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Which Way SurveyLA? Staggering statistics tell the story Many of you may remember a groundbreaking initiative begun almost a decade ago when the J. Paul Getty Trust partnered with the City of Los Angeles to create the city’s first-ever citywide inventory of historic places. That effort, known as SurveyLA, has completed its field survey efforts and is wrapping up the data analysis that will allow

tics were staggering, however. How to compile data on over 880,000 parcels? How to involve the residents of 35 Community Plan areas?  How many academics, city staff, professional consultants, volunteers and interns would it take to make sense of it all?  The Office of Historic Resources (OHR), led by Ken Bernstein and SurveyLA coor-

us to understand the historic built environment for the first time in a comprehensive way. This exercise wasn’t just about numbers (how many historic buildings are “enough” to save in a city oriented to the future?), but about the value of telling the story of the city through its neighborhoods and its architecture. The numbers and the logis-

dinator Janet Hansen, devel- requests, has already providoped protocols for the field ed leadership in this area by survey, designed a special data- introducing council motions base to handle the material, directing the Cultural Heriand created themed “context tage Commission to review several Surstatements.” The veyLA propcitywide context erties in his statement idenMcAvoy on district. Each tifies themes in Preservation request needLos Angeles hisby ed a sepatory and relates Christy rate council those themes to action, and extant resources McAvoy the councilcategorized by man and his property type (residential, for instance) staff are to be commended and associated architectural for their timely assistance. As styles.  Nine broad contexts a result, the Charlotte and were created, among them Robert Disney House in Los “Architecture and Engineer- Feliz was designated; the Bob ing,” “Residential Develop- Hope Estate in Toluca Lake ment and Suburbanization,” was declined.  Norton bungalows and “Public and Private Institutional Development.” The Decisions on two Spanish results, largely available now Colonial Revival bungalow at preservation.lacity.org/sur- courts at 412-20 and 424-30 vey, show the diversity of this N. Norton Ave. in the Wilshire Community Plan area are place we call home. pending as of this writing. The SurveyLA benefits According to OHR, the sur- courts are part of a population vey has a “multiplicity of ben- of about 20 properties in the efits and uses,” among them Plan area included in Surveyto “help direct future growth, LA, a mere handful of which shape the vision of Los Ange- are in the Greater Wilshire– les’ 35 Community Plans, adjacent, and Windsor Village, streamline environmental streets of Alexandria, Kingsreview, provide opportunities ley, and Plymouth. (There are for public education … and many more extant examples of spur heritage tourism and the property type, but Surveymarketing of historic neigh- LA has developed criteria for borhoods and properties.” The inclusion based on retention Planning Department, led by of character-defining features, Director Vince Bertoni, and rarity of type, and ability of decision makers should now the property to convey its sigincorporate survey findings nificance.) Bungalow courts into the entitlement, environmental review, and develop- Bungalow courts, once a ubiquitous feature of the Los ment process. Angeles landscape, provided Ryu initiatives Councilman David Ryu, housing for newly arrived resresponding to constituent (Please turn to page 3)

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Emergency motion saves Norton bungalows, for now By Billy Taylor Demolition of two apartment complexes that have potential to be named historiccultural monuments has been postponed due to an emergency City Council motion submitted Jan. 10 by 4th District Councilman David Ryu. The garden courtyard style bungalow apartments, located at 412-420 and 424-430 N. Norton Ave., which have architec-

tural characteristics of the Spanish Colonial Revival Style, were facing “imminent demolition,” according to Ryu’s motion. The Los Angeles Administrative Code provides that councilmembers may initiate consideration of a proposed site, building or structure as a HistoricCultural Monument (HCM). After a review and investigation, the Cultural Heritage Commission (CHC) will either approve

McAvoy on Preservation (Continued from page 2) idents, members of the entertainment industry, and the working class before graduating to single-family home ownership. A housing type that takes advantage of a central shared outdoor space, courts continue to provide affordable housing today. Several have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places in recent years. They are not uniformly located across the city, and those areas that possess them should plan for their continued existence. Planning procedure needed Councilman Ryu cannot be expected to make a separate motion on each of the worthy SurveyLA identified properties in his district. A procedure is needed whereby planning staff can incorporate Survey-

LA findings into the planning process before these resources are threatened. Our current procedures could allow many identified resources to be demolished before they are designated at the local, state or national level. Then the millions of dollars spent by The Getty and the city and the tens of thousands of man hours which created the inventory and the tips from the public about what to include will all have been for naught. Christy Johnson McAvoy, a former president of the Los Angeles Conservancy and the California Preservation Foundation, as well as an Advisor to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, founded Historic Resources Group in Hollywood.

or disapprove the council-initiated designation. Residents originally submitted an application for historic designation of the two properties to the CHC in August 2016, but due to the City Planning Department’s workload and individual absences in the department, the application has not yet been considered. It is scheduled for a hearing on Thurs., Feb. 2. Demolition permit The issue became time-sensitive after a notice was posted Dec. 9 that a demolition permit application was filed for both properties by the developer Wiseman Residential. The possibility of the eight buildings being knocked down before they could be considered historically significant inspired Karen Gilman, secretary of the Larchmont Village Neighborhood Association, to send an “urgent” message to local stakeholders asking them to “write and call to save the Norton Court properties!” Gilman urged neighbors to contact local politicians and city officials requesting that they intervene until the historic application is considered: “If we wait for [Feb. 2] without this appeal and intervention, these buildings will be gone; this developer is

ARCHITECT Leonard L. Jones designed the three-building, 12unit apartment complex at 412-420 N. Norton Ave. in 1926.

THE STRUCTURES at 424-430 N. Norton were built in 1924 as a five-building, 10-unit bungalow court.

notorious and fast.” Survey L.A., a recently completed years-long project of the City Planning Department and the J. Paul Getty Trust,

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PAPAL HONOR. Grove developer Rick Caruso, right, received the Papal Honor of Knight Commander in the Order of the Knights of St. Gregory the Great from Pope Francis last month at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Knight Patrick Nally, left, bestowed the honor. The Order of St. Gregory the Great was established in 1831 and is one of the five Orders of Knighthood of the Holy See.

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State of Greater Miracle Mile on Chamber agenda Hear about the “State of the Mile” at a Greater Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce luncheon and forum Thurs., Feb. 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Blvd. Rick Caruso, developer of the Grove and CEO of Caruso, is the keynote speaker. Chief curator at the Peters-

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en Automotive Museum Leslie Kendall will give an audio/visual presentation of the Miracle Mile area from its beginnings as a sheep pasture. Metro officials will discuss Measure M and the Purple Line subway construction. Councilman David Ryu will also speak. The focus among the speakers will be “Where we were, where are we going and how are we getting there?” said Chamber executive director Meg McComb. The luncheon is $25 for members / $35 for non-members. RSVP at info@miraclemilechamber. org by Feb. 6.

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Victorious, is how neighbors described the outcome last month at the city Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee, after it approved the amended Baseline Mansionization Ordinance (BMO). “We have almost won the battle against mansionization,” said a triumphant Bob Eisele, vice president of the La Brea-Hancock Homeown-

ers Association. “When this is over, we’ll have to keep our eye on developers to make sure they comply with the new zoning, but we’ll have the full force of the city behind us if they don’t.” The amended BMO closes loopholes in the 2008 original that allowed developers to build homes considered too large for their lots. The City Council is expected to vote

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Here are my lists of the most enjoyable ... and least enjoyable / most disappointing / most overrated films I saw during 2016. The negative category includes some films that, while not the worst, were disappointing or overrated, or, while enjoyable, had huge flaws. The positive category is just how much I enjoyed them, not rated as I would rate an Oscar winner.

with each of the Fab Four. 5. Harry Benson: Shoot First: Fascinating documentary about a celebrity photographer known for his shots of The Beatles, but also many more told by Harry himself and a myriad of others with anecdote after anecdote and unforgettable photos. 6. Patriots Day: Spectacular recreation of the Boston Marathon bombing. You may think you know what happened, but I was surprised. 7. Joan Rivers: Exit Laughing: Joan and others tell her story, and it’s a rollicking one. I can’t give it more than a 10, but if I could, I would! 8. Passengers: One of the better sci-fi films. 9. Café Society: Woody Allen keeps getting better with age. 10. Elle: Isabelle Huppert gives a tour de force in this “amoral” movie with a different view of an old subject. 11. Fastball: A film that no baseball fan should miss, including film clips of people like Walter Johnson I had never seen before. 12. Maggie’s Plan: The script for this modern tale is witty and the acting very good. 13. Snowden: If your mind is open and you haven’t already prejudged Snowden, it’s a very good film written and directed by Oliver Stone. 14. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi: Graphically captures all the gun fighting and the bombs, and the uncertainty of the fight because it was all done in the dark of night without really knowing what was going on and where the fighting was coming from. Worse, our guys kept expecting help that never came from the Obama Administration. 15. Denial: Highlighted by a terrific performance by Timothy Spall, this is a good courtroom drama that happens to be true. 16. Diary of a Chambermaid: They keep remaking this and this one is as good as the others, if not better. 17. The Girl on the Train: Not as good as the book, but still very good, indeed, although it would have been a lot better had Jason Bateman played one of the key roles. 18. A Bigger Splash: While not for everyone, I liked this stylish atmospheric tale of a rock singer and her extended family recuperating on the Italian volcanic island of Pantelleria. 19. Septembers of Shiraz: A tense film that captures the terror and unfairness of life in Iran shortly after the Islamic extremists took over in 1979 by concentrating on one Jewish family. (Please turn to page 15)


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Life brilliantly told in music, alternative magical universe The Lion is a musical memoir written and performed by Benjamin Scheuer. Mr. Scheuer sings and plays the Theater story of his difficult family Review life, a volatile by relationship Patricia with his faFoster Rye ther, a doomed romance, his recovery from a major illness among other life milestones. He is a superb musician, brilliantly playing six different and iconic guitars. His songs, while narrating his life, are eminently singable and unique: “Cookie-tin Banjo” about the instrument that his father taught him to play (the beginning of his musical education), the titular “The Lion” about his family, and many more. Although Mr. Scheuer captivates us from his first song, director Sean Daniels has layered and built this performance so that by the end of the 70-minute one-act, you are quite captivated by Mr. Scheuer’s life and are rooting for this talented performer. Through Sun., Feb. 19, Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater at the Geffen Playhouse, 10886 LeConte Ave., 310-208-5454, geffenplayhouse.org. 4 Stars ••• Heartsville High is in an alternate universe, one where homosexuality is the norm and heterosexuality is the taboo. This is the premise of Zanna, Don’t! Book, music and lyrics are by Tim Acito, with additional lyrics by Alexander Dinelaris. The titular Zanna (Jason Bornstein) is explained as a “Magical Matchmaker” who zaps (a fairy wand is involved) together various same-sex couples. When Steve (an engaging Jacob Zelonky) the quarterback and Kate (Jillian Easton) the captain of the Girl’s Intramural Mechanical Bull-Riding Team are attracted to each other, there’s a hitch in this alternate universe. The music and lyrics are keyed to the message of the evening as stated by director Lauren J Peters: “to love and not to judge others based on who they are or know themselves to be.” Peters (also credited with the scenic design) has kept the comedic pace tight and the eight-member cast that sing, dance and play a variety of roles, a cohesive group. The energetic choreography is by Michael Marchak. Through Sun., Feb. 5 Chromolume Theatre at the Attic, 5429 W. Washington Blvd. (between the 10 freeway and Hauser Blvd.), 323-205-1617, 3 Stars crtheatre.com ••• The Last Vig, written and directed by David Varriale, is set in 2014, although it feels

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Two small, unassuming restaurants that deserve a try There are a few obvious restaurant neighborhoods, where clusters of bars and bistros brighten the night. Third and Beverly. DTLA. Santa Monica. One might not expect to find a brilliant three-course prix fixe in a tired mini mall just east of a 101 on-ramp, but there it is. Papilles. A tasty, unassuming little foodie hideaway whose name actually translates as “taste buds.”

Every evening the menu changes. There are two or three options each for firsts, mains and desserts. Base price is $38, but at least half the menu is at an up-change, so it’s possible to spend as much as $60 or so before wine. On the other hand, they allow á la carte ordering, which is a nice option. My husband and I shared the carrot ginger veloute with

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an additional $8. The dessert meringue melted in one’s mouth, though I prefer fresh fruit to the raspberry sauce this one came with. Maybe it’s significant that Chef Jordan Rosas is described as being “complex and creative. He loves urban foraging and riding his Ducati.” There is no wine list. The knowledgeable wait-staff will pluck a couple of bottles off the shelf to recommend. Limited wine by the glass and beer. Papilles, 6221 Franklin Ave., 323-872-2028. • • • When I lived back East, I went out for Sunday morning dim sum fairly often. Half the fun was trying to flag

down the carts zipping by to grab steaming shrimp balls and roasted pork buns before someone else did. I no longer relegate dim sum to weekend mornings; nor do I feel that the food-grabbing battle is the point. I just want to civilly order what sounds good and call it a day. Bao Dim Sum House is just the place for that. Go with a few people to facilitate sharing and order up a bunch of tasty treats. Of course you have to get the juicy pork dumplings ($6.50 for four). Pretty good. Miso chicken and chives shumai (four pieces for $6.50)? Yes! And quite yummy. Spicy shrimp dumplings, chicken and spinach potstickers, crystal shrimp dumplings, sauteed pea shoots in garlic. For $5.95 to $9.95 a plate, it feels reasonable to keep ‘em coming, and the only dud was the tasteless (Please turn to page 12)

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Ruscha-inspired art; Super Bowl Classes, groups, activities chase away winter 'blahs' PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM—"The Eagles Have Landed: Dan Gurney's All American Racers, Tribute to Dan Gurney" opening night is Fri., Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. • "Pictures of Car Parts (After Ed Ruscha)," works Vik Muniz, ends April 9. 6060 Wilshire Blvd., 323903-2277; petersen.org. ZIMMER CHILDREN'S MUSEUM—Sunday events from 2 to 4 p.m. include: Make pendants and pom poms on Super Bowl Sunday Feb. 5; pass laws for President's Day Feb. 19, and make masks and hear jazz for Mardi Gras Feb. 26. 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100; 323-761-8984; zimmermuseum.org. JAPAN FOUNDATION— Japanema: films screen the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. Free. 5700 Wilshire Blvd., 323761-7510; jflalc.org. LOS ANGELES MUSEUM CAUST— OF THE HOLO­ Meet Dr. Joel Dimsdale, author of "Anatomy of Malice: The Enigma of the Nazi War Criminals," Feb. 5 at 3 p.m. Pan Pacific Park, 100 S. Grove Dr., 323-651-3704; lamoth.

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Season finale at Ebell; art show preview a highlight It was a starry Saturday night in December, when 200 members and their guests gathered at The Ebell of Los Angeles for a gourmet dinner and dancing in the Grand Lounge. Spotted among the glittering were Ebell president Loyce Braun and husband Joe, Jan-

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Las Madrinas debutantes honored at ball In December, Las Madrinas honored families and their daughters for their service to the Southern California community and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). Thirty-one young women were presented at the annual Debutante Ball at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. More than 850 people filled the International Ballroom to celebrate with the debutantes

and the members of Las Madrinas (“The Godmothers”). President Mrs. Jon Warren Newby welcomed the families and guests and thanked everyone for joining with Las Madrinas in supporting the research programs at CHLA, including the group’s current project, a $5 million pledge to fund The Las Madrinas Pediatric Simulation Research Laboratory En-

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AROUND THE TOWN (Continued from page 10) Some of the Larchmontians darting in and out of the numerous installations were Lola Pellicer, Kareisha Phillips, Jerey Ojeah, Collette Amin, and Michael Sourapas with daughter Sela and niece Courtney Carroll. Proceeds for the night supported the very worthy St. Jude Children’s Hospital, where no family ever receives a bill. Hey, that is what we call TCK; taking care of kids. And that’s the chat…

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Residents of the 800-900 block of Masselin Ave. joined together for their 36th annual Progressive Holiday Party on a rainy eve in December. By Carrie Muller We started at the home of John Schunhoff and Ken Titley for drinks, appetizers and a fabulous dinner. This is a pot luck, but anyone would think it is catered by a famous chef, since the dishes are beautiful, varied and delicious. At the home of Fran Hentz, the tables were filled with cakes, pies, and cookies. We sang songs of the holiday season as we nibbled on the delicious desserts. Our very first holiday party 36 years ago was a dessert gettogether, and the neighbors enjoyed it so much, the tradition of a progressive dinner party began. We added to it an annual July 4th block party.   Our block directory is distributed each year by Ellen Ehrlich. Block coordinator Dena Berkin makes sure our parties are organized beautifully and take place without a hitch every year. And, 2016 was no exception. We create a safer atmosphere on our block by knowing each other and caring about each other. We are very much like a


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All roads — and world of organics — lead to the neighborhood Because “everything is related to everything else” — at least that’s the answer, perhaps apocryphal, that Buckminster Fuller gave to his students in response to the question of why he took three hours to answer a single question. So bear with me while I attempt to connect the dots between the thick green “broth” that I just had for breakfast and a few legendary people in and around Hollywood — and our neighborhood. Hal Bieler is the link. Dr. Harold Bieler (18991983) began practicing medicine in 1916, first in West Virginia, then in Idaho, later in

Pasadena, followed by a long stretch in Capistrano Beach. According to his blockbuster book, “Food Is Your Best Medicine” (1965), he was convinced by one of his professors of the value of diet-based therapies for illness and for health. (The professor had witnessed Bieler suffering a serious asthma attack; on his advice, Bieler cured himself with diet.) I’m neither a biochemist nor a physician, so if you’re interested in his approach, you’ll have to make up your own mind. But what I am is a close reader, and 20 years ago, when I read “From the Journals of

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Dr. Bieler’s, as was another Fisher friend, the librarian and writer, Lawrence Clark Powell. Gloria Swanson But, likely, Dr. Bieler’s bestknown patient and advocate was Gloria Swanson, a longtime devotee of health, organics, and careful diet. “Dr. Bieler taught me in 1927 that your body is the direct result of what you eat as well as what you don’t eat. Every day I live merely reinforces his lessons,” she wrote. Hancock Park resident Brooke Anderson is a granddaughter of Gloria Swanson. “Dr. Bieler was a huge influence on my grandmother, from her twenties on. In my life and that of my mother’s (née Gloria Swanson Somborn), we were drenched in the world of organics — fruits and vegetables in particular, and also with Alta Dena products from raw milk. “Grams (as I called her) was obsessive about food and diet, all of which she learned from Bieler. ‘I know my body,’ she said. ‘I don’t stuff it full of bad food. If I have a pain somewhere … pain, as Hal Bieler told me in 1927, is a divine signal, telling you to take care of yourself with proper diet.’” “Bieler’s broth” was a staple of Gloria Swanson’s household as well of that of her daughter, and later of Brooke Anderson. In his book, Bieler does not present the broth in recipe

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Responding to a reverse, which is played often in modern bridge A reverse is when opener bids a suit at the 2 level that is higher ranking than the suit that she opened at the 1 level. Example: You open 1 Club. Your partner responds 1 Spade. You bid 2 Diamonds. Diamonds is higher ranking than Clubs, and you have bid them at the 2 level, so you have reversed. It also promises more cards in your first bid suit than in your second, either 5-4 or 6-5. A reverse promises that you have at least 17 high card points (HCP) and is forcing on your partner for one round. In other words, if you reverse, your partner must bid again, no matter how weak her hand. In today’s modern bridge, almost everybody plays reverses. As a caveat, if your hand is 6-5, you need only an opening hand to reverse and you show your hand by bidding the second suit twice, for example, you are South: South West North East 1C P 1H P 2D* P 2N P 3D** * Reverse ** Shows 6 Clubs and 5 Diamonds and at least 13 HCP. When inexperienced play-

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might be a few rare exceptions, you should always open the bidding with your longest suit. The difficult question is, what do you rebid when your partner has reversed (and most reverses involve a five-card suit and a four-card suit)? Here’s a hand that arose recently: North ♠ 853 ♥ KJ5 ♦ AJ7 ♣ T953

Here’s the bidding: South West North East P 1N P 1C 2D* P ? ? * Reverse What’s your call? You have to bid again and you have a pretty good hand. Partner has reversed, showing at least 17 HCP and you have 9 HCP. You should have game somewhere, but where? Obviously no trump is

where you want to be, but you don’t know where partner’s points are. This is where communication in bidding arises. You should show partner that you have a stopper in Hearts with your KJ5 by bidding 2H. Even though you only have three Hearts, partner knows you don’t have 4 or more because you bypassed Hearts to bid 1N. If partner has the other suit stopped (Spades), she can bid 3N. (Please turn to page 15)


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HIBISCUS FLOWERS bloom on Lucerne year ‘round. “Everyday is an exciting one here,” says Darren Eminian, who has got to know the hummingbirds and other visitors drawn to his yard.

from supplier Hidden Valley Hibiscus. Their blooms grow up to 10 inches, about the size of a dinner plate, and while from the tropics, they thrive along the Southern California coastal plains, from Santa Barbara to the Mexican border. “They have huge blooms with amazing combinations of colors that no other plant can compare to,” says Eminian, holding one of the trumpet-shaped flowers, its petals a burst of shades of burgundy and red. “Every day people stop and go crazy over my blooms. Most people just love flowers… You know you have something special when a group of teen skateboarders go down the sidewalk in full teen conversation and stop, turn around and go back to look at the flowers,” he adds proudly. Eminian experimented with

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