LC Real Estate 09 2022

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HOLLYHOCK

CAR-FREE

MUSEUMS

Hancock Park resident co-curated new exhibit at the Academy Museum.

UNESCO World Heritage Site is back open for tours.

Residents left the car at home to ride wide-open streets.

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LARCHMONT CHRONICLE

SEPTEMBER 2022

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Larchmont Chronicle

SEPTEMBER 2022

City marks 60th year of preserving its many treasures

By Suzan Filipek There have been many designation winners since the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Ordinance was passed 60 years ago last month. The Memorial Branch Library and its World War I-era stained glass windows and the tall majestic palms along Highland Avenue are among them. The elegant 1921 Ambassador Hotel did not survive the wrecking ball. But, while losing the hotel — where Robert F. Kennedy was fatally shot in 1968 — and its Cocoanut Grove nightclub was a setback, thankfully many other places have been saved, Ken Bernstein said on the eve of the anniversary. As principal city planner, Bernstein heads the city’s Office of Historic Resources, while the Cultural Heritage Commission board designates the city’s Historic-Cultural Monuments (HCMs), which, as of last count, numbered 1,264. Among the first places to be deemed historic under the pioneering ordinance was the Leonis Adobe built in 1844 in what is now Calabasas. The ordinance was approved following a grassroots campaign to stop a shopping

tern theater and La Casa de las Campanas, a treasured Spanish Colonial Revival home on N. June Street, were all deemed historic. The Ebell of Los Angeles was designated in 1982, and the El Royale Apartments on North Rossmore Avenue in 1986. The list also includes the Original Farmers Market and the El Rey Theatre. Memorial Library The stained-glass windows at Memorial Branch Library in Brookside were designed and built in 1930 by Judson Studios when the library was constructed. TREES ON HIGHLAND were designated They were a gift to the library from the a Historic-Cultural Monument in 1972. Photo by Nona Sue Friedman Los Angeles High School student body center from being built on the in honor of classmates who died in World War I. adobe site. While buildings make up Also saved early on by the new ordinance — the first of its the majority of sites saved kind in a major urban center — by the ordinance, open spacwas Angels Flight Railway, the es, including Griffith Park, 118-year-old funicular on Bun- and trees, such as those on Highland, have also been desker Hill downtown. Closer to home, the Wilshire ignated. In 1928, residents and the Boulevard Temple, The Wil-

STAINED GLASS window panels at Memorial Branch Library commemorate Los Angeles High School alumni who died in World War I. Photo by Deborah Matthews

city arranged to plant the palm trees along Highland between Wilshire Boulevard and Melrose Avenue and construct a median strip. The residents financed the project and, many years later, in 1972, the site was recognized as an Historic-Cultural Monument. The designation grants properties a level of protection against demolition and has become more popular among homeowners, Bernstein said. Owners become eligible for preservation incentives such as the Mills Act Historical Property Contract Program, which can provide property tax relief. Preservation also fosters more sustainable development and promotes repurposing of existing buildings while also combating climate change by recycling

materials to reduce carbon emissions, city officials said. The list of monuments ranges from modernist homes to Japanese florist shops and the cemetery of a pioneering Mexican family from California’s Rancho period. “With influences from immigrant, migrant and indigenous communities, Los Angeles is an incredibly culturally rich city,’’ said Director of Planning Vince Bertoni. “Future Angelenos will be able to appreciate the efforts of previous generations as a result of our steadfast commitment to understanding the passion and enthusiasm upon which this great city was built.” Learn more about the Leonis Adobe and other city historical sites at tinyurl. com/4t3fykaz.


Larchmont Chronicle

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Proposed changes to the Mills Act spark opposition Recently released recommendations for proposed changes to Mills Act contracts have sparked opposition throughout the preservation community and beneficiaries of Los Angeles’ premier economic incentive program for historic preservation. A recent review of the Mills Act Program by the City of Los Angeles resulted in a series of recommendations, including the controversial proposal of non-renewal of current Mills Act contracts more than 10 years old. If such a change were enacted it would financially affect many members of our historic communities in Greater Wilshire who are provided with a generous tax abatement in exchange for the preservation and maintenance of their historic properties. Enabled by state legislation in 1972 and established in Los Angeles in 1996, the program has been an enormous success. Single and multifamily residential as well as commer-

On Preservation by

Brian Curran

cial properties qualify if they are designated as a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument (HCM) or a contributor to an Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ). A Mills Act contract is an annually-renewing 10-year contract between a property owner and the city, transferrable to a new owner upon the sale of a property. Contract holders save over $20 million in property taxes annually, a savings that many use to reinvest through the necessary upkeep and maintenance of their historic properties. On July 19, the Cultural Heritage Commission (CHC) heard the first report on the city’s assessment of the Mills Act Program, conducted by

THIS HOUSE in the Wilton Historic District was preserved through the Mills Act.

Robert Chattel and Associates. According to the assessment’s Executive Summary, this review examined staffing, program revenue streams, and “the allocation of property tax savings among existing contracts to inform a more equitable distribution of program participation across the city.” Growth, equity challenges They found that although

the program had been a success, its growth had surpassed the capacity of city planning to administer it effectively. Also, changing city priorities such as issues of equity and housing affordability presented further challenges to ensure that properties in areas with “high barriers to opportunity” could also benefit from the program.

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While there has been a great deal of support for the report’s addressing of the equity issue through suggested strategic outreach targeting high priority areas and prioritizing at least half of new applications to those areas(including the greater inclusion of affordable multi-family housing), other recommendations focusing (Please turn to page 4)

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Larchmont Chronicle

SEPTEMBER 2022

SECTION TWO

Street improvements abound in the Larchmont area

IMPROVED CROSSWALK with new striping is being installed at Larchmont Boulevard looking west down Clinton Street.

Photo by Nona Sue Friedman

By Nona Sue Friedman As many in the neighborhood have noticed, some streets are being repaved, or more officially, getting “asphalt slurry seal application.” If you live in the Hancock Park, Windsor Square or Larchmont Village area and haven’t gotten a notice from the city about this project, you soon will. Seeing work done on streets in good shape has prompted many to ask, “Why are these streets getting attention while other streets, like Beverly Boulevard and Third Street with crater-sized pot-

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afterwards. It also requires coordinating between many utilities such as gas, cable, phone and private construction projects. O’Farrell’s office is responding to numerous requests to remove the lumps, bumps and pot holes on Third and Beverly and hopes to get these thoroughfares scheduled for resurfacing soon. Other street modifications that O’Farrell’s office has pushed through include a more clearly defined crosswalk at the intersection of Larchmont Boulevard and Council Street just in time for school. And a few months ago, at Van Ness Avenue and Third Street, a pedestrian activated crosswalk was installed. Councilman O’Farrell is a member of the Public Works Committee for the Los Angeles City Council and is involved in public works projects throughout his district.

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holes making it dangerous to drive, aren’t?” Asphalt slurry, as Councilman Mitch O’Farrell’s office explained, is similar to a topcoat of nail polish. This scheduled maintenance, which is dictated by the Bureau of Street Services, is done every five to seven years to keep the roadways in good driving condition and extend the road’s life. Although residents of each street need to move their car off the street for one day, it’s a minor inconvenience for necessary upkeep. O’Farrell’s office has received many thank yous for this work. Resurfacing, a different and more involved procedure than slurry, is what is needed on Third Street and Beverly Boulevard. Resurfacing deals with curbs, gutters, the crown of the street — which is the shape of the road surface — and grading the street

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Let’s face it. Drought conditions are probably the new normal here in Los Angeles. Let’s learn to live with it, shall we? Here are five easy water-saving tips that everyone in your household (kids, too!) can start doing today to conserve water: The water can wait: While taking your morning shower and washing your hands throughout the day, turn off the water while you soap up. You could save up to 10 gallons of water each time you shower and almost six gallons of water a day when washing your hands. Bathe with a bucket: While the water is heating up in the shower, place a bucket under the spigot or shower head to catch the water before getting into the shower. Once you’re in the shower, place a second bucket at your feet to catch

On Preservation (Continued from page 3)

on the program’s financial sustainability were not as well received. The greatest opposition came to the proposed revision of contract terms to be limited to 20 years for new contracts and the non-renewal of existing contracts older than 10 years old. More than 100 members of the public called in to the CHC’s July meeting and an even greater number to the Aug. 8 evening presentation, the vast majority of comments focusing on opposition to this particular recommendation. Condo owners in historic downtown and Hollywood

TURN OFF THE WATER while washing hands and save gallons.

the excess water. If you’re able to fill two buckets, you could collect 10 gallons every time a family member showers! Pasta to plants: Is mac and cheese the meal of choice for your kids? Is spaghetti your “go to” dinner? Don’t throw the used pasta water down the drain. Instead, place a pot under the colander to capture the water and then use that water for your outside plants. Depending upon how often your family eats pasta, you could save several gallons of (Please turn to page 7) buildings were particularly represented in opposing the suggestion for non-renewal. According to Ken Bernstein of the Office of Historic Resources, this is only the beginning of the process to refine the Mills Act Program. Feedback continues to be gathered for a draft ordinance to be crafted — a step which will occur before Neighborhood Councils will have time to weigh in. In the meantime, for those who own Mills Act properties and wish to review the 2022 Mills Act Assessment Report as well as provide comments, go to tinyurl.com/2h5kn88w to find links, contact details and a feedback form.


Larchmont Chronicle

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‘The river is a good way to tell the story of Los Angeles’ The California Garden and Landscape History Society (CGLHS), like most organizations, had to postpone its annual conference for two years. But little did the CGLHS organizers know then that the conference, scheduled at last for Oct. 14, 15 and 16, would fall into the great celebratory frenzy with the opening in July of the Sixth Street Viaduct. The bridge is a stunning work of architecture, a “ribbon of light” linking the Downtown L.A. Arts Districts and East Los Angeles. That Sixth Street Viaduct reaches over the Los Angeles River; the CGLHS conference is called “The Past, Present, and Future of the Los Angeles River.” The three-day gathering will be a mix of tours and lectures and lunches and dinners at historic locations on and off the river. Landscape designer Libby Simon, conference chair, says that one of the key issues to be raised with the conference is that, now, “neighborhoods are blending in with the river, instead of turning their backs to it.” Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR) and the Los Angeles Conservancy will be leading a tour of one of those river communities, the

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Frogtown neighborhood in the Elysian Valley. Judy Horton, well known to our neighborhoods as a sterling garden designer, is a past president of CGLHS. The organization was founded in 1995; Judy joined the next year. (Disclosure: I am a member of CGLHS.) Her family moved to Los Angeles in 1959. “For decades,” Horton says, “I didn’t know we had a river. Then I learned it had flooded badly and changed course; I began slowly to notice the interesting bridges in and around Downtown. Now, for decades, I have read about and heard talk about the river, its future development and parks,” she said. “The river is potentially a good way to tell the story of Los Angeles.” The story of Los Angeles is indeed the story of the river. Late in the summer of 1769, Juan Crespi, chronicler of the Portola Expedition, wrote that the explorers had come across the river at a “point

Keith Park, current president of CGLHS, says he, too, didn’t think much of the river as he swiftly crossed it on a freeway or saw it in a movie. “I have a much more nuanced opinion of it,” he says, “and that is what I hope others will gain from the conference.” The Sixth Street Viaduct guarantees that now everyone knows that Los Angeles has a river; the LOS ANGELES, LOOKING NORTH from Elysian Park, shows Los Angeles beautiful Viaduct River and Mt. Washington, approximately 1900. photo: CL Pierce 00853, has the magnetic C.C. Pierce Collections of Photographs, The Huntington draw of the Hollywood sign. somewhere near where the for a large settlement.” And, as the New York Times And so it came to pass, that Pasadena Freeway approaches Downtown today,” writes large settlement. As Deverell has reported, “the bridge writes, “The Los Angeles River eventually will overlook a historian William Deverell. “We encountered a very has always been at the heart of 12-acre riverbed park that spacious valley,” Crespi whichever human settlement will help anchor a long-term wrote, “well grown with cot- is in the basin: Gabrielino vil- restoration of the famously tonwoods and alders, among lage, Spanish outpost, Mexican concrete-covered Los Angeles River.” which ran a beautiful river… pueblo, American city.” The Los Angeles River will And it came to pass too “This plain where the river runs is very extensive. It that the river would flood reclaim its place then, as a has good land for planting… all these settlements, un- shining element in the landgrain and seeds, and is the til 51 miles of concrete was scape of the city. (See cglhs.org for informamost suitable site of all that poured, forming the most we have seen for a mission, extensive flood control for a tion about the organization and conference.) for it has all the requirements river its size in the world.


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Larchmont Chronicle

SEPTEMBER 2022

SECTION TWO

Awards bestowed at festive WSHPHS annual meeting

The Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society (WSHPHS) held its 46th annual meeting on the historic grounds of the Gilmore Adobe on Sun., July 31, from 1 to 5 p.m. About 100 members and guests were at the traditional Historic Landmark Awards July 31 at the adobe, which is tucked behind The Grove. The Society enjoys a steady increase in membership in what is one of the city’s oldest historical societies, WSHPHS President Richard Battgalia told the crowd. Some 67 new member families have joined in the past year, added Marlene Zweig, co-vice president, membership, of the about-460 member Society. Winners of this year’s traditional Historic Landmark Awards were: The Bridge

NEW EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE from 2022 to 2023, left to right: Communications Director Jolin Crofts, President Richard Battaglia; Marlene Zweig and Judy Zeller, vice presidents - membership; Bret Parsons and Joseph Guidera, vice presidents - events; Brian Curran, vice president - Landmark Awards; Heather John Fogarty, secretary. Missing from the photo is Barbara Coad, treasurer. Photos by Alex Elliott

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GROUNDS of the historic Gilmore Adobe.

These new winners — #122-124 — join the previous landmark awards presented in the Society’s 46-year history. In 1978, the first year of the awards, The Gilmore Adobe was named a winner, along with the Ebell Club House & Theatre and the Lucille Mead Lamb Home, “La Casa de las Campanas,” which were also awarded that same year. Guest speaker was Cari

Beauchamp, an award-winning historian and documentary filmmaker. Built in 1852, the Gilmore Adobe is one of the oldest homes in Los Angeles. Today, it serves as administrative offices for the Original Farmers Market, founded on the Gilmore site in July 1934. For more information on upcoming events and membership, visit wshphs.com.

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Larchmont Chronicle

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NHM Commons moves closer to construction The Los Angeles City Council voted last month to adopt a motion which will allow the Natural History Museum to borrow up to $22.5 million to finance the design and construction of the NHM Commons project. Described as a new “front porch” to the museum, the project will include a new welcome center with natural lighting, retail space, a multipurpose theater, a café and a community plaza. Frederick Fisher and Partners is designing the NHM Commons project, which includes indoor and outdoor gathering spaces. It is expected to open in Fall 2023, according to its website. No city funds are proposed for the project, which is owned by Los Angeles County. Plans call for adding roughly 22,000 square feet of new construction, while renovating approximately 53,000 square feet of the original 1920s building. “For more than a decade we have been transforming the Museum’s spaces and grounds, but we have just begun to reimagine who we are when it comes to community,”

said Dr. Lori Bettison-Varga, President and Director of the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County in a statement on the project’s website. The project is part of a 25-year master plan for Exposition Park.

Ready, set, go! Homeboy 5K is September 24

Registration is open for the Homeboy Industries 5K Run/Walk on Sat., Sept 24 in historic Downtown Los Angeles. The 13th annual event is the biggest fundraiser for the group, founded and headed by Father Greg Boyle (who grew up in Windsor Square). The run/walk begins outside Homeboy’s Chinatown headquarters and ends with a street celebration featuring artists and vendors. Funds raised support Homeboy’s mission to provide training and support to former gang-involved and previously incarcerated people. Homeboy is the largest gang-intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program in the world. To register visit tinyurl.com/bdftdxye

We invite you to take the Larchmont Chronicle with you on your next trip and to snap a photo. Send your picture to editorial@larchmontchronicle.com with your name and local neighborhood, and we might publish it in a future issue. Happy traveling! IN THE SIERRA. Laurie Brown and her grandson, Ren Stoppani Brown (right), camped at Lair of the Bear, a camp for alumni of UC Berkeley, this summer. The camp is in the Sierra between Yosemite and Lake Tahoe, near Pinecrest Lake. They have been going there together for almost a decade, they tell us.

Left: IN HAWAII, on the North Pacific Ocean, on thier summer vacation, are Georgia Carrington, Reese Duff and Grace Carrington, all of Windsor Square.

Save water

(Continued from page 4) water a week. Cooks can capture, too! How often do you wash fruits or steam or boil vegetables and don’t even think about capturing and reusing the excess water to give your plants

a drink? Next time, fill a shallow bowl with water to wash your fruits and vegetables and save the water used to cook your veggies. Drink every drop: When you’re hot and tired, a big glass of cold water sure sounds great! But next time you get a drink of water, don’t let the

tap run until the water’s cold. Instead, fill a reusable container with water and place it in the refrigerator. Your cold drink of water will be waiting for you in the fridge! The above information is excerpted from the LA Sanitation & Environment website at lacitysan.org.


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LIBRARY CALENDAR

Touch sea creatures, create a glass tile pendant, read to dogs

FAIRFAX LIBRARY Adults and Seniors Computer comfort class: Familiarize yourself with keyboards, a mouse and executing a search on the internet. Participants can use a library computer or bring their own. Class takes place every Monday from 1 to 2 p.m. All ages Book Sale: Browse used books every Wednesday from noon to 4 p.m. All sales sup-

port the library branch.

FREMONT LIBRARY Teens & Adults Glass tile pendant: Create a glass pendant for a necklace with an image of your choice. All materials provided. Email to participate on Tues., Sept. 13 from 4 to 5 p.m. at jcfrmt@lapl.org. MEMORIAL LIBRARY Kids Story time in the park: Drop in and listen to stories

and sing songs in Memorial Park adjoining the library Wednesdays, Sept. 7, 14 and 21 from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Reading to the rescue: Love dogs and want your kids to read more? This event on Wed., Sept. 14 from 4 to 5 p.m. lets your child read aloud to an adorable rescue dog. Adults Book club: Get together the first Friday of each month

to discuss a selected book. "Ballad of Love and Glory" by Reyna Grande is Sept. 2 at 1 p.m. The book for October is "Cartographers: A Novel" by Peng Shepherd if you want to read ahead. Art class: Color, paint and glue every Wednesday from 3 to 5 p.m. All ages Chess Club: Every Friday, from 3 to 5 p.m., play chess or learn how.

Book Sale: Find a good book to purchase every Tuesday, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., and every Saturday from 4 to 5 p.m. All proceeds support the library. WILSHIRE LIBRARY Kids & Teens Blue Submarine: Experience marine life close up! Visit Tues., Sept. 27 from 4 to 5 p.m. to touch tide pool animals such as sea stars, hermit crabs and sea urchins.

Holocaust Museum LA offers fall trainings

LIBRARIES FAIRFAX 161 S. Gardner St. 323-936-6191 JOHN C. FREMONT 6121 Melrose Ave. 323-962-3521 MEMORIAL 4625 W. Olympic Blvd. 323-938-2732 WILSHIRE 149 N. St. Andrews Pl. 323-957-4550

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Holocaust Museum hosts gala Oct. 20

HOURS Mon. and Wed. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tues. and Thurs. noon to 8 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Closed Mon., Sept. 5 for Labor Day.

By Abigail Kestenbaum Holocaust Museum LA will hold its 14th annual banquet on Thurs., Oct. 20 at 5 p.m. All donations will go toward education, which will help to preserve the memories of survivors and combat hatred and antisemitism. Banquet honorees are Kelly

Goldberg (grandchild of Holocaust survivors), Tom Teicholz (child of Holocaust survivors) and David (Holocaust survivor) and Sheryl Wiener. The banquet will be held at the Saban Theatre, located at 8440 Wilshire Blvd. For more information, visit holocaustmuseumla.org.

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Through the training sessions, participants will learn about the Holocaust, the history of the museum and the museum’s exhibits. Volunteers will engage in museum tours, attend lectures and acquire teaching techniques. To apply to be a docent, visit holocaustmuseumla.org.

Craft Contemporary gala is Oct. 15 Craft Contemporary will honor artists Keiko Fukazawa and Dennis Callwood and architect Joe Coriaty at the return of its in-person gala Sat., Oct. 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. The fundraising event will be held in the courtyard, 5841 Wilshire Blvd., and proceeds will support education programs and exhibitions. The gala will include food, an open bar, live DJ music and a silent auction. For tickets, visit craftcontemporary.org/gala-2022/


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‘Regeneration’ exhibition opens at the Academy Museum

By Talia Abrahamson A rich celebration of the history of Black American filmmaking opened last month at the Academy Museum of Motion pictures. “Regeneration: Black Cinema 18981971,” the museum’s second major temporary exhibition, tells the often-overlooked narrative across seven galleries, drawing together newly restored film excerpts, never-before-shown costume drawings and old and rediscovered gems from the world’s archives. “This work had to happen,” filmmaker Ava DuVernay said at an opening preview of the exhibition, which took place Aug. 21. “It’s overdue. It’s important. It’s crucial work. This exhibition showcases the generations of Black artists on whose shoulders we stand.” Co-curators Doris Berger and Rhea Combs developed the exhibition over the past five years. Berger, the vice president of curatorial affairs at the Academy Museum, is a resident of Hancock Park. Combs is the director of curatorial affairs at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. “This exhibition gives you an insight into a fuller picture of American cinema,” Berger

MOVIE STILL of Fredi Washington with Duke Ellington and his band in “Black and Tan,” 1929.

DORIS BERGER and Rhea Combs were co-curators of “Regeneration.”

said. “We have a lot of movies in there that maybe many people don’t know about that always existed and that show African American performers in all kinds of roles, not just supporting roles that were often the case in Hollywood.” Berger found inspiration for “Regeneration” in the archives of the Margaret Herrick Library in Beverly Hills, which serves as the main repository for the Academy Museum. She came across

posters of the independent “race films” of the 1920s and 1930s, now on display in the exhibition, and was intrigued. She reached out to Combs, who was then working at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., about the potential of building out an exhibition. Film preservation and archival work were crucial to their telling of the story of Black American cinema.

Berger and Combs traveled across America, France and Germany to find films considered lost. Berger said the two hardest objects to recover were the 1940s Mills Panoram (a visual jukebox for three-minute musical films) that in the exhibition showcases exclusively Black talent, and the gown worn by actress Lena Horne in “Stormy Weather” (1943). Berger and Combs also worked with an advisory group, including DuVernay and other professors, curators and filmmakers, to ensure a narrative informed by additional scholarship and experience. “Regeneration” extends further than the exhibition

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space. The Academy Museum developed an inaugural film series as well as educational programs to complement the exhibition. A curriculum guide and illustrated catalogue provide further teaching about Black cinema. “Regeneration” will close at the Academy Museum on Sun., April 9. “I hope people come to see this exhibition and feel the joy and excitement that I felt throughout working on this exhibition and hopefully be inspired, for young filmmakers or in terms of glamour and fashion,” Berger said. The Academy Museum is at 6067 Wilshire Blvd., academymuseum.org.

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Riding on open, car-free streets energized families By Nona Sue Friedman Seeing the city from a different perspective is one of the many elements of CicLAvia that Windsor Square resident Leena Dunn enjoyed about the day. She and her family rode the car-free route end to end a couple of times, taking in the sites on Hollywood and Santa Monica boulevards. The Dunns participated in “Meet the Hollywoods” on Aug. 21. They cycled about 18 miles, starting the adventure with breakfast at Le Pain Quotidien on Larchmont Boulevard. “It was amazing, energizing and one of the most fun events I’ve done in a long time,” is how Dunn summed up the day. Participants in CicLAvia can

BIKING IN THE HEART of Hollywood are (left to right) Laura, Nathan and Mike Million of Wilton Drive.

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bike, walk, rollerblade, skateboard or scooter along the path. Cars are forbidden along

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the route. The next event, “Heart of LA,” takes place on Sun., Oct.

Sixth Street bridge. Check out ciclavia.org for additional information.

CHA Hollywood Presbyterian awarded for life-saving stroke care

for Disease Control and Prevention, strokes are the fifth leading cause of death, and more than 795,000 people in the United States suffer a stroke each year. CHA HPMC also received the American Heart Association’s Target: Type 2 Diabetes SM Honor Roll award. The Target program ensures patients with Type 2 diabetes receive the most up-to-date, evidence-based care when hospitalized due to stroke.

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CHA Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center (CHA HPMC) was recently recognized by the American Heart Association, receiving their Get With The Guidelines — Stroke Gold Plus award for proven dedication to ensuring stroke patients have access to life-saving care. “We are also happy to announce that we have launched TeleStroke services to provide timely assessment of a stroke to our patients through a collaboration with the USC TeleStroke and Neurological Emergency Program,” Inung Bae, hospital spokesman, told us. The program allows physicians in the emergency room


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World Heritage Site Hollyhock House reopens

By Abigail Kestenbaum The only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Los Angeles, Hollyhock House has reopened. The house has been closed since before the pandemic, during which time several renovations were made. The house was commissioned by Aline Barnsdall and designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Named for Barnsdall’s favorite flower, Hollyhock House was finished in 1921 and is located in Barnsdall Art Park, 4800 Hollywood Blvd. In addition to the Hollyhock House, all Dept. of Cultural Affairs facilities at Barnsdall Art Park have also reopened. The facilities include the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, the Barnsdall Art Gallery Theatre, the Barnsdall Art Center and the Barnsdall Junior Arts Center. Upon reopening, the Barnsdall Arts Center and Junior Arts Center offered outdoor art workshops in August. Information about upcoming workshops will be posted to their Instagram page. The reopening of the house was commemorated on Aug. 20 at a lawn party, which included performances from the Bob Baker Marionette

Theater and presentations by Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, Acting General Manager for the Dept. of Cultural Affairs Daniel Tarica, Hollyhock House Curator Abbey Chamberlain Brach and Tribal President for the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians Rudy Ortega Jr. “We’ve now weathered the storm of COVID-19, and I am thrilled to welcome people back to this iconic place,” said Councilman O’Farrell. Self-guided tours of the house are available Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at hollyhockhouse. org.

HOLLYHOCK HOUSE is located in Barnsdall Art Park, also home to the Barnsdall Arts Center.

REOPENING of Hollyhock House was celebrated with a lawn Photo: Office of Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell party.

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It’s National Preparedness Month; 9/11 remembered

September is filled with events recognizing the need for emergency preparedness. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has designated September as National Preparedness Month to help raise awareness in communities about the importance of being prepared before an emergency strikes. Local champion of emergency preparedness Lyn MacEwen Cohen, president, First-In Fire Foundation, is asking homeowners, families, community centers and businesses to use this opportunity to find ways or help others prepare for disasters and reduce risks to health and the environment.

“9/11 is recalled and we remember the courageous firefighters who died in an unprecedented attack on our country. First-In Fire Foundation will also be supporting Fall Prevention Awareness in September to help reduce falls in the home and other emergency responses, which are responsible for more than 80 percent of firefighter calls,” Cohen said. The Foundation will provide “Firehouse Emergency Preparedness Freezers” as part of their “Firehouse Dinners” Program, also sponsored by the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, which will fund a new freezer for Fire Station 29 and another freezer, from a grant from the office of Council

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know who and where to seek help during an unexpected disaster. We need to connect with our local emergency responders. “Communities grow stronger when local residents and small business groups join together to prepare for family health crises, fires, heat waves, earthquakes, floods, civil unrest and terrorism. It is an opportunity to meet

local firefighters and first responders and to work together for public safety and unexpected emergencies.” Nonprofit organizations like First-In Fire Foundation can help connect you to your local fire station and direct you to resources that provide aid during disasters. If you have any questions, contact them at 323-933-8164 or go to firstinfirefoundation.org.

‘Harden the Target’ to fight crime

By Nona Sue Friedman The Wilshire Division of the Los Angeles Police Department held a recent virtual “Hardening the Target” meeting to help people and businesses make committing a crime more difficult in the Melrose Avenue area. The meeting was held because there has been a recent uptick in crime in the area. Detectives and commanding officers from the division gave tips and answered questions from the community. For criminals, they said, crime is a lucrative business. This is their job, and business owners and residents want to

make it as difficult as possible for them to take your hardearned possessions. Some tips given include: Be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts in any location or situation. It’s hard to be aware of your surroundings if you are walking while wearing headphones. Try not to wear flashy or expensive jewelry. Don’t walk late at night, either alone or with friends. Criminals are

looking for easy targets; don’t be one. Security camera placement is important. Try to angle cameras so they capture the person’s face, at businesses and at home. If you become the target, filing a police report is essential. Patrol cars are allocated depending on the amount of incidents that happen in an area. The easiest way to make a report is online at lapdonline.org.

Unlocked, child’s first bike is stolen from the Boulevard

By Casey Russell Riding bikes up to Larchmont street for an afternoon on the Boulevard is an experience that families in this area enjoy and treasure. For many young Larchmontians, these wheeled outings make them feel extra grown-up and proud. Sadly, one little girl, Tate Armstrong-Clossey, ended up with very different feelings after her very first bike trip to Larchmont Boulevard. The four-year-old girl, her mother Sarah Clossey and her grandmother Jeanne-Marie Clossey spent an afternoon shopping and having lunch

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Several car crashes have occured in the Larchmont area in the wreck, and one of the vehicles was turned upside down near the bench at the bus stop. Third Street was blocked off between Lucerne and Larchmont while LAPD officers surveyed the scene of the crash. One person was transported to the hospital, according to LAPD West Traffic Division. Power outage An electrical pole fell down as a result of the crash, resulting in a power outage that affected around 200 people in the Larchmont area for a little over an hour, according to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

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Additionally, a crash took place at the corner of Beverly Boulevard and Van Ness Avenue on Aug. 15. No major injuries were reported, but both vehicles had sizable dents and one car had broken windows. With an increase in collisions following the pandemic, it is imperative, now more than ever, to drive cautiously and attentively. Over the past few weeks, the influx of crashes in the Larchmont area has served as a reminder to many residents to drive defensively and to watch out for reckless drivers and speeding cars. LAPD safe driving recommendations: 1. Pay attention to speed — most accidents are a result of going too fast. 2. Inform yourself — learn about the potential dangers of driving and how to protect yourself and others in the car. 3. Drive defensively — wait before hitting the gas when at a green light. 4. Pay attention to pedestrians — watch for people crossing without looking. Defensive driving techniques from Dept. of Motor Vehicles: Check your mirrors frequently and before braking; check the cross streets before entering intersections; check the signal lights and signs, keep your eyes “moving” (watching sides and middle of road), keep a “space cushion” around the vehicle and follow at a safe distance.

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By Casey Russell A driver flipped their car and damaged two vehicles parked on Lucerne Boulevard during an accident Aug. 1. According to an LAPD Division West Traffic report, the driver’s black Honda Accord hit a parked blue Audi A4, which was then pushed into a white Hyundai Santa Fe. The Audi was totaled, the Santa Fe was damaged and the driver’s car flipped. “I went out and saw that the car had been totaled. The car that hit it was on its side in the road,” Jeffrey Frost, owner of the Audi, said after the crash. Fortunately, though the cars sustained much damage, no one was injured. The accident took place on Lucerne Boulevard, between West 8th Street and Francis Avenue. Ted Soqui, who heard the crash and helped get the passenger out said, “It’s sad that people use Lucerne [Boulevard] as a shortcut… It’s one of the few streets that people can get through without taking the main streets and getting pulled over. This isn’t the first time [incidents have happened on Lucerne].”

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BURGLARIES: A suspect smashed the rear window of a home on the 400 South block of Mansfield Avenue on Aug. 9 between 1:30 and 5 p.m. The suspect ransacked the home and left with the victim’s jewelry. Another daytime burglary occurred on Aug. 10 between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. at a home on the 600 South block of Arden Boulevard. The suspect entered the residence through a rear gate, smashed a back bedroom door and pillaged the home, stealing money, jewelry, a purse and a wallet. BURGLARLIES FROM AUTO: A window of a blue Volkswagen Golf was shattered on the 100 block of South La Brea Avenue. The suspect took a computer and (Please turn to page 15)

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Poison, evil spirits and bread make up a ‘toast’ — cheers! At recent social outings, I’ve noticed an uptick in discussion about the ritual of toasting. Perhaps it’s the revival of in-person revelry in the form of weddings, graduations and birthdays. I consider also the sudden influx of soon-to-be mothers in my life who are often (and I’d say unjustly) excluded from the tradition of clinking glasses by a superstitious few that believe that toasting with water is an act of sacrilege. While formal toasts — to honor a person or commemorate an event — are usually

reserved for special occasions, the impulse to toast is prevalent even in semi-casual settings, for instance when we wait for all members of a dinner party to receive their drinks to “cheers!” (or “kanpai!” or “¡salud!” depending on where in the world you are — the list of toasting expressions in different cultures is extensive and well worth a look) before imbibing. There are several popular theories about the provenance of both toasting and touching glasses in Western cultures — one of the more apocryphal

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them and training wheels and a basket.” It breaks her heart that this was her daughter’s first experience bike riding to the Boulevard. They posted a “Lost Childs Bike” sign on the bike racks by the bank and plan to file a police report with hopes they will then have access to security camera footage. The night of the incident, as Tate was being tucked in, she said, “Mommy, why would someone want to take my bike?” Sarah Clossey says, “My thoughts exactly.”

(Continued from page 12) as they had left bikes before without having an issue, they didn’t lock the new bike. After having been away from the bike for 90 minutes and enjoying “a lovely meal at Great White, [we] walked back to find it was gone,” says Sarah Clossey. The discovery was made at around 3:30 p.m. and, understandably, Tate was very sad. The mother says, “[It was the] cutest pink bike with green fenders with flowers on

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that the chime of glasses was an apotropaic that could drive away malevolent spirits. The true etiology of that synchronized first sip is a bit more abstract. While the custom of underscoring wishes of honor, goodwill or health with booze dates back so far that its origins are now lost to us, it is known that early celebrants would often pass a single shared drinking vessel from which all parties would drink. Today, the communal aspect of drinking is more symbolic — though we pour individual glasses, we commence simultaneously in the spirit of those who came before us. Satisfyingly, the origin of the phrase “toast” does have to do with scorched bread. In the 17th century, it was not unusual to add charred spiced bread to wine to lessen bad odors or to soak up bitter or acidic sediments. William Shakespeare makes mention of this custom in his comedy

“The Merry Wives of Windsor” when the hard-drinking Sir John Falstaff demands that Bardolph bring him sack, or white fortified wine: “Go, fetch me a quart of sack; put a toast in’t.” From here, the phrase “toast” (from the late Latin “tostare,” meaning “to roast”) became associated with the act of drinking as a means to celebrate or memorialize, and more specifically to describe the person in whose honor the drink was proposed. The “toast” of the drink, whoever he or she was, was seen as figuratively “flavoring” the experience, as a piece of spiced toast might. So whether you’re a purist who raises a glass with nothing less than 4 percent alcohol by volume, or a more forgiving merrymaker who finds it passable to toast with water, or even — gasp — an empty glass, enjoy your beverage with the added “flavoring” of knowing the story of this time-honored tradition.

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