicious activities and never open your door to someone you don’t know. If you’re going to be out of town let your block captain know so your neighbors will keep an eye out for suspicious activity. If you are the victim of a crime or fraud be sure and contact the LAPD so a report will be made and possible evidence collected. This is extremely important because the number of crime reports are how precious LAPD resources are allocated and evidence collection is how criminals can be successfully prosecuted and sent to jail. If you’re planning changes to your house visit the HPHOA’ 48 web site, www.hancockpark.org, or the Los Angeles Planning Department web site http://preservation.lacity.org/hpoz/la/hancock-park and read the Preservation Plan. Report graffiti sightings by calling 311 or at the City’s Anti-Graffiti Request System - http://anti-graffiti. lacity.org/welcome.cfm?CFID=1007&CFTOKEN=411CDB4F-0FC34EE1-89DE58DCCB435538 and by calling Hollywood Beautification, 323-463-5180 For questions regarding filming contact Filming Committee CoChairs, Ruth Marmelzat or Cami Taylor. Ruth can be reached at 323-934-0138 and Cami at 323-692-1414 (Home) and 310-659-6220 (office) Adv.
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WILSHIRE DIVISION ROBBERIES: A teller working in a bank on the 100 block of N. Larchmont Blvd. was given a note from a suspect preparing to rob the bank Nov. 1 at 5:35 p.m. When he refused to hand over the money, the suspect fled on foot. An MP3 player was taken from a young man near the corner of Wilshire Blvd. and Highland Ave. Nov. 12 at
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3:40 p.m. One suspect strongarmed the victim to steal the music player. A second suspect returned the property to the victim before they both fled. BURGLARIES: A suspect pried open the front door of a bank on the 200 block of N. Larchmont Blvd. Nov. 2 at 2:05 p.m. He took money and then fled. Credit cards and money were stolen from a home on the 500 block of N. Highland Ave. Nov. 4 at 5 p.m. The suspects gained entry to the home when the resident let them in, after which they stole her property and fled. Jewelry and money were taken from a home on the 600 block of N. Arden Blvd. Nov. 8 (Please turn to page 4)
Calendar Fri., Dec. 3: Holiday Shopping Night on Larchmont Blvd., Beverly Blvd. to First St., 6 to 9 p.m. Sun., Dec. 5: Larchmont Boulevard Association's Holiday Open House, noon to 4 p.m. Wed., Dec. 8: Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council meeting, Ebell Club, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., 7 p.m. Sat., Dec. 25: Christmas. Fri., Dec. 31: Neigborhood delivery of the Larchmont Chronicle. Sat., Jan. 1: New Year's Day Rose Bowl Parade.
"For my dog to stop being so aggressive. I rescued him, and usually I can train a dog in two weeks. But not him. He ate a baby goat once." Rod Hewitt with Achilles First St.
"My wish is to have all my children at home with me. Olivia's older brother and sister will be here and the grandparents, too. We'll hang out, cook and make music, and then spend a week together in Oxnard." Liz Nankin and Olivia Citrus Ave.
"We're re-doing our backyard, so I'd like for the grass to grow. And then I'd like a big trampoline to put on it." Caitlin Roney Larchmont Charter student
INSIDE Section one AROUND THE TOWN 30 LIBRARY CALENDAR 33 ENTERTAINMENT Theater Review - 34 Notes from Nelson - 35 At the Movies - 38 RELIGIOUS NEWS
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Crime, marijuana, LVNA history were meeting topics Crime, medical marijuana laws, quality-of-life issues and the area’s history were among topics discussed at the recent annual meeting of the Larchmont Village Neighborhood Association (LVNA). L.A.P.D. Senior Lead Officer Joe Pelayo from Olympic Division said overall, crime was down 10 percent except for a recent uptick in burglary and property crimes. He encouraged residents to call 911 immediately if they witness suspicious activity. Assistant City Attorney Asha Greenburg presented an overview of the current state and city laws pertaining to the use of medical marijuana, and outlined the challenges the city faces in administering them those laws. Nikki Ezarhi from Councilman Tom LaBonge’s
office addressed quality-of-life issues, including bulk goods abandonment and disposal, and directed residents to call 311 for removal. She also spoke of the planned installation of surveillance cameras in the area and explained how to best get the city government to address local issues. Board member Vince Cox spoke on the history of Larchmont Village, including the Cole and Hancock land grants responsible for development in the early 20th century. The LVNA’s current board, re-elected by acclimation at the meeting are: Charlie D'Atri, president; Vince Cox, vice president; Winnie Mosa, treasurer; Karen Gilman, secretary; Wally August, Tom Carroll, Vita Cortese, Sandy Fleck, Mike Gilman and Teddy Kapur, directors.
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The Larchmont Boulevard Association wishes you and yours a most wondrous Holiday Season. Just in time for Christmas we have a bounty of marvelous gift items as you check your list and check it twice and we also have something for you as well. Come see us on the Boulevard especially Sunday the 5th to enjoy our Holiday Open House. A great gift idea this year would be a certificate for services from the professionals in the Medical Building at 321 N. Larchmont. We have many of the very best professional services throughout the city with reputations that everyone in Los Angeles knows when you mention Larchmont Boulevard. We are proud of their reputation and their expertise. In the classic movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” the movie’s main street looked like our “main street” on Larchmont Boulevard. In that movie, George (Jimmy Stewart, the actor) was fighting to preserve not just the spirit and heritage but the very soul of the town and he became discouraged. The town’s appreciation, value and love of George’s fight to preserve the town were shown in the movie. George loved his town and his village. As in the movie, we at the Larchmont Boulevard Association have many, many people to thank for their tireless effort in the preservation of the “Larchmont Experience”. It is this involvement in our community which makes this Boulevard so unique, charming and absolutely the neighborhood of choice for so many wonderful people. They protect the heritage of Larchmont Boulevard. We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts. Visit us at www. larchmont.com. Please be sure to stop by during the holiday Adv. season.
Save the Date for Our Next Board Meeting: Wednesday, December 8th, 7:00 p.m. at the Ebell of Los Angeles Guest Speaker: Detective Dan Robbins, LAPD Vice Det. Robbins will speak about vice issues in the Greater Wilshire area and will take questions from stakeholders. Also, to celebrate the holidays, we’ll be collecting items for two charities. If you’d like to participate, please bring: • A new, unwrapped children’s toy for the “Toys for Tots” collection sponsored by the LA City Fire Department and Fire Station 29. and/or • A packaged non-perishable food item to be donated to Hope-Net The next Land Use Committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 28th at 6:30 pm in the Assembly Room of Wilshire United Methodist Church. HELP WANTED: Opportunities still available to represent the following great neighborhoods and stakeholder groups: Citrus Square: Alternate We-Wil: Alternate Oakwood-Maplewood-St. Andrews: Director & Alternate Education: Alternate Business: Alternate Windsor Square: Alternate Larchmont Village: Alternate
Association Annual Meeting
The Windsor Square Association Annual Meeting was held on Thursday, November 18th at the Historic Ebell Theater. Fifty neighborhood residents came to hear about the Association’s activities for the past year, get updates on topics of interest such as emergency preparedness and crime, and, of course, to enjoy the delicious cookies and coffee supplied by the Ebell kitchen. Attendees were greeted by WSA President Larry Guzin, who introduced LA City Councilman Tom LaBonge. LaBonge praised Windsor Square for the willingness of residents to advocate for their community, lauding the neighborhood as an example for others in the city. “Much goodness flows from Windsor Square,” said LaBonge. LaBonge also handed out citations, acknowledging the work of Guzin, former WSA president Mike Genewick, and former WSA Board Members Andrew Woodward and Michael Barton. Next up was LA’s Finest. LAPD Wilshire Station Captain Eric Davis, Senior Lead Officer David Cordova, and Olympic Station Senior Lead Officer Joe Pelayo provided remarks on this year’s drop in crime rates (the Wilshire and Olympic stations were numbers 1 and 2 in the city when it came to crime reduction this year), and how to best reach either station to report suspicious activity. Their words of advice: do not be afraid to call 911. Community reporting plays a key role in keeping the neighborhood safe. WSA Board Members then delivered status reports: Guzin spoke on security, Wendy Savage spoke about the Block Captains network, Mike Genewick spoke on improvements to Robert Burns Park, and John Welborne spoke on land use issues, spiced with a little Windsor Square architectural history. Welborne then presented the Annual “Squeaky Wheel Award” to Margy Hudson, who earned the accolade for her tireless work on Robert Burns Park. Guzin wrapped up the evening by presenting the 2011 Board of Directors slate, which was unanimously confirmed by attendees, then fielding questions from residents. At the close of the meeting, everyone adjourned to the theater lobby for socializing over the aforementioned cookies and coffee. More detailed notes from the meeting are available at www. windsorsquare.org. As always, the Board welcomes feedback from residents, and is looking forward to serving the community in 2011. 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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AREA CRIME REPORT (Continued from page 2) between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The suspect smashed the rear window to the bedroom. PREVENTION TIP: Keep area well lit and lock all doors, gates, garage and windows. If you are leaving town, put lights and a radio on a timer, and ask friends to collect all newspapers. Install an alarm. GRAND THEFT AUTO: A 2010 black Ford Focus was stolen from the 500 block of N. Rossmore Ave. between Oct. 29 at 11:30 p.m. and Oct. 30 at 11 a.m. A 2005 black Jeep was taken from the 800 block of N. Las Palmas Ave. between Nov. 4 at 11 p.m. and Nov. 5 at 6 a.m. BURGLARIES FROM VEHICLE: A purse and other property were taken from a car parked on the 100 block of S. Citrus Ave. between Oct. 28 at 10:15 p.m. and Oct. 29 at 7:45 a.m. The suspect broke
into the car by smashing the front passenger window. A music player was stolen from a car parked in the 600 block of S. Citrus Ave. between Oct. 28 at 11:30 p.m. and Oct. 29 at 7:50 a.m. The suspect broke into the car by smashing the window. A suspect entered through an unlocked front passenger window and took the victim’s keys from a car parked near the 500 block of N. Rossmore Ave. between Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. and Oct. 30 at 10:45 a.m. A bicycle, radio and luggage were stolen from a car parked on the 800 block of N. Las Palmas Ave. between Nov. 4 at 11 p.m. and Nov. 5 at 6 a.m. The suspect pried open the locked vehicle. PREVENTION TIP: Secure your vehicle by locking all doors, windows and sunroofs. Do NOT leave valuables in your vehicle, especially in
plain view. This includes purses, wallets, briefcases, laptop computers, cell phones, iPods, CDs, cameras or shopping bags. Park your vehicle in areas where there is a high concentration of pedestrian traffic. At night, park in well-lit areas. OLYMPIC DIVISION ROBBERY: A woman was robbed of her purse at gunpoint in a parking garage on the 100 block of S. St. Andrews Pl. Oct. 30 at 11:15 p.m. On Nov. 15 at 12:40 p.m., a man armed with a handgun entered Al's Liquor Store on the 5000 block of Melrose Ave. After ordering everyone to lie down on the floor, he robbed them and then fled on foot. PREVENTION TIP: Pay attention to your surroundings and try not to walk alone, especially at night. If approached, try to remember details that will help police with making an arrest.
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a home on the 600 block of N. Windsor Blvd. while a second suspect entered the home and took cash on Nov. 16. GRAND THEFT AUTO: A 2000 Toyota Camry was stolen from a parking lot on the 600 block of Wilton on Nov. 15 at 1:30 a.m. BURGLARY FROM VEHICLE: Money and clothing were taken from an automobile parked on the 500 block of S. Gramercy Pl. on Nov. 5 between 12:30 and 9:30 a.m. A car was broken into on the 200 block of S. Manhattan Pl. and tools, camera equipment, games and other property stolen Nov. 22 around 3 p.m. VANDALISM: One suspect was caught tagging while another was the look out at a property in the 300 block of S. Manhattan Pl. on Nov. 3 at 4:50 p.m. Graffiti Removal Operation Clean Sweep .............................. 311 Hollywood Beautification ............. 323-463-5180
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Fresh cut trees at Wilshire Rotary lot through Dec. 23 Freshly cut trees will be for sale at the annual holiday Wilshire Rotary Club lot through Thurs., Dec. 23 at 568 N. Larchmont Blvd. across from Page Private School. Delivery is available. Oregon trees—nobles and douglas firs—range in size from tabletop to 10-feet tall. Taller trees are available by
special order. Wreaths, garlands and other holiday items will also be for sale. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day. Proceeds support Rotary’s community service, including literacy programs, student scholarships and international programs. Wilshire Rotary Club meets
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Holiday festivities on the Boulevard (Continued from page 1) providing the refreshments during the 4 to 8 p.m. event. Other stores open that night are Village Heights, Landis General Store, My Favorite Place and Landis’ Labyrinth Toy Shop. Each store will have refreshments, and there will be a raffle with prizes. Landis General Store will be hosting a jewelry trunk show, and Santa Claus will be visiting the toy store.
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In the November issue we incorrectly reported the time that James Duff completed the annual L.A. Triathlon. His time was one hour, 58 minutes and 10 seconds. He finished first in the Elite Amateur division. The cover photo in the Dining & Entertainment Guide in the November issue did not identify the restaurant where the D’Atris were eating. The restaurant is Tom Bergin’s at 840 S. Fairfax Ave.
Vice detective at Greater Wilshire meeting Los Angeles Police Department Detective Dan Robbins will speak on vice at the Wed., Dec. 8 meeting of the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council at the Ebell of Los Angeles, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd. at 7 p.m. The meeting will also cover land use and zoning issues. A report on the recent participation in the Greater Wilshire Walk will be presented. Attendees are asked to bring a new, unwrapped children’s toy for the “Toys for Tots” collection sponsored by the L.A. City Fire Department. Donations of non-perishable food for Hope-Net are also requested.
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Windsor Square Association members heard from Councilman Tom LaBonge and police officials at the annual meeting Nov. 18 at the Ebell of Los Angeles. Wilshire Division commanding officer Capt. Eric Davis and Olympic Division senior lead officer Joe Pelayo talked on the decrease in crime in the area over the past year. Wilshire senior lead officer David Cordova also spoke. More than 50 residents who attended were urged by the police officials to report crimes so there is an accurate reading on where and what crimes are occurring. Larry Guzin, Windsor
Square Association president, introduced committee chairmen who reported on land use issues, block captains and Robert Burns Park. The annual Squeaky Wheel Award for outstanding community involvement went to Margy Hudson for her work in improving the park.
Hope-Net has added two pantries to its interfaith program, bringing the total to 13 sites, which provide food for people in need. There is also a need for blankets, which can be dropped off at any of the participating churches and temples: www.hopenetla.org.
Kennedy School honors the past, builds for the future Parents, students, teachers and members of the Kennedy family were at a ribbon-cutting ceremony last month at the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools. Six pilot kindergartenthrough-12th grade schools opened this last fall at the former Ambassador Hotel property, 701 S. Catalina St. The schools, built by Gonzalez Goodale Architects, pay homage to the past, while celebrating the future, school officials said. Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated at the site in 1968. The schools are united by a social justice philosophy that honors Kennedy's legacy. Curriculums include global and educational leadership, language, technology, visual arts and the
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Art exhibit by Belmont resident Dr. Andre Heltai will be showing his paintings at Belmont Village, 2051 N. Highland Ave., on Sat., Dec. 11 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. A resident at Belmont Village, he was born in Budapest, Hungary. He practiced obstetrics and gynecology and taught at Cornell University Medical School. He paints in oils, acrylics and watercolors.
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Close to 150 residents heard from city officials at the 27th annual meeting of the Miracle Mile Residential Association in November at the Korean Cultural Center. Councilman Tom LaBonge spoke on the Wilshire Bus Rapid Transit project, and Wilshire Police Captain Eric Davis commented on a decrease in overall crime, said Jim O’Sullivan, president. A performance by fan dancers and drummers, provided by the Korean Cultural Center, preceeded the meeting. Alice Cassidy, MMRA vice president, asked for comments from the audience on a proposed farmers’ market. She said comments were favorable, but location has not been determined. The proposal will be examined at the next board meeting. The meeting concluded with a survey on “Our Favorite Things in the Miracle Mile.” The consensus was “the location, 20 minutes from almost everywhere.” for Ms’s Wagner, Daley, Howard? Get out linens for Yusts, Deans add candles for Caziers, Keanes Buy gifts for baseball, golf fans for Kramers, Blakelys, Hoffmans, Hudsons, Goodmans, Simons, Sakmars, McLeans, Reimanns. Let us ring out yuletide bells for Rasjwings, LaBonges, Cerrells and Hutchins, Penfolds, Carrs. plus Rosenfelds, Lees, Kuncars. Polish the candlesticks for the Webbs, Genewicks Try out some new recipes with the Hawleys, Doughertys
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Historic status, e-policing were on the meeting agenda A celebratory mood was in the air at the Windsor Village Association annual meeting Nov. 14 at the home of board member Dennee Frey. Approximately 75 residents heard about the area’s recent adoption by the city as a Historic Preservation Overlay Zone. Sylvia Lacy, senior deputy for Councilman Herb Wesson’s office, said the councilman was supportive of the preservation ordinance, and a sign up was held for an e-policing e-mail list from the LAPD.
Members were also introduced to the association’s new website www.windsorvillage. org. A new beautification program to plant additional street trees in the area was discussed by the program’s head Allison Sapunor. Written nominations were taken for new board members and will continue to be accepted through Jan. 30. The election will be held in early 2011. Nominees’ names can be e-mailed to email@example.com
Windsor Village gets historic zone (Continued from page 1) said Grist. The area is bordered by Wilshire and Olympic boulevards, Lucerne and Crenshaw boulevards, and includes French Eclectic, Italian Renaissance and Spanish Colonial Revival styles of architecture. A grass-roots movement took root four years ago with bake sales and walking door to door for a city survey. About 75 percent of the buildings were found to be historic, dating from 1910 to 1962. While most of the homes are from the 1920s, Harold Henry Park, created in the early 1960s, extended the “period of significance.” A Preservation Plan was written, which outlines design guidelines for restoration of those structures deemed historic, from windows, doors and roofs to front porches, building finishes and architectural details. The Plan is designed to prevent an “unsightly patchwork of design and scale, jeopardizing the overall character of the neighborhood,” according to the ordinance. Members of Country Club Park and Wilshire Park, which are also protected by HPOZs, helped write the Plan, and the three groups will share the document. The neighborhood groups will also share a seven-member HPOZ board to include one member from each asso-
ciation. The remaining four will be appointed by the city. A celebration of the historic district was held at the annual meeting Nov. 14 at Dennee Frey’s home. “Council District 10 was instrumental in shepherding this process through” the city Planning Dept., said Frey, “We couldn’t have completed this feat without the tireless efforts of neighbors,” she added, such as Allison Sapunor, Holly Holyk, and Ros Strotz.
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STUDENTS joined Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, center, Elizabeth Gore, executive director of Global Partnerships for the United Nations Foundation, third from left, and Marlborough head of school Barbara Wagner, second from right, at the Girl Up pep rally.
Scores of local girls attend ‘Girl Up’ rally at Marlborough improved with a simple “hightogether in support of young five”—a $5 donation that women in the developing helps provide access to such world at the Girl Up Pep Rally basic needs as school supplies, clean water, health services in November. Marlborough’s Combs Gym and more. Participants includwas filled with messages of ed students from Marlborough courage and hope as girls and other schools and nonfrom local schools joined spe- profits. “As a parent of a teenage cial guests Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, girl, it is my pleasure and a Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, true honor to be involved with Olympic gold medalist the Girl Up campaign,” said Rebecca Soni, actress Amber Villaraigosa. “Even from far Heard, High School Musical away, teens in Los Angeles can star Monique Coleman and make a real difference to girls American Idol runner-up in developing countries.” Queen Rania encouraged David Archuleta in support girls to idenof Girl Up, a tify ways in campaign of which they the United can help Nations address Foundation. the world’s Girl Up gives problems American through girls the v o l u n t e e ropportuing and nity to raise fundraisawareness ing, drawand funds ing paralfor United lels between Nations proAmerican grams that teenagers help some of and their the world’s c o u n t e rhardest to reach ado- IF YOU GIVE a girl the smallest parts around chance, she can make the biggest the world. lescent girls change, remarked Queen Rania, “In many in Malawi, right, pictured with Wagner and the ways, they’re E t h i o p i a , Mayor. just like you; Guatemala, Liberia and the U.S. Through creative, intelligent, strong,” Girl Up, girls around the she said. “But too many girls world have the opportunity in developing countries aren’t to become educated, healthy, able to realize their dreams safe and positioned to become because the reality of their everyday lives is so constrained. world leaders. “The case for girls is so com- They can’t go to school. They pelling,” said Queen Rania, eat last and get least. They a Girl Up global advocate, in never get a chance to see a her remarks. “If you can give doctor. They’re vulnerable.” a girl the smallest chance, she The Queen encouraged those can make the biggest change. in attendance to join Girl Up This program will give a girl and utilize the programs the in California the opportunity campaign offers that encourto help a girl in Malawi buy age American teens to lend their voices to girls in the rest school supplies.” During the event, girls ages of the world. She also asked 10-18 “traveled” through the the teenagers not to forget pep rally with a “passport” how effective and loud their in hand learning about their voices can be. counterparts around the world For more information, go to and how their futures can be GirlUp.org.
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dream come true,” said Devin, who is home-schooled to allow her time for ballet training. “Everyone has so many
dreams… I just can’t believe that I am now able to say that one of mine has indeed come true.”
Joining Devin on stage at the Saturday evening performance will be Mattise Love of Windsor (Please turn to page 14)
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Happy Holidays & Best Wishes in the New Year THE ROLE of the Sugarplum Fairy will be danced by DevinAlexus Marin, right; Matisse Love, left, was cast as Masha in Marat Daukayev Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker.”
Area dancers’ lead roles in 'The Nutcracker' are dreams come true Wilshire resident DevinAlexus Marin. This is the fifth “Nutcracker” for 14-yearold Devin, who two years ago danced the role of Masha, also known as Clara. A Marat Daukeyev student for the past six years, she was selected last spring to attend the New York City finals of The Youth America Grand Prix, the world’s largest student ballet scholarship competition. “Being able to dance the role of Sugar Plum Fairy is truly a
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The Metro Board of Directors approved an extension of The Metro Purple Line running between the Wilshire/ Western Station and Westwood/VA Hospital, a distance of approximately nine miles, for the route of the Westside Subway Extension. > The $4.2 billion project will extend the subway to Beverly Hills, Century City and Westwood. > A one-way trip between Union Station in Downtown LA and Westwood will take approximately 25 minutes. > By 2035, it is estimated to attract nearly 53,000 riders boarding at the new stations along the extension. > Under the 30/10 Initiative leveraging Measure R funding with federal dollars, construction could begin in 2013, with completion of the subway to the Westwood area by 2022. For more information, visit metro.net/westside.
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By Laura Eversz More than 100 girls and boys ages three to 17 have been busy preparing for Marat Daukayev Ballet Theater’s 10th annual production of “The Nutcracker.” Performances are at the Japan American Theatre, 244 S. San Pedro St. in downtown Los Angeles, on Sat., Dec. 11 at 2 and 7 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 12 at noon and 4 p.m. Cast in the role of the Sugarplum Fairy is Mid-
Boot Camp L.A.’s Kerwin to sign ‘Success’ book at Launch Gallery Jay Kerwin, founder of Boot Camp L.A. has joined forces with authors Deepak Chopra, Dr. Denis Waitley and “Chicken Soup for the Soul” author Jack Canfield to release “Stepping Stones to Success.” Kerwin will be signing the book on Sat., Dec. 11 at Launch Gallery, 5412 Wilshire Blvd. from 5 to 8 p.m. The authors are well qualified to give you what you need to unleash your cre-
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Rodriguez will ride on China Airlines float in the Rose Parade on New Year's Day Look for designer Raul Rodriguez riding on the China Airlines float with his macaw Sebastian during the Rose Parade on New Year’s Day. The float is one of 11 the Windsor Square resident has created for the annual event. This year’s theme is “Building Dreams, Friendships and Memories.” Rodriguez began his career at the age of 15 when he designed the city of Whittier float for the parade. Dogs will slide down a water chute on skimboards on
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(Continued from page 13) Village who will dance the role of Masha, as well as the roles of the Chinese soloist, Pas De Trois, Arc Angel and Snow, and Waltz. A sixth grade honor student in Beverly Hills, the 11-yearold is ranked in the top 12 in L.A. for the Youth America Grand Prix competition, and like Devin, was invited to compete in the New York City World finals at the Youth America Grand Prix of Ballet. “Getting the part of Masha is probably every little ballerina’s dream, and it was mine,” said Matisse. “And now I finally got the opportunity to play it. It’s like a dream come true. I’m very excited.” Having been with the company since she was seven, this year’s holiday production is her fifth. “Every year has been amazing, but this is the best,” she added. The girls, along with the rest of the cast, study at the dance school at 731 S. La Brea Ave., founded 10 years ago by Pamela Daukayev and Marat, a former Kirov ballet star. He serves as artistic director and dances the role of Drosselmeyer in the production of “The Nutcracker.” Ticket prices are $30 and can be purchased at the Japan America Theater box office, or by calling 213-680-3700. For more information, go to www. maratdaukayev.com.
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BOARDING THE cruise ship are Joey Melore and Gigi Guillen who planned to repeat a similar voyage they took last year.
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What began as a luxury cruise to Puerta Vallarta turned into an adventure Joey Melore and Gigi Guillen will not forget. It was on the second day that passengers began to wonder about the repercussions from a fire aboard the Carnival Splendor. The engines of the 3,500-passenger ship were shut down, and it began drifting along the Mexican coast. “Our dinner in the Black Pearl dining room the first night of the trip turned out to be our last hot meal,” said Melore. No longer was there electricity, hot showers, toilets that flushed, no casino, no gym. Not even hot coffee, Melore commented. The passengers dined on salads and fruits until helicopters from the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan ferried over food and water. “Despite the lack of cooked hot food, there was still plenty to eat. “At no time did anyone feel unsafe. The crew did everything to be helpful. Since the elevators were out, the crew carried water and supplies up the stairs.” Some of the passengers were
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League’s youth volunteer earns philanthropy award Sloane Fowkes won a National Philanthropy Day award in November for her commitment to making a difference in people’s live. The Windsor Square college sophomore was nominated by the Assistance League of Southern California for her leadership in the Assisteens, a League auxiliary. Non-profit agencies in Los Angeles were invited by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Los Angeles chapter, to submit candidates for the National Philanthropy Day award. Fowkes and two other youths were selected from among the city-wide nominees. Other winners included Carol and Doug Mancino, Tina and Rick Caruso, Mindy and Gene Stein, Lee and Mickey Segal. Corporations and foundations also earned awards.
Fowkes was nominated for her numerous volunteer activities such as organizing the Christmas event at the Children’s Center, and spearheading the collection of 700 gifts for disadvantaged children. Later, as Assisteens chairman, she fulfilled her goals of: growing membership, increasing hands-on service, and expanding visibility of the group in working with Operation School Bell, at the Senior Center, and in a summer internship program she initiated at the Children’s Center. Sloane started a program whereby Assisteens shopped for and delivered weekly groceries to homebound seniors. Currently, she is a sophomore at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania, and is planning a career in geriatric social work.
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Co-authors of a Holocaust memoir “Bending Toward the Sun” will share their story at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust at Pan Pacific Park Sun., Dec. 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. The talk launches the museum’s Speaker’s Program with a talk By Leslie-Gilbert Lurie whose book tells a story of survival in the face of Nazi terror. A writer, lawyer, television executive, educator and child advocate, Gilbert-Lurie will be joined in the program by her mother Rita Lurie. As a five-year-old, she had to flee her home in Poland and along with 14 family members spend two years in hiding in a cramped, dark attic never speaking above a whisper and
preserve their family history and ensure that the lessons of the Holocaust are not lost to future generations. subsisting on scraps of food. Admission is free with a sugDuring the program, Rita gested $10 donation. Visit the will read from the book, and Chronicles Museum webpage at www. Larchmont Leslie will discuss theirDecember, expe- lamoth.org for more informa2010 riences working together to tion.
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VOLUNTEERS prepare to distribute gifts that were collected at last year's holiday toy drive. Donations for this year's event can be dropped off at St. Brendan Church through Fri., Dec. 17.
Volunteer, donate for Dec. 5 Council Clothing Giveaway! The annual Clothing Giveaway! by the National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles will be on Sun., Dec. 5 in the parking lot at 543 N. Fairfax Ave. Volunteers are needed during one- or two-hour slots between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Tax-deductible donations can also be dropped off at the above address. Last year’s giveaway provided 3,000 people with more than 40,000 items of clothing, toys and accessories, according to NCJW/LA director of advocacy Ruth Williams. Women, children and families are provided with items collected at thrift shops through community service agencies, homeless shelters and battered women’s facilities, she added. The thrift shop run by the NCJW/LA was voted among the best in L.A. Magazine in 2009.
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Big Sunday posts holiday wish list Volunteers looking for ideas for giving back during the holiday season can go to www.bigsunday.org where a list details what is needed at nonprofits, schools and other groups in terms of donations, supplies and people power now through New Year's Day. "We began compiling a holiday wish list because of the tremendous need in our comunity," said David Levinson, executive director. Opportunities range from buying presents for needy children, feeding the hungry at Christmas and singing songs at nursing homes to preparing care packages for soldiers or donating food, blankets and clothing to local shelters.
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By Jane Gilman When Pen Densham left school at age 15, he knew what he wanted to do. How he achieved his goals is detailed in a book he has just written. The book also tells the reader how they can achieve theirs. Seated comfortably in his Windsor Square living room, the writer/producer/director explains the book’s title. “Riding the Alligator, Strategies for a Career in Screenwriting (and Not Getting Eaten)” has a photo of Densham on the cover riding the large lizard for a movie his parents produced. A native of England, he was four years old and was promoting one of the movies in his parents’ series, “People with Strange Pets.” That exposure to the movies motivated him to seek out on his own. Among his first jobs were selling ideas and photographs to magazines and the BBC. Later, Densham moved to Canada where he directed films and documentaries. His work was noticed by director Norman Jewison who encouraged the young filmmaker to go to Hollywood. Currently a partner in Trilogy Entertainment Group, Densham’s list of credits include directing “F.I.S.T,” “Robin Hood,” “Prince of Thieves.” “Blown Away,” “Moll Flanders,” “Houdini” and dozens more. He also created the television series “Space Rangers” and the new “Outer Limits.” His screenplay credits are numerous as well, which is why he was asked to teach a screenwriting course at USC. “I cover every facet of the business—writing, producing, directing, editing, in the class. My goal is to inspire the
Wilshire Center/Koreatown gets state funding for park A vacant lot three blocks from a Metro station in Koreatown will be developed into a park using $5 mllion in state funding from Proposition 84. The state bond act passed by voters in 2006 provides funding for new parks and other projects. The .69-acre parcel at 3670 Wilshire Blvd. will include a playground, playfield, community garden, walking loop with exercise stations and picnic area. It is one of seven throughout the city to be built with $29.1 million in state
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Little league travel team gets first victory; regular season sign-ups begin The Wilshire Warriors, a travel team made up of boys from the Minors division of the Wilshire Association Little League, competed in three United States Specialty Sports Association tournaments after the regular season ended last summer. “These were very competitive tournaments with teams traveling from as far as Las Vegas,” said coach David Adams. “We lost our first game 23-0, but the Warriors improved and the spread started to decrease.” The team’s first victory came against the Mission Viejo Halos, when, in the last inning with two outs, Isaac Rose, Tiger Adams and Parker Lestz each got a hit and tied up the game. Patrick Armstrong made the final RBI to win the game 12110. The Warriors also competed in a weekly Continental
Amateur Baseball Assoc. league with two games every Sunday from mid September to the end of November. A second Wilshire Warriors team formed in September, and has been competing in a fall league at East Valley Baseball. According to Adams, the league is planning to start travel teams for other three divisions this year. To be a part of the Warriors, you must be enrolled in the regular season with Wilshire Baseball. Boys and girls can register online at wilshiresports.com through Jan. 31 for the 2011 spring season. The league accommodates players ages five through 12, said commissioner Jack Mansour. The Majors division will be for boys ages 11 and 12; Minors teams are made up and nine
and 10-year-olds. Boys ages seven and eight will play in the Rookie division, while boys and girls ages five and six will make up the T-ball division. Tryouts for baseball will take place in February at John Burroughs Middle School, 600 N. McCadden Place. No tryouts are necessary for T-ball teams. Ages are determined as of April 30, 2011. The regular season begins in March and continues through the end of June.
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Basketball clinic for girls at Pan Pacific The city Dept. of Recreation and Parks will host a basketball clinic for girls ages eight to 12 on Thurs., Dec. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. The free clinic is at the Pan Pacific Recreation Center, 7600 Beverly Blvd. For more information, call 323-939-8874.
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As Wilshire Softball league expands, girls hone skills, gain confidence over the last couple of years,” said league president George Phillips. “The success of our all star teams has raised the profile of the league. We are now attracting girls from other leagues who want to play in our program.” More than 100 girls participated in the fall program, added Phillips. Last summer, the league fielded all-star teams in three divisions, and they all won. “That was an incredibly fun and intense experience for ev-
eryone involved,” said Philips. “We are focused on returning our league’s teams to States and winning the gold medal,” he added. The league is doing its part in getting the players ready. “We have created partnerships with former college players and Olympians to work with our girls to build up their self esteem and softball skills,” said Glen March, the league’s vice president of programming. “These elite athletes will be running clinics for our girls, in addition to clinics run by coaches and players of area schools, including Marlborough and Flintridge Prep.” Registration is now open for the spring season. There are no territorial limits, so girls who live anywhere are welcomed into the league. “We have expanded our program to include a six and under division for girls ages five and six,” said Phillips. The league now has five divisions offering programming for girls between the ages of five and 14. “We’re excited about the spring season,” said Phillips. “Many of the girls have been working really hard and some are playing year round. While our goal is to help them build strong fundamental softball skills, we are equally committed to teaching, practicing and instilling the ideals of character, teamwork, good sportsmanship and fair play.”
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Cub scouts earn night at Kings game A local Cub Scout Pack’s popcorn sales earned the group a night at the L.A. Kings hockey game in December. Saint Brendan Church Cub Pack 16’s primary fundraiser for the school year set a new record for popcorn sales at more than $27,000. This exceeded last year’s total and, for the second year in a row,
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Contemporary music producer Catherine Uniack recently received the Forte Award at the opening of the Jacaranda Concert Series, a chamber music series located in Santa Monica. “I am honored to have joined such distinguished company in receiving this award, and I am grateful for living a life filled with the music, musicians and composers with whom I continue to work,” she said. California Institute of the Arts President Steven Lavine was co-recipient of the Forte Award at the Oct. 23 event. He is a driving force behind the creation of REDCAT at Disney Hall, and the new Wild Beast outdoor concert hall on the CalArts campus. In presenting the award, Jacaranda Music at the Edge artistic director Patrick Scott praised Uniack as a dedicat-
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Venetian holiday, Rockettes on OASIS holiday calendar A gondola ride, Rockettes performance and holiday party await OASIS members in December. All the romance of Italy is yours on a Christmas Venetian Holiday day trip that includes a gondola cruise and Italian dinner on Thurs., Dec. 9 from 3 to 9:30 p.m. As the sun begins to set, guests will travel to Long Beach to board a fleet of gondolas for a one-hour cruise through the canals of Naples and Los Alamitos Bay past a myriad of floating Christmas trees. Following will be a traditional Italian holiday dinner at a Long Beach restaurant. Fee is $80. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the
world-famous Rockettes takes place at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles on a trip on Sat., Dec. 11 from 1 to 6:30 p.m. The dancers bring their eyehigh kicks and a cast and crew of more than 100 in this holiday show. Cost is $95. A holiday party including lunch takes place aboard the Queen Mary on Tues., Dec. 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $30. Transportation is included from OASIS Centers in Baldwin Hills, Westside Pavilion and Lakewood. OASIS is a national education organization aimed at enriching the lives of mature adults. For reservations and more information about the trips as
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In late October we Dan Hodgkiss conducted our annual President The Rotary Pumpkin Patch, which Christmas Tree lot resulted in a sell-out of every pumpkin in stock! We has become the “go-to” place also participated in Meals on for Hancock Park/Larchmont Wheels deliveries, bringing pre- residents to get their trees. All pared meals to people in need in sales from the lot help fund various parts of our community. our various community service projects, and a portion of the During the month of November sales go to the End Polio Now we helped Immanuel campaign. Presbyterian assemble Thanksgiving baskets and col- The Wilshire Rotary Club meets lected grocery store gift cards weekly at the Ebell at noon; for families in need. And at the stop by and join us for lunch end of November we received some time.
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Larchmont Bungalow (Continued from page 1) the city’s ruling, lost, and now attorney Fred Gaines seeks to overturn the city’s denial of an appeal of the revocation of the certificate of occupancy. A hearing in the civil case has been moved from this month to Mon., March 21 at 9:30 in L.A. Superior Court, Dept. 85 Meanwhile, in a criminal case against the Larchmont Bungalow, a hearing is set for Thurs., Dec. 16 at the Hollywood Division of the L.A. Superior Court. Unless it is postponed, again. Judge Spurgeon Smith has continued the case since the fall, pending the outcome of the civil case. “It was supposed to have been resolved by now,” said city attorney Jonathan Galatzan. The issues in the criminal and civil cases are similar,
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which is why the judge is waiting to see the results in the civil case, said Galatzan, supervisor of the housing section of the L.A. Superior Court. Bungalow attorney Gaines did not return calls. But in court Gaines has argued the limitation is unfair as
Volunteers are being sought to train as members of the Crisis Response Team beginning Tues., Jan 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Grace Simons Lodge (near Dodger Stadium). CRT members respond to traumatic incidents at the request of the Los Angeles police and fire departments. They provide immediate on-scene crisis intervention, attend to survival and comfort needs and act as a liaison between victims and emergency personnel. The training continues on Tuesday and Thursday evenings through Thurs., March 3. For more information call Jeffrey Zimerman, CRT manager, at 213-978-0697.
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Neighbors bond at first annual Wilshire Park Halloween Haunt Thanks to the spirited participation of the volunteers and the enthusiasm of the 300 guests, the first annual Wilshire Park Halloween Haunt was a resounding success, said Lorna Hennington, vice president of the board of the Wilshire Park Association. The event was held on Halloween Eve on the 600-700 blocks of S. Bronson Ave., where homes were decorated
and a live deejay spun tunes. "The residents of Wilshire Park have worked tirelessly on historic preservations issues over the last several years, so this was a chance to have some good old-fashioned fun," said Hennington. "It was also an amazing opportunity for the neighborhood to bond and for ties to be strengthened, all during a great family event," she add-
ed. Youngsters enjoyed a giant bounce house and scary hearse ride that carted them around the block where fog machines and strobe lights help set the scene. Homes featured carnival games such as "The Witchly Bean Bag Toss" and "Eyeball
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May—Cinco de Mayo, not coincidentally—when Ron appeared on the Rachael Ray show as part of her “RivalRay” taco-off competition. “People go crazy for our filet mignon tacos,” he warned the other contestants during the broadcast. “You’re in for the hardest, toughest fight you ever had because we’re bringing it to you!” he laughed, eyes twinkling. And bring it he did: against some of the most storied Mexican establishments in L.A., El Cholo’s was named “Best Taco in the West.” Not surprisingly, when Hollywood royalty gets the urge for Mexican food, they’ll pay a visit to Western Avenue. Ron says his grandparents’ traditional recipes and landmark status made El Cholo the favorite of movie greats such as Gary Cooper, Harold Lloyd, Bing Crosby, and Loretta Young and more recently, the likes of Dustin Hoffman, Jack Nicholson, Tom Hanks, Sean Penn and Ben Affleck might be found
dining among the hand-painted arches and historic photos. But the real legacy of Ron Salisbury’s grandparents lies not with the glitter of Tinseltown, but with the thousands of ordinary people of every age and stripe who have settled into one of El Cholo’s large wooden booths, taken a swipe of fresh salsa with a lightly salted chip, and found a new culinary home. Lifelong friends Judy Sheingold and Jan Pollard, for example, upon turning 60 (on the same day!) marked the occasion by travelling from their respective cities (Sacramento and Seattle) to celebrate in the same booth where they ordered their first Margaritas as USC roommates back in 1971. “And in the 40 subsequent years, if we find ourselves within a 60-mile radius, we dine at El Cholo,” Judy says. “Pilgrimages are about tradition.” And to many Mexican food worshippers, there is only one appropriate shrine: The Original El Cholo restaurant.
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By Melanie Mulligan Guest columnist In a city where eateries come and go as frequently as the Santa Ana winds, one veteran establishment has stood its ground for decades. The Original El Cholo restaurant is celebrating 87 years of making culinary history (and killer green corn tamales) in Los Angeles. It all began in 1923, when Alejandro and Rosa Borquez premiered their tiny Sonora Cafe downtown; it was later renamed “El Cholo” after a guest waiting for his dinner
My daughter is in preschool. This month, she has been learning about toy drives for children who have less than Mommywe do, nutrition during this hood time of year when the impulse by is indulging, and about being Robin Trynin thankful. At 33 months, she is a great little human, and a great role model for her mommy. things I would have told her if Her inclusiveness, curiosI had been coherent instead of ity, kindness and joy shine a babbling, breast-feeding new through all of the moments mother of a three-month-old. that we are together, and I Joyce has helped us guide bask in them even when we our daughter, with respect and are apart for those hours that tenderness, from her babyshe is in school. hood in a protected environWe began sending her three ment to her toddlerhood out half days, but it was not enough in the world. for her. She quickly told me Larchmont was the first of she wanted go every day and their excursions. It is known even nap there. She loves her as one of the only walking teachers and she obviously neighborhoods in Los Angeles, feels safe and and knowsecure. ing that they The open- Joyce believes that girls were nearby, ness with especially should be having a which she taught to be courageous, great time has accept- strong and brave, things in a welcomed her new I would have told her if I ing, safe and schedule, stimulating had been coherent . . . her new inatmosphere dependence that they could get to and and her new authority figures from on their own, I would should be stunning to me, but never have been able to relax whether nature or nurture, and let them explore so easily. Sadie has often shown signs We now know many of the that given the right amount of salespeople and proprietors loving care, guidance and fun, whose continued presence ofshe will adapt. fers the familiarity and coziIt all began with Joyce. ness that makes Larchmont so Joyce is our nanny. Isnâ€™t it special. Edwin, the manager such a small word for the enorat Samâ€™s Bagels, is one of the mity of its meaning? Joyce has best. He, like many others, has taken care of Sadie, and by exseen generations of children tension my husband Tom and in Larchmont Village blossom me, since we moved here two from tiny babies into chatty years ago, and it is our very three-year-olds and beyond. good fortune that she is still One day, we were in the shop part of our family, in spite of and I told him nervously that Sadieâ€™s new busy life. Sadie was starting school and Joyce believes that girls eswhere. He turned to the man pecially should be taught to be and his daughter who were courageous, strong and brave,
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