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hancock park • windsor square • fremont place • Greater Wilshire • Miracle Mile • park la brea • Larchmont






Trophy property, 3-sty mansion overlooking the golf course, on nearly an acre lot. 5+7



Architectural landmark 9 unit building in prime Silver Lake. All townhouse units w/ 2+1.5.





Coveted interior block location. 4+3 up, 1+1.5 down. Yard, pool, studio.

Lovely side by side Duplex near Larchmont & Paramount Pictures. 4 bedrooms in each unit!

Wonderful 1930’s Spanish duplex near the Grove w/ 2 bdrms, 2 baths. Delivered vacant.

Looking for a fab home w/architectural integrity?This 3+2 is it. Near LACMA.





Charming 2beds + 1.75bath Craftsman located blocks from Larchmont Village.

Gorgeous 3 bdrm, 3 bath townhouse in LA Historic Landmark building. Completely redone.

3+2.5. 2 Sty fabulous classic home. Bordering Eagle Rock & Highland Park. Wonderful yard.

Large 2 Story Townhouse style 2+2 condo. Direct entrance from street & garage. Turn key.





Restored 3+3+office, FDR, fplc, hwd flrs, yard, air. New kitchen w/SS applc. Near Grove.

2 Sty single family home for lease. 6+4+kosher kitch. Close to Grove & places of worship.

Lease this 3+3 townhome in this classic gated Hacienda style compound w/pool & courtyard.

Gorgeously updated 3beds/2baths Spanish duplex, upper unit on prime block of Orange Drive.


Cecille Cohen (213) 810-9949


Loveland Carr Properties (323) 460-7606


Loveland Carr Properties (323) 460-7606

$6,500/ MO

Cecille Cohen (213) 810-9949

HANCOCK PARK NORTH (323) 464-9272 251 North Larchmont Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90004


Lisa Hutchins (323) 460-7626


Lisa Hutchins (323) 460-7626


Rick Llanos (323) 460-7617

$6,500/ MO

Cecille Cohen (213) 810-9949


Lisa Hutchins (323) 460-7626


Rick Llanos (323) 460-7617


Ginger Lincoln (323) 252-6612

$5,500/ MO

Ginger Lincoln (323) 252-6612



Rick Llanos (323) 460-7617


Loveland Carr Properties (323) 460-7606


Maria C. Gomez Gri Crs Cips (213) 705-1603

$4,950/ MO

Lisa Hutchins (323) 460-7626

HANCOCK PARK SOUTH (323) 462-0867 119 North Larchmont Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90004

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See classics in lavish palaces at Last Remaining Seats novel by Jules Verne in “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” Sat., June 10 at 2 p.m. at Warner Grand Theatre in San Petro. Marlon Brando won Academy and Golden Globe awards for his role in “On the Waterfront” Sat., June 10 at 8 p.m. at the Warner Grand Theatre. A comedy about Castro’s Cuba, “La muerte de un burócrata (Death of a Bureaucrat)” screens at the Palace Theatre Wed., June 14 at 8 p.m. English subtitles. Music by Irving Berlin and a cast with Judy Garland and Fred Astaire are featured in

Kevin Spacey and Kim Basinger star in “L.A. Confidential” in this year’s Los Angeles Conservancy Last Remaining Seats series. The noir film shows on Sat., June 3 at 8 pm. at the Orpheum Theatre, the final home of the famed vaudeville circuit. “Laura” with Gene Tierney screens on Wed., June 7 at 8 p.m. at the Million Dollar Theatre, which, when it opened in 1918, was among the largest movie palaces in the country. Kirk Douglas and Peter Lorre star in a Disney classic based on the science fiction

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“Easter Parade,” screening Sat., June 17 at 8 p.m. at the most lavish of movie palaces, Los Angeles Theatre. Silent Academy Award winner, “Wings,” stars “It Girl” Clara Bow and Gary Cooper on Wed., June 21 at 8 p.m. at The Theatre at Ace Hotel, the

Jr. League brings old Hollywood to Union Station Pull out that formal suit and evening gown from the back of your closet, find those perfect shoes and dig out your best jewels and cufflinks to help the Junior League of Los Angeles celebrate the glamour of old Hollywood at its annual spring fundraiser, Angeleno Night, at Union Station, 800 N. Alameda St., Sat., May 6. This year’s event celebrates Union Station’s legacy in the Golden Age of Hollywood and will include live entertainment, dancing, a silent auction, specialty hors d’oeuvre and cocktails and more. Many locals have been involved in bringing about this night of glitz, including Landis Stationery, which printed the invitations and save-the-date cards. Black tie is encouraged, and valet parking will be available. Funds raised from the event will benefit charitable services and activities of the League, 630 N. Larchmont Blvd., and its community partners. For more information, go to


flagship for the United Artists West Coast operations, run by D.W. Griffith, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and Charlie Chaplin. “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” screens Sat., June 24 at 2 p.m., and “Jaws” is Sat., June 24 at 8 p.m. at the Orpheum. For more information on accompanying “pub trivia” and other events, on tours of the venues and on question and answer sessions, visit

LOS ANGELES THEATRE is considered the most lavish of the movie palaces. Photo by Douglas Hill

Real Estate Sales*

SOLD: This residence at 519 Wilcox Ave. sold for $2,850,000.

Single-family homes 340 N. Las Palmas Ave. 277 Lorraine Blvd. 519 Wilcox Ave. 639 N. June St. 644 S. Orange Dr. 456 N. Citrus Ave. 458 S. Sycamore Ave. 266 S. Irving Blvd. 251 S. Wilton Pl. 902 S. Highland Ave. 137 S. Citrus Ave. 500 N. Cherokee Ave. 501 S. Norton Ave. 132 N. Ridgewood Pl. 144 S. Wilton Pl. 590 N. Plymouth Blvd. 4089 W. 8th St.

$3,500,000 2,950,000 2,850,000 2,800,000 2,725,000 2,675,000 2,575,000 2,300,000 2,285,000 1,725,000 1,670,000 1,650,000 1,340,000 1,250,000 1,210,000 1,185,000 1,045,000


266 S. Irving Blvd.


Originally built for the Van De Kamp family, this home was constructed in 1921. The house consists of 3 floors, 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths plus family room. There was a new roof installed in 2011, some copper plumbing upgrades, original woodwork, hardwood floors and a nice floor plan flow from the living room to the family room which leads out to a covered patio and a nice grassy yard. Other features include: a separate breakfast room, maids room, formal dining room and large en-suite master. Located in prime “Windsor Square.” List price: $2,499,000.



4180 Wilshire Blvd., #201 871 Crenshaw Blvd., #305 929 S. St. Andrews Pl., #302 871 Crenshaw Blvd., #201 3429 W. Olympic Blvd., #504 3429 W. Olympic Blvd., #202 4568 W. 1st St., #203 4822 Elmwood Ave., #205 3429 W. Olympic Blvd., #603 801 Lorraine Blvd., #102 4568 W. 1st St., #104 835 S. Lucerne Blvd., #105 3429 W. Olympic Blvd., #403 4568 W. 1st St., #111 602 S. Wilton P., #305 962 S. Gramercy Dr., #206 972 S. St. Andrews Pl., #104 152 S. Gramercy Pl., #7 5050 Maplewood Ave., #204 * Selling prices for March 2017.

$885,000 740,000 735,000 725,000 723,000 700,000 679,000 670,000 665,000 650,000 640,000 635,000 625,000 615,000 605,000 546,000 542,000 533,000 490,000

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Seven ways to celebrate Historic Preservation Month in 2017 In our community, we celebrate aspects of historic preservation year-round. We advocate, patronize businesses in historic buildings and maintain our own homes. Once a year, though, the nation tries to highlight its efforts in this area by publicizing local activities during National Historic Preservation Month. The National Trust for Historic Preservation coordinates and provides ideas to communities; the state Office of Historic Preservation provides a calendar of activities. So… how should you celebrate? Below are seven ideas for 2017. 1. Visit a new HPOZ. Sunset Square recently received approval, and Miracle Mile is in the process. These newly protected neighborhoods have a preponderance of historic homes in a variety of architectural styles important to Los Angeles. Historic Preservation Overlay Zones protect homes at varying price points, and each provides a different snapshot of living in Los Angeles. Learn more at preservation. 2. Join the “This Place Matters” campaign. Download instructions at: and photograph family and

friends as you visit the sites of your choice. Visit a historic house museum, garden or showcase house. Spring is the time to see houses and gardens at their finest. Hollyhock House by Frank Lloyd Wright is five minutes away, Wattles Mansion and Gardens less than 10. Pasa- McAvoy on dena’s ShowPreservation case House this by year features a Christy 1916 Marston McAvoy and VanPelt designed Tudor that has ties to several films. Huntington Gardens and Descanso are two other properties with both historic houses and amazing gardens. 3. Thank Hank Hilty and the generations of Gilmores... who have been stewards of the Gilmore Adobe and Original Farmers’ Market on Fairfax. Maintaining a community landmark of this complexity is no small feat. Where would we be without those vendors of produce, meat, fish, ice cream, etc? 4. Into the nuts and bolts of historic preservation? No better way to learn and network than to attend the annual California Preservation Foun-

dation’s annual conference, held this year in Pasadena May 10-13. Study tours, lectures, mobile workshops and special events highlight the conference. Go to: 5. Want to go further afield? Or maybe try a local “staycation”?  Stay in a historic hotel through Historic Hotels of America (historichotels. org). Even one night in a place like the Mission Inn (Riverside), the Biltmore (Los Angeles or Arizona) or National Park lodges like Timberline will provide a respite. 6. For those of you technologically inclined, create your own “special places” map with your family. Google maps make it easy to pinpoint locations and add photos and stories. I suspect that your special places will have a few acknowledged historic sites hiding in their midst. Not a

techie? Use a map, dots or icons and pictures and create a collage. 7. Congratulate yourself… on being a steward of our area landmarks. If you own a contributor in a HPOZ, a Historic-Cultural Monument, have a business in a historic building, or are a member of


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(Continued from Sec. 1, page 1) and Windsor Square homes were placed into bankruptcy last November by entities related to Canadian developer Robert Quigg, whose defaults involved nine properties citywide. Two of the six properties have been “abandoned” by the bankruptcy trustee, and the secured lenders therefore are proceeding with foreclosure of their liens on those two properties. The four other properties are for sale.

The six local properties are on page 5, at right

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According to the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustee, Elissa D. Miller, it remains uncertain whether there will be adequate funds available from these sales to pay anything to the unsecured and unpaid trades-people and vendors, who collectively were owed about $2.8 million by Quigg Builders, Inc. at the time of bankruptcy. Windsor and Rimpau The property abandoned at 317 S. Windsor Blvd. is being foreclosed upon by Hankey Capital, LLC, holder of the first trust deed. It is anticipated that Hankey Capital will complete the remaining remodeling work needed and put the house on the market. Similarly abandoned is the property at 344 S. Rimpau that consists of an open, unfinished basement and piles of dirt. It is unclear what will be the next steps for this property in the hands of its first mortgage lender, Anchor Fund, LLC, whose first deed of trust was in the amount of approximately $3.9 million. That property also is subject to a second deed of trust in the amount of just more than $3 million, held by Strand Capital Corporation. The county’s tax lien on the property of $26,969.43 will be paid during the foreclosure. June, Hudson, Plymouth, Arden The other four local properties are being actively marketed, three with a local broker, Lisa Hutchins, and one with a Beverly Hills broker, Michael Sahakian. Both brokers are associated with broker William Friedman, and all three brokers are with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. Bankruptcy Trustee Miller said last month that she is in escrow to sell the Hancock Park home at 428 S. June St., with a hearing date to approve the “as is” sale, subject to overbids, scheduled for May 3 at the bankruptcy court. This is one of the properties listed by Lisa Hutchins. The Hancock Park home at 366 S. Hudson Ave., another Hutchins listing, is offered at $6,999,000. It is described as a “rare tennis court property!” The Windsor Square home at 147 S. Plymouth Blvd. had extensive remodeling work done by the Quigg companies before the bankruptcy, and more work is needed to complete the job. Offered at $5,799,000, it is described by Hutchins as “country English.” The house in Windsor Square at 347 S. Arden Blvd. had its Quigg remodeling completed last year. In fact, the Arden house was where Mr. Quigg and his wife and child were living when they moved out suddenly last Nov. 29-30. The house is listed by Michael Sahakian for $6,995,000.

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Quigg Bankruptcy Properties in Windsor Square and Hancock Park

317 S. Windsor Blvd.

To lender

347 S. Arden Blvd.

344 S. Rimpau Blvd.

To lender

428 S. June St.

For sale — $6,995,000 147 S. Plymouth Blvd.

In escrow, listed for $3,595,000 366 S. Hudson Ave.

For sale ­— $5,799,000

For sale ­— $6,999,000

Just Listed. 123 N. NORTON AVENUE LARCHMONT VILLAGE Offered at $2,549,500 | 4 BED | 2.5 BATH

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Traffic, crime addressed at Ridgewood Wilton annual meeting President Jan Kesner reviewed accomplishments of the previous year, including heightened traffic surveillance, at the Ridgewood Wilton Neighborhood Association annual meeting in April. About 30 residents attended the meeting held at board member Ginny Kazor’s home. “We had a great turnout,” said fellow member Mary Rajswing. Philip Farha of the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Coun-

cil board and Land Use Committee spoke of development issues and how the committee tries to compel developers to seek approval from the GWNC. Catherine Landers, new CD4 senior deputy to the area, took questions and explained that traffic accidents or incident data which are not called into the police will not be taken into account when the Dept. of Transportation (DOT), reviews mitigation requests.

LVNA semi-annual meeting, May 9 Ongoing development issues and progress on a Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ) effort are on the agenda when the Larchmont Village Neighborhood Association (LVNA) meets on Tues., May 9 at 7 p.m. The semi-annual meeting will be held in the auditorium of the Van Ness Avenue Elementary

School, 501 N. Van Ness Ave. Catherine Landers, the area’s new field deputy for Council District 4, will be on hand to discuss topics germane to the neighborhood. And residents will not want to miss details on the return of the LVNA Block Party this summer. All neighbors are welcome.

She also said CD4 backs a 50/50 option with the city’s Safe Sidewalks L.A. program. She added that it will take many, many years before any funds will be designated through this program to remedy residential sidewalk problems. Safety on 2nd Neighbors were briefed on the latest actions by DOT to increase safety at and near the intersection of Wilton Pl. and 2nd St. DOT is proposing a radical modification to the traffic signalization, which will significantly impact surrounding neighborhoods as well as Ridgewood-Wilton. There is already a camera mounted on the northeast corner of those two streets, just before the curve, Rajswing said. Wilton Place, between 2nd and 1st Streets is an “S-curve,” and vehicles enter it blindly going both north and south,

Rajswing said. Suggestions from the city being considered include a flashing yellow light for northbound traffic on Wilton Place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. “Our community has always stressed the slowing down of traffic into and out of the curve, particularly at night; that was our main focus for the past five years, but DOT seems to have made a very different determination.” SLO Pelayo Senior Lead Officer Joe Pelayo covered local crime issues and distributed “SelectaDNA” kits for coding valuable possessions to deter theft. He also spoke highly of the value of on-site camera/video options such as Ring Video Doorbell for smartphones. The group donated $100 to Pelayo’s participation in the Police Unity Bike Ride charity to honor fallen officers May

10 to 13. Parking Restrictions Past year accomplishments discussed included progress on previously left out Overnight Parking District signs on 2nd St., which finally went up last month. “Two of our residents’ homes were left out over two years ago: the south and northwest corner homes of Wilton Place and 2nd St. “Now ALL of 2nd St. between Wilton Place and Van Ness is included, which will prevent derelict drivers from parking, strewing garbage, and even leaving bags of urine. Agnes Kuncar has worked tirelessly to correct this oversight,” said Rajswing. Also, a new stop sign was installed at 1st and Ridgewood Pl., and  landscape improvements included the city trimming some trees throughout the RWNA, plus landscaped islands and sprinklers were repaired.

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Exciting Neighborhood Sales

277 Lorraine Blvd. $3,195,000 Listed Price

138 Wilton Dr. $2,199,000 Listed Price

Lovely country English with lots of original character plus modern updates. 5 BR / 4 1/2 BA. Newer chef’s kitchen. 3 car garage + bonus room. Pool and expansive yard. (Represented Buyer)

Inviting and retored Traditional on quiet street. 4 BR / 2.5 BA. Remodeled kitchen. Finished 3rd floor bonus room. Large deck overlooks grassy yard with fireplace. (Represented Seller)

Rick Llanos (323) 460-7617 CalBRE #: 01123101

Hancock Park North 251 N. Larchmont Blvd. (323) 462-9272

Kathy Gless (323) 460-7622

CalBRE #: 00626174

©2017 Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Each Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office is owned by a subsidiary of NRT LLC. Coldwell Banker® and the Coldwell Banker Logo, Coldwell Banker Previews International® and the Coldwell Banker Previews International Logo, are registered service marks owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. Broker does not guarantee the accuracy of square footage, lot size or other information concerning the condition or features of property provided by seller or obtained from public records or other sources, and the buyer is advised to independently verify the accuracy of that information through personal inspection and with appropriate professionals.



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Celebrating 15 years of dining and magic at The Grove Ah, how time flies when you’re shopping and dining at The Grove, where the razzle dazzle of Vegas and the wonder of Disneyland meet. The shopping-and-entertainment destination turned 15 last month. To commemorate, Rick Caruso, CEO and owner of the complex, held a company luncheon to honor 25 employees for their 10 and more years with the property. Since its trolley first took passengers past Europeanstyle architecture along cobblestone streets and past its dancing-waters fountain, The Grove has won numerous awards. The Grove tops Shopping Center Today’s list of top 10 shopping centers in

GROVE FOUNDER Rick Caruso honored employees at a company luncheon.

the world based on sales per square foot. And, it ranks #2 on Fortune’s “10 highest

sales-generating shopping centers in the U.S.” list, and ranks #2 on CNBC’s “The top

10 American malls” list based on sales per square foot. Newcomers to the Grove include perfume company Le Labo, Snap Inc.’s Snapbot, Ladurée patisserie and Elizabeth and James from designers Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen. Creator of the Cronut Opening in the fall in the Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro space will be an as-yetto-be-named eatery helmed by Dominique Ansel, designated "World's Best Pastry Chef" by an international panel, and creator of the Cronut. The restaurant will be the 39-year-old chef's first complete restaurant, and there is no set menu, as yet. The

upstairs space will seat 150, and includes a 10-seat private dining room. The downstairs bakery will have room for 70 additional diners. According to the "Los Angeles Times," when the pastry chef opened a "pop-up" store in the Barney's in the Grove in February 2014, 750 people lined up beginning at 2 a.m. and waited in the rain. The turnout was one of the reasons behind Ansel's decision to base his first restaurant in the Grove. Morels closed in April. Besides Nordstrom, longertime stores include Barneys New York, Diane von Furstenberg, American Girl Place and Apple.

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HANCOCK PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL fifth graders joined in a community event April 20 at Pan Pacific Park in honor of Earth Day. Hosted by The Grove's Rick Caruso, the event was in partnership with Environmental Media and Kellogg Garden Partners.

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Celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage month Celebrate the contributions of Asian-Pacific Americans this month with comedy, live music and good food. There will also be awards given to businesses and individuals who have contributed to the community. Last year there were several events over the month of May in downtown Los Angeles.

This year the lineup features a mix of hip-hop and R&B performed live at Grand Park. Sponsored by IDENTITY LA, the schedule of events has not been firmed up yet. For more information, go to culturela. org, click on "Programs and Initiatives" and scroll down to "City of Los Angeles Heritage Month Celebrations."

Be prepared with 'Quakesmart' Identify your risk, develop a plan and take action. The city of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department is hosting a preparedness workshop for businesses and organizations with FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, on Thur., May 18. The event, Quakesmart, is from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple St. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. The workshop is free but registration is required, at For more information contact

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Take a tour of historic Westmoreland Harvard Heights June 3 Heritage Association, 2263 Harvard Blvd., Los Angeles, 90018 (mailed no later than May 27). Online purchases may be subject to a surcharge.

In 1899, Charles Stuart’s farm stretched across Washington and Western. Trains from downtown barely made it to this countryside area. But in a few short years the area experienced wild development. Explore Westmoreland in Harvard Heights on foot, during the Historic West Adams District self-guided Spring Home and Architecture Tour Sat., June 3. A selection of historic homes and a new art venue will be open to visitors. Doors open at 10 and close at 4 p.m. Docents will answer questions at the sites. The Westmoreland Heights Tract is a small pocket within the Harvard Heights neighborhood and Historic Preservation Overlay Zone. The tour spotlights a selection of pre-1910 historic Craftsman, Tudor/Craftsman and American Foursquare homes. A restored original barn adapted for home office/studio use, and one of Harvard Heights’ newest art venues, a recently-restored 1920s Streetcar Commercial style brick building, are also on the tour. The neighborhood is more than a century old. In 1899, Western Ave. was just a narrow dirt crossroad; Henry

This is a walking tour, and the homes are clustered within easy strolling distance of each other. Please, no high (Please turn to page 10)

SELECTION of pre-1910 historic Craftsman, Tudor/Craftsman and American Foursquare homes are on the tour.

C. Jensen’s brick manufactory sat a little bit to the north. But within a few years, the Harvard Heights neighborhood and the Westmoreland Heights Tract (originally named West Moreland Heights) was well on its way, and Hobart and Westmoreland boulevards quickly filled with large, stately homes. Tickets The last ticket for the June 3 tour will be sold at 1:30 p.m. at the day-of-event ticket sales location, 1811 S. Hobart Blvd. Advance purchases and reservations are requested. Tickets purchased in advance (online by June 2, 4 p.m.) are $20 per person for members of West Adams Heritage Association, $30 per person for

ORIGINAL Westmoreland Heights monument.

non-members. Tickets purchased the day of the tour are $35 per person. Tickets can be purchased at or by sending checks to West Adams

Properties Represented by June Ahn

May 2017

In Escrow 652 S Mansfield Ave | $1,850,000 Located on quiet Cul-de-sac. City Community Park. 4BD + 3BA, 3rd Street School District. Built 15 years ago. Original owner.




267 S. Windsor Blvd | Represented Seller $2,500,000

500 N Cherokee Ave | Represented Buyer $1,650,000

417 S Norton Ave| Represented Seller Asking Price $1,800,000

June Ahn

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cell: 323.855.5558

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Hancock Park South Office 119 N. Larchmont Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90004


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Meals on Wheels is latest show on ‘What’s Up, Downtown?’ By Suzan Filipek What’s Up, Downtown? A lot, it turns out, as seen on the 30-plus YouTube videos chronicling the people, restaurants and general rebirth of Downtown Los Angeles since the enterprise “What’s Up, Downtown?” began two years ago. Hal Bastian, who heads a revitalization consulting company, is host of the shows which can be seen at Producer Ryan Morris does pretty much everything else. Morris was assistant to the late Hancock Park resident, Huell Howser, the enthusiastic host of the “California Gold” series on PBS, for several years. Among the latest Bastian/ Morris YouTube productions, “Talking with Angels,” Hal dons a bouffant cap and takes a tour of the kitchen at St. Vincent Meals on Wheels, where he talks to a 90-year-old volunteer and walks out of a

refrigerator. It’s the largest privately funded Meals on Wheels program in the country, executive director Daryl Twerdahl says in the 13-minute video, as she stirs turkey and pasta dishes sprinkled with herbs from the non-profit’s organic garden. “You can see week to week what nutrition does for people,” adds Twerdahl, who lives in Hancock Park. Besides helping to feed 1,800 homebound elderly and others in need of a hot meal and a smile, Twerdahl also owns Village Catering Company which was located on Larchmont Blvd. for many years. She transitioned from running her store full time while volunteering part time for Cuisine à Roulettes, a support group at Meals on Wheels, to working full time at Meals on Wheels. Her move was to concentrate on something that directly helps people. As with Bastian, who (partially) left behind corporate

IN THE KITCHEN at Meals on Wheels, Hal Bastian meets with volunteer Joan Reidy.

ON-AIR HOST Hal Bastian with producer Ryan Morris.

America to do something creative, reinvention is a common theme of the shows, Morris notes. Among the YouTube offerings, Bastian, a rescue dog advocate, interviews a priest and dances with some canines at Our Lady of Angels Cathedral’s annual community event, “Dog Day Afternoon.” In another episode, Bastian visits with the head of Los Angeles Central Library, cartoon-like graphics add whimsy. And Bastian soon will be seen driving around town with former Councilman Tom LaBonge who will be at the wheel of his 1971 Impala. That show has not yet been posted online. Morris is behind the camera and is also editor and graphic designer, having taught himself on a Canon and a Mac, and he joins Bastian on their


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lookout for stories. “We just walk around talking to people, and we talk to strangers, but that’s what Huell did,” Morris said. After Howser’s death in 2013, several business executive types approached Morris, saying Huell was irreplaceable, but how about doing a similar show with them. Howser made his downhome show seem simple, but it was anything but, said Morris. Howser, who lived on Rossmore Ave., had a lengthy and impressive resume before his popular PBS series, and even though Howser was computer illiterate, back in the 1980s, he was at the forefront of social media. “He would democratize media,” says Morris. He interviewed common folk, small business owners, visited state fairs, and he would list contact names and phone numbers at the end of the show. So, when Bastian, yet another business executive with no television experience, called, Morris again said, “No.” Bastian, who has been at the forefront of downtown’s renaissance, first met Howser a decade ago, when he raised $250,000 for the enthusiastic, larger-than-life host to produce his folksy-style programs


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about DTLA. So while Morris had never met Bastian, he had heard of “Mr. Downtown,” and over lunch was impressed with his willingness to “throw caution in the wind.” The “odds were completely against us,” Morris adds, but they’ve sought and found a few of the hidden stories of downtown Los Angeles. They call their partnership a “creative friction.” Hal, dressed in a suit and tie, and Ryan, well, he doesn’t own a suit, share an office in the Oviatt Building, an unlikely place to run a TV production company, says Morris. But that only adds to their charm. For more on What’s Up Downtown?, visit halbastian. com.

Huell and ‘Louie’ in new book “Louie, Take a Look at This! My Time with Huell Howser” tells of the adventures of the exubertant host of “California Gold” and his cameraman, aka Luis Fuerte. Howser, mostly known from the KCET public television show, was a longtime resident of the El Royale on Rossmore Ave. until his death in 2013. In his shows, he was often heard saying, in his Tennessee drawl, “Louie, take a look at this!” as the pair traversed the state in their 12-year journey. Published last month by Prospect Park Books, the five-time Emmy-winning cameraman, Fuerte, partners with contributing writer David Duron in the 200-page book.

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support the main gallery surrounded between two horizontal concrete plates; the larger upper plate will overhang the lower one, creating shadow for the galleries inside. Inside the main level, one of the types of galleries will be called “meander” and feature floor-to-ceiling glass that will be the exterior space all around the main level’s perimeter. Six of the pedestals will be north of Wilshire, the seventh will hold a new theater and

stand on the south of Wilshire. Two grand staircases will take visitors up to the galleries on the main level, one on the north side and one on the south side of Wilshire. Ground level galleries, a restaurant, and a landscape of chaparral and desert grasses are also featured in the new design. This is still very much a work in progress and may change, according to a museum spokesman.

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The historic bridges of Brookside

By John Welborne A natural feature of the MidWilshire neighborhood is hidden from view and known to many, but not all. As Brookside neighbor and designer of the “Bridge House” Dan Brunn (see story on Page 15) says, he had bought his first house on Longwood and had been living there for some time before he realized that there was “a real stream flowing in the neighborhood.” The stream that gives its name to “Brookside” starts in the Hollywood Hills and ultimately makes its way to Ballona Creek and the Pacific Ocean. The land in this area originally was granted in 1823 to Don Francisco José Avila (who, in 1810-1811, was the alcalde, or mayor, of Los Angeles) and became known as the Rancho Las Cienegas (Ranch of the Marshland). The youngest of the children of Don Francisco and his wife,

EASTER BUNNY and Councilman David Ryu pose with Brookside children after the annual egg hunt.

the former Maria del Rosaria Verdugo, was Francisca. Theodore Rimpau Francisca married a German immigrant named Theodore Rimpau. Then, after the Civil War, they moved south to live in the German colony of Anaheim, but retained their Rancho Las Cienegas. In the early 1920s, with the regular westward expansion of Los Angeles from Downtown and the suc-

EGG HUNT and neighborhood party continue on the west side of the brook in the Boeck backyard in Brookside.

cess of the Fremont Place and Windsor Square subdivisions, the Rimpau Estate Company sold a portion of the rancho bounded by Fremont Place, Olympic Blvd. (then Country Club Drive), Highland Avenue and Wilshire Blvd. for subdivision into lots of varied sizes; larger, luxurious lots for twostory homes on the west and smaller lots, generally built upon with one-story bungalows, on the east. Behind the Longwood Ave.

BROOKSIDE BRIDGES high and low in the Boeck backyard.

parcels, a watercourse meanders through the rear yards on the west and east sides of the street. That watercourse is the “brook” in “Brookside.” Backyard bridges Because these parcels have their high ground on both sides of the creek, efficient utilization of the lots required a way to get from one side of the creek to the other in each backyard. In the block between 9th St. and Olym-

pic Blvd., some houses have a lawn and play area across their bridges on the west side of the creek; one has a pool and garden across its bridge, and one even has a theater (the famous “Brookledge Theater” of the Larsen family of magicians) crossing the creek. The Bill and Sandy Boeck property is one with a pool and garden on the far side of their two bridges. Because (Please turn to page 19)

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Local architect designs a Brookside ‘Bridge House' cladding, and floor-to-ceiling window-walls with expansive exterior views celebrate the landscape and existing trees. “Nature is a really important part of this project. One of the beautiful things about Los Angeles is the relationship between indoor and outdoor living. The Bridge House will

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the back yard,” he explains. After a trip to Rhode Island, where Brunn says he took note of large, “classic” homes with impressive carports, followed by a serendipitous meeting with representatives from a patented lightweight steel frame building technology business (Bone Structure), Brunn started thinking. “I came back to Los Angeles and redid the whole design.” No stranger to design, Brunn is the principal architect of Dan Brunn Architecture. As an undergraduate, he studied at USC, and earned his master’s degree from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.

Since 2005, his firm has worked to develop commercial and residential properties, specializing in reinterpreting Modernist principles in designs for living, shopping and dining. Known for a signature minimalist aesthetic, Brunn stresses that modern design doesn’t have to equal big, white boxes: “I want to show critics of modern design that you can design projects that fit perfectly with their surroundings.” In fact, Brunn hopes the Bridge House will show critics that modern design can fit seamlessly in the midst of nature. The exterior materials of the house will be wood

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By Billy Taylor Longwood Ave. resident Dan Brunn has designed, and recently began construction on, a one-of-a-kind “Bridge House” to straddle the muchloved brook in Brookside. The 210-foot-long, 20-foot wide, single-story house, quite literally bridges a running stream and a 20-foot change in property grade. “I am really excited about this house,” Brunn tells the Chronicle. “The idea is to do something extraordinary.” It all started about four years ago when Brunn moved to Brookside, where he bought and renovated a property on the west side of Longwood Ave. “One of my neighbors invited me over one day to check out their garden. ‘It’s a little secret, but it’s amazing,’ they told me.” Brunn says it was the first time he realized that there was a real stream flowing in the neighborhood. A few months later, Brunn says he noticed that a house on the east side of Longwood Ave. looked vacant. He befriended the property’s caretaker and learned that he might have the chance to purchase the property. “My first thought was to renovate the house to enjoy

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MANY OF THE CHANDELIERS were made with area homes in mind, says Randy Esada at Prospr.

ister of Historic Places. The light-filled space of his new Beverly Blvd. showroom, opened a year ago this summer near The Grove, is filled with Italian rococo mirrors, gilded chandeliers and samples of the Scalamandre wallpaper the store carries. Glass table lamps he designed mix well with vintage moderne chairs. His Italian gilt-wood sconce with antique glass is among his made-to-order, hard-tocopy designs. You won’t find his intricately designed furnishings and decor elsewhere. The clean shape of modern design blends beautifully with antiques, says Esada. While mid-century de-

sign is basking in its time in the sun, nothing speaks to the soul like antiques. “The last thing I want is to walk into a room and have it be so generic anybody could live there.” Whatever style speaks to you, tour his showroom, on foot or from the comfort of your home, or from anywhere in the world. “You can pour yourself a martini or a Manhattan and walk through the store,” marvels Esada. Prospr, 7407 Beverly Blvd.,, and click on “Shop in 3-D,” 323-9340509. By Suzan Filipek

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The Little Free Library that thought it could… and did

Ave. and West Traffic division (next to Wilshire division) on Venice Blvd. “Most children visiting with

By Rachel Olivier The Little Free Library was a concept started in Wisconsin in 2009. There are currently three Little Free Libraries in close proximity to the Larchmont Chronicle, as well as two at local police stations, Olympic and West Traffic. Three little libraries The Little Free Library in front of Dr. Arthur A. Kezian’s dental office at 443 N. Larchmont Blvd. celebrates its fourth anniversary this NONA FRIEDMAN’S daughmonth. When it was set up, ters, Kayla Wolovitch (left) and California was mid-drought, Ella Wolovitch (right), at the Litand then came the rains this tle Free Library on Ridgewood. winter. Lily, who works for Dr. Kezian and is the curator loves that it has become a fixfor the library (and decorated ture in their neighborhood. it), said the shed was built People stop by and browse with 50-year-old shingles on through it all the time and its roof and is well built. In take or leave books. She said addition, many of the neigh- it was used in a scavenger bors and patients at the office hunt about a year ago. Windsor Square take it upon themselves to straighten and organize the Wendy Hopkins, steward of the Little Free Library at 141 library occasionally. Several friendships and at N. Gower St., said they had to least two romances have blos- take their library down when somed through people meet- they moved. However, they ing and talking over the books are still in the ‘hood (Windsor at the little library, said Lily, Square) and hope to have their who tracks the books using library up again and registered stickers attached to each book in the next few weeks. LAPD little libraries donated. At last count, 8,000 books had gone through the Several little libraries also Little Free Library in front of have popped up in police stations, including LAPD’s the dentist’s office. Olympic division on Vermont Ridgewood Wilton Nona Friedman put up her Little Free Library at 224 N. Ridgewood Pl. two years ago. She said she and her two daughters put the shed together and painted it, and a handyman put it up. It has held WEST TRAFFIC division’s little library with Sgt. up well. She James Tomeo, left, Douglas Chadwick, right.

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Los Angeles Conservancy Preservation winners to be honored May 3 Eight years, 880,000 parcels, and 500 square miles of apartment buildings, religious centers, coffee shops, theaters and bridges later, SurveyLA, the Los Angeles Historic Resources Survey, is considered the most comprehensive survey ever completed by an American city. It identifies and evaluates the vast historic resources of Los Angeles. The monumental project has earned the Chairman’s Award

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are in. If they find a book they like, they can take it home, no questions asked. They don’t need a permanent address, photo ID or money. Chadwick and her husband Douglas built and set up their first Little Free Library in 2013. Four years later, Chadwick estimates that 40,000 books have gone through the libraries that the Literacy Club has set up. To those of us who grew up with books easily available, it’s difficult to imagine such a thing as a book desert. Sharing a book that one has enjoyed reading can build feelings of community and companionship. For more information, or to set up a Little Free Library, go to littlefreelibrary. org. If you would like to donate money or time to help the Literacy Club, go to







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trees — planted on either side of the entryway give a touch of privacy at a cottage-style house across the street. The homeowner wanted something other than the traditional white fence, so it was pulled out and donated to Habitat for Humanity. The original brick entryway remains with flagstone added

in the parkway and on the sides of the house, surrounded by yellow and white roses, a purple-flowered vine and lavender and rosemary. Gutter downspouts flow rainwater into the yard, and a permeable driveway and drainage system also flows water back into the property. These relatively smaller

homes, on 50’ x 100’ lots, have tiny back yards, and are closer to the street, arguable for some needed privacy. “It’s more than about taking out lawns,” explains Judy Horton. “More responsible planting for our climate and privacy in the front yards” are key factors in these designs. By Suzan Filipek

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(Continued from page 11) and a carpet of drought-tolerant dymondia, a hearty ground cover, grows beneath a jacaranda tree. Salvias, buckwheat, “coyote mint,” California poppy and verbena add color and fragrance. After the grass was removed, dirt on each side of the walk-

Brookside bridges

(Continued from page 14) their slopes on both sides of the creek also are beautifully landscaped, there are paths and a short, arched bridge down at the lower level. A long, straight bridge connects the patio behind the house directly with the swimming pool and expansive lawn to the west. Guy C. Earl, Jr. The Boeck home was owned for many years, beginning in 1953, by Guy C. Earl, Jr. and his wife, Eleanor MacGowan Earl. He was the publisher of the “Los Angeles Evening Express,” and he participated on the committee that selected the site for the southern campus of the University of California. That committee’s secretary was this writer’s granduncle, James R. Martin, who lived in the home now the Windsor Square residence of Susan and Jack Humphreville. (See Martin’s 1925 book,

“The University of California in Los Angeles.”) It is said that Mr. and Mrs. Earl at one time owned not only their Brookside house, but also the house and lot to its south and the abutting lot on Olympic Blvd., to the west of the creek. Sandy Boeck has been in residence at this beautiful house, with its historic bridges, since buying the property from the Earls in 1973. Brookside Bunny The Boecks have maintained the historic property and its expansive gardens, pool, and lawn for the enjoyment of family and friends. It has been on that lawn and in the shrubs and other hiding places that the Brookside Easter Bunny has hidden eggs in recent years. Children from the neighborhood have gathered for an annual party, and the Easter Bunny’s elected representative, Councilmember David Ryu, has joined the egg hunt festivities as well. Right by two of the historic bridges of Brookside.

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It’s ‘A Wonderful Life’ at English Tudor Showcase Pasadena Showcase House of Design house and garden tour will continue through May 21. Some 23 designers have remodeled the interior and gardens of this year’s showcase, an English Tudor built in 1916. The architectural firm of Marston & Van Pelt designed the home at a cost of $25,000 for actor Samuel Hinds and his wife. The nearly 7,500 square-foot main residence features six bedrooms and four bathrooms and two halfbaths. The two-acre property includes a pool and badminton court, more than 100 trees and a faux bois bridge. Mr. Hinds played Peter Bailey, the father of James Stewart’s character and the founder of Bailey Building and Loan, in the classic holiday film, “It’s

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Monarch Carpet, Drapery, Upholstery turns 80 The carpeting and floor business has changed a lot since Monarch opened 80 years ago as a rug and drapery cleaning business. Carpet sales came along a bit later, and, the rest, — wood, vinyl, laminate, ceramic and natural fiber flooring — later still. Today, there’s even free inhouse design consultation. Wood flooring has grown in popularity, as have all hard surfaces, which account for 60 percent of company business, says co-owner Joel Friedman. Friedman along with Jeff Gertsman took over the business from their fathers, Sanford Rosenberg and Moe Gertsman, who founded Monarch in 1938. Friedman came aboard in 1962. Gertsman joined in 1974. Under their tenure, the company has expanded 20 times, to a 25,000-square foot facility that buzzes ‘round the

clock. Its showrooms display selections of carpeting from 35 mills plus other types of flooring. Clients have included the Music Center and residents citywide, including Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Larchmont and the Miracle Mile. Customers can purchase a hall runner or an entire commercial flooring.

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Gene Kohn and Trent Tesch of Kohn Pedersen Fox took what had been a gray concrete box originally designed as a mid-century department store and transformed it into a visual anchor of the Miracle Mile neighborhood utilizing a façade of flowing stainless steel ribbons over a corrugated red shell, museum officials said. “To even be considered for such an award is an honor,” said Terry Karges, executive director of the Petersen Automotive Museum. “Coincidentally, this award was created in 1994 – the same year Robert E. Petersen founded our museum in a repurposed department store.”


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‘Distant, difficult, and dangerous,’ Kong was all that and more King Kong,” to mark the film’s latest iteration, “Kong: Skull Island.”) The 29-old Selznick had just resigned from Depressionrocked Paramount in June 1931 when he left Hollywood for New York. He had hoped to start an independent studio, but instead returned to Gower and Melrose (Paramount was next door) in October as RKO’s vice president for production. RCA, under the legendary David Sarnoff, was then the parent company of RKO. But he also returned with a giant gorilla, so to speak, in his back pocket. The hyper-confident producer, director, explorer, documentarian, aviator, soldier, prisoner-of-war, and Hollywood mover and shaker Meri-

an C. Cooper had worked his magic in New York on behalf of Selznick, with David Sarnoff. Coop, explorer Merian Cooper was a big thinker who never forgot the dreams of his childhood and youth — which was threaded, as if with gold, by the exploits of dashing soldier ancestors in the Revolutionary War and then the Seminole Indian Wars. Col. John Cooper in the Revolutionary War was the commanding officer of Kazimierz Pulaski, the storied Polish officer who organized America’s first cavalry unit. This family history was the animating force in Cooper’s begging the Polish head of state to let him raise an American squadron to join the Polish air force in the 1919– 21 Polish-Soviet War. (It was around this time that Coop met Ernest B. Schoedsack, a cameraman-aviator-explorer who would become his co-

Revel where the wild things are at Beastly Ball Come one, come all to where the wild things are at the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) Beastly Ball at 5333 Zoo Dr., Griffith Park, Sat., May 20 at 6 p.m. This year’s ball is part of the ongoing 50th anniversary celebration of the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Garden and honors Wallis Annenberg and the Annenberg Foundation and the National Geographic Society. Honorary chair is Mayor Eric Garcetti. Participants will be able to stroll throughout the zoo to

visit with the animals while enjoying music and sampling cuisine from around the city. Music will be provided by Grammy Award-winning, GLAZA trustee and host committee co-chair Slash, accompanied by Jimmy Vivino and the Basic Cable Band, house band for Conan O’Brien’s late night talk show. Fare for the event will be provided by a variety of restaurants and bars, including Red O, Taix French Restaurant, El Cholo, El Coyote Mexican Café and Taste of the Wild.

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KING KONG in original poster for the Cooper and Schoedsack 1933 production.

director and co-producer.) But it was Merian Cooper, at age six, who had decided to become an explorer when he read an 1861 edition of “Explorations and Adventures on Equatorial Africa.” According to Coop’s biographer, Mark Cotta Vaz, it was “one of the influential books that shaped the outlook and career path of young Merian Cooper.” The frontispiece, reproduced in Vaz’s 2005 book, “Living Dangerously: The Adventures of Merian C. Cooper,” shows a giant gorilla

with a monster face. Hmm. It seems so very familiar. The big ape By 1930, Cooper and Schoedsack had three or four films to their credit. Selznick needed a big hit and owed Cooper in part for his new position at RKO. No one could turn down Coop. He was as persistent and consistent as the rising sun; Selznick had heard about the big ape before he returned to Hollywood in October 1931. In early 1933, Selznick’s contract with RKO had expired, and he moved to MGM to work for his fatherin-law, Louis B. Mayer. But on March 2, 1933, “King Kong: The Eighth Wonder of the World” premiered in New York and two weeks later in Hollywood. The story of its making has filled libraries. (The story of its script development is the topic for next month’s column.) The film kept RKO afloat but not out of receivership — the movie was, by any accounting, a massive hit for the studio, its stars, its makers, and Kong himself. Cooper and Schoedsack no doubt were bemused by the many interpretations of the film, which continue to this day. For them, though, Kong was no metaphor — the picture fulfilled their production motto: “Keep it distant, difficult, and dangerous.”

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As James Gianopulos, the new chairman of Paramount up there on Melrose, ponders the direction the studio might take to rekindle its fortunes, he is not the first, nor will he be Home the last. On Ground this outsized by — at least in Paula Panich the public imagination — piece of real estate, many have experienced what must feel like the weight of the world, swinging on a string and barely overhead. Selznick and Kong I’m thinking particularly of then-producer David O. Selznick and what would become one of the great icons of Hollywood — anyway, certainly its biggest-appearing star — the great Kong. (The “New York Times” recently published a roundup, “The Five Ages of


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Historic, floral beauty at Robinson Gardens

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made entirely out of succulents, for either side of the front door. Eric Buterbaugh, at the historic Danzinger Studio by Frank Gehry, 7001 Melrose, will be supplying a signature arrangement of peonies for the entry. For more information and to purchase tickets for the event, visit robinsongardens.

Mother’s Day, rose festival Celebrate Mother’s Day, and enjoy the roses this month, at Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge. Bring the family for Patina’s Mother’s Day brunch at the Rose Pavilion Sun., May 14. The three seatings are 9 and 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets are $75 and reservations are required.

Take in your fill of roses at the Rose Festival, Sat., May 20 and Sun., May 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be discovery and craft stations, live music, food provided by Patina and guided walks through the Rose Garden. For more information on these and other activities, call 818-949-7980, or go to

PEONY arrangement by Eric Buterbaugh is similar to what will be used this year. Photo by Marco Imagery

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Mother’s Day, artisanal farming Mother’s Day brunch and a lecture on the future of farming are two of the events this month at the Huntington Library, 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino. Bring your mom for brunch, wander through gardens, and browse the flower shop and gift store Sun., May 14. Check website for seating times. Hear about the future of artisanal farming with organic farmers David and Marcy Masumoto Sun., May 7 at 2 p.m. Take a tour of the tropic collections with curator Dylan Hannon to see orchids and other exotic plants Wed., May 17 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. For more information on these and other opportunities, visit

Wild West Day, plant shows at Arboretum Pan for gold, tour Queen Anne Cottage and view a variety of geraniums, epiphyllums and cycads at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens this month at 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Live music, stagecoach rides and a cowboy artifact exhibit are some of the attractions at Wild West Day, Sat. May 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors can also see roping demonstrations, write telegrams, tour Queen Anne Cottage and pan for gold. Western barbecue and other refreshments will be available for purchase. The International Geranium Society will be hosting a show and sale Sat., May 13 and Sun., May 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Geraniums will be on display as well as for sale. Learn about cycads, a plant with a long fossil history, at a walking tour Sat., May 20 from 11 a.m. to noon. Wear walking shoes and a hat. Enjoy the many varieties of epiphyllia, a genus of the

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The Friends of the Robinson Gardens will tour and showcase the famous Beverly Hills home and gardens Sat., May 20 beginning at 10 a.m. This year’s event will honor philanthropist Ron Burkle as Grand Marshal. Burkle is founder of the Ralphs / Food4Less Foundation and Fred Meyer, Inc. Foundation. He is on the board of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and he is a trustee of AIDS Project Los Angeles, among other nonprofit organizations. The program for the event includes tours of the gardens and the mansion — decorated for the event by interior designers and florists — a luncheon, fashion show by Theory, book signings, treasure hunt and opportunity drawing. Two of the floral designers are from our neighborhood. Horticulturist Brad Austin of Brad Austin Imaginative Florals, Stanley Ave., will provide a pair of spiral topiary,

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Learn fresh California lingo Taxis were named after Parisian machines Dude, hack the lingo and eventually winnowed down for Where does ‘taxi’ come from? wonders Patty Miller. grab some of this sweet Califor- use in the book. “My millennial advisors, One of the few words which nia speak with “Talk Like a Calilike my daughter, corrected is the same in any language, fornian,” published recently. me on some out of “taxi” is originally from the Written by “Heldate terms,” Bates Greek tassien, which morphed ena Ventura,” a pen pointed out. “For into the French taxer — an name for a group example, what my arranged charge or computaof writers headed husband the TV tion. And it was in Paris, in by Colleen Dunn editor always called the late 19th century, where Bates, publisher ‘craft services’ is vehicles for hire were first of Prospect Park now called ‘crafty,’” equipped with devices to meaBooks and sixth she said. sure mileage. These machines generation CaliforThis is an epic were called “taximeters” and nian, the book covbook to give to a lo- not only computed distance ers statewide slang, cal who is missing traveled, but the charge due. regional words, and specific jargon for READ UP on your home or an out-of- It wasn’t long after that the the film and tech slang with this “hella state friend or fam- colloquial abbreviation, now industries. fresh guide to Golden ily member who universally adopted, referred doesn’t have a clue to the vehicles themselves. The book, sub- State speak.” and needs a hack • • • titled “A hella fresh guide to Golden State speak,” is to get fresh with their Califor- What’s the origin of “hoi polostensibly a glossary for locals nia speak. Also entertaining to loi”? queries Jeanette Nolan. and tourists alike to glean a bet- share with friends over guac “Hoi polloi” is literal Greek for the many and refers to the ter understanding of California and a beer. slang. Yet, the design by Kathy “Talk Like a Californian” by masses, the common herd in a Kikkert, using California bear Helena Ventura is available slighting sense. At Cambridge graphics, and the author(s)’s at Chevalier’s Books, 126 N. University, it is also referenced examples explaining the terms, Larchmont Blvd., 323-465- in “The Poll” — students who also poke gentle fun at the lin- 1334, merely obtain a pass degree, a go Californians have developed Or contact prospectpark- degree without honors or distinction. These underachievand learned to use and under- stand in the bear republic on the left coast. “I grew up in the surf world, so I ‘spoke’ surf from an early age,” says Bates. She said a book of cowboy sayings gave her the idea. “A light bulb went off that no one had done California-speak in book form,” she continues. She put together a team of people from Silicon Valley, San Diego, Hollywood and the Bay Area to research “Golden RECENTLY SEEN at the Larchmont Barber Shop were barber State speak,” and was able to Cesar Vasquez, Larchmont Chronicle publisher John Welborne, Windsor Square resident William LaBombard, and barber shop combine huge lists that they

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To differentiate from the physical to the mental yearning, the ancients used purstig. This portrayed a strong desire or craving for something metaphysical like knowledge, love, or freedom. • • • Why is a witty person, also known as a “wag”? ponders Connie Peterson. A “wag” is a humorous person, one given to jest and merriment. It comes from the Old English wagge, which meant rascal and was then folded into waghalter — a practical joker, a person who wags or shakes a horse’s halter to induce the animal to rear and scare its rider. Professor Know-It-All is the nom de plume of Bill Bentley, who invites readers to try and stump him. Send your questions to


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