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Save the date for the Norma Jean Baker benefit. Hollie Sheri Weller, with Peter Weller, right. Page 2

Woman's Club, circa 100 years ago, tells of flower shows and real estate development.

Los Angeles Conservancy unreels its classic film series in movie palaces.

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New fund aims to help churches tell their historic stories Now, more than ever, we acknowledged as City of Los should work to see that land- Angeles Historic Cultural marks and focal points in our Monuments, are among the communities continue their best architectural icons the city has to offer. relevance. Older places tell our story Several years ago, funds across time — who we are, how from a Getty grant program we arrived here, who made identified these places and us feel welcome, what insti- provided funds for historic tutions brought us together. structures reports, maintenance and Among the most repair plans. important types That was a of properties to McAvoy on good start to tell those stories teach congreare our religious Preservation by gations about institutions. Christy the process The role of McAvoy of caring religious instifor historic tutions of all structures faiths in Los Angeles has been strong. and planning for their future From an architectural stand- needs. Among the congrepoint, Los Angeles has a for- gations participating in that midable collection of sacred program were First Baptist spaces designed by well- Church, Hollywood United known architects for congre- Methodist, Immanuel Presbygations throughout the city’s terian, St. Vincent de Paul, development. They include and Blessed Sacrament in the oldest in the city (Plaza Hollywood. Church, built in 1822), plus But the churches of Los monuments built from the Angeles are more than bricks prosperous 1920s (Wilshire and mortar. They make spiriUnited Methodist, Wilshire tual, cultural, and social conChristian, Wilshire Boulevard tributions as well. Many are Temple, First Congregational, engaged in the arts, educaamong others) to Paul Wil- tion, and social needs proliams’ elegant Modernist First grams. New sacred places program African Methodist Episcopal A new initiative to help these (AME) church of the 1960s. These edifices, some already gathering places preserve their

historic buildings has been created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Chicago-based Partners for Sacred Places. The effort, called the National Fund for Sacred Places, is designed to help congregations and others with a stake in older religious properties make the most of them as civic assets. The fund provides grants for planning and execution of urgent capital projects at sacred places that are valued for their critical importance as well as their role in providing human services, strengthening communities and revitalizing neighborhoods. The funds are used for training, capacity-building and technical assistance to ensure grant-funded projects are successfully planned and implemented. It helps congregations make the most of their facilities as agents of community renewal, encouraging collaborations with outside groups to activate spaces in exciting and innovative ways that draw people to the sacred place. Potential candidates submit a letter of intent as an indication of interest. Twelve congregations per year will be awarded a package of services. There are matching grants of

$50,000-$250,000 available for capital projects. Applicants apply online. The sacred site must originally have been built as a house of worship and be owned currently by an active community of faith. Buildings should be listed on, or eligible for listing on, the

National Register of Historic Places. Applicants are not required to have developed a repair plan, budget, or timeframe at the time of application. For further information, go to fundforsacredplaces.org or contact me at christy@historicresourcesgroup.com.

Hollygrove's Norma Jean Gala is set for May 18 Uplift Family Services at Hollygrove will hold its sixth annual Norma Jean Gala Thurs., May 18 at the W Hollywood Hotel. Dinner, entertainment and inspiration are on the bill. Hollygrove’s most famous alumna, Norma Jean Baker, was under the agency’s care as a child before she came to be known as Marilyn Monroe. Celebrating 150th year Today, in its 150th year, Hollygrove is one of the largest, most comprehensive behavioral and mental health agencies in California. Its support group, the Hollies, was conceived in early 2015 by Sheri Weller. The Hancock Park resident now chairs the group which includes some 60 volunteers. Other local Hollies are: Monica Corcoran, Raina Drag-

onas, Frances Gatti, Lenore Douglas, Rachel Feder and Jeet Sohal. Honorees at this year’s gala are Hancock Park residents Matt Bomer and Simon Halls. Bomer is a Golden Globe Award-winning actor. Halls is a founder and partner at Slate, an entertainment public relations agency. Funds raised at the gala benefit programs that provide help and hope to more than 1,200 at-risk children and their families. A full range of programs provides mental health services and outreach for the entire family to support every aspect of that child’s life. For tickets and more information contact 323-769-7142 or kathleen.felesina@upliftfs. org.

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Tickets going on sale for Larchmont design firm among winners Among the eight recipients Last Remaining Seats of the Los Angeles Conservan-

Tickets go on sale to the general public Wed., April 5 for the popular Los Angeles Conservancy Last Remaining Seats screenings of classic films in the Broadway Historic Theatre District and other landmark venues. “L.A. Confidential” starts the series Sat., June 3 at 8 pm. at the Orpheum Theatre. The 1997 film-noir crime drama stars Kim Basinger, who won an Academy Award for her portrayal of a femme fatale. In another film noir, “Laura,” a police detective (Dana Andrews) falls in love with the woman (Gene Tierney) he is investigating. It shows on Wed., June 7 at 8 p.m. at the Million Dollar Theatre. Kirk Douglas stars in “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” Sat., June 10 at 2 p.m. at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Petro. In his award-winning role, Marlon Brando plays an exprize fighter who laments he “coulda been a contender” in “On the Waterfront” Sat., June 10 at 8 p.m. at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro. Comedy about Castro’s Cuba, “La muerte de un burócrata (Death of a Bureaucrat,)” screens at the Palace Theatre Wed., June 14 at 8

cy’s Preservation Awards is CBS Columbia Square, Hollywood. Larchmont-based architects and landscape architects Rios Clementi Hale Studios was part of the project team that VERONICA LAKE lookalike rehabilitated and upgraded Kim Basinger won an Academy the entertainment icon, which Award for her role. is today known as NeueHouse, Image courtesy 20th Century Fox 6121 Sunset Blvd. p.m. English subtitles. The seven-story complex of “Easter Parade,” screens sound stages and recording Sat., June 17 at 8 p.m. at the studios once housed the West Los Angeles Theatre. Coast television and radio The 1929 first-ever Academy headquarters of Columbia Award winning film, “Wings,” Broadcasting System (CBS). is on Wed., June 21 at 8 p.m. Among other notable events, at The Theatre at Ace Hotel. “I Love Lucy” taped its pilot The silent movie was recently episode there. restored by Paramount. The 36th annual Preserva “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” tion Awards will be presented screens Sat., June 24 at 2 p.m. at a luncheon on Wed., May 3 at at the Orpheum, and “Jaws” is the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Sat., June 24 at 8 p.m. at the in downtown Los Angeles. Orpheum. The remaining recipients Head to Clifton’s Republic are: for pub trivia after the screen- SurveyLA was awarded the ings of “L.A. Confidential,” Chairman’s Award. The Los “Easter Parade,” and “Jaws.” Angeles Historic Resources A family-friendly trivia game Survey is considered the most (recommended for ages 7 and comprehensive survey ever up) after “E.T. the Extra-Ter- completed by an American restrial” will take place in the city; it identifies and evaluates Orpheum Theatre’s North Hall.  the rich historic resources of For more information on the Los Angeles. movies, as well as tours of the In addition to CBS Columvenues and question and answer bia Square, this year’s Project sessions, visit laconservancy.org. Award winners are: 

CBS COLUMBIA SQUARE opened in 1937. Photo courtesy Kilroy Realty

Cultural Landscape Report for the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, Arcadia, a planning document which provides a guide for caring for the site’s historic resources. Kinross Cornerstone, Westwood. Following a meticulous rehabilitation, this historic Westwood Village building serves a new generation of shoppers.   Grand Central Air Terminal, Glendale. The first commercial airport in Los Angeles opening in 1930 received a complete rehabilitation.   Preservation Resource Center at the Shotgun House, Santa Monica. After being threatened with demolition and surviving three moves,

Santa Monica’s only intact shotgun (long and narrow) house found new life as the headquarters of the Santa Monica Conservancy. Valley Times Photograph Collection. The Los Angeles Public Library preserved and digitized mid-century photos of the San Fernando Valley.   View Park Historic District National Register Nomination, South Los Angeles. This successful grassroots effort lists one of the country’s most prosperous African American communities in the National Register of Historic Places.   Award recipients were selected by an independent jury of experts in architecture, historic preservation, and community development.


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(Continued from Sec. 1, p. 1) non-political, non-denominational year-round event. If you want to volunteer, look no further than Big Sunday. Something for everyone “We have something for everyone,” says Levinson. “Homelessness, literacy, cancer, animals, the environment — whether you’re a dentist, a zumba instructor, a CEO, it doesn’t matter. Some peo-

ple have money but not time. Some people have time but not money. There’s something for everyone and we’re all in this together. It’s bigger than the sum of our parts.” Levinson is not surprised by the growth of the charity. He always knew there was a need to provide volunteers with a roadmap to opportunities, and he’s finding that once they find those opportunities, their involvement only deepens. “There are all types of

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things people get out of it,” says Levinson. “People may hear about a nonprofit group they’ve never heard of before, they end up getting more involved and some even join the boards of these charities.” Kara Corwin Kara Corwin, who has volunteered for the organization for the last 12 years and is being honored at the charity’s second annual gala in April, agrees. “Between work and kids and school, who has the time to

FOUNDER David Levinson and his wife Ellie Herman.

research and find a charity?” asks Corwin. “Big Sunday does the work for you, and brings so many people together from so many different directions.” Corwin is the volunteer community service chair at The Center for Early Education, and two of her daughters attend Marlborough School and are frequent volunteers themselves. “The Big Sunday organization is super dependable, vetted and family-friendly. If you have five hours on a certain day, you can sign up, commit and go. It’s that easy.” Corwin recently helped start Big Sunday’s youth board, a group of students

(one per school) who represent their schools and serve as Big Sunday ambassadors to their school communities. Corwin is thrilled to see the involvement that is spreading throughout the schools. “The kids have collected food outside of grocery stores, made sandwiches for the homeless, spent time with the elderly, created murals and garden spaces… it’s amazing what kids can do. I’ve watched them create their own opportunities. The journey and experience of it is amazing.” Zazi Pope Zazi Pope, a longtime Han(Please turn to page 5)

Gala celebrates Big Sunday Big Sunday, an independent nonprofit organization that connects people through helping, is hosting its second annual gala to benefit Big Sunday on Thurs., April 27, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Paramount Picture Studios lot, 5555 Melrose Ave. Hancock Park resident and longtime volunteer Zazi Pope, The Center for Early Education service chair Kara Corwin and architectural firm Tichenor

and Thorp Architects will all be honored at the event. “It’s a huge honor, especially because I think there are people who are far more deserving than me!” says Corwin. Big Sunday produces or promotes more that 2,000 giving-back events annually and empowers more than 50,000 people of all ages, races, religions, means, sexual orientations and political bents to join in for service work.

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Mixed-use, 52-unit project proposed

LINDA DISHMAN’S 25 YEARS of leading the Los Angeles Conservancy were celebrated at the Los Feliz home of Conservancy chairman Wesley Phoa and Margaret Morgan. Shown cutting a cake representing the 1996 saving of the historic Cathedral of St. Vibiana are Dishman, with then-president of the Conservancy Kathryn Welch Howe and lawyer Jack Rubens, who stopped the attempted weekend demolition.

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(Continued from page 4) cock Park resident who has been involved with the charity for over 15 years and who is also being honored at the Big Sunday gala in April, agrees that the family aspect is one of the organization’s strongest pulls. “I have led many Big Sunday projects with my daughter, Lili,” says Pope. “We took a busload of seniors to the Norton Simon museum, a group of abused women and their children to LACMA, planted flowerbeds at a school in South LA, made adoption signs for an animal shelter in West LA… if you asked Lili what she remembers most about those experiences, she’d recall the great times we shared. Big Sunday makes helping others joyful, as well as rewarding.” Levinson is thrilled to see how the charity has opened the eyes of the volunteers to communities they never considered.

“People go into parts of town they’ve never been to before, where they work side-by-side with people of a different race, reli- ZAZI POPE will gion, or eth- be honored at nicity. Sud- the gala. denly, that person they’re working with is not the kid from East L.A. — he’s a person and not a demographic. It ties people to their communities and makes them richer for these experiences.” Pope agrees. “Big Sunday has given my family opportunities to give back in creative, joyful and effective ways, and by teaching me that helping those less fortunate is not just a mandate, it’s an honor.” For information and volunteer opportunities, go to bigsunday.org.

By Billy Taylor A new mixed-use project planned for the corner of Beachwood and Melrose in Larchmont Village is working its way through the planning process. Replacing an auto repair shop, the project involves construction of a four- to five-story mixed-use building to include 52 apartments and more than 5,500 square feet of ground-floor retail space. The property will consist predominately of studio and one-bedroom units and will provide 69 automobile and 63 bicycle parking spaces. (Please turn to page 15)

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Restored ‘Cleopatra’ to premiere for Chinese 90th anniversary By John Welborne Cecil B. DeMille’s newly restored 1934 film, “Cleopatra,” will premiere Mon., May 1 at The Chinese Theater on

Hollywood Blvd. The event — hosted by Hollywood Heritage, the TCL Chinese Theater and Universal Pictures — celebrates the

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90th anniversary of the opening of the theater — one of the nation’s most iconic landmarks. It also kicks off National Historic Preservation Month. DeMille’s version of the Cleopatra story with Claudette Colbert as the legendary siren of the Nile was a critical and financial success for Paramount. In addition, the film received several Academy Award nominations and also won the Best Cinematography award. The

of Historic Resources Group. For information about sponsorship opportunities and tickets, contact christymcavoy@att.net.

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Are There Ways To Deal with Waze?

More and more automobile drivers — maybe including you or your family — are using an app called Waze to find alternative, less congested routes through our car-clogged city. The small victory of beating the traffic is one in which we all can share the delight. Not so delightful, however, is trying to back out of one’s own Windsor Square driveway into a steady stream of cars, as other commuters do the exact same thing through our neighborhood. Our streets have increasingly become alternative routes for people trying to avoid the back-ups on major boulevards such as Beverly, Third, Wilshire, Highland, Rossmore-Vine and Wilton. Especially during morning and evening rush hours, commuters routinely speed and ignore stop signs, and they back up in long lines at stoplights or when making left turns. Many residents, concerned about the safety of themselves and their children, as well as about the changing feel of the neighborhood, have wondered what can be done. • How about speed bumps, many ask? Councilman David Ryu’s office explained that the city budget is only able to provide funding for two speed bumps per entire council district per year at present, though this may increase. However, anyone who observes the busy traffic on Arden Boulevard between Third and Beverly (where there are speed bumps) will recognize that they are not all that effective at slowing things down. • How about creating more four-way stop intersections to slow cross-town traffic? This was done recently at Lucerne and Fifth, for example. Neighbors can make a case-by-case application to the Councilman’s office, and if the intersection meets the criteria (increased traffic and accidents, etc.), the change may be authorized by the City’s Department of Transportation. • What about stationing policemen at busy intersections to catch speeders and scofflaws? Again, according to the Councilman’s office, this would only be effective as long as the police were actually in place. The city has neither sufficient manpower nor budget for such an allocation. (And one official added that many of those receiving tickets in such situations were unhappy locals themselves!) • How about restricted turn signs, such as the “Right Turn Only” instruction at Windsor and Third? Again, these are primarily effective when there also is an enforcement presence — see above. The foregoing is not particularly encouraging, unfortunately. Short term, Windsor Square residents might try lobbying for the rare speed bump or new stop sign. Long term, we can hope that an improved mass transit system, including the Wilshire subway extension, will ease the problem. Most importantly, we can drive more safely and responsibly ourselves. Obey speed limits, watch out for pedestrians and bicyclists, and just say no to that “California Roll!”

The Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council is now taking applications for two Neighborhood Purposes Grants up to $1,000 each. The grants will be awarded to two groups serving the GWNC community and stakeholders.

THEATER is a city HistoricCultural Monument.

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shown remarkable stewardship of the historic features while carefully updating the theater experience to IMAX, according to Christy McAvoy

film is noted for its extensive Art Deco-inspired sets. The Chinese Theater, designed by architects Meyer and Holler, was built in 1927 for legendary promoter Sid Grauman and was the second of his movie palaces on Hollywood Blvd. The first was the Egyptian Theater. The exterior of the Theater is meant to resemble a giant, red pagoda. The design features a dragon across the façade, with two Ming Dynasty guardian lions (“heavenly dogs”) guarding the main entrance, plus silhouettes of tiny dragons along the sides of the copper roof. The Chinese Theater hosted the 1944, 1945 and 1946 Academy Awards ceremonies; they are now held at the adjacent Dolby Theatre, formerly known as the Kodak Theatre. There are nearly 200 Hollywood celebrity handprints, footprints, and autographs in the concrete of the theater’s forecourt. The theater is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument. For nine decades, the owners of the theater have

Applications are due on Friday, June 2, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. (PST). Visit: http://www.greaterwilshire.org/npg to learn more and to download application materials, or email NPG@greaterwilshire.org

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Responding to the Michaels Cue Bid — an important weapon The Michaels Cue Bid is used when an opponent opens with one of a minor suit (Diamonds or Clubs). If you have fivefive in the majors (Spades or Hearts) you can cue-bid two of opener’s minor, which states to your partner that you have the major suits. The major suits are the powerhouses of bridge and when you have both of them you can often win the bidding. This can be done by reaching a makeable contract or by causing the opponents to misjudge what they can make. Because you have the major suits and therefore the important suits, the Michaels Cue Bid is an important weapon in your arsenal. The requirements for a Michaels Cue Bid are: Not vulnerable: At least 5-5 in the majors and 8 High Card Points (HCP) with the points in your suits. Vulnerable: At least 5-5 in the majors and 10 useful HCP. The big deal, if you are going to get good results from this convention, is that responder to the Michaels bidder then bids what her hand is worth. Many fine Michaels Cue Bids go to waste because partner does not bid enough. Many Michaels hands go down in

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Hand One: 2 Hearts. Always, when you have equal length in partner’s majors, bid hearts. There is no particular reason for this except that it’s the

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Grand Slam weakest bid you can make and leave it up to partner to choose which suit in which to play. The one thing you should not do is bid 2NT. Forget about playing in notrump and try to get to a low and undoubled contract when you have a dog like this. 2 Spades. Hand Two: Remember that partner has 5-5 in the majors. If, by some chance, opponents bid to three clubs, you may bid 3 Spades with this hand. Hand Three: 3 Spades. A jump is invitational. It says you are interested in game. Your bid just shows around eleven support points. You have no idea of the strength of partner’s hand, so you must let her know when you’ve got good support. If RHO bid 3 Clubs, you would also bid three spades. 4 Spades. Hand Four: Counting your distribution you have an opening bid in support of spades. You also have four spades and you have

aces and shape. It would be sad to bid just two or three with this fine a hand, especially when you know that partner has only three total cards in the minor suits. Hand Five: 3 Hearts, even though you have only three of them. Your partner has five so you know this is good enough support. Michaels may also be used when opponents open one of a major. By cue bidding that major, you show partner that you have five cards in the other major and five cards in an unnamed minor. If partner wants to know your minor suit, she asks by bidding 2NT, after which you respond with your five card minor. As mentioned earlier, it is important to bid Michaels when appropriate but you won’t get much benefit if your partner does not cooperate with you. These hands show how important it is that your bids are disciplined and that you don’t “stretch” your bid and lie to your partner by either bidding without the promised shape of at least 5-5, or with the promised High Card Points. Your partner will be trusting you that you have your bid and will bid accordingly. If you bid Michaels with only three HCP and your partner jumps to

game, as in hand 4, you could be in a world of hurt. Moral: Be Disciplined! Correction: In the March Bridge Matters column, the Jack of Diamonds was omitted from Hand 4. It should have read: ♠ J9874 ♥ T9764 ♦ AJ ♣9 Grand Slam is the nom de plume for an author of a bestselling book on bridge, an ACBL accredited director and a Silver Life Master.

ImagineLA family carnival set for May Jill Bauman, president and C.E.O. of ImagineLA, and a Larchmont Chronicle Woman of the Year last year, invites you to save the date to take part in ImagineLA’s seventh annual celebration of family at the Lakeside Golf Club in Toluca Lake, Sun., May 21. The family-friendly carnival is to honor the work of formerly homeless families, their mentors, staff, donors, sponsors and board members. The event will feature live music and entertainment for all ages. For more information, contact val@imaginela.org.

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(Continued from Sec. 1, p. 1) neighborhood group, had a large impact on the ordinance’s passage. Early on, a door-to-door petition received a 66 percent approval to move forward. “That is a huge amount,” said Eisele, who was encouraged to plow ahead, leading to last month’s victory. The improvements to the Baseline Mansionization Ordinance (BMO) include a “tighter ratio of house size to lot size, bigger setbacks, and elimination of most bonuses and exemptions,” according to Shelley Wagers of nomoremcmansionsinlosangeles.com. “Big boxes that loom over their neighbors will be replaced by comfortable, spacious homes that fit the scale and character of their neighborhoods,” Wager said. Ordinance approved The City Council unanimously approved the revised BMO March 1, and it went into effect March 17. Originally passed in 2008 in response to a proliferation of out-of-scale buildings in residential neighborhoods throughout the city, loopholes in the original ordinance allowed developers

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to continue to build homes too large for their lots, critics complained, and city officials directed the Dept. of City Planning to amend the ordinance. Some provisions in the original ordinance — such as design bonuses — actually encouraged the kind of out-of-scale homes that the ordinance was designed to prevent, according to the Los Angeles Conservancy website. Until last month, a developer or homeowner could build more than 4,300 square feet on a 6,000 square-foot lot. Not any more. “The limit (for the same

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6,000 square-foot lot) will be a little over 3,000 square feet, depending on garage configuration,” Wagers said. A 200 square-foot exemption is available for garages built in the front of a lot and a 400 square-foot exemption remains for garages in the rear. The residential Floor Area Ratio (FAR) for single-family properties is restricted to 45 percent, which is down from 50 percent for properties less than 7,500 square feet. Properties 7,500 square feet or larger were previously restricted to 45 percent, and the new regulations do not change that. ‘Variation’ zones In addition, several neighborhoods received tailor-made zoning, called R-1 Variation Zones, created as part of the City Planning Dept.’s Neighborhood Conservation Initiative and consolidated into the BMO. Both Larchmont and LaBrea–Hancock R-1 Variation Zones will include an RG Rear Detached Garage Supplemental Use District, meaning: “All new construction must have a rear garage,” said Barbara Savage, president of the La Brea–Hancock Homeowners Assoc. “Our new R1R3-RG zone requires rear-massing if you build a second story (it can only be in the back of the house, not the front), allows only detached rear garages, and establishes a FAR of .43 for most of our lots,” said Eisele. (R1R3 requires the rearmassing and is one of four variations of R1R, according to the ordinance.) “Architectural style is not dictated by the new zone,” said Eisele, who lives in a 1924 Spanish Colonial Revival style home with a Batchelder tile fireplace — typical of those in the La Brea-Hancock area’s 12-blocks, a short walk to Wilshire Blvd., between La Brea and Highland avenues. While the area is relatively small, “we had more attendees at hearings than most other neighborhoods,” Eisele said of (Please turn to page 13)

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Single-family homes 370 N. June St. 121 N. June St. 526 S. Hudson Ave. 219 N. Norton Ave. 349 S. Mansfield Ave. 642 S. Sycamore Ave. 507 N. Lucerne Blvd. 901 S. Rimpau Blvd. 433 S. Highland Ave. 511 Lillian Way 877 S. Bronson Ave. 514 Lillian Way 837 S. Bronson Ave. 922 3rd Ave. 5006 Maplewood Ave. 475 N. St. Andrews Pl. 5000 Maplewood Ave.

$8,225,000 5,310,000 3,695,000 3,150,000 3,000,000 2,600,000 2,092,230 1,675,000 1,650,000 1,350,000 1,325,000 1,242,081 1,210,000 974,000 734,000 733,000 733,000

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English Tudor is Showcase House 2017 Ridgewood-Wilton Assoc. It’s a Wonderful Life at this neighbors to meet April 2 year’s Pasadena Showcase House of Design, which will take place from April 23 to May 21. The English Tudor design by the architectural firm of Marston & Van Pelt is featured in the 53rd annual fundraiser spotlighting 17 interior designers and six exterior designers. Constructed in 1916 at a cost of $25,000 for lawyer-turnedactor Samuel Hinds and his wife, the 7,479 square-foot main residence features six bedrooms and four bathrooms and two half-baths. The two-acre compound includes a pool and badminton court on park-like grounds with rose bushes, an arbor and more than 100 trees and a faux bois bridge. Mr. Hinds appeared in more than 200 films and is best known for his role as Peter Bailey, the father of James Stewart’s character and the founder of Bailey Building and Loan, in the classic holiday film, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” (1946). The house has also had several Hollywood moments, including in “La La Land” (its loggia and garden were the setting for a garden party wedding reception at which Ryan

BUILT IN 1916, the home and original owner have both had movie roles.

Gosling’s character played the piano), “Beaches,” (it was the home of Barbara Hershey’s character) and the 1985 version of “Alice in Wonderland,” along with television episodes of “Columbo,” “Parks and Recreation” and “Mad Men.” Showcase House guests can dine at The Wisteria Terrace Restaurant, sip handcrafted drinks at The Ivy, and peruse The Shops at Showcase. Proceeds benefit the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts (PSHA), which provides music programs in the community. Tickets cost between $35-$45 and can be ordered at  PasadenaShowcase.org  or 714-442-3872. Parking and complimentary shuttle service is at the Rose Bowl, Parking Lot I.

Wattles Mansion is New Classics showcase home Built in 1908 by Hollywood financier Gurdon Wattles, the Mission Revival home, designed by Myron Hunt and Elmer Grey, will be open to the public as part of a designer showcase through Sun., April 16. This year's theme, Hollywood History: The New Classics, will demonstrate through interior design how to reinterpret a historic home for today’s contemporary lifestyle. Designers include neighbors David Dalton and Leslie Shapiro. For more information, visit wattlesshowcase.com.

Ridgewood-Wilton Neighborhood Association (RWNA) annual meeting is Sun., April 2 at 3 p.m. at 221 S. Wilton Pl. Senior Lead Officer Joe Pelayo of the LAPD Olympic Division, and Philip Farha from the Land Use Committee of the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, are among speakers. “All residents of the Ridgewood-Wilton Neighborhood are welcome,” said RWNA president Jan Kesner. Illuminating ending Among items not on the agenda, but enjoyed by the community, are the street lights south of Beverly Blvd. on Ridgewood, Wilton and First St. “The lights have been installed for approximately three to four years, and we are very happy,” Kesner said. “It is a world of difference. Where we used to have trouble with people lingering in their cars on our darkened streets in the late night hours, overnight they were gone. “No more garbage left by these nocturnal partiers for us to find in the mornings.  And, of course, it is much easier for us coming and going at night.” She added, “Even the folks who were originally opposed to having the lights installed,

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mostly due to the cost which was high, are now happy to have them.” It took nearly a decade to have the streetlights installed but efforts accelerated following a series of burglaries as well as reports of prostitutes, Kesner said. When burglars twice targeted a home that was being renovated before its owners moved in, Sheila Irani, then-field deputy in former Councilman LaBonge’s office, encouraged residents to have the lights installed. “LAPD Olympic Division senior lead officer Joe Pelayo told her the lights would solve a lot of the problems, so that’s when we renewed our efforts,” Nora Friedman, who spearheaded the campaign, said in an article in the Larchmont Chronicle, July 2014. The lights were paid for by residents, who were assessed on their property tax bills, from $6,500 to approximately $10,000 each (based on property frontage). The RWNA represents a community of people who live in the 150 homes between Beverly Blvd. and Third St. on Wilton Place, Wilton Dr. and Ridgewood Pl.

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George Takei's birthday, L.A. Made, Makerspace at the library Beginning language skills: Fridays from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Knitting circle: Spin a yarn Saturdays at 10 a.m. FREMONT LIBRARY 6121 Melrose Ave. 323-962-3521 Children Kids read to therapy dogs: Thurs., April 15 at 4 p.m. Makerspace: Kids ages 6 to 12 can learn about stop motion animation Mondays, April 17 and 24 and Thursdays, April 20 and 27, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Must register. Día de los Niños / Día de los Libros Celebration: Stories and crafts celebrating children and books Wed., April 26, 4 p.m.

Baby and toddler storytime: Wednesdays, 10:30 and 11 a.m. Teens Nail art: Nail art lesson and party Tues., April 11, 3:30 p.m. S.A.T. practice test: Sat., April 15, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Adults Book sale: Fri., April 7, 12 to 4 p.m.; Sat., April 8, 12 to 5 p.m. Alzheimer's support group: Mondays April 10 and 24 from 10:15 to 11:45 a.m. Basics on Alzheimer's: Fridays April 14, 21, 28, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Movie night: Tues., April 25 at 6 p.m. Includes popcorn. L.A. Made – Two L.A. Rays: Staged readings of work by Raymond Chandler and Ray Bradbury Sat., April 29 at 3 p.m.

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FAIRFAX LIBRARY 161 S. Gardner St. 323-936-6191 Children We Read Together: Parents and kids read together Wednesdays, April 5, 19 and 26 at 10:15 a.m. Teens Teen council: Discuss books and movies Tues., April 11, 4 p.m. Volunteer orientation: Tues., April 25 at 4 p.m. Adults Quilting guild: Sat., April 1 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Support pals: Positive thinking Sat., April 1, 2 p.m. First Thursdays films: Free movie Thurs., April 6, 2:30 p.m. MS support group: Thurs., April 20 at 6 p.m. Hollywood mingle: Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Thurs., April 27 at 6 p.m. LADOT: Tap card refills Fri., April 28 at 2:30 p.m. Art of meditation: Saturdays April 8 and 22, 2 p.m.

Book sale: Wednesdays, 12 to 4 p.m. English conversation: Wednesdays, 6 to 7:30 p.m. WILSHIRE LIBRARY 149 N. St. Andrews Place 323-957-4550 Children Poetry month: Write poems based on nature photos Tues., April, 4 to 5 p.m. Earth Day celebration: Write poems to celebrate Earth Day, Sat., April 22, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Baby's sleepy storytime: For infants to 2 years old, Mondays, 6 to 6:15 p.m. Preschool storytime: For toddlers ages 3 to 5 years Thursdays from 3 to 3:30 p.m. Teens Teen council: Crafternoon, Thurs., April 27, 4 to 5 p.m. Adults Citizenship classes: Saturdays from April 1 through May 27, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Must bring green card and picture I.D.

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Young Literati to hold annual gala at NeueHouse The ninth annual Young Literati Toast fundraising event will be on Sat., April 1 at 8 p.m. at NeueHouse Hollywood, 6121 Sunset Blvd. This year’s Toast is hosted by  Colin Hanks  and  Busy Philipps  and includes readings by Chelsea Handler and Kumail Nanjiani. Musical guest is Andrew Bird. “A strong number of our Young Literati members live in the area of Hancock Park, Larchmont, Park La Brea, Miracle Mile,” said Leah Price, communications director for the Library Foundation of Los Angeles. Funds raised by the Young Literati membership group of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles support Student Zones at the Los Angeles Pub-

lic Library.   Student Zones in Library branches provide kids and teens with a safe, welcoming environment to study and to access state-of-the-art computer technology, tutoring, and school supplies at no cost. There are currently 34 neighborhood libraries across the city. Last year nearly 30,000 students used their resources.  This event is open to the public with VIP and general admission tickets available for purchase. For more information visit LFLA.org/toast.

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Museum Row Social media, crafts at CAFAM, Cruise-in at Petersen, movies on bill CRAFT AND FOLK ART MUSEUM—"Social (Media) Politics of Photography in the Digital Age" discussion is Sun., April 2, at 3 p.m. Free. • CraftNight and film screening is Thurs., April 6 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. •"Chapters: Book Arts in Southern California" exhibit ends May 7. • "Focus Iran 2: Contemporary Photography and Video" exhibit ends May 7. 5814 Wilshire Blvd., 323937-4230; cafam.org; free on Sundays. PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM—"Harley vs. Indian" cruise-in is Sun., April 9 from 8 to 10 a.m. "World's Fastest Indian" screens at 10 a.m. • "Pasadena and the Automobile," a talk by museum chief curator Leslie Kendall, is Wed., April 26 at 7 p.m. • "Seeing Red: 70 Years of Ferrari," opens Fri., April 28. • "Unconventional canvases of Keith Haring," ends June 4. • "The Art of Bugatti" ends

Oct. 2017. 6060 Wilshire Blvd., 323903-2277; petersen.org. ZIMMER CHILDREN'S MUSEUM—Hear rhythm and rhymes for National Poetry Month Sun., April 2 from 2 to 4 p.m. During "Oh, Snakes!" meet living creatures on Sun., April 16 at 3 p.m. 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 Yom Hashoah Day of Holocaust Commemoration is Sun., April 23 at 2 p.m. Speakers, Yiddish poetry and art reflection workshops will begin at noon. All events are open to the public and free. Holocaust survivor speakers are Sundays at 2 p.m.; tours on Sundays at 3 p.m.

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3D" screens daily. Encounters with a (life-size puppet) sabertoothed cat are featured Fridays through Sundays. 5801 Wilshire Blvd., 323934-PAGE; tarpits.org.

KOREAN CULTURAL CENTER—Movie nights, classes and cultural events offered. 5505 Wilshire Blvd., 323936-7141; kccla.org. LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART—Swiss architect Peter Zumthor speaks with LACMA director Michael Govan about plans for a new gallery building Wed., April 6. Free but tickets required. A standby line will form at 6:30 p.m. • "Abdulnasser Gharem: Pause," opens Sun., April 16. Ends July 2. • "Los Angeles to New York: Dwan Gallery, 1959-1971," ends Sept. 2017. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., 323857-6000; lacma.org.

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1917 Hollywood: the bloom was on the chrysanthemum Consider 1917 — 100 years ago. In evolutionary time, 100 years is not even a whisper. The Russian Revolution, the entry of the United States into World War I, the first woman elected to Congress. But, when you look at Southern California, 100 years has seen Home the passing of an eon. Ground By 1917, by Southern Cali- Paula Panich fornia had emerged from three decades of real estate boom and bust and was just seven years past a period of industrial strife so intense that it amounted to “a state of war,” according to the historian Carey McWilliams, a battle that ended with the 1910 dynamiting of the “Los Angeles Times” building. But in 1917, the idea and place of “Hollywood” seems to have coalesced, and the days of the infamous warnings on apartment buildings — no dogs or actors allowed — were over. Money talks. By 1915, the payroll of the movies amounted to $20 million. The bloom was on the rose. (I think the novelist Rachel Field’s observation still holds: “You can’t explain Hollywood.

There isn’t such a place. It’s just the dream suburb of Los Angeles.”) “Flower Show Prizes Given” Well, the bloom was on the Hollywood rose in general — but in October of that year, it was especially on the chrysanthemums and dahlias in the “dream suburb.” It was the time of the Woman’s Club of Hollywood Flower Show, and on a Friday morning a writer for the “Los Angeles Times” was enthusiastic, writing that “the display was the finest the Hollywood Women’s Club has ever gathered for the annual show” and praising its “artistic mass of variegated color,” a rather variegated mass of words, don’t you think? Chrysanthemums and peonies were the main competition of the autumnal show, though prizes were given for other blooms and flowering plants. “More than ordinary interest was taken in the war garden exhibit,” the “Times” reported, “a feature added because of unusual interest taken in vacant lot gardens in the Hollywood District.” No doubt these were among the

forerunners of World War II victory gardens. Among the categories were “amateur,” “professional,” and a “school competition.” Special exhibits included the results of canning courses at “the Normal School, Hollywood High School, and the Ramona Grammar School,” according to the “Times.” The State Normal School, a teacher-training institution whose Los Angeles campus was founded in 1882, had its original site on Grand Avenue and Fifth Street. In 1914, the Normal School was moved to Vermont Avenue, now the site of Los Angeles City College, to allow the original site to be used to build a new Central Library. In May 1919, the Normal School became the Southern Branch of the University of California. The “Times” cup, donated by the newspaper for the professional category honoring the “largest and best collection of chrysanthemums,” was awarded to Laughlin Park, which began as the lushly landscaped private garden attached to Cecil B. DeMille’s Hollywood villa, built by developer Homer Laughlin. But in Los Angeles, nothing exists without the story of realestate developers, and flower

MR. AND MRS. H.J. WHITLEY and family. Real estate developer Whitley is often called, rightly or wrongly, “the father of Hollywood.”

shows are no exception. My friend Debra Prinzing bought on eBay this silver cup engraved with the name Mrs. H.J. Whitley. Although this was not mentioned by the “Times,” the cup undoubtedly was awarded at the 1917 Woman’s Club of Hollywood Flower Show. Margaret Virginia Whitley and her husband, Hobart Johnstone Whitley, arrived in Southern California in the 1880s. Banker, entrepreneur, land developer, city planner — think of Whitley Heights — Whitley’s mark was indelible. But was he the “father of Hollywood?” Or was that really Harvey Wilcox? Did Margaret Whitley dream up the name

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A two-day self-guided tour of 41 private and public native plant landscapes is Sat., April 1 and Sun., April 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sponsored by the Theodore Payne Foundation, the tour shows off gardens using at least 50 percent native plants in their landscaping in conjunction with California’s soil, climate and native wildlife. Homes range from a 1911 Craftsman in Oxford Square east of Plymouth Blvd. to residences in Silver Lake, Beachwood Canyon, Beverly Hills, Pasadena and Playa Del Rey. Each location will have owners, designers and docents available for questions. Tickets start at $30, and come with a map, addresses and directions. Garden tour etiquette includes staying on

1917 Hollywood

(Continued from page 12) Well, it can’t be debated here. Anyway, though the United States entered the war in April, it was two days after the “Times” article, “Flower Show Prizes Given” was published, on October 21, when the first American soldiers engaged the enemy on the front lines of this “war to end

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A 1911 HOME in Oxford Square is on the tour.

marked walkways and paths, respecting property, not taking cuttings and not smoking. Pets are not allowed. For more information and to view some of the homes on the tour, go to nativeplantgardentour.org. all wars.” The “Times” report concludes with this: “One of the unusual features yesterday was the serving of chrysanthemum salad to the persons who attended the show.” The author thanks Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden librarian Susan Eubank for her assistance in researching and preparing this column.

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the trips to City Hall, plus letters written to council members. Their dogged determination made an impact as did standing unanimous, said Diana Eisele. “It’s the staying power... I think our neighborhood started a citywide movement.” The anti-mansionization movement actually began in Beverly Grove and led to the original ordinance passage in 2008. After their success, “other neighborhoods said we want that, too,” added Bob. Bob and Diana credited La Brea-Hancock president Barbara Savage and secretary Cathy Roberts. Half a loaf While community activists worked hard for a prohibition of front-facing attached garages, the City Council did not support the request, “and we had to settle for half a loaf,” said Wagers, of Beverly Grove. “The amended ordinances are not perfect, but they go a long way to honor the scale and character of L.A.’s residential neighborhoods and put a stop to McMansions that price so many families out of the market.   And they provide a sound foundation for variation zones that offer additional options and set the

Jo Horton Haldeman at Chevalier’s April 19 Former longtime resident, Joanne Horton Haldeman, widow of H.R. “Bob” Haldeman, returns to the neighborhood to read from and sign her new book at Chevalier’s on Weds., April 19, at 6:30 p.m. She and her family left Los tone for much-needed reform to follow.” She credited City Councilman Paul Koretz, who spearheaded the drive, putting mansionization reform “on the table and rode herd on it for almost three years. These amendments are a major accomplishment, and he deserves a ton of credit.”

Angeles for Washington D.C. in 1968, when husband Bob became the White House chief of staff for President Nixon. From a mother of four involved in typical neighborhood school and local community volunteer activities, Jo became the wife of arguably the second most powerful man in the White House. Her book, “In the Shadow of the White House,” is publishing on April 11. This event will be one of the first opportunities to obtain a copy and to hear the author’s views on those years in person. More at: chevaliersbooks.com.

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Shakespeare at Descanso Hear sonnets and have Easter brunch at Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge. Celebrate poetry month by hearing Shakespeare’s sonnets and seeing famous love scenes from his plays in the Rose Garden, Saturdays, April 1 and 8, and Sundays, April 2 and 9, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Enjoy Easter brunch with the family Sun., April 16. The three sittings are at 9 and 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Visit descansogardens.org.

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Enjoy Easter brunch, learn about the world of award-winning author Octavia Butler and pick up new plants at the annual spring sale at Huntington Library, 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino. A new exhibit on Octavia Butler opens Sat., April 8 and runs through Mon., Aug. 7. The exhibition is the first to cover the life and work of the science fiction author, and includes journal entries, photographs, and first editions of her books.

Bring your family and friends to enjoy Easter brunch in the Rose Hills Foundation Garden Court Sat., April 15 and Sun., April 16. There will be two seatings at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets are $85. Pick up plants and get tips on how to grow them at the 43rd annual spring sale Sun., April 30, 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, visit huntington.org.

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Several local chefs are among the nominees announced for the 2017 James Beard Foundation Awards. Margarita Manzke of République was nominated for Outstanding Pastry Chef. Michael Cimarusti of Providence and Ludo Lefebvre of Trois Mec were nominated for Best Chef in the West (California, Hawaii and Nevada). Manzke was included in an article on Miracle Mile-area women chefs in our March 2017 issue. Also announced were the inductees into the Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America, which include Marlborough graduate Suzanne Goin, who is a multiple James Beard award-winning chef and restaurateur, of A.O.C., Lucques and Tavern. Evan

Kleiman, longtime head of longtime local favorite Angeli Caffe (now closed), and host of KCRW’s Good Food, was also named. Winners will be announced and inductees honored at the James Beard Awards Gala at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on Mon., May 1. The 2017 James Beard Foundation Awards nominees were announced in March at a breakfast at A.O.C. Wine Bar and Restaurant. “Our Foundation is thrilled to bring our nominees announcement to the dynamic food city of Los Angeles, home to over 25 chef and restaurant awards winners,” said James Beard Foundation president Susan Ungaro, who hosted the breakfast.

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(Continued from page 5) Dana Sayles, a spokeswoman for the project, tells the Chronicle that her team is working hard to design a project that is both “special” in design and that “creates community” for the surrounding neighborhood. “There seems to be a general consensus that this is a terrible-looking site, and everybody would like to see something else there,” says Sayles. The property has been used for auto repair for decades. After meeting with the

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the museum you visited. The name derives from the Latin lateo — to hide — and accounts for it because of the legend that Nero once vomited a frog covered in blood, which he believed to be his own progeny, and had it hidden in a vault within the bowels of the palace. From that time it has Larchmont Village Neighborhood Association (LVNA) and the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council (GWNC), Sayles says the project went through a substantial redesign to address concerns from the community. “There were concerns about having something richer in context, and we wanted to understand the surrounding architecture more.” The result is a modern interpretation of Art Deco style. According to Sayles, the project is designed to complement the Paramount Master

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elevations being in the south), it proves to be logical. • • • Does a “curfew” have anything to do with dog-catching? asks Toby Mumford. Nice try, but the cur here is from the Middle English word couverfeu — literally cover (put out) the fire. In the Middle Ages the threat of fire — the combination of candles, fireplaces and thatched roofs was a pyromaniac's dream. The constant fear of fire was addressed by a common municipal law mandating a set time at which all household fires were to be extinguished for the night. • • • Why are elbows not allowed on the dinner table? queries Carolyn Johnson.

Table manners, invented in the Middle Ages, function to keep one from offending fellow diners by intruding on their culinary space. One doesn’t wave a fork, reach across the table, or cough into the roast peacock. Ancient diners needed to remind others and be reminded of their place in society at all times and elbows were banned from the eating surface because they not only made the offender resemble an animal hunched over its prey, but allowed one to encroach on another’s eating territory. Professor Know-It-All is the nom de plume of Bill Bentley, who invites readers to try and stump him. Send your questions to willbent@prodigy.net.

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