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Memorial Day is more than just a threeday weekend

“Fire up the grill” and “chill some drinks” are common phrases associated with Memorial Day. But why do we celebrate this holiday? Is it to unofficially mark the start of summer? Hardly.

On May 5, 1868, Gen. John A. Logan, leader of an organization for Northern veterans of the Civil War, declared May 30 as the day for Americans to honor fallen soldiers from the American Civil War. This day was chosen because it was not the anniversary of any known battles.

The general declared the holiday Decoration Day and encouraged people to strew flowers on military graves and place flags at gravestones. This tradition was inspired by customs in Southern states.

As wars continued, Decoration Day broadened to encompass everyone who

City juggles housing plans

The City Planning Dept. is juggling many potential solutions to create more affordable housing, all at the same time.

There are: the mayor’s Executive Directive No. 1 (ED 1) to fast-track building approvals; the Housing Element Rezoning Program (Plan to House LA); and the City Housing Incentive Program (CHIP).


You are not alone.

The three methods: ED 1,


Our annual section honoring local graduates will be in the Larchmont Chronicle’s June issue. Advertising deadline is Mon., May 13. For more information, contact Pam Rudy, 323462-2241, ext. 11.

LPGA at Wilshire CC April 25 – 28


Everyone is invited to come to Wilshire Country Club on the weekend of April 25 to 28 for this year’s Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) championship tournament — where the world’s number-one lady golfer, Nelly Korda — will be playing to win her sixth championship in a row.

Heading to Wilshire just off her April 21 victory in the Chevron Championship in Texas, Korda has not lost a competition since January, winning five in succession.

The 2024 JM Eagle LA Championship presented by Plastpro at Wilshire Country Club has tickets available that range in price from free (for military and first responders and a child under 18 accompanied by a paid adult) to hundreds of dollars for premium club seating that includes food and beverage service. Regular grounds passes are $25 per day or $45 for the four days. Ticketing and other information can be found online at:

This year, the tournament purse has been increased from $3 million to $3.75 mil-

lion, the largest prize fund on the LPGA Tour outside of the major championships.

Top players attending

In addition to No. 1 Nelly Korda, the tournament will boast one of the strongest fields of the 2024 LPGA Tour season. Twenty of the top-25 players in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings are entered into the championship. In addition to Korda, players include World No. 2 and Los Angeles resident Lilia Vu, Celine Boutier (3), Ruoning Yin (4) and 2019 champion Minjee Lee (6). The complete list of JM Eagle Championship entries is at:

Historic bronze statue stolen from park

Residents of Windsor Village recently discovered that a sculpture of the late councilman Harold A. Henry has been stolen from a park named in his honor. The bust had stood for more than 50 years upon its pedestal at the park, which sits on a peaceful stretch of Lucerne Boulevard between Olympic and Wilshire boulevards.

Henry, who died in 1966, served the Fourth Council District from 1945 until 1966. He served four terms as city council president.

The councilman’s bust, created by sculptor Enrique de la Vega, is not the first metal artwork to be stolen in Los Angeles. Sadly, such theft is


increasing. Years ago, this statue’s commemorative bronze plaque was taken. At nearby MacArthur Park, two bronze statues accompanying the statue of Harrison Gray Otis, former publisher of the Los Angeles Times, have been stolen; one, a depiction of a newsboy,

within the past two months. And, further away in Pasadena, 11 bronze light posts, each over a century old, recently were stolen on Orange Grove Boulevard. Bronze is 88 to 90 percent copper, which is valuable on the recycling market.

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The city budget Editorial

Note to Mayor Bass:

Here is a suggestion of one way to help solve the current City of Los Angeles budget crisis. Increase income!


Assign Department of Transportation (LADOT) traffic officers full-time to Larchmont Boulevard with the mandate to “cite-at-sight” any non-commercial vehicle stopped, and not turning into a driveway, in the Boulevard’s center turning lane between Beverly Boulevard and First Street.

This is not a new idea. For the last several, post-COVID years, neighbors repeatedly have suggested that this is a way to generate income for the city, while enforcing legitimate and important safety laws. Readers know the reasons why it is not appropriate for automobiles to park in the turning lane in the center of the Boulevard — whether leaving a car unattended or leaving someone sitting in the car while another walks through traffic to do errands. (“I was just picking up a coffee.”)

Here is another suggestion — for someone wanting to do a quick errand on the Boulevard: Park in the city’s underground parking lot. The rates are reasonable, and you will never get a ticket because your meter ran out.

It’s Budget Season in Los Angeles!

Time to Focus on Neighborhood Needs!

Each fiscal year, the Mayor proposes a new City budget, subject to City Council approval, which details expenditures for the entire fiscal year based on projected revenues that come in over the course of the year. These allocations pay for services, salaries and more. This year the City faces a budget shortfall requiring many vacant City Department jobs to be eliminated and Department budgets slashed. Remember! THERE IS MONEY IN THE BUDGET and FUNDS WILL BE ALLOCATED!

We always ask our residents to let us know their top issues and to prioritize neighborhood concerns. Every year at the top of the list is repairing our crumbling infrastructure, our failing streets and dangerous sidewalks with historically accurate environmentally friendly and long lasting concrete — per the City mandated HPOZ Preservation Plan.

So how do we as constituents of Los Angeles and Council District 5 advocate for funds for our neighborhood? We make sure our Council Member is listening to us and is actively working on getting our request funded. How is that done? We ask. We put it in writing. We send emails to our Council Member and her team with our request. We encourage our CM to advocate for our absolutely necessary infrastructure repair. We follow up during the budgeting process. We make sure our voices are heard!

Please email Council Member Katy Yaroslavsky (katy. and copy District Director George Hakopiants ( and Cindy Chvatal-Keane ( with the following message:

Dear CM Yaroslavsky,

As our CD5 Council Member and as a member of the City’s Budget and Finance Committee, please make sure there is enough funding in the City Budget to finally repair our dangerous sidewalks and crumbling historic streets per our Hancock Park Preservation Plan (2007) — — that mandates using concrete for these repairs, in keeping with preserving our Historic Streetscape in the Public Realm.

Sincerely, (Your Name and Address)

Thank you for helping ensure that Hancock Park’s failing streets and dangerous sidewalks are addressed by our representative as the next City budget is prepared!

Sun., May 5 — Yom HaShoah commemoration, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Pan Pacific Park.

Sun., May 5 — Cinco de Mayo.

Wed., May 8 — Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council board meeting, 6:30 p.m. at the Ebell of Los Angeles, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd.,

Sun., May 12 — Mother’s Day.

Tues., May 14 — Mid City West Neighborhood Council board meeting, 6:30 p.m. at Pan Pacific Park Senior Center, 141 S. Gardner St.,

Mon., May 27 — Memorial

Letters to the Editor

Build on the boulevards

Thank you for the Brian Curran column, “YIMBYs vs. Preservationists: Roundtable suggests uneasy détente” [April, 2024].

I can’t know if the YIMBYs are being correctly portrayed in the article. They come off as unreasonable and irritable. One obvious omission is the counter-term, which preceded YIMBY by decades: NIMBY. It shows that the Chronicle has picked a side. No doubt your readers mostly hew to that perspective and would take offense if you named them as such.

That said, I have had conversations with other housing advocates / YIMBYs, and I have had to get them to walk back their perspectives as well. So I wouldn’t be surprised if the portrayal was based in fact.

I think preservationists should drive YIMBYs toward fixing up California’s boulevards with 5-over-1s [mid-rise

residential structures built with a wood frame over a concrete platform – Ed.]. Many of our boulevards in Los Angeles look terrible, with vacant shops and very few pedestrians. I am enjoying seeing the new apartment buildings go up on Pico, and I think Miracle Mile will be very vibrant once all the metro / museum construction has finished next year.

There are so many boulevards here that are only slightly better than highways as far as living conditions go. Crenshaw Boulevard has some giant, vacant lots near Olympic that would be transformative with new residential buildings. Third Street, west of Fairfax. Fairfax between Venice and Melrose. Western between Wilshire and Santa Monica. Most of Venice Boulevard, etc. etc. We should try to get the businesses that get displaced to return once the commercial first floors are finished — and cut a lot of the red tape that bogs construction in LA down to multi-year, multi-billion-dollar behemoths.

I say the same thing to YIMBYs: quit fighting for NIMBY neighborhoods and fight for places that would make the value of NIMBY homes rise.

Barcelona has been creating  superblocks , which eliminate through-traffic and encourage community and pedestrians. They seem to be working well there. The slowstreets initiatives with speed humps here in LA, as well as the gated communities, speak to the same sensibility here.

I think fixing up the boulevards with apartment buildings and retail spaces would give residents between the boulevards nice places

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‘Are you commemorating someone in particular this Memorial Day?’

That’s the question inquiring photographer Casey Russell asked locals.

“I will be commemorating my husband, Roger Sherwood. He was a marine veteran from the Korean War. I met him when I was 18. We had a beautiful life together and we celebrated our 61st wedding anniversary right before he died.”

“I am a Vietnam veteran. I served for two-and-a-half years while trying to figure out why we were there. I never did figure it out. On Memorial Day, I think of all the people who lost their lives [in the war] for no

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have a couple of friends who are veterans. I always think about them and send them a text on Memorial Day saying, ‘Thank you for your service.’ They are happy to get that.”

Children strut runway for CHLA; EVs cruise in to Petersen

Even though the skies were cloudy, gray and wet, the dresses and suits were colorful, spring-forward and dapper at the Children’s Fashion Show & Luncheon organized by Children’s Chain, a 66-year-old support group of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). The event took place April 13 in the newly renovated enclosed patio of The Beach Club in Santa Monica.

The shiny new club building remains smack dab on the beach, and the venue for the fashion show was bright and airy, smelled like new paint and provided the perfect backdrop for children to model their favorite fashions from Elfin, a children’s clothing store in Woodland Hills.

The store donated 20 percent of proceeds for all items purchased to Children’s Chain, which in turn do-


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nates the money to CHLA. Children’s Chain is one of 24 associate and affiliate groups that support the hospital. Guests were welcomed into the space with a steel drum and beverage reception, while children created arts and crafts, making personal frames and drawings. The guests were then seated to enjoy the main event.

Emcee was Hancock Park’s Carlotta Keely, who provided color commentary while the children strutted their stuff down the runway, some walking, some dancing, some making their cute-as-can-be

debuts on the world stage. Apparently pizza, mac ‘n’ cheese, Taylor Swift and even trash days on Tuesdays are very big with this new generation. Who knew???

After the fashion show, guests were treated to a luncheon of Ora King salmon salad and Asian chicken salad with grilled cheese or chicken tenders with french fries for

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EMMA AND ELLIE DAVIE show matching dresses. RECENTLY RENOVATED enclosed patio at The Beach Club in Santa Monica was the setting for a spring children’s fashion show to benefit Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Photos by Sondi Sepenuk

Beautifying Larchmont!

The LBA has replanted 10 of the concrete containers in the village as part of our beautification project.

Support our May beautification projects

We have created new merchandise to help fund these projects, available at Tailwaggers and Romi Cortier Design. All proceeds will go toward beautifying the Boulevard.

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the younger crowd.

While attendees enjoyed the light luncheon, Children’s Chain’s Jaclyn Dunne and her event co-captain, Cathryn Quinn McCarthy, called out the successful buyers at the silent auction and the winners of the raffle.

The afternoon was the most highly attended Children’s Chain fashion show to date, and the generous giving of the attendees will allow Children’s Chain to present a significant check to CHLA. Keely was proud to point out that the money Children’s Chain raises throughout the year helps enable CHLA to “never turn any children away.”

Children’s Chain’s next big fundraiser will be a Newport Harbor sunset boat cruise in June with champagne and light bites.

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A couple of weeks earlier, at the end of March, our local Holocaust Museum LA in Pan Pacific Park was the site for a sold-out conversation among Los Angeles Times Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Patt Morrison, Holocaust scholar Steven J. Ross and Jordanna Gessler. The recent Ross book, “Hitler in Los Angeles: How Jews Foiled Nazi Plots Against Hollywood and America,” was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in history in 2018. Gessler is the museum’s chief impact officer and is a granddaughter of Holocaust survivors. Gessler’s career includes presenting internationally on topics like

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contemporary antisemitism and related subjects.

Morrison wrote a Times story in January of this year, “Antisemitism has a long his-

tory in Los Angeles,” and that story led to the March 27 program where attendees could learn more about “why and

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PATT MORRISON from the Los Angeles Times brought a soldout audience to Holocaust Museum LA for a discussion with Steve Ross, center, and Jordanna Gessler, right, about the long history of antisemitism in Los Angeles. CHILDREN’S CHAIN members (back row, left to right) Natalie Stone, Maureen Hawley and Alex Huddle, with fashion models, Ella Stone, Frances Jenkins, Harper Huddle and Sienna Morales. THREE GENERATIONS of CHLA supporters are (back row, left to right) Elizabeth Fain LaBombard, Jennifer Fain and Meg Fain Jenkins, and, in front, Gloria LaBombard (left) and Frances Jenkins. HENRY WYMAN and friend Teddy Canon (left) participated in the fashion show. MODELS included, from left, Hadley Hromadka, Harper Dunne and Miller Dunne. CO-CAPTAINS for the fashion show were Children’s Chain chair Jaclyn Dunne (left) and Cathryn Quinn McCarthy. Photos by Sondi Sepenuk
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how antisemitism in Los Angeles is not new and how we, as a community, can work together to stand up against anti-Jewish hate.” The presentation now is available online at:, where the discussion begins about six minutes into the recording.

Serious enlightenment on topical issues was available, once again, in the heart of our communities.

In between the discussion of somber history and the hopeful expectations of youth at a fashion show was another recent and hopeful gathering — the 2024 “EV & Hybrid Silent Cruise-In” at the Petersen Automotive Museum at Wilshire and Fairfax.

Although dominant presences at the event included nearly two dozen massive Tesla Cybertrucks, the Petersen’s annual electrified breakfast and car cruise-in for alternate fuel vehicles even included something as modest this year as Larchmont Chronicle publisher John Welborne’s 2023 Chevy Bolt all-electric.

But nearly two-dozen Cybertrucks drew more eyes, especially because their creator, Franz von Holzhausen, Tesla’s chief designer, was present. He was treated like a rock star (which, in the EV world, he is), and people were asking his advice and getting his autograph on Petersen Cybertruck posters distributed

to attendees.

As the longtime chief designer at Tesla, von Holzhausen has been responsible for driving the overall design direction of the EV manufacturer and establishing the design language for Tesla products. He is known for designing Tesla’s Models S, 3, X, Y, Roadster 2.0 and Cybertruck. He also was part of a three-member panel of car industry experts who shared some of their insights at the culmination of the cruise-in. Included among the cars on display were one-off elec-

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perished in battle. After World War II, Decoration Day’s name morphed into Memorial Day but continued to be celebrated on May 30.

It wasn’t until Congress passed the Uniform Holiday Bill and it was implemented in 1971 that this commemorative day was moved to the last Monday of May, guaranteeing federal workers a three-day weekend.

Today, people still visit cemeteries and decorate the graves with flags and flowers. However, most celebrate Memorial Day by getting together with family and friends enjoying a backyard barbecue or a quick getaway out of town. The Civil War, which ended in the spring of 1865, claimed more lives than any conflict in U.S. history and required the establishment of the country’s first national cemeteries. It still holds the notorious distinction as the deadliest war in American history. More than 600,000 died in conflict, more than WW I and WW II combined.

trified custom vehicles like a circa-World War II Jeep and a red 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible. These examples of progress toward non-fossil fuel transport were hardly shocking, but lots of fun, according to attendees!

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PETERSEN Automotive Museum was host to an “EV & Hybrid Silent Cruise-in” on the top deck of the facility’s parking structure, and there were close to two dozen Tesla Cybertrucks among the many EVs on display. TESLA CHIEF DESIGNER Franz von Holzhausen was surrounded by EV fans at the exhibit and later spoke on a panel discussing EVs and their future.
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Larchmont Spring Block Party is April 27 Stores opening soon as locals are out and about

Fun will ensue at the second annual Larchmont Spring Block Party, Sat., April 27, from noon to 5 p.m. On the 500 block of North Bronson Avenue (which will be closed to traffic for the party) attendees can enjoy barbecue, tacos, ice cream, kettle corn and more.

Animal lovers will see kitten and cat adoptions at the party through local cat rescue group Cats at the Studio. Also present will be some tortoises from our local nonprofit Tortoiseland. Premium sponsor for the event, The Max Dog Trainer, has ensured that there will be plenty of water bowls for canine companions attending the day of fun.

Many local businesses are participating in this year’s festivities with tables or through the raffle. Wilshire Rotary will be providing carnival games. There will be a scavenger hunt with prizes, water games, craft

tables, face painting, a bikeand-scooter course, a water balloon toss and tarot card readings — lots of options for family fun!

Musack, a nonprofit that provides instruments and lessons to underserved youth, will be at the party supporting student performers in coordination with Larchmont Charter School’s music teacher, Malcolm Moore.

Senior Lead Officer (SLO) Joe Pelayo, who is retiring in May, will be honored at the event, and a Wilshire Division SLO, Hebel Rodriguez, also will be in attendance. Other city leaders planning to attend are school board member Nick Melvoin as well as Councilman Hugo Soto-Martinez and his team.

To volunteer, write to larchmontvillageblockparty@ Follow the fun on Instagram: @larchmontblockparty.

Chic Affaire luncheon is May 9

Mark your calendar. A Chic Affaire Fashion Show and Boutique Luncheon is Thurs., May 9, at the Lakeside Golf Club, 4500 Lakeside Dr., in Burbank. Sponsored by the Assistance League of Los Angeles and its Mannequins and College Alumni auxiliaries, the event will feature Trina Turk fashions modeled by members of the Mannequins.

All proceeds from A Chic Affaire will support Assistance League of Los Angeles programs that help 22,000 homeless, foster and impoverished children and young adults annually.

For tickets and more information contact Senior Director of Development Mayboll Carrasco at mcarrasco@

Things are hopping on the Boulevard. Patrons are enjoying alfresco spring dining, and the farmers’ market has served a multitude of people out and about on market days.

Larchmont Jewelers saw a flurry of construction activity for much of April. As of our press deadline, the new jewelry store at 119 N. Larchmont wasn’t yet open, but Vice President of Marketing Caren Ho told us they expect to be ready for business in mid-May.

Walk & Play for CHLA May 18 on Santa Monica Pier

The largest community event of the year for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), Walk and Play L.A., is on Sat., May 18 from 8 a.m. to noon on the Santa Monica Pier.

The event includes a 3K walk on Ocean Front Walk and family-friendly activities for family and community members to raise funds for young patients at CHLA.

Hosts are boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard and KOST 103.5 radio host Ellen K.

To register, visit

Larchmont Charter

Gala, ‘Years of Magic,’ is May 10

Larchmont Charter School (LCS) will host its first in-person gala in five years. Titled “20 Years of Magic Celebration & Auction,” the event is on Fri., May 10, at 6 p.m. at the Taglyan Cultural Complex, 1201 N. Vine St.

LCS is a nationally ranked charter school started in 2004 by Rebecca Hutchinson and Heather Boylston, both of Larchmont Village, and Lindsay Sturman of Windsor Square, along with educator Dvora Inwood.

The school opened as a small schoolhouse with 120 students in grades K-2. It focused on providing — to a socioeconomically, culturally and racially diverse community of students — an exceptional public education, Jennifer Bledsoe, director of development, told us. “Today they are a thriving TK-12 public charter school serving more than 1,600 students from Los Angeles on four campuses, from Koreatown to West Hollywood.”

Tickets can be purchased at Tax-deductible sponsorships and donations are welcome. For information, email gala@

Construction has also been underway inside Aesop’s new 128 N. Larchmont location. Workers told us it, too, is expected to open in May.

Sweet Lady Jane co-owner Julie Ngu told us that all permits have been submitted and things are “on a roll!” She hopes to be able to open the bakery’s new Larchmont Boulevard location at 203 N. Larchmont at the beginning of May.

Velvet by Graham & Spencer, the clothing store that began with the quintessential laidback Los Angeles T-shirt, has been on the Boulevard for a little more than one year. In time for Mother’s Day, a seasonal collection of luxe contemporary styles can be found in-store at 146 N. Larchmont.

Dress up: Puppet Prom is May 11

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Marionette Theater’s spring

fundraiser, Puppet Prom!, is Sat., May 11. This grown-ups only event is from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Garibaldina Society, 4533 N. Figueroa St. Wear your finest 80s or 90s prom best. Tickets include antipasto bars and desserts. Visit

Yom HaShoah is commemorated at museum May 5

Holocaust Museum LA will bring together Holocaust suvivors and also use the occasion to stand-up against antisemitism and hate on Sun., May 5. The program commemorates Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, beginning at 11 a.m. The event will also acknowledge the 80th anniversary of the deportation of Hungarian Jews to Auschwitz.

Emmy award–nominated actress Mayim Bialik will give keynote remarks. Rabbi Steve Leder of Wilshire Boulevard Temple will participate along with Holocaust survivors, including Mary Bauer, who will speak. Colburn School musicians will perform under the direction of Maestro James Conlon of the LA Opera.

The event takes place at Pan Pacific Park, adjacent to the museum, 100 Grove Dr. RSVP to the event at

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It is disturbing to city officials and to residents of the Windsor Village neighborhood alike. Councilmember Katy Yaroslavsky said, “Stealing a bust from a public park is totally unacceptable.” Barbara Pflaumer, president of the Windsor Village Association said, “We are saddened at the loss of the beloved bust of Harold Henry, the benefactor of the park that is enjoyed on a daily basis by the whole community. It is our fervent hope that the bust will be returned or replaced.”

The park has been a magnet for locals since the city purchased the land in 1965. Prior to becoming a community park, the large two-lot property was a family compound owned by the Wood family. It consisted of five houses.

When the city bought the land, neighbors united to ask then Councilman Hen-

ry to create a park instead of approving the building of a large apartment complex. Clearly, the neighbors got what they wanted. (Prior to serving as a councilmember, Henry had established the Wilshire Press in 1925, a newspaper that he edited and published until 1941.)

Over the years, playground equipment has been upgraded

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The Month of May

“May is the month of expectation, the month of wishes, the month of hope.”

— Emily Brontë

• Windsor Square Hancock Park Historical Society Annual Garden Tour and Silent Auction: May 4 — This year’s garden tour features five delicious gardens of varying sizes, three in Windsor Square, one in Fremont Place and one near Hancock Park on Fuller Avenue. 12-4 p.m.

• Yom HaShoah Commemoration: May 5 — Holocaust Museum LA, 100 The Grove Drive. Honor survivors, remember those who perished, safeguard Holocaust history, and stand up against antisemitism and hate. 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

• Cinco de Mayo: May 5.

• Ebell Mother’s Day Brunch: May 12 — 743 S. Lucerne Blvd. The tradition continues for families honoring the mothers and mother figures in their lives. Brunch Buffet and live music. 12-2 p.m.

• LAPD Police Advisory Board Meeting, Olympic Division May 2, Wilshire Division, May 16: Join community members in providing information and advice to the LAPD Olympic Division (1130 S. Vermont Ave., 6-8 p.m.) and Wilshire Division (4861 W. Venice Blvd., 7-8:30 p.m.) and in taking information from the police department back to the community.

• Memorial Day: May 25.

• Windsor Square Important Dates: Windsor Square HPOZ Board meets May 1 and 15 at the John C. Fremont Library. Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council General Board Meeting is May 8.

WE NEED BLOCK CAPTAINS! Be the leader of your block and point person for all that’s going on in the neighborhood. The WSA has numerous block captain positions open. A great opportunity to engage with neighbors and community leaders. blockcaptains@

The Windsor Square Association, an all-volunteer group of residents from 1100 households between Beverly and Wilshire and Van Ness and Arden, works to preserve and enhance our beautiful neighborhood. Join with us! Drop us a line at 325 N. Larchmont Blvd., #158, Los Angeles, CA 90004, or visit our website at


pedestal on which the stolen bust once stood was part of the renovation.

The Los Angeles Dept. of Recreation and Parks was notified about the theft, and Edwin Canales, senior park maintenance supervisor, told us that the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) had been notified. The city art collection department of DCA is in charge of artwork in parks.

us the investigation is still open. Rodriguez said detectives are gathering information and plan to ask neighbors whose homes face the park whether they have security cameras that may have captured footage of the theft. A police report (#240708017) was filed on April 10.

periodically and, a decade ago, a nearly $1 million park renovation was done on the neighborhood’s jewel of a park. The


(Continued from Page 2) to walk to. There would be more pedestrian traffic to the businesses from the residents above them, which should make them more profitable. Additionally, preserving the manicured gardens of preservationists between the boulevards gives the apartment-dwellers green spaces to jog and bike and walk their dogs and — ideally — take their kids to school in safely.

I hope you’ll work to help us all find common ground.

Biased review At the Movies?

The review of the movie “Wicked Little Letters” by “At The Movies with Tony Medley” [April 2024] once again reveals Mr. Medley with his political bias injected into his movie reviews. Mr. Medley seems to be easily offended by Jennifer Lawrence, who was not featured in the film, but he includes a photo of her in a Patton costume, presumably to make his point.

Referring to casting, he complains about “offensive woke presentism used in the casting of a character.” Yes, the cast includes some BAME actors, which would not be historically accurate. However, while the film’s narrative might not appeal to all viewers, many seeking a good laugh and enjoying the strides women have taken toward equality might find much to appreciate in this film.

My issue with the review is the focus on Mr. Medley’s “woke” and agitprop complaints, referring to the movie as “feminist because virtually all the male characters are presented in a negative light.” The injection of his personal bias in any review takes away from a movie that tries to balance humor with a wonderful cast. (Perhaps he should stick to reviewing Tom Cruise movies?)

Longtime Windsor Village resident Julie Stromberg, who recently relocated west to Brookside, has hopes that the bust will be returned. Said Stromberg, “It’s so sad. I have trouble accepting it. [The bust] is such a special thing.”

When the  Chronicle reached out to the LAPD Senior Lead Officer Hebel Rodriguez, he told

I submit that the movie review and companion photo were misguided and distasteful. Disappointing to say the least.

Margaret R. Wood Hancock Park

[The Larchmont Chronicle editorial cartoon of General George S. Patton — with the face of Jennifer Lawrence — was not Mr. Medley’s idea. He first saw it when every other reader did. — Ed.]

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I saw your editorial [“What’s at the movies?”— April 2024] and then looked for the article.

It would have been one thing had Tony Medley commented that he simply found the “nontraditional casting” jarring, but he frames his response as a screed against “offensive woke presentism.”

I haven’t read Medley much

As the Chronicle went to press, City Attorney Hydee Feldstein Soto said in an April 18 newsletter that she is partnering with the Los Angeles City Council, the Bureau of Street Lighting, the LAPD and the Port Police Dept. to eliminate the market for stolen copper.

She sent a letter to 700 City recyclers to notifiy them that they will face state penalties if they break California’s laws regarding stolen copper.

through the years; he’s more of a movie opinion writer than a film critic (think Justin Chang, formerly of the Los Angeles Times). Ego drips from his “reviews,” qualifying him for membership in the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which always was full of self-important hacks who hung on the fringe of the film industry.

Rather than apologize for him in an editorial, I hope that you will replace Mr. Medley with someone more qualified.

I’ve read the Larchmont Chronicle  almost since its founding, but if Medley continues to appear in your publication, the paper will go direct to the recycling bin when it arrives. It’s your prerogative to weigh in on the culture wars, but know that you will lose devoted readers if you do.

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A Shakespearean mix; charismatic Fanny takes to the stage

Like roses after the rain, theater is blooming all over Los Angeles.

In Westwood, James Ijames’ superb Fat Ham continues at the Geffen to Sun., May 5. Based on Hamlet, the action takes place at a backyard barbecue that is both wedding and memorial. Revenge motivates the plot, but the theme is what it takes to be a man, particularly a queer Black man. There’s a Shakespearean mix of laughter, pathos, action and reflection, and the cast (including original Broadway cast members) is terrific. The whole evening makes you feel glad to be alive, as only great theater can. 310-208-2028; boxoffice@geffenplayhouse. org.

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At the Ahmanson, Funny Girl holds sway through Sat., April 28. Michael Mayer’s production of the Jule Styne-Bob Merrill classic began in London and transfered to Broadway, first with Beanie Feldstein and later Leah Michele. (Understudy Julie Benko garnered raves between the star turns.) The production is heavy on nostalgia; turgid and tacky in places. What separates it from a run-of-the-mill road show is the blockbuster performance of Katerina McCrimmon as Fanny Brice.

Plucked from relative obscurity in a Miami audition, Ms. McCrimmon is a force of nature, with a stunning voice and tons of charisma. She deserves a show of her own when this tour ends. 213-972-4400;

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At the other end of the Music Center, LA Opera is less successful with its muffled production of Verdi’s La Tra-



viata (through April 27). The production, from the San Francisco Opera, is set in the 19th century of Alexander Dumas’ “Lady of the Camellias” novel, but it is so bogged down with sexual politics as to be both perverse and pedantic. Tenor Liparit Avetisyan has a clear voice as Alfredo, infatuated with ill-fated Violetta, but his hand-waving takes any intimacy out of his acting. Baritone Kihun Yoon comes closest to a true Verdian voice and style as Alfredo’s pained father.

American soprano Rachel Willis-Søresen is a star on the international opera scene, but I find her an unconvincing Verdi heroine. (I felt the same about her recent Desdemona in Otello.) Director Shawna Lucey does her no favors, either, with her acting choices. It’s a pity. However…

LA Opera presents two free performances of Benjamin Britten’s Noah’s Flood (based on a 15th-century retelling of the Old Testament story) at the Cathederal of Our Lady of the Angels, Downtown, Fri., May 3, and Sat., May 4, at 7:30 p.m. The production involves amateur singers and musicians as well as opera professionals under the direction of Maestro James Conlon. Worth seeing!, 213-972-8001.

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In North Hollywood, the Group Rep celebrates its 50th anniversary with a re-

vival of artistic director Doug Haverty’s touching 1992 comedy-drama Could I Have This Dance? through Sun., May 5. The play, on one hand, is about the ravages of Huntington’s Disease and the dilemma two adult sisters have in deciding to know, or not, whether they have the gene. On the other, it is a heartwarming comedy about family. Haverty and his sure-footed cast navigate the tricky dance between emotions and laughs. A solid, satisfying production.; 818-7635990.

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Finally, the Odyssey in West Los Angeles presents British playwright David Pownall’s 1983 drama Stalin’s Master Class about a fictitious meeting between Stalin, party apparatchik Andrei Zhdanov and the composers Sergei Prokofiev and Dmitri Shostakovich, who were denounced for “formalism” in 1948 despite their international successes and complicated relationships with Soviet authorities.

I saw the play in London with Timothy West as Stalin. Ron Sossi first directed the play at the Odyssey in 1987. Perhaps the Thatcher-Reagan-Glasnost years were kinder to the play’s themes of art, politics and power. Despite a first-rate cast (especially Ilia Volok’s Stalin) and quality production values, the play feels more interesting than dramatic now. Given

What to watch for

The Latino Theater Company presents “Ghost Waltz,” a new play about Juventino Rosas, one of Mexico’s most significant composers, at the Los Angeles Theatre Center; through June 2; 866-811-4111; ghostwaltz.

George Bernard Shaw’s satiric comedy of manners, “Misalliance,” plays at A Noise Within in Pasadena through June 9. 626-356-3100;

Pasadena Playhouse presents “Jelly’s Last Jam,” the Jelly Roll Morton jazz musical, through June 23. 626356-7529;

the world we live in, though, it is good to expose autocrats who think the purpose of art is to make them great. Again.; 310-4772055.

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Ètra: Warm and inviting Italian restaurant in Melrose Hill

There are more than 1,000 Italian restaurants in Los Angeles — and easily a dozen or so within a one-mile radius of the Larchmont Chronicle office. One of the newest pavilions of pasta in the area is Ètra, which joined the expanding array of cultural and foodie destinations on Melrose Hill in December of last year. (See “Building Community on Melrose Hill with Larchmont in Mind,” Larchmont Chronicle, April 2024, Section Two, pages 6-7.)

One of few evening eating options in the area, Ètra has quickly become a go-to spot for those craving a glass of vino and the savory comfort of Italian cuisine. It’s really a one-two punch of a restaurant, as it is situated behind popular breakfast, lunch and coffee place Café Telegrama, and it shares that kitchen and chef — Evan Algorri, formerly of Augustine Wine Bar (now closed) and New York City’s late, great French-inflected restaurant Bouley. Every day, the kitchen switches from a well-curated daytime menu of strong espresso drinks, eggs, gourmet sandwiches and salads to evening plates inflected with pear mustarda, bottarga (dried, salted roe) and other examples of

a skilled chef’s touch. Both eateries are owned by Chef Algorri, General Manager Andrew Lawson and real estate developer Tyler Stonebreaker, whose company office, Creative Space, is housed behind the restaurant (hence the name, since è tra means “in between” in Italian).

Café Telegrama’s sunny side patio has an attitude adjustment at night, with a canopy and moody lighting leading to Ètra’s entrance. There is limited outside seating; inside, the warm, inviting space is paneled in honey blond birch and filled with bare wood tables and bentwood chairs. One wall is lined with a carmine red banquette; another has a cozy wine bar. The ceiling is punctuated by skylights, wooden beams and an artful pattern of wooden slats. Swedish pine pendant lamps lend a golden glow. It’s a study in upscale casualness. Ètra is buzzy without becoming too loud. Reservations get snapped up quickly, but room is left for walk-ins so locals can stroll over on a whim and have a chance of scoring a seat.

My husband and I settled in with $17 glasses of Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy. Starters include $14 prosciutto

On the Menu

and comté cheese, $20 burrata with corn and sorghum (a high-protein grain) and $32 shrimp scampi with ‘nduja (spicy sausage spread). We ordered meatballs on the recommendation of Lawson, who was at the host stand when we arrived. Until recently, I didn’t understand eating meatballs without a pile of spaghetti beneath them, but these banished that notion once and for all. Three plump meatballs had ricotta folded into their mix, resulting in a welcome lightness and milky sweetness. Resting in a pool of delicious tomato sugo (sauce) and dusted with grated Parmesan, they were deeply satisfying ($18). We followed with an innovative version of a Caesar salad. The hint of bitterness from the mix of chicories used in place of romaine made a perfect foil for the pungent anchovy and black pepper dressing. The $20 salad was capped by a flurry of shaved cured egg

yolk and Parmesan cheese. We practically licked the plate.

Next, we contemplated the four pasta options: $21 spaghetti pomodoro, $27 spaghetti with tuna confit and $26 bavette Nerano, a pasta with zucchini. Bavette is a flat ribbon pasta, typically from Liguria. Nerano is the name of the village in Italy where the dish was invented. In a twist, poached mussels are tossed into the mix. We were drawn to the $26 rigatoni Gricia, traditionally made with guanciale (cured pork jowl) and pecorino romano with plenty of black pepper. Chef Algorri adds a buttery, creamy onion soubise, which completely transforms the dish. The silky onion sauce generously coats the al dente pasta tubes, and even though we only had a

few pieces left when we were full, we boxed them up so we could enjoy a little taste of it at home the next day.

There are five entrees on the menu, from a $120 steak for four to a brown butter dorado with Sichuan peppercorns and capers, $33. We opted for chicken. The crisp-skinned half chicken ($36) had been prepared with Calabrian chili, which lent just a bit of heat and a lot of flavor. Moist and meaty, it was sostanzioso!

Flourless chocolate cake was the only dessert on offer that evening and we appreciated the embedded berries in the batter. Espresso would have been the perfect ending to our meal, but they do not have coffee service as of yet.

Ètra, 737 N. Western Ave., Suite B, 323-672-8606.

‘Seussical the Musical’ is on LCS stage May 30, 31

“Seussical the Musical” is coming to Larchmont Charter Hollygrove at Selma Thurs., May 30, and Fri., May 31. A group of 20 third- and fourth-grade students have been rehearsing for months, and the students are excited to share the fun-filled show, a comedy, which is based on the stories of Dr. Seuss, says parent Jenn Schneider.

She spearheaded the endeavor and has been running rehearsals with help from her mother, Linda Moran (who has decades of experience in children’s theater), and another Larchmont parent, Tiffany Anderson. “A bunch of parents have stepped up and offered their artistic talents,” said Schneider. “It’s been a really beautiful way to bring all of our skills together and create something magical with

our kids.”

The show will take place at 5 p.m. both days at the school, 6611 Selma Ave. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or visit For more information and to confirm showtimes, call 323-836-0860.

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Stones’ muse story told; ‘Jeanne du Barry’ gains momentum

Fire: The Story of Anita Pallenberg (10/10): 113 minutes. Anita Pallenberg was the lover of one of the Rolling Stones, Brian Jones, and the wife of another, Keith Richards. Anita was gorgeous and a strong woman, who was born in 1942 and raised in Europe, arriving in the United States when she was 21. She quickly became involved with the Andy Warhol Factory. In 1965 while working as a model in Europe, she went to a Stones concert in Munich and just as quickly became involved with them, first with Jones. She and Jones looked remarkably similar. Then she segued into her marriage to Richards.

She wrote a memoir, and Scarlett Johannson voices her story of how she became the Stones’ muse, with comments by Anita’s two surviving children, Marlon and Angela, and a few others. Directed by Alexis Bloom and Svetlana Zill, this is one of the best documentaries I’ve seen, and I’ve seen a lot. With an abundance of archival films never before seen, Anita tells of her short time as a model and movie star (“Barbarella” and a few others), and of her horrible drug addiction. She is frank and unapologetic about her life. But what really comes across is what a strong, confident woman she was, despite her drug addiction. Even if you are not a fan of the Stones (I’m not), this is a documentary not to be missed.

Streaming from May 3.

Jeanne du Barry (7/10): 110 minutes. NR. The first half of this film is slow as molasses and not as interesting. The second half is very good. Telling the first half in less than 30 minutes would have resulted in a much better film.

I would have walked out had I not been reviewing it, and that would have been a mistake because when it finally gets to the meat of the story, it is much better than average.

At the Movies with Tony Medley

Jeanne Bécu (Maïwenn, who directed and co-wrote with Teddy Lussi Modeste and Nicolas Livecci) was a lowborn prostitute who became the mistress of King Louis XV (Johnny Depp) of France in 1768 at age 25. She was shunned by Louis’ daughters but persevered for six years until his death in 1774. Filmed in France, mostly at Versailles, the cinematography captures the beauty of the palace. It had a budget of more than $22 million which is much higher than most French films.

The acting is good throughout, especially the King’s daughters, who did not hide their dislike of Jeanne. This film needs someone like Irving Thalberg to recut it. In French with English subtitles, opening in theaters May 2. Space: The Longest Goodbye (5/10): 84 minutes. PBS Independent Lens. This is a documentary examining the challenges of sending a team to Mars. Directed by Ira Mizrahi, it examines NASA’s attempts to prepare people for the psychological problems inherent in being stuck in a small, cramped spacecraft for 6 to 9 months with no real- time communication with Earth. They will have

to get along with each other because they are trapped in close quarters. But this is a problem that has faced explorers since time began. For example, it took the Bounty 10 months to sail from England to Tahiti in the 1780s, all the while out of contact

with anyone. While it is an interesting study, it is marred by ill-chosen music that slows and mars the tone of the entire film.

The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare (3/10): 120 minutes. R. While this is based on “recently declassi-

fied files of the British War Department and inspired by true events,” it is pure, violent, gory Hollywood hokum. Director Guy Ritchie has used every hackneyed cliché put in all those old WW II “B” movies that came out of the (Please turn to Page 22)

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‘Alice,’ the musical, premiered with color and fun

“Alice in Wonderland,” the musical, premiered at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre the first weekend in April to standing ovations. Brooke deRosa, the show’s creator and a member of The Ebell, told us it is her dream to someday have the production on Broadway.

DeRosa, a vocalist, composer and conductor who has worked with the LA Opera and whose work has been featured on television and in film, told us she was drawn to Lewis Carroll’s story because it spoke to her of keeping wonder in your life at any age and had lots of opportunities for costumes and color.

DeRosa said that her goal with this first run of the show was to “get the show on its feet and see what worked and what didn’t” for this new genre, which she has dubbed

“cinematic musical theater.”

That the Ebell Theatre has an LED wall on its stage was a big plus for the creator. It enabled deRosa to handle the complexities of Alice’s size changes with ease.

Because footage was recorded during the two live performances, deRosa now has clips to present to theaters and producers to spark interest in bringing the show to life elsewhere. Wherever the show lands, deRosa is thrilled that she first got to share it with audiences at the

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8th Grade April was an exciting month for our 8th graders and May promises even more fun! Our 8th grade students received their high school acceptances and have decided to attend Loyola, Providence, Marlborough, Mayfield Senior School, Marymount, St. Francis, Notre Dame High School, Immaculate Heart and LACHSA.

In celebration of a great year, on April 19 there was a dance for grades 6 through 8 called “Under the Sea.” On May 3, the talent show will be held. Students will exhibit their amazing talents in front of the whole school.

An event that takes place on May 9 is the May Crowning. Eighth and 2nd graders lead the whole school community in honoring Mary with a prayer service and a crown of flowers. Finally, our 8th graders will host the Mini Carnival. This annual event will be held on May 17, and all students will enjoy fun games and candy.

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Summer camp is close by at Marlborough and Immaculate Heart

abound for campers at Marlborough and Immaculate Heart this summer.

Immaculate Heart, 5515 Franklin Ave., has a summer program for fourth- through eighth-grade girls from June 17 through July 12. Girls can choose up to three sessions, which begin at 8:10 a.m. and end at noon. Participants can also sign up to stay for the 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. workshops and classes. Course offerings include writing, coding, cooking, debate, drawing, filmmaking, fitness, forensics, French, Spanish and yoga, as well as classes in all levels of language arts and math. Those who choose to stay until 4 p.m. will enjoy sports, culinary classes and themed activities. The program is designed to be flexible and customizable to families’ needs.

Tuition starts at $240 for a two-week, single-course session.

Also at Immaculate Heart, a summer youth sports camp for girls in grades four through eight will blend learning, sports and fun activities. Sessions are July 15-19 and July 22-26 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The camp is designed to help girls gain confidence, build skills and make new friendships. As a bonus, they will get to know the high school sports coaches.

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Marlborough, 250 S. Rossmore Ave., offers summer opportunities for boys and girls in kindergarten through ninth grade. However, slots for children in kindergarten, first and second grades largely have been filled. Those entering third through ninth grades this fall can still sign

up for many of the more than

150 different classes available during the five-week camp. Choices include sports, dance, drama, creative writing, math, science, chess, visual arts, music and more.

Campers’ days for the fiveweek program begin at 8:15 a.m. for four one-hour morning classes, which end at 12:20 p.m. The cost for each morning class starts at $630. Those choosing to partake in lunch and an afternoon class stay until 2:45 p.m. for an additional cost. Extended care is available until 5 p.m. on a dayby-day basis, or for the whole session, also for an additional fee. The program runs from June 24 through July 26.

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We had a busy month at Page Academy! On April 4, we held our Re-Enrollment Night and the next day we participated in “Move Up Morning” where our students followed the next grade level’s schedule for a sneak peak of what’s to come next year.

Standardized testing was in mid-April and I’m happy to say we got through it! On Earth Day, we held various events celebrating all that our planet gives us. We also held our Spring Scholastic Book Fair where we all stocked up for our summer reading.

We closed out the month with International Day on the 26th, showcasing our students’ heritage with many of them wearing traditional clothing from their families’ native countries. With the start of May, we will be in the last six weeks of the school year. We will start off the month by celebrating our amazing teachers with Teacher Appreciation Week!

Our students will also be preparing lovely surprise mementos for their moms and grandmothers in honor of Mother’s Day, with a special event planned for them that week.

On May 16th we will have an all-school field trip to the California Science Center. Heading into the Memorial Day weekend, students will participate in our annual Spirit Week, which will be filled with creative and cool costumes and spirit events.

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BASKETBALL player shoots hoops at Immaculate Heart.

Tucked away in Hancock Park is Wagon Wheel School, a gem of a preschool that has been part of the neighborhood since 1948. When owner / director Ruth Segal purchased the school at 653 N. Cahuenga Blvd. in 1977, the school consisted of one building and a simple grassy area without trees, and it had only 37 pupils.

Today, 110 2- to 5-year-old children are enrolled at the preschool, which now is comprised of four buildings, including an auditorium. Many large trees (planted by Segal herself) offer shade for students’ outdoor play in varied areas. There is a large area for playing in the sand, a playground, space to create outdoor art and a grassy area for movement games.

Monthly themes

Each month at Wagon Wheel follows a different theme. April was “Children of the World,” which exposes children to a wide variety of cultures. Pictures from around the world

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adorn the walls alongside student artwork, and performers entertain while educating.

“Not knowing about other nationalities brings fear. So we like to bring it here through music and dance performances,” said Segal.

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Growing up as a child of diplomats who moved the family from country to country, the director learned to value diversity and also stability. Many of the staff members have been at the school for more than 20 years, and Segal speaks Spanish, French, Hebrew, Arabic and English. The books and toys the children are offered are far from cookie-cutter. They are as varied as the children themselves.

Active learning

Each classroom has materials appropriate for the growing skills and stages of the children. The school day is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (though the youngest children leave at 2 p.m.), but students are moving between activities approximately every half hour. “They go inside for story time, go outside to play, maybe go inside for a craft…” They are moving at a pace matched to their age, Segal told us.  Segal and the faculty value children’s opinions. They guide students by helping them notice their peers’ feelings, and they model behavior, rather than telling kids what to do.

Faculty and family

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The staff members at Wagon Wheel are also truly valued. Segal raised her own three kids at the school and ensures that all children of staff members attend free of charge. She also does fundraisers to raise money for staff bonuses, and paid vacations are given to all employees.  There is a family feel to the school that is reflected in the fact that Segal has stayed in touch with many alumni and their families. Parent participation is high at Wagon Wheel. Segal told us, “I want parents to feel empowered to be involved in their kids’ education.” The director also provides a Junior Helper Program for alumni 12 years of age. Interested alumni come for an interview and then help at the school during the summer for three hours a day.

Parent and Me

In addition to the preschool classes, Wagon Wheel offers a window into the school through its year-round Parent and Me classes. Two one-hour classes take place in the afternoons at 3:15 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. The classes are taught by two staff members. To attend, children must be walking and accompanied by a guardian. During the classes, attendees participate in a mini school day where the children play, enjoy a snack, have circle time and do arts and crafts. The classes aim to get children and parents accustomed to being in a preschool setting. This helps eliminate the

fear that can exist when kids get ready to step into school for the first time. But it also allows families to get to know each other and to start making connections, which Segal feels is vital in a city as big as Los Angeles.

Parent and Me classes are $50 per class, and tuition for full time preschoolers is $2,100 per month, though scholarships are available. For more information about the school or the Parent and Me classes, visit


Back with the Buckley school, spring is here but the news is not all good.  Unfortunately, plans for the Buckley library demolition are in place.  It is not happening without students being up in arms. Special social media accounts such as the @ walkoutbuckleylibrary have been created in order to further the protest of the library’s demolition. The heart of the bustling campus, created to help students pursue their academic career, is being discarded without parent and student input. We sincerely hope to have a dialogue to save the library.

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PRESCHOOLERS take advantage of an outdoor art area to try some Jackson Pollock-like artwork. YOUNG LEARNERS use a program called Handwriting Without Tears. STUDENTS enjoy some indoor playtime. OWNER / DIRECTOR Ruth Segal in front of Wagon Wheel School’s auditorium.
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The beauty of not taking our children’s behavior personally

Picture this: while at the grocery store, your 6-yearold loudly calls you a mean witch when you refuse to buy the sugar cereal. Or this: your 10-year-old leaves her dishes on the table for the umpteenth time, and then stomps out glaring at you when you remind her to put them in the dishwasher. Or this: your teenager calls you the worst dad ever and slams the door in your face when you won’t let him spend the night at a new friend’s house until you have the friend’s address and the parents’ phone number.

As a parent, it can be difficult not to take our children’s behaviors personally. It’s something I’m still working on. Things can just seem so intentional and pointedly aimed. But the truth is, most of the time, our children’s behaviors are not orchestrated to hurt us or to push our buttons. Their behaviors come from their feelings and from their perceived needs.

Most of the time, when our children behave in undesirable ways, they are venting their frustration and anger about the current circumstance. The behavior is simply the way our child is dealing with his or her feelings. From the child’s perspective, we have caused the circumstance, so the venting is aimed at us.

But, here’s the thing: when we take our kids’ less-thanpleasant behaviors personally, we end up reacting with tension and anger. Our children pick up on our body language, facial expression and tone of voice. Instead of bringing calm to the situation, we heighten the tension because our dysregulation (trouble


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controlling one’s emotional responses) adds to theirs. What follows is a struggle for power and control. Words fly back and forth, and nothing is really gained.

When we find ourselves in a situation like this, the best thing to do is to pause. Take a breath. If you need to step away, say, “I’m feeling angry, and I don’t want to yell, so I’m going to take a minute to wash my hands / stretch my body so I can get myself calm before we figure this out.” If you need the minute, take it. It’s good for our children to see us modeling ways to calm ourselves. If you just need the breath, take that, and then strive to see the situation from your child’s point of view.

Understanding vs. fixing

This shift in perspective can make a world of difference.

When we take a moment to remember that our kids have personalities of their own — personalities that come with their own needs and wants — we realize they are not staying on the iPads (even though we’ve told them their time is up) to spite us. They are staying on because they love the games they are playing, and it’s hard to stop doing something they love.

Does this mean we let them stay on the iPad? No. Does it help us to reframe their behavior and make it less personal? Yes. The shift helps us to not get sucked into an argument. It helps us remain

Pilgrim Parents organized an Art Night for participants to make jewelry with recycled tiles.

calm so that we can hold our boundaries without anger. We can say, “I know you don’t like that you can’t stay on the iPad. It’s understandable that you’re mad. You love your game, and it’s hard to not play it as much as you would like to. It is time to turn the game off, but I’d love to hear about what you did in it today.” We can show our children that we understand their problems without striving to fix their


Becoming an investigator

It can also be important to be an investigator while taking our pause. We can ask ourselves what the underlying reason for our child’s dysregulation might be. Is she hungry? Is she tired? Has she had enough water? Did she just have a hard moment with a friend? Is she feeling lonely? Investigating helps us to look at the situation objectively

rather than with ruffled feathers. And, if we can try and climb into our child’s experience for a moment, we can become compassionate.

It is much easier to remain calm when we feel compassion. The beauty of striving to depersonalize our children’s behavior is that it enables us to listen with love, to calmly connect and to consistently follow through on the limits we have set.


June 10-14 & June 17-21


June 24-July 26


It was great to come back from spring break and experience the solar eclipse together as a community. We also had our first Fashion Show at Community Monday. Students (the designers) went shopping at Goodwill, for their models (students, faculty and staff). The clothes were sponsored by Goodwill to promote sustainability and reuse.

Our high school dance was partnered with the School of Los Angeles and it was nice to collaborate together for a wonderful time.

New families were welcomed at the New Family Reception in mid-April.

Our school musical is “Oliver,” and performances are on April 25 and 26. You don’t want to miss it!

Junior kindergarten through 8th grade students got to go to Elysian Park for our school’s annual Outdoor Education Day, and to celebrate Earth Month, Clay LA is May 4, 5 Craft Contemporary’s ceramic marketplace and fundraiser, Clay LA, is Sat., May 4, noon to 5 p.m., and Sun., May 5, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Workshops are free with price of admission. Visit

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Larchmont Charter volleyball is a dynasty in the making

Sports dynasties are rare and wonderful for fans: the multiple titles year after year, superstar players, and every home game a sellout. But what exactly are the necessary ingredients for a sports dynasty?

The coach Larchmont Charter Middle School volleyball coach Keith Harris understands the value of

exposing his players to dynasty. “When I was in college, my coach, Dan Hays, took me to see Gonzaga [University Bulldogs] practice. On that team

were Adam Morrison and Ronny Turiaf. I remember that being a turning point in the way I practiced and approached basketball.”

In March, Harris took members of the Larchmont Charter boys’ volleyball team to Loyola High School to watch them play Corona del Mar. At present, Loyola’s volleyball team is ranked No. 1 in the country, and Corona del Mar is No. 5.

“I wanted my guys to see

how nationally ranked teams warmed up, played together, communicated…and how hard they competed. I know my players want to make it to that level, and they needed to see that it’s possible.”

Harris played college basketball and then played professionally for a brief time in Germany. When he started as a physical education coach at Larchmont Charter, he was also hired to coach basketball.

Volleyball is a new sport for him, but one he has grown to love as much as basketball. He is currently taking a volleyball class at Pierce College, and he attends a coaches’ clinic at Bishop Mora Salesian High School on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

“It’s helped make me a better coach.”

The players

Harris coaches the Larchmont Charter girls’ team in the fall and the boys in the spring. Volleyball is one of the few sports where the girls’ and boys’ seasons do not run concurrently. This unique setup enables him to coach both teams.

Volleyball is a relatively new sport for boys at Larchmont. Presently, they are in their third season.

“Larchmont has always been known for boys’ basket-

ball,” said Harris. “Now the girls see something they can be recognized for.”

Harris had about 80 girls try out for the grades 5-6 and 7-8 volleyball teams, and he had to decide on just 24 players. The amount of talent made it impossible to just pick two squads of 10, so he added two players to each group.

On Nov. 16, 2023, the Larchmont girls 7-8 grade team won its league playoff finals, and the team finished the season undefeated.

In March 37 boys tried out for the grades 7-8 teams. Last season’s boys’ team had ended runner-up in the league, which motivated more to try out this spring. Harris will have an A squad and a B squad. The extra Harris knows that putting in the extra work is also a must, and that’s what his players do. Alice Killoran did not make the girls’ team two years ago, so she worked hard over the summer and, in November, played on that championship squad. She was also that games’ captain.

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Good Shepherd music program commended again

To qualify for the award, which has been given out by the foundation for the past 25 years, Good Shepherd responded to a detailed questionnaire that was reviewed by the University of Kansas’ Music Research Institute. Good Shepherd was one of only 19 schools in the state of California to be honored at the individual school level.

Last season’s team MVP, Noah Riddell, plays off-season for The Beach Club in Santa Monica. He and fellow Larchmont teammates Ian Yoo, Good Shepherd Catholic School recently received the Support Music Merit Award — for the fifth year in a row. The Beverly Hills-based school was honored by the National Association of Music Merchants, a foundation dedicated to advancing participation in music, for providing high quality music education to Good Shepherd’s students.

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UCLA Bruins basketball, The San Francisco 49ers and the New York Yankees. GIRLS’ TEAM (back row, left to right): Abigail Makray, Mayli Hernandez, Winnie Baird, Zuri Jacobs, Sofia Foster, Ellie Castillo. Front row, left to right: Coach Keith Harris, Stella Captain, Lily Kamenetzky, Emerson Basco, Meggan Martinez, Alice Killoran and Mia Geller.



It’s a summer of sloths, saber-tooths

For many people, these last few months of school can be full of dread for final tests, and anticipation of summer. However, I’ve always looked forward to these last months because of all the wonderful events The Willows has for its students.

Kicking things off on May 2 is our annual Party on the Pier. It is an event for future, past and present students to reconnect and have fun at Santa Monica Pier — a night that’s Willows only.

The 7th grade also has a very exciting trip to Georgia and Alabama. They will visit sites at which historical events during the Civil Rights Movement took place, and bring their learning outside of the classroom.

Lastly, we have our Spring Festival Showcase at which dance, rock band and choir all perform what they’ve been practicing for so long.

Everyone is excited for springtime at Turning Point. We are glad to see the shining sun and to shed our bulky sweatshirts. Our school garden is thriving as a result of all the rain. The first graders have been inspired to hold class in the garden and write haiku poems.

Our favorite springtime event is fast approaching — Poetry in the Park. Parents will enjoy spreading out their picnic blankets and hearing students’ Haiku poems and more.  Not only that, but each middle school class is looking forward to doing some hiking!  We’re heading to Kenneth Hahn State Park, and I can’t wait to check out the view from the overlook. We’ll see wildflowers, Culver City and even our school from up there! We are all thrilled about this excursion and the hands-on science activities our teachers have planned for us.

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Luke Flexner, Joshua Jung and Everett Mohr frequent volleyball sessions at open gyms on the weekends yearround in Burbank, DTLA, and Santa Monica.

“I researched the open gyms and passed the

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info along to the kids,” Harris said.  “I let them decide if they want to attend. I’m extremely proud of the kids that are there every weekend. They play against adults, and, of course, the best teacher that you can ever have is experience.”

That, and a great coach.

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The La Brea Tar Pits has a dramatic slate of offerings this summer. They get off to a slow start with “Summer of Sloths” from Sun., June 3, through Mon., Sept. 2. Visitors can celebrate the giant moseying mammals that lived here more than 10,000 years ago by taking a self-guided or docent-led tour.

The museum also offers its Excavator Tour, which explores the Fossil Lab, the Tar Pits’ past excavation sites and Project 23, an active excavation site. Tours are available at 1 p.m. on weekdays and at 10:30 and 1 p.m. on weekends.

Visitors young and old also may enjoy the museum’s 15-minute multimedia performance “Ice Age Encounters,” where a life-size saber-toothed cat puppet makes a memorable appearance. Film projections and live performances transport audience members to the mysterious past to learn about the extinct creatures who once roamed the area.

Showtimes for “Ice Age Encounters” are Thursdays and Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Admission is $6 in addition to the museum entry fee. Regular museum admission is $18 for adults,

$12 for seniors and students and $7 for children ages 3 through 12. Members and children under 2 enter free of charge.

The museum is located at 5801 Wilshire Blvd. Check to confirm dates and times.

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A LIFESIZE saber-toothed cat puppet will bring some spark to summer. BOYS’ TEAM (left to right): Noah Riddell, Ian Yoo, Luke Flexner, Sebastian Purg, Joshua Jung, Coach Keith Harris, Aiden Bae, Everett Mohr and Paul Vaillancourt.


do The Stick Dance and the 6th graders’ dance is always something special, since it is their last Olympics at CEE.

Spring is the most exciting time of the year at CEE, and one of the highlights of this time of year will be the CEE Olympics this May. The Olympics are a big tradition at The Center for students, teachers and families. Before the Olympics start, the P.E. teachers break up each grade into four teams, and each team represents different countries from around the world. The teams are also our competition teams. The two-day event will start with the opening ceremonies, during which each grade performs a special dance in front of the whole school and the families. For example, the Kindergarteners always do The Chicken Dance, the 5th graders

There are many fun events at the Olympics, including the Zone Throw, the Forty Yard Dash, the Jump Rope, Basketball and more. The first-place team in each grade earns a medal, and then their point total competes against other grades to determine who gets gold, silver or bronze. Even though everybody doesn’t get a medal, we are all winners at the CEE Olympics.


their new journey into university life.  School will wrap up fast from another remarkable year.  However, before school ends we are jam-packed with an ample amount of fun events.

We will have our annual CH Community Sunday Shine Your Light, during which the CH community unites for a day of service and outreach to help bag groceries for the North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry. We will also have our annual Bagpipers Ball, proceeds of which benefit Campbell Hall’s Financial Aid Programs.

students to the Biltmore Hotel Downtown on April 19. To reflect the Great Gatsby-inspired theme of “Glitz and Glamour,” students dressed in “Roaring ’20s” attire as they danced, dined and celebrated this year’s Prom Court.

Many seniors also celebrated their college commitments this month, with members of the Class of 2024 planning to attend institutions such as Yale, Berkeley, UCLA and more!

of classes. A “Voices Envisioned” talk, our monthly-or-so event with spotlight speakers, is scheduled for April 10 and will be hosted by Rabbi Sharon Brous and Eric K. Ward. The talk is about allyship between Black and Jewish communities and it should be a riveting conversation.

College decisions will be made by May 1st, meaning April is either the most relieved or the most on edge seniors have felt in a while. Either way, the senior class has done a phenomenal job throughout the college application process.

After the 2024 “Prom in the Stars” was a smashing success, students began to prepare for final exams while seniors prepared to embark on

Also during the month of May, the Secondary Spring Music Concert Series gets into full swing. It will include the Spring Sing Choral, Evening of Jazz, popular music and the orchestra concerts. Additionally, the CH annual Dance Company Spring Concert will feature dancers in grades 5-12.

Congratulations to our Graduating class of 2024! We wish them the best in their new journeys, wherever they may lead. Thank you to our incredible teachers, faculty and staff for always being there for us. May you have a summer of adventures! See you in the fall, until next time.


As April ends, students now look forward to celebrating the beloved tradition of Mary’s Day in early May. The theme for this year’s event is “Mary, Untier of Knots,” and both students and faculty are preparing decorations, activities and dances according to this theme.


Most juniors took the break to explore East Coast colleges and learn more about the process our seniors are so happy to now have behind them.

Melrose students have more field trips in May.  Third graders get to see a behindthe-scenes tour of CBS Studios, 2nd graders are going to a farm for veggie and fruit picking and to the natural history museum.  Fifth graders have guest artist David Brown teaching drawing.

Seniors will actually end their high school careers in a little over a month with prom being May 11 and their last day soon after the big dance.

Baseball has also been in full swing (pause for pun) all throughout spring break and has been killing it out on the pitch. That’s all for now!


April was a month of celebration for the Panda community! The entire school community gathered outside on April 8 to watch the solar eclipse together. Students shared special glasses on the quad to view this rare event.

Our 79th Annual Spring Luncheon took place in mid-April and proved to be a successful community builder. Everyone enjoyed the lunch, entertainment and prizes in our decorated auditorium, which featured the theme “La Dolce Vita.”

Immaculate Heart’s Prom drew

Well that’s all the fun stuff.

Now we’ll move on to what every kid in 3rd grade and over dreads if you go to an LAUSD school. SBAC! It stands for Smarter Balanced Assessment System and is basically a hard test that takes all day for four days in 5th grade. Students are tested on different subjects.

Fifth grade has a little photo shoot moment going on soon.  Just kidding, it’s just a panorama picture with the fifth grade classes and the principal that the school hangs up in the office.

We can’t forget to thank our Melrose volunteers who help all year. In May we’re having a thank you breakfast for them. We wouldn’t be the school we are without them.


Oakwood students returned from our month of Immersion and Spring Break to resume our second semester

Students returned from their spring break on April 8. Our soccer season is in full swing and the team is enjoying playing games each weekend. Track and Field team members are practicing their running skills in preparation for their upcoming meets.

On April 22, we celebrated Earth Day with a variety of activities. Some classes enjoyed watching the Disneynature movie “Earth.”

Our 5th and 6th grade students enjoyed a field trip to the Ronald Reagan Library. Our Pueri Cantores school choir is excited about their upcoming trip to Disney California Adventure Park next month. They will sing on the stage and then enjoy a day at the park.

At the end of the month, students received their third trimester progress reports. We hope that students will continue to do well and improve in all of their academic subjects!

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start May 6 and run through the 17th. The last day of exams is also the last day of classes for the seniors. We will leave for Hawaii the following Monday and spend our final weeks as Marlborough students together. The rest of the student body finishes school on the 24th.  Juniors receive their class rings during the annual Ring Ceremony on the 9th. Parents, teachers, families and seniors will be there to pass the baton. It is a meaningful tradition and will feature speeches by the faculty and alumni. Juniors will perform their class song. It will be a heartwarming event.

Additionally, 9th graders will be inducted into the Upper School on the 22nd during the Pin Ceremony. These rising sophomores will receive their class pins, be allowed to wear a new skirt color, and will be granted new privileges.

We seniors will return from our Hawaii trip just in time for prom and then our graduation. It is incredible, nostalgic and unreal to think I am about to conclude my time at Marlborough. I feel privileged to have been able to represent Marlborough through this column and to have been given a plat-


April was yet another busy month with many events!

The High School Student Council hosted our school’s prom. The prom’s theme this year was “A Night in Paris!” Delicious food, sweet desserts, photo booths and raffles for various prizes were provided at the event!

The middle school students enjoyed a field trip to Knott’s Berry Farm! In addition, the 8th grade class went on a weeklong trip to Washington D.C., chaperoned by our principal, Dr. Song!

New Covenant Academy also held its first Bible Bee! Through this competition, the students were able to gain a deeper understanding of the Bible and cultivate a closer relationship with God.

The Huskies also showcased outstanding performances from the preliminary rounds of the Association of Christian Schools International Math Olympics! Several students from grades three to eight earned themselves a spot in the upcoming divisional competition.

The boys’ volleyball season finished off strong as they persevered as a team, emerging victoriously! Go Huskies!

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It’s May already. I can’t believe it hap pened so fast!

With a beauti ful total solar eclipse in April, you may be wondering what other good things are coming this May. Star Wars day is coming up! May the fourth be with you.

The 5th graders are actually going on two more field trips. One of them will be a tour of John Burroughs Middle School. The other one is to the Los Angeles River. I’m really surprised we’re getting two more field trips considering we already had three!

Culmination is coming up and 5th graders are going to be performing two songs. There is going to be a multilingual

greet at the culmination, and I am going to audition to say “welcome” in the Brazilian Portuguese language. Our Smarter Balanced Assessment System tests are going to be starting this month and all the 5th graders know it’s going to be torture. This is the last time I’m writing for you guys, so I hope you have a great rest of the year!


watch “We Tell Stories” and their hilarious tales. They had a trunk full of props and they invited student volunteers to perform with them, which was a fun experience for everyone.

camp that HSH’s 6th grade class goes to every year. Last year’s 6th graders had a great time, and I’m so excited to go.

Last week, we took a field trip to Huntington Gardens. We went to Henry Huntington’s house and saw all the art, books and furniture he’d collected in his giant more-than-an-acre mansion. My favorite part was going to the Chinese Gardens and walking along the stone bridge surrounding the pond.

Here at Hollygrove, we have really been loving our assemblies! We had the Mime Over Matter organization come. Students got to watch and learn about different mime stories. The performers even taught us some moves, like how to make it look like there’s a wall in front of us and make it look like we’re having a tea party. We also got to

Speaking of fun, inquiry projects have really been taking shape. Mr. Patrick’s 3rd grade class has planned activities to do at pickup time like drawing and making crafts. Mr. Erik’s 4th grade class is installing clubs at recess time. There’s a newspaper club, craft club, tag game club and book club. No matter what your idea of fun is, Larchmont has it!



Hail fellow, well met! (That’s Medieval speak for hi!) Next week, we’re going to AstroCamp! AstroCamp is an astronomy-based sleepaway

Last but not least, it’s almost time for our monthly buddy program. The buddy program partners younger students — usually kindergarteners or preschoolers — with older students. The older students read, play or do projects with the young children for a morning. My buddy is in kindergarten. She’s so fun and I can’t wait to see her again! Programs like this are one of my favorite things about going to a small school. We all get to know each other really well and have a good sense of community.

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the Housing Element and the Incentive Program are not coordinated with existing Community Plans, according to United Neighbors, a statewide coalition of renters, homeowners and community organizations working with

our local Greater Wilshire homeowner groups.

“That is why we are having so many campaigns going on at one time trying to protect neighborhoods,” the group said of its mailings to residents and elected officials.

While a lot is going on, the main goal, the group stresses, is to push for den-

sity on commercial corridors while “being unrelenting in our opposition to densifying needlessly our existing single-family and sensitive multi-family zones.”

As to why there are so many programs being juggled at once, a City Planning spokesperson wrote in an email to the Chronicle, “In a city as large

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as Los Angeles, it is natural for there to be many different implementation programs ongoing at the same time, particularly around the topic of housing. Each of these programs has its own purpose and [they] work together. Information about these programs is available on the Los Angeles City Planning website.”

Public input on the citywide CHIP program — and how it impacts Larchmont and single-family neighborhoods — is underway.

Workshops in spring

Draft ordinances of the proposals were released last month, and more public workshops are expected in late spring, City Planning Dept. officials said.

“Los Angeles City Planning will hold a public hearing which will give an opportunity for the general public to provide additional comments.”

Then, “Los Angeles City Planning will begin the adoption process with public hearings at the City Planning Commission, followed by Planning and Land Use Committee, then City Council.”

Under proposals being considered, single-family neighborhoods are still at risk with the zoning changes being reviewed, according to United Neighbors.

“We showed the city that there was plenty of zoning capacity throughout all communities that would not require the densification of our single-family or sensitive multi-family neighborhoods,” the group wrote in an email to local readers.

Right to live in single-family neighborhoods?

“But, we all knew this push for density wasn’t just about capacity, but the desire by some [individuals and] groups to end the right to live in single-family neighborhoods. The Planning Department is getting a lot of pushback from these groups.”

Which is why United Neighbors is encouraging residents to reach out to planning and elected officials with their views to protect neighborhoods from multi-story buildings.

Also troubling to United Neighbors leaders is the delay of a hearing on a draft permanent ordinance to implement Mayor Karen Bass’ Executive Directive 1 (ED 1), “which means, every day, more problematic projects are being submitted with no guidelines for fast-track approval.

“We are being told groups opposed to restricting these ED 1 projects are contacting their council offices en masse.”

Another concern of United Neighbors is “transition areas” in the Housing Element and Community Plans. These are high-density areas

that back up to single-family homes without an adequate transition or buffer area.

And there also is a movement underway by United Neighbors and others to make the city staff’s proposals consistent with state law — so faith-based organizations only can build affordable housing on property owned by them on or before Jan. 1, 2024.

City staff proposes that any land bought by a faith-based organization at any time in any location would benefit from relaxed rules.

“This will become a big problem if we do not prevent this from happening,” the United Neighbors group wrote.

Both Councilmember Katy Yaroslavsky and Hancock Park Homeowners Association (HPHOA) support “time of ownership” restrictions on the Faith-Based Incentive Program in the Housing Element. They support making the city rules consistent with the state’s “prior to Jan. 1, 2024” threshold.

If approved, as now drafted by staff, “the Planning Dept. will turn Faith-Based Organizations into land speculators, who along with investors can purchase land today with few restrictions on where [the parcels] are located or how many affordable units are required,” according to an email from the HPHOA.

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At the Movies

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Ritchie does a disservice to the brave people who actually accomplished the audacious feat. The few protagonists are shown killing hundreds of Germans, many in hand-to-hand fighting, which, from what I’ve been able to determine, did not happen. Naturally, they all survive without a scratch. The movie starts with graphic mayhem, and it continues throughout. The heroes are all devil-may-care, Errol Flynn types who face danger with a smile, a laugh, and often a bon mot, but it’s a long way from the way war really is. The actual exploit, concocted by Ian Fleming and which laid the foundation for the British SAS and Black Ops operations, was apparently nothing like this.

Recommended reading:

“Hunting the Falcon” by John Guy and Julia Fox. Countering centuries of myth and misinterpretation, this illuminates the brutal, tragic relationship between Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.

“The Twist of a Knife” by Anthony Horowitz, an ingenious whodunit.

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