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Inside the Mile Development on the rise... Transit is on the move

GATEWAY TO THE MILE. Rendering shows BRE's high-rise project.

6 METRO Purple Line is on schedule. 4

NEIGHBORS keep watch. 18


CHILDREN'S activities roar.


• Development ................... 6 • Miracle Mile Civic............... 8 • TarFest............................. 8 • Residents Association...... 10 • Miracle Mile Chamber...... 10

• Elected officials................ 10 • Mid City West................... 14 • Museum Row................... 22 • Real Estate Sales............. 24 • Living in the Mile.............. 28

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Bike rides, auto show, food tasting among annual events Best Friends Pet Super Adoption Festival will bring 60 rescue groups and shelters to the park by the Page Museum for three days beginning Fri., May 3. Attendees will have hundreds of dogs, cats, birds and bunnies to choose from. *** The Gilmore Heritage Auto Show celebrates the history of the Gilmore Gas Company and its impact on the car culture of California. Farmers Market will host the event on Sat., June 1, featuring more than 100 vintage and classic American cars— old cars, modified hot rods, unique brands and models. *** Cyclists and pedestrians will swarm Wilshire Blvd. when CicLAvia turns the street into a no-car zone on Sun., June 23. The street closure will begin downtown and continue to Fairfax Ave. CicLAvia executive director Aaron Paley said the switch from the traditional routes to some of the city’s most iconic streets could be the harbinger of things to come. The goal of CicLAvia is to have an event every month, each featuring a different community route. *** Diners sample foods from the close to 50 restaurants and grocers at The Taste of Farmers Market on Tues., July 16. The fifth annual event includes music, free parking and give-aways. *** One of the three Summer Bicycle Rides through Councilman Tom LaBonge’s Fourth District goes along Fourth and Sixth streets, ending at the

Published by the Larchmont Chronicle 323-462-2241 larchmontchronicle.com The annual edition is delivered to residents, businesses and employees in the greater Miracle Mile area. It is also delivered to residents in Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Fremont Place, Park LaBrea and Larchmont Village, bringing the total readership to 100,000. COVER PHOTO by Bill Devlin Photography, billdevlinphotography.com.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art. *** Several Miracle Mile neighborhoods participate in the National Night Out Against Crime to be held this year on Tues., Aug. 6. Police and fire officials also attend, and some areas offer refreshments and activities for children. *** The Mile’s interpretation of “American Idol” takes place when TarFest brings together musical groups who showcase their talent. Some 3,000 people enjoy music, art and food at the park by the Page Museum on Sun., Sept. 22. *** Concerts and fireworks permeate the night skies when The Grove marks its Treelighting Ceremony in late November.

SUMMER BIKE TRIPS sponsored by Councilman Tom LaBonge include a ride through Miracle Mile with a stop at the iconic lightposts in front of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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Metro official expects start of construction by next year

PURPLE LINE: Groundbreaking for its first section is scheduled for 2014.

contractor to build the project. So, it is too soon to say exactly when work will begin at each location. This project will bring many benefits to the region but there is no way to build it without some disruption. The greatest disruption will occur at the station sites with initial station excavation, and at the end when we need to reconstruct the street. During the time in between, traffic will continue to flow on Wilshire as we access the

underground station box from off-street construction staging areas. We will ensure that those who live, work and travel in the area are informed of disruptions so they can plan accordingly. The tunneling in between the stations should have little, if any, disruption to traffic. I encourage people to look at our Construction Fact Sheet for more information (http:// www.metro.net/projects_studies/westside/images/Fact_Sheet_Construction.pdf).

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Larchmont Chronicle asked Jody Litvak, Metro director of community relations for the Purple Line, the following ques tions: When is the expected completion date of the Metro Purple Line continuation from Western Ave. to the Veterans Administration Building in West Los Angeles? A groundbreaking for the extension’s first section—3.9 miles from Western to La Cienega—is scheduled for 2014, with this year devoted to pre-construction activities like utility relocation and building a 75-foot deep exploratory shaft near Wilshire and Fairfax (The shaft will help Metro learn even more about soil conditions in the area. Fossils will be turned over to the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits.). An opening to La Cienega is expected in 2023. What is the cost, and is the funding available? The entire project to the VA Hospital is estimated to cost $6.3 billion based on the current schedule. About three-fourths of the funds are generated locally from Measure R, the half-cent sales tax approved by Los Angeles County voters. Metro is in the process of pursuing the remainder in federal matching funds through the New Starts Program. Things have been going well in that effort as the project received a strong endorsement from the Federal Transit Administration last year when it was awarded a “Record of Decision” signifying their approval. What are the exact locations of the station entrances at Wilshire/La Brea and Wilshire/Fairfax? The entrance for the Wilshire/La Brea station is planned for the northwest corner of that intersection, where Metro currently owns property. The entrance to the Wilshire/Fairfax station is planned for the southwest corner of Wilshire and Orange Grove. We are in discussions with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art about adding another entrance that they would fund. It would be located directly across the street on the north side of Wilshire Blvd. When will the tunneling begin, and how will it affect traffic on Wilshire Blvd. at each station location? We are currently in the process of securing the construction

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Subway extension spurs growth along Wilshire Boulevard By Jane Gilman The opening of the Metro Purple Line extension at Wilshire Blvd. and La Brea Ave. is at least 10 years away, but it has been an inducement for continued development along the Mile. BRE Properties opened its 5600 building in 2009, adding 284 apartment units; the next year Legacy Partners debuted its 183 condominiums on the market. Viridian apartments opened 60 units at 5658 W. 8th St. in 2008. Other businesses are joining the development surge. Associated Estates Realty Corporation purchased the historic Desmond’s Tower at 5500 Wilshire Blvd. and the adjacent parking lot. Construction is expected to begin in April on The Desmond which will feature 175 luxury apartments and structured parking. The firm currently is in early stages of the approval process, which includes meetings with the city Planning and Building departments, as well as meetings with neighborhood groups. The Desmond will include a pool with private cabanas,

THE CRANES ARE working overtime on the BRE block-long building of 472 apartment units.

lounge areas, fitness center and community room. The project will also have rooftop lounge areas with views of the Hollywood sign. Planned amenities in the apartments include open floor plans with private terraces or balconies, secured entry, penthouse suites and city views in select apartments. Korda Group expects to build 127 apartments at the former Oasis Christian Church site at 5100 Wilshire Blvd. The company also is in escrow on the property housing the

Burger King next door. Korda will develop both sites as one project. The firm is also planning on 13,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor. Construction on the BRE seven-story twin apartment buildings and townhouses is expected to be completed in 2014. The block-long $280 million project is bordered by Wilshire and 8th St. between La Brea and Sycamore Ave. Major purchase New owner of the twobuilding Wilshire Courtyard is


Tishman Speyer Properties. The New York–based company purchased the nearly one million square foot office building for a reported $423 million. Seller was RREEF, a member of the Deutsche Bank Group, who bought the office complex in 2005 for $378 million.



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Tenants at Wilshire Courtyard include E! Entertainment, AEG Live, Japan Foundation and Wenner Media. The twin five-story buildings were built by J. S. Snyder Co. in 1988. When the Courtyard opened, it was one of the most ambitious architectural efforts in Los Angeles in recent years.

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The Craft and Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) offers exhibitions, artist’ talks, hands-on workshops, printmaking sessions for adults, plus monthly Etsy Craft Nights and CraftLabs workshops for all ages. To find out more, please visit us at www.cafam.org. Make it happen.

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Preparedness is theme at MMCC breakfast

ATTENDEES took in music, art and food at last year’s TarFest.

TarFest to return in the fall with art, music, food and fun Plans are underway for the 11th annual TarFest in September at venues along the Miracle Mile. The event, produced by LAUNCH LA, brings together the best emerging artists, performers, musicians and cultural innovators to showcase their talents and ideas, said TarFest and LAUNCH LA executive director James Panozzo. Last year’s event will be a hard act to follow, when more than 3,000 attendees took in music, art, food and culture, he added. Live music, live painting and installation projects are in planning stages for TarFest 2013 set for Sat., Sept. 21 at Hancock Park, home to the La Brea Tar Pits.

The Annual TarFest Art Exhibition has been supplemented by LAUNCH’s new gallery space at 170 S. La Brea Ave., which began programming last September and has an excellent program scheduled for 2013, said Panozzo. Several of the artists scheduled to exhibit this year are past TarFest participants. The event has something for all ages, including tents where children create art. Adults can relax in a biergarten sponsored by Lagunitas Brewery. The food selection will be as diverse as the crowd, said Panozzo, with food trucks serving Indian, Asian and TexMex fare. Visit www.launchla.org.

A new tradition began when Los Angeles Fire Station 61, battalion 18, at W. Third St. opened its door in September for a pancake breakfast. Some 500 residents, civic leaders and guests attended the breakfast, co-hosted by the Miracle Mile Civic Coalition and First-In Fire Foundation. The event was a friendraiser and fundraiser, said Lyn MacEwen Cohen, MMCC president. The Coalition launched its CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) and Pet Preparedness partnerships at the event. Brian Cummings, LAFD fire chief, welcomed guests. Wilshire, the Dalmatian who reside at LAFD Station 29 and Gabriel, the Giant Schnauzer, were on hand to emphasize pet safety. The breakfast is a forerunner of plans for a Miracle Mile Emergency Preparedness Model Program in cooperation with city and county officials. The Coalition will be staging the 10th annual Miracle Mile Safety Summit in June. Theme is “Ready or Not!—Resilience 2013.” The event will explore community-wide partnerships for preparedness and

FIREFIGHTERS at Station 61 flipped pancakes athe open house.

the state of readiness and security in Miracle Mile including fostering the innovative Neighborhood Team Program (NTP) and new Teen CERT. Candidates for the city’s highest post spoke at the Mayoral Forum co-hosted by the Civic Coalition at John Burroughs Middle School in February. A new Miracle Mile resource map of disaster resources and skills is a top priority for 2013. Another annual event is MMCC’s GoodHearts Awards ceremony on Valentine’s Day presented to individuals who exemplify extraordinary public service.


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This year’s honorees included Doris Dunn, Farmers Insurance; Matt Simon, Caruso Affiliated; Fluff McLean, Windsor Square Hancock Park Historical Society; Steve Rosenthal, Olympia Medical Center; and Ron Bowdoin, Park La Brea Management. MMCC co-sponsored the Wilshire Police Captain’s Roundtable at Olympia Medical Center in January where firefighter Alicia Welch spoke on disaster preparedness. The civic group continues its recognition of the fallen heroes of 9/11 with its United We Plant program with Holly(Please turn to page 18)

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MMRA debuts newsletter, tweeting too

By Suzan Filipek Read all about it! Breaking news, development updates, where to dine and find lost pets are among features of the Miracle Mile Residential Association’s on-line newsletter. The monthly site which launched in February also tweets and likes you on Facebook. “We have the ability to send out instant messages when issues arise,” said MMRA president Jim O’Sullivan. Residents can also reach out or give feedback. “It has to be a two-way street.” The February edition includes opinion piece “Save our Parking,” opposing a city proposal for bike lanes on Sixth St. A Restaurant Guide is scheduled in March. Lost pets can be posted on the site, (“If they send me a picture, I can send it far and wide”). There are public service announcements and a map of criminal activity. A history of the Mile is also featured. Newsletter editor is Ken Hixon, who designed the site with other MMRA volunteers. Building is back? The building boom of the 2000s may be back if some

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NEW WEBSITE was launched in February.

of recent projects take shape, says O’Sullivan. On the horizon is a 255,000 square foot office building proposed on the parking lot behind Marie Callender’s, 5757 Wilshire Blvd. Developer Jerry Snyder plans an environmental impact report on the multi-story building. Office space is limited in the area, adds O’Sullivan. Museum Square, also owned by Snyder, and the two-block Wilshire Courtyard building across the

street—of one million square feet—are maxed out. Meanwhile, Associated Estates Realty Corp. aims to start construction this spring on The Desmond on Wilshire, 175 apartments in the parking lot behind the historic Desmond's Tower at 5500 Wilshire Blvd. MMRA board meetings are held the first Thursday of the month at the W estside Jewish Community Center, 5870 Olympic Blvd., at 7 p.m. Ev eryone is welcome. Visit miraclemilela.com.

Chamber programs, mixers, speakers attract new members The area’s popularity is increasing, and the Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce’s growing membership reflects its new energy. Our membership has grown 20 percent in the past year, said president Steven Kramer. He credits the increase, in large part, to new membership chairman Meg McComb. She has added mixers to our calendar of events, and is providing speakers such as Congresswoman Karen Bass at the regular monthly meetings, Kramer said. McComb has also instituted an Ambassador Program to insure that newcomers feel at home and meet other members. One of the Chamber’s goals is for members to use each other’s services, Kramer said. “Corner Bakery is one of our members, and they are now catering events for other members, thanks to relationships they have built,” he points out. A forum in May will focus on the economic viability of the commercial area in the Mile. Meetings are the second Thursday of each month at local venues, and visitors are welcome.

For more information, visit miraclemilechamber.org.

Elected officials Sen. Barbara Boxer 312 N. Spring St. Ste. 1748
 213-894-5000 www.boxer.senate.gov Sen. Dianne Feinstein 11111 Santa Monica Blvd., Ste. 915, 310-914-7300 www.feinstein.senate.gov Rep. Karen Bass 4929 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 650
 323-965-1422 karenbass.house.gov Assemblymember: Richard Bloom, District 50 2800 28th Street, Ste. 150
 310-450-0041 asmdc.org/members/a50 County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky 500 W. Temple St.
 213-974-3333 zev.lacounty.gov Councilman Tom LaBonge 200 N. Spring St., 
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THE STREAMLINE MODERN building, which originally was the home of the May Company department store, is now the site of LACMA WEST, and will house the Academy Museum when it opens in 2016.

The Academy Museum’s current collection of films, videos, photographs, original film posters, annotated scripts, production & costume design drawings, as well as the equipment, props, costumes, letters and artifacts, will provide the cumu-


lative material for the new “Movie” DESIGN OF THE Academy museum fully restores the Wilshire and Fairfax street-front facades of the 1938 building, and includes a spherical glass addition at the back of the original building.

Museum’s future exhibitions and programs beginning in 2016.

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Sprinkles, Topshop, See's Candies make shopping sweet at The Grove If

you’ve stopped by The Grove recently, you may have noticed that it’s been a whirlwind of activity. In the last three months, four new shops have opened their doors, welcoming L.A. residents

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retailer Topshop and Topman opened their newest flagship store on the corner of The Grove’s First Street and Gilmore Lane. Debuting on Feb. 14, the new store boasts 30,000 square feet, housing both brands across two floors. Launched in England in 1964, Topshop (for women) and Topman (for men) have become a global fashion juggernaut, boasting more than 400 stores operating in 38

provided a membership-based styling service for men and women. Through the debut of stylehaus, The Grove will be the only shopping center in the U.S. to offer styling services to its customers through its 1,000 square-feet lounge. Stylehaus combines a physical showroom stocked with the latest and one-of-a-kind fashions from all over the world with a full service styling team.

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THE MIRACLE MILE CIVIC COALITION 8758 Venice Boulevard • Los Angeles, California 90034

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FOUNDED 1986 OFFICERS AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOUNDER & PRESIDENT Lyn MacEwen Cohen Vice President Walter N. Marks, III Walter N. Marks, Inc. Vice President Jerome H. Snyder J. H. Snyder Co. Vice President Jim O’ Sullivan Miracle Mile Residential Assoc. Vice President John X. Vach Security & Public Safety Wilshire Courtyard Secretary Greg Holihan Prime Group Park La Brea Historian Jane Gilman Larchmont Chronicle Treasurer Terri Reno MEMBERS American Girl Place Los Angeles BRE PROPERTIES BREATHE California of LA County CarrAmerica/5670 Wilshire Blvd. Caruso Affiliated Holdings/The Grove Cathedral Chapel School Craft & Folk Art Museum Farmers Insurance FIRST-IN FIRE FOUNDATION A. F. Gilmore Company Larchmont Chronicle LA/Hollywood Beautification Team LA City Fire Station 61 / Battalion 18 LA County Museum of Art LA Museum of the Holocaust Legacy Partners Walter N. Marks, Inc. Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce Miracle Mile Residential Association MidCity West Community Council Natural History Museum of LA County Olympia Medical Center Page Museum at La Brea Tar Pits Petersen Automotive Museum PLB Management/Prime Group/ Park La Brea Screen Actors Guild -American Federation of Television and Radio Artists Screen Actors Guild Foundation Sieroty Company Inc. J. H. Snyder Company The ARTery, USA The Counter The Original Farmers Market The Ratkovich Company The Wende Museum Tishman-Speyer Wilshire Community Police Advisory Board Wilshire Courtyard

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• Adopt Fire Station 61, Battalion 18 • "Calendar of Courage" for LAFD • "United We Plant" with LA/HBT • Alliance with Community at Ground Zero • Wilshire Median Advisory Board • History of Hancock Park • Greening Miracle Mile • Pocket Full of Miracles • Restaurant Row on Miracle Mile • Museum Row on Miracle Mile • Community Design Overlay District • Museum Partnership to Protect Hancock Park • Monitor Wilshire Transportation • Valentine's Day GoodHearts Awards • Romance in the Miracle Mile • BeeFriendly Gardens • September 11 "Spirit of Los Angeles" • Mayoral Town Hall 2013


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New board brings energy to Mid City West council By Laura Eversz Board members elected in December have brought a fresh, new energy to the Mid City West Community Council and a new way of looking at issues like transportation, planning and land use, said Council chair Tim Deegan. “Half are new members to the board, and many have taken on committee chair responsibilities,” said Deegan, director of guest services at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. “They all come with life experiences, they are qualified and they’re doing a great job.” Planning and land use Zoning variances are turning La Cienega and La Brea into a canyon of high-rises similar to Wilshire Blvd., said Deegan. “That’s the one side of land use. The other is the homeowners who want to preserve their neighborhoods.” The challenge is going to be maintaining the balance between preservation and growth, which requires the installation of more infrastructure. “There are a lot of collateral issues like drainage, sewer expansion, reinforce-

ment of the roads that might not be evident, but have to be paid attention to.” Transportation Deegan says the subway is getting closer. “Plans for stations at La Brea and Fairfax have been approved… that’s two stops within mid-city. It will lead to increased development, housing and overall density.” Traffic mitigation funds of $175,000 collected by the city as part of the agreement for developing The Grove need to get unlocked and used, with some already planned for calming measures to slow down traffic, like left-turn lanes and speed bumps. Stakeholders will have a chance to give input on how the funds should be used. “There’s a lot that can be done in the neighborhoods to make it calmer for traffic passing through, but also on main roads,” said Deegan. “We’re working on it now with the Councilman’s office.” Communications MCWCC has begun using social media, including Twitter and Facebook, for out(Please turn to page 18)

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a Happening place Swim in one of our two pools, meet with authors, enroll your child in an art class or learn t'ai chi. These are some of the activities Park La Brea is offering the residents and neighbors from the surrounding community. movies in tHe tHeatre: Thursday films at 7 p.m. - Theme changes monthly. Saturday films at 2 p.m. are family friendly releases. Sunday films at 7 p.m. are current releases. OTher AcTiviTieS: Book Discussion Group (ongoing). Bridge club meets twice a week. Plays That Shakespeare Didn't Write meets weekly. chess club meets twice a week. Writers circle meets twice monthly. Kids' Art club meets once a month. Library is open every day. Mah Jongg meets weekly. Quilters meets weekly. T'ai chi meets twice a week. eSL (english as a Second Language) at PLB meets regularly. Knitting & crochet clubs

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comedy in the Park. BookPlates at Park La Brea is a literary gathering that meets with best-selling authors who talk about their latest publications. The Park La Brea community Garden, at the corner of Lindenhurst and hauser, provides small plots for Park La Brea residents to garden. recently all plots are assigned, with a waiting list. The L.i.F.e. program enables older adults to remain in their home with optimal health, dignity and independence. These services include a helpline and Gait & Balance class led by a professional occupational therapist, and more. aCtivities Center The multi-million dollar Activities center adjacent to curson Square offers residents an opportunity to get in shape, surf the web, view classic movies and eat at the curson café. The Meeting rooms and a conference room are available for rental by the residents for private parties and meetings. Movies are screened in the 84-seat theater. residents can find all the amenities of a business office including a conference room, computers, a fax and scanner.

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Fitness Center The Fitness center, operated by Meridian Sports club, provides a range of exercise options with windows facing the greenery of curson Square. equipment includes recumbent bicycles, strength machines, free-weights and cardio equipment. residents’ amenities These include the convenience of an on-site dry cleaners and beauty salon. The gated community enables the residents to take leisurely walks or combine exercise with strolling. exercisers are out early in the morning, power walking or doing laps in one of our fabulous swimming pools. Park La Brea is fiber optically “wired” so that residents enjoy both high-speed internet access and state-of-the-art cable services. swimming pools A junior Olympic-size swimming pool features five lanes for swimmers in a tropical style setting near the Sixth St. entrance at curson Ave. The pool area has an adjoining spa, sun deck and individual locker and shower facilities for men and women. in addition, a second saltwater pool and expanded pool deck with cabanas opened in spring 2009. The Meridian Sports club manages memberships and day-to-day operations in its role as joint partner for Park La Brea’s fitness center and pool facilities.

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Did you know? Looking back at area’s early history Miracle Mile began as a retail center in the 1930s when downtown stores located their branches “way out” in the suburbs. Stores included Silverwoods, Desmonds, B. D. Howes, The Broadway, Orhbachs Harris and Frank, Phelps Ter-

kel and The May Company. Charlie Chaplin’s brother Sydney used the land at Wilshire and Fairfax for an airplane field. In May 1919, he, along with pilot Emery Rogers, formulated the first privately owned domestic American airline, the Syd Chaplin

Airline Company. The 1930 office tower at the northeast corner of Wilshire and La Brea was originally called the Clem Wilson building. Architects of the 1930 edifice were Meyer and Holler, designers of Grauman’s (now TCL Chinese) theatre.

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Citizens, awareness keys to keeping crime at bay By Laura Eversz Concerned citizens continue to assist in solving area crimes, says senior lead officer Perry Jones of the L.A.P.D. Wilshire Division. “Neighborhood watch groups and regular citizens calling the police are one of the best tools we have and are how a majority of crimes are solved,” he added. An example is the Park La Brea Neighborhood Watch. “Their watch group had been stagnant for a long time. So when I started to receive calls from resident Karen Green about different issues there, we got together and talked and she just grabbed the bull by the horns. “She got the word out, and put together a magnificent group of people who are now working on establishing a neighborhood watch on each block and in every tower,” he added. In addition to Park La Brea, Jones is the L.A.P.D. liaison with the area that includes the Miracle Mile, Farmers Market, The Grove, CBS Television City and LACMA. Crime is down Jones reports that crime in

the Miracle Mile area is down significantly from this time last year, with only auto thefts seeing an increase. But he cautions residents to remain vigilant. “We need them to be our eyes and ears, and when they see something, to be good witnesses. "Look for license numbers, note car make and model, direction of travel as well as appearance, clothing, tattoos,” he says. In addition, people need to lock their cars and stop leaving electronics in plain view, said Jones, who sometimes walks the streets placing “Lock It, Hide It” flyers on parked vehicles. “I’m astonished when I look in cars and see laptops, phones, iPods plugged in and out in the open. It’s such a crime of opportunity.” The same can be said for burglaries, he added. “Lock your doors and windows. If you’re going out of town, don’t let newspapers pile up on your porch or mail in your mailbox.” He also advises residents to call 311 when they spot graffiti, and have it painted over immediately.

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Movie-making, crafts, story time among activities for youngsters The following museums, libraries and bookstore offer programs where kids and teens can learn, explore and grow. Craft & Folk 5814 Wilshire Blvd. 323-937-4230; cafam.org CraftLab Workshops are offered on a drop-in basis for the whole family utilizing exhibits as inspiration for arts and crafts projects. Folk Art Everywhere and other programs invite local artists to share their methods and teach youth to create works of their own. Los Angeles County Museum of Art 5905 Wilshire Blvd. 323-857-6000; lacma.org Art classes for teens and kids using 3D models, sculpture, experimenting with color or telling a story are some of the classes LACMA offers. Teens can sign up for classes on bookmaking, science drawing, costumed-figure drawing, making a movie with a mobile device and building an art portfolio. Page Museum 5801 Wilshire Blvd. 323-934-PAGE; tarpits.org Kids of all ages can meet a saber-tooth cat and her kitten

SOCIAL ARTIST Robbie Conal with Orion Owen at the Craft & Folk Art Museum last month.

Nibbles at the “Ice Age Encounters” puppet show. Live performances featuring the pair are Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m, and 1:30 p.m. Saturdays at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. Teens 16 years and older who have a yen for paleontology can sign up to volunteer at the Fishbowl Lab where paleontologists work on restoring fossils. Petersen Automotive 6060 Wilshire Blvd. 323-903-2277; petersen.org Car-theme story times with LA BookPALS and drop-in arts and crafts activities are avail-

able for kids visiting the Petersen Automotive Museum’s Discover Center. The center also has handson interactive displays for kids to learn the science and art of the automobile. Summer camps for kids ages 6 to 12 are also available for budding car enthusiasts. Zimmer Children’s Museum 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 100 323-761-8984 www.zimmermuseum.org Kids learn about the environment, cultural sensitivity and community responsibility through art projects like

making paper with recycled materials, creating hats for hospital kids and constructing such items as noisemakers and masks while learning about Purim and Mardi Gras. Fairfax Library 161 S. Gardner St. 323-936-6191 www.lapl.org/ branches/fairfax Baby and preschooler story times are Wednesday morning activities at the Fairfax branch. Kids ages five to 12 can take art classes taught by artists from LACMA on Wednesday afternoons. Teens can participate in one of the monthly art activities,

Student Smart and a council meeting to discuss books, music and movies. Barnes & Noble 189 The Grove Dr., Ste. K 30 323-525-0270 www.barnesandnoble.com Barnes and Noble at the Grove hosts a toddler story time on Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m. Farmers Market Third and Fairfax www.farmersmarketla.com Puppet shows, magicians, crafts programs and face painting are some of the ongoing activities during the year at Farmers Market.

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Celebrate cars, Social Fabric and works fr om Forbidden City on calendar PETERSEN AUTOMO- to Science" showcases cars by TIVE MUSEUM—"Fins: Form forward thinking innovators. without Function" revisits a Ends May 27. design built to resemble a jet 6060 Wilshire Blvd., 323fighter and space rocket's tail- 903-2277; petersen.org. fin. A 1959 Cadillac to the 1937 Delage Aerosport are among those featured. Ends February 2014. • Corvette's 60th anniversary dinner/auction gala is Fri., March 1. A car show follows on Sat., March 2 with 400+ vehicles from all eras; 20 historic models on exhibit through March 31. • Join artist Matthew Carden for a drop-in arts and crafts program for families on Sat., March 2 from 1 to 4 p.m. Book readings with actors from LA BookPALS are at 2 p.m. • Children under six CHANEL: Artist Stephanie Syjuco and their families make has a workshop this month. bookmarks in honor of Cesar Chavez Day Tues., ZIMMER CHILDREN'S March 26 from 10 to 11 a.m. • Art Wall features works by MUSEUM—A Dr. Seuss SunTheodore W. Pietsch II, who day March 3 from 3 to 4 p.m. worked for Chrysler, Ford, celebrates his wonderful world Studebaker and American of words that rhyme and striped top hats! Read stories, Motors. Ends April 28. • "Aerodynamics: From Art make paper hats, and turn

into cats (with face painting, of course). Get Cooking! on Sun., March 10 from 3 to 4 p.m. with Rachel Harkham for an afternoon full of flavor-ous fun! "Going Green" is Sun., March 17, 3 to 4 p.m., and "Beautiful Blossoms" Sun., March 24 features Kishin Daiko, a taiko Japanese drumming group. 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100; 323-761-8984, www.zimmermuseum.org. CRAFT AND FOLK ART MUSEUM—"Social Fabric" features contemporary artists who confront mass production and consumption through fiber-based art. Ends May 5. • Artist Stephanie Syjuco talks Sat., March 2 at 3 p.m. on her work in Social Fabric. • Make your own counterfeit crochet designer bags in workshops with Stephanie Syjuco Sun., March 3, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for beginners, and 2 to 5 for advanced. • Etsy Craft Night is Thurs., March 7, 7 to 9 p.m. • Knitting performance by Lindsay Degen, Fri., March 8 and Sat., March 9 in the win-

CORVETTE 60th gala Fri., March 1. Autho Show, exhibit also featured this month. Above, a 1953 Corvette, the EX 122.

dow during museum hours. • Crocheted Creations family workshop is Sun., March 10, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. • "Scratching the Surface: Contemporary Wood Sculpture" exhibit highlights naturally occuring textures and irregularities of wood. Ends May 5. 5814 Wilshire Blvd., 323937-4230; cafam.org, workshops@cafam.org. ARCHITECTURE+DESIGN MUSEUM—Closed for exhibit installation. Check website for updates. 6032 Wilshire Blvd.; 323932-9393; www.aplusd.org. PAGE MUSEUM AT THE LA BREA TAR PITS—Meet a life-sized saber-toothed cat

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Academy Museum to star on Wilshire at May Co. A movie museum is com- The six-story glass-encased ing closer to the Mile when it spine of the building will joins Museum Row in 2016 at bring light into the five-story the historic May Co. building museum. The theater will be at the Los Angeles County Mu- surrounded by a translucent glass sphere and topped with a seum of Art. Award-winning architects roofdeck. Renzo Piano and Zoltan Pali Stonework will be repaired have been tagged to build the and replaced, and bronze trim will 300,000-squarebe refurfoot Academy Design restores bished. At Museum of Mothe street facade of street level, tion Pictures at the May Co.'s 1938 the buildWilshire Blvd. and Fairfax Ave. Streamline Moderne ing will be brought To date $100 building... back to its million of a $250 original million capital campaign goal has been glory. reached, according to officials The building’s signature at the Academy of Motion Pic- gold-leafed glass mosaic corner will be fully repaired and ture Arts and Sciences. The design restores the preserved. The May Co. street facade of the May Co.’s was designed by architects Al1938 Streamline Moderne bert C. Martin & S.A. Marx. building and adds a spherical glass theater to the back of the original building. “Our design will preserve the May Company building’s historic public profile while… taking on a new life that celebrates both the industry and art form that this city created and gave to the world,” said Piano. The new site’s exhibitions and programs will draw from the Academy’s library of films, photographs, film posters, production and costume design drawings, props, costumes and scripts. Interactive displays will take visitors behind-the-screen into the making of motion pictures.


(Continued from page 22) featured. 5505 Wilshire Blvd., 323936-7141. www.kccla.org LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART—"Ming Masterpieces from the Shanghai Museum" opens Sat., March 2. Ten works from the Forbidden City, era 15th, 16th century, are featured. Ends June 2. • "Ends and Exits: Contemporary Art from the Collections of LACMA and The Broad Art Foundation" includes 50 works by artists who departed from traditional painting methods. Ends Aug. 4. • "Jack Stauffacher: Typographic Experiments"—experimental prints and editions of classical literature. Ends July 21. • "Daily Pleasures: French Ceramics from the Marylou Boone Collection" ends March 31. • "Stanley Kubrick" ticketed

exhibit includes a selection of annotated scripts, production photography, lenses and cameras, set models and costumes. Ends June 30. • "Robert MapXYZ" plethorpe: ends March 24. • "Levitated Mass" 340-ton boulder suspended above a walkway, ongoing. • "Metropolis II" sculpture by Chris Burden has 1,100 miniature cars. See the exhibit in action Fridays and weekends. Wilshire 5905 Blvd., 323-857-6000; lacma. org. JAPAN FOUNDATION— "Japanese Doll Festival," featuring a set of dolls, celebrates an ancient custom to protect young girls. Ends March 9. • "Nippon Through My Eyes:

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Learn First Aid, CPR at Zimmer Academy Health, CPR and First Aid are among topics of the new Zimmer Caregiver Academy at the Zimmer Children’s Museum, 6505 Wilshire Blvd. Each session consists of four weekly classes and includes a variety of early childhood education, developmental play activities and positive discipline techniques. American Heart Association CPR and First Aid Certification Card are included. “By consulting with families and assessing other local offerings, we are looking to fill a much needed gap in professional development for caregivers by offering classes that are accessible in terms of language and price and still offer a professional level of training,” says Maria Palazzolo, the museum’s associate director of play and learning. For more information, contact Palazzolo at maria@zimmermuseum.org or 323-7618994.



ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION, Sunday, March 17: Stop by for traditional Irish food, music and fun! Magee’s Kitchen will be serving their famous corned beef, cabbage and potatoes. Green beer and other imported Irish beers will be on tap! SUMMER MUSIC SERIES, Thursdays & Fridays, May 30–September 6, 7–9pm: Free evening concert performances every Thursday (Jazz) and Friday (Eclectic) on the West Patio featuring L.A.’s best musicians. 19TH ANNUAL GILMORE HERITAGE AUTO SHOW, Saturday, June 1, 11am–5pm: Nearly 100 American classics are on display throughout the Market. This year’s show will pay tribute to the Studebaker Avanti. SUMMER FAMILY FUN SERIES, Select Sundays, June 16-August 25, 12-3pm: Celebrate Summer on the Market Plaza with free family-friendly craft activities, live entertainment, music and more. TASTE OF FARMERS MARKET, Tuesday, July 16, 5-9pm: For one

evening only, our merchants take you on a strolling gastronomic and shopping adventure throughout the Market, letting you enjoy delicious food, merchandise specials and live music. Ticket info will be available on farmersmarketla.com in early June.

PUMPKIN GIVEAWAY WITH RADIO DISNEY, Saturday, October 12, 12–2pm: Celebrate the Fall season with the Radio Disney Road Crew and 4,000 lbs of free pumpkins! Stop by the Market Plaza for music, games, prizes, pumpkin decorating and more! FALL FESTIVAL, Saturday & Sunday, October 19 & 20, All Day: A favorite event since 1934, Fall Festival features a bounty of live music, a petting zoo, arts & crafts for kids, world famous pie-eating contests and more! HANUKKAH CELEBRATION, Sunday, December 1, 2:30-5pm: Celebrate Hanukkah with the lighting of a giant menorah, music and arts and crafts.

HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES, December 20-24: The Market is decked out in Yuletide finery to welcome the season. Celebrate the holidays with music, arts & crafts, variety shows, strolling carolers and more. All activities & events are free unless otherwise noted. Schedule is subject to change.


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For the Best “Fun” Place in the Miracle Mile area, the Farmers Market at Third and Fairfax and the park at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art tied for first place. Farmers Market is constantly buzzing with restaurants, independently-owned boutique stores, live music, bars and special events for the entire family. Over at the park, where you can visit three museums, kids and families can enjoy wideopen spaces, the occasional fossil dig, bubbling tar, summer concerts and picnics on the lawn.

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Where would you go to eat the tastiest fast food, buy the best selection of greeting cards, or get a great cup of coffee? The Larchmont Chronicle posed these questions to business owners on the Miracle Mile and here is what we heard back: Pink’s hot dog stand won our survey for Best Fast Food. Known for its self-proclaimed “World’s Best Chili Dog,” this family-owned La Brea Ave. fast food stand has been serving up Los Angelenos since 1939. The term “fast food” may be relative, though, as the wait time to grab one of these popular hot dogs can stretch out to 45 minutes or more! The Best Place to Eat Mexican Food is El Coyote restaurant on Beverly Blvd. Founded in 1931, it features a traditionally Mexican dressed wait staff, colorfully painted walls, an eclectic mix of art, and food and margaritas that have kept locals, celebrities and even royalty returning for 82 years. If you’re looking for a ride but don’t want to use your own wheels, our survey picked Independent Cab as the Best Taxi Company. When rating the Best Greeting Card Store, the recently opened Paper Source at Gilmore Station at Third and Fairfax came out on top. The card store also has a selection of papers, invitations and announcements and gift-wrap. When we surveyed our locals about the Best Local Coffee Shop, Canter’s Deli came in first with miles to spare. A third-generation familyowned business, Canter’s has been serving coffee to locals, celebrities, tourists and politicians since 1931. The real fun

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District La Brea is abuzz with urban-style restaurants, retail shops 177 S. La Brea Ave., JudithBright.com. Maroon 5’s Adam Levine and singer Christina Aguilera favor D.J. and local designer Kelly Cole’s rock ‘n’ roll flavored store featuring his line of men and women’s denim, over-dyed flannel shirts, and $80-$100 vintage concert tour T’s. 175 S. La Brea Ave., kellycoleusa.com. The airy space at A+R Global Design showcases colorful and global modern furniture and accessories. Orange plastic scissors stand erect on desktops. JumpFromPaper’s totes resemble 2-D cartoons. A big seller is the $350 Danish polypropylene “About A Chair.” 171 S. La Brea Ave., www . aplusrstore.com. Son of the eyewear designers who founded the iconic

Oliver Peoples brand, Garrett Leight California Optical creates new and classic styles. A popular frame is the $260 “Hampton,” available in 10 colors, including matte sage and champagne. 165 S. La Brea Ave., garrettleight.com. New York-based Steven Alan emphasizes shirting for men and women. Made from fine, imported fabrics, the designs appeal to stylish young professionals. Most popular is the $188 “reversing” shirt, with exterior seams. 123 S. La Brea Ave., stevenalan.com. South of District La Brea, Mix Furniture opened a second showroom for bigger pieces and outdoor furnishings. The eclectic collection includes $1,200 wood antique indoor/outdoor Indonesian

TRENDY SHOPS offer clothing, furniture, accessories. daybeds, and $125 Moroccan mosaic lamps. 331 S. La Brea Ave., mixfurniture.com. Traveling north, upcycled furniture and industrial lighting is the purview of Cleveland Art. Artisans based in Ohio create new things out of old

parts, such as a $2,500 table with a recycled metal patchwork top. Commercial clients include Ralph Lauren stores. 606 N. La Brea Ave., cleve landart.com. Representing contemporary established and emerging Los (Please turn to page 27)

Networking group, political club have joined the Mile Two new organizations recently debuted in Miracle Mile. Promotes business Weekly meetings and mixers are on the agenda of the Miracle Mile Team Referral Network. The group meets Fridays at Canter’s Restaurant, 419 N. Fairfax Ave., at 7:30 a.m. to promote business among members. “We formed to expand our business contacts as well as improve our own marketing,” said team leader Cory Newman. The group only takes members of non-competing businesses. Has political agenda The Miracle Mile Democratic Club is official. The club received its charter from the Los Angeles Democratic Party in February. The group is concerned about transportation, schools, support for small businesses and renters’ rights in the Miracle Mile and Fairfax district, said Michael Kapp, vice president of operations. Ilissa Gold heads the club which meets the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in local venues. For information email miraclemiledemcocrats@gmail.com. Since 1929

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By Helene Seifer Columnist La Brea Avenue added sass and flash a few decades ago, but this past year the busy street saw an influx of spaces with a young, urban vibe. Much of the buzz is centered between 1st and 2nd streets, designated as District La Brea. The DC-based development firm Madison Marquette renovated the historic Continental Graphics building, and pursued edgy, hot designers. The result is a still evolving mix of trendy retail shops, restaurants and offices. Simple, striking jewelry abounds at Judith Bright, a Nashville-based designer. One fresh piece is the RockStar cocktail ring with a choice of gems in a gold-filled or sterling bird’s nest setting for $188 to $238.

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As you speed down Wilshire Blvd. in your car, do you ever think about what it would be like to view that famous street from the sidewalk? The people over at Another Side of Los Angeles Tours have thought about it, and they have figured out a way to get you out of your car and view your city from a whole new point-of-view: by riding a Segway. “Ninety-nine percent of my customers have never been on a Segway,” offers tour owner Kenneth Lippman. “If some-

one wants to try something fun, exciting and new, it’s a real kick-in-the-pants!” The company offers several tours around Los Angeles, including Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Downtown, Venice Beach and the La Brea Tar Pits. “The Miracle Mile has nice, wide-open sidewalks,” says Lippman, “and it’s a fun way to get out from behind the glass of a tour bus, to be outdoors and to see the city.” The two-hour tour, which starts at the tour company’s office at 1102 S. La Cienega

Blvd., takes you through the Miracle Mile, Museum Row and the La Brea Tar Pits. Up to six guests can join each group, and Lippman is happy to say that all ages have taken part. “We’ve had kids from 10-years-old up to an 87-yearold senior ride the Segways,” says Lippman. “This is a safe, fun and friendly way to explore the city. Plus, you get to cross it off your bucket list!” Tours are $149. For information, call 310- 289-8687 or go to anothersideoflosangelestours.com.

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Angeles area artists, WallSpace is packed with accessible pieces, ranging from Sean Finocchio’s $75-$750 digital photo/ ink prints on plywood to Rose Masterpol’s bold abstract oils for $12,000—$15,000. 607 N. La Brea Ave., wallspacela.com. JVB Interiors imports art deco to mid-century furniture and designs custom pieces. The rare Danish Safari sofa easily disassembles for portability on African adventures. Custom couches feature builtin Macassar ebony shelving. Gilded geode tables start at $6,500. 729 N. La Brea Ave., www . jvbinteriors.com. Small Bites Feeling peckish after indulging in the rites of retail?

Try one of these new food spots. Enjoy gourmet pastries, breakfasts, and lunch in the courtyard at Sycamore Kitchen. 143 S. La Brea Ave., thesycamorekitchen.com. Revive with delicious coldpressed juices from Clover. 342 S. La Brea Ave., cloverjuice.com. La Brea Bakery’s new digs serves fresh-baked breads, sandwiches, salads, and soup. 460 S. La Brea Ave., labreabakery.com. Texas-Style barbeque and a full bar is a heartier option at Bludso’s Bar-&-Que. 609 N. La Brea Ave., www.bl udsosbbq.com. If mobile eating is your thing, food trucks line up the second Saturday of the month.

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By Marina Muhlfriedel Guest columnist With a sparkle of his blue eyes, Los Angeles High School teacher Kevin Glynn rests a hand on the lawn jockey in front of his 1930s Miracle Mile home. “In a way, it’s very old fashioned,” he says of his neighborhood, “a good place to raise children and central to everything.” Born in Long Island and first brought to California by the Navy, Miracle Mile has been home to Glynn and his interior designer wife, Hancock Park native Helen Baudistel, since 1996. This is the only neighborhood their two children have known. Right from the start, Glynn became involved with the community and has served as a Miracle Mile Residential Association block captain, on the Mid City West Community Council, is active with the

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munity, which I really value,” he notes. “Also, I really have the most fascinating group of neighbors. They’re friendly, interested, accomplished, educated, gentle people. I think this area is unique that way.” Also rare in Southern California, Glynn only travels about a mile to work, while Baudistel’s office is on nearby south Robertson Blvd. “One of the great complaints about Los Angeles is traffic and long commutes,” he says, “but that’s never been a consideration for us. Miracle Mile is like an island in the middle of a huge ocean. It’s very civilized.” Glynn’s first duty station in the Navy was San Diego and after leaving, he decided to go into teaching. In 1987 he was hired by the Los Angeles Unified School District, remaining in the Navy Reserve until 2000. Working at Eagle Rock High and Franklin High before moving to L.A. High, Glynn primarily teaches history, but lately has been helping to resurrect the school’s theater program. Having taken over the Shakespeare class, he is now preparing to direct students in “Twelfth Night,” set to perform (Please turn to page 29)

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Living in the Mi le while performing together in dinner theater in Cape Cod, and acting is something that Heidi hopes to return to while raising a family and working with Brian. Asked if they pine for New

England, Brian pauses and glancing out the window smiles widely, “Sometimes we miss the seasons, there’s no doubt, but it’s hard to complain when its 70 degrees in January while it’s in single dig-

its at home. I’m at a home office, but it’s really nice to have a cleaners and a Fed Ex location right here that I can walk to, and there’s even a town car service that’s based out of Park La Brea.”

COUPLE LEFT New England for job opportunities here.

Weather, walkability make Park La Brea ideal location to get experience, make connections and to get integrated into the Boston University network here, so that once they graduate, they can get a running start,” she explains. “Overwhelmingly, the kids take well to living in Park La Brea. A large number, in fact, sign leases with Park La Brea after they finish the program.” Heidi held her position as coordinator until last month, when she left to balance motherhood with supporting Brian’s burgeoning homebased business as a regional director for Pinnacle Performance Company. “I teach presentation and communication skills,” explains Brian. “It’s all about teaching corporate employees to be more calm, more confident, more credible in any communications scenario. “The program is based on the same techniques that professional actors learn, so it’s all about body language, vocal dynamics, gestures, movement and having a clear intention.” The McNeanys first met

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A city council resolution has been introduced by Councilman Tom LaBonge to limit trucks measuring seven feet high and 22 feet wide from parking within 100 feet of intersections on Wilshire Blvd. The limit is aimed at food trucks whose height restricts visibility when parked near street corners.

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at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and in downtown in the beginning of summer. Additionally, Glynn has always had a penchant for writing. Throughout college, in the Navy and early in his career at the Pasadena Star News, Glynn has penned articles. These days though, he is focused on self-publishing his first book, “Tyrannosaurus Sex,” a coming-of-age historical novel tracking the early stages of the sexual revolution and the shifts in the social mores of the 1970s.

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By Marina Muhlfriedel After two-and one-half years, and with their first baby on the way, Massachusetts transplants Heidi and Brian McNeany seem completely at home in their seventh floor Park La Brea tower apartment. “Miracle Mile is just such a convenient area,” says Heidi. “Here you can walk to things, which is rare for L.A. You can walk to the grocery stores, you can walk to The Grove, walk to parks and they’ve got the museum here.” While six years ago Heidi spent a stint living in Park La Brea on a Boston University intern program, she and Brian returned shortly after they got married. Heidi had been hired as a program coordinator, helping up to 90 Boston University students each semester (all who reside at Park La Brea) find their way through housing and internships in Los Angeles. “The students come out for a full semester and are primarily interested in working in the entertainment industry. The majority are looking

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OSH to have 'race-track' design; CVS opens By Sondi Sepunek If you’ve been wondering what’s been going on at the site where the old La Brea Chrysler Jeep Dealership stood, you’re not alone.

For months, the bulldozers and earth-moving machines have been tearing up the corner of 4th and La Brea, and we now have confirmation from Rick Saunders, Orchard Sup-

ply Hardware (OSH) marketing director, that a new store will be moving into the space sometime in the fall. The new OSH will feature 30,000 square feet of retail

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