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By John Welborne Whether the shiny metal ribbons wrapping the remodeled museum engender feelings of love or hate­—or something in-between—it is the inside of the building that really counts. The vast inside spaces finally were put on public view in December, on the day following a successful fund-raising gala at the museum (that generated an additional $1.5 million for the museum). Interest has been high, with more than See Petersen, p 9

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Petition for ballot initiative pits two visions of future Los Angeles skyline

Thousands at Grove

Activists seek a ballot measure to block 'mega'-development citywide

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By Billy Taylor Disputes between property developers and community groups are a familiar headline in Los Angeles, but activists based in Hollywood seek to put the brakes on all building projects that require changes to city planning rules. Advocates for an anti-development ballot initiative include the loosely organized group calling itself the “Coalition to Preserve L.A.” Direction and management of this coalition comes from the California nonprofit CON: Why not to PRO: Yes on the 501(c)3 charitable organiza- sign the proposed 'neighborhood tion, AIDS Healthcare Founballot initiative integrity initiative' dation. By Kerry Morrison The Foundation’s headquarBy Jack Humphreville On Tues., Nov. 8, only 11 ters offices are in a high-rise When stopped by a civic acmonths from now, Angelenos building on Sunset Boulevard, tivist, seeking my signature will have the opportunity to across the street from the pro- on a proposed ballot measure, vote for the Neighborhood In- posed “Palladium Residences” I always politely decline. Usutegrity Initiative that will allow mixed-use project that was ally there is a snappy oneus to take back our neighbor- approved unanimously by the liner: “Are you fed-up with hoods from real estate devel- City Planning Commission in _______? This will fix that!” opers who have manipulated December, despite the objec- All of us have fallen prey to the city’s zoning and planning tions of the Foundation and its a political promise—but the See Initiative: CON, p 5 See Petition, p 5 See Initiative: PRO, p 4

By Suzan Filipek Staging amazing events at local venues dates back to at least the 1960s, when the now (almost) world-famous Family Fair was launched on Larchmont Blvd. The Grove and Paramount Pictures play host to a number of equally remarkable achievements. For example, a See Big events, p 8

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Los Angeles High stakeholders call for community involvement "If they act out on stage, they won't act out in class"

SHAKING HANDS in cooperation are teacher Kevin Glynn (left) and alumnus Ken Marsh (right).

By Billy Taylor The following is the first of a twopart series on the state of Los Angeles High School and its relationship with communities that surround it. The oldest public high school in Southern California, Los Angeles High School, has been teaching students since 1873. But according to alumni, parents and staff, the quality of the school’s programming is on a downward trajectory.

“Over the years, because of funding issues, academic programs have been maintained, but electives have been cut or forced to find private funding,” says teacher Kevin Glynn. “It’s really tough to get extracurricular activities off the ground,” he adds. A social studies teacher for 11th and 12th grades, Glynn also oversees the drama club. See Los Angeles High, p 21 ~ Entire Issue Online!


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By John Welborne Time flies – we have another new year The year 2016 already is shaping up to be one with much citywide attention being paid to local issues. Our new Councilman has much to do! In that regard, the Larchmont Chronicle welcomes Councilman David E. Ryu’s new monthly column, “Council Report.” As you will see on page six, the paper also has a companion feature, “Chronicle Questions for the Councilman.” We urge readers to send us questions for him c/o A really big political issue for 2016 is going to be the antidevelopment petition and ballot initiative introduced in stories and columns beginning on page one. Study the matter. Get the facts. There are arguments on both sides. The petition and proposed development moratorium are important issues for the voters of our city. In Section 2 of this issue, we welcome back a former columnist, Richard Battaglia, and his “Preservation Notebook.” The Larchmont Chronicle staff joins me in wishing a "Happy 2016" to everyone in Greater Wilshire, Miracle Mile and our entire city, 234 years young last September.

Happy New Year – and Now’s the Time to Prepare for El Niño! The arrival of rains driven by the El Niño weather system is predicted for southern California in January. Be sure you’ve: • Fixed leaks and clean out gutters and downspouts; • P aint exterior wood trim as cracks can carry water directly into the wood; • Check window glazing; • Store emergency repair materials; • Check tires, wipers, battery, light and brakes on your car; • Make sure your yard drains properly; • H ave a ‘health check and risk assessment’ for your trees by an arborist. Because of the drought many trees are stressed and sick. • Secure important documents. Check out websites: - California Department of Water Resources; - LA Dept of Building and Safety-Homeowners Guide for Flood, Debris Flow and Erosion Control; - National Weather Service, LA County Preparedness - https:// and - 3A’s. Your new HPHOA Board of Directors are: Patricia Alexander, Tim Allyn, Chris Bubser, Cindy Chvatal, Jennifer DeVore, Indy Flore, Greg Glasser, Peter Gorelick, Susan Grossman, Joel Kozberg, Joanne Medeiros, William Newby, Pam Newhouse, Susan Roth, Cami Taylor, Ben Thompson, Jon Vein, Victoria Vickers, James Wolf. The Board is looking forward to continuing the Association’s work on traffic mitigation, historic preservation, tree planting, and street repair. Join us on a committee! The HPOZ Preservation Plan -http://www.preservation.lacity. org/hpoz/la/hancock-park regulates our HPOZ. Contact our City Planner, Renata Dragland (, and use the online form ( initial.screening.checklist) if you plan on making changes to the exterior of your house. Report graffiti sightings by calling 311 or at the City’s Anti-Graffiti Request System - http://anti-graffiti. and by calling Hollywood Beautification, 323-463-5180. Adv.

Sun., Jan. 10 – Park LaBrea Residents’ Association annual meeting, activity center, noon. Wed., Jan. 13 – Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council board meeting, The Ebell, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., 7 p.m. Thurs., Jan. 21 – Purple Line Extension community meeting, Los Angeles High School, Corwin Theater, 4650 W. Olympic Blvd., 6 p.m. Mon., Jan. 18 – Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Thurs., Jan. 28 – Delivery of the February issue of the Larchmont Chronicle.

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Mansionization, infamous loopholes back on table By Suzan Filipek Some realtors, developers and even homeowners don’t see a problem with McMansions. But most Angelenos would probably rather not live next to one. Like horses and all-night parties, McMansions don’t belong in an urban setting, according to advocate Shelley Wagers. A city law passed back in 2008 was supposed to stop the infiltration of these oversized homes. But “deadly” loopholes got in the way, and today even more out-of-scale homes block light and rob privacy, Wagers said. If we’re not careful, the same thing could happen again, warns Wagers. “The city has paid a very heavy price, and we need to get it right.” The City Planning Dept. recently released amendments to the Baseline Mansionization Ordinance (BMO), and

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public hearings were held last month. “It makes a good start,” Wagers said of the amended ordinance. “But, it also leaves a few loopholes in place, and that’s what went wrong the first time,” Wagers said. Wagers was among a core group in Beverly Grove instrumental in getting an overlay ordinance for that area, which is even more stringent than the BMO. Members of the Miracle Mile Residential Association recently adopted a motion supporting residents in Beverly Grove who got on the anti-mansionization bandwagon early, back in 2004, according to an interview with Ken Hixon, vice president of the MMRA. Loopholes Wagers seeks to eliminate include an exemption for patios/balconies/ breezeways with open or lattice roofs. Another loophole she would scratch is to eliminate the authority of zoning administrators to grant 10 percent “adjustments” behind closed doors. And she questions “proportional stories” approvals that grant a bonus when the second floor is smaller than the first but doesn’t define the size limit of the first floor. The amended BMO, minus the loopholes, would set a reasonable speed limit, explained Wagers, in a city where development is hitting 200 mph. The draft amendment of the BMO proposes a maximum 3,240 square-foot home on a 6,000-square foot lot. What is now on the books allows about 4,400 (with bonuses/loopholes) on the same 6,000 square-foot lot. The deadline for public comment is Mon., Jan. 11. Write planning assistant Hagu Solomon-Cary at, or call (Please turn to page 7)

"My resolution is to stop making resolutions just because it's a new year." Allen Barton (with son, Reed) Hancock Park

"I want to be more active, eat healthy and stay off my cell phone," and "Try to learn Japanese," and "To study more." Gardner Wilburn, Brookside, Linsey Miyakawa, Larchmont, and Arria Patton, Silverlake.

"I'm going to work at being more patient with my kids. And more graceful." Nikki Hayden Brookside

"I would like to be a bit more outgoing." Cecil Daniels Windsor Village

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Mark Brooks steps down as head of Pilgrim School

PILGRIM STUDENTS surround benefactor Larry Brown.

Pilgrim grateful for Larry Brown’s contributions By Jane Gilman Stepping down is not something Laurence “Larry” Brown does. But, after 40 years of commitment to Pilgrim School, he is retiring from the Governing Board. School officials will testify

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June will be the final month of Mark Brooks’ leadership at Pilgrim School. The head of school for the past 11 years, he will be taking the same position at the Center for Early Education (CEE). “In the years Brooks has served as Pilgrim’s head of school, our programs and academic offerings have soared to new heights,” said Erick Weiss, chairman of the governing board. Among the changes during Brooks’ tenure are increased faculty salaries, professional development programs, classroom renovations, new art and music programs and increased financial aid to deserving students. Patricia Kong, assistant head of school, will serve as Brooks’ replacement until the (Please turn to page 18)

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Bungalow case continued again PRO: Yes on 'neighborhood integrity initiative' already clogged streets. the Neigh(Continued from page 1) in light of Planning document A criminal case against the Larchmont Bungalow was continued to Fri., Feb. 5 in Los Angeles Superior Court. Commissioner Elizabeth Harris agreed to the continuance after the defendants said they plan to get a certificate of occupancy based on a new document, which, they said, clarifies the Bungalow’s status as a restaurant. But according to city planner Debbie Lawrence, “The Planning Department letter did not grant any new approvals or actions.”

Deputy city attorney Serena Christion objected to the continuance, but Commissioner Harris agreed because she had been on leave almost nine months. “She wanted time to read the motion and our response,” said Christion. The Bungalow’s occupancy permit was revoked in 2009 after it opened with tables and chairs, which are not allowed for that store under the Larchmont Blvd. Q Condition. Prior to opening, owner Albert Mizrahi signed an affidavit swearing not to have seating.

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regulations for their own personal gain, regardless of the consequences to our quality of life. For years, our residential neighborhoods have been under assault by monster mansions, small-lot subdivisions, density bonuses and congestion-causing skyscrapers. We have seen pitched battles where local neighborhoods have been outgunned by well-heeled developers who have been able to influence the local councilmembers by contributing to their election campaign funds and by supporting their pet projects. Of course, we all know that money can buy friends on the city council. Hollywood Millenium We have seen the controversy surrounding the Hollywood Millennium where the New York City developer received favorable treatment from the city council that allowed him to double the size of his project to 1.2 million square feet, despite legitimate concerns about traffic (as expressed by the California Department of Transportation) and earthquake faults. But $5 million spread around Council District 13 paved the way for the “up-zoning” that will result in hundreds of millions of dollars in additional profits for the developer, leaving us to cope with increased gridlock stretching from Hollywood and Vine all the way to the 101 Freeway. Very simply,

borhood Integrity Initiative is designed to eliminate “spot zoning” that allows the mayor Jack and the Humphreville city council to “up-zone” a specific property by increasing its density and/or the height of the building without regard to the area’s community plan or the surrounding neighborhood. Development moratorium This Initiative would amend the city’s planning and zoning ordinances by prohibiting geographic amendments to the city’s General Plan for specific projects unless the amendment involves more than 15 acres. It would also require the city to systematically review and update its community plans in a manner that is consistent with its General Plan. The city, not the developers, would be responsible for any environmental reviews of major projects. Finally, it would place a 24-month moratorium on any “up-zoned” projects. High-end apartments Opponents of this neighborhood-friendly initiative tell us that it will prevent the building of affordable housing. But the opponents fail to tell us that the proposed luxury high-rise developments are not family-friendly and are not affordable by average Angelenos, but only by those who earn over six figures a year. Furthermore, the occupants of these high-end apartments will more than likely be tooling around town in their BMWs rather than taking the bus or the Red Line to work, increasing traffic on our

Impact on jobs Opponents are concerned about the impact on jobs and the economy. However, there is a multitude of opportunities throughout the city to develop economically viable profitable projects that comply with existing zoning regulations and do not need special treatment from the city council, including the Palladium and many other developments in Hollywood, Downtown, and the Valley. Ballot-box planning The Neighborhood Integrity Initiative is the result of frustration by many residents whose concerns about overdevelopment and traffic have been dismissed by city hall. As a result, and as a last step, we have resorted to the ballot box. And while many believe that ballot-box planning is not the way to go, this initiative merely requires the city to engage in a transparent planning process where everybody has to play by the rules, including the city council. While the city council and the mayor are expected to oppose this initiative because it will cut off a major source of campaign cash, a recent poll indicated that 72 percent of Angelenos support a ballot measure that requires developers and our “elected elite” to play by the rules and adhere to the city’s General Plan. A 30-year resident of Windsor Square, Jack Humphreville is a member of the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council and chair of the DWP Advocacy Committee. He is a contributor to CityWatch and is affiliated with the Coalition to Preserve LA, sponsor of the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative.

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CON: Why not to sign the proposed initiative (Continued from page 1) reason I don’t sign is because the devil is in the details. Once a ballot measure is adopted, we live with the consequences. Neighbor, here are four reasons to politely decline the opportunity to sign up for the “Neighborhood Integrity Initiative.” 1. A vibrant 21st century Los Angeles is compromised. In a city experiencing the growth that all big cities must plan for, and the need to provide the jobs, housing and education associated therewith, we need to work together to attract investment, not send it outside our city limits! In order to preserve single-family neighborhoods, we have to promote walkable, urban livework districts, especially those located near mass transit. The proponents sing the praises of what made Los Angeles great in the 20th century, and describe L.A. as a “world class city.” We are two decades into the 21st century, and in your heart of hearts, do you think we are holding onto this title? We are: experiencing the worst housing affordability crisis in our history (USC Lusk Center), we are the homeless capital of the USA (HUD), and we have had 23 years go by without a net increase in jobs (UCLA). 2. Uncertainty undermines investment. I love talking with neighbors who like to share their stories of the “dark days” of Hollywood 25 years ago. No one disagrees that the investments made (amounting to billions) have improved the quality of life for those living in and around this neighborhood. Not a single dollar invested do I take for granted, from the federal support for a subway system, to the city’s investment in a theater to house the Academy Awards, to private investors bringing thousands of rental units to the market, to the risks taken by entrepreneurs to open small restaurants. But Hollywood’s revitalization is far from finished. Have you walked down Hollywood Blvd. lately? Why would any investor risk capital in a city that passes a building moratorium? Pass this initiative, and we will see the smart money move to other cities in America that are building the true world-class cities of the 21st century. 3. Our problems require big action, not retrenchment. Neighbors: we must find a way to bridge the increasing gap between the haves and the have-nots in the local economy. The proponents paint a picture of Los Angeles in the 60s, but offer no contemporary findings about housing costs, job loss, wage stagnation and homelessness. A moratorium takes us backwards. Are you

aware that the city of L.A. would have to build at a rate of 10,250 new units a year for the forseeable future Kerry to reach Morrison some type of housing equilibrium? Today, asking rents average more than $1,800 a month and are increasing a rate double the rate of inflation. Our option is to build up, something that our outdated community plans won’t allow. And that brings us to planning. 4. They tout community plans, but we cannot get one adopted. Hollywood’s community plan is the oldest in the city and was passed in the 1980s. The circular reasoning proposed by the initiative

backers looks like this: the city should update all of its community plans and until that can be done, a construction moratorium is imposed on any project that does not adhere to the current plan. In the case of Hollywood, we worked on this for eight years, and the city council approved our community plan in 2012. Shortly thereafter, the very anti-housing forces that will likely support this initiative challenged it, and the judge invalidated the plan. Friends and neighbors: Engage in the debate about the future of our city. That is healthy. But let’s make decisions to build a city in which our children can thrive, achieve their dreams and create a life. Kerry Morrison is a Windsor Square resident who manages two business improvement districts, the Hollywood Entertainment District and


Petition for ballot pits two visions (Continued from page 1) landlord, Kilroy Realty Corp., owner of competing towers on both sides of the Palladium. The coalition’s proposed ballot petition and the antidevelopment initiative measure have retroactive features and likely would affect the Palladium project. The coalition’s petition was submitted to the City Attorney’s office in November. Even though the coalition has been calling the proposed ballot measure the “neighborhood integrity” initiative, that will not be in the official petition title or the title summary on the ballot, assuming that the petition collects enough signatures to be successful. The Sunset & Vine BID. She is entering her 20th year in neighborhood revitalization and writes this from the perspective of a neighbor.

lengthy official title is in the box below. To be on the ballot this coming November, the petition first must obtain 61,486 valid signatures from registered voters. Critics oppose Critics say the measure will cost thousands of jobs, worsen the housing crisis and cripple the local economy. For example, Gary Toebben, president and CEO of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, wrote in December: “[T]he (Please turn to page 7) Likely to circulate soon is a petition to place on the Nov. 2016 ballot an initiative measure titled: “Restrictions on General Plan Amendments, Required Review of General Plan; Building Moratorium. Initiative Ordinance.”

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Debut column recounts recent activity in Council District Four Council Report by

David E. Ryu sary departments are prepared to protect you and your families, but there are a few things you can do now to be prepared in the future: Create an emergency kit, obtain flood insurance if you think you might need it and ensure that your

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I hosted a town hall meeting at Gardner Elementary School Dec. 7 to inform residents about upcoming El Niño weather predictions and how to better prepare for possible weather damage during emergency situations. Given the potential danger that El Niño storms pose to the City, all City departments have gotten prepared to respond to and recover from hazardous weather conditions. I know that the mayor, my colleagues and I will do all we can to ensure that the neces-

tires, brakes and windshield wipers are in good working condition. Please visit to register for emergency alerts via text, voicemail or email. Five new fire engines I joined Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas Dec. 8 in formally accepting delivery of five new Type III Wildland Fire Engines from the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. Our firefighters must have every resource to ensure the fastest response times possible. These fire engines will assist to further protect beautiful wildland areas and surrounding neighborhoods throughout Council District 4. I’ve also been working on new policies to protect our residential neighborhoods. Quieting tour buses Constituents throughout Council District 4 have been asking for relief from loud noise emanating from sightseeing tour buses, especially those that are open air. I am seeking regulations to mitigate noise and traffic impacts caused by bus tours in residential areas. I recently submitted a motion to begin work on a new law that will protect our neighborhoods by requiring open-air tour buses to obtain an operating permit that would verify their sound systems cannot be heard more than 50 feet away.

Homelessness Lastly, I recently co-chaired a joint hearing of the Health, Mental Health and Education Committee with the Homeless and Poverty Committee to hear from community leaders on gaps in access to care and steps we can take to improve access to health and mental health services for homeless individuals and families. Unfortunately, there is an

increased likelihood that a homeless person will face a combination of mental health and substance abuse issues. Access to mental health services must be a top priority when addressing the homeless crisis in our city. A comprehensive plan that includes access to services can and will ultimately prevent people from becoming homeless in the first place.

Chronicle Questions for the Councilman By Billy Taylor Each month, based upon queries received from readers (, or whatever is on the minds of our inquisitive editors, we shall forward a question or two to be answered by our representative in City Hall. The first such Q and A follows.

Q: When will the concrete streets be paved at June and Beverly, Hudson and Fourth, and Las Palmas and Oakwood in Hancock Park?

A: My office is currently working with the appropriate

departments to identify the needed funding stream so we can begin work in 2016. We want to exhaust all funding options before allocating any discretionary dollars, but will do so if needed. Furthermore, my Council Office is preparing budget priorities for next year, which include a permanent funding stream for concrete street repairs. We know there are many other neighborhoods that have unique street repair needs that doLARCHMONT not currently conform to the asphalt-only CHRONICLE 2,400-mile per year repair program. We would like to see January 2015 a permanent citywide fund for non-asphalt street repairs. It would enable our district, and others, to address needs like those we face in Hancock Park.

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Traffic data to be told at January 21 subway meeting Traffic data for a proposed 22-weekend work schedule and a seven-week alternative for installing the La Brea station decking for Metro’s Purple Line will be discussed at a community meeting Thurs., Jan. 21. The meeting is at Los Angeles High School, 4650 W. Olympic Blvd., in the Corwin Theatre, from 6 to 8 p.m. The proposed seven-week scenario was suggested to alleviate traffic during installation of a temporary Wilshire Blvd. roadway surface, between Orange Dr. and Detroit St., for use during the years of under-

Mansionization (Continued from page 2) 213-978-1394. The City Planning Commission is tentatively set to hear the proposals March 10. “The Planning Commission might have more than one meeting before they vote on it. City Council will hear it at the Planning and Land Use Management Committee after the City Planning Commission, and then the City Council votes on it,” according to John Darnell, district director for Councilman Paul Koretz.

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ground station construction. Metro’s contractor has taken traffic counts at more than 12 locations, during weekday, weekend, peak and nonpeak hours, and is analyzing detour routes as well as signalization changes, signage and mitigation requirements. The Purple Line extension will add nine miles of subway with seven new stations ending at the Westwood/VA Hospital, west of the 405 freeway. The current work is part of the first, 3.9-mile, segment. In addition to La Brea, this segment includes stations at Fairfax and at La Cienega. See a video on the project at­



Petition for ballot initiative pits two visions (Continued from page 1) implications of this measure would be devastating to Los Angeles and doom us to a permanent housing shortage.” He adds that the proposed moratorium “is a dangerous ploy by activists to paralyze the badly needed construction of new housing. We have major problems in our city including homelessness, a lack of affordable housing and soaring rents. Stifling the supply of housing will exponentially increase these problems.” Proponents support Michael Weinstein, president of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and one of the named sponsors of the petition, argues that “with rents in Los Angeles climbing just as high as the towering, mega structures developers want to throw up across the city, almost 60 percent of L.A. renters are now spending more than the recommended 30 percent of their income just to keep a roof over their heads. “The time is now for the city of Los Angeles Planning Dept. and City Hall to stop being pawns of greedy developers and to start acting strategically on behalf of the Los Angeles residents who voted them into office and want real solutions

to the housing crunch.” Proponent Weinstein previously has said, “planning and zoning is meant to maintain the integrity of communities. And what’s happening in Los Angeles—in Hollywood, in downtown and other areas— is destroying the character of communities.” The complete language of

the 23-page petition and proposed initiative is posted at: moratorium. Coming in the February issue of the Larchmont Chronicle: “TRUE CRIME!” “Who was Councilman Thomas D. Shepard?”


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All are welcome to the GWNC Board Meeting on Wed., Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. at Ebell of Los Angeles, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd. Enter from west parking lot Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council Needs You! Are you interested in serving the GWNC community through the city’s neighborhood council system? Register as a candidate. Candidate registration filing begins Jan 17 and Mar 2, 2016. You can register 2nd Wednesday of every month, at 7:00 p.m. at The Ebell of Los Angeles or visit or Run as a candidate or volunteer as a poll worker and most important don’t forget to Vote! Elections are May 1, 2016, at The Barking Lot, 366 N. Larchmont Blvd. 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, Feb. 1, 2016 at. 7 p.m. in the Youth Chapel parsonage of Wilshire United Methodist Church 4350 Wilshire Blvd. Environmental and Sustainability Committee: Tues., March 1 at 7 p.m. in the Youth Chapel parsonage of Wilshire United Methodist Church 4350 Wilshire Blvd. Outreach Committee meetings:

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pus and a Dixieland swing and blues band and dancers on the bill. Being a holiday, there’s ample parking in museum lots and on the street, says Burrell. In the summer, picnickers gather on the lawn to hear the salsa beat during Latin Sounds concerts. Pianists and chamber groups play year round inside the Bing Theater, and a popular Friday night outdoor jazz fest starts up in the spring. Curator-led tours, “Senses of Time,” visit the video and filmbased works of Africa Sun., Jan. 17. Museum director Michael Govan will sit down with architect Frank Gehry for the Director’s Series Feb. 11. Art and Music concerts pick up again in March with multimedia guitarist Kaki King. “There’s a lot going on. They’re all wonderful programs,” says Burrell. ••• It’s getting bigger ever year. More than 10,000 came to the Larchmont Family Fair last fall for a kid’s costume contest, Larchmont talent show, rides and small-town fun. Setting up 90 booths, animals and more for the daylong event in the heart of a bustling metropolis is a small miracle. “It’s like a military operation. It’s amazing,” said Fair cochairman and local dentist Tim Gogan. Beginning at 6 a.m., a 10-person crew begin setting up the booths for 38 charity groups, food vendors and ticket booths. Soon the camels, goats and other pets arrive, and giant bounces, electric mini-cars and more are on the street, which has been blocked off between Beverly Blvd. and First St. Fair history The fair had a modest start back in the 1960s when it was held on a Friday night during Labor Day weekend. Dawne Goodwin, the late publisher of the Larchmont Chronicle, came up with the idea of the Fair as a way for charity groups to raise money all at one place. One year, a local plumber in charge of getting the permit, forgot, so the event was delayed to the last Sunday in October. The date stuck. It made sense for the children’s costume contest, but mostly because “the street closed down completely on Sunday,” said Gogan. There were only two restaurants back then, and one was a coffee shop in the Larchmont Medical Building. Gogan’s family had raised Shetland ponies, so in the early years, he arranged the pony rides and a petting zoo. Initially two groups sponsored the event, the Larchmont Boulevard Association, which still oversees the Fair today, and the Larchmont Service Club. The late Realtor Cookie Day

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joined the Larchmont Service Club when the Optimists wouldn’t let a woman join, Gogan recalled. Club members met every Tuesday upstairs where Keller Williams is today and helped raise money to pay

for the rides. Local businesses and residents still support the Fair. “It’s a wonderful community event … "It gets bigger every year. The kids are so excited. They love it,” said Gogan.

A Stop Sign – At Last! The sound of crumpling bumpers and splintering windshields was sadly all too familiar to residents near the intersection of Lucerne Boulevard and 5th Street. For years, homeowners had been pressuring their Councilmember and the Department of Transportation (DOT) to add east-west stop signs to the accident-prone junction. Recently, neighbors have felt an increased urgency in their mission: both traffic volume and speed have increased dramatically as commuters using the “Waze” application zip through residential streets to avoid congestion on the major boulevards. Backing out of 5th Street driveways or crossing 5th Street on Lucerne had become a nerve-wracking experience. Most importantly, families with young children or grandchildren were increasingly anxious for their safety. Long-time resident Jack Humphreville recalls that he and other frustrated neighbors regularly petitioned the city for the additional stop signs, going back at least 15 years. The city maintained, however, that the volume of traffic and the severity of the accidents were not significant enough to merit the signs. Though many of the collisions were fenderbenders, Humphreville recalls one particular accident in which a neighbor’s teenage daughter was seriously injured. At Lucerne Boulevard’s Annual Block Party in October, Humphreville marched Adam Miller, Councilman David Ryu’s assistant, down to the intersection to see the problem for himself. After some follow-up, the DOT reassessed the intersection and, based on its “excessive speed” guidelines, decided that the intersection met DOT’s criteria for some intervention. And so, in early December, residents’ long-time wishes were finally granted with the installation of the two east-west stop signs. As Humphreville wrote in a thank-you note to Councilmember Ryu’s office, “Christmas came early.” The Windsor Square Association, an all-volunteer group of residents from 1100 households between Beverly and Wilshire and Van Ness and Arden, works to preserve and enhance our beautiful neighborhood. Join with us! Drop us a line at 157 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004, or visit our website at ADV.


(Continued from page 1) tribute to first responders and fallen police officers, “Run to Remember,” is set for Sun., Jan. 24. The half-marathon and 10K will take participants from The Grove to a red carpet welcome at the Melrose Ave. studio. The Grove also recently hosted the finale of “Dancing With the Stars.” While much of the ABC TV show was produced at CBS studios next door, several performances took place on an outside stage at The Grove. As thousands watched from The Grove grounds, behind the scenes the show’s host, Tom Bergeron, the celebrity finalists and the pro dancers were shuttled back and forth from CBS to the Grove in golf carts. ••• When Jane Burrell joined the Los Angeles County Museum of Art 38 years ago, a handful of family and school programs

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PETERSEN (Continued from page 1) 11,000 people visiting the Wilshire/Fairfax museum in the first week-and-a-half after its reopening, following more than a year of construction. Councilmen Koretz and Ryu Present at the civic dedication overseen by Councilmen Paul Koretz and David Ryu in the morning on Dec. 3 were the museum’s trustees, including Hancock Park resident Bill Ahmanson and former resident Bruce Meyer, museum vice-chair. “I grew up in Hancock Park,” said Meyer, “and family members still live in the neighborhood. It is a terrific part of the city, and the remodeled Petersen is another fabulous amenity available to local residents.” “Also, when Celestino Drago and his brothers open their new restaurant in the Petersen, it will be extremely conve-

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nient for people nearby. And, of course, there still are Irish Coffee nightcaps available just down the street at Tom Bergin’s on Fairfax,” Meyer added. Museum representatives indicate that the Drago restaurant will open in the spring. Another museum feature that is likely to be a hit with family members of all ages is the museum’s collection of celebrity vehicles like the 20-foot-long Batmobile driven by Batman (Michael Keaton)

in the 1989 and 1992 movies, as well as the museum’s new “Mechanical Institute Discovery Center.” Themed around Pixar’s “Cars,” there are hands-on stations where children can learn about what makes cars work. There also is a full-sized Lighting McQueen just right for photos ops. At the civic opening, surrounded by large digital projection screens in the museum’s first-floor lobby, museum executive director Terry L. Karges reported that the rebuilding project was “on time

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and on budget,” referring to the $95 million construction cost. “We have 25 new galleries and exhibitions, and we are

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This is the BID’s fourth year working with local PR agency H+R PR. Here are highlights of community programs they created for the BID in 2015: Holidays. The illuminated snowflake, garland and gift box decorations were purchased by the BID in 2014 and this year we added the rotating snowflake lights on the Rite Aid wall of the City parking lot.The BID also organized the 3rd annual merchant holiday storefront decoration contest, sponsored by the Larchmont Chronicle, Larchmont Buzz and LADWP and judged by the presidents of local neighborhood associations. Just after Thanksgiving, we worked with the Larchmont Boulevard Association to promote Small Business Saturday. Utility Box Art. Working with the Do Art Foundation, we held a competition among local artists to wrap the two grey utility boxes by Noah’s and Chase Bank with original artwork. Look out for the reveal this month! Communication with Merchants and Property Owners. The LVBID is in regular communication with the 80+ businesses on Larchmont and the 25 property owners. We welcome new businesses and make sure they are best informed about our village. We stay abreast of legislation and political issues affecting our BID and stakeholders. BID Consortium. The BID Consortium is a group representing the 40 BIDs throughout LA that meets monthly to discuss issues, opportunities and legislation affecting BIDs. Big topics last year: street vending, tree and sidewalk maintenance, homelessness, economic development. We are in especially close touch with our neighboring BIDs in Hollywood, Wilshire Center, and on Melrose. CD-4. Last year we said “goodbye” to our longtime Councilmember Tom LaBonge and his team and welcomed Councilmember David Ryu and his deputy for our area, Nikki Ezhari. We enjoy a close relationship with CD-4 and are working together on a long-term, strategic plan to repair our sidewalks, and unpermitted advertising and street vending. The bulk of the BID’s budget goes to upkeep and maintenance: Sidewalk Washing and Tree Trimming. The BID budgets each year for sidewalk cleaning by a group called CleanStreets, litter pick-up, cleaning landscape wells and planters, and trimming the trees.The street and gutter cleaning remain the responsibility of the City.

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police beat WILSHIRE DIVISION ROBBERIES: A victim was walking on the sidewalk near the corner of N. Beachwood Ave. and Beverly Blvd. on Dec. 7 at 8:45 p.m. when suspects approached, pointing a handgun. The suspects removed the victim’s cell phone and wallet from his pockets before fleeing in a black sedan. Two victims were sitting in a 2015 Bentley Continental

on the corner of S. Sycamore Ave. and Beverly Blvd. on Dec. 12 at 2:10 p.m. when a suspect approached the vehicle. Pointing a handgun, the suspect demanded the victim’s wallet, cash and a watch. A victim was walking on the sidewalk near the corner of S. June and 1st streets. on Dec. 5 at 10 p.m. when a suspect approached. Brandishing a handgun, the suspect

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High-profile crime sparks concern, investigations By Billy Taylor Several recent high-profile crime incidents have sparked concern from neighbors. Police descended on the landmark Dorothy Chandler House, at 455 Lorranie Blvd., Nov. 22 around 10 p.m. “Detectives have been knocking on doors,” says Laura Christa, a Lorraine Blvd. resident. “I don’t know what was stolen, but police think the house may have been stakedout before the incident.” According to Senior Lead Officer Joe Pelayo, what started as a home burglary quickly escalated into an armed robbery. “Occupants of the home were met by suspects inside as they entered the house,” he said, adding, the case is being handled by the Robbery Homicide Division (RHD) downtown. A source in the RHD confirmed that there was a weapon involved, and portions

of the incident were caught on video. The department is working on several leads, but no arrests have been made and no property has been recovered. Lemonade safe stolen The crime spree continued into the first week of December as Lemonade on Larchmont Blvd. suffered a brazen burglary. Regional director Jonathan Knighten says three suspects—two men and a woman—cut through and dismantled the front metal doorframe to gain entry into the restaurant at 626 N. Larchmont Blvd. Once inside, the suspects removed a large safe that was bolted to the floor. According to Knighten, Lemonade turned over surveillance photos of the suspects to police, who also dusted for fingerprints. No arrests have been made, and no property has been recovered.

on the 500 block of S. Burnside Ave. between Dec. 7 at 5 p.m. to Dec. 8 at 7:45 a.m. A black 2014 BMW X1 was stolen while parked on the 1000 block of S. Orange Dr. between Dec. 11 at 11 p.m. and Dec. 12 at 11:30 a.m. THEFTS BURGLARY FROM VEHICLE: An iPod, tablet, passport and sunglasses were stolen from an unlocked vehicle on the 600 block of N. Cahuenga Blvd. between Dec. 2 at 10 p.m. and Dec. 3 at 8:30 a.m. Suspects entered a locked vehicle by unknown means on

the 100 block of N. Mansfield Ave. between Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. to Dec. 10 at 6 a.m. Suspects ransacked interior and removed an audio device and other property before fleeing. Suspects removed money, auto parts and other property from a vehicle parked near the corner of S. Windsor Blvd and 6th St. on Dec. 10 at 1 a.m. The suspects were arrested. Olympic Division crime reports for December 2015 were not available by press time.


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Health & Beauty Give your feet some TLC at these four salons extraordinaires By Sondi Toll Sepenuk Your feet are tired, callused or just plain ugly. A quick and easy pedicure can help take away the foot fetish blues. Here are four local spots to give your feet a break: Can Can Parleur is exactly what it sounds like—a luxurious hand and foot salon with a bit of oooh la la thrown in. Opened in October, this new La Brea Ave. brick and mortar salon is a lavish getaway for your hands, feet and psyche. You walk through the doors

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and find yourself in a “Parisian Soiree Without Leaving L.A.” Silk drapes cascade around every chair, a plush seating area allows for lively chatter. French murals are handpainted by the owner and her family, and the brick walls are made of recycled paper and coffee beans. “I’m a Renaissance woman,” laughs Carolann SanchezShapiro, the salon’s owner. “I wanted the parlor to reflect beauty and color and warmth. It needed to be an inviting space for all.” Carolann was also concerned about making her new establishment eco-friendly, using no formaldehyde. The spa is also waterless. “Water can be damaging to nails,” informs Carolann, “which swell in water and leads to splitting, peeling and breakage." The salon offers an array of luxurious manicures and pedicures, including their signature Le Can Can (hands placed in warm keratin gloves,

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feet pampered and exfoliated using organic sugar and coffee scrub, then placed in booties, followed by an extended hand or foot massage with your choice of organic lavender-rose-citrus lotion or oil, $30 mani/$40 pedi.) Why the Can Can Parisian theme? “La Belle Epoque was such a liberating time for women in France,” explains Carolann. “This is a salon that reflects

that attitude.” Can Can, 731½ N. La Brea Ave., 323954-6900, ••• Bokka Nails is Larchmont Blvd.’s newest nail salon, located at the corner of Larchmont and Rosewood. Opened by Annie Kang in September, who until recently occupied the manicurist corner of Romi Cortier Design, the salon is peaceful, earthy, and friendly. ENJOY CHAMPAGNE at Bellacures. Front page photo shows inside the salon. The walls are a combination of wood sidSpecial Pedicure includes a ing and warm orange and gray callus repair scrub, sea salt painted walls, playing off of scrub, minty mask, paraffin pink chairs and tiled flooring. and massage (regularly priced Pedicures are offered for $25. at $80). Come in for nine ped To celebrate the store’s icures and get the 10th one grand opening, for the next free. two months, pedicures will Bokka Nails, 500 N. Larchalso include a complimentary mont Blvd., 323-745-0477, sugar scrub and hot stone (Please turn to page 15) massage. For $70, the Bokka

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HIIT fat away! And breathe in postexercise oxygen By Daniel Oh Guest Columnist By now, some of you probably have gained some extra holiday weight and would like to fit back into your old clothes. And if your goal is to lose the fat in a short amount of time, adding HIIT or High Intensity Interval Training to your workout should do just the trick. HIIT training is a popular workout where you give 100 percent effort through fast, intense bursts of exercise followed by intervals of slower-paced active recovery. For

example, after a proper warmup, start by running as fast as you can for a minute and then walk or jog for two minutes. Repeat for a total of four to eight cycles. Incorporating this type of training will increase your heart rate and will also burn fat in a short amount of time. And, according to recent research by the American Journal of Physiology, HIIT can yield a broad range of physiological gains, often in less time than high-volume continuous exercise. (Please turn to page 13)

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By Suzan Filipek Two Larchmont familyowned businesses have joined forces in the New Year. And the results are delicious. De-stress, relax and unwind at Larchmont Sanctuary Spa with a massage or facial and stroll to Vernetti, 225 N. Larchmont Blvd., for a fabulous meal. Partner gift packages at reduced prices include the Bliss & Brunch. Choose brunch for two at Vernetti plus either the spa’s signature facial or massage for one, all for $168. Other offerings include the Pampered Ladies & Gents Who Lunch and a couples champagne bath + dinner. Menu items include pumpkin ravioli with sage

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Relax, unwind in Old World elegance at Burke Williams spa Step into Art Deco elegance and an Old Hollywood setting at Burke Williams, where a long line of treatments awaits to help you transition into the New Year. “One of our signature treatments that was recently updated is Emilee’s Infused— perfect for replenishing dry winter skin,” a spa spokesman said. The combination body wrap and massage softens skin and hydrates and repairs skin cells. Organic honey is infused with rosemary and massaged into your skin, followed by a tension-releasing deep rolling of muscle tissues. A nourishing scalp treatment and signature foot massage top off the experience. It lasts 75 minutes and


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(Continued from page 12) What’s also great about HIIT is Excess Postexercise Oxygen Consumption (EPOC), which translates into a longer calorie burn effect after your workout has stopped for upwards of 24 hours. When incorporating HIIT into your workout, focus on compound movements such as push-ups and squats, back to back, to challenge your entire body. Remember to catch your breath, but make sure your body doesn’t fully recover before you begin your next cycle. Daniel Oh is a personal trainer, has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and owns Fast Lean Fit in Koreatown. He is a resident of Windsor Village.

Exercise trends for new year predicted Top fitness trends for 2016 by the American College of Sports Medicine—based on survey responses from 3,400 fitness professionals worldwide—are: Body weight training: it uses minimal equipment, making it more affordable, and, Strength Training, which remains a central emphasis for many health clubs incorporating it into a complete exercise program for all physical activity levels and genders.

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Begin 2016 with plans to get into exercise routine Interested in starting the new year with a fitness plan? The Larchmont Chronicle asked people in the health business what they recommend as a way to improve fitness. Kathy Whooley, owner of Larchmont Physical Therapy, suggests walking 15 to 30 minutes a day as the first step in maintaining and improving health. She advises that you should get a medical clearance if you have health issues, i.e., high blood pressure, obesity or agerelated conditions. Whooley says leg, hip and core strengthening exercises are very important. A leg-press machine is good for strength-

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ening gluteal muscles, abs and hips. “I prefer these over arm exercises,� said Whooley. “The treadmill and elliptical are good machines for cardio

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cal therapist or fitness trainer). ••• Marcella Kerwin, Boot Camp L.A. co-owner with her husband Jay, agrees with the Mayo Clinic suggestion that exercise should be fun. The clinic also says that people undergoing fitness regimes should congratulate themselves when sticking to the plan. During the hour-long sessions at Boot Camp, held on the grounds of the La Brea Tar Pits Museum, participants receive cardio workouts, strength training and nutritional counseling. Jogging and walking are the warm-up drills at Boot Camp. Next is strength training with weights. Kerwin says these exercises help the participant lose body weight and gain muscles. The sessions conclude with nutritional advice, and sometimes the Kerwins serve snacks such as protein pancakes made with oatmeal, egg whites and bananas. If I'd known I was gonna live this long, I'd have taken better care of myself. Eubie Blake

Olympia official Calderone retires John Calderone has retired as chief executive officer of Olympia Medical Center, 5900 W. Olympic Blvd. Calderone, who joined the center 10 years ago, said he has seen health care change dramatically since the Affordable Care Act was enacted. Past chairman of the Hospital Association of California, he said many new services have been added to Olympia during his tenure. He is proud of the quality care that the hospital provides and of its commitment to sponsor community events and nonprofits. A successor has not been named.

Devices available to track activity Wearable technology that keeps track of your heart rate and walking steps is high on the list of fitness trends for 2016, according to the American College of Sports Medicine. Heart rate monitors, fitness trackers, iPhone and smart watches are among the devices available that are designed to record your healthy habits.


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HEALTH & BEAUTY Herb found in Peru noted for medicinal attributes The herb maca is making the scene in coffee-alternative drinks, particularly the maccacino. Grown in Peru, it’s

growing in popularity for its adaptogens which repair the body from the damaging effects of stress. It also has ami-

no acids vitamins and more. It can be baked, dried and roasted, and, of course, blended into the morning pick-me-up.

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Dr. Richard H. Katz. DDS Dear Dr. Katz, I recently visited my dentist with my husband and he informed both of us that we are both in the beginning stages of periodontal disease. At first it scared us but he informed us that if we switch to 3 cleanings a year and do proper flossing and bushing, we could keep it under control. Can this affect our bad breath also? My husband has had halitosis for the last year but I am too embarrassed to tell him Can it affect the rest of our body as well? I AM going in for a physical next week !! Signed, Harold and Ellen in La Puente Dear H.E.L.P. Many of us don’t know , but there’s been research over the years that periodontal disease has a direct correlation to cardiovascular disease , diabetes mellitus, osteoporosis and adverse pregnancy outcomes. The same bacteria that causes periodontal disease can have an affect on arteries and other organs in the body. In our office , we recommend every patient over the age of 35 use our Perio Therapy system. This system invented by the California Breath Center, myself and cofounder Dr Harold Katz , will improve your periodontal health and improve your bad breath. We have a special on our Periotherapy system (see pg 9). Also, if you haven’t seen your dentist in a while, now is a good time to make a new year’s resolution to see your dentist regularly to avoid periodontal disease. NEW YEAR OFFER-------$70, CLEANING, XRAYS, EXAM “OF ALL THE THINGS YOU WEAR YOUR SMILE IS MOST IMPORTANT) REGAIN YOUR SMILE -- REGAIN YOUR CONFIDENCE CALL 1-888-SMILE-70 • 1-310-556-5600 • 1-800-9NEWBREATH VISIT us on WWW.KATZDENTALGROUP or Email Dr. Katz BREATHDDS@AOL.COM

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Flywheel is an indoor cycling experience, set to music and offering a supportive atmosphere with highly trained instructors and innovative “spinning” technology. First opened in Manhattan in 2010, Flywheel came to Larchmont in 2013.


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Heroes honored at Sheba benefit, ABT stars perform Friends of Sheba Medical Center, Tel HaShomer, hosted its 45th anniversary gala, “Honoring Our Heroes,” on Nov. 15 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The evening honored local heroes, wounded soldiers, victims of terror, and the dedicated doctors who saved their lives. Friends of Sheba Medical Center raised more than $2 million to support the world-renowned institution. Rosanne Ziering and Steve Hitter co-chaired, and Myra Clark-Siegel and Israeli Consul General David Siegel served as honorary chairs. Hancock Park resident and actor Jason Alexander hosted, and actresses Moran Atlas and Alona Tal were special presenters. Evie and Stuart Steinberg were given the Valor and Courage Award in honor of their son Max who died in the summer of 2014 while serving

in the Israeli Army. ••• American Ballet Theatre (ABT) celebrated its 75th anniversary with a holiday benefit on Dec. 7 at the Beverly

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in scenes from ABT’s legendary repertoire. And just to cap a very special evening after the performance, the dancers joined the guests for coffee and dessert. Among those there to support the art of the dance were: co-chairs Avery and Andy Barth, Rochelle Gores Fredston, Eloisa Maturen, Michael Moser, west coast vice president of Harry Winston; Catharine Soros, Sutton Stracke, Liane Weintraub, Patricia Ward Kelly and Diptyque’s Isabelle Mayfield. ••• “‘Tis the Season…” was the theme of the holiday fete given by Claudia Lagresa, Eric Lund and his father Jim Lund on Dec. 11. The magnificent Stebbins Terrace home was filled with friends, neighbors and loved ones, all mesmerized by a special medley of songs from traditional carols

to Agent 007 tunes from the premiere 22-member acapella group Top Shelf. Among those sipping Champagne and cocktails and nibbling sliders and tuna tartare and oh so much more were Laurie Schechter and Patrick Lyden, Janna and Jim Harris, Cathryn Brockett, Mikki Brisk, Cynthia Comsky, Lois Mills and Laura Foti Cohen. And that’s the chat

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Women who make a difference in film The documentary “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry,” about the women’s liberation movement of the 1960s and ‘70s will be shown for Ebell of Los Angeles members and guests on Thurs., Jan. 14 beginning with a reception at 6:30 p.m. in the Ebell Theatre at 4401 W. Eighth St. Laura Foti Cohen, Ebell membership committee chair, said the film's subjects personify the club’s slogan, “I will find a way or make one...” Whether well-known, like Gloria Steinem, or virtually unknown, women profiled in the film found a way to make a difference, Cohen said.

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Ebell to hear preservation architect Brenda Levin Brenda Levin, whose architectural expertise has revitalized many Los Angeles landmarks, will speak at The Ebell of Los Angeles on Mon., Jan. 11 at noon at the club, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd. Levin, an early practitioner of preservation architecture in Los Angeles, has restored the Wiltern Theatre, Griffith Observatory, Wilshire Boulevard Temple and the Bradbury Building, to name a few. She is winner of the Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects, Los Angeles chapter. A tour of the renovated and restored Temple at 3663 Wilshire Blvd. is on Wed., Jan. 20 at 10 a.m. beginning at the Ebell parking lot. Jazz and blues singer Barbara Morrison will entertain at Ebell’s “Live in the Lounge” series on Fri., Jan. 22 at 7:30. Dr. Michael Renov, USC professor of critical studies and vice dean for academic affairs at the School of Cinematic Arts, will discuss “Movies to Change the World for Women & Girls” on Mon., Jan. 25 at noon. He will cover his many trips around the globe to use films to make change.

The professor co-founded “Visible Evidence,” a series of international documentary studies conferences. Chef Louis will prepare a dinner featuring locally sourced and seasonally available foods on Wed., Jan. 27 at 6:30 p.m.

Olympic officers perform to honor fallen comrades The community is invited to celebrate the lives of fallen police officers through the power of music on Sat., Jan. 23. Bluecoat Music will perform at the nightclub Monte Cristo, 3100 Wilshire Blvd. Two stages will be set up for local bands and solo artists, including Latin American songstress Rain Bisou, and alternative rock band Arena. The Transients—a band made up of all officers from LAPD Olympic Division—will keep the crowd on their feet with a wide range of feel-good cover songs. Proceeds go to the nonprofit Police Unity Tour 2016. Tickets are $25. For more information, visit

'Sherlock,' rescue cat, was loved in Park La Brea; lived to nearly 24 By Suzan Filipek Sherlock would love to sit in the sunshine, outside the Park La Brea garden apartment where Careylyn Clifford’s eight-year-old son, Noah, played baseball. “Sherlock would watch the kids play. It was the cutest thing,” said Clifford. And, he was “very, very nosey;” that’s how he got his name. The family is grieving the passing of the Maine coon, who, most surprising of all, lived to a ripe-old age in cat years, just shy of 24. “He was given a lot of love,” said Clifford, who found him as a kitten wandering on the Harbor Freeway, small enough to fit in the truck cup holder. He grew to 20 pounds and would be her partner—“We were like Snoopy and Woodstock buddies until the end”—

even surviving a devastating wildfire in Sylmar that destroyed hundreds of homes. Clifford ran into the blaze not listening to the firemen screaming after her. But she got Sherlock. Life was quieter in Park La Brea where they moved four years ago. Sherlock got to know all the neighbors, and, he would meow his hellos. “He was practically human. He knew our routines. He was part of the family.” Clifford’s daughter, Natalee, 4, has missed her friend. She read two books to him nightly. Clifford is considering getting a kitten from cat rescue group Kitt Krusaders, “till we find the right person… “I mean cat,” she laughs.

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Charter school founders look to first graduation By Billy Taylor Eleven years after it opened its doors, Larchmont Charter School is preparing its first senior class for graduation this June. Two of the four cofounders, Heather Boylston and Rebecca Hutchinson, say the milestone gives them a strong sense of accomplishment and pride. “It’s amazing how the school has affected the entire community,” says Hutchinson. “Our neighborhood is now full of people involved in the charter school movement.” A Bronson Ave. resident and mother of two, Halle and Samantha, Hutchinson says it all started in 2004 with several concerned parents meeting in Lindsay Sturman’s backyard on Beachwood Dr.

“We were a group of parents unhappy with the local LAUSD option available to us, Van Ness Elementary. The principal of that school seemed to actively discourage parent participation,” says Hutchinson. Boylston agrees. “At the time, our neighborhood had a lot of young kids, but Van Ness was underperforming and overcrowded. Our first move was to go to the principal, but the school wasn’t interested in hearing from us. So we began talking about starting something new.” The group of founding parents, which also included Mary Nelson, created a project-based, community school that reflected the socio-economic diversity of the neigh-

borhood. The mission was simple, to provide an exceptional public education for all. “We wanted an alternative to the old model of desks facing a chalk board regurgitating information,” says Boylston. The dream was made a reality in September 2005 when the school opened as an elementary school with 120 students. Inspired by its success, two more schools were added, a second elementary campus in West Hollywood and a middle school in Hollywood, but according to Hutchinson the prospect of leaving the kids without an option for high school was difficult. “After we set up the elementary schools, the next goal was to provide

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an education for these kids through 12th grade.” In 2011, the LAUSD board of education approved an amended charter to include the new high school. “There is an enormous sense of pride from the whole community,” says Boylston. “We’ve overcome so many CO-FOUNDERS Lindsay Sturman, hurdles, everything Heather Duffy Boylston and Rebecca from the physical Hutchinson stand together at the 10-year locations to the way anniversary of Larchmont Charter. the classrooms are managed. It’s evolved so much kind, according to Boylston, over the years, but now we who says several other schools finally get to watch the first have since copied their modclass of students graduate.” el, including City Charter on The school was the first of its Pico Blvd. and Valley Charter in the San Fernando Valley. Today Larchmont Charter has over 1,400 students enrolled in grades kindergarten-12 across four campuses. For more information, visit

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search committee finds a successor. Center for Early Education Brooks will begin his position at CEE beginning July 2016. He is replacing Reveta Bowers, who is retiring after serving nearly 40 years at the Center. On his decision to join CEE, Brooks said, “The values, cultural diversity, joyfulness and extraordinary dedication to the needs of children drew me to the Center. I am honored, excited and humbled by this opportunity to join the Center community and to have been asked to continue the remarkable work of Reveta and her outstanding faculty and staff.” “I am delighted and excited by this news,” said Bowers of her replacement. “I have known Mark for years and cannot imagine a more perfect choice for the Center and our school community than Mark Brooks’ selection as our next Head of School,” she concluded.

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SCHOOL NEWS Children invited to Puccini opera, workshop "The Prospector,” a tale of California Gold Rush pioneers based on a Puccini opera, will be performed at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Sat.,

Jan. 16 at 11 a.m. Based on “The Girl of the Golden West,” the opera is part of LA Opera’s Saturday morning programs for young

audiences. Creative workshops for children are held at 10 a.m. before each performance. Visit

WARRIORS’ 11U team won the Toys for Tots tournament in December, beating Encino players 8-0.

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Middle School, with practices scheduled mid-week. 11U takes win Participating in the Toys 4 Tots tournament in Encino on Dec. 19 and 20, the Wilshire Warriors 11U team came home winners. The team won three qualifying games to make it to the championship game against the team from Encino. “Not only did we win the championship game 8-0, our team scored a total of 33 runs in the tournament, and we only let in two runs,” says Heather Boylston, parent of Warriors player Henry Boylston. For information on how to register for the spring season, visit

DONATIONS collected from Page School students were given to the Wilshire Rotary Club for its annual toy drive. Participants include students Marlow Salatinjants, Shiloh Tamte and Paul Johnson with Redeelyn Sunga, assistant principal; Connie Rivera, school director.

Students learn about medical techniques at Cedar-Sinai One-hundred Los Angeles high school students performed make-believe surgery on lifelike mannequins at the Cedars-Sinai Women’s Guild Simulation Center for Advanced Clinical Skills. The students wore hospital gowns and gloves, playing the roles of surgeons, nurses and

anesthesiologists in an operating room. They made incisions, installed intravenous lines and sutured mannequins that breathe, bleed and even speak. The students also dealt with realistic emergency scenarios. They were guided by Cedars-Sinai surgeons and staff.

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SCHOOL NEWS Los Angeles High (Continued from page 1) “I inherited the program a few years ago, but it’s been a real challenge. We have a wonderful, purpose-built theatre on campus, but in terms of a budgetary line item for drama, it just doesn’t exist.” The great tragedy, according to Glynn, is that while students at the school can see the Hollywood sign from their campus, they don’t feel a connection to the entertainment community. “It raises the question, why aren’t drama and theater programs better supported in the entertainment capital of the world?” Glynn believes that programs like drama club and speech help at-risk kids turn a corner, instilling them with confidence and discipline. “If you can get them to act on stage, they won’t act out in class,” he says, adding, “but none of our student seedlings are getting enough water.” Community collaboration There is a growing number of alumni and residents who—not happy to accept the status quo—feel it’s time for the community to help turn

the Romans' tide. Leading the charge is 1958 alumnus Ken Marsh. According to Marsh, there were a lot of top-down, hierarchical consequences to the interactions between the high school and the community. “So we started thinking about how to bring the two together,” he says. The result was the creation of the Los Angeles High School Community Collaborative (LAHSCC), which held its inaugural meeting last October. In its first meeting, more than 80 people attended. Marsh says he hopes LAHSCC will encourage and mobilize stakeholders on both sides of the schoolyard fences to work together on public education in the community. At the group’s first meeting, Dr. George McKenna, the local District 1 LAUSD Board of Education member, attended and spoke to the group. Marsh says McKenna was quite frank about education’s biggest obstacle: there’s just not enough money. “Dollars aren’t available,” says Marsh, “but we have people and resources in our community. All kinds of things could be activated using those

relationships.” Volunteer residents One such neighborhood resource is Virginia Watson, who stepped in last April to form a cheerleading squad for the school. “It all started when someone from L.A. High came to my neighborhood association meeting, and they told us the school was in trouble and needed support,” she says. Watson learned that the school had gone without a cheerleading squad for over three years, even though the school had a championship-

CHEER SQUAD leader Virginia Watson brings school spirit to the halls of Los Angeles High School.

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ing school spirit. It broke my heart.” Watson rolled up her sleeves and started a new squad. She assembled and trained 12 cheerleaders in the first year, and expects the program to be even bigger next year. A product of public schools, Watson says she believes it’s our responsibility to ensure every child has a proper high school experience: “it’s what I had, and it’s what these kids deserve,” she concludes. For more information on LAHSCC, email Ken Marsh at

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SCHOOL NEWS Brown retires from Pilgrim board (Continued from page 3) ground parking is due to open in 2016. Brown also is head of the search committee to find a new head of school. An attorney with offices in downtown Los Angeles, he first began his philanthropy as a Pilgrim parent when son Greg entered preschool in the 1970s. He and his late wife Nancy became active with Pilgrim’s sponsor, First Congregational

Church of Los Angeles, and he soon became a member of Pilgrim’s governing board. The creation of the Brown Family Arts Center is one of the contributions listed in a tribute to the attorney in Pilgrim’s annual report. Brown was instrumental in beautifying the main entrance with sculptures he commissioned for what became known as the Nancy White Way. He commissioned sculptor John

Hooper of New Brunswick, Canada, to create the colorful group of statues which depicts youngsters at play. Brown is committed to seeing the school’s Field of Dreams become a reality. Although he has stepped down from the board, he serves on the Field construction committee. As retiring head of school Mark Brooks said “Pilgrim would not be the school it is today without Larry Brown.”

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Signal, crosswalk get a green light at Vine St. Larchmont Charter students have a safer walk since a new signal and crosswalk were installed at Vine St. and Waring Ave. for the Hollygrove elementary school campus. Heather Boylston and the parents at the school have been working with the council office the past year to get safer pedestrian access to the school and surrounding amenities, a spokesman for Councilman Mitch O’Farrell said.

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In December, St. Gregory Nazianzen School celebrated Advent with many special events. On Dec. 11, grades five to eight had a Christmas dance. For our school’s Christmas celebration, all classes prepared for a song and a dance. We held our Christmas Program at 7 p.m. in the auditorium on Dec. 17. Each grade performed dance moves they prepared in front of their parents and families. During this time, we were also giving back. The school collected items to donate to our local community. Happy New Year!

January is almost Spring, and the students are bouncing off the walls and happy to be back from hibernating! And yes, Principal May Oey DID run in the Jogathon in December! She ran three or four laps with every class, so in the entire day, she ran 30 in total, and raised money for the school, like no other principal has before! Our goal for the money we raised from the Hollygrove

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By Jasper Gough 6th Grade Welcome back to school and to 2016. Curtis started on Jan. 4. It may seem difficult to adjust back to work mode, but everyone will get there. In the meantime, Curtis students can look forward to the usual fun of challenges and performances. Students at Curtis tend to love reading. Many fifth graders will be happy to participate in the book club discussion on Jan. 14. If you miss it, join in the next round of library games. You

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could win a new book. January also is the month for more Fulcrum challenges. On Jan. 13, the third graders will have their opportunity to participate. On Jan. 14 my fellow sixth graders and I have our turn. Then, on Jan. 15, the fifth graders get their chance. I am sure they will enjoy the events and chance to work as a team. Also in January, Curtis students will honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On Jan. 15, at 8:15 a.m. the choir and orchestra will perform at a flag ceremony. Since Curtis will be closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 18, it’s nice that we will all gather together on the 15th to honor his vision.

Jogathon was $60,000, and we’re at $35,000 and counting, so there’s a good chance we’ll meet our goal! That money keeps the enrichments going, so cross your fingers and hope we reach it! Here’s a big question that the

kids have been asking: When are we doing the new state standardized tests? Well, here’s the answer: No one is really sure, but usually around May. Speaking of that wonderful month, Principal May has been

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One thing I’ve learned at Pilgrim is that change happens and that it is part of life. Change is good because it teaches us to be flexible and make the most of things. We recently learned that a very big change was happening at school. Dr. Mark Brooks will be moving to a new school. This news came as quite a surprise to everyone. A lot of people were sad, but soon we all accepted that he has created a great school for us and it is time for him to take on a new challenge. We all wish him good luck as the new head of the Center for Early Education. We will miss him but are thankful for what he has done to help make Pilgrim the amazing school that it is. The annual Winter Concert is a Pilgrim tradition. All of the elementary kids performed holiday carols. This year, for the first time, the Middle School Band also performed. The giant hole on Commonwealth is nearly finished! Soon there will be a field. Everyone can’t wait. Go Patriots!


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On Dec. 17, Marlborough School held its annual holiday celebration, WinterFest. Once all the students had completed their finals, the entire school gathered in Caswell Hall to sing some classic holiday favorites like “Silver Bells” and “Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel.” After the sing-a-long, WinterFest began. WinterFest is a Marlborough tradition and very popular with the students. There is always an abundance of food, ranging from beans and rice to mountains of cookies and donuts, and girls also enjoy the raffle baskets. Parents from each grade assemble class baskets and the popular prizes this year included SoulCycle giftcards and merchandise from the newly released Star Wars film. Much of Winterfest was spent perusing the baskets and strategizing ways to effectively distribute raffle tickets in order to ensure a prize. That being said, most girls went away emptyhanded. In addition to food and raffles, there was a wide variety of activities. Girls enjoyed indoor laser tag, got henna tattoos, and queued up for the photo booth with their friends. The photo booths were well equipped with everything from Viking hats, goofy sunglasses, and little signs that said, “fail,” which illustrated how many students felt about their exams. There was also a fortune-teller and a station for handwriting analysis. WinterFest, which is organized by parents and faculty, is always a fun time and a perfect beginning to winter break. Students were able to decompress, hang out with their friends, and take funny photos.

Happy New Year! I hope everyone is off to a great start this year! There are a few important dates to remember this month. On Jan. 11, we will start the Pennies for Patients campaign. Every class will be collecting change to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma society. We invite everyone to participate. The 11th is also my birthday, and I can’t


teacher. We learned three dances last month. It is really fun and good exercise! In December, we had lots of Chanukah activities at school. We had centers where each grade made something different. Our class made edible dreidels. The second grade made sparkling snow globes with Chanukah items inside. Every morning of Chanukah, we lit our Chanukah when we started the day. The fourth grade made sufganiot (jelly donuts). They are traditional for Chanukah, but we each chose a different filling that represented our own family traditions. They were delicious! We also had lots of music. Our choir sang at the Temple Friday Night Shabbat service and the whole school put on a Chanukah performance with songs, instruments, and skits.

By Gideon Goldberg and Esmé Goldman 4th Grade

Our fourth grade class has been having a blast. Some of our classmates decided to write a newsletter called “The Fourth Grade Forum.” We write about class activities and have an advice column and comics that we draw. Everyone gets a copy. We are also enjoying our Israeli dance classes. We have dancing with the third grade, and then we can also dance at recess time with the

IMMACULATE HEART By Oona Holahan 11th Grade

Though we were all dreaming of a white Christmas, the December festivities at Immaculate Heart raised student spirits and helped spread holiday cheer. On Dec. 18, students enjoyed the annual Christmas program in the auditorium, complete with singing, dancing, spirit activities, and a production by the Genesians Club. Later that night, students gathered at the Omni Hotel in downtown to dance and socialize at our winter formal. As students enjoy Christmas break, they also look forward to final exams during the week of Jan. 11 and the beginning of a new semester. Members of the junior class will embark on a trip to Washington, D.C., to participate in the Close Up program. The guided tour of our nation’s capital will take place Jan. 16-22. As the year advances, seniors are excited to welcome an influx of college decision letters. Best of luck to them all—and Happy New Year!

wait! On the 18th we will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. There will be no classes but the school will be open for daycare. During this week, Page Private School will have Open House.

Please feel free to visit and see everything the school has to offer. I’m excited that we are having our book report exhibit this month. I can’t wait to decorate the display board with the book

report. Everyone has been busy reading, and working hard. On Jan. 25, we will celebrate the 100th day of school! The teachers always plan fun activities for all the students to do. It will be a great day!

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Cathedral Chapel is still talking about this year’s spelling bee: four hours and 162 rounds before we crowned a champ. Congrats

to eighth grader Angelina K. We hosted the first speech tournament of the year. Our volleyball and

football teams made it to the playoffs. Grades five through eight visited the Columbia Memorial Space Center to learn what it takes to become an astronaut. In addition to bees and field trips, Chapel has been focused on giv-

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ing. We raised over $800.00 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, donated a truckload of groceries to the food pantry at Blessed Sacrament Church, and sent warm blankets and gifts to the Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women and Children. We hosted future Chapel Stars at the annual Breakfast with Santa, and everyone who attended this year’s Christmas programs said they were incredible! All is well at Chapel. We wish you and yours a great new year!

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LACHSA welcomes 2016 refreshed and ready for another busy semester of performances. During our second week back, musical theatre majors already have auditions and callbacks for the spring musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. On Jan. 13 and 14, the dance department holds their Night of Contemporary Dance, and later that weekend, instrumentalists perform the music they’ve been rehearsing throughout the semester in the wind and string chamber concerts. Students then face the dreaded academic finals week and start preparing for the start of second semester. The application window for the 2016 school year closes on the 15th, and LACHSA begins auditioning prospective students for the different art departments. The visual artists present their masterpieces in their winter showcase, held at the Human Resources Los Angeles Gallery on Jan. 29 and 30. Also on these dates, the theatre department


By Yitzi Dear 8th Grade At Yavneh, our teachers and staff always think up ways to make life more and more exciting. Recently, they have initiated a new program- the Chazak Project, from the Hebrew word Chazak, meaning strength. Every week, the students in fifth to eighth grades are tested on that week’s Parsha, the weekly reading of the Torah. Each test contains 12 questions, and if the students average at least ten questions a week, they will have answered a grand total of over 18,000 questions by the end of December. If our students manage to pull it off, the school will reward them with a trip, and plan a huge celebration. Furthermore, the students with the highest grades will be able to enter a quiz for the opportunity to win assorted prizes. Additionally, on Dec. 24, our dean, Rabbi Shlomo Einhorn, made history, right here at Yavneh. He delivered the longest Jewish lecture in history—18 hours straight! Rabbi Einhorn started at midnight and continued until 6 p.m. without pause. All proceeds went to Jewish children who can’t afford school tuition and education. You can donate money, watch the speech at any time, and discover more at presents the play Lysistrata in LACHSA’s blackbox theatre. We would love your attendance at any one of our fantastic performances to support L.A.’s finest young artists. You won’t be disappointed! Lastly, LACHSA would like to wish you a happy and healthy new year!

Big Sunday seeks used clothing for MLK breakfast If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to winnow your wardrobe or get your family to clean out their closets, then now is the time to get them started. Bring gently-used clothing, any type and for any age, child through to adult, to the Big Sunday office, 6111 Melrose Ave., before Mon., Jan. 18. The nonprofit agency is specifically seeking new and gently-worn work clothes and athletic wear. They also would like new socks and underwear, however, "all kinds of clothes for all kinds of disadvantaged and grateful people" will be accepted, according to their website. Donations can be dropped off Mondays through Fridays

from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Volunteers are needed to count, sort and fold the clothes before the fourth annual Martin Luther King Day breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon. “At Big Sunday, we’re often surprised by how many people simply don’t have enough clothes. So, once again, we’ll be collecting all kinds of clothes for all kinds of disadvantaged and grateful people.” said David Levinson, founder. Participants at the breakfast are invited to meet new people and take part in their "Something in Common" photo project. For more information, to volunteer, donate clothes or sponsor the event, contact

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Start the year right with crafts, games, films, and of course, books and Fridays from 3 to 5 p.m. Teens Teen Council: Talk about books, films and manga Tues., Jan. 26 at 3:30 p.m. Adults Friends of the Library Book Sale: Used books, cds and dvds on Fri., Jan. 8, noon to 4 p.m. and Sat., Jan. 9, noon to 5 p.m. Book Club: Tues., Jan. 12 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. MEMORIAL LIBRARY 4625 W. Olympic Blvd. 323-938-2732 Children Family Movie Night: See a free family-friendly film Mon., Jan. 11 at 4 p.m. Teens Game day: Come play games Thurs., Jan. 14 at 4 p.m. Money for College: Learn how to find money for college Sat., Jan. 23, 11 a.m. to noon. Teen Council: Talk about books, films, manga and more Thurs., Jan. 28 at 4 p.m. Adults First Friday Book Club: Meets Fri., Jan. 8 at 1 p.m. Computer comfort class: Basics on using the computer taught Mondays through Thursday, 3 to 5 p.m. Friends of the Library Book Sale: Used books, cds and dvds Tuesdays from 12:30 to 5 p.m. and Saturdays, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday @the Movies: Free film Tuesdays at 5 p.m. Fun & Games for Adults: Play board games Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. Knitting Circle: Come spin a yarn and get knitting tips Saturdays at 10 a.m. WILSHIRE LIBRARY 149 N. St. Andrews Place 323-957-4550 Children Preschool Storytime: Kids ages 3 to 5 can bring their

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FAIRFAX LIBRARY 161 S. Gardner St. 323-936-6191 Children Readers Theater: For children ages seven and up who can read on their own Mon., Jan. 4, Tues., Jan. 5 and Wed., Jan. 6 at 3:30 p.m. Craft program: Kids can make a craft Thursdays Jan. 14 and 28 at 4 p.m. Storytime: Hear stories, songs and rhymes Wednesdays at 10:15 and at 11 a.m. Teens Art program: Make a craft Tues., Jan. 19 at 3:30 p.m. Adults Quilters Guild: All levels welcome Sat., Jan. 2, 1:30 p.m. Book club: Meets Tues., Jan. 5 at 10:30 a.m. First Thursday Films: Watch a free movie Thurs., Jan. 7 at 2:30 p.m. Art of Speaking: Learn how to speak in front of audiences Saturdays Jan. 9 and 23 from 3 to 5 p.m. Friends of the Library: Help support the library Tues., Jan. 12 at 11 a.m. Support Pals: Group for those with winter blues Sat., Jan. 16 and 30 at 1:30 p.m. M.S. support group: Support for those who care for or are people with multiple sclerosis Thurs., Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. Computer comfort class: Basics on using the computer taught Mondays at 1:30 p.m. Friends of the Library Book Sale: Used books, cds and dvds Wednesdays, noon to 4 p.m. FREMONT LIBRARY 6121 Melrose Ave. 323-962-3521 Children Baby and toddler storytime: Hear stories, songs and rhymes Wednesday at 10:30 and at 11:30 a.m. BARK: Children read aloud to trained therapy dogs Sat., Jan. 23 at 2 p.m. Let it snow: Hear snow stories and make a craft Thurs., Jan. 28 at 4 p.m. STAR: Storytimes for all ages with volunteers who read on Tuesdays from 1 to 3 p.m.


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Bar 326 brings craft beer line-up to Original Farmers Market By Billy Taylor Greater Wilshire has a new destination for beer lovers, and it’s equipped with 24 taps dedicated to locally-brewed craft beers. Bar 326 relaunched on Dec. 3 in the Original Farmers Market, located at 3rd and Fairfax, following a remodel that raised the roof and added a refrigerated storage room to keep 50 kegs tapped and chilled.

“We are a Farmers Market bar,” says bar manager Gary Twinn, “so I thought, why not do a brewer-to-glass slant on the trending farm-to-table concept.” Aiming to become the epicenter for beer enthusiasts in the neighborhood, Bar 326 now pours craft beers produced locally in Los Angeles and San Diego counties. A British expat, Twinn says

when he moved to the U.S. in the ‘90s the beer market was mostly Coors and Bud Light. “But now we’re witnessing a rise of craft brewers in Southern California.” With so many great local breweries, according to Twinn, Los Angeles can now compete with more established beer towns like Portland and San Francisco. Twinn says his definition of a “local brewer” is simple: “If I

can drive to the brewery from the Farmers Market in an hour or less, then it’s local.” Brewers on tap at Bar 326 include Eagle Rock Brewers, Three Weavers Brewing and Torrance’s Smog City Brewing Co. Can’t decide? Try a flight of four different beers for $7. Wine lovers shouldn’t feel left out because the bar is going local on the vino too. Twinn has assembled a wine list that includes Saddlerock Ranch Wineries of Malibu, as well as offerings from Topanga and Santa Barbara. “Everyone likes to support its local team, and its local farmers and to eat and drink

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Marat’s Nutcracker ballet spins an enchanting tale of magic By Suzan Filipek The magic of the holidays lingers on for those of us lucky enough to have seen Marat Daukayev’s “The Nutcracker.” In its 15th year, the production is a stunning triumph for the former Kirov ballet star who founded a ballet school in the neighborhood, at the Dance Arts Academy, 731 S. La Brea Ave. The students ranged from tiny tots in tutus to accomplished dancers twirling and leaping en pointe. Period-piece costumes and Tchaikovsy’s well-loved score enhanced the performance. Daukayev was Drosselmeyer, a sage figure who disguises himself as a magician, in the five productions last month at the Luckman Theater at Cal State LA. The ballet was first per-

formed in St. Petersburg in 1892. Drosselmeyer brings a puppet theater of mechanical dolls and stuffed nutcracker to a Christmas party. Only Masha, his godchild, appreciates the old-fashioned toy nutcracker. The rest of the tale ensues in a dream—there is a battle between the wicked Mouse King and the toy soldiers; Clara becomes the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Nutcracker, her Prince. Executive director Pamela Daukayev dedicated each performance “to the victims of terrorism and their families in Los Angeles, in France and around the world. “Your presence here today affirms the value of art and its power to uplift and unite us,” she told the audience. Visit


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Not-to-miss food on Grand; burgers, nostalgia at Normandie The Broad, the new contemporary art museum, is making a splash on the Grand Ave. cultural corridor. After feasting on the dazzling lights of Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room and Murakami’s 82-foot-long whimsical painting, puckish patrons cross On the the courtyard Menu to Timothy Holby lingsworth’s resHelene taurant, Otium, Seifer as my sister and I recently did. A sleek, modern space, the restaurant has many warming touches. Hanging glass beads conjure both a rainstorm and holiday decorations. An outside wall is adorned with a fish design by artist Damien Hirst. Although affiliated with the museum, Otium is a chefdriven venture, and the menu reflects his vision of seasonal cooking. Think elegantly plated tri-tip with fried egg, rice and kimchi, or smoked haddock with beets and sunflower seeds, featuring ingredients grown in the restaurant’s garden. Beautifully sliced fresh

hamachi was served with nori, sweet and sour tomatoes, and an herbed swoosh of avocado for $15. Marvelously fragrant green curry with Chinese sausage accompanied a generous bowl of the plump bivalves for $18. We couldn’t stop sopping up the broth with the excellent bread until every drop was savored. There are other eateries nearby, but I may never try them because of Otium’s considerable charms. Otium. 222 S. Hope Street. 213-935-8500. Full bar. ••• It’s not often that a Los Angeles restaurant reminds me of childhood excursions to the local luncheonette with my mom, but Cassell’s Hamburgers has the nostalgia factor in spades. The classic joint, founded by Al Cassell in 1948, has been transplanted into the Normandie Hotel. The atmosphere is dead on, down to the placards fea-

turing specials and the glass case with a literally revolving selection of homemade pies. Unlike the canned veggies accompanying my lunches back in the day, Cassell’s offers freshly made fare, from $7.99 hotcakes with vanilla butter to $11.99 house-poached albacore tuna salad sandwiches. The burgers are hand-formed from Colorado Angus chuck and brisket ground in-house

in the original establishment’s grinder. Served with a choice of sauce and lettuce/tomato/ pickle on a La Brea Bakery Parker House bun for $8.99, the 1/3-pound patty has a robust beefy flavor. Coleslaw is good; potato salad is unusual. It’s a cold smashed potato dish rather than the cubed spuds with mayo found in most places. Wash it down with a chocolate malt, a sarsaparilla soda

or a bourbon neat. And who can resist that dessert display? I was disappointed by the apple pie, though. The crust wasn’t buttery or sweet enough to complement the slightly tart apple filling. I’ll have to try a different flavor next time, I still heed the call of the spinning pie stand. Cassell’s Hamburgers. 3600 W. 6th St. 213-3875502. Full bar.

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POWER A COSTUME CONTEST will draw youngsters to the Larchmont Family Fair on Sun., Oct. 23. Already in costume are, from left, front row, Sofia Vaughan, Jack Harlow, Abigail Simpson. Second row, from left, Earle Vaughan, Peggy Bartenetti with Nicholas Harlow, Jessica Cobb with son McKenna and John Winther. Story page 12.

Preservation Plan approved for Windsor Square Five-member HPOZ review board to be appointed By Suzan Filipek The final step in making Windsor Square a historic zone was reached last month, when the city Planning Commission unanimously approved an architectural guide for the area—the Preservation Plan. In a 5-0 vote, the plan was approved Sept. 8. “There is overwhelming support and therefore, the plan is appropriate,” Commissioner Thomas Schiff said. Commissioner Joy Atkinson added she was familiar with the picturesque area and the efforts involved in the preservation campaign. “There was good work done among citizens of the city,” she said. Several residents also spoke in favor of the document, designed to protect the original facades of the area’s historic Tudor, Mediterranean and other 1920s homes. “We really did this for the benefit of people years from now. It’s a lovely area,” said Margaret Hudson, of GO HPOZ, a grass roots campaign which lead the effort. Under the plan “original building materials within the facade and visible area should be preserved whenever possible.” The color of paint and landscape are excluded. It was the first document among See WINDSOR SQUARE, p. 15

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reason to see it in 3D, though. I did, and the fact that it was in 3D was completely forgotten after the opening roll. The Revenant (9/10): This is a compelling and mostly accurate account of fur trapper Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio), who At the was attacked Movies by a bear while with on a fur trapTony ping expedition Medley along the Missouri river in 1823 when he was 43 years old, highlighted by gorgeous cinematography. Filmed in both Canada and Argentina, the cast endured the elements of mountain life first-hand. At one point, the temperature descended to 27 degrees below zero. That certainly adds to the verisimilitude of the film. Tom Hardy gives an award-quality performance as the bad guy. In the Heart of the Sea (9/10): While this is a spellbinding tale of the story of the destruction of the whaling ship, Essex, in 1820, and while it uses the real names of the people involved, Captain George Pollard, Jr. (Benjamin Walker) and first mate Owen Chase (Chris Hemsworth), the film has lots of Hollywood fiction in it. Regardless, this is a terrific movie, filled with tension, fine acting, and eyepopping cinematography. Although the latter is dark, it reflects the mood of the film. The whale, created through CGI, is disturbingly real. It also captures the brutality of whaling that still goes on today, courtesy of the Japanese and a few other heartless countries. Throughout the film, I found myself rooting for the whale. The Danish Girl (7/10): The acting is superb, but that’s what I expect from Alicia Vikander who has already established herself, in my opinion, as the best actress extant, if not of all time. Eddie Redmayne gives an equally impressive performance as a woman, even though the transgender community is ticked off that a cisgender person was chosen for the role. The Big Short (7/10): This is a comedic, extremely inven-

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tive telling of the story of how four guys saw disaster coming as the result of the Clinton Administration’s lame-brained idea that everyone should be able to own a home, regardless of whether or not they could afford it, abetted by the Bush Administration, which did nothing to stop the lunacy. Director Adam McKay has all the arcane things like Credit Debt Swaps (CDS) explained to the audience by unexpected celebrities like singer Selena Gomez. The explanations, while comedic, do a good job of understanding what these securities really were. Spotlight (3/10): Even though this is about journalism, while Spotlight tells the truth, the truth it tells, the disgraceful handling of pedophile priests in Boston, is lost by dismal directing and writing. It’s made without a thought of pace. The characters flounder, taking forever to finally publish the story. “All the President’s Men,” it is not. Concussion (3/10): Maybe the reason this soporific film is so bad is explained by the “The New York Times,” which reported that both the script and the marketing were changed to avoid clashes with the NFL. It said that the Sony Pictures email hacking revealed that some “unflattering moments for the NFL” were deleted or changed and indicated that a Sony lawyer took “most of

the bite” out of the movie “for legal reasons with the NFL.” The result is a biopic that treats the serious problem of the outrageous attitude of the NFL towards concussions with kid gloves. Read full reviews at

Elfman film scores compete for awards

May all your changes in 2016 be positive and make the word, “change,” an exciting word in your vocabulary. May all our readers and businesses be blessed this year with health, wealth and happiness!

Composer Danny Elfman is a contender for best movie score nominated by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for three films: “The End of the Tour,” “Fifty Shades of Gray” and “Goosebumps.” The Fremont Place resident is recipient of four Academy Award nominations, a Grammy for “Batman,” and the Disney Legends Award.


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The Only Thing Constant Is Change Here we are at the beginning of a new year and we accidentally will continue writing “2015” for at least a month on checks and other documents despite the change in year. Change in our spending impacts us all. As we enter this coming year, let’s focus on keeping our dollars local as much as possible and support our Larchmont businesses so they won’t have to change! Gas prices are constantly changing, local housing prices continue to change, and we will be changing the United States President this year as well. Not to be left out, the Larchmont Chronicle has changed a bit this month. Our founder, Jane Gilman, has retired as Editor-in-Chief. Our Publisher, John Welborne, will assume the Chronicle’s Editor role. There are other changes on the masthead (pg. 2), but our Publisher reminds us that the watchword for our local newspaper commencing its 53rd year, is “continuity.”

Remember to keep your marketing mantra constant: Market, Market, Market your business throughout 2016 so green will continue to be your favorite color! Contact Pam at The Larchmont Chronicle 323-462-2241 ext. 11


Harrison Ford, who brightens up the screen every time he appears, and gorgeous newcomer 22-year-old Daisy Ridley. They are aided by 135 minutes of eye-popping action with wonderfully enjoyable special effects. I can’t see any

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Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (10/10): This movie has a lot going for it like Grade AA special effects and weird-looking characters, along with some familiar ones from the original. It’s also got two star turns, by old-timer

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Melodic music in ‘Bridges,’ ‘Christians’ pits old versus new the composer will be conducting all the performances. Vocally, the cast is outstanding and the blend exquisite. The excellent book by Ms. Norman has opened the story and added characters like Francesca’s neighbor Marge (a particularly effective Mary Callanan). Veteran Broadway director Bartlett Shear has paced the burgeoning romance between the principals to just the right moment, surrounding them with an on-stage chorus of townspeople. Original scenic design is by Michael Yeargan, and the lovely Iowa sunsets are by lighting designer Donald Holder. This is a multi-hankie show, so go and enjoy. Through Sun., Jan. 17. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave. 4 Stars ••• The Christians by Lucas Hnath centers on a new age Crystal Cathedral-esque church. Pastor Paul (Andrew Garman) announces a new, controversial church stance.

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His timing is suspect, and slowly his relationships and the foundations of the church begin to fray. Associate Pastor Joshua (Larry Powell) forms his own church keeping the old faith. The cast is outstanding, and also includes Jay, a church elder (Philip Kerr), Elizabeth, Pastor Paul’s wife (Linda Powell) and Jenny, a questioning church congregant (Emily

Donahoe). In one scene, the play becomes dueling Bible verses. On opening night, an enthusiastic audience member added an “Alleluia” for his side in the controversy. Director Les Water’s insightful direction clarifies the action. The play is staged as a church service complete with hand-held mikes on extended wires that make for some interesting ”choreography.”

A 24-person choir performs live on stage (the members vary with each performance) singing the rollicking newage church repertoire led by music director Scott Anthony. The action is performed in the modern interior of the church, a stunning scenic design by Dane Laffrey. Through Sun., Jan. 10. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave. 3 Stars

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The Bridges of Madison County features a book by Marsha Norman and music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown. Based on the treacly novel by Robert James Waller, the time is 1965 in Winterset, Iowa. Francesca (Elizabeth Stanley), an Italian war bride, is living somewhat contentedly Theater on the Iowa Review family farm by with ex-soldier husband Patricia Bud (Cullen Foster Rye R. Titmas) and children Michael (Dave Thomas Brown) and Carolyn (Caitlin Houlahan). As the play opens, the family is off to the State Fair several miles away, leaving Francesca alone for three days. Enter the handsome stranger, Robert Kincaid (a charismatic Andrew Samonsky), a National Geographic photographer, and the predictable happens. Brown’s varied and complex score features his own orchestrations. The result is hauntingly rich, memorable melodies. And, as a rare treat,

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